US Patent No. 9,763,180

PEER-TO-PEER WIRELESS DEVICE COMMUNICATION OVER A WIRELESS LOCAL AREA NETWORK


Patent No. 9,763,180
Issue Date September 12, 2017
Title Peer-to-peer Wireless Device Communication Over A Wireless Local Area Network
Inventorship Young Suk Lee, Philadelphia, PA (US)
Raymond Emilio Reeves, Oviedo, FL (US)
Gregory Anderson Drews, Los Angeles, CA (US)
Brian D. Farst, Hollywood, CA (US)
Assignee Sprint Communications Company L.P., Overland Park, KS (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,763,180

1. A method of operating a wireless communication device in communication with a wireless wide area communication network
(WWAN) and a wireless local area communication network (WLAN), comprising:
receiving a request from a user to initiate a communication with a second wireless communication device, and responsively
determining whether the second wireless communication device is in communication with the WLAN;

upon determining that the second wireless communication device is in communication with the WLAN, establishing the communication
with the second wireless communication device as a peer-to-peer communication over the WLAN; and

upon determining that the second wireless communication device is not in communication with the WLAN, establishing the communication
with the second wireless communication device over the WWAN.