Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 10 for patent activity out of 250 metros. Patents granted include: •  AiBUY's interactive product placement system •  Allied Bioscience's composition to form a self decontaminating surface •  Capital One Services' method for an ATM to issue a secured bank card •  Flex-a-Rock Holdings' latex-based formulations for coating and sculpting •  rewardStyle's methods for screenshot linking •  Tella Firma's expendable fluid drive actuators for foundation lifting •  Tesla's solar photovoltaic power conditioning units •  TRV Dispense's soft food and beverage dispenser •  Wells Fargo Banks' methods for processing nuances in natural language •  teleCalm's telephone system for impaired individuals

A new patent granted to Dallas-based teleCalm supports the expansion of its service to the hardware side, allowing for the incorporation of IoT devices and data to the company’s safe phone service for seniors living with Alzheimer’s & dementia. It’s the second patent for the company. [Image: Courtesy teleCalm]

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

Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas) 23 Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America (Plano) 9 Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 8 Allied Bioscience Inc. (Dallas) 2 Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 2

Andrew Silver (Frisco) 2 Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison) 2 Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton) 2 Patricia A. Landgren (Plano) 2



SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 172 daysHigh density and bandwidth fiber optic apparatuses and related equipment and methods Patent No.: 10422971-B2Assignee: Corning Optical Communications LLC (Hickory, NC)Inventors: Harley Joseph Staber (Coppell), Kevin Lee Strause (Keller)

3,347 daysSystem and method for providing advertising content via mobile device docking station Patent No.: 10423967-B2Assignee: OOHDOO Inc. (Grapevine) Inventors: Darren W. Collins (Grapevine), Randy Engel (Grapevine)

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Inventor(s): Josiah Wilhelm (Columbia Station, OH) Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15792859 on 10/25/2017 (699 days app to issue)

Abstract: A magnetic tower pet toy includes a base, a pole member, and an arm. The base has a bottom portion and an extension extending from the bottom portion, the extension including a base magnet disposed therein. The pole member extends from the extension. The arm member includes an opening configured to receive the pole member and a first magnet. The first magnet is configured to be repelled by the base magnet such that the arm member is disposed spaced away from the extension and capable of rotating about the pole member.

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

Inventor(s): Edgar Paffrath (Cedarburg, WI), Erwin Vulpitta (Frisco, TX), Mark Briski (Mequon, WI), Scott Northuis (Otsego, MN), Tracy Vulpitta (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): TRV Dispense, LLC (Frisco, TX) Law Firm: Harper Bates Champion LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 16002192 on 06/07/2018 (474 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dispenser machine for storing and dispensing viscous foods and beverages and provides for the efficient and safe dispensation of a viscous food or beverage product that is contained in a flexible product container and which does not come into direct contact with the dispenser equipment. The dispenser includes an evacuation system which includes a weighted roller or slidable weight in contact with one or more sides of the product container and which operates by force of gravity to pressure and direct the food or beverage product contained in the container toward and out of the bag or container tube spout. A pump unit, which is configurable to provide for the dispensation of both food and beverage products with different viscosities by the addition or removal of one or pump pins, draws product from the container as desired and the pump unit pins operate to pinch and prevent the flow of product from the container tube spout after the pump is shut off. NULL

Inventor(s): Debra Abbaszadeh (Sacramento, CA) Assignee(s): Simple Wishes, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15357596 on 11/21/2016 (1037 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus allowing a woman to pump milk from her breasts without the necessity of the woman”s hands holding the breast pumps utilizes at least one band of material encircling the woman”s chest, the band of material provided with two openings corresponding to the woman”s breasts. A center panel would be provided to adjust the fit of the band. Additionally, in another embodiment, a back panel would be used in conjunction with the center panel to connect left and right panels together, the left and right panels including openings for a woman”s breast. In all of the embodiments, semicircular pieces would cover each of the openings. In yet another embodiment, a removable piece is attached to the front of the apparatus, allowing the woman to wear the apparatus all day, even in public.

Inventor(s): Joy Kosak (Moraga, CA) Assignee(s): Simple Wishes LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16201718 on 11/27/2018 (301 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus are described herein for providing a garment (e.g. a bra) that can be used by a wearer during extraction of breast milk using a breast pump. In some embodiments, a garment can include an inner panel that defines one or more openings and an outer panel that can cover the openings. Each of the openings can receive a portion of a breast pump, and the inner panel can provide support to the breast pump during milk extraction. The outer panel can be removably coupled to the inner panel with a clasp such that the outer panel can be at least partially removed from the inner panel to gain access to the opening(s). In some embodiments, the inner panel can be removably coupled to another portion of the garment such that the inner panel can be partially removed and/or fully removed from the remaining portions of the garment.

Inventor(s): Michael L. Perry (Aledo, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Handley Law Firm, PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15827560 on 11/30/2017 (663 days app to issue)

Abstract: A novel molded foam pool float ([b]10[/b]) and ottoman ([b]12[/b]) are formed of a continuous form of semi-rigid, pliable foam of constant density. The pool float ([b]10[/b]) has an elongate shape which partially circumscribes a user, having an enclosed end ([b]24[/b]) with a headrest ([b]38[/b]), two arms ([b]26, 28[/b]) symmetrically extending from opposite sides of the enclosed end ([b]24[/b]), and an open end ([b]30[/b]) disposed between ends ([b]34, 36[/b]) of the arms ([b]26, 28[/b]). The headrest ([b]38[/b]) extends upward from the enclosed end ([b]24[/b]), above the arms ([b]26, 28[/b]) to provide both a headrest and a chin rest, depending upon the orientation of the pool float ([b]10[/b]) to the user. The upper surfaces ([b]58, 60[/b]) of the arms ([b]26, 28[/b]) are preferably recessed beneath respective sides of the arms ([b]26, 28[/b]) and have a pebbled texture. Void recesses ([b]72, 74, 76[/b]) are provided in the lower side ([b]16[/b]) of the pool float ([b]10[/b]) for trapping air to provide enhanced flotation and reduce the unit costs of the foam for the pool float ([b]10[/b]).

[A47C] CHAIRS (seats specially adapted for vehicles B60N 2/00); SOFAS; BEDS (upholstery in general B68G)

Inventor(s): Richard Devere Thrasher, III (Mckinney, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Goodhue, Coleman Owens, P.C. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15269528 on 09/19/2016 (1100 days app to issue)

Abstract: Handheld forceps having plural pincers for grasping and holding multiple objects, such as Peanut or Cotton Kittner sponges, at the same time are disclosed. The handheld forceps include opposing arms having proximal and distal ends. A hinge connects the opposing arms together between the proximal and distal ends. The opposing arms articulate relative to each other about the hinge. A handle portion at the proximal ends of the opposing arms has an open and closed position for articulating the distal ends open and closed. Distal ends are configured with plural pincers whereby jaws are formed between the plural pincers for grasping and holding multiple objects at the same time.

Inventor(s): Xin Hong (Fort Worth, TX), Xin Wei (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Novartis AG (Basel, , CH) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15498836 on 04/27/2017 (880 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ophthalmic lens includes an optic comprising an anterior surface, a posterior surface, and an optical axis. At least one of the anterior surface and the posterior surface has a surface profile including a base curvature, a refractive region having the base curvature, and a diffractive region comprising a diffractive profile including a plurality of diffractive steps. At least a portion of the diffractive profile constitutes a combination of a base diffractive profile defining multiple foci for the ophthalmic lens and an achromatizing structure that reduces longitudinal chromatic aberrations.

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

Inhibitors of short-chain dehydrogenase activity for modulating hematopoietic stem cells and hematopoiesis Patent No. 10420752 

Inventor(s): Joseph Ready (Carrollton, TX) Assignee(s): CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY (Cleveland, OH) Law Firm: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell Tummino LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15799307 on 10/31/2017 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of modulating hematopoietic stem cells and hematopoiesis includes administering to a subject in need thereof a 15-PGDH inhibitor.

[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): Chuo Chen (Dallas, TX), Lawrence Lum (Dallas, TX), Ozlem Kulak (Dallas, TX), Xiaofeng Wu (Grapevine, TX), Xuewu Zhang (Irving, 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: 15571240 on 05/02/2016 (1240 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides compounds that may be useful for inhibiting the Tankyrase enzyme. In some aspects, these compounds are useful in the treatment of a disease or disorder related to the misregulation of Tankyrase enzyme such as cancer, degenerative diseases, or fibrotic diseases. Also provided herein are compounds may also be used to prevent the elongation of the telomere in a cell.

[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): Jeffrey Urbanski (Frisco, TX), Jodi Townsley Dubuclet (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): PACESETTER, INC. (Sylmar, CA) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15431519 on 02/13/2017 (953 days app to issue)

Abstract: An implantable medical lead may include a lead body, a substrate, and an elastic deflection component. The lead body includes a proximal end configured to couple to an implantable pulse generator, a distal end opposite the proximal end, and an electrical conductor extending through the lead body. The substrate is at the distal end and supports an array of electrodes. The elastic deflection component physically and electrically connects the electrical conductor and an electrode of the array of electrodes. The elastic deflection component is configured to compensate for at least one of tension forces or compression forces transferred from the electrical conductor to the electrode of the array of electrodes.

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

Inventor(s): Shai Policker (Tenafly, NJ), Virender K Sharma (Paradise Valley, AZ) Assignee(s): EndoStim, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Novel IP (8 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16041426 on 07/20/2018 (431 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) includes minimally invasively implanting a stimulating device in a patient”s esophagus in the region proximate the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The patient is provided with a questionnaire related to his disease via an online service. The questionnaire is accessed on a mobile device, such as a cell phone, or on a computer with network access. The data from the sensors and the answers from the questionnaire are analyzed together by a health care provider using the online service. The data and answers are used to program the stimulating device, via the mobile device or computer, to optimize treatment.

[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): Banko I. Hadjiyski (Friendswood, TX) Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16030641 on 07/09/2018 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are provided to deliver interleaved stimulation to nerve tissue of interest. The system and method comprises an array of stimulation electrodes. The array is configured to be implanted proximate to nerve tissue of interest. An implantable medical device (IMD) is coupled to the array. The IMD includes memory storing a composite resultant pulse (CRP) sequence comprising first and second component sequences of first and second resultant pulse trains, respectively. One or more pulses from at least one of the first or second component sequences are temporally shifted relative to a corresponding target component sequence. The IMD further comprises a pulse generating circuit and switching circuit coupled to an output of the pulse generating circuit and the array. The switching circuit is configured to connect the pulse generating circuit to different combinations of the electrodes. The IMD further comprises a processor, configured to execute program instructions stored in the memory, directs the pulse generating circuit to generate the CRP sequence and manages the switching circuit to deliver the pulses of the first and second component sequences, in an interleaved manner, to first and second electrode combinations, respectively.

[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): David Bettner (McKinney, TX), Paul David Bettner (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): Zynga Inc. (San Francisco, CA) Law Firm: Penilla IP, APC (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 16039712 on 07/19/2018 (432 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for processing recommendations of online games to friends of social network are described. A method for processing recommendations includes identifying a gaming session of a user on an online game provider network, accessing a use profile of the user for the online games of the online game provider network, and accessing a social graph of the user to identify friends of the user and respective friend profiles from the social network. The method further includes producing a recommendation of an online game. The recommendation includes an identification of a target friend of the user and is being provided by examination of the use profile of the user and friend profiles in the social graph. The method includes providing the recommendation to the user. The recommendation also includes an offer incentive to the user to share the recommendation with the target friend.

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

Inventor(s): Greg Quaglieri (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Furr Law Firm (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15403094 on 01/10/2017 (987 days app to issue)

Abstract: A desiccant window screen to lower humidity in a space is disclosed. The desiccant window screen will lower humidity in the air as it passes through the window threshold. The screen will continue to protect from bugs or anything else entering your home, while making the space feel cooler by removing the excess humidity.

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

Inventor(s): Thomas Joseph Keyes (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Thermacor Process, Inc (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15583506 on 05/01/2017 (876 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is shown for installing a heat tube on a section of pre-insulated piping. A metal carrier pipe is covered with a first layer of foam insulation. Next, a wire brush is used to cut a longitudinal slot along the length of the pipe so that the pipe exterior surface is exposed from the insulation. A heat tube is then installed within the longitudinal slot, whereby the heat tube contacts the exterior surface of the metal carrier pipe. A second layer of foam insulation is then sprayed onto the exterior of the metal carrier pipe, covering the previously formed longitudinal slot and installed heat tube. A polyolefin coating is then applied over the insulation to form a protective outer jacket for the insulated pipe.

[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): John Crews (Garland, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15881337 on 01/26/2018 (606 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lighting apparatus includes a light-sheet assembly configured to conform to the rooftop. The light-sheet assembly extends at least one-half the length of the rooftop, and further extends at least one-half the width of the rooftop when mounted to the rooftop. The light-sheet assembly further includes a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) lights that are distributed about the rooftop when the light-sheet assembly is mounted to the rooftop. A controller is communicably coupled to the light-sheet assembly and configured to operate the plurality of LED lights. A roof-mount is affixed to the light-sheet assembly and configured to mount the light-sheet assembly to the rooftop of the emergency vehicle. The lighting apparatus is useful for emergency vehicles.

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

Cloaking devices constructed from reflection boundaries, half-mirrors and color filters and vehicles comprising the same Patent No. 10421402 

Inventor(s): Chengang Ji (Ann Arbor, MI), Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Kyu-Tae Lee (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: 15813817 on 11/15/2017 (678 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cloaking device includes an object-side, an image-side, a cloaked region (CR) between the object-side and the image-side, and a reference optical axis extending from the object-side to the image-side. An object-side CR reflection boundary, an object-side half-mirror, and an object-side color filter are positioned on the object side and an image-side CR reflection boundary, an image-side half-mirror, and an image-side color filter are positioned on the image-side. The object-side half-mirror and the object-side color filter are spaced apart from and positioned generally parallel to the object-side CR reflection boundary, and the image-side half-mirror and the image-side color filter are spaced apart from and positioned generally parallel to the image-side CR reflection boundary. Light from an object located on the object-side of the cloaking device and obscured by the CR propagates via three optical paths to form an image of the object on the image-side of the cloaking device.

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

Inventor(s): Isabel Rios (Dearborn Heights, MI), Jay Robert Gloomis (Ann Arbor, MI), Sergei I. Gage (Redford, 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: 15468213 on 03/24/2017 (914 days app to issue)

Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to surveillance of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes, in response to detecting a surveillance event associated with the vehicle, collecting information from one or more sensors of the vehicle about the surveillance event. The method includes classifying the information according to a security profile to identify a threat type and a threat level of the surveillance event. The method includes controlling the vehicle to provide a response to the surveillance event according to the threat type and the threat level.

[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): Ashok K. Agnihotri (Southlake, TX), Thomas W. Brooks (Hurst, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 13685758 on 11/27/2012 (2492 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method to modify a qualified actuator command with an unqualified actuator command modifier. The method includes creating a modified actuator command as the difference between the qualified actuator command and the unqualified actuator command and thereafter limiting the modified actuator command with an authority limiter. The system includes a qualified computer having an unqualified control law interfaced with an unqualified computer having a qualified control law.

Inventor(s): Kent W. Benner (Fort Worth, TX), Neal David Domel (Aledo, TX), Richard Scott Ely, II (Hurst, TX) Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14934818 on 11/06/2015 (1418 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, an airfoil includes a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The airfoil also includes a first side and a second side opposite the first side. The airfoil includes a continuous panel coupled to the first side of the airfoil. The continuous panel includes a first edge having a first uneven edge pattern. The first edge has at least four vertices disposed thereon. The continuous panel extends from the first end of the airfoil to a second end of the airfoil.

Inventor(s): Brad John Roberts (Fort Worth, TX), Helmuth Peter Koelzer (Fort Worth, TX), Michael Christopher Burnett (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15447966 on 03/02/2017 (936 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tiltrotor aircraft is operable in a helicopter flight mode and an airplane flight mode. The tiltrotor aircraft has an airframe including a fuselage and a wing. First and second pylon assemblies are respectively coupled to the airframe proximate outboard ends of the wing. Each pylon assembly includes a mast and a proprotor assembly operable to rotate with the mast to generate thrust. The pylon assemblies are rotatable relative to the wing to selectively operate the tiltrotor aircraft between the helicopter flight mode and the airplane flight mode. The thrust of each proprotor assembly has a thrust vector with an inboard angle between about 5 degrees and about 12 degrees relative to an axis parallel to the yaw axis during hover operations, thereby reducing download on the airframe and improving hover efficiency.

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Robertson (Southlake, TX), Kirk L. Groninga (Keller, TX), Matthew E. Louis (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15483541 on 04/10/2017 (897 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aspect provides an aircraft including a fuselage and a cross-flow fan system attached to the fuselage. The cross-flow fan system including a cross-flow fan assembly associated with a rotatable wing member having an exterior aerodynamic surface. In one aspect, there is provided an aircraft with a fuselage having a forward portion and an aft portion; a first cross-flow fan system rotatably attached to the left side of the forward portion of the fuselage; a second cross-flow fan system rotatably attached to the right side of the forward portion of the fuselage; a third cross-flow fan system rotatably attached to the left side of the aft portion of the fuselage; and a fourth cross-flow fan system rotatably attached to the right side of the aft portion of the fuselage.

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

Inventor(s): David Littlejohn (Haslet, TX), Sven Roy Lofstrom (Irving, TX) Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT) Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15232221 on 08/09/2016 (1141 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bond fixture includes a frame defining a chamber for receiving a component. At least one bladder assembly is connected to the frame. The at least one bladder assembly includes a pad for contacting the component. A position of the pad relative to the component is controlled by a pressure of the bladder assembly. A caul assembly is adapted to thermally couple to the component to heat a localized portion of the component.

[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): Michael A Ross (West Lake, TX) Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14969259 on 12/15/2015 (1379 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to improvements for shopping and merchandise bags with integral handles. Disclosed is a bag with integral handles and closure elements located below the integral handles. Further disclosed is a process for manufacturing a reclosable bag with integral handles. The handles and bag may be formed from a wave-cut polymeric tube. In addition, the handles of the bag may be formed from a wave-cut polymeric tube while the body of the bag is formed from a side-gusseted polymeric tube. The disclosed bags and methods to make such bags provide cost effective solutions for providing reclosable bags with integral handles.

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

Inventor(s): Lance Collins (Beverly Hills, CA) Assignee(s): Core Nutrition, LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Pizarro Allen PC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15476349 on 03/31/2017 (907 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bottle includes a body and an overcap that covers the shoulder and neck of the bottle. The overcap includes an outer skirt and an inner skirt. The inner skirt engages the closure for the bottle. The outer skirt extends outwardly from the inner skirt. The inner skirt includes a first engaging lip and a second engaging lip that secure the overcap to the body of the bottle. The first engaging lip is located below the cover of the closure while the second engaging lip is located below the tamper-proof band of the closure.

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

Inventor(s): George Koehl (Dallas, TX), Jeffery Gallagher (Princeton, TX) Assignee(s): Reactive Designs LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15497041 on 04/25/2017 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: An accessory includes a container band having an inner surface configured to conform to and engage an outer surface of a container, and an arm member connected to and extending from the container band. The arm member selectively engages a lid of the container. The arm member includes an arm body, a spout plug extending from the arm body, where the spout plug is configured to selectively seal a spout opening in the lid of the container, and a vent cover extending from the arm body, where the vent cover is configured to selectively seal a vent opening of the lid of the container.

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

Inventor(s): Harlen Hoang (Arlington, TX), John Langsdorf (Bedford, TX), Michael Hake (Flower Mound, TX), Rick Lee (Danville, KY) Assignee(s): TRANSNORMSYSTEM, INC. (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16005884 on 06/12/2018 (469 days app to issue)

Abstract: A slat for a conveyor where the conveyor has one or more curves. The slat has landing gears carrying wheels set apart from the slat, and the wheels are capable of engaging a surface distinctive from the landing gears.

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

Inventor(s): John L. Rhoads (McKinney, TX), William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa, TX) Assignee(s): ENCORE WIRE CORPORATION (McKinney, TX) Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15594299 on 05/12/2017 (865 days app to issue)

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

Inventor(s): John Votel (Jacksonville, FL) Assignee(s): Flex-a-Rock Holdings, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15007618 on 01/27/2016 (1336 days app to issue)

Abstract: Latex-based formulations for coating and sculpting applications may provide blending a wet mixture with a dry mixture or blending a wet composition with a dry powder. The formulation may then be applied to a surface. In some embodiments, after the formulation is applied to a surface, the formulation may be set to the surface by covering the formulation applied to the surface with a material and/or the formulation may be self-setting on the surface. The formulation may fill gaps in the surface, thereby reducing cracks and shrinkage of the surface. The formulation may be applied to surfaces in a plurality of applications that may include, but are not limited to, sculpting, molding, and cosmetic repairs.

[B05D] PROCESSES FOR APPLYING LIQUIDS OR OTHER FLUENT MATERIALS TO SURFACES, IN GENERAL (conveying articles or workpieces through baths of liquid B65G, e.g. B65G 49/02) [2]

Methods of coating a surface with an antimicrobial coating capable of reducing the number of murine norovirus inoculated thereon Patent No. 10420342 

Inventor(s): Craig Grossman (Point Roberts, WA), Daniel Moros (New York, NY) Assignee(s): ALLIED BIOSCIENCE, INC. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15720835 on 09/29/2017 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of coating a surface with an antimicrobial coating comprises spray-coating a mixture of 3-aminopropylsilane triol and triethanolamine on the surface. The coating is capable of reducing the number of [i]Murine norovirus [/i]and [i]E. coli [/i]inoculated on the dried coating. In various examples, the method further comprises the step of spray-coating a mixture of peroxotitanium acid and peroxo-modified anatase sol on the surface. The compositions may be electrostatically sprayed on the surface, and in certain examples, a mixture of silanol and triethanolamine is spray-coated on the surface followed by an aqueous mixture of peroxotitanium acid and peroxo-modified anatase sol.

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

Inventor(s): Craig Grossman (Point Roberts, WA), Mai Ngo (Tucson, AZ), Ronald Wysocki (Tucson, AZ) Assignee(s): ALLIED BIOSCIENCE, INC. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15373229 on 12/08/2016 (1020 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method to prepare a self-decontaminating surface, where that method includes dissolving tartaric acid in water, adding titanium (IV) isopropoxide to the tartaric acid solution to form a coating composition in water, and casting that coating composition onto a surface to form a coating having anti-microbial function.

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

Systems and methods using expendable fluid drive actuators for foundation lifting Patent No. 10422102 

Inventor(s): Carlos Hoefken (Dallas, TX), James Fontaine (Plano, TX), William Basso (Coppell, TX) Assignee(s): Tella Firma, LLC (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15928731 on 03/22/2018 (551 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for foundation lifting and retention using fluid drive actuators are described. A foundation lift system of embodiments may include expendable fluid drive actuators operable to provide lifting forces with respect to a foundation structure using a fluid pressure (e.g., hydraulic and/or pneumatic) drive mechanism and utilize one or more locking mechanisms and/or fluids operable to persistently lock the lift assemblies in an extended state to retain the foundation structure in its lifted position. Curable fluids injected into expendable fluid drive actuators of embodiments may be configured to solidify within the drive mechanism and impede movement of the lift assemblies subsequent to a foundation lifting operation. Additionally, one or more locking mechanisms may be configured to engagedly retain the expendable fluid drive actuator in an extended state subsequent to the foundation lifting operation.

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

Inventor(s): William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15526799 on 12/19/2014 (1740 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a travel joint includes a tube disposed at one end of the travel joint and a mandrel disposed at an opposite end of the travel joint. The mandrel is partially disposed in a hollow portion of the tube, and the tube and the mandrel are axially slidable relative to each other to extend or compress the travel joint. The travel joint also may include a housing coupled to the tube and disposed around the mandrel and a locking mechanism between the housing and the mandrel disposed in a position to selectively lock the mandrel and the tube in an axial position relative to each other to partially compress the travel joint. In some embodiments, the travel joint may include a fluid brake having a fluid chamber disposed between the mandrel and the tube to dampen axial movement between the mandrel and tube.

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

Inventor(s): Jeffrey D. Wood (Keller, TX), Jeremy Ursi (Dallas, TX), Morris Stone (Granbury, TX) Assignee(s): OWEN OIL TOOLS LP (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Mossman, Kumar Tyler, PC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15088677 on 04/01/2016 (1271 days app to issue)

Abstract: In aspects, the present disclosure provides a perforating gun that includes a carrier tube, and a charge tube assembly. The carrier tube includes a bore and a groove formed along an inner surface. The charge tube assembly is disposed in the bore of the carrier tube and includes a charge tube, an alignment end plate, an insertion end plate, a retention member, shaped charges, and a detonating cord. The charge tube has a plurality of shaped charge openings, a plurality of post openings, a first end, and a second end. The alignment end plate is connected to the first end of the charge tube. The insertion end plate is connected to the second end of the charge tube. The shaped charges are disposed in each of the shaped charge openings. Each shaped charge has a post projecting out of one post opening. The detonating cord is connected to each of the projecting posts.

[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): David Joe Steele (Arlington, TX), Matthew Bradley Stokes (Keller, TX) Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15524947 on 02/23/2016 (1309 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain shear bolts described herein provide failure bending resistance when torque is applied to members being connected by the bolts, while maintaining shearability. Certain other shear bolts described herein provide a shear region having different shear limits dependent upon the direction of force being applied to the shear region.

[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): Dominic Liao-McPherson (Ann Arbor, MI), Ilya Kolmanovsky (Novi, MI), Mike Huang (Ann Arbor, MI), Shinhoon Kim (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: 15952380 on 04/13/2018 (529 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling an engine airpath include receiving, at a supervisory controller, an engine speed corresponding to a present engine speed, a fuel target corresponding to a request for torque from a driver and one or more state estimates generated by an estimator. The supervisory controller predicts, over a prediction horizon, a constraint violation in response to the engine speed, the fuel target, and the one or more state estimates using a prediction model, adjusts an EGR rate target to a modified value, when the constraint violation is predicted, and maintains the EGR rate target at a nominal value when the constraint violation is not predicted. A nonlinear predictive controller generates one or more actuator commands based on the EGR rate target, where the one or more actuator commands control an engine actuator such that an EGR rate of the engine airpath tracks the EGR rate target.

[F02D] CONTROLLING COMBUSTION ENGINES (vehicle fittings, acting on a single sub-unit only, for automatically controlling vehicle speed B60K 31/00; conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function, road vehicle drive control systems for purposes other than the control of a single sub-unit B60W; cyclically operating valves for combustion engines F01L; controlling combustion engine lubrication F01M; cooling internal-combustion engines F01P; supplying combustion engines with combustible mixtures or constituents thereof, e.g. carburettors, injection pumps, F02M; starting of combustion engines F02N; controlling of ignition F02P; controlling gas-turbine plants, jet-propulsion plants, or combustion-product engine plants, see the relevant subclasses for these plants) [2006.01]

Inventor(s): Umesh N. Gandhi (Farmington Hills, 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: 15202572 on 07/06/2016 (1175 days app to issue)

Abstract: An energy-absorbing structure includes a first mounting fixture having a base and a cavity formed in the base. The cavity is structured to receive a portion of an energy-absorbing member therein. The cavity has at least one wall, a bottom, and at least a pair of opposed crush initiator portions extending between the at least one wall and the bottom. A portion of an energy-absorbing member is inserted into the cavity. The energy-absorbing member is in contact with the first mounting fixture along the first mounting fixture crush initiator portions.

Inventor(s): Juan P. Angulo (Fort Worth, TX), Ken Riedel (Weatherford, TX) Assignee(s): Medtronic Xomed, Inc. (Jacksonville, FL) Law Firm: Harness Dickey Pierce (8 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15098477 on 04/14/2016 (1258 days app to issue)

Abstract: A swivel knuckle assembly for interconnecting a motor and a supply line. The knuckle assembly may include a bearing member to reduce a coefficient of friction. A locking mechanism is disclosed to connect members of the knuckle assembly.

[F16L] PIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL

Inventor(s): Charles Thomas Ferguson (Flower Mound, TX), Veera Reddy Vemula (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15874524 on 01/18/2018 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes one or more systems, a controller and a server. The one or more systems including one or more heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, refrigeration systems, or building automation systems. The controller is communicatively coupled to the one or more systems. The server is communicatively coupled to the controller. The controller receives telemetry data associated with the operation of the one or more systems. The received telemetry data includes data associated with individual components of the one or more systems. The controller also determines a subset of the telemetry data that has changed by comparing the received telemetry data to previous telemetry data. The controller also communicates to the server only the subset of the telemetry data that has changed.

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

Inventor(s): Douglas K. Jackson (Austin, TX), Kurt A. Schroder (Coupland, TX), Steven C. McCool (Austin, TX) Assignee(s): NCC NANO, PLLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Russell Ng PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15818931 on 11/21/2017 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for curing thin films is disclosed. The apparatus includes a computer control system, a conveyance system, a flashlamp controller, and a flashlamp. The curing apparatus also includes a high average power, low-inductance cable connected between the flashlamp controller and the flashlamp. The low-inductance cable is smaller in diameter and is more flexible than the prior art and includes at least one liquid cooling line and multiple forward and return path wires interleaved in a regular hexagonal closed packed configuration such that every wire is adjacent to at least one cooling line and at least one wire of opposite polarity.

[F26B] DRYING SOLID MATERIALS OR OBJECTS BY REMOVING LIQUID THEREFROM (drying devices for combines A01D 41/133; racks for drying fruit or vegetables A01F 25/12; drying foodstuffs A23; drying hair A45D 20/00; body-drying implements A47K 10/00; drying household articles A47L; drying gases or vapours B01D; chemical or physical processes for dewatering or like separating liquids from solids B01D 43/00; centrifugal apparatus B04; drying ceramics C04B 33/30; drying yarns or fabrics in association with some other form of treatment D06C; drying frames for laundry without heating or positive air circulation, domestic laundry-or spin-driers, wringing or hot pressing laundry D06F; furnaces, kilns, ovens F27)

Inventor(s): Jared P. Vogt (Saline, MI), Scott M. Gordon (Trenton, 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: 15383168 on 12/19/2016 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular cart for use with an anthropomorphic test device, an assembly including an anthropomorphic test device and a method of placing an anthropomorphic test device on a modular cart. The cart includes a wheeled base with a pair of upstanding posts that together with members that can be interchangeably secured to one of the posts in order to form one of a storage position or a ready-to-test position. In this way, when an anthropomorphic test device is placed on the cart between these members, the members and the posts cooperate with one another to have the anthropomorphic test device be in a generally seating position that can accommodate both storage and testing without having to reposition the anthropomorphic test device.

[G09B] EDUCATIONAL OR DEMONSTRATION APPLIANCES; APPLIANCES FOR TEACHING, OR COMMUNICATING WITH, THE BLIND, DEAF OR MUTE; MODELS; PLANETARIA; GLOBES; MAPS; DIAGRAMS

Inventor(s): Ankur Chauhan (Bangalore, , IN), Eung Jung Kim (Allen, TX), Gary Eugene Daum (Orwigsburg, PA), Kuntal Joardar (Plano, TX), Md Abidur Rahman (Richardson, TX), Min Chu (Plano, TX), Sathish Vallamkonda (Murphy, TX), Subrat Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Rose Alyssa Keagy (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 15859470 on 12/30/2017 (633 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device comprises: a first semiconductor die; a power transistor integrated in the first semiconductor die, the power transistor comprising a gate, a first terminal, and a second terminal; a sense transistor integrated in the first semiconductor die, the sense transistor comprising a gate coupled to the gate of the power transistor, a first terminal, and a second terminal coupled to the second terminal of the power transistor; and a first resistor integrated in the first semiconductor die, the first resistor comprising a polysilicon section and a metal section coupled to the polysilicon section, the first resistor comprising a first terminal and a second terminal, wherein the first terminal of the first resistor is coupled to the first terminal of the sense transistor.

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

Inventor(s): Abhijit Kumar Das (Plano, TX), Krishnasawamy Nagaraj (Plano, TX), Paul Kimelman (Alamo, CA) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16048559 on 07/30/2018 (421 days app to issue)

Abstract: A capacitive sensing system includes a controller, a node connected to one side of a capacitance, the controller configured to measure the capacitance by measuring a time for a voltage across the capacitance to reach a predetermined reference voltage, a noise measurement circuit configured to measure electrical noise on the node, and the controller receiving the measurement of noise from the noise measurement circuit.

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

Frequency nonlinearity calibration in frequency-modulated continuous wave radar Patent No. 10422856 

Inventor(s): Hsing Kuo Lo (San Diego, CA), Lixi Wu (San Diego, CA), Luzhou Xu (Santa Clara, CA), Ricky Lap Kei Cheung (San Diego, CA), Yuan Su (Santa Clara, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15493737 on 04/21/2017 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments include methods and systems having a frequency-modulated continuous wave radar operable to compensate a return signal for nonlinearity in the associated radar signal that is transmitted. The radar signal can be mixed with a delayed version of the radar signal such that the mixed signal can be used to generate an estimate of the nonlinearity. The estimate can be used to compensate the return signal from an object that reflects the associated transmitted radar signal. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods can be implemented in a variety of applications.

[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): Yu Wang (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15579914 on 05/10/2016 (1232 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical sensor arrangement comprises an emitting device (E) and a detection device (D) configured to emit and detect, respectively, electromagnetic radiation and a cover (C) arranged to cover the emitting and the detection device (E, D). The sensor arrangement comprises a first cover layer (C[b]1[/b]) partially covering an inner surface of the cover (C) and having a first and a second opening located above the emitting and the detection device (E, D), respectively. The sensor arrangement comprises a second and a third cover layer (C[b]2[/b], C[b]3[/b]) covering the inner surface at areas of the first and the second opening. A reflection and/or an absorption characteristics of at least one of the second and third cover layer (C[b]2[/b], C[b]3[/b]) is adapted to a reflection and/or an absorption characteristics of the first cover layer (C[b]1[/b]) for incident light within the specified spectrum.

[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

High density and bandwidth fiber optic apparatuses and related equipment and methods Patent No. 10422971 

Inventor(s): Harley Joseph Staber (Coppell, TX), Kevin Lee Strause (Keller, TX) Assignee(s): Corning Optical Communicatinos LLC (Hickory, NC) Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16376542 on 04/05/2019 (172 days app to issue)

Abstract: High-connection density and bandwidth fiber optic apparatuses and related equipment and methods are disclosed. In certain embodiments, fiber optic apparatuses are provided and comprise a chassis defining one or more U space fiber optic equipment units. At least one of the one or more U space fiber optic equipment units may be configured to support particular fiber optic connection densities and bandwidths in a given 1-U space. The fiber optic connection densities and bandwidths may be supported by one or more fiber optic components, including but not limited to fiber optic adapters and fiber optic connectors, including but not limited to simplex, duplex, and other multi-fiber fiber optic components. The fiber optic components may also be disposed in fiber optic modules, fiber optic patch panels, or other types of fiber optic equipment.

[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): Ram Pattikonda (Plano, TX), Shariq Hamid (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15884823 on 01/31/2018 (601 days app to issue)

Abstract: Glasses having a frame and two lenses. Each of the lenses is attached to the frame. A distance measurement module determines a distance to an object viewed from the glasses. The glasses also include a motion control module for raising and lowering the first and second lens and a controller for determining when it is appropriate to raise the first and second lenses. When the controller determines that it is appropriate to raise the first and second lenses to a raised position, the controller directs the motion control module to raise the first and second lenses. In one embodiment, each lens has a plurality of lens sections which may provide different types of focus. The lenses may be raised or lowered appropriately to allow view through one of the lens sections.

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

Inventor(s): Robert B. ”Dutch” Uselton (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15453392 on 03/08/2017 (930 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system incudes an equipment interface module (EIM) and a control unit. The EIM includes a signal encoder that is operable to generate one or more encoded signals by encoding one or more instructions onto one or more electrical signals according to one or more received commands from a thermostat unit. The signal encoder is further operable to transmit the generated one or more encoded signals on one or more of a plurality of electrical wires. The control unit is coupled to the EIM via the plurality of electrical wires and includes a signal decoder. The signal decoder is operable to decode the one or more instructions from the one or more encoded signals on the one or more electrical wires. The control unit is operable to control one or more functions of a motor according to the decoded instructions from the signal decoder.

[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): Deric Wayne Waters (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15205806 on 07/08/2016 (1173 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a controller to communicate with a sink device and communicate a plurality of power sources that are available to the sink device. A plurality of switch devices switch power from one of the plurality of power sources to the sink device in response to a control signal from the controller. A policy engine in the controller defines policies for the operation of the controller during different communications phases between the controller and the sink device.

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

Inventor(s): Ashish Khandelwal (Irving, TX), Charles M. Branch (Dallas, TX), Srinath Hosur (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15499290 on 04/27/2017 (880 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a receiver that includes an input stage to receive a touch signal from a touch system. A noise reduction circuit that samples the touch signal to detect a noise signal in the touch signal. The noise reduction circuit generates a reduction signal based on the noise signal that is fed back to the input stage of the receiver to mitigate noise interference of the noise signal with respect to the touch signal at the receiver.

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

Inventor(s): John D. Leidel (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID) Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15349492 on 11/11/2016 (1047 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure includes apparatuses and methods related to memory alignment. An example method comprises performing an alignment operation on a first byte-based memory element and a second byte-based memory element such that a padding bit of the first byte-based memory element is logically adjacent to a padding bit of the second byte-based memory element and a data bit of the first byte-based memory element is logically adjacent to a data bit of the second byte-based memory element.

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

Inventor(s): Duc Quang Bui (Grand Prairie, TX), Peter Richard Dent (Northamptonshire, , GB), Timothy David Anderson (University Park, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14326943 on 07/09/2014 (1903 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of loading and duplicating scalar data from a source into a destination register. The data may be duplicated in byte, half word, word or double word parts, according to a duplication pattern.

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

Parallel processing in hardware accelerators communicably coupled with a processor Patent No. 10423414 

Inventor(s): Ajit Deepak Gupte (Bangalore, , IN), Mahesh Mehendale (Bangalore, , IN), Mel Alan Phipps (Sugar Land, TX), Navin Acharya (Bangalore, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14539674 on 11/12/2014 (1777 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a device including a processor, a plurality of hardware accelerator engines and a hardware scheduler is disclosed. The processor is configured to schedule an execution of a plurality of instruction threads, where each instruction thread includes a plurality of instructions associated with an execution sequence. The plurality of hardware accelerator engines performs the scheduled execution of the plurality of instruction threads. The hardware scheduler is configured to control the scheduled execution such that each hardware accelerator engine is configured to execute a corresponding instruction and the plurality of instructions are executed by the plurality of hardware accelerator engines in a sequential manner. The plurality of instruction threads are executed by plurality of hardware accelerator engines in a parallel manner based on the execution sequence and an availability status of each of the plurality of hardware accelerator engines.

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

Automatic self-correction system and method for an integrated computing system configuration system Patent No. 10423427 

Inventor(s): Jeffery J. Hayward (Lucas, TX) Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14825101 on 08/12/2015 (1504 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated computing system configuration system includes a computing system that executes an engine to receive component specifications for each of one or more components supplied by a plurality of suppliers, and receive user input for selecting a subset of the components to be implemented in a customized integrated computing system by generating a base integrated computing system configuration that comprises the component specifications of the subset of the components. The engine may then determine whether at least one component meets a rule using the component specification associated with the at least one component, the rule specifying an architectural standard level to be provided by the at least one component, and when the at least one component does not meet the rule, perform one or more corrective operations such that the rule is met.

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

Inventor(s): Farid Khafizov (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16006061 on 06/12/2018 (469 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are examples of memory allocation and reallocation for virtual machines operating in a shared memory configuration creating a swap file for at least one virtual machine. One example method may include allocating guest physical memory to the swap file to permit the at least one virtual machine to access host physical memory previously occupied by the guest physical memory. The example method may also include determining whether an amount of available host physical memory is below a minimum acceptable level threshold, and if so then freeing at least one page of host physical memory and intercepting a memory access attempt performed by the at least one virtual machine and allocating host physical memory to the virtual machine responsive to the memory access attempt.

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

Inventor(s): Xingbo Wu (Arlington, TX) Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: Law Office of Jim Boice (Local + 690 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15447262 on 03/02/2017 (936 days app to issue)

Abstract: Computational storage techniques for distribute computing are disclosed. The computational storage server receives input from multiple clients, which is used by the server when executing one or more computation functions. The computational storage server can aggregate multiple client inputs before applying one or more computation functions. The computational storage server sets up: a first memory area for storing input received from multiple clients; a second memory area designated for storing the computation functions to be executed by the computational storage server using the input data received from the multiple clients; a client specific memory management area for storing metadata related to computations performed by the computational storage server for specific clients; and a persistent storage area for storing checkpoints associated with aggregating computations performed by the computation functions.

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

Determining the significance of an event in the context of a natural language query Patent No. 10423614 

Inventor(s): Swaminathan Chandrasekaran (Coppell, TX) Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15346285 on 11/08/2016 (1050 days app to issue)

Abstract: A knowledge graph is built based on a corpus stored in the computer system. The corpus includes a set of events and each event includes a respective set of entities. A first set of entities is identified in the NLQ. The first set of entities is used to identify a first set of significant events in the selected corpus in a first search depth. A second set of entities is identified in the first set of significant events. The knowledge graph determines which ones of the second set of entities are related to the entities in the first set of entities to produce a filtered second set of entities. The filtered second set of entities is used to identify a second set of significant events in the selected corpus in a second search depth. Members of the first and second set of significant events are presented to a user.

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

Inventor(s): Andrew Cummins (Brooklyn, NY), Elias Jason Mablekos (New York, NY), Jason Ellis Pearlman (Lloyd Harbor, NY) Assignee(s): REWARDSTYLE, INC. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15211321 on 07/15/2016 (1166 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of the present disclosure are directed to analyzing screenshots. A system can include a computing device including a processor coupled to a memory and a display screen configured to display content. The system can include an application stored on the memory and executable by the processor. The application can include a screenshot receiver configured to access, from storage to which a screenshot of the content displayed on the display screen captured using a screenshot function of the computing device is stored, the screenshot including an image and a predetermined marker. The application can include a marker detector configured to detect the predetermined marker included in the screenshot. The application can include a link identifier configured to identify, using the predetermined marker, a link to a resource mapped to the image included in the screenshot, the resource accessible by the computing device via the link.

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

Inventor(s): Romica Juneja (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (San Francisco, CA) Law Firm: Alston Bird, LLP (Local + 5 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15868448 on 01/11/2018 (621 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for processing electronic information indicative of natural language. An example method includes receiving first electronic information indicative of a sequence of words provided by a user and identifying, based on the first electronic information, a first word and a first natural language. The example method further includes receiving second electronic information indicative of an exogenous event and identifying, based on the second electronic information, the exogenous event. The example method further includes generating one or more natural language attribute data sets based on the identified first word, first language, and exogenous event. The example method further includes generating a natural language transliteration data set based on the one or more natural language attribute data sets. Subsequently, the example method includes generating, based on the natural language transliteration data set, a translation of the first word in a second natural language.

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

Methods for orienting material physical properties using constraint transformation and isoparametric shape functions Patent No. 10423739 

Inventor(s): Ercan Mehmet Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Tsuyoshi Nomura (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: 15407366 on 01/17/2017 (980 days app to issue)

Abstract: Constraint-based methods for determining orientations of material physical properties using an isoparametric shape function are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of defining an orientation of an material physical property includes defining nonlinear and/or discontinuous design constraints of design values in a geometric domain associated with one or more physical attributes of the material physical property, and translating the nonlinear and/or discontinuous design constraints into continuous, first order design constraints of the design values by applying an isoparametric shape function. The method further includes performing a topology optimization using the continuous, first order design constraints of the design values, and reverse-translating results of the topology optimization back into the geometric domain using the isoparametric shape function. The results of the topology optimization in the geometric domain are indicative of the orientation of the material physical property.

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

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Robert Perry (Cupertino, CA), Makram Mounzer Mansour (San Jose, CA), Pradeep Kumar Chawda (Cupertino, CA), Robert Mason Hanrahan (Montvale, NJ), Srikanth Pam (Bangalore, , IN), Yudhister Satija (Panchkula, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15217963 on 07/22/2016 (1159 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for compensation network design in a power converter design system is provided that includes computing optimal values for compensation components in a compensation network based on a plurality of loop specifications comprising crossover frequency (Fco), phase margin (PM), Gain Margin (GM), and low frequency gain (LFG), and applying changes to a power converter design comprising the compensation network based on the optimal values.

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

Inventor(s): Daniel Hittler (Dallas, TX), Derek Ainsworth (Dallas, TX), Howard M. Getson (Coppell, TX), Prince Modi (Richardson, TX), Rob Jump (Cincinnati, OH), Sean Vallie (Lantana, TX) Assignee(s): Capitalogix IP Owner, LLC (Coppell, TX) Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15201005 on 07/01/2016 (1180 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided are exemplary systems and methods for secure intelligent networked architecture, processing and execution. Exemplary embodiments include an intelligent networked architecture comprising an intelligent agent, a secure cloud of a plurality of specialized intelligent historical agents, a plurality of secure cloud based specialized insight servers configured to transform secure digital data into a scrubbed situational deployment trigger, and an intelligent operational agent configured to receive the scrubbed situational deployment trigger.

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

Inventor(s): Masoud Vaziri (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15859526 on 12/31/2017 (632 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment of a Wearable Computer apparatus includes a first portable unit for data gathering and communicating feedback and a second portable unit for processing the at least gathered data from the first unit. The first portable unit includes an eyeglass frame, at least one first optical unit disposed on the eyeglass frame for capturing at least one scene image corresponding to a field of view of a user, at least one second optical unit disposed on the eyeglass frame for capturing at least one eye image corresponding to at least a portion of at least one eye of the user, at least one microphone to allow the user to communicate via voice, at least one speaker to allow the user to receive feedback via voice, at least one visible light source to allow the user to receive feedback via light signals, at least one motion sensor to monitor the head movements of the user, and at least one first processor to at least receive data from the data gathering units in the first portable unit and at least manage the communication with the second portable unit. The second portable unit is in communication with the first portable unit and includes at least one second processor configured for receiving the at least data from the first processor and decoding a pre-defined command from the user and executing at least one command in response to the received command. At least one of the processors will determine a direction within the field of view to which the at least one eye is directed base

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

Arrangement of an aperture and a filter region for a filter sensor device and filter sensor device Patent No. 10423849 

Inventor(s): David Mehrl (Plano, TX), George Kelly (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): ams AG (Unterpremstaetten, , AT) Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15586192 on 05/03/2017 (874 days app to issue)

Abstract: The arrangement comprises a filter region ([b]10[/b]) filtering electromagnetic radiation and a shielding component ([b]20[/b]) inhibiting propagation of electromagnetic radiation. The filter region comprises a central filter region ([b]11[/b]) and a separate peripheral filter region ([b]13[/b]). The shielding component comprises an aperture ([b]21[/b]). The aperture is arranged above the central filter region. The central filter region and the peripheral filter region are optimized for different angles of incidence (, ) and provided for measurements by individual sensor regions ([b]18, 19[/b]).

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

Inventor(s): Edmund Dawes Zink (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): Audi AG (, , DE), Porsche AG (, , DE), Volkswagen AG (, , DE) Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16280239 on 02/20/2019 (216 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and methodologies for neuromorphic vision simulate conventional analog NM system functionality and generate digital NM image data that facilitate improved object detection, classification, and tracking.

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

Inventor(s): Jason Robert Penneman (Fort Worth, TX), Lee Scott Spradling (Fort Worth, TX), Marriette Louise Kershner (Arlington, TX), Shane Eugene Jimmerson (Arlington, TX), Stephen Wilson Lindsey (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): THOMSON REUTERS GLOBAL RESOURCES UNLIMITED COMPANY (, , CH) Law Firm: Thomson Reuters (15 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 12977631 on 12/23/2010 (3197 days app to issue)

Abstract: A professional services audit tool is disclosed that includes an application that performs a variety of functions such as completing certain audit planning processes/forms, offering a tailored set audit programs based on the assessed risks, allowing users to further tailor the suggested audit programs, and rendering these audit programs in a helpful format. The application also provides functionality to perform and document audit work, guide the auditor though the engagement process, isolate audit program steps by related assertions and identified risks to ensure that audit plans are tailored to specific risks, provide an engagement dashboard to view at a glance both the overall audit and for each audit area, the steps which are not yet started, in progress, or completed, and allow for the integration of generated documents to be automatically stored to, accessed from, and synchronized with various external engagement management systems.

[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 (San Antonio, TX) Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15431167 on 02/13/2017 (953 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for receiving first information of a first negotiable instrument, at least a portion of the first information including a first unique instrument identifier physically encoded on the first negotiable instrument, the first unique identifier uniquely identifying the first negotiable instrument among a plurality of negotiable instruments, transmitting the first information to a distributed ledger system, the distributed ledger system maintaining a blockchain that records transactions associated with a plurality of negotiable instruments, receiving first validation information from the distributed ledger system, the first validation information indicating that first negotiable instrument has not already been accepted, and accepting the first negotiable in response to the first validation information.

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

Method and apparatus for establishing and maintaining PCI DSS compliant transaction flows for banking entities leveraging non-EMV tokens Patent No. 10423965 

Inventor(s): Branden R. Williams (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): MUFG Union Bank, N.A. (San Francisco, CA) Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15346661 on 11/08/2016 (1050 days app to issue)

Abstract: A payment processor or network receives an incoming PAN pursuant to a payment card transaction between a merchant and a customer and translates the PAN into a token having a token value for N digits within a middle portion of the PAN, while preserving a PAN value for M digits within a terminal portion of the PAN. Pursuant to generation of the token, the payment processor or network performs BIN substitution on the PAN to replace the BIN within the PAN with a different BIN. The payment processor or network sends the token downstream for downstream processing of the transaction. Upon completion of downstream processing, the payment processor or network translates the token back into a PAN for any further processing of the transaction upstream.

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

System and method for providing advertising content via mobile device docking station Patent No. 10423967 

Inventor(s): Darren W. Collins (Grapevine, TX), Randy Engel (Grapevine, TX) Assignee(s): OOHDOO, INC. (Grapevine, TX) Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 12843154 on 07/26/2010 (3347 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain of the disclosed embodiments present a system and method for providing in-home targeted advertisements to individual consumers. For instance, the disclosed embodiments include an in-home advertising device that enables a user to interact with the in-home advertising device and purchase items with the push of a button. Additionally, in some embodiments, the in-home advertising device may include a built in printer for enabling a user to print an advertised and/or coupon.

[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): Nadia Morris (Decatur, TX) Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA) Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 13173839 on 06/30/2011 (3008 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a processor operable to determine whether a correlation exists between first products or services consumed by a subscriber leader and second products or services consumed by a plurality of subscriber followers. The first and second products or services can be distributed by a media service provider over a communication system and can be consumed by way of one or more media processors. The processor can be further operable to identify a plurality of market sector classifications for each of the second products or services consumed, to assess a plurality of values of consumption for the plurality of market sector classifications, and to determine a plurality of marketable values for the subscriber leader. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[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): Martin Fritz Mueller (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15493845 on 04/21/2017 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described examples include an integrated circuit having a point identifier configured to receive a stream of input frames and to identify point pairs on objects in the input frames. A ground plane converter transposes a position of the point pairs to a ground plane, the ground plane having a fixed relationship in at least one dimension relative to a source of the input frames. A motion estimator estimates a motion of the source of the input frames by comparing a plurality of point pairs between at least two input frames as transposed to the ground plane, in which the motion estimator compares a motion estimate determined by the plurality of point pairs and determines a refined motion estimate based on the plurality of point pairs excluding outliers from the plurality of point pairs.

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

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Anna, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX), Sunil Vasisht (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA) Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16113287 on 08/27/2018 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some implementations, a system may include a camera, a display, one or more memories, and one or more processors communicatively coupled to the one or more memories. The system may output a guide marker for presentation on the display. The guide marker may be superimposed on an image being captured by the camera and presented on the display. The system may determine three-dimensional (3D) coordinates of an intersection point associated with the guide marker. The intersection point may be a point where a projection of the guide marker into 3D space intersects with a horizontal plane identified in the image. The system may determine two-dimensional (2D) coordinates for presentation of an augmented reality object on the display based on the 3D coordinates of the intersection point. The system may superimpose a representation of the augmented reality object on the image based on the 2D coordinates.

Inventor(s): Esmaeil Faramarzi (Richardson, TX), Hossein Najaf-Zadeh (Allen, TX), Indranil Sinharoy (Richardson, TX), Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX), Youngkwon Lim (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16165817 on 10/19/2018 (340 days app to issue)

Abstract: A decoding device, an encoding device and a method for point cloud decoding is disclosed. The method includes decoding the compressed bitstream into a first set and second set of 2-D frames. The first set of 2-D frames include first set of regular patches representing geometry of a 3-D point cloud and the second set of 2-D frames include first set of regular patches representing texture of the 3-D point cloud. The method includes identifying in the first set of 2-D frames, a missed points patch representing geometry of points of the 3-D point cloud not included in the regular patches, and in the second set of 2-D frames a missed points patch that represents texture of the points of the 3-D point cloud not included in the regular patches. The method also includes generating, using the set of 2-D frames, the 3-D point cloud using the missed points patches.

Inventor(s): Rodney Keith Hale (Joshua, TX) Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15677962 on 08/15/2017 (770 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is a method, system, and device for diagnosing an anomaly of a monitored component in a drive train, the method including obtaining original data based on samples of a vibration signal and a tachometer signal; generating a time synchronous average vibration signal; processing the time synchronous average vibration signal to produce a frequency-domain spectrum; determining the complex magnitudes of the frequency-domain spectrum; selecting a sub-synchronous band of the complex magnitudes of the frequency-domain spectrum to generate a sub-synchronous spectrum; and determining the mean of the sub-synchronous spectrum to generate a condition indicator.

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

Method and apparatus for enabling variable wagering odds on a common drawing via assigned bins and modulo functions Patent No. 10424152 

Inventor(s): Kenneth E. Irwin, Jr. (Dawsonville, GA), Robert D. Hamman (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): SCA Promotions, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Panitch Schwarze Belisario Nadel LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16372974 on 04/02/2019 (175 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are provided for allowing a plurality of consumers to each select his or her own fixed odds and associated winning payoff from a common universal drawing. The consumer selected custom odds are derived by subdividing one drawing event into a series of variable sized ”bins” that reduce wagered odds to a subset of the greater odds of the universal drawing where the totality of generated bins thereby contains 100% of the possible drawing outcomes. A modulo operation is then performed to create a unique pointer position to a congruence number for each of the created previously created bins. Thus, any desired subset of reduced wagering odds can be achieved with the virtual creation of the corresponding number of bins.

System and method for an automated teller machine to issue a secured bank card Patent No. 10424170 

Inventor(s): Carrie Norman (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA) Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16054597 on 08/03/2018 (417 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for an Automated Teller Machine to issue a secured bank card. An Automated Teller Machine to issue a secured bank card includes one or more memories storing instructions and one or more processors configured to execute instruction to perform operations. The operations include receiving a request for a secured bank card from a user, determining if the user is a current customer, obtaining bank card application information about the user, receiving additional information to confirm the identity of the user, determining if there are already existing accounts tied to the user, transmitting the bank card application information to a server associated with the card issuer, receiving card options the user is qualified for, presenting the card options and instructions to select a cash amount to be remitted, approving, upon receipt of the cash amount, issuance of the secured bank card, creating a unique account for the secured bank card, activating the secured bank card and associating it with the unique account, and dispensing the newly activated secured bank card.

Inventor(s): Martin McEnroe (Plano, TX), Sanjiv Singh (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA) Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16017845 on 06/25/2018 (456 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes determining that a prioritized vehicle plans to traverse an intersection and receiving sensor data from a plurality of sources in a vicinity of the intersection. The method also includes, based on the sensor data, determining a traffic solution to enable the prioritized vehicle to traverse the intersection, the traffic solution identifying a traffic lane and, based on the traffic solution, controlling a traffic light to cause traffic in the traffic lane to disperse and controlling a second traffic light to instruct traffic in an adjacent traffic lane to stop. The method includes instructing the prioritized vehicle to travel via the traffic lane. The traffic in the traffic lane and the traffic in the adjacent traffic lane are traveling in a same direction.

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

Apparatus, computer program, and method for supporting vehicle-to-vehicle communication utilizing a base station Patent No. 10424197 

Inventor(s): Murali Narasimha (Vernon Hills, IL), Philippe Jean Marc Michel Sartori (Plainfield, IL), Vipul Desai (Palatine, IL) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15233866 on 08/10/2016 (1140 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for supporting vehicle-to-vehicle communication utilizing a base station. Included is a vehicular network interface configured to receive, from a first subset of a set of vehicles, first messages. The vehicular network interface is further configured to receive composite messages that are generated by a base station based on second messages transmitted by a second subset of the set of vehicles. Also included is circuitry in communication with the vehicular network interface. The circuitry is configured to re-create at least a portion of the second messages based on at least a portion of the first messages and at least a portion of the composite messages.

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

System and method for driving hazard estimation using vehicle-to-vehicle communication Patent No. 10424203 

Inventor(s): Pujitha Gunaratne (Windsor, , 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: 15010069 on 01/29/2016 (1334 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing device for a vehicle hazard avoidance system. The device includes one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing device, and a memory storing computer-executable instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the computing device to receive hazard assessment information relating to a vehicle, perform an analysis of the hazard assessment information, and generate a hazard assessment based on the analysis.

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

Inventor(s): Steven Craig Greer (Rowlett, TX) Assignee(s): SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: Sughrue Mion, PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15670653 on 08/07/2017 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: An audio coding terminal and method is provided. The terminal includes a coding mode setting unit to set an operation mode, from plural operation modes, for input audio coding by a codec, configured to code the input audio based on the set operation mode such that when the set operation mode is a high frame erasure rate (FER) mode the codec codes a current frame of the input audio according to a select frame erasure concealment (FEC) mode of one or mom FEC modes. Upon the setting of the operation mode to be the High FER mode, the one FEC mode is selected, from the one or more FED modes predetermined for the High FER mode, to control the codec by incorporating of redundancy within a coding of the input audio or as separate redundancy information separate from the coded input audio according to the selected one FEC mode.

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

Methods for on-die memory termination and memory devices and systems employing the same Patent No. 10424356 

Inventor(s): Gary Howe (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID) Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16047954 on 07/27/2018 (424 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses related to memory operation with on-die termination (ODT) are provided. A memory device may be configured to provide ODT at a first portion (e.g., rank) during multiple communications at a second portion (e.g., rank). For example, a memory device may receive a first command instructing a first portion to perform a first communication and instructing a second portion to enter an ODT mode. The device may perform, with the first portion, the first communication with a host while the second portion is in the ODT mode. The device may receive a second command instructing the first portion to perform a second communication, and the device may perform, with the first portion, the second communication while the second portion remains in the ODT mode. The second portion may persist in the ODT mode for an indicated number of communications, or until instructed to exit the ODT mode.

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

Inventor(s): Khin Htoo (Sunnyvale, CA), Primit Modi (San Jose, CA), Sung-en Wang (San Jose, CA), Supraja Sundaresan (San Jose, CA) Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15870486 on 01/12/2018 (620 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a device including a selected distributed driver, a first feedback control circuit, and a second feedback control circuit. The first feedback control circuit is coupled to the selected distributed driver. The first feedback control circuit is configured to maintain an output of the selected distributed driver within a first predetermined range. The second feedback control circuit is selectively coupled to the selected distributed driver and is configured to maintain the output of the selected distributed driver to be within a second predetermined range. The second predetermined range is within the first predetermined range.

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

Inventor(s): John Anthony Rodriguez (Dallas, TX), Richard Allen Bailey (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15967511 on 04/30/2018 (512 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of generating a random number from an electronic circuit memory and/or a system with the electronic circuit memory. The memory comprises a block of ferroelectric two transistor, two capacitor (2T-2C), memory cells. The method comprises: (i) first, writing a predetermined programming pattern to the block cells in a one transistor, one-capacitor (1T-1C) mode, thusly writing, per cell, a same data state to both a first and second sub-cell of the cell; (ii) second, reading the cells in a 2T-2C mode to generate a random number comprising a random bit from each of the cells; (iii) third, restoring the random number into the cells in a 2T-2C mode, thusly writing, per cell, a complementary data state to both a first and second sub-cell of the cell, responsive to a respective random number bit; and fourth, imprinting the random number in each cell in the block.

[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)

Reducing widening of threshold voltage distributions in a memory device due to temperature change Patent No. 10424387 

Inventor(s): Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA), Zhengyi Zhang (Mountain View, CA) Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15981024 on 05/16/2018 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and techniques are described for programming a memory device with reduced temperature-based changes in the threshold voltage distribution (Vth). Different memory cells can have different values of a temperature coefficient, Tco, and high-Tco memory cells may tend to be at the lower tail of a Vth distribution. The memory cells are programmed using a first set of verify voltages which are temperature-independent. If the temperature at the time of the programming is less than a specified temperature, the high-Tco memory cells are identified and programmed further in a second pass using a second set of verify voltages which are temperature-dependent. Further, the second pass is configured to provide a narrower Vth distribution width than the first program pass. The second pass may use a smaller program pulse step size and/or an elevated bit line voltage.

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

Inventor(s): Dwight E. Carter (Denton, TX), Janet Burkhard (Dallas, TX), Michelle Erickson (Gastonia, NC), Nicole Johnson (Dallas, TX), Pamela D. Doughty (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Dallas -Fort Worth Hospital Council Education and Research Foundation (Irving, TX) Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 13303104 on 11/22/2011 (2863 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving, by a server computer, a selection of patient records. The method further includes aggregating the patient records by geographic unit based on at least one healthcare metric. In addition, the method includes accessing a map of a geographic region covered by the selected patient records. Further, the method includes annotating the map based on a geographic variance of the at least one healthcare metric. The method also includes receiving, by the server computer, a selection of at least one environmental factor. Additionally, the method includes aggregating, by the server computer, environmental data for the environmental factor by the geographic unit. The method further includes annotating the map based on a geographic variance of the environmental factor.

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

Inventor(s): Sathyanarayanan Srinivasan (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15632801 on 06/26/2017 (820 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present invention, a system dynamically processes an incoming message. Initially, a system receives a message including a plurality of different contexts. In response to receiving the message, a processor in the system partitions the message into a plurality of sections each associated with a corresponding context, wherein each context includes an inquiry to receive a reply. The processor further generates one or more replies for a corresponding context and generates a response to the message including the sections and the one or more replies, wherein each reply is inserted into a section in the response associated with the corresponding context. Embodiments of the present invention further include a method and computer program product for dynamically processing messages in substantially the same manner described above.

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

Method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving data using plurality of carriers in wireless communication system Patent No. 10425920 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14399888 on 05/07/2013 (2331 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving data using a plurality of carriers in a wireless communication system. The method includes the steps of: receiving secondary serving cell (SCell) setting information for setting an SCell from a base station; determining whether the secondary SCell belongs to a primary set or to a non-primary set; and, according to a results of the determination, setting forward and reverse initial states as an active or inactive state.

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

Inventor(s): Adam Joseph Fruehling (Garland, TX), Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Juan Alejandro Herbsommer (Allen, TX), Simon Joshua Jacobs (Lucas, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15697505 on 09/07/2017 (747 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for forming a sealed cavity includes bonding a non-conductive structure to a first substrate to form a non-conductive aperture into the first substrate. On a surface of the non-conductive structure opposite the first substrate, the method includes depositing a first metal layer. The method further includes patterning a first iris in the first metal layer, depositing a first dielectric layer on a surface of the first metal layer opposite the non-conductive structure, and patterning an antenna on a surface of the first dielectric layer opposite the first metal layer. The method also includes creating a cavity in the first substrate, depositing a second metal layer on a surface of the cavity, patterning a second iris in the second metal layer, and bonding a second substrate to a surface of the first substrate opposite the non-conductive structure to thereby seal the cavity.

[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]

Layered cooling structure including insulative layer and multiple metallization layers Patent No. 10424528 

Inventor(s): Ercan Mehmet Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Feng Zhou (South Lyon, MI), Yanghe Liu (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: 15890511 on 02/07/2018 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly includes at least one heat emitting device and a continuous conformal cooling structure adhering directly to and conforming with surfaces of at least a portion of the at least one heat emitting device. The cooling structure may include a thermally-conductive, electrically-insulative layer adhering directly to surfaces of the at least one heat generating device to provide an electrically nonconductive, continuous, conformal layer covering all such surfaces. An inner metallization layer may be adhered directly to surfaces of at least a portion of the insulative layer. An outer metallization layer may be adhered directly to surfaces of the inner metallization layer to provide a thermally conductive layer covering such surfaces.

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

Inventor(s): Barry Jon Male (West Granby, CT), Benjamin Cook (Addison, TX), Robert Alan Neidorff (Bedford, NH), Steve Kummerl (Carrollton, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15913497 on 03/06/2018 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples of forming an integrated circuit wave device, a method includes: (a) affixing an integrated circuit die relative to a substrate; (b) creating a form relative to the integrated circuit die and the substrate; and (c) forming a wave shaping member having a shape conforming at least in part to a shape of the form.

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

Inventor(s): Christopher Daniel Manack (Flower Mound, TX), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX), Salvatore Frank Pavone (Murphy, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15954254 on 04/16/2018 (526 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microelectronic device includes a reflow structure. The reflow structure has a copper-containing member and a solder member, and a barrier layer between them. The barrier layer has metal grains, with a diffusion barrier filler between the metal grains. The metal grains include at least a first metal and a second metal, each selected from nickel, cobalt, lanthanum, and cerium, with each having a concentration in the metal grains of at least 10 weight percent. The diffusion barrier filler includes at least a third metal, selected from tungsten and molybdenum. A combined concentration of tungsten and molybdenum in the diffusion barrier filler is higher than in the metal grains to provide a desired resistance to diffusion of copper. The barrier layer includes 2 weight percent to 15 weight percent of the combined concentration of tungsten, and molybdenum. A bump bond structure and a lead frame package are disclosed.

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

Sub 59 MV/decade SI CMOS compatible tunnel FET as footer transistor for power gating Patent No. 10424581 

Inventor(s): Mark Rodder (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15276768 on 09/26/2016 (1093 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) including a circuit block including a plurality of complementary metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (CMOSFETs), and a tunnel field-effect transistor (TFET) between the circuit block and ground for power gating the circuit block.

[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): Jun Cai (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15788216 on 10/19/2017 (705 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with at least one embodiment of the invention, a transistor comprises a semiconductor, a first drift layer, a drain region, a body region, a source region, a shallow trench isolation region, a dielectric, and a gate. The first drift layer is formed in the semiconductor and has majority carriers of a first type. The drain region is formed in the first drift layer and has majority carriers of the first type. The body region is formed in the semiconductor and has majority carriers of a second type. The source region is formed in the body region and has majority carriers of the first type. The shallow trench isolation region is formed in the first drift layer and disposed between the drain region and the body region. The dielectric is formed on the semiconductor, and the gate is formed over the dielectric and has a lift-up region.

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

Inventor(s): Hideo Iizuka (Ann Arbor, MI), Hisayoshi Fujikawa (Seto, , JP), Yasuhiko Takeda (Aichi-gun, , JP) Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 12987261 on 01/10/2011 (3179 days app to issue)

Abstract: Double groove diffraction gratings are used in combination with various types of photoelectrodes including dye-sensitized and organic photoelectrodes to increase absorption efficiency as well as to provide one or more of a variety of functions including transparency and reflectivity.

[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): Gary A. Frazier (Garland, TX) Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA) Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15289900 on 10/10/2016 (1079 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controllable frequency selective surface. The frequency selective surface has a plurality of conductive patches with integrated circuits straddling gaps between, and connected to, pairs of patches separated by gaps. Each integrated circuit presents a controllable impedance and as a result the characteristics of the frequency selective surface are controllable.

Inventor(s): Robert S. Isom (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA) Law Firm: Daly, Crowley, Mofford Durkee LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15698929 on 09/08/2017 (746 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wideband dual-polarized current loop antenna element is provided having a ground tower and an antenna circuit integrated, such as within a multi-layer circuit board configuration. The antenna circuit includes feed conductors and element conductors, each of which are capacitively coupled to a top ground plane of the ground tower. The feed conductors are coupled to receive signals from coaxial feed lines coupled to the respective antenna element and element conductors are coupled to receive signals from adjacent antenna elements, such as in an antenna array configuration. The antenna element can further include one or more frequency selective surface (FSS) layers disposed proximate to the top ground plane of the ground tower and the antenna circuit. The ground tower, antenna circuit and one or more FSS layers can be formed to provide a low-profile antenna element having wide broadband performance.

Inventor(s): Balzs Kelenvlgyi (Budapest, , HU), Karl-Heinz Steinmetz (Durmersheim, , DE), Taraka Rama Chandra Reddy Kambham (Freising, , DE) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15465280 on 03/21/2017 (917 days app to issue)

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

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

Inventor(s): Paul Garrity (Rockwall, TX) Assignee(s): Tesla, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA) Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15983945 on 05/18/2018 (494 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power conditioning unit for delivering power from a dc power source to an ac mains power supply output includes a dc power input to receive dc power from a dc power source, an ac power output for delivering ac power to the ac mains power supply, a dc link coupled between the dc power input and the ac power output, first and second dc-to-dc converters coupled between the dc power input and the dc link, wherein one or both of the first and second dc-to-dc converters comprises a pair of resonant capacitors, a sensing element connected in parallel to one of the pair of the resonant capacitors for sensing a ripple voltage, and a controller operative to control the first and second dc-to-dc converters in response to the sensed ripple voltage.

[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): Ming Xiao (Shenzhen, , CN), Ralph Braxton Wade, III (McKinney, TX), Zhong Chen (Fayetteville, AR) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14855406 on 09/16/2015 (1469 days app to issue)

Abstract: USB interface and charging port controller integrated circuits and systems are presented for interfacing USB power and data signaling with a host circuit, in which an ESD protection diode is integrated in the IC, having an anode connected to a data terminal of the IC and a cathode connected to the positive USB bus voltage terminal for directing ESD transient current from the data terminal to the USB bus voltage terminal for dissipation to an external bus capacitance connected between the USB bus voltage terminal and a USB ground node on a host system circuit board.

[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): Joseph Maurice Khayat (Bedford, NH), Robert Alan Neidorff (Bedford, NH) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15682094 on 08/21/2017 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus to increase efficiency of a power converter using a bias voltage on a low side drive gate are disclosed. An example power converter includes an inductor; a transistor coupled to the inductor; and a driver coupled to a gate of the transistor, the driver to apply (A) a first voltage to the gate to enable the transistor, (B) a second voltage to the gate to disable the transistor, and (C) a third voltage to the gate during a transition between applying the first voltage and the second voltage, the third voltage being between the first voltage and the second voltage.

[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): Ani Xavier (Kottayam, , IN), Arun Mohan (Bangalore, , IN), Neeraj Shrivastava (Bangalore, , IN), Shagun Dusad (Bangalore, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15859431 on 12/30/2017 (633 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, an amplifier stage includes a voltage-gain amplifier stage and a negative capacitance circuit coupled to the voltage-gain amplifier stage, the negative capacitance circuit comprising a first transistor that provides a first temperature-biased current.

[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): Eeshan Miglani (Chhindwara, , IN), Jagannathan Venkataraman (Bengaluru, , IN), Karthikeyan Gunasekaran (Chennai, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16192048 on 11/15/2018 (313 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes first and second operational amplifiers, each including positive and negative inputs and first and second internal nodes. A mixer couples first and second input nodes to the positive and negative inputs of the operational amplifiers. The mixer switches the first and second input nodes between the positive and negative inputs of the first and second operational amplifiers in accordance with clock signals. A first cancellation capacitor couples to the first input node, and a second cancellation capacitor couple to the second input node. First and second switches selectively couple the first cancellation capacitor to the first and second internal nodes, respectively, of the first operational amplifier. Third and fourth switches selectively couple the second cancellation capacitor to the first and second internal nodes, respectively, of the second operational amplifier.

[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): Daijiro Otani (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15805696 on 11/07/2017 (686 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, a differential input stage comprises a first n-type metal oxide semiconductor transistor (NMOS) pair coupled to a first input and a second input, a second NMOS pair coupled to the first input, a first output node, the second input, and a second output node, a first diode coupled to the first NMOS pair and the first output node, a second diode coupled to the first NMOS pair and the second output node, and a cascaded current source coupled to the first NMOS pair and the second NMOS pair.

[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): Dinesh Jain (Bengaluru, , IN), Markus Friedrich Dietl (Munich, , DE) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16151752 on 10/04/2018 (355 days app to issue)

Abstract: A full quadrant analog interpolator used in a fractional clock generator. A quadrature clock signal with minimal jitter is provided to the full quadrant analog interpolator. The full quadrant analog interpolator uses a series of switches and current sources to develop a differential output signal based on a digital input value, thus allowing digital control of the delay developed by the full quadrant analog interpolator. The differential output of the full quadrant analog interpolator is provided to multi-stage comparator. The output of the multi-stage comparator is provided to an integer divider to provide the final output clock. A digital control section utilizes a modulator and a summer to utilize an input N. control input which provides the desired fractional division amount to provide a signal to a phase accumulator. The output of the phase accumulator is the digital control or value of the full quadrant analog interpolator.

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

Inventor(s): Basil F. Pinzone, Jr. (Newbury, OH), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Joseph F. Pinzone (Cornelius, NC), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH) Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Italy, TX) Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 15782427 on 10/12/2017 (712 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is hybrid communication in which a first message from a guided surface wave probe node is embedded in a guided surface wave, and a second message from a guided surface wave receive node uses a different messaging mechanism.

Inventor(s): Il Han Kim (Allen, TX), Mehul Soman (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15601063 on 05/22/2017 (855 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating a communication system is disclosed. The method includes forming a data frame having plural orthogonal frequency division multiplex (OFDM) symbols. A first set of preamble subcarriers is allocated to at least one of the OFDM symbols. A second set of data subcarriers is allocated to said at least one of the OFDM symbols.

Method and apparatus for beam management reference signals in wireless communication systems Patent No. 10425139 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Li Guo (Allen, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15706495 on 09/15/2017 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) for a beam management in a wireless communication system/ The method comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), configuration information including information of receive (Rx) beam identifications (IDs) associated with Rx beams, receiving, from the BS, reference signals for determining the Rx beams, wherein the Rx beams include different Rx beam IDs, respectively, measuring, based on the Rx beams, a beam reference signal (BRS) and a channel state information-reference signal (CSI-RS) received from the BS, and performing, based on the configuration information, an Rx beam cycling operation for the Rx beams to receive downlink channels.

Inventor(s): Jimmie Paul Partee (Double Oak, TX) Assignee(s): FEDEX SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS ELECTRONICS, INC. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14186373 on 02/21/2014 (2041 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and WiFi test chamber. The WiFi test chamber includes a case defining a number of isolation chambers. The case is configured to prevent radio frequency signals from entering the number of isolation chambers. The WiFi test chamber includes a number of wireless access points (WAPs) with one of the wireless access points in each of the number of isolation chambers. The WiFi test chamber includes interfaces extending from the exterior from the case and connected to the plurality of WAPs.

Inter-band distortion and interference mitigation within communication systems Patent No. 10425182 

Inventor(s): Hong Jiang (Kernersville, NC), Wael Al-Qaq (Oak Ridge, NC) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15720437 on 09/29/2017 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless communication device includes one or more transmitter (TX)-receiver (RX) pairs, one or more RX distortion estimators, and a combiner. A first RX distortion estimator receives a first TX signal corresponding to a first TX of the first TX-RX pair and a second TX signal corresponding to a second TX of a second TX-RX pair. The first RX distortion estimator processes the first TX signal and the second TX signal based on a first base function set including at least one base function to generate a first distortion signal set including at least one distortion signal. Then, the first RX distortion estimator processes the first distortion signal set to generate a first RX correction signal. The wireless communication device”s combiner generates a first distortion compensated RX signal by compensating for distortion in a first RX signal of the first TX-RX pair based on the first RX correction signal.

Inventor(s): Esa M. Malkamaki (Espoo, , FI), Jarkko T. Koskela (Oulu, , FI), Woonhee Hwang (Espoo, , FI) Assignee(s): CELLULAR COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Porcopio, Cory, Hargreaves Savitch LLP (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 14558083 on 12/02/2014 (1757 days app to issue)

Abstract: Format of a downlink control channel for a user equipment UE is changed in conjunction with switching the UE between being enabled for cross carrier scheduling and being disabled for cross carrier scheduling. The changed format is used on at least one serving cell of the UE”s configured set of component carriers CCs. In one embodiment the changed format comprises an explicit carrier indicator field CIF for the case in which the switching is from disabled to enabled; and the changed format has no explicit CIF when the switching is from enabled to disabled. In another embodiment switching from disabled to enabled comprises the UE”s configured set of CCs being changed from one to multiple cells; and switching from enabled to disabled comprises the UE”s configured set of CCs being changed from multiple cells to one cell. In one embodiment the changed format is implicit.

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

Inventor(s): Asit Chakraborti (Pleasanton, CA), Aytac Azgin (Santa Clara, CA), Ravishankar Ravindran (San Ramon, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15493444 on 04/21/2017 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure includes a method for an Information-Centric Networking (ICN) network. According to the method, a PoA receives registration information from a producer, where the registration information comprises a name prefix of the producer. The PoA sends a plurality of Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) messages to a plurality of peers of the PoA, wherein at least some of the BGP messages respectively comprise a first mapping between the name prefix of the producer and an identifier of the PoA. By sending the BGP messages comprising the mapping to the plurality of peers, the PoA may efficiently make the plurality of peers to locate the producer.

[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: 15615958 on 06/07/2017 (839 days app to issue)

Abstract: The example embodiments are directed to an application and a system capable of securely delivering message content to an unintended recipient to enhance the security of message delivery. In an example, the method includes at least one of: receiving an electronic message from a user device, the electronic message including secure content and one or more recipients, determining that a recipient of the electronic message is a member of a project group associated with an organization, and in response, identifying an unintended recipient who is associated with the organization but who is not a member of the project group, and transmitting a notification to a device of the recipient indicating that the secure content is accessible via a device of the unintended recipient instead of transmitting the secure content directly to the device of the recipient.

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

Inventor(s): Shaobo Zhang (Shenzhen, , CN), Xin Wang (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15186220 on 06/17/2016 (1194 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus including a memory configured to store content items, and a processor operably coupled to the memory and configured to generate Uniform Resource Locator (URL) signing information based on a segment URL scope descriptor. The segment URL scope descriptor authorizes a client to access a set of the content items.

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

Inventor(s): Manu J. Kurian (Dallas, TX), Saritha P. Vrittamani (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15825406 on 11/29/2017 (664 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a request processing system which enables the system to reduce request processing time, increase overall throughput of the system, while conserving computing resources and increasing data security associated with the storage and transmission of requests and requested information over a network. The system is configured to gather a plurality of requests, encapsulate each of the requests in a wrapper, split each of the encapsulated requests into sub-requests that are encapsulated in sub-wrappers, divide the encapsulated sub-requests into multiple groups based on some attributes, and send the multiple groups of encapsulated sub-requests relevant data repositories.

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

Inventor(s): Tavis Dion Schriefer (Carrollton, TX) Assignee(s): TeleCalm, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15589143 on 05/08/2017 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: An expandable or all-in-one telephone system is designed for seniors suffering from Alzheimer”s and other forms of dementia as well as other cognitively challenged individuals. The features and settings are managed by their caregivers through a web browser or a smartphone application. This phone system provides caregivers with peace of mind and care-receivers with an easy-to-use safe system customized to fit their individual abilities and adaptable as their needs change. Accordingly, the system may help seniors retain dignity and independence, while reducing daily stress points for caregivers.

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

Controlled communication between residents of controlled-environment facilities Patent No. 10425529 

Inventor(s): Adam C. Edwards (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX) Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16017726 on 06/25/2018 (456 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments receive an indication of initiation of communication from a controlled-environment facility resident, using a communications device, with another controlled-environment facility resident. A determination is made whether the residents are allowed to communicate and the communication is established between the communications device and another communications device in use by the other resident. The residents may be residents of different or the same controlled-environment facility(ies). The communication may be monitored and/or a database of residents that communicate with one another may be compiled. The communication between the controlled-environment facility residents may proceed, even despite a determination or predetermination that the residents are not allowed to communicate with one another, so the communication may be monitored. At least one of the residents may be charged for the communication, such as by charging a community communications account maintained to the benefit of at least one of the residents.

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

Inventor(s): Fenqin Zhu (Shanghai, , CN), Frank Mademann (Teltow, , DE), Kaippallimalil Mathew John (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15715021 on 09/25/2017 (729 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile core network with distributed data services is provided. The mobile core network includes distributed mobile cores associated with mobile data service (MDS) agents at distributed data centers. A central MDS agent is host at a central data center providing legacy mobility management entity (MME) functions. The central MDS agent and the MDS agents at the distributed data centers coordinate with each other for synchronizing context information, such as subscriber data, session context data and metrics data of UEs, so that the context information is available at the central data center and the distributed data centers when or before it is requested.

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

Inventor(s): Alison Rose Boncha (San Francisco, CA), Keith Stoll Karn (Avon, NY), Noah Joseph Stupak (Rochester, NY), Theresa Kathryn Guarrera (Tonawanda, NY) Assignee(s): MONUMENT PEAK VENTURES, LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15827370 on 11/30/2017 (663 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital video camera comprising: user controls enabling a user to select between at least an up input, a down input, a left input, a right input, and a confirmation input; and a program memory storing instructions to implement a method for trimming a digital video sequence. The method includes: selecting a digital video sequence; initiating a trimming operation; accepting user input to select a start frame and an end frame for a trimmed digital video sequence, wherein the up input and the down input are used to select between a start frame selection mode and an end frame selection mode, and the left input and the right input are used to scroll through the frames of the selected digital video sequence; and trimming the selected video sequence to include the frames between the selected start frame and the selected end frame.

Distribution element for a self-calibrating RF network and system and method for use of the same Patent No. 10425617 

Inventor(s): Raymond S. Horton (McKinney, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15723769 on 10/03/2017 (721 days app to issue)

Abstract: A distribution element for a self-calibrating RF network and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the distribution element, the distribution element is located between a headend layer and an endpoint layer. An upstream directional control circuit and a downstream directional control circuit are positioned in a spaced opposing relationship such that respective upstream line and the downstream line are separated into a forward line and reverse line therebetween while being combined at the respective upstream directional control circuit and the downstream directional control circuit. A pair of amplifier circuits positioned between the upstream and downstream control circuits are under the control of a controller to amplify and shape the signal of the forward line and the reverse line. The controller monitor and analyzes signals through the distribution element.

Inventor(s): Christian Briggs (Austin, TX), Delfino Galindo (Laguna Niguel, CA), Freddy Knuth (Euless, TX), Heath McBurnett (Aliso Viejo, CA) Assignee(s): AiBUY, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15983934 on 05/18/2018 (494 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for presenting advertisements for commercial products in video productions, whereby the commercial product is placed in the video production as an element of the video production. A viewer is enabled to interact with the video production to select the product. Information is then displayed about the selected product; and the viewer is enabled to purchase the selected product.

Staggered back-to-back launch topology with diagonal waveguides for field confined near field communication system Patent No. 10425793 

Inventor(s): Baher Haroun (Allen, TX), Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Bradley Allen Kramer (Plano, TX), Mark W. Morgan (Allen, TX), Nathan Brooks (Champaign, IL), Swaminathan Sankaran (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15638194 on 06/29/2017 (817 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is provided in which a set of modules each have a substrate on which is mounted a radio frequency (RF) transmitter and/or an RF receiver coupled to a near field communication (NFC) coupler located on the substrate. Each module has a housing that surrounds and encloses the substrate. The housing has a port region on a surface of the housing. Each module has a field confiner located between the NFC coupler and the port region on the housing configured to guide electromagnetic energy emanated from the NFC coupler through the port region to a port region of an adjacent module. The port region is offset laterally from the NFC coupler. The field confiner is skewed to provide a pathway between the NFC coupler and the port region.

Method, apparatus, and computer readable medium for switching between lower energy and higher energy wireless communication techniques Patent No. 10425803 

Inventor(s): David J. McCall (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Intel IP Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15981135 on 05/16/2018 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer-readable media for a wireless communication device switching between lower energy and higher energy wireless communication techniques are disclosed. The wireless communication device includes processing circuitry to: receive a packet in accordance with a lower energy wireless peer-to-peer (P2P) network communication technique from a service provider wireless device, wherein the packet indicates one or more services provided by the service provider wireless device. The processing circuitry may be further to: determine to switch to a higher energy wireless P2P communication technique to communicate with the service provider wireless device based on a determination that a target service is provided by the service provider wireless device. The processing circuitry may be further to: perform a connectivity setup with the provider wireless device to use the target service in accordance with the higher energy wireless P2P communication technique.

Inventor(s): Joonbeom Kim (Carrollton, TX) Assignee(s): Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16245009 on 01/10/2019 (257 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of a User Equipment (UE), Next Generation Node-B (gNB) and methods of communication are generally described herein. The UE may randomly select a private key of the UE. The UE may receive, from the gNB, control signaling that includes a public key of the gNB. The UE may generate a shuffling key based at least partly on a public function of the private key of the UE and the public key of the gNB. The UE may determine a random sequence of bits based on a random number generation operation with the shuffling key as a seed. The UE may determine, based on the random sequence of bits, a shuffling array for shuffling of coded bits. The UE may generate the coded bits, and may shuffle the coded bits in accordance with the shuffling array.

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA) Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16051609 on 08/01/2018 (419 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure include, for example, identifying a primary serving cell and a secondary serving cell, wherein the primary serving cell facilitates one of attachment, re-attachment or mobility, or any combination thereof, of a mobile device in association with coordination of a wireless service between the primary serving cell, the secondary serving cell and the mobile device. A latency value associated with a message exchange is determined between the primary and secondary serving cells via a messaging interface, and compared to latency requirements, which correspond to a group of mobile service features. A mobile service feature of the group is associated with the wireless service based on the comparison. The wireless service includes a coordinated exchange of wireless signals between the primary serving cell and the mobile device and between the secondary serving cell and the mobile device based on the mobile service feature. Other embodiments are disclosed.

System, method and computer-readable medium for provisioning dual-homed voice call continuity Patent No. 10425871 

Inventor(s): Andrew Silver (Frisco, TX), Lathan W. Lewis (Dallas, TX), Patricia A. Landgren (Plano, TX), Steven E. Tryon (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Tango Networks, Inc. (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15195508 on 06/28/2016 (1183 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable medium for concurrent support of Voice Call Continuity (VCC) capabilities in both the enterprise space and the carrier space are provided. The enterprise VCC functionality is used when the user is located in the enterprise domain which does not impact the carrier”s network while the carrier VCC capability is used when the user is located in the carrier domain to support seamless handover between the wireless networks that the carrier may offer. The carrier VCC anchoring point and the enterprise VCC anchoring point may communicate with each other to confirm and inform the other anchoring point that a call handover is occurring or will occur.

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Irving, TX) Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA) Law Firm: Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini Bianco P.L. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15254018 on 09/01/2016 (1118 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, computer program product and a user equipment (UE) are provided for selecting a second network node for connection. A first message is sent to a first network node. The first message includes UE request capabilities. A second message is received from the first network node. The second message includes an indication. A second network node is selected for connecting to the network based on the received indication. The second network node may be an Evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG). The UE request capabilities may indicate ePDG selection and/or allow discovery of details of one or more ePDGs for connection. the indication contains at least one of a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) or an indication that the UE must attempt to connect using only an ePDG belonging to a Registered Public Land Mobile Network (RPLMN).

Inventor(s): Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Qian Cheng (Naperville, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL) Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15977872 on 05/11/2018 (501 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a user equipment (UE) includes receiving at least one of a configuration of a first group of one or more downlink (DL) signals, a configuration of a second group of one or more open-loop power control (PC) parameters, a configuration of a third group of one or more closed-loop PC parameters, or a configuration of a fourth group of one or more loop states, receiving a configuration of a PC setting, wherein the PC setting is associated with at least one of a subset of the first group, a subset of the second group, a subset of the third group, or a subset of the fourth group, selecting a transmit power level in accordance with the PC setting and a pathloss, wherein the pathloss is determined in accordance with a DL reference signal (SS) and a synchronization signal (SS).

Inventor(s): David Jean-Marie Mazzarese (Beijing, , CN), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL), Zhongfeng Li (Munich, , DE) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15782632 on 10/12/2017 (712 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a communications controller includes defining a positive integer quantity of resource element groups from a resource block with a positive integer number N resource elements in each resource element group, the resource block having a total number of resource elements, the total number of resource elements consisting of available resource elements and reserved resource elements. The method also includes assigning a plurality of available resource elements to fill in each of the positive integer quantity of resource element groups with N available resource elements in each resource element group, and blocking any unassigned available resource elements from being used in a resource element group. The method further includes interleaving a plurality of control messages onto the positive integer quantity of resource element groups, and transmitting the positive integer quantity of resource element groups.

Method and system for signaling transmission layers for single user and multi user MIMO Patent No. 10425934 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX), Sean Michael McBeath (Keller, TX) Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA) Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15882570 on 01/29/2018 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system to signal transmission layers or dedicated reference signal ports to be used in a multiple input multiple output system, the method including providing a downlink control signal containing information for transmission layers or dedicated reference signal ports utilized, the dedicated reference signal ports being associated with the transmission layers; and using the information to demodulate data on each transmission layer.

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

Inventor(s): Andrew Silver (Frisco, TX), Patricia A. Landgren (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TANGO NETWORKS, INC. (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15895123 on 02/13/2018 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus of routing a call in a femtocell network are disclosed. In one example call routing method, a call is originated from the mobile station via a femtocell access point and the call is transmitted to a femtocell gateway, a mobile switching center and a carrier gateway server and onto an enterprise gateway server to obtain policy information. A routing policy is determined based on the obtained policy information and the call is routed to its destination based on the routing policy. The call may be routed via local media from a femtocell access point directly to the enterprise gateway server. The call routing procedures may implement the Iuh protocol and/or the session initiation protocol (SIP) for call signaling in the femtocell network. Call routing may be performed in a wireless cellular communications network or an enterprise network environment.

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Scott Farris (Flower Mound, TX), John Peter Fenske (Richardson, TX), Muhammad Roshanali Rajabali (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15859110 on 12/29/2017 (634 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a circuit for controlling a light emitting diode (LED) includes a first flip flop including first and second control inputs. In response to assertion of a first control signal, the first flip flop generates a second control signal to control a first switch coupled in parallel with the LED. An edge detect circuit is coupled to an output of the first flip flop. In response to generation of the second control signal, the edge detect circuit generates a third control signal. A second flip flop includes third and fourth control inputs. The third control input is coupled to an output of the edge detect circuit. The second flip flop generates a fourth control signal to control a second switch coupled, via an inductor, to the first switch and the LED.

Inventor(s): John Hudlow (Richardson, TX), Michael R. Patrizi (Allen, TX), Tuan M. Tong (Frisco, TX), William K. Mcgehee (Mckinney, TX) Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA) Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15587332 on 05/04/2017 (873 days app to issue)

Abstract: A configurable radio frequency system. The system includes: a plurality of radio frequency cells connected in a cascade. Each of the radio frequency cells includes an input switch connected to an input of the radio frequency system, an output switch connected to an output of the radio frequency system, and a plurality of elements, each of the elements being connected between the input switch and the output switch. The input switch and the output switch are configured, depending on their respective settings, to cause a radio frequency signal path from an input of the cell to an output of the cell to include one of the elements. The plurality of elements in each cell includes a band pass filter, an attenuator, a through path, an amplifier, and a mixer.

[H05K] PRINTED CIRCUITS; CASINGS OR CONSTRUCTIONAL DETAILS OF ELECTRIC APPARATUS; MANUFACTURE OF ASSEMBLAGES OF ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS (details of instruments or comparable details of other apparatus not otherwise provided for G12B; thin-film or thick-film circuits H01L 27/01, H01L 27/13; non-printed means for electric connections to or between printed circuits H01R; casings for, or constructional details of, particular types of apparatus, see the relevant subclasses; processes involving only a single technical art, e.g. heating, spraying, for which provision exists elsewhere, see the relevant classes)

Inventor(s): Nico De Swert (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): NICOMODO CO. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 29615706 on 08/30/2017 (755 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Mari-Anne Eisert (Charlotte, NC), Reginald Vincent (Maplewood, NJ), Tai Phan (Farmers Branch, TX) Assignee(s): HEALTH MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, INC. (Irving, TX) Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29612751 on 08/03/2017 (782 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Tarun Kumar (Irving, TX) Assignee(s): HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC. (Morris Plains, NJ) Law Firm: Wick Phillips Gould Martin LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 29642775 on 04/02/2018 (540 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX) Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29612269 on 07/31/2017 (785 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX) Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29594100 on 02/15/2017 (951 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Douglas F. Sutherland (Luxembourg, , LU), Scott J. Smith (Dallas, TX), Tyde Meadows (Hartselle, AL), Valentin Korman (Huntsville, AL) Assignee(s): Socrates Health Solutions, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 29637436 on 02/19/2018 (582 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Christopher Terpstra (Frisco, TX), Ernest Matthew Chavana, Jr. (Villa Ridge, MO), Jan Valentic (Plano, TX), Richard Foster (Powell, OH), Stanley Anderson (Fenton, MO), Xintao Ma (Suzhou, , CN) Assignee(s): RUG DOCTOR, LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Hauptman Ham, LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29625434 on 11/09/2017 (684 days app to issue)

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