Patents by Assignee AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
  • Publication number: 20170330223
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using wireless communication devices to track the effects of advertising are described herein. In some embodiments, a method includes representing the identity of an advertising impression, that is, a specific advertisement, with an impression code. According to exemplary embodiments, the advertising impression is directed to at least one commodity, such as one or more products and services. The method may also further include receiving the impression into a computer-readable memory of a wireless communication device. The method further includes detecting the wireless communication device, and then providing the impression code during the purchase of the commodity. The method continues with obtaining the identity of the advertising impression from the impression code. The method additionally includes creating a transaction record, wherein transaction record includes the advertising impression identity and an identity of the commodity, and storing the transaction record in a database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Craig M. Cavanaugh, John Ruckart
  • Patent number: 9820121
    Abstract: A method, a mobile device, and a computer-readable medium for accessing target data of a uniform resource locator received in a wireless emergency alert message are disclosed. For example, a method may include a processor for receiving a wireless emergency alert message including a uniform resource locator via a cellular broadcast, determining that a non-cellular access network is available for the mobile device, accessing target data from the uniform resource locator via the non-cellular access network, when the non-cellular access network is available, and presenting the target data on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: DeWayne A. Sennett, Brian Kevin Daly, Charles Peter Musgrove
  • Patent number: 9820138
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method including identifying, by a system including a processor, a second subtask from a first subtask to generate a collective task to be performed for a communication device and determining, by the system, a bearer path for enabling the first resource to coordinate with the second resource to perform the collective task. The first subtask and the second subtask are associated with a first resource and a second resource identified from a database of available resources for performing the collective task. The first resource performs the first subtask, and the second resource performs the second subtask. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9819697
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Anestis Karasaridis
  • Patent number: 9819764
    Abstract: Concurrent provisioning of preferences for members of an environment is facilitated. A method identifies a characteristic of an environment, wherein the characteristic is based on profile information associated with entities in the environment. The method also determines control information associated with providing preferences associated with the characteristic. In another case, an apparatus stores first profile for a first entity, wherein the first profile information is configured to be evaluated, along with second profile information associated with a second entity, by a receiving device in an environment. In another case, an apparatus retrieves, from a device in an environment, profile information associated with entities in the environment. The apparatus can determine support care based on the profile information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Braxton Davis
  • Patent number: 9819777
    Abstract: A vehicle may obtain formation associated with audio of a broadcast radio station. Based on the obtained information, a mobile device in proximity to the vehicle may display information associated with the audio of the broadcast radio station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Iftekhar Alam, Wasib Khallil
  • Patent number: 9818315
    Abstract: Content is securely shared between communication devices in an ad-hoc manner by employing common sensing context to establish pairing between the communication devices. In one aspect, the communication devices are within a specified distance from each other and sense common signals from their environment over a specified time period. The common signals are analyzed to determine an initialization or session key, which is utilized to secure content transfer between the communication devices. Additionally or alternatively, the key is utilized to provide access to virtual (e.g., digital content) and/or physical (e.g., buildings) resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Matti A. Hiltunen, Emiliano Miluzzo, Abhinav Srivastava
  • Patent number: 9819787
    Abstract: To block calls and other mobile device network activities in a vehicle while the vehicle is being operated, a vehicle cellphone inhibitor system is provided. A femtocell device can be provided to reroute communications between a cellular network and the mobile device through the femtocell device. The vehicle cellphone inhibitor system can selectively block calls or other network operations on the mobile device that are routed through the femtocell device on the mobile device while leaving the mobile device otherwise operational. The blocking can be activated whenever the vehicle is moving, which can be determined via GPS, accelerometers, or a connection via the vehicle's electronic control unit (“ECU”) utilizing vehicle data to determine whether the vehicle is in motion or being operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin Reese, Alfonso Jones, Steven L. McDonald
  • Patent number: 9819592
    Abstract: A system for automatic reconciliation of data throughput is disclosed. In particular, the system may include automatically and repetitively measuring the available upload and download throughput that a user of an internet service provider statistically receives through the course of a selected period of time. The system jointly monitors the user's data usage volume over time and automatically determines if the user is subscribing for throughput that the user is not receiving at the times that the user is using his or her subscribed service. If the system determines that the user is subscribing for throughput that the user is not receiving, the system may perform a variety of corrective actions. Such corrective actions may include reducing the subscribed for throughput, transmitting a notification to the user to modify the subscribed service, or increasing the subscribed for throughput to improve the user's experience with the internet service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon K. Meredith, William Cottrill, Sankat Chauhan
  • Patent number: 9819443
    Abstract: A method for communication includes encoding data using at least one Error Correction Code (ECC) to generate first and second output data streams. The first output data stream is processed to generate a first output signal, which has a first acquisition time. The second output data stream is processed to generate a second output signal, which has a second acquisition time that is smaller than the first acquisition time. The first and second output signals are transmitted simultaneously over a communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Doron Rainish, Ilan Saul Barak, Raz Shani
  • Patent number: 9819989
    Abstract: Signals from a remote control device may be received in a first viewing area and retransmitted to a second viewing area to control customer premises equipment (CPE) devices in the second viewing area. In some embodiments, signals are translated for compatibility with the CPE devices in the second viewing area. A repeater in the first viewing area may receive infrared signals encoded with a remote control command and retransmit the remote control command with an RF signal to a receiver in the second viewing area. The repeater may be incorporated into a multimedia processing resource such as a set-top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Marc Sullivan, James Pratt
  • Patent number: 9817521
    Abstract: A supplemental surface area allows gesture recognition on outer surfaces of mobile devices. Inputs may be made without visual observance of display devices. Gesture control on outer surfaces permits socially acceptable, inconspicuous interactions without overt manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Kevin Li
  • Patent number: 9817627
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method including receiving, by a system comprising a processor, a multicast video stream directed to an array of a plurality of display modules movably attached to a modular display, extracting, by the system, video display data from the multicast video stream according to a location within the array of a first display module of the plurality of display modules, and updating, by the system, a video display of the first display module according to the video display data that is extracted from the multicast video stream, wherein the updating is synchronized to a master clock of the modular display. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Jonathan L. Reeves, Ryan Schaub
  • Patent number: 9819485
    Abstract: A device that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform, for example, receiving a derived encryption key from a remote management server without receiving a master key from which the derived encryption key was generated, applying a one-way function to the derived encryption key and a nonce to generate a temporary encryption key, obtaining data for transmission to a recipient device, encrypting the data using the temporary encryption key to generate encrypted data, and providing the encrypted data over a network to the recipient device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Walter Cooper Chastain, Stephen Emille Chin
  • Patent number: 9819476
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable storage media for reducing monopolization of a frequency channel during full-duplex communications. The MAC layer of governing communications can be modified to reduce likelihood of monopolization by (1) in networks which are exclusively filled with full-duplex devices, configuring non-communicating devices to ignore data collisions of communicating devices, requiring the communicating devices to wait for an standard backoff time after the data transmission is complete; and/or (2) in mixed half-duplex/full-duplex networks, requiring a half-duplex nodes and/or a full-duplex node to wait an extended duration after the data transmission is complete, while the non-communicating devices do not wait an extended duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vaneet Aggarwal, Rittwik Jana, Christopher W. Rice, Nemmara K. Shankaranarayanan
  • Patent number: 9820217
    Abstract: A wireless local area network access point includes a memory that stores a program for enabling a separate dual mode device to access a wireless local area network through the wireless local area network access point, a processor that executes the program, and a transmitter that transmits a beacon signal that identifies the wireless local area network. The wireless local area network access point receives instructions to allow the separate dual mode device to access the wireless local area network, in response to the separate dual mode device transmitting information about the wireless local area network access point and about the dual mode device via a cellular network distinct from the wireless local area network. The wireless local area network access point provides access to the wireless local area network to the separate dual mode device in response to receiving the instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Rias Muhamed, Anil Doradla
  • Patent number: 9820146
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving, from a second waveguide system, electromagnetic waves at a physical interface of a transmission medium that propagate without utilizing an electrical return path where the electromagnetic waves are guided by the transmission medium and where the electromagnetic waves have a non-optical frequency range, and authenticating the second waveguide system according to an authentication protocol based on authentication information contained in the electromagnetic waves. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Gross, Joshua Lackey, Donald E. Levy, Roger Piqueras Jover, Jayaraman Ramachandran, Cristina Serban
  • Publication number: 20170323655
    Abstract: Speaker content generated in an audio conference is selectively and visually represented. A profile for each audience member who participates in the audio conference is obtained. Speaker content spoken during the audio conference is monitored. Different weights are applied to words included in the speaker content according to a parameter of the profile for each of the audience members. A relation between the speaker content to the profile for each of the audience members is determined. Visual representations of the speaker content are presented to selective members among the audience members based on the determined relation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: David C. GIBBON, Andrea BASSO, Lee BEGEJA, Sumit KUMAR, Zhu LIU, Bernard S. RENGER, Behzad SHAHRARAY, Eric ZAVESKY
  • Publication number: 20170325080
    Abstract: A method enables a portable communication device to redirect a call initiated from the portable communication device and to execute a visual interactive voice response application for interfacing with a user. The method includes screening calls initiated from the portable communication device by a communication application resident on the portable communication device, and redirecting a call initiated from the portable communication device when the screening determines that the call matches predetermined criteria. The method also includes authenticating an account corresponding to the portable communication device that initiated the call by communicating with a service provider communication network, and executing a visual interactive voice response application that visually interacts with the user of the portable communication device upon authentication of the account by the service provider communication network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Charles LANGEVIN, Brian NAB, Eric REED
  • Publication number: 20170324721
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products authenticate a user to a device. A user selects or submits a media file for authentication. Features in the media file are compared to a set of criteria for authentication. The number of matching criteria, that is within a range of values for each criterion in the set of criteria, is determined. The number of matching criteria is compared to a threshold value. When the number of matching criteria equals or exceeds the threshold value, then the user that selected or submitted the media file is authenticated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Kormann, William Roberts Cheswick