Patents by Inventor Thomas J. Richardson

Thomas J. Richardson 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: 10378897
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for determining positioning information of a mobile device using modulated light signals. A modulated light signal may be received from each of at least one light source. Each modulated light signal may be decoded to obtain identification information identifying the at least one light source. An angle of arrival of each modulated light signal may also be identified. Each angle of arrival of may be associated with an identified light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Aleksandar Jovicic, Thomas J. Richardson
  • Patent number: 9848372
    Abstract: Systems and methodologies are described that facilitate identifying peers based upon encoded signals during peer discovery in a peer to peer network. For example, direct signaling that partitions a time-frequency resource into a number of segments can be utilized to communicate an identifier within a peer discovery interval; thus, a particular segment selected for transmission can signal a portion of the identifier, while a remainder can be signaled based upon tones communicated within the selected segment. Moreover, a subset of symbols within the resource can be reserved (e.g., unused) to enable identifying and/or correcting timing offset. Further, signaling can be effectuated over a plurality of peer discovery intervals such that partial identifiers communicated during each of the peer discovery intervals can be linked (e.g., based upon overlapping bits and/or bloom filter information).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Junyi Li, Rajiv Laroia, Saurabha R. Tavildar, Thomas J. Richardson, Xinzhou Wu, Leonard Henry Grokop
  • Patent number: 9842498
    Abstract: A method, a computer program product, and an apparatus for wireless communication are provided. The apparatus adjusts a number of sets of identifiers in a plurality of sets of identifiers based on traffic information. In addition, the apparatus selects an identifier from a set of identifiers of the plurality of sets of identifiers based on the traffic information. Furthermore, the apparatus communicates using resources associated with the selected identifier. The traffic information may include at least one of direction of travel, map information, velocity, whether approaching an intersection, whether departing an intersection, location, a number of vehicles within a particular area, information from other vehicles, type of intersection, whether the intersection includes stop lights or stop signs, at least one computed value based on acquired traffic information, or information from other wireless devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ying Wang, Xinzhou Wu, Sundar Subramanian, Junyi Li, Thomas J. Richardson
  • Patent number: 9743414
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for improved utilization of air link resources are discussed in wireless communications systems employing multi-sector base stations and wireless terminals with multiple antennas. Timing synchronization is maintained across the base station sectors, and the same set of tones are used in adjacent sectors. In a sector boundary region, which is typically a high interference region, a wireless terminal is set to a sector pair state and operated in a MIMO mode of operation, communicating with two adjacent base station antenna faces of the same base station concurrently, the two different adjacent base station antenna faces corresponding to different adjacent sectors. Thus, typically high interference sector boundary regions, are converted into high capacity regions by having the sectors coordinated and utilizing MIMO techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas J. Richardson, Vladimir Parizhsky
  • Patent number: 9680650
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for securing content for delivery via a communications network. The methods, systems and devices may involve coding a plurality of packets using a determined code to generate a coded set of packets. A plurality of packets of the coded set of packets may be hashed to generate a plurality of hashes. The plurality of hashes may be transmitted via the communications network to deliver the secured content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jubin Jose, Xinzhou Wu, Thomas J. Richardson
  • Patent number: 9525160
    Abstract: This invention relates to low-cost, electroactive-polymer incorporated fine-fiber composite membranes for use as overcharge and/or overdischarge protection separators in non-aqueous electrochemical cells and the methods for making such membranes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Guoying Chen, Thomas J. Richardson
  • Patent number: 9432817
    Abstract: Systems and methodologies are described that facilitate transmitting at least two different types of information in a single signal, whereby the different types of information can be encoded and decoded independently. Thus, changes to one type of information does not affect a second type of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Junyi Li, Thomas J. Richardson, Rajiv Laroia
  • Patent number: 9398591
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for improved utilization of air link resources are discussed in wireless communications systems employing multi-sector base stations and wireless terminals with multiple antennas. Timing synchronization is maintained across the base station sectors, and the same set of tones are used in adjacent sectors. In a sector boundary region, which is typically a high interference region, a wireless terminal is set to a sector pair state and operated in a MIMO mode of operation, communicating with two adjacent base station antenna faces of the same base station concurrently, the two different adjacent base station antenna faces corresponding to different adjacent sectors. Thus, typically high interference sector boundary regions, are converted into high capacity regions by having the sectors coordinated and utilizing MIMO techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas J. Richardson, Vladimir Parizhsky
  • Patent number: 9288773
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a computer program product are provided in which at least one of a peer-to-peer transmit power or a peer-to-peer duty cycle is adjusted based on at least one of a path loss to a serving base station or a path loss to at least one neighboring base station. In addition, a peer-to-peer signal is sent with the peer-to-peer transmit power or the peer-to-peer duty cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Xinzhou Wu, Anand Muralidhar, Hua Wang, Junyi Li, Thomas J. Richardson, Shailesh Patil
  • Patent number: 9277481
    Abstract: A wireless terminal supports both peer to peer communications and access node based communications. The wireless terminal considers and evaluates communications link alternatives and selects between (i) communication using a peer to peer link and (ii) communications using a link, with a base station serving as an access node, Received signals corresponding to each of the link alternatives are used in performing link quality determinations. In one example, a received user beacon signal from a peer wireless terminal is the received signal used for the peer to peer link evaluation and a: base station beacon signal is the received signal used for the access node link evaluation. A link is selected as a function of quality determination, predicted data throughput, link maintenance energy requirements, and/or least cost routing determination information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Rajiv Laroia, Frank A. Lane, Junyi Li, Thomas J. Richardson
  • Patent number: 9237553
    Abstract: A method, a computer program product, and an apparatus are provided. In one configuration, the apparatus transmits a first broadcast signal including information indicating an intention to use a unicast resource for a broadcast. In addition, the apparatus transmits a second broadcast signal in the unicast resource. In another configuration, the apparatus, which is a first wireless device, receives a first broadcast signal from a second wireless device including information indicating an intention to use a unicast resource for a broadcast. In addition, the apparatus receives a first scheduling signal from the second wireless device in a scheduling resource. The first scheduling signal is for indicating a second intention to use the unicast resource for transmitting a second broadcast signal. Furthermore, the apparatus refrains from transmitting a second scheduling signal in the scheduling resource in response to the first scheduling signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ying Wang, Sundar Subramanian, Xinzhou Wu, Junyi Li, Thomas J. Richardson
  • Patent number: 9198148
    Abstract: Systems and methodologies are described that facilitate identifying peers based upon encoded signals during peer discovery in a peer to peer network. For example, direct signaling that partitions a time-frequency resource into a number of segments can be utilized to communicate an identifier within a peer discovery interval; thus, a particular segment selected for transmission can signal a portion of the identifier, while a remainder can be signaled based upon tones communicated within the selected segment. Moreover, a subset of symbols within the resource can be reserved (e.g., unused) to enable identifying and/or correcting timing offset. Further, signaling can be effectuated over a plurality of peer discovery intervals such that partial identifiers communicated during each of the peer discovery intervals can be linked (e.g., based upon overlapping bits and/or bloom filter information).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Junyi Li, Rajiv Laroia, Saurabha R. Tavildar, Thomas J. Richardson, Xinzhou Wu, Leonard Henry Grokop
  • Patent number: 9137655
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for supporting peer to peer and infrastructure, e.g., cellular, communication in a multimode device which can operate in a cellular system are described. Methods and apparatus for supporting peer to peer devices are also described. Peer to peer communication occurs within a switching time period during which infrastructure signaling does not occur and devices switch between an uplink and a downlink mode of infrastructure operation. The time period set for the switching time period is intentionally set larger, e.g., 10, 50, 100 or even more times larger than that required based on maximum cell size. Thus, a peer to peer communications period can be introduced into a TDD system and use the same frequency band as the TDD system in a manner that can remain compliant with a cellular communications protocol which allows for a switching time period, e.g., set in the system by a parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas J. Richardson, Vincent Loncke, Edward Knapp, Sathyadev Uppala, Krishna G. Murti, Victor A. Abramsky
  • Patent number: 9137763
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a computer program product for wireless communication are provided in connection with enabling distributed frequency synchronization based on an average clock rate. In one example, a UE is equipped to receive a synchronization signal from each of one or more UEs, perform an averaging process to generate an average clock rate based at least on the received synchronization signals, and adjust an internal clock rate based on the average clock rate. In another example, a UE is equipped to adjust an internal clock rate of a UE based on timing information provided by a GPS, select a sequence to communicate a synchronization signal transmission from a subset of sequences reserved for GPS connected UEs, and transmit the synchronization signal based on the adjusted internal clock rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Saurabh R. Tavildar, Thomas J. Richardson, Junyi Li
  • Patent number: 9119074
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a computer program product for wireless communication are provided in which information indicating a partitioning between uplink and downlink resources is received, and communication with an access point to determine at least one of whether a downlink resource will be used for uplink or whether an uplink resource will be used for downlink is performed. Accordingly, a synchronous network may be provided where partitioning of uplink-downlink resources may be dynamically selected, which is more efficient than a synchronous network where uplink-downlink resource partitioning is global and semi-static.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Saurabh Tavildar, Junyi Li, Thomas J. Richardson, Nilesh N. Khude
  • Patent number: 9094164
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a computer program product for wireless communication are provided. The apparatus generates a codeword, determines at least one puncture to the codeword based on allowing a legacy receiver to decode the codeword without knowledge of the at least one puncture, replaces each of the at least one puncture with a pilot, and transmits the codeword. The apparatus may also generate an IEEE 802.11 codeword having pilots in a first set of subcarriers, and puncture the codeword with additional pilots unknown to a legacy receiver in a second set of subcarriers. Accordingly, when an original set of pilot symbols is insufficient or inappropriately placed in a resource structure, a codeword may be transmitted with a new pilot structure capable of being decoded by legacy receivers not aware of the new pilot structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sundar Subramanian, Xinzhou Wu, Quan Geng, Cyril Measson, Thomas J. Richardson, Junyi Li
  • Patent number: 9049733
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for use in a wireless system are described where initiation of packet transmission is constrained in accordance to control actual packet transmission in a manner that reduces contention and possible collisions beyond that provided by lower layer resource contention mechanisms, e.g., 802.11 carrier sensing and/or transmission back-off timing mechanisms. Through higher level, e.g., MAC constraints, on packet transmission initiation, an air interface which employs carrier sensing can be used and controlled in a manner which reduces collisions and interference in applications where small packets, e.g., packets which can be transmitted in a fraction of the maximum permitted transmission time. The methods allow small packets in such systems to be transmitted on a periodic or semi-periodic basis in many cases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sundar Subramanian, Shihuan Liu, Xinzhou Wu, Thomas J. Richardson, Junyi Li
  • Publication number: 20150125733
    Abstract: This invention relates to low-cost, electroactive-polymer incorporated fine-fiber composite membranes for use as overcharge and/or overdischarge protection separators in non-aqueous electrochemical cells and the methods for making such membranes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Guoying Chen, Thomas J. Richardson
  • Patent number: 9025466
    Abstract: A transmission initiation interval timing structure is used in combination with a lower layer timing structure, e.g., physical layer timing structure. A device selects a subset of packet transmission initiation intervals and then limits initiation of packet transmission to those intervals thereby reducing the potential for collisions. Packet transmission may occur outside the initiation interval in which the transmission is initiated. In some embodiments, packet transmission length is intentionally limited to sizes which can be transmitted in a fraction of the amount of time the physical layer allows a single device to continuously transmit, e.g., in an amount of time which is equal to or less than the duration of a packet transmission initiation interval. This increases the probability that multiple devices will be able to successfully transmit small packets at short intervals on a regular basis even when carrier sensing techniques are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ying Wang, Sundar Subramanian, Xinzhou Wu, Junyi Li, Thomas J. Richardson
  • Publication number: 20150058625
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for securing content for delivery via a communications network. The methods, systems and devices may involve coding a plurality of packets using a determined code to generate a coded set of packets. A plurality of packets of the coded set of packets may be hashed to generate a plurality of hashes. The plurality of hashes may be transmitted via the communications network to deliver the secured content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jubin Jose, Xinzhou Wu, Thomas J. Richardson