Patents Examined by Gerald Gauthier
  • Patent number: 10298748
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to one or more devices, systems and/or methods for generating sealing current at a customer's premises or residence and injecting the sealing current into a DSL service provider's telephone cables to prevent the oxidation or corrosion of wire splices or connections on the telephone cables transporting DSL services. A cable pair stabilizer unit is connected at the customer's premises or residence, between the service provider's telephone cables and the customer's residential gateway/modem. The cable pair stabilizer unit comprises circuitry for generating the sealing current and for injecting the sealing current into the service provider's telephone cables transporting DSL services. The cable pair stabilizer unit may be combined with an AC/DC power supply adapter as a single, integrated device. The cable pair stabilizer unit may alternatively be combined with or inside of the Residential Gateway as a single, integrated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Enginuity Communications Corp.
    Inventors: Sean Iwasaki, Stephen M. Todd
  • Patent number: 10291770
    Abstract: An improved handheld electronic device and an associated method provide an improved call log that presents information relating to logged phone calls in a collapsed manner, meaning that for each phone number having a call stored in the memory of the device, only the most recent in time call is listed on the call log. An improved handheld electronic device and an associated method also provide a call history for any phone call from the improved call log that is selected by the user. The call history includes a listing of all of the calls stored by the device that are associated with the selected call log call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Douglas Bocking, Raymond Paul Vander Veen
  • Patent number: 10291973
    Abstract: A microphone includes a base and a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) die and an integrated circuit (IC) disposed on the base. The microphone also includes a cover mounted on the base and covering the MEMS die and the IC. The cover includes an indented region or an inwardly drawn region that define a top port through which acoustic energy can enter the microphone and be incident on the MEMS die. The microphone also includes a filtering material disposed on the top port on an outside surface of the cover and within the indented region or the inwardly drawn region. The filtering material provides resistance to ingression of solid particles or liquids into the microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Knowles Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Tony K. Lim, Norman Dennis Talag
  • Patent number: 10291776
    Abstract: A system for interactive voice response system crawling, comprising an IVR crawler that may be VXML, design specification, DTMF or ASR/NLSR speech-based in nature and traverses an IVR menu to discover possible interaction paths and produces test cases based on those paths, and a database that stores test cases produced by the IVR crawler during operation, and a method for using an IVR crawler to perform a system migration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CYARA SOLUTIONS PTY LTD
    Inventors: Alok Kulkarni, Geoff Willshire, Ian Ng, Thomas Fejes
  • Patent number: 10284217
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a processing system may include multiple selectable processing paths for processing an analog signal in order to reduce noise and increase dynamic range. Techniques are employed to transition between processing paths and calibrate operational parameters of the two paths in order to reduce or eliminate artifacts caused by switching between processing paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Edmund Mark Schneider, Daniel J. Allen, Aniruddha Satoskar, Seyedeh Maryam Mortazavi Zanjani, Brian P. Chesney, John C. Tucker, Christophe J. Amadi
  • Patent number: 10269015
    Abstract: A secure payment method includes receiving, by a payment recipient, a transaction request from a party in a transaction. The payment recipient requests a payment that is in a specified form and that is uniquely identified by a unique identification. The method includes receiving, on behalf of the payment recipient and at a payment recipient computer, the payment that is in the specified form. The payment is uniquely identified by the unique identification. The payment recipient authorizes the transaction in response to receiving the payment that is in the specified form and that is uniquely identified by the unique identification. The specified form is issued by a private third party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Jackson, Mehrad Yasrebi
  • Patent number: 10250983
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein provide an audio system and modules that include speakers that can be packaged in new locations, and/or that can be driven by a local amplifier (amp). The new audio system can be easily upgraded with more modules inserted into the speaker network. For example, the custom system can increase capacity by replacing a trim panel with a new integrated trim panel having a module with one or more smaller speakers and the local amp. A control processor can detect the modules, which may include a digital signal processor (DSP), an amp, and/or at least one speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Roland Graham
  • Patent number: 10243524
    Abstract: This application relates to amplifier circuits for amplifying an audio signal. An amplifier circuit (100) has a voltage regulator (201) for outputting a supply voltage to an amplifier (104). An output capacitor (103) coupled to an output node of the voltage regulator. The voltage regulator is operable in a voltage-control mode to maintain the output voltage (VS) at a nominal output voltage and in current-control mode to limit the input current drawn to exceed a defined limit. A controller (301) is operable in a first mode to define the nominal output voltage so as not to exceed a first voltage magnitude and in a second mode to define the nominal output voltage to be equal to a second, higher, voltage magnitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: Terence Orr
  • Patent number: 10232256
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for gaming headset with enhanced off-screen awareness. One or more components may be identified or detected in input audio signals, which may meet particular positioning criteria based on a user receives output audio signals corresponding to the input audio signals. The input audio signals may then be processed, with the processing comprising adjusting the one or more components and/or one or more other components in the output audio signals, with the adjusting based on characteristics of the one or more components as perceived by the user when receiving the output audio signals. The positioning criteria may comprise a position of a source of at least one of the one or more components relating to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: VOYETRA TURTLE BEACH, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Shobha Devi Kuruba Buchannagari
  • Patent number: 10236080
    Abstract: A medical equipment case is provided for containing and transporting at least one article of medical equipment and a two-way audio-visual system. Such equipment may be used, for example, for telemedicine applications by a patient discharged from a hospital, or other subject in need of remote health care monitoring. The medical equipment case may include features that provide for security and facilitate return of the medical equipment case and medical equipment and audio-visual system contained therein, such as machine-readable indicia encoding information for return of the case from a usage location. The medical equipment case and contained medical equipment and two-way audio visual system together form a medical support system that can be used by a patient discharged from a hospital. Methods of controlling the medical support system are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10235987
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that cancel component noise are provided. The method includes: detecting a trigger to activate component noise cancellation, in response to detecting the trigger, receiving feedforward information from a component, generating noise cancellation information based on the feedforward information, and outputting a noise cancellation sound according to the noise cancellation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Frank C. Valeri, Michael E. McGuire, Amy K. Luebke, Christopher A. Stirlen, Timothy J. Roggenkamp
  • Patent number: 10230846
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can cause a voice communication between a computing device and an automated answering system to be established. A set of options that are available for selection through the automated answering system during the voice communication can be determined. The set of options can be provided for presentation on a display screen of the computing device, wherein at least some of the options in the set are labeled with information that visually describes the options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Laurent Gabriel Stephane Charignon
  • Patent number: 10230836
    Abstract: A system for automated audio quality testing, comprising a plurality of endpoint emulators, call engines, and optionally audio generator devices and head and torso simulator devices, and a method for using such a system for testing of audio quality over a variety of system architectures for optimization of contact center operations and improvement of customer experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Cyara Solutions Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Alok Kulkarni, Geoff Willshire
  • Patent number: 10228402
    Abstract: A hearing aid (200), adapted for detection of congestion of a sound output. The invention also relates to a method of detection of congestion of a sound output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventors: Klaus Krogsgaard, Jorgen Cederberg
  • Patent number: 10225817
    Abstract: In a video conferencing application, a user viewing a scene can performing zooming by selecting an area in the scene, then dynamically switching a video feed of the scene to the selected area of the scene. The hardware and software of the video conferencing application can limit the video transmitted to the user to include only the selected area of the scene. Transmitting only the selected area of the scene, and excluding the non-selected area of the scene from transmission, can more efficiently use the available bandwidth of the video conferencing application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventor: Ozgur Oyman
  • Patent number: 10218847
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of applying user profile information to a customized application are disclosed. One example method of operation may include receiving an inquiry message or call from a user device, identifying and authorizing the user from inquiry message information received from the inquiry message, retrieving a user profile comprising at least one user preference, applying the at least one user preference to a user call processing application, and transmitting menu options to the user device based on the applied at least user preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventor: Craig A. Webster
  • Patent number: 10219082
    Abstract: A hearing aid system (100, 200) adapted for providing an enriched sound and a method of providing such an enriched sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Widex A/S
    Inventor: Jakob Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10211882
    Abstract: In one embodiment the method includes assigning a common frequency range over which first sets of carriers are configured for communication over respective ones of a plurality of subscriber lines. The plurality of subscriber lines are dispatched between a plurality of autonomous vectoring processors configured to mitigate crosstalk between subscriber lines coupled thereto, thereby organizing the plurality of subscriber lines into a plurality of distinct vectoring groups. The method includes assigning a plurality of additional disjoint frequency ranges to respective ones of the plurality of vectoring groups over which second sets of carriers are configured for enhanced communication over respective ones of the plurality of subscriber lines. The second sets of carriers are configured over the respective disjoint frequency ranges assigned to the respective vectoring groups which the respective subscriber lines belong to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ALCATEL LUCENT
    Inventors: Ruben Catteeuw, Geert Ysebaert, Geert Heyninck
  • Patent number: 10203839
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, audio and non-audio data can be represented as sound sources in a three-dimensional sound space adapted to also provide visual data. Non-audio data can be associated with audio sound sources presented in the sound space. Navigation within this combined three-dimensional audio/visual space can be based primarily on the audio aspects of the sound sources with the details of the non-audio data being presented on demand, for example, when the listener navigates through the combined three-dimensional audio/visual space to a particular sound source at which point the non-audio data associated with that sound source can be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Doree Duncan Seligmann, Ajita John, Michael J. Sammon, David Skiba
  • Patent number: 10205483
    Abstract: Simulation devices for simulating communication lines are provided. In some embodiments, different parameters are used along a line length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Lantiq Beteiligungs-GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rainer Strobel