Billing Patents (Class 455/406)
  • Patent number: 9569761
    Abstract: A code is communicated between the billing server and subscription server. The billing server receives a code request text message from the user device. The billing server identifies a carrier server from the code request text message. The billing server receives an authorization text message from the user device in response to an authorization request text message and charges an account of the carrier server that has been identified. If the charge has been successful, then the billing server transmits a code redemption text message to the user device including the code and a link to a redemption page of a website of a subscription server. The subscription server processes redemption to a code and transmits an account set up page to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Boku, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Steif, Kurt Davis, Katherine Ann Corner, Samantha Elena Nebrich
  • Patent number: 9572004
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying short message service (SMS) spammers identifies senders as spammers by determining that the senders are sending SMS messages to devices included in a grey phone space. Devices in the grey phone space are identified using various methods including an analysis of call detail records. A grey ratio for a sender is determined as a ratio of messages sent to grey phone numbers by the sender to messages sent to all phone numbers by the sender. A sender is identified based on a difference between the grey ratio for the sender and a second grey ratio being above a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yu Jin, Ann E. Skudlark, Nan Jiang
  • Patent number: 9569516
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to execution of an enterprise process through an electronic device. In one embodiment, an enterprise process execution method is disclosed, comprising: replicating data from a centralized database in a local database; creating a first set of data fields based on a first set of rules, wherein the first set of data fields is populated with a first set of data values retrieved from the local database based on a second set of rules; dynamically creating a second set of data fields populated with a second set of data values, wherein each data field of the second set of data fields is dynamically created based on a data value of a previous data field; validating the second set of data fields; and synchronizing the local database storing a report including information associated with execution of an enterprise process with the centralized database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Nitin Kamal, Venus Katela
  • Patent number: 9571663
    Abstract: In general, techniques are described for facilitating usage monitoring control in mobile networks. A mobile gateway comprising one or more processors may be configured to perform the techniques. The one or more processors are configured to establish a session by which a mobile device is to access a service, and in response to receiving an indication to activate a charging rule having an incomplete indication to activate usage monitoring with respect to the service provided via the session, rejecting the charging rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Jegan Kumar Somi Ramasamy Subramanian, Prasad Chigurupati
  • Patent number: 9549076
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for lawful interception in the case of call forwarding (AW_TlnB) in a packet-oriented telecommunications network (TK1, TK2, TK3), in which switching functions (S-CSCF1, . . . , P-CSCF3) are made available by servers. The additional aim in this telecommunications network (TK1) is to monitor connections of a subscriber (Tln B) with call forwarding (AW_TlnB) by means of lawful interception. In this case, monitoring (ÜW_TlnB) of the connections of the subscriber (Tln B) is notified to a first switching function (S-CSCF1) which is responsible for a called subscriber (Tln B) with call forwarding (AW_TlnB). The first switching function (S-CSCF1) then writes (23) a tag for said subscriber (Tln B) to a predetermined parameter of a switching protocol. Only then is signalling of call forwarding (AW-TlnB) carried out to a second switching function (S-CSCF2) which is responsible for a calling subscriber (Tln A) and the connection is then forwarded to a third switching function (S-CSCF3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Herbert Paulis, Bernhard Spalt
  • Patent number: 9547843
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for locating a mobile terminal by use of messages received to the mobile terminal are provided. The mobile terminal locating method may include creating at least one location related candidate for the mobile terminal by use of a message that is received to the mobile terminal, and determining a location of the mobile terminal by matching the created location related candidate to stored place information. The current location of the mobile terminal may be recognized by simply analyzing the received messages without the need for installation of additional device on the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Joon Hyun, Sung-Ho Ryu, Seok-Hyun Yoon, Hee-Seon Park, Min-Hyok Bang, Dong-Hun Park
  • Patent number: 9549307
    Abstract: In order to manage a change in conditions of using a service associated with a communication in progress established by a user terminal (TU) within its communications network (RT), a server determines that the user's account does not permit the delivery of the service with a change in the conditions of using a service, after the receipt of a first request derived from a network element, said request comprising an identifier of the service regarding the communication and a parameter defining the change in conditions of using the service, and the server transmits to the network element a response containing a code indicating that the delivery of the service is authorized only with other conditions of using the service, in order for the network element to transmit to the server a second request containing another parameter defining another change in conditions of using the service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Thomas Levy, Maryse Gardella
  • Patent number: 9537960
    Abstract: A solution making it possible for one telecommunication network operator (10?) to act as intermediate distributor or administrator of a content provider (60) for a multitude of operators (20) is presented. The content provider (60) has a single relation to the central operator (10?), in turn having relations to other operators (20). It is thus possible for the content provider (60) to reach all users (30) of all operators (10?, 20) through a single relation to that operator (10?). The content provider (60) provides service content, e.g. media content. A list of targeted users (30) or subscribers is compiled. The central operator (10?) collects necessary subscriber attributes (80), such as position, device information and access properties, from the other operators (20). The content is modified according to the collected attributes (80), and the content is distributed to the subscribers (30) in the best possible way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Jerker Widmark, Rolf Blom, Steinar Dahlin, Clary Hallberg Dahlin
  • Patent number: 9538017
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include acquiring, by a TDF entity, a correlation identifier of a data flow of an application borne by the TDF entity; and sending, by the TDF entity, first charging information to a charging system, where the first charging information carries the correlation identifier of the data flow of the application borne by the TDF entity, so that the charging system performs, according to the correlation identifier of the data flow of the application borne by the TDF entity and a correlation identifier of a data flow borne by a PCEF entity, correlation processing for the first charging information and second charging information that is sent by the PCEF entity to the charging system, where the second charging information carries the correlation identifier of the data flow borne by the PCEF entity. Thereby, accurate charging can be performed for the data flow and the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaoqian Chai
  • Patent number: 9537895
    Abstract: Solution for autonomously securing the use of a portable drive with a computer network. A data store is written and maintained that contains entries corresponding to a plurality of portable drives initialized for use with the computer network, each entry corresponding to at least one identifiable drive. Events are monitored as they occur on the computer network involving use of each of the plurality of portable drives. Predefined security policy determination criteria is applied, which can include drive mobility assessment criteria and drive content sensitivity criteria, to determine a drive-specific security policy for each one of the plurality of portable drives. A set of at least one policy enforcement action is executed that corresponds to a determined drive-specific security policy in response to detected usage activity for each one of the plurality of portable drives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: AO KASPERSKY LAB
    Inventor: Oleg V. Zaitsev
  • Patent number: 9532286
    Abstract: Data for a first persona of a user of an electronic device is communicated in a first access network, according to a first agreement between the user and a first service provider of the first access network. Data for a second, different persona of the user is communicated in the first access network, according to a second, different agreement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: James S. Hiscock, Paul T. Congdon
  • Patent number: 9532213
    Abstract: Technology for a lawful interception of a proximity service (e.g., device-to-device (D2D) communication) provided to user equipments (UEs) is disclosed. In an example, a method can include an evolved Node B (eNB) transmitting a proximity service setup message to a first UE to setup D2D communication with a second UE. The eNB can transmit a lawful interception message to the first UE or the second UE to provide lawful interception of the D2D communication. The eNB can receive packets associated with the D2D communication from the first UE or the second UE. The eNB can communicate the received packets from the first UE and the second UE to the core network (CN) to be copied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: INTEL IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Achim Luft, Muthaiah Venkatachalam, Sasha Sirotkin, Alexandre S. Stojanovski
  • Patent number: 9525780
    Abstract: A method for processing an abnormality of an Application Server (AS) is disclosed. The method includes that: a Serving Call Session Control Function (SCSCF) sends an Accounting Request (ACR) message to a Charging Data Function (CDF), wherein the ACR message includes information of an abnormal AS; and after receiving the ACR message, the CDF fills a Charging Data Record (CDR) of the SCSCF with the information of the abnormal AS included in the ACR message. Correspondingly, a system for processing an abnormality of an AS is also disclosed. With the disclosure, a corresponding CDR including information of an abnormal AS can be generated in the case that there is an abnormality in the AS, thus enabling the accuracies of charging, operation and maintenance analysis and other associated processing to be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xujian Luo, Baoning Wang
  • Patent number: 9510240
    Abstract: The method comprising at least one wireless user terminal, UE, connected through a wireless network to a serving base station and a plurality of network cells, each one comprising a base station, said at least one wireless UE: estimating the cell loads of the serving base station and of the plurality of network cells by analysing a downlink air interface load; providing to said wireless network, information about the actual cell load estimation of said plurality of cells, and performing a network cell selection based on said estimated cell loads, wherein said cell selection is performed without any exchange of cell load between said plurality of network cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Telefonica, S.A.
    Inventor: Javier Lorca Hernando
  • Patent number: 9503573
    Abstract: A call information server registers with a carrier platform to receive call notifications for a telephone number associated with a mobile device. When an incoming communication is made to the registered telephone number, the call information server receives a call notification before the incoming communication arrives at the mobile device. The call information server then determines the caller information associated with the caller telephone number. The caller information for the caller telephone number is information about an entity that controls or is otherwise associated with the caller telephone number. The call information server sends the caller information and the caller telephone number to the mobile device before the incoming communication arrives at the mobile device. The mobile device can then display the caller information when the incoming communication arrives at the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Hiya, Inc.
    Inventors: Morgan Belford, William Myron Brooks, Stephen Orth
  • Patent number: 9497225
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for consolidating applications or services across networks to allow the applications or services to be available on networks of different types. According to one embodiment, a method for consolidating applications across a plurality of networks of different types can comprise receiving at a service layer component a communication in a communication session from a first communication network of the plurality of networks. The communication can be in a first protocol. The communication can be translated from the first protocol to a second protocol with the service layer component of based on a state of the communication session. The first protocol can be different from the second protocol. The translated communication can be provided to a component of a second network of the plurality of networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Stephane H. Maes
  • Patent number: 9497032
    Abstract: For controlling charging in an Internet Protocol multimedia subsystem, it is detected whether a session initiated in the Internet Protocol multimedia subsystem is associated with a service requiring special charging control, and charging information is added to messages signalling establishment or modification of the session in the Internet Protocol multimedia subsystem in accordance with the detection result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Juha-Pekka Koskinen, Anne Narhi, Juha R. Vallinen, Mika K. Salminen
  • Patent number: 9489278
    Abstract: A field device that provides a field device that allows the simplest possible logging of relevant operational data. The field device has at least one data storage device (3) designed as an integral component of the field device and a control unit designed as an integral component of the field device (1). In this case, the control unit stores a data set in the data storage device (3) depending on a monitoring event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: KROHNE Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Martin van der Linde
  • Patent number: 9491310
    Abstract: Techniques are described for traffic volume determination and reporting by an access node and/or a node of a core network in a wireless communications system. One or more wireless connections may be established with a user equipment (UE) to serve one or more streams of traffic using a first cell and a second cell, which may have different cell characteristics. A first traffic volume for the UE may be determined based on traffic volume served over the first cell, and a second traffic volume for the UE may be determined based on traffic volume served over the second cell. A charging data record may be generated based on the first traffic volume and the second traffic volume. Traffic volume served over the first cell then may be charged at a different rate that traffic served over the second cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Miguel Griot, Durga Prasad Malladi, Gavin Bernard Horn
  • Patent number: 9485201
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for partially authorizing a multi-target communication request. In use, a plurality of targets associated with a multi-target communication request are determined. Further, the multi-target communication request is automatically authorized, wherein the multi-target communication request includes a request to send at least one communication to each of the plurality of targets. Additionally, it is determined whether the multi-target communication request has been successfully authorized for each of the plurality of targets. Responsive to determining that the multi-target communication request has not been successfully authorized for at least one of the plurality of targets, the multi-target communication request is rolled back for only the at least one target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignees: Amdocs Software Systems Limited, Amdocs Development Limited
    Inventor: Omer Shani
  • Patent number: 9485354
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring telephone calls to detect call traffic pumping activity and take corrective action is described. The system receives a group of training telephone calls having associated call audio content and associated information, and the system analyzes the training telephone calls to generate and store a classification model that correlates call features and associations with a probability of call traffic pumping activity. The system receives a subsequent monitored telephone call to be analyzed. The system analyzes the monitored telephone call to identify features present in the audio content of the monitored telephone call and other associated information. The system then compares the features and associated information to the stored classification model in order to determine a probability that the monitored telephone call is associated with call traffic pumping activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Marchex, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Flaks, Iroro Orife, Bryan Rieger, Ryan O'Rourke, Shane Walker
  • Patent number: 9480092
    Abstract: Providing for establishment of local Internet Protocol access (LIPA) for cellular communication is provided herein. According to particular aspects of the subject disclosure, provided are mechanisms to identify a request to establish a packet network connection as a request for a LIPA context. Once identified, a local gateway associated with the UE or with a subscriber-deployed base station is identified, and a packet context is established to support LIPA traffic for the UE. Additional mechanisms support UE mobility from one base station to another, including identifying and terminating inactive LIPA contexts. Further, a UE is described that can recognize and facilitate the establishment of a LIPA context for applications executing at the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Gavin Bernard Horn, Gerardo Giaretta, Parag Arun Agashe, Fatih Ulupinar
  • Patent number: 9479652
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method, a system, a gateway, and a server for canceling redirection. When balances of a user are insufficient, a gateway (GW) receives a redirection policy delivered by a policy and charging rules function (PCRF) and redirects the user to a recharging page of a server; after recharging is finished, the server sends a recharging success packet to the GW, and the GW instructs the PCRF to cancel the redirection policy. In this way, after the recharging succeeds, the server directly sends the recharging success packet to the GW, and the GW can immediately instruct the PCRF to cancel the redirection policy after receiving the packet. Therefore, no delay problem of a billing system exists, thereby avoiding that the user is repeatedly redirected to the recharging page of the server during a delay time and enhancing user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiancheng Guo, Xiao Chen, Qingchun Lin, Ying Zhu
  • Patent number: 9473912
    Abstract: A system and method are described for establishing two-way communication between devices that have a certain set of hardware and/or capabilities allowing the devices to send and receive SMS/MMS messages using cellular networks on behalf of devices that lack the hardware and/or capabilities. A user's device lacking SMS/MMS capabilities queries an identity management service for device capabilities of other devices associated with the same user. The user's device lacking SMS/MMS capabilities can receive from the identity management service a device profile of each device associated with the user. The device profile can include one or more fields, flags, or indicators that specify or are otherwise indicative of hardware and/or software capabilities of a device. The user's device lacking SMS/MMS capabilities can select a device having SMS/MMS capabilities to act as a proxy based on a device's corresponding device profile that indicates that the device has SMS/MMS capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Circosta, Pierre J. de Filippis, Roberto Garcia, Justin N. Wood
  • Patent number: 9473921
    Abstract: A system, a device, and various methods are described herein for billing a user for their consumption of mobile broadband services which are monitored by a mobile broadband charging system and for their consumption of virtualized cloud resources which are monitored by a cloud operating system. In one example, the system comprises a commercially available mobile broadband charging system and a commercially available cloud operating system and then incorporates the device to combine the commercially available mobile broadband charging system and the commercially available cloud operating system in order to bill the user for their consumption of mobile broadband services and virtualized cloud resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: James Kempf, Mikael Persson
  • Patent number: 9473313
    Abstract: A system and method for dynamic provisioning is provided. In an embodiment, a provisioning engine receives data representing a device profile, a device state and a network state, and to the extent that the device profile, device state and network state are not consistent, the engine can dynamically re-provision the device to achieve an alternative provisioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Redknee Inc.
    Inventors: Ben Moore, Vinay Kumar, Bohdan Zabawskyj
  • Patent number: 9467267
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and an apparatus for use in a wireless communication system. Specifically, the present invention is directed to a method of setting up a ProSe connection by a ProSe-enabled UE of a first MNO in a cellular communication system and an apparatus therefore, in which the method comprises: broadcasting a first message including first resource allocation information for a first radio resource of the first MNO, wherein the first message is broadcast using a specific radio resource that is available to ProSe-enabled UEs of a second MNO; and receiving acknowledgement information regarding the first message from one or more ProSe-enabled UEs of the second MNO by using the first radio resource of the first MNO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Ki-Dong Lee, Kiseon Ryu
  • Patent number: 9467301
    Abstract: Certain embodiments may have measures that include establishing a connection between a network and a neighboring network for transiting a transmission session, obtaining connection state parameters based on at least one of the connection, the network, and the neighboring network, and generating a charging information message based on the connection state parameters at a network interface side, and receiving a charging information message related to a connection between a network and a neighboring network for transiting a transmission session, storing connection state parameters based on the charging information message, and generating an account for the transmission session based on the connection state parameters at a charging evaluation side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY
    Inventors: Gerald Goermer, Petr Sanda
  • Patent number: 9462408
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an information processing method. The method comprises: obtaining a control operation for the first application indicating N applications are to be installed on a second electronic device; controlling the wireless communication module to serve as a wireless Access Point (AP) having a signal coverage that covers at least the second electronic device; obtaining response information from the second electronic device and establishing a direct communication channel with the second electronic device at a radio link layer; and transmitting installation data packages associated with the N applications to the second electronic device via the communication channel. The present invention also discloses an electronic device. With the present invention, the efficiency of content transfer from an old mobile phone and a new mobile phone can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignees: BEIJING LENOVO SOFTWARE LTD., LENOVO (BEIJING) LIMITED
    Inventor: Hui Wang
  • Patent number: 9462453
    Abstract: Disclosed is method comprising: storing in a home location register (HLR) at least one subscription record of a mobile device of the plurality of mobile devices, the mobile device having a subscriber identity module (SIM) identified by a currently activated first international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI), the currently activated first IMSI belonging to a set of IMSIs allocated to the system, wherein the provisioning server is operative to: receive a notification that the mobile devices has moved into a first one of the wireless networks; confirm that an allocation rule is satisfied; add and activate a second one of the IMSIs in the set of IMSIs to the HLR and remove the currently activated first IMSI from the HLR; and send the second IMSI to the mobile device to enable the mobile device to communicate wirelessly in the first wireless network as a local device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Jasper Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jahangir Mohammed, Scott Barkley, Amit Gupta, Daniel G. Collins, Jack McGwire
  • Patent number: 9461894
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a packet processing method, a DPI network element and a DPI device. The method includes: determining, according to a packet feature of a first packet of a service flow, that a first deep packet inspection DPI device is used for performing DPI on the first packet, where DPI needs to be performed on the first packet; sending a first DPI request to the first DPI device, wherein the first DPI request includes all or part of contents of the first packet; and receiving a first DPI response that is sent by the first DPI device according to the first DPI request, wherein the first DPI response includes DPI result. The packet processing method, the DPI network element and the DPI device of the embodiments of the present disclosure can realize support for a network environment deployed with multiple DPI devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hui Ni, Shiyong Tan, Hui Cai
  • Patent number: 9450986
    Abstract: Solution for autonomously securing the use of a portable drive with a computer network. A data store is written and maintained that contains entries corresponding to a plurality of portable drives initialized for use with the computer network, each entry corresponding to at least one identifiable drive. Events are monitored as they occur on the computer network involving use of each of the plurality of portable drives. Predefined security policy determination criteria is applied, which can include drive mobility assessment criteria and drive content sensitivity criteria, to determine a drive-specific security policy for each one of the plurality of portable drives. A set of at least one policy enforcement action is executed that corresponds to a determined drive-specific security policy in response to detected usage activity for each one of the plurality of portable drives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: AO KASPERSKY LAB
    Inventor: Oleg V. Zaitsev
  • Patent number: 9451621
    Abstract: A core network apparatus (1) in a mobile communication system, includes a control unit (101) that, when a resource utilization rate of the own apparatus falls below a predetermined threshold, makes a transition to an MME utilization promotion state and transmits, to a radio base station (2), an MME promotion start message (111) for encouraging a terminal (3) to perform a communication. When the network utilization rate is low, it is possible to improve the utilization rate by transmitting the MME promotion start message, which is a utilization promotion message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Hirotaka Nishina
  • Patent number: 9444948
    Abstract: A first network device receives multiple subscription data campaigns, where each of the multiple subscription data campaigns comprises media content, a free data usage quota, and a price for receiving the media content, presents the multiple subscription data campaigns to a user device associated with a user, and receives a selection of one of the multiple subscription data campaigns from the user device. The first network device receives, from a second network device, an indication that the user has successfully subscribed to the selected one of the multiple subscription data campaigns, where the second network device hosts media content associated with the selected one of the multiple subscription data campaigns, generates an authorization token that includes an identifier of the user, an identifier of the selected one of the multiple subscription data campaigns, and the free data usage quota, and sends the authorization token to the second network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Dahai Ren, Susan Kelly, Okeno Palmer, Shuai Wu, Fengping Zhang, Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 9438726
    Abstract: A technique is provided for an enterprise phone to provide professional services during a communication set up in a mobile network on a private cellular phone. The technique includes a first user agent coupled to a communication server of an enterprise communication network to represent the enterprise phone as a terminal of the enterprise communication network, a classical audio interface coupled to the first user agent, and a first wireless transmitter-receiver to communicate with a second wireless transmitter-receiver embedded in the private cellular phone. A second user agent, coupled to the first wireless transmitter-receiver and to the communication server, represents a private cellular phone as a virtual terminal of the enterprise communication network. The second user agent requests a set up of a second communication between itself and the first user agent so that a mobile communication already set up on the private cellular phone is connected to the enterprise phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Cyril Mazard, Bruno Wilsius
  • Patent number: 9439220
    Abstract: A contactless system is described in which multiple execution environments may be coupled to a near field communication (NFC) controller, wherein each execution environment is configured to communicate with remote readers via the NFC controller using an assigned one of a plurality of communication protocols. During a polling session from a proximate reader, responding to a request command using a requested communication protocol and activating one of the plurality of execution environments assigned to the requested communication protocol to use the NFC controller. An arbitration is performed in response to each polling session such that a same combination of communication protocol and execution environment is not activated for adjacent polling sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Koby Levy, Ran Katz, Tally Mane, Rachel Stahl
  • Patent number: 9438748
    Abstract: Systems and methods that track Charging Data Functions (CDFs) that handle accounting requests for a session. One embodiment comprises a distributor unit that receives an interim accounting request for a session. The interim accounting request includes a tracking parameter that includes one or more CDF identifiers (ID) indicating one or more CDFs that handled accounting requests for the session. The distributor unit processes the tracking parameter to identify a first CDF ID for a first destination CDF that handled accounting requests for the session. When the first destination CDF is not available to receive the interim accounting request, the distributor unit selects a second destination CDF for the interim accounting request based on a distribution algorithm. The distributor unit adds a second CDF ID for the second destination CDF in the tracking parameter of the interim accounting request, and transmits the interim accounting request to the second destination CDF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventor: Ranjan Sharma
  • Patent number: 9438457
    Abstract: A transmitter comprises a first peak-to-average-power ratio (PAPR) suppression circuit, a second peak-to-average-power ratio (PAPR) suppression circuit, and a first modulator. The first PAPR suppression circuit may receive a first sequence of time-domain symbols to be transmitted, alter the first sequence based on each of a plurality of symbol ordering and/or inversion descriptors to generate a corresponding plurality of second sequences of time-domain symbols, measure a PAPR corresponding to each of the second sequences, select one of the plurality of symbol ordering and/or inversion descriptors based on the measurement of PAPR, and convey the selected one of the symbol ordering and/or inversion descriptors to the second PAPR suppression circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: MaxLinear, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Ling, Tim Gallagher, Elad Shaked
  • Patent number: 9430769
    Abstract: A method is provided for carrying out commercial transactions. The method includes the steps of: establishing a transaction processing system on an electronic communications network; establishing an account within the transaction processing system for a corresponding account holder; obtaining from the account holder a session description of acceptable future commercial transactions related to the account; administering commercial transactions carried out via the transaction processing system; and, verifying that administered commercial transactions related to the account meet one or more of the session description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: CardinalCommerce Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Keresman, III, Chandra S. Balasubramanian, Francis M. Sherwin
  • Patent number: 9420460
    Abstract: Controlling authentication of a device within a cellular network is provided. The authentication allows the device to access a non-cellular network via an access point and is between the device and an authenticating entity within the cellular network. Information is obtained about a state associated with the device. Based on the obtained information, it is evaluated whether to allow the device to perform authentication with the authenticating entity. This may be done at the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: VODAFONE IP LICENSING LIMITED
    Inventors: Assen Golaup, Christopher David Pudney
  • Patent number: 9408057
    Abstract: An accounting method and device are disclosed in the disclosure. The method includes that: a BNG transmits a second Accounting-Request message to an AAA server after receiving a first Accounting-Request message from an AC, wherein the first Accounting-Request message is used for activating the BNG to execute an accounting operation; and the BNG transmits a second Accounting-Stop message to the AAA server after receiving a first Accounting-Stop message from the AC, wherein the first Accounting-Stop message is used for activating the BNG to stop the accounting operation. By the disclosure, the problem that the function division of the AC and the BNG is not yet clear during the accounting operation in the related art is solved, so that functions of the AC and the BNG are clearly divided during the accounting operation, an accounting operation flow is further made clear, and the accounting efficiency is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jianjie You, Huaibin Wang, Liang Fan, Chunhui Zhu
  • Patent number: 9406069
    Abstract: An added level of security is provided for charge card transactions. Upon presenting a charge card number for a purchase, for example, the cardholder receives a message (e.g., SMS) on his cell phone or PDA that a charge authorization request has been received. The message may include the merchant, a charge amount, and a time and date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Calabrese Stemer LLC
    Inventors: Gerry Calabrese, Werner Stemer
  • Patent number: 9400901
    Abstract: A method for operating a communication system comprises a transponder having at least one antenna, in particular in the form of a portable data carrier, and a reading device having at least one antenna. The reading device is configured to exchange data with the transponder. An exchange of data between the transponder and the reading device is possible within a predetermined range. A measurement and evaluation is effected of the time of a command transmitted from the reading device to the transponder and the receipt of a corresponding response of the transponder by the reading device. In so doing, a processing is effected of a card-individual length of time T_icc, wherein the card-individual length of time T_icc specifies how long the transponder takes for the receipt and the processing of a command received from the reading device and the sending of a corresponding response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Wacker, Ullrich Martini
  • Patent number: 9398434
    Abstract: The present disclosure described a method, non-transitory computer readable storage medium, and computer system that implement zone analysis in a charging system. Accordingly, the method, non-transitory computer readable storage medium, and computer system provide for receiving a service usage request, where the service usage request represents, at least in part, a request for service usage received from a subscriber and comprises a value pair, which, in turn, comprises a first value and a second value; identifying a zone item by traversing a configurable zone model tree, where the traversing is performed using the first value and the second value; and returning a zone name of the zone, where the zone item comprises the zone name, and the zone name identifies a charging structure to be used in satisfying the service usage request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Louis Thomas Piro, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9398416
    Abstract: In one form, a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprises instructions that, when provided to and executed by a processor associated with a mobile device of a first user, cause the processor to periodically transmit a profile identifier and location information of the first user to a remote server and receive a match confirmation and a public profile associated with a second user from the remote server. In response to receiving the match confirmation, the instructions cause the processor to display at least a portion of the public profile associated with the second user on the mobile device, and query the first user about whether to open a dialog with the second user. In another form, the instructions can cause the processor to receive a profile identifier and a public profile from a second user using a location-based communication protocol supported by the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Henry K. Stringer, II
  • Patent number: 9392531
    Abstract: Application-specific Congestion control for Data Communication (ACDC) may be implemented by limiting, on a per-application or per-application category basis, access to certain Access Point Names (APNs). For example, during network radio congestion, a mobile device, before allowing an application to initiate a data communication channel, may determine the APN associated with the application and whether the APN is currently a permitted or prohibited APN. In another implementation, ACDC may be implemented by limiting access to certain bearer connections. In some implementations, a combination of APN barring and bearer barring may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Ana Lucia A. Pinheiro, Robert Zaus, Jerome Parron, Marta Martinez Tarradell, Hyung-Nam Choi
  • Patent number: 9386136
    Abstract: An example embodiment includes an automatic pairing system. The automatic pairing system includes a vehicle initialization module, a vehicle pairing module, and a triggering mechanism. The vehicle initialization module is loaded onto a vehicle abstraction device configured to interface with a vehicle. The vehicle pairing module is loaded on the vehicle abstraction device. The vehicle pairing module is configured to be launched by the vehicle initialization module. After being launched, the vehicle pairing module is configured to automatically communicate vehicle pairing data stored on the vehicle pairing module to establish one or more communication channels between the vehicle and a mobile device. The triggering mechanism is configured to trigger the vehicle initialization module to launch the vehicle pairing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: CLOUDCAR, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Barrett, Bruce Leak, Konstantin Othmer, Zarko Draganic
  • Patent number: 9384487
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and systems for registering a phone number as a payment facilitator. The phone number can be registered through a user's Bill Pay account, which is associated to the user's financial account. The user can specify the types of purchases that can be made using the phone number and request that a merchant processing a payment using the phone number convey customized details regarding the purchase. Purchase details associated with a purchase can then be provided to the consumer by the merchant. Also described herein are methods and systems for processing a payment using a phone number. The payment can be processed, in part, by a payment processor providing a consumer with a Bill Pay account associated with the consumer's financial account. The payment can be processed without the use of a credit card network and, as a result, without incurring unnecessary Interchange fees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: FIS Financial Compliance Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Steven T. Brown
  • Patent number: 9386418
    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: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    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: 9374476
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for vending network access by determining access pricing or tariffs for one or more of a plurality of network access regions using one or more of an eNB cell congestion level, an eNB congestion level, a quality of service level, an access technology, a level of activity by a target subscriber and the like. The access pricing is offered to potential access purchasers along with optional metadata indicative of, illustratively, user equipment and network parameters associated with the cell or eNB. The pricing may be offered via an API to allow automatic purchase decisions by access purchasers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Colin Kahn, Sankaranarayanan Sathyanarayan