AT&T Patents

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  • Patent number: 9860579
    Abstract: A system for targeted advertising is disclosed having with a non-transitory computer readable storage medium, having a computer program stored therein, the computer program including but not limited to instructions to map each of N channel numbers to the new and unique channel number at a set top box when a subscriber selects one of the N channel numbers, wherein each of the N channel numbers is the same in each of the K advertising groups, and wherein each of the N channel numbers is mapped to a different new channel number in each of the K advertising groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Small, Canhui Ou, Raghvendra Savoor, Stephen A. Sposato
  • Patent number: 9860906
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device and apparatus for processing a machine-to-machine communication. For example, the method receives a request for transmission of the machine-to-machine communication in the communications network, wherein the machine-to-machine communication is between two dedicated machines operated by a customer of the communications network, determines an overall priority of the request, wherein the overall priority is based on a plurality of priority parameters, wherein the plurality of priority parameters comprises at least two of: a level of delivery service priority, a customer type priority, a location type priority, a sensor type priority, a registration status priority, a transmission status priority, and a bearer establishment priority, and transmits the machine-to-machine communication over the communications network to a destination, wherein the transmitting is based on the overall priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Rajendra Prasad Kodaypak
  • Patent number: 9860812
    Abstract: Intelligent radio access technology sensing and selection are applied in a dynamic traffic steering network. Network characteristics and network policies are determined. A server sends network characteristics and network policies to user equipment devices. User equipment devices can determine a radio access technology to connect to based on network policies and network characteristics. Further, it can be determined how to select user equipment devices for connection to a radio access network via a radio access technology. User equipment devices can dynamically select a radio access network for connection based on real-time or near real-time radio access network conditions. A self-organizing network can monitor and determine radio access network conditions and the radio access network conditions can be sent to user equipment devices in given cellular broadcast area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Rick Tipton, Mark Austin, Zhi Cui, Alain Ohana
  • Patent number: 9858345
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for using a classifier for processing a query are disclosed. For example, the method receives a query from a user, and processes the query to locate one or more documents in accordance with a search engine having a discriminative classifier, wherein the discriminative classifier is trained with a plurality of artificial query examples. The method then presents a result of the processing to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ilija Zeljkovic, Srinivas Bangalore, Patrick Haffner, Jay Wilpon
  • Patent number: 9860846
    Abstract: Devices, methods and computer-readable media for controlling a device timeout parameter are disclosed. For example, a device receives a condition for modifying a timeout parameter and a modification. The device then detects the condition for modifying the timeout parameter and applies the modification to the timeout parameter in response to detecting the condition. A method determines a maximum time for a timeout parameter of a device and transmits a message to the device indicating the maximum time for the timeout parameter. A further method determines a condition for modifying a timeout parameter of a device and a modification. The method then transmits a message to the device indicating the condition for modifying the timeout parameter of the device and the modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marc Stephen Kolaks, Joseph Richmeyer
  • Patent number: 9860781
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for dynamic bundling of uplink data sessions based upon network signaling conditions and application interactivity states. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a mobile device can receive signaling load information from a base station. The mobile device can determine a characteristic of an uplink data flow request. The mobile device can determine whether the uplink data flow request should be bundled based, at least in part, upon the signaling load information and the characteristic of the uplink data flow request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Arthur Richard Brisebois
  • Patent number: 9860599
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices, and products provide sample content. One such device includes a processor that receives an electronic programming guide including a listing of available content. The processor also receives an ancillary stream of including samples of content listed in the electronic programming guide. The processor receives a subscriber input that selects a particular content from the electronic programming guide. The processor filters unselected samples of content from the ancillary stream of data to produce a sample of the selected particular content. The processor processes the sample as a video signal, thus producing a preview of the selected particular content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas Steven Huslak, Arnold C. McQuaide, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9860075
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a communication node having a modem that receives first data streams from a source communication node via a first plurality of twisted pair transmission lines. A multiplexer selects a first subset of the first data streams and a second subset of the first data streams. A wireless transceiver wirelessly transmits the first subset of the first data streams as radio frequency signals via an antenna to at least one device. A distribution point unit transmits the second subset of the first data streams on a second plurality of twisted pair transmission lines to a destination communication node of a distributed antenna system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Irwin Gerszberg, George Blandino
  • Patent number: 9860693
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device and apparatus for processing a text message are disclosed. For example, the method receives the text message, analyzes the text message for an indication that a sender of the text message is requesting location information of an individual that the text message is addressed to, receives a permission to provide the location information of the individual receiving the text message, and transmits the location information of the individual to an endpoint device of the sender, wherein the location information of the individual is continually updated and sent to the endpoint device of the sender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mostafa Tofighbakhsh
  • Patent number: 9860181
    Abstract: Described is a system and method for determining a classification of an application that includes initiating a stress test on the application, the stress test including a predetermined number of stress events, wherein the stress events are based on a network impairment. A response by the application to each stress event is identified and the application is classified as a function of the response into one of a first classification and a second classification, the first classification indicative of a normal application and the second classification indicative of an undesired application. If, the application is in the second classification, a network response procedure is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas Duffield, Balachander Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 9860374
    Abstract: In embodiments of the disclosed technology, a plurality of ratings of websites is received, wherein each rating is associated with a category and a rater and each rater is associated with at least one group. A selection of a category is received from the user, wherein the user is associated with at least one group. One website location (or a plurality of website locations) is provided in the category to the user based on at least one rating of the plurality of ratings provided by at least one of the raters, wherein at least one group associated with the rater and at least one the group associated with the user are the same group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 9858575
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media and devices for calculating fraud scores for pending payment transactions are disclosed. A method includes a processor receiving a request for a fraud score. The request comprises a notification of a pending payment transaction that is associated with a credit card of a user and associated with a first location. The processor then detects a location of a device associated with the user, calculates a fraud score based upon the location of the device and the first location, and sends a response comprising the fraud score that is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, David Patterson, Edmond Abrahamian
  • Patent number: 9858966
    Abstract: A system for providing digital video recorder options for editing content is disclosed. In particular, the system may include receiving requests for a first version of media content and providing access to the first version of the media content. A user that accesses the first version of the media content may select a portion of the media content, and indicate whether, for example, the portion should be skipped, modified, or emphasized when the media content is accessed on a subsequent occasion. The system, based on the selection and indication, may edit the first version of the media content to create a second version of the media content. When a subsequent attempt is made to access the first version of the media content, the system may provide the user with the option to access the second version of the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: John P. Davis, III, Jeffrey Mikan
  • Patent number: 9860323
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, utilizing a first diameter agent function to route messages between network elements that provide policy control and charging for a communication session, utilizing the first agent function to maintain transaction and session state during the communication session, and utilizing the first agent function to selectively adjust routing and non-routing information for the messages. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: W. Chastain
  • Patent number: 9860206
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving a plurality of media content instances, where each media content instance of the plurality of media content instances comprises origination information, identifying a common event from the origination information of each media content instance of the plurality of media content instances, determining a plurality of viewing perspectives of the plurality of media content instances responsive to identifying the common event, and sending an alert to a social network to enable access to a viewing perspective of the plurality of viewing perspectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Crawford Gibbon, Lee Begeja, Raghuraman Gopalan, Zhu Liu, Amy Ruth Reibman, Bernard S. Renger, Behzad Shahraray, Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 9860720
    Abstract: Facilitating communication between cellular and digital mobile radio devices is presented herein. In one aspect, a digital mobile radio messaging gateway is deployed within a cellular network that allows cellular devices to send and/or receive data to digital mobile radio devices. Moreover, the digital mobile radio messaging gateway provides transparent messaging access from devices to digital mobile radio switches and/or gateways essentially making the cellular network an extension of the digital mobile radio network. As an example, the digital mobile radio messaging gateway converts data received from the digital mobile radio network to a message that conforms to a protocol supported by the cellular network. Similarly, the digital mobile radio messaging gateway converts data received from the cellular network to a message that conforms to a protocol supported by the digital mobile radio network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Arturo Maria
  • Patent number: 9860228
    Abstract: Pre-delivery authentication may be required prior to routing and delivery of electronic content. A sender of the electronic content, for example, may require that a recipient authenticate to ensure legitimate use or identity. Should pre-delivery authentication be required, the electronic content is held at any networked device while the recipient authenticates. If the recipient correctly authenticates, then the electronic content is released for delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Amy Zwarico, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 9860700
    Abstract: A mobile participation platform enables a wireless network operator or third party to solicit response data related to a specific time and location specific event by signaling multiple mobile device users that meet predefined qualifications. The qualifications include presence at the specific location at the specific time, and may include other characteristics, such as prior consent to receive solicitations, and particular device type or data collection functionality. The platform locates mobile devices that may qualify for participation, and generates and transmits a solicitation. Mobile devices receiving the solicitation may activate a participation client to acknowledge the solicitation and to contribute by submitting the requested response data, which may include photos, text, sensor data, audio, video and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nemmara K. Shankaranarayanan, Byoung-Jo Kim
  • Patent number: 9860067
    Abstract: An access point device that broadcasts a signal including a publicly known PLMN code is conventionally assumed by user equipment devices to be a legitimate access point device deployed by the communication provider associated with that PLMN. User equipment devices associated with that provider may attempt to attach to that access point device, even if the access point device is in reality a rogue access point device. During this exchange of information, the rogue access point device can compromise the user equipment device in numerous ways and can do so despite strong encryption/authentication associated with modern LTE standards. Architectures are disclosed that provide cryptographically signed information in a broadcast message so an access point can be authenticated before selection, attempting to attach, accepting instructions, and/or transmitting any information to the access point device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Roger Piqueras Jover, Gustavo de los Reyes
  • Patent number: 9860726
    Abstract: A group of low power transceiver devices may create a private wireless network. In a private communication network, each device may monitor neighboring devices and transmit a low power signal on a periodic basis. At any time, if a device breaks away from the private communication network, the device determines its location and then transmits its location to one or more devices in the group at a high transmit power level. The policy governing communication and alerts of the group of low power transceiver devices may change based on location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jeremy Fix, Sheldon Kent Meredith, Rudolph Louis Mappus, IV
  • Patent number: 9855955
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed for operating a vehicle. The vehicle is operated by tracking a location of the vehicle, a vehicle configuration and external conditions around the vehicle over a time period. A repetitive occurrence is identified, the repetitive occurrence having a start condition and an end condition and a transition path between the start position and the end condition. The number of times the repetitive occurrence occurs during the time period is determined and compared to a first threshold. When the first threshold is satisfied and the vehicle is located at the start condition, a function is provided, that when activated by an operator of the vehicle, will automatically transition the vehicle along the transition path between the start position and the end condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Roque Rios, III, Luis Ramos, James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Stephen Francis Triano, Amee Fontanetta
  • Patent number: 9860728
    Abstract: Security systems are warned of earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. When an early warning system detects a natural disaster, the early warning system alerts a central server. The early warning system alerts the central server to the natural event and its associated geographic area. The central server may then consult a database and determine the security systems operating in a vicinity of the geographic area experiencing the natural event. The central server may thus warn the security systems of the natural event. The security systems may then implement pre-programmed procedures to protect life and property during earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Best, Ted Fick, Hendrik Hofman, Timothy Plattner, Balaji Puli
  • Patent number: 9860672
    Abstract: Application states of applications associated with a communication device can be network controlled. An application agent, associated with an application used by the communication device, controls transitioning the application between application states based on network indicators received or network events detected from a communication network. The application states include active state or doze state. An application management component associated with the communication network at least partially controls transitioning the application between application states to facilitate controlling network traffic or reducing network congestion. The application agent or application management component can map application states to various factors, including radio states, congestion level, application performance indicators, network policies, or user policies, to facilitate determining which application state to apply to an application at a given time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T MIBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Cagatay Buyukkoc, Gaviphat Lekutai, Shyam P. Parekh, Arvind Ramachandran Raghavan, Mostafa Tofighbakhsh
  • Patent number: 9860177
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for managing network load using device application programs. An illustrative method includes receiving, at a mobile device, a list of preferred combinations of location area codes (“LACs”), cell identifiers (“CIDs”), and times that data access by the mobile device is to be incentivized, determining a current LAC associated with a location area within which the mobile device is currently located, determining a current CID associated with a base transceiver station to which the mobile device is currently connected, determining a current time, and determining if the current LAC, the current cell ID, and the current time are included as a preferred combination in the list. The method also includes providing an indication that data access by the mobile device is incentivized if the current LAC, the current cell ID, and the current time are included in the list as a preferred combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mario Kosseifi, Mark Austin, Sheldon Kent Meredith, Trey Norred, III
  • Patent number: 9860339
    Abstract: Determining a custom content delivery network is disclosed. This can comprise determining a custom content delivery network (CCDN) based on information determined by an intelligent software-defined network (ISDN). An ISDN can receive a content request and related information from a user equipment (UE). The ISDN can determine CCDN information that can be employed to provision a transport network corresponding to the CCDN information. The transport network can be customized based on the content request and the related information. Moreover, as the related information changes, the transport network can be correspondingly updated. Some embodiments disclose an ISDN operating on a virtual machine in a cloud-computing environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Sangar Dowlatkhah, Jeffrey Joseph Farah
  • Publication number: 20170373951
    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: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Walter Cooper Chastain
  • Publication number: 20170374318
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to service orchestration to support cloud-based, multi-party video conferencing service in a virtual overlay network environment. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a video conferencing service orchestrator can receive, from a user device, a service request for the cloud-based, multi-party video conferencing service orchestrated by the video conferencing service orchestrator. In response to the service request, the video conferencing service orchestrator can provide, to the user device, virtual network layer system software and a virtual machine container for installation on the user device. The virtual network layer system software can implement a network function to provide an interface between the user device and a service controller during a video conference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chen-Yui Yang, David H. Lu, Gabriel Bourge, Xidong Wu
  • Publication number: 20170373986
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a cloud computing system can include a load adaptation architecture framework that performs operations for orchestrating and managing one or more services that may operate within at least one of layers 4 through 7 of the Open Systems Interconnection (“OSI”) communication model. The cloud computing system also can include a virtual resource layer. The virtual resource layer can include a virtual network function that provides, at least in part, a service. The cloud computing system also can include a hardware resource layer. The hardware resource layer can include a hardware resource that is controlled by a virtualization layer. The virtualization layer can cause the virtual network function to be instantiated on the hardware resource so that the virtual network function can be used to support the service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anisa Parikh, Siroos K. Afshar, Paritosh Bajpay, Pradeep Khowash, Reuben Klein
  • Publication number: 20170372720
    Abstract: A system for cloud acoustic enhancement is disclosed. In particular, the system may leverage metadata and cloud-computing network resources to mitigate the impact of noisy environments that may potentially interfere with user communications. In order to do so, the system may receive an audio stream including an audio signal associated with a user, and determine if the audio stream also includes an interference signal. The system may determine that the audio stream includes the interference signal if a portion of the audio stream correlates with metadata that identifies the interference signal. If the audio stream is determined to include the interference signal, the system may cancel the interference signal from the audio stream by utilizing the metadata and the cloud-computing network resources. Once the interference signal is cancelled, the system may transmit the audio stream including the audio signal associated with the user to an intended destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Donald J. Bowen, Dimitrios B. Dimitriadis, Lusheng Ji, Horst J. Schroeter
  • Publication number: 20170374191
    Abstract: A method of operating a mobile device includes receiving, from a motion sensor, motion information indicative of mobile device motion, recognizing a motion pattern indicated by the motion information, identifying a particular function corresponding to the motion pattern, and determining whether the particular function comprises a function for remotely controlling a remotely controlled device. Responsive to determining the particular function is a function for remotely controlling a remotely controlled device, a remote control command corresponding to the particular function is wirelessly sent to the remotely controlled device. If the particular function is a function for remotely controlling a remotely controlled device, the particular function is executed via a wireless network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ian C. Schmehl, James Leonard Cansler, Scott Anthony White
  • Publication number: 20170373721
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a coupling device includes a circuit that receives a signal. At least one passive electrical circuit element generates an electromagnetic field in response to the signal. A portion of the electromagnetic field is guided by a surface of a transmission medium to propagate as a guided electromagnetic wave longitudinally along the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20170374022
    Abstract: A method for logging communication includes determining when a target user is active and identifying an access device and private Internet Protocol (IP) address associated with the target user when the target user is active. The method further includes causing the access device to provide traffic information associated with the target user to a logging device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Geoffrey Zampiello
  • Patent number: 9854005
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide data network services to a non-registering endpoint are disclosed herein. A disclosed method includes, transmitting, by executing an instruction with a processor, information identifying the non-registering endpoint and a first list identifying a plurality of proxy-call session control functions to a plurality of serving-call session control functions, the plurality of proxy-call session control functions being statically assigned to process calls to the non-registering endpoint when selected by any of the plurality of serving-call session control functions. In the disclosed example method, the non-registering endpoint is unable to register with any data network. The first list can be provided to the plurality of serving-call session control functions in response to an event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Min Lu, Martin Dolly, Leticia Johnson, Mark Ratcliffe
  • Patent number: 9852450
    Abstract: Location-blocking and identity-blocking services that can be commercially offered by a service promoter, e.g., a cellular service provider or a web advertiser. In the identity-blocking service, the service provider may disclose the current physical location of a mobile subscriber (i.e., a cellular phone operator) to a third party (e.g., a web advertiser) subscribing to the identity-blocking service. However, the service provider may not send any identity information for the mobile subscriber to the third party. On the other hand, in the location-blocking service, the service provider may disclose the mobile subscriber's identity information to the third party, but not the current physical location of the mobile subscriber. Blocking of the mobile subscriber's identity or location information may be desirable for privacy reasons, to comply with a government regulation, or to implement a telecommunication service option selected by the mobile sub scriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Mark J. Enzmann, Robert T. Moton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9854288
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform operations, for example, including determining a first correlation value between a behavior of a first audience member and a subject matter being presented at a display processor, wherein the subject matter being presented at the display is observable by the first audience member. A second correlation value is determined between the behavior of the first audience member and a characteristic of an environment in a vicinity of the display and the first audience member. Responsive to the second correlation value exceeding the first correlation value, a determination is made as to whether a present channel selection resulting from user input initiated by the first audience member is responsive to the characteristic of the environment influencing the audience member more than the subject matter being presented at the display. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Crawford Gibbon, Raghuraman Gopalan, Bernard S. Renger, Behzad Shahraray, Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 9854428
    Abstract: Function-control instructions for controlling a function or feature of a device can be created remotely, locally, or both. A device can receive a function-control instruction or a function-control instruction embedded in received content. Additionally, or alternatively, a function-control instruction can be created locally based on user information or calibration information. Function-control instructions can be passed to an instruction execution application that interprets the function-control instruction. The instruction execution application can pass instructions, based on the function-control instruction, to the device for implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Carl L. Martin, II
  • Patent number: 9852431
    Abstract: Website management services are disclosed. The services include presenting, by a website management host computer, a web page to a client device. The web page includes options that are configurable by a user of the client device for selecting a provider entity from a list of provider entities. The provider entities provide subscription-based technical services to subscribers. The subscription-based technical services include a links checker configured to verify operability of web page links for a website owned by the user of the client device and a monitor service configured to monitor performance characteristics of the website. The services include receiving, from the client device, a subscription-based technical service and a corresponding provider entity. The provider entities are third-party entities with respect to the website management host computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Zakir Patrawala
  • Patent number: 9854023
    Abstract: A method for disseminating content over an overlay network having a plurality of routers in communication with providers and consumers of content is disclosed. A router in the overlay network receives a content descriptor corresponding to a query for content from a node, and generates a subscriber interface list based on the query for the content. The subscriber interface list is transmitted to a plurality of subsequent routers in the overlay network, wherein a content identified by the subsequent routers that correspond to the query will be routed to the router based on the subscriber interface list. The router receives first and second documents corresponding to the query for the content from the node. If the second document is the duplicate, the router deletes the second document and transmits the first document to the node or if not the router transmits both the first and second documents to the node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Kadangode Ramakrishnan, William Fenner, Michael Rabinovich, Divesh Srivastava, Yin Zhang
  • Patent number: 9854405
    Abstract: A drive safety application (app) that is controls other mobile app(s) and/or functionality of a communication device is centrally regulated via a network device. A manual override instruction can be provided to the network device by an authorized subscriber (e.g., via an online portal) and accordingly, the network device can instruct the communication device to disable the drive safety app. Profiling data is collected from various sources, such as, but not limited to, device sensors, location calculators, a vehicle's onboard diagnostic system (e.g., OBD2) sensors (e.g., via wireless link), scanned access points, etc. The profiling data can be utilized to calibrate device sensors of the communication device and to determine a location and/or context of the user. Further, a set of the mobile apps can be disabled/enabled based on an analysis of the location and/or context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Kenneth Yoo
  • Patent number: 9851999
    Abstract: Virtualization of a physical telephone number mapping service is provided. An amount of memory needed for handling requests from users of a physical telephone number mapping service provided by a communication network is determined. A listing of different virtual machine flavors available for instantiation is searched. Each virtual machine flavor has a different respective memory capacity. A determination is made whether there is a virtual machine flavor available for instantiation that has a memory capacity adequate to handle the requests. Responsive to determining that there is a virtual machine flavor available for instantiation that has the memory capacity adequate to handle the requests, instantiation of the virtual machine flavor is initiated for handling the requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad Yasrebi, James E. Jackson, Art Daddona
  • Patent number: 9853960
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for a peer applications trust center. A trust client can execute on a client computer and a trust service can execute on a server computer to provide the peer applications trust center. The trust client or trust server can register applications. During registration, the trust server or the trust client can generate a public key or other identifier for identifying the registered application. If another application requests access to the registered application, the trust server or the trust client can determine if the request specifies a registered application by name. If the requestor is granted access to the application, the requestor can be issued a token. Tokens can be revoked, updated, replaced, or renewed for various purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Loc An Yu
  • Patent number: 9854598
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments of the disclosed technology, an Access Point (AP) schedules communication traffic flows or service tasks between an Access Point (AP) and one or more member stations in a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN). The communication traffic flows or service tasks may include both control and management flows and data traffic flows. The communication traffic flows or service tasks may include traffic flows or streams of different types, each of which may have different service intervals. The order of service tasks can be changed from cycle to cycle, randomly, by rotation, or based on historical delay records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lusheng Ji, Bo Han, Robert Raymond Miller, II
  • Patent number: 9854581
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for determining an emotional characteristic associated with a user according to biologic information received from a mobile communication device, receiving, from the mobile communication device, availability information associated with the user, modifying a first version of a media selection according to the emotional characteristic of the user to generate a second version of the media selection, and transmitting the second version of the media selection to the mobile communication device associated with the user for presentation at the mobile communication device. The modifying can include selecting, for inclusion in the second version of the media selection, a first portion of the first version of the media selection corresponding to the emotional characteristic. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson Shaw
  • Patent number: 9854058
    Abstract: A third-party profile service based on a proxy server model is described, where a user's profile service resides at a URL, in contrast to a profile service that requires federation identity. A profile service is provided that augments location-based services offered by service providers targeting mobile users via, for example, wireless and Wifi Networks. Additional personalization is driven by identity/profile services. Participants in the scenario are not required to share an identity or profile (i.e., static federation is not required). The user establishes a single profile with a trusted provider, hands-off solicitations to a profile agent that operates on behalf of the user to apply policies and preferences. The agent also provides privacy and anonymity (opaqueness).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sreenivasa Rao Gorti, David Patron, Paul VanVleck, Javier B. Arellano
  • Patent number: 9853343
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a coupler including a receiving portion that receives a first electromagnetic wave conveying first data from a transmitting device. A guiding portion guides the first electromagnetic wave to a junction for coupling the first electromagnetic wave to a transmission medium. The first electromagnetic wave propagates via at least one first guided wave mode. The coupling of the first electromagnetic wave to the transmission medium forms a second electromagnetic wave that is guided to propagate along the outer surface of the transmission medium via at least one second guided wave mode that differs from the at least one first guided wave mode. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 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: 9853342
    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: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, William Scott Taylor, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9854509
    Abstract: Motion adaptive wireless user equipment (UE) in a wireless network are provided. Kinetic information is leveraged to select a preferred radio (or radio technology) or adapt a reselection scanning interval. This can serve to improve the performance of a UE by reducing the amount of power expended in maintaining an adequate level of connectedness to the wireless network components in the face of UE movement. In a further aspect, kinetic power generators can be employed as a source of UE transit data. Kinetic fingerprints can be compared to UE transit data, e.g., that acquired from a kinetic generator of the UE, to facilitate selection of preferred radios and reselection intervals. In this aspect, radio selection schema and reselection scanning schema can effectively be selected with little to no drain on a UE power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Arthur Brisebois
  • Patent number: 9854528
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for tuning networks and user equipment using a power profile. A power profile can be generated for a communication device. The power profile can include power type information that can indicate a power source associated with the device. The power profile can be stored at a data storage device. A registration message can be generated. The registration message can include power profile data that is based on the power profile. The registration message can be sent to a communications network to request registration of the communication device with the communications network. A tuning message can be received. The tuning message can indicate a tuning to be used for communications with the communications network and can be based on the power profile data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Roque Rios, III, Haywood Peitzer, James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Stephen Francis Triano
  • Patent number: 9853984
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products verify an identity claimed by a person. A signature, representing the presence of a device, is acquired. The signature is compared to a reference signature. Should the signature favorably compare to the reference signature, then the identity is verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Aaron
  • Patent number: 9854474
    Abstract: Detection of an unbalanced network load and redistribution of network traffic to balance the network load is provided herein. Load balancing across different radios in the same sector of a cell site can be facilitated through detection of the unbalance network load and changes to one or more parameters can be made to rebalance the network load. After radios within a sector are more evenly balanced, network load balancing across sectors can be facilitated. The balancing can be performed to improve system performance, reduce a dropped call rate, as well as to achieve other benefits that can provide an improved user experience as compared to systems that do not attempt to balance the network load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Mark Austin, Kurt Huber