AT&T Patents

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  • Publication number: 20170048200
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing a basic firewall using a virtual networking function. A control system having a processor can detect a firewall request that can include a request to create a basic firewall. The processor can analyze a recipe to determine a virtual switch and a basic firewall virtual function that are to provide the functionality of the basic firewall. The processor can trigger instantiation of the virtual switch via a network control function and instantiation of the basic firewall virtual function via a service control function. The processor also can validate the basic firewall. The basic firewall can provide filtering of traffic at the network transport layer using the virtual switch, and as such, the virtual switch may not operate on the application layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: W. Cooper Chastain
  • Publication number: 20170048227
    Abstract: Pre-delivery authentication may be required prior to routing and delivery of electronic content. A sender of the electronic content, for example, may require that a recipient authenticate to ensure legitimate use or identity. Should pre-delivery authentication be required, the electronic content is held at any networked device while the recipient authenticates. If the recipient correctly authenticates, then the electronic content is released for delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Amy Zwarico, Larry B. Pearson
  • Publication number: 20170048675
    Abstract: A method and arrangement for providing location information of a called mobile communication device to a calling party are implemented through a mobile device locator platform disposed in the communication network. A mobile device subscriber to the location service initiates a process where the location of his mobile device is updated on a regular basis and the location information stored in a database on the platform. When a call is placed to his subscribed device, the location information is transmitted to the calling party prior to setting up the call to the called device, allowing the calling party to determine whether or not to proceed with the call, as well as eliminating the need to ask the common question “where are you?” when placing a call to a mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventor: Steven Todd
  • Publication number: 20170048290
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for multi-hop small cell auto discovery for software-defined networking (“SDN”)-enabled radio access networks (“RANs”). According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a small cell RAN node can include a network backhaul link connected to a further small cell radio access network node operating within a RAN controlled, at least in part, by a SDN controller. The small cell RAN node can generate an enhanced OFDP multicast message that includes a SDN characteristic for the SDN controller to use, at least in part, to discover the small cell RA node as operational within the RAN. The small cell RAN node can send the enhanced OFDP multicast message over the network backhaul link in an attempt to provide the SDN characteristic to the SDN controller so SDN controller can discover the small cell RAN node as operational within the RAN.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Paul Edward Smith, JR., Mostafa Tofighbakhsh
  • Publication number: 20170048391
    Abstract: Calls placed to a call recipient bypass the terminating messaging system, creating an enhanced message in the call originator's messaging system and delivering the enhanced message using alternate routing information. A caller creates enhanced messages for a call recipient even when the call recipient's messaging system does not support such functionality. The caller also embeds stored content and/or use links in the enhanced messages to allow the message to be modified and/or deleted before it is accessed by the call recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Jackson, Mehrad Yasrebi
  • Publication number: 20170048110
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for a realtime dynamic virtual network topology discovery engine to discover a dynamic network topology in virtualized networks in realtime. A processor that executes a network topology discovery engine can obtain network data that can describe elements of a data center and operational state of the elements. Obtaining network data can include obtaining network data from a network topology inventory database and through detecting operational state change events from virtual network components. The processor can construct a network topology model based upon the network data. The network topology model can include an object (representing an element of the data center) and an attribute representing a state of the element. The processor can update the network topology model in realtime. The network topology model and configurations can be stored for root cause analysis of fault events, resource orchestration in SDN networks, and other applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tsong-Ho Wu, Wen-Jui Li, Shyhyann Lee
  • Publication number: 20170048659
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for improving location accuracy for proximity services. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, an expression application server can receive an expression message generated by a Third Generation Partnership Project (“3GPP”) proximity service (“ProSe”)-enabled application executing on a mobile device. The expression message includes an expression code and a location tag. The expression application server can analyze the expression message to determine whether increased granularity is desired for use in determining an expression match to the expression code. In response to determining that the increased granularity is desired, the expression application server can request additional location information from a location platform. The expression application server can receive the additional location information from the location platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Richard J. Silvestri
  • Publication number: 20170048478
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for receiving a controllability indicator at a portable communication device, the controllability indicator received from a stationary communication device. The controllability indicator indicates whether a trickplay feature is available for controlling a presentation of multimedia content, and is determined from a characterization of the multimedia content. The method further includes presenting a trickplay indicator at the portable communication device according to the controllability indicator to indicate whether the trickplay feature is available. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Carlton Bedingfield, SR., John R. Stefanik
  • Publication number: 20170048397
    Abstract: A method for operating a mobile device includes, in response to receiving a swipe gesture via a user interface of the mobile device, displaying a balance of a prepaid wireless service account on a display of the mobile device. The balance may be displayed in a currency such as monetary currency or a proprietary currency such as minutes or credits provided by a wireless service provider. The method may also include displaying an expiration time to identify a time remaining until the balance expires. The method may also include generating a balance request including a request for the balance of the prepaid wireless service account from a prepaid billing system in response to receiving the swipe gesture, transmitting the balance request to the prepaid billing system, and receiving the balance in response to the balance request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sean Corbin, Simon King, Jeremiah O'Leary, Ross Lockwood
  • Patent number: 9572086
    Abstract: Example methods disclosed herein to provide a map to a wireless device include, in response to a request received from the wireless device, processing wireless session records to determine respective status of a plurality of wireless services in a first geographic region associated with the wireless device. Disclosed example methods also include, based on the processing of the wireless session records, generating map data identifying a location of the wireless device, a status of a first one of the wireless services in a second geographic region included in the first geographic region, and a status of a second one of the wireless services in a third geographic region included in the first geographic region. Disclosed example methods further include transmitting the map data to the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Edgar Shrum, Jr., Barrett Kreiner, Steven Wright
  • Patent number: 9572166
    Abstract: Providing information related to a quality of a mobile communication link to an internal and/or external application provider is described herein. By way of example, a system can include component(s) that can receive communication link quality information associated with a mobile session, incorporate such information into a data packet, and forward such data packet to an application provider. The system can provide such information for second generation network components, third generation network components, and advanced components compatible with both second and third generation network architectures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Vinod Pandey
  • Patent number: 9572070
    Abstract: A potential traffic load imbalance condition associated with sector carriers is detected. The traffic loading for the sector carriers is balanced based, at least, on causing one or more idle mobile devices to select a new sector carrier by adjusting one or more idle mode parameters. Detecting the potential traffic load imbalance condition includes: identifying an overloaded sector carrier; identifying an set of overlaid sector carriers, wherein the set of overlaid sector carriers includes one or more sector carriers in an area surrounding the overloaded sector carrier; and determining a number of idle mobile devices and corresponding signal strengths of mobile devices camping on sector carriers of the set of overlaid sector carriers. Balancing the traffic loading includes: determining the number of mobile devices to shift from the overloaded sector carrier, and initiating the shift by adjusting idle mode parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Arthur Richard Brisebois
  • Patent number: 9569764
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for point-of-sale customization service. A processor executing a point-of-sale customization service can receive a unique identifier associated with a user device detected in a proximity of a computing device. The processor can query preferences stored in a data store using the unique identifier and identify point-of-sale preferences associated with the user device based upon the querying. The processor can transmit the point-of-sale preferences to the computing device to apply to a transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ari Craine, James H. Pratt
  • Patent number: 9568554
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed which relate to a wireless communications device comprising a wireless power transmission detector and a wireless power transmission indicator for displaying to a user the current level of wireless power transmission. A voltmeter and ammeter take readings from the wireless transceiver circuit while the wireless communications device is on. A power logic stored on a memory within the wireless communications device converts the readings into a wireless power transmission level. The wireless power transmission level is output to an indicator on the wireless communications device where a user can view it. Exemplary embodiments include a true battery life indicator on the wireless communications device. The true battery life indicator gives an amount of time a battery powering the wireless communications device will last at the current wireless power transmission level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jian Li, Zhi Li, Raghvendra Savoor
  • Patent number: 9572067
    Abstract: A user of a communications network is prevented from consuming an excessive amount of channel bandwidth by restricting use of the channel in accordance with the type of data being downloaded to the user. The user is provided an initial number of credits. As the user consumes the credits, the data being downloaded is checked to determine if is permissible or non-permissible. Non-permissible data includes file-sharing files and movie downloads if user subscription does not permit such activity. If the data is permissible, the user is provided another allotment of credits equal to the initial allotment. If the data is non-permissible, the user is provided an allotment of credits less than the initial allotment. Various restriction policies also can be applied, such as levying additional fees and/or terminating the user's access to the channel. Also, incentives can be provided to entice the user curb the misuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Falguni Sarkar
  • Patent number: 9572049
    Abstract: Performance issues of wireless equipment (WE) or a wireless network are diagnosed through an alternative communication channel enabled by an alternative wireless network available to the WE. A service platform (SP) probes performance condition of the WE through a mobility control node (MCN) and, in response to a fault condition, collects data related to operation of the WE. Based at least on part of the data, the SP diagnoses the fault condition and related performance issue(s). To probe performance, the SP requests the MCN to collect data related to performance metric(s) of the WE. The alternative communication channel is established, and such data is collected therefrom, in response to low-grade connectivity amongst the MCN and the WE. The SP notifies the WE of at least the fault condition through the MCN or, in case of network fault condition, via the alternative communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Moshiur Rahman
  • Patent number: 9569333
    Abstract: A method and system for processing recorded communications over a network provides a communication via a network to a recording server adapted for hosting a recordable meeting. The recording server includes a processor with a memory and communicates with the network and an identification code is provided for the recordable meeting along with text related to the communication, which is stored in data storage of the recording server. At least one pointer can be inserted during or after the meeting is recorded, forming a recorded meeting with at least one pointer mapped to the text of the recorded meeting. The recorded meeting with at least one pointer is then saved into the data storage that can be accessed by an interested user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: David Crawford Gibbon, Lee Begeja, Karrie Hanson, Zhu Liu, Bernard S. Renger, Murat Saraclar, Behzad Shahraray
  • Patent number: 9571327
    Abstract: A call between a calling party and a called party, one or both of whom may be subscribers to Internet Telephony (IT) services, commences upon the receipt of a call dialed by the calling party to the Plain Old Telephony Service (POTS) number associated with the calling party. A first hub receives the call and routes it to the called party if that party is not an IT services subscriber that is currently on line. If the called party is an IT services subscriber that is on-line, the call is received at an Internet Services Provider serving the called party. The ISP converts the call to an IT format if the call is not already in that format and thereafter delivers the call to the called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: John Jutten Lawser, Larry Arnise Russell
  • Patent number: 9569832
    Abstract: A method includes receiving image data corresponding to an image and determining object quality values based on a portion of the image data. The portion corresponds to an object represented in the image. The method also includes accessing object category metrics associated with an object category corresponding to the object. The method includes generating a notification indicating that the image data has been altered in response to a result of a comparison of the object quality values to the object category metrics. The result indicates alteration of the portion of the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, David Crawford Gibbon, Lee Begeja, Amy Ruth Reibman
  • Patent number: 9569961
    Abstract: A traffic reporting system and method for geographic area of interest. The system includes standard wireless telecommunication components configured to establish search criteria, determine a sample size, collect traffic information, calculate additional traffic information, and generate reports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Emily Lyons Soelberg, Michael J. Berry
  • Patent number: 9570092
    Abstract: Devices, systems, methods, media, and programs for detecting an emotional state change in an audio signal are provided. A number of segments of the audio signal are analyzed based on separate lexical and acoustic evaluations, and, for each segment, an emotional state and a confidence score of the emotional state are determined. A current emotional state of the audio signal is tracked for each of the number of segments. For a particular segment, it is determined whether the current emotional state of the audio signal changes to another emotional state based on the emotional state and a comparison of the confidence score of the particular segment to a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dimitrios Dimitriadis, Mazin E. Gilbert, Taniya Mishra, Horst J. Schroeter
  • Patent number: 9571295
    Abstract: A call to an emergency call center from a device is initiated utilizing a relay service. The device may send a non-voice message to the relay service. The relay service, upon receipt and analysis of the message, may initiate a call to the device. The device, upon receiving the call and determining that the call is from the relay service, may place the call on hold and initiate a call to an emergency call center. Subsequently, the device may establish a multi-party call between the device, the relay service, and the emergency call center. Further, the relay service may maintain multiple communications modes in order to conduct non-voice messages with the device and conduct voice communications with the emergency call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: DeWayne A. Sennett, Brian K. Daly
  • Patent number: 9571209
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a waveguide system that includes a transmission device having a coupler positioned with respect to a transmission medium to facilitate transmission or reception of electromagnetic waves that transport communications data. The electromagnetic waves propagate along an outer surface of the transmission medium. A training controller detects an impairment on the transmission medium adverse to the transmission or reception of the electromagnetic waves and adjusts the electromagnetic waves to reduce the effects of the impairment on the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry
  • Patent number: 9571366
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting and localizing an anomaly for a network are disclosed. For example, the method sends a first set of probe packets on at least one path of the network, and detects a performance anomaly on a first path of the at least one path. The method then identifies at least one link on the first path that is responsible for the performance anomaly by applying a second set of probe packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas Duffield, Paul Barford, Amos Ron, Joel Sommers
  • Patent number: 9571190
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a central controller that executes instructions facilitating performance of operations including monitoring multiple network nodes, at least some of the network nodes being in communication with others through respective point-to-point links. Each point-to-point link includes a respective free space optical channel. The central controller detects optical received signal strength of a free space optical channel falling below a certain level and provides control signals to reconfigure the multiple network nodes. Signals are re-routed along one of the respective point-to-point links through other network nodes responsive to detecting the optical received signal strength falling below the certain level Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, LP
    Inventors: David M. Britz, Jeevan Dodley, Lih-Yuan Lin, Robert R. Miller
  • Patent number: 9571889
    Abstract: A particular method includes receiving, at a device, an identifier of a set top box. The method also includes determining, at the device, based on the identifier of the set top box, whether the set top box is capable of supporting a high-definition television service or a digital video recording service. The method further includes selectively sending a power-up event to a service provider based on determining whether the capabilities of the set top box match a pending order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Stephen Rys, Adam Lee Klein, Lee M. Chow
  • Patent number: 9571258
    Abstract: A system and process that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, an interference monitor configured to detect occurrences of unintended signals within a communications link. A communications link may carry a down-converted format of a satellite signal from an earth terminal to an integrated receiver and decoder for further network distribution. Depending upon the nature of any such detected unintended signals, the communications link can be “swapped out” for a redundant communications link carrying a down-converted format of the same satellite signal obtained by way of a redundant earth terminal. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas Medina, Ronald Jones, Michael Peck
  • Patent number: 9571884
    Abstract: The subject disclosure describes among other things receiving user input that includes a device configuration for a device in a home automation system, where the device configuration specifies a triggering event and a response to the triggering event. The subject disclosure also describes transmitting the device configuration to the device, receiving data from the device, where the data indicates that the triggering event has been detected by the device, presenting an alert indicating that the triggering event has been detected by device, where the alert includes selectable options for responding to the alert, identifying the device detecting the triggering event, and altering an operation of the device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott White, James Cansler
  • Patent number: 9571887
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a process that determines information from a first media stream including a number of keywords associated with viewing habits of a user. A second media stream of a media program is scanned for one of a word or phrase corresponding to a keyword of the number of keywords. A second keyword is determined based on the one of the word or phrase, and additional information associated with the second keyword is identified. Results associated with the additional information are provided to a multimedia device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Srinivas Bangalore, Mazin E. Gilbert, Michael Johnston
  • Patent number: 9571895
    Abstract: A method and system for multicasting Internet-protocol television (IPTV) channels is disclosed. In order to receive desired IPTV channels, a first-hop router (FHR) may send a join message to a last-hop router (LHR) establishing multiple paths across a backbone network. The join message may specify mapping at least one virtual IPTV channel to a plurality of multicast channels, along with the desired IPTV channels. The multicast channels may then be transmitted in a round-robin manner over the multiple paths from the LHR to the FHR. A number of virtual IPTV channels may be modified in response to determining a loading profile over the multiple paths to maintain a balanced load among the multiple paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Yetik Serbest
  • Patent number: 9571958
    Abstract: An anonymous location wireless network service for use in a wireless network. The service provides content providers with the location of network users without revealing their identities. The service includes a wireless network having a proxy server, a network communication link to a plurality of web sites, and a wireless communication link to a plurality of handheld devices. The proxy server blocks identity by reading the location and identity information of network devices, generating dummy identifications, relating the dummy identifications to the identity information, storing the relationships in a memory storage, and forwarding the location information and dummy identifications to the global computer network. Upon receiving messages from the global computer network, the proxy server reads the dummy identifications, looks up the related identification information in the memory storage, and forwards the data to the appropriate network devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Propery I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Mark J. Enzmann, Robert T. Moton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9571702
    Abstract: A particular method includes receiving a video stream to be displayed on a display device. The method also includes, during a first time period, sending a low resolution version of the video stream to the display device while recovering a full resolution version of the video stream. The method further includes synchronizing the low resolution version of the video stream with the full resolution version of the video stream. The method also includes, during a second time period after the first time period, switching from sending the low resolution version of the video stream to the display device to sending the full resolution version of the video stream to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marc Andrew Sullivan, Philip Ted Kortum, Jeffrey Lewis Brandt
  • Patent number: 9571544
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing multimedia content over a wireless network are disclosed. For example, the method receives a request from a customer via a data enabled cellular phone for accessing one or more multimedia content from a multimedia content server of the customer, and performs an authentication for obtaining the one or more multimedia content from the multimedia content server. The method obtains the one or more multimedia content from the multimedia content server, and transmits the one or more multimedia content to the data enabled cellular phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nalesh Chandra, David Small
  • Patent number: 9571430
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products are for mapping an extensible markup language (XML) encoding declarations to a short message peer-to-peer (SMPP) data coding scheme (DCS) for a mobile-terminated (MT) short messaging service (SMS). An exemplary method includes receiving a message from a short message entity (SME) for delivery to a mobile device. The message includes a payload with at least one character encoded in accordance with a first character encoding scheme. The exemplary method further includes receiving from the SME a second encoding scheme for the message, implementing a mapping table to map the first character encoding scheme to the second character encoding scheme, and performing an encoding transformation of the message from the first character encoding to the second character encoding scheme yielding a modified message comprising the payload of the message encoded in the second character encoding scheme as specified by the SME.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Robert Engelhart
  • Patent number: 9571528
    Abstract: Many of the current IMS standards and enriched services were originally designed for the individual subscribers that are serviced by the wireless network. However, the IMS standards do not fully address the problem of providing the IMS enriched services and features to business PBX customers or wholesale customers that do not directly register to the IMS network. The present invention discloses a method for providing IMS enriched services and features to business PBX customers or wholesale customers through the use of a static provisioning and registration method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Min Lu, Martin Dolly, Leticia Johnson, Mark Ratcliffe
  • Patent number: 9571868
    Abstract: Systems and processes that incorporate teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving from a mobile device, by way of a cellular network, a request for delivery of high-bandwidth application service. A location of the mobile device can be obtained and used to determine availability of any nearby wireless packet-network services. If it is determined that a wireless packet-network service is available, a network connection between the mobile device and the wireless packet-network service can be established. The request for delivery of high-bandwidth services can then be forwarded to an application server that delivers the requested services by way of the wireless packet-network service. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Jin He
  • Patent number: 9571609
    Abstract: A protocol converter includes a processor configured to receive a request for content from a client system. The processor is further configured to determine if the protocol converter is currently receiving the content through the multicast session, and join the multicast session if the protocol converter is not currently receiving the content. Additionally, the processor is configured to receive the content as an end point of the multicast session, format the content for communication to the client system, and provide content to the client system in a communication separate from the multicast session. Receiving the content as an end point of the multicast session can include terminating the application layer protocol used by the multicast session. Additionally, formatting the content can include re-encapsulating the content as hypertext transport protocol (HTTP) with an appropriate content-type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Alan L. Glasser, Andrew G. Gauld, John F. Lucas
  • Patent number: 9571648
    Abstract: A method of providing 911 service to a private branch exchange, includes grouping a plurality of private telephone numbers into a set. An outgoing telephone line for a 911 call is assigned to the set. Location information for the outgoing telephone line is input into a location database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: John Joseph Savaglio, Richard Bruce Fowler
  • Patent number: 9571642
    Abstract: A method receives a call from a device of a caller destined to a device of a subscriber of a communication network. The method connects the call to the device of the subscriber and then receives from the device of the subscriber an indication that the call is an undesirable call. The indication further includes a description of the call. The method then provides a reward to the subscriber when the indication further includes the description of the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Brian Lee
  • Patent number: 9571592
    Abstract: Social communities are recommended based on media affinity. When content is scheduled for recording, a media identifier is used to identify a social community expressing an affinity for the same media identifier. The social community may be any individual(s), clubs, and/or organizations that have expressed any affinity to terms or subject matter, such as the media identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Brian K. Daigle
  • Patent number: 9572013
    Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed which relate to gathering a plurality of data from a SIM card on a wireless communications device and recording the plurality of data onto a database where the plurality of data can be viewed at a later time. A network device requests a plurality of data from a SIM card on a wireless communications device. An OTA platform receives the request and gathers the plurality of data from the SIM card. The OTA platform, which normally sends the plurality of data back to the network device, sends the plurality of data to a file upload server instead. The file upload server records the plurality of data to a database where the plurality of data can be viewed by the network device. In certain examples, the file upload server sends a notification to the network device that the plurality of data is ready for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Scott Inlow
  • Patent number: 9572036
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for blocking a cloned mobile device by a processor of a network. The processor receives a first registration from a first mobile device at a first location. The first registration includes a device identifier and a phone number. The processor then confirms that a second registration from a second mobile device at a second location includes the device identifier and the phone number and calculates a first fraud score for the first mobile device and a second fraud score for the second mobile device. The processor then determines that the second mobile device is the cloned mobile device, when the second fraud score exceeds the first score, and blocks the cloned mobile device from registering on the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, William Cottrill, Brandon B. Hilliard
  • Patent number: 9572003
    Abstract: Concurrent text and voice communications can be maintained with an emergency call taker. An application executing on a mobile communications device in conjunction with a network gateway provide voice communication as well as an interactive Short Messaging System (SMS) session with a public safety answering point (PSAP). The gateway correlates and manages SMS messages with the PSAP and the mobile device. As such, a virtual session is generated over a traffic channel, that provides the advantages of a voice call as well as allowing text based communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Brian K. Daly
  • Patent number: 9572004
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying short message service (SMS) spammers identifies senders as spammers by determining that the senders are sending SMS messages to devices included in a grey phone space. Devices in the grey phone space are identified using various methods including an analysis of call detail records. A grey ratio for a sender is determined as a ratio of messages sent to grey phone numbers by the sender to messages sent to all phone numbers by the sender. A sender is identified based on a difference between the grey ratio for the sender and a second grey ratio being above a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yu Jin, Ann E. Skudlark, Nan Jiang
  • Publication number: 20170038422
    Abstract: A material medium, such as an optical fiber or electrical cable, is used to carry services. The material medium is monitored with at least one diagnostic sensor. The diagnostic sensor may measure the operational health of the material medium, or may measure local environmental conditions around the material medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Constance J. Coty, Lusheng Ji, Robert R. Miller, II, Harry R. Worstell
  • Publication number: 20170041425
    Abstract: A disclosed method of serving web page requests includes detecting a client request for a web page that contains an object. A preloader application is invoked to execute while the object is downloading to the client. The preloader application displays a preloader message during at least part of the downloading interval. At least a part of the preloader message is an advertisement or is otherwise unrelated to a progress of the downloading of the object. A size of the object may exceed a specified threshold and/or a type of the object may match any of a set of predetermined object types. The set of predetermined object types may include a Java® object type, a Flash® object type, or another object type suitable for implementing motion graphics. In some embodiments, the preloader application resides on a third party web site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Denis Brent WALTON
  • Publication number: 20170041339
    Abstract: A system for diffusing denial-of-service attacks by using virtual machines is disclosed. In particular, the system may receive, from a measurement probe, a network transaction measurement associated with a first node in a network. Based on the network transaction measurement, the system may determine if the network transaction measurement satisfies a threshold measurement value. If the network transaction measurement satisfies the threshold measurement value, the system may determine that an attack is occurring at the first node in the network. The system may then identify one or more nodes that have capacity for handling traffic intended for the first node. Once the one or more nodes are identified, the system may launch virtual machines at the one or more nodes to handle legitimate traffic intended for the first node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Anestis Karasaridis
  • Patent number: 9563784
    Abstract: Event driven permissive sharing of information is disclosed. In an aspect, user equipment can include information sharing profiles that can facilitate sharing information with other devices or users, such as sharing location information. The information sharing profiles can include trigger values, such that when a target value transitions the trigger value, a permission value is updated to restrict or allow access to sharable information. As such, event driven permissive sharing of information allows for designation of temporary friend information sharing with user-defined triggers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, Mario Kosseifi, John Pastore
  • Patent number: 9563624
    Abstract: In an embodiment of a messaging system, a method for presenting a commercial message to a user is provided. A target language in which the user is comfortable communicating may be determined based on at least one communication received by the user or at least one communication provided by the user. The commercial message may be presented to the user in the target language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.L.P.
    Inventor: Srinivas Bangalore
  • Patent number: 9563649
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media provide for the detection, location stamping, and logging of electronic events and subsequent generation of habitat information. According to implementations, electronic events are detected and location stamped. Associated descriptions and other data corresponding to the electronic events is retrieved and stored along with the geographic locations of the electronic events in an activity log. The information in the activity log is used to generate visual representations of one or more geographic areas in which electronic events that meet user-defined or default criteria occurred within a predetermined frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert Koch