Patents Examined by Kathy Wang-Hurst
  • Patent number: 10187803
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for controlling ON/OFF operation of a Secondary Cell (SCell) in a cellular communications network. In some embodiments, the SCell is a License Assisted Access (LAA) SCell that operates in an unlicensed frequency band. In some embodiments, a method of operation of a network node in the cellular communications network to dynamically control ON/OFF operation of a SCell of the cellular communications network comprises measuring activity of other wireless systems on a channel utilized by a SCell while the SCell is in an OFF state, determining whether to transition the SCell to an ON state based on the activity of the other wireless systems measured on the channel, turning the SCell ON upon determining that the SCell is to be transitioned to the ON state, and keeping the SCell in the OFF state upon determining that the SCell is not to be transitioned to the ON state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Jung-Fu Cheng, Junaid Ansari, Laetitia Falconetti, Anders Furuskär, Bruhtesfa Godana, Du Ho Kang, Havish Koorapaty
  • Patent number: 10182305
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided. In one embodiment, the location of entities (e.g., computing entities and establishments) can be monitored or identified to determine whether they are within a configurable/determinable distance/proximity from each other. Such determinations can be used to automatically provide notifications and/or allow or disallow events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service Of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Gillen
  • Patent number: 10158972
    Abstract: A method in a location service client node includes maintaining a database containing a listing of beacon radio node identifiers with their geographic locations. A received location request contains an identifier for a UE and an identifier for a beacon radio node. A geographic location of the UE is determined from the database using the geographic location of the identifier for the beacon radio nodes. A message is sent to a public safety system containing the identifier for the UE and the geographic location. Subsequent to sending the message to the public safety system, a received movement notification message contains the identifier for the beacon radio node and data indicating that the beacon radio node has been moved. Data in the database is set to prevent the geographic location of the beacon radio node from being subsequently used to determine the geographic location of a UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventor: Lars Nord
  • Patent number: 10154388
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for sharing data between wireless devices based on one or more user gestures are disclosed. In some implementations, a wireless device may include a number of antenna elements configured to beamform signals in a plurality of transmit directions, with each of the transmit directions corresponding to one of a number of antenna sectors. Each of the antenna sectors may represent a unique set of phase shift values and gain values applied to the plurality of antenna elements, for example, so that the wireless device may beamform data transmissions in a transmit direction corresponding to a position of a target device in response to a user gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Luis Manuel Sanchez Barajas, Pranav Iyengar
  • Patent number: 10149342
    Abstract: A method for reestablishing and recovering a LTE-based trunking communication system is described. The method includes: monitoring first resource configuration information of a serving cell and second resource configuration information of a neighbor cell, configuring the user terminal according to the first resource configuration information to allow access of the user terminal serving as a trunking listening user, and storing the second resource configuration information; the user terminal establishing an RRC link and a service bearer with the network side; when detecting abnormality of a radio link, the user terminal determining a target cell in the service cell and the neighbor cell, and sending a reestablishment request to the target cell, such that the target cell initiates a reestablishment process to recover a common service or both a common service and a trunking speaking user service, and recover a trunking listening user service according to the second resource configuration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Bo Li
  • Patent number: 10142268
    Abstract: Messages containing structured entities may be sent between devices in a way that leverages the existing Short Message Service (SMS) protocol. On the message sender's device, the sender may author a message indicating specific entities such as people, places, dates, or times. When the message is to be sent, an SMS representation of the message is sent to the recipient, and a full representation of the message, including the included entities, is sent to a server. If the SMS message is received at a device that is equipped with software that can retrieve and render the rich representation, then the device queries the server to determine whether there is a rich message that corresponds to the SMS message. If such a message exists, then the message is communicated to the recipient's device and is rendered in place of the SMS message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sadi Khan, Kazi Al-Rashid, Jeremy Bong, Arwa Tyebkhan
  • Patent number: 10142888
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enabling near real time analysis of data for a wireless communication network using dynamic allocation backend processing resources. The method comprises, at each of a plurality of distributed components of a data processing system, receiving data from at least one network element of the cellular communication network, parsing the received data to extract a subset of the received data, and forwarding the extracted subset of data to the dynamic allocation backend processing resources for analytical processing of the extracted subset of data for the wireless communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: VIAVI Solutions UK Limited
    Inventors: Nicholas James Randell, Peter Kenington, Christopher Drawater
  • Patent number: 10135667
    Abstract: A method and system for increased position tracking resolution in a localized environment for use in GPS-denied areas such as within buildings or enclosed structures, comprising: multiple reference nodes each transmitting a synchronization pulse to a multitude of body-worn or device-mounted receiving units; a high speed clock circuit in each receiver capable of measuring the Time Difference of Arrival of said sync pulses to the resolution needed for precise positioning; a central processing computer used to calculate actual position of the receiving units relative to some fixed reference point; and a display system to monitor the position of the receiving units in real time as they move around within the target area overlaid onto available GIS data or building CAD drawings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Kerry L. Greer
  • Patent number: 10129003
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform, for example, a method for receiving interference information, identifying a plurality of interferers, approximating a location of the plurality of interferers, and adjusting an antenna pattern of an antenna. The method can include determining traffic loads and adjusting the antenna pattern according to the traffic loads. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: ISCO International, LLC
    Inventors: Amr Abdelmonem, Mikhail Galeev, Dariusz Seskiewicz
  • Patent number: 10123170
    Abstract: A device may detect occurrence of an event. The device may receive energy storage information and solar charging information. The energy storage information may be associated with an energy storage component. The solar charging information may be associated with a solar array. The energy storage information and the solar charging information may be received based on the occurrence of the event. The device may set, based on at least one of the energy storage information or the solar charging information, a time value and/or a radio operation state. The device may determine, based on the time value, to determine location information. The device may determine location information. The device may transmit the location information based on the radio operation state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Bryant Elliott, Benjamin J. Hamby
  • Patent number: 10122852
    Abstract: System and method for integrated interactive response system and mobile devices are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a method for using an interactive response system with a mobile device may include (1) an application executed on a mobile electronic device initiating contact with an interactive response system for a first provider; (2) the application retrieving a plurality of menus for the interactive response system; (3) the application displaying a first menu comprising a first plurality of options for the interactive response system; (4) receiving a first selected option from one of the first plurality of options; and (5) the application providing the interactive response system with the first selected option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
    Inventor: Sih Lee
  • Patent number: 10123226
    Abstract: In order to dynamically allocate spectrum resources to broadcast and unicast operations, user equipment (UE) sends a start message to a broadcast multicast tracking application in response to the UE deciding to start receiving a content stream. The start message includes cell site information where the user equipment is located and a channel identification indicating the content stream. The tracking application tracks the number of active listeners to the content stream in the cell and based on the number of active listeners and cell utilization, determines whether to initiate a broadcast. If the broadcast is initiated, the tracking application sends a message to the UE to retune to a broadcast channel. The UE sends a stop message when the UE decides to stop receiving the content stream and the tracking application and determines whether to terminate the broadcast based on the remaining active listeners and the cell utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Gaurav Gupta, Rajendra P. Kodaypak
  • Patent number: 10117093
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and an identity mediator node for controlling a user equipment, UE, identity, ID, dependent service in a radio base station, RBS of a wireless network. The method comprises receiving (S1) from a Mobility Management Entity, MME, a UE ID report comprising a permanent UE ID, a temporary UE ID, and a serving RBS identity for an RBS serving the UE, wherein the temporary UE ID represents an identifier for the UE in the serving RBS. The identity mediator node stores (S2) a record associating the temporary UE ID, the serving RBS identity, and the permanent UE ID record. When an order to activate a UE ID dependent service for a permanent UE ID is detected (D1) in the identity mediator node, the identity mediator node retrieves (S4) the temporary UE ID and serving RBS identity from the stored record. A request is sent (S5) to the serving RBS to activate the UE ID dependent service for the UE, wherein the request includes the temporary UE ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Per Einarsson, Stefan Johansson
  • Patent number: 10111274
    Abstract: Various solutions to handling of registration rejects with respect to user equipment (UE) in mobile communications are described. A UE may transmit a first request to a first network element of a wireless network. The UE may receive a first reject from the first network element. The UE may bar the first network element in response to receiving the first reject from the first network element. The UE may transmit a second request to a second network element of the same wireless network or a different wireless network in response to receiving the first reject from the first network element. Alternatively, the UE may transmit a second request to the first network element after a period of barring time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Marko Niemi, Matti Moisanen
  • Patent number: 10111032
    Abstract: A tracking device can securely communicate with a secondary device. The secondary device can provide locations associated with the tracking device to a tracking system. When the secondary device determines that the tracking device is lost (for instance, in response to no longer receiving communications from the tracking device), the secondary device can provide additional locations associated with the secondary device to the tracking system. The tracking system can store locations received before and after the tracking device was lost, and can provide these locations to the user for display within a map interface, enabling a user to digitally retrace the user's steps in order to aid the user in locating the lost tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Tile, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Pons Vega, Daniel Tam
  • Patent number: 10097682
    Abstract: Some aspects as disclosed herein are directed to, for example, a system for determining a geographical location of a user, such as via a data input, a network address, and/or a location sensor. A computing device of the system may determine a plurality of prompts for the user based on the determined geographical location of the user and may generate one or more user interfaces configured to display the plurality of prompts. Data input responding to one or more of the plurality of prompts may be received via the one or more user interfaces. It may be determined, based on the data input, whether to approve the user for one or more services. Additionally or alternatively, a computing device may determine a plurality of available services for the user based on the determined geographical location of the user and may generate one or more user interfaces configured to display the plurality of available services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Albert R. Lupcho, III, Christina Jasko, John J. Wilson, Michael D. Lamb, Sara M. Towers
  • Patent number: 10097994
    Abstract: Techniques for resetting authentication for touch-enabled devices are presented. When a user authenticates to a mobile device a touch profile (TP) is recorded. Each subsequent time the user unlocks a locked mobile device via touch, a new TP is noted. The new TP is compared to the recorded TP and if the deviation is within an acceptable tolerance, the user is permitted access to the mobile device without re-authentication. When the new TP is not within the acceptable tolerance of the recorded TP, the user is forced to re-authenticate before access is granted to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: NetIQ Corporation
    Inventors: Lloyd Leon Burch, Michael F. Angelo, Baha Masoud
  • Patent number: 10080103
    Abstract: Techniques of range free proximity determination are described. A mobile device can determine an entry into or exit from a proximity fence upon determining that the mobile device is sufficiently close to a signal source. The proximity fence can be a virtual fence defined by the signal source and associated with a service. The mobile device can detect signals from multiple signal sources. The mobile device can determine that, among the signal sources, one or more signal sources are located closest to the mobile device based on a ranking of the signal sources using signal strength. The mobile device can determine a probability indicating a confident level of the ranking. The mobile device can determine that the mobile device entered or exited a proximity fence associated with a highest ranked signal source satisfying a confidence threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Pejman Lotfali Kazemi, Lukas M. Marti, Robert Mayor, Shannon M. Ma, Ronald K. Huang
  • Patent number: 10080133
    Abstract: A system and method for activating a mobile device to initiate a communication directed to a target device is disclosed. The system and method may be implemented via a computing device arranged to send a request for activating the mobile device to initiate a communication, the request comprising a unique identifier of the target device; an unique identifier of the mobile device and contextual information relating to the communication; wherein the mobile device is arranged to receive the request to initiate the machine communication and upon receiving the request, parses and executes the request depending on the nature of the communication channel between the mobile device and target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Alex D. Ibasco, Eduardo Ramon G. Joson, William Emmanuel S. Yu, Lorenzo Angelo M. Solis, Rodolfo Alberto A. Villarica
  • Patent number: 10075826
    Abstract: A user protection method using a smart phone case includes: installing a screen-lock application driven with electric signals of at least one of a fingerprint recognition sensor and the case of the smart phone and a reporting application running in conjunction with the screen-lock application, and setting a predetermined option; unlocking the smart phone and simultaneously running the reporting application, if a registered fingerprint is recognized in the fingerprint recognition sensor or if the smart phone receives an electric signal; sending a designated server report data created by capturing and recording a field situation through a camera and microphone of the smart phone that work in conjunction with the reporting application; and linking report data to a predetermined website, converting an address of the website and position information of the smart phone into text message formats, and sending the conversion results to a guardian's smart phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: 247KOREA
    Inventor: Hwajung Lee