Patents Examined by Barry Taylor
  • Patent number: 9942741
    Abstract: An incident monitoring and response system may include observer communication devices that are located in an area where an incident is occurring within a monitored region. A monitoring station sends an incident mode message to observer communication devices within the area. Upon receiving the incident mode message, the observer communication devices enter an incident mode in which the functionality of the device is limited. This limited functionality includes limiting the types of communications that an observer may engage in and the types of applications that can be accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Alpha-Shield, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Lee Amason, Taylor Ward Jennings
  • Patent number: 9942813
    Abstract: A system is provided for coordinating inter-satellite handoff in a telecommunications system that includes first and second communication satellites and a communications apparatus. The communications apparatus is configured to generate commands for transmission to the first communication satellite and the second communication satellite to steer respectively first and second spot beams to track and communicate with a user terminal during respective time intervals. The communication interface is also configured to determine a trajectory of the user terminal and a predicted handoff point on the trajectory for handoff between the satellites in which the second spot beam is automatically steered to the handoff point or a point proximate thereto no sooner than the user terminal is within the second spot beam when steered to the predicted handoff point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: John W. Schultz, Todd E. Carter, Ricky L. Jones, Robert S. Barr
  • Patent number: 9942757
    Abstract: A mobile computing device, such as a cellular telephone or cellular network capable tablet or PDA, can be identified by a phone number associated with the mobile computing device. A mobile computing device can include a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card that can be used to identify the mobile computing device and to connect the mobile computing device to a communications network operated by the communications carrier or another communications carrier. The SIM card can include memory for storing an International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI). The IMSI can be used to identify the mobile computing device. A computing system can use the IMSI to request device authentication values and/or a phone number for the mobile computing device from a carrier associated with the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Christiaan J. Brand, Alexei Czeskis
  • Patent number: 9940833
    Abstract: A method for detecting the direction of travel of and for determining travel in the wrong direction by a vehicle which is moving on a lane in a section of road. Identifiers are respectively emitted by an arrangement of radio beacons which are arranged along the lane. When the vehicle travels through the section of road, a radio receiver, in particular a cell phone device, which is arranged in the vehicle, successively receives the emitted identifiers of the radio beacons. The actual direction of travel of the vehicle is determined on the basis of the sequence of the successively received identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Deutsche Telekom AG
    Inventors: Hans-Joerg Assenbaum, Thorsten Sinning
  • Patent number: 9936062
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method for responding to an incoming communication based upon a dynamic state and a situational context related to a device of a user, the method including receiving an incoming communication at a mobile communication device; identifying at least one user-determined control level based upon an incoming communication, wherein the user-determined control level is based upon a physical orientation and a situational context of the mobile communication device; selecting a preferred mode of the user-determined control level based upon the incoming communication; and implementing at the mobile communication device, in response to the incoming communication, the preferred mode of the user-determined control level stored in the mobile communication device. Other variants and embodiments are broadly contemplated herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Pankaj S. Dayama, Vijay Ekambaram
  • Patent number: 9912792
    Abstract: The present invention provides a mobile terminal comprising: a terminal body having a display part on the front side thereof; and a back input part exposed to the back side of the body and having a first button part for receiving a push input of a first function, wherein the first button part comprises: an exposed part having a colored layer and exposed to the outside; a knob part formed on the back side thereof so as to fix the exposed part; and a body part covering the knob part and formed to be integrated with the exposed part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Sangwook Hahn, Sooyong Song, Sangchul Jeon, Youngjin Hyun, Hyoyeol Lee, Euna Kim, Woohun Lee
  • Patent number: 9906907
    Abstract: A system includes a server and a source client executable on a first electronic device in communication with the server. The server is configured to provide to a second electronic device in communication with the server access to location data implementable by a user interface associated with the second electronic device. The location data enables the user interface to display the geographical location of the first electronic device. The access to the location data is accessible to the second electronic device only during a time interval designated by a user of the first electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Glympse, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Gardner Trussel, Jeremy Mercer, Stephen Miller
  • Patent number: 9900445
    Abstract: A method for allocating and pricing access to alternative access networks may include: inputting, by one or more parties, needs for alternative network access and representative values for satisfying the needs; setting, by providers of alternative network access, reserve prices for access to each of access point in the alternative network; generating a solution based on a mixed integer program to maximize value created by allocation of alternative network access; and allocating alternative network access to the one or more parties based on the mixed integer program solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: BANDWIDTHX INC.
    Inventors: Sven Seuken, Pertti Juhani Visuri, Johanna Katariina Visuri, Dan Zagursky
  • Patent number: 9894525
    Abstract: A searching method for an electronic device includes presetting a condition for a second electronic device to act as a searching terminal for searching the electronic device. An authentication password is preset at the electronic device. A request for the authentication password is sent to the second electronic device upon determining that the second electronic device meets the condition. Once a password from the second electronic device matches the authentication password, coordinates corresponding to a current location of the electronic device are sent to the second electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Hung-Chin Chen
  • Patent number: 9887792
    Abstract: A system and method for populating an available radio station broadcast list on a mobile device configured with a radio transmitter is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: TagStation, LLC
    Inventors: Ben Husmann, Paul Brenner
  • Patent number: 9883347
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for determining a specific velocity of a device attached to a wireless network. The specific velocity can be determined using a handover count of the base station boundary transitions over a time window and/or using a set of sojourn time samples that each denote the duration the device remains in the zone of a particular base station. Techniques operate effectively in cellular networks having high base station densities. The specific velocity estimates may be inputs to components on the device or network to adjust a local device function or performance behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: The Florida International University Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Arvind Merwaday, Ismail Guvenc
  • Patent number: 9872171
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a service provision method for storing each wireless fingerprint characteristic of a case in which a service device provides a general service and a case in which the service device provides an event for each affiliated store in a wireless fingerprint map, and providing an event by changing a wireless signal transmission pattern through an affiliated store terminal, and a device performing the same and a recording medium recording a computer program executing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kichon Kang
  • Patent number: 9859995
    Abstract: A test system for testing a device under test includes: a signal processor configured to generate a plurality of independent signals and to apply first fading channel characteristics to each of the independent signals to generate a plurality of first faded test signals; a test system interface configured to provide the plurality of first faded test signals to one or more signal input interfaces of the device under test (DUT); a second signal processor configured to apply second fading channel characteristics to a plurality of output signals of the DUT to generate a plurality of second faded test signals, wherein the second fading channel characteristics are derived from the first fading channel characteristics; and one or more test instruments configured to measure at least one performance characteristic of the DUT from the plurality of second faded test signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Keysight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hong-Wei Kong, Ya Jing, Xu Zhao
  • Patent number: 9860723
    Abstract: A system is provided that includes a security system that protects a secured geographic area, a near field or Bluetooth device proximate an entry of the secured geographic area that captures an identifier of a wireless portable device carried by a user as the user enters the secured geographic area, a sensor of the security system that detects a threat within the secured geographic area, and a processor of the security system that transmits an evacuation map to the wireless portable device based upon the captured identifier, wherein the evacuation map depicts safe geographic exits from the secured geographic area on the evacuation map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Murali R, Priyanka Ashok Chinchamalatpure
  • Patent number: 9843895
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and program products for determining a location of a calendar item are described. A mobile device can receive a calendar item including a description and a time. The mobile device can determine that, at the time specified in the calendar item, the mobile device is located at a location that is estimated to be significant to a user. The mobile device can store the description in association with the significant location. Upon receive a new calendar item containing at least one term in the description, the mobile device can predict that the user will visit the significant location at the time specified in the new calendar item. The mobile device can provide user assistance based on the prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald K. Huang, Lili Cao, Lukas M. Marti, Michael P. Dal Santo
  • Patent number: 9838930
    Abstract: An auxiliary cell identity (ACI) is proposed besides the conventional physical cell identity carried on the synchronization channels. The ACI is designed and configured to be transmitted in one or more primary regions and one or more secondary regions and transmitted by a base station/cell to a plurality of user equipment (UEs) located within coverage of the cell in one or more transmissions. Each of the UEs is configured to detects the transmitted ACI and identifies the cell based on the detected ACI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Aijun Cao, Thorsten Schier, Yonghong Gao, Jan Johansson, Patrick Svedman, Bojidar Hadjiski
  • Patent number: 9820260
    Abstract: Embodiments use the principles of self-organizing networks to allocate resources to allow spectrum owners to share spectrum with wireless carriers according to defined license conditions. A spectrum licensee holds the licensing conditions of the spectrum licensed by the spectrum owners. This licensed spectrum is referred to as secondary spectrum. A self-organizing network server requests access to secondary spectrum. The spectrum licensee grants access to the secondary spectrum along with the licensing conditions for access. The self-organizing network server monitors the conditions associated with the license and/or delegates the responsibility for monitoring conditions associated with the license to others. When the license conditions are met, enhanced Node B systems may begin using the secondary spectrum according to the license conditions. When the license conditions are no longer met, enhanced Node B systems discontinue use of the secondary spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Joey Chou, Muthaiah Venkatachalam
  • Patent number: 9813997
    Abstract: A wireless transmission system disclosed herein includes a transmitter-receiver pair. When a dielectric object approaches the transmitter-receiver pair, a signal strength of a transmitted carrier wave increases at the receiver. In response, transmission power of the transmitter can be dynamically reduced. When the dielectric object moves away from the transmitter-receiver pair, a signal strength of the carrier wave decreases at the receiver. In response, the transmission power of the transmitter can be dynamically increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Russell Mercer, Charbel Khawand
  • Patent number: 9801152
    Abstract: One object of the present invention is o method for managing the operation of a Machine Type Communication MTC Device in a mobile communication system, said method comprising a step of: performing said management within a detach of the MTC Device from the mobile communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Alessio Casati, Deborah Barclay, Bruno Landais
  • Patent number: 9794787
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods that employ various mechanisms to selectively disable mobile device functionality. In general, mobile devices can be utilized to store personal and/or highly sensitive information such as bank account numbers, social security numbers, credit card numbers and the like. If the mobile device is lost or stolen, data stored within the device can be accessed by an unauthorized user; and, thus, any personal and/or highly sensitive information can be obtained. In order to mitigate unauthorized access, the subject invention provides a disabling component that communicates with the lost or stolen device to render data stored thereon inaccessible. Further, the data can be stored in local or remote locations to backup stored information, thereby creating a more robust and reliable method of storing information important to the device owner. These features provide enhancements over conventional mobile device security techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Conversant Wireless Licensing S.A R.L.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Kenney