Patents by Inventor Thomas F. Kister

Thomas F. Kister 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: 20210391924
    Abstract: Methods and systems capable of launching signal-carrying transverse electromagnetic waves onto a transmission line in the higher voltage region of the transmission distribution network. Such methods and systems may include a surface wave launcher located in the higher voltage region, a network unit located in a lower voltage region, and an arrester separating the surface wave launcher and the network unit, the arrester preventing voltage from arcing over from the higher voltage region to the lower voltage region where the arrester provides the signal to the surface wave launcher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Inventors: David B. Bowler, Shaoting Gu, Xinfa Ma, Clarke V. Greene, David Grubb, III, Samuel Francois, Lawrence M. Hrivnak, Bruce C. Pratt, Theodore A. Colarusso, Thomas F. Kister, Robert Noonan, Vincent T. Lucarini, David F. Hubbell
  • Patent number: 11095369
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device communicably coupled to a power transmission line and capable of launching transverse electromagnetic waves onto the transmission line. The waves propagate data received from a data source connected to the device through a center conductor surrounded by a shield conductor. The device may include a reflector and a coupler adjacent to each other, the reflector electrically connected to the shield conductor and the coupler electrically connected to the center conductor at an unshielded connection point, wherein time-varying E-fields between the reflector and coupler are caused by the data received from the data source, and induce a transverse magnetic wave that propagates longitudinally along the surface of the transmission line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: David B. Bowler, Shaoting Gu, Xinfa Ma, Clarke V. Greene, David Grubb, III, Samuel Francois, Lawrence M. Hrivnak, Bruce C. Pratt, Theodore A. Colarusso, Thomas F. Kister, Robert Noonan, Vincent T. Lucarini, David F. Hubbell
  • Patent number: 11050490
    Abstract: Methods and systems capable of launching signal-carrying transverse electromagnetic waves onto a transmission line in the higher voltage region of the transmission distribution network. Such methods and systems may include a surface wave launcher located in the higher voltage region, a network unit located in a lower voltage region, and an arrester separating the surface wave launcher and the network unit, the arrester preventing voltage from arcing over from the higher voltage region to the lower voltage region where the arrester provides the signal to the surface wave launcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: David B. Bowler, Shaoting Gu, Xinfa Ma, Clarke V. Greene, David Grubb, III, Samuel Francois, Lawrence M. Hrivnak, Bruce C. Pratt, Theodore A. Colarusso, Thomas F. Kister, Robert Noonan, Vincent T. Lucarini, David F. Hubbell
  • Publication number: 20200287594
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device communicably coupled to a power transmission line and capable of launching transverse electromagnetic waves onto the transmission line. The waves propagate data received from a data source connected to the device through a center conductor surrounded by a shield conductor. The device may include a reflector and a coupler adjacent to each other, the reflector electrically connected to the shield conductor and the coupler electrically connected to the center conductor at an unshielded connection point, wherein time-varying E-fields between the reflector and coupler are caused by the data received from the data source, and induce a transverse magnetic wave that propagates longitudinally along the surface of the transmission line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: David B. Bowler, Shaoting Gu, Xinfa Ma, Clarke V. Greene, David Grubb, III, Samuel Francois, Lawrence M. Hrivnak, Bruce C. Pratt, Theodore A. Colarusso, Thomas F. Kister, Robert Noonan, Vincent T. Lucarini, David F. Hubbell
  • Publication number: 20200287626
    Abstract: Disclosed are one or more preferred geometric configurations for a device communicably coupled to a power transmission line and capable of launching transverse electromagnetic waves onto the transmission line. The waves propagate data received from a data source and may include a reflector and a coupler adjacent to each other through a transverse magnetic wave that propagates longitudinally along the surface of the transmission line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: David B. Bowler, Shaoting Gu, Xinfa Ma, Clarke V. Greene, David Grubb, III, Samuel Francois, Lawrence M. Hrivnak, Bruce C. Pratt, Theodore A. Colarusso, Thomas F. Kister, Robert Noonan, Vincent T. Lucarini, David F. Hubbell
  • Publication number: 20200287595
    Abstract: Disclosed is a signal conductor formed as a metal oxide varistor (MOV), the MOV having a first MOV and a second MOV separated by an insulator. In some embodiments, the disclosed signal conductor may be used in a system communicably coupled to a power transmission distribution network, the system capable of launching transverse electromagnetic waves onto a transmission line, where the electromagnetic waves propagating a data signal conveyed to the system by the MOV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: David B. Bowler, Shaoting Gu, Xinfa Ma, Clarke V. Greene, David Grubb, III, Samuel Francois, Lawrence M. Hrivnak, Bruce C. Pratt, Theodore A. Colarusso, Thomas F. Kister, Robert Noonan, Vincent T. Lucarini, David F. Hubbell
  • Publication number: 20200287591
    Abstract: Methods and systems capable of launching signal-carrying transverse electromagnetic waves onto a transmission line in the higher voltage region of the transmission distribution network. Such methods and systems may include a surface wave launcher located in the higher voltage region, a network unit located in a lower voltage region, and an arrester separating the surface wave launcher and the network unit, the arrester preventing voltage from arcing over from the higher voltage region to the lower voltage region where the arrester provides the signal to the surface wave launcher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: David B. Bowler, Shaoting Gu, Xinfa Ma, Clarke V. Greene, David Grubb, III, Samuel Francois, Lawrence M. Hrivnak, Bruce C. Pratt, Theodore A. Colarusso, Thomas F. Kister, Robert Noonan, Vincent T. Lucarini, David F. Hubbell
  • Publication number: 20140279597
    Abstract: A method for automated transfer of the unique ID of a consumer electronics device (CED) is disclosed. The method includes initiating registration of the CED with an external entity. The CED does not have ability to complete the registration with the external entity by itself. A unique identification for the CED is obtained and provided to the external entity in order to complete the registration of the CED. Registration of the CED is initiated by executing a registration program. The unique identification is obtained using a universal plug and play (UPnP) service that includes requesting the universal identification from the CED and receiving the universal identification from the CED. The unique identification is provided to the external entity by inserting it in an associated field provided as part of registration process. Apparatus for performing the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL INSTRUMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Thomas F. Kister
  • Publication number: 20130007828
    Abstract: An electronic device associated with a particular user includes a controller coupled to a display interface and to a receiver. The controller is configured to present a visual image on the display interface of the electronic device, and to present a foreground image on the display interface upon receipt of information indicative of a communication for the user associated with the electronic device, wherein the foreground image includes information indicative of the communication for the user associated with the electronic device and extraneous information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: MOTOROLA MOBILITY, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Kister, Alexander N. Kokhanyuk
  • Patent number: 8077850
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods that enable users to configure, customize, or personalize names for called number identification information. Accordingly, when such information is displayed for an incoming phone call, a user is able to quickly determine which line is being called based on a better user-created description of the CNI information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: General Instrument Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas F. Kister, Alexander N. Kokhanyuk
  • Publication number: 20100046729
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for providing call features of a telephone service to a user device, such as a television set top box or a personal computer, by using a multimedia terminal adapter to establish a first network connection with a call management server (CMS) and a second network connection with an application server associated with the user device so as to receive and forward call features and requests for such call features between the CMS and the user device without the need for an interface between the CMS and the application server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL INSTRUMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Louis D. Bifano, Thomas F. Kister, Jeffrey D. Ollis
  • Patent number: 7590414
    Abstract: A method using a wireless telephone (102) for placing a call is provided. The method includes receiving (202) a media stream over a first channel (110). The method also includes rendering (204) the media stream on the wireless telephone. Moreover, the method opens (206) a second channel (116) for a voice call while receiving the media stream over the first channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: General Instrument Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas F. Kister, Prema Venkatesulu
  • Publication number: 20090028307
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods that enable users to configure, customize, or personalize names for called number identification information. Accordingly, when such information is displayed for an incoming phone call, a user is able to quickly determine which line is being called based on a better user-created description of the CNI information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL INSTRUMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas F. Kister, Alexander N. Kokhanyuk
  • Publication number: 20080159502
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method and apparatus for providing caller identification information is disclosed. One or more valid alternate phone numbers is configured using a remote interface. The one or more valid alternate phone numbers are then stored. In another embodiment, a method and apparatus for providing caller identification information is disclosed. One or more valid alternate phone numbers is configured using a local interface. The one or more valid alternate phone numbers are then stored. In another embodiment, a method and apparatus for providing caller identification information is disclosed. A phone number is selected from a plurality of valid phone numbers comprising a primary phone number and one or more alternate phone numbers. The selected phone number is sent when placing a call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: GENERAL INSTRUMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Prema Venkatesulu, Louis D. Bifano, Thomas F. Kister
  • Publication number: 20080155408
    Abstract: A system, method and computer readable medium are described that issue ending reminders to users. As a user goes through his day, he will be reminded of the beginning of the events he has entered into his calendar. The described systems, methods and programs stored on computer readable medium also allow reminders to be issued at or near the end of certain events. This can typically be used by parents to remind them to pick up their children after their children finish an event such as athletic practice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: GENERAL INSTRUMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Albert F. Elcock, Thomas F. Kister
  • Publication number: 20080144082
    Abstract: A method and system (102) for communicating in a network (100) is provided. The method comprises receiving (204) at least one identifier associated with a communication target. The at least one identifier is received at a first communication device (102). Further, the method comprises acquiring (206) one or more images from at least one of the plurality of image collecting devices connected to the network. Moreover, the method comprises comparing (208) the at least one identifier with the one or more images acquired from at least one of the plurality of image collecting devices and establishing (210) communication between the first communication device and at least one other communication device connected to the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: GENERAL INSTRUMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Thomas F. Kister
  • Publication number: 20080146190
    Abstract: A method (200) for compiling and presenting an ordered list for each of the available options for a communication device is disclosed. The method includes monitoring a frequency of employment of available options by a user of the communication device (100). Further, the method (200) includes dynamically compiling a list for each of the available options. The list is ordered from the most frequently employed to the least frequently employed. Furthermore, the method (200) includes presenting the ordered list for access by the user of the communicating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Applicant: GENERAL INSTRUMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Thomas F. Kister
  • Publication number: 20080140818
    Abstract: A video processing device (10) and method (40) for managing operations, such as digital video recording operations, based on telephony signals, including caller ID signals. The method includes receiving multimedia content, receiving telephony signals and performing one or more video processing device operations, such as digital video recorder operations, in response to receiving the telephony signals. The video processing device includes a processor for receiving and processing multimedia content, and a memory element or storage device for storing at least a portion of received multimedia content. The processor and/or the video processing device is configured to perform one or more video processing operations in response to receiving telephony signals or instructions based on the received telephony signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: General Instrument Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas L. Du Breuil, Thomas F. Kister
  • Publication number: 20080100705
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for use in a surveillance system having a plurality of remotely located cameras that are in communication over a data network. The method includes the steps of: receiving a first message over the data network associated with a change in imaging status of a first camera; and transmitting over the data network, in response to receipt of the first message, a second message to a second camera instructing the second camera to change its imaging status.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas F. Kister, Michael R. Wimberly
  • Publication number: 20080084978
    Abstract: A method for receiving a caller identification (ID) number on an electronic device in a communication network (100) is provided. The communication network includes a plurality of electronic devices (104 and 106) and a plurality of network elements (102). The method includes receiving a signal from a first electronic device. The first electronic device has a primary caller ID number and at least one alternate caller ID number. The method also includes sending the alternate caller ID number to a second electronic device, based on the signal received from the first electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: GENERAL INSTRUMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Prema Venkatesulu, Louis D. Bifano, Thomas F. Kister