Patents by Inventor Mark Alan McCormick

Mark Alan McCormick 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: 7620400
    Abstract: The present Inter-System Message Delivery System increases the SMS text message delivery success rate. When a mobile subscriber station roams outside of the confines of the cell in which it is presently registered, the delivery of SMS messages to mobile subscriber stations fails, since the mobile subscriber station is not present in the Serving Mobile Switching Center to receive the SMS message. This is particularly common when the mobile subscriber station is moving within the confines of a border cell or multiple cells of a Border Mobile Switching Center and is not yet registered at this Border Mobile Switching Center. The SMS message delivery process initiates a page to the mobile subscriber station via inter-system or inter-Mobile Switching Center paging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Jacobson, Paresh C. Kanabar, Mark Alan McCormick, John C. V. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7613447
    Abstract: The present system for identifying the location of selected mobile stations includes two components: a first component that authenticates an authorized party who logs into the Mobile Switching Center, and a second component that is responsive to the entry of a system activation command by the authorized party for locating selected mobile stations and providing mobile station location information to the authorized party. The present system for identifying the location of selected mobile stations enables a service provider to track a mobile station through the use of Autonomous Registrations or the polling of a selected mobile station or a set of mobile stations. Once communication with the selected mobile station is established, the GPS coordinates of the selected mobile station are retrieved and provided to an authorized party to enable them to locate the subscriber and their mobile station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Robert Boland, Mark Alan McCormick
  • Patent number: 7460858
    Abstract: In order to reduce the traffic on the paging channel, the system for reducing paging channel occupancy for message waiting indication in mobile switching centers allows the Message Waiting Notification process to determine a last zone in which the Mobile Subscriber was located and only transmit the Message Waiting Indication to the cells within that zone. This eliminates message transmission on the paging channel of cells which are not likely to have the Mobile Subscriber Station residing in their service area. Multiple retries can be attempted and if the last retry is being activated, the paging can be extended to cover all zones in the Mobile Switching Center. The sharing of information about when a mobile has responded to a message waiting count between the Serving MSC and the Home MSC also reduces the paging channel occupancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Robert Boland, Mark Alan McCormick
  • Publication number: 20080081639
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for locating a mobile unit. A home Mobile Switching Center (MSC) receives a request for the location of a mobile unit. The home MSC determines a visited MSC that is the last MSC accessed by the mobile unit. The home MSC sends a message requesting the location of the mobile unit to the visited MSC. The visited MSC initiates a location finding process for the mobile unit. If the mobile unit is located at the visited MSC, the visited MSC sends location data relating to the mobile unit to the home MSC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventors: Richard Robert Boland, Mark Alan McCormick
  • Publication number: 20080081638
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for tracking multiple mobile units based upon the initial location of a distressed mobile unit. A distressed mobile unit is one, for example, belonging to someone who has been kidnapped or had their vehicle carjacked. An MSC receives a request to locate a distressed mobile unit. The MSC determines the location of the distressed mobile unit and also other mobile units that are located in the location area. The MSC then tracks the other mobile units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventors: Richard Robert Boland, Mark Alan McCormick
  • Patent number: 7151923
    Abstract: The message waiting notification update system is operable in the serving Mobile Switching Center and, upon receipt of a message-waiting acknowledgement from the mobile subscriber station, updates the local copy of the subscriber's data in the Visited Location Register and forwards this information to the subscriber's Home Location Register. The Home Location Register stores this received data for use when the next successive Registration Notification is received from a new serving Mobile Switching Center or in response to the subscriber initiating a local access. When the serving Mobile Switching Center receives a Registration Notification message return result from the subscriber's Home Location Register and the message waiting notification count is the same as the count previously sent to the Home Location Register, the serving Mobile Switching Center does not have to transmit a message waiting notification over the forward control channel to the mobile subscriber station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Robert Boland, Mark Alan McCormick
  • Patent number: 7120451
    Abstract: When a subscriber record is moved from a first HLR to a second HLR that utilizes a different protocol, the wireless communication system sends two queries for location information for the mobile station, one to the first HLR and one to the second HLR, simultaneously. Two responses are received, one from each of the HLRs. The valid response is recorded in a separate table for future use. The invalid response is discarded. The next time a call comes in for the mobile station, the table is traversed to determine if the HLR has been updated for the mobile station. If so, the location request is sent only to the system in the table. If the table does not include information for the called mobile station, simultaneous queries are sent to the first and second HLRs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Anjana Agarwal, John Matthew Gafrick, Mark Alan McCormick, Kimberly Sue Tomasko-Dean
  • Patent number: 7069002
    Abstract: There is therefore a need to forward the message waiting indication data to Mobile Switching Centers whose service areas overlap with the service area of the Mobile Switching Center presently serving this mobile subscriber's wireless communication device. In this manner, any one of these Mobile Switching Centers can update the mobile subscriber with regard to message waiting indications. This is accomplished by the use of the ISPAGE message which is used to forward the message waiting indication data to Mobile Switching Centers whose service areas overlap with the service area of the Mobile Switching Center presently serving this mobile subscriber's wireless communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Richard R. Boland, Mark Alan McCormick
  • Patent number: 7010699
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system are disclosed for providing a default mode for authentication failures in a mobile telecommunication network. The system includes an authentication center (typically co-located within a home location register), an adjunct network entity, and an originating mobile switching center. The home location register generally stores information pertaining to a mobile unit, such as a cellular or PCS mobile telephone. The adjunct network entity contains one or more application nodes, such as an announcement application node for providing an announcement on a call leg to the mobile unit. When the network has been accessed by a mobile unit through a call leg, the originating mobile switching center is configured to perform an authentication procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc
    Inventors: Anjana Agarwal, Richard Robert Boland, John Matthew Gafrick, Mark Alan McCormick
  • Patent number: 6956939
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system are provided for message-based intelligent tandeming of an incoming call to an application node in telecommunication systems. The various embodiments utilize a new parameter, referred to as a tandem parameter, to designate whether incoming calls to a particular subscriber are to be tandemed to an application node or are to be delivered directly to the subscriber. The preferred system embodiment includes an adjunct network entity, a database, and a switching center. The adjunct network entity, such as a service circuit node or service control point, has one or more application nodes or platforms, supporting various telecommunication services such as prepaid services, calling party pays services, and one number services. The database, such as a home location register or visitor location register, stores information such as subscriber profiles, and includes storing the tandem parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Robert Boland, Ismael Lopez, Mark Alan McCormick, Diane Marie Russell
  • Patent number: 6876738
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system are provided for intelligent tandeming of an incoming call to an application node in telecommunication systems. The various embodiments utilize a new parameter, referred to as a tandem parameter, to designate whether incoming calls to a particular subscriber are to be tandemed to an application node or are to be delivered directly to the subscriber. The preferred system embodiment includes an adjunct network entity, a database, and a switching center. The adjunct network entity, such as a service circuit node or service control point, has one or more application nodes or platforms, supporting various telecommunication services such as prepaid services, calling party pays services, and one number services. The database, such as a home location register or visitor location register, stores information such as subscriber profiles, and includes storing the tandem parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Robert Boland, Mark Alan McCormick, Diane Marie Russell
  • Publication number: 20040266422
    Abstract: Methods are disclosed for completing wireless calls directed to an improper called number (such as may occur when an area code is changed or split) without requiring the caller to redial. A mobile switching center (MSC) analyzes dialed digits of a call to determine a projected called party/number. If the dialed digits do not comprise a proper called number, a proper calling number is derived from the dialed digits, the dialed digits are interpreted as a request to complete the call to the proper calling number and the call is completed to the projected called party. The call may be completed with or without an announcement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventors: Karen Ann Hotze, Mark Alan McCormick
  • Publication number: 20040266400
    Abstract: There is therefore a need to forward the message waiting indication data to Mobile Switching Centers whose service areas overlap with the service area of the Mobile Switching Center presently serving this mobile subscriber's wireless communication device. In this manner, any one of these Mobile Switching Centers can update the mobile subscriber with regard to message waiting indications. This is accomplished by the use of the ISPAGE message which is used to forward the message waiting indication data to Mobile Switching Centers whose service areas overlap with the service area of the Mobile Switching Center presently serving this mobile subscriber's wireless communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventors: Richard R. Boland, Mark Alan McCormick
  • Publication number: 20040266403
    Abstract: The message waiting notification update system is operable in the serving Mobile Switching Center and, upon receipt of a message-waiting acknowledgement from the mobile subscriber station, updates the local copy of the subscriber's data in the Visited Location Register and forwards this information to the subscribers Home Location Register. The Home Location Register stores this received data for use when the next successive Registration Notification is received from a new serving Mobile Switching Center or in response to the subscriber initiating a local access. When the serving Mobile Switching Center receives a Registration Notification message return result from the subscriber's Home Location Register and the message waiting notification count is the same as the count previously sent to the Home Location Register, the serving Mobile Switching Center does not have to transmit a message waiting notification over the forward control channel to the mobile subscriber station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Applicant: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Robert Boland, Mark Alan McCormick
  • Publication number: 20040203802
    Abstract: In response to a mobile subscriber station to mobile subscriber station call, the intelligent coding process transmits data during the call setup process from the originating mobile switching center to the mobile switching center that serves the called party, indicative of the characteristics of the originating end user device and the coding processes in use at the originating end user device. The intelligent coding process also signals the inter-mobile switching center network to indicate that this call connection does not require the use of a vocoder in the network transmission of the call. The inter-mobile switching center trunks then pass the coded data received from the codec in the originating mobile subscriber station to the mobile switching center that serves the called party, where the coded data is transmitted to the mobile subscriber station of the called party. The codec in this mobile subscriber station performs the speech decoding necessary to transmit the data to the called party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: Mark Alan McCormick, Thomas Lee McRoberts
  • Patent number: 6738629
    Abstract: Methods for locating a missing called mobile unit in a telecommunications network are disclosed. With various equipment manufacturers present in the telecommunications industry, methods for use with a variety of equipment made by those manufacturers are necessary. The equipment in the network would include mobile units, home location registers and mobile switching centers. Through alterations in the operation of the home location registers and/or the mobile switching centers, the responses to page requests and/or routing requests are varied from the typical responses. Through those variations, missing called mobile units may be located in an efficient manner, regardless of the equipment provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Alan McCormick, Richard Robert Boland
  • Patent number: 6731933
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a home location register (203) that stores records for mobile units in a home system (201). A visited location register (213) stores records for mobile units presently registered in a visited system (211) in which the visited location register (213) is located. The visited system (211) identifies a last accessed technology by a mobile unit (221) in the visited system (211) and forwards the identification of the last accessed technology to the home location register (203). The identification of the last accessed technology may be forwarded to the home location register (203) in a registration notification. The home system (201) may forward a routing request including the identification of the last accessed technology to the visited system (213).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Alan McCormick
  • Patent number: 6731943
    Abstract: The Mobile Subscriber Station paging system makes use of a Standalone Home Location Register SHLR, where the mobile subscriber station records are removed from the present Mobile Switching Center and placed on a processor that manages only the subscriber's records and does not process call service requests. The ANSI-41 standard is then adapted to add a new parameter (CALLTIMEFEATURE) which includes the information required to apply Short MIN paging to a mobile subscriber station when certain conditions are met. These conditions are: the mobile subscriber station is capable of responding to a Short MIN page (the last 24 bits that represent the last 7 digits of the mobile subscriber station number), and the System ID that is immutably entered into the mobile subscriber station is the same as the System ID that is being broadcast by the cell on the overhead message train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Alan McCormick, Kenneth Wayne Shelhamer
  • Patent number: 6665532
    Abstract: A mobile switching center (MSC) in accordance with the principles of the present invention provides access to a subscribers voice message center from the subscriber's roaming mobile station. The MSC is responsive to a “RemoteFeatureRequest” Invocation by the roaming mobile station in which the subscriber's directory number is the same as the dialed digits by routing the call from the mobile station to the subscriber's voice message center. The MSC may also be responsive to a “OriginationRequest” employing the subscriber's directory number as the dialed digits by routing the roaming mobile station's call to the subscriber's voice message center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Robert Boland, Patrick Joseph Boyle, Ismael Lopez, Jr., Mark Alan McCormick, Salvatore Suero
  • Patent number: 6647259
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for limiting the number of simultaneous call forwarding attempts for a mobile unit. A call is made for a mobile unit. The call request is sent to the MSC associated with the mobile unit. When the mobile unit is not currently active at the MSC, the MSC sends a location request to an SCP. The SCP responds with a return message that includes a temporary location directory number (TLDN) and an indicator. The MSC checks the current number of simultaneous call forwarding attempts being made for the mobile unit. If the current number of simultaneous call forwarding attempts exceeds a threshold, the MSC does not forward the call. If the number of simultaneous attempts does not exceed a threshold, the MSC forwards the call to the mobile unit by sending it to the TLDN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph Boyle, Mark Alan McCormick