Patents by Inventor Alan O'Neill

Alan O'Neill has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190252070
    Abstract: A medical device (10) for use in a Magnetic Resonance environment includes a keypad (22) having keys (24). Light sources (26) are disposed with respective keys of the keypad to illuminate the respective keys. At least one electronic processor (18) is programmed to: perform user interfacing operations in which user inputs are received via the keypad; during the user interfacing operations, control the light sources to selectively illuminate keys usable in the user interfacing operations; and controlling or configuring the medical device in accord with the user inputs received during the user interfacing operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Mark Shih-Chieh LIN, Donald Alan FORRER JR, Ronald Paul CONSIGLIO, John Thomas JUDY, Francis Patrick O'NEILL
  • Publication number: 20190197595
    Abstract: Examples of a method and system for collaborative and private sessions are provided. In some aspects a collaborative shopping session including a first user and one or more other users is established. The establishing of the session including displaying a common interface for the collaborative shopping session at respective computer systems of the first user and each of the one or more other users. A side session is initiated for a second user, the side session having a different interface in which activity within the side session by the second user is not shared with the first user or the one or more other users of the collaborative shopping session. A determination, based on one or more merge criterion, of whether to merge the side session with the collaborative session is made; and the side session is merged with the collaborative session based on the determining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Helen M. Gould, Edward O'Neill Garcia, Ryan Melcher, Diego Lagunas, Alvaro Bolivar, Jennifer T. Anderson, Karenina Susilo, Ryan Spoon, Alan Lewis
  • Patent number: 9503866
    Abstract: Improved group communications methods which are well suited for a wireless environment are described. End nodes request that access nodes make changes in group membership information maintained at the access node. The access node responds to the requests by a response signal indicating a grant or denial of the request. Requests may be to add or remove the end node, e.g., a mobile wireless terminal, from a particular group membership list identified in the request signal. The access node maintains a detailed list of group members and uses the information to control how signals, e.g., packets, are transmitted to the group members. Group membership information may be updated at the access node at the time of handoff and/or an end node enters the cell or otherwise changes its point of network attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Mathew Scott Corson, Alan O'Neill, Vincent D. Park
  • Patent number: 9226139
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for extending Mobile IP to enable a Mobile IP Home Agent to forward to a default proxy MN server when it does not have a current binding for a MN home address. This can be used to route traffic when the MN is absent and to add processes onto the Proxy MN server that enables application intelligence at the Proxy MN server to act on behalf of the MN when the MN so wishes, e.g., substituting for the MN while the MN is in sleep mode or otherwise unavailable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Alan O'Neill
  • Patent number: 9131367
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for enhancing Mobile IP signaling and to support use of disparate addressing plans and dynamic Home Agent allocation in Mobile IP Regional Tunneling are described. The enhanced methods of signaling use an intermediate node, e.g., a Gateway Foreign Agent, straddling different addressing domains, when the signaling controls a process between the intermediate node and an upstream node. The specific intermediate node, its interfaces and upstream addresses can be dynamically selected. The Enhanced MIP signaling includes dynamic allocation of: a regional node at a Foreign Agent, the upstream address of a regional node by the regional node, a Home Agent for a regional node prior to dynamic allocation of the regional node. A method is supported to indicate to a Mobile Node that a dynamically allocated regional node has become invalid triggering enhanced MIP signaling dynamically allocating a new regional node and upstream interface address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Alan O'Neill
  • Patent number: 8886180
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for storing, manipulating, retrieving, and forwarding state, e.g., context and other information, used to support communications sessions with one or more end nodes, e.g., mobile devices, are described. Various features are directed to a mobile node controlling the transfer of state from a first access node to a second access node during a handoff operation thereby eliminating any need for state transfer messages to be transmitted between the second access node and the first access node during handoff. Other features of the invention are directed to the use of a core network node to store state information. State information stored in the core node can be accessed and used by access nodes in cases where a mobile node does not send a state transfer message during a handoff, e.g., because communication with the first access node is lost or because such messages are not supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Alan O'Neill, Matthew Scott Corson, Georgios Tsirtsis, Vincent D. Park, Richard J. Dynarski, David R Mazik, Leonid G. Sigal
  • Patent number: 8649352
    Abstract: Extending Mobile IP (MIP) to support both local and remote access by using two MIP client stacks in the end node, a roaming Node in the local access network, a standard Home Agent in the remote network is described. Messages between the access node and the mobile node, and between the internal modules of the mobile node are used to control hand-off for each of multiple MIP clients operating in parallel in the mobile node and to enable backwards compatibility with legacy remote access clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventor: Alan O'Neill
  • Publication number: 20140036871
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for enhancing Mobile IP signaling and to support use of disparate addressing plans and dynamic Home Agent allocation in Mobile IP Regional Tunneling are described. The enhanced methods of signaling use an intermediate node, e.g., a Gateway Foreign Agent, straddling different addressing domains, when the signaling controls a process between the intermediate node and an upstream node. The specific intermediate node, its interfaces and upstream addresses can be dynamically selected. The Enhanced MIP signaling includes dynamic allocation of: a regional node at a Foreign Agent, the upstream address of a regional node by the regional node, a Home Agent for a regional node prior to dynamic allocation of the regional node. A method is supported to indicate to a Mobile Node that a dynamically allocated regional node has become invalid triggering enhanced MIP signaling dynamically allocating a new regional node and upstream interface address.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Alan O'Neill
  • Publication number: 20130294324
    Abstract: Improved group communications methods which are well suited for a wireless environment are described. End nodes request that access nodes make changes in group membership information maintained at the access node. The access node responds to the requests by a response signal indicating a grant or denial of the request. Requests may be to add or remove the end node, e.g., a mobile wireless terminal, from a particular group membership list identified in the request signal. The access node maintains a detailed list of group members and uses the information to control how signals, e.g., packets, are transmitted to the group members. Group membership information may be updated at the access node at the time of handoff and/or an end node enters the cell or otherwise changes its point of network attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Mathew Scott Corson, Alan O'Neill, Vincent D. Park
  • Patent number: 8565801
    Abstract: Improved group communications methods which are well suited for a wireless environment are described. End nodes request that access nodes make changes in group membership information maintained at the access node. The access node responds to the requests by a response signal indicating a grant or denial of the request. Requests may be to add or remove the end node, e.g., a mobile wireless terminal, from a particular group membership list identified in the request signal. The access node maintains a detailed list of group members and uses the information to control how signals, e.g., packets, are transmitted to the group members. Group membership information may be updated at the access node at the time of handoff and/or an end node enters the cell or otherwise changes its point of network attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: M. Scott Corson, Alan O'Neill, Vincent Park
  • Patent number: 8559411
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for enhancing Mobile IP signaling and to support use of disparate addressing plans and dynamic Home Agent allocation in Mobile IP Regional Tunneling are described. The enhanced methods of signaling use an intermediate node, e.g., a Gateway Foreign Agent, straddling different addressing domains, when the signaling controls a process between the intermediate node and an upstream node. The specific intermediate node, its interfaces and upstream addresses can be dynamically selected. The Enhanced MIP signaling includes dynamic allocation of: a regional node at a Foreign Agent, the upstream address of a regional node by the regional node, a Home Agent for a regional node prior to dynamic allocation of the regional node. A method is supported to indicate to a Mobile Node that a dynamically allocated regional node has become invalid triggering enhanced MIP signaling dynamically allocating a new regional node and upstream interface address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Alan O'Neill
  • Patent number: 8488602
    Abstract: Group communications methods and apparatus are described. Multiple modes of group communications signaling are supported. In a first mode, copies of packets are separately transmitted to each group member in a sector or cell. In a second mode a copy of a packet is directed to multiple group members at the same time. Transitions between the two modes may be determined as a function of the cost of operating in each of the modes in terms of system cost and/or the number of group members in a cell or sector being serviced by a transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: M. Scott Corson, Rajiv Laroia, Alan O'Neill, Vincent Park, Murari Srinivasan, Sathyadev Venkata Uppala
  • Patent number: 8411639
    Abstract: A method to deliver traffic to a mobile node that is undergoing a hand-off between two Access Routers (AR) is described. The method of the present invention operates to perform the following. Decrease, or minimize, delays between the time the old link breaks and the first packet is sent from the new link. Reduce or eliminate packet bursts from old to new Access Router (AR) when an old (existing) link breaks. Ensure that packets are neither lost nor duplicated during hand-off. Maintain Quality of Service (QoS) control of delivery order to the Mobile Node (MN). Make good or best use of multiple links during Make before break hand-off. Support both uplink and downlink traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Alan O'Neill
  • Patent number: 8189530
    Abstract: MIP forwarding methods are described that use additional access link-layer identifiers and redirecting data packet identifiers to provide unambiguous forwarding through the MIP Foreign Agent when the Mobile Node has multiple Home Addresses, and/or when the Home Agent, or some intermediate MIP node between the Foreign Agent and the Home Agent, supports multiple pools of home addresses from overlapping address spaces. New identifiers are used to ensure that sufficient forwarding information exists in conjunction with the information in transmitted packets, to uniquely identify each packet flow. Each packet flow is a globally unique quartet of the MN identity, the HA, the HA address pool and the HoA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Alan O'Neill
  • Patent number: 8179840
    Abstract: This document describes a way to extend Mobile IP Authentication Authorization and Accounting (AAA) signaling to enable a node to request from a network operator combinations of home and local service capabilities (when roaming) in an efficient and scalable manner. It also enables the home and foreign service providers to constrain and account for actual services provided based on a combination of the foreign and home operator policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventor: Alan O'Neill
  • Patent number: 8102792
    Abstract: Permitting a mobile host to roam in a foreign network, with multiple access node handoffs, while permitting foreign network multicasting by (i) having the mobile node (MN) use a persistent address, for purposes of multicasting, and (ii) relaxing or modifying reverse path forwarding checks, and (iii) modifying the forwarding of multicast packets sent from a non-local source address. The persistent address, used in mobile networks as the source address in the IGMP Membership reports and the multicast packets, may be the permanent and hence stable host home address (HoA). This enables the HoA to be supported as a source address by foreign agents (FAs) and multicast routing protocols in foreign networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Alan O'Neill
  • Patent number: 8095130
    Abstract: Extending Mobile IP to support both local and remote access by using two MIP client stacks in the end node, a roaming Node in the local access network, a standard Home Agent in the remote network. Messages between the AR and the MN, and between the internal modules of the MN, are then used to control hand-off for each MIP client and to enable backwards compatibility with legacy remote access clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Alan O'Neill
  • Patent number: 8023410
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for aggregating IP packets over an access link between a wireless access router and a core node and for managing resource allocation to access link packet aggregates, e.g., as a function of the status of wireless communications links used to couple mobile nodes to the access router are described. Improved aggregate resource control messages and use of such messages are described. Some of the new messages allow aggregate resources for both upstream and downstream aggregates to be controlled in a single message. A single message may include information corresponding to multiple aggregates and/or multiple constituent flows included in an aggregate with aggregate direction information being included. Use of tunnels to communicate management messages, e.g., messages used to control resource allocation to aggregates is also described. Propagation of access link aggregate information is communicated to tunnel end nodes which generate packets that are communicated over the access link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventor: Alan O'Neill
  • Patent number: 8000241
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for aggregating IP packets over an access link between a wireless access router and a core node and for managing resource allocation to access link packet aggregates, e.g., as a function of the status of wireless communications links used to couple mobile nodes to the access router are described. Improved aggregate resource control messages and use of such messages are described. Some of the new messages allow aggregate resources for both upstream and downstream aggregates to be controlled in a single message. A single message may include information corresponding to multiple aggregates and/or multiple constituent flows included in an aggregate with aggregate direction information being included. Use of tunnels to communicate management messages, e.g., messages used to control resource allocation to aggregates is also described. Propagation of access link aggregate information is communicated to tunnel end nodes which generate packets that are communicated over the access link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Alan O'Neill
  • Patent number: 7962142
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for storing, manipulating, retrieving, and forwarding state, e.g., context and other information, used to support communications sessions with one or more end nodes, e.g., mobile devices, are described. Various features are directed to a mobile node controlling the transfer of state from a first access node to a second access node during a handoff operation thereby eliminating any need for state transfer messages to be transmitted between the second access node and the first access node during handoff. Other features of the invention are directed to the use of a core network node to store state information. State information stored in the core node can be accessed and used by access nodes in cases where a mobile node does not send a state transfer message during a handoff, e.g., because communication with the first access node is lost or because such messages are not supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Alan O'Neill, M. Scott Corson, George Tsirtsis, Vincent Park