Patents by Inventor Michael Zinnikas

Michael Zinnikas 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: 20200359099
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method comprising receiving an initial request for content from a first user; sending one or more subsequent requests to other user(s), such as those at or near a location associated with the live content; receiving replies from the other users; presenting options to and receiving a selection from the first user; sending a confirmation request to a selected user; and receiving, by the first user, the live content from the selected user. In some embodiments, the method includes charging first user a fee for requesting and/or receiving the live content; and paying a fee to the selected user. The second fee may be specified by the selected user. In any case, the users need not know each other. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Soumyajit Chakraborty, Stephen Francis Triano, Michael Zinnikas
  • Publication number: 20200295984
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer readable media for isolating network faults are provided. A data driven automation services module is provided Including a data connector, a data driven policy designer and a data driven self-service engine. The data connector collects data from the plurality of network data sources and integrates the data into shared communities for insight development. The data driven policy designer creates and stores templates and develops policies to implement service tasks to identify and isolate network problems. The data driven self-service engine integrates the network and its orchestration capabilities with big data technology to develop a plurality of microservices to perform service tasks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Michael Zinnikas
  • Patent number: 10776146
    Abstract: A policy driven automated micro-service system comprising: a data collector, an analyzer, a virtual function manager, a decision engine, and a portal; the virtual function manager in communication with at least one virtual function and configured to collect at least one of a data and a metric therefrom; the data collector in communication with the virtual function manager and configured to retrieve at least one of the data and the metric therefrom; the analyzer in communication with the data collector and configured to analyze at least one of the data and the metric collected by the data collector; and the decision engine in communication with the analyzer and the portal, the decision engine configured to initiate an action based on an analysis from the analyzer, wherein the action includes providing an instruction to reset a uCPE device, reload a software, reload a vendor virtual function, and engage a transport automation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Michael Zinnikas, Monali Patel, Soumyajit Chakraborty
  • Patent number: 10771852
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method comprising receiving an initial request for content from a first user; sending one or more subsequent requests to other user(s), such as those at or near a location associated with the live content; receiving replies from the other users; presenting options to and receiving a selection from the first user; sending a confirmation request to a selected user; and receiving, by the first user, the live content from the selected user. In some embodiments, the method includes charging first user a fee for requesting and/or receiving the live content; and paying a fee to the selected user. The second fee may be specified by the selected user. In any case, the users need not know each other. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Soumyajit Chakraborty, Stephen Francis Triano, Michael Zinnikas
  • Publication number: 20190394533
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method comprising receiving an initial request for content from a first user; sending one or more subsequent requests to other user(s), such as those at or near a location associated with the live content; receiving replies from the other users; presenting options to and receiving a selection from the first user; sending a confirmation request to a selected user; and receiving, by the first user, the live content from the selected user. In some embodiments, the method includes charging first user a fee for requesting and/or receiving the live content; and paying a fee to the selected user. The second fee may be specified by the selected user. In any case, the users need not know each other. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Soumyajit Chakraborty, Stephen Francis Triano, Michael Zinnikas
  • Publication number: 20180357087
    Abstract: A policy driven automated micro-service system comprising: a data collector, an analyzer, a virtual function manager, a decision engine, and a portal; the virtual function manager in communication with at least one virtual function and configured to collect at least one of a data and a metric therefrom; the data collector in communication with the virtual function manager and configured to retrieve at least one of the data and the metric therefrom; the analyzer in communication with the data collector and configured to analyze at least one of the data and the metric collected by the data collector; and the decision engine in communication with the analyzer and the portal, the decision engine configured to initiate an action based on an analysis from the analyzer, wherein the action includes providing an instruction to reset a uCPE device, reload a software, reload a vendor virtual function, and engage a transport automation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Zhiqiang QIAN, Michael ZINNIKAS, Monali PATEL, Soumyajit CHAKRABORTY
  • Publication number: 20150271051
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus and articles to manage routing in networks are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes identifying a first network element associated with a problematic network element; identifying a first maximum transmission unit of the first network element and a second maximum transmission unit of the problematic network element; determining whether the first and second maximum transmission units are different; and when the first and second maximum transmission units are different, identifying a value of a greater one of the first and second maximum transmission units and configuring the first network element and the problematic network element to each have the identified value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Michael Zinnikas, Jackson Liu
  • Patent number: 9118544
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing automated processing of a switched voice alarm on a switched and/or Internet Protocol (IP) network are disclosed. For example, the method receives an alarm associated with a switched voice service, and retrieves a Local Routing Number (LRN) or Primary Inter-exchange Carrier (PIC) information from a switch serving a call associated with a caller's telephone number. The method determines if the alarm is due to one or more service degradations, and notifies a work center responsible for one or more of the service degradations if the alarm is due to the one or more service degradations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paritosh Bajpay, Roberta Bienfait, Mojgan Dardashti, Jackson Liu, Timothy Plattner, Zhiqiang Qian, Michael Zinnikas
  • Patent number: 9083606
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus and articles to manage routing in networks are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes identifying a first network element associated with a problematic network element; identifying a first maximum transmission unit of the first network element and a second maximum transmission unit of the problematic network element; determining whether the first and second maximum transmission units are different; and when the first and second maximum transmission units are different, identifying a value of a greater one of the first and second maximum transmission units and configuring the first network element and the problematic network element to each have the identified value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Interactions LLC
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Michael Zinnikas, Jackson Liu
  • Publication number: 20130242802
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus and articles to manage routing in networks are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes identifying a first network element associated with a problematic network element; identifying a first maximum transmission unit of the first network element and a second maximum transmission unit of the problematic network element; determining whether the first and second maximum transmission units are different; and when the first and second maximum transmission units are different, identifying a value of a greater one of the first and second maximum transmission units and configuring the first network element and the problematic network element to each have the identified value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Michael Zinnikas, Jackson Liu
  • Patent number: 8457006
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to diagnosing problems in a dual stack network supporting Internet Protocol Version Six (IPV6). Inventoried information can be retrieved from an inventory system in response to a problem associated the dual stack network. It can be determined whether a mismatch exists between live customer address information associated with a customer edge router and the inventoried information. A notification can be generated in response to determining whether a mismatch exists. The notification includes information representing a cause of the problem and resolution of the problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Zhiqang Qian, Paritosh Bajpay, Jackson Liu, Michael Zinnikas
  • Patent number: 8451754
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus and articles to manage routing in networks are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes obtaining a first interior gateway routing protocol route selection metric associated with a first router and a second interior gateway routing protocol route selection metric associated with a second router communicatively coupled to the first router, detecting whether a mismatch exists between the first and second first interior gateway routing protocol route selection metrics, determining, using a Bellman-Ford algorithm, a target interior gateway routing protocol route selection metric when the mismatch is detected, and transmitting the target interior gateway routing protocol route selection metric to at least one of the first and second routers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Michael Zinnikas, Jackson Liu
  • Patent number: 8169922
    Abstract: A system and method directed to diagnosing a problem associated with a route group in a network are disclosed. A problem associated with a route group is diagnosed by comparing inventory information associated with a route group to current route information associated with a router, where the router is associated with the route group. The process followed for diagnosing a problem associated with a route group depends on whether there is a mismatch between the inventory route information and the current route information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Paritosh Bajpay, Jackson Liu, Michael Zinnikas
  • Patent number: 8107381
    Abstract: A service provider unit automatically diagnoses problems in an Ethernet network that are associated with layers 1, 2, and/or 3 and determines whether there is a problem associated with an Ethernet gateway switch EGS. Further diagnostics can be performed to determine the layer, type, and/or location of the problem(s) based on whether there is a problem with the EGS. The diagnostic process followed depends on the types of problem(s) in the network. Once the problems have been diagnosed, an operator can be notified of the location and/or type of problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Paritosh Bajpay, Anamaria Csupor, Jackson Liu, Carlos Morales, Michael Zinnikas
  • Patent number: 8089897
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that analyze Layer 3 network performance between a network and its Intelligent Route Service Control Point (IRSCP) architecture to identify problems without having to disrupt customer service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Paritosh Bajpay, Jackson Liu, Michael Zinnikas
  • Publication number: 20110153381
    Abstract: A system and method for receiving a service ticket, determining a likelihood of success of re-testing the service ticket and performing additional steps, if the likelihood of success is greater than a predetermined re-testing threshold. The additional steps including determining a waiting time of the service ticket, adding the service ticket to a service ticket queue containing a plurality of service tickets, the service ticket queue being sorted by a waiting time of each of the plurality of service tickets, initiating performance of the service ticket, after an expiration of the waiting time, removing the ticket from the queue, if the performance of the service ticket is successful and re-start the waiting time, if the performance of the service ticket is unsuccessful.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Saryu Shah, Christian Kolmodin, Jackson Liu, Daqin Liu, Sanjeeta Mohapatra, Glenn Mohesky, Timothy Plattner, Jason Tolbert, Michael Zinnikas
  • Publication number: 20110138029
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus and articles to manage routing in networks are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes obtaining a first interior gateway routing protocol route selection metric associated with a first router and a second interior gateway routing protocol route selection metric associated with a second router communicatively coupled to the first router, detecting whether a mismatch exists between the first and second first interior gateway routing protocol route selection metrics, determining, using a Bellman-Ford algorithm, a target interior gateway routing protocol route selection metric when the mismatch is detected, and transmitting the target interior gateway routing protocol route selection metric to at least one of the first and second routers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Michael Zinnikas, Jackson Liu
  • Publication number: 20110122763
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to diagnosing problems in a dual stack network supporting Internet Protocol Version Six (IPV6). Inventoried information can be retrieved from an inventory system in response to a problem associated the dual stack network. It can be determined whether a mismatch exists between live customer address information associated with a customer edge router and the inventoried information. A notification can be generated in response to determining whether a mismatch exists. The notification includes information representing a cause of the problem and resolution of the problem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhiqang Qian, Paritosh Bajpay, Jackson Liu, Michael Zinnikas
  • Patent number: 7940682
    Abstract: A data communications system may include a network having a plurality of network provider routers configured to support Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) circuits between customer edge routers outside the network, an automated diagnostic system coupled to the network provider routers. The automated diagnostic system may be configured to automatically initiate one or more inquiries of one or more of the network provider routers in response to a customer IP address identifying a customer edge router servicing a customer location from which a service failure has been reported and a circuit address identifying an Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) circuit related to the reported service failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Paritosh Bajpay, Jackson Liu, Michele Macauda, Michael Zinnikas
  • Patent number: 7911976
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server in communication with a first network element where the server includes a controller to determine routing values associated with a plurality of second network elements where the second network elements are interfaced with the first network elements where the first network elements and the second network elements utilize Interior Gateway Routing Protocol and where the routing values include at least one of routing algorithm constants, service provider routing identifiers, and size of largest deliverable packets, detect a mismatch among the routing values, determine a target routing value when the mismatch is detected and transmit the target routing value to at least one of the second network elements, where the routing values are adjusted in response to the transmitted routing value to match each other. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Michael Zinnikas, Jackson Liu