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Shashank S Ekbote, Kwan Yong Lim, Ebenezer Eshun, Youn Sung Choi: Silicide formation due to improved SiGe faceting. TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED, Jacqueline J Garner, Frank D Cimino, July 28, 2015: US09093298 (4 worldwide citation)

An integrated circuit includes a PMOS gate structure and a gate structure on adjacent field oxide. An epitaxy hard mask is formed over the gate structure on the field oxide so that the epitaxy hard mask overlaps the semiconductor material in PMOS source/drain region. SiGe semiconductor material is e ...


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Chris Matthieu, Geir Ramleth: Security and rights management in a machine-to-machine messaging system. CITRIX SYSTEMS, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, July 28, 2015: US09094407 (127 worldwide citation)

Techniques for providing security and rights management in a machine-to-machine messaging system are provided, such as a computing device, a method, and a computer-program product for detecting unauthorized message attempts. For example, the method may receive a communication sent from a first Inter ...


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Tamara Widenhouse, Andrew Yoo, Frederick E Shelton IV, Katherine J Schmid, Aron O Zingman, Richard W Timm, Jacob S Gee, Steven G Hall, Daniel J Mumaw, Taylor W Aronhalt, Gregory W Johnson, Michael J Vendely, Andrew T Beckman, James R Janszen: Surgical bowel retractor devices. Ethicon Endo Surgery, July 28, 2015: US09089330 (109 worldwide citation)

Bowel retractor devices. In various forms, the bowel retractor devices are configurable from a collapsed position wherein the retractor may be inserted through a trocar cannula or other opening in a patient's body to a second expanded position wherein at least a portion of the patient's bowel may be ...


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Anchuan Wang, Xinglong Chen, Zihui Li, Hiroshi Hamana, Zhijun Chen, Ching Mei Hsu, Jiayin Huang, Nitin K Ingle, Dmitry Lubomirsky, Shankar Venkataraman, Randhir Thakur: Processing systems and methods for halide scavenging. Applied Materials, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, July 28, 2015: US09093371 (80 worldwide citation)

Systems, chambers, and processes are provided for controlling process defects caused by moisture contamination. The systems may provide configurations for chambers to perform multiple operations in a vacuum or controlled environment. The chambers may include configurations to provide additional proc ...


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Anchuan Wang, Jingchun Zhang, Nitin K Ingle, Young S Lee: Conformal oxide dry etch. Applied Materials, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, July 28, 2015: US09093390 (79 worldwide citation)

A method of etching silicon oxide from a trench is described which allows more homogeneous etch rates up and down the sides of the trench. One disclosed method includes a sequential introduction of (1) a hydrogen-containing precursor and then (2) a fluorine-containing precursor into a substrate proc ...


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Dudley K Fetzer, Thomas F Doyle: Wireless tracking device. QUALCOMM Incorporated, July 28, 2015: US09092963 (65 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method for a tracking device to inconspicuously track a person to be monitored (such as a child or at-risk adult) are presented. Some embodiments of the present invention combine a positioning receiver (e.g., a GPS receiver) and a locking mechanism to act as a tracking device, which ...


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Song Liu, Tomoki Takeya, Adil Syed, Vishwanath Venkataraman: Methods for testing receiver sensitivity of wireless electronic devices. Apple, Treyz Law Group, Michael H Lyons, July 28, 2015: US09094840 (64 worldwide citation)

A test system may include test equipment for testing the radio-frequency performance of wireless electronic devices. The test equipment may provide radio-frequency downlink signals to a wireless electronic device under test (DUT). The test equipment may perform a power sweep by stepping down the dow ...


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Charles Merrill, Kevin Charles Kriegel, Roger Allen Nolte, Barclay J Tullis: Diversity networks and methods for secure communications. KONTEK, Barclay J Tullis, July 28, 2015: US09092962 (63 worldwide citation)

Security systems may include sensing, networked communications, stealth, alarms, and countermeasures, any or all of which may adapt to threats. These systems may also include armor and barriers of concrete and/or steel. They can adapt to severity of threats, weather, and/or other situational aspects ...


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Kartik Venkataraman, Amandeep S Jabbi, Robert H Mullis, Jacques Duparre, Shane Ching Feng Hu: Systems and methods for generating depth maps using a set of images containing a baseline image. Pelican Imaging Corporation, KPPB, July 28, 2015: US09094661 (41 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods for implementing array cameras configured to perform super-resolution processing to generate higher resolution super-resolved images using a plurality of captured images and lens stack arrays that can be utilized in array cameras are disclosed. An imaging device in accordance wit ...


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Hongwei Liang: Communications connectors having crosstalk stages that are implemented using a plurality of discrete, time-delayed capacitive and/or inductive components that may provide enhanced insertion loss and/or return loss performance. CommScope of North Carolina, Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec P A, July 28, 2015: US09093791 (41 worldwide citation)

Communications connectors include a plurality of “discrete” elements to implement the capacitive and/or inductive components of offending and/or compensatory crosstalk stages. By sub-dividing the crosstalk stages into a plurality of time-delayed discrete elements improved return loss and insertion l ...