AT&T Patent Grants

Automatic rating system using background audio cues

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9606768
Methods and systems for capturing, transmitting and processing data for generating ratings relating to multimedia programming based on passively obtained user cues are disclosed herein.

Insider attack resistant system and method for cloud services integrity checking

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9606854
An insider attack resistant system for providing cloud services integrity checking is disclosed. In particular, the system utilizes an automated integrity checking script and virtual machines to check the integrity of a service. The system may utilize the integrity checking script and virtual machines to execute a set of operations associated with the service so as to check the integrity of the service. When executing the set of operations, the system may only have access to the minimum…

Methods, systems, and computer program products for implementing intelligent agent services

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9607091
An aspect includes generating an ontological domain based upon information elements, which elements represent aspects of detectable behaviors of an individual. A portion of the behaviors are captured via input of the individual, and another portion is received from a source that is independent of the computer and absent any user input. The generating includes creating subdomains of contextually organized collections of the information elements by topic, comparing the information elements…

Intelligent subscriber notification based on a confidence level of viewing messages

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9607269
A network device may receive a subscriber's activity data for a plurality of network resources associated with the subscriber. The subscriber's activity data may be analyzed and a tailored notification instruction may be provided for alerting the subscriber.

Automatic disclosure detection

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9607279
A method of detecting pre-determined phrases to determine compliance quality includes determining whether a precursor event has occurred based on a comparison between stored pre-determined phrases and a received communication, and determining a compliance rating based on a presence of a pre-determined phrase associated with the precursor event in the communication.

Repeater and methods for use therewith

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608692
Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a repeater device having a first coupler to extract downstream channel signals from first guided electromagnetic waves bound to a transmission medium of a guided wave communication system. An amplifier amplifies the downstream channel signals to generate amplified downstream channel signals. A channel selection filter selects one or more of the amplified downstream channel signals to wirelessly transmit to the at least one…

Method and apparatus for launching a wave mode that mitigates interference

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608740
Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that performs operations including receiving electromagnetic waves on an outer surface of a transmission medium having a non-hybrid wave mode and a cutoff frequency, detecting a degradation of a signal quality of the electromagnetic waves, generating adjusted electromagnetic waves having a hybrid wave mode and a non-optical frequency range responsive to the detecting, and directing the adjusted electromagnetic waves…

Distributed spatial mode processing for spatial-mode multiplexed communication systems

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608762
A method and system for distributed spatial mode processing is disclosed a number of optical signals are received over an optical link. Each optical signal is received via a respective one of a number of spatial modes of the optical link. The optical link includes a particular spatial mode not used for the receiving. A first one of the number of optical signals received from a first one of the number of spatial modes is transferred to a second one of the number of spatial modes via the…

Methods and apparatus to identify network topologies

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608874
Methods and apparatus to identify network topologies are disclosed. An example method comprises determining a set of network nodes between a pair of designated nodes in a network based on a configuration of the network and locations of the designated nodes; determining valid combinations of the network nodes by determining whether the combination of available ones of the set of network nodes enables monitoring of the network according to the configuration of the network; and generating…

Individually unique key performance indicator management

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608875
Individually unique key performance indicator management may be utilized to enhance performance in a network. A warning alarm threshold for a key performance indicator associated with a mobile device may be determined. And upon receiving an alert message indicating that the warning alarm threshold has been exceeded, a network device may be modified.

Methods and apparatus to collect call packets in a communications network

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608879
Methods and apparatus to collect call packets in a communications network are disclosed. An example method includes extracting data from packets captured at nodes in a communication network; storing the extracted data in a database in association with the voice data corresponding to the captured packets; searching, in response to a query including information, the extracted data in the database to identify records matching the information; identifying a second record in the database as…

Methods, systems, and products for monitoring domain name servers

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608886
Methods, systems, and products infer performance of a domain name system. Queries to, and responses from, the domain name system are logged and categorized. Each category is associated with a different performance issue related to the domain name system. The number of entries in each category may be used to infer the performance of the domain name system.

Scaling content communicated over a network

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9609038
An architecture is provided that can scale content resolution in order to mitigate errors in a provisioned service of a communication network, such as a wireless service or a femtocell service that integrates with DSL or other broadband carriers. The architecture can identify fault conditions relating to e.g., bandwidth oversubscription or symbolization integrity. Based upon such identification, the architecture can alter encoding format codecs of certain types of content in order to…

Dynamic modification of automated communication systems

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9609127
A script for an interactive communication is dynamically adjusted during the interactive communication. The interactive communication is monitored over a communication network using a computer with a processor and memory for input during the interactive communication. Input incompatible with a script for the interactive communication is detected for the interactive communication. The incompatible input is categorized. The script is dynamically adjusted during the interactive…

Emergency signal for M2M devices

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9609128
A method includes receiving, at a server connected to a network, a plurality of emergency alerts from a plurality of devices connected to the network. The method also includes analyzing, by the server, the plurality of emergency alerts to determine an emergency type of each of the plurality of emergency alerts. The method includes categorizing, by the server, the plurality of emergency alerts based on the emergency type of each of the plurality of emergency alerts. The method includes…

Broadcast interactive television system

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9609393
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system for delivering broadcast channels by way of edge routers using multicast virtual private networks, sharing a same multicast state for the broadcast channels and sharing a same multicast delivery tree for the broadcast channels. Other embodiments are disclosed.

Apparatus and method for accessing a back-end service

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9609574
Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a first software defined network element is created in local communication with a gateway of a core network portion of a mobility network. Establishment of first logical network connection facilitated between the first software defined network element and a second network element in local communication with a remotely accessible system, such as a back-end system of an enterprise data center or cloud service provider. A request…

Method and apparatus for managing communication services using multiple subscription agreements

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9609613
Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, storing subscription utilization information in the memory where the subscription utilization information is indicative of a history of subscription usage by the device and where registration information associated with a group of subscription agreements is stored in the memory, receiving location information from the device processor where the location information indicates a location of the device, and selecting a target…

System for managing resources accessible to a mobile device server

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9609655
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium operating in a mobile device server having computer instructions to execute a web server application in the mobile device server. The web server application can be operable to detect a resource control manager while roaming in a communication zone of the resource control manager, and to transmit a pairing key to the resource control manager. The web…

Methods and apparatus to distribute media delivery to mobile devices

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9602512
Methods and apparatus to distribute media content are disclosed. An example method includes receiving a request for media content from a mobile device, determining an identity of at least one of the mobile device or a consumer using the mobile device, comparing the identity to subscription records associated with the distribution of media content to a geographically fixed consumer location; and based on the comparison, determining if the mobile device is authorized to receive the media…