Patents by Inventor William R. Walker

William R. Walker 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: 11544101
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing network experience shifting, and, in particular embodiments, using either a roaming or portable hypervisor associated with a user or a local hypervisor unassociated with the user. In some embodiments, a network node in a first network might receive, via a first network access device in a second network, a request from a user device to establish roaming network access, and might authenticate a user associated with the user device, the user being unassociated with the first network access device. Based on a determination that the user is authorized to access data, content, profiles, and/or software applications that are accessible via a second network access device, the network node might establish a secure private connection through a hypervisor or container communicatively coupled to the first network access device to provide the user with access to her data, content, profiles, and/or software applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Charles I. Cook, Kevin M. McBride, Matthew J. Post, William R. Walker
  • Publication number: 20210373932
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing network experience shifting, and, in particular embodiments, using either a roaming or portable hypervisor associated with a user or a local hypervisor unassociated with the user. In some embodiments, a network node in a first network might receive, via a first network access device in a second network, a request from a user device to establish roaming network access, and might authenticate a user associated with the user device, the user being unassociated with the first network access device. Based on a determination that the user is authorized to access data, content, profiles, and/or software applications that are accessible via a second network access device, the network node might establish a secure private connection through a hypervisor or container communicatively coupled to the first network access device to provide the user with access to her data, content, profiles, and/or software applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Charles I. Cook, Kevin M. McBride, Matthew J. Post, William R. Walker
  • Patent number: 11122096
    Abstract: System and methods for initiating a media streaming device, particularly for devices associated with a guest services environment. Such initiation may include: receiving, at a proxy server, a request from a mobile device to join a guest services network, the request identifying a user of the mobile device; verifying a registration of the user, the registration indicating permission of the user to join the guest services network, to yield a verification; identifying, based on the verification, a media streaming device associated with the registration of the user; and configuring the media streaming device to be controllable by the mobile device, such that control commands are routed from the mobile device through the proxy server to the media streaming device, and streaming content is routed from the Internet to the media streaming device bypassing the proxy server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Marriott International, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Straitiff, Neil R. Schubert, III, William R. Walker
  • Patent number: 11099883
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing network experience shifting, and, in particular embodiments, using either a roaming or portable hypervisor associated with a user or a local hypervisor unassociated with the user. In some embodiments, a network node in a first network might receive, via a first network access device in a second network, a request from a user device to establish roaming network access, and might authenticate a user associated with the user device, the user being unassociated with the first network access device. Based on a determination that the user is authorized to access data, content, profiles, and/or software applications that are accessible via a second network access device, the network node might establish a secure private connection through a hypervisor or container communicatively coupled to the first network access device to provide the user with access to her data, content, profiles, and/or software applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Charles I. Cook, Kevin M. McBride, Matthew J. Post, William R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10919523
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality. In some embodiments, a computing system or IoT management node might receive sensor data from one or more IoT-capable sensors, analyze the sensor data to determine one or more actions to be taken, and identify one or more devices (e.g., household devices associated with a customer premises; vehicular components associated with a vehicle; devices disposed in, on, or along a roadway; devices disposed throughout a population area; etc.) for performing the determined one or more first actions. The computing system or IoT management node then autonomously controls each of the identified one or more devices to perform tasks based on the determined one or more first actions to be taken, thereby implementing smart environment functionality (e.g., smart home, building, or customer premises functionality, smart vehicle functionality, smart roadway functionality, smart city functionality, and so on).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Tom Funk, Phil Carpenter, William R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10893006
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing virtual platform media access control (“MAC”) address-based layer 2 and layer 3 network switching. In some embodiments, a method might comprise receiving, at a network node in a network, a data packet having a header comprising a MAC destination address, and routing, with the network node, the data packet over open systems interconnection (“OSI”) model layer 3 or network layer of the network, based at least in part on the MAC destination address in the header of the data packet. The MAC destination address comprises a first portion comprising an organizationally unique identifier (“OUI”) and a second portion comprising an identifier for a destination network interface controller (“NIC”) and/or virtual NIC (“VNIC”), which might be associated either with the same service provider associated with the network node or the network or with a different service provider, content provider, and/or application provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael K. Bugenhagen, William R. Walker, Kevin M. McBride
  • Patent number: 10838383
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality. In some embodiments, a computing system or IoT management node might receive sensor data from one or more IoT-capable sensors, analyze the sensor data to determine one or more actions to be taken, and identify one or more devices (e.g., household devices associated with a customer premises; vehicular components associated with a vehicle; devices disposed in, on, or along a roadway; devices disposed throughout a population area; etc.) for performing the determined one or more first actions. The computing system or IoT management node then autonomously controls each of the identified one or more devices to perform tasks based on the determined one or more first actions to be taken, thereby implementing smart environment functionality (e.g., smart home, building, or customer premises functionality, smart vehicle functionality, smart roadway functionality, smart city functionality, and so on).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Tom Funk, Phil Carpenter, Robert J. Morrill, William R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10686856
    Abstract: System and methods for initiating a media streaming device, particularly for devices associated with a guest services environment. Such initiation may include: receiving, at a proxy server, a request from a mobile device to join a guest services network, the request identifying a user of the mobile device; verifying a registration of the user, the registration indicating permission of the user to join the guest services network, to yield a verification; identifying, based on the verification, a media streaming device associated with the registration of the user; and configuring the media streaming device to be controllable by the mobile device, such that control commands are routed from the mobile device through the proxy server to the media streaming device, and streaming content is routed from the Internet to the media streaming device bypassing the proxy server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: David M. Straitiff, Neil R. Schubert, III, William R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10637683
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality. In some embodiments, a computing system or IoT management node might receive sensor data from one or more IoT-capable sensors, analyze the sensor data to determine one or more actions to be taken, and identify one or more devices (e.g., household devices associated with a customer premises; vehicular components associated with a vehicle; devices disposed in, on, or along a roadway; devices disposed throughout a population area; etc.) for performing the determined one or more first actions. The computing system or IoT management node then autonomously controls each of the identified one or more devices to perform tasks based on the determined one or more first actions to be taken, thereby implementing smart environment functionality (e.g., smart home, building, or customer premises functionality, smart vehicle functionality, smart roadway functionality, smart city functionality, and so on).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Tom Funk, Phil Carpenter, William R. Walker
  • Publication number: 20200081734
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing network experience shifting, and, in particular embodiments, using either a roaming or portable hypervisor associated with a user or a local hypervisor unassociated with the user. In some embodiments, a network node in a first network might receive, via a first network access device in a second network, a request from a user device to establish roaming network access, and might authenticate a user associated with the user device, the user being unassociated with the first network access device. Based on a determination that the user is authorized to access data, content, profiles, and/or software applications that are accessible via a second network access device, the network node might establish a secure private connection through a hypervisor or container communicatively coupled to the first network access device to provide the user with access to her data, content, profiles, and/or software applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: CenturyLInk Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Charles I. Cook, Kevin M. McBride, Matthew J. Post, William R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10481938
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing network experience shifting, and, in particular embodiments, using either a roaming or portable hypervisor associated with a user or a local hypervisor unassociated with the user. In some embodiments, a network node in a first network might receive, via a first network access device in a second network, a request from a user device to establish roaming network access, and might authenticate a user associated with the user device, the user being unassociated with the first network access device. Based on a determination that the user is authorized to access data, content, profiles, and/or software applications that are accessible via a second network access device, the network node might establish a secure private connection through a hypervisor or container communicatively coupled to the first network access device to provide the user with access to her data, content, profiles, and/or software applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Charles I. Cook, Kevin M. McBride, Matthew J. Post, William R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10421188
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for the automated tracking of services performed on machines by service robots, technicians, and other devices are provided. A system includes a robot fingerprint reader, service tool, and robot fingerprint database. The robot fingerprint reader may be associated with a machine receiving service and configured to receive a robot fingerprint from the service tool. The service tool may be associated with the device performing the service, and include an interface that is configured to allow the robot fingerprint to be obtained by the robot fingerprint reader. The service robot may be configured to register the robot fingerprint with the robot fingerprint database, and the robot fingerprint database may be configured to create an entry associated with the robot fingerprint of the device performing the service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael K. Bugenhagen, William R. Walker, Kevin G. Jones
  • Patent number: 10358325
    Abstract: A jack for raising of an exposed hub or axle of an off-road vehicle is provided. The jack has an elongated base member including an upper end and a foot portion with the upper end including a pivot attachment area. An articulating over center arm assembly is pivotably attached at the pivot attachment area of the elongated base member. The assembly includes an offset over-center arm portion with a leverage handle on a first end and a pivoting adjustable strap portion on a second end. When the strap is attached to the axle or suspension member of a hub or axle the handle may be lowered and the base pivots wherein the strap end is moved upward and temporarily secured in the up position at full actuation of the handle for raising of the wheel for removal of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: William R. Walker
  • Publication number: 20190196428
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality. In some embodiments, a computing system or IoT management node might receive sensor data from one or more IoT-capable sensors, analyze the sensor data to determine one or more actions to be taken, and identify one or more devices (e.g., household devices associated with a customer premises; vehicular components associated with a vehicle; devices disposed in, on, or along a roadway; devices disposed throughout a population area; etc.) for performing the determined one or more first actions. The computing system or IoT management node then autonomously controls each of the identified one or more devices to perform tasks based on the determined one or more first actions to be taken, thereby implementing smart environment functionality (e.g., smart home, building, or customer premises functionality, smart vehicle functionality, smart roadway functionality, smart city functionality, and so on).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Tom Funk, Phil Carpenter, Robert J. Morrill, William R. Walker
  • Publication number: 20190106099
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality. In some embodiments, a computing system or IoT management node might receive sensor data from one or more IoT-capable sensors, analyze the sensor data to determine one or more actions to be taken, and identify one or more devices (e.g., household devices associated with a customer premises; vehicular components associated with a vehicle; devices disposed in, on, or along a roadway; devices disposed throughout a population area; etc.) for performing the determined one or more first actions. The computing system or IoT management node then autonomously controls each of the identified one or more devices to perform tasks based on the determined one or more first actions to be taken, thereby implementing smart environment functionality (e.g., smart home, building, or customer premises functionality, smart vehicle functionality, smart roadway functionality, smart city functionality, and so on).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Tom Funk, Phil Carpenter, William R. Walker
  • Publication number: 20190089653
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing virtual platform media access control (“MAC”) address-based layer 2 and layer 3 network switching. In some embodiments, a method might comprise receiving, at a network node in a network, a data packet having a header comprising a MAC destination address, and routing, with the network node, the data packet over open systems interconnection (“OSI”) model layer 3 or network layer of the network, based at least in part on the MAC destination address in the header of the data packet. The MAC destination address comprises a first portion comprising an organizationally unique identifier (“OUI”) and a second portion comprising an identifier for a destination network interface controller (“NIC”) and/or virtual NIC (“VNIC”), which might be associated either with the same service provider associated with the network node or the network or with a different service provider, content provider, and/or application provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Michael K. Bugenhagen, William R. Walker, Kevin M. McBride
  • Patent number: 10222773
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality. In some embodiments, a computing system or IoT management node might receive sensor data from one or more IoT-capable sensors, analyze the sensor data to determine one or more actions to be taken, and identify one or more devices (e.g., household devices associated with a customer premises; vehicular components associated with a vehicle; devices disposed in, on, or along a roadway; devices disposed throughout a population area; etc.) for performing the determined one or more first actions. The computing system or IoT management node then autonomously controls each of the identified one or more devices to perform tasks based on the determined one or more first actions to be taken, thereby implementing smart environment functionality (e.g., smart home, building, or customer premises functionality, smart vehicle functionality, smart roadway functionality, smart city functionality, and so on).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Tom Funk, Phil Carpenter, Robert J. Morrill, William R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10150471
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality. In some embodiments, a computing system or IoT management node might receive sensor data from one or more IoT-capable sensors, analyze the sensor data to determine one or more actions to be taken, and identify one or more devices (e.g., household devices associated with a customer premises; vehicular components associated with a vehicle; devices disposed in, on, or along a roadway; devices disposed throughout a population area; etc.) for performing the determined one or more first actions. The computing system or IoT management node then autonomously controls each of the identified one or more devices to perform tasks based on the determined one or more first actions to be taken, thereby implementing smart environment functionality (e.g., smart home, building, or customer premises functionality, smart vehicle functionality, smart roadway functionality, smart city functionality, and so on).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Tom Funk, Phil Carpenter, William R. Walker
  • Patent number: 10129185
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques might provide for implementing virtual platform media access control (“MAC”) address—based layer 2 and layer 3 network switching. In some embodiments, a method might comprise receiving, at a network node in a network, a data packet having a header comprising a MAC destination address, and routing, with the network node, the data packet over open systems interconnection (“OSI”) model layer 3 or network layer of the network, based at least in part on the MAC destination address in the header of the data packet. The MAC destination address comprises a first portion comprising an organizationally unique identifier (“OUI”) and a second portion comprising an identifier for a destination network interface controller (“NIC”) and/or virtual NIC (“VNIC”), which might be associated either with the same service provider associated with the network node or the network or with a different service provider, content provider, and/or application provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael K. Bugenhagen, William R. Walker, Kevin M. McBride
  • Publication number: 20180181095
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing Internet of Things (“IoT”) functionality. In some embodiments, a computing system or IoT management node might receive sensor data from one or more IoT-capable sensors, analyze the sensor data to determine one or more actions to be taken, and identify one or more devices (e.g., household devices associated with a customer premises; vehicular components associated with a vehicle; devices disposed in, on, or along a roadway; devices disposed throughout a population area; etc.) for performing the determined one or more first actions. The computing system or IoT management node then autonomously controls each of the identified one or more devices to perform tasks based on the determined one or more first actions to be taken, thereby implementing smart environment functionality (e.g., smart home, building, or customer premises functionality, smart vehicle functionality, smart roadway functionality, smart city functionality, and so on).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Tom Funk, Phil Carpenter, Robert J. Morrill, William R. Walker