Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 10 for patent activity out of 250 metros. Patents granted include: •  Your Command's apparatus for electronically searching for an item •  University of Texas' kit for external fixators for bone realignment •  LapKing Holdings' method of tracking a vehicle's course •  Capital One's social home buying system •  Excentus Corporation's system of influencing customer behavior •  Flashscan3D's biometric image sensor with spoofing detection •  Tango's identification of a vehicle driver based on driving behavior •  1A Smart Start's automated calibration station for ignition interlock devices •  Bank of America's "Message spinning engine" to create or manage a queue •  Audatex North America's predictive estimate for a damaged vehicle

Audatex North America's patent filing shows drawings that illustrate its predictive estimate for a damaged vehicle. Part of the Westlake-based Solera portfolio of companies, Audatex is a provider of automotive claims, underwriting, and information solutions. The company serves insurance carriers, repair shops, government agencies, and others. [Background: Studio_3321/istockphoto, Patent Illustration: Fig. 3 & 4, Patent No. 10438293/USPTO]

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) 26 Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 7 Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 5 Mary Kay Inc. (Addison) 4 Bell Helicopter Textron (Fort Worth) 3

Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas) 4 Brent Johnson (Denton) 3 Kent Poteet (Lucas) 3 Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett) 3 Scott D. Hite (Pilot Point) 3 Tu H. Do (Lewisville) 3 Abbas Ali (Plano) 2 Ashish Antony (Anna) 2 David Gan (Southlake) 2 Geoffrey Reed Williams (Midlothian) 2

SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 152 daysMethods and systems for provisioning emergency numbersPatent No. 10440549 Assignee: BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Canada) Inventor: Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Fort Worth)



3,806 daysMultidiscipline site development and risk assessment processPatent No. 10438142 Assignee: Bryant Consultants Inc. Inventor: John Bryant (Plano)

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Inventor(s): Jack Renforth (Azle, TX) Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX) Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15070141 on 03/15/2016 (1302 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pet carrier includes a bottom panel having a pair of end edges and a pair of side edges, a pair of side panels connected to the side edges of the bottom panel, a pair of end panels connected to the end edges of the bottom panel, and a top panel connected to the pair of side panels and the pair of end panels. The bottom panel, the pair of side panels, the pair of end panels, and the top panel enclose a first interior area when the pet carrier is in a compact configuration. The top panel includes an expandable portion configured to be raised above the pair of side panels and the pair of end panels to form a second interior area greater than the first interior area when the pet carrier is in an expanded configuration.

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

System, kit and apparatus for attachment of external fixators for bone realignment Patent No. 10433872 

Inventor(s): Adam Starr (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX) Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 13898084 on 05/20/2013 (2332 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a system, kit and apparatus to aid in the realignment of one or more bones of a patient. The present invention provides a substantially rigid orthopedic stabilization scaffold for attachment of one or more external fixators for the realignment of one or more bones of a patient. The orthopedic stabilization scaffold includes a first anchorable frame and a second anchorable frame that are removably attachable to an operating table and connected adjustably by one or more crossbars.

Inventor(s): Daniel J. Sucato (Dallas, TX), Hong Zhang (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15350163 on 11/14/2016 (1058 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pedicle screw for spinal fixation having a bone fastener portion a permanent rod coupling, a breakaway portion connected to the permanent rod coupling and a temporary rod coupling. A permanent rod can be positioned in the permanent rod coupling and a temporary rod can be positioned in the temporary rod coupling and when the temporary rod is not needed the temporary rod coupling can be removed by separation at a breakaway portion.

Inventor(s): Sumant Krishnan (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Tornier (Montbonnot Saint Martin, , FR) Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear LLP (12 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15532035 on 12/10/2015 (1398 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular shoulder prosthesis is provided. The modular prosthesis includes a stem, an anatomic insert, and a reverse insert. The stem is a unitary body that includes a distal shaft portion and a proximal portion. The proximal portion includes a stem face configured to directly couple to both the anatomic insert and reverse insert. The stem face includes a first engagement feature configured to couple directly to the reverse insert and a second engagement feature configured to couple directly to the anatomic insert. The stem can also include a metaphyseal portion between the shaft portion and proximal portion designed for use in humeral fracture repair procedures. The metaphyseal portion can include a medial arm and two lateral arms extending between the shaft portion and proximal portion, A window can be defined between the medial arm and the lateral arms, and a gap can be formed between the lateral arms.

[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): Julia Collier (Addison, TX), Kim Wilson (Addison, TX), Michael Frushour (Addison, TX) Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16406879 on 05/08/2019 (153 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a topical skin composition. The composition can include 50 to 75% by weight of water, 2 to 7% by weight of caprylic/capric triglyceride, 2 to 7% by weight of [i]Butyrospermum parkii [/i](shea) butter, 2 to 7% by weight of [i]Helianthus annuus [/i](sunflower) seed oil, 1 to 5% by weight of cetyl alcohol, 1 to 5% by weight of glyceryl stearate, and 0.1 to 2% by weight of beeswax.

[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 Gan (Southlake, TX), Jim Faller (Williamsville, NY), Lisa Mangos (Katy, TX), Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX) Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15816175 on 11/17/2017 (690 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a composition and method for its use that includes [i]Magnolia [/i]bark extract, [i]vitis vinifera [/i]extract, tocopherol or tocopherol acetate, and hydrogenated lecithin, lecithin, or dextrin.

[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): Evan Boyst (Ann Arbor, MI), Ian Vonwald (Ann Arbor, MI), Jehangir Gowani (Ann Arbor, MI), Shri Thanedar (Ann Arbor, MI), Xiaojiang Wang (Ann Arbor, MI) Assignee(s): Gargle Water, Inc. (McKinney, TX) Law Firm: Blue Filament Law PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15405745 on 01/13/2017 (998 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage stable package is provided that includes a polymeric bottle having a volume filled with an aqueous saline composition acidified with an acid to a pH of 2 to 9 and having a hypertonic saline concentration relative to saliva and blood, or an aqueous hydrogen peroxide composition acidified with an acid to a pH of 2.7 to 5.3 and having a hydrogen peroxide concentration 0.5 to 3 total weight percent, either to achieve a storage stability at 20 degrees Celsius of the composition of at least 10 weeks. The aqueous composition is independent of a synthetic antimicrobial. A cap is provided that is complementary a package opening for selectively sealing the aqueous saline composition within the volume. A process for treating an infection of a pharyngeal or buccal cavity is provided that includes rinsing with one of the aqueous saline composition. The aqueous saline composition is then expectorated.

[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: 15835339 on 12/07/2017 (670 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): Nicholas Trombly (Chicago, IL), Patrick Furlan (Hawthorn Woods, IL) Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX) Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14983113 on 12/29/2015 (1379 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flow rate sensor is provided in a wireless, leadless package. The flow rate sensor includes a MEMs sensor coupled to an ASIC and an antenna. The flow rate sensor is powered by radiation received from a control module adjacent the flow rate sensor. The flow rate sensor is placed within a fluid and monitors the flow rate of the fluid. The control module is not in the fluid and receives flow rate data from the flow rate sensor.

[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 Gan (Southlake, TX), Dawn Burke-Colvin (Dallas, TX), Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX) Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15798944 on 10/31/2017 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of treating skin is disclosed. The method can include topically applying to skin in need thereof, an emulsion comprising palmitoyl tetrapeptide 7, water, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, stearic acid, dimethicone, squalane, mineral oil, and beeswax.

[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): Joshua Boggs (Aledo, TX) Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15425476 on 02/06/2017 (974 days app to issue)

Abstract: A golf club head includes a metal portion adhered to a polymeric portion to define a closed internal volume. The polymeric portion defines a bore that is configured to receive and to selectively retain an elongate weight. The bore is aligned on a longitudinal axis that intersects the face. The polymeric portion includes a polymeric wall extending within the closed internal volume and transversely outward from a sidewall that defines the bore. The polymeric wall is adhered to the metal portion of the golf club head and is operative to both reinforce the sidewall and to transfer impact stresses from the sidewall to the metal portion of the golf club head.

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

Inventor(s): James Swanzy (Arlington, TX) Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16026951 on 07/03/2018 (462 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of vulcanizing rubber is disclosed. The method can include adding to un-vulcanized rubber a complex comprising mercaptobenzothiazole chemically bound to zinc oxide, and vulcanizing the rubber.

[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)

Copper oxides supported on spinel oxides as catalysts for low temperature direct NOx decomposition Patent No. 10434471 

Inventor(s): Charles Alexander Roberts (Farmington Hills, MI), Krishna R. Gunugunuri (Canton, MI), Michael Jones (Orchard Lake, MI), Torin C. Peck (Ypsilanti, 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: 15488996 on 04/17/2017 (904 days app to issue)

Abstract: Active catalysts for the treatment of a low temperature exhaust gas stream are provided containing copper oxides dispersed on a spinel oxide for the direct, lean removal of nitrogen oxides from the exhaust gas stream. The low temperature, direct decomposition is accomplished without the need of a reductant molecule. In one example, CuO[subscript]x [/subscript]may be dispersed as a monolayer on a metal oxide support, such as Co[subscript]3[/subscript]O[subscript]4 [/subscript]spinel oxide, synthesized using an incipient wetness impregnation technique. The CuO[subscript]x[/subscript]/Co[subscript]3[/subscript]O[subscript]4 [/subscript]catalyst system converts nitric oxide to nitrogen gas with high product specificity, avoiding the production of a significant concentration of the undesirable N[subscript]2[/subscript]O product.

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

Inventor(s): Joseph I. Weinschenk, III (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): NOVARTIS AG (Basel, , CH) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16014639 on 06/21/2018 (474 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is directed to adjustable chromophore compounds and materials (e.g., ophthalmic lens materials) incorporating those compounds. The adjustable chromophore compounds include a chemical moiety that structurally changes upon exposure to predetermined electromagnetic radiation (e.g., two photon radiation) as well as lens materials, particularly intraocular lens materials that incorporate those compounds.

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

Inventor(s): Danil V. Prokhorov (Canton, MI), Umesh N. Gandhi (Farmington Hills, MI) Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15440039 on 02/23/2017 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adjustable airbag system for a vehicle includes an inflatable airbag and at least one tether formed from a shape memory material. The at least one tether has at least one portion thereof secured to the airbag. The at least one tether is structured to contract so as to control an inflated dimension of the airbag when the at least one tether is heated to a temperature above a transformation temperature of the shape memory material and also above a superelastic temperature range of the shape memory material, prior to airbag deployment.

[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): Jeffrey Alan Booth (Cambridge, , CA), Michael W. 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: 15790624 on 10/23/2017 (715 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for removing ferrous debris from a vehicle assembly in an alkaline degreaser bath. A degreaser tank is configured in shape and size to accommodate a degreasing cleaning of vehicle assemblies. A conveyor system may selectively transfer vehicle assemblies into and out of the degreaser tank. A flushing system includes a plurality of debris removal flushing stations strategically located at side walls of the degreaser tank. Each station includes a set of electromagnets adjacent to an exterior of the degreaser tank to attract metal debris to a collection area at an interior wall, opposite the set of electromagnets. A drain port is located at the side wall, below the electromagnets. A supply line is provided above the electromagnets to selectively provide degreaser toward and direct debris to the drain port. A controller engages each debris removal flushing station based on a predetermined cycle.

[B60S] SERVICING, CLEANING, REPAIRING, SUPPORTING, LIFTING, OR MANOEUVRING OF VEHICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR

Inventor(s): Brant R. McGhee (Arlington, TX), Jerry W. Vande Sande (Dallas, TX), Kenneth W. Huck (Fairview, TX) Assignee(s): TRINITY NORTH AMERICAN FREIGHT CAR, INC. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15206876 on 07/11/2016 (1184 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a panel, a fastener, and a cushion. The panel is coupled to a side of a railcar. The fastener engages the panel. A vertical position of the fastener on the panel is adjustable. The cushion is coupled to the fastener. The cushion extends from the side of the railcar towards an interior of the railcar and prevents the side of the railcar from contacting an object stored in the railcar.

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

Multi-panel deck side extender system for organizing and increasing the storage capacity of a vehicle Patent No. 10435082 

Inventor(s): Robert K. Kupina (Ann Arbor, MI), Todd M. Bello (Canton, 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: 15995746 on 06/01/2018 (494 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-panel deck side extender system including a deck rail assembly and a deck side extender assembly. The deck rail assembly includes a rail extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction and a bracket connected to the rail. The rail is secured to a sidewall of the pickup truck. The deck side extender assembly pivotally connects to the bracket. The deck side extender assembly is slidably displaceable in the vehicle longitudinal direction with respect to the rail. The deck side extender assembly is pivotally displaceable between a lowered position and a raised position. In the lowered position the deck side extender assembly is positioned below the upper surface sidewall in a vehicle vertical direction and adjacent the interior surface of the sidewall in a vehicle lateral direction. In the raised position the deck side extender assembly is positioned above the upper surface of the sidewall in the vehicle vertical direction.

[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): Scott David Poster (Arlington, TX) Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15434012 on 02/15/2017 (965 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a thermal barrier configured to surround at least a portion of a driveshaft and to protect the driveshaft from heat. The thermal barrier comprises an inner wall forming a cavity in which the driveshaft lies, an outer wall enclosing the inner wall, and a space between the inner wall and the outer wall. The space is evacuated and forms a vacuum.

Inventor(s): Danielle Lynn Moore (Fort Worth, TX), Levi Charles Hefner (Arlington, TX), Sung Kim (Bedford, TX) Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15620317 on 06/12/2017 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has a first blade assembly configured to rotate in a first direction about an axis of rotation and a second blade assembly configured to rotate in a second direction opposite the first direction about the axis of rotation, wherein the second blade assembly can be selectively cocked relative to the axis of rotation.

Inventor(s): Kenzie van der Klooster (Denton, TX) Assignee(s): Safran Seats USA LLC (Gainesville, TX) Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLC (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15532561 on 12/02/2015 (1406 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described are headrests with integrated entertainment systems. The headrest includes a shell that is coupled to a seat through a headrest mount that has at least one degree of freedom of movement. The headrest shell also supports a visor with at least one side arm and a display span that may rotate between stowed and deployed positions. A neutral position mechanism supports the headrest in a neutral position and provides resistance to movement between the headrest and the passenger seat. The attachment of the visor to the headrest shell may also include an adjustment slot to allow fore and aft translation of the visor with respect to the headrest shell. The fore and aft translation of the visor allows for positioning the visor at different focal lengths, and provides extra clearance for the visor as it moves between stowed and deployed positions.

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

Cowling with structural hand holds operating also as maintenance position bumpers Patent No. 10435166 

Inventor(s): Brent Scannell (Quebec, , CA), Jean Pierre Paradis (Sainte Therese, , CA), Thomas Mast (Carrollton, TX) Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15597886 on 05/17/2017 (874 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example cowling for a rotorcraft is hinged on a stationary part of an airframe of the rotorcraft and is pivotable from a closed position into a first partially open position and thereafter into a second fully open position. The example cowling includes a rod articulated on the cowling and having a free end configured to releasably engage with the airframe to hold the cowling in the first position; and at least one handhold attached to an exterior surface of the cowling, wherein the at least one handhold has a substantially straight section that in the fully open position rests on a top portion of the airframe so as to more evenly distribute the weight of the cowling on the airframe.

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

Inventor(s): David Littlejohn (Haslet, TX), Sven Roy Lofstrom (Irving, TX) Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT) Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15282239 on 09/30/2016 (1103 days app to issue)

Abstract: A holding fixture includes a first blade support assembly and a second blade support assembly. The second blade support assembly is spaced at a distance from the first blade support assembly and includes a base plate removably mounted to a milling machine, an adjustable conic support connectable to the base plate via a spacer block, and a blade adjustment assembly movable to control a pressure applied by the blade adjustment assembly.

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

Inventor(s): Evan R. Daniels (Dallas, TX), Jonathan Newton (Van Alstyne, TX) Assignee(s): The Intellectual Gorilla GmbH (Sempach Station, , CH) Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15232899 on 08/10/2016 (1154 days app to issue)

Abstract: A core for a fire rated door includes a fire resistant center panel and an extruded fire resistant border. The fire resistant center panel has a bottom, a top, a first side, a second side, a first end and a second end. The fire resistant center panel is made of a first fire resistant material. The extruded fire resistant border is attached to the first side, the second side, the first end and the second end of the fire resistant center panel. The extruded fire resistant border is made of a second fire resistant material having a higher density than the first fire resistant material.

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

Optical lens coated with a patterned removable film and method for edging such a lens Patent No. 10436949 

Inventor(s): Gerald Fournand (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Essilor International (Charenton le Pont, , FR) Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15311225 on 05/20/2014 (1967 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical lens includes: (i) a temporary coating for protection against degradation at least partially covering a surface of the lens, the temporary protective coating including an outermost layer mechanically degradable through friction and/or contact, and (ii) a removable film having a first side and a second side, which adheres to the outermost layer of the temporary protective coating through its first side, the first side of the removable film including at least one surface portion, which, when applied to the outermost layer of the temporary protective coating, includes at least one adherent zone and at least one non-adherent zone distributed across the surface portion.

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

Inventor(s): Sean Gregory Thomas (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15118387 on 04/14/2014 (2003 days app to issue)

Abstract: Assemblies and methods of use are disclosed for repairing the coating of a coated wellbore line. A wellbore line can be cleaned and then coated with a repair material before being pulled through a die to shape the coating and then being pulled through setting section to set the repair material. The repair material can be a thermoplastic material that is set by cooling, or a thermoset material that is set by heating. The wellbore line can be repaired upon exiting a wellbore or being unspooled from a reel.

[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): David Corey (Dallas, TX), Jiaxin Hu (Coppell, TX) Assignee(s): IONIS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (Carlsbad, CA), THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX) Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14908429 on 07/31/2014 (1895 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described are compounds and methods useful for the treatment and investigation of diseases and disorders associated with expanded repeat-containing RNA molecules. In certain embodiments, compounds and methods useful for the modulation of ATXN-3 pre-mRNA are described. In certain embodiments, compounds and methods useful for the modulation of ATN-1 mRNA are described.

[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): Corby Lucious Frazier (Plano, TX), Jessica Adelle Gore (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Law Office of Sam Sokhansanj PLLC (Local + 690 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15973389 on 05/07/2018 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cleaning solution, composition, and portable cleaner are provided that is all natural, safe, non-toxic, edible, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, deodorizing, and further includes a pleasant fragrance and taste. In addition, the cleaning composition can be free from sugar, alcohol, surfactants, and other harmful or harsh ingredients. In addition, the cleaning composition allows for quick cleaning of any type of object that may be placed in the mouth, such as pacifiers, toys, candy, eating utensils, musical instruments, and mouth-pieces, among others.

[C11D] DETERGENT COMPOSITIONS; USE OF SINGLE SUBSTANCES AS DETERGENTS; SOAP OR SOAP-MAKING; RESIN SOAPS; RECOVERY OF GLYCEROL

Inventor(s): Frank J. Poelwijk (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA) Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16157481 on 10/11/2018 (362 days app to issue)

[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): Benjamin Batchelor (Dallas, TX), Dennis W. Smith (Dallas, TX), Duck J. Yang (Flower Mound, TX), Samsuddin Faisal Mahmood (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX), KOREA INSTITUTE OF CARBON CONVERGENCE TECHNOLOGY (Jeonbuk, , KR) Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15118292 on 02/14/2015 (1697 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention is directed to melt-processable carbon fiber precursors which have the capability of thermal stabilization in air followed by carbonization in inert atmosphere which make them cost effective and widen their applications.

[D01F] CHEMICAL FEATURES IN THE MANUFACTURE OF MAN-MADE FILAMENTS, THREADS, FIBRES, BRISTLES OR RIBBONS; APPARATUS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF CARBON FILAMENTS [2]

Inventor(s): Colin V Dunavin (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15429617 on 02/10/2017 (970 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pet door includes an elongated, rectangular panel having a first side edge hingedly attached to the free, pivotal side edge of an exterior door. The panel is formed of an upper section that is foldable onto a lower section to allow the device to be compactly transported or stored. The lower section includes an opening having a movable hatch positioned therein that allows a pet to freely pass through the panel. The upper section of the panel includes a triangular flap hingedly attached to a top edge that is securable to the upper edge of the exterior door. Accordingly, the exterior door is partially opened and the panel is pivoted against the door frame to block the space formed therebetween. The flap is secured to the top edge of the door to overlay the triangular space formed between the exterior door and frame header. Therefore, the panel forms a secure barrier between the open door and the exterior while allowing a pet to freely enter and exit the building.

[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): Matthew Bradley Stokes (Keller, TX) Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15560746 on 07/14/2016 (1181 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with presently disclosed embodiments, a system and method for rotationally orienting two wellbore tool components on a tool string relative to each other is provided. The system may include an alignment sub that is simple to operate and allows for quick adjustments to the relative orientations of downhole tool components. The disclosed alignment sub may include a first tubular component on one side and a second tubular component on the other side, and these tubular components are coupled together. The disclosed alignment sub utilizes an axially deformable and variable length sleeve attached to the first tubular component and adjacent to a tip of the second tubular component. The sleeve may provide an appropriate standoff distance between the opposing tubular components while enabling the components to be rotated relative to each other up to at least one full rotation about an axis of the alignment sub.

[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): Colby Munro Ross (Dallas, TX), Gregory William Garrison (Dallas, TX), Syed Hamid (Dallas, TX), Thomas Jules Frosell (Irving, TX), Tyson Harvey Eiman (Frisco, TX), William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15531968 on 01/13/2015 (1729 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus that includes an elongated base pipe having an external surface at least partially defining an external region and an internal surface at least partially defining an internal region; and a pressure maintenance device disposed in the base pipe and comprising: a flow path that extends between the internal region and the external region; and a valve having a gas charged chamber, the valve allowing the flow of a fluid from the internal region to the external region through the first flow path when a pressure differential between a pressure associated with the internal region and a pressure associated with the gas charged chamber is less than a maximum pressure threshold and when a pressure differential between the external region and the pressure associated with the gas charged chamber is greater than a minimum pressure threshold.

[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): Wesley Neil Ludwig (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15520015 on 11/19/2014 (1784 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automated system for assessing pumpoff risk can be used to warn operators and/or control machinery in order to avoid pumpoff. Pumpoff risk is assessed through the use and/or comparison of one or more models of pumpoff risk. These models can include a sand build up model (e.g., to determine the threshold buildup size where pumpoff risk is too great), a line speed increase model (e.g., to determine the maximum flow rate allowable given a maximum support line feed rate), a residual error comparison model (e.g., to compare the deviation of predicted tension from actual tension), and a statistical analysis model (e.g., to determine likelihood of pumpoff given statistical probability of each of a multitude of possible scenarios).

[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]

Integrated rotating control device and gas handling system for a marine drilling system Patent No. 10435980 

Inventor(s): Christopher Allen Grace (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15751493 on 09/10/2015 (1489 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated rotating control device and gas handling system for a marine drilling system is disclosed. The system includes a flow spool; a riser sealing tool coupled to the flow spool; a rotating control device coupled to the riser sealing tool below a tension ring of a riser section of a drilling riser, the rotating control device fluidically coupled to the flow spool; and an auxiliary line routed around the rotating control device between the riser sealing tool and the riser section.

[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): Adam E. Beck (Flower Mound, TX), Jimmie R. Williamson, Jr. (Carrollton, TX) Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdlicka (5 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16023785 on 06/29/2018 (466 days app to issue)

Abstract: An autonomous valve includes a fluid-sensitive actuator operable to automatically actuate the valve in response to being exposed to a target fluid. The target fluid may be a fluid whose presence is generally undesirable in a production fluid, such as water, and the valve may be actuated to stop flow from an interval within a wellbore that is no longer expected to produce hydrocarbon-bearing fluids. The valve further includes a protective layer disposed between the fluid inlet and the fluid-sensitive actuator, the protective layer being insoluble in the target fluid. The fluid-sensitive actuator may include a swellable piston that swells to actuate the valve in the presence of the target fluid, a soluble plug that isolates a hydraulic, closing piston until the soluble plug is dissolved into the target fluid, and an electromechanical actuator that closes the valve in response to detecting the target fluid using an electronic sensor.

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

Inventor(s): David Joe Steele (Arlington, TX) Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15764774 on 10/17/2016 (1086 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for stimulating wells include a frac window system positioned in a first wellbore adjacent a secondary wellbore extending from the first wellbore so that an opening in the frac window system aligns with a window in the first wellbore casing. The frac window system includes an elongated tubular with annular seals along the outer surface above and below the opening in the elongated tubular, and further includes an orientation device carried within the tubular. A main bore isolation sleeve is positioned within the frac window system to seal the opening, isolating the secondary wellbore from pressurized fluid directed farther down the first wellbore. A whipstock seats on the orientation device so that a surface of the whipstock is aligned with the secondary wellbore window of the first wellbore casing. The whipstock guides a straddle stimulation tool into the secondary wellbore from the first 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): Xing Li (Grapevine, TX) Assignee(s): Schlumberger Technology Corporation (Sugar Land, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15109681 on 01/06/2015 (1736 days app to issue)

Abstract: Oilfield management includes obtaining a binary variable array describing configurable elements of an oilfield design, partitioning the binary variable array into subgroups, and applying a transformation function to each subgroup to obtain an integer variable for each subgroup. An optimization problem is solved on the binary variable array by treating the integer variable as a continuous variable to obtain a solution, and the transformation function of each subgroup is applied to the solution to obtain a design pattern. Based on the design pattern, the oilfield design is generated.

[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): Harvey E. Svetlik (Grand Prairie, TX) Assignee(s): Georg Fischer Central Plastics LLC (Shawnee, OK) Law Firm: Bachman LaPointe, P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15133805 on 04/20/2016 (1266 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pipe elbow has a first end and a second end off parallel to the first end. An interior surface of the pipe elbow has a centerline having an arcuate portion. A circular cylindrical exterior surface portion of the pipe elbow surrounds the arcuate portion of the centerline.

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

Methods and apparatus for light efficient programmable headlamp with anamorphic optics Patent No. 10436409 

Inventor(s): Alexander Lyubarsky (Dallas, TX), Vikrant R. Bhakta (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15144170 on 05/02/2016 (1254 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples of a headlamp to project a beam of light from a lens, the headlamp includes: an illumination module to output a light beam to an illumination path; and illumination optics to receive the light beam and to provide illumination to a programmable spatial light modulator. The programmable spatial light modulator is arranged to receive the illumination and to output non-uniform illumination as patterned light to projection optics. The projection optics are arranged to receive the patterned light and to output the patterned light through the lens. At least one of the illumination optics and the projection optics includes an anamorphic lens to shape the light beam.

Inventor(s): Jacob M Thomas (Grapevine, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15893123 on 02/09/2018 (606 days app to issue)

Abstract: A portable lamp comprises a central body, a boom arm, flat tripod stand, and a light unit. The central body is extendable along its vertical axis to a predetermined length. The boom arm is of adjustable length and is rotatably fixed to the upper end of the central body with a positively locking elbow joint, including a ratchet and pawl. The lower end of the central body is fixed with a foldable locking flat tripod stand adapted to hold and provide mobility to the portable lamp. Flat tripod stand includes a spring-biased latch and detents that hold legs in a folded or a down position. The central body, the boom arm, the tripod stand and the light unit are configured to provide up to twelve degrees of freedom jointly.

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

Inventor(s): Brian Edward Bascom (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16070246 on 01/13/2016 (1364 days app to issue)

Abstract: An auto-loading firearm having a system for switches between live fire and training modes via a selector switch mounted either on the firearm frame or on a specially designed training attachment. A multi-part transfer bar, between the trigger and sear, can be selectively connected in a live fire mode and spaced apart in a training mode. A selectively engageable trigger resetting mechanism automatically returns the trigger to its set position after firing the firearm is in training mode.

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

Motor vehicle artificial intelligence expert system dangerous driving warning and control system and method Patent No. 10434943 

Inventor(s): Robert D. Pedersen (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16168449 on 10/23/2018 (350 days app to issue)

Abstract: Specifically programmed, integrated motor vehicle dangerous driving warning and control system and methods comprising at least one specialized communication computer machine including electronic artificial intelligence expert system decision making capability further comprising one or more motor vehicle electronic sensors for monitoring the motor vehicle and for monitoring activities of the driver and/or passengers including activities related to the use of cellular telephones and/or other wireless communication devices and further comprising electronic communications transceiver assemblies for communications with external sensor networks for monitoring dangerous driving situations, weather conditions, roadway conditions, pedestrian congestion and motor vehicle traffic congestion conditions to derive warning and/or control signals for warning the driver of dangerous driving situations and/or for controlling the motor vehicle driver use of a cellular telephone and/or other wireless communication devices.

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

Devices, systems, and methods for navigation and usage guidance in a navigable space using wireless communication Patent No. 10436594 

Inventor(s): Armand Edwin Fisher (Euless, TX), Darwin Wayne Belt (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: Caldwell Intellectual Property Law (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16039606 on 07/19/2018 (446 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly for navigation and usage guidance in a first navigable space using hybrid tactile and electronic guidance means includes a first informational object installed at a fixed location in a first navigable space, wherein the first informational object includes an obverse, a first touch-discernable feature identifying the first informational object, and a second touch-discernable feature identifying a particular location on the obverse. The assembly includes a first transmitter embedded in the first informational object at the particular location, wherein the first transmitter is configured to transmit, to a receiver, data indicating a location of at least a user feature in the first navigable space.

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

Inventor(s): Liam Skoyles (Allen, TX), Patrick W. Clark (Melissa, TX) Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA) Law Firm: Lando Anastasi, LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15785841 on 10/17/2017 (721 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects are generally directed to an alignment assembly and method for aligning a multi-spectral optical system. In one example, an alignment assembly includes an illumination source configured to emit illumination in a first spectral band, and a first plate having a plurality of apertures formed in a reflective surface thereof. The reflective surface of the first plate is disposed to reflect the illumination emitted by the illumination source. The alignment assembly may also include a second plate positioned proximate to the first plate and spaced apart from the first plate to define a gap between the first plate and the second plate, the first plate being interposed between the second plate and the illumination source, and a heating element coupled to the second plate and configured to heat the second plate to emit thermal infrared radiation, from the second plate, in a second spectral band.

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

Inventor(s): Manuel Gerardo Garcia (Lexington, KY), Nalin Kumar (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): UHV Technologies, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Matheson Keys Kordzik PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15217011 on 07/22/2016 (1173 days app to issue)

Abstract: A linear x-ray tube having one or more x-ray sources is configured for insertion into the soil in proximity to a root system of a plant for emission of an x-ray beam detected by a linear array of one or more x-ray detectors. The linear x-ray tube and detector array may be inserted into rhizotrons previously inserted into the soil. Various combinations of multiple x-ray tubes and/or detector arrays may be utilized to customize the x-ray imaging of the root system.

[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): Jacob A. Bayyouk (Richardson, TX), Trever Stewart (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: 15289462 on 10/10/2016 (1093 days app to issue)

Abstract: A monitoring apparatus is adapted to monitor lubricant in a hydraulic fracturing pump system, and includes a gateway and one or more sensors configured to be in communication with the gateway. The one or more sensors are configured to measure quality of the lubricant, a pressure of the lubricant, and a temperature of the lubricant. The gateway is configured to receive sensor data associated with the quality of the lubricant, the pressure of the lubricant, and the temperature of the lubricant. To monitor the lubricant, the gateway is configured to: store the sensor data on the non-transitory computer readable medium; transmit to another computing device the sensor data and/or representative data based on the sensor data; visually indicate a status of the quality of the lubricant; visually indicate a status of the pressure of the lubricant; visually indicate a status of the temperature of the lubricant; or any combination thereof.

[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): Michael Lyon (Redlands, CA) Assignee(s): 1A Smart Start, LLC (Grapevine, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16243927 on 01/09/2019 (272 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interlock data collection and calibration system has a device computer, and a gas sample delivery system for delivering a first gas sample and a second gas sample to the ignition interlock device, the first and second gas samples having different predetermined concentrations of alcohol. The device computer includes a calibration program for calibrating the ignition interlock device using the first gas sample, and then delivering the second gas sample to the ignition interlock device to verify that the ignition interlock device correctly determines the second alcohol concentration of the second sample gas.

Inventor(s): Daron D. Sneed (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15593368 on 05/12/2017 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is directed to system and method of processing meteorological data. The system receives meteorological data corresponding to a geographic region for a storm event. A hail data indicator pair comprising a first hail data indicator and a second hail data indicator is selected, with hail data indicators being meteorological data which directly or indirectly indicates hail activity.

[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

Compressive line sensing imaging using individually addressable laser diode array Patent No. 10436909 

Inventor(s): Cuiling Gong (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy (Washington, DC) Law Firm: US Naval Research Laboratory (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15339099 on 10/31/2016 (1072 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments relate to compressive line sensing imaging. Initially, a codebook is configured with a pattern sequence for a series of illumination patterns. Each light element in an individually addressable laser diode array (IALDA) is independently controlled to project the series of illumination patterns onto a target. Next, measurements of the target are acquired based on the series of illumination patterns. The codebook is then used to decode the measurements to create an image of the target.

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

Fiber optic connector adapter with shutter having selective wavelength transparency Patent No. 10436988 

Inventor(s): Peter T. Travis (Denton, TX) Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC) Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16083343 on 03/09/2017 (943 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical fiber adapter for supporting a non-collimated laser light source transmitting a laser light with a first signal wavelength. The optical fiber adapter includes an infrared signal transmitter for transmitting an infrared signal, and an infrared signal receiver for receiving the infrared signal. The infrared signal includes a second signal wavelength. The optical fiber adapter also includes a movable shutter door intersecting the infrared signal in a shutter closed position. The shutter door includes a material that is adapted to pass the infrared signal therethrough when in the shutter closed position. The shutter door includes a material that is adapted to block the first signal wavelength therethrough when in the shutter closed position. The shutter door is positioned distally from the non-collimated laser light source a distance by which the laser light attenuates to not transmit through the shutter door in the shutter closed position. The shutter is movable to a shutter open position to not block the laser light source transmitting the laser light with the first signal wavelength.

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

Inventor(s): Carlo Cruz (Cincinnati, OH) Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15263744 on 09/13/2016 (1120 days app to issue)

Abstract: Manufacturing evaluation systems including motion sensors are disclosed. A manufacturing evaluation system includes one or more motion sensors configured to output motion data in response to motions of a user in association with manufacturing of an article, a processor communicatively coupled to the one or more motion sensors, a memory module communicatively coupled to the processor, and machine readable instructions stored in the memory module. The machine readable instructions cause the manufacturing evaluation system to perform, when executed by the processor, receiving the motion data output by the one or more sensors, calculating a quality score associated with the article of manufacture based on the motion data, comparing the quality score to a quality score threshold, and providing a notification in response to comparing the quality score to the quality score threshold.

[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): Robert Boyer (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): The ESAB Group Inc. (Florence, SC) Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15690613 on 08/30/2017 (769 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hybrid pressure and flowguage regulator apparatus includes a regulator body, an inlet, and an outlet assembly. The outlet assembly includes a first orifice of a first size, a second orifice of a second size that is larger than the first size, and a mechanism that automatically moves the first orifice between a first position and a second position. When the first orifice is in the first position, the flow of gas passes through both the first orifice and second orifice. When the first orifice is in the second position, the flow of gas bypasses the first orifice and flows through the second orifice with a specific flow rate or a second pressure that is less than the first pressure. The apparatus may also include a gauge that provides a visual indication of both the specific flow rate and the second pressure.

[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)

Method and device for appending information in a conversation in a voice based networking website Patent No. 10437437 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15424409 on 02/03/2017 (977 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure relates to a computer implemented method for executing application code to connect with a voice based networking website, the method includes connecting at least a user in a conference through the voice based networking website. The information provided by at least the user is appended in a conversation after the conference is over. The appended information is displayed in the voice based networking website as per a timestamp.

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

Inventor(s): Ekram Bhuiyan (San Jose, CA), Steve Chi (Cupertino, CA) Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15188669 on 06/21/2016 (1204 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage system and method for dynamic duty cycle correction are disclosed. In one embodiment, a controller of a storage system provides a clock signal to the memory, receives the clock signal back from the memory, monitors the duty cycle of the clock signal received back from the memory, and in response to the duty cycle of the clock signal received back from the memory not meeting a target value, adjusts the duty cycle of the clock signal provided to the memory so that the duty cycle of the clock signal received back from the memory better meets the target value. Other embodiments are possible, and each of the embodiments can be used alone or together in combination.

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

Inventor(s): Alan Gatherer (Richardson, TX), Casen Hunger (Austin, TX), Hao Luan (Plano, TX), Hardik Jain (Austin, TX), Sriram Vishwanath (Austin, TX) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14955966 on 12/01/2015 (1407 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and architecture for efficiently accessing data in a memory shared by multiple processor cores that reduces the probability of bank conflicts and decreases latency is provided. In an embodiment, a method for accessing data in a memory includes determining, by a scheduler, a read pattern for reading data from memory to serve requests in a plurality of bank queues, the memory comprising a plurality of memory banks and a plurality of coding banks, the coding banks storing a coded version of at least some of the data stored in the plurality of memory banks; reading a first data from a first memory bank; reading coded data from one of the coding banks; and determining the second data according to the coded data and the first data.

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

Inventor(s): Jinshui Liu (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD. (Shenzhen, , CN) Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15815280 on 11/16/2017 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data access method and a related apparatus and system, where the data access method includes receiving, by a non-volatile memory express (NVMe) from a processor, a first key-value command whose format meets an NVMe interface standard, where the first key-value command carries a first operation manner indicator and a first operation object type indicator, and an operation object type indicated by the first operation object type indicator includes a value, obtaining, by the NVMe, N keys corresponding to the first key-value command, and performing, by the NVMe on a value corresponding to each of the N keys, an operation indicated by the first operation manner indicator. Hence, the data access method is helpful in promoting a data access manner in an NVMe technology.

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

Inventor(s): Sunitha Mukka (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): Oracle International Corporation (Redwood Shores, CA) Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton, LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15423294 on 02/02/2017 (978 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for generating runtime components in various hardware and software computer systems. More specifically, certain embodiments of the present invention describe a design-time interface by which applications may be designed, generated, and deployed in accordance within the underlying source systems of a computer system. Components may be selected, customized, and linked together to form a functional end-to-end application based on a multitude of underlying technologies within a system. Upon completion of the application design, application metadata and/or runtime components may be generated and deployed within the computer system. During execution, such the runtime components deployed within the system may collaborate to receive and process event streams from various event sources, analyze incoming data, and generate logical transaction objects, alerts, and other responses using various source systems.

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

Internet of things platform for handling firmware transfer on machine-to-machine devices Patent No. 10437581 

Inventor(s): Basavaraj Patil (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA) Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15958084 on 04/20/2018 (536 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies of handling firmware for machine to machine devices via a service provider network are provided herein. In an embodiment, a computer system can provide an Internet of Things platform. The computer system may include a processor configured to intercept, via a service provider network, an activity message sent from a machine-to-machine device. The processor can obtain a firmware version identifier and an equipment identifier from the activity message. The processor can determine that a firmware update package is available for the machine-to-machine device, and in response, generate a schedule command that instructs a firmware scheduler to send a firmware update request to a firmware-over-the-air server. The processor can provide the schedule command to the firmware scheduler on behalf of the machine-to-machine device.

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

Processor with a full instruction set decoder and a partial instruction set decoder Patent No. 10437596 

Inventor(s): Christian Wiencke (Garching, , DE), Shrey Bhatia (Freising, , DE) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14554709 on 11/26/2014 (1777 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method system and method for increasing performance in a processor or other instruction execution device while minimizing energy consumption. A processor includes a first execution pipeline and a second execution pipeline. The first execution pipeline includes a first decode unit and a first execution control unit coupled to the first decode unit. The first execution control unit is configured to control execution of all instructions executable by the processor. The second execution pipeline includes a second decode unit, and a second execution control unit coupled to the second decode unit. The second execution control unit is configured to control execution of a subset of the instructions executable via the first execution control unit.

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

Inventor(s): Dasu Maddukuri (Frisco, TX), Narayana Mukkamalla (Lewisville, TX), Saurabh Dixit (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15926515 on 03/20/2018 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system for fault tolerant case creation. The system is typically configured for receiving an application specific input associated with an application from a user via a user portal, storing the application specific input in a repository, accessing the repository to determine a plurality of predefined triggering parameters, identifying occurrence of first external event, creating an instance of the first external event, adding the first external event and the associated instance in a queue as a first entry, de-queuing the first entry, invoking one or more codes for creating a first case for the first external event and the associated instance, identifying that the creation of the first case by the one or more codes is successful, and generating a report comprising information associated with the successful creation of the first case.

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

Inventor(s): Keith Lowery (Garland, TX) Assignee(s): Rambus Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) Law Firm: Lowenstein Sandler LLP (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15096111 on 04/11/2016 (1275 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and method for improved transferring of data involving memory device systems. A memory appliance (MA) comprising a plurality of memory modules is configured to store data within the plurality of memory modules and further configured to receive data commands from first server and a second server coupled to the MA. The data commands may include direction memory access commands such that the MA can service the data commands while bypassing a host controller of the MA.

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

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Reed Williams (Midlothian, TX) Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15018073 on 02/08/2016 (1338 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include systems, methods, and computer-program products for archive validation and retention parameter determination for documents. The system may generate or receive image documents. Utilizing image quality and data storage metrics the system may trigger the purging and/or retention of documents in image and/or paper form. Furthermore, the system may identify a duration of storage, location of storage, and the like. Upon retention, the system may continually monitor the documents and store metadata associated with the use of the retained documents. This monitoring may identify a period for purging the document, efficiently allowing for physical or server space availability.

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

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Reed Williams (Midlothian, TX) Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15018241 on 02/08/2016 (1338 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include systems, methods, and computer-program products for a feedback loop for enhancing archive validation and retention parameter determination for documents. The system may generate or receive image documents. Utilizing image quality and data storage metrics the system may trigger the purging and/or retention of documents in image and/or paper form. Upon retention, the system may continually monitor the documents and store metadata associated with the use of the retained documents. Once the documents are purged, the system compiles historic data points associated with the image quality and data storage metrics. Furthermore, the system extracts the metadata associated with the monitoring of retained documents. These data points and metadata are reviewed to provide revisions in retention parameters for specific documents. A feedback loop directly communicates and integrates the revisions to the metric and criteria for instant integration.

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

Inventor(s): Douglas Peckover (Addison, TX) Assignee(s): Your Command, LLC (Carrollton, TX) Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 13752024 on 01/28/2013 (2444 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a system, method and apparatus for electronically searching for an item by receiving a search request comprising a requested category and one or more requested attributes of the item and storing the search request in a search index based on the requested category and the requested attribute(s). The search index includes one or more categories and each category is defined by a taxonomy of attributes. The search index is then searched for any previously stored search requests that match the requested category and the requested attribute(s), a result of the search is determined and a search response that includes the result of the search is sent.

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

Inventor(s): Steven E Hicks (Coppell, TX) Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14735698 on 06/10/2015 (1581 days app to issue)

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

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

Driving patient campaign based on trend patterns in patient registry information Patent No. 10437957 

Inventor(s): Anthony J. DiGiorgio (Arlington, TX), James S. Cox (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15045387 on 02/17/2016 (1329 days app to issue)

Abstract: A medical campaign method, computer program product, and system are provided. A patient registry record in a patient registry is analyzed to identify at least one trend of a clinical measure for a corresponding patient and correlate the at least one trend with one or more medical campaigns directed to improving the clinical measure. A medical campaign is selected from the one or more medical campaigns for application to the patient. The medical campaign is executed to apply the medical campaign to the patient. Executing the medical campaign involves sending a communication to a communication device associated with the patient.

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

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15794964 on 10/26/2017 (712 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system, method, or computer program product for authentication protocol elevation triggering based on situational instance. In this regard, the invention provides a dynamic platform for structuring a robotic process automation (RPA) application for determining authentication requirements in real-time by converting a user device into a virtual workstation. The invention configures a robotic process automation application for interacting with a first user interface of the first device application to identify situational events in real time. Another aspect of the invention is directed to escalating, in real-time, a level of authentication required for the user to execute the user activity based on at least the situational event identified by the robotic process automation application.

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

Distractional variable identification for authentication of resource distribution Patent No. 10437991 

Inventor(s): William August Stahlhut (The Colony, TX) Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15450729 on 03/06/2017 (946 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for capturing communication variables associated with a communication between two or more parties and implementing a quantum optimizer to analyze the communication variables to determine the actual context of a communication held by one or more parties to the communication. Once the actual context is determined, a further determination is made as to whether the actual context poses or potentially poses a security threat to one or more parties to the communication or a third-party and, if so, notifies the party of the security threat. In this regard, parties to a communication that are unaware of the actual context of the communication held by another party are made aware of that actual context poses a security threat and, in some embodiments, notifies the parties while the communication is still occurring.

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

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15347458 on 11/09/2016 (1063 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments for secure data storage that include systems and methods that receive, from a second system maintained by a second entity, a data payload to be stored by the system; secure the data payload at a first time; store the secured data payload; receive a request for access to the data payload; and provide certification, corresponding to a second time subsequent to the first time, that the data payload has not been altered since the first time.

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

Pipeline processor data and attribute register, secure emulation logic, gating Patent No. 10438023 

Inventor(s): Gary L. Swoboda (Sugar Land, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16009754 on 06/15/2018 (480 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems and methods for controlling access to secure debugging and profiling features of a computer system. Some illustrative embodiments include a system that includes a processor, and a memory coupled to the processor (the memory used to store information and an attribute associated with the stored information). At least one bit of the attribute determines a security level, selected from a plurality of security levels, of the stored information associated with the attribute. Asserting at least one other bit of the attribute enables exportation of the stored information from the computer system if the security level of the stored information is higher than at least one other security level of the plurality of security levels.

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

Inventor(s): Raymond Charles Daley (Richardson, TX), Veeraganesh Yalla (Garland, TX) Assignee(s): Flashscan3D, LLC (San Antonio, TX) Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15213239 on 07/18/2016 (1177 days app to issue)

Abstract: The system includes a 3D biometric image sensor and processing module operable to generate a 3D surface map of a biometric object, wherein the 3D surface map includes a plurality of 3D coordinates. The system performs one or more anti-spoofing techniques to determine a fake biometric.

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

Inventor(s): Aziz Umit Batur (Torrance, CA), Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen, TX), Vikram Appia (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15294369 on 10/14/2016 (1089 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, a computer-readable medium stores executable code, which, when executed by a processor, causes the processor to: capture an image of a finder pattern using a camera; locate a predetermined point within the finder pattern; use the predetermined point to identify multiple boundary points on a perimeter associated with the finder pattern; identify fitted boundary lines based on the multiple boundary points; and locate feature points using the fitted boundary lines.

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

Inventor(s): John Bryant (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): BRYANT CONSULTANTS, INC. (Carrollton, TX) Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 12387780 on 05/07/2009 (3806 days app to issue)

Abstract: A software application is provided designed to encourage collaboration between professional disciplines related to land development and construction projects. A graphical risk analysis system is provided based on answers to interdisciplinary questions related to risks. Use of the system promotes a complete checklist of interdisciplinary and informational consultation which, when completed, reduces the risk related to land development.

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

System for secure routing of data to various networks from a process data network Patent No. 10438209 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15086619 on 03/31/2016 (1286 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments enable a block chain distributed network arrangement system for facilitating a tiered dedicated block chain configuration to provide differing combinations of functions and levels of security. The system may identify factors within received information that indicate which dedicated block chain network should be used to record the received information. The dedicated block chains may be tiered based on the importance of the received information or a customer service level of a party associated with the received information. The system allows for recording of the received information in a distinct, dedicated block chain network that is appropriately configured for the functionality and/or security requirements of the received information.

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

Inventor(s): R. Randy Nicholson (Abilene, TX) Assignee(s): Excentus Corporation (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 13957181 on 08/01/2013 (2259 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method of influencing customer behavior. The customer is offered a price-per-unit (PPU) discount for fuel as a reward for performing a predefined action. A point-of-sale (POS) system at a merchant determines that the customer performed the predefined action, and stores the PPU discount and a customer identifier in a Discounts-Earned database. When the customer initiates a subsequent purchase of fuel, at the merchant or a different retail fueling merchant, a fuel dispenser controller retrieves the PPU discount from the database, discounts the posted price of the fuel by the PPU discount, and causes the dispenser to dispense fuel to the customer at the reduced price. A redeemed discounts calculator multiplies the PPU discount by the number of units purchased in the fueling transaction, and a clearing mechanism allocates the redeemed discount between the merchant and the retail fueling merchant.

[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): Ajay K. Moluguru (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: Cantor Colburn (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15070105 on 03/15/2016 (1302 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aspect of providing user-configurable settings for web-based advertising includes creating, via a computer processor, a data structure at a client browser. The data structure is created from user-inputted subjects of interest. An aspect also includes sending, during a session between the client browser and a server from a domain, information about an availability of the data structure; and receiving an advertisement from the server based on the subjects of interest in the data structure.

[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): Christian Briggs (Newport Coast, CA), Delfino Galindo (Laguna Niguel, CA), Freddy Knuth (Euless, TX), Heath McBurnett (Austin, TX) Assignee(s): AiBUY, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16034900 on 07/13/2018 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for facilitating the order of commercial products in connection with the display of media content, whereby a player comprises a media production component and an interactive e-commerce component embedded therein. The player with the e-commerce component can be virally copied and propagated from one web page to any number of other web pages.

[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]

Integration of customer-stored information with media enabled shopping systems Patent No. 10438271 

Inventor(s): Bret Aylor (Plano, TX), Cody Singleton (Plano, TX), Saul Stawar (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): MEDIA CART HOLDINGS, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Wick Phillips Gould Martin, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 13794156 on 03/11/2013 (2402 days app to issue)

Abstract: A media enhanced shopping cart system comprises a shopping cart comprising a frame, a basket, a handle, a base tray, a plurality of wheels, a read component for performing a proximity scan of the shopping cart, a locationing component for determining a location of the shopping cart within a store based on the scan, and a display component for displaying at least one advertisement for a product based on the location of the shopping cart within the store, wherein the locationing component is further operable to determine a location of the product within the store relative to the shopping cart based on the scan, and wherein the display component is further operable to display an indication of the location of the advertised product relative to the location of the shopping cart.

[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]

Vehicle estimating system that utilizes volumetric finite element analysis to provide a predictive estimate Patent No. 10438293 

Inventor(s): Flavio Andrade (Arlington, TX) Assignee(s): Audatex North America, Inc. (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15209498 on 07/13/2016 (1182 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method that provides a predictive estimate for a damaged vehicle. The apparatus includes an input for receiving a three-dimensional map of a damaged vehicle and memory for storing a three-dimensional map of an undamaged vehicle. The memory also contains a database the contains predictive estimates for a variety of previously generated volumetric deltas and previously generated penetration ratios. The apparatus further includes a processor that generates a volumetric delta from the three-dimensional map of the damaged vehicle and the three-dimensional map of the undamaged vehicle, generates a penetration ratio, and then provides a predictive estimate by comparing the generated volumetric delta and penetration ratio with the previously generated volumetric deltas and previously generated penetration ratios in the database.

[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): Chirine Boukarroum (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA) Law Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14211281 on 03/14/2014 (2034 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example embodiments disclose systems and methods for providing a property profile for a property. The disclosed systems and methods enable receiving, via a network at a social home buying system, identifying data from a mobile device, receiving location data, via a network at a social home buying system, from the mobile device, retrieving property data from a property information database that stores information about the property based on the at least one of the identifying data and location data, creating a property profile based on the property data, identifying data, and location data, storing the property profile in a property profile database, and providing the property profile via a network to a social networking site.

[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): Devi Kiran Gonuguntla (Flower Mound, TX), Grace Kaldawi (Plano, TX), Jack Farrington (Lewisville, TX), Jordan Donais (Little Elm, TX), Rajani Kumar Reddy Naini (Frisco, TX), Suresh Navayamkunnil Raghavan (McKinney, TX), V Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA) Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 16264341 on 01/31/2019 (250 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure pertains to a dynamic pipeline for processing images. The pipeline can receive inventory data or records from an upstream process. These records can include one or more URLs for images relating to a product listing or any other listing. An orchestration layer of the pipeline can carry these records through a series of processes or steps. Each step can be performed by a cluster in the pipeline. Individual task workers in each cluster can pick up each record, perform the task assigned to the cluster, and pass the record to the next step.

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

Inventor(s): Bradly J. Billman (Celina, TX), Snehal Desai (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (San Antonio, TX) Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16225658 on 12/19/2018 (293 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to safety lighting devices for automotive vehicles. A safety lighting system coupled to an automotive vehicle includes a power source that is independent of an electrical system of the vehicle. The system also includes a lighting feature electrically coupled to the power source, wherein the lighting feature is configured to activate in response to an impact event.

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

Dynamic role-based instructional symbiont for software application instructional support Patent No. 10438501 

Inventor(s): Janki Y. Vora (Dallas, TX), Tassanee K. Supakkul (Euless, TX), Tong C. Dougharty (Southlake, TX) Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15250437 on 08/29/2016 (1135 days app to issue)

Abstract: Instructional content is visually presented within a graphical user interface overlay on a display for an application window also presented on the display. Interactive events between a user and the application are dynamically detected. Responsive to the interactive events, state-specific substantive instructions are determined given a current state of the application as determined from the interactive events. The instructional content is dynamically modified to continuously present the state-specific substantive instructions that correspond with the detected interactive events. Presentation characteristics of a graphical user interface overlay are dynamically modified based on the interactive events to make the graphical user interface overlay unobtrusive to user-application interactions while ensuring the graphical user interface overlay is presented in a visually proximate position to a user”s current interactive focus as determined from the interactive events, wherein unobtrusiveness of the graphical user interface overlay ensures that user inputs directed at the application are not interfered with.

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

Inventor(s): Mark Zartler (Garland, TX) Assignee(s): VERINT AMERICAS INC. (Alpharetta, GA) Law Firm: Meunier Carlin Curfman LLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14467715 on 08/25/2014 (1870 days app to issue)

Abstract: A virtual assistant may communicate with a user in a natural language that simulates a human. The virtual assistant may be associated with a human-configured knowledge base that simulates human responses. In some instances, a parent response may be provided by the virtual assistant and, thereafter, a child response that is associated with the parent response may be provided.

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

Inventor(s): Harish N. Venkata (Allen, TX), Jason M. Brown (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID) Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16027158 on 07/03/2018 (462 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for providing power for memory refresh operations are described. An example apparatus includes refresh circuits, a power amplifier, a power circuit, and a power control circuits. The refresh circuits are configured to refresh memory cells of a memory bank. The power amplifier is configured to provide power when activated to the refresh circuits. The power provided by the power amplifier has a first voltage. The power circuit is configured to receive a power supply voltage and to provide power when activated to the refresh circuits. The power provided by the power amplifier has a second voltage. The power control circuit is configured to compare the first voltage and the target voltage and to provide an activation signal to control activation of the power circuit having an active duration based at least in part on the comparison.

[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)

Systems and methods for conserving power in signal quality operations for memory devices Patent No. 10438649 

Inventor(s): Michael V. Ho (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID) Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15924857 on 03/19/2018 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device may include a plurality of memory banks and an output buffer that couples to the plurality of memory banks. The output buffer may produce a data voltage signal representative of data to be read from at least one of the plurality of memory banks. The semiconductor device may also include a driver circuit having a pulse generator and a pull-down switch that couples the output buffer to ground, such that the pull-down switch provides the data voltage signal to the output buffer. The semiconductor device may also include a test mode circuit that determines whether the data voltage signal is acceptable and sends an enable signal to the pulse generator in response to the data voltage signal not being acceptable. The enable signal causes the pulse generator to effectively operate with variations in processing, temperature, and voltage properties associated with testing.

[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): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX) Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID) Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16200460 on 11/26/2018 (316 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices and methods include receiving write command at a command interface of the semiconductor device to write data to memory. An external data strobe is received at a data strobe pin of the semiconductor device. The received external data strobe is divided into multiple phases using phase division circuitry to divide the data strobe into multiple phases to be used in writing the data to the memory.

[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)

Resistance and gate control in decoder circuits for read and write optimization Patent No. 10438657 

Inventor(s): James Edwin O”Toole (Boise, ID), Thomas Michael Trent (Tucson, AZ), Ward Parkinson (Boise, ID) Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15908175 on 02/28/2018 (587 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a memory system, variable resistance circuits, such as transistor circuits, in the word line and bit line decoders are set during bias line set times and/or prior to turn-on times of read operations to increased resistance levels. The variable resistance circuits are kept at the increased resistance levels during an initial turn-on time period during which a selected memory cell may conducts a current spike. The increased resistance levels of the variable resistance circuit may operate to reduce or limit the width of the current spike. In response to the initial turn-on time period ending, the variable resistance circuits are set back to low resistance levels to facilitate subsequent sense results detection events and program operations.

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

Reducing program disturb by modifying word line voltages at interface in two-tier stack during programming Patent No. 10438671 

Inventor(s): Hong-Yan Chen (San Jose, CA), Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA) Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16015612 on 06/22/2018 (473 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for reducing program disturb of memory cells which are formed in a two-tier stack, when a selected word line is in the upper tier. In one approach, at the start of the program phase of a program loop, voltages of word lines adjacent to the interface are increased to a pass voltage before voltages of remaining word lines are increased to a pass voltage. This delay provides time for residue electrons in the lower tier to move toward the drain end of a NAND string to reduce the likelihood of program disturb. In another approach, the voltages of the word lines adjacent to the interface are maintained at 0 V or other turn-off voltage during the program phase to block the passage of residue electrons from the lower tier to the upper tier.

[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): Juan Navarro-Sorroche (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15326167 on 11/16/2015 (1422 days app to issue)

Abstract: An accelerator neutron source (ANS) including a field ionization (FI) array configured to generate deuterium and tritium ions and a plasma for containing the deuterium and tritium ions produced by the FI array. The ANS also includes a target comprising deuterium and tritium ions and the ANS is configured to accelerate deuterium and tritium ions produced by the FI array toward the target to generate neutrons by applying a voltage to an accelerating electrode.

Inventor(s): Dolores Babaran Milo (Baguio, , PH), Michael Flores Milo (Baguio, , PH) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15369449 on 12/05/2016 (1037 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) chip socket that can include a non-conductive housing and moveable pogo pins positioned within the non-conductive housing. The moveable pogo pins can include active pogo pins, each active pogo pin being positioned to a corresponding lead of an IC chip insertable into the IC chip socket. Moveable pogo pins can also include an inactive pogo pin positioned to avoid contacting each lead of the IC chip insertable into the IC chip socket.

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

Assessment and dynamic provisioning of computing resources for multi-tiered application Patent No. 10439870 

Inventor(s): John H. Smith (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY) Law Firm: Roberts Mlotkowski Safran Cole Calderon, P.C. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14949923 on 11/24/2015 (1414 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for allocating computing resources for a multi-tiered application are disclosed. A computer-implemented method includes: determining, by a computing device, a topology of a multi-tiered application; determining, by the computing device, a modeled setting of a computing resource for the multi-tiered application based on the determined topology; determining, by the computing device, an actual usage of the computing resource by the multi-tiered application; and adjusting, by the computing device, an allocation of the computing resource to the multi-tiered application based on the actual usage and the modeled setting.

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

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX), Sorin N. Cismas (Southlake, TX) Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15897323 on 02/15/2018 (600 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems are provided for using a message spinning engine to create and/or manage messaging queues in a distributed network using virtualized servers. An abstraction layer formed by virtualized servers may enable the message spinning engine to seamlessly transition messaging queues while minimizing the likelihood of exceeding the parameters of existing service level agreements. The message spinning engine may include a service mapping module to maintain mappings between source business applications and virtualized servers, a product bridge to implement message encapsulation for communication between different messaging queue products, and a messaging queue monitoring console to analyze performance and capacity of physical services and messaging services and accordingly adjust levels of service for source business applications.

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

Tenant-based management system and method for distributed computing environments Patent No. 10439957 

Inventor(s): Praphul Krottapalli (Cary, NC), Sanjay Basu (Frisco, TX), Venkatesh S. Madhipatla (Westford, MA) Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15918925 on 03/12/2018 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tenant-based distributed computing environment management system includes a service that is executed on a computing system to allocate a subset of the resources for use by each of a plurality of tenants, and generate a plurality of tags for each resource in the subset in which each tag includes tenant information associated with the tenant to whom the subset of resources are allocated. The service may then identify, for at least one of the tenants, the subset of resources allocated to the tenant, and transmit information associated with the identified subset of resources to a computing device of the tenant.

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

Inventor(s): George Andrew Gordon (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Majen Tech, LLC (Longview, TX) Law Firm: The Caldwell Firm, LLC (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16357172 on 03/18/2019 (204 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided to: display, utilizing the touchscreen, a grid of a plurality of photos; receive, utilizing the touchscreen, an indication of a touch input for selection of a first photo of a subset of the plurality of photos in the grid; in response to the receipt of the indication of the touch input for selection of the first photo of the subset of the plurality of photos in the grid, cause selection of the first photo of the subset of the plurality of photos in the grid, utilizing the one or more processors; receive, utilizing the touchscreen, an indication of a continuation of the touch input for selection of a second photo of the subset of the plurality of photos in the grid; in response to the receipt of the indication of the continuation of the touch input for selection of the second photo of the subset of the plurality of photos in the grid, cause selection of the second photo of the subset of the plurality of photos in the grid, utilizing the one or more processors; and operate on the subset of the plurality of photos.

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

Hybrid media viewing application including a region of interest within a wide field of view Patent No. 10440329 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Humphrey (Frisco, TX), Casey McCandless (McKinney, TX), James Exner (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Immersive Media Company (Tumwater, WA) Law Firm: Chernoff, Vilhauer, McClung Stenzel, LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 12786270 on 05/24/2010 (3424 days app to issue)

Abstract: A content delivery and display solution includes a viewing application for displaying immersive images with a region of interest, in addition to conventional fixed-aspect-ratio media. The display can include the layered display of metadata, multiple windows, and images or hotspots embedded into the immersive image. The viewing application can be used for the display of either live or prerecorded images, from local or online sources.

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

System and method for tracking a vehicle”s course by comparing geolocation data from a known course Patent No. 10440507 

Inventor(s): Jerry Lee Chappell, Jr. (Lewisville, TX), Vincent G. Monteleone (Aubrey, TX) Assignee(s): LapKing Holdings, LLC (Lewisville, TX) Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 16195131 on 11/19/2018 (323 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for tracking a vehicle”s course using geolocation data is provided. The method comprises obtaining a set of predetermined GPS locations representing a closed course; tracking movements of a user using a GPS controller; authenticating the movements of the user against the set of predetermined GPS locations while the client terminal is within a predetermined distance of at least one of the set of predetermined GPS locations; and presenting consolidated timing information about the user”s movements along the set of predetermined GPS locations. The system comprises a central processing server in communication with a computer network and configured to obtain information from a central database; and one or more client terminals in communication with the central processing server via the computer network, and configured to provide a graphical user interface for user interaction with the central processing server.

[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): Michael Roberg (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC) Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15141296 on 04/28/2016 (1258 days app to issue)

Abstract: Transformers that provide impedance transformations within integrated circuits (ICs) are disclosed. Embodiments of the transformers may include a plurality of conductors connected in series within one another wherein the conductors are arranged to form transmission lines. A first port, a second port, and a third port are coupled to the conductors so that impedance transformations can be provided between the first port and the second port. Some embodiments of the transformers are arranged so that the third port can be used to apply a bias signal. The arrangement between the conductors and the ports allows the transformer to provide impedance transformations between the first port and the second port over a relatively wide passband at high frequency ranges and with relatively small insertion losses.

Inventor(s): Donald C. Abbott (Chatley, MA) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15913499 on 03/06/2018 (581 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a method for fabricating semiconductor devices a leadframe pattern is formed from a flat tape of base metal. A plurality of additional metal layers is plated on the patterned tape of base metal. The surface of the metal layers is roughed. A plurality of sites for assembling semiconductor chips are created. The sites alternate with zones for connecting the leadframe pattern to molding compound runners A selected first set of leadframe areas are selectively planished creating flattened areas offsetting a second set of leadframe areas. A semiconductor chip is attached to each site.

[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): Abbas Ali (Plano, TX), Bernard John Fischer (Richardson, TX), Bradley David Sucher (Murphy, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15991938 on 05/29/2018 (497 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device includes a semiconductor substrate having a plurality of trenches formed therein. Each trench includes a sidewall having a doped region, a sidewall liner, and a filler material. The substrate has a slip density of less than 5 cm[superscript]2[/superscript]. The low slip density is achieved by a novel annealing protocol performed after implanting the dopant in the sidewall to repair damage and/or stress caused by the implant process.

[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): Chengyu Niu (Niskayuna, NY), Heng Yang (Fishkill, NY), John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY) Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX) Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 13856325 on 04/03/2013 (2379 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and devices for enhancing mobility of charge carriers. An integrated circuit may include semiconductor devices of two types. The first type of device may include a metallic gate and a channel strained in a first manner. The second type of device may include a metallic gate and a channel strained in a second manner. The gates may include, collectively, three or fewer metallic materials. The gates may share a same metallic material. A method of forming the semiconductor devices on an integrated circuit may include depositing first and second metallic layers in first and second regions of the integrated circuit corresponding to the first and second gates, respectively.

[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), Osvaldo Jorge Lopez (Annandale, NJ), Simon John Molloy (Allentown, PA), Thomas Eugene Grebs (Bethlehem, PA), Walter Hans Paul Schroen (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15820246 on 11/21/2017 (686 days app to issue)

Abstract: A self-powered electronic system comprises a first chip ([b]401[/b]) of single-crystalline semiconductor embedded in a second chip ([b]302[/b]) of single-crystalline semiconductor shaped as a container bordered by ridges. The assembled chips are nested and form an electronic device assembled, in turn, in a slab of weakly p-doped low-grade silicon shaped as a container ([b]330[/b]) bordered by ridges ([b]331[/b]). The flat side ([b]335[/b]) of the slab includes a heavily n-doped region ([b]314[/b]) forming a pn-junction ([b]315[/b]) with the p-type bulk. A metal-filled deep silicon via ([b]350[/b]) through the p-type ridge ([b]331[/b]) connects the n-region with the terminal ([b]322[/b]) on the ridge surface as cathode of the photovoltaic cell with the p-region as anode. The voltage across the pn-junction serves as power source of the device.

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

Three-dimensional memory device having direct source contact and metal oxide blocking dielectric and method of making thereof Patent No. 10438964 

Inventor(s): Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Senaka Krishna Kanakamedala (San Jose, CA), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA), Yao-Sheng Lee (Tampa, FL) Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX) Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15633131 on 06/26/2017 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: A strap level sacrificial layer and an alternating stack of insulating layers and spacer material layers are formed over a substrate. An array of memory stack structures is formed through the alternating stack and the strap level sacrificial layer. Each memory film in the memory stack structures includes a metal oxide blocking dielectric. After formation of a source cavity by removal of the strap level sacrificial layer, an atomic layer etch process can be employed to remove portions of the metal oxide blocking dielectrics at the level of the source cavity. Outer sidewalls of semiconductor channels in the memory stack structures are exposed by additional etch processes, and a source strap layer is selectively deposited in the source cavity in contact with the semiconductor channel. If the spacer material layers are sacrificial material layers, all volumes of the sacrificial material layers can be replaced with the electrically conductive layers.

[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): Abbas Ali (Plano, TX), Dhishan Kande (Dallas, TX), Qi-Zhong Hong (Richardson, TX), Shih Chang Chang (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15855635 on 12/27/2017 (650 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of fabricating integrated circuits (ICs) includes depositing a dielectric liner layer on a substrate including a semiconductor surface having a plurality of IC die formed therein each including functional circuitry including a plurality of interconnected transistors. A thin film resistor (TFR) layer including chromium (Cr) is deposited on the dielectric liner layer. The substrate is loaded into a hardmask layer deposition tool that includes a plasma source. The TFR layer is in-situ plasma pre-treated including flowing at least one inert gas and at least one oxidizing gas while in the hardmask layer deposition tool. A hardmask layer is deposited after the plasma pre-treating while remaining in the hardmask layer deposition tool. A pattern is formed on the hardmask layer, and the hardmask layer and TFR layer are etched stopping in the dielectric liner layer to form at least one resistor from the defined TFR 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): Antonio Gallerano (San Jose, CA), Karim-Thomas Taghizadeh Kaschani (Freising, , DE) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15180592 on 06/13/2016 (1212 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate having a semiconductor surface doped a second dopant type with a buried layer (BL) doped a first dopant type. First, second and third well regions doped the second dopant type are on top of the BL. Second doped regions doped the first dopant type on top of and contacting the BL arraigned as a first well ring and second well ring are around the first and third well regions respectively. At least one high-injection component including the first well region is surrounded by the first well ring. At least one component including the third well region is surrounded by the second well ring. An npn or pnp guard wall pocket including a wall of the first and second well rings, and the second well region is between the high-injection component and the component.

[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]

Methods to enhance effective work function of mid-gap metal by incorporating oxygen and hydrogen at a low thermal budget Patent No. 10439040 

Inventor(s): Hiroaki Niimi (Cohoes, NY), James Joseph Chambers (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15636233 on 06/28/2017 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process is disclosed of forming metal replacement gates for PMOS transistors with oxygen in the metal gates such that the PMOS gates have effective work functions above 4.85. Metal work function layers in the PMOS gates are oxidized at low temperature to increase their effective work functions to the desired PMOS range. Hydrogen may also be incorporated at an interface between the metal gates and underlying gate dielectrics. Materials for the metal work function layers and processes for the low temperature oxidation are disclosed.

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

Inventor(s): Hiroaki Niimi (Cohoes, NY), Mahalingam Nandakumar (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15686449 on 08/25/2017 (774 days app to issue)

Abstract: A replacement metal gate transistor structure and method with thin silicon nitride sidewalls and with little or no high-k dielectric on the vertical sidewalls of the replacement gate transistor trench.

[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): Andrew Couch (Garland, TX), John Paul Tellkamp (Rockwall, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15975022 on 05/09/2018 (517 days app to issue)

Abstract: A packaged multichip isolation device includes leadframe including a first and second die pad, with a first and second lead extending outside a molded body having a downward extending lead bend near their outer ends. A first integrated circuit (IC) die on the first die pad has a first bond pad connected to the first lead that realizes a transmitter or receiver. A second IC die on the second die pad has a second bond pad connected to the second lead that realizes another of the transmitter and receiver. An isolation component is in a signal path of the isolation device including a capacitive isolator, or inductors for transformer isolation on or between the die. A midpoint of the thickness of the die pad is raised above a top level of the leads and in an opposite vertical direction relative to the downward extending bend of the external leads.

[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): Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton, TX) Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 14888194 on 02/12/2014 (2064 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bender bar transducer having stacked encapsulated actuators provides improved acoustic power over a wider frequency range, low applied voltage requirements and consistent part-to-part performance.

[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): Richard M. Weber (Prosper, TX) Assignee(s): L-3 Communications Corporation (New York, NY) Law Firm: Egan Peterman Enders Huston (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 14828122 on 08/17/2015 (1513 days app to issue)

Abstract: A battery-powered system comprising: 1) a housing adapted to contain electro-mechanical machines; and 2) an apparatus disposed within the housing. The apparatus comprises: i) a battery configured as an annular cylinder having an inner diameter, an outer diameter, and a length; and ii) a cylindrical device disposed within a cavity formed by the annular cylinder of the battery. An outer diameter of the cylindrical device is substantially the same as the inner diameter of the battery and the cylindrical device has a length substantially equal to the length of the battery. The cylindrical device may be a fluid reservoir or a second battery.

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

Inventor(s): Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): NxGen Partners IP, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16225458 on 12/19/2018 (293 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing full-duplex communications includes a first transceiver for transmitting first signals having a first orthogonal function of a plurality of orthogonal functions applied thereto on a first channel and receiving second signals having a second orthogonal function of the plurality of orthogonal functions on a second channel at a same time. A second transceiver transmits the second signals having the second orthogonal function of the plurality of orthogonal functions on the second channel and receives the first signals having the first orthogonal function of the plurality of orthogonal functions on the first channel at the same time. The first channel having the first orthogonal function applied thereto and the second channel having the second orthogonal function applied thereto do not interfere with each other enabling full duplex transmissions between the first transceiver and the second transceiver.

Inventor(s): Mike I. Jones (Azle, TX) Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD) Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15463167 on 03/20/2017 (932 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes an aircraft body and a propeller coupled to the aircraft body. The propeller includes a plurality of blades forming a rearward-facing curvature with respect to an axis running longitudinally with the aircraft body. The system further includes a surface coupled to a first blade of the propeller that is operable to reflect radio frequency (RF) waves.

Inventor(s): Fred E. Hunstable (Granbury, TX) Assignee(s): LINEAR LABS, LLC (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16374132 on 04/03/2019 (188 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a new and improved electrical motor/generator, specifically a motor/generator comprising: a plurality of coils radially positioned about a coil assembly, a plurality of magnetic tunnels forming a relative rotational path for the coil assembly, wherein the all of plurality of magnets forming each magnetic tunnel have like poles facing inward toward the interior of the magnetic tunnel or facing outward away from the interior of the magnetic tunnel such that each magnetic field of any magnetic tunnel is of an opposite polarity to the magnetic field of an adjacent magnetic tunnel.

[H02K] DYNAMO-ELECTRIC MACHINES (dynamo-electric relays H01H 53/00; conversion of DC or AC input power into surge output power H02M 9/00)

Inventor(s): Shailendra Kumar Baranwal (Murphy, TX), William Todd Harrison (Apex, NC), Yogesh Kumar Ramadass (San Jose, CA) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15713204 on 09/22/2017 (746 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, an adaptive drive strength switching converter includes a driver and a control loop coupled to the driver. In an embodiment, the control loop includes a peak detector, a comparator coupled to an output of the peak detector, a counter coupled to an output of the comparator, and a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) coupled to an output of the comparator.

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

Inventor(s): Alvaro Aguilar (Irving, TX), Kevin Scoones (San Jose, CA), Orlando Lazaro (Dallas, TX), Reza Sharifi (Sunnyvale, CA) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15909078 on 03/01/2018 (586 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples of methods and control circuitry to control a power conversion system, a regulator circuit is coupled to provide switching control signals according to a regulation signal to operate a plurality of converter switches to generate a voltage signal at a switching node. A compensation sense circuit is coupled to provide a compensation pulse signal having a duty cycle that represents a percentage of time that a current flowing through the switching node is above a threshold value. A current compensation circuit adjusts the regulation signal according to the compensation pulse signal.

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

Time-interleaved current feedback droop function for multiphase buck converters Patent No. 10439497 

Inventor(s): Anthony M. Hill (Dallas, TX), Haydar Bilhan (Dallas, TX), Jian-Yi Wu (San Ramon, CA), Yongjie Jiang (Ames, IA) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15717988 on 09/28/2017 (740 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing a time-interleaved current-feedback droop function for multiphase buck converters. An example method includes outputting a first control signal to enable a first set of switches corresponding to a first voltage of a first phase from a multiphase converter, the first phase included in a plurality of phases; enabling a first current associated with the first phase to be measured by a sample and hold circuit associated with the first phase; sampling the first current; holding the first current, the first current based on a load current for the first phase of the multiphase converter; and outputting a droop voltage based on a plurality of currents corresponding to the plurality of phases of the multiphase converter, the plurality of currents including the load current for the first phase.

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

Inventor(s): Dingkun Du (Sunnyvale, CA), Erhan Ozalevli (Richardson, TX), Gianpaolo Lisi (Los Gate, CA), Jingwei Xu (Plano, TX), Mustapha El Markhi (Richardson, TX), Tuli Dake (McKinney, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15279094 on 09/28/2016 (1105 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless power transfer system using a resonant rectifier circuit with capacitor sensing. A wireless power transfer system includes a power receiver resonant circuit and a synchronous rectifier. The power receiver resonant circuit includes an inductor and a capacitor connected in series with the inductor. The synchronous rectifier is configured to identify zero crossings of alternating current flowing through the inductor based on voltage across the capacitor, and control synchronous rectification of the alternating current based on timing of the zero crossings.

[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)

Methods, apparatus, and systems to facilitate high side control of a switching power converter Patent No. 10439503 

Inventor(s): Cetin Kaya (Plano, TX), Johan Strydom (Saratoga, CA), Michael Lueders (Freising, , DE), Paul Brohlin (Parker, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16122646 on 09/05/2018 (398 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus to facilitate high side control of a switching power converter are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a latch including a first node coupled to a first source of a first switch and an output coupled to a first gate of the first switch; a first diode coupled to the first node and a second node; a second diode coupled to the second node and ground; a second switch coupled to a voltage source and the second node; and a third switch including a third gate coupled to the second switch, a third source coupled to the second node, and a third drain coupled to the latch.

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

Inventor(s): Adam Lee Shook (Carrollton, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15891791 on 02/08/2018 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: An output of a first amplifier is coupled to an input of a first track and hold circuit and an input of a second track and hold circuit. An input of a first summing circuit is also coupled to an output of the first track and hold circuit and an output of the second track and hold circuit. In addition, an input of a second summing circuit is coupled to the output of the first track and hold circuit and the output of the second track and hold circuit. Moreover, an input of a third summing circuit coupled to an output of a modulator and an output of the second summing circuit, and an output of the third summing circuit coupled to an input of the first amplifier.

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

Inventor(s): Martijn Fridus Snoeij (Erding, , DE), Steven Graham Brantley (Satellite Beach, FL) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15848700 on 12/20/2017 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: An operational amplifier includes an input stage configured to receive a first input voltage and a second input voltage and a slew boost circuit coupled to the input stage and configured to selectively increase current through the input stage. The operational amplifier also includes an output stage coupled to the input stage and configured to generate an output voltage, and a slew boost disable circuit configured to assert a control signal to the slew boost circuit to disable the slew boost circuit. The slew boost circuit is disabled when both: the first input voltage being more than a first threshold voltage different from the second input voltage and the output voltage failing to change by more than a second threshold rate.

[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): Narayanan Seetharaman (Unterschliessheim, , DE), Niko Bako (Freising, , DE) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15940812 on 03/29/2018 (558 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a first common mode amplifier including a first input, a second input, and a first output. The first common mode amplifier comprises a first plurality of self-based differential amplifiers. The circuit also includes a second common mode amplifier including a third input, a fourth input, and a second output, The third input is connected to the second input and the fourth input is connected to the first input. The second common amplifier comprises a second plurality of self-based differential amplifiers. The circuit further includes a first gain amplifier including a fifth input and a sixth input and a second gain amplifier including a seventh input and an eighth input. The first output is connected to the fifth and eight inputs and the second output is connected to the sixth and seventh inputs.

[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): Giacomo Calabrese (Freising, , DE), Giovanni Frattini (Travac Siccomario, , IT), Maurizio Granato (Milan, , IT) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16161128 on 10/16/2018 (357 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include isolated load switch driver circuits to drive a load, including an impedance circuit that receives a digital input voltage signal from a signal source, and selectively allows a current signal to flow from the signal source to charge a buffer capacitor. An impedance control circuit controls the impedance circuit to limit the current signal in response to the buffer capacitor reaching a first threshold voltage, and an output circuit provides an output isolated from the digital input voltage signal to switch the load. A signaling circuit selectively enables the output circuit to draw power from the buffer capacitor in response to the voltage of the buffer capacitor reaching the first threshold voltage.

[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): James K. Alexanderson (Coppell, TX), Wojciech K. Timoszyk (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): Stryker Corporation (Kalamazoo, CA) Law Firm: Morrison Foerster LLP (14 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15019372 on 02/09/2016 (1337 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical light including a light housing having at least one light source therein and a handle assembly extending from the light housing, with the handle assembly including a knob and a cover. The handle assembly is rotatably connected to the light housing. The cover covers the knob. Engaging the cover in a first mode and rotating the knob alters a first characteristic of light emitted from the at least one light source. Engaging the cover in a second mode and rotating the knob alters a second characteristic of light emitted from the at least one light source.

[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): Jagdish Chand Goyal (Karnataka, , IN), Peeyoosh Mirajkar (Karnataka, , IN), Theertham Srinivas (Karnataka, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15715151 on 09/25/2017 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dual-PFD circuit with delay feedback generated by a dual-modulus prescaler based on mode control from a feedback delay generation circuit. The PFD circuit can be used with a PLL feedback divider to divide a VCO clock signal VCO_clk and generate FB and FB_DLY signals. The PLL feedback divider includes a dual modulus prescaler to selectively divide the VCO_clk by either M or M+1 (such as 4/5) based on a divide mode control input to generate a prescaled divide signal, and a programmed counter/divider (N counter/1/N divider) to selectively divide the prescaled divide signal to generate the FB signal, and a delay generation circuit to selectively delay the FB signal by a pre-defined delay to generate the FB_DLY signal. The prescaler is responsive to the pre-defined delay from the delay generation circuit to change divide modes. The dual PFD circuit response to the FB and FB_DLY signals in relation to a reference signal to generate a phase comparison signal. the dual-PFD circuit can be used with a charge-pump coupled to the dual PFD circuit, and responsive the phase comparison signal to generate a frequency tuning voltage, for input to a VCO for generating the VCO clock signal. The dual PFD circuit, charge pump and VCO can be used in a PLL frequency synthesizer.

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

Top plate sampling circuit including input-dependent dual clock boost circuits Patent No. 10439628 

Inventor(s): Ani Xavier (Kottayam, , IN), Arun Mohan (Bangalore, , IN), Neeraj Shrivastava (Bangalore, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16104978 on 08/20/2018 (414 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a system includes a first transistor comprising a first source terminal coupled to a first input terminal, a first drain terminal coupled to a first top plate sampling capacitor, and a first gate terminal. The system also includes a first input-dependent dual clock boost circuit coupled to the first input terminal via a first boost circuit input and to the first gate terminal via a first boost circuit output. The system further includes a second transistor comprising a second source terminal coupled to a second input terminal, a second drain terminal coupled to a second top plate sampling capacitor, and a second gate terminal. The system also includes a second input-dependent dual clock boost circuit coupled to the second input terminal via a second boost circuit input and to the second gate terminal of the second transistor via a second boost circuit output.

[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]

Inventor(s): Rahul Sharma (Bengaluru, , IN), Sandeep Kesrimal Oswal (Bengaluru, , IN), Srinivasa Rao Madala (Bengaluru, , IN) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16233207 on 12/27/2018 (285 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital-to-analog converter system has digital-to-analog converters, a common output, and a digital controller for transmitting first codes to one of the converters at a radio-frequency digital rate, and for transmitting second codes to another one of the converters at the same rate. The digital controller includes a timing system for operating each converter at the digital rate in a return-to-zero configuration, such that a signal from the first converter is transmitted to the common output while the second converter is reset, and vice versa. The digital-to-analog converter system can generate a radio-frequency analog signal having signals in first and second Nyquist zones simultaneously.

[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]

Inventor(s): Dedi D. Haziza (Los Gatos, CA), Saeid Safavi (San Diego, CA) Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: FutureWei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 13731899 on 12/31/2012 (2472 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising a first dipole antenna, a beamforming antenna array (BFAA), a first switch coupled to the dipole antenna, a second switch coupled to the BFAA, and a processor coupled to the first switch and the second switch, wherein the processor is configured to select between a multi-input, multi-output (MIMO) antenna configuration and a beamforming configuration by setting the states of the first switch and the second switch.

Inventor(s): Md. Saifur Rahman (Richardson, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15246502 on 08/24/2016 (1140 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating user equipment (UE) in an advanced wireless communication network. The method comprises receiving, from an eNodeB (eNB), downlink signals indicating precoder codebook parameters that include a first number of antenna ports (N[subscript]1[/subscript]) for a first dimension, a second number of antenna ports (N[subscript]2[/subscript]) for a second dimension, and a codebook configuration, swapping precoder matrix indicator (PMI) expressions based on the N[subscript]1 [/subscript]and N[subscript]2[/subscript], and the codebook configuration in order to derive a first PMI pair (i[subscript]1,1[/subscript], i[subscript]1,2[/subscript]), and a second PMI (i[subscript]2[/subscript]) using a single precoder codebook, and transmitting, to the eNB, channel state information (CSI) including the first PMI pair and the second PMI.

Channel ranging adjustment in multiple-wavelength passive optical networks (PONs) Patent No. 10439724 

Inventor(s): Dekun Liu (Wuhan, , CN), Jianhe Gao (Wuhan, , CN), Xuming Wu (Wuhan, , CN), Yuanqiu Luo (Cranbury, NJ) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16017821 on 06/25/2018 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: A passive optical network (PON) includes a first optical line terminal (OLT), a second OLT, and an optical network unit (ONU). The first OLT sends an equalization delay change message to the ONU, wherein the equalization delay change message includes an equalization delay, an upstream channel ID and a downstream channel ID corresponding to the equalization delay. The ONU receives the equalization delay change message. When the ONU tunes from the first OLT to the second OLT, the ONU obtains the equalization delay for upstream transmission according to the upstream channel ID and the downstream channel ID.

Inventor(s): David Astely (Bromma, , SE), Erik Dahlman (Bromma, , SE), Stefan Parkvall (Bromma, , SE) Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15864106 on 01/08/2018 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to cellular radio communication and in particular to providing information on neighbor cells to enable terminals to perform neighbor cell measurements. In the prior art the terminal attempts to make neighbor cell measurements in a reference signal structure that is the same in the neighbor cell as in the cell the terminal camps in. The present invention is based on the insight that the reference signal structure may differ between neighboring cell for example in the situation of an MBSFN area that is restricted to a region of all cells of a radio network, or in the situation of TDD mode being applied there may be different regions with different allocation of sub-frames for transmission in the uplink and downlink directions. The present invention solves the problem by broadcast information in a cell indicative of the reference signal structure in neighbor cells.

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

Inventor(s): Glenn A. Wellbrock (Wylie, TX), Tiejun J. Xia (Richardson, TX) Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16251438 on 01/18/2019 (263 days app to issue)

Abstract: One or more management systems coordinate wavelength configuration patterns of a plurality of multi-wavelength optical transport nodes in an optical network for a first transport period. The one or more management systems determine data traffic demand changes in the optical network; and coordinate wavelength configuration patterns of the plurality of multi-wavelength optical transport nodes in the optical network for a second transport period, that is subsequent to the first transport period, based on the determined data traffic demand changes.

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

Inventor(s): Jun Liu (Nanjing, , CN), Katherine Zhao (San Jose, CA), Ming Li (Cupertino, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15498136 on 04/26/2017 (895 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of batch processing implemented using a pre-classification mechanism of a network interface controller is provided. The method includes receiving, by the pre-classification mechanism of the network interface controller, rules for populating a first receive queue and a second receive queue, receiving, by the pre-classification mechanism, packets corresponding to a first protocol intermingled with packets corresponding to a second protocol, and populating, by the pre-classification mechanism of the network interface controller, the first receive queue exclusively with the packets corresponding to the first protocol and the second receive queue exclusively with the packets corresponding to the second protocol based on the rules such that a central processing unit is able to obtain a first batch of the packets from the first receive queue and process each of the packets from the first batch using a same node graph path.

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

Inventor(s): Burson Keith Patton (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Trop, Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15307662 on 04/30/2014 (1987 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for controlling a network fabric are disclosed. Labels are assigned to paths between endpoints in the network fabric. Switches in the path are configured to communicate data communication packets having the label along the path. Upon receiving a first data communication packet from a first one of the switches in the network fabric for communication to a destination endpoint over the network fabric, the label for a path from the first switch to the destination is obtained, the first packet is communicated to the destination endpoint and the first switch is caused to communicate subsequent data communication packets corresponding to the first data communication packet over the path.

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

Inventor(s): Connie Siu (Arlington, TX) Assignee(s): Area 1 Security, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA) Law Firm: Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15158253 on 05/18/2016 (1238 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a data processing method providing an improvement in computer security, comprises selecting, from a domain name queue comprising a plurality of domain names, a particular domain name to analyze; extracting one or more features of the particular domain name; determining a particular risk priority score of the particular domain name based on analyzing the one or more features of the particular domain name by applying a classifier to the one or more features of the particular domain name; inserting the particular risk priority score and an identifier associated with the particular domain name into a priority queue comprising a plurality of risk priority scores and a plurality of domain names; repeating the selecting, extracting, determining, and inserting steps for the remaining domain names in the domain name queue; retrieving from the priority queue, based upon the risk priority score, the identifier associated with the particular domain name; determining the particular domain name associated with the identifier; scanning the particular domain name for malicious content or security vulnerabilities; and outputting results of the scanning to a system, database, or report.

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

Inventor(s): William August Stahlhut (The Colony, TX) Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15448888 on 03/03/2017 (949 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to systems, methods and computer program products for enhanced detection of polymorphic malicious content within an entity. In this regard, the present invention receives information associated with an incidence of an electronic file; receives an first hash value of the electronic file from a first network device and a second hash value of the electronic file from a second network device; compares the first hash value with the second hash value; determines that the electronic file is polymorphic based on at least the match; initiates an execution of a quantum optimization algorithm using a quantum optimizer to determine one or more hash value states associated with the electronic file for a third network device; and initiates a control signal configured to store the one or more hash value states in a database associated with the third network device.

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

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15049865 on 02/22/2016 (1324 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system, method, or computer program product for generating and using a block chain distributed network for tracking and validating protocols and other operations associated with the transition of one or more resources from being arranged in a consolidated, privately-held structure to being arrange and/or distributed in a publicly available structure. In example implementations, the block chain database is used and updated to reflect the status degree of completion of protocols associated with the identification, characterization, and dissemination of resource characteristics and resource shares, including the fractional distribution of resource portions to effectuate the efficient transition of a resource.

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

Inventor(s): Andrew Silver (Frisco, TX), Lathan Lewis (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): TANGO NETWORKS, INC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15944582 on 04/03/2018 (553 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed that identify a motor vehicle operation and whether a driver is operating a mobile device. One example of operation may include a method that includes receiving vehicle data based on active operation of a vehicle and compiling a candidate driver identification profile (DIP) based on the received vehicle data. The method may also include comparing the candidate DIP to a pre-stored DIP and determining a match between the candidate DIP and the pre-stored DIP. The method may also include applying a restriction to a mobile station operated by a driver of the vehicle responsive to the match determination.

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

Dynamic controlled-environment facility resident communication allocation based on call volume Patent No. 10440175 

Inventor(s): Patrick Dover (Highland Village, TX) Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX) Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16295135 on 03/07/2019 (215 days app to issue)

Abstract: Dynamic controlled-environment facility resident communication allocation based on call volume may be implemented using a controlled-environment facility secure communication platform. The platform monitors controlled-environment facility resident call volume, recognizes an average call volume and detects an increase in call volume above the average call volume or a decrease in call volume below the average call volume. The platform automatically initiates a controlled-environment facility resident calling restriction in response to a detected increase in call volume or automatically initiates an increase in controlled-environment facility resident calling allocation in response to a detected decrease in call volume below the average call volume. Thereafter, the platform automatically removes the calling restriction upon the call volume dropping to a first predetermined threshold in accordance with the average call volume or automatically remove the increase in calling allocation upon the call volume rising to a second predetermined threshold in accordance with the average call volume.

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

Methods and devices for emulating low-fidelity coding in a high-fidelity coder Patent No. 10440365 

Inventor(s): Dake He (Waterloo, , CA), David Flynn (Kitchener, , CA), Nguyen Nguyen (Waterloo, , CA) Assignee(s): VELOS MEDIA, LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 13930089 on 06/28/2013 (2293 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of encoding and decoding video in a low-fidelity mode are described. A coding unit level low-fidelity flag is present in the bitstream to signal whether low-fidelity mode is enabled for a particular coding unit or not. If enabled, then, for that coding unit, the chroma quantization parameter is determined using the luma quantization parameter adjusted by a low-fidelity-mode offset. If not enabled, then, for that coding unit, the chroma quantization parameter is determined using the luma quantization parameter without adjustment by the low-fidelity-mode offset. The chroma quantization parameter is then used in the scaling of quantized chroma transform domain coefficients. Use with luma or other video components is also proposed.

Inventor(s): Akira Osamoto (Plano, TX), Hideo Tamama (The Colony, TX), Hyung Joon Kim (McKinney, TX), Minhua Zhou (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 13548085 on 07/12/2012 (2644 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for coding unit partitioning in a video encoder is provided that includes performing intra-prediction on each permitted coding unit (CU) in a CU hierarchy of a largest coding unit (LCU) to determine an intra-prediction coding cost for each permitted CU, storing the intra-prediction coding cost for each intra-predicted CU in memory, and performing inter-prediction, prediction mode selection, and CU partition selection on each permitted CU in the CU hierarchy to determine a CU partitioning for encoding the LCU, wherein the stored intra-prediction coding costs for the CUs are used.

System and method for configuring and managing on-demand positioning reference signals Patent No. 10440500 

Inventor(s): Nathan Edward Tenny (Portland, OR) Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16031122 on 07/10/2018 (455 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a device includes selecting a set of access nodes in accordance with a first estimated position of a user equipment (UE), sending, to the set of access nodes, a first message to activate positioning signal transmission, sending, to the UE, a request for position measurement information, and receiving, from the UE, the position measurement information.

Inventor(s): Robert M. Kennard (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): THL Holding Company, LLC (Austin, TX) Law Firm: Garlick Markison (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16150498 on 10/03/2018 (370 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless device includes a user interface that generates a pairing signal in response to an indication from a user to pair the wireless device to at least one remote device and generates a first location request signal in response to a second indication from a user to locate the at least one remote device. A short-range wireless transceiver communicates RF signals to pair the wireless device to the at least one remote device and that transmits a first RF paging signal to the at least one remote device in response to the location request signal.

Angle of arrival (AOA) positioning method and system for positional finding and tracking objects using reduced attenuation RF technology Patent No. 10440512 

Inventor(s): Michael John Buynak (Dallas, TX), Truman Prevatt (Brooksville, FL) Assignee(s): POLTE CORPORATION (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16137417 on 09/20/2018 (383 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for determining user equipment (UE) locations within a wireless network using reference signals of the wireless network are described. The disclosed systems and methods utilize a plurality of in-phase and quadrature (I/Q) samples generated from signals provided by receive channels associated with two or more antennas of the wireless system. Based on received reference signal parameters the reference signal within the signals from each receive channel among the receive channels is identified. Based on the identified reference signal from each receive channel, an angle of arrival between a baseline of the two or more antennas and incident energy from the UE to the two or more antennas is determined. That angle of arrival is then used to calculate the location of the UE. The angle of arrival may be a horizontal angle of arrival and/or a vertical angle of arrival.

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA) Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16408144 on 05/09/2019 (152 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is provided a method and device for provisioning emergency number information on a user equipment. When a dialed number matches an emergency number from the provisioned emergency number information, the user equipment selects either the circuit switched domain or the packet switched domain and executes a call setup procedure for that domain.

Inventor(s): Hang Shi (Fremont, CA), Huida Dai (Cupertino, CA), Yewei Tang (San Ramon, CA), Yinghua Ye (Los Gatos, CA) Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15793110 on 10/25/2017 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method for processing a data packet in a communication network includes receiving, at a private Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) data center, the data packet. The private MEC data center hosts one or more virtual Evolved Packet Core (EPC) gateways, and each of the one or more virtual Evolved Packet Core (EPC) gateways corresponds to one or more respective Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) service providers. The private MEC data center identifies a traffic routing type for the data packet. The private MEC data center transmits the data packet based on the identified traffic routing type.

Inventor(s): Niranjan B. Avula (Frisco, TX), Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX) Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16364646 on 03/26/2019 (196 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first network device determines a first pointer value associated with a first management instance that includes at least one of network access or mobility management functions for user equipment (UE) interaction with a wireless network. The first network device installs, at a second network device, the first management instance, along with the first pointer value. The first network device changes the first pointer value in response to a first event associated with the wireless network or one or more other networks. The first pointer value is used for selecting at least one management instance, among a plurality of management instances that include the first management instance, for servicing wireless service requests from UEs to the wireless network.

Inventor(s): Da Wang (Beijing, , CN), Guorong Li (Beijing, , CN), Guowei Ouyang (Beijing, , CN), Hui Jin (Beijing, , CN), Nathan Edward Tenny (Poway, CA) Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15955047 on 04/17/2018 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a transmitting device includes receiving a first packet data convergence protocol (PDCP) protocol data unit (PDU) associated with a first remote device (RD), the first PDCP PDU including at least a first PDCP header, generating a first nested PDCP PDU in accordance with the first PDCP PDU, the first nested PDCP PDU including a second PDCP header and the first PDCP PDU, the second PDCP header comprising a first PDU type indicator indicating that the first nested PDCP PDU includes a first relayed PDCP PDU and a first identifier associated with the first RD, and sending the first nested PDCP PDU on a radio bearer.

Frame structures and signaling techniques for a unified wireless backhaul and access network Patent No. 10440688 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Li Guo (Allen, TX), Sridhar Rajagopal (Plano, TX), Sudhir Ramakrishna (Plano, TX), Thomas David Novlan (Dallas, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15335346 on 10/26/2016 (1077 days app to issue)

Abstract: A relay node capable of supporting wireless backhaul communication includes a controller configured to identify a first timing of a backhaul downlink (DL) transmission and a second timing of an access uplink (UL) transmission to be substantially aligned, and a transceiver configured to receive at least one first symbol in the backhaul DL transmission from an base station (BS), and receive at least second symbol in an access UL transmission from a user equipment (UE). The controller is further configured to substantially align a third timing of a backhaul uplink (UL) transmission and a fourth timing of an access downlink (DL) transmission, wherein the transceiver is further configured to transmit at least third symbol in a backhaul uplink (UL) transmission to the BS, and transmit at least fourth symbol in the access DL transmission to the UE.

Assignment of downlink and uplink frequency channels in widely-spaced downlink and uplink channels Patent No. 10440711 

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Allen, TX) Assignee(s): Phazr, Inc. (Allen, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15583657 on 05/01/2017 (890 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of downlink and uplink frequency channel assignments in widely-spaced downlink and uplink frequency channels includes determining a downlink block length by dividing a millimeter wave spectrum into a plurality of downlink spectrum blocks and determining an uplink block length by dividing a sub-6 GHz spectrum into a plurality of uplink spectrum blocks. The method includes dividing the downlink block length into a plurality of downlink channels and dividing the uplink block length into a plurality of uplink channels. The method includes determining a starting local oscillator frequency from center frequencies of the first uplink and downlink channels and uplink and downlink channel bandwidths. The method includes determining a plurality of uplink and downlink communications channel pairs based on a frequency mapping relationship based on the starting local oscillator frequency. The method includes assigning a first uplink and downlink communications channel pair to a user.

Inventor(s): Michael A. McGregor (Lewisville, TX) Assignee(s): Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 29657053 on 07/18/2018 (447 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Gavin Stener (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Wild West Investments, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Dentons US LLP (Local + 12 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 29686974 on 04/09/2019 (182 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): James Giwani (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Warner Wireless Int”l Inc (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 29650258 on 06/05/2018 (490 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Jason Camper (Frisco, TX) Assignee(s): Le-Vel Brands, LLC (Frisco, TX) Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner LLP (9 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29686642 on 04/05/2019 (186 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Brent Johnson (Denton, TX), Scott D. Hite (Pilot Point, TX), Tu H. Do (Lewisville, TX) Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA) Law Firm: Christensen O”Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 29630163 on 12/19/2017 (658 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Brent Johnson (Denton, TX), Scott D. Hite (Pilot Point, TX), Tu H. Do (Lewisville, TX) Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA) Law Firm: Christensen O”Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 29630167 on 12/19/2017 (658 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Brent Johnson (Denton, TX), Scott D. Hite (Pilot Point, TX), Tu H. Do (Lewisville, TX) Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA) Law Firm: Christensen O”Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 29630168 on 12/19/2017 (658 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Ben King (Bray, , IE), Desmond Kavanagh (Greystones, , IE), Mathew Bates (Deansgrange, , IE), Paul Krizan (Plano, TX), Shaun Robinson (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): AMX LLC (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: Plumsea Law Group, LLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 29592950 on 02/03/2017 (977 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Casey Christen Jens Christensen (McKinney, TX), Jaime Felix Barajas (Dallas, TX), Jory Sprowl (Wolfe City, TX), Kent Poteet (Lucas, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX) Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29633364 on 01/12/2018 (634 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Jaime Felix Barajas (Dallas, TX), Kent Poteet (Lucas, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX) Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29633652 on 01/15/2018 (631 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Jory Sprowl (Wolfe City, TX), Kent Poteet (Lucas, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX) Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29592270 on 01/27/2017 (984 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): George R. Kline (Wylie, TX), Grant E. Kenworthy (Allen, TX), Rod A. Duncan (Lucas, TX) Assignee(s): D4D Technologies, LLC (Richardson, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 29613467 on 08/10/2017 (789 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Ashish Antony (Anna, TX), Jordon Musser (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): FLEX LTD. (Singapore, , SG) Law Firm: Weber Rosselli Cannon LLP (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 29613362 on 08/09/2017 (790 days app to issue)

Inventor(s): Ashish Antony (Anna, TX), Jordon Musser (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): FLEX LTD (Singapore, , SG) Law Firm: Weber Rosselli Cannon LLP (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 29614664 on 08/22/2017 (777 days app to issue)

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More than five years ago, we piloted a new way of working within my division. To be successful in a fast-paced, technology-driven world, I realized we had to explore how ...

Every weekday, Dallas Innovates brings you up to date on what you may have missed in the region’s top ...

So, we’re constantly on the lookout for contests and competitions, award ceremonies, and available grants our innovators can apply for. ...

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Dallas Innovates and D CEO magazine have teamed up to present The Innovation Awards 2020. This new program honors companies and leaders—CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, entrepreneurs, and others—driving innovation in North ...

Moving into the digital age means that a STEM curriculum of science, technology, engineering, and math is a foundation for a robust, high-tech ...

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 ...

A $100 million gift from the Moody Foundation will allow Southern Methodist University to create its eighth degree-granting school, the new Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

The SoGal Foundation, a platform for the empowerment and education of diverse entrepreneurs and investors, is bringing a round of its Global Pitch Competition to Dallas. Dubbed the “largest worldwide ...

More than five years ago, we piloted a new way of working within my division. To be successful in a fast-paced, technology-driven world, I realized we had to explore how ...

Every weekday, Dallas Innovates brings you up to date on what you may have missed in the region’s top ...

So, we’re constantly on the lookout for contests and competitions, award ceremonies, and available grants our innovators can apply for. ...

We scour the internet every week to find events and activities for you. To fill your calendar with events to ...

Dallas Innovates and D CEO magazine have teamed up to present The Innovation Awards 2020. This new program honors companies and leaders—CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, entrepreneurs, and others—driving innovation in North ...

Moving into the digital age means that a STEM curriculum of science, technology, engineering, and math is a foundation for a robust, high-tech ...

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 ...

A $100 million gift from the Moody Foundation will allow Southern Methodist University to create its eighth degree-granting school, the new Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

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The SoGal Foundation, a platform for the empowerment and education of diverse entrepreneurs and investors, is bringing a round of its Global Pitch Competition to Dallas. Dubbed the “largest worldwide ...

A collaboration of the Dallas Regional Chamber and D Magazine Partners, Dallas Innovates is an online news platform covering what's new + next in Dallas - Fort Worth innovation.

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