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: 9560035
    Abstract: A login session server is configured to establish a communications session between an application that runs natively on a device and a service that is secured by a web services gateway by supporting a temporary login session socket between the device and the login session server and by passing a login session token to the device over the temporary login session socket. The temporary login session socket can be used to verify that the application that runs natively on the device is authorized to use the services of the service provider. Related systems, devices, methods and computer program products are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Jay O. Glasgow, Johannes Jaskolski
  • Patent number: 9560395
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for receiving a request to display, on an first communications device, media content, where the request comprises a first logical address for accessing the media content at a first storage location, transmitting to a second communications device, a second logical address for accessing a copy of the media content at a second storage location, where the second logical address differs from the first logical address, and where the second storage location differs from the first storage location. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nadia Morris, Virginia S. Ng, Nicholas Peter Hill
  • Patent number: 9560397
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the disclosed subject matter provide apparatus, methods, and systems including an input to receive data associated with a channel viewership of a network; a distribution unit coupled to the input, the distribution unit to determine one or more relative viewership distributions based on the data; and a configuration unit coupled to the distribution unit, the configuration unit to provide one or more reconfiguration settings for one or more reconfigurable servers coupled to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Steven Gemelos, Canhui Ou, Zhi Li
  • Patent number: 9559895
    Abstract: A network may include a method that includes, for example, receiving a communication request responsive to a telephone number mapping query failure, where the communication request is initiated by an originating communication device requesting a communication session with a terminating communication device, foregoing initiating the communication session as a circuit-switched communication session responsive to determining that the originating communication device and the terminating communication device are enabled to use packet-switched communications, and instructing a second network node to initiate the communication session as a packet-switched communication session between the originating communication device and the terminating communication device responsive to the determination. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Lakshminarashimhan Naidu, Armstrong Soo
  • Patent number: 9559955
    Abstract: A method for optimized route caching includes comparing a destination address of a network packet to a first set of prefixes in a routing cache, and comparing the destination address to a second set of prefixes in a full routing table when a longest matching prefix for the destination address is not found in the routing cache. The method further includes copying the longest matching prefix and a set of sub-prefixes of the longest matching prefix from the full routing table to the routing cache, and forwarding the network packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Alexandre Gerber, Changhoon Kim, Jennifer L. Rexford, Matthew Caesar
  • Patent number: 9560017
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus disclosed herein include receiving, at a first provider router that is not an edge router, first route information from a provider edge router. The first route information identifies a customer address in a customer network coupled to the provider edge router. The methods also include replacing, at the first provider router, a first next hop address included in the first route information with a second next hop address. The first next hop address identifies the provider edge router and the second next hop address identifies the first provider router. The methods also include advertising the first route information to a second provider router located in a different region than the first provider router.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Israel Means
  • Patent number: 9560025
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform, for example, providing an upload request to a mobile communication device to cause a secure device processor of the mobile communication device to perform a modification of data according to a data protection key to generate modified data and to perform an encryption of the modified data according to an upload transport key to generate encrypted modified data where the secure device processor is separate from and in communication with a secure element of the mobile communication device, and where the secure element receives master keys from a remote management server and stores the master keys to enable the upload transport key and the data protection key to be generated by the secure element without providing the master keys to the secure device processor. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Walter Cooper Chastain, Stephen Emille Chin
  • Patent number: 9560418
    Abstract: Methods of providing a media file include receiving the media file and an identification of a destination set-top box for the media file at a server device. The received media file is transmitted from the server device to the identified set-top box in an Internet protocol television (IPTV) multimedia format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROEPRTY I, LP
    Inventor: Mahmoud Elbarky
  • Patent number: 9560406
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, identifying a stereoscopic preference from a user profile associated with a user of a viewing apparatus, receiving a stereoscopic media program, generating an adapted media program by adapting one or more presentation aspects of the stereoscopic media program according to the stereoscopic preference, and presenting at a presentation device the adapted media program according to a time-division multiplexing or space-division multiplexing scheme for viewing by way of the viewing apparatus. Other embodiments are disclosed and contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Troy C. Meuninck, William A. Brown, Nadia Morris, James Carlton Bedingfield, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9560412
    Abstract: A method and system for troubleshooting a media processor is disclosed and can include receiving a trouble ticket from a media processor and initiating a self-test at the media processor. The method and system can include receiving test results from the media processor and analyzing the test results to isolate a problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Raghvendra Savoor, Zhi Li
  • Patent number: 9560568
    Abstract: Intelligent radio access technology sensing and selection are applied in a dynamic traffic steering network. Network characteristics and network policies are determined. A server sends network characteristics and network policies to user equipment devices. User equipment devices can determine a radio access technology to connect to based on network policies and network characteristics. Further, it can be determined how to select user equipment devices for connection to a radio access network via a radio access technology. User equipment devices can dynamically select a radio access network for connection based on real-time or near real-time radio access network conditions. A self-organizing network can monitor and determine radio access network conditions and the radio access network conditions can be sent to user equipment devices in given cellular broadcast area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Rick Tipton, Mark Austin, Zhi Cui, Alain Ohana
  • Patent number: 9560510
    Abstract: In compliance with regulatory requirements imposed on multicarrier wired/wireless network carriers, the disclosed system receives input representing a selection of a street address to be used as a current location associated with a user identity. The system determines an expiration date associated with the street address, designates the street address as a validated emergency contact location for the user identity in response to determining that the expiration date associated with the street address has not expired. The system thereafter permits the establishment of communications between the system and a disparate wireless network device associated with a multicarrier wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sergio Kadi, Jing Chen, Feza Buyukdura, Dwayne Crawford, Stephanie Parlamas
  • Patent number: 9560525
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method comprising authenticating, by a server comprising a processor, a communication device to a first communication network, in accordance with authentication information stored in a first repository of the first communication network. The method also comprises determining, by the server, that a second communication network is accessible to the communication device. The method further comprises providing, by the server, the authentication information to a second repository of the second communication network in accordance with the determining, wherein the providing is performed independently of a request from the second communication network. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Sangar Dowlatkhah, Venson Shaw, Thomas J Will
  • Publication number: 20170026422
    Abstract: Software Defined Networking (SDN) is used in IMS in order to provide a mechanism to forward (Internet Protocol) IP packets and provide a simplified solution to the complex signaling path of IMS according to directives from an SDN Controller. SDN is used in at least three particular scenarios. In the first scenario, communications are simplified using SDN directed signaling disaggregation. In the second scenario, SDN is used to direct media function chaining. In the third scenario, the system can be used as an SDN based media relay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Reuben Klein, Brian Dean Freeman, Larry B. Pearson, Leopold B. Strahs
  • Publication number: 20170024189
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a new paradigm in Multimedia Services Creation Methodology, and new Service Creation and Service Execution Environments, based on this methodology. A service designer can access the Service Creation Environment via a Web based Graphical User Interface (GUI), to design new service in an automated way. The design process includes creation of the Service Logic Script (SLS), and associated databases that are used for storage of service and subscriber related data. The service developer (user) assembles Language Graphical Objects (LGO) into Service Logic Script. LGOs are part of a new graphical language that has been developed to meet multimedia service creation needs. They represent service control and call control primitive functions that have to be performed, in order to provide a multimedia service to service subscribers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Siroos K. Afshar, Nancy Conley, Keith Kiser, William J. Leighton, III, Dinesh N. Lokhande, Patricia E. Mccrink, Shapour Neshatfar, Boguslaw J. Olszowy, Rajiv Patel, Sudhakar Rajamannar, Mark Szachara, Eberhard F. Wunderlich
  • Publication number: 20170026838
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and programs for generating an authorized profile for a text communication device or account, may sample a text communication generated by the text communication device or account during communication and may store the text sample. The systems, methods, and programs may extract a language pattern from the stored text sample and may create an authorized profile based on the language pattern. Systems, methods, and programs for detecting unauthorized use of a text communication device or account may sample a text communication generated by the device or account during communication, may extract a language pattern from the audio sample, and may compare extracted language pattern of the sample with an authorized user profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Lee Begeja, Benjamin J. Stern
  • Publication number: 20170024839
    Abstract: Locational tracking aids emergency management plans. Occupants of a building or campus are determined based on presence or detection of wireless devices. When an emergency occurs, the occupants may move to safety based on the current locations of their wireless devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Craig Arthur Klein, Gregory O. Harp, Joseph Eric Sineath, Steven James Waken
  • Publication number: 20170024234
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to data-driven feedback control system for an acceptable level of real-time application transaction completion rate in virtualized networks, while maximizing virtualized server utilization. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a network virtualization platform (“NVP”) includes a plurality of hardware resources, a virtual machine (“VM”), and a virtual machine monitor (“VMM”). The VMM can track an execution state of each of a plurality of applications associated with the VM. The VMM can measure a real-time application transaction completion rate of the VM. The VMM can determine whether a trigger condition exists for priority scheduling of real-time applications based upon the real-time application transaction completion rate and a pre-set threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tsong-Ho Wu, Wen-Jui Li
  • Publication number: 20170024648
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for responding to an inquiry from a client via a network. The method and apparatus receive the inquiry from a client via a network. Based on the inquiry, question-answer pairs retrieved from the network are analyzed to determine a response to the inquiry. The QA pairs are not predefined. As a result, the QA pairs have to be analyzed in order to determine whether they are responsive to a particular inquiry. Questions of the QA pairs may be repetitive and similar to one another even for very different subjects, and without additional contextual and meta-level information, are not useful in determining whether their corresponding answer responds to an inquiry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Junlan Feng, Mazin Gilbert, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Gokhan Tur
  • Publication number: 20170025876
    Abstract: A power control and delivery system for improving and prolonging the performance of batteries through a total power source comprised of a battery, a power controller and a power buffer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Jesse Chan
  • Publication number: 20170025854
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle responds to acoustic inputs. A microphone integrated into the electrical receptacle generates electrical signals in response to the acoustic inputs. A network interface integrated into the electrical receptacle provides addressable communication with controllers, computers, and other networked devices. The electrical receptacle may thus be installed or retrofitted into the electrical wiring of all homes and businesses. Users may thus speak voice commands, which are received by the electrical receptacle and sent for voice control of appliances and other automation tasks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: John Willis, Kristin Patterson, Thomas Risley, Curtis Stephenson, David Vaught
  • Publication number: 20170026763
    Abstract: Directional sound location is used to determine security events of a security system. A sound sensor reports a vector direction to a sound source of an acoustic signal. If the vector direction is historically observed at similar times, then perhaps the sound source is not considered a security event. However, if the vector direction is unknown or unfamiliar, the security system may infer the security event and notify emergency services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicants: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James H. Pratt, Steven Belz, Michael Lattanzi, Constance Missimer
  • Publication number: 20170026936
    Abstract: A web-based radio survey service is provided to client devices. The client devices individually conduct a radio survey. The radio surveys are sent to a central server for analysis. The central server evaluates the radio surveys and determines a least congested radio channel for common use by all the client devices. The client devices may thus all switch to the least congested radio channel to ensure reliable radio service with an access device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Baofeng Jiang, Rodney McTaggart, Sangho Oh, Yuhong Zheng
  • Patent number: 9553958
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable storage media for reducing monopolization of a frequency channel during full-duplex communications. The MAC layer of governing communications can be modified to reduce likelihood of monopolization by (1) in networks which are exclusively filled with full-duplex devices, configuring non-communicating devices to ignore data collisions of communicating devices, requiring the communicating devices to wait for an standard backoff time after the data transmission is complete; and/or (2) in mixed half-duplex/full-duplex networks, requiring a half-duplex nodes and/or a full-duplex node to wait an extended duration after the data transmission is complete, while the non-communicating devices do not wait an extended duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vaneet Aggarwal, Rittwik Jana, Christopher W. Rice, Nemmara K. Shankaranarayanan
  • Patent number: 9554220
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a hearing aid compatibility mode of communication service to hearing aid users is disclosed. The described system can store an indication at a communication network that a given account is used by a person who wears hearing aid equipment. Services provided to that account can then use communication parameters and network resources which tend to minimize interference with a hearing aid. The network can instruct the user equipment and the radio access network to communicate using hearing aid friendly parameters. In some cases, network resources beyond those allocated for accounts not indicated as hearing aid user accounts can be allocated. Parameters adjusted in hearing aid compatibility mode can include codec rates, operating power levels, and burst frame length, among others. In some described embodiments, the hearing aid compatibility mode can be selectively enabled as desired by an account user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Melvin Duane Frerking, George O'Quinn Hirvela
  • Patent number: 9554318
    Abstract: Call handoff from an 802.1x network to a cellular network, and vice versa. A wireless device that has both cellular and 802.1x capability detects the strength of a cellular signal and of an 802.1x signal. If a call is taking place over the 802.1x network and the strength of the 802.1x signal drops below a particular level and the strength of the cellular signal is above a certain level, the call is handed off from the 802.1x network to the cellular network. If a call is taking place over the cellular network and the cellular signal strength drops below a certain level while the 802.1x signal strength is above a certain level, the call is handed off from the cellular network to the 802.1x network. In addition, the user of the wireless device can manually initiate the handoff by actuating a handoff selector of the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Mark J Enzmann
  • Patent number: 9554362
    Abstract: A movable wireless network includes one or more wireless communication devices. The movable wireless network further includes a detector configured to detect a network event. The movable wireless network further includes a controller configured to change an operational state of the movable wireless network by changing at least one of a mobile country code and a mobile network code of the movable wireless network to be different from that of another wireless network, responsive to detection of the network event by the detector. The changed operational state corresponds to changing from a state of coordinated operation of the movable wireless network and the other wireless network to a state of independent operation of the movable wireless network and the other wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Scott A. Mountney, Mike D. Verstegen, Kevin J. Niemi
  • Patent number: 9554165
    Abstract: Multiple video picture frames are combined into a spatial multiplex video picture frame that may be fully decoded and displayed. The video display of the spatial multiplex video picture frame is a composite combination of all of the video picture frames that have been combined, and may have an appearance such as a mosaic. Multiplexing the video picture frames involves removing picture headers, creating a picture header for the spatial multiplex video picture frame, and altering the headers of individual components of each video picture frame. The new header for the spatial multiplex video picture frame indicates a slice format frame, and headers of the individual components are altered to provide a slice format based picture position for each video picture frame. The headers of the individual components are altered to become slice based, such as in accordance with the ITU-T H.263 video standard, prior to establishing the slice based picture position if the frames are not already of the slice format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: William J. Gaylord
  • Patent number: 9554392
    Abstract: A method and system for managing M2M traffic in a network is provided. The M2M device sends a message that includes a machine identity for the M2M device. A query is submitted to a database that correlates the machine identity with a QoS parameter or a priority. The message is assigned to one of a plurality of input queues based on the assigned QoS parameter or priority. Each input queue is associated with a delay period so that the message is held in the queue for a period less than the delay period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Emily Soelberg
  • Patent number: 9553999
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for notifying an end user of a messaging event in a multi-user setting is disclosed. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium in a communication device which includes computer instructions at least for matching a caller identifier associated with a messaging event and entries in a plurality of contact books corresponding to a plurality of users, and identifying a plurality of parties to whom the messaging event is potentially directed based on the matching. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Walter, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 9554266
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for detecting, by a first device including a least one processor and a first Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC), a second device having a second UICC, detecting, by the first device, that the second UICC is unprovisioned, selecting, by the first device, one of a plurality of selectable options, where the selection identifies a first network operator selected from a plurality of network operators, receiving, by the first device, first credential information of the first network operator, and transmitting, by the first device, to the second device the first credential information for enabling the second device to facilitate establishment of communication services with network equipment of the first network operator according to the first credential information. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: David A. Christopher, Dana Tardelli
  • Patent number: 9553890
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed. An agent resides in a mobile communication device. The agent detects Proximity-based Mobile Malware Propagation. The agent injects one or more trigger network connections in the candidate connection list. These connections appear as legitimate networks and devices, but instead trigger connection to an agent server on a service provider's network. By attempting to connect through the trigger network connection, the malware reveals itself. The system helps collect the malware signature within a short period of time after the malware outbreak in local areas, though such attacks typically bypass network based security inspection in the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Gang Xu, Gustavo de los Reyes
  • Patent number: 9552594
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller that receives media content from a subscriber of a media communication system, receive marketing content from a marketing information source, and present the media content and the marketing content in a personal TV channel. The media content is presented in a first region of a two-dimensional, segmented display configuration, with the media content presented in a first region and the marketing content presented in a second region of the segmented display configuration. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ankur Mukerji, Charles V. Scott, Scott White
  • Patent number: 9554195
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving, over a multicast-broadcast single-frequency network channel of a cellular network, a second advertisement provided by an advertisement server; providing the second advertisement to a media processor to cause the media processor to replace a first advertisement with the second advertisement during presentation of media content received by the media processor over a first network, where the second advertisement is selected from a group of advertisements according to user data of a user of the media processor. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9554415
    Abstract: Methods are apparatus are disclosed to improve a network connection of a cellular-enabled device via a connected vehicle. An example method disclosed herein include receiving an indication that a first cellular-enabled device is within range of a cellular-enabled vehicle to which the first cellular-enabled device has a connection relationship. When a first signal strength associated with the cellular-enabled vehicle is greater than a second signal strength associated with the first cellular-enabled device, the example method includes instructing the cellular-enabled vehicle to establish a first connection between the cellular-enabled vehicle and a cellular network using a first subscriber identifier stored in the first cellular-enabled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Ming-Ju Ho, Patrick Mascarenhas, Iftekhar Alam
  • Patent number: 9554180
    Abstract: A system includes a converter to receive a receiving a satellite signal at first transport frequencies and to convert the satellite signal to second transport frequencies and a processor. The processor removes a radio frequency portion from the satellite signal without altering a sequence of media contents of a moving picture experts group portion of the satellite signal and without altering a quality of the media contents of the moving picture experts group portion. The processor determines whether the media contents include an error and corrects the error in the moving picture experts group portion with error correction data of the satellite signal. The processor encrypts the media contents to produce an encrypted digital moving picture experts group transport stream signal. The processor also sends the encrypted digital moving picture experts group transport stream signal to a modulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brad Allen Medford, Ahmad Ansari, Dinesh Nadarajah
  • Patent number: 9552713
    Abstract: A system for providing awareness of an interactive surface is disclosed. The system may include a processor that is communicatively linked to an interactive surface. The processor may determine a position and a velocity of an object that is within range of the interactive surface based on one or more of media content, vibrations, air movement, sounds and, global positioning data associated with the object. Additionally, the processor may determine if the object has a trajectory that would cause the object to collide with the interactive surface based on the information associated with the object. If the processor determines that the object has a trajectory that would cause the object to collide with the interactive surface, the processor can generate a notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James H. Pratt, Steven M. Belz, Marc A. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9553623
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request to send data to a destination device. The method includes determining a value associated with QoS of a wireless network. The wireless communication device includes first SIM card information that enables first data delivery according to a first priority via the wireless network and second SIM card information that enables second data delivery via the wireless network according to a second priority at least at a first delivery rate. The method includes determining, based on the value, a throughput value and a first portion of the data to send with the first data delivery. The method also includes determining a second portion of the data to send to the destination device with the second data delivery based on the throughput value, where the second portion includes none of the data when the throughput value is greater than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Myranda Johnson, Victor Mancheno
  • Patent number: 9553791
    Abstract: A system includes a first regional network including a first network element; a second regional network including a virtualized control plane network element, the virtualized control plane network element supporting a routing protocol at the first regional network, the routing protocol employing a location-based cost model; and a network connection connecting the virtualized control plane network element to the first regional network, the network connection having a network connection cost, the network connection cost applied in the location-based cost model to support the routing protocol at the first regional network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Uttaro, Eric Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 9553740
    Abstract: A system and apparatus are disclosed for a method and apparatus for equalizing signals. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an equalizer having a channel estimation calculator for calculating a time domain channel estimation from a baseband signal, a Fast Fourier Transform processor for translating the time domain channel estimation to a frequency domain channel estimation, a tap weight calculator for calculating a frequency domain tap weight according to the frequency domain channel estimation, an inverse Fast Fourier Transform processor for translating the frequency domain tap weight calculation to a time domain tap weight calculation, and a filter for equalizing the baseband signal according to the time domain tap weight calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Arunabha Ghosh
  • Publication number: 20170019398
    Abstract: A server includes a key generator and an authenticator. The key generator is configured to receive a request for a first key from a worker device, to create the first key that is associated with a worker, and to transmit the first key to the worker device. The authenticator is in communication with the key generator, the authenticator is configured to receive a second key and identification details from a customer device, to transmit the identification details to the worker device, to receive acknowledgment of the identification details from the worker device, and to authenticate the second key and the identification details with the customer device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Charles D. Blewett, Megan Blewett, Juan A. Garay, Robert C. Haarde, Thomas Killian, Yitzhak H. Mandelbaum, Simon Urbanek
  • Publication number: 20170019356
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a service platform that receives a chat request from a client device associated with a user. A chat database of previous chat sessions associated with other users is searched based on the chat request to identify a previous chat session corresponding to the chat request. Chat data corresponding to the previous chat session is retrieved from the chat database and sent to the client device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mazin E. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 9547684
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, computer-implemented methods, and tangible computer-readable media for representing media assets. The method includes receiving an original media asset and derivative versions of the original media asset and associated descriptors, determining a lineage to each derivative version that traces to the original media asset, generating a version history tree of the original media asset representing the lineage to each derivative version and associated descriptors from the original media asset, and presenting at least part of the version history tree to a user. In one aspect, the method further includes receiving a modification to one associated descriptor and updating associated descriptors for related derivative versions with the received modification. The original media asset and the derivative versions of the original media asset can share a common identifying mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrea Basso, Paul Gausman, David C. Gibbon
  • Patent number: 9548793
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting and analyzing discontinuities in a communications link are disclosed. In some embodiments, the systems and methods operate to project signals into the communications link and detecting reflected signals. The reflected signals are processed to define a transformed distribution of the reflected signals. A peak value in the transformed distribution is selected and a local fit to the selected peak value is performed using a model function. A residue distribution is formed based upon the transformed distribution and the model function. A location of the discontinuity based upon the residue distribution is identified, and another peak value from the residue distribution is selected. Additional systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard Hart, Xiaochuan Yi
  • Patent number: 9549029
    Abstract: A subscriber device reports network operation conditions, such as network performance incidents, to receive feedback from the network related to the incident and available or possibly available solutions, and to produce network intelligence suitable for network planning and network performance enhancement. Reporting of network performance incidents can be characterized by location and time of occurrence, wherein this intelligence is provided by the user device. Feedback provided by the network is based on the network performance data received as part of reporting an incident. The reporting described herein enables a network operator to generate network planning intelligence based on actual network performance as experienced at the subscriber level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Mark Austin, Michael Bates, Joseph Dennisson, Stephen Kelly, Sheldon Meredith, Lawrence Ryan, Michael Salmon
  • Patent number: 9548895
    Abstract: Remote configuration ensures compliance of remote devices. A server polls a device for a configuration file. The server compares the configuration file to a compliance policy. If the configuration file fails the compliance policy, the server retrieves a compliant configuration file that conforms to the compliance policy. The server sends the compliant configuration file to the device with an instruction to replace the configuration file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Manivannan Velupillai
  • Patent number: 9548051
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed that improve automatic speech recognition in a spoken dialog system. The method comprises partitioning speech recognizer output into self-contained clauses, identifying a dialog act in each of the self-contained clauses, qualifying dialog acts by identifying a current domain object and/or a current domain action, and determining whether further qualification is possible for the current domain object and/or current domain action. If further qualification is possible, then the method comprises identifying another domain action and/or another domain object associated with the current domain object and/or current domain action, reassigning the another domain action and/or another domain object as the current domain action and/or current domain object and then recursively qualifying the new current domain action and/or current object. This process continues until nothing is left to qualify.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Srinivas Bangalore, Narendra K. Gupta, Mazin G. Rahim
  • Patent number: 9549225
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining social media data associated with a plurality of end user devices of a plurality of users interacting with a social media network where the social media data includes user commentary at the social media network, determining first targeted advertising for delivery to first end user devices of a portion of the plurality of users based on an analysis of the social media data, and determining second targeted advertising for delivery during a target broadcast programming to a second end user device of a target user of the plurality of users based on an analysis of the user commentary, wherein the analysis includes identifying a comment context. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Junlan Feng, Bernard S. Renger
  • Patent number: 9549074
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and apparatus for providing a communications service in a communications network are disclosed. For example, the method monitors a conference call, detects a triggering event during the conference call registered for a particular user, wherein the particular user is not a participant in the conference call, and notifies the particular user of the triggering event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Charles Douglas Blewett, Megan Blewett, Joseph Gibbons, Robert Haarde
  • Patent number: 9549063
    Abstract: Detailed information about a party can be provided during interparty communication. Data-capable mobile devices query at least a public database to retrieve information about a set of parties engaged in communication. The results of the database query are employed to provide detailed caller identification and detail functionality to telephones or communication devices not utilizing traditional landlines or commercial caller identification service. Storage can be included to include address book function, query caching, and user preferences. An interface can be provided to facilitate display of rich caller identification information. The interface can further update displayed information without user input, or provide user selection control to request more information on a selected portion of displayed information. These features can be applied to determine the information about a party that is either receiving a communication or initiating a communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Carol Shifrin Gruchala, Wayne Robert Heinmiller, Dianna I. Tiliks Kanne