AT&T Patents Granted

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

  • Patent number: 9949185
    Abstract: Mobile service anchor management (MSAM) is facilitated. MSAM is an anchor management function/system for radio frequency (RF) access configuration/reconfiguration over the downlink, and uplink separated novel frequency division duplex systems. One method comprises determining, by a MSAM system comprising a processor, that a mobile device communicatively coupled to a first network device is associated with a region in which the first network device fails to have line of sight communication with the mobile device; and assigning, by the mobile service anchor management system, the mobile device to a second network device determined to have the line of sight communication for the region. Millimeter watt (mmW) BS devices and devices that operate on other RF bands can be utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yuang Lou, Douglas A. Duet
  • Patent number: 9949298
    Abstract: Enhanced beam management for a wireless communication system is provided. In one example, a method comprises: receiving, from a mobile device, a message indicating first beam information for a selected first beam of beams associated with the base station device, wherein the message is a first received message of a random access channel procedure; and receiving, from the mobile device, message indicating second beam information for a selected second beam of the beams associated with the base station device, wherein the selected second beam is an alternative to the selected first beam for transmission of downlink data to the mobile device from the base station device, and wherein the second beam is indicated in the first message of a two-step random access channel procedure. Methods of signaling the second beam and/or transmission diversity approaches employing the first beam and/or the second beam are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Salam Akoum, Thomas Novlan, Xiaoyi Wang, Arunabha Ghosh, Ralf Bendlin
  • Patent number: 9947982
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a connector that includes a first port configured to receive electromagnetic waves guided by a first dielectric core of a first transmission medium. A waveguide is configured to guide the electromagnetic waves from the first port to a second port. The second port is configured to transmit the electromagnetic waves to a second dielectric core of a second transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, William Scott Taylor, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9948964
    Abstract: Methods and systems for message notification are described. A video message is received from a source access device. A selection of a target user may be received for the video message. A message notification of availability of the video message for a target access device associated with the target user may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Arshad Khan, Niral Sheth
  • Patent number: 9947233
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling access to restricted sectors in airspace. The method includes creating a multi-dimensional map of airspace, overlaying a sector having boundaries onto the map, wherein the sector contains a restricted flight zone and a buffer zone monitoring the flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), sending a command to the UAV if the UAV enters the buffer zone; and generating a response if the UAV does not leave the sector based on the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Sangar Dowlatkhah, Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9949230
    Abstract: Determining a location quality based on base station identification is disclosed. The location quality can be based on an error attributed to a location determined based on historical data related to an identified base station. Application of supplemental data to the historical base station data can improve location quality by reducing the error. Supplemental data can comprise Voronoi data, geographic data, historical UE density data, historical UE timing advance data, or combinations thereof. Voronoi data can be associated with an area less than a service area of the base station. Geographic data can indicate areas where UEs are not likely to be located. UE density data can indicate probably UE locations. Timing advance data can indicate annular regions where a UE should be located. As such, the supplemental data can constrain a location determined for a UE and correspondingly can reduce error associated with the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, William Cottrill, Rick Tipton
  • Patent number: 9948780
    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, account information of the first user is retrieved in response to the detected presence and the pre-designated webpage is dynamically modified to present a communication routing option based on the account information of the first user. The communication routing option presented to the first user is different from a communication routing option presented to a second user having different account information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Dinardo, Axel Wells, Thomas Norman
  • Patent number: 9948354
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a coupling device including a receiving portion that receives a radio frequency signal conveying data from a transmitting device. A magnetic coupler magnetically couples the radio frequency signal to a transmission medium as a guided electromagnetic wave that is bound by an outer surface of the transmission medium. A cap includes a dielectric portion that secures the transmission medium adjacent to the magnetic coupler and a reflective plate that reduces electromagnetic emissions from the magnetic coupler. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Paul Shala Henry, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9948359
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to secondary short-range wireless assist for wireless-based access control. According to one aspect, a method can include receiving, at an access control system, a first identifier via a near-field communications (“NFC”) reader associated with an entryway to an area. The NFC reader can receive the first identifier from an NFC component of a mobile device. The method can include receiving, at the access control system, a second identifier via a wireless transceiver associated with the area. The wireless transceiver associated with the area can receive the second identifier from a wireless communication component of the mobile device after the mobile device has entered the area through the entryway. The method can also include determining, by the access control system, that the first identifier and the second identifier constitute an authentication pair that identifies the mobile device as being authenticated to access the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mike Horton
  • Patent number: 9946975
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying influencers are disclosed. For example, the method obtains a list of customers, and determines a social network for each of the customers. The method selects one or more attributes to be used for predicting a measure of influence for each of the customers, and determines one or more influencers in the social network by using the one or more attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Deirdre Paul, Christopher Volinsky
  • Patent number: 9946614
    Abstract: Faults are managed in a virtual machine network. Failure of operation of a virtual machine among a plurality of different types of virtual machines operating in the virtual machine network is detected. The virtual machine network operates on network elements connected by transport mechanisms. A cause of the failure of the operation of the virtual machine is determined, and recovery of the virtual machine is initiated based on the determined cause of the failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chen-Yui Yang, Paritosh Bajpay, Chang-Han Jong, Chaoxin Charles Qiu
  • Patent number: 9948996
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving registration information indicating a plurality of registered communication devices in proximity to a set-top box, the plurality of registered communication devices being registered according to a communication exchange between the set-top box and each of the plurality of registered communication devices, identifying a group of users associated with the plurality of registered communication devices, and determining characteristics for the group of users according to the identifying of the group of users, correlating the characteristics for the group of users, selecting a directed advertisement according to the correlating of the characteristics, and providing the directed advertisement to the set-top box for presentation. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Fix, Sheldon Kent Meredith, Juliette Zerick
  • Patent number: 9949117
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method including initiating, by a system comprising a processor, a third generation partnership project link between a mobile user equipment and a mobile management entity of a mobile packet core of a mobile communication network, initiating a non-tunneling link between stationary user equipment and a stationary packet core of the mobile communication network, and transmitting packet data from the stationary user equipment to a service through the stationary packet core via the non-tunneling link. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vinod Pandey, Zhi Cui, Liza Fung, Cheng Liu, Paul Edward Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9948355
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for modulating a first electrical signal to generate first modulated electromagnetic waves, and transmitting the first modulated electromagnetic waves on a waveguide located in proximity to a transmission medium. In one embodiment, the first electromagnetic waves can induce second electromagnetic waves that propagate on an outer surface of the transmission medium. The second electromagnetic waves can have a first spectral range that is divided into, contains or otherwise includes a first control channel and a first plurality of bands. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9948976
    Abstract: A method and a system for providing remote set-top box access functions in an Internet browser extension based on advertisement metadata is disclosed. A meta-data tag associated with an advertisement embedded on a currently viewed web page is scanned. It is determined that the meta-data tag is related to entertainment content. A media manipulation action for the entertainment content is determined. A notification that the media manipulation action is available for the entertainment content is displayed. Controls to store the media manipulation action on a user account are provided, and the manipulation action is stored to the user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott White, James Cansler, Charles V. Scott
  • Patent number: 9949136
    Abstract: Measurement data collected by a set of femto access points (FAPs) can be utilized, during a network listen procedure, to detect one or more areas with weak macro network coverage and/or high interference. Moreover, an automatic cell planning (ACP) component can be employed to analyze the measurement data and update a transmission parameter(s) associated with a macro access point. After the update is implemented, the ACP component can trigger another network listen procedure at the set of FAPs and receive new measurement data. The ACP component can evaluate the new measurement data to dynamically verify that the implementation of the update resulted in an improvement of macro network coverage and/or interference within the one or more areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Arthur Brisebois, Thomas Henderson
  • Patent number: 9948661
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for detecting a port scan in a network are disclosed. For example, the method extracts statistics from a message, detects the port scan for a source internet protocol address, determines whether a port scan record exists for the source internet protocol address, creates a port scan record for the source internet protocol address that is extracted when the port scan record does not exist, determines an elapsed time when the port scan record does exist, wherein the elapsed time is determined as a difference between the time stamp that is extracted and a recorded time stamp, sets the recorded time stamp to be the extracted time stamp when the elapsed time is less than an intra-scan time, and determines the port scan has ended for the source internet protocol address when the elapsed time is not less than the intra-scan time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wai Sum Lai, Andrew Egan, Wen-Jui Li
  • Patent number: 9949274
    Abstract: A method controls a wireless network, which includes a controller and a plurality of network elements. The method includes determining interference in the wireless network using radio-link measurements, generating an interference matrix identifying the interference in the wireless network, and generating an adjacency matrix based on the interference matrix identifying locations having unacceptable levels of interference in the wireless network. The method also includes allocating channels and corresponding transmission powers in the wireless network to reduce the unacceptable levels of interference. The method is performed at predetermined fixed time intervals and when a new network element is added to the wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Raj Savoor, Jin Wang, Canhui Ou
  • Patent number: 9948554
    Abstract: A distributed multilayered network routing architecture comprises multiple layers including a controller layer comprising a controller, a control plane layer comprising one or more control plane subsystems, and a data plane layer comprising one or more data plane subsystems. A controller may be coupled to one or more control plane subsystems. A control plane subsystem may in turn be coupled to one or more data plane subsystems, which may include one or more software data plane subsystems and/or hardware data plane subsystems. In certain embodiments, the locations of the various subsystems of a distributed router can be distributed among various devices in the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert Bays
  • Patent number: 9948333
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, generating a wireless signal at a first network device and directing the wireless signal towards a second network device of another utility pole, which includes directing the wireless signal away from another network device of the other utility pole. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    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: 9948511
    Abstract: A network operating system agent can operate to facilitate communications to a network device and a managing server of self-organizing network devices to exchange contexts between an application managed by a user equipment device and the network device. Relationships between self-organizing devices and applications of a user equipment device can be extended so that the network devices are context aware of the application settings. In response to detecting the user equipment device communicating via the network devices, a set of user equipment device parameters and a set of application settings of the application can be communicated to the network devices. The application settings can be modified according to the a set of radio network performance settings of the self-organizing network devices with the user equipment device based on the set of user equipment device parameters and the set of application settings of the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mostafa Tofighbakhsh, David R. Wolter
  • Patent number: 9949138
    Abstract: A system includes a wireless network and a software defined network overlaid over the wireless network. The software defined network includes at least one UAV having a software defined network device and a bridging radio component. The system includes a communication component in communication with the bridging radio component and a controller connected to the software defined network that makes routing decisions and communicates the routing decisions to the software defined network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, Jason Decuir, Robert Gratz
  • Patent number: 9949062
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device and apparatus for generating a predictive message in a communications network are disclosed. For example, the method receives at least one machine-to-machine communication in the communications network, stores the at least one machine-to-machine communication in a database of the communications network, analyzes the at least one machine-to-machine communication, and generates the predictive message based upon the at least one machine-to-machine communication that is analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Arturo Maria
  • Patent number: 9942191
    Abstract: A method and system for universal social messaging is disclosed where an event is detecting on a host device by the electronic social messaging platform, an option associated with the event is selected by the electronic social messaging platform, and the option associated with the event is provided to the user of the host device by the electronic social messaging platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Evan Vanscoyk, James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Paul Gausman, Melanie Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 9942580
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for encoding media content based on network quality of service parameters. A system configured to practice the method determines quality of service parameters for a network between a media server and a media client. The system selects an encoder based on a list of decoders available at the media client and the quality of service parameters, and encodes at least a portion of the media via the encoder. The system can further determine settings for the encoder based on a media type, and encode the media via the encoder according to the settings. The system can detect when the media client moves to a new network, detect new quality of service parameters, and select a new encoder based on the list of decoders available at the media client, the media type, and the new quality of service parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellecutal Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Todd Andrew Fryer, David Irvin, Nick Nicas
  • Patent number: 9942313
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, initializing a boundary estimate for an optimization of a linear programming model describing a network of media servers for servicing requests for media content items from subscriber devices, where the boundary estimate is an estimate of an infeasible solution of the linear programming model, and calculating iteratively, using an exponential potential function, additional boundary estimates for the linear programming model, wherein the calculating resolves to an improved boundary estimate that corresponds to placement of copies of the media content items at the media servers subject to a set of constraints on storage capacity of media servers and on bandwidth for communication links in the network. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Aaron Francis Archer, Seungjoon Lee, David Lee Applegate, Kadangode Ramakrishnan, Vijay Gopalakrishnan
  • Patent number: 9942594
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method including providing, by a processor in a dongle coupled to a display device, a graphical user interface at the display device, and transmitting a message to an authentication server in accordance with authentication information stored in a storage device of the dongle and an input via the graphical user interface. The method also includes obtaining an authentication confirmation; obtaining content from a content server; and recording the content in accordance with a second input via the graphical user interface. The recorded content is transmitted for storage at a storage server. The display device communicates with equipment of a video provider that is associated with a service area. In accordance with the authentication confirmation, the processor is authorized to obtain the content based on the location of the dongle relative to the service area. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Wilson, Arvind Ramdas Mallya
  • Patent number: 9940755
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for explorable augmented reality displays. An augmented reality service can receive a request for augmented reality display data. The request can be associated with a device. The augmented reality service can determine a location associated with the device and identify augmented reality data associated with the location. The augmented reality service can provide augmented reality display data to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Scott Carter, Diana Horn, Suman Ray
  • Patent number: 9942398
    Abstract: Methods, non-transitory computer readable media and devices are disclosed for caching data associated with a second state in a customer service interaction call flow when a first state in the customer service interaction call flow is reached. For example, a method includes a processor for initiating a customer service transaction associated with a customer service interaction flow in response to a communication from a user, determining that a first state in the customer service interaction flow is reached during the customer service transaction, calculating that a likelihood of needing data associated with a second state in the customer service interaction flow during the customer service transaction exceeds a threshold, retrieving, from a data store, data associated with the second state, and storing data associated with the second state in a cache.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael Roybal, Jennifer Songer, Michael Morgan
  • Patent number: 9940842
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to intelligent drone traffic management via a radio access network (“RAN”). As disclosed herein, a RAN node, such as an eNodeB, can receive, from a drone, a flight configuration. The flight configuration can include a drone ID and a drone route. The RAN node can determine whether capacity is available in an airspace associated with the RAN node. In response to determining that capacity is available in the airspace associated with the RAN node, the RAN node can add the drone ID to a queue of drones awaiting use of the airspace associated with the RAN node. When the drone ID is next in the queue of drones awaiting use of the airspace associated with the RAN node, the RAN node can instruct the drone to fly through at least a portion of the airspace in accordance with the drone route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Zhi Cui, Sangar Dowlatkhah
  • Patent number: 9940142
    Abstract: Managing vehicle resources by a network device in lieu of a designated vehicle control device is disclosed. A connected car resource manager of a carrier core network can receive vehicle information intended for the designated vehicle control device. The connected car resource manager can determine a response command that can be substituted for a command from the designated vehicle control device update a parameter of the vehicle. The response command can be based on the vehicle information, supplementary information, etc. Moreover, the response command can be adapted based on a second tier of supplementary information by another carrier core network device. In some embodiments, the connected car resource manager can share management of response commands with the designated vehicle control device vehicle. The connected car resource manager can employ information about other vehicles connected to a network that is not available to the designated vehicle control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Arturo Maria
  • Patent number: 9942737
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for remotely controlling one or more monitoring devices in a user's household in the event of emergency so as to more productively monitor the emergency situation on a real-time basis. The monitoring devices may include a number of multimedia instruments such as a telephone with an answering machine, a computer with a built-in digital camera, a video recording device, a cellular phone with an integrated digital camera, etc. An emergency service provider may remotely activate the monitoring devices in the user's vicinity upon receiving an emergency help request from the user, and receive the information sent by the monitoring devices to enable the service personnel to plan appropriate response to the emergency at hand. Such an arrangement allows for better monitoring of the user's vicinity in an emergency situation without the need for prolonged user participation in narrating or describing the emergency situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Mark J. Enzmann, Robert T. Moton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9942770
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for blocking a cloned mobile device by a processor of a network. The processor receives a first registration from a first mobile device at a first location. The first registration includes a device identifier and a phone number. The processor then confirms that a second registration from a second mobile device at a second location includes the device identifier and the phone number and calculates a first fraud score for the first mobile device and a second fraud score for the second mobile device. The processor then determines that the second mobile device is the cloned mobile device, when the second fraud score exceeds the first score, and blocks the cloned mobile device from registering on the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, William Cottrill, Brandon B. Hilliard
  • Patent number: 9940626
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide an electronic agent are disclosed. An example method includes receiving an interactive program via a network at a first information presenting device, accessing a list of keywords associated with the interactive program via the network, accessing a first database using at least one of the keywords, and presenting an electronic agent on the first information presenting device to at least one of present information retrieved from the first database or offer to retrieve information identified via the first database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Dunmire, Brian Novack, Chad C. Keith, Jeff Clark
  • Patent number: 9942861
    Abstract: A more efficient antenna can be facilitated by accounting for the cable link loss associated with the distance from antenna base equipment to the antenna. As an antenna transitions between various link layers of a telecommunications network, the cable link loss can be accounted for to determine a compensation value. The compensation value can then be used to account for the cable link loss to allow for a more efficient antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Haywood Peitzer
  • Patent number: 9940526
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a network device including a controller programmed to receive security video content associated with a premises where the security video content has been captured by one or more cameras located within or in proximity to the premises and where the premises have one or more digital video recorders, and transmit the security video content to the digital video recorders for forwarding to a communication device that is remote from the premises, where the security video content is wirelessly transmitted over a wireless television channel dynamically selected from available wireless television channels associated with the premises. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas Medina, Jon Heath, Ronald Jones
  • Patent number: 9940748
    Abstract: A method or apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a method for adapting media content of a source device for a recipient device. Characteristics of a first environment of a source device and of a second environment of a recipient can be identified. At least one difference between the characteristics of the first environment of the source device and the characteristics of the second environment of the recipient device can be determined. A presentation of media content can be modified according to the at least one difference between the characteristics of the first environment of the source device and the characteristics of the second environment of the recipient device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrea Basso, Tara Hines, Aleksey Ivanov, Jeffrey Mikan, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 9942217
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for generating a secure token specific to an online service provider are provided. User account information of a user is transmitted to a token processor from an online service provider requesting a secure token generation. The token processor also receives exchange information for an exchange between the user and the online service provider. The token processor generates, based on the exchange information and the user account information, a secure token to be used for the exchange. The generated secure token is mapped to the online service provider and transmitted to the online service provider. The stored secure token is usable only at the mapped online service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Michael Gulledge
  • Patent number: 9942613
    Abstract: A process that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, selecting a media content item and constructing a tout message based on the media content item. Information associated with the media content item is included within the tout message, which includes a selectable link. The selectable link includes instructions for directing equipment of a subscriber to access the media content item without the subscriber providing additional input. A group of communication devices associated with the subscriber is identified, and the tout message is transmitted to a communication device of the group. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 9942329
    Abstract: An architecture that can employ a control plane for managing communications with respect to a set of sensors is provided. By utilizing a control plane, a distinction between control messages and data messages can be provided in a standardized way and the set of sensors can benefit from additional functionality and configurability. For example, the control plane can be employed to modify parameters associated with the set of sensors, which can be effectuated in real time and in situ as opposed to at the time of fabrication or deployment. Moreover, such modifications can relate to both the sensing portions of a particular sensor as well as the communication portions of a particular sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lusheng Ji, Robert R. Miller, II
  • Patent number: 9942721
    Abstract: The use of semi-autonomous vehicles (e.g., unmanned aerial vehicles) as a means to profile an airspace for prospective service, determine the characteristics of a radio-based problem, and temporarily host a service in response to emergency, unexpected outages, or other things are discussed herein. Functionalities of the solution may include probing and profiling, line-of-sight verification, and problem determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Zavesky, Jason Decuir, Robert Gratz
  • Patent number: 9942747
    Abstract: A system for dynamically providing or utilizing services and applications on a temporary or new device is provided. A user can send a message with a secure code that is forwarded to a home network associated with the user. The home network can initiate transferring data from an application repository on the home network to the visited network which can then install the application through over the air programming. Once installed on the device, the application can send authentication information including the subscriber identity module (SIM) information to a virtual SIM database on the visiting carrier or home carrier networks to enable the application and services on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sangar Dowlatkhah, Erie Lai Har Lau
  • Patent number: 9942411
    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: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    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: 9942227
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform, for example, receiving an over-the-air programming message that is utilizing a hypertext transfer protocol where the over-the-air programming message including programming data for use by the mobile communication device, converting the over-the-air programming message to a short message service transport protocol to generate an adjusted message that includes the programming data, and providing the adjusted message to a universal integrated circuit card of the mobile communication device via a baseband proxy operating in a device processor of the mobile communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Walter Cooper Chastain, Stephen Emille Chin
  • Patent number: 9942588
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium operating in a mobile device server. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium can include computer instructions to execute a web server application in the mobile device server. The web server application can be operable cause the mobile device server to detect a media resource center while roaming in a communication zone of the media resource center, transmit a pairing key to the media resource center, and receive from the media resource center authorization to pair with one or more resources selected by the media resource center according to the pairing key. In one embodiment a billing system can be operable to determine whether to apply a monetary charge to a subscriber account based on the pairing key. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David A. Christopher, Nicholas Peter Hill, Jeffrey G. Weber, William A. Brown, Troy C. Meuninck
  • Patent number: 9942783
    Abstract: Femtocell service is provided through a secondary connection to a network gateway node that is part of a service provider network. The secondary connection can be established in response to at least one telecommunication performance condition of a primary connection to the network gateway node; the at least one performance condition includes connectivity state of the primary connection or quality of traffic delivery through the primary connection. The secondary connection can be established, in part, via a home gateway node that is alternative to a home gateway node associated with a femtocell access point (AP) that enables, in part, the femtocell wireless service. The main home gateway node or the femtocell AP can initiate establishment of the secondary connection. Home gateway node(s) or femtocell AP(s) that can provide femtocell service through the secondary connection can manage connectivity with the network gateway node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Fan, Jennifer K. Lam, Cheng P. Liu
  • Patent number: 9942794
    Abstract: A user of a communications network is prevented from consuming an excessive amount of channel bandwidth by restricting use of the channel in accordance with the type of data being downloaded to the user. The user is provided an initial number of credits. As the user consumes the credits, the data being downloaded is checked to determine if is permissible or non-permissible. Non-permissible data includes file-sharing files and movie downloads if user subscription does not permit such activity. If the data is permissible, the user is provided another allotment of credits equal to the initial allotment. If the data is non-permissible, the user is provided an allotment of credits less than the initial allotment. Various restriction policies also can be applied, such as levying additional fees and/or terminating the user's access to the channel. Also, incentives can be provided to entice the user curb the misuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Falguni Sarkar
  • Patent number: 9942710
    Abstract: Determination of a current location of a mobile device based on exchange of messages between the mobile device and a remote device. The determination can be originated from the remote device and can be performed, in certain embodiments, by a system within a network that provides services to the mobile device. The location of the mobile device can be determined without reliance on a dedicated location service module (e.g., software or firmware) at the user equipment. The system can utilize signals from a global navigation satellite system or signals time-of-flight terrestrial signals emitted and/or received at the mobile device. In addition, the system can provide location information associated with the mobile device in response to a prompt from the remote device in instances in which the remote device is authorized to receive location information. An authorized remote device can be or can include a device associated with the user equipment or a third-party device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sangar Dowlatkhah, Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9942395
    Abstract: A method receives a call from a device of a caller destined to a device of a subscriber of a communication network. The method connects the call to the device of the subscriber and then receives from the device of the subscriber an indication that the call is an undesirable call. The indication further includes a description of the call. The method then provides a reward to the subscriber when the indication further includes the description of the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Brian Lee
  • Patent number: 9942621
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, the steps of transmitting media content to a group of set top boxes for presentation with an overlay superimposed onto the media content, receiving a first comment from a first set top box of the group of set top boxes where the first comment is presentable with the overlay and the media content by the group of set top boxes, determining a first advertisement based on the first comment, and transmitting the first advertisement to the first set top box for presentation with the overlay and the media content. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Linda Ann Roberts, E-Lee Chang, Ja-Young Sung, Natasha Barrett Schultz, Robert King