US Pat. No. 10,170,936

WIRELESS POWER RECEIVER AND POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Samsung Electro-Mechanics...

1. A wireless power receiver of a wearable device, the wireless power receiver comprising:a core part disposed in the wearable device to be adjacent to a surface of an internal part of the wearable device;
a magnetic sheet disposed in the wearable device between the core part and the surface of the internal part;
a receiving coil disposed in the wearable device and wound around the core part; and
a power circuit configured to provide power received from the receiving coil to the wearable device.

US Pat. No. 10,170,934

ELECTROMAGNETIC-COUPLING-MODULE-ATTACHED ARTICLE

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. An article comprising:a metal portion including at least one main surface; and
a power supply circuit including a coil-shaped electrode; wherein
the coil-shaped electrode of the power supply circuit is disposed adjacent to the at least one main surface of the metal portion such that a portion of the coil-shaped electrode overlaps the at least one main surface of the metal portion and another portion of the coil-shaped electrode does not overlap the at least one main surface of the metal portion when viewed in a direction perpendicular to the at least one main surface of the metal portion;
the coil-shaped electrode is disposed on only one side of the at least one main surface of the metal portion;
the coil-shaped electrode of the power supply circuit is magnetically coupled to the at least one main surface of the metal portion; and
the metal portion is configured to perform at least one of transmitting a power supplied from the power supply circuit, and receiving a power and supplying the power to the power supply circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,170,933

NON-CONTACT TYPE POWER SUPPLYING APPARATUS AND NON-CONTACT TYPE POWER SUPPLYING METHOD

Samsung Electro-Mechanics...

1. A non-contact type power supplying apparatus comprising:a first transmitting coil configured to output a detection signal through the first transmitting coil, wherein the detection signal is a plurality of discrete pulses;
a second output comprising a second transmitting coil and configured to output a wake-up signal through the second transmitting coil or transmit power through the second transmitting coil using a non-contact type method, wherein the wake-up signal is a plurality of discrete pulses; and
a controller configured to determine whether or not a first object has approached by using a variation of an impedance of the first transmitting coil, control the second output to output the wake-up signal, determining whether or not an approached first object is a first power receiving apparatus by using a first response signal outputted from the approached first object in response to the wake-up signal, control the second output to transmit power to the first power receiving apparatus when the approached first object is determined to be the first power receiving apparatus, determine whether or not a second object has approached by using a variation of the impedance of the first transmitting coil while the second output transmits the power to the first power receiving apparatus, and control the second output to stop the transmission of the power and output the wake-up signal when it is determined that the second object has approached,
wherein the amplitude of either one or both of the detection signal pulses and the wake-up single pulses varies sequentially from a low level to a high level, and
wherein the first output outputs the detection signal while the second output transmits the power to the first power receiving apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,170,931

ELECTRIC POWER CONTROL SYSTEM

NEC Corporation, Tokyo (...

1. An electric power control system connected to an electric power supplying unit for supplying electric power and a load unit for accepting supply of electric power and consuming the electric power, the electric power control system comprising:a supplied energy acquiring unit for acquiring a supplied energy, the supplied energy being an amount of electric power supplied from the electric power supplying unit;
a consumed energy acquiring unit for acquiring a consumed energy, the consumed energy being an amount of electric power consumed by the load unit; and
an electric power supply and demand controlling unit for, depending on a total supplied energy and a total consumed energy, transmitting and receiving electric power to and from another device to change the total supplied energy, the total supplied energy being a total of the acquired supplied energy, and the total consumed energy being a total of the acquired consumed energy,
wherein the electric power supply and demand controlling unit calculates an electric power supply and demand difference representing a difference between the total supplied energy and the total consumed energy, and transmits and receives electric power to and from another device to change the total supplied energy, thereby executing control so that the electric power supply and demand difference falls within a predetermined range set in advance,
the system further comprising a plurality of electric power supply and demand controlling units, the electric power supply and demand controlling units each belonging to any of groups determined in advance, and the electric power supply and demand controlling units each targeting the electric power supplying unit and/or the load unit set to belong to its group for control of electric power supply and demand,
wherein the electric power supply and demand controlling units each transmit and receive electric power to and from another device placed outside its group to change the total supplied energy in its group, thereby making the electric power supply and demand difference in its group fall within a predetermined range set in advance,
wherein the electric power supply and demand controlling units each transmit and receive electric power to and from another of the electric power supply and demand controlling units and make the electric power supply and demand difference in its group fall within a predetermined range set in advance, the other electric power supply and demand controlling unit belonging to another of the groups, and
wherein the electric power supplying unit includes an electric power system which supplies a predetermined energy of electric power and a generator which generates and supplies electric power; and
the electric power supply and demand controlling unit belonging to each of a plurality of distribution substations to which different electric power supplying units and/or different load units belong, respectively, transmits and receives electric power to and from another of the electric power supply and demand controlling units and thereby executes control so that a sum of supplied energy in the plurality of distribution substations becomes minimum, the other electric power supply and demand controlling unit belonging to another of the distribution substations.

US Pat. No. 10,170,930

ELECTRICAL POWER RESTORATION SYSTEM FOR A CIRCUIT ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

Runway Energy, LLC, San ...

1. An electrical power restoration system for a circuit assembly having a circuit breaker, an electrical load and a circuit conditioner, the circuit conditioner being configured to condition electrical current flowing through the circuit assembly, the electrical power restoration system comprising:a circuit controller that is positioned along the circuit assembly between the circuit breaker and the electrical load, the circuit controller being electrically connected to the circuit conditioner, the circuit controller selectively controlling activation of the circuit conditioner;
a first hot conductor that selectively conducts AC power from the circuit breaker to the circuit controller; and
a second hot conductor that conducts AC power from the circuit controller to the electrical load only when the first hot conductor conducts AC power from the circuit breaker to the circuit controller.

US Pat. No. 10,170,928

POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM, POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM AND CHARGING COMBINATION

Chervon (HK) Limited, Wa...

1. A power supply system, comprising an electric tool and an electric equipment which can receive electric energy from the electric tool,wherein the electric tool comprises:
a power supply module configured to store electric energy or to obtain electric energy from an external power grid as an energy source of the electric tool;
a first USB connector for being electrically coupled to the power supply module and at least configured to transfer electric energy; and
a first control module comprising a first controller which is at least configured to control an output voltage of the first USB connector when supplying electric energy;
wherein the electric equipment comprises:
a second USB connector configured to be electrically coupled to the first USB connector for transferring electric energy; and
a second control module comprising a second controller at least configured to communicate with the first control module and controlling the second USB connector; and
the second USB connector provides an output voltage greater than or equal to 5V;
wherein the first control module further comprises a first identification unit for indicating power supply characteristics of the electric tool, the power supply characteristics including at least a maximum output voltage of the first connector, and the first identification unit configured to at least communicate with the second control module,
wherein the second control module further comprises a second identification unit for indicating power characteristics of the electric equipment, the power input characteristics of the electric equipment includes at least a maximum input voltage of the second USB connector, and the first controller is configured to at least communicate with the second control module, and
wherein the first controller is electrically coupled to the power supply module and the first USB connector, respectively, the first USB connector has at least two power supply modes, including a precharging power supply mode in which the first USB connector provides an output voltage constantly equal to 5V and an optimum power supply mode in which the first connector provides an output voltage greater than 5V, the first controller controls the first USB connector to switch between the regular power supply mode and the optimum power supply mode, and the second controller controls an output voltage of the first USB connector in the optimum power supply mode by communicating with the first control module.

US Pat. No. 10,170,926

METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING WIRELESS POWER IN WIRELESS CHARGING SYSTEM INCLUDING A WIRELESS POWER TRANSMITTING UNIT AND WIRELESS POWER RECEIVING UNIT

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method for transmitting wireless power in a wireless charging system, the method comprising:receiving information related to a temperature from each of a plurality of power receiving units (PRUs);
identifying a temperature ratio of each of the plurality of PRUs based on the received information, wherein the temperature ratio is a current temperature relative to an available maximum temperature;
determining a PRU from among the plurality of PRUs based on the identified temperature ratio; and
adjusting transmission power according to a voltage setting value of the determined PRU.

US Pat. No. 10,170,925

INTELLIGENT UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER CHARGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC., ...

1. An intelligent uninterruptible power charging apparatus comprising:an uninterruptible power module;
a charging module connected to the uninterruptible power module; and
an output port connected to the charging module;
wherein the uninterruptible power module is configured to provide a first charging power source; the charging module is configured to convert the first charging power source into a second charging power source and output the second charging power source through the output port; when an electronic apparatus is connected to the output port, the charging module is configured to receive an identification signal outputted from the electronic apparatus and adjust a voltage level of the second charging power source according to the identification signal.

US Pat. No. 10,170,924

MODELING A CHANGE IN BATTERY DEGRADATION

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling a battery, comprising:generating a battery capacity prediction model that characterizes a battery capacity decay rate;
predicting future battery capacity for a battery under control based on the battery capacity prediction model and a present value of the battery capacity; and
controlling one or more operational parameters of the battery under control based on the predicted future battery capacity.

US Pat. No. 10,170,923

ADAPTIVE BUCK CONVERTER WITH MONITOR CIRCUIT AND CHARGING CABLE USING THE SAME

RICHTEK TECHNOLOGY CORPOR...

1. A charging cable (100) for charging a mobile device (150), comprising:an adaptive buck converter (110);
a connection terminal (120) coupled with the adaptive buck converter (110) and utilized for detachably connecting to the mobile device (150);
a cable (130) coupled with the adaptive buck converter (110); and
a power source unit (140) connected to the cable (130) and utilized for supplying a DC (direct current) voltage (VA) and a cable current (IA) to the cable (130);
wherein the adaptive buck converter (110) comprises:
a power receiving interface (210) arranged to operably receive the DC voltage (VA) and the cable current (IA) from the cable (130);
a terminal communication interface (220) arranged to operably transmit a charging voltage (VB) and a charging current (IB) to the connection terminal (120) and to operably receive a communication signal (X1B; X2B) generated by the mobile device (150) from the connection terminal (120);
a power converting circuit (230), coupled between the power receiving interface (210) and the terminal communication interface (220), arranged to operably receive the DC voltage (VA) and the cable current (IA) from the power receiving interface (210) and to operably generate the charging voltage (VB) and the charging current (IB), wherein the charging voltage (VB) is lower than the DC voltage (VA) while the charging current (IB) is greater than the cable current (IA);
a monitor circuit (670), coupled with a signal path between the power receiving interface (210) and the power converting circuit (230), arranged to operably detect the DC voltage (VA) or the cable current (IA); and
a data processing circuit (260), coupled with the terminal communication interface (220) and the power converting circuit (230), arranged to operably control the power converting circuit (230) according to the communication signal (X1B; X2B);
wherein the data processing circuit (260) is further coupled with the monitor circuit (670) and arranged to operably utilize the communication signal (X1B; X2B) to report a detection result of the monitor circuit (670) to the mobile device (150) through the terminal communication interface (220) and the connection terminal (120).

US Pat. No. 10,170,921

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR EFFICIENT BATTERY CHARGING AND USAGE

POWERPLUG LTD., Tel Aviv...

1. A method for charging a battery associated with a device, wherein the device is configured to draw power from either one of a battery or an external power source, the method comprising the following operations performed by one or more processors:receiving a signal from an external information service, the signal including power rate data reflecting a value at which power is purchasable at a particular time;
determining a usage threshold that reflects a minimum battery level in which a device draws power from the battery and a charge threshold that reflects a maximum battery level to which the device charges the battery from power drawn from the external power source corresponding to the power rate data and a device class of the device; and
enabling the device to draw power from the battery as a function of whether a charge level associated with the battery exceeds the usage threshold, and enabling the device to charge the battery with power drawn from the external power source as a function of whether the charge level is below the charge threshold and whether the external power source is available.

US Pat. No. 10,170,920

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENERGY MANAGEMENT WITHIN A GROUP OF DEVICES

Symbol Technologies, LLC,...

9. A system, comprising:a group of charging stations each of which includes a docking connection, wherein each charging station in the group comprises:
a processor for identifying the docking connection;
a transceiver, responsive to identifying the docking connection, configured to transmit information to other charging stations in the group and receive at least one set of information transmitted from another charging station in the group, wherein each charging station generates a list using the information transmitted by the charging station and the at least one set of information received by the charging station; and
a ranking component configured to at least one of filter, sort, and rank entries in the list, wherein each entry in the list is associated with a charging station with a docking connection and in the group of charging stations,
wherein each charging station in the group is configured to determine that an entry in the list that is associated with the charging station is ranked at a predefined position in the list and provide an indication of the predefined position.

US Pat. No. 10,170,919

BATTERY PROTECTING APPARATUS

MITSUMI ELECTRIC CO., LTD...

1. A battery protecting apparatus packaged for preventing overcharging, over discharging, and an overcurrent in a secondary battery, the battery protecting apparatus comprising:a charging/discharging control chip including a charging control field effect transistor and a discharging control field effect transistor that are connected to the secondary battery;
a protecting chip configured to control, based on a voltage between both ends of the secondary battery, the charging control field effect transistor and the discharging control field effect transistor to prevent the overcharging, the over discharging, and the overcurrent of the secondary battery; and
a lead frame having a connection surface for a plurality of external terminals and having another surface that is in a state of conduction with the connection surface,
wherein said another surface of the lead frame is electrically connected, via a conductive material, to terminals of the charging control field effect transistor and the discharging control field effect transistor formed on a front surface of the charging/discharging control chip,
wherein the protecting chip is mounted such that a back surface of the protecting chip faces a back surface of the charging/discharging control chip via an insulative member,
wherein terminals of the protecting chip are electrically connected to said another surface of the lead frame through bonding wires, and
wherein the charging/discharging control chip and the protecting chip are covered by a resin.

US Pat. No. 10,170,917

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING AND CONTROLLING A WIRELESS POWER NETWORK BY ESTABLISHING TIME INTERVALS DURING WHICH RECEIVERS COMMUNICATE WITH A TRANSMITTER

Energous Corporation, Sa...

1. A wireless power network; comprising:at least one transmitter configured for providing controlled power transmission signals to produce a plurality of pockets of energy configured for receipt by at least two distinct receivers, wherein the at least one transmitter includes a single communication component; and
at least one power manager configured for controlling at least transmission of the controlled power transmission signals by the at least one transmitter, and establishing a first time interval during which a first receiver of the at least two distinct receivers communicates data with the single communication component and a second time interval during which a second receiver of the at least two distinct receivers communicates data with the single communication component, the at least one power manager further comprising at least one database comprising identification and attribute information of the at least two distinct receivers;
wherein the controlling by the at least one power manager includes:
during the first time interval, receiving, via the single communication component, first information used to determine a location of the first receiver;
after the first time interval and during the second time interval, receiving, via the single communication component, second information used to determine a location of the second receiver;
while receiving information from a respective receiver of the at least two distinct receivers:
receiving, by the at least one transmitter, a message indicating that the respective receiver is running out of a transmission buffer associated with transmitting the information to the at least one receiver; and
sending, by the at least one transmitter, instructions to the respective receiver to restore the transmission buffer; and
transmitting the controlled power transmission signals so that:
a first set of the controlled power transmission signals constructively interferes at the location of the first receiver, and
a second set of the controlled power transmission signals constructively interferes at the location of the second receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,170,913

STATIC SYNCHRONOUS COMPENSATOR DEVICE AND RELATED METHOD OF PHASE BALANCING A THREE-PHASE POWER SYSTEM

Mitsubishi Electric Power...

1. A static synchronous compensator device connected between a source and a load of a three-phase power system, comprising:a main feedback line configured to provide a main feedback signal from lines between the source and the load;
a mixer configured to mix the main feedback signal with a balance function to generate a balanced signal;
a signal controller configured to convert the balanced signal to a controlled signal;
a gain circuit configured to multiply the controlled signal by ?1 and to perform proportional gain and integral gain (P & I) processing on the controlled signal to generate an intermediate correction signal; and
a pulse width modulator configured to apply a pulse width modulation pattern to modulate the voltage source inverter to generate an AC waveform that is applied to the lines between the source and the load.

US Pat. No. 10,170,895

CORONA IGNITION WITH SELF-TUNING POWER AMPLIFIER

Tenneco Inc., Lake Fores...

1. A power amplifier circuit for a corona ignition system, comprising:an RF transformer with a primary winding and a secondary winding, the primary winding and the secondary winding being wound around a magnetic core;
an inductor and capacitor connected to one end of the secondary winding; and
a current sensor connected to another end of the secondary winding, wherein
current through the secondary winding generates a magnetic flux in the core in opposing directions.

US Pat. No. 10,170,889

CONTROLLING UNIFORMITY OF LATERAL OXIDATION OF WAFER SURFACE FEATURES USING A VERTICAL STACK OF HORIZONTAL WAFERS

Lumentum Operations LLC, ...

1. A method, comprising:determining that a particular temperature of a furnace that contains a vertical stack of horizontal wafers is satisfied;
introducing, based on determining that the particular temperature of the furnace is satisfied, oxygen into the furnace,
wherein the oxygen enters the furnace at a location above the vertical stack,
wherein a patterned wafer, included in the vertical stack, includes one or more surface features, and
wherein a surface feature, of the one or more surface features, includes one or more layers capable of being oxidized; and
causing lateral oxidation of at least one layer, of the one or more layers, based on introducing the oxygen into the furnace,
wherein a difference between a first depth of lateral oxidation of a first surface feature, of the one or more surface features, and a second depth of lateral oxidation of a second surface feature, of the one or more surface features, is 0.4 microns or less, and
wherein the first surface feature is located on a central portion of the patterned wafer and the second surface feature is located on an edge portion of the patterned wafer.

US Pat. No. 10,170,880

MOUNT HAVING A MOUNTING PLATE WITH MOUNTING STUDS AND ELECTRICAL CONTACTS

Ferno-Washington, Inc., ...

1. A mount comprising:a mounting plate with a back surface and a front surface;
at least one mounting stud coupled to the back surface of the mounting plate, each mounting stud includes a stem portion that extends outwardly from the back surface and an enlarged head portion disposed at a distal end of respective stem portions; and
at least one terminal mount disposed on the back surface and configured to be electrically coupled to a piece of equipment and further comprising a plurality of electrical wipers coupled to the at least one terminal mount, each electrical wiper is configured to be electrically coupled to the piece of equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,170,869

VERY HIGH SPEED, HIGH DENSITY ELECTRICAL INTERCONNECTION SYSTEM WITH IMPEDANCE CONTROL IN MATING REGION

Amphenol Corporation, Wa...

1. An interconnection system comprising a connector, the connector comprising:a plurality of signal conductors, each signal conductor of the plurality of signal conductors comprising a contact tail adapted to be attached to a printed circuit board, a mating contact portion, and an intermediate portion electrically coupling the contact tail and the mating contact portion; and
at least one first reference conductor surrounding, on at least two sides, the mating contact portion of at least one signal conductor of the plurality of signal conductors, and at least one second reference conductor adapted to engage with the at least one first reference conductor to capture the at least one signal conductor therebetween,
wherein the at least one first reference conductor and the at least one second reference conductor extend along a mating direction beyond a distal end of the mating contact portion of the at least one signal conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,170,857

ELECTRICAL CONNECTION DEVICE

Molex, LLC, Lisle, IL (U...

1. An electrical connection device, comprising:a receptacle connector comprising a receptacle body, a front guide-positional limiting portion, a rear guide-positional limiting portion and a first latching member, the receptacle body comprising a base, a front wall and a rear wall which extend upwardly from the base and two side walls respectively positioned on left and right sides, the base, the front wall and the rear wall cooperating to define a plug receiving space, the two side walls each being formed with a side opening communicating with the plug receiving space, the front guide-positional limiting portion comprising the front wall and a guide groove positioned to the front wall and extending along an inserting direction, the rear guide-positional limiting portion comprising the rear wall and at least one rear guide-positional limiting piece formed to the rear wall, the first latching member being provided to the front guide-positional limiting portion; and
a plug connector removably mating with the receptacle connector along the inserting direction and comprising a plug body and a second latching member, the plug body having a front wall, a rear wall, two side walls respectively positioned on left and right sides, the rear wall of the plug body being recessed to form a recessed portion, the recessed portion being formed with a guide recessed groove into which the rear guide-positional limiting piece of the receptacle connector extends, the second latching member being provided to the front wall of the plug body,
when the plug connector mates with the receptacle connector, the plug body being inserted into the plug receiving space of the receptacle body and limited between the front wall of the front guide-positional limiting portion and the rear wall of the rear guide-positional limiting portion, the second latching member of the plug connector being latched to the first latching member of the receptacle connector and limited by the front guide-positional limiting portion, the rear guide-positional limiting piece of the receptacle body extending into the guide recessed groove and the rear wall engaging with the recessed portion of the plug body, the rear wall of the plug connector being generally flush with the rear wall of the receptacle connector, the two side walls of the plug body being respectively exposed to the two side openings of the receptacle body and generally flush with the two side walls of the receptacle body.

US Pat. No. 10,170,849

CONNECTOR AND CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY WITH SLIDABLE LATCH

Molex, LLC, Lisle, IL (U...

1. A connector assembly, comprising:a first connector including: a first housing having two first wall parts extending in a longitudinal direction and opposing in a short direction, two second wall parts positioned on end parts of the two first wall parts and opposing in the longitudinal direction, and a recessed part formed on an inner side of the first wall parts and second wall parts; and a first terminal retained on the first wall parts; and
a second connector including: a second terminal for connecting to the first terminal, and a second housing retaining the second terminal, the second connector being mated to an inner side of the recessed part of the first housing; wherein:
the first connector includes: a slider supported by at least one of the two second wall parts and that can slide in the longitudinal direction; and a first metal fitting attached to at least one second wall part,
the slider can slide between a locking position where the slider locks the second connector mated to the inner side of the recessed part and a lock releasing position where the slider is separated from the second connector to an outer side in the longitudinal direction such that locking of the second connector is released,
the first metal fitting has an engaging part,
the slider has a first engageable part to which the engaging part is engaged,
at least one of the engaging part and first engageable part can elastically deform, and
movement of the slider from the locking position to the lock releasing position is restricted by engagement between the engaging part and the first engageable part, and sliding between the locking position and lock releasing position is permitted by at least one of the aforementioned parts.

US Pat. No. 10,170,838

ANTENNA-IN-PACKAGE STRUCTURES WITH BROADSIDE AND END-FIRE RADIATIONS

International Business Ma...

1. A package structure, comprising:an antenna package comprising a stack structure, wherein the stack structure comprises a plurality of substrates and metallization layers including a first metallization layer formed on a first surface of a first substrate, and a second metallization layer formed on first surface of a second substrate, wherein the first metallization layer comprises a first planar antenna and an ungrounded planar parasitic element disposed adjacent to the first planar antenna, and wherein the second metallization layer comprises a second planar antenna;
an RFIC (radio frequency integrated circuit) chip flip-chip mounted to the second metallization layer on the first surface of the second substrate of the antenna package;
a first antenna feed line which comprises metalized via holes that are formed through the plurality of substrates from the first surface of the second substrate to the first surface of the first substrate, wherein the first planar antenna is connected to the RFIC chip by the first antenna feed line;
a second antenna feed line formed as part of the second metallization layer on the first surface of the second substrate, wherein the second antenna feed line extends along the first surface of the second substrate to connect the second planar antenna to the RFIC chip;
wherein the first planar antenna is configured to receive or transmit broadside signals and the second planar antenna is configured to receive or transmit end-fire signals; and
wherein the ungrounded planar parasitic element is configured to reduce surface waves on the surface of the first substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,170,829

SELF-COMPLEMENTARY MULTILAYER ARRAY ANTENNA

THALES, Courbevoie (FR)

1. A multilayer antenna array comprising:a radiating structure formed from an array of radiating elements forming self-complementary patterns, each radiating element including:
a plurality of electrical supply points distributed around a perimeter of the respective radiating element; and
four particular points distributed around the perimeter of the respective radiating element between consecutive electrical supply points of the plurality of electrical supply points;
a ground plane;
a dielectric layer that separates said radiating structure from said ground plane; and
an array of metallized vias passing through said dielectric layer between the radiating structure and the ground plane, each via being positioned facing a respective one of the four particular points of each radiating element.

US Pat. No. 10,170,820

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION CIRCUIT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., T...

1. A wireless communication circuit, used for an electronic device, comprising:a wireless transceiver unit configured to generate a transmitting signal;
an impedance matching unit electrically coupled to the wireless transceiver unit, wherein the impedance matching unit includes at least one impedance, the impedance matching unit is configured to convert the transmitting signal to a feeding signal according to an impedance value of the impedance;
a coupling unit disposed on a first surface of the electronic device and electrically coupled to the impedance matching unit, configured to radiate energy of the feeding signal; and
a system grounding surface configured to receive energy of the feeding signal and transmit a first electromagnetic wave signal via resonance.

US Pat. No. 10,170,813

ION CONDUCTING HYBRID MEMBRANES

International Business Ma...

1. A method, comprising:dispensing ion-conducting particles on a substrate comprising an adhesive to which the ion-conducting particles adhere, wherein the ion-conducting particles conduct ions chosen from Li, Na, and combinations thereof;
overcoating the ion conducting particles with a polymer;
removing the substrate and the adhesive from the ion conducting particles; and
removing a polymer overburden on the ion conducting particles to form a device that includes: (i) the polymer or a derivative thereof, and (ii) ion-conducting particles, wherein at least a portion of the ion-conducting particles extend through the polymer or its derivative.

US Pat. No. 10,170,801

SECONDARY BATTERY OF NOVEL STRUCTURE

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A secondary battery pack comprising:a battery cell having an electrode assembly of a cathode/separator/anode structure disposed in a battery case together with an electrolyte in a sealed state, the battery cell having an electrolyte injection port, a first electrode terminal and a second electrode terminal formed at a top thereof;
an electrically insulative mounting member having a first opening, through which the second electrode terminal of the battery cell is exposed and a second opening through which the electrolyte injection port is exposed, the electrically insulative mounting member being mounted to a top of the battery cell;
a protection circuit module (PCM) comprising a protection circuit board (PCB) loaded on the electrically insulative mounting member, the PCB having a protection circuit, and a connection member (A) and a connection member (B) coupled to a bottom of the PCB, the connection member (A) being connected to the first electrode terminal of the battery cell via a safety element, the connection member (B) being coupled to the second electrode terminal of the battery cell, the PCB being provided with a through hole, through which the connection member (B) is exposed; and
an insulative cap coupled to an upper end of the battery cell to surround the electrically insulative mounting member in a state in which the connection members and the protection circuit board are loaded on the insulative cap,
wherein a sum of a height of the PCM and a height of the insulative cap is 3.0 mm or less,
wherein a receiving sidewall protrudes upwardly front opposite sides of the electrically insulative mounting member and fastening protrusions are vertically formed in two pairs at upper edges of the receiving sidewall, the protrusions of each pair being formed across from each other on the opposite sides of the electrically insulative mounting member, the protrusions engaging notches in the PCM such that the PCM assembly is stably mounted to the electrically insulative mounting member, and wherein a bottom edge of the receiving sidewall has a notch, the notch being aligned with the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,170,785

APPARATUS FOR ASSEMBLING FUEL CELL STACK

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An apparatus for assembling a fuel cell stack, which exerts a force on fuel cell components stacked on a stacking guide, and couples a pressed stacked body formed of the pressed fuel cell components by a fastening member, the apparatus comprising:a lift plate disposed at a bottom side of the stacking guide to be movable in a vertical direction;
a press body disposed on a press frame to translate in the vertical direction, and exert a force on the fuel cell components stacked on the lift plate; and
a plurality of fixing rods positioned on the press body and configured to be coupled to the lift plate to allow the pressed stacked body between the lift plate and the press body to be movable together with the lift plate and the press body in the vertical direction,
wherein the press body includes a rotary member coupled to upper end portions of the fixing rods to be rotatable by a drive unit, and
wherein a stopper cylinder configured to restrict the rotary member is installed on the press body.

US Pat. No. 10,170,762

LITHIUM METAL OXIDES WITH MULTIPLE PHASES AND STABLE HIGH ENERGY ELECTROCHEMICAL CYCLING

Zenlabs Energy, Inc., Fr...

1. An electrochemically active material comprising a lithium metal oxide approximately represented by the formula Li1+bComNinMnpO(2), where ?0.2?b?0.2, 0.2?m?0.45, 0.055?n?0.24, 0.385?p?0.72, and m+n+p is approximately 1, wherein up to about 5 mole percent of the transition metals is substituted with a metal dopant, the active material exhibiting three peaks during an initial charge in a differential capacity plot and being a multiphased single material having a layered crystal phase and a spinel crystal phase.

US Pat. No. 10,170,759

METAL OXIDES FROM ACIDIC SOLUTIONS

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. A method comprising:heating an acidic solution comprising a metal to yield a precursor in the form of a semi-liquid, semi-solid or solid; and
calcining the precursor to yield a product comprising an oxide of the metal,
wherein the acidic solution has a pH of 2 or less, and heating the acidic solution to yield the precursor results in a pH change of 2 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,170,742

BATTERY PACK HAVING ELECTRIC INSULATING PACK CASE

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A battery pack comprising:a plate-shaped battery cell having electrode terminals, including an anode terminal and a cathode terminal formed at an upper end thereof, the upper end of the battery cell further including a sealed surplus portion, wherein the battery cell is formed to have a planar quadrangular structure;
a protection circuit module (PCM) including electrode terminal joint parts bent towards the electrode terminals and being directly and electrically connected to the electrode terminals to control operation of the battery pack, the PCM being adhesively attached to the sealed surplus portion of the battery cell via an insulating double-sided adhesive tape; and
a pack case applied to the sealed surplus portion of the battery cell, the PCM, and opposite sides of the battery cell in a thermally molten state and solidified, the pack case being configured to have a structure to cover the sealed surplus portion of the battery cell, the PCM, and the opposite sides of the battery cell in a state in which a top and a bottom of the battery cell are open, wherein each of the opposite sides of the battery cell are adjacent to the upper end of the battery cell,
wherein the electrode terminals extend outward from an upper end of the pack case at a first surface,
wherein a lower end of the battery cell, opposite to the upper end of the battery cell, is open, and
wherein the pack case is provided with a through hole at a second surface of the upper end thereof through which a side portion of the PCM received in the pack case is exposed outward, wherein the first surface is different from the second surface.

US Pat. No. 10,170,734

TOP COVER OF POWER BATTERY AND POWER BATTERY

Contemporary Amperex Tech...

1. A top cover of a power battery, comprising a top cover plate, a first electrode unit and a second electrode unit,the top cover plate is provided with a deformable plate connecting hole and an insulation piece accommodating portion, the first electrode unit comprises a deformable plate, a conductive plate and a first insulation piece,
the deformable plate is electrically connected with the top cover plate and seals the deformable plate connecting hole, the conductive plate is located underneath the deformable plate, and is electrically connected with the deformable plate, the first insulation piece comprises a top cover plate connecting portion and a conductive plate connecting portion, the top cover plate connecting portion extends into the insulation piece accommodating portion and is fixed with the insulation piece accommodating portion, the conductive plate is fixed with the top cover plate through the conductive plate connecting portion,
the deformable plate deforms and is insulated from the conductive plate when a pressure in an interior of the power battery exceeds a reference pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,170,730

VACUUM EVAPORATION DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF, AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DISPLAY PANEL

SHANGHAI TIANMA AM-OLED C...

1. A vacuum evaporation device, comprising:at least a first evaporation chamber, wherein:
the first evaporation chamber includes at least one first organic material evaporation source and at least one first metal evaporation source,
the at least one first organic material evaporation source is configured to evaporate a first organic material,
the at least one first metal evaporation source is configured to evaporate a first metal material, and
the at least one first organic material evaporation source and the at least one first metal evaporation source are controlled to perform evaporation simultaneously to generate blend doping of the first organic material and the first metal material on a substrate disposed within the first evaporation chamber,
wherein a material configured to be evaporated by the at least one first metal evaporation source includes at least one element selected from main group II and main group III, and rare earth elements,
the material configured to be evaporated by the at least one first metal evaporation source includes at least one of ytterbium (Yb), magnesium (Mg), and lithium fluoride (LiF), and
an evaporation temperature difference between the at least one first organic material evaporation source and the at least one first metal evaporation source is smaller than or equal to 300° C.

US Pat. No. 10,170,719

ORGANIC MONOLAYER PASSIVATION AND SILICON HETEROJUNCTION PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES USING THE SAME

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for inorganic passivation in a photovoltaic device, the method comprising:etching a native oxide over an inorganic substrate, the inorganic substrate having a surface;
forming an organic monolayer directly on the surface of the inorganic substrate to form a heterojunction, the organic monolayer having the following formula:
˜X—Y,
wherein X is an oxygen or a sulfur; Y is an alkyl chain, an alkenyl chain, or an alkynyl chain; and X covalently bonds to the surface of the inorganic substrate by a covalent bond;
depositing an organic semiconductor material directly on a surface of the organic monolayer, the organic semiconductor material being substantially free of doping; and
disposing a conductive electrode directly on at least on a portion of the organic semiconductor material;
wherein the organic semiconductor material comprises an electron blocking or a hole transport material when the inorganic substrate comprises an n-type inorganic material, and the organic semiconductor material comprises a hole blocking or electron transport material when the inorganic substrate comprises a p-type inorganic material.

US Pat. No. 10,170,718

ELECTRONIC DEVICES EMPLOYING ALIGNED ORGANIC POLYMERS

The California Institute ...

1. A method of forming an electronics device, comprising:polymerizing a polymer on an electrode so as to form chains of the polymer on the electrode;
pausing the polymerization after the polymerization has been started;
applying a layer of nanoparticles to the portion of the polymer chains that were formed before the polymerization was paused; and
resuming the polymerization after applying the nanoparticles.

US Pat. No. 10,170,715

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A VERTICAL ORGANIC FIELD-EFFECT TRANSISTOR, AND VERTICAL ORGANIC FIELD-EFFECT TRANSISTOR

Novaled GmbH, Dresden (D...

1. Method for producing a vertical organic field-effect transistor, in which a vertical organic field-effect transistor with a layer arrangement is produced on a substrate, said layer arrangement comprising transistor electrodes, namely a first electrode, a second electrode and a third electrode, electrically insulating layers and an organic semiconductor layer, wherein the method comprises the following steps:providing a substrate,
depositing a selectively adhesive layer on the substrate;
producing a partial layer structure of the vertical organic field-effect transistor, which comprises at least one of the transistor electrodes and at least one of the electrically insulating layers, which adhere to the selectively adhesive layer in a respective direct contact region; and
producing at least one organic semiconductor layer, by at least one organic semiconductor material being adhesively deposited on the partial layer structure and the selectively adhesive layer preventing an adhesive deposition of the at least one organic semiconductor material outside of the partial layer structure; and
producing a residual partial layer structure of the vertical organic field-effect transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,170,710

ORGANOMETALLIC COMPLEX, LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT, LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND LIGHTING DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A light-emitting element comprising:an EL layer between a pair of electrodes,
wherein the EL layer comprises a light-emitting layer, and
wherein the light-emitting layer comprises an organometallic complex represented by a formula (G1-1),

wherein M represents Pt or Pd, and each of R1 to R16 independently represents any one of hydrogen, an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, and a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group having 6 to 13 carbon atoms,
wherein a ring A represents a triazole ring, and
wherein the light-emitting element emits green light.

US Pat. No. 10,170,708

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT MATERIALS CONTAINING BENZIMIDAZOLE AND ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT DEVICE BY USING THE SAME

YUAN ZE UNIVERSITY, Chun...

3. An organic electroluminescent device, comprising:a first electrode layer;
a second electrode layer; and
an organic luminescent unit, disposed between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer, wherein the organic luminescent unit has at least an organic luminescent material as shown in General Formula (1),

wherein R9 and R13 are both benzimidazole derivatives, and the benzimidazole derivatives have the structures of the following General Formula (3); and

R1 to R8, R10 to R12 and R34 to R42 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a fluorine atom, a cyano group, an alkyl group, a cycloalkyl group, an alkoxy group, a thioalkyl group, a silyl group, and an alkenyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,170,689

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Renesas Electronics Corpo...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a magnetization free layer;
a reference layer electrically coupled to a first surface of the magnetization free layer;
a first magnetization fixed layer provided in the vicinity of the magnetization free layer;
a first wiring electrically and physically coupled directly to the magnetization free layer at a first location the magnetization free layer; and
a second wiring electrically and physically coupled directly to the magnetization free layer at a second location the magnetization free layer,
wherein the first magnetization fixed layer is not electrically coupled to the magnetization free layer, and
wherein the first wiring and the second wiring are distinct from each other.

US Pat. No. 10,170,684

TUNING FORK TYPE CRYSTAL BLANK, TUNING FORK TYPE CRYSTAL ELEMENT, AND CRYSTAL DEVICE

KYOCERA CORPORATION, Kyo...

1. A tuning fork type crystal blank comprising:a base part,
a pair of vibrating parts which extend from the base part in parallel with each other,
an auxiliary part comprising a support part which is located at one side of the base part and the pair of vibrating parts in an alignment direction of the pair of vibrating parts and extends parallel with the pair of vibrating parts, and
a holding part which is located on the side of the base part opposite to the pair of vibrating parts and connects the base part and the support part,
wherein a cut away part is formed in a side surface of the auxiliary part when viewed in a planar view direction which is perpendicular to the alignment direction and the extension direction of the pair of vibrating parts,
wherein the auxiliary part further comprises a protruding part which protrudes from a side surface of the support part, and
wherein the cut away part is formed in a side surface of the protruding part.

US Pat. No. 10,170,676

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE PACKAGE AND LIGHTING APPARATUS HAVING SAME

LG Innotek Co., Ltd., Se...

1. A light emitting device package, comprising:a first lead frame;
a second lead frame spaced apart from the first lead frame;
a body on the first lead frame and the second lead frame;
a light emitting device disposed on the first lead frame;
a protection device disposed on the second lead frame; and
a reflection molding portion on the protective device,
wherein the body includes a first cavity which exposes a first portion of an upper surface of the first lead frame,
wherein the first light emitting device is disposed in the first cavity,
wherein the first cavity includes a first inside surface and a second inside surface facing to each other, and a third inside surface and a fourth inside surface facing to each other,
wherein the third inside surface and the fourth inside surface are connected to the first inside surface,
wherein the reflection molding portion is disposed on the first inside surface,
wherein a portion of the reflection molding portion extends to the upper surface of the first lead frame,
wherein a first boundary part of the reflection molding portion is located between the first inside surface of the first cavity and a first end of the reflection molding portion,
wherein a second boundary part of the reflection molding portion is located between the fourth inside surface of the first cavity and a second end of the reflection molding portion,
wherein a third boundary part of the reflection molding portion is connected between the first boundary part and the second boundary part, and
wherein an area of the first portion exposed to the first cavity in the upper surface of the first lead frame is equal to or less than 40% of entire area of the body.

US Pat. No. 10,170,674

LED DEVICE

Citizen Watch Co., Ltd., ...

1. An LED device comprising:one or more LED dies which have a first electrode and a second electrode;
a submount substrate having a top surface on which the one or more LED dies are mounted and a bottom surface;
a frame-shaped electrode that is arranged along the periphery of the bottom surface of the submount substrate, and electrically connected to the first electrode or electrically connected to neither the first electrode nor the second electrode; and
one or more inside electrodes that are surrounded by the frame-shaped electrode and which are connected to at least one of the first electrode and the second electrode, wherein
the shape of the bottom surface of the submount substrate is rectangular,
the frame-shaped electrode is arranged along only a first side of the bottom surface of the substrate, a second side of the bottom surface of the substrate in a direction perpendicular to the first side of the bottom surface of the substrate, and a third side of the bottom surface of the substrate in the direction parallel to the first side of the bottom surface of the submount substrate, and the frame-shaped electrode has a first portion arranged along the first side of the bottom surface of the substrate, a second portion arranged along the second side of the bottom surface of the substrate, a third portion arranged along the third side, and is not arranged along the fourth side of the bottom surface of the submount substrate in the direction parallel to the second side of the bottom surface of the substrate, and
both ends of the first portion and third portion of the frame-shaped electrode facing the fourth side of the bottom surface of the substrate touch the fourth side of the bottom surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,170,670

WAVELENGTH CONVERTING MATERIAL FOR A LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

Lumileds Holding B.V., S...

1. A device comprising:a wavelength converting material comprising:
a cubic crystal structure;
an Eu2+ dopant;
cubic coordination of at least one Eu2+ dopant site by X[2] (X?N, O) atoms;
star-shaped Y(SiX4)4 (Y?C, N) host lattice building blocks;
AE, where AE=Ca, Sr, Ba; and
RE, where RE=Y, Lu, La, Sc.

US Pat. No. 10,170,665

REPAIRING METHOD, MANUFACTURING METHOD, DEVICE AND ELECTRONICS APPARATUS OF MICRO-LED

Goertek.Inc, Weifang (CN...

1. A method for repairing a micro-LED, comprising:binging a conductive pick-up head into contact with a known-good micro-LED on a carrier substrate via a conductive adhesive;
locally joule heating a second bonding layer through the conductive pick-up head, to melt the second bonding layer, wherein the second bonding layer is provided between the known-good micro-LED and the carrier substrate; and
picking up the known-good micro-LED using the conductive pick-up head;
bringing the known-good micro-LED on the conductive pick-up head into contact with a first pad on an defective position of a receiving substrate, wherein the conductive pick-up head and the known-good micro-LED are bonded via the conductive adhesive;
locally joule heating a first bonding layer through the conductive pick-up head, to melt the first bonding layer, wherein the first bonding layer is provided between the known-good micro-LED and the first pad; and
lifting up the conductive pick-up head after the first bonding layer is cooled, leaving the known-good micro-LED on the receiving substrate,
wherein the adhesion force of the conductive adhesive is larger than the surface tension when the bonding layers are melted and is lower than the bonding strength when the bonding layers are cooled.

US Pat. No. 10,170,656

INVERTED METAMORPHIC MULTIJUNCTION SOLAR CELL WITH A SINGLE METAMORPHIC LAYER

SolAero Technologies Corp...

1. A multijunction solar cell comprising:a first sequence of layers of semiconductor material forming a first set of one or more solar subcells;
a first threading dislocation inhibition layer adjacent to said first sequence of layers;
a graded interlayer directly adjacent to said first threading dislocation inhibition layer, said graded interlayer being composed of (InxGa1-x)yAl1-yAs, wherein 0 a second sequence of layers of semiconductor material forming a second set of one or more solar subcells, the second sequence of layers being disposed on a side of the graded interlayer opposite a side on which the first sequence of layers is disposed;
wherein the graded interlayer is compositionally graded to lattice match a closest solar subcell of the first set on one side of the graded interlayer and to lattice match a closest solar subcell of the second set on a second opposite side of the graded interlayer;
the multijunction solar cell further comprising a high band gap contact layer adjacent said second sequence of layers, wherein the high band gap contact layer is composed of p++ type InGaAlAs.

US Pat. No. 10,170,653

TUNNELING BARRIER INFRARED DETECTOR DEVICES

L3 CINCINNATI ELECTRONICS...

1. An infrared detector device comprising:a first contact layer;
an absorber layer adjacent to the first contact layer, wherein the absorber layer is doped p-type;
a hole barrier layer adjacent to the absorber layer, wherein:
a bandgap of the hole barrier layer is greater than a bandgap of the absorber layer; and
the hole barrier layer comprises a p-n junction;
an n++ layer adjacent the hole barrier layer, wherein a thickness of the n++ layer is less than a thickness of the hole barrier layer;
a barrier layer adjacent to the n++ layer, wherein the barrier layer is doped p++ and a valance band offset within the barrier layer is higher than a conduction band offset within the n++ layer; and
a second contact layer adjacent to the barrier layer, wherein the second contact layer is doped p+.

US Pat. No. 10,170,625

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A COMPACT OTP/MTP TECHNOLOGY

GLOBALFOUNDRIES SINGAPORE...

1. A method comprising:providing a substrate having a buried oxide (BOX) layer formed over the substrate;
forming first and second fins on the BOX layer, wherein the second fin is arranged opposite the first fin on the BOX layer such that an end of the second fin is aligned to an end of the first fin with a gap in between;
forming first and second gates, laterally separated, over and perpendicular to the first and second fins, respectively;
forming at least one third gate between the first and second gates and contacting the BOX layer through the gap, each third gate overlapping an end of the first fin, the second fin, or both fins;
forming at least one additional pair of separated first and second fins parallel to and vertically spaced from the first and second fins;
extending the first and second gates over one or more of the additional first and second fins, respectively;
forming a source/drain (S/D) region in each of the first and second fins adjacent to the first and second gates, respectively, remote from the at least one third gate;
utilizing each of the first and second gates as a word line (WL);
utilizing each at least one third gate as a source line (SL) or connecting a SL to the S/D region; and
connecting a bit line (BL) to the S/D region or the at least one third gate.

US Pat. No. 10,170,619

VERTICAL SCHOTTKY CONTACT FET

International Business Ma...

1. A semiconductor structure comprising:a vertical field effect transistor located above a substrate, said vertical field effect transistor comprising:
a bottom Schottky contact source/drain structure located directly on a surface of said substrate, said bottom Schottky contact source/drain structure comprises a base portion and a vertically extending portion;
a semiconductor channel region extending vertically upwards from a surface of said base portion of said bottom Schottky contact source/drain structure;
a top Schottky contact source/drain structure located on a topmost surface of said semiconductor channel region; and
a gate structure located on each side of said semiconductor channel region, wherein said vertically extending portion of said bottom Schottky contact source/drain structure has a topmost surface that is coplanar with a topmost surface of said top Schottky contact source/drain structure.

US Pat. No. 10,170,617

VERTICAL TRANSPORT FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTORS

GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Grand C...

1. A structure, comprising:a vertical fin structure composed of semiconductor material and having a lower dopant region at a lower portion of the vertical fin structure, an upper dopant region at an upper portion of the vertical fin structure and a channel region between the lower dopant region and the upper dopant region;
a recessed portion in the semiconductor material adjacent to the lower dopant region at a lower portion of the vertical fin structure;
shallow trench isolation structures formed in the semiconductor material, adjacent to the recessed portion; and
doped semiconductor material in the recessed portion in the semiconductor material on sides of the vertical fin structure at the lower portion and adjacent to the shallow trench isolation structures, the lower dopant region being composed of the doped semiconductor material at the lower portion,
wherein the doped semiconductor material comprises a tri-layer of material within the recessed portion, with a higher doped semiconductor material in a lower portion and upper portion of the recessed portion, and a lower doped semiconductor material sandwiched therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,170,616

METHODS OF FORMING A VERTICAL TRANSISTOR DEVICE

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc., Gr...

1. A method of forming a vertical transistor device, the method comprising:forming a plurality of layers of material above a bottom source/drain (S/D) layer of semiconductor material that is positioned above a semiconductor substrate, said plurality of layers including a bottom spacer layer of dielectric material positioned on said bottom source/drain (S/D) layer of semiconductor material, a sacrificial gate material layer positioned on said bottom spacer layer of dielectric material, a top spacer layer of dielectric material positioned on said sacrificial gate material layer, and a sacrificial layer of material positioned on said top spacer layer of material;
performing at least one etching process to define a cavity in said plurality of layers of material, wherein a portion of said bottom source/drain (S/D) layer of semiconductor material is exposed at a bottom of said cavity;
performing at least one epi deposition process to form a vertically oriented channel semiconductor structure on said bottom source/drain (S/D) layer of semiconductor material and in said cavity and a top source/drain (S/D) layer of semiconductor material above said vertically oriented channel semiconductor structure;
after performing said at least one epi deposition process, removing at least one of said plurality of layers of material to thereby expose an outer perimeter surface of said vertically oriented channel semiconductor structure; and
forming a gate structure around said exposed outer perimeter surface of said vertically oriented channel semiconductor structure.

US Pat. No. 10,170,602

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE HBTS HAVING DIFFERENT EMITTER BALLAST RESISTANCES

Qorvo US, Inc., Greensbo...

1. A method comprising:providing a first no-contact HBT and a second no-contact HBT formed over a substrate, wherein the first no-contact HBT comprises a first lower cap over a first emitter, a first middle cap over the first lower cap, a first ballast resistor layer over the first middle cap, and a first upper cap over the first ballast resistor layer at a top portion of the first no-contact HBT, and the second no-contact HBT comprises a second lower cap over a second emitter, a second middle cap over the second lower cap, a second ballast resistor layer over the second middle cap, and a second upper cap over the second ballast resistor layer at a top portion of the second no-contact HBT;
removing the second upper cap and the second ballast resistor layer from the second no-contact HBT to form a second etched HBT; and
providing a first emitter contact to the first no-contact HBT to form a first HBT, wherein the first emitter contact is formed over the first upper cap, and providing a second emitter contact to the second etched HBT to form a second HBT, wherein the second emitter contact is formed over the second middle cap.

US Pat. No. 10,170,595

FABRICATION OF AN ISOLATED DUMMY FIN BETWEEN ACTIVE VERTICAL FINS WITH TIGHT FIN PITCH

International Business Ma...

1. A method of forming an arrangement, of active and inactive fins on a substrate, comprising:forming at least three vertical fins on the substrate;
forming a protective liner on at least three of the at least three vertical fins;
removing at least a portion of the protective liner on at least one of the at least three of the at least three vertical fins; and
converting the one of the at least three of the at least three vertical fins to an inactive vertical fin, without using a fin-cut process.

US Pat. No. 10,170,583

FORMING A GATE CONTACT IN THE ACTIVE AREA

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of making a semiconductor device, the method comprising:patterning a fin in a substrate;
forming a gate between source/drain regions over the substrate, the gate having a dielectric spacer along a sidewall;
removing a portion of the dielectric spacer and filling with a metal oxide to form a spacer, the spacer having a first spacer portion and a second spacer portion;
recessing the gate and depositing a dielectric cap over the gate;
forming a source/drain contact over at least one of the source/drain regions, the source/drain contact contacting the spacer and the dielectric spacer;
forming a via contact over the source/drain contact; and
removing the dielectric cap and forming a gate contact over the gate, the gate contact having a first gate contact portion contacting the gate and a second gate contact portion positioned over the first gate contact portion, the second gate contact portion being wider than the first gate contact portion;
wherein the first spacer portion and the second spacer portion comprise different materials, the first spacer portion lines sidewalls of the gate and extends to a height that is over the gate, and directly contacts the first gate contact portion and the source/drain contact, and the second spacer portion is arranged directly on top of the first spacer portion, directly beneath an overhanging portion of the second gate contact portion, and directly in contact with the source/drain contact.

US Pat. No. 10,170,574

HYBRID SOURCE AND DRAIN CONTACT FORMATION USING METAL LINER AND METAL INSULATOR SEMICONDUCTOR CONTACTS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of forming contacts to an electrical device comprising:providing a first via to a first semiconductor device comprising at least one of a silicon and germanium containing source and drain region and providing a second via to a second semiconductor device comprising at least one of a silicon containing source and drain region;
forming a material stack in the first and second via, the first material stack comprising a first metal layer and a second metal layer;
converting the second metal layer of the first material stack within the second via to a second metal oxide;
removing the second metal oxide with an etch that is selective to the first metal layer; and
converting the first metal layer present in the second via to first metal oxide with an oxidation anneal, wherein during said oxidation anneal the second metal layer in the first via alloys with the first metal layer and silicon from the silicon and germanium containing source and drain region to provide a binary metal semiconductor alloy.

US Pat. No. 10,170,572

SELF-ALIGNED DUAL TRENCH DEVICE

Diodes Incorporated, Pla...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a chip of a semiconductor material having a top surface;
a gate trench in the chip extending from the top surface and having a depth and a width;
at least two field plate trenches, one on each side of the gate trench, each field plate trench extending from the top surface;
each field plate trench comprising two sections delineated by a raised edge a first section having a first length, and a second section having a second length;
the first length equal the depth of the gate trench; and
the gate trench and the field plate trenches lined with dielectric material and filled with a conductive material.

US Pat. No. 10,170,567

HIGH VOLTAGE LATERALLY DIFFUSED MOSFET WITH BURIED FIELD SHIELD AND METHOD TO FABRICATE SAME

International Business Ma...

1. A method to fabricate laterally diffused MOSFETs comprising:providing a semiconductor substrate having disposed over a top surface thereof a bottom surface of an n-type layer;
forming a recess in a top surface of the n-type layer;
forming in the recess an electrically conductive field shield member covered completely with a dielectric material;
epitaxially growing in vertical and lateral directions from the top surface of the n-type layer additional n-type semiconductor material so as to completely bury the electrically conductive field shield member and dielectric material, where the n-type layer and the additional n-type semiconductor material are doped for forming an n-type drift region;
forming, in the n-type drift region, a p-type body region overlying the buried electrically conductive field shield member and dielectric material and forming first and second n+drain regions;
forming, in the p-type body region, first and second n+source regions and a p+body contact region overlying the buried electrically conductive field shield member and dielectric material; and
depositing first and second gate dielectrics and gate electrodes so as to overly a portion of the p-type body region and the n-type drift region, where a first gate electrode is disposed on the first gate dielectric associated with a first laterally diffused MOSFET and where a second gate electrode is disposed on the second gate dielectric associated with a second laterally diffused MOSFET.

US Pat. No. 10,170,553

SHAPED TERMINALS FOR A BIPOLAR JUNCTION TRANSISTOR

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc., Gr...

1. A method of fabricating a device structure, the method comprising:epitaxially growing a base layer;
epitaxially growing an emitter layer with a thickness on the base layer;
forming a hardmask layer over a section of the emitter layer; and
etching, by a plurality of etching processes with the hardmask layer over the section of the emitter layer, a plurality of trenches extending through the emitter layer to define an emitter of the device structure,
wherein the emitter layer has a concentration of an element that varies as a function of the thickness of the emitter layer, the section of the emitter layer is laterally etched by the etching processes such that the section of the emitter layer is undercut relative to the hardmask layer, and the emitter has a variable width over the thickness of the emitter layer due to a lateral etch rate that varies as a function of the concentration of the element during the plurality of etching processes.

US Pat. No. 10,170,546

FULLY SUBSTRATE-ISOLATED FINFET TRANSISTOR

STMicroelectronics, Inc.,...

1. A device, comprising:a substrate;
a fin suspended over the substrate, the fin including a channel region, the fin having a first surface that faces the substrate;
a source region;
a drain region;
an insulating layer between the substrate and the fin, the source region, and the drain region, the insulating layer extending between and in contact with the substrate and the channel region of the fin, the first surface of the fin being between a surface of the insulating layer and the substrate; and
a gate overlying the channel region of the fin.

US Pat. No. 10,170,544

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT PRODUCTS THAT INCLUDE FINFET DEVICES AND A PROTECTION LAYER FORMED ON AN ISOLATION REGION

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc., Gr...

1. An integrated circuit product, comprising:a FinFET device comprising at least one fin, a gate structure, and a sidewall spacer;
a device isolation region comprising a first insulating material positioned around a perimeter of said FinFET device; and
an isolation protection layer positioned above said device isolation region, said isolation protection layer comprising a material that is different from said first insulating material, wherein a first portion of said isolation protection layer is positioned under a portion of said gate structure and under a portion of said sidewall spacer, and wherein a second portion of said isolation protection layer is not positioned under said gate structure and is not positioned under said sidewall spacer, said first portion of said isolation protection layer having a thickness that is greater than a thickness of said second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,170,538

MIS CAPACITOR

Korea Electronics Technol...

1. An MIS capacitor, comprising:a lower electrode formed of a semiconductor substrate having electrical conductivity and through which an electrical signal passes at a lower surface thereof, wherein the lower electrode has the lower surface, an upper surface substantially parallel to the lower surface, and a side surface formed between the lower surface and the upper surface and connecting an edge of the lower surface and an edge of the upper surface;
an insulating layer formed on the lower electrode;
an upper electrode formed on the insulating layer and through which the electrical signal passes at an upper surface thereof; and
a first conductive layer formed on the side surface of the lower electrode so that the electrical signal passing the lower surface and the upper surface of the lower electrode passes along the side surface of the lower electrode,
wherein the first conductive layer has electro conductivity higher than the electro conductivity of the lower electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,170,526

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DIODE DISPLAY PANEL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELEC...

1. An organic light emitting diode (OLED) display panel, comprising:a thin film transistor layer;
an anode layer formed on the thin film transistor layer, the anode layer comprising at least two arrays of anodes arranged in an array;
a pixel definition layer formed on the thin film transistor layer, the pixel definition layer comprising a plurality of sub-pixel openings, wherein the sub-pixel openings and the anodes are aligned with each other; and
a barrier layer disposed on the pixel definition layer between any two of the anodes adjacent to each other, wherein the barrier layer is configured to block an electrical charge released by one of the two adjacent anodes from entering into a region in a cathode layer corresponding to the other of the two adjacent anodes;
wherein a height of the barrier layer in a direction perpendicular to a plane of the OLED display panel is greater than a height of a sum of a first common layer, a second common layer, and the cathode layer.

US Pat. No. 10,170,509

OPTICAL FILTER ARRAY

VIAVI Solutions Inc., Sa...

1. A device, comprising:a first mirror disposed on a substrate;
a plurality of spacers disposed on the first mirror,
a first spacer, of the plurality of spacers, being associated with a first thickness,
a second spacer, of the plurality of spacers, being associated with a second thickness that is different from the first thickness;
a first sensor element corresponding to the first spacer; and
a second sensor element corresponding to the second spacer,
a separation width between the first sensor element and the second sensor element being less than approximately 10 micrometers (?m); and
a second mirror disposed on the plurality of spacers,
the second mirror including a first slanted side and a second slanted side, and
the second slanted side being on an opposite side of the second mirror from the first slanted side.

US Pat. No. 10,170,508

OPTICAL PACKAGE STRUCTURE

KINGPAK TECHNOLOGY INC., ...

1. An optical package structure comprising:a substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface;
a frame layer formed on the first surface of the substrate and surrounding a cavity on the substrate, the frame layer having a first surface and a second surface opposite to each other, wherein the first surface of the frame layer faces toward the cavity and the second surface of the frame layer faces away from the cavity;
an optical unit disposed on the first surface of the substrate and located inside the cavity;
a bonding layer formed on a portion of an upper edge of the frame layer and exposing the other portion of the upper edge of the frame layer;
a transparent plate mounted on the bonding layer and extending across the optical unit, the transparent plate extending beyond an outer edge of the bonding layer, the transparent plate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface and facing toward the optical unit; and
an encapsulation layer covering a lateral edge of the transparent plate and the outer edge of the bonding layer, the encapsulation layer being in contact with a portion of the second surface of the transparent plate and a portion of the upper edge of the frame layer, an external lateral surface of the encapsulation layer which faces away from the cavity being aligned with the second surface of the frame layer.

US Pat. No. 10,170,507

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A solid-state imaging device, comprising:a plurality of micro lenses;
a first substrate which has a plurality of first photoelectric conversion units, in which each of the plurality of first photoelectric conversion units corresponds to any one of the plurality of micro lenses, in which first light transmitted through the plurality of micro lenses is incident on the plurality of first photoelectric conversion units corresponding to the plurality of micro lenses, and in which the plurality of first photoelectric conversion units generate first signals according to the first light;
a second substrate which has a plurality of second photoelectric conversion units and a plurality of third photoelectric conversion units, in which a plurality of pairs of photoelectric conversion units are disposed, in which each of the plurality of pairs of photoelectric conversion units includes one of the second photoelectric conversion units and one of the third photoelectric conversion units, in which each of the plurality of pairs of photoelectric conversion units corresponds to at least one of the plurality of first photoelectric conversion units, in which second light transmitted through the plurality of first photoelectric conversion units is incident on the plurality of pairs of photoelectric conversion units corresponding to the plurality of first photoelectric conversion units, in which the plurality of second photoelectric conversion units generate second signals according to third light, in which the third light is the second light corresponding to light passing through a first lens region, in which the plurality of third photoelectric conversion units generate third signals according to fourth light, and in which the fourth light is the second light corresponding to light passing through a second lens region,
wherein an imaging lens is disposed optically forward of the plurality of micro lenses and the imaging lens has the first lens region and the second lens region,
the second substrate further includes charge isolation regions disposed between the second photoelectric conversion units and the third photoelectric conversion units and the charge isolation regions are configured to prevent movement of charge between the second photoelectric conversion units and the third photoelectric conversion units, and
the first substrate further includes pillar-shaped separating layers formed so as to extend in the direction from the charge isolation regions to the first photoelectric conversion units, the separating layers configured to separate the second light into the third light and the fourth light and to cause the third light and the fourth light to be incident on the second photoelectric conversion units and the third photoelectric conversion units respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,170,484

INTEGRATED CIRCUIT STRUCTURE INCORPORATING MULTIPLE GATE-ALL-AROUND FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTORS HAVING DIFFERENT DRIVE CURRENTS AND METHOD

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A method comprising:forming, on a substrate that comprises a first semiconductor material, a multi-layer stack comprising alternating layers of a second semiconductor material and the first semiconductor material;
forming a recess in the multi-layer stack such that a first area of the multi-layer stack has more layers of the first semiconductor material than a second area of the multi-layer stack;
filling the recess with a sacrificial material;
after the filling of the recess with the sacrificial material, patterning the multi-layer stack into multi-layer fins comprising at least a first fin in the first area and a second fin in the second area, wherein the first fin comprises the alternating layers and wherein the second fin comprises the sacrificial material above at least one layer of the first semiconductor material; and
forming transistors comprising: a first transistor comprising multiple first nanoshapes for multiple first channel regions formed using multiple layers of the first semiconductor material in the first fin; and a second transistor comprising at least one second nanoshape for at least one second channel region formed using the at least one layer of the first semiconductor material in the second fin,
wherein the first transistor is formed so as to have a first number of the first nanoshapes and the second transistor is formed so as to have a second number of the second nanoshapes that is less than the first number, and
wherein each second nanoshape is essentially co-planar with one of the first nanoshapes.

US Pat. No. 10,170,475

SILICON-ON-NOTHING TRANSISTOR SEMICONDUCTOR STRUCTURE WITH CHANNEL EPITAXIAL SILICON REGION

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of forming a transistor on a silicon substrate, the method comprising:forming a gate stack structure on an epitaxial silicon region disposed on a silicon substrate, a width dimension of the epitaxial silicon region approximating a width dimension of the gate stack structure; and
growing a raised epitaxial source and drain from the silicon substrate, the raised epitaxial source and drain in contact with the epitaxial silicon region and the gate stack structure.

US Pat. No. 10,170,473

FORMING LONG CHANNEL FINFET WITH SHORT CHANNEL VERTICAL FINFET AND RELATED INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. An integrated circuit (IC), comprising:a first transistor structure including:
a semiconductor substrate;
a semiconductor fin extending from the semiconductor substrate;
a doped first source/drain region in the semiconductor substrate under a first end of the semiconductor fin;
a doped second source/drain region in the semiconductor substrate under a second, opposing end of the semiconductor fin, the second source/drain region separated from the first source/drain region by a portion of the semiconductor substrate having an opposite doping from that of the first and second source/drain region; and
a surrounding gate extending about the semiconductor fin above the semiconductor substrate, a lower surface of the surrounding gate isolated from the semiconductor substrate by a first spacer.

US Pat. No. 10,170,468

SEMICONDUCTOR STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

VANGUARD INTERNATIONAL SE...

11. A method for manufacturing a semiconductor structure, comprising:providing a semiconductor substrate with a first conductivity type;
forming a first well in the semiconductor substrate, wherein the first well has a second conductivity type;
forming a first region in the first well, wherein the first region has the first conductivity type;
forming a second region in the first well, wherein the second region has the first conductivity type, and a dopant concentration of the first region is higher than a dopant concentration of the second region;
forming a second well in the first region, wherein the second well has the first conductivity type;
forming a first doped region in the first region, wherein the first doped region has the second conductivity type that is different than the first conductivity type;
forming a second doped region in the second well, wherein the second doped region has the first conductivity type;
forming a third doped region in the second region, wherein the third doped region has the first conductivity type; and
forming a fourth doped region in the first region, wherein the fourth doped region has the second conductivity type.

US Pat. No. 10,170,459

METHODS FOR AN ESD PROTECTION CIRCUIT INCLUDING A FLOATING ESD NODE

GLOBALFOUNDRIES SINGAPORE...

1. A method comprising:providing a substrate including a first-type well area in an electrostatic discharge (ESD) region;
forming a base junction of the first-type along the perimeter of the ESD region;
forming a shallow trench isolation (STI) region adjacent the base junction;
forming alternate emitter and collector junctions of a second-type adjacent the STI region, parallel to and spaced from each other by parallel additional STI regions;
forming at least one gate perpendicular to and over a collector junction;
epitaxially forming a floating ESD node of the first-type in the collector junction adjacent one side of the at least one gate; and
determining a gate-length based on a target ESD event trigger-voltage, wherein a shorter gate-length reduces the trigger-voltage such that the ESD region is activated at a lower voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,170,458

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PACKAGE-ON-PACKAGE STRUCTURE

Powertech Technology Inc....

1. A manufacturing method of a package-on-package (POP) structure, comprising:forming a first package structure, wherein the first package structure comprises a circuit carrier and a die disposed on the circuit carrier, forming the first package structure comprising:
providing a conductive interposer on the circuit carrier, wherein the conductive interposer comprises a plate, a plurality of conductive pillars and a conductive protrusion respectively extending from the plate to the circuit carrier and the die, the conductive protrusion disposed on the die, and the conductive pillars are electrically connected to the circuit carrier, wherein the plate of the conductive interposer comprises a central region and a peripheral region connected to the central region, the conductive protrusion is formed in the central region and the conductive pillars are formed in the peripheral region;
encapsulating the conductive interposer by an encapsulant; and
removing a portion of the encapsulant and the plate of the conductive interposer; and
forming a second package structure on the first package structure, wherein the second package structure is electrically connected to the first package structure through the conductive interposer.

US Pat. No. 10,170,453

ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD FOR GENERATING MIXED LIGHT

OSRAM OPTO SEMICONDUCTORS...

1. An arrangement for generating mixed light, comprising:a first device;
a second device; and
a third device,
the first device having a first semiconductor chip for generating a first primary radiation in the blue spectral range and having a first conversion element for generating a first secondary radiation from the first primary radiation, wherein a first total radiation exiting the first device has a first chromaticity coordinate, which lies within a color quadrilateral having the corner points (0.300, 0.425), (0.308, 0.439), (0.388, 0.407) and (0.370, 0.390) or (0.322, 0.482), (0.330, 0.500), (0.384, 0.450) and (0.375, 0.432) or (0.335, 0.345), (0.335, 0.365), (0.355, 0.365) and (0.355, 0.345),
the second device having a second semiconductor chip for generating a second primary radiation in the blue spectral range and having a second conversion element for generating a second secondary radiation from the second primary radiation, wherein a second total radiation exiting the second device has a second chromaticity coordinate, which lies within a color quadrilateral having the corner points (0.325, 0.225), (0.350, 0.225), (0.350, 0.275) and (0.325, 0.275) or (0.350, 0.325), (0.365, 0.325), (0.350, 0.340) and (0.365, 0.340) or (0.445, 0.309), (0.457, 0.318), (0.425, 0.325) and (0.439, 0.337), and
the third device having a third semiconductor chip for generating a third primary radiation in the blue spectral range and having a third conversion element for generating a third secondary radiation from the third primary radiation, wherein a third total radiation exiting the third device has a third chromaticity coordinate, which lies within a color quadrilateral having the corner points (0.475, 0.400), (0.425, 0.400), (0.425, 0.440) and (0.475, 0.440) or (0.515, 0.420), (0.495, 0.420), (0.515, 0.450) and (0.495, 0.450) or (0.425, 0.465), (0.425, 0.475), (0.440, 0.475) and (0.440, 0.465).

US Pat. No. 10,170,442

MOUNT STRUCTURE INCLUDING TWO MEMBERS THAT ARE BONDED TO EACH OTHER WITH A BONDING MATERIAL LAYER HAVING A FIRST INTERFACE LAYER AND A SECOND INTERFACE LAYER

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A mount structure comprising two members that are bonded to each other with a bonding material layer having a first interface layer and a second interface layer at the interfaces with the two members,the bonding material layer containing a first intermetallic compound and a stress relaxation material,
the first intermetallic compound having a spherical, a columnar, or an oval spherical shape, and same crystalline structure as the first interface layer and the second interface layer, and partly closing space between the first interface layer and the second interface layer,
the stress relaxation material containing tin as a main component, and filling around the first intermetallic compound,
wherein the first interface layer, the second interface layer, and the first intermetallic compound are (Cu,Ni)6Sn5.

US Pat. No. 10,170,439

CHAMFERING FOR STRESS REDUCTION ON PASSIVATION LAYER

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A device comprising:an inner layer comprising electronic devices;
an insulator layer on the inner layer, wherein the inner layer has a first surface where the insulator layer contacts the inner layer;
a patterned conductor on the first surface of the inner layer, wherein the patterned conductor comprises a pattern of connected linear sections parallel to the first surface of the inner layer, wherein the linear sections meet at conductor corners, wherein at least one of the conductor corners of the patterned conductor includes a chamfer side that terminates at the linear sections, wherein the chamfer side forms unequal angles with the linear sections, along the first surface, and wherein the chamfer side forms an angle of other than 45° with the linear sections; and
a through conductor extending into the inner layer, and being positioned to electrically connect the patterned conductor to the electronic devices.

US Pat. No. 10,170,438

STATIC DISCHARGE SYSTEM

POWER INTEGRATIONS. INC.,...

1. A circuit, comprising:a semiconductor device, wherein the semiconductor device further comprises a drain terminal, a source terminal, and a gate terminal; and
a static discharge system electrically coupled between the gate terminal and the drain terminal, wherein the static discharge system removes charge that accumulates on a conductor when the semiconductor device is in an on-state, wherein the static discharge systems allows charge to accumulate on the conductor when the semiconductor device is in an off-state, wherein the conductor is capacitively coupled to the gate terminal of the semiconductor device;
wherein the semiconductor device and the static discharge system are formed on separate substrates.

US Pat. No. 10,170,437

VIA DISGUISE TO PROTECT THE SECURITY PRODUCT FROM DELAYERING AND GRAPHIC DESIGN SYSTEM (GDS) HACKING AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

GLOBALFOUNDRIES SINGAPORE...

1. A method comprising:forming a first dielectric layer;
forming a first metal layer in a portion of the first dielectric layer;
forming a first Nblok layer over the first dielectric layer and the first metal layer;
forming a second dielectric layer over the first Nblok layer;
forming a second Nblok layer over a portion of the second dielectric layer;
forming a third dielectric layer over the second dielectric layer and the second Nblok layer;
forming a via and a plurality of vias through the third and second dielectric layers down to the second and first Nblok layers, respectively;
removing portions of the second and first Nblok layers through the via and the plurality of vias down to the second dielectric layer and the first metal layer, respectively; and
filling the via and the plurality of vias with a second metal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,170,415

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, AND LOAD DRIVING DEVICE

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a transistor layer having arranged thereon in a two-dimensional manner a plurality of transistors each including an input unit, an output unit, and a control unit;
a plurality of interconnection layers configured to electrically connect the input units of the plurality of transistors to an input terminal and electrically connect the output units of the plurality of transistors to an output terminal; and
a plurality of interlayer connection conductors respectively connecting the plurality of interconnection layers to the transistor layer,
wherein the plurality of interconnection layers include a first interconnection layer having arranged therein along a predetermined arranging direction at least one input side interconnection layer connected to the input terminal and at least one output side interconnection layer connected to the output terminal, and
wherein resistance values of the plurality of interlayer connection conductors differ from each other depending on a position in the arranging direction.

US Pat. No. 10,170,397

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES, VIA STRUCTURES AND METHODS FOR FORMING THE SAME

VANGUARD INTERNATIONAL SE...

1. A via structure of a semiconductor device, comprising:a through hole penetrating from a first surface to an opposite second surface of a substrate;
a filling insulating layer disposed in the through hole;
a first conductive layer disposed in the through hole and surrounding the filling insulating layer, wherein a portion of the first conductive layer is located directly below the filling insulating layer and at a bottom of the through hole;
a first insulating layer disposed on sidewalls of the through hole and surrounding the first conductive layer; and
a second conductive layer sandwiched between the filling insulating layer and the first conductive layer, wherein a portion of the second conductive layer is located below the filling insulating layer and electrically connected to the first conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,170,391

BACKSIDE INITIATED UNIFORM HEAT SINK LOADING

LENOVO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIO...

1. A backside initiated uniform heat sink loading system comprising:a system board assembly comprising at least a processing unit;
a heat sink assembly mounted upon the processing unit from a topside of the system board assembly, the heat sink assembly comprising a base, a plurality of fins formed on the base, a plurality of tension members that extend through the system board assembly and through the base into the plurality of fins, and compressive springs mounted about each of the plurality of tension members on a topside of the base;
a loading plate mounted to the plurality of tension members from a backside of the system board assembly, opposite the topside of the system board assembly; and
a fastener that engages with the loading plate from a backside of the loading plate,
wherein the compressive springs are located within the plurality of fins to be surrounded by the plurality of fins,
wherein the fastener is structured to force the loading plate away from the system board assembly when it is engaged with the loading plate from the backside of the system board assembly,
wherein the loading plate is a plate including stiffening features configured to prevent warpage or deflection of the loading plate, and
wherein the loading plate includes a threaded clearance hole structured to engage with threads of the fastener to force the loading plate away from the system board assembly when the threads of the fastener are engaged with the threaded clearance hole of the loading plate from the backside of the loading plate.

US Pat. No. 10,170,390

THERMALLY ENHANCED SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE HAVING FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTORS WITH BACK-GATE FEATURE

Qorvo US, Inc., Greensbo...

1. An apparatus comprising:a first buried oxide (BOX) layer;
a non-silicon thermal conductive component, wherein the first BOX layer resides over the non-silicon thermal conductive component;
a first epitaxial layer over the first BOX layer;
a second BOX layer over the first epitaxial layer;
a second epitaxial layer over the second BOX layer and having a source, a drain, and a channel between the source and the drain;
a gate dielectric aligned over the channel; and
a front-gate structure over the gate dielectric, wherein
a back-gate structure is formed in the first epitaxial layer and has a back-gate region aligned below the channel; and
a field effect transistor (FET) is formed by the front-gate structure, the source, the drain, the channel, and the back-gate structure.

US Pat. No. 10,170,377

MEMORY CELL WITH RECESSED SOURCE/DRAIN CONTACTS TO REDUCE CAPACITANCE

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc., Gr...

1. A method, comprising:forming a device above an active region defined in a semiconducting substrate, said device comprising a plurality of gate structures, a spacer formed adjacent each of said plurality of gate structures, and conductive source/drain contact structures positioned adjacent each of said plurality of gate structures and separated from an associated gate structure by said spacer;
recessing a first portion of said conductive source/drain contact structures of a subset of said plurality of gate structures at a first axial position along a selected gate structure of said plurality of gate structures to define a cavity, wherein a selected source/drain contact structure is not recessed;
forming a first dielectric layer in said cavity; and
forming a conductive line contacting said selected source/drain contact structure in said first axial position.

US Pat. No. 10,170,373

METHODS FOR MAKING ROBUST REPLACEMENT METAL GATES AND MULTI-THRESHOLD DEVICES IN A SOFT MASK INTEGRATION SCHEME

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A method of fabricating FETs of the same type having different threshold voltages by incorporating a thinned stack in a replacement metal gate process, the method comprising:(a) forming a first opening in a dielectric layer overlying a first FET region of a substrate and forming a second opening in a dielectric layer overlying a second FET region of the substrate;
(b) forming a high-k layer lining both the first and second openings;
(c) forming a thinning stack in the second opening of the second FET region, the thinning stack including a first bottom layer, a second middle layer, and third top layer, wherein the second middle layer has a composition different from the first bottom layer and the third top layer and the second middle layer is positioned between and in contact with the first bottom layer and the third top layer, and wherein the first bottom layer includes titanium nitride (TiN);
(d) removing a portion of the thinning stack to leave a thinned remaining portion of the thinning stack in the second opening of the second FET region, including removing the third top layer such that the thinned remaining portion of the thinning stack in the second opening of the second FET region includes at least the first bottom layer;
(e) forming a threshold voltage metal which is in contact with the high-k layer in the first opening and in contact with the thinned remaining portion of the thinning stack in the second opening;
(f) forming a first work function metal stack in the first and second openings of the first FET and second FET regions; and
(g) filling the first and second openings with a fill material,
wherein the first and second FET regions have the same high-k layer, the same threshold voltage metal, the same work function metal stack and the same fill material but have different threshold voltages.

US Pat. No. 10,170,353

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR DYNAMICALLY TUNABLE BIASING TO BACKPLATES AND WELLS

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc., Gr...

1. An intermediate semiconductor device comprising:a wafer comprising
a silicon substrate,
at least one first oxide layer disposed on at least a portion of the wafer,
at least one silicon layer disposed on the at least one first oxide layer,
at least one second oxide layer disposed on the at least one silicon layer,
at least one recess in the wafer,
at least one third oxide layer disposed on the wafer, wherein the at least one recess in the wafer is filled with the at least one third oxide layer,
at least one opening in the at least one recess, the at least one opening having sidewalls and a bottom surface,
a high k dielectric layer disposed on the sidewalls and the bottom surface of the at least one opening,
a work function material (WFM) layer disposed on at least a portion of the high k dielectric layer, and
at least one cavity within the at least one opening, wherein the at least one cavity is filled with metal and the at least one opening is filled with oxide.

US Pat. No. 10,170,350

CORRELATION BETWEEN CONDUCTIVITY AND PH MEASUREMENTS FOR KOH TEXTURING SOLUTIONS AND ADDITIVES

NAURA AKRION INC.

1. A method of etching material from at least one substrate, the method comprising:a) immersing the at least one silicon substrate in an etchant solution comprising KOH in a concentration ranging from 0.5 wt. % to 20 wt. % within a process chamber, the process chamber operably coupled to a recirculation line to form a closed-loop circulation system;
b) circulating a circulation volume of the etchant solution through the closed-loop circulation system;
c) repetitively measuring conductivity of the circulation volume of the etchant solution that is circulating through the closed-loop circulation system with a conductivity sensor; and
d) upon detecting that the circulation volume of the etchant solution has an average measured conductivity over a predetermined period of time that is at or below a lower threshold of conductivity, automatically performing a feed-and-bleed event that comprises: (i) bleeding a volume of contaminated etchant solution from the circulation volume of the etchant solution; and (ii) adding fresh etchant solution to the circulation volume of the etchant solution to increase the conductivity of the circulation volume of the etchant solution to a value that is greater than the lower threshold of conductivity but less than or equal to an upper threshold of conductivity.

US Pat. No. 10,170,349

SUBSTRATE TREATING APPARATUS

SCREEN Holdings Co., Ltd....

1. A substrate treating apparatus comprising:a first solution treating unit for performing solution treatment of substrates;
a second solution treating unit for performing solution treatment of the substrates;
a third solution treating unit arranged substantially in an up-down direction with the first solution treating unit for performing solution treatment of the substrates;
a fourth solution treating unit arranged substantially in an up-down direction with the second solution treating unit for performing solution treatment of the substrates;
a first chamber for housing the first solution treating unit and the second solution treating unit;
a second chamber for housing the third solution treating unit and the fourth solution treating unit;
a first individual gas supply device provided to correspond to the first solution treating unit, for supplying gas at a variable rate to the first solution treating unit;
a second individual gas supply device provided to correspond to the second solution treating unit, for supplying gas at a variable rate to the second solution treating unit;
a third individual gas supply device provided to correspond to the third solution treating unit, for supplying gas at a variable rate to the third solution treating unit;
a fourth individual gas supply device provided to correspond to the fourth solution treating unit, for supplying gas at a variable rate to the fourth solution treating unit;
a first distributing pipe for distributing the gas to the first individual gas supply device and the third individual gas supply device; and
a second distributing pipe for distributing the gas to the second individual gas supply device and the fourth individual gas supply device;
wherein
the first individual gas supply device includes:
a first supply pipe extending in a first direction from an interior of the first chamber to an exterior of the first chamber; and
a first supply adjuster for adjusting the rate of gas supply to the first solution treating unit;
the second individual gas supply device includes:
a second supply pipe extending in a second direction from the interior of the first chamber to the exterior of the first chamber; and
a second supply adjuster for adjusting the rate of gas supply to the second solution treating unit; and
the first direction is different from the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,170,336

METHODS FOR ANISOTROPIC CONTROL OF SELECTIVE SILICON REMOVAL

Applied Materials, Inc., ...

1. A method of etching, the method comprising:flowing a gas through a plasma to form plasma effluents;
reacting plasma effluents with a first layer defining a first feature, wherein:
the first feature comprises a first sidewall, a second sidewall, and a first bottom,
the first sidewall, the second sidewall, and the bottom comprise the first layer, and
the first layer is characterized by a first thickness on the first sidewall;
forming a second layer from the reaction of the plasma effluents with the first layer to define a third feature, wherein:
the third feature comprises a third sidewall, a fourth sidewall, and a second bottom,
the first layer is replaced by the second layer,
the third sidewall, the fourth sidewall, and the second bottom comprise the second layer,
the first sidewall is replaced by the third sidewall,
the second layer is characterized by a second thickness on the third sidewall, and
the second thickness is greater than or equal to the first thickness; and
removing the second layer to expose a third layer, the third layer defining a second feature.

US Pat. No. 10,170,330

METHOD FOR RECESSING A CARBON-DOPED LAYER OF A SEMICONDUCTOR STRUCTURE

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc., Gr...

1. A method comprising:providing a carbon-doped material layer within a recess of a semiconductor structure;
removing, in part, carbon from the carbon-doped material layer to obtain, at least in part, a carbon-depleted region thereof, the carbon-depleted region having a modified etch property with an increased etch rate compared to an etch rate of the carbon-doped material layer, wherein the removing comprises subjecting the carbon-doped material layer to remote plasma to facilitate removing, in part, carbon therefrom, and wherein the remote plasma comprises ozone; and
recessing the carbon-depleted region of the carbon-doped material layer by an etching process, wherein the carbon-depleted region is recessed based upon, in part, the modified etch property thereof, leaving a portion of the carbon-doped material layer in a horizontal layer, adjacent to and contacting at least one vertical structure, the vertical structure including, at least in part, silicon.

US Pat. No. 10,170,319

FORMING A CONTACT FOR A TALL FIN TRANSISTOR

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method of making a semiconductor device, the method comprising:forming a recessed fin in a substrate, a top surface of the recessed fin being flush with a top surface of the substrate, and the recessed fin having a uniform height along an entire length of the recessed fin;
performing an epitaxial growth process over the recessed fin to form a discrete source/drain over the recessed fin, the discrete source/drain having a width that is wider than a width of the recessed fin; and
disposing a conductive metal around the source/drain.

US Pat. No. 10,170,315

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE HAVING LOCAL BURIED OXIDE

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc., Gr...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a substrate;
a gate disposed over the substrate;
a local buried oxide region formed in the substrate such that the buried oxide region is formed entirely under the gate, the buried oxide region is dispose between vertically extending planes of sidewalls of the gate and the buried oxide region does not extend outwardly laterally beyond the vertically extending planes;
a channel defined in the substrate between the gate and the local buried oxide region, the channel having a first end and a second end;
a source defined at the first end of the channel; and
a drain defined at the second end of the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,170,309

DUMMY PATTERN ADDITION TO IMPROVE CD UNIFORMITY

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A method of forming a semiconductor device, comprising:forming a first masking layer over a semiconductor substrate, the first masking layer comprising first features; and
forming a second masking layer over the semiconductor substrate, the second masking layer comprising second features, wherein
a first portion of the first features are formed laterally adjacent to the second features, a second portion of the first features entirely overlie the second features, a first portion of the second features are formed laterally adjacent to the first features, and a second portion of the second features entirely overlie the first features, wherein the first features have a constant width and the second features have a constant width different from the width of the first features, and wherein the semiconductor device comprises an SRAM.

US Pat. No. 10,170,304

SELF-ALIGNED NANOTUBE STRUCTURES

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A structure, comprising at least one nanotube structure between adjacent fin structures and supported by a plurality of spacers, and an insulator material between the spacers which contacts the spacers at a bottom surface thereof, the spacers and the insulator material lining the adjacent fin structures.

US Pat. No. 10,170,290

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GROUPING MS/MS TRANSITIONS

THERMO FINNIGAN LLC, San...

1. A method for analyzing a sample, comprising:identifying a plurality of precursors for analysis;
grouping the precursors into two or more groups, such that the precursors within a group conform to at least the following criteria:
a) masses of ions of the precursors in the group are within a first mass range;
b) masses of product ions of the precursors in the group are within a second mass range;
c) the number of precursors within the group is below a maximum allowable number of precursors; and
d) each precursor within the group has at least one unique product ion that differs from the product ions of all the other precursors within the group;
generating ions from the sample;
isolating precursor ions of a group;
fragmenting the ions of the group;
determining the mass-to-charge ratio of the fragment ions;
repeating the isolating, fragmenting, and determining steps for additional groups;
identifying or quantifying the presence of one or more precursors within the sample based on the presence of fragmented ions having a mass-to-charge ratio corresponding to the unique product ion for the precursor.

US Pat. No. 10,170,285

METHOD OF OPERATING SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES

BEIJING NAURA MICROELECTR...

1. A method of operating a semiconductor manufacturing apparatus that includes a match network, the method comprising:applying a radio frequency (RF) signal to the match network at a first terminal and a second terminal;
establishing an RF energy by the match network for generating plasma in response to the RF signal, the match network including a first inductive device coupled between the first terminal and a first voltage level, a second inductive device directly coupled between the second terminal and the first voltage level, and a first node being between the second terminal and the first voltage level;
configuring the first inductive device to output an adjusted voltage level according to an impedance of the match network;
providing a second voltage level at the first node, the second voltage level is greater than the first voltage level;
igniting the plasma at the second voltage level; and
adjusting the match network to achieve an impedance match between the RF signal and the inductive devices.

US Pat. No. 10,170,274

TEM PHASE CONTRAST IMAGING WITH IMAGE PLANE PHASE GRATING

Battelle Memorial Institu...

1. An imaging system, comprising:a modulator situated to generate a modulated image beam of a sample;
a sensor situated to receive and detect the modulated image beam at a Fourier transform diffraction plane; and
a processor coupled to the sensor and operable to produce a diffraction image of the sample based on a plurality of detected modulated image beams detected at the diffraction plane.

US Pat. No. 10,170,273

CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM DEVICE, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING COMPONENT FOR CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM DEVICE

Hitachi High-Technologies...

1. A charged particle beam device comprising:an optical device that adjusts a charged particle beam emitted from a charged particle source; and
a vacuum container for forming a vacuum atmosphere in a path where the charged particle beam passes;
a first anode for extracting charged particles from the charged particle source;
a second anode for accelerating charged particles extracted by the first anode;
an insulator arranged between the first anode and the second anode; and
a vacuum pump that locally evacuates a peripheral portion of the charged particle source;
wherein the insulator is formed of vanadium-containing glass.

US Pat. No. 10,170,258

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A CHANGE OF OPERATING STATE OF AN ELECTROMECHANICAL COMPONENT AND CORRESPONDING DEVICE

STMicroelectronics (Rouss...

1. A method for controlling an electromechanical component, the method comprising:transitioning the electromechanical component from a first operating state to a second operating state by:
charging a capacitor coupled to a first terminal of an inductive element of the electromechanical component, and
after charging the capacitor, generating a first current from a power supply while simultaneously generating a second current by partially discharging the capacitor, the first current and the second current forming a third current flowing through the inductive element from the first terminal of the inductive element to a second terminal of the inductive element;
maintaining the electromechanically component in the second operating state by preventing current from flowing through the inductive element;
transitioning the electromechanical component from the second operating state to the first operating state by:
discharging the capacitor, and
after discharging the capacitor, generating a fourth current from the power supply, the fourth current flowing through the inductive element from the second terminal of the inductive element to the first terminal of the inductive element; and
maintaining the electromechanically component in the first operating state by preventing current from flowing through the inductive element.

US Pat. No. 10,170,257

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING RELAYS

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IT COR...

1. A relay control circuit configured for use with a relay having a coil voltage input, the relay control circuit comprising:a first input to receive a first voltage capable of energizing the relay from a de-energized state;
a second input to receive a second voltage capable of maintaining the relay in an energized state, the second voltage being less than the first voltage;
a switch disposed between the first input and the coil voltage input, the switch having a control input to receive a control signal that electrically couples the first input to the coil voltage input in response to the control signal having a first state and that electrically decouples the first input from the coil voltage input in response to the control signal having a second state;
a capacitor having a first end directly electrically coupled to a common connection, the common connection being between the coil voltage input and the switch, the capacitor having a second end electrically coupled to ground, wherein the capacitor is configured to hold the coil voltage input at the first voltage for a period of time to energize the relay from the de-energized state after the first input is electrically decoupled from the coil voltage input;
a diode electrically coupled in series between the second input and the coil voltage input; and
a switch control circuit having an input to receive a relay control signal and an output electrically coupled to the control input of the switch, the switch control circuit providing the control signal having the second state in response to assertion of the relay control signal and providing the control signal having the first state in response to de-assertion of the relay control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,170,230

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An electric supply apparatus configured to contactlessly supply electric power using electromagnetic induction to an electric reception section provided in a vehicle, the electric supply apparatus comprising:an electric supply coil having a ring-shape and a hollow portion, and configured to supply electric power to the electric reception section;
a first cover covering the hollow portion of the electric supply coil, said first cover configured to face the electric reception section; and
a second cover covering the hollow portion of the electric supply coil, said second cover configured to face the electric reception section and being placed between the first cover and the electric supply coil, wherein
a part of the second cover is distinct from the first cover,
at least the part of the second cover covering the hollow portion of the electric supply coil and being between the first cover and the electric supply coil, has higher heat resistant properties than the first cover covering the hollow portion of the electric supply coil.

US Pat. No. 10,170,220

EXTENDED FREQUENCY RANGE BALANCED TWISTED PAIR TRANSMISSION LINE OR COMMUNICATION CABLE

Hitachi Cable America, In...

1. A cable for carrying signals having frequencies in the range of 2,000 MHZ, the cable comprising:a plurality of pairs, with each pair comprising first and second insulated conductors;
the first and the second insulated conductors, of each of the plurality of pairs, being twisted with one another to form a twisted pair, and each of the twisted pairs having a different lay length from one another so that one of the plurality of twisted pairs has a shortest lay length and another of the plurality of twisted pairs has a longest lay length;
each of the plurality of twisted pairs being separately wrapped with a hoop strength wrap which maintains mechanical strength and integrity of each one of the twisted pairs during subsequent handing thereof, and a circumference of hoop strength wrap is about 5% or less than a pair minimum circumference of the first and the second insulated conductors of the respective twisted pair;
the plurality of twisted pairs being twisted with one another to form a twisted cable core assembly having a desired lay length of 6 inches or less;
at least one first metallic wrap being provided for shielding and grounding of at least one of the plurality of twisted pairs;
the first and the second insulated conductors, of each of the plurality of twisted pairs, being pretwisted to have a twist length that is less than or equal to 0.5 wavelengths of 2,000 MHZ; and
the plurality of twisted pairs and the at least one metallic tape being surrounded and encased by a conventional exterior jacket to form the cable capable of carrying signals having frequencies in the range of 2.000 MHZ.

US Pat. No. 10,170,215

VIBRATION RESISTANT CABLE

Southwire Company, LLC, ...

1. A vibration resistant cable comprising:a first conductor having a diameter d; and
a second conductor having the diameter d, the second conductor twisted around the first conductor at a lay length between 3 feet and 6 feet to eliminate bagging of the vibration resistant cable during installation; wherein:
the first conductor comprises six first aluminum strands surrounding a first core steel strand having a first diameter equal to about 0.0937 inches, and the second conductor comprises six second aluminum strands surrounding a second steel core strand having a second diameter equal to about 0.0937 inches.

US Pat. No. 10,170,164

SENSE AMPLIFIER LATCH CIRCUIT AND SENSE AMPLIFIER MULTIPLEXED LATCH CIRCUIT

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A sense amplifier latch circuit comprising:a latch circuit driven by a first and second sense amplifier output;
a first latch driver having a first PMOS transistor coupled to a latch node and to a pair of serially coupled NMOS transistors, wherein the first sense amplifier output is gate coupled to the first PMOS transistor and the first NMOS transistor of the first latch driver;
a second latch driver having a second PMOS transistor coupled to a latch node and to a pair of serially coupled NMOS transistors, wherein the second sense amplifier output is gate coupled to the second PMOS transistor and the second NMOS transistor of the second latch driver;
a first and second supply PMOS transistor, wherein an output of the first supply PMOS transistor is coupled to the latch node of the first latch driver and to a gate of both the second supply PMOS transistor and first NMOS transistor of the second latch driver, and wherein an output of the second supply PMOS transistor is coupled to the latch node of the second latch driver and to a gate of both the first supply PMOS transistor and second NMOS transistor of the first latch driver.

US Pat. No. 10,170,149

OPENING AND CLOSING DEVICE OF ROTATING CAGE TYPE JUKEBOX DISC TRAY

LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUAN...

1. An opening and closing device of rotating cage type jukebox disc tray, comprising:a first disc tray, wherein an end of the first disc tray is installed on a first fixing post, the other end of the first disc tray carries a plurality of discs, and the first disc tray has a first ear portion on a lateral side; and
an opening and closing mechanism of disc tray, comprising a first linkage mechanism and a first driving device, wherein the first linkage mechanism comprises a first linkage bar, a first sliding member and a second linkage bar, the first sliding member is slidingly disposed on the first linkage bar, the second linkage bar is slidingly disposed on the first sliding member, and the first sliding member and the second linkage bar slide along different directions;
wherein when an end portion of the second linkage bar is connected to the first ear portion of the first disc tray, the first driving device drives the first sliding member to slide on the first linkage bar, leading the second linkage bar to slide on the first sliding member and thereby leading the first disc tray to rotate around the first fixing post.

US Pat. No. 10,170,122

SPEECH RECOGNITION METHOD, ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND SPEECH RECOGNITION SYSTEM

ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., T...

1. A speech recognition method, comprising:determining whether a local device is connected to Internet after an input device receives voice data, wherein the local device includes a voice database and a result database, the voice database stores a plurality of history voice data, and the result database stores a plurality of history text data associated with the history voice data;
transmitting the voice data to a remote server to execute an on-line analysis to obtain a text analysis result when the local device is connected to Internet is determined; and
executing an off-line analysis when the local device is determined not connecting to Internet, wherein the step of executing the off-line analysis includes:
executing a voiceprint comparison between the received voice data and the history voice data stored in the voice database to obtain corresponding one of the history voice data; and
finding one of the associated history text data from the result database at the local device according to the corresponding one of the history voice data, wherein the history text data is obtained from the remote server via the on-line analysis in advance.

US Pat. No. 10,170,120

CALL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND ITS SPEECH RECOGNITION CONTROL METHOD

1. A call management system for recording a call from an external line, performing speech-recognition, speech-to-text converting the call, and displaying text, comprising:a speech recognition server that performs speech recognition on recording data of call data including audio data, and outputs text data,
wherein the speech recognition server includes:
one or more processors which are configured to execute a speech recognition engine that performs speech recognition on the audio data and speech-to-text converts the data; and
a memory configured to store a mode control table that holds a speech recognition mode for each call,
wherein the speech recognition engine includes:
a mode management unit that designates a speech recognition mode for a decoder; and
an output analysis unit that analyzes recognition result data that is speech-to-text converted by the speech recognition,
wherein the output analysis unit designates the speech recognition mode for the mode management unit based on the result of analysis of the recognition result data that is speech-to-text converted by the speech recognition,
wherein the mode management unit rewrites the speech recognition mode held in the mode control table based on the designation with the output analysis unit for each call, and designates the speech recognition mode for the decoder based on the speech recognition mode held in the mode control table for each call,
wherein, in a first mode of the speech recognition, the decoder reduces the number of language models to be referred to, and reduces the number of candidates to be presented as an intermediate result, and
wherein, in a second mode of the speech recognition, the decoder increases the number of language models to be referred to, and increases the number of candidates to be presented as the intermediate result.

US Pat. No. 10,170,112

DETECTING AND SUPPRESSING VOICE QUERIES

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving, by a system of one or more computers and from a plurality of client devices, a plurality of voice query processing requests, each voice query processing request referencing a respective voice query;
identifying, by the system, that a value that is based on a number of voice query processing requests received by the system during a specified time interval satisfies one or more criteria;
in response to identifying that the value that is based on the number of voice query processing requests received by the system during the specified time interval satisfies the one or more criteria, analyzing at least some of the voice query processing requests to determine a set of voice query processing requests that each reference a common voice query, including:
(i) for each analyzed voice query processing request, generating an electronic fingerprint for the respective voice query referenced by the voice query processing request, wherein the electronic fingerprint models acoustic features of the respective voice query, and
(ii) determining matches among the electronic fingerprints for the respective voice queries referenced by the analyzed voice query processing requests based on comparison of the acoustic features of at least some of the electronic fingerprints; and
suppressing performance of operations indicated by the common voice query in one or more voice query processing requests subsequently received by the system.

US Pat. No. 10,170,109

TASK INITIATION USING LONG-TAIL VOICE COMMANDS BY WEIGHTING STRENGTH OF ASSOCIATION OF THE TASKS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE COMMANDS BASED ON USER FEEDBACK

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a client device, a given voice command from a user;selecting, from a library of voice-based triggers previously used across a population of users, a selected voice-based trigger, wherein the library includes one or more associations between each respective voice-based trigger of the library of voice-based triggers and one or more responsive actions previously invoked automatically by one or more other client devices operated by one or more other users of the population of users in response to the respective voice-based trigger, and wherein the selecting is based at least in part on a measure of similarity between the given voice command and the selected voice-based trigger;determining the one or more responsive actions associated with the selected voice-based trigger in the library;
identifying an application previously executed by one or more of the other client devices to perform the one or more responsive actions associated with the selected voice-based trigger in the library;
analyzing a plurality of distinct applications installed on the client device;determining, based on the analyzing, that the application previously executed by the one or more of the other client devices to perform the one or more responsive actions is not currently installed on the client device;identifying, based on the analyzing, an analogous application to the application previously executed by the one or more of the other client devices;
invoking, by the client device, the analogous application to perform the one or more responsive actions associated with the selected voice-based trigger;
receiving, by the client device from the user, feedback associated with the client device invoking the analogous application to perform the one or more responsive actions; and
altering a strength of an association between the selected voice-based trigger and the one or more responsive actions based on the feedback, wherein the altering includes incrementing a count corresponding to the strength of association when the feedback is positive and decrementing the count when the feedback is negative;
wherein the selected voice-based trigger is selected from the library of voice-based triggers further based on a context of the user detected using one or more sensors of the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,170,106

PARAMETER COLLECTION AND AUTOMATIC DIALOG GENERATION IN DIALOG SYSTEMS

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method for intent parameter collection, the method comprising:receiving a speech input of a user, the speech input of the user provided via a dialog system interface of a client device;
processing the speech input, using an automatic speech recognizer, to identify at least one predetermined intent keyword;
identifying a dialog system intent associated with the speech input based on the at least one predetermined intent keyword being previously defined, via a platform interface, as a trigger for the dialog system intent, the dialog system intent having required intent parameters previously defined via the platform interface as required, and having optional intent parameters previously defined via the platform interface as optional;
extracting, from the speech input, first optional data for a first optional intent parameter of the optional intent parameters,
wherein no optional data for a second optional intent parameter, of the optional intent parameters, is extracted from the speech input;
determining whether data for all required intent parameters of the dialog system are available without initiating a parameter collection dialog associated with the dialog system intent;
based on the determination:
selectively initiating performance of an action, based on the data for all the required intent parameters and based on the first optional data, without initiating a parameter collection dialog, when the data for all the required intent parameters are available without initiating the parameter collection dialog;
selectively initiating a parameter collection dialog associated with the dialog system intent, the parameter collection dialog being operable to collect data, for the required intent parameters not otherwise available to the dialog system, but not for the optional intent parameters, until data for all of the required intent parameters are determined, wherein when the parameter collection dialog is initiated, the method further comprises:
identifying a prompt defined for a given missing required intent parameter, the given missing intent parameter being one of one or more missing required intent parameters of the required intent parameters for which data is not available, and the prompt being previously defined for the given missing required intent parameter via the platform interface,
causing the prompt to be presented via the dialog system interface of the client device,
receiving an additional speech input of the user in response to the prompt, the additional speech input of the user provided via the dialog system interface of the client device,
processing the additional speech input to determine data for at least the given missing required intent parameter from the additional speech input,
after the processing, determining whether data for all of the missing required intent parameters are determined, and
based on the determination, selectively providing one or more additional prompts and processing one or more responsive additional speech inputs until data for all of the missing required intent parameters are determined; and
based on the dialog system intent, the data for all the required intent parameters, and the first optional data for the first optional intent parameter: generating an action instruction, wherein the action instruction, when executed, causes a server or the client device to implement the action based on the data for all the required intent parameters and the first optional data for the first optional intent parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,170,105

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EVALUATING TRIGGER PHRASE ENROLLMENT

Google Technology Holding...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:during a trigger phrase enrollment process:
prompting, by a speech recognition-enabled electronic device, a user of the speech recognition-enabled electronic device to speak a trigger phrase;
receiving, at the speech recognition-enabled electronic device, a first audio signal corresponding to the user speaking the trigger phrase;
determining, by the speech recognition-enabled electronic device, a first number of frames in the first audio signal that have a measure of noise variability of background noise exceeding a noise variability threshold;
determining, by the speech recognition-enabled electronic device, a second number of frames in the first audio signal that have voice activity; and
when the first number of frames in the first audio signal is less than a threshold value and when the second number of frames in the first audio signal is within a frame count threshold range, training, by the speech recognition-enabled electronic device, a trigger phrase model with the first audio signal corresponding to the user speaking the trigger phrase, the trigger phrase model configured to detect the trigger phrase in a spoken utterance; and
after the trigger phrase enrollment process:
receiving, at the speech recognition-enabled electronic device and while the speech recognition-enabled electronic device is in a sleep mode, a second audio signal including an utterance of the trigger phrase spoken by the user; and
detecting, by the speech recognition-enabled electronic device and using the trigger phrase model trained during the trigger phrase enrollment process, the utterance of the trigger phrase in the second audio signal, the trigger phrase when detected in the second audio signal causing the speech recognition-enabled electronic device to wake from the sleep mode, the sleep mode comprising a power-saving mode of operation in which one or more parts of the speech recognition-enabled electronic device are in a low-power state or powered off.

US Pat. No. 10,170,083

DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR CONTROL INFORMATION, METHOD FOR DISPLAYING CONTROL INFORMATION, AND SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING CONTROL INFORMATION

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An information display apparatus comprising:a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of control plans including one or more control information items regarding one or more appliances;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a picture data item showing an image of the one or more appliances;
a memory that stores the picture data item obtained by the second obtaining unit;
a first selecting unit configured to select, based on a specified selection instruction, a control plan from among the control plans obtained by the first obtaining unit;
a processor that executes processing for superimposing the one or more control information items included in the control plan selected by the first selecting unit, for each of the one or more appliances which are included in the picture data item obtained by the second obtaining unit, at a position around the appliance in the picture data item; and
a display unit configured to display the picture data item with the one or more control information items superimposed thereon,
wherein at least one of the one or more control information items includes instructions for controlling one of the one or more appliances.

US Pat. No. 10,170,070

DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH TESTING FUNCTIONS AND DRIVING CIRCUIT AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

RICHTEK TECHNOLOGY CORPOR...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:a display panel circuit which includes a panel load line, the display panel circuit being configured to operably execute a scanning display operation; and
a panel driving circuit, configured to operably generate a panel load driving signal according to a display control signal generated by a timing control circuit and a driving voltage and/or a driving current generated by a driving power circuit, wherein the panel load driving signal is coupled to the panel load line to drive the display panel circuit, and the panel load driving signal includes a test driving signal and a display driving signal; the panel driving circuit including:
a phase determining circuit, which judges when the display panel circuit is available for a test and decides at least a test phase and a scanning display phase according to the display control signal, and generates a phase determining signal indicating whether or not in the test phase, wherein the phase determining signal has at least a first state representing the test phase and a second state representing the scanning display phase; wherein the test phase is a part of a period wherein the display panel circuit is not executing the scanning display operation;
a driving stage circuit, which includes a driving switch circuit; and
a driving logic circuit, which is configured to operably perform the following driving operations according to the display control signal and the phase determining signal:
(A) generating a switch control signal according to the display control signal and the phase determining signal during the scanning display phase to control the driving switch circuit of the driving stage circuit to switch the driving voltage and/or the driving current for generating the display driving signal to drive the panel load line such that the display panel circuit performs the scanning display operation; and
(B) during a partial time period within the test phase, generating the switch control signal according to a test instruction and the phase determining signal to control the driving switch circuit of the driving stage circuit to switch the driving voltage and/or the driving current for generating the test driving signal to drive the panel load line for testing a failure item of the display panel circuit, wherein the test instruction is a pre-determined test instruction or a programmable test instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,170,023

TRANSPARENT ELECTRONIC DISPLAY BOARD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

G-SMATT CO., LTD., Gyeon...

1. A transparent electronic display board, comprising:a pair of transparent plates spaced apart from each other and bonded to each other by transparent resin charged into a space between the transparent plates;
light emitting elements fastened to one of the pair of the transparent plates, each of the light emitting elements comprising a single cathode electrode and anode electrodes comprised of a first anode electrode, a second anode electrode and a third anode electrode, the light emitting elements arranged in horizontal directions and vertical directions;
transparent electrodes formed on said one of the pair of the transparent plates, the transparent electrodes comprising anode connection electrodes connected to the anode electrodes and a single common cathode connection electrode connected in common to all of the cathode electrodes in the transparent electronic display board;
transparent conductive tape adhered to each of the transparent electrodes on one edge of the transparent plate, the transparent conductive tape supplying power to the corresponding transparent electrode, wherein all the transparent conductive tapes to supply the power to the transparent electrodes are positioned on the same edge of the transparent plate;
connection terminals extending from the one edge of the transparent plate, the connection terminals being connected to the corresponding transparent conductive tape;
wherein the anode connection electrodes comprise:
first anode connection electrodes each arranged in each horizontal direction, each first anode connection electrode having a plurality of first extensions each protruding from said each first anode connection electrode in a vertical direction, each first extension connected to each of the first anode electrodes arranged in each horizontal direction;
third anode connection electrodes each arranged in each horizontal direction, each third anode connection electrode having a plurality of second extensions each protruding from said third anode connection electrode in a vertical direction, each second extension connected to each of the third anode electrodes arranged in each horizontal direction, wherein an end-side of the first extension connected to the first anode electrode in each light emitting element is spaced apart from and faces an end-side of the second extension connected to the third anode electrode in said each light emitting element; and
second anode connection electrodes each connected to the second anode electrodes arranged in each horizontal direction, wherein the second anode connection electrode in each horizontal direction is positioned spaced apart from and between the end-sides of the first extensions in said each horizontal direction and the end-sides of the second extensions in said each horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,170,019

FEEDBACK FROM A WELDING TORCH OF A WELDING SYSTEM

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A welding system comprising:a welding torch comprising a sensor configured to detect a temperature associated with the welding torch, wherein live welding using the welding torch is disabled based on the detected temperature, wherein the detected temperature comprises a temperature of a display of the welding torch, a temperature of a light-emitting device of the welding torch, or a temperature of a vibration device of the welding torch.

US Pat. No. 10,170,017

ANALYZING OR EMULATING A KEYBOARD PERFORMANCE USING AUDIOVISUAL DYNAMIC POINT REFERENCING

JAMMIT, INC., Hollywood,...

1. An audiovisual work including a video keyboard performance, the work comprising:a video portion and an audio portion, wherein the work includes a video keyboard performance of a musician displaying combinations of finger movements that follow the audio portion; and,
a dynamic point reference grid within the work for an accurate and precise selection and point-cycling of a desired portion of the work by a user, wherein the dynamic point reference includes a custom tempo map of the audio portion that is adaptable for a plurality of tempos within the work;
wherein
the video portion and the audio portion are stored on a non-transitory computer readable medium with instructions for execution by a processor;
the audio portion comprises a recording of a musical instrument having a fluctuation in tempos;
the custom tempo map is configured to include a mapping of the distance between bars or beats, the distance measured as time; where, the mapping captures the fluctuation in tempos and composes the dynamic point reference grid for the accurate and precise selection of a point of reference for point-cycling of the desired portion of the work.

US Pat. No. 10,170,009

METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING FLIGHT PARAMETERS OF A LEAD AIRCRAFT TO AN INTRUDER AIRCRAFT

Airbus Operations (S.A.S....

1. A method for transmitting flight parameters of a lead aircraft to at least one intruder aircraft, enabling the intruder aircraft to calculate positions of centers of wake vortices generated by the lead aircraft or to calculate flow strength of the wake vortices, each aircraft comprising:a collision avoidance system configured to detect probabilities of collisions with other aircraft flying within a monitoring volume distributed around the aircraft, the system comprising an interrogator connected to a directional antenna, termed interrogator antenna, and a transponder;
a flight management system collecting the flight parameters of the aircraft; and
a flight parameter transmission authorization system connected to the collision avoidance system, the flight parameter transmission authorization system having a database comprising coordinates defining a volume of confidence, the volume of confidence being smaller than the monitoring volume of the aircraft;
the method comprising successive steps comprising:
interrogation, in which the interrogator of the lead aircraft transmits an interrogation signal via the interrogator antenna in each of four segments of 90° azimuth, the interrogation signal containing an address of the lead aircraft;
reception, in which the interrogator of the lead aircraft receives, from the transponder of each intruder aircraft located within the monitoring volume, a response signal in response to an interrogation signal from the lead aircraft, the response signal comprising an altitude of the intruder aircraft provided by the flight management system of the intruder aircraft;
calculation, in which the interrogator of the lead aircraft determines position of each intruder aircraft on a basis of time difference between transmission of the interrogation signal and reception of a response signal from the intruder aircraft, of an analysis of a wave carrying the intruder response signal, and of knowledge of the altitude of the intruder aircraft;
comparison, and determination, on a basis of the database, of position of each intruder aircraft with respect to the volume of confidence; and
only if an intruder aircraft is situated within the volume of confidence, transmission, by the flight parameter transmission authorization system of the lead aircraft, of an instruction to the transponder of the lead aircraft to transmit an enriched signal to the interrogator of the intruder aircraft, the enriched signal comprising one or more flight parameters provided by the flight management system of the lead aircraft and enabling the flight management system of the intruder aircraft to calculate the position of centers of wake vortices generated by the lead aircraft or the flow strength of the wake vortices.

US Pat. No. 10,170,007

TRAJECTORY AMENDMENT SYSTEM

GE Aviation Systems LLC, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of providing trajectory amendments, comprising:identifying, by one or more first computing devices, an arrival time slot associated with a landing area;
providing, by the one or more first computing devices to one or more second computing devices of a plurality of operators, a first set of data identifying the arrival time slot;
receiving, by the one or more first computing devices, a second set of data indicating that a first operator of the plurality of operators has selected the arrival time slot; and
determining in real-time, by the one or more first computing devices, one or more trajectory amendments to allow a first aircraft associated with the first operator to meet the arrival time slot associated with the landing area;
determining, by the one or more first computing devices, a projected operations value associated with the one or more trajectory amendments; and
sending, by the one or more first computing devices, the one or more trajectory amendments.

US Pat. No. 10,170,004

FLEET MANAGER BASED VEHICLE CONTROL

SPEEDGAUGE, INC., San Fr...

1. A system for vehicle control, the system comprising:a positioning receiver that identifies a first location of a vehicle and that later identifies a second location of the vehicle;
a memory that stores information that corresponds to a first geographic area comprising a first plurality of thoroughfares;
a communication transceiver that receives a message from a server, the message identifying a second geographic area comprising a second plurality of thoroughfares, wherein the second geographic area is within the first geographic area and the second plurality of thoroughfares are included among the first plurality of thoroughfares; and
a processor coupled to the memory, wherein the processor executes instructions also stored in the memory, wherein execution of the instructions causes the processor to:
identify a destination,
generate a route along a subset of the first plurality of thoroughfares from the first location of the vehicle to the destination, wherein at least a portion of the route is within the second geographic area, and
identify, based on the second location of the vehicle, that the vehicle has failed to avoid the second geographic area; and
an output device that outputs an alert automatically in response to identifying that the vehicle has failed to avoid the second geographic area, the alert providing instructions to an operator regarding control of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,170,001

BLIND ZONE INDICATOR MODULE FOR EXTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. An indicator module for an exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, the indicator module comprising:a hollow housing formed by injection molding of white plastic material;
wherein the hollow housing comprises (i) a front end configured for attaching the indicator module at the rear of a mirror reflective element configured for use by an exterior rearview mirror assembly, (ii) a rear end opposite the front end, and (iii) an intermediate portion between the front end and the rear end;
wherein the hollow housing comprises an inner surface that is white and is diffusely reflective of light incident thereat;
a circuit board having a first side and a second side opposite the first side, wherein at least one light emitting diode is disposed at the first side of the circuit board;
wherein the circuit board is disposed between the rear end of the hollow housing and the front end of the hollow housing such that the first side of the circuit board faces the front end of the hollow housing and the second side of the circuit board faces away from the front end of the hollow housing;
a diffuser element attached at the front end of the hollow housing, wherein the diffuser element closes the front end of the hollow housing;
potting material disposed at and over the second side of the circuit board to seal the rear side of the circuit board;
wherein, when the at least one light emitting diode is activated, light emitted by the at least one light emitting diode reflects off the white inner surface of the hollow housing and passes through the diffuser element to exit the indicator module; and
wherein the indicator module comprises a blind zone indication module.

US Pat. No. 10,169,969

RFID-ENHANCED AND LOCATION DETECTION IN A JEWELRY SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

ELECTRONIC COMMODITIES EX...

1. A method comprising:causing information about a jewelry item to be stored in a database entry of an account of a user stored in a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium;
after storing the information in the database entry, detecting, by at least one processor of at least one computer in electronic communication with a plurality of other computers via an electronic communications network, a mobile device associated with the user;
responsive to detecting the mobile device associated with the user, identifying the jewelry item stored in the database entry of the account of the user, in which the jewelry item is in a first location;
after identifying the jewelry item stored in the database entry of the account of the user, detecting, by at least one processor of at least one computer in electronic communication with a sensor, an (Radio Frequency Identification) RFID tag that is coupled to the jewelry item when the jewelry item is moved to a second location different from the first location, in which the RFID tag is proximate to an RFID reader that is capable of receiving information from the RFID tag when the jewelry item is in the second location, in which the RFID tag is embedded with information that is unique to the jewelry item;
in response to detecting the RFID tag when the jewelry item is in the second location, automatically receiving, via the RFID reader, the information that is unique to the jewelry item, in which the RFID reader and the RFID tag are in wireless communication over a network; and
after the information that is unique to the jewelry item is automatically received via the RFID reader, transmitting the received information to an electronic device that is located proximately to a jewelry counter, in which the electronic device displays the information on a display, and in which the electronic device is physically distinct from the RFID reader.

US Pat. No. 10,169,967

MULTI-LAYER STACK WITH EMBEDDED TAMPER-DETECT PROTECTION

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A tamper-respondent assembly comprising:a multi-layer stack comprising multiple discrete component layers stacked and electrically connected together via a plurality of electrical contacts in between the component layers;
a tamper-respondent electronic circuit structure embedded within the multi-layer stack, the tamper-respondent electronic circuit structure comprising at least one tamper-respondent sensor embedded, at least in part, within at least one component layer of the multiple discrete component layers of the multi-layer stack, the tamper-respondent electronic circuit structure defining a secure volume within the multi-layer stack; and
wherein the at least one tamper-respondent sensor embedded, at least in part, within the at least one component layer comprises multiple stacked tamper-detect circuits within one component layer of the at least one component layer of the multi-layer stack.

US Pat. No. 10,169,957

MULTIPLE PLAYER GAMING STATION INTERACTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

IGT, Las Vegas, NV (US)

1. A method of operating a gaming system, the method comprising:receiving, via a first touchscreen of a first wagering gaming machine, a selection of an object by a first player;
thereafter, receiving, via the first touchscreen, a gesture associated with the selected object;
determining, by a controller of the gaming system and based at least in part on the received gesture, if the selected object is to be transferred to a second wagering gaming machine, wherein:
a first received gesture is associated with identifying the second wagering gaming machine and, when received, causes a transferring of the selected object to the second wagering gaming machine,
the first received gesture is not associated with identifying any wagering gaming machine different than the second wagering gamine machine and, when received, does not cause any transferring of the selected object to any wagering gaming machine different than the second wagering gaming machine,
a second, different received gesture is associated with and, when received, does not cause any transferring of the selected object to the second wagering gaming machine,
the first received gesture has a first swipe speed, a first swipe direction and a first touch pressure,
the second received gesture has a second swipe speed, a second swipe direction and a second touch pressure, and
at least one of the first and second swipe speeds, the first and second swipe directions and the first and second touch pressures are different; and
responsive to a determination that the selected object is to be transferred to the second wagering gaming machine, transferring, by the controller, data associated with the selected object from the first wagering gaming machine to the second wagering gaming machine.

US Pat. No. 10,169,954

FLEXIBLE DETERMINATION OF PROGRESSIVE AWARDS

IGT, Las Vegas, NV (US)

1. A gaming system comprising:a processor; and
a memory device which stores a plurality of instructions, which when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
maintain a progressive award amount,
responsive to a progressive award triggering event occurring when the maintained progressive award amount is a first award amount:
determine a first payout of the maintained progressive award amount, said determination being based on a first percentage of the maintained progressive award amount and a first wager amount placed, and
communicate data which results in a display device displaying the determined first payout of the maintained progressive award amount, and
responsive to the progressive award triggering event occurring when the maintained progressive award amount is a second, different award amount:
determine a second, different payout of the maintained progressive award amount, said determination being based on a second, different percentage of the maintained progressive award amount and the first wager amount placed, and
communicate data which results in the display device displaying the determined second, different payout of the maintained progressive award amount.

US Pat. No. 10,169,950

REMOTE CONTENT MANAGEMENT AND RESOURCE SHARING ON A GAMING MACHINE AND METHOD OF IMPLEMENTING SAME

IGT, Las Vegas, NV (US)

1. A gaming system comprising:at least one display device;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory device which stores a plurality of instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to:
enable a placement of a wager on a play of a game, for the wagered on play of the game:
determine a game outcome from a plurality of game outcomes,
cause the at least one display device to display, in a game window controlled by the at least one processor, the determined game outcome,
determine any award associated with the displayed game outcome, and
cause the at least one display device to display any determined award associated with the displayed game outcome, and
after a determination occurs to allocate control of a first resource of the at least one display device to a remote host executing remote host software, cause a display, in a first service window controlled by the remote host which is distinct from the at least one processor, of at least one of: an available player service and an available function, wherein said determination to allocate control of the first resource of the at least one display device to the remote host occurs based on a usage of the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,169,945

MEDIUM STORAGE BOX AND MEDIUM HANDLING DEVICE

Oki Electric Industry Co....

1. A medium storage box including an internal storage space configured to store a paper sheet-shaped medium, the medium storage box comprising:a first opening;
a second opening through which the medium passes;
a first shutter member that closes off the first opening;
a second shutter member that closes off the second opening;
a biasing mechanism that biases either the first shutter member, or the second shutter member, or both, in a closing direction;
a separation section that separates banknotes stored inside the medium storage box;
an external gear mechanism that is inserted into the first opening from outside;
an internal gear mechanism for driving the separation section, the internal gear mechanism meshing with the external gear mechanism, wherein
the first shutter member is configured to be pressed by the external gear mechanism and moving in an opening direction during insertion of the external gear mechanism, such that a portion of the first shutter member abuts the second shutter member and moves the second shutter member in an opening direction, and
the external gear mechanism transmits a drive force to the internal gear mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,169,932

ANOMALITY CANDIDATE INFORMATION ANALYSIS APPARATUS AND BEHAVIOR PREDICTION DEVICE

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. An anomality candidate information analysis apparatus for analyzing anomality candidate information of a monitoring object, comprising:a storage unit that stores monitoring object information regarding the monitoring object, environment information regarding an environment around the monitoring object, operator information regarding an operator of the monitoring object, and anomality candidate information detected in the monitoring object in association with each other;
an analysis unit that extracts the anomality candidate information associated with the monitoring object information, the environment information, and the operator information, and analyzes a dependence degree of the anomality candidate information to the environment information and the operator information; and
a detection unit that is provided on the monitoring object, and detects the monitoring object information, the operator information, and the anomality candidate information;
wherein the detection unit includes a driving characteristic learning unit that learns an operation performed by the operator of the monitoring object as a driving characteristic from a detection value of the monitoring object information and calculates a next detection value at a predetermined time after the detection value was detected as a prediction value, and an anomaly operation detection unit that detects the detection value of the monitoring object information as the anomaly candidate information using the prediction value calculated by the driving characteristic learning unit as a threshold value;
wherein the analysis unit excludes the anomality candidate information which is associated with specific environment information or specific operator information from extraction;
wherein the analysis unit includes a setting unit capable of setting a condition for extracting the monitoring object information, and a display unit that displays the extracted anomalitycandidate information based on the condition; and
wherein the display unit displays a relationship between the detection numbers and the assumed number of anomalities of the anomality candidate information and a use period, a relationship between a detection number of the anomality candidate information items and environment information items, and a relationship between the detection number of the anomality candidate information items and operator information items.

US Pat. No. 10,169,929

SYSTEMS OF USING VEHICLE SYSTEM DATA TO IMPROVE THE OPERATION OF OFF-ROAD VEHICLES

Freeport-McMoRan Inc., P...

1. A system for operating a fleet of off-road vehicles, comprising:a network;
a plurality of sensors operatively associated with the fleet of off-road vehicles, said plurality of sensors sensing information related to the operation of a plurality of off-road vehicle systems, said plurality of sensors being operatively connected to said network;
a processing system operatively connected to said network, said processing system being configured to:
collect sensor data from the off-road vehicles, the sensor data being related to the operation of a plurality of vehicle systems;
combine sensor data from the vehicle systems in accordance with a user-defined event;
determine whether the collected and combined sensor data are within or without defined limits of the user-defined event;
produce an alarm signal for a user when the collected and combined sensor data are without the defined limits of the user-defined event; and
recommend modification of the operation of vehicles for which an alarm signal has been produced; and
a display system operatively associated with said processing system, said processing system displaying on said display system at least information relating to the recommended modification.

US Pat. No. 10,169,928

APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING DATA TO A HARDWARE-IN-THE-LOOP SIMULATOR

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. An apparatus for providing real-time data for testing a circuit for an automotive vehicle system, the apparatus comprising:a test vehicle having at least one sensor which generates a sensor output signal representative of a condition of the vehicle;
a wireless transmitter contained on the test vehicle which receives the sensor output signal and transmits the sensor output signal to a computer network as sensor data from the test vehicle;
a simulator data server which receives, from the computer network, the sensor data from the test vehicle; and
a hardware-in-the-loop simulator comprising at least one circuit under test and a hardware-in-the-loop interface associated with the circuit under test,
the hardware-in-the-loop interface comprising a processor that receives, from the simulator data server, the sensor data from the test vehicle, the hardware-in-the-loop interface further comprising a test interface that enables the processor to communicate with the circuit under test,
wherein the processor is programmed to execute a simulation model of the automotive vehicle system using the sensor data from the test vehicle and circuit data received from the circuit under test, and provide simulation results to the circuit under test via the test interface to enable the circuit under test to process the simulation results to provide new circuit data to the processor via the test interface.

US Pat. No. 10,169,914

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INDOOR POSITIONING AND DEVICE FOR CREATING INDOOR MAPS THEREOF

Osense Technology Co., Lt...

1. An indoor positioning method, configured to position a portable electronic device, the indoor positioning method comprising:converting a panorama image corresponding to an indoor environment into a plurality of perspective images, and extracting a plurality of reference feature points in the perspective images and descriptors of the reference feature points;
taking a shooting position of the panorama image as an origin and recording a plurality of three-dimensional reference coordinate values corresponding to a central position of each of the perspective images;
calculating three-dimensional coordinate values of the reference feature points base on the three-dimensional reference coordinate values, and storing the three-dimensional coordinate values of the reference feature points and the descriptors of the reference feature points as an indoor map corresponding to the indoor environment; and
determining a three-dimensional target coordinate value of the portable electronic device with respect to the origin of the indoor map in the indoor environment.

US Pat. No. 10,169,913

APPARATUS FOR GENERATING 3D VOLUME MASK MODEL AND METHOD THEREFOR

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...

1. An apparatus for generating 3-dimensional (3D) volume mask data, comprising:a 2-dimensional (2D) mask data collector configured to generate 2D mask feature data, which contains feature points, the 2D mask feature data being generated by using contour data extracted from a 2D mask image,
generate at least one group of triangles by grouping every three proximal feature points of the 2D mask feature data, and
generate a 2D mask mesh using the at least one group of triangles;
a 3D mask model generator configured to calculate a vertex z-value in 3D space using X-Y coordinate values of a vertex of a 2D mask which are contained in the 2D mask mesh, and generate 3D mask model using the calculated vertex z-value; and
a 3D mask model adjuster configured to modify the 3D mask model to be located in 3D space based on acquired 3D face scanning data, extract outer vertices data of the modified 3D mask model, and generate 3D volume mask model by connecting each vertex of the extracted outer vertices corresponding to the 3D mask model to create volume of the 3D mask model,
wherein the 3D mask model generator is configured to transform a planar mask model into a curved 3D mask by applying a predetermined curvature to the generated 3D mask model data, and
wherein the 3D mask model adjuster is configured to comprise:
a 3D mask model modifier configured to match the 3D face scanning data acquired by scanning a user's face with the 3D mask model in 3D space, and modify the 3D mask model to fit on a facial shape specified by the 3D face scanning data; and
a 3D mask model volume adder configured to copy the modified 3D mask model to create two 3D mask models, extract outer vertices of the two 3D mask models to generate outer vertex data of each mask model, and create volume by connecting vertices of one 3D mask model to corresponding vertices of the other 3D mask model at a specific distance, thereby generating the 3D volume mask model.

US Pat. No. 10,169,908

METHOD, APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLED SYNTHESIS OF INHOMOGENEOUS TEXTURES

Shenzhen University, She...

1. A method for a controlled synthesis of inhomogeneous textures, implemented by a processor and a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having instructions stored therein such that when executed, the processor performs:obtaining an input texture exemplar from a user;
analyzing features of the input texture exemplar to extract source guidance channels, the source guidance channels comprising a progression map and an orientation field of the input texture exemplar;
obtaining a progression map and an orientation field from a user specified target, which are used as target guidance channels;
comparing differences between the source guidance channels and the target guidance channels to form a progression constraint and an orientation constraint;
determining a distance measure between the input texture exemplar and a target image;
adding the progression constraint and the orientation constraint to the distance measure to generate a constrained distance measure; and
producing the target image by minimizing a sum of distances over all patches with the constrained distance measure as a final output of the controlled synthesis.

US Pat. No. 10,169,893

OPTIMIZING PHOTO ALBUM LAYOUTS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving a user's plurality of images for an image collection of the user;
determining at least one content-based attribute of the user's plurality of images by analyzing content of each of the user's plurality of images;
determining a target arrangement for the image collection, wherein the target arrangement includes a set of discrete cells;
generating pairwise distances between pairs of the user's plurality of images based on a distance function associated with the at least one content-based attribute,
generating a distance graph based on the pairwise distances;
embedding the distance graph onto an N-dimensional space to create a preliminary arrangement of the user's plurality of images; and
arranging the user's plurality of images in the image collection in the target arrangement based on the preliminary arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,169,890

ANIMATED TRANSISTIONS BETWEEN GRAPHS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method comprising:generating, by one or more data processing apparatus, a first graph having a plurality of different visual graph elements that visually depicts a multi-dimensional set of data corresponding to a time period, wherein the first graph comprises a heat map in the form of a matrix that represents different values of the data for different subsets of data using different colors, each visual graph element being presented in a respective color that represents a respective value for the visual graph element;
receiving, by the one or more data processing apparatus, a request for a second graph that visually depicts a single dimension of data from the multi-dimensional set of data, the single dimension of data being visually depicted using a plurality of bars, wherein each bar is depicted using a respective subset of the visual graph elements; and
animating, by the one or more data processing apparatus, a transition of a view of the first graph into a view of the second graph, including:
for each of the plurality of bars:
animating, by the one or more data processing apparatus, movement of each visual graph element in the respective subset of the visual graph elements used to depict the bar from a first location of the visual graph element in the first graph to a final location of the visual graph element in the second graph, wherein a speed at which each visual graph element is moved from the first location to the final location is inversely proportional to a value of the bar being visually represented by the respective subset of the visual graph elements when the animating is complete;
determining, by the one or more data processing apparatus, a color of the bar based on a sum of the values for the respective subset of the visual graph elements used to depict the bar, wherein different colors of bars represent different values of the single dimension of data; and
adjusting, by the one or more data processing apparatus, a color of one or more of the visual graph elements in the respective subset to match the color of the bar in the second graph.

US Pat. No. 10,169,866

MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING AND DIAGNOSTIC IMAGE GENERATION DEVICE FOR PREDETERMINED TYPES OF DIAGNOSTIC INFORMATION

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A medical diagnostic imaging support apparatus comprising:a memory configured to store a plurality of types of diagnostic information in correspondence with a plurality of predetermined physical property values, a plurality of predetermined equations, and a plurality of predetermined values of variables of each of the predetermined equations; and
a processor programmed by executable instructions in the memory to perform operations including:
displaying a diagnostic information reception area;
receiving, via the diagnostic information reception area, a selection of diagnostic information to be output from among the plurality of types of diagnostic information;
calculating, upon receiving the selected diagnostic information via the diagnostic information reception area and receiving the measurement data acquired by a medical image acquisition apparatus, the predetermined physical property values corresponding to the selected diagnostic information from the measurement data acquired by the medical image acquisition apparatus by fitting the measurement data to a predetermined signal function and estimating the physical property values as variables of the signal function;
calculating the selected diagnostic information by using the calculated physical property values and one of the predetermined equations and the predetermined values of variables of the one of the predetermined equations corresponding to the selected diagnostic information; and
generating a display screen from the calculated diagnostic information and displaying the resultant display screen.

US Pat. No. 10,169,852

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING FEEDBACK ON AND IMPROVING THE ACCURACY OF SUPER-RESOLUTION IMAGING

NANOTRONICS IMAGING, INC....

1. A method for generating a super-resolution image for a specimen through a super-resolution system based on a low resolution image of the specimen comprising:obtaining the low resolution image of the specimen using a low resolution objective of a microscopy inspection system;
generating the super-resolution image of at least a portion of the specimen from the low resolution image of the specimen using a super-resolution image simulation;
identifying an accuracy assessment of the super-resolution image based on one or more degrees of equivalence between the super-resolution image and one or more actually scanned high resolution images of at least a portion of one or more related specimens identified using a simulated image classifier;
determining whether to further process the super-resolution image based on the accuracy assessment of the super-resolution image;
obtaining one or more high resolution images of the at least the portion of the specimen using a high resolution objective of the microscopy inspection system, if it is determined to further process the super-resolution image based on the accuracy assessment of the super-resolution image;
assembling the super-resolution image and the one or more high resolution images of the at least the portion of the specimen to form a single coherent image of the at least the portion of the specimen as part of further processing the super-resolution image;
identifying a total number of artifacts in the single coherent image of the at least the portion of the specimen;
comparing the total number of artifacts in the single coherent image with a pre-defined tolerance number of artifacts to determine a relation of the total number of artifacts in the single coherent image with the pre-defined tolerance number of artifacts; and
further controlling operation of the super-resolution system to generate one or more high resolution images for the specimen based on one or more low resolution images of the specimen according to the relation of the total number of artifacts in the single coherent image with the pre-defined tolerance number of artifacts.

US Pat. No. 10,169,828

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR APPLYING ANALYTICS MODELS TO A TAX RETURN PREPARATION SYSTEM TO DETERMINE A LIKELIHOOD OF RECEIVING EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT BY A USER

Intuit Inc., Mountain Vi...

1. A computing system implemented method for applying analytics models to a tax return preparation system to determine a likelihood of qualification for an earned income tax credit by a user, comprising:receiving, with a computing system, user data that is associated with a user;
selecting and employing a particular predictive module of a plurality of predictive modules, the selection of the particular predictive module being based on which components of a plurality of possible user data components were received, each predictive module having different thresholds regarding a likelihood of qualification of an earned income tax credit;
applying, with the computing system, the user data to a predictive model to cause the predictive model to determine, at least partially based on the user data, a likelihood of qualification for an earned income tax credit for the user;
displaying, for the user, an estimated tax return benefit to the user, at least partially based on the likelihood of qualification for the earned income tax credit exceeding a predetermined threshold, to reduce delays in presenting estimated earned income tax credit benefits to the user during a tax return preparation session in a tax return preparation system;
receiving a final determination regarding whether the user qualifies for the earned income tax credit; and
adjusting the threshold for the selected predictive module based on a predetermined level of accuracy desired and whether the predictive model likelihood of qualification for an earned income tax credit was accurate based on the final determination.

US Pat. No. 10,169,827

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ADAPTING A USER EXPERIENCE PROVIDED THROUGH AN INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE SYSTEM TO THE CONTENT BEING DELIVERED AND THE PREDICTED EMOTIONAL IMPACT ON THE USER OF THAT CONTENT

Intuit Inc., Mountain Vi...

1. A method for adapting a user experience provided through an interactive software system to the content being delivered and the predicted emotional impact on the user of that content comprising:providing an interactive software system;
identifying one or more content types to potentially be provided to a user through the interactive software system;
defining one or more content delivery messages for each identified content type to potentially be provided to a user through the interactive software system;
generating content delivery message data representing each of the content delivery messages;
correlating the portion of content delivery message data representing each of the content delivery messages for each content type with the associated content type;
storing the correlated content delivery message data in a partitioned correlated content delivery message data section of a memory system;
defining one or more user experience components, the one or more user experience components capable of combination to provide a user experience through the interactive software system, the defined user experience components including voice tones, frequencies and inflections;
generating user experience component data, the user experience component data representing the defined one or more user experience components;
storing the user experience component data in a partitioned user experience components data section of a memory system;
obtaining user profile data associated with a user;
obtaining access to current content data representing current content to be provided to the user through the interactive software system;
identifying the content type associated with the current content data;
providing one or more emotional effect prediction analytics modules, the one or more emotional effect prediction analytics modules implementing one or more emotional effect prediction algorithms;
providing the one or more emotional effect prediction analytics modules access to the current content data and the user profile data;
analyzing the current content data and the user profile data to predict an emotional effect on the user of the current content represented by the current content data using the one or more emotional effect prediction analytics modules;
generating predicted emotional effect data indicating the predicted emotional effect on the user of the current content represented by the current content data;
based, at least in part, on the predicted emotional effect on the user of the current content, selecting a portion of the user experience component data, the selected portion of the user experience component data representing one or more selected user experience components of the defined one or more user experience components, the selected portion of the user experience component data including particular voice tones, frequencies and inflections;
using the portion of the user experience component data representing the selected user experience components of the defined one or more user experience components to transform a user experience provided through the interactive software system into a user experience adapted to the predicted emotional effect on the user of the current content;
based, at least in part, on the identified content type associated with the current content data and the predicted emotional effect on the user of the current content, selecting an appropriate one of the one or more content delivery messages for the identified content type associated with the current content data; and
providing the user with a portion of the content delivery message data representing the selected appropriate one of the one or more content delivery messages for the identified content type associated with the current content data and the user experience adapted to the predicted emotional effect on the user of the current content.

US Pat. No. 10,169,826

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING EXPLANATIONS FOR TAX CALCULATIONS

INTUIT INC., Mountain Vi...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:a calculation engine of a computerized tax return preparation application comprising computer-executable instructions executed by a computing, reading, from a shared data store of the computerized tax return preparation application, runtime data of an electronic tax return being prepared by a user of the computerized tax return preparation application;
populating, by the calculation engine, a directed graph structure of the computerized tax return preparation, the directed graph structure semantically describing data dependent tax operations and comprising respective leaf nodes populated with respective specific runtime data, function nodes associated with respective input nodes, respective functions, and respective result nodes, wherein respective pre-determined explanations are associated with respective function nodes and functions, inputs to a function comprises runtime data of respective associated leaf nodes, and a result node is populated with a calculation result generated by execution of the function,
constructing, by an explanation engine of the computerized tax return preparation application and in communication with the calculation engine, narrative explanation concerning the calculation result based at least in part upon the explanation engine traversing at least a portion of the directed graph structure and determining one or more explanations associated with respective traversed function nodes and functions;
communicating, by the explanation engine, the narrative explanation to a user interface controller of the computerized tax return application that is also in communication with the shared data store; and
presenting, by the user interface controller and through a display of the computing device and to the user, a computer generated interface comprising the calculation result and the narrative explanation associated with the calculation result.

US Pat. No. 10,169,825

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING VEHICLE REQUESTS

Smartcar, Inc., Mountain...

1. A method for processing requests for vehicular data, the method comprising:sampling a first value for a vehicle parameter at a vehicle at a first time;
transmitting the first value from the vehicle to a remote system;
at the remote system, caching the first value in association with a vehicle identifier identifying the vehicle;
at the remote system, receiving a first vehicle request for the vehicle parameter from a first third party application, the first vehicle request comprising the vehicle identifier and a system access token;
at the remote system, verifying, based on the system access token, first third party application access to the vehicle parameter for the vehicle identifier;
at the remote system, in response to verifying first third party application access to the vehicle parameter for the vehicle identifier, transmitting a resource query for the vehicle parameter to a vehicle resource associated with the vehicle identifier, wherein the first resource query comprises a resource access token;
in response to the vehicle resource accepting the resource query based on the resource access token, transmitting a second value for the vehicle parameter from the vehicle resource to the remote system, the second value sampled at the vehicle at a second time after the first time;
in response to the vehicle resource rejecting the resource query, retrieving the first value at the remote system; and
at the remote system, fulfilling the first vehicle request, wherein fulfilling the first vehicle request comprises transmitting at least one of the first value and the second value from the remote system to the third party application.

US Pat. No. 10,169,809

ANSWER FORM PROCESSING SYSTEM, ANSWER FORM PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER STORAGE MEDIUM

Rakuten, Inc., Tokyo (JP...

1. An answer form processing system, comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory device that stores a plurality of instructions, which when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to:
obtain a question form from a storing unit for storing the question form, the question form including one or more lines of a question sentence and a plurality of consecutive lines of options corresponding to the question sentence, and being data in a multiline text file which is not structured;
obtain an answer form that indicates an answer for the question sentence from an answerer and is sent from an answerer's device, the answer form being data in a text format which is not structured and separate from the question form displayed at the answerer's device in one editable text box that includes the question sentence and the plurality of consecutive lines of options of the question form and generated at the answerer's device by adding one or more characters to the one or more lines in the question form, each of the lines indicating the option;
compare the question form and the answer form on a line-by-line basis with respect at least to the plurality of lines each of which indicates one of the plurality of options to determine whether each line in the answer form is identical to the corresponding line in the question form or not; and
output at least a part of each line in the answer form while restricting output of a line, which is one of the plurality of lines respectively indicating the plurality of options and is identical to the corresponding line in the question form, thereby outputting only a part of the answer form where the line indicating the option to which one or more characters are not added by the answerer is omitted and the line indicating the option to which one or more characters are added by the answerer is not omitted.

US Pat. No. 10,169,801

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SUPPLEMENTING AN IMAGE GALLERY WITH STATUS INDICATORS

eBay Inc., San Jose, CA ...

1. A method comprising:receiving, from a client device an item query that includes an image that depicts an item, the image comprising image data;
determining, at a server, one or more similar items to the item from a catalog of items associated with a network-based marketplace by comparing at least some of the image data to the respective attributes of the catalogue of items, each respective item in the catalog of items associated with a respective item listing of the network-based marketplace;
including, at the server, the determined one or more similar items to the item within an image gallery personalized to a user account associated with the network-based marketplace, wherein the image gallery comprises a plurality of images representing items and status information of the items;
determining, using the server, respective status information for each respective item of the determined one or more similar items that are included in the image gallery;
formatting, using the server, the respective status information for each respective item of the determined one or more similar items into gallery rendering and display instructions associated with rendering a respective status indicator for each respective item of the determined one or more similar items;
transmitting, using the server, the gallery rendering and display instructions to the client device effective to cause display of each respective status indicator over a respective image in the image gallery at the client device; and
providing, using the server, additional gallery rendering and display instructions to the client device based, at least in part on a trigger event occurring in the network-based marketplace that affects at least one item included in the image gallery, the additional gallery rendering and display instructions configured to cause the client device to update one or more respective status indicators associated with the determined one or more items, the trigger event comprising identifying a new item associated with the item depicted by the image that is not included in the image gallery.

US Pat. No. 10,169,800

STRUCTURED ITEM ORGANIZING MECHANISM IN E-COMMERCE

eBay Inc., San Jose, CA ...

1. A computer implemented method comprising:integrating a product system and a listing system into a network-based commerce system to perform operations for efficiently processing a request pertaining to one or more items without interference from redundant mappings between each of the one or more items and one or more front-end categories, the operations comprising:
receiving, from a client system, the request pertaining to the one or more items;
determining, using a processor of a machine associated with a server system, the redundant front-end mappings;
identifying one or more attributes associated with the one or more items;
identifying a single back-end category for each of the one or more items based on the one or more attributes;
using item information stored in a database associated with the server system, automatically assigning values to the one or more attributes for each of the one or more items based on the single back-end category;
transmitting the request to the client system prompting a user associated with the client system to provide additional values to be assigned to the one or more attributes; and
processing the request by using the automatically assigned values and the additional values to create a listing bucket corresponding to the request for presentation in a user interface of the client system.

US Pat. No. 10,169,799

DYNAMICALLY ADJUSTED RESULTS FOR SEARCH INTERFACE

eBay Inc., San Jose, CA ...

1. A system comprising:one or more hardware processors and memory configured to provide computer program instructions to the one or more hardware processors;
a marketplace system comprising a search engine accessible to a client machine, the search engine configured to utilize the one or more hardware processors to receive a first search query from the client machine, the first search query indicating an item listed by the marketplace system, and to determine a first plurality of listings from a plurality of listings based, at least in part, on the received first search query,
a dynamic price range determination system comprising:
a listings search engine configured to utilize the one or more hardware processors to determine a second plurality of listings from the plurality of listings based, at least in part, on the received first search query and one or more first selection criteria, wherein the second plurality of listings includes at least one different listing than the first plurality of listings, wherein each of the second plurality of listings is associated with a price; and
a price point computation engine configured to utilize the one or more hardware processors to determine a range of prices based on the second plurality of listings and one or more second selection criteria; and
a display engine configured to utilize the one or more hardware processors to transmit graphical user interface (GUI) data for the determined first plurality of listings and the range of prices determined based on the second plurality of listings to the client machine for display.

US Pat. No. 10,169,795

SIZING WEARABLE ITEMS BY DEVICE SCANNING

Google Technology Holding...

1. A method comprising:scanning at least a portion of a wearable item with a mobile computing device to generate a wearable-item mapping;
determining a fit result based on comparing the wearable-item mapping to the body-part mapping while applying a conformal model of the body part, the conformal model accounting for deformability or elasticity of the body part during determination of the fit result; and
presenting the fit result at the mobile computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,169,792

NETWORK COMMERCE SYSTEM WITH LEAD PROCESSING

eBay Inc., San Jose, CA ...

1. A system, comprising:a lead processing module, implemented using at least one hardware processor, obtaining qualifying criteria defining a minimum amount of communication for a lead to be a qualified consumer lead, the minimum amount of communication being defined by at least one of a minimum size or a minimum duration, obtaining a consumer lead for a third-party vendor, facilitating electronic communication between a consumer and the third-party vendor by providing contact information for a communication service configured to redirect the electronic communication, tracking an amount of the electronic communication, and determining whether the obtained consumer lead is a qualified consumer lead, the qualified consumer lead being indicated by the amount of electronic communication between the consumer and the third-party vendor equaling or exceeding the minimum amount of communication specified by the qualifying criteria, the consumer lead comprising a lead for sale of an item, the item provided by the third-party vendor, and enabling a feedback system to accept feedback from the consumer corresponding to the consumer lead based on determining that the obtained consumer lead is a qualified consumer lead.

US Pat. No. 10,169,791

SYSTEM FOR UTILIZING REDEMPTION INFORMATION

GROUPON, INC., Chicago, ...

1. A device for implementing a recursive sales pipeline between a customer and a plurality of retailers, the device comprising a processor and a memory, the memory storing a program that, when executed by the processor, causes the device to:provide, to a customer device, an associated redemption identifier, the associated redemption identifier indicative of a predefined agreement;
access a redemption tracking database, the redemption tracking database configured to store data in a plurality of redemption tracking records, each redemption tracking record comprising a plurality of redemption tracking fields, each redemption tracking record indicative of a particular agreement, each redemption tracking field indicative of a portion of the particular agreement, a redemption tracking record associated with the predefined agreement comprised of redemption tracking fields storing information indicative of the associated redemption identifier, a first product, a first price, a first product retailer at which the redemption identifier is redeemable, and the customer device to which the redemption identifier was provided;
receive, in real-time, from a first product retailer device associated with the first product retailer, upon provision of the first product to the customer according to the predefined agreement associated with the redemption identifier, redemption information, the redemption information relating to the provision of the first product and comprising global positioning system (GPS) information indicative of a redemption location at which the first product is redeemed and a current retail price of the first product;
access, upon reception of the redemption information, a redemption transaction database, to add an associated redemption transaction record, the associated redemption transaction record indicative of the redemption information and added in accordance with the redemption information, each redemption transaction record comprised of a plurality of redemption transaction fields,
wherein the redemption tracking record associated with the associated redemption identifier comprises redemption transaction fields storing the redemption identifier, data indicative of the first product, a quantity, and the redemption location;
determine an offer to provide to the customer device based on the redemption information, the redemption information configured to enable determination of the offer based on the GPS information indicative of a location at which the first product is redeemed;
provide the offer, the offer comprised of a second product, a sale price, and a second product retailer, the second product retailer being different than the first product retailer and having a location in a same region as the redemption location; and
subsequent to the provision of the first product to the customer according to the predefined agreement, (i) receiving a second offer from one or more different customer devices, the second offer comprised of at least a second offer price, (ii) accessing dynamically updated redemption information, and (ii) utilizing the dynamically updated redemption information, including a difference between the second offer price and the first price to determine whether to accept the second offer,
wherein the difference between the second offer price and the first price determined to be acceptable in an instance in which the difference meets a predefined threshold,
wherein the predefined threshold is dynamically updated after each offer acceptance, and
wherein the second offer comprised of a second instance of the first product and redeemable within a region associated with the location indicated by the GPS information associated with the redemption information indicative of the location at which the first product was redeemed.

US Pat. No. 10,169,790

DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPERATIONALIZING PRIVACY COMPLIANCE VIA INTEGRATED MOBILE APPLICATIONS

OneTrust, LLC, Atlanta, ...

1. A computer-implemented data processing method for electronically receiving the input of processing activity data related to a processing activity and electronically calculating a risk level for the processing activity based on the data inputs comprising:providing a software application for installation on a computing device;
displaying on a graphical user interface, via the software application, a prompt to create an electronic record for a processing activity, wherein the processing activity utilizes personal data collected from at least one or more persons or one or more entities;
receiving a command to create an electronic record for the processing activity;
creating an electronic record for the processing activity and digitally storing the record;
presenting, on one or more graphical user interfaces, a plurality of prompts for the input of processing data related to the processing activity;
electronically receiving processing activity data input by one or more users via the graphical user interface, wherein the processing activity data identifies each of:
a description of the processing activity;
one or more types of personal data related to the processing activity;
a subject from which the personal data was collected;
the storage of the personal data; and
access to the personal data;
processing the processing activity data by electronically associating the processing activity data with the record for the processing activity;
receiving, via the software application, one or more inputs related to processing activity, the one or more inputs comprising an image of a privacy incident captured using the computing device;
automatically scanning the image of the privacy incident;
analyzing the scanned image to identify the processing activity associated with the privacy incident;
modifying the electronic record for the processing activity based at least in part on the one or more inputs;
analyzing the image to identify one or more contents in the image;
determining, based at least in part on the one or more contents, whether to modify a risk level for the processing activity; and
in response to determining to modify the risk level, calculating an updated risk level for the processing activity by:
identifying a plurality of risk factors for the processing activity, wherein each of the plurality of risk factors has a risk rating and an associated weighting factor and the plurality of risk factors includes:
a type of the personal data collected as part of the processing activity; and
storage information for the personal data collected as part of the processing activity;
electronically modifying the risk rating for at least one of the plurality of risk factors;
after modifying the risk rating for at least one of the plurality of risk factors, electronically calculating the updated risk level for the processing activity based upon, for each respective one of the plurality of risk factors, the risk rating and the weighting factor for the risk factor; and
digitally storing the updated risk level associated with the record for the processing activity.

US Pat. No. 10,169,787

METHOD, MEDIUM, AND SYSTEM FOR SESSION BASED SHOPPING

PAYPAL, INC., San Jose, ...

1. A system comprising:a non-transitory memory storing instructions; and
one or more hardware processors coupled to the non-transitory memory and configured to read the instructions from the non-transitory memory to cause the system to perform operations comprising:
generating a session identifier for a shopping session of a user based on a hash that is derived from a merchant location and at least one other value associated with the shopping session;
creating an association between a user selected product from the shopping session and the session identifier;
notifying the merchant location about the user selected product based on the association between the user selected product and the session identifier;
identifying a merchant location account based on an identity of the merchant location obtained from the session identifier; and
transferring funds from a user account to the merchant location account as payment for the user selected product.

US Pat. No. 10,169,786

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REPURCHASING ITEMS

PAYPAL, INC., San Jose, ...

1. A cloud-based system, comprising:a non-transitory memory storing instructions; and
one or more hardware processors coupled to the non-transitory memory and configured to read the instructions from the non-transitory memory to cause the cloud-based system to perform operations comprising:
generating a machine-readable digital identifier for a buyer, the digital identifier uniquely identifying the buyer, and the digital identifier including a barcode and scannable by a camera of a mobile device of the buyer;
receiving a notification that a merchandise item has been sent to the buyer, the merchandise item comprising a first product and a second product, the first product having a longer lifespan than the second product;
customizing a reorder of the merchandise item, the customizing comprising specifying, based on input from the buyer, a grouping of the first product and the second product such that there is a greater number of the second product than the first product;
associating a submission of the digital identifier with the customized reorder of the merchandise item;
thereafter detecting, via the Internet, the submission of the digital identifier triggered by an electronic scan of said digital identifier through the camera and a mobile app running on the mobile device; and
initiating, in response to the detecting and without requiring the buyer to enter payment information or address information, the customized reorder of the merchandise item associated with the digital identifier for the buyer according to the specified grouping of a number of the first product and a number of the second product.

US Pat. No. 10,169,775

MOBILE CREDIT ACQUISITION

Comenity LLC, Columbus, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having instructions embodied therein that when executed by one or more processors, cause a computer system to perform a method for mobile credit acquisition, the method comprising:deploying a shopping incentive offer, said shopping incentive offer for a shopping incentive;
after deploying the shopping incentive offer, the method further comprising:
receiving, at the computer system and from a user's mobile device said shopping incentive offer, a device identifier associated with the user's mobile device;
receiving, at the computer system and from the user's mobile device said shopping incentive offer, a user identifier for a user;
utilizing, at the computer system, the device identifier and the user identifier to obtain a user specific information useable for a credit prescreen, the obtaining of the user specific information comprising:
contacting, via the computer system, a plurality of mobile carriers;
providing, via the computer system and to the plurality of mobile carrier, the device identifier to determine a specific mobile carrier providing service for said User's mobile device; and
providing, via the computer system and to the specific mobile carrier, the user identifier to obtain, from said specific mobile carrier, the user specific information;
utilizing, via the computer system, said user specific information to perform the credit prescreen;
providing, from the computer system and to the user's mobile device, the shopping incentive; and
providing, from the computer system and to the user's mobile device, a pre-approved credit offer in conjunction with said shopping incentive.

US Pat. No. 10,169,769

SMART GIFT CARD VALUES

Square, Inc., San Franci...

1. A method implemented by one or more servers associated with a payment processing service that authorizes payment instruments of customers, the method comprising:receiving, from a plurality of merchant devices, first data associated with a plurality of merchants;
generating a plurality of business profiles using the first data received from the plurality of merchant devices, each of the plurality of business profiles including at least one of a geographical location, a class of items, or transactional information;
receiving, from a merchant device of a first merchant, second data associated with the first merchant, the merchant device executing an instance of a merchant application that configures the merchant device as a point-of-sale (POS) terminal, the instance of the merchant application configuring the POS terminal to transmit at least the second data to the payment processing service;
determining, using the second data, a geographical location associated with the first merchant;
determining, using the second data, a class of items offered by the first merchant;
determining, using the second data, a historical revenue of the first merchant;
determining, using the second data, a ticket size associated with the first merchant;
generating a business profile for the first merchant based at least in part on the geographical location of the first merchant, the class of items offered by the first merchant, the historical revenue of the first merchant, and the ticket size associated with the first merchant;
comparing the business profile of the first merchant to the plurality of business profiles to identify at least one business profile from the plurality of business profiles that is associated with the geographical location associated with the first merchant, the class of items offered by the first merchant, and a historical revenue that is within a threshold revenue of the historical revenue of the first merchant;
based at least in part on the at least one business profile and the ticket size associated with the first merchant, determining recommended values for the first merchant to associate with physical gift cards that are purchased by the customers from the first merchant wherein a physical gift card is a prepaid stored-value monetary card in which at least a portion of the stored-value is deducted in association with a purchase;
transmitting, to the merchant application, a suggestion message that the first merchant associate each of the physical gift cards with a respective one of the recommended values, wherein the merchant application is configured to present, via a display of the POS terminal, a user interface associated with selectable controls corresponding to each of the recommended values;
receiving, from the merchant application and responsive to selection of a selectable control corresponding to a recommended value, a request to activate at least one physical gift card for the recommended value; and
associating, based on receiving the request, at least one physical gift card with a stored-value corresponding to the recommended value.

US Pat. No. 10,169,766

SERVER APPARATUS, TERMINAL APPARATUS, USER'S DEGREE OF INTEREST CALCULATION METHOD, USER'S DEGREE OF INTEREST CALCULATION PROGRAM, TERMINAL PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING PROGRAM RECORDED THEREIN, AND AN INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM

Rakuten, Inc., Tokyo (JP...

1. A server apparatus which is accessible from a terminal apparatus via a network, the server apparatus comprising:at least one memory configured to store computer program code;
and at least one processor configured to read said program code and operate as instructed by said program code including:
information obtaining code configured to obtain scroll operation information of a display area of the terminal apparatus, contents identification information for identifying contents displayed in the display area from the terminal apparatus, and displayed character size information indicating a displayed character size in the contents displayed on the terminal apparatus;
degree of interest calculation code configured to calculate a user's degree of interest in the contents identified by the obtained contents identification information on the basis of the obtained scroll operation information, wherein, after the degree of interest calculation code calculates the degree of interest on the basis of the scroll operation information, the degree of interest calculation code further adjusts the calculated degree of interest by weighting the calculated degree of interest according to the displayed character size information as one of parameters having an influence on a time for which the user knows the details of the contents, and wherein, the weighting the calculated degree of interest comprises adjusting an arbitrary coefficient for calculating the degree of interest based on comparison of the obtained displayed character size information with a predetermined reference displayed character size; and
information selection code configured to select specific information based on the adjusted degree of interest, and provide the selected specific information to the user terminal for display to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,169,764

SECURE END-TO-END PERMITTING SYSTEM FOR DEVICE OPERATIONS

ITRON NETWORKED SOLUTIONS...

1. A method for authenticating and accepting messages received from devices in a system having a plurality of devices and a back office, the back office including a response checking agent, a plurality of applications configured to issue commands to the devices in the system, and a plurality of business logic modules each respectively associated with at least one of the applications in the back office, comprising:determining, by the response checking agent, whether a message received from a device is in response to a command sent to the device;
if the message is a response to a command sent to the device, accessing, among the plurality of business logic modules, a first business logic module associated with commanded operations, to determine, by the response checking agent, whether information contained in the message complies with policies in the first business logic module; and
if the message is not a response to a command sent to the device, accessing, among the plurality of business logic modules, a second business logic module associated with device-originated messages, to determine, by the response checking agent, if the message complies with policies in the second business logic module,
wherein the at least one of the applications in the back office associated with the first business logic module is different from the at least one of the applications in the back office associated with the second business logic module such that the response checking agent accesses different business logic modules among the plurality of business logic modules based on whether the response checking agent determines that the message is a response to a command sent to the device.

US Pat. No. 10,169,744

PAYMENT SYSTEM AND PAYMENT TERMINAL

Rakuten, Inc., Tokyo (JP...

1. A mobile terminal having a plurality of types of electronic money functions capable of executing payment processing with a payment processing terminal, comprising:at least one memory operable to store program code;
at least one processor operable to read the program code and operate as instructed by the program code, the program code including:
selection code configured to cause the at least one processor to select an electronic money function to be temporarily disabled among the plurality of types of electronic money functions;
disabling code configured to cause the at least one processor to temporarily disable, before the payment processing is executed, the electronic money function selected by the selection code, the temporarily disabling being performed irrespectively of communication with the payment processing terminal; and
cancellation code configured to cause the at least one processor to cancel the disabling of the electronic money function by the disabling code after the payment processing is completed, wherein
the mobile terminal further comprises a global positioning chip (GPS) configured to detect a position of the mobile terminal, and
the selection code is further configured to cause the at least one processor to acquire an electronic money function corresponding to the detected position of the mobile terminal by referring to a database that stores position information and at least one electronic money function in association with each other, and select the electronic money function to be temporarily disabled among the plurality of types of electronic money functions based on the acquired electronic money function.

US Pat. No. 10,169,743

COMPUTER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT INCLUDING COLLABORATION ACROSS CLIENTS

FIIX INC., Toronto (CA)

1. A system for managing maintenance of a plurality of resources, the system comprising:a plurality of computer terminals linked to a computer network; and
one or more computers executing a computerized maintenance management system made available to users of a plurality of clients using the computer terminals;
wherein the computerized maintenance management system is configured to:
track maintenance activities of users across at least two of the plurality of clients;
extract data representing performance or trends associated with one or more of the plurality of resources from the maintenance activities;
enable the users to upload information or documents related to resource management to the computerized maintenance management system;
extract an information set from the uploaded information or documents;
generate one or more messages based on the information set; and
transmit the one or more messages to one or more clients for whom the messages are relevant.

US Pat. No. 10,169,730

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO PRESENT A SUMMARIZED TASK VIEW IN A CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Open Text Corporation, W...

1. A computer implemented method for providing information related to a task in a case management system configured to process a plurality of cases, the computer implemented method comprising:monitoring, by a server, requests for resources used to perform a plurality of tasks and storing correlations between the requested resources and tasks from the plurality of tasks;
clustering the plurality of cases, by the server, into a plurality of case clusters, wherein each of the plurality of case clusters is associated with a case similarity factor shared by at least two cases of the plurality of cases;
for a case cluster of the plurality of case clusters, identifying, by the server, a plurality of task clusters, wherein each of the plurality of task clusters is associated with a task similarity factor shared by at least two tasks of the task cluster, and tasks of the plurality of task clusters are performed on cases of the case cluster;
analyzing, by the server, reports and documents used to perform the at least two tasks of the task cluster sharing the task similarity factor;
associating, by the server, the reports and documents used to perform the at least two tasks of the task cluster sharing the task similarity factor with the task cluster associated with the task similarity factor; and
when performing a task sharing the task similarity factor with the at least two tasks of the task cluster sharing the task similarity factor, providing, by the server, to a remote computer, at least one report based on the reports associated with the task cluster and at least one summary based on the documents associated with the task cluster.

US Pat. No. 10,169,728

OPPORTUNISTIC JOB PROCESSING OF INPUT DATA DIVIDED INTO PARTITIONS OF DIFFERENT SIZES

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method for processing one or more work orders using a global-level manager and one or more cluster-level managers that manage a plurality of clusters, that is performed by one or more processors, the method comprising:receiving, at the global-level manager, a work order of the one or more work orders referencing at least one binary executable file and one or more input files, the one or more input files including multiple input resources of at least a first-type having a first size, and a second-type having a second size, wherein the first size is larger than the second size;
generating at the global-level manager, a plurality of first-type input shards by splitting the first-type of input resource in the one or more input files, and a plurality of second-type input shards by splitting the second-type of input resource in the one or more input files, wherein each of the plurality of first-type input shards and second-type input shards have a respective input shard size;
creating, at the global level manager, reference values for each input shard in order of their input shard size wherein each of the first-type input shards is associated with a copy of every second-type input shard by the reference values;
distributing, by the global-level manager, the plurality of first-type and second-type input shards, according to the reference values, to the plurality of clusters that are managed by the one or more cluster-level managers and are capable of executing the binary executable file to process the first-type and second-type input shards, such that a different first-type input shard and a copy of every second-type input shard is distributed to each cluster;
creating, by the clusters and according to the reference values, workers to execute the binary executable file on the first-type and second-type input shards to create output shards;
receiving, by the global-level manager, the output shards; and
assembling, by the global-level manager the output shards into an output file for the work order.

US Pat. No. 10,169,720

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MACHINE LEARNING USING CLASSIFYING, CLUSTERING, AND GROUPING TIME SERIES DATA

SAS INSTITUTE INC., Cary...

1. A system for performing data mining and statistical learning techniques on a data set, the system comprising:a processor; and
a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium including instructions stored thereon, which when executed by the processor, cause the system to perform operations including:
receiving a plurality of time series included in a prediction hierarchy for performing statistical learning to develop the prediction hierarchy, each individual time series of the plurality of time series comprising one or more need output characteristics and a need output pattern for an object, the one or more need output characteristics including at least one of a need output data, an intermittence, or a time period of a year, the need output pattern indicating one or more time intervals for which need output for the object is greater than a threshold amount;
pre-processing data associated with each of the plurality of time series, wherein the pre-processing includes executing tasks in parallel using a grid-enabled computing environment, the tasks comprising, for each time series of the plurality of time series:
determining a classification for the individual time series based on the one or more need output characteristics;
determining a pattern group for each individual time series by comparing the need output pattern to need output patterns for other time series in the plurality of time series; and
determining a level of the prediction hierarchy at which the each individual time series comprises a need output amount greater than the threshold amount, wherein determining the level further includes, for each time series in each level of the hierarchy and starting with a lowest level of the hierarchy:
determining whether the individual time series includes a sufficient volume of data by determining whether the individual time series includes an amount of need output above the threshold amount; and
based upon the determination, for each time series that does not include an amount of need output above the threshold amount, aggregating multiple time series from a particular level into a node that is one level higher than the particular level in the hierarchy;
generating an additional prediction hierarchy using the prediction hierarchy, the classification, the pattern group, and the determined level, wherein utilizing the additional prediction hierarchy generates more accurate need output predictions than need output predictions generated utilizing the prediction hierarchy; and
transmitting, to one or more nodes in the grid-enabled computing environment, prediction data related to at least one time series of the plurality of time series based on the additional prediction hierarchy.

US Pat. No. 10,169,711

GENERALIZED ENGINE FOR PREDICTING ACTIONS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A prediction computer system comprising one or more computers and one or more storage devices storing instructions that are operable, when executed by the one or more computers, to cause the one or more computers to perform operations comprising:receiving, by the prediction computer system, a query requesting one or more predicted activities that are likely to be performed by users having a particular attribute;
determining, by the prediction computer system, a plurality of matching sessions from user session data of a plurality of users, each matching session of the plurality of matching sessions being a user session for a user having the particular attribute of the query, wherein each user session for each user of the plurality of users includes data representing one or more user activities performed by the user during a particular time period,
wherein the user session data is partitioned into a plurality of shards, each shard of the plurality of shards being stored on one of multiple index servers of the prediction computer system, wherein the index servers include a root server and a plurality of leaf servers;
computing, by the prediction computer system for each activity of a plurality of activities represented in the matching sessions, a respective lower bound of a number of distinct users having data contributing to the activity in the matching sessions for the activity,
wherein computing a lower bound for an activity comprises:
hashing, by each leaf server for each matching session, a portion of a respective user identifier associated with the matching session to generate one or more user key positions for the matching session,
generating, by each leaf server for each activity of one or more activities occurring in the matching sessions stored in the shard assigned to the leaf server, a respective merged user key for the activity including setting each position in the merged user key indicated by any user key position generated for matching sessions having the activity,
generating, by the root server for each activity of one or more activities occurring in the matching sessions, an overall merged user key for the activity including setting each position in the overall merged user key indicated by any set position in any merged user key received from the leaf servers for matching sessions having the activity, and
computing, by the root server for each activity of one or more activities occurring in the matching sessions, a count of positions that are set in the overall merged user key for the activity;
computing, by the prediction computer system, for each user activity of one or more activities having a lower bound that satisfies a threshold:
a respective first score representing a likelihood that the user activity occurs in the plurality of matching sessions;
a respective second score representing a likelihood that the user activity occurs in any of the user sessions of the user session data;
a respective third score that measures a relative magnitude of the first score compared to the second score;
designating, as the one or more predicted activities, one or more of the user activities having a third score that satisfies a threshold; and
providing, by the prediction computer system and based on the designation of the one or more user activities as the one or more predicted activities, data representing a respective predicted activity for each of the one or more predicted activities.

US Pat. No. 10,169,709

AVOIDING INCOMPATIBILITY BETWEEN DATA AND COMPUTING PROCESSES TO ENHANCE COMPUTER PERFORMANCE

SAS INSTITUTE INC., Cary...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium comprising program code executable by a processor for causing the processor to:receive a plurality of time series, each time series of the plurality of time series comprising respective data points arranged in a sequential order over a respective period of time;
determine that a first time series in the plurality of time series is compatible with a three-stage forecasting process by:
determining that the first time series spans at least a minimum time duration usable with the three-stage forecasting process;
determining that the first time series does not include a time period with inactivity as indicated by a timespan of at least a predetermined length with data points having magnitude values below a predetermined magnitude-threshold;
identifying a pattern of data-point magnitudes in the first time series indicating that the first time series exhibits a seasonal characteristic, the seasonal characteristic being a repetitive characteristic that repeats over a predetermined time period;
determining that the first time series comprises a magnitude spike with a value above a preset magnitude threshold by analyzing a plurality of data-point magnitudes in the first time series, the magnitude spike indicating a moving event that occurs on different days for at least two consecutive years; and
in response to determining that the first time series (i) spans at least the minimum time duration, (ii) lacks the time period with inactivity, (iii) exhibits the seasonal characteristic, and (iv) comprises the magnitude spike with the value above the preset magnitude threshold, determining that the first time series is compatible with the three-stage forecasting process;
subsequent to determining that the first time series is compatible with the three-stage forecasting process:
identify a plurality of time-series groups that are compatible with the three-stage forecasting process;
determine that the first time series is to be incorporated into a particular time-series group among the plurality of time-series groups by:
determining an attribute of the first time series, the attribute comprising a frequency of events in the first time series, a timing of events in the first time series, an average percentage of lift with respect to a base time series, or a maximum percentage of lift with respect to the base time series;
using the attribute of the first time series as input for a clustering method; and
receiving the particular time-series group as output from the clustering method;
in response to receiving the particular time-series group as output from the clustering method, incorporate the first time series into the particular time-series group; and
subsequent to incorporating the first time series into the particular time-series group, generate a predictive forecast based on at least two time series in the particular time-series group using the three-stage forecasting process, the predictive forecast indicating interest in an object over a future period of time;
determine that a second time series in the plurality of time series is incompatible with the three-stage forecasting process; and
in response to determining that the second time series is incompatible with the three-stage forecasting process, generate another predictive forecast based on the second time series using another forecasting process that is different from the three-stage forecasting process and thereby avoid consuming computing resources due to the incompatibility between the second time series and the three-stage forecasting process.

US Pat. No. 10,169,707

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING PREDICTIONS OF GEOPOLITICAL EVENTS

Predata, Inc., New York,...

1. A method of predicting a geopolitical event, the method comprising:retrieving, from a first data source, metadata associated with a first content item of the first data source;
computing a contestation signal based on a first parameter extracted from the metadata;
computing an activity signal based on a second parameter extracted from the metadata, wherein each of the contestation signal and the activity signal is computed without processing language, content, or sentiment associated with the first content item;
computing a first composite signal as a function of the contestation signal and the activity signal, wherein each of the contestation signal, the activity signal, and the first composite signal is represented by a sequence of discrete intensity values corresponding to specific time points;
yielding a prediction of the geopolitical event based at least in part on an intensity of the first composite signal by detecting that the first composite signal satisfies a threshold condition; and
generating an alert indicative of the prediction of the geopolitical event.

US Pat. No. 10,169,694

OVERLAPPING ANTENNA ARRAYS FOR GAMING

Magnet Consulting, Inc., ...

1. A system for locating gaming tokens on a gaming table, comprising:a first set of antennas oriented in a first direction, wherein the first set of antennas defines a betting area of the gaming table;
a second set of antennas oriented in a second direction that differs from the first direction, wherein the first set and the second set are overlapping; and
a control circuit, coupled to the first and second sets, that is configured to selectively energize the first and second sets, that is configured to receive a first plurality of signal strengths resulting from detecting a radio frequency identification (RFID) gaming token in the betting area according to the first set being selectively energized, that is configured to receive a second plurality of signal strengths resulting from detecting the RFID gaming token in the betting area according to the second set being selectively energized, and that is configured to determine a location of the RFID gaming token in the betting area by comparing the first plurality of signal strengths and the second plurality of signal strengths.

US Pat. No. 10,169,680

OBJECT IDENTIFICATION AND LABELING TOOL FOR TRAINING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE CONTROLLERS

LUMINAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. A computer-implemented method for identifying and labeling objects within images for training machine-learning based models that are used to autonomously control vehicles, the method comprising:displaying, on a user interface, a three-dimensional (3-D) image of an environment in which vehicles operate, the 3-D environment image depicting one or more physical objects located in the environment, and the 3-D environment image presented on the user interface from a first perspective view;
receiving, via one or more user controls provided by the user interface and displayed on the user interface in conjunction with the 3-D environment image from the first perspective view, an indication of a graphical representation of a boundary of a particular object as depicted within the 3-D environment image from the first perspective view;
generating, based on the graphical representation, data indicative of the boundary of the particular object within the 3-D environment image from the first perspective view;
obtaining an indication of a particular label for the particular object, the particular label uniquely identifying the particular object;
generating, based on the data indicative of the boundary of the particular object within the 3-D environment image from the first perspective view, an association between the particular label uniquely identifying the particular object and a 3-D image of the particular object within the 3-D environment image, thereby distinguishing the 3-D image of the particular object within the 3-D environment image;
storing an indication of the association between the particular label uniquely identifying the particular object and the 3-D image of the particular object within the 3-D environment image in one or more tangible, non-transitory memories as a part of a training data set utilized to train one or more machine-learning based models, the one or more machine-learning based models used to autonomously control vehicles;
receiving, via the one or more user controls, an instruction to present the 3-D environment image on the user interface from a second perspective view different than the first perspective view, and based on the received view perspective instruction, adjusting a presentation of the 3-D environment image on the user interface to be from the second perspective view so that the 3-D environment image from the second perspective view and the graphical representation of the boundary of the particular object are displayed on the user interface;
receiving, via the one or more user controls, an indication of a refinement to the graphical representation of the boundary of the particular object as depicted within the 3-D environment image from the second perspective view;
generating, based on the refined graphical representation, data indicative of the boundary of the particular object within the 3-D environment image from the second perspective view; and
updating, based on the data indicative of the boundary of the particular object within the 3-D environment image from the second perspective view, the stored indication of the association between the particular label uniquely identifying the particular object and the 3-D image of the particular object within the 3-D environment image, thereby refining the distinguishing of the 3-D image of the particular object within the 3-D environment image.

US Pat. No. 10,169,678

OBJECT IDENTIFICATION AND LABELING TOOL FOR TRAINING AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE CONTROLLERS

LUMINAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC...

1. A computer-implemented method for identifying and labeling objects within images for training machine-learning based models that are used to autonomously operate vehicles, the method comprising:displaying, on a first display area of a user interface, a three-dimensional (3-D) video of an environment in which vehicles operate, the 3-D environment video including respective 3-D images of one or more physical objects located in the environment;
displaying, on a second display area of the user interface and in a time-synchronized manner with the 3-D video, a two-dimensional (2-D) video of at least a portion of the environment depicted in the 3-D environment video so that an image of the environment that was obtained at a particular time and that is included in the 2-D video is presented simultaneously on the user interface with an image of the environment that was obtained at the particular time and that is included in the 3-D video;
receiving, via one or more user controls provided by the user interface, an indication of a boundary of a particular physical object depicted within a 3-D environment image included in the 3-D video;
generating data indicative of the boundary of the particular physical object within the 3-D environment image;
receiving an indication of a particular label for the particular physical object;
associating the particular label for the particular physical object with the data indicative of the boundary of the particular physical object within the 3-D environment image, thereby distinguishing a set of data points that are representative of the particular physical object within the 3-D environment image from other data points included in the 3-D environment image; and
storing an indication of the association between the particular label and the data indicative of the boundary of the particular physical object within the 3-D environment image in one or more tangible memories as a part of a training data set utilized to train one or more machine-learning based models, the one or more machine-learning based models used to autonomously operate vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,169,676

SHAPE-BASED REGISTRATION FOR NON-RIGID OBJECTS WITH LARGE HOLES

VanGogh Imaging, Inc., M...

1. A computerized method for closed-form 3D model generation of non-rigid complex objects from scans with large holes, the method comprising:receiving, by an image processing module of a computing device, (i) a partial scan of a non-rigid complex object captured by a sensor coupled to the computing device, (ii) a partial 3D model corresponding to the non-rigid complex object, and (iii) a whole 3D model corresponding to the non-rigid complex object, wherein the partial scan and the partial 3D model each includes one or more large holes;
performing, by the image processing module, a rough match between the partial 3D model and the partial scan;
changing, by the image processing module, the whole 3D model using the rough match to generate a deformed 3D model;
refining, by the image processing module, the deformed 3D model using a deformation graph;
reshaping, by the image processing module, the refined deformed 3D model to have greater detail; and
adjusting, by the image processing module, the refined deformed 3D model according to the reshaped 3D model to generate a closed-form 3D model that closes the one or more large holes in the partial scan.

US Pat. No. 10,169,675

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECEIVING LISTINGS OF SIMILAR VEHICLES FROM AN IMAGE

Blinker, Inc., Denver, C...

1. A mobile apparatus, comprising:an image sensor configured to convert an optical image into an electrical signal, the optical image including an image of a vehicle license plate;
a storage for storing instructions;
a processor communicatively coupled to the storage, the processor configured to retrieve the instructions;
a license plate detector, which when executed by the processor:
processes the electrical signal to identify one or more object images from the image, each of said one or more images comprising a candidate vehicle license plate image,
processes the electrical signal to crop the image to said identified one or more of the object images,
processes the electrical signal to score each of the cropped one or more of the object images based on a probability that the cropped object image comprises the vehicle license plate image, wherein each of the cropped one or more object images is scored by:
detecting a plurality of alphanumeric characters in the object image, and
applying a score based on a position of one of the plurality of characters relative a position of another one of the plurality of characters, and
based on the scored object images, processes, at the mobile apparatus, the electrical signal to recover information from the vehicle license plate image; and
an interface configured to transmit the vehicle license plate information to a remote apparatus and receive a listing corresponding to another vehicle in response to the transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,169,667

EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT RECOGNIZING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE BEHAVIOR CONTROL DEVICE

CLARION CO., LTD., Saita...

1. An external environment recognizing device for a vehicle, comprising:an image processor configured to be installed in the vehicle and obtain an image around the vehicle;
a first object detector configured to detect a moving object from the image;
a bird's-eye view image processor configured to generate a bird's-eye view image of the vehicle from the image;
a second object detector configured to detect a moving object from the bird's-eye view image;
a detected object determination part configured to: (i) obtain a distance between a point corresponding to a center of a lower side of a rectangular region circumscribing an outside of the moving object detected by the first object detector and a grounding point of the moving object detected by the second object detector, wherein the grounding point is configured to have contact with a road surface, and wherein the point and the grounding point are converted into XY coordinate values; and (ii) determine that the moving object detected by the first object detector and the moving object detected by the second object detector are the same moving object when a distance between the point and the grounding point is within a predetermined distance; and
a moving object position identifying part configured to identify a position of the moving object detected by the first object detector or the second object detector based on a distance from the vehicle to the moving object detected by the first object detector or the second object detector, a lateral direction position of the moving object detected by the first object detector or the second object detector, and a width of the moving object detected by the first object detector when the detected object determination part determines that the moving object detected by the first object detector and the moving object detected by the second object detector are the same moving object.

US Pat. No. 10,169,662

REMOTE BIOMETRIC MONITORING SYSTEM

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A system for remotely monitoring a sleeping subject, the system comprising:a digital camera configured to capture images of a subject, the digital camera including a digital image sensor, one or more local processors in communication with the digital image sensor, and a memory, wherein the digital image sensor, the one or more local processors, and the memory are enclosed in a same housing, and wherein no sensors or markers are attached to the subject;
a tripod support having the digital camera articulatably attached thereto, wherein the tripod support includes a pair of short legs each having a first permanent length, and a long leg having a second permanent length at least fifty percent longer than the first permanent length;
an environmental sensor in communication with the one or more local processors of the digital camera, the environmental sensor configured to detect a physical characteristic of a local environment of the subject;
an environmental control device in communication with the one or more local processors of the digital camera, the environmental control device configured to produce a change in the local environment of the subject; and
a set of instructions stored in the memory of the digital camera and executable locally by the one or more local processors to:
receive a sensed input from the environmental sensor and a plurality of time-sequenced images of the subject from the digital image sensor;
determine a position of a torso region of the subject using an artificial intelligence module trained to determine a presence and a position of the subject in a subset of images of the time-sequenced plurality of images;
identify, using the position of the torso region determined by the artificial intelligence module to perform a biometric analysis on an uncompressed version of the plurality of time-sequenced images, an activity state of the subject; and
cause a change in the environmental control device based on the sensed input and the activity state of the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,169,649

SMART IMAGE FILTERING METHOD WITH DOMAIN RULES APPLICATION

International Business Ma...

15. An image filtering system, comprising:a processor; and
a computer readable storage medium having program instructions embodied therewith for building computing components of the image filtering system prior to a runtime assessment of images for compliance by the image filtering system, the program instructions executable by the processor to cause the processor to:
define a vocabulary for a given domain, comprising:
extracting a set of entities from a set of corpus documents related to the given domain; and
grouping the set of entities into a set of image categories based on probabilities of co-occurrence of the set of entities;
build an image catalog, comprising:
identifying one or more objects in one or more images from the image catalog; and
associating the one or more objects with the set of entities in the set of image categories;
generate a set of compliance rules, comprising:
identifying a given image category of the set of image categories that relate to topics in corpus data sources; and
generating the set of compliance rules, using the set of entities grouped in the given image category; and
train an image classification pipeline, comprising:
identifying one or more entities in a given image of the one or more images from the image catalog;
classifying the given image according to one or more of the set of compliance rules; and
repeating the identifying of the one or more entities in the given image and the classifying of additional images until a set of performance metrics are met.

US Pat. No. 10,169,648

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR INPUTTING HANDWRITING CHARACTER

MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.,...

1. A method for inputting handwriting character, comprising:adding a handwriting input on a touch screen, where the touch screen has a plurality of input areas;
detecting a position of an initial point of the handwriting input;
determining an input area for the handwriting input among the plurality of input areas of the touch screen based on the position of the initial point of the handwriting input;
determining an operation of the handwriting input based on the position of the initial point of the handwriting input and performing the determined operation, wherein the step of determining an operation of the handwriting input further comprises:
if the position of the initial point of the handwriting input does not fall on an existing character, determining whether the position of the initial point of the handwriting input falls between two existing characters; and
if it is determined that the position of the initial point of the handwriting input falls between the two existing characters, determining the operation of the handwriting input as inserting a character between the two existing characters; and
upon completion of the handwriting input, recognizing the input as a character and displaying the recognized character in the determined input area on the touch screen.

US Pat. No. 10,169,643

IMAGE OPTIMIZATION DURING FACIAL RECOGNITION

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method for a device to perform facial detection, comprising:capturing, by a camera coupled to the device, an image;
receiving an indication to perform facial detection;
selecting, in response to the indication, a metering region within a portion of the captured image based on a predefined set of coordinates specifying a position of the metering region based on a usage history of the camera and not based on a performance of facial detection by the device and not based on user input selecting a portion of a preview of the captured image, wherein the portion of the captured image is less than an entirety of the captured image, and the metering region is selected prior to executing an algorithm for locating a position of a face within the image;
adjusting the image based on the selected metering region; and
detecting the face within the adjusted image.

US Pat. No. 10,169,633

DRIVING CIRCUIT, DRIVING METHOD, DISPLAY APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

FOCALTECH ELECTRONICS, LT...

1. An electronic device with a fingerprint sensing function, comprising:a fingerprint sensing region;
a fingerprint sensing component configured to sense fingerprint input information input by an object in the fingerprint sensing region;
a processor and instructions stored in a memory, wherein the processor performs the instructions to:
recognize a current state of the electronic device, provide a first driving signal to the fingerprint sensing component when the current state of the electronic device is in one of two preset states, to drive the fingerprint sensing component to sense a fingerprint,
receive the fingerprint input information fed back by the fingerprint sensing component, judge whether the fingerprint input information is valid, and determine, based on a judgment result, whether to initiate a corresponding application; and
wherein the fingerprint sensing component comprises a fingerprint sensing circuit and a fingerprint sensing element corresponding to the fingerprint sensing region, the fingerprint sensing element is connected to the fingerprint sensing circuit, wherein the fingerprint sensing circuit is configured to provide a fingerprint sensing signal to the fingerprint sensing element to drive the fingerprint sensing element to sense the fingerprint, and receive a sensing signal output by the fingerprint sensing element, and the fingerprint sensing circuit judges whether there is fingerprint input information based on the sensing signal and outputs the corresponding fingerprint input information to the control module if it is judged that there is the fingerprint input information;
a display panel comprising a plurality of display elements each comprising a first electrode, a second electrode and a display medium,
wherein the electronic device provides corresponding voltages to the first electrodes and the second electrodes to control the display medium to display a corresponding image, wherein the plurality of display elements form a display area,
the display panel further comprising a border area, wherein the border area is opaque and is located on at least one side of the display area, and the fingerprint sensing region is located in the border area or in the display area; and
wherein the fingerprint sensing element comprises a plurality of fingerprint sensing electrodes, and the fingerprint sensing circuit is configured to perform a self-capacitance sensing on the first electrodes serving as the fingerprint sensing electrodes to sense the fingerprint, in the case that the electronic device is in one of the two preset states.

US Pat. No. 10,169,632

TOUCH-SENSING APPARATUS, TOUCH DEVICE INCLUDING THE APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC APPLIANCE

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A touch-sensing apparatus, comprising: a substrate including an effective area and a non-effective area; a cavity provided in the non-effective area; a fingerprint sensor provided on a bottom surface of the cavity; and a first decorative layer provided inside the cavity and having a plurality of oxide layers, wherein the first decorative layer includes at least one metal layer provided between the plurality of oxide layers, and the at least one metal layer has a thickness ranging from 10 nm to 50 nm; wherein the substrate includes: a first surface to receive a touch input; and a second surface opposite the first surface, the cavity being provided in the second surface; wherein the fingerprint sensor includes: a third surface configured to face the bottom surface of the cavity; and a fourth surface being opposite to the third surface, and wherein the touch-sensing apparatus further includes an auxiliary substrate provided on the fourth surface of the fingerprint sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,169,625

PROXY-BASED READER AUTHENTICATION BY TRUSTED AUTHORITY

Impinj, Inc., Seattle, W...

1. A method for a verification authority to authenticate Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, the method comprising:transmitting a challenge to a proxy connected to a plurality of RFID readers;
receiving, from the proxy, a response to the proxy challenge;
verifying the proxy response based on at least the proxy challenge and a proxy key;
in response to verifying the proxy response, authenticating at least one of:
the proxy; and
at least a first one of the plurality of RFID readers;
receiving, from at least one of the proxy and the first authenticated RFID reader, a tag-authentication request including at least a tag identifier and a tag response;
verifying, using at least a tag challenge and a tag key determined from at least the tag identifier, whether the tag response is computed based on the tag challenge and the tag key; and
transmitting a tag-authenticity message based on verifying the tag response.

US Pat. No. 10,169,622

DETECTION OF THE AUTHENTICITY OF AN ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT OR OF A PRODUCT CONTAINING SUCH A CIRCUIT

PROTON WORLD INTERNATIONA...

1. A method, comprising:initializing, by a host device, a charge retention circuit of a slave device, wherein initializing the charge retention circuit comprises switching off a power supply of the slave device;
receiving, by the host device, an indication of a discharge time of the charge retention circuit;
determining, by the host device, an authenticity of the slave device based on the received indication of the discharge time of the charge retention circuit; and
controlling, by the host device, communication with the slave device based on the determined authenticity of the slave device.

US Pat. No. 10,169,620

METHOD OF INTERACTING WITH AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE WHILE THE DISPLAY SCREEN IS DEACTIVATED

BlackBerry Limited, Wate...

1. A handheld electronic device, comprising:a processor;
a display screen coupled to the processor;
an input device coupled to the processor;
a communication subsystem coupled to the processor for communication over a wireless network;
a light emitting diode (LED) coupled to the processor;
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory storing executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the handheld electronic device to:
initiate a locked state on the handheld electronic device;
deactivate the display screen;
flash the LED a number of times in dependence on a number of new events in response to receiving a predetermined input from the input device while the handheld electronic device is in the locked state and while the display screen remains deactivated.

US Pat. No. 10,169,617

MULTI-TOPOLOGY LOGIC GATES

Bar-Ilan University, Ram...

1. A multi-topology logic gate for performing a specified logic function, said logic gate comprising logic inputs and a logic output, comprising:a logic output connection configured to output a logic output signal;
a plurality of logic input connections configured to input logic signals;
at least two logic blocks associated with said logic input connections and said logic output connection, each of said blocks respectively comprising a plurality of logic inputs connectable to said logic input connections and a logic output connected to said logic output connection, wherein at least one of said logic blocks is configured to operate in a plurality of modes in accordance with a respective mode control signal; and
a topology selector associated with said at least two logic blocks, configured to apply mode control signals to said logic blocks so as to operate said logic gate in a plurality of topologies.

US Pat. No. 10,169,590

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING COMPUTER HEALTH INDEX

Beijing Qihoo Technology ...

1. An apparatus for displaying a computer health index, comprising:a memory having instructions stored thereon;
a processor to execute the instructions to perform operations comprising:
calculating at least one health sub-index and calculating the computer health index based on the at least one health sub-index, wherein each of the at least one health sub-index is associated with at least one computer state, and each of the at least one health sub-index reflects a health degree of an associated computer state;
performing simple index display in a specific area on a desktop to display a first icon reflecting a value of the computer health index;
wherein the first icon displayed by the simple index display is a first sphere, the first sphere changes its shape with the value of the computer health index, a color filled the first sphere changes from red to green or vice versa based on the value of the computer health index, and when the value of the computer health index is 100%, the first icon displayed by the simple index display becomes a fixed icon;
triggering by a user, the specific area on the desktop to display a detailed index display area, the detailed index display area containing:
a second icon reflecting the value of the computer health index, the second icon is a second sphere and is larger than the first icon, and a color filled the second sphere changes from red to green or vice versa based on the value of the computer health index;
information of the computer health index and information of each of the at least one health sub-index;
a computer state setting trigger area for receiving at least one trigger command from the user when the user clicks on the computer state setting trigger area; and
updating the first and second icons to reflect the at least one trigger command received from the user.

US Pat. No. 10,169,586

RANSOMWARE DETECTION AND DAMAGE MITIGATION

Fortinet, Inc., Sunnyval...

1. A method comprising:installing, by a kernel mode driver running on a computer system, a file system event monitoring module within each of a plurality of active processes running on the computer system;
detecting, by a first file system event monitoring module installed within a first process of the plurality of active processes, performance of a directory traversal operation on a directory of a file system of the computer system in which a parameter of the directory traversal operation includes at least one wildcard character;
when a number of wildcard-based directory traversal operations performed by the first process meets or exceeds a false positive threshold, then deploying, by the first file system event monitoring module, a decoy file within the directory and notifying the kernel mode driver regarding deployment of the decoy file;
monitoring and detecting, by the kernel mode driver an attempt by the first process to tamper with the decoy file by intercepting and evaluating file system operations; and
responsive to detection of the attempt, identifying, by the kernel mode driver, the first process as a malware process and causing the malware process to be terminated.