Out-of-range Indication Patents (Class 455/421)
  • Patent number: 10298340
    Abstract: A method for improving accuracy of power measurements of low power radio frequency (RF) signals received by a RF signal receiver in which power measurement accuracy taken at a low resolution is compensated with use of multiple RF signal attenuations at a finer resolution. In accordance with exemplary embodiments, incremental RF signal attenuations are applied to the received RF signal. An average of the power measurements, including those with the applied signal attenuations, has a net measurement error less than that of a direct power measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: LitePoint Corporation
    Inventors: Christian Volf Olgaard, Ruizu Wang, Qing Jie Lu
  • Patent number: 10291419
    Abstract: Disclosed are implementations that include a method, at a mobile device, including receiving multiple broadcast messages transmitted by multiple stationary wireless devices, and obtaining first information relating to each of the multiple broadcast messages, with at least some of the first information being included in the multiple broadcast messages, and second information relating to at least one earlier broadcast communication received by at least one of the multiple stationary wireless devices, prior to transmission of the at least one of the multiple broadcast messages, from at least one other of the multiple stationary wireless devices, with the second information included in the at least one of the multiple broadcast messages. The method also include determining location information for the mobile device based on the first information, the second information, and known positions of at least some of the multiple stationary wireless devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jubin Jose, Urs Niesen, Venkatesan Nallampatti Ekambaram, Xinzhou Wu
  • Patent number: 10243894
    Abstract: An improved handheld electronic device and an associated method are provided in which time data regarding certain aspects of a messaging conversation on a handheld electronic device are made available to a user. Such time data is provided, for instance, in situations where an interruption has occurred during a messaging conversation. Time data can also be provided to a user on demand in certain circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard Dietrich Klassen, Christopher R. Wormald, Lawrence Edward Kuhl
  • Patent number: 10231248
    Abstract: Methods, a wireless device (110) and a network node (120) for managing connectivity are disclosed. The wireless device (110) and/or the network node (120) determines an estimated level of a connectivity for a service of the wireless device (110) towards a wireless network (100). The estimated level of the connectivity relates to likelihood of maintaining the connectivity towards the wireless network (100). The estimated level of the connectivity is determined based on conditions relating to at least one connection for the wireless device (110). The at least one connection is managed by the wireless network (100). Moreover, corresponding computer programs and computer program products are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Erik Dahlman, Magnus Frodigh, Mikael Höök, Harald Kallin, Gunnar Mildh, Joachim Sachs
  • Patent number: 10206206
    Abstract: A method and a first network node (120) of a wireless network (100) for managing a request for a connectivity for a service of a wireless device (110) are disclosed. The first network node (120) is configured to use a first set of resources of the wireless network (100). The first network node (120) receives (403) the request for the connectivity. The request is associated with a required level of a connectivity for the service. The required level of the connectivity relates to likelihood of maintaining the connectivity towards the wireless network (100). The first network node (120) further configures (404) the first set of resources to increase an estimated level of the connectivity for the service towards the wireless network (100). The estimated level of the connectivity is associated with the wireless network (100). A corresponding computer program and a computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Erik Dahlman, Magnus Frodigh, Mikael Höök, Harald Kallin, Gunnar Mildh, Joachim Sachs
  • Patent number: 10147322
    Abstract: An efficient implementation of intelligent transportation systems is provided. A control unit for a vehicle is designed to receive and/or to transmit a safety-relevant vehicle cooperation message via a physical channel of a communication unit of the vehicle. The control unit is designed to determine an indication of the vehicle having a reduced risk of conflict with another road user in a first period of time. The control unit is designed to receive and/or to transmit a non-safety-relevant vehicle cooperation message via the physical channel of the communication unit of the vehicle in the first period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft, DENSO Corporation
    Inventors: Markus Strassberger, Tim Leinmueller
  • Patent number: 10149297
    Abstract: Data is transferred between a DECT terminal and an LTE base station. A base unit includes a DECT communication unit and an LTE communication unit, the DECT communication unit performing DECT communication with a DECT terminal, and the LTE communication unit transmitting and receiving data with the DECT communication unit and performing LTE communication with an LTE carrier gateway through an LTE base station. The DECT communication unit, in a case where an adjacent frequency bandwidth that is adjacent to one of DECT communication sub-bands is used in the LTE communication, controls the DECT communication to be performed by using the other sub-band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ishihara, Akira Shibuta, Shinji Ikegami, Hirokazu Sugiyama, Takashi Enoki, Kazuhide Shibata, Masayuki Nagano
  • Patent number: 10104699
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating automatic connection between a mobile computing device and a self-propelled device are provided. The self-propelled device can transmit a radio signal in a sleep mode. The mobile computing device may detect the radio signal and generate a visual representation of the signal strength to facilitate in establishing an automatic connection. Once the signal strength crosses a predetermined threshold, a connection and control sequence may be initiated automatically in which a control mode may be initiated on the mobile computing device to enable user control of the self-propelled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Sphero, Inc.
    Inventor: Wesley Felteau
  • Patent number: 9913146
    Abstract: The present invention includes an apparatus and method for determining cell coverage in a region with reduced in-field propagation measurements comprising: obtaining geographical features of the region; predicting the number of measurements required to accurately characterize its path loss; determining the path loss prediction accuracy of wardriving and crowdsourcing by oversampling a suburban and a downtown region from cell measurements that comprise signal strength and global positioning system coordinates; and using statistical learning to build a relationship between these geographical features and the measurements required, thereby reducing the number of measurements needed to determine path loss accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Southern Methodist University
    Inventors: Matthew Tonnemacher, Dinesh Rajan, Joseph Camp
  • Patent number: 9906637
    Abstract: A smartphone includes: a first antenna for performing wireless communication in accordance with a first communication scheme; a second antenna for performing wireless communication in accordance with a second communication scheme; a first RF circuit module for converting a signal, received by the first antenna, into a digital audio signal; an audio processing module for converting the digital audio signal into an analog audio signal; a second RF circuit module for converting a signal, received by the second antenna, into an analog audio signal; a receiver for outputting an analog audio signal; and a first switch for switching between: a first mode for transmitting an analog audio signal between the audio processing module and the receiver; and a second mode for transmitting an analog audio signal between the second RF circuit module and the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryoki Nishioka, Kentaro Aoki
  • Patent number: 9860818
    Abstract: A self-organizing network includes one or more tools. Such tools may be configured to determine, based on one or more performance indicators, that network usage in a first portion of a frequency spectrum satisfies a first usage threshold of the first portion. Such tools may also be configured to transition, in response to the determining, the plurality of users from the first portion to a second portion of the frequency spectrum different from the first portion. Such tools may further be configured to hinder the plurality of users from returning to the first portion from the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Pablo Tapia
  • Patent number: 9813964
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, are provided for signaling. In some example embodiments, there is provided a method. The method may include making mobility information including visited cell history available based on at least received mobility state estimation configuration information; and reporting, by the user equipment, the mobility information including the visited cell history. Related systems, methods, and articles of manufacture are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Ilkka Keskitalo, Jussi-Pekka Koskinen, Jarkko Koskela
  • Patent number: 9788238
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing reduced bandwidth acquisition latency may comprise a multi-protocol premises-based communication network comprising a wired network operating in accordance with a multimedia over cable alliance (MoCA) standard and a wireless network operating in accordance with an IEEE 802.11x standard comprising one or more of 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac. A reservation request for wired network bandwidth may be communicated over the wireless network and a second redundant reservation request for bandwidth on the wired network may be communicated over the wired network. An allocation of wired network bandwidth may be received over the wireless network and the received allocation of wired network bandwidth may be used for communicating over only the wired network. The second redundant reservation request may be indicated as redundant using a bit flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Maxlinear, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Gallagher
  • Patent number: 9762468
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for dynamically adjusting a wait time between packets. The wait time may be increased to improve the packet loss rate. Once increased, the wait time may be decreased if the packet loss rate improves. The packet loss rate is monitored after a predetermined number of packets are sent so that additional adjustments may be made as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: John Jacob
  • Patent number: 9723552
    Abstract: A collaborative method for a node includes forming a local network with at least one other node using a lower power subsystem; selecting a master node from among the local network based on a first set of criteria; and communicating with a back end server over a wireless wide area network (WWAN) using a higher power subsystem. An apparatus may include a first subsystem for communicating with a local network; and a second subsystem having an active mode and an inactive mode, the second subsystem for communicating with a wireless wide area network (WWAN) when in the active mode, the apparatus selecting the active mode or inactive mode based on a set of criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard O. Farley, Dilip Krishnaswamy, Gang Ding
  • Patent number: 9699130
    Abstract: A method of providing a user interface with recipient status information, in one aspect, may comprise detecting a message (e.g., online message such as instant messaging, chat, etc.) being initiated by a first user to a second user; gathering information associated with the second user; analyzing the gathered information; predicting a state of the second user based on the analyzing; and determining a notification action based on the predicted state of the second user, the notification action notifying the first user of the second user's state; and presenting a notification comprising one or more of graphical, textual, auditory, or tactile indications or combinations thereof to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter K. Malkin, Jacquelyn A. Martino, Justin D. Weisz, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 9699131
    Abstract: A method of providing a user interface with recipient status information, in one aspect, may comprise detecting a message (e.g., online message such as instant messaging, chat, etc.) being initiated by a first user to a second user; gathering information associated with the second user; analyzing the gathered information; predicting a state of the second user based on the analyzing; and determining a notification action based on the predicted state of the second user, the notification action notifying the first user of the second user's state; and presenting a notification comprising one or more of graphical, textual, auditory, or tactile indications or combinations thereof to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter K. Malkin, Jacquelyn A. Martino, Justin D. Weisz, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 9628601
    Abstract: An electronic device with watch phone functionality and a method of controlling the same are provided. Upon receiving predetermined input on the display of the watch phone, the electronic device transmits a control signal for creating a wireless link to a mobile terminal which will connect with the watch phone, and transmits location information on the mobile terminal and a captured image of the surroundings to the watch phone. Accordingly, the user can locate the mobile terminal more easily using the watch phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jieun Lee, Sungyoung Yoon, Sungjun Park, Minsoo Park
  • Patent number: 9596589
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed that provide for the control, by a third party, of call-related services that are provided to a wireless subscriber. For each mobile station whose calls and other communications are to be controlled, the server interposes itself between the serving Visitor Location Register (VLR) of the mobile station and the subscriber's Home Location Register (HLR). Through a sequence of standardized messages, the server represents itself to the unsuspecting HLR as the mobile station's new serving VLR. The server receives from the subscriber's HLR a first set of subscriber data that comprises data related to call-service permissions. The server then modifies a parameter from the first set, restricting an end-user service to the mobile station. The server then transmits the modified parameter to the serving VLR, which is used to block one or more types of calls that involve the mobile station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Polaris Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: Mahesh B. Patel
  • Patent number: 9547783
    Abstract: Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags may be affixed to one or more personal objects, such as a key, a watch, a wallet, a purse, a medicine container, or the like. A mobile telephone may be associated with the plurality of RFID tags. A display of the mobile telephone may indicate whether each of the RFID tags is in communication with an RFID reader. For example, the RFID reader may be embedded in a drawer lining, embedded in the mobile telephone itself, or embedded in a handheld wand. The mobile telephone may generate an alert when at least one of the plurality of RFID tags is not in communication with the RFID reader. For example, a trigger RFID may be affixed to a doorway. The trigger RFID may cause the mobile telephone to alert the user to a missing item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: John E. Lewis, Justin McNamara, Fulvio Cenciarelli, Jeffrey Mikan
  • Patent number: 9525975
    Abstract: A process for detecting and connecting a GPS-enabled device to available in-range wireless local area networks (WLANs), particularly while the device is in motion. Once connected, the GPS enabled device sends and receives data and other information from a web service or software application. The process includes detecting relative movement speed of the GPS device and repeatedly attempts connections with new WLAN access points when in motion, particularly in excess of five miles per hour and/or twenty-five miles per hour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: MagicGPS, LLC
    Inventor: Vincent Nicosia
  • Patent number: 9485615
    Abstract: A recommendation for a user is generated in response to a user request. The recommendation can pertain to whether a user should download and install a mobile device application and is based on a number of responses received from other mobile devices within a specified distance from the mobile device at which the recommendation was requested. Recommendations can also be requested and generated by various other devices in machine-to-machine networks. Recommendations can pertain to policy enforcement and device component performance or operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Cristina Serban
  • Patent number: 9473953
    Abstract: Apparatus and method may include a control center system operable to enable remote control of wireless handheld devices based upon the establishment of dedicated communication channels with the wireless device and employing communication protocols to facilitate display capture, key and touch input simulation, and collect device parameters to analyze and compare with pre-defined parameters and generate a standards deviation report viewable by an authorized user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: AETHERPAL INC.
    Inventors: Ranjithkumar Palanichamy, Calvin Charles, Deepak Gonsalves
  • Patent number: 9473950
    Abstract: A method predicting coverage area of a radiocommunications network including plural network cells distributed over a geographic area. The method includes calculating by simulation an irradiated electromagnetic field irradiated by a radio base station of the network in plural measure locations within the geographic area corresponding to respective expected positions of a user terminal. The calculating includes, for each measure location, calculating a basic transmission curve indicative of a basic attenuation of a radioelectric signal strength in the measure location, and associating to the basic transmission curve at least one correction factor for refining the radioelectric signal strength basic attenuation by taking account of shielding effects on the radioelectric signal strength due to obstacles to the propagation of the radioelectric signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: TELECOM ITALIA S.p.A.
    Inventors: Roberto Lanzo, Loris Paolo Stola, Alessandro Leoni
  • Patent number: 9432347
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for providing a secure user interface restricting the access of users to selected functions, files, and communications by implementing a customizable secure graphical user interface. The degree to which the user's access is restricted may depended on levels of authorization granted to the user. The secure user interface may be implemented on a device and employed to aid a user in executing diagnostic, service, maintenance, and data gathering tasks. The secure computing device may be connectable to other computing devices of like of different kind. The secure computing device may provide security against non-authorized users by requiring user identification and disabling the device when proper identification is not given or the device is deemed missing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Vijai M. Thoppae, Matt Toburen, Gordon Sanders
  • Patent number: 9385973
    Abstract: An improved handheld electronic device and an associated method are provided in which time data regarding certain aspects of a messaging conversation on a handheld electronic device are made available to a user. Such time data is provided, for instance, in situations where an interruption has occurred during a messaging conversation. Time data can also be provided to a user on demand in certain circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gerhard D. Klassen, Christopher R. Wormald, Lawrence E. Kuhl
  • Patent number: 9332525
    Abstract: An aspect provides a method, including: detecting, at an information handling device, an event that causes a notification to occur; providing, using a notification modality of the information handling device, the notification of the event; sensing, using at least one sensor of the information handling device, a condition existing while the notification is provided; determining, using a processor, that the condition conflicts with the notification modality used to provide the notification; and thereafter providing an additional notification of the event. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Peterson, Russell Speight VanBlon, John Carl Mese, Rod D. Waltermann, Arnold S. Weksler
  • Patent number: 9332009
    Abstract: An office electronic apparatus is associated to an apparatus card and is able to use or provide a service by means of identification information; the identification information allows billing of the use or provision of the service. A mobile telephone terminal is associated to a subscriber card storing subscriber identification information. According to the method of the present invention, at least the subscriber identification information and preferably also subscriber authentication information are transferred from the mobile telephone terminal to an office electronic apparatus when the said mobile telephone terminal is in proximity of the office electronic apparatus, the transferred information is stored into the apparatus card of the office electronic apparatus, and the service is autonomously used or provided by the office electronic apparatus by means of the transferred information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Telecom Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Antonio Varriale, Simonetta Mangiabene, Elisa Alessio, Maura Turolla, Maurizio Marcelli
  • Patent number: 9319879
    Abstract: A system and method is described that enables autonomic discovery of wireless network security mechanisms by mobile devices. Stateful monitoring of wireless devices facilitates identification of pending network connectivity loss, enabling a handoff server to proactively advertise new points of access and their associated security mechanisms to devices before connectivity is lost. As a result, devices may seamlessly transition between secure networks. Stateful monitoring of device reachability may be used together with device certificates and/or tokens to decrease the potential of MAC spoofing and further secure the network. Stateful monitoring of device connectivity status during network transitions facilitates the identification of rogue access points. The token or certificate on the device may be used to authenticate the device while transitioning between networks by a centralized entity, managing the initiation and the execution of the handover for the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Guyves Achtari, Denis Plante, Eric Bernier
  • Patent number: 9313614
    Abstract: A method of estimating the position of a user device is provided. The user device is initially in electronic communication with a positioning system controller through a communication network. The method comprises determining that a user device meets one or more proximity criteria with respect to an offline region where electronic communication between the user device and the positioning system controller, through the communication network, is expected to meet one or more failure criteria. Responsive thereto and in advance of the user device entering the said offline region, the positioning system controller transmitting local positioning data to the user device, the local positioning data comprising data concerning electromagnetic signal sources in the said offline region. The user device subsequently estimates its position while it is within the offline region by measuring signal data from a plurality of electromagnetic signal sources and processing the measured signal data and the local positioning data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: SENSEWHERE LIMITED
    Inventors: Firas Alsehly, Zankar Upendrakumar Sevak, Tughrul Sati Arslan
  • Patent number: 9301235
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program are provided for controlling a communications state of an apparatus with respect to a serving cell in a communications network. The apparatus is configured with a first and second, different signal threshold, wherein the first and second signal thresholds are dependent on a reference signal. A value of a signal associated with at least one cell in the communications network is monitored. A timer is configured with a first operative state when the monitored signal value is determined to exceed the first signal threshold and a second operative state when the monitored signal value is determined to be lower than the second signal threshold. Responsive to a value of the timer satisfying a predetermined time parameter, the communications state of the apparatus with respect to its serving cell is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Christian Alexander Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9247523
    Abstract: Initiating actions for mobile devices prior to a mobile user entering problem zones. A position and a route of a user are identified. A database is accessed to retrieve data identifying problem zones in a communications network. The position and route of the user are compared to the retrieve data identifying problem zones. A determination is made to identify when the user is approaching a problem zones. An action is performed to compensate for unfavorable network conditions of the problem zone when the user enters the problem zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Lalit Tulsidas Bhatia, Michael Lee Poffenberger, Douglas David Gravino, Radhakrishnan Gopinath
  • Patent number: 9247516
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for estimating whether or not a wireless terminal is in a geographic zone. The illustrative embodiment employs a pattern classifier that is trained on traits of electromagnetic signals at various locations. A computer-executable program is then generated based on the trained pattern classifier, and the program is installed and executed on a subscribed identity module of the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Polaris Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Tarun Kumar Bhattacharya, Martin Feuerstein, Scot Douglas Gordon
  • Patent number: 9232352
    Abstract: A medical system includes one or more MBAN devices which acquire and communicate patient data. One or more medical body area network (MBAN) systems include the one or more MBAN devices communicating the patient data with a hub device via short-range wireless communication. The communication of the patient data via the short-range wireless communication being within a predefined spectrum. The hub device receives patient data communicated from the one or more MBAN devices, communicates with a central monitoring station via a longer range communication and one or more access points (AP), and determines the location of the MBAN system in reference to a healthcare facility. The one or more MBAN devices are inhibited from transmitting within the predefined spectrum when the MBAN hub device is located outside the healthcare facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Dong Wang, Monisha Ghosh, Delroy Smith
  • Patent number: 9209860
    Abstract: A primary mobile station engaged in a communication session via a radio access network (RAN) may receive forward link communications over a forward link channel and transmit reverse link communications over a reverse link channel. If the quality of the communication session degrades, the primary mobile station may involve a secondary mobile station by establishing a short-range wireless communication link with the secondary mobile station, e.g., using Bluetooth™, IEEE 802.11, or other wireless communication protocol. The primary mobile station may then transmit reverse link communications to the RAN over the reverse link channel and also transmit the reverse link communications to the secondary mobile station, via the short-range wireless communication link, for transmission to the RAN. The RAN may receive the reverse link communications from the primary and secondary mobile stations as two distinct reverse link signals, which the RAN may combine together to achieve a diversity gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Jason P. Sigg, Maulik K. Shah, Jasinder P. Singh
  • Patent number: 9155060
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the invention, there is disclosed a method for geographically locating a cellular phone. The method comprises: determining an effective cell-area for each of a first cell and a second cell in a cellular network; and determining a handover area within which the cellular phone is likely to be located when control of the cellular phone is transferred from the first cell to the second cell; wherein the determination of the handover area and the effective cell-area for each of the first cell and the second cell are made based on a topological relationship between the first cell and the second cell. Further related apparatus embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: INRX GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Israel Feldman, Yochay Meltzer, Uri Lavee, Allon Eshpar
  • Patent number: 9148760
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for providing a locative social networking service utilizing wireless access point. In some examples, a method performed under control of a mobile device may include connecting to a wireless local area network, finding at least one other mobile device connected to the wireless local area network and satisfying a predetermined condition, and for each found mobile device, requesting a public user profile associated with the found mobile device, in response to the request, receiving the public user profile associated with the found mobile device, and for each found mobile device from which an associated public user profile is received, transmitting to the found mobile device a public user profile associated with the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Esa Tapani Pollari
  • Patent number: 9141638
    Abstract: A first device is configured to operate as a media transmitter or a media receiver. The first device includes a memory configured to store a playlist of media files accessible to the first device. An output circuit is configured to receive the playlist from one or more second devices. Responsive to a first media file in the playlist being stored in the first device, the first device is configured to operate as a media transmitter and control transmitting of the first media file from the first device to the one or more second devices. Responsive to the first media file not being stored in the first device, the first device is configured to transfer control of transmitting from the first device to a selected one of the second devices, and operate as a media receiver to receive the first media file from the selected one of the second devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: MARVELL INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Sameer Bidichandani, Todd Tokubo, Aswath Mohan
  • Patent number: 9124614
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses may be provided for utility meters or other devices with communications prioritization. The methods and apparatuses may include receiving first information addressed to or from a first network device of the one or more network devices; determining that the first network device is either (i) battery-powered or associated with a limited power source, or (ii) associated with wireless communications; and based upon the determination that the first home device is either (i) battery-powered or associated with a limited power source, or (ii) associated with wireless communications, identifying the first information as higher priority. The identification of the first information as higher priority may result in the utility meter or other device processing of the first information ahead of one or more second information designated as lower priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Bradley Richard Ree
  • Patent number: 9113334
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media for controlling access to voice resources using mobility management messages are disclosed. According to one method, a mobility management message associated with a mobile subscriber is received. A priority level of the mobile subscriber is determined based on the mobility management message and access to voice resources in controlled based on the priority level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Tekelec, Inc.
    Inventors: Devesh Agarwal, Peter J. Marsico
  • Patent number: 9086291
    Abstract: An alternative route solution includes consideration of network coverage provided by a navigation application. A device is knowledgeable of coverage areas of a carrier including problem zones. An alternate route to a desired destination is computed so that the alternative route is completely within the coverage areas of the carrier while avoiding the problem zones. The alternative route may be presented to the user on a display device, such as a smart phone, a GPS device, laptop, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Lalit Tulsidas Bhatia, Radhakrishnan Gopinath, Mark H. Spaulding, Catalina Gard
  • Publication number: 20150148028
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device and apparatus for quantifying a total number of customers impacted by a cellular tower outage are disclosed. For example, the method monitors a plurality of cellular towers, detects a failure of one of the plurality of cellular towers, identifies a subset of the plurality of cellular towers that are included in an affected region, calculates a number of additional customers served by each one of the subset of the plurality of cellular towers that are included in the affected region due to the failure of the one cellular tower, and quantifies the total number of customers impacted by the failure of the one cellular tower by adding the number of additional customers served by the each one of the subset of the plurality of cellular towers that are included in the affected region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicants: AT&T Mobility II LLC, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zihui Ge, Mario Kosseifi, Matthew Osinski, He Yan, Jennifer Yates
  • Patent number: 9042865
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems are disclosed for altering a mobile electronic device's screen timeout based on a check-in of a mobile device at a venue. A ringtone can be altered in addition to the password timeout time. Nearby venues and/or locations may be recognized and the time out can be adjusted based on the determined risk which may include the crime risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC
    Inventor: Ken Miyaki
  • Patent number: 9042823
    Abstract: Method, apparatus, and computer program product example embodiments enable devices to disconnect a communication connection. In an example embodiment, a method includes measuring, by an apparatus, a power level of one or more wireless communication messages received from a selected wireless device over a wireless communication connection, after an interval following an establishment of the wireless communication connection; and disconnecting, by the apparatus, the wireless communication connection with the selected wireless device, if the one or more wireless communication messages received over the wireless communication connection, has a measured power level greater than a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Arto Palin, Vesa Luukkala
  • Patent number: 9042827
    Abstract: For modifying a function based on user proximity, a proximity module determines a distance between an electronic device and a transported device in wireless communication with the electronic device. The proximity module further modifies a function of the electronic device if the distance is within the specified range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Matthew Price Roper, Robert A. Bowser, Scott Edwards Kelso, Howard Locker, John Weldon Nicholson
  • Patent number: 9031607
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media, for facilitating selection of networks are provided. In some embodiments, the method includes receiving at a user device a first signal via a first channel of a MIMO-enabled network and a second signal via a second channel of the MIMO-enabled network. A first power associated with the first signal and a second power associated with the second signal are identified. The first power associated with the first channel and the second power associated with the second channel are used to determine an undesired connection of the user device with the MIMO-enabled network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Warren Bruce Cope
  • Patent number: 9026114
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the invention, there is disclosed a method for geographically locating a cellular phone. The method comprises: determining an effective cell-area for each of a first cell and a second cell in a cellular network; and determining a handover area within which the cellular phone is likely to be located when control of the cellular phone is transferred from the first cell to the second cell; wherein the determination of the handover area and the effective cell-area for each of the first cell and the second cell are made based on a topological relationship between the first cell and the second cell. Further related apparatus embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: INRX Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Israel Feldman, Yochay Meltzer, Uri Lavee, Allon Eshpar
  • Patent number: 9020443
    Abstract: A measure of signal strength is determined based on a signal received within a communication network. For example, a communication device, such as a mobile telephone, may determine the measure of signal strength within the communication network. A reception status is determined based on the measure of signal strength. A color of a skin of a communication device is caused to change from a first color to a second color, based on the reception status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Jonathan A. Tyler
  • Patent number: 9002373
    Abstract: Methods, program products, and systems for monitoring a location fingerprint database are described. A location fingerprint database can store location data associated with multiple signal sources. A mobile device can use signals of the signal sources and the location data to determine a current location. A location server can monitor the location fingerprint database, including detecting if any one of the signal sources has moved or otherwise becomes unsuitable for location determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas M. Marti, Shannon M. Ma
  • Publication number: 20150094054
    Abstract: The disclosure provides methods and systems for warning users of mobile terminals during active phone calls or active data transfer that they approach certain geographical areas known as areas where active phone calls or active data transfer may be interrupted. In one embodiment, a method includes obtaining, by a processor, location information associated with a mobile terminal, determining, by the processor, that the mobile terminal approaches a particular geographical area, the particular geographical area being associated with previous dropped calls based at least in part on historical data, and, based on the determination, sending, by the processor, a warning signal to the mobile terminal for informing a user of the mobile terminal that the mobile terminal is about to enter the particular geographical area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Steven Osman, Victor Octav Suba Miura