Patents Assigned to Verizon Communications Inc.
  • Patent number: 8646015
    Abstract: An Internet gateway video server transmits selection information to a set top box connected to a television. The set top box displays the selection information on the television. A user views the selection information, and inputs user selection requests to the set top box. The Internet gateway video server receives user the requests for information and retrieves the information. The server then converts the network information from a network format to a television format. The conversion includes scanning the network information for selection elements, and adding selection elements for transmission in the television format. The converted network information is then transmitted to the set top box for display on the television. The user may then make further selections based on the displayed network information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Lin, Howard S. K. Wan
  • Patent number: 8264987
    Abstract: Limiting or controlling access to various services thereby performing a firewall function. An access router may permit or deny a packet based on at least a portion of a unique bit string (or context information) which replaced layer 2 header information (e.g., the layer 2 (e.g., MAC) address). Further, a particular quality of service may be indicated by at least a part of the unique bit string (or context information). The service provided to a group of customers, that group of customers being defined by at least a portion of the unique bit string (or context information), may be monitored. Multicast groups may be supported by checking at least a part of the unique bit string (or context information) to determine whether or not a customer associated with that port is permitted to join the multicast group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Baum, Eric A. Voit
  • Patent number: 8243627
    Abstract: Supporting virtual private networks by using a new layer 3 address to encapsulate a network-bound packet so that its context information, from which a layer 2 (e.g., MAC) address can be derived, is preserved. If this encapsulation was not done, the layer 2 address would change over each segment of the network. Thus, the encapsulation preserves the concept of group identification, using at least a part of the context, over the entire network and not just at the edge of the network. If a packet is received from the network (to be forwarded to a customer), the layer 3 address that was added in the encapsulation is stripped off. The original layer 3 destination address may be used with a client device addressing table to determine a new context information, and a layer 2 (e.g., MAC) address of a destination client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Baum, Eric A. Voit
  • Patent number: 8194646
    Abstract: Telephone calls, data and other multimedia information is routed through a hybrid network which includes transfer of information across the internet. A media order entry captures complete user profile information for a user. This profile information is utilized by the system throughout the media experience for routing, billing, monitoring, reporting and other media control functions. Users can manage more aspects of a network than previously possible, and control network activities from a central site. The hybrid network also contains logic for responding to requests for quality of service and reserving the resources to provide the requested services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignees: Verizon Services Corp., MCI Communications Corporation, Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac K. Elliott, Tim E. Reynolds, Sridhar Krishnaswamy
  • Patent number: 8094647
    Abstract: Telephone calls, data and other multimedia information is routed through a hybrid network which includes transfer of information across the internet. A media order entry captures complete user profile information for a user. This profile information is utilized by the system throughout the media experience for routing, billing, monitoring, reporting and other media control functions. Users can manage more aspects of a network than previously possible, and control network activities from a central site. The hybrid network also contains logic for responding to requests for quality of service and reserving the resources to provide the requested services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignees: Verizon Services Corp., MCI Communications Corporation, Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac K. Elliott, Tim E. Reynolds, Sridhar Krishnaswamy
  • Patent number: 8087064
    Abstract: Using information applied to a packet at an ingress port of a network for enhancing security such as user authentication for example. Such authentication may be applied in addition to (i.e., as an extension of) other authentication measures. The information applied to a packet may be “context information” which replaces at least some bits of layer 2 information (e.g., a header). Users or customers may define security policies. They may define different security policies for different types of transactions. They may also define security policies based on the location from which the transaction originated. If the customer is an organization with different classes of users, it may define different security policies based on the type of transaction, the location from which the transaction originated, and/or the class of user. The class of user may be identified based on at least a part of the “context information”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventor: Robert T. Baum
  • Patent number: 8078056
    Abstract: Generating oscillator signals with which selected signals may be mixed. Such oscillator signals may be generated by dividing a pilot tone, such as a 120 MHz pilot tone found on many cable TV systems. Oscillator signals for demodulating received selected signals may be similarly generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignees: Verizon Services Corp., Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Needle, Dimitrios Kokkinos
  • Publication number: 20110289526
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes monitoring a condition relating to power at a customer premises to automatically detect a power outage at the customer premises, the power outage causing an interruption to a video service provided through a network to a video device within the customer premises, sending a notice of the interruption through the network to a node having a video recorder in the network, recording, at the video recorder in the network, a video program that was being accessed by the video device within the customer premises before the interruption, at least from a point in the video program substantially corresponding to a point when the interruption occurred, and transmitting at least a portion of the recorded video program starting from the point substantially corresponding to the identified point when the interruption occurred, from the video recorder through the network to the video device within the customer premises.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventors: R. Andrew Poole, Robert D. Farris
  • Patent number: 8006275
    Abstract: In an exemplary broadband video distribution network, an edge interface device at the customer premises detects a condition relating to an interruption of video service, e.g. a power outage at the premises. The interface device notifies the network, to allow identification of the point of interruption and the program being viewed. Upon resumption of service, the network offers to provide a replay of the program, starting from a point substantially corresponding to the point of interruption. If the program was pre-recorded (e.g. from a VOD server) or was automatically recorded in the network as part of another service, the replay is provided as a narrowcast transmission from the appropriate source starting at about the point of interruption. If the viewer was watching a broadcast program not otherwise recorded, it may also be necessary to activate recording of the program in a network video recorder, in response to the interruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Verizon Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Andrew Poole, Robert D. Farris
  • Patent number: 7948968
    Abstract: A communication system providing telephony communication across combined circuit switched and packet switched networks, such as a telephone network and the Internet, which are connectable to terminals, such as telephones and computers, for selective communication therebetween. The communication system includes an authorization and account control object in the packet switched network, multiple gateways between the circuit switched and packet switched networks providing controlled connectivity between those networks, and an information retrieval object in the packet switched network, wherein the authorization and account control object maintains a substantially real time record of user accounts and usage, and the information and retrieval object provides substantially real time retrieval of selected information from the authorization and account control object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignees: Verizon Communications Inc., Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Eric A. Voit, Edward E. Balkovich, William D. Goodman, Jayant G. Gadre, Patrick E. White, David E. Young
  • Patent number: 7869425
    Abstract: Telephone calls, data and other multimedia information is routed through a hybrid network which includes transfer of information across the internet. A media order entry captures complete user profile information for a user. This profile information is utilized by the system throughout the media experience for routing, billing, monitoring, reporting and other media control functions. Users can manage more aspects of a network than previously possible, and control network activities from a central site. The hybrid network also contains logic for responding to requests for quality of service and reserving the resources to provide the requested services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignees: Verizon Services Corp., MCI Communications Corporation, Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac K. Elliott, Tim E. Reynolds, Sridhar Krishnaswamy
  • Patent number: 7839802
    Abstract: Limiting or controlling access to various services thereby performing a firewall function. An access router may permit or deny a packet based on at least a portion of a unique bit string (or context information) which replaced layer 2 header information (e.g., the layer 2 (e.g., MAC) address). Further, a particular quality of service may be indicated by at least a part of the unique bit string (or context information). The service provided to a group of customers, that group of customers being defined by at least a portion of the unique bit string (or context information), may be monitored. Multicast groups may be supported by checking at least a part of the unique bit string (or context information) to determine whether or not a customer associated with that port is permitted to join the multicast group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Baum, Eric A. Voit
  • Patent number: 7830888
    Abstract: A method for combining Internet protocols in a Differentiated Services model environment is described. The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Common Open Policy Service (COPS) are combined together to provide methods of setting up a session and tearing down a session, while maintaining Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) policies. The Open Settlement Policy (OSP) is also combined with SIP and COPS. This combination provides for an interchange of parameters between session setup, teardown, authorization, policy, Quality of Service (QoS), and usage reporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignees: Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventor: Steven R. Donovan
  • Patent number: 7814533
    Abstract: An integrated series of security protocols is disclosed that protect remote user communications with remote enterprise services, and simultaneously protect the enterprises services from third parties. In the first layer, an implementation of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) version of HTTPS provides communications security, including authentication of the enterprise web server and the security of the transmitted data. The protocols provide for an identification of the user, and an authentication of the user to ensure the user is who he/she claims to be and a determination of entitlements that the user may avail themselves of within the enterprise system. Session security is described, particularly as to the differences between a remote user's copper wire connection to a legacy system and a user's remote connection to the enterprise system over a “stateless” public Internet, where each session is a single transmission, rather than an interval of time between logon and logoff, as is customary in legacy systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignees: Verizon Business Global LLC, Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Carol Y. Devine, Gerald A. Shifrin, Richard W. Shoulberg
  • Patent number: 7801158
    Abstract: Offering vertical services to subscribers and service providers is an avenue to immediately improve the competitiveness of digital subscriber line access service, for example of the type offered by a local exchange carrier. To deliver high-quality vertical services, however, the underlying ADSL Data Network (ADN) or the like needs to establish Quality of Service (QoS) as a core characteristic and offer an efficient mechanism for insertion of the vertical services. The inventive network architecture introduces QoS into the ADN, in a manner that enables the delivery of sophisticated and demanding IP-based services to subscribers, does not affect existing Internet tiers of service, and is cost-effective in terms of initial costs, build-out, and ongoing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Voit, Robert T. Baum, Jeffrey I. Winter
  • Patent number: 7756261
    Abstract: A system for providing services in a communications network includes a service processing function, a universal directory function, and a nodal resource manager. The service processing function receives service requests, formulates requests for interworking functions based upon service requests, and formulates resource requests based upon service requests and interworking functions. The universal directory function receives addresses from the service processing function and returns interworking functions based upon addresses. The nodal resource manager receives resource requests and allocates resources to the service processing function in response to resource requests. The nodal resource manager maintains a resource database that includes an entry corresponding to each network resource managed by the nodal resource manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: MCI Communications Corporation & Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Kelvin Porter, Carol Waller
  • Patent number: 7684707
    Abstract: Generating oscillator signals with which selected signals may be mixed. Such oscillator signals may be generated by dividing a pilot tone, such as a 120 MHz pilot tone found on many cable TV systems. Oscillator signals for demodulating received selected signals may be similarly generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp. & Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Needle, Dimitrios Kokkinos
  • Publication number: 20090225675
    Abstract: Limiting or controlling access to various services thereby performing a firewall function. An access router may permit or deny a packet based on at least a portion of a unique bit string (or context information) which replaced layer 2 header information (e.g., the layer 2 (e.g., MAC) address). Further, a particular quality of service may be indicated by at least a part of the unique bit string (or context information). The service provided to a group of customers, that group of customers being defined by at least a portion of the unique bit string (or context information), may be monitored. Multicast groups may be supported by checking at least a part of the unique bit string (or context information) to determine whether or not a customer associated with that port is permitted to join the multicast group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: Verizon Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. BAUM, Eric A. VOIT
  • Publication number: 20090168776
    Abstract: Supporting virtual private networks by using a new layer 3 address to encapsulate a network-bound packet so that its context information, from which a layer 2 (e.g., MAC) address can be derived, is preserved. If this encapsulation was not done, the layer 2 address would change over each segment of the network. Thus, the encapsulation preserves the concept of group identification, using at least a part of the context, over the entire network and not just at the edge of the network. If a packet is received from the network (to be forwarded to a customer), the layer 3 address that was added in the encapsulation is stripped off. The original layer 3 destination address may be used with a client device addressing table to determine a new context information, and a layer 2 (e.g., MAC) address of a destination client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Robert T. Baum, Eric A. Voit
  • Patent number: 7529349
    Abstract: A portable, automated telephone line test device includes a test module which applies test signals to a telephone line to be tested and detects electrical characteristics of the telephone line, and a user interface module. The user interface module includes a microprocessor, a display, a keyboard and a program memory in accordance with a standard microcomputer architecture. The processor of the user interface module is programmed to control the test module to perform a pre-programmed sequence of tests. The display provides indications of the tests being performed. The programmed sequence is varied by the device according to test results. Depending on the results obtained, the device also provides interpretative diagnostic messages and instructs the user to carry out additional test procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Verizon Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Lysaght, Donald Finger, Jeffrey Hahn, Anthony M. Kolodzinski, Howard Citron, Yu-Ling Wu