Patents Assigned to The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
  • Patent number: 10333612
    Abstract: A method, wireless device and computer program product for expanding the coverage of a cellular network. A wireless device (e.g., cellular telephone) is able to communicate with a base station in a cell of the cellular network over a non-cellular interface via another wireless device in a cell through the use of multi-hopping. A wireless device may request permission to communicate with the base station over a non-cellular interface via hopping off another wireless device when its signal strength is below a threshold. Alternatively, a wireless device may receive a request to communicate with the base station over a non-cellular interface via hopping off the wireless device that sent the request when that wireless device has excess capacity in its bandwidth with the base station. By enabling wireless devices to communicate with a base station in such a manner, the effective capacity of the cellular network is expanded and the effective capacity of the cellular network is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Vidur Bhargava, Sriram Vishwanath, Jubin Jose
  • Patent number: 10333138
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a cathode additive for a rechargeable sodium battery, to mixtures of the additive and a cathode active material, to cathodes containing the additive, to electrochemical cells with cathodes containing the additive, and to rechargeable batteries with cathodes containing the additive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: John B. Goodenough, Kyusung Park
  • Patent number: 10329353
    Abstract: The present invention includes the discovery of cell-surface vimentin as a novel biomarker to detect and isolate mesenchymal and epithelial-mesenchymal transformed circulating tumor cells from blood of cancer patients. In addition, an antibody specific for the detection of cell-surface vimentin on circulating tumor cells and the use the antibody to detect, enumerate, and isolate CTC are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Arun Satelli, Shulin Li
  • Patent number: 10330600
    Abstract: The present invention includes nanotubes or rods, methods and arrays using plasmonic-magnetic bifunctional nanotubes or rods comprising: one or more silica nanotubes or rods; one or more nanomagnets embedded in a portion of the silica nanotubes or rods; and plasmonic metal nanoparticles uniformly coating in or on at least a portion of the surface of the nanomagnets and the silica nanotubes surface-coated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Donglei Fan, Xiaobin Xu
  • Patent number: 10328139
    Abstract: Provided herein is a genetically modified Y. pestis that includes three alterations compared to a control Y. pestis. Two alterations include decreased mRNA, decreased protein, or a combination thereof, encoded by a lpp coding region and encoded by a msbB coding region. The third alteration is selected from an alteration of an intergenic region between the coding regions ypo1119 and ypo1120, and decreased mRNA, decreased protein, or a combination thereof, encoded by a coding region selected from pla, ypol717, ypmt1.80c, rbsA (ypo2500), ypo0498, vasK (ypo3603), ypo3164, hxuB (ypo3248), ypo1616, ypo1119, ypo1120, and ail. Also provided are compositions that include the genetically modified Y. pestis, and methods of using the genetically modified Y. pestis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventors: Ashok K. Chopra, Jian Sha
  • Publication number: 20190187294
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for detecting and estimating time synchronization attacks (TSAs) on Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers. The system and method can be implemented to address gaps in the known or proposed TSA detection solutions. In particular, the system and method can be implemented to provide a TSA countermeasure solution that: 1) provides a comprehensive countermeasure against different types of TSAs; 2) allows the GPS receiver to continue its normal operation, which is especially beneficial in Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) applications where the network's normal operation cannot be interrupted; in other words, the solution not only detects TSAs, but also mitigates their effects so that the network can continue its normal operation; and 3) is relatively simple and capable of being integrated with current GPS receivers without having to alter the circuitry of the GSP receivers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Ali Khalajmehrabadi, Nikolaos Gatsis, David Akopian, Ahmad Fayez Taha
  • Patent number: 10324017
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for measuring a local permeability of a porous material. A probe can be positioned perpendicular to the surface of the material. The probe can be configured to sense a velocity of a fluid flowing over the surface. The probe can be positioned at a distance determined based on an average porosity of the material. The probe can take measurements at various positions at the distance by moving a minimum dimension between each measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Stefano Gulli, Luca Maddalena
  • Patent number: 10323243
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure concern methods and compositions related to generation and/or use of proofreading reverse transcriptases, including those that are thermophilic or hyperthermophilic. The disclosure encompasses specific recombinant polymerases and their use. In some embodiments, the polymerases are utilized for RNA sequencing in the absence of generation of a cDNA intermediate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
    Inventors: Andrew Ellington, Jared Ellefson, Jimmy Gollihar
  • Patent number: 10322171
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to the development of a vaccine, or the production of antibodies, capable of providing improved protection against a virus associated with ADE, such as Zika, Dengue and Ebola, based on novel antigenic peptides identified using an informational spectrum method (ISM).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Slobodan Paessler, Veljko Veljkovic
  • Patent number: 10322113
    Abstract: Embodiments of the current invention include methods and compositions for regulating the activity of hormone receptors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM, THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
    Inventors: Marc Cox, Artem Cherkasov
  • Patent number: 10322069
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to dental compositions comprising: (1) at least one cationically reactive compound; (2) at least one cationic photoinitiator; (3) at least one compound which is: an organic monomer, oligomer or polymer, said compound comprising at least one reactive oxirane, oxetane, or alkenyl ether, (4) at least one compound which is: an organic monomer, oligomer or polymer, said compound comprising at least one reactive acrylate that is capable of forming an interpenetrating network; (5) at least one free radical initiator; and (6) at least one compound which is: an organic monomer, oligomer or polymer, said compound comprising at least one reactive acrylate or methacrylate and at least one oxirane, oxetane, or alkenyl ether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventors: H. Ralph Rawls, Allen D. Johnston, Barry K. Norling, Kyumin Whang
  • Patent number: 10323628
    Abstract: A linear motor compressor including a compressor housing and a cylinder housing having a plurality of opposing compression chambers. A piston freely reciprocates within the cylinder housing using a linear electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE, BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
    Inventors: Jason Stair, Anthony Lindsay, Michael Lewis, Raymond Zowarka, Siddharth Pratap, Clay Hearn, Charles Penney, Michael Worthington, Hsing-Pang Liu
  • Patent number: 10323070
    Abstract: The present invention relates to DNA sequences encoding Vmp-like polypeptides of pathogenic Borrelia, the use of the DNA sequences in recombinant vectors to express polypeptides, the encoded amino acid sequences, application of the DNA and amino acid sequences to the production of polypeptides as antigens for immunoprophylaxis, immunotherapy, and immunodiagnosis. Also disclosed are the use of the nucleic acid sequences as probes or primers for the detection of organisms causing Lyme disease, relapsing fever, or related disorders, and kits designed to facilitate methods of using the described polypeptides, DNA segments and antibodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
    Inventor: Steven J. Norris
  • Publication number: 20190179618
    Abstract: For example, the present techniques may provide an energy-efficient multipurpose encryption engine capable of processing both AES and CRC algorithms using a shared Galois Field Computation Unit (GFCU). In an embodiment, an apparatus may comprise computation circuitry adapted to perform Galois Field computations and control circuitry adapted to control the computation circuitry so as to selectively compute either an Advanced Encryption Standard cipher or a Cyclic Redundancy Check.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Safwat Mostafa Noor, Eugene Britto John
  • Publication number: 20190175787
    Abstract: Methods are described for generating autologous tissue grafts, including generating grafts at the point of care, which include isolated cell populations that are enriched with stem cells and are mixed with biological fillers including hyaluronic acid and derivatives thereof. The hyaluronic acid localizes the cells to a desired injection site and stimulates collagen production thus enhancing the viability and the longevity of the graft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicants: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Ingeneron, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Altman, Eckhard U. Alt, Michael E. Coleman
  • Patent number: 10318242
    Abstract: Memristor-based multipliers using memristors-as-drivers (MAD) gates. As a result of employing MAD gates in memristor-based multipliers, such as shift-and-add multipliers, Booth multipliers and array multipliers, the number of delay steps may be less than half than the number of delay steps required in traditional CMOS implementations of multipliers. Furthermore, by using MAD gates, memristor-based multipliers can be implemented with less complexity (e.g., fewer memristors and drivers). As a result, by the memristor-based multipliers using MAD gates, the speed and complexity of a wide variety of arithmetic operations is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Earl Swartzlander, Lauren Guckert
  • Patent number: 10319994
    Abstract: Tin-containing carbon fibers may be produced by centrifugal spinning of a precursor composition that includes a base polymer and a tin-containing compound. The produced fibers are heated at a temperature sufficient to convert at least a portion of the base polymer in the collected fibers into carbon fibers comprising tin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventors: Mataz Alcoutlabi, Victor Anafo Agubra
  • Patent number: 10314950
    Abstract: A non-synthetic, hydrophilic, biodegradable, biocompatible polysaccharide based non-toxic anti-adhesion hydrogel barrier is disclosed herein. The barrier of the present invention is formed by constructing a unique interpenetrating, crosslinked network with a unique porosity. Furthermore, the barrier of the present invention is comprised of tunable biopolymers for controllable mechanical robustness and degradation. The barrier of the present invention effectively reduces unwanted adhesions using non-synthetic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Sarah Mayes, Christine E. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10317413
    Abstract: Provided is a method of detecting the presence of an anti-Zika virus (ZIKV) antibody in a sample, including contacting a sample with a suspension having a plurality of microspheres wherein individual microspheres are conjugated to a peptide and the peptide includes a ZIKV peptide selected from the group including ZIKV NS1, ZIKV NS5, and ZIKV envelope protein, forming a first incubated suspension by incubating said sample with said suspension to permit binding of anti-ZIKV antibodies present in the sample to said microspheres, forming a second incubated suspension by contacting said first incubated suspension with an anti-ZIKV antibody detecting-reagent to permit binding of the anti-ZIKV antibody detecting reagent to said microspheres, removing from the second incubated suspension anti-ZIKV antibody detecting-reagent molecules that are not bound to said microspheres, and detecting the presence of anti-ZIKV antibody detecting-reagent molecules in the second incubated suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM, HEALTH RESEARCH, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Susan J. Wong, Pei-Yong Shi
  • Patent number: 10316073
    Abstract: Provided are novel FcRn antagonist compositions comprising a variant Fc region that binds specifically to FcRn with increased affinity and reduced pH dependence relative to the native Fc region. Also provided are FcRn antagonists with enhanced CD16 binding affinity. Also provided are methods of treating antibody-mediated disorders (e.g. autoimmune diseases) using the these FcRn antagonist compositions, nucleic acids encoding the FcRn antagonist compositions, recombinant expression vectors and host cells for making the FcRn antagonist compositions, and pharmaceutical compositions comprising the FcRn antagonist compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: argenx BVBA, The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
    Inventors: Peter Ulrichts, Christophe Blanchetot, Torsten Dreier, Johannes de Haard, E. Sally Ward Ober, Nicolas G. H. Ongenae