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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  • Patent number: 9565084
    Abstract: A computer readable storage medium includes a set of instructions executable by a processor. The instructions are operable to assign a unique identifier to each of a plurality of node subsets of a network, the node subsets being created by damage to the network; assign one or more of the identifiers to each of a plurality of components of the damaged network based on a connectivity to the one or more of the node subsets and corresponding identifiers of the node subsets; assign one or more of the identifiers to each of one or more node types of the plurality of components by assigning each of the node types all of the identifiers of any of the components of the node type; and evaluate a first connectivity between a first one of the components and a second one of the components by determining whether they share at least one of the identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yury Bakshi, Carolyn Roche Johnson, Herbert Shulman
  • Patent number: 9565577
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device and an apparatus for maximizing the capacity of a wireless network across a geographical area are disclosed. For example, the method monitors the wireless network and gathering network information and user endpoint device information for a geographical area comprising a plurality of cells of the wireless network, processes, for each cell, the network information and the user endpoint device information that is gathered and generating a cell specific traffic pattern, determines whether the capacity is below a threshold, and increases the capacity of the geographical area in accordance with the network information and the user endpoint device information that is processed for each cell, and the cell specific traffic pattern that is generated for each cell, when the capacity is below the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vibhav Kapnadak, Zhi Li
  • Patent number: 9565426
    Abstract: A method of managing lip synchronization error in a multimedia content delivery network includes identifying a video packet and an audio packet associated with the video packet and determining a synchronization offset between the audio and video packets at a first monitoring point in the network. The audio and video packets are then detected at a second monitoring point in the network and a second synchronization offset is determined. When a delta between the first synchronization offset and the second synchronization offset exceeds a threshold, lip synchronization error information may be automatically recorded and/or reported to a service provider and corrective action may be taken if potential sources of the lip synchronization error are within the domain of the service provider. The video packet may be identified by a timestamp within the packet and the audio packet may be identified by audio data within the audio packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chen-Yui Yang, Chee Ching, Paul Kahn, David H. Lu, Anthony Mark Srdar
  • Patent number: 9565483
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system having a controller that increasing a first quality of first media content to achieve an adjusted quality, by adjusting a number of first encoded video portions, first encoded audio portions or both allocated to a presentation of first video and first audio of the first media content. A digital stream having a total bandwidth includes the first media content and second media content. A second quality of the second media content is decreased, by decreasing a number of encoded video portions, encoded audio portions or both allocated to a presentation of second video and second audio of the second media content, while maintaining consistency in the total bandwidth of the digital stream. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marc Sullivan, Keith Crowe, James Pratt
  • Patent number: 9565484
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, the steps of transmitting media content to a group of set top boxes for presentation with an overlay superimposed onto the media content, receiving a first comment from a first set top box of the group of set top boxes where the first comment is presentable with the overlay and the media content by the group of set top boxes, determining a first advertisement based on the first comment, and transmitting the first advertisement to the first set top box for presentation with the overlay and the media content. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 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: 9565716
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device and apparatus for closing a transmission control protocol connection in a wireless network are disclosed. For example, the method sends a first transmission control protocol option requesting a use of a silent transmission control protocol closure for the transmission control protocol connection, receives a confirmation from a recipient device that silent transmission control protocol closure is to be used for the transmission control protocol connection, sends a second transmission control protocol option that indicates a connection timeout period for the sender device, receives a connection timeout period for the recipient device, tracks the connection timeout period for the sender device and the connection timeout period for the recipient device, and closes the transmission control protocol connection when one of the connection timeout period for the sender device or the connection timeout period for the recipient device has expired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Feng Qian, Subhabrata Sen, Oliver Spatscheck
  • Patent number: 9564947
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission device that includes a first coupler that guides a first electromagnetic wave to a first junction to form a second electromagnetic wave that is guided to propagate along the outer surface of the transmission medium via one or more guided-wave modes. These mode(s) have an envelope that varies as a function of angular deviation and/or longitudinal displacement. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bruce Stuckman, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9563395
    Abstract: When using finite-state devices to perform various functions, it is beneficial to use finite state devices representing regular grammars with terminals having markup-language-based semantics. By using markup-language-based symbols in the finite state devices, it is possible to generate valid markup-language expressions by concatenating the symbols representing the result of the performed function. The markup-language expression can be used by other applications and/or devices. Finite-state devices are used to convert strings of words and gestures into valid markup-language, for example, XML, expressions that can be used, for example, to provide an application program interface to underlying system applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael J. Johnston, Srinivas Bangalore
  • Patent number: 9564986
    Abstract: A radio access network system is described that determines a signal metric associated with a user equipment or device. The user equipment device can implement an altered transmission policy. The altered transmission policy can alter a strength of transmissions by increasing power consumption per transmission, increasing a length of timer per transmission, and altering other parameters of transmissions. The altered transmission policy can also alter an error correction policy. The error correction policy can indicate that error correction transmissions are to be decreased. The altered transmission policy can be implemented until the signal metric changes to a more desirable level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Krinsky, Bahman Khosravi-Sichani
  • Patent number: 9565150
    Abstract: Message delivery is controlled based on the context of the recipient and the content of the message. A message is received from a sender device, the message containing dynamic content. Contextual requirement data is received from the sender device indicating a dynamic contextual requirement to be met for the message to be made available to a user of a recipient device. Context data is received, indicating a context of the user of the recipient device. The dynamic content and the dynamic contextual requirement are modifiable, depending on the context data. The context data is evaluated to determine whether the dynamic contextual requirement is met. Responsive to the dynamic contextual requirement being met, the message is made available to the user of the recipient device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Christopher Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9565185
    Abstract: Configuration and credential data associated with a wireless network can be stored by the wireless network or a by a gateway device associated with the wireless network. The configuration and credential data can be accessed via a user profile and pushed to unauthenticated wireless devices to authenticate the unauthenticated wireless devices for the wireless network. The configuration and credential data can be backed up via a manual, automatic, or semi-automatic back-up process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric B. Wolbach, Robert W. Bickerstaff, Michael Frias
  • Patent number: 9565199
    Abstract: A system and method for authentication of a communication device is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an authentication system can have a controller element that receives from a communication device by way of a packet-switched network an authentication request comprising a first identification (ID) of a gateway and a second ID of the communication device. The gateway and at least one network element of the packet-switched network can be provisioned to have a physical association with each other such that other network elements of the packet-switched network deny services to the gateway when the gateway attempts to operate outside of said physical association. From said physical association and the aforementioned IDs the controller element can authenticate the communication device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Walter, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 9565216
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a first secured registration request message from user equipment at a registration server in an Internet Protocol multimedia subsystem network, the first secured registration request message being secured using a first security protocol, determining at the registration server that the first secured registration request message cannot be decoded using the first security protocol, sending a message from the registration server to the user equipment proposing a second security protocol, and receiving a second secured registration request message from the user equipment at the registration server, the second secured registration request message being secured using the second security protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mohamed Khalil, Arun Chatterjee, Mazen Aladwin, Karl Schlieber
  • Patent number: 9565302
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for the automatic real-time recording and processing of media in a communications network based on the context of the media. In one embodiment, a media stream is received in an analysis module in a service platform in the communications network. The media stream may represent a communication session between a calling party and a call center in the network. The incoming media steam is analyzed to identify words comprising a context of the communication session. A determination is then made as to whether the context of the communication session is related to a set of business rules associated with the service platform which may automatically trigger the retention of a recording of the communication session. If the context of the communication session is related to the set of business rules, the retention of the communication session is automatically triggered in real-time at a recording module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: David Anderson
  • Patent number: 9565317
    Abstract: A method for providing communication control functionality at a remotely located site using a distributed feature architecture which provides communication features and data records to an Enhanced Network User (ENU). The ENU connects to a Distributed Feature Network (DFN) in order to gain access to communications features contained in the DFN. Based on the type of communication requested, one or more feature boxes are created in order to implement the requested communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Cheung, Mark Jeffrey Foladare, Shelley B. Goldman, James Christopher Ramming
  • Patent number: 9565648
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide extended voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services are disclosed. An example residential gateway comprises a radio frequency (RF) detector to detect a presence of a cellular communication device, a service controller to enable a VoIP communication device when the cellular communication device is present, wherein the VoIP communication device and the cellular communication device are different devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Anil Doradla, Sreenivasa Gorti, David Wolter
  • Patent number: 9565712
    Abstract: Methods are apparatus are disclosed to improve a network connection of a cellular-enabled device via a connected vehicle. An example method disclosed herein includes establishing a first connection between the cellular-enabled vehicle and the first cellular-enabled device using a short distance radio frequency protocol. The first connection is based on a first connection relationship. The example method also includes establishing a second connection between the cellular-enabled vehicle and a cellular network using a first subscriber identifier stored in the first cellular-enabled device. The example method disclosed herein also includes sending a request to the first cellular-enabled device to end a third connection between the first cellular-enabled device and the cellular network while the first connection exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Iftekhar Alam, Patrick Mascarenhas, Ming-Ju Ho
  • Patent number: 9564967
    Abstract: A computerized system and method for managing a passive optical network (PON) is disclosed. The system includes a detection and analysis module adapted for receiving uploaded measurement data from an optical line terminal (OLT) and at least one optical network terminal (ONT), and at least one of technical tools data, service failure data, and outside plant data. The detection and analysis module is adapted for determining a source of failure or potential failure in the PON by correlating the uploaded measurement data and the at least one of technical tools data and service failure data with information stored in a memory medium for the OLT and each ONT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kapil Shrikhande, Kent George McCammon, Kevin Xiangkai Meng, Raghvendra Savoor
  • Publication number: 20170034678
    Abstract: Scores, fight songs, and other sports oriented alerts are provided for electronic communications. Different network addresses may be associated with different sports teams. When a communications request is processed, sports scores and video highlights may be played as ringtones to alert of an email, text, or call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Geoff Sutcliffe
  • Publication number: 20170027804
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products estimate distances to aid a visually impaired user of a mobile device. As the user carries the mobile device, a camera in the mobile device captures images of a walking cane. The images of the walking cane are analyzed to infer a distance between a tip of the walking cane and the mobile device. The distance may then be used by navigational tools to aid the visually impaired user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Loc Yu
  • Publication number: 20170032664
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products bridge wireless data transmissions with power-line communications. Should a failure occur in alternating current power, a backup battery maintains the power-line communications. Direct current battery power is used to power a wireless transceiver, thus maintaining both wireless data transmissions and communication during power failures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: John Alson Hicks, III, Brett Davis, Glenn Howell, Robin Thomas, James A. Worsham, Randy S. Zimler
  • Publication number: 20170034359
    Abstract: The use of virtual resources providing communication services is adjusted based on load. A determination is made, for a specific number range, whether the virtual telephone number mapping service instances dedicated to the specific number range are being. If the virtual telephone number mapping service instances dedicated to the specific number range are being underutilized, a virtual telephone number mapping service instance dedicated to the specific number range is selected for removal. A determination is also made, for the specific number range, whether a number of virtual telephone number mapping service instances dedicated to the specific number range is sufficient to handle requests for communication services. If the number of virtual telephone number mapping service instances dedicated to the specific number range is not sufficient to handle the requests, instantiation of a virtual telephone mapping instance is initiated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad YASREBI, James E. JACKSON, Art DADDONA
  • Publication number: 20170031700
    Abstract: Virtualization of a physical telephone number mapping service is provided. An amount of memory needed for handling requests from users of a physical telephone number mapping service provided by a communication network is determined. A listing of different virtual machine flavors available for instantiation is searched. Each virtual machine flavor has a different respective memory capacity. A determination is made whether there is a virtual machine flavor available for instantiation that has a memory capacity adequate to handle the requests. Responsive to determining that there is a virtual machine flavor available for instantiation that has the memory capacity adequate to handle the requests, instantiation of the virtual machine flavor is initiated for handling the requests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad YASREBI, James E. JACKSON, Art DADDONA
  • Publication number: 20170032051
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer readable medium generate a webpage using keywords identified from user input and user email communications. The keywords are identified, ranked, and transmitted to a server where a search engine uses one or more of the keywords to identify items of interest such as articles or videos. A web page is generated using selected items of interest or links to the items of interest which may then be displayed to a user as the user's homepage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Wayne Crolley
  • Publication number: 20170031455
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program calibrate a vision system. An image of a human gesture is received that frames a display device. A boundary defined by the human gesture is computed, and gesture area defined by the boundary is also computed. The gesture area is then mapped to pixels in the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Eric Zavesky
  • Publication number: 20170033983
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a wireless terminal includes a short range wireless transceiver configured to respond to an association request from a network device to associate with the network device. A processor is configured to respond to the association of the short range wireless transceiver with the network device by automatically sending the configuration data to the network device via the short range wireless transceiver to configure the network device for operation via a network; and transmitting confirmation data to a configuration server via a network interface in response to determining that the network device is successfully configured for operation via the network. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Bryan Caldwell
  • Publication number: 20170034194
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments comprise a method comprising: within a backbone network: for backbone network traffic addressed to a particular target and comprising attack traffic and non-attack traffic, the attack traffic simultaneously carried by the backbone network with the non-attack traffic: redirecting at least a portion of the attack traffic to a scrubbing complex; and allowing at least a portion of the non-attack traffic to continue to the particular target without redirection to the scrubbing complex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Oliver Spatscheck, Jacobus E. Van der Merwe
  • Publication number: 20170034117
    Abstract: A determination is made whether to forward a request for communication services associated with a specific number range from a physical telephone number mapping service server to a virtual telephone number mapping service server. Responsive to determining to forward the request, a determination is made whether a virtual telephone number mapping service instance has been provisioned to handle requests associated with the specific number range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad YASREBI, James E. JACKSON, Art DADDONA
  • Publication number: 20170034159
    Abstract: Enhanced biometric authentication combines a user's inherent biometric data with the user's password, code, or other secret glyph. For example, the user's finger makes an input on a touchpad. An image of a fingerprint is extracted from the input, along with the user's password, code, or other secret glyph. In one input, then, the user's finger serves two authentication schemes for increased security.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian M. Novack, Daniel L. Madsen
  • Publication number: 20170032423
    Abstract: Location-blocking and identity-blocking services that can be commercially offered by a service promoter, e.g., a cellular service provider or a web advertiser. In the identity-blocking service, the service provider may disclose the current physical location of a mobile subscriber (i.e., a cellular phone operator) to a third party (e.g., a web advertiser) subscribing to the identity-blocking service. However, the service provider may not send any identity information for the mobile subscriber to the third party. On the other hand, in the location-blocking service, the service provider may disclose the mobile subscriber's identity information to the third party, but not the current physical location of the mobile subscriber. Blocking of the mobile subscriber's identity or location information may be desirable for privacy reasons, to comply with a government regulation, or to implement a telecommunication service option selected by the mobile sub scriber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Mark J. Enzmann, Robert T. Moton, JR.
  • Publication number: 20170034262
    Abstract: A recommendation for a user is generated in response to a user request. The recommendation can pertain to whether a user should download and install a mobile device application and is based on a number of responses received from other mobile devices within a specified distance from the mobile device at which the recommendation was requested. Recommendations can also be requested and generated by various other devices in machine-to-machine networks. Recommendations can pertain to policy enforcement and device component performance or operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Cristina Serban
  • Publication number: 20170034346
    Abstract: A determination is made whether to handle a request associated with a specific number range by a physical telephone number mapping service instance provisioned for handling the request for the specific number range or a virtual telephone number mapping service instance provisioned for handling the request for the specific number range. If it is determined that the request should be handled by the physical telephone number mapping service instance, forwarding of the request from the physical telephone number mapping service instance to the virtual telephone number mapping service instance is prevented. If it is determined that the request should be handled by the virtual telephone number mapping service instance, forwarding of the request from the virtual telephone number mapping service instance to the physical telephone number mapping service instance is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad YASREBI, James E. JACKSON, Art DADDONA
  • Publication number: 20170034243
    Abstract: A method for disseminating content over an overlay network having a plurality of routers in communication with providers and consumers of content is disclosed. A router in the overlay network receives a content descriptor corresponding to a query for content from a node, and generates a subscriber interface list based on the query for the content. The subscriber interface list is transmitted to a plurality of subsequent routers in the overlay network, wherein a content identified by the subsequent routers that correspond to the query will be routed to the router based on the subscriber interface list. The router receives first and second documents corresponding to the query for the content from the node. If the second document is the duplicate, the router deletes the second document and transmits the first document to the node or if not the router transmits both the first and second documents to the node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Kadangode Ramakrishnan, William Fenner, Michael Rabinovich, Divesh Srivastava, Yin Zhang
  • Publication number: 20170034251
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, devices, and methods for providing a podcast file that has inserted content that is distinct from the content of the podcast. A remote server provides a web page to a subscriber computing device via a network, and a subscriber computing device transmits a podcast file to the remote server via the network. The remote server inserts content into the podcast file and provides the podcast file along with the inserted content for access from the web page. The remote server transmits the podcast file along with the inserted content responsive to requests from the subscriber computing devices. The subscriber computing devices can process and play the podcast content along with the inserted content from the remote server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: David Haslam
  • Publication number: 20170034257
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to virtual zones for Open Systems Interconnection (“OSI”) communication model layers 4-7 services in a cloud computing system. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a cloud computing system can include a hardware resource and a virtual zone. The virtual zone can include a virtual network function (“VNF”) that is executable by the hardware resource. The VNF can support a service that operates within one of layers 4-7 of the OSI communication model. A computing system can detect new subscribers to the service within the virtual zone. The computing system also can determine that a capacity constraint exists within the virtual zone as a result of the new subscribers. The computing system also can home the new subscribers to the further virtual zone so that the further VNF can provide the service to the new subscribers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anisa Parikh, Neela R. Atluri, Paritosh Bajpay, Sekar Ganesan, Shobhna Goyal, Shiv Kumar, Magda K. Nassar, Satyendra Tripathi, Ralph Utano
  • Patent number: 9558286
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products simplify widgets for graphical mashups, such as digital dashboards and other user interfaces. When a software widget is a component of a graphical mashup, the widget is completely defined using a single file. The single file specifies both source data and presentation of the source data. Because the widget is completely defined by the single file, the single file allows faster processing of the widget.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Donald Jeffery
  • Patent number: 9558397
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer readable medium for identifying a person in an image includes an image analyzer. The image analyzer determines the content of an image such as a person, location, and object shown in the image. A person in the image may be identified based on the content and event data stored in a database. Event data includes information concerning events and related people, locations, and objects determined from other images and information. Identification metadata is generated and linked to each analyzed image and comprises information determined during image analysis. Tags for images are generated based on identification metadata. The event database can be queried to identify particular people, locations, objects, and events depending on a user's request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhu Liu, Andrea Basso, Lee Begeja, David Crawford Gibbon, Bernard S. Renger, Behzad Shahraray, Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 9558293
    Abstract: A system generating a web page portal customized for a particular requesting mobile device is disclosed. The system includes an information store having multiple groups, each associated with device qualifications, web-design characteristics, and device identifications. The system also includes a custom web page development database (CWDD) including a plurality of web page component modules storing forms of web page components, and a custom web page development server (CWDS). The CWDS (i) receives an incoming request for a web page from the particular requesting mobile device, (ii) identifies a device type, and (iii) determines an applicable group. The CWDS also (iv) obtains web-design characteristics from the applicable group, (v) accesses the CWDD and obtains applicable web page components based on the web-design characteristics obtained from the applicable group of the information store, and (vi) generates the custom web page portal using the applicable web page components obtained from the CWDD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zakir Patrawala, Samira Virani
  • Patent number: 9558738
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for generating an acoustic model for use in speech recognition. A system configured to practice the method first receives training data and identifies non-contextual lexical-level features in the training data. Then the system infers sentence-level features from the training data and generates a set of decision trees by node-splitting based on the non-contextual lexical-level features and the sentence-level features. The system decorrelates training vectors, based on the training data, for each decision tree in the set of decision trees to approximate full-covariance Gaussian models, and then can train an acoustic model for use in speech recognition based on the training data, the set of decision trees, and the training vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Enrico Bocchieri, Diamantino Antonio Caseiro, Dimitrios Dimitriadis
  • Patent number: 9558735
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer readable-media for providing an automatic synthetically generated voice describing media content, the method comprising receiving one or more pieces of metadata for a primary media content, selecting at least one piece of metadata for output, and outputting the at least one piece of metadata as synthetically generated speech with the primary media content. Other aspects of the invention involve alternative output, output speech simultaneously with the primary media content, output speech during gaps in the primary media content, translate metadata in foreign language, tailor voice, accent, and language to match the metadata and/or primary media content. A user may control output via a user interface or output may be customized based on preferences in a user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Linda Roberts, Hong Thi Nguyen, Horst J Schroeter
  • Patent number: 9557902
    Abstract: A method for presenting content to a user through a content management device. The method includes receiving at a content management device content from a plurality of content providers. The content management device generates a supplemental programming data from the content providers. The content management device receives guide programming data from a content-independent programming data source. The content management device generates an interactive program guide in response to the supplemental programming data and the guide programming data, the interactive program guide presenting content available to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I., L.P.
    Inventor: Robert A. Koch
  • Patent number: 9558461
    Abstract: Network presence is used to assign a worker to a task. In today's networked environment, workers may be remotely located but still accomplish tasks. As long as workers have network access, the workers may be assigned tasks for completion. As tasks are completion, the network presences of the workers are determined, and the tasks may be assigned based on the network presences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: Reuben Klein, Daniel Sujansky
  • Patent number: 9556812
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products monitor the environmental conditions in an enclosed environment, such as a garage or storage shed. If a dangerous environmental condition is determined, such as elevated carbon monoxide, an entry door may be opened. If further remedial measures are required, ignition of an internal combustion engine may be prohibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mehmet Ozkan
  • Patent number: 9557985
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing a software upgrade are disclosed. The method determines a plurality of mobile endpoint devices affected by a wireless network access software upgrade, and schedules a deployment of the wireless network access software upgrade. The method transmits a notification to the plurality of mobile endpoint devices, wherein the notification is configured to cause each of the plurality of mobile endpoint devices to store user settings in a memory of each of the plurality of mobile endpoint devices. The method downloads the wireless network access software upgrade wirelessly to the plurality of mobile endpoint devices, wherein the wireless network access software upgrade is configured to cause each of the plurality of mobile endpoint devices to install the wireless network access software upgrade and to restore the user settings from the memory of each of the plurality of mobile endpoint devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Yung Choi-Grogan, Jun Shen, Ming Zhang
  • Patent number: 9560305
    Abstract: A method includes receiving search criteria from a media device associated with a user account. The method includes performing a first search of media content information. The method includes in response to identifying particular media content that satisfies the search criteria, sending a first notification identifying a first occurrence of the particular media content to a device associated with the user account. The method includes, at a time indicated by the search criteria, performing a second search of updated media content information. The method includes in response to the second search identifying a second occurrence of the particular media content, determining whether the second occurrence matches the first occurrence. The method also includes sending a second notification when the second occurrence does not match the first occurrence and refraining from sending the second notification when the second occurrence matches the first occurrence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Haifeng Bi, Xiaolian Bi
  • Patent number: 9560125
    Abstract: A load balancer forwards a content request from a client system to a proxy server, receives from the proxy server a modified content request based on the content request and including information identifying a content origin server, opens a connection with the content origin server in response to receiving the first modified content request, and sends a second modified content request based upon the first modified content request to the content origin server. The load balancer also receives content associated with the content request from the content origin server, and forwards the content to the client system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Sunil Maloo
  • Patent number: 9560050
    Abstract: A method includes transmitting, from a first device, a message indicating that the first device is available to share a resource. The method includes receiving, at the first device, a request to use the resource. The request is received from a second device and includes authentication information. The method includes, based on a determination that the second device is unknown to the first device, determining whether the second device is authenticated based on the authentication information. The method also includes, based on determining that the second device is authenticated, sharing the resource of the first device with the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P, AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Ginger Chien, Yehoshuva Arasavelli
  • Patent number: 9560201
    Abstract: A method for personalizing communication services includes setting a series of selectable options as a default for a system that provides personalized communication services. When a communication from an initiating party is received, a computer of the system automatically determines, based on environmental data provided for the communication independent of information provided by the initiating party during the communication, predictive information that predicts potential objectives potentially sought by the initiating party in initiating the communication. Probabilities are assigned, based on the predictive information, that selectable options will address the potential objectives. The default series of selectable options are dynamically updated based on the assigned probabilities. Communications with the initiating party are in accordance with a script that includes the dynamically updated series of selectable options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Ted Stine, Joseph Anthony Speeney
  • Patent number: 9560151
    Abstract: A personalized data monitoring service is provided to users. Data from a user's devices is collected and compared to user-defined rules and to ranges. Notification messages may be sent to notify of the data. Data labels may be added to explain the data and any abnormal condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tum J. Lee, Monowar Hossain, Thiru Ilango, Gregory C. Sheehan
  • Patent number: 9558756
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, receive user speech captured at a second end user device during a communication session between the second end user device and a first end user device, apply speech recognition to the user speech, identify an unclear word in the user speech based on the speech recognition, adjust the user speech to generate adjusted user speech by replacing all or a portion of the unclear word with replacement audio content, and provide the adjusted user speech to the first end user device during the communication session. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Randolph Wohlert, Aaron Bangor, Mark Stockert