Patents by Inventor Sophie Vrzic

Sophie Vrzic 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).

  • Patent number: 10244529
    Abstract: Systems and methods for OFDM channelization are provided that allow for the coexistence of sub-band channels and diversity channels. Methods of defining diversity sub-channels and sub-band sub-channels are provided and systematic channel definition and labeling schemes are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Hang Zhang, Jianglei Ma, Ming Jia, Sophie Vrzic, Mo-Han Fong, Dong-Sheng Yu, Hua Xu
  • Patent number: 10212589
    Abstract: A telecom connectivity service provider (TCSP) and a method for allocating an infrastructure resource to a virtual network operator (VNO). A TCSP control element sends to a downstream control element, a request for a portion of the infrastructure to be allocated to the TCSP by an infrastructure provider (InP) and receives a response from the downstream control element providing access to and control of the allocated infrastructure. The TCSP control element can pool the allocated infrastructure with other resources allocated to the TCSP and/or communicate with an upstream control element for providing access to and control of the allocated infrastructure to the VNO. The downstream control element is a local InP control element or a downstream TCSP control element. The upstream control element is a VNO control element or an upstream TCSP control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nimal Gamini Senarath, Sophie Vrzic, Jaya Rao
  • Patent number: 10205560
    Abstract: Methods described herein are for wireless communication systems. One aspect of the invention is directed to a method for a HARQ process, in which the HARQ process includes a first transmission of an encoder packet and at least one retransmission. The method involves allocating a transmission resource for each respective transmission. The method involves transmitting control information from a base station to a mobile station for each respective transmission. The control information includes information to uniquely identify the HARQ process and an identification of one of a time resource, a frequency resource and a time and frequency resource that is allocated for the transmission. In some embodiments of the invention, specific control information is signalled from a base station to a mobile station to enable RAS-HARQ operation. In some embodiments of the invention, retransmission signaling in included as part of regular unicast signaling used for both first transmission and retransmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mo-han Fong, Sophie Vrzic, Robert Novak, Jun Yuan, Dong-Sheng Yu
  • Publication number: 20190044671
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for allocating time-frequency resources for downlink (DL) and uplink (UL) communications between base stations and mobile stations. Different forms of resource allocation messages including combinations of bitmaps and bitfields provide additional information about the resources and/or how they are assigned. In some implementations the resource allocation messages enable reduced overhead, which may ultimately improve transmission rates and/or the quality of transmissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Novak, Mo-Han Fong, Hang Zhang, Sophie Vrzic
  • Patent number: 10200543
    Abstract: A method and system for providing Customer Service Management (CSM) a communication network, such as a 5G wireless communication network. The communication network provides at least one service involving one or more terminals serviced by the communication network. A CSM function is defined which is based upon said at least one service and customized to said at least one service, to provide service-customized CSM. CSM may provide service-based charging/billing, service-based context management, service-customized QoE control, service-customized network topology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nimal Gamini Senarath, Hang Zhang, Sophie Vrzic
  • Patent number: 10200480
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention is to provide a Connectivity Management (CM) function for use in networks such as a wireless network. The CM function can support both User Equipment (UE) and Machine Type Communication (MTC) devices in the network. In one embodiment of the first aspect, there is provided methods and systems for CM for a plurality of different types of devices that may evaluate tracking criteria to determine where and when wireless resources will need to be allocated to a wireless device. In some embodiments, these tracking criteria include location tracking and/or activity tracking. Another aspect provides for the instantiation of virtual CM functions established at appropriate physical nodes to provide device specific or service specific CM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hang Zhang, Sophie Vrzic, Nimal Gamini Senarath
  • Publication number: 20190007899
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for management of network slices in a communication network such as a 5th generation wireless communication network are provided. Management planes may be provided which are separate from the plurality of network slices. A connection manager residing in a management plane receives an indication that a mobile device is to be associated with the communication network. The connection manager may reside at an access node or in the core network. A network slice is determined, and the connection manager transmits instructions, to one or more network nodes, to associate the mobile device with the network slice. The instructions may be provided to a local connection manager. The slice may be requested explicitly by the mobile device, or determined based on device and/or network requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sophie VRZIC, Hang ZHANG, Nimal Gamini SENARATH
  • Patent number: 10171973
    Abstract: There is provided a method and system for management of Machine Type Communication (MTC) events. The system and method enables the detection of a state of the MTC event, correlating the state of MTC event with a Virtual Network Function (VNF) state of a VNF configured to mitigate the MTC event and transitioning the VNF to the VNF state which correlates with the MTC state. In this manner, the VNF can be in a configured and active state in advance of the MTC event reaching a critical state, thereby enabling mitigation of the MTC event prior to reaching the critical state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jaya Rao, Sophie Vrzic, Xu Li
  • Patent number: 10165514
    Abstract: A method for User Equipment (UE) power management in a wireless communication system is provided. A connection manager of the communication system receives a power management policy from a third party entity. The policy directs setting of a power management scheme according to status information of the UE. The third party entity is functionally separate from the UE and a network domain associated with the connection manager. Status information is received from the UE. A power management instruction is transmitted towards the UE to modify power management parameters stored in the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sophie Vrzic, Hang Zhang, Nimal Gamini Senarath
  • Patent number: 10164810
    Abstract: The description herein relates to pilot designs for an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) based communication system. In at least one embodiment, the communication system is one operating according to the IEEE 802.16m, or WiMax, standard. In general, an OFDM transmitter operates to insert pilot symbols into a resource of a transmit frame according to a predetermined staggered pilot symbol pattern defining pilot symbol locations within the resource of the transmit frame. The predetermined pilot symbol pattern is defined such that pilot symbols are located at or near time boundaries of the resource, at or near frequency boundaries of the resource, or both. By doing so, when generating a channel estimate for the communication channel between the OFDM transmitter and an OFDM receiver based on the pilot symbols, extrapolations needed to estimate the channel near the boundaries of the resource are optimized, thereby improving overall channel estimation accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Dong-Sheng Yu, Mo-Han Fong, Jianglei Ma, Sophie Vrzic, Hang Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180367288
    Abstract: A method at a network node of a Radio Access network (RAN) for controlling packet duplication. The method includes: receiving, via at least one network interface of the network node, information indicative of a quality of each one of at least two radio channels including a first radio channel between a User Equipment and a master node and a second radio channel between the User Equipment and a secondary node; determining, based on the received information, a respective splitting flag value associated with each of the master and secondary nodes; and controlling packet duplication based on the respective splitting flag value associated with each of the master and secondary nodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sophie Vrzic, Jaya Rao
  • Publication number: 20180337823
    Abstract: System and method embodiments are provided for providing customized virtual networks based on SONAC. In an embodiment, a network management entity for providing a customized VN includes a SONAC module executed by a computing device that is connected to a wireless network, the SONAC module configured to receive service requirement data from the wireless network and create a service customized VN according to the service requirement data, the service requirement data describing one or more service requirements, wherein the SONAC module comprises an interface to interact with: an SDT component, the SDT component used by the SONAC module to determine a service customized logical topology; an SDRA component that maps the logical topology to physical network resources within the wireless network; and a SDP component that determines an end-to-end data transport protocol for communication between a first device and a second device via the wireless network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Hang Zhang, Xu Li, Nimal Gamini Senarath, Sophie Vrzic, Ngoc-Dung Dao, Hamidreza Farmanbar
  • Publication number: 20180331786
    Abstract: A method for transmitting data in a multiple-input-multiple-output space-time coded communication using a mapping table mapping a plurality of symbols defining the communication to respective antennae from amongst a plurality of transmission antennae and to at least one other transmission resource. The mapping table may comprise Alamouti-coded primary segments and may also comprise secondary segments, comprising primary segments. The primary segments in the secondary segments may be defined in accordance to an Alamouti based code pattern applied at the segment level to define a segment-level Alamouti based code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Novak, Hosein Nikopourdeilami, Mo-Han Fong, Sophie Vrzic
  • Publication number: 20180332473
    Abstract: A method and system for machine type communication (MTC) service management using network function virtualization (NFV) is disclosed. In an embodiment, a method for a machine type communication (MTC) service management using a virtual network function (VNF) includes receiving, by a virtual serving gateway (v-s-SGW), a request for an MTC service from a MTC device through a radio node associated with the MTC device; sending, by the v-s-SGW, an authentication request to an MTC server to authenticate the MTC device; receiving, by the v-s-SGW, an authentication response from the MTC server; and establishing, by the v-s-SGW, an MTC bearer between the v-s-SGW and the radio node if the authentication is successful; wherein the v-s-SGW comprises a virtual connection management (v-CM) and a serving gateway (s-SGW).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Sophie Vrzic, Jaya Rao, Xu Li
  • Patent number: 10129894
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing traffic engineering in a communications network using a plurality of network slices are disclosed. The network slices are configured to manage a service including transmission of data along one or more flows along nodes of the communications network using a portion of physical link resources of the communications network. The method includes allocating the portion of physical link resources of the communications network associated with a first network slice of the plurality of network slices in accordance with instructions received from a traffic engineering entity associated with the first network slice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hamidreza Farmanbar, Sophie Vrzic, Hang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10129108
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing virtualized functions in control and data planes for a communications network are described herein. A method for managing a User Equipment (UE) attach request includes instantiating a Global Connection and Mobility Management (G-CMM) function configured to operate across a plurality of network slices in the communications network, determining an appropriate network slice from the plurality of network slices with the G-CMM function, and attaching the UE to the appropriate network slice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sophie Vrzic
  • Patent number: 10129812
    Abstract: A method for providing user agent data. The method includes an access node receiving an indicator sent from a relay node as an indication that the relay node has received data from the user agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Zhijun Cai, Chandra Sekhar Bontu, Yi Yu, Mo-Han Fong, Sophie Vrzic, James Earl Womack, Andrew Mark Earnshaw, Yi Song
  • Patent number: 10123205
    Abstract: An aspect of the disclosure provides a method of admitting a session from a user device subscribed to a service with a virtual network operator. The method includes receiving a service request from said user device at an Access Point and selecting a network function Authentication and Authorization (AA) function (AAF) to confirm the user device is authorized for the requested service, and transmitting the request to the selected network function AAA function. The AAAF which processes the request may reside with the virtual network operator (VNO). However, the VNO may share its AAA database with other network entities (for example, Telecom Connectivity Service Providers (TCSPs) or InPs), and allow those entities to perform the AAA functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nimal Gamini Senarath, Hang Zhang, Ngoc Dung Dao, Sophie Vrzic, Philippe Leroux
  • Publication number: 20180310304
    Abstract: Systems and methods for OFDM channelization are provided that allow for the coexistence of sub-band channels and diversity channels. Methods of defining diversity sub-channels and sub-band sub-channels are provided and systematic channel definition and labeling schemes are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Hang Zhang, Jianglei Ma, Ming Jia, Sophie Vrzic, Mo-Han Fong, Dong-Sheng Yu, Hua Xu
  • Patent number: 10110353
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for allocating time-frequency resources for downlink (DL) and uplink (UL) communications between base stations and mobile stations. Different forms of resource allocation messages including combinations of bitmaps and bitfields provide additional information about the resources and/or how they are assigned. In some implementations the resource allocation messages enable reduced overhead, which may ultimately improve transmission rates and/or the quality of transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Novak, Mo-Han Fong, Hang Zhang, Sophie Vrzic