Patents by Inventor Steven M. Belz

Steven M. Belz 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: 10225618
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a device including a base station communicatively coupled to a communication system, and a communicative device communicatively coupled to the base station for providing voice communication services to a user, wherein the communicative device serves as a proxy to make telephone calls on behalf of a set-top box presenting media services to a presentation device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 10212235
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure include, for example, selecting a first communication device of the plurality of communication devices to analyze activities of the first communication device, presenting at a device activity information associated with the activities of the first communication device, facilitating an exchange of messages between the device and the first communication device, receiving a request from the device to transfer control of the first communication device to the device responsive to the device receiving an unsatisfactory response from the first communication device, and receiving control information from the device to adjust an operational aspect of the first communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Greg W. Edwards, Marc Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20180205997
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a device including a base station communicatively coupled to a communication system, and a communicative device communicatively coupled to the base station for providing voice communication services to a user, wherein the communicative device serves as a proxy to make telephone calls on behalf of a set-top box presenting media services to a presentation device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 9955223
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a device including a base station communicatively coupled to a communication system, and a communicative device communicatively coupled to the base station for providing voice communication services to a user, wherein the communicative device serves as a proxy to make telephone calls on behalf of a set-top box presenting media services to a presentation device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 9911298
    Abstract: A system for providing awareness of an interactive surface is disclosed. The system may include a processor that is communicatively linked to an interactive surface. The processor may determine a position and a velocity of an object that is within range of the interactive surface based on one or more of media content, vibrations, air movement, sounds and, global positioning data associated with the object. Additionally, the processor may determine if the object has a trajectory that would cause the object to collide with the interactive surface based on the information associated with the object. If the processor determines that the object has a trajectory that would cause the object to collide with the interactive surface, the processor can generate a notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James H. Pratt, Steven M. Belz, Marc A. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9860374
    Abstract: In embodiments of the disclosed technology, a plurality of ratings of websites is received, wherein each rating is associated with a category and a rater and each rater is associated with at least one group. A selection of a category is received from the user, wherein the user is associated with at least one group. One website location (or a plurality of website locations) is provided in the category to the user based on at least one rating of the plurality of ratings provided by at least one of the raters, wherein at least one group associated with the rater and at least one the group associated with the user are the same group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 9819989
    Abstract: Signals from a remote control device may be received in a first viewing area and retransmitted to a second viewing area to control customer premises equipment (CPE) devices in the second viewing area. In some embodiments, signals are translated for compatibility with the CPE devices in the second viewing area. A repeater in the first viewing area may receive infrared signals encoded with a remote control command and retransmit the remote control command with an RF signal to a receiver in the second viewing area. The repeater may be incorporated into a multimedia processing resource such as a set-top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Marc Sullivan, James Pratt
  • Patent number: 9788050
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for determining a tag based on an interaction of a mobile device with a media processor. The tag is associated with a number of options of video content received at the media processor. A request is determined from the media processor for the number of options of video content associated with the tag. A transfer of the plurality of options of video content is initiated from a video source to the media processor. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Pratt, Steven M. Belz, Marc Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20170223184
    Abstract: Alerts are processed based on social networks. A person's contact information, as an example, may be associated with a social network. Each different social network may also have its own custom ringtone or other alert. Calls, texts, and other electronic messages may thus processed with the alert of the social network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 9661129
    Abstract: Ring tones and other alerts are processed based on social networks. A person's contact information, as an example, may be associated with a social network. Each different social network may also have its own custom ringtone or other alert. Calls, texts, and other electronic messages may thus processed with the alert of the social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Larry B. Pearson
  • Publication number: 20170132896
    Abstract: A system for providing awareness of an interactive surface is disclosed. The system may include a processor that is communicatively linked to an interactive surface. The processor may determine a position and a velocity of an object that is within range of the interactive surface based on one or more of media content, vibrations, air movement, sounds and, global positioning data associated with the object. Additionally, the processor may determine if the object has a trajectory that would cause the object to collide with the interactive surface based on the information associated with the object. If the processor determines that the object has a trajectory that would cause the object to collide with the interactive surface, the processor can generate a notification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James H. Pratt, Steven M. Belz, Marc A. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9621943
    Abstract: A multimedia processing resource (MPR) includes interactive voice response capabilities. A user may control MPR commands and functions over a telephone interface. For example, through a telephone connection a user may receive a listing of electronic programming guide data, may schedule a multimedia program for recording, or may receive a report related to a multimedia program that is viewed at the present time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, James Pratt, Marc Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20170064002
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure include, for example, selecting a first communication device of the plurality of communication devices to analyze activities of the first communication device, presenting at a device activity information associated with the activities of the first communication device, facilitating an exchange of messages between the device and the first communication device, receiving a request from the device to transfer control of the first communication device to the device responsive to the device receiving an unsatisfactory response from the first communication device, and receiving control information from the device to adjust an operational aspect of the first communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: STEVEN M. BELZ, GREG W. EDWARDS, MARC SULLIVAN
  • Publication number: 20170041354
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, detecting another communication device during a communication session, adjusting without interruption the communication session to add the other communication device responsive to a determination according to conferencing information that the other communication device is authorized to join in the communication session, and controlling access by the other communication device to the communication session according to user input. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Lattanzi, STEVEN M. BELZ, JAMES PRATT
  • Patent number: 9552713
    Abstract: A system for providing awareness of an interactive surface is disclosed. The system may include a processor that is communicatively linked to an interactive surface. The processor may determine a position and a velocity of an object that is within range of the interactive surface based on one or more of media content, vibrations, air movement, sounds and, global positioning data associated with the object. Additionally, the processor may determine if the object has a trajectory that would cause the object to collide with the interactive surface based on the information associated with the object. If the processor determines that the object has a trajectory that would cause the object to collide with the interactive surface, the processor can generate a notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James H. Pratt, Steven M. Belz, Marc A. Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20160381216
    Abstract: In embodiments of the disclosed technology, a plurality of ratings of websites is received, wherein each rating is associated with a category and a rater and each rater is associated with at least one group. A selection of a category is received from the user, wherein the user is associated with at least one group. One website location (or a plurality of website locations) is provided in the category to the user based on at least one rating of the plurality of ratings provided by at least one of the raters, wherein at least one group associated with the rater and at least one the group associated with the user are the same group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 9516132
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure include, for example, selecting a first communication device of the plurality of communication devices to analyze activities of the first communication device, presenting at a device activity information associated with the activities of the first communication device, facilitating an exchange of messages between the device and the first communication device, receiving a request from the device to transfer control of the first communication device to the device responsive to the device receiving an unsatisfactory response from the first communication device, and receiving control information from the device to adjust an operational aspect of the first communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Greg W. Edwards, Marc Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20160323646
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a media device, media content from a media content server. A portion of the media content includes a first item concurrently depicted with a second item. The method includes receiving an input indicating a selection of the second item within the media content. The method includes, in response to the input, sending an identification request for information corresponding to the second item to an identification server in response to the input. The identification request includes data relating to a depiction of the second item. The method also includes receiving the information from the identification server in response to the identification request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Publication date: November 3, 2016
    Inventors: JAMES PRATT, STEVEN M. BELZ, GREGORY EDWARDS, PAUL VAN VLECK
  • Patent number: 9462103
    Abstract: In embodiments of the disclosed technology, a plurality of ratings of websites is received, wherein each rating is associated with a category and a rater and each rater is associated with at least one group. A selection of a category is received from the user, wherein the user is associated with at least one group. One website location (or a plurality of website locations) is provided in the category to the user based on at least one rating of the plurality of ratings provided by at least one of the raters, wherein at least one group associated with the rater and at least one the group associated with the user are the same group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Belz, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 9461760
    Abstract: A method for remediating broadcast digital television signals is disclosed. A television signal is buffered by a multimedia client, and analyzed for errors. If errors are detected, replacement data for the corrupted data are requested from a service provider using a network back-channel. The replacement data are obtained from the broadcasting entity and sent back to the multimedia client. The replacement data are used to generate and display a faultless version of the digital television signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marc Sullivan, Steven M. Belz, James Pratt