Patents Examined by Lynda Dinh
  • Patent number: 10295697
    Abstract: Various embodiments include apparatus and methods to determine true formation resistivity. Such apparatus and methods may use techniques to effectively reduce or eliminate polarization horn effects at boundaries between formations of different resistivity. The techniques may use combinations of geosignals and adjustments of measurement data to evaluate true formation resistivity for formation layers investigated. Such techniques and associated analysis may be conducted real time. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Hsu-Hsiang Wu, Michael S. Bittar
  • Patent number: 10289510
    Abstract: A method for testing communication within a computing platform is provided. The method includes selecting a system-level message configured for device level communication within the computing platform; incorporating false data into a data field of the message; sending the message containing false data to a destination device; and, monitoring behavior of the destination device. A computer program product and a system are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: EMC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Craig Janeczek
  • Patent number: 10267646
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and system for estimating varying step length for on foot motion (such as for example walking or running). The present method and apparatus is able to be used in anyone or both of two different phases depending on the embodiment. The first phase is a model-building phase done offline to obtain the nonlinear model for the step length as a function of different parameters that represent human motion dynamics, the model is built using a nonlinear system identification technique. In the second phase the nonlinear model is used to calculate the step length from the different parameters that represent human motion dynamics used as input to the model. These parameters are obtained from sensors readings from the sensors in the apparatus. This second phase is the more frequent usage of the present method and apparatus for a variety of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventors: Medhat Omr, Ahmed Wahdan, Jacques Georgy, Aboelmagd Noureldin
  • Patent number: 10247849
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for using pulsed neutron ?-ray spectroscopy to measure formation water salinity from within a borehole. Through generating a cross-plot of database values of ratios of spectroscopically determined yields of hydrogen (H) and chlorine (Cl) from two detectors, deriving apparent salinities therefrom, formation and borehole water salinities can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignees: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Harold Pfutzner, James A. Grau, Nancy J. Fruhman, Raghu Ramamoorthy, Shouxiang Ma
  • Patent number: 10247767
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for fault detection and direction determination with a phase overcurrent relay using individual phase torques and the negative sequence torque, and with a ground overcurrent relay using the zero sequence torque. A directional element includes a ground element logic circuit, a negative element logic circuit and a phase element logic circuit to evaluate the operation state of the system, detect a fault condition and determine the direction of the fault condition in an electrical power distribution system having multiple sources on a power grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Ennis, Adam Gardner, Alejandro Montenegro, Yoav Sharon
  • Patent number: 10242152
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining the attitude of an object is provided herein. The method for determining the attitude of the object comprises: receiving a gravity acceleration signal and a geomagnetic field signal, the gravity acceleration signal and the geomagnetic field signal changing with the attitude of the object accordingly; determining a gravity field representation in an object coordinate system according to the gravity acceleration signal, and determining a geomagnetic field representation in the object coordinate system according to the geomagnetic field signal; calculating a conversion parameter of coordinate system between to the object coordinate system and a terrestrial coordinate system according to the gravity field representation and the geomagnetic field representation in the object coordinate system; and determining the attitude of the object according to the conversion parameter of coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (China) Investment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Travis Tu
  • Patent number: 10228477
    Abstract: Calculating hypocenters of microseismic events. At least some of the example embodiments are methods including: detecting seismic waves from a microseismic event, the detecting by a sensor array disposed on a seafloor, the microseismic event originating in a formation below the sensor array, and the detecting creates received data; separating the received data into up-going data and down-going data, the down-going data indicative of detected seismic waves after a first reflection of the seismic waves at a sea surface; and calculating a hypocenter of the microseismic event using both the up-going data and the first down-going data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Alexander V. Goertz, Joseph Richardson
  • Patent number: 10224908
    Abstract: An integrated circuit may include path delay calibration circuitry. The calibration circuitry may be configured to calibrate respective delay paths so that data and control signals travelling through the respective delay paths experience proper propagation delays during normal user operation. The calibration circuitry may include a high frequency error calibration circuit, a monitoring circuit, and a calibration processing circuit. The high frequency error calibration circuit may be used to compute first calibration settings that take into account jitter and process variations. The monitoring circuit may be used to measure a proxy parameter of interest. The processing circuit may be used to compute an offset based at least partly on the measured value of the proxy parameter. The offset may be applied to the first calibration settings to obtain second calibration settings, which can be used to configure the respective delay paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua David Fender, Navid Azizi, Gordon Raymond Chiu
  • Patent number: 10215587
    Abstract: A method for detecting a human's steps and estimating the horizontal translation direction and scaling of the resulting motion relative to an inertial sensor is described. When a pedestrian takes a sequence of steps the displacement can be decomposed into a sequence of rotations and translations over each step. A translation is the change in the location of pedestrian's center of mass and a rotation is the change along z-axis of the pedestrian's orientation. A translation can be described by a vector and a rotation by an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: TRX SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Kamiar Kordari, Benjamin Funk, Jared Napora, Ruchika Verma, Carole Teolis, Travis Young
  • Patent number: 10190158
    Abstract: A circuit comprising a substrate with sectors on the substrate is provided, each sector comprising clock and data lines, a controller in electrical communication with the clock and data lines, a counter bias line, an amplifier input line and nano-electronic measurement devices on the substrate. A source of each device is coupled to the counter bias line and a drain of each device is coupled to the amplifier input line to obtain an electrical signal on the drain, the identity of which is determined by electrical interaction between the device and a charge label. Each device drain is gated by a corresponding switch between an on state, in which the drain is connected to the amplifier input line, and an off state, in which the drain is isolated from the amplifier input line. The controller controls switch states responsive to clock signal line pulses and data input line data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Turner, Jonas Korlach, Steven Warren
  • Patent number: 10192677
    Abstract: The present invention comprises an apparatus and method for detecting a loss of oil from an oil-immersed transformer, based on fitting a transformer top-oil temperature model to online measurements in an iterative optimization process that yields fitted values for a first model parameter representing the top-oil temperature rise over ambient temperature and a second model parameter representing the oil time constant. Among the several advantages seen in the contemplated apparatus and method is the reduction in required instrumentation, whereby transformer oil leaks are indirectly detected without requiring pressure sensors or mechanical floats, although the presence of such sensors is not excluded by the teachings herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Inc.
    Inventors: Xianyong Feng, Mirrasoul Mousavi
  • Patent number: 10168306
    Abstract: A rotor arrangement and method by which a time reference is provided for a rotor. The rotor includes N time of arrival features. The method includes steps to: provide a plurality of time of arrival probes spaced apart circumferentially outside the periphery of the rotor; for each revolution of the rotor, measure a time of arrival of each feature at each probe; select N time of arrival measurements at each probe; derive a best fit of the measured times of arrival measured at all the probes against angular position; and set the time reference for the next revolution of the rotor equal to the best fit at the end of the current revolution of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Peter Russhard, Jason David Back
  • Patent number: 10145744
    Abstract: The present invention intends to eliminate the need for a temperature detecting element adapted to measure the temperature of a roll main body in an induction-heated roller apparatus, and includes an impedance calculation part that calculates the impedance of a winding, a relational data storage part that stores relational data indicating the relationship between the impedance of the winding and the temperature of the roll main body, and a roll temperature calculation part that calculates the temperature of the roll main body from the impedance obtained by the impedance calculation part and the relational data stored in the relational data storage part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: TOKUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Tonomura, Yasuhiro Fujimoto, Masayoshi Kimura
  • Patent number: 10115284
    Abstract: An early alert system may comprise a data processing unit and a plurality of monitoring units distributed in a defined area. Each of the plurality of monitoring units is configured to detect physical information associated with a fluid. The data processing unit is configured to receive physical information associated with a fluid from a plurality of monitoring units that are distributed in a defined area; calculate a flow field associated with the fluid within the defined area based on the physical information associated with the fluid that is received from the plurality of monitoring units; predict future physical information associated with the fluid at a target coordinate in the defined area based on the flow field; and send a message associated with the predicted future physical information to a receiver upon receipt of a trigger signal associated with the predicted future physical information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Ronald Muetzel, Thomas Roesch
  • Patent number: 10108912
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system may comprise a communications network and processing logic. The processing logic may acquire information regarding an incident, identify a first mobile resource (MR) that may respond to the incident based on a type of the incident and a capability associated with the first MR. The processing logic may further identify a generic path scenario to the incident based on a location of the MR and a location of the incident. The processing logic may identify that the first MR is preferred over a second MR with respect to responding to the incident and assign the first MR to the incident. The processing logic may send a message via the communications network to the first MR to notify the first MR that it has been assigned to the incident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph E. Conroy
  • Patent number: 10094689
    Abstract: A fluid flow metering device and a method thereof are provided. The fluid flow metering device includes a fluid flow detector, a memory, a micro controller and a power generator. The fluid flow detector is disposed in a supply tube of a fluid flow provider. When the fluid flows in the supply tube, the power generator generates a supplying power through flow of the fluid, and provides the supplying power to the fluid flow detector, the memory and the micro controller. When the fluid flow detector detects the flow of the fluid, the fluid flow detector detects the flow of the fluid outputted from the supply tube to derive a detecting value. The micro controller receives the detecting value and writes the detecting value into the memory, or the micro controller converts the detecting value into a flow value and writes the flow value into the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Nuvoton Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Hsi-Jung Tsai, Jing-Shiang Tseng, Cheng-Chih Wang, Chia-Ching Lu
  • Patent number: 10088312
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for providing an estimate of a location of a user receiver device. The method involves emitting, from at least one vehicle, at least one spot beam on Earth; and receiving, with the user receiver device, at least one spot beam. The method further involves calculating, with the user receiver device, the estimate of the location of the user receiver device according to the user receiver device's location within at least one spot beam. Each spot beam contains at least one acquisition signal, which may comprise at least one ring channel. Each ring channel comprises a frame count; a space vehicle identification (SVID); a spot beam identification (ID); and/or X, Y, Z coordinates of the vehicle emitting the spot beam relative to an Earth coordinate system. In one or more embodiments, at least one vehicle may be a satellite and/or a pseudolite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gregory M. Gutt, David G. Lawrence, David A. Whelan, Michael Lee O'Connor
  • Patent number: 10090178
    Abstract: There is provided a method of measuring a temperature of a gas in a line connected to a gas supply source and a decompressor, the line being divided by a first, a second and a third valve into a first line between the first valve and the second valve and a second line between the second valve and the third valve. A first pressure rise rate of a gas in the first line is measured when introducing a gas at a predetermined flow rate into the first and the second line. A second pressure rise rate of a gas in the first line is measured when introducing a gas at a predetermined flow rate only into the first line. A gas temperature in the first line is calculated based on known inner volume of the second line, the first pressure rise rate, and the second pressure rise rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Kimura, Yutaka Matsui
  • Patent number: 10088465
    Abstract: The invention is a method of assessing at least one petroleum characteristic of a rock sample. Starting from a temperature ranging between 50° C. and 120° C., the temperature of a rock sample is raised to a temperature ranging between 180° C. and 220° C. which is maintained for a predetermined time duration. The temperature of the sample is increased to a temperature ranging between 330° C. and 370° C. which is maintained for a predetermined time duration. The temperature of the sample is then raised to a temperature ranging between 630° C. and 670° C. Three quantities representative of the amount of hydrocarbon compounds released during the temperature change stages are measured and at least one petroleum characteristic of the sample is deduced from these quantities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES
    Inventors: Daniel Pillot, Geremie Letort, Maria-Fernanda Romero-Sarmiento, Violaine Lamoureux-Var, Valerie Beaumont, Bruno Garcia
  • Patent number: 10073445
    Abstract: A system and method of operating an assembly line for performing an assembly operation on an article. The method includes the steps of detecting an absence or presence of an abnormality in the article and classifying the abnormality as one of a plurality of types including a first type of abnormality and a second type of abnormality. Additionally, the method includes the step of determining that the article is eligible for the assembly operation if at least the abnormality is detected as present and the abnormality is the first type of abnormality. Moreover, the method includes the step of determining that the article is eligible for the assembly operation if at least the abnormality is detected as present, the abnormality is the second type of abnormality, and an override command is received. Furthermore, the method includes the step of providing an electronic output if the article is eligibility for assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: John M. Scelsi, Brian G. Jones