Patents Assigned to SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130070920
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for a user to monitor and/or override a forwarded call. Typically, the forwarded call was initially an incoming call from a caller to the user and thereafter forwarded to a remote service system, such as a remote messaging system. The system and method determine a redirecting number from which the incoming call was forwarded. The system and method then initiates a second call to the user and a voice path is established connecting the forwarded call to the second call. Thereafter, the user is notified, for example, with a distinct ring at the user's telephone, of the option that the user may monitor and override the forwarded call. The system and method can also execute procedures to actuate the options elected by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. via transfer from SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. via transfer fr
  • Patent number: 7707036
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing aural review of a privacy policy are disclosed. Generally, a first version of a privacy policy is retrieved. A natural language version of the privacy policy is then retrieved based on at least one user preference and an audio representation of the natural language version of the privacy policy is played through an audio system of a device to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources Inc
    Inventor: Lalitha Suryanaraya
  • Patent number: 7630478
    Abstract: A presence device operable in a first mode and a second mode is associated with a communication device. In the first mode, a user using the presence device is biometrically authenticated and a presence confirmation input is received from the communication device. In the second mode, a user-entered log-in input is received from the communication device. A central presence database is updated to indicate that the communication device is active for the user. A received message which is to be routed to the user is sent to the active device indicated by the central presence database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Claire Svetlana Vishik, Sreenivasa Rao Gorti, Paul Van Vleck
  • Patent number: 7568201
    Abstract: A user agent in a Web access device transmits an HTTP request for Web content to an origin server. The request contains a set of capabilities of the Web access device. A content authoring mechanism and adaptation determination service on the origin server process the request to determine what transformation is required to make the requested content fit the capabilities of the Web access device. The adaptation determination service invokes a niche transformation service that performs, in response to the content and the capabilities, the necessary transformation. The transformed Web content is transmitted to the user agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Lalitha Suryanarayana, Sreenivasa Rao Gorti
  • Publication number: 20090116409
    Abstract: A computer-based monitoring system provides interactive topology information about a synchronized optical network (SONET). The monitoring system utilizes a trunks integrated record keeping system (TIRKS) connected to the SONET for collecting status data in a raw format. A computer system retrieves the raw format status data from TIRKS and provides the data in a simple graphical user interface to a user. The interface includes several menus from which the user may specify specific components of the SONET, and a graphical output for providing a graphical representation of the SONET. The graphical output illustrates each node and link and interactively provides more detailed information about any user selected link or node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: SBC TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES, INC.
    Inventors: Chuxin CHEN, Ralph GNAUCK, George T. NOLL
  • Patent number: 7529361
    Abstract: A system and method for numbering plan area (NPA) split processing is disclosed. In one implementation, a query is received during a permissive dialing period. The query comprises a destination location that is associated with a first NPA. It is determined whether a first call processing record identifies a service that is NPA sensitive. The first call processing record is associated with a destination location that is undergoing a NPA split. The first call processing record is identified by the destination location and the destination location is associated with a first NPA. A second call processing record is then used for processing in place of the first call processing record when the first call processing record identifies a service that is NPA sensitive. The second call processing record is associated with the destination location that is undergoing an NPA split. The second call processing record is identified by the destination location and the destination location is associated with a second NPA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Robert Stroud, Rick Anthony Cherye, Laura Kay Culli
  • Patent number: 7515660
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing joint demodulation using a Viterbi equalizer having an adaptive total number of states are disclosed. Generally, a method includes joint demodulating a desired signal and none or more interfering signals with a Viterbi equalizer having an adaptive total number of states based on channel impulse response (CIR) coefficients associated with a desired signal ant the one or more interfering signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Kobylinski, David Randall Wolter
  • Patent number: 7508925
    Abstract: A processor readable medium embodying executable instructions to correct call detail records includes instructions to scan a received file including a plurality of call detail records to detect a file rejection condition, instructions to edit the received file to produce a modified file in response to detecting the file rejection condition, and instructions to forward the modified file to a downstream transaction record processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Richardson
  • Patent number: 7489864
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing controlled impairments to an optical transport system are disclosed. In one implementation, an optical stream is received. A clock signal and a data signal are identified based on the received optical signal. A selection indicating at least a particular bit position of the optical stream to be modified is received from a user and it is determined whether the particular bit position of the optical stream is located in an active video portion, a horizontally ancillary data portion, a vertically ancillary data portion, a start-video timing portion, or an end active video portion of the optical stream. The particular bit position in the determined portion of the optical stream is identified based on at least the clock signal and the data signal, and the particular bit position of the optical stream is modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: Pierre Costa
  • Patent number: 7475364
    Abstract: A computer-based monitoring system provides interactive topology information about a synchronized optical network (SONET). The monitoring system utilizes a trunks integrated record keeping system (TIRKS) connected to the SONET for collecting status data in a raw format. A computer system retrieves the raw format status data from TIRKS and provides the data in a simple graphical user interface to a user. The interface includes several menus from which the user may specify specific components of the SONET, and a graphical output for providing a graphical representation of the SONET. The graphical output illustrates each node and link and interactively provides more detailed information about any user selected link or node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Chuxin Chen, Ralph Gnauck, George T. Noll
  • Patent number: 7450695
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing a call are disclosed. Generally a stored indication of a user's language preference is accessed in response to receipt of a call initiated by the user. The call is then routed to a location based on the stored indication of the user's language preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas F. Reynolds, Jeffrey L. Scruggs
  • Patent number: 7433456
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for a user to monitor and/or override a forwarded call. Typically, the forwarded call was initially an incoming call from a caller to the user and thereafter forwarded to a remote service system, such as a remote messaging system. The system and method determine a redirecting number from which the incoming call was forwarded. The system and method then initiates a second call to the user and a voice path is established connecting the forwarded call to the second call. Thereafter, the user is notified, for example, with a distinct ring at the user's telephone, of the option that the user may monitor and override the forwarded call. The system and method can also execute procedures to actuate the options elected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Lisheng Huang, Jeffery Paul Johnson
  • Patent number: 7415502
    Abstract: A message, which is to be routed to one of a plurality of authorized parties comprising a first authorized party and a second authorized party, is received by a routing system. A Web service is polled to detect for a presence of the first authorized party. After determining that the presence of the first authorized party remains undetected over an allocated time interval, the Web service is polled to detect for a presence of the second authorized party. In response to detecting the presence of the second authorized party, the message is routed to an active communication device associated with the second authorized party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Claire Svetlana Vishik, Sreenivasa Rao Gorti, Paul Van Vleck
  • Patent number: 7415007
    Abstract: A Call Alerting and Control System is provided in a communication environment to allow an Internet user (“user”) approximately real-time monitoring of information about an incoming call from a calling party while maintaining a connection with the Internet. The monitored information can include the calling party's name and telephone number. The system could also allow the user to provide an answering machine-type message to the calling party and the user to listen to the calling party's response to the message while still connected to the Internet. The system can further allow the user to reroute, answer or otherwise treat the incoming call while, at the user's discretion, either maintaining or disconnecting a connection to the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Lisheng Huang
  • Patent number: 7372954
    Abstract: A system and method for numbering plan area (NPA) split processing is disclosed. In one implementation, a query is received during a permissive dialing period. The query comprises a destination location that is associated with a first NPA. It is determined whether a first call processing record identifies a service that is NPA sensitive. The first call processing record is associated with a destination location that is undergoing a NPA split. The first call processing record is identified by the destination location and the destination location is associated with a first NPA. A second call processing record is then used for processing in place of the first call processing record when the first call processing record identifies a service that is NPA sensitive. The second call processing record is associated with the destination location that is undergoing an NPA split. The second call processing record is identified by the destination location and the destination location is associated with a second NPA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Robert Stroud, Rick Anthony Cherye, Laura Kay Culli
  • Patent number: 7346130
    Abstract: A desired signal and at least one interfering signal are joint demodulated with a Viterbi equalizer having an adaptive total number of states. The total number of states is based on channel impulse response (CIR) coefficients associated with the desired signal and the at least one interfering signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Kobylinski, David Randall Wolter
  • Patent number: 7286656
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the invention, a method for displaying information is provided. The method includes providing an identity information section, a product information section, and a notes section. The method also includes identifying a plurality of categories of transaction information associated with the particular one of the customers. The method also includes displaying, on a same single layout, the identity information section, the product information section, the notes section, a plurality of tabs identifying the respective categories of transaction information, and the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: D. Alexis Castro, Kurt A. Ensminger, Holly C. Fisher, Mimi Gizoni, Carolyn M. Jones, Kurt M. Joseph, Ann G. Lakin, Gail A. Malaret, Hector Martinez, Elizabeth Mattingly, Justine X. Moore, David Schaefers, Sheri Schalk, Traci N. Tyus, Edward Votoupal, Carole A. Weidhuner, Kevin S. Wilkerson, Tammy L. Winter-Patterson
  • Patent number: 7272222
    Abstract: A method and system for automating customer slamming and cramming complaints includes an automated reporting system having one or more receiving devices and a complaint module. Customers who want to report a slam or cram access the automated reporting system and report the complaint without having to speak with a customer service representative. The complaint module obtains the customer telephone number and retrieves customer account information using the customer telephone number. Using the customer account information, the complaint module extrapolates a type of complaint for the customer complaint and prompts the customer for information regarding the customer complaint and the type of the complaint. The customer provides customer responses to the prompts and the complaint module provides an indication to the customer regarding each customer response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt M. Joseph, Robert R. Bushey, Benjamin A. Knott, John M. Martin
  • Patent number: 7272645
    Abstract: A method of improving the reliability of peer-to-peer network downloads includes the steps of initiating a search from a client on a peer-to-peer network (152). Next, a list of servers is downloaded that satisfies the search (154). At least one of the servers is selected from the list of servers (156). Next, one of a plurality of downloading systems is selected based on a predetermined criteria (158). A file is downloaded using one of the plurality of downloading systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick Robert Chang, Sreenivasa Rao Gorti, Jennifer Lynne Joy
  • Patent number: 7251373
    Abstract: A scene of an image sequence is compressed using a number of foveation zones, each foveation zone being weighted based on a probability of a viewer looking at a corresponding portion of the first scene. Another scene of the image sequence is compressed using a different number of foveation zones, each foveation zone being weighted based on a probability of a viewer looking at a corresponding portion of the second scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Ted Kortum, Marc Andrew Sullivan