Patents by Inventor Robert M. Higgins

Robert M. Higgins 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: 20190238401
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method including selecting a solution set of devices from a set of candidate devices connected to a network to provide a service via a virtual device, generating a virtual finite state machine to control execution of the required functions of the virtual device via selected capabilities of each device of the solution set of devices transmitting, to a controller device of the solution set of devices, the virtual finite state machine, wherein execution of the virtual finite state machine by the controller device causes the controller device to control the required functions of the virtual device via the selected capabilities of each device of the solution set of devices, and transmitting, to non-controller devices of the solution set of devices, software data and configuration data, wherein execution of the software data at the non-controller devices according to the configuration data causes the non-controller devices to perform the selected capabil
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Julio Cartaya, Robert M. Higgins
  • Patent number: 10298448
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method including selecting a solution set of devices from a set of candidate devices connected to a network to provide a service via a virtual device, generating a virtual finite state machine to control execution of the required functions of the virtual device via selected capabilities of each device of the solution set of devices transmitting, to a controller device of the solution set of devices, the virtual finite state machine, wherein execution of the virtual finite state machine by the controller device causes the controller device to control the required functions of the virtual device via the selected capabilities of each device of the solution set of devices, and transmitting, to non-controller devices of the solution set of devices, software data and configuration data, wherein execution of the software data at the non-controller devices according to the configuration data causes the non-controller devices to perform the selected capabil
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Julio Cartaya, Robert M. Higgins
  • Publication number: 20190141043
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a process that includes receiving first input defining a relationship between first and second entities, generating a first rule based on the first input, wherein the first rule determines accessibility of a networked service, and associating the first rule with the relationship. The first rule modifies settings of a service management infrastructure to effectuate the first rule in accordance with the relationship, wherein the service management infrastructure provides access to the networked service based on the accessibility. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert M. Higgins, Julio Cartaya, Steven A. Siegel
  • Patent number: 10187388
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a process that includes receiving first input defining a relationship between first and second entities, generating a first rule based on the first input, wherein the first rule determines accessibility of a networked service, and associating the first rule with the relationship. The first rule modifies settings of a service management infrastructure to effectuate the first rule in accordance with the relationship, wherein the service management infrastructure provides access to the networked service based on the accessibility. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert M. Higgins, Julio Cartaya, Steven A. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20180145882
    Abstract: A network functions virtualization (NFV) network can be configured to operate according to NFV protocols that decouple software functionality from specific hardware elements. A referent system can be provided that identifies a precise physical location of devices associated with the NFV network relative to other equipment or devices associated with the NFV network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Robert M. Higgins, Mark Jeffrey Foladare, Dean Bragg, John Ng
  • Publication number: 20180083828
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method including selecting a solution set of devices from a set of candidate devices connected to a network to provide a service via a virtual device, generating a virtual finite state machine to control execution of the required functions of the virtual device via selected capabilities of each device of the solution set of devices transmitting, to a controller device of the solution set of devices, the virtual finite state machine, wherein execution of the virtual finite state machine by the controller device causes the controller device to control the required functions of the virtual device via the selected capabilities of each device of the solution set of devices, and transmitting, to non-controller devices of the solution set of devices, software data and configuration data, wherein execution of the software data at the non-controller devices according to the configuration data causes the non-controller devices to perform the selected capabil
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Julio Cartaya, Robert M. Higgins
  • Patent number: 9887882
    Abstract: A network functions virtualization (NFV) network can be configured to operate according to NFV protocols that decouple software functionality from specific hardware elements. A referent system can be provided that identifies a precise physical location of devices associated with the NFV network relative to other equipment or devices associated with the NFV network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert M. Higgins, Mark Jeffrey Foladare, Dean Bragg, John Ng
  • Publication number: 20170245109
    Abstract: A request to instantiate a first service is received. The first service is subject to policy constraints including a location. It is determined that a first set of resources at the location is required for instantiation of the first service. The first set of resources is reallocated to the first service from a second service. The first service is instantiated at the location utilizing the first set of resources reallocated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Foladare, Robert M. Higgins
  • Publication number: 20170178518
    Abstract: Examples for controlling an aerial device are described. An example method includes a processor receiving a request comprising an origin location and a destination location, determining a flight path based on the origin location and the destination location, wherein the flight path is determined based on at least one policy driven control rule, providing the flight path in response to the request and monitoring an unmanned aerial vehicle traversing the flight path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Foladare, Robert M. Higgins, Reuben Klein
  • Patent number: 9674343
    Abstract: A request to instantiate a first service is received. The first service is subject to policy constraints including a location. It is determined that a first set of resources at the location is required for instantiation of the first service. The first set of resources is reallocated to the first service from a second service. The first service is instantiated at the location utilizing the first set of resources reallocated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Foladare, Robert M. Higgins
  • Publication number: 20160373297
    Abstract: A device and method manages components of a network. The method performed in a registry includes recording, for an instantiated component (IC), an identification thereof. The method includes recording, for the IC, a location of the IC, the location being a physical location or a virtual location. The method includes recording, for the IC, a relation of the IC to a second IC. The method includes receiving a change to one of the identification, the location, and the relation. The method includes recording the change and a further change to another one of the identification, the location, and the relation based upon the change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Inventors: John NG, Dean Bragg, Mark Jeffrey Foladare, Robert M. Higgins
  • Publication number: 20160366023
    Abstract: A network functions virtualization (NFV) network can be configured to operate according to NFV protocols that decouple software functionality from specific hardware elements. A referent system can be provided that identifies a precise physical location of devices associated with the NFV network relative to other equipment or devices associated with the NFV network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Robert M. Higgins, Mark Jeffrey Foladare, Dean Bragg, John Ng
  • Publication number: 20160269237
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a process that includes receiving first input defining a relationship between first and second entities, generating a first rule based on the first input, wherein the first rule determines accessibility of a networked service, and associating the first rule with the relationship. The first rule modifies settings of a service management infrastructure to effectuate the first rule in accordance with the relationship, wherein the service management infrastructure provides access to the networked service based on the accessibility. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventors: Robert M. Higgins, Julio Cartaya, Steven A. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20160150076
    Abstract: A request to instantiate a first service is received. The first service is subject to policy constraints including a location. It is determined that a first set of resources at the location is required for instantiation of the first service. The first set of resources is reallocated to the first service from a second service. The first service is instantiated at the location utilizing the first set of resources reallocated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Jeffrey Foladare, Robert M. Higgins
  • Patent number: 6538669
    Abstract: A storage server architecture supporting virtual devices and virtual circuits for storing data is provided. The storage server includes a plurality of communication interfaces. A first set of communication interfaces in the plurality is adapted for connection to all kinds of users of data. A second set of communication interfaces in the plurality is adapted for connection to respective devices in a pool of storage devices. Data processing resources in the server are coupled to the plurality of communication interfaces for transferring data among the interfaces. The data processing resources comprise a plurality of driver modules and configurable logic linking driver modules into data paths. Each configured data path acts as a virtual circuit that includes a set of driver modules selected from the plurality of driver modules. A data storage transaction which is received at a communication interface is mapped to one of the configured data paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Richard A. Lagueux, Jr., Joel H. Stave, John B. Yeaman, Brian E. Stevens, Robert M. Higgins, James M. Collins
  • Publication number: 20010046771
    Abstract: A thin film resistor (60) having a low TCR (temperature coefficient of resistance) and a method for engineering the TCR of a material for a thin film resistor (60). The thin film resistor (60) comprises a material with a sheet resistance selected for low or zero TCR. In order to increase the sheet resistance, a thinner (e.g., 20-50 Å) layer of material may be used for thin film resistor (60).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Inventors: Philipp Steinmann, Stuart M. Jacobsen, Robert M. Higgins