Patents Examined by Wayne Cai
  • Patent number: 10080112
    Abstract: Method for enabling unwanted caller notifications or unwanted message sender notifications for all communication devices and applications including those with restricted programmatic call and message log access. The method delivers and stores a database of unwanted caller/message sender identification information in the device default contacts list, which is made available to the device's default caller/message sender identification service and to applications installed on the device. In one embodiment the unwanted caller/message sender identification information database is delivered as a separate synchronized address book, which can include additional unwanted caller notification information, for example the number or type of complaints about a given phone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: HIYA, INC.
    Inventor: Jan Volzke
  • Patent number: 9949150
    Abstract: The wireless communication system of the present invention includes a base station and a mobility management node. The base station sends at least one information from among location information of the base station and information about the size of a cell of the base station, to the mobility management node. The mobility management node receives at least one information from among the location information of the base station and the information about the size of the cell of the base station, from the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sadafuku Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9948788
    Abstract: A system and method for preventing illicit use of a telephony platform that includes enrolling a plurality of accounts on a telecommunications platform, wherein an account includes account configuration; at a fraud detection system of the telecommunications platform, receiving account usage data, wherein the usage data includes at least communication configuration data and billing configuration data of account configuration and further includes communication history of the plurality of accounts; calculating fraud scores of a set of fraud rules from the usage data, wherein at least a sub-set of the fraud rules include conditions of usage data patterns between at least two accounts; detecting when the fraud scores of an account satisfy a fraud threshold; and initiating an action response when a fraud score satisfies the fraud threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Twilio, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Ballai, Robert C. Hagemann, III, Daniel Zarick
  • Patent number: 9930673
    Abstract: In an operating method of a user equipment that exchanges signals with network nodes of a cellular radio access network, a quantity that is indicative of a current operating temperature of the user equipment is measured; the user equipment determines whether a threshold value relating to the operating temperature has been exceeded; if the threshold value is exceeded, temperature information is transmitted to a network node of the cellular radio access network, to indicate that the threshold value has been exceeded; in response, the user equipment receives an instruction to use a second set of operating parameters requiring a smaller average power input for the connection to the cellular radio access network in comparison with the first set of operating parameters; and the user equipment, in response to receiving the instruction, reconfigures its connection to the cellular radio access network so as to use the second set of operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: GEMALTO M2M GMBH
    Inventors: Volker Breuer, Lars Wehmeier
  • Patent number: 9930609
    Abstract: A system and method for authentication of a communication device is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an authentication system can have a controller element that receives from a communication device by way of a packet-switched network an authentication request comprising a first identification (ID) of a gateway and a second ID of the communication device. The gateway and at least one network element of the packet-switched network can be provisioned to have a physical association with each other such that other network elements of the packet-switched network deny services to the gateway when the gateway attempts to operate outside of said physical association. From said physical association and the aforementioned IDs the controller element can authenticate the communication device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Walter, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 9930703
    Abstract: An electronic device, an operating method thereof, and a recording medium are provided. The electronic device includes a housing, a location sensor that is disposed within the housing and obtains location information about the electronic device, a biometric sensor that is disposed within the housing and obtains health information about a user of the electronic device, and a processor which is disposed within the housing, and is connected with the location sensor and the biometric sensor, wherein when a change to an emergency mode is detected, the processor controls to transmit the location information and the health information to a predesignated first external electronic device in response to the emergency mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Wook Lee, Ju-Yeon Seo, Seong-Ki Ryu, Jae-Seok Joo
  • Patent number: 9918234
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture (e.g., physical storage media) to supplement network coverage with a fleet of autonomous drones are disclosed. Example methods disclosed herein include configuring a first drone with information specifying a size and a target location associated with the coverage area. Disclosed example methods also include, when the first drone reaches the target location, monitoring for communication signals to determine whether a first coverage zone provided by the first drone and a second coverage zone provided by a second drone in a fleet of drones overlap. Disclosed example methods further include autonomously adjusting a position of the first drone to maintain overlapping of the first coverage zone provided by the first drone with the coverage area, but to reduce an amount of overlap of the first coverage zone with the second coverage zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT7T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Juliette Zerick, Eugene H. Rascle, Jr., Jeremy Fix
  • Patent number: 9917734
    Abstract: Operating parameters for a femto access point (FAP) are efficiently and accurately defined. During provisioning of the FAP, the system obtains operating parameters utilized by a nearby FAP expected to have a substantially similar radio environment as the provisioning FAP. Moreover, weighting is applied to the nearby FAP to determine which set of operating parameters to utilize at the provisioning FAP. Accordingly, pre-existing operating parameters, optimized by the nearby FAP are employed to augment initial network listen measurements performed at the provisioning FAP, and thus improve speed and accuracy of initial FAP parameter provisioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Arthur Brisebois, Thomas Wallace Henderson
  • Patent number: 9906653
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, services, and platforms for prompting a user to respond to an offer on a mobile device. The disclosure enables Mobile Network Operators to create campaigns to target customers who are nearing the limit of their data plans, voice plans, SMS plans, and MMS plans. In some embodiments, the cloud server interacts with a client application to prompt the use of a mobile device to respond to an offer send in a campaign. The disclosure also provides embodiments to check to see if the user has opted out of receiving offers, or if a device can not execute a command, or if a threshold number of offers has already been sent. This disclosure also provides embodiments for authenticating third party account log-in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: OnePIN, Inc.
    Inventors: Feyzi Celik, Marcin Nowak
  • Patent number: 9894704
    Abstract: A method for Radio Resource Control—RRC—configuration comprises obtaining (210) User Equipment—UE—condition parameters. The UE condition parameters comprise at least a round trip time and a scheduler processing time. A timer value recommendation for the particular UE is calculated (220) in the Node B. The timer value recommendation is equal or larger than a sum of the round trip time and the scheduler processing time. The timer value recommendation is transmitted (230) to a Radio Network Controller—RNC. The RNC receives (260) the timer value recommendation. A RRC configuration is performed (280) by the RNC with a timer value according to the timer value recommendation. Alternatively, the timer value recommendation is calculated in the RNC based on UE condition parameters provided by the Node B. Node B's and RNC performing these methods are also presented as well as computer programs and computer program products therefore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Sairamesh Nammi, Nianshan Shi, Hongxia Zhao
  • Patent number: 9894054
    Abstract: Upon receiving a triggering message from a MTC server (20), a network (10) verifies if the MTC server (20) is authorized to trigger a target MTC device (30) and also if the MTC device (30) is authorized to respond the triggering message, by comparing an MTC device ID and MTC server ID (and optionally information on subscription) which are include in the triggering message with authorized ones. Upon succeeding in the verification, the network (10) checks a trigger type included in the triggering message to verify if the triggering message is authorized to be sent to the MTC device (30). Upon succeeding in the check, the network (10) forwards the triggering message to the MTC device (30). The network (10) also validates a response from the MTC device (30), by checking whether the MTC device (30) is allowed to communicate with the addressed MTC server (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaowei Zhang, Anand Raghawa Prasad
  • Patent number: 9888346
    Abstract: Managing an access device associated with a controlled area at a place of hospitality is described. A location of a device of a user is determined. A controlled area that the user is authorized to access is determined. The location of the device of the user is monitored, and when the location of the device of the user is within a first area proximate to the controlled area, a first signal is transmitted to an access device associated with the controlled area. The first signal is used to manage an operation of the access device. An additional location of the device of the user may be determined. When the additional location of the device of the user is within a second area proximate to the controlled area, a second signal used to enable access to the controlled area is transmitted to the access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hyatt Corporation
    Inventors: Armand Rabinowitz, Brett Cowell
  • Patent number: 9885773
    Abstract: A self-localizing apparatus uses timestampable signals transmitted by transceivers that are a part of a distributed localization system to compute its position relative to the transceivers. Transceivers and self-localizing apparatuses are arranged for highly accurate timestamping using digital and analog reception and transmission electronics as well as one or more highly accurate clocks, compensation units, localization units, position calibration units, scheduling units, or synchronization units. Transceivers and self-localizing apparatuses are further arranged to allow full scalability in the number of self-localizing apparatuses and to allow robust self-localization with latencies and update rates useful for high performance applications such as autonomous mobile robot control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Verity Studios AG
    Inventors: Markus Hehn, Markus Waibel, Raffaello D'Andrea
  • Patent number: 9888364
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for localizing a smartphone is disclosed. A plurality of lateral position samples of the smartphone based at least in part on a plurality of location coordinates, lane marking information and accuracy factors of the plurality of location coordinates are collected at a plurality of time instances. Lateral position of the smartphone in the moving vehicle based at least on the plurality of lateral position samples collected at the plurality of time instances is determined. One or more correlations between a vertical acceleration pattern associated with at least one front wheel and a vertical acceleration pattern associated with at least one rear wheel of the moving vehicle passing over one or more road discontinuities as computed from an accelerometer sensor present in the smartphone are determined. Longitudinal position of the smartphone in the moving vehicle based at least on the one or more correlations is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Lightmetrics Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
    Inventors: Mithun Uliyar, Ravi Shenoy, Soumik Ukil, Krishna A G, Gururaj Putraya, Pushkar Patwardhan
  • Patent number: 9881324
    Abstract: A wireless communication device declares one of a plurality of extended instant messaging states and transmits the declared states to a presence information server. Declared extended instant messaging states for destination devices are received, and an enhanced instant message based on declared extended instant messaging states is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Luis Estable, Risvan Coskun, Robert D. Oliver, Haining Zhang
  • Patent number: 9883446
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for optimizing the mobile media received by a mobile device is disclosed. The apparatus operates with a radio access network, a mobile device operating in the radio access network, and a media server providing mobile media data to the mobile device wherein the mobile device connects to the media server using the radio access network. The apparatus includes a optimization application server coupled to the radio access network. The optimization application server includes positioning indexed performance information based on the positioning information and performance of a plurality of mobile devices operating in the radio access network. The optimization application server triggers adjustments to a parameter at least one of the radio access network, the mobile device and the media server by comparing the location of the mobile device in the radio access network to the optimization application server and sending a message to the radio access network to adjust the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Gaurav S. Gupta, John M. Harris
  • Patent number: 9883373
    Abstract: A mobile device can be configured to connect to a telecommunications network via a wireless fidelity network device. The mobile device can register with a channel of a base station, which can indicate where the mobile device is located in relation to the base station. Additionally, the mobile device can communicate with other mobile devices via the wireless fidelity network device. In response to an indication that the mobile device is no longer connected to the wireless fidelity network device, notifications can be sent to the mobile device or other mobile devices regarding additional communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sheldon Meredith, John Francis, William Cottrill
  • Patent number: 9883406
    Abstract: Techniques for guard band usage for wireless data transmission are described. In at least some embodiments, white spaces in the radio spectrum (e.g., television (TV) white spaces) and guard bands between licensed bands of the radio spectrum are leveraged for data transmission. Based on available white spaces and service deployment in the licensed bands, various decisions can be made regarding how to leverage white spaces and guard bands for wireless data transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Amer A. Hassan, Todd Haugen, Paul W. Garnett, Paul William Alexander Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9877236
    Abstract: An evolved NodeB (eNB), user equipment (UE) and mobility management entity (MME), as well as method of communicating using a power saving mode (PSM) are generally described. A PSM configuration indication of the UE may be received at the eNB from the UE or MME in an Initial UE Context Setup Request, a UE Context Modify Request, core network assistance information, or a dedicated message to the eNB. The eNB may adjust the time for transmitting to the UE an RRC connection release message based on the PSM configuration indication. The eNB may determine whether the UE is in a connection mode and the inactivity timer of the eNB having reached the activation timer of the PSM configuration indication, transmit the RRC connection release message to the MME. The PSM configuration may be provided between eNBs during handover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Sangeetha L. Bangolae, Marta Martinez Tarradell, Puneet Jain, Hyung-Nam Choi, Ana Lucia Pinheiro
  • Patent number: 9867041
    Abstract: The systems and methods can provide location privacy protection by incorporating temporal correlations of a user's locations. The method may include obtaining a first location of a user of a mobile user device. The method may further include determining one or more probable locations of the user for a time period from historical location information. The method may further include determining a reference location based on the first location and/or the one or more probable locations. The method may include determining a set of location(s) defining a bounded region based on the one or more probable locations and/or the reference location and privacy parameter(s) associated with the user. The method may include determining a second location from the bounded region and determining protected location information based on the reference location and the second location. The method may include communicating the protected location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Emory University
    Inventors: Li Xiong, Yonghui Xiao