AT&T Patents

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  • Patent number: 9615262
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for an antenna placement determination device. An antenna placement determination device can include a signal sensor located at a first end of an extendible arm, a platform located proximate to a second end of the extendible arm, a drive system connected to the platform, and an actuator connected to the extendible arm. The actuator can be configured to extend and collapse the extendible arm. The signal sensor can be connected to the extendible arm by a joint, and a sensor actuator or sensor motor can rotate the signal sensor about the joint. The drive system can include a drive motor and a drive mechanism that is configured to transport the antenna placement determination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Phanishankar Chaganti, Kaushik D. Gohel
  • Patent number: 9615269
    Abstract: A system for detecting a fault in a first wire of a power grid that affects a transmission or reception of electromagnetic waves that transport data and that propagate along a surface of the first wire, selecting a backup communication medium from one or more backup communication mediums according to one or more selection criteria, and redirecting the data to the backup communication medium to circumvent the fault. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 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: 9613531
    Abstract: In determining whether to provide an alert associated with a mobile element to a mobile communication device, speeds and directions of travel of the mobile element and the mobile communication device are determined. A relative location of the mobile communication device is calculated with respect to the mobile element. Based on the relative location of the mobile communication device with respect to the mobile element, a determination is made whether the alert should be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Iftekhar Alam, Ming-Ju Ho, Patrick Mascarenhas
  • Patent number: 9614722
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring connectivity in a network at a bearer path layer are disclosed. For example, the method receives a request to monitor a user endpoint, identifies an internet protocol address of the user endpoint, an internet protocol address of each transport network element between the user endpoint and a bearer trace server, a bearer path identification of each bearer used by the user endpoint, a quality of service associated with each bearer used by the user endpoint, and a tunnel identification of each bearer used by the user endpoint; and performs a fault isolation and performance monitoring at a bearer path layer, wherein the fault isolation identifies a particular segment where a fault is detected at the bearer path layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Donald Smith, Wenge Chen, Kuo-Hui Liu, Chou Lan Pok, Mohammad M. Islam, Michael Recchia
  • Patent number: 9615203
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for protecting privacy when a mobile device is located in a defined privacy zone are described herein. The available features that a user of a mobile device may use are controlled while the mobile device is located in a define privacy zone. Once a mobile device is detected in the define privacy zone, a database is accessed to determine if the mobile device has the features available that are to be disabled. If the features are available, a disable signal is sent via the communications network to the mobile device and the feature is disabled. Once the mobile device is detected to be outside of the defined privacy zone, the previously disabled mobile device feature is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Qingmin Hu, Justin Allan McNamara, DeWayne Allan Sennett
  • Patent number: 9615278
    Abstract: A process, device and computer-readable storage medium that incorporate teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, providing a first instruction to mobile user equipment to cause the mobile user equipment to perform a first channel quality assessment of a non-reduced power subframe of a wireless signal comprising the non-reduced power subframe, an almost blank subframe and a reduced power subframe. A second instruction is provided to the mobile user equipment to cause the mobile user equipment to perform a second channel quality assessment of the almost blank subframe. A determination is made as to whether the mobile user equipment is performing instantaneous channel quality measurements based on a result of the first channel quality assessment and a result of the second channel quality assessment. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Arvind Raghavan, Arunabha Ghosh
  • Patent number: 9615288
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for providing on-demand quality of service guarantees in a wireless network environment. The system determines an on-demand quality of service for a segment of a communication path between a user equipment communicating with a radio access network connected to a core network and an external network connected to the core network. The system then determines if the on-demand quality of service for the segment meets a quality of service requirement. If the on-demand quality of service for the segment does not meet the quality of service requirement, the system identifies an alternate communication path between the user equipment and the external network, wherein the alternate communication path differs from the communication path. The system can then setup the alternate communication path for traffic between the user equipment and the external network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Moshiur Rahman, Paritosh Bajpay
  • Patent number: 9615373
    Abstract: A method includes determining, at a wireless access point, a signal quality indicator associated with a user device in communication with the wireless access point. The method also includes determining, based on the signal quality indicator, a particular frequency band of a set of candidate frequency bands to use in a channel change operation, where each candidate frequency band of the set of candidate frequency bands supports a threshold power level that enables communication between the wireless access point and the user device. The method further includes selecting a particular channel from the particular frequency band to use in the channel change operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Feng Wang, David R. Wolter
  • Patent number: 9615256
    Abstract: A method and non-transitory computer readable medium for providing an access to a tethering service via an endpoint device are disclosed. For example, the method detects an attempt to access a non-network monitored service at an endpoint device, determines whether the endpoint device is authorized to access the non-network monitored service by sending a query to a service provider network, and provides an access to the non-network monitored service if the endpoint is authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Patrick Hendricks, Yehoshuva Arasavelli, Feza Buyukdura
  • Patent number: 9615227
    Abstract: Methods for appending additional device, location, and/or presence information to a mobile-originated short message are taught herein. One such method for appending additional device information includes receiving a MO short message at a message center. The MO short message includes a content request. The message center sends a query to a subscriber directory for device information corresponding to the device of the requesting subscriber. The subscriber directory searches for the device information and generates a response to be sent to the message center, the response including the device information. The subscriber directory sends the response to the message center, which appends the device information to the MO short message. The message center then sends the short message to the destination, for example, a content provider. Methods for appending location and/or presence information are also taught.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Justin McNamara, Fulvio Cenciarelli, Ed Lambert
  • Patent number: 9614977
    Abstract: A method for controlling media presentation during a teleconference. The method generally includes the steps of coupling a buffer operatively to a host device and a participant device, storing media information associated with the teleconference in the buffer and directing playback of the media information from the buffer to the participant device. The host device is associated with a host of the teleconference and the host thereby enables playback of the stored media information to a participant other than the host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory William Bond, Eric Cheung
  • Patent number: 9615132
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable medium containing computer executable instructions that when executed by a computer perform a method, the computer program including but not limited to instructions to track a portion of the advertising data forwarded from a first end user device to a second end user; instructions to generate, based on the tracking, penetration data indicating an extent to which the first end user device forwards and propagates the portion of the advertising data to other end users; and instructions to present a portion of the advertising data in a picture in picture display window on the end user device based on the prioritizing of the advertising data during execution of the trick play command data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: James I Cansler, Charles Scott, Scott White
  • Patent number: 9615349
    Abstract: Determining levels of geographic redundancy among radios of a wireless radio network is disclosed. The level of geographic redundancy for a radio can affect the determination of location information for a user equipment (UE) on the wireless radio network. The disclosed subject matter can be employed in conjunction with timed fingerprint location (TFL) technologies to facilitate selection of radios employed in determining time values for TFL location determination. Levels of geographic redundancy can be employed to rank or order radios of a wireless radio network so as to reduce the likelihood of using geographically redundant radios in location determination. Further, rules can be selected to adjust threshold values and equations employed in determining the levels of geographic redundancy. Moreover, rules can be selected to apply boundary conditions to reduce the number of determinations formed for a set of radios of the wireless radio network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Fix, Jie Chen, Sheldon Kent Meredith
  • Patent number: 9614957
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for providing a customer premise based feature. For example, the method receives a call directed to a customer, wherein the call is associated with a customer premise based feature. The method then forwards the call to a customer premise based communication system located at a location of the customer, wherein the customer premise based feature is implemented locally by the customer premise based communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Armstrong Soo, Bernard Ku
  • Publication number: 20170094463
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for geofence profile management. A processor can execute a geofence profile management service. The processor can receive geofence profile data from an administrator device. The processor can create, based upon the geofence profile data, a geofence profile. The geofence profile can include a geofence profile title, a geofence profile description, and a geofence profile option. The processor can provide the geofence profile to a user device. The processor can determine that the user device accepts the geofence profile, and the processor can activate the geofence profile in response to the user device accepting the geofence profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Taner Baran, Catherine A. Wood, Jonathan Christiansen
  • Publication number: 20170093686
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for management of forwarding tables at edge routers. A processor that executes a software defined networking controller can select an edge router associated with a networking environment. The edge router can access or use a forwarding table. The processor can obtain routing information associated with the edge router. The routing information can include forwarding table contents associated with the forwarding table and next hop information that can indicate communication paths associated with the edge router. The processor can analyze the routing information to determine next hops associated with the edge router, generate a next hop graph that represents the next hops, and initiate updating of the forwarding table such that forwarding table only includes data that corresponds to the next hops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Uttaro, Han Q. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20170094526
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for personal virtual core networks. A processor executing a network access service can determine if the user device should be isolated from a core network that provides devices at a location with connectivity. If the processor determines that the user device should be isolated, the processor can identify resources supporting the connectivity. The resources can include network resources and the core network. The processor can create a virtual core network to support the connectivity, and activate the virtual core network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Andrea Forte
  • Patent number: 9609574
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a first software defined network element is created in local communication with a gateway of a core network portion of a mobility network. Establishment of first logical network connection facilitated between the first software defined network element and a second network element in local communication with a remotely accessible system, such as a back-end system of an enterprise data center or cloud service provider. A request from a mobile device serviced by the mobility network is received for access to a service of the remotely accessible system. The request and/or a translation of the request is forwarded to the second network element by way of the first logical network connection. The second network element forwards the translated request to the remotely accessible system. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Arturo Maria
  • Patent number: 9607269
    Abstract: A network device may receive a subscriber's activity data for a plurality of network resources associated with the subscriber. The subscriber's activity data may be analyzed and a tailored notification instruction may be provided for alerting the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Kevin Daly, Charles Peter Musgrove, DeWayne A. Sennett
  • Patent number: 9609038
    Abstract: An architecture is provided that can scale content resolution in order to mitigate errors in a provisioned service of a communication network, such as a wireless service or a femtocell service that integrates with DSL or other broadband carriers. The architecture can identify fault conditions relating to e.g., bandwidth oversubscription or symbolization integrity. Based upon such identification, the architecture can alter encoding format codecs of certain types of content in order to reduce their resolution/quality, thereby mitigating bandwidth oversubscription fault conditions or freeing up space (without necessarily increasing bandwidth) to insert additional FEC code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas Medina, Frank Coppa, Robert Johnston
  • Patent number: 9608879
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to collect call packets in a communications network are disclosed. An example method includes extracting data from packets captured at nodes in a communication network; storing the extracted data in a database in association with the voice data corresponding to the captured packets; searching, in response to a query including information, the extracted data in the database to identify records matching the information; identifying a second record in the database as belonging to a same unique voice call as the first record in the database based on determining that first metadata of the first record matches second metadata of the second record; and returning a first packet corresponding to the first record, a second packet corresponding to the second record, and a third packet comprising voice data corresponding to the same unique voice call in response to the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Cory Cartwright, Paul A. Raccio
  • Patent number: 9608874
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to identify network topologies are disclosed. An example method comprises determining a set of network nodes between a pair of designated nodes in a network based on a configuration of the network and locations of the designated nodes; determining valid combinations of the network nodes by determining whether the combination of available ones of the set of network nodes enables monitoring of the network according to the configuration of the network; and generating performance measurement commands for the valid combinations of the network nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kin Wong, Wen Shang
  • Patent number: 9608692
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a repeater device having a first coupler to extract downstream channel signals from first guided electromagnetic waves bound to a transmission medium of a guided wave communication system. An amplifier amplifies the downstream channel signals to generate amplified downstream channel signals. A channel selection filter selects one or more of the amplified downstream channel signals to wirelessly transmit to the at least one client device via an antenna. A second coupler guides the amplified downstream channel signals to the transmission medium of the guided wave communication system to propagate as second guided electromagnetic waves. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9606854
    Abstract: An insider attack resistant system for providing cloud services integrity checking is disclosed. In particular, the system utilizes an automated integrity checking script and virtual machines to check the integrity of a service. The system may utilize the integrity checking script and virtual machines to execute a set of operations associated with the service so as to check the integrity of the service. When executing the set of operations, the system may only have access to the minimum level of access to peripherals that is required for each operation in the set of operations to be executed. After each operation is executed, the system may log each result for each operation, and analyze each result to determine if a failure exists for any of the operations. If a failure exists, the system may determine that a change in an expected system behavior associated with the service has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Thusitha Jayawardena, Jeffrey E. Bickford, Mikhail Istomin, John Liefert, Gokul Singaraju, Christopher Van Wart
  • Patent number: 9609613
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, storing subscription utilization information in the memory where the subscription utilization information is indicative of a history of subscription usage by the device and where registration information associated with a group of subscription agreements is stored in the memory, receiving location information from the device processor where the location information indicates a location of the device, and selecting a target subscription agreement from among the group of subscription agreements according to the history of subscription usage and the location information. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert Osterwise
  • Patent number: 9607279
    Abstract: A method of detecting pre-determined phrases to determine compliance quality includes determining whether a precursor event has occurred based on a comparison between stored pre-determined phrases and a received communication, and determining a compliance rating based on a presence of a pre-determined phrase associated with the precursor event in the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: I. Dan Melamed, Andrej Ljolje, Bernard Renger, Yeon-Jun Kim, David J. Smith
  • Patent number: 9607091
    Abstract: An aspect includes generating an ontological domain based upon information elements, which elements represent aspects of detectable behaviors of an individual. A portion of the behaviors are captured via input of the individual, and another portion is received from a source that is independent of the computer and absent any user input. The generating includes creating subdomains of contextually organized collections of the information elements by topic, comparing the information elements across the subdomains, determining relationships of the information elements across topics based on common features, and determining relevance of the relationships across the subdomains based on measurable aspects of the information elements, whereby the relationships determined to be relevant are identified as an interest of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Steven N. Tischer
  • Patent number: 9609393
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system for delivering broadcast channels by way of edge routers using multicast virtual private networks, sharing a same multicast state for the broadcast channels and sharing a same multicast delivery tree for the broadcast channels. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher J Chase
  • Patent number: 9609655
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium operating in a mobile device server having computer instructions to execute a web server application in the mobile device server. The web server application can be operable to detect a resource control manager while roaming in a communication zone of the resource control manager, and to transmit a pairing key to the resource control manager. The web server application can also be operable to receive from the resource control manager authorization to pair with one or more resources selected by the resource control manager according to the pairing key, and to establish communications with the one or more resources selected by the resource control manager. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Propery I, L.P.
    Inventors: William A. Brown, Troy Meuninck
  • Patent number: 9608886
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products infer performance of a domain name system. Queries to, and responses from, the domain name system are logged and categorized. Each category is associated with a different performance issue related to the domain name system. The number of entries in each category may be used to infer the performance of the domain name system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: He Yan, Zihui Ge, Alexandre Gerber, Oliver Spatscheck
  • Patent number: 9609127
    Abstract: A script for an interactive communication is dynamically adjusted during the interactive communication. The interactive communication is monitored over a communication network using a computer with a processor and memory for input during the interactive communication. Input incompatible with a script for the interactive communication is detected for the interactive communication. The incompatible input is categorized. The script is dynamically adjusted during the interactive communication into a dynamically updated script in accordance with the categorizing. Information is provided over the communication network to the initiator in accordance with the dynamically updated script.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Harry E. Blanchard, Gregory Pulz, Lan Zhang
  • Patent number: 9608762
    Abstract: A method and system for distributed spatial mode processing is disclosed a number of optical signals are received over an optical link. Each optical signal is received via a respective one of a number of spatial modes of the optical link. The optical link includes a particular spatial mode not used for the receiving. A first one of the number of optical signals received from a first one of the number of spatial modes is transferred to a second one of the number of spatial modes via the particular spatial mode, wherein the first one of the number of optical signals is transmitted via the second one of the number of spatial modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Xiang Zhou, Peter David Magill, Lynn Nelson
  • Patent number: 9608875
    Abstract: Individually unique key performance indicator management may be utilized to enhance performance in a network. A warning alarm threshold for a key performance indicator associated with a mobile device may be determined. And upon receiving an alert message indicating that the warning alarm threshold has been exceeded, a network device may be modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9608740
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that performs operations including receiving electromagnetic waves on an outer surface of a transmission medium having a non-hybrid wave mode and a cutoff frequency, detecting a degradation of a signal quality of the electromagnetic waves, generating adjusted electromagnetic waves having a hybrid wave mode and a non-optical frequency range responsive to the detecting, and directing the adjusted electromagnetic waves having the hybrid wave mode and the non-optical frequency range to the outer surface of the transmission medium for guiding propagation of the adjusted electromagnetic waves without utilizing an electrical return path. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 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: 9609128
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a server connected to a network, a plurality of emergency alerts from a plurality of devices connected to the network. The method also includes analyzing, by the server, the plurality of emergency alerts to determine an emergency type of each of the plurality of emergency alerts. The method includes categorizing, by the server, the plurality of emergency alerts based on the emergency type of each of the plurality of emergency alerts. The method includes prioritizing a first category of the plurality of emergency alerts and consolidating the plurality of emergency alerts of the first category into a consolidated alert. The method includes causing the consolidated alert to be provided to an emergency responder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph Dahan, Jiansong Wang, Rajendra Prasad Kodaypak
  • Patent number: 9606768
    Abstract: Methods and systems for capturing, transmitting and processing data for generating ratings relating to multimedia programming based on passively obtained user cues are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Christopher Harrison, Larry Stead
  • Publication number: 20170086246
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for the dynamic aggregation of communications network bandwidth. Communication devices are bonded in a community in which the communication resources of a bonded device can be used to transfer data on behalf of another bonded device. In an exemplary embodiment, communication devices are bonded wirelessly to share wireless wide area network communication channels. Bandwidth aggregation is performed dynamically based on user communication requirements and the current states of the bonded communication devices. Methods are presented by which communication devices can be automatically bonded when a predetermined bonding condition is satisfied. The methods and systems of the invention optimize utilization of communication resources in a cost-effective manner that provides a user high quality service as well as location mobility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Todd W. Allen, Kevin W. Jones
  • Publication number: 20170085658
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for exchanging a history of user activity information are provided. A history of user activity of a target user conducted through a device is collected and stored at a server over a network. A key corresponding to the history of user activity is generated and transmitted to the device. The key is received from a different device. The first history of user activity is retrieved based on the received key and transmitted to the different device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven TODD, Randall Stephen HANSEN
  • Publication number: 20170085524
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products translate addresses in networks. A residential gateway translates requests for content such that the residential gateway appears as both a requestor and a destination for requested content, regardless of an actual requesting device or a desired output device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jayanta Das, Bhavin A. Doshi, Anand Kumar Singh, Saurabh Kumar
  • Patent number: 9600812
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for fulfilling purchases is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure can include, for example, a portable communication device having a controller element that receives from an online system a barcode image as an object of acknowledgment of a product purchased from said online system, and presents on a display of the portable communication device said barcode image to complete a purchase fulfillment process by way of at least one among a visual inspection of the barcode image by a merchant employee and processing of said barcode image by a point of sale (POS) device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 9600141
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods and computer-readable media are provided. In some embodiments, a method can include: detecting a selection of an item, the item being displayed via user interface (UI); searching for information associated with the item for which selection is detected, wherein the searching is performed automatically based, at least, upon the detecting the selection of the item; and displaying search results, via the UI, wherein the displaying the search results is performed automatically during the selection of the item. In some embodiments, the search results comprise at least one of: a voicemail, a number of voicemails, messaging details, a portion of text, contacts information or social media information associated with the item for which selection is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Cristy Swink, Jason Sikes, Benjamin Fineman, Jonathan Solis Snydal, Megan Elisabeth Shia
  • Patent number: 9600526
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for generating and using temporal data partition revisions. In some embodiments, a server computer can execute a data management application. The server computer can obtain a data partition associated with a data stream. The data partition can include a data point and a timestamp. The server computer can analyze the timestamp to determine if the data partition corresponds to an update of a base data record. If the server computer determines that the data corresponds to an update, the server computer can compute a revision comprising a delta and a timestamp and store the revision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Theodore Johnson, Marios Hadjieleftheriou, Vladislav Shkapenyuk
  • Patent number: 9600686
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and apparatus for decrypting a document are disclosed. For example, the method captures a tag on an encrypted document, transmits the tag to an application server of a communication network to request a per-document decryption key, receives the per-document decryption key if the tag is authenticated, and decrypts a portion of the encrypted document using a temporary decryption key contained in the tag, the tag decrypted with the per-document decryption key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrea Forte, Evgene Vahlis
  • Patent number: 9603070
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, responsive to a determination that a first communication session is in a first state and a first sub-state, monitoring for an active timer associated with the first sub-state, where the first state and the first sub-state are defined by a communications protocol. The system can, responsive to a detection of the active timer, monitor for a packet switching service initiation request generated by the applications processor. The system can, responsive to detecting the packet switching service initiation request, temporarily prevent the packet switching service initiation request from being transmitted by the transceiver. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Jerry Jun, Inderpreet Singh Ahluwalia, Yunpeng Li
  • Patent number: 9600079
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for surface determination via bone conduction. According to one aspect, a user device can identify a surface via bone conduction. The user device can identify one or more controllable devices to control using the surface. The user device can detect a user interaction, such as a gesture, performed by a user on the surface. The user device can provide an instruction to the controllable device(s) to cause the controllable device(s) to perform one or more operations in response to the user interaction with the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 9602448
    Abstract: Methods and devices for providing presence based messaging are disclosed. For example, a method receives a message including a message content, an identifier of a recipient and a presence parameter. The presence parameter may comprise a speed parameter pertaining to a speed of a device associated with the recipient or a mood parameter pertaining to a mood of the recipient. The method then stores the message and delivers the message to the device associated with the recipient when the presence parameter is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vaneet Aggarwal, Rittwik Jana, Gerald Michael Karam, John F. Murray, Christopher W. Rice
  • Patent number: 9603078
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining a mobility speed group assignment for a mobile communication device having a radio resource control connection with a wireless network where the mobility speed group assignment is selected from among a plurality of mobility speed groups according to a speed of the mobile communication device, determining a cell size for a serving cell of the wireless network that is providing the radio resource control connection, and selecting a handover policy based on the mobility speed group assignment and the cell size. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Spyridon Kapoulas, Kurt Huber, Thomas W. Henderson
  • Patent number: 9602989
    Abstract: A network-based service is utilized to facilitate twinning of two or more communication devices associated with a subscriber account. Incoming communication is intercepted by a communication device and forwarded to a network server, which in turn transmits the incoming communication to the multiple twinned devices. In addition, identifier data associated with outgoing communication is replaced with a primary identifier (e.g., customer telephone number (CTN)) of a user's primary device or a common identifier (e.g., a mobile one number (MON)) assigned to devices associated with the user's subscriber account. Communication devices can be temporarily twinned for a defined time period, during which a common bill can be generated for the twinned devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Edward G. Schmit, Jayanta Das
  • Patent number: 9602512
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to distribute media content are disclosed. An example method includes receiving a request for media content from a mobile device, determining an identity of at least one of the mobile device or a consumer using the mobile device, comparing the identity to subscription records associated with the distribution of media content to a geographically fixed consumer location; and based on the comparison, determining if the mobile device is authorized to receive the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Tony Haeuser, Mary McCarthy, Scott Pettit, Chris Lee, Roland Noll
  • Patent number: 9602595
    Abstract: A mechanism controls global synchronization, or registration floods, that may result when a large number of endpoints in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) network such as an Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) come online simultaneously after a catastrophic failure. The mechanism allows the Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure to efficiently control the overload condition by registering user end points with backup border elements, and by staggering and by randomizing the time-to-live (TTL) parameter in registrations with backup border elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James E. Jackson, Chaoxin Qiu, Mehrad Yasrebi