Patents by Inventor Samuel N. Zellner

Samuel N. Zellner 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: 20190251531
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products create credit cards, debit cards, and other transactional cards. An image is received and provided on a transactional card. Account information is retrieved and associated with the transactional card. A machine-readable element is also provided on the transactional card and includes the account information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Carol Elizabeth Wagner, Steven N. Tischer
  • Patent number: 10366363
    Abstract: A method for processing packages is provided. A package is received at an intermediate shipping site and a delivery authorization status corresponding to the package is determined based on a threshold of some characteristic of the package. The package is delivered if the authorization status is that delivery is acceptable and the package is not delivered if the authorization status is that delivery is not acceptable. The acceptability of the package for delivery is determined by a response that an addressee provides to an electronic message notification of package availability. The electronic response preferably contains some authenticating information regarding the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Michael Silver, Linda Ann Roberts, Hong Thi Nguyen, Samuel N. Zellner
  • Patent number: 10354079
    Abstract: Location based security rules are provided for preventing unauthorized access to a device, application, system, content, and/or network, etc. The location-based security rules enable a user, computing device, system, etc. to access the requested item or information when the user provides proper identification information. The proper identification information is based in part on the location of the user and/or the user's access request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Samuel N. Zellner
  • Patent number: 10318939
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products create credit cards, debit cards, and other transactional cards. An image is received and provided on a transactional card. Account information is retrieved and associated with the transactional card. A machine-readable element is also provided on the transactional card and includes the account information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Carol Elizabeth Wagner, Steven N. Tischer
  • Patent number: 10292013
    Abstract: A method may use location information to transmit alert information to a communications device. Such a method may include receiving location information identifying a physical location of a mobile device; responsive to receiving an indication of communication intended for the mobile device, selecting an alerting tone based on the physical location of the mobile device; and providing instructions to adjust an alerting mechanism of the mobile device based on the selecting of the alerting tone. Other methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott M. Frank, Robert Jackson Starr, John P. Ruckart, Steven Neil Tischer, Samuel N. Zellner
  • Patent number: 10213696
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products adapt gaming applications to participants. Should one of the participants be a minor, for example, the gaming application may adapt to scenarios that are appropriate for minors. Similarly, the gaming application may adapt to customs associated with a country of a participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Steven A. Wright, Christian Kuhtz, Samuel N. Zellner, Robert J. Starr
  • Patent number: 10217137
    Abstract: Location-blocking and identity-blocking services that can be commercially offered by a service promoter, e.g., a cellular service provider or a web advertiser. In the identity-blocking service, the service provider may disclose the current physical location of a mobile subscriber (i.e., a cellular phone operator) to a third party (e.g., a web advertiser) subscribing to the identity-blocking service. However, the service provider may not send any identity information for the mobile subscriber to the third party. On the other hand, in the location-blocking service, the service provider may disclose the mobile subscriber's identity information to the third party, but not the current physical location of the mobile subscriber. Blocking of the mobile subscriber's identity or location information may be desirable for privacy reasons, to comply with a government regulation, or to implement a telecommunication service option selected by the mobile subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Mark J. Enzmann, Robert T. Moton, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20190019363
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for managing access based on activities of entities. A computing device can collect data that comprises an image. The computing device can identify an entity that is located in a range of a sensor. The computing device can determine an identity that is associated with the entity and an activity associated with the entity. The computing device can obtain a trust indicator associated with the entity. The computing device can determine, based on the trust indicator, if the activity should be allowed. If the computing device determines that the activity should be allowed, the computing device can initiate allowing of the activity. If the computing device determines that the activity should not be allowed, the computing device can initiate blocking of the activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Samuel N. Zellner
  • Publication number: 20180324545
    Abstract: Optimized location information is provided for a location based service. An event is detected which is indicative of an error in the location based service which degrades the performance of the location based service. A cause of the error is determined, and resolution of the error is initiated based on the determined cause.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Samuel N. Zellner
  • Publication number: 20180268153
    Abstract: Location based security rules are provided for preventing unauthorized access to a device, application, system, content, and/or network, etc. The location-based security rules enable a user, computing device, system, etc. to access the requested item or information when the user provides proper identification information. The proper identification information is based in part on the location of the user and/or the user's access request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventor: Samuel N. Zellner
  • Publication number: 20180227713
    Abstract: A method may use location information to transmit alert information to a communications device. Such a method may include receiving location information identifying a physical location of a mobile device; responsive to receiving an indication of communication intended for the mobile device, selecting an alerting tone based on the physical location of the mobile device; and providing instructions to adjust an alerting mechanism of the mobile device based on the selecting of the alerting tone. Other methods and systems are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Scott M. Frank, Robert Jackson Starr, John P. Ruckart, Steven Neil Tischer, Samuel N. Zellner
  • Patent number: 10028090
    Abstract: Optimized location information is provided for a location based service. An event is detected which is indicative of an error in the location based service which degrades the performance of the location based service. A cause of the error is determined, and resolution of the error is initiated based on the determined cause.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Samuel N. Zellner
  • Publication number: 20180189909
    Abstract: A patentability search and analysis system can, based on a submission, perform a patentability search that finds prior art relevant to the submission. An example system can operate to indicate the relevancy of prior art documents discovered in the search, and categorize the art. The system can determine a patentability indicator (e.g., a patentability score) representative of the likelihood that a patent will be granted on a patent application representative of the submission. The system can, based on an analysis of filed patent applications, provide rejection and allowance rates for the claims of those applications having a similar patentability indicator value to that of the patentability indicator. The rejection and allowance rates can be for the patent office as a whole, the art unit, or the examiner. Additionally, the system can provide a “confidence level” representative of the strength of the patentability indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Scott Frank, Robert Moton, JR., Ari Craine, Jason V. Chang
  • Publication number: 20180101871
    Abstract: Location-blocking and identity-blocking services that can be commercially offered by a service promoter, e.g., a cellular service provider or a web advertiser. In the identity-blocking service, the service provider may disclose the current physical location of a mobile subscriber (i.e., a cellular phone operator) to a third party (e.g., a web advertiser) subscribing to the identity-blocking service. However, the service provider may not send any identity information for the mobile subscriber to the third party. On the other hand, in the location-blocking service, the service provider may disclose the mobile subscriber's identity information to the third party, but not the current physical location of the mobile subscriber. Blocking of the mobile subscriber's identity or location information may be desirable for privacy reasons, to comply with a government regulation, or to implement a telecommunication service option selected by the mobile subscriber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Mark J. Enzmann, Robert T. Moton, JR.
  • Patent number: 9942737
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for remotely controlling one or more monitoring devices in a user's household in the event of emergency so as to more productively monitor the emergency situation on a real-time basis. The monitoring devices may include a number of multimedia instruments such as a telephone with an answering machine, a computer with a built-in digital camera, a video recording device, a cellular phone with an integrated digital camera, etc. An emergency service provider may remotely activate the monitoring devices in the user's vicinity upon receiving an emergency help request from the user, and receive the information sent by the monitoring devices to enable the service personnel to plan appropriate response to the emergency at hand. Such an arrangement allows for better monitoring of the user's vicinity in an emergency situation without the need for prolonged user participation in narrating or describing the emergency situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Mark J. Enzmann, Robert T. Moton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9852450
    Abstract: Location-blocking and identity-blocking services that can be commercially offered by a service promoter, e.g., a cellular service provider or a web advertiser. In the identity-blocking service, the service provider may disclose the current physical location of a mobile subscriber (i.e., a cellular phone operator) to a third party (e.g., a web advertiser) subscribing to the identity-blocking service. However, the service provider may not send any identity information for the mobile subscriber to the third party. On the other hand, in the location-blocking service, the service provider may disclose the mobile subscriber's identity information to the third party, but not the current physical location of the mobile subscriber. Blocking of the mobile subscriber's identity or location information may be desirable for privacy reasons, to comply with a government regulation, or to implement a telecommunication service option selected by the mobile sub scriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Mark J. Enzmann, Robert T. Moton, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20170265032
    Abstract: Optimized location information is provided for a location based service. An event is detected which is indicative of an error in the location based service which degrades the performance of the location based service. A cause of the error is determined, and resolution of the error is initiated based on the determined cause.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Samuel N. Zellner
  • Patent number: 9763091
    Abstract: Subscriber authorization information from a wireless communication device is identified. The subscriber authorization information indicates that an identity of a subscriber associated with the wireless communication device is authorized to be shared without sharing information that identifies a location of the wireless communication device. Subsequent to the subscriber authorization information being identified, the identity of the subscriber associated with the wireless communication device is received or retrieved without information that identifies the location of the wireless communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Mark J. Enzmann, Robert T. Moton, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20170221026
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products create credit cards, debit cards, and other transactional cards. An image is received and provided on a transactional card. Account information is retrieved and associated with the transactional card. A machine-readable element is also provided on the transactional card and includes the account information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel N. Zellner, Carol Elizabeth Wagner, Steven N. Tischer
  • Patent number: 9668086
    Abstract: Optimized location information is provided for a location based service. An event is detected which is indicative of an error in the location based service which degrades the performance of the location based service. A cause of the error is determined, and resolution of the error is initiated based on the determined cause.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Samuel N. Zellner