Patents by Inventor Karen Mullis

Karen Mullis 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: 20180349860
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a messaging server from a first device associated with a first user, an update message to change a meeting from a first time to a second time. The message is directed to a second user. The method also includes, without receipt of a response to the update message from a device associated with the second user and in response to a current time being less than a particular time from the second time, selecting a set of devices associated with the second user and sending an alert regarding the meeting from the messaging server to each device of the set of devices. The set of devices identify devices that satisfy a device capability needed to participate in the meeting and that are currently available for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Richard R. Erickson, Karen Mullis
  • Patent number: 10074099
    Abstract: A system and method may comprise providing, via a computing device, a connection link to an end user device having a network connectivity access network element; extracting, via an advertisement server, an offer of a value voucher unique to the end user from a database connected to the advertisement server and presenting, through the end user device, an offer of the value voucher to the end user; receiving, via the computing device, from the end user an acceptance of the value voucher; and storing the value voucher in a coupon database in an Internet accessible coupon storage locker unique to the end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Reuben Klein, Karen Mullis, Steven A. Siegel
  • Patent number: 10074078
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a messaging server, a message from a first device associated with a first user. The message is directed to a second user. The method also includes determining whether the message is associated with a meeting and, in response to determining that the message associated with the meeting, sending data related to the meeting to a platform server to enable the platform server to send an alert regarding the meeting to a second device associated with the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Richard R. Erickson, Karen Mullis
  • Patent number: 10019747
    Abstract: The subject disclosure provides systems and methods for enhancing a purchasing experience by enabling a purchaser to receive a variety of real-time updates or recommendations regarding products that the purchaser, such as a user, may need or intend to purchase. A recommendation provided by the system may be based upon comparing the product with a plurality of sources. The recommendation may include a recommendation that a product may near depletion and thus may need to be replaced, a recommendation that the user may already have a sufficient amount or number of the product, a recommendation that the product may or may not match an existing item owned by the user, or a recommendation not to purchase a product. A virtual closet may also be created according the systems and methods of the subject disclosure, allowing users and contacts selected by the user to collaborate on products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Qingmin Hu, Jamie Toren, Mark Edward Causey, Brian Kevin Daly, Karen Mullis
  • Patent number: 9544393
    Abstract: A persona determination approach can be utilized to apply digital personas across multiple communications domains. A service gateway can determine whether to transfer a request for communications services to a Persona Determination Mechanism (PDM). The PDM can select a digital persona based on available information and transmit the digital persona to the service gateway. The service gateway can process the communications services based on the selected digital persona or based on the determination not to transfer the request. In some methods, the service gateway can forward the processed request to one or more network elements for further processing. Related systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Steven Brown, David Feng-Lin Chen, Mark Foladare, Paul Gausman, Reuben Klein, Gilbert McGrath, Karen Mullis
  • Publication number: 20160373491
    Abstract: A method includes sending, from a first device while the first device is coupled to a second device, a signal to a third device to request a server to host a server-directed service. The signal is sent as part of a communication session. The server is independent of a path of the communication session. The method also includes receiving an instruction from the third device to enable access to the server-directed service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Reuben Klein, Karen Mullis
  • Patent number: 9444855
    Abstract: A particular method includes receiving a signal to invoke a central server-directed service from a first communication device at a session initiation protocol application device. The first communication device is coupled to at least one second communication device via a pathway of a half call model communication session. The method includes sending first instructions to the first communication device via the session initiation protocol device in response to the signal. The first instructions enable the first device to access the central server-directed service. The method also includes sending second instructions to the at least one second device via the session initiation protocol device in response to the signal. The second instructions enable the at least one second communication device to access the central server-directed service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Reuben Klein, Karen Mullis
  • Patent number: 9361478
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are provided for managing personal information by providing a centralized source or database for a user's information and enabling the user to regulate privacy levels for each information item or category of information. Templates are provided as a table of hierarchies or an onion layers model. Private information may be stored in an inner layer while public information may be stored in an outer layer, and multiple layers and categories can be defined and customized within the template. A requesting entity requests information via a disseminating server that acts as a gateway for authenticating, authorizing, and providing access to the requesting entity. The user may therefore control and regulate their online presence simply by monitoring who requests their information and adjusting privacy levels accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Qingmin Hu, Brian Kevin Daly, Mark Edward Causey, Karen Mullis, Jamie Toren
  • Patent number: 9330398
    Abstract: A system and method may comprise providing, via a computing device, a connection link to an end user device having a network connectivity access network element; extracting, via an advertisement server, an offer of a value voucher unique to the end user from a database connected to the advertisement server and presenting, through the end user device, an offer of the value voucher to the end user; receiving, via the computing device, from the end user an acceptance of the value voucher; and storing the value voucher in a coupon database in an Internet accessible coupon storage locker unique to the end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Reuben Klein, Karen Mullis, Steven A. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20160110771
    Abstract: A system and method may comprise providing, via a computing device, a connection link to an end user device having a network connectivity access network element; extracting, via an advertisement server, an offer of a value voucher unique to the end user from a database connected to the advertisement server and presenting, through the end user device, an offer of the value voucher to the end user; receiving, via the computing device, from the end user an acceptance of the value voucher; and storing the value voucher in a coupon database in an Internet accessible coupon storage locker unique to the end user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Reuben Klein, Karen Mullis, Steven A. Siegel
  • Patent number: 9235373
    Abstract: The subject disclosure provides devices, methods, and computer readable programs for establishing a secure wireless connection among a plurality of displays thus forming a screen for purposes of depicting a larger version of a content. The formation of the screen may be initiated by a master display detecting a presence of a plurality of slave displays in the master display's vicinity and requesting permission to connect to the detected slave displays. Furthermore, provided are methods and computer-executable programs that may facilitate easier collaboration and exchange of the content among users, a real-time adjustment of the content displayed on the screen, as well as an easier depiction of 3-dimensional content on a screen created by arranging the plurality of displays in a 3-dimensional configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Jamie Toren, Mark Edward Causey, Brian Kevin Daly, Qingmin Hu, Karen Mullis
  • Publication number: 20150379613
    Abstract: The subject disclosure provides systems and methods for enhancing a purchasing experience by enabling a purchaser to receive a variety of real-time updates or recommendations regarding products that the purchaser, such as a user, may need or intend to purchase. A recommendation provided by the system may be based upon comparing the product with a plurality of sources. The recommendation may include a recommendation that a product may near depletion and thus may need to be replaced, a recommendation that the user may already have a sufficient amount or number of the product, a recommendation that the product may or may not match an existing item owned by the user, or a recommendation not to purchase a product. A virtual closet may also be created according the systems and methods of the subject disclosure, allowing users and contacts selected by the user to collaborate on products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Applicants: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Qingmin Hu, Jamie Toren, Mark Edward Causey, Brian Kevin Daly, Karen Mullis
  • Patent number: 9129249
    Abstract: The subject disclosure provides systems and methods for enhancing a purchasing experience by enabling a purchaser to receive a variety of real-time updates or recommendations regarding products that the purchaser, such as a user, may need or intend to purchase. A recommendation provided by the system may be based upon comparing the product with a plurality of sources. The recommendation may include a recommendation that a product may near depletion and thus may need to be replaced, a recommendation that the user may already have a sufficient amount or number of the product, a recommendation that the product may or may not match an existing item owned by the user, or a recommendation not to purchase a product. A virtual closet may also be created according the systems and methods of the subject disclosure, allowing users and contacts selected by the user to collaborate on products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Qingmin Hu, Jamie Toren, Mark Edward Causey, Brian Kevin Daly, Karen Mullis
  • Patent number: 9123082
    Abstract: The subject disclosure provides systems and methods for recommending optimal consumption of a variety of resources that may be consumed by a consumer. A recommendation provided by the system may be based upon resource-consumption statistics gathered by a plurality of sensors, consumer's resource-consumption behavior, consumer-defined criteria, resource availability, and a cost of consumption. The recommendation may include a recommendation on how the consumer may lower resource consumption costs. The recommendation may further include optimal consumption considering consumption trends of a plurality of consumers living in a geographical proximity. The recommendation may include optimal usage of a consumer's vehicle such that the vehicle may consume the least amount of energy. The recommendation may further include offer(s) of credit/incentives by resource providers to consumers in exchange for less consumption of resource, alternative consumption of resources, and any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Qingmin Hu, Brian Kevin Daly, Jamie Toren, Mark Edward Causey, Karen Mullis
  • Patent number: 9119058
    Abstract: Network servers, systems, and methods are disclosed which relate to providing a plurality of user identities or personas on a single mobile device. The mobile device has a unique address to communicate with entities on the network. The mobile device is further associated with a plurality of telephone numbers. The usage of each telephone number may be billed to a separate account. Each telephone number is associated with a plurality of personas, and each persona has a corresponding visual interface on the mobile device and a corresponding set of rules. The relationship between personas, telephone numbers, and associated rules is stored on an application server on the network. The application server routes incoming connections to a specific persona on the mobile device based on the plurality of rules. The rules can be edited by a user of the mobile device via an interface or another device connected to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas Scott Ring, Yakun Gao, Karen Mullis, Steven A. Siegel, Scott Andrew Steinbrueck
  • Publication number: 20150215422
    Abstract: A persona determination approach can be utilized to apply digital personas across multiple communications domains. A service gateway can determine whether to transfer a request for communications services to a Persona Determination Mechanism (PDM). The PDM can select a digital persona based on available information and transmit the digital persona to the service gateway. The service gateway can process the communications services based on the selected digital persona or based on the determination not to transfer the request. In some methods, the service gateway can forward the processed request to one or more network elements for further processing. Related systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Steven Brown, David Feng-Lin Chen, Mark Foladare, Paul Gausman, Reuben Klein, Gilbert McGrath, Karen Mullis
  • Patent number: 9092773
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed for tracking financial transactions at their source, generating transaction records, categorizing and storing the records, and providing services related to the records. Transactions performed between a mobile device and a point-of-sale may automatically generate transaction records including electronic receipts that may be categorized and stored on a database. More traditional transactions such as those involving cash, paper receipts, etc. may be captured via a scanner on the mobile device for inclusion within a transaction record and subsequent categorization and storage. Notifications such as alerts, offers, and recommendations may be provided in real-time or close-in-time to the transaction being performed, thereby enabling services such as budgeting, inventory management, rewards, offers, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Brian Kevin Daly, Qingmin Hu, Karen Mullis, Jamie Toren, Mark Edward Causey
  • Publication number: 20150149531
    Abstract: A system and method includes transmitting, from a client device, a message to a server via a network (including a core network, an access network, other additional networks or network elements). The method further includes determining a characteristic associated with the network. The method also includes determining, at the client device, a session refresh period based on the determined characteristic associated with the network. The method also includes transmitting, from the client device, a refresh message to the server upon expiration of the session refresh period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Randolph Wohlert, Karen Mullis
  • Patent number: 9002966
    Abstract: A persona determination approach can be utilized to apply digital personas across multiple communications domains. A service gateway can determine whether to transfer a request for communications services to a Persona Determination Mechanism (PDM). The PDM can select a digital persona based on available information and transmit the digital persona to the service gateway. The service gateway can process the communications services based on the selected digital persona or based on the determination not to transfer the request. In some methods, the service gateway can forward the processed request to one or more network elements for further processing. Related systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Steven Brown, David Chen, Mark Foladare, Paul Gausman, Reuben Klein, Gilbert McGrath, Karen Mullis
  • Patent number: 8930982
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a memory coupled to a processor. The processor can be operable to receive a request for promotional information responsive to a media processor detecting a promotional tag in a media program stream and transmit to the media processor promotional information associated with a promotion responsive to a determination that a promotional offer is available. The processor can also be operable to receive from the media processor a request for redeemable material associated with the promotion and store the redeemable material in a portion of a database associated with a user of the media processor. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Reuben Klein, Sreenivasa Gorti, Karen Mullis