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: 9584666
    Abstract: Systems and methods for voice mail delivery may include receiving a voicemail by a device of a subscriber, determining if the subscriber is a member of a group of members, and, upon a determination that the subscriber is a member of the group, combining the voice mail message with a second voice mail message received by a member of the group other than the subscriber to generate a combined voice mail message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson M. Shaw
  • Patent number: 9584647
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for using location information associated with wireless devices. The system includes a wireless device, a location system, and a feature server. The wireless device includes any wireless apparatus having wireless communications capabilities. The location system can generate location information pinpointing the location of the wireless device. The feature server can use the location information to determine whether to execute an action in accordance with subscriber rules. A large number of applications may be implemented to execute the action via a number of communication channels, including without limitation, a wireless communications network, a computer network, and a public switched telephone system, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert T. Moton, Jr., Mark J. Enzmann, Samuel N. Zellner
  • Patent number: 9584865
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a mobile video blog (vlog) service in a communication network are disclosed. For example, the method captures video content sourced from a mobile device used by a mobile user through a mobile vlog posting service portal, and provides a vlog viewing function accessible to a viewer through a vlog viewing service portal, wherein the vlog viewing function affords viewing of the video content and is provided in accordance with a user profile of the viewer, wherein the user profile comprises a viewing preference of the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Spondon Dey
  • Patent number: 9584545
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for monitoring and controlling electronic activity. A policy service can be called for policies for controlling electronic activity occurring at one or more managed devices. The policies can include a number of rules, each of which can include a number of variables. The rules can be defined by a manager device and/or received from third parties. Third party rule submissions can be validated. If electronic activity at the managed device deviates from a rule, the manager device can be notified and the electronic activity can be blocked. The manager device can update the policy and/or issue exceptions, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mounire El Houmaidi
  • Patent number: 9584555
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, receiving a request for a voice call at a mobile switching center server, transmitting a mapping query from the mobile switching center server to a database in response to the request for the voice call, route the request from the mobile switching center server to an internet protocol multimedia subsystem for facilitating establishing the voice call when the mapping query is successful in obtaining an internet protocol address for establishing the voice call with a recipient communication device, and routing the request from the mobile switching center server to a second server for facilitating establishing the voice call without routing the request to the internet protocol multimedia subsystem when the mapping query is not successful in obtaining the internet protocol address. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Lakshminarashimhan Naidu, Mehrad Yasrebi
  • Patent number: 9584569
    Abstract: Methods and systems for supplying media over communication networks are described. In one embodiment, a media supplier determines whether a media object hosted on a web server will be supplied to a client by streaming or not by streaming. Preferably, if the determination is to stream, the media supplier streams the media object to the client. In some cases, the same media supplier may be capable of supplying clients with media objects hosted on any of at least two web servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Songqing Chen, Lei Guo, Zhen Xiao, Xiaodong Zhang
  • Patent number: 9584561
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a network assisting switch function are disclosed. For example, the method receives a query for feature processing for a call from a switch deployed in a switched network, and determines if the feature processing for the call requires one or more switching services. The method determines if the switch is able to provide the one or more switching services, if the one or more switching services are determined to be required, and initiates a temporary connection to a network assisting switch function in a packet network, if the switch is unable to provide the one or more switching services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dominic Ricciardi, Wesley Brush
  • Patent number: 9584864
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system having a controller to present an overlay to be combined with media content during presentation at each of a plurality of computing devices to illustrate a collection of user-generated comments temporally associated with portions of the media content, wherein the portions of the media content comprise portions of a media on demand presentation in an interactive television network, collect the user-generated comments from the plurality of computing devices, identify target portions of the media content that each satisfy a threshold number of comments and non-target portions of the media content that do not satisfy the threshold number of comments, generate comment groups of the user-generated comments, and provide the comment groups to the plurality of computing devices for presentation in the overlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 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: 9584861
    Abstract: A method for redirecting video content includes receiving a video signal at the set-top box and decoding the video signal to produce unrendered video data. The unrendered video data is encoded and provided to the remote device via a wide area network. By encoding unrendered, rather than rendered, video data for transmission to the remote device, the need for an encoding device external to the set-top box is obviated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jian Li, Zhi Li, Sun-Uk Park
  • Patent number: 9584860
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a mobile communication device having a controller to receive a broadcast of media content from a first media source using a first communication protocol, display the media content on the mobile communication device, determine whether the media content exceeds one or more parameter thresholds when the media content is available to a display device from a second media source where the one or more parameter thresholds are based at least in part on the media content available from the second media source and where the display device is remote from the mobile communication device, and commence streaming of the media content from the mobile communication device to the display device when the media content exceeds the one or more parameter thresholds. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Spondon Dey
  • Publication number: 20170053561
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for acoustic representations of environments. A processor can execute an acoustic representation service. The processor can receive a request to provide acoustic representation data to a device. The processor can obtain input data from the device. The input data can include captured data. The processor can analyze the input data to recognize an object represented in or by the input data and a path associated with the object. The processor can generate acoustic representation data representing the object and the path, and provide the acoustic representation data to the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Randolph Wohlert, Milap V. Majmundar, Aaron Bangor, James H. Pratt, Guido Corona
  • Publication number: 20170052598
    Abstract: Bioacoustic sensors and wireless technologies are used for the control of electronic devices, such as wireless telephones, pagers, music/media players or personal laptops and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices. Such control is implemented with certain systems, methods and apparatus which include bioacoustic sensors, a processor coupled to the bioacoustic sensors, and a transmitter coupled to the processor. The present invention is operative to detect particular hand and/or finger gestures, and to transmit control signals corresponding to the gestures for operative control of an electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, William Colyer Hill, Loren Gilbert Terveen
  • Patent number: 9578541
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining message transfer delays based on transport layer control information associated with network traffic of a backhaul network coupled between a number of core network nodes of a wireless network and a wireless access node of the wireless network. The message transfer delays are representative of the network traffic between the core network nodes and the wireless access node. Weighting factors are assigned to the core network nodes based on the message transfer delays. The weighting factors are exposed to a scheduler that identifies a first group of core network nodes and a second group of core network nodes based on the weighting factors. The wireless access node preferentially establishes communications via the first group of core network nodes. The wireless access node establishes communications via the second group, responsive to an inability to establish communications via any core network nodes the first group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vikram Seenappa, Rajendra Prasad Kodaypak, Jiansong Wang
  • Patent number: 9578387
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for delivering electrical signals from a cable network to a telecommunications network. The electrical signals are received from a community antenna television network and communicated via the telecommunications network. The telecommunications network may then communicate those electrical signals to end-users and to customers. Because the electrical signals may include video, music, data, and other cable content, this cable content is communicated along the telecommunications network and, thus, distributed to an end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Gerald J. Roman
  • Patent number: 9578380
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enabling IP service subscribers to share media contents with other IP service subscribers or Internet users in either a secured or open fashion are disclosed. In one embodiment, the present invention enables the sharing of home movies, pictures, and other media contents, where media could be stored media or media created in real-time. Namely, the present method allows IP service subscribers to effectively create their own TV station, e.g., complete with stored or live content programming and content scheduling. In turn, the method allows a viewing subscriber to select and view a shared media program created by another subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher P. Gilboy
  • Patent number: 9578561
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, monitoring a speed and an acceleration of a mobile communication device in a serving cell of a wireless network where the mobile communication device has a radio resource control connection with the wireless network, and selecting a first mobility speed group from among a plurality of mobility speed groups based on the speed and the acceleration of the mobile communication device, where handover parameter values are assigned to each speed group of the plurality of mobility speed groups, and where the handover parameters and their associated values are utilized for a handover by the wireless network from the serving cell to a target cell. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Spyridon Kapoulas, Kurt Huber, Thomas W. Henderson
  • Patent number: 9576212
    Abstract: A method, system, and machine-readable medium for classifying an image element as one of a plurality of categories, including assigning the image element based on a ratio between an unoccluded perimeter of the image element and an occluded perimeter of the image element and coding the image element according to a coding scheme associated with the category to which the image element is classified. Exemplary applications include image compression, where categories include image foreground and background layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Leon Bottou, Patrick Guy Haffner
  • Patent number: 9578388
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for sending advertising data to an end user device. The system includes but is not limited to a processor in data communication with a computer readable medium; and a computer program embedded in the computer readable medium, the computer program including but not limited to instructions to send first password data to a first group of end user devices that have exchanged a first advertising key data in a first advertising category; and instructions to send first advertising data encoded using the first password to the first group of end user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: James Huffman, Larry Kennedy, Frank Coppa
  • Patent number: 9577706
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventor: Paul Shala Henry
  • Patent number: 9578441
    Abstract: Analyzing mobile device applications within a wireless data network and other related aspects are presented herein. More particularly, described herein is a novel Intelligent Mobility Application Profiling Tool (iMAP) and/or other mechanisms, systems and methods for profiling and benchmarking applications associated with mobile devices in a wireless data network. Various systems and methods described herein expose cross-layer interaction associated with a network device in order to profile an application on the network device with respect to energy efficiency, performance, and functionality. As described herein, radio resource control (RRC) analysis can be performed to infer RRC states associated with a given application, identify tail time, etc. Further, analyzers are employed for various layers, including transmission control protocol (TCP) and/or hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP), as well as to analyze communication bursts associated with a given application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Alexandre Gerber, Zhuoqing Morley Mao, Feng Qian, Subhabrata Sen, Oliver Spatscheck, Zhaoguang Wang
  • Patent number: 9577307
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission device that includes a transmitter that generates a first electromagnetic wave to convey data, the first electromagnetic wave having at least one carrier frequency and corresponding wavelength. A coupler couples the first electromagnetic wave to a transmission medium having at least one inner portion surrounded by a dielectric material, the dielectric material having an outer surface and a corresponding circumference, wherein the coupling of the first electromagnetic wave to the transmission medium forms a second electromagnetic wave that is guided to propagate along the outer surface of the dielectric material via at least one guided-wave mode that can include an asymmetric mode, wherein the at least one carrier frequency is within a microwave or millimeter-wave frequency band and wherein the at least one corresponding wavelength is less than the circumference of the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 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: 9578456
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses for comparing multi-dimensional datasets are provided. A multi-dimensional dataset comparison includes receiving a plurality of datasets, each including a plurality of coordinates, wherein a subset of coordinates defines a geo-fence. For a coordinate within a geo-fence of one of the plurality of datasets, determining analogous coordinates in each of the other datasets, the analogous coordinates defining a coordinate input set, and performing in parallel an operation on the coordinate input set to determine whether an entry is present at a coordinate of the coordinate input set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Meredith, Mark Pack, John Pastore
  • Patent number: 9578661
    Abstract: Cell site congestion may result in dropped calls, time-outs on data sessions, web access problems, or the like. A network congestion status may be used to minimize network congestion. In an example embodiment, messages which are distributed via a network may be formatted based on the network's congestions status and a device's connection mechanism. Further, a network access may be based on the network's congestion status and on a device's connection mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Kevin Daly, Charles Peter Musgrove, DeWayne A. Sennett
  • Patent number: 9577978
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining at a first directory server of a first regional call processing system whether a new name authority pointer associated with a telephone number is within a first geographic region of the first regional call processing system, transmitting the new name authority pointer to a first name server of the first regional call processing system for provisioning the name authority pointer to the first name server responsive to determining that the telephone number is located within the first geographic region, and transmitting the new name authority pointer to a second directory server for provisioning the new name authority pointer to a second name server of a second regional call processing system responsive to determining that the telephone number is not located within the first geographic region. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James W. Forsyth, Bernard Ku, Lakshminarashimhan Naidu
  • Patent number: 9577877
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, identifying a configuration of a second end user device that includes device data and applications, generating a configuration template associated with the second end user device, providing a first end user device with access to the configuration template for enabling the first end user device to be configured, detecting an adjustment to the configuration of the second end user device, and transmitting a notification of a configuration change at the second end user device responsive to the detecting of the adjustment to enable the first end user device to be reconfigured according to the adjustment to the configuration of the second end user device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Ari Craine, Matthew Arcaro
  • Patent number: 9577896
    Abstract: Context-based computing frameworks disclosed herein may determine a location associated with a query from a device, the query requesting context information. Such context-based computing frameworks may also obtain the context information from a context profile associated with the location, the context information identifying a computing resource associated with the location. Such context-based computing frameworks may further send the context information in response to the query, the context information to enable configuration of interaction between the device and the computing resource associated with the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Michael Zadig
  • Patent number: 9577959
    Abstract: A system for providing lossless hierarchical caching is disclosed. The system may process, in a first thread, a first set of a plurality of packets in a first cache. Then, the system may determine if a condition associated with processing the first set of the packets indicates that there is potential for packet loss. If the system determines that there is potential for packet loss, a copy of a portion of the first set of the packets may be transmitted to a second cache. The system may process, in a second thread, the copy of the portion of the first set of the packets in the second cache. Additionally, the system may transmit a subset of packets from the first set of packets to a reorder queue for reordering the subset of packets if the subset of packets contain an identifier associated with the reorder queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Arthur L. Zaifman, John M. Mocenigo, Tzvi Chumash
  • Patent number: 9577306
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission device that includes a transmitter that generates a first electromagnetic wave to convey data, the first electromagnetic wave having at least one carrier frequency and corresponding wavelength. A coupler couples the first electromagnetic wave to a transmission medium having at least one inner portion surrounded by a dielectric material, the dielectric material having an outer surface and a corresponding circumference, wherein the coupling of the first electromagnetic wave to the transmission medium forms a second electromagnetic wave that is guided to propagate along the outer surface of the dielectric material via at least one guided-wave mode that can include an asymmetric mode, wherein the at least one carrier frequency is within a microwave or millimeter-wave frequency band and wherein the at least one corresponding wavelength is less than the circumference of the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 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: 9578590
    Abstract: A method for providing local cordless service comprises the steps of receiving subscriber neighborhood zone selection input so that a mobile telephone equipped subscriber may place or receive calls for a fixed rate, for example, per month without having to pay radio frequency air time charges any time they are located within their selected subscribed-to zones. If the subscribed-to zones are adjacent to one another and the mobile subscriber roans from one zone to another, the subscriber may continue their fee call uninterrupted and without paying air time charges. However, when the subscriber roans outside their subscribed-to zones they may be switched from the present local cordless services t conventional personal communications services and pay air time charges. However for an active call. No air-time charges are incurred as the user transitions between the cellular/DPCS environment and the local cordless service environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Albert Chow, Spencer Wang, Wenchu Ying
  • Patent number: 9578010
    Abstract: Mobile operation is extended to a device. An extension interface comprises a client component within a mobile that is linked to a client component within the device. Extension of mobile operation is secured via delivery of credentials associated with the mobile to the device. Delivery of credentials is temporary and typically spans the period during which mobile operation is extended to the device. Application(s) and content(s) can be conveyed to the device for utilization therein. An emulation component that can reside at least in part on the client component within the device can emulate mobile operation. Client component within the mobile can include at least in part (i) a component that downloads drivers for communication with, and utilization of, the device to which mobile operation is extended, and (ii) a component that can scan for wireless-capable devices to extend mobile service thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Judson Flynn, Erick John Haughn, John Lewis
  • Patent number: 9578056
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for preventing spoofing attacks for bone conduction applications. According to one aspect, a device can receive an authentication signal that has propagated through a body. The device can prevent an adversary from using the authentication signal to spoof a user to be authenticated by the device. The device can also authenticate the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Brian S. Amento
  • Patent number: 9578095
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing an opportunistic crowd based service platform is disclosed. A mobile sensor device is identified based on a current location and/or other qualities, such as intrinsic properties, previous sensor data, or demographic data of an associated user of the mobile sensor device. Data is collected from the mobile sensor device. The data collected from the mobile sensor device is aggregated with data collected from other sensor devices, and content generated based on the aggregated data is delivered to a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, Andrea Basso, Lee Begeja, David C. Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Bernard S. Renger, Behzad Shahraray
  • Patent number: 9578127
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to adjust a call processing logic for Session Initiated Protocol to Integrated Services Digital Network User Part (ISUP) calls based at least in part on interworking profiles assigned to ISUP trunk groups supporting the calls. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chaoxin Qiu, Richard L. Khan, Lillian Dannenberg
  • Patent number: 9578168
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a destination communication device, information related to a communication from a source communication device. The method further includes determining, at the destination communication device, a designation of the source communication device based on the information. The method further includes selecting, based on the designation, a prompt from multiple prompts. The method further includes sending the prompt from the destination communication device to the source communication device. The prompt is a request for second information related to urgency of the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sreenivasa Rao Gorti, Stephen Mark Mueller, Jeffrey Lewis Brandt, Huitao Liu
  • Patent number: 9578362
    Abstract: A method includes determining, at a server, channel change (cc) bias factors associated with a time slot. The method includes sending a request for cc server data to a network device. The request includes the time slot and data corresponding to the cc bias factors. The method includes receiving the cc server data, where the cc server data identifies a set of times during the time slot and an estimated number of active cc servers of a plurality of cc servers for each time of set of times. The method also includes, before a particular time indicated in the set of times and in response to a current number of active cc servers being different than the estimated number of active cc servers for the particular time, adjusting a number of active cc servers of the plurality of cc servers to the estimated number of active cc servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Quan Li, Gregory Cooke
  • Patent number: 9578371
    Abstract: A network addressable appliance with digital multimedia recording capabilities has limited access including playback of stored multimedia content upon faulty connection with a service provider network. Upon a connectivity event, the network addressable appliance compares a retrieved hardware address for a connected residential gateway to a stored hardware address for an assigned residential gateway. If the two hardware addresses correspond, the network addressable appliance provides playback to stored multimedia content. The system helps prevent violations of digital rights management rules by restricting access to stored multimedia content while the network addressable appliance is connected to an unauthorized residential gateway. The system provides a user with limited access (i.e. playback) to multimedia content during service provider network outages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, Jason B. Sprague, William O. Sprague, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9578288
    Abstract: A plurality of portions of a video content item is distributed to a plurality of peers, respectively, of a peer-to-peer network. Each of the plurality of portions encodes less than an entire portion of the video content item. A peer of the network retrieves at least a subset of the plurality of portions of the video content item from at least a subset of the peers. The at least the subset of the plurality of portions of the video content item enables recovery of the video content item by the peer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yih-Farn Chen, Yennun Huang, Jeremy Rahe, Bin Wei
  • Patent number: 9578343
    Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable media are introduced that relate to data coding and decoding. A computing device encodes received data such as video data into a base layer of compressed video and an enhancement layer of compressed video. The computing device controls drift introduced into the base layer of the compressed video. The computing device, such as a scalable video coder, allows drift bay predicting the base layer from the enhancement layer information. The amount of drift is managed to improve overall compression efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Amy Ruth Reibman, Leon Bottou, Andrea Basso
  • Patent number: 9576260
    Abstract: A method of managing a supply chain comprises providing at a customer interface module a plurality of order fulfillment options to a customer, and receiving from the customer a selection of a particular order fulfillment option. The method also includes receiving a first order from the customer, and receiving a first inventory status from a first distribution center. A first distribution center sends a first product to the customer in response to determining that the particular order fulfillment option comprises a fill-partial order fulfillment option, and a duration between the time that the first product is directed to be sent and the time when the first product is actually sent is determined. An alert is generated if the duration is greater than a predetermined duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Hari Pothukuchi, Noni Gonzalez, Ernesto Solera
  • Patent number: 9575952
    Abstract: Topics are determined for short text messages using an unsupervised topic model. In a training corpus created from a number of short text messages, a vocabulary of words is identified, and for each word a distributed vector representation is obtained by processing windows of the corpus having a fixed length. The corpus is modeled as a Gaussian mixture model in which Gaussian components represent topics. To determine a topic of a sample short text message, a posterior distribution over the corpus topics is obtained using the Gaussian mixture model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Vivek Kumar Rangarajan Sridhar
  • Patent number: 9575577
    Abstract: A combination of a stylus and a keyboard. A collapsible keyboard portion is coupled to a stylus tip. When in a collapsed state, the apparatus may be used as a stylus, or stored in a receptacle or a user's pocket. When a keyboard is needed, the stylus keyboard may be unrolled or unfolded, and used to control an electronic device via a wireless connection between a transceiver on the stylus keyboard and the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Vijayarani Natarajan
  • Patent number: 9575578
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and computer readable storage device for navigation of a touchscreen display include calculating a scaled position based on a scaling factor. The scaling factor is based on dimensions of a region of reach and dimensions of the touchscreen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Ginger Chien
  • Patent number: 9576306
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed for identifying a driver versus a passenger within a smart vehicle. This involves a determination of the relative positions of the wireless communication devices within the smart vehicle using near-field communication (NFC) or GPS, AGPS, etc. The wireless communication device detected closest to the driver seat is assumed to be the device owned by the driver. Once identified, the driver can be billed for tolls and other road services, based on the location of the smart vehicle. For instance, as the smart vehicle approaches a toll, a notification can be sent to all of the wireless communication devices. A response from a particular wireless communication device will result in the corresponding user's account being billed for the toll. Further, the smart vehicle can communicate with near-field transceivers placed, for instance, alongside a High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: John Potts Davis, III, Justin Michael Anthony McNamara, Jay Daryl Rector
  • Patent number: 9575997
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products help users recall memories and search for content of those memories. When a user cannot recall a memory, the user is prompted with questions to help recall the memory. As the user answers the questions, a virtual recollection of the memory is synthesized from the answers to the questions. When the user is satisfied with the virtual recollection of the memory, a database of content may be searched for the virtual recollection of the memory. Video data, for example, may be retrieved that matches the virtual recollection of the memory. The video data is thus historical data documenting past events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Raymond Miller, II, Kevin A. Li, Troy C. Meuninck, James H. Pratt, Horst J. Schroeter, Behzad Shahraray
  • Patent number: 9575846
    Abstract: Multi-reliability regenerating (MRR) erasure codes are disclosed. The erasure codes can be used to encode and regenerate data. In particular, the regenerating erasure codes can be used to encode data included in at least one of two or more data messages to satisfy respective reliability requirements for the data. Encoded portions of data from one data message can be mixed with encoded or unencoded portions of data from a second data message and stored at a distributed storage system. This approach can be used to improve efficiency and performance of data storage and recovery in the event of failures of one or more nodes of a distributed storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Chao Tian
  • Patent number: 9576582
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, computer-implemented methods, and computer-readable storage media for recognizing speech by adapting automatic speech recognition pronunciation by acoustic model restructuring. The method identifies an acoustic model and a matching pronouncing dictionary trained on typical native speech in a target dialect. The method collects speech from a new speaker resulting in collected speech and transcribes the collected speech to generate a lattice of plausible phonemes. Then the method creates a custom speech model for representing each phoneme used in the pronouncing dictionary by a weighted sum of acoustic models for all the plausible phonemes, wherein the pronouncing dictionary does not change, but the model of the acoustic space for each phoneme in the dictionary becomes a weighted sum of the acoustic models of phonemes of the typical native speech. Finally the method includes recognizing via a processor additional speech from the target speaker using the custom speech model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrej Ljolje, Alistair D. Conkie, Ann K. Syrdal
  • Patent number: 9578386
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide messages to consumer electronics devices are disclosed. In response to a request from a consumer electronics device for messaging information stored with at least one of a first message provider or a second message provider, determining, with a processor of a mediation system, an identifier associated with the consumer electronics device. Querying, with the processor, a database at the mediation system to determine first and second account identifiers associated with the identifier of the consumer electronics device. When the request is for the messaging information stored with the first message provider, sending, with the processor, a first command to cause the first message provider to forward the messaging information associated with the first message account identifier to the mediation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Chaoxin Charles Qiu, Jeffrey Lee Scruggs, John E. Lemay, Jessie Tsae-Jiuan Lee, Diana Maria Cantu
  • Publication number: 20170046335
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products provide personalized feedback in a cloud-based environment. A client device routes image data to a server for analysis. The server analyzes the image data to recognize people of interest. Because the server performs image recognition, the client device is relieved of these intensive operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dimitrios B. Dimitriadis, Horst J. Schroeter
  • Publication number: 20170046424
    Abstract: In embodiments of the disclosed technology, indexes, such as inverted indexes, are updated only as necessary to guarantee answer precision within predefined thresholds which are determined with little cost in comparison to the updates of the indexes themselves. With the present technology, a batch of daily updates can be processed in a matter of minutes, rather than a few hours for rebuilding an index, and a query may be answered with assurances that the results are accurate or within a threshold of accuracy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marios Hadjieleftheriou, Nick Koudas, Divesh Srivastava
  • Publication number: 20170046497
    Abstract: One or more simulations are generated for in-home monitoring. The simulations model sensory detection of a user's physical activities using a different number and/or a different combination of sensors. Each different simulation may thus be associated with an accuracy and a cost, depending on the number and/or combination of sensors. The simulations thus present a range of sensory configurations that balance accuracy and affordability, from which an optimum sensory solution may be determined for the in-home monitoring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vc Ramesh, Michael G. Branam, Philip Edward Brown, Lee Callaway, Halim Damerdji, Shilpi Harpavat, Azeddine Kasmi, Terri A. Lewis, Sunil Nakrani, Tung Nguyen, Maruthi Nori, Prince Paulraj, Homayoun Torab, Christopher L. Tsai