Patents by Inventor John M. Harris

John M. Harris 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: 11389192
    Abstract: A method of suturing a trocar path incision in a tissue of a patient with an obturator includes inserting the obturator through the tissue such that a shaft of the obturator extends through a tissue opening about the trocar path incision and a distal tip of the obturator is positioned within a cavity of the patient. The method also includes directing the suture via a suturing feature with the obturator inserted through the tissue in order to direct the suture relative to the tissue. Furthermore, the method includes closing the tissue opening about the trocar path incision with the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Gregory J. Bakos, Layne D. Christopher, Rebecca J. Gettinger, Jason L. Harris, Christopher J. Hess, Zhifan F. Huang, John V. Hunt, Michael Jacobs, Anil R. Jadhav, John A. Jast, Nichole Y. Kwee, Kevin A. Larson, James G. Lee, David T. Martin, Jerome R. Morgan, Michael A. Murray, Shailendra K. Parihar, Sol Posada, Devanathan Raghavan, Brian D. Schings, Patrick M. Schleitweiler, Nicholas Seipelt, Melinda Tellmann, Tamara S. Vetro Widenhouse
  • Patent number: 10064117
    Abstract: A system and method for managing offer and user equipment movement driven cell system load balancing that overcomes the disadvantages of the prior art. Network elements determine whether a user or user equipment in a first location is within a threshold distance of a second location of better coverage, which is separated from the first location by an intervening region of worse coverage. Upon such a determination, the network can provide a higher level of service as the user moves incrementally between the first and second locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY
    Inventor: John M. Harris
  • Patent number: 9928741
    Abstract: A traffic adjustment or a traffic command, for example, is based on data congestion on a cellular network. Position data is received from a mobile device. A portion of a cellular network that corresponds to the position data is selected. The portion of the cellular network may be the geographic area covered by a cell. The network state of the portion of the cellular network is identified. A traffic device is also identified. The traffic device may be a traffic light or a variable speed sign. The traffic adjustment or traffic command for the traffic device is calculated based on the network state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: John M. Harris, Leo Modica, Brian Moore, Paul Stephens
  • Patent number: 9883446
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for optimizing the mobile media received by a mobile device is disclosed. The apparatus operates with a radio access network, a mobile device operating in the radio access network, and a media server providing mobile media data to the mobile device wherein the mobile device connects to the media server using the radio access network. The apparatus includes a optimization application server coupled to the radio access network. The optimization application server includes positioning indexed performance information based on the positioning information and performance of a plurality of mobile devices operating in the radio access network. The optimization application server triggers adjustments to a parameter at least one of the radio access network, the mobile device and the media server by comparing the location of the mobile device in the radio access network to the optimization application server and sending a message to the radio access network to adjust the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Gaurav S. Gupta, John M. Harris
  • Patent number: 9615297
    Abstract: The described method provides for an efficient method for user equipment (104) to identify when it is in proximity to an assigned femtocell (108) in order to be handed over to a femtocell from a macro cell. As the user the equipment moves within a macro cell (106) that is defined by a serving base station (102), it is determined (202) that it is in the range of or in proximity to the femtocell to which it is registered or subscribed. Upon notification that it is near the femtocell, the user equipment sends (204) a message to the serving base station of the macro cell indicating the user equipment has identified its femtocell. The serving base station then sends (208) a message to femtocell to turn on the femtocell so that a handover of the user equipment from the macro cell and serving base station and the femtocell can be initiated. The serving base station sends (212) a response to the user equipment indicating that the femtocell is ready to receive the user equipment as a part of handover procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Guang Han, John M. Harris
  • Patent number: 9538402
    Abstract: A method includes configuring one or more network nodes in a radio access network using information to be used by the one or more network nodes to determine whether an event detected by the one or more network nodes and associated with the radio access network should be reported. Another method includes configuring a network node in a radio access network using information to be used by the network node to determine whether an event detected by the network node and associated with the radio access network should be reported. Responsive to the configuring, the network node may or may not report the event. Apparatus, computer programs, computer program products, and communication systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
    Inventors: John M. Harris, Anatoly Andrianov
  • Patent number: 9485750
    Abstract: A method for paging a mobile station where the mobile station (208-212) may be in a dormant state is described. The method begins by sending a first paging message (302) in a first zone (214) of a given area to a selected mobile station wherein the first paging message is sent at the beginning of a paging interval (300). A base station (202-206) then receives a response to the paging message when the mobile station is in the first zone. When the response to the first paging message is not received, a second paging message (306) is sent in a second zone (216) of the given area. The second paging message is sent at a first offset (308) from the sending of the first paging message wherein this first offset occurs less than one paging interval after the sending of the first page message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: John M. Harris, Donivon Hettich, Mark J. Marsan, Paul M. Erickson
  • Publication number: 20160225259
    Abstract: A traffic adjustment or a traffic command, for example, is based on data congestion on a cellular network. Position data is received from a mobile device. A portion of a cellular network that corresponds to the position data is selected. The portion of the cellular network may be the geographic area covered by a cell. The network state of the portion of the cellular network is identified. A traffic device is also identified. The traffic device may be a traffic light or a variable speed sign. The traffic adjustment or traffic command for the traffic device is calculated based on the network state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: John M. Harris, Leo Modica, Brian Moore, Paul Stephens
  • Patent number: 9253666
    Abstract: A method is disclosed that includes communicating an indication of a signature via one or more links in a wireless network, wherein the signature has been computed by a base station of the wireless network over a plurality of configuration parameters of the base station and identifies at least a portion of a current configuration state of the base station. Another method is disclosed that includes assigning, at a base station in a wireless network, a signature using a context of the base station, wherein the assigning is performed so that the signature identifies at least a portion of a current configuration state of the base station. The method includes sending an indication of the signature to one or more entities in the wireless network. Apparatus and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
    Inventors: John M. Harris, Anatoly Adrianov, Paul Stephens
  • Publication number: 20150373613
    Abstract: A system and method for managing offer and user equipment movement driven cell system load balancing that overcomes the disadvantages of the prior art. Network elements determine whether a user or user equipment in a first location is within a threshold distance of a second location of better coverage, which is separated from the first location by an intervening region of worse coverage. Upon such a determination, the network can provide a higher level of service as the user moves incrementally between the first and second locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventor: John M. HARRIS
  • Publication number: 20150296393
    Abstract: A method is disclosed that includes communicating an indication of a signature via one or more links in a wireless network, wherein the signature has been computed by a base station of the wireless network over a plurality of configuration parameters of the base station and identifies at least a portion of a current configuration state of the base station. Another method is disclosed that includes assigning, at a base station in a wireless network, a signature using a context of the base station, wherein the assigning is performed so that the signature identifies at least a portion of a current configuration state of the base station. The method includes sending an indication of the signature to one or more entities in the wireless network. Apparatus and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Applicant: Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
    Inventors: John M. Harris, Anatoly Adrianov, Paul Stephens
  • Patent number: 9160778
    Abstract: A method includes exchanging signaling between a first entity providing access by a user equipment to a video stream and a second entity through which the video stream passes prior to being delivered via wireless transmission to the user equipment, the second entity receiving video information corresponding to the video stream, the exchanged signaling associated with the video information received at the second entity. Responsive to the exchanged signaling, sending information from the first entity to the second entity to modify status at the second entity of at least a portion of the video information previously received at the second entity. Another method includes at the first entity, receiving from a second entity an indication the second entity is capable of accepting multiple resolutions of a video in the video stream. Responsive to the received indication, the first entity sends to the second entity multiple resolutions of the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
    Inventors: Nandakishore A. Albal, John M. Harris
  • Patent number: 9078144
    Abstract: A method is disclosed that includes communicating an indication of a signature via one or more links in a wireless network, wherein the signature has been computed by a base station of the wireless network over a plurality of configuration parameters of the base station and identifies at least a portion of a current configuration state of the base station. Another method is disclosed that includes assigning, at a base station in a wireless network, a signature using a context of the base station, wherein the assigning is performed so that the signature identifies at least a portion of a current configuration state of the base station. The method includes sending an indication of the signature to one or more entities in the wireless network. Apparatus and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
    Inventors: John M. Harris, Anatoly Andrianov, Paul Stephens
  • Publication number: 20150172980
    Abstract: The described method provides for an efficient method for user equipment (104) to identify when it is in proximity to an assigned femtocell (108) in order to be handed over to a femtocell from a macro cell. As the user the equipment moves within a macro cell (106) that is defined by a serving base station (102), it is determined (202) that it is in the range of or in proximity to the femtocell to which it is registered or subscribed. Upon notification that it is near the femtocell, the user equipment sends (204) a message to the serving base station of the macro cell indicating the user equipment has identified its femtocell. The serving base station then sends (208) a message to femtocell to turn on the femtocell so that a handover of the user equipment from the macro cell and serving base station and the femtocell can be initiated. The serving base station sends (212) a response to the user equipment indicating that the femtocell is ready to receive the user equipment as a part of handover procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Inventors: Guang Han, John M. Harris
  • Publication number: 20150163277
    Abstract: A method includes exchanging signaling between a first entity providing access by a user equipment to a video stream and a second entity through which the video stream passes prior to being delivered via wireless transmission to the user equipment, the second entity receiving video information corresponding to the video stream, the exchanged signaling associated with the video information received at the second entity. Responsive to the exchanged signaling, sending information from the first entity to the second entity to modify status at the second entity of at least a portion of the video information previously received at the second entity. Another method includes at the first entity, receiving from a second entity an indication the second entity is capable of accepting multiple resolutions of a video in the video stream. Responsive to the received indication, the first entity sends to the second entity multiple resolutions of the video.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Inventors: Nandakishore A. Albal, John M. Harris
  • Patent number: 9031560
    Abstract: A method includes sending a message from a first base station to another entity in a radio network. The message includes one or more indications one or more conditions have been met. The one or more conditions include one or both of: a duration the user equipment is connected to a first cell served by the first base station, prior to handover from the first cell to a second cell served by a second base station, is less than a threshold; or the signal strength of the second cell as measured by the user equipment and reported to the first base station is better than a signal strength of the first cell for a threshold duration of time. The entity may receive the message, e.g., and use the message to determine whether to effect changes to the radio network. Apparatus, program products, and software are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
    Inventors: Swaminathan Anantha, John M. Harris, Sean Kelley
  • Patent number: 9019858
    Abstract: Monitoring within a network a history of bits throughput to a base station over each of a plurality of time intervals, monitoring within the network a physical resource block utilization level over each of the plurality of time intervals, determining a ratio of the history of bits to the utilization level for each of the plurality of time intervals, determining an updated history of bits for each of a plurality of upcoming time intervals, estimating an updated utilization level in response to the updated history of bits and the ratio, generating messaging to at least one additional network element conveying the estimated updated physical resource block utilization level, and adjusting at least one of a prefilling process or a prefetching process in response to the updated utilization level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
    Inventors: John M. Harris, Sania Irwin
  • Patent number: 8996016
    Abstract: The described method provides for an efficient method for user equipment (104) to identify when it is in proximity to an assigned femtocell (108) in order to be handed over to a femtocell from a macro cell. As the user the equipment moves within a macro cell (106) that is defined by a serving base station (102), it is determined (202) that it is in the range of or in proximity to the femtocell to which it is registered or subscribed. Upon notification that it is near the femtocell, the user equipment sends (204) a message to the serving base station of the macro cell indicating the user equipment has identified its femtocell. The serving base station then sends (208) a message to femtocell to turn on the femtocell so that a handover of the user equipment from the macro cell and serving base station and the femtocell can be initiated. The serving base station sends (212) a response to the user equipment indicating that the femtocell is ready to receive the user equipment as a part of handover procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Guang Han, John M. Harris
  • Patent number: 8954058
    Abstract: The specification and drawings present a new method, apparatus and software related product for handling interruptions, specifically passive interruption (or unintended interruption) for telephone communications (e.g., wireless) between users or user equipments (e.g., in LTE wireless systems). At least one monitoring electronic device can detect one or more unintended interruptions in an audio communication between at least two UEs in one or both communication directions before each of the one or more unintended interruptions occur. Upon this detection, at least one monitoring electronic device can provide an instruction to facilitate a shortened audio delay for audio data in at least one communication direction to offset the one or more unintended interruptions. The embodiments described herein may be applies to wireless/mobile communications and non-wireless/landline communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Siemens Networks Oy
    Inventor: John M. Harris
  • Publication number: 20140241174
    Abstract: Monitoring within a network a history of bits throughput to a base station over each of a plurality of time intervals, monitoring within the network a physical resource block utilization level over each of the plurality of time intervals, determining a ratio of the history of bits to the utilization level for each of the plurality of time intervals, determining an updated history of bits for each of a plurality of upcoming time intervals, estimating an updated utilization level in response to the updated history of bits and the ratio, generating messaging to at least one additional network element conveying the estimated updated physical resource block utilization level, and adjusting at least one of a prefilling process or a prefetching process in response to the updated utilization level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Nokia Siemens Networks Oy
    Inventors: John M. Harris, Sania Irwin