Special Services Patents (Class 370/259)
  • Patent number: 9936161
    Abstract: Providing video visitation with cognitive and/or dexterity impaired individuals may call for limiting functionality of a personal cognitive and/or dexterity impaired individual communication and/or media device, such as by an operating system of the personal device. The personal device may play audio and video, accept video communications in response to touching of a screen of the personal device, and establish a video communication in response to such touching of the screen. Providing the video visitation may also include receiving a request to initiate a video communication over the personal device with a cognitive and/or dexterity impaired individual, such as may be requested via a visitor communication and/or media device. Whereupon, an audible message may be played by the personal device, indicating the request, and the video communication between the personal device and the visitor device may be established in response to touching of the screen of the personal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Noland
  • Patent number: 9930759
    Abstract: An emergency light system is provided to help an emergency response team in locating an emergency site, the emergency light system comprising an LED light bulb with a wireless connectivity preferably Wi-Fi, and an app installed on a mobile communication device and connected to the LED light bulb via the wireless connectivity. The app allows registering emergency numbers in it. Further, the app is connected to the dialing pad of the mobile communication device to detect dialing of a registered emergency number. When the app detects the dialing of a registered emergency number, it sends signal to the LED light bulb via wireless connection to activate the LED light bulb to light in strobe pattern. The LED light bulb can be deactivated automatically after 45 minutes or manually through App. The emergency light system also provides a battery backup to the LED light bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Johnathan Harrison
  • Patent number: 9929918
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments relate to a method and related network node including one or more of the following: receiving performance metrics from at least one device within the cloud network; analyzing the performance metrics to generate at least one application requirement, wherein the at least one application requirement indicates a recent performance associated with a resource provisioned for a customer, wherein the resource is supported by a first device within the cloud network; identifying a second device within the cloud network to support the resource based on the at least one application requirement; and migrating the resource from the first device to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Elisha J. Rosensweig, Etti Shalev, Sharon Mendel-Brin, Dmitri Krasnenko, Ifat Afek
  • Patent number: 9924330
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for a multi-media broadcast/multicast service (MBMS) by a radio network controller (RNC), including generating a command for updating an MBMS notification indicator, the command including notification indicator information and a connection frame number, transmitting the command to a base station, and receiving a notification indicator starting at a time based on the connection frame number for a modification period if the modification period is included in the command, wherein the notification indicator information is used to generate the notification indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, Beijing Samsung Telecom R&D Center
    Inventors: Chunying Sun, Xiaoqiang Li
  • Patent number: 9917943
    Abstract: Disclosed is a first audio device comprising a speaker for reproduction of first audio signals, a microphone for reception of second audio signals, a first transceiver configured for establishing a wireless link according to a short-distance wireless technology, where the first audio device is configured for establishing the wireless link with a second audio device configured for establishing a call, where the first audio device is configured for transmission of the first and second audio signals of the call via the wireless link, wherein the first audio device is configured for detecting a call-end request during the call, wherein the first audio device is configured for, upon detecting the call-end request, inquiring whether the wireless link between the first audio device and the second audio device should be disconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: GN Audio A/S
    Inventor: Lisa Rørbæk Kamstrup
  • Patent number: 9912761
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes a storage unit that stores service information corresponding to a service which can be read by another communication apparatus by a first wireless communication method, a communication unit that communicates with the other communication apparatus by a second wireless communication method, and an acquiring unit that acquires from the other communication apparatus, which read the service information from the storage unit, a message indicating whether a service corresponding to the service information is executable. A determination unit determines, based on the message, whether to start execution of the service with the other communication apparatus, and a detection unit detects that reading of the storage unit is performed by the other communication apparatus. The determination unit determines whether to start execution of the service based on the acquired message after it is detected that reading of the storage unit is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryosuke Amano
  • Patent number: 9907113
    Abstract: Provided is a system for wireless communications including several base stations supporting a wide area wireless network and several mobile user equipment (UE) devices. Each mobile UE device may be configured to transmit a request to establish a local wireless connection with one or more of the UE devices. The mobile UE device may receive a response containing connectivity information from each of the mobile UE devices and then select one of the mobile UE devices based on the connectivity information received from each of the mobile UE devices. The mobile UE device may then establish a local wireless connection with the selected mobile UE device. The mobile UE device may then communicate with one of the base stations in the wide area wireless network through the selected mobile UE device, utilizing the local wireless connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Marco Y. C. Cheng, Huan-Yu Su, James W. Johnston
  • Patent number: 9900443
    Abstract: Systems and methods for an enhanced online charging system service are described. A first signaling message is received from an originating mobile station for transmission over a network to a destination mobile station, wherein the first signaling message includes a voice message or a data message. A request from a mobile switching center (MSC), Short Message Service Center (SMSC) or Telephony Application Server (TAS) is provided to an online charging system (OCS) to determine an account usage balance associated with the mobile station. When the OCS determines the account is associated with valid monthly prepaid wireless subscription plan, a first response message is received at the MSC, SMC or TAS. The first response message indicates to the MSC, SMC or TAS to not send, for a predetermined time period, further requests to the OCS to determine an account usage balance associated with the mobile station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Ravikumar Pattabiraman, Lixia Yan
  • Patent number: 9888454
    Abstract: The present specification suggests a method and an apparatus for more efficient mobility management through a hierarchical structure of a micro mobility management entity (MME) and a macro MME in a mobile communication system. Particularly, a second MME establishes a connection with a plurality of small cells included in a single macro cell. The second MME manages a single particular macro cell, and a first MME manages a plurality of macro cells, thereby providing a hierarchical structure. Additionally, the second MME transmits a paging message to a small cell in which a terminal is positioned, among the plurality of small cells included in a single macro cell. The second MME has information on the position of the terminal and can transmit the paging message to a particular small cell in which the terminal is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignees: LG ELECTRONICS INC., KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: JaYeong Kim, Hansung Leem, Dan Keun Sung, Yunjung Yi, Byounghoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9881612
    Abstract: Portable recording devices used by a person, such as a law enforcement officer, may be automatically activated to capture data assets. A dispatch request may be sent from a server to a computing device used by person equipped with a portable recording device. Subsequently, the server may determine whether the portable recording device is activated by the computing device to record a data asset. In response to a determination that there is a lack of activation of the portable recording device by the computing device to record the data asset following the dispatch request, the server may activate the portable recording device of the person to record the data asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: WHP Workflow Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Guzik
  • Patent number: 9838999
    Abstract: A method of controlling a portable electronic device includes, in response to receipt of selection of an option to enter a do not disturb mode at the portable electronic device, suppressing notifications for the communications received at the portable electronic device while in the do not disturb mode. The method also includes, in response to exiting the do not disturb mode, discontinuing suppressing notifications for new communications received at the portable electronic device, providing an option to view the communications received at the portable electronic device while in the do not disturb mode and, in response to receipt of selection of the option to view the communications received while in the do not disturb mode, displaying a consolidated list of the communications received at the portable electronic device while in the do not disturb mode. The consolidated list includes a plurality of electronic communication types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: David Andrew Brown, Cody Bryant, Ryan David Steeves
  • Patent number: 9832759
    Abstract: A dynamic spectrum arbitrage (DSA) system includes a home subscriber server (HSS), a mobility management entity (MME), an eNodeB, a dynamic spectrum controller (DSC), and a dynamic spectrum policy controller (DPC). The DSC may receive resource allocation information from the DPC, and send updated information and instructions to the HSS. The HSS may be configured to receive information from the DSC, detect changes to HSS subscription information (e.g., user profile information), determine whether the changes affect the information managed/stored by an MME component, and send the detected changes to the MME component when the HSS determines that the changes affect the information managed/stored by the MME. The MME component may use the information included in the received messages to add, remove, or modify the MME's stored subscription information or user profile information. The MME component may then communicate these updates, additions, or changes to the HSS component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: RIVADA NETWORKS, LLC
    Inventors: Clint Smith, Nageswara Rao Deekshitha Devisetti, Samuel Smith
  • Patent number: 9826044
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating between a first and a second peer using interactive connectivity establishment (ICE) protocol, the first and second peers sharing a symmetric network address translation (NAT) having wireless isolation enabled and no support for hair-pinning. At a first Traversal Using Relay NAT (TURN) server designated as a relay candidate by a TURN Virtual Internet Platform (VIP), it is determined that a first port allocated by the symmetric NAT for a first request for communication initiated by the first peer and directed to the TURN VIP, is different from a second port allocated by the symmetric NAT for a first packet transmitted from the first peer to the first TURN server, based on a first indication. The second port is mapped to the first port. Using a similar port mapping for the second peer, peer-to-peer communication between the first and second peers is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Phil Tien Nguyen, Lin Zou, Padmapriya Narayanan
  • Patent number: 9819783
    Abstract: Distinct user devices may sometimes share a telephone number. Techniques described herein may provide for the assigning of a temporary telephone number for a user device, which shares a telephone number with other user devices, in certain situations, such as when the user device places a call to an emergency call center. The temporary telephone number may allow the user device to be reached and/or located by the emergency call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Sethumadhav Bendi, Mingxing S. Li, Zohar Fuchs, G. Lance Lockhart
  • Patent number: 9819596
    Abstract: A device establishes flows associated with one or more applications using control plane signaling. A gateway device obtains a request for a network token during the control plane signaling. The gateway device derives the network token and sends it to the device and/or an access node during the control plane signaling. The device and/or access node obtain the network token, where the network token is associated with a first flow of the one or more flows, a first application of the one or more applications, and provisioned to the device or access node via the control plane signaling. The network token may be included in a packet sent in the user plane from the device. The network token may be verified at the access node and/or the gateway device using a cryptographic function and sent to its destination based on the results of the verification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Soo Bum Lee, Gavin Bernard Horn, John Wallace Nasielski, Stefano Faccin
  • Patent number: 9800655
    Abstract: Techniques for policy and identity-based workload provisioning are presented. Identities for requestors or workloads and identities for workloads are tied to specific policies. The specific policies are evaluated based on a stage of readiness for resources within a resource pool and based on resource identities for the resources within the resource pool. Resources are then dynamically provisioned based on the identity-based policy evaluation to handle workloads from the resource pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Micro Focus Software Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Matthew Haskins, David H. Bahi, Daniel Edward Westervelt, Jonathan Paul Bultmeyer, Stephen R Carter
  • Patent number: 9781213
    Abstract: A machine-to-machine communication platform provides a flexible system for device control and solution hosting. In particular, the communication platform hosts and manages third party vertical solutions that interact with external devices. A third party gateway provides the third parties with access to the communication platform so that the third parties may define, configure, and monitor custom vertical solutions that are locally hosted in the communication platform. The communication platform provides a communication manager that implements a device independent communication facility for communicating with the external devices. As a result, the communication platform connects to, communicates with, and controls virtually any external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Fabio Mungo, Andrea Franco, Emilio Paterlini
  • Patent number: 9781569
    Abstract: A positioning method includes acquiring global positioning system (GPS) position data associated with a mobile platform from a plurality of GPS satellites observable by the mobile platform. A set of wireless range measurements associated with the mobile platform and a plurality of wireless access points in communication with the mobile platform are acquired. The method further includes receiving, from a server communicatively coupled to the mobile platform over a network, wireless position data associated with the plurality of wireless access points. A corrected position of the mobile platform is determined based on the wireless position data, the wireless range measurements, and the GPS position data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Shuqing Zeng, Fan Bai, Priyantha Upali Mudalige
  • Patent number: 9775008
    Abstract: An embodiment method includes receiving, by a first push-to-talk (PTT) service hosted on a processor, a session initiation request from a PTT client of a user and identifying, by the first PTT service, a user affinity group of the user. The user is assigned to the user affinity group in accordance with a prediction the user will communicate with first users in the user affinity group more frequently than second users in different user affinity groups. The method further includes determining, by the first PTT service, a PTT call server for the user affinity group. The PTT call server serves the user and the first users belonging to the user affinity group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Kodiak Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Krishnakant M. Patel, Ramu Kandula, Brahmananda R. Vempati, Harisha Mahabaleshwara Negalaguli, Pratap Chandana
  • Patent number: 9750950
    Abstract: Implantable medical device systems of the present disclosure may include a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (SICD) that is powered by a multi-cell power source that is connected to a transformer and power conversion circuitry to charge one or more relatively small, but powerful, high voltage capacitors to provide a relatively high discharge voltage. The SICD includes electrical isolation for the multi-cell power source to protect against cross-charging between the cells during the operational lifetime of the SICD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: John D Norton, Andrew J Ries, Randolph E Crutchfield
  • Patent number: 9728167
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a device and method for controlling zooming-in of an electronic map, a device and method for controlling zooming-out of an electronic map, a device and method for controlling panning of an electronic map, a device and method for computing tiles within a visual region of an electronic map, and a device and method for processing an electronic map tile request queue, wherein the method for controlling zooming-in of an electronic map comprises: determining a target display level to be reached via zooming in when receiving an instruction of zooming in the map, and searching out a plurality of target tiles that need to be displayed in the target display level; selecting a pre-loaded display level based on a relationship between a current display level and the target display level, and searching out pre-loaded tiles corresponding to the target tiles in the pre-loaded display level; acquiring the pre-loaded tiles and the target tiles according to an order of priority, loading and displ
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: BEIJING QIHOO TECHNOLOGY COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Xinming Yang
  • Patent number: 9729347
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed herein for managing conference bridge communication sessions. The system and method involves receiving a plurality of calls containing user media from users into a conference bridge, then connecting the plurality of calls via a load balancer to a plurality of conference servers on a network. A master broker dynamically selects a master conference server from among the plurality of conference servers to which the calls are connected. Once the master conference server is selected, the master broker directs all other conference servers to bridge the user media for the calls that are connected to the master conference server. The master conference server receives the user media from each of the connected conference servers. The master conference server is able to organize and mix the various user media and return this mixed media to each of the connected conference servers and thereby back to each user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: VONAGE BUSINESS INC.
    Inventors: Randy Layman, Barry Fleming
  • Patent number: 9711144
    Abstract: At a microphone, voice activity is detected in a data stream while simultaneously buffering audio data from the data stream to create buffered data. A signal is sent to a host indicating the positive detection of voice activity in the data stream. When an external clock signal is received from the host, the internal operation of the microphone is synchronized with the external clock signal. Buffered data stream is selectively sent through a first path, the first path including a buffer having a buffer delay time representing the time the first data stream takes to move through the buffer. The data stream is continuously sent through a second path as a real-time data stream, the second path not including the buffer, the real-time data stream beginning with the extended buffer data at a given instant in time. The buffered data stream and the real-time data stream are multiplexed onto a single data line and transmitting the multiplexed data stream to the host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Knowles Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Dibyendu Nandy, Yang Li, Ramanujapuram Raghuvir, Robert A. Popper, Andrzej Pawlowski, Kim Spetzler Berthelsen, Henrik Thomsen, Niel D. Warren, David P. Rossum
  • Patent number: 9712468
    Abstract: A social networking device and method that creates a new virtual private network and interface for family members that have shared interests in each other's health, finances, travel, calendars, special events, debts, and physical access to assets. Fundamental to these interests are their individual respective commitments to help one another, and need for automation to assist them with the means needed to be made aware and the tools needed to be effective. A generic family-hub mobile app is downloaded to corresponding mobile devices and independently used by each family member to invite others to join a new family-hub VPN, enroll, share personal information, and access graphical user interfaces (GUI). Several dashboards in the GUI are included with scoreboards for the health, finances, travel, calendars, special events, debts, and physical access to assets of the other enrolled family members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Jaimini Indravadan Patel
  • Patent number: 9706380
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing emergency alert and tracking data from a mobile device. A panic mode may be activated on the mobile device. The panic mode may be activated via a button sequence on the mobile device, based on a geofence trigger, based on physical movement of or contact with the mobile device, or via a wearable device connected to the mobile device. Upon activation, other nearby devices may be detected. Each detected device may include at least one identifier. Situational data may also be periodically collected via one or more sensors of the mobile device, and the detected device identifiers and collected situational data may be transmitted to a tracking database. An alert may be sent to one or more parties in a panic group associated with the mobile device in response to activating the panic mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Blackpoint Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Jon Murchison
  • Patent number: 9681477
    Abstract: A method of digital radio communication between a first device (2) and a second device (8), where each device comprises a radio transmitter (4, 10) and a radio receiver (6, 12), the method comprising: a) said first and second devices (2, 8) establishing a connection using a predetermined protocol having at least one predefined message format; b) if said connection is subsequently broken, said second device (8) transmitting an advertising message at a first data rate indicating a desire to reconnect; and c) if a reconnection is not established, said second device (8) transmitting a further advertising message at a second data rate indicating a desire to reconnect, wherein said second data rate is lower than the first data rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: NORDIC SEMICONDUCTOR ASA
    Inventors: David Alexandre Engelien-Lopes, Sverre Wichlund, Phil Corbishley
  • Patent number: 9668201
    Abstract: A method of handling an access network discovery and selection function (ANDSF) for a network of a wireless communication system comprises determining an IP flow of a mobile device of the wireless communication system, which is with a packet data network (PDN) connection associated to an access point name (APN) of the wireless communication system, for the mobile device to route the IP flow; and configuring an inter-system routing policy (ISRP) policy for a policy node such that a value of an AccessTechnology leaf of a RoutingRule node is configured as the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a value of an AccessId leaf is configured as a CSG identity of a plurality of CSG cells, and a PrioritizedAPN node is configured under the policy node for configuring the APN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Ching-Yu Liao
  • Patent number: 9668175
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide novel solutions, including systems, methods and/or software, for handling calls in a dual-mode VoIP/cellular environment. Merely by way of example, some systems can be configured to determine whether to use a VoIP system or a cellular system to handle a particular call, and/or to transition a call from one network to the other network. Other systems can be configured to substitute a public number (which might be, for example, a VoIP number) for a private number (which might be, for example, a cellular number) when routing a call originating from a dual-mode phone on a cellular network. Further systems can be configured to allow a VoIP system to serve as an anchor for calls originated and/or delivered on a cellular system, for instance to facilitate a transition between cellular and VoIP service during a call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Lance LaBauve, Charles I. Cook, Gilman R. Stevens
  • Patent number: 9635151
    Abstract: An in-vehicle communication system and an in-vehicle relay apparatus that can perform relaying between multiple in-vehicle networks if a new in-vehicle device is connected to a said in-vehicle network, and that can prevent, if an improper in-vehicle device is connected to the in-vehicle network, the entire system from being adversely affected by the improper in-vehicle device. The in-vehicle relay apparatus that relays information between the multiple in-vehicle networks has stored therein relay destination determination information necessary to determine a relay destination of information. If a new in-vehicle device is connected to any one of the in-vehicle networks, an acquiring unit communicates with a communication device to obtain updated relay destination determination information, a determination unit determines if the updated relay destination determination information is legitimate, and an updating unit updates the relay destination determination information of the in-vehicle relay apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshikuni Shimomura, Hiroshi Okada
  • Patent number: 9622160
    Abstract: Some aspects of what is described here relate to systems, devices, and computer-implemented methods for capturing data related to a mobile device in a wireless network. In one example, a method may include receiving, at a first mobile device, data capture configuration information from a wireless network. The data capture configuration information indicates a target mobile device from which data is to be captured during group communication between the first mobile device and the target mobile device. Thereafter, in response to detecting a group communication between the first mobile device and the target mobile device, a data element is stored in a local memory of the first mobile device. The data element includes information from the group communication between the first mobile device and the target mobile device. The data element is sent to the wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Claude Jean-Frederic Arzelier, Michael Eoin Buckley, Takashi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9607501
    Abstract: A personal security system for use with a personal communication device is disclosed that is capable of sending position information regarding the location of the device to a remote computer-aided dispatch system. The computer-aided dispatch system is coupled to a plurality of security resources within a defined geographic area, and includes a dynamic resource database that includes security resource location information regarding each of a plurality of security resources; and a processing unit for receiving triggering event location data from the personal communication device and for identifying, responsive to the triggering event location data, at least one security resource that is proximate the triggering event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Elerts Corporation
    Inventor: Edward English
  • Patent number: 9602516
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a method, a server, and a terminal device for establishing a communication session. The method includes: receiving a communication session request sent from a first user via a terminal device; obtaining a communication session target for the first user, a second user, by matching for the first user; and sending an identifier of the second user to the terminal device to establish a communication session between the first user and the second user, wherein the identifier is used for the terminal device to distinguish the communication session target of the first user, and is hidden from the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: XIAOMI INC.
    Inventors: Zhiyong Feng, Hui Li, Xin Shi, Chaofeng Deng
  • Patent number: 9575910
    Abstract: A compound USB device has a controller and a N+1 component USB devices. Each component USB device Ci is assigned Ei endpoints, where 0?i?N and where each component USB device is assigned at least as many endpoints as required by its functionality. At least one component USB device is assigned the maximum number endpoints. At least one other component USB device is assigned the minimum number of endpoints, which is less than the maximum. The controller includes a RAM-share subsystem with a RAM module. The RAM module includes a USB RAM segment that has a buffer descriptor (BD) table and an endpoint data buffer. The BD table includes a corresponding entry for each assigned endpoint. At least a portion of the USB RAM segment is assigned for non-USB uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventor: Bingkun Liu
  • Patent number: 9578604
    Abstract: A power-allocation method for scalable video transmission over MIMO system includes: encoding a video sequence into L layers; performing MCSs to the layers and estimating bit error rate or symbol error rate respectively for each of the layers after MCSs procedure based on channel quality feedbacks from the receiver side; performing power allocations of L sub-problems and obtaining candidate power allocation solution of each of the sub-problems respectively based on bit error rate or symbol error rate of each of the layers and derivative of bit error rate or symbol error rate of each of the layers; and choosing one of the candidate power allocation solution with the largest quality of experiences as the power allocation of the scalable video transmission over MIMO system. This invention considers transmission-error-rate of PHY layer and video coding structure of APP layer and optimizes quality of experiences at user end with cross-layer design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: NATIONAL SUN YAT-SEN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Xiang Chen, Jenq-Neng Hwang, Chung-Nan Lee
  • Patent number: 9577966
    Abstract: An example system for device-independent point to multipoint communication is configured to receive a message addressed to one or more destination users, the message type being, for example, Short Message Service (SMS), Instant Messaging (IM), E-mail, web form input, or Application Program Interface (API) function call. The system also is configured to determine information about the destination users, the information comprising preferred devices and interfaces for receiving messages, the information further including message receiving preferences. The system applies rules to the message based on destination user information to determine the message endpoints, the message endpoints being, for example, Short Message Service (SMS), Instant Messaging (IM), E-mail, web page output, or Application Program Interface (API) function call. The system translates the message based on the destination user information and message endpoints and transmits the message to each endpoint of the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Dorsey, Christopher Isaac Stone
  • Patent number: 9571469
    Abstract: A computer implemented system, method and a computer program product for ahead of time delivery of electronic content, have been provided. A file policy specifying a time period in which the electronic content is to be rendered accessible to a subscriber, is created. The electronic content is embedded with the file access policy, and subsequently encrypted. The encrypted electronic content is transmitted ahead-of-time to a network enabled device accessible to the subscriber. The encrypted electronic content is decrypted subsequent to the authentication of the subscriber. The electronic content is made accessible via the network enabled device only in the event that the current time stamp received from a time server is within the time period specified by the file access policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PAWAA SOFTWARE PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventor: Prakash Baskaran
  • Patent number: 9544429
    Abstract: An E-9-1-1 voice-over-IP (VoIP) solution is provided wherein a 911 call from a mobile VoIP device is routed directly to the correct Public Safety Answer Point (PSAP) via dedicated trunks, together with correct location information and call-back number. VoIP gateways are implemented locally, at least one per LATA, and accept VoIP packetized data inbound, and convert it to standard wireline voice calls. Calls are routed to an IP address at the VoIP gateway, which then egresses the call to a voice port at a selective router. Mid-call updating of location of a moving VoIP terminal is provided to a PSAP. The location of the VoIP is validated using HTTP based protocol by pushing location information to a VoIP location server, and comparing it against a geographic location database to confirm that a contained street address is valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Telecommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Yinjun Zhu, Richard Dickinson, Roger Marshall, Steven P. Helme
  • Patent number: 9544157
    Abstract: The illustrative embodiments described herein provide improved systems and methods for conferencing enterprise and non-enterprise callers. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a first call initiated by an enterprise caller at an enterprise, communicating with an enterprise media server to initiate a tributary conference on the enterprise media server, joining the enterprise caller to the tributary conference such that the enterprise caller is in data communication with the tributary conference, receiving a second call initiated by a non-enterprise caller via a public switched telephone network, interfacing the non-enterprise caller with a data center media server, creating a home conference on the data center media center, joining the second call to the home conference, and interfacing the home conference on the data center media server to the tributary conference on the enterprise media server to form a linked conference between the enterprise caller and the non-enterprise caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Myron P. Sojka, Mark Steven Jarzynka, Srinivas Maganti, Andrew Nelson
  • Patent number: 9537541
    Abstract: A method and electronic device for receiving information is provided. The method includes transmitting, by the electronic device, a scan time and an identification of the information to cause the identified information to be broadcast at the scan time; and scanning, by the electronic device, during the scan time to receive the information. The electronic device includes a transmitter configured to transmit a scan time and an identification of the information to cause the identified information to be broadcast at the scan time; and a scanner configured to scan during the scan time to receive the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jin-Yong Chung, Su-Hwan Kim, Tae-Sung Kim, Soo-Yong Kim, Ji-Myung Na
  • Patent number: 9531870
    Abstract: A method is provided for providing customized ring-back tones to callers on a wireline network such as a public switched telephone network having an advanced intelligent network or a VoIP network. When a call request is received from a calling party to connect to a called party through a wireline telephone network it is determined if the calling party is identified in a screening list for the called party. If so, then a customized audible ring-back tone is played to the calling party until the called party is connected to the calling party or until the call request is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Haley, Douglas R. Jones, John H. Wurster, Susan M. Middleswarth
  • Patent number: 9532142
    Abstract: A digital circuit can be used in a speaker system. An intermediate node provides a speaker protection control signal. A first latch for receives an offset control signal. A first logic gate receives a play control signal, the offset control signal, and the speaker protection control signal. A second logic gate is coupled to the first latch for receiving the play control signal and the speaker protection control signal. A second latch is coupled to the first logic gate for providing a forced mute signal. A third latch is coupled to the second logic gate and to the intermediate node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignees: STMicroelectronics (Shenzhen) R&D Co., Ltd., STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: XiangSheng Li, Cristiano Meroni, Mei Yang, Xian Feng Xiong
  • Patent number: 9509729
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving a query from a call session server for a first pointer associated with a telephone number of a terminating device of a requested communication session, transmitting to the call session server the first pointer including a session initiation protocol uniform resource identifier associated with the terminating device to initiate an internet protocol communication session, receiving a notification from the call session server responsive to the call session server failing to initiate the internet protocol communication session, and transmitting to the call session server a second pointer including a telephone protocol uniform resource identifier for originating a circuit-switched communication session responsive to receiving the notification. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bernard Ku, Lakshminarashimhan Naidu, Armstrong Soo
  • Patent number: 9503577
    Abstract: Distinct user devices may sometimes share a telephone number. Techniques described herein may provide for the assigning of a temporary telephone number for a user device, which shares a telephone number with other user devices, in certain situations, such as when the user device places a call to an emergency call center. The temporary telephone number may allow the user device to be reached and/or located by the emergency call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Sethumadhav Bendi, Mingxing S. Li, Zohar Fuchs, G. Lance Lockhart
  • Patent number: 9497320
    Abstract: A system and method for improved directory assistance searches involving feedback from previous calls made to telephone numbers in a vendor database, in order to improve the quality of customer service and satisfaction by the vendors associated with the telephone numbers, and to find the vendors associated with the telephone numbers that have provided quality customer service in the past. The system and method automatically rates a telephone number according to a plurality of parameters. In one embodiment of the system, dirty numbers (numbers reassigned to a second party from a previous party) are screened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Richard Rosen
  • Patent number: 9477459
    Abstract: A server, terminal device, and a non-transitory data storage medium for supporting wireless terminal devices of a cellular network for implementing program updates are described. The server includes a memory, a processor which receives instructions from the memory for execution, programs utilized in the wireless terminal devices, a receiver, and a transmitter. The receiver is configured to receive a message from a wireless terminal device requesting installation of a program to the wireless terminal device. The installation is caused by a change of an activated use profile of the wireless terminal device to another use profile, when the wireless terminal device is in an operating state with power on. The activated use profile and the another use profile include dissimilar lists of programs required in certain use situations of a user. The transmitter is configured to send the program to the wireless terminal device as an over-the-air message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: CAPRICODE OY
    Inventor: Tapio Rauma
  • Patent number: 9474090
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for improved resource allocation in ad hoc group calls includes receiving a request for an ad hoc group call with another push-to-talk (PTT) system between a plurality of subscriber units comprising a plurality of Project 25 (P25) subscriber units; allocating resources with the another PTT system using an Inter Radio Frequency Subsystem Interface (ISSI) network to network interface (NNI); and identifying the ad hoc group call as a single logical call for the plurality of P25 subscriber units on the ISSI NNI. This can also include allocating a single channel for the plurality of P25 subscriber units identified as the single logical call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Vikas Mehrotra, Madhusudan K Pai
  • Patent number: 9467323
    Abstract: A communication device having time information that may not be correct can efficiently and accurately authenticate a server certificate. The communication unit of a printer processes server authentication that inspects a server certificate when connecting to an external network. Server authentication includes a first authentication that verifies the validity period of the server certificate based on status information and time information stored by the communication unit. The communication unit cuts the connection to the external network if the time information stored by the communication unit is after the validity period (the validity period is clearly expired). The first authentication reliably succeeds if the communication unit has the correct time information and a valid server certificate. If the time information is before the validity period, the time information may be old, and processing proceeds based on the status information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Kasai
  • Patent number: 9426301
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a system and method of exchanging GRUUs (Globally Routed User Agent URI (Uniform Resource Identifier)) between a first telephony-enabled device and a second telephony enabled device using a circuit-switched message is provided. Once exchanged, the telephony enabled devices can exchange SIP (session initiated protocol) communications routed by the GRUUs. Any one of the telephony-enabled devices can add a media component to the SIP communications. According to another aspect, a system and method of generating GRUUs is provided. According to another aspect, a system and method of handing off communications to a packet switched network from a circuit switched network is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Michael Allen, Adrian Buckley
  • Patent number: 9426698
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for transmitting extended service request messages in a congested network are described. An apparatus includes a timer, a receiver and a processor. The receiver receives a message that includes a timer value. The processor sets the timer based on the timer value, activates the timer, and attempts mobile-originated circuit switched fallback for an emergency call during a period that corresponds to the timer value and during which mobile-originated circuit switched fallback is otherwise prohibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: InterDigital Patent Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mahmoud Watfa, Behrouz Aghili, Ulises Olvera-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9413530
    Abstract: Systems and methods for secure communications are provided. In some aspects, a method of signalling an interception time period is described. At least one keying information used by a key management service (KMS) to regenerate a key is stored. A start_interception message is signaled from an administration function (ADMF) to a call session control function (CSCF). A halt_message is signaled from the ADMF to the CSCF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignees: BlackBerry Limited, Certicom Corp.
    Inventors: Michael Eoin Buckley, Gregory Marc Zaverucha, Matthew John Campagna