Patents Examined by William Cumming
  • Patent number: 6826398
    Abstract: A system by which external users, such as subscribers and service providers, can update their service data is disclosed. The system permits users to update their service data in a secure and controlled manner on a self-service basis in an intelligent network or other telecommunications network. An access system separate from the actual telecommunications services managing network elements is implemented in the invention, the access system providing the customers and service providers with an open interface to these network elements through a public data network. The access system controls access to the actual network elements by, for example, authenticating the party requesting access, checking whether the requesting party is associated with the data he/she desires to manipulate, and/or checking to which processing operations the requesting party is entitled. The users can thus access their own service data in the network elements managing the data in a manner controlled by the access system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Lars Lagerström, Bodil Riihinen
  • Patent number: 6826407
    Abstract: The present invention provides a communication system for integrating audio and visual messaging. The communication system includes a mobile communication device for receiving visual messages and for transmitting voice messages to a recipient, a base station system in communication with the mobile communication device, an electronic mail gateway for delivering visual messages to the base station system for transmission to the mobile communication device, and an integrated mail gateway for receiving from the base station a voice message and addressing information that were both transmitted from the mobile communication device. The integrated mail gateway is programmed to create an e-mail message comprising the voice message. The integrated mail gateway is also programmed to use the addressing information to address the e-mail message, and to send the addressed e-mail message to the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignees: Thompson Investment Group, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Richard J. Helferich
  • Patent number: 6826396
    Abstract: In a communication system for establishing the communication between a radio intelligent terminal and a server via gateways, it is necessary to notify a non-communicating and a disconnecting radio intelligent terminal of an address of an exchange-destination gateway at the time of changing from a gateway to be used at all time to an exchange-destination gateway for some reason. To achieve the above object, a communication system comprises address notifying means for notifying the radio intelligent terminal of the address of the exchange-destination gateway according to a gateway exchange instruction inputted by an operation. The address notice is sent to the non-communicating terminal at the time of inputting the gateway exchange instruction, and is sent to the disconnecting terminal when it can start the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Reiko Yasue, Noritake Okada
  • Patent number: 6826385
    Abstract: A method and system for increasing the number of geographical addresses for mobile devices in regions of the Earth nearer to the equator than those regions closer to the North and South poles and without significantly increasing the size (number of bits) of the addresses is provided. Typically, regions nearer to the equator have higher populations and a greater need for large amounts of geographical addresses than those regions found closer to the South and North poles. By using the sine of a latitude coordinate for a particular location instead of the actual latitude coordinate, the range of available geographical addresses for mobile devices in the most densely populated regions on Earth can be significantly increased while decreasing the number of addresses available in regions closer to the South or North poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Jouni Kujala
  • Patent number: 6823187
    Abstract: This mobile station comprises a circuit for repeating measurement of the received power of the carrier frequencies being transmitted from the base station of 1 and/or the received power of the carrier frequencies being used by another cellular system, a circuit for reporting the result of measurement to the base station of 1, a circuit for changing the carrier frequencies for use in communication according to the notification from the base station of 1, and a circuit for changing the frequency of measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Kojiro Hamabe
  • Patent number: 6819930
    Abstract: Allocation of a wireless communications system channel resource is managed by utilizing traffic segment allocation. This is realized by partitioning the channel resource into an assignment channel and a traffic channel in a fixed manner. The assignment channel includes assignment segments and the traffic channel includes traffic segments. The traffic segment is the basic traffic channel resource unit used to transport traffic data and has a prescribed finite time interval and bandwidth. Each traffic segment is associated with a so-called assignment segment in a prescribed manner. One or more traffic segments may be associated with a particular assignment segment. A base station broadcasts via an assignment segment which wireless terminal is to use a particular traffic segment. This is realized by transmitting a simply identifier for the particular wireless terminal assigned to the particular traffic segment in the assignment segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Rajiv Laroia, Junyi Li, Sathyadev Venkata Uppala
  • Patent number: 6819916
    Abstract: A memory device for use with a cellular telephone capable of communicating with a customer activation center (CAC) via a cellular telephone network. The memory device includes a dummy mobile identification number (MIN). An instruction can cause the cellular telephone to use the dummy MIN to gain access to the cellular telephone network and to use a radio frequency (RF) transmitter of the cellular telephone to send the dummy MIN to the CAC. Another instruction can cause the cellular telephone to use an RF receiver of the cellular telephone to receive a valid MIN from the CAC over the cellular telephone network. A further instruction can cause the cellular telephone to store the valid MIN in the cellular telephone. The memory device can be implemented as a personal computer memory card international association (PCMCIA) card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Clyde Griffith, Richard Allen Guidotti, David A. Saitta, Daniel P. Norman
  • Patent number: 6816735
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for facilitating location-based services. In the arrangement described, when a mobile station is engaged in a data session with a server, the mobile station may be made to initiate a voice call to a designated number. As a result, a switch or other such entity may send a signaling message (such as an Origination Request message) to a central controller, thereby providing the central controller with an indication of the mobile station's current location. The central controller may then make that location information available to the server. In turn, the server may use the location to perform a location based service, such as providing location-based information to the mobile station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Terry Rayburn, James Hallock, Von K. McConnell, Baoquan Zhang, Donald F. Douglas
  • Patent number: 6816710
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing satellite positioning system (SPS) signals which are weak in level. In one embodiment, a SPS receiver receives at least two signal samples representing, at least in part, common information, wherein the two signal samples are associated with one or more satellite messages. By combining the two signal samples, navigational information (e.g., time, position, velocity, etc.) may be determined based on the combination of the two signal samples. According to another embodiment, the two signal samples are differentially demodulated and summed together to form the combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Snaptrack, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman F. Krasner
  • Patent number: 6816478
    Abstract: In a wireless multiple access communications system a channel resource is managed by utilizing traffic segments and acknowledgment segments to determine if data traffic needs to be retransmitted. traffic data and has a prescribed finite time interval and bandwidth. Each traffic segment in a downlink or an uplink is associated with an acknowledgment segment in the uplink or downlink, respectively, in a fixed one-to-one manner. A base station uses the acknowledgment segments in the downlink to acknowledge the associated traffic segments successfully received in the uplink. A wireless terminal that receives a downlink traffic segment uses the associated acknowledgment segment in the uplink to acknowledge the traffic segment. The base station monitors all the acknowledgment segments to determine whether any of the traffic segments needs to be retransmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Rajiv Laroia, Junyi Li, Sathyadev Venkata Uppala
  • Patent number: 6816476
    Abstract: A base station device for a CDMA communication system includes a controller for changing a reference value for reverse closed loop power control in a control hold state, and a forward dedicated control channel transmitter for transmitting a power control bit for controlling transmission power of a reverse link according to the changed reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Ky Kim, Su-Won Park, Jae-Min Ahn, Jae-Yeol Kim
  • Patent number: 6816711
    Abstract: An antenna sharing system and method. In the illustrative embodiment, the inventive system includes a first matching network coupled to a first circuit; a second matching network coupled to a second circuit; and a switch having a first throw coupled to the first network, a second throw coupled to the second network, and a pole coupled to the antenna. In the specific implementation, the first circuit is a cellular subsystem and the second circuit is a Global Positioning System subsystem. The system further includes a controller for selectively actuating the switch whereby the first network is coupled to the antenna in a first operational mode and the second network is coupled to the antenna in a second operational mode. In the illustrative implementation, the first network provides an impedance match to the switch and the antenna with respect to the first circuit. The second network provides an impedance match to the switch and the antenna with respect to the second circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Randolph Standke, Paul Peterzell
  • Patent number: 6816736
    Abstract: In a unique paging time slot format, each of the allocated paging time slots occurs periodically and is split into several prescribed paging time slots including at least one first type paging time slot having a relatively short duration and at least one second type paging time slot having a longer duration. The at least one first type paging time slots is of relatively short duration and transports an indication whether a particular associated wireless terminal was paged. The second type paging time slot is of longer duration than the first type time slot and transports the entire paging message. Specifically, a wireless terminal that is normally in a standby mode only has to enter a monitor mode, i.e., “wake up”, to monitor the relatively short first type paging time slot to determine whether it has been paged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Rajiv Laroia, Junyi Li, Sathyadev Venkata Uppala
  • Patent number: 6816727
    Abstract: A wireless telephone subscriber who wishes directory assistance in the form of directions from one specified location to another is connected to a directory assistance agent. The subscriber identifies a destination location and any requested travel criteria. The directory assistance agent collects the subscriber's travel parameters and a routing algorithm on the server draws upon geographic, transportation, and related information stored on the server to generate an appropriate route to the destination location. The selected route may be divided into multiple segments. Directions according to each segment are provided to the subscriber. The subscriber may remain connected to the directory assistance center for all or any portion of the travel, may disconnect and reconnect as necessary, or may receive the entire route of travel in a single communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Metro One Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick M. Cox, A. Peter Powell, Paul W. Filliger, Michael A. Kepler, Christopher A. Huey
  • Patent number: 6813501
    Abstract: A system for providing location dependent services to a plurality of mobile terminals within a coverage area. The system defines services deployment areas in which the services are available. A server receives, from a plurality of sources, location information indicating the locations of mobile terminals and tracks them so that their presence in particular service deployment areas can be determined. The services receive meta-information classifying the location information and use this meta-information to determine whether the source of the location information is reliable enough for the service to be provided. If it is reliable enough, the service is provided to the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Nokia Mobile Phones, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jari Kinnunen, Guruprasad Krishnamurthy, Karri Huhtanen, Pekka Jussila, Kalevi Ratschunas
  • Patent number: 6813505
    Abstract: A communication device that includes a base. The base includes a line interface for receiving incoming communications over a network line and sending outgoing communications over the network line, a communication transceiver for interfacing the communication device over a communication link to other communication devices in a same in-home network and for interfacing other communication devices in the same in-home network to the line interface via the communication link, and a storage medium for storing communication software that allows the communication device to communicate with other communication devices through the transceiver. The communication device also includes a processor coupled to the storage medium and to the line interface. The processor is configured to run the communication software and to receive incoming communications through the line interface and to send an outgoing communications through the line interface. The communication transceiver can be a RF short range transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Walley, Kenneth E. Garey, Doug M. Berger
  • Patent number: 6807420
    Abstract: A branch candidate selecting method by a mobile station and a diversity handover control method on a network side in DHO performance are provided which consider a maximum cable branch number and maximum radio branch number of the mobile station, when the mobile station detects the plurality of addition branch candidates and deletion branch candidates. The mobile station inserts a plurality of addition branch candidates and deletion branch candidates, that is, all the DHO candidates into one handover trigger signal, and notifies the network. The addition branch candidates are put into addition information parameters in the handover trigger signal, and the deletion branch candidates are put into deletion information parameters. To simplify processing on the network side, the network side separates the addition branch candidates from the deletion branch candidates, and carries out sequential processing of them independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Ohtani, Motoshi Tamura, Takaaki Sato
  • Patent number: 6807417
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and network element for establishing a connection to a local service, wherein a local cellular network having a limited coverage is provided, which may be temporarily accessed based on visitor access requirement. A call attempt is analyzed with respect to the visitor access requirement and the connection to the local service is established if the received call attempt meets the visitor access requirement. Thus, a temporary access can be enabled without a subscription to the supplementary service of the local cellular network. Thereby, any visitor having a mobile telephone may access the local service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Timo Sallinen, Kaarina Suninen
  • Patent number: 6804525
    Abstract: An in-vehicle system (10) having a radio (12) sends and receives messages that include an identifier that uniquely identifies the vehicle and that further includes affinities as correspond to the vehicle and/or occupants of the vehicle. The messages can constitute requests for information (43), offers to provide information (44), and other representations. Such requests and offers can correlate to an information payload contained within the message and/or to the affinities set forth in the message identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter L. Davis, Randolph M. Doi, Don Remboski, William F. Zancho
  • Patent number: 6804507
    Abstract: When a page message containing a caller ID is received from a caller, a call back message containing one of prepared response messages is transmitted to a call number associated with the caller ID. For this, the system displays the prepared response messages and prompts the user to select one of them. A call back message is compiled from a call back number associated with a caller ID contained in the page message and the selected response message. The call back message is transmitted to the call back number. The compilation of call back message is performed such that the format of call back message is adapted to the type of the caller's communication device associated with the caller ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignees: Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd., NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Hironari Ishikawa, Hitoshi Itakura, Hisashi Nakagomi