AT&T Patents Granted

AT&T patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9661391
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may perform operations including, for example, receiving a plurality of user-generated comments associated with media content where the plurality of user-generated comments are temporally associated with a portion of the media content during a presentation of the media content at a group of communication devices, and identifying from the plurality of user-generated comments a cluster of comments associated with a segment of the media content based on a frequency of the user-generated comments. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 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: 9661388
    Abstract: Techniques for rules-based content management are provided. Video on demand content is collected from a variety of sources. Business rules embedded within metadata can be retrieved where the business rules control processing and delivery of the video on demand content. The video on demand content may be selectively packaged in response to the business rules and the metadata to generate packaged video on demand content. A server can distribute the packaged video on demand content to devices. A priority for processing the packaged video on demand content can be based on a quality of service parameter and based on the metadata, the business rules, and a license embedded within the metadata where the license describes the priority. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Debra Phillips, Brian Wilson, Lorraine Leach, Thomas Scott Webster, Michelle Mayo
  • Patent number: 9659212
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products recognize a gesture in a video signal. A camera generates the video signal as an output. An image comparison is then performed between frames in the video signal to images stored in memory of different gestures. When a frame matches an image, the gesture is determined. A corresponding controller operation may then be selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Hong Thi Nguyen, Linda Ann Roberts, Edward Michael Silver
  • Patent number: 9656165
    Abstract: A geocast alerting system employs wireless geocast transmissions to deliver customized alerting messages to particular geographic areas. Geocast alerting regions and sub-regions can be defined within the system. Upon notice of the occurrence of an emergent situation, one or more geographic areas that may potentially be affected by the emergent situation are determined. The potentially effected geographic regions are compared with geocast alerting regions and sub-regions corresponding to particular geographic areas. Target alerting regions that should receive alerting messages are identified based on the comparison. The content of alerting messages can be tailored for each target alerting region. The content of alerting messages can contain distinct portions of content, each portion tailored based upon one or more conditions related to communications devices within the target alerting region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert J. Hall
  • Patent number: 9659101
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for abstracting Internet content is disclosed. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a terminal device having a user interface element that links a graphical user interface element to each internet resource identifier of one or more subject matters of interest defined in a profile by an end user, and presents the one or more graphical user interface elements in a graphical user interface window without association to an Internet browser. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Walter, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 9661367
    Abstract: Methods and systems for message notification are described. A video message is received from a source access device. A selection of a target user may be received for the video message. A message notification of availability of the video message for a target access device associated with the target user may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Arshad Khan, Niral Sheth
  • Patent number: 9659147
    Abstract: Electronic records are formatted according to recipient addresses. When an electronic database record is received by a server or other device, the electronic database record has any formatting, herein termed a legacy format. The electronic database record is destined for delivery to device identified by a recipient address. The recipient address is associated with a software agent that reformats the legacy format into a different format. The electronic database record is thus reformatted according to software agent associated with the recipient address. A reformatted database record is thus sent to the recipient address, and the reformatted database record has the different format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: David L. Wellons, Diane Brown Turcan
  • Patent number: 9659278
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products for displaying tag words for selection by users engaged in social tagging of content accessible via a communications network, are provided. A tag cloud, tag word inventory curve and slider control are displayed within a graphical user interface. The tag cloud is a visual representation of an inventory of tag words. The tag word inventory curve is a graphical representation of the words in the inventory by frequency of usage by others. The slider control is responsive to user movement, and is movable within a range that spans the length of the tag word inventory curve. Movement of the slider control changes the number of tag words from the inventory displayed in the tag cloud according to frequency of usage by others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert Todd Stephens
  • Patent number: 9661036
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a method for receiving initial filter criteria from a home subscriber server, transmitting information obtained from the initial filter criteria to a domain name system, receiving a multicast IP address from the domain name system, and transmitting a message to a plurality of IP multimedia subsystem network elements according to the multicast IP address. The message can be used for configuring the plurality of IP multimedia subsystem network elements. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chaoxin Charles Qiu, Arshad Khan, Niral Sheth
  • Patent number: 9660745
    Abstract: Geocast-based file transfer may be implemented via use of a Geocast File Transfer (GFT) protocol. A sending device may parse a file into multiple chunks. Respective multiple geocast packets comprising the chunks may be geocast. The sending device may geocast all packets sequentially. Upon geocasting all packets, the sending device may wait a predetermined amount of time. During the period of time, any receiving device that did not receive a chunk of the file may geocast a request for the missing chunk. Receiving devices also may wait various respective amounts of time before geocasting requests. Other receiving devices that may have missed a chunk may hear that the chunk it missed is being requested. And that device need not make a request for the chunk. Rather, that device may wait for the sending device to retransmit a geocast packet that contains the missing chunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert J. Hall
  • Patent number: 9661027
    Abstract: Interactive services are enhanced by intercepting a session initiation protocol message used to initiate a bidirectional communication and in transit to a networked recipient computer that provides interactive services for the bidirectional communication to be initiated. Supplemental information is obtained based on information in the session initiation protocol message in order to provide to the networked recipient computer of the bidirectional communication to be initiated. A computer processor of an intermediary computer is used to insert the supplemental information into the session initiation protocol message. The session initiation protocol message is routed with the supplemental information inserted to the networked recipient computer that provides the interactive services for the bidirectional communication to be initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James W. Fan, Alireza Hooshiari
  • Patent number: 9659281
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a proactive scheduler having a controller element to determine a scheduling conflict between a called party and a calling party according to calendar information of the called party and presence information of the called party. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Jackson, Mehrad Yasrebi
  • Patent number: 9661129
    Abstract: Ring tones and other alerts are processed based on social networks. A person's contact information, as an example, may be associated with a social network. Each different social network may also have its own custom ringtone or other alert. Calls, texts, and other electronic messages may thus processed with the alert of the social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 9661358
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations including sending a primary multicast video stream and a secondary multicast video stream to a media device. The secondary multicast video stream is limited to intra-coded frames (I-frames) extracted from the primary multicast video stream. Transmission of each intra-coded frame (I-frame) of the secondary multicast video stream is delayed with respect to transmission of a corresponding I-frame of the primary multicast video stream. The delay is based on an amount of writing time to satisfy a buffer threshold of a video content buffer at the media device to prevent a noticeable time shift of video displayed by the media device when the media device switches from outputting the secondary multicast video stream to outputting the primary multicast video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kadangode Ramakrishnan, Charles Robert Kalmanek, Jr., Robert Duncan Doverspike, William C. Fenner
  • Patent number: 9661125
    Abstract: A driver of a vehicle is identified and a command is sent to a mobile communications device that is associated with the identified driver and that is in proximity of the vehicle to force the mobile communications device to change modes such as to enter a hands-free or other suitable mode. The driver may be identified through one or more techniques including biometric sensing, key detection, switch controls, and so forth. Additionally, the driver and/or feature settings preferred by the current driver may be identified by receiving data from the mobile communications device. The data may identify the driver ID with preferred feature settings, the mobile communications device which has an association to a driver ID with preferred feature settings, or the data may specify the preferred feature settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Samuel Zellner
  • Patent number: 9661268
    Abstract: A system is disclose including but not limited to a processor in data communication with a non-transitory computer readable medium; a computer program stored in the computer readable medium, the computer program including but not limited to instructions to send from a first client device to a server, data indicating a first list designating a first group of video conference participants' end user devices' addresses; and instructions to send from the client device to the server, a first video conference data, the first video conference data to be sent from the server over a single video conference channel in the video system to first group of video conference participants' end user devices addresses, wherein each of a plurality of groups of end user devices receives a different one of a plurality of video conferences data over a single video conference channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Edward A Walter
  • Patent number: 9661505
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system including a frequency mixer that combines a signal and a carrier wave to form a combined signal, and a transmitter that generates a transmission based on the combined signal. The system can also include a coupling device that emits the transmission as an electromagnetic wave guided by an outer surface of a transmission medium. The electromagnetic wave can propagate longitudinally along the surface of the transmission medium and at least partially around the surface of the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Donald J Barnickel, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Paul Shala Henry, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9661148
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to select a dynamically peered voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) border element are disclosed. An example method comprises collecting data representative of a dynamic performance of a voice over Internet protocol network, prioritizing a selection of a peered border element based on the collected data, and modifying a telephone number mapping (ENUM) database based on the prioritized selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad Yasrebi, James Jackson, Bernard Ku
  • Patent number: 9652521
    Abstract: A relational dependency transform is introduced as a way to exploit information redundancy in conditioning data in a relational database for better compressibility. An optimum relational dependency transform of the relational database is first computed. Fields of the relational database are then sorted topologically based on a weighted, directed graph having nodes representing predictor and predictee fields. For each predictee field in the topological order, a transformed field is then computed via the relationship between predictor and predictee in the optimum relational dependency transform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Kiem-Phong Vo
  • Patent number: 9652973
    Abstract: A management system using Global Positioning System receivers for tracking remote units from a central office and quickly and conveniently determining if those remote units have varied from a set of predetermined parameters of operation. The system also includes provisions that allows information to be sent from the remote units to the central office and vice versa. The system also has safety features that promote the rapid dispatch of law enforcement personnel when requests for emergency assistance have been made from the remote units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marvin R. Hamrick, R.T. Mitchell Ingman
  • Patent number: 9652540
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products create credit cards, debit cards, and other transactional cards. An image is received and provided on a transactional card. Account information is retrieved and associated with the transactional card. A machine-readable element is also provided on the transactional card and includes the account information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Carol Elizabeth Wagner, Steven N. Tischer
  • Patent number: 9652372
    Abstract: A method, computer readable medium and apparatus for improving non-uniform memory access are disclosed. For example, the method divides a plurality of stream processing jobs into a plurality of groups of stream processing jobs to match a topology of a non-uniform memory access platform. The method sets a parameter in an operating system kernel of the non-uniform memory access platform to favor an allocation of a local memory, and defines a plurality of processor sets. The method binds one of the plurality of groups to one of the plurality of processor sets, and runs the one group of stream processing jobs on the one processor set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Alexandre Gerber, Oliver Spatscheck, Frederick True
  • Patent number: 9652277
    Abstract: A scalable virtualized network core is provided to allow for incrementally adjusting network resources in response to changing demand, and for improved flexibility in network management and control. The scalable virtualized network core provides a cloud evolved packet core that has virtual machines performing the functions of the individual server elements. As demand for network resources changes, additional virtual machines can be brought online or virtual machines can be terminated to efficiently address the demand. An abstraction agent can be provided to facilitate the physical to logical connections so that to the perspective of elements in a radio access network, no changes have been made. The abstraction agent also facilitates network control and management of the virtual machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ioannis Broustis, Rittwik Jana, Sarat Puthenpura, Nemmara K. Shankaranarayanan
  • Patent number: 9652219
    Abstract: Systems and/or methods are provided for the purchase, dissemination, configuration, or provisioning of applications to a mobile device. The systems can comprise devices that receive indications from a small to medium sized businesses of a need for an application, obtain the application from an independent software vendor, configure the application for utilization on the mobile device, and thereafter dispatches the application to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Edward Schmit
  • Patent number: 9652449
    Abstract: A method, computer readable medium and apparatus for detecting a sentiment for a short message are disclosed. For example, the method receives the short message, and obtains an abstraction of the short message. The method then determines the sentiment of the short message based upon the abstraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Luciano De Andrade Barbosa, Junlan Feng
  • Patent number: 9655035
    Abstract: Systems and methods that utilize femtocell access points (FAP) to perform radio frequency (RF) network sweeps are provided. In one embodiment, a method includes: predicting an availability of an access point (AP) to perform an RF network sweep; and determining that the access point is available to perform the RF network sweep based, at least, on a prediction that a mobile device on a white list for the access point is not likely to access the access point during a time interval associated with performing the RF network sweep. In another embodiment, a method includes: comparing a network quality characteristic for a wireless channel associated with a FAP with a network quality characteristic for a wired network communicatively coupled to the FAP. The network quality characteristics can be the same. The method can then include employing the comparison to determine to which network an impairment is attributable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Stephen Griesmer, Thomas Killian, N. L. Schryer, Dipesh Hasmukhlal Shah, Kaushik Gohel
  • Patent number: 9655067
    Abstract: A method, a non-transitory computer-readable medium and an apparatus for receiving a data packet that is transmitted from a first sensor node are disclosed. For example, the method performs a channel scan of a particular burst of channel scans. When the preamble packet is detected, the method determines whether the preamble packet is addressed to the second sensor node. When the preamble packet is addressed to the second sensor node, the method sends an acknowledgement packet to the first sensor node. The method then receives the data packet that is transmitted from the first sensor node. The method then sleeps for a duration of time, when there is no packet transmission that is ongoing that is destined to the second sensor node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Rajesh Krishna Panta, James Allan Pelletier, Gregory T. Vesonder
  • Patent number: 9653770
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a coupler including a receiving portion that receives a first electromagnetic wave conveying first data from a transmitting device. A guiding portion guides the first electromagnetic wave to a junction for coupling the first electromagnetic wave to a transmission medium. The first electromagnetic wave propagates via at least one first guided wave mode. The coupling of the first electromagnetic wave to the transmission medium forms a second electromagnetic wave that is guided to propagate along the outer surface of the transmission medium via at least one second guided wave mode that differs from the at least one first guided wave mode. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 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: 9654173
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a waveguide system for transmitting first electromagnetic waves via a coupler located in proximity to a transmission medium to generate second electromagnetic waves that propagate on an outer surface of the transmission medium, the transmission medium further providing a first power signal having a first operating frequency and a second power signal having a second operating frequency that differs from the first operating frequency. The waveguide system can further obtain energy from the first power signal for powering the waveguide system. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9654931
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, a mobile device can determine its speed and can utilize a wireless network based on its determined speed. In one example, the mobile device can be within a communications range of a wireless access point that implements a wireless local area network and can utilize a mobile telephone network for data communications rather than the wireless local area network when the mobile device is traveling at or above a certain speed. In another example, the mobile device can receive a signal from the wireless access point and, based on the signal and the speed of the mobile device, the mobile device can utilize the wireless access point at or above the certain speed. For instance, the signal can include a beacon indicating that the wireless access point can be utilized for data communications when the mobile device is traveling at or above a certain speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Feng Wang, Mostafa Tofighbakhsh, David Wolter
  • Patent number: 9655034
    Abstract: Transaction sensitive access network discovery and selection function (TSANDSF) features are disclosed. TSANDSF features can include access network resource (ANR) selection based on vendor ANR information and UE information. TSANDSF features can further include facilitating access, via a UE, to vendor value added products or service, vendor selected information, or vendor advertisements as a result of establishing a communication link with a vendor ANR. In contrast to conventional ANDSF, TSANDSF can facilitate improved ANR ranking and selection based on rules that correlate UE information with determined vendor ANR features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9654597
    Abstract: A content selection server including a processor configured to receive personal preference information from a plurality of personal media devices, select content based on the personal preference information, and provide playback of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Weidong Hu, Armstrong Soo
  • Patent number: 9654629
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method in which a device comprising a processor detects a communication session between a calling device and a called device, and receives a motion signal from the called device; the motion signal is generated at a motion sensor of the called device during or after the communication session. The device analyzes the motion signal to determine whether a portion of the motion signal corresponds to a preselected motion of the called device and whether a subsequent call from the calling device accordingly is to be blocked. Responsive to a determination that the subsequent call is to be blocked, the device also updates a list of blocked caller identifiers associated with the called device to add an identifier associated with the calling device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kim Brackett, Liaqat Ali, William Morris, IV
  • Patent number: 9654305
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing network traffic receives, at a grade of service device, network traffic information for a plurality of network traffic channels from a network device separate from the grade of service device. The network traffic information is compared to a threshold to determine a behavior value for each network traffic channel. Each network traffic channel is mapped to a grade of service according to the behavior value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Aline Fichou, Aurelien Bruno, Diana Toll
  • Patent number: 9654366
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, receiving at a media resource center a first pairing key from a first mobile device server and enabling the first mobile device to access at least one media device based on the first pairing key, where the at least one media device is operably coupled with the media resource center, where the first mobile devices provides media services by executing a web server application that utilizes the at least one media device, and where the first mobile device communicates with a second mobile device server to provide the media services. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: William A. Brown, Troy Meuninck
  • Patent number: 9654525
    Abstract: A method includes in response to a request to stream media content from a base station of a wireless network to a communication device via a wireless channel, determining, at the base station of a wireless network, a size of a data burst that includes a portion of the media content based on potential data wastage, usage efficiency of base station resources, or a combination thereof. The method includes sending the data burst via the wireless channel from the base station to a communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Milap V. Majmundar, Arvind R. Raghavan
  • Patent number: 9651674
    Abstract: The disclosure provides devices, systems, and methods for approximating the location of a mobile communication device. A base station transceiver (BTS) broadcasts assistance data across a control channel. The assistance data is received by a mobile communication device in communication with the BTS. The assistance data includes location information for the BTS, and Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) information associated with the BTS. The assistance data can be broadcast by incorporating these fields in a control channel between the BTS and the mobile communication device. A-GPS devices correlate the received assistance data with a GPS almanac in order to connect to a set of positioning satellites. Devices without a GPS receiver or devices unable to connect to a satellite correlate the received assistance data to a known approximate location, by referring to a database stored on the device or on the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Justin Michael Anthony McNamara, John Potts Davis, III, Stephen Thomas Hardin, Jay Daryl Rector
  • Patent number: 9654950
    Abstract: Techniques control traffic transmissions to manage radio resource utilization. When content is being streamed to user equipment (UE) and is at least initially intended to be streamed in real time at a constant bitrate, a communication management component can determine whether the content being transmitted to the UE can be delayed, instead of being transmitted in real time. In response to determining that the content can be delayed, the communication management component can facilitate buffering data and periodically streaming the data to the UE in data bursts to reduce use of UE power and radio resources. When transmitting a visual image to a UE, the communication management component can adjust resolution of a visual image to correspond to screen dimensions of the UE based on information indicating screen dimensions of the UE that can be received from the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Subhabrata Sen, Oliver Spatscheck, Alexandre Gerber, Zhuoqing Morley Mao, Feng Qian, Zhaoguang Wang
  • Patent number: 9655166
    Abstract: Data bundling and fast dormancy controls are provided based on application monitoring and classification. Moreover, a balance is enabled between saving battery power of a user equipment (UE) and reducing signaling and processing load in a radio resource controller (RRC). For instance, a system can observe data flow related behavior of applications on the UE. On receiving a first data flow request, an arrival time of a next data flow request is predicted based on an analysis of the behavior, and the system determines whether the two data flows can be bundled together and transmitted over a single connection. Additionally, on completion of the first data flow, the arrival time of the next data flow request is predicted based on the analysis, and the system determines whether a fast dormancy timer can be disabled to transmit the next data flow over the current connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Arthur Richard Brisebois, Yonghui Tong
  • Patent number: 9655114
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to allocate bandwidth between subscribers of a communications network are disclosed. An example method to allocate bandwidth between subscribers of a communications network includes projecting that a first network data usage of a first subscriber of the network service provider will exceed a first data allotment for a first network access account of the first subscriber within a time period. The example method also includes identifying a second subscriber of the network service provider who is included in a subscriber group with the first subscriber and projected to have a second network data usage that is below a second data allotment for a second account of the second subscriber within that time period. The example method also includes requesting assent from the second subscriber to transfer a portion of the second data allotment to the first subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anthony Reynolds, Kenneth Daleo, Darren DeJaeger, Blaine Fawcett, Christopher Huffman, Keith Peterson, Steve Shaffer
  • Patent number: 9655134
    Abstract: A first network device in a network, such as an LTE network, configured to establish a default bearer between a node and the first network device. The first network device may transmit a first communication type between the first network device and the node over the a default bearer and receive a service request requesting the establishment of a dedicated bearer for the transmission of a second communication type between the first network device and the node, the service request requesting that the dedicated bearer have a quality of service higher than the quality of service of the default bearer. The first network device may transmit the second type of communication between the first network device and the node over the default bearer, establish the dedicated bearer, and then switch the transmission of the second type of communication from the default bearer to the dedicated bearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson M. Shaw
  • Patent number: 9648471
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a text messaging service are disclosed. For example, the method receives a text message destined to a customer, and determines a preference of the customer for forwarding the text message, wherein the preference comprises a plurality of customer endpoint devices for receiving the text message. The method forwards the text message in accordance with a sender input, if the preference of the customer allows for processing of the text message in accordance with the sender input, and forwards the text message in accordance with the preference of the customer; if the preference of the customer does not allow sender input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher C. Detering, Dale Rathbun, II
  • Patent number: 9648612
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device, and apparatus for allocating a plurality of timeslots of each channel of a plurality of channels in a wireless network are disclosed. For example, the method determines a location and a velocity for each user endpoint device of a plurality of user endpoint devices, estimates a future data rate for each user endpoint device at the location, estimates future timeslot allocations of each channel of the plurality of channels in the wireless network in accordance with the future data rate that is predicted for each user endpoint device, and allocates each timeslot of the plurality of timeslots of each channel of the plurality of channels in the wireless network to a user endpoint device of the plurality of user endpoint devices in accordance with the future timeslot allocations that are estimated for each channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Ashwin Sridharan, Vaneet Aggarwal, Rittwik Jana, Howard Karloff, Nemmara K. Shankaranarayanan, Vinay Anant Vaishampayan, Robert Margolies, Gil Zussman
  • Patent number: 9646400
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for virtual doorbell augmentations for communications between augmented reality and virtual reality environments. According to one aspect, an augmented reality server computer can provide an augmented reality environment to a user device. The augmented reality environment can include a view of a physical, real-world environment and a virtual doorbell augmentation applied to a residence depicted in the view of the physical, real-world environment. The augmented reality server computer can receive a selection of the virtual doorbell augmentation. In response to receiving the selection of the virtual doorbell augmentation, the augmented reality server computer can request access to a virtual reality environment provided by a virtual reality server computer associated with the residence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Srilal M. Weerasinghe
  • Patent number: 9648454
    Abstract: A location query service is disclosed. The service provides requestors with a location of a device. The service receives a location query from a requestor, retrieves location information associated with the network user, and returns the location information to the requestor. Before returning the location information to the requestor, the service is configured, in some embodiments, to authenticate that the requestor is authorized by the network user to receive the network user's location information. Methods for providing a location query service also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark J. Enzmann, Robert T. Moton, Jr., Samuel N. Zellner
  • Patent number: 9646021
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for managing resource access in distributed computing environments. A computing device can host a local resource such as a file or application and an application for managing or controlling resource access. The user device can communicate with a remote device that hosts a remote resource, which may be similar to the local resource. If a resource access request is detected at the user device, the user device can identify resources including a local resource and/or a remote resource that can provide functionality associated with the request. The user device can determine if the local resource, the remote resource, and/or a combination thereof is to be accessed to provide the requested access. This determination can be made before or during the access and can be based upon settings, preferences, input, network traffic, and/or other considerations determined at the user device and/or other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mark J. Yampanis
  • Patent number: 9646148
    Abstract: Portable storage devices and methods for remotely managing such portable storage devices are disclosed. For example, a method receives a request from an endpoint device to send a command to a portable storage device. The method then authenticates the endpoint device that has sent the request. The method then transmits the command wirelessly to the portable storage device. Similarly, a portable storage device includes a processor and a computer-readable medium in communication with the processor, the computer-readable medium to store instructions. The instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations that include: wirelessly receiving a command related to an access of a memory of the portable storage device, verifying an authenticity of the command and executing the command when the authenticity of the command is verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Mikhail Istomin
  • Patent number: 9645183
    Abstract: Cable assemblies react to electrical power. A visual indicator in a cable assembly changes color in response to the electrical power. The visual indicator, for example, may respond to heat or electromagnetic field in the cable assembly. In smart cables, a controller may activate the visual indicator in response to the electrical power applied to the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Jonathan L. Reeves
  • Patent number: 9646626
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer-readable storage devices for processing audio signals. An example system configured to practice the method receives audio at a device to be transmitted to a remote speech processing system. The system analyzes one of noise conditions, need for an enhanced speech quality, and network load to yield an analysis. Based on the analysis, the system determines to bypass user-defined options for enhancing audio for speech processing. Then, based on the analysis, the system can modify an audio transmission parameter used to transmit the audio from the device to the remote speech processing system. The audio transmission parameter can be one of an amount of coding, a chosen codec, an amount of coding, or a number of audio channels, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Dimitrios Dimitriadis, John Crockett, Horst Juergen Schroeter
  • Patent number: 9647974
    Abstract: A method (300) and apparatus are disclosed for event notification. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a presence services system (PSS) (102) can have a controller (104) that manages operations of a communications interface (110). The controller can be programmed to monitor (302) presence information of a plurality of communication devices of an end user operating in a communications system, and receive (316) a request from a calendar reminder system (CRS) for access to the presence information. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, Yolius Diroo, Edward Walter, Brian Wilson, William R. Hurst, Anil Kumar Doradla