Patents Represented by Attorney Patton Boggs LLP
  • Patent number: 8351759
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed invention include a system and method for recording television content in the event of a power loss. For example, in one embodiment, an optical network terminal associated with providing video service to the digital video recorder is utilized to backup and store a scheduled television program that occurs during the duration of a power outage affecting the digital video recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jamie Howarter, Doug Ceballos
  • Patent number: 8346248
    Abstract: A method and device for controlling the operability of a transmitter on a mobile communications device by determining if the mobile communications device is located within the cabin of an airplane. A condition parameter of the mobile communications device may be determined. The transmitter on the mobile communications device may be disabled in response to the mobile communications device being located within an airplane and further in response to the determined condition parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jamie Christopher Howarter, Charles Michael Lesher, Jeffrey Sweeney, Robert J. Morrill, Heather Hull
  • Patent number: 8345705
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for conducting analog communication are provided. A first set of wires carrying a data signal is coupled to a data network. A second set of wires carrying an analog signal is coupled to an analog communication network. A single connector is coupled to the first and second sets of wires. A port in a communication device is coupled to the connector. The communication device communicates the data signal and the analog signal over the first and second sets of wires respectively. The second set of wires may be separate from the first set. The second set of wires may be a subset of the first set, in which case, a filter filters an incoming analog signal from an incoming signal on the second set of wires. A multiplexer multiplexes an outgoing analog signal with an outgoing data signal on the second set of wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Robert J. Morrill
  • Patent number: 8340263
    Abstract: A system and method for incremental do-not-disturb. User input is received to activate the incremental do-not-disturb. The incremental do-not-disturb is activated for a time period in response to receiving the user input to activate the incremental do-not-disturb. The incoming calls are diverted during the time period in response to activating the incremental do-not-disturb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: David E. Rondeau, Jill B. Brunton, Victoria M. Toner, Jenny Lou Fisher, Randall Robert Blair
  • Patent number: 8340079
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer usable program product for selecting a network for telecommunication are provided. A type of network supporting a called identifier is identified. Several types of networks are accessible to a calling communication device. The network corresponding to the identified network is selected at the calling communication device. The call is completed using the selected network. A database is queried with a query including the called identifier. The response to the query is used for identifying the identified network from the response. The query may be sent to a local database, a remote database, or both. The local database may include information about frequently called identifiers as well as called identifiers that are provided by a user. The identified network may be overridden by selecting a network of a type that is different from the type of network supporting the called identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Carl M. Coppage
  • Patent number: 8336170
    Abstract: Systems and methods for removing linters from ginned cottonseeds are provided. The systems and methods involve rotating the cottonseeds in a rotatable drum having a plurality of longitudinal brushes. The centrifugal force created by the rotation of the drum and the plurality of longitudinal brushes urge the cottonseeds against an interior surface of the drum that is lined with a flexible abrasive member. In this way, work is performed that removes the linters from the cottonseeds. The linters are removed using reduced pressure and the processed seeds are removed. Other systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cotton Incorporated
    Inventor: Thomas C. Wedegaertner
  • Patent number: 8335492
    Abstract: A system and method for quick note messaging on a wireless device. A message prompt is issued indicating a caller may leave a quick note message during a ring back period. A recording alert is played in response to receiving a caller selection to record the quick note message. The quick note message is recorded. An indication is given to the wireless device indicating that the quick note message has been received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: David E. Rondeau
  • Patent number: 8331231
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring bursting traffic of a user. CIR tokens are incremented at a first rate. EIR tokens are incremented at a second rate. At bit is received for communication through a user network interface. A determination is made whether there are EIR tokens in response to a determination that there are no CIR tokens. The EIR tokens are decremented in response to a determination that there are EIR tokens. The bit is communicated through a network in response to the determination that there are EIR tokens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Michael Bugenhagen
  • Patent number: 8329207
    Abstract: Methods and compositions are provided for increasing the anaerobic working capacity of muscle and other tissues. Also provided are compositions formulated for the sustained release of free beta-alanine. Also provided is a dietary supplement formulated, for example, as a solid food product, an edible suspension, liquid or semi-liquid as described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Natural Alternatives International, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Harris, John Wise
  • Patent number: 8328011
    Abstract: A windshield wiper package for containing a windshield wiper includes a front portion having a recess for receiving the windshield wiper, a back portion connected to the front portion for containing the windshield wiper within the recess, and an opening disposed in the back portion to allow loading or unloading of the windshield wiper. The opening is sized such that a length of the opening is less than about one-third of a length of the wiper package. A door is slidingly received by the back portion such that the door can be moved between an open position and a closed position. Complimentary detents and indentations are provided for securing the door in the open position or the closed position, the detents being positioned on one of the back portion and the door, and the indentations being positioned on another of the back portion and door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Jamak Fabrication-Tex, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Alan Skurdalsvold, Michael Todd Lindars
  • Patent number: 8325898
    Abstract: A do-not-disturb mode is entered in response to an identifier and a first authorization code is received. A call is received from a caller whereafter the caller is prompted to input a second authorization code. If the first and second authorization codes are the same, a notification is generated to notify a called party that a telephone call is being received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Curtis Tucker, Shekhar Gupta, Robert Morrill
  • Patent number: 8322064
    Abstract: A firearm may have a plurality of power-consuming accessories that can be attached to the weapon. In order to reduce the weight of these power-consuming accessories, as well as the proliferation of their batteries, the Weapons Accessory Power Distribution System provides a common power source to power the power-consuming accessories attached to the weapon. One or more powered rails are provided on the handguard, which encircles the barrel of the weapon, to provide a point of mechanical and electrical interconnection for the power-consuming accessories to provide quick connect mounting and dismounting of the power-consuming accessory, absent the use of connectors with their tethering cables, which are susceptible to entanglement. The powered rail(s) are electrically interconnected with a power source, which typically is a battery mounted in the butt stock of the weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Prototype Poductions Incorporated Ventures Two, LLC
    Inventors: Eric F. Cabahug, James S. Dodd, Ben Feldman
  • Patent number: 8320971
    Abstract: A system, method, and hand held device configured for video conferencing. The hand held device includes display logic operable to determine that a communication includes displayable content. The hand held device further includes a projector in communication with the display logic. The projector is operable to project the displayable content onto a surface. The hand held device further includes a camera in communication with the display logic. The camera is operable to capture an image of the user. The displayable content and the image are utilized for a video communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Mike A. Roberts, Shekhar Gupta
  • Patent number: 8320555
    Abstract: An embodiment of a method and apparatus for determining a change in network-generated crosstalk levels caused by a multi-line phone includes determining a first crosstalk level between a first line pair and a second line pair of a multi-line phone caused by the multi-line phone, and determining a second crosstalk level between each of the first line pair and the second line pair of the multi-line phone. The second crosstalk level is determined when the first line pair and the second line pair are coupled to a first predetermined length of network line pair cable. The method further includes determining a change of network generated crosstalk levels caused by the multi-line phone by subtracting the first crosstalk level from the second crosstalk level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Amar Nath Ray
  • Patent number: 8315179
    Abstract: A system and method for authorizing test traffic over a network. A request is received to perform a throughput test. A state of the network is determined. The throughput test is authorized in response to the determined state of the network being acceptable for performing the throughput test. The throughput test is terminated in response to the determined state of the network being unacceptable for performing the throughput test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Michael Bugenhagen
  • Patent number: 8312500
    Abstract: A system and method for chatting between a set-top box and one or more social networks. One or more social networks is associated with a set-top box. User preferences are set for communications with one or more contacts included in the one or more social networks. A chat interface is displayed to a user on a display associated with the set-top box in response to the user preferences and activity trigger determined in response to activity detected by the set-top box. Communications occurs with the one or more contacts using the chat interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Century Link Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: David Emerson, Kelsyn Rooks, Gary W. LaFreniere
  • Patent number: 8310937
    Abstract: A voice packet dynamic echo cancellation system includes an input/output unit configured to communicate over a packet network and a storage unit configured to store network performance information associated with node segments on the packet network. The system also includes a processing unit in communication with the input/output unit and the storage unit and configured to: set-up a call from an originating call device to a terminating call device; determine the network performance of the call between the originating call device and the terminating call device; locate an echo signal of the call to the originating call device based on the network performance; produce a echo cancellation signal based on the echo signal; and cancel the echo signal with the echo cancellation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Michael K. Bugenhagen
  • Patent number: 8308573
    Abstract: The present Gaming Device For Multi-Player Games provides the end user with a private bidirectional link to the gaming site to enter their moves, to optionally receive private data from the gaming site to enable the end user's device to display private data that is hidden from the other players, and to communicate privately with another member or members of a sub-group. The Gaming Device For Multi-Player Games comprises a content display for displaying content that is transmitted to the plurality of end users on the unidirectional forward path, a plurality of controls for enabling an end user to generate data for transmission to at least one of the multicasting system and the plurality of end users, and a message display for displaying end user private communications received at the end user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Lava Two, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Bernard McKenna, James Michael Graziano, George Kauss
  • Patent number: 8307531
    Abstract: There is a dry test strip holder having a test port and a retainer defining a well about the test port, and a sheet of test strip material. A test element that is 50% or less greater than the size of the test port is cut from the sheet using a die and punch. The punch drives the test element through a channel in the die while the cone-shaped outer surface of the die spreads the retainer, allowing the test element to drop into the well. A cap is snapped over the retainer to capture the test element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Polymer Technology Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory M. Lawrence
  • Patent number: D670903
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Nite Ize, Inc.
    Inventor: Bowden Ormsbee