US Pat. No. 10,116,830

DOCUMENT DATA PROCESSING INCLUDING IMAGE-BASED TOKENIZATION

ACCENTURE GLOBAL SOLUTION...

1. A system to perform image-based tokenization, the system comprising:a memory storing a processing application comprising machine readable instructions;
a processor that executes the stored processing application to:
prompt a user via a display to capture a first image of a physical item;
control an imaging sensor to capture the first image; and
measure pixel parameters of pixels in a region of the captured first image to identify a unique feature of the physical item;
a tokenization server to:
receive the unique feature identified by the processing application;
apply the unique feature to a cryptographic function to generate a token for the physical item;
capture a second image of the physical item,
the physical item rendered unusable for an intended purpose after a modification of the physical item;
verify whether the physical item is rendered unusable for the intended purpose based on the captured second image of the physical item; and
in response to the verifying that the physical item is rendered unusable for the intended purpose, release the token for use by the user; and
a token database to store the token and information related to the physical item.

US Pat. No. 10,116,791

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING DATA

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of transmitting data performed by an apparatus, the method comprising:receiving a request for a call signal, from a sender device to a receiver device, including sender information and receiver information associated with the call signal, from the sender device;
confirming a relationship between the sender and the receiver that exists in at least one external server, based on the received sender information and the receiver information;
requesting content associated with the sender which is uploaded on the at least one external server to which the sender is subscribed based on the relationship between the sender and the receiver, to the at least one external server;
receiving the requested content from the at least one external server; and
transmitting the call signal together with the received content, to the receiver device,
wherein the content is displayed on the receiver device while the call signal is being output on the receiver device, and
wherein the sender and the receiver are filtered based on an order of call frequency.

US Pat. No. 10,116,762

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STORING AND PROCESSING WEB SERVICE REQUESTS

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. A system for processing web service requests, the system comprising:a server configured to receive and process web service requests, the server comprising a plurality of components comprising:
a plurality of virtual computer systems that service received web service requests from one or more client systems, wherein each of the plurality of virtual computer systems is operable in both an active/standby mode or an active/active mode;
a logical storage system coupled to the plurality of virtual computer systems, wherein each of the plurality of virtual computer systems shares a common storage that stores the received web service requests;
a request handler element that distributes a web service request to at least one of the plurality of virtual computer systems for processing; and
an internal port coupling at least two of the plurality of virtual computer systems, wherein the received web service requests are replicated between the at least two of the plurality of virtual computer systems across the internal port, and wherein the internal port is not available to the one or more client systems;
an entity that monitors an expiration of a database record associated with at least one web service request; and
corresponding entities that execute among at least two of the plurality of virtual computer systems, wherein the entities compare timestamps associated with the database record associated with the at least one web service request;
wherein the entity deletes the database record associated with the at least one web service request when the compared timestamps stored by at least two of the corresponding entities have expired.

US Pat. No. 10,116,755

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SOCIAL NETWORK SERVICE

NAVER Corporation, Seong...

1. A method of providing a service, the method comprising:receiving by a service providing server, from a user terminal of a first user account, a first request to search for a service provider, a second request to display a newsfeed screen, or a third request to display a home screen; and
providing, by a processor, a result corresponding to the received first, second, or third request,
wherein when the first request is received, the providing of the result corresponding to the received first request comprises providing a list of service providers searched for according to the first request such that a service provider among the list of service providers that is recommended by a greater number of friends than other service providers among the list of service providers is set to have an exposure priority on the list that is higher than an exposure priority of other service providers among the list of service providers,
wherein the friends correspond to other user accounts designated to have a first relation with the first user account,
wherein when the second request is received, the providing of the result corresponding to the received second request comprises providing a newsfeed screen to the user terminal enumerating a plurality of events, including at least one among an event generated by a friend of the first user account and an event generated by a bridge of the first user account, wherein the plurality of events are enumerated in the newsfeed screen according to times when the plurality of events were generated,
wherein when the third request is received, the providing of the result corresponding to the received third request comprises providing a home screen to the user terminal displaying a list of service providers related to the first user account, and
wherein the home screen displays a list of service providers designated as bridges of the first user account, and a service provider who communicates more recently with the first user account or who communicates more frequently with the first user account is displayed earlier on the list.

US Pat. No. 10,116,733

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING FEEDBACK IN A MULTI-TENANT COMMUNICATION PLATFORM

Twilio, Inc., San Franci...

1. A method comprising:a first external application server system receiving first user-provided communication quality feedback from a first telephony communication endpoint system and providing the first user-provided communication quality feedback to a multi-tenant telephony communication platform system;
at the multi-tenant telephony communication platform system:
receiving the first user-provided communication quality feedback from the first external application server system, wherein the first user-provided communication quality feedback relates to a first communication route of a first telephony communication initiated on behalf of a first platform account that is associated with the first external application server system;
storing the first user-provided communication quality feedback in association with information that indicates the first communication route and an account identifier of the first platform account;
receiving second user-provided communication quality feedback from the first external application server system, wherein the second user-provided communication quality feedback relates to a second communication route of a second telephony communication initiated on behalf of the first platform account;
storing the second user-provided communication quality feedback in association with information that indicates the second communication route and the account identifier of the first platform account;
receiving from the first external application server system a RESTful first feedback application programming interface (API) call;
responsive to the RESTful first feedback API call, the platform system providing the first external application server system with feedback information that includes the first user-provided communication quality feedback and the second user-provided communication quality feedback,
wherein the first platform account is one of a plurality of platform accounts of the platform system.

US Pat. No. 10,116,701

DEVICE-TYPE BASED CONTENT MANAGEMENT

Ent. Services Development...

1. An enterprise content management system comprising:a processor;
a community module coupled to the processor to generate:
a community policy for a community defined for an enterprise, wherein the community policy is enforced on a plurality of user devices registered with the community; and
a device-community policy associated with the community policy, wherein the device-community policy is enforced on a user device, from among the plurality of user devices, based on a device-type associated with the user device, the device-community policy being indicative of a management service to be used to enforce the community policy for the device-type; and
a domain module coupled to the processor to provide a management service agent (MS agent) to the user device, based on the management service, wherein the MS agent manages enterprise content on the user device as defined by the community policy and the device-community policy.

US Pat. No. 10,116,679

PRIVILEGE INFERENCE AND MONITORING BASED ON NETWORK BEHAVIOR

ExtraHop Networks, Inc., ...

1. A method for monitoring network traffic using one or more network computers, wherein execution of instructions by the one or more network computers perform the method comprising:instantiating a monitoring engine to perform actions, including:
monitoring network traffic associated with a plurality of entities in one or more networks to provide one or more metrics, wherein the entities include one or more of a source entity and one or more of a target entity; and
providing a device relation model based on the plurality of entities, the network traffic, and the one or more metrics; and
instantiating an inference engine to perform actions, including:
associating the plurality of entities with one or more privilege levels based on the device relation model and the one or more metrics, wherein a value for each of the one or more privilege levels is based on one or more of an amount of access or an amount of control that the one or more source entities exert over the one or more target entities; and
increasing the one or more privilege levels for a source entity based on one or more metric values that are associated with the one or more target entities that are linked to the source entity; and
instantiating an anomaly engine to perform actions, including:
determine one or more interactions between the one or more source entities and the one or more target entities based on the monitored network traffic;
generating one or more escalation events based on the one or more interactions and the one or more privilege levels associated with the one or more source entities and the one or more target entities, wherein the one or more interactions or the one or more target entities are associated with a privilege level that exceeds the one or more privilege levels associated with the one or more source entities; and
providing the one or more escalation events to one or more users.

US Pat. No. 10,116,657

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING BLOCK CHAIN-BASED MULTIFACTOR PERSONAL IDENTITY VERIFICATION

BLACK GOLD COIN, INC., L...

1. A system for providing blockchain-based personal identity verification, the system comprising:one or more computer-readable storage media configured to store a blockchain;
a computer system comprising one or more processors programmed to execute computer program instructions that, when executed, cause the computer system to:
assign a verification address associated with the blockchain to an individual, the individual having a previously verified personal identity;
store, at the one or more computer-readable storage media, an identifier of the individual and biometric information of the individual in association with the verification address associated with the blockchain, and
wherein the biometric information is related to biometric data of the individual, and the verification address is derived from private and public keys;
obtain, from a client-side device, the identifier and biometric data in connection with a request to verify the individual's identity, the request indicating the verification address associated with the blockchain;
obtain the stored identifier and the stored biometric information using the verification address indicated in the request; and
sign verification of the individual's identity responsive to a determination that the identifier of the request and the biometric data of the request match the stored identifier and the stored biometric information.

US Pat. No. 10,116,627

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IDENTIFYING TARGETED CONTENT ITEM FOR USER

CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICE...

1. A method for identifying a targeted content item for a user, the method comprising:receiving, by one or more processors, one or more encrypted first attributes associated with said user, and a first key, wherein said one or more encrypted first attributes are generated by encrypting one or more first attributes of said user using said first key;
encrypting, by said one or more processors, one or more content items using said first key, wherein said one or more content items are stored in a data structure such that said one or more content items are indexed in said data structure according to respective bit-strings representing one or more second attributes associated with each of said one or more content items;
determining, by said one or more processors, at least one encrypted content item from said data structure that corresponds with said one or more first attributes without decrypting said one or more encrypted first attributes, wherein determining said at least one encrypted content item comprises:
performing an iterative Homomorphic cryptographic process on said data structure using said one or more encrypted content items in said data structure, said respective bit-strings representing the one or more second attributes of said indexed one or more content items, and said one or more encrypted first attributes; and
providing said at least one encrypted content item to said user, wherein said at least one encrypted content item is decrypted to generate said targeted content item and wherein performing said iterative Homomorphic cryptographic process prevents release of said one or more second attributes to said user.

US Pat. No. 10,116,619

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVISIONING, CONFIGURING, DIAGNOSING, AND MAINTAINING OUT-OF BAND MANAGEMENT OF COMPUTING DEVICES

Connectwise, Inc., Tampa...

1. A method of provisioning an out-of-band system comprising:establishing, by a management engine of a server of a first domain, a network tunnel with a device on a second domain different from the first domain, the network tunnel comprising at least one of a virtual private network (“VPN”) or a secure socket shell (“SSH”) configured to route one or more communication ports of the device for provisioning;
modifying, by the management engine subsequent to establishing the network tunnel, via a dynamic host configuration protocol (“DHCP”) server on the second domain, the second domain to a modified domain including a fixed subdomain of the first domain, the fixed subdomain corresponding to a provisioning engine of the first domain;
receiving, by the provisioning engine from the device via the network tunnel established by the server of the first domain, responsive to the device obtaining the fixed subdomain of the first domain from the DHCP server, a provisioning request to initiate a provisioning cycle comprising at least one of configuring the device, diagnosing the device, or maintaining the device;
transmitting, by the provisioning engine to the device via the network tunnel established by the server of the first domain, a certificate configured with the first domain, the device configured to validate the certificate based on the certificate matching the modified domain obtained from the DHCP server;
reverting, by the management engine, responsive to completion of the provisioning cycle by the device, the modified domain to the second domain; and
terminating, by the management engine, responsive to reverting the modified domain to the second domain and the completion of the provisioning cycle, the network tunnel comprising the at least one of the VPN or the SSH established by the server of the first domain and used to provision the device.

US Pat. No. 10,116,617

SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE FOR DMZ EXTERNAL IP ADDRESSES

CardinalCommerce Corporat...

1. A method for enhancing data security, comprising:with a first demilitarized zone (DMZ) comprising a web server:
receive, via a first firewall, a request for an e-commerce service from a host of an external network;
with a data environment comprising a server:
receive, via a second firewall, a request to offload processing from the first DMZ, wherein the request to offload processing is associated with offloading processing of the request for the e-commerce service from the host of an external network; and
communicate, via the second firewall, a domain name system (DNS) request for a hostname corresponding to the host of the external network to a host of the data environment based on receiving the request to offload processing from the first DMZ;
with a second DMZ comprising a dynamic name service virtual IP gateway (DVG):
receive, via the second firewall, the DNS request for the hostname corresponding to the host of the external network from a host of the data environment;
allocate an internet protocol (IP) address of the second DMZ in response to receiving the DNS request;
determine an IP address of the host of the external network from the hostname by performing a DNS lookup of the hostname corresponding to the host of the external network, wherein determining the IP address of the host of the external network comprises performing the DNS lookup of the hostname corresponding to the host of the external network with a DNS server of the external network;
map the allocated IP address of the second DMZ to the determined IP address of the host of the external network; and
return, via the second firewall, the allocated IP address of the second DMZ to the host of the data environment in response to the DNS request;
with the data environment:
receive, via the second firewall, the allocated IP address of the second DMZ to the host of the data environment in response to the DNS request; and
communicate, via the second firewall, data associated with the request for the e-commerce service to the second DMZ; and
with the second DMZ:
communicate, via a third firewall, data associated with the request for the e-commerce service to the host of the external network after receiving the data associated with the request for the e-commerce service from the host of the data environment.

US Pat. No. 10,116,612

ELECTRONICALLY REFERRING A CONTACT WITHOUT DIVULGING CONTACT DATA

GROUPON, INC., Chicago, ...

1. A method for making a referral from a referrer device comprising:detecting an electronic request to provide information from an information source to a contact communication device, wherein contact data for a contact associated with the contact communication device is accessible by the referrer device and not accessible by the information source;
encoding a referral container file with programming instructions configured to, upon execution by a processor of the contact communication device, cause the contact communication device to electronically request the information from the information source via a communications network without providing the contact data to the information source;
embedding the referral container file in a first electronic message; and
transmitting, via a network communication interface of the referrer device, the first electronic message to the contact communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,116,560

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUS FOR COMMUNICATING MESSAGES OF DISTRIBUTED PRIVATE NETWORKS OVER MULTIPLE PUBLIC COMMUNICATION NETWORKS

CAUSAM ENERGY, INC., Ral...

1. A system for communicating messages of a distributed private network (DPN) over a plurality of communication networks for critical infrastructure, the system comprising:at least one of an inter-network interface and a message coordinator; wherein the inter-network interface comprises at least one network interface, a processing function and a memory; and wherein the message coordinator comprises at least one network interface, a processing device and a memory;
wherein the inter-network interface is part of a service area of a first electric utility;
wherein the inter-network interface is communicatively coupled to the message coordinator;
wherein the inter-network interface is operable to receive a packetized message from a first DPN network element of the service area of the first electric utility over a first communication network;
wherein the packetized message utilizes a complete Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) protocol stack, including physical, data link, network, transport with an aggregation sublayer, session, presentation, and application layers, wherein the protocol stack identifies the packetized message as being a message communicated within the DPN;
wherein the inter-network interface is operable to process the packetized message from lowest to highest OSI layer using only physical, data link, network, and transport layers with aggregation sublayer;
wherein the inter-network interface is operable to communicate the packetized message to the message coordinator;
wherein the message coordinator is operable to:
receive the packetized message from the inter-network interface;
assign a transport route for the packetized message;
assign a priority and a security protocol to the packetized message based on a prioritization protocol for the DPN, wherein the prioritization protocol is based on a class of service to a second DPN network element of a second service area of a second electric utility; and
return the packetized message to the inter-network interface;
wherein the inter-network interface is operable to determine whether the assigned transport route is available;
wherein the inter-network interface is operable to communicate the packetized message to the second DPN network element over a second communication network based on the assigned transport route or an alternative transport route when the assigned transport route is unavailable; and
wherein the first DPN network element has a lower class of service than the inter-network interface.

US Pat. No. 10,116,538

ATTRIBUTING NETWORK ADDRESS TRANSLATION DEVICE PROCESSED TRAFFIC TO INDIVIDUAL HOSTS

Narus, Inc., Sunnyvale, ...

1. A method for profiling network traffic, comprising:capturing, from the network traffic using a packet capturing device, a plurality of packets, the packet capturing device configured to collect network data for providing to a network traffic profiling tool, the network traffic profiling tool being separate from the packet capturing device;
identifying a first portion of the captured plurality of packets as a first flow based at least on a common Internet Protocol (IP) address assigned to each packet of the first flow by a network address translation (NAT) device;
extracting, by a hardware processor included in the network traffic profiling tool separate from the NAT device, a first data item from the first flow, wherein the first data item is inserted into the first flow by the NAT device for identifying a first host device coupled to the NAT device, the first data item including a host device identifying rule that allows the NAT device and the network traffic profiling tool to coordinate with each other to correctly attribute network traffic to host devices, including the first host device, behind the NAT device; and
determining, by the hardware processor based on the first data item, that the first flow is generated by the first host device.

US Pat. No. 10,116,511

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING TOPOLOGY

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method for operating an electronic device, the method comprising:broadcasting a discovery message for detecting a first node adjacent to the electronic device from among a plurality of nodes;
receiving, from the first node, a first response message including first address information of the first node, wherein the first response message is broadcasted from the first node in response to receiving the discovery message, and wherein the broadcasted first response message is received at a second node which is located to the first node and departed from the electronic device;
in response to receiving of the first response message, allocating, to the first node, a first identification (ID) having a first hierarchical level, wherein the first ID is used for indicating that the first node is next to the electronic device;
receiving, from the first node, a second response message including both the first address information and second address information of the second node that is transmitted from the second node to the first node in response to receiving the broadcasted first response message at the second node;
in response to receiving of the second response message, allocating a second ID having a second hierarchical level for indicating that the second node is next to the first node, wherein the second ID is used for indicating both the first address information and the second address information,
wherein the second ID includes an additional number subordinating to a number of the first ID.

US Pat. No. 10,116,486

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR SIGNAL GENERATION, RECEPTION, AND SELF-CALIBRATION

VAYYAR IMAGING LTD., Yeh...

1. A system for frequency-dependent characterization and compensation of a selected element of a transceiver, the system comprising:a first synthesizer;
a numerically controlled oscillator (NCO);
a pair of digital-to-analog converters (DACs) attached to the NCO, each DAC connected to a respective anti-alias filter;
a quadrature modulator connected to the first synthesizer and to outputs of the anti-alias filters;
a second synthesizer;
a mixer connected to an output of the quadrature modulator and to the second synthesizer;
a receive filter connected to an output of the mixer;
an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) connected to an output of the receive filter; and
a calibrator for:
setting the first frequency synthesizer to a desired test frequency;
setting the NCO to a desired test frequency offset;
setting the second frequency synthesizer to obtain a desired frequency at the selected element and a desired intermediate frequency;
processing an output of the ADC to measure at least one of an amplitude and a phase at the desired intermediate frequency;
calculating a frequency-dependent correction coefficient for the selected element; and
applying a compensation based on the frequency-dependent correction coefficient for a response of the selected element.

US Pat. No. 10,116,443

PAIRING VERIFICATION IN SUPERSINGULAR ISOGENY-BASED CRYPTOGRAPHIC PROTOCOLS

ISARA Corporation, Water...

1. A supersingular isogeny-based cryptography method, comprising:obtaining a secret integer of a first entity;
obtaining a public key of a second entity, the public key comprising a first image curve and a first pair of elliptic curve points;
obtaining a first pairing value based on a second pair of elliptic curve points defined by a supersingular isogeny-based cryptosystem;
computing, by operation of one or more processors, a second pairing value based on the first pair of elliptic curve points;
validating the public key, wherein validating the public key comprises verifying whether the first pairing value matches the second pairing value;
computing, by operation of one or more processors, a second image curve based on the secret integer and the first pair of elliptic curve points;
computing, by operation of one or more processors, a shared secret value based on the second image curve, wherein the shared secret value is shared by the first entity and the second entity; and
executing a cryptographic correspondence in a communication network between the first entity and the second entity.

US Pat. No. 10,116,440

CRYPTOGRAPHIC KEY MANAGEMENT FOR IMPORTED CRYPTOGRAPHIC KEYS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:under the control of one or more computer systems of a cryptographic key management service provided by a computing resource service provider, the one or more computer systems configured with executable instructions:
receiving, from a client device, a request to import a customer cryptographic key from the client device;
generating a cryptographic key pair, the cryptographic key pair comprising a public cryptographic key and a private cryptographic key;
utilizing a domain cryptographic key to encrypt the private cryptographic key, resulting in an import key token;
providing the import key token and the public cryptographic key to the client device;
receiving, from the client device, the import key token and an encrypted customer cryptographic key, the encrypted customer cryptographic key being the customer cryptographic key encrypted using the public cryptographic key;
using the domain cryptographic key to decrypt the import key token to obtain the private cryptographic key;
decrypting, using the private cryptographic key, the encrypted customer cryptographic key to obtain the customer cryptographic key;
encrypting, using the domain cryptographic key, the customer cryptographic key to generate an encrypted key token; and
causing one or more cryptographic operations to be performed using the encrypted key token.

US Pat. No. 10,116,434

METHOD FOR TRANSIENT CHANGE DETECTION WITH ADAPTIVE SAMPLING, AND DETECTOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD

INSTITUT MINES-TELECOM, ...

1. A method of detecting transient changes in a distribution of a discrete time series, wherein a sampler switches from operating in a sparse mode to operating in a dense mode wherein the sampler is operated to continuously capture samples of the time series at a sampling rate, comprising the steps of:operating in the sparse mode wherein the sampler captures samples of the time series during sniff periods, the sniff periods being successively repeated at a sniffing rate that is lower than the sampling rate, and wherein during a sniff period at most K test phases are performed, K being an integer greater than or equal to two, each test phase consisting of analyzing, by a sampling stopping time determination unit, at least one sample of the time series captured by the sampler at sampling times according to the sampling rate to provide a positive or negative result of the test phase,
if results of K successive test phases of a sniff period are each positive, switching to operate in the dense mode wherein the sampler is operated to continuously capture samples of the time series at sampling times according to the sampling rate,
wherein the sniff period is ended as soon as a result of a test phase of the sniff period is negative, the sampling of the time series being stopped until a next sniff period, and
wherein a next test phase of the sniff period is performed only if a result of a previous test phase of the sniff period is positive, the next test phase being performed with analyzing at least as many samples as the previous test phase.

US Pat. No. 10,116,412

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RATE CONTROL IN MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An apparatus for a link adaptation (LA) in a wireless communication system, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor configured to:
determine whether to maintain an offset based on whether a previous code rate of a previous frame is one of a minimum value and a maximum value or not, whether the offset used to determine the previous code rate provides an increase in a code rate, and whether the previous frame is received, and
if it is determined that the offset is to be maintained, determine a current channel quality by applying the maintained offset to a previous channel quality for the previous code rate; and
at least one transceiver configured to transmit/receive a current frame according to a current code rate corresponding to the current channel quality.

US Pat. No. 10,116,381

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FIXED SATELLITE SERVICE PROTECTION USING REAL-TIME MEASUREMENT

Cable Television Laborato...

1. A system for protecting a fixed satellite service site, comprising:at least one earth station;
a first beacon detector disposed within close proximity to the at least one earth station;
a central server in operable communication with the fixed satellite service site and the first beacon detector;
an access point configured to request authorization from the central server for resource allocation; and
a beacon transmitter disposed within close proximity to the access point, and configured to transmit a beacon signal to one or more of the central server and the first beacon detector, wherein the beacon signal uniquely identifies the access point.

US Pat. No. 10,116,374

RECEIVER WITH NON-COHERENT MATCHED FILTER

Aieron LLC, McLean, VA (...

1. A receiver for receiving 1090 MHz Mode S Extended Squitter (“ES”) ADS-B messages comprising:an analog-to-digital converter configured to convert a received analog signal into a digital representation of the received signal;
a carrier detection module configured to determine if a spectral component within a range of 1090 MHz is present within a portion of the digital representation of the received signal;
a cross-correlation module configured to:
calculate, responsive to a determination by the carrier detection module that a spectral component within the range of 1090 MHz is present within the portion of the digital representation of the received signal, a measure of the cross-correlation between the portion of the digital representation of the received signal and a reference signal representing an expected pulse pattern for a specific portion of a 1090 MHz Mode S ES ADS-B message, the calculated measure of the cross-correlation representing a first measure of the likelihood that the digital representation of the received signal includes a 1090 MHz Mode S ES ADS-B message, and
determine if the first measure of the likelihood that the digital representation of the received signal includes a 1090 MHz Mode S ES ADS-B message satisfies a first condition;
a signal estimator module configured to generate, responsive to a determination that the first measure satisfies the first condition, an estimate of a portion of a 1090 MHz Mode S ES ADS-B message potentially included in the digital representation of the received signal corresponding to the portion of the digital representation of the received signal;
a screening module configured to:
generate a feature vector representing n?2 features of the estimate of the portion of the 1090 MHz Mode S ES ADS-B potentially included in the digital representation of the received signal,
project the feature vector into a corresponding n-dimensional feature space,
determine, based on the projection of the feature vector into the feature space, a second measure of the likelihood that the digital representation of the received signal includes a 1090 MHz Mode S ES ADS-B message, and
determine if the second measure of the likelihood that the digital representation of the received signal includes a 1090 MHz Mode S ES ADS-B message satisfies a second condition; and
a non-coherent matched filter configured to recover, responsive to a determination that the second measure satisfies the second condition, a 1090 MHz Mode S ES ADS-B message from the digital representation of the received signal.

US Pat. No. 10,116,373

DYNAMICALLY ADJUSTING VERTICAL BEAMFORMING WEIGHTS

Sprint Communications Com...

14. A dynamic vertical beamforming system for dynamically adjusting vertical beamforming weights to influence a width of a beam emitted from an antenna, the dynamic vertical beamforming system comprising:a processor; and
one or more computer storage hardware devices storing computer-usable instructions that, when used by the processor, cause the processor to:
determine that a quantity of user devices having a line of sight to the antenna is above a threshold of user devices, at least a portion of the user devices being vertically separated from others of the user devices;
determine, based on quality information sent from the user devices, current radio frequency (RF) conditions between the antenna and the user devices;
if the current RF conditions are below a minimum threshold, adjusting phase and amplitude components of the vertical beamforming weight; and
if the current RF conditions are above the minimum threshold and below a maximum threshold, adjusting the phase component of the vertical beamforming weight and not adjusting the amplitude component of the vertical beamforming weight.

US Pat. No. 10,116,372

INTERLEAVED TRAINING AND LIMITED FEEDBACK FOR MULTIPLE-ANTENNA SYSTEMS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A method for improving wireless communication in a system having multiple transmitting antennas comprising:training one of a multiplicity of transmitting antennas of a transmitter;
feeding back channel state information (CSI) from a receiver to the one of the multiplicity of transmitting antennas;
improving the ability of the transmitter to transmit data to the receiver using the feedback CSI from the receiver; and
repeating training, feeding back CSI, and improving the ability of the transmitter to transmit data according to feedback CSI on another one of the multiplicity of transmitting antennas in a one-by-one interleaved fashion.

US Pat. No. 10,116,371

METHOD FOR REPORTING CHANNEL STATE INFORMATION IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND APPARATUS THEREFOR

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A method of reporting channel state information (CSI) by a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system, the method comprising:receiving, from a base station, a radio resource control (RRC) message containing one CSI-reference signal (CSI-RS) configuration including a pattern of antenna port virtualization which is changed in accordance with a predetermined period;
receiving, via different subframes respectively, a first CSI-RS from a first subset and a second CSI-RS from a second subset among a plurality of physical antenna elements of the base station based on the one CSI-RS configuration;
obtaining a total channel matrix by matching a first partial channel corresponding to the first subset and a second partial channel corresponding to the second subset using a phase value for a specific antenna element which is commonly included in both the first subset and the second subset;
obtaining a right singular matrix by performing singular value decomposition on the total channel matrix;
performing quantization on the right singular matrix, and
transmitting a CSI report including the quantized right singular matrix for the total channel matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,116,370

RADIO COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD AND RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

NTT DOCOMO, INC., Tokyo ...

1. A radio communication control method in a radio communication system, comprisinga transmitter device provided with
a precoder configured to carry out precoding by using a precoding matrix,
a transmit beamformer configured to carry out transmit beamforming, in which variation in phase and amplitude corresponding to a transmit beamforming (BF) weight matrix is imparted to signals after precoding has been executed, and
a number NT of transmission antennas for transmitting the signals subjected to the transmit beamforming, and
a receiver device provided with
a number NR of reception antennas for receiving signals that have been transmitted from the transmitter device and propagated through a space,
a receive beamformer configured to carry out receive beamforming, in which variation in phase and amplitude corresponding to a receive BF weight matrix is imparted to the signals received by the plurality of reception antennas, and
a postcoder configured to carry out, by using a postcoding matrix, postcoding on the signals that have been subjected to the analog receive beamforming,
the method comprising:
generating a receive BF output vector having a number NR of receive BF output components, by a number LR of receive beamforming circuits provided in the receive beamformer carrying out receive beamforming (NR/LR) times with respect to a received signal vector received by the number NR of the reception antennas;
calculating reception power for each of the NR receive BF output components; and
selecting the LR receive BF output components in decreasing order of reception power, and determining a suitable receive BF weight matrix including LR reception orthogonal BF weight vectors corresponding to the selected receive BF output components.

US Pat. No. 10,116,369

COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD PROVIDING BEAMFORMING FOR TWO OR MORE TRANSMISSION CHANNELS

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A communication device comprising:circuitry configured to
obtain multicast precoding information from at least first beamforming information for a first transmission channel and second beamforming information for a second transmission channel, the first beamforming information and the second beamforming information being obtained from a first receiver and a second receiver, respectively, the first transmission channel being between the communication device and the first receiver, and the second transmission channel being between the communication device and the second receiver;
beamform at least one signal using the multicast precoding information to obtain at least two precoded signals; and
multicast transmission signals derived from the at least two precoded signals through the at least first and second transmission channels,
wherein the circuitry is configured to perform spot beamforming on the transmission signals, and
each of the at least first and second beamforming information contains a minimum information for a specific precoder matrix for a unicast transmission through the respective transmission channel and a corresponding SNR (signal-to-noise ratio) information.

US Pat. No. 10,116,368

COMMUNICATION UNIT, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A PLURALITY OF SECTORED BEAMS

Analog Devices Global, H...

1. A communication unit for generating a plurality of sectored beams, the communication unit comprising:a plurality of antenna element feeds arranged to couple to a plurality of antenna elements of an antenna array, wherein an individual antenna element feed of the plurality of antenna element feeds is configured to provide a transmit signal associated with two sectors;
a plurality of transmitters operably coupled to the plurality of antenna element feeds; wherein a transmitter of the plurality of transmitters is configured to receive a first signal associated with a first sector and a second signal associated with a second sector, the two sectors comprising the first sector and the second sector, and the transmitter comprises:
beamformer logic arranged to apply independent beamform weights on the first signal and the second signal of the transmitter to generate a weighted first signal and a weighted second signal, respectively, wherein each of the independent beamform weights is allocated on a per sector basis; and
a signal combiner arranged to combine the weighted first signal and the weighted second signal to produce a combined signal such that the combined signal supports sectored beams for the two sectors, wherein an output of the signal combiner is operably coupled to the individual antenna element feed, and
wherein the beamformer logic is configured to apply a calibration correction coefficient so as to calibrate an amplitude and a phase of the combined signal.

US Pat. No. 10,116,364

METHOD FOR DETERMINING RANK INDICATION RI BIT NUMBER, BASE STATION, AND TERMINAL

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. A method, comprising:obtaining, by an apparatus, configuration information from a base station; and
selecting, by the apparatus, a current maximum number of multi-input multi-output (MIMO) layers according to band combination and the obtained configuration information, wherein the current maximum number of the MIMO layers is a maximum value of the supported MIMO layers for one frequency band that appears at least two times in the band combination;
wherein the band combination is a combination of frequency bands which indicates MIMO capabilities of the apparatus, and each of the MIMO capabilities represents a maximum number of supported MIMO layers of the apparatus in each of the frequency bands of the band combination.

US Pat. No. 10,116,356

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A MICROPLATE READER

Molecular Devices (Austri...

1. A microplate reader comprising:a housing;
a first NFC reader/writer;
a filter tray positioning device;
a filter tray, wherein a filter tray has an NFC tag disposed thereon;
a first optical filter disposed in the filter tray, wherein the first optical filter has disposed adjacent thereto a first filter NFC tag on the filter tray; and
a controller, wherein the controller receives information about an assay protocol to be undertaken, wherein the assay protocol specifies a filter to be used;
wherein the first NFC reader/writer reads first filter information stored in the first filter NFC tag, the controller directs the first NFC reader/writer to store the first filter information in the filter tray NFC tag, and the controller enables operation of the microplate reader to undertake the assay protocol only if the first filter information indicates that the first optical filter is in accordance with the filter specified by the assay protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,116,346

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND ANTENNA USING COMPONENTS OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a housing;
a circuit board positioned inside the housing; and
an antenna radiator positioned inside the housing,
wherein the antenna radiator is fed from the circuit board, and comprises a plurality of conductive components, each of the plurality of conductive components being disposed on a portion of a respective one of a plurality of electronic components of the electronic device, and the plurality of conductive components being connected by at least one connection component,
wherein at least one of the conductive components includes a ground area that is configured to connect to a supporting unit for supporting a Flexible Printed Circuit (FPC) corresponding to the at least one connection component.

US Pat. No. 10,116,339

DETECTING POWER OF INDIVIDUAL CARRIER OF AGGREGATED CARRIER

Skyworks Solutions, Inc.,...

1. A power amplifier system comprising:power amplifiers each associated with a separate carrier, the power amplifiers including a first power amplifier and a second power amplifier, and the separate carriers including a first carrier associated with the first power amplifier and a second carrier associated with the second power amplifier;
a transmission node configured to provide a carrier aggregated signal for transmission, the carrier aggregated signal including an aggregation of the separate carriers associated with the power amplifiers;
a directional coupler configured to provide an indication of radio frequency power of the first carrier; and
a feedback control circuit coupled between the directional coupler and the first power amplifier, the feedback control circuit configured to adjust a power associated with the first power amplifier based on the indication of radio frequency power of the first carrier, and feedback control circuit further configured to adjust a second power associated with the second power amplifier based on an indication of radio frequency power of the second carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,116,336

ERROR CORRECTING CODE ADJUSTMENT FOR A DATA STORAGE DEVICE

SanDisk Technologies LLC,...

1. A data storage device comprising:a non-volatile memory; and
a controller coupled to the non-volatile memory, the controller configured to:
initiate a read operation to access information of a codeword stored in a word line on a silicon substrate of the non-volatile memory, the codeword comprising a user data portion and an error correcting code (ECC) portion, wherein the controller includes an ECC distributor configured to statistically distribute positions of ECC portions of codewords relative to positions of user data portions;
generate, during a decoding process associated with the read operation, a modified ECC portion corresponding to the user data portion in response to an error rate associated with the information satisfying a threshold; and
write at least one bit of the modified ECC portion to a location at the non-volatile memory, wherein a physical position of the location relative to the user data portion is set to substantially equally program storage elements at the non-volatile memory based on the statistically distributed positions of ECC portions of codewords relative to positions of user data portions.

US Pat. No. 10,116,329

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMPRESSION BASED TIERING

EMC IP HOLDING COMPANY LL...

1. A method comprising:evaluating a level of activity of a data set, wherein the evaluating the level of activity for a data set comprises evaluating a first lower level of activity for a first data set; and evaluating a second higher level of activity for a second data set;
selecting a compression algorithm according to the level of activity of the data set, wherein the selecting the compression algorithm according to the level of activity of the data set comprises selecting a first compression algorithm having a first higher compression ratio according to the first lower level of activity of the first data set; and selecting a second compression algorithm having a second lower compression ratio according to the second higher level of activity of the second data set;
compressing data of the data set according to the selected compression algorithm; and
storing the compressed data in a data storage system.

US Pat. No. 10,116,327

TECHNOLOGIES FOR EFFICIENTLY COMPRESSING DATA WITH MULTIPLE HASH TABLES

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A compute device comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory having stored therein a plurality of instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the compute device to:
produce, for each of multiple string prefixes of different string prefix sizes, an associated hash, wherein each string prefix defines a set of consecutive symbols in a string that starts at a present position in an input stream of symbols; and
write, to a different hash table for each string prefix size, a pointer to the present position in association with the associated hash, wherein each hash is usable as an index into an associated hash table to provide the present position of the string.

US Pat. No. 10,116,326

SEMI-EXHAUSTIVE RECURSIVE BLOCK DECODING METHOD AND DEVICE

INSTITUT MINES-TELECOM, ...

1. A decoder for decoding a signal received through a transmission channel in a communication system, said signal carrying information symbols selected from a given set of values and being associated with a signal vector, said transmission channel being represented by a channel matrix, wherein said decoder comprises:a sub-block division unit configured to divide the signal vector into a set of sub-vectors in correspondence with a division of a matrix related to said channel matrix;
a candidate set estimation unit for recursively determining candidate estimates of sub-blocks of the transmitted signal corresponding to said sub-vectors, each estimate of a given sub-block being determined from at least one candidate estimate of the previously processed sub-blocks,
wherein said candidate set estimation unit is configured to determine a set of candidate estimates for at least one sub-block of the transmitted signal by applying at least one iteration of a decoding algorithm using the estimates determined for the previously processed sub-blocks, the number of candidate estimates determined for said sub-block being inferior to the cardinal of said given set of values, the decoder further comprising a signal estimation unit for calculating an estimate of the transmitted signal from said candidate estimates determined for said sub-blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,116,324

HIGH-LINEARITY SIGMA-DELTA CONVERTER

TRIXELL, Moirans (FR)

1. A sigma-delta converter comprising:a sigma-delta modulator suitable for supplying a series of binary samples representative of an analogue input signal to be digitized, a delivery of a binary sample of the series of binary samples being performed on completion of a cycle of operation of the modulator, a conversion phase comprising a number of cycles necessary to produce a digital converter output value,
the modulator comprising at least one analogue filter receiving an internal analogue signal derived from the analogue input signal, in which a first predetermined law defines that a contribution to the at least one analogue filter of the analogue signal internal to a given cycle is smaller than a contribution to the analogue filter of the analogue signal internal as a function of a rank of a cycle in the conversion phase, the rank of the cycle varying from 1 to the number of cycles, the first law specifying a contribution to the analogue filter to a preceding cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,116,323

ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER

MEDIATEK INC., Hsin-Chu ...

1. An analog-to-digital converter (ADC) converting an input signal to an output signal; the ADC comprising:a main circuit for: scaling the input signal by a first factor, filtering an error signal by a loop filter, and forming a combined signal combining the scaled input signal and the filtered error signal; and
a comparator coupled to the main circuit, for quantizing the combined signal to provide the output signal;
wherein the error signal reflects a difference between the combined signal and the output signal;
the loop filter comprises a first delay unit and at least a loop scaling unit, for delaying and scaling the error signal by a second factor; and
a sum of the first factor and the second factor equals one.

US Pat. No. 10,116,321

INBUILT THRESHOLD COMPARATOR

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A comparator comprising:a first input stage coupled to a first signal input and a first reference input, the first input stage coupled between a first node and a second node;
wherein the first input stage comprises:
a first transistor coupled between the first node and the second node, the gate of the first transistor being coupled to the first signal input; and
a second transistor coupled between the first node and the second node, the gate of the second transistor coupled to one of the first reference input;
a second input stage coupled to a second signal input and a second reference input, the second input stage coupled between a third node and the second node;
an output stage for generating at least one output signal in response to signals at the first and second signal inputs;
first switching circuitry coupled between the first node and the output stage, the first switching circuitry for coupling the first node to a fourth node in response to a reset signal;
second switching circuitry coupled between the third node and the output stage, the second switching circuitry for coupling the third node to a fifth node in response to the reset signal; and
a threshold voltage wherein the threshold voltage is proportional to a first value multiplied by a second value wherein the first value is equal to a width of the first transistor divided by a width of the second transistor and the second value is equal to a voltage of the first reference input minus a voltage of the second reference input.

US Pat. No. 10,116,319

RESISTIVE INTERPOLATION FOR AN AMPLIFIER ARRAY

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A circuit including a resistive interpolator, comprising:an input terminal to receive an input value;
an amplifier array, including
an amplifier stage with M amplifiers (M?2), each coupled to the input terminal to receive the input value;
a resistor interpolator configured to provide an interpolation order N (N?2), and including
an input row and at least a second row, each row comprising multiple interpolation resistors connected in series at nodes,
the input row including M driven nodes connected to a respective amplifier, and (N?1) interpolation nodes intermediate each of adjacent driven nodes, and
the input row connected in parallel to the second row, with at least some of the interpolation nodes of the first row connected to corresponding interpolation nodes of the second row;
the resistor interpolator including at least one multi-row interpolation cell, comprising:
in the input row, a driven node connected to first and second interpolation resistors connected between the driven node and respective adjacent first and second interpolation nodes;
in the second row, third and fourth interpolation resistors connected between respective third and fourth interpolation nodes and an intermediate fifth interpolation node;
the first and second interpolation nodes of the input row connected respectively to the third and fourth interpolation nodes of the second row.

US Pat. No. 10,116,314

MULTI-MODE FREQUENCY DIVIDER

NVIDIA Corporation, Sant...

1. A device comprising a frequency divider, the device comprising:first circuitry;
second circuitry coupled to the first circuitry, wherein the second circuitry is selectively enabled using a control signal and wherein the second circuitry receives a signal from the first circuitry when the second circuitry is enabled; and
third circuitry coupled to the first circuitry and the second circuitry, wherein the third circuitry receives signals from the first circuitry and also receives signals from the second circuitry when the second circuitry is enabled, wherein the first circuitry and the third circuitry comprise a divide-by-two frequency divider when the second circuitry is not enabled, wherein the first circuitry, the second circuitry, and the third circuitry comprise a divide-by-three frequency divider when the second circuitry is enabled, and wherein the third circuitry comprises a plurality of resistors and capacitors, wherein capacitances of the capacitors are programmable.

US Pat. No. 10,116,308

ROTATION OPERATION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A rotation operation device comprising:a rotation operation section having a cylindrical shape and rotationally operable by an operator around an axis of the cylindrical shape;
a plurality of recessed and projecting sections arranged on an axial end surface or a peripheral surface of the rotation operation section and having recesses and projections in a circumferential direction of the rotation operation section;
a conductive section made of a conductive material, having a protruding section protruding toward each of the recessed and projecting sections and an elastic section that biases the protruding section by elasticity to each of the recessed and projecting sections, and movable in a recess-and-projection direction by each of the recessed and projecting sections when the rotation operation section rotates;
an electrode section disposed so as to face the conductive section and changing a capacitance in accordance with a movement of the conductive section; and
a detecting section detecting the change in the capacitance, wherein:
three or more sets of combination of the recessed and projecting sections, the conductive section, and the electrode section are provided;
the conductive section in each set is moved in turn by a respective recessed and projecting section in the recess-and-projection direction at a different timing with regular intervals; and
the detecting section detects a rotation direction and a rotation quantity of the rotation operation section by means of a combination pattern of the change in the capacitance provided by the electrode section,
wherein the recessed and projecting sections, the conductive section, and the electrode section in each set of the combination are arranged in a concentric manner.

US Pat. No. 10,116,307

LOW POWER CAPACITIVE SENSOR BUTTON

Cypress Semiconductor Cor...

1. An apparatus comprising:a timer circuit configured to generate a repetitive trigger signal having a first frequency;
an oscillator configured to generate a clock signal having a second frequency;
a sensing circuitry block coupled with the timer circuit and the oscillator and configured to, in response to the repetitive trigger signal, detect a change in capacitance associated with an object proximate to a capacitive sensor button by applying an excitation signal to the capacitive sensor button during a measurement period; and
a wake logic coupled with the sensing circuitry block, the wake logic configured to transition a processing unit from a first power consumption state to a second power consumption state in response to the sensing circuitry block detecting the change in capacitance associated with the object proximate to the capacitive sensor button.

US Pat. No. 10,116,303

PARALLEL DEVICES HAVING BALANCED SWITCHING CURRENT AND POWER

VIRGINIA TECH INTELLECTUA...

1. A system comprising:a power source that provides electrical power;
two driving transistors disposed in parallel and receiving electrical power from the power source, wherein each of the two driving transistors includes a gate terminal, a source connection, and a kelvin source connection; and
a control voltage source having a first terminal and a second terminal, wherein:
the control voltage source provides a control signal to the two driving transistors to activate the two driving transistors,
the first terminal is connected to the gate terminal of a first of the two driving transistors via a common inductor and a first inductor,
the first terminal is connected to the gate terminal of a second of the two driving transistors via the common inductor and a second inductor, and
the second terminal is connected to the kelvin source connections of the two driving transistors;
wherein the kelvin source connections of the two driving transistors are inductively coupled.

US Pat. No. 10,116,292

IGBT GATE DRIVING CIRCUIT

Renesas Electronics Corpo...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a gate line connected to a gate terminal of a power device including a first terminal, a second terminal, and the gate terminal;
a plurality of first constant-current circuits connected between the gate line and a power supply line;
a plurality of second constant-current circuits connected between the gate line and a ground line;
a constant-current circuit selecting circuit configured to select a constant-current circuit to be activated from among the plurality of first constant-current circuits and the plurality of second constant-current circuits and output an activation instruction signal to the selected constant-current circuit;
a first comparator configured to change a level of a first voltage detection signal from a first logical level to a second logical level when a voltage at the gate terminal becomes higher than a first threshold voltage;
a second comparator configured to change a level of a second voltage detection signal from the first logical level to the second logical level when the voltage at the gate terminal becomes higher than a second threshold voltage; and
a gate mode setting circuit configured to control an on/off-state of the constant-current circuit selected by the constant-current circuit selecting circuit based on a gate control signal for controlling an on/off-state of the power device, the activation instruction signal, the first voltage detection signal, and the second voltage detection signal,
wherein the gate mode setting circuit controls the on/off-state of the constant-current circuit selected by the constant-current circuit selecting circuit in a first period in which the first and second voltage detection signals have different logical levels,
the gate mode setting circuit controls the on/off-state of the constant-current circuit selected by the constant-current circuit selecting circuit in a second period in which the first and second voltage detection signals have the same logical level and
the gate mode setting circuit increases a number of constant-current circuits controlled in an on-state in the second period compared to a number of constant-current circuits controlled in an on-state in the first period.

US Pat. No. 10,116,291

REVERSE CURRENT PROTECTION CIRCUIT

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A power interface subsystem for a battery-powered electronic system, comprising:a power transistor having: a source/drain path coupled between a battery terminal and an accessory terminal; and a gate; and
a reverse current protection circuit including:
an input differential amplifier stage, including first and second input legs, the first leg coupled to the battery terminal, the second leg coupled to the accessory terminal, the first leg including first and second transistors with their source/drain paths connected in series, the second leg including third and fourth transistors with their source/drain paths connected in series, and the first and third transistors having gates connected together at the drain of the second transistor;
first and second load devices coupled to the first and second input legs, respectively;
an offset voltage source, coupled to the input differential amplifier stage to cause an offset of a selected polarity between the first and second input legs;
a replica bias leg including: a replica load device; and first and second replica transistors having their source/drain paths connected in series between the battery terminal and the replica load device, the drain of the second replica transistor connected to gates of the first and second replica transistors and to gates of the second and fourth transistors; and
gate control circuitry coupled to apply a gate voltage to the power transistor responsive to a voltage at an output node at the second load device.

US Pat. No. 10,116,279

IMPEDANCE MATCHING FOR INDUCTIVE POWER TRANSFER SYSTEMS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An electromagnetic induction power transfer apparatus comprising:an inductive power transmitter, comprising:
a power supply with an active state and an inactive state, configured to switch between the active state and the inactive state at a selectable duty cycle; and
a power-transmitting inductor coupled to the power supply; and
an inductive power receiver, comprising:
a power-receiving inductor, positioned inductively proximate the power-transmitting inductor;
a programmable load; and
an impedance controller coupled to the power receiving inductor and configured to increase or decrease an electrical impedance of the inductive power receiver in response to a change in a power requirement of the programmable load, the impedance controller comprising a synchronous bridge rectifier comprising:
an oscillator having a controllable duty cycle; and
a plurality of switches, each switchable at least in part in response a voltage polarity of the power-receiving inductor and a voltage magnitude of the oscillator.

US Pat. No. 10,116,278

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

Murata Manufacturing Co.,...

1. An electronic component comprising:a substrate;
a capacitor lower electrode disposed on the substrate;
a purely inorganic dielectric layer disposed on the substrate to cover the capacitor lower electrode;
a capacitor upper electrode disposed directly on the purely inorganic dielectric layer and facing the capacitor lower electrode via the purely inorganic dielectric layer; and
a coil electrically connected to the capacitor lower electrode or the capacitor upper electrode, wherein
a portion of the purely inorganic dielectric layer covers an upper surface of the capacitor lower electrode and extends over an edge of the capacitor lower electrode and downward along a side of the capacitor lower electrode, an upper surface of an entirety of the portion is flat.

US Pat. No. 10,116,270

TUNABLE POWER AMPLIFIER WITH WIDE FREQUENCY RANGE

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A circuit comprising:an amplifier to amplify an input signal and generate an output signal; and
a tuning network to tune a frequency response of the amplifier, the tuning network comprising at least one tunable microelectromechanical system (MEMS) capacitor, the at least one tunable MEMS capacitor comprising a MEMS superstructure disposed over a control structure, the control structure being arranged to control the MEMS superstructure and tune a capacitance of the at least one tunable MEMS capacitor, the control structure comprising an electrode, and the MEMS superstructure comprising at least one substantially planar membrane positioned parallel to the electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,116,268

OPERATIONAL AMPLIFIER

Analog Devices Global, H...

1. An amplifier circuit that generates an output voltage comprising a relatively constant offset voltage, the amplifier circuit comprising:an output stage configured to generate the output voltage;
first and second differential input stages coupled to the output stage, wherein the first differential input stage includes a pair of first input transistors and the second differential input stage includes a pair of second input transistors complementary in type to the first input transistors;
a switching network configured to couple a differential input signal to the first differential input stage and a reference voltage to the second differential input stage in response to a control signal having a first state, and to couple the differential input signal to the second differential input stage and the reference voltage to the first differential input stage in response to the control signal having a second state; and
a comparator configured to generate the control signal based on comparing a signal level of the differential input signal to a threshold signal.

US Pat. No. 10,116,267

SINGLE-ENDED AMPLIFIER CIRCUIT WITH IMPROVED CHOPPER CONFIGURATION

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. An amplifier circuit, comprising:an input stage, of a differential type, coupled to a first differential input and to a second differential input between which, in use, a differential input voltage is present;
a converter stage coupled to said input stage and configured to convert said differential input voltage into a single-ended converted voltage;
an output stage coupled to said converter stage and configured to generate, starting from said single-ended converted voltage, an output voltage on a single output;
a biasing stage, operatively coupled to said input stage and to said output stage for supplying a biasing current; and
a chopper module configured to reduce a contribution of offset and noise associated to said output voltage, wherein said chopper module includes:
an input chopper stage coupled to said input stage;
a converter chopper stage coupled to said converter stage and configured to generate said single-ended converted voltage; and
a biasing chopper stage coupled to said biasing stage and configured to generate said biasing current.

US Pat. No. 10,116,265

MODULAR AND SCALABLE POWER AMPLIFIER SYSTEM

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Er...

1. A modular power amplifier system for receiving an input signal and providing output signals with scalable output power, wherein the modular power amplifier system comprises:a plurality of amplifier modules, each amplifier module comprises an input port and an output port, and wherein the plurality of amplifier modules are arranged into a number of sections comprising:
a first section which comprises a first amplifier module, among the plurality of amplifier modules, configured to receive the input signal within a first amplitude range and provide an output signal having a first output power;
a second section which comprises a second amplifier module, among the plurality of amplifier modules, configured to receive the input signal within a second amplitude range and provide an output signal having a second output power; and
an i-th section which comprises multiple amplifier modules, among the plurality of amplifier modules, each being configured to receive the input signal within a certain amplitude range and provide an output signal having a certain output power, and wherein
the output signal of the first amplifier module is combined with the output signal of the second amplifier module and the output signal of each amplifier module in the -th section is split and each split output signal is combined with the respective output signal of the amplifier modules in the i-th section, wherein i=3, 4, . . . .

US Pat. No. 10,116,263

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TIA OVERLOAD CONTROL IN LOW POWER APPLICATIONS

INPHI CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A transimpedance amplifier (TIA) device comprising:a semiconductor substrate;
a TIA configured on the semiconductor substrate, the TIA comprising an input terminal and an output terminal; and
an overload buffer module coupled to the input terminal of the TIA, the overload buffer module comprising:
a variable current source having an input and an output, and
a biased buffer diode coupled to the output of the variable current source;
wherein the biased buffer diode is coupled to a ground node; and
wherein the variable current source is configured as a control source to replicate a DC signal at the output.

US Pat. No. 10,116,262

FRONT-END AMPLIFIER CIRCUITS FOR BIOMEDICAL ELECTRONICS

WINBOND ELECTRONICS CORP....

1. A front-end amplifier circuit for receiving a biological signal, comprising:a signal channel, amplifying the biological signal to generate a detection current, wherein the signal channel comprises:
a capacitive-coupled transconductance amplifier, amplifying the biological signal with a transconductance gain to generate a first current; and
a band-pass filtering amplifier, filtering noise in the first current outside a bandwidth and amplifying the first current with a first current gain to generate a second current;
a programmable-gain amplifier, amplifying the second current with a second current gain to generate the detection current on a programmable-gain output node, wherein the second current gain is programmable; and
an offset cancellation circuit, configured to cancel output offset currents of the capacitive-coupled transconductance amplifier, the band-pass filtering amplifier, and the programmable-gain amplifier.

US Pat. No. 10,116,258

TEMPERATURE-STAGED THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE ENABLING LOW THERMAL EXERGY LOSS REFLUX BOILING IN FULL SPECTRUM SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF T...

1. A structure comprising:a photovoltaic module;
a reflux boiling chamber configured to store thermal energy, the reflux boiling chamber comprising a plurality of temperature staged thermal energy storage materials, each temperature staged thermal energy storage material comprising a porous phase change material and configured to operate at a different temperature range than the other temperature staged thermal energy storage materials in the plurality of temperature staged thermal energy storage materials, the reflux boiling chamber further configured to contain a working fluid;
a thermoacoustic heat engine;
an alternator connected to the thermoacoustic heat engine; and
a solar concentrator configured to concentrate sunlight towards the photovoltaic module and the reflux boiling chamber,
wherein the reflux boiling chamber is further configured to transfer the thermal energy to the thermoacoustic heat engine through the working fluid by cycling the working fluid between a liquid phase and a vapor phase.

US Pat. No. 10,116,256

PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES WITH CORNER JUNCTION BOXES AND ARRAY OF THE SAME

SolarCity Corporation, S...

1. A photovoltaic array, comprising:a plurality of photovoltaic modules arranged in an array, each photovoltaic module having a positive-voltage junction box being positioned at a first corner of an underside of the photovoltaic module and a negative-voltage junction box being positioned at a second corner on the underside of the photovoltaic module;
wherein each photovoltaic module comprises:
a plurality of photovoltaic cells arranged within a frame and located on an upper side of the photovoltaic module;
the positive-voltage junction box being electrically connected to the plurality of photovoltaic cells by a first electrical ribbon;
the negative-voltage junction box being electrically connected to the plurality of photovoltaic cells by a second electrical ribbon; and
the positive-voltage junction box and the negative-voltage junction box being directly electrically connected to each other by an electrical conduit;
wherein the array comprises a first row of photovoltaic modules electrically connected to each other and each photovoltaic module of the first row being oriented in a first direction; and
wherein the array comprises a second row of photovoltaic modules electrically connected to each other and each photovoltaic module of the second row being oriented in a second direction that is 180° opposite relative to the first direction, and wherein one photovoltaic module of the first row is electrically connected to one photovoltaic module of the second row.

US Pat. No. 10,116,252

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EFFICIENT SOLAR POWER COLLECTION

1. A method of seasonally positioning a solar panel, comprising: providing a mounted solar panel moveable between a horizontal position and an angled tracking position, wherein the mounted solar panel is connected to a frame or stand by a moveable joint mechanism, wherein one panel axis is fixed to face in a direction toward the equator,maintaining the solar panel in a fixed and non-tracking horizontal position for a predetermined number of days of a year; and
positioning the solar panel in at least one angled position at an angle to the horizontal position for a remaining number of days of the year, wherein the mounted solar panel is controlled electromechanically or manually, and the mounted solar panel is balanced against wind and snow loading, and the predetermined number of days comprises at least 80 days centered on the summer solstice.

US Pat. No. 10,116,251

MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE AND MOTOR DRIVING METHOD

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A motor drive device that supplies electric power from a power element to a motor and dissipates heat from the power element by way of a heat sink, the motor drive device comprising:a temperature detection unit that detects an actual temperature of the heat sink;
an electric current detection unit that detects electric current from the power element to the motor;
an actual temperature variation calculation unit that calculates an actual temperature variation of the heat sink relative to time, from the actual temperature of the heat sink detected by the temperature detection unit;
an estimated temperature variation calculation unit that calculates an estimated temperature variation of the heat sink relative to time, from an estimated temperature of the heat sink calculated based on the electric current detected by the electric current detection unit; and
a temperature abnormality determination unit that determines existence of a temperature abnormality in the heat sink, according to whether or not the actual temperature variation calculated by the actual temperature variation calculation unit is departing from a permitted range based on the estimated temperature variation calculated by the estimated temperature variation calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 10,116,233

HYBRID FULL BRIDGE-VOLTAGE DOUBLER RECTIFIER AND SINGLE STAGE LLC CONVERTER THEREOF

1. A hybrid full bridge-voltage doubler (FB-VD) rectifier, comprising:first and second AC input terminals;
first and second DC output terminals;
a plurality of diodes;
one switch having a first terminal connected to the second AC input terminal;
first and second capacitors connected in series between the first and second DC output terminals, a common point between the first and second capacitors being connected to a second terminal of the switch, the second capacitor being connected in parallel with one of the diodes;
wherein the hybrid FB-VD rectifier operates according to at least first and second working modes corresponding to positive and negative portions, respectively, of a low AC input voltage, the first working mode including the switch conducting in a first direction, the first capacitor charging, and the second capacitor discharging to supply a load, and the second working mode including the switch conducting in a second direction, the second capacitor charging, and the first capacitor discharging to supply the load;
wherein, for a high AC input voltage, the switch is not active and only a body diode of the switch conducts during a positive half cycle of the high AC input voltage to charge the first capacitor;
wherein the high AC input voltage is twice the low AC input voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,116,228

CONVERTER AND POWER CONVERSION DEVICE MANUFACTURED USING THE SAME

TOSHIBA MITSUBISHI-ELECTR...

1. A converter configured to convert an AC voltage applied to an input terminal into a first DC voltage, a second DC voltage and a third DC voltage, and output the first DC voltage, the second DC voltage and the third DC voltage through a first output terminal, a second output terminal and a third output terminal, respectively, the converter comprising:a first transistor having a first electrode and a second electrode that are connected to the first output terminal and the input terminal, respectively;
a second transistor having a first electrode and a second electrode that are connected to the input terminal and the second output terminal, respectively;
a first diode and a second diode connected in anti-parallel to the first transistor and the second transistor, respectively; and
a first bidirectional switch connected between the input terminal and the third output terminal,
the first DC voltage being higher than the second DC voltage, and the third DC voltage being an intermediate voltage between the first DC voltage and the second DC voltage,
the first bidirectional switch including a third transistor, a fourth transistor, a third diode, and a fourth diode,
each of the first diode, the second diode, the third transistor, and the fourth transistor being formed of a wide band gap semiconductor,
each of the third diode, the fourth diode, the first transistor, and the second transistor being formed of a semiconductor other than the wide band gap semiconductor, and
each of the first diode and the second diode being greater in rated current than each of the third diode, the fourth diode, the first transistor, the second transistor, the third transistor, and the fourth transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,116,225

GATE LINE DRIVE CIRCUIT AND DISPLAY DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

FOCALTECH SYSTEMS CO., LT...

1. A gate line drive circuit, comprising:a first transistor including a control terminal connected to a charge/discharge control signal of a previous-stage gate line drive circuit, a first terminal connected to a charge high voltage, and a second terminal connected to a control node;
a second transistor including a control terminal connected to the control node, a first terminal, and a second terminal connected to a first clock signal;
a third transistor including a control terminal connected to the control node, a first terminal, and a second terminal connected to different from the first clock signal; and
a boosting capacitor including a first terminal connected to the control node, and a second terminal connected to the first terminal of the third transistor,
wherein the first terminal of the third transistor is connected to a control terminal of a first transistor of a next-stage gate line drive circuit, the control terminal of the first transistor of the next-stage gate line drive circuit is driven by the second clock signal, and the first terminal of the second transistor is connected to a gate line of a display panel, such that the gate line of the display panel corresponding to a current stage is driven by the first clock signal and separately and independently from control of the next-stage gate line drive circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,116,222

SOFT SWITCHING FLYBACK CONVERTER WITH PRIMARY CONTROL

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPO...

1. A flyback converter, comprising:a transformer, including:
a primary winding, including a first end to receive an input voltage signal, and a second end, and
a secondary winding, including a first end to provide an output voltage signal, and a second end;
a first switch, including a first terminal coupled with the second end of the primary winding, a second terminal coupled with a first constant voltage node, and a first control terminal to receive a first switching control signal;
a second switch, including a first terminal coupled with the second end of the secondary winding, a second terminal coupled with a second constant voltage node, and a second control terminal to receive a second switching control signal;
a first control circuit to provide the first switching control signal to turn on the first switch for a non-zero first time period in a converter cycle to allow current to flow in a first direction in the primary winding in response to a first switch voltage across the first switch transitioning below a first threshold; and
a second control circuit to provide the second switching control signal to turn on the second switch for a non-zero second time period following the first time period in the converter cycle, the second control circuit operative to provide the second switching control signal to again turn on the second switch for a non-zero third time period in the converter cycle in response to a second switch voltage across the second switch transitioning below a second threshold to cause current flow in a second direction in the primary winding to at least partially discharge a capacitance of the first switch to cause the first switch voltage to transition below the first threshold to initiate a subsequent converter cycle and allow the first switch to operate at or near a zero-voltage switching (ZVS) condition.

US Pat. No. 10,116,215

BUCK-BOOST CONVERTER FOR AN AUDIO AMPLIFIER WITH MULTIPLE OPERATIONS MODES

Cirrus Logic, Inc., Aust...

1. A switching power stage for producing an output voltage to a load, comprising:a power converter comprising:
a power inductor;
a plurality of switches arranged to sequentially operate in a plurality of switch configurations;
an output for producing the output voltage as an amplified version of a time-varying input signal, the output comprising a first output terminal and a second output terminal, wherein a first switch of the plurality of switches is coupled between the power inductor and the first output terminal and a second switch of the plurality of switches is coupled between the power inductor and the second output terminal; and
at least one of: a first capacitor coupled to the first output terminal and a second capacitor coupled to the second output terminal; and
a controller configured to:
based on a measured parameter associated with the switching power stage and indicative of the time-varying input signal, select a selected operational mode of the power converter from a plurality of operational modes as a function of the time-varying input signal; and
sequentially apply switch configurations from the plurality of switch configurations to selectively activate or deactivate each of the plurality of switches in order to transfer electrical energy from a substantially constant input source of the power converter to the load in accordance with the selected operational mode.

US Pat. No. 10,116,213

SEMICONDUCTOR MODULE AND ELECTRIC POWER CONVERSION APPARATUS

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electric power conversion apparatus comprising:an IGBT made of a silicon semiconductor; and
a MOSFET made of a wide-bandgap semiconductor having a wider bandgap than the silicon semiconductor,
wherein
the IGBT and the MOSFET are connected in parallel to each other to form a semiconductor element pair,
a surface area of the IGBT is greater than a surface area of the MOSFET,
in a low-temperature state in which temperature of the semiconductor element pair is lower than in a high-temperature state, on-resistance of the MOSFET is lower than on-resistance of the IGBT at a given electric current, and
in the high-temperature state in which the temperature of the semiconductor element pair is higher than in the low-temperature state, the on-resistance of the IGBT is lower than the on-resistance of the MOSFET at the given electric current.

US Pat. No. 10,116,212

VOLTAGE REGULATION BASED ON CURRENT SENSING IN MOSFET DRAIN-TO-SOURCE RESISTANCE IN ON-STATE RDS(ON)

Dell Products, L.P., Rou...

1. An Information Handling System (IHS) comprising:an information handling resource;
a synchronous buck voltage regulator (VR) coupled to the information handling resource to deliver electrical energy to the information handling resource by switching between a high side (HS) control switch and a low side (LS) synchronous switch to regulate a direct current (DC) output voltage (VOUT) generated from a DC input voltage (VIN); and
a VR controller coupled to the voltage regulator, and which:
measures at least one inductor current (IMON) value of the voltage regulator during LS synchronous switch ON state;
synthesizes one or more IMON values of the voltage regulator during HS power switch ON state based on the calibrated inductance value, a period of time of Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) ON state, at least one measured VIN value, and at least one measured VOUT value; and
generates a complete IMON signal that combines the measured and synthesized IMON values.

US Pat. No. 10,116,211

POWER CONVERTER WITH ADAPTIVE ZERO-CROSSING CURRENT DETECTION

MEDIATEK INC., Hsin-Chu ...

1. A power converter, comprising:a first transistor, coupled between a VDD supply voltage and a common node;
a second transistor, coupled between the common node and a ground voltage, wherein the common node has a reactive voltage, and a reactive current flows through the common node;
a PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) controller, selectively enabling and disabling the first transistor and the second transistor according to a second control signal and a first transistor control signal;
a low-pass filter, coupled between the common node and an output node; and
a delay controller, generating the second control signal according to a first control signal, wherein the delay controller comprises:
a first comparator, comparing the reactive voltage with a reference voltage so as to generate the first control signal; and
a delay unit directly connected to an output of the first compactor, directly delaying the first control signal for a first delay time so as to generate the second control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,116,210

DAC SERVO

Dialog Semiconductor (UK)...

1. A switching converter, comprising:a Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) configured to supply a DAC voltage to said switching converter;
a servo block connected to receive a feedback voltage and configured to modify said DAC voltage for one or more modes of operation, wherein said servo block is configured independently of switching modes of said switching converter, and wherein said servo block further comprises a first GM stage driving a capacitor and a second GM stage driving a resistor, wherein said second GM stage is a PMOS transistor, and an output of said first GM stage is connected to a gate of said second GM stage;
control loops configured to receive an output of said servo block, and said feedback voltage;
switching logic configured to receive the output signals of said control loops; and
an output stage, driven by said switching logic, configured to supply the output voltage of said switching converter.

US Pat. No. 10,116,202

ADAPTIVE CLAMPING CIRCUITRY

Fairchild Semiconductor C...

1. A power supply system, comprising:a primary side circuitry and a secondary side circuitry to generate an output voltage from an input voltage, at least the secondary side circuitry comprising a plurality of switches; and
adaptive clamping circuitry to generate at least one of an adjustable clamping current or voltage based on a result of a comparison of the input voltage to a plurality of threshold voltages to prevent a switch voltage for the plurality of switches from exceeding a drain-source (Vds) breakdown voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,116,200

DC/DC CONVERTER DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A DC/DC converter device, comprising:a DC/DC converter including a power conversion unit configured to step up or step down an input voltage supplied from a DC power source to output an output voltage, and a reactor connected between the power conversion unit and the DC power source; and
a control unit configured to generate an output voltage target value in accordance with an output voltage command value to control the power conversion unit such that the output voltage follows the output voltage target value,
wherein the control unit includes a rate-of-change limiting value setting unit configured to set a rate-of-change limiting value for the output voltage target value, and is configured to limit the output voltage command value by using the rate-of-change limiting value, to thereby generate the output voltage target value, and
wherein the rate-of-change limiting value setting unit is configured to obtain an index value for quantitatively evaluating an amount of fluctuation in the input voltage supplied to the DC/DC converter, to thereby change a setting of the rate-of-change limiting value in such a direction as to narrow a rate-of-change limiting range when the index value is within a predetermined specific range.

US Pat. No. 10,116,199

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR LINEARIZATION OF THE CONTROL INPUTS FOR A DUAL OUTPUT RESONANT CONVERTER

NXP B.V., Eindhoven (NL)...

1. A power converter comprising:a dual output resonant converter including a first output, a second output, a common mode control input, and a differential mode control input, wherein a voltage/current at the first output and a voltage/current at the second output are controlled in response to a common mode control signal received at the common mode control input and a differential mode control signal received at the differential mode control input; and
a dual output controller including a first error signal input, a second error signal input, a delta power signal input, a common mode control output, and a differential mode control output, wherein the dual output controller is configured to generate the common mode control signal and the differential mode control signal in response to a first error signal received at the first error signal input and a second error signal received at the second error signal input, wherein the first error signal is a function of the voltage/current at the first output and the second error signal is a function of the voltage/current at the second output, and wherein the common mode control signal is output from the common mode control output and the differential mode control signal is output from the differential mode control output,
wherein the common mode control signal is generated using a feedback loop that uses a desired delta power signal based upon the first error signal and the second error signal and a delta power signal that is a function of the difference in output power at the first output and the second output.

US Pat. No. 10,116,195

DISPLACEMENT DEVICES AND METHODS FOR FABRICATION, USE AND CONTROL OF SAME

The University of British...

1. A displacement device comprising:a stator comprising a plurality of electrically conductive coils, the plurality of electrically conductive coils shaped to provide:
a first plurality of coil traces generally elongated in a stator-x direction and distributed over at least a first portion of a first layer;
a second plurality of coil traces generally elongated in a stator-y direction and distributed over at least a second portion of a second layer, the stator-y direction non-parallel to the stator-x direction;
the first and second portions of the first and second layers overlapping one another in a stator-z direction, the stator-z direction generally orthogonal to both the stator-x direction and the stator-y direction;
a moveable stage comprising one or more magnet arrays, the moveable stage moveable relative to the stator within a two-dimensional working region, the one or more magnet arrays comprising a first magnet array, the first magnet array comprising a plurality of first magnetization segments, each first magnetization segment having a corresponding first magnetization direction;
one or more amplifiers connected to drive a plurality of currents in the plurality of electrically conductive coils;
a controller connected to deliver signals to the one or more amplifiers and configured, by using such signals, to control the currents driven by the one or more amplifiers and to thereby cause the moveable stage to track a desired position, (xr,yr), within the working region, where xr is a desired position of the moveable stage in the stator-x direction in the working region and yr is a desired position of the moveable stage in the stator-y direction in the working region;wherein:the controller is configured to control the currents driven by the one or more amplifiers to drive first currents, ix, in at least some of the first plurality of coil traces and to drive second currents, iy, in at least some of the second plurality of coil traces;
the first currents, ix, comprise a plurality of first current phases, ikx, each first current phase, ikx, driven into a corresponding one of the at least some of the first plurality of coil traces and phase-adjacent first current phases driven into spatially adjacent ones of the at least some of the first plurality of coil traces, where:
k is an integer from 0 to np?1 representing a first phase index; and
np is a number greater than or equal to two of different effective phases in the first currents, ix;
each first current phase, ikx, is determined based on a function F(yr), where F(yr) is a spatially periodic function of yr in the stator-y direction over the working region, with a first spatial period, ?1;
each first current phase, ikx, in a particular one of the at least some of the first plurality of coil traces is out of phase, as a function of yr, with one or more phase-adjacent first current phases in one or more spatially adjacent ones of the at least some of the first plurality of coil traces by a first spatial phase difference

the second currents, iy, comprise a plurality of second current phases, ijy, each second current phase, ijy, driven into a corresponding one of the at least some of the second plurality of coil traces and phase-adjacent second current phases driven into spatially adjacent ones of the at least some of the second plurality of coil traces, where:
j is an integer from 0 to mp?1 representing a second phase index; and
mp is a number greater than or equal to two of different effective phases in the second currents, iy;
each second current phase, ijy, is determined based on a function G(xr), where G(xr) is a spatially periodic function of xr in the stator-x direction over the working region, with a second spatial period, ?2; and
each second current phase, ijy, in a particular one of the at least some of the second plurality of coil traces is out of phase, as a function of xr, with one or more phase-adjacent second current phases in one or more spatially adjacent ones of the at least some of the second plurality of coil traces by a second spatial phase difference

US Pat. No. 10,116,190

ROTARY POSITIONING SYSTEM

Systemantics India PVT. L...

1. A rotary positioning system configured to provide absolute positional referencing, the rotary positioning system comprising:an encoder mounted on a motor shaft of a motor and configured to generate an index pulse corresponding to a complete rotation of the motor shaft;
a speed reducer coupled to the motor shaft and configured to reduce a rotary motion of the motor by a pre-defined ratio;
an output drive shaft coupled to the speed reducer and configured to transfer the reduced rotary motion to a load;
a sensor mounted on the output drive shaft of the speed reducer and configured to determine an absolute rotational orientation of the output drive shaft; and
a controller coupled to the sensor and configured to generate a correlation function of the absolute rotational orientation and an index pulse count, the index pulse count being a count of the generated index pulses, wherein
the correlation function provides the absolute positional referencing of the motor shaft based on the pre-defined ratio of the speed reducer, and
the sensor is configured to perform a one-time calibration by referencing the absolute rotational orientation from the sensor to the occurrence of the index pulses.

US Pat. No. 10,116,188

FAN DIRECTING ELEMENT FOR AN ELECTRIC MACHINE

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. An electric machine comprising:a stator,
a rotor, which is arranged on an axis of rotation,
a first fan, which extends on a portion of the axis of rotation in a radial direction and delivers a coolant flow into the electric machine during operation, and
a fan directing element which cooperates with the first fan and deflects at least one proportion of the coolant flow,
wherein the fan directing element projects radially inward behind blades of the first fan, and
wherein the fan directing element is adjustable, such that the at least one proportion of the coolant flow can be varied,
the electric machine further comprising:
a second fan, which extends on a portion of the axis of rotation in the radial direction and delivers a second coolant flow into the electric machine during operation, and
a second fan directing element which cooperates with the second fan and deflects at least one proportion of the second coolant flow.

US Pat. No. 10,116,182

ELECTRIC MOTOR STORING DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electric motor storing device for a hybrid vehicle, the hybrid vehicle includingan electric motor, the electric motor including a rotor shaft and an inner circumferential side rotational shaft disposed on an inner circumferential side of the rotor shaft in a manner to penetrate the rotor shaft, and
a case configured to store the electric motor, the electric motor storing device comprising:
a support member configured to rotatably support the inner circumferential side rotational shaft and the rotor shaft, the support member being fixed to the case; and
an insulating section configured to electrically insulate between the support member and the case to which the support is fixed.

US Pat. No. 10,116,181

SLOT INSULATING PAPER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A slot insulating paper arranged in a slot of a core of an electric motor or generator, the slot insulating paper comprising:a plurality of insulating layers, the plurality of insulating layers having a same shape are laminated, and each insulating layer is connected to another insulating layer to constitute a single sheet, and
a breakage resistance portion that constitutes a region that is part of the slot insulating paper in a state where the slot insulating paper is spread flat, the breakage resistance portion having a higher resistance against breakage than a remaining region of the slot insulating paper,
wherein the slot insulating paper has a uniform thickness;
wherein in the breakage resistance portion, at least one layer includes a reinforced layer;
wherein the plurality of insulating layers includes at least an insulating layer that does not include a reinforced layer, wherein the at least one insulating layer that does not include the reinforced layer is a single sheet layer formed of a single sheet material,
the at least one insulating layer that includes the reinforced layer includes non-reinforced layer,
the at least one insulating layer is bonded to the single sheet layer by an adhesive agent, and
in the at least one insulating layer that includes the reinforced layer and the non-reinforced layer, the reinforced layer and the non-reinforced layer are not directly connected to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,116,170

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MAXIMUM POWER POINT TRANSFER IN RECEIVERS

Energous Corporation, Sa...

1. A wireless power receiver comprising:a first rectifier coupled to a first antenna, and configured to rectify a first power received at the first antenna and generate a first rectified power;
a second rectifier coupled to a second antenna, and configured to rectify a second power received at the second antenna and generate a second rectified power;
a controller configured to transmit an operational instruction to an input boost converter to adjust the first rectified power in response to determining that the power extracted by the receiver is less than a global power maximum based upon the first rectified power and the second rectified power; and
an output boost converter configured to adjust the power provided to a load associated with the receiver,
wherein the controller is configured to:
determine load requirements for the load associated with the receiver; and
transmit one or more operational instructions to at least one of the input boost converter and the output boost converter based upon the load requirements for the load associated with the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,116,162

NEAR FIELD TRANSMITTERS WITH HARMONIC FILTERS FOR WIRELESS POWER CHARGING

Energous Corporation, Sa...

1. A near-field transmitter comprising:a plurality of unit cells configured to radiate radio frequency (RF) energy signals, each unit cell in the plurality of unit cells including:
a metal layer having an interior perimeter that surrounds an aperture defined by the metal layer;
a patch antenna configured to radiate an RF energy signal having a plurality of different harmonic frequencies including a center frequency, wherein:
a perimeter of the patch antenna has a separation from the interior perimeter of the metal layer, and
a receiving electronic device includes at least one antenna that is tuned to receive an RF energy signal having the center frequency; and
a harmonic RF filter positioned on at least the patch antenna, the harmonic RF filter being configured to suppress radiation of any of the plurality of different harmonic frequencies, except for the center frequency, when the RF energy signal is radiated by the patch antenna and the RF energy signal interacts with the harmonic RF filter.

US Pat. No. 10,116,140

MAGNETICALLY COUPLED SOLAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM

AMPT, LLC, Fort Collins,...

3. A method of highly efficiently delivering solar energy power comprising the steps of:accepting power from at least one photovoltaic source of power;
tapped magnetically coupled inductor converting said power;
duty cycle controlling said step of tapped magnetically coupled inductor converting said power; and
high photovoltaic efficiency delivering a high efficiency photovoltaic DC output;wherein said step of tapped magnetically coupled inductor converting said power comprises the step of utilizing two pairs of series switches connected at a midpoint to which a tapped magnetically coupled inductor arrangement is connected.

US Pat. No. 10,116,134

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING AND UTILIZING CUSTOMER ENERGY PROFILES FOR LOAD CONTROL FOR INDIVIDUAL STRUCTURES, DEVICES, AND AGGREGATION OF SAME

CAUSAM ENERGY, INC., Ral...

1. A method for determining and using customer energy profiles to manage electrical load control events on a communications network between a server in communication with an electric grid operator or any market participant associated with an electric power grid and a plurality of customers at a plurality of service points, comprising:generating, a plurality of customer profiles for the plurality of customers, wherein each customer profile comprises at least energy consumption information for a plurality of controllable energy consuming devices at the plurality of service points, wherein the plurality of controllable energy consuming devices include a plurality of controllable temperature control devices or building control systems;
storing the plurality of customer profiles in a database for use in load control events;
aggregating the plurality of customer profiles into at least one aggregate customer profile based on at least one predetermined criterion;
generating a candidate list of service points for load control events based on the at least one predetermined criterion;
sending a load control event to at least one service point selected from the candidate list of service points in response to an energy reduction request including a target energy savings received from the electric grid operator or any market participant associated with the electric power grid via the communications network;
determining an energy savings for the plurality of controllable energy consuming devices resulting from a reduction in consumed power associated with the load control event at the at least one service point, wherein the energy savings is determined based on a monetary supply equivalent value for each of the plurality of controllable energy consuming devices, wherein each monetary supply equivalent value is a measurement and a verification of the reduction in consumed power by each of the plurality of controllable energy consuming devices, wherein the monetary supply equivalent value is a curtailment value as a supply accepted by governing entities for awarding the plurality of customers; and
determining the resulting energy savings is at least equal to the target energy savings.

US Pat. No. 10,116,131

OVER-CURRENT PROTECTION CIRCUITS AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DEVICES

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. An over-current protection circuit, comprising:a detection circuit, a first protection branch, and a second protection branch, the detection circuit is configured for detecting a current of an output end of the over-current protection circuit in a real-time manner, and for obtaining a first detection voltage in accordance with the current of the output end of the over-current protection circuit, the first protection branch is configured for comparing the first detection voltage and a first reference voltage, when the first detection voltage is smaller than the first reference voltage, the second protection branch obtains a reference detection voltage in accordance with the first detection voltage of a first normal operation, when the first detection voltage is smaller than the first reference voltage, the detection circuit detects the current of the output end of the over-current protection circuit in a real-time manner, and obtains a second detection voltage in accordance with the current of the output end of the over-current protection circuit, the second protection branch compares the second detection voltage and a second reference voltage, when the second detection voltage is greater than or equals to the second reference voltage, the second protection branch cuts off the current inputted to the input end of the over-current protection circuit, wherein the second reference voltage equals to a sum of the reference detection voltage plus a predetermined initial value, and the predetermined initial value is a positive number.

US Pat. No. 10,116,112

LASER OSCILLATOR

VIA MECHANICS, LTD., Kan...

1. A laser oscillator in which a pair of electrodes is disposed in a housing into which a gas is sealed, a waveguide is formed by the pair of electrodes, and a laser beam is configured to be extracted from an end of the housing, the laser oscillator comprising:a mirror holder directly attached to an end of one of the pair of electrodes, the end serving as an end of the waveguide, so that the mirror holder is capable of sliding on a surface of the end of the one of the pair of electrodes in a vertical direction with respect to a direction of the laser beam; and
a reflection mirror attached to the mirror holder and reflecting a laser beam generated in the waveguide,
wherein a passage through which a cooling medium is passed is formed inside each of the pair of electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,116,092

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR INCLUDING GUIDE MEMBER

FCI USA LLC, Etters, PA ...

1. An electrical connector configured to mate with a complementary electrical component, the electrical connector comprising:an electrically insulative connector housing; and
at least one electrical contact supported by the electrically insulative connector housing, the at least one electrical contact including a mating end,
wherein:
the electrically insulative connector housing includes at least one movable electrically insulative guide member that is disposed adjacent the mating end of the at least one electrical contact;
the electrically insulative connector housing comprises a receptacle configured to receive the complementary electrical component along a mating direction;
the at least one moveable electrically insulative guide member is movable with respect to the receptacle in a direction transverse to the mating direction;
the at least one movable electrically insulative guide member is configured to prevent the at least one electrical contact from stubbing on a corresponding mating portion of the complementary electrical component; and
the at least one electrical contact includes first and second contact beams that each define the mating end at least partially disposed in the receptacle, the first and second contact beams spaced from each other along a transverse direction that is substantially perpendicular to the mating direction, wherein the first and second contact beams are configured to deflect away from each other along the transverse direction as the complementary electrical component is mated with the electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,116,083

NETWORK CABLE CONNECTOR

JYH ENG TECHNOLOGY CO., L...

1. A network cable connector, comprising:a main body, with a front end plugged into an external network jack, and with an end plugged into an external network cable, and the main body having a clamping base and a clamping cover, and the clamping cover being pivotally coupled to the clamping base, such that when the clamping cover is opened, the network cable is received, and when the clamping cover is closed and engaged with the clamping base, a pushing pipe is formed, and the pushing pipe also has an outer thread formed thereon;
an elastic ejection block, installed in the clamping base, and a distance between the elastic ejection block and the clamping cover being smaller than a cable diameter of the network cable, so that when the network cable presses the elastic ejection block, an expansion force is produced to expand the clamping base and the clamping cover outwardly; and
a hollow compression device, with an internal front end having an inner thread, and the outer thread being screwed into the inner thread, so that the hollow compression device produces a compression force towards the inside, and the hollow compression device has a tapered internal end, so that an end of the hollow compression device has a hole diameter smaller than a hole diameter of the front end, wherein a linearly displacing clamping part is disposed between the internal front end and the end of the hollow compression device, and the pushing pipe pushes the clamping part to move to an end of the hollow compression device, and the clamping part compresses towards the inside, so that the clamping part has an internal diameter smaller than the cable diameter of the network cable;
when the hollow compression device is screwed into the pushing pipe, the clamping base and the clamping cover are expanded towards outside, so that the hollow compression device is locked securely to the pushing pipe, while the pushing pipe is pushing the clamping part to move to the tapered end of the hollow compression device, and since the clamping part has an internal diameter smaller than the cable diameter of the network cable, the clamping part is clamped securely to the network cable to form a clamping force, while fixing the hollow compression device.

US Pat. No. 10,116,078

HIGH CURRENT COMPRESSION BLADE CONNECTION SYSTEM

Delphi Technologies, Inc....

1. An electrical terminal connection system, comprising:a first-housing having a first-electrical-terminal and a terminal-hood, said first-electrical-terminal has a first-planar-section having a rectangular cross-section, said terminal-hood encapsulates an inner-surface and edges of the first-electrical-terminal; and
a second-housing configured to mate with the first-housing, said second-housing having a second-electrical-terminal and a sliding-block, said second-electrical-terminal has a second-planar-section having a rectangular cross-section configured to overlay an outer-surface of the first-electrical-terminal, wherein the second-housing further comprises a first-fastener element operable to engage a second-fastener element disposed within the first-housing, wherein the second-housing is drawn into the first-housing when the first-fastener element and the second-fastener element are joined, whereby the sliding-block imparts a lateral-force on the terminal-hood and urges the first-planar-section into electrical-contact with the second-planar-section.

US Pat. No. 10,116,074

GRADED MIDPLANE

MELLANOX TECHNOLOGIES, LT...

1. An electronic module, comprising:a circuit board having front and rear edges, wherein the rear edge comprises (i) a first section at a first distance from the front edge and (ii) a second section at a second distance from the front edge, larger than the first distance;
first and second connectors, which are mounted along the rear edge at the first and second sections, respectively, and are configured to connect the circuit board to an interconnect unit by connecting, respectively, to first and second different connectors of the interconnect unit; and
an Integrated Circuit (IC) mounted on the circuit board, and comprises circuit traces that connect the IC to the first and second connectors, such that at least a portion of the IC is located at a third distance from the front edge, larger than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,116,067

SINGLE ELEMENT WIRE TO BOARD CONNECTOR

AVX CORPORATION, Fountai...

1. An electrical connector comprising:a contact element comprising:
an inlet opening;
a contact end opposite the inlet opening; and
a first contact tine and a second contact tine each biased toward a centerline axis of the contact element downstream of the inlet opening in an insertion direction into the contact element, wherein the first and second contact tines define a contact pinch point, and wherein the first contact tine comprises a plurality of tabs extending from a distal portion of the first contact tine.

US Pat. No. 10,116,066

ANTENNA ARRAY FOR TRANSMITTING AND/OR FOR RECEIVING RADIO FREQUENCY SIGNALS, ACCESS NETWORK NODE AND VEHICLE THEREOF

Alcatel Lucent, Boulogne...

1. An antenna array for transmitting and/or for receiving radio frequency signals, said antenna array comprising a first antenna element and at least one second antenna element forming a basic arrangement, said first antenna element is adapted to excite within a first excitation area a first electromagnetic field with a first polarization direction and a second electromagnetic field with a second polarization direction different to said first polarization direction, said at least one second antenna element is arranged adjacent to said first antenna element and said at least one second antenna element is adapted to excite at least a third electromagnetic field with a third polarization direction non-parallel to said first polarization direction and non-parallel to said second polarization direction within at least one second excitation area arranged non-parallel to said first excitation area and facing towards said first excitation area, wherein said antenna array further comprises at least one further arrangement of said basic arrangement such that the further arrangement similarly includes a first antenna element and at least one second antenna element, said further arrangement being arranged adjacent to said basic arrangement, whereinsaid first antenna element of said basic arrangement and the first antenna element of said at least one further arrangement constitute a first group of parallel arranged antenna elements, wherein said at least one second antenna element of said basic arrangement and the at least one second antenna element of said at least one further arrangement constitute at least one second group of parallel arranged antenna elements,
wherein said first group of parallel arranged antenna elements and said at least one second group of parallel arranged antenna elements are arranged interleaved with one another so that elements in the first group alternate with elements in the second group along an axis given by an intersection line of a first plane spanned by said first excitation area and of a second plane spanned by said second excitation area.

US Pat. No. 10,116,062

LOOPED MULTI-BRANCH PLANAR ANTENNAS HAVING A FLOATING PARASITIC ELEMENT AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS DEVICES INCORPORATING THE SAME

Sony Mobile Communication...

1. An antenna system, comprising:a ground plane;
a loop antenna positioned on the ground plane on a first layer, the loop antenna comprising an antenna feed positioned at a center of an edge of the first layer; and
a multi-branch parasitic element electrically coupled to the loop antenna, the multi-branch parasitic element being parallel to and positioned above the ground plane on a second layer, different from the first layer,
wherein the loop antenna on the first layer is positioned between the ground plane and the multi-branch parasitic element on the second layer,
wherein the ground plane, first layer and second layer are parallel to one another, and
wherein the multi-branch parasitic element is simultaneously resonant at a plurality of resonant frequencies.

US Pat. No. 10,116,060

VARIABLE BEAM WIDTH ANTENNA SYSTEMS

CommScope Technologies LL...

1. A method of operating a microwave antenna system that includes a microwave antenna, wherein the microwave antenna comprises a reflector and a polarizer attached to the reflector, wherein the polarizer has a polarization region and a central opening, and wherein the polarization region of the polarizer is configured to pass signals having a first polarization when the polarizer is oriented in a first orientation and is configured to block signals having the first polarization when the polarizer is oriented in a second orientation, the method comprising:operating the microwave antenna in a first operating state during an alignment operation for the microwave antenna system where the microwave antenna is configured to have a first beam width, wherein operating the microwave antenna in the first operating state comprises transmitting a first signal having the first polarization; and
operating the microwave antenna subsequent to the alignment operation in a second operating state where the microwave antenna is configured to have a second beam width that is narrower than the first beam width, wherein operating the microwave antenna in the second operating state comprises rotating the polarizer from the first orientation to the second orientation and transmitting a second signal having the first polarization.

US Pat. No. 10,116,056

ANTENNA ARRANGEMENT AND CONNECTOR FOR AN ANTENNA ARRANGEMENT

1. An antenna arrangement (1) comprising:a. a baseplate (2) being at least partially electrically conductive, said baseplate having a top surface (3) defining a top level (L1) and a bottom surface (4) defining a bottom level (L2);
b. a first cup-shaped antenna radiating element (5) and a second cup-shaped antenna radiating element (6) having an apex (7) being arranged nearby to the top level (L1) of the baseplate (2) and, opposite to the apex (7), an opening (8) arranged distal to the top level (L1) of the baseplate (2);
c. the first cup-shaped antenna radiating element (5) and the second antenna radiating element (6) being arranged above the baseplate (2) and spaced apart with respect to each other by a spacing, electrically interconnected to the baseplate (2);
wherein
d. the first cup-shaped antenna radiating element (5) being electrically interconnected in the region of its apex (7) to an inner conductor (32) of a first coaxial cable 30, said inner conductor (32) being arranged in the region of the apex (7) above said bottom level (L2);
e. the second cup-shaped antenna radiating element (6) being electrically interconnected in the region of its apex (7) to an inner conductor (33) of a second coaxial cable (31), said inner conductor being arranged in the region of the apex above said bottom level (L2); and
f. said baseplate (2) further comprising at least one port (9) arranged in the bottom surface (4) of the baseplate (2).

US Pat. No. 10,116,049

STEERING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

TAOGLAS GROUP HOLDINGS LI...

1. A steering system comprising:a steerable device having steerable device actuators;
a removable steering system housing configurable to removably engage the steerable device;
one or more drive actuators in communication with the steerable device actuators; and
a controller configurable to administer a positional instruction to the one or more drive actuators.

US Pat. No. 10,116,045

ANTENNA DEVICE

HARADA INDUSTRY CO., LTD....

1. An antenna device comprising:an antenna element including a plate with a first opening, the plate including a first main surface and a second main surface opposed to each other; and
a case in which the antenna element is stored,wherein the case comprises:a first projection projecting toward an inside of the case and passing through the first opening;
a first head provided to a tip end of the first projection, the first head being in contact with the first main surface; and
a first supporter in contact with the second main surface,
wherein a first protrusion protruding from the first main surface or a first depression recessed from the first main surface is provided on an edge of the first opening of the plate, and
wherein the first head covers the first protrusion and is in contact with at least a part of the first protrusion, or covers the first depression and is in contact with at least a part of the first depression.

US Pat. No. 10,116,021

STABLE ELECTROLYTE MATERIALS FOR LI-AIR BATTERY SYSTEMS

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method of producing a Li-ion battery displaying increased resistance to nucleophilic attack, the method comprising:a. providing a first electrode,
b. providing a second electrode spaced apart from the first electrode,
c. providing an electrolyte composition for the Li-ion battery, each chemical of the electrolyte composition having an electrophilicity index below 0.8 eV.

US Pat. No. 10,116,017

PASSIVE THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR BATTERY

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A battery module comprising:an array of battery cells;
a cell holder supporting the array of battery cells; and
a laminated element contacted with each of the battery cells, wherein each of the battery cells extends through a respective aperture through the laminated element, the laminated element including heat conducting layers and intumescent layers interspersed with the heat conducting layers, the intumescent layers being configured to expand in response to an intumescent layer temperature exceedance to reconfigure the laminated element from a first configuration in which the laminated element transfers heat emitted by the array of battery cells to a second configuration in which the laminated element does not substantially transfer heat emitted by the array of battery cells.

US Pat. No. 10,116,016

THERMAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

BorgWarner Inc., Auburn ...

1. A product comprising:a thermal management component comprising a housing comprising a first polymer wherein the thermal management component is constructed and arranged to provide thermal control of at least one neighbor component comprising an exterior surface in contact with the thermal management component wherein the first polymer comprises a heat generating polymer, and further comprising cooling tubes in the housing, and a phase change material in the cooling tubes, the phase change material being constructed and arranged to absorb thermal energy above a first temperature and to reversibly release thermal energy below a second temperature, and further comprising a plurality of batteries each having an external surface and wherein the housing is in contact with the external surface of each of the plurality of batteries, wherein the heat generating polymer comprises a PTC polymer, the PTC polymer comprising electrically conductive particles, the PTC polymer being constructed and arranged to change from a crystalline state to an amorphous tripped state once the PTC polymer reaches its trip temperature thereby causing a higher resistance due to the separation of the electrically conductive particles and as the mean distance between the conductive particles increases, causing a breaking of conductive pathways caused by the expansion of the PTC polymer in the amorphous state.

US Pat. No. 10,116,013

ELECTRONIC TRANSPORT-RESISTANT BATTERY LAYER

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A battery, comprising:an electrical terminal;
a first foil layer positioned between a first electrode of the battery and the electrical terminal of the battery;
a first protection layer applied to a first surface of the first foil layer and configured to, in response to exposure of the first protection layer to one or more particular physical conditions, at least partially inhibit electrical transmission within the battery; and
a second protection layer applied to a second surface of the first foil layer and configured to, in response to exposure of the second protection layer to one or more particular physical conditions, at least partially inhibit electrical transmission within the battery.

US Pat. No. 10,116,009

BATTERY PACK INCLUDING INSERTED TYPE BMS ASSEMBLY

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

1. A battery pack configured to have a structure comprising:(1) at least two battery modules, each battery module having a structure in which a plurality of unit cells or a plurality of unit modules, each of which comprises a plurality of unit cells, is electrically connected to each other;
(2) a battery pack case in which the battery modules are received;
(3) an inner cartridge for fixing the battery modules in the battery pack case; and
(4) a single battery management system (BMS) assembly comprising
(4a) a BMS circuit board for monitoring and controlling operation of the battery pack including the battery modules, and
(4b) a BMS case in which the BMS circuit board is mounted,
the BMS assembly being mounted in the inner cartridge from outside the battery pack in an inserting fashion,
wherein the BMS assembly is removable from the inner cartridge through an insertion hole in the inner cartridge without moving the battery module relative to the inner cartridge, the insertion hole being smaller than a size of one of the battery modules, and
wherein a front surface of the inner cartridge at a front of the battery pack is positioned in a direction perpendicular to an inserting direction of the BMS assembly and the insertion hole in the inner cartridge is located in the front surface.

US Pat. No. 10,115,997

PRISMATIC ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL

BOSCH BATTERY SYSTEMS LLC...

1. A method of manufacturing an electrochemical cell that comprises a rigid cell housing having the shape of a rectangular prism and an electrode assembly disposed in the cell housing, the method including the following steps:providing a cell housing first end;
providing a cell housing second end;providing a cell housing sidewall in the form of a tube having a rectangular cross-sectional shape, the cell housing sidewall formed separately from each of the cell housing first end and the cell housing second end;providing the electrode assembly, which includes positive electrode plates alternating with negative electrode plates and separated by at least one separator to form an electrode stack, the positive electrode plates being joined so as to form a first common electrical connection and the negative electrode plates being joined so as to form a second common electrical connection;
inserting the provided electrode assembly into the cell housing sidewall;
following insertion of the electrode assembly into the cell housing sidewall, welding one portion of a first connector to the first common electrical connection and another portion of the first connector to the cell housing first end;
following insertion of the electrode assembly into the cell housing sidewall, welding one portion of a second connector to the second common electrical connection and another portion of the second connector to the cell housing second end;
following welding of the first connector to the first common electrical connection and the cell housing first end, welding the cell housing first end to one end of the cell housing sidewall; and
following welding of the second connector to the second common electrical connection and to the cell housing second end, welding the cell housing second end to an end of the cell housing sidewall opposed to the one end of the cell housing sidewall.

US Pat. No. 10,115,996

STEPPED ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY, SECONDARY BATTERY INCLUDING THE ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY

LG Chem, Ltd., (KR)

1. A stacked and folded type electrode assembly in which at least two first electrode units having a first area and at least two second electrode units having a second area smaller than the first area are wound and stacked together with a rectangular separator, the electrode assembly comprising:a first electrode stack in which the at least two first electrode units are stacked;
a second electrode stack in which the at least two second electrode units are stacked; and
a stepped portion formed by an area difference between the first electrode stack and the second electrode stack,
wherein two or more layers of the separator cover the stepped portion, and the separator substantially conforms to the shape of the stepped portion such that the portions of the separator covering the stepped portion are elongated to remove tension therefrom.

US Pat. No. 10,115,994

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR REDUCING BATTERY DEFECTS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An electrochemical cell, comprising:a cathode current collector having a continuous layer structure;
a cathode layer having a plurality of cathode subregions electrically connected to each other through the continuous layer structure of the cathode current collector, wherein the plurality of cathode subregions are separated by a first gap, and wherein the gap is at least partially filled by a dielectric gas;
an anode layer having a plurality of anode subregions positioned on each of the plurality of cathode subregions and separated by a second gap, the second gap at least partially filled by a dielectric gas; and
an electrolyte layer between the plurality of cathode subregions and the anode layer.

US Pat. No. 10,115,991

FUEL CELL MEMBRANE-ELECTRODE ASSEMBLY AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A production method for a fuel cell membrane-electrode assembly comprising:preparing a catalyst ink that contains a metal catalyst nanoparticle of 0.3 nm to 100 nm in primary particle diameter which is not supported on a support, an electrolyte resin, and a water-based solvent containing an organic solvent, wherein the proportion of the organic solvent to the whole water-based solvent is set at 0.1 wt % or less, and the proportion of the water to the whole water-based solvent is set at 99.9 wt % or more; and
forming a non-supported-catalyst containing catalyst layer by using the catalyst ink, as a catalyst layer that is included in at least one of a fuel electrode side and an oxidant electrode side in the fuel cell membrane-electrode assembly that has a fuel electrode at one surface side of an electrolyte membrane, and an oxidant electrode at another surface side of the electrolyte membrane,
wherein the metal catalyst nanoparticle is dispersed in the catalyst layer and restrained from aggregating, and
wherein the catalyst ink further contains a carbon particle whose surface area is 5 to 50 m2/g as a water-repellent particle.

US Pat. No. 10,115,990

FUEL CELL SYSTEM, FUEL CELL VEHICLE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING FUEL CELL SYSTEM

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A fuel cell system installed in a vehicle, the fuel cell system comprising:a fuel cell configured to supply power to a motor that drives the vehicle;
a pump configured to supply oxygen to the fuel cell;
an accelerator position detector configured to detect an accelerator depression amount of the vehicle;
a secondary battery configured to supply power to the motor;
a state of charge detector configured to detect a temperature and a state of charge of the secondary battery; and
a controller configured to calculate required generated power of the fuel cell and required driving power of the pump, based on the accelerator depression amount, wherein
when a preset condition of causing a sharp drop in the calculated required generated power is satisfied, the controller is configured to calculate the required driving power in such a manner that a drop rate of the required driving power becomes higher than a drop rate of the calculated required generated power, set a lower limit to the calculated required driving power, and drive the pump in accordance with the lower limit when the calculated required driving power is lower than the lower limit,
the controller is configured to calculate an allowable output upper limit of the secondary battery based on at least one of the temperature and the state of charge of the secondary battery,
the controller is configured to calculate the lower limit of the required driving power based on the allowable output upper limit and the required generated power of the fuel cell, and
the preset condition is a drop rate of the accelerator depression amount being equal to or higher than a first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,115,985

SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELL SYSTEM

TOTO LTD., Kitakyushu-Sh...

1. A solid oxide fuel cell system for generating electrical power by reacting fuel with oxidant gas, comprising:a fuel cell module that includes a stack of fuel cells each comprising a pair of fuel electrode and air electrode formed, respectively, on inner and outer sides of the cell;
a fuel supply apparatus configured to supply fuel to the fuel cell module;
a water supply apparatus configured to supply water to the fuel cell module for steam reforming of the fuel;
an oxidant gas supply apparatus configured to supply oxidant gas to the outer side of each fuel cell;
a power extraction apparatus configured to extract the electrical power from the fuel cell module at a desired level;
a reformer disposed inside the fuel cell module and configured to perform steam reforming on fuel supplied from the fuel supply apparatus using the water supplied from the water supply apparatus and to supply the reformed fuel to the inner side of each fuel cell; and
a controller programmed to control the fuel supply apparatus, the water supply apparatus, the oxidant gas supply apparatus, and the power extraction apparatus, wherein the controller includes a shutdown circuit,
wherein the shutdown circuit is programmed to execute a shutoff operation in which the fuel supply apparatus, the water supply apparatus and the power extraction apparatus are all shut off to stop supply of the fuel from the fuel supply apparatus and the water from the water supply apparatus and stop extraction of the electrical power from the fuel cell module, and
wherein the shutdown circuit is further programmed to continue operating the oxidant gas supply apparatus, after executing the shutoff operation to shut off the fuel supply apparatus, the water supply apparatus and the power extraction apparatus, to execute a temperature drop operation in which the oxidant gas supply apparatus, after execution of the shutoff operation, continues supplying the oxidant gas that purges oxidant gas remaining on the outer side of each fuel cell from before execution of the shutoff operation to outside the fuel cell module.

US Pat. No. 10,115,984

INTEGRATED RECIRCULATING OPEN CATHODE FUEL CELL SYSTEM

ALTERGY SYSTEMS, Folsom,...

1. A fuel cell system, comprising:a fuel cell stack;
a fan;
the fan configured to provide process air to supply oxidizer to said fuel cell stack;
an air duct coupled to said fan and said fuel cell stack;
an electrical service load coupled to the fuel cell stack, said electrical service load configured for receiving electrical power generated from reactions within the fuel cell stack; and
wherein said air duct is configured to direct the flow of air to said fuel cell stack to provide cooling air to said fuel cell stack;
wherein the air duct is configured such that said air flow simultaneously provides cooling air and process oxidizer to said fuel cell stack.

US Pat. No. 10,115,982

FUEL CELL SYSTEM AND FUEL CELL SYSTEM MODULE

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. A fuel cell system comprising:a plurality of cell units, including a first cell unit and a second cell unit located below the first cell unit along a vertical direction; and
at least one connecting section including a first connecting section to connect the first cell unit and the second cell unit,
each of the plurality of cell units including:
a treatment bath having a flow path through which a liquid to be treated is allowed to flow;
a liquid intake port through which the liquid to be treated is supplied to the flow path and a liquid discharge port through which the liquid to be treated is discharged from the flow path; and
at least one electrode cell, the at least one electrode cell including a negative electrode, a positive electrode at least a portion of which is a porous body, and an ion-permeable membrane disposed between the positive electrode and the negative electrode, the ion-permeable membrane being electrically non-conductive, the at least one electrode cell being disposed so that the negative electrode is in contact with the liquid to be treated flowing through the flow path, and that the positive electrode is exposed to a gas phase, and
the first connecting section including:
an input connected to the liquid discharge port of the first cell unit;
an output connected to the liquid intake port of the second cell unit;
a connection path through which the liquid to be treated having been discharged from the liquid discharge port of the first cell unit and through the input of the first connecting section is allowed to flow through the output of the first connecting section and to the liquid intake port of the second cell unit; and
a pneumatic adjustment section to suppress pneumatic fluctuations within the connection path that are associated with movements of the liquid to be treated, wherein the pneumatic adjustment section has an orifice different than the input and the output of the first connecting section through which the connection path is allowed to communicate with an external space different than the treatment bath of the first cell unit and the treatment bath of the second cell unit, the external space having a volume that is equal to or greater than the volume of an internal space of the connection path.

US Pat. No. 10,115,975

WATER-ACTIVATED PERMANGANATE ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A water-activated permanganate electrochemical cell comprising:at least one anode;
a solid cathode configured to be electrically coupled to the at least one anode, the cathode comprising a porous NiC matrix material;
an electrolyte between the at least one anode and the cathode, the electrolyte including water and a permanganate salt and;
wherein the electrolyte permanganate is configured to be reduced within the cell in at least a two-step reduction process,
the electrolyte includes an amount of water sufficient to support both steps of the two-step reduction process,
the permanganate produces a first reaction product in step one of the reduction process, and
the cathode includes a high-porosity region in the upper section of the cathode and a low-porosity catchment region toward the bottom section of the cathode that is configured to hold the first reaction product from step one in contact with the cathode in order to facilitate step two in the reduction process;
a housing configured to hold the at least one anode, the cathode, and the electrolyte, the housing comprises an injection port configured to introduce water into the housing so that the water flows through the cathode.

US Pat. No. 10,115,973

COMPOSITION OF A NICKELATE COMPOSITE CATHODE FOR A FUEL CELL

LG FUEL CELL SYSTEMS INC....

1. A method of inhibiting the formation of a lanthanide oxide phase in a fuel cell having a cathode comprising a lanthanide nickelate, said method comprising:forming the cathode from a composition comprising a lanthanide nickelate and a second oxide material which adsorbs an oxide formed from the lanthanide,
wherein said lanthanide nickelate comprises 50-70% of the cathode by weight, and
wherein the composition has a general formula of:
(LnuM1vM2s)n+1(Ni1-t)nO3n+1-A1-xBxOy-CwDzCe(1-w-z)O2-?,
where Ln is a rare earth metal, 0

US Pat. No. 10,115,964

ADVANCED SI-C COMPOSITE ANODE ELECTRODE FOR HIGH ENERGY DENSITY AND LONGER CYCLE LIFE

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER...

1. An electrode, comprising:a layer of alternating stripes of two different materials, wherein a first material is a graphite-containing material and a second material is a silicon-containing material, wherein the silicon-containing material resides in a three-dimensional graphite matrix.

US Pat. No. 10,115,960

ELECTRODE FOR SECONDARY BATTERY AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Jenax Inc., Busan (KR) H...

1. A method of fabricating an electrode for a secondary battery comprising:providing, into a plasma reactor, a non-woven fabric current collector comprising metal fibers which form a porosity;
providing, into the plasma reactor, a sputtering target comprising a metal, a metalloid, an oxide thereof, or a mixture thereof comprising an active material; and
depositing an active material layer of a non-radial shape on the metal fibers through the porosity using a plasma-based sputtering operation,
wherein a cross-section of the metal fiber and the active material deposited on the metal fiber, taken in a direction which is perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the metal fiber, has a circularity from 0.2 to 0.8 as defined by Equation 1 below;

 (A denotes an entire area of a cross-section of the metal fiber and the active material layer formed on the metal fiber, and P denotes circumferntial length of the cross-section), and
wherein the circularity of the active material layer is controlled by a straight movement of clusters, neutral species, or ion species of the active material desorbed from the sputtering target.

US Pat. No. 10,115,958

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE AND ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE

GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LT...

1. An electric storage device, comprising:a case including an electrolyte solution pouring opening through which an electrolyte solution is to be poured into the case;
an electric storage element housed in the case;
an electrode terminal disposed on an outer side of the case; and
a current collector including at least a first attitude portion disposed in an attitude along a face in which the electrolyte solution pouring opening is formed, to block a view of the electric storage element from the electrolyte solution pouring opening, the current collector electrically connecting the electric storage element and the electrode terminal,
wherein the current collector includes a through hole, in a cross sectional view of the electric storage device, the through hole longitudinally extending in a direction orthogonal to the face in which the electrolyte solution pouring opening is formed, for flowing the electrolyte solution to the electric storage element in a direction parallel to the face in which the electrolyte solution pouring opening is formed,
wherein a first portion of the electric storage element is applied with an active material, and
wherein, in a plan view from a top surface of the electric storage device, the electrolyte solution pouring opening is located outside of the first portion of the electric storage element.

US Pat. No. 10,115,956

ELECTRICITY STORAGE DEVICE

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA J...

1. An electricity storage device comprising:an electrode assembly, in which one or more first electrodes and one or more second electrodes, which are electrodes, are stacked alternately with one or more separators in between;
a case, which accommodates the electrode assembly;
a first terminal and a second terminal, which are exposed to an outside from a wall portion of the case, a part of each terminal protruding toward the electrode assembly, wherein
each first electrode has a first tab, which has a shape protruding from an end of the first electrode,
each second electrode has a second tab, which has a shape protruding from an end of the second electrode, and
the electrode assembly has an end face on which the first and second tabs are located, the end face facing the wall portion,
a circuit breaker, which is arranged between the second terminal and the electrode assembly and is joined to the second terminal;
a first conductor, which is joined to the first tabs and the first terminal; and
a second conductor, which is joined to the circuit breaker and the second tabs, wherein
the first conductor has a first bend portion, which is bent into a shape of a crank when viewed along a stacking direction of the electrodes,
the second conductor has a second bend portion, which is bent into a shape of a crank when viewed along a stacking direction of the electrodes,
a direction that is perpendicular to both the stacking direction of the electrodes and a direction along which the wall portion and the end face face each other is defined as a width direction of the electrode assembly,
a part of the first terminal and the first tabs are arranged along the width direction of the electrode assembly,
the circuit breaker and the second tabs are arranged along the width direction of the electrode assembly,
the first conductor includes
a terminal joint portion, which is joined to the first terminal, and
a first tab joint portion, which is arranged closer to the wall portion than the terminal joint portion and includes a first tab joint face joined to the first tabs and a first opposed face facing the wall portion,
the second conductor includes
a breaker joint portion, which is joined to the circuit breaker, and
a second tab joint portion, which is arranged closer to the wall portion than the breaker joint portion and includes a second tab joint face joined to the second tabs and a second opposed face facing the wall portion,
the breaker joint portion and the terminal joint portion are displaced from each other along the facing direction,
the first bend portion and the second bend portion are bent such that the first opposed face and the second opposed face approach each other along the facing direction, and
the second bend portion of the second conductor is narrower than the first bend portion of the first conductor in the stacking direction of the electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,115,955

BATTERY TERMINAL ADAPTER

1. A battery terminal adapter for allowing a plurality of electrical wires to be connected to a single battery terminal, said battery terminal adapter comprising:a body side portion having a first end and a second end, said body side portion defining at least one wire-receiving hole therein;
a resiliently deformable first arm extending from said first end of said side portion, said first arm having a central portion and extending longitudinally from said side portion and an end portion opposite from said side portion;
a resiliently deformable second arm extending from said second end of said side portion opposing said first arm, said second arm having a central portion and extending longitudinally from said side portion and an end portion opposite from said side portion; and
a battery terminal receiving cavity defined by and delimited between said central portions of said first and said second arms; wherein
at least one of the end portion of the first arm and the end portion of the second arm extends from and forms an L-shaped arrangement with the corresponding central portion of the first arm and the central portion of the second arm, respectively, and defines at least one transversely-oriented wire-receiving hole and at least one respective fastener bore corresponding to each transversely-oriented wire-receiving hole of the at least one transversely-oriented wire-receiving hole, wherein the respective fastener bore is configured to allow insertion of a fastener therethrough to secure a wire within the corresponding transversely-oriented fastener bore; and further wherein
the battery terminal receiving cavity is electrically conductive with the at least one wire-receiving hole in the body side portion and with the at least one transversely-oriented wire-receiving hole.

US Pat. No. 10,115,953

ENERGY STORAGE APPARATUS

GS YUASA INTERNATIONAL LT...

1. An energy storage apparatus, comprising:one or more energy storage devices;
a component on which bus bars are arranged, the component comprising an insulating material;
a wiring connection component for connecting a first wiring and a second wiring, the first wiring being connected to at least one of the one or more energy storage devices; and
an attachment portion to which the wiring connection component is detachably attached,
wherein the energy storage apparatus is disposed in an energy storage pack in which an other energy storage apparatus is disposed,
wherein the wiring connection component connects the first wiring, which is connected to the wiring connection component, and the second wiring, which is connected to the wiring connection component and to the other energy storage apparatus, and
wherein the wiring connection component includes:
a connector to which the first wiring is connected;
a connector holder for holding the connector; and
a main body to which the connector holder is detachably attached.

US Pat. No. 10,115,947

SEPARATOR ROLL, METHOD FOR PRODUCING BATTERY, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SEPARATOR ROLL

SUMITOMO CHEMICAL COMPANY...

1. A separator roll comprising:a porous battery separator; and
a core around which the battery separator is wound,
the core having an outer circumferential surface whose root mean square roughness is not less than 4.0 ?m, the outer circumferential surface being in contact with the battery separator.

US Pat. No. 10,115,944

BATTERY USED FOR UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE AND AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

AUTEL ROBOTICS USA LLC, ...

1. A battery assembly configured to power a multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle having a battery compartment, comprising:a shell;
a battery body substantially disposed within the shell;
a clamp button, a first part of the clamp button being mounted directly or indirectly to the shell and a second part of the clamp button being configured to be detachably coupled to the battery compartment; and
a restorable elastic piece;
wherein a first end of the restorable elastic piece is disposed to the shell and a second end of the restorable elastic piece is fixed with the clamp button; and
wherein the battery assembly is capable of being removed from the battery compartment in a state where the clamp button is pressed down.

US Pat. No. 10,115,942

RATE-SENSITIVE AND SELF-RELEASING BATTERY CELLS AND BATTERY-CELL STRUCTURES AS STRUCTURAL AND/OR ENERGY-ABSORBING VEHICLE COMPONENTS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A battery system comprising:a load bearing structure comprising:
battery cells;
connecting elements connecting each of the battery cells to at least one of the other battery cells to form pairwise units, the connecting elements configured to allow the connected battery cells to rotate with respect to one another; and
at least one mechanical switch; and
an electrical connection coupled to the battery cells of the load bearing structure.

US Pat. No. 10,115,941

BATTERY HOUSING AND METHOD FOR INSTALLING A BATTERY

1. A battery housing for receiving a battery cooled by a liquid coolant, the battery housing comprising:a battery plate configured to cool the battery, the battery plate having a first end, a second end, a top surface, and a bottom surface, the battery plate comprising first and second cooling tubes fitted in the battery plate, wherein the first cooling tube enables flow of the coolant liquid in a first direction, and the second cooling tube enables flow of the coolant liquid in a second direction opposite the first direction;
first, second, third, and fourth side panels, wherein:
the first and the second side panels are opposite to each other;
the first side panel has a first elongated recess configured to receive the first end of the battery plate; and
the second side panel has a second elongated recess configured to receive the second end of the battery plate; and
first and second cover plates;
wherein:
the first end of the battery plate is inserted in the first elongated recess;
the second end of the battery plate is inserted in the second elongated recess;
the side panels are configured to connect together to form at least a four-sided housing and to hold the battery plate without the cover plates;
at least one of the top and bottom surfaces of the battery plate is configured to hold the battery; and
the first and second cover plates are connected respectively to a top and bottom of the at least four-sided housing, the connected cover plates being parallel to the top surface of the battery plate.

US Pat. No. 10,115,927

DISPLAY SUBSTRATE, DISPLAY PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display substrate, comprising a base substrate comprising a plurality of display units, wherein each of the plurality of display units is provided with an anode, an organic light-emitting layer and a cathode, wherein anodes of different display units are separated from each other, and the display substrate further comprises:a plurality of cathode lines arranged between cathodes and the base substrate, and configured to be connected to driving Integrated Circuits (ICs); and
an insulating layer arranged between the cathode lines and the cathodes, wherein a plurality of cathode windows corresponding to the cathode lines are formed in the insulating layer,
wherein at least part of the plurality of cathode windows respectively corresponds to at least two display regions, a cathode at each of the display regions is connected to the respective cathode line via the cathode window corresponding to the display region.

US Pat. No. 10,115,924

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY APPARATUS

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

1. An organic light emitting display (OLED) apparatus comprising:a reflection-anode;
a transparent layer directly on the reflection-anode;
a first stack directly on the transparent layer, wherein the first stack includes an electron transport layer and at least one organic layer having light-emitting dopant of an arylamine-based compound for emitting blue light;
a first charge generation layer on the first stack, wherein the first charge generation layer includes a first N-type charge generation layer doped with alkali-based metal, and a first P-type charge generation layer;
a second stack on the first charge generation layer, wherein the second stack includes at least one organic layer having light-emitting dopant of an iridium-based compound for yellow-green light;
a second charge generation layer on the second stack, wherein the second charge generation layer includes a second N-type charge generation layer doped with alkali-based metal, and a second P-type charge generation layer;
a third stack on the second charge generation layer, wherein the third stack includes at least one organic layer having light-emitting dopant of the arylamine-based compound for emitting blue light; and
a transparent-cathode on the third stack;
wherein, T1 indicates a distance from a lower surface of the transparent layer to an interface between the first N-type charge generation layer and the first P-type charge generation layer, T2 indicates a distance from the interface between the first N-type charge generation layer and the first P-type charge generation layer to an interface between the second N-type charge generation layer and the second P-type charge generation layer, and T3 indicates a distance from the interface between the second N-type charge generation layer and the second P-type charge generation layer to an upper surface of the transparent-cathode, the T1, T2 and T3 satisfy a thickness ratio of T1:T2:T3 =16%:36%:48%,
wherein the light emitting device has a color reproduction ratio of 99% or more than 99%, and a color change value (?u?v?) of 0.05 or less than 0.05 within a viewing angle range from 0° to 60°.

US Pat. No. 10,115,921

QUANTUM DOT LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT, METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME, AND LIQUID-CRYSTAL DISPLAY

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A quantum dot light emitting element, comprising: a substrate, a cathode, an electron injection/electron transport layer, a quantum dot light emitting layer, a hole injection/hole transport layer, and an anode, wherein the cathode is arranged on the substrate; the cathode and the anode is arranged on the same side of the substrate; the cathode is opposite to the anode with some in-between space; the electron injection/electron transport layer, the quantum dot light emitting layer, and the hole injection/hole transport layer are inserted between the cathode and the anode; one side of the electron injection/electron transport layer is connected to the cathode; the quantum dot light emitting layer and the hole injection/hole transport layer are subsequently layered on a surface of the electron injection/electron transport layer away from the cathode; the hole injection/hole transport layer is away from a surface of the quantum dot light emitting layer and is connected to the anode; the cathode is used for supplying electrons; the anode is used for supplying holes; the electron injection/electron transport layer is used for transmitting the electrons to the quantum dot light emitting layer; the hole injection/hole transport layer is used for transmitting the holes to the quantum dot light emitting layer; the electrons and the holes recombine in the quantum dot light emitting layer for emitting light; and wherein the electron injection/electron transport layer comprises a water-alcohol soluble conjugated polymer (WACPs);wherein the WACPs comprises one of PFNBr (Bromine Polyfluorene) and PFNSO (Sulfo-Polyfluorene).

US Pat. No. 10,115,914

DISPLAY DEVICE

Japan Display Inc., Mina...

1. A display device comprising:a display panel including a display area and a peripheral area outside the display area;
a wiring located in the peripheral area;
a first organic insulating film under the wiring and in contact with the wiring; and
a second organic insulating film on the wiring and in contact with the wiring,
wherein the display panel has a first surface which is an opposite side of the wiring from the second organic insulating film,
a distance between the first surface and the wiring includes a first distance at a first portion and a second distance at a second portion, the first and second portions being located in the peripheral area,
the second portion is between the first portion and the display area, and
the first distance is smaller than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 10,115,909

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT DEVICE, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An organic electroluminescent device, comprising:an anode layer, a hole transport layer, a first light emitting layer, a second light emitting layer, an electron transport layer, and a cathode layer stacked in sequence;
wherein the first light emitting layer and the second light emitting layer are in direct contact with each other and comprise the same substrate material; and wherein at least one of the first light emitting layer and the second light emitting layer are doped such that a hole mobility of the first light emitting layer is equal to an electron mobility of the second light emitting layer.

US Pat. No. 10,115,901

MASK ASSEMBLY, APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DISPLAY DEVICE USING THE MASK ASSEMBLY

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

1. A mask assembly, comprising:a mask substrate configured to deposit a deposition material on a first pixel disposed on a device substrate comprising the first pixel and a second pixel;
a molding layer stacked on the mask substrate and comprising a hole corresponding to a position of the second pixel disposed on the device substrate; and
a blocking plate detachably mounted in the hole and configured to block the second pixel from the deposition material by covering the second pixel when the blocking plate is detached from the hole.

US Pat. No. 10,115,896

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:a first bottom electrode having two edges opposite to each other, and an upper surface;
a second bottom electrode between the edges of the first bottom electrode and exposed from the upper surface of the first bottom electrode wherein a conductivity of the second bottom electrode is higher than a conductivity of the first bottom electrode;
a switching layer over the first bottom electrode and the second bottom electrode; and
a top electrode over the switching layer.

US Pat. No. 10,115,887

FERROELECTRIC CERAMICS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

ADVANCED MATERIAL TECHNOL...

1. Ferroelectric ceramics comprising:a Pt film formed on a stacked film;
a SrTiO3 film formed on said Pt film; and
a PZT film formed on said SrTiO3 film, wherein,
said stacked film is a film formed by repeating N times sequentially a first ZrO2 film and a Y2O3 film, and a second ZrO2 film is formed on said film formed repeatedly N times; and
said N is an integer of 1 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,115,882

THERMOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT AND THERMOELECTRIC CONVERSION MODULE

FUJIFILM Corporation, Mi...

1. A thermoelectric conversion element comprising:a first substrate having a high thermal conduction portion which has a thermal conductivity higher than a thermal conductivity of other regions in at least a portion in a plane direction;
a thermoelectric conversion layer formed on the first substrate;
a pressure sensitive adhesive layer formed on the thermoelectric conversion layer;
a second substrate formed on the pressure sensitive adhesive layer, having a concave portion, which at least partially overlaps the high thermal conduction portion in the plane direction and is on the pressure sensitive adhesive layer side, and made of a metal material; and
an electrode pair connected to the thermoelectric conversion layer such that the thermoelectric conversion layer is interposed between the electrodes in the plane direction.

US Pat. No. 10,115,881

PORTABLE LIGHTING DEVICE WITH THERMOELECTRIC POWER SOURCE

DONGGUAN HEWANG ELECTRIC ...

1. A portable lighting device with thermoelectric power source, comprising:a thermoelectric power generation module, including a heat dissipation unit, a thermoelectric power generation chip set with hot and cold sides, a heat supply box and a combustion chamber, wherein said cold side of said thermoelectric power generation chip set is in close contact with said heat dissipation unit, said hot side of said thermoelectric power generation chip set is in close contact with said heat supply box, and said heat supply box has a bottom portion connected to said combustion chamber;
an adjustment rod;
a mounting top panel; and
a light emitting unit mounted onto a surface of said mounting top panel, wherein said mounting top panel and said thermoelectric power generation module are connected through said adjustment rod;
said thermoelectric power generation chip set in said cold side comprises a Bi2Te3—Bi2Se3 thermoelectric power generation sheet at a temperature range of 0˜300 degree Celsius, then a solid solution of PbTe, PbTe and SnTe or PbSe at a temperature range of 300˜600 degree Celsius after said Bi2Te3—Bi2Se3 thermoelectric power generation sheet, and a GeTe and/or AgSbTe2 thermoelectric power generation sheet, and in said hot side comprises a Ge—Si alloy and/or MnTe thermoelectric power generation sheet at a temperature above 600 degree Celsius.

US Pat. No. 10,115,879

THERMOELECTRIC CONVERSION MATERIAL AND METHOD OF PRODUCTION THEREOF

Panasonic Corporation, O...

1. A thermoelectric conversion material comprising a skutterudite-type material represented by the following composition formula (I)InxGayM4Pn12  (I),wherein:x and y satisfy
0.04?x?0.11,
0.11?y?0.34, and
x M represents one or more elements selected from a group of elements including: Co, Rh, Ir, Fe, Ni, Pt, Pd, Ru, and Os, and
Pn represents one or more elements selected from a group of elements including: Sb, As, P, Te, Sn, Bi, Ge, Se, and Si.

US Pat. No. 10,115,877

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:(a) providing a support, and a semiconductor light-emitting element disposed on the support, the semiconductor light-emitting element including:
a semiconductor structure, and
a first electrode and a second electrode that are disposed on the semiconductor structure;
(b) providing a base including a first interconnect terminal corresponding to the first electrode, and a second interconnect terminal corresponding to the second electrode;
(c) forming a first metal layer that is continuous and covers both a surface of the first electrode and a surface of the second electrode;
(d) forming a second metal layer that is continuous and covers both a surface of the first interconnect terminal and a surface of the second interconnect terminal;
(e) arranging the first and second electrodes to face the first and second interconnect terminals, respectively, and electrically connecting the first and second electrodes to the first and second interconnect terminals, respectively, by atomic diffusion joining, such that:
a first portion of the first and second metal layers is in a region between the first electrode and the first interconnect terminal,
a second portion of the first and second metal layers is in a region between the second electrode and the second interconnect terminal, and
a third portion of the first and second metal layers is in a region other than the first and second portions; and
(f) rendering electrically insulative or removing the third portion of the first and second metal layers.

US Pat. No. 10,115,876

LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE MOUNT, LEADFRAME, AND LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS

NICHIA CORPORATION, Anan...

1. A light emitting device mount comprising:a positive lead terminal and a negative lead terminal, each of which includes
a first main surface,
a second main surface opposite to said first main surface in a thickness direction of each of said positive lead terminal and said negative lead terminal, and
an end surface which is provided between said first main surface and said second main surface, said end surface including
a first recessed surface area and
a second recessed surface area between said positive lead terminal and said negative lead terminal facing each other, said first recessed surface area extending from a first point of said first main surface in cross section, said second recessed surface area extending from a second point of said second main surface in cross section, said first point being arranged on an exterior side relative to said second point in cross section, said first recessed surface area and said second recessed surface area define a protruding portion protruding outwardly,
wherein at least one of said positive lead terminal and said negative lead terminal includes a middle area between said first and second recessed surface areas, forming an end surface of said protruding portion, that is arranged on an exterior side relative to said first point.

US Pat. No. 10,115,852

SOLAR CELL MODULE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A solar cell module comprising:first and second solar cell strings, each of the first and second solar cell strings including solar cells arranged in an arrangement direction and wiring members electrically connecting the solar cells to one another;
a light diffusion sheet disposed between the first and second solar cell strings; and
a sealant member sealing the light diffusion sheet and the solar cells of the first and second solar cell strings,whereinthe first and second solar cell strings are disposed adjacent to each other and parallel to each other along the arrangement direction,
the light diffusion sheet is disposed on a front side as a light-receiving side with respect to the solar cells such that both side edge portions of the light diffusion sheet overlap side edge portions of the first and second solar cell strings and the light diffusion sheet does not overlap the wiring members of the first and second solar cell strings in a planar view of the solar cell module, and
the light diffusion sheet comprises:
a base material having a resin sheet; and
a metal film deposited on a front side of the base material, wherein the light diffusion sheet is in direct contact with a light-receiving surface of the solar cells of each of the first solar cell string and the second solar cell string and a side surface of the solar cells of each of the first solar cell string and the second solar cell string.

US Pat. No. 10,115,842

SEMICONDUCTOR OPTICAL PACKAGE AND METHOD

STMICROELECTRONICS PTE LT...

1. A device, comprising:a first substrate;
a second semiconductor substrate having a first surface on the first substrate and a second surface opposite the first surface, the semiconductor substrate including a first optical device and a second optical device that receive light from the second surface;
a first sidewall on the first substrate;
a second sidewall on the first substrate, the second semiconductor substrate being between the first and second sidewall;
a transparent layer extending between the first and second sidewall and overlapping the second surface of the semiconductor substrate;
a first light protection coating on the transparent layer, the transparent layer being between the first light protection coating and the second surface of the semiconductor substrate;
a first opening in the first light protection coating; and
a second opening in the first light protection coating.

US Pat. No. 10,115,816

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:an n? type layer disposed on a first surface of an n+ type silicon carbide substrate;
a trench disposed within the n? type layer;
an n+ type region and a first p type region disposed at the n? type layer and at a lateral surface of the trench;
a plurality of second p type regions disposed at the n? type layer and are spaced apart from the first p type region;
a gate electrode that includes a first gate electrode disposed at the trench and a plurality of second gate electrodes that extend from the first gate electrode;
a source electrode disposed on the gate electrode and insulated from the gate electrode; and
a drain electrode disposed on a second surface of the n+ type silicon carbide substrate,
wherein the plurality of second p type regions are spaced apart from each other, and the source electrode contacts the plurality of second p type regions and the n? type layer disposed between the plurality of second p type regions,
wherein the semiconductor device comprises a MOSFET region and a diode region,
wherein the MOFET region comprises the n? type layer, the first p type region, the n+ type region, the first gate electrode, the second gate electrode, the source electrode, and the drain electrode,
wherein the diode region comprises the n? type layer, the first p type region, the second p type regions, the source electrode, and the drain electrode, and
wherein the plurality of second gate electrodes extend from the first gate electrode to an upper portion of the second p type region adjacent to the first p type region.

US Pat. No. 10,115,695

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE

TOHOKU-MICROTEC CO., LTD,...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:a detector substrate having a first main-surface, on which a plurality of first lands are arranged in a matrix;
a signal-circuit substrate having a second main-surface, on which plurality of second lands are arranged so as to face the arrangement of the first lands; and
a plurality of tubular bumps, each of which having a flattened plane pattern, and is provided between each of the plurality of first lands and each of the plurality of second lands, the plurality of tubular bumps respectively having major-axis directions to define inclined angles, being arranged in the matrix such that the inclined angles differ depending on locations of the plurality of tubular bumps.

US Pat. No. 10,115,693

SOLDER LAYER OF A SEMICONDUCTOR CHIP ARRANGED WITHIN RECESSES

LONGITUDE LICENSING LIMIT...

1. A semiconductor chip comprising:a semiconductor substrate;
a plurality of bump electrodes provided on one face side of said substrate;
a plurality of recesses provided on the other face side of said substrate;
a solder layer arranged within said recesses, wherein said recesses are formed so as to have a smaller aperture area from said other face side of said substrate towards said one face side thereof, and wherein the solder layer completely fills said recesses; and
a circuit forming layer disposed between the solder layer and the plurality of bump electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,115,691

MODULE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A module, comprising:an electronic component having a first electrode;
a mounting board having a second electrode;
a solder-bump configured to connect the first electrode and the second electrode; and
a thermoplastic resin member configured to contact both the first electrode and the second electrode and cover the solder-bump, so as to form a space between the electronic component and the mounting board.

US Pat. No. 10,115,637

METHOD FOR FABRICATING AUTO-ALIGNED INTERCONNECTION ELEMENTS FOR A 3D INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

1. Method for fabricating transistors for an integrated circuit equipped with several superimposed levels of transistors, comprising the following steps:a) forming, on a given level equipped with one or more transistors made at least partially in a first semiconductor layer: a stack comprising at least one first region of a second semiconductor layer suitable for receiving an N-type transistor channel and at least one second region of the second semiconductor zone suitable for receiving a P-type transistor channel of a level above the given level, where the stack moreover comprises a continuous layer made of conductive or doped semiconductor material and called the ground plane, as well as an insulating layer between the ground plane and the second semiconductor layer, then
b) carrying out at least one thermal annealing for activation of source and drain region of said N type transistor and of said P type transistor by exposure to a laser, said source and drain regions being in the form of one or more doped zones of the second semiconductor layer and/or doped semiconductor blocks formed on the second semiconductor layer, where the source and drain regions exposed to the laser are located on the side of an upper face of the ground plane continuous layer, where the ground plane continuous layer is configured so as to protect from the laser a part of the circuit located on the side of a lower face of the ground plane continuous layer, then
c) cutting up of the ground plane continuous layer into at least one first portion and at least one second portion separated from the first portion, where the first portion is configured to allow biasing of the first region, where the second portion is configured to allow biasing of the second region.

US Pat. No. 10,115,625

METHODS FOR REMOVAL OF HARD MASK

GLOBALFOUNDRIES SINGAPORE...

1. A method of forming a device comprising:providing a substrate prepared with isolation regions, the substrate having a non-planar substrate surface topology created by the isolation regions, wherein the substrate comprises at least first and second regions, the first region comprises a memory region and the second region comprises a logic region;
forming a hard mask layer covering the substrate and the isolation regions with a non-planar surface topology, wherein the hard mask layer comprises a pad layer and a first hard mask layer on the pad layer, the hard mask layer includes a non-planar hard mask surface topology which tracks the underlying non-planar substrate surface topology; and
selectively removing a select portion of the hard mask layer over a select region, which is one of the first and second regions, while leaving a non-select portion of the hard mask layer over a non-select region, which is other of the first and second regions, for processing of the select region of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,115,564

UNIFORMITY CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR USE WITHIN AN IMPEDANCE MATCHING CIRCUIT

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A system comprising:a kilohertz (kHz) radio frequency (RF) generator for generating and supplying a kHz RF signal;
a megahertz (MHz) RF generator for generating and supplying a MHz RF signal;
a first RF cable connected to an output of the kHz RF generator for receiving the kHz RF signal;
a second RF cable connected to an output of the MHz RF generator for receiving the MHz RF signal;
an impedance matching circuit coupled to the kHz RF generator via the first RF cable and coupled to the MHz RF generator via the second RF cable, wherein the impedance matching circuit has an output and includes:
a first circuit including a first plurality of tuning elements located along a path for transferring the kHz RF signal;
a second circuit including a second plurality of tuning elements for transferring the MHz RF signal, wherein the first and second circuits are coupled to the output; and
a uniformity control circuit defined from at least one of the first plurality of tuning elements;
an RF transmission line coupled to the impedance matching circuit; and
a plasma chamber including an electrode, wherein the electrode is connected to the RF transmission line;
wherein the uniformity control circuit is located serially along the path of the first circuit to define a capacitance to adjust a radial uniformity profile of an etch rate produced using the plasma chamber, to provide a pre-determined level of isolation from the MHz RF signal, and to achieve a pre-determined level of power delivered by the kHz RF generator to the electrode of the plasma chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,115,547

MEDIUM OR HIGH VOLTAGE SWITCH BUSHING

Hubbell Incorporated, Sh...

1. A medium or high voltage switch, comprising:a bottle assembly comprising:
a bottle formed of a first material and defining a chamber; and
a plurality of contacts for selectively opening and closing an electrical circuit, the plurality of contacts disposed within the chamber;
a bushing formed of a second material and defining a cavity configured to receive the bottle assembly;
a sleeve formed of a third material and overmolded onto the bottle; and
a dielectric grease disposed between the bottle assembly and the bushing,
wherein the bottle assembly and the bushing have an interference fit.

US Pat. No. 10,115,532

CAPACITOR WITH ELECTRODES MADE OF AN INTERCONNECTED CORRUGATED CARBON-BASED NETWORK

The Regents of the Univer...

1. An energy storage device comprising: a first electrode; and a second electrode separated from the first electrode by a dielectric wherein at least one of either the first electrode or the second electrode is made of an interconnected corrugated carbon-based network (ICCN) having a plurality of expanded and interconnected carbon layers, wherein an oxygen content of the expanded and interconnected carbon layers is at most about 5%.

US Pat. No. 10,115,504

THIN-FILM RESISTOR AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

KOA CORPORATION, Nagano ...

1. A thin-film resistor comprising a substrate, a pair of electrodes formed on the substrate, and a resistive film connected to the pair of electrodes, whereinthe resistive film includes a first resistive film and a second resistive film, the second resistive film having a different TCR from that of the first resistive film, and
each of the first resistive film and the second resistive film contains Si, Cr, and N as main components, and further wherein
one of the first resistive film or the second resistive film has a positive TCR value, and the other has a negative TCR value, and
the first resistive film and the second resistive film contain different percentages of silicon nitride across xTCR (a threshold of silicon nitride) as a boundary, the xTCR being a percentage of silicon nitride at which a positive TCR changes to a negative TCR or a negative TCR changes to a positive TCR.

US Pat. No. 10,115,503

TERMINAL-THERMISTOR ASSEMBLY

YAZAKI NORTH AMERICA, INC...

1. A terminal-thermistor assembly comprising:a thermistor including a body encasing a temperature-sensing element; and
a terminal including a shaft and a housing disposed on an end of the shaft, the housing being a single unitary body including a cavity, a protrusion extending into the cavity and a cantilevered spring element extending into the cavity, the spring element being resiliently flexible between a first position in which a space between the spring element and the protrusion is less than a thickness of the body of the thermistor and a second position in which the space between the spring element and the protrusion is equal to the thickness of the body,
wherein a first surface of the body contacts the spring element and a second surface of the body opposite the first surface contacts the protrusion when the body is received within the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,115,487

SHUTDOWN SYSTEM FOR A NUCLEAR STEAM SUPPLY SYSTEM

SMR INVENTEC, LLC

1. A nuclear steam supply system with shutdown cooling system, the nuclear steam supply system comprising:a reactor vessel having an internal cavity;
a reactor core comprising nuclear fuel disposed within the internal cavity and operable to heat a primary coolant;
a steam generating vessel fluidly coupled to the reactor vessel;
a riser pipe positioned within the steam generating vessel and fluidly coupled to the reactor vessel;
a primary coolant loop formed within the reactor vessel and the steam generating vessel, the primary coolant loop being configured for circulating primary coolant through the reactor vessel and steam generating vessel; and
a primary coolant cooling system comprising:
an intake conduit having an inlet fluidly coupled to the primary coolant loop;
a pump fluidly coupled to the intake conduit, the pump configured and operable to extract and pressurize primary coolant from the primary coolant loop and discharge the pressurized primary coolant through an injection conduit;
a Venturi injection nozzle having an inlet fluidly coupled to the injection conduit and an outlet positioned within the riser pipe to inject pressurized primary coolant into the riser pipe from the pump; and
a heat exchanger configured and operable to cool the extracted primary coolant.

US Pat. No. 10,115,483

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CLINICAL ORDER RESCHEDULING

CERNER INNOVATION, INC., ...

1. An electronic order management system comprising:a control server having a processing unit and internal system memory configured to:
receive a plurality of clinical substance-based orderables, each orderable associated with an established order and comprising a dose, a dose per unit time, and a number of doses per unit time;
receive an indication of a clinician input comprising more than one of a current administration schedule, a new administration schedule, or a reschedule administration option with regard to one of the plurality of clinical substance-based orderables associated with the established order;
generate options for a next administration of the one of the plurality of clinical substance-based orderables using the more than one of the current administration schedule, the new administration schedule, or the reschedule administration option, wherein the options generated for the next administration at least:
maintain the administration stop date and time in the current administration schedule for the one clinical substance-based orderable independent of the number of remaining doses of the one clinical substance-based orderable, or
maintain the remaining number of doses of the one clinical substance-based orderable in the current administration schedule and maintain the administration stop date and time in the current administration schedule for the one clinical substance-based orderable; and
causing the two or more of the options for the next administration to be concurrently displayed as selectable options via graphical user interface (GUI), the two or more options represented graphically as display objects representing specific times for the next administration under two or more of the current administration schedule, the new administration schedule, or the reschedule administration option.

US Pat. No. 10,115,473

METHOD, SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR CORRELATED ELECTRON SWITCH (CES) DEVICE OPERATION

ARM Ltd., Cambridge (GB)...

1. A method comprising:applying a first programming signal generated by a write circuit to terminals of a correlated electron switch (CES) element to provide a first current in the CES element sufficient to place the CES element in a high impedance or insulative state; and
applying a second programming signal from the write circuit to the terminals of the CES element to provide a voltage across terminals of the CES element sufficient to place the CES element in a low impedance or conductive state, the second programming signal further providing a second current in the CES element having a magnitude greater than a magnitude of the first current,
wherein the magnitude of the second current is sufficiently high to prevent a subsequent transition of the CES element to the high impedance or insulative state responsive to a subsequently applied programming signal generated by the write circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,115,415

MAGNETIC PULSE RECORDING SCHEME IN PERPENDICULAR MAGNETIC RECORDING

Headway Technologies, Inc...

1. A magnetic recording apparatus, comprising:(a) a high density disk (HDD) controller configured to input a data sequence to a preamplifier (preamp);
(b) wherein the preamp is configured to convert the data sequence to a recording current and to send the recording current to a write head in a perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) write head on a head gimbal assembly (HGA); and
(c) wherein the PMR write head comprises a main pole that terminates at an air bearing surface proximate to a magnetic recording medium, configured so that the recording current causes the write head to generate a magnetic field that is applied from the main pole to write a plurality of bits in the magnetic recording medium such that the magnetic field is turned off for a certain period (tOFF) of time in a bit duration when a total recording time (tREC) for each bit is less than the bit duration and the bit duration equals the sum (tREC+tOFF), and when the main pole has a down-track length greater than a bit length for each of the plurality of bits.

US Pat. No. 10,115,379

ACOUSTIC GUITAR USER INTERFACE

Gibson Brands, Inc., Nas...

1. An acoustic guitar comprising:a neck;
a body; and
a user interface module comprising:
an audio effect module configured to implement one or more audio effects;
one or more effect controllers, wherein each effect controller is configured to set a level of a corresponding audio effect implemented by the audio effect module;
a first two blend potentiometer configured to allow the user to adjust a blend between a piezo pickup and a magnetic pickup;
a second two blend potentiometer configured to allow the user to adjust a blend between a microphone and an output set by the first two blend potentiometer; and
a voice controller configured to allow a user to select a patch from a plurality of available patches, wherein each patch of the plurality of available patches comprises a configuration of one or more audio effects set at various levels to arrive at a desired effect template.

US Pat. No. 10,115,372

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a sensor configured to sense ambient light;
a display configured to provide a screen including a first area which displays a content and a second area outside the first area; and
a processor configured to change a size of the second area based on the sensed ambient light,
wherein the processor is further configured to divide the second area into a plurality of edge areas based on the sensed ambient light and change respective sizes of the plurality of edge areas.

US Pat. No. 10,115,370

USER TERMINAL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A mobile device comprising:a first input user interface;
a second input user interface;
a third input user interface;
a sensing device configured to sense an operating condition of the mobile device; and
a controller configured to enable the first input user interface and disable the second input user interface if the operating condition corresponds to a first condition, enable the second input user interface and disable the first input user interface if the operating condition corresponds to a second condition different from the first condition, and enable the first input user interface and the second input user interface and disable the third input user interface if the operating condition corresponds to a third condition different from each of the first condition and the second condition,
wherein the operating condition is at least one of an external environment of the mobile device and a motion of the mobile device, and
wherein when the first input user interface and the second input user interface are inputted simultaneously, one of the first input user interface and the second input user interface is selected based on a preset priority level set by a user via a user interface for setting a priority level.

US Pat. No. 10,115,366

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE FOR IMPROVING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GATE DRIVE VOLTAGE

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. A liquid crystal display device comprising:a liquid crystal display panel in which a plurality of gate lines are formed;
a controller configured to generate at least four clock signals with difference phases, wherein at least one clock signal among the at least four clock signals overlaps with another one of the at least four clock signals by at least one period of a horizontal synchronous cycle;
a first gate driver configured to apply a high gate voltage to (2k?1)th gate line in response to at least two of the clock signals from the controller, the ‘k’ being a natural number greater than zero;
a second gate driver configured to apply the high gate voltage to (2k)th gate line in response to the others of the clock signals from the controller, wherein the first gate driver and the second gate driver are disposed at opposite edges of the liquid crystal display panel;
left discharge circuits each configured to apply a low gate voltage to the (2k)th gate line in response to a carry signal opposite to a voltage level on (2k+2)th gate line; and
right discharge circuits each configured to apply the low gate voltage to the (2k?1)th gate line in response to the carry signal opposite to the voltage level on (2k+1)th gate line,
wherein the first gate driver includes a plurality of left stages having a left stage including a gate output portion to output the high gate voltage to the (2k+1)th gate line and a carry output portion to output the carry signal to a right discharge circuit connected to the (2k?1)th gate line,
wherein the second gate driver includes a plurality of right stages having a right stage including a gate output portion to output the high gate voltage to the (2k+2)th gate line and a carry output portion to output the carry signal to a left discharge circuit connected to the (2k)th gate line,
wherein the gate output portion and the carry output portion of each of the plurality of left and right stages are separated from each other, and the carry output portion of each of the plurality of left and right stages is not connected to any of the plurality of gate lines, and
wherein opposite ends of each gate line among the plurality of gate lines are configured to simultaneously receive a low voltage from a corresponding stage among the plurality of left stages and the plurality of right stages and a low voltage from a corresponding discharge circuit among left and right discharge circuits.

US Pat. No. 10,115,354

DISPLAY CONTROLLER SYSTEM

E INK CALIFORNIA, LLC, F...

1. A display device assembly comprising:a CPU memory;
an image memory;
a backplane comprising a plurality of pixel electrodes arranged in a series of lines; and
a display controller comprising
two buffers,
a look-up table, and
a memory controller configured to transfer image data from the CPU memory to the two buffers and the image memory;
wherein the display controller is configured to compare first image data and second image data of the image memory, to select driving waveforms for each pixel electrode in a given line for converting a first image to a second image, and to forward voltage data of the driving waveforms to the backplane to be applied to each of the pixels in the given line, and
wherein the memory controller is configured to transfer a first set of image data to the image memory when one of the two buffers is full and to simultaneously transfer a second set of image data from the CPU memory to the other of the two buffers after the voltage data is forwarded by the display controller.

US Pat. No. 10,115,349

DISPLAY DEVICE

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. A display device having a data transmission device for providing a differential signal to a source driver, the data transmission device comprising:a differential signaling driver including a current controller, the current controller dividing an image data into unit data of multi-bits, determining a toggling for each unit data of the image data on a basis of a frequency of change in the image data, and setting an output current value based on a determination of the toggling for each unit data of the image data; and
first and second signal lines electrically connected between the differential signaling driver and a receiver, the receiver outputting the differential signal to the source driver.

US Pat. No. 10,115,346

DISPLAY DEVICE, DRIVING METHOD, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

JOLED INC., Tokyo (JP)

1. A display device comprising:a display section having a plurality of unit pixels; and
a driving section that, in a first drive mode performed over a plurality of consecutive frame periods indicated by an image signal, performs write driving operations, each of which is performed in one frame period and is followed by an light emission driving operations, and thereafter performs light emission driving operations, each of which is performed within one frame period with no write operation, in a plurality of light-emitting periods on each of the unit pixels, wherein:
one of predetermined number of light-emitting periods out of the plurality of light-emitting periods other than a first light-emitting period is longer than the first light-emitting period, and
another one of the predetermined number of light-emitting periods is shorter than the first light-emitting period.

US Pat. No. 10,115,273

GAMING SYSTEM AND METHOD PROVIDING A GAME INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF CONCENTRIC WHEELS HAVING DEACTIVATABLE SEGMENTS

IGT, Las Vegas, NV (US)

1. A gaming system comprising:a housing;
a plurality of input devices supported by the housing, said plurality of input devices including an acceptor and a validator;
at least one processor;
at least one display device supported by the housing; and
at least one memory device that stores a plurality of instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to:
if a physical item is received by the acceptor, identify by the validator the received physical item and establish a credit balance based at least in part on the monetary value associated with the received and identified physical item;
display, via the at least one display device, a play of a game that includes, for a first activation of a plurality of objects, each object including a plurality of segments, each segment having an activated state and a deactivated state, and each segment being selectable or un-selectable, and each segment being associated with an award:
randomly selecting a first activated segment of a first object of the plurality of objects, wherein any activated segments of another one of the plurality of objects are un-selectable for the first activation of the plurality of objects;
displaying, via the at least one display device, the award associated with said selected first activated segment; and
switching said selected segment of said first object of the plurality of objects from the activated state to the deactivated state such that at least one activated segment of a second object of the plurality of objects is selectable for a second subsequent activation of the plurality of objects; and
if a cashout button is actuated, initiate a payout associated with the credit balance.

US Pat. No. 10,115,258

LOTTERY BALL MACHINE

Bingotimes Digital Techno...

1. A lottery ball machine, comprising a box body, a ball guide seat, a ball control seat, a plurality of gate assemblies, and a plurality of blowers;the box body being a rectangular box with an open bottom, the box body having a plurality of accommodation spaces, a rear side of each accommodation space being provided with a ball inlet, a top of each accommodation space being connected with a tube, a ball tray being provided under each accommodation space, a central portion of the ball tray being formed with an air outlet, the air outlet being located under the tube;
the ball guide seat including a top plate and a seat body under the top plate, the top plate having a plurality of upper through holes and a plurality of ball return holes located behind the upper through holes respectively, the upper through holes and the ball return holes being arranged in pairs to form a plurality of sets arranged side by side, the seat body including a plurality of ball passages therein, upper ends of the ball passages being connected to the upper through holes respectively, lower ends of the ball passages being connected to lower through holes provided at a bottom of the seat body respectively, the seat body being disposed on top of the box body, the lower through holes each corresponding in position to an upper opening of the tube to communicate with the tube;
the ball control seat being disposed on the top plate of the ball guide seat, the ball control seat comprising an upper seat plate assembly, a lower seat plate, at least two upright plates, a plurality of receiving tubes, a plurality of displacement plates, and a plurality of ball tracks; the upper seat plate assembly having a plurality of ball outlets, each ball outlet being provided with a crosspiece to partition its diameter; the lower seat plate being disposed under the upper seat plate assembly and being mounted on top of the top plate of the ball guide seat, the lower seat plate having a plurality of limit holes, the limit holes correspond in position to the upper through holes and the ball return holes which are arranged in pairs so that the upper through holes and the ball return holes simultaneously communicate with the limit holes respectively; the upright plates being disposed between the upper seat plate assembly and the lower seat plate so that a space is formed between the upper seat plate assembly and the lower seat plate; the receiving tubes being disposed in the space, lower ends of the receiving tubes being inserted in the limit holes respectively, a rear side of each receiving tube being connected with a first telescopic cylinder, each receiving tube having upper and lower openings and being driven by the first telescopic cylinder to move back and forth, wherein when the receiving tubes are located at front ends of the limit holes, the receiving tubes communicate with the upper through holes and the ball outlets respectively, wherein when the receiving tubes are located at rear ends of the limit holes, the receiving tubes communicate with the ball return holes respectively; the displacement plates each having a front hole at a front end thereof and a rear hole at a rear end thereof, the rear end of each displacement plate being connected with a second telescopic cylinder, each displacement plate being received in a bottom of the lower seat plate and being driven by the second telescopic cylinder to move back and forth, wherein when the displacement plates are in a retraction state, the front holes of the displacement plates communicate with the upper through holes and the displacement plates close the ball return holes, wherein when the displacement plates are in an advance state, the rear holes of the displacement plates communicate with the ball return holes and the displacement plates close the upper through holes; the ball tracks each having an upper opening and a lower opening, the upper opening being located under a corresponding one of the ball return holes of the top plate, the lower opening corresponding in position to the ball inlet;
each gate assembly being located between the ball inlet and the lower opening of a corresponding one of the ball tracks for opening or closing the ball inlet;
each blower being located under the air outlet of the ball tray.

US Pat. No. 10,115,234

MULTIPLATFORM BASED EXPERIENCE GENERATION

ACCENTURE GLOBAL SOLUTION...

1. A multiplatform based experience generation system comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing machine readable instructions that when executed by the processor cause the processor to:
determine a set of connected devices that provide services related to virtual reality;
determine a platform type of each of the connected devices;
receive an indication of a modification to an intrinsic property of a virtual object on one of the set of connected devices;
generate, based on the received indication of the modification to the intrinsic property of the virtual object, a modification to a master version of the virtual object; and
generate, based on the platform type of another one of the set of connected devices and based on the modification to the master version of the virtual object, an indication of a modification to an intrinsic property of a virtual object on the another one of the set of connected devices by
analyzing the modification to the master version of the virtual object relative to a global anchor that is defined by a plane, and
generating, based on the platform type of the another one of the set of connected devices and based on the modification to the master version of the virtual object relative to the global anchor, the indication of the modification to the intrinsic property of the virtual object relative to the global anchor on the another one of the set of connected devices, wherein the virtual object on the one of the set of connected devices is generally identical to the virtual object on the another one of the set of connected devices.

US Pat. No. 10,115,220

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHANGING 3D DISPLAY BASED ON ROTATION STATE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method for displaying a plurality of objects on a three-dimensional (3D) display apparatus comprising:displaying the plurality of objects with different depth perceptions in a first layout on a 3D screen of the 3D display apparatus, wherein, in the first layout, distances between the plurality of objects are different from one another;
detecting a rotation of the 3D display apparatus;
in response to detecting the rotation of the 3D display apparatus to a first state, changing the different depth perceptions to a same depth perception and displaying the plurality of objects with the same depth perception while the first layout is maintained; and
in response to detecting the rotation of the 3D display apparatus to a second state, changing the first layout to a second layout and displaying the plurality of objects in the second layout while the different depth perceptions are maintained,
wherein, in the second layout, the plurality of objects are spaced apart from one another by one of the distances.

US Pat. No. 10,115,205

EYE TRACKING SYSTEM WITH SINGLE POINT CALIBRATION

Facebook Technologies, LL...

1. A method comprising:obtaining cornea information for an eye of a user, the cornea information including a radius of a corneal sphere of the eye and location of a center of the corneal sphere;
capturing one or more reflections of a pupil of the eye of the user while the user is viewing content displayed on a head-mounted display (HMD);
determining a shape of the pupil based on the one or more captured pupil reflections;
identifying a three-dimensional plane parallel to the pupil, the three-dimensional plane identified based on the obtained cornea information and the identified pupil shape;
identifying a ray originating from the three-dimensional plane and perpendicular to a surface of the corneal sphere;
determining a pupillary axis for the pupil of the user based on the identified ray; and
performing an optical action based in part on the determined pupillary axis.

US Pat. No. 10,115,179

AGGREGATING AND DISPLAYING SOCIAL NETWORKING SYSTEM USER INFORMATION VIA A MAP INTERFACE

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:generating a map interface for presentation to a viewing user of a social networking system, the map interface identifying a representative geographic location associated with an aggregated content item, the viewing user, and an action performed by a user connected to the viewing user via the social networking system, generating the map interface comprising:
determining a threshold distance based on a zoom level of the map interface;
determining the aggregated content item by combining one or more pairs of content items, wherein for each of the one or more pairs of content items, a distance between the geographic locations associated with each content item of the pair is less than the threshold distance;
determining the representative geographic location of the aggregated content item as a weighted aggregate of geographic locations associated with content items aggregated to form the aggregated content item, wherein the weighted aggregate weighs a geographic location based on an affinity of the viewing user with the content item associated with the geographic location, the affinity of the viewing user with the content item determined based at least on past interactions of the viewing user;
selecting one or more representative content items from the aggregated content item for generation of an information display for presentation in association with the representative geographic location, the selecting comprising:
retrieving one or more content items included in the aggregated content item, wherein each retrieved content item has a content type;
selecting one or more content items from the retrieved content items to include a specified amount of content items having a particular content type;
ranking the selected content items based on a measure of affinity between the viewing user and each of the selected content item; and
selecting the one or more representative content items from the selected content items based on the ranking;
generating the information display based on the one or more representative content items; and
sending the information display for presentation to the viewing user in association with the representative geographic location.

US Pat. No. 10,115,140

CUSTOMER MANAGEMENT DEVICE, CUSTOMER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND CUSTOMER MANAGEMENT METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A customer management device for managing states of customers visiting a commercial establishment that provides articles or services to the customers in response to orders from the customers, the customer management device comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions,
wherein the processor, when performing the instructions stored in the memory, performs operations comprising:
receiving an image captured by a camera mounted in the commercial establishment;
obtaining first customer images of customers, by detecting, from the image, customers and cutting out face images of the customers at a point from when the customers enter the commercial establishment till when the customers go through reception procedures;
obtaining second customer images of customers, by detecting, from the image, customers and cutting out face images of the customers at a point of at least one of when the customers receive the articles or services or when the customers make payment;
generating customer information, including face images of customers in a state of waiting for provision of the articles or services, by matching the first customer images and the second customer images and excluding matched images from the first customer images;
providing a user with the generated customer information;
obtaining third customer images of customers, by detecting, from the image, customers and cutting out face images of the detected customers at a point exiting the commercial establishment; and
detecting an exiting customer by matching the face images of the customer information and the third customer images and excluding unmatched images from the face images of the customer information, the exiting customer being a customer in the state of waiting for provision of the articles or services and who has exited the commercial establishment,
wherein, in the providing of customer information, the user is provided with information indicating the exiting customer based on a detection result in the detecting of the existing customer,
in the obtaining of first customer images, the first customer images at a time of entry into the commercial establishment are obtained by capturing images of customers entering the commercial establishment;
the detecting further detects a returning customer by matching the face images of the customer information and the first customer images at the time of entry into the commercial establishment, the returning customer being the customer who exited the commercial establishment in the state of waiting for the provision of the articles or services and has returned to the commercial establishment; and
the providing of customer information further provides the user with information indicating the returning customer based on a detection result in the detecting of the returning customer.

US Pat. No. 10,115,126

LEVERAGING GEOGRAPHIC POSITIONS OF MOBILE DEVICES AT A LOCALE

SPLUNK, INC., San Franci...

1. A method, comprising:accessing a plurality of events in a field-searchable data store, the plurality of events comprising raw machine data associated with a timestamp, the raw machine data representing a plurality of interactions between a mobile device and at least one network device at a locale;
determining, based on the plurality of interactions, at least one geographic position of the mobile device;
correlating the at least one geographic position and at least one time interval determined from the plurality of interactions to obtain at least one correlation, the at least one correlation comprising a first correlation of a first geographic position and a first time interval;
identifying the first correlation as an anomaly; and
excluding, in response to identifying the first correlation as an anomaly, the first correlation from the at least one correlation.

US Pat. No. 10,115,122

SUBSCRIPTION BILL SERVICE, SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Nant Holdings IP, LLC, C...

1. A mobile reconciliation device, comprising:an object recognition engine configured to derive at least one object attribute associated with a real-world object based on image data of the real-world object; and
a transaction reconciliation engine coupled with the object recognition engine and comprising a memory storing reconciliation rules, the transaction reconciliation engine configured to:
provide data regarding a mapping, via the reconciliation rules as a function of the at least one object attribute, to a first account and a second account related to the real-world object; and
cause reconciliation of a transaction related to the real-world object among the first account and the second account, wherein the reconciling comprises a transfer of at least a first amount of a payment associated with the first account based on at least a portion of the transaction attributed to a first entity associated with the first account and at least a second amount associated with the second account based on at least a portion of the transaction attributed to a second entity associated with the second account.

US Pat. No. 10,115,114

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SECURE DISTRIBUTION OF COUPONS

THE MEYERS PRINTING COMPA...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by an application executed on a mobile device, an electronic coupon;
creating, by the mobile device, an intentionally degraded image of the electronic coupon;
displaying, on a display screen of the mobile device, the intentionally degraded image of the electronic coupon responsive to a request to display the electronic coupon;
detecting, by the mobile device, an attempt to capture the displayed, intentionally degraded image of the electronic coupon; and
replacing, on the display screen on the mobile device based on the detection of the attempt to capture, the displayed, intentionally degraded image of the electronic coupon with a non-degraded image of the electronic coupon.

US Pat. No. 10,115,112

TRANSACTION EVALUATION FOR PROVIDING REWARDS

Visa U.S.A. Inc., San Fr...

1. A non-transitory machine readable medium storing instructions, which, when executed, cause a computing system to:receive, by a loyalty platform computing device, from an issuer computing device, a set-up file, the loyalty platform computing device coupled to interact by communications with a transaction handler, the communications comprising transaction records provided by the transaction handler from processing of transactions for consumer payment devices in an electronic payment processing network, the network interconnecting issuer computing devices controlling consumer accounts from which payments are made and acquirer computing devices controlling merchant accounts to which the payments are made, and wherein a communication portal is coupled with the loyalty platform computing device and configured to communicate with computer devices outside the electronic payment processing network;
present, in response to the loyalty platform computing device instructing the communication portal to communicate with a computing device of a consumer, a plurality of reward options to the consumer in a user interface of a website, each reward option comprising a reward that is a value to be credited to an account of the consumer, a future qualifying transaction in which to use the reward, and an amount of a loyalty program currency to be exchanged for the reward upon conducting the future qualifying transaction, wherein the consumer has a balance of the loyalty program currency with a loyalty program provider, wherein the future qualifying transaction is a transaction with a first merchant within a predetermined category of merchants, and wherein a unique identifier corresponds to the first merchant;
prior to processing the future qualifying transaction, receive, by the communication portal, a selection in the user interface from the consumer of one of the reward options, the selection defining a selected reward;
after receiving the selection from the consumer, process, by the transaction handler, a plurality of transactions in the electronic payment processing network, the processing comprising receiving a transaction record from a first merchant computing device;
access, by the transaction handler, from a database, transaction records associated with the plurality of transactions, the records including a first transaction record;
in response to receiving the first transaction record from the transaction handler, identify, by the loyalty platform computing device, as controlled by the set-up file, using the first transaction record, a first transaction conducted by the consumer, with the first merchant computing device, that qualifies for the selected reward, wherein the transaction is conducted via a consumer payment device associated with the account of the consumer;
incorporate, in response to occurrence of the first transaction, by the loyalty platform computing device based on instructions received by the loyalty platform computing device from the issuer computing device, the unique identifier corresponding to the first merchant computing device into a field of a first statement credit record;
send, by the loyalty platform computing device to the transaction handler, statement credit records, including the first statement record, associated with corresponding transactions including the first transaction, the statement credit record identifying a location of the first merchant computing device;
in response to identifying the first transaction, send, by the loyalty platform computing device, at least one communication to the issuer computing device to debit the amount of the loyalty program currency from the balance of the loyalty program currency, and to credit the account of the consumer with the selected reward; and
in response to identifying the first transaction, instruct, by the loyalty platform computing device, the communication portal to send, outside the electronic payment processing network, a communication to a computing device of the consumer, the communication causing the computing device of the consumer to display a notification that the conducted transaction with the consumer payment device qualifies for the selected reward, and that, based on the unique identifier, the selected reward is redeemable with the merchant within the predetermined category of merchants.

US Pat. No. 10,115,110

PET FEEDING SYSTEM

1. A pet feeding system, comprising:a container that stores a volume of a consumable product for a pet, wherein the container is configured to allow a user to selectively dispense the consumable product for consumption by the pet;
a tag corresponding to the consumable product in the container, wherein the tag stores product data corresponding to the consumable product within the container; and
a monitor device configured to communicate with the tag when the tag is near the monitor device;
wherein the monitor device is configured to receive the product data from the tag and determine if the consumable product associated with the tag is acceptable for consumption by the pet based on the product data;
wherein the monitor device is configured to provide an alert to the user if the consumable product associated with the tag is identified by the monitor device as not acceptable for consumption by the pet.

US Pat. No. 10,115,108

RENDERING TRANSACTION DATA TO IDENTIFY FRAUD DETECTION RULE STRENGTH

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A method of varying how processing circuitry renders transaction data to identify fraud detection rule strength, the method comprising:from a group of transaction entries and by processing circuitry, providing a general graph on an electronic display of a user, the group of transaction entries defining a group of transactions,
each transaction entry including (i) a set of transaction details identifying aspects of a respective transaction and (ii) a fraud indicator indicating whether that respective transaction was fraudulent, and
the general graph representing the respective transaction defined by each transaction entry of the group of transaction entries by (i) using a first graph style when the fraud indicator of that transaction entry indicates that the respective transaction is fraudulent and (ii) using a second graph style when the fraud indicator of that transaction entry indicates that the respective transaction is authentic;
after providing the general graph on the electronic display of the user and by the processing circuitry, applying selection criteria to the group of transaction entries to generate a subgroup of transaction entries from the group of transaction entries, the subgroup having fewer transaction entries than the group of transaction entries; and
from the subgroup of transaction entries and by the processing circuitry, providing a focused graph on the electronic display of the user in place of the general graph, the focused graph representing the respective transaction defined by each transaction entry of the subgroup of transaction entries by (i) using the first graph style when the fraud indicator of that transaction entry indicates that the respective transaction is fraudulent and (ii) using the second graph style when the fraud indicator of that transaction entry indicates that the respective transaction is authentic, the ratio between the number of transactions represented using the first graph style to the number of transactions represented using the second graph style identifying the strength of the selection criteria for use in a fraud detection rule.

US Pat. No. 10,115,102

PROVIDING IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION TO MOBILE COMMERCE APPLICATIONS

Equifax Inc., Atlanta, G...

1. A method comprising:storing, by a facilitation server system, a first identification information for a consumer at a first data source and, a second identification information for the consumer at a second data source, wherein the second identification information comprises a credit file and a credit card number for the consumer;
linking, by the facilitation server system, the first identification information in the first data source and the second identification information in the second data source via a referential keying system;
establishing, by the facilitation server system, a first network connection with an electronic commerce computing system;
receiving, by the facilitation server system and via the first network connection to the electronic commerce computing system, a communication from the electronic commerce computing system;
obtaining, by the facilitation server system, a network identifier from the communication, wherein the network identifier is associated with a mobile device;
establishing, by the facilitation server system, a second network connection to a telecommunication computing system, wherein establishing the second network connection comprises authenticating the facilitation server system to the telecommunication computing system;
providing, by the facilitation server system, the network identifier to the telecommunication computing system via the second network connection;
obtaining, by the facilitation server system and from the telecommunication computing system, a credential associated with the mobile device;
matching, by the facilitation server system, the credential obtained from the telecommunication computing system to the first identification information in the first data source;
retrieving, by the facilitation server system, the second identification information that is linked to the first identification information;
determining, by the facilitation server system, that the credit card number is required for completing a transaction;
selecting, by the facilitation server system, the credit card number from the second identification information; and
transmitting, from the facilitation server system to the electronic commerce computing system, an electronic communication including the credit card number selected from the second identification information.

US Pat. No. 10,115,098

INVOICELESS TRADING AND SETTLEMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM

FAST 101 PTY LTD, Victor...

1. A computer implemented method, the method comprising:receiving, on an authorization date and by a server, an electronic authorization, the electronic authorization relating to an invoice between a customer and a supplier, the electronic authorization authorizing payment for the invoice, the invoice comprising an invoice amount and an invoice due date, the invoice due date being after the authorization date;
based on the electronic authorization, a funds provider electronically transferring to a supplier account, on an early payment date, the early payment date being before the invoice due date, a discounted payment amount for settlement of the invoice, the discounted payment amount discounted from the invoice amount based at least on:
one or more fiscal attributes of the customer; and
a credit period, the credit period being an amount of time between the early payment date and the invoice due date; and
after the credit period, electronically debiting a customer payment from an account associated with the customer, wherein the customer payment is at least the discounted payment amount.

US Pat. No. 10,115,094

VISUAL CUSTOMER IDENTIFICATION

NCR Corporation, Atlanta...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by a device that is a Point-Of-Sale (POS) terminal, an image of a customer during processing of a transaction with the customer and using the image during processing of the transaction;
integrating, by the device, the image for visual presentation on one or more displays of multiple devices during processing of the transaction by forcibly presenting the image on the displays of the multiple devices during the transaction;
printing, by a printer, the image on a sticky media receipt for affixing to an item associated with the transaction; and
broadcasting, by the device, the image with at least one transaction detail for the transaction to multiple ones of the one or more displays associated with the multiple devices during processing of the transaction, wherein broadcasting further includes broadcasting other images associated with other customers engaged in other transactions to the multiple ones of the one or more displays in a list-type viewing mode within screen shots of the multiple ones of the one or more displays.

US Pat. No. 10,115,092

SERVICE COMPOSITION IN A MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE APPLICATION FRAMEWORK

Sprint Communications Com...

1. A method of providing a bundled content delivery communication service on a user equipment (UE), comprising:receiving a request for a bundled content delivery communication service from a mobile application executing on a user equipment (UE) by a mobile application framework server application (server application) executing on a server computer, wherein the request for bundled content delivery comprises an identity of the mobile application, an identity of the UE, and an identity of a bundled content delivery service;
mapping the identity of the mobile application and the identity of the bundled content delivery service by the server application to a mobile application framework content delivery workflow;
validating the UE with a wireless communication service provider by the server application based on the mapped mobile application framework content delivery workflow;
in response to validating the UE, determining a payment service by the server application based on the mapped mobile application framework content delivery workflow;
determining a content provider for the bundled content delivery service by the server application based on the mapped mobile application framework content delivery workflow;
completing a payment transaction with the payment service by the server application, wherein the payment transaction comprises the server application providing an indication of having validated the UE and an identity of the content provider;
ordering the bundled content delivery service from the content provider by the server application, wherein the server application provides an indication of the completion of payment by the payment service to the content provider;
receiving a content delivery service token from the content provider by the server application, wherein the content delivery service token enables the UE to access the content delivery service;
identifying an access point node (APN) by the server application based on the mapped mobile application framework content delivery workflow, wherein the APN is associated by the wireless communication service provider with a communication channel over which communication is not tolled to subscriber service accounts; and
transmitting the content delivery service token and the APN identity by the server application to the mobile application on the UE, whereby the mobile application is configured to provide premium content via the UE responsive to a selection input to the UE.

US Pat. No. 10,115,085

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR UTILIZING CASH WITH ONLINE ACTIVITIES

Moneygram, International,...

1. A method of establishing access to a cash money transfer system for a third-party system, said method comprising:establishing, by a processing device of the cash money transfer system, a communication link between the third-party system and the cash money transfer system, wherein the third-party system uses an account-based protocol, and the cash money transfer system uses a cash-based protocol, wherein the third-party system includes an online financial service provider that administers online accounts that maintain financial balances, the online accounts including an online financial resource of a customer, and wherein accessing funds within the third-party system according to the account-based protocol requires distributing the funds from one of the online accounts to another one of the online accounts;
receiving, by the processing device of the cash money transfer system, via the communication link, data describing a transaction from the third-party system, wherein the data includes funds to be received at the cash money transfer system from the online financial resource of the customer;
generating, based on the received data, by the processing device of the cash money transfer system, a cash-based transaction to be executed according to the cash-based protocol of the cash money transfer system; and
executing, by the processing device of the cash money transfer system, the cash-based transaction according to the cash-based protocol of the cash money transfer system, wherein the executing includes:
receiving the funds from the online financial resource of the customer at the money transfer system;
identifying the customer at an agent location of the cash money transfer system; and
distributing the funds received from the online financial resource of the customer, in cash form, to the identified customer at the agent location of the cash money transfer system such that the customer receives the funds without transferring the funds to a bank account and without cashing a check.

US Pat. No. 10,115,084

ELECTRONIC PAYMENT SYSTEM

1. Electronic payment system comprising client devices of remote users, each including an interface unit for controlling monetary operations and accounts, and connected to one another with the aid of a unified network,wherein said network comprises at least one server comprising, connected to one another:
a storage unit for a database of monetary operations and accounts,
an authorization and authentication unit,
a unit for controlling monetary operations and accounts, and
an analysis and statements unit,
wherein said electronic payment system additionally comprises:
a unit for creating and keeping an account in real monetary units, and
a unit for creating and keeping an account in virtual monetary units,
said units for creating and keeping an account in real monetary units and for creating and keeping an account in virtual monetary units being connected:
to the unit for controlling monetary operations and accounts, and
to the storage unit for a database of monetary operations and accounts,
wherein the server also comprises:
a unit for controlling wallets and electronic cards,
a unit for controlling internal accounts,
a unit for controlling credit cards,
a unit for controlling cash information,said units being connected to the unit for controlling monetary operations and accounts,wherein at least one selected from the group consisting of:
(i) the unit for controlling wallets and electronic cards is adapted:
to integrate the management of credit card and virtual wallet information posting and deletion,
to monitor all accounts to ensure that they are kept and used correctly,
(ii) both, the unit for controlling internal accounts and unit for controlling credit cards, are designed for direct management of virtual wallet accounts and credit card accounts, and
(iii) the analysis and statements unit is adapted to provide balance reports, cashflow reports, payment reports, and the analysis and statements unit is adapted to send a signal to the unit for controlling credit cards in order to receive bank reports.

US Pat. No. 10,115,081

MONITORING MODULE USAGE IN A DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM

Bank of America Corporati...

1. A monitoring system for automatically re-coding bottleneck nodes in a transaction processing system, the transaction processing system comprising:a memory device with computer-readable program code stored thereon;
a communication device;
a processing device operatively coupled to the memory device and the communication device, wherein the processing device is configured to execute the computer-readable program code to:
access a dynamic mapping of transaction flow in the transaction processing system, the dynamic mapping including a plurality of transaction pathways interconnected by transaction nodes, wherein the transaction nodes represent an automated processing step or action taken by a manual station of the transaction processing system on transaction files that are received at the transaction nodes, wherein the transaction files are files associated with a specific financial instrument to be processed by the transaction processing system;
process a transaction file at a first node and store information corresponding to the first node and the type of processing that occurred at the first node with the transaction file;
determine that the transaction file was processed at the first node;
determine that the transaction file experienced a bottleneck within the transaction flow at the first node;
store information related to the transaction file experiencing the bottleneck at the first node at a first datastore comprising a plurality of entries comprising information regarding transaction file processing;
retrieve from the datastore the information related to the transaction file experiencing a bottleneck within the transaction flow at the first node;
determine, based at least in part on the retrieved information related to the transaction file experiencing a bottleneck at the first node, that the first node is a bottleneck node;
in response to determining that the first node is a bottleneck node, initiate a re-writing of at least a portion of code associated with the first node in a memory of the transaction processing system;
access the transaction file to determine the type of processing that occurred at the first node;
determine that processing of the transaction file bypassed a second node; and
store information related to the transaction file bypassing the second node at a second datastore comprising a plurality of entries comprising information regarding transaction file processing; and
perform an action related to the type of processing that occurred at the first node.

US Pat. No. 10,115,079

AUTHENTICATION ALERTS

ConsumerInfo.com, Inc., ...

1. A computing system comprising:a data store that stores contact information associated with one or more individuals enrolled in a monitoring service; and
a computing device, comprising at least one physical processor, that is in communication with the data store and that configured to:
receive, by the computing device, information identifying an individual for whom an authentication request has been received in association with a request from a requesting entity that received the information in real time from a person alleging to be the individual, wherein the received information includes a vendor identifier identifying the requesting entity and wherein the person alleging to be the individual is present in real time at a place of business of the vendor;
retrieve, by the computing device, contact information associated with the individual from the data store;
retrieve, by the computing device, vendor contact information associated with the requesting entity based on the vendor identifier;
send, from the computing device, an electronic notification to a mobile device of the individual based at least in part on the retrieved contact information, wherein the electronic notification provides notification to the individual that an authentication request was received regarding the individual and includes at least a vendor name from the retrieved vendor contact information, wherein the electronic notification provides the individual with a selectable option to indicate whether the person alleging to be the individual is actually the individual,
wherein the electronic notification is provided as a push alert delivered via an application executed on the mobile device, wherein sending the electronic notification as the push alert causes the mobile device to launch the application executed on the mobile device, wherein the application causes display of the vendor name and the selectable option;
receive, by the computing device as a result of a selection of the selectable option in the electronic notification, an indication that the person alleging to be the individual is not actually the individual; and
in response to receiving the indication, substantially in real time after receiving the indication, and substantially while the person is still at the place of business, providing a notification to the requesting entity indicating fraudulent use of identity information of the individual in association with the authentication request, wherein the notification is provided based at least in part on the retrieved vendor contact information.