US Pat. No. 10,510,615

FINFET DEVICES AND METHODS OF FORMING THE SAME

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

13. A method of forming a fin field-effect transistor (FinFET) comprising:forming a first semiconductor strip and a second semiconductor strip over a substrate;
forming isolation structures around the first semiconductor strip and the second semiconductor strip; and
removing upper portions of the isolation structures, the removing comprising:
performing a first etching process in a first chamber using a first etching gas, the first etching process removing upper portions of the isolation structures, and exposing upper portions of the first semiconductor strip and the second semiconductor strip, wherein after the first etching process, a first surface region of the isolation structures contacting the first semiconductor strip extends further away from the substrate than a second surface region of the isolation structures midway between the first semiconductor strip and the second semiconductor strip; and
after performing the first etch process, performing a second etching process in the first chamber using a second etching gas different from the first etching gas, the second etching gas having a lower etch selectivity between the first surface region and the second surface region as compared to the first etching gas.

US Pat. No. 10,510,614

SEMICONDUCTOR ARRANGEMENT AND FORMATION THEREOF

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

16. A semiconductor arrangement, comprising:a first set of fins;
a second set of fins, spaced apart from the first set of fins;
a first metal connect contacting the first set of fins;
a second metal connect contacting the second set of fins, wherein the second metal connect is separated from the first metal connect by a first dielectric layer;
a second dielectric layer over the first dielectric layer, the first metal connect, and the second metal connect; and
a third metal connect disposed in the second dielectric layer, wherein the third metal connect electrically couples the first metal connect to the second metal connect.

US Pat. No. 10,510,613

CONTACT STRUCTURES

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A structure comprising:an active gate structure composed of conductive material located between sidewall material;
a source/drain region on sides of the active gate structure;
an upper sidewall material above the sidewall material, the upper sidewall material being different material than the sidewall material; and
a first contact structure in electrical contact with the conductive material of the active gate structure, the first contact structure being located between the sidewall material and between the upper sidewall material;
contact material in electrical contact with the source/drain region, the contact material being separated from active gate structure by at least the sidewall material;
a second contact structure in electrical and direct physical contact with the contact material of the source/drain region,
wherein:
the sidewall material is a low-k dielectric material and the upper sidewall material has an etch selectivity different than the low-k dielectric material;
the upper sidewall material separates the first contact structure for the active gate structure from the second contact structure of the source/drain region of the active gate structure; and
a lower portion of the second contact structure of the source/drain region is located between the sidewall material and an upper portion of the second contact structure of the source/drain region is located between and in direct physical contact with the upper sidewall material.

US Pat. No. 10,510,606

PROTECTED CHIP-SCALE PACKAGE (CSP) PAD STRUCTURE

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. An integrated circuit (IC) package comprising:an IC die comprising a circuit, a first pad, a second pad, and a passivation layer, wherein the passivation layer covers the second pad and defines an opening overlying the first pad, wherein the first pad is electrically floating and has a top surface that is damaged, wherein the second pad is electrically coupled to the circuit and has a top surface substantially free of damage, and wherein the first pad, the second pad, and the passivation layer partially define a common sidewall of the IC die; and
an external link extending from a bottom of the IC die, along the common sidewall, to lateral contact with the second pad.

US Pat. No. 10,510,605

SEMICONDUCTOR DIE SINGULATION AND STRUCTURES FORMED THEREBY

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A device comprising:a semiconductor die, wherein the semiconductor die comprises:
a semiconductor substrate;
a plurality of dielectric layers on the semiconductor substrate, a first dielectric layer of the plurality of dielectric layers forming an interface with the semiconductor substrate;
a first sidewall provided by the semiconductor substrate;
a second sidewall below the first sidewall and disposed on a same side of the semiconductor die as the first sidewall, wherein the first sidewall is spaced laterally apart from the second sidewall, and wherein a material of the second sidewall is a material of a recast region, and wherein the recast region comprises a material of the plurality of dielectric layers; and
an underfill extending along the second sidewall of the semiconductor die and below the semiconductor die.

US Pat. No. 10,510,604

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:etching an opening into a semiconductor substrate between a first semiconductor die and a second semiconductor die;
covering the opening with a cover;
thinning the semiconductor substrate to a thickness of between about 100 ?m and about 500 ?m;
removing the cover after the thinning the semiconductor substrate;
passing a saw blade through the opening after the removing the cover; and
thinning part of the semiconductor substrate attached to the singulated individual dies after the passing the saw blade through the opening after the removing the cover to a thickness of between about 10 ?m and about 250 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,510,603

CONDUCTIVE VIAS IN SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGES AND METHODS OF FORMING SAME

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method comprising:bonding a first die to a first side of an interposer, the interposer comprising a substrate, and the interposer is free of any active devices;
depositing a first insulating layer on a second side of the interposer opposite the first side;
patterning an opening through the substrate and the first insulating layer;
depositing a second insulating layer over the first insulating layer and along sidewalls and a lateral surface of the opening, the second insulating layer comprising silicon;
removing lateral portions of the second insulating layer to define a sidewall spacer on sidewalls of the opening; and
forming a through via in the opening, wherein the through via is electrically connected to the first die.

US Pat. No. 10,510,601

METHOD FOR REDUCING METAL PLUG CORROSION AND DEVICE

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method comprising:forming a transistor comprising:
forming a gate dielectric on a semiconductor region;
forming a gate electrode over the gate dielectric; and
forming a source/drain region extending into the semiconductor region;
forming a source/drain contact plug over and electrically coupled to the source/drain region;
forming a gate contact plug over and electrically coupled to the gate electrode, wherein forming at least one of the source/drain contact plug or the gate contact plug comprises a CMP operation; and
during the forming of the source/drain contact plug or gate contact plug, exposing at least one of the source/drain contact plug or the gate contact plug to a metal ion source solution, wherein a constituent metal of a metal ion in the metal ion source solution and a constituent metal of the at least one of the source/drain contact plug or gate contact plug are the same, and
minimizing a metal recess of the least one of the source/drain contact plug or the gate contact plug to a depth of less than two nm measured from a top surface of a dielectric layer adjacent to a respective contact plug surface while maintaining a CMP removal rate of the CMP operation greater than 30 nm/minute during formation of the respective contact plug.

US Pat. No. 10,510,599

FINFET SWITCH

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A semiconductor switch structure comprising:contacts, including source contacts and drain contacts;
gates, wherein the contacts and the gates are elongated in a first direction and are spaced apart from each other in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and wherein the gates are interspersed between the contacts;
fins that underlie both the contacts and the gates and that are elongated in the second direction and are spaced apart from each other in the first direction, wherein the contacts and gates are in direct contact with the fins that are beneath them;
a contact via that extends through one of the contacts without contacting a gate or a fin;
a gate via that extends through one of the gates without contacting a contact or a fin; and
a contact-gate via that is in contact with both a contact and a gate but not a fin.

US Pat. No. 10,510,598

SELF-ALIGNED SPACERS AND METHOD FORMING SAME

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method comprising:forming a first inter-layer dielectric overlying a source/drain region of a transistor;
forming a first source/drain contact opening in the first inter-layer dielectric;
forming a first source/drain contact spacer in the first source/drain contact opening;
filling a remaining portion of the first source/drain contact opening to form a first source/drain contact plug electrically coupling to the source/drain region;
forming a first etch stop layer over and in contact with the first inter-layer dielectric, a gate spacer of the transistor and the first source/drain contact plug;
forming a second inter-layer dielectric overlying and contacting the first etch stop layer;
forming a second source/drain contact plug in the second inter-layer dielectric, wherein the second source/drain contact plug is over and contacting the first source/drain contact plug;
forming a third inter-layer dielectric overlying the second inter-layer dielectric;
etching the second inter-layer dielectric and the third inter-layer dielectric to form a gate contact opening, with a gate electrode of the transistor exposed through the gate contact opening;
etching the third inter-layer dielectric, wherein a second source/drain contact opening is formed to reveal the second source/drain contact plug;
simultaneously forming a gate contact spacer and a source/drain contact spacer extending into the gate contact opening and the second source/drain contact opening, respectively, wherein the gate contact spacer comprises an edge contacting an edge of the gate spacer to form a vertical interface; and
filling remaining portions of the gate contact opening and the second source/drain contact opening simultaneously to form a gate contact plug and a third source/drain contact plug, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,510,594

METHOD OF CLEANING WAFER AFTER CMP

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A structure comprising:a first dielectric layer;
a first metal plug in the first dielectric layer, wherein a top surface of the first metal plug is substantially coplanar with a top surface of the first dielectric layer;
a carbon-rich layer overlying and contacting the first metal plug, wherein the carbon-rich layer has a first carbon concentration higher than a second carbon concentration of the first metal plug; and
a second dielectric layer overlying and contacting the carbon-rich layer, wherein the second dielectric layer comprises carbon and has a third carbon concentration, and the first carbon concentration is higher than the third carbon concentration.

US Pat. No. 10,510,593

CONTACT OPENINGS AND METHODS FORMING SAME

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method comprising:performing a first implantation on a portion of a first layer to form a first implanted region, wherein the first implanted region comprises:
a first portion overlapping a portion of a first gate stack;
a second portion overlapping a portion of a second gate stack; and
a third portion connecting the first portion of the first implanted region to the second portion of the first implanted region;
removing un-implanted portions of the first layer, wherein the first implanted region remains after the removing;
performing a first etching on a second layer underlying the first layer, wherein the first implanted region is used as a portion of a first etching mask in the first etching; and
removing the first implanted region.

US Pat. No. 10,510,590

LOW RESISTIVITY FILMS CONTAINING MOLYBDENUM

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A method comprising:depositing a tungsten (W)-containing layer on a substrate by reacting a W-containing precursor with a reducing agent, wherein the reducing agent is a silicon (Si)-containing compound or a boron (B)-containing compound; and
depositing a molybdenum (Mo)-containing layer on the W-containing layer, wherein the Mo-containing layer is deposited by exposing the W-containing layer to a reducing agent and a Mo-containing precursor and wherein the substrate is exposed to the reducing agent at first substrate temperature and is exposed to the Mo-containing precursor at a second substrate temperature, wherein the first substrate temperature is less than the second substrate temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,510,585

MULTI-PATTERNING TO FORM VIAS WITH STRAIGHT PROFILES

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

17. A method comprising:forming a first hard mask layer;
forming a carbon-containing layer over the first hard mask layer;
forming a second hard mask layer over the carbon-containing layer;
performing a first patterning to form a first opening in the second hard mask layer and the carbon-containing layer;
performing a second patterning to forming a second opening in the second hard mask layer and the carbon-containing layer;
using the second hard mask layer and the carbon-containing layer as a first etching mask to simultaneously extend the first opening and the second opening into the first hard mask layer; and
extending the first opening and the second opening in the first hard mask layer into a photo resist.

US Pat. No. 10,510,583

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SILICON GERMANIUM-ON-INSULATOR

GlobalWafers Co., Ltd., ...

1. A multilayer structure comprising:a silicon-on-insulator substrate comprising (i) a single crystal semiconductor handle layer comprising two major, generally parallel surfaces, one of which is a front surface of the single crystal semiconductor handle layer and the other of which is a back surface of the single crystal semiconductor handle layer, a circumferential edge joining the front and back surfaces of the single crystal semiconductor handle layer, a central plane between and parallel to the front surface and the back surface of the single crystal semiconductor handle layer, a central axis perpendicular to the central plane, and a bulk region between the front and back surfaces of the single crystal semiconductor handle layer, (ii) a dielectric layer in interfacial contact with the front surface of the single crystal semiconductor handle layer, and (ii) a silicon layer in interfacial contact with the dielectric layer, wherein the silicon layer has a thickness between about 0.5 nanometer and about 4 nanometers, as measured along the central axis, and further wherein the silicon layer comprises a hydride-terminated surface;
a first silicon germanium layer in interfacial contact with the hydride-terminated surface of the silicon layer, wherein the first silicon germanium comprises silicon and germanium and has a formula of SixGe1?x, wherein x is between about 0.2 and about 0.8, molar ratio; and
a second silicon germanium layer in interfacial contact with the first silicon germanium layer, wherein the second silicon germanium layer comprises silicon and germanium and has a formula SiyGe1?y, wherein y is between about 0.3 and about 0.9, molar ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,510,575

SUBSTRATE SUPPORT WITH MULTIPLE EMBEDDED ELECTRODES

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

8. A processing chamber, comprising:one or more sidewalls and a bottom defining a processing volume; and
a substrate support, comprising:
a plurality of first electrodes within the substrate support, each electrode of the plurality of first electrodes electrically isolated from every other electrode of the plurality of first electrodes, wherein
each electrode of the plurality of first electrodes is configured to provide a pulsed DC bias to a region of a substrate through capacitive coupling therewith,
each electrode of the plurality of first electrodes is independently electrically coupled to a respective switching pair of a pulsed DC biasing switching system,
each switching pair comprises a distinct first switch and a distinct second switch,
each of the switching pairs is configured to operate independently of the other switching pairs, and
the first switches are electrically coupled to a first DC voltage source and the second switches are electrically coupled to a second DC voltage source; and
a second electrode disposed within the substrate support, and electrically isolated from the plurality of first electrodes, for electrically clamping the substrate to the substrate support.

US Pat. No. 10,510,573

LOADING APPARATUS AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. An operating method of a loading apparatus for processing a wafer cassette containing a plurality of wafers, the operating method comprising:loading the wafer cassette on a stage of the loading apparatus, wherein the stage is configured to carry the wafer cassette and movably coupled to a main body of the loading apparatus to move within and out of a space of the main body;
vertically moving the stage among a standby position, a lifting position and an intermediate position, wherein the intermediate position is inside the space of the main body;
horizontally moving the stage from the intermediate position to a door engaging position inside the space of the main body;
positioning the stage at the door engaging position and opening a cassette door of the wafer cassette;
horizontally moving the stage from the door engaging position to the intermediate position; and
horizontally moving the stage between the lifting position and an unloading position outside the space of the main body after opening the cassette door of the wafer cassette.

US Pat. No. 10,510,572

SEMICONDUCTOR PROCESSING STATION

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A semiconductor processing station, comprising:a platform comprising an intake/outtake port and a plurality of processing modules;
a load port comprising:
a load chamber communicating with the intake/outtake port and having a load opening at its top end for receiving a transport carrier within the load chamber;
a movable cover disposed at the load opening and configured to seal the load opening; and
a carrier transfer module configured to transfer the transport carrier to the intake/outtake port; and
a carrier transport track having a bottom side configured to open the load chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,510,570

SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND METHODS FOR PURGING A SUBSTRATE CARRIER AT A FACTORY INTERFACE

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A kit for purging a substrate carrier at a load port of a factory interface (FI) or equipment front end module (EFEM), the kit comprising:a frame configured to sit proximate to a load port door without interfering with operation of the FI or an EFEM robot;
one or more inter-substrate nozzle arrays supported by the frame and configured to spray gas into a substrate carrier, wherein the one or more inter-substrate nozzle arrays have an adjustable aiming angle; and
one or more curtain nozzle arrays supported by the frame and configured to spray gas across an opening of the substrate carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,510,567

INTEGRATED SUBSTRATE TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT ON HIGH TEMPERATURE CERAMIC HEATER

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

8. A processing chamber, comprising:a chamber body defining a processing volume; and
a substrate support assembly disposed in the processing volume, the substrate support assembly comprising:
a support shaft;
a substrate support disposed on the support shaft;
a substrate temperature monitoring system for measuring a temperature of a substrate to be disposed on the substrate support, comprising:
an optical fiber tube;
a light guide coupled to the optical fiber tube, wherein the light guide comprises a sapphire tube having a length of at least 400 mm and an inner diameter of at least about 40 mm, and at least a portion of the light guide is disposed in an opening extending through the support shaft and into the substrate support; and
a cooling assembly disposed about a junction of the optical fiber tube and the light guide, wherein the cooling assembly maintains the optical fiber tube at a temperature of less than about 100° C. during substrate processing.

US Pat. No. 10,510,555

MECHANISM FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:forming a gate electrode over a substrate;
forming a hard mask over the gate electrode, wherein the hard mask comprises a metal oxide;
forming an interlayer dielectric (ILD) layer over the hard mask;
forming a contact hole in the ILD layer, wherein the contact hole exposes a source/drain;
filling the contact hole with a conductive material; and
applying a chemical mechanical polish process to the ILD layer and the conductive material, wherein the chemical mechanical polish process polishes the ILD layer before polishing the hard mask, and the chemical mechanical polish process stops at the hard mask, the chemical mechanical polish process uses a slurry containing a boric acid or its derivative, the chemical mechanical polish process has a first removal rate of the ILD layer and a second removal rate of the hard mask, and a first ratio of the first removal rate of the ILD layer to the second removal rate of the hard mask is greater than about 5.

US Pat. No. 10,510,551

ETCH RESISTANT ALUMINA BASED COATINGS

PIBOND OY, Espoo (FI)

1. A method of forming a protective hard mask layer on a substrate in a semiconductor etch process, consisting of applying by solution deposition on the substrate a solution or colloidal dispersion of an alumina polymer, said solution or dispersion being obtained by hydrolysis and condensation of monomers of at least one aluminium oxide precursor in a solvent or a solvent mixture in the presence of water and a catalyst; wherein 1 to 4 alumina precursors are polymerized with a silane precursor in a solvent or combination of solvents to produce a solution or a colloidal dispersion of a silane containing alumina polymer; and wherein the alumina precursor is peptisized with an agent selected from the group of carboxylic acids, alpha-hydroxy carboxylic acids, carboxylic acid salts, beta-diketones, esters, or beta-ketoesters selected from C1-12 alkyl groups in which halogen, unsaturated, and aromatic functionalities may be present, in order to produce the solution or colloidal dispersion of alumina polymer capable of being applied onto the substrate, optionally followed by curing and patterning the alumina polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,510,547

METAL AND METAL-DERIVED FILMS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A substrate processing method, comprising:depositing a metal containing film on a substrate;
depositing a metal derived film on the metal containing film;
repeating sequential deposition of a metal containing film and a metal derived film on the metal containing film in an alternating manner to form a film stack of metal containing films and metal derived films, wherein the film stack exhibits a resistivity of less than about 80 ??/cm, a stress of between about 0 MPa and about 500 MPa, and a surface roughness of less than about RMS=0.6 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,510,546

SCHEMES FOR SELECTIVE DEPOSITION FOR PATTERNING APPLICATIONS

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A selective deposition method comprising:depositing a second metal film selectively on a first metal surface to form a second metal surface;
passivating the second metal surface by forming a cross-linked self-assembled monolayer comprising in the range of about 5 to about 20 carbon atoms to form a passivation layer;
depositing a second dielectric film selectively on a first dielectric surface to form a second dielectric surface; and
removing the passivation layer from the second metal surface,
wherein the first dielectric surface is not passivated during deposition of the second metal film.

US Pat. No. 10,510,543

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:a semiconductor substrate of a first conductivity type;
a high-resistance first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type, having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, and being formed on the semiconductor substrate, the second surface facing the semiconductor substrate;
a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type provided at the first surface of the high-resistance first semiconductor region; and
a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type provided between the high-resistance first semiconductor region and the semiconductor substrate, as a recombination promoting layer, the third semiconductor region having an impurity concentration higher than an impurity concentration of the high-resistance first semiconductor region, the third semiconductor region having defects each of which functions as a recombination site, a concentration of the defects in the third semiconductor region being higher than 1×1012/cm3, the third semiconductor region having a Z1/2 energy-level that is a carbon deficiency defect energy-level introduced by the defects.

US Pat. No. 10,510,542

GATE ELECTRODES WITH NOTCHES AND METHODS FOR FORMING THE SAME

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method, comprising:forming a gate electrode layer over a semiconductor substrate;
forming a hard mask over the gate electrode layer;
patterning the hard mask to form an opening in the hard mask;
performing a first etching step using the patterned hard mask as a first etching mask to form a notch in a first portion of the gate electrode layer;
forming a patterned photo resist, wherein the patterned photo resist extends into a first portion of the notch, and a second portion of the notch is exposed through the patterned photo resist; and
performing a second etching step using the patterned photo resist as a second etching mask, wherein the gate electrode layer is further etched in the second etching step to form a gate electrode, wherein the gate electrode is a part of a Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (MOS) device, and an additional portion of the notch remains with the gate electrode after the second etching step.

US Pat. No. 10,510,539

FIN FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTOR (FINFET) DEVICE WITH CONTROLLED END-TO-END CRITICAL DIMENSION AND METHOD FOR FORMING THE SAME

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method for forming a semiconductor device structure, comprising:providing a substrate;
forming a first fin structure and a second fin structure extending from the substrate by etching a portion of the substrate;
forming a polysilicon layer and a masking layer over the first fin structure and the second fin structure;
patterning the masking layer to form a first opening in the masking layer, wherein the first opening has a first dimension;
lining the first opening to form a second opening, wherein the second opening has a second dimension and the second dimension is smaller than the first dimension; and
patterning the polysilicon layer through the second opening to form an end-to-end gap between the first fin structure and the second fin structure.

US Pat. No. 10,510,537

PIXEL STRUCTURE AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF, AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A pixel structure, comprising an accommodation chamber,wherein the accommodation chamber includes:
a first substrate;
a second substrate, disposed opposite to the first substrate, wherein an accommodation space is formed between the first substrate and the second substrate;
a light absorption layer, disposed in the accommodation space and including an electrically insulating liquid layer that is flowable; and
a transparent thin film, disposed in the accommodation space and located between the electrically insulating liquid layer and the second substrate, wherein a refractive index of the transparent thin film is less than or equal to that of the electrically insulating liquid layer;
wherein the accommodation chamber is configured to be in one of the at least two following states:
in a first state which is a bright state of the pixel structure, the accommodation chamber has a first volume, the electrically insulating liquid layer is separated from the transparent thin film by a distance, such that light rays incident from the second substrate are totally reflected at a surface of the transparent thin film facing the electrically insulating liquid layer; and
in a second state which is a dark state or a gray scale display state of the pixel structure, the accommodation chamber has a second volume, such that the electrically insulating liquid layer and the transparent thin film at least are partially in direct contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,510,535

OPTOELECTRONIC DEVICE COMPRISING THREE-DIMENSIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR ELEMENTS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAID DEVICE

Aledia, Grenoble (FR)

1. A method of manufacturing an optoelectronic device comprising wire-shaped, conical, or frustoconical semiconductor elements mainly comprising a III-V compound, each semiconductor element extending along an axis and comprising a portion having its lateral surfaces covered with a shell comprising at least one active area, wherein the portions are formed by continuous growth in a reactor and wherein the temperature in the reactor varies, along the continuous growth of the portions, uninterruptedly from a first temperature value which promotes the growth of first crystallographic planes perpendicular to said axis to a second temperature value, lower than the first temperature value, which promotes the growth of second crystallographic planes parallel to said axis.

US Pat. No. 10,510,532

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING GALLIUM NITRIDE SUBSTRATE USING THE MULTI ION IMPLANTATION

Industry-University Coope...

1. A method of fabricating a gallium nitride substrate, the method comprising:forming a bonding oxide film on a first gallium nitride, said first gallium nitride substrate having a bow;
performing a first ion implantation at least once by irradiating ions at an acceleration voltage of 10 keV to 200 keV with about 7 degrees slope from a perpendicular axis with regard to a surface of the first gallium nitride substrate, on which the bonding oxide film is formed, to form a damaged layer, thereby releasing the bow of the first gallium nitride;
performing a second ion implantation by irradiating ions at about 7 degrees slope from a perpendicular axis with regard to the surface of the first gallium nitride, on which the bonding oxide film is formed, to form a blister layer;
bonding the bonding oxide film of the first gallium nitride to a temporary substrate;
separating the first gallium nitride using the blister layer to form a seed layer; and
allowing growth of a second gallium nitride on the seed layer to form bulk gallium nitride,
wherein the thickness of the damaged layer is 200-500 nm and ?bow of the first gallium nitride is a 20-60 ?m, wherein said ?bow being a bow difference between an initial first gallium nitride and a bowing-released first gallium nitride after the first ion implantation.

US Pat. No. 10,510,526

NANO-GAS LIGHT SOURCES BASED ON GRAPHENE FOR DISPLAYS

1. A Red-Green-Blue (RGB) light emitting pixel element, comprising:a graphene cylinder filled with a red-light emitting gas, the graphene cylinder having an electrode secured at each end, wherein red-light is emitted through the graphene cylinder by the red-light emitting gas when it is excited by a voltage placed across the electrodes;
a graphene cylinder filled with a green-light emitting gas, the graphene cylinder having an electrode secured at each end, wherein green-light is emitted through the graphene cylinder by the green-light emitting gas when it is excited by a voltage placed across the electrodes; and
a graphene cylinder filled with a blue-light emitting gas, the graphene cylinder having an electrode secured at each end, wherein blue-light is emitted through the graphene cylinder by the blue-light emitting gas when it is excited by a voltage placed across the electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,510,523

SURFACE ION TRAP HAVING A TRAPPING LOCATION WHOSE POSITION IS CONTROLLABLE IN THREE DIMENSIONS WITH HIGH PRECISION

Duke University, Durham,...

1. An ion-trap system that generates a trapping location having a position that is controllable in three dimensions, the position having a first component along a first direction, a second component along a second direction, and a third component along a third direction, the first, second, and third directions being orthogonal, and the ion-trap system comprising:(1) a surface ion trap that includes an electrode arrangement disposed on the surface of a substrate, the electrode arrangement comprising:
(i) a first RF driver electrode;
(ii) a second RF driver electrode;
(iii) a first tuning electrode; and
(iv) a second tuning electrode;
wherein the electrode arrangement collectively generates an electric field having a first RF null that defines the trapping location;
(2) a first RF driver circuit that is configured to drive at least one of the first and second RF driver electrodes with a first RF signal having a first amplitude, a first frequency, and a first phase;
(3) a second RF driver circuit that is configured to drive the first tuning electrode with a second RF signal having a second amplitude that is independently controllable with respect to the first amplitude; and
(4) a third RF driver circuit that is configured to drive the second tuning electrode with a third RF signal having a third amplitude that is independently controllable with respect to each of the first and second amplitudes;
wherein the first direction is normal to the surface, and wherein the first component is based on at least the second amplitude and the third amplitude.

US Pat. No. 10,510,522

MASS SPECTROMETRY USING PLASMA ION SOURCE

Agilent Technologies, Inc...

1. A method of correcting spectral interference due to a divalent ion of an interfering element on a measurement ion of an analysis element in a sample measured by a mass spectrometer using a plasma ion source, where at least one type of interfering element having three different isotopes is present in the sample, the three different isotopes being a first isotope having an odd mass number, a second isotope having an odd mass number, and a third isotope, the method comprising:using, from the at least one type of interfering element, a measurement value of ionic strength of a divalent ion of the first isotope in the sample and a measurement value of ionic strength of a divalent ion of the second isotope in the sample to calculate an interference amount of spectral interference due to a divalent ion of the third isotope on the measurement ion of the analysis element; and
subtracting the interference amount calculated for the at least one type of interfering element from a measurement value of ionic strength at a mass-to-charge ratio of the measurement ion of the analysis element in the sample measured by the mass spectrometer to seek a corrected value of ionic strength at the mass-to-charge ratio of the measurement ion of the analysis element.

US Pat. No. 10,510,518

METHODS OF DRY STRIPPING BORON-CARBON FILMS

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method for stripping a film from a substrate, comprising:positioning a substrate having a boron-carbon film thereon in a chamber;
generating a water vapor in the chamber via in situ steam generation;
generating a water vapor plasma from at least the water vapor and an additional gas to form oxygen ions or radicals and hydrogen ions or radicals in the chamber,
wherein the additional gas comprises a fluorine-containing gas or a chlorine-containing gas; and
removing the boron-carbon film from the substrate by exposing the film to the oxygen ions or radicals and the hydrogen ions or radicals, wherein a flow rate of the additional gas into the chamber is reduced as a thickness of the boron-carbon film is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,510,512

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING PLASMA PERFORMANCE

Tokyo Electron Limited, ...

1. A method of controlling plasma performance in a system for treating a substrate, the method comprising:supplying power at a first set of power parameters to a plasma chamber;
forming plasma within the plasma chamber using the first set of power parameters;
measuring power coupling to the plasma at the first set of power parameters;
supplying power at a second set of power parameters to the plasma chamber;
measuring power coupling to the plasma at the second set of power parameters to the plasma; and
adjusting the first set of power parameters based, at least in part, on the measuring of the power coupling at the second set of power parameters, wherein measuring the power coupling to the plasma includes at least measuring a resonant power and an intensity of power provided to the plasma chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,510,511

APPARATUS FOR TREATING SUBSTRATE

SEMES CO., LTD., Chungch...

1. An apparatus for treating a substrate, the apparatus comprising:a chamber having a treating space with an opened top surface;
a support unit disposed within the chamber to support the substrate;
a dielectric assembly disposed on the opened top surface of the chamber to cover the opened top surface; and
a plasma source disposed above the dielectric assembly, the plasma source comprising an annular shaped antenna configured to generate plasma from a gas supplied into the chamber,
wherein the dielectric assembly comprises:
a dielectric window; and
heating units each of which is formed of a non-metallic material, the heating units being separated and annular shaped and disposed on a top surface of the dielectric window and interspersed in concentric relation about a central axis defined by the apparatus to heat the dielectric window, wherein the annular shaped antenna is in a higher position than the heating units,
wherein a top surface of the dielectric window is divided into a first area facing the annular shaped antenna and a second area not facing the annular shaped antenna,
wherein all areas of the top surface of the dielectric window, which face the annular shaped antenna when viewed from above, are the first area,
wherein when viewed from above, the heating units are disposed on the second area and not on the first area,
wherein when viewed from above, an annular shape of an outermost heating unit of the heating units abuts and surrounds an annular shape of an outermost part of the annular shaped antenna and annular shapes of heating units other than the outermost heating unit abut the annular shaped antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,510,510

TREATING BIOMASS

Xyleco, Inc., Wakefield,...

1. A system for cooling multiple single-type window foils of an electron beam accelerator comprising:a primary single-type window foil communicating with a vacuum side of a scanning horn of the electron beam accelerator;
a secondary single-type window foil positioned on an atmospheric side of the scanning horn, wherein the distance of the secondary window to a biomass material under irradiation is more than 0.1 cm and less than 10 cm;
a first flow path for providing a first cooling gas across the primary single-type window foil and second flow path for providing a second cooling gas across the secondary single-type window foil, the secondary single-type window foil being exposed to atmospheric pressure;
a pivoting beam stop configured to pivot between the primary single-type window and the secondary single-type window to block an electron beam of the accelerator;
a conveyor that is configured to move the biomass material through an irradiation zone under the secondary single-type window foil;
wherein the primary and secondary single-type window foils are positioned with a gap of less than about 9 cm between them.

US Pat. No. 10,510,503

ELECTRICALLY CONTROLLABLE INTEGRATED SWITCH

STMICROELECTRONICS (ROUSS...

1. A method of forming an integrated circuit chip with a switching device, the method comprising:providing a semiconductor substrate;
forming back-end-of-line metallization over the semiconductor substrate, the back-end-of-line metallization including a plurality of levels of metal, each level of metal extending in a respective plane parallel to and spaced from an upper surface of the semiconductor substrate; and
forming the switching device within a cavity in the back-end-of-line metallization, the switching device comprising a beam held by a structure at a pivot point and a contact device extending into the cavity adjacent to the beam, wherein:
the beam, the structure and the contact device are formed from a same level of metal of the plurality of levels of metal,
the switching device is enclosed in a housing,
the contact device is built into a sidewall of the housing,
the structure comprises a first arm, a second arm, a third arm, and a fourth arm, the first arm and the second arm are disposed on a first side of the beam, and the third arm and the fourth arm are disposed on a second side of the beam, the first side of the beam being opposite to the second side of the beam,
the first arm is aligned with the third arm, and the second arm is aligned with the fourth arm,
the first arm is electrically connected to the fourth arm, and the second arm is electrically connected to the third arm, and
the beam is configured to pivot in a first direction when a first voltage is applied to the first arm and a second voltage is applied to the fourth arm, and the beam is configured to pivot in a second direction when a third voltage is applied to the second arm and a fourth voltage is applied to the third arm.

US Pat. No. 10,510,502

THERMAL PROTECTOR

Uchiya Thermostat Co., Lt...

1. A thermal protector that is used by being arranged in a flow channel of hot air of an electrical apparatus generating hot air and that opens and closes an electric circuit of the electrical apparatus, the thermal protector comprising:a fixed contact coupled to a first terminal that is connected to the electric circuit;
a movable contact that is arranged at a position facing the fixed contact;
a bimetal that inverts at a set temperature;
a movable plate that is engaged with the bimetal, the movable plate extending in a longitudinal direction from a free end to a fixed end, wherein the free end is fixed to the movable contact and the fixed end is coupled to a second terminal that is connected to the electric circuit so that the movable contact is brought into contact with the fixed contact by an elastic force, wherein the movable plate is fixed to a holding portion of a base in a cantilevered manner; and
a bent plate plane formed by a portion of the movable plate proximate the movable contact being bent at a prescribed angle from a plate plane of the movable plate, wherein the bent plate plane is formed only in one of a first side portion and a second side portion of the movable plate, wherein the movable plate extends from the first side portion to the second side portion in a direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction, wherein
the bent plate plane limits an air flow of a contact part of the fixed contact and the movable contact when the contacts are open by being formed by being bent from the movable plate in a direction in which the fixed contact exists or adjusts a flow direction of hot air so that the flow direction becomes in a fixed direction that is parallel to the longitudinal direction of the movable plate by being formed by being bent from the movable plate in a direction opposite to a direction in which the fixed contact exists.

US Pat. No. 10,510,500

INCLUDING ONE OR MORE LENSES IN INDIVIDUAL KEYS OF A KEYBOARD TO FOCUS LIGHT

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A computing device comprising:a first housing comprising:
a first set of components; and
a second housing comprising:
a second set of components comprising a keyboard having a plurality of keys; and
a single light source to emit light approximately horizontally into the second housing;
wherein an individual key of the plurality of keys comprises:
a keycap;
a scissor mechanism; and
one or more lenses attached to a top surface of the scissor mechanism, wherein an individual lens of the one or more lenses comprises a convergent lens to focus the light to an area comprising a backlight location of the keycap.

US Pat. No. 10,510,497

REMOVABLE ELECTRIC CURRENT SWITCHING ELEMENT AND ELECTRICAL SWITCHGEAR FOR SWITCHING AN ELECTRIC CURRENT COMPRISING SUCH A REMOVABLE SWITCHING ELEMENT

Schneider Electric Indust...

1. A removable electric current switching element, comprising:a housing provided with a first bottom plate and a second bottom plate which are opposite one another;
fixed electrical contacts, which are rigidly connected to the first bottom plate;
electrically mobile contacts movable with respect to the fixed electrical contacts, said mobile contacts being borne by a movable contact holder movable in translation with respect to the second bottom plate;
the housing comprising insulating walls which extend around the electrically mobile contacts from the second bottom plate and along a direction perpendicular to the second bottom plate;
wherein the housing further includes protection walls which at least partially cover inner faces of the insulating walls, said protection walls being formed as a single piece with the second bottom plate, and
wherein the protection walls include folded-over edges which surround the ends of the insulating walls along the direction perpendicular to the second bottom plate such that the protection wall at least partially covers the inner faces of the insulating walls and covers a portion of outer faces of the insulating walls.

US Pat. No. 10,510,496

MULTILAYER CERAMIC CAPACITOR AND METHOD FOR MAKING MULTILAYER CERAMIC CAPACITOR

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A method for making a multilayer ceramic capacitor, the method comprising:a step of applying a conductive paste containing Cu powder to a first surface of a multilayer body that includes a plurality of ceramic layers and a plurality of inner conductor layers arranged in a stacking direction, the inner conductor layers being exposed at the first surface; and
a step of baking the conductive paste on the first surface; wherein
the Cu powder has an average particle diameter of about 0.5 ?m or more and about 2.0 ?m or less; and
in the step of baking the conductive paste, water is added to a baking atmosphere while a peak temperature is maintained.

US Pat. No. 10,510,494

SUPERCAPACITORS WITH ORIENTED CARBON NANOTUBES AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THEM

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUF...

1. A method of manufacturing an electrochemical storage device, the method comprisingapplying a conductive contact layer to a non-conductive substrate,
segmentally removing the conductive contact layer from the non-conductive substrate, thus forming an electrode basis from one partial area of the contact layer and a counter electrode basis from another partial area of the contact layer, the electrode basis and the counter electrode basis extending in a common contact plane,
forming an electrode surface-enlarging structure on the electrode basis, the electrode basis and the electrode surface-enlarging structure forming an electrode,
forming a counter electrode surface-enlarging structure on the counter electrode basis, the counter electrode basis and the counter electrode surface-enlarging structure forming a counter electrode, and
arranging an electrolyte between the electrode and the counter electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,510,492

MULTILAYER CERAMIC CAPACITOR WITH LOW ACOUSTIC NOISE

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A system comprising a capacitor device coupled to electrical circuitry, wherein the capacitor device comprises:a first ceramic sheet;
a second ceramic sheet;
a rigid dielectric disposed between the first ceramic sheet and the second ceramic sheet;
a main capacitor that comprises a first electrode disposed in the first ceramic sheet, a second electrode disposed in the second ceramic sheet, and a first portion of the rigid dielectric, wherein the main capacitor is configured to receive a first electric signal, and wherein the first electrode is coupled to a first termination of the capacitor device and the second electrode is coupled to a second termination of the capacitor device; and
a vise capacitor that comprises a third electrode disposed in the first ceramic sheet, the second electrode, and a second portion of the rigid dielectric, wherein the third electrode is coupled to a third termination of the capacitor device and the vise capacitor is configured to receive a second electrical signal that decreases a deformation of the rigid dielectric caused by the first electric signal; and
wherein the electrical circuitry is configured to provide the first electrical signal to the main capacitor via the first terminal and the second terminal, and the second electrical signal to the vise capacitor via the second terminal and the third terminal, and wherein the second electrical signal is based on the first electrical signal.

US Pat. No. 10,510,491

CAPACITOR COMPONENT INCLUDING AMORPHOUS SECOND PHASE

SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS...

1. A capacitor component comprising:a body including a dielectric layer and first and second internal electrodes disposed on opposite sides of the dielectric layer, the first and second internal electrodes being alternately disposed in a first direction; and
first and second external electrodes, respectively disposed on opposite end surfaces of the body in a second direction, perpendicular to the first direction in the body,
wherein an amorphous second phase that includes tin (Sn) is disposed at at least one selected from the group of an interface between the first internal electrode and the dielectric layer and an interface between the second internal electrode and the dielectric layer; and
wherein s/e is between 0.02 and 0.07, where s is a total length of the amorphous second phase disposed in a boundary line between the first or second internal electrode and the dielectric layer in the second direction and e is a length of the first or second internal electrode in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,510,488

MULTILAYER CERAMIC CAPACITOR

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A multilayer ceramic capacitor comprising:a laminated body including a plurality of ceramic layers, a plurality of first internal electrode layers, and a plurality of second internal electrode layers alternately laminated, the laminated body including a first principal surface and a second principal surface opposite to each other in a laminating direction, a first side surface and a second side surface opposite to each other in a width direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the laminating direction, and a first end surface and a second end surface opposite to each other in a length direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the laminating direction and the width direction;
a first external electrode provided on the first end surface of the laminated body; and
a second external electrode provided on the second end surface of the laminated body; wherein
each of the plurality of first internal electrode layers is electrically connected to the first external electrode by an extended electrode portion that extends to the first end surface of the laminated body;
each of the plurality of second internal electrode layers is electrically connected to the second external electrode by an extended electrode portion that extends to the second end surface of the laminated body;
first diffusion portions are defined by interdiffusion of the plurality of first internal electrode layers and the first external electrode at interfaces between the plurality of first internal electrode layers and the plurality of ceramic layers;
second diffusion portions are defined by interdiffusion of the plurality of second internal electrode layers and the second external electrode at interfaces between the plurality of second internal electrode layers and the plurality of ceramic layers;
the first external electrode includes a first base electrode layer and the second external electrode layer includes a second base electrode layer;
each of the first base electrode layer and the second base electrode layer includes glass and a metal;
the first diffusion portions are provided on lower surfaces of the plurality of first internal electrode layers, and the second diffusion portions are provided on lower surfaces of the plurality of second internal electrode layers;
the first diffusion portions and the second diffusion portions each have a substantially triangular shape in a cross-sectional view in the length direction; and
the first diffusion portions and the second diffusion portions each have a dimension of about 20 ?m or more and about 30 ?m or less in the length direction.

US Pat. No. 10,510,482

PRIMARY SIDED-ARRANGEMENT OF PRIMARY WINDING STRUCTURES, A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE PRIMARY-SIDED ARRANGEMENT, A SYSTEM FOR INDUCTIVE POWER TRANSFER AND A METHOD FOR INDUCTIVELY SUPPLYING POWER TO A VEHICLE

Bombardier Primove GmbH, ...

1. A primary-sided arrangement of primary winding structures of a system for inductive power transfer, comprising:at least three phase lines; and
at least one winding structure per phase line;
wherein each winding structure comprises at least one subwinding structure;
wherein the winding structures extend along a longitudinal axis of the primary-sided arrangement;
wherein:
a pitch between corresponding subwinding structures of the winding structures varies along the longitudinal axis;
a length of subwinding structures of the winding structures varies along the longitudinal axis; or
a pitch between corresponding subwinding structures of the winding structures varies along the longitudinal axis and a length of subwinding structures of the winding structures varies along the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,510,480

POWER CIRCUIT, IRON CORE FOR SCOTT CONNECTED TRANSFORMER, SCOTT CONNECTED TRANSFORMER, AND SUPERHEATED STEAM GENERATOR

TOKUDEN CO., LTD., Kyoto...

1. A method for using a power supply device having a Scott connected transformer made of a main transformer and a teaser transformer, first control equipment provided in one of two phases of the main transformer on the input side in order to control a voltage or a current, and second control equipment provided in one end of a primary coil of the teaser transformer on the input side in order to control a voltage or a current, the method comprising:obtaining a coefficient k from the exciting impedance of the main transformer and the exciting impedance of the teaser transformer; and
controlling an output voltage of the main transformer and an output voltage of the teaser transformer individually in a state of being connected to a load requiring an output voltage of k×n1/n2 or more in the main transformer relative to an output voltage of the teaser transformer;
wherein n1 is a number of turns of a secondary coil of the main transformer, and n2 is a number of turns of a secondary coil of the teaser transformer.

US Pat. No. 10,510,479

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Murata Manufacturing Co.,...

1. An electronic component comprising:a coil, the coil being a coiled conductor; and
a molded body including a sealant containing resin and magnetic powder, the molded body encapsulating the coil,
wherein the conductor is a coated conductor having its surface coated with a thermoplastic resin which contains at least one selected from the group consisting of polyethylene resin, modified polyethylene resin, modified polyolefin resin, polyurethane resin, polyimide resin, polyamide resin, and polyamide-imide resin;
wherein the coil includes a coiled portion and leading ends, the coiled portion is formed by winding a conductive wire in a manner to allow both ends of the conductive wire to be positioned on the circumference, and the leading ends are led out from the coil portion, and is embedded in the molded body as a coated body coated with a cured product of a thermosetting composition;
wherein the cured product includes a first film and a second film,
the first film being a cured product of a thermosetting composition containing an oxide sol and being formed on a surface of the coiled portion and surfaces of the leading ends, and
the second film being a cured product of a thermosetting composition containing an oxide sol and an additive and being formed on a surface of the first film; and
wherein a surface of the conductor of the leading end is exposed on an opposing side of the molded body and connected to an external terminal formed on the molded body.

US Pat. No. 10,510,469

COAXIAL CABLE AND WIRING HARNESS USING SAME

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A coaxial cable comprising:an inner conductor;
an insulator that is provided on an outer circumference of the inner conductor;
a film that abuts an outer circumference of the insulator;
an outer conductor that abuts on an outer circumference of the film; and
a sheath that is provided on an outer circumference of the outer conductor, wherein
at least a part of the film is colored, over an entire circumferential direction of the insulator, in a different color from both colors of the insulator and the outer conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,510,467

SHIELDED CABLE

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A cable comprising:a plurality of separate individual conductor sets, each conductor set extending along a length of the cable and comprising:
two insulated conductors;
first and second conductive shielding films disposed on opposite first and second sides of the conductor set, the first and second conductive shielding films including cover portions and pinched portions arranged such that, in transverse cross section, the cover portions of the first and second shielding films in combination substantially surround the conductor set, and the pinched portions of the first and second shielding films in combination form pinched portions of the conductor set on each side of the conductor set, each pinched portion comprising an edge extending along the length of the cable; and
an insulating jacket surrounding the plurality of the conductor sets.

US Pat. No. 10,510,466

ELECTROMAGNETIC AND ANTI-BALLISTIC SHIELDED CABLE

Marmon Utility LLC, Milf...

1. A cable comprising:a. one or more conductors surrounded by an inner synthetic strength member, wherein the one or more conductors and the inner synthetic strength member define a plurality of interstitial spaces filled with an extended polymer compound and located between the one or more conductors;
b. a continuous metallic sheath surrounding the inner synthetic strength member and the one or more conductors, wherein the extended polymer compound provides energy absorbing homogeneous foamed layers of various polymers to the cable; and
c. an outer synthetic strength layer surrounding the metallic sheath, the inner synthetic strength member and the outer synthetic strength layer made of an anti-ballistic material, wherein the cable with the layering of the continuous metallic sheath, the energy absorbing inner synthetic strength member and outer synthetic strength layer, and the energy absorbing homogeneous foamed layers of various polymers provide electromagnetic shielding without joints, seams, or cracks.

US Pat. No. 10,510,463

WAVY METAL NANOWIRE NETWORK THIN FILM, STRETCHABLE TRANSPARENT ELECTRODE INCLUDING THE METAL NANOWIRE NETWORK THIN FILM AND METHOD FOR FORMING THE METAL NANOWIRE NETWORK THIN FILM

Korea Institute of Scienc...

1. A method for forming a wavy metal nanowire network thin film, comprising:(a) stretching a stretchable substrate,
(b) forming a metal nanowire network on the stretched substrate,
(c) bringing a solvent into contact with the metal nanowire network formed on the substrate, and
(d) releasing the strain applied to the substrate in a state in which the metal nanowire network and the solvent are in contact with each other,
wherein,
the stretchable substrate is made of polydimethylsiloxane,
a metal of the metal nanowire network is Ag,
the solvent is water,
the stretchable substrate is stretched horizontally in step (a),
the stretchable substrate is stretched to 130 to 170% of its initial area in step (a),
an as-prepared nanowire network is transferred to the substrate in step (b),
the solvent contacts with the surface of the substrate by dropping in step (c),
the strain is released at a rate of 0.1 to 6 mm/s in step (d), and
the wavy metal nanowire network thin film has a thickness of 10 to 500 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,510,461

CONDUCTIVE FILM AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREOF

LG Chem, Ltd., (KR)

1. A method of manufacturing a double-sided conductive film, wherein the double-sided conductive film comprises an intermediate base layer consisting of a plastic film; and two conductive base layers attached to both sides of the intermediate base layer,the method comprising:
thermally treating the intermediate base layer by maintaining the intermediate base layer on both sides of which layers of an uncrosslinked pressure-sensitive adhesive composition are formed, at 50 to 200° C., wherein each of the layers of the uncrosslinked pressure-sensitive adhesive composition is directly formed on a surface of the intermediate base layer,
then attaching the conductive base layers to the both sides of the intermediate base layer to have a room temperature peel strength of 1,000 gf/inch or more with respect to the intermediate base layer, wherein the room temperature peel strength is measured at a peeling rate of 0.3 m/min and a peeling angle of 180 degrees,
wherein each of the conductive base layers includes a conductive layer and a base layer, wherein the conductive layer is formed on one side of the base layer and the base layer is attached to the intermediate base layer, and
wherein the base layer of each of the conductive base layers is a plastic film.

US Pat. No. 10,510,456

MULTI-LEAF COLLIMATOR AND DRIVING SYSTEM

SHANGHAI UNITED IMAGING H...

1. A multi-leaf collimator (MLC) comprising:a driving array comprising a plurality of motors;
a leaf array comprising a plurality of leaves; and
a plurality of elongated flexible transmission units, each connected to one of the leaves of the leaf array to form a collimator unit such that motors of the driving array are operably connected with leaves of the leaf array through the transmission units to form a MLC array that comprises a plurality of collimator units;
wherein in each collimator unit, the motor transmits motion from the motor to the leaf through the transmission unit to adjust the position of each leaf independently, and
wherein the transmission unit comprises a transmission line and an elastic piece operably connected to the transmission line, and the transmission line provides the leaf a first force, and the elastic piece provides the leaf a second force.

US Pat. No. 10,510,454

MAIN PUMP SHAFT SEAL WATER INJECTION SYSTEM OF A NUCLEAR POWER STATION

China Nuclear Power Engin...

1. A main pump shaft seal water injection system of a nuclear power plant, comprising: a jet pump, a high pressure cooler, a hydrocyclone, valves and a main connection pipeline arranged outside of a main pump, an auxiliary pump and an internal flow path arranged in the main pump, inner and outer flow paths of the main pump are connected with a shaft seal water injection hole and a high temperature water drainage hole on the main connection pipeline, the main connection pipeline is connected between an upper filling water pipeline of a RCV and a shaft seal water injection hole of a main flange, the jet pump, the high pressure cooler and the hydrocyclone are sequentially arranged on the main connection pipeline, further comprising a bypass pipeline connected in parallel with the jet pump, the high pressure cooler and the hydrocyclone, the main connection pipeline is provided with a normally open main pipeline isolating valve at each end of a parallel section connected in parallel with the bypass pipeline, the bypass pipeline allows low temperature upper filling water in the RCV system to bypass the jet pump, the high pressure cooler and the hydrocyclone, and enter the shaft seal water injection hole of the main flange directly.

US Pat. No. 10,510,453

ELECTRICITY GENERATION FACILITY COMPRISING A DEVICE FOR PRODUCING STEAM OF REDUCED HEIGHT, APPLICATION TO PWR AND BWR REACTORS

1. An electrical energy generation facility comprising:a steam production device configured to produce steam saturated with water in the form of water droplets in suspension from a heat source and feed water and arranged in an enclosure forming a pressure vessel;
a set of one or more separators connected downstream to the steam production device and configured to extract a majority of the water from the steam produced by the device; the set of separators being arranged in the enclosure;
a set of one or more dryers having an inlet, connected upstream to the set of separators configured to collect the water droplets coming from the set of separators, thus producing dry steam;
a steam turbine comprising at least one expansion body for the dry steam, the steam turbine being configured to generate electricity from the dry steam;
a set of one or more exchangers, configured to function as steam superheaters or to reheat the feed water;wherein the set of dryers is arranged outside the enclosure of the steam production device with the inlet connected upstream to the set of separators, a first outlet connected downstream to an inlet of said turbine body, and a second outlet connected downstream as a heat source to the set of exchangers.

US Pat. No. 10,510,452

STEAM GENERATOR FOR NUCLEAR STEAM SUPPLY SYSTEM

SMR Inventec, LLC, Jupit...

1. A nuclear steam supply system with natural gravity-driven coolant circulation, the system comprising:a vertically-oriented reactor vessel comprising an elongated cylindrical shell forming an internal cavity configured for containing primary coolant and a nuclear reactor fuel core;
a vertically-oriented steam generating vessel comprising an elongated cylindrical shell defining an internal cavity configured for containing secondary coolant, a top tubesheet, and a bottom tubesheet;
a plurality of heat transfer tubes extending vertically between the top and bottom tubesheets, the tubes including a lower preheater section, an intermediate steam generator section, and an upper superheater section, wherein secondary coolant in a liquid state enters a shell side of the preheater section at a bottom of the steam generating vessel and flows upward to the steam generator section where a portion of the secondary coolant boils to produce steam which in turn flows upward into the superheater section at a top of the steam generating vessel;
a vertical riser pipe extending vertically between the top and bottom tubesheets, the riser pipe fluidly connected to the reactor vessel;
a fluid coupling forming a flow conduit for exchanging primary coolant between the steam generating vessel and reactor vessel; and
a tubular recirculation shroud surrounding the tubes in the steam generator section, the shroud configured to recirculate a portion of the liquid secondary coolant in the steam generator section back to the preheater section;
wherein primary coolant flows upward through the riser pipe and downward through the tubes on the tube side of the steam generating vessel to heat the secondary coolant.

US Pat. No. 10,510,448

METHOD FOR PROVIDING DIAGNOSIS AID INFORMATION BY USING MEDICAL IMAGES, AND SYSTEM THEREFOR

Samsung Life Public Welfa...

1. A system for providing diagnosis-aiding information using medical images of a patient, the system comprising:a computer-implemented image receiving unit configured to receive a first medical image acquired in a first energy band and a second medical image acquired in a second energy band; and
a computer-implemented analysis- and diagnosis-aiding information providing unit configured to provide diagnosis-aiding information generated by analyzing the first medical image acquired in the first energy band and the second medical image acquired in the second energy band,
wherein the computer-implemented analysis- and diagnosis-aiding information providing unit is configured to provide the diagnosis-aiding information by:
measuring first Hounsfield unit (HU) values in a first region of interest (ROI) of the first medical image acquired in the first energy band and measuring second HU values in a second ROI of the second medical image acquired in the second energy band;
calculating an HU value ratio of the first HU values of the first ROI to the second HU values of the second ROI; and
identifying at least one of a viable tumor portion (VTP), necrotic tumor portion (NTP), Lipiodol-retaining tumor portion (LTP), liver portion, and blood vessel portion based on a comparison of the HU value ratio to a predetermined value,
wherein the computer-implemented analysis- and diagnosis-aiding information providing unit is further configured to identify the VTP responsive to the HU value ratio being between 1.54 to 2.4.

US Pat. No. 10,510,446

HEARING AID USER ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

1. A method for handling user data for a hearing aid user and at least one hearing aid, and including:creating a user account on a remote server accessible over the Internet from an Internet enabled computer device;
entering personal information into the user account and storing the entered personal information on the remote server;
launching application software on a personal communication device being Internet enabled;
establishing a wireless connection between a hearing aid and the personal communication device under control by said application software;
triggered by the establishment of said wireless connection, automatically identifying in the user account the personal communication device as a gateway for the hearing aid to the Internet; and
transferring data from said at least one hearing aid to the user account on the remote server via the gateway.

US Pat. No. 10,510,444

CARE PLAN ADMINISTRATION

Preventice Solutions, Inc...

1. A method for administering a care plan, comprising:receiving, at a care plan management system, the care plan specifying a plurality of observation metrics to monitor biometric data collected from a patient;
receiving, at the care plan management system, biometric data measured by at least one monitoring device, wherein the at least one monitoring device has limited computational resources relative to the care plan management system, wherein the biometric data comprises a plurality of detected events, wherein a first event of the plurality of detected events is initially classified as a first type of event by the at least one monitoring device, and wherein the initial classification is based on the at least one monitoring device determining that at least a portion of the biometric data matches a first preconfigured data pattern corresponding to the first type of event;
maintaining an event queue at the care plan management system storing a plurality of previously detected events in a determined order, each previously detected event having a previously determined priority, further comprising:
determining, at the care plan management system, a relative priority of the first event based on the initial classification of the first event by the at least one monitoring device; and
inserting the first event into the event queue at a position determined based on the relative priority of the first event and the order in which the first event was received, wherein the first event is placed into the event queue at a position in front of an event in the queue with a relatively lower priority level;
processing the plurality of detected events, at the care plan management system, in the event queue in the queued order, wherein the queued order is based on the respective position of each event within the event queue;
upon processing the first event, re-classifying, at the care plan management system, the first event as a sub-classification of the first type of event based on determining that at least a portion of the biometric data matches a second preconfigured data pattern, wherein the reclassification at the care plan management system is more computationally intensive than the initial classification at the at least one monitoring device; and
upon determining that the sub-classification of the first type of event satisfies at least one threshold value specified in the care plan, initiating at least one treatment plan specified in the care plan and corresponding to the satisfied at least one threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,510,443

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A MONITORED INDIVIDUAL'S HAND(S) HAVE ENTERED A VIRTUAL SAFETY ZONE

Cerner Innovation, Inc., ...

1. A computerized method for detecting when a monitored individual has moved one or both of his or her hands within a virtual safety zone, the method executed by one or more processors and comprising:receiving video data from one or more 3D motion sensors capturing live video data of an individual to be monitored within a monitored area;
defining a virtual safety zone representing an area in which the individual should not place his or her hands, the virtual safety zone encompassing at least part of the individual's face;
determining that one or more hands of the individual are within the virtual safety zone based on at least a partially lost or obscured facial tracking signal; and
upon determining that the one or more hands of the individual are within the virtual safety zone, electronically transmitting an alert to at least one designated recipient.

US Pat. No. 10,510,434

DEVICE AND METHOD OF SELECTING PATHWAY OF TARGET COMPOUND

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of selecting a pathway for a target compound by combining biochemical processes and chemical processes together, comprising the steps, implemented in silico in a processor, of:receiving an input of at least one pathway having a plurality of reaction steps for synthesis of the target compound or degradation into the target compound;
receiving, from a knowledgebase, parameters relating to: at least one biochemical reaction, and at least one chemical reaction, of the plurality of reaction steps;
predicting hybrid arrangements of one or more reaction steps included in the at least one pathway;
computing a reaction feasibility score for each of the one or more reaction steps of the predicted hybrid arrangements based on the parameters received from the knowledgebase;
computing a pathway feasibility score for each of the hybrid arrangements based on the computed reaction feasibility score;
sorting the predicted hybrid arrangements based on the computed pathway feasibility score; and
selecting at least one of the sorted hybrid arrangements based on the computed pathway feasibility score.

US Pat. No. 10,510,433

ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION SHIELDING TILE HAVING ELECTROMAGNETIC SHIELDING FABRIC AND METAL PORTIONS

Shield Your Body LLC, La...

1. An electromagnetic shielding tile comprising:a protective layer formed from a hypoallergenic fabric having a first surface and a second surface, the second surface to be exposed to an environment;
a first electromagnetic shielding fabric having a first surface bonded to the first surface of the protective layer and a second surface, the first electromagnetic shielding fabric formed from a first metal thread and a first fabric thread, the first metal thread is a PU-silver-copper thread;
a first mu metal layer having a first surface bonded to the second surface of the first electromagnetic shielding fabric and a second surface;
a first microwave absorbing layer having a first surface bonded to the second surface of the first mu metal layer, the first microwave absorbing layer including a magnetic material;
a second electromagnetic shielding fabric having a first surface bonded to the second surface of the first microwave absorbing layer and a second surface, the second electromagnetic shielding fabric formed from a second metal thread and a second fabric thread, the first metal thread including silver and copper;
a second mu metal layer having a first surface bonded to the second surface of the second electromagnetic shielding fabric and a second surface;
a second microwave absorbing layer having a first surface bonded to the second surface of the second mu metal layer and a second surface, the second microwave absorbing layer including a magnetic material; and
an adhesive layer having a first surface and a second surface, the first surface of the adhesive bonded to the second surface of the second microwave absorbing layer, the second surface of the adhesive configured to bond the electromagnetic shielding tile to an article.

US Pat. No. 10,510,432

MEMORY MODULE TEST ADAPTER

SMART Modular Technologie...

1. A system comprising:a tester socket;
a test adapter attached to the tester socket, the test adapter having an interposer printed circuit board (PCB) and a device socket, the interposer PCB having an edge connector, a test straddle connector, and a power socket, the edge connector attached to the tester socket, the test straddle connector attached to the device socket, the power socket having an external power connector connected to an external cable for receiving an external power from an external power supply and a backup cable for supplying a backup power based on the external power; and
wherein a memory module having a volatile memory and a non-volatile memory is attached to the device socket and connected to the backup power through the backup cable connected to the power socket;
a second test adapter adjacent the test adapter, the second test adapter having a second interposer PCB and a second device socket, the second interposer PCB having a second test straddle connector; and
a second memory module having a second volatile memory and a second non-volatile memory and attached to the second device socket and connected to a second serial interface power through the second test straddle connector.

US Pat. No. 10,510,430

METHOD, FLASH MEMORY CONTROLLER, MEMORY DEVICE FOR ACCESSING 3D FLASH MEMORY HAVING MULTIPLE MEMORY CHIPS

Silicon Motion, Inc., Hs...

1. A method for accessing a flash memory module being a 3D flash memory module including a plurality of flash memory chips, each flash memory chip including a plurality of blocks which include a plurality of multiple-level cell blocks, each block including a plurality of data pages and including a plurality of word lines respectively disposed on a plurality of different planes and a plurality of floating transistors controlled by a plurality of bit lines, floating transistors on each bit line forming at least one page among the plurality of data pages; and the method comprises:configuring and planning the flash memory chips so that the flash memory chips include at least one super block; and
allocating a buffer memory space for storing multiple sets of temporary parity check codes generated by an encoding procedure during programming data into the at least one super block;
wherein each flash memory chip of the 3D NAND-type flash memory module has a plurality of 3D stacked planes; all word lines disposed on a same 3D stacked plane are classified into a same word line set, and word lines on different 3D stacked planes are respectively classified into different word line sets; all word line sets on the different 3D stacked planes are classified into a group of multiple odd word line sets and a group of multiple even word line sets; and, at least one set of parity check codes is generated for data disposed on particular word lines associated with a same order respectively comprised within different non-adjacent word line sets, the different non-adjacent word line sets being the multiple odd word line sets or the multiple even word line sets, the different non-adjacent word line sets comprising odd and even word lines of a first word line set and odd and even word lines of a second word line set that is not adjacent to the first word line set.

US Pat. No. 10,510,429

MEMORY DEVICE PERFORMING TEST ON MEMORY CELL ARRAY AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A memory device, comprising:a memory cell array connected to a bit line, first word lines, and second word lines, the memory cell array including a first memory cell and second memory cells, the first memory cell being connected between one of the first word lines and the bit line, and the second memory cells being connected between a respective one of the second word lines and the bit line;
a first word line driver configured to drive the first word lines;
a second word line driver configured to drive the second word lines; and
a test manager configured to,
control the second word line driver in a test mode to drive N second word lines of the second word lines to change a capacitance of the bit line by connecting a cell capacitor included in each of the second memory cells associated with the N second word lines to the bit line connected to the first memory cell such that the capacitance of the bit line connected to the first memory cell increases, N being an integer greater than or equal to one, and
control, after the capacitance of the bit line connected to the first memory cell is changed, the first word line driver such that the first word lines are driven to test the first word lines.

US Pat. No. 10,510,428

SHIFT REGISTER CIRCUITRY AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF, GATE DRIVING CIRCUITRY AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A shift register circuitry, comprising an input circuit and a plurality of output circuits coupled to the input circuit;wherein the input circuit is coupled to an input signal terminal, and is configured to, under the control of a voltage at the input signal terminal, cause the plurality of output circuits to operate; and
wherein each of the plurality of output circuits is coupled to a respective clock signal terminal and a respective output signal terminal, and is configured to operate to couple the respective clock signal terminal to the respective output signal terminal so as to output a driving signal at the respective output signal terminal;
wherein the shift register circuitry at least further comprises a pull-down control circuit a first pull-down circuit, and a second pull-down circuit;
wherein the plurality of output circuits comprise at least a first output circuit and a second output circuit;
wherein the input circuit is coupled to the input signal terminal, a first voltage terminal, a first pull-up point, and a second pull-up point, and is configured to couple the first voltage terminal to the first pull-up point and the second pull-up point, under the control of the voltage at the input signal terminal;
wherein the first output circuit is coupled to a first clock signal terminal and a first output signal terminal, and is configured to couple the first clock signal terminal to the first output signal terminal, under the control of a voltage at the first pull-up point;
wherein the second output circuit is coupled to a second clock signal terminal and a second output signal terminal and is configured to couple the second clock signal terminal to the second output signal terminal, under the control of a voltage at the second pull-up point;
wherein the pull-down control circuit is coupled to a third voltage terminal, a third clock signal terminal, the first pull-up point, the second pull-up point, and a pull-down point, and is configured to selectively couple the pull-down point to one of the third voltage terminal and the third clock signal terminal, under the control of voltages at the third clock signal terminal, the first pull-up point and the second pull-up point;
wherein the first pull-down circuit is coupled to the pull-down point, the third voltage terminal, the first pull-up point, and the first output signal terminal, and is configured to couple the first pull-up point and the first output signal terminal to the third voltage terminal, under the control of a voltage at the pull-down point; and
wherein the second pull-down circuit is coupled to the pull-down point, the third voltage terminal, the second pull-up point, and the second output signal terminal, and is configured to couple the second pull-up point and the second output signal terminal to the third voltage terminal, under the control of the voltage at the pull-down point.

US Pat. No. 10,510,427

HIGH RELIABLE OTP MEMORY WITH LOW READING VOLTAGE

SICHUAN KILOWAY ELECTRONI...

1. A high reliable, low reading voltage OTP memory, comprising: a first MOS transistor, a second MOS transistor and an anti-fuse element; whereina gate of the first MOS transistor is connected to a second line WS, a first end of the first MOS transistor is connected to a first line WP across through the anti-fuse element, and a second end of the first MOS transistor is connected to a third line BL;
a first end of the second MOS transistor is connected to a fourth line BR, a second end of the second MOS transistor is connected to the third line BL;
the high reliable, low reading voltage OTP memory further comprises a voltage-limit device having one control end and two connection ends; the control end of the voltage-limit device is connected to a control line WB, a first connection end of the voltage-limit device is connected to the anti-fuse element and the first end of the first MOS transistor, and a second connection end of the voltage-limit device is connected to a gate of the second MOS transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,510,426

PROGRAMMING METHOD, PROGRAMMING APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR NON-VOLATILE MEMORY

GIGADEVICE SEMICONDUCTOR ...

1. A programming method for a non-volatile memory, comprising:performing program loops on a target page by sequentially using first programming voltages Vn; and
when a predetermined condition is reached, proceeding to perform program loops on the target page by sequentially using second programming voltages Um until the target page is successfully programmed, wherein
Vn=V1+(n?1)×d1, wherein n denotes a program loop count of the first programming voltages, n is an integer greater than or equal to 1, and V1 and d1 are all positive numbers; and
Um=Vn+(m?1)×d2, wherein m denotes a program loop count of the second programming voltages, m is an integer greater than or equal to 2, and d2 is a positive number not equal to d1.

US Pat. No. 10,510,422

MEMORY DEVICES WITH READ LEVEL CALIBRATION

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. A memory device comprising:a controller; and
a main memory operably coupled to the controller, wherein the main memory includes:
a memory region having a plurality of memory cells, and
calibration circuitry operably coupled to the memory region and configured to:
measure, for a portion of the memory region, a performance characteristic for each of a plurality of read level test signals, wherein the performance characteristic comprises a number of memory cells outputting a predetermined data state in response to the corresponding read level test signal;
determine a read level offset value corresponding to an extrapolated level between two of the plurality of read level test signals based at least in part on differences between the number of memory cells outputting the predetermined data state for adjacent read level test signals, and
output the read level offset value to the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,510,421

SEMICONDUCTOR STORAGE DEVICE AND READOUT METHOD THEREOF

Winbond Electronics Corp....

1. A semiconductor storage device, comprising:a memory cell array;
a page buffer/sense circuit, comprising:
a sensing node, comprising an N-type metal oxide semiconductor (NMOS) capacitor, and sensing data readout from a selected page of the memory cell array;
a latch circuit, comprising a latch node coupled to the sensing node, and holding data sensed by the sensing node; and
a selective charging circuit, comprising a floating node coupled to the sensing node, and performing selective charging to the sensing node based on a potential of the latch node; and
a controller, configured to control a readout operation or a program operation on the memory cell array, and control to perform pre-charging to the floating node before performing the selective charging to the sensing node.

US Pat. No. 10,510,416

METHOD, SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR NON-VOLATILE MEMORY DEVICE OPERATION

ARM Ltd., Cambridge (GB)...

1. A method, comprising:applying a first programming signal to terminals of a non-volatile memory element, the non-volatile memory element to be capable of being placed in a high impedance or insulative state and two or more low impedance or conductive states, to place the non-volatile memory element in a first particular low impedance or conductive state of the two or more low impedance or conductive states, wherein the non-volatile memory element to comprise a material formed between terminals of the non-volatile memory element, and wherein the two or more low impedance or conductive states to be distinguishable based, at least in part, on a density of and/or concentration of electrons in the material;
measuring and/or detecting a first current in the non-volatile memory element responsive to application of a read signal to terminals of the non-volatile memory element; and
determining that the non-volatile memory element is in the particular impedance state from among the two or more low impedance or conductive states based, at least in part, on the measured and/or detected current in the non-volatile memory element.

US Pat. No. 10,510,411

RRAM ARRAY WITH CURRENT LIMITING ELEMENT

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. An integrated chip, comprising:a plurality of resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices respectively comprising a first electrode and a second electrode;
a bit-line decoder connected to the first electrode of the plurality of RRAM devices by a plurality of bit-lines; and
a current limiting element connected to the second electrode of the plurality of RRAM devices by way of a plurality of access transistors, wherein the current limiting element is configured to concurrently limit currents on the plurality of bit-lines.

US Pat. No. 10,510,405

SOFT INFORMATION MODULE

Western Digital Technolog...

1. A storage device, comprising:one or more flash memory devices comprising a plurality of memory cells; and
a soft information module configured to:
receive initial values of the plurality of memory cells, based on a memory read operation performed on the plurality of memory cells at a plurality of respective different read levels;
receive a value indicating a number of cell program regions associated with the memory read operation;
receive respective values, each of the respective values indicating a particular cell program region assigned to each memory cell of the plurality of memory cells;
determine a count of cells within each cell program region of the number of cell program regions based on the received initial values and the particular cell program region assigned to each memory cell;
generate respective confidence values for respective cell program regions based on the determined counts and the number of cell program regions, a confidence value being representative of a likelihood that a memory cell in a respective cell program region was programmed to a corresponding initial value of the received initial values; and
associate each generated confidence value with respective memory cells assigned to the respective cell program region,
wherein a cell program region of the cell program regions is between two read levels.

US Pat. No. 10,510,403

MEMORY READ STABILITY ENHANCEMENT WITH SHORT SEGMENTED BIT LINE ARCHITECTURE

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A semiconductor memory device comprising:an array of semiconductor memory cells arranged in rows and columns, the array including first and second segments of non-overlapping memory cells which span multiple columns of the array;
a first bit line extending over the first segment of memory cells;
a second bit line extending over the second segment of memory cells;
a switch arranged between the first and second segments of memory cells and being configured to selectively couple the first bit line in series with the second bit line;
a first write circuit coupled to the first bit line, and configured to apply a bias to the first bit line to write data to the first segment of memory cells; and
a second write circuit separate from the first write circuit and coupled to the second bit line, the second write circuit configured to apply a bias to the second bit line to write data to the second segment of memory cells.

US Pat. No. 10,510,401

SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE USING SHARED DATA LINE FOR READ/WRITE OPERATION

Taiwan Semicondutor Manuf...

1. A semiconductor memory device comprising:a plurality of memory cells configured to store digital data;
an input multiplexer configured to enable the selection of a particular memory cell;
a read/write driver circuit configured to read data from the selected memory cell and/or write data to the selected memory cell; and
a write logic block configured to provide logical control to the read/write driver circuit for writing data to the selected of memory cell;
wherein the read/write driver circuit is coupled to the input multiplexer by a data line and an inverted data line and the read and the write operations to the selected memory cell occur over the same data line and inverted data line.

US Pat. No. 10,510,400

SEMICONDUCTOR STORAGE DEVICE

Renesas Electronics Corpo...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a word line;
a pair of bit lines;
a static type memory cell coupled to the word line and the pair of bit lines;
a write driver circuit which transmits data to the pair of bit lines according to write data; and
a write assist circuit which drives one of the pair of bit lines to a level of a negative voltage, the one of the pair of bit lines corresponding to a low potential side of the pair of bit lines according to the write data,
wherein the write assist circuit comprises:
a first signal wiring; and
a second signal wiring coupled to the bit line on the low potential side and operable to generate the negative voltage based on a first coupling capacitance between the first signal wiring and the second signal wiring, and
wherein the bit line on the low potential side is a wiring different from the second signal wiring.

US Pat. No. 10,510,396

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INTERRUPTING MEMORY BANK REFRESH

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:a memory controller having an interface suitable for coupling to a dynamic random access memory (DRAM) having a plurality of banks, wherein the memory controller includes a state machine configured to:
send a refresh command to the DRAM to initiate a per-bank refresh, the per-bank refresh comprising successively refreshing single ones of the plurality of banks;
responsive to receiving an indication of a high-priority transaction during performing of the per-bank refresh, determining if a number of banks refreshed is at least a threshold value; and
responsive to determining that the number of banks refreshed is less than the threshold value, aborting the per-bank refresh.

US Pat. No. 10,510,389

WORD LINE DECODER CIRCUIT

Winbond Electronics Corp....

1. A word line decoder circuit, located in a memory storage apparatus comprising a memory cell array, the word line decoder circuit comprising:a word line decoder, coupled to a plurality of word lines of the memory storage apparatus; and
a power supply circuit, coupled to the word line decoder, a first charge pump circuit, and a second charge pump circuit, wherein the power supply circuit comprising a plurality of power supplies, and configured to provide a first power by the first charge pump circuit to the word line decoder in a read mode and provide a second power by means of the plurality of power supplies to the word line decoder in a standby mode,
wherein a voltage value of the first power is greater than or less than a voltage value of the second power,
wherein the second charge pump circuit is configured to provide a third power to the word line decoder in a read mode.

US Pat. No. 10,510,388

ON-DIE TERMINATION OF ADDRESS AND COMMAND SIGNALS

RAMBUS INC., Sunnyvale, ...

1. A dynamic random access memory device (DRAM) comprising:inputs to receive command/address (CA) signals;
a first one of the inputs to receive a chip select signal; and
a plurality of registers to store values that represent one or more impedance values of on-die termination (ODT) impedances to apply to respective inputs that receive the CA signals, and wherein the values include one or more register values to selectively enable application of a chip select ODT impedance to the first one of the inputs that receives the chip select signal.

US Pat. No. 10,510,387

LOW STANDBY POWER WITH FAST TURN ON METHOD FOR NON-VOLATILE MEMORY DEVICES

LONGITUDE FLASH MEMORY SO...

1. A method comprising:detecting a standby condition of a non-volatile memory system;
reducing bias currents provided to driving circuits of the non-volatile memory system in response to detecting the standby condition;
operating the non-volatile memory system in a standby mode after the bias currents have been reduced, wherein operating the non-volatile memory system in the standby mode comprises maintaining an output signal indicating the standby mode until a read instruction is detected;
detecting the read instruction to the non-volatile memory system;
increasing the bias currents provided to the driving circuits in response to detecting the read instruction; and
changing the output signal to indicate an active mode when the read instruction is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,510,385

WRITE SCHEME FOR A STATIC RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY (SRAM)

GLOBALFOUNDRIES U.S. INC....

1. A structure comprising a write driver circuit which is configured to drive both a true bitline side and a complement bitline side up to a power supply and down to ground such that one of the true bitline side and the complement bitline side is driven to ground and another of the true bitline side and the complement bitline side is driven to a high level at a same time in a first write cycle and before a precharge phase of a second write cycle, after the first write cycle, in which the one of the true bitline side and the complement bitline side is precharged to a precharge level below the high level and the another of the true bitline side and the complement bitline side is kept at the high level in the second write cycle,wherein the write driver circuit comprises a first transistor with a source connected to the power supply, a gate directly connected to a global signal, and a drain connected to a source of a second transistor with a gate directly connected to a write complement signal and a drain connected to a drain of a third transistor with a gate directly connected to the write complement signal and a source connected to a source of a fourth transistor with a gate directly connected to a write true signal and a drain connected to a drain of a fifth transistor with a gate directly connected to the write true signal and a source connected to the drain of the first transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,510,384

INTRACYCLE BITLINE RESTORE IN HIGH PERFORMANCE MEMORY

GLOBALFOUNDRIES U.S. INC....

1. A structure comprising at least one bit line restore device which is configured to precharge a bit line to a specified voltage during an intracycle time between a read operation and a write operation and is configured to be turned off during the read operation and the write operation,wherein the at least one bit line restore device comprises a first transistor and a second transistor,
the first transistor is gated by a read bit switch signal and is between a power supply signal and a drain of the second transistor, and
the second transistor is gated by a write bit switch signal and is between the first transistor and a drain of a third transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,510,382

HARDWARE AUTOMATED LINK CONTROL OF DAISY-CHAINED STORAGE DEVICE

Qualcomm Incorporated, S...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a host configured to communicate with a plurality of devices daisy-chained to the host,
wherein the host comprises:
a host controller configured to communicate with one or more device drivers;
a communication interface configured to communicate with the host controller and with the plurality of devices; and
a link manager configured to control a first link between the host and a first device of the plurality of devices, the first device being point-to-point connected to the host,
wherein the host controller is configured to:
receive a link control message from a device driver,
determine whether the link control message is for controlling the first link or for controlling a subsequent link between two consecutive devices of the plurality of devices point-to-point connected to each other,
send a link control command to the link manager if the link control message is for controlling the first link, the link control command being equivalent to the link control message for controlling the first link, and
send a data/management (D/M) command to the first device through the communication interface if the link control message is for controlling the subsequent link, the D/M command being equivalent to the link control message for controlling the subsequent link.

US Pat. No. 10,510,381

DATA TRANSFER BETWEEN SUBARRAYS IN MEMORY

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an array of memory cells; and
a controller coupled to the array of memory cells and configured to:
direct movement of data from first portion of memory cells in a row of a first subarray to a first sensing circuitry; and
direct movement of a complement of the data from the first sensing circuitry to a particular row of memory cells in a second subarray, wherein each memory cell of the particular row of memory cells is coupled to an adjacent memory cell of the particular row of memory cells;
direct movement of the complement of the data from memory cells in the particular row of memory cells in the second subarray to adjacent memory cells in the particular row of memory cells in the second subarray; and
direct movement of the complement of the data from the adjacent memory cells in the particular row of memory cells of the second subarray to a second sensing circuitry.

US Pat. No. 10,510,380

POWER SWITCH CONTROL FOR DUAL POWER SUPPLY

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a plurality of first main header switches for coupling an internal supply rail to a first power supply, the first main header switches being positioned to be sequentially triggered in response to a switch control signal;
a plurality of second main header switches for coupling the internal supply rail to a second power supply, the second main header switches being positioned to be sequentially triggered in response to the switch control signal;
an auxiliary circuit comprising a first auxiliary header switch for coupling the internal supply rail to the first power supply and a second auxiliary header switch for coupling the internal supply rail to the second power supply;
a feedback circuit coupled to the first and second main header switches; and
a control circuit, the control circuit controlling the first main header switches, second main header switches and first and second auxiliary header switches responsive to the switch control signal and an output of the feedback circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,510,379

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPERATIONS OF MEMORY DEVICE, ASSOCIATED MEMORY DEVICE AND CONTROLLER THEREOF, AND ASSOCIATED ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Silicon Motion, Inc., Hs...

1. A method for controlling operations of a memory device, the memory device comprising a non-volatile (NV) memory, the NV memory comprising at least one NV memory element, the method comprising:during a pre-voltage-drop period before a voltage-drop event regarding a driving voltage occurs, respectively setting a rising reference voltage and a falling reference voltage to be a first reference voltage and a second reference voltage generated by a reference voltage generating circuit in the memory device, wherein the memory device retrieves the driving voltage from a host device, the reference voltage generating circuit generates at least one portion of a plurality of candidate reference voltages, the at least one portion of the plurality of candidate reference voltages comprises the first reference voltage and the second reference voltage, and the first reference voltage is greater than the second reference voltage;
during the pre-voltage-drop period, using a voltage detector in the memory device to monitor the driving voltage according to the second reference voltage selected as the falling reference voltage, to determine whether the voltage-drop event occurs;
during a voltage-drop period for the voltage-drop event, pausing at least one access operation to the NV memory, and respectively setting the rising reference voltage and the falling reference voltage to be another first reference voltage and another second reference voltage generated by the reference voltage generating circuit, wherein the at least one portion of the plurality of candidate reference voltages comprises the another first reference voltage and the another second reference voltage, and the another first reference voltage is greater than the another second reference voltage;
during the voltage-drop period, using the voltage detector to monitor the driving voltage according to the another first reference voltage selected as the rising reference voltage, to determine whether the voltage-drop event ends; and
during another pre-voltage-drop period before another voltage-drop event regarding the driving voltage occurs, respectively setting the rising reference voltage and the falling reference voltage to be the first reference voltage and the second reference voltage, wherein the another pre-voltage-drop period is entered after the voltage-drop event ends.

US Pat. No. 10,510,375

FRICTION ADJUSTMENT MECHANISMS FOR OPTIMIZING FRICTION BETWEEN A PAD AND A DISC IN AN OPTICAL DISC RESTORATION DEVICE

Venmill Industries Incorp...

1. An optical disc restoration device with a friction adjustment mechanism, comprising:a platen for holding an optical disc;
at least one pad for polishing an optical disc;
an adjustment screw rotatable in a first direction and a second direction; and
an adjustable slide bracket coupled to the adjustment screw; and wherein:
rotation of said adjustment screw in the first direction results in decreased friction between the at least one pad and said optical disc during a restoration cycle;
rotation of said adjustment screw in a second direction results in increased friction between the at least one pad and said optical disc during a restoration cycle; and
rotation of said adjustment screw causes said adjustable slide bracket to slide.

US Pat. No. 10,510,372

MECHANICAL RETENTION AND RETRIEVAL FOR TAPE STORAGE CARTRIDGE

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system, comprising:a tape cartridge comprising a rectangular body defined by a first lateral side wall and a second lateral side wall, the tape cartridge further comprising a first notch in the first lateral side wall and a second notch in the second lateral side wall;
a tape library rack comprising a plurality of partitions including a first lateral partition and a second lateral partition spaced apart from one another to define there between a slot sized for receiving the tape cartridge;
a first hook coupled with the first lateral partition and comprising a first sloped extension releasably engaged in the first notch of the tape cartridge;
a second hook coupled with the second lateral partition and comprising a second sloped extension releasably engaged in the second notch of the tape cartridge;
a gripper comprising a first arm, a second arm, a driver, and a pincher, wherein the first arm and the second arm are spaced to engage the first notch and the second notch of the tape cartridge and the first hook and the second hook of the tape library rack, the first arm comprising a first ramped surface and the second arm comprising a second ramped surface, the gripper selectively movable by the driver toward the slot to cause the first ramped surface of the first arm to engage and travel along the first sloped extension of the first hook so as to displace the first hook out of engagement from the first notch of the tape cartridge and to cause the second ramped surface of the second arm to engage and travel along the second sloped extension of the second hook so as to displace the second hook out of engagement from the second notch of the tape cartridge, wherein the first arm and the second arm are selectively engageable respectively in the first notch and the second notch of the tape cartridge by the pincher for gripping the tape cartridge for moving the tape cartridge relative to the slot by movement of the gripper.

US Pat. No. 10,510,370

MAGNETIC TAPE INCLUDING CHARACTERIZED MAGNETIC LAYER AND MAGNETIC TAPE DEVICE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A magnetic tape comprising:a non-magnetic support;
a non-magnetic layer including non-magnetic powder and a binder on the non-magnetic support; and
a magnetic layer including ferromagnetic powder and a binder on the non-magnetic layer,
wherein the total thickness of the non-magnetic layer and the magnetic layer is equal to or smaller than 0.60 ?m,
the magnetic layer includes a timing-based servo pattern,
the magnetic layer includes fatty acid ester,
a full width at half maximum of spacing distribution measured by optical interferometry regarding the surface of the magnetic layer before performing vacuum heating with respect to the magnetic tape is greater than 0 nm and equal to or smaller than 7.0 nm,
a full width at half maximum of spacing distribution measured by optical interferometry regarding the surface of the magnetic layer after performing the vacuum heating with respect to the magnetic tape is greater than 0 nm and equal to or smaller than 7.0 nm, and
a difference Safter?Sbefore between a spacing Safter measured by optical interferometry regarding the surface of the magnetic layer after performing the vacuum heating with respect to the magnetic tape and a spacing Sbefore measured by optical interferometry regarding the surface of the magnetic layer before performing the vacuum heating with respect to the magnetic tape is greater than 0 nm and equal to or smaller than 8.0 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,510,364

DEVICES INCLUDING A NEAR FIELD TRANSDUCER (NFT) WITH NANOPARTICLES

Seagate Technology LLC, ...

1. A device comprising:a near field transducer (NFT) comprising a crystalline plasmonic material having crystal grains and grain boundaries; and nanoparticles disposed in the crystal grains, in the grain boundaries, on the grain boundaries, or some combination thereof,
wherein the nanoparticles comprise:
oxides of, lanthanum (La), barium (Ba), strontium (Sr), erbium (Er), hafnium (Hf), germanium (Ge), or combinations thereof;
nitrides of zirconium (Zr), niobium (Nb), or combinations thereof; or
carbides of silicon (Si), aluminum (Al), boron (B), zirconium (Zr), tungsten (W), titanium (Ti), niobium (Nb), or combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,510,361

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT OUTPUTS, AMONG SOUNDS SURROUNDING USER, SOUND TO BE PROVIDED TO USER

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An audio processing apparatus, comprising:an acquirer that acquires a surrounding audio signal indicating a sound surrounding a user;
an audio extractor that extracts, from the acquired surrounding audio signal, (1) a main sound that is output without delay, (2) a providing audio signal, including prioritized sounds other than the main signal, that is stored and selectably output with or without delay, and (3) sounds that are not stored and do not need to be output;
a selector that selects one of a plurality of output patterns of audio signals; and
an output that outputs a first audio signal indicating a main sound and the providing audio signal,
wherein the selector selects any one of (i) a first output pattern in which the providing audio signal is output along with the main sound without a delay, (ii) a second output pattern in which the providing audio signal is output with a delay after only the main sound is output, and (iii) a third output pattern in which only the main sound is output.

US Pat. No. 10,510,358

RESOLUTION ENHANCEMENT OF SPEECH SIGNALS FOR SPEECH SYNTHESIS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A method for automated speech synthesis, said method comprising:receiving a control input representing a word sequence for synthesis, the control input including a time series of control values representing a phonetic label as a function of time;
generating a first synthesized waveform by processing the control values using a first artificial neural network, the first synthesized waveform including a first degradation associated with a limited number of quantization levels used in determining the first synthesized waveform;
generating a second synthesized waveform by processing the first synthesized waveform using a second artificial neural network, the second artificial neural network being configured such that the second synthesized waveform includes a second degradation, the second degradation being lesser than the first degradation in one or more of a degree of quantization, a perceptual quality, a noise level, a signal-to-noise ratio, a distortion level, and a bandwidth; and
providing the second synthesized waveform for presentation of the word sequence as an acoustic signal to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,510,357

RESAMPLING OF AN AUDIO SIGNAL BY INTERPOLATION FOR LOW-DELAY ENCODING/DECODING

ORANGE, Paris (FR)

1. A method comprising:receiving an audio frequency signal for resampling from a non-transitory computer-readable memory of a FIR type resampling filter; and
resampling the audio frequency signal by an audio frequency signal coder or decoder device, the resampling comprising performing an interpolation method of order higher than one, and obtaining interpolated samples by a computation of a weighted average of possible interpolation values computed over a plurality of intervals covering a temporal location of the sample to be interpolated, the interpolated samples complementing a signal decoded according to a restricted predictive decoding mode in a transition frame between a predictive decoding and a transform decoding prior to an act of combination between samples decoded according to the restricted predictive decoding and the samples decoded according to a transform decoding in the transition frame.

US Pat. No. 10,510,352

DETECTING REPLAY ATTACKS IN VOICE-BASED AUTHENTICATION

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A method, comprising:receiving, via at least one of one or more computing devices, audio captured via an audio input device at a first geographic location;
verifying, via at least one of the one or more computing devices, that the audio includes a voice authentication factor spoken by a user;
receiving, via at least one of the one or more computing devices, information indicating that the user is physically present at a second geographic location instead of the first geographic location when the audio was captured; and
performing, via at least one of the one or more computing devices, at least one action in response to receiving the information, the at least one action comprising at least one of: causing a notification of authentication failure to be played by a speaker, requesting that the user provide another authentication factor, sending a notification to an administrator, blacklisting a network address, disabling access to an account associated with the user, storing the audio in a data store, or causing a honeypot mode to be entered by the one or more computing devices.

US Pat. No. 10,510,349

CONTEXT-BASED SMARTPHONE SENSOR LOGIC

Digimarc Corporation, Be...

20. A method employing a portable device including a processor, memory and plural sensors that include at least a microphone or a camera, the method comprising the acts:(a) applying a classification procedure to received audio and/or visual information, sensed by the microphone and/or camera, to determine a type of said information from among plural possible types;
(b) determining a scenario type, based at least in part on (i) a number of people sensed as being present with a user of the device, or (ii) an identity of one or more people sensed as being present with said user, together with one or more of: (i) time of day, (ii) day of week, (iii) location, (iv) calendar data, (v) clock alarm status, (vi) motion sensor data, (vii) orientation sensor data, and (viii) information from a social networking service; and
(c) based on a combination of (i) the determined type of the received audio and/or visual information, and (ii) the determined type of scenario, selecting a group of one or more recognition technologies from a set of available recognition technologies, and applying the selected group of one or more recognition technologies to the received audio and/or visual information;
at a first time, act (c) comprising applying a first group of recognition technologies to the received audio and/or visual information, in accordance with a first combination of (i) information type, and (ii) scenario type;
at a second time, act (c) comprising applying a second group of recognition technologies to the received audio and/or visual information, in accordance with a second combination of (i) information type, and (ii) scenario type; and
at a third time, act (c) comprising applying a third group of recognition technologies to the received audio and/or visual information, in accordance with a third combination of (i) information type, and (ii) scenario type;
wherein:
said first, second and third groups of recognition technologies are different;
said first, second and third combinations are different; and
at one of said first, second or third times, act (c) includes selecting and applying a group of two or more recognition technologies to the received audio and/or visual information, at least one of said two or more recognition technologies being a watermark-, fingerprint-, barcode-based, or optical character-recognition technology.

US Pat. No. 10,510,343

SPEECH RECOGNITION METHODS, DEVICES, AND SYSTEMS

ADEMCO INC., Golden Vall...

1. A system for speech recognition, the system comprising:a number of microphones configured to capture sound in an area;
a digital signal processor configured to segregate the sound into a first signal and a second signal, wherein the first signal corresponds to a first portion of the area and the second signal corresponds to a second portion of the area; and
a single automatic speech recognition engine having one or more processing components configured to receive the first signal and the second signal, first process the first signal through all of the one or more processing components and then process the second signal through all of the one or more processing components to recognize a speech command in the sound, and responsive to recognizing the speech command, adjust operation of the single automatic speech recognition engine or another device.

US Pat. No. 10,510,341

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A COOPERATIVE CONVERSATIONAL VOICE USER INTERFACE

VB Assets, LLC, Bellevue...

1. A computer-implemented method of facilitating natural language system responses utilizing accumulated short-term and long-term knowledge, the method being implemented by a computer system that includes one or more physical processors executing one or more computer program instructions which, when executed, perform the method, the method comprising:accumulating, by the computer system, short-term knowledge based on one or more natural language utterances received during a predetermined time period;
expiring, by the computer system, one or more items of short-term knowledge that are based on one or more natural language utterances received prior to the predetermined time period;
accumulating, by the computer system, long-term knowledge based on one or more natural language utterances received prior to the predetermined time period, wherein the long-term knowledge includes at least one of the one or more expired items of short-term knowledge;
receiving, at the computer system, a first natural language utterance via an input device;
determining, by the computer system, based on the short-term knowledge and the long-term knowledge, a first context for the first natural language utterance;
determining, by the computer system, based on the first context, an interpretation of the first natural language utterance; and
generating, by the computer system, a first response to the first natural language utterance based on the interpretation.

US Pat. No. 10,510,340

DYNAMIC WAKEWORD DETECTION

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, from a device and in response to the device detecting a wakeword in audio using a first wakeword detection threshold value, input audio data corresponding to an utterance;
performing automatic speech recognition (ASR) on the input audio data to generate input text data;
performing natural language understanding (NLU) on the input text data to generate NLU results data including intent data;
determining output data using the NLU results data;
based on the intent data, determine the device is to use a second wakeword detection threshold value for a duration of time, the second wakeword detection threshold value being different from the first wakeword detection threshold value;
causing the device to present content corresponding to the output data; and
sending, to the device, a command to use the second wakeword detection threshold value during the duration of time.

US Pat. No. 10,510,339

SELECTING MEDIA USING WEIGHTED KEY WORDS

Unnanu, LLC, Austin, TX ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories having program instructions stored thereon that are executable by the one or more processors to:
store for each of a plurality of different entities, one or more recordings that include audio and video data;
generate a transcript of audio data from each of the recordings;
receive multiple sets of information, each set specifying one or more words;
determine one or more locations in which words in ones of the sets were used in the one or more transcripts;
perform facial recognition using the video data to determine facial attributes of a speaker at different times in the video data corresponding to ones of the one or more locations in the one or more transcripts;
determine and store weight information for occurrences of words in ones of the sets based on the determined facial attributes; and
rank at least a portion of the plurality of different entities based on both the number of times the one or more words were used in the recordings and the weight information.

US Pat. No. 10,510,333

VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A method of controlling a vehicle comprising:checking whether the vehicle is in non-operation based on the state of an engine and a door of the vehicle;
outputting an acoustic signal having a predetermined frequency through a speaker when the vehicle is in non-operation;
detecting, by a microphone, the acoustic signal output through the speaker;
detecting, by an acceleration sensor, a vibration generated by the acoustic signal output through the speaker;
determining, by a controller, that a fault has occurred when the detected acoustic signal and the detected vibration mismatch the acoustic signal having the predetermined frequency; and
displaying, on a display, an error code corresponding to the fault when it is determined that the fault has occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,510,332

NOISE REDUCTION APPARATUS AND JET FAN

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. A noise reduction apparatus, comprising:a speaker that outputs control sound;
a generator that generates self-excited sound; and
a controller that controls a phase and an amplitude of the control sound to reduce noise generated from a noise source, based on the control sound and the self-excited sound that is synchronized with the control sound by a lock-in phenomenon.

US Pat. No. 10,510,330

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SOUND DEADENING A COMPONENT

SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG, Baar...

1. A device for deadening the sound of a component, comprising:a damping layer of a foamed material and
a stiffening layer, which is fixedly connected to the damping layer and
which is stiffer than the damping layer,
wherein the damping layer is formed by means of a foamed hot-melt adhesive,
wherein the damping layer is intended for the direct connection to the component, the sound of which is to be deadened, wherein the foamed hot-melt adhesive can be activated by means of a temperature increase, so that an adhesive surface for fastening the device to the component, the sound of which is to be deadened, is created,
wherein the damping layer includes at least 50% by weight of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA); and
wherein, together, the damping layer and the stiffening layer form at least 90% of the thickness of the device.

US Pat. No. 10,510,328

LYRICS ANALYZER

Spotify AB, Stockholm (S...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a plurality of tracks at an information storage and retrieval platform via an electronic communication from a datastore of tracks, a plurality of the tracks including lyrics;
extracting n topics summarizing the lyrics of the plurality of tracks, each topic consisting of a plurality of words, where n is an integer;
generating, for each of the plurality of tracks, an n-dimensional vector using a generative statistical model based on the association of the lyrics of the track with the n topics, thereby generating a plurality of n-dimensional lyrics vectors;
receiving a seed track from among the plurality of tracks;
receiving, for at least one of the plurality of tracks, an acoustic vector;
calculating a similarity score for each of the plurality of tracks to the seed track, based on their respective n-dimensional lyrics vectors, thereby generating a plurality of similarity scores, wherein calculating the similarity score for at least one of the plurality of tracks further includes calculating the similarity between the acoustic vector of the seed track and the acoustic vector of at least one of the plurality of tracks; and
generating a playlist of tracks based on the plurality of similarity scores.

US Pat. No. 10,510,320

DISPLAY APPARATUS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a plurality of displays arranged adjacently;
an image divider configured to divide an original input image into a plurality of sub-images for displaying the original input image split between the plurality of displays, wherein one or more of the plurality of sub-images corresponds to one or more still images and one or more of the plurality of sub-images corresponds to one or more moving images; and
at least one controller configured to:
determine corresponding average luminance values of each of the sub-images corresponding to each display of the plurality of displays; and
cause the one or more still images and the one or more moving images to be displayed with a first luminance value based on luminance values corresponding to the plurality of sub-images of each display of the plurality of displays when a maximum variance among the average luminance values is greater than or equal to a threshold reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,510,315

DISPLAY PANEL, DRIVING METHOD THEREOF AND DISPLAY DEVICE

XIAMEN TIANMA MICRO-ELECT...

1. A display panel, comprising:N columns of sub-pixels, wherein each column of the N columns of sub-pixels comprises a first pixel unit and a second pixel unit having an opposite polarity to the first pixel unit, the first pixel unit and the second pixel unit each comprising at least two sub-pixels of different colors,
a plurality of first data lines, and
a plurality of second data lines;
wherein the plurality of first data lines and the plurality of second data lines are sequentially arranged in a row direction, any first data line of the plurality of first data lines and one second data line of the plurality of second data lines that is adjacent to the any first data line are located on two sides of one column of the N columns of sub-pixels, respectively, and are used for transmitting signals having opposite polarities,
a first pixel unit in a (j?1)th column of the N columns of sub-pixels is connected to one first data line of the plurality of first data lines and a first pixel unit in a jth column of the N columns of sub-pixels is connected to one first data line of the plurality of first data lines, and sub-pixels comprised in the first pixel unit in the (j?1)th column have different colors from sub-pixels comprised in the first pixel unit in the jth column,
a second pixel unit in a jth column of the N columns of sub-pixels is connected to one second data line of the plurality of second data lines and a second pixel unit in a (j+1)th column of the N columns of sub-pixels is connected to one second data line of the plurality of second data lines, and sub-pixels comprised in the second pixel unit in the jth column have different colors from those comprised in the second pixel unit in the (j+1)th column, wherein j=2, 3, . . . , N,
the plurality of first data lines comprises a plurality of sets of first data lines, and the plurality of second data lines comprises a plurality of sets of second data lines, and
the display panel further comprises a plurality of first multiplexed units corresponding to the plurality of sets of first data lines in one-to-one correspondence and a plurality of second multiplexed units corresponding to the plurality of sets of second data lines in one-to-one correspondence, and the plurality of first multiplexed units output signals having opposite polarities to signals output from the plurality of second multiplexed units,
each set of the plurality of sets of first data lines comprises p first data lines, each set of the plurality of sets of second data lines comprises p second data lines, each of the plurality of first multiplexed units comprises p first switch elements, each of the plurality of second multiplexed units comprises p second switch elements, and the display panel further comprises p switch control signal lines,
wherein control terminals of the p first switch elements in each first multiplexed unit are connected to the p switch control signal lines in one-to-one correspondence and control terminals of the p second switch elements in each second multiplexed unit are connected to the p switch control signal lines in one-to-one correspondence,
wherein first terminals of the p first switch elements in each first multiplexed unit are connected to the p first data lines in each set of the plurality sets of first data lines in one-to-one correspondence, and second terminals of the p first switch elements in each first multiplexed unit are connected to a first polarity signal terminal,
wherein first terminals of the p second switch elements in each second multiplexed unit are connected to the p second data lines in each set of the plurality sets of second data lines in one-to-one correspondence, and second terminals of the p second switch elements in each second multiplexed unit are connected to a second polarity signal terminal, where p is an integer greater than or equal to 1 and smaller or equal to N/2,
each of the first switch elements comprises a first switch and a second switch, each of the second switch elements comprises a first switch and a second switch, and the switch control signal lines comprise first switch control signal lines and second switch control signal lines,
wherein a control terminal of the first switch of each of the first switch elements and a control terminal of the first switch of each of the second switch elements are connected to one of the first switch control signal lines, and a control terminal of the second switch of each of the first switch elements and a control terminal of the second switch of each of the second switch elements are connected to one of the second switch control signal lines,
wherein a first terminal of the first switch of each of the first switch elements and a first terminal of the second switch of each of the first switch elements are connected to one first data line of each set of the plurality of sets of first data lines in one-to-one correspondence, and a second terminal of the first switch of each of the first switch elements and a second terminal of the second switch of each of the first switch elements are connected to the first polarity signal terminal, and
wherein a first terminal of the first switch of each of the second switch elements and a first terminal of the second switch of each of the second switch elements are connected to one second data line of each set of the plurality of sets of second data lines in one-to-one correspondence, and a second terminal of the first switch of each of the second switch elements and a second terminal of the second switch of each of the second switch elements are connected to the second polarity signal terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,510,311

PANEL-DRIVING DEVICE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

SILICON WORKS CO., LTD., ...

1. A panel-driving device comprising:a plurality of channel circuits each including a driving unit configured to supply a common voltage to an electrode in a display-driving period and to supply a driving signal, which varies at a plurality of voltage levels, to the electrode in a touch-driving period, and a sensing unit configured to sense a touch or proximity of an external object to a panel according to a response signal formed on the electrode in response to the driving signal,
wherein a driving unit included in a first channel circuit supplies a first voltage having a first voltage level among the plurality of voltage levels to a first electrode,
a driving unit included in a second channel circuit supplies a second voltage having a second voltage level, which differs from the first voltage level, among the plurality of voltage levels to a second electrode disposed adjacent to the first electrode, and
a sensing unit included in the first channel circuit diagnoses a short-circuit failure of the first electrode according to a voltage level of a sensed voltage formed on the first electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,510,310

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A display device comprising:a first gate driver circuit;
a second gate driver circuit;
a pixel portion between the first gate driver circuit and the second gate driver circuit; and
a gate line electrically connected to the first gate driver circuit and the second gate driver circuit,
wherein the first gate driver circuit comprises first to eighth transistors,
wherein the second gate driver circuit comprises ninth to sixteenth transistors,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the first transistor is electrically connected to the gate line,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the first transistor is electrically connected to a first wiring,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the second transistor is electrically connected to the gate line,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the second transistor is electrically connected to a second wiring,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the third transistor is electrically connected to a gate of the second transistor,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the third transistor is electrically connected to a third wiring,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the fourth transistor is electrically connected to the gate of the second transistor,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the fourth transistor is electrically connected to the second wiring,
wherein a gate of the fourth transistor is electrically connected to a gate of the first transistor,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the fifth transistor is electrically connected to a gate of the third transistor,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the fifth transistor is electrically connected to the third wiring,
wherein a gate of the fifth transistor is electrically connected to the third wiring,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the sixth transistor is electrically connected to the gate of the third transistor,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the sixth transistor is electrically connected to the second wiring,
wherein a gate of the sixth transistor is electrically connected to the gate of the first transistor,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the seventh transistor is electrically connected to the gate of the first transistor,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the seventh transistor is electrically connected to a fourth wiring,
wherein a gate of the seventh transistor is electrically connected to the fourth wiring,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the eighth transistor is electrically connected to the gate of the first transistor,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the eighth transistor is electrically connected to the second wiring,
wherein a gate of the eighth transistor is electrically connected to a fifth wiring,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the ninth transistor is electrically connected to the gate line,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the ninth transistor is electrically connected to a sixth wiring,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the tenth transistor is electrically connected to the gate line,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the tenth transistor is electrically connected to a seventh wiring,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the eleventh transistor is electrically connected to a gate of the tenth transistor,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the eleventh transistor is electrically connected to an eighth wiring,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the twelfth transistor is electrically connected to the gate of the tenth transistor,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the twelfth transistor is electrically connected to the seventh wiring,
wherein a gate of the twelfth transistor is electrically connected to a gate of the ninth transistor,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the thirteenth transistor is electrically connected to a gate of the eleventh transistor,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the thirteenth transistor is electrically connected to the eighth wiring,
wherein a gate of the thirteenth transistor is electrically connected to the eighth wiring,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the fourteenth transistor is electrically connected to the gate of the eleventh transistor,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the fourteenth transistor is electrically connected to the seventh wiring,
wherein a gate of the fourteenth transistor is electrically connected to the gate of the ninth transistor,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the fifteenth transistor is electrically connected to the gate of the ninth transistor,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the fifteenth transistor is electrically connected to a ninth wiring,
wherein a gate of the fifteenth transistor is electrically connected to the ninth wiring,
wherein one of a source and a drain of the sixteenth transistor is electrically connected to the gate of the ninth transistor,
wherein the other of the source and the drain of the sixteenth transistor is electrically connected to the seventh wiring, and
wherein a gate of the sixteenth transistor is electrically connected to a tenth wiring.

US Pat. No. 10,510,302

ELECTROLUMINESCENT DISPLAY DEVICE

LG Display Co., Ltd., Se...

1. An electroluminescent display device, comprising:a substrate
a scan signal line along a first direction on the substrate;
a data line and a power line along a second direction crossing the first direction;
a switching thin film transistor (TFT) connected to the scan signal line and the data line;
a driving TFT connected to the switching TFT and the power line; and
an emitting diode connected to the driving TFT,
wherein the driving TFT includes a two-gate overlap structure including a second gate electrode over a first gate electrode, the second gate electrode comprising a source terminal of the driving TFT, whereby the first and second gate electrodes are configured to act as a first capacitor,
wherein the power line has a first portion directly extending from the power line over the two-gate overlap structure, whereby the first portion of the power line and the second gate electrode are configure to act as a second capacitor, and
wherein the first portion of the power line is disposed over the second gate electrode and overlaps the first gate electrode in a plane view.

US Pat. No. 10,510,301

SCAN DRIVER AND DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A scan driver, comprising:a plurality of circuit stages sequentially outputting a plurality of gate signals and a plurality of compensation control signals, a single n-th circuit stage of the plurality of circuit stages comprising:
a first signal generator includes:
a first T1 transistor to apply an (n?1)-th gate signal to a first control node based on a first clock signal,
a second T1 transistor to output an n-th gate signal synchronized with a second clock signal different from the first clock signal based on a voltage of the first control node,
a third T1 transistor to apply a first gate voltage to a second control node based on the first clock signal, and
a fourth T1 transistor to output a second gate voltage as the n-th gate signal based on a voltage of the second control node (n is a natural number); and
a second signal generator including:
a first T2 transistor to apply an (n?1)-th compensation control signal to a third control node based on a third clock signal different from the first and second clock signals,
a second T2 transistor to output the first gate voltage as an n-th compensation control signal based on a voltage of the third control node,
a third T2 transistor to apply the first gate voltage to a fourth control node based on the second clock signal, and
a fourth T2 transistor to output the second gate voltage as the n-th compensation control signal based on a voltage of the fourth control node, wherein
an activated state of the (n?1)-th compensation control signal, an activated state of the n-th compensation control signal, and an activated state of the third clock signal overlap each other.

US Pat. No. 10,510,300

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. An organic light emitting display comprising:a plurality of sub pixels comprising a blue sub pixel, a red sub pixel and a green sub pixel;
a first power source line coupled to at least one of the plurality of sub pixels; and
a second power source line coupled to at least one of other sub pixels different from the at least one of the sub pixels coupled to the first power source line,
wherein the first power source line has a larger width than the second power source line, and
wherein a distance between sub pixels adjacent to the first power source line from among the plurality of sub pixels is greater than a distance between sub pixels adjacent to the second power source line from among the plurality of sub pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,510,296

PIXEL DRIVING CIRCUIT AND PIXEL DRIVING METHOD, ARRAY SUBSTRATE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A pixel driving circuit, comprising a driving control circuit, a first driving circuit and a second driving circuit, whereinthe driving control circuit is connected to a data line, a first scanning line, a second scanning line, a first voltage signal terminal, and is connected to the first driving circuit via a first node, is connected to the second driving circuit via a second node, and is configured to control one of the first driving circuit and the second driving circuit to be turned on under the condition the first scanning line outputs an effective voltage signal, and control the other of the first driving circuit and the second driving circuit to be turned on under the condition the second scanning line outputs an effective voltage signal;
the first driving circuit is connected to the driving control circuit, a second voltage signal terminal and a light emitting circuit, and is configured to drive the light emitting circuit to emit light under control of the driving control circuit;
the second driving circuit is connected to the driving control circuit, the second voltage signal terminal and the light emitting circuit, and is configured to drive the light emitting circuit to emit light under control of the driving control circuit; and
the driving control circuit comprises: a first transistor, a second transistor, a third transistor, a fourth transistor, a first capacitor and a second capacitor, wherein
a control terminal of the first transistor is coupled to the first scanning line, a first terminal of the first transistor is coupled to the data line, and a second terminal of the first transistor is coupled to the first node;
a control terminal of the second transistor is coupled to the second scanning line, a first terminal of the second transistor is coupled to the data line, and a second terminal of the second transistor is coupled to the second node;
a control terminal of the third transistor coupled to the second scanning line, a first terminal of the third transistor is coupled to the first voltage signal terminal, and a second terminal of the third transistor is coupled to the first node;
a control terminal of the fourth transistor is coupled to the first scanning line, a first terminal of the fourth transistor is coupled to the first voltage signal terminal, and a second terminal of the fourth transistor is coupled to the second node;
a first terminal of the first capacitor is coupled to the first node, and a second terminal of the first capacitor is coupled to a second terminal of the second capacitor; and
a first terminal of the second capacitor is coupled to the second node, and the second terminal of the second capacitor is coupled to the second terminal of the first capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,510,294

PIXEL DRIVING CIRCUIT, METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A pixel driving circuit, comprising a driving control unit, a light-emission control signal generation unit and a pixel driving unit, whereinthe pixel driving unit comprises N pixel driving sub-units connected to a same data line;
the driving control unit is configured to generate a low resolution control signal or a high resolution control signal;
the light-emission control signal generation unit is connected to the driving control unit and M*N light-emission control lines and configured to generate a corresponding light-emission control signal for each of the M*N light-emission control lines based on the low resolution control signal or the high resolution control signal;
each of the pixel driving sub-units is connected to M light-emitting elements, a scanning line and M light-emission control lines and configured to, under the control of a data write-in control signal from the scanning line and the light-emission control signals from the M light-emission control lines, when the light-emission control signal generation unit has received the low resolution control signal, control the M light-emitting elements connected to the pixel driving sub-unit to emit light simultaneously based on a same data voltage applied to the data line, and when the light-emission control signal generation unit has received the high resolution control signal, control the M light-emitting elements to emit light in a time-division manner based on the M data voltages applied to the data line in a time-division manner; and
N and M are both integers greater than 1.

US Pat. No. 10,510,290

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING SCREEN BURN-INS AND RELATED DISPLAY APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An image processing apparatus with display screen burn-ins prevention functions, comprising:an acquisition module configured to:
calculate first edge function values of pixels of a first image taken at a first time instance;
determine a first environmental intensity level of each corresponding pixel in the first image by:
collecting frequencies of intensity level in neighboring pixels of each pixel of the first image and determining an intensity level having a highest frequency as the first environmental level, or
determining an average intensity level of neighboring pixels of each pixel in the first image as the first environmental intensity level;
obtain a first edge function value threshold corresponding to each pixel of the first image based on the corresponding first environmental intensity level;
identify, by comparing the first edge function of each pixel of the first image with the corresponding first edge function value threshold, a first set of grayscale edge pixels from the first image in a detection area of a display screen according to the first edge function values, an edge function value of each pixel of the first set of grayscale edge pixels being greater than the corresponding first edge function value threshold, and the first set of grayscale edge pixels indicating locations in the first image where a difference between a grayscale of a pixel and a grayscale of a neighboring pixel in the first image is greater than a first threshold;
calculate second edge function values of pixels of a second image taken at a second time instance;
determine a second environmental intensity level of each corresponding pixel in the second image by:
collecting frequencies of intensity level in neighboring pixels of each pixel of the second image and determining an intensity level having a highest frequency as the second environmental level, or
determining an average intensity level of neighboring pixels of each pixel in the second image as the second environmental intensity level;
obtain a second edge function value threshold corresponding to each pixel of the second image based on the corresponding environmental intensity level; and
identify, by comparing the second edge function of each pixel of the second image with the corresponding second edge function value threshold, a second set of grayscale edge pixels from the second image in the detection area according to the second edge function values, an edge function value of each pixel of the second set of grayscale edge pixels being greater than the corresponding second edge function value threshold, and the second set of grayscale edge pixels indicating locations in the second image where a difference between a grayscale of a pixel and a grayscale of a neighboring pixel in the second image is greater than a second threshold;
a calculation module configured to:
calculate an intersection between the first set of grayscale edge pixels and the second set of grayscale edge pixels by corresponding the first and second sets of grayscale edge pixels of same locations to obtain the first and second sets of grayscale edge pixels having same intensity levels; and
identify the intersection as a set of to-be-adjusted grayscale edge pixels corresponding to a static display part in the detection area of the display screen, each of the to-be-adjusted grayscale edge pixels corresponding to a first pixel in the first image and a second pixel in the second image, the first pixel and the second pixel having a same location and a same intensity level;
a determination module configured to determine whether the set of to-be-adjusted grayscale edge pixels is an empty set, the empty set indicating no pixel of the first and second images in the static display part contains high intensity levels; and
an adjustment module configured to adjust intensity levels of the to-be-adjusted grayscale edge pixels in response to the determination module determining that the set of to-be-adjusted grayscale edge pixels is not an empty set.

US Pat. No. 10,510,286

MOUNTING SUBSTRATE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Sony Semiconductor Soluti...

1. A mounting substrate comprising:a wiring substrate;
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix in a pixel region of the wiring substrate; and
a plurality of drivers that are disposed between pixels of the plurality of pixels in the pixel region and select the plurality of pixels in units of two or more pixels,
wherein each of the pixels includes an optical element and a pixel circuit, wherein the optical element emits or receives light, and the pixel circuit controls light emission or light reception of the optical element,
wherein each of the plurality of drivers is assigned to two or more pixel rows, and
wherein the optical elements, the pixel circuits and the drivers are mounted directly on a same surface of a layer of the mounting substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,510,285

DISPLAY DEVICE AND DRIVE METHOD THEREFOR

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An active-matrix type display device comprising:a display unit including n pieces of scanning lines, wherein n is an integer equal to or more than two, m pieces of data lines, wherein m is an integer equal to or more than two and (m×n) pieces of pixel circuits arranged two-dimensionally;
a scanning line drive circuit configured to drive the scanning lines;
a data line drive circuit configured to drive the data lines; and
a measurement circuit including a plurality of measurement units and configured to measure a current or a voltage with respect to the pixel circuit, wherein
the measurement unit is connected to the data line,
the data lines and the measurement units are classified into first and second groups,
each of the first and second groups includes one or p pieces of adjacently arranged data lines, wherein p is an integer equal to or more than two,
the measurement circuit is configured to perform, at a same timing, a main measurement for measuring the current or the voltage via the data line with respect to the pixel circuit with supplying a measurement signal to a part of the measurement units and a dummy measurement for measuring a current or a voltage via the data line with supplying a dummy signal to at least a part of remaining measurement units, the dummy signal being a signal with which a value to be measured is approximately zero, and perform a calculation on a result of the main measurement and a result of the dummy measurement, and
the measurement circuit is configured to perform the main measurement using the measurement unit in the first group and the dummy measurement using the measurement unit in the second group at a same timing in a first period, and perform the main measurement using the measurement unit in the second group and the dummy measurement using the measurement unit in the first group at a same timing in a second period.

US Pat. No. 10,510,268

MULTI-METRIC SURGERY SIMULATOR AND METHODS

Synaptive Medical (Barbad...

1. A multi-metric surgery simulator system, comprising:at least one sensor configured to collect surgical training performance data relevant to at least one surgical task, the at least one sensor configured to operate with a surgical navigation system comprising a processor, the processor configurable, by way of a set of executable instructions storable in relation to a non-transitory medium, to perform at least one of analyze the collected surgical training performance data, transform the collected surgical training performance data, and provide feedback in relation thereto; and
at least one surgery simulator apparatus operatively coupled with the at least one sensor, the at least one surgery simulator apparatus configured to further operate with a tracking system, whereby the collected surgical training performance data is obtainable and clinical performance in relation to the at least one surgical task is quantitatively evaluable and progressively improvable,
wherein each at least one surgery simulator apparatus comprises at least one of a simple surgical task portion and a complex surgical task portion, each of the simple surgical task portion and the complex surgical task portion is configured to support training of the at least one surgical task in at least one of two dimensions and three dimensions, the simple surgical task portion is configured to support training of at least one simple surgical task prerequisite to handling a surgical procedure, and the complex surgical task portion is configured to support training of the at least one complex surgical task in the surgical procedure,
wherein each at least one surgery simulator apparatus further comprises a housing for accommodating at least one of the simple surgical task portion and the complex surgical task portion,
wherein each at least one surgery simulator apparatus further comprises at least one of: at least one simple surgical task portion fastener for facilitating disposition of the at least one of the simple surgical task portion in relation to the housing; at least one complex surgical task portion fastener for facilitating disposition of the complex surgical task portion in relation to the simple surgical task portion; and at least one housing fastener for facilitating disposition of the housing in relation to a generally horizontal surface,
wherein the housing comprises a frusto-conical configuration for facilitating simulation of a clinical access port environment,
wherein the simple surgical task portion comprises a generally conical configuration, and
wherein at least one of the simple surgical task portion and the complex surgical task portion are configured to support at least one surgical task pattern and at least one simulated tissue feature.

US Pat. No. 10,510,267

SIMULATOR SYSTEM FOR MEDICAL PROCEDURE TRAINING

Intuitive Surgical Operat...

1. A system comprising:a simulation processing component including at least one processor; and
a medical device structure including a manipulator arm and a surgical instrument connected to the manipulator arm, wherein the medical device structure is positioned in a simulation area relative to a physical surgical site, wherein the medical device structure includes a medical device cart that supports the manipulator arm,
wherein the simulation processing component is configured to perform operations in a simulated setup procedure, the operations in the simulated setup procedure comprising:
determining a position in the simulation area of the medical device cart relative to the physical surgical site;
comparing the position of the medical device cart to a reference position;
causing output of setup feedback information by a first output device based on a result of comparing the position of the medical device cart;
receiving arm position signals that indicate positions of the manipulator arm, wherein the manipulator arm and the surgical instrument are positioned in space by at least one user in setup tasks during the simulated setup procedure;
comparing the positions of the manipulator arm to reference arm positions; and
causing output of additional setup feedback information by the first output device based on a result of comparing the positions of the manipulator arm,
wherein the simulation processing component is configured to perform operations in a simulated surgical procedure that is performed based on a resulting position of the medical device structure resulting from the simulated setup procedure, the operations in the simulated surgical procedure comprising:
reading position signals for the manipulator arm that describe at least one of a position or a configuration of the surgical instrument relative to the physical surgical site, wherein the at least one of the position or the configuration are based on control signals corresponding to inputs by a user of the system.

US Pat. No. 10,510,263

DYNAMICALLY CONFIGURABLE AUDIENCE RESPONSE SYSTEM

Boxlight Corporation, La...

1. A handset configuration station for use in an audience response system, the audience response system comprising a wireless aggregation point, a first handset and a second handset, the first handset configured to communicatively couple to the wireless aggregation point to receive a first user input from a first user and to communicate the first user input to the wireless aggregation point, the second handset configured to communicatively couple to the wireless aggregation point to receive a second user input from a second user and to communicate the second user input to the wireless aggregation point, the handset configuration station comprising:a first configuration interface, wherein the first handset is configured to communicatively couple to the first configuration interface to define an operating parameter of the first handset via the first configuration interface; and
a second configuration interface, wherein the second handset is configured to communicatively couple to the second configuration interface to define an operating parameter of the second handset via the second configuration interface;
wherein the first handset and the second handset each reconfigure themselves with updated operating parameters based on each wirelessly receiving redefined operating parameters from the wireless aggregation point, the operating parameters for the first handset comprising a first handset identification (ID), a first frequency associated with a first communication channel, and a first key that establishes a communication link with the wireless aggregation point, wherein the first key is a first synchronization key or a first access key, and the operating parameters for the second handset comprising a second handset ID, a second frequency associated with a second communication channel, and a second key that establishes a communication link with the wireless aggregation point, wherein the second key is a second synchronization key or a second access key.

US Pat. No. 10,510,254

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING CROSSWIND LOAD DATA FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for operating a motor vehicle, comprising:ascertaining a travel path of the vehicle across a roadway section situated ahead in a direction of travel, the travel path being defined by a running condition of the vehicle, a virtual map having local wind conditions, a current location of the vehicle on the virtual map, and instantaneous environment data;
ascertaining a time and location that the vehicle enters a lateral wind shadow of a second vehicle traveling ahead of the vehicle within the travel path, and a time and location that the vehicle exits the lateral wind shadow, the lateral wind shadow being based on the running condition and the environment data; and
actuating at least one device configured to influence the running condition based on the travel path and the times and locations of the later wind shadow entry and exit.

US Pat. No. 10,510,251

PARKING SPACE LIGHT

RESILIENCE MAGNUM IP, LLC...

1. A parking space light bulb configured for installation in a light fixture, the parking space light bulb comprising:one or more instruments;
a memory that stores computer executable components; and
a processor that executes the computer executable components stored in the memory, wherein the computer executable components comprise:
a mapping component that employs at least one instrument of the one or more instruments to identify a set of parking spaces in a defined region of a parking structure in which the parking space light bulb is installed; and
a parking space monitoring component that monitors the set of parking spaces and determines respective occupied statuses of parking spaces of the set of parking spaces, wherein the respective occupied statuses indicate whether the parking spaces are occupied or unoccupied, wherein the parking space monitoring component receives information sensed by another parking space light bulb of a portion of a parking space of the set of parking spaces that is partially obstructed from view of the at least one instrument of the parking space light bulb, and determines an occupied status of the parking space based at least on the information.

US Pat. No. 10,510,248

AUXILIARY IDENTIFICATION DEVICE FOR INDICATOR OBJECT AND AUXILIARY IDENTIFICATION AND DISPLAY METHOD THEREFOR

Wistron Corporation, New...

1. An auxiliary identification device for real-time acquiring road condition relating to a traveling vehicle, comprising:a camera module configured to obtain a video in a first direction of the traveling vehicle;
a controller coupled to the camera module and configured to receive the video obtained by the camera module and capture and identify a plurality of indicator objects in the video, wherein each of the indicator objects comprises indication information, and the controller sorts the indicator objects to determine a priority display order of the indicator objects and further generates a display image signal according to the priority display order; and
a display coupled to the controller and the display is configured to sequentially display the indicator objects according to the display image signal.

US Pat. No. 10,510,247

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING WHETHER OBJECT VIOLATES TRAFFIC SIGNAL

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A method for detecting whether an object violates a traffic signal, comprising:acquiring, by a terminal moving along with the object, a current signal state of the traffic signal in a moving direction of the object through a network, the terminal being paired with the object;
determining, by the terminal, a current position of the object according to beacons surrounding an intersection where the object is in response to the current signal state of the traffic signal being no passing; and
detecting, by the terminal, whether the object violates a traffic signal according to the current position of the object;
wherein the step of the terminal determining a current position of the object according to beacons surrounding the intersection where the object is, comprises:
determining, by the terminal, beacons surrounding the intersection wirelessly, in response to the current signal state of the traffic signal being no passing;
determining, by the terminal, a distance from each beacon according the received signal strength of each determined beacon; and
determining, by the terminal, the current position of the object according to the distance from each beacon.

US Pat. No. 10,510,241

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A communication apparatus for receiving and outputting emergency information, the communication apparatus comprising:circuitry configured to:
generate an emergency information viewing result report that contains a record of emergency information viewing result information; and
send the generated emergency information viewing result report, wherein
the emergency information viewing result report contains a record of:
an identifier of the emergency information output on the communication apparatus, and
time information representing a time in which at least one of a display and a speaker of the communication apparatus output the emergency information.

US Pat. No. 10,510,239

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING ALERT NOTIFICATIONS FROM A SECURED AREA

Honeywell International I...

1. A system comprising:a transceiver device that receives first data from a first surveillance device that monitors a first secured area;
a processor that uses the first data to identify a first scenario associated with the first secured area and a first alert notification having a first notification priority of the first scenario; wherein:
when the processor recognizes a presence of a weapon carried by a person in the first secured area using the first data in the first scenario, and also recognizes the person as being authorized to carry the weapon, the processor sets the first notification priority below a preconfigured level;
when the processor recognizes a presence of a weapon carried by a person in the first secured area using the first data in the first scenario, but does not recognizes the person as being authorized to carry the weapon, the processor sets the first notification priority at or above the preconfigured level;
when the first notification priority is below the preconfigured level, the processor does not transmit, via the transceiver device, the first alert notification with the first notification priority to a cloud server indicative of the first scenario; and
when the first notification priority is at or above the preconfigured level, the processor transmits, via the transceiver device, the first alert notification with the first notification priority to a cloud server indicative of the first scenario.

US Pat. No. 10,510,237

SAFETY SERVICE SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF

THINKWARE CORPORATION, S...

1. A user terminal for providing a safety service, comprising:a location calculator that acquires a current location of the user terminal;
a communication unit that communicates with a security system;
a memory having computer readable instructions stored thereon; and
at least one processor configured to execute the computer readable instructions to determine whether an emergency situation is detected or a request of the safety service from a guardian terminal for the user terminal is received, wherein the emergency situation being detected requires no operation performed by a user of the user terminal to the user terminal and, in response to the emergency situation being detected or the request of the safety service being received, transmit the current location to at least one of the guardian terminal and the security system;
wherein the user terminal is registered on the security system which is associated with a user of the guardian terminal,
wherein the user terminal further comprises a camera unit that captures a peripheral image of the user terminal at predetermined time intervals, and
wherein the at least one processor is further configured to execute the computer readable instructions to, in response to the emergency situation being detected or the request of the safety service being received, transmit the captured peripheral image to the at least one of the guardian terminal and the security system.

US Pat. No. 10,510,233

REDUCING AND ELIMINATING THE EFFECTS OF BRIGHT LIGHTS IN A FIELD-OF-VIEW OF A CAMERA

JEMEZ TECHNOLOGY LLC, Lo...

1. A system, comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, perform a method, comprising:
receiving a reference image;
receiving a new image;
determining an average value of pixels in the new image;
determining an average value of differences of the pixels in the new image;
determining whether a value of a pixel of the new image is greater than a sum of the average value of the pixels in the new image and the average value of the difference of the pixels in the new image; and
when it is determined that the value of the pixel of the new is greater than the sum, changing the value of the pixel to the sum of the average value of the pixels in the new image and the average value of the difference of the pixels in the new image.

US Pat. No. 10,510,231

MOVING OBJECT DETECTION, TRACKING, AND DISPLAYING SYSTEMS

Innovative Signal Analysi...

1. An alert and tracking system, implemented on a computing device with a processor, the system comprising:an image receiver configured to receive a first image comprising a first two-dimensional grid of portions and a second image comprising a second two-dimensional grid of portions, wherein the first image is received before the second image is received;
a display comprising:
a viewing window comprising a third two-dimensional grid of portions; and
an alert and tracking window offset from the viewing window, the alert and tracking window comprising a fourth two-dimensional grid of portions wherein a first dimension of the fourth two-dimensional grid of portions is a first spatial dimension corresponding to a second spatial dimension of the third two-dimensional grid of portions; and
wherein the processor is configured to:
receive the first image and the second image;
detect a change between the second image and the first image and identify a changed portion from one of the second two-dimensional grid of portions that contains the change, wherein the detected change is indicative of a moving object;
update the viewing window to display the second two-dimensional grid of portions in the third two-dimensional grid of portions; and
update the alert and tracking window to display a highlighted portion that spatially corresponds in one dimension to the changed portion displayed in the viewing window.

US Pat. No. 10,510,222

COLOR-CHANGING LIGHTING DYNAMIC CONTROL

Inception Innovations, LL...

1. A method of communicating emergencies using color-changing light sources, by emitting color-coded lighting messages, the method comprising:emitting from the at least one color-changing light source a first message segment consisting of three segment elements of lights-on of a first selected color alternated with three message elements of lights-off, wherein the color of the first selected color indicates an emergency type; and then
emitting from the at least one color-changing light source a second message segment consisting of three segment elements of lights-on of a white color alternated with three message elements of lights-off; and then
emitting from the at least one color-changing light source a third message segment identical to the first message segment; and then
repeatedly and sequentially emitting the first, second and third message segments; and then
changing at least one of the message segments, indicating verification of the emergency type.

US Pat. No. 10,510,215

TOURNAMENT ENTRY MECHANISMS WITHIN A GAMBLING INTEGRATED GAME OR SKILL WAGERING INTERLEAVED GAME

Gamblit Gaming, LLC, Gle...

1. A casino electronic game machine providing a tournament entry mechanism in a gambling hybrid game that includes an entertainment game and a gambling game, comprising:a real credit operating system comprising:
a real world credit meter;
a random number generator; and
a real world credit pay table, wherein the real credit operating system is configured to:
receive real world credit from a portable media, wherein the portable media includes at least one member of a group including currency, a voucher and a smart card; and
provide a randomly generated payout of real world credits from a wager of real world credits in the gambling game using the random number generator and real world credit pay table;
augment an amount of real world credits stored in the real world credit meter based on the randomly generated payout of real world credits to the real world credit meter;
an entertainment game system constructed to:
execute the entertainment game to resolve a random event in the entertainment game to generate random event results;
provide the random event results to a game world operating system;
receive, from the game world operating system, tournament ticket information, including, when a threshold amount is exceeded, a request to select which tournament tickets to retain;
update a display screen with the tournament ticket information; and
accept a user input to determine which tournament tickets to retain;
the display screen configured to:
display the random event results of the wagers; and
display the tournament ticket information;
a user input device configured to receive from a player a wagering amount to use during game play; and
the game world operating system constructed to:
determine an occurrence of a gambling event in the gambling game based on play of the entertainment game executed by the entertainment game system;
request a resolution to the gambling event by the real credit operating system;
determine gambling results based upon the random event results;
determine at least one of an amount and a species of tournament tickets to provide to a player account based on gameplay of the entertainment game and the result of the gambling event wherein different species of tickets have different values, wherein one or more lower value species of tournament tickets is tradable for a higher value species of a tournament ticket;
set the threshold amount based on a maximum number of tournament tickets that can be held by a player's wallet;
determine if the number of tournament tickets provided exceed a threshold amount;
send the tournament ticket information to the entertainment game system including, when the threshold amount is exceeded, a request to select which tickets to retain in the player's wallet;
provide the gambling results to the entertainment game system for use in executing the entertainment game;
receive the user input determining which tournament tickets to retain; and
update the player account with the tournament ticket information.

US Pat. No. 10,510,214

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PEER-TO-PEER WIRELESS GAMING

CFPH, LLC, New York, NY ...

1. An apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory device electronically coupled to the at least one processor, in which the at least one memory device stores software that when executed by the at least one processor, directs the at least one processor to:
receive a request from a first mobile device and a second mobile device to access a private gaming group;
in response to determining that the first mobile device and the second mobile device have permission to access the private gaming group, enable the first mobile device and the second mobile device to jointly participate in a common gaming activity;
determine first location information associated with the first mobile device based on at least one of a receiver strength indicator, time difference of arrival, multilateration, triangulation, geo-fencing, and global satellite positioning;
determine second location information associated with the second mobile device based on at least one of a receiver strength indicator, time difference of arrival, multilateration, triangulation, geo-fencing, and global satellite positioning;
based at least in part on determining the first and the second location information, determine a distance between the first mobile device and the second mobile device;
based at least in part on determining the distance between the first mobile device and the second mobile device, determine that a distance requirement has been violated, in which the distance requirement comprises a minimum distance that must be maintained between the first mobile device and the second mobile device when providing the common gaming activity;
based at least in part on determining that the distance requirement has been violated, disable the common gaming activity at the first mobile device and the second mobile device; and
based at least in part on determining that the distance requirement has not been violated, enable the common gaming activity at the first mobile device and the second mobile device, wherein the first mobile device and the second mobile device exchange location information and display the location information on respective screens.

US Pat. No. 10,510,204

APPARATUS FOR THE PREPARATION AND DISPENSING OF BAKERY FOOD PRODUCTS, IN PARTICULAR PIZZAS

1. An apparatus for the preparation and dispensing of bakery food products, in particular pizzas, comprising:a magazine (2) containing a plurality of food products (P) having a storage compartment (3) for storing said products (P) in a respective semi-cooked condition;
said magazine comprising a chamber (5) internally defining said storage compartment (3) and having at least one opening (6) for connecting said loading station with said compartment (3), and a carousel (8) arranged inside said compartment (3) and rotatable about a respective longitudinal axis (X);
said carousel (8) having a plurality of retaining members (9) for retaining at least one frozen food product (P), which are arranged along a substantially circular path defined by said carousel (8) and motor means (10) associated with said carousel in order to rotate it under a plurality of operating conditions in which at least one retaining member (9) is arranged in the area of said opening (6);
each retaining member (9) comprising a plurality of gripping elements (11) mutually overlapped and movable along a closed loop path in a direction parallel to said longitudinal axis (X) of the carousel (8);
each gripping element (11) presenting two adjacent portions (12) defining a support surface (13) for a respective food product (P), said retaining member (9) further presenting a pair of motorised belts (14) for conveying said portions (12) for moving the gripping elements (11) along the closed loop path;
said apparatus further comprising:
cooling means (4) arranged inside the magazine (2) to keep the compartment (3) of said food products (P) at a predetermined freezing temperature;
a supply line (15) for supplying said food products (P) extending between a product loading station arranged in the area of the magazine (2) and a dispensing station for dispensing the food products (P);
said supply line comprising a first oven (16) arranged downstream of the loading station and configured to thaw the food products (P) leaving the magazine (2), and a second oven (17) interposed between said first oven and said dispensing station and configured to cook the thawed food product at a given temperature depending on the type of the product (P) itself; and
packaging means (21), located in the area of said dispensing station to arrange each product (P) leaving the supply line (15) inside a respective package (C).

US Pat. No. 10,510,191

INTERACTIONS WITH 3D VIRTUAL OBJECTS USING POSES AND MULTIPLE-DOF CONTROLLERS

Magic Leap, Inc., Planta...

1. A system comprising:a display system of a wearable device configured to present a three-dimensional (3D) view to a user and permit a user interaction with objects in a field of regard (FOR) of a user, the FOR comprising a portion of the environment around the user that is capable of being perceived by the user via the display system;
a sensor configured to acquire pose data associated with a pose of the user;
a hardware processor in communication with the sensor and the display system, the hardware processor programmed to:
determine a group of objects in the FOR of the user;
initiate a cone cast, wherein the cone cast comprises a cast of a virtual cone with a dynamically-adjustable aperture;
determine a field of view (FOV) of the user based at least partly on the pose data acquired by the sensor;
identify, from the group of objects in the FOR of the user, a subgroup of objects that are within the FOV of the user;
analyze one or more contextual features of the subgroup of objects that are within the FOV of the user;
dynamically resize the aperture of the virtual cone based at least in part on the one or more contextual features; and
render to the user, via the display system, a visual representation of at least a portion of the virtual cone.

US Pat. No. 10,510,189

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:an information processing block configured to execute an information processing in accordance with at least one of a user operation for moving a real body existing in a real world and a user operation through a connected input apparatus; and
a display processing block configured to draw a virtual space in which a virtual object related with the real body exists as a result of the information processing to display the drawn virtual space onto a display apparatus,
wherein the information processing block maintains a state in which the real world including the real body corresponds to the virtual space including the virtual object by executing at least one of a real body control processing for generating a control signal for causing the real body in the real world to generate a corresponding movement when the virtual object is moved in the virtual space by the user operation through the input apparatus and transmitting the generated control signal to the real body concerned and an operation processing on a virtual space for causing the virtual object in the virtual space to generate a corresponding movement when the user operation for moving the real body is executed and, when a situation associated with a preset situation is detected, executes a corresponding processing selected according to the situation concerned, thereby continuing a subsequent information processing, and
wherein, when the virtual object disappears in the virtual space, the information processing block maintains a corresponding state by providing consistency with existence of the real body in the real world by leaving a wreck thereof at the same place.

US Pat. No. 10,510,185

VARIABLE RATE SHADING

ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES, I...

1. A method for processing three-dimensional graphics with decoupled rasterization and pixel shading resolutions, to render an image to a render target, the method comprising:rasterizing, via a rasterizer, a triangle to produce fine rasterization data and a set of one or more quads;
accumulating at least one of the set of one or more quads output by the rasterizer into a tile buffer having a tile buffer size;
downsampling quads in the tile buffer to generate coarse quads, the downsampling based on a shading rate defined for the at least one of the set of one or more quads, wherein the shading rate indicates a first number of quads to generate from a second number of quads that fit into the tile buffer size;
shading the coarse quads to generate shaded coarse quads; and
modulating the shaded coarse quads with the fine rasterization data.

US Pat. No. 10,510,183

GRAPHICS PROCESSING ENHANCEMENT BY TRACKING OBJECT AND/OR PRIMITIVE IDENTIFIERS

SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAI...

1. A method of rendering graphics with a processor, the method comprising:setting up a plurality of objects in a scene in virtual space, each said object being defined by a set of vertices;
assigning a unique object identifier to each of the objects;
issuing one or more draw calls to draw the objects;
setting up a plurality of primitives from the vertices, each said primitive being defined by a set of one or more of the vertices and each said primitive belonging to one or more of the objects;
performing geometry shading to generate one or more output primitives from the plurality of primitives, wherein performing the geometry shading includes generating a primitive identifier for one or more primitives generated by the geometry shading by incrementing a primitive identifier for each input primitive by a maximum amount of geometric amplification of output primitives supported by an object with which the input primitives are associated;
rasterizing each of the primitives for a plurality of pixels;
writing one or more of the object identifiers to at least one ID buffer, such that each pixel of the plurality of pixels is associated with an object identifier in the ID buffer;
processing the pixels for each of the rasterized primitives to determine corresponding depth and color values for the plurality of pixels; and
determining a set of display pixels for an output frame using the depth and color values for the plurality of pixels and the object identifiers in the ID buffer.

US Pat. No. 10,510,174

CREATING A MIXED-REALITY VIDEO BASED UPON TRACKED SKELETAL FEATURES

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computing system comprising:a processor; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform acts comprising:
estimating positions of skeletal features of a human body captured in frames of video generated by a camera, wherein the positions of the skeletal features of the human body in the captured frames are estimated based solely upon the captured frames of the video generated by the camera, and further wherein estimating the positions of the skeletal features comprises:
for a frame in the captured frames, generating an estimate of a position of a first skeletal feature of the human body;
determining that the estimate of the position of the first skeletal feature is incorrect based upon the estimate of the position of the first skeletal feature relative to an estimate of a position of a second skeletal feature in the frame; and
updating the estimate of the position of the first skeletal feature in the frame responsive to determining that the estimate of the position of the first skeletal feature is incorrect;
generating mixed reality video frames based upon the estimated positions of the skeletal features of the human body, wherein the mixed reality video frames include the captured frames combined with an animation; and
storing the mixed reality video frames in a computer-readable storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,510,171

VISUALIZATION OF ANATOMICAL CAVITIES

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A system for performing a procedure in a nasal cavity and/or sinus, comprising:(a) a magnetic tracking system;
(b) an intrabody tool having one or more magnetic sensors;
(c) a display;
(d) a memory configured to store an image slice and a three-dimensional model of a patient anatomy, wherein the image slice is a two-dimensional image, and wherein a plane location from which the patient anatomy is shown in the image slice is present within the three-dimensional model;
(e) a processor, configured:
(i) to identify a portion of the image slice that corresponds to an anatomical cavity,
(ii) to identify a wall of the three-dimensional model that corresponds to the anatomical cavity, from the same plane location as that of the image slice,
(iii) to create a modified image slice by overlaying the wall on the anatomical cavity of the image slice,
(iv) to overlay an icon that represents the intrabody tool on a portion of the modified image slice that corresponds to a location of the intrabody tool within the anatomical cavity, and
(v) to display the modified image slice on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,510,169

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING FUSED IMAGES TO REMOTE RECIPIENTS FOR DESCRAMBLING AND INTERPRETATION

Glu Mobile, Inc., San Fr...

1. A computing device comprising one or more processors, one or more head movement measuring components, a screen, a camera, a microphone, and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors, the one or more programs collectively comprising instructions for:responsive to sensing an instruction by a user:
capturing an image using the camera; and
displaying the image on the screen;
while displaying the image on the screen, receiving, using the microphone, an audible phrase provided by the user;
in response to receiving the audible phrase provided by the user:
converting the audible phrase to a text phrase; and
displaying the text phrase superimposed on the image on the screen, without human intervention, thereby displaying a fused image;
obtaining an identification, from the user, of one or more remote recipients of the fused image; and
in accordance with a confirmation by the user that the text phrase has been correctly converted from the audible phrase by the converting step, formatting the text phrase for scrambled display in accordance with a level of complexity stored in a user profile associated with each recipient in the one or more remote recipients and wirelessly communicating the fused image to the one or more remote recipients for display on one or more remote devices associated with the one or more remote recipients with the text phrase scrambled.

US Pat. No. 10,510,168

METHOD FOR EDITING CHARACTER IMAGE IN CHARACTER IMAGE EDITING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING PROGRAM RECORDED THEREON FOR EXECUTING THE METHOD

Jungha Ryu, Seongnam-si ...

1. A method for creating at least one dot image by using a dot image creating apparatus, comprising:(a) acquiring, by the apparatus, information on a character, wherein the information on the character includes a geometry of the character and an empty space within a subject region surrounding the geometry of the character, and wherein the empty space is an area within the subject region not occupied by the geometry of the character;
(b) assigning, by the apparatus, first metadata to portions within the subject region corresponding to the character, wherein the first metadata has a first color;
(c) assigning, by the apparatus, second metadata to portions of the subject region corresponding to the empty space not occupied by the character, wherein the second metadata has a second color;
(d) reassigning, by the apparatus, the first metadata to have the second color and the second metadata to have the first color;
(e) adjusting, by the apparatus, a ratio of an area of the first metadata to an area of the second metadata while maintaining the information on the geometry of the character by increasing the area of the first metadata within the subject region and by decreasing the area of the second metadata within the subject region, wherein the adjusted second metadata corresponds to the dot image; and
(f) outputting, by the apparatus, the dot image only without outputting the character, wherein the dot image per se represents the information on the geometry of the character.

US Pat. No. 10,510,166

REDUCING THE NUMBER OF SPECTRAL CHANNELS IN MULTI-ENERGY CT IMAGING

SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH, ...

1. A method for reconstruction of image data based upon a plurality of multi-energy projection measurement data sets for a field of examination of an object under examination, the method comprising:capturing a plurality of projection measurement data sets, each of the plurality of projection measurement data sets being produced, via multi-energy CT imaging, using differing X-ray energy spectra of the field of examination of the object under examination, to produce a plurality of captured projection measurement data sets; andproducing a reduced number of image data sets based upon the plurality of captured projection measurement data sets, the reduced number of image data sets being fewer in number than the plurality of captured projection measurement data sets, by applying a basic material decomposition and an image mix, wherein the producing of the reduced number of image data sets comprises:applying a decorrelated basic material decomposition to the plurality of projection measurement data sets by multiplying the projection measurement data sets by a mixing matrix constructed to produce a reduced number of decorrelated projection data sets; and
reconstructing a reduced number of decorrelated image data sets based upon the decorrelated projection data sets.

US Pat. No. 10,510,159

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors;
a memory coupled with the one or more processors and including instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to function as:
a marker detection unit configured to detect one or more markers from an image obtained by capturing a physical space by an image capturing unit;
a feature detection unit configured to detect a feature from the image;
a first estimation unit configured to estimate a first set of position and orientation of the image capturing unit based on a detection result obtained by the marker detection unit and a detection result obtained by the feature detection unit;
a selection unit configured to select some markers of the one or more markers detected by the marker detection unit;
a second estimation unit configured to estimate a second set of position and orientation of the image capturing unit based on a feature not included in the some markers among the detection result obtained by the feature detection unit;
a stability obtaining unit configured to obtain stability of estimation of the set of position and orientation when the some markers of the one or more markers are removed based on the first set of position and orientation estimated by the first estimation unit and the second set of position and orientation estimated by the second estimation unit; and
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the stability, whether the some markers are removable.

US Pat. No. 10,510,151

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OBTAINING PAIR-WISE EPIPOLAR CONSTRAINTS AND SOLVING FOR PANORAMA POSE ON A MOBILE DEVICE

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer implemented method for determining the location and orientation of panoramic images:receiving, by one or more computing devices, alignment data between a pair of panoramic images including a first panoramic image and second panoramic image, and original location data for the pair of panoramic images, wherein the original location data includes geographic location data including latitude and longitude coordinates corresponding to where the first panoramic image and the second panoramic image were captured;
calculating, by the one or more computing devices, a heading from the first panoramic image to the second panoramic image based on the original location data;
determining, by the one or more computing devices, relative orientations between the pair of panoramic images based on the alignment data and the heading;
optimizing, by the one or more computing devices, the original location data and the alignment data based on the relative orientations between the pair of panoramic images and the original location data, wherein optimizing includes calculating optimized relative orientations and optimized location data by minimizing costs for a location objective function and an orientation objective function;
replacing, by the one or more computing devices, the original location data and relative orientations with the optimized relative orientations and optimized location data.

US Pat. No. 10,510,150

SEARCHING TREES: LIVE TIME-LAPSE CELL-CYCLE PROGRESSION MODELING AND ANALYSIS

International Business Ma...

1. A method of tracking a cell through a plurality of images comprising:selecting at least one cell in at least one image obtained at a first time;
generating a track of the at least one cell through a plurality of images, including the at least one image, obtained at different times using a forward tracking and a backward tracking, wherein generating the track comprises distinguishing, using information generated for the at least one cell by the forward tracking, between a visually occluded cell in at least one of the plurality of images and a mitosis event detected by the backward tracking; and
generating a cell tree lineage of the at least one cell using the track.

US Pat. No. 10,510,147

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An image processing device comprising:a plurality of label data generation units of the device which generate label data in which a predetermined label is assigned to each of a plurality of pixels in each of a plurality of divided images into which an input image is divided as a plurality of regions;
a plurality of label integration information generation units of the device which correspond to the respective label data generation units and generate label integration information representing association of labels included in the label data in order to integrate label data generated by a corresponding label data generation unit and label data generated by another label data generation unit;
a plurality of label integration units of the device which generate integrated label data in which respective pieces of label data corresponding to neighboring divided images are integrated on the basis of the label integration information; and
a label integration processing controller which distributes the label data to the respective label integration units such that computational loads to integrate the label data are equalized,
wherein the label integration information generation units generate the label integration information for all the label data before the label integration units perform computations for integrating the respective pieces of label data; and
wherein each of the label data generation units generates label data in which overlap pixels which are pixels overlapping with a peripheral portion of another one of the divided images which are positioned in a peripheral portion of the corresponding divided image are assigned with a first label having a value uniquely determined depending on the positions of the overlap pixels or a second label which is determined to be an exclusive value for pixels located at positions other than the peripheral portion included in the divided image and is different from the first label,
the label integration information is information in which the value of the first label is stored as an initial value in a first storage region corresponding to each of the overlap pixels included in each of the divided images, and the value of the second label assigned to any one pixel located at a position other than the peripheral portion included in each of the divided images is stored in a second storage region other than the first storage region,
each of the label integration information generation units updates, when the corresponding label data generation unit assigns the second label to any one of the overlap pixels, the value of the first label stored in the first storage region corresponding to the overlap pixel assigned with the second label to the value of the assigned second label in the label integration information, and
each of the label integration units changes the value of the first label assigned to pixels assigned with the first label having the same value as a value which has been uniquely determined for the overlap pixel corresponding to the first storage region whose value is updated from the initial value to the updated value stored in the first storage region.

US Pat. No. 10,510,146

NEURAL NETWORK FOR IMAGE PROCESSING

Qualcomm Incorporated, S...

1. A method for processing an input in an artificial neural network (ANN), the method comprising:receiving, at a first operator layer of a first plurality of operator layers, a first feature value based on the input from a first decoder convolutional layer of a first decoder and a second feature value based on the input from an encoder convolutional layer of a first encoder;
determining, at the first operator layer, a third feature value based on the input by performing an element-wise operation with the first feature value based on the input and the second feature value based on the input, in which the element-wise operation comprises a product operation;
transmitting, from the first operator layer, the third feature value based on the input to an encoder layer that is subsequent to the encoder convolutional layer; and
generating an output of the ANN based at least in part on the third feature value based on the input.

US Pat. No. 10,510,145

MEDICAL IMAGE COMPARISON METHOD AND SYSTEM THEREOF

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A medical image comparison method, comprising the steps of:obtaining a plurality of images of a body at different time points, while allowing the plural images to include a first image captured at a first time point and a second image captured at a second time point;
obtaining a first feature point group by detecting feature points in the first image, while obtaining a second feature point group by detecting feature points in the second image;
enabling an overlapping image information to be generated by aligning the second image with the first image according to the first feature point group and the second feature point group, while allowing the overlapping image information to include a first matching image corresponding to the first image and a second matching image corresponding to the second image; and
sequentially extracting corresponding window areas from the first matching image and the second matching image in the overlapping image information respectively by the use of a sliding window mask, while calculating an image difference ratio for each of the window areas according to the ratio between the number of matching points and the number of unmatched points in the corresponding window areas of the first and the second matching images.

US Pat. No. 10,510,144

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTION OF SUSPICIOUS TISSUE REGIONS IN AN ENDOSCOPIC PROCEDURE

MAGENTIQ EYE LTD., (IL)

1. An image processing system connected to the video output of an endoscopy device during an endoscopic procedure, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory communicatively coupled to the at least one processor comprising computer-readable instructions that when executed by the at least one processor cause the image processing and machine learning system to implement a method of detecting in real-time suspicious regions in endoscopic video images produced by the endoscopy device, the method comprising performing the following steps on a plurality of successive video frames:(i) removing from each frame peripheral regions outside the visual feed of the endoscope camera;(ii) identifying and removing lumen regions in a frame by finding low intensity, convex regions in the frame, wherein the intensity is below 0.1 on an intensity scale between 0 and 1;(iii) identifying and removing feces regions in a frame;(iv) identifying and removing occurrences in a frame of the endoscope internal side of the tip at peripheral parts of the frame;(v) identifying areas with liquids in each frame or portion of frame;(vi) identifying, and removing surgical tools in each frame or portion of frame;(vii) identifying and removing blurry regions in each frame or portion of frame;(viii) applying on each of said video frames or portion of said frames two of the following conventional detectors that are not based on a supervised learning algorithm, said conventional detectors being adapted to detect if the video frame or portion of said frame contain suspicious regions: color analysis; texture/edges/kernel-based extraction analysis; shading analysis; 3-dimensional (3D) image analysis; or any combination thereof, wherein the determination to identify an area as a suspicious region takes into account the identification of that region in a predetermined number of successive frames; and(ix) applying on each of said video frames or portions of said frames one of the following models of supervised machine learning-based detectors in order to classify which features and image regions are related to suspicious regions: applying a Support Vector Machine (SVM) based process; applying a Decision Trees-based process; applying a deep machine-learning-based networks process comprising one or more models of Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), Regional CNN (RCNN), and Long-Short Term Memory Recurrent CNN (LSTM Recurrent CNN), wherein each model receives as input color channels of original frames or images resulting from the processing of said conventional algorithms or three successive frames; or any combination thereof, wherein the determination to identify an area as a suspicious region takes into account the identification of that region in a predetermined number of successive frames;(x) receiving the results of (viii) and (ix) and reaching a final decision about the suspicious region existence in the frame according to one or more predetermined rules; and(xi) identifying one or more video frames as containing a suspicious area.

US Pat. No. 10,510,142

ESTIMATION USING IMAGE ANALYSIS

United Services Automobil...

1. A computer-implemented method performed by at least one processor, the method comprising:receiving, by the at least one processor, a request including at least one image of a physical object, the at least one image generated using an image capture device associated with a user;
performing, by the at least one processor, at least one pre-processing operation, wherein the at least one pre-processing operation comprises one or more fraud checking operations including:
determining a first geographic location embedded in the at least one image,
determining a second geographic location associated with the user, and
comparing the first geographic location and the second geographic location to determine whether the request is fraudulent;
subsequent to performing the at least one pre-processing operation, transmitting, by the at least one processor, the at least one image to a computer-implemented image analysis service and receiving, in response, component state information indicating a state of at least one component of the physical object, the state determined based on an analysis of the at least one image by the computer-implemented image analysis service;
based at least partly on the component state information, determining, by the at least one processor, cost estimate information that describes a cost corresponding to the state of the at least one component of the physical object; and
transmitting, by the at least one processor, the cost estimate information for presentation on a computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,510,139

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus used with an image display apparatus and configured to generate an original image, the image display apparatus includes a display device configured to display the original image, and an observation optical system configured to lead light from the display device to an eye of an observer, the observation optical system, in an oblique view state for the eyes that are rotated from those facing a front in a front view state, not leading light from a specific area in the light from the display device to the eye when a distance between the observation optical system and the eye is a first distance, and leading the light from the specific area to the eye when the distance between the observation optical system and the eye is a second distance shorter than the first distance, the image processing apparatus comprising:an image acquirer configured to acquire an input image; and
a processor configured to generate the original image by performing for the input image correction processing using correction data according to an optical aberration of the observation optical system,
wherein in the correction processing for the oblique view state, the processor uses first correction data according to the optical aberration corresponding to a first position distant from the observation optical system by a distance made by adding a rotating radius of the eye to the first distance, to generate an image corresponding to an area other than the specific area in the original image, and uses second correction data according to the optical aberration corresponding to a second position closer to the observation optical system than the first position to generate an image corresponding to the specific area
wherein the following condition is satisfied,
0.65??1/?2?0.85
where ?1 is a field angle on a specific area side of a field angle center and ?2 is a field angle on a side opposite to the specific area side with respect to the field angle center, in a diagonal display field angle formed by the observation optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,510,138

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR IMAGE ENLARGEMENT AND DISPLAY PANEL DRIVER USING THE SAME

Synaptics Japan GK, Toky...

1. A display driver, comprising:a scaler circuit configured to enlarge an input image with an enlargement by:
generating an intermediate pixel image composed of intermediate pixels, wherein each of the intermediate pixels corresponds to a different 2×2 pixel array of the input image, wherein the intermediate pixels are determined by calculating an average pixel value of at least two pixels of a corresponding pixel array of the input image, and wherein the at least two pixels of the corresponding pixel array do not include a pixel having a highest pixel value of the pixel array and a pixel having a lowest pixel value of the pixel array;
generating an interpolated image comprising interpolation pixels, wherein each of the interpolation pixels corresponds to at least one of a combination of two adjacent pixels of the input image in a horizontal direction, and a combination of two adjacent pixels of the input image in a vertical direction; and
incorporating the input image, the intermediate pixel image, and the interpolated image into an enlarged image; and
a driver section configured to drive a display panel at least partially based on the enlarged image.

US Pat. No. 10,510,136

IMAGE BLURRING METHOD, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND COMPUTER DEVICE

GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TEL...

1. An image blurring method, comprising:obtaining an image to be processed and physical distance information corresponding to each pixel in the image;
detecting a first area comprising a part of a photographed object in the image, obtaining a distance range corresponding to the first area, obtaining physical distance information within the distance range as physical distance information corresponding to a second area comprising the photographed object and obtaining physical distance information beyond the distance range as physical distance information corresponding to a third area other than the second area in the image;
obtaining a blur parameter corresponding to the third area according to the physical distance information corresponding to the second area and the physical distance information corresponding to the third area; and
performing a blurring processing on the third area according to the blur parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,510,132

VEHICLE FLEET MANAGEMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM WITH LOAD BALANCING

CREATIVE MOBILE TECHNOLOG...

1. A method of managing a plurality of vehicles in a fleet of vehicles operatively controlled by a fleet management system, the method comprising:maintaining a plurality of wireless communication connections between the plurality of vehicles in the fleet and a central control center, each wireless communication connection operative between one or more of the plurality of vehicles and the central control center, via a cluster of gateways and a cluster of application switches, each wireless communication connection being maintained, at least in part, by messages initiated by each connected vehicle of the plurality of vehicles, wherein the central control center, the cluster of gateways, and the cluster of application switches handle a plurality of simultaneous wireless communication connections with the plurality of vehicles;
receiving a plurality of vehicle location messages at the central control center;
the plurality of vehicle location messages including information indicating the geographic location of a corresponding one of the plurality of vehicles in the fleet, in real-time or near real-time;
wherein the plurality of vehicle location messages are sent to the central control center frequently enough to maintain the wireless communication connections, wherein the central control center monitors the plurality of vehicle location messages and establishes a new communication session if a vehicle location message is not received within a predetermined time period, to ensure consistent receipt of the plurality of vehicle location messages;
load balancing using the messaging gateways of the cluster of messaging gateways to provide maximum communication uptime for the plurality of vehicles, while only one messaging gateway of the cluster of messaging gateways is visible to any single vehicle of the plurality of vehicles, at a given time;
wherein, based on current load conditions, one or more of the cluster of application switches determines which messaging gateway of the cluster of gateways is to maintain the wireless communication connections between a specific vehicle of the plurality of vehicles and the central control center, such that additional messaging gateways are included when the load conditions increase;
collecting and storing the plurality of vehicle location messages and additional messages at the central control center;
receiving, by the central control center, a polling communications from the plurality of vehicles; and
sending, by the central control center, updates to the plurality of vehicles based on the received polling communications.

US Pat. No. 10,510,130

MOBILE DEVICE TASK MANAGEMENT AND QUEUE FOR MEDICAL TRIAGE

Charu Software Solutions,...

1. A computer-assisted method of routing a medical triage request, the method comprising:registering a medical triage request application residing on a user's mobile electronic device, the registration including:
receiving an association request from the mobile electronic device at a verification server, the association request including a provider code uniquely associated with the mobile electronic device wherein the verification server includes:
a preloaded provider code database;
a medical triage request patient database including a plurality of patient entries, each patient entry corresponding to each of a plurality of managed patients within a medical practice management system; and
a unique device identification database;
verifying the provider code from the association request against the preloaded provider code database to confirm the user is authorized to register the medical triage request application; and
sending to the medical triage request application on the mobile electronic device an association confirmation message code in response to the confirmation that the user is authorized to register the medical triage request application; and
authorizing a medical triage request received from the mobile electronic device the authorization including:
receiving a medical triage request and a unique device identifier code at the verification server from the user through the registered medical triage request application residing on the mobile electronic device, the registered medical triage request application verifying the user information prior to submitting the medical triage request;
comparing the received medical triage request and the unique device identifier code to the plurality of patient entries within the medical triage request patient database, the comparison indicating that the user associated with the medical triage request application residing on the mobile electronic device is authorized to submit the medical triage request and identifying a patient type associated with the user; and
when the comparison identifies a match between the unique device identifier code and the plurality of entries within the medical triage request patient database and the user has been verified as being authorized to submit the medical triage request, routing the medical triage request based on the patient type to a triage software application system for fulfilling the medical triage request.

US Pat. No. 10,510,127

THERMOSTAT HAVING NETWORK CONNECTED BRANDING FEATURES

Johnson Controls Technolo...

1. A thermostat for a building space, the thermostat comprising:a communications interface configured to receive service provider information via a network connection and facilitate a phone call with a dealer via voice over Internet, wherein the network connection comprises a connection to the Internet;
an electronic display comprising a user interface configured to display the service provider information; and
a processing circuit configured to:
cause the electronic display to display the service provider information on the electronic display in response to one or more thermostat events occurring;
receive, via the communications interface, new service provider information, wherein the new service provider information is an update replacing the service provider information;
cause the electronic display to display the new service provider information on the electronic display in response to the one or more thermostat events occurring;
cause the electronic display to display a user interface element for placing the phone call with the dealer;
detect a user interacting with the user interface element;
place the phone call to the dealer via the communications interface in response to a detection of the user interacting with the user interface element; and
transmit, via the communications interface, communications between the user and the dealer using at least one of a microphone and a speaker of the thermostat in response to the phone call being placed.

US Pat. No. 10,510,126

ENERGY CONSUMPTION ALERTING SYSTEM, PLATFORM AND METHOD

GLOBAL DESIGN CORPORATION...

1. An energy consumption alerting system comprising:a plurality of sensors deployed at different locations of a monitored site, the sensors being configured to provide location-specific energy consumption values;
a data aggregation facility comprising hardware programmed to operate as a cloud-based web application and configured to sum up location-specific energy consumption values associated with corresponding predetermined sensors of the plurality of sensors to obtain an aggregated energy consumption value; and
an alerting facility comprising hardware programmed to operate as a cloud-based web application and configured to compare the aggregated energy consumption value with an user-defined threshold level and to notify a user device, if the aggregated energy consumption value exceeds the user-defined threshold level,
wherein the energy consumption alerting system is configured to monitor electrical energy consumption of the monitored site and each one of the plurality of sensors is attached to a circuit breaker associated with a corresponding electrical circuit of the monitored site, the sensors being configured to provide circuit-specific energy consumption values.

US Pat. No. 10,510,122

DATA-DRIVEN CONCEPTS FOR PROCESSING CLAIMS

CHANGE HEALTHCARE HOLDING...

1. A method for processing insurance claims and controlling automatic creation, by a processor, of cases for representing insurance claims, the method comprising:processing a current claim line in accordance with (a) a first claims processing rule and (b) a first support claim line, wherein the first claims processing rule comprises (a) a rule name and (b) an indication to reference a database table stored in a database, in addition to applying the first claims processing rule, the database table comprising entries representing changes to insurance claim processing guidelines;
determining, via the processor, that an entry exists in the database table for the first claims processing rule based at least in part on the rule name for the first claims processing rule, wherein the entry for the first claims processing rule indicates how to process the current claim line when the current claim line and a support claim line satisfy the requirements of the entry for the first claims processing rule;
after determining, via the processor, that the entry exists in the database table for the first claims processing rule, determining whether the current claim line and the first support claim line satisfy the requirements of the entry for the first claims processing rule;
determining, via the processor, that the current claim line and the first support claim line satisfy the requirements of the entry for the first claims processing rule and the database table comprising entries representing the changes to the insurance claim processing guidelines; and
in response to determining that the current claim line and the first support claim line satisfy the requirements of the entry for the first claims processing rule and the database table, creating, by the processor, a case for the current claim line.

US Pat. No. 10,510,111

IMAGE-BASED RENDERING OF REAL SPACES

Appliance Computing III, ...

1. A method, comprising:receiving image data of a plurality of spaces in a real estate property, the image data including a plurality of images captured from a plurality of viewpoints, wherein each of at least some of the images correspond to a respective one of a plurality of rooms of the real estate property;
creating a plurality of panoramas of the plurality of spaces by processing and/or compositing the image data;
defining a plurality of spatial boundaries of the plurality of spaces in the real estate property using the image data, some of the spatial boundaries delineating a volume of one or more of the plurality of spaces of one or more rooms within the real estate property, and wherein a defined first spatial boundary is a further delineation within a second spatial boundary, the second spatial boundary corresponding to a parcel outline of the real estate property;
in response to receiving a user indication of a location within the real estate property, rendering a virtual model of a selected space of the one or more spaces delineated by a spatial boundary of the plurality of spatial boundaries that corresponds to the indicated location, the virtual model rendered using one or more of the plurality of panoramas created from the captured images that correspond to the one or more spaces delineated by the spatial boundary that corresponds to the indicated location; and
causing a device to display the virtual model with a first label indicating a location of the selected space in the spatial boundary that corresponds to the indicated location.

US Pat. No. 10,510,103

ON-LINE SHOPPING ASSISTANT FOR IN-STORE SHOPPING

International Business Ma...

1. A method for managing an on-line shopping assistant for in-store shopping, the method comprising:locating, in a store, a mobile device registered in a database in association with an in-store shopper, said locating comprising comparing a wireless signal of the mobile device with a plurality of wireless access points in communication with the mobile device and selecting a location in correspondence to one of the wireless access points associated with a strongest wireless signal as compared to others of the wireless access points;
receiving a request for data through the mobile device pertaining to at least one item in the store;
filtering the requested data to only data relating to items in proximity to the in-store shopper at the location within the store while excluding data relating to items not in proximity to the in-store shopper; and,
presenting the filtered data in a display of the mobile device along with an activatable button transmitting a request to summon a sales clerk to the location of the in-store shopper and also an activatable button transmitting a request to display a map of the store and direction in the store to locate a desired one of the items in proximity to the in-store shopper.

US Pat. No. 10,510,102

ON-LINE SHOPPING ASSISTANT FOR IN-STORE SHOPPING

International Business Ma...

7. A computer program product for for managing an on-line shopping assistant for in-store shopping, the computer program product comprising a non-transitory computer readable storage medium having program instructions embodied therewith, the program instructions executable by a device to cause the device to perform a method comprising:locating, in a store, a mobile device registered in a database in association with an in-store shopper, said locating comprising comparing a wireless signal of the mobile device with a plurality of wireless access points in communication with the mobile device and selecting a location in correspondence to one of the wireless access points associated with a strongest wireless signal as compared to others of the wireless access points;
receiving a request for data through the mobile device pertaining to different items that are present in the store;
filtering the requested data to only data relating to items that are present in the store and also that are in proximity to the in-store shopper, at the location within the store, relative to others of the items present in the store while excluding data relating to the other items present in the store but not in proximity to the in-store shopper; and,
presenting the filtered data in a display of the mobile device along with an activatable portion of the display transmitting a request to summon a sales clerk to the location of the in-store shopper and also a different portion of the display displaying a map of the store and direction in the store to locate a desired one of the items in proximity to the in-store shopper in response to a request to locate the desired one of the items in the store.

US Pat. No. 10,510,101

MERCHANT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR ADAPTIVE PRICING

JET.COM, INC., Hoboken, ...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, from a user of a merchant management system:
a request to price a first product as part of a prospective cart, the prospective cart comprising the first product and one or more other products in an existing cart, each respective product of the first product and the one or more other products being sold by one or more merchants of a plurality of merchants that offer the respective product at a respective offer price; and
a competing price for the first product, the competing price having been collected from a competing merchant management system;
identifying a plurality of cart combinations for the prospective cart via the merchant management system, each cart combination of the plurality of cart combinations being a different combination of merchants of the plurality of merchants assigned to the products of the prospective cart, each merchant of the plurality of merchants for the products of the prospective cart assigned from the one or more merchants offering the respective product;
evaluating a price for each cart combination of the plurality of cart combinations by combining the respective offer price for each assigned merchant;
determining at least one cart discount for each cart combination of the plurality of cart combinations by calculating savings of each cart combination of the plurality of cart combinations, the savings of each cart combination of the plurality of cart combinations resulting from the first product and at least one of the one or more other products being fulfilled by a same merchant of the one or more merchants;
selecting a first cart combination of the plurality of cart combinations based on a lowest price of the first cart combination compared to other cart combinations of the plurality of cart combinations, the first cart combination resulting in at least one discount of the first cart combination, the at least one discount of the first cart combination comprising the at least one cart discount;
determining a product price of the first product based on the first cart combination, as selected, compared to a price of the existing cart; and
in response to determining the product price of the first product, transmitting instructions to display, on an electronic device of the user, a user interface comprising:
an information portion comprising a search bar, a discount tracker, and a cart tracker, wherein:
the discount tracker is configured to:
display a sum of each discount of the at least one discount of the first cart combination; and
when selected by the user, display, in an expanded configuration, an itemized list showing a source of each discount of the at least one discount of the first cart combination; and
the cart tracker is configured to display a number of the first product and the one or more other products in the existing cart;
a search indicator displayed on the user interface only after the request to price the first product has been received, the search indicator configured to display:
search results in response to the request to price the first product; and
a total number of search results returned in response to the request to price the first product; and
a product preview portion comprising:
a product image of the first product;
a product name of the first product;
a product description preview of the first product;
an add to cart button configured to, when selected by the user, add the first product to the existing cart; and
pricing information comprising:
the competing price of the first product;
the respective offer price of the first product for a merchant of the plurality of merchants;
the at least one discount; and
the product price of the first product.

US Pat. No. 10,510,098

PROMOTION OF WEB SERVICES THROUGH AN IVR

Verizon Patent and Licens...

1. One or more computing devices, including:a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing a set of processor-executable instructions; and
one or more processors configured to execute the processor-executable instructions, wherein executing the processor-executable instructions causes the one or more processors to:
receive Interactive Voice Response (IVR) session data that includes information describing an ongoing IVR session of a user of a mobile device;
receive demographic information of the user;
determine, based on the IVR session data and the demographic information, an audio advertisement that is associated with a particular application, the audio advertisement including a prompt that asks permission, from the user, to install the particular mobile application during the ongoing IVR session;
cause the determined audio advertisement to be played, to the user, during the ongoing IVR session;
receive, in response to the prompt, permission to install the particular application; and
provide, based on receiving the permission to install the particular application, the particular application to the user device, wherein providing the particular application to the user device causes the user device to:
install the particular application during the IVR session,
determine, after installing the particular application, that the IVR session has ended, and
automatically launch the installed particular application based on determining that the IVR session has ended.

US Pat. No. 10,510,096

VISITOR DETECTION UNIT AND IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM

Groupon, Inc., Chicago, ...

1. A system configured for detecting and communicating with a client device, the system comprising:a visitor detection unit comprising circuitry configured to:
detect a visitor event via a sensor,
generate visitor event metadata based on the visitor event,
periodically transmit a beacon signal proximate a merchant portal for detecting a beacon response event issued by the client device,
periodically detect the beacon response event indicating presence of the client device proximate the merchant portal,
generate beacon response event metadata based on the beacon response event, and
transmit the visitor event metadata and the beacon response event metadata; and
a system server disposed in communication with a system database comprising consumer data and a plurality of promotions, the system server comprising server circuitry configured to;
receive the visitor event metadata and the beacon response event metadata from the visitor detection unit,
retrieve, from the system database, consumer data associated with the client device based on the visitor event metadata and the beacon response event metadata,
determine a selected promotion from the plurality of promotions based on the consumer data associated with the client device, and
transmit to the client device the selected promotion.

US Pat. No. 10,510,095

SEARCHING BASED ON A LOCAL DENSITY OF ENTITIES

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method for providing content to a user device in an electronic device, comprising:in response to receiving a search criteria and location data from the user device, identifying, by a processor of the electronic device, a user location based on the location data;
generating, by the processor, an entity density grid for a geographical area, wherein the entity density grid has one or more nodes, wherein the entity density grid includes a plurality of cells formed by latitude lines and longitudinal lines;
identifying, by the processor, a first entity density value for each of the one or more nodes included in the entity density grid, wherein the one or more nodes are intersections of the entity density grid, wherein the first entity density value for each of the one or more nodes is a total number of entities included in four cells surrounding a corresponding node from among the plurality of cells;
identifying, by the processor, a second entity density value for each of the one or more nodes by increasing the first entity density value for each of the one or more nodes based on locations of the entities with respect to each of the one or more nodes;
identifying, by the processor, a geographical density of entities corresponding to the user location as a second entity density value of a closest node to the user location;
selecting, by the processor, one or more access mechanisms based on the search criteria and the geographical density, each access mechanism, when executed by the user device, causes the user device to access a resource identified by the access mechanism; and
transmitting, by the processor via a communication circuitry of the electronic device, search results including the one or more selected access mechanisms to the user device.

US Pat. No. 10,510,092

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MATRIX BASED ORGANIZATION OF COMMODITY OFFERS

LATINCARZ, LLC, Miami, F...

1. A user interface displayed on a computer system, wherein the user interface is rendered on a display of the computer system in response to execution of instructions on at least one processor of the computer system, the user interface comprising:a plurality of branded display elements;
at least one non-branded display element, the at least one non-branded display element comprising an offer of a commodity from an unidentified source, wherein each of the branded and non-branded display elements include a first and second action element responsive to selection in the user interface, wherein the first action element is configured to automatically transition the computer system to a commodity purchase screen responsive to selection in the user interface, and wherein the second action element is configured to automatically transition a respective display element from a non-expanded view of the respective display element to an expanded view of the respective display element on a first selection of the second action element by re-rendering the respective display element with at least one piece of additional information regarding the commodity, the at least one piece of additional information including at least one of a rate, number of passengers, transmission type, and number of doors, and wherein the second action element is configured to automatically transition the respective display element from the expanded view of the respective display element to the non-expanded view of the respective display element on a second selection of the second action element by re-rendering the respective display element without the at least one piece of additional information regarding the commodity; and
a matrix display for displaying the plurality of branded and the at least one non branded display element, wherein the matrix display is further configured to organize the plurality of branded and the at least one non branded display element into a plurality of commodity groups, wherein each commodity group is displayed as a row within the matrix display with positions of at least one branded display element and at least one non-branded display element sorted on price.

US Pat. No. 10,510,087

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONDUCTING AN INFORMATION BROKERING SERVICE

Sermo, Inc., New York, N...

1. A computer implemented method for generating a consensus regarding a future event in an online ecosystem, the method comprising acts of:permitting access to the online ecosystem, hosted by a distributed computer system through a web based interface to registered users, wherein the registered users of the online ecosystem include content generating users, and the content generating users dynamically create content for the online ecosystem, wherein the dynamic content includes respective opinions submitted by the content generating users, and wherein the respective opinions include respective opinions regarding defined predictions;
permitting, in the web based interface displayed on a host computer system, at least one registered user to define a prediction of an event;
defining, in the online ecosystem, a trigger by at least one other user, the trigger being activated by at least one parameter associated with the prediction of the event defined by the at least one registered user, wherein the at least one other user is at least one content generating user;
monitoring the online ecosystem to detect the creation of the prediction of the event including the at least one parameter;
providing an indication to the at least one other user that the trigger was activated; accepting, in the web based interface displayed on another host computer system, from at least one other user, an opinion regarding the defined prediction, wherein the act of accepting the opinion regarding the defined prediction includes an act of providing the at least one other user free access to the online ecosystem and free access to the defined prediction;
ranking, by the distributed computer system, the at least one content generating user, wherein the act of ranking includes determining a level of participation in the online ecosystem, calculating a value determined from opinions submitted by other content generating users of the online ecosystem regarding the at least one content generating user's participation in the online ecosystem, and combining the determined level of participation and the value determined from opinions submitted by the other content generating users to determine the at least one content generating user's rank;
generating, by the distributed computer system, a consensus regarding the defined prediction based on at least the opinion regarding the defined prediction and the rank of the at least one content generating user that submitted the opinion regarding the defined prediction; and
compensating, by the distributed computer system, the at least one content generating user that submitted the opinion based on at least the rank of the at least one content generating user that submitted the opinion;
control access by information consumer users to the created prediction, the opinion regarding the defined prediction, and the consensus regarding the defined prediction; and
restricting access by information consumer users to the plurality of accepted opinions, wherein the act of restricting access includes permitting access by at least one information consumer to the plurality of accepted opinions in response to receiving payment from the at least one information consumer for access;
wherein the act of compensating is executed automatically by the system using the payment received from the at least one information consumer.

US Pat. No. 10,510,085

TIME AND LOCATION AWARE CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

SUGARCRM INC., Cupertino...

1. A method for time and location aware customer relationship management (CRM), the method comprising:establishing a communicative connection between a CRM application executing in memory of a host computing system and a mobile computing device of an end user of the CRM application over a computer communications network;
storing one or more contacts of the CRM application in memory of the host computing system wherein each of the contacts comprise one or more related data records for each of the contacts;
obtaining a location for the mobile computing device from global positioning satellite (GPS) data for the mobile computing device and obtaining a current time in the mobile computing device;
forwarding the location and the current time to the CRM application;
responsive to identifying a meeting in the CRM application that is scheduled proximate to the obtained time, retrieving a related meeting data record for the meeting from the CRM application wherein the related meeting data record comprises directions from the location of the mobile computing device to a location of the meeting and displaying the related meeting data record in the mobile computing device in a user interface for the CRM application; and,
responsive to identifying a contact in the CRM application from the one or more contacts of the CRM application that is proximate to the obtained location, retrieving a related data record for the contact from the CRM application wherein the related data record for the contact comprises a name of the contact, an address of the contact, a listing of key employees of the contact, a listing of key products of the contact and a history of interactions with the contact, additionally retrieving data extrinsic to the CRM application from over the Internet wherein the extrinsic data comprises a portion of a web site provided by the contact that is unrelated to the location of the contact and unrelated to the location of the mobile computing device, and displaying the related data record and the extrinsic data in the mobile computing device of the end user of the CRM application in the user interface for the CRM application.

US Pat. No. 10,510,082

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED OPTIMIZATION OF FINANCIAL ASSETS

Six Trees Capital LLC, N...

1. A method of automatically adjusting the distribution of financial assets among a plurality of accounts held by an account holder using a financial management system, the accounts being electronically linked over a data network to permit fund transfers therebetween, including the steps of:providing a common application using the financial management system, wherein the common application includes a plurality of fields required for opening a financial account at a first financial institution and a plurality of fields required for opening a financial account at a second financial institution, wherein a first subset of the fields are identical for the first financial institution and the second financial institution, and wherein a second subset of the fields are not identical for the first financial institution and the second financial institution;
receiving an amount of data pertaining to the account holder to complete the common application;
providing a first financial account at the first financial institution and providing a second financial account at the second financial institution;
verifying the identity of the account holder and the account holder's account information using a credential data store for storing information needed to access a third financial account;
transmitting the account holder's verified account information automatically to one or more of the first and second financial institutions, whereby the financial institutions are enabled to rely upon this information to verify the linkages between the first or second financial institution and the third financial institution;
providing a financial management network that monitors, via at least one processor, changed conditions pertaining to the first financial account and the second financial account, the financial management network including a rule data store for storing optimization rules; and
utilizing the information in the credential data store to permit the financial management system to access the first financial account and second financial account over the data network and to facilitate the redistribution of financial assets among the first financial account and second financial account based on the optimization rules and the changed conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,510,080

MOBILE FRAUD PREVENTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A....

1. A fraud prevention system for preventing fraudulent activity on user accounts, the fraud prevention system interacting with a transaction tracking system for allowing association of transactions with user-defined categories, the fraud prevention system comprising:a computer memory including at least one database storing
system settings specifying account-related events that require fraud prevention action; and
user-defined settings specifying account-related events that require fraud prevention action, wherein at least one of the user-defined settings pertains to events falling in one of the user-defined categories, and wherein each of the account-related events is assigned one of a low-level security identification, medium-level security identification, and a high-level security identification; and
at least one computer processor programmed for providing a plurality of user interfaces for allowing the user to create the user-defined settings, wherein the user-defined settings include:
card controls for allowing activation and deactivation of multiple cards associated with an account;
pre-purchase security settings for enabling the user to notify an account holding institution of events including travel, a large upcoming purchase, and
post purchase security settings for enabling the user to dispute a charge, freeze an account, and report a stolen bankcard,
wherein the computer processor is further programmed for:
detecting occurrence of the account-related events;
authenticating a system user attempting to perform an account-related action;
determining that an account related event corresponding to the low-level security identification does not require a user authentication while an account related event corresponding to either the medium-level security identification or the high-level security identification requires a user authentication, wherein an account related event corresponding to the low-level security includes storing of line item data of a purchase receipt into the computer memory;
accessing the system settings and the user-defined settings in the computer memory to determine if a fraud prevention action is required in response to the detected account-related event;
activating a fraud prevention user interface for the user when fraud prevention action is required; and
receiving user instructions through the fraud prevention user interface and processing the user instructions,
wherein the authentication includes detection and verification of a signature gesture,
wherein the account related event corresponding to either the medium-level security identification or the high-level security identification requires the detection and verification of the signature gesture, and
wherein the storing of line item data of the purchase receipt does not require the detection and verification of the signature.

US Pat. No. 10,510,079

SMALL SAMPLE BASED TRAINING AND LARGE POPULATION APPLICATION FOR COMPLIANCE DETERMINATION AND ENFORCEMENT PLATFORM

Coinbase, Inc., San Fran...

1. A compliance determination and enforcement platform comprising:a processor;
a computer-readable medium connected to the processor; and
a set of computer readable code on the computer-readable medium, including:
a data store;
a plurality of user accounts stored in the data store;
a transaction processor that is executable by the processor to process transactions for the respective user accounts;
a compliance reference score stored in the data store;
a plurality of factors stored in association with each account;
a training system comprising:
a training set selector that is executable by the processor to select a training set of the user accounts, the training set being a subset of the user accounts, and
a training set flagging module that is executable by the processor to:
flag select ones of the user accounts in the training set that fail compliance to indicate non-compliant accounts, and
identify at least one factor of a user account flagged by the training set flagging module as a fail parameter,
the training system being executable by the processor to generate reference data based on at least one fail parameter;
the reference data;
a trained compliance score model, wherein the trained compliance score model is a model that is trained by factors generated by the transaction processor;
a factor entering module that is executable by the processor to enter at least one factor from each user account into the trained compliance score model, wherein the trained compliance score model is executable by the processor to determine a compliance score for each one of the accounts, wherein the respective compliance score for the respective account is based on the at least one factor associated with the respective account, and the reference data generated by the training system;
a comparator that is executable by the processor to compare the compliance score for each account with the compliance reference score to determine a subset of the accounts that fail compliance and a subset of the accounts that meet compliance;
a flagging unit that is executable by the processor to flag the user accounts that fail compliance to indicate non-compliant accounts;
a corrective action system that is executable by the processor to perform a corrective action only for the accounts that are flagged as non-compliant accounts and to provide a user interface that displays a compliance score for each of the plurality of accounts and receives user input identifying a selected flagged account; and
a model modifier unit that is executable by the processor to modify, automatically and without human input, the compliance score model based on the compliance score,
wherein the training set flagging module is executable by the processor to flag select ones of the user accounts in the training set that fail compliance based on the user input received via the user interface provided by the corrective action system.

US Pat. No. 10,510,077

FACIAL RECOGNITION IDENTIFICATION FOR IN-STORE PAYMENT TRANSACTIONS

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by at least one server from a merchant client device, a payment request to initiate an in-store payment transaction between a user and a merchant, wherein the payment request comprises an image of the user;
identifying, by the at least one server, a plurality of users at a location of the merchant based on location data corresponding to a user device associated with each of the plurality of users;
accessing, by the at least one server in response to identifying the plurality of users at the location of the merchant, a plurality of social networking accounts for the plurality of users to obtain a plurality of images corresponding to the plurality of users;
comparing, by the at least one server, the image of the user from the payment request to the plurality of images corresponding to the plurality of users to determine a social networking account associated with the user;
obtaining, by the at least one server and from the social networking account associated with the user, a payment account for the user;
sending a payment confirmation request to a client device associated with the payment account for the user, the payment confirmation request corresponding to the payment request to initiate the in-store payment transaction;
receiving a confirmation response from the client device to process the in-store payment transaction; and
processing, using the payment account for the user, the in-store payment transaction based on the received confirmation response.

US Pat. No. 10,510,076

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR UNIFICATION OF WEARABLE ACTIVITY DATA AND TRANSACTION DATA

MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL ...

1. A method for distributing content based on wearable computing device activity data and transaction behavior, comprising:storing, in an activity database of a processing server, a plurality of activity profiles, wherein each activity profile is a structured data set including data related to activity of a wearable computing device including at least a device identifier and one or more activity data entries;
storing, in a transaction database of the processing server, a plurality of transaction data entries, wherein each transaction data entry is a structured data set including data related to an electronic transaction including at least a primary account number and additional transaction data;
receiving, by a receiving device of the processing server, a data signal superimposed with pairing data, wherein the pairing data includes at least a specific device identifier and a specific primary account number;
executing, by a querying module of the processing server, a first query on the activity database to identify a specific activity profile where the included device identifier corresponds to the specific device identifier;
executing, by the querying module of the processing server, a second query on the transaction database to identify one or more transaction data entries where the included primary account number corresponds to the specific primary account number;
updating, by an updating module of the processing server, the identified specific activity profile to include at least the specific primary account number;
storing, in a content database of the processing server, a plurality of content profiles, wherein each content profile is a structured data set that includes at least a content data file, trigger data, and at least one transaction behavior;
receiving, by the receiving device of the processing server, a data signal superimposed with an activity notification from a mobile communication device, wherein the activity notification includes at least the specific device identifier and specific trigger data associated with activity data corresponding to a wearable computing device interfaced with the mobile communication device;
identifying, by an analytic module of the processing server, one or more transaction behaviors based on at least the additional transaction data included in at least one of the identified one or more transaction data entries;
executing, by the querying module of the processing server, a third query on the content database to identify a specific content profile where the included trigger data corresponds to the specific trigger data and where the included at least one transaction behavior is included in the identified one or more transaction behaviors; and
electronically transmitting, by a transmitting device of the processing server, a data signal superimposed with at least the content data file identified by the third query in the identified specific content profile to the mobile communication device, wherein the content data file includes an advertisement or offer targeted to a user associated with the activity data corresponding to the wearable device based on the specific trigger data and at least one transaction behavior.

US Pat. No. 10,510,073

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVISIONING MOBILE DEVICES WITH PAYMENT CREDENTIALS

Visa International Servic...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, at a server computer, a first provisioning request from a first mobile device to provision a first payment credential associated with a first account of a first user to the first mobile device;
determining, by the server computer, a first risk level associated with the first provisioning request;
determining, by the server computer, that the first risk level is within a predetermined risk threshold range;
based on the first risk level being within the predetermined risk threshold range:
setting, by the server computer, a first token representing the first payment credential to an inactive state;
transmitting, by the server computer to the first mobile device, a first set of provisioning scripts and the first token in the inactive state;
executing, by the first mobile device, the first set of provisioning scripts;
storing, by the first mobile device, the first token and a protection flag associated with the first token in a memory of the first mobile device based on executing the first set of provisioning scripts, the protection flag representing the inactive state of the first token;
performing, by the server computer, an authentication process with the first user based on direct or indirect communication with the first mobile device;
determining, by the server computer, that the authentication process is successfully performed;
based on a successful performance of the authentication process, transmitting, by the server computer to the first mobile device, an activation script that, when executed on the first mobile device, modifies a status of the first token from the inactive state to an active state;
executing, by the first mobile device, the activation script;
disabling, by the first mobile device, the protection flag associated with the first token based on executing the activation script;
storing, by the first mobile device, the first token in the active state based on disabling the protection flag thereby configuring a first digital wallet application stored on the first mobile device with the first token;
transmitting, by the first mobile device, the first token in the active state to a first transacting entity during a first financial transaction with the first transacting entity;
receiving, at the server computer, a second provisioning request from a second mobile device to provision a second payment credential associated with a second account of a second user to the second mobile device;
determining, by the server computer, a second risk level associated with the second provisioning request;
determining, by the server computer, that the second risk level is below the predetermined risk threshold range;
based on the second risk level being below the predetermined risk threshold range:
setting, by the server computer, a second token representing the second payment credential to the active state without requiring the authentication process with the second user;
transmitting a second set of provisioning scripts and the second token in the active state to the second mobile device without requiring the authentication process with the second user;
executing, by the second mobile device, the second set of provisioning scripts on the second mobile device;
storing, by the second mobile device, the second token in the active state based on executing the second set of provisioning scripts and without requiring the authentication process with the second user, thereby configuring a second digital wallet application stored on the second mobile device with the second token, and
transmitting, by the second mobile device, the second token in the active state to a second transacting entity during a second financial transaction with the second transacting entity.

US Pat. No. 10,510,071

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING AND ADMINISTERING MOBILE APPLICATIONS USING PRE-LOADED TOKENS

The Toronto-Dominion Bank...

17. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving, using at least one processor, and from a client device, a request to obtain an application program executable by the client device;
in response to the received request, providing, using the at least one processor, the application program to the client device;
additionally in response to the received request, obtaining, using the at least one processor, provisioning information associated with a financial product eligible for provisioning into a mobile wallet administered by the application program;
determining, using the at least one processor, that the provisioning information fails to include predetermined threshold amount of provisioning information for the eligible financial product that facilitates the provisioning of the eligible financial product into the mobile wallet by the application program;
when the provisioning information fails to include the predetermined threshold amount of provisioning information, generating, using the at least one processor, an encrypted mobile wallet token that includes at least the provisioning information and an identifier of a third-party computing system that maintains at least the predetermined threshold amount of provisioning information, the third-party computing system being accessible to the client device across a communications network; and
using the at least one processor, storing the encrypted mobile wallet token and an associated private key in a data repository, the data repository being accessible to the client device over the communications network, and the client device being configured to execute the application program to perform the steps of:
obtaining the encrypted mobile wallet token and the associated private key from the data repository and using the associated private key, extracting the provisioning information and the identifier from the encrypted mobile wallet token;
based on the identifier, requesting and receiving at least the predetermined threshold amount of provisioning information from the third-party computing system; and
performing operations that provision the eligible financial product into the mobile wallet based on the extracted provisioning information and on at least the predetermined threshold amount of provisioning information.