Google acquires Wireless Patents from Alcatel-Lucent

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Alexander Graham Bell facing his wife, Mabel Hubbard Gardiner Bell, who is standing in a tetrahedral kite, Baddeck, Nova Scotia (Library of Congress)

Alexander Graham Bell facing his wife, Mabel Hubbard Gardiner Bell, who is standing in a tetrahedral kite, Baddeck, Nova Scotia (Library of Congress)

One of the World’s most famous technology laboratories is Bell Labs, started by Alexander Graham Bell, and owned most recently by Alcatel-Lucent. They state on the Alcatel-Lucent website their belief in having a strong patent portfolio that shows off the technology they have researched and led others in.

It’s worth looking closer at some of the technologies that Alcatel-Lucent developed, especially in light of a recent assignment of rights over that intellectual property, from Lucent to Google a couple of weeks ago. This transfer of ownership of patents was surprising after we’ve seen Nokia working towards offering billions to acquire Alcatel-Lucent.

Google has acquired 55 patent filings in a transaction assigning those patents that were recorded at the USPTO on December 17th. There is no financial information about this transaction in the USPTO assignment database, so no telling what this acquisition might have cost. It’s also difficult to tell how technologically significant the patents might be, though some of them appear to be important. These patents look like they mostly have something to do with wireless telephone systems and are likely innovative in their times as coming from the owner of Bell Laboratories.

These look like they involve several technologies that make wireless phone systems work the ways we know them today. These titles especially stood out to me:

  • Method to provide high speed broadband communication to a high speed moveable vehicle
  • Small Wireless Telecommunications System
  • METHOD OF DELIVERING VIDEO INFORMATION OVER A TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

I’ve provided links to the patents so that you can click through and read more about the technology that each cover. This includes wireless phone systems and video on phones as well.

Transmission System with Tap Devices Which Reduce the Effects of Interference
Inventors: : HEINZ KRIMMEL
Granted: Sep 30, 1996
Patent Number: 6006066
Filed: Dec 21, 1999

Transcoder Unit
Inventors: RALF ROTTLER, GUNTHER HOEN
Granted: Sep 29, 1997
Patent Number: 6097730
Filed: Aug 1, 2000

Method of Looking up a Telephone Number in a Directory Stored in memory in a Telephone Receiver
Inventors: PHILIPPE BOERO, ALEXANDRE ZAWADZKI
Granted: Nov 9, 1998
Patent Number: 6052451
Filed: Apr 18, 2000

System and Method for establishing a Direct Call Path for Routing a Signal to a Data Network Using a Digital Loop Carrier
Inventors: THOMAS H. NEEL, STEPHEN MAK
Granted: Jun 4, 1999
Patent Number: 6707810
Filed: Mar 16, 2004

Method and System for Transmitting Data on a Speech Channel
Inventors: PIERRE BONNARD, JEAN VARALDI
Granted: Jul 12, 1999
Patent Number: 6633840
Filed: Oct 14, 2003

Telecommunication Network Usage Metering Management Architecture
Inventors: NATHALIE CHARTON
Granted: Nov 18, 1999
Patent Number: 6658468
Filed: Dec 2, 2003

A Terminal Identification Method, A terminal realizing such a method and Access
Inventors: HARRY FRANCISCUS LUDOVICA VANHOOF, ROBERT PETER CHRISTINA WOLTERS
Granted: May 18, 2000
Patent Number: 6741605
Filed: May 25, 2004

UMTS Base Station Supporting Multiple Transmission Methods
Inventors: Anja Warich, Michael Jeschke
Granted Jun 5, 2003
Patent Number: 7406056
Filed: Jul 29, 2008

Method for Remotely Evaluation Audio Quality of an IP Terminal and Corresponding Terminal
Inventors: Francois Pinier, Pierre Hammann
Granted Jul 17, 2003
Patent Number: 7676290
Filed: Mar 9, 2010

Method of Identifying a Radio Link
Inventors: Oliver Blume
Granted: Feb 1, 2007
Patent Number: 7616928
Filed: Nov 10, 2009

Method to provide high speed broadband communication to a high speed moveable vehicle
Publication type Grant
Application number US 11/608,199
Publication date Apr 15, 2008
Filing date Dec 7, 2006

Procedure and Controller for the Allocation of Variable Time Slots of a Data Transmission in a packet-Oriented Data Network
Inventors: Ralf Klotsche
Granted: Oct 2, 2003
Patent Number: 7346080
Filed: Mar 18, 2008

Keyword/ Non-Keyword Classification in Isolated Word Speech Recognition
Inventors: RAFID A. SUKKAR
Granted: Dec 11, 1992
Patent Number: 5440662
Filed: Aug 8, 1995

Despreading Technique for CDMA Systems
Inventors: QI BI
Granted: Dec 16, 1992
Patent Number: 5345468
Filed: Sep 6, 1994

Small Wireless Telecommunications System
Inventors: JAMES J. FUENTES
Granted: Dec 30, 1992
Patent Number: 5353333
Filed: Oct 4, 1994

Rejection of Non-Digit Strings for Connected Digit Speech RecognitionInventors: RAFID A. SUKKAR
Granted: Dec 21, 1993
Patent Number: 5613037
Filed: Mar 18, 1997

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING ABRUPT AND GRADUAL SCENE CHANGES IN IMAGE SEQUENCES
Inventors: BEHZAD SHAHRARAY
Granted: Dec 21, 1993
Patent Number: 6055025
Filed: Apr 25, 2000

VOICE ACTIVITY DETECTION DRIVEN NOISE REMEDIATOR
Inventors: THOMAS J. JANISZEWSKI, MICHAEL C. RECCHIONE
Granted: Jan 28, 1994
Patent Number: 5657422
Filed: Aug 12, 1997

SOUND-SYNCHRONIZED VIDEO SYSTEM
Inventors: HOMER H. CHEN
Granted: Jun 21, 1994
Patent Number: 5608839
Filed: Mar 4, 1997

HARMONIC ADAPTIVE SPEECH CODING METHOD AND SYSTEM
Inventors: JOSEPH G. AGUILAR
Granted: Jul 11, 1994
Patent Number: 5787387
Filed: Jul 28, 1998

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SPEECH SIGNAL ANALYSIS
Inventors: PETER KROON, SUHAS A. PAI, FRANK KAO-PING SOONG
Granted: Dec 29, 1994
Patent Number: 5680506
Filed: Oct 21, 1997

PERCEPTUAL AUDIO COMPRESSION BASED ON LOUDNESS UNCERTAINTY
Inventors: JONATHAN B. ALLEN, DEEPEN SINHA, MARK R. SYDORENKO
Granted: Feb 6, 1995
Patent Number: 5682463
Filed: Oct 28, 1997

METHOD AND APPARARTUS FOR SELECTIVELY DISCARDING DATA WHEN REQUIRED IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE A DESIRED HUFFMAN CODING RATE
Inventors: JONATHAN DAVID ROSENBERG
Granted: Mar 8, 1995
Patent Number: 5872599
Filed: Feb 16, 1999

TIME-FREQUENCY INTERPOLATION WITH APPLICATION TO LOW RATE SPEECH CODING
Inventors: YAIR SHOHAM
Granted: May 24, 1995
Patent Number: 5577159
Filed: Nov 19, 1996

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING TRAINING TEXT
Inventors: ADAM L. BUCHSBAUM, JAN P. VANSANTEN
Granted: Jul 7, 1995
Patent Number: 6038533
Filed: Mar 14, 2000

ADAPTIVE POWER CONTROL AND CODING SCHEME FOR MOBILE RADIO SYSTEMS
Inventors: PRATHIMA AGRAWAL, BALAKRISHNAN NARENDRAN, JAMES P. SIENICKI, SHALINI YAJNIK
Granted: Feb 13, 1996
Patent Number: 5722051
Filed: Feb 24, 1998

NETWORK FLOW FRAMEWORK FOR ONLINE DYNAMIC CHANNEL ALLOCATION
Inventors: PRATHIMA AGRAWAL, BALAKRISHNAN NARENDRAN, NARAYANAN SHIVAKUMAR
Granted: Aug 21, 1996
Patent Number: 6075777
Filed: Jun 13, 2000

SWITCHED FILTERBANK FOR USE IN AUDIO SIGNAL CODING
Inventors: JAMES D. JOHNSTON, DEEPEN SINHA
Granted: Oct 1, 1996
Patent Number: 5852806
Filed: Dec 22, 1998

METHOD OF DELIVERING VIDEO INFORMATION OVER A TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK
Inventors: STEPHEN LEWIS, K. MARTIN STEVENSON III, FARZAD S. NABAVI
Granted: Oct 16, 1996
Patent Number: 6009099
Filed: Dec 28, 1999

EFFICIENT DECOMPOSITION IN NOISE AND PERIODIC SIGNAL WAVEFORMS IN WAVEFORM INTERPOLATION
Inventors: YAIR SHOHAM
Granted: Mar 10, 1997
Patent Number: 5924061
Filed: Jul 13, 1999

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DIGITAL CORDLESS TELEPHONY
Inventors: THOMAS A. GENTLES, JEFFREY PAUL GRUNDVIG, RAJEEV KRISHNAMOORTHY, PAMELA KWONG, DALE HARVEY NELSON
Granted: Jul 10, 1997
Patent Number: 6144853
Filed: Nov 7, 2000

TECHNIQUE FOR SELECTIVE USE OF GAUSSIAN KERNALS AND MIXTURE COMPONENT WEIGHTS OF TIED-MIXTURE HIDDEN MARKOV MODELS FOR SPEECH RECOGNITION
Inventors: SUNIL K. GUPTA, RAZIEL HAIMI-COHEN, FRANK K. SOONG
Granted: Sep 11, 1997
Patent Number: 6009390
Filed: Dec 28, 1999

SILENCE COMPRESSION FOR RECORDED VOICE MESSAGES
Inventors: SYED S. ALI, VASU IYENGAR
Granted: Dec 22, 1997
Patent Number: 6049765
Filed: Apr 11, 2000

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION OF VOICE-TOTEXT CONVERTED VOICE MESSAGE
Inventors: JOSEPH M. CANNON, JAMES A. JOHANSON
Granted: Jan 16, 1998
Patent Number: 7103154
Filed: Sep 5, 2006

BIOTELEMETRY LOCATOR
Inventors: ROBERT JOSEPH LOPES
Granted: Feb 20, 1998
Patent Number: 6169494
Filed: Jan 2, 2001

METHOD FOR DIRECT RECOGNITION OF ENCODED SPEECH DATA
Inventors: THOMAS D. FISHER, JEFFREY J. SPIESS, DEARBORN R. MOWRY
Granted: May 7, 1998
Patent Number: 6223157
Filed: Apr 24, 2001

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXTENDING THE DYNAMIC RANGE OF A FREQUENCY MIXER
Inventors: ROBERT EVAN MYER, MOHAN PATEL, JACK CHI-CHIEH WEN
Granted: Jun 17, 1998
Patent Number: 6339701
Filed: Jan 15, 2002

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXTENDING THE DYNAMIC RANGE OF A MIXER USING FEED DISTORTION REDUCTION
Inventors: ROBERT EVAN MYER, MOHAN PATEL, JACK CHI-CHIEH WEN
Granted: Jun 17, 1998
Patent Number: 6363120
Filed: Mar 26, 2002

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DESENSITIZATION OF A WIRELESS RECEIVER
Inventors: MICHAEL E BURKE, JOSEPH T LIPOWSKI, LEONARD E O’BOYLE, RULON G VAN DYKE, JACK CHI-CHIE WEN
Granted: Jun 19, 1998
Patent Number: 7035346
Filed: Apr 25, 2006

MOBILITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Inventors: MOOI CHUAH, GIRISH RAI
Granted: Aug 24, 1998
Patent Number: 6665718
Filed: Dec 16, 2003

DIRECT PATH MATRIX COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD
Inventors: KENNETH WAYNE BRENT
Granted: Oct 13, 1998
Patent Number: 6590876
Filed: Jul 8, 2003

DIRECT PATH MATRIX CONFERENCE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD
Inventors: KENNETH WAYNE BRENT
Granted: Oct 13, 1998
Patent Number: 6608822
Filed: Aug 19, 2003

AUTOMATIC SPEECH/SPEAKER RECOGNITION BASED ON CODED SPEECH PARAMETERS RECEIVED OVER DIGITAL WIRELESS CHANNELS
Inventors: WU CHOU, MICHAEL CHARLES RECCHIONE, QIRU ZHOU
Granted: Nov 30, 1998
Patent Number: 6336090
Filed: Jan 1, 2002

COUPLED ERROR CODE PROTECTION FOR MULTI-MODE VOCODERS
Inventors: JAMES P. SEYMOUR, MICHAEL D. TURNER
Granted: Feb 26, 1999
Patent Number: 6681203
Filed: Jan 20, 2004

MOBILE TERMINAL AND BASE STATION IN A PACKET RADIO SERVICES NETWORK
Inventors: CRISTIAN DEMETRESCU, SIMON FABRI, SAID TATESH
Granted: Aug 30, 1999
Patent Number: 6791944
Filed: Sep 14, 2004

VARIABLE-EXTRACTING COMMAND LINE GENERATOR
Inventors: GASPAR HERNANDEZ III
Granted: Sep 29, 1999
Patent Number: 6668368
Filed: Dec 23, 2003

ALTERNATIVE MESSAGE USAGE FOR VOICE MAIL RETREIVAL VIA REVERTIVE CALLING
Inventors: RICHARD ROBERT BOLAND, PATRICK JOSEPH BOYLE, ISMAEL LOPEZ JR., MARK ALAN MCCORMICK, SALVATORE SUERO
Granted: Oct 5, 1999
Patent Number: 6665532
Filed: Dec 16, 2003

TIME-EFFICIENT REAL-TIME CORRELATOR
Inventors: Miroslaw B. Bondarowicz, Jaehyeong Kim
Granted: Jan 27, 2000
Patent Number: 6601078
Filed: Jul 29, 2003

Method and apparatus for analog-to-digital conversion using attenuated analog signals
Inventors: Arild Kolsrud, Carmine James Pagano II
Granted: Jul 14, 2000
Patent Number: 6377196
Filed: Apr 23, 2002

ENHANCED MEMORY ADDRESSING CONTROL
Inventors: Thomas Earl Bowers, Robert Joseph Gamoke, Glen D. Rocque, Paul Ronald Wiley
Granted Jun 13, 2002
Patent Number: 6654646
Filed: Nov 25, 2003

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR SELECTIVELY GENERATING TIME-SCALED SOUND SIGNALS
Inventors: Walter Etter
Granted Dec 11, 2003
Patent Number: 7366659
Filed: Apr 29, 2008

FAST NETWORK SIP/SDP PROCEDURES FOR CONFERENCE OPERATIONS UPON REQUEST FROM END USER WITH OPTIMIZATION OF NETWORK RESOURCES
Inventors: Richard Paul Ejzak, Eric Harold Henrikson, Chung-Zin Liu, Hong Xie
Granted Oct 7, 2004
Patent Number: 7586857
Filed: Sep 8, 2009

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING THE QUALITY OF SPEECH TRANSMISSIONS THAT USE SPEECH COMPRESSION
Inventors: Ronald Jay Canniff, Michael R. Kosek, Alan Howard Matten, Harvey P. Siy, Peng Zhang
Granted Nov 23, 2006
Patent Number: 7680655
Filed: Mar 16, 2010

LIGHT WAVE FRONT CONSTRUCTION
Inventors: Girsh Blumberg
Granted: Dec 6, 2007
Patent Number: 7619808
Filed: Nov 17, 2009

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO REDUCE SPEECH DELAY AND IMPROVE VOICE QUALITY USING HALF SPEECH BLOCKS
Inventors: Richard Paul Ejzak
Granted: Aug 31, 2000
Patent Number: 6772112
Filed: Aug 3, 2004

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