Patents by Inventor Todd S. Biggs

Todd S. Biggs 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: 10021568
    Abstract: Methods and systems for associating a mobile station subscriber with at least one application or service are provided. The subscriber is provided with a subscriber identity module (“SIM”) identifier, which identities a SIM associated with the subscriber. The SIM identifier is bound to the application or service. The SIM identifier and the application or service are registered with a home location register (“HLR”) to bind the SIM identifier to the application or service. If the SIM is a virtual SIM, the provider of an application or service may cover the data costs associated with the use of that application or service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Todd S. Biggs, Robert E. Rapp, Alois Widmann
  • Publication number: 20160286399
    Abstract: Methods and systems for associating a mobile station subscriber with at least one application or service are provided. The subscriber is provided with a subscriber identity module (“SIM”) identifier, which identities a SIM associated with the subscriber. The SIM identifier is bound to the application or service. The SIM identifier and the application or service are registered with a home location register (“HLR”) to bind the SIM identifier to the application or service. If the SIM is a virtual SIM, the provider of an application or service may cover the data costs associated with the use of that application or service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Inventors: Todd S. Biggs, Robert E. Rapp, Alois Widmann
  • Patent number: 9369938
    Abstract: Methods and systems for associating a mobile station subscriber with at least one application or service are provided. The subscriber is provided with a subscriber identity module (“SIM”) identifier, which identifies a SIM associated with the subscriber. The SIM identifier is bound to the application or service. The SIM identifier and the application or service are registered with a home location register (“HLR”) to bind the SIM identifier to the application or service. If the SIM is a virtual SIM, the provider of an application or service may cover the data costs associated with the use of that application or service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Todd S. Biggs, Robert E. Rapp, Alois Widmann
  • Patent number: 8682997
    Abstract: Various embodiments utilize a real-time instant messaging or presence based communications system as a mechanism to remotely control the operation, programming, and/or review of media content on a device or system such as a television, media center, gaming device, digital video recorder and the like. In addition, the use of the instant messaging or presence based communication system opens up various social networking options for users. For example, users can, if allowed, gain access to the viewing habits of individuals in their contact list and exchange information with one another to provide a rich, robust sharing environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony R Bristol, Todd S. Biggs, Campbell D. Gunn, Tiffany L Shockley
  • Patent number: 8413167
    Abstract: Functionality is described for detecting an application's access to a user's information (or the application's request to access the user's information). The functionality sends a notification to the user which alerts the user to the access that has already taken place (or is pending approval). The functionality detects the current point of presence of the user, and based thereon, sends the notification to the user in an appropriate manner. Upon receipt of the notification, the user may optionally retrieve additional information regarding the application's access activity, modify the access rights of the application, and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Todd S. Biggs
  • Patent number: 8145708
    Abstract: Various embodiments can provide a virtual online robot (bot) or security agent. The agent or guardian can monitor on line conversations and can act to intervene in an event a conversation's content meets certain definable criteria that indicates that the content might be inappropriate or possibly harmful or risky. In at least some embodiments, the agent or guardian is configured to utilize natural language processing techniques to evaluate the context of a conversation across its span and/or conversations across individual users. Using natural language processing techniques, the agent or guardian can then present notifications or warnings to individual users (or others) when a particular conversation or portion thereof is deemed problematic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Todd S. Biggs, Campbell D. Gunn, Michael D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20110078228
    Abstract: Various embodiments utilize a real-time instant messaging or presence based communications system as a mechanism to remotely control the operation, programming, and/or review of media content on a device or system such as a television, media center, gaming device, digital video recorder and the like. In addition, the use of the instant messaging or presence based communication system opens up various social networking options for users. For example, users can, if allowed, gain access to the viewing habits of individuals in their contact list and exchange information with one another to provide a rich, robust sharing environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony R. Bristol, Campbell D. Gunn, Tiffany L. Shockley, Todd S. Biggs
  • Patent number: 7853661
    Abstract: Various embodiments utilize a real-time instant messaging or presence based communications system as a mechanism to remotely control the operation, programming, and/or review of media content on a device or system such as a television, media center, gaming device, digital video recorder and the like. In addition, the use of the instant messaging or presence based communication system opens up various social networking options for users. For example, users can, if allowed, gain access to the viewing habits of individuals in their contact list and exchange information with one another to provide a rich, robust sharing environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony R Bristol, Campbell D Gunn, Tiffany L Shockley, Todd S Biggs
  • Publication number: 20100248690
    Abstract: Methods and systems for associating a mobile station subscriber with at least one application or service are provided. The subscriber is provided with a subscriber identity module (“SIM”) identifier, which identifies a SIM associated with the subscriber. The SIM identifier is bound to the application or service The SIM identifier and the application or service are registered with a home location register (“HLR”) to bind the SIM identifier to the application or service. If the SIM is a virtual SIM, the provider of an application or service may cover the data costs associated with the use of that application or service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Todd S. Biggs, Robert E. Rapp, Alois Widmann
  • Patent number: 7752554
    Abstract: Various embodiments employ methods and techniques to enable users, and others, to manage or otherwise become more informed about applications or bots with which they interact. The methods and techniques, in at least some embodiments, can provide various types of indications, visual or otherwise, that pertain to various types of ratings that can be assigned to applications or bots and which can enable a user and others to assess the propriety, level and nature of their interaction with an application or bot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Todd S. Biggs, Campbell D. Gunn, Michael D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20090089803
    Abstract: Functionality is described for detecting an application's access to a user's information (or the application's request to access the user's information). The functionality sends a notification to the user which alerts the user to the access that has already taken place (or is pending approval). The functionality detects the current point of presence of the user, and based thereon, sends the notification to the user in an appropriate manner. Upon receipt of the notification, the user may optionally retrieve additional information regarding the application's access activity, modify the access rights of the application, and so on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Todd S. Biggs
  • Publication number: 20080114837
    Abstract: Various embodiments can provide a virtual online robot (bot) or security agent. The agent or guardian can monitor on line conversations and can act to intervene in an event a conversation's content meets certain definable criteria that indicates that the content might be inappropriate or possibly harmful or risky. In at least some embodiments, the agent or guardian is configured to utilize natural language processing techniques to evaluate the context of a conversation across its span and/or conversations across individual users. Using natural language processing techniques, the agent or guardian can then present notifications or warnings to individual users (or others) when a particular conversation or portion thereof is deemed problematic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Todd S. Biggs, Campbell D. Gunn, Michael D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20080086522
    Abstract: Various embodiments employ methods and techniques to enable users, and others, to manage or otherwise become more informed about applications or bots with which they interact. The methods and techniques, in at least some embodiments, can provide various types of indications, visual or otherwise, that pertain to various types of ratings that can be assigned to applications or bots and which can enable a user and others to assess the propriety, level and nature of their interaction with an application or bot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Todd S. Biggs, Campbell D. Gunn, Michael D. Smith