Patents by Inventor Paul R. McDonough

Paul R. McDonough 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: 10763949
    Abstract: A computer device may include a memory storing instructions and processor configured to execute the instructions to establish a communication channel with a fixed wireless access (FWA) user equipment (UE) device associated with a provider; scan for Fifth Generation (5G) New Radio (NR) antenna beams from a base station associated with the provider; and identify a plurality of 5G NR antenna beams. The processor may be further configured to rank the plurality of 5G NR antenna beams based on a key performance indicator (KPI); select a highest ranked antenna beam, from the plurality of 5G NR antenna beams, via which the FWA UE device is able to connect to the base station associated with the provider while satisfying a threshold requirement associated with the KPI; and use the selected antenna beam to exchange wireless signals between the base station and the FWA UE device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew E. Youtz, Lily Zhu, Xin Wang, Shen-De Lin, Paul R. McDonough
  • Publication number: 20200274609
    Abstract: A computer device may include a memory storing instructions and processor configured to execute the instructions to establish a communication channel with a fixed wireless access (FWA) user equipment (UE) device associated with a provider; scan for Fifth Generation (5G) New Radio (NR) antenna beams from a base station associated with the provider; and identify a plurality of 5G NR antenna beams. The processor may be further configured to rank the plurality of 5G NR antenna beams based on a key performance indicator (KPI); select a highest ranked antenna beam, from the plurality of 5G NR antenna beams, via which the FWA UE device is able to connect to the base station associated with the provider while satisfying a threshold requirement associated with the KPI; and use the selected antenna beam to exchange wireless signals between the base station and the FWA UE device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew E. Youtz, Lily Zhu, Xin Wang, Shen-De Lin, Paul R. McDonough
  • Publication number: 20200169339
    Abstract: A fixed wireless access device may include a memory configured to store instructions and a processor configured to execute the instructions to activate a Fifth Generation (5G) scanning mode and scan for 5G wireless signals associated with a provider that is also associated with the fixed wireless access device. The processor may be further configured to detect a 5G wireless signal associated with the provider; determine a signal strength for the detected 5G wireless signal; and generate an indication of the determined signal strength to be displayed in a user interface associated with the fixed wireless access device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Samirkumar Patel, Xin Wang, Paul R. Mcdonough, Andrew E. Youtz, Lily Zhu, Arda Aksu, Balaji L. Raghavachari, Siegfried Erhard Eichinger, Christopher M. Schmidt, Jignesh S. Panchal
  • Patent number: 10608729
    Abstract: A computer device may include a memory storing instructions and processor configured to execute the instructions to establish a communication channel with a fixed wireless access (FWA) user equipment (UE) device associated with a provider; scan for Fifth Generation (5G) New Radio (NR) antenna beams from a base station associated with the provider; and identify a plurality of 5G NR antenna beams. The processor may be further configured to rank the plurality of 5G NR antenna beams based on a key performance indicator (KPI); select a highest ranked antenna beam, from the plurality of 5G NR antenna beams, via which the FWA UE device is able to connect to the base station associated with the provider while satisfying a threshold requirement associated with the KPI; and use the selected antenna beam to exchange wireless signals between the base station and the FWA UE device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew E. Youtz, Lily Zhu, Xin Wang, Shen-De Lin, Paul R. McDonough
  • Publication number: 20200076518
    Abstract: A fixed wireless access device may include a memory configured to store instructions and a processor configured to execute the instructions to activate a Fifth Generation (5G) scanning mode and scan for 5G wireless signals associated with a provider that is also associated with the fixed wireless access device. The processor may be further configured to detect a 5G wireless signal associated with the provider; determine a signal strength for the detected 5G wireless signal; and generate an indication of the determined signal strength to be displayed in a user interface associated with the fixed wireless access device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Samirkumar Patel, Xin Wang, Paul R. Mcdonough, Andrew E. Youtz, Lily Zhu, Arda Aksu, Balaji L. Raghavachari, Siegfried Erhard Eichinger, Christopher M. Schmidt, Jignesh S. Panchal
  • Patent number: 10560204
    Abstract: A fixed wireless access device may include a memory configured to store instructions and a processor configured to execute the instructions to activate a Fifth Generation (5G) scanning mode and scan for 5G wireless signals associated with a provider that is also associated with the fixed wireless access device. The processor may be further configured to detect a 5G wireless signal associated with the provider; determine a signal strength for the detected 5G wireless signal; and generate an indication of the determined signal strength to be displayed in a user interface associated with the fixed wireless access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent And Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Samirkumar Patel, Xin Wang, Paul R. Mcdonough, Andrew E. Youtz, Lily Zhu, Arda Aksu, Balaji L. Raghavachari, Siegfried Erhard Eichinger, Christopher M. Schmidt, Jignesh S. Panchal
  • Patent number: 10116038
    Abstract: A device can include a first ground element to be electrically connected to a module including a cellular antenna. The first ground element and the module can be stackable. The cellular antenna can have a first ground plane provided by a second ground element included in the module. The first ground element can provide a second ground plane for the cellular antenna when the first ground element is electrically connected to the cellular antenna. The second ground plane can be larger than the first ground plane. Radio performance of the cellular antenna with regard to a cellular network is enhanced when the cellular antenna is electrically connected to the first ground element based on the second ground plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Ai Mitsufuji, Kevin Gerard Brennan, Yuk Lun Li, Nicole Winston, Nolan Eng, Paul R. McDonough
  • Publication number: 20180301793
    Abstract: A device can include a first ground element to be electrically connected to a module including a cellular antenna. The first ground element and the module can be stackable. The cellular antenna can have a first ground plane provided by a second ground element included in the module. The first ground element can provide a second ground plane for the cellular antenna when the first ground element is electrically connected to the cellular antenna. The second ground plane can be larger than the first ground plane. Radio performance of the cellular antenna with regard to a cellular network is enhanced when the cellular antenna is electrically connected to the first ground element based on the second ground plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Ai MITSUFUJI, Kevin Gerard BRENNAN, Yuk Lun LI, Nicole WINSTON, Nolan ENG, Paul R. MCDONOUGH
  • Patent number: 8738078
    Abstract: A wireless network modem dock having a case that houses circuitry and a power connector, a data interface, and a user identification reader all connected to the circuitry. In addition, an antenna connector is attached to the case and connected to the circuitry. The circuitry is capable of sending and receiving M2M data through the antenna connector to a wireless network. Further, the case, the circuit, the power connector, the data interface, the user identification reader, and the antenna connector are certified with the wireless network prior to sending or receiving the M2M data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Kevin G. Brennan, Paul R. McDonough, Praveen Atreya, Paul Venizelos
  • Publication number: 20130337867
    Abstract: A wireless network modem dock having a case that houses circuitry and a power connector, a data interface, and a user identification reader all connected to the circuitry. In addition, an antenna connector is attached to the case and connected to the circuitry. The circuitry is capable of sending and receiving M2M data through the antenna connector to a wireless network. Further, the case, the circuit, the power connector, the data interface, the user identification reader, and the antenna connector are certified with the wireless network prior to sending or receiving the M2M data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless
    Inventors: Kevin G. Brennan, Paul R. McDonough, Praveen Atreya, Paul Venizelos
  • Patent number: 5945835
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) test probe arrangement includes a test probe body with a probe for coupling with a RF port of a circuit to be tested, wherein the port has a RF terminal and a ground conductor in the vicinity of the RF terminal to define an operating impedance at the RF port. The probe includes an RF contact supported by the probe body for electrically contacting the RF terminal of the RF port of the circuit to be tested, and a ground contact fixed on the probe body in the vicinity of the RF contact, for electrically contacting the ground conductor at the RF port. A connector mounted on the probe body couples the probe with external test measurement instrumentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. McDonough, Dennis A. Oleary