Patents by Inventor Richard Stirling-Gallacher

Richard Stirling-Gallacher 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: 20180368104
    Abstract: A method for transmit in an uplink includes receiving from an access node, information associated with a scheduling grant for an uplink transmission, the information comprising position information of a network resource allocated for the uplink transmission and first beam information of a receive beam used by the access node to receive the uplink transmission, selecting a transmit beam used by a user equipment to transmit the uplink transmission, wherein the transmit beam is selected in accordance with the first beam information of the receive beam, and transmitting using the transmit beam, the uplink transmission in accordance with the position information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Pengfei Xia, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu
  • Patent number: 10154496
    Abstract: A method for operating a transmission point includes transmitting a plurality of first directional reference signals and a plurality of second directional reference signals, the plurality of first directional reference signals sweeping different first beams in a first plane and the plurality of second directional reference signals sweeping different first beams of the first plane, and receiving from a reception point, a request for the transmission point to commence operations in the second plane and a first feedback from a reception point, the first feedback indicating at least one first beam of the first plane and at least one beam group of the second plane, where measurements of the at least one first beam and the at least one beam group of the second plane satisfy a first selection criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Stirling-Gallacher
  • Publication number: 20180351678
    Abstract: An interference suppression method, apparatus, and system to suppress interference between an uplink signal and a downlink signal, and improve communication quality. The method includes determining, by a first base station, control channel indication information of a first cell, where the first cell is any one of cells managed by the first base station, and the control channel indication information includes at least one piece of the following information of control channel indication information of a contradirectional-transmission frequency band on which the first cell is interfered with by a neighboring cell, or control channel indication information of a contradirectional-transmission subframe in which the first cell is interfered with by a neighboring cell, and sending, by the first base station, the control channel indication information to a second base station, where the second base station is a base station of the neighboring cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Lili Zhang, Richard Stirling-Gallacher
  • Publication number: 20180352507
    Abstract: A communication method, including receiving, by user equipment (UE), information about one or more backhaul links that is broadcast by different micro base stations, selecting, by the UE, a micro base station corresponding to backhaul link information that meets a preset condition, and accessing, by the UE, the selected micro base station when the selected micro base station is in an active state, or when the selected micro base station is in an inactive state, sending, by the UE, an activation signal to the selected micro base station, and accessing, by the UE, the selected micro base station after the micro base station is activated. Hence, a backhaul link can be used appropriately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Lili Zhang, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu
  • Patent number: 10148332
    Abstract: A method for operating a communications controller includes grouping a plurality of user equipments (UEs) in accordance with received channel condition reports, UE interference cancellation (IC) capability reports, and mobility estimates, thereby producing information about the grouping, selecting a first UE out of the plurality of UEs and a second UE out of the plurality of UEs, wherein the selecting is in accordance with the information about grouping, wherein a wide width beam is allocated to the first UE and a narrow width beam is allocated to the second UE, and wherein the wide width beam and the narrow width beam spatially overlap, co-scheduling resources of a first transmit block to the first UE and the second UE, determining first transmission parameters for the first UE and second transmission parameters for the second UE in accordance with the co-scheduled resources, and communicating with the first UE and the second UE in accordance with the first transmission parameters for the first UE and the se
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu, Lili Zhang
  • Patent number: 10135512
    Abstract: A method includes determining that a change is needed to a configuration of a user equipment (UE) centric cloud cell, where the determining is in accordance with measurement reports of beam-formed reference signals transmitted by mmWave TPs of a measurement set, and when the change comprises a change to a modulation coding scheme (MCS) level of a communications link associated with the UE centric cloud cell, adjusting the MCS level of the communications link. The method includes when the change comprises at least one of a change to a communications beam or a mmWave TP change, sending a change query requesting the at least one of the change to the communications beam or the mmWave TP change, and receiving from a central controller a confirmation message. The method includes updating a mmWave UE and second mmWave TPs of the UE centric cloud cell regarding the change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Nathan Edward Tenny, Bin Liu, Lili Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180331735
    Abstract: A method includes inserting a first reference signal and a plurality of bit fields on a first channel, to produce a first signal, where the plurality of bit fields includes a first bit field indicating whether a second reference signal is transmitted on a second channel, a second bit field indicating whether the first reference signal has the same precoding as the second reference signal, a third bit field indicating whether precoding of the first reference signal is similar to precoding of the second reference signal, or a fourth bit field indicating transmission precoding differences between the first reference signal and the second reference signal. The method also includes performing precoding on the first signal, to produce a first transmission signal, performing precoding on the second channel, to produce a second transmission signal, transmitting, to a receiver, the first transmission signal and transmitting, to the receiver, the second transmission signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Pengfei Xia, Bin Liu, Richard Stirling-Gallacher
  • Publication number: 20180324758
    Abstract: A paging method is disclosed. In an embodiment a method for paging monitoring implemented by a user equipment (UE) includes hashing an identity of the UE to determine a paging frame in which a page is to be sent to the UE and to determine a position of an indicator in a bitmap to be sent to the UE, wherein a value of the indicator indicates whether a page message associated with a paging group to which the UE belongs is transmitted in a current paging cycle, selecting a first downlink beamformed beam from a plurality of beams within the determined paging frame, receiving the bitmap from the first downlink beam and determining that the value of the indicator indicates that the page message is transmitted in the current paging cycle and, based thereon, receiving and decoding the page message to determine whether the UE is being paged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Nathan Edward Tenny, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu, Yunsong Yang
  • Publication number: 20180324738
    Abstract: A method for receiving device position determination includes receiving beamformed position reference signals (BF-PRSs) on a plurality of communications beams from at least two transmitting devices in accordance with a BF-PRS configuration, making at least one observed time difference of arrival (OTDOA) measurement in accordance with the BF-PRSs on the plurality of communications beams, and transmitting OTDOA feedback including the at least one OTDOA measurement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Nathan Edward Tenny, Bin Liu, Pengfei Xia, Aimin Justin Sang, Jian Luo
  • Patent number: 10116349
    Abstract: A method for operating a transmission-reception point (TRP) includes determining a first cycle of backhaul communications modes for the TRP, each backhaul communications mode of the first cycle is associated with a different time period and prompts the TRP to either transmit or receive using a subset of communications beams available to the TRP during an associated time period, wherein the communications beams used by the TRP and neighboring TRPs of the TRP in each associated time period are selected to prevent mutual interference, and wherein at least one backhaul communications mode of the first cycle prompts the TRP to either transmit or receive using all of the communications beams available to the TRP, determining a backhaul frame configuration for the TRP in accordance with the first cycle, the backhaul frame configuration specifying an arrangement of subframes of a frame used for backhaul communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Lili Zhang, Nathan Edward Tenny
  • Publication number: 20180310188
    Abstract: A method includes measuring beam-formed reference signals transmitted by a plurality of mmWave transmission points (TPs), sending a cloud cell formation request including indicators associated with best mmWave TPs determined in accordance with the measured beam-formed reference signals, receiving a cloud cell formation request response including indicators associated with a subset of the best mmWave TPs selected by a central controller in accordance with selection information, where the subset of the best mmWave TPs includes a first mmWave transmission point (TP) serving as a master TP and a second mmWave TP serving as a slave TP, and establishing a cloud cell with mmWave TPs of the subset of the best mmWave TPs selected by the central controller, where a data connection is established with the slave TP and at least a control connection is established with the master TP.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu, Nathan Edward Tenny, Lili Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180310127
    Abstract: A method for user device position determination includes initiating a location determination process, receiving measurement reports originating from at least two user devices, the measurement reports include observed time difference of arrival (OTDOA) measurements associated with at least two access nodes, inter-device measurements (IDMs) among the at least two user devices, and angle information associated with the at least two access nodes, and determining positions of the at least two user devices in accordance with the OTDOA measurements associated with the at least two access nodes, the IDMs, and the angle information associated with the at least two access nodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Pengfei Xia, Bin Liu, Nathan Edward Tenny, Richard Stirling-Gallacher
  • Patent number: 10111230
    Abstract: A method for communicating in a communications system using beamformed transmissions includes blanking an interference antenna beam out of a plurality of available antenna beams that one of causes interference to and receives interference from at least one neighboring base station during a conflict time interval of a frame, wherein the blanking is in accordance with configuration information comprising frame configuration information received from the at least one neighboring base station and frame configuration information of a serving base station (SBS), thereby producing a plurality of candidate antenna beams, scheduling communications opportunities for user equipments (UEs) in the conflict time interval on the plurality of candidate antenna beams, and communicating with scheduled UEs using the communications opportunities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Lili Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180302888
    Abstract: A method for transmitting feedback includes receiving feedback configuration information for explicit channel feedback for a plurality of transmit beam-receive beam combinations (TRBCs) between the user device and transmit-receive points (TRPs) of a multi-point set associated with the user device, generating the explicit channel feedback for the plurality of TRBCs, generating at least one modified uplink resource for each TRP in a subset of the TRPs of the multi-point set, the modified uplink resources are generated in accordance with the feedback configuration information, the modified uplink resources are configured to convey the explicit channel feedback to the subset of TRPs of the multi-point set, and transmitting the modified uplink resources to the subset of the TRPs of the multi-point set, where the at least one modified uplink resource associated with a TRP in the subset of the TRPs is transmitted to the TRP using a single TRBC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu, Lili Zhang, Nathan Edward Tenny
  • Publication number: 20180288772
    Abstract: A method for resource and power allocation indication in a beam-based access system is provided. In an embodiment, a method for signaling power allocation in a beam-based access system includes determining, by a transmit point (TP), a relative effective transmit power offset between a control beam and a data beam. The method also includes signaling, by the TP, the relative effective transmit power offset to a user equipment (UE). The UE performs automatic gain control (AGC) on a control channel and a data channel according to the relative effective transmit power offset signaled by the TP.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Bin Liu, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Pengfei Xia
  • Publication number: 20180270039
    Abstract: An interference indication method and apparatus are presented. After detecting interference from a neighboring cell, a base station sends interference indication information to the neighboring cell, where the interference indication information includes at least indication information of a frequency resource that receives the interference from the neighboring cell and that is configured to be in a flexible half-duplex mode, so as to indicate that the interference from the neighboring cell is interference on the frequency resource configured to be in the flexible half-duplex mode. In this way, in an application scenario of a flexible half-duplex technology, a base station can learn of a status of interference from a neighboring cell, so as to use a corresponding interference suppression mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Lili Zhang, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu
  • Publication number: 20180262296
    Abstract: A method of link adaptation is described including establishing, using a first serving point, a multi-user full duplex mode wherein the multi-user full duplex mode enables a downlink to a first wireless device and an uplink from a second wireless device. The first serving point requests from the first wireless device a first channel quality indicator indicating channel quality between the serving point and the first wireless device in a full duplex time period and a second channel quality indicator indicating channel quality between the serving point and the first wireless device in non-full duplex time period. The full duplex mode is evaluated using the first and second channel quality indicators. At least one parameter of the full duplex mode is adjusted based on the evaluating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu, Lili Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180254922
    Abstract: A method for transmitting feedback includes generating explicit channel feedback for a plurality of transmit beam-receive beam combinations (TRBCs) between the user device and a transmit-receive point (TRP), generating a modified resource in accordance with explicit feedback configuration information, the modified resource configured to convey the explicit channel feedback, wherein an explicit channel feedback associated with each TRBC is conveyed on a different data symbol of the modified resource, and transmitting the modified resource to the TRP using a single TRBC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu, Pengfei Xia, Nathan Edward Tenny, Hongcheng Zhuang
  • Publication number: 20180242329
    Abstract: A method for reducing interference at a first transmission point (TP) includes receiving a blanking bitmap from a second TP, the blanking bitmap includes an indicator of an interval of time when transmissions occurring on a transmission beam originating from the second TP are adjusted to reduce interference to the first TP, and scheduling communications for a user equipment (UE) served by the first TP in accordance with the blanking bitmap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Lili Zhang
  • Patent number: 10057881
    Abstract: An embodiment method for paging notification includes hashing an identity of a UE to determine a paging frame in which a page is to be sent to the UE and to determine an index of an entry in a bitmap, setting the entry at the index in the bitmap to a value indicating whether a page message associated with a paging group to which the UE belongs is transmitted in a current paging cycle, and transmitting the bitmap in each of a plurality of beamformed beams, wherein the beams are transmitted in a sweeping pattern such that at least one beam is transmitted in every portion of a coverage area of a component transmitting the beams and such that each of the beams is transmitted at least once during the paging frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Edward Tenny, Richard Stirling-Gallacher, Bin Liu, Yunsong Yang