Patents Examined by Meless Zewdu
  • Patent number: 10075811
    Abstract: Tracking devices can be associated with safe zones, smart zones, and high risk zones. Safe zones correspond to regions where a likelihood that a tracking device is lost within the safe zone is lower than outside the safe zone. High risk zones correspond to regions where a likelihood that a tracking device is lost within the high risk zone is higher than outside the high risk zone. Smart zones correspond to an expected tracking device, mobile device, or user behavior. Home areas are geographic regions in which a user resides, and travel areas are geographic regions in which a user does not reside. A tracking device can be configured to operate in a mode selected based on a presence of the tracking device within a safe zone, a smart zone, a high risk zone, a home area, or a travel area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Tile, Inc.
    Inventors: Arunkumar Puppala, Liuyin Cheng, Wayne Patterson
  • Patent number: 10075813
    Abstract: A network node for monitoring a mobile asset in a geographical area. The network node is among a number of network nodes disposed in the geographical area that are configured to receive an Internet-of-things (IoT) signal from the mobile asset, and send respective time stamps, each representing a time-of-arrival (TOA) of the IoT signal, to a network aggregation system to generate a time-difference-of-arrival (TDOA) from which a geolocation of the mobile asset is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: TIONESTA, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Struhsaker, Nicholas Cianos, Chenchen Jimmy Li
  • Patent number: 10070314
    Abstract: An approach is provided for authenticating a user. Geolocations are collected during a first time period and social media interactions are collected during a second time period. Historical data is polled which indicates (1) geolocations whose timestamps indicate locations of a person authorized to access the device within the first time period and (2) social media interactions whose timestamps indicate interactions of the person within the second time period. A question is generated to be relevant to a social media interaction and/or a geolocation included in the historical data. The voice of the user who provided an answer to the question is verified as matching a voice of the person authorized to access the device. The answer is determined to be correct. Based on the matching voices and the answer being correct, the user is authenticated and access to the device by the user is granted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Bender, David E. Nachman, Michael P. Shute
  • Patent number: 10064125
    Abstract: A device and method are provided for concurrently using a plurality of radio access technologies (RATs) to support a wireless-enabled communications session. A set of data is processed at a client node to identify a subset of priority data. The set of data and the subset of priority data are respectively provided to a first and second protocol stack, which correspond to a first and second RAT. The first and second protocol stacks are then used to control the transmission of a first and second set of transmitted data, which in turn respectively comprise the set of data and the subset of priority data. The first and second sets of transmitted data are received by an access node, which uses corresponding first and second protocol stacks to control their reception. The first and second sets of transmitted data are then processed to generate a set of received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Shalini Suresh Periyalwar, Mark E. Pecen, David Gwyn Steer
  • Patent number: 10044436
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus for multi-channel satellite calibration. In one aspect, a calibration system can provide a transmit calibration signal based on a reference calibration signal to a satellite. The satellite can transmit back a receive calibration signal that can be obtained by the calibration system. Sub-carriers of the receive calibration signal can be compared with sub-carriers of the reference signal to determine adjustments to transmission properties of antennas of the satellite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Space Systems/Loral, LLC
    Inventors: Chih-Kang Chen, Tyson Shimomi
  • Patent number: 10039006
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, identifying a mobile device in communication with a small-cell via managed spectrum, wherein the small-cell is located at a subscriber premises, and wherein the small-cell is in further communication with a mobile network core. Each of a first Internet protocol (IP) address and a second IP address are associated with the mobile device, which accesses network traffic using one of the first IP address, the second IP address or both. Offload traffic associated with the mobile device is identified, wherein the offload traffic is exchanged between the mobile device and the small-cell at the subscriber premises using the managed spectrum. The offload traffic is associated with the first IP address, wherein user data are exchanged between the mobile device and other equipment at the subscriber premises without the user data being exchanged with the network core. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Venson Shaw, Sangar Dowlatkhah
  • Patent number: 10028183
    Abstract: A method performed by a first network node of a wireless communication network for handling uplink signals sent by a UE. The wireless communication network comprises a serving network node responsible for transmitting downlink signals to the UE, and a non-serving network node capable of receiving uplink signals sent by the UE. The non-serving network node is the first network node and the serving network node is a second network node of the communication network, or vice versa. The method comprises receiving an uplink signal from the UE, measuring signal quality on the received uplink signal, and receiving signal quality information from the second network node regarding signal quality measured by the second network node on the uplink signal received by the second network node, to detect imbalances in experienced signal quality between the first network node and the second network node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Pär Ankel, Henrik Egnell, Billy Hogan, Anders Lamm, Erik Larsson
  • Patent number: 10028209
    Abstract: One disclosure of the present invention provides a method for selecting an enhanced packet data gateway (ePDG). The method may be performed by a user equipment (UE) and comprise: determining, by the UE which has roamed from a home public land mobile network (H-PLMN) to a visited public land mobile network (V-PLMN), whether there exists an indication for selecting ePDG in the V-PLMN; determining, by the UE, whether the UE has attached to any PLMN in the V-PLMN, when it is determined that there exists the indication; determining, by the UE, whether there exists an ePDG PLMN list for the any PLMN in the V-PLMN, when it is determined that the UE has attached to the any PLMN; and selecting, by the UE, at least one ePDG in the ePDG PLMN list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Myungjune Youn, Jinsook Ryu, Hyunsook Kim, Laeyoung Kim, Dongsoo Kim
  • Patent number: 10028249
    Abstract: A person may utilize multiple connected devices, such as smart watches, user equipments (UEs), smartphones, tablet computers, and/or the like, which may each be assigned unique phone numbers. Operators may assign a common phone number to the multiple connected devices; however, the phone number is not used in the access stratum path of a radio access technology resulting in multiple paging procedures being performed for the multiple connected devices. In implementations, described herein, a first UE, such as a smartphone, may obtain paging information associated with decoding paging messages for a second UE, such as a smart watch. The first UE may use the paging information to decode a paging message of a combined paging cycle established for the first UE and the second UE, thereby obviating a need for multiple paging cycles for the first UE and the second UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Vasanth Kumar Ramkumar, Srinivasan Balasubramanian, Arvind Santhanam, Ramachandran Subramanian, Muhammad Imran
  • Patent number: 10028191
    Abstract: A communication apparatus that communicates with an external apparatus to transmit data to the external apparatus, the communication apparatus comprising, a first communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus in accordance with a first communication method, a second communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus in accordance with a second communication method, and a control unit configured to control operation in the first communication unit and the second communication unit, wherein the control unit controls so as to switch communication with the external apparatus to second communication by the second communication unit after performing first communication by the first communication unit, and transmit transmission target data to the external apparatus in the second communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Takagi
  • Patent number: 10020835
    Abstract: A wearable device worn on a body of a user is provided. The wearable device includes a sensing unit configured to sense state information of the user, a touch input unit configured to receive a touch input from the user, a controller configured to select at least one of a plurality of strings based on the state information when the touch input is received, a display configured to display the selected at least one string, and a communicator configured to transmit a message including the at least one string to a receiver device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji-hyun Kim, Han-joo Chae, Hyun-soo Nah, Jong-hyun Ryu
  • Patent number: 10014913
    Abstract: A wireless telecommunications system that employs a distributed-antenna system is described in which different combinations of radio signals are assigned to antennas so as to facilitate locating a wireless terminal based on the identity and the relative signal strength of the radio signals it receives above a signal-strength threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Polaris Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: Vittorio Degli-Esposti
  • Patent number: 10013446
    Abstract: The disclosed apparatus, systems, and methods relate to a location query mechanism that can efficiently determine whether a target entity is located within a region of interest (ROI). At a high level, the location query mechanism can be configured to represent a ROI using one or more polygons. The location query mechanism can, in turn, divide (e.g., tessellate) the one or more polygons into sub-polygons. Subsequently, the location query mechanism can use the sub-polygons to build an index system that can efficiently determine whether a particular location is within any of the sub-polygons. Therefore, when a computing device queries whether a particular location is within the region of interest, the location query mechanism can use the index system to determine whether the particular location is within any of the sub-polygons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: FACTUAL INC.
    Inventors: Ahad Rana, Boris Shimanovsky
  • Patent number: 10009798
    Abstract: A communication system is described in which a handover procedure is provided to allow a mobile device to transfer from a home base station connected to a core network via a home base station gateway to another base station not coupled via the home base station gateway. A novel extension to the handover procedure is provided in which the home base station gateway is informed of the transfer of the mobile device, allowing context and resources assigned to the mobile device at the base station gateway to be released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Vivek Jha
  • Patent number: 10009800
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present invention, a user equipment performs handover from a fixed cell to a moving cell by receiving, from the fixed cell, measurement configuration information containing measurement report conditions on the moving cell, if the measurement results on the moving cell satisfy the measurement report conditions, reporting, to the fixed cell, the measurement results on the moving cell, configuring a secondary connection in the moving cell in addition to a primary connection in the fixed cell, releasing the primary connection in the fixed cell and switching secondary connection in the moving cell to a new primary connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Genebeck Hahn, Jaehoon Chung, Eunjong Lee, Jinmin Kim, Kukheon Choi, Kwangseok Noh
  • Patent number: 10009747
    Abstract: A method of operating an emergency call procedure in a telecommunications network includes storing, for a user of an IMS network, emergency contact Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) of one or more emergency contacts of the user who may be contacted by emergency services in the event of an emergency call from the user. The method also includes receiving an emergency call from the user and providing the emergency contact URIs to a Public Safety Answering Point, PSAP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Venkata Ramesh Balabhadruni, Fredrik Lindholm
  • Patent number: 10009895
    Abstract: A transmission method executed by a transmission device, the transmission method including performing a plurality of transmitting processes in accordance with a plurality of transmitting patterns, each of the plurality of transmitting processes including transmitting a plurality of signals for a plurality of directions in parallel by forming a plurality of beams corresponding to the plurality of directions, each of the plurality of transmitting patterns being defined a combination of directions to be transmitted in parallel, receiving a result of a determining from a reception device, the determining including determining whether or not, for each of a plurality of receiving processes, the at least one signal satisfies a predetermined condition, each of the plurality of receiving processes including receiving at least one signal transmitted from the transmission device, and selecting a transmitting direction for the reception device from the plurality of directions based on a result of the determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LLIMITED
    Inventors: Kenichi Nishikawa, Kazuyuki Ozaki, Masahiko Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10003651
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a maritime communication system and method and provides a maritime communication system and method, the maritime communication system comprising: a plurality of user terminals by which a SNS can be used on the sea, and in which an application for providing content is installed; at least one maritime communication server for providing the SNS and the content for the user terminal on the sea; a land communication server for communicating with the maritime communication server and controlling communication between a user of the maritime communication server and a user located on land or a user of another maritime communication server; a content server for providing the content of the application via the land communication server; and a management server for producing and distributing the application installed in the user terminals or controlling operations of all the servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: MARINE SOFT CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Jae In Lee
  • Patent number: 10003978
    Abstract: A mobile communication system that includes a first communication system, which features a user terminal that is present in a moving object, a first radio base station that forms a cell in the moving object, and a first core network that is connected with an external network, and a second communication system, which features a radio mobile station that is provided in the moving object, a second radio base station that forms a cell on the path of the movement of the moving object, and a second core network that is connected with the second radio base station. The first radio base station and the radio mobile station are connected via a user-plane interface and a control-plane interface between the radio base stations and the core networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Morihiro, Satoshi Suyama, Jiyun Shen, Yukihiko Okumura
  • Patent number: 9985835
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to allocate bandwidth between first and second subscribers of a communications network are disclosed. An example method includes, based on a projection that a first data allotment for a first network access account of the first subscriber within a time period will be exceeded, identifying the second subscriber. The first and second subscribers are in a same subscriber group. The second subscriber is projected to have a second network data usage that is below a second data allotment for a second network access account of the second subscriber within the time period. The first and second subscribers have different billing addresses. Assent from the second subscriber to transfer a portion of the second data allotment to the first subscriber is determined. In response, the portion of the second data allotment from the second network access account is transferred to the first network access account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anthony Reynolds, Christopher Huffman, Kenneth Daleo, Jr., Keith Peterson, Darren Dejaeger, Steve Shaffer, Blaine Fawcett