Zoned Patents (Class 340/7.27)
  • Patent number: 11265595
    Abstract: Provided are a communication system, a transmission apparatus, a reception apparatus, a communication system control method, and a program that permit selection of an appropriate communication path in accordance with the amount of time until data generated by the transmission apparatus is rendered available for use by the reception apparatus. A first transmission section sends encoded data to a first reception section. A second transmission section sends encoded data to a second reception section. The first transmission section has a higher maximum possible transmission rate than the second transmission section. A pre-transmission process execution section encodes data at a higher compression ratio at the time of transmission by the second transmission section than the compression ratio at the time of transmission by the first transmission section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Katsuyoshi Onishi, Yoshio Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 11012974
    Abstract: A first apparatus detecting, from a second apparatus, one or more swept downlink beams, wherein each swept downlink beam comprises a synchronization signal block; making a measurement of a signal contained within the synchronization signal block of each detected swept downlink beam; decoding a message contained within the synchronization signal block of each detected swept downlink beam; selecting, based on the measurements and decoded message, a synchronization signal block; determine, based on the selected synchronization signal block, a paging block; detecting, within the paging block, a paging indication; and receiving, based on the paging indication, a paging message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Convida Wireless, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Murray, Pascal M. Adjakple, Allan Y. Tsai, Qing Li, Lakshmi R. Iyer, Wei Chen, Guodong Zhang, Yifan Li, Mohamed Awadin
  • Patent number: 10764117
    Abstract: A control system and a control method are provided. The method includes: controlling, by a primary host, a plurality of clients actively; coupling a secondary host to the primary host through a synchronization link and a transmission link different from the synchronization link, where the plurality of client are coupled to each other in series on the transmission link; transmitting, by the primary host, a first instruction to the transmission link, and transmitting a first synchronization signal corresponding to the first instruction to the secondary host through the synchronization link; and determining, by the secondary host according to the first instruction and the first synchronization signal, that a failure occurs on at least one of the synchronization link and the transmission link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: ATOP Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Yeong-Shuenn Lin, Chi-Ming Chuang, Wai-Larng Lee
  • Patent number: 10757000
    Abstract: The Wireless Integrated Network Sensor Next Generation (WINS NG) nodes provide distributed network and Internet access to sensors, controls, and processors that are deeply embedded in equipment, facilities, and the environment. The WINS NG network is a new monitoring and control capability for applications in transportation, manufacturing, health care, environmental monitoring, and safety and security. The WINS NG nodes combine microsensor technology, low power distributed signal processing, low power computation, and low power, low cost wireless and/or wired networking capability in a compact system. The WINS NG networks provide sensing, local control, remote reconfigurability, and embedded intelligent systems in structures, materials, and environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Behnov GMBH, LLC
    Inventors: David C. Gelvin, Lewis D. Girod, William J. Kaiser, Fredric Newberg, Gregory J. Pottie, Anton I. Sipos, Sandeep Vardhan, William M. Merrill
  • Patent number: 10609676
    Abstract: A communication method and system for converging a 5th-Generation (5G) communication system and for supporting higher data rates beyond a 4th-Generation (4G) system with a technology for Internet of Things (IoT) may be applied to intelligent services based on the 5G communication technology and the IoT-related technology, such as smart home, smart building, smart city, smart car, connected car, health care, digital education, smart retail, security and safety services. An apparatus and method are provided for transmitting/receiving a paging message in a next generation communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Anil Agiwal, Youngbin Chang, Anshuman Nigam, Peng Xue
  • Patent number: 10602479
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a communication method and system for converging a 5th-Generation (5G) communication system for supporting higher data rates beyond a 4th-Generation (4G) system with a technology for Internet of Things (IoT). The present disclosure may be applied to intelligent services based on the 5G communication technology and the IoT-related technology, such as smart home, smart building, smart city, smart car, connected car, health care, digital education, smart retail, security and safety services. An apparatus and method are provided for transmitting/receiving a paging message in a next generation communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Anil Agiwal, Youngbin Chang, Anshuman Nigam, Peng Xue
  • Patent number: 10524228
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a communication method and system for converging a 5th-Generation (5G) communication system for supporting higher data rates beyond a 4th-Generation (4G) system with a technology for Internet of Things (IoT). The present disclosure may be applied to intelligent services based on the 5G communication technology and the IoT-related technology, such as smart home, smart building, smart city, smart car, connected car, health care, digital education, smart retail, security and safety services. An apparatus and method are provided for transmitting/receiving a paging message in a next generation communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Anil Agiwal, Youngbin Chang, Anshuman Nigam, Peng Xue
  • Patent number: 10491506
    Abstract: There is disclosed a notification method in a communication system of notifying specific multifunctionality information between terminal stations. An expansion code is generated from both a user input code and a function identification code corresponding to a specific function. A transmission frame including the expansion code is also generated and transmitted to at least one of the terminal stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Tomoko Adachi, Koji Horisaki, Kazumi Sato, Kiyoshi Toshimitsu, Minoru Namekata
  • Patent number: 10378898
    Abstract: An article is worn by a user. A plurality of indicating devices are coupled to the article. A processing unit is communicatively coupled to the plurality of indicating devices. The processing unit selectively actuates at least one indicating device of the plurality of indicating devices based on positional data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Benjamin Alan Stensland, David Mark McClelland, Kevin Luke Mace
  • Patent number: 10356643
    Abstract: A base station apparatus includes a traffic determination unit, a parameter generator and a setting information transmitter. The traffic determination unit determines whether a traffic amount is larger than a threshold. The parameter generator generates, when the traffic amount is larger than the threshold, indicator information indicating to the terminal to use a parameter set to a parameter region corresponding to a highest moving speed in mobility parameters to which a parameter decreasing with increasing moving speed of the terminal is set to a plurality of parameter regions respectively corresponding to a plurality of moving speeds of the terminal. The setting information transmitter transmits the indicator information to at least one terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidenori Matsuo, Seigo Nakao
  • Patent number: 10193787
    Abstract: There is disclosed a notification method in a communication system of notifying specific multifunctionality information between terminal stations. An expansion code is generated from both a user input code and a function identification code corresponding to a specific function. A transmission frame including the expansion code is also generated and transmitted to at least one of the terminal stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Tomoko Adachi, Koji Horisaki, Kazumi Sato, Kiyoshi Toshimitsu, Minoru Namekata
  • Patent number: 10136303
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for determining the location of a target device is disclosed. A locate request is received for the target device. The locate request is forwarded. A locate for the target device in response to the locate request is received, the locate including a location and a location accuracy. The received location accuracy is compared with an accuracy threshold, and a calculated location of the target device is forwarded when the received location accuracy is not within the accuracy threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Location Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Weiss
  • Patent number: 10123223
    Abstract: A method of evaluating operational integrity of a radio access network is provided. The method comprises using a computer that includes a transceiver, a processor, a non-transitory memory, and application stored in the memory. When executed by the processor, the application receives a satisfaction metric that is coarse grained. The satisfaction metric is associated with the user's perceptions of a communication quality between the radio access network and a mobile communication device. The application determines a mobile communication device identifier, a network connection identifier, and a geolocation of the mobile communication device. A history of wireless communication is determined. The application analyzes the determined elements and associates the satisfaction metric with a communication type. A message is generated and is transmitted to a communication service provider associated with the radio access network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Justin L. Ford, Drew Shinholster
  • Patent number: 9980243
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for synchronization between in-coverage and out-of coverage user devices. A base station configures in-coverage and out-of coverage synchronization signals and configures user devices to recognize synchronization signals as in-coverage or out-of-coverage. An in-coverage device furnishes an in-coverage synchronization signal upon detection of an out-of coverage signal, and may continue to furnish the signal upon continued detection of an out-of-coverage signal that is not synchronized to the network. An out-of-coverage device may receive and synchronize to an in-coverage signal if available, or an out-of-coverage signal if available, or may generate and transmit its own out-of-coverage signal if no in-coverage or out-of-coverage signal is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Zhi Zhang, Juha Sakari Korhonen, Kodo Shu, Yixue Lei, Zexian Li, Klaus Hugl
  • Patent number: 9939789
    Abstract: A communication apparatus comprises a communicator that receives a standard time from an external apparatus, a manipulation receiver that receives a time correction action from a user, and a controller that performs a timing processing for clocking time and a time correction processing for correcting the time clocked by the timing processing, on the basis of the standard time received by the communicator, or on the basis of the time correction action received by the manipulation receiver. The controller changes processing contents of the time correction processing until a prescribed time interval has elapsed, when the time clocked by the timing processing is corrected on the basis of the time correction action received by the manipulation receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Morohoshi, Hirohisa Maruyama
  • Patent number: 9852603
    Abstract: A system includes a networked device is programmed to transmit, to one or more second networked devices, a request to locate a remote control device of the networked device. Based on the responses to the request, the networked device is further programmed to provide an indication via a user interface of the networked device concerning a location of the remote control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kurt Keipert, Adam Schafer
  • Patent number: 9806981
    Abstract: There is disclosed a notification method in a communication system of notifying specific multifunctionality information between terminal stations. An expansion code is generated from both a user input code and a function identification code corresponding to a specific function. A transmission frame including the expansion code is also generated and transmitted to at least one of the terminal stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Tomoko Adachi, Koji Horisaki, Kazumi Sato, Kiyoshi Toshimitsu, Minoru Namekata
  • Patent number: 9679467
    Abstract: An instant alert network system may transform a mobile communication device, such as a smart phone, into a “panic button” whereby a user may instantly broadcast an alert or alarm to users forming a defined group to a threat or emergency situation as opposed to relying on a single person or entity to initiate the alert. An instant alert network system may permit users to become the perimeter defense through activation and distribution of alerts via various forms of electronic communication. This will dramatically reduce the amount of time that may be needed to inform users of an impending threat, and it may allow defensive countermeasures to be deployed in virtually real-time in order to reduce the threat and possibly save lives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Pathfinder Intelligence, Inc.
    Inventor: Billy E. Hibbs, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9625881
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece includes: a timer unit configured to count date and time; a current position acquiring unit configured to acquire a current position; an associated position selecting unit configured to select an associated position preset according to a current position when the current position is acquired; a local time calculating unit configured to calculate local time at the current position and local time at the associated position based on the date and time counted by the timer unit, time difference information of the current position and time difference information of the associated position on differences in time from a predetermined reference position; and a display part configured to display the calculated local times simultaneously or by selectively switching therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Morohoshi
  • Patent number: 9565026
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for providing location based services. The system includes at least one module configured to publish location information of a mobile user using a publish subscribe format based on a user preference mode of notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. Dingler, Sri Ramanathan, Matthew A. Terry, Matthew B. Trevathan
  • Patent number: 9554318
    Abstract: Call handoff from an 802.1x network to a cellular network, and vice versa. A wireless device that has both cellular and 802.1x capability detects the strength of a cellular signal and of an 802.1x signal. If a call is taking place over the 802.1x network and the strength of the 802.1x signal drops below a particular level and the strength of the cellular signal is above a certain level, the call is handed off from the 802.1x network to the cellular network. If a call is taking place over the cellular network and the cellular signal strength drops below a certain level while the 802.1x signal strength is above a certain level, the call is handed off from the cellular network to the 802.1x network. In addition, the user of the wireless device can manually initiate the handoff by actuating a handoff selector of the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Mark J Enzmann
  • Patent number: 9551965
    Abstract: To provide an electric equipment which has a function in which parameter is set, and enables a user to appropriately adjust the parameters regardless of an ability level of user. A plurality of reception screens having different degrees of detail for received instructions for adjusting parameters are displayed depending on the ability level of user to adjust the appropriate parameters, such as maintenance ability, or presence or absence of the specialized knowledge for the apparatus, or the like, thus the user adjusts the parameter using the reception screen suitable for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kaoru Ishikura, Shuhji Fujii
  • Patent number: 9503992
    Abstract: Different target transmit powers are determined for different wireless transmissions from a wireless device. The target transmit power of a wireless transmission may depend upon whether any transmitters other than the device to which the wireless transmission is to be sent are within range of the sending wireless device. The target transmit power of a wireless transmission may be based, at least in part, on a current location of a device to which one or more frames carried by the wireless transmission are addressed. The target transmit power of a wireless transmission may be based, at least in part, on confidentiality of data carried by the wireless transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Michael K. Brown, Scott Totzke, Herb Little, Neil Adams, Michael S. Brown
  • Patent number: 9451487
    Abstract: A method for adaptively monitoring paging messages in a UE with a subscriber identity card camping on a cell includes: detecting a loading of a paging channel from the cell and generating a loading status; determining a monitoring pattern according to the loading status and a default monitoring pattern; and monitoring the paging channel the monitoring pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventor: Yi-Chien Wang
  • Patent number: 9451587
    Abstract: A radio network node receives a page request from a core network node. The page request indicates to page a wireless communication device. The radio network node determines a next occurrence of a monitoring window during which the wireless communication device will monitor a paging channel associated with the radio network node. If the amount of time until the next occurrence of the monitoring window exceeds an amount of time that the radio network node can store the page request, the radio network node discards the page request and sends a response to the core network node indicating that the page request was discarded; the response includes a paging timer value that indicates when the core network node should repeat the page request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: John Walter Diachina, Paul Schliwa-Bertling, Martin Israelsson, Nicklas Johansson
  • Patent number: 9414355
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for paging a wireless communication device in a radio access network based on a communication type. An example method may include a radio access network receiving a request to initiate a communication with a wireless communication device. The example method may also include the radio access network determining a type of the requested communication. The example method may additionally include the radio access network determining a maximum number of page attempts for a paging process of the wireless communication device based on at least the determined type. The example method may further include the radio access network initiating the paging process of the wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventor: Chandra Pandey
  • Patent number: 9401730
    Abstract: A two way radio includes a first push to talk button and a second push to talk button. The first push to talk button is configured to cause transmission of a first signal on a first channel. The second push to talk button is configured to cause transmission of a second signal on a second channel. The first and second channels are in a single radio network. A radio peripheral device for operation with a two-way radio includes a connector configured to be connected to the two-way radio; a speaker configured to output audio based on a received audio signal that is received from the two-way radio via the connector; a microphone; a first push-to-talk button configured to provide a first indication to the two-way radio; and a second push-to-talk button configured to provide a second indication to the two-way radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: Teodoro Lassally
  • Patent number: 9398619
    Abstract: A device configured to determine whether it is outside a designated emergency alert area based on the number and/or frequency of received emergency alert system (EAS) signals. A communications network configured to map a location of the device with respect to the designated alert area and verify that the EAS alert signals were properly broadcast. The network may also be configured to transmit a signal to a second device indicating whether the device is outside the designated alert area. The network may further be configured to cause the EAS alert signals to be broadcast via a first transceiver serving at least a portion of the designated alert area and to cause non-emergency signals to be broadcast by a second transceiver serving at least a portion of an area outside of the designated alert area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: DeWayne Allan Sennett, Brian Kevin Daly
  • Patent number: 9392575
    Abstract: Paging messages are transmitted by a wireless communications network to mobile terminals, which have been in an idle state or dormant mode and which have waiting calls/data from their associated peer entities, in accordance with the qualities of service (QoS) associated with the waiting calls/data, where the QoS associated each waiting call/data includes a type of the call/data. To make paging of mobile terminal QoS aware, a QoS field is included in the Paging Announce requests sent from an RNC to another RNC, or from an RNC to a BTS. The QoS field includes: a QoS class of service of the waiting call/data indicating the type of the waiting call; a grade of service of the waiting call/data to which the mobile terminal is subscribed; and, optionally, other QoS service flow parameters whose presence depends on the type of wireless technology being used in the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Peretz Moshe Feder, Sureshbabu P. Nair
  • Patent number: 9386553
    Abstract: A method of securing a container includes inserting, into a seal device at a container, an electronic bolt; reading, by the seal device, a serial number stored in the electronic bolt; communicating, from the seal device, to a user application, insertion of the bolt; scanning, by the user via a handheld device, a barcode on the seal device representative of an identification of the seal device; communicating, from the handheld device to the user application, the identification of the seal device; inputting, by a user at the container via the handheld device, information associated with the container; communicating, from the handheld device to the user application, the information associated with the container; associating, in a database by the user application, the information associated with the container with the bolt serial number and the identification of the seal device; communicating, by the user application, a confirmation to the seal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Berger, Joseph E. Denny, David S. Robins, LaMonte Peter Koop, Edward Allen Payne, Robert W. Twitchell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9344489
    Abstract: An electronic data sharing device facilitates sharing of user related information with other users without requiring users to enter that information into their device. The device can detect another user's initiation of a data exchange request and generate a transactionally unique tag to exchange with the other user's device. The exchanged tags, when transferred to a server, enable users to access user related information held on the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: BLENDOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Philip Edward Dempster, Balbir Singh Munday, Dominic Jan Ostrowski
  • Patent number: 9312941
    Abstract: Base stations may include a plurality of antenna ports adapted to communicatively couple to respective remote antenna units. A base station simulcast controller module may be coupled with each antenna port, and may be adapted to transmit downlink transmissions over a plurality of remote antenna units, with two or more of the remote antenna units simulcasting downlink transmissions as a simulcasting group. In response to one or more obtained network traffic parameters, the base station simulcast controller module may modify the simulcasting group to include at least one different remote antenna unit. Methods operational on base station may include transmitting downlink transmissions over a plurality of remote antenna units, where two or more of the remote antenna units form a simulcasting group. The simulcasting group can be modified to include at least one different remote antenna unit in response to one or more obtained network traffic parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Joseph B. Soriaga, Christopher Gerard Lott, Jing Sun, Rashid Ahmed Akbar Attar
  • Patent number: 9258798
    Abstract: A mobile station performs a method for paging configuration in a wireless network. The method includes transmitting, to a base station, a parameter M representing a number of receiving (RX) beam instances at the mobile station in idle mode for the mobile station to finish one round of beam steering. The method also includes determining a timing for receiving a paging message from the base station, the timing being a function of the parameter M, the paging message comprising a mobile station identifier. The method further includes receiving the paging message from the base station based on the determined timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ying Li, Kaushik Josiam, Rakesh Taori
  • Patent number: 9203577
    Abstract: Embodiments of an enhanced base station and method for communicating through an enhanced distributed antenna system (eDAS) are generally described herein. The eDAS includes geographically-separated antenna nodes and each of the antenna nodes has a plurality of antenna elements. The base station may perform physical-layer baseband processing for each of the antenna nodes at a centralized processing location, and may cause the antenna nodes to transmit reference signals in accordance with a multiplexing scheme to allow user equipment to perform channel estimation for the antenna elements of any one or more of the antenna nodes. The base station may also cause the antenna nodes to transmit signals having synchronization codes to allow the user equipment to synchronize with the antenna elements of any one or more of the antenna nodes. In some embodiments, the base station may communicate with the antenna nodes over a physical-layer interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Sassan Ahmadi
  • Patent number: 8878668
    Abstract: The presence or absence of objects (e.g., medical implements, medical supplies) tagged with transponders may be determined in an environment in which medical procedures (e.g., surgery) are performed via an interrogation and detection system which includes a controller and a plurality of antennas positioned along a patient support structure. The antennas may, for example, be positioned along an operating table, bed, a mattress or pad or a sheet and may be radiolucent. Respective antennas may successively be activated to transmit interrogation signals. Multiple antennas may be monitored for responses from transponders to the interrogation signals. For example, all antennas other than the antenna that transmitted the most recent interrogation signal may be monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: RF Surgical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Blair, Bruce E. Barnes, David A. Poirier
  • Patent number: 8795168
    Abstract: A method for capturing and monitoring at least one physiological parameter and movement within an area of at least one person are disclosed. The area is divided into cells having respective location identifiers. Each person is provided with a respective device for measuring at least one physiological parameter of the person. The physiological parameter is indicative of whether the person has a physical condition. Each device has a device identifier. The device is used to at least intermittently measure a physiological parameter of the person using the respective device to obtain a physiological parameter reading for each measurement. The physiological parameter reading is associated with the respective device identifier of the device by which, the respective location identifier of the cell in which, and a time at which the physiological parameter reading is obtained. The associated information is stored at a remote location. A system and a physiological parameter device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Cadi Scientific Pte Ltd.
    Inventors: Zenton Goh, Sian Sheng Neo, Hon Cheong Ng, Soh Min Lim
  • Patent number: 8542097
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to systems and methods for sharing information related to a location also referred to herein as a “spot,” such as spot alerts and/or spot comments (e.g., shared information, advertisements, etc.) received, displayed, played, and/or actuated, for example, on recipient mobile electronic devices proximately located to such location (e.g., spot). Users of the system can create spot alerts in which designated recipients can receive messages, such as spot alerts and/or spot comments (e.g., shared information, advertisements, etc.) received, displayed, played, and/or actuated, for example, on respective recipient mobile electronic devices, when located within a proximity of a defined location (e.g., spot).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Jingle Technologies LLC
    Inventors: David Ross, Charles Taylor
  • Patent number: 8521154
    Abstract: A portable communications device (PCD) is coupled to a first network by way of a second network. The PCD is normally in radio communication with the first network, and is coupled to the first network by way of the second network when the PCD is out of radio communication with the first network. In particular, the PCD is coupled to the second network, and is caused to leave a first network mode and enter a second network mode. A network connection is established with the first network by way of the second network, and communication with the first network is entered into by way of the second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Greg Griffith, Charles M. Link, II
  • Patent number: 8325037
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a medical device comprised of at least one device part that is electrically operated and can be switched between an idle state and an operating state and a method of controlling such device. A control unit is provided which switches an electrically operated device part from the operating state to the idle state. Alternatively or in addition, a person detector and a control unit are provided, wherein a control unit switches the device part to the operating state in case the person detector detects the presence of a person at a distance from the device. Alternatively or in addition, an operating control is provided for manually switching the device from the operating state to the idle state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
    Inventors: Frank Luemkemann, Heino Weigand
  • Patent number: 8319608
    Abstract: An electronic control device transmits a function control signal within a predetermined area. Other electronic devices within the predetermined area receive the function control signal. The function control signal initiates a control program in an electronic device in the predetermined area that adjusts one or more user setting conditions of the electronic device, such as audio volume level, display brightness level, etc. The original user setting conditions are returned to their prior values when the device exits the predetermined area or otherwise stops receiving the function control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Sadeque Hanif
  • Patent number: 8264342
    Abstract: The presence or absence of objects (e.g., medical implements, medical supplies) tagged with transponders may be determined in an environment in which medical procedures (e.g., surgery) are performed via an interrogation and detection system which includes a controller and a plurality of antennas positioned along a patient support structure. The antennas may, for example, be positioned along an operating table, bed, a mattress or pad or a sheet and may be radiolucent. Respective antennas may successively be activated to transmit interrogation signals. Multiple antennas may be monitored for responses from transponders to the interrogation signals. For example, all antennas other than the antenna that transmitted the most recent interrogation signal may be monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: RF Surgical Systems, Inc
    Inventors: William A. Blair, Bruce E. Barnes, David A. Poirier
  • Patent number: 8198980
    Abstract: A geodesic locator system having an input for receiving a user-inputted numeric code in a format limited solely to digits and expressed by a fixed code length. The system associates the received numeric code with a unique geographical area on the Earth's surface and communicates that area to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Dale J. Luger
  • Patent number: 8160573
    Abstract: A portable communications device (PCD) is coupled to a first network by way of a second network. The PCD is normally in radio communication with the first network, and is coupled to the first network by way of the second network when the PCD is out of radio communication with the first network. In particular, the PCD is coupled to the second network, and is caused to leave a first network mode and enter a second network mode. A network connection is established with the first network by way of the second network, and communication with the first network is entered into by way of the second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Greg Griffith, Charles M. Link, II
  • Patent number: 7920046
    Abstract: RFID readers, reader systems, and methods are provided for processing RFID tags through interruptions for antenna change or other reasons. If the reason for the interruption is an antenna change, the reader restarts processing the tags initializing any operational parameters. If the reason is other than an antenna change, the reader determines whether the operation is to be continued or to be restarted upon power up and proceeds accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Impinj, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Aiouaz, Paul Dietrich, Omar Khwaja
  • Patent number: 7706515
    Abstract: The present invention is an expandable multi-zone paging and signaling system. In particular, the present invention is an apparatus and method for a paging controller wherein a user can program a response to a non-audio input signal in accordance with a set of prioritized inputs to a telephone interface device. The activity status of the set of prioritized inputs of the selected telephone interface device are combined using a logical OR function. By performing the logical OR function of the activity status of various telephone interface device inputs, the non-audio output signal can be customized to provide useful interactions with other outboard equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Bogen Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest Ketterer
  • Patent number: 7567801
    Abstract: A portable communications device (PCD) is coupled to a first network by way of a second network. The PCD is normally in radio communication with the first network, and is coupled to the first network by way of the second network when the PCD is out of radio communication with the first network. In particular, the PCD is coupled to the second network, and is caused to leave a first network mode and enter a second network mode. A network connection is established with the first network by way of the second network, and communication with the first network is entered into by way of the second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Greg Griffith, Charles M. Link, II
  • Patent number: 7518486
    Abstract: A method for locking an electrical device to a location includes installing a location code generating unit into a power network hub servicing a geographic area, generating a location code for the geographic area, at least periodically transmitting the generated location code substantially throughout the geographic area, further including, transmitting the location code substantially throughout the geographic area at a specific frequency, installing at least one frequency filter along at least one boundary of the geographic area for filtering the specific frequency at which the location code is transmitted to prevent transmission of the location code beyond a boundary of the geographic area, receiving the location code from the power network, prompting one or more electronic devices within the geographic area to input the location code, and locking the one or more electronic devices to the location via the location code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gavin D. Beardall, Simon Rowland
  • Patent number: 7209738
    Abstract: A portable communications device (PCD) is coupled to a first network by way of a second network. The PCD is normally in radio communication with the first network, and is coupled to the first network by way of the second network when the PCD is out of radio communication with the first network. In particular, the PCD is coupled to the second network, and is caused to leave a first network mode and enter a second network mode. A network connection is established with the first network by way of the second network, and communication with the first network is entered into by way of the second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corp.
    Inventors: Greg Griffith, Charles M. Link, II
  • Patent number: 7167711
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling financial transactions is disclosed. A customer, using a wireless device, identifies a point of sale and the amount of a transaction at that point of sale is first communicated to a central service and then transmitted to the wireless device for display at the wireless device. The customer can either accept the transaction amount to complete the transaction or reject the amount to cancel the transaction. The customer may have to enter a password or personal identification number to verify the authorization to use the wireless financial system. The customer is billed for the transaction via credit, debit, ATM or other methods, such as the wireless carrier or an internet provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Openwave Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Charles L. Dennis
  • Patent number: RE39870
    Abstract: A global paging system and corresponding method are disclosed in which an originating user pages a receiving user in a different country without the paging message being broadcast in all areas. According to certain embodiments, the originating user E-mails a web site or server of the paging system paging information, with the server then transmitting the paging message over a packet-switched digital data network (e.g. the Internet) to a receiving or terminating web site or server located in the different country. In certain embodiments, the receiving user remotely inputs a designated country into the paging system so that when the receiving user is paged, the paging system first pages the receiving user in the designated country or area without broadcasting the paging message in other countries or areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Technology Patents, LLC
    Inventor: Aris Mardirossian