Patents by Inventor Andre R. TURNER

Andre R. TURNER 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).

  • Patent number: 10484477
    Abstract: A user device, such as a smart phone, collects information about an Internet-of-things (IoT) device. The information may be obtained through a local wireless connection between the user device and the IoT device. The user device forwards, to an application server, a request to activate the IoT device over a service network, such as a wireless data network, and receives information for activating the IoT device. The user device uses the received information to activate the IoT device and collects data from the activated IoT devices. The user device may selectively report portions of the collected data to the application server, and may receive instruction updates. The user device may update the operation of the IoT device based on the received instruction updates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Azim Nasir, Andre R. Turner, Daniel J. McKenna
  • Patent number: 10298533
    Abstract: A method, performed by a computer device, may include receiving a request to send a message from a sender to a recipient. The method may further include obtaining a recipient status associated with the recipient, wherein in the recipient status includes an indication that the recipient is in motion; identifying a sender rule associated with the sender; selecting a notification type for the message based on the recipient status and the identified sender rule; and applying the selected notification type to the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Azim Nasir, Andre R. Turner, Hong Xiao, Dongchen Wang
  • Patent number: 10225347
    Abstract: A method, performed by a computer device, may include receiving an event notification of an event type associated with a source device in an appliance network. The method may further include detecting an activity initiated by a user in connection with the event type associated with the source device; generating an activity rule that associates the event type with the detected activity; receiving another event notification for the event type associated with the source device; and executing another activity in response to the received other event notification, based on the generated activity rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Xiao, Azim Nasir, Dongchen Wang, Andre R. Turner
  • Patent number: 9813308
    Abstract: A network device receives configuration information for monitoring, via a network, control data for a monitored customer device. The configuration information includes business rules for responding to an event when the control data is outside baseline control limits. The network device identifies original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or service provider recommended limits for the control data and receives initial control data, associated with the monitored customer device, for a particular time period. The network device determines, based on the initial control data, baseline control limits related to the OEM or service provider recommended limits. The network device receives, an indication of an out-of-bounds event, wherein the out-of-bounds event includes at least one instance where subsequent control data is outside the baseline control limits and initiates, based on the business rules, an action responsive to the out-of-bounds event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Azim Nasir, Andre R. Turner, Hong Xiao, Dongchen Wang
  • Publication number: 20170195424
    Abstract: A user device, such as a smart phone, collects information about an Internet-of-things (IoT) device. The information may be obtained through a local wireless connection between the user device and the IoT device. The user device forwards, to an application server, a request to activate the IoT device over a service network, such as a wireless data network, and receives information for activating the IoT device. The user device uses the received information to activate the IoT device and collects data from the activated IoT devices. The user device may selectively report portions of the collected data to the application server, and may receive instruction updates. The user device may update the operation of the IoT device based on the received instruction updates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Azim Nasir, Andre R. Turner, Daniel J. McKenna
  • Patent number: 9654952
    Abstract: A mobile device determines that a communications tower is unresponsive to non-emergency wireless signals, and receives user input to select a recipient for an emergency message from a group of pre-registered recipients. The mobile device presents a group of pre-configured status indicators and receives user input to select a particular status indicator. The mobile device generates a text-based emergency message based on the selected recipient, the selected status indicator, location information for the mobile device, and a time stamp. The mobile device sends, to a message server that is different than the message recipient, the text-based emergency message. To determine a status of the message originator without requiring a connection between mobile devices, the intended recipient initiates a fetch message request to retrieve the text-based emergency message from the message server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Azim Nasir, Andre R. Turner, Hong Xiao, Dongchen Wang
  • Patent number: 9451097
    Abstract: A device may determine a campaign rule for providing a toll-free data service to a mobile device associated with a user. The campaign rule may identify a condition for charging a service provider, associated with the toll-free data service, for data used by the mobile device in association with the toll-free data service. The device may determine an efficiency metric associated with the user. The efficiency metric may be determined based on providing toll-free data services to the user or a set of users associated with a demographic with which the user belongs. The device may analyze the efficiency metric based on the campaign rule. The device may selectively provide the toll-free data service to the mobile device, associated with the user, based on analyzing the efficiency metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Hong Xiao, Fengping Zhang, Dongchen Wang, Andre R. Turner, Azim Nasir
  • Patent number: 9426721
    Abstract: A server device may receive a first request for temporary access to a wireless network, the first request being associated with a first device, wherein the temporary access is based on a subscription for access to the wireless network, the subscription being associated with a second device; grant the first request for temporary access to the wireless network; subsequently determine that the temporary access to the wireless network has expired; receive, after the temporary access has expired, a second request for temporary access to the wireless network, the second request being associated with the first device; and reject the second request for temporary access to the wireless network, the rejecting being based on determining that temporary access has previously been granted to the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Azim Nasir, Andre R. Turner, Hong Xiao, Dongchen Wang
  • Publication number: 20160117692
    Abstract: A method may permit a consumer to manage behavioral data. The method may include receiving, at an infrastructure device, parameters provided by an administrative device over a local area network (LAN), and configuring, based on the received parameters, the infrastructure device for collection and control of consumer managed behavioral data (CMBD) associated with at least one client device. The method may further include monitoring, at the infrastructure device, data transmitted and received by the at least one client device, and identifying, by the infrastructure device, CMBD from the monitored data based on the received parameters. The method may further include performing actions associated with the at least one client device based on the CMBD and the received parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Publication date: April 28, 2016
    Inventors: Azim Nasir, Andre R. Turner, Sanjay Kenchegowda, Dongchen Wang
  • Patent number: 9307089
    Abstract: A conference call may be implemented between multiple user devices via a conference call server. A user may use a graphical interface of the user device to communicate with the conference call server and control the conference call in various ways. For instance, the user may add a user device to the conference call, drop a user device from the conference call, organize the user devices into conference call groups, record one or more user devices within the conference call, prevent a user device from hearing the audio input of another user device, filter out background noise from the conference call, and receive a call from outside the conference call without having to leave the conference call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Azim Nasir, Andre R. Turner, Dongchen Wang, Hong Xiao
  • Publication number: 20160065742
    Abstract: A conference call may be implemented between multiple user devices via a conference call server. A user may use a graphical interface of the user device to communicate with the conference call server and control the conference call in various ways. For instance, the user may add a user device to the conference call, drop a user device from the conference call, organize the user devices into conference call groups, record one or more user devices within the conference call, prevent a user device from hearing the audio input of another user device, filter out background noise from the conference call, and receive a call from outside the conference call without having to leave the conference call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Azim Nasir, Andre R. Turner, Dongchen Wang, Hong Xiao
  • Patent number: 9275370
    Abstract: A device executes a virtual interview application, and receives first user input, via the virtual interview application, to create multiple first media clips for a first virtual interview, with each of the first media clips including a different interview question. The device submits, from the device to a remote network device, the multiple first media clips for conducting the first virtual interview with a plurality of first interviewees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Hong Xiao, Dongchen Wang, Andre R. Turner, Azim Nasir
  • Patent number: 9276807
    Abstract: A device determines a communication failure associated with a first network, and selects, based on the communication failure, a failover device from a list of failover devices. The device and the failover devices communicate via short-range communications, and the selected failover device connects to a second network. The device provides, to the selected failover device, a request to receive a service from the first network, and determines whether the selected failover device accepts the request. When the selected failover device accepts the request, the device establishes a communication channel with the selected failover device, and receives the service from the first network via the selected failover device, the communication channel, and the second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Azim Nasir, Hong Xiao, Dongchen Wang, Andre R. Turner
  • Publication number: 20160034851
    Abstract: A device executes a virtual interview application, and receives first user input, via the virtual interview application, to create multiple first media clips for a first virtual interview, with each of the first media clips including a different interview question. The device submits, from the device to a remote network device, the multiple first media clips for conducting the first virtual interview with a plurality of first interviewees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Hong Xiao, Dongchen Wang, Andre R. Turner, Azim Nasir
  • Publication number: 20160028899
    Abstract: A device may determine a campaign rule for providing a toll-free data service to a mobile device associated with a user. The campaign rule may identify a condition for charging a service provider, associated with the toll-free data service, for data used by the mobile device in association with the toll-free data service. The device may determine an efficiency metric associated with the user. The efficiency metric may be determined based on providing toll-free data services to the user or a set of users associated with a demographic with which the user belongs. The device may analyze the efficiency metric based on the campaign rule. The device may selectively provide the toll-free data service to the mobile device, associated with the user, based on analyzing the efficiency metric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 28, 2016
    Inventors: Hong XIAO, Fengping Zhang, Dongchen Wang, Andre R. Turner, Azim Nasir
  • Publication number: 20150358218
    Abstract: A network device receives configuration information for monitoring, via a network, control data for a monitored customer device. The configuration information includes business rules for responding to an event when the control data is outside baseline control limits. The network device identifies original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or service provider recommended limits for the control data and receives initial control data, associated with the monitored customer device, for a particular time period. The network device determines, based on the initial control data, baseline control limits related to the OEM or service provider recommended limits. The network device receives, an indication of an out-of-bounds event, wherein the out-of-bounds event includes at least one instance where subsequent control data is outside the baseline control limits and initiates, based on the business rules, an action responsive to the out-of-bounds event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Applicant: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Azim Nasir, Andre R. Turner, Hong Xiao, Dongchen Wang
  • Publication number: 20150339634
    Abstract: A network device receives customer registration information identifying a customer; receives first appliance registration information identifying a first appliance associated with the customer; and receives second appliance registration information identifying a second appliance associated with the customer. The first appliance registration information includes an initiation date and a service schedule of maintenance events for the first appliance, and the second appliance registration information includes an initiation date and a service schedule of maintenance events for the second appliance. The network device stores, in a data structure, the customer registration information, the first appliance registration information, and the second appliance registration information, and monitors the data structure for upcoming maintenance events for the first appliance or the second appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Applicant: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc
    Inventors: Hong Xiao, Dongchen Wang, Azim Nasir, Andre R. Turner
  • Publication number: 20150181503
    Abstract: A server device may receive a first request for temporary access to a wireless network, the first request being associated with a first device, wherein the temporary access is based on a subscription for access to the wireless network, the subscription being associated with a second device; grant the first request for temporary access to the wireless network; subsequently determine that the temporary access to the wireless network has expired; receive, after the temporary access has expired, a second request for temporary access to the wireless network, the second request being associated with the first device; and reject the second request for temporary access to the wireless network, the rejecting being based on determining that temporary access has previously been granted to the first device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Applicant: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Azim Nasir, Andre R. Turner, Hong Xiao, Dongchen Wang
  • Publication number: 20150180976
    Abstract: A method, performed by a computer device, may include receiving an event notification of an event type associated with a source device in an appliance network. The method may further include detecting an activity initiated by a user in connection with the event type associated with the source device; generating an activity rule that associates the event type with the detected activity; receiving another event notification for the event type associated with the source device; and executing another activity in response to the received other event notification, based on the generated activity rule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Applicant: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Xiao, Azim Nasir, Dongchen Wang, Andre R. Turner
  • Patent number: 9058734
    Abstract: A device may configure recognition of a first alert. The device may store information associated with recognition of the first alert. The device may determine a response action to be associated with recognition of the first alert. The device may store information identifying an association between the first alert and the response action. The device may detect a second alert. The device may determine that the second alert matches the first alert based on the information associated with recognition of the first alert. The device may retrieve the stored information identifying the association between the first alert and the response action based on determining that the second alert matches the first alert. The device may perform the response action based on retrieving the stored information identifying the association between the first alert and the response action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Hong Xiao, Azim Nasir, Dongchen Wang, Andre R. Turner