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Patent Application Titled "System and Method of Storing Service Brand Packages on a Mobile Device" Published Online

September 4, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Annan, Brandon C. (Westwood Hills, KS); Belser, John E. (Olathe, KS); Schempp, Dale S. (Lenexa, KS), filed on February 8, 2013, was made available online on August 21, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is Sprint Communications Company L.p.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Mobile telephones are electronic devices used for mobile voice or data communication based on network connectivity provided by base stations known as cell towers or sites. Electronic devices may have a system memory partition which stores an operating system package and fundamental communication applications for operating the electronic device. The operating system protects the system partition by restricting read/write access. Electronic devices may also have a user memory partition which provides storage for vendor packages and data packages downloaded by an electronic device user. The operating system may permit read/write access to virtually anyone desiring to access the user memory partition."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In an embodiment, a method of branding a mobile device is disclosed. The method comprises providing a system memory partition and a carrier memory partition on the mobile device, wherein the carrier memory partition is a partitioned segment of a mobile device operating system with a set of carrier memory partition rules comprising immunity from deletion of data stored on the carrier memory partition during a mobile device reset. The method further comprises protecting two or more service brand packages from deletion by a mobile device reset, wherein service brand packages are employed by service brands and wherein service brand packages are configured to provision the mobile device with service brand networks, and wherein protecting two or more service brand packages comprises storing the two or more service brand packages on the carrier memory partition. The method further comprises provisioning the mobile device with a first service brand network, wherein provisioning the mobile device with the first service brand network comprises activating the first service brand package and receiving mobile service on the mobile device using the first service brand network. The method further resetting the mobile device, wherein resetting the mobile device comprises removing the mobile device from the first service brand network and deleting unprotected data stored on the mobile device. The method further comprises provisioning the mobile device with a second service brand network without re-installing previously installed data associated with the second service brand package, wherein provisioning the mobile device with the second service brand network comprises activating the second service brand package and receiving mobile service on the mobile device using the second service brand network.

"In an embodiment, a method of branding a mobile device is disclosed. The method comprises providing a system memory partition and a carrier memory partition on the mobile device, wherein the carrier memory partition is a partitioned segment of a mobile device operating system with a set of carrier memory partition rules comprising immunity from deletion of data stored on the carrier memory partition during a mobile device reset. The method further comprising storing one or more applications on the carrier memory partition, wherein applications are configured to execute one or more functions on the mobile device, and wherein storing one or more applications comprise protecting one or more applications from deletion during a mobile device reset. The method further comprises installing one or more applications updates on the carrier memory partition without accessing the system memory partition. The method further comprises resetting the mobile device, wherein resetting the mobile device comprises deleting unprotected data stored on the mobile device. The method further comprises executing one or more applications stored on the carrier partition without re-installing application updates previously installed with the one or more applications on the carrier partition.

"In an embodiment, a mobile device apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a radio transceiver. The apparatus further comprises at least one processor. The apparatus further comprises a mobile device operating system. The apparatus further comprises a carrier partition comprising a set of carrier partition rules, wherein the carrier partition rules comprise providing control over access to the carrier partition to the service brands with service brand packages stored on the carrier partition and protecting at least a first service brand package and a second service brand package stored on the carrier partition during a reset of the mobile device. The apparatus further comprises a system partition comprising a set of system partition rules, wherein the system partition rules comprises providing control over access to the system partition to the manufacturer of the mobile device and protecting data stored on the system partition during a reset of the mobile device.

"These and other features will be more clearly understood from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings and claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"For a more complete understanding of the present disclosure, reference is now made to the following brief description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings and detailed description, wherein like reference numerals represent like parts.

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a provisioning system according to an embodiment of the disclosure.

"FIG. 2 is a flow chart of a method according to an embodiment of the disclosure.

"FIG. 3 is a flow chart of a method according to an embodiment of the disclosure.

"FIG. 4 is an illustration of a mobile device according to an embodiment of the disclosure.

"FIG. 5 is a block diagram of a mobile device according to an embodiment of the disclosure.

"FIGS. 6A and 6B are block diagrams of software architecture for a mobile device according to an embodiment of the disclosure.

"FIG. 7 is a block diagram of a computer system according to an embodiment of the disclosure."

For more information, see this patent application: Annan, Brandon C.; Belser, John E.; Schempp, Dale S. System and Method of Storing Service Brand Packages on a Mobile Device. Filed February 8, 2013 and posted August 21, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2102&p=43&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140814.PD.&OS=PD/20140814&RS=PD/20140814

Keywords for this news article include: Sprint Communications Company L.p.

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