Patents by Inventor Brian J. Tucker

Brian J. Tucker 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: 10748422
    Abstract: A portable computing device can be used to locate a vehicle in a parking structure. In particular, the portable computing device can communicate with a parking system that manages the parking structure and/or with a vehicle in order to locate the vehicle. Communications between the portable computing device, parking system and vehicle can be based on one or more wireless connections, such as Bluetooth and/or Bluetooth LE connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Tucker, Emily C. Schubert, Jesse L. Dorogusker, Joakim Linde, Stephen Chick
  • Patent number: 10306447
    Abstract: A method for detecting the proximity of a signal source using wireless systems is contemplated in which a wireless mobile device wirelessly receives packets from a signal source and determines a received signal strength for each packet. The wireless mobile device may store information based upon the received signal strength for each packet, and calculate from the information stored for all the packets, a current path loss value corresponding to a current distance from the wireless mobile device to the signal source. The wireless mobile device may then determine whether the current distance is sufficient to be an enabling condition such as tap, for example, for a data transfer or a transaction between the wireless mobile device and the signal source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joakim Linde, Brian J. Tucker
  • Publication number: 20190096252
    Abstract: A portable computing device can be used to locate a vehicle in a parking structure. In particular, the portable computing device can communicate with a parking system that manages the parking structure and/or with a vehicle in order to locate the vehicle. Communications between the portable computing device, parking system and vehicle can be based on one or more wireless connections, such as Bluetooth and/or Bluetooth LE connections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Tucker, Emily C. Schubert, Jesse L. Dorogusker, Joakim Linde, Stephen Chick
  • Patent number: 10202100
    Abstract: A primary portable device can access a vehicle by transmitting an activation message including a vehicle access credential to the vehicle. The primary portable device can additionally enable a secondary portable device to access the vehicle by transmitting the vehicle access credential to the secondary portable device. The connections between the primary portable device, secondary portable device, and vehicle can be based on a short-range wireless protocol, such as Bluetooth or Bluetooth LE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Tucker, Emily C. Schubert, Jesse L. Dorogusker, Joakim Linde, Stephen Chick
  • Publication number: 20180376312
    Abstract: A method for detecting the proximity of a signal source using wireless systems is contemplated in which a wireless mobile device wirelessly receives packets from a signal source and determines a received signal strength for each packet. The wireless mobile device may store information based upon the received signal strength for each packet, and calculate from the information stored for all the packets, a current path loss value corresponding to a current distance from the wireless mobile device to the signal source. The wireless mobile device may then determine whether the current distance is sufficient to be an enabling condition such as tap, for example, for a data transfer or a transaction between the wireless mobile device and the signal source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Joakim Linde, Brian J. Tucker
  • Patent number: 10140863
    Abstract: A portable computing device can be used to locate a vehicle in a parking structure. In particular, the portable computing device can communicate with a parking system that manages the parking structure and/or with a vehicle in order to locate the vehicle. Communications between the portable computing device, parking system and vehicle can be based on one or more wireless connections, such as Bluetooth and/or Bluetooth LE connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Tucker, Emily C. Schubert, Jesse L. Dorogusker, Joakim Linde, Stephen Chick
  • Patent number: 10009713
    Abstract: A method for detecting the proximity of a signal source using wireless systems is contemplated in which a wireless mobile device wirelessly receives packets from a signal source and determines a received signal strength for each packet. The wireless mobile device may store information based upon the received signal strength for each packet, and calculate from the information stored for all the packets, a current path loss value corresponding to a current distance from the wireless mobile device to the signal source. The wireless mobile device may then determine whether the current distance is sufficient to be an enabling condition such as tap, for example, for a data transfer or a transaction between the wireless mobile device and the signal source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joakim Linde, Brian J. Tucker
  • Publication number: 20170366928
    Abstract: A method for detecting the proximity of a signal source using wireless systems is contemplated in which a wireless mobile device wirelessly receives packets from a signal source and determines a received signal strength for each packet. The wireless mobile device may store information based upon the received signal strength for each packet, and calculate from the information stored for all the packets, a current path loss value corresponding to a current distance from the wireless mobile device to the signal source. The wireless mobile device may then determine whether the current distance is sufficient to be an enabling condition such as tap, for example, for a data transfer or a transaction between the wireless mobile device and the signal source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Joakim Linde, Brian J. Tucker
  • Patent number: 9820093
    Abstract: In some implementations, a beaconing protocol can be used to broadcast beacon information to mobile devices. The beaconing protocol can be used by a Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) (e.g., Bluetooth 4.0) beacon to transmit a package of information that identifies the beacon and indicates the calibrated transmission power (e.g., measured power) of the beacon. The package of information can be configured by beacon providers and/or beacon installers at the locations where the beacons are installed. When a mobile device receives the beacon package, the mobile device can use the beacon identification information and/or the measured power of the beacon to determine a location (e.g., precise location, geofence location) of the mobile device. In some implementations, the mobile device can transmit the beacon information to a server and the server can determine the location of the mobile device and send location and/or content information back to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Mayor, Pejman Lotfali Kazemi, Augustin Prats, Brian J. Tucker, Joakim Linde
  • Patent number: 9769598
    Abstract: A method for detecting the proximity of a signal source using wireless systems is contemplated in which a wireless mobile device wirelessly receives packets from a signal source and determines a received signal strength for each packet. The wireless mobile device may store information based upon the received signal strength for each packet, and calculate from the information stored for all the packets, a current path loss value corresponding to a current distance from the wireless mobile device to the signal source. The wireless mobile device may then determine whether the current distance is sufficient to be an enabling condition such as tap, for example, for a data transfer or a transaction between the wireless mobile device and the signal source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joakim Linde, Brian J. Tucker
  • Patent number: 9749797
    Abstract: A proximity fence can be a location-agnostic fence defined by signal sources having no geographic location information. The proximity fence can correspond to a group of signal sources instead of a point location fixed to latitude and longitude coordinates. A signal source can be a radio frequency (RF) transmitter broadcasting a beacon signal. The beacon signal can include a payload that includes an identifier indicating a category to which the signal source belongs, and one or more labels indicating one or more subcategories to which the signal source belongs. The proximity fence defined by the group of signal sources can trigger different functions of application programs associated with the proximity fence on a mobile device, when the mobile device moves within the proximity fence and enters and exits different parts of the proximity fence corresponding to the different subcategories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas M. Marti, Shannon M. Ma, Robert Mayor, Augustin Prats, Brian J. Tucker, Christopher J. Edmonds, Joakim Linde, Pejman Lotfali Kazemi
  • Patent number: 9635493
    Abstract: The described embodiments include a system for communicating between electronic devices. During operation, a receiving electronic device receives a data channel protocol data unit (PDU) in a link layer of a Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) protocol stack. The receiving electronic device then reads a field in a header of the data channel PDU to determine if the header indicates that a payload of the data channel PDU contains audio data. When the header indicates that the payload of the data channel PDU contains audio data, the receiving electronic device is configured to send the audio data from the payload to an audio layer in the BTLE protocol stack for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Joakim Linde, Brian J. Tucker
  • Patent number: 9635127
    Abstract: Devices are personalized while the devices are still at least partially contained within packaging. Discovery information may be exchanged between a packaged device and a user device. Such discover information may be exchanged as a result of the packaged device and the user device being moved into proximity with each other. A communication connection may be configured between the packaged device and the user device. Data may be obtained at the packaged device related to the communication connection. The packaged device may be personalized for a user utilizing the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Tucker, Christopher Russell Costello
  • Publication number: 20170092129
    Abstract: A portable computing device can be used to locate a vehicle in a parking structure. In particular, the portable computing device can communicate with a parking system that manages the parking structure and/or with a vehicle in order to locate the vehicle. Communications between the portable computing device, parking system and vehicle can be based on one or more wireless connections, such as Bluetooth and/or Bluetooth LE connections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Tucker, Emily C. Schubert, Jesse L. Dorogusker, Joakim Linde, Stephen Chick
  • Publication number: 20170070852
    Abstract: A proximity fence can be a location-agnostic fence defined by signal sources having no geographic location information. The proximity fence can correspond to a group of signal sources instead of a point location fixed to latitude and longitude coordinates. A signal source can be a radio frequency (RF) transmitter broadcasting a beacon signal. The beacon signal can include a payload that includes an identifier indicating a category to which the signal source belongs, and one or more labels indicating one or more subcategories to which the signal source belongs. The proximity fence defined by the group of signal sources can trigger different functions of application programs associated with the proximity fence on a mobile device, when the mobile device moves within the proximity fence and enters and exits different parts of the proximity fence corresponding to the different subcategories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas M. Marti, Shannon M. Ma, Robert Mayor, Augustin Prats, Brian J. Tucker, Christopher J. Edmonds, Joakim Linde, Pejman Lotfali Kazemi
  • Patent number: 9531501
    Abstract: During operation in the described embodiments, a transmitting electronic device transmits a first data channel protocol data unit (PDU) with a payload containing data D to a receiving electronic device using a Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) interface in a sending window for the transmitting electronic device during a regular event, wherein transmitting the first data channel PDU during the regular event comprises using a first frequency to transmit the first data channel PDU. The transmitting electronic device then transmits a second data channel PDU with a payload containing the same data D to the receiving electronic device using the BTLE interface in a sending window for the transmitting electronic device during a corresponding retransmission event, wherein transmitting the second data channel PDU during the retransmission event comprises using a second frequency to transmit the second data channel PDU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joakim Linde, Brian J. Tucker
  • Patent number: 9520062
    Abstract: A portable computing device can be used to locate a vehicle in a parking structure. In particular, the portable computing device can communicate with a parking system that manages the parking structure and/or with a vehicle in order to locate the vehicle. Communications between the portable computing device, parking system and vehicle can be based on one or more wireless connections, such as Bluetooth and/or Bluetooth LE connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Tucker, Emily C. Schubert, Jesse L. Dorogusker, Joakim Linde, Stephen Chick
  • Publication number: 20160358159
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for transmitting, as part of a polling loop, a value added services (VAS) command that includes capability data corresponding to a payment terminal. For example, the payment terminal can transmit a VAS command that advertises the payment terminal's capabilities as part of a polling loop. The payment terminal can listen for a response to the VAS command and, after receiving a response, the payment terminal may initiate a VAS protocol. The VAS command can also specify a mode in which the payment terminal is operating, such as a payment-only mode, a VAS mode, a payment-plus-VAS mode, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Ahmer Ali KHAN, Brian J. TUCKER, Ho Cheung CHUNG, Joakim LINDE, Zachary A. ROSEN, Gordon Y. SCOTT
  • Publication number: 20160316318
    Abstract: A method for detecting the proximity of a signal source using wireless systems is contemplated in which a wireless mobile device wirelessly receives packets from a signal source and determines a received signal strength for each packet. The wireless mobile device may store information based upon the received signal strength for each packet, and calculate from the information stored for all the packets, a current path loss value corresponding to a current distance from the wireless mobile device to the signal source. The wireless mobile device may then determine whether the current distance is sufficient to be an enabling condition such as tap, for example, for a data transfer or a transaction between the wireless mobile device and the signal source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Inventors: Joakim Linde, Brian J. Tucker
  • Patent number: 9445235
    Abstract: A proximity fence can be a location-agnostic fence defined by signal sources having no geographic location information. The proximity fence can correspond to a group of signal sources instead of a point location fixed to latitude and longitude coordinates. A signal source can be a radio frequency (RF) transmitter broadcasting a beacon signal. The beacon signal can include a payload that includes an identifier indicating a category to which the signal source belongs, and one or more labels indicating one or more subcategories to which the signal source belongs. The proximity fence defined by the group of signal sources can trigger different functions of application programs associated with the proximity fence on a mobile device, when the mobile device moves within the proximity fence and enters and exits different parts of the proximity fence corresponding to the different subcategories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas M. Marti, Shannon M. Ma, Robert Mayor, Augustin Prats, Brian J. Tucker, Christopher J. Edmonds, Joakim Linde, Pejman Lotfali Kazemi