Patents Examined by Temica M. Beamer
  • Patent number: 11032416
    Abstract: A system comprises an applications server configured to communicatively couple to a softswitch, a resource server, and a database. The applications server is configured to receive, from the softswitch, an indication that a call from a calling party directed to a called number was received and determine, in response to the indication that the call was received, whether to route the call to an available agent or to a speech-enabled intelligent script associated with one of the called number or the calling party. The applications server is configured to instruct the softswitch to route the call to the speech-enabled intelligent script in response to a determination to route the call to the speech-enabled intelligent script. The applications server is configured to instruct the softswitch to route the call to the available agent in response to a determination to route the call to the available agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: American TEL-A Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas V. Curtin, Alena L. Aiken, Kevin Mark Beale, Wayne Paul Waldner, Daniel R. Cropp, Alan D. Tucker
  • Patent number: 11013010
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure generally relate to wireless communications, and more specifically to positioning reference signal (PRS) enhancements for enhanced machine type communication (eMTC). An example method generally includes determining a first bandwidth within a larger system bandwidth to transmit a first positioning reference signal (PRS) to a first type of user equipment (UE), determining a second bandwidth within the system bandwidth to transmit a second PRS to a second type of UE, and transmitting information associated with the first PRS and the second PRS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Alberto Rico Alvarino, Peter Gaal, Wanshi Chen, Hao Xu
  • Patent number: 10993127
    Abstract: A network slice instance management method, an apparatus, and a system. The method includes: determining, by a first network device, that a configuration parameter of a first network slice subnet instance needs to be modified, where the first network device is configured to manage the first network slice subnet instance; modifying, by the first network device, the configuration parameter of the first network slice subnet instance; and sending, by the first network device, report information to a second network device, where the report information is used to indicate a result of modifying the configuration parameter of the first network slice subnet instance, the second network device is configured to manage a first network slice instance, and the first network slice instance includes the first network slice subnet instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wenqi Sun, Shuigen Yang, Wei Lu
  • Patent number: 10979545
    Abstract: A functional assembly is provided. The functional assembly includes a functional module and a lifting assembly. The lifting assembly is fixed in the housing and configured to drive the functional module to move. In addition, the functional assembly further includes a rotating assembly. The rotating assembly is connected to the functional module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chui-Hung Chen, Ching-Yuan Yang, Cheng-Han Chung, Chia-Min Cheng
  • Patent number: 10976443
    Abstract: A method, a device, and an electronic device for determining a positioning accuracy grade are provided. In the method, a predetermined list is created. The predetermined list is a list of at least one application with a positioning accuracy reaching up to a predetermined threshold. Operation preference information of a user operating is obtained a current third-party application selected from a plurality of third-party applications, which applies a positioning system in an electronic device. A positioning accuracy grade of the positioning system is determined correspondingly based on the operation preference information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Huaqiu Lin
  • Patent number: 10979855
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for determining whether or not an apparatus, such as a mobile device, is being handled or otherwise used within a vehicle. The apparatus may comprise an accelerometer configured to measure acceleration and a gyroscope configured to measure orientation. The apparatus may determine an axis of gravity of the apparatus based on acceleration measurements made by the accelerometer over a period of time. The apparatus may also determine a rotation vector of the apparatus based on orientation measurements made by the gyroscope. Using the axis of gravity of the apparatus and the rotation vector of the apparatus, the apparatus may determine a rate of rotation of the apparatus perpendicular to the axis of gravity. If the rate of rotation of the apparatus perpendicular to the axis of gravity exceeds a threshold, the apparatus may determine that it is being handled or otherwise used within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Arity International Fimited
    Inventors: Jared S. Snyder, Dana Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10966058
    Abstract: A process for operating a communication device to provide location information within status notification messages. The communication device detects a status notification event and responsively retrieves, from a memory, a last known location of the communication device and a timestamp of the last known location. The communication device generates a status notification message including a status code corresponding to a detected status of a user of the communication device, the last known location of the communication device, the timestamp of the last known location, and a unique identifier identifying the status notification message. The status notification message is then transmitted from the communication device to at least one other communication device or a status notification server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Madhusudan Pai, Sayyad Gaffar, Prakashkumar Raval, Jay Nagarjuna Manekonda
  • Patent number: 10959106
    Abstract: A method for selecting at least one channel for a network element in a shared spectrum communication system is provided. The method includes identifying a plurality of candidate channels of a frequency band of the shared spectrum communication system. For each channel of the plurality of channels, the method further includes: evaluating the channel based on one or more of a plurality of criteria for the network element; scoring the channel based on the evaluation of the channel for the network element; and ranking the plurality of candidate channels based on the assigned scores for each of the plurality of channels. The method further includes selecting at least one channel based on the ranking of the plurality of candidate channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Andrew E. Beck, Ariful Hannan
  • Patent number: 10952024
    Abstract: Systems may provide feedback that may include antenna selection or mobile device configuration. Antennas may be automatically configured throughout the device or the orientation or location of the mobile device may be altered to increase performance. Historical performance information of the mobile device may be maintained in order to determine proactive manipulations of the mobile device. In addition, multiple mobile devices may cooperatively determine the orientation or location that may increase performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yupeng Jia, William Knotts, Donald Perciful, Eric Zavesky, James Pratt, Miranda Huet, Gregory Edwards
  • Patent number: 10951752
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a system and method for preventing texting while driving and offering usage-based rewards. The system comprises a phone holder mounted within a vehicle and an application running on the driver's smartphone. A control circuit of the phone holder is configured to detect the smartphone in the holder, detect vehicle motion. An NFC tag on the holder also launches the smartphone application. Depending on measured parameters and determinations made by the “smart” holder and smartphone application, usage data is recorded by the control circuit and/or smartphone. The in-vehicle system is also configured to connect to a cloud-based server for storing vehicle and phone usage data and calculating usage-based rewards, such as insurance benefits for plan members. The system can also include an electronic notification device affixed to the rear windshield of the vehicle and that is selectively switched on to indicate active use of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Eric Grunfeld
  • Patent number: 10945190
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for predictive media streaming using microlocation. Microlocations of a mobile device can be determined by measuring one or more sensor values at one or more times, the one or more sensor values are determined from one or more signals emitted by a corresponding one or more signal sources. Streaming events can be stored at the mobile device. Each streaming event may include a destination device for playing media and a cluster location, the cluster location corresponding to sensor values that are spatially near each other. A selection of a media item is detected and one or more current sensor values are measured. A current cluster location can be identified using the one or more current sensor value. The current cluster location and the streaming events can identify a particular destination device for playing the selected media item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander D. Palmer, Jahshan A. Bhatti, Joao Pedro Lacerda, John L. Blatz, Joseph E. Meyer, Adam A. Sonnanstine
  • Patent number: 10939241
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide remote control of product functionality and software kits allow firmware development of remote control of product functionality. The remote control may be time-based where the product functionality is based upon the expiration date and a current time. The remote control may be location-based where the product functionality is based upon the geographical location of the product. The remote control of the product functionality may be based upon proximity of the product to an authentication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: 4IIII INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventors: Kipling William Fyfe, Gregory Charles Lund
  • Patent number: 10939275
    Abstract: A method of providing connectivity navigation with a head unit in a navigation system includes the steps of determining a reception state of global positioning system (GPS) information, searching for at least one device connected by wire or wirelessly, receiving position sensor information from the searched devices, determining reliability of the position sensor information, and selecting information of a device having high reliability as received information based on the determined reliability. In addition, a navigation system including the head unit, a vehicle controller, a mobile terminal, and a telematics server performs the method of providing connectivity navigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hwang Jik Lee
  • Patent number: 10924609
    Abstract: An example method of operation may include one or more of identifying an outbound call placed by a mobile device subscribed to a protected carrier network, determining the outbound call is destined for a destination telephone number that was stored in a call history of the mobile device, determining the destination telephone number is a scam call suspect telephone number based on one or more identified call filter parameters associated with the destination telephone number, and forwarding a scam call notification to the mobile device while the outbound call is dialing the destination telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: FIRST ORION CORP.
    Inventors: Robert Francis Piscopo, Jr., Jefferson D. Stalnaker
  • Patent number: 10917741
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for location-based notification display includes receiving an indication that a user launched an application at the mobile device. Launching the application changes the application from a background state to a launched state. While the application is in the launched state: requesting a location of the mobile device, based on the location of the mobile device, determining one or more entity locations, and causing the mobile device to register the one or more entity locations. While the application is in the background state: causing the mobile device to register one or more location-triggered notifications, wherein each location-triggered notification is associated with a corresponding entity location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventor: Benjamin Weiss
  • Patent number: 10911924
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for performing a public warning system (PWS) function. In the context of a method, a warning message is received via a first interface. The warning message is provided by a cell broadcast entity. The method includes transforming the warning message. The method further includes causing the warning message, as transformed, to be transmitted via a second interface, different than the first interface, to an access and mobility management function (AMF) for transmission to a radio access network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY
    Inventor: Jennifer Liu
  • Patent number: 10856152
    Abstract: A wearable device can establish a verified session with a host device (e.g., by establishing that the wearable device is present in the vicinity of the host device and is currently being worn). The existence of such a verified session can be used to control user access to sensitive information that may be stored in or otherwise accessible to a host device. For example, the host device and/or application programs executing thereon can be configured to restrict a user's ability to invoke program functionality that accesses sensitive information based on whether a verified session with a wearable device is currently in progress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Zachary Maragoudakis
  • Patent number: 10834611
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes: receiving, by a computer device, an initial travel plan from a call recipient; identifying, by the computer device, network locations along a route of the initial travel plan, the network locations being geographic locations where a communications network is available to a communication device of the call recipient; and predicting, by the computer device, one or more predicted available time slots of the call recipient, the predicted available time slots being periods of time during which the communication device of the call recipient is predicted to be in one of the network locations along the route, each of the predicted available time slots having a starting time, an ending time, and a duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Balamurugaramanathan Sivaramalingam, Sathya Santhar, Samuel Mathew Jawaharlal, Suvedhahari Velusamy
  • Patent number: 10827560
    Abstract: Provided are a dual-mode low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) chip, a method for data transmission, and a terminal. The method is applicable to a terminal and includes the following. A LPWAN chip is enabled to establish a communication connection with an LPWAN input/output device and to establish a communication connection with an external device. The terminal includes the dual-mode LPWAN chip, and the dual-mode LPWAN chip includes a first LPWAN radio frequency (RF) module, a second LPWAN RF module, and an LPWAN baseband chip coupled with the first LPWAN RF module and the second LPWAN RF module. First data is received, with the first LPWAN RF module, from the LPWAN input/output device over a first channel. The first data is processed into second data with the LPWAN baseband chip. The second data is transmitted, with the second LPWAN RF module, to the external device over a second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNCATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Xin Yang
  • Patent number: 10826582
    Abstract: A wireless communication device and a wireless communication method. The wireless communication device participates in wireless communication involving an antenna array, includes: a communication unit, configured to receive a signal including antenna array geometric information about a target communication device from the target communication device of the wireless communication device; and an antenna array geometric information parsing unit, configured to determine an antenna array geometric configuration of the target communication device according to the signal, wherein the antenna array geometric information indicates at least one of a geometric arrangement way of antenna elements in the antenna array, an antenna element interval and an antenna polarization direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jinhui Chen