Patents Examined by Keith Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10664137
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for representing a conversation of related messages is provided. In a message collection user interface for displaying messages sent and received by a communications device, a dynamic session placeholder is used for a respective conversation of related messages. The message collection user interface is displayed including any dynamic session placeholders in the list of messages. As messages from the conversation are occasioned, the dynamic session placeholder is updated. When the message collection is displayed, it is displayed in accordance with the updated session placeholder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Shaul S. Wisebourt
  • Patent number: 10655881
    Abstract: A thermostat for a building includes a halo light emitting diode (LED) system including one or more LEDs configured to emit light and a halo diffuser structured around at least a portion of an outer edge of the thermostat. The halo diffuser is configured to diffuse the emitted light of the one or more LEDs around at least the portion of the outer edge of the thermostat. The thermostat includes a processing circuit configured to receive one or more data streams, determine whether the one or more data streams indicate a building emergency condition, and operate the one or more LEDs of the halo LED system to indicate the building emergency condition to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Sudhi Sinha, Joseph R Ribbich, Michael L Ribbich, Charles J. Gaidish, John P. Cipolla, Damon B. Smith, John R. Taylor, Jr., John M. Reiszl, William P. Alberth, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10659207
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure implement techniques for power control management between the base station and the UE to support multiple waveforms and services. In one example, the power control management system may implement independent power control loops for each waveform and service (e.g., eMBB, uRLLC, etc.) supported by the wireless communication system. For example, the base station may transmit a first power control command to a UE for first waveform (e.g., CP-OFDM) or service (e.g., eMBB) and a second power control command to the UE for the second waveform (DFT-OFDM) or service (e.g., uRLLC). Features of the present disclosure may also implement techniques that allow the base station to transmit a single power control command for configuring the power control for a plurality of waveforms or services. Upon receiving the power control commands, the UE may configure the transmission power for uplink traffic based on the power control commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Renqiu Wang, Yi Huang, Wanshi Chen, Peter Gaal, Seyong Park, Hao Xu
  • Patent number: 10652692
    Abstract: A method for selectively transmitting data from a transmitter to a receiver in a non-railbound land vehicle comprises, at the receiver end, selecting at least one geographical region. In this case, a geographical region corresponds to a limited area on a map. After the at least one region has been selected, a request is transmitted to the transmitter to transmit data relating to the at least one selected geographical region, and finally a data transmission initiated by the transmitter in response to the request is received. The data relating to the at least one selected geographical region contain, in particular, information relating to a traffic route infrastructure in the geographical region, which information is valid for a limited period or for a longer time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Griesbeck, Daniel Wunderlich
  • Patent number: 10652832
    Abstract: A method of controlling wireless communication performance in an electronic device includes accessing data containing material properties relating to a plurality of materials, transmitting a first test signal on a first transmission channel with a first antenna at a first location in the electronic device, receiving the first test signal on the first transmission channel with a second antenna at a second location in the electronic device, determining a housing material of the electronic device based on a measured attenuation of the first test signal received by the second antenna based upon the data containing transmission properties relating to a plurality of materials, and adjusting a transmission power of one of the first antenna and the second antenna based upon the material properties of the housing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Uday Sooryakant Hegde, Prateek Agrawal, Andre Raymond Lochin
  • Patent number: 10631249
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining a power control parameter for a sounding reference signal (SRS), where the power control parameter for the SRS includes at least one of a target power parameter value for the SRS, a path loss compensation factor, and a closed-loop power control parameter value for the SRS. The method further includes determining transmit power for the SRS on a first carrier based on the power control parameter for the SRS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Lili Zhang
  • Patent number: 10609522
    Abstract: Audio output of a radio frequency (RF) portable communication device is controlled. A first portable communication device (PCD) uses an audio transducer to generate one or more audio tones in response to a voice transmit operation initiated by a user of the first PCD. One or more characteristics of the tone or tones can be selectively controlled in accordance with a first talk group which is in use by the first PCD to facilitate the voice transmit operation. The one or more audio tones are received at one or more second PCDs different from the first PCD, where they are used to selectively control an audio output volume of the second PCD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Allen Thompson, Stephen Welsch
  • Patent number: 10609643
    Abstract: A wireless repeater system includes an antenna configured to receive a magnetic wake-up signal, a near field communication (NFC) receiver configured to receive a wake-up pattern and compare the received wake-up pattern with a stored wake-up pattern, and an NFC transmitter configured to transmit an output magnetic signal using the stored wake-up pattern to an external device, wherein the transmission of the output magnetic signal is synchronized with the received wake-up pattern to form a superimposed magnetic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Nguyen Trieu Luan Le, Xavier Jerome Kerdreux, Jean Barbotin
  • Patent number: 10608732
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software described herein provide enhancements for deploying communication networks in clusters of satellite devices. In one example, a first set of satellite devices is configured to orbit in a first orbital configuration, and a second set of satellite devices is configured to orbit in a second orbital configuration. A communication network is formed among the satellite devices and is configured to selectively exchange communications among satellite devices in the first orbital configuration and satellite devices the second orbital configuration based at least in part on an operational status of the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Vector Launch Inc.
    Inventors: Shaun Coleman, Darren D. Garber
  • Patent number: 10609658
    Abstract: A communication apparatus that communicates with a counterpart apparatus in accordance with a hierarchical communication protocol that includes a first layer and a second layer higher than the first layer is provided. In the communication apparatus, in a case where received signal strength is less than a threshold in a received signal strength checking process repeated N times and a notification is not output from a first communication processor 10 in at least a predetermined period of time that includes a period of time during which the received signal strength checking process is repeated N times, a second command to terminate the connection with the counterpart apparatus is input into the first communication processor 10, so as to prevent a situation in which a packet is repeatedly retransmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Yabata
  • Patent number: 10608760
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting and reducing signal interference affecting wireless communication with a mobile vehicle includes generating an interference signature based on a correlation multiple signal-quality characteristics of a desired target-signal that is received at an antenna assembly attached to the mobile vehicle, and adjusting the orientation of the antenna assembly based on a change or degradation in the interference signature to thereby improve wireless communication with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: GOGO LLC
    Inventor: Sean S. Cordone
  • Patent number: 10601434
    Abstract: An apparatus for calibrating a time-interleaved analog-to-digital converter including a plurality of time-interleaved analog-to-digital converter circuits is provided. The apparatus includes an analog signal generation circuit configured to generate an analog calibration signal based on a digital calibration signal representing one or more digital data sequences for calibration. The analog calibration signal is a wideband signal. Further, the apparatus includes a coupling circuit configured to controllably couple an input node of the time-interleaved analog-to-digital converter to either the analog signal generation circuit or to a node capable of providing an analog signal for digitization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Albert Molina, Kameran Azadet, Matteo Camponeschi, Jose Luis Ceballos, Christian Lindholm, Hundo Shin, Martin Clara
  • Patent number: 10602459
    Abstract: A system is disclosed, comprising: a solar panel; an electric power supply source; a wireless fronthaul access point coupled to a radio mast and in communication with a remote baseband unit, the wireless fronthaul access point further comprising a first millimeter wave wireless interface; a self-organizing network module in communication with a coordinating server; and an antenna-integrated radio for providing access to user equipments (UEs), mounted within line of sight on the radio mast with the wireless fronthaul access point, the antenna-integrated radio further comprising: a second millimeter wave wireless interface configured to receive the digital I and Q signaling information from the remote baseband unit wirelessly via the wireless fronthaul access point, wherein the wireless fronthaul access point thereby wirelessly couples the remote baseband unit and the antenna-integrated radio. Synchronization is used to pack used resource blocks to reduce the duty cycle of the PAs, thereby reducing power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Parallel Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Paul Papa, Prashanth Rao, Yang Cao, Rajesh Kumar Mishra
  • Patent number: 10593208
    Abstract: The network system triggers registration of the start of a transport journey in response to a communication of a transport user device and a transport provider device with each other, performs a continuous coordinated proximity monitoring to verify the identity of a transport user and a transport provider vehicle, and triggers registration of the end of the transport journey through communication of the transport user device and the transport provider device with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Carma Technology Limited
    Inventor: Sean O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10594389
    Abstract: Particular embodiments may provide a transceiver in geosynchronous orbit. The transceiver may include a plurality of forward channel receivers. At least one of the forward channel receivers may receive (1) a forward channel laser communication beam transmitted from a ground station and (2) an E-band frequency having a bandwidth of 81-86 GHz. The transceiver may also include a plurality of forward channel transmitters having different frequencies. The forward channel transmitters may transmit user beams to endpoint devices, wherein the user beams are derived from the forward channel laser and MMW communication beams. The transceiver may also include a plurality of return channel receivers, wherein the return channel receivers receive user beams from the endpoint devices. The transceiver may also include at least one return channel transmitter, wherein the return channel transmitter transmits a return channel laser communication beam to a ground station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Hamid Hemmati, Abhishek Tiwari
  • Patent number: 10585585
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter is directed to providing feedback in a touch screen device in response to an actuation of a virtual unit in a virtual input device. Specifically, the claimed subject matter provides a method and system for providing visual feedback in response to an actuation of a virtual key in a virtual keyboard. One embodiment of the claimed subject matter is implemented as a method for providing luminescent feedback in response to an actuation of a virtual key in a virtual keyboard. User input in a virtual keyboard corresponding to a virtual key is received. The corresponding virtual key is actuated and registered in response to the user input, and a luminescent feedback is displayed to the user as confirmation of the actuation of the virtual key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jan-Kristian Markiewicz, Manuel Clement, Jason Silvis
  • Patent number: 10587331
    Abstract: A radio frequency repeater device includes a receive antenna that receives a receive signal having a first frequency. A transmit antenna transmits a repeat signal at the first frequency, the repeat signal being an amplified version of the receive signal. A signal filter communicates with the receive antenna and transmit antenna, the signal filter being operable to amplify quadrature and non-quadrature components of an input signal associated with the repeat signal to produce a filtered repeat signal. A coupler combines the receive signal with the filtered repeat signal in such a way that the filtered repeat signal cancels interference from the transmitted repeat signal in the receive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Resonant Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: Randall T Clark, Nathan Thomas Kornbau, Jeremy Micah North
  • Patent number: 10581515
    Abstract: Generally, system and method for calibration an in-orbit satellite are provided. The method may comprise transmitting, by a Geosynchronous (GEO) satellite, a GEO satellite signal and receiving, by a Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellite, the GEO satellite signal when the LEO satellite crosses a predetermined transmission footprint of the GEO satellite at a predetermined LEO satellite location. The method may comprise determining, by a base station, a GEO satellite location at which the GEO satellite signal is received by the LEO satellite. The method may comprise comparing, by the base station, the transmitted GEO satellite signal and the received GEO satellite signal and further determining, by the base station, based on at least one of the comparison thereof, the predetermined LEO satellite location and the GEO satellite location, a GEO satellite transmission performance at a specific geographical location on ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: NSL COMM LTD
    Inventors: Daniel Spirtus, Raz Itzhaki-Tamir, Daniel Rockberger
  • Patent number: 10572790
    Abstract: Devices and methods of disrupting data transfer between an RFID interrogation device (50, 50?) and an RFID data storage device (30, 30?) to be protected, are provided. An example of an embodiment of an RFID signal disruptor device includes a container (41, 141) and an RFID signal disruptor circuit (151, 161, 161?, 171, 171?, 271, 271?) configured to substantially disrupt the signal provided by the RFID interrogation device (50, 50?) when the RFID signal disruptor device is positioned to protect the RFID data storage device (30, 30?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: CURIO LTD.
    Inventors: Gregory L. Horne, James C. Adams
  • Patent number: 10574372
    Abstract: A system and method enhance the user experience in a digital radio by reducing the service switching time between frequencies. The system includes a digital radio transmitter to transmit digital data in a digital radio broadcast standard. The digital radio transmitter includes a first service channel to carry basic service selection information and a second service channel to carry information required for decoding. The digital radio transmitter includes a main service channel to transmit digital audio services and data services. A central server stores information channel data of all digital radio stations. A digital radio receiver stores the first service channel and the second service channel information of all frequencies other than the currently tuned frequency to the receiver internal storage and uses the stored information for demodulating and decoding at the time of service switching between frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Rajith Raman Pillai Indusekharan Nair, Prasanth Padmalayam Thankappan, Abdul Sameeh Parangodath, Aswin Karayee