Patents by Inventor Michael Bencheck

Michael Bencheck 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: 8976797
    Abstract: System and method for providing a layer 2 switch in the access network that switches based upon one or more carrier tags identifying customer traffic. Customer traffic conforming to any variety of different layer 1 or layer 2 protocols may be encapsulated and identified according to carrier tag values. The layer 2 switch may determine how to handle the traffic by interpreting and manipulating the carrier tag values. The layer 2 switch may be capable of switching TDM input traffic to either TDM or packet output traffic, and switching packetized input traffic to either TDM or packet output traffic. Handling classification values may also be processed by the layer 2 switch to affect prioritization of handling of encapsulated traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Kotrla, David E. McDysan, Michael Bencheck, Matthew William Turlington, Richard C. Schell, Nick DelRegno, Ross S. Hardin, Lee D. Bengston, William Drake, Howard Chiu
  • Publication number: 20130272161
    Abstract: System and method for providing a layer 2 switch in the access network that switches based upon one or more carrier tags identifying customer traffic. Customer traffic conforming to any variety of different layer 1 or layer 2 protocols may be encapsulated and identified according to carrier tag values. The layer 2 switch may determine how to handle the traffic by interpreting and manipulating the carrier tag values. The layer 2 switch may be capable of switching TDM input traffic to either TDM or packet output traffic, and switching packetized input traffic to either TDM or packet output traffic. Handling classification values may also be processed by the layer 2 switch to affect prioritization of handling of encapsulated traffic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. KOTRLA, David E. MCDYSAN, Michael BENCHECK, Matthew William TURLINGTON, Richard C. SCHELL, Nick DELREGNO, Ross S. HARDIN, Lee D. BENGSTON, William DRAKE, Howard CHIU
  • Publication number: 20060153070
    Abstract: An access device includes a first port configured to communicatively couple to a network node via a communications link, with the communications link having a plurality of information flows. At least one of the flows is configured as a maintenance and control flow and at least one of the flows is configured to carry customer data. The access device has a second port configured to communicatively couple to one or more demarcation devices via another communications link, and the demarcation device(s) is communicatively coupled to one or more customer premise equipment (CPE). A processing unit is configured to respond to commands received in the maintenance and control flow and to transmit access device information on the maintenance and control flow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Publication date: July 13, 2006
    Inventors: Nick DelRegno, Scott Kotrla, David McDysan, Michael Bencheck, Matthew Turlington, Ross Hardin, Richard Schell, Howard Chiu, Lee Bengston, William Drake
  • Publication number: 20060143548
    Abstract: System and method for detecting and reporting an error in communications with customer premise equipment. A preferred embodiment comprises monitoring the communications link between an access device and customer premise equipment located on customer premises. If a communications link fails, or some other condition occurs, an error signal is transmitted to the access network to notify downstream network elements of the error condition. In one embodiment, an access device is communicatively coupled to a demarcation device via an Ethernet link. If a loss of link occurs on the Ethernet link, an error signal, such as an alarm indicator signal, is transmitted through the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Publication date: June 29, 2006
    Inventors: Nick DelRegno, Scott Kotrla, David McDysan, Michael Bencheck, Matthew Turlington, Ross Hardin, Richard Schell, Howard Chiu, William Drake
  • Publication number: 20050251858
    Abstract: System and method for providing applets to remote devices in a communications network. A preferred embodiment includes a host device, which is the device from which the applet will be transferred, and a target device, which is the device to which the applet will be transferred. In one embodiment, the host device autonomously determines that an applet is to be pushed to the target device. The host device then determines the address of the target device and transmits the applet to the target device. Instructions and commands may be sent to the target device form the host, and the target device may transmit results to the host device. In another embodiment, the target device is customer premise equipment and/or a user device that requests an applet from the host device. The target device requests applets, for example, to perform service parameter verification, performance monitoring, troubleshooting, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Publication date: November 10, 2005
    Inventors: Nick DelRegno, Scott Kotrla, David McDysan, Michael Bencheck, Matthew Turlington, Ross Hardin, Richard Schell, Howard Chiu, William Drake
  • Publication number: 20050226215
    Abstract: System and method for providing a termination point for service emulation instances in an access network is provided. In an embodiment, the service emulation instances are implemented utilizing, for example, pseudowires. Communications to and from the access network are aggregated and transmitted via one or more pseudowires to a service emulation instance terminator. The service emulation instance terminator converts the traffic to its native form and, if necessary, converts the traffic to a different type of format or service. The service emulation instance terminator then frames the traffic for the appropriate type of service and transmits the traffic to the service edge. Traffic received from the service is removed prepended with a pseudowire label and aggregated with other traffic. The aggregated traffic is transmitted to the customer via the access network. If necessary, an interworking function may convert the traffic from one type of service to another type of service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Publication date: October 13, 2005
    Inventors: Nick DelRegno, Scott Kotrla, David McDysan, Michael Bencheck, Matthew Turlington, Ross Hardin, Richard Schell, Howard Chiu, William Drake
  • Publication number: 20050220143
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for providing access communications between customer locations and a core network service edge. Access flows are handled as carrier-tagged flows through a packet switched network comprising network elements that interpret and manipulate carrier tag values associated with traffic-bearing data frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Publication date: October 6, 2005
    Inventors: Nick DelRegno, Scott Kotrla, David McDysan, Michael Bencheck, Matthew Turlington, Ross Hardin, Richard Schell, Howard Chiu, Lee Bengston, William Drake
  • Publication number: 20050220033
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for performing automated testing and trouble isolation of a communications link in an access network is described. Communications link testing may occur without taking the communications link out of service for the duration of the test.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Publication date: October 6, 2005
    Inventors: Nick DelRegno, Scott Kotrla, David McDysan, Michael Bencheck, Matthew Turlington, Ross Hardin, Richard Schell, Howard Chiu, William Drake
  • Publication number: 20050220022
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for managing access communications between the service edge of a communications service provider and a customer. Access communications are carried in the form of carrier-tagged flows, the communications traffic being appended with carrier tags having significance to handling of the traffic through access network elements. A building aggregation system is provided which couples to customer premise equipment and interfaces customer flows to carrier-tagged flows used in the access network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Publication date: October 6, 2005
    Inventors: Nick DelRegno, Scott Kotrla, David McDysan, Michael Bencheck, Matthew Turlington, Ross Hardin, Richard Schell, Howard Chiu, Lee Bengston, William Drake
  • Publication number: 20050220148
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for providing access communications between customer locations and a core network service edge. Access flows are handled as carrier-tagged flows through a packet switched network comprising network elements that interpret and manipulate carrier tag values associated with traffic-bearing data frames. Time-division multiplexed (TDM) signals are transported as carrier-tagged flows between customer premise equipment that communicates using TDM signals and a service edge that communicates using TDM signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Publication date: October 6, 2005
    Inventors: Nick DelRegno, Scott Kotrla, David McDysan, Michael Bencheck, Matthew Turlington, Ross Hardin, Richard Schell, Howard Chiu, Lee Bengston, William Drake
  • Publication number: 20050220014
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for providing access communications between customer locations and a core network service edge. Access flows are handled as carrier-tagged flows through a packet switched network comprising network elements that interpret and manipulate carrier tag values associated with traffic-bearing data frames. In accordance with a preferred embodiment, a discard eligibility indication may be provided with the data frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Publication date: October 6, 2005
    Inventors: Nick DelRegno, Scott Kotrla, David McDysan, Michael Bencheck, Matthew Turlington, Ross Hardin, Richard Schell, Howard Chiu, Lee Bengston, William Drake
  • Publication number: 20050220059
    Abstract: System and method for providing a layer 2 switch in the access network that switches based upon one or more carrier tags identifying customer traffic. Customer traffic conforming to any variety of different layer 1 or layer 2 protocols may be encapsulated and identified according to carrier tag values. The layer 2 switch may determine how to handle the traffic by interpreting and manipulating the carrier tag values. The layer 2 switch may be capable of switching TDM input traffic to either TDM or packet output traffic, and switching packetized input traffic to either TDM or packet output traffic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Publication date: October 6, 2005
    Inventors: Dick DelRegno, Scott Kotrla, David McDysan, Michael Bencheck, Matthew Turlington, Ross Hardin, Richard Schell, Howard Chiu, Lee Bengston, William Drake
  • Publication number: 20050220107
    Abstract: System and method for providing a layer 2 switch in the access network that switches based upon one or more carrier tags identifying customer traffic. Customer traffic conforming to any variety of different layer 1 or layer 2 protocols may be encapsulated and identified according to carrier tag values. The layer 2 switch may determine how to handle the traffic by interpreting and manipulating the carrier tag values. The layer 2 switch may be capable of switching TDM input traffic to either TDM or packet output traffic, and switching packetized input traffic to either TDM or packet output traffic. Handling classification values may also be processed by the layer 2 switch to affect prioritization of handling of encapsulated traffic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Publication date: October 6, 2005
    Inventors: Nick DelRegno, Scott Kotrla, David McDysan, Michael Bencheck, Matthew Turlington, Ross Hardin, Richard Schell, Howard Chiu, Lee Bengston, William Drake
  • Patent number: 6072777
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a root cause of error activity in a network is described herein. Root cause analysis includes the correlation between reported error activity for path, line and section entities along a provisioned channel in the network. Root causes can also be identified based upon the correlation of simultaneous error activity on various signal transport levels. Finally, root cause analysis can correlate error activity along various path entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: MCI Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Bencheck, Robert Branton, Curtis Brownmiller, Mark DeMoss, Steve Landon, Minh T. Tran
  • Patent number: 5913036
    Abstract: A system and method for analyzing network performance by correlating network performance monitoring data reported by monitoring points in the network is described herein. The system analyzes the performance monitoring parameters by: determining whether the performance monitoring parameters contain non-zero values; determining whether the performance monitoring parameters exceed a predetermined threshold value; determining whether prior performance monitoring parameters exceed a predetermined threshold value. The system initiates a problem handling process if the step of analyzing indicates a possible network problem. The system maintains the problem handling process if the performance monitoring parameters continue to indicate a possible network problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: MCI Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Curtis Brownmiller, Michael Bencheck, Minh T. Tran, Robert Branton, Mark DeMoss, Steve Landon
  • Patent number: 5872912
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting intermittent network performance problems are described herein. The detection process begins upon the receipt of a problem alert signal (PAS). The system then initiates a problem handling process if a predetermined of number of PASs have been received in a predetermined time period prior to receiving the PAS. The system then maintains the problem handling process if additional PASs are received. This system clears the problem and handling processes if no additional PASs are received in a predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: MCIWORLDCOM, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Brownmiller, Michael Bencheck, Minh T. Tran, Robert Branton, Mark DeMoss, Steve Landon
  • Patent number: 5864662
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a root cause of error activity in a network is described herein. Root cause analysis includes the correlation between reported error activity for path, line and section entities along a provisioned channel in the network. Root causes can also be identified based upon the correlation of simultaneous error activity on various signal transport levels. Finally, root cause analysis can correlate error activity along various path entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: MCI Communication Corporation
    Inventors: Curtis Brownmiller, Michael Bencheck, Minh T. Tran, Robert Branton, Mark DeMoss, Steve Landon
  • Patent number: 5796723
    Abstract: A system and method for performance monitoring of a telecommunications network that uses a layered performance monitoring structure. First, the monitoring points within the network are identified according to a customer request. The customer request is used to generate a service provisioning request, which indicates the path endpoints and the desired level of service. If the service is a digital data service and is supported for monitoring purposes, the network elements closest to the path endpoints are identified as primary monitoring points and activated, and based upon the desired level of service, a number of intermediate secondary points along the path are also identified but not activated. If the service is not a digital data service but the customer desires monitoring, then monitoring points are similarly identified and activated. Second, an end-to-end threshold is set for each service requiring thresholding per the service provisioning request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Assignee: MCI Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Bencheck, Robert Branton, Curtis Brownmiller, Mark DeMoss, Steve Landon, Minh T. Tran
  • Patent number: 5787074
    Abstract: A system and method for performance monitoring of a telecommunications network that uses a layered performance monitoring structure. First, the monitoring points within the network are identified according to a customer request. The customer request is used to generate a service provisioning request, which indicates the path endpoints and the desired level of service. If the service is a digital data service and is supported for monitoring purposes, the network elements closest to the path endpoints are identified as primary monitoring points and activated, and based upon the desired level of service, a number of intermediate secondary points along the path are also identified but not activated. If the service is not a digital data service but the customer desires monitoring, then monitoring points are similarly identified and activated. Second, an end-to-end threshold is set for each service requiring thresholding per the service provisioning request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: MCI Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Curtis Brownmiller, Michael Bencheck, Minh T. Tran, Robert Branton, Mark DeMoss, Steve Landon
  • Patent number: 5784359
    Abstract: A system and method for isolating a problem in a network. Upon a report of error activity in a first signal transport level, a first layer in the network management system uses performance data to identify the highest signal transport level that exhibits simultaneous error activity. The first layer attempts to isolate the problem if it determines that it has access to enough information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Assignee: MCI Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Bencheck, Robert Branton, Curtis Brownmiller, Mark DeMoss, Steve Landon, Minh T. Tran