Patents Examined by Sanh Phu
  • Patent number: 9866676
    Abstract: A case for portable electronic devices including smartphones includes a feature to prevent glare from a flash from affecting images and video captured by a camera lens and also a battery to extend battery life of the electronic device. Smartphones have telephony, Internet connectivity, and camera and video features. Photos and video can be uploaded through the Internet or sent to other phones. The case has a hole for a camera flash of the smartphone to pass through. The edging of the hole is colored black or another dark color to prevent glare from appearing in the photos or video taken by the smartphone when using the camera flash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Incase Designs Corp.
    Inventor: Markus Diebel
  • Patent number: 9860852
    Abstract: A method is provided in one example embodiment and may include calculating, by one or more of a plurality of small cell radios, one or more sets of candidate power control parameters using a first interference constraint for uplink user equipment (UE) transmissions for UE served by the one or more of the plurality of small cell radios; determining, at a central management entity, whether an average of a sum of an expected interference for UE associated with the plurality of small cell radios violates a second interference constraint for any of the one or more sets of candidate power control parameters; and generating one or more messages for each of the plurality of small cell radios identifying one or more particular sets of power control parameters that provide for meeting the second interference constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ritesh K. Madan, Rohit Umesh Nabar, Vikram Chandrasekhar, Kedar Durgadas Shirali, Qing Zhao
  • Patent number: 9854528
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for tuning networks and user equipment using a power profile. A power profile can be generated for a communication device. The power profile can include power type information that can indicate a power source associated with the device. The power profile can be stored at a data storage device. A registration message can be generated. The registration message can include power profile data that is based on the power profile. The registration message can be sent to a communications network to request registration of the communication device with the communications network. A tuning message can be received. The tuning message can indicate a tuning to be used for communications with the communications network and can be based on the power profile data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Roque Rios, III, Haywood Peitzer, James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Stephen Francis Triano
  • Patent number: 9831902
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a Bluetooth signal receiving device and method. The Bluetooth signal receiving device includes an energy detector circuit, a radio frequency (RF) power detector circuit, an analog-digital converter circuit, and an automatic gain control circuit. The energy detector circuit detects a significant signal, having energy higher than background noise by a threshold value or more, from a received signal. The RF power detector circuit detects the magnitude of the received signal. The analog-digital converter circuit converts the analog value of the received signal into a digital value, and outputs the digital value. When the significant signal is detected, the automatic gain control circuit determines any one of predetermined coarse gain intervals to be a first coarse gain interval of the received signal by taking into account the magnitude of the received signal detected by the RF power detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Ki Tae Moon, Sang Young Chu, Suk Kyun Hong
  • Patent number: 9832298
    Abstract: A stand for a member to be supported such as a smartphone or tablet terminal is not only assembled easily but also carried without difficulty in a travel, business trip or the like. A stand has a main portion made of a board which is divided into a left board, a central board and a right board, the main portion includes a mount portion, an intrusion portion, and a reception portion, the intrusion portion is provided with an intrusion slot formed upwardly, the reception portion is provided with a reception slot formed downwardly, the reception slot being capable of fitting with the intrusion slot, and the main portion is configured such that the intrusion slot and the reception slot are fitted with each other to make the central board protrude in a front-back direction from the left board and the right board, so that a member to be supported can be mounted at a lower edge of the mount portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Sumio K. Date, Kenzo Date
  • Patent number: 9825597
    Abstract: Aspects of this disclosure relate to an impedance transformation circuit for use in an amplifier, such as a low noise amplifier. The impedance transformation circuit includes a matching circuit including a first inductor. The impedance transformation circuit also includes a second inductor. The first and second inductors are magnetically coupled to each other to provide negative feedback to linearize the amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie Paul Wallis
  • Patent number: 9813096
    Abstract: A wireless communication system includes a storage apparatus and a computing device. The storage apparatus includes a connector, a wireless antenna, a nonvolatile first memory having stored therein visual or audio content, a communication controller powered from an induction current generated when a wireless signal is received through the wireless antenna, and a controller powered using the power supplied from the electronic apparatus through the connector. The controller retrieves the visual or audio content from the first memory based on content ID transmitted wirelessly from the computing device and transmits the retrieved visual or audio content to the electronic apparatus for playback by the electronic apparatus. The computing device includes an image capturing unit, extracts feature values from the data of the captured image, and transmits the wireless signal containing the content ID to the storage apparatus, the content ID being determined from the extracted feature values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Memory Corporation
    Inventors: Michio Ido, Keisuke Sato, Shigeto Endo
  • Patent number: 9814005
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method and a system for processing a radio frequency (RF) signal are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method for processing an RF signal involves down-converting the RF signal into a converted signal, obtaining a received signal strength indicator (RSSI) value based on an amplitude of the RF signal, and amplifying the converted signal based on the RSSI value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Stefan Mendel, Michael Pieber
  • Patent number: 9806782
    Abstract: A phase shift circuitry includes: a signal generation circuitry that receives an input signal, and outputs four signals different in phase from each other by 90 degrees based on the input signal, the four signals includes a first signal and a second signal; four variable amplifier circuitry that each includes a transistor, and amplify the four signals individually, with amplification factors based on control voltages supplied to gates of the transistors, the four variable amplifier circuitry include a first amplifier amplifies the first signal by a first control voltage and a second amplifier amplifies the second signal by a second control voltage; a synthetic circuitry that synthesizes output signals of the four variable amplifier circuitry, and outputs a synthesized signal; and a control circuitry supplies voltages, that are equal to or higher than the gate threshold value, to the first amplifier and the second amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Ikuo Soga
  • Patent number: 9800356
    Abstract: A method and system optimally selecting antenna elements based on the current availability of antenna elements and the current usage of other antenna elements within a two or three dimensional array. The present system and method pertain to an approach to allow the maximal usage of each antenna element while simultaneously reducing the coupling between antenna elements to improve the signal strength in each antenna element by ensuring that antenna elements in the same incident path are not tuned to the same frequency or physically or electrically near elements tuned to identical or adjacent frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Charter Communications Operating, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Thaddeus Lipowski, James Alan Bingham
  • Patent number: 9793946
    Abstract: A disclosure of the present specification provides a rake receiver. The rake receiver may comprise: an oscillator; a radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) for processing analog signals, which are received after experiencing multipath propagation, according to a sampling clock generated by the oscillator and a carrier frequency clock; a rake processing unit for allocating fingers for each path to signals output from the RFIC, and then performing decoding, wherein the rake processing unit outputs information on a timing position through time tracking, a power metric sampled on-time, and the difference between a power metric at a half chip early-time and a power metric at a half chip late-time; and an auto frequency controller (AFC) for calculating a beta (?) value for adjusting the sampling clock of the oscillator according to the ratio of the difference between the power metric at the half chip early-time and the power metric at the half chip late-time to the power metric sampled on-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Joongkwan Huh, Jaewook Song, Hyungsung Jung, Sukhyon Yoon
  • Patent number: 9794093
    Abstract: System for passively classifying a signal as a user equipment (UE) generated uplink communication in accordance with in an LTE communication standard includes a radio frequency receiver and a computer processor operatively coupled to the receiver. The system evaluates physical parameters of the RF signals and obtains an extracted bit sequence contained in a time slot in which a Demodulation Reference Signal (DRS) would be normally transmitted. The extracted bit sequence information is compared to a plurality of known bit sequences specified for DRS in an LTE uplink communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Brian J. Haman, Raphael Lyman, Allan Weiner, Abdelmoula Elharti
  • Patent number: 9787346
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a pliable casing that enables the electronic device to be configured in at least two different shapes. The two different shapes include a first shape that aligns the electronic device to a second electronic device having a set physical shape and a second shape that has at least one different physical configuration of the casing relative to the first shape. Electronic circuitry is located within the pliable casing that operates to provide at least one functional feature associated with the electronic device. A display screen is embedded in the pliable casing and displays data or images corresponding to the functional feature. A communication mechanism enables information exchange with the host device when the electronic device is brought in communication range of the host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Itisha C Deokar, Christopher D Pipe
  • Patent number: 9787388
    Abstract: In an example, a method includes: in a first mode, causing a first tuner of an entertainment system to receive and process a first RF signal from a first antenna configured for a first band to output a first audio signal of a first radio station and causing a second tuner of the entertainment system to receive a second RF signal from a second antenna configured for the first band to determine signal quality metrics for one or more radio stations of the first band; in a second mode, causing the first tuner to output a first signal representation of the first RF signal and causing the second tuner to receive and process the second RF signal to output a second signal representation of the second RF signal; and causing a phase diversity combining circuit to process the first and second signal representations to output an audio signal of the first radio station, without disruption of output from the entertainment system of a broadcast of the first radio station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Russell Croman, Nebojsa Stanic, Michael Johnson, Dan B. Kasha, Michael R. May
  • Patent number: 9773644
    Abstract: A generator and method for tuning the generator are disclosed. The method includes setting the frequency of power applied by the generator to a current best frequency and sensing a characteristic of the power applied by the generator. A current best error based upon the characteristic of the power is determined, and the frequency of the power at the current best frequency is maintained for a main-time-period. The frequency of the power is then changed to a probe frequency and maintained at the probe frequency for a probe-time-period, which is less than the main-time-period. The current best frequency is set to the probe frequency if the error at the probe frequency is less than the error at the current best frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Gideon Van Zyl
  • Patent number: 9775131
    Abstract: An energy resource management server comprising: means for receiving energy availability messages from remote energy resources and geographic location indicators indicative of the geographical location of said remote energy resources; means for receiving energy request messages from remote energy resources and geographic location indicators indicative of the geographical location of said remote energy resources; a processor configured to determine counterparties in an energy resource transfer based on received energy availability messages and received energy request messages and the geographical location of the remote energy resources, and to transmit, to one or both of the counterparties, location information of the other counterparty of the determined counterparties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Intelligent Energy Limited
    Inventors: Henri M. A. Winand, John Joseph Murray, Christopher William Bishop, Amarpal Singh Samra, Daniel Ninan, Prajwal Nirwan
  • Patent number: 9769597
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a ZigBee/Bluetooth dual-mode radio frequency transceiver architecture, in which, a dual-mode baseband and firmware determines hardware parameter of a receiving module or sending module based on a first mode or a second mode; a radio frequency front-end module is used for receiving or sending a first mode signal or a second mode signal; a receiving module is used for converting the first mode signal received by the radio frequency front-end module into a first mode baseband digital signal, or converting the second mode signal received by the radio frequency front-end module into a second mode baseband digital signal and outputting the first mode baseband digital signal or the second mode baseband digital signal to the dual-mode baseband and firmware; a sending module is used for converting the first mode baseband digital signal outputted by dual-mode baseband and firmware into the first mode signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventors: Haipeng Jin, Wenjun Sheng, Mingjian Zheng
  • Patent number: 9762301
    Abstract: Disclosed are a terminal and a base station for a distributed array massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) communication antenna system and an operation method thereof, wherein the terminal includes a distribution analog unit receiving a plurality of analog array receive signals based on a terminal antenna transmit signal from a virtual terminal through a plurality of distributed antenna arrays and a digital unit restoring the terminal antenna transmit signal based on the analog array receive signals and a channel parameter, and the base station includes an antenna receiving an analog receive signal based on a transmit beamforming input signal from a plurality of distributed antenna arrays, a virtual terminal restoring the transmit beamforming input signal based on an amplitude of the analog receive signal, and a terminal receive signal mapper mapping the transmit beamforming input signal to a base station transmit signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Seong Rag Kim, Hee Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 9755579
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein include amplifiers configured for use in radio frequency (RF) applications. In accordance with these embodiments, the amplifiers are implemented to generate a shaped envelope signal, and to apply the shaped envelope signal to transistor gate(s) of the amplifier to provide gate bias modulation. So configured, the shaped envelope signal may facilitate high linearity in the amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: NXP USA, INC.
    Inventors: Abdulrhman M. S. Ahmed, Joseph Staudinger
  • Patent number: 9742458
    Abstract: A protective cover for a tablet computer is disclosed, which comprises a back cover and a front cover. The front cover includes an input side and a connector including a planar portion and a coupler for removably connecting the front cover to the back cover. The planar portion engages at least portion of a front surface of the tablet computer and the coupler engages an edge of the back cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: INCIPIO, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Ahee, John M. Schoenith