Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 11 for patent activity out of 250 metros. Patents granted include: •  Bank of America's authorization of a user in a virtual reality environment •  ATT's distributed forwarding service •  Freeflight Acquisition's quick-mount detachable antenna •  Imagine Communications' distributed ledger platform •  Service King's auto repair systems including 3D printed parts •  Siemens intelligent 3D printer •  Johnson & Johnson's pupil-only photochromic contact lenses •  Knightscope's autonomous parking monitor

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). 

Texas Instruments (Dallas) 18 Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 6 Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie) 4 Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. (Plano) 3 Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano) 2

Brad A. Cobler (Irving) 3 Manu J. Kurian (Dallas) 2 Patrick Bosshart (Plano) 2 Robert M. Boyd (Flower Mound) 2

SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 125 daysPumpPatent No. D0850490 Assignee: Insera Therapeutics, Inc (Sacramento, CA) Inventor: Vallabh Janardhan (Dallas)

2,966 daysMethods and apparatus for treatment of aneurysms adjacent branch arteries Patent No. 10307244 Assignee: Medtronic Vascular, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA)  Inventor: Jonathan Morris (Keller)

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Inventor(s): Nicholas Didier (Irving, TX) Assignee(s): NuVasive, Inc. (San Diego, CA) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15368279 on 12/02/2016 (914 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for securing a spinal rod to a bone structure using a connector is provided. The connector functions by modulating friction on a band in two band channels and locking the spinal rod in a separate rod channel. An instrument is also provided for tensioning the band.

Inventor(s): Jonathan Morris (Keller, TX) Assignee(s): Medtronic Vascular, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 13091363 on 04/21/2011 (2966 days app to issue)

Abstract: A polymer coating/ring is employed to aid in the sealing and connection of modular elements used in body flow lumens for the exclusion and bypass of diseased regions of the flow lumen, such as where aneurysm occurs adjacent to branching blood vessels.

[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]

Inventor(s): David P. Bingaman (Weatherford, TX) Assignee(s): PanOptica, Inc. (Mount Arlington, NJ) Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16042003 on 07/23/2018 (316 days app to issue)

[A01N] PRESERVATION OF BODIES OF HUMANS OR ANIMALS OR PLANTS OR PARTS THEREOF (preservation of food or foodstuff A23); BIOCIDES, e.g. AS DISINFECTANTS, AS PESTICIDES OR AS HERBICIDES (preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes which kill or prevent the growth or proliferation of unwanted organisms A61K); PEST REPELLANTS OR ATTRACTANTS; PLANT GROWTH REGULATORS (mixtures of pesticides with fertilisers C05G)

Systems and methods for controlling operation of a reduced pressure therapy system Patent No. 10307517 

Inventor(s): Richard Thomas Hughey (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Smith Nephew PLC (London, , GB) Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14598083 on 01/15/2015 (1601 days app to issue)

Abstract: Negative pressure wound therapy apparatuses and dressings, and systems and methods for operating such apparatuses for use with dressings are disclosed. In some embodiments, controlling the delivery of therapy can be based on monitoring and detecting various operating conditions. An apparatus can have a controller configured to monitor the duty cycle of a source of negative pressure and, based on the monitored duty cycle, determine whether a leak is present. The controller can be configured to provide an indication that a leak is present. For example, the controller can be configured to suspend and/or pause the delivery of therapy, and to restart the delivery of therapy due to a timeout, request from a user, etc. In addition, the controller can be configured to pause and/or restart the delivery of therapy upon a request from the user, such as in response to the user operating a switch.

[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]

Charged particle ? patient motion control system apparatus and method of use there Patent No. 10307617 

Inventor(s): Stephen L. Spotts (Argyle, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15860122 on 01/02/2018 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention comprises a system for controlling a charged particle beam shape and direction relative to a controlled and dynamically positioned patient and/or an imaging surface, such as a scintillation plate of a tomography system and/or a first two-dimensional imaging system coupled to a second two-dimensional imaging system. Multiple interlinked beam/patient/imaging control stations allow safe zone operation and clear interaction with the charged particle beam system and the patient. Both treatment and imaging are facilitated using automated sequences controlled with a work-flow control system.

[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]

Inventor(s): Rick S. Wahlin (Keller, TX), Robert M. Boyd (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15973275 on 05/07/2018 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a head that includes a face configured for striking a ball and a body connected to the face, the body being adapted for connection of a shaft proximate a heel thereof. The face has a thickened portion including an annular tapered area that tapers in thickness between an upper boundary and a lower boundary and encloses an elevated area bounded by the upper boundary. The upper and/or lower boundary defines a shape having two lobes, each with an outer edge with a convex profile, and a connecting portion extending between the lobes, such that the connecting portion is defined by two outer edges extending between the outer edges of the lobes, wherein at least one of the outer edges of the connecting portion has a concave outer profile.

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

Inventor(s): Robert M. Boyd (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15960244 on 04/23/2018 (407 days app to issue)

Abstract: Golf club heads which may include an iron-type golf club head body and an adjustable member configured to be engaged with iron-type golf club head body. The adjustable member may include a first surface and a second surface. The first surface of the adjustable member may form at least a portion of the sole of the iron-type golf club head and at least a portion of the rear of iron-type golf club head when the adjustable member is engaged with the iron-type golf club head body in a first orientation. Additionally, the second surface of the adjustable member may form at least a portion of the sole of the iron-type golf club head and at least a portion of the rear of iron-type golf club head when the adjustable member is engaged with the iron-type golf club head body in a second orientation, which is different from the first orientation.

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

Inventor(s): James Dulin Reavill (Irving, TX), Wojciech K. Timoszyk (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): Stryker Corporation (Kalamazoo, MI) Law Firm: Morrison Foerster LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15915526 on 03/08/2018 (453 days app to issue)

Abstract: A medical device assembly including a first member having a first abutment, a second member rotatably connected to the first member and having a second abutment, and an idler member having third abutment and a fourth abutment. The first member is rotatably fixed to the second member. The idler member is free to rotate relative to the first member and the second member until the first abutment abuts the third abutment and until the second abutment abuts the fourth abutment. The first member, the second member and the idler member all rotate relative to each other about a single axis.

Inventor(s): Doug Golenz (Littleton, CO), Jack W. Renforth (Azle, TX), Phil Rowe (Frisco, CO) Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15660414 on 07/26/2017 (678 days app to issue)

Abstract: A metal buckle includes a metal receptacle member and a metal clasp. The metal receptacle member includes a first opening and second opening. The metal clasp is configured to be inserted into the first opening of the metal receptacle member, and includes a base member, a locking device and a spring. The spring is configured to bias the locking device outwardly from the base member, and the locking device is configured to engage the second opening of the metal receptacle.

[A44B] BUTTONS, PINS, BUCKLES, SLIDE FASTENERS, OR THE LIKE (fastenings specially adapted for footwear A43C)

Inventor(s): Matthew W. Krenik (Garland, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15898835 on 02/19/2018 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and devices for automatically cutting hair are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an automated system for cutting hair on a subject comprises a hair cutting device, configured for manual manipulation, the hair cutting device comprising a cutting mechanism and configured to engage the cutting mechanism to cut said hair. The automated system interacts with the hair cutting device for determining a position of the hair cutting device relative to the subject.

[B26B] HAND-HELD CUTTING TOOLS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (for harvesting A01D; for horticulture, for forestry A01G; for butchering or meat treatment A22; for manufacturing or repairing footwear A43D; nail clippers or cutters A45D 29/02; kitchen equipment A47J; for surgical purposes A61B 17/00; for metal B23D; cutting by abrasive fluid jets B24C 5/02; plier-like tools with cutting edges B25B 7/22; pincers B25C 11/02; handles for hand implements, in general B25G; guillotine-type cutters B26D; for erasing B43L 19/00; for textile materials D06H)

Inventor(s): David Madeley (Louth, , GB), Timothy R. Fithian (Birmingham, MI), William Vittitow (Garden Grove, CA) Assignee(s): Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14643539 on 03/10/2015 (1547 days app to issue)

Abstract: A component of a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system may be configured to cause a processor to generate instructions that specify how a 3D-printer additively builds an article on a build plate via depositing material from a deposition head. The 3D printer is configured to cause the deposition head to rotate in order to selectively change, an angle of a deposition axis at which the deposition head outputs material. The generated instructions specify how the deposition head is operated by the 3D printer to build the article on the build plate such that material deposited along a side wall surface of the article is provided by the deposition head having its deposition axis orientated at an angle determined based at least in part on an angular orientation of the side wall surface.

[B33Y] ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING [2015.01]

Inventor(s): Mohsen Rezayat (Cincinnati, OH) Assignee(s): Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14535923 on 11/07/2014 (1670 days app to issue)

Abstract: A 3D printer system and related methods. The 3D printer system includes a processor and an accessible memory. The accessible memory includes a CAD kernel and a product file that defines a CAD solid model. The 3D printer system is particularly configured to execute the CAD kernel using the processor, process the product file using the CAD kernel to produce the CAD solid model, and produce a solid physical object corresponding to the CAD solid model.

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

Automotive repair systems including three-dimensional (3D) printed attachment parts and methods of use Patent No. 10307976 

Inventor(s): Dustin Harrier (Surprise, AZ), Jason Milazzo (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): SERVICE KING PAINT BODY, LLC (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Haynes and Boone LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15630749 on 06/22/2017 (712 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of repairing a first automotive part that includes providing a connector tab and applying a fluidic thermoplastic material to the connector tab and/or the first automotive part to attach the connector tab to the first automotive part. The connector tab comprises: a retainer portion sized to attach to the first automotive part, wherein the retainer portion has a plurality of holes formed therethrough, and wherein the plurality of holes is configured to receive the fluidic thermoplastic material to secure the retainer portion to the first automotive part; and a coupler portion defining a shape corresponding to a portion of the first automotive part, the coupler portion forming a coupler, which is configured to operably engage another coupler of a second automotive part.

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

Method of making inkjet print heads by filling residual slotted recesses and related devices Patent No. 10308023 

Inventor(s): Kenneth J. Stewart (Coppell, TX) Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15664668 on 07/31/2017 (673 days app to issue)

Abstract: An inkjet print head includes a semiconductor substrate having a plurality of continuous slotted recesses in a first surface. The plurality of continuous slotted recesses is arranged in parallel, spaced apart relation. Each continuous slotted recess extends continuously across the first surface. The semiconductor substrate also has a plurality of discontinuous slotted recesses in a second surface that is opposite the first surface. The plurality of discontinuous slotted recesses is aligned and coupled in communication with the continuous slotted recesses to have a first portion defining a plurality of alternating through-wafer channels and a second portion defining residual slotted recess portions. A dielectric material is disposed within the residual slotted recess portions. A plurality of inkjet heaters is carried by said semiconductor substrate.

[B41J] TYPEWRITERS; SELECTIVE PRINTING MECHANISMS, i.e. MECHANISMS PRINTING OTHERWISE THAN FROM A FORME; CORRECTION OF TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS (composing B41B; printing on special surfaces B41F; laundry marking B41K; erasers, rubbers or erasing devices B43L 19/00; fluid media for correction of typographical errors by coating C09D 10/00; recording the results of measuring G01; recognition or presentation of data, marking record carriers in digital fashion, e.g. by punching, G06K; franking or ticket-printing and issuing apparatus G07B; electric keyboard switches, in general H01H 13/70, H03K 17/94; coding in connection with keyboards or like devices, in general H03M 11/00; receivers or transmitters for transmission of digital information H04L; transmission or reproduction of documents, or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission, H04N 1/00; printing mechanisms specially adapted for apparatus, e.g. cash registers, weighing machines, producing records of their own performance, see the relevant subclasses)

Inventor(s): Connor Nicholson Baroody (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15627431 on 06/19/2017 (715 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated comfort item for a vehicle seat. Such comfort items include but are not limited to a blanket, pajamas or onesie stored on a roller that is mounted within an enclosure of the vehicle seat arm. The comfort item such as a blanket may be unrolled by the user when sitting in the vehicle seat. Upon conclusion of the journey, the user may then actuate the spring in the roller and roll the comfort item back onto the roller to store in the vehicle seat arm enclosure for future use.

Porch mounted variable reluctance measurement technology tendon tension monitoring system Patent No. 10308324 

Inventor(s): Daniel Joseph Tye (Dallas, TX), John Ray Baileys (Arlington, TX), Joseph Michael O”Neil (Irving, TX), Michael Eugene Hogan (Arlington, TX) Assignee(s): Oil States Industries, Inc. (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15839436 on 12/12/2017 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates to floating platform mooring and involves an improved platform mounted tendon tension monitoring system with porch-mounted variable reluctance measurement technology sensors configured. The variable reluctance measurement technology sensors of this system are optimized for porch mounting. The porch-mounted tendon tension monitoring system can also be configured such that the porch-mounted optimized variable reluctance measurement technology sensors are replaceable. Sensors may be replaced to extend the desired useful lifetime of a tendon tension monitoring system or in the event that a sensor happens to malfunction. A plurality of variable reluctance measurement technology sensors can be configured in sensor packs at the corners or at other locations where tendon tension monitoring can be useful for a floating platform.

[B63B] SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING (arrangements of vessel ventilation, heating, cooling, or air-conditioning B63J 2/00; floating substructures as supports of dredgers or soil-shifting machines E02F 9/06) [2]

Inventor(s): Dalton T Hampton (Fort Worth, TX), Thomas Clement Parham, Jr. (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15359594 on 11/22/2016 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotor hub assembly for a rotorcraft includes a yoke forming a bearing bore. The yoke has a teetering axis extending through the bearing bore. The rotor hub assembly includes a flapping bearing disposed in the bearing bore. The flapping bearing is operable to regulate teetering of the yoke about the teetering axis. The rotor hub assembly includes an axial spring abutting the flapping, thereby reducing movement of the flapping bearing along the teetering axis.

Inventor(s): Amelinda Melanson (Bellaire, TX), Frank M. Brenkus (McKinney, TX), Jerry M. Reaves (Midlothian, TX), Leon J. Krause (Miltona, MN), Patrick J. Bierschenk (Dallas, TX), Ronald M. Gust (Miltona, MN) Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 14036262 on 09/25/2013 (2078 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for compacting a slug of product and apparatus for accomplishing the same. The invention describes collecting weighed product in an intermediate settling device to form a compact slug of product. The device can comprise a single settling chamber or can comprise multiple settling chambers which are axially rotatable. The slug can be compacted by jostling and/or vibrating the settling device. Thereafter, the product is discharged to a packaging apparatus. Because the product in the final package is denser, a smaller package can be utilized reducing manufacturing and shipping costs.

[B65B] MACHINES, APPARATUS OR DEVICES FOR, OR METHODS OF, PACKAGING ARTICLES OR MATERIALS; UNPACKING (bundling and pressing devices for cigars A24C 1/44; devices for tensioning and securing binders adapted to be supported by the article or articles to be bound B25B 25/00; applying closure members to bottles, jars or similar containers B67B 1/00-B67B 6/00; concurrent cleaning, filling and closing of bottles B67C 7/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers B67C 9/00)

Inventor(s): Jerry Mike Reaves (Midlothian, TX), Patrick Joseph Bierschenk (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 13737426 on 01/09/2013 (2337 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for compacting a slug of product and apparatus for accomplishing the same. The invention describes collecting weighed product in an intermediate settling device to form a compact slug of product. The device can comprise a single settling chamber or can comprise multiple settling chambers which are axially rotatable. The slug can be compacted by jostling and/or vibrating the settling device. Thereafter, the product is discharged to a packaging apparatus. Because the product in the final package is denser, a smaller package can be utilized reducing manufacturing and shipping costs.

[B65B] MACHINES, APPARATUS OR DEVICES FOR, OR METHODS OF, PACKAGING ARTICLES OR MATERIALS; UNPACKING (bundling and pressing devices for cigars A24C 1/44; devices for tensioning and securing binders adapted to be supported by the article or articles to be bound B25B 25/00; applying closure members to bottles, jars or similar containers B67B 1/00-B67B 6/00; concurrent cleaning, filling and closing of bottles B67C 7/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers B67C 9/00)

Inventor(s): Stanley Ewing Greene (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Papalas PLLC (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 13840903 on 03/15/2013 (2272 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiment describe a container for a device that has two functional modes. In the first mode, the container holds the device for transport. In the second mode, the container acts as a stand for the device and holds the device for use by a user. In one embodiment, the container is made from recycled materials.

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

Inventor(s): Jay K. Smith (Plano, TX), Scott C. McCally (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Stewart Systems Baking, LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15726073 on 10/05/2017 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: A monitoring and feedback system may provide real-time feedback on the bearings in the chain of a proofer/oven conveyor system. The system may detect a bearing seizure before any damage can occur to the track and/or may provide for improper lubrication detection. Accordingly, a chain section or a bearing may be pulled out of the conveyor system for repair/replacement, thereby prolonging the life of the conveyor system as a whole, including the conveyor chain and bearings.

[B65G] TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS (packaging B65B; handling thin or filamentary materials, e.g. paper sheets or thread, B65H; cranes B66C; portable or mobile lifting or hauling appliances, e.g. hoists, B66D; devices for lifting or lowering goods for loading or unloading purposes, e.g. fork-lift trucks, B66F 9/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers, not otherwise provided for, B67C 9/00; delivering or transferring liquids B67D; filling or discharging vessels for liquefied, solidified or compressed gases F17C; pipe-line systems for fluids F17D)

Inventor(s): Alfred Gomes (Sunnyvale, CA), Domenico Granozio (Borgarello, , IT), Evgeny Fomin (San Carlos, CA), Matthew Christopher Kessler (Denver, CO), Scott D. Kulchycki (Mountian View, CA) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14568675 on 12/12/2014 (1635 days app to issue)

Abstract: A capacitive sensing system based on projected self-capacitance is suitable for use in printing systems/products to sense paper tray status. In example embodiments, a capacitive sensing system is adapted for sensing the condition/characteristics of paper in the paper tray, such as paper size, stack height and page count and paper dielectric. The capacitive sensing system can be configured with one or more shielded capacitive sensors incorporated into the paper tray, and oriented relative to the paper according to the paper condition/characteristic sensed.

Inventor(s): Erik Burachinsky (Boonton, NJ), William W. Parry (Bethlehem, PA) Assignee(s): CECO Environmental IP Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15138855 on 04/26/2016 (1134 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-metallic vertical turbine pump and a method of manufacturing same are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, the vertical turbine pump can include a motor, and a drive shaft coupled to the motor for rotation, a casing with a mixed flow diffuser including a diffuser hub and diffuser vanes that project out from the diffuser hub, and a mixed flow impeller configured to rotatably fit inside the casing, having an impeller hub, impeller vanes, extending from the hub, and a front and a back shroud connected to opposing ends of the impeller vanes. At least one of the mixed flow impeller and the mixed flow diffuser can be made of a non-metallic material and is a singular homogenous component.

[B05B] SPRAYING APPARATUS; ATOMISING APPARATUS; NOZZLES (spray-mixers with nozzles B01F 5/20; processes for applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces by spraying B05D) [2]

Inventor(s): Andreas Dreiss (Hamburg, , DE), Andrew Schevets (Bethlehem, PA), Daniela Lehner (Aarau Rohr, , CH) Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX) Law Firm: Magleby, Cataxinos Greenwood, P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15257591 on 09/06/2016 (1001 days app to issue)

Abstract: Exchanger devices include a plurality of fixed exchange ducts and a rotating valve assembly for directing flow to and from the plurality of exchange ducts. Methods of exchanging pressure between fluid streams may include directing fluids through an exchange device and pressurizing a fluid in the plurality of exchange ducts of the exchanger device.

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

Inventor(s): Stacy Dean Stephens (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): KNIGHTSCOPE, INC. (Mountain View, CA) Law Firm: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15691670 on 08/30/2017 (643 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for autonomous monitoring of parking areas are provided. In one aspect, a method for collecting information associated with a parking space includes providing a self-propelled autonomous data machine comprising one or more sensors. The autonomous data machine can be navigated to a location near a parking space for a vehicle. Parking information pertaining to the parking space can be obtained via the one or more sensors of the autonomous data machine. The obtained parking information can include at least occupancy data for the parking space. The parking information can be transmitted to a remote computing system configured to display the parking information to a user.

[B60Q] ARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL [4]

Inventor(s): Rongwei Zhang (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14541208 on 11/14/2014 (1663 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for enhancing the thermal performance of semiconductor packages effectively. The concept of this invention is to provide silicon nanowires on the backside of an integrated circuit die to directly attach the die to the substrate, thereby improving the interface between die and substrate, and thus enhancing thermal performance and enhancing reliability by improving adhesion.

[B82Y] SPECIFIC USES OR APPLICATIONS OF NANOSTRUCTURES; MEASUREMENT OR ANALYSIS OF NANOSTRUCTURES; MANUFACTURE OR TREATMENT OF NANOSTRUCTURES [2011.01]

Inventor(s): Lynn Cook Winterton (Keller, TX) Assignee(s): Novartis AG (Basel, , CH) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15646291 on 07/11/2017 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention is related to a cost-effective method for making a silicone hydrogel contact lens having a crosslinked hydrophilic coating thereon. A method of the invention involves heating a silicone hydrogel contact lens in an aqueous solution in the presence of a water-soluble, highly branched, thermally-crosslinkable hydrophilic polymeric material having positively-charged azetidinium groups, to and at a temperature from about 40 C. to about 140 C. for a period of time sufficient to covalently attach the thermally-crosslinkable hydrophilic polymeric material onto the surface of the silicone hydrogel contact lens through covalent linkages each formed between one azetidinium group and one of the reactive functional groups on and/or near the surface of the silicone hydrogel contact lens, thereby forming a crosslinked hydrophilic coating on the silicone hydrogel contact lens. Such method can be advantageously implemented directly in a sealed lens package during autoclave.

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

Methods for increasing oil content in plant tissues by suppressing hydrophobic lipid droplet protein Patent No. 10308950 

Inventor(s): John M. Dyer (Denton, TX), Kent Chapman (Denton, TX), Michal Pyc (Denton, TX), Robert Mullen (Denton, TX) Assignee(s): The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Agriculture (Washington, DC), University of North Texas (Denton, TX) Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15624495 on 06/15/2017 (719 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to increasing oil content in plants through manipulating expression of proteins, namely At5g16550 proteins. At5g16550 proteins are lipid droplet proteins. Plants having reduced expression of At5g16550 proteins demonstrate cytoplasmic lipid droplets (LDs) that are increased in size, resulting in greater overall oil content in the plant cells.

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

Inventor(s): Ian A. Hill (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Oz-Post International, LLC (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15792229 on 10/24/2017 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, an assembly includes a first plate comprising a first primary portion and a first flange disposed orthogonally to the first primary portion. The first primary portion is configured to contact a first structural member and the first flange defining a first through hole. A second plate comprises a second primary portion and a second flange disposed orthogonally to the second primary portion. The second primary portion is configured to contact a second structural member and the second flange defines a second through hole. A cover receives the first and second flanges. A bolt is received through the first through hole, and tightening the bolt tends to draw the second plate towards the first plate.

[E04B] GENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS (border constructions of openings in walls, floors, or ceilings E06B 1/00)

Inventor(s): Hector G. Ruiz (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Meadow Burke, LLC (Tampa, FL) Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15994087 on 05/31/2018 (369 days app to issue)

Abstract: An insert for lifting and leveling a precast concrete slab is provided. The insert includes a sleeve that extends through the concrete slab and has two distinct threaded portions on an inner surface of the sleeve. This configuration allows a lifting bolt to be positioned into an upper end of the sleeve to lift the concrete slab, and a different-sized leveling bolt to be positioned in the sleeve to selectively elevate or raise part of the concrete slab relative to a ground surface.

[E04B] GENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS (border constructions of openings in walls, floors, or ceilings E06B 1/00)

Inventor(s): John F. Payne (Ennis, TX) Assignee(s): Guardiar USA LLC (Ennis, TX) Law Firm: Bell Nunnally Martin LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15587226 on 05/04/2017 (761 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fence includes a plurality of posts, and fence panels having rails which extend across the plurality of posts, and are secured thereto. Jambs may be formed onto the fence system, and one or more gates may be hung to the jambs.

[E04H] BUILDINGS OR LIKE STRUCTURES FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSES; SWIMMING OR SPLASH BATHS OR POOLS; MASTS; FENCING; TENTS OR CANOPIES, IN GENERAL (foundations E02D) [4]

Inventor(s): Dale Lukas (Paris, , CA), Michael Horn (Kitchener, , CA), Steven Yoell (Kitchener, , CA), Tsiuming Chu (Cambridge, , CA) Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15609614 on 05/31/2017 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to a self-extending/retracting gate for a platform. In one embodiment, safety gate includes a housing that extends laterally from a back support attached to the platform. The gate includes a sliding member that is operable to retract at least partially into the housing toward the back support to substantially conceal the sliding member within the housing and provide an opening beyond the housing for users to access the platform and to extend from an opening of the housing away from the back support to block access to the platform while the housing supports the sliding member. The gate includes a gate movement assembly within the housing between a rear portion of the sliding member and the back support. The gate movement assembly is operable to cause the sliding member to extend from the housing and retract into the housing according to a height of the platform.

[E06B] FIXED OR MOVABLE CLOSURES FOR OPENINGS IN BUILDINGS, VEHICLES, FENCES, OR LIKE ENCLOSURES, IN GENERAL, e.g. DOORS, WINDOWS, BLINDS, GATES (shades or blinds for greenhouses A01G 9/22; curtains A47H; lids for car boots or bonnets B62D 25/10; sky-lights E04B 7/18; sunshades, awnings E04F 10/00)

Inventor(s): Paul Ringgenberg (Frisco, TX), Russell Stephen Haake (Dallas, TX), Vince Zeller (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15303775 on 05/15/2014 (1846 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole distributor valve includes a housing that includes a housing fluid port therethrough, a mandrel that defines a bore and is positioned radially within the housing, and a fluid chamber radially defined between the housing and the mandrel and configured to contain a fluid at a particular pressure. The mandrel includes a mandrel fluid port therethrough. The mandrel is moveable from a first position with the bore fluidly decoupled from the housing fluid port to a second position with the bore fluidly coupled with the housing fluid port through the mandrel fluid port. The mandrel is moveable based on a hydrostatic pressure in the bore greater than the particular pressure of the pressurized fluid.

[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]

Inventor(s): Kuo-Chiang Chen (Kennedale, TX) Assignee(s): Upwing Energy, LLC (Cerritos, CA) Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16107824 on 08/21/2018 (287 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fluid module includes a fluid rotor configured to rotatably drive or be driven by fluid produced from a wellbore. A first shaft is coupled to the fluid rotor. The first shaft is configured to rotate in unison with the fluid rotor. A thrust bearing module includes a thrust bearing rotor. A second shaft is coupled to the thrust bearing rotor. The second shaft is configured to rotate in unison with the thrust bearing rotor. The second shaft is coupled to the first shaft. An electric machine module includes an electric machine rotor. A third shaft is coupled to the electric machine rotor. A third shaft is configured to rotate in unison with the electric machine rotor. The third shaft is coupled to the second shaft. The third shaft is rotodynamically isolated from the first shaft and the second shaft.

[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]

Inventor(s): Terrell Jackson Small, III (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15312638 on 05/23/2015 (1473 days app to issue)

Abstract: A universal air handler unit includes a blower and evaporator juxtaposed one another within a compact, weather resistant cabinet adapted for outdoor installation. Ports for cool and return air ducts disposed on one side of the cabinet couple directly to the blower and evaporator respectively. Return air drawn by the blower into the cabinet passes across the evaporator core, then through the blower and back out through the adjacent cool air duct. Coolant lines couple to a stand-alone condenser/compressor unit. In a particular embodiment, an adapter enables stacking the condenser/compressor unit atop the cabinet to reduce the overall footprint of the combination. In another embodiment, a manifold adapted to couple to the cool and return air ducts may be installed in various locations, the air handler unit slideably coupling to the manifold during installation, and easily decoupling and reecoupling for transportation and maintenance.

[F24F] AIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING (removing dirt or fumes from areas where they are produced B08B 15/00; vertical ducts for carrying away waste gases from buildings E04F 17/02; tops for chimneys or ventilating shafts, terminals for flues F23L 17/02)

Method of and system for minimization of condenser-fan cycling for low ambient temperature Patent No. 10309679 

Inventor(s): Clay Toombs (Carrollton, TX), John Tran, N. (The Colony, TX), Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX), Siddarth Rajan (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Lennox Industries LLC (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15909159 on 03/01/2018 (460 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of controlling a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system includes measuring an ambient temperature and determining whether the ambient temperature is below a threshold temperature value. Responsive to a determination that the ambient temperature is below the threshold temperature value, measuring a condenser-fan cycle time of the HVAC system and setting a speed of the compressor based on the measured condenser-fan cycle time.

[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)

Synthetic target material for shaped charge performance evaluation, powdered metal Patent No. 10309952 

Inventor(s): Christopher Brian Sokolove (Maypearl, TX), Laura Montoya Ashton (Waxahachie, TX) Assignee(s): Hunting Titan, Inc. (Pampa, TX) Law Firm: Arnold Saunders, LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15506195 on 08/28/2015 (1376 days app to issue)

Abstract: A shaped charge target apparatus and method for using a target composed of synthetic material, thereby allowing for repeatable testing at a variety of density and hardness values.

Inventor(s): Bradly Jay Billman (Celina, TX), Cory Matheson (Celina, TX), Kade Scott (The Colony, TX), Matthew T. Flachsbart (Grapevine, TX) Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX) Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15636335 on 06/28/2017 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a water detection device that includes a water-activated battery configured to supply an electrical voltage upon contact with water, a device housing configured to receive the water-activated battery and one or more first electronic components, where the device housing has a plurality of ports that are configured to facilitate insertion and removal of the one or more first electronic components, and a modular housing disposed in a first port of the plurality of ports of the device housing, where the modular housing has one or more second electronic components communicatively coupled to the water-activated battery via the first port, such that the water-activated battery supplies the electrical voltage to the one or more second electronic components upon contact with water.

[G01M] TESTING STATIC OR DYNAMIC BALANCE OF MACHINES OR STRUCTURES; TESTING OF STRUCTURES OR APPARATUS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR

Pupil-only photochromic contact lenses displaying desirable optics and comfort Patent No. 10310293 

Inventor(s): Holly L. Grammer (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Johnson Johnson Vision Care, Inc. (Jacksonville, FL) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15872008 on 01/16/2018 (504 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for making a hydrogel, photochromic contact lens including supplying a first lens composition comprising a contact lens monomer and a photochromic material to a front contact lens mold and supplying a second lens composition to said contact lens mold wherein the viscosity of said first composition is at least about 1000 cp greater than the viscosity of said second contact lens composition, and the makeup of said second composition matches the of said first composition to reduce strain between said compositions of the resulting lens.

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

Inventor(s): Feng Lu (Shanghai, , CN), Qingjie Ma (Shanghai, , CN) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15963330 on 04/26/2018 (404 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit comprises: a pass transistor; a first transistor comprising a gate coupled to the gate of the pass transistor, a source coupled to the source of the pass transistor, and a drain; a second transistor comprising a gate coupled to the gate of the pass transistor, a source coupled to the source of the pass transistor, and a drain; a first current mirror coupled to the drain of the first transistor; a second current mirror coupled to the drain of the second transistor, and coupled to the first current mirror; a feedback voltage circuit coupled to the drain of the pass transistor; an error amplifier comprising a first input port coupled to the feedback voltage circuit, and an output port coupled to the gate of the pass transistor; and a capacitor coupled to the second current mirror and to the first input port of the error amplifier.

[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]

Inventor(s): Ekram Hossain Bhuiyan (San Jose, CA), Steve Xiaofeng Chi (Cupertino, CA) Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14879627 on 10/09/2015 (1334 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus may include detection circuitry configured to detect a presence of a host clock signal on a host clock line, and detect a level of a host supply voltage upon detection of the host clock signal. The detection circuitry may configure a core regulator in a regulation mode or in a bypass mode based on the detected level of the host supply voltage. Additionally, components of analog circuitry of a non-volatile memory system may be partitioned into different supply voltage domains, with those components active during a sleep state receiving one supply voltage and those components inactive during the sleep state receiving a different supply voltage.

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

Inventor(s): Fnu Akshara (Richarson, TX) Assignee(s): NetScout Systems Texas, LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15268221 on 09/16/2016 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method for predicting failure of a disk that is configured to store digital data is provided. The method includes receiving health status data from a monitor that measures health status of the disk, the health status data including factor values associated with a plurality of respective disk failure factors, receiving an overall factor weight assigned to each disk failure factor, wherein the overall factor weight indicates the contribution of that factor in predicting a failure of the disk, and receiving, for each disk failure factor, a weight factor assigned to each bin of a set of bins, wherein each bin has an assigned range of factor values, the weight factor assigned to each bin indicating a probability of disk failure based on empirical results. The operations further include, for each disk failure factor, determining a bin having an assigned range of factor values that includes the associated factor value included in the health status data, determining the weight factor assigned to the bin determined, and determining a total failure value for the disk indicative of predicted risk of failure based on, for each disk failure factor, the weight factor determined and the overall factor weight assigned.

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

SAAS platform that promotes longevity by keeping people connected longer to maximize full relationship potential Patent No. 10310797 

Inventor(s): Steve Mark Rayner (Little Elm, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Plager Schack LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15336442 on 10/27/2016 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic platform is disclosed that helps extend the lifespan of relationships, for example, between a salesperson and their client. The platform allows the user to have an account in which the user can store content which may be provided to a second user in an exclusive session through a generated unique URL. The platform is configured to selectively share only what one user wants to a particular recipient. A user interface connected through the unique URL is only accessible by the two users. The interface may provide each user with a section of the display from which to interact with the other user by using selectable features that are shared by both users on the interface. A duality of use is achieved through two-way communication through the page of the interface which helps build the relationship by each side providing feedback to the other side.

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

Inventor(s): Brick Eksten (Uxbridge, , CA), Craig White (Richmond Hill, , CA), Cristian Saceanu (Thornhill, , CA), Frank Belme (Stouffville, , CA), Scott Palmer (Stouffville, , CA), Stephen Li (Markham, , CA) Assignee(s): IMAGINE COMMUNICATIONS CORP. (Frisco, TX) Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15977155 on 05/11/2018 (389 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamic development and/or management of computing applications including a development framework, a visual design subsystem, a deployment subsystem, and a distributed ledger, where at runtime the deployment subsystem is operable to dynamically deploy a computing application realized by a blueprint by sending a request at runtime for graphs and components instantiated by the blueprint, and the distributed ledger is operable to store a set of components and associating each component with a digital certificate.

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

Inventor(s): Kenneth Wayne Roberson (North Richland Hills, TX) Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: McGinn IP Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15056637 on 02/29/2016 (1191 days app to issue)

Abstract: A development project method, system, and non-transitory computer readable medium, include a classification circuit configured to classify tasks of a project into a first capability-type executed by a first project development strategy and a second capability-type executed by a second project development strategy, a switch point calculation circuit configured to calculate a switch point based on values stored in the database, the switch point being a time during the project when project development switches between the first project development strategy and the second project development strategy.

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

Inventor(s): Gopi Kancharla (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA) Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15947496 on 04/06/2018 (424 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may receive a set of heartbeat messages. The set of heartbeat messages may be related to determining a respective priority of a set of computing nodes for processing a set of jobs. The device may identify a heartbeat message, of the set of heartbeat messages, associated with a lowest offset relative to offsets associated with other heartbeat messages of the set of heartbeat messages. The device may determine the respective priority of the set of computing nodes based on one or more factors related to the set of computing nodes or the set of heartbeat messages. The device may determine whether to perform a subset of the set of jobs based on the respective priority of the set of computing nodes. The device may perform a set of actions after determining whether to perform the subset of the set of jobs.

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

Multicore bus architecture with non-blocking high performance transaction credit system Patent No. 10311007 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet A. Chachad (Plano, TX), David M. Thompson (Dallas, TX), Joseph R. M. Zbiciak (San Jose, CA), Kai Chirca (Dallas, TX), Matthew D. Pierson (Murphy, TX), Timothy D. Anderson (University Park, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15903183 on 02/23/2018 (466 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention is a bus communication protocol. A master device stores bus credits. The master device may transmit a bus transaction only if it holds sufficient number and type of bus credits. Upon transmission, the master device decrements the number of stored bus credits. The bus credits correspond to resources on a slave device for receiving bus transactions. The slave device must receive the bus transaction if accompanied by the proper credits. The slave device services the transaction. The slave device then transmits a credit return. The master device adds the corresponding number and types of credits to the stored amount. The slave device is ready to accept another bus transaction and the master device is re-enabled to initiate the bus transaction. In many types of interactions a bus agent may act as both master and slave depending upon the state of the process.

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

Inventor(s): Wesley Bryan (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): Workday, Inc. (Pleasanton, CA) Law Firm: Van Pelt, Yi James LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15435774 on 02/17/2017 (837 days app to issue)

Abstract: Data formatting, migration and corresponding application acceptance for cloud-based applications may include various operations. One example operation may include identifying a data object eligible for migration to a cloud application and identifying a number of field groups linked to the data object, each of the field groups may include at least one data field. The operation may further provide receiving the field groups at a data formatting application operated on a remote cloud application server. Also, a format of the field group may be converted to a format associated with a simple data set of the cloud application for data migration purposes.

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

Inventor(s): Arquimedes Martinez Canedo (Plainsboro, NJ), Zhi Zhang (Manhattan, KS) Assignee(s): Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15251434 on 08/30/2016 (1008 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method is provided that facilitates solving and enforcing associative constraints across heterogeneous models of the same system. The system may include a processor configured to: access an expression that specifies a relationship between at least one first constraint variable and at least one second constraint variable; access a first constraint map that maps at least one first model property of a first model to the at least one first constraint variable; and access a second constraint map that maps at least one second model property of a second model to the at least one second constraint variable. The processor may also be configured to: retrieve based on the first constraint map, at least one first model value of the at least one first model property from the first model by accessing a first modeling software component that is configured to access and manipulate the first model; and determine at least one second model value for the at least one second model property of the second model, based on the at least one first model value, the expression, the first constraint map, and the second constraint map.

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

Method and system for isolating secure communication events from a non-secure application Patent No. 10311247 

Inventor(s): Andrew James Dobson (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): VMware, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA) Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 14865329 on 09/25/2015 (1348 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for isolating secure communication events from a non-secure application are described herein. The method can include the steps of intercepting a communication event from an external communications network or an external communications device and determining whether the communication event is a secure communication event. If the communication event is a secure communication event, the secure communication event can be processed by a secure application. In addition, the secure communication event can be prevented from being processed by the non-secure application.

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

Optimization of patient care team based on correlation of patient characteristics and care provider characteristics Patent No. 10311388 

Inventor(s): Marina V. Pascali (Dallas, TX), Russell G. Olsen (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15077346 on 03/22/2016 (1169 days app to issue)

Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for matching patients with care providers. Patient information for a current patient, from at least one patient information source, is analyzed and a medical need of the current patient is determined. Patient information for a plurality of other patients associated with a plurality of care providers is analyzed and, for each care provider in the plurality of care providers, a measure of strength for a type of medical care corresponding to the at least one medical need is determined, based on results of the analysis of patient information for the plurality of other patients associated with the care provider. At least one care provider is selected for inclusion in a care team for the current patient based on the determined strengths of each care provider in the plurality of care providers. A care team data structure comprising information about the at least one care provider is output.

[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]

Inventor(s): Adeel Najmi (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): JDA Software Group, Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ) Law Firm: Spencer Fane LLP (4 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14951841 on 11/25/2015 (1287 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, optimizing inventory includes accessing service level band sets. Each service level band set is associated with a policy group, and includes service level bands. Each service level band of a service level band set has a service level priority with respect to any other service level bands of the same service level band set. An inventory band set is determined for each service level band set. Each inventory band set includes inventory bands, where each inventory band satisfies a corresponding service level band assuming an unconstrained network. Each inventory band of an inventory band set has an inventory priority with respect to any other inventory bands of the same inventory band set. A feasible supply chain plan that satisfies the inventory band sets is generated in order of the inventory priorities until a constrained network is depleted.

[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, methods, and computer program products for providing a contactless protocol Patent No. 10311428 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Tomczak (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): GOOGLE LLC (Mountain View, CA) Law Firm: Johnson, Marcou Isaacs, LLC (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 13901188 on 05/23/2013 (2203 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods and computer program products are provided for managing contactless transactions. A first tap is performed when a system is placed within a predetermined proximity to a payment terminal. A first select command including an AID corresponding to a first application is received from the payment terminal. A first response based on the first select command is transmitted to the payment terminal. A data request including information indicating supported data types is received from the payment terminal. A second response based on the data request and including transaction data is transmitted to the payment terminal. The transaction data includes at least a portion of commerce data stored in the at least one memory.

[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 apparatus for assessing reach, engagement, conversation or other social metrics based on domain tailored evaluation of social media exposure Patent No. 10311453 

Inventor(s): Eric Jonathan Swayne (Denton, TX), Kyle Allen Nelson (Dallas, TX), Powell McVay Kinney (Dallas, TX), Shawn Timothy Spieth (Dallas, TX), Victor Vincent Savelli (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): MVPindex, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Sprinkle IP Law Group (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16032412 on 07/11/2018 (328 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a social media analytics platform. An entity may be configured with respect to the platform and a number of social media accounts, and other data such as aliases or search terms associated with the entity. Data is collected at certain intervals from the various online sites, including social media sites, using the various disparate and proprietary interfaces and data models provided by the sites and the configurations for the social media accounts associated with an entity. Using this data obtained from these online sites one or more scores can be calculated or update based on the data, where the score(s) may serve to quantify a facet of the entity”s social media exposure and may serve to be domain specific to the entity. The scores for each of the indices for an entity can thus serve to quantify facets of an entity”s social media exposure.

[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]

Computer program product and method for sales forecasting and adjusting a sales forecast Patent No. 10311455 

Inventor(s): Greg Brady (Dallas, TX), Ranjit Notani (Plano, TX), Sivakoumar Arumugam (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): One Network Enterprises, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 13784752 on 03/04/2013 (2283 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer program product and method for sales forecasting and adjusting a sales forecast for an enterprise in a configurable region having one or more clusters of stores. The method includes periodically receiving a sales forecast for an enterprise over a configurable period of time, periodically receiving actual sales information, sales anomalies and anticipated events within the at least one of the clusters of stores over a computer network, determining positive and negative deviations from the anticipated sales of the sales forecast based on the sales information, determining whether one or more trends are occurring or have occurred using a pre-defined mathematical expression based on the sales information, the positive and negative deviations, and the sales anomalies, adjusting the anticipated sales of the sales forecast based on the sales anomalies, the trends and the anticipated events, and outputting the adjusted sales forecast to a user. The sales forecast includes anticipated sales for a plurality of items within at least one of the clusters of stores.

[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. 10311466 

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: 15884027 on 01/30/2018 (490 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]

Inventor(s): Aritra Dhar (West Bengal, , IN), Atul Singh (Bangalore, , IN), Bhupendra Singh Solanki (Indore, , IN), Geetha Manjunath (Bangalore, , IN), Shailesh Vaya (Bangalore, , IN), Shubhi Sharma (Bangalore, , IN) Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Jones Robb, PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15018944 on 02/09/2016 (1211 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and a system for receiving targeted content are disclosed. In an embodiment, in a mobile device at least a first metadata corresponding to a first content displayed on a digital signage board is received, based on a predetermined action performed by the mobile device. The first metadata comprises at least a location of the digital signage board. A second metadata corresponding to one or more product categories associated with one or more products in vicinity of the digital signage board is determined, based on the location of the digital signage board. One or more user preferences are determined based on the first metadata and the second metadata. The targeted content is received on the mobile device based on the one or more user preferences.

[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]

Inventor(s): Waymon B. Reed (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14421836 on 08/15/2013 (2119 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method of simulating modeling a garment, comprising the steps of receiving a user image, a garment selection, and a user profile. A photo extraction module extracts the head and neck region from the user image. A colorization module extracts color frequency data from the user image for application to a base figure framework. The system selects and scales a base figure framework in response to user profile input. A stitching module joins said extracted head and neck region to the neck region of the selected base figure framework to output a base user model. A model display module overlays and scales the selected garment on the base user model. The model display module renders a near three dimensional user model, shading the user model based on colorization module data, whereby the system simulates the user wearing the selected garment.

[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]

Inventor(s): Brent B. Beseda (Carrollton, TX), Christopher F. Sugg (Grapevine, TX), Felix Vasquez, Jr. (Southlake, TX) Assignee(s): Hyphen Solutions, LLC (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14250324 on 04/10/2014 (1881 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving, from a builder, a purchase order (PO) that includes information descriptive of a product to be provided by a vendor in association with construction of a home. A first identifier specific to the builder may be used to identify the product. The method includes determining whether the PO is a configured PO, and generating a first alert when the PO is a non-configured PO. The method includes providing the first alert to the builder and the vendor. When the builder views the alert, the builder may be prompted to configure the PO using builder specific information. When the vendor views the alert, the vendor may be prompted to configure the PO using vendor specific information. Mapping information may provide translation of the builder specific information to the vendor specific information and translation of the vendor specific information to the builder specific information.

[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]

Inventor(s): Clinton B Smith (The Colony, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 13717615 on 12/17/2012 (2360 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments for a method and system for the making, storage and display of virtual image edits are disclosed. Source/linked image(s) ([b]201[/b][i]a[/i]) in a web or other computer device ([b]100[/b][i]a[/i]) environment may be virtually edited and/or combined with one another ([b]102[/b]), by individual users, in collaboration with others or an automated program. Only the virtual edit alteration code, including the source image location information, are displayed ([b]108[/b]) and saved ([b]410[/b]), eliminating image redundancy, as the source images are not truly edited, copied or resaved, but instead remain stored at the copyright holder”s disclosed location. Just as the House Of Mirrors in an amusement park changes ones reflection without changing the person, separating the image(s) from the virtual edits improves image load speeds and saves storage space. The said display is dynamically affected should the image copyright holder change or delete one of the source images.

Inventor(s): Fatih Porikli (San Jose, CA), Junqiang Shen (Shanghai, , CN), Qijie Xu (Santa Clara, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15939984 on 03/29/2018 (432 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and device for mitigating passenger-related item loss in a travel-for-hire context are disclosed. An item within a vehicle passenger region is identified, and associated the identified item with a passenger identified by a passenger identifier. A vehicle cabin inventory database is updated with an entry based on the identified item associated with the passenger identifier. A presence of the identified item is detected within the vehicle cabin passenger region when a passenger exit event occurs, and message data is generated including the entry that relates to the identified item based on the presence of the identified item within the vehicle cabin passenger region.

Inventor(s): James Edwin O”Toole (Boise, ID), Thomas Michael Trent (Tucson, AZ), Ward Parkinson (Boise, ID) Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15858535 on 12/29/2017 (522 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bit line read voltage generator may operate in a high drive strength or current mode to drive a selected bit line voltage to a read selected bit line voltage at a high level, and then may switch to operating in a low drive strength or current mode. Doing so may control, such as by limiting, the amount of cell current if the selected memory cell turns on, reducing the likelihood of false writes. Also, a word line read voltage generator may operate in a high drive strength or current mode to ramp up a selected word line voltage level, and then may switch to operating in a low drive strength or current mode to shorten the time for a global selected word line voltage to decrease to below a trip level and/or to control an amount of the cell current when the selected memory cell turns on.

[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)

Single-photon avalanche diode image sensor with photon counting and time-of-flight detection capabilities Patent No. 10312275 

Inventor(s): Jaroslav Hynecek (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC (Phoenix, AZ) Law Firm: Treyz Law Group, P.C. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15496915 on 04/25/2017 (770 days app to issue)

Abstract: A back side illuminated image sensor may operate using the single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) concept in a Geiger mode of operation for single photon detection. The image sensor may be implemented using two layer stacking with a silicon on insulator (SOI) chip. The chip-to-chip electrical connections between the top level image sensing chip and the second level ASIC circuit chip may be realized at each pixel with a single bump connection per pixel. A light level signal may be obtained from pixels that have photon counting capabilities while a distance measurement signal for 3-dimensional imaging may be obtained from pixels that have time-of-flight (ToF) detection capabilities. Both types of pixels may be integrated within the same array and use the same SPAD structure placed on the top chip.

[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

Inventor(s): Behlul Poonawalla (Flower Mound, TX), John DeBusk (Southlake, TX) Assignee(s): FREEFLIGHT ACQUISITION CORPORATION (Irving, TX) Law Firm: Haynes Boone, LLP (Local + 10 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14990436 on 01/07/2016 (1244 days app to issue)

Abstract: An antenna system is disclosed. The antenna systems includes a base, a beam carried by the base, a global positioning system antenna carried near a first end of the beam, and a monopole antenna carried near a second end of the beam.

[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]

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORKS LLC (Durham, NC) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14969505 on 12/15/2015 (1267 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process and system are directed to generating a medium without user involvement. A user makes a series of increasingly granular selections to specify the type of medium to be built, such as a webpage. A search engine conducts a search of networking resources to identify and collect content items that have a relationship to the user and that are relevant to the webpage selections made by the user. The content collection is performed automatically without any user involvement, beyond the user”s initial webpage selections. The webpage is then constructed, using the collected content items to populate the components of the webpage. The webpage is customized to the user because its contents are developed based upon a search that reflects the targeting and collection of content items that are both related to the user and relevant to the user”s webpage definition.

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

Inventor(s): Jason A. Lochhead (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): VMWARE, INC. (Palo Alto, CA) Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15280334 on 09/29/2016 (978 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus to manage workload domains in virtual server racks are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a policy enforcer to evaluate whether capacities of the plurality of workload domains comply with policy capacity levels of respective user-defined policies for the plurality of workload domains, and a resource manager to, when a first workload domain has a first quantity of resources that exceeds a first policy capacity level of a first user-defined policy, identify a second workload domain requesting a second quantity of resources, when the second quantity of resources is equal to the first quantity of resources, allocate the first quantity of resources from the first workload domain to the second workload domain to satisfy the first policy capacity level, when the second quantity of resources is less than the first quantity of resources, allocate the second quantity of resources from the first workload domain to the second workload domain, and de-allocate remaining resources from the first workload domain to a shared resource pool to satisfy the first policy capacity level.

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

System and method for multi-mode communication based on power consumption corresponds to utilization factor and transmission time Patent No. 10313928 

Inventor(s): Il Han Kim (Allen, TX), Wonsoo Kim (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15457477 on 03/13/2017 (813 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to optimize power consumption and capacity in a multi-mode communication system are disclosed. A utilization factor controller is to estimate power consumption values corresponding to a plurality of first utilization factor and second utilization factor pairs, the first utilization factor corresponding to utilization of the first transceiver that is to communicate using a first protocol, the second utilization factor corresponding to utilization of the second transceiver that is to communicate using a second protocol different form the first protocol, the utilization factor controller to select a first utilization factor and second utilization factor pair based on the estimated power consumption value. A transmission time controller is to calculate first and second transmission times to be used by the first and second transceiver based on the selected first utilization factor and second utilization factor pair. A data allocator is to allocate data for transmission by the first transceiver and the second transceiver according to the first and second transmission times.

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

Apparatus, method and computer program product for generating a thumbnail representation of a video sequence Patent No. RE047421 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Antonio Haro (Irving, TX), George Chen (Irving, TX), Vidya Setlur (Irving, TX) Assignee(s): Convesant Wireless Licensing S.a r.l. (Luxembourg, , LU) Law Firm: Conversant Wireless Licensing (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 14046795 on 10/04/2013 (2069 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method and computer program product are provided for generating an image, such as a thumbnail, representation of a video sequence, where the video sequences includes a plurality of frames, at least some of which include an image of a scene that may include one or more objects. The method can include identifying a plurality of objects from the video sequence, and selecting at least some of the identified objects. In addition, the method can include extracting the selected objects from the frames of the video sequence including the respective objects, and combining the selected and extracted objects into an image representation of the video sequence. Patent Class: N/A

Systems and methods for remote control device based interaction with a graphical user interface Patent No. 10310697 

Inventor(s): Brian F. Roberts (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14093280 on 11/29/2013 (2013 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary method includes a user interface system providing a graphical user interface view that includes a high-level menu including first and second of high-level menu options respectively associated with first and second sub-menus, assigning the first high-level menu option an active status, activating the first sub-menu such that the first sub-menu is navigable with a directional pad (”D-pad”) of a remote control device while the first high-level menu option has the active status, receiving user input provided by way of a toggle button of the remote control device designated to toggle between the first and second high-level menu options, toggling the active status from the first high-level menu option to the second high-level menu option, and activating the second sub-menu such that the second sub-menu is navigable with the D-pad of the remote control device while the second high-level menu option has the active status.

Inventor(s): Manu J. Kurian (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15367590 on 12/02/2016 (914 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for performing authorization of a user in a virtual reality environment includes a virtual reality user device. The virtual reality user device includes a display configured to display a virtual environment. The user device receives a virtual authentication object comprising a virtual representation of an object that the user can manipulate to enter an authentication code. The user device detects gestures performed by the user on the displayed virtual authentication object and forms an authentication request, which includes the virtual authentication object, the detected gestures; and an identifier of the user. The user device sends the authentication request to an authentication server. The authentication server determines an authentication code using the virtual authentication object and the detected gestures. The authentication server authenticates the user by comparing the determined authentication code with an authentication code stored in a database and sends an authentication response to the user device.

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

Inventor(s): Timothy Val Kolton (Arlington, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14740107 on 06/15/2015 (1450 days app to issue)

Abstract: A personalized housing for a consumer product, such as a speaker, includes a customizable cover at least partially covering the product and a set of at least two end caps coupled to the product. The end caps are oriented in at least partial opposition to each other and installed using an interference fit. A vibration dampening connector or buffer couples the end caps to the product. The buffer is arranged such that urging the end caps onto the product couples the end caps in a releasable interference fit, and the cover remains coupled to the product when the end caps are pulled from the cover. The cover allows access to controls located on the product, for example volume and input controls, may be made of a front panel covering only the front of the product, and a corresponding enclosure that covers the top, rear and sides of the product.

[H04R] LOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS (producing sounds with frequency not determined by supply frequency G10K) [6]

Inventor(s): Dong Seup Lee (McKinney, TX), Pinghai Hao (Plano, TX), Sameer Pendharkar (Allen, TX), Yoshikazu Kondo (Sachse, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16163602 on 10/18/2018 (229 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device, that in various embodiments includes a first semiconductor layer comprising a first group III nitride. A second semiconductor layer is located directly on the first semiconductor layer and comprises a second different group III nitride. A cap layer comprising the first group III nitride is located directly on the second semiconductor layer. A dielectric layer is located over the cap layer and directly contacts the second semiconductor layer through an opening in the cap 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]

Field effect transistor with stacked nanowire-like channels and methods of manufacturing the same Patent No. 10312152 

Inventor(s): Mark S. Rodder (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15818657 on 11/20/2017 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: A CMOS circuit includes a partial GAA nFET and a partial GAA pFET. The nFET and the pFET each include a fin including a stack of nanowire-like channel regions and a dielectric separation region extending completely between first and second nanowire-like channel regions of the stack. The nFET and the pFET each also include a source electrode and a drain electrode on opposite sides of the fin, and a gate stack extending along a pair of sidewalls of the stack of nanowire-like channel regions. The gate stack includes a gate dielectric layer and a metal layer on the gate dielectric layer. The metal layer does not extend between the first and second nanowire-like channel regions. The channel heights of the nanowire-like channel regions of the partial GAA nFET and the partial GAA pFET are different.

[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]

Inventor(s): Anindya Poddar (Sunnyvale, CA), Hau Nguyen (San Jose, CA), Ken Pham (San Jose, CA), Rajeev D. Joshi (Cupertino, CA) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14932055 on 11/04/2015 (1308 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dual leadframe ([b]100[/b]) for semiconductor systems comprising a first leadframe ([b]110[/b]) having first metal zones separated by first gaps, the first zones including portions of reduced thickness and joint provisions in selected first locations, and further a second leadframe ([b]120[/b]) having second metal zones separated by second gaps, the second zones including portions of reduced thickness and joint provisions ([b]150[/b]) in selected second locations matching the first locations. The second leadframe is stacked on top of the first leadframe and the joint provisions of the matching second and first locations linked together. The resulting dual leadframe may further include insulating material ([b]140[/b]) filling the first and second gaps and the zone portions of reduced thickness, and has insulating surfaces coplanar with the top and bottom metallic surfaces.

[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]

Inventor(s): Ali Kiaei (San Jose, CA), Baher Haroun (Allen, TX), Bichoy Bahr (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENT INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15726284 on 10/05/2017 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit package includes a first die that has a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) resonator coupled to a coil. A second die includes a coil fabricated on a top surface of the second die, and an electronic circuit with tank circuit terminals fabricated on the second die and coupled to the second coil. The second die is positioned adjacent the first die such that the first coil is operable to electromagnetically couple to the second coil.

[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]

Inventor(s): He Lin (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15805897 on 11/07/2017 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, an electrostatic discharge (ESD) device includes a substrate layer, a transition layer positioned on the substrate layer, a plurality of superlattice layers on the transition layer and including at least two doped superlattice layers. The ESD device further includes a plurality of doped contact structures extending from the transition layer to a surface of an outermost layer of the plurality of superlattice layers, where a first of the plurality of doped contact structures comprises an anode and a second of the plurality of doped contact structures comprises a cathode, where the plurality of doped contact structures are to generate a zero capacitance ESD 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 self-aligned source and drain contacts and method of making same Patent No. 10312261 

Inventor(s): John Hongguang Zhang (Fishkill, NY) Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX) Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15890910 on 02/07/2018 (482 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transistor includes an active region supported by a substrate and having a source region, a channel region and a drain region. A gate stack extends over the channel region and a first sidewall surrounds the gate stack. A raised source region and a raised drain region are provided over the source and drain regions, respectively, of the active region adjacent the first sidewall. A second sidewall peripherally surrounds each of the raised source region and raised drain region. The second sidewall extends above a top surface of the raised source region and raised drain region to define regions laterally delimited by the first and second sidewalls. A conductive material fills the regions to form a source contact and a drain contact to the raised source region and raised drain region, respectively.

[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]

Inventor(s): Charles T Fixico, III (Grand Prairie, TX), Ralph E. Tate (Arlington, TX), Thomas E Byrd (Grand Prairie, TX), Toby D. Thomas (Southlake, TX) Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD) Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 13859414 on 04/09/2013 (2247 days app to issue)

Abstract: A thermal battery including a casing; a stack of cells disposed within the casing; a pressurizing element; an actuator when actuated, translates the pressurizing element to automatically engage and repressurize the stack of cells; and a latch configured to inhibit movement of the pressurizing element in a direction away from the stack of cells.

[H01M] PROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY [2]

Inventor(s): Ping Shi (Santa Clara, CA), Yonghua Wei (Santa Clara, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15167279 on 05/27/2016 (1103 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises a radio frequency (RF) antenna circuit; an antenna aperture tuning circuit; an antenna impedance measurement circuit; and a processor circuit electrically coupled to the tunable antenna aperture circuit and the impedance measurement circuit. The processor circuit is configured to: set the antenna aperture tuning circuit to an antenna aperture tuning state according to one or more parameters of an RF communication network; initiate an antenna impedance measurement; and change the antenna aperture tuning state to an antenna aperture tuning state indicated by the antenna impedance.

Inventor(s): Jason P. Wiant (Bedford, TX) Assignee(s): SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC. (Alpharetta, GA) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16053843 on 08/03/2018 (305 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bus brace apparatus for bracing electrical bus bars. The bus brace apparatus includes a bracing block with a plurality of bus bar-receiving recesses configured to receive bus bars therein and a plurality of legs defining sides of the bus-receiving recesses, wherein the legs including first apertures formed there through. Insulating positioners are received in each of the plurality of bus bar-receiving recesses and each of the insulating positioners include a second aperture formed therein. A fastener extends through each of the first and second apertures and aligns each of the insulating positioners within the bus bar-receiving recesses. A channel member is coupled to the bracing block and includes one or more sides configured to interface with a surface of the insulating positioners and limit rotation thereof in the bus bar-receiving recesses. Bus bar assemblies and methods of bracing bus bars are disclosed, as are other aspects.

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

Inventor(s): Brett Smith (Plano, TX), James Kohout (Plano, TX), Ross E. Teggatz (Plano, TX), Wayne Chen (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TRIUNE SYSTEMS, LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15885156 on 01/31/2018 (489 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are advances in the arts with novel methods and apparatus for detecting faulty connections in an electrical system. Exemplary preferred embodiments include monitoring techniques and systems for monitoring signals at one or more device loads and analyzing the monitored signals for determining fault conditions at the device loads and/or at the main transmission lines. The invention preferably provides the capability to test and monitor electrical interconnections without fully activating the host system.

[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)

Inventor(s): Sanjay Gurlahosur (Gourock, , GB) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14930519 on 11/02/2015 (1310 days app to issue)

Abstract: A battery charger circuit having a regulator controller configured to control the switching transistors of a switching voltage regulator. A power path switch is disposed intermediate an output of the switching voltage regulator and a terminal of a battery to be charged, with the power path switch including at least two transistor segments having common respective drain electrodes, common respective source electrodes and separate respective gate electrodes. A power path switch controller operates to sequentially turn ON the at least two transistor segments of the power path switch, preferably in the order of a decreasing ON resistance.

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

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Joseph F. Pinzone (Cornelius, NC), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH) Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Italy, TX) Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14849944 on 09/10/2015 (1363 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of apparatuses, systems, and methods for restricting functionality of guided surface wave receive equipment to unauthorized users. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a network interface adapted to receive a valid key code, and a guided surface wave receive structure configured to obtain electrical energy from a guided surface wave traveling along a lossy conducting medium, wherein the guided surface wave is embedded with a user key code. Accordingly, processing circuitry is further included and is adapted to validate the user key code against the valid key code. The processing circuitry is adapted to disable delivery of the electrical energy from the guided surface wave to an electrical load responsive to the user key code being invalidated.

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

Inventor(s): Babak Fahimi (Arlington, TX), Wei Wang (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): The Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX) Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 14318056 on 06/27/2014 (1803 days app to issue)

Abstract: A double stator permanent magnet machine includes an inner stator having a back iron and a set of inner stator poles connected to the back iron, a rotor having a shaft and a set of segments, each segment having a permanent magnet, adjacent the inner stator and rotatively coupled to the inner stator, an outer stator having a set outer stator poles, adjacent the rotor and rotatively coupled to the rotor, a set of inner windings disposed between each of the inner stator poles, and a set of outer windings disposed between each of the outer stator poles.

[H02K] DYNAMO-ELECTRIC MACHINES (dynamo-electric relays H01H 53/00; conversion of DC or AC input power into surge output power H02M 9/00)

Inventor(s): Ariel Dario Moctezuma (Dallas, TX), Srinath Hosur (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15206014 on 07/08/2016 (1061 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a switch has: a first current handling terminal coupled to a supply source terminal; and a second current handling terminal coupled to an output terminal. A comparator has: a first input coupled to the second current handling terminal; and a second input. A voltage reference source has: a first terminal coupled to the first current handling terminal; and a second terminal coupled to the second input of the comparator. A slew rate detector has an input coupled to the second current handling terminal. A switch controller has: a first input coupled to the comparator output; and a second input coupled to an output of the slew rate detector. The switch controller is coupled to output a signal to cause the switch to open when the comparator detects an over-current condition through the switch while the slew rate detector detects a negative slew rate.

[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]

Inventor(s): Dattatreya Baragur Suryanarayana (Bangalore, , IN), Subrato Roy (Bangalore, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15916979 on 03/09/2018 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes an output transistor device configured to control an output voltage of an output node in response to a control signal and an input voltage. A current sensor is configured to sense an output current supplied from the output node. A feedback converter is configured to convert the sensed output current to a feedback signal that tracks the output voltage of the output node. The feedback converter is further configured to set a clamping threshold. A gate control circuit is configured to generate the control signal in response to the feedback signal. The gate control circuit is configured to clamp the output voltage of the output node via the control signal based on the clamping threshold.

[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]

Inventor(s): Christopher Michael Graves (Sherman, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15635924 on 06/28/2017 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gate control circuit for a tristate output buffer operating in a first voltage domain includes a pull-up circuit coupled between an upper rail and a first gate control signal, a pull-down circuit coupled between a lower rail and a second gate control signal, and a gate isolation switch coupled between the first gate control signal and the second gate control signal. The gate isolation switch includes a first PMOS transistor coupled in parallel with a first NMOS transistor. The first NMOS transistor is controlled by a first enable signal and the first PMOS transistor is controlled by a second enable signal.

[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]

Inventor(s): Toru Tanaka (Plano, TX), Xiong Li (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15854515 on 12/26/2017 (525 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gate driver includes a drive signal input terminal, a drive signal output terminal, a gate drive circuit, and a serial communication interface. The drive signal input terminal is configured to receive a gate drive signal. The gate drive circuit is coupled to the drive signal input terminal and the drive signal output terminal. The gate drive circuit is configured to provide the gate drive signal to the drive signal output terminal. The serial communication interface is coupled to the drive signal input terminal.

[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]

Apparatuses with an embedded combination logic circuit for high speed operations Patent No. 10312919 

Inventor(s): Kallol Mazumder (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID) Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16105836 on 08/20/2018 (288 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses for performing combination logic operations with an combination logic circuit are disclosed. According to one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a first-in-first-out stage comprising an combination logic circuit, a input ring counter circuit coupled to the first-in-first-out stage and configured to selectively provide a push signal to the first-in-first-out stage, and a output ring counter circuit coupled to the first-in-first-out stage and configured to selectively provide a pop signal to the first-in-first-out stage, wherein the first-in-first-out stage is configured to perform calculations on input data with the combination logic circuit to generate output data responsive to receiving the push signal and to provide the output data based on the calculations responsive to receiving the pop signal.

[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]

Programmable gain amplifier and a delta sigma analog-to-digital converter containing the PGA Patent No. 10312931 

Inventor(s): Jun Zhang (Shanghai, , CN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15877098 on 01/22/2018 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: A programmable gain amplifier includes an operational amplifier and a resistor network coupled to the output node of the operational amplifier. The resistor network includes a first plurality of resistors coupled in series between the output node and a first network node. A second plurality of resistors is coupled in series between the first network node and a second network node. A unit resistor is coupled in parallel with the second plurality of resistors between the first and second resistor network nodes and a third plurality of resistors is coupled in parallel between the second resistor network node and a reference voltage. Each resistor of the second and third pluralities of resistors comprises a unit resistor. The third plurality of resistors contains N resistors and the second plurality of resistors contains (N1) resistors.

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

Using CRC residual value to distinguish a recipient of a data packet in a communication system Patent No. 10312936 

Inventor(s): Deric Wayne Waters (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14587433 on 12/31/2014 (1616 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for operating a communication system comprising three or more communication transceivers. In illustrative embodiments, multiple different cyclic redundancy check (CRC) generation schemes are maintained. Each CRC generation scheme corresponds to a unique CRC residual value. A CRC value generated using one of the CRC generation schemes is placed in a data packet to be transmitted. The chosen CRC generation scheme reflects which one or more transceivers are intended recipients of the data packet. When a data packet is received by a transceiver, a CRC residual value is calculated based on the CRC value contained in the received data packet. The calculated CRC residual value is compared against a list of one or more valid CRC residual values for that particular transceiver. If the calculated CRC value matches one of the listed valid CRC residual values, the data packet is accepted, otherwise it is rejected.

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

Inventor(s): Chris Michael Brueggen (Plano, TX), Craig Warner (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Patent Department (12 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15468619 on 03/24/2017 (802 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one example in accordance with the present disclosure, a system comprises a plurality of memory dies, a first region of memory allocated for primary ECC spread across a first subset of at least one memory die belonging to the plurality of memory die, wherein a portion of the primary ECC is allocated to each data block and a second region of memory allocated for secondary ECC spread across a second subset of at least one memory die included in the plurality of memory die. The system also comprises a memory controller configured to determine that an error within the first data block cannot be corrected using a first portion of the primary ECC allocated to the first data block, access the second region allocated for secondary ECC stored on the at least one memory die belonging to the plurality of memory die and attempt to correct the error using the primary and secondary ECC.

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

Inventor(s): Hang Jin (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15397603 on 01/03/2017 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment is a system including a data collector located in a cable network for capturing multi-tone signals traversing the cable network; a data repository located in a cloud network and having an interface for communicating with the data collector and for storing the multi-tone signals captured by the data collector and network data associated with the cable network; and a central server including a memory element storing Predictive Services Management (PSM) algorithms comprising instructions and associated data and a processor operable to execute the PSM algorithms. The central server is configured for detecting a fault in the cable network and identifying a segment associated with the fault; determining a maximum tap magnitude for the fault; calculating an aggregate tap magnitude for the fault; and classifying a severity of the fault based at least in part on the maximum tap magnitude and the aggregate tap magnitude.

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

Multi-source same-cell wireless distribution system (WDS) with dynamic source adaptation Patent No. 10312972 

Inventor(s): Chao He (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Corning Incorporated (Corning, NY) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15692815 on 08/31/2017 (642 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to a multi-source same-cell wireless distribution system (WDS) with dynamic source adaptation. In this regard, the WDS includes multiple remote units each configured to distribute a downlink communications signal having identical cell identification in a respective coverage area. The WDS includes a signal distribution circuit communicatively coupled to multiple signal sources. The signal distribution circuit can dynamically determine a selected coverage cell among multiple coverage cells having a client device load higher than a predefined load threshold. Accordingly, the signal distribution circuit can redistribute the defined source capacity of a selected signal source among the multiple signal sources exclusively to the selected coverage cell. By dynamically distributing more capacity to the selected coverage cell with higher client device load, it is possible to increase data throughput, thus helping to provide improved user experience in the selected coverage cell.

Inventor(s): Diana Maamari (Rolling Meadows, IL), George Calcev (Hoffman Estates, IL), Majid Ghanbarinejad (Rolling Meadows, IL) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15345398 on 11/07/2016 (939 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for beamforming training is disclosed including SNR values with each of the SNR values associated with one of the antenna identifiers (IDs) in a first frame identifying different radio frequency (RF) chains for a process of beamforming training; receiving and transmitting the first frame bi-directionally between multiple pairs of communicating nodes, wherein each pair of the communicating nodes has at least one initiator node and one responder node; receiving feedback of the SNRs associated with the antenna IDs from two or more responder nodes of the multiple pairs of the communicating nodes to choose an RF chain as favorable transmit antenna for transmission; and determining respective one from the multiple antenna sectors of the multiple antennas for transmission for the responder nodes according to the feedback. A central network controller and a system are also disclosed herein.

Optical transmission system and related remote optically pumped amplifier (ROPA) and method Patent No. 10313020 

Inventor(s): Do-Il Chang (Allen, TX), Philippe Andre Perrier (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Neptune Subsea IP Limited (London, , GB) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15800296 on 11/01/2017 (580 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a remote optically pumped amplifier (ROPA). The ROPA includes a bypass filter configured to receive an optical signal and first pump power and to separate the optical signal and the first pump power. The ROPA also includes an amplifier configured to receive the optical signal from the bypass filter and to amplify the optical signal. The ROPA further includes an optical combiner/multiplexer configured to receive the first pump power from the bypass filter, receive at least second and third pump powers, combine at least two of the first, second and third pump powers, and provide different pump powers or combinations of pump powers to different locations within the ROPA to feed the amplifier.

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

Inventor(s): Ahmed H. Hmimy (Richardson, TX), Matthew Thomas Melester (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): Andrew Wireless Systems GmbH (Buchdorf, , DE) Law Firm: Fogg Powers LLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14448080 on 07/31/2014 (1769 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects are directed to a configuration sub-system for telecommunication systems. The configuration sub-system can include a test signal generator, a power measurement device, at least one additional power measurement device, and a controller. The test signal generator can be integrated into components of a telecommunication system. The test signal generator can provide a test signal to a signal path of the telecommunication system. The power measurement device and the additional power measurement device can respectively be integrated into different components of the telecommunication system. The power measurement device and the additional power measurement device can respectively measure the power of the test signal at different measurement points in the signal path. The controller can normalize signals transmitted via the telecommunication system by adjusting a path gain for the signal path based on measurements from the power measurement device and the additional power measurement device.

Massive MIMO array testing using a programmable phase matrix and channel emulator Patent No. 10313034 

Inventor(s): Alfonso Rodriguez-Herrera (Denton, TX), John Douglas Reed (Arlington, TX) Assignee(s): Spirent Communications, Inc. (San Jose, CA) Law Firm: Haynes Beffel Wolfeld LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15782769 on 10/12/2017 (600 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed systems and methods for conducted massive MIMO array testing uses an efficient method of utilizing hardware resources for emulating signals from a massive MIMO base station transceiver to a MIMO mobile unit as dictated by a channel model; and also for emulating signals from a MIMO mobile unit to a massive MIMO BS transceiver, as dictated by a channel model. The system uses a phase matrix combiner to emulate the angular behavior of the propagation using virtual probes, combined with a radio channel emulator to create the temporal, multipath, and correlation behavior of the propagation. Using a phase matrix function increases the number of antenna elements that can be utilized in a massive MIMO array emulation while keeping the required number of fading channels within the radio channel emulator at a reduced number, thus forming a cost effective, yet realistic test system for massive MIMO testing.

Inventor(s): George Calcev (Hoffman Estates, IL), Murali Narasimha (Vernon Hills, IL) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15343093 on 11/03/2016 (943 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for assisting a wireless a communication device to acquire access to a millimeter-wave access point (mmW AP). In some embodiments, an angular direction from a mobile wireless communication device to the mmW AP is determined. In some embodiments, the mobile wireless communication device receives information from a wireless network that helps the mobile wireless communication device determine the angular direction. In some embodiments, the signals between wireless network and mobile wireless communication device are below 6 GHz. In some embodiments, the wireless network provides the mobile wireless communication device with the angular direction. Therefore, the mobile wireless communication device is able to configure an antenna to receive and/or transmit a beam in a direction of the mmW AP. The mobile wireless communication may do so during a process of gaining access to the mmW AP.

System and method for characterizing dynamic interferers in advanced receivers Patent No. 10313088 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX) Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE) Law Firm: Sage Patent Group (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15501343 on 08/07/2015 (1397 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one example embodiment, a method for identifying interfering physical channel configurations and cell-specific reference signals (CRSs) for the characterization of dynamic interferers includes constructing configuration indications. Each configuration indication may include a physical cell identity, antenna port information for a cell-specific reference signal (CRS), and an identification of a channel state information reference signal (CSI-RS). First and second configuration indications may be transmitted to a first wireless device. A first physical channel may be transmitted to the first wireless device. A second physical channel transmitted from a second network node may interfere with the first physical channel and be identifiable at least in part based on the first and second configuration indications. The first and second configuration indications may include a same physical cell identity and same antenna port information.

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

Enhanced loop-breaking protocol to support connectionless and connection-oriented ethernet Patent No. 10313151 

Inventor(s): Maitreya Mukhopadhyay (Allen, TX), Michael Colven (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): FUJITSU LIMITED (Kawasaki, , JP) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14596896 on 01/14/2015 (1602 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for breaking loops in an Ethernet network that supports connectionless and connection-oriented Ethernet. A loop-breaking protocol may be used to detect a loop among a plurality of network elements and to identify a port to block in order to break the loop. The network elements may stop the flow of connectionless Ethernet traffic, while continuing to allow connection-oriented Ethernet traffic to pass. The loop-breaking protocol may be further configured to analyze and understand connection-oriented Ethernet within the network so that connection-oriented Ethernet paths are accounted for during loop detection and prevention.

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

Inventor(s): Qin Ye (Plano, TX), Robert W. Peterson (Plano, TX), Thomas T. Wheeler (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORKS LLC (Durham, NC) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15653252 on 07/18/2017 (686 days app to issue)

Abstract: In distributed object computing, messages from a source node to a destination node are often required to be routed via one or more intermediate nodes. In order to enhance efficiency of the relay process, a message envelope of a message may include a node list field that specifies the routing path of the message. The communication protocol for communicating the message may specify that when a message is received into a particular node, the node analyzes the node list field. If the identity of the node is last in the node list field, then the node is the destination node and thus the node unmarshals the message. Otherwise, the node forwards the message to the next node in the field list without unmarshalling the message.

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

Inventor(s): Patrick Bosshart (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): BAREFOOT NETWORKS, INC. (Santa Clara, CA) Law Firm: Adeli LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15094987 on 04/08/2016 (1152 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of identifying a path for forwarding a packet by a packet forwarding element. The method receives a packet that includes a plurality of fields that identify a particular packet flow. The method computes a plurality of hash values from the plurality of fields that identify the particular packet flow. Each hash value computed using a different hash algorithm. Based on the plurality of hash values, the method identifies a plurality of paths configured to forward the packets of the particular flow. The method identifies the status of each of the plurality of paths. Each path status identifies whether or not the corresponding path is operational. The method selects an operational path in the plurality of paths to forward the packet based on a priority scheme using said plurality of identified status bits.

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

Internet control message protocol enhancement for traffic carried by a tunnel over internet protocol networks Patent No. 10313235 

Inventor(s): Lucy Yong (Georgetown, TX) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15208347 on 07/12/2016 (1057 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first network element (NE) comprises a receiver configured to receive a tunnel redirection request message from a second NE, wherein the tunnel redirection request message is a request to re-route packets to a third NE instead of the second NE, wherein the tunnel redirection request message comprises an address of the third NE and a first destination address, wherein the packets comprise the first destination address. A processor of the NE is coupled to the receiver and configured to add an outer header and an encapsulation header to a first subset of the packets, wherein the outer header comprises the address of the third NE, and wherein the encapsulation header comprises an identifier of an encapsulation protocol supported by the third NE, and a transmitter coupled to the processor and configured to transmit the first subset of the packets to the third NE via an overlay tunnel, and transmit a second subset of packets to the second NE.

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

Inventor(s): Gregory O. Harp (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA) Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15071813 on 03/16/2016 (1175 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing and using a distributed forwarding service. A service request can be received at a computing device and can relate to a distributed forwarding service. The computing device can configure the distributed forwarding service by determining a number of nodes that are to provide the distributed forwarding service and configuring a shared control function to control the nodes. The computing device can trigger instantiation of the distributed forwarding service. Instantiation of the distributed forwarding service can include dedicating a shared incoming switch for the distributed forwarding service, dedicating a shared outgoing switch for the distributed forwarding service, instantiating the nodes, and instantiating the shared control function. The distributed forwarding service can include the shared incoming switch, the shared control function, the nodes, and the shared outgoing switch.

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

Observation platform using structured communications with external devices and systems Patent No. 10313289 

Inventor(s): Ashok Donthe Manjunath (Chikkaballapur, , IN), Guy R. VanBuskirk (Spicewood, TX), Kiran Kumar, S B (Bangalore, , IN), Ravi Shankar Kumar (Richardson, TX), Shiva Cheedella (Dallas, TX), Steven M. Lucy (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Theatro Labs, Inc. (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16119948 on 08/31/2018 (277 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for using an observation platform with an external device are disclosed. A signal is received from a first communication device at a second communication device associated with a computer system. Context information is derived from the signal at the computer system from, a speech to text analysis of the audible source, a policy implemented in the computer system by a controlling enterprise, and inferences calculated by a combination of text analysis, and secondary information contained in the signal. An action is determined to take place at an external device or user device based on the context information, wherein the external device is one of a plurality of external devices and is networked to the second communication device or a plurality of devices. A second signal is sent to the external device to instruct the device to take the action.

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

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: 15686762 on 08/25/2017 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to ensuring information security in data transfers by utilizing proximity keys. A computing platform may receive a data collection comprising one or more data sets to be transferred to one or more remote recipient systems, as well as one or more transfer path specifications defining a specific sequence of hop points via which the data collection is to be transferred. Subsequently, the computing platform may receive, from a quorum of authorization devices, a plurality of authorization keys. Based on validating the plurality of authorization keys, the computing platform may encrypt the data collection using the plurality of authorization keys. Then, the computing platform may send the encrypted data collection to a first hop point associated with the specific sequence of hop points defined by the one or more transfer path specifications, so as to initiate a transfer of the data collection to a decryption platform.

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

Inventor(s): Manu J. Kurian (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14950956 on 11/24/2015 (1288 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for proactive intrusion protection comprises a memory operable to store data identifying a plurality of compromising entities, comprising at least one of a device identifier or a contact identifier, and a processor communicatively coupled to the memory and operable to receive, from a remote application associated with a remote device and with the system, information regarding a destination of the outgoing communication. The processor is further operable to determine an entity associated with the destination of the outgoing communication and to determine that the entity associated with the destination matches at least one of the plurality of compromising entities based on comparing the data identifying the plurality of compromising entities and the entity associated with the destination of the outgoing communication. Furthermore, the processor is operable to send to the remote application, before the outgoing communication is sent, a signal configured to block the outgoing communication.

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

Compiler and hardware interactions to remove action dependencies in the data plane of a network forwarding element Patent No. 10313495 

Inventor(s): Patrick Bosshart (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): BAREFOOT NETWORKS, INC. (Santa Clara, CA) Law Firm: Adeli LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15682365 on 08/21/2017 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of configuring a forwarding element that includes several data plane message processing stages. The method stores a set of action codes in an instruction memory in the data plane of the forwarding element. Each action code identifies an operation to perform on a field of a message received at the data plane. The method determines action codes required to process each field of the message in each message processing stage. The method configures a data-plane processing unit of the forwarding element to concurrently perform a group of the action codes in the same data plane processing stage when (i) the action codes are the same and (ii) operate on the same field of the message.

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

Systems, methods, and computer program products for providing regional survivable calling over a packet network Patent No. 10313528 

Inventor(s): Danny Peeler (Apex, NC), Earl Barton Manchester (Lafayette, CO), Julian Francispillai (Stittsville, , CA), Michael Kisselburgh (Argyle, TX), Paul Roy (Holly Springs, NC) Assignee(s): Genband US LLC (Frisco, TX) Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14226530 on 03/26/2014 (1896 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is disclosed of providing survivable communications in a communications network, the method comprising: determining a loss of communications with a communications server, wherein the communications server provides calling features to an endpoint connected to the access node; and after determining a loss of communications with the communications server, forming a cluster of a plurality of access nodes to provide communication service to endpoints served by the plurality of access nodes, wherein the plurality of access nodes comprises the access node, and wherein the access node and a second access node in the plurality of access nodes use different access technology.

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

Inventor(s): Janice Shuay-Ann Pan (Houston, TX), Vikram VijayanBabu Appia (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15661844 on 07/27/2017 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rear-stitched view panorama (RSVP) system is provided that includes at least one processor and a memory storing software instructions that, when executed by the least one processor, cause the RSVP system to compute a disparity map for a left center rear image and a right center rear image captured by a stereo camera mounted on a rear of a vehicle, transform a right rear image, a left rear image, a reference center rear image, and the disparity map to a virtual world view, the right rear image and left rear image captured by respective right and left cameras mounted on the vehicle, compute an optimal left seam and an optimal right seam based on the transformed disparity map, and stitch the transformed images based on respective optimal seams to generate a panorama.

Inventor(s): Anker Bjrn-Josefsen (Hellerup, , DK), Kim N. Madsen (Skovlunde, , DK), Lars Risbo (Hvalsoe, , DK) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14827265 on 08/14/2015 (1390 days app to issue)

Abstract: A predictive back-emf protection methodology for an electromechanical system, including a signal processor that processes a source signal to provide a modified source signal, a driver that converts the modified source signal to a drive signal, and an electromechanical transducer that generates, from the drive signal, a transducer response, and a back-emf signal coupled back to the driver output. A predictive back-emf generator (such as a routine in the signal processor) is characterized by a back-emf transfer function (linear parameterized model of the electromechanical transducer) for transforming an input signal into a transform back-emf representation of a back-emf signal predicted by the back-emf transfer function as a response of the electromechanical transducer to such input signal. The signal processor processes the source signal based on the transform back-emf representation to generate the modified source signal input to the driver. An example application is limiting peaking current in an audio system.

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

Inventor(s): Mazin Al-Shalash (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14709127 on 05/11/2015 (1485 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for providing an extensible solution for discovery message size includes determining a capsule size at a layer one protocol of a user equipment operating in a cellular network. The capsule size is forwarded to a layer two protocol of the user equipment where it is adjusted to accommodate layer two overhead. The adjusted capsule size is then forwarded to a layer three protocol.

System and method for enabling call originations using SMS and hotline capabilities Patent No. 10313846 

Inventor(s): Andrew Silver (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): TANGO NETWORKS, INC. (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15729265 on 10/10/2017 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for handling call originations is provided. The method includes sending origination information from a mobile device to an application server in an enterprise network using Short Message Service (SMS) and determining whether a hotline feature is present in a subscriber profile associated with the mobile device. Data is then routed from the mobile device to a predetermined destination based on the hotline feature.

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

Method and system for the control of discontinuous reception in a wireless network Patent No. 10313970 

Inventor(s): James Earl Womack (Bedford, TX) Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA) Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14825903 on 08/13/2015 (1391 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling discontinuous reception on a mobile device and in particular to control a short discontinuous reception timer in response to receipt of a medium access control control element. The methods and apparatus include stopping, restarting or maintaining the short discontinuous reception timer. Methods and apparatus for limiting or stopping a retransmission timer by providing user equipment with a maximum retry value for transmissions, by providing a maximum redundant version value, or by providing a medium access control control element to stop or prevent the start of a retransmission timer.

Implicit exchange of channel information for un-slotted channel hopping networks Patent No. 10313991 

Inventor(s): Arvind Kandhalu Raghu (Plano, TX), Jyothsna Kunduru (Plano, TX), Kumaran Vijayasankar (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15694196 on 09/01/2017 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of channel access for a radio device in an asynchronous channel hopping wireless network includes a channel hopping coordinator first radio device transmitting its receive (Rx) channel hopping sequence to a fixed or semi-channel hopping sleepy radio device. The sleepy radio device tracks the first radio device”s Rx channel using the channel hopping sequence and transmits a poll frame exclusive of a unicast schedule information element (US-IE) on the first radio device”s current Rx channel to the first radio device. The sleepy radio device moves to an updated Rx channel that is a function of the current Rx channel. The first radio device receives the poll frame and then computes the updated Rx channel as the function of the current Rx channel. After the computing, the first radio device transmits a data frame to the sleepy radio device on the updated Rx channel.

Using LTE control channel to send openflow message directly to small cells to reduce latency in an SDN-based multi-hop wireless backhaul network Patent No. 10314049 

Inventor(s): Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): NxGen Partners IP, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15689769 on 08/29/2017 (644 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing small cell backhaul communication includes a small cell backhaul network including a plurality of small cell network nodes. A software defined network (SDN) controller controls link configuration between the plurality of small cell network nodes of the small cell backhaul network. The SDN controller communicates control channel information with the plurality of small cell network backhaul nodes over a control channel using a communications protocol that enables software defined networking.

Enhanced in-device coexistence interference avoidance using predetermined downlink channel Patent No. 10314062 

Inventor(s): Changhoi Koo (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA) Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14739830 on 06/15/2015 (1450 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system and device are provided for avoiding in-device coexistence interference between different radio technologies deployed in adjacent bands on the same device by allocating a non-interfering downlink signaling channel for downlink reception of interference avoidance instructions at the UE device. In operation, a user equipment device detects IDC interference and sends an IDC indication message to the radio network to get an appropriate solution, but instead of waiting at the current frequency to receive the IDC response from the radio network, the user equipment device moves to a non-interfering downlink signaling channel for downlink reception of interference avoidance instructions.

Inventor(s): Dongjie Cheng (Murphy, TX), John Huang (San Jose, CA) Assignee(s): Diodes Incorporated (Plano, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15956732 on 04/18/2018 (412 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller for controlling a plurality of serially-connected LED strings includes a reference voltage generator configured to generate a plurality of reference voltages. The reference voltage generator is further configured to vary the plurality of reference voltages based on a sampled voltage signal. The sampled voltage signal can include one or both of a peak voltage of the rectified input AC voltage and a peak voltage of an LED diode forward voltage Vf. The controller further includes a plurality of linear regulators, each linear regulator coupled between a cathode of a corresponding LED string and a common current sense node, and each linear regulator is configured to regulate a current through a corresponding LED string according to a corresponding reference voltage.

Inventor(s): Brad A. Cobler (Irving, TX) Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29624582 on 11/02/2017 (579 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Brad A. Cobler (Irving, TX) Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29625968 on 11/14/2017 (567 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Brad A. Cobler (Irving, TX) Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29625992 on 11/14/2017 (567 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Michael A. Ross (Colleyville, TX) Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29638971 on 03/02/2018 (459 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Vallabh Janardhan (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Insera Therapeutics, Inc (Sacramento, CA) Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear, LLP (12 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29678622 on 01/30/2019 (125 days app to issue)

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