Patents by Inventor Brian K. Butler

Brian K. Butler 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: 20190154286
    Abstract: An indoor air quality (IAQ) system for a building includes a relative humidity (RH) sensor. The RH sensor is configured to measure a RH of the air within the building. At least one of a thermostat and an IAQ control module is configured to control humidification of the building based on the RH measured by the RH sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung M. PHAM, Stuart K. MORGAN, Brian R. BUTLER
  • Publication number: 20190154285
    Abstract: An indoor air quality (IAQ) system for a building includes a relative humidity (RH) sensor. The RH sensor is configured to measure a RH of the air within the building. At least one of a thermostat and an IAQ control module is configured to control humidification of the building based on the RH measured by the RH sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Applicant: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hung M. Pham, Stuart K. Morgan, Brian R. Butler
  • Patent number: 9178632
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and computer program products are provided for an improved media content rating system. The rating system herein disclosed is highly-granular in nature, in that, the rating system allows for ratings to be based on the number of times that portions, segments, clips of the media file are played or otherwise executed, as opposed to basing the media content rating solely on the number of times that the media file is played. In this regard, the aspects herein described may further provide for ratings of the portions, segments, clips of the media content as opposed to limiting the rating to a rating for the overall media content file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthew S. Grob, Baaziz Achour, Brian K. Butler, Peter Carson
  • Publication number: 20150181299
    Abstract: A deployment and distribution model improves content delivery with a business incentive for placement of kiosks with one or more wireless access points in public locations so that portable media players (PMPs) can receive media content (e.g., audio, video, text, haptic content, etc.). In addition, coordination between subscribing users of PMPs, vendors who provide kiosks, and a network central controller of a content distribution system allow for prepositioning of video content at the kiosks through economically desirable low data rate communication links from the network (e.g., dial-up modem, DSL, etc.); coordinated queuing of downloads (e.g., partial downloads) between kiosk to PMP, peer-to-peer (P2P) downloading between PMPs, and uploads from PMP to kiosk; billing/crediting to correspond with such participation in the distribution; and changing priority/selection of prepositioning of content at kiosks to reflect a clientele profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Hans Rauber, Matthew Stuart Grob, Baaziz Achour, Brian K. Butler, Peter Carson, Sanjay K. Jha
  • Patent number: 9014671
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for the controlling access to access point (AP) base stations. In particular, described herein are techniques for the automated configuration of AP base stations for restricted access. For example, the technique may involve receiving a contact list from an access terminal (AT) associated with the AP base station and a network operator. From the received contact list, saved contacts associated with the operator may be identified. The technique may further involve retrieving identifiers for the identified contacts, and generating an allowed user list from the identifiers, which may be used to configure the AP base station for restricted access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian K. Butler, Sanjiv Nanda
  • Patent number: 8982685
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing wireless coverage to a plurality of sectors includes means for generating a reference sequence, and means for applying a time domain orthogonal sequence to the reference sequence to generate a reference signal for broadcasting over one of the sectors. An apparatus for wireless communications within a sector includes means for receiving a broadcast within a sector, the received broadcast comprising a reference signal having a time domain orthogonal sequence applied to a reference sequence, and means for recovering the reference sequence from the received broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Peter Gaal, Brian C. Banister, Brian K. Butler
  • Patent number: 8966001
    Abstract: A deployment and distribution model improves content delivery with a business incentive for placement of kiosks with one or more wireless access points in public locations so that portable media players (PMPs) can receive media content (e.g., audio, video, text, haptic content, etc.). In addition, coordination between subscribing users of PMPs, vendors who provide kiosks, and a network central controller of a content distribution system allow for prepositioning of video content at the kiosks through economically desirable low data rate communication links from the network (e.g., dial-up modem, DSL, etc.); coordinated queuing of downloads (e.g., partial downloads) between kiosk to PMP, peer-to-peer (P2P) downloading between PMPs, and uploads from PMP to kiosk; billing/crediting to correspond with such participation in the distribution; and changing priority/selection of prepositioning of content at kiosks to reflect a clientele profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Peter H. Rauber, Matthew S. Grob, Baaziz Achour, Brian K. Butler, Peter Carson, Sanjay K. Jha
  • Publication number: 20140273972
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for the controlling access to access point (AP) base stations. In particular, described herein are techniques for the automated configuration of AP base stations for restricted access. For example, the technique may involve receiving a contact list from an access terminal (AT) associated with the AP base station and a network operator. From the received contact list, saved contacts associated with the operator may be identified. The technique may further involve retrieving identifiers for the identified contacts, and generating an allowed user list from the identifiers, which may be used to configure the AP base station for restricted access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian K. Butler, Sanjiv Nanda
  • Patent number: 8774816
    Abstract: A dynamic shared forward link channel (or “data” channel) is used to send multicast data to a group of wireless devices, e.g., using a common long code mask for the data channel. Reference power control (PC) bits are also sent on the data channel and used for signal quality estimation. A shared forward link control channel is used to send user-specific signaling to individual wireless devices, e.g., using time division multiplexing (TDM) and a unique long code mask for each wireless device. A shared forward link indicator channel is used to send reverse link (RL) PC bits to the wireless devices, e.g., using TDM. The data channel is jointly power controlled by all wireless devices receiving the data channel. The control and indicator channels are individually power controlled by each wireless device such that the signaling and RL PC bits sent on these channels for the wireless device are reliably received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Tao Chen, Baaziz Achour, Brian K. Butler, Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr., Haitao Zhang, Keith W. Saints, Luca Blessent, Yongbin Wei
  • Patent number: 8744404
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for the controlling access to access point (AP) base stations. In particular, described herein are techniques for the automated configuration of AP base stations for restricted access. For example, the technique may involve receiving a contact list from an access terminal (AT) associated with the AP base station and a network operator. From the received contact list, saved contacts associated with the operator may be identified. The technique may further involve retrieving identifiers for the identified contacts, and generating an allowed user list from the identifiers, which may be used to configure the AP base station for restricted access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian K. Butler, Sanjiv Nanda
  • Patent number: 8644264
    Abstract: Methods and systems for estimating and canceling pilot interference in a wireless (e.g., CDMA) communication system. In one method, a received signal comprised of a number of signal instances, each including a pilot, is initially processed to provide data samples. Each signal instance's pilot interference may be estimated by despreading the data samples with a spreading sequence for the signal instance, channelizing the despread data to provide pilot symbols, filtering the pilot symbols to estimate the channel response of the signal instance, and multiplying the estimated channel response with the spreading sequence. The pilot interference estimates due to a plurality of interfering multipaths are accumulated to derive the total pilot interference, which is subtracted from the data samples to provide pilot-canceled data samples. These samples are then processed to derive demodulated data for each of at least one (desired) signal instance in the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Alessandro Vanelli Coralli, Henry David Pfister, Jilei Hou, John Edward Smee, Roberto Padovani, Brian K. Butler, Jeffrey A. Levin, Thomas B. Wilborn, Paul E. Bender
  • Patent number: 8611311
    Abstract: Methods and systems for estimating and canceling pilot interference in a wireless (e.g., CDMA) communication system. In one method, a received signal comprised of a number of signal instances, each including a pilot, is initially processed to provide data samples. Each signal instance's pilot interference may be estimated by despreading the data samples with a spreading sequence for the signal instance, channelizing the despread data to provide pilot symbols, filtering the pilot symbols to estimate the channel response of the signal instance, and multiplying the estimated channel response with the spreading sequence. The pilot interference estimates due to a plurality of interfering multipaths are accumulated to derive the total pilot interference, which is subtracted from the data samples to provide pilot-canceled data samples. These samples are then processed to derive demodulated data for each of at least one (desired) signal instance in the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Alessandro Vanelli Coralli, Henry David Pfister, Jilei Hou, John Edward Smee, Roberto Padovani, Brian K Butler, Jeffrey A Levin, Thomas B Wilborn, Paul E Bender
  • Patent number: 8224356
    Abstract: A novel and improved method and system for paging a cellular telephone or other wireless terminal using two paging channels that reduces standby mode power consumption described. In one embodiment of the invention, a minimally encoded quick paging channel is established over which short, quick page messages are transmitted during one of a set of quick paging slots. The quick page message indicates that a communications request has been received, and that the receiving communication terminals should process a highly encoded full paging channel over which more detailed, full page messages are transmitted during the next full paging slot. A terminal monitors full paging channel only after a quick page message has been received on the quick paging channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian K. Butler, Klein S. Gilhousen
  • Patent number: 8068859
    Abstract: A novel and improved method and system for paging a cellular telephone or other wireless terminal using two paging channels that reduces standby mode power consumption described. In one embodiment of the invention, a minimally encoded quick paging channel is established over which short, quick page messages are transmitted during one of a set of quick paging slots. The quick page message indicates that a communications request has been received, and that the receiving communication terminals should process a highly encoded full paging channel over which more detailed, full page messages are transmitted during the next full paging slot. A terminal monitors full paging channel only after a quick page message has been received on the quick paging channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian K. Butler, Klein S. Gilhousen
  • Patent number: 8046005
    Abstract: A novel and improved method and system for paging a cellular telephone or other wireless terminal using two paging channels that reduces standby mode power consumption described. In one embodiment of the invention, a minimally encoded quick paging channel is established over which short, quick page messages are transmitted during one of a set of quick paging slots. The quick page message indicates that a communications request has been received, and that the receiving communication terminals should process a highly encoded full paging channel over which more detailed, full page messages are transmitted during the next full paging slot. A terminal monitors full paging channel only after a quick page message has been received on the quick paging channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian K. Butler, Klein S. Gilhousen
  • Patent number: 7983695
    Abstract: A novel and improved method and system for paging a cellular telephone or other wireless terminal using two paging channels that reduces standby mode power consumption described. In one embodiment of the invention, a minimally encoded quick paging channel is established over which short, quick page messages are transmitted during one of a set of quick paging slots. The quick page message indicates that a communications request has been received, and that the receiving communication terminals should process a highly encoded full paging channel over which more detailed, full page messages are transmitted during the next full paging slot. A terminal monitors full paging channel only after a quick page message has been received on the quick paging channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian K. Butler, Klein S. Gilhousen
  • Patent number: 7970420
    Abstract: A novel and improved method and system for paging a cellular telephone or other wireless terminal using two paging channels that reduces standby mode power consumption described. In one embodiment of the invention, a minimally encoded quick paging channel is established over which short, quick page messages are transmitted during one of a set of quick paging slots. The quick page message indicates that a communications request has been received, and that the receiving communication terminals should process a highly encoded full paging channel over which more detailed, full page messages are transmitted during the next full paging slot. A terminal monitors full paging channel only after a quick page message has been received on the quick paging channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian K. Butler, Klein S. Gilhousen
  • Patent number: 7937086
    Abstract: A method and system for a handoff in a broadcast communication system is disclosed. A subscriber assisted handoff is impractical in a broadcast communication system due to e.g., a high signaling load, a difficulty to synchronize the broadcast transmission. On the other hand, the small number of broadcast channels enables the subscriber station to perform the handoff autonomously. To streamline the autonomous handoff decision process, several distinct sets of pilot identifiers and rules for transitioning among the sets are defined. To fully integrate broadcast services with the services provided by the cellular telephone systems in a subscriber environment, a method for various handoff scenarios are analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Tao Chen, Jun Wang, Ragulan Sinnarajah, Brian K. Butler, Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20110085606
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing wireless coverage to a plurality of sectors includes means for generating a reference sequence, and means for applying a time domain orthogonal sequence to the reference sequence to generate a reference signal for broadcasting over one of the sectors. An apparatus for wireless communications within a sector includes means for receiving a broadcast within a sector, the received broadcast comprising a reference signal having a time domain orthogonal sequence applied to a reference sequence, and means for recovering the reference sequence from the received broadcast.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Peter Gaal, Brian C. Banister, Brian K. Butler
  • Publication number: 20110069736
    Abstract: Methods and systems for estimating and canceling pilot interference in a wireless (e.g., CDMA) communication system. In one method, a received signal comprised of a number of signal instances, each including a pilot, is initially processed to provide data samples. Each signal instance's pilot interference may be estimated by despreading the data samples with a spreading sequence for the signal instance, channelizing the despread data to provide pilot symbols, filtering the pilot symbols to estimate the channel response of the signal instance, and multiplying the estimated channel response with the spreading sequence. The pilot interference estimates due to a plurality of interfering multipaths are accumulated to derive the total pilot interference, which is subtracted from the data samples to provide pilot-canceled data samples. These samples are then processed to derive demodulated data for each of at least one (desired) signal instance in the received signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Alessandro Vanelli Coralli, Henry David Pfister, Jilei Hou, John Edward Smee, Roberto Padovani, Brian K. Butler, Jeffrey A. Levin, Thomas B. Wilborn, Paul E. Bender