Patents Examined by Brandon Miller
  • Patent number: 9913085
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for location tracking are disclosed. In one aspect, a method includes the actions of receiving, from a computing device that is configured to receive radio signals from beacons, beacon data that includes data identifying a corresponding beacon and data identifying a power level of a corresponding radio signal. The actions further include receiving, from the computing device, sensor data collected by a sensor that is located on the computing device. The actions further include based on the beacon data, determining a location of the corresponding beacon. The actions further include based on the sensor data, adjusting the location of the corresponding beacon. The actions further include generating a user interface that identifies the corresponding beacon and the adjusted location. The actions further include providing, for output, the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Mark Slater, John Roe, Kari Juhani Kuisma, Andrew Jordan, John J. Chooracken, Philip Vann
  • Patent number: 9894167
    Abstract: A computer system may notify a user about personally attended services satisfying temporal-spatial criteria. The computer system may use a user location and/or information on already scheduled events to determine whether a personally attended service satisfies the temporal-spatial criteria. Travel time may be determined and included when determining whether the personally attended service conflicts with an already scheduled event. The temporal-spatial criteria may also include availability of the personally attended service. A user profile and/or third party information may be used to determine if a user is available and/or would be receptive to a personally attended service. The user profile may be generated from third party information, such as contained in an online social network, and/or learned. The user may be able to reserve the personally attended service through the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Howard Lefkowitz
  • Patent number: 9894538
    Abstract: A microwave transceiver comprises a plurality of antenna arrays, each of which is oriented in a different direction, and circuitry operable to automatically select which of the antenna arrays to use for establishing a microwave backhaul link with a link partner. The circuitry may comprise a plurality of front-ends, each of which may be operable to perform beamforming of signals transmitted and received via a respective one of the antenna arrays. The circuitry may comprise a modem circuit. For transmit operations, the modem may generate a modulated signal for output to one of the plurality of front-end circuits. For receive operations, the modem may demodulate a signal received from one of the plurality of front-end circuits. Each of the antenna arrays may be mounted to a different one of a plurality of surfaces of a housing of the microwave transceiver. The housing of the microwave transceiver may form a polyhedron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Maxlinear, Inc.
    Inventor: Curtis Ling
  • Patent number: 9894457
    Abstract: Devices, computer readable media, and methods for supporting services at an application service layer (ASL) are disclosed. The ASL may be a machine-to-machine (M2M) services capability layer (SCL). Content functions may interpret the data to generate a semantic description of the data. Semantic information associated with data may be stored. Context aware functions may process the semantic description of the data to generate lower level contextual cues. Context aware reasoning functions may process the lower level contextual cues to deduce higher level context. An application or a second ASL may use the contextual cues and the situational context to trigger an action. The ASL may create a trigger condition based on a received message. The ASL may invoke a function based on detecting a trigger condition. The ASL may perform a command based on a received command. The ASL may use a objective function and feedback to control a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: InterDigital Patent Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Lijun Dong, Dale N. Seed, Paul L. Russell, Jr., Chonggang Wang, Zongrui Ding, Guang Lu, Mohsen Akbari
  • Patent number: 9888350
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to time-of-flight (TOF) positioning and device location within a wireless networks using a hybrid combination of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Wi-Fi signaling. In one exemplary embodiment, a hybrid responder engages in BLE discovery and negotiation with a mobile device seeking its location. The hybrid responder may engage its WiFi platform only to conduct the FTM procedure. By keeping the WiFi platform in deep sleep or Off mode, the hybrid responder can gain significant power savings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventor: Itai Steiner
  • Patent number: 9883041
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a memory, a communication module configured to communicate with an external electronic device, and a processor configured to: when a call forwarding is requested by the external electronic device, identify information on an embedded subscriber identity module (eSIM) profile of the external electronic device, based on call forwarding-related information stored in the memory; transmit the information on the eSIM profile to the external electronic device via the communication module; and set up the call forwarding with the external electronic device using the eSIM profile based on the information on the eSIM profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinyup Kim, Junghwan Song, Geon-Soo Kim, Han-Jib Kim, Sun Min Hwang
  • Patent number: 9877296
    Abstract: An electronic tag, e.g. for use as a tracker tag or combined tracker and data tag, with a cellular communication module is disclosed. The cellular communication module is configured to transmit an indication of a current geographical location to an external data server. The electronic tag can optionally receive tag data from an external tag reader and optionally comprises an output means configured to output the tag data. The tag's microprocessor is configured to switch off at least a transmitter part of the cellular communication module in response to first data contained in a Mode S signal of an aircraft transponder. Said transmitter part may be switched on again depending on data in signals from external source(s) as received in the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: EC SOLUTION GROUP B.V.
    Inventor: Graham Michael Kelly
  • Patent number: 9860829
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a management apparatus and a method for wireless communication as well as an apparatus and a method for wireless communication. The management apparatus includes: a determining module, configured to select a communication unit satisfying a predetermined condition from among a communication unit cluster managed by the management apparatus, and determine interference information or load information of at least part of resource blocks corresponding to the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yanzhao Hou, Qimei Cui, Hui Liang, Qinyan Jiang, Tong Zhang, Xin Guo, Jinhui Chen, Chen Sun
  • Patent number: 9854511
    Abstract: A cell-search method for a cellular communication device capable of communicating via a first radio-access technology, RAT, in a first frequency band, and via a second RAT in a second frequency band, which is in a higher frequency region than the first frequency band is disclosed. The method comprises performing a first cell search in the first frequency band in order to detect a first cell of the first RAT. The method further comprises, if such a first cell is detected, synchronizing to the first cell, without registering to the first cell, determining a reference frequency error estimate between a local reference frequency of the cellular communication device and reference frequency of the first cell, and thereafter performing a second cell search, based on the reference frequency error estimate, in the second frequency band to detect a second cell of the second RAT. A corresponding cellular communication device, computer program product, and computer-readable medium are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (publ)
    Inventors: Bengt Lindoff, Andres Reial
  • Patent number: 9852450
    Abstract: Location-blocking and identity-blocking services that can be commercially offered by a service promoter, e.g., a cellular service provider or a web advertiser. In the identity-blocking service, the service provider may disclose the current physical location of a mobile subscriber (i.e., a cellular phone operator) to a third party (e.g., a web advertiser) subscribing to the identity-blocking service. However, the service provider may not send any identity information for the mobile subscriber to the third party. On the other hand, in the location-blocking service, the service provider may disclose the mobile subscriber's identity information to the third party, but not the current physical location of the mobile subscriber. Blocking of the mobile subscriber's identity or location information may be desirable for privacy reasons, to comply with a government regulation, or to implement a telecommunication service option selected by the mobile sub scriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Mark J. Enzmann, Robert T. Moton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9854489
    Abstract: A heterogeneous network which supports multiple communication technologies (e.g., communication in accordance with multiple air interface standards) in a unified architecture can provide near-term solutions to capacity problems. Specifically, in one embodiment, a heterogeneous network that includes both macro-base cells and pico cells and that incorporates longer range wireless air interfaces (e.g., second, third, or fourth, generation wireless air interface standards) and shorter range wireless air interfaces (e.g., Wi-Fi) can be provided. Such a heterogeneous network can include the coordination of security, quality of service, assessment of mobility of user equipment, authentication, provisioning systems, and location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jacob Sharony, Khurram Parviz Sheikh
  • Patent number: 9854431
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a system for distributing data of a virtual subscriber identity module (VSIM) where a terminal device acquires a graphic code from a distribution client; acquires the temporary data of the VSIM and the service authentication code that are included in the graphic code; registers with a mobile network according to the temporary data of the VSIM; connects to the management server through the mobile network; sends to the management server, a request for downloading formal data of the VSIM; and if the authentication is passed, the management server acquires formal data that is of the VSIM and corresponding to the service authentication code, and sends the formal data of the VSIM to the terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jixiong Lin
  • Patent number: 9848293
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for defining a zone, comprising receiving (S3) location data indicative of the location of a device 2 at a plurality of times, determining (S14), based on the location data, information relating to the occupancy of the device in a plurality of geographical regions, and defining (S15), based on the information, at least one zone. The or each zone consists of multiple contiguous regions of the geographical regions in which the occupancy of the device meets at least one criterion. Each of the plurality of predetermined geographical regions is defined independently of location areas over which base stations transmit and receive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: BUDDI LIMITED
    Inventors: Sara Elizabeth Murray, Jose Antonio Sanchez-Valenzuela, Gareth John Carter
  • Patent number: 9848401
    Abstract: A mobile device estimates includes a processor configured to execute a process. The process includes first estimating a location of each of a plurality of base station devices present at a location communicable with the mobile device. The process includes generating a circle a radius of which is a distance between the mobile device and the base station device estimated by using radio wave intensity from the base station device, around the location of the base station device estimated at the first estimating, for each of the base station devices. The process includes second estimating a location of the mobile device by using algorithm selected based on the number of the circles of the base station devices generated at the generating and a location relation between the circles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Makoto Uchino, Satoshi Sakita
  • Patent number: 9843916
    Abstract: An emergency routing apparatus may include receiving a request for help from a portable device and processing the request to contact an appropriate emergency call center. The emergency call center may be determined based on location of the mobile device that is received with the request for help. If a connection can be established over a first communication link, the request for help may be transmitted to the emergency call center over the first communication link. If a connection cannot be established over the first communication link, another communication link may be used to transmit the request for help to the emergency call center. Transmitting the request for help over the other communication link may include dialing a phone number of the emergency call center and playing a message with the request for help over the other communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Paul C. Shim, Kyung-Hee Kim, Jiseok Lee
  • Patent number: 9838839
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for maintaining user anonymity in content statistics. A system can first receive a media content request from a client device. The media content request can include a user account identifier and a content identifier. The content identifier can be different and separate from the user account identifier and a device identifier associated with the client device, and the content identifier can identify content presented at the client device. Next, the system can store the user account identifier and the content identifier in separate locations without attributing the content identifier to the user account identifier. In response to the media content request, the system can transmit a media content item to the client device based on the user account identifier. The system can also report the content presented at the client device with the content identifier and without the user account identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Madhusudhan Vudali, Prasad Rallabandi, Jason Novak, Sagar Joshi, Todd Michael Teresi, Erik C. Neuenschwander
  • Patent number: 9832603
    Abstract: A wireless data processing device is described which periodically exits an unpowered state and transmits location data. For example, one embodiment of a wireless data processing device comprises: power circuitry for maintaining the wireless data processing device in a powered or unpowered state, the power circuitry causing the wireless data processing device to enter into an unpowered state responsive to user input; a timer to periodically power up the wireless device or portion thereof in response to reaching a predetermined time; a location services module determining a current location of the wireless data processing device using one or more specified location determination techniques; a transmit thread transmitting the current location of the wireless device over one or more specified communication channels; and the power circuitry powering down the wireless data processing device a second time after the current location has been transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander D. Schlaupitz, Joshua G. Wurzel, Ahmad Al-Dahle
  • Patent number: 9820139
    Abstract: A method is provided for performing a management of a multi-subscription SIM module. The multi-subscription SIM module includes at least one memory adapted to store at least a first and a second profile associated with a respective first and a second mobile network operator. The memory includes a volatile portion. The operation of storing includes installing or updating profiles by downloading one or more downloaded profiles from a remote host. The management includes selecting one or more enabled profiles including an application to be executed and allocating a partition of the volatile portion of the memory to the one or more enabled profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventor: Amedeo Veneroso
  • Patent number: 9819675
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and non-transitory data storage media are provided for secured communications where biometrics are used to secure communications sent over a data communication path. A sender of a secured communication may identify one or more biometrics required from a recipient before the recipient is allowed to interpret, read, view, or listen to the communication. Communications secured by the present invention may include email, text messages, iMessages, files, links, Universal Resource Locators (URLs), videos, photos, attachments, or other forms of electronic data or media communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: GrandiOs Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John Cronin
  • Patent number: 9820093
    Abstract: In some implementations, a beaconing protocol can be used to broadcast beacon information to mobile devices. The beaconing protocol can be used by a Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) (e.g., Bluetooth 4.0) beacon to transmit a package of information that identifies the beacon and indicates the calibrated transmission power (e.g., measured power) of the beacon. The package of information can be configured by beacon providers and/or beacon installers at the locations where the beacons are installed. When a mobile device receives the beacon package, the mobile device can use the beacon identification information and/or the measured power of the beacon to determine a location (e.g., precise location, geofence location) of the mobile device. In some implementations, the mobile device can transmit the beacon information to a server and the server can determine the location of the mobile device and send location and/or content information back to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Mayor, Pejman Lotfali Kazemi, Augustin Prats, Brian J. Tucker, Joakim Linde