James F Corum, Kenneth L Corum, Basil F Pinzone Jr, Joseph F Pinzone: Hybrid guided surface wave communication. CPG Technologies, Thomas Horstemeyer, November 15, 2016: US09496921 (78 worldwide citation)

Disclosed is hybrid communication in which a first message from a guided surface wave probe node is embedded in a guided surface wave, and a second message from a guided surface wave receive node uses a different messaging mechanism.

Oliver P King Smith, Bernardus H Smit, Peyman Hadizad: Combination touch and transducer input system and method. Wacom, Seed IP Law Group, November 15, 2016: US09495037 (77 worldwide citation)

A combination touch and transducer input system is provided, which facilitates user input into an electronic system with a finger and/or a transducer (e.g., a stylus). The system includes a transducer configured to generate an electric field, and a sensor including an array of electrodes and a contr ...

Joe Britt, Shin Matsumura, Houman Forood, Scott Zimmerman, Phillip Myles, Sean Zawicki, Daisuke Kutami: Internet of things platforms, apparatuses, and methods. AFERO, Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott, November 15, 2016: US09497572 (76 worldwide citation)

An Internet of Things system and method are described. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an IoT hub comprising a WAN interface to couple the IoT hub to an IoT service over the WAN, and a local communication interface to communicatively couple the IoT hub to a plurality of different ...

Indranil De, Marian Mankos, Christopher Hess, Dennis J Ciplickas: E-beam inspection apparatus and method of using the same on various integrated circuit chips. PDF Solutions, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, November 15, 2016: US09496119 (55 worldwide citation)

The present invention discloses an e-beam inspection tool, and an apparatus for detecting defects. In one aspect is described an apparatus for detecting defects that includes a dual-deflection system that moves the e-beam over the integrated circuit to each of the plurality of predetermined location ...

Chen Hua Yu, Chien Hsun Lee, Tsung Ding Wang, Jung Wei Cheng: Stacked semiconductor devices and methods of forming same. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Slater Matsil, November 15, 2016: US09496189 (40 worldwide citation)

Stacked semiconductor devices and methods of forming the same are disclosed. First tier workpieces are mounted on a top surface of a semiconductor device to form first tier stacks, the semiconductor device comprising one or more integrated circuit dies, the semiconductor device having one or more te ...

John N Border, Joseph Bietry, John D Haddick: See-through computer display systems. Osterhout Group, GTC Law Group PC & Affiliates, November 15, 2016: US09494800 (38 worldwide citation)

Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for the see-through computer display systems with a wide field of view.

David R Richardson, John Cormie, Colm MacCarthaigh, Benjamin W S Redman: Point of presence management in request routing. Amazon Technologies, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, November 15, 2016: US09497259 (38 worldwide citation)

A system and method for the management of client computing device DNS queries and subsequent resource requests within a content delivery network service provider domain are provided. The management of the DNS queries can include the selection of computing devices corresponding to various Point of Pr ...

Benjamin R Hollis, William Alexander Strand: Content distribution network. Amazon Technologies, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, November 15, 2016: US09495338 (38 worldwide citation)

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media provide content items to clients. In one implementation, a system stores data identifying a plurality of cache servers, the cache servers storing the content items for download by a plurality of clients. The system receives a request from a first one of ...

Vinod R Purayath, Randhir Thakur, Shankar Venkataraman, Nitin K Ingle: Integrated bit-line airgap formation and gate stack post clean. Applied Materials, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, November 15, 2016: US09496167 (35 worldwide citation)

Methods of forming flash memory cells are described which incorporate air gaps for improved performance. The methods are useful for so-called “2-d flat cell” flash architectures. 2-d flat cell flash memory involves a reactive ion etch to dig trenches into multi-layers containing high work function a ...

Mark Hoinkis, Hiroyuki Miyazoe, Eric Joseph: Selective sputtering for pattern transfer. Applied Materials, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, November 15, 2016: US09493879 (34 worldwide citation)

Methods of patterning conductive layer with a mask are described. The methods include low-ion-mass sputtering of the conductive layer by accelerating (e.g. helium or hydrogen containing ions) toward a substrate which includes the patterned mask and the underlying conductive layer. The sputtering pro ...