Dallas Invents: 109 Patents Granted for Week of Nov. 30 » Dallas Innovates – dallasinnovates.com

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

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES         10
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING        16
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 1
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS      3
G: PHYSICS      28
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING           12
H: ELECTRICITY            33

DESIGN: 6


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)          9
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano)       5
Bank of America Corp. (Charlotte, NC)           4
AT&T  (Atlanta, GA)    4
IBM Corp. (Armonk, NY)         4
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Suwon-si,   , KR)          4
Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)      4
Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL) 3
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano)  3


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Bichoy Bahr (Allen)     2
Daniel Nelson (Plano) 2
Dilan Walpola (Plano) 2
Manu Kurian (Dallas)  2
Patrick Nicholas Lawrence (Plano)     2
Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano)           2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Sweet taste improving compositions including naringenin and steviol glycosides
Patent No. 11185096 

Inventor(s): Gino E. Olcese (Allen, TX), Stacey K. Walton (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): DR PEPPER/SEVEN UP, INC. (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Pizarro Allen PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16294798 on 03/06/2019 (1000 days app to issue)

Abstract: A consumable composition may include naringenin at concentrations suitable to improve certain characteristics of the composition. Naringenin may, for example, be added to a composition or included in a sweetening composition that may be added therein to adjust sweetness attributes. For example, beverages that include one or more steviol glycosides may typically be deficient in upfront sweetness, and naringenin may be added therein to improve the temporal profile of sweetness delivery. NULL


Dual exposure buttons controlled by a switch or an audio guide
Patent No. 11185300 

Inventor(s): Seung Bum Ryu, Sr. (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15694777 on 09/02/2017 (1550 days app to issue)

Abstract: A portable x-ray device for producing x-rays may include a housing; an exposure device enclosed by the housing to generate x-rays; a slide switch connected to the exposure device being movable between a first position and a second position; a first trigger to activate the exposure device when the slide switch is in the first position being positioned on a first side of the housing; a second trigger to activate the exposure device when the slide switch is in the second position being positioned on a second opposed side of the housing.

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


Spring cage spinal fixation systems
Patent No. 11185351 

Inventor(s): Nathan Otis Nelson (South Jordan, UT)
Assignee(s): CTL Medical Corporation (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Carrington, Coleman, Sloman Blumenthal, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16034869 on 07/13/2018 (1236 days app to issue)

Abstract: Spinal fixation system connectors comprising spring cage elements. In some embodiments, an engagement member, such as a bone screw, may be configured to be coupled with and received within a connector body. A spring cage structure may also be configured to be coupled with the connector body. The spring cage structure may comprise a spring configured to be positioned in a relaxed configuration and a flexed configuration, such that the spring defines an opening having a first size in the relaxed configuration and a second, larger size in the flexed configuration to allow the opening to receive and engage a head of the engagement member within the connector body.

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


Tissue localization device and method of use thereof
Patent No. 11185387 

Inventor(s): Gail S. Lebovic (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): HOLOGIC (Marlborough, MA)
Law Firm: Kacvinski Daisak Bluni PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16146781 on 09/28/2018 (1159 days app to issue)

Abstract: Tissue localization devices and methods of localizing tissue using tissue localization devices are disclosed. The tissue localization device can comprise a handle comprising a delivery control, a delivery needle extending out from the handle, and a localization element within the delivery needle. The localization element can be deployed out of the delivery needle or retracted back into the delivery needle when the delivery control is translated in a first direction or a second direction, respectively. The localization element can be coupled to a flexible tracking wire.

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


Highly radiographically opaque metal based interbody
Patent No. 11185423 

Inventor(s): Chase D. Tipping (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16244093 on 01/09/2019 (1056 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of bony region interbody systems, apparatus, and methods are described generally herein including a spinal interbody for insertion between vertebra, the interbody formed of metals or alloys while providing high radiographic visibility. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.

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


Tablet counting apparatus and method having a time out feature
Patent No. 11185473 

Inventor(s): Jason Warner (Downingtown, PA)
Assignee(s): McKESSON CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Ballard Spahr LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16835560 on 03/31/2020 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tablet counting apparatus and method and an associated control device are provided to ensure that the same type of tablets is transferred from a canister to a counter following the replacement of one canister with another. In addition to the counter and the replaceable canister, the tablet counting apparatus includes a gate that moves between closed and open positions. The tablet counting apparatus further includes a controller configured, following installation of the canister, to provide an authorization command to authorize the gate to be opened by being moved from the closed position to the open position. The tablet counting apparatus additionally includes a timer responsive to the authorization command. The controller is also configured to be responsive to the timer so as no longer provide the authorization command following expiration of the timer to prevent the gate from being subsequently opened if the gate has not already been opened.

[A61J] CONTAINERS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR MEDICAL OR PHARMACEUTICAL PURPOSES; DEVICES OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR BRINGING PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS INTO PARTICULAR PHYSICAL OR ADMINISTERING FORMS; DEVICES FOR ADMINISTERING FOOD OR MEDICINES ORALLY; BABY COMFORTERS; DEVICES FOR RECEIVING SPITTLE


Cosmetic compositions
Patent No. 11185492 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Addison, TX), Milagros Sanchez (Addison, TX), Tiffany Carle (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): MARY KAY INC. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16706290 on 12/06/2019 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are compositions and methods for their use for cosmetic applications. The composition can include tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, [i]Phyllanthus emblica [/i]fruit extract, and tocopherol, ascorbic acid. The composition can further include vegetable amino acids. An effective amount of the composition can be applied on skin to stimulate collagen production and lysyl oxidase activity, inhibit tyrosinase, inhibit melanogenesis and/or COX-1 activity, and inhibit the matrix metalloproteinase enzyme activity in skin.

[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)


Compositions including milk thistle and methods of use
Patent No. 11185565 

Inventor(s): Odes W. Mitchell (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): GM Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16731928 on 12/31/2019 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, the present disclosure pertains to a dietary supplement including berberine in an amount up to about 1500 mg, cinnamon in an amount up to about 300 mg, chromium in an amount up to about 300 mcg, milk thistle in an amount up to about 150 mg, and pyrroloquinoline quinone disodium (PQQ) in an amount up to about 30 mg. Additionally, the present disclosure relates to a method for managing weight, maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, preventing diabetes, or alleviating symptoms associated with diabetes, including administering a composition to a subject. In some embodiments, the composition includes berberine in an amount up to about 1500 mg, cinnamon in an amount up to about 300 mg, chromium in an amount up to about 300 mcg, milk thistle in an amount up to about 150 mg, and PQQ in an amount up to about 30 mg.

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


Method and apparatus for delivery of therapeutic agents
Patent No. 11185688 

Inventor(s): Adam Hartman (Denton, TX), Oliver Ruck (Lewisville, TX), Thomas David Cox (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Ichor Medical Systems, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Goodwin Procter LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16144794 on 09/27/2018 (1160 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the reproducible, consistent and efficacious delivery of a therapeutic agent to a subject. The present disclosure comprises apparatus for the controlled administration of the therapeutic agent through an orifice to the subject, a plurality of penetrating electrodes arranged with a predetermined spatial relationship relative to the orifice, and an electrical signal generator operatively connected to the electrodes.

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


Golf club head or other ball striking device having stiffened face portion
Patent No. 11185745 

Inventor(s): Rick S. Wahlin (Keller, TX), Robert M. Boyd (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17001565 on 08/24/2020 (463 days app to issue)

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

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


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

System, and associated method, for recovering water from air
Patent No. 11185792 

Inventor(s): J. Glenn Turner, Jr. (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16836685 on 03/31/2020 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for recovering water from air includes a skirt supported by legs and at least one interior wall suspended from the skirt. At least one exterior wall extends from an accumulator and is spaced apart from and substantially parallel to the at least one interior wall, thereby defining a flow channel between the at least one interior wall and the at least one exterior wall. At least one thermoelectric cooler (TEC) is connectable to an electrical power source for transferring heat from a cool side of the TEC to a warm side of the TEC, the cool side being positioned on the at least one interior wall, not in the flow channel, for cooling the at least one interior wall, the at least one interior wall defining a condensing surface proximate the at least one TEC.

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


Perovskites oxygen storage and release materials and their use for exhaust gas treatment
Patent No. 11185848 

Inventor(s): Kimber L. Stamm Masias (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16894097 on 06/05/2020 (543 days app to issue)

Abstract: A catalyst system includes an oxygen storage and release material that has at least one compound of the structure YMO[subscript]3+[/subscript], where M is selected from Mn, Co, Cu, Ce, Ti, Ni, Zn, Fe and any combination thereof, and where is 0. The oxygen storage and release material is configured to allow absorption and release oxygen depending on the conditions of a reagent stream such that sufficient oxygen is maintained for the catalytic removal of at least one of incompletely combusted hydrocarbons, CO, and NO. The catalyst system is useful in a catalytic converter such that oxygen is supplied under rich combustion conditions in an engine upstream of the catalytic converter inlet and oxygen is adsorbed and absorbed under lean rich combustion conditions in the engine.

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


Digital microfluidic dilution apparatus, systems, and related methods
Patent No. 11185858 

Inventor(s): Andrew Fischer (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16531253 on 08/05/2019 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example methods, apparatus, systems for diluting samples are disclosed. An example method includes depositing a first fluid droplet on a first electrode of a plurality of electrodes. The first electrode has a first area. The first fluid droplet has a first volume associated with the first area. The example method includes depositing a second fluid droplet on a second electrode of the plurality of electrodes. The second electrode has a second area. The second fluid droplet has a second volume associated with the second area. The second volume is different than the first volume. The example method includes forming a combined droplet by selectively activating at least one of the first electrode or the second electrode to cause one of the first fluid droplet or the second fluid droplet to merge with the other of the first fluid droplet or the second fluid droplet.

[B01L] CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL LABORATORY APPARATUS FOR GENERAL USE (apparatus for medical or pharmaceutical purposes A61; apparatus for industrial purposes or laboratory apparatus whose construction and performance are comparable to that of similar industrial apparatus, see the relevant classes for industrial apparatus, particularly subclasses of B01 and C12; separating or distilling apparatus B01D; mixing or stirring devices B01F; atomisers B05B; sieves B07B; corks, bungs B65D; handling liquids in general B67; vacuum pumps F04; siphons F04F 10/00; taps, stop-cocks F16K; tubes, tube joints F16L; apparatus specially adapted for investigating or analysing materials G01, particularly G01N; electrical or optical apparatus, see the relevant classes in sections G and H)


Inspecting components using mobile robotic inspection systems
Patent No. 11185985 

Inventor(s): Brian Cupples (Keller, TX), Jeffrey P. Nissen (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14589562 on 01/05/2015 (2521 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for mobile robotic based inspection includes delivery of inspection requirements identifying a part and one or more inspection mode types. A three-dimensional model of the part and one or more physical attributes or specifications of the aeronautical part are received. A plurality of different motion sequences for the robot inspection system are determined to evaluate a plurality of predefined points on the component using one or more sensors for the one or more inspection types. Data acquisition parameters are determined for inspection sequence to allow for collection of inspection data for one or more inspection modes. A motion sequence from the plurality of different motion sequences is selected based on one or more parameters. An optimized inspection program configured to update operating parameters of the robot inspection system to perform the selected motion sequence and capture data using the one or more sensors is generated.

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


Magnetic attachment for shaving cartridge
Patent No. 11186003 

Inventor(s): Craig A. Provost (Newport Beach, CA), John W. Griffin (Moultonborough, NH), Robert A. Wilson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): SL IP Company LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Leber IP Law (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17121913 on 12/15/2020 (350 days app to issue)

Abstract: Shaving systems are disclosed that include a replaceable shaving assembly and a cartridge connecting structure for connecting the shaving assembly to a handle. In preferred implementations, the cartridge connecting structure has a magnetic portion configured to help draw the cartridge onto the handle and retain the cartridge in place when the razor is not in contact with the skin, and a mechanical engagement that provides the necessary retention forces required to keep the system intact during shaving.

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


Systems and methods of constructing composite assemblies
Patent No. 11186048 

Inventor(s): James R. Stamper, Jr. (Fort Worth, TX), Neil Edward Morrow (Colleyville, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Azle, TX), Paul Sherrill (Grapevine, TX), Robert Self (Fort Worth, TX), Ronald Measom (Hurst, TX), Russell Cole (Euless, TX, U
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15989839 on 05/25/2018 (1285 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of constructing a cured composite assembly includes positioning a composite assembly within a bonding tool, wherein the composite assembly comprises an uncured composite spar and a skin and performing a curing cycle on the composite assembly to simultaneously cure the uncured composite spar and bond the skin to the cured composite spar.

[B23P] OTHER WORKING OF METAL; COMBINED OPERATIONS; UNIVERSAL MACHINE TOOLS (arrangements for copying or controlling B23Q)


Rotor brake effect by using electric distributed anti-torque generators and opposing electric motor thrust to slow a main rotor
Patent No. 11186185 

Inventor(s): Andrew Haldeman (Fort Worth, TX), Eric Sinusas (Euless, TX), Frank Bradley Stamps (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15609779 on 05/31/2017 (1644 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a system and method for slowing the rotation of a rotor using, for example, rotor brake system for a rotorcraft comprising: one or more generators connected to a main rotor gearbox; an electric distributed anti-torque system mounted on a tail boom of the rotorcraft comprising two or more electric motors connected to the one or more generators, wherein the two or more electric motors are connected to one or more blades; and wherein a rotation of the rotor is slowed by placing a drive load on the main rotor gearbox with the one or more generators to bleed the mechanical power from rotor into electrical power via the two or more electric motors, wherein the electric distributed anti-torque system generates thrust in opposing directions.

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


HEV battery SOC meter and boost power display
Patent No. 11186199 

Inventor(s): Aaron M. France (Westland, MI), Craig D. Herring (Pinckney, 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: 16693197 on 11/22/2019 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for presenting in a hybrid electric vehicle display, proximate to or in some relation to each other, engine power usage, motor-generator power usage, and battery state of charge information. By combining the display of engine power usage, motor-generator power, and battery state of charge information, power distribution and related information may be presented to the operator of a vehicle to explain the vehicle”s performance from a power split output and usage perspective. This can provide reassurance or confirmation that the vehicle is operating as it should, identify a problematic condition, etc. Sometimes, the motor-generator power usage may be presented as boost power, where motor-generator power can augment engine power.

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


Vehicle data processing systems and methods using one or more local processors
Patent No. 11186273 

Inventor(s): Felipe G. Salles (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16175294 on 10/30/2018 (1127 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle data processing method includes receiving data points from one or more sensors arranged in or around a vehicle, identifying one or more emergency events based on the received data points from the sensors, determining, with the one or more local processors of a vehicle, an instant reaction in response to the emergency events, and controlling a control mechanism of the vehicle based on the determined instant reaction.

[B60W] CONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT [2006.01]


System and method for wheel impact load detection compensation
Patent No. 11186301 

Inventor(s): Bryan Frank (Fort Worth, TX), Hark Braren (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BNSF Railway Company (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17304063 on 06/14/2021 (169 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wheel impact load detection system for detecting defects in wheel of railroad vehicles is presented. The system can receive data from sensors and/or a weather station to determine a maximum force applied to a rail, and subsequently calibrate the determined maximum force to account to environmental conditions. Additionally, the present disclosure can assign severity levels and generate alerts with the assigned severity levels, and such severity levels can facilitate the proper prioritization of the alerts. It is an object of the invention to provide a system for accounting for variable environmental conditions and/or variable rail tension in assigning severity levels to mitigate unneeded stoppage of railway traffic.

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


Space frame front upper frame connection
Patent No. 11186315 

Inventor(s): Roopam Khare (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Caterpillar Inc. (Peoria, IL)
Law Firm: Xsensus LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16664010 on 10/25/2019 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: A front upper frame connection casting can comprise a vertical front upper frame connection boss oriented in a first downward direction and configured to weldably attach to a first elongate support member; a rearward angular front upper frame connection boss oriented in a second downward direction and configured to weldably attach to a second elongate support member different from the first elongate support member; and a center cast section castably attached to the vertical front upper frame connection boss and the rearward angular front upper frame connection boss. The center cast section can have a top surface configured to weldably attach to a front upper body support and frame connection fabrication of a space frame of a rear haul truck.

[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)


Curved quarter fender rock guard
Patent No. 11186322 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey P. Smith (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15989000 on 05/24/2018 (1286 days app to issue)

Abstract: A quarter panel is configured for use with a vehicle having a forward end, a wheel, and a vertical surface located forward of the wheel. The quarter fender assembly includes a quarter fender in the form of an arcuate panel. The quarter panel is sized and configured to be mounted to the vehicle between the wheel and the vertical surface. The quarter panel assembly further includes a flexible flap mounted to an upper portion of the quarter fender. The flap has an at least partially arcuate forward surface.

[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)


Drive shaft support devices and methods of supporting drive shafts for assembly
Patent No. 11186333 

Inventor(s): James C. Greenlee, II (Paris, KY), Michael D. Watson (Ewing, KY), Shad McCord (Ewing, 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: 16704363 on 12/05/2019 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: A drive shaft support device that supports a drive shaft in a horizontal orientation during an assembly operation to a vehicle comprises an elongated support body and one or more drive shaft support arms that extend outward from the elongated support body. The one or more support arms include a mount portion that is mounted to the elongated support body and a support portion having a support surface that is configured to support the drive shaft thereon. A frame clamp is located at an end of the elongated support body and includes an upper support and a lower support that is spaced from the upper support to receive a frame portion of the vehicle therebetween and support the elongated body from the frame portion in the horizontal orientation.

[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)


Object adjusting apparatus and related methods for use with automotive manufacturing systems
Patent No. 11186334 

Inventor(s): Anna M. Cokeley (Harrisville, WV)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16509094 on 07/11/2019 (873 days app to issue)

Abstract: Object adjusting apparatus and related methods for use with automotive manufacturing systems are disclosed. A disclosed object adjuster for an automotive manufacturing system includes a frame. The object adjuster also includes a guide supported by the frame and positioned near a conveyor configured to convey an object. The object adjuster also includes a receiver slidably coupled to the guide. The receiver includes a portion that is configured to engage an attachment movably coupled to the object to adjust the attachment when the object moves.

[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)


Energy absorbing assembly for passenger seats
Patent No. 11186371 

Inventor(s): Donald M. Lasell (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Safran Seats USA LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17290037 on 10/31/2018 (1126 days app to issue)

Abstract: An energy absorbing assembly for a passenger seat that includes a crushable energy absorbing element for safely capturing kinetic energy during an impact event. The energy absorbing assembly comprises a linkage which is mechanically connected with moving parts of the seat back or seat pan by a first attachment element and a second attachment element, and the linkage includes an extended portion that extends beyond one of the attachment elements. A crushable energy absorbing element is mounted around the extended portion of the linkage and connected thereto, so that the crushable energy absorbing element receives and absorbs energy by deformation when the seat back is pushed forward with sufficiently high energy.

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


Apparatus and method for spooling wire
Patent No. 11186461 

Inventor(s): John L. Rhoads (The Colony, TX), William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16822940 on 03/18/2020 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: A reel apparatus and method comprising an inner flange assembly, an outer flange assembly, and a bearing assembly coupled to the inner flange assemblies. The inner flange assembly is capable of freely rotating relative to the outer flange assembly. In another embodiment, wire is spooled from a reel assembly comprising an inner flange assembly and an outer flange assembly.

[B65H] HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES


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

Metal oxide nanoparticle
Patent No. 11186495 

Inventor(s): Marissa Lynn Higgins (Forney, TX), Michael David Irwin (Heath, TX), Nicholas Charles Anderson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CUBIC PEROVSKITE LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts LLP (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17106002 on 11/27/2020 (368 days app to issue)

Abstract: A nanoparticle that includes a metal oxide core having the formula M[subscript]2[/subscript]O[subscript]5 [/subscript]wherein M is either tantalum (V) or niobium (V) and alkylsiloxane ligands surrounding the metal oxide core.

[C01G] COMPOUNDS CONTAINING METALS NOT COVERED BY SUBCLASSES C01D OR C01F (metal hydrides C01B 6/00; salts of oxyacids of halogens C01B 11/00; peroxides, salts of peroxyacids C01B 15/00; thiosulfates, dithionites, polythionates C01B 17/64; compounds containing selenium or tellurium C01B 19/00; binary compounds of nitrogen with metals C01B 21/06; azides C01B 21/08; metal amides C01B 21/092; nitrites C01B 21/50; phosphides C01B 25/08; salts of oxyacids of phosphorus C01B 25/16; carbides C01B 32/90; compounds containing silicon C01B 33/00; compounds containing boron C01B 35/00; compounds having molecular sieve properties but not having base-exchange properties C01B 37/00; compounds having molecular sieve and base-exchange properties, e.g. crystalline zeolites, C01B 39/00; cyanides C01C 3/08; salts of cyanic acid C01C 3/14; salts of cyanamide C01C 3/16; thiocyanates C01C 3/20; fermentation or enzyme-using processes for the preparation of elements or inorganic compounds except carbon dioxide C12P 3/00; obtaining metal compounds from mixtures, e.g. ores, which are intermediate compounds in a metallurgical process for obtaining a free metal C21B, C22B; production of non-metallic elements or inorganic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B)


F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

High density cluster based perforating system and method
Patent No. 11187062 

Inventor(s): David S. Wesson (Ft. Worth, TX), James A. Rollins (Lipan, TX), John T. Hardesty (Weatherford, TX), Philip Martin Snider (Tomball, TX), Wenbo Yang (Kennedale, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16922291 on 07/07/2020 (511 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ultra-short, high-density, perforating gun for use in a well casing includes a gun carrier extending along a longitudinal axis, only 2 charges located inside the gun carrier, the only 2 charges being positioned in a single plane transverse to the longitudinal axis, and a charge holder configured to carry the only 2 charges, the charge holder configured to be inserted into the gun carrier. The gun carrier ranges in length from 4 inches to 11 inches. A diameter of the gun carrier ranges from 1 to 4 inches, and wherein at least one charge of the only 2 charges has a liner that has a subtended angle from 100 to 120.

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


Well pumping system with enclosed rod rotator
Patent No. 11187064 

Inventor(s): Patricia L. Vines (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Smith IP Services, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14947919 on 11/20/2015 (2202 days app to issue)

Abstract: A well pumping system can include a rod rotator including a torque transfer device, an outer housing and a rotary actuator. The rotary actuator rotates the torque transfer device and a rod relative to the outer housing. The rod reciprocably displaces longitudinally relative to the outer housing. A method of rotating a rod string can include applying a torque from a torque transfer device to a rod connected to the rod string, the torque being maintained in the rod as the rod displaces relative to an outer housing. The torque transfer device is fully enclosed within the outer housing during the torque applying step. Another well pumping system can include a rod rotator with an outer housing connected between a stuffing box and a blowout preventer. The rod rotator rotates a rod string in a well.

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


Variable reluctance measurement technology for drilling risers and riser towers
Patent No. 11187603 

Inventor(s): Daniel Joseph Tye (Dallas, TX), John Ray Baileys (Arlington, TX), Joseph Michael O”Neil (Irving, TX), Michael Eugene Hogan (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Oil States Industries, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16435125 on 06/07/2019 (907 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention involves utilizing variable reluctance measurement technology (”VRMT”) sensors to monitor forces and stresses on drilling risers and riser towers. The tension monitoring system described herein includes an optimized configuration of variable reluctance measurement technology sensors, wherein the sensors have increased wire turns around each end of their C-cores or alternatively are mounted on mechanical amplifiers or both. An array of optimized variable reluctance measurement technology sensors can be configured at multiple points on a riser system. The VRMT sensors may be integrally attached to the risers or flexible joints for the risers, or may be installed on existing riser or flexible joint systems.

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


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

Integral multistage ring gear systems for aircraft
Patent No. 11186381 

Inventor(s): Russell Lee Mueller (Coppell, TX), Tyson T. Henry (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16599687 on 10/11/2019 (781 days app to issue)

Abstract: A drivetrain for an aircraft includes an engine, a driveshaft to receive rotational energy from the engine and a gearbox including a multistage planetary gear system to receive rotational energy from the driveshaft. The multistage planetary gear system includes an integral multistage ring gear system having flanged and cantilevered ends. The integral multistage ring gear system forms a first stage ring gear at the cantilevered end and a second stage ring gear interposed between the flanged end and the first stage ring gear. The multistage planetary gear system includes a first stage sun gear, first stage planet gears and a first stage carrier. The first stage planet gears mate with the first stage ring gear. The multistage planetary gear system includes a second stage sun gear, second stage planet gears and a second stage carrier. The second stage planet gears mate with the second stage ring gear.

[F16H] GEARING


Transmission apparatus including clutch and planetary gear assembly for a transportation system
Patent No. 11187277 

Inventor(s): Luke A. Rippelmeyer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16255386 on 01/23/2019 (1042 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transmission apparatus and associated methods for a transportation system. The transmission apparatus includes a clutch assembly and a planetary gear assembly. The clutch assembly includes a clutch hub, a first clutch sleeve, and a second clutch sleeve. The first clutch sleeve is axially movable relative to the clutch hub to selectively engage a first component of a planetary gear assembly. The second clutch sleeve is axially movable relative to the clutch hub to selectively engage a second component of the planetary gear assembly. The planetary gear assembly includes a plurality of planet gears and a planet carrier. Each of the plurality of planet gears is supported in a rotatable manner by the planet carrier. In some embodiments, the first component of the planetary gear assembly is a first sun gear that engages each of the plurality of planet gears.

[F16D] COUPLINGS FOR TRANSMITTING ROTATION (gearing for conveying rotation F16H, e.g. fluid gearing F16H 39/00-F16H 47/00); CLUTCHES (dynamo-electric clutches H02K 49/00; clutches using electrostatic attraction H02N 13/00); BRAKES (electrodynamic brake systems for vehicles in general B60L 7/00; dynamo-electric brakes H02K 49/00) [2]


Tuned mass absorber assembly and system for attenuating frequency specific vibrational energy
Patent No. 11187296 

Inventor(s): Brett A. Miller (McKinney, TX), Michael Martinez (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16205090 on 11/29/2018 (1097 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tuned mass absorber assembly comprises a mass structure, and a flexure system comprising first and second flexure sections (e.g., cross bar flexures) supported by, and extending in opposing directions from, the mass structure. The flexure system can comprise flexure section mounts situated at distal ends of the first and second flexure sections, respectively, and that are operable to mount the tuned mass absorber assembly to a structure subject to induced vibrations therein. A mass of the mass structure and a stiffness of the flexure system can be tuned to attenuate vibrations at a specific input frequency generated in response to induced vibrations of the structure. A system can comprise a vibration isolator attached to a chassis (e.g., of an airplane), and supporting a payload (sensors(s)) and isolating the payload from vibrations. A tuned mass absorber assembly can be mounted to the vibration isolator for attenuating vibrations at a specific input frequency that may affect the payload.

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


Diameter saving ring gear flexure
Patent No. 11187315 

Inventor(s): Aaran Ashley Barnes (Fort Worth, TX), Eric S. Olson (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17034411 on 09/28/2020 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ring gear assembly includes a ring gear, a gear box case, and a set of bolts. The ring gear includes a set of gear teeth inside the ring gear and arranged in a circle around the ring gear axis. The ring gear further includes a set of flanges arranged along at least one side of the ring gear. Each flange has a respective flange bolt hole therethrough, and each flange bolt hole has a respective bolt axis that is oriented perpendicular to the ring gear axis. The gear box case has a set of gear box bolt holes therethrough, each gear box bolt hole corresponding to a respective one of the flange bolt holes. Each of the bolts passes through a respective one of the gear box bolt holes and its corresponding flange bolt hole to fasten the ring gear to the gear box case.

[F16H] GEARING


Lubrication system
Patent No. 11187316 

Inventor(s): Matthew Michael Wilcox (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Pramudji Law Group PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16107954 on 08/21/2018 (1197 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to a lubrication system for a gearbox of an aircraft. A lubrication line is coupled to a plurality of jets and/or orifices to provide lubrication to one or more components of the gearbox. A check valve is placed within the lubrication line in a location upstream from the plurality of jets and/or orifices.

[F16H] GEARING


Lighting control for chilled beam
Patent No. 11187430 

Inventor(s): Ernest Freeman (Dallas, TX), Honghui Zhang (Richardson, TX), Joachim Hirsch (Colleyville, TX), Keith Glasch (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Air Distribution Technologies IP, LLC (Milwaukee, WI)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16516018 on 07/18/2019 (866 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device comprising a fin structure, a vent disposed in the fin structure, a cooling coil disposed in the vent, a light disposed in the fin structure and wherein the fin structure is configured to create a Coanda effect for air exiting the vent.

[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)


Variable flow adapters for air diffusers with damper
Patent No. 11187431 

Inventor(s): Hajo C. M. Siemers (Allen, TX), Kazim C. Demirhan (Garland, TX), Mark J. Costello (Plano, TX), Ryan M. Perkinson (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): AIR DISTRIBUTION TECHNOLOGIES IP, LLC (Milwaukee, WI)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16432695 on 06/05/2019 (909 days app to issue)

Abstract: An air diffuser for a heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system includes a variable flow adapter including a plurality of nozzles and a damper. The variable flow adapter is configured to receive conditioned air from the HVAC system. The air diffuser also includes an actuator coupled to the damper and configured to actuate the damper between a first configuration and a second configuration. The damper is configured to block the conditioned air from passing therethrough and direct the conditioned air through the plurality of nozzles in the first configuration. Additionally, the damper is configured to open to direct the conditioned air therethrough in the second configuration.

[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)


Pre-mix burner assembly for low NOx emission furnace
Patent No. 11187433 

Inventor(s): Eric Chanthalangsy (Grand Prairie, TX), Eric Perez (Hickory Creek, TX), Glenn W. Kowald (Carrollton, TX), Ian Burmania (Rockwall, TX), Randal Poirier (The Colony, TX), Steven Schneider (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15723284 on 10/03/2017 (1519 days app to issue)

Abstract: A burner assembly according to aspects of the disclosure includes a burner surface carried by a burner, the burner surface extending outward from a front side of the burner, a housing coupled to the burner on a side opposite the front side of the burner, a gasket disposed between the burner and the housing, a thermally anisotropic protective covering located on the front side of the burner and surrounding a perimeter of the burner surface, and an igniter positioned adjacent to the burner surface.

[F24H] FLUID HEATERS, e.g. WATER OR AIR HEATERS, HAVING HEAT-GENERATING MEANS, IN GENERAL (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; tube furnaces for thermal non-catalytic cracking C10G 9/20; devices, e.g. valves, for venting and aerating enclosures F16K 24/00; steam traps or like apparatus F16T; steam generation F22; combustion apparatus F23; domestic stoves or ranges F24B, F24C; domestic- or space-heating systems F24D; furnaces, kilns, ovens, retorts F27; heat-exchangers F28; electric heating elements or arrangements H05B)


HVAC systems and methods with improved heating element control
Patent No. 11187436 

Inventor(s): Hermon Alan Boyd (Red Oak, TX), Joe Powell (Garland, TX), Lee Nelson (Portland, OR)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16885221 on 05/27/2020 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, tools, and methods are presented that enable a circuit to introduce a random time delay before actuating a relay to start or stop a supply of electrical power to a heating element of a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. In one instance, the circuit includes a time-delay switch electrically connected to the relay. The time-delay switch has a random time delay before entering a closed state or open state. The relay is operable to start and stop a supply of electrical power to the heating element in response to the switch entering, respectively, the closed state and the open state. Other systems, tools and methods are presented. Other systems, tools and methods are presented.

[F24H] FLUID HEATERS, e.g. WATER OR AIR HEATERS, HAVING HEAT-GENERATING MEANS, IN GENERAL (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; tube furnaces for thermal non-catalytic cracking C10G 9/20; devices, e.g. valves, for venting and aerating enclosures F16K 24/00; steam traps or like apparatus F16T; steam generation F22; combustion apparatus F23; domestic stoves or ranges F24B, F24C; domestic- or space-heating systems F24D; furnaces, kilns, ovens, retorts F27; heat-exchangers F28; electric heating elements or arrangements H05B)


Portable internal combustion engine with heating and cooling capabilities
Patent No. 11187442 

Inventor(s): Justin Schaefer (Cedar Hill, TX), Mike Baldwin (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16688085 on 11/19/2019 (742 days app to issue)

Abstract: A portable internal combustion engine system includes an internal combustion engine having a fuel storage container and a first output shaft, the internal combustion engine rotates the first output shaft; a compressor engaged with the first output shaft, the first output shaft to provide energy thereto; an evaporative coil within a first housing and in fluid communication with the compressor and to receive a refrigerant from the compressor; a first fan engaged with the first output shaft and to pull air over the evaporative coil; a first outlet in gaseous communication with the first housing and to expel cool air via a first blower; and a control system to operate the internal combustion engine, the compressor, and first blower expel cool air.

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


Magazine loader
Patent No. 11187480 

Inventor(s): Russell Anderson (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17143971 on 01/07/2021 (327 days app to issue)

Abstract: A weapon magazine loading apparatus includes a magazine guide channel, a magazine loading region at the base of the magazine guide channel and an ammunition holding ramp. The loading region has an ammunition round holding depression in a base surface of the loading region, and a spring-loaded retaining wall positioned adjacent to the round holding depression. The retaining wall is movable between a first position extending into the loading channel and a second position below the base surface under pressure exerted on a magazine in the channel. The holding ramp positioned adjacent to the magazine loading region and holds a plurality of rounds of ammunition at an angle such that a round of ammunition in the ramp will roll toward the magazine loading region. The depth and width of the magazine holding region is adjustable to accommodate different types of magazines and calibers of ammunition.

[F41A] FUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS COMMON TO BOTH SMALLARMS AND ORDNANCE, e.g. CANNONS; MOUNTINGS FOR SMALLARMS OR ORDNANCE [5]


Trigger assembly
Patent No. 11187482 

Inventor(s): Nicholas Bloomfield (Kirtland, NM)
Assignee(s): Pressure Break, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16836756 on 03/31/2020 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: A trigger assembly for a firearm can include a trigger safety member to prevent unintentional firing of the firearm. The trigger safety member is designed to facilitate engaging with the digit of the user, while preventing accidental unlocking of the trigger safety member. The trigger can also include one or more kinesthetic features.

[F41A] FUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS COMMON TO BOTH SMALLARMS AND ORDNANCE, e.g. CANNONS; MOUNTINGS FOR SMALLARMS OR ORDNANCE [5]


P H Y S I C S

System and method for controlling rotorcraft
Patent No. 11186357 

Inventor(s): Luke Dafydd Gillett (Grapevine, TX), Robert Earl Worsham, II (Weatherford, TX), Sung Kyun Kim (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16238889 on 01/03/2019 (1062 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a method includes: obtaining a first signal from a first sensor of a rotorcraft, the first signal indicating measured angular velocity around a first axis of the rotorcraft; filtering the first signal with a lag compensator to estimate angular position around the first axis of the rotorcraft; and adjusting flight control devices of the rotorcraft according to the estimated angular position and the measured angular velocity around the first axis of the rotorcraft, thereby changing flight characteristics of the rotorcraft around the first axis of the rotorcraft.

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


P H Y S I C S

Predictive downloading of map data
Patent No. 11187541 

Inventor(s): Michael J. Crowley (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P. C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12354213 on 01/15/2009 (4702 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of requesting map data by a wireless communications device entails steps of predicting a future area of interest for which map data may be required, downloading the map data for the future area of interest, and then caching the map data for the future area of interest. Cached map data is thus available for rendering when the device moves into the future area of interest, thus expediting the generation of onscreen maps. Predicting the future area of interest can be accomplished, for example, by determining the direction of travel, by identifying a roadway upon which the device user is travelling, or by identifying a programmed route in a navigation application.

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


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Optical power detector and reader
Patent No. 11187616 

Inventor(s): Morgan C. Kurk (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): COMMSCOPE TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16073544 on 01/27/2017 (1768 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical power detection system comprises a sensor and a reader. The sensor is configured to detect light in the cladding of an optical fiber. The sensor is positioned both within a ferrule of the optical fiber and proximate the cladding. The sensor is additionally configured to produce an output signal representative of the detected light. The reader is electrically coupled to the sensor and is configured to receive the sensor output signal. The reader is additionally configured to operation on the output signal to produce a corresponding visual and/or audible indication of the optical power in the optical fiber.

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


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Systems, apparatus, and related methods for evaluating biological sample integrity
Patent No. 11187650 

Inventor(s): Michael Cobert (McKinney, TX), Michael Shawn Murphy (Allen, TX), Patrick P. Fritchie (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16805029 on 02/28/2020 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and related methods for evaluating biological sample integrity are disclosed herein. An example method includes scanning a sample container having a sample disposed therein to generate signal data including a first signal portion and a second signal portion. The example method includes detecting if the sample container includes a label attached to a surface of the sample container based on the second signal portion. If the sample container includes a label, the example method includes applying an adjustment factor to the second signal portion to create adjusted signal data. The example method includes determining a property of the sample based on one or more of the first signal portion or the adjusted signal data.

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


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Spinning aperture neutral drift sensor (SANDS)
Patent No. 11187827 

Inventor(s): Mark Mankey (Dallas, TX), Michael D. Perdue (Dallas, TX), Rod Heelis (Plano, TX), Russell A. Stoneback (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Yee Associates, P.C. (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16938666 on 07/24/2020 (494 days app to issue)

Abstract: A scientific instrument for measuring neutral atmospheric conditions at satellite altitudes is provided. In an illustrative embodiment, the scientific instrument includes an ion gauge configured to measure ion pressure. The scientific instrument also includes a lid covering the ion gauge. The lid includes a plurality of slits. The scientific instrument also includes an aperture plate that includes an aperture opening. The aperture plate is configured to rotate such that each of the slits are periodically exposed by the aperture opening to allow a neutral beam flux to enter the ion gauge.

[G01W] METEOROLOGY (radar, sonar, lidar or analogous systems, designed for meteorological use G01S 13/95, G01S 15/88, G01S 17/95)


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2D bi-pod flexure design, mount technique and process for implementation
Patent No. 11187871 

Inventor(s): Kirk A. Miller (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15845981 on 12/18/2017 (1443 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bipod flexure mount couples an optic to a base while isolating the optic from strain to resist wavefront error. The bipod flexure mount has a distal attachment pad to be coupled to the optic and a proximal attachment pad to be coupled to the base. A pair of beams extend between and couple the distal and proximal attachment pads. The distal attachment pad, the proximal attachment pad and the pair of beams are disposed in and define a planar layer with opposite planar surfaces that are substantially parallel. The bipod flexure mount is relatively flexible about four degrees of freedom and is relatively stiff about two degrees of freedom.

[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]


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Molecular clock with delay compensation
Patent No. 11188032 

Inventor(s): Adam Fruehling (Garland, TX), Argyrios Dellis (McKinney, TX), Bichoy Bahr (Allen, TX), Juan Alejandro Herbsommer (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16589176 on 10/01/2019 (791 days app to issue)

Abstract: A clock generator includes a hermetically sealed cavity and clock generation circuitry. A dipolar molecule in the hermetically sealed cavity has a quantum rotational state transition at a fixed frequency. The clock generation circuitry generates an output clock signal based on the fixed frequency of the dipolar molecule. The clock generation circuitry includes a detection circuit, a reference oscillator, and control circuitry. The detection circuit generates a first detection signal and a second detection signal representative of amplitude of signal at an output of the hermetically sealed cavity responsive to a first sweep signal and a second sweep signal input to the hermetically sealed cavity. The control circuitry sets a frequency of the reference oscillator based on a difference in time of identification of the fixed frequency of the dipolar molecule in the first detection signal and the second detection signal.

[G04F] TIME-INTERVAL MEASURING (measuring pulse characteristics G01R, e.g. G01R 29/02; in radar or like systems G01S; masers H01S 1/00; generation of oscillations H03B; generation or counting of pulses, frequency dividing H03K; analogue/digital conversion in general H03M 1/00) [2]


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Autonomous vehicle signaling system
Patent No. 11188094 

Inventor(s): John Boehm (Dallas, TX), Martin Patrick McEnroe (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16399086 on 04/30/2019 (945 days app to issue)

Abstract: A visual indicator system includes a sensor system, a visual indicator, a processing system coupled to the sensor system and the visual indicator, and a memory system that is coupled to the processing system and that includes instructions that, when executed by the processing system, cause the processing system to provide a visual indicator module. The visual indicator module receives first sensor data via the sensor system and determines based on the first sensor data that a first condition is satisfied. In response to the first condition being satisfied and via a first portion of the visual indicator, the visual indicator module provides a first visual indication that is associated with the first condition to a physical environment.

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


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Automatically setting an auto-purge value to multiple tables within a database
Patent No. 11188507 

Inventor(s): Burt L. Vialpando (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Roberts Calderon Safran Cole, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16654427 on 10/16/2019 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes: receiving, by a computing device, a database-level auto_purge value for a database having a plurality of tables, wherein the database-level auto_purge value represents a value associated with the entire database for when data is set to be purged or deleted from the plurality of tables in the database; setting, by the computing device, the database-level auto_purge value for the database; setting, by the computing device, table-level auto_purge values for the plurality of tables included in the database based on the database-level auto_purge value; and automatically purging data in the plurality of tables based on the table-level auto_purge values.

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


P H Y S I C S

Systems and methods for aligning data tables to domain ontologies
Patent No. 11188585 

Inventor(s): John A. Yanosy, Jr. (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): KPMG LLP (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16175327 on 10/30/2018 (1127 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein provide for semantically aligning data tables, controlled domain vocabularies, and domain ontologies. The systems and methods provide for aligning the data tables, controlled domain vocabularies, and domain ontologies based on a proxy table ontology representing a physical syntactical structure of the data table.

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


P H Y S I C S

Distributed data chamber system
Patent No. 11188671 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16381197 on 04/11/2019 (964 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to processing systems for performing distributed data storage and query processing. A computing platform may receive a query requesting source data collection and may route the query to logical sub-chamber objects. At each of the logical sub-chamber objects, the computing platform may identify a portion of the source data collection maintained by the corresponding logical sub-chamber object and may modify the query to produce a modified query that requests source data corresponding to an unsatisfied portion of the request. The computing platform may route, to additional logical sub-chamber objects, the modified query and the identified source data collection. The computing platform may determine that the request associated with the source data collection has been satisfied in its entirety and may assemble a dataset corresponding to the source data collection in its entirety. The computing platform may send the dataset corresponding to the source data collection.

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


P H Y S I C S

Cascading menus for remote popping
Patent No. 11188709 

Inventor(s): Steven E. Hicks (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16543364 on 08/16/2019 (837 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pop reader of a browser searches HTML code for a webpage with a plurality of links for a first link specified with a first target file name comprising a pop type element. The pop reader, responsive to detecting the first link specified with the first target file name comprising the pop type element, inserts a first command into the HTML code to disable the first link and set an event to pop up a first menu layer of a plurality of layers of a cascading menu and inserts a second command to specify the content of the first menu layer from a file accessed for the first target file name. The browser, responsive to detecting the event, displays the first menu layer with the specified content by the second command within the interface displaying the webpage.

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


P H Y S I C S

Systems and methods for creating a physical memento with digital tracking
Patent No. 11188725 

Inventor(s): Roger L. Maxwell (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17017649 on 09/10/2020 (446 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for creating a physical memento with digital tracking are provided herein. In one example, a system may comprise receiving, at one or more processors, a personal message; transmitting, at the one or more processors via a network interface device coupled to the one or more processors, a secure message based on the personal message to a distributed ledger network, wherein the secure message is recorded in the distributed ledger network and the secure message comprises a timestamp associated with the message; and engraving, via one or more engraving tools, a physical item with information relevant to the message.

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


P H Y S I C S

Enhancing electronic documents for character recognition
Patent No. 11188745 

Inventor(s): Abhay Dabholkar (Allen, TX), Caitlin Rose Gruis (Richardson, TX), Nutan M. Ranoliya (Allen, TX), Parth Manoj Sutaria (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16570988 on 09/13/2019 (809 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for desirably translating a document image to an editable electronic textual document are presented. Utilizing respective applications, a document processing management component (DPMC) can convert the document image to a grayscale document image, remove noise from such image, rotate such image to reduce or eliminate any skewing of such image, and perform character recognition on the rotated grayscale document image to extract the textual information from such document to generate an electronic textual document. DPMC can associate a document identifier with the electronic textual document, and such document and document identifier can be stored in a data store. When such document is related to a device or other item, a code or textual string can be associated with the device or item, wherein a communication device can scan the code or textual string. In response, DPMC can retrieve such document, or information relating thereto, from the data store.

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


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Topview object tracking using a sensor array
Patent No. 11188763 

Inventor(s): Sailesh Bharathwaaj Krishnamurthy (Irving, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-ELEVEN, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16663710 on 10/25/2019 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: An object tracking system includes a first sensor, a second sensor, and a tracking system. The first sensor is configured to capture a first frame of a global plane for at least a first portion of a space. The second sensor is configured to capture a second frame of at least a second portion of the space. The tracking system is configured to determine the object is within an overlap region with the second sensor based on a first pixel location. The tracking system is further configured to determine a first coordinate in the global plane for the object, to determine a second pixel location in the second frame for the object based on the first coordinate, and to store the second pixel location with an object identifier a tracking list associated with the second sensor.

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


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Method for increasing the accuracy of traffic cameras using optical masking technology
Patent No. 11188764 

Inventor(s): Michael Cole Hutchison (Plano, TX), Staci Marlea Ingram (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): ITS PLUS, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Yee Associates, P.C. (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15930558 on 05/13/2020 (566 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of vehicle detection is provided. The method comprises receiving an image from a traffic camera, wherein the image contains vehicle traffic flow. A number of regions in the image that exceed a predetermined number of candelas are identified and masked. Contrast edges are added around the masked regions in the image. One or more vehicles are detected in the image based on the contrast edges.

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


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Calculating an expertise score from aggregated employee data
Patent No. 11188864 

Inventor(s): Jason A. Gonzalez (Lewisville, TX), Keeley M. Lundquist (Frisco, TX), Subil M. Abraham (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15193864 on 06/27/2016 (1982 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of the present invention provide for one or more server computers communicatively coupled to a network and configured to: receive, from a user interface on a client, a request for a listing of subject matter experts and keywords identifying the subject matter; query a database, in response to receiving the transmission, to select employee score data records including the subject matter keywords and automatically generated in response to the server receiving an employee calendar event data or employee communication data related to the calendar event data; automatically generate: a total score by adding the employee score from each score data record including an employee identifier; and the listing of subject matter experts; and transmit the listing to the client for display.

[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]


P H Y S I C S

Multi-tiered digital wallet security
Patent No. 11188897 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15895187 on 02/13/2018 (1386 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses for facilitating multi-tiered digital wallet security are described herein. In some arrangements, a computing platform configured to operate within one or more decentralized peer-to-peer (P2P) networks may provide a digital wallet interface to a user computing device. Through the digital wallet interface, a user of the user computing device may be able to partition digital currency holdings into one or more differentiated storage compartments or tiers. Each of the one or more compartments may be password secured and may only permit access to the amount of digital currency holdings specified by the user. The user of the user computing device may enter a password corresponding to a compartment and the computing platform may provide access to the compartment based on the provided password. E.g., successive tiers may provide successively more limited (or enhanced) access to available funds, permissions, and the like.

[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]


P H Y S I C S

Automated event processing computing platform for handling and enriching blockchain data
Patent No. 11188909 

Inventor(s): Patrick Nicholas Lawrence (Plano, TX), William August Stahlhut (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16585449 on 09/27/2019 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for using block chain technology to verify transaction data are described herein. A computing platform may receive data about events related to transactions, personal or corporate information, supply chains, and other relevant information about a person or corporate entity. The event information may be received, aggregated, and processed to determine metadata about the person or corporate entity. The metadata may indicate, for example, a trustworthiness of the person or corporate entity for various purposes. Such event information and/or metadata may be stored as transactions in a block chain that may be accessible by counterparties to a potential transaction involving the person or corporate entity. The automated event processing computing platform may further use automated techniques to implement smart transactions between the person/entity and counterparty based on the trust metadata.

[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]


P H Y S I C S

Methods and apparatus to collect and process browsing history
Patent No. 11188941 

Inventor(s): Achilleas Papakostas (Dallas, TX), Teresa Vandusen (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): The Nielsen Company (US), LLC (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15402868 on 01/10/2017 (1785 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus to collect and process browsing history are disclosed. One disclosed method of collecting browsing history includes collecting a plurality of web requests, and for a web request in the plurality of web requests, determining a count indicating a number of other ones of the plurality of web requests that include a referrer identifying the web request. The method also includes when the count meets a threshold, indicating that the web request is a parent web request.

[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]


P H Y S I C S

Method for embedding searchable information, encryption, signing operation, transmission, storage and retrieval
Patent No. 11188998 

Inventor(s): Michael F. Malone (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): MYPORT IP, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16543293 on 08/16/2019 (837 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cell phone is disclosed for acquiring information to be transmitted to a receiving facility and for transmitting such thereto. A capture device captures information from an external source. A processor is provided for associating with the captured information a representation of the date and time of the capture of the information, such that the representation of the date and time information in association with the captured information forms augmented captured information. The processor also places the augmented captured information in association with subscriber information in a transmission of the augmented captured information to a receiving facility requiring such subscriber information. A transmitter transmits the transmission including the augmented captured information and the subscriber information to the receiving facility. An encryptor encrypts the augmented captured information with a symmetrical encryption algorithm to provide encrypted augmented captured information in the transmission with the subscriber information.

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


P H Y S I C S

Technologies for generating computer models, devices, systems, and methods utilizing the same
Patent No. 11189085 

Inventor(s): Shivakumar Doddamani (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): INTEL CORPORATION (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15580235 on 05/27/2016 (2013 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technologies for generating 3D and using models are described. In some embodiments the technologies employ a content creation device to produce a 3D model of an environment based at least in part on depth data and color data, which may be provided by one or more cameras. Contextual information such as location information, orientation information, etc., may also be collected or otherwise determined, and associated with points of the 3D model. Access points to the imaged environments may be identified and labeled as anchor points within the 3D model. Multiple 3D models may then be combined into an aggregate model, wherein anchor points of constituent 3D models in the aggregate model are substantially aligned. Devices, systems, and computer readable media utilizing such technologies are also described.

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


P H Y S I C S

Systems and methods for infrastructure improvements
Patent No. 11189163 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey D. Gaither (Erlanger, KY)
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: 15730601 on 10/11/2017 (1511 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for obtaining vehicle operating conditions at or near a section of roadway in order to determine whether existing/current roadway infrastructure at or near that section of roadway is causing a loss in operating efficiency. Vehicle operating conditions may be communicated by vehicles to roadside units via a vehicle-to-infrastructure communications system. Upon a determination that the existing/current roadway infrastructure is causing the loss in operating efficiency, one or more recommendations for improvements to the existing/current roadway infrastructure may be suggested to a municipality controlling the section of roadway. Estimates regarding the effectiveness of the improvements as well as actual measurements regarding implemented improvements may be determined in order to justify proceeding with implementing the improvements and/or generate additional improvement recommendations.

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


P H Y S I C S

Dynamically providing to a person feedback pertaining to utterances spoken or sung by the person
Patent No. 11189301 

Inventor(s): Alan D. Emery (North Richland Hills, TX), Janki Y. Vora (Lewisville, TX), Mathews Thomas (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16512385 on 07/16/2019 (868 days app to issue)

Abstract: Utterances spoken or sung by a first person can be received, in real time. The detected utterances can be compared to at least a stored sample of utterances spoken or sung by the first person. Based on the comparing, audio of the utterances spoken or sung by the first person can be isolated from a background noise. A volume of the utterances spoken or sung by a first person relative to the background noise can be determined. A key indicator that indicates the volume of the detected utterances spoken or sung by the first person relative to the background noise can be generated. Based on the key indicator, information indicating the volume of the detected utterances spoken or sung by the first person relative to the background noise can be communicated.

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


P H Y S I C S

Double write/read throughput by CMOS adjacent array (CaA) NAND memory
Patent No. 11189335 

Inventor(s): Hardwell Chibvongodze (Hiratsuka, , JP), Ken Oowada (Fujisawa, , JP), Masatoshi Nishikawa (Nagoya, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16683209 on 11/13/2019 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) memory is provided, including a memory array chip and a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) chip disposed on the memory array chip. The memory chip provides double write/read throughput and includes a lower region with a lower array of memory cells, lower word lines, and a lower bit line, while an upper region includes an upper array of memory cells, upper word lines, and an upper bit line. A source line is disposed between the lower and upper regions and is connected to both the lower array of memory cells and the upper array of memory cells.

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


P H Y S I C S

Peak and average current reduction for sub block memory operation
Patent No. 11189351 

Inventor(s): Huai-Yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA), Sarath Puthenthermadam (San Jose, CA), Yu-Chung Lien (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16832293 on 03/27/2020 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory apparatus and method of operation is provided. The apparatus includes a block of memory cells arranged in strings and connected to word lines overlying one another in a stack. The block is divided into first and second sub-blocks programmed as a whole in a sub-block mode and includes a particular group connected to a particular word line. A control circuit determines whether the particular group being read is in the second sub-block when operating in the sub-block mode. The control circuit also determines whether one of the first and second sub-blocks is not programmed based on whether the particular group being read is in the second sub-block. The control circuit applies an adjusted read voltage to the word lines of the one of the first and second sub-blocks while reading the particular group based on whether the one of the first and second sub-blocks is not programmed.

[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)


P H Y S I C S

Frame optimization system and method
Patent No. 11189366 

Inventor(s): Gabriel Keita (Dallas, TX), John Lastinger (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Essilor International (Charenton-le-Pont, , FR)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15565915 on 04/16/2015 (2420 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a system that has a processor for executing computer-executable instructions and a computer-readable storage media for storing the computer-executable instructions. These instructions, when executed by the processor, enable the system to receive prescription data of a patient for corrective lenses and image data associated with the face of the patient. The system is configured to determine lens attributes for the patient based upon the prescription data and also determine facial attributes of the patient from the image data. Based on the lens attributes and the facial attributes of the patient, the system determines at least one frame recommendation for the patient. NULL


P H Y S I C S

Learning auxiliary feature preferences and controlling the auxiliary devices based thereon
Patent No. 11190155 

Inventor(s): Ethan Pomish (Livonia, MI), Harjot Singh (Plano, TX), Sai Prithvi Gadde (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16559334 on 09/03/2019 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for audio control in a vehicle includes a speaker designed to output vehicle audio data in a cabin of the vehicle at a volume. The system further includes a microphone designed to detect microphone data in the cabin of the vehicle. The system further includes a memory designed to store an audio profile corresponding to desirable operation of the volume of the speaker. The system also includes an electronic control unit (ECU) coupled to the speaker, the microphone, and the memory and designed to control the volume of the speaker based on the detected microphone data and the audio profile.

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


E L E C T R I C I T Y

Multi-biometric-factor, internet of things (IoT), secured network
Patent No. 11185229 

Inventor(s): Patrick Nicholas Lawrence (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16802938 on 02/27/2020 (642 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for authenticating to a network comprising a plurality of Internet of Things (”IoT”) devices is provided. The method may include using a mobile telephone apparatus, a wrist-worn apparatus and a head-worn apparatus to monitor the level of at least one of a wearer”s pulse, body temperature, voice, gait and/or other biorhythmic indicator. One of the aforementioned apparatus may operate as a hub apparatus. The method may further include using the hub apparatus to assign a federated biometric marker based at least in part on the first, second and third biometric markers. The method may also include using artificial intelligence to monitor for one or more outliers with respect to historical monitoring. Each of the one or more outliers may include a magnitude that exceeds a security threshold difference between the current magnitude and the historically monitored magnitude. When the difference in magnitude exceeds a security threshold difference between the current magnitude and the historically monitored magnitude the method may quarantine apparatus associated with the outlier.

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


Method of forming sacrificial self-aligned features for assisting die-to-die and die-to-wafer direct bonding
Patent No. 11189600 

Inventor(s): Mark S. Rodder (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16861029 on 04/28/2020 (581 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of manufacturing a three-dimensional semiconductor device includes forming a bi-layer sacrificial stack on a top wafer and a bottom wafer each including a series of interconnects in a dielectric substrate. The bi-layer sacrificial stack includes a second sacrificial layer on a first sacrificial layer. The method also includes selectively etching the second sacrificial layers to form a first pattern of projections on the top wafer and a second pattern of projections on the bottom wafer. The first pattern of projections is configured to mesh with the second pattern of projections. The method also includes positioning the top wafer on the bottom wafer and releasing the top wafer such that engagement between the first pattern of projections and the second pattern of projections self-aligns the plurality of interconnects of the top wafer with the plurality of interconnects of the bottom wafer within a misalignment error.

[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]


Partially disposed gate layer into the trenches
Patent No. 11189626 

Inventor(s): Douglas T. Grider (McKinney, TX), John H. MacPeak (Garland, TX), Xiang-Zheng Bo (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16570036 on 09/13/2019 (809 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with some examples, a system comprises a substrate layer having an outer surface. The system also comprises a plurality of trenches extending from the outer surface into the substrate layer. The system then comprises a plurality of active regions with each active region positioned between a different pair of consecutive trenches of the plurality of trenches. The system also comprises a dielectric layer disposed in each of the plurality of trenches and on each of the plurality of active regions. The system then comprises a gate layer disposed on the dielectric layer and extending at least partially into each of the plurality of trenches.

[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 array including self-aligned dielectric pillar structures and methods of making the same
Patent No. 11189637 

Inventor(s): Akihiro Tobioka (Nagoya, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16886824 on 05/29/2020 (550 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of insulating layers and spacer material layers is formed over a substrate. Memory stack structures are formed through the alternating stack. A pair of backside trenches and a set of nested trenches are simultaneously formed through the alternating stack. Each trench within the set of nested trenches is spaced from any other trench within the set of nested trenches by at least one patterned remaining portion of the alternating stack having a respective shape of an enclosing wall. The at least one patterned remaining portion of the alternating stack is removed from inside to outside using sequential etch processes. A dielectric pillar structure is formed within the pillar-shaped cavity. The sacrificial material layers are replaced with electrically conductive layers. A through-memory-level conductive via structure is formed through the dielectric pillar structure.

[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]


Trench gate trench field plate vertical MOSFET
Patent No. 11189721 

Inventor(s): Guru Mathur (Plano, TX), Marie Denison (Plano, TX), Sameer Pendharkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16995133 on 08/17/2020 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device having a vertical drain extended MOS transistor may be formed by forming deep trench structures to define vertical drift regions of the transistor, so that each vertical drift region is bounded on at least two opposite sides by the deep trench structures. The deep trench structures are spaced so as to form RESURF regions for the drift region. Trench gates are formed in trenches in the substrate over the vertical drift regions. The body regions are located in the substrate over the vertical drift regions.

[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]


Systems and methods for an antenna of an implantable electronic device
Patent No. 11189915 

Inventor(s): John R. Gonzalez (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Pacesetter, Inc. (Sylmar, CA)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16773195 on 01/27/2020 (673 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein is an implantable electronic device including a housing containing an electrical circuit. The implantable electronic device further includes an antenna assembly coupled to the electrical circuit. The antenna assembly includes an antenna including a dielectric antenna body within which an antenna trace is disposed. Portions of the antenna trace are disposed in offset transverse layers in a non-overlapping arrangement, thereby reducing capacitive coupling between the layers of the antenna trace. In certain implementations, the antenna assembly includes one or more capacitive features that selectively overlap portions of the antenna trace and facilitate tuning of the antenna.

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


Compact combination connector
Patent No. 11189946 

Inventor(s): Paul Rubens (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): FCI CONNECTORS DONGGUAN LTD. (Dongguan, , CN)
Law Firm: Wolf, Greenfield Sacks, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16625621 on 06/26/2017 (1618 days app to issue)

Abstract: A compact connector that mates with a complementary connector at high mating force. The connector ([b]100[/b]) may have a housing ([b]102[/b]) with a member ([b]104[/b]) having a plurality of sides ([b]106[/b]) and an opening ([b]108[/b]) at a first side ([b]110[/b]), and a frame ([b]114[/b]) mounted to the member ([b]104[/b]) from the first side ([b]110[/b]) and having a plurality of walls ([b]116[/b]) so as to bound the opening ([b]108[/b]). The frame ([b]114[/b]) may be made of a material that withstands forces to which the connector ([b]100[/b]) may be exposed during mating. The member ([b]104[/b]) may be made of a less robust material, such as plastic with thin walls ([b]116[/b]) so as to enable a compact connector. The frame ([b]114[/b]) and the member ([b]104[/b]) may have engagement features, including latches, complementary chamfer and bevel features that may aid in mounting the frame ([b]114[/b]) to the member ([b]104[/b]) and locking features that resist dis-engagement of the frame ([b]114[/b]) and the member ([b]104[/b]).

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


Low-noise Raman amplifier
Patent No. 11189986 

Inventor(s): Daniel Bihon (Allen, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX), Youichi Akasaka (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16139136 on 09/24/2018 (1163 days app to issue)

Abstract: A low-noise amplifier includes a gain medium and two or more amplifier stages. Each amplifier stage includes an optical filter to pass all wavelengths of a respective input optical signal in a given propagation direction over the gain medium and reflect wavelengths above a respective threshold wavelength received in the opposite direction, and a respective Raman pump to inject a pump light centered at a wavelength lower than the threshold wavelength onto the gain medium for transmission in the given direction. A first amplifier stage outputs a first combined optical signal including all wavelengths of the respective input optical signal and a pump light injected by the respective Raman pump. The second amplifier stage receives the first combined optical signal as its input and outputs a second combined optical signal including all wavelengths of the first combined optical signal and a pump light injected by the respective Raman pump.

[H01S] DEVICES USING STIMULATED EMISSION


Controller circuit for photovoltaic sub-module
Patent No. 11190022 

Inventor(s): Amneh Mohammed Akour (Plano, TX), Jayanth Rangaraju (Bangalore, , IN), Nat Maruthachalam Natarajan (Plano, TX), Richard Hester (McKinney, TX), Suheng Chen (Plano, TX), Timothy Patrick Pauletti (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16736312 on 01/07/2020 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller circuit for a PV sub-module includes a power harvest controller circuit, a voltage limit controller circuit, a power mode control circuit, a multiplexer circuit, and a switching converter circuit. The power harvest controller circuit, including a first PV voltage input, a ceiling reference input, a floor reference input, and a first gate control output. The voltage limit controller circuit, including a first output voltage feedback input, a pulse width reference input, and a second gate control output. The power mode control circuit, including a second output voltage feedback input, a mode reference input, and a mode selection output. The multiplexer circuit, including a first gate control input, a second gate control input, a mode selection input, and a third gate control output. The switching converter circuit, including a second PV voltage input, a third gate control input, and a DC voltage output.

[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)


Adhesive backed induction charging device
Patent No. 11190061 

Inventor(s): Andy Yi (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Instant Energy LLC (Great Neck, NY)
Law Firm: Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero Perle, L.L.P. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17114079 on 12/07/2020 (358 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides a connected, preferably adhesive, backed wireless induction charging device for charging electronic devices enabled for wireless induction charging that prevents relative motion between the electronic device and the induction charger once the electronic device has been placed onto the adhesive side of the induction charger so that the electronic device is able to maintain proper positioning for charging at an optimal rate.

[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)


Single inductor multiple output regulator
Patent No. 11190105 

Inventor(s): Rajat Chauhan (Bangalore, , IN), RR Manikandan (Bangalore, , IN), Vinod Joseph Menezes (Bangalore, , IN), Vipul Kumar Singhal (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17119862 on 12/11/2020 (354 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device having multiple power output circuits that individually include a switch control input, a bypass control input, an output transistor and an output control circuit that includes an RC circuit with a resistor and a capacitor coupled to the output transistor gate and a bypass switch in parallel with the RC circuit resistor. The electronic device includes a controller that selects one of the power output circuits for a given power transfer cycle, closes the bypass switch to bypass the resistor of the selected power output circuit and turns the output transistor of the selected power output circuit on to transfer current from the inductor to a load of the selected power output circuit.

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


Tapped inductor voltage controlled oscillator
Patent No. 11190134 

Inventor(s): Charles J. Duey (Westminster, CO), James W. Caldwell (Elgin, IL), Michael L. Bushman (Hanover Park, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16442228 on 06/14/2019 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: A voltage controlled oscillator includes a resonator and an amplifier. The resonator includes a capacitive element and an inductive element. The inductive element has a plurality of conductive segments forming a physical loop. The inductive element has electrical connections on the physical loop to the plurality of conductive segments forming at least one electrical loop disposed within an interior space formed by the physical loop. The amplifier has an input and an output, the input coupled to a first conductive segment forming a first impedance and the output coupled to a second conductive segment forming a second impedance.

[H03B] GENERATION OF OSCILLATIONS, DIRECTLY OR BY FREQUENCY-CHANGING, BY CIRCUITS EMPLOYING ACTIVE ELEMENTS WHICH OPERATE IN A NON-SWITCHING MANNER; GENERATION OF NOISE BY SUCH CIRCUITS (generators specially adapted for electrophonic musical instruments G10H; masers or lasers H01S; generation of oscillations in plasma H05H)


Using acoustic reflector to reduce spurious modes
Patent No. 11190164 

Inventor(s): Bichoy Bahr (Allen, TX), Jeronimo Segovia Fernandez (San Jose, CA), Peter Smeys (San Jose, CA), Ting-Ta Yen (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16422494 on 05/24/2019 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: A micromechanical system (MEMS) resonator includes a base substrate. A piezoelectric layer has a first electrode attached to a first surface of the piezoelectric layer and a second electrode attached to a second surface of the piezoelectric layer opposite the first electrode. The first electrode is bounded by a perimeter edge. A patterned acoustic mirror is formed on a top surface of the first electrode opposite the piezoelectric layer, such that the patterned acoustic mirror covers a border strip of the top surface of the first electrode at the perimeter edge and does not cover an active portion of the top surface of the first electrode.

[H03H] IMPEDANCE NETWORKS, e.g. RESONANT CIRCUITS; RESONATORS (measuring, testing G01R; arrangements for producing a reverberation or echo sound G10K 15/08; impedance networks or resonators consisting of distributed impedances, e.g. of the waveguide type, H01P; control of amplification, e.g. bandwidth control of amplifiers, H03G; tuning resonant circuits, e.g. tuning coupled resonant circuits, H03J; networks for modifying the frequency characteristics of communication systems H04B)


Digital-to-analog converter system
Patent No. 11190200 

Inventor(s): Jun Zhang (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16950343 on 11/17/2020 (378 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital-to-analog converter for generating an analog output voltage in response to a digital value comprising a plurality of bits, the converter including: (i) a first switched resistor network having a first configuration and for converting a first input differential signal into a first analog output in response to a first set of bits in the plurality of bits; and (ii) a second switched resistor network, coupled to the first switched resistor network, having a second configuration, differing from the first configuration, and for converting a second input differential signal into a second analog output in response to a second set of bits in the plurality of bits.

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


Multiplexing of resource blocks within a communications network for dynamic service provisioning
Patent No. 11190231 

Inventor(s): Nannan Wang (Allen, TX), Paparao Palacharla (Richardson, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16939794 on 07/27/2020 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for transmitting, within a time slot, i) first eMBB resource blocks to a first UE and ii) second eMBB resource blocks to a second UE; during transmission of the first and the second eMBB resource blocks to the first and the second UE, respectively, at a first scheduled check point: identifying i) first URLLC resource blocks to be transmitted to a third UE and ii) second URLLC resource blocks to be transmitted to a fourth UE; identifying i) a first transmission deadline for transmitting the first URLLC resource blocks to the third UE and ii) a second transmission deadline for transmitting the second URLLC resource blocks to the fourth UE; generating a transmission queue for the first URLLC resource blocks and the second URLLC resource blocks; and selecting, based on the transmission queue, the second URLLC resource blocks for transmission to the fourth UE.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Precoding diversity in time domain
Patent No. 11190241 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15223453 on 07/29/2016 (1950 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for enabling precoding diversity in the time domain are provided. In some embodiments, a User Equipment (UE) includes circuitry including a processing module and a memory module configured to receive an indication that a physical channel is repeated over a set of subframes and receive an indication that the UE can assume that a first subset of the repetitions of the physical channel and a reference signal will use a first precoder. In this way, in some embodiments, the UE can coherently combine the repetitions, including the reference signals used by the physical channel. The ability to coherently combine repetitions of the physical channel may improve both the estimates of the physical channel as well as channel estimates derived from the repeated reference signals.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for CSI feedback in CoMP (coordinated multi-point) systems
Patent No. 11190310 

Inventor(s): Runhua Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13625730 on 09/24/2012 (3354 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for coordinating a multi-point wireless transmission between a plurality of geographically separated transmission points and at least one user equipment.

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


Systems and methods for using an OAUTH client secret to encrypt data sent to browser
Patent No. 11190350 

Inventor(s): Gayathri Sundar (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig LLP (19 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16452032 on 06/25/2019 (889 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for using an OAUTH client-secret to encrypt data sent to browser are disclosed. In one embodiment, in an issuer authorization services processing apparatus comprising at least one computer processor, a method for using an OAUTH client-secret to encrypt data may include: (1) receiving, from a client, a registration request; (2) returning, to the client, a client identifier, a client secret, and a nonce; (3) generating an extended client secret using a combination of the client identifier, the client secret, and the nonce; (4) storing the extended client secret; (5) receiving, from the client, encrypted plaintext data; (6) decrypting the encrypted plaintext data using the extended client secret; and (7) providing an encrypted response to the plaintext data, the encrypted response encrypted using the extended client secret.

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


Method and apparatus for controlling disaggregated radio access networks
Patent No. 11190408 

Inventor(s): Paul Edward Smith, Jr. (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16667962 on 10/30/2019 (762 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining a model of a communication network, applying first data to the model to generate an updated model, processing the updated model to establish a first control, enabling first communications in the communication network in accordance with the first control, obtaining first parametric data regarding the first communications in the communication network that are based on the first control, processing the first parametric data in accordance with the updated model to generate an updated first control, and enabling second communications in the communication network in accordance with the updated first control. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Systems and methods for zero-touch deployment of network slices and network slice assurance services
Patent No. 11190413 

Inventor(s): Viswanath Kumar Skand Priya (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16993320 on 08/14/2020 (473 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes one or more devices that include processors. The processors are configured to: receive a request to deploy a network slice within a network, retrieve network service descriptors, from a database, associated with the network slice; and instantiate the network slice within the network based on the network service descriptors.

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


Dynamic quality of service for over-the-top content
Patent No. 11190453 

Inventor(s): Adrian Moore (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16160806 on 10/15/2018 (1142 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and apparatus for changing a quality of service for data packets that are delivered over-the-top are disclosed. For example, the method includes a processor that identifies the data packets as video data packets that are delivered over-the-top in a communication network, changes the quality of service associated with the data packets from a best effort quality of service level to a higher priority quality of service level, monitors the data packets until no video data packet is identified in the data packets and changes the quality of service associated with the data packets back to the best effort quality of service level from the higher priority quality of service level.

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


System and method for discovery and access of uplink services
Patent No. 11190554 

Inventor(s): Imed Bouazizi (Frisco, TX), Prakash Kolan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16010221 on 06/15/2018 (1264 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a device for discovering a receiving device of uplink streams is provided. The method comprises identifying parameters for processing the uplink streams of an uplink service, transmitting, to a network entity, a discovery request message including the parameters for discovery of the receiving device capable of processing the uplink stream, wherein the discovery request message includes a set of parameters for a camera system, receiving, from the network entity, a discovery response message including information of the receiving device of the uplink streams, and establishing a session connection for transmitting the uplink streams to the receiving device for processing the uplink stream based on the discovery request and response messages.

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


Method and apparatus for accessing data for large events with a smart mobile application
Patent No. 11190572 

Inventor(s): Christopher Russell (The Colony, TX), Nolan Serrao (Plano, TX), Ryan Thomas Russell (The Colony, TX), Victor Kwak (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Plumsea Law Group, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16942863 on 07/30/2020 (488 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for determining and storing website data from high traffic websites in memory during a large event at an event location for access by mobile computing devices through an event application is disclosed. The method may include determining, by a local server system at the event location, high traffic websites from the detected plurality of websites accessed by the users through the mobile computing devices at the event location. The method may also include allowing a user to select a website and retrieve website data for the selected website from the memory of the local server system when the selected website is a high traffic website by converting a uniform resource locator of the website managed by a service provider to a local uniform resource locator pointing to a storage location of website data stored in the local server system.

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


Mobile phone having emergency notification mode
Patent No. 11190634 

Inventor(s): Lawrence R. Youst (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16780900 on 02/03/2020 (666 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile phone configured to operate in a normal notification mode and an emergency notification mode. The mobile phone includes a memory adapted to maintain profiles relating to user contacts, an output device operable to emit audible notifications responsive to incoming communications, at least one input device operable to receive a user selection of a silent notification mode of the device and a user selection of a silent mode disabled setting associated with the profiles and a processor coupled to the memory, the output device and the at least one input device. When the device is in the silent notification mode, audible notifications are not emitted from the output device responsive to incoming communications from the user contacts having profiles without the silent mode disabled and audible notifications are emitted from the output device responsive to incoming communications from the user contacts having profiles with the silent mode disabled.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and system for lossless coding mode in video coding
Patent No. 11190776 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17120930 on 12/14/2020 (351 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for coding a video sequence is provided that includes encoding a portion of a picture in the video sequence in lossless coding mode, and signaling a lossless coding indicator in a compressed bit stream, wherein the lossless coding indicator corresponds to the portion of a picture and indicates whether or not the portion of the picture is losslessly coded. A method for decoding a compressed video bit stream is provided that includes determining that lossless coding mode is enabled, decoding a lossless coding indicator from the compressed video bit stream, wherein the lossless coding indicator corresponds to a portion of a picture in the compressed video bit stream and indicates whether or not the portion of the picture is losslessly coded, and decoding the portion of the picture in lossless coding mode when the lossless coding indicator indicates the portion of the picture is losslessly coded.

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


Mode dependent intra smoothing filter table mapping methods for non-square prediction units
Patent No. 11190809 

Inventor(s): Changcai Lai (Shenzhen, , CN), Chen-Xiong Zhang (Plano, TX), Guichun Li (Santa Clara, CA), Jianhua Zheng (Shenzhen, , CN), Lingzhi Liu (San Jose, CA), Nam Ling (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16806776 on 03/02/2020 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus including a memory operably coupled to a processor. The processor is configured to determine whether to use an intra smoothing filter for a rectangular prediction unit (PU), wherein a width of the rectangular PU is different from a height of the rectangular PU.

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


Gateway apparatus and methods for wireless IoT (Internet of Things) services
Patent No. 11190861 

Inventor(s): Ramneek Bali (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Charter Communications Operating, LLC (St. Louis, MO)
Law Firm: Gazdzinski Associates, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16384805 on 04/15/2019 (960 days app to issue)

Abstract: Gateway apparatus and methods for providing data services (including IoT data services) which leverage existing managed network (e.g., cable network) infrastructure. The disclosed methods and apparatus enable, among other things, delivery of IoT data services in a unified manner via a common portal or IoT gateway (IoTG) which may be both remotely accessed by a user, and remotely controlled/configured by the host network operator (e.g., MSO). In one variant, the premises devices include RF-enabled receivers (enhanced consumer premises equipment, or CPEe) configured to receive (and transmit) OFDM waveforms via a coaxial cable drop to the premises, and interface with the aforementioned IoTG to enable provision of both 5G high-speed data services and lower bandwidth IoT services to the premises, all via a single coaxial cable drop in the exemplary embodiment.

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


Connected vehicle network access optimization using an intermediary platform
Patent No. 11190916 

Inventor(s): John Michael Croft (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16283316 on 02/22/2019 (1012 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies directed to connected vehicle network access optimization are disclosed herein. Embodiments can include a system that includes a processor and a memory storing computer-executable instructions that configure a processor to perform operations. The operations can include receiving an access probe message from a telematics control unit of a vehicle. The operations can include determining that the telematics control unit is not authorized to access a network communication service. The operations can further include generating an access redirect command that instructs a head unit of the vehicle to bypass a machine-to-machine platform so as to enable access to the network communication service via a network service portal. The operations can include providing the access redirect command to the telematics control unit of the vehicle.

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


Mobile device geofencing for wireless emergency alert messages
Patent No. 11190925 

Inventor(s): Terri L. Brooks (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): T-Mobile USA, Inc. (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Lee Hayes, P.C. (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16850983 on 04/16/2020 (593 days app to issue)

Abstract: Mobile networks may be configured to broadcast wireless emergency alert (WEA) messages to receiving mobile devices. A mobile device within the network may receive a WEA message including data defining a geographic region associated with the message. Using the data defining the geographic region for the WEA message, the mobile device may perform location-based geofencing techniques to determine whether to present a notification in response to the WEA message. In various examples, a mobile device may calculate an offset distance based on a transgression parameter and may determine a second geographic region using the offset distance. The mobile device also may determine its current location and compare the location to the second geographic region to determine whether to present the WEA message, thereby limiting and/or minimizing the negative effects of potential undershoot and overshoot errors caused by inaccurate location determinations by mobile devices.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Data storage function selection
Patent No. 11190928 

Inventor(s): Devaki Chandramouli (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16471093 on 12/19/2016 (1807 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer program products for data storage (DS) function selection are provided. One method includes obtaining, from a network node, an address of a DS function that contains user equipment (UE) context information for at least one UE. The method may further include accessing, by a client, the DS function to register for the UE context information.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Apparatus and method using mobile sensor based beam steering control
Patent No. 11190953 

Inventor(s): Ping Shi (San Diego, CA), Ricky Lap Kei Cheung (San Diego, CA), Xiaoyin He (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15847703 on 12/19/2017 (1442 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology beam steering in which one or more antennas are configured to form a beam directed to a first beam direction based on a configuration corresponding to an environment. A change in direction of the beam is identified in response to a change in orientation of user equipment, the change in orientation determined via one or more sensors in the user equipment, and a second beam direction is calculated based on a the first beam direction and the change in orientation of the user equipment. The one or more antennas are then configured by steering the beam to the second beam direction to compensate for the change in orientation of the user equipment.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Framework and method for dynamic channel selection for IEEE 802.15.4z
Patent No. 11190990 

Inventor(s): Aditya V. Padaki (Richardson, TX), Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Zheda Li (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15929365 on 04/28/2020 (581 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus of a first network entity in a wireless communication system supporting a ranging channel operation is provided. The method and apparatus comprises: identifying, at a higher layer, a RCPCS IE to indicate a sub-band to be selected for the ranging channel operation, wherein the RCPCS IE includes a CCI of a CCI timer; generating, at the higher layer, a MCPS-DATA.request primitive including the RCPCS IE, wherein the MCPS-DATA.request primitive is transmitted to a MAC layer; in response to receiving, at the MAC layer, the MCPS-DATA.request primitive from the higher layer, generate data including the RCPCS IE; transmitting, to a second network entity, the data including the RCPCS IE, wherein the RCPCS IE includes a CRCT that is configured as a duration for maintaining the sub-band; and receiving an acknowledgement corresponding to the data including the RCPCS IE.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Enhanced synchronization signals for coverage enhancements of low cost user equipment
Patent No. 11191048 

Inventor(s): Hongbo Si (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16730728 on 12/30/2019 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system is provided. The method comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), re-synchronization signals (RSSs) over a downlink channel; identifying time-domain and frequency-domain resources used for the RSSs; and identifying a set of sequences used for constructing the RSSs from the time-domain and frequency-domain resources used for the RSSs.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


One piece baby garment with zipper
Patent No. D936931 

Inventor(s): Stephanie Parker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29724739 on 02/19/2020 (650 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Rail for use in a server equipment rack
Patent No. D937075 

Inventor(s): Hoainam James Tonthat (Greenville, TX), James Whitney Wilson (Navada, TX), Robert H. Mimlitch, III (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): Innovation First, Inc. (Greenville, TX)
Law Firm: Much Shelist, P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29649941 on 06/04/2018 (1275 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Bottle with cap
Patent No. D937088 

Inventor(s): Daniel Nelson (Plano, TX), Dilan Walpola (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Billie, Inc. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Lowenstein Sandler LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29719074 on 12/31/2019 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Bottle with cap
Patent No. D937089 

Inventor(s): Daniel Nelson (Plano, TX), Dilan Walpola (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Billie, Inc. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Lowenstein Sandler LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29719080 on 12/31/2019 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Dual cultivation bag
Patent No. D937094 

Inventor(s): Wei K. Hsu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29780036 on 04/22/2021 (222 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Carrier for use in a diagnostic analyzer
Patent No. D937435 

Inventor(s): Vincent A Ciriello (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29690282 on 05/07/2019 (938 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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