AT&T Patents

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  • Patent number: 9838896
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a coverage assessment system operable to receive, via a network, coverage parameter data from a user device, where the coverage parameter data includes location data generated by the user device. The coverage assessment system is further operable to generate coverage assessment data based on the coverage parameter data. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Donald J. Barnickel, Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Thomas M. Willis, III, Robert Bennett
  • Patent number: 9838284
    Abstract: According to one aspect disclosed herein, a performance monitoring SDN controller can translate an intent specified by a performance monitoring application into a flow rule and an action set to be utilized by a performance monitoring SDN element to process a packet flow received from the target SDN network. The performance monitoring SDN controller can provide the flow rule and the action set to a performance monitoring SDN element, which can receive the packet flow from the target SDN network and can analyze the packet flow in accordance with the flow rule to match the packet flow to an action included within the action set. The performance monitoring SDN element can execute the action to monitor a performance metric of the packet flow and to provide a value for the performance metric to the performance monitoring application agent, which can generate a message that includes the value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Jin He
  • Patent number: 9838726
    Abstract: A method is disclosed including but not limited to monitoring penetration data on an advertising server processor wherein the penetration data indicates frequency, quantity, duration and data volume of data correlated with advertising data that has been sent from a first end user device to a second end user device. A computer program and a system are disclose for monitoring penetration data on an advertising server processor wherein the penetration data indicates frequency, quantity, duration and data volume of data correlated with advertising data that has been sent from a first end user device to a second end user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James L Cansler, Charles Scott, Scott White
  • Patent number: 9838461
    Abstract: Systems and methods to download digital data files are provided. A particular method includes sending authentication data and a request to download a digital data file from a portable computing device to a remote network device via a first network access point. A first portion of the digital data file is received at the portable computing device. The first portion does not include a remaining portion of the digital data file. Communication is established between the portable computing device and a second network access point after communication is lost between the portable computing device and the first network access point and before the remaining portion of the digital data file is received. The remaining portion of the digital data file is received at the portable computing device without sending a second request related to downloading the digital data file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael Grannan, Lalitha Suryanarayana, David Patron
  • Patent number: 9838543
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products provide remote notification of calls. When a call is received, a contact list is consulted for a contact. An electronic message is sent to an address of the contact. The electronic message notifies the contact of the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Larry Kent, Jr., William Todd Daniell
  • Patent number: 9838564
    Abstract: A system and method for distributed processing in an Internet Protocol network is provided. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an application server can have a controller element to receive a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) INVITE message from a communication device, establish a Real Time Protocol (RTP) channel between the communication device and the application server responsive to the SIP INVITE message, and submit a SIP SUBSCRIBE message to an intermediate communication node (ICN) directing the ICN to engage one or more Digital Signal Processing (DSP) resources for processing signals in the RTP channel. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: James Jackson
  • Patent number: 9838991
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that manages utilization of mobile subscriber identity information including enabling reuse of such information by a different communication device and/or re-authorizing use by a communication device that previously was authorized to utilize the information. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Clifton Ashman Campbell, Stephen Emille Chin, Walter Cooper Chastain
  • Patent number: 9838895
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a packet stream at a gateway device, the gateway device coupled to a component of a content distribution system. The method also includes transmitting, from the gateway device, a wireless signal that carries data corresponding to at least a portion of the packet stream to a first device. The wireless signal is transmitted in a wireless coverage area that includes a second device configured to receive and analyze the wireless signal to produce of an assessment of the content distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Brady, Stephen Sposato, Jin Wang, Xidong Wu
  • Patent number: 9838258
    Abstract: Utilizing a network service interface function within a machine-to-machine common service layer is presented herein. A method can comprise determining network configuration information for network devices coupled to a set of distributed remote devices; receiving a device request directed to a remote device of the set of distributed remote devices; determining, based on the network configuration information, a network interface for facilitating performance of the device request; and sending, via the network interface, command information corresponding to the device request directed to the remote device. In an example, in response to determining that a traffic load of a communication channel associated with the remote device satisfies a defined condition with respect to an increased loading of such channel, the method can comprise sending a message to request delay of the device request if the device request has been determined to be a non-priority request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jianrong Wang, Farooq Bari, David K. Smith
  • Patent number: 9838648
    Abstract: A mobile device includes a processor and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory includes instructions that are executable by the processor to perform operations including receiving, via a first network associated with a wireless service, an offer for a content item that is deliverable via a multimedia service. The operations also include sending information indicating acceptance of the offer via the wireless service to a server associated with the multimedia service. Based on the information indicating acceptance of the offer, the server sends the content item to a device associated with the multimedia service account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mary McCarthy, Glinda Irving
  • Patent number: 9838750
    Abstract: A system comprises a storage and a processor. The storage is for storing a plurality of Internet protocol multicast video streams, each associated with a live television program content. The processor is in communication with the storage, and the processor is configured to receive the Internet protocol multicast video streams. The processor is also configured to receive a request for a previously transmitted portion of one of the Internet protocol multicast video streams from customer premises equipment in response to the customer premises customer requiring the previously transmitted portion for display. The processor is also configured to begin transmission of the previously transmitted portion as an Internet protocol unicast video stream to the customer premises equipment for immediate display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Orestis Manthoulis
  • Patent number: 9836957
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system adapted for obtaining data from electromagnetic waves propagating in a transmission medium, and transmitting a plurality of wireless optical signals including the data responsive to determining that weather conditions are favorable for transmitting wireless optical signals, each wireless optical signal being directed to a different one of a plurality of communication devices. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Irwin Gerszberg, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9838745
    Abstract: A method and system provides information and purchasing services for products placed in multimedia content. Product metadata coordinated in time with the multimedia content may be used to determine the product and obtain product information. A user may send a notification at a time when the product occurs in the multimedia content, and the time may be used to coordinate the product metadata. Product information may be provided to the user. The user may be given the option to purchase the product. Validation of the user may occur in order to authorize the purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bruce Barnes, Wayne Robert Heinmiller, Patrick J. Kenny
  • Patent number: 9838443
    Abstract: A method for controlling media presentation during a teleconference. The method generally includes the steps of coupling a buffer operatively to a host device and a participant device, storing media information associated with the teleconference in the buffer and directing playback of the media information from the buffer to the participant device. The host device is associated with a host of the teleconference and the host thereby enables playback of the stored media information to a participant other than the host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory William Bond, Eric Cheung
  • Patent number: 9838995
    Abstract: Information such as navigation information is delivered to a mobile device user in a cellular communications network via a device other than the mobile device. A small cell telecommunications base station receives from the mobile device an identification of the mobile device, and determines a location of the user within the small cell. Based on the identification of the mobile device and the location of the user of the mobile device, the information is delivered to the user via a device other than the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Baldwin, Michael Towster
  • Patent number: 9838078
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving, by each of a plurality of receivers, one of a plurality of electromagnetic waves, each electromagnetic wave of the plurality of electromagnetic waves guided by a different one of a plurality of twin-lead transmission lines, each twin-lead transmission line sharing a wire, and each electromagnetic wave of the plurality of electromagnetic waves including a different one of a plurality of communication signals, and obtaining, by each of the plurality of receivers, one of the plurality of communication signals. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Publication number: 20170346551
    Abstract: An improved technique for acoustic sensing involves, in one embodiment, launching into a medium, a plurality of groups of pulse-modulated electromagnetic-waves. The frequency of electromagnetic waves in a pulse within a group differs from the frequency of the electromagnetic waves in another pulse within the group. The energy scattered by the medium is detected and, in one embodiment, the beat signal may be used to determine a characteristic of the environment of the medium. For example, if the medium is a buried optical fiber into which light pulses have been launched in accordance with the invention, the presence of acoustic waves within the region of the buried fiber can be detected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrew B. Lewis, Stuart Russell
  • Publication number: 20170344665
    Abstract: Extracting, from user activity data, quantitative attributes and qualitative attributes collected for users having user profiles. The quantitative attributes and the qualitative attributes are extracted during a specified time period determined before the user activity data is collected. Values for the quantitative attributes and the qualitative attributes are plotted, and subsets of the user profiles are clustered into separate group of users based on the plotted values. Delivering a product related content to the groups of users based on the clustering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Srinivas BANGALORE, Junlan FENG, Michael J. JOHNSTON, Taniya MISHRA
  • Publication number: 20170347230
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for improving location accuracy for proximity services. According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, an expression application server can receive an expression message generated by a Third Generation Partnership Project (“3GPP”) proximity service (“ProSe”)-enabled application executing on a mobile device. The expression message includes an expression code and a location tag. The expression application server can analyze the expression message to determine whether increased granularity is desired for use in determining an expression match to the expression code. In response to determining that the increased granularity is desired, the expression application server can request additional location information from a location platform. The expression application server can receive the additional location information from the location platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Richard J. Silvestri
  • Publication number: 20170345083
    Abstract: A shopper selects from gifts that are compatible with a recipient's devices. When the shopper wishes to purchase a gift, descriptions of gifts are compared to the recipient's devices. Compatible gifts may be recommended, while incompatible gifts may be rejected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: M. Todd Mitchem
  • Patent number: 9830605
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to present media content provided by a media content source operating in an interactive television (iTV) network, access a client program which presents an overlay that superimposes onto the media content, wherein the client program enables the media processor to associate at least a portion of the media content with a user-generated comment, receive the user-generated comment, wherein the user-generated comment provides commentary on the portion of the media content, associate the user-generated comment with the portion of the media content, and transmit the user-generated comment to a third party for determination of marketing parameters of the portion of the media content. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Linda Roberts, E-Lee Chang, Ja-Young Sung, Natasha Barrett Schultz, Robert Arthur King
  • Patent number: 9832425
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a controller to update a profile of preferences and recordings maintained at a central server when a user modifies preferences and recordings at a customer premises at a digital video recorder (DVR) or set top box (STB) with respect to a video on demand system via a link through the Internet and when a user modifies preferences and recordings with a video on demand system within a vehicle. The controller can also enable downloading audio-visual information synchronized with the video on demand system via a first wireless communication system to the vehicle in response to requests sent using a second wireless communication system. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bruce Barnes, Shadi Khoshaba, Charles Stahulak, Dolores Mallian
  • Patent number: 9830614
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods for providing exclusive wireless service proposals to subscribers. A method for providing an exclusive wireless service proposal to a subscriber includes the steps of conducting measurements of at least one metric; sending measurement data acquired during the step of conducting to a measurement analysis machine (MAM), the MAM being configured to analyze the measurement data; analyzing the measurement data; predicting performance of at least one of wireless voice and wireless data services based upon the results of the analysis step; generating a proposal for exclusive wireless services based upon the measurement data and the performance prediction; and providing the proposal to a subscriber. Systems for performing this and additional or alternative methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Arthur Richard Brisebois
  • Patent number: 9832145
    Abstract: Presence information of a first user is relayed to a second user. Briefly described, in architecture, one embodiment of the system, among others includes, can be implemented as follows. A first communications client of a first user detects a change in the presence status of a first user and sends an alert message to a second communications client of a second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Dale W. Malik
  • Patent number: 9832164
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for merging of instant messaging (IM) chat sessions. In one embodiment, a method for automatically replying to an IM message from a first IM sender when a recipient is engaged in an IM session with a second IM sender is provided. In another embodiment, the disclosure provides a method for forwarding IM messages to a recipient at different IM clients. In still another embodiment, a method for transferring IM messages to a different recipient is provided. In some embodiments, two separate IM chat sessions are merged into a single IM chat session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Dale W. Malik
  • Patent number: 9832062
    Abstract: An IS-OFDM system for point-to-point wireless communications that suppresses narrow-band interference comprises an IS-OFDM transmitter and an IS-OFDM receiver, wherein a transmitted signal comprises a plurality of subcarriers, and further wherein each subcarrier contains more than one and potentially all symbols transmitted in a given frame. The IS-OFDM transmitted signal is at a data rate that is equal to the data rate of the input data stream via the use of P/S converters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventor: Diakoumis Parissis Gerakoulis
  • Patent number: 9832228
    Abstract: A method of managing firewall change requests for a communication network includes providing a change request interface comprising a plurality of change request form types, each request form including an interface for entering requestor identification information, Internet Protocol (IP) address information, change implementation schedule information, and submission information specifying any requestor instructions for implementing the change, receiving completed change request forms from at least one requestor, arranging the completed change request forms in a request queue, and presenting the request queue to at least one administrator responsible for implementing firewall changes in the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Preston Grimes, Kevin W. Luther, Shawn M. Hiemstra
  • Patent number: 9832520
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed to broadcast advanced television system committee (ATSC) video in switched digital video (SDV) systems. An example SDV broadcast method includes accessing an instruction to de-multiplex at least one of a plurality of multiple program transport streams, the instruction identifying a first program stream of the plurality of program streams for inclusion and a second program stream of the plurality of program streams for exclusion based on a rating region table (RRT). The plurality of program streams are de-multiplexed according to the instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brad Medford, Debra Phillips, Vernon Daniel Reed
  • Patent number: 9832529
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for content-based non-linear control of video data playback. A multimedia database having multimedia data including multimedia content data is searched based on a user query to determine a first set of multimedia data. The multimedia data includes indexes to and condensed representations of corresponding video data stored in a video database. A portion of the first set of multimedia data is displayed at a control device in response to the user query. A user of the control device selects an element of the first set of multimedia data for video playback and video data corresponding to the element delivered to a video device for playback. A user of the control device selects an element of the first set of multimedia data for additional information and a second set of multimedia data corresponding to the element delivered to the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Y. Chen, David Crawford Gibbon, Laurence W. Ruedisueli, Behzad Shahraray
  • Patent number: 9830535
    Abstract: A method, system, and machine-readable medium for classifying an image element as one of a plurality of categories, including assigning the image element based on a ratio between an unoccluded perimeter of the image element and an occluded perimeter of the image element and coding the image element according to a coding scheme associated with the category to which the image element is classified. Exemplary applications include image compression, where categories include image foreground and background layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Leon Bottou, Patrick Guy Haffner
  • Patent number: 9832797
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, control signals are communicated with a base station of a radio access network in communication with a mobile device. The control signals include information associated with one of mobility of the mobile device, bearer management or both. The network node communicates bearer message traffic with the base station and coordinates an exchange of data packets between the base station and an external packet data network by way of the bearer message traffic. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jiansong Wang, Ryan Redfern
  • Patent number: 9830638
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for managing vendor inventory information and shopping navigation routes based upon shopping list contents. A server computer can execute a shopping management service. A shopping list is obtained at the server computer. The server computer obtains location data indicating a geographic location of the user device and identifies, based upon the location data, a vendor having an inventory comprising the item. The server computer generates a navigation route comprising a stop at a vendor location associated with the vendor, and provides the navigation route to the user device. The server computer can monitor purchases of items on the shopping list, update the shopping list, and update the navigation route. The server computer also can provide suggestions to the user device based upon items in the shopping list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: John P. Ruckart, Giuseppe Di Fabbrizio, Amanda Joy Stent
  • Patent number: 9832645
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method comprising authenticating, by a server comprising a processor, a communication device to a first communication network, in accordance with authentication information stored in a first repository of the first communication network. The method also comprises determining, by the server, that a second communication network is accessible to the communication device. The method further comprises providing, by the server, the authentication information to a second repository of the second communication network in accordance with the determining, wherein the providing is performed independently of a request from the second communication network. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sangar Dowlatkhah, Venson Shaw, Thomas J Will
  • Patent number: 9832790
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to transmit data in a connectionless mode are disclosed. An example method includes identifying, at a node in a wireless network, that a user equipment has indicated that the user equipment will communicate data without establishing a bearer with the wireless network. A random access channel (RACH) message transmitted to the node from the user equipment is accessed by the node. A preamble from the RACH message is extracted as the data. The data is inspected to identify a destination address of the data. The data is relayed to the destination address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Roger Piqueras Jover
  • Patent number: 9830680
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having computer instructions to detect a first position of a viewing apparatus, wherein the viewing apparatus enables viewing of media programs, obtain a media program in a first viewing perspective that conforms to the first position, present the media program with the first viewing perspective for viewing by way of the viewing apparatus, and transmit to the viewing apparatus a first audio signal corresponding to the first viewing perspective. The storage medium can also have computer instructions to detect that the viewing apparatus has moved to a second position, obtain the media program in a second viewing perspective according to the second position, and present the media program with the second viewing perspective for viewing by way of the viewing apparatus. Other embodiments are disclosed and contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Troy C. Meuninck, James Carlton Bedingfield, Sr., William A. Brown, David Brux DeLorme, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 9832539
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example transmitting, by a system comprising a processor, via a first emergency media channel a first video stream comprising first evacuation routing information for a first evacuation group responsive to receiving a notification of an emergency event, instructing, by the system, a first media processor device to select the first emergency media channel while disabling selection of other media channels according to the first evacuation routing information, where the content of the emergency media channel is presented at a display device by way of the first media processor device, and enabling, by the system, the first media processor device to select the other media channels responsive to receiving user input acknowledging the emergency media channel. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sam Russell, Steven Charles Salimando
  • Patent number: 9832802
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods and systems facilitating communications via a mobile internet-enabled connection interface are provided. One apparatus is configured to perform various operations, including detecting a wired connection with a first device coupled to a physical port of physical ports of the apparatus; and determining information indicative of a service provided via a second device, wherein the first device is a device configured to communicate with a device at a same location of the first device and to whom the first device is connected within a local area network at the same location of the first device and the device. The operations also include facilitating the establishment of a communication path over a network between the apparatus and the second device for service provisioning between the second device and the first device, wherein the second device is located at a different location from the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Randall S. Spell, Ryan Schaub
  • Patent number: 9832656
    Abstract: A received signal strength indicator returned from a femto cell is employed to optimize a multiple access wireless communication network. For example, a method operable in a wireless communications network is disclosed. The method comprises receiving a received signal strength indicator from a femto cell situated in a geographical area within a multiple access wireless communication network, and optimizing the multiple access wireless communication network as a function of the received signal strength indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Ming-Ju Ho, Patrick Mascarenhas
  • Patent number: 9831912
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a coupling device including a first antenna that radiates a first RF signal conveying first data; and a second antenna that radiates a second RF signal conveying the first data from the at least one transmitting device. The first RF signal and second RF signal form a combined RF signal that is bound by an outer surface of a transmission medium to propagate as a guided electromagnetic wave substantially in a single longitudinal direction along the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 9830041
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a computing device, including a controller to: transmit a client program having a graphical user interface to a media device operating in an interactive television network, wherein the client program presents a symbolic overlay that superimposes onto media content received by the media device and enables the media device to associate commentary with the media content received at the media device; and present the commentary by symbolic representations in a carrousel format within a window of the presentation of the symbolic overlay and in a vicinity of the media content. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Linda Roberts, E-Lee Chang, Ja-Young Sung, Natasha Barrett Schultz, Robert King
  • Patent number: 9832669
    Abstract: Resource use by applications used by user equipment (UE) is adaptively controlled. A UE can comprise a modem-network kernel component that can be well partitioned from modem operations and can facilitate adaptively controlling use of functional blocks for applications of the UE, and enhancing use of network resources in connection with use of applications by the UE. The kernel component can operate in a protected area of the baseband and can utilize APIs and interfaces available to it by existing modem stacks and UE operating systems. The kernel component can interact with the communication network to adaptively present network enabler functions to other parts of the system. The kernel component can facilitate managing secure communication with the communication network to facilitate proper cross-layer optimization practices, including capabilities for compression and decompression, rate shaping, and event notification associated with the communication network and UE subsystems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mostafa Tofighbakhsh
  • Patent number: 9832320
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method for down-converting a long-range communication signal that is wirelessly received via a first antenna of a communication device to extract a first version of a baseband signal, down-converting a short-range communication signal wirelessly received from a second device via a second antenna of the communication device to extract a second version of the baseband signal from the long-range communication signal that can be received at the second device, which is remote from the communication device, via a second antenna. The first version and second version of the baseband signal can be combined to generate an information signal that can be processed. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, Yuang Lou, Mario Kosseifi
  • Patent number: 9832283
    Abstract: Quality of service and security are facilitated via functional classification of devices within a network. One method includes receiving, by a first device, notification information of a presence of a second device among the devices of the network, wherein the devices are configured to communicate information about events associated with respective operations of the devices; and generating, by the first device, first information indicative of an identity of and a functional classification of a function of the second device. The method also includes initiating, by the first device to a controller within the network, a transmission of second information for association of third information indicative of the functional classification of the function of the second device with fourth information generated by the second device. The functional classification of the function of the second device is associated with potential impact of failure of the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jason Godfrey, Jennifer Morovitz, Toby Bearden
  • Patent number: 9832148
    Abstract: An electronic mail message sent from a sender device is received by an email server. The electronic mail message includes an attachment holder block including an authentication token and an address of an attachment stored at a remote server. The authentication token is transmitted to the remote server to login to the remote server to access the attachment. The attachment is retrieved from the remote server using the address of the attachment. The attachment is attached to the electronic mail message by replacing the attachment holder block with the attachment. The electronic mail message including the attachment is transmitted to a recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Andy Y. Huang
  • Patent number: 9832663
    Abstract: A system that allows for performance indicators such as a success rate of a broadcast message or latency between a sender and mobile station of a broadcast message, during emergency broadcasts to a wireless transmit/receive unit, such as a mobile phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Jin He
  • Publication number: 20170337077
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for end-to-end validation of virtual machines. A control system including a processor can detect a validation request that can include a request to create an end-to-end validation function to perform end-to-end validation of a service. The processor can analyze a policy to determine components of the end-to-end validation function and a virtual machine that will host the end-to-end validation function. The components can include a generator function and a receiver function that can encompass the service. The processor can load, or trigger loading of, an image to the virtual machine and instantiation of the virtual machine. The image can include the end-to-end validation function. The processor also can validate the service using the end-to-end validation function based upon a test scenario stored in a test library of the end-to-end validation function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: W. Cooper Chastain, Larry B. Pearson, Cameron Scott Blandford
  • Publication number: 20170339279
    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: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett Kreiner, Jonathan Reeves
  • Publication number: 20170337948
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products insert markers into recorded media modules. A pair of reference points is received that marks a position and another position in a recorded media module. A copy of the recorded media module is retrieved from memory. Portions of the copy of the recorded media module occurring before the position, and occurring after the another position, are discarded. The copy of the recorded media module occurring between the position and the another position is then presented to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Steven N. Tischer
  • Patent number: 9823080
    Abstract: A map of a facility is provided. Dispatch instructions for dispatching a mobile device from a starting location to the facility at a destination within a geographical area are received, and a current location of the mobile device is detected as the mobile device moves from the starting location towards the destination. The map of the facility is received based on the dispatch instructions and the current location of the mobile device, and the map of the facility is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin Reese, Kevin Fears, Alfonso Jones, Steven McDonald, Marty Turner
  • Patent number: 9825813
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for creating and using service control functions. The service control functions can detect a message via an adapter function. The message can relate to a service controlled by the service control functions. Service policies can be accessed. The service policies can include message handling policies and can be accessed to determine if a policy relating to the message exists. If a determination is made that the policy exists, the message and the policy can be analyzed to determine an action to take with respect to the message, and the action can be initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Walter Cooper Chastain, Reuben Klein, Dean Bragg, John Oetting, Frank Cariello, Paul Edward Smith, Jr.