Patents Assigned to AT&T Intellectual Property L.P.
  • Patent number: 10667125
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for receiving, from a mobile device, a request to register with a mobility network, the mobile device including a partially-activated subscriber identification module (SIM); determining that the partially-activated SIM qualifies for on-device activation; in response to determining that the partially-activated SIM qualifies for on-device activation, providing a short message service (SMS) message to the mobile device through the mobility network, the SMS message including a uniform resource locator (URL); in response to activation of the URL, providing, to the mobile device, access to an activation portal web page associated with the URL, wherein SIM data and device data are automatically provided to the activation portal web page; and receiving, from the mobile device, activation data, and in response, activating the SIM and provisioning the mobile device within the mobility network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, L.P., CRICKET WIRELESS LLC, AT&T MOBILTY II LLC
    Inventors: Tina Steeley, Dennis Duffy, Vadim Nerovnia, Kenneth Hughes, Andre Lakhansingh, Derek Baylor, Umair Rabbani, Jacqueline Levy Johnson, Chris Denton Morris, Elizabeth Petronella Grimbergen
  • Patent number: 10609590
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to an enhanced software-defined networking (“SDN”) controller to support ad-hoc radio access technologies (“RATs”). An SDN controller receives, from an ad-hoc radio access controller serving an ad-hoc radio access network (“RAN”), an attach request sent on behalf of a user equipment (“UE”) operating in communication with an ad-hoc RAT transceiver node. The attach request includes a physical IP address associated with the UE. The physical IP address includes an IP address sub-interface pre-fix broadcast to the UE by the ad-hoc RAT transceiver node combined with a physical address of the UE. In response to the attach request, the SDN controller can complete an attachment procedure for allowing the ad-hoc radio access controller to an SDN network. The SDN controller also can update one or more components operating within the SDN network to reflect how to reach the UE via the physical IP address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Jiansong Wang
  • Patent number: 10206193
    Abstract: The location of a mobile device may be determined based on information that includes the signal strength of nearby radiation sources. The system may disregard information associated with radiation sources that are determined to be mobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventors: Rick Tipton, Mark Austin, Sheldon Kent Meredith
  • Patent number: 9888038
    Abstract: A method, computer readable medium and apparatus for providing a virtual individual server service within a communications network are disclosed. For example, the method receives a request from a subscriber of the communications network to subscribe to the virtual individual server service, provides a virtual individual server to the subscriber in response to the request and executes at least one application via the virtual individual server using at least one piece of personal information associated with the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P., Duke University
    Inventors: Ramon Caceres, Alexander Varshavsky, Landon Cox, Harold Vinson Chao Lim, Amre Shakimov
  • Patent number: 9762955
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving multimedia data comprising program content and promotional content and forwarding the multimedia data is to a multimedia presentation device. A video cue is detected within the multimedia data, wherein the video cue is imperceptible during a normal display rate of the multimedia data. A selection for alternative display rate is received. Alternative content is forwarded to the display device responsive to the video cue and the selection for alternative display rate being different from normal display rate. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, L.P.
    Inventors: David Nagorniak, Adam Gasper
  • Patent number: 9740441
    Abstract: A system includes a control server, a data package server, a home storage device, and a set-top box. The control server is configured to provide information related to a data package. The data package server is configured to provide the data package. The home storage device is configured to receive the data package as a multicast from the data package server. Additionally, the home storage device is configured to store the data package in a storage. The set-top box is configured to receive information related to the data package from the control server and retrieve the data package from the home storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Chase
  • Patent number: 9414130
    Abstract: A media device includes a processor and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory stores instructions corresponding to an overlay application and a media playback application. The instructions are executable by the processor to perform various operations. The operations may include obtaining media content identified in a manifest and using the media playback application to generate a display that includes the media content. Responsive to a trigger in the manifest, the operations also include retrieving the overlay application from the memory and executing the overlay application to allocate a portion of the display to interactive content indicated by the manifest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventors: William Coan, Xiaofeng Gao
  • Patent number: 8913720
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a communication from a party at a voice response system and capturing verbal communication spoken by the party. Then a processor creates a voice model associated with the party, the voice model being created by processing the captured verbal communication spoken by the party. The creation of the voice model is imperceptible to the party. The voice model is then stored to provide voice verification of the party during a subsequent communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventor: Mazin Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8874463
    Abstract: Management of trouble tickets for a circuit is provided. A method and system provides a plurality of management tools that enable a user to obtain, verify, and manage information related to a trouble ticket to ensure compliance with federal standards and proper resolution and billing for problems experienced for a customer. With the method and system, the user may open a trouble ticket, close the trouble ticket, and bill a customer for services associated with resolving the trouble ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property , L.P.
    Inventors: Drenda L. Marchman, Linda H. Ball, Jeremy W. Walker, Rodney C. Granger, Charles C. Lutz
  • Patent number: 8660256
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a call from a primary interactive voice response (IVR) system at a load-balancing IVR system. The primary IVR system routes a first percentage of calls to routing logic and a second percentage of calls to the load-balancing IVR system. A telephony system is selected from among a plurality of telephony systems based on agent availability data associated with call center sites of the plurality of telephony systems. The method includes routing the call to a routing protocol component of the routing logic, where the routing protocol component routes the call to a call center of the selected telephony system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventors: Jonathan Paden, Bobby Sams, Jon Harris
  • Patent number: 8116444
    Abstract: A system and method of publishing contact information is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the method includes receiving a command to publish a collection of contacts to a plurality of recipients, where the collection of contacts is associated with a network address book of a sender. The method also includes receiving a distribution list that identifies the plurality of recipients. Additionally, the method includes sending a notification to each of the plurality of recipients, where the notification includes an invitation to subscribe to the collection of contacts. The method also includes sending the collection of contacts to at least one of the plurality of recipients who subscribes to the collection of contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventors: Larry B. Pearson, Aaron W. Bangor, Jeffrey L. Brandt, James T. Miller, Stephen M. Mueller, Douglas F. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8107594
    Abstract: A security system with call management functionality is disclosed and includes a security controller having at least one first interface to at least one user identification device and a second interface to a call management controller. The security controller also includes logic to determine a security status of a user based on identification information received from the at least one user identification device and to communicate the security status of the user to the call management controller, where the call management controller enables, disables, or modifies a communication service based on the security status of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond Walden Bennett, III, John Roland Beardsley
  • Patent number: 8107488
    Abstract: A system includes a passive cable splitter and an ultra wideband adapter located at a customer premises. The passive cable splitter receives a video signal and a modulated ultra wideband data signal from a remotely-located ultra wideband adapter via a first cable. The video signal and the modulated ultra wideband data signal are output to a set-top box device via a second cable. The ultra wideband adapter located at the customer premises includes a combined signal interface to receive the video signal and the modulated ultra wideband data signal via a third cable. A demodulator extracts a data signal from the modulated ultra wideband data signal to generate a computer readable data signal. The computer readable data signal is output to a computing device via a data connection interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventor: David A. Deas
  • Patent number: 8100326
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes receiving, at a server of an internet protocol television (IPTV) network, a voting selection from a set-top box device. The voting selection is associated with video content that is received at the set-top box device via the IPTV network. The computer implemented method includes adding the voting selection to a tally of votes related to the video content when a voting status indicates that a previous vote has not been received from the set-top box device. The computer implemented method also includes changing the voting status to indicate that a vote has been received from the set-top box device after adding the voting selection to the tally of votes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventors: Jerald Robert Howcroft, Kathy Goode Piatt
  • Patent number: 8102992
    Abstract: A system and method for dynamic load balancing between telephony systems are provided. The system includes an input to receive a call from a primary interactive voice response (IVR) system. The system also includes an IVR unit responsive to the call to receive input from a caller. The system also includes logic to select a telephony system from among a plurality of telephony systems based on the input from the caller and based on agent availability data of the plurality of telephony systems. The system further includes at least one output to send the received call for allocation to a call center site of the selected telephony system based on a routing protocol associated with the selected telephony system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventors: Jonathan Paden, Bobby Sams, Jon Harris
  • Patent number: 8102861
    Abstract: A data messaging system includes a first Internet Protocol (IP) switch that includes a processor. The data messaging system also includes a first gateserver coupled to the first IP switch and coupled to a second IP switch. The data messaging system includes a second gateserver that is coupled to the first IP switch and to the second IP switch. The data messaging system further includes a first gatekeeper coupled to the first IP switch. The first gatekeeper is adapted to detect a failure of the first gateserver and to route data to the second gateserver in response to detecting the failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventors: Philip C. Cunetto, Thomas L. Adams, John Lemay, Chien-Chun Lu, Timothy P. Schroeder, Marco Schneider, Melody Ho
  • Patent number: 8100327
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes receiving, at a server of an internet protocol television (IPTV) network, a voting selection from a set-top box device. The voting selection is associated with video content that is received at the set-top box device via the IPTV network. The computer implemented method includes not adding the voting selection to a tally of votes associated with the video content when a voting status indicates that a previous vote was received from the set-top box device. The computer implemented method also includes sending a message to the set-top box device from the server, the message indicating that the previous vote associated with the video content was received from the set-top box device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventors: Jerald Robert Howcroft, Kathy Goode Piatt
  • Patent number: 8104056
    Abstract: A method is disclosed that includes receiving a command to blackout a full screen version of content at a component of a multimedia content distribution system. The method includes updating a first entry within a control matrix to reflect that the full screen version of the content is to be blacked out. The method also includes automatically updating a second entry within the control matrix to reflect that a picture-in-picture (PIP) version of the content is to be blacked out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventors: James T. Sofos, Lee M. Chow, David Piepenbrink, Michael Reid
  • Patent number: 8095954
    Abstract: A method includes associating a first channel identifier of an electronic programming guide with a first multimedia channel from a first content source and associating a second channel identifier of the electronic programming guide with a second multimedia channel from a second content source. The second content source is different from the first content source. A computer readable medium embodies a set of executable instructions that manipulate a processor to generate an electronic programming guide. The electronic programming guide includes a first set of one or more channel identifiers and a second set of one or more channel identifiers. Each channel identifier in the first set is associated with one or more multimedia channels of a cable television transmission and each channel identifier in the second set is associated with a multimedia channel of a packet-based network transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Walter, Steven M Wollmershauser, Yolius Diroo
  • Patent number: 8094789
    Abstract: In a particular embodiment, a system includes a messaging system configured to provide a messaging service. The messaging system includes a centralized Internet Protocol switching network, an Internet access subsystem, a voice access subsystem, a mail subsystem and a storage subsystem. One or more of the subsystems may be coupled to the centralized Internet Protocol switching network via one or more communication links integrated with and internal to the messaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Schroeder, Melody Ho, David Dudley