Patents Assigned to CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
  • Patent number: 11075894
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing secure communications for IoT devices. In various embodiments, a gateway or computing device might provide connectivity between or amongst two or more Internet of Things (“IoT”) capable devices, by establishing an IoT protocol-based, autonomous machine-to-machine communication channel amongst the two or more IoT capable devices. For sensitive and/or private communications, the gateway or computing device might establish a secure off-the-record (“OTR”) communication session within the IoT protocol-based, autonomous machine-to-machine channel, thereby providing encrypted machine-to-machine communications amongst the two or more IoT capable devices, without any content of communications that are exchanged amongst the IoT capable devices over the secure OTR communication session being recorded or logged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Tom Funk
  • Patent number: 11076337
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing combined broadband and wireless self-organizing network (“SON”) for provisioning of services. In some embodiments, a computing system might receive, from one or more first sensors and one or more second sensors, first operational states of fixed broadband network nodes and second operational states of wireless network nodes, respectively. The computing system might analyze the received first and second operational states, might determine an optimal network pathway and/or an optimal network backhaul pathway, and might establish the optimal network pathway and/or the optimal network backhaul pathway, through a determined combination of fixed and wireless network nodes, thereby implementing the combined broadband and wireless self-organizing network (“SON”) for provisioning of services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Schwengler, Stephen Opferman
  • Publication number: 20210176124
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for network data plane management are provided. A system includes a host machine that includes a database, processor, and non-transitory computer readable media comprising instructions executable by the processor to obtain, via the database, a network configuration, spawn a container according to the network configuration, wherein the container is configured, based on the network configuration, to be coupled to a network overlay via a network interface, receive, via the network interface, incoming data associated with the container, the incoming data having attached one or more attached network data attributes, and identify, via the database, the attached one or more network data attributes attached to the incoming data as one or more network data attributes of the network data model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2021
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Ronald A. Lewis, Stephen Opferman
  • Publication number: 20210168458
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing media content streaming/downloading and playback, and, more particularly, to methods, systems, and apparatuses for implementing video quality optimization based on display capabilities. In various embodiments, a computing system might receive user input from a user indicating a user request for media content. The computing system might autonomously determine characteristics or attributes of a playback device (i.e., a display device and/or audio playback device, etc.). The computing system might send, to a media content source over a network, a request for the media content, the request comprising information regarding presentation characteristics that are based at least in part on the determined characteristics of the playback device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Sprenger, Zubin Ingah
  • Patent number: 11018951
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for provisioning network services, and, more particularly, to methods, systems, and apparatuses for implementing intelligent network services automation. In various embodiments, a computing system might receive one or more network performance metrics of one or more networks, might receive network usage data associated with the one or more networks, and might analyze, using one or more machine learning techniques, the received one or more network performance metrics and the received network usage data to determine whether the one or more networks can be improved in terms of network efficiency or network operations. Based on a determination that the one or more networks can be improved, the computing system might dynamically reconfigure at least one of one or more network connections within the one or more networks or one or more network resources within the one or more networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Felipe Castro, Mayur Kudtarkar
  • Publication number: 20210152500
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure provide a message relay service. The message relay service provides an application programming interface (API) with which messages can be sent and received without handling specific implementation details of a messaging system. When inbound messages are received, the message relay service may provide a push notification and/or may store the message for later access. In examples, one or more source addresses are used to send messages. If the client device indicates a group of addresses should be used, one address is selected from the group and used to send a message accordingly. In some examples, the message relay service determines that a messaging gateway need not be used to message a recipient address, and transmits the message without use of the messaging gateway. The same API may be used to send and receive messages across different messaging systems without a customer handling system-specific complexities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: John Verbil, Richard Cerami
  • Patent number: 11006177
    Abstract: A system and method for utilizing a secured service provider memory are disclosed. An electronic device is associated with a subscriber and is in communication with a data distribution network configured to deliver data by a service provider to the subscriber. The data distribution network comprises a server in communication with the data distribution network and the server configured to deliver a stream of data over the data distribution network. The electronic device comprises a first memory communicatively connected to the server. The first memory is configured to receive and store data from the server and it is accessible by the subscriber. A second memory is also communicatively connected to the server. The second memory is configured to receive and store data from the server, though the second memory is accessible only by the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Clinton J. Smoyer, Andrew V. Cook, Jade D. Kerr, Michael P. Morrissey, Kevin M. McBride
  • Publication number: 20210136006
    Abstract: The present technology relates to improving computing services in a distributed network of remote computing resources, such as edge nodes in an edge compute network. In an aspect, the technology relates to a method that includes aggregating historical request data for a plurality of requests, wherein the aggregated historical request data a time of the request, a location of a device from which the request originated, and/or a type of service being requested. The method also incudes training a machine learning model based on the aggregated historical request data; generating, from the trained machine learning model, a prediction for a type of service to be request; identifying an edge node, from a plurality of edge nodes, based on a physical location of the edge node; and based on predicted service, allocating computing resources for the computing service on the identified edge node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Felipe Castro, Stephen Opferman, Kevin M. McBride
  • Publication number: 20210136178
    Abstract: The present technology relates to improving computing services in a distributed network of remote computing resources, such as edge nodes in an edge compute network. In an aspect, the technology relates to a method that includes receiving, from a mobile computing device, first location data for the mobile computing device at a first time; receiving, from the mobile computing device, second location data for the mobile computing device at a second time; and based on the first location data and the second location data, determining a direction vector for the mobile computing device. The method also includes, based on the direction vector: identifying an edge node from a plurality of edge nodes corresponding to a predicted location of the mobile computing device; and prior to the mobile computing device being in the predicted location, allocating computing resources for the computing service on the identified edge node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Felipe Castro, Stephen Opferman, Kevin M. McBride
  • Publication number: 20210135969
    Abstract: The present technology relates to improving computing services in a distributed network of remote computing resources, such as edge nodes in an edge compute network. In an aspect, the technology relates to a system that includes a plurality of edge nodes and a beacon. The system performs operations that may include collecting traffic data from the beacon over a period of time, wherein the traffic data includes at least an amount of devices sending probe requests to the beacon; comparing the amount of devices to a predetermined threshold for traffic data; and based on the comparison of the amount of devices to the predetermined threshold for traffic data, generating a recommendation for installation of a new edge node in addition to the plurality of edge nodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Felipe Castro, Stephen Opferman, Kevin M. McBride
  • Publication number: 20210132994
    Abstract: The present technology relates to improving computing services in a distributed network of remote computing resources, such as edge nodes in an edge compute network. In an aspect, the technology relates to a method that includes aggregating historical request data for a plurality of requests for services to be performed by one or more edge nodes; training a machine learning model based on the aggregated historical request data; generating, from the trained machine learning model, a prediction for an amount of requests for services at the one or more edge nodes; generating a predicted capacity needed to perform the predicted amount of requests; comparing the predicted capacity to a current capacity for the one or mode edge nodes; and based on the comparison, generating a recommendation for an alteration of hardware resources at the one or more edge nodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Felipe Castro, Stephen Opferman, Kevin M. McBride
  • Patent number: 10999649
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are described for auto-summarizing video and/or audio content. In some embodiments, a summary server might retrieve one or more time codes from a time code database, and might analyze the one or more time codes to determine at least one selected time code among the one or more time codes that exceeds a predetermined number of selections. The one or more time codes might correspond to one or more triggers, which might include user-inputted triggers, triggers associated with actions by a live audience, or broadcaster/distributor/producer-provided triggers (i.e., cue tones). The summary server might determine one or more selected segments of video or audio content corresponding to the at least one selected time code, and might create one or more summary tracks, where each of the one or more summary tracks might comprise each of the one or more selected segments of the video or audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Felipe Castro, Kevin M. McBride, Ronnie S. Dhaliwal
  • Patent number: 10992734
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing remote application access, and, in some cases, by instantiating an application or service close to the intended recipient or user of the application or service, from a networking perspective. A network might provide connectivity between a first computer and a second computer. A file (comprising an application and data) might be transmitted, over the network, from the first computer. A node in the network, which might be on a path between the first and second computers, might determine that the file contains the application and the data, and, based on such determination, might capture the file (before the second computer can receive it). An instance of the application might be instantiated on a compute surface in the network as a service for the second computer, such that the compute surface can operate on the data with the instance of the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Charles I. Cook, Kevin M. McBride
  • Patent number: 10972543
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing customer-based Internet of Things (“IoT”)—transparent privacy functionality. Various methods, systems, and apparatuses might provide connectivity between a network interface device (“NID”) and each of one or more first user devices of a plurality of user devices associated with the customer premises and/or a user who is associated with the customer premises. In some cases, at least one virtual network function (“VNF”) might be sent to each of the one or more first user devices. The NID might restrict, in some cases using the VNF, access by a third party to the information regarding the at least one portion of the at least one of one or more first user devices connected to the network or one or more applications running on one or more first user devices connected to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael K. Bugenhagen, Charles I. Cook
  • Patent number: 10946586
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for entertainment device communication to printing devices are provided. A system includes a printing device and media player coupled to the printing device. The media device may include a processor, and a non-transitory computer readable medium comprising instructions executable by the processor to obtain a content stream including at least one of an audio stream or a video stream, the content stream further including a data stream including a trigger associated with a printable model. The instructions may further be executable to obtain a 3-D model file associated with the printable model responsive to an occurrence of the trigger, transmit at least one of the 3-D model file or printing instructions based on the 3-D model file to the printing device, and print, via the printing device, the printable model based on the 3-D model file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, James M. Feger, Robert J. Morrill, Charles I. Cook
  • Patent number: 10951854
    Abstract: Systems and methods for associating images with location and/or other information. In some cases, the systems include an image sensor, a location sensor, and a microprocessor. The microprocessor is communicably coupled to a computer readable medium that includes instructions executable by the microprocessor to: receive a location from the location sensor; receive an image from the image sensor; and associate the location with the image. Some of the methods provide for capturing an object image of an object using an image sensor; capturing a location of the image sensor; and associating the location with the object image. Other methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Bruce A. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10944748
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing application, service, and/or content access control. Based at least in part on a consumer's choice of applications, services, content, and/or content providers—particular in exchange for a subsidy on content and/or network access fees provided to the consumer by chosen content providers—, a computing system may determine whether access to applications, services, and/or content not associated with the chosen content providers (“other content”) should be allowed or restricted. If restricted, the computing system might utilize various network access techniques and/or technologies to block the consumer's access to the other content, to allow access to the other content on a charge per access basis, or to allow access to the other content at reduced network access speeds. In some embodiments, an access provider (e.g., an Internet service provider, etc.) might perform both determination and implementation of content access and restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Fargano, Charles I. Cook, Kevin M. McBride, John T. Pugaczewski
  • Patent number: 10936473
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing green software applications and/or certifying software applications with a green applications efficiency (“GAE”) rating. Implementing green software applications might include performing performance tests of a software application, measuring power consumption of one or more hardware components, in response to execution of the software application during the one or more performance tests, generating a power consumption profile for the software application based on the measure power consumption, and tuning the software application such that power consumption of the one or more hardware components matches a power load caused by execution of the software application, based at least in part on the power consumption profile for the software application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Vishak Shanmugam Pillai, Darshan Sonbarse, Viswanath Seetharam, Manoj U P
  • Patent number: 10936151
    Abstract: A system and method for provisioning communications services. A remote device controlled by a user is linked with a provisioning system. A verbal selection of a menu associated with a library is received for performing one or more actions within the provisioning system. One or more verbal commands associated with the menu are received. A determination is made of an action within the library associated with the one or more verbal commands. The action associated with the one or more verbal commands is performed in the provisioning system to provision the communications services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Keith Younger, Shane M. Smith, Kendra Dwyer
  • Patent number: D922367
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Glenn Garbelman, Kenchen Phillips, Rod Imbriani