Patents by Inventor Miller Thomas Abel

Miller Thomas Abel 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: 20180295121
    Abstract: Secure element authentication techniques are described. In implementations, a confirmation is received that an identity of a user has been physically verified using one or more physical documents. One or more credentials that are usable to authenticate the user are caused to be stored in a secure element of a mobile communication device of the user, the secure element implemented using tamper-resistant hardware.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Anoop Anantha, Murali R. Krishnan, Alan L. Marshall, Kamran Rajabi Zargahi, Miller Thomas Abel
  • Publication number: 20170053267
    Abstract: Payment cards and also the systems and methods for securely managing financial transactions using the payment cards are provided. In one implementation, a payment card includes a first component incorporated into a plastic substrate, wherein the first component is configured to provide details of a first substitute account associated with a cardholder's valid credentials. The payment card also includes at least one additional component incorporated into the plastic substrate. Each of the additional components is configured to provide details of at least one additional substitute account associated with the cardholder's valid credentials. Each substitute account includes details that are distinct from the details of each of the other substitute accounts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Miller Thomas Abel, Kenneth Mages
  • Publication number: 20170048232
    Abstract: Secure element authentication techniques are described. In implementations, a confirmation is received that an identity of a user has been physically verified using one or more physical documents. One or more credentials that are usable to authenticate the user are caused to be stored in a secure element of a mobile communication device of the user, the secure element implemented using tamper-resistant hardware.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Anoop Anantha, Murali R. Krishnan, Alan L. Marshall, Kamran Rajabi Zargahi, Miller Thomas Abel
  • Patent number: 9536202
    Abstract: Determining geospatial patterns from device data collected from a plurality of computing devices. The devices represent, for example, a plurality of sources providing the device data. The device data describes the computing devices and/or environments thereof. Some embodiments present the determined patterns to users for editing, update maps with the edited patterns, and distribute the maps to the users. The maps are stored to create a searchable map library.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shai Herzog, Jyh-Han Lin, Miller Thomas Abel, Moe Khosravy, Katrika Morris, Karon A. Weber, James Kai Yu Lau
  • Patent number: 9525548
    Abstract: Provisioning techniques are described. In implementations, a particular one of a plurality of public keys are located using an identifier included in a request received via a network. The located public key is communicated via the network, the public key configured to encrypt data that is to be decrypted by a secure element of a mobile communication device, the secure element implemented using hardware and including a private key that is configured to decrypt the data that was encrypted using the public key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Alan L. Marshall, Kamran Rajabi Zargahi, Miller Thomas Abel, Murali Krishnan, Anoop Anantha
  • Patent number: 9509686
    Abstract: Secure element authentication techniques are described. In implementations, a confirmation is received that an identity of a user has been physically verified using one or more physical documents. One or more credentials that are usable to authenticate the user are caused to be stored in a secure element of a mobile communication device of the user, the secure element implemented using tamper-resistant hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Anoop Anantha, Murali R. Krishnan, Alan L. Marshall, Kamran Rajabi Zargahi, Miller Thomas Abel
  • Patent number: 9253280
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods and technologies for defining and administering device manners policy (“DMP”), propagating DMP, reception and recognition of, and compliance with DMP. Such policy may be used to communicate to various mobile and other devices the “manners” with which compliance is expected or required. Similar to some of the social manners honored among people, such as with “no smoking” or “employees only” zones, “no swimming” or “no flash photography” areas, and scenarios for “please wash your hands” or “no talking out loud”, devices may recognize and comply with analogous “device manners” policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Miller Thomas Abel, Shai Guday, Michael Sinclair
  • Patent number: 9237205
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods and technologies for defining and administering device manners policy (“DMP”), propagating DMP, reception and recognition of, and compliance with DMP. Such policy may be used to communicate to various mobile and other devices the “manners” with which compliance is expected or required. Similar to some of the social manners honored among people, such as with “no smoking” or “employees only” zones, “no swimming” or “no flash photography” areas, and scenarios for “please wash your hands” or “no talking out loud”, devices may recognize and comply with analogous “device manners” policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Miller Thomas Abel, Shai Guday, Michael Sinclair
  • Patent number: 9092783
    Abstract: Distributing and tracking electronic coupons based on proximity. Upon detecting recipients proximate to a computing device, one or more electronic coupons are selected and transmitted to the detected recipients. The transmittal occurs via a wireless connection in some embodiments. Coupon properties associated with the transmitted coupons are adjusted (e.g., values decreased, expiration conditions modified, location of transmittal, etc.). Distribution data for the transmitted coupons is stored to maintain a distribution history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shai Guday, Miller Thomas Abel
  • Patent number: 8887987
    Abstract: Technology for use with computing devices, particularly mobile devices and wireless networks supporting federation, enabling people, devices, systems, or the like to join together in electronic federations for purposes of voting or the like. The votes in such voting situations may be weighted based on various criteria associated with the voter, the subject of the vote, and/or other criteria relevant to the voting scenario. The technology also enables users to monitor a voting scenario in real-time and tailor their own voting or decisions or the like to the scenario, even as it unfolds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Dawson Yee, Scott C Forbes, Shai Guday, Miller Thomas Abel
  • Patent number: 8787832
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides for systems and/or methods for a dynamic range wireless access point to initiate deliberate and/or selective communications with one or more wireless devices over a short range radio path. One embodiment of an access point system comprises a processor that transfers one or more wireless devices to a long range radio path once a transition condition has been met. In another embodiment, an access point system may affect transactions between user/customer's smart devices and a commercial place of business where the access point system and the smart devices initiate communications when the smart devices are deliberately placed within the proximity of the access point antenna and/or the smart devices are brought within the vicinity of the access point antenna such as by passing through the entrance or exit to the place of business.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Andrew Herron, Gerald Reuben DeJean, II, Darko Kirovski, Miller Thomas Abel, Craig Scott Brenner, William Thomas Blank
  • Publication number: 20140040179
    Abstract: Determining geospatial patterns from device data collected from a plurality of computing devices. The devices represent, for example, a plurality of sources providing the device data. The device data describes the computing devices and/or environments thereof. Some embodiments present the determined patterns to users for editing, update maps with the edited patterns, and distribute the maps to the users. The maps are stored to create a searchable map library.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Shai Herzog, Jyh-Han Lin, Miller Thomas Abel, Moe Khosravy, Katrika Morris, Karon A. Weber, James Kai Yu Lau
  • Patent number: 8620215
    Abstract: An accessory for personalizing a mobile communication device includes an accessory body that is configured to adorn the mobile communication device and at least partially cover its exterior. At least one graphic design is disposed on the exterior surface of the accessory body to convey a theme. A data tag is secured to the accessory. The data tag stores data that facilitates personalization of at least one functionality of the mobile communication device in support of the theme. The data tag being configured so that the data is accessible via a short-range wireless protocol such as the Near-Field Communication (NFC) protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Miller Thomas Abel, Shai Guday
  • Patent number: 8504512
    Abstract: Determining geospatial patterns from device data collected from a plurality of computing devices. The devices represent, for example, a plurality of sources providing the device data. The device data describes the computing devices and/or environments thereof. Some embodiments present the determined patterns to users for editing, update maps with the edited patterns, and distribute the maps to the users. The maps are stored to create a searchable map library.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Shai Herzog, Jyh-Han Lin, Miller Thomas Abel, Moe Khosravy, Katrika Woodcock, Karon A. Weber, James Kai Yu Lau
  • Publication number: 20130090064
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides for systems and/or methods for a dynamic range wireless access point to initiate deliberate and/or selective communications with one or more wireless devices over a short range radio path. One embodiment of an access point system comprises a processor that transfers one or more wireless devices to a long range radio path once a transition condition has been met. In another embodiment, an access point system may affect transactions between user/customer's smart devices and a commercial place of business where the access point system and the smart devices initiate communications when the smart devices are deliberately placed within the proximity of the access point antenna and/or the smart devices are brought within the vicinity of the access point antenna such as by passing through the entrance or exit to the place of business.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Andrew Herron, Gerald Reuben DeJan, II, Darko Kirovski, Miller Thomas Abel, Craig Scott Brenner, William Thomas Blank
  • Publication number: 20120276992
    Abstract: A gaming environment is provided by an MVP gaming system provider in which “most valuable player” (MVP) gamers may compete. MVP gamers may be identified using achievements, gamer scores, game play during sanctioned gaming events, or other indicia of game skills. The MVP gamers may be sponsored by advertisers, and the MVP gamers' avatars may be branded based on sponsorship during gaming events. The sponsorships may be brokered by the MVP gaming system provider. Some gaming events may be sanctioned gaming events that are coordinated by the MVP gaming system provider and “televised” to allow viewers to watch the gaming events. Tutorials from MVP gamers may also be provided to gamers for viewing to assist in their game play. Further, gamers may be able to rent the avatars of MVP gamers for use during their game play.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: MOHAMMED MOINUDDIN, JOSEPH FUTTY, DAN E. WALTHER, SREENIVAS GOLLAPUDI, DANNY LANGE, SRIPRIYA PRASHANTHI VASUDEVAN, MILLER THOMAS ABEL, STELIOS PAPARIZOS, JOHN C. SHAFER
  • Publication number: 20120278154
    Abstract: An inventory marketing system operates to identify and market inventory items that are likely to spoil. Initially, inventory items that have a particular likelihood of spoilage may be identified. Customers to target with offers for the inventory items may be identified based on the customers' current location or expected location near a spoilage time for the inventory items. Offers for the inventory items may be provided to the targeted customers, and purchases of the inventory items by customers may be facilitated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: DANNY LANGE, MILLER THOMAS ABEL, MATTHEW GRAHAM DYOR, JOHN C. SHAFER, STELIOS PAPARIZOS, JOSEPH FUTTY, SREENIVAS GOLLAPUDI
  • Publication number: 20120144201
    Abstract: Secure element authentication techniques are described. In implementations, a confirmation is received that an identity of a user has been physically verified using one or more physical documents. One or more credentials that are usable to authenticate the user are caused to be stored in a secure element of a mobile communication device of the user, the secure element implemented using tamper-resistant hardware.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anoop Anantha, Murali R. Krishnan, Alan L. Marshall, Kamran Rajabi Zargahi, Miller Thomas Abel
  • Publication number: 20120143758
    Abstract: Account transfer techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a user interface is output by a mobile communication device that describes funds in an account. The account is usable by the mobile communication device to purchase goods or service and the purchase performable at least in part using credentials stored in a secure element implemented in hardware of the mobile communication device. An input is received via interaction with the user interface to authorize a transfer of funds from the account associated with the mobile communication device to another account usable by another mobile communication device to purchase goods or services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anoop Anantha, Murali R. Krishnan, Miller Thomas Abel, Rupali Jain
  • Publication number: 20120143669
    Abstract: Loyalty offer modeling techniques are described. In one or more implementations, interaction with a loyalty service via a network is performed to model one or more loyalty offers for a use in conjunction with a merchant. Information is transmitted via the network for receipt by the loyalty service, at least a portion of the information describing consumer interaction with the merchant that pertains to the loyalty offer that is sufficient for use by the loyalty service to manage participation of the consumers with the one or more loyalty offers of the merchant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anoop Anantha, Murali R. Krishnan, Miller Thomas Abel