Patents by Inventor Steven M. Wollmershauser

Steven M. Wollmershauser 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: 20190222953
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box having a controller to receive a request for reverberation in an environment having a plurality of media devices, and adjust a time delay for audio signals presented by one of the plurality of media devices operably coupled to the set top box based at least in part on the request. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, William O. Sprague, JR., Jason B. Sprague
  • Patent number: 10284996
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box having a controller to receive a request for reverberation in an environment having a plurality of media devices, and adjust a time delay for audio signals presented by one of the plurality of media devices operably coupled to the set top box based at least in part on the request. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, William O. Sprague, Jr., Jason B. Sprague
  • Patent number: 10225604
    Abstract: A network addressable appliance with digital multimedia recording capabilities has limited access including playback of stored multimedia content upon faulty connection with a service provider network. Upon a connectivity event, the network addressable appliance compares a retrieved hardware address for a connected residential gateway to a stored hardware address for an assigned residential gateway. If the two hardware addresses correspond, the network addressable appliance provides playback to stored multimedia content. The system helps prevent violations of digital rights management rules by restricting access to stored multimedia content while the network addressable appliance is connected to an unauthorized residential gateway. The system provides a user with limited access (i.e. playback) to multimedia content during service provider network outages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, Jason B. Sprague, William O. Sprague, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10142182
    Abstract: A method includes, in response to determining that a transmission parameter of a communication received from a particular network device does not satisfy a bandwidth threshold indicated by a transmission rule, modifying the transmission parameter based on the transmission rule to produce a modified parameter. The particular network device is associated with a particular transmission rule that includes a particular data rate of network resources. The method includes applying the modified parameter to the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, Ahmad C. Ansari
  • Patent number: 10080065
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for continuously providing preexisting default advertisement data to an end user device from a non-transitory computer readable memory in an end user network interface device, prior to the end user device connecting to an online destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M Wollmershauser, William R Hurst
  • Patent number: 10075773
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a server in communication with a camera located on a customer premises. The server is adapted to transmit Internet Protocol formatted video, containing a surveillance portion from the camera and an advertisement portion, to a customer premises device. A method for sending the Internet Protocol formatted video is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M Wollmershauser, William O. Sprague, Jr., Eric Harris
  • Publication number: 20170213194
    Abstract: A method (300) and apparatus are disclosed for event notification. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a presence services system (PSS) (102) can have a controller (104) that manages operations of a communications interface (110). The controller can be programmed to monitor (302) presence information of a plurality of communication devices of an end user operating in a communications system, and receive (316) a request from a calendar reminder system (CRS) for access to the presence information. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, Yolius Diroo, Edward Walter, Brian Wilson, William R. Hurst, Anil Kumar Doradla
  • Publication number: 20170164045
    Abstract: A network addressable appliance with digital multimedia recording capabilities has limited access including playback of stored multimedia content upon faulty connection with a service provider network. Upon a connectivity event, the network addressable appliance compares a retrieved hardware address for a connected residential gateway to a stored hardware address for an assigned residential gateway. If the two hardware addresses correspond, the network addressable appliance provides playback to stored multimedia content. The system helps prevent violations of digital rights management rules by restricting access to stored multimedia content while the network addressable appliance is connected to an unauthorized residential gateway. The system provides a user with limited access (i.e. playback) to multimedia content during service provider network outages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, Jason B. Sprague, William O. Sprague, JR.
  • Publication number: 20170134827
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for continuously providing preexisting default advertisement data to an end user device from a non-transitory computer readable memory in an end user network interface device, prior to the end user device connecting to an online destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property l, LP
    Inventors: Steven M Wollmershauser, William R Hurst
  • Patent number: 9647974
    Abstract: A method (300) and apparatus are disclosed for event notification. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a presence services system (PSS) (102) can have a controller (104) that manages operations of a communications interface (110). The controller can be programmed to monitor (302) presence information of a plurality of communication devices of an end user operating in a communications system, and receive (316) a request from a calendar reminder system (CRS) for access to the presence information. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, Yolius Diroo, Edward Walter, Brian Wilson, William R. Hurst, Anil Kumar Doradla
  • Publication number: 20170055099
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box having a controller to receive a request for reverberation in an environment having a plurality of media devices, and adjust a time delay for audio signals presented by one of the plurality of media devices operably coupled to the set top box based at least in part on the request. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 23, 2017
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, William O. Sprague, JR., Jason B. Sprague
  • Patent number: 9578371
    Abstract: A network addressable appliance with digital multimedia recording capabilities has limited access including playback of stored multimedia content upon faulty connection with a service provider network. Upon a connectivity event, the network addressable appliance compares a retrieved hardware address for a connected residential gateway to a stored hardware address for an assigned residential gateway. If the two hardware addresses correspond, the network addressable appliance provides playback to stored multimedia content. The system helps prevent violations of digital rights management rules by restricting access to stored multimedia content while the network addressable appliance is connected to an unauthorized residential gateway. The system provides a user with limited access (i.e. playback) to multimedia content during service provider network outages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, Jason B. Sprague, William O. Sprague, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9473806
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for sending stored IPTV advertisement data from an IPTV network end user network interface device, the method including but not limited to intercepting data from the end user device connected to the end user network interface device before the data reaches a destination intended by an end user associated with the end user device; determining at the end user network interface device whether a television subscription is active for the end user network device; and sending the advertisement data from the television network device to the end user device for display when the television subscription is not active for the network interface device and instructions to connect the client device to a walled garden indicated by a uniform resource in the advertisement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M Wollmershauser, William R Hurst
  • Patent number: 9462407
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box having a controller to receive a request for reverberation in an environment having a plurality of media devices, and adjust a time delay for audio signals presented by one of the plurality of media devices operably coupled to the set top box based at least in part on the request. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M Wollmershauser, William O. Sprague, Jr., Jason B. Sprague
  • Publication number: 20160269799
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a server in communication with a camera located on a customer premises. The server is adapted to transmit Internet Protocol formatted video, containing a surveillance portion from the camera and an advertisement portion, to a customer premises device. A method for sending the Internet Protocol formatted video is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventors: STEVEN M. WOLLMERSHAUSER, WILLIAM O. SPRAGUE, JR., ERIC HARRIS
  • Publication number: 20160219321
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for sending stored IPTV advertisement data from an IPTV network end user network interface device, the method including but not limited to intercepting data from the end user device connected to the end user network interface device before the data reaches a destination intended by an end user associated with the end user device; determining at the end user network interface device whether a television subscription is active for the end user network device; and sending the advertisement data from the television network device to the end user device for display when the television subscription is not active for the network interface device and instructions to connect the client device to a walled garden indicated by a uniform resource in the advertisement data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, William R. Hurst
  • Patent number: 9380272
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a server in communication with a camera located on a customer premises. The server is adapted to transmit Internet Protocol formatted video, containing a surveillance portion from the camera and an advertisement portion, to a customer premises device. A method for sending the Internet Protocol formatted video is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, William O. Sprague, Jr., Eric Harris
  • Patent number: 9278283
    Abstract: A television includes a display, a first network interface to a packet-based network, and a decoder operable to process a multimedia data stream received via the first network interface. The television is operable to display content of the multimedia data stream on the display promptly upon receipt of a user request to power up the television. A method includes receiving a multimedia data stream at a network interface of a television, processing the multimedia data stream to generate content, and providing the video content to a display of the television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Walter, Yolius Diroo, Steven M. Wollmershauser
  • Publication number: 20160014065
    Abstract: A method (300) and apparatus are disclosed for event notification. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a presence services system (PSS) (102) can have a controller (104) that manages operations of a communications interface (110). The controller can be programmed to monitor (302) presence information of a plurality of communication devices of an end user operating in a communications system, and receive (316) a request from a calendar reminder system (CRS) for access to the presence information. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Publication date: January 14, 2016
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven M. Wollmershauser, Yolius Diroo, Edward Walter, Brian Wilson, William R. Hurst, Anil Kumar Doradla
  • Patent number: 9215418
    Abstract: A computer program and system are disclosed for sending stored IPTV advertisement data from an IPTV network end user network interface device, the computer program including but not limited to instructions to intercept data from the end user device connected to the end user network interface device before the data reaches a destination intended by an end user associated with the end user device; instructions to determine at the end user network interface device whether a television subscription is active for the end user network device; and instructions to send the advertisement data from the television network device to the end user device for display when the television subscription is not active for the network interface device and instructions to connect the client device to a walled garden indicated by a uniform resource in the advertisement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Steven M Wollmershauser, William R Hurst