AT&T Patents Granted

AT&T patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9769668
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining a credential of a first subscribed service, responsive to authentication of a user device within a first communication network. Authentication of the user with respect to the first service is facilitated and, in response, a second subscribed service is identified. A notification is provided to an access control function that the user device is granted access to the second subscribed service. The credential is stored in a common authentication repository accessible by the first and second subscribed services. An inquiry from a second communication network is determined in response to the user device requesting authentication there. A second notification is provided to the second communication network that the user device has already been authenticated, allowing the user device to access the services without further authentication. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Venson Shaw, Sangar Dowlatkhah
  • Patent number: 9769873
    Abstract: An access node for a telecommunications network is partitioned into a front end unit and a back end unit coupled by an internet protocol (IP) packet based communication link to provide for data and control packets to be sent between the back end unit and the front end unit. The front end unit performs physical layer and media access layer (MAC) sublayer processing for data for transmission to/from user equipment in the network using baseband processing units that perform highly parallel floating/fixed point operations. The back end unit includes a plurality of general purpose processors to provide data link layer and network layer processing. back end portions may be pooled to provide greater efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Dimas R. Noriega, Arthur R. Brisebois, Giuseppe De Rosa, Henry J. Fowler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9767336
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products and systems for providing video tracking. The method includes receiving a first signal from a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. A location of the RFID tag is determined in response to the first signal. An image that includes the location of the RFID tag is recorded. The location of the RFID tag is marked on the image, resulting in a marked image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett Kreiner, Jonathan L. Reeves
  • Patent number: 9764477
    Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable storage devices are for processing natural language commands, such as commands to a robotic arm, using a Tag & Parse approach to semantic parsing. The system first assigns semantic tags to each word in a sentence and then parses the tag sequence into a semantic tree. The system can use statistical approach for tagging, parsing, and reference resolution. Each stage can produce multiple hypotheses, which are re-ranked using spatial validation. Then the system selects a most likely hypothesis after spatial validation, and generates or outputs a command. In the case of a robotic arm, the command is output in Robot Control Language (RCL).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Svetlana Stoyanchev, Srinivas Bangalore, John Chen, Hyuckchul Jung
  • Patent number: 9767221
    Abstract: Delivering targeted content includes collecting, via at least one tangible processor, user activity data for users during a specified time period. questions asked by the users during the specified time period are extracted from the user activity data, via the at least one tangible processor, and stored in user profiles for the users. The user profiles are clustered, via the at least one tangible processor, based on the questions asked. Targeted content is delivered, via the at least one tangible processor, to a subset of the users based on the clustering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Srinivas Bangalore, Junlan Feng, Michael James Robert Johnston, Taniya Mishra
  • Patent number: 9768863
    Abstract: An improved technique for acoustic sensing involves, in one embodiment, launching into a medium, a plurality of groups of pulse-modulated electromagnetic-waves. The frequency of electromagnetic waves in a pulse within a group differs from the frequency of the electromagnetic waves in another pulse within the group. The energy scattered by the medium is detected and, in one embodiment, may be used to determine a characteristic of the environment of the medium. For example, if the medium is a buried optical fiber into which light pulses have been launched in accordance with the invention, the presence of acoustic waves within the region of the buried fiber can be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Justin Hayward, Andrew B. Lewis, Stuart Russell
  • Patent number: 9766947
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to monitor server loads are disclosed. An example load monitor includes a first virtual machine to replicate a first server; a router interface to cause a router to redirect a portion of requests destined for the first server to the first virtual machine, the first virtual machine to serve the redirected requests; a collector to collect first metric data from the first virtual machine related to processing of the redirected requests; and an overload indicator to indicate an overload condition at the first server based on the first metric data collected from the first virtual machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Charles Shen
  • Patent number: 9767508
    Abstract: A shopper selects from gifts that are compatible with a recipient's devices. When the shopper wishes to purchase a gift, descriptions of gifts are compared to the recipient's devices. Compatible gifts may be recommended, while incompatible gifts may be rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: M. Todd Mitchem
  • Patent number: 9767657
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products disclose a remote control device that controls multiple consumer electronics devices based on orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: John R. Stefanik
  • Patent number: 9768504
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing a terahertz frequency electromagnetic beam are disclosed. For example, the method receives the terahertz frequency electromagnetic beam via a metamaterial having a plurality of addressable magnetic elements, where a resonant frequency of each of the plurality of addressable magnetic elements is capable of being programmably changed via an adjustment, and activates selectively a subset of the plurality of addressable magnetic elements to manipulate the terahertz frequency electromagnetic beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Michael Britz, Robert Raymond Miller, II
  • Patent number: 9769636
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a message to a user of a device, such as a mobile cellular phone, which includes using a signal, such as a wireless broadcast alert, to turn on one or more receivers of the device configured to receive the message, conserves battery power for the device until it is needed in order to receive and transmit the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Kevin Daly, DeWayne A. Sennett
  • Patent number: 9768833
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that facilitates transmitting electromagnetic waves along a surface of a wire that facilitates delivery of electric energy to devices, and sensing a condition that is adverse to the electromagnetic waves propagating along the surface of the wire. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mitchell Harvey Fuchs, Irwin Gerszberg
  • Patent number: 9768830
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a controller to: determine crosstalk coupling characteristics between a plurality of lines of a digital subscriber line system connected to a plurality of modems based on a transition between a full power mode and one or more other modes, and provide the determined crosstalk coupling characteristics to one or more of the plurality of modems for performance of at least one of pre-coding a transmitted signal and processing a received signal along a line of the plurality of lines, where the pre-coding and processing is performed based at least in part on the determined crosstalk coupling characteristics, and where the pre-coding of the transmitted signal and the processing of the received signal reduce effects of fluctuating crosstalk. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas Starr, Peter J. Silverman, George Ginis
  • Patent number: 9769128
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining whether communications are encrypted, determining a communication type for the communications according to sensitivity criteria, encrypting the communications according to the communication type to generate encrypted communications, and transmitting to a second network device the encrypted communications. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Gross, Joshua Lackey, Donald E. Levy, Roger Piqueras Jover, Jayaraman Ramachandran, Cristina Serban
  • Patent number: 9768812
    Abstract: A passive intermodulation detection system is provided to remotely identify passive intermodulation at a base station site and diagnose the type of intermodulation and location of the non-linearity that is the source of the passive intermodulation. The passive intermodulation detection system can generate a test signal in a first band that is transmitted by an antenna. Another antenna can receive a signal in another band, and the passive intermodulation detection system can analyze the received signal to determine whether an intermodulation product due to a non-linearity is present. Based on the type of intermodulation product, period, order, frequency, and etc, the type and location of the non-linearity can be identified and canceled via a passive intermodulation canceling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ernest Tsui, Paul Maxwell, Vibhav Kapnadak
  • Patent number: 9769196
    Abstract: Methods for managing a communication session in a communication network are disclosed. For example, a method includes detecting, by a first endpoint comprising at least one processor, an error condition associated with the communication session, sending, by the first endpoint, a notification of the error condition to a second endpoint that is using a transport layer session and receiving, by the first endpoint, a communication from the second endpoint, proposing a response to the error condition. Another method includes receiving, by a first endpoint comprising at least one processor, a notification of an error condition associated with the communication session, selecting, by the first endpoint, a response to the error condition, and sending, by the first endpoint, a communication to a second endpoint that is using a transport layer session, proposing a response to the error condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David B. Small, Thomas Spencer, IV
  • Patent number: 9769165
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for determining an electromagnetic signature for authenticating a device, a user, and/or a location. In exemplary embodiments, a magnetometer captures an electromagnetic signature which is then compared with one or more authorized electromagnetic signatures. If the electromagnetic signature matches an authorized electromagnetic signature, then access is granted. The magnetometer is integrated into a communication device having a processor and a logic. The magnetometer captures an electromagnetic signature of a surrounding environment and detects motion of the communication device through the captured electromagnetic signature. The logic on the communication device locks or unlocks features of the device based upon the captured electromagnetic signature. In further embodiments of the subject disclosure, the magnetometer is in communication with a server which authenticates a user or communication device to provide access to a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Alexander Varshavsky, Kevin Ansia Li
  • Patent number: 9769284
    Abstract: A system embodying the subject disclosure includes a memory to store instructions. A controller coupled to the memory, responsive to executing the instructions, can perform operations including obtaining performance characteristics for segments of a network; the segments are selected based on a trajectory of a mobile device coupled to the network. The controller can predict future transport and segment characteristics based on the performance characteristics. The controller can receive a request from the mobile device for transmission of a data packet over the network. The controller can monitor a power state of the mobile device and predict a future power state of the mobile device. The controller can determine a target time for fulfilling the request, based on the future power state and the future transport and segment characteristics. The controller can schedule a time for fulfilling the request according to the target time. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Crawford Gibbon, Andrea Basso
  • Patent number: 9769206
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to modes of policy participation for feedback instances. According to one aspect, a system can receive an event associated with an active feedback instance operating in a runtime. The system can map the event to a policy participation level policy. The system can determine a new policy participation level for the active feedback instance according to the policy participation level policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James W. Fan, Jeffrey A. Aaron
  • Patent number: 9769232
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to monitor for media content from a first source that is distributable where the media content is adjusted for distribution to a plurality of communication devices that are associated with a user and a portion of the plurality of communication devices use different communication protocols from another portion of the plurality of communication devices, obtain content metadata from the media content, receive a request for information associated with the media content from a first communication device of the plurality of communication devices of the user, compile the information from the content metadata based at least in part on a user profile associated with the user, and transmit the information to the first communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhu Liu, Andrea Basso, David Crawford Gibbon, Harris Drucker
  • Patent number: 9769242
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, devices, and methods for providing a podcast file that has inserted content that is distinct from the content of the podcast. A remote server provides a web page to a subscriber computing device via a network, and a subscriber computing device transmits a podcast file to the remote server via the network. The remote server inserts content into the podcast file and provides the podcast file along with the inserted content for access from the web page. The remote server transmits the podcast file along with the inserted content responsive to requests from the subscriber computing devices. The subscriber computing devices can process and play the podcast content along with the inserted content from the remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: David Haslam
  • Patent number: 9769274
    Abstract: Data transfer, synchronizing applications, and low latency networks are disclosed. An example method includes maintaining a first buffer in a first computing device, the first buffer to receive discrete units of data from a second computing device; maintaining a second buffer in the first computing device, the second buffer to store size data identifying a size of respective ones of the discrete units of data received from the second computing device; and reading from the first buffer according to a first value of a first pointer and a corresponding one of the sizes stored in the second buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INVESTMENTS UK LLC
    Inventors: Glenford Ezra Mapp, Stephen John Hodges, Derek Edward Roberts, Steven Leslie Pope
  • Patent number: 9769190
    Abstract: Example network monitoring methods disclosed herein include iteratively adjusting respective weights assigned to respective types of network activity features for devices monitored in a network, the iterative adjusting to determine an output set of weights corresponding to ones of the types of network activity features indicative of malicious network activity. For example, the iterative adjusting is to (1) reduce a first distance calculated between a first pair of reference devices previously classified as being associated with malicious network activity, and (2) increase a second distance calculated between a first one of the pair of the reference devices and a first unclassified device. Disclosed example network monitoring methods also include determining whether a second unclassified device is associated with malicious network activity based on the output set of weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Baris Coskun
  • Patent number: 9769316
    Abstract: A method for customization of voice mail messaging. The method includes recording a plurality of voice mail messages, defining selection criteria for each of the plurality of voice mail messages, establishing a first call for which one of the plurality of voice mail messages will be selected, identifying parameters of the first call, matching the parameters with the selection criteria, selecting the one of the plurality of messages based on the matching step, and playing the selected message on the first call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson M. Shaw
  • Patent number: 9769069
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide a consumer services cloud in a communications network are disclosed. An example method includes obtaining, at a first device in a communications network, network communications transmitted from a client device of a communications network customer that are diverted via a software-defined networking switch. The example method also includes analyzing the network communications to identify which of multiple possible users associated with the communications network customer is a current user of the client device; in response to identifying the current user, accessing a first profile corresponding to the identified current user to determine a rule to be used to handle the network communications within the communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Thomas A. Anschutz, Alan Blackburn, Arthur Richard Brisebois
  • Patent number: 9769317
    Abstract: A system receives, at a conference platform, a communication from a communications device of a requester requesting to host an audio conference. The system determines whether an access code provided by the requester is a valid access code associated with a provider communications address specified by the requester. A processor identifies a country from which the communication of the requester originated and determines whether the country from which the communication of the requester originated is a pre-authorized country, associated with a host account, from which to host the global audio conference. An audio conference is established when the access code specified by the requester is determined to be a valid access code associated with the provider communications address specified by the requester and when the country from which the communication of the requester originated is determined to be a pre-authorized country from which to host the audio conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Grant Albert, David Lawcock, Lori Essex, Robert Stokey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9769623
    Abstract: Determining referenced based location information for a wireless radio network is described. Referenced based location information can include determining location reference information and corresponding location offset information based on location information. In an aspect, location information can be timed fingerprint location information. Location offset information can be communicated in a wireless network at a lower operational cost than the associated location information. As such, use of referenced based location information for a wireless network can reduce bandwidth consumption as compared to location information communicated at similar intervals. This is particularly true in large wireless networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jeremy Fix, Andrew G. Hume, Sheldon Kent Meredith
  • Patent number: 9769020
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a waveguide system for determining an event associated with a mode of transmitting or receiving electromagnetic waves on a surface of a transmission medium, identifying according to the event an updated mode for transmitting or receiving adjusted electromagnetic waves on the surface of a transmission medium, and transmitting or receiving the adjusted electromagnetic waves based on the updated mode. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9769764
    Abstract: Connectivity and/or content management in mobile networks is provided. Information associated with a mobile device of a plurality of mobile devices is determined. In various embodiments, the information can be current or past usage or travel pattern information for the mobile device. The mobile device is configured in association with delivery of content. The configuration is based, at least, on the information associated with the mobile device. The mobile device is configured to request accelerated content delivery if the mobile device is located within a good coverage area, and to request connection re-establishment priority if the mobile device is approaching or located within a poor coverage area or a handoff area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Soumyajit Chakraborty, Dave Huggins, Rakhee Nair, Haywood S. Peitzer
  • Patent number: 9769525
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a monitored display monitors data to be output from a monitored display. The monitored data is analyzed to generate one or more content identifiers. The content identifiers are compared to a set of rules to determine if the monitored data should be blocked from being output or if an alert should be transmitted to a supervisor device. One or more supervisor devices may be used to respond to alerts and may also be used to control the output of the monitored display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Behzad Shahraray, Andrea Basso, Lee Begeja, David C. Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Bernard S. Renger
  • Patent number: 9769524
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, generating narrative descriptions corresponding to visual features, visual events, and interactions there between for media content, where the narrative descriptions are associated with time stamps of the media content, and presenting the media content and an audio reproduction of the narrative descriptions, wherein the audio reproduction is synchronized to video of the media content according to the time stamps. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Raghuraman Gopalan, Lee Begeja, David Crawford Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Amy Ruth Reibman, Bernard S. Renger, Behzad Shahraray, Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 9769742
    Abstract: Application services associated with a mobile communication device are facilitated by a mediator gateway. A request for providing an application service is received by the mediator gateway. The request is associated with a mobile communication device. The mediator gateway selects a network among a plurality of networks associated with different carriers to which to send the request. The request is translated into an application programming interface request that is specific to a carrier associated with the selected network. The application programming interface request is sent to an application programming interface gateway associated with the carrier that is associated with the selected network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Arturo Maria, Thomas J. Routt
  • Patent number: 9769545
    Abstract: A system and method is provided to automatically generate content for ITV products and services by processing primary media sources. In one embodiment of the invention, keywords are automatically extracted from the primary media sources using one or more of a variety of techniques directed to video, audio and/or textual content of the multimodal source. In some embodiments, keywords are then processed according to one or more disclosed algorithms to narrow the quantity of downstream processing that is necessary to associate secondary sources (reference items) with the primary video source. Embodiments of the invention also provide automatic searching methods for the identification of reference items based on the processed keywords in order to maximize the value added by the association of reference items to the video source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: Lee Begeja, David Crawford Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Bernard Simon Renger, Behzad Shahraray, Mitchell J. Weinraub, Stephanie A. Morrison
  • Patent number: 9769615
    Abstract: Determining levels of geographic redundancy among radios of a wireless radio network is disclosed. The level of geographic redundancy for a radio can affect the determination of location information for a user equipment (UE) on the wireless radio network. The disclosed subject matter can be employed in conjunction with timed fingerprint location (TFL) technologies to facilitate selection of radios employed in determining time values for TFL location determination. Levels of geographic redundancy can be employed to rank or order radios of a wireless radio network so as to reduce the likelihood of using geographically redundant radios in location determination. Further, rules can be selected to adjust threshold values and equations employed in determining the levels of geographic redundancy. Moreover, rules can be selected to apply boundary conditions to reduce the number of determinations formed for a set of radios of the wireless radio network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Fix, Jie Chen, Sheldon Kent Meredith
  • Patent number: 9769532
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a controller to collect data indicative of temporal actions initiated by a group of users during presenting a media program. The data indicative of the temporal actions are collected in a collective metadata archive. Portions of the media program are identified based on metadata for which a number of occurrences of the temporal actions exceeds a threshold number of occurrences. A compacted presentation of the portions of the media program is prepared based on the metadata. The compacted presentation includes the portions of the media program arranged consecutively. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Amento, Larry Stead, Alicia Abella
  • Patent number: 9769535
    Abstract: A method of managing bandwidth usage at a customer premises includes receiving a content stream at a set-top box device coupled to a display device. The method also includes receiving a power-off command for the display device. Furthermore, the method includes displaying a prompt on the display device, wherein the prompt comprises an instruction to confirm that the display device is active via a confirmation input. The method further includes directing, responsive to the determining that the confirmation input has not been received, a source device to cease sending the content stream to the set-top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David A. Levine, Dale Malik
  • Patent number: 9762955
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving multimedia data comprising program content and promotional content and forwarding the multimedia data is to a multimedia presentation device. A video cue is detected within the multimedia data, wherein the video cue is imperceptible during a normal display rate of the multimedia data. A selection for alternative display rate is received. Alternative content is forwarded to the display device responsive to the video cue and the selection for alternative display rate being different from normal display rate. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, L.P.
    Inventors: David Nagorniak, Adam Gasper
  • Patent number: 9763145
    Abstract: Packet data protocol (PDP) contexts are managed upon cellular-to-femto handover, wherein femto network has disparate capabilities to support applications with distinct access point names (APNs) and quality of service (QoS) profiles. Based at least on activity factors of applications associated with PDP contexts, a QoS-based ranking of PDP contexts, and subscriber input, cellular network platform selects active PDP contexts to retain and suspend upon handover. A group of active PDP contexts is handed off in accordance with femto coverage capability, with remaining active PDP contexts suspended during handover. When a suspended PDP context, and application associated therewith, is resumed through femto coverage, a PDP context modification is conducted with a new APN and the application is routed to a corresponding femto gateway node and application server. Additionally, femto network platform performs a radio access bearer reconfiguration to meet QoS requirements of the resumed PDP context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Yung Shirley Choi-Grogan
  • Patent number: 9762717
    Abstract: A method and system for operating a mobile device includes interpreting a user-defined pattern detected by at least one of a touch interface and a motion sensor included with the mobile device. The user-defined pattern may be interpreted as at least one of: a polygon, an ellipse, a curve, a line segment, an alphanumeric character, and a movement of the mobile device. The user-defined pattern may be a two-dimensional pattern traced by the user on the touch interface. When the user-defined pattern is recognized, a wireless communication command may be executed by the mobile device. The wireless communication command may be a telephone command or a remote control command for a remote-controlled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ian C. Schmehl, James Leonard Cansler, Scott Anthony White
  • Patent number: 9762736
    Abstract: Audio processing is provided to determine whether an audio issue is present within a multi-participant communication system such as a teleconference or videoconference bridge or a trunk dispatch system. Audio issues such as background noise, background conversations, or other unwanted audio that is being interjected into the multi-participant conversation and that may be dominating the audio are detected by measuring characteristics of audio samples taken from the communication ports of the multi-participant communication system. A correction may then be applied to the audio received through the communication port by a processor of the multi-participant communication system without intervention by an administrator, such as by muting the port, applying a noise cancellation to audio from the port, or time-shifting the audio from the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett Kreiner, Jonathan Reeves
  • Patent number: 9762739
    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: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    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: 9763148
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method, including applying a voice quality model to network performance information associated with a voice over internet protocol call session to generate a measure of voice quality associated with a first wireless radio access network wirelessly coupling a mobile device and a communication network, detecting a trigger condition for a measurement reporting according to the measure of voice quality, a first signal of the first wireless radio access network, and a second signal of a second wireless radio access network, and detecting a trigger condition for a measurement report according to the measure of voice quality, a first signal of the first wireless radio access network, and a second signal of a second wireless radio access network. The measurement report can be transmitted to the first wireless radio access network responsive to detecting the trigger condition for the measurement reporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC, Interwise Ltd.
    Inventors: Tony Wong, Zahi Kapeluto, Thomas Keathley
  • Patent number: 9762289
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for transmitting first electromagnetic waves that propagate on a surface of a component of a transit system, and receiving second electromagnetic waves that propagate on the surface of the component of the transit system. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9762457
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing and using a deep packet inspection virtual function. A control system can detect a service request. The control system can analyze a policy to determine a function of a service to which the service request relates, a virtual machine that will host the function, and a deep packet inspection virtual function associated with the service. The control system can trigger loading of an image to the virtual machine and instantiation of the virtual machine. The image can include the function of the service and the deep packet inspection virtual function. The control system can validate the service and the deep packet inspection virtual function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Walter Cooper Chastain
  • Patent number: 9763206
    Abstract: Adjustment of a downlink transmit power parameter, such as a ceiling level, is disclosed. Signal-to-noise type information and committed power information can be employed to determine the ceiling level adjustment. A ceiling level can be a predetermined cap on transmission power for downlink channels between a user equipment and a base station. Where there is sufficient headroom in total transmission power and a power level greater than the predetermined ceiling can be effective, the ceiling can be adjusted to greater values than the predetermined value. Where total transmission power is more committed, ceiling adjustment can be prevented. Further, where there is no adequate benefit from increasing the ceiling, the adjustment of the ceiling can be prevented. While some instances can result in optimized transmission levels below the ceiling, instances can also be accommodated where the ceiling is to be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Gusavac, Manish Vaishnav
  • Patent number: 9762634
    Abstract: A particular method includes receiving a media stream that includes digital broadcast grade video. The method further includes compressing the media stream to form a compressed digital media stream using a Joint Photographic Experts Group 2000 compliant compression coding system. The method further includes converting the compressed digital media stream into data packets. The method further includes selecting a cellular data network from a plurality of available cellular data networks based on one or more quality of service factors. The method further includes transmitting the data packets via the cellular data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas Angelo Nicas, Frank Robert Coppa, Larry Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9761218
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for intelligent caching of concatenative speech units for use in speech synthesis. A system configured to practice the method can identify, in a local cache of text-to-speech units for a text-to-speech voice an absent text-to-speech unit which is not in the local cache. The system can request from a server the absent text-to-speech unit. The system can then synthesize speech using the text-to-speech units and a received text-to-speech unit from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Stern, Mark Charles Beutnagel, Alistair D. Conkie, Horst J. Schroeter, Amanda Joy Stent
  • Patent number: 9757065
    Abstract: A system for providing a connected dental device is disclosed. In particular, the system may include integrating a network chip or transceiver into a dental device, such as a toothbrush, so as to enable the dental device to communicate with a user device and one or more accessory devices. Once the user device and one or more accessory devices are paired with the user device, the system may track information associated with the dental device and the user using the dental device. Based on the tracked information, the system may determine an action to be performed by the user using the dental device. Using the dental device, the system may transmit a notification to the user device to alert the user of the action that needs to be performed. The system may also transmit notifications providing status information for the dental device and the one or more accessory devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Krishnapraveen Suri, Perla Hizon
  • Patent number: 9763285
    Abstract: A device, non-transitory computer-readable medium, and method for disengaging a corrective action via a wearable unit are disclosed. In one example, a processor may receive a movement model for a type of motion of a user, collect sensor data associated with the type of motion of the user from a plurality of sensors of a wearable unit, and determine that the sensor data is not in accordance with the movement model. The processor may further provide a corrective action via the wearable unit in accordance with the movement model when it is determined that the sensor data is not in accordance with the movement model, detect a triggering condition for disengaging the corrective action, and disengage the corrective action when the triggering condition is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: James H. Pratt, Greg W. Edwards, Michael Lattanzi, Constance Missimer
  • Patent number: 9758200
    Abstract: An aerodynamic drag reduction device for use on an over-the-road cargo vehicle. The vehicle has a prismatically shaped cargo area, which includes a rear face of the cargo area substantially perpendicular to the direction of travel. The device comprises a plurality of resilient prongs arranged along a rear edge of the vehicle body, extending from a respective fixed end secured to the vehicle body rearward in a flow-wise direction beyond the rear edge of the vehicle body to a respective free end. Each prong is separated from an adjacent prong in the plurality, and each is flexible to permit deflection, under the influence of airflow over the vehicle at a predetermined speed, above and below a first plane defined by the surface of the vehicle to which the plurality of prongs is secured. Each prong is further resistant to deflecting in a direction parallel to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, Mario Kosseifi, John Pastore