Patents Represented by Attorney Toler Law Group
  • Patent number: 8348691
    Abstract: A multimedia cable may include a grip at a first end of the multimedia cable, where the grip includes a first release. An insertable connector at the first end of the multimedia cable may include a first retainer and at least one electrical connection contact. Pushing the first release inwardly toward a central axis of the multimedia cable may cause the first retainer to move inwardly toward the central axis of the multimedia cable via a first retainer arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Wilson, Arvind Ramdas Mallya, William E. Rollins
  • Patent number: 8350846
    Abstract: A method, program product and system for conducting a ray tracing operation where the rendering compute requirement is reduced or otherwise adjusted in response to a changing vantage point. Aspects may update or reuse an acceleration data structure between frames in response to the changing vantage point. Tree and image construction quality may be adjusted in response to rapid changes in the camera perspective. Alternatively or additionally, tree building cycles may be skipped. All or some of the tree structure may be built in intervals, e.g., after a preset number of frames. More geometric image data may be added per leaf node in the tree in response to an increase in the rate of change. The quality of the rendering algorithm may additionally be reduced. A ray tracing algorithm may decrease the depth of recursion, and generate fewer cast and secondary rays. The ray tracer may further reduce the quality of soft shadows, resolution and global illumination samples, among other quality parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Oliver Mejdrich, Paul Emery Schardt, Robert Allen Shearer, Matthew Ray Tubbs
  • Patent number: 8351661
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes accessing a digital image including a plurality of faces including a first face and a second face. The computer implemented method includes identifying a plurality of identification regions of the digital image including a first identification region associated with the first face and a second identification region associated with the second face. The computer implemented method also includes assigning the digital image to a first face cluster of a plurality of face clusters when a difference between data descriptive of the first identification region and data descriptive of a face cluster identification region of the first face cluster satisfies a threshold. The computer implemented method further includes assigning the digital image to a second face cluster of the plurality of face clusters based at least partially on a probability of the second face and the first face appearing together in an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lee Begeja, Zhu Liu
  • Patent number: 8352801
    Abstract: A method includes instantiating a cloned network that includes a second set of virtual service nodes. The second set of virtual service nodes includes at least one cloned virtual service node that is a clone of a corresponding virtual service node in a first set of virtual service nodes. The at least one cloned virtual service node has access to a history of events that occurred at the corresponding virtual service node in the first set of virtual service nodes. The method includes initiating an interactive debugging session that includes step by step processing of the events of the history of events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jacobus Van Der Merwe, Matthew Chapman Caesar, Chia-Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 8352697
    Abstract: A method of storing a file in a memory. An explicit command is issued to a file system to store the file in accordance with a desired performance characteristic of the file such as enhanced write performance, enhanced read performance or enhanced latency performance. The file system stores the file in the memory in accordance with the desired performance characteristic. Preferably the desired performance characteristic is achieved by storing the file in a physically contiguous portion of the memory or in a logically contiguous portion of the memory. After the explicit command has been issued for each of a plurality of files, the files may be stored concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sandisk IL Ltd.
    Inventor: Menahem Lasser
  • Patent number: 8351946
    Abstract: A system and methods (300, 400) are disclosed for seamless communications between a communication device and wireless access points. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a multimode communication device (MCD) (106) having a controller (214) to manage operations of a global position (GPS) receiver (212), and a multimode wireless transceiver (202). The controller can be programmed to authenticate (304) the MCD with a first wireless access point, request and receive (306) a first IP address, establish (308) communications with a network management system (NMS) (100) according to the first IP address, transmit (310) to the NMS a location of the MCD, receive (320) a second IP address from the NMS in response to the NMS determining that the MCD is near a second wireless access point, and establish (330) communications over the second wireless access point according to the second IP address. Embodiments for the NMS are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anil K. Doradla, Rias Muhamed, Sreenivasa R. Gorti
  • Patent number: 8352294
    Abstract: A method includes receiving market data associated with an investment product that specifies a first guaranteed annual withdrawal amount and a second guaranteed annual withdrawal amount, where the first guaranteed annual withdrawal amount is greater than the second guaranteed annual withdrawal amount. The method includes automatically selecting a guaranteed annual withdrawal amount from the first guaranteed annual withdrawal amount and the second guaranteed annual withdrawal amount based on at least an evaluation of the market data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Wolfrath, Tamara L. Pollock, Gumer Cruz Alvero, Douglas Dunning, Sara Janz, Lynn Murphy Abbott, Joseph P. Heckel, Debra Miller Ekberg
  • Patent number: 8348145
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed that include retrieving codes that are usable by a remote control device to remotely control a function of the electronic device. The methods and systems may also include transmitting the codes to the remote control device via a remote control device interface controllable by a processor of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: James Pratt
  • Patent number: 8352997
    Abstract: Systems and methods of monitoring blackout events are provided. A particular method includes receiving a server blackout event associated with a scheduled blackout of a first media service. The method also includes receiving at least one client blackout event from at least one set top box (STB) affected by the scheduled blackout. For example, the server blackout event and the client blackout event(s) may be received at a subscriber event transmission interface (SETI). The method further includes storing the server blackout event and the client blackout event(s) at a data warehouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kenneth Ospalik, Daniel Malee, John Mathew, Marisa Earnshaw, Giya Tektumanidze
  • Patent number: 8352507
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a first computing device, a request to retrieve a localized instance of a data object. The request is received from a second computing device and includes an object name. A locale applicable to the request is identified, and the localized instance of the data object is retrieved based on the object name and the identified locale. The localized instance includes a plurality of data elements specific to the identified locale. The method includes transmitting the localized instance to the second computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond R. Patch, Rajeev S. Chauhan, Daniel K. Lin
  • Patent number: 8350887
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, via an internet protocol television network, a broadcast signal comprising video content at a device. The device is associated with a person. The method includes receiving, via the internet protocol television network, a message notification directed to a communication address associated with the person. The message notification includes a visual indication based at least in part on the communication address. The method also includes sending a display signal to a display device. The display signal includes the broadcast signal and the visual indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Les D. Bruce, Jeffrey L. Brandt, Marc A. Sullivan, Mark B. Hubscher, Carissa Hernandez
  • Patent number: 8339992
    Abstract: Systems and methods of automatically determining a set of route targets is provided. The method includes receiving network topology data specifying configuration of a network. The method also includes automatically converting the network topology data into route targets to be assigned to virtual routing and forwarding elements. The route targets are grouped into sets and duplicate sets of route targets are removed based on the route targets between duplicate sets of route targets identified as being the same. The method further includes generating a data record including information related to the set of route targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wenge Chen, Holly Chen, Kuo-Hui Liu, Shih Chung Soon, Bei Zhou
  • Patent number: 8341720
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media are disclosed for applying information protection. A particular method includes receiving a data file at a gateway coupled to a network. The data file is to be sent to a destination device that is external to the network. The method also includes selectively applying information protection to the data file at the gateway prior to sending the data file to the destination device. The information protection is selectively applied based on information associated with the destination device, information associated with the data file, and information associated with a user of the destination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Noam Ben-Yochanan, John Neystadt, Nir Nice, Max Uritsky, Rushmi Malaviarachchi
  • Patent number: 8341498
    Abstract: A method includes reading data from a data area of a word line and reading first ECC data from an ECC area of the word line. The method also includes, in response to determining that an error indicator exceeds a threshold, storing second ECC data in the ECC area. The second ECC data corresponds to a subsection of the data area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sandisk Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Antonio D'Abreu, Stephen Skala
  • Patent number: 8341647
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, apparatus and program product receives user input requesting historical data associated with an entity bean, and generates event information according to the user input. The event information is stored and used to determine the historical bean data. Where so desired, the determination may involve automatically performing statistical analysis relating to the bean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Jian Tang
  • Patent number: 8340667
    Abstract: Methods and systems to control wireless communications are provided. A particular network communication system includes a plurality of distributed mobile architecture gateways. Each distributed mobile architecture gateway includes at least one interface to communicate with one or more legacy communication networks and each distributed mobile architecture gateway also includes a data network connection. The data network connection is adapted to connect to at least one other distributed mobile architecture gateway of the plurality of distributed mobile architecture gateways. Additionally, the system includes a private Internet Protocol (IP) network connecting each distributed mobile architecture gateway to a respective set of distributed mobile architecture (DMA) servers. Each DMA server is coupled to a respective base transceiver station, and the private IP network also connects each DMA server in a particular set of DMA servers to the DMA servers in the other sets of DMA servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Lemko Corporation
    Inventor: Shaowei Pan
  • Patent number: 8341284
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods, computer-readable media, and systems are disclosed. A computer implemented method includes accessing a digital image including a plurality of faces including a first face and a second face. a computer-implemented method includes determining, from a receiving device, a connection speed between the receiving device and a host. The computer implemented method selects a method of delivery for specified media content based on the connection speed. The method of delivery is streaming when the connection speed satisfies a speed threshold. The method of delivery is downloading when the connection speed does not satisfy the speed threshold. The computer implemented method requests delivery of the specified media content from the host using the method of delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Piepenbrink, Lee M. Chow, James T. Sofos
  • Patent number: 8341681
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a first server, data from a set-top box device including login information for a user to establish a first session with a multimedia distribution system. The method includes determining at the first server that the user belongs to at least one presence group when the login information is verified. The method includes identifying one or more on-line members that are members of the at least one presence group and have established sessions with the multimedia distribution system. The method also includes sending information from the first server to the set-top box device, the information corresponding to session activity of each of the one or more on-line members. The information includes video content selected by a user of a particular set-top box corresponding to one of the one or more on-line members, where the video content is concurrently sent to the particular set-top box device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Walter, Thomas H. Adams, Michael Thomas Raftelis
  • Patent number: 8336047
    Abstract: A data string including a resource identifier and one or more resource attributes is parsed at a name resolution module and provided to a computing resource provisioning system. The computer resource provisioning system provisions a resource that corresponds to the resource identifier and that has the at least one. A handle is returned to provide access to the resource at a client system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Eric Van Hensbergen
  • Patent number: 8332888
    Abstract: A method is disclosed that includes receiving a selection of a channel at a set-top box device. In response to the selection of the channel, a still image associated with a program being transmitted via the selected channel is displayed at a display device. The method further includes receiving a multicast stream of video content associated with the selected channel at the set-top box device. At least a portion of the multicast stream is received while the still image is displayed at the display device. The method also includes transmitting the video content to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Wenge Chen