Patents by Inventor Paul Shala Henry

Paul Shala Henry 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: 10812144
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, a receiver that operates by: receiving via a first launcher first received guided electromagnetic waves that propagate on an outer surface of a first transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path, wherein the first transmission medium has a first type of a plurality of types of transmission media; converting the received first guided electromagnetic waves to a first signal; launching, via a second launcher and based on the first signal, transmitted second guided electromagnetic waves that propagate on an outer surface of a second transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path, wherein the second transmission medium has a second type of the plurality of types of transmission media that differs from the first type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Giovanni Vannucci, Irwin Gerszberg, Peter Wolniansky, Robert Bennett, Thomas M. Willis, III, Donald J. Barnickel, Farhad Barzegar
  • Patent number: 10812142
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, a waveguide device including a coupler that transmits or receives electromagnetic waves that propagate along a transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path, where the electromagnetic waves are guided by the transmission medium. The waveguide device can include a housing that houses the coupler, where the housing has a first portion comprising a material that reflects particular wavelengths of light. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Giovanni Vannucci, Irwin Gerszberg, Thomas M. Willis, III, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Donald J. Barnickel, Jeffrey J. Farah, Farhad Barzegar
  • Patent number: 10812136
    Abstract: A repeater includes a first coupler that receives a guided electromagnetic wave that propagates along a surface of a transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path, the first coupler generating a received signal in response to the guided electromagnetic wave. A controllable isolator is coupled to the transmission medium between the first coupler and a second coupler. The controllable isolator responds to a control signal by: attenuating a residual portion of the guided electromagnetic wave before reaching the second coupler, when the control signal indicates a repeater mode of operation and passing the residual portion of the guided electromagnetic wave to the second coupler, when the control signal indicates a bypass mode of operation. Repeater circuitry includes processing circuitry configured to generate the control signal and transceiver circuitry configured to generate a transmit signal based on the received signal in the repeater mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Giovanni Vannucci, Irwin Gerszberg, Peter Wolniansky, Robert Bennett, Thomas M. Willis, Donald J. Barnickel, Farhad Barzegar
  • Patent number: 10812291
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, a system for receiving electromagnetic waves that propagate along a transmission medium, generating, according to the electromagnetic waves, first signals and second signals; wirelessly providing, via a first dielectric antenna of a first waveguide system, the first signals to an access point; and wirelessly providing, via a second dielectric antenna of the first waveguide system, the second signals to a second waveguide system. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farhad Barzegar, Paul Shala Henry, Giovanni Vannucci, Peter Wolniansky, Thomas M. Willis, III, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel
  • Patent number: 10812143
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments, a surface wave repeater or other surface wave device includes a heating and cooling unit. The heating and cooling unit is configured to control the temperature of the surface wave repeater or other surface wave device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Giovanni Vannucci, Irwin Gerszberg, Thomas M. Willis, III, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Donald J. Barnickel, Farhad Barzegar, Jeffrey Farah
  • Patent number: 10811779
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a solid dielectric antenna having a non-uniform spatial distribution of relative permittivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Thomas M. Willis, III, Donald J. Barnickel, Paul Shala Henry
  • Patent number: 10812174
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a client node device having a radio configured to wirelessly receive downstream channel signals from a communication network. An access point repeater (APR) launches the downstream channel signals on a guided wave communication system as guided electromagnetic waves that propagate along a transmission medium and to wirelessly transmit the downstream channel signals to at least one client device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10812189
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a coupler that includes a tapered collar that surrounds a transmission wire. A coaxial coupler, that surrounds at least a portion of the transmission wire, guides an electromagnetic wave to the tapered collar. The tapered collar couples the electromagnetic wave to propagate along an outer surface of the transmission wire. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10812123
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, a system that facilitates receiving a radio frequency signal conveying data, magnetically coupling the radio frequency signal to a transmission medium as an electromagnetic wave that propagates along the transmission medium, and directing propagation of the electromagnetic wave in a first direction along the transmission medium and preventing at least in part propagation of the electromagnetic wave in a second direction opposite the first direction. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Giovanni Vannucci, Peter Wolniansky, Thomas M. Willis, III, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Paul Shala Henry
  • Patent number: 10812139
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, a system for receiving signals that convey data, obtaining energy from a telecommunication line of a telecommunications network where an AC or DC power signal is injected into the telecommunication line and where the energy is utilized by at least a subset of components of a waveguide system, and transmitting electromagnetic waves that convey the data where the electromagnetic waves propagate along the telecommunication line without requiring an electrical return path. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farhad Barzegar, Giovanni Vannucci, Irwin Gerszberg, Thomas M. Willis, III, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Donald J. Barnickel
  • Patent number: 10812191
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a node device includes an interface configured to receive first signals. A plurality of coupling devices are configured to launch the first signals on a transmission medium as a plurality of first guided electromagnetic waves at corresponding plurality of non-optical carrier frequencies, wherein the plurality of first guided electromagnetic waves are bound to a physical structure of the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10811767
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a dielectric antenna and a convex dielectric radome having an operating face that radiates or receives microwave signals. The operating face is shaped to reduce an accumulation of water on the operating face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Donald J. Barnickel, Farhad Barzegar, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10811781
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, selecting a first segment from a plurality of selectable segments of an array of dielectric antennas, where the first segment corresponds to a first set of one or more dielectric antennas from the array of dielectric antennas coupled to a first set of launchers, directing the first set of launchers to launch first electromagnetic waves directed to the first set of one or more dielectric antennas to generate a first beam pattern, selecting a second segment from the plurality of selectable segments, where the second segment corresponds to a second set of one or more dielectric antennas from the array of dielectric antennas coupled to a second set of launchers, and directing the second set of launchers to launch second electromagnetic waves directed to the second set of one or more dielectric antennas to generate a second beam pattern. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Shikik Johnson, David M. Britz, Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10804959
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments, a transmission device includes a transmitter configured to generate a transmit signal conveying transmit data in accordance with a communication protocol having first protocol transmit parameters. A coupler is configured to convert the transmit signal to transmitted guided electromagnetic waves that propagate along a surface of a transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path. The coupler is further configured to convert to a receive signal, received guided electromagnetic waves from a remote device that propagate along the surface of the transmission medium, wherein the remote device is configured to receive the transmitted guided electromagnetic waves. A corona discharge detector is configured to generate, based on the receive signal, corona discharge data that indicates corona discharge activity in proximity to the transmission medium during a time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Giovanni Vannucci, Irwin Gerszberg, Paul Shala Henry, Peter Wolniansky, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10804968
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a coupling device includes a circuit that receives a signal. At least one passive electrical circuit element generates an electromagnetic field in response to the signal. A portion of the electromagnetic field is guided by a surface of a transmission medium to propagate as a guided electromagnetic wave longitudinally along the transmission medium. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10804585
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that performs operations including receiving first electromagnetic waves on an outer surface of a transmission medium, detecting a degradation of a signal quality of the first electromagnetic waves due to first electric fields of the first electromagnetic waves inducing first currents in an obstruction disposed on the outer surface of the transmission medium, and generating second electromagnetic waves having second electric fields that induce second currents in the obstruction that are lower in magnitude than the first currents, the electromagnetic waves having a cutoff frequency. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10804961
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving, by each of a plurality of receivers, one of a plurality of electromagnetic waves, each electromagnetic wave of the plurality of electromagnetic waves guided by a different one of a plurality of twin-lead transmission lines, each twin-lead transmission line sharing a wire, and each electromagnetic wave of the plurality of electromagnetic waves including a different one of a plurality of communication signals, and obtaining, by each of the plurality of receivers, one of the plurality of communication signals. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10804960
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a waveguide system detecting a degradation of an electromagnetic wave propagating along a transmission medium. The waveguide system launches a modified electromagnetic wave including a hybrid wave mode according to the degradation that is detected. The modified electromagnetic wave propagates along the transmission medium without requiring an electrical return path. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10804964
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a waveguide system including a circuit disposed on a printed circuit board (PCB), the PCB coupled to an outer surface of a cable, and the circuit facilitating generation, via a radiating element, electromagnetic waves, and a coupler that facilitates inducing propagation of the electromagnetic waves along the cable without requiring an electrical return path, wherein the coupler is not coaxially aligned with the cable. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10797781
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a client node device having a radio configured to wirelessly receive downstream channel signals from a communication network. An access point repeater (APR) launches the downstream channel signals on a guided wave communication system as guided electromagnetic waves that propagate along a transmission medium and to wirelessly transmit the downstream channel signals to at least one client device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Bennett, Paul Shala Henry, Irwin Gerszberg, Farhad Barzegar, Donald J Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III