AT&T Patents

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services in the United States and the world. Its subsidiaries provide landline data and voice communications services, as well as wireless voice and data communications services.

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  • Publication number: 20170181117
    Abstract: A system for locating unmanned mobile connected objects, such as, but not limited to, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), such as, but not limited to drones, and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) is disclosed. A command center may be configured to identify current locations of unmanned mobile connected objects, predict future locations of unmanned mobile connected objects, predict and prevent collisions of unmanned mobile connected objects, identify unpredictable variables, such as, but not limited to, plane crashes, disaster areas, cranes interfering with flight paths and no-fly zones and search for unmanned mobile connected objects even if there is no radio signal coverage or in situations when radio signals are inactive, such as during disasters and emergency situations. The system may be configured such that an unmanned mobile connected object may populate a neighboring table with information such as geolocation, cell signal strength, and status, and may be shared with a command center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sangar Dowlatkhah, Erie Lai Har Lau
  • Publication number: 20170180416
    Abstract: A system for distributing virtual entity behavior profiling in cloud deployments is disclosed. In particular, the system may include conducting entity behavior profiling closer to where data and data logs are generated, such as at a hypervisor server, in a distributed fashion. By doing so, the system may reduce bandwidth consumption typically associated with transferring data to a central processing system, may be able to use more data collected closer to sources of data generation, and may provide faster reaction times because of the faster processing of data enabled by the system. Additionally, the system may assist with reducing false positives associated with malware detection and other compromises associated with entities by aggregating the results of distributed computations at different sites.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Giura, Gustavo de los Reyes
  • Publication number: 20170177721
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for detecting and using mood-condition affinities. A processor that executes an affinity service or affinity application can obtain collected data associated with a user device. The collected data can include sensor readings collected by the user device. The processor can determine a condition at the user device and a mood associated with the condition. The processor can generate an affinity that defines a relationship between the condition and the mood and store the affinity at a data storage device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Krish Anant Prabhu, Ari Craine, Robert Koch
  • Publication number: 20170178472
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for bone conduction tags. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a device can receive, via a transducer, a vibration signal from a body of a user. The vibration signal can be generated in response to the user interacting with a bone conduction tag. For example, the vibration signal can be generated in response to the user moving one or more fingers across the bone conduction tag. The device can analyze the vibration signal to determine an action that is to be performed. The device can perform the action or can instruct a further device to perform the action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Publication number: 20170180790
    Abstract: A system for enabling a digital video recorder to serve as a content delivery server is disclosed. In particular, the system may include deploying a content delivery server at a cell site, which may be provided a content package from a satellite or fiber network. Additionally, the system may include deploying, at a customer premises, a digital video recorder that may serve as a content delivery server and may be equipped for wireless communication. The content package may be transmitted from the content delivery server of the cell site to the digital video recorder. Upon receiving a request for content from a user device, the digital video recorder may transmit the requested content to the user device if the digital video recorder is in range of the user device. Otherwise, the content delivery server at the cell site may transmit the requested content to the user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Daren Howard
  • Patent number: 9683857
    Abstract: Traffic notification systems include a location determination system that can determine a geographic location of a subscriber, and an automated traffic notification system that can automatically transmit a traffic notification message that is based on the geographic location of the subscriber to a wireless terminal associated with the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wei Zhao, Lara F. Morgan, Xiaofeng Gao, Michael A. Oblon
  • Patent number: 9686196
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to provide a multicast virtual private network (MVPN) are disclosed. An example method to transmit multicast data over a communication network includes: determining an upstream hop of a multicast transmission based on a received hierarchical ingress replication route; storing a downstream hop and the upstream hop of the multicast transmission in a multicast routing table; monitoring the multicast transmission occurring via an area border router; in response to detecting at least one of a) a threshold fan-out of the multicast transmission or b) a threshold data rate from a source of the multicast transmission, converting a logical topology of the multicast transmission; and in response to receiving a multicast data packet of the multicast transmission, replicating the multicast data packet with the processor based on the downstream hop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L. P.
    Inventors: Huajin Jeng, Pravin Kumar Johri, Han Nguyen, Samir Saad
  • Patent number: 9685067
    Abstract: System, methods, and devices may provide alerts, such as emergency alerts, using machine-to-machine communications. A method may include receiving a state of a mammal associated with a device, receiving a state of an environment that is approximate to the location of the mammal associated with the device, determining a likelihood of a harmful activity based on the aforementioned states, and automatically sending alert message based on the determined likelihood of the harmful activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9686253
    Abstract: A method for managing keystore information on a computing device may include requesting a keystore from a distribution system, receiving the keystore from the distribution system, and populating a runtime environment with keystore information contained within the keystore. A method for generating a keystore may include receiving, by a distribution system, a request for a keystore from a computing device, generating a key pair including a public key and a private key, generating a certificate signing request, digitally signing the public key with the private key, generating the keystore, combining the signed public key with the private key in the keystore, and providing the keystore to the computing device. A method for generating a truststore may include receiving, by a distribution system, a request for a truststore from a computing device, generating the truststore, adding a certificate to the truststore, and providing the truststore to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Andrew Schiefelbein
  • Patent number: 9686032
    Abstract: A mobile viewing method includes accessing location information indicative of a current location of a mobile device associated with a home market. A current market corresponding to the current location of the mobile device is identified. If the current market differs from the home market, the mobile device is granted access to a retransmission of at least one local channel of the current market. The location information may include GPS information indicative of GPS coordinates of the mobile device. The mobile device may include a mobile viewing application that displays a channel guide indicating local channels available in the current market and national channels. The mobile viewing application may include a summary of the current market and the summary may include weather, news headline, and local advertisement information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael S. Thomas, Wes G. Costner, Adam Ferman
  • Patent number: 9686415
    Abstract: A method includes generating a request at an electronic device associated with a plurality of data usage accounts. The method also includes selectively encapsulating, by the electronic device, the request to generate an encapsulated request that identifies a destination endpoint provisioned for a first data usage account of the plurality of data usage accounts. The method further includes transmitting the encapsulated request from the electronic device to a network element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Maryann Haslestad, George Alto, Kiran Banoor, Gus Bourg, Diane Didio, Jonathan Genz, Gregory Herrera, Brian Keller, Daniel P. Malee, Richard J. Mnich, Marcel Theodore Rivard, Mildred Roman, Shilpa Subramaniam, Laury Ann Wills, Scott Young
  • Patent number: 9685992
    Abstract: To provide network connectivity in a building using existing electrical wiring and circuitry, a circuit panel network system is provided to interface between a network connection and the electrical circuit. Traditional breakers on the electrical panel that provide overload circuit-protection devices can be replaced with circuit breaker devices that have transceivers and power line communication chipsets in addition to overload circuit-protection devices. A network interface unit that receives broadband network connectivity from a network demarcation point inside or outside the building can wirelessly transfer data to and from the circuit breaker devices, which then distribute the data over the electrical circuits via the power line communication chipsets on the circuit breaker devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg
  • Patent number: 9686135
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method storing, at an integrated circuit card including at least one processor, parametric information descriptive of operational features of a plurality of software applications, where the plurality of software applications when executed makes use of services provided by equipment of a first network operator. The method can further include detecting, at the integrated circuit card, an event indicating that the plurality of software applications are to utilize services provided by equipment of a second network operator, and causing, from the integrated circuit card, a transmission of the parametric information descriptive of the operational features of the plurality of software applications to the equipment of the second network operator. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David K. Smith, Dan Druta, Ileana A. Leuca
  • Patent number: 9686500
    Abstract: A computer readable medium is disclosed containing a computer program including but not limited to computer executable instructions that when executed by a computer present advertising data, the computer program including but not limited to instructions to display advertising data on an end user device for a duration longer than a duration of normal playback of advertising data at normal speed that is being skipped during the current trick play command; and instructions to continue the display of the advertising data until after the duration of normal playback when trick play trend data indicates that an end user at the end user device has skipped advertising data during the last two consecutive trick play commands including the current trick play command and during a most recent trick play command in the trick play command history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James L Cansler, Charles Scott, Scott White
  • Patent number: 9686387
    Abstract: A mobile device includes a housing; a flexible display mounted in the housing; an actuator coupled to the flexible display; a processor; and a computer readable medium with computer-executable instruction stored thereon, that when executed by the processor cause the processor to initiate operations including: generating a vibratory notification by sending a command signal to the actuator to alter a position of the flexible display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9686326
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enabling registration of an Aggregate End Point (AEP) device that is incapable of supporting a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) based Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) registration are disclosed. The method performs a static registration of the AEP device in a plurality of network elements associated with an Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) network by provisioning. The method then processes an originating call request or a terminating call request associated with the AEP device using the static registration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Martin C. Dolly, Leticia D. Johnson, Nancy E. Lambros, Ricardo E. Sabat
  • Patent number: 9686331
    Abstract: A system for delivering content over a network includes a server. The server is configured to divide the content into multiple segments, to create multiple data streams using the segments of the content, and to transmit each of the data streams via a respective multicast session, wherein a copy of each of the multiple segments is transmitted during a single time slot of the multicast session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas M. Nortz, Mark W. Altom, Robert J. Sayko
  • Patent number: 9686720
    Abstract: A method and system for a quality of service (QoS) point coordinator (PC) for a basic service set (BSS) in a wireless local area network (WLAN) is disclosed. For example, the PC includes a QoS management entity (QME) and an admission control entity (ACE). The QME receives at least one reservation request message that characterizes one of a QoS session and QoS application (session/application) that can be of a continuous/periodic flow type that is time sensitive, or can be of a discontinuous/bursty flow type that is time tolerant. The reservation request message contains at least one QoS parameter set and requests a resource of a communication channel in the BSS for the QoS session/application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Jin-Meng Ho, Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 9686642
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a SIM card obtaining GPS location data, second location data and communication session measurement data; monitoring for a wireless network connection between a controller of a wireless device and a wireless network; and, responsive to a failure to detect the wireless network connection, providing the aggregated location data to a wireless communication circuit of the SIM card for wireless transmitting via an antenna of the SIM card to a wireless access point to cause the wireless access point to transmit the aggregated location data to a location server. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jonathan Drexel, William Drexel
  • Patent number: 9686631
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, identifying a configuration of a second end user device that includes device data and applications, generating a configuration template associated with the second end user device, providing a first end user device with access to the configuration template for enabling the first end user device to be configured, detecting an adjustment to the configuration of the second end user device, and transmitting a notification of a configuration change at the second end user device responsive to the detecting of the adjustment to enable the first end user device to be reconfigured according to the adjustment to the configuration of the second end user device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Ari Craine, Matthew Arcaro
  • Patent number: 9686727
    Abstract: Idle mode reselection is presented herein. A virtual neighbor component can create at least one virtual neighbor object and associate the at least one virtual neighbor object with wireless access points. Further, a reselection component can facilitate idle mode reselection between a base station and a wireless access point of the wireless access points based on the at least one virtual neighbor object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Melissa Ness, Thomas Wallace Henderson, Spyridon Kapoulas
  • Publication number: 20170169502
    Abstract: A server receives an electronic shopping cart from a client device. The electronic shopping cart describes an item for purchase from a merchant. The server comparison-shops to determine a different merchant offering the same or comparable item for sale. The server sends a notification to the client device describing a lower price offered by the different merchant. The server may then receive an approval to replace the item selected for purchase from the merchant with the item offered by the different merchant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Ronald Perrella
  • Publication number: 20170171351
    Abstract: A method and system for distributing content on a network through network-wide transactions is disclosed. The method and system monitors the network using triggered measurement of the performance of an element of the network, dynamically computing, based on the monitoring, the regions of the network with available performance capacity for the transaction to proceed at a given time, determining, based on the computing, a scheduled time for the transaction to proceed, and distributing the content according to a schedule related to the scheduled time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Balachander Krishnamurthy, Harsha Madhyastha, Oliver Spatscheck
  • Publication number: 20170171250
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for monitoring and controlling electronic activity. A policy service can be called for policies for controlling electronic activity occurring at one or more managed devices. The policies can include a number of rules, each of which can include a number of variables. The rules can be defined by a manager device and/or received from third parties. Third party rule submissions can be validated. If electronic activity at the managed device deviates from a rule, the manager device can be notified and the electronic activity can be blocked. The manager device can update the policy and/or issue exceptions, if desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mounire El Houmaidi
  • Publication number: 20170171042
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for collecting and using quality of experience information. A server computer executing a quality of experience management service can receive a request for quality of experience display data. The server computer can obtain location data defining a geographic location of a user device and analyze quality of experience information defining a quality of experience of an application program associated with the user device. The server computer can generate the quality of experience display data based upon the quality of experience information, and provide the quality of experience display data to the user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Mostafa Tofighbakhsh, Michael Q. Iapalucci
  • Publication number: 20170171385
    Abstract: Users are provided control of their communications. Should a call be processed for a user, a text message may be automatically sent as a response to the call. The user may pre-compose different text messages. The user may also compose a custom text message. Regardless, the user's text message is automatically sent as a response to the call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert A. Koch, Robert G. Hensey, JR., Shiejye Geoffrey Lin, David Archie Scott
  • Publication number: 20170168690
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to a sequential recommender system for virtualized network services. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a recommender system can receive user input regarding a service project interest expressed by a user. In response to the user input, the recommender system can consult a knowledge base to determine a recommended service based upon the user input regarding the service project interest expressed by the user. The recommender system can then present the recommended service to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Thomas Kirk, Rittwik Jana, Mazin E. Gilbert, John F. Murray, Tan Xu
  • Patent number: 9680843
    Abstract: A request is received over a network to resolve a problem relating to a networked user device. The request is accepted in order to provide user service. Based on the request, one of multiple available diagnostic algorithms is selected to analyze user data related to a user's account to identify symptoms of the problem and diagnose a cause of the symptoms identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ilona Murynets, Jeffrey E. Bickford, Gustavo De Los Reyes, Ramesh Subbaraman, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 9680221
    Abstract: A configurable segmented antenna is described herein. A monitor component can be configured to detect at least one parameter corresponding to one or more segments of an antenna integrated with a communications device. An antenna component can be configured to select at least one segment of the one or more segments in response to the at least one parameter. A control component can be configured to modify a quality of a signal according to the at least one parameter. Further, a transmission component can be configured to transmit the signal from the at least one segment based on the quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Bard, George Creigh, Roger Mahn
  • Patent number: 9675882
    Abstract: Geographic gaming via a scalable, wireless geographic broadcast protocol enables multiplayer gaming between communication devices without relying on traditional network elements. Games can be fully distributed over an ad hoc network of mobile communications devices. The scalable nature of the wireless geographic broadcast protocol enables multiplayer games to function equally well in both remote areas with no or little network service and in crowded areas containing both game players and other users of mobile communications devices. Wireless geographic broadcast messages distributed among multiplayer game participants can be used to control gameplay features and/or game elements of multiplayer games. Embodiments include simulated artillery battles, simulated throw and catch games, and simulated reconnaissance elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert J. Hall
  • Patent number: 9680822
    Abstract: Wireless pairing is automatically performed based on purchase. By providing a unique identifier of a cellular customer, a wireless device may be automatically paired to a residential wireless network. A central database, for example, may store networking credentials associated with residential wireless networks. When the cellular customer purchases the wireless device, a server may query the central database for a cellular telephone number associated with the cellular customer. The server may thus retrieve the networking credentials that are associated with the cellular telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Emily Soelberg, Glenn Blumstein, Ginger Chien, Murali Narayanan, Bradley Richard Ree, Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9680877
    Abstract: A system to detect anomalies in internet protocol (IP) flows uses a set of machine-learning (ML) rules that can be applied in real time at the IP flow level. A communication network has a large number of routers equipped with flow monitoring capability. A flow collector collects flow data from the routers throughout the communication network and provides them to a flow classifier. At the same time, a limited number of locations in the network monitor data packets and generate alerts based on packet data properties. The packet alerts and the flow data are provided to a machine learning system that detects correlations between the packet-based alerts and the flow data to thereby generate a series of flow-level alerts. These rules are provided to the flow time classifier. Over time, the new packet alerts and flow data are used to provide updated rules generated by the machine learning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas Duffield, Patrick Haffner, Balachander Krishnamurthy, Haakon Andreas Ringberg
  • Patent number: 9680854
    Abstract: A system for malware and anomaly detection via activity recognition based on sensor is disclosed. The system may analyze sensor data collected during a selected time period from one or more sensors that are associated with a device. Once the sensor data is analyzed, the system may determine a context of the device when the device is in a connected state. The system may determine the context of the device based on the sensor data collected during the selected time period. The system may also determine if traffic received or transmitted by the device during the connected state is in a white list. Furthermore, the system may transmit an alert if the traffic is determined to not be in the white list or if the context determined for the device indicates that the context does not correlate with the traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Roger P. Jover, Ilona Murynets
  • Patent number: 9680670
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission device that includes at least one transceiver configured to modulate data to generate a plurality of first electromagnetic waves in accordance with channel control parameters. A plurality of couplers are configured to couple at least a portion of the plurality of first electromagnetic waves to a transmission medium, wherein the plurality of couplers generate a plurality of second electromagnetic waves that propagate along the outer surface of the transmission medium. A training controller is configured to generate the channel control parameters based on channel state information received from at least one remote transmission device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9681098
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, receiving first and second media content portraying images of first and second users, wherein the first and second users participate in a conference call. Joint media content is generated of the conference call including the images of the first and second users, that when presented at a display of a third user includes the images of the first and second users. Speech of the first user directed to the second user is detected and, in response, the image of the first user of the joint media content is adjusted to obtain a rotated image of the first user. The joint media content includes the rotated image of the first user and the image of the second user, that when presented at the display of the third user portrays the first user turned toward the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tara Hines, Andrea Basso, Aleksey Ivanov, Jeffrey Mikan, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 9681172
    Abstract: A system that determines first data according to data associated with a first number of media content items accessed by equipment of a user. A request is determined from the equipment of the user to receive media content items that are associated with the first data and an index category of an indexed media content items guide. The indexed content items guide is searched to identify those media content items of a second number of media content items that have indexed content items guide data associated with the index category and the first data. Search results including a third number of media content items are determined based on the searching of the indexed content items guide. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Lee Friedman
  • Patent number: 9680695
    Abstract: Dynamic grouping of cell site devices to network devices that include a group of baseband processing devices is facilitated. One method includes determining, by a device including a processor, respective load information for cell site devices of respective cell sites associated with a network; and determining, by the device, interference information associated with the cell site devices. The method also includes determining, by the device, configuration information of a switch device communicatively coupled between the cell site devices and network devices that include a group of baseband processing devices. The determining the configuration information is based on the respective load information of the cell site devices and the interference information associated with the cell site devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Milap V. Majmundar, Weihua Ye
  • Patent number: 9680924
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving a request to initiate a multimedia broadcast multicast service (MBMS) to wirelessly distribute media content to mobile user equipment within a target geographical region using a common radio channel An efficiency metric is obtained, in response to the request, for each broadcast multicast service center (BMSC). The efficiency metric is evaluated for each of the BMSCs and one of the BMSCs is selected based on the evaluation result. Establishment of an MBMS bearer service is facilitated using the selected BMSC, and a first media content item is disseminated to the mobile user equipment within the target geographical region using the common radio channel by way of the MBMS bearer service. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Rajendra Prasad Kodaypak
  • Patent number: 9680925
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to route network traffic using tiered affinity-based message routing are disclosed herein. An example method to select a destination endpoint for a message includes receiving a rule from a service provider, the rule specifying a set of destination endpoints associated with the service provider and the rule specifying a set of criteria to be used to select one of the destination endpoints for a message containing a data request. The method also includes sending the rule to a client service to be used to select the destination endpoint for the message based on a characteristic of the requested data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L. P.
    Inventors: Rene Glover, James Fox
  • Patent number: 9681180
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a display device having a controller to wirelessly receive media; wirelessly receive control signals for presentation of the media from a mobile communication device; and selectively disable control by the display device over presentation of the media on the display device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marc Sullivan, James Pratt
  • Patent number: 9681190
    Abstract: Systems and processes that incorporate teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, identifying temporal actions initiated by equipment of users during presentation of a media program to the equipment of users. A timeline is modified that corresponds to a linear progression of the media program, wherein the modified timeline includes symbols indicative of the temporal actions. The modified timeline is provided to the equipment of the users. The modified timeline is presented at displays of the equipment of the plurality of users, together with the media program. The symbols are situated in relation to the presentation of the media program, wherein the symbols can be selected by input cursors at the displays of the equipment of the users. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Linda Roberts, E-Lee Chang, Ja-Young Sung, Natasha Barrett Schultz, Robert King
  • Patent number: 9681194
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an avatar engine having a controller to retrieve a user profile, cause a presentation device to present a user an avatar having characteristics that correlate to the user profile, detect one or more responses of the user, identify from the one or more responses a need to communicate with a merchant system, establish a communication session with the merchant system, receive a notification from the merchant system of a merchant avatar engine, establish communication with the merchant avatar engine, adapt the characteristics of the avatar at least in part according to instructions supplied by the merchant avatar engine, and cause the presentation device to present the user the adapted avatar. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Darnell Clayton, E-Lee Chang, Horst Juergen Schroeter, Linda Roberts, Madhur Khandelwal
  • Patent number: 9681195
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an Internet Protocol Television system having a controller to create a template defining a format of presentation of an webpage or HTML page using an iTV or IPTV application system, receive a request for the page from a subscriber of the iTV or IPTV system. The system can access application system subscriber data for the subscriber and a presentation of the page is dynamically adapted according to the application system subscriber data. In one alternative at, the page can be dynamically adapted by changing in content or by changing a look and feel of an HTML page or webpage. In another alternative, the webpage or HTML page can be dynamically adapted by modifying graphic user interface elements based on the application system subscriber data. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mary McCarthy, Bryan P. Davis, Robert Coldwell
  • Patent number: 9679194
    Abstract: Methods for obfuscating an image of a subject in a captured media are disclosed. For example, a method receives a communication from an endpoint device of a subject indicating that the image of the subject is to be obfuscated in a captured media. The communication may include a feature set associated with the subject, where the feature set contains facial features of the subject and motion information associated with the subject. The method then detects the image of the subject in the captured media. For example, the image of the subject is detected by matching the facial features of the subject to the image of the subject in the captured media and matching the motion information associated with the subject to a trajectory of the image of the subject in the captured media. The method then obfuscates the image of the subject in the captured media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Moo-Ryong Ra, Seungjoon Lee, Emiliano Miluzzo, Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 9679133
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for providing contextual feedback to a user of a computer system upon detection of an invasion of the computer system are provided herein. An invasion of the computer system is detected and a contextually appropriate alert is selected from a set of alerts. The alert is played immediately upon detection of the invasion so that the user is alerted to the invasion within close temporal proximity to the user's action that resulted in the invasion of the computer system. In addition, details of the invasion are logged to a diagnostic log file for later use by support personnel in repairing the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: William Roberts Cheswick
  • Patent number: 9678713
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for controlling a steering of a plurality of cameras to identify a plurality of potential sources, identifying the plurality of potential sources according to image data provided by the plurality of cameras, assigning a beam of a plurality of beams of a plurality of microphones to each of the plurality of potential sources, detecting a first command comprising one of a first audible cue based on signals from a portion of the plurality of microphones, a first visual cue based on image data from one of the plurality of cameras, or both for controlling a media center, and configuring the media center according to the first command. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dimitrios Dimitriadis, Horst Juergen Schroeter
  • Patent number: 9679470
    Abstract: A method and system for programming a universal remote control (URC) to operate with a new remote controlled device is disclosed. A digital image of the new device is generated and sent to a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN) server, along with MCDN account information. The digital image may be used to identify the new device. Programming codes may be retrieved and sent to client premises equipment (CPE) at an MCDN client identified by the MCDN account information. The CPE may be instructed to reprogram the URC to control the new device using the programming codes. The digital image may be sent to the server using wireless telephony service provided by the MCDN service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Pratt, Marc Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9680793
    Abstract: An in-band signaling method that enables secure updates of a care-of-IP address for a mobile host that roams between access networks. In the illustrative embodiment described herein, a mobile host includes an intelligent interface that handles IP networking functions and tunnels IP packets between the mobile host and the mobile host's home agent/remote access server (HA/RAS) transparently, as if the mobile host established a connection to a communicating or destination host (DST) from the home network (where the HA/RAS resides). In accordance with an aspect of the invention, there is provided an in-band signaling method that employs encrypted three-way handshake signaling messages that are embedded in encapsulated IP packets to enable care-of IP address updates. This method can effectively protect mobile hosts from denial-of-service attacks and is transparent to NAT/NAPT firewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventor: Hui Luo
  • Patent number: 9681272
    Abstract: Wireless communication via a mesh network of connected movable objects is described. A method includes determining, by a device including a processor, a value of a characteristic of a first movable object of movable objects communicatively coupled to a wireless network, wherein the movable objects are automated vehicles, and wherein the determining the value is based on a likelihood of receipt of a message transmitted from the first movable object to a second movable object of the movable objects. The method also includes generating information usable to move the first movable object in a manner that satisfies a defined condition associated with the value. The information can be strength of a wireless communication channel between the first movable object and a second movable object of the movable objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Nikhil S Marathe
  • Patent number: 9681300
    Abstract: Sharing timed fingerprint location information is disclosed. In an aspect, timed fingerprint location information can be associated with a location of a user equipment. This timed fingerprint location information can be shared with other devices. As such, with proper analysis, these other devices can employ the shared timed fingerprint location information to determine their location. In an aspect, the other devices can determine that they are located at the same location as the user equipment. However, a level of error can be inherent in the location determined from shared timed fingerprint location information. In some embodiments, this error can be compensated for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Rick Tipton, Mark Austin, Sheldon Meredith