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Dallas Invents: 119 Patents Granted for Week of Nov. 9

Nov 24, 2021

10 for patent activity out of 250 metros. Patents granted include: • Amazon Technologies' repository service using encrypted configuration data • Bank of America's information security using blockchains • Blacktop Plus' therapeutic elastic sports tape • Capital One's identity and electronic signature verification in blockchain • Dallas Limetree's system for classifying content using scoring for identifying psychological factors employed by consumers to take action • Dell's system that implements a software tool for data leak prevention • PACCAR's tire tread with reduced rolling resistance • Seals Gresham Group's location-based social media for events • Soniclean's toothbrush head   U.S. Patent No. D935194, Toothbrush head, was assigned to Soniclean Technology Ltd. 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). THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS Week of Nov. 9, 2021 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100)  119 patents granted NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION A: HUMAN NECESSITIES  10 C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY       5 G: PHYSICS        37 Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)     23 Bank of America Corp. (Charlotte, NC)      7 Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)  5 PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA)          4 SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison)         4 Capital One Services LLC (McLean, VA)      3 Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano)         3 Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano)         3 Traxxas LP (McKinney)    3 Adam Cole Ewing (McKinney)      2 Baher Haroun (Allen)      2 David Gerard Ledet (Allen)          2 Jordan Christopher Brewer (Addison)       2 Kirk Landon Groninga (Keller)      2 Manu J. Kurian (Dallas)   2 Manu Kurian (Dallas)      2 Niraj Nandan (Plano)      2 Don’t miss Dallas Invents: Sign up for the Dallas Innovates e-newsletter. Patent information is provided by Joe Chiarella, founder of patent analytics company Patent Index and publisher of  The Inventiveness Index . For additional details on the patents granted below, search the USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database . UTILITY PATENTS Wet wipes comprising antimicrobial coating compositions Inventor(s): Craig Grossman (Point Roberts, WA), Gavri Grossman (Point Roberts, WA), Jie Fang (Delta, , CA), Misagh Alipour (Surrey, , CA) Assignee(s): Allied Bioscience, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15968586 on 05/01/2018 (1288 days app to issue) Abstract: A wet wipe is disclosed that provides both contact sanitization of a surface and application of a residual antimicrobial coating on the surface through the same wiping. The wet wipe comprises a substrate such as an absorbent nonwoven fabric and a liquid composition impregnated therein, the liquid composition comprising an organosilane such as the antimicrobial dimethyloctadecyl[3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl] ammonium chloride, a non-silane quaternary disinfectant, an organic amine, and a solvent. The non-silane quaternary actives comprise a mixture of actives, and the solvent comprises 60 wt. % isopropanol or more. [A01N] PRESERVATION OF BODIES OF HUMANS OR ANIMALS OR PLANTS OR PARTS THEREOF (preservation of food or foodstuff A23); BIOCIDES, e.g. AS DISINFECTANTS, AS PESTICIDES OR AS HERBICIDES (preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes which kill or prevent the growth or proliferation of unwanted organisms A61K); PEST REPELLANTS OR ATTRACTANTS; PLANT GROWTH REGULATORS (mixtures of pesticides with fertilisers C05G) Personal item management apparatus Assignee(s): THE BIG O, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15930945 on 05/13/2020 (545 days app to issue) Abstract: An embodiment personal item management apparatus includes a wearable band having a fixed circumference that defines a first outer diameter; and a clasp coupled to the wearable band, the clasp having a second outer diameter that is less than the first outer diameter and being adapted to couple a personal item to the wearable band. In an exemplary embodiment, the ratio of the second outer diameter to the first outer diameter is about 0.4. [A45F] TRAVELLING OR CAMP EQUIPMENT; SACKS OR PACKS CARRIED ON THE BODY [2006.01] Transcutaneous analyte sensor systems and methods Assignee(s): DexCom, Inc. (San Diego, CA) Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear LLP (12 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 17200620 on 03/12/2021 (242 days app to issue) Abstract: Systems for applying a transcutaneous monitor to a person can include a telescoping assembly, a sensor, and a base with adhesive to couple the sensor to skin. The sensor can be located within the telescoping assembly while the base protrudes from a distal end of the system. The system can be configured to couple the sensor to the base by compressing the telescoping assembly. [A61B] DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION (analysing biological material G01N, e.g. G01N 33/48) Implants and implantation techniques for sacroiliac joint fusion Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Application No., Date, Speed: 16686187 on 11/17/2019 (723 days app to issue) Abstract: A sacroiliac joint implant includes an implant structure formed from an elongated base member, an elongated first side member, and an elongated second side member, with an internal support structure extending in an implant plane from the base member to each of the first side member and the second side member. Three or more fusion passages are defined in an area between the base member, first side member, and second side member. Each fusion passage defines a respective open area through the implant to facilitate bone growth across the sacroiliac joint when the implant is properly implanted in the joint. [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] Entry cannula with intraocular pressure activated seal Assignee(s): Alcon Inc. (Fribourg, , CH) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15994058 on 05/31/2018 (1258 days app to issue) Abstract: A valved trocar cannula for insertion into an eye includes a trocar cannula having a distal end configured to be positioned within the eye and a proximal end configured to be positioned outside the eye. An elastomeric membrane or seal is attached to the trocar cannula at the proximal end thereof and restricts a free flow of fluid from within the trocar cannula to outside the proximal end of the trocar cannula. The elastomeric membrane includes at least one slit extending therethrough and is arranged to permit the passage of a surgical instrument through the membrane and into the trocar cannula. The slit may through the elastomeric membrane at an oblique angle along a least a portion of the slit. Pressure applied across a first surface or a second surface of the elastomeric membrane in a vicinity of the slit tends to keep the slit in a closed position. [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] Effective dosing of a child for the treatment of ADHD with methylphenidate Assignee(s): Neos Therapeutics, LP (Grand Prairie, TX) Law Firm: Arent Fox LLP (5 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16346850 on 10/31/2017 (1470 days app to issue) Abstract: The present invention generally relates to treating attention-deficit disorders (e.g., ADHD) by providing an effective amount of an ADHD-effective agent to a patient in need thereof (e.g., a child). [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) NURR1 activation in the treatment of metabolic disorders and as an exercise mimetic Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System (Austin, TX) Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16096536 on 04/26/2017 (1658 days app to issue) Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the identification of Nurr1 as a key regulator of metabolism, and the use of Nurr1 agonist to treat metabolic disorders such as diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome and hepatic steatosis. [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) Catheter safety product Assignee(s): Kare Devices, LLC (Frisco, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 14720764 on 05/23/2015 (2362 days app to issue) Abstract: A catheter protection device and method for securing a catheter to a patient”s body to prevent the unauthorized and possibly traumatic removal of a catheter. The device is thin, breathable and not easily removed by an agitated or mentally incompetent patient. The device is constructed of a base, adhesives, and a sleeve. The edges of the base each contain a section of adhesive wherein mid-portion of the base remains uncovered by adhesive. The open sleeve is permanently attached to an edge of the base. Once a catheter has been placed in an open sleeve, the sleeve will be folded such that the rear portion of the sleeve attached to the nearest edge of the base creating a closed sleeve surrounding the catheter. The catheter protection device may be placed against a patient”s body with the adhesive edges of the base and an adhesive covered catheter sleeve adjacent to a patient. [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] Golf clubs and golf club heads having interchangeable rear body members Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16928144 on 07/14/2020 (483 days app to issue) Abstract: Golf club heads (e.g. drivers, fairway woods, wood-type hybrid clubs, or the like) according to at least some example aspects of this invention include a striking face and a rear portion opposite the striking face, the rear portion defining an opening to an interior cavity. A rear body member configured to be inserted into the opening is engaged with the rear portion of the club head. The rear body member may include multiple rear body parts that may be removable and/or interchangeable to permit flexibility in controlling the weight distribution 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) Multi-position body mount for model vehicle Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16479538 on 01/19/2018 (1390 days app to issue) Abstract: A body mount system and method for a model vehicle that includes a vertically adjustable body post and a body slide that can be attached to the body post in a fixed configuration and a movable configuration. The body mount system further includes a first and second body post cap removably attached to either end of the body slide in a fixed configuration and movable configuration. The first and second body post caps include respective first and second body supports rotatively attached to the first and second body post caps. Wherein the movable body slide configuration permits adjustment of the body slide in a first horizontal direction relative to the body post and wherein the movable first and second body post cap configurations permit adjustments to the first and second body post caps in a second horizontal direction relative to the body slide. [A63H] TOYS, e.g. TOPS, DOLLS, HOOPS, BUILDING BLOCKS   O P E R A T I O N S  &  T R A N S P O R T Tray and tool case Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Application No., Date, Speed: 16812275 on 03/07/2020 (612 days app to issue) Abstract: A tray and tool case that is hung from the rungs of a ladder or scaffold or closed and carried with tools inside. User may safely and securely store tools on or within the device while engaged in construction projects without climbing off a ladder or scaffold. The device consists of a tray surface with tool openings and rear support leg with tool openings and tool straps, connected to each other with secure fasteners and folding fasteners with locking pins. Three side walls of the tray surface are raised to prevent loss of tools. The device is secured in an open position with secure fasteners like screws, folding fasteners, and locking pins. The closed case is secured with push pin locks after the folding fasteners are folded down but may be opened when the push pink locks are disengaged and the curved opening is used to pull the device open. [B25H] WORKSHOP EQUIPMENT, e.g. FOR MARKING-OUT WORK; STORAGE MEANS FOR WORKSHOPS Composite core with non-traditional geometries Inventor(s): Dave Carlson (North Richland Hills, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Azle, TX), Phillip Kendrick (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI) Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 16367421 on 03/28/2019 (957 days app to issue) Abstract: A composite core with non-traditional geometries includes multiple elongate tubes arranged in a two-dimensional array. Each tube is made of a composite material. Each tube includes multiple curved sides. Each curved side inwardly curves toward a longitudinal axis passing through a geometric center of the tube to form a valley on an outer surface of the tube. An end of a first curved side connects to an end of a second curved side to form a crest on the outer surface of the tube. At least one crest formed on an outer surface of a first tube in the two-dimensional array contacts at least one valley formed on an outer surface of an adjacent second tube in the two-dimensional array. [B32B] LAYERED PRODUCTS, i.e. PRODUCTS BUILT-UP OF STRATA OF FLAT OR NON-FLAT, e.g. CELLULAR OR HONEYCOMB, FORM Reinforced powder coated writing board substrate system Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Application No., Date, Speed: 16507852 on 07/10/2019 (853 days app to issue) Abstract: A powder coated substrate system includes a base substrate with integrated structural support flanges having a powder coated front surface; a powder coating resin applied to the substrate to create a textured powder coated front surface, the textured surface having a roughness; the textured powder coated flanged substrate attached to a frame; the textured surface is suitable for receiving a writing device thereon. [B32B] LAYERED PRODUCTS, i.e. PRODUCTS BUILT-UP OF STRATA OF FLAT OR NON-FLAT, e.g. CELLULAR OR HONEYCOMB, FORM Tire tread with reduced rolling resistance Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA) Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 15809574 on 11/10/2017 (1460 days app to issue) Abstract: A tire comprising a plurality of tread blocks. At least one tread block includes one or more piers for stiffening the tread blocks while allowing normal lateral (tangential) or circumferential strain for normal braking and motive traction. The piers can extend the entire length dimension of the tread block or portions thereof. [B60C] VEHICLE TYRES (manufacture, repairing B29); TYRE INFLATION; TYRE CHANGING; CONNECTING VALVES TO INFLATABLE ELASTIC BODIES IN GENERAL; DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS RELATED TO TYRES (testing of tyres G01M 17/02) [5] Railcar bridge plate kit retainer Inventor(s): Jerry W. Vande Sande (Dallas, TX), Kyle R. Coston (Forney, TX), Robert J. Cencer (Tipton, MI) Assignee(s): TRINITY RAIL GROUP, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16531361 on 08/05/2019 (827 days app to issue) Abstract: A retaining apparatus includes a retaining catch and a latch. The retaining catch is attached at a first end of a bridge plate kit of the railcar. The latch is disposed on a deck of the railcar. The latch includes a stationary portion attached to the deck and a pendulum portion rotationally coupled to the stationary portion. The pendulum portion rotates about an axis in and through the stationary portion. The pendulum portion includes a stop preventing rotation of the pendulum portion through the stationary portion beyond a stop angle. The retaining catch causes the pendulum portion to rotate from a first position to a second position away from the bridge plate kit. The pendulum portion rotates back to the first position after the bridge plate kit has been flipped over. The pendulum portion in the first position retains the bridge plate kit in the flipped over position. [B61D] BODY DETAILS OR KINDS OF RAILWAY VEHICLES (vehicles in general B60; adaptation of vehicles to special systems B61B; underframes B61F) Devices and methods to attach composite core to a surrounding structure Assignee(s): Sierra Nevada Corporation (Sparks, NV) Law Firm: Holland Hart LLP (8 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16014466 on 06/21/2018 (1237 days app to issue) Abstract: A composite core assembly includes a composite core structure having internal material interfaces and an attachment rail coupled to the composite core structure. The attachment rail includes a first planar surface and a second planar surface adjoined with the first planar surface. The first planar surface is arranged parallel to an internal material interface plane of the composite core structure, and the first planar portion is at least partially integrated into the composite core structure in an internal material interface plane. At least a portion of the first planar surface extends beyond a perimeter surface of the composite core structure, and the second planar surface is configured to attach to the surrounding support member. The core material does not have net edge facets or flat edges positioned next to surrounding structure, and/or may not have a structure arranged parallel to the adjacent support structure to attach to the support structure. [B64C] AEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS (air-cushion vehicles B60V) Fluidic pitch control systems for use in forward flight Inventor(s): Daniel Bryan Robertson (Southlake, TX), Kirk Landon Groninga (Keller, TX), Matthew Edward Louis (Fort Worth, TX) Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI) Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 16833624 on 03/29/2020 (590 days app to issue) Abstract: An active flow control system for generating pitch control moments for an aircraft during flight. The system includes a nozzle disposed proximate the aft end of the aircraft. The nozzle is configured to discharge a gas stream in the aftward direction. A pressurized air system includes a pressurized air source and one or more injectors configured to selectively inject pressurized air into the nozzle to influence the path of the gas stream. Based upon which injectors are injecting pressurized air into the nozzle, the gas stream exits the nozzle generating no pitch control moment, generating a pitch down control moment or generating a pitch up control moment. [B64C] AEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS (air-cushion vehicles B60V) Mount for supporting a component and attenuating noise Inventor(s): Jon Damon Bennett (Melbourne, FL), Joshua Allan Edler (Dallas, TX), Matthew Wade Hendricks (Grand Prairie, TX) Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 15728989 on 10/10/2017 (1491 days app to issue) Abstract: One example of a mount for a rotorcraft comprises a structural support member, a bracket, and an elastomer. The bracket is configured to attach to a component of the rotorcraft. The component of the rotorcraft produces vibrations at a first frequency. The structural support member configured to transfer a weight of the component of a rotorcraft to an airframe of the rotorcraft. A rotor system of the aircraft vibrates the airframe of the rotorcraft at a second frequency. The elastomer is located between a structural support member and a bracket. The elastomer is configured to attenuate noise caused by the vibrations at the first frequency by isolating the vibrations at the first frequency from reaching the airframe of the rotorcraft while the airframe vibrates at the second frequency. [B64C] AEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS (air-cushion vehicles B60V) Low observable aircraft having tandem longitudinal lift fans Inventor(s): Daniel Bryan Robertson (Southlake, TX), Kirk Landon Groninga (Keller, TX), Matthew Edward Louis (Fort Worth, TX), Steven Ray Ivans (Ponder, TX) Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI) Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 16833628 on 03/29/2020 (590 days app to issue) Abstract: An aircraft operable to transition between thrust-borne lift in a VTOL orientation and wing-borne lift in a forward flight orientation. The aircraft has a blended wing body and includes first and second engines, a binary lift fan system, first and second forced air bypass systems and first and second exhaust systems. The engines have turboshaft and turbofan modes. The lift fan system includes ducted fans in a tandem longitudinal orientation. In the VTOL orientation of the aircraft, the engines are in the turboshaft mode coupled to the lift fan system such that the engines provide rotational energy to the ducted fans generating the thrust-borne lift. In the forward flight orientation of the aircraft, the engines are in the turbofan mode coupled to the forced air bypass systems such that the bypass air combines with the engine exhaust in the exhaust systems to provide forward thrust generating the wing-borne lift. [B64C] AEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS (air-cushion vehicles B60V) High speed rotorcraft propulsion configuration Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI) Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16143240 on 09/26/2018 (1140 days app to issue) Abstract: A tiltrotor aircraft having a propulsion configuration that divorces the engine core power from the thrust fan, using a combined gearbox with a plurality of clutches to couple and decouple one or more rotor systems and one or more thrust fans. The aircraft can be operable for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) in a helicopter mode, forward flight in a proprotor mode, and high-speed forward flight in an airplane (jet) mode. The propulsion configuration provides shaft horsepower (SHP) to rotors for VTOL flight, while also providing SHP to the thrust fan for high speed flight. Allowing the rotor and the thrust fan to be clutched on and off, sequentially, enables transition from rotor-borne VTOL flight to wing-borne thrust fan flight, and back. [B64C] AEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS (air-cushion vehicles B60V) Bucket attachment Assignee(s): Danco, Inc. (Irving, TX) Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer LLP (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 16843224 on 04/08/2020 (580 days app to issue) Abstract: A cleaning attachment for a utility bucket is disclosed. One embodiment, among others, the cleaning attachment includes a ramp with a first end and a second end. The second end may have a greater height than the first end. The cleaning attachment also includes a back platform and a rim engagement slot. The back platform may have a smaller height than the second end of the ramp. The rim engagement slot can be configured to engaging a rim of the utility bucket. The rim engagement slot can formed between a back wall of the second end of the ramp and the back platform. [B65D] CONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES Mechanically locking diverter Assignee(s): National Presort, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16934558 on 07/21/2020 (476 days app to issue) Abstract: A mechanically locking diverter utilizes a rotational actuator to translate a pin, thereby moving a diverter flipper between a divert position and a non-divert position. The diverter flipper moves a roller attached to a pin attached to a shoe that translates along a slat. A divert rail system for an automated sortation machine has a generally longitudinal main rail, a plurality of generally transverse slats, a plurality of shoes, each shoe being configured to travel along a corresponding slat, each slat terminating in a side wall, the divert rail system including a plurality of divert rails branching off from the main rail, each divert rail forming an angle of about 21 degrees or more with the main rail and terminating at and end, such that the divert rail does not curve back toward the longitudinal direction, wherein the length of each divert rail is selected, such that the each shoe travels transversely past the end of the divert rail and stops at a transverse stopping position that is at least 1.5 inches away from the side wall of the slat. [B65G] TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS (packaging B65B; handling thin or filamentary materials, e.g. paper sheets or thread, B65H; cranes B66C; portable or mobile lifting or hauling appliances, e.g. hoists, B66D; devices for lifting or lowering goods for loading or unloading purposes, e.g. fork-lift trucks, B66F 9/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers, not otherwise provided for, B67C 9/00; delivering or transferring liquids B67D; filling or discharging vessels for liquefied, solidified or compressed gases F17C; pipe-line systems for fluids F17D) Selective wafer removal process for wafer bonding applications Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16450138 on 06/24/2019 (869 days app to issue) Abstract: A method includes attaching an optically transparent wafer to a first surface of an interposer wafer. The interposer wafer has a second surface opposite the first surface, and the second surface has a first channel therein. The method further includes attaching the interposer wafer to a first surface of a semiconductor wafer, and etching a second channel through the optically transparent wafer and through the interposer wafer. The method then includes applying wax into the second channel, and sawing through the optically transparent wafer and through at least a portion of the interposer wafer to form a third channel having a width that is wider than a width of the second channel. The wax is then removed to expose a portion of the first surface of the semiconductor wafer. [B81B] MICROSTRUCTURAL DEVICES OR SYSTEMS, e.g. MICROMECHANICAL DEVICES (piezo-electric, electrostrictive or magnetostrictive elements per se H01L 41/00) [7]   C H E M I S T R Y & M E T A L L U R G Y Star macromolecules for personal and home care Assignee(s): Pilot Polymer Technologies, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA) Law Firm: Ulmer and Berne, LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16914056 on 06/26/2020 (501 days app to issue) Abstract: A polymer composition comprising star macromolecules is provided. Each star macromolecule has a core and five or more arms, wherein the number of arms within a star macromolecule varies across the composition of star molecules. The arms on a star are covalently attached to the core of the star; each arm comprises one or more (co)polymer segments; and at least one arm and/or at least one segment exhibits a different solubility from at least one other arm or one other segment, respectively, in a reference liquid of interest. [C08F] MACROMOLECULAR COMPOUNDS OBTAINED BY REACTIONS ONLY INVOLVING CARBON-TO-CARBON UNSATURATED BONDS (production of liquid hydrocarbon mixtures from lower carbon number hydrocarbons, e.g. by oligomerisation, C10G 50/00; fermentation or enzyme-using processes to synthesise a desired chemical compound or composition or to separate optical isomers from a racemic mixture C12P; graft polymerisation of monomers containing carbon-to-carbon unsaturated bonds on to fibres, threads, yarns, fabrics or fibrous goods made from such materials D06M 14/00) [2] Process of removing metal contaminants from light hydrocarbons Assignee(s): BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC (Houston, TX) Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16741961 on 01/14/2020 (665 days app to issue) Abstract: A method of removing a metal contaminant from a light hydrocarbon stream comprises introducing a light hydrocarbon stream into a reactor vessel, the reactor vessel containing an aqueous treatment composition which comprises a treatment agent comprising one or more of the following: an alkali metal salt of a thiocarbonate; an alkaline earth metal salt of a thiocarbonate; an alkali metal salt of a tetrathioperoxy carbonate; or an alkaline earth metal salt of a tetrathioperoxy carbonate, the light hydrocarbon stream having an API gravity of greater than 28 degree determined in accordance with ASTM D 287-12 and comprising a metal contaminant; contacting the light hydrocarbon stream with the aqueous treatment composition generating a treated light hydrocarbon stream with a reduced level of the metal contaminant; and removing the treated light hydrocarbon stream from the reactor vessel. [C10G] CRACKING HYDROCARBON OILS; PRODUCTION OF LIQUID HYDROCARBON MIXTURES, e.g. BY DESTRUCTIVE HYDROGENATION, OLIGOMERISATION, POLYMERISATION (cracking to hydrogen or synthesis gas C01B; cracking or pyrolysis of hydrocarbon gases to individual hydrocarbons or mixtures thereof of definite or specified constitution C07C; cracking to cokes C10B); RECOVERY OF HYDROCARBON OILS FROM OIL-SHALE, OIL-SAND, OR GASES; REFINING MIXTURES MAINLY CONSISTING OF HYDROCARBONS; REFORMING OF NAPHTHA; MINERAL WAXES [6] Composition and method of manufacturing calcium magnesium sulfonate greases Assignee(s): NCH Corporation (Irving, TX) Law Firm: Scheef Stone, LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 16689437 on 11/20/2019 (720 days app to issue) Abstract: A sulfonate-based grease composition and method of manufacture comprising (1) addition of both overbased calcium sulfonate and overbased magnesium sulfonate in a ratio range of 60:40 to 100:1, with the magnesium sulfonate added all at once, a portion prior to conversion and another portion after conversion, and/or one more delay periods between the addition of water or other reactive ingredient and the addition of magnesium sulfonate; (2) one or more delay periods between the addition of at least a portion of a facilitating acid and at least a portion of the next subsequently added ingredient; (3) no conventional non-aqueous converting agents added prior to conversion; or (4) a combination thereof. The grease has a high dropping point and reduced thickener yield. [C10M] LUBRICATING COMPOSITIONS (well drilling compositions C09K 8/02); USE OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES EITHER ALONE OR AS LUBRICATING INGREDIENTS IN A LUBRICATING COMPOSITION (mould release, i.e. separating, agents for metals B22C 3/00, for plastics or substances in a plastic state, in general B29C 33/56, for glass C03B 40/02; textile lubricating compositions D06M 11/00, D06M 13/00, D06M 15/00; immersion oils for microscopy G02B 21/33) [4] Methods for treatment of polycystic kidney disease Inventor(s): Vishal D. Patel (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Board of Regents of The University of Texas System (Austin, TX), Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (San Diego, CA) Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16823904 on 03/19/2020 (600 days app to issue) Abstract: Provided herein are methods for the treatment of polycystic kidney disease, including autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, using modified oligonucleotides targeted to miR-17. [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] Method for reducing thin films on low temperature substrates Assignee(s): NCC NANO, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Russell Ng PLLC (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16704654 on 12/05/2019 (705 days app to issue) Abstract: A method for producing an electrically conductive thin film on a substrate is disclosed. Initially, a reducible metal compound and a reducing agent are dispersed in a liquid. The dispersion is then deposited on a substrate as a thin film. The thin film along with the substrate is subsequently exposed to a pulsed electromagnetic emission to chemically react with the reducible metal compound and the reducing agent such that the thin film becomes electrically conductive. [C23C] COATING METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING MATERIAL WITH METALLIC MATERIAL; SURFACE TREATMENT OF METALLIC MATERIAL BY DIFFUSION INTO THE SURFACE, BY CHEMICAL CONVERSION OR SUBSTITUTION; COATING BY VACUUM EVAPORATION, BY SPUTTERING, BY ION IMPLANTATION OR BY CHEMICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION, IN GENERAL (applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; making metal-coated products by extrusion B21C 23/22; covering with metal by connecting pre-existing layers to articles, see the relevant places, e.g. B21D 39/00, B23K; working of metal by the action of a high concentration of electric current on a workpiece using an electrode B23H; metallising of glass C03C; metallising mortars, concrete, artificial stone, ceramics or natural stone C04B 41/00; paints, varnishes, lacquers C09D; enamelling of, or applying a vitreous layer to, metals C23D; inhibiting corrosion of metallic material or incrustation in general C23F; treating metal surfaces or coating of metals by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25D, C25F; single-crystal film growth C30B; by metallising textiles D06M 11/83; decorating textiles by locally metallising D06Q 1/04; details of scanning-probe apparatus, in general G01Q; manufacture of semiconductor devices H01L; manufacture of printed circuits H05K) [4] [D] TEXTILES; PAPER Selective abrading of a surface of a woven textile fabric with proliferated thread count based on simultaneous insertion within a single pick insertion event of a loom apparatus multiple adjacent parallel yarns drawn from a multi-pick yarn pa Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Application No., Date, Speed: 16592750 on 10/03/2019 (768 days app to issue) Abstract: A method includes drawing each multiple partially oriented polyester yarn from a corresponding supply package to form an oriented polyester yarn as a single multi-filament polyester weft yarn, inserting the multi-filament polyester weft yarn during a single pick insertion event of a pick insertion apparatus of a loom apparatus through winding the multi-filament polyester weft yarn on a single-pick yarn package, and conveying at least two of the multi-filament polyester weft yarn across a warp shed of the loom apparatus through a set of warp yarns in the single pick insertion event to form an incremental length of a woven textile fabric having a first surface with a majority of ends of the warp yarns and a second surface with a majority of picks of the multi-filament polyester weft yarn thereon. The method also includes solely abrading the second surface to provide for comfort to a user during contact therewith. [D03D] WOVEN FABRICS; METHODS OF WEAVING; LOOMS   F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S Flow tube position sensor and monitoring for sub surface safety valves Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX) Law Firm: C. Tumey Law Group PLLC (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 16609415 on 12/03/2018 (1072 days app to issue) Abstract: A well safety valve, comprising: a first sub assembly, wherein the first sub assembly comprises: an outer housing having a central bore extending axially through the outer housing, wherein the outer housing comprises an outer wall having a receptacle formed in the outer wall; a piston disposed in the receptacle; a rod, wherein the rod is disposed at an end of the piston, wherein a first magnetic sleeve is disposed around the rod; a flow tube disposed in the central bore of the outer housing, wherein the flow tube comprises a second magnetic sleeve on an exterior surface of the flow tube; and a valve member disposed in the outer housing; and one or more magnetic sensors disposed in the outer housing between the first magnetic sleeve and the second magnetic sleeve; and a second sub assembly, wherein the second sub assembly is coupled to the first sub assembly. [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] Systems and methods for injecting fluids into high pressure injector line Assignee(s): Schlumberger Technology Corporation (Sugar Land, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16331170 on 09/07/2017 (1524 days app to issue) Abstract: A system includes a hydraulic fracturing system including a tank having a slurry and an injector line, where the injector line is disposed between a high-pressure pump and a treatment line to fluidly couple to a wellhead. The system includes a plurality of valves disposed adjacent to the injector line and a control system communicatively coupled to the plurality of valves. The control system fluidly isolates the injector line using the plurality of valves, fills the injector line with an amount of the slurry using a first valve of the plurality of valves, and injects the slurry into the treatment line using a second valve of the plurality of valves. [E21B] EARTH OR ROCK DRILLING (mining, quarrying E21C; making shafts, driving galleries or tunnels E21D); OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS [5]   M E C H A N I C A L  E N G I N E E R I N G LIGHTING | HEATING | WEAPONS | BLASTING Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI) Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15967913 on 05/01/2018 (1288 days app to issue) Abstract: A fastener includes: a shaft having longitudinal axis and a first and second threaded portions, the first and second threaded portions separated by a central portion having a reduced diameter between the first and second threaded portions, and at least one of the first or second threaded portions is chamfered to reduce friction on leading threads. [F16B] DEVICES FOR FASTENING OR SECURING CONSTRUCTIONAL ELEMENTS OR MACHINE PARTS TOGETHER, e.g. NAILS, BOLTS, CIRCLIPS, CLAMPS, CLIPS OR WEDGES; JOINTS OR JOINTING (couplings for transmitting rotation F16D)   Coaxial fiber optical pyrometer with laser sample heater Assignee(s): Waviks, Inc. (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16550680 on 08/26/2019 (806 days app to issue) Abstract: An optical pyrometer having a coaxial light guide delivers laser radiation through optics to heat a localized area on a sample, and simultaneously collects optical radiation from the sample to perform temperature measurement of the heated area. Inner and outer light guides can comprise the core and inner cladding, respectively, of a double-clad fiber (DCF), or can be formed using a combination of optical fibers in one or more coaxial bundles. Coaxial construction and shared optics facilitate alignment of the centers of the heated and observed areas on the sample. The heated area can be on the order of micrometers when using a single-mode optical fiber core as the inner light guide. The system can be configured to heat small samples within a vacuum system of charged-particle beam microscopes such as electron microscopes. A method for using the invention in a microscope is also provided. [G01J] MEASUREMENT OF INTENSITY, VELOCITY, SPECTRAL CONTENT, POLARISATION, PHASE OR PULSE CHARACTERISTICS OF INFRA-RED, VISIBLE OR ULTRA-VIOLET LIGHT; COLORIMETRY; RADIATION PYROMETRY [2] Systems and methods for wireless strain sensing Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas (Austin, TX) Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 16879191 on 05/20/2020 (538 days app to issue) Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for determining strain within a material includes a magnetostrictive sensor configured to be embedded within the material, a sensing unit configured to apply an excitation magnetic field to the material and the embedded sensor and to receive a response magnetic field that has passed through the material and the embedded sensor, wherein the sensing unit does not contact the material, and a device configured to determine a difference between the excitation magnetic field and the response magnetic field and to determine the strain within the material based upon that difference. [G01L] MEASURING FORCE, STRESS, TORQUE, WORK, MECHANICAL POWER, MECHANICAL EFFICIENCY, OR FLUID PRESSURE (weighing G01G) [4] Voltage based zero configuration battery management Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 15966284 on 04/30/2018 (1289 days app to issue) Abstract: Controllers and methods to manage a battery, in which a controller estimates scale factor and a steady state current rate according to multiple battery voltage values and a steady state model during steady state operation, and estimates the current rate according to a battery voltage value, the scale factor, and a dynamic model of the battery during dynamic operation, and the controller estimates a remaining capacity of the battery according to the current rate, without requiring controller reconfiguration for different batteries. [G01R] MEASURING ELECTRIC VARIABLES; MEASURING MAGNETIC VARIABLES (indicating correct tuning of resonant circuits H03J 3/12) Phase sensitive magnetic resonance angiography Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX) Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local) Application No., Date, Speed: 15762794 on 10/05/2016 (1861 days app to issue) Abstract: The present invention includes a computerized method of detecting fluid flow in a vessel, the method comprising: obtaining at least one non-contrast enhanced magnetic resonance image from a magnetic resonance imager; performing a phase sensitive reconstruction of the at least one non-contrast enhanced magnetic resonance image using a processor; combining the phase sensitive reconstruction with a velocity selective preparation of the non-contrast enhanced magnetic resonance image, to determine using the processor, in a single acquisition, at least one of: a flow direction of a fluid in the vessel, a reduction or elimination of a background signal, body fat, water/fat separation, or differentiation of a fast moving flow signal from a slow moving flow signal in an opposite direction with suppression of the background signal; and storing or displaying at least one of flow direction or flow strength of the fluid flow in the vessel obtained from the single acquisition. [G01R] MEASURING ELECTRIC VARIABLES; MEASURING MAGNETIC VARIABLES (indicating correct tuning of resonant circuits H03J 3/12) Curvilinear prismatic film which eliminates glare and reduces front-surface reflections for solar panels and other surfaces Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED Application No., Date, Speed: 17225849 on 04/08/2021 (215 days app to issue) Abstract: This invention is a novel transparent curvilinear prismatic film which eliminates glare and reduces front-surface reflections when applied to solar panels and other surfaces with a transparent adhesive. The new prismatic film comprises an exposed top surface with substantially triangular prisms following a curvilinear path across the top surface and a bottom surface which is substantially flat and smooth. The bottom surface is configured to enable a transparent adhesive bond to the solar panel or other surface beneath the prismatic film to eliminate glare and to reduce front-surface reflections from this solar panel or other surface. The curvilinear prismatic film is configured to be transparent, thin, lightweight, and inexpensive. [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] Steerable positioning element Assignee(s): Avegant Corp. (San Mateo, CA) Law Firm: Nicholson De Vos Webster Elliott LLP (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16706613 on 12/06/2019 (704 days app to issue) Abstract: A display system comprising a steerable display having a monocular field of view of at least 1 degree, positioned within a scannable field of view of at least 20 degrees, the steerable display positioned for a user. In one embodiment, the steerable display is positioned for the user”s fovea. [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] Route modification to continue fully-autonomous driving Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP (7 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16239208 on 01/03/2019 (1041 days app to issue) Abstract: A system and method for route modification to continue fully-autonomous driving is provided. The method includes operating a vehicle in a Level 3 autonomous driving mode according to a determined route; collecting data in real time concerning the route ahead of the vehicle; based on the collected data, identifying areas of the route ahead of the vehicle that would require the vehicle to leave the Level 3 autonomous driving mode; modifying the route based on the identified areas to continue operating in the Level 3 autonomous driving mode; and operating the vehicle in a Level 3 autonomous driving mode according to the modified route. [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 apparatus for SSD storage access Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16144616 on 09/27/2018 (1139 days app to issue) Abstract: A media management system including an application layer, a system layer, and a solid state drive (SSD) storage layer. The application layer includes a media data analytics application configured to assign a classification code to a data file. The system layer is in communication with the application layer. The system layer includes a file system configured to issue a write command to a SSD controller. The write command includes the classification code of the data file. The SSD storage layer includes the SSD controller and erasable blocks. The SSD controller is configured to write the data file to one of the erasable blocks based on the classification code of the data file in the write command. In an embodiment, the SSD controller is configured to write the data file to one of the erasable blocks storing other data files also having the classification code. [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N) Method for capturing, storing, accessing, and outputting digital content Assignee(s): FlexiJet Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Chernoff Vilhauer LLP (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16403113 on 05/03/2019 (921 days app to issue) Abstract: A method for capturing and outputting digital content is herein disclosed and enabled, the output system includes an information apparatus, a server, and a client device. The information apparatus includes at least a digital camera and a wireless communication module (e.g., IEEE 802.11 or Bluetooth). The server is accessible by the client device over a network. The information apparatus, using the digital camera, captures digital content and transmits, over the Internet and using the wireless communication module, the digital content to the server for storage. The server generates output data from at least part of the digital content stored at the server, and provides the generated output data from the server to the client device that has security or authentication information for accessing the server. The client device outputs or plays at least part of the digital content at an output device associated with the client device. [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N) Processing, modification, distribution of custom software installation packages Assignee(s): Digital.ai Software, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Mannava Kang, P.C. (1 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16878427 on 05/19/2020 (539 days app to issue) Abstract: According to example configurations, an application wrapper resource receives an original installation package. The original installation package can be a factory-generated installation package that supports installation of a respective unwrapped application onto a computing device. The factory-generated installation package as described herein may be different than a typical installation package available from an application store. The application wrapper resource transforms the received original installation package into a (customized) wrapped application installation package for subsequent installation of the wrapped application on a respective computer device. The wrapped application installation package includes executable wrapper code supporting supplemental functionality with respect to the original unwrapped application. To wrap the original application using the executable wrapper code, the customization engine extracts one or more portions of application code from the original installation package and inserts the one or more portions of the application code into the wrapped application installation package. [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N) Management of transport software updates Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16597770 on 10/09/2019 (762 days app to issue) Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of receiving a software update at a transport of a subset of transports, validating the software update based on one or more of: a period of time when the software update is in use, and a number of utilizations of the software update by the subset of the transports, propagating the software update based on the validating, to a further subset of transports, wherein the further subset of the transports is larger than the subset of the transports. [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N) High availability for virtual network functions Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros) Application No., Date, Speed: 16827146 on 03/23/2020 (596 days app to issue) Abstract: A method includes, with a Virtual Network Function (VNF) manager, managing a VNF that includes a plurality of VNF components running on a plurality of virtual machines, the virtual machines running on a plurality of physical computing machines, and with the VNF manager, causing a Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) to have a total number of virtual machines provisioned, the total number being equal to a number of virtual machines capable of providing for a current demand for VNF components plus an additional number of virtual machines equal to the highest number of virtual machines being provided by a single one of the plurality of physical computing machines. [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N) Mitigating data offsets for machine learning Inventor(s): Ali M. Bazzi (South Windsor, CT), Donald McMenemy (Willington, CT), Krishna Pattipati (Storrs, CT), Lingyi Zhang (Willington, CT), Shailesh Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI), Weiqiang Chen (Willington, CT) Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX) Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16383944 on 04/15/2019 (939 days app to issue) Abstract: To predict a failure condition in a power module of a vehicle, it is determined whether a discontinuity in statistical data characterizing physical measurements of the power module meets a threshold criterion. Responsive to the discontinuity meeting the threshold criterion, a data offset in the physical measurements is computed at the discontinuity. A shift correction is applied to the physical measurements in accordance with the computed data offset responsive to a determination that the discontinuity is attributable to a restart of the power module. Other statistical data characterizing the shift-corrected physical measurements are computed and the statistical data and the other statistical data are provided to a machine learning processor that predicts the failure condition in the power module. [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N) System for synchronization and provisioning of electronic testing data across applications Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16918595 on 07/01/2020 (496 days app to issue) Abstract: A system is provided for synchronization and provisioning of electronic testing data across applications. In particular, the system may continuously capture data from multiple different applications within the production environment and sanitize the data for use in the lower level testing environments. The testing data may be synchronized and/or standardized such that the testing data may be used across multiple disparate downstream test applications. In this way, the system may ensure that testing data is always available, synchronized, current, and sanitized for use by in the lower level testing environments. [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N) Prefetch management in a hierarchical cache system Inventor(s): Abhijeet Ashok Chachad (Plano, TX), Bipin Prasad Heremagalur Ramaprasad (Austin, TX), David Matthew Thompson (Dallas, TX), Hung Ong (Plano, TX) Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16856169 on 04/23/2020 (565 days app to issue) Abstract: An apparatus includes a CPU core, a first memory cache with a first line size, and a second memory cache having a second line size larger than the first line size. Each line of the second memory cache includes an upper half and a lower half. A memory controller subsystem is coupled to the CPU core and to the first and second memory caches. Upon a miss in the first memory cache for a first target address, the memory controller subsystem determines that the first target address resulting in the miss maps to the lower half of a line in the second memory cache, retrieves the entire line from the second memory cache, and returns the entire line from the second memory cache to the first memory cache. [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N) FFT engine having combined bit-reversal and memory transpose operations Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16221470 on 12/15/2018 (1060 days app to issue) Abstract: A data processing device includes: 1) Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) logic configured to generate FFT output samples for each of a plurality of digital input signals; 3) a first memory device with a plurality of banks; 4) a second memory device; 5) a bit-reversed address generator and first set of circular shift components configured to shift between the plurality of banks when writing the generated FFT output samples in bit-reversed address order to the first memory device; and 6) a second set of circular shift components configured to shift between the plurality of banks when reading FFT output samples in linear address order from the first memory device for storage in the second memory device, wherein the first and second set of circular shift components together are configured to read FFT output samples in transpose order using combined bit-reversal and memory transpose operations. [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N) Information security using blockchains Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC) Law Firm: No Counsel Application No., Date, Speed: 16287815 on 02/27/2019 (986 days app to issue) Abstract: A network device that includes a memory operable to store a set of anonymization rules and a distributed ledger comprising information for a private blockchain and a semi-private blockchain associated with the user. The network device further includes an information security engine implemented by a processor. The information security engine is configured to receive data from one or more user devices and to store the data in the private blockchain. The information security engine is further configured to determine a data classification type for the data, to determine to anonymize the data based on the data classification type, to anonymize the data in accordance with the set of anonymization rules, and to store the anonymized data in the semi-private blockchain. [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N) Systems and methods for co-browsing Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA) Law Firm: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (no location found) Application No., Date, Speed: 16686755 on 11/18/2019 (722 days app to issue) Abstract: The present disclosed technology relates to systems and methods for synchronizing the website displayed by two computing devices. Embodiments of the disclosed technology include methods for transmitting the contents of a Document Object Model displayed on a customer device to a customer service device. Embodiments of the disclosed technology further include methods to transmit Shadow DOM elements from a customer device to a customer service device. [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N) Labeling using interactive assisted segmentation Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA) Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16428198 on 05/31/2019 (893 days app to issue) Abstract: Subject matter regards improving image segmentation or image annotation. A method can include receiving, through a user interface (UI), for each class label of class labels to be identified by the ML model and for a proper subset of pixels of the image data, data indicating respective pixels associated with the class label, partially training the ML model based on the received data, generating, using the partially trained ML model, pseudo-labels for each pixel of the image data for which a class label has not been received, and receiving, through the UT, a further class label that corrects a pseudo-label of the generated pseudo-labels. [G06K] RECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS (printing per se B41J) Method and system for classifying content using scoring for identifying psychological factors employed by consumers to take action Inventor(s): Galen S. Swint (Dallas, TX), Michael T. Meadows (Dallas, TX), Steven T. Archer (Dallas, TX), Thomas Rouse (Dallas, TX) Assignee(s): Dallas Limetree, LLC (Dallas, TX) Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices) Application No., Date, Speed: 16453720 on 06/26/2019 (867 days app to issue) Abstract: Methods and systems classify content using scoring for identifying psychological factors employed by consumers to take action. An interface module obtains content including one or more elements. One or more feature vectors are extracted from the content. The one or more feature vectors include a feature vector that identifies an element of the one or more elements of the content. A classification scoring module generates one or more classification vectors from the one or more feature vectors. The one or more classification vectors include a classification vector that identifies one or more characteristics of the element from the content. The one or more classification vectors are combined and one or more characteristics of the content are identified to form an aggregated vector. A goal of the content is detected by generating a string that describes the content from the aggregated vector. The goal is presented with the content. [G06K] RECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS (printing per se B41J) Realization of neural networks with ternary inputs and binary weights in NAND memory arrays Inventor(s): Martin Lueker-Boden (Fremont, CA), Tung Thanh Hoang (San Jose, CA), Won Ho Choi (San Jose, CA) Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX) Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices) Application No., D

University of Texas System Investments

3 Investments

University of Texas System has made 3 investments. Their latest investment was in ShearShare as part of their Grant on May 5, 2017.

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Sources

5/30/2017

Grant

ShearShare

$0.02M

Yes

2/25/2013

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5/30/2017

2/25/2013

10/24/2011

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Series C

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ShearShare

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University of Texas System Portfolio Exits

2 Portfolio Exits

University of Texas System has 2 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was MyEdu on January 15, 2014.

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University of Texas System Acquisitions

13 Acquisitions

University of Texas System acquired 13 companies. Their latest acquisition was East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System on September 15, 2017.

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9/15/2017

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1

11/7/2016

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1/1/2016

Grant

$81.32M

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2

1/1/2013

Debt

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1/1/2005

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1/1/2005

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University of Texas System Partners & Customers

10 Partners and customers

University of Texas System has 10 strategic partners and customers. University of Texas System recently partnered with Vizient on August 8, 2021.

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Business Partner

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News Snippet

Sources

8/20/2021

Vendor

Vizient

United States

Vizient Announces New Member Agreement with The University of Texas System

The new agreement includes Vizient , Inc. 's industry leading group purchasing contract portfolio services to The University of Texas System , including University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center , University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center .

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3/2/2021

Licensee

Soliton

United States

Soliton Selects RESONIC™ As Brand Name for FDA-Cleared Rapid Acoustic Pulse Device.

HOUSTON , March 2 , 2021 / PRNewswire / -- Soliton , Inc. , , a medical device company with a novel and proprietary platform technology , today announced that it has selected RESONIC ™ as the brand name for the Rapid Acoustic Pulse Device .

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12/29/2020

Vendor

Limeade

United States

Limeade: Signs A$3.02M contract with University of Texas System

Limeade has signed a US$ 2.3 million annual subscription contract with the University of Texas System

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6/29/2020

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5/20/2020

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Vendor

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Vendor

Business Partner

Vizient

Soliton

Limeade

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United States

United States

United States

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Vizient Announces New Member Agreement with The University of Texas System

The new agreement includes Vizient , Inc. 's industry leading group purchasing contract portfolio services to The University of Texas System , including University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center , University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center .

Soliton Selects RESONIC™ As Brand Name for FDA-Cleared Rapid Acoustic Pulse Device.

HOUSTON , March 2 , 2021 / PRNewswire / -- Soliton , Inc. , , a medical device company with a novel and proprietary platform technology , today announced that it has selected RESONIC ™ as the brand name for the Rapid Acoustic Pulse Device .

Limeade: Signs A$3.02M contract with University of Texas System

Limeade has signed a US$ 2.3 million annual subscription contract with the University of Texas System

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