AT&T Patents

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  • Publication number: 20190089951
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are direct to closed caption corruption detection and reporting. In accordance with one aspect disclosed herein, a system can ingest a digital video channel bitstream. The system can locate a digital closed caption flag in the digital video channel bitstream. The digital closed caption flag can indicate that a digital closed caption content packet is present within the digital video channel bitstream. The system can determine that at least a portion of the digital closed caption content packet cannot be rendered to display closed caption content associated with at least the portion of the digital closed caption content packet. The system can instantiate an alert based on the determination that at least the portion of the digital closed caption content packet cannot be rendered to display the closed caption content associated with at least the portion of the digital closed caption content packet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Todd Jones
  • Publication number: 20190090170
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving network information for a group of video sessions. Embodiments include calculating an overall video traffic metric for the group of video sessions for each cell based on the network information and include determining a first overall video traffic metric of a first cell is above a first predetermined threshold and a second overall video traffic metric of a second cell is below the first predetermined threshold. Also, embodiments include generating a graphical map that indicates the overall video traffic metric for each cell in the cellular network and sending the graphical map to a mobile device in the first cell showing first overall video traffic metric and the second overall video traffic metric relative to the first predetermined threshold. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Emir Halepovic, Harold Orr McCaskey, Kyung-Wook Hwang, Marco Platania, Rittwik Jana, Sarat Puthenpura
  • Publication number: 20190089063
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, a system having a polyrod antenna array. Beam steering can be performed according to a first subset of elements of the polyrod antenna array generating first electromagnetic waves with a first phase that is different from a second phase of the first electromagnetic waves being generated by a second subset of elements of the polyrod antenna array. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Shikik Johnson, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Thomas M. Willis, III, Donald J. Barnickel
  • Patent number: 10235502
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to maintain content rights parameters associated with media content and a user where the content rights parameters include limits to distribution of the media content to a plurality of communication devices associated with the user and where a portion of the plurality of communication devices use different communication protocols from another portion of the plurality of communication devices, monitor for access to the media content by one communication device of the plurality of communication devices of the user, and obtain rights control data that is adapted to allow for presentation of the media content by the one communication device of the user where the rights control data is generated based on the content rights parameters. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lee Chow, David Piepenbrink, James Sofos
  • Patent number: 10235698
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that includes a processor and a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, facilitates performance of operations of monitoring a microphone to detect an audio code, logging a date and time when the audio code is detected, determining a location of the device when the audio code is detected and performing an action based on the date and time, the location, and the audio code. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Nikhil S. Marathe
  • Patent number: 10237240
    Abstract: Techniques for assessing risk associated with firewall rules are provided. In one implementation, a method includes receiving a request for the network to apply a firewall policy rule to control traffic to a machine associated with the network, wherein the firewall policy rule comprises information that identifies a remote address from which the traffic can originate and a type of the traffic. The method further includes determining a remote address risk value representative of a first degree of security risk associated with allowing the traffic to access the machine in response to the traffic being determined to originate from the remote address; determining a traffic type risk value representative of a second degree of security risk associated with allowing the type of traffic to access the machine; and determining a total risk value based on a combination of the remote address risk value and the traffic type risk value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Global Network Services (U.K.) B.V.
    Inventor: Ian Phillips
  • Patent number: 10237025
    Abstract: A multiple-input multiple output (MIMO) wireless receiver is provided to detect data in MIMO streams received via a multi-antenna system. A filter based detector performs a first pass at decoding codewords in a MIMO bitstream, and then a parity check is performed to determine that the codewords were decoded correctly. If one or more codewords are decoded correctly, those codewords can be used as a candidate codeword and used to generate a bit log likelihood ratio as an input for a second MIMO detector pass which uses a list based MIMO detector. The first pass with a high speed, simple detector facilitates decreasing the list size for the second, optimum list based detector which helps improve overall throughput.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: SaiRamesh Nammi
  • Patent number: 10235472
    Abstract: One embodiment of a guest browser system, among others, includes a guest browser interface configured to provide an address bar interface for accepting a network address for retrieving a first web page. The guest browser interface is rendered from code of a second web page, where content of the second web page is rendered by an installed web browser. The system further includes a guest browser engine configured to retrieve contents of web pages. The guest browser engine is built from code provided by the second web page and is used to update content of the second web page with content from the first web page. Other systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett Kreiner, Amy Zwarico
  • Patent number: 10235850
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a garment that includes a receiver, configured to receive at least one coded command from a notification generator, and at least one haptic feedback generator that delivers haptic feedback to a user while wearing the garment during a transit, corresponding to the at least one coded command, where the notification generator is configured to determine a notification to be sent to the user in response to at least one event of interest determined by an input analyzer, and to generate the at least one coded command that indicates the notification, and where the input analyzer is configured to analyze input data corresponding to the transit of the user of the garment to identify the at least one event of interest, occurring during the transit of the user. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Juliette Niebuhr Zerick, William Charles Cottrill, Eugene Henry Rascle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10237315
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture for distributing communication of a data stream among multiple devices are disclosed. Example methods disclosed herein include receiving, at a first device, a sharing code from a second device, the sharing code to associate multiple devices with a shared connection to be established to distribute communication of a complete data stream among the multiple devices, the multiple devices including the first device. Disclosed example methods also include transmitting a request including the sharing code from the first device to a distribution system to establish a data connection via which the first device is to receive a first partial data stream corresponding to a portion of the complete data stream from the distribution system. Disclosed example methods further include forwarding the first partial data stream from the first device to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher Baldwin
  • Patent number: 10235438
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment of the disclosed technology, inconsistencies are detected between various records relating to data that has been associated with an identification tag. Data packages associated with the inconsistencies may then be removed. In accordance with another aspect of the disclosed technology, requests relating to data packages associated with inconsistencies in the various stored records are identified and removed. The disclosed technology may be implemented in data warehouses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Eric Mathew Siboda
  • Patent number: 10237190
    Abstract: A method of operating a data network may include establishing a data path through the data network between a routing gateway and service provider equipment providing a data service. Moreover, the data service may be provided for use at the routing gateway over the data path during a data session. A request may be received from the service provider equipment where the request defines a data flow characteristic for the data path between the routing gateway and the service provider equipment providing the data service. The data flow characteristic may then be transmitted to a network element along the data path between the routing gateway and the service provider equipment. A request from service provider equipment can include an allowed bandwidth or prioritization. Related methods, data networks, data service providers, routing gateways, and computer program products are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Maria Adamczyk, Thomas Arnold Anschutz, Alan Ryan Blackburn, Jeffrey Patrick Cassanova, Sammie Walter Hill, Scott Crandall Holt, Nicholas Steven Huslak, Arnold Chester McQuaide, Jr., Edgar Vaughan Shrum, Jr., Scott Traynham Stillman, Steven Allan Wright, Li Zhang
  • Patent number: 10236977
    Abstract: A computerized system and method for managing a passive optical network (PON) is disclosed. The system includes a detection and analysis module adapted for receiving uploaded measurement data from an optical line terminal (OLT) and at least one optical network terminal (ONT), and at least one of technical tools data, service failure data, and outside plant data. The detection and analysis module is adapted for determining a source of failure or potential failure in the PON by correlating the uploaded measurement data and the at least one of technical tools data and service failure data with information stored in a memory medium for the OLT and each ONT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kapil Shrikhande, Kent George McCammon, Kevin Xiangkai Meng, Raghvendra Savoor
  • Patent number: 10237164
    Abstract: An inter-provider network architecture system is disclosed. In particular, the system may enable a service provider network and a partner network to take advantage of each other's network cores, such that the resources of the service provider network and the partner network may be more effectively utilized to service customers of both networks. By doing so, not only can the service provider network and the partner network take advantage of each other's network resources, but they can also give each other's customers broader network reach into regions that are not typically serviced by their own networks. The service provider network may effectively accomplish this by providing a limited view of the service provider network to the partner network, or vice versa, so that traffic and data can flow between the networks without each network having to be fully aware of each other's entire network topologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Uttaro, Mark R. Sundt
  • Patent number: 10237719
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that manages utilization of mobile subscriber identity information including enabling reuse of such information by a different communication device and/or re-authorizing use by a communication device that previously was authorized to utilize the information by way of detecting registration error messages. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Clifton Ashman Campbell, Walter Cooper Chastain, Stephen Emille Chin
  • Patent number: 10237896
    Abstract: The random access channel procedure for new radio NR can be designed to support multiple use cases with various requirements. The NR physical layer can support the independent configuration of resources used for the random access channel (RACH) procedures that can be transparent to user equipment (UE) devices and independent from resources configured for the UE. For instance, in the case of a standalone NR the RACH configuration can be obtained by the UE by either signaling on the NR carrier or fixed within the telecommunications standard. While in the case of non-standalone NR the RACH configuration can be obtained by the UE by broadcast or dedicated signaling on a different carrier than the NR carrier (e.g. a Long Term Evolution carrier).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Thomas Novlan, Salam Akoum, Arunabha Ghosh, Milap Majmundar
  • Patent number: 10237032
    Abstract: In mixed numerology case, the performance of a physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH) can be improved by multiplexing PDSCH of one numerology with the channel state information reference signals (CSI-RS) of the other numerology and use of an advanced receiver. However, due to the interference from the PDSCH of the other numerology, the channel estimation for the underlying UE can be impacted if the CSI-RS is corrupted. An adaptive CSI-RS configuration can be deployed where the CSI-RS density is adapted based on the PDSCH transmission of the other numerology. Namely, based on the scheduling decision of the other numerology, the CSI-RS density can be changed. Thus, the impact on channel estimation can be minimized when the data channel of one numerology is multiplexed with the CSI-RS of the other numerology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: SaiRamesh Nammi, Xiaoyi Wang, Arunabha Ghosh
  • Patent number: 10237727
    Abstract: Content of wireless equipment (WE) is managed over-the-air (OTA). Content is germane to feature(s) of the WE and is related to operation thereof. Management of the content is automatically implemented in response to attachment of the WE to a confined-coverage access point (AP). The WE and a network server enable, in part, such management. The confined-coverage AP enables exchange of signaling and data associated with management of the content amongst the WE and the network server. Content includes software (SW); management OTA of SW can include update of an in-use version of a SW application or related SW component(s). SW update signaling can comprise message(s) conveying a WE identifier and in-use version(s) of SW; request(s) for an update instruction; request(s) for at least one file associated with the SW; or message(s) indicative of availability of version(s) of SW newer than the in-use version(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Arthur Richard Brisebois, Juan Derrick Smith
  • Patent number: 10237414
    Abstract: Network resources for a call are allocated. The network resources for the call are reserved based on a reservation. The network resources are reserved before any one network resource is committed. If the call is confirmed, then the network resources are committed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas M. Nortz, Kadangode K. Ramakrishnan, Charles Robert Kalmanek, Jr., William Todd Marshall, Partho Pratim Mishra
  • Patent number: 10237623
    Abstract: A method includes evaluating a bandwidth capacity of an uplink between a first customer premises equipment device and a network node of a multimedia distribution network. The method includes transmitting a portion of multimedia content from the first customer premises equipment device to a second customer premises equipment device. The method includes, responsive to determining that the bandwidth capacity of the uplink is greater than a threshold, determining a number of subsequent requestors that the first customer premises equipment device is capable of servicing, selecting a first set of helper virtual peers from a pool of available helper virtual peers based on the number of subsequent requestors, and transmitting the multimedia content from the first customer premises equipment device to the first set of helper virtual peers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vaidyanathan Ramaswami, Rittwik Jana
  • Patent number: 10237533
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a process that includes obtaining three-dimensional image content having first and second images. The first and second images include first and second numbers of pixels. The first and second images are arranged according to a shared coordinate system to portray different perspectives of a common scene. A first portion of pixels are removed from the first image based on a filtering of the first image, resulting in a first remaining number of pixels. A second portion of pixels are removed from the second image based on positions of the first portion of pixels in the shared coordinate system, resulting in a second remaining number of pixels. The first remaining portion of pixels is combined with the second remaining portion of pixels to form a transport frame for delivery to a media processor. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Pierre Costa, Ahmad Ansari
  • Patent number: 10237627
    Abstract: Disclosed systems provide audio recordings from digital television provider networks. Audio recordings are streamed to a customer premises equipment device of a user and, in response to user input, an identifier for the audio recording is transmitted to a music provider. A copy of the audio recording is delivered to a user designated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Charles Adam Malesky, II
  • Publication number: 20190081869
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to context-aware virtualized control decision support system (“DSS”) for providing quality of experience (“QoE”) assurance for Internet protocol (“IP”) streaming video services. A QoE assurance DSS can monitor QoE event and context data to be utilized for QoE assurance analytics, measure QoE performance, perform QoE assurance analytics, and determine whether the QoE assurance analytics indicate that the QoE has been degraded, and if so, construct a fault correlation information model to be utilized for root cause analysis to determine a root cause of the QoE being degraded. The QoE assurance DSS also can determine, based upon the fault correlation information model, whether the root cause of the QoE being degraded is due to a capacity reduction, and if so, the QoE assurance DSS can identify a new network resource for capacity reallocation to accommodate a virtual machine migration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tsong-Ho Wu, Wen-Jui Li
  • Publication number: 20190080380
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for a virtualized services discovery and recommendation engine. A request for a service can be received from a requestor. The request can include feature data that can define two or more features. Two or more features can be determined based on the feature data and requestor data associated with the requestor can be obtained. Two or more services that satisfy the request can be identified and a recommendation that represents the two or more services can be generated. The recommendation can include a data representation of a custom product that can include the two or more services. The recommendation can be tested to determine if the custom product functions, and the recommendation can be provided to the requestor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Syed Anwar Aftab, Arthur Martella, Mazin E. Gilbert, John F. Murray, Rittwik Jana
  • Publication number: 20190081879
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to an auto-scaling software-defined monitoring (“SDM”) platform for software-defined networking (“SDN”) service assurance. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, an SDM controller can monitor event data associated with a network event that occurred within a virtualized IP SDN network that is monitored by a virtualized SDM resources platform. The SDM controller can measure, based upon the event data, a quality of service (“QoS”) performance metric associated with the virtualized SDM resource platform. The SDN controller can determine, based upon the QoS performance metric, whether an auto-scaling operation is to be performed. The auto-scaling operation can include reconfiguring the virtualized SDM resources platform by adding virtual machine capacity for supporting event management tasks either by instantiating a new virtual machine or by migrating an existing virtual machine to a new hardware host.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Tsong-Ho Wu, Wen-Jui Li, Hasan Erkan
  • Publication number: 20190080339
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to aspects of customer service based upon in-store field-of-view and analytics. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a store analytics system can collect user information associated with a plurality of users located within an environment. The store analytics system also can collect user device information associated with a plurality of user devices associated with the plurality of users. The store analytics system also can collect estimated fields-of-view associated with the plurality of users. The store analytics system can analyze the user information, the user device information, and the estimated fields-of-view to identify at least one commonality shared among at least two of the plurality of users. The store analytics system can create a logical group. The logical group can include the at least two users of the plurality of users that share the commonality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Alan Koch, Ari Craine, James Carlton Bedingfield, SR.
  • Publication number: 20190082432
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to universal peer-to-peer signaling network virtualization and orchestration. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a universal DIAMETER orchestrator can determine DIAMETER peer nodes to be utilized to handle DIAMETER signaling traffic for a service. The universal DIAMETER orchestrator can allocate transport resources over which a transport connection between the DIAMETER peer nodes can be established. In some embodiments, the universal DIAMETER orchestrator can allocate the transport resources on-demand. The universal DIAMETER orchestrator can allocate DIAMETER resources to provision DIAMETER signaling interfaces to handle the DIAMETER signaling traffic between the DIAMETER peer nodes. In some embodiments, the universal DIAMETER orchestrator can allocate the DIAMETER resources in accordance with a rule to override a traditional DIAMETER routing agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Rajendra Prasad Kodaypak
  • Publication number: 20190081747
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, a system configured for receiving modulated signals operating in a first plurality of frequency bands, and utilizing a plurality of signaling protocols, selectively converting the plurality of modulated signals to a plurality of frequency converted signals, wherein the second plurality of frequency bands differs from the first plurality of frequency bands, selectively assigning at least one of the second plurality of frequency bands to each of a respective one of a plurality of antenna systems, and transmitting a reference signal with the plurality of frequency converted signals for receipt by a respective one of the plurality of antenna systems. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Paul Shala Henry, Giovanni Vannucci, Robert Bennett
  • Patent number: 10230622
    Abstract: An integrated wireless and wireline access system that uses software defined networking is provided to deliver communication services to user equipment via a variety of network access technologies. The software defined networking system can dynamically choose which network access technology to use to deliver services to the user equipment based on network conditions, quality of service concerns, and user equipment context. The user equipment can have different addresses based on the network access technology, and the software defined networking can redirect communications that are directed to a first address associated with the device on a first network to a second address associated with the same device on a second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Paul Edward Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10230626
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture (e.g., physical storage media) to perform service specific route selection in communication networks are disclosed. Example route selection methods disclosed herein include determining respective component performance parameters for network components of a communication network based on a weighting profile associated with a first service from a plurality of different services for which traffic is to be routed in the communication network. Disclosed example route selection methods also include determining, based on the component performance parameters, respective path performance parameters for a plurality of candidate paths between two endpoints in the communication network. Disclosed example route selection methods further include selecting, based on the path performance parameters, a first one of the candidate paths to route traffic for the first service between the two endpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Randolph Wohlert
  • Patent number: 10230148
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that performs operations including receiving first electromagnetic waves on an outer surface of a transmission medium, detecting a degradation of a signal quality of the first electromagnetic waves due to first electric fields of the first electromagnetic waves inducing first currents in an obstruction disposed on the outer surface of the transmission medium, and generating second electromagnetic waves having second electric fields that induce second currents in the obstruction that are lower in magnitude than the first currents, the electromagnetic waves having a cutoff frequency. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10229410
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatuses for verifying that a transaction is legitimate. The methods and apparatuses use protected memory space, such as kernel space of an operating system, or a separate memory space, such as is available on a SIM card of a cellular phone. The method of the invention proceeds by creating a transaction identification string (TID) and associating the TID with a transaction. The TID contains data relevant to or associated with the transaction and is typically readable by an end-user. The transaction is then interrupted until a user responds in the affirmative to allow completion of the transaction. Methods and devices used in the invention are particularly well suited to M-commerce, where transactions originating from a device are typically recognized by a merchant as coming from the owner of the device without further authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Propery I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lusheng Ji, Donald John Bowen, Thomas Killian, David Kormann, Robert R. Miller, II, Norman L. Schryer
  • Patent number: 10228730
    Abstract: A device includes a flexible display for displaying media; an actuator for changing a shape of the flexible display; and a processor executing a shape determination application to apply a rule to a shape input to determine a desired shape for the flexible display in response to the shape input; the processor generating a command signal and providing the command signal to the actuator to place the flexible display in the desired shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Christopher Baldwin
  • Patent number: 10229587
    Abstract: A method of operating a mobile electronic device includes detecting at least one other mobile electronic device within a predetermined distance of the mobile electronic device, and determining a spatial relationship of the at least one other mobile electronic device relative to the mobile electronic device. An ad hoc wireless connection is established with the at least one other mobile electronic device based on the determined spatial relationship. Data may be transmitted to and/or received from the at least one other mobile electronic device over the ad hoc wireless connection based on the determined spatial relationship. Related systems, devices, and computer program products are also discussed in the context of vehicle-to-vehicle communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Thomas Arnold Anschutz, Mounire El Houmaidi
  • Patent number: 10230767
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying distributed attacks, such as, but not limited to, distributed denial of service attacks and botnet attacks, in a first network serviced by a first carrier and configured to alert a second network serviced by a second carrier that is different from the first carrier is disclosed. Once an attack has been identified, an attack alert is generated and provided to the second network or other aspects of the first network, or both. The attack alerts may be distributed dynamically with the second network via diameter based security protocol Rs. Such system and method may mitigate distributed malicious attacks by sharing destination internet protocol and bad international mobile subscriber identity information across carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Gokul Singaraju, Ashutosh Dutta, Thusitha Jayawardena, Christopher Van Wart
  • Patent number: 10229449
    Abstract: A server receives an electronic shopping cart from a client device. The electronic shopping cart describes an item for purchase from a merchant. The server comparison-shops to determine a different merchant offering the same or comparable item for sale. The server sends a notification to the client device describing a lower price offered by the different merchant. The server may then receive an approval to replace the item selected for purchase from the merchant with the item offered by the different merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Ronald Perrella
  • Patent number: 10229411
    Abstract: Fraud analysis for a location aware transaction is disclosed. Location information can be associated with historical fraud events. A location of user equipment can be analyzed against historical fraud information associated with the location to facilitate determination of a fraud factor value. The fraud factor value can reflect a determination related to a likelihood of fraud occurring in an instant transaction based on the historic fraud events proximate to the location. The determination can be based on fraud rules. Further aspects provide for abstraction of the fraud factor to limit exposure of personal information associated with wireless carrier subscribers in fraud analysis for a location aware transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Meredith, Mark Austin, John Pastore
  • Patent number: 10228455
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a rainfall sensor having a rainfall analyzer configured to induce transmitted electromagnetic waves that are guided by a transmission medium to propagate along the transmission medium, wherein the transmitted electromagnetic waves propagate without requiring an electrical return path, wherein the rainfall analyzer receives reflected electromagnetic waves from the transmission medium in response to the transmitted electromagnetic waves and wherein the rainfall analyzer analyzes the reflected electromagnetic waves and generates rainfall data in response thereto. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10230685
    Abstract: Determining a resolved DNS response based on one or more resolutions for a received APN DNS query is disclosed. A resolved DNS response can be based on real-time analysis of a first query and/or on historical resolution of a second query that is sufficiently similar to the first query. In an aspect, training queries can be employed to populate a data store with preferred DNS responses correlated to the training queries and associated network conditions. The data store can then be employed to evaluate a received query, and where sufficiently similar to a training query, corresponding resolution from the training query can be provided as a resolution for the received query. Moreover, as stored query information is determined to become stale, refreshment techniques are disclosed. Additionally, training queries can comprise anticipated queries and historical queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sean Simon, Shilpa Kamdar, David Storm
  • Patent number: 10230426
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments, a communication device includes a dielectric antenna having a feed point and an aperture. A cable comprising a conductorless core is coupled to the feed point of the dielectric antenna. A transmitter is coupled to the cable and facilitates a transmission of first electromagnetic waves to the feed point of the dielectric antenna. The first electromagnetic waves are guided by the conductorless core and propagate along the conductorless core without requiring an electrical return path, and the first electromagnetic waves generate free-space wireless signals from the aperture of the antenna in accordance with a circularly polarized antenna beam pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Giovanni Vannucci, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10228261
    Abstract: Directions are provided over a network to a mobile terminal. Destination entries are stored in a memory. A server receives a voice-based request for directions to a target destination from the mobile terminal. A current location of the mobile terminal is determined. A processor compares the destination entries with the target destination to determine a matching entry. Directional instructions to the matching entry are obtained for the target destination based on the current location of the mobile terminal. The obtained directional instructions are transmitted to the mobile terminal for display on the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Craig M. Cavanaugh, John P. Ruckart
  • Patent number: 10230145
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that performs operations including detecting a signal degradation of guided electromagnetic waves bound to a transmission medium without utilizing an electrical return path, the guided electromagnetic waves having a non-optical frequency range, and adjusting an alignment of at least a portion of fields of the guided electromagnetic waves to mitigate the signal degradation. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10230658
    Abstract: Service providers may subcontract some services to subcontractors. Electronic packets of data may be outsourced for a subcontracted processing service provided by a server or other element. A result of the subcontracted processing service may then be received and incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven N. Tischer, Barrett M. Kreiner, Donna K. Hodges
  • Patent number: 10230632
    Abstract: An SDN controller configures a network element as a service edge. The SDN controller configures a service flow associated with a service to receive a required service treatment. The SDN controller configures an entry point to add routing tags on a set of packets associated with the service. The set of packets are routed in accordance with the routing tags. The required service treatment is applied at the service edge and the tags are removed from the set of packets, which are then forwarded to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Jiansong Wang
  • Patent number: 10230641
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling a call volume for an office that serves as a protecting site for another office in a packet network are disclosed. For example, the method collects one or more customer registration counts from one or more session border controllers located in a first office, determines if the one or more customer registration counts have reached or exceeded a threshold. The method directs all of said one or more session border controllers located in said first office to enact one or more throttling rules if the one or more customer registration counts have reached or exceeded the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chaoxin Qiu, Robert F. Dailey, Arshad Khan, Satish Parolkar, Jeffrey L. Scruggs
  • Patent number: 10231159
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving video content streams from multiple source mobile devices and identifying that the video content streams pertain to a same event. Additional aspects may include identifying end mobile devices for the video content streams and determining a portion of the end mobile devices are coupled to one communication network and another communication network. Further aspects can include identifying a predicted traffic pattern on the first communication network based on the multiple video content streams pertaining to the same event and that the portion of the multiple end mobile devices are communicatively coupled to the first communication network. Additional aspects may include transmitting a portion of the video content streams across the first communication network and transmitting another portion of the video content streams across the second communication network according to the predicted traffic pattern. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Soumyajit Chakraborty, Stephen Francis Triano, James Gordon Beattie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10230811
    Abstract: A cache server receives content and an instruction indicating an event associated with the content that causes a processor to invoke a call out to an adjunct device. The instruction further indicates an operation that the adjunct device is to perform. The cache server detects the event associated with the content, halts a flow of the content in response to detecting the event associated with the content, passes via the call out the content to the adjunct device to perform the operation, receives from the adjunct device a response and resulting data from the operation, and performs an additional operation on the resulting data based on the response from the adjunct device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert J. Sayko, Gregory J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10231281
    Abstract: The disclosed subject matter provides techniques for managing negotiation of extended idle mode discontinuous reception eDRX parameters between a usr equipment (UE) and core network device of a wireless communication network. In this regard, a method is provided that includes establishing, by a device comprising a processor, a wireless communication link with a network device of a wireless network. The method further includes determining, by the device, based on a determination that an idle mode retry protocol for the device is enabled, a number of times the network device has previously instructed the device to use a network value for an idle mode parameter instead of a device value for the idle mode parameter in association with the device operating in an idle mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Yupeng Jia
  • Patent number: 10230845
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for customized communication routing based on user information. When a presence of a first user is detected on a pre-designated webpage of a plurality of webpages of a website, attribute information of the first user is obtained in response to the detected presence and the pre-designated webpage is dynamically modified to display a communication routing option based on the attribute information of the first user. The communication routing option displayed to the first user is different from a communication routing option displayed to a second user having different attribute information. The routing option available to the second user is hidden from display to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Dinardo, Axel Wells, Thomas Norman
  • Patent number: 10231204
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that registers a communication device with a temporary IMSI shared among multiple communication devices with a virtual registration function. Further, the system provisions an active IMSI using a virtual Over-the-Air (OTA) function onto the communication device and indicates to the communication device to register with a registration function using the active IMSI. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Walter Cooper Chastain, Stephen Emille Chin