Patents by Inventor Gokul P. Thirumalai

Gokul P. Thirumalai 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: 20190373471
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are techniques for enabling a user to activate a new device with a Mobile Network Operator (MNO) without requiring the user to provide MNO authentication credentials that are easily forgotten. The user activates the new device using credentials from an existing device (associated with the user) that is trusted by the MNO and also using a trust score provided by a third-party server that has knowledge of associations between the user and the existing device. The new device can be a supplemental device, such as a wearable device to a cellular phone, where both devices remain capable of accessing services provided by the MNO after the new device is activated with the MNO. The new device can also be a replacement device, such as a new phone, tablet, or wearable device, where the new device supplants access to services provided by the MNO for an existing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Li LI, Arun G. MATHIAS, Gokul P. THIRUMALAI, Najeeb M. ABDULRAHIMAN, Francisco J. GONZALEZ, Jonathon SODOS
  • Publication number: 20190372767
    Abstract: Techniques disclosed herein relate to the authentication of a first user in a communication session between the first user using a user device and a second user using a remote computer system. The computer system sends an authentication request in the session, and the user device receives the authentication request in the session via a messaging program. The user device then causes a different program to access an authentication token received from an authentication computer system. The user device sends an indication of the authentication token to the remote computer system which the remote computer system verifies to authenticate the first user within the session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Mayur P. Mahajan, Gokul P. Thirumalai, Scott Lopatin, Tommy Rochette, Robert Y. Loh, Yannick L. Sierra
  • Publication number: 20190068371
    Abstract: A relay service can relay messages between controllers and electronically controllable accessory devices that may be located remotely from the controllers. Relaying of messages by the relay service can be decoupled from any knowledge of the functionality of the accessory or the content of the messages. Device identification and relaying of messages can be managed using “relay aliases” that are meaningful only to the relay service and the endpoint devices (the controller and accessory). The endpoint devices can implement end-to-end security for messages transported by the relay service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Anush G. Nadathur, Gokul P. Thirumalai, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Matthew C. Lucas, Andrew Burks
  • Patent number: 10057062
    Abstract: A relay service can relay messages between controllers and electronically controllable accessory devices that may be located remotely from the controllers. Relaying of messages by the relay service can be decoupled from any knowledge of the functionality of the accessory or the content of the messages. Device identification and relaying of messages can be managed using “relay aliases” that are meaningful only to the relay service and the endpoint devices (the controller and accessory). The endpoint devices can implement end-to-end security for messages transported by the relay service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anush G. Nadathur, Gokul P. Thirumalai, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Matthew C. Lucas, Andrew Burks
  • Publication number: 20180013851
    Abstract: A system and method are described for establishing two-way push communication between an intermediate or companion device and a mobile device. Mobile devices register to listen for push notifications delivered through a push notification service from a specified set of providers. The presence of the mobile devices is delivered to the push notification service that maps the mobile devices to connections made between their respective companion devices and the push notification service. If the push notification service determines that a mobile device is “online,” in response to receiving a push notification for the mobile device, a current network connection over which a companion device is listening for push notifications is identified and the push notification is forwarded to the companion device. The companion device then can deliver the push notification to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Pollack, Gokul P. Thirumalai
  • Publication number: 20170359216
    Abstract: A notification server may be configured to receive a message from a device, determine a device location from the message, determine a location identifier corresponding to the determined device location, and send the location identifier to the device. The device may be configured to generate a configuration identifier based on the location identifier and send a configuration data request including the configuration identifier to a cache server. The cache server may be configured to receive the configuration data request from the device, select a device configuration corresponding to the configuration identifier, where the device configuration is specific to the device location, and send the selected device configuration to the device. The device may be further configured to configure the device according to the selected device configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Aleksei Naiden, Daniel B. Pollack, Gokul P. Thirumalai, Robert Y. Loh
  • Publication number: 20170346630
    Abstract: A relay service can relay messages between controllers and electronically controllable accessory devices that may be located remotely from the controllers. Relaying of messages by the relay service can be decoupled from any knowledge of the functionality of the accessory or the content of the messages. Device identification and relaying of messages can be managed using “relay aliases” that are meaningful only to the relay service and the endpoint devices (the controller and accessory). The endpoint devices can implement end-to-end security for messages transported by the relay service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anush G. Nadathur, Gokul P. Thirumalai, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Matthew C. Lucas, Andrew Burks
  • Patent number: 9680646
    Abstract: A relay service can relay messages between controllers and electronically controllable accessory devices that may be located remotely from the controllers. Relaying of messages by the relay service can be decoupled from any knowledge of the functionality of the accessory or the content of the messages. Device identification and relaying of messages can be managed using “relay aliases” that are meaningful only to the relay service and the endpoint devices (the controller and accessory). The endpoint devices can implement end-to-end security for messages transported by the relay service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anush G. Nadathur, Gokul P. Thirumalai, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Matthew C. Lucas, Andrew Burks
  • Patent number: 9654581
    Abstract: A system and method are described for establishing two-way push communication between an intermediate or companion device and a mobile device. Mobile devices register to listen for push notifications delivered through a push notification service from a specified set of providers. The presence of the mobile devices is delivered to the push notification service that maps the mobile devices to connections made between their respective companion devices and the push notification service. If the push notification service determines that a mobile device is “online,” in response to receiving a push notification for the mobile device, a current network connection over which a companion device is listening for push notifications is identified and the push notification is forwarded to the companion device. The companion device then can deliver the push notification to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel B. Pollack, Gokul P. Thirumalai
  • Patent number: 9608945
    Abstract: The described embodiments include a message server that is configured to send, to multiple receiving electronic devices, corresponding messages that each include a payload acquired from a single request message received from a client electronic device. In these embodiments, the request message received from the client electronic device includes a push token for each of the receiving electronic devices and the payload. Upon receiving the request message, the message server generates, for a receiving electronic device associated with each push token, a message that includes the payload. The message server then sends each message to the corresponding receiving electronic device. In this way, the message server “fans out,” to the multiple receiving electronic devices, corresponding messages that each include the payload from the single request message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Gokul P. Thirumalai, Justin M. N. Wood, Roberto Garcia, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160366195
    Abstract: Establishing a communication channel via a relay server with reduced setup time. Upon request by an initiating communication device a relay allocation server may allocate a single relay server for use in a communication session between the initiating communication device and one or more recipient communication devices. The relay server may be selected to perform favorably for the initiating communication device. Messaging for establishment of the communication session may be performed using persistent messaging connections, to avoid connection establishment cost. Messaging may also be performed using address tokens to avoid the cost of discovering global IP addresses. Following establishment of the communication session, the relay server may discover the IP address of one or more recipient communication devices, and may initiate reallocation of those devices to another relay server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Amol V. Pattekar, Gokul P. Thirumalai, Thomas P. Devanneaux, Aleksei Naiden, Joe S. Abuan, Yan Yang, Berkat S. Tung
  • Publication number: 20160359629
    Abstract: A relay service can relay messages between controllers and electronically controllable accessory devices that may be located remotely from the controllers. Relaying of messages by the relay service can be decoupled from any knowledge of the functionality of the accessory or the content of the messages. Device identification and relaying of messages can be managed using “relay aliases” that are meaningful only to the relay service and the endpoint devices (the controller and accessory). The endpoint devices can implement end-to-end security for messages transported by the relay service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anush G. Nadathur, Gokul P. Thirumalai, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Matthew C. Lucas, Andrew Burks
  • Patent number: 9277530
    Abstract: A method performed by a notification handler process running on a device includes receiving a first push notification for a first application while the recipient device is inactive; determining that delivery of the first push notification would cause the device to become active without prompting a user of the device to interact with the first application; in response to determining what delivery of the first push modification would cause, locally storing the first push notification; receiving a second push notification for a second application while the recipient device is still inactive; determining that delivery of the second push notification would cause the device to become active prompting the user to interact with the second application; and in response to determining what delivery of the second push modification would cause, delivering the received second push notification to the second application and the stored first push notification to the first application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian E. Korver, Jason R. Thorpe, Gokul P. Thirumalai, Justin Wood
  • Patent number: 9224168
    Abstract: A computer adapted for pay-as-you go or other metered use has a policy for determined what measurements to take to detect fraud as well as steps to take when fraud is found. To optimize between good performance and sufficient tests to reduce the risk of fraud, a policy is developed based on observation of the users behavior, using data taken at the computer, data from a payment processor or both. After analysis, an updated policy is securely loaded at the computer to determine what, and how often to measure for suspected fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gokul P. Thirumalai, Isaac P. Ahdout
  • Publication number: 20150350119
    Abstract: The described embodiments include a message server that is configured to send, to multiple receiving electronic devices, corresponding messages that each include a payload acquired from a single request message received from a client electronic device. In these embodiments, the request message received from the client electronic device includes a push token for each of the receiving electronic devices and the payload. Upon receiving the request message, the message server generates, for a receiving electronic device associated with each push token, a message that includes the payload. The message server then sends each message to the corresponding receiving electronic device. In this way, the message server “fans out,” to the multiple receiving electronic devices, corresponding messages that each include the payload from the single request message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gokul P. Thirumalai, Justin M. N. Wood, Roberto Garcia, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150350362
    Abstract: A system and method are described for establishing two-way push communication between an intermediate or companion device and a mobile device. Mobile devices register to listen for push notifications delivered through a push notification service from a specified set of providers. The presence of the mobile devices is delivered to the push notification service that maps the mobile devices to connections made between their respective companion devices and the push notification service. If the push notification service determines that a mobile device is “online,” in response to receiving a push notification for the mobile device, a current network connection over which a companion device is listening for push notifications is identified and the push notification is forwarded to the companion device. The companion device then can deliver the push notification to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel B. Pollack, Gokul P. Thirumalai
  • Publication number: 20150351075
    Abstract: A method performed by a notification handler process running on a device includes receiving a first push notification for a first application while the recipient device is inactive; determining that delivery of the first push notification would cause the device to become active without prompting a user of the device to interact with the first application; in response to determining what delivery of the first push modification would cause, locally storing the first push notification; receiving a second push notification for a second application while the recipient device is still inactive; determining that delivery of the second push notification would cause the device to become active prompting the user to interact with the second application; and in response to determining what delivery of the second push modification would cause, delivering the received second push notification to the second application and the stored first push notification to the first application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Brian E. Korver, Jason R. Thorpe, Gokul P. Thirumalai, Justin Wood
  • Patent number: 9119067
    Abstract: A system and method for are described for securely linking a phone number and user identification code in a directory database. A computer-implemented method comprising: receiving a first request from a first user device to register with a first service, the request identifying a phone number of the user device and including a fingerprint code uniquely identifying the first user device; registering the phone number in a directory service; receiving a second request from the first user device to register with a second service, the request including a user identification code which is not a phone number and the fingerprint code; registering the user identification code in the directory service; detecting that the first request and second request are from the same mobile device using the fingerprint code; and responsively linking the phone number and the user identification code in the directory database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Justin E. Santamaria, Gokul P. Thirumalai, Justin Wood, Andrew H. Vyrros
  • Publication number: 20130244614
    Abstract: A system and method for are described for securely linking a phone number and user identification code in a directory database. A computer-implemented method comprising: receiving a first request from a first user device to register with a first service, the request identifying a phone number of the user device and including a fingerprint code uniquely identifying the first user device; registering the phone number in a directory service; receiving a second request from the first user device to register with a second service, the request including a user identification code which is not a phone number and the fingerprint code; registering the user identification code in the directory service; detecting that the first request and second request are from the same mobile device using the fingerprint code; and responsively linking the phone number and the user identification code in the directory database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Justin E. Santamaria, Gokul P. Thirumalai, Justin Wood, Andrew H. Vyrros
  • Patent number: 8336085
    Abstract: A computer adapted for pay-as-you go or other metered use has a policy for determined what measurements to take to detect fraud as well as steps to take when fraud is found. To optimize between good performance and sufficient tests to reduce the risk of fraud, a policy is developed based on observation of the users behavior, using data taken at the computer, data from a payment processor or both. After analysis, an updated policy is securely loaded at the computer to determine what, and how often to measure for suspected fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Gokul P. Thirumalai, Isaac Ahdout