Patents Examined by Erica Navar
  • Patent number: 8380230
    Abstract: Various embodiments of systems, methods, computer devices, and computer software for providing an integrated SMS/WAP advertisement are disclosed. One embodiment comprises a system for providing SMS-sponsored WAP advertisements. One such system comprises a short messaging service (SMS) application server and a web server. The SMS application server is configured to send a short message service (SMS) message to a mobile terminal that has an embedded link to a wireless access protocol (WAP) site. The embedded link includes a predetermined parameter identifying an advertiser associated with the SMS message. The web server is configured to receive a request for the WAP site. If the request includes the predetermined parameter, it is determined that the request originated from the SMS message and the WAP site is provided to the mobile terminal with an advertisement associated with the advertiser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Christianson, John Kehle, John Dietz
  • Patent number: 8380129
    Abstract: The various embodiments herein provide a Mobile Phone Contactless Reader (MCR) for reading a unique mobile subscriber identification number (UMSIN) associated with Subscriber Identity Module card of the mobile phone. The MCR includes a Central Processing Unit (CPU), a receiving unit for scanning communication waves on a Broadcast Control Channel (BCCH) broadcasted by a Base Transceiver Station, a memory unit for storing and updating the continuously scanned communication waves. A frequency meter counts the scanned communication waves and measures frequency of proximal communication wave. Further a transmitting unit transmits one of the UMSIN to a transaction unit. The mobile station provides the UMSIN to the MCR. The announced UMSIN is transferred to one of a bank account and a Universal Mobile Money database through the transaction unit for online mobile transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Ali Mizani Oskui
  • Patent number: 8364205
    Abstract: A mobile phone includes at least two subscriber identity module (SIM) cards. The mobile phone queries a number portability database (NPDB) for at least two telecom operators of the at least two SIM cards. The mobile phone queries the NPDB for a telecom operator of an outgoing number dialed using the mobile phone. The mobile phone selects one SIM card with one telecom operator same as the telecom operator of the outgoing number from the at least two SIM cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hish-Hsien Tsai, Yi-Wen Liu
  • Patent number: 8355719
    Abstract: A method for setting base station information of a femtocell base station includes: upon a power application to the femtocell base station, setting all or some of terminals accessing the femtocell base station as console terminals; and receiving a radio environment parameter related to radio environment around each console terminal from the console terminals through a communication interface unit. The method further includes setting the base station information including an operation mode of the femtocell base station and a cell identifier of a femtocell covered by the femtocell base station based on the first radio environment parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jun Sik Kim, Sang Chul Oh, Hyung Deug Bae, Seung-Que Lee, Nam Hoon Park
  • Patent number: 8355712
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling remotely a mobile terminal (30). The method envisages providing a command (COM) to be sent from a remote server (2) to the mobile terminal (30), and a voice signal (V) to be transmitted from a remote server (20) to the mobile terminal (30). The voice signal (V) is encoded in a voice data packet flow (VOICE_FLOW) and the command (COM) in command data packets (COMk) so as to generate a packet data flow (DATA_FLOW) comprising the voice data packet flow (VOICE_FLOW) and the command data packets (COMk). This packet data flow (DATA_FLOW) is thus sent from the remote server (20) to the mobile terminal (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignees: Vodafone Group PLC, Vodafone Omnitel N.V.
    Inventor: Stefano Marzorati
  • Patent number: 8351899
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for collecting inter-operator charging information in a group communications system comprising a first group communications network element and a second group communications network element. An intermediate charging information collection unit is provided in an interface between the group communication network elements. The charging information collection unit examines a group communications message received from the first group communications network element or the second group communications network elements. A charging information unit is generated based on at least a portion of the message and the charging information unit is applied for inter-network charging to charge for use of inter-network resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: TeliaSonera AB
    Inventors: Sami Ala-Luukko, Tero Jalkanen
  • Patent number: 8331967
    Abstract: One feature of the present invention relates to a base station for operating multiple cells each having a predefined bandwidth, including: a redirected cell determination unit configured to determine, in response to receipt of mobile station capability information indicative of at least one of a bandwidth and a frequency band that a mobile station residing in a coverage area of the base station is capable of handling, at least one of a redirected cell and a cell layer for the mobile station associated with the mobile station capability information as redirected cell information for redirecting the mobile station; and a transmission unit configured to transmit the redirected cell information to the mobile station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
    Inventors: Mikio Iwamura, Minami Ishii, Sadayuki Abeta
  • Patent number: 8326258
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling calls in a vehicle during an emergency situation that includes identifying an emergency situation and placing a voice call or a data call to the vehicle in response to the emergency situation. If the placed call cannot be connected because the vehicle has another call in progress, then an SMS message is sent to the vehicle which contains a command used by the vehicle to interrupt the in-progress call. This enables a call center or public safety personnel to obtain remote access in emergency situations, such as when the vehicle location needs to be determined or an occupant of the vehicle is contacted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Laura R. Chmielewski, Daniel C. McGarry
  • Patent number: 8311553
    Abstract: One feature of the present invention relates to a base station for operating multiple cells each having a predefined bandwidth, including: a load measurement unit configured to measure traffic status in each of the cells; a redirected cell determination unit configured to determine either a redirected cell or a cell layer as redirected cell information for redirecting a mobile station based on the traffic status, the redirected cell and the cell layer to which the mobile station is to be redirected; and a transmission unit configured to transmit the redirected cell information to the mobile station in a paging channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: NTT Docomo, Inc.
    Inventors: Mikio Iwamura, Minami Ishii, Sadayuki Abeta
  • Patent number: 8306588
    Abstract: This mobile device includes a control portion determining whether or not a selection antenna module and a selection circuit module are matched to each other, and the control portion controls radio communication by the selection antenna module and the selection circuit module to be disabled when the selection antenna module and the selection circuit module are not matched to each other and controls radio communication by the selection antenna module and the selection circuit module to be enabled when the selection antenna module and the selection circuit module are matched to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoyuki Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 8306559
    Abstract: A method for paging optimization in a communication system having one or more base stations and one or more mobile stations within a paging target cell, includes detecting a hybrid base station supporting a hybrid cell from the one or more base stations; and determining whether or not one or more mobile stations registered in the hybrid cell include only closed subscriber group (CSG) members, and defining an operating state of the hybrid base station based on the determination result. The method further includes determining whether or not each of the one or more base stations is included in paging targets based on the operating state of the hybrid base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Seung-Que Lee, Hyung Deung Bae, Jun Sik Kim, Sang Chul Oh, Nam Hoon Park
  • Patent number: 8301157
    Abstract: A method, system and device for reducing volume of data transmitted between a base station and a control unit in a mobile communications network in which there is inserted into a communication channel between the base station and the control unit a device are provided. Voice data transmitted in each communication channel and associated with a plurality of connections is analyzed. Each connection also includes signaling data a signaling channel, and the connections originating from a base station and terminated in the same or a different base station connected to the device are identified and interconnected, and following the interconnection of the voice channels the transmission of the associated voice data to the control unit is prevented. Thereby, the data volumes transmitted on the voice channels are no longer forwarded to the rest of the mobile communications system and consequently the data volumes transmitted are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Programm- und Systementwicklung GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Steffen Beckmann, Jörg Brenner, Carl Mathias Cramer, Aleksej Dorn, Florian Wolff
  • Patent number: 8301211
    Abstract: A watch type mobile terminal includes: a main body having a wireless communication module; a band connected with both ends of the main body; a buckle unit mounted to the band and detachably attaching the band to the user's wrist through a connection and releasing operation; and a signal generating unit mounted in the buckle unit, electrically connected with the main body and generating a signal for turning on power of the main body when the buckle unit is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sunghyun Lee, Jongin Im
  • Patent number: 8295811
    Abstract: A method of activating a mobile phone is provided. The method comprises scanning a code accessible from an exterior of a package by an electronic scanning device coupled to a first computer, the package containing the mobile phone and retrieving a plurality of information associated with the mobile phone from a data store based on the code, the retrieving performed by one of the first computer and a second computer. The method also comprises transmitting the plurality of information by the provisioning application to a wireless communication network to at least partly provision wireless communication service to the mobile phone, whereby the wireless communication network is triggered to activate the mobile phone, wherein the transmitting is performed by the same computer that retrieved the plurality of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Michael A. Gailloux, Jason F. Gall, Kenneth W. Samson
  • Patent number: 8295841
    Abstract: Provided are an inter-carrier member handover apparatus and method. In the inter-carrier member handover apparatus and method, data is transmitted or received by allocating a plurality of carriers to a single mobile terminal, a carrier aggregation, which includes a plurality of carrier members that process the allocated carriers, is managed, and a handover between the carrier members in the managed carrier aggregation is processed when the handover is required. Therefore, an intra-base station handover can be performed when a mobile terminal and a base station exchange data using a plurality of carrier frequency bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: You-sun Hwang, Soon-yong Lim, Ae-soon Park
  • Patent number: 8279887
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for selecting radio resources for transmission of data over a radio link to which at least two resource units have been allocated. At least one resource unit is selected out of the allocated resource units, wherein the selection is determined in dependence of the result of checking whether values of a quality measure of the allocated resource units fall within a certain range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Lei Wan, Magnus Almgren
  • Patent number: 8280422
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of arranging inter-working for a communications system comprising a PMR (private mobile radio) system part and a PLMN (public land mobile network) system part. The system comprises a mobile intermediate device capable of communicating with the PMR system part and the PLMN system part and comprising a converter for performing protocol conversion between the PMR system part and the PLMN system part, the method comprising: detecting in the intermediate device a need for inter-system transfer from a source system part to a target system part, performing by the converter conversion for an information unit from a source system to a format appropriate in the target system part; and transmitting the converted information unit to the target system part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Teliasonera AB
    Inventors: Tapani Forsten, Harri Jokela, Risto Mäkinen
  • Patent number: 8280460
    Abstract: A microphone (130) is fitted with a mounting portion (130a) of a front case (12) in a state being set to a microphone folder (134). A metallic mesh-wise sheet (132) is attached to a front face of the microphone. When an EL sheet (110) on a rear face of the front case emits light by supplying power to it, electrical noise is radiated from the EL sheet. The mesh-wise sheet of the front face of the microphone blocks the electrical noise from the EL sheet, which may enter through a sound hole (131) to the inside of the microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Katsumi Shiono, Kenji Fukazawa
  • Patent number: 8270944
    Abstract: A method of informing a portable electronic device of a number of available pre-paid text messages, comprising billing a pre-paid subscriber account for a predetermined number of text messages to be sent by a portable electronic device; incrementing a first count by an application executing on a computer based on the predetermined number of text messages purchased; determining by the application a second count indicating a remaining balance of text messages based on how many text messages have been one of received and sent by the portable electronic device since billing the pre-paid subscriber account based on the first count; and sending by the application a message comprising the second count to the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Michael A. Gailloux, Kenneth W. Samson
  • Patent number: 8238904
    Abstract: A method of making network services available to a subscriber of a first mobile communications network when the subscriber roams in a second mobile communications network. The method includes: intercepting a signaling message issued by a service switching function of the second mobile communications network as a consequence to a service request by the subscriber; checking the intercepted signaling message; and based on the check, updating the intercepted signaling message so as to include service addressing data adapted to invoke a service in the first mobile communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Telecom Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giuliano Muratore, Pier Camillo Pelliccia, Alberto Zaccagnini