Patents by Inventor Michael K. Bugenhagen

Michael K. Bugenhagen 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: 10421188
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for the automated tracking of services performed on machines by service robots, technicians, and other devices are provided. A system includes a robot fingerprint reader, service tool, and robot fingerprint database. The robot fingerprint reader may be associated with a machine receiving service and configured to receive a robot fingerprint from the service tool. The service tool may be associated with the device performing the service, and include an interface that is configured to allow the robot fingerprint to be obtained by the robot fingerprint reader. The service robot may be configured to register the robot fingerprint with the robot fingerprint database, and the robot fingerprint database may be configured to create an entry associated with the robot fingerprint of the device performing the service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael K. Bugenhagen, William R. Walker, Kevin G. Jones
  • Patent number: 10425491
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing network application programming interface (“API”), and, more particularly, API to provide network metrics and network resource control to users. In some embodiments, a computing system might receive customer network telemetry data from a first network via a gateway API, might receive service provider network telemetry data from a second network(s) via a network API, might compile the customer network telemetry data and the service provider network telemetry data, might receive a request from a user to access information regarding network services associated with the user, might filter the compiled customer network telemetry data and the compiled service provider network telemetry data to isolate first telemetry data and second telemetry data, respectively, might provide the user with access to at least one of the first telemetry data or the second telemetry data, and might provide the user with options to control network resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael K. Bugenhagen, Charles I. Cook
  • Patent number: 10389577
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing network state information to customer equipment. In some embodiments, an operations, administration, and management (“OAM”) server might determine a status of a network connection between at least two network devices, might generate state information indicating the determined status of the network connection, and might send the state information to one or more customer equipment, using in-band signaling over a band between the at least two network devices. The state information might include one or more alarms that indicate one or more of a receive path error, a transmit path error, or a performance issue error (which might indicate at least one of jitter, delay, frame loss, peak actual throughput, or average actual throughput). The OAM server might be disposed or embodied within at least one of a customer equipment, a user network interface device, a network interface device, or a server over a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Michael K. Bugenhagen
  • Patent number: 10375172
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing customer-based Internet of Things (“IoT”)—transparent privacy functionality. Various methods, systems, and apparatuses might provide connectivity between a network interface device (“NID”) and each of one or more first user devices of a plurality of user devices associated with the customer premises and/or a user who is associated with the customer premises. In some cases, at least one virtual network function (“VNF”) might be sent to each of the one or more first user devices. The NID might restrict, in some cases using the VNF, access by a third party to the information regarding the at least one portion of the at least one of one or more first user devices connected to the network or one or more applications running on one or more first user devices connected to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael K. Bugenhagen, Charles I. Cook
  • Patent number: 10356225
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing extension of customer local area networks (“LANs”) and/or implementing isolated service overlays over a network. In some embodiments, a network service point that is located external to a demarcation point at each of a plurality of customer premises might establish a connection between a service provider network and a customer LAN, which has already been established within a customer premises. The system subsequently extends the customer LAN, via this connection, to span between the network service point and the customer premises. Alternatively, or additionally, the system might establish two or more isolated service overlays across the customer LAN between the network service point and the customer premises, each of the two or more isolated service overlays having network traffic that is isolated from network traffic transmitted along another of the two or more isolated service overlays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Charles I. Cook, Michael K. Bugenhagen, Kevin M. McBride, Andrew V. Cook, Michael J. Fargano
  • Patent number: 10348594
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a system and method for monitoring performance of a packet network. In one embodiment, a method includes collecting network performance information from a plurality of network nodes of a packet network, the network performance information being indicative of a health of the network packet network. The method includes storing the network performance information collected from the plurality of network nodes and generating a graphical user interface including a graphical representation of the network performance information, wherein the graphical representation of a network segment is indicated as a line, and wherein a width of the line widens and narrows in accordance with an amount of traffic flow over the network segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Stephen K. Edwards, Michael K. Bugenhagen
  • Publication number: 20190182177
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing intent-based service configuration, conformance, and auditing. In various embodiments, a computing system might receive a request for network services from a customer, the request for network services comprising desired characteristics and performance parameters for the requested network services, without information regarding specific hardware, hardware type, or network for providing the requested services. The computing system might analyze first metadata regarding resource attributes and characteristics of unassigned network resources to identify network resources among unassigned network resources for providing the requested network services, the first metadata having been striped to entries of the unassigned network resources in resource database(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Michael K. Bugenhagen, Kevin M. McBride
  • Patent number: 10320614
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for Internet service providers to enable enhanced user control over content delivery. In an aspect of certain embodiments, these tools can allow the customer to select, on a variety of different bases, whether content should be obtained from the Internet or from a lower-cost source, such as a metropolitan content delivery network (“CDN”) operated by the ISP or a private peering connection with a content source. Both of these options can, for example, avoid accessing content over the Internet and thus can reduce ISP delivery costs. In some embodiments, these cost reductions can be passed to the consumer in the way the ISP accounts for the content delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Michael K. Bugenhagen
  • Patent number: 10257054
    Abstract: A system for a searchable best fit abstraction framework includes a network having one or more network resources, a network inventory server programmed to generate a network inventory of the one or more network resources, and a searchable best fit abstraction engine in communication with the network inventory server. The searchable best fit abstraction engine includes at least one processor, and non-transitory computer readable media having encoded thereon computer software comprising a set of instructions executable by the at least one processor. The set of instructions includes instructions to retrieve the network inventory, instantiate an inventory class object for at least one network resource, define a set of service abstractions for the inventory class object, provide customer and service provider facing interfaces, and provision at least one service offering satisfying a customer service requirement, or as defined by a service template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Post, Michael K. Bugenhagen
  • Publication number: 20190089653
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing virtual platform media access control (“MAC”) address-based layer 2 and layer 3 network switching. In some embodiments, a method might comprise receiving, at a network node in a network, a data packet having a header comprising a MAC destination address, and routing, with the network node, the data packet over open systems interconnection (“OSI”) model layer 3 or network layer of the network, based at least in part on the MAC destination address in the header of the data packet. The MAC destination address comprises a first portion comprising an organizationally unique identifier (“OUI”) and a second portion comprising an identifier for a destination network interface controller (“NIC”) and/or virtual NIC (“VNIC”), which might be associated either with the same service provider associated with the network node or the network or with a different service provider, content provider, and/or application provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Michael K. Bugenhagen, William R. Walker, Kevin M. McBride
  • Patent number: 10230788
    Abstract: A system and method for selecting a data delivery network. A determination is made of user information associated with a communication from a user. A determination is made of performance information for multiple data delivery networks. The data delivery network is selected for the communication from the multiple data delivery networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Morrill, Michael K. Bugenhagen
  • Publication number: 20190036791
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing model driven service state machine linkage functionality amongst different machines and/or networks. In some embodiments, a computing system of a first network associated with a first entity might establish a communication link with a node of a second network associated with a second entity. The computing system might determine whether there is a common network resource state schema between the two networks, and, if so, might identify available versions, then negotiate which version to use as common version. The computing system might retrieve network state information for the two networks, might generate a user interface that incorporates and presents the network state information for the two disparate networks consistent with the common version of the common schema, and might send the user interface to a user device of a user for display of the network state information of the two disparate networks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventor: Michael K. Bugenhagen
  • Publication number: 20190028573
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing extension of customer local area networks (“LANs”) and/or implementing isolated service overlays over a network. In some embodiments, a network service point that is located external to a demarcation point at each of a plurality of customer premises might establish a connection between a service provider network and a customer LAN, which has already been established within a customer premises. The system subsequently extends the customer LAN, via this connection, to span between the network service point and the customer premises. Alternatively, or additionally, the system might establish two or more isolated service overlays across the customer LAN between the network service point and the customer premises, each of the two or more isolated service overlays having network traffic that is isolated from network traffic transmitted along another of the two or more isolated service overlays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Charles I. Cook, Michael K. Bugenhagen, Kevin M. McBride, Andrew V. Cook
  • Publication number: 20190026144
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing communications between two or more virtual machines (“VMs”) and client devices coupled to one or more ports. In some embodiments, an orchestration agent running on a host computing system might configure, using a VM-to-Port driver, a physical port of the host device to establish two or more virtual ports associated with the physical port, and might map, using the VM-to-Port driver, each of two or more VMs running on the host computing system with corresponding each of the two or more virtual ports. When a client device is communicatively coupled to the physical port, the orchestration agent might map, using the VM-to-Port driver, each of the two or more VMs with one or more functions of the client device via corresponding each of the two or more virtual ports associated with the physical port to which the client device is communicatively coupled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventor: Michael K. Bugenhagen
  • Patent number: 10135829
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include a method for providing a secure domain name system (DNS) for machine to machine communications. In one embodiment, the method includes storing policy information for machine to machine communications in a global DNS registry database server. The method further includes communicating the policy information for machine to machine communications from the global DNS registry database server to a machine DNS registry server located in an Internet service provider (ISP) network, wherein a control signaling gateway located in the ISP network is configured to utilize the policy information for machine to machine communications to allow only registered controllers associated with a machine to communicate with the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Michael K. Bugenhagen
  • Patent number: 10129185
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing virtual platform media access control (“MAC”) address—based layer 2 and layer 3 network switching. In some embodiments, a method might comprise receiving, at a network node in a network, a data packet having a header comprising a MAC destination address, and routing, with the network node, the data packet over open systems interconnection (“OSI”) model layer 3 or network layer of the network, based at least in part on the MAC destination address in the header of the data packet. The MAC destination address comprises a first portion comprising an organizationally unique identifier (“OUI”) and a second portion comprising an identifier for a destination network interface controller (“NIC”) and/or virtual NIC (“VNIC”), which might be associated either with the same service provider associated with the network node or the network or with a different service provider, content provider, and/or application provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael K. Bugenhagen, William R. Walker, Kevin M. McBride
  • Publication number: 20180322419
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for a model-driven AI learning framework are provided. A system includes a user device and an artificial intelligence engine. The artificial intelligence engine may include a processor, and a non-transitory computer readable medium comprising instructions executable by the processor to perform an action responsive to a trigger, based at least in part on one or more data, allow one or more functions of the artificial intelligence engine to be accessed by the user device, and allow the one or more user inputs of the trigger to be defined, allow the one or more data inputs to be defined, and allow the action responsive to the trigger to be defined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventor: Michael K. Bugenhagen
  • Patent number: 10110710
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing extension of customer local area networks (“LANs”) and/or implementing isolated service overlays over a network. In some embodiments, a network service point that is located external to a demarcation point at each of a plurality of customer premises might establish a connection between a service provider network and a customer LAN, which has already been established within a customer premises. The system subsequently extends the customer LAN, via this connection, to span between the network service point and the customer premises. Alternatively, or additionally, the system might establish two or more isolated service overlays across the customer LAN between the network service point and the customer premises, each of the two or more isolated service overlays having network traffic that is isolated from network traffic transmitted along another of the two or more isolated service overlays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Charles I. Cook, Michael K. Bugenhagen, Kevin M. McBride, Andrew V. Cook
  • Patent number: 10110444
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing model driven service state machine linkage functionality amongst different machines and/or networks. In some embodiments, a computing system of a first network associated with a first entity might establish a communication link with a node of a second network associated with a second entity. The computing system might determine whether there is a common network resource state schema between the two networks, and, if so, might identify available versions, then negotiate which version to use as common version. The computing system might retrieve network state information for the two networks, might generate a user interface that incorporates and presents the network state information for the two disparate networks consistent with the common version of the common schema, and might send the user interface to a user device of a user for display of the network state information of the two disparate networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Michael K. Bugenhagen
  • Patent number: 10078528
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing communications between two or more virtual machines (“VMs”) and client devices coupled to one or more ports. In some embodiments, an orchestration agent running on a host computing system might configure, using a VM-to-Port driver, a physical port of the host device to establish two or more virtual ports associated with the physical port, and might map, using the VM-to-Port driver, each of two or more VMs running on the host computing system with corresponding each of the two or more virtual ports. When a client device is communicatively coupled to the physical port, the orchestration agent might map, using the VM-to-Port driver, each of the two or more VMs with one or more functions of the client device via corresponding each of the two or more virtual ports associated with the physical port to which the client device is communicatively coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Michael K. Bugenhagen