Patents Examined by Sheila Smith
  • Patent number: 6980807
    Abstract: A path timing detecting method and a base station are provided which can improve the accuracy of detecting the path timings and check an increase in the processing load in the random access in a mobile communications system. First, the method identifies the effective path timing range using a preamble, followed by detecting effective path timings in the identified path timing range at reception of a message, enabling the method to carry out detection of the path timings at accuracy higher than a conventional method that detects the paths using only the preamble. Besides, identifying the searching range at the reception of the preamble makes it possible to reduce the processing load as compared with a method that detects the path timings from the entire searching range corresponding to a cell radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
    Inventors: Minami Ishii, Takehiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 6850773
    Abstract: A wrist-mounted communication device comprising a cellular phone mechanism configured to transmit and receive communication signals. The device includes an antenna system so as to transmit and receive signals. The antenna system further comprisesat least one antenna extendable away from the horizontal plane of the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventor: Firooz Ghassabian
  • Patent number: 6842618
    Abstract: A method and system for performing call admission control in wireless communication systems is disclosed. Resource units required by a new user are assigned based on an outage probability of each uplink timeslot. The outage probability of each timeslot is updated as the resource units are assigned so that each resource unit assignment results in the lowest possible contribution to total outage probability. Once all of the resource units are assigned, the total outage probability is computed based on the resource allocation. If the total outage probability is below a predetermined value, the new user is admitted. If the total outage probability is above the predetermined value, the new user is rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: InterDigital Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Guodong Zhang
  • Patent number: 6832093
    Abstract: A cellular radio system comprises a multitude of base stations (101-106, 201-204, 211-212, 501-504) for offering a radio interface to mobile terminals (205, 215, 508). The radio interface is used for communicating general information to the mobile terminals and arranging for dedicated communication between a certain mobile terminal and the cellular radio system. For imposing restrictions to the operation of the mobile terminals on at least one isolated, geographically defined restricted area (107, 108, 200, 213) the system comprises a certain first base station arranged to transmit, similar to said general information, information about the nature of the restrictions applicable on said area to the mobile stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Nokia Mobile Phones Ltd.
    Inventor: Jukka Ranta
  • Patent number: 6813478
    Abstract: Techniques to search for a gated pilot reference in a wireless communication system. In one method, an overall code space in which the pilot may be found is partitioned into a number of groups of code sets, with each code set representative of all possible chip offsets of a specific PN sequence. The groups are ordered based on the likelihood of detecting the pilot in each of the groups. The groups of code sets are then used to search for the pilot, one group at a time, starting with the group most likely to result in successful pilot acquisition and ending with the group least likely to result in successful pilot acquisition. The search is terminated upon successful acquisition. The pilot search may be performed using detect, dwell, and pull-in substages. The detect substage for one group may be performed in parallel with the pull-in substage for another group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Qualcomm Inc
    Inventors: Serguei A. Glazko, Peter J. Black, Raghu Challa
  • Patent number: 6745022
    Abstract: A distributor of prepaid wireless services provides a prepaid card representing an amount of prepaid wireless service that may be applied to any of a plurality of wireless service providers. Prepaid cards applicable to any of several wireless service providers are sold at retail points of sale and activated at the time of purchase. The card is then registered with a universal host where the card owner enters the card account number, PIN and the wireless device telephone number for which the prepaid service is to be applied. The universal host automatically selects one of the plurality of service providers in response to the phone number. The purchased prepaid service is then enabled for the wireless device corresponding to the phone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: DataWave Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David Knox
  • Patent number: 6728537
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method of scheduling the time of transmission of one or more GPRS paging blocks in a cell of a cellular communications system, the paging blocks initiating communication to a mobile terminal in a cellular communications system, comprising calculating the transmission time of the paging block, or the transmission times of the paging blocks, in dependence on: (i) the number N determining which control channel carries the paging blocks of a given terminal; (ii) the number M of GPRS paging blocks on the control channel; (iii) the number KC of control channels in the cell of the cellular communications system; and (iv) the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) number of the mobile terminal. The scheduling of the time of transmission of the one or more GPRS paging blocks in the cell of the cellular communications system may even out the distribution over time of the transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Ouelid Abdesselem, Lionel Frederic Ulmer, Francois Deparis
  • Patent number: 6633755
    Abstract: The advantages of optimal routing are somewhat limited by the tariff requirements requiring that optimal routing must not cause the call to be more expensive to any of the subscribers participating in the call. If the bills of both the calling and the called subscriber are paid by the same company, for example, it is in the interest of the company to minimize the total cost of the call, i.e. the sum of the bills of subscribers A and B. In this invention a condition for bypassing the tariff requirement for direct routing is specified. The calls can be routed directly, for example, within a prespecified user group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Serge Haumont
  • Patent number: 6625460
    Abstract: A wireless station user is provided with a unified messaging protocol that enhances the currently available messaging capabilities of SMS. The user is provided with the capability to compose at least one distribution list for SMS messages. The user is also provided with the capability to send messages to at least one distribution list on a user determined, periodic basis. The user is further provided with the capability to send messages containing content obtained from external sources, and to send those messages periodically to at least one distribution list, where the content of the messages is automatically updated prior to sending the periodic message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Manoj Patil
  • Patent number: 6618593
    Abstract: A system and method for matching first and second mobile communications devices are provided. Preference or profile information associated with the first and second mobile communications devices is transmitted to a central server for matching the first and second devices. Location information and transmission statuses of the first and second mobile communications device are also transmitted to the central server. Data related to the location of either device is transmitted to the other device depending upon the matched statuses of the mobile communications devices and the location and transmission status information associated with the mobile communications devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: RovingRadar, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Drutman, Darlene Drutman, Andrew Egendorf, Norton Greenfeld, Eugene Pettinelli
  • Patent number: 6606495
    Abstract: An arrangement and a method with which wireless terminal devices which can usually be reached via a call number of one individual network computer can also be reached when they are located in the wireless communication area of a base station that is connected to another network computer. To this end, connection information is retrieved via a mobility server, and a connection setup to a corresponding network computer in whose radio area the wireless terminal device is located is controlled via that mobility server. The wireless terminal device delivers information, which is transmitted to the mobility server and from which, together with additional information from the network computer or the base station, this server is able to derive the information for the connection setup to the wireless terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Markku Korpi, Stefan Karapetkov
  • Patent number: 6577868
    Abstract: A method and system for performing a pre-reserved handover in a mobile communciation system is suggested, wherein an additional handover preparation step is performed by determining at least one candidate base station in advance, to which handover is likely to be performed. An additional downlink connection to the at least one candidate base station is established before handover execution is performed. Thereby, proper handover can be ensured for cell environments in which a serving cell disappears very quickly from a mobile station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Jukka Vialen, Mikko J. Rinne, Oscar Salonaho, Niina Laaksonen
  • Patent number: 6556843
    Abstract: There are provided an IC card and a communication system, wherein the IC card is enabled to be connected with a different infrastructure. The communication system using the IC card comprises a PC (20) provided with an IC card-inlet slot, an IC card unit (10), and an external communication apparatus (30) connected with the IC card unit (10); wherein the card is provided therein with a radio portion (12) and a radio controlling portion (13) for performing data communication, an interface (18) to be connected with the external communication apparatus (30) for enabling data communication with infrastructure (2), a memory (17) for storing data of each infrastructure to be periodically renewed, and a card controlling portion (16) for selecting an infrastructure on the basis of data of the infrastructure stored in the memory (17) for executing data communication between the infrastructure thus selected and the PC (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiya Okumura
  • Patent number: 6553231
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an arrangement and a method to render the handover-related signalling traffic in a Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)-based communication system more effective by reducing the amount of handover-related signalling traffic that must be sent between user equipment and the network. The arrangement comprises, i.a., a delay unit at least in the user equipment or in both user equipment and an appropriate network unit. The method comprises, i.a., the steps of releasing a communication link to the radio base station of a candidate cell while keeping information about the neighbor cells of said candidate cell for a delay period that is indicated by said delay unit. Accordingly, if a communication link shall be re-established to said candidate cell, its neighbor cells are only retrieved if said a delay period has expired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Patrik Karlsson, Justus Petersson
  • Patent number: 6535741
    Abstract: If, during the initialization of an MTC service for a subscriber (TNB) to a telecommunications network which is in the form of a an overlay network, the performance required to carry out the service exceeds the performance level supported by the access SSP node (SS1), the service control point (SCP) uses the call address to produce a routing address which contains information relating to further routes of the call to a second SSP node (SS2) which supports the required performance level, and transmits (5) this to the first SSP node (SS1) for passing it on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alexander Aschir, Andreas Berg
  • Patent number: 6529735
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a communication service implemented in a communication network. The communication network receives (201) a request for communication between an originating party and a terminating party. The terminating party address specified in the request corresponds to a common group address to which a group of mobile communication units is associated. The geographical positions of the originating party and at least a subset of the mobile communication units in said group are determined (202, 203). Based on the determined geographical positions, one of the mobile communication units in said group is selected (204a). Typically the mobile communication unit that is determined as being closest to the originating party is selected. Communication is established (205) between the originating party and the selected mobile communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Sandra De Brito
  • Patent number: 6505040
    Abstract: A method of making a mobile phone invite multiple remote parties for a multiparty conference through a mobile phone service network, comprises the steps of setting the mobile phone to a multiparty conference mode, searching a subscriber table in which are stored the multiple remote parties to find out what phone numbers to call; transmitting a set-up command asking for connection of the first remote party to the network; holding the connection upon receiving its confirmation from the network; transmitting another set-up command asking for connection of the next remote party to the network; transmitting a multiparty conference request (MPTY request) to the network to join the present active call of the next remote party with the previous call, now holding, of the first remote party upon receiving the confirmation of the next remote party's connection; holding the joined call of the first and next remote parties; repeating the previous fifth to seventh steps until joining the last remote party; and commenc
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ji-Young Kim
  • Patent number: 6480711
    Abstract: A method and system for wireless data communication, including the steps of receiving an input request, filtering data from at least one database to produce filtered data in response to the input request, attaching formatting instructions to the filtered data corresponding to a data format specific to a wireless data terminal to produce a pre-formatted response, sending the pre-formatted response to a wireless transmitter, formatting the pre-formatted response according to the formatting instructions to produce a formatted response, and transmitting the formatted response from the wireless transmitter to the wireless data terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: NMS Communications Corporation
    Inventor: Jacob Leon Guedalia
  • Patent number: 6463279
    Abstract: A method and apparatus (system) for providing forward-link channel-frequency allocation for multiple-satellite cellular communications networks is disclosed. The system has a centralized ground-operations control center that provides bi-weekly minute-by-minute allocation plans for geographically-defined service areas. This enables each service area to set its diversity policy in accordance with the requirements of the government regulators and customer preferences within the service area. The system has a user model having a frequency re-use pattern, a channel allocation model for modelling the power allocated to each channel, and a gateway channel model for allocating channels in accordance with the user model and the channel allocation model. The allocation is made for each satellite of the plurality of satellites. The traffic allocation induces an operating frequency for each of the one or more links in each satellite of the plurality of satellites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Globalstar L.P.
    Inventors: Richard H. Sherman, Theodore F. Driggers
  • Patent number: 6463302
    Abstract: In the multi-sector base station apparatus of a mobile communication system, capable of realizing a six-sector base station apparatus by using a three-sector base station MODEM, a peripheral equipment controlling unit transfers a sector conversion control signal outputted from a CPU for controlling a sector switching of the base station, to a sector conversion controlling unit, and the sector conversion controlling unit generates a plural number of control signals for a sector conversion according to the inputted control signal and sector conversion data, and by this control signal, a sector converting unit performs a switching between sectors of a transmission signal from a base station MODEM and a reception signal transmitted from a mobile station, whereby the six-sector base station is realized through a use of the three-sector base station base station MODEM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Hyundai Electronics Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong Koo Kang, Min Young Ahn