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: 9641895
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for processing viewer profiles and program metadata from a number of sources to provide viewing suggestions and recommendations to one or more viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Lee Begeja, Charles Douglas Blewett, David Crawford Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Bernard S. Renger, Kenneth H. Rosen, Behzad Shahraray
  • Patent number: 9641897
    Abstract: A number of novel configurations for MPEG-4 playback, browsing and user interaction are disclosed. MPEG-4 playback systems are not simple extensions of MPEG-2 playback systems, but, due to object based nature of MPEG-4, present new opportunities and challenges in synchronized management of independent coded objects as well as scene composition and presentation. Therefore, these configurations allow significantly new and enhanced multimedia services and systems. In addition, MPEG-4 aims for an advanced functionality, called Adaptive Audio Visual Session (AAVS) or MPEG-J. Adaptive Audio Visual Session (AAVS) (i.e., MPEG-AAVS, MPEG-Java or MPEG-J) requires, in addition to the definition of configurations, a definition of an application programming interface (API) and its organization into Java packages. Also disclosed are concepts leading to definition of such a framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Barin Geoffry Haskell, Atul Puri, Robert Lewis Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9639561
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system having a controller to collect one or more user-generated comments from each of a plurality of computing devices, detect a correlation in the one or more user-generated comments collected from the plurality of computing devices, and establish a social network between the plurality of computing devices according to the detected correlation. The one or more user-generated comments can be temporally associated with media content presented at the plurality of computing devices. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 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: 9642064
    Abstract: Data is routed in a mesh network of devices that can communicate wirelessly through a plurality of technologies. One or more of such devices receive broadcast message(s) from a destination device intended to receive the data, and generate a first radio link quality metric (RLQM) value based on the broadcast message(s). A source device originates and delivers a quantum of data with an embedded first RLQM value. A set of intermediate devices relays the quantum of data if a forwarding criterion is fulfilled; the forwarding criterion is based in part on the first RLQM value and a second RLQM value generated by an intermediate device in the set of intermediate devices based on the broadcast message(s). The intermediate device exploits an optical interface to transmit the quantum of data. The destination device broadcasts an acknowledgement signal in response to receiving intended data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., NEC Laboratories America, Inc.
    Inventors: Lusheng Ji, Chonggang Wang, Ting Wang
  • Patent number: 9642078
    Abstract: Application services associated with a mobile communication device are facilitated by a mediator gateway. A request for providing an application service is received by the mediator gateway. The request is associated with a mobile communication device. The mediator gateway selects a network among a plurality of networks associated with different carriers to which to send the request. The request is translated into an application programming interface request that is specific to a carrier associated with the selected network. The application programming interface request is sent to an application programming interface gateway associated with the carrier that is associated with the selected network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Arturo Maria, Thomas J. Routt
  • Patent number: 9642080
    Abstract: Inter-carrier scanning is triggered in a mobile device based at least in part on location thereof. Femto access point (AP) that can serve the mobile device can determine location through cell or sector identifier that is extracted via scan(s) of macro wireless environment of the femto AP. Femto AP can rank extracted sector identifier(s) and establish home macro sector (HMS) identifier(s), and also can generate scanning requirements for idle-mode scan(s) by a mobile device that operates in a HMS and is authorized to access wireless coverage through the femto AP. Scanning requirement(s) can force periodic inter-carrier measurements of a HMS wireless environment, and establish HMS-specific radio link quality threshold(s). Wireless network can receive at least one of HMS identifier(s) and scanning requirement(s) and deliver same to mobile device(s) authorized to exploit wireless coverage through femto AP associated with the HMS ID(s) and the scanning requirement(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Arthur Richard Brisebois, Giuseppe De Rosa
  • Patent number: 9639394
    Abstract: A method includes a processor for determining a life cycle of a first performance of a task flow for a telecommunication service order, determining that a performance of a first task within the first performance of the task flow has exceeded a threshold processing time, and determining that there is a problem with a first centralized system component in response to determining that the performance of the first task within the first performance of the task flow has exceeded the threshold processing time. The method may further include identifying the centralized system component for servicing when it is determined that there is a problem with the centralized system component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Arun Kandappan, Joseph Schutte, Mark Welch, Kevin White
  • Patent number: 9641798
    Abstract: A communication method for transferring communication data between a plurality of participants is provided. The participants include at least one active participant that generates the communication data and at least one passive participant that does not generate the communication data. The communication method includes receiving, by a primary server, the communication data generated by the active participant and transmitting, by the primary server, the communication data received from the active participant to at least one secondary server that does not receive any communication data from any of the active participant and the at least one passive participant. The secondary server receives the communication data transmitted from the primary server and transmits the received communication data to the passive participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Cheung, Gerald Michael Karam
  • Patent number: 9639613
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products self-identify an electronic device to a remote control. The remote control queries the electronic device, and the electronic device sends a response. A collision avoidance mechanism allows difference devices to respond to the remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Arnold Chester McQuaide, Jr., Maria Adamczyk
  • Patent number: 9639909
    Abstract: Tracking remaining storage capacity of a vehicle using sensors via a wireless system of the vehicle is presented herein. A method can include receiving, by a system comprising a processor, first data representing an object; receiving, by the system, second data representing a storage space of a vehicle; and determining, by the system using the first data and the second data, whether the object is capable of placement within the storage space of the vehicle. In an example, the method can further include displaying, by the system, information representing an order of placements of a set of objects comprising the object, a proposed location for the object, and/or a proposed orientation for the object within the storage space of the vehicle in response to the object being determined to be capable of placement within the storage space of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9640173
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for providing for intelligent switching of languages and/or pronunciations in a text-to-speech system. As the system receives text, the text is analyzed to identify portions which should have speech constructed using a pronunciation distinct from the remaining portions of the text. The text-to-speech system uses multiple pronunciation dictionaries to generate and produce speech corresponding to the text, where the identified portions of the text are in a different language or have a different accent from the remainder of the text. Having generated speech corresponding to the text in multiple languages, accents, or dialects, the system combines the portions, then communicates the speech to the text recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory Pulz, Harry E. Blanchard, Lan Zhang
  • Patent number: 9640850
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for generating first electromagnetic waves and directing instances of the first electromagnetic waves to an interface of a transmission medium to induce propagation of second electromagnetic waves having at least a dominant non-fundamental wave mode. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9641381
    Abstract: A brokering device that manages multimedia information includes an interface device having access to a network and a multimedia service provider. The interface device enables selection of multimedia information from the network, and provides the selected multimedia information to a plurality of locations without requiring the user to specify a protocol associated with the multimedia information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrea Basso, Lee Begeja, David Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Bernard S. Renger, Behzad Shahraray
  • Patent number: 9641442
    Abstract: Fixed, differentiated quality of service (QoS) is supplied for packetized traffic (e.g., voice and data) intended for femto cell coverage when transmitted concurrently with external broadband traffic. Quality of Service differentiation is supplied without an external implementation. Femto cell coverage is prioritized over concurrent packetized traffic to deliver a rich user experience for delay and jitter sensitive applications. A passthrough configuration for a femto access point (AP) facilitates supplying hard QoS for data packet streams, or flows, intended for femto cell coverage or non-femto-cell coverage. The femto AP receives a consolidated packet stream through backhaul link(s) and distinguishes flow(s) for femto coverage and flow(s) for auxiliary broadband coverage. The femto AP routes the flow(s) intended for femto with hard QoS according to QoS policy which can be determined by a network operator or a subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Kurt Donald Huber, Arthur Richard Brisebois, Judson John Flynn
  • Patent number: 9639169
    Abstract: Gesture control uses electromagnetic power signatures. A signal is received and a power of the signal is determined. The power is associated to a command, and the command is executed in response to a gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Aaron
  • Patent number: 9641545
    Abstract: Anomalies are detected in a network by detecting communication between a plurality of entities and a set of users in the network, determining an overlap between subsets of the set of users that the entities comprising the plurality of entities communicated with, respectively, and determining whether the communication between the plurality of entities and the set of users is anomalous based on the overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nathaniel Boggs, Wei Wang, Baris Coskun, Suhas Mathur
  • Patent number: 9641642
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining a deadline for completion of the transfer of the data content item to the mobile device. A set of locations of the mobile device is determined between the first time and the deadline, a candidate plurality of wireless base stations is identified, based on the forecasted plurality of locations, to wirelessly transfer a portion of the data content item to the mobile device during the time period. A utilization of a wireless base station of the candidate set of wireless base stations is forecasted during the time period, a transfer time is determined within the time period based on the forecasted utilization and the deadline, and the transfer time is provided to the mobile device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vijay Gopalakrishnan, Jeffrey Erman, Jeffrey Pang
  • Patent number: 9642137
    Abstract: Example methods disclosed herein include analyzing session records associated with a wireless system to determine a time period between an access of a first wireless system resource by a wireless device and an access of a second wireless system resource by the wireless device. Example methods disclosed herein also include determining a rate at which the wireless device is traversing through a coverage area of the wireless system, the rate being determined based on the time period. Example methods disclosed herein further include generating a report including the rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven Wright, Barrett Kreiner, Edgar Shrum, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20170114585
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products monitor 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: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mehmet Ozkan
  • Publication number: 20170118618
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying short message service (SMS) spammers identifies senders as spammers by determining that the senders are sending SMS messages to devices included in a grey phone space. Devices in the grey phone space are identified using various methods including an analysis of call detail records. A grey ratio for a sender is determined as a ratio of messages sent to grey phone numbers by the sender to messages sent to all phone numbers by the sender. A sender is identified based on a difference between the grey ratio for the sender and a second grey ratio being above a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yu Jin, Ann E. Skudlark, Nan Jiang
  • Publication number: 20170118695
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for a hybrid network-based and device-based intelligent radio access control. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a radio access technology (“RAT”) selection system and a mobile device cooperate to enable an intelligent multi-radio access control that can select a RAT that is best-suited for the mobile device. The RAT selection system can select networks based upon network conditions, policies, user profiles, applications, and/or other information, and provide a list of the networks to the mobile device. The mobile device can utilize local device information to select a network from the list. In this manner, the RAT selection system and the mobile device can cooperate to steer traffic to various networks operating in accordance with different RATs to improve user experience, especially in network traffic congested areas, and to efficiently leverage network resources for mobile telecommunications and WI-FI networks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Alan Blackburn, William G. Mansfield
  • Publication number: 20170117935
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for reducing outbound interference in a broadband powerline communication system. Data is modulated on first and second carrier frequencies and is transmitted via respective first and second lines of the powerline system. A characteristic of at least one of the carrier signals (e.g., phase or amplitude) is adjusted in order to improve the electrical balance of the lines of the transmission system. This improvement in electrical balance reduces the radiated interference of the powerline system. Also disclosed is the use of a line balancing element on or more lines of the powerline system for altering the characteristics of at least one of the power lines in order to compensate for a known imbalance of the transmission system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventor: Paul Shala Henry
  • Publication number: 20170118226
    Abstract: A login session server establishes a communications session between an application executing on a device and a service provided by a web services gateway. A temporary login session socket is established and a token is sent to the device. The temporary login session socket may be used to verify a service provided by the web services gateway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Jay O. Glasgow, Johannes Simon Jaskolski
  • Publication number: 20170118153
    Abstract: Message delivery is controlled based on the context of multiple recipients and the content of one or more messages. One or more messages are received from one or more sender devices, the messages containing dynamic content. Contextual requirement data is received from the sender device(s) indicating a dynamic contextual requirement to be met for the message(s) to be made available to a user of one or more recipient devices. Context data is received, indicating a context of each user of a respective recipient device. The dynamic content and the dynamic contextual requirements 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 requirements being met, a respective message is made available to a respective user of the recipient devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher Baldwin
  • Publication number: 20170118439
    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: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: James L. Cansler, Charles Scott, Scott White
  • Publication number: 20170118521
    Abstract: Social communities are recommended based on media affinity. When content is scheduled for recording, a media identifier is used to identify a social community expressing an affinity for the same media identifier. The social community may be any individual(s), clubs, and/or organizations that have expressed any affinity to terms or subject matter, such as the media identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Brian K. Daigle
  • Patent number: 9635129
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for integrated functionality across separate software applications to provide a response. First and second software applications are determined both of which are independently designed to perform actions to provide the response. The first software application has a first functionality software component and a first data source software component. The second software application has a second functionality software component and a second data source software component. According to a user profile, the OS selects between the first and second functionality software components a selected functionality software component, and selects between the first and second data source software components a selected data source software component from which to provide the data corresponding to the user request. The response is presented as the integration of the selected functionality and data source software components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9635184
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a voicemail device having a controller to detect a recording of a voicemail message, generate a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) message, wherein the SIP message contains visual voicemail data associated with the recorded voicemail message, and transmit the SIP message to a cordless phone system, wherein the SIP message is received by the cordless phone system over a data port of the cordless phone system, wherein the cordless phone system comprises a base station and at least one cordless communications device, wherein the visual voicemail data is retrieved by the base station, and wherein the visual voicemail data is transmitted by the based station to the at least one cordless communications device by utilizing a cordless wireless access protocol. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anup D. Karnalkar, R. Tyler Wallis, William S. Robbins, David Dudley
  • Patent number: 9635120
    Abstract: An architecture that can facilitate support for or integration of disparate communications networks. The architecture can embody a consolidated network repository (CNR) that can be configured as a single logical repository that can potentially be configured according to a common schema regardless of the type or number of schema employed by the disparate communications networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Sangar Dowlatkhah
  • Patent number: 9634847
    Abstract: A method and system for multicasting IPTV channels includes using both a designated and a redundant network routing device. When the designated routing device detects that an MCDN network connection to an IPTV multicast source is unavailable, the designated routing device reduces its designation priority to a lower value. A message is sent to the redundant routing device with an instruction to increase its designation priority to a higher value. After the designation priorities have been modified, the designated routing device may serve as a new redundant routing device, while the redundant routing device may serve as a new designated routing device. The routing devices may remain in the new configuration, even after interrupted network connections are restored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Yetik Serbest
  • Patent number: 9635411
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a mobile communication device, having a controller to capture media content and transmit the media content to a media server with a request for distribution of the media content to one or more targeted recipients according to a user profile associated with the mobile communication device that is stored in the media server, where a format of the media content is adjusted by the media server based at least in part on the user profile. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Neerav Mehta, Paritosh Bajpay, Michele Macauda
  • Patent number: 9635415
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products control external devices during presentation of multimedia content. When a description of the multimedia content is received, the description may include control data for controlling a device. The control data may thus be executed to alter a presentation of the multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: John R. Stefanik, George A. Durden
  • Patent number: 9635418
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining that a commercial segment of media content, including a video portion and an audio portion, contains neither metadata nor close captioning information. I response to determining that the commercial segment contains neither metadata nor close captioning information, advertised program content is identified based on the video portion, the audio portion or both. Alternative media content is identified based on the advertised program content. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott White, James Cansler, Charles V. Scott
  • Patent number: 9634971
    Abstract: A network is disclosed that includes a message originator computer and a message recipient computer, for secure electronic mail delivery. In accordance with the invention, the network includes a message delivery server that can distinguish between real and phantom messages. In operation, the message originator computer waits a random time and then transmits a first encrypted phantom message to the message delivery server. This message is to spoof an eavesdropper into believing that there is a steady stream of messages being sent from the originator computer. However, the message delivery server recognizes the message as a phantom message and discards it. When the message originator computer receives a user request to transmit a real message to the recipient computer, it waits a random time and then encrypts and transmits the real message to the message delivery server. The message delivery server recognizes the message as a real message and forwards the real message to the recipient computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph Thomas O'Neil, Kenneth H. Rosen
  • Patent number: 9635070
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing collaborative workspace are disclosed. The method receives a request to establish a video conference for two or more participants, and obtains information from historical information on the two or more participants to be used with the collaborative workspace. The method determines preferences for each of the two or more participants as to a presentation of the collaborative workspace. The method receives one or more live images of the two or more participants and presents the collaborative workspace to each of the two or more participants in accordance with the preferences for each of the two or more participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Aaron, Larry Woodring
  • Patent number: 9635376
    Abstract: A method and apparatus prioritizing video information during coding and decoding. Video information is received and an element of the video information, such as a visual object, video object layer, video object plane or keyregion, is identified. A priority is assigned to the identified element and the video information is encoded into a bitstream, such as a visual bitstream encoded using the MPEG-4 standard, including an indication of the priority of the element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Barin Geoffry Haskell, Atul Puri, Robert Lewis Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9635698
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device and apparatus for enabling a mobile endpoint device to be a hub for a conference call are disclosed. For example, the method connects to the conference call, broadcasts a signal to at least one slave mobile endpoint devices to join the conference call over a personal area network, receives a pairing request from the at least one slave mobile endpoint device over the personal area network, accepts the pairing request and connects the at least one slave mobile endpoint device to the conference call via the master mobile endpoint device over the personal area network, wherein both the master mobile endpoint device and the at least one slave mobile endpoint device have two-way communications with the conference call and conference call controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: John M. Maski
  • Patent number: 9635428
    Abstract: A particular method includes receiving, at a control server from a user terminal, input selecting at least one media device that generates media output in an output format. The method includes sending a signal from the control server to a media switch to couple an output of the at least one media device to the user terminal. The media output of the at least one media device is sent to the user terminal in the output format when the output is coupled to the user terminal. The method includes receiving, at the control server from the user terminal, a command to be performed by the at least one media device. The method also includes sending command data from the control server to one or more controllers associated with the at least one media device. The at least one media device is controlled based on the command data to perform the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Hung John Pham, John Clayton Clark, IV, Shane M. Elliott
  • Patent number: 9635678
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are described herein for allowing a user or a service provider to selectively prioritize voice communications over data communications. By selectively prioritizing voice communications over data communications, the number of dropped calls in the mobile telecommunications network can be significantly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Mark Austin, Mario Kosseifi, Sheldon Meredith
  • Patent number: 9633079
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for generating and using temporal metadata partitions. Metadata can be stored in temporal metadata partitions based upon a time range included in the metadata. Furthermore, metadata can be stored in multiple temporal metadata partitions to which the metadata is relevant. As such, metadata can be stored in manner that allows event data to be understood in the context of temporally accurate and/or relevant metadata. Functionality for executing queries of event data and providing results in view of metadata, as well as the merging of multiple temporal metadata partitions also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Theodore Johnson, Marios Hadjieleftheriou, Vladislav Shkapenyuk
  • Patent number: 9635419
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving a packet indicative of a request for a number of video content items. The video content items are identified based on a network traffic flow characteristic associated with the packet and a popularity level is determined associated with each video content item of the number of video content items. The popularity level for each of the video content items is compared to a popularity threshold, and a portion of a video content item is displayed responsive to the popularity level exceeding the popularity threshold. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: William O'Hern
  • Patent number: 9635537
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for generating and analyzing mobility vectors to determine subscriber behavior. A processor can execute an analysis engine. The analysis engine can obtain a log from a data collection device associated with a cellular network. The log can include subscriber data, cell identifier data, and time data. The analysis engine can identify a subscriber represented by the subscriber data and determine a vector associated with the subscriber. The vector can represent a movement of the subscriber within the cellular network. The analysis engine can store vector data that corresponds to the vector determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mehmet Ozkan
  • Patent number: 9635437
    Abstract: A video-on-demand (VOD) server in an Internet protocol television (IPTV) network with a network of set-top boxes includes IPTV operational data and an analysis module that selects a content item. The VOD server divides the content item into sequential chunks, divides the chunks into stripes, pre-populates set-top boxes in a peering network with at least one stripe from each chunk, receives a request for the content item, and directs each set-top box to sequentially stream its stripes. A method includes selecting a content item based upon IPTV operational data, dividing the content item into sequential chunks, dividing the chunks into stripes, pre-populating set-top boxes in a peering network with at least one stripe from each chunk, receiving a request for the content item, and directing each set-top box to sequentially stream its stripes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yih-Farn Chen, Rittwik Jana, Daniel L. Stern, Hailong Sun, Bin Wei, Ping-Fai Yang
  • Patent number: 9635494
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for user equipment (“UE”) near-field communications (“NFC”) gating according to kinetic speed detection and cell visitation history. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a mobile initiator device, such as a UE that includes an NFC hardware component, can determine a mobility state of the mobile initiator device. The mobile initiator device can control, based upon the mobility state, activation of a radio frequency field that is used to activate a passive NFC device. In this manner, detection of the passive NFC device and battery efficiency can each be maximized when appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Arthur Richard Brisebois, Zhi Cui
  • Patent number: 9635503
    Abstract: Methods for selectively filtering message content received at a mobile device based upon a current location of the mobile device and/or a user's presence status and devices configured to selectively filter message content based upon a location of the mobile device and/or a user's presence status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Michael Zubas, Mark Causey, Adrianne Luu
  • Patent number: 9633649
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage devices for receiving an utterance from a user and analyzing the utterance to identify the demographics of the user. The system then analyzes the utterance to determine the prosody of the utterance, and retrieves from the Internet data associated with the determined demographics. Using the retrieved data, the system retrieves, also from the Internet, recorded speech matching the identified prosody. The recorded speech, which is based on the demographic data of the utterance and has a prosody matching the utterance, is then saved to a database for future use in generating speech specific to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Srinivas Bangalore, Taniya Mishra
  • Patent number: 9635563
    Abstract: Centrally optimizing femtocells is provided. A scanning component can receive information from femtocells indicating respective operating conditions of the femtocells. Further, an optimization component can categorize the femtocells into groups based on the information, and direct a change of a parameter set of a group of the groups to a femtocell of the group. A method can include receiving, from femtocells, information associated with respective operating conditions of the femtocells; sorting the femtocells into groups based on the information; and directing a change of a parameter set that is associated with a group of the groups to a femtocell of the group. In an example, the method can further include directing a change of a parameter of a macrocell communicatively coupled to a femtocell of the femtocells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Henderson, Juan Bargallo, David Ross Beppler, William Mansfield
  • Patent number: 9635566
    Abstract: An interface between access points is enhanced by enabling an exchange of a cell characteristic information element (IE). The cell characteristic information can provide an access point with information about the characteristics/features/capabilities of its neighbor cells. Automatic neighbor relations are also enhanced to store and/or manage the cell characteristic information. Moreover, the cell characteristic information can be utilized by the access point to significantly improve handover (HO) decisions, increase load balancing performance, and/or decrease inter cell interference. The cell characteristic information can also improve network efficiency and avoid bottlenecks during cell reselection in Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Hongyan Lei
  • Patent number: 9634947
    Abstract: A method includes storing data packets in a buffer at a receiving terminal. The data packets are received by the receiving terminal from a transmitting terminal. The method also includes determining a dropped packet rate at the receiving terminal, a packet transmission latency between the receiving terminal and the transmitting terminal, a signal quality at the receiving terminal, and a use application at the receiving terminal. The method further includes dynamically adjusting a size of the buffer based on the dropped packet rate, based on the packet transmission latency, based on the signal quality, and based on the use application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Krinsky
  • Patent number: 9635581
    Abstract: Local breakout mechanisms can be performed by a femto access point (FAP) to facilitate efficient utilization of backhaul and/or macro networks. In particular, a slave Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) can be integrated within the FAP to directly route the incoming traffic from a user equipment (UE) at the FAP. In one example, Internet bound traffic can be directly routed to the Internet, without employing macro network resources. Further, the system can avoid hairpinning by routing traffic between the UE and a home Local Area Network (LAN) by a anchoring a call or a session in the slave GGSN and facilitate integration of UEs with home applications by employing a UE Digital Home Agent. In addition, the FAP can perform UE-to-UE CS media breakout to facilitate communication between UEs attached to the FAP, without routing the traffic through the core macro network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Cheng P. Liu, Alireza Faryar, Kurt Huber