Multi-users Patents (Class 455/463)
  • Patent number: 10169555
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, two or more users are provided with personalized experiences while using a shared mobile computing device. A login interface is presented for a plurality of users of the shared mobile computing device. When an indication of a login action by a first user of the plurality of users is detected, access to restricted information associated with any other user of the plurality of users is disabled. Cached information associated with the first user is retrieved from a local data store. A personalized user interface is then presented, based on the cached information. Updates to information and/or content may be cached and/or stored remotely. When an indication of a logout action by a first user of the plurality of users is detected, particular information and/or content is flushed from the local data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Erick Tseng, Eyal Michael Sharon
  • Patent number: 9973510
    Abstract: Particular embodiments disclose a first device associated with a user that may receive an indication that a second device of a second user of the online system is located within a proximity distance from the first device. The first device may store social-networking information associated with the first user comprising a social-networking connection between the first user and the second user. The first device may access the social-networking information and determine that the second device is a trusted device based on the social-networking connection between the first user and the second user. The first device may determine instructions to update a lock status of the first device based on the determination that the second device is a trusted device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Arie Matus
  • Patent number: 9608976
    Abstract: In some examples, a vehicle head unit of a vehicle includes at least one processor; and at least one module operable to: responsive to authenticating a first user at a vehicle head unit of a vehicle, establish a session with a first user identifier, the first user identifier associated with the first user; responsive to authenticating a second user at the vehicle head unit, associate a second user identifier with the session, the second user identifier associated with the second user, wherein the first and second user identifiers are concurrently associated with the session; generate data while the first and second user identifiers are concurrently associated with the session; and store, based on the first user identifier and the second user identifier, the data to both a first user account associated with the first user identifier and a second user account associated with the second user identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Fabian John Tamp
  • Patent number: 9537646
    Abstract: A multimedia system for data communications. A source device communicates data over a full duplex control channel of a multimedia communication link. The source device has a first link layer that retries unsuccessful data communications over the full duplex control channel until a first maximum retry limit of the first link layer is reached. A sink device communicates data over the full duplex control channel of the multimedia communication link. The sink device has a second link layer that retries unsuccessful data communications over the full duplex control channel until a second maximum retry limit of the second link layer is reached, where the second maximum retry limit is different than the first maximum retry limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Lattice Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Jiong Huang, Lei Ming, Gyudong Kim, Young Il Kim
  • Patent number: 9490962
    Abstract: A multimedia system for data communications. A source device communicates over a full duplex control channel of a multimedia communication link using time domain multiplexed (TDM) frames having n time slots per frame. The source device allocates a first time slot position to a virtual channel for data transmission by the source device over the full duplex control channel. A sink device communicates over the full duplex control channel of the multimedia communication link. The sink device allocates a second time slot position to the virtual channel for data transmission by the sink device over the full duplex control channel. A timing of the second time slot position is offset from a timing of the first time slot position by substantially n/2 time slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Lattice Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Jiong Huang, Lei Ming, Gyudong Kim, Young Il Kim
  • Patent number: 9489109
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electronic device (10) and a method for data communication with such an electronic device. The electronic device combines, on the one hand, a Near Field Communication (NFC) interface, including an antenna and a circuit for generating a modulated electromagnetic wave, and on the other hand a user interface including a touch-sensitive display configured to present an object relating to a communication action executable by means of the NFC interface. A control unit connected to the NFC interface and the user interface, is configured to trigger the NFC interface to execute the communication action responsive to simultaneous detection of the presented object being touched and the NFC interface being in communicative connection with a second NFC interface of a second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communication AB
    Inventor: Simon Lessing
  • Patent number: 9400893
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, two or more users are provided with personalized experiences while using a shared mobile computing device. A login interface is presented for a plurality of users of the shared mobile computing device. When an indication of a login action by a first user of the plurality of users is detected, access to restricted information associated with any other user of the plurality of users is disabled. Cached information associated with the first user is retrieved from a local data store. A personalized user interface is then presented, based on the cached information. Updates to information and/or content may be cached and/or stored remotely. When an indication of a logout action by a first user of the plurality of users is detected, particular information and/or content is flushed from the local data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Erick Tseng, Eyal Michael Sharon
  • Patent number: 9197488
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a plurality of communication interfaces connected to a plurality of communication networks that are independent from each other, the plurality of communication interfaces each receiving data from a terminal connected to at least one of the plurality of communication networks, the plurality of communication interfaces each transmitting data to the terminal on a basis of terminal identification information, a first acquiring section that acquires the terminal identification information of a destination terminal, and service information indicating a service that can be executed in the destination terminal, a second acquiring section that acquires service information indicating a service that can be executed in a candidate terminal, and a selecting section that selects one of the plurality of communication interfaces on a basis of the service information of the destination terminal and the service information of the candidate terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takanari Ishimura
  • Patent number: 9137350
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method for communicating with a battery-powered electronic device having a wireless receiver, wherein the receiver is power-cycled once every predetermined time period. In one embodiment, the method comprises, determining a power cycle time of the battery-powered electronic device, the power cycle time comprising a time period over which the battery-powered electronic device completes a cycle of operating in a dormant state of operation and operating in an active mode of operation, defining a transmission time duration equal to or greater than the power cycle time, storing the transmission time duration in a memory, and transmitting a signal intended for the battery-powered electronic device, the signal lasting for at least the transmission time duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Lamb
  • Patent number: 9013370
    Abstract: A display system and a method of controlling the same are provided The display system includes a display apparatus which displays an image based on a received image signal; at least one peripheral device which adjusts an environment peripheral to the display apparatus; at least one state adjusting device which adjusts a state of the peripheral device; and a first user terminal which controls the corresponding state adjusting device such that the state of the peripheral device is adjusted to a preset initial state, when a connection with the display apparatus is made, and transmits the image signal to the display apparatus. Accordingly, the display system is capable of being operated automatically adaptively to a meeting environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-young Jeon, Sang-woong Hwang, Jee-sun Yoon, Ji-young Kwahk
  • Patent number: 9008662
    Abstract: A user equipment (UE) is provided that includes one or more processors configured to perform one of an attach procedure, Routing Area Update (RAU), or Tracking Area Update (TAU), and then cause the UE to provide an indication to a network, wherein the indication indicates whether the UE has determined a voice solution in an Evolved Universal Mobile Telecommunications System Terrestrial Radio Access Network (E-UTRAN).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Chen Ho Chin, Stefano M. Faccin
  • Patent number: 8983448
    Abstract: An in-device coexistence interference report control method of a network for terminal to inform the network of interference among heterogeneous radio communication modules coexisting in the terminal is provided. The method includes determining, at a terminal when a terminal capability enquiry message is received from a base station, whether the base station supports an In-Device Coexistence (IDC) interference report, transmitting, when the IDC interference report is supported, a terminal capacity information message to the base station, receiving a Radio Resource Control (RRC) connection reconfiguration message including information on whether terminal's IDC interference indicator transmission is permitted from the base station; and transmitting an RRC connection reconfiguration complete message to the base station in response to the RRC connection reconfiguration message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaehyuk Jang, Soenghun Kim
  • Patent number: 8948144
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for identifying participants for a preferential ad-hoc network using a peer-to-peer (P2P) network and then establishing the ad-hoc network with the identified participants. In general, an initiating peer node provides a request for participants for an ad-hoc network to the P2P network, wherein the request includes content information describing content stored at the initiating peer node. The content information is used by the peer nodes receiving the request to determine whether to join the ad-hock network. The peer nodes receiving the request that decide to join the ad-hoc network respond to the initiating peer node via the P2P network. All or select ones of the peer nodes responding to the request are identified as the participants for the ad-hoc network. Once the participants are identified, the initiating peer node dynamically establishes the ad-hoc network with the identified participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Qurio Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfredo C. Issa, Sid Stafford, Jens Hillen
  • Patent number: 8918861
    Abstract: A computationally implemented method includes, but is not limited to: determining that a computing device that was presenting one or more portions of one or more items and that was in possession of a first user has been transferred from the first user to a second user; and marking, in response to said determining, the one or more portions of the one or more items to facilitate the computing device in returning to the one or more portions upon the computing device being at least transferred back to the first user. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 8892715
    Abstract: Provided is a software entity adapted to operate in a first network on behalf of a relocatable device to negotiate services for the relocatable device from the network, and to be transportable or replicable to operate in a second network to negotiate services for the relocatable device from the second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Kenward
  • Patent number: 8874081
    Abstract: A system and method can allow a first subscriber who is unable to use his mobile device due to theft, damage, loss, or any other reason to authenticate himself on a telecommunications network using a second subscriber's mobile device. The system and method can also allow the first subscriber to continue to make and receive calls and messages with the second subscriber's mobile device. Any charges incurred by usage of the second subscriber's mobile device by the first subscriber can be billed to an account associated with the first subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Movirtu Limited
    Inventors: Chris Horn, Dingani Brian Nkala
  • Patent number: 8868650
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and products facilitate consolidating multi-user communications by redirecting calls to a multi-user device, with which multiple users can interact. A multi-user device monitors the density of users and devices within a specified distance of the multi-user device. Based at least in part on the proximity of a user, the multi-user device can designate a preferred device associated with the user and inform a multi-user-device server of the preference. The multi-user-device server provides a conference server with instructions that include contact information for the preferred devices to be used by the conference server when initiating a multi-user communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond Emilio Reeves, Ryan Alan Wick, Wen Xue
  • Patent number: 8849322
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention may include systems and methods for sharing threaded conversations on mobile communications devices. In one embodiment, a method may include: receiving, at a service provider system, a message containing a thread file associated with a forwarded message thread from a forwarding party mobile communications device, wherein the thread file comprises message text and sender information obtained from each of multiple text messages in the forwarded message thread, and wherein the message identifies at least one new recipient; identifying the message as containing a thread file; generating and associating a unique thread identifier with the thread file; and transmitting the thread file with the unique thread identifier over a wireless network for delivery to the at least one new recipient for display of the forwarded message thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Pujan K. Roka
  • Patent number: 8843176
    Abstract: This private branch exchange includes a first communication portion acquiring connection target specifying information related to a connection target from a portable terminal, a second communication portion allowing telephone communication between a fixed telephone corresponding to the portable terminal and the connection target, and a control portion making a call to the connection target on the basis of the connection target specifying information and ringing the fixed telephone corresponding to the portable terminal from which the connection target specifying information has been acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Morisada
  • Patent number: 8825470
    Abstract: A system and method of providing a response with different language options for a data communication protocol, such as Session Initiation Protocol, are disclosed. For example, data communication is controlled between at least two endpoints. A response code indicative of a condition of the data communication is transmitted to one of the at least two endpoints. The response code is associated with a reason phrase operable to be displayed at the one of the at least two endpoints in a language selected from an option of a plurality of languages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Enterprise Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Mallikarjuna Samayamantry Rao, Dennis Kucmerowski
  • Patent number: 8825033
    Abstract: A network controller including processing circuitry may be configured to receive dynamic position information indicative of a three dimensional position of at least one mobile communication node, compare fixed position information indicative of fixed geographic locations of respective access points of a network to the dynamic position information to determine a relative position of the at least one mobile communication node relative to at least one of the access points based on the fixed position information and the dynamic position information, and provide network control instructions to at least one network asset based on the relative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Smartsky Networks LLC
    Inventors: Gerard James Hayes, Elbert Stanford Eskridge, Koichiro Takamizawa
  • Patent number: 8812032
    Abstract: A low cost cordless telephone system including a base unit, connected to a telephone network, which can transmit and receive RF signals to and from sub-communicating devices. The sub-communicating devices include a cordless microphone for converting acoustical signals to electrical signals and providing same to a transmitter which transmits corresponding simplex RF signals on a cordless telephone frequency to a base unit attached to a telephone network; and a cordless speaker which receives simplex RF signals from a base unit and broadcasts a corresponding telephone conversation. The base unit may connect directly to a telephone network or, in an alternate embodiment, to the handset jack of an existing telephone, thereby interfacing to existing phones including those connected to digital telephone systems. The base unit may also include a speaker used to broadcast the telephone conversation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Carley
  • Patent number: 8787907
    Abstract: A method of wireless communication includes determining at least one neighboring apparatus from which to obtain information, obtaining information related to a plurality of channels from the at least one neighboring apparatus, selecting a channel from the plurality of channels based on the obtained information, and transmitting on the selected channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Avinash Jain, Ahmed K. Sadek
  • Patent number: 8787361
    Abstract: A network architecture uses an Application Server Autonomous Access (ASAA) server which allows paging and call routing across different types of wireless and wireline access networks. The ASAA server provides connectivity between an external voice or data network and a wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU). The external voice or data network may be a public switched telephone network (PSTN) or a public data network (PDN), so that the connectivity between the external network and the WTRU is provided through the access networks using data from the ASAA server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Narayan Parappil Menon, Alan Gerald Carlton
  • Patent number: 8781482
    Abstract: A method for managing a point-to-point call initiated (702) between a wireless mobile station (114, 400) and a remote party while the mobile is receiving broadcast content via one or more multi-user forward-link broadcast channels (508). The mobile station notifies (704) the network (110) of preferences as to prescribed categories of operating conditions, such as whether to continue receiving the broadcast content, and election between the point-to-point call and broadcast content concurrently. In accordance with the preferences, communications are conducted (706) in one of the following operating modes: (1) conducting the point-to-point call and discontinuing reception of the broadcast, (2) conducting the point-to-point call and continuing reception of the broadcast, (3) aborting completion of the point-to-point call and continuing reception of the broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ragulan Sinnarajah, Jun Wang, Tao Chen
  • Patent number: 8755799
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are provided for registering similar subscriber devices in a communication network. A unique Private Identity (PRID) is generated for several user devices associated together under one user account for service through the communication network. The PRID includes a group indicator identifying the PRID's association with a group of devices subject to a common service profile, a Public Identity (PUID) string of characters that uniquely identifies the one user account, and a device identifier uniquely assigned to identify the respective device within the group under the one user account. One common PRID is generated for identifying the common service profile with respect to all of the devices of the group under the one user account. The common PRID includes the group indicator, the PUID, and a wildcard in a field of the predetermined format for a device identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Cellco Partnerhsip
    Inventor: Alexander Tiraspolsky
  • Patent number: 8744493
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a localized silence area. A mobile device may be registered with an access point base station. Any direct communication links from the mobile device to any other base stations may be removed. An indication may be given to the mobile device that the mobile device is in a localized silence zone. The indication may include a request that the mobile device operate in a silent mode, information about making outgoing calls, information about receiving incoming calls, or a combination of these. Procedures for incoming voice calls to the mobile device may be different for different priority levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Via Telecom, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanislaw Czaja, Mark E. Davis
  • Patent number: 8688101
    Abstract: A network controller including processing circuitry may be configured to receive dynamic position information indicative of a three dimensional position of at least one mobile communication node, compare fixed position information indicative of fixed geographic locations of respective access points of a network to the dynamic position information to determine a relative position of the at least one mobile communication node relative to at least one of the access points based on the fixed position information and the dynamic position information, and provide network control instructions to at least one network asset based on the relative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Smartsky Networks LLC
    Inventors: Gerard James Hayes, Elbert Stanford Eskridge, Jr., Koichiro Takamizawa
  • Patent number: 8676162
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a Remote Subscriber Identification (RSID) system with a communication device in communication with a remote database capable of seamlessly storing, linking, and transferring mobile data to a user's communication device. The communication device receives a biometric information of a subscriber and accesses a subset of the mobile information by authenticating the user in the remote database and uses the subset of mobile information for communication with a third-party associated with at least one item of the subset of the mobile information. The user's data can be used on any communication device that capable of recognizing personal identifying information, transmitting this information to the remote database, accessing the user's subscriber specification information and any subscriber personalized information, and transmitting it to the user's communication device, enabling the user to use this information with the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Marshall Feature Recognition LLC
    Inventors: Spencer Rathus, Hanna Bondarik Mosolygo
  • Patent number: 8670573
    Abstract: A wireless communication system for use in aircraft includes a wireless headset having at least one ear cup with a housing. A first ultra wideband transceiver is disposed in the ear cup housing. A base station includes a second ultra wideband transceiver. The second ultra wideband transceiver wirelessly communicates with the first ultra wideband transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Lalin S. Theverapperuma, Darcy Zehnder, Talal Aly-Youssef
  • Patent number: 8667105
    Abstract: Provided is a software entity adapted to operate in a first network on behalf of a relocatable device to negotiate services for the relocatable device from the network, and to be transportable or replicable to operate in a second network to negotiate services for the relocatable device from the second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Kenward
  • Patent number: 8649781
    Abstract: A GPS mobile terminal (2) that a person (1) carries monitors position information on a dog (3) to whom a GPS terminal (4) is attached. When the person (1) and the dog (3) are separated more than a preset distance, the GPS mobile terminal (2) that the person (1) carries uses PoC communication enabling intragroup communication such as a transceiver to make a call request to mobile terminals (6, 7, 8) of all guardians belonging to any one of a plurality of groups (A, B, C) made up of the guardians. When there is a response from a group of the guardians, the communication is enabled in the group, so that the guardians can guide the person (1) to a safe place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Yuuichi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8634806
    Abstract: In regard to a radio-controlled communication system (1), which comprises a base station (2) and at least one single mobile part (3), a registration procedure, which is simplified for a user, is proposed for registering the mobile part (3) at the base station (2). The registration procedure operates such that upon a first PIN request by the base station (2) to the mobile part (3), the mobile part (3) automatically transmits a so-called default PIN to the base station (3). If said default PIN is correct, the registration procedure is successful. If said default PIN is incorrect, the base station (2) checks for the existence of the so-called default PIN. If said default PIN does not exist, the registration procedure is ended. If the PIN exists, a user of the mobile part (3) receives the possibility to manually input the PIN, and the registration procedure is continued upon the check of the transmitted PIN for correctness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Gigaset Communications GmbH
    Inventor: Willfried Többen
  • Patent number: 8620311
    Abstract: There is provided a communication system and a communication method of making available both a shared telephone number shared by multiple communication terminals and an individual telephone number dedicated to a user's own terminal in a single communication terminal. A shared managing unit 11 of a communication system 1 manages terminal identifiers 1 and 3 identifying each of a plurality of communication terminals 30a and 30b to which a shared telephone number is assigned in correlation with the shared telephone number. An individual managing unit 12 manages a terminal identifier 2 identifying a communication terminal 30b to which an individual telephone number is assigned is correlation with the individual telephone number. A user information managing unit 13 manages user information including base station information of communication terminals identified by the identifier every terminal identifiers 1, 2, and 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
    Inventors: Yu Kojo, Yasuyuki Honda, Michiko Wakui, Masami Yabusaki
  • Patent number: 8620358
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dial input using a voice in a mobile terminal are provided. The method includes recognizing a voice inputted from a microphone when a call is connected, identifying a numeral corresponding to the recognized voice, and transmitting the identified numeral to a phone number to which the call is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Myung-Woo Ko
  • Patent number: 8615797
    Abstract: A computationally implemented method includes, but is not limited to: determining that a computing device used by a first user has been transferred from the first user to a second user; ascertaining, in response to said determining, which of one or more items that are at least conditionally accessible through the computing device are active; and providing one or more selective levels of access to the one or more items based, at least in part, on said ascertaining. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 8613075
    Abstract: A computationally implemented method includes, but is not limited to: determining that a computing device used by a first user has been transferred from the first user to a second user; ascertaining, in response to said determining, which of one or more items that are at least conditionally accessible through the computing device are active; and providing one or more selective levels of access to the one or more items based, at least in part, on said ascertaining. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 8606305
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and server apparatus for providing an impersonal communication service in a telecommunication network, wherein a user is authenticated by a token-based application programming interface functionality and a temporary virtual number is allocated to an impersonal communication session of the user. The allocated temporary virtual number is then used for a telecommunication of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Nokia Siemens Networks Oy
    Inventors: Richard Bontempi, Risto Antero Kauppinen, Guido Triebel
  • Patent number: 8571564
    Abstract: A system and method can allow a first subscriber who is unable to use his mobile device due to theft, damage, loss, or any other reason to authenticate himself on a telecommunications network using a second subscriber's mobile device. The system and method can also allow the first subscriber to continue to make and receive calls and messages with the second subscriber's mobile device. Any charges incurred by usage of the second subscriber's mobile device by the first subscriber can be billed to an account associated with the first subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Movirtu Limited
    Inventors: Chris Horn, Dingani Brian Nkala
  • Patent number: 8532022
    Abstract: A wireless station communicates with a plurality of wireless apparatuses by air and connects to other wireless stations via a network. The wireless station creates a supplementary table in which wireless apparatuses are associated with corresponding wireless stations on the basis of the status of wireless apparatuses that are connecting to the wireless station and the status of wireless apparatuses that are connecting to the other wireless stations. Before a wireless apparatus sends a connection request to the wireless station, the wireless station determines on the basis of predetermined conditions and the supplementary table whether the wireless apparatus can connect to the wireless station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Rei Yagisawa
  • Patent number: 8526942
    Abstract: A mobility call management service is disclosed that provides enhanced call management functionality for a wireless mobile terminal (MT). Incoming and/or outgoing calls are managed based on an assessment of the degree of motion of the MT, or other available data pertinent to the MT's physical situation, such as but not limited to it's location, movement, or rate of movement. The degree of motion or other assessment may be used to determine whether a communication can safely terminate on, originate from, or continue safely on the MT, so as to reduce or remove driver distraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Aegis Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: David John Kiddie, John Joseph Geyer, Mandy Chan
  • Patent number: 8514774
    Abstract: A method, and components for performing such method, is provided for synchronizing multiple user signals in a multi-user communication system. An interference matrix is generated based on time delay and frequency offset information for the active users accessing an OFDMA uplink receiver. User signals are received from the active users and are segmented into blocks, and the interference matrix is applied to each of the blocks. The received user signal is OFDM demodulated and un-used sub-carriers are discarded. Typically, the method includes also applying a factorization matrix formed by factoring a correction matrix created from the interference matrix and an inverse matrix formed based on the factoring results to the user signal blocks, e.g., the correction step includes multiplying each of the blocks from the user signal by each of these three matrices. The corrected user blocks are then concatenated to form a corrected vector signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Beijing) R&D Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Yiqun Ge, Wuxian Shi, Juan Du
  • Patent number: 8457082
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide integrated voice and data services utilizing wired cordless access with unlicensed/unregulated connectivity sources. A digital cordless telephone operates over unlicensed/unregulated spectrum in conjunction with one or more wireless access points (WAP) that are installed in homes, businesses, entertainment venues, and the like. The WAPs are connected to a communications service provider's broadband packet data network. A user may use the device when they are in range of another wireless access point in a public or private building that also is connected to their communications service provider's broadband packet data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: John A. Hicks, III, Gregory N. Patterson, William L. Smith
  • Patent number: 8447339
    Abstract: The present invention proposes a multiuser multi-input multi-output scheduling method, which comprises steps of: a multiuser scheduling step of performing multiuser scheduling by using mean channel matrixes of respective user equipments; and a multiuser precoding step of performing multiuser precoding by using instantaneous channel matrixes of respective user equipments selected in the multiuser scheduling. The present invention also proposes a base station and a user equipment which will be used to implement the inventive multiuser multi-input multi-output scheduling method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Keying Wu, Lei Wang
  • Patent number: 8437704
    Abstract: System and method for controlling the transmit power of a mobile terminal. In some embodiments, a transmit power correction factor for a mobile terminal is set to the average transmit power correction factor for all active mobile terminals in the same cell as the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Per Burstrom, Anders Furuskar, Muhammad Kazmi, Walter Muller, Arne Simonsson
  • Patent number: 8417182
    Abstract: Disclosed is an excessive-signal prevention apparatus which includes a connection state judgment section and a zero-level signal insertion section. The connection state judgment section detects whether connection between a first device and a second device is normal or abnormal on the basis of a pattern of signals that are other than a transmission signal transmitted from the first device to the second device at normal time and are required for transmission of the transmission signal. The zero-level signal insertion section outputs the transmission signal output from the first device to a destination during a period of time when the connection state judgment section judges that the connection between the first and the second device is normal, and which outputs a zero-level signal to the destination during a period of time when the connection state judgment section judges that the connection between the first and the second device is abnormal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Infrontia Corporation
    Inventor: Shingo Shimado
  • Patent number: 8417180
    Abstract: A communications device may transmit a media item chosen by a user over a communication path also being used to transmit an established communications operation. The user may select a media item of any known type, including for example a musical selection, a video, a voicemail, a podcast, an image, or any other suitable media item. The user may select any suitable contact method for the communications operation, including for example, telephone, voicemail, email, text message, chatting, fax, or any other suitable method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Terlizzi
  • Patent number: 8364154
    Abstract: Communications over a network are selectively routed to one of multiple mobile devices identified by the same mobile device number. In one example, a method includes identifying a first mobile phone associated with a first activation priority by a phone number and identifying a second mobile phone associated with a second activation priority by the same phone number. The activation priority indicates a priority with which the first and the second mobile phones are activated for communications on a network. Communications associated with the phone number are selectively routed to one of the first mobile phone or the second mobile phone having a highest activation priority. The phone number defines an address at which the communications are routed to the one of the first mobile phone or the second mobile phone having the highest activation priority without being routed to an intervening address defined by another device number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mandayam Thondanur Raghunath, Nilesh Tathawadekar
  • Patent number: 8320894
    Abstract: Communications over a network are selectively routed to one of multiple mobile devices identified by the same mobile device number. In one example, a method includes identifying a first mobile phone associated with a first activation priority by a phone number and identifying a second mobile phone associated with a second activation priority by the same phone number. The activation priority indicates a priority with which the first and the second mobile phones are activated for communications on a network. Communications associated with the phone number are selectively routed to one of the first mobile phone or the second mobile phone having a highest activation priority. The phone number defines an address at which the communications are routed to the one of the first mobile phone or the second mobile phone having the highest activation priority without being routed to an intervening address defined by another device number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mandayam Thondanur Raghunath, Nilesh Tathawadekar
  • Patent number: 8290539
    Abstract: A beam selection method in open loop MU-MIMO is disclosed, for an asymmetric antenna configuration. The proposed beam selection method employs limited feedback, as compared with single-user closed-loop MIMO and multiple-user closed-loop MIMO, in which the base station requires channel state information (CSI). The multi-user MIMO beam selection method selects the portion of beams from candidate beams for data transmission, meaning that the base station is training M beams. From this, the subscriber station selects N beams from the total M beams, with N?M.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Guangjie Li, Yang Gao, May Wu