Patents by Inventor Rafael L. RIVERA-BARRETO

Rafael L. RIVERA-BARRETO 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: 20180139617
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to performing uplink cellular communication in unlicensed frequency bands using Wi-Fi preamble information. A wireless device may receive downlink control information from a cellular base station. The downlink control information may indicate an uplink transmit opportunity for licensed assisted access communication for the wireless device. A length of the uplink transmit opportunity may be determined. Licensed assisted access uplink communication may be performed during the uplink transmit opportunity. A Wi-Fi physical layer preamble may be transmitted as part of the licensed assisted access uplink communication. A type of the Wi-Fi physical layer preamble may depend at least in part on the length of the uplink transmit opportunity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Farouk Belghoul, Christian W. Mucke, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto
  • Patent number: 9967838
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for avoiding loss of synchronization between a cellular device and a cellular network. According to some embodiments, a wireless device and a base station may perform a handshake procedure to select configuration parameters for cellular communication. The handshake procedure may establish a system frame number and subframe number at which the selected configuration parameters take effect. The wireless device and the base station may implement the selected configuration parameters at the selected system frame number and subframe number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tarik Tabet, Sarma V. Vangala, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto
  • Publication number: 20180124597
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for performing Wi-Fi authentication in a wireless communication system. Public key cryptography may be used to enhance the confidentiality of the user's permanent identity in transit. In some embodiments, a RSA-OAEP (SHA-256) encryption scheme may be used to protect the permanent identity when the EAP client needs to send the user's permanent identity to the server in the absence of pseudonym or fast re-authentication identity. In some embodiments, a server certificate is used to authenticate a iWLAN tunnel to protect an IMSI during setup of a Wi-Fi call. Using the methods described herein on both or either of the EAP client and server side may offer improved privacy protection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Rohan C. Malthankar, Paresh B. Sawant, Delziel J. Fernandes, Sergey Sitnikov, Arun G. Mathias, Jason A. Novak, Krisztian Kiss, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Chandiramohan Vasudevan, Vladimir M. Appel
  • Publication number: 20180110036
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to broadcasting and receiving system information in a radio access network (RAN). In one embodiment, a base station includes at least one antenna, at least one radio, configured to perform cellular communication using a radio access technology (RAT), and one or more processors coupled to the radio. In this embodiment, the base station is configured to broadcast first system information blocks (SIBs) encoded using a first coding rate and a first identifier. In this embodiment, the base station is also configured to broadcast second SIBs encoded using a second coding rate that is lower than the first coding rate and a second identifier. In this embodiment, the second SIBs include only a portion of the information included in the first SIBs and the second SIBs are usable by user equipment devices (UEs) having a limited link budget to determine access parameters for the base station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Tarik Tabet, Awais M. Hussain, Samy Khay-Ibbat, Sarma V. Vangala, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto
  • Patent number: 9949153
    Abstract: Estimating loading and potential available throughput a serving cell of a wireless user equipment (UE) device. Physical layer metrics of a channel on which the UE communicates with the serving cell may be measured. Cell utilization of the serving cell may be calculated based at least in part on the measured physical layer metrics. A maximum available throughput of the serving cell may be calculated based on the cell utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tarik Tabet, Sarma V. Vangala, Samy Khay-Ibbat, Swaminathan Balakrishnan, Ajoy K. Singh, Sree Ram Kodali, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Syed Aon Mujtaba, Faraz Faheem, Sreevalsan Vallath
  • Patent number: 9949113
    Abstract: Techniques to manage updates for eSIMs of a secondary wireless device are disclosed. Responsive to a user input, expiration of a timer, receipt of a message from an associated primary wireless device, processing circuitry of the secondary wireless device commands an eUICC to update an eSIM. A secure data connection is established between the eUICC and a network provisioning server, either directly from the secondary wireless device to a cellular wireless network or relayed indirectly via the primary wireless device. The eUICC and the network provisioning server exchange messages in accordance with a BIP process to update the eSIM. The eUICC provides a status to the processing circuitry indicating success or failure for the eSIM update. Upon success, a portion of the secondary wireless device may be placed in a reduced power state. Upon failure, the eSIM update process may repeat up to a maximum number of retries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chandiramohan Vasudevan, Rohan C. Malthankar, Prashant H. Vashi, Viswanath Nagarajan, Vikram Bhaskara Yerrabommanahalli, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Samuel J. Miller, Kannan Jeyakumar, Li Li
  • Publication number: 20180098178
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to methods for provisioning a secondary wireless device with an eSIM for wireless communication and activating multi-SIM functionality between the secondary wireless device and a primary wireless device having a subscribed SIM. The primary wireless device may act as a proxy in obtaining the eSIM for the secondary wireless device. The primary wireless device may then provide, to the cellular network, identifiers of the SIMs of the primary and secondary wireless devices. The primary wireless device may then request initiation of multi-SIM functionality for the two SIMs, and receive an indication that the multi-SIM functionality has been initiated. As an example, the multi-SIM functionality may be implemented by mapping the SIM of the primary wireless device and the SIM of the secondary wireless device (e.g., the provisioned eSIM) to the same Mobile Directory Number (MDN).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Vikram B. Yerrabommanahalli, Li Li, Arun G. Mathias, Najeeb M. Abdulrahiman, Chandiramohan Vasudevan, Rohan C. Malthankar, Francisco J. Gonzalez, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Jean-Marc Padova
  • Publication number: 20180092109
    Abstract: A wireless communication device (UE) includes a cellular processor configured to conduct wireless communications according to a first radio access technology (RAT) in a first frequency band and in a second frequency band, wherein the first RAT is a cellular RAT, the first frequency band is in an unlicensed spectrum, and the second frequency band is in a licensed spectrum. In some embodiments, the apparatus includes a wireless local area network (WLAN) processor configured to conduct wireless communications according to a second RAT in the first frequency band. In some embodiments, the cellular processor and the WLAN processor are configured to couple to a common antenna for communications in the first frequency band. In some embodiments, the cellular processor may notify the WLAN processor when it is scanning and/or when it is assigned secondary component carriers in the first frequency band. In some embodiments, the WLAN processor may notify the cellular processor when it is transmitting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventors: Farouk Belghoul, Paul V. Flynn, Louie J. Sanguinetti, Bernd W. Adler, Christian W. Mucke, Joseph Hakim, Ronald W. Dimpflmaier, Matthias Sauer, Tushar R. Shah, Daniel R. Borges, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Cesar Perez
  • Publication number: 20180084401
    Abstract: A method performed by a station that includes receiving information from a cell of a Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN), determining whether the information indicates the cell supports circuit switched fallback (CSFB) voice calls, when the CSFB voice calls are not supported, determining whether at least one packet switched voice property of the station satisfies a predetermined condition and attaching to the cell of the PLMN when the predetermined condition is satisfied. A further method performed by a station connected to a PLMN that includes identifying cells of the PLMN available for the station to camp on, determining whether the station is capable of executing packet switched calls, when the station is not capable of executing packet switched calls, determining whether the identified cells have a neighbor cell that supports CSFB voice calls and prioritizing the cells that are identified as having neighbor cells that support CSFB voice calls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Gahima S. MBONYE, Vijay VENKATARAMAN, Srinivasan NIMMALA, Thanigaivelu ELANGOVAN, Abdul-Munem Al-KHUDAIRI, Anish K. GOYAL, Rafael L. RIVERA-BARRETO, Yifan ZHU, Ryan BOOTH, Lakshmi KAVURI, Venkateswara Rao MANEPALLI
  • Publication number: 20180063111
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for performing Wi-Fi authentication using an entitlement server in a wireless communication system. A wireless station may perform authentication with a carrier network entitlement server, using a protocol other than Wi-Fi. The wireless station may receive a Wi-Fi service token as part of the authentication with the carrier network entitlement server. The wireless station may perform Wi-Fi authentication with a Wi-Fi access point associated with the carrier network using the Wi-Fi service token. After performing Wi-Fi authentication using the Wi-Fi service token, the wireless station may communicate with the carrier network by way of the Wi-Fi access point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Chandiramohan Vasudevan, Vikram B. Yerrabommanahalli, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Francisco J. Gonzalez, Rohan C. Malthankar
  • Patent number: 9872286
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to broadcasting and receiving system information in a radio access network (RAN). In one embodiment, a base station includes at least one antenna, at least one radio, configured to perform cellular communication using a radio access technology (RAT), and one or more processors coupled to the radio. In this embodiment, the base station is configured to broadcast first system information blocks (SIBs) encoded using a first coding rate and a first identifier. In this embodiment, the base station is also configured to broadcast second SIBs encoded using a second coding rate that is lower than the first coding rate and a second identifier. In this embodiment, the second SIBs include only a portion of the information included in the first SIBs and the second SIBs are usable by user equipment devices (UEs) having a limited link budget to determine access parameters for the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tarik Tabet, Awais M. Hussain, Samy Khay-Ibbat, Sarma V. Vangala, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto
  • Patent number: 9860833
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to an accessory device that may operate in a first mode, where the first radio of the accessory device is configured to perform cellular communication with a base station, or a second mode, where the second radio of the accessory device is configured to perform short-range communication with a companion device and utilize cellular functionality of the companion device to provide cellular communications through the companion device to the base station. The accessory device may operate to selectively transition between the first mode and the second mode based on one or more factors, such as signal strength of the short-range communication between the accessory device and the companion device, the relative batter level of the two devices, and/or a communications status of the companion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Samy Khay-Ibbat, Tarik Tabet, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Moustafa M. Elsayed
  • Publication number: 20170359829
    Abstract: A user equipment (UE) device may communicate according to a new device category satisfying specified QoS (quality of service) requirements while also satisfying specified link budget requirements, and additional optimization requirements. The new device category may identify the UE device as a wearable device. According to some embodiments, LTE category M may be extended to support non-MTC operations performed by wearable devices. For example, the new device category may support UE mobility and may disallow access barring. Additional extensions may be implemented in response to an indication by the UE that the UE is implementing a specific application, such as VoLTE or a near real-time application, such as audio streaming. In some scenarios, the indication may include the UE indicating a specific QCI value. In some scenarios, the indication may include the UE attaching to a specific APN.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Tarik Tabet, Samy Khay-Ibbat, Krisztian Kiss, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Cesar Perez, Moustafa M. Elsayed, Prashant H. Vashi
  • Patent number: 9843885
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to methods for provisioning a secondary wireless device with an eSIM for wireless communication and activating multi-SIM functionality between the secondary wireless device and a primary wireless device having a subscribed SIM. The primary wireless device may act as a proxy in obtaining the eSIM for the secondary wireless device. The primary wireless device may then provide, to the cellular network, identifiers of the SIMs of the primary and secondary wireless devices. The primary wireless device may then request initiation of multi-SIM functionality for the two SIMs, and receive an indication that the multi-SIM functionality has been initiated. As an example, the multi-SIM functionality may be implemented by mapping the SIM of the primary wireless device and the SIM of the secondary wireless device (e.g., the provisioned eSIM) to the same Mobile Directory Number (MDN).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram B. Yerrabommanahalli, Li Li, Arun G. Mathias, Najeeb M. Abdulrahiman, Chandiramohan Vasudevan, Rohan C. Malthankar, Francisco J. Gonzalez, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Jean-Marc Padova
  • Publication number: 20170347278
    Abstract: System and methods for providing special radio provisions to link budget limited devices. Before establishing a cellular connection with a cellular network, a user equipment device (UE), such as a link budget limited UE, may negotiate the special radio provisions with the network by presenting requested profile information to the network, and receiving back approved profile information from the network. The UE may perform these communications either directly, via a non-cellular communication connection with the network, or indirectly, via a companion or proxy device. When the UE initiates a cellular connection with the network, both entities may use information specified in the approved profile information, which may improve efficiency of the connection. In some scenarios, the approved profile information may identify a class of devices to which the UE belongs. The approved profile information may also be used in establishing connections with other devices of the same class.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Francisco J. Gonzalez, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Rohan C. Malthankar, Sarma V. Vangala, Tarik Tabet
  • Patent number: 9832686
    Abstract: Mobile devices, base stations, and/or relay stations may implement CSFB (circuit switched fallback) operations by using RRC (radio resource control) connection release and/or handover procedures. If the CSFB RAT (radio access technology) target is not well configured, the UE may be informed and provisioned by the NW during a CSFB procedure with the information to return to LTE. Having this information, the UE may perform an autonomous search of LTE cells after the CSFB call release, speeding up return to LTE. To minimize potential call failures during CSFB, the UE may autonomously perform an additional cell search, in particular a search for cells on a RAT different from the initial target RAT. This creates an opportunity to prevent call failure of CSFB calls that would otherwise fail. The UE may be provisioned during the CSFB procedure with information to perform the additional cell search, should such a search be necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Farouk Belghoul, David Boettger, Krisztian Kiss, Dawei Zhang, Tarik Tabet, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Huarui Liang
  • Publication number: 20170332416
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods to support emergency services sessions by network elements and by a wireless device are disclosed. The wireless device, when roaming to a visited country/region, queries a network-based server to obtain information for Public Land Mobile Networks (PLMNs) that support emergency services sessions via non-cellular wireless access in the visited country/region. The network-based server responds with a list of PLMNs from which the wireless device selects a PLMN. The wireless device further queries the network-based server to obtain information for evolved Packet Data Gateways (ePDGs) for a selected PLMN and receives from the network-based server a list of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for ePDGs that support emergency services sessions via non-cellular wireless access for the selected PLMN.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Inventors: Krisztian KISS, Rohan C. MALTHANKAR, Rafael L. RIVERA-BARRETO, Vikram Bhaskara YERRABOMMANAHALLI
  • Publication number: 20170325123
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a wireless device such as a user equipment (UE) may communicate with a base station using an advanced form of carrier aggregation. The UE may provide signaling to the network specifying a number P of downlink component carriers to be configured for use by the UE for downlink carrier aggregation and a number Q of uplink component carriers to be configured for use by the UE for uplink carrier aggregation. The UE can only utilize a lesser number M of downlink component carriers at any given time in downlink carrier aggregation and can only utilize a lesser number N of uplink component carriers at any given time in uplink carrier aggregation. Thus the UE may request the network to configure a greater number P and Q of downlink and uplink component carriers, respectively, than the UE can actually use at any instant of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Inventors: Tarik Tabet, Awais M. Hussain, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Matthias Sauer, Christian W. Mucke, David Boettger, Moustafa M. Elsayed
  • Publication number: 20170289883
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods to support handover of emergency services sessions by network elements and by a wireless device between wireless networks are disclosed. The wireless device indicates an emergency services handover to applicable network elements, including an evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG), in one more messages when transferring an established emergency services session from a cellular wireless network to an untrusted non-cellular wireless network. In some embodiments, the wireless device includes a predefined string as part of a set of identification data in an IKE_AUTH request message sent to the ePDG. In some embodiments, the wireless device includes a previously allocated IP address within a payload of the IKE_AUTH request message to indicate handover of an existing session. By providing both the predefined “EMERGENCY” string and the previously allocated IP address, the wireless indicates a handover of an emergency services session between wireless networks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Krisztian KISS, Rafael L. RIVERA-BARRETO, Rohan C. MALTHANKAR, Vikram Bhaskara YERRABOMMANAHALLI, Xuqiang HUA
  • Publication number: 20170280422
    Abstract: A wireless communication device (UE) conducting wireless communications according to a specified radio access technology (RAT) in a first communications band belonging to a first network may be required to switch to a different communications band due to network restrictions and/or radio link failure. The UE may therefore perform a system scan identifying other communications bands associated with the first RAT and available at the present location of the UE. The UE may identify whether the other communications bands include preferred communications bands belonging to the first network, support a service associated with the wireless communications of the UE, and have an energy level higher than a specified threshold. If one or more preferred communications bands are present, the UE may switch communications from the first communications band to one of the preferred communications bands, even if it doesn't have the highest energy level among all the other communications bands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Alosious Pradeep Prabhakar, Jose A. Castelo Vega, Siddharth Pandey, Aditya A. Marawar, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto