Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 13 for patent activity out of 250 metros. Patents granted include:• Advanced Micro Devices' temperature-aware task scheduling• Cyber adAPT's cyber threat attenuation using multi-source threat data analysis• DFB Soria's delivery of drug nanoparticles • Ecotomic Group's furniture manufacturing system with on-demand production• Raytheon Company's detection system for detecting changes to circuitry • Retina Foundation of the Southwest's two-layer ocular implant• University of Washington's cough detecting methods and devices 

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 Incorporated (Dallas) 15 Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 5 Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 5 Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 3 iMed Technology Inc. (Dallas) 2

Brian K. Reaux (Red Oak) 2 Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville) 2 Jory Sprowl (Wolfe City) 2 Kyle S. Adams (Dallas) 2 Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas) 2 Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett) 2 Solyman Ashrafi (Plano) 2

SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 172 daysThermoplastic aerostructure with localized ply isolation and method for forming aerostructurePatent No. 10449749 Assignee: Triumph Aerostructures LLC (Arlington)

3,592 daysEvent driven configuration of a surgical system console  Patent No. 10453571 Alcon Research LLC (Fort Worth) 

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Inventor(s): Eric Cooper Larson (Garland, TX) Assignee(s): University of Washington (Seattle, WA) Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14343374 on 09/14/2012 (2594 days app to issue)

Abstract: Examples of the present invention utilize principal component analysis (PCA) to detect cough sounds in an audio stream. Comparison of all or portions of the audio stream with a cough model may be conducted. The cough model may include a number of basis vectors may be based on initial portions of known coughs. The initial portions may be non-user specific, and accordingly the cough model may be used to detect coughs across individuals. Moreover, examples of the present invention may reconstruct the cough sounds from stored features such that the cough sounds are reconstructed but the reconstruction techniques used may be insufficient to reconstruct speech sounds that may also have been recorded, which may increase user privacy.

Inventor(s): James Shoemake (Plano, TX), Kevin Dean Joiner (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Custom Medical Applications Inc. (Farmers Branch, TX) Law Firm: TraskBritt (Local + 4395 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15759492 on 09/15/2016 (1132 days app to issue)

Abstract: Deployment devices include a locking mechanism configured to secure a medical device to the deployment device. Methods of operating a deployment device include securing a medical device positioned at least partially within at least one cannula of the deployment device with a locking mechanism and releasing the medical device and securing at least a portion of the at least one cannula of the deployment device with the locking mechanism.

Inventor(s): Lea Ellermeier Nesbit (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): NATURAL DENTAL IMPLANTS AG (Berlin, , DE) Law Firm: Bracewell LLP (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15625424 on 06/16/2017 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mouthpiece for inserting and securing a push-in-type dental implant in a jawbone bore hole or a natural extraction socket of a patient, related systems, and methods of designing and manufacturing a mouthpiece are disclosed. The mouthpiece can include a first interface to engage with an occlusal portion of the dental implant and at least a second interface to engage with occlusal surfaces of the opponent crowns so that the mouthpiece is operable to securely insert the dental implant into the jawbone bore hole or extraction socket of the patient when an upper jawbone and lower jawbone of a patient are brought together.

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

Inventor(s): Karl Csaky (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): RETINA FOUNDATION OF THE SOUTHWEST (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: DT Ward, PC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16107059 on 08/21/2018 (427 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to local therapies for the eye and, more particularly, to shaped controlled-release ocular implant devices, including methods for making and using such devices, for delivery of therapeutic agents to the eye. A molded two-layer ocular implant comprises a therapeutic agent for treatment or prevention of a disorder of the eye. The implant comprises a polymer layer and a silicone adhesive layer with a therapeutic agent interspersed therein and joined to the polymer layer. This implant is for placement in the sub-Tenon”s space of the eye and provides sustained release of the therapeutic agent during the treatment or prevention of the disorder of the eye.

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

Inventor(s): Holly Maulhardt (San Luis Obispo, CA), Keith Johnson (Durham, NC), Meidong Yang (Petaluma, CA), Robert Lathrop (Petaluma, CA), Roland Franke (Delta, , CA) Assignee(s): DFB Soria LLC (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15899228 on 02/19/2018 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are compositions and methods useful for enhancing the skin penetration of drug nanoparticles. The compositions can be hydrophobic and include a hydrophobic carrier, a volatile silicone fluid, and drug nanoparticles. Also disclosed are methods for inhibiting crystal growth of drug nanoparticles in an aqueous carrier or a hydrophobic carrier. Further, methods to topically treat psoriasis using compositions containing nanoparticles of paclitaxel or other taxanes are disclosed.

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

Inventor(s): Henry Todd Greist (Gainesville, FL) Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15447082 on 03/01/2017 (965 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for fabricating an air purification device for use typically with heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system are presented. The systems include at least one pleated insert disposed within a cartridge housing and proximate a source of electromagnetic radiation. The pleated insert includes a plurality of pleat strips aligned substantially parallel to a common pleat axis. Each pleat strip has a first edge and a second edge. Portions or surfaces proximate the first edge and the second edge of each pleat strip are bonded so as to form an alternating sequence of peaks and valleys. A photocatalytic material coats at least a portion of the pleated insert. Methods for fabricating the pleated insert from a slice member having an unexpanded honeycomb structure are also presented. Other systems and methods are presented.

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

Inventor(s): Sumit Paliwal (Grapevine, TX) Assignee(s): ALLERGAN INDUSTRIE, S.A.S. (Pringy, , FR) Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15487767 on 04/14/2017 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: Dermal filler hydrogel compositions, methods of making them, and methods of using them to treat soft tissue conditions, such as wrinkles, are provided. The compositions contain a crosslinked hyaluronic acid-based polymer and one or more additional ingredients, and are stable to sterilization by heat and/or pressure treatment. The additional ingredients include vasoconstrictive agents, antioxidant agents, such as a ascorbic acid agents, and/or anesthetic agents.

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

Inventor(s): David N. Franklin (Granbury, TX) Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16107961 on 08/21/2018 (427 days app to issue)

Abstract: Ball striking devices, such as golf clubs, have a head that includes a face having a striking surface configured for striking a ball, and a body connected to the face and extending rearwardly from the face, with the body having a crown, a sole, a heel side, and a toe side, such that the face and the body combine to define an enclosed internal cavity. A damping member is connected to the body and includes a post extending inwardly into the cavity from an inner surface of the body, a first arm extending from the post toward the heel side of the body, and a second arm extending from the post toward the toe side of the body. The damping member is configured to produce a mass damping effect upon an impact on the face.

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

Inventor(s): Daniel Hurd (Dallas, TX), David Chow (Allen, TX), Grant Yang (Mckinney, TX), Jessica Oyhenart (Dallas, TX), Justin Rouse (Plano, TX), Shawn Lohstroh (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Zynga Inc. (San Francisco, CA) Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15785748 on 10/17/2017 (735 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a method of notifying a user of an option to participate in a meta game, a presence of a player of a computer-implemented game at a location is detected. An association between a computer-implemented meta-game and the location is identified. The player of the computer-implemented game is presented with an option to participate in the computer-implemented meta-game. An indication of an acceptance of the option to participate in the computer-implemented meta game is received from the player of the computer-implemented game. A performance of an action within the computer-implemented game by the player of the computer-implemented game is reflected within the computer-implemented meta game.

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

Inventor(s): Brad Gelb (Dallas, TX), Mark Hale (Dallas, TX), Roy Karr (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Essilor International (Charenton-le-Pont, , FR) Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15540984 on 12/31/2014 (1756 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described are systems and methods for controlling an ophthalmic lens edging machine are disclosed. The ophthalmic lens edging machine uses an edger code to select a macro or speed for a requested lens edging job. A system for creating and using the edger code may include a Lab Management System (LMS), a lens calculation system, and a lens edging machine. An edger code may be generated using lens data received from a lens management system and edging machine information identifying lens edging machines. The edger code comprises a plurality of characters. Each character is associated with a different feature of a requested edging job. The features of the requested edging job may include, for example, one or more of: a material type, a lens thickness, an edge type, a frame type, a lens coating, a lens shape, a lens ratio, a lens treatment, and an edging machine block type.

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

Inventor(s): James A. Kiskaden (Corinth, KY), James M. Farthing (Cynthiana, KY), Lawrence J. Pelotte (Lexington, KY) Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14683602 on 04/10/2015 (1656 days app to issue)

Abstract: A die spacing device including a die spacing device body having a first arcuate piece sized and configured to extend about a portion of a guide pin of a manufacturing die, a second arcuate piece sized and configured to extend about another portion of the guide pin of the manufacturing die, and a flexible resilient member channel disposed in the first arcuate piece and the second arcuate piece. A flexible resilient member is configured to fit within the flexible resilient member channel and is configured to apply an inward radial force to the first arcuate piece and the second arcuate piece in contracted and extended configurations.

[B30B] PRESSES IN GENERAL; PRESSES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (producing ultra-high pressure or ultra-high pressure and high temperature to effect modifications of a substance, e.g. for making artificial diamonds B01J 3/00) [2]

Thermoplastic aerostructure with localized ply isolation and method for forming aerostructure Patent No. 10449749 

Inventor(s): Earl L. Stone, III (Arlington, TX), John F. Ellis (Carrollton, TX), Mark A. Calder (Midlothian, TX), Martin A. Wimmer (Colleyville, TX), William David Dennison (Grapevine, TX) Assignee(s): TRIUMPH AEROSTRUCTURES, LLC. (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: Dann, Dorfman, Herrell Skillman (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16402780 on 05/03/2019 (172 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composite wingbox structure formed of reinforced thermoplastic. The composite includes carbon fiber reinforcement and a plurality of insulation elements to localize the heat formed during the process of manufacturing the structure. The process of manufacturing the wingbox includes the steps of interleaving a series of insulations elements within a plurality of laminae and consolidating the insulation elements and laminae to form a laminate. The laminate is then aligned with a support structure such that the insulation elements overlie the supports structure. The laminate is then fused to the support structure using a non-contact heating process, such as inductive welding.

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

Inventor(s): Brandon W. Letcher (Ypsilanti, MI), Mingher Fred Shen (Ann Arbor, MI), Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, MI) Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15373939 on 12/09/2016 (1047 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein are various embodiments for a rear bumper snow and ice shield. In an embodiment, a corrosion prevention device may be mounted on a vehicle. The corrosion prevention device may comprise a shield, a support, a mechanism, a left rail, and a right rail. The shield may comprise a left protrusion on a left end, a right protrusion on a right end, a front end, and a rear end. The support may comprise an upper end supporting the shield, and a lower end. The mechanism may be configured to secure the support in a raised position and further configured to secure the support in a lowered position. The lower end of the support may be in contact with the mechanism. The left protrusion may be housed within the left rail and the right protrusion may be housed within the right rail.

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

Inventor(s): Bruno S. Silva (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: VanLeeuwen VanLeeuwen (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 16002174 on 06/07/2018 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach is provided that receives radio frequency (RF) requests at a vehicle. The approach determines that the received request is a possible unauthorized intrusion. The approach then responsively transmits a confirmation request to a mobile device associated with an authorized user of the vehicle and safeguards the vehicle until a positive confirmation is received at the vehicle from the mobile device.

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

Inventor(s): Amy D. Brown (North Richland Hills, TX), Andrew Brown (Plano, TX), Anthony R. Hiatt (Fort Worth, TX), Christopher C. Harkey (Dallas, TX), Daniel G. Cortez (Grapevine, TX), Kenneth W. Huck (Fairview, TX), Lee A. Reitz (Eul Assignee(s): TRINITY NORTH AMERICAN FREIGHT CAR, INC. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15428666 on 02/09/2017 (985 days app to issue)

Abstract: A railcar system that includes a railcar with a discharge opening and a longitudinal gate positioned adjacent to the discharge opening. The system further includes a driving system connected to the longitudinal gate that is configured to move the longitudinal gate between a closed position and an open position. The system further includes a controller connected to the driving system that causes the driving system to position the longitudinal gate in the closed position, position the longitudinal gate in the open position, and position the longitudinal gate to remain an at least partially open position. The longitudinal gate is less than fully open when the longitudinal gate is in the at least partially open position.

[B61D] BODY DETAILS OR KINDS OF RAILWAY VEHICLES (vehicles in general B60; adaptation of vehicles to special systems B61B; underframes B61F)

Inventor(s): Danil V. Prokhorov (Canton, MI), Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI), Richard M. Sullivan (Canton, MI) Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15589429 on 05/08/2017 (897 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various examples of transferring a watercraft between land and water are disclosed. When a vehicle receives a transfer signal, the vehicle locates a launch ramp, and the vehicle moves to the launch ramp. A trailer attached to the vehicle moved into the water using the launch ramp, such that a watercraft can be transferred between land and water via the trailer.

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

Inventor(s): Jeffrey P. Smith (Prosper, TX) Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA) Law Firm: Christensen O”Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 15588050 on 05/05/2017 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: A disclosed lift axle is suitable for a vehicle that has a first wheel for supporting the vehicle on a road surface. The lift axle system includes a lift mechanism that is coupled to the vehicle and is configured to reciprocate an axle between a stowed position and deployed position. The lift axle system further includes a second wheel coupled to the axle. The second wheel engages the road surface when the lift mechanism is in the deployed position, and the second wheel is disengaged from the road surface when the lift mechanism is in the stowed position. The second wheel has a lower rolling resistance than the first wheel.

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

Inventor(s): George Ryan Decker (Fort Worth, TX), James Everett Kooiman (Fort Worth, TX), Keith Alan Stanney (Fort Worth, TX), Robert Mark Chris (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15601658 on 05/22/2017 (883 days app to issue)

Abstract: An airframe assembly for an aircraft. The airframe assembly includes a first airframe member having a first skin, a second skin, a large cell core joined between the first and second skins and a solid insert having a side surface. The solid insert is joined between the first and second skins such that at least a portion of the side surface is adjacent to the large cell core. The first skin has a first surface disposed opposite the solid insert. The airframe assembly also includes a second airframe member having a second surface. An adhesive joint is disposed between the first and second surfaces structurally bonding the first airframe member to the second airframe member such that the second airframe member is positioned opposite the solid insert.

Inventor(s): Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Gary Miller (North Richland Hills, TX) Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15684385 on 08/23/2017 (790 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a rotor hub comprises a yoke for attaching a plurality of rotor blades, a constant velocity joint to drive torque from a mast to the yoke and to enable the yoke to pivot, and a rotor control system configured to adjust an orientation of the plurality of rotor blades. Moreover, the rotor control system comprises: a swashplate, an adapter ring, a plurality of actuators controlled based on a flight control input, a plurality of lower pitch links configured to transfer motion between the swashplate and the adapter ring, a plurality of phase adjustment levers configured to adjust a control phase associated with motion transferred between the swashplate and the adapter ring, and a plurality of upper pitch links configured to adjust a pitch of the plurality of rotor blades, wherein there are more upper pitch links than lower pitch links.

Inventor(s): Kyle Thomas Cravener (Watauga, TX), Nicholas Allen Torske (Lewisville, TX), Tyler Wayne Baldwin (Keller, TX) Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15882573 on 01/29/2018 (631 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-piece inboard beam assembly for use in a rotor blade assembly of a rotorcraft. The inboard beam assembly includes an inboard beam connected to an inboard beam fitting with an anti-rotational connection. The inboard beam is connected to a yoke via bearings and the inboard beam fitting is connected to a grip in a double shear condition. In use, the grip, the inboard beam fitting with the double shear connection, the inboard beam, a centrifugal force bearing held by the inboard beam, and the yoke carry the centrifugal force created upon rotation of the rotor blade assembly.

Inventor(s): Clifton B. Day (Weatherford, TX), Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Jason Hoyle (Mansfield, TX) Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15229461 on 08/05/2016 (1173 days app to issue)

Abstract: A laminated elastomeric bearing has layers of elastomeric material and layers of metal. A tab is located on a periphery of one of the layers of metal and protrudes from the bearing. A thermoelectric device is coupled to the tab, and heat generated within the bearing during use is conducted to the tab and to the thermoelectric device, allowing for measurement of the heat.

Inventor(s): Hidehiro Yamaguchi (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD. (Osaka, , JP) Law Firm: Wenderoth, Lind Ponack, L.L.P. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15562027 on 03/31/2016 (1300 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided is a film for packaging chemicals which does not change in appearance (e.g. yellowing), or does not generate odor, even after long-term storage; which is prevented from being scratched or contaminating rolls when the film is drawn from a roll thereof; and which expresses excellent chemical resistance. Also provided is a film for packaging chemicals which is easily detachable from a heat seal plate when contents are packed and sealed therein. The film for packaging chemicals includes polyvinyl alcohol; and a surfactant, the amount of the surfactant being 0.9% to 5% by mass based on 100% by mass of the polyvinyl alcohol, the surfactant having a polyoxyethylene structure, the number of moles of oxyethylene groups in the surfactant being 5 to 13 mol, the surfactant having a HLB of 9 to 14.5.

[C08J] WORKING-UP; GENERAL PROCESSES OF COMPOUNDING; AFTER-TREATMENT NOT COVERED BY SUBCLASSES C08B, C08C, C08F, C08G or C08H (working, e.g. shaping, of plastics B29) [2]

Inventor(s): Michael J. Schuster (Shorewood, IL) Assignee(s): Danco, Inc. (Irving, TX) Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15227559 on 08/03/2016 (1175 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various examples are provided for smart water filter systems. In one example, a smart water filter system includes a solenoid valve (or other electrically operated valve) in a water supply line of a faucet, and a filter bank coupled to the water supply line. Activation of the valve can stop the flow of unfiltered water through the faucet while allowing the flow of filtered water through the faucet. In another example, a smart water filter system includes a three-port solenoid (or electrically operated) valve coupled to a faucet, and a filter bank coupled to the water supply line and to a second inlet port of the three-port solenoid valve. Activation of the three-port valve can stop the flow of unfiltered water through the faucet while allowing the flow of filtered water through the faucet.

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

Inventor(s): J. Keith Betts (Kemp, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Conley Rose P.C. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16220659 on 12/14/2018 (312 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, for recycling production salt water from an oil well, may include a salt water inlet valve configured to receive salt water; a separation tank configured to receive the salt water from the salt water inlet valve; a burner tube located within the separation tank that is configured to pass hot gas through the separation tank and boil the salt water; a steam exhaust configured to release steam produced by the separation tank; and a salt valve configured to release salt produced by the separation tank.

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

Inventor(s): Frederick S. Marshall (Arlington, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Bracewell LLP (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16173649 on 10/29/2018 (358 days app to issue)

Abstract: A technician positions a form with a threaded aperture on a pier. Concrete is poured around the form to create a slab foundation. A fixture is then placed on the slab foundation, the fixture having a polygonal anti-rotation member that inserts into a polygonal upper end of the form. The fixture has an upward extending fixture stop member. A threaded rod with a tool adapter on its upper end is screwed into the threaded aperture. The adapter has an adapter stop member extending laterally relative to the fixture stop member. A power tool rotates the adapter to lift the slab foundation until the adapter stop member swings into contact with the fixture stop member. The technician then removes the adapter, places the adapter stop member adjacent an opposite side of the fixture stop member, then again rotates the adapter.

[E02D] FOUNDATIONS; EXCAVATIONS; EMBANKMENTS (specially adapted for hydraulic engineering E02B); UNDERGROUND OR UNDERWATER STRUCTURES [6]

Bracket for supporting attachment of the end of a railing member to a vertical member Patent No. 10450758 

Inventor(s): John David Irick (Dallas, TX), Kevin T. Burt (Dallas, TX), Matthew Carlyle Sherstad (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Fortress Iron, LP (Garland, TX) Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15078866 on 03/23/2016 (1308 days app to issue)

Abstract: A railing bracket system includes a cup that has a cup bottom wall and two opposed cup side walls. The cup is adapted to receive an end of a railing member. A cap has a first cap wall disposed between two opposed cap side walls and a tab extending from at least one side wall. The cap is adapted to cover the cup. The cup is configured to receive the cap in both of a first orientation wherein the cap is installed over the cup and a second orientation wherein the cap is installed under the cup bottom wall. The tab secures the cap to the cup in both the first orientation and the second orientation.

Inventor(s): Franklin Charles Rodriguez (Addison, TX), Homero De Jesus Maldonado (Dallas, TX), Michael Charles Simon (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15546029 on 10/11/2016 (1106 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole tool that includes a tubular member having a first interior passageway, wherein the first interior passageway defines a first surface having a first internal diameter and a second recessed surface having a second internal diameter that is greater than the first internal diameter. The downhole tool also includes a protective sleeve engaged with the second recessed surface, wherein the protective sleeve has a second interior passageway that defines a third surface having a third internal diameter that is substantially equal to the first internal diameter such that the third surface is substantially flush with the first surface. In one embodiment, the protective sleeve is dissolvable upon contact of a fluid having predetermined composition or predetermined temperature such that the sleeve dissolves to expose the recesses formed in the latch assembly.

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

Inventor(s): Thomas Jules Frosell (Irving, TX), William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15480119 on 04/05/2017 (930 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sensing system comprises at least one gauge disposed in a wellbore, a sensing link coupled to the at least one gauge, and a debris barrier coupled to the sensing link. The debris barrier comprises a housing coupled to the sensing link, and a barrier element configured to reduce the transport of particulates from the wellbore into the sensing link.

[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): Damon Delorenzis (Plainfield, IL), Matthew J. Van Meter (Plainfield, IL), Michael J. Gottschalk (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): Watson Chalin Manufacturing, Inc. (McKinney, TX) Law Firm: Dureska Moore, LLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15915123 on 03/08/2018 (593 days app to issue)

Abstract: A damping convoluted air spring for use in vehicle axle/suspension systems includes a top plate, a bottom plate, and a bellows. The bellows includes a first lobe, a second lobe, and a third lobe operatively connected to one another. The first lobe being in fluid communication with the second lobe. The second lobe being in fluid communication with said third lobe. The first lobe operatively mounted on the top plate. The third lobe operatively mounted on the bottom plate. The second lobe includes a fixed volume under pressure to provide damping to the air spring during operation of the vehicle.

Inventor(s): Brian Benge (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Precision Compression, LLC (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Decker Jones, P.C. (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 15602896 on 05/23/2017 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: The compression system comprises a main fluid inlet adapted to receive a production stream of natural gas; first and second stage scrubbers; first and second compression units; first and second heat exchange units; one or more liquid dump containers; and an engine. The engine operates within a range of 1600-2100 revolutions per minute and the compressed gas comprises a pressure within a range of 360-600 pounds per square inch. The system comprises a weight to thousand cubic feet of gas per day ratio of less than twenty.

[F02M] SUPPLYING COMBUSTION ENGINES IN GENERAL WITH COMBUSTIBLE MIXTURES OR CONSTITUENTS THEREOF (charging such engines F02B)

Inventor(s): Hayato Suzuki (Ann Arbor, MI), Robert MacArthur (Ann Arbor, MI) Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15885479 on 01/31/2018 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of optimizing cranking times of a diesel engine are provided. Factors such as cold weather, diesel fuel quality, and others may negatively impact cranking times of a diesel engine. Glow plugs used to heat combustion chambers of the diesel engine are controlled using pre-glow durations during which the glow plugs are pre-heated prior to cranking the diesel engine. Based on learned operating vehicle conditions or external conditions, the pre-glow durations can be adjusted to counteract the factors that have a negative impact on the cranking time of the diesel engine, and ultimately reduce cranking time of the diesel engine.

[F02P] IGNITION, OTHER THAN COMPRESSION IGNITION, FOR INTERNAL-COMBUSTION ENGINES; TESTING OF IGNITION TIMING IN COMPRESSION-IGNITION ENGINES (specially adapted for rotary-piston or oscillating-piston engines F02B 53/12; ignition of combustion apparatus in general, glowing plugs F23Q; measuring of physical variables in general G01; controlling in general G05; data processing in general G06; electrical components in general, see section H; sparking plugs H01T)

Inventor(s): Kevin Le (Richland Hills, TX), Thanh Le (Grand Prairie, TX) Assignee(s): Luraco, Inc. (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15833510 on 12/06/2017 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fluid pump for dispensing a fluid to a setting or work environment is disclosed. A fluid pump having a contactless, fluid sensor and for use with a liner is also disclosed. The pump includes a jet assembly, a motor assembly, and a contactless, fluid sensor. The pump may further include a mounting housing member, a gasket or seal, and a liner when a liner is not already present. The jet assembly is coupled to or secured about the motor assembly. The jet assembly includes a jet assembly housing, and preferably also includes a printed circuit board (PCB), a PCB cover, a shaft assembly, and an impeller. The jet assembly housing includes a base, a top cover, an impeller-receiving chamber, at least one inlet aperture, and at least one outlet aperture. A pump apparatus that includes a pump as described, a power source, and/or a control apparatus is further disclosed.

[F04D] NON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT PUMPS (engine fuel-injection pumps F02M; ion pumps H01J 41/12; electrodynamic pumps H02K 44/02)

Inventor(s): Stanley Robert Buisman (Denton, TX) Assignee(s): Johnson Controls Technology Company (Auburn Hills, MI) Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15398599 on 01/04/2017 (1021 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bracket system includes a first bracket configured to couple a heat exchanger coil to a base of a heat exchanger via engagement of a mounting surface of the base, where the first bracket has a recessed member and a fastening tab, and a second bracket configured to couple the heat exchanger coil to a shroud of the heat exchanger via engagement of a fastener, where the second bracket has a protruding member and a protruding ridge. The recessed member is configured to receive the protruding member such that the first bracket and the second bracket are coupled to one another in a first configuration of the bracket system, and where the fastening tab is configured to receive the protruding ridge such that the first bracket and the second bracket are coupled to one another in a second configuration of the bracket system.

[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)

Coupled dual switch actuators with lockout feature for a lighting attachment to a firearm Patent No. 10451384 

Inventor(s): Aaron P. Shoulders (Sachse, TX), James Conner (Rockwall, TX) Assignee(s): Bayco Products, Inc. (Wylie, TX) Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15459466 on 03/15/2017 (951 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ambidextrous actuating mechanism configured as a mechanical interlock may be adapted to a battery operated light emitting device for mounting forward of the trigger guard of a firearm. The mechanism includes first and second mechanically coupled pivotable switch actuators disposed under and on either side of the barrel of the firearm. Operation of either one of the first and second actuator levers locks the other actuator from pivoting, thereby eliminating ambiguity and overridden operations in the control of the light emitting device. The operating motion of both actuators, either up for ON or down for MOMENTARY, is the same for both actuators. An alternate embodiment provides functionally equivalent electronically interlocked actuators.

Inventor(s): Katherine Joan Bradley (Keller, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Plager Schack LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15690564 on 08/30/2017 (783 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multifunctional centering tool for centering a pattern on a project may include a transparent plate; a pair of angled tool crosshairs applied to the transparent plate; a pair of straight tool crosshairs applied to the transparent plate; a center orifice extending through the transparent plate; a plurality of pattern slots extending through the transparent plate; and a plurality of sticker slots extending through the transparent plate. The centering tool may also include measurement devices and alignment markers. In some embodiments, the centering tool includes a specially designed centering sticker that is removably attached to the transparent plate.

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

Inventor(s): Richard Kirkpatrick (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, NJ) Law Firm: Seager, Tufte Wickhem LLP (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15465291 on 03/21/2017 (945 days app to issue)

Abstract: A packaged sensor having three external electrical terminals. The packaged sensor comprises a package housing, a power input terminal, a ground terminal, a sensing device, a sensor output terminal for providing an output signal that is related to a physical quantity sensed by the sensing device when the packaged sensor is operated in a sensing mode of operation and for providing a data readout signal related to stored data when the packaged sensor is operated in a data readout mode of operation, a sensing block coupled to the sensing device and to the sensor output terminal, and an adjustment block coupled to the power input terminal, coupled to the sensing block, coupled to the sensor output terminal, comprising a memory storing the stored data, and operable to modulate the data readout signal onto the sensor output terminal in response to a data readout command modulated onto the power input terminal.

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

Fiber optic cable assembly and fabrication method using sequentially arranged boots for multi-fiber ferrule Patent No. 10451830 

Inventor(s): Antwan Joco”ques Works (Lewisville, TX) Assignee(s): Corning Optical Communications LLC (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15848616 on 12/20/2017 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: At least one group of loose optical fibers is restrained at multiple locations during fabrication of a fiber optic cable assembly using rear and front ferrule boots, thereby avoiding a need for traditional ribbonizing techniques. The group(s) of loose optical fibers are inserted through one or more apertures defined in each of the rear ferrule boot and the front ferrule boot, and inserted through at least one group of bores defined in a ferrule. A rear portion of the ferrule receives at least a portion of the front ferrule boot. A manufacturing fixture including a removable jig may retain a rear ferrule boot and a medial section of the group(s) of loose optical fibers, while the front ferrule boot and a terminal section of the group(s) of loose optical fibers are positioned outside the fixture for further processing. A fiber optic cable assembly including front and rear ferrule boots, as well as methods of fabrication, are further provided.

[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]

Suppression of electron-hole recombination using orbital angular momentum semiconductor devices Patent No. 10451902 

Inventor(s): Nima Ashrafi (Plano, TX), Roger Linquist (Dallas, TX), Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): NXGEN PARTNERS IP, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14816781 on 08/03/2015 (1541 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for suppressing electron/hole recombination includes a photonic device that generates electron/hole pairs responsive to a light beam interacting with the photonic device. An orbital angular momentum (OAM) generation device is located to impart an orbital angular momentum to a light beam before the light beam interacts with the photonic device. The electron/hole pair recombination generated from an OAM imparted light beam is less than electron/hole pair recombination of a non-OAM imparted light beam.

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

Inventor(s): Ganapathi Hegde (Bengaluru, , IN) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15681206 on 08/18/2017 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for a Dual Window Watchdog Timer (DWWDT) are described. In some embodiments, a method may include running a first counter in a first clock domain and a second counter in a second clock domain; generating an interrupt to a controller during a window open period, wherein the window open period begins in response to the first counter having reached a predetermined threshold; and at least one of: restarting the first counter if the controller restarts the second counter in response to the interrupt before the window open period ends; or issuing a system reset if the controller does not restart the second counter in response to the interrupt before the window open period ends.

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

Inventor(s): Sankar Eswarasubramanian (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) Law Firm: Jordan IP Law, LLC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14750705 on 06/25/2015 (1580 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods may provide for identifying a plurality of computing systems proximate to a peripheral device and determining a gaze location of a user. Additionally, the peripheral device may be automatically connected to a first computing system in the plurality of computing systems based on the gaze location of the user. In one example, a change in the gaze location may be detected, wherein the peripheral device is automatically connected to a second computing system in the plurality of computing systems based on the change in the gaze location.

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

Inventor(s): Alan Gatherer (Richardson, TX), Hao Luan (Plano, TX), Lee Dobson Mcfearin (Plano, TX), Sushma Wokhlu (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15192453 on 06/24/2016 (1215 days app to issue)

Abstract: It is possible to reduce the latency attributable to memory protection in shared memory systems by performing access protection at a central Data Ownership Manager (DOM), rather than at distributed memory management units in the central processing unit (CPU) elements (CEs) responsible for parallel thread processing. In particular, the DOM may monitor read requests communicated over a data plane between the CEs and a memory controller, and perform access protection verification in parallel with the memory controller”s generation of the data response. The DOM may be separate and distinct from both the CEs and the memory controller, and therefore may generally be able to make the access determination without interfering with data plane processing/generation of the read requests and data responses exchanged between the memory controller and the CEs.

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

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX), Liang Chen (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID) Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16019116 on 06/26/2018 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: A host device and memory device function together to perform internal write leveling of a data strobe with a write command within the memory device. The memory device includes a command interface configured to receive write commands from the host device. The memory device also includes an input-output interface configured to receive the data strobe from the host device. The memory device also includes internal write circuitry configured to launch an internal write signal based at least in part on the write commands. The launch of the internal write signal is based at least in part on an indication from the host device that indicates when to launch the internal write signal relative to a cas write latency (CWL) for the memory device.

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

Inventor(s): Alice J. Clements (Coppell, TX), Joseph Higgs (Fort Worth, TX), Matthew Smith (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX) Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15364090 on 11/29/2016 (1057 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controlled-environment facility and/or communications management system interface accepts definition of a digital bulletin board message directed to at least one controlled-environment facility resident, accepts assignment of a priority for displaying the digital bulletin board message on the digital bulletin board and a schedule for display of the digital bulletin board message and accepts assignment of the digital bulletin board message to controlled-environment resident communication and/or media device(s) disposed in the controlled-environment facility. The digital bulletin board message(s) are received by the controlled-environment resident communication and/or media device(s) to which the digital bulletin board message is assigned, and are displayed by the controlled-environment resident communication and/or media device(s) to which the digital bulletin board message(s) are assigned, in accordance with the assigned priority and the schedule for display of the digital bulletin board message(s).

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

Inventor(s): Vikas Krishna Kallalathil Konnath (Irving, TX) Assignee(s): Oracle International Corporation (Redwood City, CA) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15694322 on 09/01/2017 (781 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer system maintains its computer system components. In an exemplary embodiment, of the computer system, a topology engine generates topology data to individually correlate hardware components, virtual machines, databases, middleware services, and applications based on hardware execution data. A hardware controller determines when a virtual machine stop condition for a virtual machine is met based on the topology data. When the virtual machine stop condition is met, the hardware controller instructs a hardware component to stop the virtual machine. The hardware controller determines when a virtual machine start condition for a virtual machine is met based on the topology data. When the virtual machine start condition is met, the hardware controller instructs a hardware component to start the virtual machine.

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

Inventor(s): Wei Huang (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) Law Firm: Meyertons Hood Kivlin Kowert and Goetzel PC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15192784 on 06/24/2016 (1215 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for performing temperature-aware task scheduling and proactive power management. A SoC includes a plurality of processing units and a task queue storing pending tasks. The SoC calculates a thermal metric for each pending task to predict an amount of heat the pending task will generate. The SoC also determines a thermal gradient for each processing unit to predict a rate at which the processing unit”s temperature will change when executing a task. The SoC also monitors a thermal margin of how far each processing unit is from reaching its thermal limit. The SoC minimizes non-uniform heat generation on the SoC by scheduling pending tasks from the task queue to the processing units based on the thermal metrics for the pending tasks, the thermal gradients of each processing unit, and the thermal margin available on each processing unit.

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

Inventor(s): Gary Gostin (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14901559 on 06/28/2013 (2307 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing system can include a processor and a persistent main memory including a fault tolerance capability. The computing system can also include a memory controller to store data in the persistent main memory and create redundant data. The memory controller can also store the redundant data remotely with respect to the persistent main memory. The memory controller can further access the redundant data during failure of the persistent main memory.

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

Inventor(s): Andreas Waechter (Bavaria, , DE), Mark Jung (Bavaria, , DE), Steven Craig Bartling (Plano, TX), Sudhanshu Khanna (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14887885 on 10/20/2015 (1463 days app to issue)

Abstract: Configuration states for a computing device and/or associated peripherals (”profiles”) are stored in one or more non-volatile logic (”NVL”) arrays. Using the non-volatile sub-system for the computing device, triggers for reconfiguration of the respective device or peripherals are provided to an NVL array controller, which controls provision of the new profile(s) for the respective device or peripherals over a dedicated bus to a configuration register that stores the active profiles for the device and associated peripherals.

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

Inventor(s): Paul Lipari (Frisco, TX), Thomas T. Wheeler (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15646407 on 07/11/2017 (833 days app to issue)

Abstract: In order to manage stale data on a network of computer systems, a file harvester agent may be configured with a list of stale data files to be deleted. The file harvester agent may be deployed to the computer systems of a network. When executed in a computer system, the file harvester agent searches the file system of the computer system to locate any files or data indicated in the file list. Any located data files are deleted. Once the agent has finished processing the file list on a computer system, the agent can copy or replicate itself to other computer systems of the network in accordance with a pre-configured itinerary.

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

Inventor(s): William Presley Winkler (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): GLOBAL IDS, INC. (Princeton, NJ) Law Firm: Mannava Kang, P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15628308 on 06/20/2017 (854 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to an example of the present disclosure, a system and a computer-implemented method of tracing data flow are disclosed. The method includes profiling and classifying, by at least one processing device, domains based on features of columns containing data. Further, the method includes selecting a lineage analysis method that includes selecting a timestamp-based lineage method, when database tables for the domains include audit columns. The lineage analysis method includes selecting a stroboscopic-sampling based lineage method, when a semantic object and/or a column mapped to a domain is present. The lineage analysis method includes selecting a record-based lineage method, when a lineage between a source schema and a target schema is to be ascertained. The method includes executing the selected lineage method, and presenting lineage results.

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

Inventor(s): Ivan Dario Hernandez Sanchez (Dallas, TX), Roderic Paulk (Wylie, TX) Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15266009 on 09/15/2016 (1132 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one example, a processor receives a structured query, parses the structured query into components, and stores the structured query, the components, and at least one attribute regarding the structured query in a first query record of a query record storage platform, the at least one attribute comprising a user identification of a user generating the structured query. The processor may then receive a search associated with the query record storage platform, where the search includes at least one parameter, and where the at least one parameter specifies at least one of the structured query, at least one of the components, or at least one of the at least one attribute regarding the structured query, and return the first query record in response to the search.

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

In-network semantic mashup for an information-centric networking (ICN) network Patent No. 10452726 

Inventor(s): Lijun Dong (San Diego, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15724813 on 10/04/2017 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of performing semantic mashup in an information-centric networking (ICN) network includes receiving, at a router, a data request message. The data request message includes at least a name of targeted data, a name of low-level data, and a semantic mashup logic for generating the targeted data using the low-level data. In response to determining that the targeted data is not stored at the router and that the low-level data is stored at the router, the router generates the targeted data using the low-level data based on the semantic mashup logic. The router also generates a data response message. The data response message includes the generated targeted data.

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

Inventor(s): Rick L. Orsini (Flower Mound, TX), Roger S. Davenport (Campbell, TX) Assignee(s): Security First Corp. (Ladera Ranch, CA) Law Firm: Haley Guiliano LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16127077 on 09/10/2018 (407 days app to issue)

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

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

Detection system for detecting changes to circuitry and method of using the same Patent No. 10452872 

Inventor(s): Johnathan W. Craig (Allen, TX), William T. Jennings (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA) Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15242474 on 08/19/2016 (1159 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for detecting changes to circuitry includes: a processor; and a memory, and the memory has stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to: periodically measure physical characteristic data of the circuitry, operational data of the circuitry, and environmental data; periodically capture the measured data; generate a dynamic fingerprint based on an aggregation of a first set of the captured data, and the dynamic fingerprint is a compound data structure encapsulating the aggregated data; associate metadata with the dynamic fingerprint; periodically update the dynamic fingerprint according to successive sets of the captured data; and compare the updated dynamic fingerprint to a previous dynamic fingerprint, to detect the changes to the circuitry.

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

Inventor(s): Liju Mathews (Plano, TX), Ponnazhakan Subramanian (McKinney, TX), Satish Chikkaveerappa (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA) Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16058902 on 08/08/2018 (440 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for depicting information about a vehicle in augmented reality. An exemplary method may include determining identification information of a vehicle based on input received from a client device and obtaining, from an information source, vehicle information based on the identification information. The method may also include analyzing the vehicle information using an artificial intelligence engine and extracting vehicle history data from the vehicle information based on the analysis. The method may also include identifying a portion of the vehicle associated with the vehicle history data and providing instructions, based on the vehicle history data, to an augmented reality-enabled device to superimpose an indicator on a visual representation of the vehicle at a location corresponding to the portion of the vehicle.

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

Inventor(s): Tarek Aziz Lahlou (Plano, TX), Vikram VijayanBabu Appia (San Jose, CA), Yingmao Li (Allen, TX), Ziguo Zhong (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16147966 on 10/01/2018 (386 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image classification system includes a convolutional neural network, a confidence predictor, and a fusion classifier. The convolutional neural network is configured to assign a plurality of probability values to each pixel of a first image of a scene and a second image of the scene. Each of the probability values corresponds to a different feature that the convolutional neural network is trained to identify. The confidence predictor is configured to assign a confidence value to each pixel of the first image and to each pixel of the second image. The confidence values correspond to a greatest of the probability values generated by the convolutional neural network for each pixel. The fusion classifier is configured to assign, to each pixel of the first image, a feature that corresponds to a higher of the confidence values assigned to the pixel of the first image and the second image.

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

Method, computer-readable storage device, and apparatus for analyzing text messages Patent No. 10453079 

Inventor(s): Christopher David Bodden (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14085667 on 11/20/2013 (2162 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device and apparatus for analyzing text messages are disclosed. For example, the method receives the text messages, tokenizes each one of the text messages to extract a token, identifies the token as trending, wherein trending comprises the token having a frequency above a threshold, classifies a sentiment for each one of the text messages having the token that is identified as trending, identifies a demographic for the sentiment of the token that is trending, and provides the demographic and the sentiment of the token that is trending to a third party entity associated with the token.

[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): Bethany Siddall (Haslet, TX) Assignee(s): Hartford Fire Insurance Company (Hartford, CT) Law Firm: Howard IP Law Group (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14265696 on 04/30/2014 (2001 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer system for processing data for verification of vehicle repair estimates in connection with insurance claims includes an insurance claims database having data relating to insurance claims. One or more computer processors are configured to receive claim identifying data from a repair facility computer system; determine, based on the claim identifying data, an insurance claim associated with the claim identifying data; establish secure communication with the repair facility computer system; receive data indicative of a repair estimate associated with the insurance claim from the repair facility computer system; access an evaluation of the estimate based on a plurality of rules, compare the estimate to one or more thresholds, and forward the estimate to a claim handler system.

[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): Gary C. Heape (Colleyville, TX) Assignee(s): Ecotomic Group, Inc. (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: Braxton Perrone, PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15905773 on 02/26/2018 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for furniture manufacturing with on demand production. As order opportunities are placed by consumers into the network, backlogs and tooling available for connected factories are considered. Based on these considerations a determination is made of which of the associated factories have cleared paths for producing the on-demand furniture based upon the consumer”s requirements. The eligible factories are then notified and allowed with a single entry of a command transmitted over a network to indicate that their factory is available and wishes to pursue the opportunity in manufacturing the consumer”s desired on-demand furniture.

[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): Marc P. Christensen (McKinney, TX), Prasanna Rangarajan (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15659528 on 07/25/2017 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an imaging system, method, and apparatus for identifying information of a hidden object. A light source generates a first beam of narrow-band light and a second beam of narrow-band light that has temporal fluctuations correlated with the first beam. The first beam is directed towards a first scattering surface and the second beam is directed towards a second scattering surface. The first scattering surface scatters the first beam to a scattered light that illuminates a hidden object, the hidden object reflects at least a portion of the scattered light towards the second scattering surface, the reflected light interferes with the second beam and produces an interference pattern on the second scattering surface. An image sensor detects irradiance of the interference pattern on the second scattering surface. An image processor calculates a complex-valued light field that represents information of the hidden object based on the detected irradiance of the interference pattern on the second scattering surface.

Inventor(s): Benjamin Liss (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Press Play Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Muskin and Farmer LLC (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 16292235 on 03/04/2019 (232 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer readable storage to implement a slot machine game which has a non-skill main game component (spinning reels) and a skill bonus round. The skill bonus round can be triggered randomly based on an individual player”s own bonus round trigger probability. Each player”s bonus round trigger probability is adjusted in order to offset the player”s own skill in comparison to the skill of the other players on the platform.

Inventor(s): Benjamin Elias Blumenthal (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Standley Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16214820 on 12/10/2018 (316 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for ground-based advertising is provided. A back unit includes a floor defining a perimeter, ridges extending from the floor and about the perimeter to define a depression, and a cover configured to be slid into the depression and supported by the back and side ridges. A number of holes are located in the back unit to fasten the back unit to the ground. Another hole is located at the edge of the back unit and cover positioned to be aligned when the cover is installed on the back unit. A cavity is defined by the back unit and the cover into which advertisements and parking space numbers are placed.

Inventor(s): Matthew Foster (Flower Mound, TX), William Y. Hall (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): ULTRAVISION TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15727127 on 10/06/2017 (746 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment display panel may include a housing including a recess, a substrate disposed in the recess, and a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) attached to a front side of the substrate, in which the plurality of LEDs form a front surface of the display panel. The display panel may further include a back cover enclosing the recess and a back side of the substrate. The back cover may form a back surface of the display panel, and the back cover may be configured to prevent ingress of water or dust through a thickness of the back cover. The display panel may further include a power supply disposed in the recess and physically attached to the back cover and not to the housing or substrate, in which the power supply is configured to power the plurality of LEDs.

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

Methods for aligning expressive speech utterances with text and systems therefor Patent No. 10453479 

Inventor(s): Michael Baumgartner (Sachse, TX) Assignee(s): LESSAC TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (West Newton, MA) Law Firm: KL Gates LLP (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 13624175 on 09/21/2012 (2587 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system-effected method for synthesizing speech, or recognizing speech including a sequence of expressive speech utterances. The method can be computer-implemented and can include system-generating a speech signal embodying the sequence of expressive speech utterances. Other possible steps include: system-marking the speech signal with a pitch marker indicating a pitch change at or near a first zero amplitude crossing point of the speech signal following a glottal closure point, at a minimum, at a maximum or at another location; system marking the speech signal with at least one further pitch marker; system-aligning a sequence of prosodically marked text with the pitch-marked speech signal according to the pitch markers; and system outputting the aligned text or the aligned speech signal, respectively. Computerized systems, and stored programs for implementing method embodiments of the invention are also disclosed.

[G10L] SPEECH ANALYSIS OR SYNTHESIS; SPEECH RECOGNITION; SPEECH OR VOICE PROCESSING; SPEECH OR AUDIO CODING OR DECODING [4]

Hybrid LPDDR4-DRAM with cached NVM and flash-NAND in multi-chip packages for mobile devices Patent No. 10453501 

Inventor(s): Feng Yang (Portland, OR), Xiaobing Lee (Santa Clara, CA), Yu Meng (Santa Clara, CA), Yunxiang Wu (Cupertino, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15913131 on 03/06/2018 (595 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises a hybrid-memory multi-chip package (MCP) including a non-volatile memory (NVM) in an NVM die; a dynamic random access memory (DRAM) in two or more DRAM die, wherein a portion of the DRAM is allocated as a cache memory for the NVM; and a hybrid controller for the NVM and DRAM. The hybrid controller includes an NVM interface to the NVM; a DRAM interface to the cache memory; a host interface to communicate data with a host processor, wherein the host interface includes a parallel data bus for reading and writing data directly with both of the DRAM and the NVM; and logic circuitry configured to interleave access by the host processor and hybrid controller to the DRAM and NVM.

[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)

Inventor(s): Michael Young (San Jose, CA), Ting Li (Hangzhou, , CN), Xiaobing Lee (Santa Clara, CA), Yansong Wang (Hangzhou, , CN), Yong Chen (Redmond, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14644021 on 03/10/2015 (1687 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and method for a unified memory and network controller for an all-flash array (AFA) storage blade in a distributed flash storage clusters over a fabric network. The unified memory and network controller has 3-way control functions including unified memory buses to cache memories and DDR4-AFA controllers, a dual-port PCIE interconnection to two host processors of gateway clusters, and four switch fabric ports for interconnections with peer controllers (e.g., AFA blades and/or chassis) in the distributed flash storage network. The AFA storage blade includes dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) and magnetoresistive random-access memory (MRAM) configured as data read/write cache buffers, and flash memory DIMM devices as primary storage. Remote data memory access (RDMA) for clients via the data caching buffers is enabled and controlled by the host processor interconnection(s), the switch fabric ports, and a unified memory bus from the unified controller to the data buffer and the flash SSDs.

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

Content addressable memory using threshold-adjustable vertical transistors and methods of forming the same Patent No. 10453531 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Petti (Mountain View, CA) Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16022960 on 06/29/2018 (480 days app to issue)

Abstract: A content addressable memory element is provided that includes a vertical transistor including a first electrode coupled to a match line, a second electrode coupled to a ground line, a first gate electrode coupled to a search line, and a second gate electrode coupled to a complementary search line. The first gate electrode and the second gate electrode are disposed on opposite sides of the vertical transistor, and the vertical transistor includes a charge storage memory element.

[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)

Inventor(s): Dan V. Teodorescu (Fountain Valley, , CA) Assignee(s): Alcon Research, LLC (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 12643310 on 12/21/2009 (3592 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a user interface for modifying preprogrammed relationships between a plurality of subsystems of a surgical system. The user interface may be presented on a system display screen. It includes one or more selectable triggering events shown on the display screen, with each of the one or more selectable triggering events identifying a subsystem condition that selectively occurs during a surgical procedure performed with the surgical system. The interface also includes a plurality of selectable responses to the one or more selectable triggering events. The selectable responses deviate from the preprogrammed relationships between subsystems of the surgical system. NULL

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14881846 on 10/13/2015 (1470 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and method of transmitting a message to a plurality of data recipients subscribed to receive information from a leader. An example method of operation may include transmitting a message intended for the plurality of data recipients, analyzing content of the message to determine a category corresponding to the content and matching the message with the category. The method may also include determining that only a subset of the plurality of data recipients are configured to receive the message based on the determined category, and transmitting the message to the subset of the plurality of data recipients.

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

Inventor(s): Michael Weinberger (Dallas, TX), Scott E. Millis (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Cyber adAPT, Inc. (Half Moon Bay, CA) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15867696 on 01/11/2018 (649 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cyber threat attenuation system. The system comprises a cyber threat data store, a plurality of sensor control points (SCPs), wherein at least one SCP is located in each local area network (LAN) segment of an enterprise network, and an analytics correlation system (ACS). Each SCP comprises a plurality of sensor applications that analyze data packets transported by the LAN segment in which the SCP is located and transmits a notification identifying the transmitting sensor, an identity of the source of the data packet, an identity of the destination of the data packet, and a notification reason to the data store. The ACS comprises an application that determines unusual data packet traffic in the enterprise network and transmits a notification comprising information about the unusual data packet traffic and an identity of a host computer associated with the unusual data packet traffic to the data store.

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

System and method for Lightweight-Machine-to-Machine device registration and assignment Patent No. 10455057 

Inventor(s): Stephen J. Kolanowski (Keller, TX) Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15363116 on 11/29/2016 (1057 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method assigns a bootstrap server for wireless devices in a machine-to-machine environment. The method includes receiving, by a network device in a wireless access network and from a wireless device, a first request for a bootstrap server identifier. The method also includes providing, to the wireless device, a response including an address for a carrier-specific bootstrap server device. The method also includes receiving, by the carrier-specific bootstrap server device, a request for management server connection information. The request is submitted by the wireless device using the bootstrap server identifier. The method further includes assigning, by the carrier-specific bootstrap server device, the wireless device to a management server of a group of management servers and sending connection information for the management server to the wireless device.

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

Inventor(s): Ashley Nicole Munoz (Frisco, TX), Brandon Matthew Hurst (Addison, TX), Peter Thach-Buu Chung (Frisco, TX), Quincy Nanaasare Obeng (Plano, 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: 15614179 on 06/05/2017 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a method that includes receiving customer identification information, verifying a customer identity using the customer identification information, receiving inputs related to customer intent from a predictive intent module, processing the inputs related to the customer intent to select a customer service representative from a plurality of customer service representatives, delivering the inputs related to the customer intent to the customer service representative, and connecting a customer device to the customer service representative to facilitate an interaction.

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

Inventor(s): David Gerald Farber (Plano, TX), Ping Jiang (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14973973 on 12/18/2015 (1404 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming an interconnect structure for an integrated circuit. A dielectric stack is formed on the substrate including an etch-stop layer, a low-k or ULK dielectric layer, and a hard mask layer. The low-k or ULK dielectric is etched using at least two etching processes wherein each etching process is followed by an etch repair process where the etch repair process includes flowing at least one hydrocarbon into the reactor and generating a plasma. The photoresist may be removed using at least two ashing processes wherein each ashing process is followed by an ash repair process where the etch repair process includes flowing at least one hydrocarbon into the reactor and generating a plasma.

[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): Jonathan Philip Davis (Allen, TX), Karen Hildegard Ralston Kirmse (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15852171 on 12/22/2017 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques of fabricating shallow trench isolation structures that reduce or minimize the number of trench cones during the formation of shallow trenches. The disclosed techniques introduce separate etch steps for etching shallow trenches with small feature dimensions and for etching shallow trenches with large feature dimensions. As an example, the disclosed techniques involve etching a first shallow trench in a first region of a substrate with a first etching parameter, and etching a second shallow trench in a second region of a substrate with a second etching parameter different from the first etching parameter. Among other things, the etching parameter may include an etching selectivity ratio of silicon to an etch retardant that contributes to cone formations. Because of the separate etch steps, the disclosed techniques allow the sidewall slopes between the first and second shallow trenches to be within a few degrees of deviation.

[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]

Power electronics assemblies with cio bonding layers and double sided cooling, and vehicles incorporating the same Patent No. 10453777 

Inventor(s): Ercan Mehmet Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI) Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15883897 on 01/30/2018 (630 days app to issue)

Abstract: A 2-in-1 power electronics assembly includes a frame with a lower dielectric layer, an upper dielectric layer spaced apart from the lower dielectric layer, and a sidewall disposed between and coupled to the lower dielectric layer and the upper dielectric layer. The lower dielectric layer includes a lower cooling fluid inlet and the upper dielectric layer includes an upper cooling fluid outlet. A first semiconductor device assembly and a second semiconductor device assembly are included and disposed within the frame. The first semiconductor device is disposed between a first lower metal inverse opal (MIO) layer and a first upper MIO layer, and the second semiconductor device is disposed between a second lower MIO layer and a second upper MIO layer. An internal cooling structure that includes the MIO layers provides double sided cooling for the first semiconductor device and the second semiconductor 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]

Three-dimensional memory device with gated contact via structures and method of making thereof Patent No. 10453798 

Inventor(s): Masanori Tsutsumi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Naohiro Hosoda (Yokkaichi, , JP) Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX) Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15717102 on 09/27/2017 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes laterally spaced apart vertically alternating stacks of insulating strips and word line electrically conductive strips located over a substrate, memory stack structures extending through the multiple vertically alternating stacks, word line contact via structures contacting a top surface of the respective word line electrically conductive strips, field effect transistors overlying the word line contact via structures, and connector line structures which are electrically connected to respective subsets of the word line electrically conductive strips in different vertically alternating stacks through the field effect transistors.

[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): Christopher Daniel Manack (Flower Mound, TX), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX), Salvatore Frank Pavone (Murphy, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16011283 on 06/18/2018 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microelectronic device has bump bond structures on input/output (I/O) pads. The bump bond structures include copper-containing pillars, a barrier layer including cobalt and zinc on the copper-containing pillars, and tin-containing solder on the barrier layer. The barrier layer includes 0.1 weight percent to 50 weight percent cobalt and an amount of zinc equivalent to a layer of pure zinc 0.05 microns to 0.5 microns thick. A lead frame has a copper-containing member with a similar barrier layer in an area for a solder joint. Methods of forming the microelectronic device are disclosed.

[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): Jin Liu (San Jose, CA), Murshed Chowdhury (Fremont, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Senaka Krishna Kanakamedala (San Jose, CA), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA), Yoshihiro Kanno (Yokkaichi, , JP) Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX) Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15813625 on 11/15/2017 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate. Memory stack structures are located in a memory array region, each of which includes a memory film and a vertical semiconductor channel. Contact via structures located in the terrace region and contact a respective one of the electrically conductive layers. Each of the electrically conductive layers has a respective first thickness throughout the memory array region and includes a contact portion having a respective second thickness that is greater than the respective first thickness within a terrace region. The greater thickness of the contact portion prevents an etch-through during formation of contact via cavities for forming the contact via structures.

[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): Yangyin Chen (Heverlee, , BE), Yingda Dong (Los Altos, CA), Yukihiro Sakotsubo (Yokkaichi, , JP) Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15938536 on 03/28/2018 (573 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile storage element including a control gate, a tunneling layer, a charge storage region, and a blocking layer including a ferroelectric material. The tunneling layer is disposed between the control gate and the charge storage region, and the charge storage region is disposed between the tunneling layer and the blocking 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]

Inventor(s): Yangyin Chen (Heverlee, , BE), Yingda Dong (Los Altos, CA), Yukihiro Sakotsubo (Yokkaichi, , JP) Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15938558 on 03/28/2018 (573 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory cell is provided that includes a control gate, a tunneling layer, a charge storage region, a blocking layer including a ferroelectric material, a semiconductor channel, and a source region and a drain region each disposed adjacent the semiconductor channel. The tunneling layer is disposed between the control gate and the charge storage region, the charge storage region is disposed between the tunneling layer and the blocking layer, and the blocking layer is disposed above the semiconductor channel.

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

Inventor(s): Binghua Hu (Plano, TX), Jun Cai (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16241076 on 01/07/2019 (288 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, an apparatus comprises a semiconductor layer doped with a first-type dopant, a first region doped with the first-type dopant, a second region doped with the first-type dopant, and a third region doped with a second-type dopant, where the second-type dopant is opposite the first-type dopant. The first, second, and third regions are non-overlapping and are formed in the semiconductor layer. The third region is positioned between the first region and the second region. The apparatus also comprises a plurality of Zener implant regions buried in the semiconductor layer and the third region, where each of the plurality of Zener implant regions is configured to generate a different pinch-off region.

[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 M. Rhoads (Mckinney, TX), Jacob Kim (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA) Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15379317 on 12/14/2016 (1042 days app to issue)

Abstract: An isolation barrier for reducing coupling between a transmitting antenna on a platform and a receiving antenna on the same platform. The isolation barrier expands the isolation capabilities of radar absorbing material (RAM) to the low frequency region by integrating dielectric loaded corrugations with the RAM. The isolation barrier includes a plurality of corrugations, each including a channel with two conductive walls and a conductive base, having a depth greater than a quarter of the wavelength corresponding to the low-frequency limit of the shared operating frequency band of the transmitting antenna and the receiving antenna. A layer of radar absorbing material (RAM) covers the corrugations.

Inventor(s): Antonio Gallerano (San Jose, CA), Xianzhi Dai (Shanghai, , CN) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15581173 on 04/28/2017 (907 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection circuit includes an active shunt transistor, a first pull-down transistor, and a second pull-down transistor. The active shunt transistor is coupled between a first I/O pad and a reference voltage. The first pull-down transistor is connected to the reference voltage. The second pull-down transistor is connected to the first pull-down transistor and the first I/O pad. The first pull-down transistor and the second pull-down transistor are in separate isolation tanks of an isolation deep n-well.

[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)

Power distribution module(s) capable of hot connection and/or disconnection for wireless communication systems, and related power units, components, and methods Patent No. 10454270 

Inventor(s): Boyd Grant Brower (Keller, TX), Chois Alven Blackwell, Jr. (North Richland Hills, TX) Assignee(s): Corning Optical Communicatons LLC (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15614124 on 06/05/2017 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: Power distribution modules are configured to distribute power to a power-consuming component(s), such as a remote antenna unit(s) (RAU(s)). By ”hot” connection and/or disconnection, the power distribution modules can be connected and/or disconnected from a power unit and/or a power-consuming component(s) while power is being provided to the power distribution modules. Power is not required to be disabled in the power unit before connection and/or disconnection of power distribution modules. The power distribution modules may be configured to protect against or reduce electrical arcing or electrical contact erosion that may otherwise result from ”hot” connection and/or connection of the power distribution modules.

[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): Bo Yang (Allen, TX), Hengchun Mao (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): x2 Power Technologies Limited (Grand Cayman, , KY) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15458756 on 03/14/2017 (952 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises a sense transistor having a gate and a source directly connected to a gate and a source of a power transistor of a resonant converter respectively, wherein the resonant converter comprises a primary side and a secondary side magnetically coupled to the primary side, a current sense and amplification circuit comprising an amplifier having inputs connected to a drain of the sense transistor and a drain of the power transistor respectively, an analog-to-digital converter connected to an output of the current sense and amplification circuit and a digital controller connected to an output of the analog-to-digital converter, wherein the digital controller is configured to modulate a variable capacitance network of the resonant converter based upon a current flowing through the sense transistor.

[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)

Switched converter control using adaptive load current sensing and feedforward technique Patent No. 10454369 

Inventor(s): Filip Savic (Freising, , DE), Giacomo Calabrese (Freising, , DE), Giovanni Frattini (Travaco” Siccomario, , IT) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15591107 on 05/10/2017 (895 days app to issue)

Abstract: A switched voltage converter may be controlled with load current feedforward control loop in addition to an output voltage feedback loop. The converter includes a first switch device that is controlled to open and close at a selected switching rate with a selected duty cycle. The first switch device is coupled in series with an inductor and conducts current through the inductor while the first switch is closed. A second switch device conducts current from the inductor to an output capacitor and to load while the first switch is open to produce an output voltage and a resulting load current through the load. The load current is measured in a continuous manner and a load current feedforward control signal is generated that is representative of the load current. The switch rate and/or duty cycle of the first switch is adjusted in response to the load current feedforward control signal.

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

Inventor(s): Sanjay Gurlahosur (Sunnyvale, CA) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15810984 on 11/13/2017 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-phase buck voltage regulator includes first and second buck converters, first and second low pass filters, and a current balancing loop circuit. The first buck converter includes a first pair of power transistors and a first switch node. The second buck converter includes a second pair of power transistors and a second switch node. The low pass filters are coupled to their respective switch nodes. The current balancing loop circuit receives a filtered output of each filter. The current balancing loop generates a current balancing current signal to control a gain of a first voltage-to-current converter for the second buck converter. The duty cycle of the second buck converter is thereby adjusted, which in turn adjusts a current of the second buck converter to become closer to a current of the first buck converter.

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

Methods and apparatus providing high efficiency power amplifiers for both high and low output power levels Patent No. 10454426 

Inventor(s): Oddgeir Fikstvedt (Oslo, , NO) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15827995 on 11/30/2017 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing high efficiency power amplifiers for both high and low output power levels are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a first amplifier to amplify a signal from a host device; and transmit the amplified signal to an antenna; a second amplifier to amplify the signal from the host device; and transmit the amplified signal to the antenna; and first, second, and third switches to: when the first and second switches are closed and the third switch is open, couple the first amplifier to the second amplifier in a parallel structure; and when the first and second switches are open and the third switch is closed, couple the first amplifier to the second amplifier in a stacked structure.

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

Inventor(s): Priyankar Mathuria (Benares, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16010696 on 06/18/2018 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: A self-gating flip-flop circuit includes a flip-flop circuit and a clock circuit. The flip-flop circuit includes a clock input. The clock circuit is coupled to the clock input. The clock circuit includes a latch circuit, a reset circuit, and a gate circuit. The reset circuit is coupled to the latch circuit. The gate circuit is coupled to the latch circuit and the clock input.

[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]

Method and apparatus for band-gap based power-on-reset including fast, low power and accurate brownout detection Patent No. 10454468 

Inventor(s): Anand Veeravalli Raghupathy (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Vidatronic, Inc. (College Station, TX) Law Firm: Liang Legal Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16188162 on 11/12/2018 (344 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power-on reset (POR) circuit with an auxiliary control circuit and an enhanced resistor ladder for brownouts circuit detectors in low power applications includes a power-up detector circuit for detecting power supply ramp-up while charging; a brownout detector circuit for sensing power supply falling down; a set-reset (SR) latch to generate a power-on-reset (POR) signal; a start-up network; and an internal band-gap voltage reference circuit, wherein the internal band-gap voltage reference circuit is configured to be started by the start-up network to serve as a reference for the power-up detector circuit.

[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): Hung-Yi Lee (Cupertino, CA), Liang Gu (San Jose, CA), Miao Liu (Shanghai, , CN), Yuming Cao (Pleasanton, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16154448 on 10/08/2018 (379 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical data circuit includes threshold adjustment circuits to perform threshold adjustment compensation of asymmetrical optical noise. The optical data circuit includes an optical-to-electrical conversion circuit configured to produce first and second differential electrical data signals, at respective first and second electrical nodes, in response to an optical data signal. First and second digital-to-analog converter (DAC) circuits are each respectively coupled to the first and second electrical nodes and configured to respectively generate first and second adjustment signals. The first and second DAC circuits are configured to adjust the first and second differential electrical data signals such that a zero-crossing point of positive data is pulled up in response to the first adjustment signal and a zero-crossing point of negative data is pulled down in response to the second adjustment signal.

Inventor(s): Dennis Macy (Richardson, TX), Jesse C. Saenz (Hurst, TX) Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15720958 on 09/29/2017 (753 days app to issue)

Abstract: The techniques described herein may be used to deploy a digital kiosk, within a fiber optic network, in a manner that is efficient and that minimizes the risk of damaging the kiosk during the installation process. This may include manufacturing the kiosk with a Fiber Distributed Panel (FDP) that functions as an interface between a fiber optic stub (that connects the kiosk to a fiber optic network backbone) and individual, internal components of the kiosk. A technician therefore may install the kiosk without having to physically open the kiosk and/or configure the fiber cabling and internal components inside the kiosk.

Inventor(s): Andy Shen (Morganville, NJ), Frank Effenberger (Frisco, TX), Huaiyu Zeng (Red Bank, NJ), Xiang Liu (Marlboro, NJ) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15966795 on 04/30/2018 (540 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises a DAC configured to convert a digital electrical signal to an analog electrical signal and a laser coupled to the DAC. The laser is configured to generate an optical signal using the analog electrical signal for modulation, the optical signal is a band-multiplexed optical signal comprising frequency bands, the frequency bands comprise a lowest-frequency band, and the lowest-frequency band comprises a baseband IM signal. The laser is configured to transmit the optical signal. A PON comprises an OLT configured to transmit a downstream optical signal, the downstream optical signal is a band-multiplexed optical signal comprising a first band and a second band. The PON includes a first ONU configured to receive the downstream optical signal and equalize only the first band; and a second ONU configured to receive the downstream optical signal and equalize the first band and the second band.

[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)

System for visualization of electromagnetic wave distribution and collaborative web-based design for optimal distribution of emitters Patent No. 10454599 

Inventor(s): Mark Marian Vasile (The Colony, TX), Ryan Robert Hadley (The Colony, TX) Assignee(s): Bit Lion, LLC (The Colony, TX) Law Firm: Alliance IP, LLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15480278 on 04/05/2017 (930 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the embodiments are directed to a collaborative tool that can include receiving one or more design parameters into a web server for designing a placement of one or more electromagnetic emitters; designing a structural layout for configuring a wireless network; virtually placing a plurality of electromagnetic emitters in different areas around the structural layout; testing electromagnetic signal strength in the structural layout; and optimizing the electromagnetic emitter placement.

1+1 Ethernet fabric protection in a disaggregated optical transport network switching system Patent No. 10454610 

Inventor(s): Richard Dunsmore (McKinney, TX), Sanjay Gera (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): FUJITSU LIMITED (Kawasaki, , JP) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15811159 on 11/13/2017 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for Ethernet fabric protection in a disaggregated OTN switching system that include PIU modules each having multiple ports for OTN to Ethernet transceiving and an Ethernet fabric as a switching core are disclosed. An OTN over Ethernet module in each of the PIU modules may enable various OTN functionality to be realized using the Ethernet fabric which may include multiple Ethernet fabric planes. A PIU module may transmit Ethernet packets using a first working port over a first Ethernet fabric plane and may transmit Ethernet packets using a second working port over a second Ethernet fabric plane. When the PIU module detects a fault condition on the second Ethernet fabric plane, the PIU module may transmit Ethernet packets using a third protection port over the first Ethernet fabric plane instead of using the second working port.

[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): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX) Assignee(s): TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL) (Stockholm, , SE) Law Firm: Coats Bennett, PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15766851 on 08/14/2017 (799 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user equipment (UE) ([b]102[/b]) that performs control signal transmission according to a single-segment subframe format ([b]21[/b]) is described. In an aspect, the UE ([b]102[/b]) selects a single-segment subframe format ([b]21[/b]) as an uplink transmission format for a subframe instead of a multi-segment subframe format ([b]22[/b]). This selection may be based on an indication received by a network node that the single-segment subframe format ([b]21[/b]) is to be used for transmission of the one or more control signals. In addition, the UE ([b]102[/b]) transmits the one or more control signals on an uplink control channel using the single-segment subframe format ([b]21[/b]).

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

Inventor(s): Jun Yao (Shanghai, , CN), June Chul Roh (Allen, TX), Pierre Bertrand (Antibes, , FR) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14971624 on 12/16/2015 (1406 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating a wireless communication system is disclosed. The method includes receiving first and second parallel data streams. The first data stream is converted to a first frequency-domain data stream by a discrete Fourier transform (DFT) having N[subscript]DFT0 [/subscript]size, where N[subscript]DFT0 [/subscript]is a positive integer. The second data stream is converted to a second frequency-domain data stream by a DFT having N[subscript]DFT1 [/subscript]size, where N[subscript]DFT1 [/subscript]is a positive integer. The first and second frequency-domain data streams are mapped to respective subcarriers.

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

Inventor(s): Ming-Jung Seow (Richmond, TX), Tao Yang (Katy, TX) Assignee(s): Omni AI, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15481320 on 04/06/2017 (929 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for processing data collected from network components for analysis by a machine learning engine of a Cognitive AI System. A network data processing driver receives a stream of data from a data collector which obtains data from one or more network data sources. The driver normalizes the stream of data to one or more feature values each corresponding to the network data sources and generates a sample vector from the feature values. The sample vector is formatted to be analyzed by the machine learning engine.

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

Inventor(s): Li Li (Bridgewater, NJ) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15293207 on 10/13/2016 (1104 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method computer implemented method of minimizing connections in a distributed system includes traversing paths in a directed graph representation of the distributed system having a fixed set of paths between nodes representing resources of the distributed system and edges representing connections between the resources by performing a random walk procedure to provide a reduced number of paths in the directed graph representation, and identifying excessive connections between the resources by simulating a client accessing the resources and identifying as excessive, connections that are not used by any of the reduced number of paths, wherein the excessive connections are removable from the distributed system without preventing client access to resources in the distributed system.

[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: 15838697 on 12/12/2017 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments provide a network forwarding integrated circuit (IC) for processing network packets. The network forwarding IC includes multiple packet processing pipelines and a traffic management unit. Each pipeline is configured to operate as an ingress pipeline and an egress pipeline. The traffic management unit is configured to receive a packet processed by an ingress pipeline and to enqueue the packet for output to a particular egress pipeline. A set of packets received by the network forwarding IC are processed by a first pipeline as an ingress pipeline and a second pipeline as an egress pipeline, then subsequently processed by the second pipeline as an ingress pipeline and a third pipeline as an egress pipeline.

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

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15437904 on 02/21/2017 (973 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and method for determining and applying security measures, such as segmentation, obfuscation and/or insertion of dummy data, to data sets determined to require external quantum-level computing processing. In those embodiments in which the data set is segmented, external quantum-level computing processing entities are determined, such that each segment is communicated to a different external entity for subsequent quantum-level computing processing.

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

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15730587 on 10/11/2017 (741 days app to issue)

Abstract: A resource instrument system and/or user computer systems can monitor when one or more resource instruments have been removed from the resource instrument system and notify the user and/or entity that one or more resource instruments have been removed from the resource instrument systems in order to help identify potential misappropriation of the one or more resource instruments. Moreover, the user may pre-authorize the use of one or more resource instruments through the resource instrument system and/or the user computer system. In this way, a third-party receiving the resource instrument may check the validity of the resource instrument before acceptance of the resource instrument.

Inventor(s): James N. White (Dallas, TX), M. Gregory Smith (Fairview, TX), Monica Rose Martino (Plano, TX), Thomas M. Buie (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): Accudata Technologies, Inc. (Allen, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16209913 on 12/04/2018 (322 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing additional information to called parties, the system comprises a base unit device for sending additional information to called parties, the base unit comprises a microprocessor, at least one Ethernet port, at least one telephone port, a first transceiver, and a first wireless antenna; and a display unit for receiving the additional information from the base unit device and displaying the additional information to the called parties, the display unit comprises a second transceiver, a liquid crystal display, a second wireless antenna, and a set of keys.

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

Inbound calls to intelligent controlled-environment facility resident media and/or communications devices Patent No. 10455084 

Inventor(s): Krishna Balantrapu (Irving, TX), Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX), Scott Passe (Forney, TX) Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX) Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15682523 on 08/21/2017 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: Inbound call processing systems and methods for processing inbound calls to controlled-environment facility resident media and/or communications devices employ an inbound resident call server configured to host inbound calling accounts established by non-residents, receive inbound calls from the non-residents, route the inbound calls to an authenticating server, confirm that the resident device is active, and connect the inbound resident call system with the resident device if active or inform the non-resident the resident is not available if not. The inbound resident call server also connects the non-resident inbound call with the resident device if the non-resident is associated with the inbound calling account, the inbound calling account is associated with an address identifier of the resident device and the resident”s personal identification number is associated with the address identifier of the resident device, all of which may be authenticated by the authenticating server.

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

Inventor(s): Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen, TX), Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX), Ming-Jun Chen (Austin, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16148764 on 10/01/2018 (386 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for encoding a multi-view frame in a video encoder is provided that includes computing a depth quality sensitivity measure for a multi-view coding block in the multi-view frame, computing a depth-based perceptual quantization scale for a 2D coding block of the multi-view coding block, wherein the depth-based perceptual quantization scale is based on the depth quality sensitive measure and a base quantization scale for the 2D frame including the 2D coding block, and encoding the 2D coding block using the depth-based perceptual quantization scale.

Inventor(s): Hideo Tamama (SanDiego, CA), Mihir Narendra Mody (Bengalaru, , IN), Niraj Nandan (Bengaluru, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15853474 on 12/22/2017 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of de-blocking filtering a processed video is provided. The processed video includes a plurality of blocks and each block includes a plurality of sub-blocks. A current block of the plurality of blocks includes vertical edges and horizontal edges. The processed video further includes a set of control parameters and reconstructed pixels corresponding to the current block. A boundary strength index is estimated at the vertical edges and at the horizontal edges of the current block. The set of control parameters, the reconstructed pixels corresponding to the current block and partially filtered pixels corresponding to a set of adjacent sub-blocks are loaded. The vertical edges and the horizontal edges of the current block are filtered based on the boundary strength index and the set of control parameters such that a vertical edge of the current block is filtered before filtering at least one horizontal edge of the current block.

Inventor(s): Kamakshi Sridhar (Plano, TX), Shahid Akhtar (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy (Espoo, , FI) Law Firm: Mendelsohn Dunleavy, P.C. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15677116 on 08/15/2017 (798 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a mobile communications system has a plurality of radio access network (RAN) nodes communicating wirelessly with a plurality of wireless user devices, a video server transmitting one or more packetized video streams to one or more of the wireless user devices, and a packet core routing packets of video data from the video server to the one or more wireless user devices via the RAN nodes. For each packetized video stream, the video server transmits in-band information related to the packetized video stream, such as relative screen size, relative video activity level, and minimum and maximum video quality levels, and each RAN node extracts and uses the in-band information to schedule transmission of the packets of video data to its one or more corresponding wireless user devices. The system can provide higher-quality video experience without wasting bandwidth on user devices that don”t require much communication resources.

Method and apparatus for providing customization of public safety answering point information delivery Patent No. 10455396 

Inventor(s): Barry Garrison (Lewisville, TX), Gregory Charles Corley (Double Oak, TX), Scott Nelson (Dallas, TX), Thomas Barton Schalk (Plano, TX), Tod Farrell (Coppell, TX) Assignee(s): Sirius XM Connected Vehicle Services Inc. (Irving, TX) Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15904961 on 02/26/2018 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method providing vehicle incident call services to a user is disclosed. A third-party service center receives a voice call from a vehicle. Signaling is automatically sent to the vehicle from the third-party service center and, in response to the signaling, the third-party service center receives from the vehicle, location information comprising at least the latitude and longitude coordinates of the vehicle. An interactive voice recognition (IVR) system located at the third-party service center is used to determine if the latitude and longitude coordinates are valid. If the coordinates are determined to be valid, the third-party service center provides the user with a selection of vehicle-incident non-emergency response services.

Inventor(s): Jerry Crawford (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA) Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15172986 on 06/03/2016 (1236 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, detecting sensor data obtained from a sensor of a device, such as a mobile communication device. An operational capability is determined based on the sensor data, and a determination is made that the operational capability is not available at the device. In response to determining that the operational capability is not available at the device, an application program is identified based on the operational capability and a transfer is facilitated of the application program to the device. Other embodiments are disclosed.

SDN-based channel estimation for multiplexing between LOS mmWaves, NLOS sub-6 GHz and FSO Patent No. 10455436 

Inventor(s): Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): NxGen Partners IP, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16188491 on 11/13/2018 (343 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing small cell backhaul communication comprises a small cell backhaul network includes a plurality of small cell network nodes. At least one transceiver at each of the plurality of small cell network nodes establishes communication links with other small cell network nodes within the small cell backhaul network. A fast failover group table is located at each of the plurality of small cell network nodes. A software defined network controller controls communication link configuration by the at least one transceiver. The software defined network controller calculates for each of the communications links within the small cell backhaul network a primary link and at least one back-up link. The software defined network controller stores the calculated primary link and at least one back-up link in the fast failover group table of each of the plurality of small cell network nodes. Each of the plurality of small cell network nodes locally determining to establish the at least one back-up link responsive to a determination that the primary link is down and the stored at least one back-up link for an associated small cell network node.

System and method for an energy efficient network adaptor with security provisions Patent No. 10455476 

Inventor(s): Aidan Cully (St. Augustine, FL), James D. Allen (LaGrange, KY), Oleg Logvinov (East Brunswick, NJ) Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15725011 on 10/04/2017 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a network device includes a network controller and at least one network interface coupled to the network controller that includes at least one media access control (MAC) device configured to be coupled to at least one physical layer interface (PHY). The network controller may be configured to determine a network path comprising the at least one network interface that has a lowest power consumption and minimum security attributes of available media types coupled to the at least one PHY.

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

Inventor(s): Akihiko Nishio (Kanagawa, , JP), Daichi Imamura (Kanagawa, , JP), Siego Nakao (Kanagawa, , JP) Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15814169 on 11/15/2017 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: A terminal apparatus and retransmission control method reduces overhead of the uplink control channel in cases when ARQ is applied in communication that uses an uplink unit band and a plurality of downlink unit bands associated with the uplink unit band. A first condition is set in which downlink assignment control information is transmitted from a base station by a unit band group which comprises a basic unit band, which is the downlink unit band on which a broadcast channel signal including information relating to the uplink unit band is transmitted, and a second downlink unit band other than the basic unit band. A bundling unit will not transmit a response signal to the base station in certain cases.

Methods and apparatus for transmitting/receiving channels in mobile communication system supporting massive MIMO Patent No. 10455566 

Inventor(s): Aris Papasakellariou (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: Jefferson IP Law, LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15589371 on 05/08/2017 (897 days app to issue)

Abstract: A channel transmission/reception method and an apparatus for transmitting/receiving channels between a base station and a mobile terminal efficiently in a mobile communication supporting massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) transmission are provided. The method includes determining a resource to which a Demodulation Reference Signal (DMRS) addressed to a terminal is mapped within a resource block, the DMRS resource being positioned in at least one of a first resource set capable of being allocated for DMRS and a second resource set symmetric with the first resource set on a time axis, and transmitting the DMRS and DMRS allocation information to the terminal.

Methods and apparatus for enabling further L1 enhancements in LTE heterogeneous networks Patent No. 10455612 

Inventor(s): Yi Song (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA) Law Firm: Trop, Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15920184 on 03/13/2018 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network element in a first cell in a wireless telecommunication network is provided. The network element comprises a processor configured such that the network element provides uplink and downlink grants in the first cell, wherein the first cell is a low-power cell within the coverage area of a second, high-power cell, and wherein the first cell acts as a secondary cell and the second cell acts as a primary cell in a carrier aggregation mode, and wherein at least one uplink control signal is received by one of only the first cell or both the first cell and the second cell.

Inventor(s): Juan Navarro-Sorroche (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Gilliam IP PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15558254 on 04/16/2015 (1650 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein are neutron generators that employ direct field ionization of ionizable fusion gases, as well as well-logging tools and methods that utilize such neutron generators. In various embodiments, the neutron generator includes a cylindrical field-ionization structure distributed around the inner surface of a tubular housing, and a cylindrical ion-accelerating grid disposed about the longitudinal axis concentrically to the field-ionization structure. Ions generated by the field-ionization structure may accumulate inside the ion-accelerating grid, from which they can be axially extracted and accelerated towards a fusion target. Additional tools, systems, and methods are disclosed.

[H05H] PLASMA TECHNIQUE (ion-beam tubes H01J 27/00; magnetohydrodynamic generators H02K 44/08; producing X-rays involving plasma generation H05G 2/00); PRODUCTION OF ACCELERATED ELECTRICALLY- CHARGED PARTICLES OR OF NEUTRONS (obtaining neutrons from radioactive sources G21, e.g. G21B, G21C, G21G); PRODUCTION OR ACCELERATION OF NEUTRAL MOLECULAR OR ATOMIC BEAMS (atomic clocks G04F 5/14; devices using stimulated emission H01S; frequency regulation by comparison with a reference frequency determined by energy levels of molecules, atoms, or subatomic particles H03L 7/26)

System and method for PUCCH subband feedback signaling in a wireless network Patent No. RE047662 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Lingjia Liu (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14951255 on 11/24/2015 (1428 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile station for use in a wireless network. The mobile station transmits feedback reports to a base station of the wireless network. The feedback reports comprise a first feedback report, a second feedback report and a third feedback report. The first feedback report includes a precoder type indication (PTI) value that indicates at least one of a period of the second feedback report and a period of the third feedback report. The PTI value indicates a ratio of the second feedback report period to the third feedback report period. The PTI value also indicates the selected feedback information contained in the second feedback report and the third feedback report. Patent Class: N/A

Inventor(s): Ronald Ray Woller (Decatur, AL) Assignee(s): Good Sportsman Marketing, LLC (Grand Prairie, TX) Law Firm: D”Ambrosio Menon, PLLC (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 29651400 on 07/23/2018 (456 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Jenny DeMarco Staab (Addison, TX) Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 29664944 on 09/28/2018 (389 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Jenny DeMarco Staab (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 29600386 on 04/12/2017 (923 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Ramon Ibarra (Lewisville, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Ice Express, LLC (McKinney, TX) Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 29668745 on 11/01/2018 (355 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Brian K. Reaux (Red Oak, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29620970 on 09/18/2017 (764 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Brian K. Reaux (Red Oak, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29620986 on 09/25/2017 (757 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Casey Christen Jens Christensen (McKinney, TX), Jory Sprowl (Wolfe City, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX) Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29633641 on 01/15/2018 (645 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Adam Cole Ewing (McKinney, TX), Jory Sprowl (Wolfe City, TX), Kent Poteet (Lucas, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX), Terry Soward (Van Alstyne, TX) Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29634228 on 01/19/2018 (641 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Gordon E. Atkinson (Black Mountain, NC), Kyle S. Adams (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): iMed Technology, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Stevens Showalter LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29634725 on 01/24/2018 (636 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Gordon E. Atkinson (Black Mountain, NC), Kyle S. Adams (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): iMed Technology, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Stevens Showalter LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29610557 on 07/13/2017 (831 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Jack Renforth (Azle, TX), Nicholas Baker (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29638656 on 02/28/2018 (601 days app to issue)

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