Patents Assigned to Verizon Services Corp.
  • Patent number: 8699874
    Abstract: A mechanism for adjusting or shutting off an optical signal within a network system is provided. The system may include a generating element for providing an optical signal and a bi-directional coupler for transmitting the optical signal to downstream components and fiber links and for transmitting a reflected optical signal based on the reflection characteristics of the downstream components to a converter element. The converter element converts the reflected optical signal to an electrical trigger signal that is used by a processing element to monitor the degradation or operational conditions within the network system. Based on the electrical trigger signal the processing element may adjust or shut off the optical signal at the generating element or at another element within the network system or another network system. The processing element may also send a communication signal to other elements or an operator to indicate unacceptable noise within the network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: Dimitrios S. Kokkinos
  • Patent number: 8695028
    Abstract: Access to media content is restricted. A message may be sent to a remote computer requesting access to the media content, wherein the message is based at least in part on user input. A response to the message may be received from the remote computer. It may be determined whether to provide access to the media content based on the response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: Shawn Strickland
  • Patent number: 8677415
    Abstract: A subscriber to a video service generally has available to them an on-screen program guide. The program guide lists programming (e.g., TV shows) that are available to the subscriber for a certain upcoming time period. The programming guide may sort the listings by channel and time, areas of interest, age appropriateness and/or MPAA or TV rating, free or additional cost, etc. In an embodiment, the programming guide includes an ability to make a selection to see which TV shows are recommended by reviewers. Such reviewers may be individuals or panels or institutions to which some credibility may be attached—a trusted source. After selecting a reviewer, the subscriber is made aware of the programs recommended by the selected reviewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Joel Stephen Angiolillo, Jordan Kanarek
  • Publication number: 20140029740
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for providing a low cost mechanism for remotely rerouting queries in a telecommunications network. A service control point (SCP) executes an application which causes a queries to be launched over a LAN or WAN to a remotely located data center. The system contains a primary and secondary data center, in which the secondary data center operations on a ‘hot-standby’ basis. Based on a manually provided indication, maintenance personnel may telephone and interact with a voice response unit or a web-based interface, which indicates that the SCP or SCP application should route queries to the secondary data center. Similarly, the same mechanism can be used to indicate that queries should be re-routed back to the primary data center. This allows remote management for controlling the queries without having to extensively modify the related infrastructure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: VERIZON SERVICES CORP.
    Inventors: Susan M. Middleswarth, Jeffrey R. Evans, John H. Wurster
  • Patent number: 8611521
    Abstract: An exemplary method and system are described for providing an easy to use interface for establishing multi-media audio conference calls involving a leader and a plurality of participants. A web-based interface can be used by the leader for establishing, controlling, and providing information associated with the call. Participants can also access the web-site for receiving information associated with the call and receiving status information regarding the conference call. In one embodiment, an address organizer can be used to select participants by the leader and schedule an audio conference call with the recipients having the opportunity to accept, decline, or indicate an alternative telephone number at which they can be reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Raul Aldrey, Diego Crespo, Aravind Perumandia, Gaurav Kumar, Shamik Basu
  • Patent number: 8584174
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to preferred embodiments enable a subscriber to participate in fantasy league competitions with other subscribers of the service, and to view other broadcasts simultaneously with fantasy league data on one or more televisions. A service provider enables the creation of a fantasy league related to real activities. One or more teams are associated with the fantasy league and players are then assigned to each of the created teams. In one embodiment, the teams are configured via a television interface and a remote control. Fantasy league data is tracked for each team based on participation of the team's assigned players in the real activities. Television broadcasts are then displayed simultaneously with fantasy league data on the television, a service that is not possible or practical in conventional television systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignees: Verizon Services Corp., Verizon Laboratories Inc., Verizon Services Organization Inc.
    Inventors: Christina Lynn Fyock, Joel S. Angiolillo, David A. Philbin, Michael R. Flynn, Maitreyi Krishnaswamy, Brian McDonald
  • Patent number: 8583439
    Abstract: Improved methods of presenting speech prompts to a user as part of an automated system that employs speech recognition or other voice input are described. The invention improves the user interface by providing in combination with at least one user prompt seeking a voice response, an enhanced user keyword prompt intended to facilitate the user selecting a keyword to speak in response to the user prompt. The enhanced keyword prompts may be the same words as those a user can speak as a reply to the user prompt but presented using a different audio presentation method, e.g., speech rate, audio level, or speaker voice, than used for the user prompt. In some cases, the user keyword prompts are different words from the expected user response keywords, or portions of words, e.g., truncated versions of keywords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: James Mark Kondziela
  • Patent number: 8553681
    Abstract: A system and method for providing telephone type services over the internetwork commonly known as the Internet. Public switched telephone networks utilizing program controlled switching systems are arranged in an architecture with the Internet to provide a methodology for facilitating telephone use of the Internet by customers on an impromptu basis. Provision is made to permit a caller to set-up and carry out a telephone call over the Internet from telephone station to telephone station without access to computer equipment, without the necessity of maintaining a subscription to any Internet service, and without the requiring Internet literacy or knowledge. Calls may be made on an inter or intra LATA, region or state, nationwide or worldwide basis. Billing may be implemented on a per call, timed, time and distance or other basis. Usage may be made of common channel interoffice signaling to set up the call and establish the necessary Internet connections and addressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Patrick E. White, Robert D. Farris
  • Patent number: 8553853
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for providing a low cost mechanism for remotely re-routing queries in a telecommunications network. A service control point (SCP) executes an application which causes a queries to be launched over a LAN or WAN to a remotely located data center. A primary and secondary data center are defined, in which the secondary data center operations on a ‘hot-standby’ basis. Based on a manually provided indication, maintenance personnel may telephone and interact with a voice response unit or a web-based interface, which indicates that the SCP or SCP application should route queries to the secondary data center. Similarly, the same mechanism can be used to indicate that queries should be re-routed back to the primary data center. This allows remote management for controlling the queries without having to extensively modify the related infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Susan M. Middleswarth, Jeffrey R. Evans, John H. Wurster
  • Publication number: 20130244707
    Abstract: A method and a system for sending a ring setting reminder to one or more mobile devices within a predetermined area are provided. The ring setting reminder may be a reminder signal sent to cell phones and other mobile devices within a movie theater complex or other predetermined area to remind the users of the mobile devices to silence the ringers of the mobile devices before the start of the movie or other event. The identification of the mobile devices may occur at the predetermined area or through a wireless communication network. The wireless communication network may be configured to identify the predetermined area within the wireless communication network, identify one or more of the mobile devices located within the predetermined area, and send the reminder signal to correspond with the start of an event at the predetermined area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: Sanjay Kumar UDANI
  • Patent number: 8520701
    Abstract: A SIP-based network architecture is defined allowing a variety of access methods for interfacing QSIG-based signaling devices. The QSIG-based signaling devices are typically enterprise-based PBXs that either interface directly via QSIG, or adapt QSIG signaling to related signaling protocols via gateways, which can be customer premise or network based. The gateways can either interwork QSIG signaling or tunnel QSIG signaling over H.323, SIP, or other protocols. Upon reaching the SIP-based network, Session Border Controllers process the signaling. The Session Border Controllers terminate the tunnel (if used) and extracts the QSIG signaling for interworking to SIP, thereby facilitating a homogeneous SIP-based core network. In addition to interworking QSIG signaling, the Session Border Controllers perform other signaling related functions for the SIP-based network that are performed at a point as near as possible to the network's edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: Naseem A. Khan
  • Patent number: 8509095
    Abstract: Testing of Internet-Protocol packet network perimeter protection devices, e.g., Border Gateways such as Session Border Controllers, including dynamic pinhole capable firewalls are discussed. Analysis and testing of these network perimeter protection devices is performed to evaluate the ability of such device to perform at carrier class levels while being subjected to many different protocol test cases. The efficiency of state look table functions as well as call signaling processing capacity, implemented in a particular perimeter protection device, are determined and evaluated. Proper performance and efficiency of such perimeter protection devices are evaluated as a function of: incoming call rate, total pre-existing active calls, and different protocol test cases. Various different network perimeter protection devices, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: Gaston S. Ormazabal
  • Patent number: 8509554
    Abstract: In one of many possible embodiments, a system for optimizing bit utilization in data encoding is provided. The exemplary system includes a data processing subsystem configured to identify a total number of unique characters within a set of data, which number represents an original base of representation of the set of data. The data processing subsystem is further configured to convert the set of data to a base of representation that is higher than the original base of representation and then encode the base-converted data with a fixed-length encoding scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Palmer, Richard Wyatt
  • Patent number: 8510217
    Abstract: A pre-paid card, referred to as an Internet card, in accordance with the invention can be used to make anonymous payments over the Internet for services and products, e.g., to pay for Internet access and/or product purchases. The Card is purchased, e.g., with cash, from a card retailer, e.g., a convenience store. In some embodiments the card includes security information which is hidden from the retailer but can be viewed by the purchaser, e.g., after performing a tear off or scratch off operation to reveal the security information. The security information can be used to authorize a transaction to be charged against the card without the need to reveal any personal information and without the risk of the retailer making unauthorized purchases since the security information is hidden from the retailer. By avoiding the need for personal information privacy is maintained and the risk of identity theft avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: John J. Serowatka
  • Patent number: 8498389
    Abstract: There is provided a system for facilitating a conference call. The system includes a module to generate a real-time voiceprint from a voice input of a participant in the conference call, and a module to provide information indicative of the participant based on the real-time voiceprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: William Charles Gormley Ortel
  • Patent number: 8498386
    Abstract: A message is received that a call has been made to a destination. It is determined that the destination is not available. A menu of options is provided for receiving content while the destination is not available. A selection of one of the menu options is received. Content is provided according to the selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: James H. Yoo, Chieh-Chien Lin
  • Patent number: 8488761
    Abstract: A call log associated with outgoing calls originating from calling devices may be established and maintained. Filter parameters may be set to specify which outgoing calls to log. Outgoing call information associated with calls originating from a user's calling devices may be obtained and transmitted to a service center. A server in the service center may determine whether or not to log the outgoing call information based on the filter settings. The outgoing call information may be stored in the call log, which may reside in a database in the service center. The user may access the call log from a user terminal and/or the calling devices. The call log may be used to add contacts to a contact list and facilitate data analyses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignees: Verizon Data Services LLC, Verizon Services Corp., Telesector Resources Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig L. Reding, John R. Reformato, Mahesh Rajagopalan, Shadman Zafar, John Wurster
  • Patent number: 8478669
    Abstract: In one of many possible embodiments, a system is provided for modeling telecommunication switch investments. The exemplary system includes a telecommunication switch modeling application configured to determine equipment quantities having capacity to satisfy switch design parameters descriptive of at least one model telecommunication switch, and calculate model investments associated with the equipment quantities. The exemplary system also includes a telecommunication switch investment modeling application configured to weight the model investments in accordance with at least one of a network parameter descriptive of an actual telecommunication switch and a “what-if” input descriptive of a hypothetical telecommunication switch configuration to form weighted investments that are specific to at least one of the actual telecommunication switch and the hypothetical telecommunication switch configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignees: Verizon Services Corp., Verizon Corporate Services Group Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Coates, Robert Colamussi, Louis Botte, Robert T. Johnson, Cesar Davila, Laura Jaquez, Jon Baggett, Vanessa Bell, James Hassenzahl, James Gunther, Nancy Matt, Elvira Djonovic, Michael Joedecke, Esther Fong, Fredrick Miller, Joan Engler, Dennis Adams
  • Patent number: 8452309
    Abstract: A method and a system for sending a ring setting reminder to one or more mobile devices within a predetermined area are provided. The ring setting reminder may be a reminder signal sent to cell phones and other mobile devices within a movie theater complex or other predetermined area to remind the users of the mobile devices to silence the ringers of the mobile devices before the start of the movie or other event. The identification of the mobile devices may occur at the predetermined area or through a wireless communication network. The wireless communication network may be configured to identify the predetermined area within the wireless communication network, identify one or more of the mobile devices located within the predetermined area, and send the reminder signal to correspond with the start of an event at the predetermined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: Sanjay Kumar Udani
  • Patent number: 8434115
    Abstract: An optical network terminal (ONT) is powered via a remote power supply. The remote power supply is connected to a standard customer premises electrical power outlet, providing a power source for power at a first format (e.g., 110 VAC). The remote power supply performs a power transformation to convert the power in the first power format to a second format (e.g., 48 VDC). This allows the powering of the ONT from farther distances, and thus allows for the easier installation of ONTs at customer premises which may not have optimally placed power outlets. A battery backup may also be used (either in parallel or serially), in order to provide availability of communications signals during a public power outage. When the battery backup used serially with the remote power supply, additional distance between the power outlet and the ONT may be accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventor: Stanley Jo Wynman