Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 11 for patent activity out of 250 metros. Patents granted include: • An unassigned patent for a remotely controlled smart fence • Bell Textron's "mutually symbiotic aircraft systems" • CPG Technologies' geolocation using guided surface waves • I D YOU's audio announcement to called parties • IBM's "empathetic image selection" • Roka Sports' eyeglasses with interchangeable lenses • Siemens Healthcare's next-generation MRI spine evaluation • The Snoring Center's airway implant delivery device

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 Inc. (Dallas) 22 Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 12 Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 11 Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas) 3 TRAXXAS LP (McKinney) 3

David Mehrl (Plano) 2 Kerry Glover (Rockwall) 2 Monica Rose Martino (Plano) 2 Vijayakrishna J. Vankayala (Allen) 2

SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 154 daysCurrent mode logic driver with level shifterPatent No. 10396794 Assignee: Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)Inventor: Steven Ernest Finn (Chamblee, GA)



4,548 daysCollections of linked databases Patent No. 10395326Assignees: Degrees LLC (Plano)Inventors: Brian N. Smith (Plymouth Meeting, PA), Heather A. McGuire (Plymouth Meeting, PA), Michael J. Markus (Plymouth Meeting, PA), Peter M. Kionga-Kamau (Charlottesville, VA)

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Inventor(s): Chris Wilson (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15395182 on 12/30/2016 (970 days app to issue)

Abstract: An animal toy includes an elongated body portion having a first end and a second end, a first wheel disposed adjacent the first end, a second wheel disposed adjacent the second end, at least one electric motor configured to drive the first wheel and the second wheel independently, a receiver configured to receive signals from a transmitter, and a controller programmed to control the electric motor and the rotational speed and direction of each of the first and second wheels.

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

Inventor(s): Ethan Vickery (Bedford, TX), Larry Covington (Weatherford, TX) Assignee(s): VM PRODUCTS INC. (Bedford, TX) Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15808302 on 11/09/2017 (656 days app to issue)

[A01M] CATCHING, TRAPPING OR SCARING OF ANIMALS (appliances for catching swarms or drone-catching A01K 57/00; fishing A01K 69/00-A01K 97/00; biocides, pest repellants or attractants A01N); APPARATUS FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF NOXIOUS ANIMALS OR NOXIOUS PLANTS

Inventor(s): David Liu (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): Siemens Healthcare GmbH (Erlangen, , DE) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15471250 on 03/28/2017 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of visualizing spinal nerves includes receiving a 3D image volume depicting a spinal cord and a plurality of spinal nerves. For each spinal nerve, a 2D spinal nerve image is generated by defining a surface within the 3D volume comprising the spinal nerve. The surface is curved such that it passes through the spinal cord while encompassing the spinal nerve. Then, the 2D spinal nerve images are generated based on voxels on the surface included in the 3D volume. A visualization of the 2D spinal images is presented in a graphical user interface that allows each 2D spinal image to be viewed simultaneously.

Inventor(s): Craig Schwimmer (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): The Snoring Center (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15981271 on 05/16/2018 (468 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of a delivery device for inserting multiple implants into an airway of a patient.

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

Inventor(s): Loren S. Adell (Sunnyvale, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14703475 on 05/04/2015 (1576 days app to issue)

Abstract: A thermoforming aid for use in creating a thermoformed impression of an object such as a dental arch. The thermoforming aid has a thermoformable sheet which has inherent tendency to curl when unsupported, and a curl-resistant element which prevents the thermoformable sheet from curling. The thermoforming aid makes a person”s task of placing a sheet of thermoformable material, especially a very thin sheet having an inherent tendency to curl, in proper position in a thermoforming machine less difficult and time-consuming.

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

Inventor(s): Vallabh Janardhan (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Insera Therapeutics, Inc. (Sacramento, CA) Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear LLP (12 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16103410 on 08/14/2018 (378 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aspiration system includes a pump and a control system in communication with the pump. The control system includes a microcontroller, an antenna configured to receive a signal, and a pump control board in communication with the microcontroller. The antenna is in communication with the microcontroller. Upon receiving the signal, the pump control board operates the pump to create negative pressure according to the signal.

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

Inventor(s): David A. Downer (Fort Worth, TX), Tu Cam Tran (Grapevine, TX) Assignee(s): Novartis AG (Basel, , CH) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15233527 on 08/10/2016 (1112 days app to issue)

Abstract: An IOL injection device comprises a tubular housing with a plunger longitudinally disposed within the tubular housing. The device is configured so that when the plunger is translated towards the front of the device, its tip engages an intraocular lens insertion cartridge mounted at or near the front end of the housing. The IOL injection device further comprises a control circuit. The control circuit is configured to perform the steps of advancing the plunger to a critical point at which an axial compressive force on the lens suddenly increases, retracting the plunger from the critical point to a sufficient distance for material of the intraocular lens to relax, pausing to allow the material of the intraocular lens to relax, advancing the plunger to the critical point a second time, and continuing to advance the plunger beyond the critical point to implant the intraocular lens.

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

Inventor(s): Isador Harry Lieberman (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): AGADA MEDICAL LTD. (Kfar Vitkin, , IL) Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15234923 on 08/11/2016 (1111 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to some embodiments of the invention, an intervertebral disc replacement includes a first layer having a lower surface for contacting a first vertebral bone, a second layer coupled to the first layer, the second layer comprising a plurality of compressible column springs, and a third layer coupled to the second layer, the third layer having an upper surface for contacting a second vertebral bone. Each of the plurality of compressible column springs comprises a plurality of stacked coils, and each of the plurality of stacked coils has a spring constant (K). At least one of the plurality of compressible column springs includes a first coil having a first spring constant and a second coil comprising a second spring constant, wherein the first spring constant is different from the second spring constant.

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

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX), Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX), Tiffany Florence (Dallas, TX), Wanli Zhao (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16246029 on 01/11/2019 (228 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a method of treating a fine line or wrinkle in a person”s skin. The method includes topically applying to the fine line or wrinkle a composition comprising an effective amount of [i]Commiphora mukul [/i]resin or an extract thereof that includes oleo gum resin. Topical application of the composition to the fine line or wrinkle reduces the appearance of the fine line or wrinkle.

[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): David Greenberg (Coppell, TX) Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX), Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14714104 on 05/15/2015 (1565 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided are antisense oligomers targeted against or genes associated with a biochemical pathway and/or cellular process, and related compositions and methods of using the oligomers and compositions to treat an infected mammalian subject, for example, as primary antimicrobials or as adjunctive therapies with classic antimicrobials.

[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): Andrew Eide (Rockwall, TX) Assignee(s): DBG GROUP INVESTMENTS, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Workman Nydegger (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15835363 on 12/07/2017 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: An active oxidation and purifying system is provided to increase or maximize the rate of photocatalytic oxidation and ambient air purification capacity by providing both direct ultraviolet (UV) light and reflected UV light directed to the surface and apertures of active cell panels coated with a photocatalytic material. In one example, the active cells also include a plurality of apertures disposed in a transverse manner from the first surface to the second surface of the active cell. Furthermore, a first set of the apertures could be disposed about 45 degrees relative to a median axis along the first and second surfaces, while a second set of apertures could be disposed about negative 45 degrees relative to the same median axis in order to increase the surface area impinged by the direct and reflected UV light.

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

Inventor(s): Ni Zhu (Plano, TX), Thomas J. Shaw (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Retractable Technologies, Inc (Little Elm, TX) Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14679847 on 04/06/2015 (1604 days app to issue)

Abstract: A medical device having a forwardly-projecting needle and a selectively-movable needle cap that can be variously positioned to cover all or a portion of the needle, depending upon whether the device is, for example, being transported, aspirated or used to inject a therapeutic fluid. The device can optionally be configured to enable retraction of the needle into the body for safe disposal following use.

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

Inventor(s): Brian Giles (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15204800 on 07/07/2016 (1146 days app to issue)

Abstract: A catheter with a distal end that rotates through the conversion of linear motion to rotational motion, thus the distal end may be rotated without longitudinally advancing or retracting the distal end. The catheter includes a tube with a single helix or a dual chirality helix cut into the tube, a distal end segment, means for linear displacement of the helix, and means for coupling the junction point of the helix to the distal segment.

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

Systems, methods, and devices for evaluating lead placement based on generated visual representations of sacrum and lead Patent No. 10391321 

Inventor(s): Norbert Kaula (Arvada, CO), Steven Siegel (North Oaks, MN), Yohannes Iyassu (Denver, CO) Assignee(s): NUVECTRA CORPORATION (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15688454 on 08/28/2017 (729 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of evaluating an implantation of a lead is disclosed. Via a graphical user interface of an electronic device, a visual representation of a sacrum of the patient and a lead that is implanted in the sacrum is displayed. The lead includes a plurality of electrode contacts. An evaluation is made as to how well the lead has been implanted in the sacrum based on the visual representation of the sacrum and the lead. The evaluating comprises: determining whether the lead is inserted in a predetermined region of the sacrum, determining how far a predetermined one of the electrode contacts is located from an edge of the sacrum, and determining a degree of curvature of the lead.

[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): Jeffrey J. Albertsen (Plano, TX), Michael Scott Burnett (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC. (Carlsbad, CA) Law Firm: Dawsey Co., LPA (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15959896 on 04/23/2018 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aerodynamic golf club head producing reduced aerodynamic drag forces via the curvature of a crown section. At least a portion of the crown section may be composed of low density materials, including nonmetallic materials.

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

Inventor(s): Dan LeLievre (Cambridge, , CA), Frank Zolli (Brantford, , CA), Michael Horn (Kitchener, , 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: 15628980 on 06/21/2017 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: Arrangements described herein include coating application systems and methods for controlling such systems. The system can include an application end configured to be operatively connected to a robot arm. The application end can include one or more nozzles to dispense a coating onto a workpiece. The application end can further include one or more brushes to brush a portion of the coating dispensed onto the workpiece. The brush can be moveable between a retracted position and a deployed position. In some arrangements, the systems can include a cleaning tool to remove excess coating from the brush after brushing.

[B05C] APPARATUS FOR APPLYING LIQUIDS OR OTHER FLUENT MATERIALS TO SURFACES, IN GENERAL (spraying apparatus, atomising apparatus, nozzles B05B; plant for applying liquids or other fluent materials to objects by electrostatic spraying B05B 5/08) [2]

Inventor(s): Douglas A. Moore (Livermore, CA), Joseph M. A. Djugash (San Jose, CA) Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15451313 on 03/06/2017 (904 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wearable smart device is configured to be positioned on and external to a robot having a robot sensor for sensing robot data and a robot input/output port. The wearable smart device includes a device sensor capable of detecting device data corresponding to an environment of the wearable smart device. The wearable smart device also includes a device input/output port. The wearable smart device also includes a device processor coupled to the robot sensor via the robot input/output port and the device input/output port. The device processor is also coupled to the device sensor and configured to control the robot based on the robot data and the device data.

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

Inventor(s): Craig A. Provost (Boston, MA), Douglas R. Kohring (Arrowsic, ME), John W. Griffin (Moultonborough, NH), William E. Tucker (Attleboro, MA) Assignee(s): ShaveLogic, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Leber IP Law (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16009938 on 06/15/2018 (438 days app to issue)

Abstract: Replaceable shaving assemblies are disclosed that include a blade unit, an interface element configured to removeably connect the blade unit to a handle, on which the blade unit is pivotably mounted, and a return element disposed between the blade unit and interface element. The return element serves as interface piece, connector and pivot all in one. Shaving systems including such shaving assemblies are also disclosed, as are methods of using such shaving systems.

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

Inventor(s): Kevin Geldard (Haltom City, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm, LLC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14589183 on 01/05/2015 (1695 days app to issue)

Abstract: A writing board system includes a writing device and a board having a powder coating substrate and a thermosetting powder coating resin applied to the powder coating substrate. A method includes preparing the powder coating substrate and spraying the thermosetting powder coating resin applied to the powder coating substrate.

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

Inventor(s): Danil V. Prokhorov (Canton, MI) Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15292110 on 10/12/2016 (1049 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing system for a vehicle includes one or more processors and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to determine if a virtual straight line connecting a predetermined location within a vehicle with a light source external to the vehicle passes through a window of the vehicle. If the straight line passes through a window, it is determined if the straight line will pass through any deployable vehicle shade if the shade is deployed. If the straight line will pass through a shade if the shade is deployed and the shade through which the straight line will pass is not already deployed, the vehicle may be operated so as to deploy the shade through which the straight line will pass if the shade is deployed.

[B60J] WINDOWS, WINDSCREENS, NON-FIXED ROOFS, DOORS, OR SIMILAR DEVICES FOR VEHICLES; REMOVABLE EXTERNAL PROTECTIVE COVERINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES (fastening, suspending, closing, or opening of such devices E05)

Inventor(s): Suhas E. Chelian (San Jose, CA) Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15967282 on 04/30/2018 (484 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for improving safety while providing privacy for a vehicle. The system includes a display screen located within the vehicle, configured to alternate between a displaying state and a non-displaying state. The system includes a window configured to alternate between an opaque state and a transparent state. The system includes an electronic control unit (ECU) configured to determine whether the display screen is powered on. The ECU is configured to alternate the display screen between the displaying state and the non-displaying state at a predetermined frequency when the display screen is powered on. The ECU is configured to alternate the window between the opaque state and the transparent state at the predetermined frequency, the display screen being in the displaying state when the window is in the opaque state and the display screen being in the non-displaying state when the window is in the transparent state.

[B60J] WINDOWS, WINDSCREENS, NON-FIXED ROOFS, DOORS, OR SIMILAR DEVICES FOR VEHICLES; REMOVABLE EXTERNAL PROTECTIVE COVERINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES (fastening, suspending, closing, or opening of such devices E05)

Inventor(s): Justin J. Chow (Los Angeles, CA), Tapan V. Patel (Lakewood, CA) Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15427913 on 02/08/2017 (930 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a battery pack designed to store electrical energy at a rated voltage and having a first and second battery module, each having a plurality of battery cells, and at least one switch selectively coupled to the battery modules. The system further includes an on-board charger that receives electrical power. The system further includes an ECU that determines a current voltage of the battery modules. The ECU also controls the at least one switch to transfer the electrical power to a combination of the battery modules until the current voltage of the first battery module or the second battery module reaches the rated voltage. The ECU also controls the at least one switch to transfer the electrical power to the first battery module when the current voltage of the first battery module is less than the current voltage of the second battery module.

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

Inventor(s): Andrew B. Severance (Fort Worth, TX), Eric L. Parks (Denton, TX), Jason K. Smith (Denton, TX), Wade G. Matthews (Argyle, TX) Assignee(s): Safran Seats USA LLC (Gainesville, TX) Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15517694 on 11/18/2015 (1378 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described are passenger seats that include a system for storing objects disposed on a rear side of the passenger seat. The system may include a cavity and a divider wall disposed within the cavity, wherein the divider wall separates a lower portion of the cavity into at least two compartments including a personal electronic device compartment on a rear side of the cavity and a secondary compartment on a forward side of the cavity.

[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): Geoffrey D. Gaither (Brighton, MI), Joshua D. Payne (Ann Arbor, MI) Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15675551 on 08/11/2017 (746 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a power source to generate power to propel the vehicle, and a speed sensor to detect a current speed. The system also includes a camera to detect image data corresponding to a current roadway, and a GPS sensor to detect location data corresponding to a current location of the vehicle. The system also includes an ECU. The ECU is designed to determine a target vehicle speed based on at least one of the image data or the location data. The ECU is also designed to calculate an energy-efficient acceleration pattern to accelerate the vehicle from the current speed to the target vehicle speed based on a goal to minimize energy usage of the power source. The ECU is also designed to control the power source to accelerate the vehicle from the current speed to the target vehicle speed using the energy-efficient acceleration pattern.

[B60K] ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PROPULSION UNITS OR OF TRANSMISSIONS IN VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PLURAL DIVERSE PRIME-MOVERS IN VEHICLES; AUXILIARY DRIVES FOR VEHICLES; INSTRUMENTATION OR DASHBOARDS FOR VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH COOLING, AIR INTAKE, GAS EXHAUST OR FUEL SUPPLY OF PROPULSION UNITS IN VEHICLES [2006.01]

Inventor(s): Thomas S. Hawley (Ann Arbor, MI) Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15669762 on 08/04/2017 (753 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods provide control the amount of battery SOC of a hybrid vehicle prior to reaching a downgrade section of roadway in order to offset the amount of energy that the hybrid vehicle will recuperate when traveling the downgrade. Navigation systems and methods are used to identify upcoming road conditions, such as downgrades. In this way, the battery SOC of the hybrid vehicle can maintain the capacity to allow a motor of the hybrid vehicle to assist in decelerating the hybrid vehicle during the downgrade if need be. Additionally, a situation where the battery is fully charged before reaching the end of the downgrade is avoided, which if not, could result in overcharging the battery, or having to switch to an engine-only mode of travel, where a driver must supplement engine braking with friction braking.

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

Systems and methods of decoupling vehicle steering assemblies with indication of vehicle direction Patent No. 10392045 

Inventor(s): Jason J. Hallman (Saline, 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: 15444930 on 02/28/2017 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle includes a steering column assembly including a steering column. A steering wheel apparatus is connected to the steering column. The steering wheel apparatus includes a steering wheel hub that is connected to the steering column and a steering wheel rim that is connected to the steering wheel hub. A clutch mechanism selectively decouples the steering wheel rim from the steering wheel hub thereby allowing rotation of the steering wheel hub within the steering wheel rim.

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

Inventor(s): Frank Bradley Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Jouyoung Jason Choi (Southlake, TX), Richard Erler Rauber (Euless, TX), Tyler Wayne Baldwin (Keller, TX) Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 16289438 on 02/28/2019 (180 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high stiffness hub assembly for a rotor system operable to rotate with a mast of a rotorcraft. The hub assembly includes a yoke and a constant velocity joint assembly. The yoke has a plurality of blade arms each configured to hold a rotor blade. The constant velocity joint assembly provides a torque path from the mast to the yoke that includes a trunnion assembly, a plurality of drive links and a plurality of pillow blocks. The trunnion assembly is coupled to the mast and has a plurality of outwardly extending trunnions. Each drive link has a leading bearing coupled to one of the trunnions and a trailing bearing coupled to one of the pillow blocks. Each pillow block is independently mounted between an upper surface of the yoke and a hub plate.

[B63H] MARINE PROPULSION OR STEERING (propulsion of air-cushion vehicles B60V 1/14; peculiar to submarines, other than nuclear propulsion, B63G; peculiar to torpedoes F42B 19/00)

Inventor(s): Eric O”Neill (Great Mills, MD), Jignesh Patel (Trophy Club, TX), Joseph M. Schaeffer (Cedar Hill, TX) Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15642279 on 07/05/2017 (783 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of assisting in rotor speed control in a rotorcraft can include measuring a rotor speed with a sensor; detecting a droop in the rotor speed beyond a lower droop limit; and commanding a decrease in collective in response to the rotor speed drooping beyond the lower droop limit. A system of assisting in rotor speed control in a rotorcraft, the system can include: a computer having a control law, the control law operable to generate a decrease collective command to an actuator in response to a rotor speed decreasing below a lower droop limit; wherein the lower droop limit is below a normal lower rotor speed range.

Inventor(s): Brett Rodney Zimmerman (Fort Worth, TX), Frank Bradley Stamps (Fort Worth, TX), John William Lloyd (Fort Worth, TX), Joseph Scott Drennan (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15341887 on 11/02/2016 (1028 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft system includes a wing member and a plurality of unmanned aircraft systems selectively connectable to the wing member. The wing member has a generally airfoil cross-section, a leading edge and a trailing edge. The unmanned aircraft systems have a connected flight mode while coupled to the wing member and an independent flight mode when detached from the wing member. In the connected flight mode, the unmanned aircraft systems are operable to provide propulsion to the wing member to enable flight. The unmanned aircraft systems are operable to be launched from the wing member to perform aerial missions in the independent flight mode and are operable to be recovered by the wing member and returned to the connected flight mode. Thereafter, in the connected flight mode, the unmanned aircraft systems are operable to be resupplied by the wing member.

Inventor(s): George F. Griffiths (Southlake, TX) Assignee(s): Rolls-Royce Corporation (Indianapolis, IN) Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15796117 on 10/27/2017 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: A turbine engine fleet wash management system is configured to electronically communicate with a turbine engine system, a fleet management service, and a cleaning management service. The turbine engine fleet wash system causes a cleaning of a turbine engine to occur based on information received from the turbine engine system and other sources. The turbine engine fleet wash management system includes a cleaning schedule optimizer that generates a cleaning schedule based on engine health monitoring data, engine operation data, maintenance schedules for the turbine engine, and cleaning regimen data. The cleaning schedule optimizer estimates turbine engine performance improvements based on the selected cleaning regimen, and calculating an estimate of carbon credits earned based on the predicted improvement in turbine engine performance.

[B08B] CLEANING IN GENERAL; PREVENTION OF FOULING IN GENERAL (brushes A46; devices for domestic or like cleaning A47L; separation of particles from liquids or gases B01D; separation of solids B03, B07; spraying or applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; cleaning devices for conveyors B65G 45/10; concurrent cleaning, filling and closing of bottles B67C 7/00; inhibiting corrosion or incrustation in general C23; cleaning streets, permanent ways, beaches or land E01H; parts, details or accessories of swimming or splash baths or pools, specially adapted for cleaning E04H 4/16; preventing or removing electrostatic charges H05F)

Inventor(s): Jakin C. Wilson (Prosper, TX), Stephen E. Freeman (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16117160 on 08/30/2018 (362 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tethered air intake snorkel for a vehicle includes a snorkel head comprising a head sidewall defining a head air conduit, an air intake comprising an intake opening into the head air conduit on an intake end, and a head attachment flange; a snorkel body comprising a body sidewall defining a body air conduit, an outer attachment flange configured for mating engagement with and attachment to the head attachment flange on an outer end, and an inner attachment flange on an inner end; and a flexible tether that extends between a head attachment end and a body attachment end and is configured to tether the snorkel head to the snorkel body, the head attachment end configured for disposition within the head air conduit and attachment to the head sidewall, the body attachment end configured for disposition within the body air conduit and attachment to the body sidewall.

[B60K] ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PROPULSION UNITS OR OF TRANSMISSIONS IN VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PLURAL DIVERSE PRIME-MOVERS IN VEHICLES; AUXILIARY DRIVES FOR VEHICLES; INSTRUMENTATION OR DASHBOARDS FOR VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH COOLING, AIR INTAKE, GAS EXHAUST OR FUEL SUPPLY OF PROPULSION UNITS IN VEHICLES [2006.01]

Inventor(s): Aishwarya Dubey (Plano, TX), Ian Carl Byers (Northville, MI), Jonathan Elliot Bergsagel (Richardson, TX), Sunita Nadampalli (McKinney, TX), Thomas Ray Shelburne (South Lyon, MI) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14874112 on 10/02/2015 (1425 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated fault-tolerant augmented area viewing system includes, for example, a subsystem processor for receiving a safety signal for blind spot monitoring from a blind spot sensor and for generating a subsystem processor video output signal in response to the received safety signal. Selector circuitry selects the subsystem processor video output signal or a master controller video output signal received from a master controller and generates a selected video output signal in response. The selector circuitry performs the selection of the video output signal selection in response to receiving a safety request signal generated in response to a user action. A buffer outputs the selected video output signal for displaying on a display for viewing by the user.

[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): Scott Eddins (Southlake, TX) Assignee(s): Inception Innovations, Inc. (Southlake, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15399675 on 01/05/2017 (964 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control gateway for colored or color-changing lighting fixtures to allow access to local and remote control systems with real time control with power backup for security triggering using an established color code to indicate the nature of the emergency.

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

Composition and method of manufacturing overbased sulfonate modified lithium carboxylate grease Patent No. 10392577 

Inventor(s): J. Andrew Waynick (Lantana, TX) Assignee(s): NCH CORPORATION (Irving, TX) Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15594006 on 05/12/2017 (837 days app to issue)

Abstract: An overbased sulfonate modified lithium carboxylate grease composition and method of manufacture comprising overbased calcium sulfonate, overbased magnesium sulfonate, or both added to a source of lithium hydroxide, base oil, and optionally one or more acids when a complex grease is desired. When overbased sulfonate is added, the amount of dicarboxylic acid relative monocarboxylic acid may be reduced. Additionally, the amount of lithium hydroxide added may be less than stoichiometrically needed to react with the acids. A sulfonate modified lithium grease with improved thickener yield and dropping point may be made without multiple heating and cooling cycles or using a pressurized kettle.

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

Inventor(s): Eric N. Olson (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): THE BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX) Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15640220 on 06/30/2017 (788 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to the identification of a microRNA family, designated miR-29a-c, that is a key regulator of fibrosis in cardiac tissue. The inventors show that members of the miR-29 family are down-regulated in the heart tissue in response to stress, and are up-regulated in heart tissue of mice that are resistant to both stress and fibrosis. Also provided are methods of modulating expression and activity of the miR-29 family of miRNAs as a treatment for fibrotic disease, including cardiac hypertrophy, skeletal muscle fibrosis other fibrosis related diseases and collagen loss-related disease.

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

Inventor(s): Patrick Mishler (Dundalk, MD) Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14482895 on 09/10/2014 (1812 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for applying or dropping granules onto the asphalt coated surface of a moving sheet in shingle manufacturing is disclosed. The method includes sharing each drop between two or more blend rolls with a subsequent blend roll or rolls applying a partial drop directly on top of partial drops already applied by a first blend roll or rolls. High production speeds can be accommodated since each roll can be operated at slower rotation rates and with slower acceleration and deceleration requirements than would be required if the full granule drop were applied during the same time interval with a single blend roll.

[E04D] ROOF COVERINGS; SKY-LIGHTS; GUTTERS; ROOF-WORKING TOOLS (coverings of outer walls by plaster or other porous material E04F 13/00)

Inventor(s): Peter Lakmanaswamy-Bakthan (McKinney, TX), Veena Peter (McKinney, TX), Vega Peter (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15371570 on 12/07/2016 (993 days app to issue)

Abstract: A remotely controlled fence includes one or more sensors for sensing an unauthorized entry; an image capturing device to capture the image of the unauthorized object; a speaker; a microphone; a humidifier to create a chill out area; a display unit for showing the weather temperature of the surroundings; a radio FM device for a musical chanson and a medium for news to the listener; a lighting unit; solar panel hoods; and a communication interface to transmit the related information to the user, the fence is optimized to control all functions using a mobile app or a web technology with a user interacting device such as a computer, tablet, smartphone and the like.

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

Inventor(s): Eric Barnett (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15067306 on 03/11/2016 (1264 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a device to control the tilt angle of window blinds. The device is capable of working with existing home automation control systems. The device is configured to operate in one or more modes such as, a primary mode and a secondary mode. In the primary mode of operation of the device is controlled by the home automation controller using a wireless mesh network protocol or a home automation protocol. In the secondary mode, the device 604 is operate independent of the mesh network in a standalone manner.

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

Inventor(s): Amy Stephens (Mansfield, TX), Antony F. Grattan (Mansfield, TX), Cory Huggins (Mansfield, TX), Douglas J. Streibich (Fort Worth, TX), Michael C. Robertson (Mansfield, TX), William F. Boelte (New Iberia, LA) Assignee(s): ROBERTSON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES, LLC (Mansfield, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15250771 on 08/29/2016 (1093 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus and adapter are usable for aligning downhole torch apparatuses and cutting devices, including axial pyro torches, circulating pyro torches, and radial cutting and perforating torches, within a wellbore for removal of one or more downhole obstructions. The torch and/or cutting apparatus comprises a body having a nozzle adapted to project a fuel load, such as molten thermite or molten thermite with a polymer, in a direction aligned with the obstruction. The adapter comprises protruding elements for eliminating or diminishing damage to the area surrounding the obstruction, including the inner walls of the wellbore and/or casing, and can further comprise centralizers for alignment of the apparatus with the obstruction, within the wellbore.

[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): Matthew Merron (Carrollton, TX), Zachary Walton (Carrollton, TX) Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14654597 on 08/01/2014 (1852 days app to issue)

Abstract: Sliding sleeve assemblies including a completion body with an inner flow passageway and one or more ports enabling fluid communication between the inner flow passageway and an exterior of the completion body. A sliding sleeve is arranged within the completion body and has a sleeve mating profile defined on an inner surface, the sliding sleeve being movable between a closed position, where the one or more ports are occluded, and an open position, where the one or more ports are exposed. A plurality of wellbore darts are used and each has a body and a common dart profile that is matable with the sleeve mating profile. One or more sensors are positioned on the completion body to detect the plurality of wellbore darts traversing the inner flow passageway. An actuation sleeve is arranged within the completion body and movable to expose the sleeve mating profile.

[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): Edwin E. Wilson (Colleyville, TX) Assignee(s): Twin Disc, Inc. (Racine, WI) Law Firm: Boyle Fredrickson S.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15736503 on 06/16/2016 (1167 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of producing subterranean fractures in geologic formations for the extraction of hydrocarbons includes flowing an air and fuel mixture into a well hole. The well hole may then be sealed with a packer plug creating a compression chamber with the air and fuel mixture. A liquid, such as water, may be pumped into the well hole to create pressure in the compression chamber. The build-up of pressure eventually causes auto-ignition of the air and fuel mixture which fractures the formation. The water may then rush into the compression chamber which thermally shocks the area causing additional fractures. The water may vaporize to steam and thoroughly disinfect the well hole eliminating the need for added biocides.

[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): Jennifer Repp (Colleyville, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14856258 on 09/16/2015 (1441 days app to issue)

Abstract: A climate controlling mechanism may be provided for car seats/strollers that may be temperature regulated and may include a fail safe such that the climate controlling mechanism may shut down if not within the desired temperature range. The climate controlling mechanism may be built into a car seat/stroller and/or incorporated into a blanket or covering to be placed over a child. The climate controlling mechanism also may be portable. Further, the climate controlling mechanism may be self-charging or the climate controlling mechanism may be plugged into a car charger or other outlet in order to cool and/or heat.

[F28F] DETAILS OF HEAT-EXCHANGE OR HEAT-TRANSFER APPARATUS, OF GENERAL APPLICATION (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; water or air traps, air venting F16)

Connecting rod and crosshead assembly for enhancing the performance of a reciprocating pump Patent No. 10393113 

Inventor(s): Bryan Wagner (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): S.P.M. FLOW CONTROL, INC. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15185143 on 06/17/2016 (1166 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for a reciprocating pump assembly, including a crosshead and a connecting rod. The crosshead includes a main body having a cylindrical bore formed therethrough and defining a bearing surface, and a window formed through the main body and into the cylindrical bore. The connecting rod includes a small end disposed within the cylindrical bore and a beam portion extending through the window and being connected to the small end. In an exemplary embodiment, a bearing including a tubular body and a cutout is disposed within the cylindrical bore. In another exemplary embodiment, a clamp engages both the main body of the crosshead and the respective opposing end portions of the small end, thus reducing axial displacement of the small end relative to the crosshead.

[F04B] POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS; PUMPS (engine fuel-injection pumps F02M; machines for liquids, or pumps, of rotary-piston or oscillating-piston type F04C; non-positive-displacement pumps F04D; pumping of fluid by direct contact of another fluid or by using inertia of fluid to be pumped F04F; crankshafts, crossheads, connecting-rods F16C; flywheels F16F; gearings for interconverting rotary motion and reciprocating motion in general F16H; pistons, piston-rods, cylinders, in general F16J; ion pumps H01J 41/12; electrodynamic pumps H02K 44/02)

Inventor(s): Chandu Kumar (Fort Worth, TX), Christopher P. Buckley (Tomball, TX), Donald Keith Plemons (Fort Worth, TX), Jacob A. Bayyouk (Richardson, TX), Joseph H. Byrne (Hudson Oaks, TX), Kourosh Momenkhani (Dallas, TX), Sean P. Mo Assignee(s): S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14808513 on 07/24/2015 (1495 days app to issue)

Abstract: A plate segment for a reciprocating pump power end frame assembly, the power end frame assembly having a pair of end plate segments and at least one middle plate segment disposed between the end plate segments. The plate segment consists of the middle plate segment or one of the pair of end plate segments and includes a plate having a front wall, a rear wall, a top wall, a bottom wall and a pair of sidewalls and at least one opening forming a bearing support surface, the opening extending through the plate. The plate segment further includes at least one extension extending from at least one of the sidewalls of the plate at a position to align with and contact a corresponding extension on an adjacently positioned plate.

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

Inventor(s): Bruno Jean Michel Cheron (McKinney, TX), Hoden Ali Farah (Plano, TX), Roy Ronald Pelfrey (Sherman, TX), Tung Kim Nguyen (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX) Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15597525 on 05/17/2017 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multidirectional vent limiting devices for use with fluid regulators are described. In some examples, a vent limiting device includes a housing having an interior surface, a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet, and a first fluid passageway in fluid communication with and located between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet. The interior surface includes a first sealing surface that defines a portion of the first fluid passageway. In some examples, the vent limiting device further includes a stem and a poppet. In some examples, the stem is rigidly coupled to the interior surface of the housing. In some examples, the poppet includes a second sealing surface that defines a portion of the first fluid passageway, and a radial bore that defines a second fluid passageway in fluid communication with and located between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet. In some examples, the poppet is slidable along the stem between an open position and a closed position. In some examples, the second sealing surface contacts the first sealing surface when the poppet is in the closed position to close off the first fluid passageway.

Inventor(s): Thomas Henry Cunningham (North Easton, MA) Assignee(s): Dresser, LLC (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Paul Frank + Collins P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15714584 on 09/25/2017 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gap control device that works with a plug on a valve assembly for use in high-temperature applications. The plug may include two parts and a compressible seal that, when compressed, engages with an adjacent wall of a cylinder or ”cage” typical of a trim assembly. In one embodiment, the gap control device forms a hard stop that expands in response to high temperatures. This feature prevents excess over-travel between the two parts of the plug in the high-temperature applications so as to limit stress and wear on the compressible seal.

Sealing gasket with corrugated insert for sealing restrained or non-restrained plastic pipelines Patent No. 10393296 

Inventor(s): Guido Quesada (San Jose, , CR) Assignee(s): S B Technical Products, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15661234 on 07/27/2017 (761 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pipe sealing gasket is shown which is designed to be received within a raceway provided within a socket end of a female bell plastic pipe end which is assembled with a mating male spigot pipe end to form a plastic pipe joint. The raceway in the female bell plastic pipe end is preformed during manufacture and the gasket is installed thereafter. The gasket has a rubber body portion which is reinforced by a hard corrugated ring-shaped insert. The hard corrugated ring-shaped insert acts to prevent extrusion of the gasket during a variety of pressure conditions as well as preventing displacement during field assembly.

Light sensor system for correcting or equalizing color signals by removing infrared componet from color signals and method for processing light sensor signals Patent No. 10393577 

Inventor(s): Dan Jacobs (McKinney, TX), David Mehrl (Plano, TX), Kerry Glover (Rockwall, TX) Assignee(s): ams AG (Unterpremstaetten, , AT) Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14423101 on 08/21/2013 (2197 days app to issue)

Abstract: Color light sensors are used to sense colored light and a full spectrum light in order to generate at least three color channel signals and a clear channel signal. An infrared component IR is calculated by summing up the color channel signals with individual weighting factors and subtracting a weighted clear channel signal.

[G01J] MEASUREMENT OF INTENSITY, VELOCITY, SPECTRAL CONTENT, POLARISATION, PHASE OR PULSE CHARACTERISTICS OF INFRA-RED, VISIBLE OR ULTRA-VIOLET LIGHT; COLORIMETRY; RADIATION PYROMETRY [2]

Cavity enhancement methods, systems and devices, and methods of measuring same Patent No. 10393648 

Inventor(s): Purnendu K Dasgupta (Arlington, TX) Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX) Law Firm: FisherBroyles LLP (Local + 20 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15492800 on 04/20/2017 (859 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for increasing light throughput in cavity enhanced spectrometry, and a model for cavity enhanced absorption measurements are presented. The cavity has an entrance mirror, an opposed exit mirror and a detector positioned adjacent the exit mirror. An input aperture is defined in the entrance mirror to allow light from a source to enter the cavity. The input aperture improves light throughput without significant departure from the theoretically predicted amplification of absorbance. This results in improvement of detection limits, even with mirrors of modest reflectivity and inexpensive detectors.

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

Inventor(s): David D. Wilmoth (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID) Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15693114 on 08/31/2017 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment of the present disclosure describes a memory system that may include one or more memory devices that may store data. The memory devices may receive command signals to access the stored data as a loopback signal. The memory devices may operate in a normal operational mode, a loopback operational mode, a retrieval operational mode, a non-inverting pass-through operational sub-mode, and an inverting pass-through operational sub-mode. The operational modes facilitate the transmission of the loopback signal for the purpose of monitoring of memory device operations. A selective inversion technique, which uses the operational modes, may protect the loopback signal integrity during transmission.

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

Inventor(s): Roozbeh Parsa (Portola Valley, CA), William French (San Jose, CA) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15348966 on 11/10/2016 (1020 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microfabricated sensor includes a first reflector and a second reflector in a sensor cell, separated by a cavity path segment through a sensor cavity in the sensor cell. A signal window is part of the sensor cell. A signal emitter and a signal detector are disposed outside of the sensor cavity. The signal emitter is separated from the first reflector by an emitter path segment which extends through the signal window. The second reflector is separated from the second reflector by a detector path segment which extends through the signal window.

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

Polyhedral sensor arrangement and method for operating a polyhedral sensor arrangement Patent No. 10393851 

Inventor(s): David Mehrl (Plano, TX), Kerry Glover (Rockwall, TX) Assignee(s): ams AG (Unterpremstaetten, , AT) Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15811473 on 11/13/2017 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sensor arrangement comprises at least a first, a second, and a third light sensor. A three-dimensional framework comprises at least a first, a second, and a third connection means which are connected to the at least first, second, and third light sensor, respectively. The first, the second, and the third connection means are configured to align the at least first, second, and third light sensor along a first, second, and third face of a polyhedron-like volume, respectively, such that the sensor arrangement encloses the polyhedron-like volume. The invention also relates to a method for operating the sensor arrangement.

[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): Ethan Nowak (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (Spring, TX) Law Firm: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company-Law Department (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14486881 on 09/15/2014 (1807 days app to issue)

Abstract: Method for locating fault lines or surfaces in 2-D or 3-D seismic data based on the fact that fault discontinuities in the space domain span a wide range in a local slowness (slope) domain, whereas other dipping events in the space domain data, such as noise, tend to be coherent, and hence will appear focused in the slowness dimension. Therefore, the method comprises decomposing the seismic data ([b]102[/b]) by a transformation to the local slowness domain, preferably using Gaussian slowness period packets as the local slowness or slope decomposition technique, thereby avoiding problems with the data stationary assumption. In the local slowness domain, faults may be identified ([b]104[/b]) using the principle mentioned above, i.e. that faults are represented as a truncation in the space domain data, hence they will appear broadband in the slowness dimension.

[G03B] APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OR FOR PROJECTING OR VIEWING THEM; APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS EMPLOYING ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR (optical parts of such apparatus G02B; photosensitive materials or processes for photographic purposes G03C; apparatus for processing exposed photographic materials G03D) [4]

Inventor(s): Jonathan McCann (Van Alstyne, TX), Mark Niiro (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Roka Sports, Inc. (Austin, TX) Law Firm: Clearpat Services, LLC (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 16157972 on 10/11/2018 (320 days app to issue)

Abstract: An eyeglass assembly with a bridge frame having temple tab thru-holes and lens retention receivers; a nose bridge insert; at least one lens in a single lens configuration with tabs configured to insert into the lens retention receivers of the bridge frame such that the lens tabs, or a portion thereof, protrude through temple tab thru-holes. In some embodiments, the eyeglasses are frameless, having first and second temple lugs with temple tab thru-holes and lens locking features; at least one lens in a single lens configuration having lens tabs, lens retention steps, lug locking notches; and a nose bridge insert. In some embodiments, the eyeglass assembly has a bridge frame with an integral nose bridge, two lenses, each lens having a lens tab, and a lens retention step, further having a lens hook. In still further embodiments, the eyeglass assembly comprises lens receiving portions with unique capture features to retain lenses having lens tabs, lens retention steps and/or hooks and capture features configured to removably capture and retain the lens in the assembly. Other embodiments further comprise a rocker frame.

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

Inventor(s): Aditya Narayan Das (Irving, TX), Harry E. Stephanou (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX) Law Firm: Thomas | Horstmeyer, LLP (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 14062183 on 10/24/2013 (2133 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a manufacturing process is optimized by enabling a user to specify a product to be manufactured, enabling the user to specify a manufacturing system for manufacturing the product, enabling the user to select parameters for the product and the manufacturing system, and automatically calculating manufacturing metrics for the manufacturing process based upon the user-specified models and user selections.

[G05B] CONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS (fluid-pressure actuators or systems acting by means of fluids in general F15B; valves per se F16K; characterised by mechanical features only G05G; sensitive elements, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. G12B, subclasses of G01, H01; correcting units, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. H02K)

Inventor(s): Paul E. I. Pounds (Brisbane, , AU) Assignee(s): Olaeris, Inc. (Burleson, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15499788 on 04/27/2017 (852 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, devices, and apparatus for failover navigation for remotely operated aerial vehicles. During flight, a primary guidance system uses a higher resolution map for an area to guide a remotely operated aerial vehicle around obstacles (e.g., buildings) in the area. Failure of the primary guidance system is detected during flight. The remotely operated aerial vehicle switches over to a secondary guidance system in response to detecting the failure. The secondary guidance system formulates a flight path to a safer location based on a lower resolution map of the area. The formulated flight path minimizes crossings between different boundaries represented in the lower resolution map. The formulated flight path is biased towards safety over efficiency.

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

Inventor(s): Joseph Sung Han (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15189946 on 06/22/2016 (1161 days app to issue)

Abstract: A band-changing station for changing the band of a wearable electronic device includes a station adapted to receive the electronic display portion of a wearable device and the band portion of a wearable electronic device. The station includes a track configured to accept the electronic portion of the wearable electronic device and a mechanism to couple or decouple the electronic display to and from the band portion. A receiver for the electronic portion may be adapted to transition into and out of alignment with one or more bands for coupling or decoupling purposes.

Inventor(s): Marlentae A. Johnson (Irving, TX), Michael A. Lau (Arlington, TX), Roberto R. Rodriguez (Irving, TX), Romelia H. Flores (Keller, TX), Ronald J. Rutkowski (Irving, TX), Travis W. Chun (Coppell, TX) Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15693640 on 09/01/2017 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach is provided for selecting and displaying image(s). A user and user profile information corresponding to the user are identified. A sentiment of the user is identified by determining that user is in proximity to a digital picture frame in a room, receiving a measurement of ambient lighting of the room from a light sensor coupled to the digital picture frame, and determining an emotional state of the user based on the ambient lighting. Based on the user profile, an association is determined between the sentiment of the user and sentiment(s), which are determined to be conveyed by image(s). Based on the ambient lighting, the association between the sentiment of the user and the sentiment(s), and the image(s) conveying the sentiment(s), the image(s) are selected from multiple images. The selected image(s) are displayed on a display included in the digital picture frame.

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

Inventor(s): Darren Grant Davis (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc. (San Antonio, TX) Law Firm: Garlick Markison (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15668935 on 08/04/2017 (753 days app to issue)

Abstract: A media balancer can assist in selecting replacement media items to be used in generating one or more target schedules from a single master schedule. The media balancer can receive option parameters indicating preferences related to generation of the target schedule. Based on these option parameters, the media balancer can select one of multiple different media schedulers to assist in evaluating potential replacement media items. The media balancer can transmit to the media scheduler selected, information associated with the option parameters, and a request to perform an evaluation of potential replacement media items based on those option parameters. The media balancer can receive the results of the evaluation performed by the selected media scheduler, and use those results to generate target schedules by replacing at least one original media item included in the master schedule with a replacement media item.

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

Inventor(s): Francois Caron (Montreal, , CA), Mark Temple Cobbold (Stittsville, , CA) Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15663029 on 07/28/2017 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes, with a first execution unit of a processor, executing instructions for a processing task on behalf of a first virtual container. The first virtual container is configured to utilize computing resources of the first execution unit without demanding more computing resources than the first execution unit provides. The first execution unit may have exclusive access to a first arithmetic logic unit (ALU). The method further includes, with a second execution unit of the processor, processing instructions for the processing task on behalf of a second virtual container. The second virtual container is configured to utilize computing resources of the first execution unit without demanding more computing resources than the first execution unit provides. The second execution unit may have exclusive access to a second Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU). The first execution unit and the second execution unit operate in parallel.

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

Inventor(s): Alon Eyal (Zichron Yaacov, , IL), Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Evgeny Mekhanik (Rehovot, , IL), Idan Alrod (Herzliya, , IL), Liang Pang (Fremont, CA) Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15921184 on 03/14/2018 (531 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are provided for improving the accuracy of read operations of memory cells, where the threshold voltage of a memory cell can shift depending on when the read operation occurs. A memory cell is sensed by discharging a sense node into a bit line and detecting an amount of discharge at two sense times relative to a trip voltage. A bit of data is stored in first and second latches based on the two sense times, to provide first and second pages of data. The pages are evaluated using parity check equations and one of the pages which satisfies the most equations is selected. In another option, word line voltages are grounded and then floated to prevent coupling up of the word line. A weak pulldown to ground can gradually discharge a coupled up voltage of the word lines.

[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): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15181637 on 06/14/2016 (1169 days app to issue)

Abstract: Sharing data with various user devices may offer an opportunity for various software testing and troubleshooting procedures to optimally process software code and provide testing results to those interested parties. In one example method of operation, a procedure provides receiving a modification to software code stored in a first file, identifying an oversight level of a user profile associated with a user device that performed the modification to the software code, creating a second file including the software code modification and an identifier identifying the modification, creating a number of notifications identifying the second file and the software code modification, and transmitting the notifications to a plurality of user devices having an oversight level that is greater than or equal to the oversight level of the user profile.

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

Testing an application in a production infrastructure temporarily provided by a cloud computing environment Patent No. 10394696 

Inventor(s): Anilkumar Baddula (Plano, TX), Anoop Kunjuramanpillai (McKinney, TX), Daniel Tresnak (Frisco, TX), Karthik Gunapati (Irving, TX), Leonardo Gomide (Dallas, TX), Nathan Gloier (Frisco, TX), Raveender Kommera (Flower Mound, Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA) Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16289314 on 02/28/2019 (180 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device receives test parameters associated with testing an application that utilizes source data, and causes source containers, for the source data, to be temporarily created in a cloud computing environment, based on the test parameters. The device provides the source data to the source containers in the cloud computing environment, and causes other containers, for the application, to be temporarily created in the cloud computing environment, based on the test parameters. The device creates a file for testing the application with the source containers and the other containers, based on the test parameters, and causes the application to be executed with the source containers and the other containers, based on the file. The device receives results associated with executing the application with the source containers and the other containers.

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

Inventor(s): Chen Tian (Union City, CA), Tongping Liu (Amherst, MA), Ziang Hu (Union City, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15393524 on 12/29/2016 (971 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for predicting false sharing includes running code on a plurality of cores and determining whether there is potential false sharing between a first cache line and a second cache line, and where the first cache line is adjacent to the second cache line. The method also includes tracking the potential false sharing and reporting the potential false sharing.

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

Inventor(s): Joseph R. M. Zbiciak (San Jose, CA), Kai Chirca (Richardson, TX), Matthew D. Pierson (Murphy, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15899138 on 02/19/2018 (554 days app to issue)

Abstract: A prefetch unit generates a prefetch address in response to an address associated with a memory read request received from the first or second cache. The prefetch unit includes a prefetch buffer that is arranged to store the prefetch address in an address buffer of a selected slot of the prefetch buffer, where each slot of the prefetch unit includes a buffer for storing a prefetch address, and two sub-slots. Each sub-slot includes a data buffer for storing data that is prefetched using the prefetch address stored in the slot, and one of the two sub-slots of the slot is selected in response to a portion of the generated prefetch address. Subsequent hits on the prefetcher result in returning prefetched data to the requestor in response to a subsequent memory read request received after the initial received memory read request.

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

Serialization scheme for storing data and lightweight indices on devices with append-only bands Patent No. 10394786 

Inventor(s): Chi Young Ku (San Ramon, CA), Guangyu Shi (Cupertino, CA), Masood Mortazavi (Santa Clara, CA), Stephen Morgan (San Jose, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14690612 on 04/20/2015 (1590 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method comprising receiving a plurality of data records, storing the data records as data segments in a storage element, receiving a plurality of descriptors for each data segment, wherein each descriptor describes an aspect of data contained in the data segments, employing a first user-defined function to resolve a first minimum descriptor for each data segment and a first maximum descriptor for each data segment, composing a lightweight index for the data segments, wherein the lightweight index comprises the first minimum descriptor for each data segment and the first maximum descriptor for each data segment, and appending the lightweight index to the data segments in the storage element.

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

Inventor(s): Candace Helgerson (Denver, CO), Cynthia Parrish (Littleton, CO), Taras Markian Bugir (Golden, CO) Assignee(s): IMAGINE COMMUNICATIONS CORP. (Frisco, TX) Law Firm: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell Tummino LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15490649 on 04/18/2017 (861 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of systems, program products, and methods to manage content and distribution of media are provided. An embodiment of a system, for example, can include a communication network for transmitting media files, a content management server having a processor and memory coupled to the processor, a database accessible to the processor of the content management server and including media files associated with metadata records, a plurality of content management developer computers to provide content management developers with online access over the communication network to the media files and associated metadata records to thereby edit the metadata records, a plurality of user computers accessible to the communication network to provide the users with access to the media files over the communication network to thereby view and edit at least portions of respective metadata records. The system also includes content management program product stored in the memory of the content management server to manage content and distribution of media.

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

Inventor(s): Adam Christopher Edwards (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX) Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 13705153 on 12/04/2012 (2457 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for developing, deploying, providing, and/or operating community-based investigative tools are disclosed. In some embodiments, a method may include receiving a query from a user (e.g., an investigator, etc.), the user associated with a given one of a plurality of controlled-environment facilities (e.g., a prison, jail, etc.), each of the plurality of facilities having access to a distinct database configured to store data relating to its respective residents (e.g., inmates). The method may also include determining an access level of the given one of the plurality of facilities. The method may further include retrieving information from one or more of the distinct databases in response to the query, the retrieved information commensurate with the access level. In some implementations, a database accessible to a first facility may not be accessible to a second facility unless the first and second facilities are members of the same investigative community.

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

Inventor(s): Paul Greenwood (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): WEBUSAL LLC (Marina Del Rey, CA) Law Firm: The Danamraj Law Group, P.C. (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15487949 on 04/14/2017 (865 days app to issue)

Abstract: System, apparatus, user equipment, and associated computer program and computing methods are provided for suggesting websites that are relevant based on the user”s browsing history and past search results. In one aspect, a hosted computer application stores the user”s browsing history and search results using a cloud-based storage facility, and computing methods, using machine learning techniques, are operative to predict websites the user may want to visit next. Example machine learning techniques may be configured to identify patterns and map data elements in order to predict which website(s) the user might like to visit in a search/browsing session. The training of example machine learning techniques is driven by user interaction, e.g., allowing the removal of non-relevant or less relevant websites from the suggested websites via a suitable user interface.

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

Method and apparatus for automatically assembling components in a computer-aided design (CAD) environment Patent No. 10394967 

Inventor(s): Gaurav Sawant (Pune, , IN), Maruthi Pavan (Pune, , IN), Prashant Deodhar (Pune, , IN), Ravi Vithalani (Pune, , IN), Sagar Inamdar (Pune, , IN), Sandesh Kadam (Pune, , IN), Sarang Kandekar (Pune, , IN), Yogesh Kavte (Pune, , IN) Assignee(s): Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Lempia Summerfield Katz LLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14818089 on 08/04/2015 (1484 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically assembling components in a computer-aided design (CAD) environment is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes identifying a source component and a target component in the CAD environment. The source component and the target component represent different parts of a real-world object. The method also includes computing one or more assembly solutions for assembling the source component and the target component based on a set of rules. Each of the assembly solutions defines a constraint relationship between the source component and the target component. The method also includes automatically generating constraints between geometric entities of the source component and geometric entities of the target component based on the one or more assembly solutions. The method includes outputting a geometric model including the assembled source component and target component on a graphical user interface.

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

Inventor(s): Adam Youngberg (Allen, TX), David Filbey (Plano, TX), Kishore Prabakaran Fernando (Little Elm, TX) Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA) Law Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16177236 on 10/31/2018 (300 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for validating software security analysis findings includes a non-transitory computer readable medium and a processor. The non-transitory computer readable medium stores a source truth dataset including criteria for validating characteristics of findings. The processor receives a finding from a software security analysis tool that performs scan on application code. The processor identifies a characteristic from the finding. The processor selects a criterion from the non-transitory computer readable medium for validating the identified characteristic. The processor determines a validity score for the finding based on whether the selected criterion is met. The processor determines whether the finding is false positive by comparing the validity score to a predetermined validity threshold. If the finding is true positive, a graphical user interface displays the finding.

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

Inventor(s): Deepak Warrier (Euless, TX), Remi Salam (Irving, TX), Timothy Jon Niznik (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 13755766 on 01/31/2013 (2399 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for receiving data associated with a plurality of travel legs; identifying a resources delay relating to a delay necessary to provide a travel leg from the plurality of travel legs with resources required for the departure of the travel leg, and an existing delay associated with the travel leg; determining a projected arrival delay and a projected departure delay based on the resources delay and the existing delay; outputting parameters relating to the projected arrival delay and the projected departure delay; receiving operation parameters; and generating a proposed operation plan using the projected arrival delay, the projected departure delay, and the operation parameters. In an exemplary embodiment, each of the travel legs is an airline flight.

[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): Allen Fosha (Frisco, TX), Chris Allison (Frisco, TX), Kuntesh R. Chokshi (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15201721 on 07/05/2016 (1148 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring inventory on a shelf. The invention describes an apparatus for determining the number of packages on a shelf or hanger. The number of packages on a shelf or hanger is determined by detecting the presence of a package on the shelf and adding all detections together to determine the number of product on a shelf. In another embodiment, the product is identified by an identifying device such as an SKU reader. Thus, the quantity and type of product located on a shelf or hanger is known. Such information allows a store to know the type and quantity of packages needed to restock a specific shelf.

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

Image analysis and identification using machine learning with output personalization Patent No. 10395313 

Inventor(s): Arjun Dugal (Dallas, TX), Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Raman Bajaj (Frisco, TX), Sanjiv Yajnik (Dallas, TX), Stephen Mic Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA) Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15916124 on 03/08/2018 (537 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for processing an image including a vehicle using machine learning can include a processor in communication with a client device, and a storage medium storing instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to perform operations including: receiving an image of a vehicle from the client device; extracting one or more features from the image; based on the extracted features and using a machine learning algorithm, determining a make and a model of the vehicle; obtaining user information relating to a financing request for the vehicle; determining a real-time quote for the vehicle based on the make, the model, and the user information; and transmitting the real-time quote for display on the client device.

[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): Brian N. Smith (Plymouth Meeting, PA), Heather A. McGuire (Plymouth Meeting, PA), Michael J. Markus (Plymouth Meeting, PA), Peter M. Kionga-Kamau (Charlottesville, VA) Assignee(s): 3DEGREES LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 11686421 on 03/15/2007 (4548 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with the teachings described herein, systems and methods are provided for conducting a search of a network for information related to a topic specified by a search initiator. A query may be generated that includes search information and a first-degree contact. The first-degree contact may be an electronic record that represents a member of the social network, and the search information may identify the topic. One or more electronic records that each represent a social-network member may be searched using the query to identify one or more social-network members that are identified in connection with the topic and who are directly or indirectly associated with the first-degree contact.

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

Inventor(s): Alan C. Edwards (Allen, TX), Dustin M. Dorris (North Richland Hills, TX), Shilpa Mudhiganti (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15045820 on 02/17/2016 (1287 days app to issue)

Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for monitoring quality and correctness of content in communications handled by a vendor. The mechanisms sample a set of communications handled by the vendor to generate a sample set of communications and extract content from the sample set of communications. The mechanisms compare the extracted content with expected content of communications handled by the vendor and analyze the extracted content and the expected content to thereby identify differences between the extracted content and the expected content based on results of the analysis. In addition, the mechanisms determine a level of significance of the differences and generate a notification of whether or not to modify the communications, or an operation of the vendor, based on the determined level of significance of differences.

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

Inventor(s): Gary K. Thornton (Carrollton, TX) Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14959491 on 12/04/2015 (1362 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments include method, systems and computer program products for selective retention of data in a computational system. Aspects include receiving a monitored data element. Aspects also include assigning an initial storage ranking to the monitored data element to create a ranked data element. Aspects also include determining a threshold storage ranking. Aspects also include comparing the initial storage ranking to the threshold storage ranking. Aspects also include, based on the comparison indicating that the initial storage ranking is greater than the threshold storage ranking, storing the ranked data element in a long-term storage. Aspects also include based upon the comparison indicating that the initial storage ranking is less than the threshold storage ranking, discarding the ranked data element.

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

Method to compute sliding window block sum using instruction based selective horizontal addition in vector processor Patent No. 10395381 

Inventor(s): Dipan Kumar Mandal (Bangalore, , IN), Jayasree Sankaranarayanan (Kerala, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16291405 on 03/04/2019 (176 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed techniques relate to forming a block sum of picture elements employing a vector dot product instruction to sum packed picture elements and the mask producing a vector of masked horizontal picture element. The block sum is formed from plural horizontal sums via vector single instruction multiple data (SIMD) addition.

System and method for providing optimal braille output based on spoken and sign language Patent No. 10395555 

Inventor(s): Joseph M. A. Djugash (San Jose, CA), Rajiv Dayal (Santa Clara, CA) Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14673303 on 03/30/2015 (1611 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for determining output text based on spoken language and sign language includes a camera configured to detect image data corresponding to a word in sign language. The system also includes a microphone configured to detect audio data corresponding to the word in spoken language. The system also includes a processor configured to receive the image data from the camera and convert the image data into an image based text word. The processor is also configured to receive the audio data from the microphone and convert the audio data into an audio based text word. The processor is also configured to determine an optimal word by selecting one of the image based text word or the audio based text word based on a comparison of the image based text word and the audio based text word.

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

Inventor(s): Michael V. Ho (Allen, TX), Vijayakrishna J. Vankayala (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID) Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15975716 on 05/09/2018 (475 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device includes a timing circuit configured to: receive an input signal, wherein the input signal is one signal within a group of input signals (e.g., multiple bits or nibbles) that are communicated according to a sequence with each of the input signals individually in serial to parallel operations, and generate a grouped latching timing signal based on the received input signal, wherein the timing signal corresponds to nibbles of the data.

[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): Jason M. Brown (Allen, TX), Todd A. Dauenbaugh (Richardson, TX), Vijayakrishna J. Vankayala (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID) Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15977125 on 05/11/2018 (473 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device includes a first data driver configured to send a first data according to a first clock signal; a first data port electrically coupled to the first data driver, the first data port configured to receive the first data; a second data driver configured to send a second data according to a second clock signal, wherein the second clock signal does not match the first clock signal; and a second data port electrically coupled to the second data driver, the second data port configured to receive the second data.

[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)

Optical receiver systems and devices with detector array including a plurality of substrates disposed in an edge to edge array Patent No. 10396117 

Inventor(s): Laila Mattos (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Waymo LLC (Mountain View, CA) Law Firm: McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert Berghoff LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15294335 on 10/14/2016 (1047 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to optical receiver systems. An example system includes a plurality of substrates disposed in an edge-to-edge array along a primary axis. Each respective substrate of the plurality of substrates includes a plurality of detector elements. Each detector element of the plurality of detector elements generates a respective detector signal in response to light received by the detector element. The plurality of detector elements is arranged with a detector pitch between adjacent detector elements of the plurality of detector elements. Each respective substrate of the plurality of substrates also includes a signal receiver circuit configured to receive the detector signals generated by the plurality of detector elements. The respective substrates of the plurality of substrates are disposed such that the detector pitch is maintained between adjacent detector elements on their respective substrates.

[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): Mohit Chawla (Belgaluru, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15852132 on 12/22/2017 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a pair of high side transistors, a pair of low side transistors, a first sense resistor coupled to one of the low side transistors at a first sense node, and a second sense resistor coupled to another of the low side transistors at a second sense node. The first and second sense resistors couple together at a ground node. The circuit includes a first switch network coupled to the first sense resistor, a second switch network coupled to the second sense resistor, a first pair of switches configured to selectively provide a potential of the ground node or a potential of the first sense node as a ground potential to the first switch network, and a second pair of switches configured to selectively provide the potential of the ground node or a potential of the second sense node as a ground potential to the second switch network.

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

Inventor(s): Jaiganesh Balakrishnan (Bangalore, , IN), Sundarrajan Rangachari (Bangalore, , IN), Suvam Nandi (Bangalore, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INTSTUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16110478 on 08/23/2018 (369 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital filter for interpolation or decimation and a device incorporating the digital filter is disclosed. The digital filter includes a filter block, a first transformation circuit coupled to the filter block and an input stream coupled to provide input values to a component selected from the filter block and the first transformation circuit. The filter block includes a pair of sub-filters having respective transformed coefficients, the respective transformed coefficients of a first sub-filter of the pair of sub-filters being symmetric and the respective transformed coefficients of a second sub-filter of the pair of sub-filters being anti-symmetric. The first transformation circuit is coupled to perform a first transformation; the filter block and the first transformation circuit together provide suppression of undesired spectral images in final outputs of the digital filter.

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

Inventor(s): Linda Dunbar (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, , CN) Law Firm: Leydig, Voit Mayer, Ltd. (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15280682 on 09/29/2016 (1062 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are a flow classifier, policy and charging rules function unit and controller. The flow classifier receives a service chain selection control policy sent by a policy and charging rules function unit. The service chain selection control policy includes a corresponding relation between an application type and an identifier of a service chain. The service chain is a path formed by a forwarding device and a value-added service device both of which a service flow with the application type needs to pass through. The flow classifier detects the service flow with the application type based on the service chain selection control policy and adds the identifier of the service chain to a message of the service flow. The flow classifier sends the message of the service flow with the added identifier of the service chain to a forwarding device directly connected to the flow classifier.

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

Inventor(s): Daniel J. Butterfield (Flower Mound, TX), Gregory P. Fitzpatrick (Keller, TX), Tsz S. Cheng (Grand Prairie, TX) Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15914914 on 03/07/2018 (538 days app to issue)

Abstract: An authentication approval request can be received by a first system from a second system. The first system can determine whether the user is required to be logged into at least a second online account hosted by at least a third system unrelated to the second system in order to approve the authentication request. If the user is required to be logged into at least the second online account in order to approve the authentication request, the first system can determine whether the user presently is logged into at least the second online account in at least one presently active user session. If the user presently is logged into at least the second online account in at least one presently active user session, the first system can communicate to the second system a response indicating that the user is approved for authentication with the second system.

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

System and method to standardize and improve implementation efficiency of user interface content Patent No. 10397304 

Inventor(s): Dana Ballinger (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): Excentus Corporation (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: RegitzMauck PLLC (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 15883281 on 01/30/2018 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method to improve implementation efficiency of user interface content by using standard content attributes used across all platforms and devices to implement a lowest common denominator programming system. Standardized content attributes are used to produce a universal content framework that is implemented identically across various devices and platforms, resulting in a consistent and standardized user experience. The invention allows programming functionality to be universally applied and usable with any device and platform so that significant computer programming and updating inefficiencies are eliminated.

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

Inventor(s): Omar Barlas (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15206153 on 07/08/2016 (1145 days app to issue)

Abstract: A remotely controlled robotic sensor ball and method of operation thereof. The robotic sensor ball includes an outer shell forming a ball, control circuitry positioned within the outer shell, a camera operably connected to the control circuitry, a propulsion system inside the outer shell, and one or more connectors. The control circuitry includes at least one processor, memory, and a wireless communication interface. The camera is configured to generate video signals of a view exterior to the outer shell. The propulsion system configured to cause the outer shell to rotate in response to instructions received via the wireless communication interface. The one or more connectors are configured to operably connect one or more sensors to the control circuitry. The one or more sensors are connectable in a modular manner.

[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)

Systems and methods for dynamically identifying a patient support surface and patient monitoring Patent No. 10390738 

Inventor(s): Derek del Carpio (Corinth, TX), Kenneth Chapman (Charlotte, NC), Matt Clark (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): CareView Communications, Inc. (Lewisville, TX) Law Firm: Meister Seelig Fein LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16031004 on 07/10/2018 (413 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various patient monitoring systems can include a sensor configured to collect three dimensional information. The systems can identify a location of a patient support surface based on the three dimensional information. The systems can set a two dimensional planar threshold based on the patient support surface. The systems can identify a patient location above the patient support surface based on the three dimensional information and compare the patient location to the two dimensional planar threshold. Exceeding the threshold can be indicative of a high risk of a patient fall. An alert can be generated based on the threshold being exceeded. The systems can repeat the identification of the patient support surface location and the setting of the threshold to account for changes in the patient area.

Electromagnetic charge sharing and low force vehicle movement device and system Patent No. 10391872 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey David Gaither (Brighton, MI), Joshua D. Payne (Ann Arbor, MI), Nathan C. Westover (New Hudson, MI) Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15644583 on 07/07/2017 (781 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and device for charging and/or moving a vehicle. The charging and force movement system includes a high voltage battery for providing an electrical charge. The charging and force movement system includes an inductive loop configured to charge or move a second vehicle. The charging and force movement system includes an electronic control unit that is connected to at least one of the high voltage battery or the inductive loop. The electronic control unit is configured to determine whether the first vehicle is in a charging mode or in a force movement mode and control the high voltage battery and the inductive loop to receive from or provide a charge to the second vehicle when in the charging mode and repel or attract the second vehicle when in the force movement mode.

[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): John Charles Ehmke (Garland, TX), Virgil Cotoco Ararao (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15433704 on 02/15/2017 (923 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a first device on a first surface of a substrate is coupled to a structure arranged on a second surface of the substrate. In at least one example, a first conductor arranged on the first surface is coupled to circuitry of the first device. An elevated portion of the first conductor is supported by disposing an encapsulate and curing the encapsulate. The first conductor is severed by cutting the encapsulate and the first conductor. A second conductor is coupled to the first conductor. The second conductor is coupled to the structure arranged on the second surface of the substrate.

[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): Eyal Felix Hakoun (Milpitas, CA), Manohar Prasad Kashyap (Milpitas, CA), Vadim Shain (Milpitas, CA) Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15879751 on 01/25/2018 (579 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a first interface of an accessory of a wireless device. The first interface is configured to communicate with the wireless device using a wired communication technique. The apparatus includes a second interface of the accessory. The second interface is configured to communicate with the wireless device using a wireless communication technique. The apparatus also includes a data storage device of the accessory. The apparatus further includes a controller of the accessory. The controller is coupled to the first interface, to the second interface, and to the data storage device. The controller is configured to activate the first interface in response to a message received via the second interface.

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

Inventor(s): Joshua P. Onffroy (Upton, MA), Michael Holloway (Point Pleasant, NJ), Rajesh Nandyalam (Whitinsville, MA), Stephen C. Steir (Hopkinton, MA) Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 13731337 on 12/31/2012 (2430 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved technique for managing an electronic system suitable for providing users with information technology resources, such as compute, storage, and network resources, builds an object model instance of data center components to represent the data center components as a unified entity, which administrators can access as a single-point source for information about the components. In some examples, the object model instance also serves as a single-point for management control of the electronic system. The object model instance is populated with information obtained from a discovery process, where components are queried to report their actual configuration and state, as well as physical and logical relationships among them.

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

Signal line switch arrangement with multiple paths between a charge pump and a transistor control terminal Patent No. 10394740 

Inventor(s): Huanzhang Huang (Plano, TX), Shita Guo (Dallas, TX), Yanfei Jiang (Frisco, TX), Yanli Fan (Dallas, TX), Yonghui Tang (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16126665 on 09/10/2018 (351 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a transistor with a control terminal, a first current terminal, and a second current terminal. The apparatus also includes a charge pump coupled to the control terminal of the transistor via a first and second paths. The first path comprises a first resistor and the second path comprises a second resistor in series with a diode. The first resistor has a higher resistance value than the second resistor.

[H03K] PULSE TECHNIQUE (measuring pulse characteristics G01R; modulating sinusoidal oscillations with pulses H03C; transmission of digital information H04L; discriminator circuits detecting phase difference between two signals by counting or integrating cycles of oscillation H03D 3/04; automatic control, starting, synchronisation or stabilisation of generators of electronic oscillations or pulses where the type of generator is irrelevant or unspecified H03L; coding, decoding or code conversion, in general H03M) [4]

Inventor(s): Eleazar Walter Kenyon (Tucker, GA) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15808607 on 11/09/2017 (656 days app to issue)

Abstract: A peak detector circuit includes a first capacitor coupled to an inverter and a first switch in parallel with the inverter. An input of the inverter couples to second and third switches. The second switch couples to an input voltage node. The third switch couples to an output voltage node of the peak detector circuit. The peak detector circuit includes a second capacitor coupled to the third switch and a third capacitor coupled to the second capacitor by way of a fourth switch. The third capacitor couples via a fifth switch to a power supply voltage node or a ground. A periodic control signal causes the first, second, and third switches to repeatedly open and close and a second control signal causes the fourth and fifth switches to open and close to adjust an output voltage on the output voltage node towards an input voltage on the input voltage node.

[H03K] PULSE TECHNIQUE (measuring pulse characteristics G01R; modulating sinusoidal oscillations with pulses H03C; transmission of digital information H04L; discriminator circuits detecting phase difference between two signals by counting or integrating cycles of oscillation H03D 3/04; automatic control, starting, synchronisation or stabilisation of generators of electronic oscillations or pulses where the type of generator is irrelevant or unspecified H03L; coding, decoding or code conversion, in general H03M) [4]

Dynamically providing to a person feedback pertaining to utterances spoken or sung by the person Patent No. 10395671 

Inventor(s): Alan D. Emery (North Richland Hills, TX), Janki Y. Vora (Dallas, TX), Mathews Thomas (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15721946 on 10/01/2017 (695 days app to issue)

Abstract: Utterances spoken or sung by a first person can be received, in real time, from a mobile communication device. A location of the mobile communication device can be determined to be in an area designated as a quiet zone. A key indicator that indicates at least one characteristic of the detected utterances spoken or sung by the first person can be generated. Based, at least in part, on the key indicator, a determination can be made that the first person is speaking or singing too loudly in the area designated as the quiet zone. Responsive to determining that the first person is speaking or singing too loudly in the area designated as the quiet zone, feedback indicating that the first person is speaking or singing too loudly in the area designated as the quiet zone can be communicated to the mobile communication device.

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

Method of etching microelectronic mechanical system features in a silicon wafer Patent No. 10395940 

Inventor(s): Ercan Mehmet Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Feng Zhou (South Lyon, MI), Kenneth E. Goodson (Portola Valley, CA), Ki Wook Jung (Santa Clara, CA), Mehdi Asheghi (Palo Alto, CA) Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl, LLP (5 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15919889 on 03/13/2018 (532 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of etching features in a silicon wafer includes coating a top surface and a bottom surface of the silicon wafer with a mask layer having a lower etch rate than an etch rate of the silicon wafer, removing one or more portions of the mask layer to form a mask pattern in the mask layer on the top surface and the bottom surface of the silicon wafer, etching one or more top surface features into the top surface of the silicon wafer through the mask pattern to a depth plane located between the top surface and the bottom surface of the silicon wafer at a depth from the top surface, coating the top surface and the one or more top surface features with a metallic coating, and etching one or more bottom surface features into the bottom surface of the silicon wafer through the mask pattern to the target depth plane.

[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): Chang-Yen Ko (New Taipei, , TW), Chih-Chien Ho (New Taipei, , TW), Chung-Ming Cheng (New Taipei, , TW), Megan Chang (New Taipei, , TW) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15852532 on 12/22/2017 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a lead frame, a dam and adhesive on portions of the lead frame, and an integrated circuit die having a portion on the dam and another portion on the adhesive. The lead frame can include two portions, or two lead frames. The dam can bridge a space between the two lead frames. The dam can be smaller than the integrated circuit die in at least a width dimension of the dam relative to a width dimension of the integrated circuit die, providing that the integrated circuit die overhangs the dam on each side of the width dimension of the dam. Adhesive is located between the integrated circuit die and each lead frame, adjacent to and on each side of the dam. The dam prevents adhesive from spreading into the space between the lead frames.

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

Inventor(s): Jonathan Almeria Noquil (Bethlehem, PA), Joyce Marie Mullenix (San Jose, CA), Kristen Nguyen Parrish (Dallas, TX), Osvalod Jorge Lopez (Annadale, NJ), Roberto Giampiero Massolini (Pavia, , IT) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15395429 on 12/30/2016 (970 days app to issue)

Abstract: One example includes a device that is comprised of a die, a leadframe, and an electrically conductive material. The die includes a circuit therein. The leadframe is coupled with the die and the circuit therein. The electrically conductive material is disposed in a space above the die opposite the leadframe, the electrically conductive material being coupled to the leadframe and configured as one or more turns thereof to form at least one inductor.

[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): Ajit Sharma (Dallas, TX), Keith Ryan Green (Prosper, TX), Rajni J. Aggarwal (Garland, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Rose Alyssa Keagy (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 15639327 on 06/30/2017 (788 days app to issue)

Abstract: A CMOS integrated circuit includes a Hall sensor having a Hall plate formed in a first isolation layer which is formed concurrently with a second isolation layer under a MOS transistor. A first shallow well with a conductivity type opposite from the first isolation layer is formed over, and extending to, the Hall plate. The first shallow well is formed concurrently with a second shallow well under the MOS transistor. The Hall sensor may be a horizontal Hall sensor for sensing magnetic fields oriented perpendicular to the top surface of the substrate of the integrated circuit, or may be a vertical Hall sensor for sensing magnetic fields oriented parallel to the top surface of the substrate of the integrated circuit.

[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]

Integration of strained silicon germanium PFET device and silicon NFET device for finFET structures Patent No. 10396185 

Inventor(s): Bruce B. Doris (Slingerlands, NY), Hong He (Schenectady, NY), Junli Wang (Slingerlands, NY), Nicolas J. Loubet (Guilderland, NY) Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC (Coppell, TX) Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15635890 on 06/28/2017 (790 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming a finFET transistor device includes forming a crystalline, compressive strained silicon germanium (cSiGe) layer over a substrate; masking a first region of the cSiGe layer so as to expose a second region of the cSiGe layer; subjecting the exposed second region of the cSiGe layer to an implant process so as to amorphize a bottom portion thereof and transform the cSiGe layer in the second region to a relaxed SiGe (rSiGe) layer; performing an annealing process so as to recrystallize the rSiGe layer; epitaxially growing a tensile strained silicon layer on the rSiGe layer; and patterning fin structures in the tensile strained silicon layer and in the first region of the cSiGe layer.

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

Inventor(s): Akram A. Salman (Plano, TX), Aravind C. Appaswamy (Plano, TX), Farzan Farbiz (Royal Oak, MI), Gianluca Boselli (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15624741 on 06/16/2017 (802 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a body and a transistor fabricated into the body. Isolation material at least partially encases the body. Biasing is coupled to the isolation material, wherein the biasing is for changing the electric potential of the isolation material in response to an electrostatic discharge event.

[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): Jason Elliot Nabors (Grand Prairie, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Dunlap Bennett Ludwig PLLC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15179488 on 06/10/2016 (1173 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Battery Pack for portable CMM technology. The battery gives the CMM a longer operating period and extends battery time. The battery pack is configured to work with different operating voltages required by measurement equipment made by various manufactures”. The battery pack also provides a common mounting platform adapted to be utilized with the standard 3-8 threaded equipment and accessories.

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

Inventor(s): Scott L. Michaelis (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC) Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14418171 on 08/15/2014 (1838 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary alignment module for a base station antenna has one or more accelerometers and one or more magnetometers. The one or more accelerometers are used to determine tilt and roll angles of the antenna, while the yaw angle of the antenna is determined using the one or more magnetometers and the determined tilt and roll angles. Using multiple accelerometers and/or multiple magnetometers can improve accuracy of angle determination. A service provider can determine when to re-align the antenna by monitoring the tilt, roll, and yaw angles remotely to detect changes in antenna orientation. Yaw angle determination can also take into account offset values corresponding to soft-iron effects, hard-iron effects, and factory calibration. The need to re-calibrate offset values following changes in local magnetic environment can be detected by comparing different sensor signals, such as the different magnetic fields detected by a plurality of magnetometers.

Low profile, ultra-wide band, low frequency modular phased array antenna with coincident phase center Patent No. 10396461 

Inventor(s): Brian W. Johansen (McKinney, TX), James M. Irion, II (Allen, TX), Justin A. Kasemodel (McKinney, TX), Justin E. Stroup (Anna, TX) Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA) Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15246015 on 08/24/2016 (1098 days app to issue)

Abstract: An antenna is provided and includes a radiator assembly extending along a first plane, a patterned ferrite layer extending along a second plane and a band stop frequency selective surface (FSS) extending along a third plane. The third plane of the band stop FSS is axially interposed between the first plane of the radiator assembly and the second plane of the patterned ferrite layer.

Inventor(s): Gary Landry (Allen, TX), Jim Tatum (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Finisar Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA) Law Firm: Maschoff Brennan (5 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15986297 on 05/22/2018 (462 days app to issue)

Abstract: A VCSEL can include: an active region configured to emit light; a blocking region over or under the active region, the blocking region defining a plurality of channels therein; a plurality of conductive channel cores in the plurality of channels of the blocking region, wherein the plurality of conductive channel cores and blocking region form an isolation region; a top electrical contact; and a bottom electrical contact electrically coupled with the top electrical contact through the active region and plurality of conductive channel cores. At least one conductive channel core is a light emitter, and others can be spare light emitters, photodiodes, modulators, and combinations thereof. A waveguide can optically couple two or more of the conductive channel cores. In some aspects, the plurality of conductive channel cores are optically coupled to form a common light emitter that emits light (e.g., single mode) from the plurality of conductive channel cores.

Inventor(s): Farzan Farbiz (Dallas, TX), James P. Di Sarro (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15281379 on 09/30/2016 (1061 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include an electrostatic discharge protection circuit including a shunt transistor coupled between first and second power supply nodes, a sensing circuit to deliver a control voltage signal to turn on the shunt transistor in response to a detected change in a voltage of the first power supply node resulting from an ESD stress event, and a charge pump circuit to boost the control voltage signal in response to the control voltage signal turning the shunt transistor on.

[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): James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH), Michael J. D”Aurelio (Marietta, GA) Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Italy, TX) Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14850042 on 09/10/2015 (1447 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various approaches for determining a location using guided surface waves. A guided surface wave is received. A field strength of a guided surface wave is identified. A phase of the guided surface wave is identified. A distance from a guided surface waveguide probe that launched the guided surface wave is calculated. A location is determined based at least in part on the distance from the guided surface waveguide probe.

[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): Kent Poteet (Lucas, TX), Tom Kawamura (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14504398 on 10/01/2014 (1791 days app to issue)

Abstract: A battery single charger may accommodate Li-type and Ni-type batteries, having default charge settings and user-adjustable charge parameters in an advanced mode. Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries equipped with RFID technology and integrated balance taps may communicate with a device such as a battery charger equipped with similar technology providing information such as chemistry type, cell count, recommended charge rates, number of charges on the battery, among other types of information. Several safety features may be included.

[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): Brett Smith (McKinney, TX), Eric Blackall (Richardson, TX), Ross E. Teggatz (The Colony, TX), Wayne T. Chen (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TRIUNE SYSTEMS, LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15595731 on 05/15/2017 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed invention provides examples of preferred embodiments including systems for harvesting energy from variable output energy harvesting apparatus. The systems include energy harvesting apparatus for providing energy input to a switched mode power supply and a control loop for dynamically adjusting energy harvesting apparatus input to the switched mode power supply, whereby system output power is substantially optimized to the practical. Exemplary embodiments of the invention include systems for harvesting energy using solar cells in boost, buck, and buck-boost configurations.

[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): Charles Forrest Campbell (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC) Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15660554 on 07/26/2017 (762 days app to issue)

Abstract: A reconfigurable low-noise amplifier (LNA) is disclosed. The reconfigurable LNA includes amplifier circuitry having a gate terminal coupled to an input terminal, a source terminal coupled to a fixed voltage node, and a drain terminal coupled to an output terminal. The reconfigurable LNA further includes a gamma inverting network (GIN) coupled between the input terminal and the fixed voltage node, wherein the GIN has a first switch configured to disable the GIN during operation at first frequencies within a lower frequency band relative to a higher frequency band and to enable the GIN during operation at second frequencies within the higher frequency band.

[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): Byron Neville Burgess (Allen, TX), Stuart M. Jacobsen (Frisco, TX), William Robert Krenik (Garland, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14970676 on 12/16/2015 (1350 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming an integrated resonator apparatus includes depositing alternating dielectric layers of lower and higher acoustic impedance materials over a substrate. First and second resonator electrodes are formed over the alternating dielectric layers, with a piezoelectric layer located between the first and second resonator electrodes. A mass bias is formed over the first and second resonator electrodes. The mass bias, first and second electrodes, piezoelectric layer, and alternating dielectric layers may be encapsulated with a plastic mold fill.

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

Inventor(s): Ani Xavier (Kottayam, , IN), Basavaraj G. Gorguddi (Bangalore, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15854741 on 12/26/2017 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, an apparatus includes a plurality of first transistors coupled to a first input terminal and a first output terminal. The apparatus also includes a plurality of second transistors coupled to a second input terminal and a second output terminal. The apparatus further includes a plurality of first dummy transistors coupled to the first input terminal and the second output terminal. The apparatus also includes a plurality of second dummy transistors coupled to the second input terminal and the first output terminal.

[H03K] PULSE TECHNIQUE (measuring pulse characteristics G01R; modulating sinusoidal oscillations with pulses H03C; transmission of digital information H04L; discriminator circuits detecting phase difference between two signals by counting or integrating cycles of oscillation H03D 3/04; automatic control, starting, synchronisation or stabilisation of generators of electronic oscillations or pulses where the type of generator is irrelevant or unspecified H03L; coding, decoding or code conversion, in general H03M) [4]

Inventor(s): Michael Schultz (Munich, , DE), Robert Callaghan Taft (Munich, , DE) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15951973 on 04/12/2018 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit comprises a first set of serially-connected inverters comprising an input port, the first set of serially-connected inverters comprising a first subset of serially-connected inverters, the first subset of serially-connected inverters odd in number and comprising an input port and an output port; a first low-pass filter comprising an input port coupled to the output port of the first subset of serially-connected inverters, and an output port; a second low-pass filter comprising an input port coupled to the input port of the first subset of serially-connected inverters, and an output port; and a first differential amplifier comprising a first input port coupled to output port of the first low-pass filter, a second input port coupled to the output port of the second low-pass filter, and an output port coupled to the input port of the first set of serially-connected inverters.

[H03K] PULSE TECHNIQUE (measuring pulse characteristics G01R; modulating sinusoidal oscillations with pulses H03C; transmission of digital information H04L; discriminator circuits detecting phase difference between two signals by counting or integrating cycles of oscillation H03D 3/04; automatic control, starting, synchronisation or stabilisation of generators of electronic oscillations or pulses where the type of generator is irrelevant or unspecified H03L; coding, decoding or code conversion, in general H03M) [4]

Inventor(s): Steven Ernest Finn (Chamblee, GA) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16364246 on 03/26/2019 (154 days app to issue)

Abstract: A driver circuit includes a first termination resistor and a distributed amplifier comprising a plurality of pairs of input transistors and comprising inductors coupled between each pair of input transistors. The driver circuit also includes a distributed current-mode level shifter coupled to the first termination resistor. The distributed current-mode level shifter includes a first plurality of inductors coupled in series between the first termination resistor and the distributed amplifier and a first plurality of capacitive devices. Each capacitive device is coupled to a power supply node and to a node interconnecting two of the series-coupled inductors.

[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): Gong Lei (Sunnyvale, CA), Hung-Yi Lee (Cupertino, CA), Liang Gu (San Jose, CA), Mamatha Deshpande (San Jose, CA), Miao Liu (Pudong District, , CN), Shou-Po Shih (Cupertino, CA), Yen Dang (San Jose, CA), Yifan Gu (Santa Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16119462 on 08/31/2018 (361 days app to issue)

Abstract: A reference-less frequency detector circuit includes a sampling circuit that is configured to generate a frequency control voltage and a switch circuit control signal based on a frequency difference between a clock signal frequency and an input data rate. The frequency control voltage has a frequency down indication and a frequency up indication. A voltage-to-current converter circuit is coupled to the sampling circuit and is configured to convert the frequency control voltage to a frequency control current based on the switch circuit control signal. The voltage-to-current converter circuit includes an output switch circuit controlled by the switch control signal and is configured to have substantially equal respective latencies for the frequency down indication and the frequency up indication.

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

Reference voltage control circuit for a two-step flash analog-to-digital converter Patent No. 10396814 

Inventor(s): Jafar Sadique Kaviladath (Kozhikode, , IN), Neeraj Shrivastava (Bengaluru, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16211259 on 12/06/2018 (264 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit, which is usable in a flash analog-to-digital converter, includes a first switch configured to provide a first reference voltage to a first reference node responsive to a first control signal and a second switch configured to provide the first reference voltage to a second reference node responsive to a second control signal. A third switch is coupled to the first switch and is configured to provide a second reference voltage to the first reference node responsive to a clock signal. Further, a fourth switch is coupled to the second switch and configured to provide the second reference voltage to the second reference node responsive to the clock signal.

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

Long preamble and duty cycle based coexistence mechanism for power line communication (PLC) networks Patent No. 10396852 

Inventor(s): Kumaran Vijayasankar (Allen, TX), Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen, TX), Tarkesh Pande (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATION (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15946041 on 04/05/2018 (509 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems for supporting coexistence of multiple technologies in a Power Line Communication (PLC) network are disclosed. A long coexistence preamble sequence may be transmitted by a device that has been forced to back off the PLC channel multiple times. The long coexistence sequence provides a way for the device to request channel access from devices on the channel using other technology. The device may transmit a data packet after transmitting the long coexistence preamble sequence. A network duty cycle time may also be defined as a maximum allowed duration for nodes of the same network to access the channel. When the network duty cycle time occurs, all nodes will back off the channel for a duty cycle extended inter frame space before transmitting again. The long coexistence preamble sequence and the network duty cycle time may be used together.

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Md. Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15718631 on 09/28/2017 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) for a channel state information (CSI) feedback in an advanced communication system. The method comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), CSI configuration information to report a wideband periodic CSI including a pre-coding matrix indicator (PMI), a rank indicator (RI) and a relative power indicator (RPI) based on a linear combination (LC) codebook, wherein the PMI comprises a first PMI (i[subscript]1[/subscript]) indicating a plurality of beams and a second PMI (i[subscript]2[/subscript]) indicating a plurality of weights for linear combination of the plurality of beams; determining, based on the CSI configuration information, the RI and the RPI indicating a power of weights assigned to the plurality of beams; and transmitting, to the BS over an uplink channel, a first CSI feedback comprising the RI and RPI in a first periodic reporting instance out of a plurality of periodic reporting instances.

System and method for multiplexing control and data channels in a multiple input, multiple output communications system Patent No. 10396870 

Inventor(s): Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL), Ying Jin (Shanghai, , CN), Yufei Blankenship (Kildeer, IL) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15940723 on 03/29/2018 (516 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for system and method for multiplexing control and data channels in a multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) communications system are provided. A method for transmitting control symbols and data symbols on multiple MIMO layers includes selecting a first set of codewords from N[subscript]cw [/subscript]codewords, distributing control symbols onto the first set of layers, placing data symbols of the first set of codewords onto the first set of layers, placing data symbols of the (N[subscript]cw[/subscript]-N[subscript]cw1[/subscript]) remaining codewords to remaining layers if N[subscript]cw[/subscript]N[subscript]cw1[/subscript], and transmitting the multiple MIMO layers. The first set of codewords is associated with a first set of layers from the multiple MIMO layers, and the N[subscript]cw [/subscript]codewords are to be transmitted simultaneously and the first set of codewords comprises N[subscript]cw1 [/subscript]MIMO codewords, where N[subscript]cw [/subscript]and N[subscript]cw1 [/subscript]are integers greater than or equal to 1. The remaining layers are MIMO layers from the multiple MIMO layers not in the first set of layers.

Inventor(s): Inwoong Kim (Allen, TX), Olga I. Vassilieva (Plano, TX), Paparao Palacharla (Richardson, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16107141 on 08/21/2018 (371 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for constellation shaping of M-QAM modulation formats in optical transport networks may receive binary data to be transmitted as an optical signal and partition symbols of an M-QAM constellation in the complex plane into two non-overlapping subsets of symbols, The systems and methods may include assigning respective probabilities to each symbol in the first subset of symbols dependent on a target probability distribution for the first subset, mapping at least a portion of the received binary data to the symbols in the first subset, including generating a respective codeword for each symbol in the first subset, in a first symbol period, providing data representing the respective codewords mapped to the symbols in the first subset to an optical modulator for transmission, and refraining from providing any data representing codewords mapped to the symbols in the second subset to the optical modulator until a second symbol period.

Apparatus and mechanism to support multiple time domains in a single soc for time sensitive network Patent No. 10396922 

Inventor(s): Chunhua Hu (Plano, TX), Denis Beaudoin (Rowlett, TX), Eric Hansen (McKinney, TX), Thomas Anton Leyrer (Geisenhausen, , DE), Venkateswar Reddy Kowkutla (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15891227 on 02/07/2018 (566 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system on a chip (SOC) is configured to support multiple time domains within a time-sensitive networking (TSN) environment. TSN extends Ethernet networks to support a deterministic and high-availability communication on Layer 2 (data link layer of open system interconnect ”OSI” model) for time coordinated capabilities such as industrial automation and control applications. Processors in a system may have an application time domain separate from the communication time domain. In addition, each type time domain may also have multiple potential time masters to drive synchronization for fault tolerance. The SoC supports multiple time domains driven by different time masters and graceful time master switching. Timing masters may be switched at run-time in case of a failure in the system. Software drives the SoC to establish communication paths through a sync router to facilitate communication between time providers and time consumers. Multiple time sources are supported.

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

Methods and systems for asynchronous time division duplex by radio base station Patent No. 10396946 

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Phazr, Inc. (Allen, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15811580 on 11/13/2017 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of wireless communication using time division duplex over widely spaced frequency bands by a radio base station includes transmitting millimeter wave band downlink signals comprising a plurality of first transmission time intervals (TTIs) and receiving millimeter wave band uplink signals comprising at least one second TTI. The number of first TTIs is greater than the number of second TTIs. The method includes transmitting sub-7 GHz band downlink signals comprising at least one third TTI and receiving sub-7 GHz band uplink signals comprising a plurality of fourth TTIs. The number of third TTIs is less than the number of fourth TTIs.

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

Clock recovery system and method for near field communication with active load modulation Patent No. 10396975 

Inventor(s): Jonathan C.H. Hung (Plano, TX), Thomas Michael Maguire (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15631517 on 06/23/2017 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a tank circuit, a synchronization circuit, a transmitter, and a control circuit. The tank circuit is configured to receive a first signal transmitted from a near field communication reader. The synchronization circuit is configured to synchronize a clock to the first signal. The transmitter is configured to transmit data using the clock from the tank circuit to the near field communication reader using active load modulation. The control circuit is configured to disable the synchronization circuit during a modulation period of the active load modulation and to reduce energy remaining in the tank circuit at an end of the modulation period.

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

Inventor(s): Rafael Sanchez-Mejias (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): TUPL, Inc. (Bellevue, WA) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15212110 on 07/15/2016 (1138 days app to issue)

Abstract: An analytic application may provide analysis of performance data for a wireless carrier network to determine root causes of issues. Performance data for network components of the wireless carrier network and device components of user devices that use the network may be obtained. The performance data is processed by aggregating multiple datasets of the performance data into aggregated performance data according to one or more grouping parameters or converge a plurality of datasets of the performance data into converged performance data according to a unitary storage schema. Analysis may be performed on the aggregated performance data or the converged performance data to detect an issue affecting the wireless carrier network or to generate a solution to the issue. The aggregate performance data and the converged performance data may include non-real time data or real time data. Accordingly, the issue or the solution to the issue may be provided for presentation.

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

Inventor(s): Fangping Liu (San Jose, CA), Serhat Nazim Avci (Milpitas, CA), Zhenjiang Li (San Jose, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15409484 on 01/18/2017 (951 days app to issue)

Abstract: A routing technique provides a routing table which assigns weights in the process of selecting a next hop at a router, while still using an equal cost multipath selection process at the router. The routing table is configured to cross reference an IP address prefix set to a number of next hops which can be all, or fewer than all, available next hops. This occurs in each row of the table for a different IP address prefix set. Subsets of the next hops are identified in each row in a manner which results in the next hops being selected according to specified weights. An estimate of traffic to the different IP address prefix set is also considered. The routing table can be configured based on announce and withdraw messages received from a link weight translator of a controller.

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

Inventor(s): Farhad P. Sunavala (Santa Clara, CA), Fei Rao (Santa Clara, CA), Henry Louis Fourie (Santa Clara, CA), Hong Zhang (Santa Clara, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: FutureWei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15412282 on 01/23/2017 (946 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for service function chaining across subnetworks includes receiving a packet at a virtual switch integration bridge from a first service function (SF) that is in a service function chain (SFC) and that is on a first subnetwork, determining a next SF in the SFC in a different subnetwork, and sending the received packet directly from the virtual switch integration bridge to the next SF.

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

System and method for granting virtualized network function life cycle management Patent No. 10397132 

Inventor(s): Aijuan Feng (Shenzhen, , CN), Haitao Xia (Beijing, , CN), Zhixian Xiang (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): FutureWei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: FutureWei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15638246 on 06/29/2017 (789 days app to issue)

Abstract: A virtualized network function (VNF) life cycle management (LCM) method is disclosed that includes sending, by a virtualized network function manager (VNFM), a grant request for a VNF LCM operation to a network functions virtualization orchestrator (NFVO), wherein the grant request comprises a requested wide area network (WAN) connectivity requirement for connecting multiple sites that virtualized network function components (VNFCs) of the virtualized network function (VNF) instance are placed in, and the VNF comprises at least two VNFCs placed in different sites. In this embodiment the method also includes receiving, by the VNFM, a grant response from the network functions virtualization orchestrator (NFVO), wherein the grant response comprises WAN Infrastructure Manager (WIM) information and a granted WAN connectivity requirement approved by the NFVO.

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

Inventor(s): Niranjan B. Avula (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15792521 on 10/24/2017 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device can receive, from a network device, a request to create an internet protocol (IP) session for a user device. The device can allocate an IP address for the user device and a first tunnel endpoint identifier associated with a tunnel. The IP address can include a first set of bits associated with a location identifier and a second set of bits associated with a device identifier. The device can provide a response to the network device, and can receive a request that includes a second tunnel endpoint identifier associated with the tunnel. The device can provide the IP address and the first and second tunnel endpoint identifiers to be stored using a data structure. The device can provide a response to the network device indicating to establish the downlink portion of the IP session, and can perform one or more actions associated with managing the IP session.

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

Inventor(s): Emil Dides (Coppell, TX) Assignee(s): eBay Inc. (San Jose, CA) Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15208435 on 07/12/2016 (1141 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure may be used to securely transmit data between multiple computing devices. Among other things, this can greatly extend the range of data transmissions in comparison to fixed-position wireless beacons and access points.

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

Inventor(s): Wei Xu (Dublin, CA), Yan Sun (Santa Clara, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15496322 on 04/25/2017 (854 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method comprising receiving, by a network element, a data packet, searching, by the network element, the received data packet at a first hierarchical level to determine whether a substring of a string of a regular expression exists in the received data packet, searching, by the network element when the search of the received data packet at the first hierarchical level finds a match, the received data packet at a second hierarchical level to determine whether the string of the regular expression exists in the received data packet, and transmitting, by the network element, the received data packet to a next network element along an original path of the received data packet without searching the received data packet at a third hierarchical level when the search of the received data packet at the first or second hierarchical level does not find a match.

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

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Keller, TX) Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA) Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15658091 on 07/24/2017 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment provides a user equipment that includes a processor configured to receive a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) NOTIFY message transmitted by a network component as a result of a registration event. The SIP NOTIFY message contains at least a portion of information included in a first SIP message sent between a first user equipment and the network component. Another embodiment provides method and apparatus for a network node to determine whether filter criteria include one or more indicators that specify the need for information, and including in a second SIP message the information specified by the one or more indicators.

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

Inventor(s): Kevin V. Nguyen (Allen, TX), M. Gregory Smith (Fairview, TX), Monica Rose Martino (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): I D YOU, LLC (Allen, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16140858 on 09/25/2018 (336 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes a system, method, and computer-readable medium for providing audio announcement of communications to a called party in a communication network. The method includes receiving communication from a calling party and performing a lookup of information relating to the calling party in a database via an Internet Protocol connection based on an identifier of at least one of the calling party and the called party. The information comprises one or more audio files. The method then provides the audio announcement to a called party based on the audio files.

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

Inventor(s): Ira L. Allen (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16047064 on 07/27/2018 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for disabling functions of a movement detection enabled device is provided. The method includes monitoring a movement detection signal of the movement detection enabled device in a vehicle and determining that the vehicle is currently in motion. An electronic tag in the vehicle is detected and instructions associated with the movement detection enabled device are retrieved. It is determined that the movement detection enabled device is located within a specified proximity to a driver location of the vehicle and that a user of the device is a driver of the vehicle. In response, specified functions of the movement detection enabled device are disabled.

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

Inventor(s): Monica Rose Martino (Plano, TX), Taylor Cleghorn (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): ACCUDATA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Allen, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15883643 on 01/30/2018 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and computer readable medium comprising instructions for providing Internet protocol enabled information delivery are provided. Information from a calling party is received at an Internet protocol enabled device. A lookup of information relating to the calling party is performed in a database via an Internet protocol connection. A message is received from the database comprising information relating to the calling party.

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

Inventor(s): David Woody (Allen, TX), Stephen Hodge (Aubrey, TX) Assignee(s): Value-Added Communications, Inc. (Reston, VA) Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15878130 on 01/23/2018 (581 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a voice message exchange system and method for improving communication between an inmate and a third party by enabling the inmate to leave a message when a call is not answered and further allowing the third party who receives the message to reply with a message to the inmate. Additionally, outside parties that meet the institution”s requirements can leave messages for inmates at any time. The present invention can be used as an add-on to legacy inmate call management systems or incorporated internally into an inmate call management system. The system also provides monitoring, controlling, recording, and billing means.

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

Inventor(s): Joshua Lund (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Kidde Technologies, Inc. (Wilson, NC), Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (Princeton, NJ) Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15431179 on 02/13/2017 (925 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of correcting lag in an imaging pixel includes receiving a current frame pixel value and determining a current filter coefficient using the current frame pixel value. A pixel output is determined from a product of the current frame pixel value and current frame filter coefficient. The product of a first prior frame pixel value and corresponding first prior frame filter coefficient is added to the pixel output to generate a corrected pixel output to more closely indicates incident illumination on the imaging pixel during an integration period from which the current frame pixel value was obtained.

Inverse scan order for significance map coding of transform coefficients in video coding Patent No. 10397577 

Inventor(s): Joel Sole Rojals (La Jolla, CA), Marta Karczewicz (San Diego, CA), Rajan Laxman Joshi (San Diego, CA) Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 13413526 on 03/06/2012 (2730 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for coding transform coefficients associated with a block of residual video data in a video coding process. Aspects of this disclosure include the selection of a scan order for both significance map coding and level coding, as well as the selection of contexts for entropy coding consistent with the selected scan order. This disclosure proposes a harmonization of the scan order to code both the significance map of the transform coefficients as well as to code the levels of the transform coefficient. It is proposed that the scan order for the significance map should be in the inverse direction (i.e., from the higher frequencies to the lower frequencies). This disclosure also proposes that transform coefficients be scanned in sub-sets as opposed to fixed sub-blocks. In particular, transform coefficients are scanned in a sub-set consisting of a number of consecutive coefficients according to the scan order.

Inventor(s): Chaitanya Satish Ghone (Pune, , IN), Dipan Kumar Mandal (Bangalore, , IN), Hetul Sanghvi (Richardson, TX), Mahesh Madhukar Mehendale (Bangalore, , IN), Mihir Narendra Mody (Bangalore, , IN), Naresh Kumar Yadav (Noida, , IN), Niraj Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14684334 on 04/11/2015 (1599 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control processor for a video encode-decode engine is provided that includes an instruction pipeline. The instruction pipeline includes an instruction fetch stage coupled to an instruction memory to fetch instructions, an instruction decoding stage coupled to the instruction fetch stage to receive the fetched instructions, and an execution stage coupled to the instruction decoding stage to receive and execute decoded instructions. The instruction decoding stage and the instruction execution stage are configured to decode and execute a set of instructions in an instruction set of the control processor that are designed specifically for accelerating video sequence encoding and encoded video bit stream decoding.

Inventor(s): Christopher A. Segall (Camas, WA) Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15650565 on 07/14/2017 (774 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for decoding video includes creating a first list of motion vectors from at least one neighboring block in a current frame of the video and creating a second list of motion vectors from at least one previous block in a temporally earlier frame of the video. A third list of motion vectors is created based upon the first list and the second list. Based upon receiving a motion vector competition control parameter selecting one of the motion vectors from the third list, wherein the second list of motion vectors is further based upon a flooring function.

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: Greg Goshorn, P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14811193 on 07/28/2015 (1491 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided are techniques for detecting a presentation of media content on a first display device; synchronizing contextual data corresponding to the media content with the media content; transmitting the contextual metadata corresponding to the media content to a second display device in response to the detecting, wherein the second display device is a different device than the first display device; and presenting the contextual metadata, in synchronization with the media content, on the second display device in conjunction with the presentation of the media content on the first display device.

Methods and systems for synchronizing data streams across multiple client devices Patent No. 10397636 

Inventor(s): Peter Aubrey Bartholomew Griess (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Facebook, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA) Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16041516 on 07/20/2018 (403 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device has one or more processors, a display, and memory. The memory stores one or more programs configured for execution by the one or more processors. The device receives, from a content delivery network, a program manifest including one or more video segments of a video. The electronic device parses the program manifest to identify a timeline for the video that spans the video segments. The electronic device receives, from a social-networking server, a playback offset for the video. In accordance with the playback offset and the timeline for the video, the electronic device determines a designated video segment and a playback position within the designated video segment. The electronic device then plays the video segments sequentially on the electronic device, commencing at the playback position within the designated video segment.

Inventor(s): Jasjot Singh Chadha (Bangalore, , IN), Lars Risbo (Hvalsoe, , DK), Ryan Erik Lind (Knoxville, TN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16175907 on 10/31/2018 (300 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a class D amplifier and a current steering digital-to-analog converter (DAC) directly connected to the class D amplifier. The system also includes a common mode servo circuit coupled to a node interconnecting the current steering DAC to the class D amplifier. The common servo circuit amplifies a difference between a common mode signal determined from the node and a reference voltage and generates a feedback current to the node based on the amplified difference. A feed-forward common-mode compensation circuit is included to reduce an alternating current (AC) ripple from the class D amplifier. The feed-forward common-mode compensation circuit includes first and second resistors coupled to respective outputs of the class D amplifier. A current mirror is coupled to the first and second resistors and is configured to sink a current from the node to ground that approximates a common mode feedback current of the class D amplifier.

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

Inventor(s): Kiran Makhijani (Los Gatos, CA), Padmadevi Pillay-Esnault (San Jose, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15729405 on 10/10/2017 (686 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented by a service rendezvous point (SRP) comprises receiving, by a receiver of the SRP, a plurality of register messages from a plurality of service switch points (SSPs), each of the register messages comprising at least one of resource information or service information, each of the SSPs being associated with a different network domain, sending, by a transmitter of the SRP, a plurality of report messages to the plurality of SSPs, each of the report messages comprising resource allocation information for each of the network domains for a service, the resource allocation information including an amount of resources to be allocated at the each of the network domains for the service, and maintaining, at a memory of the SRP, a SSP database storing at least one of the resource allocation information of each of the network domains, the resource information of each of the network domains, and the service information of each of the network domains.

Inventor(s): Jin Yang (Bridgewater, NJ), Kai Yang (Bridgewater, NJ), Ruilin Liu (Hillsborough, NJ), Yanjia Sun (Downingtown, PA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14991598 on 01/08/2016 (1327 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processor implemented method of identifying a root cause of degraded network quality in a wireless network. The method includes accessing historical network performance data, the performance data including a time sequenced measure of performance indicators for the network. The method evaluates the historical performance data to determine regularly occurring associations between indicators to define a set of rules characterizing the associations of the wireless network, and stores the set of rules in a data structure. The wireless network is monitored by accessing analysis data reporting time sequenced performance indicator data. Next, anomalies are detected in a performance indicator in the analysis data and matched to at least one rule in the set of rules. The method outputs an indication of a cause of degradation in the wireless network resulting from the anomaly in the performance indicator.

Inventor(s): Janne Peisa (Espoo, , FI), Johan Torsner (Masaby, , FI), Michael Meyer (Aachen, , DE) Assignee(s): Unwired Planet, LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15915407 on 03/08/2018 (537 days app to issue)

Abstract: Method and arrangement in a first node for requesting a status report from a second node. The first node and the second node are both comprised within a wireless communication network. The status report comprises positive and/or negative acknowledgement of data sent from the first node, to be received by the second node. The first node comprises a first counter configured to count the number of transmitted Protocol Data Units, PDUs, and a second counter configured to count the number of transmitted data bytes. The method and arrangements comprises initializing the first and the second counter to zero, transmitting data to be received by the second node, comparing the value of the first and the second counters with a first threshold limit value and a second threshold limit value and requesting a status report from the second node if any of the threshold limit values is reached or exceeded.

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

Inventor(s): Guowei Ouyang (Beijing, , CN), Mazin Al-Shalash (Frisco, TX), Nathan Edward Tenny (Poway, CA), Zhenzhen Cao (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: 15943146 on 04/02/2018 (512 days app to issue)

Abstract: The method provided in this embodiment improves the capabilities of automatic driving and ADAS of electric vehicles. The method can be applied to vehicle networking, such as V2X, LTE-V, V2X, etc. The method includes receiving, from the mobile device, an indication of a requirement for transmission resources, comprising at least an indication that the resources are required with a periodicity, transmitting, to the mobile device, an assignment of a first scheduling configuration for the device-to-device connection, transmitting, to the mobile device, an indication to begin use of periodically recurring radio resources, and handing over responsibility for providing radio resources for the device-to-device connection from the network node to a target network node such that the availability of radio resources with the periodicity is substantially maintained.

Inventor(s): Bin Liu (San Diego, CA), Pengfei Xia (San Diego, CA), Richard Stirling-Gallacher (San Diego, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16235782 on 12/28/2018 (242 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for resource and power allocation indication in a beam-based access system is provided. In an embodiment, a method for signaling power allocation in a beam-based access system includes determining, by a transmit point (TP), a relative effective transmit power offset between a control beam and a data beam. The method also includes signaling, by the TP, the relative effective transmit power offset to a user equipment (UE). The UE performs automatic gain control (AGC) on a control channel and a data channel according to the relative effective transmit power offset signaled by the TP.

System, method, and computer-readable medium for schedule-based telecommunication policies Patent No. 10397962 

Inventor(s): Andrew Silver (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Tango Networks, Inc. (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15232690 on 08/09/2016 (1113 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable medium for enforcing user telecommunication privileges on a per-schedule basis are provided. Enterprise members may have a schedule associated therewith that defines scheduled locations of the users. Telecommunication service privileges may be coordinated with the users” schedules such that communication services are disabled at particular times based on the users” schedules. In other implementations, particular users may have telecommunication services disabled by an administrator in the event of a catastrophe or emergency. By this mechanism, users that are not proximate to a particular catastrophe or emergency area according to the users” schedule may have services disabled while other users that are located more proximate to the emergency may have their telecommunication services enabled. In this manner, the demand on a cellular network may be alleviated thereby increasing the likelihood that users directly impacted by the emergency may receive and place calls or access data services.

Method and apparatus for calculating an average value of an inaccessible current from an accessible current Patent No. 10397992 

Inventor(s): Isaac Cohen (Dix Hills, NY) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16284761 on 02/25/2019 (183 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a power converter, a circuit determines an average value of an inaccessible current from an average value of an accessible current and a value of the operating duty cycle of the converter. A method of measuring an average value of an inaccessible current from a measured value of a current, in a power converter, by a duty cycle of a pulse width modulation (PWM) signal, representing a duty cycle of the power converter. Coupling a voltage representing the measured value to an input of a low pass filter during a time period (D) and coupling the input of the low pass filter to a reference voltage during a time period (1D).

Inventor(s): Mark Gerard (Plano, TX), Robert W. Peterson (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): OL SECURITY LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (Wilmington, DE) Law Firm: Schwabe, Williamson Wyatt (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15441140 on 02/23/2017 (915 days app to issue)

Abstract: Mobile agents can be deployed to location aware mobile devices within specific regions of interest to achieve specific goals in respect of events occurring in the region of interest. In order to ensure that the agent can persist within the region of interest until the agent goals are achieved, the agent is configured to locate other devices within the region of interest and to propagate itself, by moving or copying itself, to those other devices. When a device hosting the agent exits the region of interest, the agent is terminated, thereby freeing device resources. Patent Class: N/A

Inventor(s): Chris Brandel (Chicago, IL), Dan Rucker (Chicago, IL), Daniel Grabowski (East Grand Rapids, MI), Matthew Banach (Gumee, IL), Michael J. Sawadski (Mount Prospect, IL) Assignee(s): PARAGON FURNITURE, INC. (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29680611 on 02/18/2019 (190 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Jenny DeMarco Staab (Addison, TX), Tammy Schriewer (Addison, TX) Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 29675593 on 01/03/2019 (236 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Daniel L. Kessler (Dallas, TX), Henry M. Kessler (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Sy Kessler Sales, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 29642478 on 03/29/2018 (516 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Adam Cole Ewing (McKinney, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX) Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29632876 on 01/10/2018 (594 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Berlin Benfield (Grapevine, TX), Brent Ross (Flower Mound, TX), Kendall Goodman (Southlake, TX), Nathan Wu (Irving, TX), Steven Ivans (Ponder, TX) Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29628792 on 12/07/2017 (628 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Jason S. Mevius (McKinney, TX), Ken Huggins (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Cooper Technologies Company (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Stinson LLP (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29584833 on 11/17/2016 (1013 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Jonathan Scott Wood (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29623942 on 10/27/2017 (669 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Stephen William O”Brien (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): TSI Products, Inc. (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 29585841 on 11/29/2016 (1001 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Olan Leitch (Bakersfield, CA) Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29608385 on 06/21/2017 (797 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Olan Leitch (Bakersfield, CA) Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29608390 on 06/21/2017 (797 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Brian P. Johnson (Fishersville, VA) Assignee(s): London Johnson, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29578629 on 09/22/2016 (1069 days app to issue)

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