Patents by Inventor Steven John Bennett

Steven John Bennett 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: 20220248482
    Abstract: There is provided a method and apparatus for supporting device to device communication between a source device and a destination device. The method includes transmitting, by the SRC device, one or more of reference signals, data information and control information (CI) in sub-frames (SFs) between two consecutive special SFs in a time division duplex (TDD) pattern. The method further includes receiving, by the SRC device, one or more of other reference signals, other data information and other CI in other SFs between other two consecutive special SFs in the TDD pattern. The method further includes switching, by the SRC device, operations between downlink (DL) and uplink (UL) in the one of the two consecutive special SFs or one of the other two consecutive special SFs. In the method, each frame of the TDD pattern includes at least two special SFs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald VOS, Steven John BENNETT
  • Patent number: 11395343
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses related to a two-step RACH procedure are provided. Channel conditions can be estimated based on a UE PRACH transmission rather than the subsequent PUSCH transmission in the first part of the two-step RACH. A variable length gap can be provided between the PRACH preamble transmission and the PUSCH transmission. Other solutions are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald Vos, Recep Serkan Dost, Steven John Bennett
  • Publication number: 20220225220
    Abstract: There is provided a method and apparatus for a method for initial access of a reduced capability (RedCap) device to a wireless network. The method includes receiving broadcast access permission information and determining an access permission status based on one or more characteristics of the RedCap device and the broadcast access permission information. The method further includes receiving, by the RedCap device, broadcast capability indication configuration information and determining a capability indication configuration based on the broadcast capability indication configuration information. The capability indication configuration is indicative of one or more messages to use for transmission of one or more capabilities of the RedCap device. The method further includes upon determination the access permission status indicates that the RedCap device is permitted to access to the wireless network, transmitting the one or more capabilities of the RedCap device via the one or more messages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2022
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald Vos, Recep Serkan Dost, Steven John Bennett
  • Patent number: 11382060
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for paging User Equipment (UE). According to embodiments, repetition of paging can help UEs to more reliably receive pages when they are operating in idle mode DRX, and in particular enhanced idle mode DRX (eDRX). The UE and the eNB are cooperatively configured to determine an eDRX time interval and a value for paging occasion (PO) repetition based on one or more parameters, such as UE mobility requirements; UE power requirements; latency requirements, and timing discrepancies between base stations. The base station transmits pages, and the UE monitors for said pages, with timing that is based on the eDRX time interval and the PO repetition values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald Vos, Steven John Bennett
  • Patent number: 11229028
    Abstract: The present technology provides a computer-implemented method and system for performing frequency selective scheduling between a user equipment (UE) and a base station. The UE selects a sub-band within a predetermined system bandwidth based on observed radio conditions. The UE then communicates the selected sub-band to the base station. The base station then selects a LTE resource block having a frequency range falling within the sub-band. The selected resource block is then used for communication between the base station and the UE. The process may be repeated at a frequency related to the channel coherence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald Vos, Ramon Khalona, Steven John Bennett
  • Patent number: 11202324
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a grant free state for user equipment, for example a machine type communication (MTC) UE. There is provided a method for transitioning a state of a User Equipment (UE). The method includes determining, by the UE, if data is to be sent and transitioning, by the UE, to a grant free state when no data is to be sent, wherein transitioning to the grant free state includes receiving a grant free identifier (GF-ID). In some embodiments, the method further includes in accordance with a determination that an amount of data to be sent is below a threshold, transmitting, by the UE, the data together with the GF-ID. In addition, user equipment and base transceiver stations are provided each of which include a processor and memory having instructions stored thereon, which when executed by the processor configure the respective UE or BTS to perform the respective methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald Vos, Steven John Bennett, Ali Cagatay Cirik, Naveen Mysore Balasubramanya, Lutz Hans-Joachim Lampe
  • Publication number: 20200267774
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses related to a two-step RACH procedure are provided. Channel conditions can be estimated based on a UE PRACH transmission rather than the subsequent PUSCH transmission in the first part of the two-step RACH. A variable length gap can be provided between the PRACH preamble transmission and the PUSCH transmission. Other solutions are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald VOS, Recep Serkan DOST, Steven John BENNETT
  • Patent number: 10630445
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatuses for implementation of cyclic prefix (CP) and demodulation reference signal (DMRS) in 2 sub-carrier pi/2 binary phase shift keying (BPSK) modulation in a communication system. DMRS symbols are interleaved with data-carrying symbols and configured such that they are alternatingly transmitted on different ones of the two sub-carriers. When a DMRS symbol is transmitted on one sub-carrier, the other sub-carrier may be unused. In implementing CP, phase rotations may be applied to modulation symbols, such that each concurrently transmitted pair of symbols is subjected to a same phase rotation. The phase rotation can be derived based on an average frequency of the two (e.g. adjacent) sub-carriers in use. The phase rotations can be updated recursively, and the update multiplied by a scaling factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald Vos, Steven John Bennett
  • Publication number: 20200092905
    Abstract: There is provided methods and apparatuses for small data transmissions in telecommunication network. Specifically, there is provided effective and substantially optimized methods and apparatuses for transmission of downlink data after uplink data transmissions in order that the complete small data transmission process is substantially optimized when used in conjunction with small uplink data transmission optimization techniques.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald VOS, Recep Serkan DOST, Steven John BENNETT
  • Patent number: 10455575
    Abstract: The present technology provides a method, apparatus and system for facilitating uplink communication from a user equipment (UE) to a base station in an LTE communication system. One or more frequency subcarriers within a predetermined LTE resource block are selected, covering less than the entire frequency range of the LTE resource block. The selected one or more frequency subcarriers are then used for communication from the UE to the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald Vos, Steven John Bennett, Lutz Hans-Joachim Lampe, Ghasem Naddafzadeh Shirazi, Ramon Khalona
  • Publication number: 20190222447
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatuses for implementation of cyclic prefix (CP) and demodulation reference signal (DMRS) in 2 sub-carrier pi/2 binary phase shift keying (BPSK) modulation in a communication system. DMRS symbols are interleaved with data-carrying symbols and configured such that they are alternatingly transmitted on different ones of the two sub-carriers. When a DMRS symbol is transmitted on one sub-carrier, the other sub-carrier may be unused. In implementing CP, phase rotations may be applied to modulation symbols, such that each concurrently transmitted pair of symbols is subjected to a same phase rotation. The phase rotation can be derived based on an average frequency of the two (e.g. adjacent) sub-carriers in use. The phase rotations can be updated recursively, and the update multiplied by a scaling factor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald Vos, Steven John Bennett
  • Publication number: 20190222388
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatuses for implementation of cyclic prefix (CP) and demodulation reference signal (DMRS) in 2 sub-carrier pi/2 binary phase shift keying (BPSK) modulation in a communication system. DMRS symbols arc interleaved with data-carrying symbols and configured such that they are alternatingly transmitted on different ones of the two sub-carriers. When a DMRS symbol is transmitted on one sub-carrier, the other sub-carrier may be unused. In implementing CP, phase rotations may be applied to modulation symbols, such that each concurrently transmitted pair of symbols is subjected to a same phase rotation. The phase rotation can be derived based on an average frequency of the two (e.g. adjacent) sub-carriers in use. The phase rotations can be updated recursively, and the update multiplied by a scaling factor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald VOS, Steven John BENNETT
  • Patent number: 10271302
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for paging terminals such as Low Cost User Equipment (UEs) in a wireless communication system such as the Long Term Evolution (LTE) system. Terminals determine their signal quality level and, based on the signal quality, determine a number of repetitions of a message to use for decoding of the message. The message corresponds to part of a procedure for paging the terminal. The terminal receives and combines the determined number of repetitions of the message in order to decode the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Sierra Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald Vos, Steven John Bennett
  • Patent number: 10200961
    Abstract: A method and system for facilitating operational adjustment of a User Equipment (UE) to a Long Term Evolution (LTE) cell serviced by an evolved NodeB (eNB). The eNB transmits a burst of multiple signals, each indicative of a Primary Synchronization Signal (PSS), and transmitted within a predetermined time frame. The UE, receives at least one signal of the burst, decodes the PSS based on the received at least one signal, and performs the operational adjustment based on the decoded PSS. The operational adjustment can include performing synchronization of the UE to the LTE cell and/or acquiring symbol timing of the LTE cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sierra Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald Vos, Naveen Mysore Balasubramanya, Steven John Bennett, Lutz Hans-Joachim Lampe
  • Patent number: 10111067
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for communicating system information and random access in a wireless communication system in an LTE system is provided. In some embodiments, a system information block (SIB) is transmitted in a configuration that is receivable by a limited-capability UE. The SIB may indicate a schedule of additional SIBs transmitted in the same configuration. The schedule may also be transmitted in another manner which is beyond capabilities of the UE to receive but within capabilities of full-capability UEs. Legacy SIB data may be spread between multiple new SIBs in this configuration. The configuration may include a limited transport block size and use of a limited number of physical resource blocks. Also provided is a Master Information Block (MIB) which indicates an extended System Frame Number count. Also provided is a means for communicating operating requirements from a UE by varying the timing and frequency of random access calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SIERRA WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven John Bennett, Gustav Gerald Vos
  • Patent number: 10051570
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for communicating system information in a wireless communication system is provided. The method comprises generating and sending by a base station, for example an eNB, a system information block (SIB) which includes at least one correlation enhancement bit. This SIB is received by the terminal, for example a MTC UE, and this SIB is subsequently correlated with a previously received SIB. Further, upon the correlation of the SIB and the previously received SIB, a determination is made whether the SIB has in fact changed. Upon determining if the SIB has changed, the terminal selects the correct SIB which is to be used for configuring communication with the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Sierra Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald Vos, Steven John Bennett
  • Patent number: 9948789
    Abstract: The present technology provides a method and system for monetizing the usage of a certain “reserved service,” which comprises usage of certain reserved wireless operating modes, such as Ultra High Coverage Mode (UHCM), usage of one or more reserved Modulation and Coding Schemes (MCSs), or a combination thereof. In some embodiments the reserved MCSs may be employed solely when using the reserved operating mode. Similarly, the reserved operating mode may be defined at least in part by its usage of the reserved MCSs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Sierra Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald Vos, Richard Thomas Kavanaugh, Steven John Bennett
  • Publication number: 20180098360
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a grant free state for user equipment, for example a machine type communication (MTC) UE. There is provided a method for transitioning a state of a User Equipment (UE). The method includes determining, by the UE, if data is to be sent and transitioning, by the UE, to a grant free state when no data is to be sent, wherein transitioning to the grant free state includes receiving a grant free identifier (GF-ID). In some embodiments, the method further includes in accordance with a determination that an amount of data to be sent is below a threshold, transmitting, by the UE, the data together with the GF-ID. In addition, user equipment and base transceiver stations are provided each of which include a processor and memory having instructions stored thereon, which when executed by the processor configure the respective UE or BTS to perform the respective methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald Vos, Steven John Bennett, Ali Cagatay Cirik, Naveen Mysore Balasubramanya, Lutz Hans-Joachim Lampe
  • Patent number: 9854423
    Abstract: A method and system for facilitating a controlled wireless communication relationship between a first device and a second device is provided. The wireless communication relationship is established at least in part via a portion of licensed radio spectrum. A remote validation server is contacted to obtain a validated authorization to use the portion of licensed radio spectrum for radio communication. Proof of the authorization between the first device and the second device is communicated. The first device and the second device subsequently enter into an authorized wireless communication relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Sierra Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Gustav Gerald Vos, Steven John Bennett
  • Publication number: 20170302479
    Abstract: The present technology provides a system and methods for carrier frequency offset (CFO) estimation. According to embodiments, there is provided a system and method for CFO estimation for narrow band 3GPP LTE/LTE-A Machine Type Communication (MTC) uplinks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Naveen MYSORE BALASUBRAMANYA, Lutz Hans-Joachim LAMPE, Gustav Gerald VOS, Steven John BENNETT