Patents Examined by Vinh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11444893
    Abstract: Disclosed are example machine-learning approaches for determining maturity metrics of chatbot users. One or more datasets with words used during past conversations between a chatbot and a set of users with known maturity metrics are generated. A machine learning model is trained by applying machine learning to the one or more datasets such that the machine learning model is trained to output maturity metrics based on words received as inputs. A set of words or phrases spoken or written by the user during a conversation is fed to the machine learning model to determine a maturity metric of the user. A response is identified based on the determined maturity metric, and the response is presented during the conversation with the user. Words and phrases of a user conversing with a chatbot are used to determine the user's age or another maturity metric to generate responses that enhance the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventor: Ravikant V. Kalluri
  • Patent number: 11368426
    Abstract: Embodiments of a device and method are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method of automatic network service initiation involves obtaining, from a network service server at a first network device of a network service block (NSB), network address information using a network service client at a second network device of the NSB that is connected with the first network device, at the second network device of the NSB, obtaining network service configuration information based on the network address information, and, performing automatic network service initiation of the second network device of the NSB based on the network service configuration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Nile Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Suresh Katukam, Promode Nedungadi, Vijay Bollapragada, Avoy Nanda, Venu Hemige
  • Patent number: 11360866
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for seamlessly performing a maintenance operation on a stateful system includes mapping a network address of the stateful system to a primary server that uses a primary database to respond to incoming data requests. In response to receiving a maintenance request, the primary database is replicated to a secondary database of a secondary server. The secondary server is updated according to the maintenance request. The method further includes caching, in a replay buffer of the primary server, incoming data requests during the replicating. After the replicating, the data requests from the replay buffer are executed by the secondary server. Write operations to the primary server are disabled during the replicating, and the network address of the stateful system is mapped to the secondary server. Subsequently, the primary server is updated and reinstated by mapping the network address, and enabling the write operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Oliver Benke, Tobias Ulrich Bergmann
  • Patent number: 11277461
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to monitor streaming media. An example apparatus includes a media calibrator to calibrate video data to a calibration time-base based on audio data, the video data and audio data associated with a media stream and a signature generator to generate a signature representative of the media stream based on the calibrated video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Jose Mortensen, Alan Bosworth
  • Patent number: 10254364
    Abstract: A method for optimizing a slice orientation for an examination using a magnetic resonance machine is provided. One or more device limitation of the magnetic resonance machine is provided. The device limitation includes, for at least one of the one or more gradient axes, a maximum gradient strength and/or a maximum gradient slew rate. At least one measurement parameter value of the examination and an original slice orientation are also provided. Rotational-angle information is determined from device limitations, measurement parameter values, and the original slice orientation. The rotational-angle information is used to optimize the original slice orientation, and the magnetic resonance machine captures measurement data on the basis of the optimized slice orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: David Grodzki, Thorsten Speckner
  • Patent number: 10234501
    Abstract: A sensor head of a test and measurement instrument can include an input configured to receive an input signal from a device under test (DUT), an optical voltage sensor having signal input electrodes and control electrodes or one set of electrodes, wherein the input is connected to the signal input electrodes, and a bias control unit connected to the control electrodes and configured to reduce an error signal or the input signal bias control signal are electrically combined and applied to a single set of electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Mende, Richard A. Booman
  • Patent number: 10228418
    Abstract: Embodiments of alignment fixtures for integrated circuit (IC) packages, and related techniques, are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, an alignment fixture for an IC package may include: a first socket having a recess dimensioned to receive a first surface of the IC package and having a first magnet arrangement disposed outside of the recess, wherein the IC package has a second surface opposite to the first surface and has a first electrical contact element on the second surface; and a second socket having a second electrical contact element and having a second magnet arrangement. The first and second electrical contact elements may be aligned when the IC package is disposed in the recess, the IC package is disposed between the first and second sockets, and the first magnet arrangement is in a predetermined equilibrium relation with the second magnet arrangement to mate the first and second sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sruti Chigullapalli, Rene J. Sanchez, Nader N. Abazarnia, Todd R. Coons, Tuan Hoong Goh
  • Patent number: 10222399
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for electrical measurement are disclosed. An example electrical measurement device includes a conductive cable that includes a plurality of conductive filaments on a first end and an electrical connector on a second end, a cable mount that includes a base and an adjustable support attached to the base and the conductive cable to hold the plurality of conductive filaments in contact with a rotating element of a device under test during a measurement operation, with the conductive cable forming a portion of a circuit when the plurality of conductive filaments are in contact with the rotating element of the device under test and the electrical connector is in contact with an output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Richardson, Adam Willwerth
  • Patent number: 10215787
    Abstract: A radio wave measurement device enabling highly sensitive measurements of radio waves at an extremely low temperature is disclosed. The radio wave measurement device has a radiation-blocking filter through which a targeted radio wave is transmitted, a radio wave-transparent material to reflect a non-targeted electromagnetic wave included in radio waves, and a radio wave detector which are placed in a vacuum vessel, in which the radio waves are transmitted through the radiation-blocking filter, the non-targeted electromagnetic wave included in the radio waves is reflected toward the radiation-blocking filter by the radio wave-transparent material and collected as heat into the radiation-blocking filter, and the heat is exhausted out of the system, allowing the radio waves transmitted through the radio wave-transparent material to be measured with high sensitivity by the radio wave detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: INTER-UNIVERSITY RESEARCH INSTITUTE CORPORATION, HIGH ENERGY ACCELERATOR RESEARCH ORGANIZATION
    Inventors: Osamu Tajima, Shugo Oguri
  • Patent number: 10209301
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer readable media to improve integrated circuit (IC) debug operations are described. In general, techniques are disclosed for acquiring/recording waveforms across an under-test IC during a single sweep of a laser scanning microscope (LSM). More particularly, techniques disclosed herein permit the acquisition of an integrated circuit's response to a test signal at each location across the IC in real-time. In practice the test signal consists of a stimulus portion that repeats after a given period. In one embodiment, the IC's response to multiple complete stimulus portions may be averaged and digitized. In another embodiment, the IC's response to multiple partial stimulus portions may be averaged and digitized. As used herein, the former approach is referred to as waveform mapping, the latter as gated-LVI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: FEI Company
    Inventors: Christopher Nemirow, Neel Leslie
  • Patent number: 10209119
    Abstract: A system for estimating a flowable substrate level in a storage unit is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system includes a transmitter and a conductor that extend downwardly into a grain storage bin, which cycles through a range of frequencies in order to determine the resonant frequency of the conductor which changes depending on the amount of grain in the bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Extron Company
    Inventor: Randall G. Honeck
  • Patent number: 10198100
    Abstract: An electrode device for a capacitive sensor device and a circuit arrangement for a capacitive sensor device for the operation of an electrode device are provided, wherein the electrode device has a first electrode structure with at least one transmitting electrode and at least one receiving electrode, and a second electrode structure with at least one field sensing electrode, wherein the electrode device or the capacitive sensor device can be operated in a first operation mode and in a second operation mode. In addition a method is provided for approach and/or touch detection with a sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Claus Kaltner, Reinhard Unterreitmayer, Holger Steffens
  • Patent number: 10197623
    Abstract: A contactor having the top ends of its pogo pins contacting the leads of a semiconductor device package positioned in a handler at controlled temperature, and the bottom ends of the pogo pins contacting the pads of electrically conducting vias extending vertically through a heatable interposer. The heatable interposer has a first and a second surface and includes alternating horizontal layers of thermally conductive material and thermally insulating material, and further one or more heating layers operable to control a temperature profile from the first to the second surface, including a temperature control at the first surface. The via pads at the second interposer surface are in contact with the printed circuit board of a tester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Marshall Ryan Worrall, David Casimir Garges, Xu Gao
  • Patent number: 10191087
    Abstract: A digital multimeter stores multiple sequential measurements of physical or electrical parameters. Each of the sequential measurements has a name including an automatically generated descriptor. The descriptor for each sequential measurement may indicate a relative position of the measurement within the sequence. For instance, the descriptor may indicate whether the measurement was obtained before or after other measurements in the sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony C. Garland, Jeffrey Meyer, Bradey Honsinger, Joseph Ferrante, John Gilbert
  • Patent number: 10191089
    Abstract: A current sensing assembly includes a conductor having a first side, a second side opposite the first side, a third side, and a fourth side opposite the third side. The first side has a first notch formed therein and the second side has a second notch formed therein opposite the first notch. The current sensing assembly also includes a sensor assembly including a first magnetic sensor disposed in the first notch or proximate to the third side of the conductor between the first and second notches, and a second magnetic sensor disposed in the second notch or proximate to the fourth side of the conductor between the first and second notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark Allan Juds, Jerome Kenneth Hastings
  • Patent number: 10191100
    Abstract: A high-powered, high-voltage test device for generating a test voltage, wherein the test voltage is an alternating voltage having an amplitude of at least 100 kV at a power of greater than 1 kW, wherein the device has at least two voltage amplifier branches, of which a first voltage amplifier branch contributes to generating the positive voltage half-cycles of the test voltage and a second voltage amplifier branch contributes to generating the negative voltage half-cycles of the test voltage. The high-voltage test device furthermore has a measurement circuit for measuring the test voltage to be applied to a measurement object and the test current consequently caused in the measurement object and is characterized in that each voltage amplifier branch is installed in a separate assembly having integrated active air cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: B2 ELECTRONIC GMBH
    Inventors: Rudolf Blank, Stefan Baldauf
  • Patent number: 10191083
    Abstract: A probe card includes a mechanical support fixture having an inner aperture with a plurality of probes secured to the fixture that includes probe tips that extend into the inner aperture for contacting probe pads on die of a wafer to be probed. At least one magnetic shield includes a magnetic material that at least substantially surrounds a projected volume over an area that encloses the probe tips. The magnetic material has a relative magnetic permeability of at least 800.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Ann Margaret Gabrys, Mark Willam Poulter
  • Patent number: 10184972
    Abstract: Microwave micro-strip or coplanar waveguide (CPW) transistor test fixtures have the top surface of the input and output blocks forming a convex shape, to allow the soft dielectric substrate to be stretched over the surface and establish secure and continuous ground contact with the block surface and eliminate spurious cavities and discontinuities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Christos Tsironis
  • Patent number: 10180479
    Abstract: A method of inducing spin polarization in an analyte is provided. The method exposes 14N spin defect centers embedded within 25 nm of a diamond surface to a magnetic field while an analyte is near the surface. The 14N spin defect centers are polarized by treatment with an electromagnetic wave protocol having a visible light pulse (p0); a microwave pulse (mw1), a radio frequency pulse (rf1), a microwave pulse (mw2) and a radio frequency pulse (rf2) resulting in polarization of the nuclear spins of the 14N spin defect centers. Polarized spins in the 14N spin defect centers induce spin polarization in the analyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Research Foundation of the City University of New York
    Inventors: Carlos A. Meriles, Daniela Pagliero, Abdelghani Laraoui
  • Patent number: 10180314
    Abstract: An end-sensing sensor assembly for proximity sensing including one or more sensing devices positioned between two axially magnetized ring magnets having like poles facing one another such that the magnetic fields emanating from the two axially magnetized ring magnets define a moveable balanced zone therebetween. The one or more sensing devices may be positioned within the balanced zone or outside the balanced zone, or combinations thereof. The balanced zone shifts in response to the approach of a magnetic, permeable, and/or ferrous material which cause the sensing device to actuate in response to a sufficient shift in the balanced zone. Upon removal or departure of the magnetic, permeable, and/or ferrous material, the balance zone shifts back to the initial position prior to the approach of the magnetic, permeable, and/or ferrous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Hermetic Switch, Inc.
    Inventor: David Tyler Posey