Patents by Inventor Sean Kelley

Sean Kelley 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: 20060035633
    Abstract: A communication system, upon receiving an instruction to transfer deferrable data, determines whether an air interface is congested and, when the air interface is congested, defers a transfer of the deferrable data or transfers the deferrable, lower priority data as higher priority data. When, during a transfer of deferrable data, the system determines that the air interface is congested, the system may terminate the call and save a state of a partially completed deferred data transfer. Subsequent to the termination of the call, the system establishes another data connection over the air interface and transfers any remaining, not yet transferred deferrable data. In order to discourage subscribers from transferring higher priority data as lower priority data, the system may further restrict a transfer of lower priority data to designated time periods while allowing a transfer of higher priority data during the designated time periods and other time periods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Inventors: John Harris, Jay Jayapalan, John Kay, Sean Kelley
  • Publication number: 20060009247
    Abstract: A communication system provides separate subscription keys for a non-subscriber version of a broadcast-multicast flow and a subscriber-only version of the flow, thereby controlling who may store or render the flow. In one embodiment, separate subscription keys may be assigned to a same broadcast-multicast flow. The communication system may then switch the keys used to encrypt the flow, or may use different keys to encrypt different copies of the flow, in order to allow at least non-subscribers to view one version of the flow and only subscribers to view another version of the flow. In another embodiment, the communication system may assign a group subscription key to a group of broadcast-multicast flows that is separate from the keys assigned to each individual flow. The group subscription key may then be used to encrypt a non-subscriber version of any broadcast-multicast flow in the group of broadcast-multicast flows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Publication date: January 12, 2006
    Inventors: Sean Kelley, Valentin Oprescu-Surcobe, Senaka Balasuriya
  • Publication number: 20050282571
    Abstract: A communication system provides one or more of congestion information and subscriber information to a broadcast applications server when the server receives a request to start a broadcast-multicast service in a coverage area. By providing the one or more of congestion information and subscriber information to the server, the server is able to make an informed, intelligent decision concerning blocking, unblocking, downgrading, or upgrading a broadcast-multicast flow of multiple broadcast-multicast flows requested for delivery to, or currently delivered to, the coverage area via a serving base station, and/or whether to add a new broadcast-multicast flow to the broadcast-multicast flows delivered to the coverage area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Publication date: December 22, 2005
    Inventors: Valentin Oprescu-Surcobe, Sean Kelley, William Payne, Joseph Smetana
  • Patent number: 6964401
    Abstract: A promotional item includes a digital data storage disk adapted for inserting into a player for playback by a recipient. A disk carrier holds the data storage disk. The disk carrier cooperates with the data storage disk to form a novelty beverage coaster adapted for protecting an underlying surface. A moisture-absorbent plug is inserted into a center hole formed with the data storage disk, and is adapted for receiving and, transporting moisture away from a top side of the coaster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventors: Michael Sean Kelley, William Tracey Walker
  • Publication number: 20050221835
    Abstract: Channel assignment is performed by utilizing a base station controller (BSC) or a base station depending upon a mobile unit's RF environment and/or the type of call being made. By performing call setup in this manner, mobiles that access with no soft handoff requirement (approximately 50% of mobile in IS-2000 systems) will have faster setup times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Publication date: October 6, 2005
    Inventors: Dean Thorson, John Harris, Sean Kelley, Daniel DeClerck
  • Publication number: 20050138671
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for adaptive broadcast transmission. A broadcast transmission can be received. Insufficiency of a broadcast channel quality can be determined. A negative acknowledgement signal can be sent on a common uplink channel in response to determining the broadcast channel quality is insufficient. The negative acknowledgement signal can be received on the common uplink channel at another location, the negative acknowledgement signal indicating broadcast channel quality is insufficient. The broadcast channel quality can be adjusted in response to receiving the negative acknowledgement signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Publication date: June 23, 2005
    Inventors: Robert Love, Senaka Balasuriya, Hao Bi, Brian Classon, Sean Kelley, David Krause
  • Publication number: 20050129231
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for broadcast services transmission and reception. Reception of a broadcast multicast transmission is requested. Preliminary short time updated key information is transmitted or received prior to transmitting or receiving a broadcast subscription key for the requested broadcast services transmission. An encrypted broadcast services transmission is transmitted or received. The encrypted broadcast services transmission is encrypted or decrypted using the preliminary short time updated key information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Publication date: June 16, 2005
    Inventors: Sean Kelley, William Alberth, Brian Classon, Dah-Lain Tang
  • Publication number: 20050113100
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein to address the need for reducing call setup delays with respect to supplemental channels. Modifications to channel assignment messaging (104), such as an enhanced ECAM, and service connection messaging (108), such as an enhanced SCM, are described. These modifications enable the assignment of SCHs (110) earlier in the call setup sequence. In addition, embodiments for determining and anticipating when such modified messaging may effectively speed the transfer of data (including VOIP) between a BS (201) and an MS (210) are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Inventors: Valentin Oprescu-Surcobe, John Harris, Sean Kelley
  • Publication number: 20050009547
    Abstract: The need to decrease paging-related delays in wireless systems (100) is addressed by embodiments herein. A RAN (201) anticipates that an MS (120) is likely to be a target of communication not yet initiated. In one embodiment, a traffic channel is assigned to the MS, when a loading level of a serving cell of the MS is below an assignment threshold. This avoids paging-related delays for the MS should the MS become a target of communication. In another embodiment, the MS is signaled to transition to at least one operational mode in which paging-related delays for the MS are reduced. Such modes include a semi-dormant mode, an unslotted mode, a control hold mode, a speculative scanning mode, and a reduced slot cycle index (RSCI) mode. This allows the MS to begin participating in communication more quickly than it otherwise would, should communication targeting the MS be initiated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Publication date: January 13, 2005
    Inventors: John Harris, Ronald Crocker, Sean Kelley
  • Publication number: 20050009548
    Abstract: In general, paging-related delays are reduced by empowering an idle mobile (120) to initiate a transition to semi-dormant, unslotted mode, and/or RSCI modes, based on triggers (304) known to the MS. This is an efficient manner (in terms of both RF and battery-life cost considerations) in which to use semi-dormant and RSCI modes (306). If the MS (120) is able to anticipate a paging channel (PCH) message (for example, after sending or receiving an SMS or presence update), then the MS can intelligently reduce its slot cycle index for a short period of time, sacrificing a small amount of battery life, when the R-SCI is most likely to deliver improved service. Moreover, if the MS is low mobility (i.e. low idle handoff rate), then the MS can transition to a semi-dormant mode with very little cost, since it will not need to send many radio environment reports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Publication date: January 13, 2005
    Inventors: Sean Kelley, John Harris
  • Publication number: 20050009534
    Abstract: The need to reduce the cost associated with signaling mobiles (120) across multiple cells (101-108) is addressed by embodiments of the present invention. A targeted MS is initially paged only in those cells in which the paging channel loading level is below a particular paging threshold. Similarly for short messaging, the RAN transmits the short messaging to the MS only in those cells in which the paging channel loading level is below a short messaging threshold. Therefore, the MS can be signaled in under-loaded cells first, were the effect on system capacity and performance is negligible. When successful, the MS signaling is achieved at a lower cost to the system than when loaded cells are involved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Publication date: January 13, 2005
    Inventors: John Harris, Ronald Crocker, Sean Kelley
  • Publication number: 20020191583
    Abstract: To address the need for a dispatch mobile (303, 305, 307) to more quickly make a call, in the preferred embodiment of the present invention those remote units operating in a dispatch mode (303, 305, 307) will receive a first slot cycle, while those remote units not operating in a dispatch mode (302, 304, 306, 308) will receive a second slot cycle. The second slot cycle is greater than the first slot cycle, so that those remote units operating in dispatch mode (303, 305, 307) will “wake up” during the slot cycle normally utilized for interconnect calls. Because shorter slot cycles are utilized for remote units operating in dispatch mode (303, 305, 307), the time it takes to make a dispatch call is greatly reduced. Additionally the minimum slot cycle duration typically used for standard calls remains unchanged, greatly conserving battery life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2001
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Inventors: John M. Harris, Sean Kelley, Daniel De Clerck, Philip Joseph Fleming, Stephen Spear, Ronald Thomas Crocker