Patents Assigned to BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
  • Patent number: 9292608
    Abstract: Implementing intelligent agent services includes generating an ontological domain for an individual based upon information elements that represent aspects of detectable behaviors of the individual at a point in time. The detectable behaviors occur within a physical and virtual geography and in relation to time. The services also include creating subdomains of contextually organized collections of the information elements and information elements collected from previously conducted detectable behaviors of the individual. The subdomains include orthogonally related data. The services further include determining a relevance of relationships among the information elements across the subdomains. Relationships determined to be relevant are identified as an interest of the individual. The services also include searching sources of information using the information elements having the relationships determined to be relevant and identifying a solution for satisfying the interest responsive to the searching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., via transfer from BELLSOUTH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Steven Tischer
  • Publication number: 20140189817
    Abstract: Providing media management services includes creating an account record for a first user of the media management services, allocating a first storage space to the first user that is accessible to the first user via user credentials assigned to the first user, creating an account record for a second user of the media management services, and allocating a second storage space to the second user that is accessible to the second user via user credentials assigned to the second user. The media management services also include sharing the second storage space with the first user based on a device identifier of a media recording device that is common to both the first account record and the second account record.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: BELLSOUTH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Branam, Akbar Pirani
  • Publication number: 20130244618
    Abstract: Systems and methods use mobile telephones as input devices for recording audio messages on a server. A user inputs a first feature code into the mobile telephone and the feature code is sent to a mobile switching center (MSC). The MSC maps the feature code to a server and forwards the feature code and a user identification to the server. Once the mobile telephone is connected to the server, the user can record his audio message. The user can later retrieve the recorded audio message by inputting a second feature code into the mobile telephone. The second feature code is also assigned to the server. The recorded message is played after the mobile telephone is connected to the server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. via transfer from BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: Lanny Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20130244699
    Abstract: In a telecommunication system having at least two communicants (i.e., a caller and a callee), a system and method are presented for collecting information associated with the geographical location of either of the communicants. In one embodiment, the approach entails receiving a geographical location corresponding to a public switched telephone network (PSTN) telephone number, and collecting geographical location information associated with the received geographical location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. via transfer from BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. via transfer from BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130160040
    Abstract: A system and method for resource sharing are provided. The method includes storing an electronic programming guide (EPG) application and an EPG, determining when local memory of a local video device lacks capacity to download additional time of the EPG, and communicating with another device to transmit a resource request to the other device to download the additional time of the EPG to storage in the other device. The method also includes processing for display monitoring data that indicates remaining storage space in the storage of the other device, querying the other device to determine what programming is being viewed, and processing controls included in the EPG application that enable access to the storage of the other device to interact with the EPG stored on the other device through the local video device to schedule a programming event at the local video device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. via transfer from BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventors: James H. Gray, Scott Russell Swix, P. Thomas Watson
  • Publication number: 20130086192
    Abstract: Methods for providing group swarm metrics and content are described herein. In different aspects, the methods may include compiling a content access metric. The methods may also include determining a threshold metric for a user. Further, the methods may include generating a notification message for the user when the compiled content access metric reaches the threshold metric. The methods may additionally include delivering the notification message to the user. The techniques described herein may enable the user to retrieve the content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130066998
    Abstract: Publishing content associated with an electronic file attached to an electronic mail message by executing instructions contained in the electronic mail attachment and accessing the content at a remote computer server identified by the attached file. The attached file includes computer-executable instructions, such as a computer program or script, which include an identifier for a remote server connected to a distributed computer network. In response to launching the attached file of the electronic mail message with a viewer program, a browser program can be opened to enable the recipient to view the content of the identified remote server. This supports the communication of electronic content by using an electronic mail message to transport an electronic file attachment having instructions that, when executed by the recipient's computer, enable the recipient to view the electronic content by accessing a server computer connected to distributed computer network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. via transfer from BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: Gary J. Dennis
  • Publication number: 20130014166
    Abstract: A user interface is presented on a monitor of a media device for providing information about available programs. The user interface includes an array having three columns (channel, current show, and next show) with commonly aligned rows. Each row of the channel column includes an indicator. Each row of the current show column includes a title naming a program currently available on a channel of the media device corresponding to the indicator in a commonly aligned row of the channel column. Each row of the next show column includes a title naming a show available after the current program on the same channel. The currently available program may be displayed on the monitor in response to a viewer selected row, indicator, and/or title in the array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. via transfer from BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventors: Scott R. Swix, John Stefanik
  • Publication number: 20130008970
    Abstract: A method for creating an electronic identification card during a real time communications session including: presenting a user with an option to enter personal information; receiving a command from the user to send the electronic identification card including the personal information during the real time communications session; recording the personal information for the electronic identification card with a data entry method; and sending the electronic identification card to a device involved in the real time communications session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. via transfer from BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Daigle, Jerry Liu
  • Publication number: 20130010596
    Abstract: Traffic control services include detecting an occurrence of an activity via a computer processor. The activity subject to the detecting includes a presence of a device. The services also include obtaining traffic management support information associated with a source and destination of the activity. The traffic management support information includes user-defined preferences for controlling traffic to the device. The services further include determining whether the source and the destination supports traffic management activities, and if the source and the destination support the traffic management activities the computer processor subscribes to traffic messages provided by the source and implements traffic management activities for the source and the destination based upon the traffic messages and the user-defined preferences. If the source and the destination do not support the traffic management activities, the computer processor performs default traffic management activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: BELLSOUTH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Carlton Bedingfield, SR., Jeffrey A. Aaron
  • Publication number: 20120330546
    Abstract: Traffic notification systems include a location determination system that can determine a geographic location of a subscriber, and an automated traffic notification system that can automatically transmit a traffic notification message that is based on the geographic location of the subscriber to a wireless.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: BELLSOUTH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wei Zhao, Lara F. Morgan, Xiaofeng Gao, Michael A. Oblon
  • Publication number: 20120322417
    Abstract: Systems and methods use mobile telephones as input devices for recording audio messages on a server. A user inputs a first feature code into the mobile telephone and the feature code is sent to a mobile switching center (MSC). The MSC maps the feature code to a server and forwards the feature code and a user identification to the server. Once the mobile telephone is connected to the server, the user can record his audio message. The user can later retrieve the recorded audio message by inputting a second feature code into the mobile telephone. The second feature code is also assigned to the server. The recorded message is played after the mobile telephone is connected to the server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. via transfer from BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: Lanny Gilbert
  • Publication number: 20120323801
    Abstract: A system and method for managing sponsorships by a sponsor, in which the party requesting the sponsorship requests to use content owned and protected by the sponsor, such as trademarks, logos, and copyrighted material. An embodiment of the method involves receiving, at a computer network site, a request for sponsorship from a requestor and responding to the request by sending either an approval or a rejection. If an approval is sent, the method further involves providing the requestor with access to content of the sponsor through the site. As part of providing this access, the method can involve requiring the requestor to accept an agreement posted on the site. The method can also include monitoring the requestor's actual use of the content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: BELLSOUTH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marcus Delgado, Sandra J. Evans, Harrison P. Lantz, Amy L. Sherwood, David L. Furth
  • Publication number: 20120322510
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and computer program products for providing ambient noise sensitive alerting. The methods comprise receiving ambient noise, converting the ambient noise to an electrical signal, detecting a parameter of the electrical signal which is indicative of ambient noise, sensing an incoming call or message, and controlling the volume of an audible alert in response to the detected parameter of the electrical signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. via transfer from BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Epley
  • Publication number: 20120314763
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing bandwidth adjustment. The disclosed systems and methods may include receiving an input signal having at least one attribute and an input bandwidth. Furthermore, the disclosed systems and methods may include producing a first adjusted signal. The first adjusted signal may comprise the input signal with a first adjusted bandwidth. The first adjusted bandwidth may comprise the input bandwidth adjusted based on the at least one attribute and at least one first preference. In addition, the disclosed systems and methods may include providing the first adjusted signal to a first end use device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. via transfer from BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: Christian Kuhtz
  • Publication number: 20120307984
    Abstract: An emergency notification system. The system includes a first server for receiving a communication from a telecommunications network and for transmitting a message to a subscriber of the notification system. The system also includes a second server in communication with the first server, the second server for supplying the first server with information associated with a subscriber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.via transfer from BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: Sunil H. Contractor
  • Publication number: 20120307786
    Abstract: A wireless communication system is described for allocating limited network access according to priorities designated for requested transactions of wireless communications. The wireless network has a number of access links for transmitting transactions for wireless communications. A plurality of wireless communications devices requests transmission of transactions on the wireless network. A designated priority level is associated with each transaction. In response to the transaction requests, an access control manager in the wireless network schedules transmission of transactions when all of the plurality of access links are occupied, by authorizing a transmission of a transaction of higher priority than another transaction that is being transmitted, and discontinuing the transmission of the transaction of lower priority.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Mark J. Enzmann
  • Publication number: 20120297434
    Abstract: A method of providing internet protocol television (IPTV) diagnostics. The method includes receiving customer premise equipment (CPE) information from a diagnostic applications program interface (API) executing in a CPE. The CPE information is stored in a database. An issue is detected with the CPE and the CPE information in the database corresponding to the CPE experiencing the issue is accessed. The issue is resolved in response to the CPE information the database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. via transfer from BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventors: Jacklyn A. Mickle, Michael W. Smith, James Chilton
  • Publication number: 20120289263
    Abstract: A method and system for providing targeted advertisement information to consumers over a wireless communications network. In one embodiment, local advertisers register to advertise on wireless communications devices that are in close proximity to the advertiser. As a consumer enters a cell site that is near the location of the advertiser, the wireless network delivers a message to the wireless device specified by the local advertiser. An acknowledgement signal is then received by the network, and the local advertiser's account is charged for transmission of the advertisement. In a further embodiment, each of the messages stored in the database is also associated with one or more demographic codes, and users of wireless communications device select from one more demographic codes to describe their advertisement preferences. Messages to be transmitted to particular wireless communications devices are selected based upon both the location information and the demographic codes associated with the messages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: BELLSOUTH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Charles M. Link, II, Donald M. Cardina, Vernon Meadows
  • Publication number: 20120282907
    Abstract: A cellular telephone system is provided with a process and apparatus for screening an incoming call. The process is carried out by, and the apparatus comprises, a service provider and a mobile station. The mobile station answers the incoming call and places the call on hold. The mobile station connects to the service provider and places the service provider and the incoming caller on multi-party hold. The mobile station then signals the service provider to begin screening the call. In response, the service provider prompts the incoming caller for the incoming caller's identification and then communicates this information to the mobile station. Based on this information, the mobile station can elect to accept or reject the incoming call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. via transfer from BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventors: Scott C. Holt, M. Scott Laster