Patents Represented by Attorney Parks Knowlton LLC
  • Patent number: 7587038
    Abstract: A method for enabling enhanced call return in a wireless network comprising receiving an incoming telephone call from a caller, wherein the incoming telephone call identifies a mobile subscriber (MS) as a callee thereof; capturing caller-specific information for the caller, wherein the caller-specific information includes at least one of the name of the caller and the telephone number of the caller; and storing the caller-specific information into an intelligent peripheral (IP) within the wireless network. The method further comprises allowing the MS to access the caller-specific information stored in the IP. The present invention thus allows the mobile subscriber (MS) to subscribe to an enhanced call return (ECR) feature as part of the mobile telephone service plan. The ECR feature allows the mobile subscriber to access caller-specific information for a predetermined number of past callers and also to return calls from those past callers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Larry Scott Easley, Donald M. Cardina
  • Patent number: 7584259
    Abstract: A secondary source of dispatch information is provided in the event of a failure of a primary source of dispatch information. The second source of dispatch information can be accessed electronically by service technicians in the field when the primary source of dispatch information fails so that service technicians do not have to contact operators in a central office to obtain the dispatch information. The secondary source of dispatch information can distribute the dispatch information in a number of ways including e-mail, web and other methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Gary J. Dennis, Charles W. Garris, Robert T. Ingman, Terri H. Pifer, Diana S. Allen
  • Patent number: 7580699
    Abstract: Network systems and methods for utilizing mobile devices to enhance customer experiences are disclosed herein. A first aspect of the present invention facilitates a customer to acquire a membership to a membership program and subsequently access benefits of the membership program via a mobile device. Another aspect of the present invention facilitates a customer to redeem coupons for sales transactions via a mobile device. Yet another aspect of the present invention facilitates a customer to acquire a map including the location of requested items. Another aspect of the present invention facilitates a customer to search for an item and in response receive the availability and in some instances a map location of the requested item. Yet another aspect of the present invention facilitates a customer to pay for item using a remote charging method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, DeWayne Sennett, Brian K. Daly, Robert Evora, Coulter Henry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7578385
    Abstract: A carrier (800) that is reversibly erectable from a collapsed condition to an erected condition and that reliably maintains its erected condition. The carrier includes a tubular portion defined by side walls (118, 146, 152, 142, 156, 160) and a bottom wall defined by bottom panels (230, 260). The bottom panels are hingedly connected to an edge of the tubular structure. Gusset structures connect the bottom panels to the tubular structure and cause the bottom panels to toggle as the carrier is erected. The gusset structures additionally retain the bottom wall in the erected condition. In the erected condition, the bottom wall of the carrier includes a buffer for limiting or preventing damage to articles as they are loaded into the carrier. The handle of the carrier is ergonomically defined in multiple planes and includes handle flaps including curved portions that improve the comfort of a handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Mead Westvaco Packaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7577525
    Abstract: A management system using Global Positioning System receivers for tracking remote units from a central office and quickly and conveniently determining if those remote units have varied from a set of predetermined parameters of operation. The system also includes provisions that allows information to be sent from the remote units to the central office and vice versa. The system also has safety features that promote the rapid dispatch of law enforcement personnel when requests for emergency assistance have been made from the remote units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marvin R. Hamrick, R. T. Mitchell Ingman
  • Patent number: 7574207
    Abstract: Seamless wireless mobility is described. In one embodiment, a mobility manager can query a subscriber catalog for a current registration status of a handset. The mobility manager can then use the registration status to send a first signal to the handset over either a wireless network or an Internet protocol-based network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas O'Neil, John Alson Hicks, III
  • Patent number: 7551923
    Abstract: A method for improving the use of a transmission spectrum in a multi-sector wireless communication system includes generating a first signal, processing a first signal with a first Auto Tune Combiner, transmitting the first signal on an antenna associated with a first sector, sampling the first signal with a radio frequency test device, generating a second signal, processing the second signal with a second Auto Tune Combiner, transmitting the second signal on an antenna associated with a second sector, and sampling the second signal with the radio frequency test device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Kraig Keys, Christopher Scott Erwin, Richard Bruno, David Bogart, Martin Chang
  • Patent number: 7551733
    Abstract: Methods and devices establish an area party line for telephone calls to provide a geographically based chat forum via a telephone. One method receives telephone calls at a local call station where the telephone calls may be landline calls from callers serviced by the local call station, wireless phone calls from users who are currently located in proximity to the local call station, and/or long distance calls from callers who have dialed into the local call station using an area code and exchange. Callers provide an indication of an area party line, such as a star code, and the local call station bridges the calls together. Another method receives telephone calls at a central call station, where the telephone calls are directed to the central call bridging station from a local call station, and the central call bridging station bridges the callers together depending upon the local call station that the calls are transferred from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael S. Denny, Sammie W. Hill
  • Patent number: 7546121
    Abstract: Several testing methods and apparatus for wireless communications, such as a cellular telephone communications, are described. One method for use in troubleshooting a problematic call in a wireless communication system by a computer test station includes the steps of receiving a telephone call from a wireless telephone unit while the wireless telephone unit is simultaneously connected in a call; receiving, during the telephone call, first information which identifies the wireless telephone unit and second information which identifies a wireless switch utilized in the call; sending, during the telephone call, a trace command having the caller ID information to an address associated with the wireless switch; and receiving, in response to sending the trace command, call trace information including information that identifies a plurality of devices of the wireless switch utilized in the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: James Mason Lipsit
  • Patent number: 7538722
    Abstract: A programmable intelligent activation module to intelligently allow access to GPS resources is provided. In accordance with pre-programmed settings, an intelligent activation module will control the frequency by which a GPS module is allowed to access a GPS or GSM network in order to acquire location information of a mobile device equipped with GPS equipment. By controlling access to a GPS or GSM network, network resources such as bandwidth are conserved unless actually needed as is determined by the intelligent activation module. Similarly, battery resources for the mobile device are also conserved in that unnecessary activation of the GPS module is prevented until such activation is actually needed. The intelligent activation module can be programmed with a variety of settings including speed, map deltas, final destination information, or settings as pre-determined by a user of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Balasubramaniam K. Thandu, Prabha Aithal
  • Patent number: 7532711
    Abstract: Calling plan information is provided whenever a user makes a call that fits within the plan. The user may be assigned an account related to the calling plan with information associated with the account. The information may include a time function such as the time remaining until expiration of the calling plan or the time used in the calling plan. A call made from an originating number that is associated with the calling plan triggers the provision of information. After the information is provided, the call may be routed to a terminating number as dialed by the user. After the call, the information associated with the calling plan may be updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Michael Griffiths
  • Patent number: 7526277
    Abstract: An online directory system that provides relatively comprehensive and up-to-date information relating to users and their corresponding cellular telephone numbers and/or wireless pager numbers. The system and method involves a cellular telephone database and a means for providing access to the cellular telephone database. Users provide search requests through the means of communication and the search is carried out providing results to the requesting party. The search request typically includes a name and the results typically include a list of one or more names and corresponding cellular telephone numbers satisfying the search request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: AT & T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Valerie Binning, Barbara Gaines
  • Patent number: 7526040
    Abstract: An improved multi-antenna receiver is realized for detecting signals transmitted by a multi-antenna transmitter by summing signals received at the plurality of receiver antennas after multiplying each by a respective constant. The summed signal is applied to a maximum likelihood detector. The respective constants, ?j, where j is an index designating a particular receiver antenna, are determined by evaluating the largest eigenvector of the matrix A, where ? is a vector containing the values ?j, and A is a matrix containing elements ?ij, which is the transfer function between the ith transmitter antenna to the jth receiver antenna. The ?ij terms are determined in the receiver in conventional ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Titus Lo, Vahid Tarokh
  • Patent number: 7499890
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for cell site planning and for vendor selection. According to embodiments of this invention, a cell site planning information system receives initial cell site information, accesses historical cell site information and/or vendor information, and integrates the information to provide a proposed cell site design plan, to recommended vendors, to determine benchmark costs, and/or to provide billing records of the recommended vendors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Victor Allen
  • Patent number: 7478743
    Abstract: A carton is provided with side walls and chamfered corners shaped to securely or tightly enclose a group of cylindrical articles, such as beverage bottles. The curvature of the edges of each side wall is selected to cause the end wall or end closure structure to conform to the cylindrical and tapered shape of articles in the endmost row. More specifically, the end edges of each side wall are substantially concave and their curvature is determined such that the minimum width of each side wall is less than or equal to the width of the top wall. To encourage side end flaps, which partially form the end closure structure, to crease so as to define the chamfered corners, a fold line is formed in the side end flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Inventor: John M. Holley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7463908
    Abstract: This invention provides wireless communications using a remote, self-contained communications antenna unit that transceives signals from a disconnected cell site and communicates these signals with a communications network. In an exemplary embodiment, the remote, self-contained communications antenna unit includes a transportation vehicle that carries a generator for power, backup batteries, transmitter and receiver equipment, a digital signal processor (DSX), a network interface unit, an air conditioner, and an extendible mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Clifford Lee Knight
  • Patent number: 7460954
    Abstract: A management system using Global Positioning System receivers for tracking remote units from a central office and quickly and conveniently determining if those remote units have varied from a set of predetermined parameters of operation. The system also includes provisions that allows information to be sent from the remote units to the central office and vice versa. The system also has safety features that promote the rapid dispatch of law enforcement personnel when requests for emergency assistance have been made from the remote units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Marvin R. Hamrick, R. T. Mitchell Ingman
  • Patent number: 7450935
    Abstract: Apparatus, method and system for notifying a communications-switching center that subsequent communications directed to a wireless number associated with the wireless unit are to be routed to a destination number associated with the wireless unit. In response to a triggering event by the wireless unit through the base unit, the base unit can cause the wireless unit to transmit an SMS message to the communications-switching center. The SMS message can include a notification that subsequent communications directed to the wireless number associated with the wireless unit are to be routed to the destination number associated with the wireless unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Charles Martin Link, II, Donald Michael Cardina, Thomas Wayne Bonner
  • Patent number: 7450961
    Abstract: The present invention provides an interface between a portable communications device such as a cellular phone and the windshield display of an automobile, enabling textual or graphical data, delivered to the portable communications device to be displayed on the windshield. The interface also enables essential functions of the portable communications device to be integrated into the controls on the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Heubel, Andrew W. Clegg
  • Patent number: 7451234
    Abstract: A DDNS server maintains a dynamic database of host names and IP addresses of remote devices connected to a telecommunications network. Devices on the telecommunications network query the DDNS server for the IP addresses of the remote devices. As the IP addresses change, a DDNS client captures the new IP address and transmits the changes to the DDNS server where the IP address of the remote device is updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Thomas W. Bonner