Patents Examined by Michael Vu
  • Patent number: 8064919
    Abstract: Provided is a radio communication base station device which can obtain a maximum frequency diversity effect of a downstream line control channel. The device includes: an RB allocation unit (101) which allocates upstream line resource blocks continuous on the frequency axis for respective radio communication mobile stations by the frequency scheduling and generates allocation information indicating which upstream line resource block has been allocated to which radio communication mobile station device; and an arrangement unit (109) which arranges a response signal to the radio communication mobile station device in the downstream line control channels distributed/arranged on the frequency axis while being correlated to the continuous upstream line resource blocks according to the allocation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Fukuoka, Akihiko Nishio, Seigo Nakao, Alexander Golitschek Edler Von Elbwart
  • Patent number: 8059621
    Abstract: A controlling device such as a remote control has programming for transmitting a signal response to a plurality of control environments, each environment including a signaling device. Each signaling device in receipt of the signal request sends a signal response having a unique ID which is chosen to be characteristically attenuated by the surroundings of the environment. Because the controlling device can only be in one environment at a given time, and given the attenuation characteristics of the signal response from each signaling device, only one signal response will be received by the controlling device in each environment. Location definitions associated with the received unique ID may be used by programming in the controlling device to recall saved devices states, commands sets, macros, and even to dynamically generate commands based on the location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan de Clerq, Christopher Chambers, Scott Wayne, Allen Yuh, Paul D. Arling, Robert Lilleness
  • Patent number: 8051980
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a protective sleeve for a portable electronic device includes a sleeve frame, a cover, two connecting members, and a locking member. The sleeve frame includes four connecting sidewalls cooperatively defining a space for receiving the portable electronic device. The cover is covering the space of the sleeve frame. The connecting members are configured for pivotally/rotably attaching an end of the cover to the frame. The locking member is configured for latching and releasing, and thereby opening and closing the cover to the frame at another end of the cover. The protective sleeve for portable electronic device is convenient for use, and can fully protect the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lone-Wen Tai, Jun Dai
  • Patent number: 8055238
    Abstract: A system is provided for prepaid handset credit activation. The system includes a prepaid handset, a subscriber identity module, and a server. The prepaid handset is associated with a prepaid handset identifier. The subscriber identity module is associated with a subscriber identity module identifier. The server communicates with a communication device to receive the prepaid handset identifier and the subscriber identity module identifier and determines whether both of the prepaid handset identifier and the subscriber identity module identifier are associated with prior activation. The server also applies credit to account information associated with the prepaid handset in response to a determination that both of the prepaid handset identifier and the subscriber identity module identifier are not associated with the prior activation, and activates the prepaid handset for user communication in response to applying credit to the account information associated with the prepaid handset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Michael A. Gailloux, Kenneth Samson
  • Patent number: 8050672
    Abstract: The present invention provides a telecommunication system, a mobile phone and a calling method adapted for the telecommunication system. The telecommunication system includes a mobile phone connected to a wireless network and a wired phone connected to a wired network. The mobile phone and the wired phone communicate each other within a predetermined coverage area. When there is not a wired phone within the predetermined coverage area or there is a wired phone within the predetermined coverage area and the current state of the wired phone is busy, the mobile phone makes a call via the wireless network. If there is a wired phone within the predetermined coverage area and the current state of the wired phone is idle, the mobile phone sends a phone number to the wired phone, and the wired phone makes the call via the wired network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bi-Qing Luo, Shih-Fang Wong, Xin Lu, Fang-Hua Liu
  • Patent number: 8050716
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a terminal body having a display unit; a band connected with both ends of the terminal body; and a manipulation unit disposed on the terminal body and moving in multiple directions based on a central shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Man-Soo Shin, Won-Seok Joo, Kyung-Tae Yang, Jong-Hun Jang
  • Patent number: 8045973
    Abstract: A mobile device and associated methods are disclosed that allow a mobile device subject to a communication restriction from a wireless network to respond to a priority call. If a call in the wireless network is destined for the mobile device, then the mobile device receives a paging request message for the call from the wireless network. The mobile device then determines if the call is a priority call. If the call is a priority call, then the mobile device determines that it is exempt from the communication restriction. The mobile device may be exempt for this particular call, for a defined time period, etc. The mobile device may then transmit a response message to the wireless network to initiate the setup of the priority call to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventor: Michael D. Chambers
  • Patent number: 8045542
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method, transmitting device (10) and system for providing user plane traffic during a state of inactive user plane of a connection to an access network. A sequence of successive packet headers, adapted to continue a header sequence transmitted until the start of the state of inactive user plane is generated, and respective dummy portions are added to the sequence of successive packet headers. The generated stream of data packets is then transmitted from the transmitting device (10) via the unlicensed mobile access network during the state of inactive user plane so as to obtain a continuous stream of user data irrespective of the state of inactive user plane. Thereby, user plane traffic can also be provided during states of inactive user plane of the transmitting device (10), e.g. holding states, call setup states or mute states, and real-time traffic requirements can be met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Kristian Lappalainen
  • Patent number: 8036153
    Abstract: An ambient country identifier (ACI) signal can be used to automatically provide location awareness for a WLAN device. If an ACI signal is detected, then the WLAN device can configure itself to comply with channel and power settings for the country having the detected ACI signal. After detection of the ACI signal, the WLAN device can be “locked” to the country having that ACI signal, thereby ensuring legal operation of the WLAN device even after subsequent restarts. If an ACI signal is not detected, then the WLAN device can be configured in a default mode, e.g. an “open mode” in which end users can configure the WLAN device by entering a country of operation or a “common mode” in which the channel and transmit power settings meet global spectrum usage requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael R. Green
  • Patent number: 8032159
    Abstract: A method for paging an idle MS includes: a PC sends a Paging Announce message to the BS, starts a timer and sets a paging count threshold; the BS pages the MS; if no paging response is received from the MS before expiry of the timer, the PC compares the number of times of paging with the set paging count threshold, and re-sends the Paging Announce message or cancels the paging operation, according to the comparison result. A method for stopping paging to an idle MS includes: a BS in a PG pages an MS, and a network side sends a paging stop message to at least one other BS; and at least one other BS stops the paging process. A paging includes a central processing unit for setting a paging count threshold and judging whether a paging response is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jianjun Wu, Yong Xie
  • Patent number: 7458184
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for messages, such as short messages and multi-media messages. In one implementation a message is received from a sender, a location of the sender is determined, the message is modified to include the location of the sender, and the modified message is transmitted to a recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventor: Sunit Lohtia
  • Patent number: 7409205
    Abstract: A portable electronic device such as a mobile station 22 has a broadcast radio receiver 60 and an internal storage 50 for storing media files 74, 76, 78, 80. When a received broadcast radio signal exceeds a quality parameter, that signal is sent to a speaker 56. Otherwise, the device 22 enters a virtual radio mode and plays the stored media files in an order that is not determined by the user of the device. The order is determined by an instruction stored in the internal storage 50, and switching to the virtual mode is based on a quality of the received broadcast radio signal. Media files may include entertainment music or video files, traffic and weather, DJ commentary, and advertisements. Various media files may be updated on different frequency intervals so that the content remains current, and to better commercialize the invention. Users may add personal media files and may select a genre or source for certain other media files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Nitin Mittal
  • Patent number: 7398061
    Abstract: A novel apparatus and method for changing the behavior of an electronic device is provided. In an embodiment, an electronic device includes the functionality of a cellular phone, a voice mail system and a calendar application. The device is configured to use the calendar application to determine whether to direct a phone call to the user or whether to instantly direct the call to voice mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Gary P. Mousseau
  • Patent number: 7386302
    Abstract: The present invention relates to hotline routing of calls originating from mobile stations. The hotline routing conserves MSISDNs for valid subscribers and provides a relatively generic solution. In one example, a computer system stores in a location register a subscriber profile with an IMSI and a pseudo-MSISDN. A mobile station (which includes a SIM with the IMSI) originates a call. After translation of the pseudo-MSISDN, a serving MSC routes the call to a service activation center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Scott E. Riffe, Steven I. Carlson, Gregory A. Wong
  • Patent number: 7386328
    Abstract: To provide a receiver having a plurality of receiver circuits respectively connected to different antennas and a selecting circuit for selecting a receiver circuit whose receiving level is equal to a predetermined threshold value or a receiver circuit whose receiving level is higher than the predetermined threshold value as a main processing circuit to bring at least some of the receiver circuits other than the selected receiver circuit into a non-operation state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Umewaka, Hiroya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7363028
    Abstract: A controlling device location determination system and method. A controlling device such as a remote control has programming for transmitting a signal response to a plurality of control environments, each environment including a signaling device. Each signaling device in receipt of the signal request sends a signal response having a unique ID (associated with location definitions relating to the environment from which he signaling device is located) which is chosen to be characteristically attenuated by the surroundings of the environment (i.e., IR signals in a room). Because the controlling device can only be in one environment at a given time, and given the attenuation characteristics of the signal response from each signaling device, only one signal response will be received by the controlling device in each environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Universal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan de Clerq, Christopher Chambers, Wayne Scott, Allen Yuh, Paul D. Arling, Robert Lilleness
  • Patent number: 7363066
    Abstract: A slide type portable terminal can include a main unit including separated first and second key sections and a first plate coupled to a surface of the main unit and a display unit with a display screen on a front surface and a second plate. The second plate can slide with respect to the first plate and preferably slides along the surface of the main unit to cause the first and second key sections of the main unit to be covered and exposed by the display unit. Further, first and second magnets can be provided on the first and second plates, respectively, so that the same poles of the magnets face each other to provide a repulsive force when they are positioned to face close to each other. According to embodiments of the present invention, there are various advantages in that the portable terminal can be utilized more conveniently and production costs and failure rates thereof can also be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sang-Hyuk Im, Hyun-Ho Lee, Chang-Il Lee, Kwon-Jin Kang, Red-Heat Oh, Ji-Sung Park
  • Patent number: 7333772
    Abstract: In order to have an electronic apparatus in which user's feeling of operation upon making a connection to a desired slave apparatus through wireless communication is improved, the present invention provides an electronic apparatus in which a control microcomputer lowers a transmission power of a Bluetooth module than a normal condition and determines the number of apparatuses to be searched to transmit an interrogation signal on a wireless communication line. Information of a service class of an apparatus responded to the interrogation signal is obtained from received information and a connection link is established to the apparatus if the apparatus is capable of handling an application to use. If the apparatus is not capable of handling the application or if no apparatus responded, the transmission power is set higher to increase the number of the apparatuses to be searched and to retransmit the interrogation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masanao Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 7333814
    Abstract: A multiple step process is performed at a local wireless network to limit interference between the local wireless network and a remote wireless network. Initially, a set of code words is chosen for the local wireless network to encode data with that have good cross correlation properties. If these initial code words are not adequate to prevent interference, then the local wireless network will adjust its transmission parameters by either shifting the transmission phase of its signals or by changing the code words it uses. If altering the transmission parameters does not alleviate the interference problem, then the local wireless network attempts to locate the interfering remote network and merge with it. If the merger is not possible or is unsuccessful, then the interference limiting process fails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Roberts
  • Patent number: 7333801
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for translating resource names in a wireless environment. A method is provided for translating a resource locator in a data network for transmission over a low bandwidth channel to a wireless device. The method includes steps of detecting a resource locator in a message transmitted to the wireless device, wherein the resource locator exceeds a selected length, and compressing the resource locator to obtain a corresponding resource identifier that is shorter in length than the resource locator. The method also comprises steps of substituting the resource identifier for the resource locator in the message to form an updated message, and transmitting the updated message to the wireless device using the low bandwidth channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventor: Ravinder Paul Chandhok