Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 12 for patent activity out of 250 metros. Patents granted include: • Amazon's audio signal processing for motion detection • Avodah Labs' real-time gesture recognition method and apparatus • Baylor Research Institute's methods for diagnosing or detecting colorectal cancer metastasis • Frito-Lay's fried food product with reduced oil content • Solera Holdings' vehicle smart mirror system with a heads-up display • USAA's blockchain-based transaction management • Animal Experts' training tool

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

Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas) 19 Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 5 Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 4 Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson) 3 STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell) 3 Danco, Inc. (Irving) 2 Forever Gifts, Inc. (Arlington) 2 Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano) 2

Baher Haroun (Allen) 2 Bradley Allen Kramer (Plano) 2 Dallas Nash (Frisco) 2 Frank Bradley Stamps (Fort Worth) 2 Gary Miller (Fort Worth) 2 Jianzhong Zhang (Plano) 2 Jouyoung Jason Choi (Fort Worth) 2 Lee D. Whetsel (Parker) 2 Marcus Pestl (Dallas) 2

SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 113 daysMethods and apparati for quickset gas lift separation and liquid storage Patent No. 10519983 Assignee: Liftrock LLC (Houston) Inventor: Billy Joe Ellis, Jr. (Granbury)

3,521 daysMethods for treatment of oncological disorders using epimetabolic shifters, multidimensional intracellular molecules, or environmental influencersPatent No. 10519504 Assignee: Berg LLC (Framingham, MA) Inventor: John Patrick McCook (Frisco)

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Inventor(s): Marcus Pestl (Dallas, TX), Michael Tori (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Forever Gifts, Inc. (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15816883 on 11/17/2017 (774 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hanging element or a combined wreath and lantern hanger hangs a wreath and a lantern or other decorative element on the same hanger. The hanger may be a unitary, solid, and one-piece component that may hang a first element central to a second element. The first element may be a lantern, and the second element may be a wreath. The hanging element or the combined wreath and lantern hanger may include an arm that may be arranged to stabilize the first element and second element that may be hanging from a surface. The surface may be an interior door, an exterior door, a wall, a gate, a fence, a pillar, a column, and a lamppost. The hanger or the arm may prevent the first element and the second element from damaging the surface.

[A01G] HORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS, OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING (picking of fruits, vegetables, hops, or the like A01D 46/00; plant reproduction by tissue culture techniques A01H 4/00; devices for topping or skinning onions or flower bulbs A23N 15/08; propagating unicellular algae C12N 1/12; plant cell culture C12N 5/00)

Inventor(s): Melaney Northrop (Arlington, TX) Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15260499 on 09/09/2016 (1208 days app to issue)

Abstract: A kennel includes a plurality of vertical wire members, and a decorative panel extending between first and second vertical wires of the plurality of vertical wire members, the decorative panel having first and second edges, the decorative panel being attached to first and second wires at the first and second edges.

[A01K] ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS

Inventor(s): David Baxter (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Law Office of Sam Sokhansanj PLLC (Local + 690 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14689278 on 04/17/2015 (1719 days app to issue)

Abstract: A perspiration diverting headband is provided having a flexible tubing having a first and second end, an elastic band, wherein the band is disposed within the tubing, a first connector coupled to a first end of the tubing, and a second connector coupled to a second end of the tubing, wherein the first and second connector secure the elastic band and tubing, and a slidable tension fastener configured to secure the elastic band. In addition, the tubing can be flexible tubing that is cylindrical in cross-section. Further, the flexible tubing can be configured to divert perspiration fluids away from a forehead region to a temple region of a user”s head. Further, the headband can be simple to use and adjust, simple to manufacture, made of light weight moisture resistant and anti-microbial material, hygienic, and can be customized and configured to any shape, color, or design.

[A41D] OUTERWEAR; PROTECTIVE GARMENTS; ACCESSORIES (eye or ear protectors A61F 9/00, A61F 11/00; sweating suits A61H 36/00)

Inventor(s): Jerome F. Sosso (Ft. Worth, TX), Tony Amalathithada (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): The Marco Company (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Yee Associates, P.C. (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15089438 on 04/01/2016 (1369 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bracket assembly for attaching a shelf to a support structure at different angles. The bracket assembly comprises a bracket, an adjustment structure, and a locking structure. The bracket comprises a shelf support surface and a projecting portion with a notch extending from an attachment side of the bracket. The adjustment structure comprises a number of sides that are moveable between a plurality of different positions to change the shape of the notch in the projecting portion for attaching the bracket to the support structure at different angles. Different sides of the adjustment structure may be positioned to change the size of the notch for attaching the bracket to support structures with different thicknesses of material. The locking structure is configured to prevent movement of the adjustment structure when the adjustment structure is in position.

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

Inventor(s): Brian Lang (Poolville, TX), Jeffrey Robert Kutas (Granbury, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Optima Law Group, APC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16003815 on 06/08/2018 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention teaches a residential curbside mailbox with enhanced box handling capability, openable by barcode scanning, and with interchangeable bonnets. A body which is generally column shaped has front and rear doors which open at the top and hinge near the bottom and which have interleaved fingers or members extending from the bottom ends into the interior space of the mailbox. A box tray sits on the interleaved fingers. When either door is opened the fingers of that door lift the box tray upward and out of the box on that side. Thus a delivery person may access a box without leaving a delivery vehicle, while the homeowner may do the same without leaving the safety of the yard. In addition, an elastic cord and carefully slanted slots on side panels of the front door allow easy retention of a box even further up the front door.

Inventor(s): Christopher James Koh (Southlake, TX), Girish Ganjyal (Pullman, WA), Justin French (Frisco, TX), Keith Alan Barber (Frisco, TX), Scott L. Sullivan (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 14475039 on 09/02/2014 (1946 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for producing fried food pieces with reduced oil content is disclosed. The food pieces are immersion fried in hot oil at a first temperature to an intermediate moisture content, and finish fried at a second, higher oil temperature to a final moisture content.

Inventor(s): Vasu Nishtala (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): C. R. Bard, Inc. (Murray Hill, NJ) Law Firm: Rutan Tucker LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15639844 on 06/30/2017 (914 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a packaged urinary catheter assembly and method of making and using the packaged urinary catheter assembly. The urinary catheter assembly includes a urinary catheter having a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end includes at least one aperture for receiving fluid from a patient. The urinary catheter is contained within a sleeve having a length, a width, and a size configured to receive the catheter. According to one embodiment, the urinary catheter and the sleeve may be arranged in a helical coil. The outer surface of the urinary catheter may have a lubricious and/or an antimicrobial coating.

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

Inventor(s): James Finley (St. Anthony, MN), John M. Swoyer (Blaine, MN) Assignee(s): NUVECTRA CORPORATION (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15461870 on 03/17/2017 (1019 days app to issue)

Abstract: A therapy delivery element configured for at least partial insertion in a living body. A braided structure surrounds the conductor assembly. A distal end of the braided structure is attached to an electrode assembly and a free floating proximal end is located near a connector assembly. An outer tubing surrounds the braided structure. The outer tubing includes a proximal end attached to the connector assembly and a distal end attached to the braided structure near the electrode assembly. A proximal tension force applied to the connector assembly acts substantially on the outer tubing and the conductor assembly and a proximal tension force applied to the free floating proximal end acts substantially on the braided structure.

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

Inventor(s): Eduardo Mendoza (Keller, TX) Assignee(s): Acushnet Company (Fairhaven, MA) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16049596 on 07/30/2018 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: A set of golf clubs including golf club heads having improved mass distribution characteristics. The set includes golf club heads having a club head main body including a hitting face and a face support, a muscle back shell and a weight insert.

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

Method of measuring and mapping a performance variable of a face of a golf club head Patent No. 10518151 

Inventor(s): Justin Honea (Richardson, TX), Michael Fox (Dallas, TX), Scott T. Blevins (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC. (Carlsbad, CA) Law Firm: Dawsey Co., LPA (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15371665 on 12/07/2016 (1119 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of measuring, recording, and mapping at least one performance variable of a face of a golf club head.

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

Methods for treatment of oncological disorders using epimetabolic shifters, multidimensional intracellular molecules, or environmental influencers Patent No. 10519504 

Inventor(s): John Patrick McCook (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Berg LLC (Framingham, MA) Law Firm: McCarter English, LLP (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 12777902 on 05/11/2010 (3521 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and formulations for treating oncological disorders in humans using epimetabolic shifters, multidimensional intracellular molecules or environmental influencers are described.

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

Inventor(s): Philip Petering (Keller, TX), Scott O. Smith (Bedford, TX), Sven R. Lofstrom (Irving, TX) Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT) Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16246968 on 01/14/2019 (351 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cuff-blade attachment bushing removal tool system includes an alignment plate comprising alignment holes defined through the alignment plate in a pattern of a plurality of bushing holes of a blade root, a bladder plate connected to the alignment plate, and a bladder positioned on the bladder plate such that a gap is formed between the bladder and the alignment plate to receive a blade root to align the alignment holes and the bushing holes of the blade root, wherein the bladder is transitionable between an uninflated position where the blade root can be inserted into the gap and an inflated position where the blade root is clamped between the bladder and the alignment plate.

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

Inventor(s): Denver R. Whitworth (North Richland Hills, TX), Dumitru Jitariu (Flower Mound, TX), Eric W. Nottorf (Fort Worth, TX), Vance N. Cribb (Aledo, TX) Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15810957 on 11/13/2017 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: Complex laminated composites may be repaired by removal of individual damaged plies through peeling in order to exploit the weaker interlaminar properties of these composites. Upon removal of the individual damaged plies through peeling, replacement plies may be added to restore the laminated composite. In addition, when damage extends through the thickness of a laminated composite, a plug may be used to allow plies to be replaced while maintaining contour within the repair region. A caul plate also may be used to stiffen and maintain the contour of a repair region while peeling and removing plies from the repair region.

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

Inventor(s): Giorgio L. Zoia (Los Angeles, CA), Sheldon Z. Brown (Ann Arbor, MI), Takehito Yokoo (Aliso Viejo, CA) Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15938724 on 03/28/2018 (643 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating a vehicle includes, using a master power control module, and in response to a propulsion demand global to the vehicle, operating a master-assigned motor to which a wheeled drivetrain is mechanically connected to satisfy a share of the propulsion demand. The method additionally includes, using a slave power control module, and in response to the propulsion demand, operating a slave-assigned motor to which the drivetrain is mechanically connected to satisfy a remaining share of the propulsion demand.

[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]

Inventor(s): Jon Erik Dwyer (North Richland Hills, TX) Assignee(s): THE BOEING COMPANY (Chicago, IL) Law Firm: Coats Bennett, PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15801645 on 11/02/2017 (789 days app to issue)

Abstract: An inflation assembly for use within a vehicle. The inflation assembly is configured to deliver gas from a pressure source to the one or more inflatable devices. The inflation assembly includes a fitting that engages with the pressure source and receives gas from the pressure source. The fitting includes outlet ports that are oriented to direct the gas away from the fitting and into hoses that lead to one or more inflatable devices. The outlet ports are configured to release gas in outward directions such that reactive forces that are applied to the fitting by the released gas are neutralized. This prevents the pressure source from moving and potentially injuring a person or damaging the vehicle.

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

Inventor(s): Brendan P. Lanigan (Grapevine, TX), Joshua R. O”Neil (Bedford, TX) Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15593241 on 05/11/2017 (964 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a horizontal stabilizer comprises an airfoil structure configured to be mounted to an aircraft at a horizontal orientation. The airfoil structure comprises a leading edge, a trailing edge, a top surface, and a bottom surface. Moreover, the airfoil structure is cambered, wherein a camber of the airfoil structure forms a concave slope on the top surface and a convex slope on the bottom surface.

Inventor(s): Frank Bradley Stamps (Fort Worth, TX), Gary Miller (Fort Worth, TX), Jouyoung Jason Choi (Fort Worth, TX), Richard Erler Rauber (Fort Worth, TX), Thomas Clement Parham, Jr. (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI) Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15375356 on 12/12/2016 (1114 days app to issue)

Abstract: A yoke for providing a centrifugal force retention load path between a proprotor blade and a hub of a soft-in-plane proprotor system operable for use on a tiltrotor aircraft. The yoke includes a continuous loop having a longitudinal axis and first and second longitudinal sections extending between inboard and outboard arcuate sections. A flapping bearing receiving region is disposed at least partially within the inboard arcuate section to an interior of the continuous loop. A centrifugal force bearing receiving region is disposed at least partially within the outboard arcuate section to the interior of the continuous loop. The continuous loop is formed from a composite material having a plurality of double bias material plies and a plurality of unidirectional material plies such that the number of unidirectional material plies is greater than the number of double bias material plies.

Inventor(s): Frank Bradley Stamps (Fort Worth, TX), Gary Miller (Fort Worth, TX), Jouyoung Jason Choi (Fort Worth, TX), Richard Erler Rauber (Fort Worth, TX), Thomas Clement Parham, Jr. (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI) Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15375385 on 12/12/2016 (1114 days app to issue)

Abstract: A soft-in-plane proprotor system for a tiltrotor aircraft having a helicopter mode and an airplane mode. The proprotor system includes a hub, a plurality of proprotor blades and a plurality of loop yokes, each coupling one of the proprotor blades with the hub and each including first and second longitudinal sections extending between inboard and outboard arcuate sections and a bearing assembly disposed between the inboard and outboard arcuate sections of each loop yoke. Each bearing assembly includes a flapping bearing disposed generally within the inboard arcuate section of the respective loop yoke and coupled to the hub, a lead-lag damper coupled to the hub, a centrifugal force bearing disposed generally within the outboard arcuate section of the respective loop yoke and a blade anchor coupled between the lead-lag damper and the centrifugal force bearing. The blade anchor is also coupled to the respective proprotor blade.

Inventor(s): Dominic Michael Przano (Fort Worth, TX), Kevin Matthew Knott (Arlington, TX) Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15645671 on 07/10/2017 (904 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device is provided. The device includes a first pillar. The first pillar includes a bottom portion having an opening. The first pillar further includes a top portion coupled to the bottom portion by a middle portion. The top portion includes a plurality of shelves stacked along a common axis intersecting the bottom portion. Each of the shelves has a respective recess. The first pillar further includes a plurality of clamps. Each of the shelves has a respective clamp of the clamps. Each respective clamp and respective recess of the shelves forms an airfoil cross-sectional shape. The first pillar further includes a plurality of locks. Each of the shelves has a respective lock of the locks. Each of the locks has a first locking portion on respective shelves and a second locking portion on respective clamps of the shelves.

[B64F] GROUND OR AIRCRAFT-CARRIER-DECK INSTALLATIONS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH AIRCRAFT; DESIGNING, MANUFACTURING, ASSEMBLING, CLEANING, MAINTAINING OR REPAIRING AIRCRAFT, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; HANDLING, TRANSPORTING, TESTING OR INSPECTING AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR

Inventor(s): Timothy W. Ellis (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): RSR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: KL Gates LLP (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 14879178 on 10/09/2015 (1544 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for separating and recycling battery and electrochemical cell materials are disclosed.

[B03D] FLOTATION; DIFFERENTIAL SEDIMENTATION (in combination with other separation of solids B03B; sink-float separation B03B 5/28)

Inventor(s): Ashish Anand (Greenwich, CT), Rravindar Verma (Haryana, , IN), Siva Kumar Kota (Bangalore, , IN) Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15663282 on 07/28/2017 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for reducing the amount of acrylamide in recovered water from a fryer stack. This invention provides a method to treat acrylamide in the waste water/process water. Organic compounds such as phenols, acrylamide and phenolic compounds can be oxidized in the presence of oxidizing compounds like hypo and Fenton reagent. Fenton reagent is a product of reaction of Iron Salts (like Ferrous Sulphate-FeSO4) and Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2). It generates OH* (radical) which has significantly more oxidation power compared to traditional oxidizing agents such as Chlorine. The fryer stack water is collected and treated using Fenton reagent such that the Acrylamide levels are reduced to less than 0.1 ppb in the recovered water.

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

Method and apparatus for carbonylating methanol with acetic acid enriched flash stream Patent No. 10519089 

Inventor(s): Jeremy J. Patt (Lake Jackson, TX) Assignee(s): Celanese International Corporation (Irving, TX) Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16170781 on 10/25/2018 (432 days app to issue)

Abstract: A carbonylation process for producing acetic acid including: (a) carbonylating methanol or its reactive derivatives in the presence of a Group VIII metal catalyst and methyl iodide promoter to produce a liquid reaction mixture including acetic acid, water, methyl acetate and methyl iodide; (b) feeding the liquid reaction mixture at a feed temperature to a flash vessel which is maintained at a reduced pressure; (c) flashing the reaction mixture to produce a crude product vapor stream.

[C07C] ACYCLIC OR CARBOCYCLIC COMPOUNDS (macromolecular compounds C08; production of organic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B 3/00, C25B 7/00)

Inventor(s): John D. Buynak (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 14066367 on 10/29/2013 (2254 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes compositions, methods of making and using novel carbapenem compounds including active agents, compounds, antibacterial agents, pharmaceutically acceptable salts of C1-C1 di-substituted carbapenem compounds, C5 substituted carbapenem compounds, C6-C6 di-substituted carbapenem compounds and combinations thereof.

Inventor(s): Boyu Zhong (Irving, TX), Chuo Chen (Dallas, TX), Heping Shi (Dallas, TX), Lijun Sun (Dallas, TX), Qi Wei (Dallas, TX), Yuanwei Dai (Dallas, TX), Zhijian Chen (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): ImmuneSensor Therapeutics, Inc. (Dallas, TX), The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX) Law Firm: Dechert LLP (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15953492 on 04/15/2018 (625 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are cyclic-di-nucleotide cGAMP analogs, methods of synthesizing the compounds, pharmaceutical compositions comprising the compounds thereof, and use of compounds and compositions in medical therapy.

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

Inventor(s): E. Sally Ward (Dallas, TX), Jayakumar Poovassery (Dallas, TX), Jeffrey Kang (Dallas, TX), Raimund Ober (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Board of Regents,The University of Texas System (Austin, TX) Law Firm: Dentons US LLP (Local + 12 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15023648 on 10/31/2014 (1887 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides monoclonal bispecific antibodies targeting HER2 and HER3. The disclosure also provides monospecific tetravalent HER3 antigen binding antibodies. Still further provided by the disclosure are methods of treating a cancer in a subject, comprising administering to the subject a therapeutically effective amount of an antibody provided by the disclosure.

[C07K] PEPTIDES (peptides containing fl-lactam rings C07D; cyclic dipeptides not having in their molecule any other peptide link than those which form their ring, e.g. piperazine-2,5-diones, C07D; ergot alkaloids of the cyclic peptide type C07D 519/02; single cell proteins, enzymes C12N; genetic engineering processes for obtaining peptides C12N 15/00) [4]

Inventor(s): J. Andrew Waynick (Lantana, TX), Joe L. Garza (Carrollton, TX) Assignee(s): NCH Corporation (Irving, TX) Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16145368 on 09/28/2018 (459 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sulfonate-based grease composition and method of manufacture comprising (1) addition of both overbased calcium sulfonate and overbased magnesium sulfonate in a ratio range of 60:40 to 100:1, with the magnesium sulfonate added all at once, a portion prior to conversion and another portion after conversion, and/or one more delay periods between the addition of water or other reactive ingredient and the addition of magnesium sulfonate; (2) one or more delay periods between the addition of at least a portion of a facilitating acid and at least a portion of the next subsequently added ingredient; (3) no conventional non-aqueous converting agents added prior to conversion; or (4) a combination thereof. The grease has a high dropping point and reduced thickener yield.

[C10M] LUBRICATING COMPOSITIONS (well drilling compositions C09K 8/02); USE OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES EITHER ALONE OR AS LUBRICATING INGREDIENTS IN A LUBRICATING COMPOSITION (mould release, i.e. separating, agents for metals B22C 3/00, for plastics or substances in a plastic state, in general B29C 33/56, for glass C03B 40/02; textile lubricating compositions D06M 11/00, D06M 13/00, D06M 15/00; immersion oils for microscopy G02B 21/33) [4]

Identification of metastasis-specific miRNA and hypomethylation signatures in human colorectal cancer Patent No. 10519506 

Inventor(s): Ajay Goel (Dallas, TX), C. Richard Boland (Dallas, TX), Keun Hur (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Baylor Research Institute (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14367827 on 12/21/2012 (2566 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes methods and biomarkers for diagnosing or detecting colorectal cancer metastasis in a human subject by comparing the Alu repeat methylation level in the biological sample to an Alu repeat methylation control level from a normal non-cancerous sample from the human subject, wherein a decrease in the Alu repeat methylation level is indicative of colorectal cancer and colorectal cancer metastasis. The invention also includes methods and biomarkers for diagnosing or detecting colorectal cancer (CRC) metastasis in a human subject by determining a level of expression of let-7i, miR-10b, miR-320a, and miR-221 in the sample from the one or more biological samples; and comparing the level of expression of let-7i, miR-10b, miR-320a, and miR-221 in the sample with the level of expression of let-7i, miR-10b, miR-320a, and miR-221 from normal colorectal tissue, wherein high expression of at least on of let-7i or miR-320a is indicative of a good prognosis for the CRC, while the low expression of at least one of miR-10b or miR-221 is indicative of a good prognosis for the CRC or CRC metastasis.

[C12Q] MEASURING OR TESTING PROCESSES INVOLVING ENZYMES OR MICROORGANISMS (immunoassay G01N 33/53); COMPOSITIONS OR TEST PAPERS THEREFOR; PROCESSES OF PREPARING SUCH COMPOSITIONS; CONDITION-RESPONSIVE CONTROL IN MICROBIOLOGICAL OR ENZYMOLOGICAL PROCESSES [3]

Inventor(s): Michael J. Schuster (Shorewood, IL) Assignee(s): Danco, Inc. (Irving, TX) Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15973282 on 05/07/2018 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for an external hair catcher. The external hair catcher can include a rim positioned on a first plane. In some instances, the external hair catcher can include a button positioned on a second plane parallel to the first plane. In other instances, the external hair catcher can include a suction cup protruding from the button in the direction of the rim. Moreover, the external hair catcher can include a plurality of spokes connecting an inner diameter of the rim to an outer diameter of the button, each of the plurality of spokes comprising a bend.

[E03C] DOMESTIC PLUMBING INSTALLATIONS FOR FRESH WATER OR WASTE WATER (not connected to either water-supply main or to waste pipe A47K; devices of the kind used in the ground E03B, E03F); SINKS

Inventor(s): Larry Schneider (Wadsworth, IL), Michael J. Schuster (Shorewood, IL) Assignee(s): Danco, Inc. (Irving, TX) Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14856901 on 09/17/2015 (1566 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to various embodiments, a toilet bowl fill valve includes a valve body that has a cavity. A valve may be inserted into the cavity of the valve body. A handle may be integrated with the valve, and the handle may facilitate manual adjustment of the valve. The valve body attached directly to a body of a toilet fill valve.

Inventor(s): Boston Bullock (Weatherford, TX), David Bullock (Weatherford, TX), Ronald F. Wright (Weatherford, TX), Thomas Miller (Weatherford, TX), Toby Wright (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Radius HDD Direct LLC (Perry, OK) Law Firm: Tomlinson McKinstry, P.C. (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 15603715 on 05/24/2017 (951 days app to issue)

Abstract: A retractable auger boring cutter head. The cutter head has fixed cutters and at least one pivoting cutter. The pivoting cutter is biased to a position that extends beyond a diameter of a casing being installed. When pulled back through the casing, a surface of the pivoting cutter contacts the casing, reducing the effective diameter of the cutter head and allowing it to be removed.

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

Inventor(s): Jeremy Eli Castaneda (Weatherford, TX), Kevin George (Cleburne, TX), Wayne Rosenthal (Weatherford, TX) Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX) Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16072082 on 03/30/2018 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: A setting tool for setting an auxiliary tool in a well includes a housing having a floating piston that separates a pressure chamber from a hydraulic chamber; and a plug that is removably located in a through passage of the floating piston. The through passage fluidly connects the pressure chamber to the hydraulic chamber, and the plug prevents a fluid to move from the pressure chamber to the hydraulic chamber or from the hydraulic chamber to the pressure chamber when attached to the floating piston.

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

Inventor(s): Christopher Brian Sokolove (Maypearl, TX) Assignee(s): Hunting Titan, Inc. (Pampa, TX) Law Firm: Arnold Saunders, LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15325303 on 07/10/2015 (1635 days app to issue)

Abstract: A jet cutter apparatus and method for using a single bridge wire or a plurality of bridge wires to uniformly detonate a booster and thereby cause a uniform detonation of the explosives adjacent to the liners, thereby causing a uniform compression of the liners to form a uniform plasma jet that is substantially radially perpendicular to the jet cutter.

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

Inventor(s): Austin Lee Wright (Dallas, TX), Ryan Wesley McChesney (Carrollton, TX) Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, INC. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14911668 on 09/18/2014 (1930 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adjustable fluid injection tool for use in a wellbore may be used to provide steam to a wellbore annulus. The tool may be adjusted immediately before being positioned in a well. Fluid may exit an inner space of the tool into an accumulation chamber, after which the fluid may exit the tool through one or more adjustable valves. An adjustable valve may be formed between a valve seat of a shroud and a valve plug of a plug sleeve. The plug sleeve may be positioned around a tubular of the tool and able to translate linearly with respect to the shroud by rotating the plug sleeve, thus adjusting the adjustable valve and controlling fluid flow out of the tool.

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

Inventor(s): Billy Joe Ellis, Jr. (Granbury, TX) Assignee(s): Liftrock LLC (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Reed Smith LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16565081 on 09/09/2019 (113 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and apparati for separating liquids from production gases and recovering the liquids. The methods and apparati of the present disclosure can reduce or eliminate emissions compared to standard methods and devices and also eliminate the need for haul away of liquids by collecting compressor system liquids in charge vessel(s). The methods and apparati of the present disclosure can also be used to fuel the engines which operate the compressor systems using gas from the compressor drains and the gas used to drain the charge vessel(s).

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

Inventor(s): Donald N. Zimmer (Marshalltown, IA) Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15713941 on 09/25/2017 (827 days app to issue)

Abstract: One aspect of this disclosure provides a heat exchanger that comprises a first panel half coupled to a corresponding second panel half that form a passageway having at least a first chamber adjacent an inlet end of the passageway and a second chamber and overlapping interference patterns formed in each of the first and second panel halves that extend along at least a portion of the length of the passageway and located between at least the first and second chambers.

[F24C] OTHER DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES; DETAILS OF DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES, OF GENERAL APPLICATION (radiator stoves of the fluid-circulating type F24H)

Inventor(s): Carl T. Crawford (Hickory Creek, TX), Chris McHugh (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Lennox Industries, Inc. (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15809677 on 11/10/2017 (781 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, a fan system may include a housing and a fan. The fan may reside in an orifice of the housing. The fan system may include a grate disposed proximate a top surface and an ice deflector. The ice deflector may inhibit ice formation on portions of the housing, orifice, and/or fan residing in the orifice.

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

Inventor(s): Ian A. Hill (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Oz-Post International, LLC (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15933959 on 03/23/2018 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly includes a simulated nut-and-washer member and a mounting device. The simulated nut-and-washer member includes a base plate simulating a washer, and a cylindrical portion simulating a nut and having a top surface and an outer sidewall with a plurality of faces, the top surface defining a first circular opening having a first diameter. An inner annular surface is disposed radially inward from the outer sidewall and defines a second circular opening disposed coaxial with the first circular opening and having a diameter that is less than the first diameter. The mounting device is configured to be received through the first and second circular openings, and it has a head portion that is configured to contact the inner annular surface.

[F16B] DEVICES FOR FASTENING OR SECURING CONSTRUCTIONAL ELEMENTS OR MACHINE PARTS TOGETHER, e.g. NAILS, BOLTS, CIRCLIPS, CLAMPS, CLIPS OR WEDGES; JOINTS OR JOINTING (couplings for transmitting rotation F16D)

Inventor(s): Chandu Kumar (Fort Worth, TX), Donald Keith Plemons (Fort Worth, TX), Edward C. Kotapish (Willow Park, TX), Jacob A. Bayyouk (Richardson, TX), John M. McCrady (Burleson, TX), Kourosh Momenkhani (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): S.P.M. FLOW CONTROL, INC. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15882496 on 01/29/2018 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: A skid for supporting a reciprocating pump assembly, the reciprocating pump assembly including a power end frame assembly having a pair of end plate segments and a plurality of middle plate segments disposed between the end plate segments. The end plate segments each have at least a pair of feet and the middle plate segments each having at least one foot. The skid includes a base and a plurality of pads extending from the base. At least a portion of the plurality of pads correspond to the end plate segment feet and at least another portion of the plurality of pads correspond to the at least one foot of each middle plate segment.

[F16C] SHAFTS; FLEXIBLE SHAFTS; MECHANICAL MEANS FOR TRANSMITTING MOVEMENT IN A FLEXIBLE SHEATHING; ELEMENTS OF CRANKSHAFT MECHANISMS; PIVOTS; PIVOTAL CONNECTIONS; ROTARY ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OTHER THAN GEARING, COUPLING, CLUTCH OR BRAKE ELEMENTS; BEARINGS [5]

Collapsible multi-functioning lighting device comprising concentric rings having different radii interconnected by a flexible membrane Patent No. 10520160 

Inventor(s): Gregory Lee Horne (Euless, TX), Jimmy Prieto (Fort Worth, TX), Todd Marcucci (Mansfield, TX) Assignee(s): Alliance Sports Group, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Thorpe North Western LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16278978 on 02/19/2019 (315 days app to issue)

Abstract: A collapsible multi-functioning lighting device is disclosing having a plurality of concentric casings interconnected by a flexible membrane, the plurality of casings have at least first and second configurations. The first configuration is a collapsed configuration wherein each of the plurality of interconnected concentric casings form a nested group of concentric casings. The second configuration comprises an extended configuration wherein the plurality of concentric casings and flexible membrane form (i) continuous sidewalls, (ii) an open end, and (iii) a closed end that all define an internal volume. A light source is disposed in the closed end.

Inventor(s): Jordon Musser (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Flextronics AP, LLC (Broomfield, CO) Law Firm: Haverstock Owens LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15172067 on 06/02/2016 (1307 days app to issue)

Abstract: A retrofit lighting fixture for retrofitting a pre-existing lighting fixture. The pre-existing lighting fixture includes electrical wiring and a troffer having a recessed center portion and an outer perimeter edge, which together form a hollow inner cavity, the electrical wiring extending into the cavity. The retrofit lighting fixture includes a lighting panel, a spring and a magnet. The lighting panel has light sources and electrical wiring. The lighting panel electrical wiring is connected to the electrical wiring of the pre-existing lighting. The spring has a first end connected to the lighting panel and a second end connected to the magnet. The magnet is attached to the recessed center portion of the troffer, and the spring is configured to pull the lighting panel against the outer perimeter edge of the troffer. In some applications the retrofit lighting fixture is a LED lighting fixture.

[F21V] FUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [7]

Inventor(s): Aylan Him (Coppell, TX), David Mackey (Addison, TX), Zer Kai Yap (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15374665 on 12/09/2016 (1117 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system based on temperature and/or pressure switches connected to a fan controller. An HVAC circuit includes at least one condenser coil with a plurality of tubes, one or more stages coupled to one or more compressors, at least one temperature sensor, at least one fan configured to provide airflow across the plurality of tubes, and a controller. Instead of cycling the fan off and on, fans associated with the condenser are kept running at a low speed.

[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)

Inventor(s): Kiyoshi Ariizumi (Dallas, TX), Ponciano Cruz (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX) Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15556985 on 03/09/2016 (1392 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to antibodies that bind to DC-HIL on the surface of myeloid-derived suppressor cells, and thus antagonize the T cell suppressor function of these cells, as well as their use in diagnosing and treating cancers such as melanoma.

[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)

Inventor(s): Henry Greist (Gainesville, FL), Peter Hrejsa (Frisco, TX), Sanjeev Hingorani (Gainesville, FL) Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16004129 on 06/08/2018 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes initiating, by a controller of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (”HVAC”) system, a filter calibration procedure, curve fitting a first line based on a plurality of static pressure measurements and corresponding flowrates of air, and generating a second line based on the first line. The method further includes determining a first static pressure measurement sensed by at least one sensor in response to determining that a first flowrate of air has been moved by the at least one blower and comparing the first static pressure value to a predicted static pressure value of the second line, the predicted static pressure value corresponding to the first flowrate of air. The method further includes determining that an air filter of the HVAC system has no more usable life in response to determining that the first static pressure value is greater than the predicted static pressure value.

Inventor(s): Alan Soo Love (Grapevine, TX) Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI) Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15634903 on 06/27/2017 (917 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system has a flight measurement sensor configured to provide a flight measurement of an aircraft, a regime engine configured to identify a plurality of flight regimes that the aircraft operated in during a period of time, a component engine configured to assign a first flight regime of the plurality of flight regimes to a first component of the aircraft for the period of time, and a health assessment system configured to determine an amount of damage inflicted on the component as a result of the first component spending time in the first flight regime assigned by the component engine.

[G07C] TIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE (identification of persons A61B 5/117; indicating or recording apparatus for measuring in general, analogous apparatus but in which the input is not a variable to be measured, e.g. a hand operation, G01D; clocks, clock mechanisms G04B, G04C; time-interval measuring G04F; counting mechanisms per se G06M)

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16183347 on 11/07/2018 (419 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes different ways to improve the operation of a device”s 1149.1 TAP to where the TAP can perform at-speed Update Capture, Shift Capture and Back to Back Capture Shift operations. In a first embodiment of the disclosure the at-speed operations are achieved by time division multiplexing CMD signals onto the TMS input to the TAP. The CMD signals are input to a CMD circuit that operates in conjunction with a Dual Port Router to execute the at-speed operations of a circuit. In a second embodiment of the disclosure the at-speed operations are achieved by detecting the TAP”s Exit1DR state as a CMD signal that is input to the CMD circuit that operates in conjunction with a Dual Port Router to execute the at-speed operations of a circuit. In a third embodiment of the disclosure the at-speed operations are achieved by detecting the TAP”s Exit1DR and PauseDR states and in response producing Capture and Update signals that are input to a Programmable Switch that operates in conjunction with a Dual Port Router to execute the at-speed operations of a circuit. In a fourth embodiment of the disclosure the at-speed operations are achieved by detecting the TAP”s Exit1DR and PauseDR states and inputting these states to a Dual Port Router to control the at-speed operations of a circuit. Each of the embodiments may be augmented to include externally accessible Update and Capture input signals that can be selected to allow a tester to directly control the at-speed ope

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

Inventor(s): Frank J. Sigmund (Coppell, TX), K. R. Hariharasudhan (Noida, , IN) Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics International N.V. (Schiphol, , NL), STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX) Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15455321 on 03/10/2017 (1026 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device includes a processor coupled to a battery and to determine whether the battery is being charged or discharged. If the battery being is being discharged, the processor operates to calculate an amount by which the battery has discharged since a preceding calculation of remaining capacity of the battery, compensate the amount by which the battery has discharged for a condition of the battery, and calculate a remaining capacity of the battery as a function of the amount by which the battery has discharged. If the battery is being charged, the processor operates to calculate an amount by which the battery has charged since a preceding calculation of remaining capacity of the battery, compensate the amount by which the battery has charged for a condition of the battery, and calculate the remaining capacity of the battery as a function of the amount by which the battery has charged.

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

Inventor(s): Joshua Lund (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (Princeton, NJ) Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15785072 on 10/16/2017 (806 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multimode pixel of a pixel array is provided. The multimode pixel includes a photodetector, an image sensing circuit having a first plurality of transistors, and a laser range finding (LRF) circuit having a second plurality of transistors. At least one transistor of the second plurality of transistors, but not all of the second plurality of transistors, is included in the first plurality of transistors. The LRF circuit being configured to perform LRF operations and the image sensing circuit is configured to perform passive imaging operations. The image sensing circuit and the LRF circuit are configured to perform concurrently.

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

Inventor(s): Justin Nicholas Farrelly (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Geophysical Technology, Inc. (Bellaire, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15459195 on 03/15/2017 (1021 days app to issue)

Abstract: A biodegradable ground contact sleeve for a seismic data acquisition node includes a ground contact sleeve having a substantially tubular shaped body insertable into the surface of the earth and having an internal opening at one longitudinal end for receiving a seismic data acquisition node and making acoustic coupling thereto. The ground contact sleeve is formed of biodegradable material.

[G01V] GEOPHYSICS; GRAVITATIONAL MEASUREMENTS; DETECTING MASSES OR OBJECTS; TAGS (means for indicating the location of accidentally buried, e.g. snow-buried, persons A63B 29/02) [6]

Method and system for adjusting seismic source pilot and drive signals using measured data Patent No. 10520640 

Inventor(s): John James Sallas (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): CGG SERVICES SAS (Massy, , FR) Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15589235 on 05/08/2017 (967 days app to issue)

Abstract: Computing device, software and method for calibrating pilot and drive signals of a marine seismic source array using measured data. The method includes receiving a source array geometry and a model of the source array; estimating an initial overall response of the source array based on numerical simulations, the model of the source array, and the source array geometry; generating the pilot and drive signals for the source array based on the initial overall response; determining individual responses of the source elements, which form the source array, based on the source array geometry, the model of the source array, and first measured data; calculating an actual overall response of the source array based on the pilot and drive signals, the model of the source array and second measured data; and adjusting the pilot and drive signals based on the actual overall response of the source array.

[G01V] GEOPHYSICS; GRAVITATIONAL MEASUREMENTS; DETECTING MASSES OR OBJECTS; TAGS (means for indicating the location of accidentally buried, e.g. snow-buried, persons A63B 29/02) [6]

Inventor(s): Alan Duncan Burkett (Bedford, TX), Joseph Ronald Herridge (North Richland Hills, TX) Assignee(s): Corning Research Development Corporation (Corning, NY) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15428561 on 02/09/2017 (1055 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pre-mounted fiber optic distribution cabinet assembly is disclosed. The pre-mounted fiber optic distribution cabinet assembly includes a fiber optic distribution cabinet with an enclosure having an interior configured to house fiber optic components. The fiber optic distribution cabinet is sealed to protect against the ingress of solid foreign objects and liquids into the interior. A frame attaches to the exterior of the enclosure so that the fiber optic distribution cabinet is mounted in the frame when shipped to an installation location. The fiber optic distribution cabinet is configured to be mounted at the installation location via the frame. A stabilizer attached to the fiber optic distribution cabinet provides balancing support to the fiber optic distribution cabinet to maintain the fiber optic distribution cabinet in a generally upright orientation with the frame attached to the fiber optic distribution cabinet.

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

Inventor(s): Chih-Hung Tai (Dallas, TX), James L. Worley (Flower Mound, TX), Mark A. Lysinger (Carrollton, TX), Pavan Nallamothu (Grand Prairie, TX) Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX) Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15944421 on 04/03/2018 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments provide an optical image stabilization circuit including a drive circuit having a power waveform generator and a power waveform conversion circuit. The power waveform generator generates a power waveform. The power waveform conversion circuit converts the power waveform to a power drive signal. An actuator is then driven by the power drive signal to move a lens accordingly and compensate for any movements and vibrations of a housing of the lens.

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

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Bradley Allen Kramer (Plano, TX), Juan Alejandro Herbsommer (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15393096 on 12/28/2016 (1098 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, an apparatus includes a physics cell and an electronic circuit. The physics cell includes an atomic chamber, a laser source, a modulator, a photodetector and a field coil. The electronic circuit includes a frequency synthesizer, a controller and a digital to analog converter.

[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]

Inventor(s): Cory A. Matheson (Celina, TX), Matthew T. Flachsbart (Grapevine, TX) Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (San Antonio, TX) Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15942912 on 04/02/2018 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: An autonomous vehicle control system. The system includes a first autonomous vehicle control center at a first location, and a second autonomous vehicle control center at a second location. The system also includes a controller configured to receive a first data input from the first autonomous vehicle control center and indicative of a first characteristic of the first autonomous vehicle control center, to receive a second data input from the second autonomous vehicle control center and indicative of a second characteristic of the second autonomous vehicle control center, and to receive a third data input indicative of an autonomous vehicle transport request or an autonomous vehicle storage request. The controller is also configured to select the first autonomous vehicle control center or the second autonomous vehicle control center based at least in part on the first data input, the second data input, and the third data input. Further, the controller is configured to instruct fulfillment of the autonomous vehicle transport request or the autonomous vehicle storage request based on the selection.

[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)

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Hunt (Redondo Beach, CA), Jake Buford (The Colony, TX), Jeff Welch, II (McKinney, TX), Matthew D. Reynolds (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX) Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15299159 on 10/20/2016 (1167 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pressure regulating device including a valve body, an actuator assembly coupled to the valve body and including a diaphragm, a valve seat disposed in the valve body, a control assembly operatively connected to the diaphragm to move responsive to movement of the diaphragm, and a travel stop. The control assembly includes a control element that is movable, relative to the valve seat, between an open position, wherein the control element is spaced from the valve seat, and a closed position, wherein the control element sealingly engages the valve seat. The travel stop is configured to engage the control element to stop movement of the control element upon reaching the open position. The travel stop is adjustable to change the open position of the control element, such that a wide open flow capacity of the pressure regulating device can be adjusted.

[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)

Inventor(s): Michael John Shay (Fairview, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15430021 on 02/10/2017 (1054 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a regulation control circuit. The regulation control circuit includes an error amplifier to generate a control output signal based on an error signal input and a reference input. The regulation control circuit includes a level shifter to receive a negative voltage supplied to a load and to provide a positive error signal to the error signal input of the error amplifier. A driver circuit receives the control output signal from the error amplifier and generates a drive output signal in response to the control output signal. A regulation output circuit regulates the negative voltage supplied to the load in response to the drive output signal from the driver circuit.

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

Voltage monitoring circuit that manages voltage drift caused from negative bias temperature instability Patent No. 10520963 

Inventor(s): Yadan Shen (Shanghai, , CN), Zhenghao Cui (Beijing, , CN) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15966997 on 04/30/2018 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: Regulating voltages at inputs of an electronic device by performing at least the following: receiving, at a voltage monitoring circuit, a monitoring voltage corresponding to a power system, determining, at the voltage monitoring circuit, whether the monitoring voltage is equal to or exceeds a monitoring threshold voltage, receiving, at the voltage monitoring circuit, an output indicating whether an inputted reference voltage and an inputted feedback voltage at a comparator circuit differs, regulating, at the voltage monitoring circuit, a feedback voltage to match the inputted reference voltage based on the output and a determination that the monitoring voltage is equal to or exceeds the monitoring threshold voltage, and providing, from the voltage monitoring circuit, the feedback voltage as an updated inputted feedback voltage for the comparator circuit.

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

Inventor(s): Shanmuganand Chellamuthu (Richardson, TX), Sri Navaneethakrishnan Easwaran (Plano, TX), Timothy Paul Duryea (Plano, TX), Vijayalakshmi Devarajan (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15832071 on 12/05/2017 (756 days app to issue)

Abstract: A current sink circuit coupled to pull down a gate control node (GCN) for an NMOS power FET that controls an actuator includes first and second NMOS transistors coupled in series between the GCN and a lower rail, where the first NMOS transistor has a gate and drain coupled together through a resistor. The current sink circuit also includes a control signal generation circuit (CSGC) and a negative voltage blocking circuit (NVBC). The CSGC is coupled to receive at least one voltage input and an ignition signal and to provide a first control signal and a second control signal. The NVBC is coupled to pass the first control signal from the control signal generation circuit to the gate of the first NMOS transistor and to block a negative voltage on the GCN from reaching the CSGC. The second control signal is coupled to the gate of the second NMOS transistor.

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

Inventor(s): Injoon Hong (Plano, TX), Sourabh Ravindran (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15909843 on 03/01/2018 (670 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, an electronic device and a non-transitory computer readable medium for are provided. The method includes capturing a first eye and a second eye. The method also includes identifying a first position of the first eye and a second position the second eye. Additionally, the method includes staggering the capture of the first eye and the second eye, wherein the first eye is captured prior to capturing the second eye. The method also includes identifying the first gaze direction with respect to a display. The method further includes mapping the second gaze direction of the second eye based on the identified first gaze direction, prior to capturing the second eye.

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

Resonant line driver including energy transfer inductor for driving capacitive-load lines Patent No. 10521041 

Inventor(s): Baher S. Haroun (Allen, TX), Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay (Allen, TX), Vadim V. Ivanov (Tucson, AZ), William R. Krenik (Garland, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14825942 on 08/13/2015 (1601 days app to issue)

Abstract: A resonant line driver for driving capacitive-loads includes a driver series-coupled to an energy transfer inductor L[b]1[/b], driving signal energy at a signal frequency through L[b]1[/b]. A switch array is controlled to switch L[b]1[/b] between multiple electrodes according to a switching sequence, each electrode characterized by a load capacitance CL. L[b]1[/b] and CL form a resonator circuit in which signal energy cycles between L[b]1[/b] and CL at the signal frequency. The switch array switches L[b]1[/b] between a current electrode and a next electrode at a zero_crossing when signal energy in the energy transfer inductor is at a maximum and signal energy in the load capacitance of the current electrode is at a minimum. An amplitude control loop controls signal energy delivered to the L[b]1[/b]CL resonator circuit, and a frequency control loop controls signal frequency/phase. In an example application, the resonant driver provides line drive for a mutual capacitance touch screen.

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

Methods, systems, and computer readable media for write classification and aggregation using host memory buffer (HMB) Patent No. 10521118 

Inventor(s): Shay Benisty (Beer Sheva, , IL), Tal Sharifie (Lehavim, , IL) Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15209739 on 07/13/2016 (1266 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for write aggregation using a host memory buffer includes fetching write commands and data specified by the write commands from a host over a bus to a non-volatile memory system coupled to the host. Writing the data specified by the write commands from the non-volatile memory system over the bus to the host. The method further includes aggregating the data specified by the write commands in a host memory buffer maintained in memory of the host. The method further includes determining whether the data in the host memory buffer has aggregated to a threshold amount. The method further includes, in response to determining that the data has aggregated to the threshold amount, reading the data from the host memory buffer to the non-volatile memory system and writing the data to non-volatile memory in the non-volatile memory system.

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

Inventor(s): Dallas Nash (Frisco, TX), Michael Menefee (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): AVODAH, INC. (Wilmington, DE) Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16505484 on 07/08/2019 (176 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are methods, apparatus and systems for improving data management and workload distribution in pattern recognition systems. An example method of managing data for a sign language translation system includes receiving multiple sets of data acquired by one or more data acquisition devices. Each set of data including an image frame that illustrates at least a part of a gesture. The method includes determining, for each of the multiple sets of data, a plurality of attribute values defined by a customized template. The method includes accessing the multiple sets of data, by a plurality of processing units, based on a location indicated by the attributes for recognizing the at least a part of a gesture.

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

Inventor(s): Farhad Sunavala (San Ramon, CA), Henry Louis Fourie (Livermore, CA), Hong Zhang (Palo Alto, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15858359 on 12/29/2017 (732 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for coordinating execution of serverless functions. One or more events are received from one or more external sources. The one or more events are mapped to one or more event states of a processing graph according to mapping rules, the one or more event states including one or more actions, and the one or more actions are executed in response to the one or more events satisfying conditions of the mapping rules. An event response is the received in reply to the received one or more events, where the event response is based on execution of one or more tasks corresponding to a sequence of the executed one or more actions.

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

Inventor(s): John J. Michelsen (Arlington, TX) Assignee(s): CA, Inc. (Islandia, NY) Law Firm: Alliance IP, LLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14628230 on 02/21/2015 (1774 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first set of information is identified, collected by a first agent during monitoring of a first software component. A second set of information is identified, that was collected by a second agent during monitoring of a second software component. It can be determined that the first and second sets of information each include characteristics of a particular transaction involving the first and second software components. A model is generated of the particular transaction based at least in part on the first and second sets of information. The model includes a representation of the involvement of the first and second software components within the particular transaction. In some aspects, characteristics included in the first and second set of information can include timing information for use, for example, in generating a model representing ordering of software components” involvement in one or more transactions.

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

Inventor(s): John N. Faith (Austin, TX), Kyle W. Kothe (Austin, TX) Assignee(s): REALPAGE, INC. (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Sprinkle IP Law Group (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14731846 on 06/05/2015 (1670 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system and computer-usable medium for performing cognitive computing operations comprising receiving streams of data from a plurality of data sources; processing the streams of data from the plurality of data sources, the processing the streams of data from the plurality of data sources performing data enriching for incorporation into a cognitive graph; defining a travel-related cognitive persona within the cognitive graph, the travel-related cognitive persona corresponding to an archetype user model, the travel-related cognitive persona comprising a set of nodes in the cognitive graph; associating a user with the travel-related cognitive persona; defining a travel-related cognitive profile within the cognitive graph, the travel-related cognitive profile comprising an instance of the travel-related cognitive persona that references personal data associated with the user; associating the user with the travel-related cognitive profile; and, performing a cognitive computing operation based upon the travel-related cognitive profile associated with the user.

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

Inventor(s): Andrew George Dykstra (Allen, TX), Christopher William Sarli (Dallas, TX), Makram Mounzer Mansour (San Jose, CA), Todd Ashley Breeding (Meadows Place, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15844916 on 12/18/2017 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes retrieving an interactive datasheet for a product and displaying, on an output device, a first view of the interactive datasheet for the product, the interactive datasheet including a first section and a second section. The method also includes adjusting, in response to receiving, by an input device of a computing device from a user, a first value of a characteristic of the product, to produce a first adjusted characteristic, and updating a model of the product, based on the first value of the characteristic of the product, to produce an updated interactive datasheet for the product. Additionally, the method includes updating the first view of the interactive datasheet for the product displayed on the output device, the first view, based on the updated interactive datasheet for the product and storing, in the memory, the updated interactive datasheet for the product, in response to receiving an indication by the user.

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

Inventor(s): Brad Ewing (Covington, GA), Levi Chloe Reyes (Alpharetta, GA), Richard K. Selby (Atlanta, GA), Seth Phillips (Atlanta, GA), Soranarom Kumsaitong (Alpharetta, GA) Assignee(s): MCKESSON CORPORATION (Irving, TX) Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15476157 on 03/31/2017 (1005 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing device, method and computer program product are provided to qualify an instruction based upon the input site of the instruction. In the context of a computing device, the computing device includes data field analysis circuitry to analyze data fields representing a respective instruction that has been received to determine a data field that defines the input site of the respective instruction. The computing device also includes data field comparison circuitry to compare the data field that defines the input site to an eligible input site inclusion listing to determine whether the input site of the instruction is included. The computing device also includes qualification test circuitry to perform one or more additional qualification tests and instruction qualification circuitry to qualify the instruction when the input site is included within the eligible input site inclusion listing and in which the one or more additional qualification tests are satisfied.

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

Inventor(s): Brandon D. Northcutt (San Jose, CA), Patrick K. Ching (San Jose, CA), Rajiv Dayal (Milpitas, CA), Tiffany L. Chen (San Jose, CA) Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15351321 on 11/14/2016 (1142 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device for providing guidance or feedback to a user. The device includes a camera configured to detect image data indicating a user performance of an activity. The system includes a guidance unit connected to the camera. The guidance unit is configured to identify the activity based on image processing of the image data or an identification of the activity from the user. The guidance unit is also configured to determine a criteria associated with the activity. The guidance unit is also configured to determine a user performance of the activity based on the image data. The guidance unit is also configured to determine feedback based on a comparison of the criteria and the user performance of the activity, the feedback indicating an improvement or suggestion for the user. The system also includes an output unit connected to the guidance unit, the output unit configured to output the feedback.

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

Method for determining correct scanning distance using augmented reality and machine learning models Patent No. 10521681 

Inventor(s): Daniel Martinez (Plano, TX), Jonathan Castaneda (Plano, TX), Staevan Duckworth (The Colony, TX), William Hardin (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA) Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 16456108 on 06/28/2019 (186 days app to issue)

Abstract: A smart device is provided with an application program for displaying a video feed received from the smart device”s camera. The application can determine the coordinates for an intersection point, which is a point on the ground where the smart device is pointing at. The application can display a target on the visual representation of the intersection point. Based on whether the smart device is at an appropriate distance from the intersection point, the user interface can superimpose an indicator on the video feed received from the camera. This can inform the user whether the smart device is at an optimal scan distance from the intersection point (or an object) so that the object can be identified by a machine learning model.

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

Efficient SIMD implementation of 3X3 non maxima suppression of sparse 2D image feature points Patent No. 10521688 

Inventor(s): Deepak Kumar Poddar (Karnataka, , IN), Pramod Kumar Swami (Karnataka, , IN), Prashanth Viswanath (Bangalore, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15989551 on 05/25/2018 (585 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention transforms a list of feature points in raster scan order into a list of maxima suppressed feature points. A working buffer has two more entries than the width of the original image. Each entry is assigned to an x coordinate of the original image. Each entry stores a combined y coordinate and reliability score for each feature point in the original list. This process involves a forward scan and a backward scan. For each original feature point its x coordinate defines the location within the working buffer where neighbor feature points would be stored if they exist. The working buffer initial data and the y coordinates assure a non-suppress comparison result if the potential neighbors are not actual neighbors. For actual neighbor data, the y coordinates match and the comparison result depends solely upon the relative reliability scores.

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

Inventor(s): Garry Wayne Kyle, Jr. (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): Vendor Credentialing Service LLC (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Park, Vaughan, Fleming Dowler LLP (4 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14823915 on 08/11/2015 (1603 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems for sales tracking using mobile devices are described. In an embodiment, a method may include an employee interface device registering a sign-in entry in an internet-based tracking database in response to an application of the employee interface device determining that a location module of the employee interface device is within a pre-defined range of one of multiple pre-defined locations of interest, and that the location module has remained within the pre-defined range of one of the multiple pre-defined locations of interest for a pre-defined time period. In an embodiment, the employee interface device may register a sign-out time of the sign-in entry in the internet-based tracking database in response to the application of the employee interface device determining that the location module has moved outside the pre-defined range, and that the location module has remained outside the pre-defined range for the pre-defined time period.

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

Inventor(s): Hudson R. Jameson (Aubrey, TX) Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX) Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15380122 on 12/15/2016 (1111 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are described for managing a transaction, such as a purchase of a vehicle or other product, using one or more blockchains. The completion of a transaction may be facilitated by providing an information portal, such as one or more application user interfaces, to enable the buyer, seller, or other parties to readily access blockchain-stored information that is relevant to the transaction. In some examples, where the product to be purchased is a vehicle (e.g., car, truck, motorcycle, boat, etc.), the blockchain-stored information may include information regarding the loan, title, insurance, driver”s license or other identification verification, vehicle ownership history, inspection history, repair history, lien information, and so forth. The portal also enables a point of contact to be maintained between the buyer and a lender during the process of purchasing the product.

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

Inventor(s): Neale Dutton (Edinburgh, , GB), Xiaoyong Yang (San Jose, CA) Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX) Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15476100 on 03/31/2017 (1005 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes time of flight single-photon avalanche diode (ToF SPAD) circuitry. The ToF SPAD circuitry generates indications of distance between the apparatus and an object within a field of view. A processor receives the indications of distance and controls at least one image sensor, such as a camera, to capture at least one image based on at least one indication of distance. The processor determines whether an image is a true representation of an expected object by comparing multiple indications of distance associated with the object to an expected object distance profile and comparing the image to at least one expected object image.

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

Inventor(s): Dallas Nash (Frisco, TX), Michael Menefee (Richardson, TX), Trevor Chandler (Thornton, CO) Assignee(s): Avodah Labs, Inc. (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16270532 on 02/07/2019 (327 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are methods, apparatus and systems for real-time gesture recognition. One exemplary method for the real-time identification of a gesture communicated by a subject includes receiving, by a first thread of the one or more multi-threaded processors, a first set of image frames associated with the gesture, the first set of image frames captured during a first time interval, performing, by the first thread, pose estimation on each frame of the first set of image frames including eliminating background information from each frame to obtain one or more areas of interest, storing information representative of the one or more areas of interest in a shared memory accessible to the one or more multi-threaded processors, and performing, by a second thread of the one or more multi-threaded processors, a gesture recognition operation on a second set of image frames associated with the gesture.

Inventor(s): Daniel Jun-Hyun Kim (Roanoke, TX), Joseph Thomas Mader (Southlake, TX), Neal Jonathon Lowell (Roanoke, TX) Assignee(s): Solera Holdings, Inc. (Westlake, TX) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.LP. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15927818 on 03/21/2018 (650 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a vehicle mirror includes a heads-up display (HUD) projector, an on-board diagnostics (OBD) transceiver, and one or more processors. The processors access OBD data received by the OBD transceiver from an OBD port of a vehicle. The processors further determine an identification of the vehicle from the accessed OBD data and determine one or more calibration parameters for the HUD projector based on the determined identification of the vehicle. The one or more calibration parameters are operable to position a displayed image from the HUD projector onto a HUD reflector within a line-of-sight of a driver of the vehicle. The processors further send one or more instructions based on the one or more calibration parameters to the HUD projector.

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

Inventor(s): Clem Kwok (Fort Worth, TX), Nathan Mark Dooly (Grapevine, TX), Patrick Reeves (Argyle, TX) Assignee(s): Win-D-Fender, LLC (Bartonville, TX) Law Firm: Yee Associates, P.C. (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16238634 on 01/03/2019 (362 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention provides a detachable wind guard for a flute-type instrument comprising an elongate, arcuate cover configured to wrap over a flute barrel. The cover has a center section with a radius larger than the radius of the flute barrel and includes a tapered, recessed facing edge configured to leave an embouchure hole uncovered. A domed apex of the center section is sized to accommodate a microphone, and a microphone clip is coupled inside the domed apex. End sections taper to a radius sized to conform to the flute barrel. An elongate, arcuate holder positioned opposite the cover has a radius sized to conform to the flute barrel. A connector pin passes through knuckles on both the cover and holder to form a hinge that allows the wind guard to open in a clamshell manner. Torsion springs around the connector pin bias the holder in a closed position.

[G10D] STRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; WIND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACCORDIONS OR CONCERTINAS; PERCUSSION MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (non-musical aspects of musical toy instruments A63H 5/00; organs, harmoniums or like musical instruments with associated blowing apparatus G10B; pianos, harpsichords, spinets or similar stringed musical instruments with one or more keyboards G10C; automatic musical instruments G10F; electrophonic musical instruments G10H; instruments in which the tones are generated by electromechanical means or electronic generators, or in which the tones are synthesised from a data store G10H)

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16003780 on 06/08/2018 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: A two pin communication interface bus and control circuits are used with circuit boards, integrated circuits, or embedded cores within integrated circuits. One pin carries data bi-directionally and address and instruction information from a controller to a selected port. The other pin carries a clock signal from the controller to a target port or ports in or on the desired circuit or circuits. The bus may be used for serial access to circuits where the availability of pins on ICs or terminals on cores is minimal. The bus is used for communication, such as serial communication related to the functional operation of an IC or core design, or serial communication related to test, emulation, debug, and/or trace operations of an IC or core design.

[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)

Memory device with vpass step to reduce hot carrier injection type of program disturb Patent No. 10522232 

Inventor(s): Hong-Yan Chen (San Jose, CA), Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA) Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15983365 on 05/18/2018 (592 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and techniques are described for reducing an injection type of program disturb in a memory device. A voltage on a selected word line is increased in a first step from an initial level such as 0 V to an intermediate, pass level such as Vpass, and in a second step from Vpass to a peak program level of Vpgm. A voltage on an adjacent unselected word line can be increased from the initial level to Vpass and then temporarily increased to an elevated level of Vpass_el during the second step increase on the selected word line. This helps reduce the magnitude of a channel gradient between the selected word line and the adjacent word line. The increase to Vpass_el may be implemented for program loops in the later part of a program operation, when Vpgm and the risk of program disturb is relatively high.

[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)

System and method for using a mobile device as an input device for surveys at a live event Patent No. 10524309 

Inventor(s): Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): TESLA LABORATORIES, LLC (Jackson, WY) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16242258 on 01/08/2019 (357 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided for interacting with audience members in an event, each of the potential attendees having available thereto a unique identifier. The method comprises creating, for an attendee, a unique ID (UID) on a mobile wireless device (MWD) by the steps of inputting to the MWD one of the unique identifiers, combining the obtained unique identifier with a UID time stamp at the time of creation of the UID; receiving with a server on a first wireless channel communications from the MWD; registering the UID at the physical location of the event; generating a visual query; displaying on the MWD response indicators; receiving at the server from the registered attendee a response, to the query over the first wireless channel; and storing in a database on the server the received response in association with the displayed query.

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

System and method of data reduction for cellular M2M transmissions from energy management systems Patent No. 10520969 

Inventor(s): Iftekhar Hasan (Richardson, TX), Kevin Nelson (Stratford, CT), Richard K. Baugh (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Entouch Controls, Inc. (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Frost Brown Todd LLC (Local + 4 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15958775 on 04/20/2018 (620 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for reducing the data transmitted from an energy management system is described. The system and method include a critical event evaluator receiving data from a plurality of data sources, where the critical event evaluator monitors the data for critical events requiring immediate transmission to a monitoring center. A schedule comb and a delta comb receive the data from the plurality of data sources, the schedule comb operable to reduce the data according to data schedule rules stored in a data definition database and the delta comb reduce the data by eliminating data values that have not changed since a previous transmission. The schedule comb and delta comb produce a reduced data set. A queue stores the reduced data set, which is transmitted when the queue reaches a trigger size or a critical event is found.

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

Inventor(s): Krishna M. Dasari (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): ACCENTURE GLOBAL SOLUTIONS LIMITED (Dublin, , IE) Law Firm: Mannava Kang, P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15788470 on 10/19/2017 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: An access management robot facilitation system facilitates a robot to execute access management tasks on a target system.

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

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15615967 on 06/07/2017 (937 days app to issue)

Abstract: The example embodiments are directed to an application and a system capable of identifying levels of secure data within electronic message content. In one example, the method includes at least one of: receiving an electronic message from a user device, the electronic message including message content and at least one recipient, determining that the message content includes a plurality of different levels of secure content corresponding to a plurality of different authentication levels, shielding each portion of the secure content, and providing an indicator indicating a level of authentication associated with each respective shielded portion of secure content from among the plurality of different levels of authentication, and transmitting the electronic message to the at least one recipient including the shielded secure content and the indications of the plurality of different levels of authentication.

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

High definition camera and image recognition system for criminal identification Patent No. 10521651 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Aubrey, TX) Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA) Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15787130 on 10/18/2017 (804 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for high definition (HD) image recognition of criminals is disclosed. The system includes a plurality of cameras, an image recognition server, investigator user devices, a computing device, a database, and a network. At least one processor of the image recognition server is configured to receive a plurality of photographs of a first individual, perform image processing of the plurality of photographs to extract a first set of physical features, store feature data regarding the first set of physical features in the database, receive suspect data regarding a suspected individual from a first investigator user device, match the suspect data with the feature data stored in the database, and transmit an alert to the computing device in the prison, wherein the alert activates a mobile application on each investigator user device to display match data identifying the suspected individual as the first individual based on the feature data.

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Beardsley (Plano, TX), David U. Fluckiger (Allen, TX), Matthew John Francis Hayes (Prosper, TX) Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA) Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16046833 on 07/26/2018 (523 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and method for image turbulence correction includes: receiving a plurality of consecutive image frames; demosaicing previous, current and preceding image frames into a plurality of same size overlapping video tiles; determining a displacement of each of the video tiles; converting the video tiles of the current image frame, the previous image frame, and the plurality of preceding image frames into a frequency domain; iteratively processing the video tiles of the previous image frame, the current image frame and the plurality of preceding image frames for turbulence correction in the frequency domain; converting the turbulence corrected video tiles into a spatial domain, wherein the converted turbulence corrected video tiles form a single video frame tile including turbulence degradation correction; and mosaicing the single video frame tiles including turbulence degradation correction together to generate a full field of view turbulence correct video stream.

Systems of bonded substrates and methods for bonding substrates with bonding layers Patent No. 10522498 

Inventor(s): Masao Noguchi (Ann Arbor, MI), Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI) Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15598776 on 05/18/2017 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system of bonded substrates may include a first substrate, a second substrate, and a bonding layer. The first substrate may include a bonding surface, wherein a geometry of the bonding surface of the first substrate includes a plurality of microchannels. The second substrate may include a complementary bonding surface. The bonding layer may be positioned between the first substrate and the second substrate, wherein the bonding layer may fill the microchannels of the first substrate and may contact substantially the entire bonding surface of the first substrate. The bonding layer may include a metal.

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

Inventor(s): Wallace D. Chalmers, Jr. (Mesquite, TX) Assignee(s): WCSystems Corporation (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15659588 on 07/25/2017 (889 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments described herein are directed to a photo sensor and a method of operating a photo sensor. In an embodiment, a photo sensor comprises a photo diode, a filter circuit, and an output circuit. The filter circuit has an input node configured to be electrically coupled to an output node of the photo diode, and has an output node. The filter circuit has an adjustable gain, and the adjustable gain is adjustable based on a signal output from the filter circuit. The output circuit has an input node configured to be electrically coupled to the output node of the filter circuit.

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

Inventor(s): Alexei Sadovnikov (Sunnyvale, CA), Doug Weiser (Plano, TX), Joel Martin Halbert (Tucson, AZ), Mattias Erik Dahlstrom (Los Altos, CA) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15999542 on 08/20/2018 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming an electronic device includes forming first, second and third doped regions at a surface of a semiconductor substrate. A first buried layer is located within the semiconductor substrate below the first, second and third doped regions. Fourth and fifth doped regions are laterally spaced apart along the substrate and extend from the surface of the substrate to the first buried layer, the first, second and third doped regions being located between the fourth and fifth doped regions. A second buried layer is formed within the substrate and between the fourth and fifth doped regions such that a first portion of the semiconductor substrate is located between the first buried layer and the second buried layer, and a second portion of the semiconductor substrate is located between the first, second and third doped regions and the second buried layer.

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

Inventor(s): Yangjing Wen (Cupertino, CA), Yusheng Bai (Los Altos Hills, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15852693 on 12/22/2017 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: Narrow linewidth multi-wavelength (MW) light sources and related methods are disclosed. Such a light source includes gain chips coupled to a wavelength combiner and reflection chip that includes phase control sections (PCSs), a wavelength division multiplexer (WDM), and a micro-ring resonator (MRR) based reflector. The WDM combines light beams received from the gain chips, via the PCSs, into a combined light beam. The MRR based reflector receives the combined light beam and generates both a reflection MW light beam and a transmission MW light beam. The WDM receives the reflection MW light beam, separates it into different wavelengths, and provides each different wavelength of light via a respective one of the PCSs to a respective one of the gain chips to self seed an internal laser cavity thereof. The transmission MW light beam is, or is used to produce, the narrow linewidth MW light produced by the light source.

Inventor(s): Jason Parkerson (Mansfield, TX) Assignee(s): SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC. (Alpharetta, GA) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16118095 on 08/30/2018 (488 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bus bar assembly includes a first rail assembly including a first end and an adjacent first main body and a second rail assembly including a second end and an adjacent second main body. A splice splices the first end to the second end. The splice includes an outer plate wherein a portion of the outer plate is adjacent the first main body and a portion of the outer plate adjacent the second main body. The splice includes one or more inner plates, each having two or more extension tabs, wherein a first extension tab is adjacent the first rail assembly and a second extension tab is adjacent the second rail assembly. Power distribution system and methods of splicing are also disclosed.

[H02B] BOARDS, SUBSTATIONS, OR SWITCHING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SUPPLY OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER (basic electric elements, their assembly, including the mounting in enclosures or on bases, or the mounting of covers thereon, see the subclasses for such elements, e.g. transformers H01F, switches, fuses H01H, line connectors H01R; installation of electric cables or lines, or of combined optical and electric cables or lines, or other conductors for supply or distribution H02G)

Inventor(s): Ercan Mehmet Dede (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: 15448106 on 03/02/2017 (1034 days app to issue)

Abstract: A facility can include a main power source. One or more facility systems can be operatively connected to the main power source. The facility can include a plurality of sensors. The plurality of sensors can be configured to acquire facility data. A plurality of energy harvesters can be operatively connected to the plurality of sensors. The plurality of energy harvesters can be configured to convert energy received in one form into another form of energy. The plurality of energy harvesters can be operatively connected to supply energy to the plurality of sensors. The plurality of sensors can be exclusively powered by energy supplied by the plurality of energy harvesters. Thus, the plurality of sensors are decoupled from the main power source. The facility can be a fixed facility or a mobile facility. The facility can be used for disaster relief or other applications.

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

Inventor(s): Sujan Kundapur Manohar (Dallas, TX), Yogesh K. Ramadass (San Jose, CA) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16205200 on 11/29/2018 (397 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein is a technology for implementing a decoupling circuit ([b]104[/b]) to increase reliability of a DC-DC power converter ([b]100[/b]). To absorb an overshoot transient voltage, the decoupling circuit includes a first capacitor ([b]214[/b]) and a second capacitor ([b]216[/b]) that charge energy during a short burst of upward electrical energy. During an undershoot transient voltage, however, the first capacitor and second capacitor discharge energy to a transistor ([b]108[/b]). In certain embodiment, such as the transistor that requires higher voltage switching, the decoupling circuit is connected in series with another decoupling 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]

Inventor(s): Joerg Kirchner (Mauern, , DE), Ruediger Ganz (Freising, , DE), Stefan Dietrich (Freising, , DE) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16126705 on 09/10/2018 (477 days app to issue)

Abstract: A timer for creating a stable on time. The timer may have a reference voltage source, and an input voltage source. The voltage sources providing voltage that can be applied to a various circuit components such as capacitors, inductors, resistors, diodes, transistors, or other components. The reference voltage source may also be modified by a set of transistors coupled as a diode before being seen by an input of a timer comparator. The reference and input voltage source signals, which may be modified by circuit components, are compared by the timer comparator and then output as a timer control signal. The timer control signal may control a voltage converter, or the switches of a voltage converter.

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

Inventor(s): Kristen N. Mogensen (Freising, , DE) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16009534 on 06/15/2018 (564 days app to issue)

Abstract: One example is a system for controlling a motor during startup. The system includes measurement logic, pattern detection logic, and mode logic. The measurement logic monitors a back-electromotive force (BEMF) signal representing a BEMF of an electric motor and the pattern detection logic monitors this signal to detect instances of the monitored BEMF signal exhibiting a predetermined pattern. The mode logic enables control of the electric motor according to a plurality of modes of control. In some examples, the mode logic initially employs a first mode of control and switches from the first mode of control to a second mode of control in response to the pattern detection logic detecting that a BEMF signal exhibits the predetermined pattern over a plurality of commutation states.

[H02P] CONTROL OR REGULATION OF ELECTRIC MOTORS, ELECTRIC GENERATORS OR DYNAMO-ELECTRIC CONVERTERS; CONTROLLING TRANSFORMERS, REACTORS OR CHOKE COILS [4]

Inventor(s): Venkatesh Viswanathan (Coppell, TX) Assignee(s): AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Seattle, WA) Law Firm: KL Gates LLP (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 16122348 on 09/05/2018 (482 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and techniques are generally described for audio signal processing for motion detection. In some examples, a first energy level of a first audio signal detected by a first microphone is determined over a first period of time. In some further examples, a first change in the first energy level from a first energy level value to a second energy level value is determined during the first period of time. In some other examples, a determination is made that the first change in the first energy level exceeds a threshold change value associated with the first period of time. In at least some other examples, a bias of an audio amplifier of the first device is adjusted.

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

Inventor(s): Baher Haroun (Allen, TX), Bradley Allen Kramer (Plano, TX), Swaminathan Sankaran (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15466961 on 03/23/2017 (1013 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include digital isolator modules, isolation circuitry and low-loss multi-order bandpass filter circuits, including a capacitive coupled galvanic isolation circuit with first and second coupling capacitors individually including a first plate and a second plate, and a bond wire connecting the first plates of the coupling capacitors, a first circuit with a first inductor coupled to form a first resonant tank circuit with a first parasitic capacitor associated with the second plate of the first coupling capacitor, and a second circuit with a second inductor coupled to form a second resonant tank circuit with a second parasitic capacitor associated with the second plate of the second coupling capacitor.

[H01P] WAVEGUIDES; RESONATORS, LINES OR OTHER DEVICES OF THE WAVEGUIDE TYPE (operating at optical frequencies G02B)

Inventor(s): Ali Kiaei (San Jose, CA), Baher Haroun (Allen, TX), Bichoy Bahr (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15690144 on 08/29/2017 (854 days app to issue)

Abstract: For producing a low-power, low-phase noise oscillating signal using a self-injection locking oscillator, examples include: producing, using an oscillator, a signal having a base frequency component, an Mth harmonic component and a Pth harmonic component, in which M and P are selected integers and MP1; filtering the signal through one or more bandpass filters including at least two resonators, the filters having Q factor 5, the filters configured to pass the Mth and Pth harmonic components; multiplying the filtered Mth and Pth harmonic components together to produce a multiplied signal, and filtering the multiplied signal using a low pass filter to pass a difference between the filtered Mth and Pth harmonic components, the difference including a filtered beat frequency waveform; and injecting the filtered beat frequency waveform into the oscillator to injection lock the signal to the filtered beat frequency waveform.

[H03L] AUTOMATIC CONTROL, STARTING, SYNCHRONISATION, OR STABILISATION OF GENERATORS OF ELECTRONIC OSCILLATIONS OR PULSES (of dynamo-electric generators H02P) [3]

Inventor(s): Sai Aditya KrishnaSwamy Nurani (Hyderabad, , IN), Shagun Dusad (Bengaluru, , IN), Visvesvaraya Appala Pentakota (Bengaluru, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16233642 on 12/27/2018 (369 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pipelined analog-to-digital converter (ADC) circuit includes a first ADC stage and a residue stage coupled to the first ADC stage. The residue stage includes a dynamic integrator configured to provide transconductance, wherein the dynamic integrator includes a boost circuit configured to boost an output impedance of the transconductance.

[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]

Methods and apparatus to determine and apply polarity-based error correction code Patent No. 10523240 

Inventor(s): Manish Goel (Plano, TX), Yuming Zhu (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15480062 on 04/05/2017 (1000 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to determine and apply polarity-based error correction code are disclosed. In some examples, the methods and apparatus create an array by setting a first set of bit locations of a code word to have a first value and setting a second set of bit locations of the code word to have a second value different from the first value. In some examples, when the array satisfies a parity check, the methods and apparatus determine that bit locations having the first value from the array form a polarity-based error correction code.

[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]

Base station antennas having transmitters and receivers therein that support time division duplexing (TDD) with enhanced bias control for high speed switching Patent No. 10523260 

Inventor(s): Breck W. Lovinggood (Wylie, TX) Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC) Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16210023 on 12/05/2018 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: Base station antennas utilize RF transmitters and receivers, which operate with enhanced bias control to achieve very high speed switching during TDD operation. A radio frequency communication circuit for TDD includes a transmit/receive amplifier (e.g., MMIC) having first and second input terminals, which are responsive to a bias control voltage and radio frequency input signal. A bias control circuit is provided, which is electrically coupled to the first input terminal and a current receiving terminal of the transmit/receive amplifier. The bias control circuit includes a closed-loop feedback path between the current receiving terminal and the first input terminal, which is configured to regulate a magnitude of the bias control voltage with high precision to thereby achieve a substantially constant quiescent bias current at the current receiving terminal when the transmit/receive amplifier is enabled.

Inventor(s): Hang Jin (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16008737 on 06/14/2018 (565 days app to issue)

Abstract: Full Duplex (FDX) enhanced node deployment may be provided. First, a first device level may be provided comprising a first plurality of FDX enhanced nodes. The first plurality of FDX enhanced nodes may comprise a first FDX enhanced node and a second FDX enhanced node. The first plurality of FDX enhanced nodes may be operated in a first mode. Next, a second device level may be provided comprising a third FDX enhanced node. The second device level may be upstream from the first device level. The third FDX enhanced node may be operated in a second mode. Then an input port of the first FDX enhanced node and an input port of the second FDX enhanced node may be provided with a same type of input that is being provided to an input port of the third FDX enhanced node. The first plurality of FDX enhanced nodes may then be switched from being operated in the first mode to being operated in the second mode.

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

Inventor(s): James Jeng Chen (Corona, CA), Tao Ouyang (Shenzhen, , CN), Yanbin Sun (Shenzhen, , CN) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16022252 on 06/28/2018 (551 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus for calibration for cable modem (CM) echo cancellation (EC) training in full duplex (FDX) coaxial networks is provided. A CM receives a current resource block assignment message (RBA) from a cable modem termination system (CMTS), and determines if designated channels available for assignment as downstream (DS) channels or upstream (US) channels have changed assignment values from a previously received RBA, and if EC training has been performed on the designated channels for the current RBA. If the designated channels have changed assignment values and EC training has not been performed on the designated channels for the current RBA, the CM performs EC training on the designated channels for the current RBA.

Inventor(s): Akihiko Matsuoka (Kanagawa, , JP), Kiyotaka Kobayashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Masayuki Orihashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Yutaka Murakami (Osaka, , JP) Assignee(s): Wi-Fi One, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16293816 on 03/06/2019 (300 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transmission apparatus includes processing circuitry that generates a first data sequence representing first data or a second data sequence representing second data different from the first data and selects the first data sequence as an output data sequence. A modulation scheme is determined from a plurality of modulation schemes, and the output data sequence is modulated with the determined modulation scheme. Transmission circuitry transmits the modulated output data sequence. A first time interval associated with selecting the first data sequence for the output data sequence is longer than a second time interval associated with determining the determined modulation scheme.

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

Inventor(s): Dale Robert Anderson (Colleyville, TX) Assignee(s): WILSON ELECTRONICS, LLC (St. George, UT) Law Firm: Thorpe North Western (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15975550 on 05/09/2018 (601 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technology for a repeater configured to perform variable bandwidth filtering of signals is disclosed. The repeater can include a signal path for a radio frequency (RF) signal. The signal path can include a fixed-bandwidth low pass filter (LPF) operable to perform a variable bandwidth filtering of the RF signal to produce a channelized signal. The variable bandwidth filtering at the LPF can be performed by adjusting a first variable local oscillator (LO). The signal path can include a fixed-bandwidth high pass filter (HPF) operable to perform a variable bandwidth filtering of a channelized signal output from the LPF. The variable bandwidth filtering at the HPF can be performed by adjusting a second variable LO. The first variable LO and the second variable LO can be set to create a variable bandwidth that enables the repeater to perform variable bandwidth filtering of the signals.

Inventor(s): 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: 16213579 on 12/07/2018 (389 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical system for controlling gain modification, including a first non-linear optical element (NLE) through which an input optical signal and a first pump wavelength are transmitted to generate a first optical signal; a second NLE through which the first optical signal is amplified to generate a second optical signal; a third NLE through which the second optical signal is amplified to generate a third optical signal; a first heating element coupled to the second NLE to adjust a temperature of the second NLE to control a first gain profile of the second optical signal; a second heating element coupled to the third NLE to adjust a temperature of the third NLE to control a second gain profile of the third optical signal, wherein the temperatures of the second and the third NLE minimize a gain modulation of the optical system based on the first and the second gain profiles.

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

Methods and apparatus for calibration and array operation in advanced MIMO system Patent No. 10523345 

Inventor(s): Gary Xu (Allen, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Jin Yuan (Richardson, TX), Robert Monroe (Melissa, TX), Sridhar Rajagopal (Plano, TX), Yang Li (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15891244 on 02/07/2018 (692 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and Apparatuses for a transceiver calibration and antenna array operation in a multi-input multi-output (MIMO) system. One of the methods for operation of one or more of the apparatuses comprises sending a calibration signal and a pre-designed training sequence, via a coupling network, receiving a calibration signal and a pre-designed training sequence that is sent by the transceiver array in a time slotted pattern via a coupling network, generating an Rx calibration measurement (R[subscript]1[/subscript]) based on one or more uplink signals received via antenna array and the coupling network, generating a Tx calibration measurement (T[subscript]1[/subscript]) based on receipt of the calibration signal from each of antennas via the coupling network; and performing a joint Tx/Rx (TRx) calibration based on HR, R[subscript]1[/subscript], and T[subscript]1[/subscript], where H is a channel response in air interface, R is a channel response of receivers in transceiver array.

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Hongbo Si (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15902876 on 02/22/2018 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system is provided. The method comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), at least one physical broadcasting channel (PBCH) symbol containing resource elements (REs) mapped for at least one demodulation reference signal (DMRS) sequence over a downlink channel; and determining DMRS REs included in the at least one PBCH symbol, wherein a synchronization signal (SS) block hypotheses is carried in the at least one DMRS sequence that is mapped into the DMRS REs, and wherein the SS block hypotheses includes at least full or partial SS block indices.

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

Channel coding framework for 802.11AY and larger block-length LDPC codes for 11AY with 2-step lifting matrices and in-place property Patent No. 10523364 

Inventor(s): Eran Pisek (Plano, TX), Rakesh Taori (McKinney, TX), Shadi Abu-Surra (Plano, TX), Thomas Henige (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15294612 on 10/14/2016 (1173 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for coding a codeword. An apparatus for decoding the codeword includes a memory configured to receive the codeword encoded based on a low-density parity check (LDPC) code H-matrix and a two-step lifting matrix and processing circuitry configured to decode the received codeword. An apparatus for encoding the codeword includes memory configured to store information bits to be encoded into the codeword and processing circuitry configured to encode the codeword based on based on a LDPC code H-matrix and a two-step lifting matrix. A code length of the LDPC code H-matrix lifted by the two-step lifting matrix is an integer multiple of 672 bits. The LDPC code block H-matrix may be an IEEE 802.11ad standard LDPC coding matrix. The two-step lifting matrix can be one of a plurality of two-step lifting matrices to generate a family of LDPC codes.

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

Inventor(s): Chen-Xiong Zhang (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD. (Shenzhen, , CN) Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16392915 on 04/24/2019 (251 days app to issue)

Abstract: An information processing method, includes calculating, using a first station, an estimated ratio of a quantity of pulses affected by a photon-number splitting (PNS) attack including a multi-photon in the pulses to a total quantity of the pulses, performing, using the first station, error correction processing on key information based on the estimated ratio to obtain a shared key of the first station and a second station when the estimated ratio is less than a preset threshold. Hence, a degree to which the photon is affected by the PNS attack can be estimated in order to perform error correction on the key information, thereby improving security of a key distribution.

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

Inventor(s): Wenzhe Zhou (Cupertino, CA), Yan Chen (Dublin, CA), Yunsong Lu (Mountain View, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15089870 on 04/04/2016 (1366 days app to issue)

Abstract: A virtual switch for packet switching includes an ingress traffic steering manager executing on circuitry and coupled to receive packets from multiple virtual machines or containers, multiple data plane providers, each data plane provider having a data path coupled to selectively receive the packets from the ingress traffic steering manager, and wherein the ingress traffic steering manager classifies the received packets and selects available data paths based on the classification of the packets and a set of distribution rules.

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

Inventor(s): Mark Allan Cooke (Frisco, TX), Robert Gex Barfield, Jr. (Plano, TX), William Elmore (Carrollton, TX) Assignee(s): Match Group, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14283601 on 05/21/2014 (2050 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for user communication in an online community and/or website are provided. User profile data may be accessed to from a memory. An analysis system compares the user profile data for the user with a time-dependent goal to determine a result. The time-dependent goal may be determined based on an analysis of a set of (successful) users. A user interface system generates a representation of the result for prompting the user to initiate a communication to a different user based on the time-dependent goal. The representation may comprise a metered representation indicating an amount of progress, by the user, toward the time-dependent goal.

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

System and method for applications to share single sign on through lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) integration Patent No. 10523655 

Inventor(s): Doug Shock (Allen, TX), Minbao Li (Lewisville, TX), Wei Liu (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15491655 on 04/19/2017 (986 days app to issue)

Abstract: The techniques described herein may be used to provide a user with access to distinct applications (with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) authentication) based on a single set of user credentials from the user. A server may receive user credentials from a user device. The server may authenticate the user of the user device by communicating with an LDAP server. After the user has been authenticated, the server may detect a request from the user device to access a first application with LDAP authentication. The server may create temporary credentials for the user, provide the temporary credentials to the application, receive an authentication request (that includes the temporary credentials) from the application, and authenticate the user based on a local copy of the temporary credentials. If/when the user requests access to a second application, the server may authenticate the user for the second application in a similar manner.

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

Inventor(s): Ed Martell (Arlington, TX), Hanz Da Silva (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Quest Automated Services, LLC (Tulsa, OK) Law Firm: Hall Estill Attorneys at Law (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16154419 on 10/08/2018 (449 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automation system controller may have a host connected to a first device via a network with the first device consisting of a processor. The processor can be configured to identify a newly connected second device to the host and import factory information from the second device in order to generate a unique address for the second device in response to the factory information.

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

Three dimensional rendering for surround view using predetermined viewpoint lookup tables Patent No. 10523865 

Inventor(s): Brijesh Rameshbhai Jadav (Bangalore, , IN), Hemant Hariyani (Plano, TX), Mayank Mangla (Allen, TX), Shashank Dabral (Allen, TX), Sujith Shivalingappa (Bangalore, , IN), Vikram VijayanBabu Appia (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15298214 on 10/19/2016 (1168 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for displaying a surround view on a single display screen is disclosed. A plurality of image frames for a particular time may be received from a corresponding plurality of cameras. A viewpoint warp map corresponding to a predetermined first virtual viewpoint may be selected, wherein the viewpoint warp map defines a source pixel location in the plurality of image frames for each output pixel location in the display screen. The warp map was predetermined offline and stored for later use. An output image is synthesized for the display screen by selecting pixel data for each pixel of the output image from the plurality of image frames in accordance with the viewpoint warp map. The synthesized image is then displayed on a display screen.

Inventor(s): Mario Ward (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX) Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15950966 on 04/11/2018 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for blocking, adding, and/or modifying video content in a video conference session are disclosed. A video conferencing session is established between a first device and a second device. Video conferencing session data that is received from the first device comprises only audio information. Video conferencing session data that is received from the second device comprises both audio and video information. Video content is added to the video conferencing session data from the first device before sending the video conferencing session data to the second device. The added video content is not captured from the first device.

Inventor(s): Alexander R. Lippert (Dallas, TX), Shreya Patel (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15287906 on 10/07/2016 (1180 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a system, apparatus and method for generating a three-dimensional image, the system comprising: a medium comprising a optical molecular switch molecule, wherein the optical molecular switch molecule has a non-fluorescent state and a fluorescent state, wherein at one wavelength of optical excitation the molecule has a first state, and at a second state the molecule fluoresces a second wavelength of excitation; and at least a first light source and a second light source into the medium, wherein light emitted by the at least first and second light sources are directed to contact the optical molecular switch molecule, e.g., scanning, weaving, diagonally or other pattern; wherein the optical molecular switch molecule is converted into a fluorescent ”on state” by irradiation from the first light source, and the second light causes the optical molecular switch to emit light.

Machine learning based packet service classification methods for experience-centric cellular scheduling Patent No. 10524007 

Inventor(s): Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16221292 on 12/14/2018 (382 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for classifying a traffic packet service of a traffic flow to a client device, a state and/or video resolution of a streaming video player in a client device. The apparatus includes a memory, and a communication interface configured to obtain TCP/IP or UDP/IP headers of packets to a client device, at least one processor operably connected to the memory, the at least one processor configured to detect a start of a traffic flow, and buffer a first number of packets for the traffic flow, extract features from UDP/IP or TCP/IP headers of a second number of packets belonging to the detected traffic flow, and obtain a flow service classifier for classifying a service type of the traffic flow, and classify the service type of the traffic flow by applying the extracted features to the flow service classifier.

Delivering video emergency services using rich communication service (RCS) protocols Patent No. 10524106 

Inventor(s): Alexander Noland (North Richland Hills, TX), Jennifer Skertich (Carrollton, TX), John Wange (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX) Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15798006 on 10/30/2017 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for delivering video emergency services using Rich Communication Service (RCS) protocols are disclosed. In some embodiments, a method may include: receiving, at a 9-1-1 dispatch system, a 9-1-1 text message sent via a computing device using an RCS protocol, and initiating a 9-1-1 video communication with the computing device following the RCS protocol.

Inventor(s): Hermon Pon (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): IRIDIUM SATELLITE LLC (McLean, VA) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15698011 on 09/07/2017 (845 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one implementation, congestion in a satellite communications network is managed based on current resource usage information received for a primary satellite servicing a terminal that is requesting to initiate a communications session. The current resource usage information is received within a communications session setup procedure that identifies a type of the communications session being requested by the terminal. Resources for serving the communications session are determined based on the type of the communications session being requested by the terminal. Thereafter, a determination is made as to whether sufficient resources are available at the primary satellite for servicing the communications session. In response to determining that sufficient resources are not available at the primary satellite for servicing the communications session, a congestion mitigation strategy is determined for servicing the communications session and sent to the primary satellite for implementation.

Inventor(s): Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16404249 on 05/06/2019 (239 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable medium provide for detecting, by a radio access network (RAN) device, a change in local radio conditions corresponding to an availability of a radio acceleration technology with respect to a subscriber data session; transmitting, based on the detected change, a signaling message including radio condition notification (RCN) data to a core network device; receiving instructions to apply a service rule to the subscriber data session, wherein the service rule corresponds to the RCN data; and applying the service rule to the subscriber data session.

Inventor(s): Yannis Tsividis (New York, NY) Assignee(s): THETA IP, LLC (Coppell, TX) Law Firm: Nixon Peabody LLP (8 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15824841 on 11/28/2017 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and circuits for reducing power dissipation in wireless transceivers and other electronic circuits and systems. Embodiments of the present invention use bias current reduction, impedance scaling, and gain changes either separately or in combination to reduce power dissipation. For example, bias currents are reduced in response to a need for reduced signal handling capability, impedances are scaled thus reducing required drive and other bias currents in response to a strong received signal, or gain is increased and impedances are scaled in response to a low received signal in the presence of no or weak interfering signals.

Inventor(s): Nathan Edward Tenny (Poway, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15653119 on 07/18/2017 (896 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and a system for positioning of remote user equipment (UE) are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method for locating a remote UE linked to a relay UE is disclosed, the method includes receiving, by an Evolved-Serving Mobile Location Center (E-SMLC), a Location Service Application Protocol (LCS-AP) location request from a Mobility Management Entity (MME) for the remote UE, performing, by the E-SMLC, a location measurement procedure with the relay UE, calculating, by the E-SMLC, an estimated position of the remote UE based on a location measurement of the relay UE and sending, by the E-SMLC, a LCS-AP location response to the MME.

Control signaling for supporting multiple services in advanced communication systems Patent No. 10524237 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Li Guo (Allen, TX), Sudhir Ramakrishna (Plano, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15449840 on 03/03/2017 (1033 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system. The method comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), a downlink signal including position information for orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) symbols of a short physical uplink control channel (PUCCH), determining, based on the position information, a position of the OFDM symbols of the short PUCCH included in a slot, and transmitting, to the BS, the short PUCCH using the OFDM symbols based on the determined position.

Inventor(s): Alex Ruan (Shenzhen, , CN), FeiFei Shen (Shenzhen, , CN), Makalo Xie (Shenzhen, , CN), Richard Tan (Shenzhen, , CN) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15955511 on 04/17/2018 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: One example includes a light-emitting diode (LED) system. The LED system includes an LED array comprising a plurality of LEDs that are each activated via an LED current provided therethrough to provide illumination. The system also includes an LED controller configured to sequentially activate the plurality of LEDs via at least one LED driver system configured to selectively provide the LED current through each sequential one of the plurality of LEDs in an activated state in response to an activation signal. The at least one LED driver system includes a voltage clamp configured to maintain a substantial constant amplitude difference of a driver voltage associated with the LED current from the activated state to a deactivated state.

Inventor(s): Jane Dunne Cooke (Dallas, TX), Mary Caroline Nix (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): THE BIG O, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 29697824 on 07/11/2019 (173 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Hendra Wijaya (Arlington, TX), Marcus Pestl (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Forever Gifts, Inc. (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29697056 on 07/03/2019 (181 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Andrew Nelson (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): ABB Schweiz AG (Baden, , CH) Law Firm: Taft Stettinius Hollister LLP (5 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29653976 on 06/20/2018 (559 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Mark Niiro (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Roka Sports, Inc (Austin, TX) Law Firm: Clearpat Services, LLC (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 29643339 on 04/06/2018 (634 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Viren R. Balar (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Tabletop Media LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29592457 on 01/30/2017 (1065 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Steve Blake (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Orthofix Inc. (Lewisville, TX) Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 29639289 on 03/05/2018 (666 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Jimmy Prieto (Grand Prairie, TX) Assignee(s): Alliance Sports Group, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX) Law Firm: Thorpe North Western LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29657795 on 07/25/2018 (524 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Jack Renforth (Azle, TX), Nicholas Baker (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): ANIMAL EXPERT, LLC (Agoura Hills, CA) Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29597753 on 03/20/2017 (1016 days app to issue)

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