Patents Examined by W. J. Brady
  • Patent number: 4616111
    Abstract: One or more security receptacles, provided for safekeeping keys, include a deposit opening especially configured in a shape corresponding to the longitudinal cross-section of the key handle. A set of ramps oblique and a normally locked horizontal ramp in the receptacle prevent access to the key. The horizontal ramp may be released from its horizontal position by disabling the lock so that the key falls to a lower portion of the receptacle. Disabling of the lock is accomplished by transmitting a coded signal to a receiver incorporated in the lock. Access to the key is then possible, preferably requiring a second key to open the lower portion of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1986
    Inventor: Tulio Vasquez
  • Patent number: 4608457
    Abstract: This apparatus having means responsive to a dual multifrequency telephone output to provide an electrical signal to an automatic gain control so as to provide preconditioning to a signal for amplification so as to provide an amplified signal to a comparator with visual light source responsive thereto to indicate activity at the other end of the phone line and a tone decoder also receiving the amplified signal to a digital binary code corresponding to the dual tone multifrequency signal received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1986
    Inventors: Stephen L. Fowler, Allison T. Brown
  • Patent number: 4599490
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling a cellular mobile telecommunication system. A switch and a telecommunication control complex cooperate to set up connection between a telecommunication network, such as the common carrier public telephone network, and a plurality of mobile units. The switch sets up connections between trunks to the telephone network and communication links connected to the cell sites of the mobile telecommunication system. The telecommunication control complex, including a mobile telecommunication controller and the cell site controllers, controls the radio connections between these communication links and the mobile units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Assignee: AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventors: Ronald G. Cornell, George D. Huensch, Kenneth W. Shelhamer, Pramod Warty
  • Patent number: 4596034
    Abstract: A sound reproduction system wherein two full range driver sets are employed to produce out-of-phase sound pressure lobes directed to either side of a listening area whereby the listening area is situated in the region of sound minimum pressure between drivers. The system decreases localization of speaker produced sound and enhances stereophonic and polyphonic effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1986
    Inventor: J. Peter Moncrieff
  • Patent number: 4588856
    Abstract: A telephone communications interface adapted to provide a data link for receiving and transmitting serial data via FSK modulated carrier signals over telephone lines to a computer. An operational amplifier in a duplexer circuit has a variable impedance feedback circuit, which is automatically adjusted by a computer subroutine to adjust the amplifier gain, so as to compensate for variations in the telephone company line impedance. The gain is adjusted to minimize the amplitude of any transmitted carrier signal, which might appear at the input of the conventional band pass filter for the receiver carrier signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1986
    Assignee: Timex Computer Corporation
    Inventor: Sam G. Cohen
  • Patent number: 4588858
    Abstract: An amplifier for differentially driving a two wire line has two output terminals for connection to the line. The differential voltage on the line is monitored and a negative-feedback voltage derived therefrom is combined with the input signal voltage. This combination is applied to a reference impedance. The resulting current in this impedance controls the current fed to the line. In one embodiment the control is direct via controlled current sources for example precision current mirrors and in another embodiment a current mirror controls the current to one wire and the current to the other wire is controlled indirectly via circuitry arranged to maintain equal voltage excursions on the two wires of the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1986
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Kevin P. Watts, Jeffrey I. Robinson
  • Patent number: 4587379
    Abstract: A card authenticating apparatus for a card-based transaction processing system. A device is incorporated which allows a sales-person of a store equipped with the apparatus to automatically call a card controlling operator of a card issuer company for consultation as to completion of the transaction in concern, as occasion requires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1986
    Assignee: Omron Tateisi Electronics Co.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Masuda
  • Patent number: 4585903
    Abstract: A cordless telephone system which provides improved performance through a number of moved circuits including the use of a single oscillator in a remote unit for providing both a standard for the transmitted signal and a local oscillator signal. The remote unit is layed out to minimize interference between the transmitted and received signal and includes a vertically disposed transmitting antenna and horizontally disposed receiving antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1986
    Assignee: Viking Phone Company
    Inventors: Thomas H. Schiller, Aubert E. Bennett
  • Patent number: 4584434
    Abstract: A system is added to a terminal device for automatically responding to a ringing signal of a telephone set and receiving information. Upon reception of an incoming call, an automatic telephone answering apparatus is started to send an outgoing message to a calling party. Thereafter, in response to a remote control signal supplied from the calling party, a ringing signal generating circuit is operated to generate the same signal as the ringing signal of the telephone set. The system to be connected to the telephone circuit independently can be operated without being modified, and the terminal device is started in response to the ringing signal generating circuit, so that the terminal device is connected to the telephone circuit to receive information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1986
    Assignee: Hashimoto Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 4582956
    Abstract: Method and apparatus is disclosed for displaying special service information at a selected station during a silent interval between ringing. The apparatus, a data receiver (100), is connected to the tip and ring leads of any well-known station set and comprises a line interface unit (101), a converter (102), a control circuit (103), and a display unit (126). A frequency shift keyed (FSK) signal which represents the special service information is filtered from the ringing signals by the line interface unit. The converter detects the FSK signal and demodulates the special service information from the FSK signal. Upon detection of the FSK signal, the control circuit receives and stores the special service information. The stored special service information is then periodically sent to the display unit to begin exhibiting the information during the silent interval before the next ringing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1986
    Assignee: AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventor: Carolyn A. Doughty
  • Patent number: 4580009
    Abstract: A telephone mouthpiece modular coupler for directly connecting a modular telephone line cord to a conventional non-modular telephone unit having electrical contacts and a telephone handset. A substantially cylindrical, flexible coupler cup containing center and annular electrical coupler contacts and a modular line jack is provided. The coupler cup is removably attachable to a mouthpiece portion of a telephone handset. When attached, the center and annular coupler contacts create electrical connections to electrical contacts of the telephone mouthpiece. The modular line cord can be connected at one end to the clip receptacle of a direct connect modem, and at an opposite end to the modular line jack of the modular coupler, directly connecting the modem to the telephone system without using a bulky and relatively inefficient acoustical coupler device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Assignee: The Microperipherel Corporation
    Inventor: Michael L. Darland
  • Patent number: 4580008
    Abstract: This invention describes a remote controlled device which uses the telephone network as a transmission medium and makes it possible to transmit signals in both directions between two stations. This remote control device comprises a master station giving the instructions, which is connected to a first telephone station, and a subordinate station, connected to a second telephone station, receiving and executing the instructions and signaling the execution of the instructions. The communication between these two stations uses alternately only a single telegraph channel for outgoing and incoming transmissions, and the telephone connecting the two stations is a conventional telephone line serving for conversation between two persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Assignee: Association Intercommunale d'Electricite du Sud du Hainaut
    Inventor: Roland Lecohier
  • Patent number: 4580010
    Abstract: A surveillance apparatus for the detection and prevention of damages due to fires, gas, robbery and other destructive conditions of a building which has a large number of rooms each furnished with a telephone set and a door provided with a lock. The telephone cables extending between respective rooms and a main terminal board of the building are utilized as wires for transmitting detection signals of detectors provided in respective rooms to indicators provided in a central surveillance room during the locking of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Inventor: Motohiro Gotanda
  • Patent number: 4578536
    Abstract: A utility meter reading system for sending utility usage information over a plurality of telephone lines is disclosed including a plurality of interface devices, at least one interface coupled to each of the telephone lines and each interface coupled to at least one utility usage monitor for receiving usage information therefrom and for sending alternating current representations of the usage information over its discrete telephone line responsive to receiving at least one distinct alternating current interrogation signal from its discrete telephone line, a multiplexer for sending at least one distinct alternating current interrogation signal over each of the plurality of telephone lines, the interface receiving the plurality of alternating current representations of the usage information, a receiver for converting the alternating current representations into a plurality of digital representations, each representing usage information from a single utility usage monitor, and a processor for communicating the p
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1986
    Assignee: International Teldata Corp
    Inventors: Stewart W. Oliver, John Cosgrove
  • Patent number: 4578539
    Abstract: An interrogation unit for connecting into an installation via sensing elements connected to sense required information in the installation, said interrogation unit having signal supplying means for supplying signals indicative of the condition of each of various sensors in the installation, and trigger circuit means activatable upon receipt of a request signal to transmit said signals for each of the sensors in turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1986
    Assignee: Remote Interrogations Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Leslie C. Townsing
  • Patent number: 4578534
    Abstract: A time independent data transmission system which allows a computer to access a remote data set at any time via a non-dedicated telephone line is disclosed. The system is coupled to a telephone instrument, a data set and the telephone transmission line and normally connects the data set to the telephone transmission line. The telephone instrument is normally disconnected. In a preferred embodiment, a counting circuit senses the number of ring bursts in a ringing signal from a caller and a central computer is programmed to transmit a ringing signal having only one ring burst. When only one ring burst is sensed, the data set remains connected to the telephone transmission line and the data set begins to communicate with the central computer when the ringing signal terminates. If more than one ring burst occurs, a non-computer call is being sensed and the data set is disconnected and the telephone connected to the telephone transmission line so that normal telephone usage is allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1986
    Inventor: Edwin F. Shelley
  • Patent number: 4577062
    Abstract: A method of dispensing particular information automatically from a changing data source to any particular user. The user accesses the information by dialing the dissemination service through his telephone equipment. The caller's call and subsequent dialed digital sequences, corresponding by prearrangement to specific information requests, are automatically processed. The information from a data base is transmitted to the caller by audible synthesized speech signal through the caller's telephone. Upon request by the caller, the call is automatically transferred to a particular telephone corresponding to prearranged data relevant to the particular caller. Data in the data base may be monitored and a call to a user automatically initiated in the event a particular item reaches a predetermined parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1986
    Assignee: Butler National Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas N. Hilleary, Robert D. Fulton
  • Patent number: 4577060
    Abstract: A plurality of paging terminals each serving a locality are connected by a multi-drop communication link to establish an inter-regional paging network. The terminals observe a token passing protocol to provide for an orderly sequential use of the communication link. Down terminals are skipped in the sequence. The lack of activity on the communication link will cause a start-up timer in the terminal to reset. Retransmissions are requested by a terminal from another terminal which is on-line when the terminal fails to receive a message in a particular round through the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1986
    Assignee: BBL Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Webb, Eugene H. Kreeft, Jack T. Arnold
  • Patent number: 4575582
    Abstract: A mobile radio communications system for wide area mobile radio communications allows any two remote mobile stations to hold communications by way of a public switching network. A fixed station governing an area in which a calling mobile station is located sends to an exchange its own identification (ID) data and ID data associated with a mobile station which is connected to the fixed station by radio. Based on the two kinds of ID data, a called mobile station sees a telephone number assigned to the calling mobile station and a telephone number assigned to the fixed station which is associated with the calling mobile station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1986
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Makino
  • Patent number: 4574164
    Abstract: A base station (coast station) of such a radiotelephone system as a maritime mobile radiotelephone system is connected to a telephone exchange of a public telecommunication network. A ringing signal from a subscriber's station of the telecommunication network which is connected to the exchange is transmitted to an end station (ship station) of the radiotelephone system by way of the line concentrator and a radio section between the base and end stations. When a false calling tone signal is sent from a tone signal delivery circuit included in the line concentrator to an end station for a predetermined short period of time upon completion of a connection between the exchange and the end station, with no regard to a ringing signal from the exchange, a subscriber's telephone at the end station produces a calling tone. Thereafter, the line concentrator delivers a calling tone signal in synchronism with a ringing signal from the exchange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1986
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Hiromi Orikasa