Patents by Inventor Eric Valentine

Eric Valentine 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: 20220256922
    Abstract: A vaporizer device may include a shell, a cartridge receptacle, and a skeleton. The cartridge receptacle may be formed from a cartridge interface disposed at least partially inside a sheath. The cartridge interface may be configured to provide a plurality of electrical couplings with a vaporizer cartridge when the vaporizer cartridge is disposed inside the cartridge receptacle. The plurality of electrical couplings may include a first electrical coupling with a heating element of the vaporizer cartridge. The plurality of electrical couplings may further include a second electrical coupling with a cartridge identification chip of the vaporizer cartridge. The skeleton may be coupled with the cartridge interface. The skeleton may be configured to secure the cartridge interface inside the shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2022
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Inventors: Ariel Atkins, Mackenzie Paige Belt, Christopher L. Belisle, Tsuey Choo Lily Chang, Brandon Cheung, Steven Christensen, Dylan E. Entelis, Nicholas J. Hatton, Alexander M. Hoopai, Eric Joseph Johnson, Jason King, Esteban Leon Duque, YongChao Li, Huei-Huei Liang, Kevin Lomeli, Matthew J. Malone, James Monsees, Nathan N. Ng, Claire O'Malley, Matthew Rios, Christopher James Rosser, Zachary T. Scott, Nihir B. Shah, Andrew J. Stratton, Alim Thawer, Val Valentine, Norbert Wesely, James P. Westley, Hao Yin, XueHai Zhang, XueQing Zhang
  • Patent number: 7366157
    Abstract: A system (100) and method for routing an emergency request message from an Internet user (50) to an emergency-call-answering center (31) consisting of Public Service Access Points (PSAPs). An emergency request message is transmitted to an IP network (60) which is received by an emergency call handling function (172). The emergency call handling function (172) queries a database (170) and returns the physical location information associated with the IP address of the user (50). The call is formatted into a format compatible with the emergency call answering center (31) and transmitted via the PSTN (20) to the PSAP (36) serving the correct emergency service zone for the user (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Ericsson Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Valentine, Lee Davidson
  • Patent number: 7218952
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus in a wireless communications system selectively utilizes the Internet for the transmission of information. In a first embodiment, a subscriber can activate an Internet call forwarding (ICF) supplementary service (SS). From the subscriber's Mobile Station, an ICF message is transmitted to and stored in the subscriber's Home Location Register (HLR). The ICF message may optionally designate an Internet protocol (IP) address destination and may optionally activate other features pursuant to the data type received. For example, the ICF message may request that only fax/data calls or only calls that would otherwise incur a long distance charge be forwarded over/through the Internet. In operation, an incoming call to a Gateway Mobile Services Switching Center (GMSC) causes the GMSC to interrogate the called party's HLR. The information in the incoming call is then forwarded either over/through the Internet or over the PSTN based on the features activated by the ICF message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Ericsson Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Alperovich, Eric Valentine
  • Patent number: 7106722
    Abstract: A method and protocol for providing direct, per-call address information exchange (216, 218) between two distinct IP media gateways, including establishment of a first termination point (128) in an originating media gateway (120), transferring address information for the first termination point (204, 206, 214) to a receiving media gateway (124), establishing (220) of a second termination point (130) in the receiving media gateway, and using the address information to establish direct communication between the first and second termination points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Telefonktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Josephus Kuster, Eric Valentine
  • Patent number: 6928067
    Abstract: Communication network and a corresponding method are disclosed for operating the communication network that has a packet switched protocol based cellular telephone network comprising a first layer for transferring signalling information assigned to a telephone call being processed by the communication network, a second layer for transferring payload information assigned to the telephone call and an interface for coupling the cellular telephone network to a further network, the interface comprising a signalling information exchange function between the cellular telephone network and the further network and a payload information exchange function between the cellular telephone network and the further network, the first layer and the second layer of the cellular telephone network being coupled to the interface, wherein the second layer of the cellular telephone network transfers the payload information of the telephone call to and from the interface on a direct route assigned to the telephone call within the sec
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (pub)
    Inventors: Heino Hameleers, Frank Hundscheidt, Eric Valentine, Lee Davidson
  • Publication number: 20050021804
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling the transmission of media streams (31, 32, 33, 34, 35) over a connection (6) that employs a plurality of protocol layers (201, 202, 203) is described, where the number of media streams (31, 32, 33, 34) fed into said connection (6) at a first protocol layer (AL) is adjusted in accordance with information (4) that is indicative of the bandwidth, said information (4) being obtained at a second protocol layer (202; L2) below said first protocol layer (AL).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2001
    Publication date: January 27, 2005
    Inventors: Heino Hameleers, Frank Hundscheidt, Eric Valentine
  • Patent number: 6791988
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for processing a call within a communication network having a packet switched protocol based cellular telephone network comprising a first layer for transferring signalling information assigned to a telephone call being processed by the communication network, a second layer for transferring payload information assigned to the telephone call and interface means for coupling the cellular telephone network to a further network the interface means comprising payload information exchange function between the cellular telephone network and the further network, wherein the second layer of the cellular telephone network transfers the payload information of the telephone call to and from the interface means on a direct route assigned to the telephone call within the second layer
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson
    Inventors: Heino Hameleers, Frank Hundscheidt, Eric Valentine, Helena Odling, Stephen Terill
  • Patent number: 6785276
    Abstract: A packet-based telecommunication system (100) is disclosed, comprising a first media gateway (124) having a first CODEC structure (130), a second media gateway (126) having a dual function CODEC structure (132), wherein the dual function CODEC structure is adapted to provide tandem free operation between itself and the first CODEC structure, and wherein the dual function CODEC comprises a first element (134) adapted to negotiate tandem free operation, and a second element (136) communicatively coupled to the first element and adapted to selectively convert data coding responsive to the first element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson
    Inventors: Eric Valentine, Josephus Kuster
  • Patent number: 6760325
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for processing a mobile originating telephone call in a packet switched protocol based communication network comprising a packet switched protocol based cellular telephone network having a first layer for transferring signaling information assigned to the telephone call being processed by the communication network, a second layer for transferring payload information assigned to the telephone call, and an interface for coupling the cellular telephone network to a further network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Heino Hameleers, Frank Hundscheidt, Eric Valentine, Helena Odling, Stephen Terill
  • Patent number: 6735184
    Abstract: A system and method for a terrestrial IP network for efficient transmissions within a satellite-terrestrial network. The terrestrial network of a satellite-terrestrial telecommunications system provides for IP signaling between satellite access nodes without the use of dedicated, circuit switched trunks therebetween. The terrestrial network configuration provides for mobile services switching center redundancy and load sharing, as well as direct packet routing between satellite access nodes. Alternatively, a signaling gateway may be interposed on dedicated satellite access node links for converting inter-satellite access node traffic into an IP signaling format for efficient utilization of the direct links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Ericsson Inc
    Inventors: Lee Davidson, Eric Valentine, David Boltz
  • Patent number: 6691164
    Abstract: A versatile network architecture (100) utilizing functional distribution of location registers to provide subscriber roaming without requiring local profile copies is disclosed; comprising a core network (102) having a mobility server (110) communicatively interfaced (114) with one or more external networks (106) and a profile server (108) storing subscriber records and communicatively interfaced (112) with one or more external networks (106), an access network (104) having a plurality of access service infrastructures (116) communicatively interfaced (122) with the mobility server and each providing communication access within a particular area, and one or more subscriber units (118) communicatively interfaced (124) with the profile server and operating within one of the particular areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Ericsson Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Hundscheidt, Heino Hameleers, Eric Valentine, Lee Davidson
  • Publication number: 20030165124
    Abstract: A telecommunications system and method is disclosed for monitoring the activity within a local area network (LAN), and, if the LAN traffic levels are above a threshold level such that wireless speech quality drops below an acceptable level, a handover of mobile communications can be performed to either a non-LAN based umbrella cell, or to another cell associated with a different LAN. A monitoring application within an Access Node (AN) of the LAN monitors the LAN conditions through the LAN management system (LMS). Based upon the information obtained from LMS, the new monitoring application in the AN can request a handover to be performed from the LAN based network to either the non-LAN umbrella cell or to another cell associated with another LAN system. Thus, the speech quality of mobile communications can be maintained in periods of high LAN traffic, and the load on the LAN can be maintained without adding further congestion due to mobile communications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 1998
    Publication date: September 4, 2003
    Inventors: VLADIMIR ALPEROVICH, RANJIT BHATIA, ERIC VALENTINE
  • Patent number: 6600740
    Abstract: A communication network having multiple codecs communicating voice calls between an originating network and a terminating network. The communication network includes an originating codec and a terminating codec. The network provides signaling indicating the decoding algorithm to the originating network, and indicating the encoding algorithm to the terminating network. The original encoding algorithms and the original decoding algorithms are then altered from the standard as a function of this signaling to produce a best fit encoding matching to improve voice quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Ericsson Inc
    Inventors: Eric Valentine, Walter Lee Davidson
  • Patent number: 6577862
    Abstract: Provided is a system, method, and computer program for transmitting, across a mobile communication network, the occurrence of silence in a communication channel. The system generally comprises a first Media Gateway (MGW), which could be a transmission control node (first TCN), for executing a silence transmission algorithm, and a second MGW, such as a second transmission control node (second TCN), for executing a comfort noise generating algorithm. One method detects silence in a communications channel and then transmits a network silence indicator (SID). Another method receives the network SID and then produces a comfort noise. The computer program utilizes a query module for detecting a comfort noise production module in a destination MGW, and a network SID transmission module to send a network SID across a PLMN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Ericsson Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Davidson, Eric Valentine, Heino Hameleers, Frank Hundscheidt
  • Patent number: 6567668
    Abstract: A telecommunications system and method for managing the eligibility of access to a satellite-based network by mobile originated and mobile terminated calls by including, for example, within the tables that the Terrestrial Network Manager (TNM) consults, information regarding areas with no allowed service area and areas with restricted service. After the location and the International Mobility Subscriber Identity (IMSI) of the calling and called party are determined, the tables are consulted and a determination is made regarding whether the calling or called party should be excluded from the satellite/beam selection. Advantageously, the systems and methods of the present invention are not dependent on accurate location information being stored in the MSC/VLR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Ericsson Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Valentine, David Boltz
  • Patent number: 6510171
    Abstract: A system and method for transmitting a signal from a telephone terminal to a central office. The telephone terminal and central office are connected to aggregation points. The aggregation points include wire hoppers which receive the signals from the telephone terminal and the central office, spread the signals over a plurality of communication channels and transmit the signals over a common multilink transmission medium. When the signals are received at the central office, they are accordingly reassembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Ericsson Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Valentine, Walter Lee Davidson
  • Patent number: 6504839
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods and systems for routing information from a packet-switched network to a mobile device communicating with a wireless telecommunications network, wherein a call request for a mobile device is received from the packet-switched network at a first node of the wireless telecommunications network; a determination is made of the serving node of the wireless telecommunications network in communication with the mobile device and whether the serving node is coupled to the packet-switched network; and the call request is redirected to the serving node in response to an affirmative indication that the serving node is coupled to the packet-switched network. Alternatively, in response to a negative indication that the serving node is coupled to the packet-switched network, the call request is routed from the first node to the serving node through a circuit-switched network coupled intermediate to the first node and the serving node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Ericsson Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Valentine, David Boltz
  • Patent number: 6487209
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for reliably transferring Dual Tone Multiple Frequency (DTMF) signals originating at a MS through an IP based GSM network. In general, when a MS sends a DTMF request, it is processed in the IP network by a logical application module in a MSC, which, based on the disclosed processing, activates another logical application module in an appropriate gateway (for independent, remote, tone generation), and then the logical application module in the gateway directs the production of the DTMF signal towards the interworking or destination network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Ericsson Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Valentine, Lee Davidson, Heino Hameleers
  • Patent number: 6477366
    Abstract: A telecommunications system and method is disclosed for creating “virtual Citizen's Band (CB) radio channel groups” within a cellular network. In a first embodiment, the virtual channel groups are built within the Mobile Switching Center (MSC). Each mobile subscriber participant is associated with the other mobile subscriber participants in the MSC, using a transaction identifier and conference bridges. Each group can be monitored, and each individual participants communication link can be controlled independently to facilitate individual disconnection. In a second embodiment, the virtual channel groups are built directly over the air. Participating mobile subscribers within range of each other can communicate directly with one another, using the same forward and reverse traffic channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Ericsson Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Valentine, Vladimir Alperovich, Walt Evanyk
  • Patent number: 6449478
    Abstract: A telecommunications system and method is disclosed for providing a more accurate measurement of the cumulative path delay present in a call to enable switches to make an informed decision as to the routing method to use. In one embodiment, the Integrated Services Digital Network User Part (ISUP) satellite hop counter field is expanded to include three fields, one for each type of delay: geostationary satellite hops, mid-earth orbit satellite hops and low-earth orbit satellite hops. In an alternative embodiment, a cumulative delay value in milliseconds or centiseconds, instead of the number of satellite hops, can be included in the expanded ISUP satellite hop counter field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Ericsson Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Valentine, Lee Davidson