Patents Assigned to Qwest Communications International Inc.
  • Patent number: 10659563
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices, and software are disclosed for providing application levels of service over a network. Embodiments of the invention maintain a list of registered applications (or application providers) that have registered with a network resources provider. Customers of the network resources provider may authenticate some or all of the registered applications, indicating a desire to allow traffic relating to those applications over their access networks. Customers may further set application levels of service with respect to those authenticated applications. Certain embodiments may manage network traffic to accord with the application levels of service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Gilman R. Stevens, Charles I. Cook, Thomas Schwengler
  • Patent number: 10599496
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for tracing application execution and performance. Some of the tools provide a framework for monitoring the execution and/or performance of applications in an execution chain. In some cases, the framework can accomplish this monitoring with a few simple calls to an application programming interface on an application server. In other cases, the framework can provide for the passing of traceability data in protocol-specific headers of existing inter-application (and/or intra-application) communication protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Igor I. Malkiman, Chauncey G. Powis, Tyson Matthew Bunch
  • Patent number: 10374864
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing enhanced services to telephone subscribers with multiple telephone lines, which can include one or more traditional telephone lines, wireless telephone lines, Internet protocol-based telephone lines, and/or the like. For example, certain tools can provide a subscriber with a unified voice mailbox for a plurality of the subscriber's telephone lines. In some cases, the subscriber does not need to check multiple voice mailboxes (each associated with one of the subscriber's telephone numbers) in order to ensure that the subscriber has received all messages intended for that subscriber. Instead, any incoming call on any of the subscriber's lines can be routed to a converged voice mailbox for easy retrieval by the subscriber of all messages from one location. Some tools employ a VoIP switch to handle routing of the incoming call to the correct voice mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Cerami, John Verbil, Paul D. Jaramillo
  • Patent number: 10117134
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide novel solutions, including systems, methods and/or software, for handling calls in a dual-mode VoIP/cellular environment. Merely by way of example, some systems can be configured to determine whether to use a VoIP system or a cellular system to handle a particular call, and/or to transition a call from one network to the other network. Other systems can be configured to substitute a public number (which might be, for example, a VoIP number) for a private number (which might be, for example, a cellular number) when routing a call originating from a dual-mode phone on a cellular network. Further systems can be configured to allow a VoIP system to serve as an anchor for calls originated and/or delivered on a cellular system, for instance to facilitate a transition between cellular and VoIP service during a call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Lance LaBauve, Charles I. Cook, Gilman R. Stevens
  • Patent number: 9811400
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for tracing application execution and performance. Some of the tools provide a framework for monitoring the execution and/or performance of applications in an execution chain. In some cases, the framework can accomplish this monitoring with a few simple calls to an application programming interface on an application server. In other cases, the framework can provide for the passing of traceability data in protocol-specific headers of existing inter-application (and/or intra-application) communication protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Igor I. Malkiman, Chauncey G. Powis, Tyson Matthew Bunch
  • Patent number: 9769827
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a wireless network with several access points connected to a communication infrastructure. Residential or business customers of the Internet are provided an Internet interface (e.g., a digital subscriber line (DSL) modem) having a wireless transceiver. Two or more users may access the Internet or other network through the Internet interface. Each user can be assigned a unique Service Set-Identifier (SSID) with each SSID associated with a type of service (e.g., user video service, backhaul service, etc.). The amount of bandwidth assigned to the type of service (and user) may be governed by the equipment according to the assigned SSID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Charles I. Cook, Thomas Schwengler
  • Patent number: 9763144
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide novel solutions, including systems, methods and/or software, for handling calls in a dual-mode VoIP/cellular environment. Merely by way of example, some systems can be configured to determine whether to use a VoIP system or a cellular system to handle a particular call, and/or to transition a call from one network to the other network. Other systems can be configured to substitute a public number (which might be, for example, a VoIP number) for a private number (which might be, for example, a cellular number) when routing a call originating from a dual-mode phone on a cellular network. Further systems can be configured to allow a VoIP system to serve as an anchor for calls originated and/or delivered on a cellular system, for instance to facilitate a transition between cellular and VoIP service during a call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Lance LaBauve, Charles I. Cook, Gilman R. Stevens
  • Patent number: 9749442
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices, and software are disclosed for providing application levels of service over a network. Embodiments of the invention maintain a list of registered applications (or application providers) that have registered with a network resources provider. Customers of the network resources provider may authenticate some or all of the registered applications, indicating a desire to allow traffic relating to those applications over their access networks. Customers may further set application levels of service with respect to those authenticated applications. Certain embodiments may manage network traffic to accord with the application levels of service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Gilman R. Stevens, Charles I. Cook, Thomas Schwengler
  • Patent number: 9692906
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing enhanced services to telephone subscribers with multiple telephone lines, which can include one or more traditional telephone lines, wireless telephone lines, Internet protocol-based telephone lines, and/or the like. For example, certain tools can provide a subscriber with a unified voice mailbox for a plurality of the subscriber's telephone lines. In some cases, the subscriber does not need to check multiple voice mailboxes (each associated with one of the subscriber's telephone numbers) in order to ensure that the subscriber has received all messages intended for that subscriber. Instead, any incoming call on any of the subscriber's lines can be routed to a converged voice mailbox for easy retrieval by the subscriber of all messages from one location. Some tools employ a VoIP switch to handle routing of the incoming call to the correct voice mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Cerami, John Verbil, Paul D. Jaramillo
  • Patent number: 9668175
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide novel solutions, including systems, methods and/or software, for handling calls in a dual-mode VoIP/cellular environment. Merely by way of example, some systems can be configured to determine whether to use a VoIP system or a cellular system to handle a particular call, and/or to transition a call from one network to the other network. Other systems can be configured to substitute a public number (which might be, for example, a VoIP number) for a private number (which might be, for example, a cellular number) when routing a call originating from a dual-mode phone on a cellular network. Further systems can be configured to allow a VoIP system to serve as an anchor for calls originated and/or delivered on a cellular system, for instance to facilitate a transition between cellular and VoIP service during a call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Lance LaBauve, Charles I. Cook, Gilman R. Stevens
  • Patent number: 9583921
    Abstract: A method for connecting communication cables includes at least an input cable, an output cable, and a cable adapter. The input cable may include a plurality of input wires, each of the plurality of input wires communicatively connected to an input port. The output cable may include a plurality of output wires, each of the plurality of output wires communicatively connected to an output port. The cable adapter may be for communicatively interconnecting the input cable and the output cable. The cable adapter may include a container, a lid and a plurality of attachment mechanisms. The lid may be movably attached to the container. The plurality of attachment mechanisms may be located in the container, each of the plurality of attachment mechanisms capable of communicatively and reversibly connecting one of the plurality of input wires with one of the plurality of output wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Fargano
  • Patent number: 9571637
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques that provide enhanced wireline services at one or more known wireline locations. In some cases, these tools and techniques involve determining that a subscriber is at one or more of the known wireline locations based on a detected location of the subscriber's wireless device (e.g., wireless phone, portable computer, etc.). Once the subscriber's presence at that wireline location has been detected, enhanced services can be provided to a wireline telephone at that location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventor: Ashish Agarwal
  • Patent number: 9559869
    Abstract: Solutions for facilitating enhanced video calling functionality. Embodiments include functionality for handling video calling through a communications hub. According to some embodiments, the communications hub is a user supersystem having multiple clients, each with an integrated camera and display, capable of seamlessly handing off video call functionality among the clients. Other embodiments integrate other functionality of the communications hub (e.g., web browsing, multimedia, etc.) into the video call environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Afshin Frederick Mehin, Valentina Venza, Suzanne Gibbs Howard, Astrid van der Flier, Elger Oberwelz, Nicholas Zambetti, Jesse Tane, Katrin B. Gosling, Coe Leta Rayne Stafford, Martin Nicholas John Heaton, Matthew Robert Adams, Peter Riering-Czekalla, Andrew Paul Switky, Michael Gibson, Richard Cerami
  • Patent number: 9542830
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for distributing urgent public information. Merely by way of example, urgent public information, such as an alert message, may be received by, inter alia, an alert gateway device. The alert message may then be distributed to a subscriber in any of a variety of ways, including by telephone, by data message (e.g., to a computer), by video message (e.g., via a television), by display on an alert notification device. In some embodiments, the alert gateway device may process the alert message and/or may determine how to provide the alert message to the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Casey, Bruce A. Phillips
  • Patent number: 9500222
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are described for a passive suction base. In one aspect, a passive suction base can be provided on a bottom of an item for adhering the item to a flat surface. The passive suction base might comprise a central portion affixed to the bottom of the item and a perimeter portion that is not affixed to the item. A force opposing the flat surface when applied to the item causes the central portion to move away from the flat surface, while the perimeter portion remains in contact with the flat surface, thereby causing the passive suction base to adhere to the flat surface. In some aspects, when resting on the flat surface, the perimeter portion of the suction base can be substantially flat with respect to the flat surface (and not visible), so that the passive suction base may be easily moved along the flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Switky, Adam Vollmer
  • Patent number: 9501802
    Abstract: Solutions for capturing and displaying conversation history for providing conversation capture functionality. Some such solutions use a user supersystem as a communications hub to capture and/or generate relevant information for enhancing conversations with contacts, including address book information, contact notes, conversation history information, and/or conversation anchors. The information may then be processed for display to the user via a graphical interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Astrid van der Flier, Elger Oberwelz, Afshin Frederick Mehin, Peter Riering-Czekalla, Daniel Stillion, Michael Gibson, Richard Cerami
  • Patent number: 9462462
    Abstract: Tools and techniques related to the provision of location based services via a mobile communications device. A system might comprise a mobile communications device, a mobile communications base station, and a server computer system. The location of the device may be correlated with certain user preferences stored on the server computer system. Some techniques provide for activities to be undertaken based on the location of a device are described, including without limitation different notification schemes based on the location of a device and/or specified preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. Casey
  • Patent number: 9462461
    Abstract: Systems and methods related to the provision of location based services via a mobile communications device. In some cases, a plurality of mobile communication devices can be tracked, based on a user's preferences, and data regarding the locations of that plurality of mobile communication devices can be sent to the user's device. In a particular aspect, for example, the user's device might display a map showing the locations of some or all of the plurality of mobile communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. Casey
  • Patent number: 9420095
    Abstract: Methods are provided for managing communications over a communications routing network. A data store is maintained of records of communications links established over the communications routing network between a first endpoint of the communications routing network and multiple second endpoints of the communications routing network distinct from the first endpoint. A frequency analysis is performed of the second endpoints to identify a frequency of establishing a communications link between the first endpoint and each of the second endpoints. A list is generated of a subset of the second endpoints in accordance with a result of the frequency analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Frederick
  • Patent number: 9420453
    Abstract: Tools and techniques related to the provision of location based services via a mobile communications device. A system might comprise a mobile communications device, a mobile communications base station, and a server computer system. The location of the device may be correlated with certain user preferences stored on the server computer system. Some techniques provide for activities to be undertaken based on the location of a device are described, including without limitation efficiently determining the location of a mobile device and mapping the location of the device, along with other features of interest, such as the locations of other devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. Casey