Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Swanson & Bratschun L.L.C.
  • Patent number: 8352557
    Abstract: A message filtering system is provided including a message management unit and a message monitoring unit in communication with the message management unit. The message management unit is configured to send and receive message over a network and to route messages to the message monitoring unit based on a message source, and the message monitoring unit is configured to parse the message and locate identifiers in the message and to re-route the message based on the identifier located in the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Shekhar Gupta
  • Patent number: 8344879
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for tracking assets, such as high-value tools, customer equipment, testing equipment, technicians, and/or the like. Some of these tools and techniques can be used to track assets in a mobile environment (such as in a delivery truck, installation van, and/or the like).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: J. Scott Harmon, Gary J. Dennis
  • Patent number: 8346095
    Abstract: A method for providing access to a passive optical network for services to homes or businesses from two or more telecommunications service providers and a billing means is described. A first service provider connects to a point of presence at one side of passive optical network. The provider transmits the appropriate services through this network to an authorization receiver. The authorization receiver is used to receive a periodic authorization code from the network provider to enable the appropriate services from the service provider to be transmitted to a subscriber at a home or business. The authorization receiver enables an optical fiber path to be established for the services to flow to and from the home or business.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: James Lloyd McNaughton, Randall Lee Markway
  • Patent number: 8336067
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed invention include a system and a method for bypassing an emergency alert break-in. An emergency alert break-in means any message, alert, and/or newscast that interrupts by preempting and/or modifying displaying of a regularly scheduled program to present information associated with an urgent and/or important event. For example, in one embodiment, a method is disclosed that includes receiving data from a media content provider; identifying from the data an emergency alert break-in; presenting a user interface that includes an option for bypassing the emergency alert break-in; and displaying a regularly scheduled program in response to receiving a request to bypass the emergency alert break-in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jamie Howarter, Douglas Ceballos
  • Patent number: 8335303
    Abstract: A system for controlling incoming and/or outgoing calls on a telephone system having a single incoming/outgoing telephone line to which multiple telephone ports are connected. The system includes a database of instructions for processing calls, with the instructions being determined by the line owner. The system also includes a central processing unit for applying one or more of the user-specified instructions to selectively process an incoming or outgoing telephone call. The system may additionally include a caller identification device for identifying incoming caller numbers, and may process incoming calls according to the identity of the caller. The system may also include instructions for processing calls according to the time of day, or other user-specified parameters. Another aspect of the invention provides a method for controlling incoming and/or outgoing telephone calls, using the system and instructions described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Gary W. LaFreniere, Michael S. Goergen, David E. Emerson
  • Patent number: 8335308
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus for attenuating a dialing confirmation tone includes receiving an enable signal from a tactile user input device, generating at least one dual-tone multiple frequency (DTMF) tone, and communicating the at least one DTMF tone to a telephone line. The method further includes attenuating a signal level of the at least one DTMF tone by a predetermined amount to produce at least one attenuated dialing confirmation tone in response to receiving the enable signal, and communicating the at least one attenuated dialing confirmation tone to an audio output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Amar Nath Ray
  • Patent number: 8335297
    Abstract: Methods for implementing emergency services on a telephony network are presented. A server receives an indication from a telephone handset that a “panic” button has been selected. A call connection is determined and a call is connected based on instructions associated with the emergency call connection. Telecommunication devices for implementing emergency services are also presented. A handset, associated with a location identifier, includes a “panic” button and predetermined emergency call connection instructions are sent/received when the panic button is selected. The telecommunications device may include a database to store information associated with different handsets, a call processor to determine and make emergency call connections over the network when the panic button is selected, and panic logic to store preferences that control how the panic button is implemented on the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Michael Roberts
  • Patent number: 8335815
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for automating data transactions in a CLEC interface model. A computer-implemented method for provisioning trunk circuit orders is provided with an interne interface to a computing device to exchange information. A trunk order issued by a first organization is received at the computing device. A first notification of the trunk order is sent to a second organization. A confirmation in response to the trunk order is received at the computing device. A common interface is provided for information exchange. Processing time is decreased for modifying, creating, and deleting trunk circuits in a telecommunications network. Records are maintained and automatically cataloged with time and date-stamps to keep a history for reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Farooq I. Cheema, Shawna C. Johnson, Rachael Amber Espinoza, Zyad A. Dwekat, Vernique Leathers
  • Patent number: 8333197
    Abstract: Devices and methods of entraining a substance within an airflow are disclosed. Condensation aerosol delivery devices and methods of consistently producing multiple doses of a substance, such as a drug, having high purity, high yield, characterized by a particle size distribution appropriate for pulmonary delivery, and which can be administered to a user in a single dose are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen D. Cross, Mathieu Herbette, Andrew J. G. Kelly, Daniel J. Myers, William W. Shen, Ryan D. Timmons, Curtis Tom, Justin M. Virgili, Martin J. Wensley
  • Patent number: 8335839
    Abstract: A method of planning a network architecture includes receiving at a host computer system a request from a user computer to initiate a network architecture planning process, in response to the request, transmitting an electronic file comprising a first display screen to the user computer, wherein the first display screen comprises a question relating to a parameter of the network architecture, receiving at the host computer system a first response to the question, transmitting at least a second electronic file comprising a second display screen to the user computer, wherein the second display screen comprises context-sensitive content based on at least one previous response, receiving at the host computer system at least a second response to the at least a second display screen, determining at least a first action based on the first response and the at least a second response, and transmitting information relating to the at least a first action for display at the user computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventor: Tammy S. Brown
  • Patent number: 8332899
    Abstract: A system and method for delivering video content over a network in communication with a subscriber having an associated electronic device is disclosed. A network server is provided and is configured to transmit a plurality of multicast streams of video content over the network. A scheduled start time for the transmission of a first stream of the multicast streams is assigned. A request for the video content is received at a first time, which is after said scheduled start time and the request is the first request for the video content received by the network server after the scheduled start time. The first stream is transmitted over the network only after the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael P. Morrissey, Jade D. Kerr, Clinton J. Smoyer, Andrew V. Cook, Kevin Michael McBride
  • Patent number: 8327832
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for throwing or launching paper or other material. The apparatus may be configured engage with a roll of paper or other material, and/or to impart a spin on the roll of paper or other material upon release of the roll. This spin can cause the paper or other material to unroll as it is released from the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Lee L. Henry
  • Patent number: 8331221
    Abstract: An outage notification system is provided which includes a first communication network, a second communication network, a plurality of first communication units communicatively coupled to the first communication network and the second communication network, a network monitoring unit communicatively coupled to the first communication network and configured to detect a failure in at least one of the plurality of first communication units or the first communication network, a plurality of second communication units communicatively coupled to the second communication network and associated with corresponding first communication units, and a message alert unit communicatively coupled to the first and second communication networks and configured to receive an alert notification from the network monitoring unit via the first communication network indicating a failure in at least one of the first communication units or the first communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jamie Christopher Howarter, Charles Michael Lesher, Michael C. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8331250
    Abstract: A system and method for strategic network planning includes a service forecast module that determines a forecasted service need for additional telecommunication network services. A network equipment module is in communication with the service forecast module. The network equipment module is operable to determine an equipment need for telecommunications network equipment in response to the determined forecasted service need. The equipment need includes a list of equipment that is desired to meet the forecasted service need. A task module is also in communication with the network equipment module. The task module is operable to determine task needs in response to the determined equipment need. The task needs include a list of tasks that need to be completed to meet the equipment need. A project module is also in communication with the task module. The project module is operable to calculate a project start date. The project start date is calculated in response to the determined task needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Nancy Middleton-Hand, David M. Byrne, Robert B. Shields, Michael W. Stutzman, Kenneth B. Tedder
  • Patent number: 8324226
    Abstract: The present invention pertains generally to the field of therapeutic compounds, and more specifically to certain oxy phenyl aryl compounds (referred to herein as OPA compounds), as described herein, which, inter alia, inhibit Checkpoint Kinase 2 (CHK2) kinase function. The present invention also pertains to pharmaceutical compositions comprising such compounds, and the use of such compounds and compositions, both in vitro and in vivo, to inhibit CHK2 kinase function, and in the treatment of diseases and conditions that are mediated by CHK2, that are ameliorated by the inhibition of CHK2 kinase function, etc., including proliferative conditions such as cancer, etc., optionally in combination with another agent, for example, (a) a DNA topoisomerase I or II inhibitor; (b) a DNA damaging agent; (c) an antimetabolite or TS inhibitor; (d) a microtubule targeted agent; and (e) ionising radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Cancer Research Technology Limited
    Inventors: Ian Collins, John Jamieson Caldwell, Antony William Oliver, Tony Michael Raynham, Emma Jane Welsh, Cornelius Albertus Johannes Matijssen
  • Patent number: 8322846
    Abstract: A method for providing multiple uses of printer coversheets comprises providing a printer having a dedicated coversheet tray, a document sheet tray, and a scanning device, and receiving a print command from a user with an associated username. The method includes drawing a coversheet from the dedicated coversheet tray to be positioned adjacent the printed file, the coversheet having a plurality of predetermined username positions and a corresponding plurality of predetermined barcode positions. The method further includes performing a barcode scan of the coversheet, determining at which username position to print the username based on the results of the barcode scan, and printing the username at the next-available username position. The method also includes printing a barcode on the coversheet at the one of the barcode positions which corresponds to the username position at which the username is printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Clinton J. Smoyer, Jade D. Kerr, Michael P. Morrissey, Andrew V. Cook, Mohit Mathur
  • Patent number: 8323933
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vector for transformation using transposon genes, microorganisms transformed by the vector, and a method for producing L-lysine using the microorganisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: CJ Cheiljedang Corporation
    Inventors: Jae-Woo Jang, Sang-Jo Lim, Jong-Soo Choi, Chul-Ha Kim
  • Patent number: 8326829
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying publication information for search results. User input is received to perform a search of a communications network. Search results are generated in response to the user input. A content date is determined for content included in each of the search results. The search results and the content date associated with each of the search results is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Shekhar Gupta
  • Patent number: D672838
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Magpul Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Michael T. Mayberry, Richard Fitzpatrick, Grady Barfoot, Nick Kielsmeier, Brian Nakayama, Brad Bennett, Sean Flickinger
  • Patent number: D673638
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Magpul Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Michael T. Mayberry, Richard Fitzpatrick, Grady Barfoot, Sean William Flickinger, Brian Nakayama