Patents Examined by Leon-Viet Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9705695
    Abstract: This invention relates to apparatus and systems for providing home and building security and condition monitoring. More particularly, the invention relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate dynamically with each other and a remotes server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: HARTFORD FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Louis Brandman, Julia M. Feldman, Richard J. Marchetti, Steinar Ryen
  • Patent number: 9688199
    Abstract: An alert system for a vehicle is provided for alerting an occupant of the vehicle that a pedestrian or bicyclist is approaching the vehicle and may collide with a vehicle door if the door is opened. The alert system includes a mobile communication device carried by a pedestrian or bicyclist and operable to communicate information regarding location and motion of the mobile communication device. A receiver is at the vehicle and receives a communication from the mobile communication device. A processor processes information communicated in the communication. The processor, responsive to processing communicated information, determines whether or not the location and motion of the mobile communication device relative to the vehicle is indicative of a hazardous condition. The alert system, responsive to the processor determining that there is a potential hazardous condition, generates an alert to the occupant of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Krishna Koravadi
  • Patent number: 9686104
    Abstract: A receiver comprises a sequence estimation circuit and a soft-input-soft-output (SISO) decoder. The sequence estimation circuit comprises circuitry operable to generate first soft bit decisions for symbols of a received inter-symbol-correlated signal. The SISO decoder comprises circuitry operable to decode the first soft bit decisions to generate corrected soft bit decisions. The circuitry of the sequence estimation circuit is operable to generate, based on the corrected soft bit decisions, second soft bit decisions for the symbols of the received inter-symbol-correlated signal, which are improved/refined relative to the first soft bit decisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES GENERAL IP (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Amir Eliaz, Ilan Reuven
  • Patent number: 9685059
    Abstract: A computing system receives blackbody radiation data from a thermal radiation sensor that is located in a room with a heat source and is directed at the heat source. An operating state of the heat source is determined using the blackbody radiation data. Occupancy data is received for a dwelling that includes the room with the heat source; using this data, an occupancy of the dwelling is determined, including an occupancy for the room. It is determined, using the operating state of the heat source and the occupancy of the dwelling, including the occupancy of the room, whether a heat-source alert condition that includes a first threshold time is met. If so, a heat-source alert is provided. A request of a first type is then received to cancel the heat-source alert. In response, the heat-source alert is canceled and the heat-source alert condition is modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Liang-Yun Wang
  • Patent number: 9680538
    Abstract: Methods for WiFi beamforming, feedback, and sounding (WiBEAM) are described. Codebook based beamforming feedback signaling and sounding mechanisms for use in wireless communications are disclosed. The methods described herein improve the feedback efficiency by using Givens rotation based decompositions and quantizing the resulting angles of the Givens rotation based decompositions using a range from a subset of [0, 2?]. Feedback may also be divided into multiple components to improve feedback efficiency/accuracy. Time domain beamforming reports for taking advantage of channel reciprocity while still taking into account practical radio frequency (RF) channel impairments are also described. Beamforming feedback that prioritizes the feedback bits in accordance with the significance of the bits is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: InterDigital Patent Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Pengfei Xia, Monisha Ghosh, Hanqing Lou, Robert L. Olesen, Oghenekome Oteri
  • Patent number: 9672737
    Abstract: In the example embodiments as described herein there is at least a method and apparatus to perform operations including monitoring probe data of car and truck traffic on at least one road segment including more than one lane; based on the monitoring, determining that an occurrence of a traffic jam ahead of the car and truck traffic on the at least one road segment is probable or occurring; and in response to the determining, selectively notifying at least one of a car and truck of the traffic of required or prohibited changes to at least one of their position and speed on the at least one road segment to prevent an occurrence of a traffic jam on the at least one road segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Bruce Bernhardt, Arnold Sheynman, Jingwei Xu
  • Patent number: 9659566
    Abstract: For generating a signal to be transmitted original information is encoded into a main channel and a side channel, wherein the side channel is more robust against channel influences than the main channel. On the receiver side, when the receive quality is above a threshold, which is necessitated to execute a successful decoding of the main channel, the main channel is reproduced. If the receive quality falls below this threshold, however, the side channel is reproduced which may have less bits than the main channel and which is a correspondingly lower quality representation of the original information than the main channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: FAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Gerald Schuller, Stefan Wabnik, Bernhard Grill, Alexander Zink
  • Patent number: 9660574
    Abstract: The invention includes a system and method for characterizing and monitoring photovoltaic power systems, and more particularly, to solar monitoring systems that provide notification of fault and performance conditions. Mistaken fault conditions causing false alarms are corrected by use of current weather conditions and performance data to adjust fault detection algorithms and control features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Also Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Holden R. Caine
  • Patent number: 9655547
    Abstract: This invention relates to apparatus and systems for providing home and building security and condition monitoring. More particularly, the invention relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate dynamically with each other and a remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: HARTFORD FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: William Joseph Carroll, Bradley Dean Molinsky, Michael J. Dunst, Thomas Andrew Tipton, Joseph S. Battaglini
  • Patent number: 9661124
    Abstract: There is provided a communication device including a display control unit configured to, in a case where information on a plurality of parameters is provided, use the provided information and control display of a screen for deciding values of the plurality of parameters, the plurality of parameters each indicating user's request with respect to a radio communication service and depending on each other, and an acquisition unit configured to acquire the decided values of the plurality of parameters. The acquired values of the plurality of parameters are used for changing control of the radio communication service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 9654103
    Abstract: A proximity switch assembly and method for detecting activation of a proximity switch assembly and providing feedback is provided. The assembly includes a plurality of proximity switches each comprising a proximity sensor providing a sense activation field. The assembly also includes control circuitry processing a signal associated with the activation field of each proximity sensor and detecting a finger located between two proximity switches. The assembly further includes a feedback device generating a feedback when the finger is detected between the two proximity switches. In addition, the assembly may detect speed of movement of a finger interfacing with the proximity switches and vary the feedback based on the detected speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C. Salter, James Stewart Rankin, II, Dipanjan Ghosh
  • Patent number: 9647824
    Abstract: An apparatus includes analog or mixed-signal circuitry that operates in response to a first signal, and digital circuitry that operates in response to a second signal. The apparatus further includes a signal retiming circuit. The signal retiming circuit retimes an output signal of a digital signal source to reduce interference between the digital circuitry and the analog or mixed-signal circuitry by retiming edges of the output signal of the digital signal source to fall on cycle boundaries of the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Fernald, Imranul Islam
  • Patent number: 9645905
    Abstract: A memory DIMM (dual in-line memory module) installation verification system for a server system is provided. The system includes a bank of memory slots including a plurality of memory sockets. The system further includes a circuit including wiring connecting at least one switch to each of the memory sockets with direct connections to respective lights within a bank of lights associated with each of the plurality of memory sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: LENOVO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Keith T. Adams, Edward S. Suffern, Mike Y. Zhu
  • Patent number: 9641668
    Abstract: A user is easily informed of applications to be restricted easily when restriction processing on per application basis is being carried out. A mobile station according to the present invention includes: a storage unit configured to store one or more applications executable on the mobile station; a display unit configured to display an icon for each application on a display; and a determination unit configured to determine an application to be restricted based on SSAC information or ACDC information. The display unit is configured to use different display methods between the icon for the application to be restricted and the icon for the application other than the application to be restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Kenichiro Aoyagi, Wuri Andarmawanti Hapsari, Itsuma Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9633495
    Abstract: A method for wireless authentication of a device to a machine is provided. The device has a sensor and the method includes sensing, by a sensor of the device, a first input pattern of physical parameters received at the device. The method includes wirelessly transmitting, from the device, an identification signal to a machine upon said sensing of the first input pattern. The method includes wirelessly receiving, at the device, an authentication signal indicating an authentication of the device, wherein the device is configured to interact with the machine upon the wireless receiving of the authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Scott E. Ligeski, Mark T. DeCou, Arjun Veneshetty, Joshua D. Reed, Bradley F. Bergerhouse
  • Patent number: 9633241
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and computer program are disclosed in which a radio unit (110) of a mobile station (100) is caused to periodically communicate with a radio tag (200) with a first period between subsequent communications and to perform pairing with the radio tag (200). Storing of pairing information relating to the paired radio tag (200) is caused. A first profile associated with the mobile station (100) is maintained. A second profile associated with the paired radio tag (200) is maintained. Adapting of the first period is performed based on at least one of: the first profile and the second profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Timo J. Toivanen, Jarmo Saari
  • Patent number: 9622555
    Abstract: A system for detecting when a credit card is withdrawn, or otherwise becomes missing, from a user's wallet and for alerting the user when he has moved a certain distance away from his original location without replacing the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventors: David Kopel, Mark Ronald Schwab
  • Patent number: 9628970
    Abstract: A method of customizing a configuration of a printing application of a mobile terminal, a mobile terminal, and a system are provided. The method includes establishing a wireless connection with an image forming device by using tag information written on a near field communication (NFC) tag of the image forming device, receiving usage authority information representing a function allowed for a user of the mobile terminal among functions of the image forming device, and selectively installing at least one plug-in corresponding to the usage authority information among a plurality of plug-ins that the printing application supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang-hyun Park, Geun-chul Lee, Bong-gi Lee
  • Patent number: 9629068
    Abstract: A communication control method applied to a mobile communication system, the mobile communication system including a home base station that forms a specific cell and a mobility management device that performs verification of a user terminal for access permission to the specific cell in a handover procedure of the user terminal to the specific cell, comprises a step A of transmitting, by the mobility management device, verification failure information indicating failure of the verification to the home base station when the verification is failed after the user terminal establishes a connection to the specific cell in the handover procedure and a step B of starting, by the home base station, a re-handover procedure of the user terminal to another cell from the specific cell while maintaining the connection in response to reception of the verification failure information from the mobility management device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Adachi
  • Patent number: 9609622
    Abstract: A customized alerting notification is provided to a user equipment (2) in a wireless communications network comprising a first radio access network (26) and a second radio access network (24). A first message (6, 18, 20) is received from the user equipment at a core network server (4, 16), of the first radio access network on attachment of the user equipment to the first radio access network, the message comprising an indication of a customized alerting notification capability of the user equipment in the second radio access network. In response to initiation of handover of the user equipment from the first radio access network to the second radio access network during an alerting phase of a call initiated from the user equipment using the first radio access network, a second message (12, 22) comprising the indication is sent from the core network server of the first radio access network to a mobility controller (10) coupled with the second radio access network. FIG. 3 to accompany the abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ricky Kaura