Billing Patents (Class 455/406)
  • Patent number: 10291429
    Abstract: A control device according to an embodiment includes a calculator, a changing unit, and a transmitter. The calculator calculates a first communication volume obtained by adding a value obtained by normalizing a communication volume of a voice call of a first terminal and a value obtained by normalizing a communication volume of data communication of the first terminal on the basis of a first history of the voice call of the first terminal and a second history of the data communication of the first terminal. The changing unit changes a first upper limit of a third priority obtained by adding a first priority set to the voice call of the first terminal and a second priority set to the data communication of the first terminal on the basis of the first communication volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Taichi Tashiro, Keiji Yamamoto, Kazuya Negishi, Kohta Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10292073
    Abstract: In accordance with the example embodiments of the invention there a method and apparatus to perform at least establishing, by a network node of a communication network, one or more connections over one or more interfaces with another network node of the communication network, and based on the establishing, communicating over the one or more connections, information associated with multiple slices of the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
    Inventor: Anand Bedekar
  • Patent number: 10285012
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are configured to recognize mobile terminals positioned within a coverage area for short range communication with a user-specific device, wherein each mobile terminal comprises identification information for the user-specific device. The method and the apparatus provide a customized service corresponding to at least one of the mobile terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang Mok Choi, Sang Joon Kim, Su-Hyun Na, Yu Jin Na, Jong Kee Lee, Soon Kyu Jang, Young Ei Cho
  • Patent number: 10282934
    Abstract: A leasing terminal of a mobile power supply comprises a CPU, a network communication module and a main control MCU which are respectively connected to the CPU, and at least one charging module, at least one charging cabinet motion drive motor and at least one mobile power supply information reading module which are respectively connected to the main control MCU; and each charging cabinet corresponds to one charging module, one charging cabinet motion drive motor and one mobile power supply information reading module. By means of the present invention, when a user is outside, a mobile power supply can be leased from a leasing terminal of the mobile power supply in a self-service manner, thereby providing the flexible charging service to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN LAIDIAN TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bingsong Yuan, Weige Yu, Changming Luo
  • Patent number: 10285107
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for dynamically changing coverage modes and/or communication bandwidth in a wireless communication system. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may attach to a serving cell associated with a cellular network. A volume of data for upcoming communication with the cellular network may be determined. An indication of a requested communication bandwidth may be provided to the serving cell. The wireless device may communicate data with the serving cell using the requested communication bandwidth. In some instances, a request for narrowband communication bandwidth may result in use of a coverage enhancement mode, while a request for wideband communication bandwidth may result in use of a normal coverage mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Li Su, Srinivasan Nimmala
  • Patent number: 10278076
    Abstract: A system for controlling, monitoring, and recording of wireless telecommunications services associated with penal institutions is provided comprising a portable electronic device and application executing on the device that present a listing of available call destinations based on receiving a first instruction from a first authorized party possessing the device. The application receives a second instruction comprising a choice of a first call destination from the listing. The application transmits a third instruction requesting connection with the destination and joins a second authorized party associated with the first call destination in a first voice session. The application joins the first authorized party to the first session. The application further joins the first party to a second voice session initiated by the second party based on determining that the second party initiated the second session from the first destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Francis Byrne
  • Patent number: 10270763
    Abstract: According to a first aspect of the present disclosed subject matter, a mobile terminal comprises a single cellular modem having concurrent protocol stack that is capable of simultaneous communicating over two channels with at least one mobile network, a logic selector configured to pass authentication information of a SIM to the modem, wherein the SIM can be a physical SIM accommodated in a first slot (native SIM) or a virtual SIM. The terminal further comprises firmware retained in a non-transitory memory operative to cause the mobile terminal to obtain and authenticate the virtual SIM for communicating with the at least one mobile networks, wherein the virtual SIM is obtained from a SIM server connected to a SIM bank that comprises a plurality of SIM profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: David Lipovkov
  • Patent number: 10255914
    Abstract: A portable communications device may include a transceiver configured to communicate with a network, a microphone configured to convert sounds into an audio signal, and a processor coupled to the microphone and the transceiver. The device may further include a memory coupled to the processor. The memory may include instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to convert an audio signal into a natural language request and initiate payment of a first account of a first domain-specific data source from funds available in a second account of a second domain-specific data source in response to the natural language request via the network. The instructions may further cause the processor to receive a confirmation of the payment from the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Boukadakis
  • Patent number: 10257366
    Abstract: According to embodiments described in the specification, a method, system and apparatus for managing communication sessions using joint storage. One of a policy server and a charging server, connected to each other via a core mobile network, stores a database containing both charging data and policy data. The other of the policy server and the charging server, rather than maintaining a distinct database, routes read and write operations to the server storing the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: REDKNEE INC.
    Inventor: Michael Jung
  • Patent number: 10248407
    Abstract: A system and method are described for generating an interactive preview for an IoT device. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an Internet of Things (IoT) development application comprising a graphical user interface (GUI) through which a user is to specify a configuration for a new IoT device, the development application including a preview GUI component to allow a user to render a mobile UI preview on a mobile client; an IoT service including virtual device generation logic to generate a virtual device responsive to the configuration specified for the new IoT device, the virtual device comprising a virtualized representation of the new IoT device; and the virtual device to establish a communication channel with a mobile app executed on a client, the virtual device to dynamically communicate updates to the mobile app as the user makes changes to IoT device attributes and/or presentation definitions from the preview GUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventor: Erhard Riedl
  • Patent number: 10244024
    Abstract: A method, implemented at a server of an operations control center of a telematics service provider, for transmitting commands to a network access device, is described. The method involves creating one or more command data packets, each comprising a payload and control information, the control information identifying an AT command air interface. The method further involves transmitting, by the server, the command data packets to the network access device via the AT command air interface, wherein the AT command air interface is a first tunnel extending through a network of the vehicular telematics unit. In addition, a method, implemented at a baseband processor of a network access device of a vehicular telematics unit, for receiving commands from a server of an operations control center and a system for transmitting commands between a server of an operations control center and a network access device are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Dipankar Pal, David George, Saihema Venkataramanan
  • Patent number: 10237418
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media for charging based on radio congestion in mobile networks are disclosed. In some examples, a method includes receiving a radio congestion message specifying a user plane congestion level for a radio access network (RAN) from a RAN congestion awareness function (RCAF) for the RAN. The method includes providing the user plane congestion level to a charging system. The method includes, at the charging system, altering one or more charging records for one or more respective subscribers accessing the RAN with user equipment (UE) based on the user plane congestion level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Venkatesh Aravamudhan, Nitin Gupta, Shashikiran Bhalachandra Mahalank, Raghuvamshi vasudev Singh Thakur
  • Patent number: 10230569
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling the transmission of data from a mobile device to a base station is provided. Data may be transmitted directly from the mobile device to the base station, or via a WLAN access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: TCL COMMUNICATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Caroline Jactat, Pierre Bonnard
  • Patent number: 10231204
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that registers a communication device with a temporary IMSI shared among multiple communication devices with a virtual registration function. Further, the system provisions an active IMSI using a virtual Over-the-Air (OTA) function onto the communication device and indicates to the communication device to register with a registration function using the active IMSI. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Walter Cooper Chastain, Stephen Emille Chin
  • Patent number: 10223101
    Abstract: A system and method are described for generating an interactive preview for an IoT device. For example, one embodiment of a method comprises: in response to initiating a preview of a new IoT device, determining whether a corresponding IoT device exists and, if not, then generating a virtual IoT device; associating the virtual or real IoT device with a set of device attributes and presentation definitions; establishing a communication channel with a mobile app; in response to detecting changes to the attributes and/or presentation definitions, transmitting updates to the mobile app, the mobile app dynamically updating the attributes and presentation definitions in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Afero, Inc.
    Inventors: Erhard Riedl, Kerry Quinn
  • Patent number: 10212467
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method of preparing and presenting a customized media channel, including receiving user preferences of a first user; receiving data plan information applicable to a first device utilized by the first user; receiving consumption information of the first user; scheduling media content on a first channel customized for the first user, by arranging the media content based on the user preferences of the first user and the consumption information of the first user; and providing the first channel to the first device at a first bit rate that varies according to the data plan information. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Virgil L. Archer, III, Michael Depies, Mathew Goldade, Grant Hafer, Maxwell Shteir-Dunn
  • Patent number: 10212589
    Abstract: A telecom connectivity service provider (TCSP) and a method for allocating an infrastructure resource to a virtual network operator (VNO). A TCSP control element sends to a downstream control element, a request for a portion of the infrastructure to be allocated to the TCSP by an infrastructure provider (InP) and receives a response from the downstream control element providing access to and control of the allocated infrastructure. The TCSP control element can pool the allocated infrastructure with other resources allocated to the TCSP and/or communicate with an upstream control element for providing access to and control of the allocated infrastructure to the VNO. The downstream control element is a local InP control element or a downstream TCSP control element. The upstream control element is a VNO control element or an upstream TCSP control element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nimal Gamini Senarath, Sophie Vrzic, Jaya Rao
  • Patent number: 10205774
    Abstract: In a system for providing data and/or computational services, various resources are assigned a sort of points (called vouchers or IOUs) for work manager threads that are currently queued at each resource. When a resource (and its associated resource manager) has a relatively small queue, whereby the resource is holding a relatively small number of points, that resource will be assigned work manager threads for incoming services requests at a high preference, or priority. In this way, faster performing resources can more reliably be supplied with new requests, while relatively slow performing resources will tend not to unduly tie up limited work manager threads in long queues at the slow resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Manu T. George, Anoop G. M. Ramachandra, Murali K. Surampalli
  • Patent number: 10187496
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method are disclosed for resolving bandwidth constriction using multiple bandwidths and/or multiple content delivery paths. The apparatus, system and method may include recording requested video content and/or delivering the recorded video content to resolve bandwidth constriction using alternate bandwidths or delivery paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Amit Garg, Tom Brown
  • Patent number: 10182322
    Abstract: A method for charging an inter-Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) roaming data service online, and a device are presented. The method includes, after determining that an access subscriber is a roaming subscriber, establishing, by a visited-place packet data network gateway, an online charging session for the access subscriber; determining a first charging information parameter list; sending, to a home online charging system, a first quota request message that carries a rating group; receiving a roaming data service quota of the rating group sent by the home online charging system; and sending first charging information to the home online charging system according to the first charging information parameter list. The disclosed embodiments can simplify a network connection between a visited-place PGW and an OCS of another operator that has a roaming agreement with the visited-place operator, reduce network connection complexity, and improve network connection efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaoqian Chai
  • Patent number: 10182079
    Abstract: There are provided measures for lawful interception and security based admission control for proximity service. Such measures could include detecting a requirement for control in relation to setting up or securing a connection of a proximity service between at least two devices, determining availability of at least one lawful interception and security agent capable of performing an operation relating to lawful interception and/or security in relation to the connection of the proximity service, and performing control in relation to setting up or securing the connection of the proximity service when availability of the at least one lawful interception and security agent is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
    Inventors: Vinh Van Phan, Ling Yu, Kari Veikko Horneman
  • Patent number: 10176646
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium for toll service activation using an on-board unit in a third party transport comprises, a third party entity, a toll rental entity, and an on-board unit communicably coupled to the third party entity and to the toll rental entity, wherein the on-board unit, receives a position signal, initiates a toll service request, converts the position signal to a toll usage, and stores the position signal, the toll service request and the toll usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ATS TOLLING LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin P. Robinson, Sarath K. Balachandran
  • Patent number: 10178243
    Abstract: A mobile communications device receives an indication of a balance from a server when establishment of a voice call or sending of a message is requested. The mobile communications device determines whether the balance is sufficient to place the voice call or send the message over a mobile network. If the balance is sufficient to place the voice call or send the message over the mobile network, the voice call is established or the message is sent under normal operating conditions. If the balance is insufficient to place the voice call or send the message over the mobile network, a grace period is activated and the voice call is established or the message is sent during the grace period over an available wireless local-area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TEXTNOW, INC.
    Inventors: Derek Ting, Tristan Huntington, Rich Wong
  • Patent number: 10178552
    Abstract: It is capable of authentication by transmitting through light emitted from a flash of a smart mobile according to foregoing solution of the problem, security and stability can be improved in comparison with other authentication systems such as an ID, a password and a public authentication which are necessary to a bank task, a personal authentication, an identity authentication and a transaction remittance. And, even if the smart mobile is lost or a stranger acquiring this are misappropriating, cryptography such as patterns cannot be solved thereby it is not available. Further, carrying is easy to use anywhere regardless of the place because the transaction is available using a flash equipped to the smart mobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: b.plat LLC
    Inventor: Suk Hwan Yeom
  • Patent number: 10178270
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes a printer, a first wireless communicator, and a second wireless communicator. The first wireless communicator performs wireless local-area network (LAN) communication. The second wireless communicator transmits, to the information terminal, information required to perform the wireless LAN communication between the printing apparatus and an information terminal. The first wireless communicator receives print data from the information terminal. The printer performs printing based on the print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akiko Tokumaru, Yasuo Komada, Keigo Ogura, Kouichi Unno
  • Patent number: 10178241
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to telecommunications networks, processing and routing calls between networks, a computing system and methodologies for optimizing pricing particularly in situations with massive amounts of data, processing call volume data, deseasonalizing data, minutes of use data, establishing and distributing pricing data for use in routing decisions, among other features and advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventors: William Gray, Binchao Chen, Peder Hans Engebretson
  • Patent number: 10169105
    Abstract: Aspects include computing devices, systems, and methods for implementing scheduling and execution of lightweight kernels as simple tasks directly by a thread without setting up a task structure. A computing device may determine whether a task pointer in a task queue is a simple task pointer for the lightweight kernel. The computing device may schedule a first simple task for the lightweight kernel for execution by the thread. The computing device may retrieve, from an entry of a simple task table, a kernel pointer for the lightweight kernel. The entry in the simple task table may be associated with the simple task pointer. The computing device may directly execute the lightweight kernel as the simple task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Han Zhao, Pablo Montesinos Ortego, Arun Raman, Behnam Robatmili, Gheorghe Calin Cascaval
  • Patent number: 10164977
    Abstract: A call request is received, from a mobile device, to establish a communication with a contact center. For example, the call request may be to establish a voice call with the contact center. In response to the call request, the mobile device sends authentication factors to a cloud authentication service that the user/mobile device has previously registered with. For example, the authentication factors may include usage factors of the mobile device, such as a call history of the user on the mobile device. If the authentication factors are validated, a token is generated. The token is sent to the contact center along with the call request. The token is validated at the contact center. At this point, the contact center knows that the user/mobile device are authentic. A call is then established between the user and the contact center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Ezell, David Chavez, Michael Krack
  • Patent number: 10159030
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for dynamically changing coverage modes and/or communication bandwidth in a wireless communication system. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may attach to a serving cell associated with a cellular network. A volume of data for upcoming communication with the cellular network may be determined. An indication of a requested communication bandwidth may be provided to the serving cell. The wireless device may communicate data with the serving cell using the requested communication bandwidth. In some instances, a request for narrowband communication bandwidth may result in use of a coverage enhancement mode, while a request for wideband communication bandwidth may result in use of a normal coverage mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Li Su, Srinivasan Nimmala
  • Patent number: 10157540
    Abstract: The disclosed subject matter relates to a vehicle identification system comprising a central station, a roadside reader for wirelessly communicating with radio tags carried by vehicles, a mapping unit connected to the reader, and a correlation unit connected to the mapping unit, wherein the correlation unit is configured to correlate second-protocol tag identifications to first-protocol tag identifications from a reserved subset of first-protocol tag identifications, wherein the mapping unit is configured to generate a new first-protocol message upon receiving a second-protocol message from the reader, and wherein the central station is configured to receive and store first-protocol messages from the reader as well as new first-protocol messages from the mapping unit and to identify a vehicle. The disclosed subject matter further relates to a method for identifying vehicles by means of this system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Kapsch TrafficCom AG
    Inventors: Chris Hopkins, Alastair Malarky
  • Patent number: 10142835
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for giving access to restricted content on a first device from a second device through a wireless network. In one embodiment, the first device transmits an authorization request signal to the second device or to a server in the wireless network. The second device, having received the authorization request, prompts an authorized user to give authorization to the first device by inputting an authentication key such as a password car gesture on the second device. Upon verification of the authentication key, an authorization signal may be wirelessly transmitted to the first device, permitting access to the restricted content or functions on the first device. In some embodiments, the second device may be alerted to an authorization request and may elect a request for authorization from a selectable queue of requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Hayden Cotterill
  • Patent number: 10135997
    Abstract: Technologies for converting mobile communications network billing records include a billing record converter system. The billing record converter system receives a data usage billing record associated with a mobile computing device communicatively coupled to a long term evolution wireless communications network. The received data usage billing record is formatted according to a real-time data usage billing record format. The received data usage billing record is converted into a new data usage billing record formatted according to a roaming data usage billing record format that corresponds to a legacy wireless communications network. The new data usage billing record is transmitted to a billing system of the legacy wireless communications network for processing. In some embodiments, the billing record converter system cumulates and converts multiple data usage billing records associated with the mobile computing device into the new data usage billing record. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Sudir Kumar Anand
  • Patent number: 10129718
    Abstract: This disclosure sets forth techniques that aggregate and analyze data usage of a client device over a communications network. Particularly, data usage may be quantified over a predetermined time interval and used to provide recommendations that instruct a client on techniques for reducing a data usage rate. Recommendations may be presented as visual and/or audible alerts. This disclosure further describes techniques to dynamically alter data usage characteristics of particular data usage events to reduce a current rate of data usage. Computational instructions may dynamically reduce a file size of a multimedia/data file, limit a capability to download a multimedia/data file, or reduce a data usage rate of a multimedia stream via trans-rating or pacing techniques. Additionally, exemplary user interfaces may facilitate customizing data usage monitoring settings. The exemplary user interfaces may enable a client to customize a graphical representation of data usage over a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrea Dulick
  • Patent number: 10127540
    Abstract: A payment button on a device capable of making telephone calls, such as a mobile phone, allows a payer to electronically transfer money while in a phone call with a payee. The payment button also allows a payee to initiate an electronic payment transaction while in a phone call with a payer. The payment button may be a clickable or tappable virtual button presented on a display of the phone when being used to make or receive a call. The payer or the payee can simply enter a payment amount on the phone to complete an electronic payment transaction. A notification of payment is instantly transmitted to the phones being used for the phone call, so that the parties can safely and conveniently conclude a purchase and/or payment transaction during one phone call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Saumil Ashvin Gandhi, Ray Hideki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10129769
    Abstract: Systems and methods for adaptively adjusting a transaction rate at a mobile network node. A first mobile network client node receives configuration parameters including an initial transaction rate, a step up rate, a step down rate, a minimum rate, a maximum rate, an evaluation time period, a step up response time threshold, a step down response time threshold, a step up threshold percentage of responses, and a step down threshold percentage of responses. Responses associated with communications with the server node are received during a first time period associated with the evaluation time period. A percentage of the received responses being less than the step up response time threshold and a percentage of the received responses being greater than the step down response time threshold are determined. An initial transaction rate is increased by the step up rate or decreased by the step down rate based on the determined percentages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: AFFIRMED NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: James L. Logan, Mark Libby, Narsi Veldanda, Rajesh Palakkal, Siddharth Bhojnagarwala
  • Patent number: 10122438
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for modifying relay operation of a wireless device are disclosed. In one aspect an apparatus for modifying relay operation of a wireless node comprises a processing system configured to generate a message requesting the wireless node to enable access point operation of the wireless node or instructing the wireless node to disable the access point operation of the wireless node. The message comprises a relay activation information element. The message comprises one or more of a field indicating a time for the wireless node to enable the access point operation or disable the access point operation and a field indicating whether the message is requesting the wireless node to enable the access point operation or instructing the wireless node to disable the access point operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Amin Jafarian, Luiza Timariu, George Cherian, Ronald Houston Gibson, Jr., Abhishek Pramod Patil, Santosh Paul Abraham
  • Patent number: 10122800
    Abstract: A device may receive registration information for a toll-free data campaign. The toll-free data campaign may allow a content provider to pay costs of network data usage by user devices that access content associated with the toll-free data campaign. The device may identify a resource identifier included in the registration information. The resource identifier may identify the content associated with the toll-free data campaign. The device may apply a validation rule to the resource identifier. The device may determine whether the resource identifiers is associated with an error based on applying the validation rule. The device may selectively provide information that identifies the error based on determining whether the resource identifier is associated with the error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Krunal A. Sheth
  • Patent number: 10122591
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes obtaining a whitelist that identifies one or more content providers that are accessible for free through a particular network service provider, wherein the particular network service provider also provides access to the other content providers for which a fee is charged, a debit against an account is taken, or a subscription with the particular network service provider is required, establishing a particular network connection with the particular network service provider, identifying a network configuration that indicates whether to restrict communication with content providers by the computing device to only communication that is free, receiving a request to communicate with a particular content provider using the particular network connection, determining, based on the network configuration, whether the particular content provider is included in the whitelist for the particular network service provider, and blocking, based on the determining, the request to communicate
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: James Arnold Pack, Bin Zhu, Wiktor Tomczak, Joseph E. Provost, Tim Emiola, Jeff Robert Karplus Hartline, Michael DePasquale, Patrick Pui Wah Leung, Christopher John DiGiano, AbdelKarim F. Mardini
  • Patent number: 10116807
    Abstract: A method, performed in a Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF), for managing subscription to policy counters maintained at an Online Charging System (OCS) is disclosed. The PCRF is operable to communicate with the OCS over an Sy reference. The method comprises receiving a Multiple Users subscription trigger from a network operator (202), the Multiple Users subscription trigger identifying a reference network policy and a subject network policy. The method further comprises sending a Spending Limit Request (SLR) command to the OCS (214), the SLR command specifying an identifier of a subject policy counter for the subject network policy and specifying application of the SLR command with respect to the subject policy counter to all ongoing Sy sessions between the PCRF and the OCS which already include a subscription to a policy counter for the reference network policy. Also disclosed is a method, performed in an OCS, for managing subscription by a PCRF to policy counters maintained at the OCS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: R. Kumar, Rameshwaran Thulasidoss
  • Patent number: 10110389
    Abstract: An apparatus for facilitating toll free data access includes a processor and memory storing executable computer code causing the apparatus to at least perform operations including sending a request to a device requesting identification of one or more content providers that provide data to users in which the content providers pay for data, accessed from the content providers, on behalf of users. The accessed data is not considered data usage accrued by the users during a billing cycle or against a prepaid data plan. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to receive an indication from the device of a content provider(s) that pays for the provision of the data on behalf of users. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to determine whether a selected content provider pays for the provision of the data to users. Corresponding methods and computer program products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SYNIVERSE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Lance Hodges
  • Patent number: 10110752
    Abstract: A system comprising a user equipment, a resource node configured to manage resources for communication with the user equipment, a managing node configured to manage traffic flow. The resource node and the managing node are configured so that information is passed between the resource node and the managing node, the managing node may select at least one parameter for a new traffic flow based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Otso Auterinen
  • Patent number: 10111198
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method and device for collecting location information. The method includes: sending a location subscription instruction to a user equipment (UE) by using a mobile communication network, where the location subscription instruction includes: instructing the UE to measure a cell detected by the UE; receiving instruction response information reported by the UE, where the instruction response information includes an identity (ID) of the UE, an ID of the cell detected by the UE, and signal strength information of the cell detected by the UE; and acquiring location information of the UE according to the received instruction response information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Feng Lian, Bin Chai, Shengyi Qin
  • Patent number: 10110276
    Abstract: A connection/disconnection method, including detecting, by an electronic device, a change of a magnetic flux of a first magnetic field in the electronic device, generating a first electric signal according to the change of the magnetic flux, where the first magnetic field is generated by an electronic component, a magnetic force of the first magnetic field is used to drive the electronic component to be connected to the electronic device, determining, by the electronic device, whether identification information of the target connection component is the same as a preset identifier when a change of the first electric signal meets a first preset model, and driving, by the electronic device, the electronic component to be disconnected from the electronic device when the identification information of the target connection component is different from the preset identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xi Chen
  • Patent number: 10098017
    Abstract: Techniques for enforcing a data service package are described. A method may comprise receiving a network data packet from a client device; determining an originating application and a data end point from the network data packet; determining whether a policy in a policy store allows the client device to access a cellular data network; and forwarding the network data packet to the data end point on the cellular data network when a policy does allow the access. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Lauri Jaakko Vuornos, Joonas Emil Hjelt
  • Patent number: 10097362
    Abstract: A global data service connection manager determines a shared data account balance for data available to a user as a function of data amounts previously made available to a shared data system by the first user for the use of other registered users. In response to a request by the first user to execute a data transaction by using data from the shared system, the shared data account balance and the data available at the brokered purchase price are automatically arbitrated to acquire at least one of data from a wireless service account of another registered user of the shared system in an amount that does not exceed the first user's shared data account balance, and data purchased from a wireless service account of another registered user of the shared system in a purchased amount that does not exceed data available at a brokered purchase price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Juan Carlos Lòpez Quirarte
  • Patent number: 10097587
    Abstract: A network environment includes a wireless access point providing access to a corresponding network. One or more mobile communication devices communicate with the wireless access point to access the network. In response to receiving a request from a mobile communication device to establish the wireless communication link, the wireless access point conveys communications between the mobile communication device and a remote server to authenticate the mobile communication device. During authentication, the wireless access point receives a policy assigned to the mobile communication device. The policy specifies how to route subsequent received data traffic from the mobile communication device. Subsequent to authentication, the wireless access point routes the subsequent data traffic received from the mobile communication device in accordance with the received policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Arun Manroa, Qiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10089147
    Abstract: A scheduling system and method for high-performance computing (HPC) applications includes a network management component stored in physical memory and executed by a processor. The management component is configured to transform HPC resources into a schedulable resource catalog by transforming multi-dimensional HPC resources into a one dimension versus time resource catalog with a dependent graph structure between resources such that HPC resources are enabled to be provisioned into a service environment with predictable provisioning using the resource catalog. A graphical user interface component is coupled to the network management component and configured to provide scheduling visibility to entities and to enable a plurality of different communication modes for scheduling and communication between entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hani T. Jamjoom, Mark E. Podlaseck, Huiming Qu, Yaoping Ruan, Denis R. Saure, Zon-Yin Shae, Anshul Sheopuri
  • Patent number: 10079635
    Abstract: An example embodiment may involve receiving a request to provide unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) based wireless coverage to a particular geographical location. Possibly in response to the request, a UAV may fly to the particular geographical location. A first wireless interface of the UAV may define a wireless coverage area that covers at least part of the particular geographical location. A second wireless interface of the UAV may establish a wireless backhaul link to a data network. The UAV may provide wireless data transfer services to at least one device in the particular geographical location, where the wireless data transfer services allow the device to exchange data communication with the data network via the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: David Vos, Andrew Patton, Sean Mullaney, Behnam Motazed, Siegfried Zerweckh
  • Patent number: 10080116
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing offline charging for group communications. One embodiment is an application server that identifies data for a group communication, identifies an encryption code assigned to the group, encrypts the data for the group communication using the encryption code, and initiates delivery of the encrypted data for the group communication to the group of mobile devices over an MBMS bearer. The application server collects charging information related to the group communication using MBMS delivery, formats the charging information into an offline charging communication, and transmits the offline charging communication to an offline charging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia of America Corporation
    Inventors: Ranjan Sharma, Yigang Cai
  • Patent number: 10075478
    Abstract: There are provided measures for lawful interception and security based admission control for proximity service. Such measures could include detecting a requirement for control in relation to setting up or securing a connection of a proximity service between at least two devices, determining availability of at least one lawful interception and security agent capable of performing an operation relating to lawful interception and/or security in relation to the connection of the proximity service, and performing control in relation to setting up or securing the connection of the proximity service when availability of the at least one lawful interception and security agent is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
    Inventors: Vinh Van Phan, Ling Yu, Kari Veikko Horneman