Patents by Inventor James William Bishop, Jr.

James William Bishop, Jr. 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: 6052604
    Abstract: An on-board aircraft telecommunication exchange (32) provides communication and authentication services for M subscriber identity modules (SIMs) using N transceivers (36), where M can be greater than N. Associations between SIMs (56) and transceivers (36) are established when needed. Accordingly, a pool of transceivers 36 is provided to serve the collective needs of many subscribers. A SIM based authentication process is performed (100) using a subscriber's original SIM (56). That authentication can be extended to a temporary SIM (106) that is substituted for the original SIM throughout the remainder of a flight. Alternatively, the original SIMs (56) may be locked in place and relinquished when a subscriber provides an appropriate PIN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: James William Bishop, Jr., Michael Frenzer, Stephen Magee, Larry Wuensch, Nathan Miller, Richard Ditch
  • Patent number: 6002929
    Abstract: An on-board aircraft telecommunication exchange (32) provides communication and authentication services for M subscriber identity modules (SIMs) using N transceivers (36), where M can be greater than N. Associations between SIMs (56) and transceivers (36) are established when needed. Accordingly, a pool of transceivers 36 is provided to serve the collective needs of many subscribers. A SIM-based authentication process is performed (100) using a subscriber's original SIM (56). That authentication can be extended to a temporary SIM (106) that is substituted for the original SIM throughout the remainder of a flight. Alternatively, the original SIMs (56) may be locked in place and relinquished when a subscriber provides an appropriate PIN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Mototrola, Inc.
    Inventors: James William Bishop, Jr., Steve Magee, Nathan Miller
  • Patent number: 5999797
    Abstract: Private Global Networks (PGNs) between communication terminals (110, 114, 116, 118) are established within a satellite communication system (100). Each PGN provides to its users a network of dedicated communication paths which have durations that exceed the duration of a particular call. A dedicated communication path is established by determining (416, 424) hand-off schedules for satellite-to-terminal links for both a source and destination terminal, and also by determining (428) satellite cross-link schedules necessary to maintain the dedicated path for a duration which exceeds the duration of a particular call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: William Frank Zancho, James William Bishop, Jr., Michael William Krutz
  • Patent number: 5956639
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a communication system (100) to register groups of co-located users in a mobile vehicle (110) involves collecting (200) registration information for multiple users by a Vehicle Communications Control Unit (500) (VCCU) on board the mobile vehicle (110), creating (202) at least one group registration request message by the VCCU (500), and sending the at least one group registration request message to an Earth Terminal (102) (ET) of the communication system (100). After the communication system (100) registers each user whose registration information is contained within the at least one group registration request message, the ET (102) sends (312) at least one group registration response message to the VCCU (500), where the message includes information describing whether each registration attempt was successful. The VCCU (500) can then inform (210) each user as to the status of the registration attempt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Joseph Armbruster, Kenneth Lee Sowles, James William Bishop, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5924014
    Abstract: In satellite based communication systems (30), real time monitoring of communication links (23-25) and the subsequent adaptations to overcome problems with certain links (23,25) provides the communication system (30) with the ability to adapt to changing conditions. A satellite-based communication system (30) can be adapted to provide an improved method for establishing communication links (23,25) between ground stations (14) and space-based satellite switches (11). Common earth-based termination nodes are replaced by intelligent switches (14). Alternate links are established using links (20,21) between intelligent space-based switches (11), links (24) between intelligent earth-based switches (14), and links (23,25) between intelligent space-based switches (11) and intelligent earth-based switches (14). The controller (54) in the intelligent earth-based switch (14) allows the system to automatically adapt to failure, overload, and other conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Paul Vanden Heuvel, Brent Matthew McKay, Bradley Robert Schaefer, James William Bishop, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5862480
    Abstract: A method for a network in a multi-network system to obtain access information for a subscriber unit (104) (SU) involves requesting (1306) access information from an access server (110) which determines (1208) whether a group to which the SU belongs can access the network or another network from the SU location. The access server (110) can also send (1228) information to a network which describes which other networks the SU group can access from the SU location. An access server apparatus (1800) includes a processor (1802) for making access decisions in a multi-network system, a memory device (1804) for storing access information (1100) for various networks, and at least one network interface (1806). A gateway (GW) apparatus (2000) contacts an access server (110) to obtain access information. An SU apparatus (1900) includes a processor (1902) for using information from the access server (110) to access a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Johanna Alexandra Wild, Daniel Richard Tayloe, James William Bishop, Jr., William Neil Robinson
  • Patent number: 5826188
    Abstract: A method for handing off calls between differing radio telecommunication networks recognizes (302) a desire for an inter-network hand-off. When a Subscriber Unit (120) (SU) identifies (304) a new network, a hand-off with the new network can be requested (320). When the SU (120) does not identify (304) a new network, the old network requests (314) location information relevant to an inter-network hand-off from a Location Inter-Working Server (200) (LIWS). The LIWS (200) provides information about other networks which provide service to the SU location and, when another network provides service to the SU location, a hand-off with the other network can be requested (320).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Tayloe, Johanna Alexandra Wild, James William Bishop, Jr., William Neil Robinson
  • Patent number: 5737331
    Abstract: A digital telecommunication network (10) provides an audio processor (56) for each call in each external node (14). The audio processor (56) includes a vocoder and additional functions. At a source external node (14), the audio processor (56) detects DTMF events and encodes the events in a call-related signalling packet (26) which conveys a history of all DTMF activity at the source node over the past several seconds. In addition, the source node detects silence and configures a call-related signalling packet (26) to instruct a destination node (14) how to synthesize comfort noise. Speech is encoded as vocoded voice packets rather than call-related signalling packets. At a destination external node, the node's audio processor (56) distinguishes call-related signalling from vocoded voice. The audio processor (56) synthesizes voice, comfort noise, DTMF signals, and other signals in response to the call-related signalling packets and vocoded voice packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Jake Hoppal, Peter Joseph Armbruster, James William Bishop, Jr., Johanna Wild
  • Patent number: 5710805
    Abstract: In a communication system (10) which includes a communication unit (56) (CU), a Mobile-Switch Interface (50) (MSI), and a Mobile services Switching Center (40) (MSC), a method for location registration and call continuation involves the MSI (50) determining (174) whether the CU (56) intends to utilize a system service after the CU (56) completes a location updating process without releasing a channel between the CU (56) and the MSC (40). When the CU (56) does intend to utilize the system service directly after the location updating process, the MSI (50) allows the CU (56) to utilize the system service regardless of whether the MSC (40) indicated that the CU (56) cannot utilize the system service without first releasing the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Joseph Armbruster, Kenneth Lee Sowles, Daniel Richard Tayloe, James William Bishop, Jr.