Caller Identification Patents (Class 455/415)
  • Patent number: 10694368
    Abstract: A system for dynamically providing or utilizing services and applications on a temporary or new device is provided. A user can send a message with a secure code that is forwarded to a home network associated with the user. The home network can initiate transferring data from an application repository on the home network to the visited network which can then install the application through over the air programming. Once installed on the device, the application can send authentication information including the subscriber identity module (SIM) information to a virtual SIM database on the visiting carrier or home carrier networks to enable the application and services on the temporary or new device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sangar Dowlatkhah, Erie Lai Har Lau
  • Patent number: 10674003
    Abstract: A system in a vehicle, comprising a transceiver configured to communicate with one or more mobile devices in a vehicle, wherein the one or more mobile devices are configured to initiate a voice session with a remote phone, one or more sensors configured to collect data indicating a presence of passengers in the vehicle, a controller in communication with the one or more sensors and the transceiver, wherein the controller is configured to determine the presence of passengers in the vehicle utilizing the data indicating the presence of passengers in the vehicle, and send data indicating the presence of passengers in the vehicle to the remote phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA, INC., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Te-Ping Kang, Yu Zhang, Bilal Alasry, Vikas Upmanue, Jordan Necovski, Sean Bleicher, Doua Vang, Eleanor Duke, Nicholaus Spunar
  • Patent number: 10673806
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automated contact updating based on content communications are disclosed herein. A rule is retrieved from a rules database, the rule defining criteria for identifying contact-related data within a content item electronically communicated from a source account to a destination account. Based on the rule, the contact-related data is identified within the content item. In response to identifying the contact-related data within the content item, a contact database is automatically searched, based on the contact-related data, for a contact entry that corresponds to the source account. Based on the contact related data, a determination is made as to whether the contact entry should be updated. In response to determining that the contact entry should be updated, the contact entry is updated in the contact database based on the contact-related data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Madhusudhan Srinivasan, Deviprasad Punja
  • Patent number: 10666692
    Abstract: A method and service for enabling routing of calls to a user is described. Connection rules for a user are established, and organisational or social network data is obtained from the user for use in determining a social network connection graph. On receiving a request to route a call to the user with organisational or social network data associated with the caller, a matching directory service (1) determines from the social network connection graph and the connection rules whether or how to provide call routing data in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Truphone Limited
    Inventors: Robert Faulkner, James Tagg, Adam Linford
  • Patent number: 10653202
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward an article of clothing that includes at least one two-way radio communication module able to emit and receive signals, at least one force sensor placed on the article of clothing and configured to detect a stress applied by a wearer to the force sensor, at least one annunciator configured to emit an annunciating signal, a battery, and a digital processing center configured to drive at least one radio communication module to emit a carrier signal, in response to the detection of at least one sequence of successive stresses on said force sensor. The digital processing center drives the annunciator to emit the annunciating signal following the reception of an external signal by the radio communication module or following the detection of at least one sequence of successive stresses on the force sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: INTELLINIUM
    Inventors: Mathieu Destrian, Giuliano Franchetto
  • Patent number: 10645209
    Abstract: A smart address book service configured to provide contextual information from a user's address book or contacts database so that when a user enters information into a device such as a smart phone, the service can correlate information from the contacts database with the user's entered information, look at additional context of what the user is doing/has done, and provide action options for the user to select. Thus, the service can discern what the user is likely trying to achieve based on contextual information provided by or through the smart phone, and pull corresponding data from the user's contacts database (on the user's equipment, e.g., smart phone, and/or from an address book associated with the user and stored on servers of the user's telecommunications service provider) as well as from the Internet to provide information necessary for the user to achieve the objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Lau, Senthil Kumar Mulluppadi Velusamy
  • Patent number: 10630616
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for managing electronic communications. According to certain embodiments, an enterprise directory is provided for listing a plurality of enterprises. In one embodiment, the enterprise directory may include an enterprise profile for each enterprise identifying, among other things, a mode of communication for the enterprise. Enterprises that wish to communicate with one another may form partnerships with one another. In one embodiment, a partnership may be formed between two enterprises when one enterprise accepts a partnership request submitted by the other enterprise. Information regarding partnerships between enterprises may be stored in a database. Further, an enterprise user may request to electronically communicate (e.g., via IM, voice, or email) with a user associated with a different enterprise. Users associated with different enterprises may be allowed to communicate electronically with one another if their respective enterprises are in a partnership with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Robert West, Charles G. Woods, Andrew B. Warner, Donald Le
  • Patent number: 10616405
    Abstract: A method, system or computer usable program product for utilizing caller identification (ID) for managing a mobile device including receiving a policy for invoking an executive function on the mobile device upon a first condition being met wherein the executive function is a function performed by a processor of the mobile device beyond call filtering; determining a caller ID associated with the executive function; providing a caller ID application to the mobile device which will perform the executive function upon the mobile device receiving a phone call with the caller ID that is associated with the executive function; and responsive to meeting the first condition of the policy, placing a phone call to the mobile device with a caller ID matching the caller ID associated with the executive function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory M. J. H. Tkaczyk
  • Patent number: 10581766
    Abstract: Techniques for transmitting a response in a messaging application via a notification can include receiving, at a computing device having one or more processors, an electronic message via a messaging application. The technique can also include outputting, at the computing device, a notification of the electronic message via a system level notification function when the messaging application is executing in a background of the computing device. The notification can include an identifier of a sender of the electronic message, at least a portion of the electronic message, and one or more suggested responses to the electronic message. The technique can further include receiving a selection of a particular response of the one or more suggested responses via the notification, and transmitting, via the messaging application, the particular response for sending to the sender of the electronic message while the messaging application is executing in the background of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Hung Pham
  • Patent number: 10574809
    Abstract: A mobile phone that can improve the convenience is provided. A mobile phone includes a communication interface configured to transmit and receive a signal, a touchscreen display, and a controller configured to, when the communication interface receives a predetermined signal indicating a keyword during a call, display an operation target object corresponding to the signal on the touchscreen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Atsuo Chiba
  • Patent number: 10567574
    Abstract: Implementations of the present application relate to caller preview data and call messages based on caller preview data. In some implementations, a method includes sending, by a caller device, a call request to one or more callee devices, and establishing a connection to at least one callee device prior to receipt of an acceptance of the call request by the callee device. At least a portion of caller preview data is transmitted to the callee device over the connection prior to the receipt of the call acceptance. In response to determining that the at least a portion of the caller preview data has been transmitted for a particular time period without receipt of the acceptance of the call request, information is transmitted to instruct a call message to be stored on the callee device, where the call message includes at least a part of the caller preview data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Alan Lee Rogers, Richard Yuan-Ching Lo, Matthew Thomas Austin, Justin Uberti, Heidi Rafael Sales, Koa Metter, Anton Volkov
  • Patent number: 10565762
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method, computer program product, and system for identifying biases of one or more users during a shared augmented reality session and modifying the display. A first login is detected of an augmented reality. A first set of biases associated with the first user are generated. Visual data is received from a device associated with the first user profile. A masked overlay for display is generated and displayed to the first user based on the received visual data and the first set of biases. A second login of the augmented reality session is received. A second set of biases associated with the second login is generated. In response to analyzing a generated heat map, a positivity score is calculated. Changes are monitored for, in the first set of biases and second set of biases. The masked overlay is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Liam S. Harpur, Lin Sun
  • Patent number: 10506097
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving identifier-information from a device of a first user, wherein the identifier-information is associated with a source of an incoming communication; accessing a social graph including nodes and edges, where the nodes include a first node corresponding to the first user, and second nodes corresponding to respective second users; determining whether one or more reporting users, corresponding to respective second nodes within a specified degree of separation from the first node, have flagged the source of the incoming communication as a spam source; and sending, to the first user, a spam-notification object that includes information identifying one or more of the reporting users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Nicholas Papakipos, David Harry Garcia, Paul Tarjan
  • Patent number: 10491750
    Abstract: A method and a communication apparatus for sharing a series of numbers during a call are provided. In the method, the communication apparatus establishes a call with another communication apparatus, and performs a recognition procedure on a voice in the call to recognize a series of numbers appeared in the voice, so as to display the recognized series of numbers on a display of the communication apparatus. Then, an operation of a user is received and accordingly the series of numbers is sent to the another communication apparatus so as to display the series of numbers on the another communication apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Xiao-Qun Wang
  • Patent number: 10462288
    Abstract: The invention is a method, system, and computer-readable medium for gathering and communicating caller identification information on a wireless device. The invention includes receiving, at a wireless device, a calling party phone number to be communicated by the wireless device, determining that the calling party phone number and a corresponding caller identification are not stored on the wireless device memory, performing, in response to the determination that the calling party phone number and the corresponding caller identification are not stored on the wireless device memory, an external database search for the calling party phone number and corresponding caller identification, and determining that the calling party phone number and corresponding caller identification have been identified in the external database search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TracFone Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Collart
  • Patent number: 10448309
    Abstract: A system, server, and method of DTMF detection in a VoIP network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TANGO NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Silver, Lathan Lewis, Patricia Landgren
  • Patent number: 10445948
    Abstract: A method for access control in an access control system for people or vehicles comprising at least one access control device. In the method the at least one access control device, using a selective modulation of the frequency, spatial modulation and/or optional temporal modulation of light emitted by a specified number of light sources, transmits information that can be received and demodulated by a mobile electronic device having a camera. The information sent by the access control device contains a unique ID of the access control device, which is used to control the access control device in accordance with data transmitted to the access control system by a mobile electronic device which receives the information transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SKIDATA AG
    Inventors: Jorge Clemente, Thomas Schlechter
  • Patent number: 10445919
    Abstract: According to various exemplary embodiments, a communication request from a caller is received at a mobile device associated with a callee. A relationship between the caller and the callee is determined. Animation rule information is accessed, where the animation rule information describes a plurality of animation rules corresponding to a plurality of relationships. Thereafter, a display of an animation is generated via a user interface in the mobile device of the callee, based on a specific animation rule in the animation rule information that corresponds to the relationship between the caller and the callee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: John Patrick Edgar Tobin
  • Patent number: 10430439
    Abstract: A computing system of an organization receives data through multiple channels of communication; a programmatic interface for each of the different channel infrastructures may be called to convert data about a member's contact with the system. Contact records for contain data such as a member ID and a channel identifier. An operational database may receive the converted contact records from the devices or software. A transaction application may perform various tasks resulting in the generation of transaction data. A transaction record containing the transaction data may be generated in a message queue or operational database. The interface for the communication channel may convert the transaction data in a message queue, after the transaction data is detected by a listening application that monitors the message queue and logs new transaction data to the operational database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Keith Wilson, Michelle Serry, Larry W. Clark
  • Patent number: 10397392
    Abstract: A method includes generating an alert message in a device. The device is one of a plurality of connected devices. The alert message is suppressed in the device responsive to a state of a microphone of any of the plurality of connected devices indicating an active state. A device includes a microphone, a speaker, and a processor coupled to the microphone and the speaker. The processor is to generate an alert message and suppress the alert message responsive to a state of a microphone of any of a plurality of connected devices including the device indicating an active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Amit Kumar Agrawal, Vishal Patil
  • Patent number: 10367556
    Abstract: A method for measuring and feeding back channel information and a corresponding apparatus are provided. In an embodiment the method includes determining, by a first network device, a first codebook from a first codebook set, wherein the first codebook set comprises at least two first codebooks, wherein a sub-vector Wx of each first codebook is formed by a zero vector and a non-zero vector, wherein vectors forming the Wx are associated with different groups of antenna ports, wherein each first codebook comprises at least one first sub-vector ? [ V a 0 0 V a 1 0 ] and/or at least one second sub-vector ? [ 0 V b 0 0 V b 1 ] , and wherein Va0 and Va1 are elements in the vector Va, and Vb0 and Vb1 are elements in the vector Vb and sending a codebook index to a second network device, wherein the codebook index is associated with the first codebook selected from the first codebook set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunpeng Liu, Leiming Zhang, Jianghua Liu
  • Patent number: 10356551
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a synchronized dynamic geolocation area and augmenting a view of the synchronized dynamic geolocation area with content based on one or more display parameters may be provided. An initiating user may generate a dynamic geolocation area that may track the location of the initiating user as the initiating user moves, and indicate content to associate with the geolocation area and one or more display parameters to associate with the content. A recipient user may be provided with an augmented view of the geolocation area based on the content and the display parameters. Further, a location of the recipient user may be synchronized with the geolocation area, such that as the recipient user or the geolocation area move, the augmented view may be modified to account for the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Garpie, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Szymczyk, Alex Goldberg, Anatolij Dalekorej, Andrii Tkachuk
  • Patent number: 10356233
    Abstract: A mobile terminal apparatus including an operation lock mode setting unit that sets an operation lock mode; an event container display control unit that displays, when a predetermined event occurs, an event container indicating the occurred predetermined event on a display unit; an event container display change control unit that sets an event container between an active state and an inactive state; a lock canceling operation unit that cancels the operation lock mode; and a canceling operation handling control unit that, when an active-state event container is displayed on the display unit and the operation lock mode is canceled, performs automatic activation and display of an application program corresponding to the event of the active-state event container, and when all event containers on the display unit are in the inactive state and the operation lock mode is canceled, displays a predetermined display screen on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takamoto Tsuda
  • Patent number: 10356571
    Abstract: Embodiments herein provide a method for sharing enriched information associated with a call. The method includes receiving message including enriched information from a sender device, where the enriched information is received before establishing a call, after establishing a call, or after terminating a call. Further, the method includes determining a correlation between the enriched information with the call. Further, the method includes displaying the enriched information based on the correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Basavaraj Jayawant Pattan, Suresh Chitturi, Ashok Kumar Selvaraj, Nishant Gupta
  • Patent number: 10341913
    Abstract: A method for detecting an uplink signal includes: detecting, by a micro base station according to configuration information about an uplink signal sent by a UE, whether the uplink signal is received in an uplink receive window of a macro base station, where the macro base station and the micro base station have synchronized clock rates, there is a fixed time difference t1 between the uplink receive window of the macro base station and an uplink receive window of the micro base station, and |t1|?0; and if it is detected that the uplink signal is not received in the uplink receive window of the macro base station, after the micro base station advances the uplink receive window of the macro base station by a length of at least one cyclic prefix, detecting, by the micro base station, the uplink signal, and sending the uplink signal to the macro base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yan Wang, Zhiyu Yan, Qiang Li, Bo Lin
  • Patent number: 10326504
    Abstract: A method for measuring and feeding back channel information and a corresponding apparatus are provided. In an embodiment the method includes determining, by a first network device, a first codebook from a first codebook set, wherein the first codebook set comprises at least two first codebooks, wherein a sub-vector Wx of each first codebook is formed by a zero vector and a non-zero vector, wherein vectors forming the Wx are associated with different groups of antenna ports, wherein each first codebook comprises at least one first sub-vector ? [ V a 0 0 V a 1 0 ] and/or at least one second sub-vector ? [ 0 V b 0 0 V b 1 ] , and wherein Va0 and Va1 are elements in the vector Va, and Vb0 and Vb1 are elements in the vector Vb and sending a codebook index to a second network device, wherein the codebook index is associated with the first codebook selected from the first codebook set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunpeng Liu, Leiming Zhang, Jianghua Liu
  • Patent number: 10299087
    Abstract: A method performed by, and a system embedded within, a communication device operating in a communication network, performing the steps of: obtaining a plurality of caller identification codes for the caller device, where each of the caller identification codes identifies the caller device in a network; obtaining at least one rule for selecting a caller identification code from the plurality of caller identification codes according to a characteristic of the called device; obtaining a characteristic of the called device; selecting a caller identification code from the plurality of caller identification codes according to the characteristic of the destination telephone identification, or caller environment or destination environment parameters, or caller decision on the time of making the call; and forwarding the selected caller identification code to any of another communication network and a terminal device of a communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SPIKKO TELECOM LTD.
    Inventors: Shai Ben Arzi, Nimrod Sandlerman
  • Patent number: 10244106
    Abstract: A verification process is executed between a software-controlled communication device and a software-controlled server in a network to verify that an unconfirmed telephone number, which is transmitted to the server, corresponds to an actual subscription telephone number and that this subscription telephone number is assigned to the communication device. In the verification process, the server initiates a verification call to the unconfirmed telephone number from a selected calling telephone number. The communication device intercepts the verification call, identifies the originating telephone number, and transmits the originating telephone number to the server. The verification succeeds if the originating telephone number matches the calling telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SINCH AB
    Inventors: Daniel Forsman, Bjorn Fransson, Michail Rikakis
  • Patent number: 10218792
    Abstract: A method is provided for transmitting data for use in a vehicle. The method involves a user request for the transmission and reproduction of desired data from a first source by way of a mobile radio link being taken as a basis for ascertaining whether the desired data are also provided by a second source independently of the mobile radio link. The desired data are received in the vehicle from the second source for reproduction for a user if the desired data (DAT) are also provided by the second source independently of the mobile radio link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Johannes Hafner
  • Patent number: 10187522
    Abstract: Implementations of the present application relate to caller preview data and call messages based on caller preview data. In some implementations, a method includes sending, by a caller device, a call request to one or more callee devices, and establishing a connection to at least one callee device prior to receipt of an acceptance of the call request by the callee device. At least a portion of caller preview data is transmitted to the callee device over the connection prior to the receipt of the call acceptance. In response to determining that the at least a portion of the caller preview data has been transmitted for a particular time period without receipt of the acceptance of the call request, information is transmitted to instruct a call message to be stored on the callee device, where the call message includes at least a part of the caller preview data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Alan Lee Rogers, Richard Yuan-Ching Lo, Matthew Thomas Austin, Justin Uberti, Heidi Rafael Sales, Koa Metter, Anton Volkov
  • Patent number: 10187521
    Abstract: The invention is a method, system, and computer-readable medium for gathering and communicating caller identification information on a wireless device. The invention includes receiving, at a wireless device, a calling party phone number to be communicated by the wireless device, determining that the calling party phone number and a corresponding caller identification are not stored on the wireless device memory, performing, in response to the determination that the calling party phone number and the corresponding caller identification are not stored on the wireless device memory, an external database search for the calling party phone number and corresponding caller identification, and determining that the calling party phone number and corresponding caller identification have been identified in the external database search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: TracFone Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Collart
  • Patent number: 10165613
    Abstract: A control method, suitable for an electronic device, includes following operations. A first connection is established based on a classic Bluetooth protocol or a Bluetooth Low Energy protocol from the electronic device to a first target device. A Bluetooth identifier of the first target device acquired in the first connection is recorded. The Bluetooth identifier of the first target device is shared. The Bluetooth identifier is utilized to establish a second connection based on the classic Bluetooth protocol or the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol to the first target device. The first connection and the second connection are established based on different protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Lo-Chien Lee, Chih-Yuan Chien, Kai-Hsiu Chen, Wen-Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 10140428
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method performed in a computerized system incorporating a central processing unit, a network interface and a memory, the computer-implemented method involving: using the network interface to receive a content and an associated access restriction from a client computer system directly accessible by a user; causing the received content to be stored in a content storage system; using the central processing unit to generate a self-destructing content link for the stored content based on the received associated access restriction, wherein the generated self-destructing content link is configured to de-activate pursuant to the received associated access restriction; storing a metadata corresponding to the generated self-destructing content link for the stored content; and using the network interface to provide the generated self-destructing content link to the client computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: ANCHORFREE INC.
    Inventors: David Gorodyansky, Eugene Molobrodsky, Eugene Lapidous, Anton Vishnyak
  • Patent number: 10133337
    Abstract: A temperature control device (e.g., a thermostat) may be configured to control an internal heat-generating electrical load so as to accurately measure a present temperature in a space around the temperature control device. The temperature control device may comprise a temperature sensing circuit configured to generate a temperature control signal indicating the present temperature in the space, and a control circuit configured to receive the temperature control signal and to control the internal electrical load. The control circuit may be configured to energize the internal electrical load in an awake state and to cause the internal electrical load to consume less power in an idle state. The control circuit may be configured to control the internal electrical load to a first energy level (e.g., a first intensity) during the awake state and to a second energy level (e.g., second intensity) that is less than the first during the idle state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventors: Jason C. Killo, Donald R. Mosebrook, James P. Steiner
  • Patent number: 10129366
    Abstract: For location-based communication with mobile devices, a set of callee conditions is received at a caller's device, which has to be satisfied by a callee according to information descriptive of a condition of the callee. The state information is distinct from the location and a time of the callee's presence at the location. An evaluation is made that each device associated with each potential callee in a first subset has been present at the location at a specified time, and that each potential callee in the first subset satisfies the set of callee conditions. At the caller's device, an instruction is received for making a telecommunication call to a device of a potential callee in a first subset. The call is initiated from the caller's device to mobile devices associated with the first subset of potential callees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kanak B. Agarwal, Patrick J. Bohrer, Ahmed Gheith, Michael D. Kistler, Ramakrishnan Rajamony, Brian L. White Eagle, James Xenidis
  • Patent number: 10129393
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a social networking system determines a user identifier of a caller placing a call to a receiving user based on the call's phone number, accesses one or more data stores for information associated with the caller, and present to the receiving user the information associated with the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Nicholas Papakipos, Brandon Marshall Walkin
  • Patent number: 10122848
    Abstract: Implementations of the present application relate to caller previews for video calls. In some implementations, a method includes sending, by a caller device, a call request to a callee device and determining an identifier associated with the callee device. The method determines whether the identifier is associated with an address book of the caller device, and/or is in an outgoing call record of the caller device. An acknowledgment is received from callee device, and, upon receipt of the acknowledgment, a connection is established with the callee device. Based on determining that the identifier is associated with the address book and/or in the outgoing call record, at least a portion of a caller video is transmitted over the connection with the callee device. The caller video is transmitted prior to receipt of an acceptance of the call request from the callee device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Heidi Rafael Sales, Rebecca Michael, Koa Metter, Jason Cornwell, Alan Lee Rogers, Richard Yuan-Ching Lo, Anna Maria Jansson, Matthew Thomas Austin, Tyler Bahl, Minjae Lee, Justin Uberti, Amit Fulay
  • Patent number: 10122770
    Abstract: A communication terminal receives, from a mobile terminal, counterpart terminal identification information for identifying a counterpart communication terminal that the communication terminal is to start communication, and determines a communication application to be used by the counterpart communication terminal based on the received counterpart terminal identification information. When the determined communication application is a first communication application, the communication terminal identifies, as the counterpart communication terminal, a first counterpart communication terminal that uses the first communication application. When the determined communication application is a second communication application, the communication terminal identifies, as the counterpart communication terminal, a second counterpart communication terminal that uses the second communication application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinaga Kato
  • Patent number: 10111159
    Abstract: A wireless communications device has network interfaces for accessing cellular data networks and Wi-Fi wireless local area networks. Wi-Fi offload allows data traffic to be moved away from the cellular network to the Wi-Fi network. To avoid any existing data sessions being broken during offload, Proxy Mobile IP (PMIP) must be supported by a Wi-Fi access point and associated Mobile Access Gateway. Before Wi-Fi association and authentication, the wireless communication device scans the surrounding area for access points and determines which of the access points supports PMIP before selecting one for association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS public limited company
    Inventors: Francis James Scahill, Richard Joseph Evenden, Barbara Orlandi
  • Patent number: 10075585
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting information of a person on the other end of a call. In a method of operating a first electronic device synchronized with a second electronic device, the method includes receiving a call requested from a third electronic device, detecting information related to the third electronic device, and transmitting data regarding the detected information to the second electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung-Jin Choi
  • Patent number: 10075586
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for providing information relating to a subscriber A in a call connection establishment initiated by the subscriber A to a subscriber B. The method includes the steps of: receiving a call connection in a connection control unit; initiating a query to a server; obtaining information relating to the subscriber A from a database; and providing the obtained information relating to the subscriber A to the subscriber B. Also disclosed is a system and a server implementing at least some steps of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: TELIA COMPANY AB
    Inventors: Thomas Glod, Juho Seppanen
  • Patent number: 10070215
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for managing connections of user devices. For example, two source devices may be configured to maintain a data stream with one another. The data stream may enable the two source devices to identify one or more connections between each other and at least a third device. In response to receiving an event that indicates content to be provided to the third device, the data stream may be used by the source devices to configure their network connections with the third device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas E. Schobel, Nathan de Vries, Gregory B. Novick, Anthony J. Guetta, Jason C. Conn, Augustin Prats
  • Patent number: 10057853
    Abstract: Techniques for increasing the battery life on a mobile device by decreasing the energy consumption of the mobile device's wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) interface are described. In one embodiment, the mobile device's Wi-Fi interface is automatically disabled when the device is not engaged. When the device receives a wake up call from a server via its Cellular interface, the Wi-Fi interface is enabled if the device answers the wake up call and the Wi-Fi interface is available. Using its Wi-Fi interface, the mobile device then connects to an IP-based network via a Wi-Fi access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Paramvir Bahl, Alastair Wolman, Ranveer Chandra, Kevin Chin, Yuvraj Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10045166
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and devices for identifying short messages received by mobile terminals as being from pseudo base stations, wherein, the method comprises: obtaining feature information of the short message when the mobile terminal receives the short message, wherein the feature information includes content information; judging whether the short message is suspected to be an annoying short message based on the feature information; obtaining, when it is judged that the short message is suspected to be an annoying short message, an operation time of when the mobile terminal performed a cell reselection operation with a location area update, wherein the operation time is closest in time to when the mobile terminal received the short message; determining whether the short message is an annoying short message from a pseudo base station based on the operation time. In the technical feature, information security of user terminals may be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Qianhong Huang, Hengbin Cui, Laijun Yan
  • Patent number: 10031911
    Abstract: A method of controlling an external service among a plurality of external services, by receiving an input command at a mobile device, translating the input command into a common language sharable between the external services so that such input commands are understood between the plurality of devices and services and functions are performed at the devices and or services in response to the input command. This control of the services is also sharable as instructed by an input command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Vishal Sharma, Elhum Amjadi
  • Patent number: 10020856
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for measuring and feeding back channel information are disclosed. In an embodiment the method includes receiving, by a first network device, a reference signal and measuring the reference signal to obtain a measurement result. The method further includes selecting a first codebook from a first codebook set according to the measurement result, wherein the first codebook set comprises at least two first codebooks, a sub-vector Wx of each first codebook is formed by a zero vector and a non-zero vector, wherein the vectors forming the Wx correspond to different groups of antenna ports, and sending a codebook index to a second network device, wherein the codebook index corresponds to the first codebook selected from the first codebook set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunpeng Liu, Leiming Zhang, Jianghua Liu
  • Patent number: 10021544
    Abstract: A Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) user equipment (UE) which provides enhanced caller ID capabilities. In particular, the UE may be a Dual SIM Dual Active (DSDA) UE capable of using two SIMs and two radios so as to maintain two active voice calls simultaneously. The UE may include a single transmitter and one or more receivers. Mechanisms are described such that, when a first voice call is active, desirable services such as receiving and presenting caller ID information associated with this second call are provided to the user of the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jianxiong Shi, Li Su
  • Patent number: 10002525
    Abstract: A method and device for the remote control of a function of a vehicle is disclosed. Images of the vehicle are recorded by a camera which is integrated in the mobile control unit. A visual signal is generated at a predetermined position on the vehicle, where remote control is only enabled if the visual signal is recorded by the camera. The device for the remote control of a function of a vehicle includes a mobile control unit with an integrated camera to record the images of the vehicle. A signal generation unit is arranged at a predetermined position on the vehicle for the generation of a visual signal and the vehicle includes a function unit for the control of the function. The function unit is formed in such a way that remote control is only enabled when the visual signal is recorded by the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Marc Scheerle, Holger Schoepges
  • Patent number: 10003938
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sharing location information during a message conversation are provided. An electronic device detects a location-sharing request from a first participant of a message conversation to share first participant location information with a second participant. The device then enables the second participant to obtain the first participant location information during a predetermined location-sharing time period. In response to detecting interaction by one of the first participant and the second participant with the message conversation during the predetermined location-sharing time period, the device extends the predetermined location-sharing time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Woo Chang, Megan M. Frost, Joshua B. Dickens, Stephen O. Lemay, Marcel Van Os, Richard R. Dellinger, Lawrence Y. Yang
  • Patent number: 9973628
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments provide improved communication between a caller and multiple parties. A caller performs a call spray operation on a group of contacts using an electronic communication device such as a mobile telephone. The call spray operation attempts to contact an electronic device associated with each contact in the group of contacts. If one of the contacts answers and is deemed to be a live user, then the remaining contacts that did not answer each receive a message on their associated electronic device indicating which of the contacts answered the caller with a live user. In this way, a group of people can be conveniently contacted and kept up to date with the status of the communication with the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Jeremy A. Greenberger, Dana L. Price