AT&T Patents

AT&T Inc. provides telecommunications services in the United States and the world. Its subsidiaries provide landline data and voice communications services, as well as wireless voice and data communications services.

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  • Patent number: 9762955
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving multimedia data comprising program content and promotional content and forwarding the multimedia data is to a multimedia presentation device. A video cue is detected within the multimedia data, wherein the video cue is imperceptible during a normal display rate of the multimedia data. A selection for alternative display rate is received. Alternative content is forwarded to the display device responsive to the video cue and the selection for alternative display rate being different from normal display rate. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, L.P.
    Inventors: David Nagorniak, Adam Gasper
  • Patent number: 9763091
    Abstract: Subscriber authorization information from a wireless communication device is identified. The subscriber authorization information indicates that an identity of a subscriber associated with the wireless communication device is authorized to be shared without sharing information that identifies a location of the wireless communication device. Subsequent to the subscriber authorization information being identified, the identity of the subscriber associated with the wireless communication device is received or retrieved without information that identifies the location of the wireless communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Mark J. Enzmann, Robert T. Moton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9758200
    Abstract: An aerodynamic drag reduction device for use on an over-the-road cargo vehicle. The vehicle has a prismatically shaped cargo area, which includes a rear face of the cargo area substantially perpendicular to the direction of travel. The device comprises a plurality of resilient prongs arranged along a rear edge of the vehicle body, extending from a respective fixed end secured to the vehicle body rearward in a flow-wise direction beyond the rear edge of the vehicle body to a respective free end. Each prong is separated from an adjacent prong in the plurality, and each is flexible to permit deflection, under the influence of airflow over the vehicle at a predetermined speed, above and below a first plane defined by the surface of the vehicle to which the plurality of prongs is secured. Each prong is further resistant to deflecting in a direction parallel to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, Mario Kosseifi, John Pastore
  • Patent number: 9762717
    Abstract: A method and system for operating a mobile device includes interpreting a user-defined pattern detected by at least one of a touch interface and a motion sensor included with the mobile device. The user-defined pattern may be interpreted as at least one of: a polygon, an ellipse, a curve, a line segment, an alphanumeric character, and a movement of the mobile device. The user-defined pattern may be a two-dimensional pattern traced by the user on the touch interface. When the user-defined pattern is recognized, a wireless communication command may be executed by the mobile device. The wireless communication command may be a telephone command or a remote control command for a remote-controlled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Ian C. Schmehl, James Leonard Cansler, Scott Anthony White
  • Patent number: 9762457
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing and using a deep packet inspection virtual function. A control system can detect a service request. The control system can analyze a policy to determine a function of a service to which the service request relates, a virtual machine that will host the function, and a deep packet inspection virtual function associated with the service. The control system can trigger loading of an image to the virtual machine and instantiation of the virtual machine. The image can include the function of the service and the deep packet inspection virtual function. The control system can validate the service and the deep packet inspection virtual function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Walter Cooper Chastain
  • Patent number: 9757065
    Abstract: A system for providing a connected dental device is disclosed. In particular, the system may include integrating a network chip or transceiver into a dental device, such as a toothbrush, so as to enable the dental device to communicate with a user device and one or more accessory devices. Once the user device and one or more accessory devices are paired with the user device, the system may track information associated with the dental device and the user using the dental device. Based on the tracked information, the system may determine an action to be performed by the user using the dental device. Using the dental device, the system may transmit a notification to the user device to alert the user of the action that needs to be performed. The system may also transmit notifications providing status information for the dental device and the one or more accessory devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Krishnapraveen Suri, Perla Hizon
  • Patent number: 9762736
    Abstract: Audio processing is provided to determine whether an audio issue is present within a multi-participant communication system such as a teleconference or videoconference bridge or a trunk dispatch system. Audio issues such as background noise, background conversations, or other unwanted audio that is being interjected into the multi-participant conversation and that may be dominating the audio are detected by measuring characteristics of audio samples taken from the communication ports of the multi-participant communication system. A correction may then be applied to the audio received through the communication port by a processor of the multi-participant communication system without intervention by an administrator, such as by muting the port, applying a noise cancellation to audio from the port, or time-shifting the audio from the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett Kreiner, Jonathan Reeves
  • Patent number: 9762739
    Abstract: Network resources for a call are allocated. The network resources for the call are reserved based on a reservation. The network resources are reserved before any one network resource is committed. If the call is confirmed, then the network resources are committed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas M. Nortz, Kadangode K. Ramakrishnan, Charles Robert Kalmanek, Jr., William Todd Marshall, Partho Pratim Mishra
  • Patent number: 9762289
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for transmitting first electromagnetic waves that propagate on a surface of a component of a transit system, and receiving second electromagnetic waves that propagate on the surface of the component of the transit system. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9761218
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for intelligent caching of concatenative speech units for use in speech synthesis. A system configured to practice the method can identify, in a local cache of text-to-speech units for a text-to-speech voice an absent text-to-speech unit which is not in the local cache. The system can request from a server the absent text-to-speech unit. The system can then synthesize speech using the text-to-speech units and a received text-to-speech unit from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Stern, Mark Charles Beutnagel, Alistair D. Conkie, Horst J. Schroeter, Amanda Joy Stent
  • Patent number: 9763145
    Abstract: Packet data protocol (PDP) contexts are managed upon cellular-to-femto handover, wherein femto network has disparate capabilities to support applications with distinct access point names (APNs) and quality of service (QoS) profiles. Based at least on activity factors of applications associated with PDP contexts, a QoS-based ranking of PDP contexts, and subscriber input, cellular network platform selects active PDP contexts to retain and suspend upon handover. A group of active PDP contexts is handed off in accordance with femto coverage capability, with remaining active PDP contexts suspended during handover. When a suspended PDP context, and application associated therewith, is resumed through femto coverage, a PDP context modification is conducted with a new APN and the application is routed to a corresponding femto gateway node and application server. Additionally, femto network platform performs a radio access bearer reconfiguration to meet QoS requirements of the resumed PDP context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Yung Shirley Choi-Grogan
  • Patent number: 9763206
    Abstract: Adjustment of a downlink transmit power parameter, such as a ceiling level, is disclosed. Signal-to-noise type information and committed power information can be employed to determine the ceiling level adjustment. A ceiling level can be a predetermined cap on transmission power for downlink channels between a user equipment and a base station. Where there is sufficient headroom in total transmission power and a power level greater than the predetermined ceiling can be effective, the ceiling can be adjusted to greater values than the predetermined value. Where total transmission power is more committed, ceiling adjustment can be prevented. Further, where there is no adequate benefit from increasing the ceiling, the adjustment of the ceiling can be prevented. While some instances can result in optimized transmission levels below the ceiling, instances can also be accommodated where the ceiling is to be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Gusavac, Manish Vaishnav
  • Patent number: 9763285
    Abstract: A device, non-transitory computer-readable medium, and method for disengaging a corrective action via a wearable unit are disclosed. In one example, a processor may receive a movement model for a type of motion of a user, collect sensor data associated with the type of motion of the user from a plurality of sensors of a wearable unit, and determine that the sensor data is not in accordance with the movement model. The processor may further provide a corrective action via the wearable unit in accordance with the movement model when it is determined that the sensor data is not in accordance with the movement model, detect a triggering condition for disengaging the corrective action, and disengage the corrective action when the triggering condition is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: James H. Pratt, Greg W. Edwards, Michael Lattanzi, Constance Missimer
  • Patent number: 9762634
    Abstract: A particular method includes receiving a media stream that includes digital broadcast grade video. The method further includes compressing the media stream to form a compressed digital media stream using a Joint Photographic Experts Group 2000 compliant compression coding system. The method further includes converting the compressed digital media stream into data packets. The method further includes selecting a cellular data network from a plurality of available cellular data networks based on one or more quality of service factors. The method further includes transmitting the data packets via the cellular data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas Angelo Nicas, Frank Robert Coppa, Larry Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20170257294
    Abstract: A system includes first and second cache servers a domain name server, and a route controller. The cache servers are each configured to respond to an anycast address. Additionally, the first cache server is configured to respond to a first unicast address, and the second cache server is configured to respond to a second unicast address. The router controller configured to determine wither the status of the first cache server is non-overloaded, overloaded, or offline. The route controller is further configured to instruct the domain name server to provide the second unicast address when the status is overloaded or offline, and modify routing of the anycast address to direct a content request sent to the anycast address to the second cache server when the status is offline. The domain name server is configured to receive a request from a requestor for a cache server address.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mario A. Santoro, Herani Brotman, Alan L. Glasser, James Miros, Oliver Spatscheck, Jacobus E. Van der Merwe
  • Publication number: 20170257685
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for transporting deterministic traffic in a gigabit passive optical network. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an Optical Line Termination (OLT) for exchanging data traffic in a Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) having a controller programmed to generate a timeslot schedule for transport of a desired bandwidth of constant bit rate (CBR) data traffic by selecting one or more timeslots from periodic frame clusters operating according to a GPON Transmission Convergence (GTC) protocol. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: John Siwko, Andrew Jeffrey Hall
  • Publication number: 20170257387
    Abstract: A content delivery network includes a plurality of cache servers. Each cache server is configured to receive a request for content from a client system and receive content and security data from a content server. Each cache server is further configured to provide the content to the client system and provide the security data to a monitoring system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Cristina Serban
  • Patent number: 9754265
    Abstract: Systems and methods to automatically activate distribution channels to be provided by potential business partners are disclosed. An example method to enable activation of a distribution channel provided by a client company for a host company disclosed herein comprises obtaining information concerning the client company, automatically triggering at least some of a plurality of host company departments to process the information to evaluate at least one of the client company or the distribution channel, and automatically processing machine readable evaluation indicators provided by the at least some of the plurality of host company departments and representative of respective evaluation decisions associated with the at least some of the plurality of host company departments to determine an overall evaluation result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Michael J. Seelig
  • Patent number: 9754281
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using wireless communication devices to track the effects of advertising are described herein. In some embodiments, a method includes representing the identity of an advertising impression, that is, a specific advertisement, with an impression code. According to exemplary embodiments, the advertising impression is directed to at least one commodity, such as one or more products and services. The method may also further include receiving the impression into a computer-readable memory of a wireless communication device. The method further includes detecting the wireless communication device, and then providing the impression code during the purchase of the commodity. The method continues with obtaining the identity of the advertising impression from the impression code. The method additionally includes creating a transaction record, wherein transaction record includes the advertising impression identity and an identity of the commodity, and storing the transaction record in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Craig M. Cavanaugh, John Ruckart
  • Patent number: 9754290
    Abstract: In-person shopping at brick-and-mortar locations can be facilitated using visual voicemail systems. A user device can be detected upon entry or proximity to a retail location and a greeting visual voicemail message can be transmitted to the user device. User data may be integrated into the greeting message. The greeting message can also include options for a user to activate that allow the integration of the virtual and physical shopping experience. Options can include requests for sales associate help, product information or location, associated service plans or accessories, etc. Multiple remote resources can be coordinated to service a user's requests via a visual voicemail system while the user is shopping in the retail location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson M. Shaw
  • Patent number: 9753608
    Abstract: A user interface overlay is presented over a native graphical user interface (GUI) of a device. By way of example, the overlay can include a graphical presentation layer (GPL) that can selectively mask and/or expose functionality of the native GUI of the device. In addition, the GPL can bundle disparate portions of native functionality in accord with one or more logical associations between a title, tag, application, purpose, type, or like qualifier, associated with the disparate portions. In addition, user preferences and device/network intelligence components can dynamically customize portions of the GPL to match a location, locale, mood, or setting or like situational context of a device and/or user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Thomas Smoak, Michelle Mindala-Freeman, David Ames Christopher
  • Patent number: 9753716
    Abstract: Each of a first and second component version for each of a first and second component of a software application are stored. A profile of the client device is determined. The profile includes a programming language requirement for the client device, a processing capability of the client device and a display capability of the client device. Component versions are selected based on the profile of the client device. One of the selected component version for the first component and the second component of the software application is executed by an application server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Sreenivasa R. Gorti
  • Patent number: 9756072
    Abstract: A current physical location value associated is incorporated with a communication device as part of internet protocol (IP). An IP management component obtains current physical location information of a wireless communication device and modifies the IP address to incorporate the current physical location value corresponding to the current physical location of the communication device as part of the IP address of the communication device to prevent undesired intrusions by hackers, as communications associated with the communication device are routed to/from the communication device that is at the current physical location. If the communication device moves to a new location, the IP management component can perform a new IP address modification to modify the IP address to incorporate a new physical location value associated with the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Saurabh Kumar
  • Patent number: 9754353
    Abstract: A method and system for video stream personalization. A personalization policy may be accessed. The personalization policy may include an image identification and an image alteration to a video image identified by the image identification. At least one instance of the video image may be identified in a video stream. An output stream may be produced from the video stream in response to the personalization policy. The output stream may include the image alteration to the video image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mostafa Tofigh, Kaveh Hushyar
  • Patent number: 9754241
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and computer readable media for providing a collaborative communication environment. The method embodiment comprises receiving user profiles, establishing a collaborative communication environment where a plurality of users simultaneously interact over a network, converting data to be sent to each user in a collaborative environment based on the respective user's profile, and presenting a localized experience to each user using the converted data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Kaveh Hushyar, Mostafa Tofighbakhsh
  • Patent number: 9756112
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, obtaining predicted available bandwidths for an end user device, monitoring buffer occupancy of a buffer of the end user device, determining bit rates for portions of media content according to the predicted available bandwidths and according to the buffer occupancy, and adjusting bit rates for portions of media content according to the predicted available bandwidths and according to the buffer occupancy during streaming of the media content to the end user device over a wireless network. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Rittwik Jana, Jeffrey Erman, Vijay Gopalakrishnan, Emir Halepovic, Rakesh Sinha, Xuan Kelvin Zou
  • Patent number: 9756028
    Abstract: Methods for secure communications are provided. The methods include creating a safe user account on a secure access system, wherein creating an account includes provision of at least one strong authenticator to be associated with a user of the secure access system; providing a unique login and the at least one strong authenticator associated with the user to the secure access system to gain access to information associated with a referring organization, the referring organization being registered with the secure access system; and accessing the information associated with the referring organization based on the unique login and the at least one strong authenticator provided to the secure access system. Related systems and computer program products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property 1, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian M. Novack, Jerry Birkes, Alton W. Drake, II, Gary A. Toretti
  • Patent number: 9756011
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Geoffrey Zampiello
  • Patent number: 9756494
    Abstract: A processor receives a request to access the service via the software client. The processor sends to a network service provider a request for validation of a current location as to a coverage of an emergency service, when the current location was not previously validated for the coverage of the emergency service. The processor determines whether a response is received from the network service provider, indicating that the current location is validated for the coverage of the emergency service, wherein the response includes an address identifier associated with the current location for accessing the emergency service. The processor performs a registration with the network service provider via the software client at the current location, when the response is received indicating that the current location is validated for the coverage of the emergency service and enables the user to access the service via the software client at the current location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Stephanie Parlamas, Sergio Kadi, Feza Buyukdura, Vimal Patel, Dwayne Crawford
  • Patent number: 9756137
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed for migrating between terminals. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a network proxy having a controller that manages a communications interface in a communication system. The controller can be programmed to receive a request to migrate a first terminal to a third terminal while active communications are taking place on a first voice channel connecting the first terminal to a second terminal, establish a second voice channel with the third terminal, connect the first and second voice channels, and terminate without action of an end user of the first terminal a connection between the first terminal and the first voice channel. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marco Schneider, Yi Zhang
  • Patent number: 9756394
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a user device, first input corresponding to selection of a recommendation option of an electronic program guide. The method includes sending, from the user device to a display device, a first option to base a media content recommendation on a most recently displayed media content item and a second option to base the media content recommendation on a plurality of displayed media content items. The method includes receiving, at the user device, second input that corresponds to the first option or the second option. The method includes sending a request from the user device to a server. The request includes an identifier based on the second input. The method also includes receiving information corresponding to one or more recommended media content items at the user device in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kumar H. Jagtiani, Pradeep K. Bansal, Carroll W. Creswell
  • Patent number: 9756183
    Abstract: In a method for use in Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems, an IVR is configured such that voice prompts provided to a caller vary systematically and caller hang-up activity is attributed to the particular version of a prompt played to the caller. Voice prompt modifications are chosen based on how long the caller willingly listens to the voice prompt. A relatively short time listening to a prompt before hang-up, indicates dissatisfaction with that prompt. The system compares caller hang-up rates for each of the phrases in a prompt and chooses the optimum solution, which is the variant of the prompt with the longest caller listening time. Optionally, the system compares hang up rates to a threshold and contingent on that comparison chooses an alternative version of the prompt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: Harry E. Blanchard, Steven H. Lewis, Gregory Pulz, Lan Zhang
  • Patent number: 9756546
    Abstract: The disclosed subject matter relates to an architecture that can leverage Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS) Terrestrial Radio Access Network (UTRAN) features to facilitate more efficient or more robust communication with a femtocell network. In particular, features such as a UMTS localized common pilot channel along with various UTRAN features can enable communications to be directed to specific targets such as to a specific home nodeB (HNB) or to a specific mobile device served by the HNB, while also reducing macro network load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Patini
  • Patent number: 9756393
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a media processor displaying an advertisement regarding a future media presentation and determining an identifier and a communication capability of a mobile device associated with a subscriber associated with a remote second media processor. The media processor establishes communication with the mobile device in accordance with the communication capability, receives a first signal from the mobile device indicating that recording of an advertised future media presentation is desired, and displays a first menu in response to the first signal, where the first menu comprises an identifier of the future media presentation and identifiers of additional future media presentations advertised previously. The media processor also receives a second signal from the mobile device indicating selection from the first menu of a future presentation to be recorded, and transmits an instruction via the network to record the selected presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Stephanie Lewis, Jennifer Portanka
  • Patent number: 9753784
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to a cloud delivery platform. The cloud delivery platform can publish a cloud deployable offering. The cloud delivery platform can order, from a cloud orchestrator, one or more resources to be utilized by the cloud deployable offering. The cloud delivery platform can provision the cloud deployable offering on the resource(s). The cloud delivery platform can manage the cloud deployable offering to ensure that the cloud deployable offering meets a level of service. The cloud delivery platform can monitor one or more components of the cloud delivery platform to determine whether an event has occurred, and in response to determining that an event has occurred, the cloud delivery platform can broadcast the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas Nassaur, James Paul Fox, Rene Glover
  • Patent number: 9755697
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a device that facilitates transmitting electromagnetic waves along a surface of a wire that facilitates delivery of electric energy to devices, and sensing a condition that is adverse to the electromagnetic waves propagating along the surface of the wire. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mitchell Harvey Fuchs, Irwin Gerszberg
  • Patent number: 9755815
    Abstract: A system and method for establishing windows that govern the exchange of acknowledgements in a full-duplex communication. The window is established for two nodes which transmit asymmetric frame sizes in full-duplex mode. The window is related to the size of the asymmetric frames. Frames are exchanged in full-duplex between the two nodes, and the window size is defined as enabling the nodes to send data until the number of unacknowledged frames at the nodes is less than or equal to the window size, at which point acknowledgments are exchanged simultaneously. In sending the acknowledgment, both nodes can send acknowledgments simultaneously in full-duplex in the same frequency bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Vaneet Aggarwal, Rittwik Jana, Christopher W. Rice, Nemmara K. Shankaranarayanan
  • Patent number: 9754143
    Abstract: RFID readers and methods for adjusting a query command slot-count parameter Q for use by radio frequency identification (RFID) tag reader in an RFID tag inventory round are provided. A method for adjusting a query command slot-count parameter Q for use by an RFID tag reader includes setting an initial value for Q for a first inventory round, issuing a query command to a population of RFID tags, and monitoring replies from the population of RFID tags. The value of Q is decreased by a first amount if no reply is received, and the value of Q is increased by a second amount different from the first amount if a tag collision reply is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mahmoud Daneshmand, Chonggang Wang
  • Patent number: 9754022
    Abstract: A method, system and computer-readable media for searching a database and returning relevant results are disclosed. The method includes the steps of receiving a user query in one language, searching a database based on the user query to obtain one or more results, processing the results according to a local linguistic context association with the user query, and presenting to the user the results with an identifier for each result in which a local linguistic context around a location of the user query is in a second language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Simon Byers, David Kormann
  • Patent number: 9756388
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a presentation device having a controller that performs operations including enabling a supply of power to a portable battery operated device from a presentation port where the presentation port is a high definition multimedia interface port by trickle charging a rechargeable battery of the portable battery operated device through the presentation port, and receiving from the portable battery operated device an audio-visual signal for presentation at the presentation device through the presentation port. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Ahmad C. Ansari
  • Patent number: 9756391
    Abstract: A method for reestablishing presentation of a paused media program is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a Set-Top Box (STB) located in a building can have a controller element that presents a media program to a media device operable only in the building, pauses presentation of the media program responsive to a pause request, generates a departure mark that identifies a presentation point in the media program associated with the pause request, receives a request to resume presentation of the media program from the departure mark at a portable communication device capable of maintaining communications with the STB outside the building, and transmits to the portable communication device a presentation of the media program from the departure mark. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Juan Cordoba
  • Patent number: 9755859
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for completing a circuit switched service call in an Internet Protocol network are disclosed. For example, the method receives a session request from a calling party to a called party, wherein the session request includes a service tag. The method determines a value of the service tag in the session request, and queries an tElephone NUmbering Mapping (ENUM) server for one or more Naming Authority Pointer (NAPTR) resource records associated with the called party. The method selects one of the one or more NAPTR resource records in accordance with the service tag, if the one or more NAPTR resource records associated with the called party are returned, and processes the session request using the one of the one or more NAPTR resource records that is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Bernard Ku
  • Patent number: 9756370
    Abstract: A method includes receiving media data corresponding to a media content item. The method further includes analyzing the media data to determine characteristics of the media content item based on first visual information contained in the media content item. The method further includes analyzing the characteristics of the media content item based on a media popularity model to generate a prediction of whether the media content item is likely to exceed a popularity threshold within a particular period of time. The method further includes determining, at the computing device, a network location at which to store the media content item based on the prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Raghuraman Gopalan
  • Publication number: 20170249810
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a garment that includes a receiver, configured to receive at least one coded command from a notification generator, and at least one haptic feedback generator that delivers haptic feedback to a user while wearing the garment during a transit, corresponding to the at least one coded command, where the notification generator is configured to determine a notification to be sent to the user in response to at least one event of interest determined by an input analyzer, and to generate the at least one coded command that indicates the notification, and where the input analyzer is configured to analyze input data corresponding to the transit of the user of the garment to identify the at least one event of interest, occurring during the transit of the user. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Juliette Niebuhr Zerick, William Charles Cottrill, Eugene Henry Rascle, JR.
  • Publication number: 20170251393
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to an enhanced software-defined networking (“SDN”) controller to support ad-hoc radio access technologies (“RATs”). An SDN controller receives, from an ad-hoc radio access controller serving an ad-hoc radio access network (“RAN”), an attach request sent on behalf of a user equipment (“UE”) operating in communication with an ad-hoc RAT transceiver node. The attach request includes a physical IP address associated with the UE. The physical IP address includes an IP address sub-interface pre-fix broadcast to the UE by the ad-hoc RAT transceiver node combined with a physical address of the UE. In response to the attach request, the SDN controller can complete an attachment procedure for allowing the ad-hoc radio access controller to an SDN network. The SDN controller also can update one or more components operating within the SDN network to reflect how to reach the UE via the physical IP address.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhi Cui, Jiansong Wang
  • Patent number: 9749317
    Abstract: Artificial biometric traits self-nullify due to natural physiological processes. Biometric enrollment and authentication may then be based on a life associated with the self-nullifying biometric trait. Once the life is expected to have expired, no further authentication may be performed until a new artificial biometric is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Julio A. Cartaya
  • Patent number: 9746938
    Abstract: A secure computer keyboard system utilizes a mobile device in conjunction with a keyboard device to provide secure keyboard entry in a public place. An application on the mobile device produces a mapping of characters to character codings, and displays to the user a key such as a modified keyboard showing the mapping. The keyboard device receives input keystrokes from the user representing the codings and transmits the keystrokes back to the mobile device or to a server. The mobile device or server decodes the keystrokes using the mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christina Gardner, William Shaw, Timothy Innes
  • Patent number: 9747925
    Abstract: Speaker content generated in an audio conference is selectively visually represented. A profile for each audience member who participates in the audio conference is obtained. Speaker content spoken during the audio conference is monitored. Words of the speaker content are classified to have different weights according to a parameter of the profile for each of the audience members. A relation between the speaker content to the profile for each of the audience members is determined. Different visual representations of the speaker content are presented to different ones of the audience members based on the determined relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: David C. Gibbon, Andrea Basso, Lee Begeja, Sumit Kumar, Zhu Liu, Bernard S. Renger, Behzad Shahraray, Eric Zavesky
  • Patent number: 9748626
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a transmission medium for propagating electromagnetic waves. The transmission medium can include a plurality of cores for selectively guiding an electromagnetic wave of a plurality of electromagnetic waves longitudinally along each core, and a shell surrounding at least a portion of each core for reducing exposure of the electromagnetic wave of each core. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 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: 9747610
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, determining a first linear model and a first log-linear model according to first explanatory variables and a first plurality of occupancy estimates, determining a second linear model and a second log-linear model according to second explanatory variables and a second plurality of occupancy estimates, evaluating, according to a location of a building, the first linear model, the first log-linear model, the second linear model, and the second log-linear model according to first values of the first explanatory variables and second values of the second explanatory variables, and combining results from the evaluating to generate a mixed occupancy estimate. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Rong Duan, Guang-Qin Ma, Olivia Hong