Patents Examined by J. Miller
  • Patent number: 10373737
    Abstract: There is provided a grommet with water-blocking performance improved by suppression of deformation of a rear end caused by deformation of a fastening fixing portion. The grommet includes: a rear band mounting portion 415 which fastens and fixes a portion displaced from the rear end and overlapping a corrugated tube 5 fitted in the grommet by using a band-shaped binding band 8; and a plurality of rear end-side annular protruding portion 411, first fixed-side annular protruding portion 412, and second fixed-side annular protruding portion 413 protruding from an inner peripheral face and extending in a circumferential direction and disposed along a front-rear direction X so as to be fitted with the corrugated tube 5 by use of protruding and recessed shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Shin Takahashi, Kotaro Tomita, Masanori Uchibori, Sumio Owari
  • Patent number: 10375221
    Abstract: An adapter may facilitate easy and swift data transfer amongst two previously incompatible electronic devices. Such an adapter may be operative to communicate data with a first of the two electronic devices using a contactless communication link and a first communication protocol and to communicate data with a second of the two electronic devices using a mechanical communication link and/or using a second communication protocol that is different than the first communication protocol, such that data may be transferred between the first and second electronic devices via the adapter. The adapter may be communicatively coupled to both the first electronic device and the second electronic device at the same time. The adapter may rapidly transition between communicating data with the first device and communicating data with the second device (e.g., without altering a physical connection between the adapter and one of the first and second devices during such a transition).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: KEYSSA SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Antonopoulos, Roger D. Isaac, Mariel van Tatenhove
  • Patent number: 10375230
    Abstract: Systems and methods for restricting electronic devices to maximum hardware settings within a transit vehicle. A method may include receiving positioning data for each of a plurality of portable electronic devices. The method may also include determining a location of each of the plurality of portable electronic devices within the transit vehicle based on the positioning data. The method may further include establishing at least one zone within the transit vehicle, assigning one or more maximum hardware settings to each of the at least one zone, and ensuring compliance of each of the plurality of portable electronic devices with the one or more maximum hardware settings based on the location of each of the plurality of portable electronic devices. The method may include transmitting, by a plurality of position sensors located throughout the transit vehicle, wireless beacon signals each indicating a transmitting position sensor of the plurality of position sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Dyne
  • Patent number: 10370948
    Abstract: The invention relates to injecting steam into crude oil for several benefits, primarily of which is to remove salt by transferring the salt into the condensed water from the steam. Steam transfers salt via a different transfer mechanism and therefore doesn't require the high shear mixing of conventional water injection systems. As such, steam injection through a variety of procedures, is more efficient at gathering salt into water that itself is easier to remove from the crude oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Phillips 66 Company
    Inventors: Keith H. Lawson, Derek H. Willman
  • Patent number: 10370949
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a particularly effective well configuration that can be used for SAGD and other steam based oil recovery methods. Fishbone multilateral wells are combined with SAGD, effectively expanding steam coverage, but the fishbones are preheated to mitigate plugging problems, with e.g., resistive heating, EM heating or chemical heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Sergei A. Filatyev, Pradeep Ananth Govind, Thomas J. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10370583
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of an aminosulphonate compound corresponding to the following formula (I): R1R2N—CHR3—CHR4—CHR5—SO3? (I) where: •R1 is a preferably C2 to C24 alkyl or alkylamido radical; •R2 is an optionally hydroxylated alkyl radical; •R3, R4 and R5 are, independently of one another, H or OH; it being understood that at least one of the R3, R4 and/or R5 groups is OH, for stabilizing a foam, in particular a foam used to extract hydrocarbons in an underground formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Mikel Morvan, Max Chabert
  • Patent number: 10370579
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to the use of alkali aluminates and alkali silicates with cement kiln dust to form a settable composition for use in subterranean operations. An embodiment provides a method comprising: introducing a settable composition comprising cement kiln dust, an alkali aluminate, an alkali silicate, and an aqueous carrier fluid into a subterranean formation; and allowing the settable composition to set and thereby reduce fluid flow through a portion of the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyriacos Agapiou, Thomas Jason Pisklak
  • Patent number: 10375635
    Abstract: A method and apparatus may be used in wireless communications. The apparatus may be an access point (AP), and may transmit a power save frame. The power save frame may include one or more Uplink (UL) Transmission Times (ULT)s. The apparatus may determine that a station (STA) did not transmit during its respective ULT. The AP may transmit another power save frame. The other power save frame may include a modified ULT. The modified ULT may be for a STA that did not transmit during its respective ULT. The other power save frame may include an unmodified ULT. The unmodified ULT may be for a STA that did not transmit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: InterDigital Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Mohammed Sammour, Sudheer A. Grandhi, Robert L. Olesen
  • Patent number: 10370951
    Abstract: A method of performing a squeeze treatment comprises pumping a treatment fluid under pressure through a wellbore into a subterranean formation, wherein the treatment fluid includes a hydrogen sulfide scavenging compound that adsorbs onto the subterranean formation in a region around the wellbore. Production fluids are then allowed to flow from the subterranean formation into the wellbore, wherein the production fluids contact the adsorbed hydrogen sulfide scavenging compound as the production fluids flow through the region around the wellbore, and wherein the production fluids contain hydrogen sulfide that reacts with the hydrogen sulfide scavenging compound to reduce an amount of hydrogen sulfide in the production fluids before the production fluids flow into the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Paul Bailey, Aaron D. Martinez, Erick J. Acosta, Ravindranath Mukkamala, Maximilian A. Silvestri, Jose M. Macias
  • Patent number: 10364660
    Abstract: Method comprising introducing a proppant-free fluid into a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation to create or enhance one or more fractures; providing binding agent-coated proppant comprising proppant coated with a binding agent; and introducing, in alternating order, a proppant-laden fluid and a spacer fluid into one or more of the fractures. The proppant-laden fluid comprises a base fluid and binding agent-coated proppant, and the spacer fluid comprises a base fluid and degradable ultra-low density particulates. And forming a proppant pack in the fracture, wherein the proppant pack comprises binding agent-coated proppant and degradable ultra-low density particulates; producing hydrocarbons through the proppant pack; wherein the hydrocarbons degrade the degradable ultra-low density particulates to leave behind particulate-free channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Loan K. Vo
  • Patent number: 10367344
    Abstract: A cable armor stop for preventing cable sheathing of an electrical cable from passing the armor stop while allowing electrical conductors of the electrical cable to pass therethrough has a body with an outer shell, the body having an interior cavity formed by an interior surface of the body, the cavity extending through the body between a front side of the body and a rear side of the body, the cavity reduced by a radially protruding member extending inwardly such that a terminating end of the radially protruding member is spaced a distance from an opposite side of the interior surface closest to the terminating end, the distance being less than a minimum outside diameter of the cable sheathing of said electrical cable. An electrical connector including such a cable armor stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Bridgeport Fittings, Incorporated
    Inventor: Lawrence J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10365262
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a parameter of a hydrocarbon well, pipeline or formation is provided. The method comprises introducing a tracer into the hydrocarbon well, pipeline or formation; producing a fluid from the hydrocarbon well, pipeline or formation; and analyzing the fluid to determine if the tracer is present in the fluid. The tracer comprises a halogenated alkoxylated-benzoic acid, an alkoxylated benzene sulfonic acid, a salt of a halogenated alkoxylated-benzoic acid or a salt of an alkoxylated benzene sulfonic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Matthey Public Limited Company
    Inventor: Aidan Brierley
  • Patent number: 10367566
    Abstract: Multiple base stations or transmit points (TPs) may use single-user multiple-input multiple-output (SU-MIMO) layer-specific and codeword-specific communication configurations for non-coherent joint transmissions (NCJTs) to a user equipment (UE). Two TPs may be configured for NCJTs to the UE, and one or more of the TPs may transmit a set of communication configurations to the UE. The communication configurations may be transmitted in a single downlink control information (DCI) transmission that configures the UE to receive NCJTs as two codewords in a SU-MIMO transmission. The UE may receive the DCI, receive the multiple NCJTs, and demodulate/decode the NCJT transmissions as multiple codewords in a SU-MIMO transmission. In some cases, the two codewords may be received from two TPs. Alternatively, the two codewords may be received in two spatial layers transmitted from a single TP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jing Sun, Wanshi Chen, Peter Gaal, Hao Xu
  • Patent number: 10364644
    Abstract: A system for cementing a tubular in a wellbore that includes a sleeve made up of an annular housing with a cement seal on outer surface of the housing. The sleeve further includes a sliding block, a stationary block, an arm attached to the sliding block, and a passage formed through a sidewall of the housing, and that receives a free end of the arm. When the sleeve inner bore is pressurized, the arm moves to move the sliding block into an open space in the stationary block. Inserting the sliding block into the open space forms a seal on the outer periphery of the sleeve which forms a barrier to cement flowing in an annulus between the sleeve and inner surface of the wellbore. Lost circulation material can be deposited in the annulus and which settles along an interface between the seal and wellbore wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Shaohua Zhou
  • Patent number: 10368437
    Abstract: A cable assembly includes a printed circuit board having a first surface and a second surface. A first post and a second post extend from one side of the printed circuit board. A first signal pad, a second signal pad, and a first ground pad are each coupled to the first surface. A first cable has a first signal wire at least partially covered by a first insulator and a second signal wire at least partially covered by a second insulator. The first cable further has a first ground shield at least partially covering the first and second insulators. A first end of a first cable is mounted between the first and second posts. A conductive attachment couples the first ground shield to the first ground pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Sandor Farkas, Bhyrav M. Mutnury
  • Patent number: 10368125
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for efficiently directing communications are disclosed. On example entails receiving, from a mobile terminal, a communication directed to a cellular communication network, the communication being received in an alternative channel that differs from a channel of the cellular communication network. The communication is then converted for a relayed communication to the cellular communication network on behalf of the mobile terminal, the relayed communication being made through the cellular communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Innovation Science LLC
    Inventors: Tiejun Wang, Tiehong Wang
  • Patent number: 10363195
    Abstract: A device for use in physical therapy is provided. The device includes an axis, and a plurality of balls which are rotatably mounted on the axis. Each ball is equipped with a shaft through which the axis extends. The surface of the shaft is equipped with a plurality of spaced apart protrusions, and an adjustable locking feature disposed on the axis that rotatably and releasably engages the grooves formed by the spaces between the protrusions such that the distance between the balls may be adjustably fixed to any of a plurality of predetermined values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Cosmo Mark Raines, Christie Powell
  • Patent number: 10361548
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to wiring systems and the teachings thereof may be embodied in a junction box and/or electrical wiring components. Some embodiments may include a divider for use with a junction box in circuit wiring. The divider may include: a wall extending from one corner of a container of the junction box diagonally to an opposite corner of the container and a fitting for a connecting module having terminals on both a first side and a second side of the connecting module. The first side of the connecting module may extend into a first section of the container and the second side of the connecting module into the second section of the container. The wall may separate two generally triangular sections of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Alexander Mauer
  • Patent number: 10362610
    Abstract: A user equipment (UE) for selecting a cell using a synchronization signal (SS) in a wireless communication network. The UE comprises determining subcarrier spacing based on an operating frequency band, receiving, from a base station (BS), a signal block comprising a primary synchronization signal (PSS), a secondary synchronization signal (SSS), and a broadcasting signal conveyed on a physical broadcasting channel (PBCH), decoding a block index from the signal block, and determining OFDM symbol indices corresponding to the block index, wherein the OFDM symbol indices are determined by a mapping pattern based corresponding to the subcarrier spacing, and wherein the mapping pattern comprises a plurality of bursts each of which includes a set of consecutive OFDM symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hao Chen, Li Guo, Young-Han Nam, Aris Papasakellariou
  • Patent number: 10362459
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product is disclosed for identifying the purpose and context of a line of people using mobile devices. A message is generated for transmitting to one or more mobile devices, and the message identifies a purpose of a line of people. The message is transmittable using a beacon at a starting point of the line. The message includes the purpose of the line to a first mobile device of a first person in the line. The message transmitted by the beacon is receivable by at least the first mobile device. In sequence, the message is transmitted, to each of a plurality of mobile devices belonging to people in the line, from the first mobile device to a next mobile device of the plurality of mobile devices, thereby relaying the message including the purpose of the line to multiple mobile devices, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew R. Jones, Christian B. Compton, Gregory J. Boss, Jeremy R. Fox, John E. Moore, Jr.