Patents Examined by Allan Hoosain
  • Patent number: 7233787
    Abstract: A data delivery terminal (12) is connected to a delivery server (18) via a radio base station (14) and a cellular phone network (16). A user can input reservation information of content data (music data) by operating an operation panel on the data delivery terminal (12). For example, the reservation information includes a date and time of download and a title name of music data, connection information (DAP-TEL) to an access point (DAP) for a download server (20) and etc. When such the reservation information is input, the data delivery terminal (12) dials the access point in accordance with the date and time included in the reservation information. When a connection state is established, desired music data is transmitted from the download server (20) such that the music data is downloaded to a memory card attached to the data delivery terminal (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Higuchi, Yoshihiro Hori
  • Patent number: 7116765
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enabling a user to create a user-defined map of an Internet document to control how text and links of the Internet document are presented to the user. A user selects and names regions of text or links of an Internet document to create a user-defined map. A user accesses a voice browser which provides an audio representation of the Internet document based on the user-defined map. Prompts assist a user in creating and navigating through the user-defined map. User requests cause an audio representation of the text or links associated with the user-defined map to be played to the user. When selected content associated with the user-defined map is modified then the updated content is provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Intellisync Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Summers, David L. Morton, Chimiao Xu, Darren L. Wesemann
  • Patent number: 7103154
    Abstract: A voice messaging system includes an input device to accept a destination electronic messaging address, a voice-to-text converter to convert or transcribe a received voice message into a converted text message, and a processor to operate an electronic messaging program and to prepare the text message for automatic electronic transmission to the destination electronic messaging address. A method is also provided to convert a voice message into a text message and to transmit the same to a destination electronic messaging address. The method includes inputting a destination electronic messaging address. A received voice message is converted or transcribed into a text message and prepared as a text file. The prepared text file is automatically transmitted to the destination electronic messaging address. A log file including the text of the voice messages may be maintained with updates at a predetermined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventors: Joseph M. Cannon, James A. Johanson
  • Patent number: 7095826
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for providing an enhanced call waiting announcement to a called party that is busy on a first call and receives a second call. Information provided by a second calling party is recorded and played back to the called party after the first call is over. The called party is not interrupted during the duration of the first call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Ameritech Corporation
    Inventors: Susanne Marie Crockett, Karen Jeanne Pelletier, Tricia Ehlers Henry, Roberto Carrion, Mary Louis Hardzinski, Thomas Joseph McBlain
  • Patent number: 7088801
    Abstract: A platform provides access to multiple telecommunications services via a single telephone number. These services may include, for example, voicemail services, facsimile messaging services, paging services, and outbound calling services. A guest caller may call the single phone number to speak to a subscriber, leave a voicemail message for a subscriber, leave a facsimile message for a subscriber, or place a page to a subscriber. A subscriber may call the phone number to place outbound calls. In addition, a subscriber may call the single phone number to retrieve or send facsimile messages and/or voicemail messages. A subscriber may also call the phone number to configure service options. For instance, a subscriber may select routing options and choose what services are available to guest callers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: MCI, Inc.
    Inventors: Karen A. Gross, Thomas J. Galvan, Rupika Chib
  • Patent number: 7068762
    Abstract: A method and system for interfacing a legacy e-mail, voice mail and facsimile system into a unified messaging system. The system includes visual message notification for notifying a user of incoming messages. Visual notification may include a flashing light emitting diode and/or text messages. The text messages may include various characteristics of the waiting messages, such as identification of the sender, subject header, message type, time and date received and a like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: SBC Properties, L.P.
    Inventors: Julia Skladman, Robert J. Thornberry, Jr., Bruce A. Chatterley, Alexander Sio-Kay Ng, Bruce L. Peterson
  • Patent number: 7068761
    Abstract: The present method and system enable a called party to cancel an unwanted call and send a message to the calling party. The method and system are activated in response to a plurality of inputs provided by the called party. In response to the input provided by the called party, a custom or a standard message can be transmitted to the calling party. A confirmation message can also be transmitted to the called party. The method and system can be implemented in conjunction with other systems that are also activated in response to an input from the called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: SBC Properties, L.P.
    Inventors: Teresa Farias Latter, Nancy Ann Book, Mary Louise Hardzinski, James Thomas Maciejewski, Thomas Joseph McBlain, Diana Inara Tiliks, Paul R. Wilczynski
  • Patent number: 7068770
    Abstract: A telephone line status notification system including at least one telephone line having a status, a communications network, at least one communications terminal which is connectable to the communications network and which is employable by a seeking user to communicate via the communications network a status request concerning the status of the at least one telephone line, apparatus for processing the status request the apparatus for processing is connectable to the communications network for receiving the status request from the seeking user therethrough and communicating the request, and apparatus for acquiring the status of the at least one telephone line, the apparatus for acquiring is in communication with the apparatus for processing for receiving the status request therefrom, and the apparatus for acquiring is connectable to the communications network for communicating the status via the communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: ICQ, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Vardi, Arie Vardi, Joseph Vigiser, Yair Goldfinger
  • Patent number: 7065184
    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: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Claire Svetlana Vishik, Sreenivasa Rao Gorti, Paul Van Vleck
  • Patent number: 7054419
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for detecting an answering machine for a new voice message delivery method and system. The invention detects the presence of an existing answering machine or voicemail system of a Recipient by listening for talk-over during playback of the message or initial prompts. The method and system will also restart playback of the prompts and/or message if talk-over is detected to ensure that the message is properly recorded on the answering machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Soundbite Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Culliss
  • Patent number: 7047044
    Abstract: A reception weight calculation section 203 calculates reception weights W1 and W2 every antenna using an optimal directional control method in order to improve interference cancellation effect, an arrival direction estimation section 204 estimates a direction of arrive of a received signal for each antenna to calculate steering vectors S1 and S2 for each antenna, and a replica weight calculation section 211 calculates replica weights Wr1 and Wr2 using the reception weights W1, W2 and steering vectors S1, S2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 7046769
    Abstract: An automated, computerized voice message storage and redelivery system and method comprises a computer for executing software commands, a telephone connection operatively connected to the computer for calling and answering a telephone call from a remote location, and signal recognition capability operatively connected to the telephone connection and to the computer for determining if a telephone called from the telephone connection has been answered by a human voice or by a digital voice. Memory is operatively connected to the computer for storing voice messages for remembering the number of each remote telephone, programs for operating the computer for receiving, recording, and redelivery of voice messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Ringminder, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. Merwin, Robert J. van Winkel
  • Patent number: 7042988
    Abstract: The present invention can be used to facilitate the integration of wireless capability provided by wireless access points into an enterprise computer network. A gateway server is interposed between wireless access points and protected networks to provide security and integration functions, for example, authentication, access control, link privacy, link integrity, and bandwidth metering in various embodiments. Use of such a gateway server allows substantial control to be gained over network access even with the use of relatively simple access points. In general, such a gateway server receives a request to access the protected network. An authentication subsystem of the gateway server authenticates the user, preferably by accessing an external authentication server and returns a role to the authenticated user. An access controller in the gateway server provides differential access to the protected network based on the user's assigned role.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Bluesocket, Inc.
    Inventors: David Juitt, Philip Bates, Thomas Christoffel, Geoffrey Crawshaw, David Crosbie
  • Patent number: 7039165
    Abstract: A system and method for personalizing an interactive voice broadcast of a voice service, including information derived from on-line analytical processing (OLAP) systems is disclosed. The system and method include a call server for receiving incoming telephone calls, an identification module for identifying callers, and a personalization module for determining information about the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: MicroStrategy Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael J. Saylor, Frederick Richards, III, Steven S Trundle, Mark J. Rolincik, Douglas F. Gardner
  • Patent number: 7035383
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for addressing and broadcasting a message to recipients having both telephone network-based receiving devices and data network-based receiving devices. The apparatus includes a message router that translates the broadcast message into individual messages that are addressed to each message recipient in a format, e.g., voice, text, email, fax, pager, compatible with each message recipient's receiving device. The individual messages are transmitted by a data network server over a data network. Individual messages designated for recipients having receiving devices addressable by the data network are delivered directly over the data network to the receiving devices. Individual messages designated for recipients having receiving devices addressable by the telephone network are delivered over the data network first to a telephone network server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen C. O'Neal
  • Patent number: 7035624
    Abstract: The object is to provide a communication system enabling a server to obtain a grasp of the behavior of users on a communications network even when communication is performed between users on the communications network without going through the server. A communication apparatus 31 has a user information module containing user attribute information indicating an attribute of a user 41. When the communication apparatus 31 communicates with a communication apparatus 33, the communication apparatus 31 sends user attribute information of the user 41 to the communication apparatus 32 and receives and holds user attribute information of a user 42 from a communication apparatus 32, and the communication apparatus 31 sends said held user attribute information of the user 42 to a management apparatus 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hirotoshi Maegawa
  • Patent number: 7031441
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for supporting on-demand connectivity for network applications is disclosed. Specifically, the present invention discloses a method and apparatus for remotely triggering a connection from a first device to a network. Additionally, a method and apparatus for coordinating application connections is also disclosed. The method comprises the steps of establishing application connections on-demand and managing the application connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Edwards, Dan D. Kogan, David B. Andersen, Dale Boss, David Chouinard, Kevin Hazzard, John W. Richardson
  • Patent number: 7031442
    Abstract: A client-server telephone call router system as part of a customer premises system has a client-server router adapted to execute on a telephony switch, such as a public branch exchange (PBX) or other telephony switch, or on a processor connected by CTI link to a telephony switch. The telephony switch or processor executing the router is connected to a local area network (LAN) that also interconnects computer workstations proximate to telephones connected to the telephony switch. Client user interface applications run on the computer workstations, allowing clients to edit routing rules for the router, which has a list of routing rules keyed to users and workstations of the customer premises system. The editing rules are kept by the router in portions dedicated to individual users. With this system a user can edit at a workstation on the LAN his\her own routing rules, and transmit the edits to the client-server router where the rules will be followed to route calls for that user and protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Igor Neyman, Michail Barskiy, Alec Miloslavsky, Oleg Bondarenko, Valeriy Issayev, Andrei Petrov, Paul Karpenko, Alex Smelik, Alexander Volguin, Yuri Ostapchuk, Boris Livshits, Hamid Dadgar
  • Patent number: 7027568
    Abstract: A server in a network gathers textual information, such as news items, E-mail and the like. From that information, the server develops or identifies messages for use by individual subscribers. The same server that accumulates the text messages or another server in the network converts the textual information in each message to a sequence of speech synthesizer instructions. The converted messages, containing the sequences of speech synthesizer instructions, are transmitted to each identified subscriber's terminal device. A synthesizer in the terminal generates an audio waveform signal, representing the speech information, in response to the instructions. In the preferred embodiment, the terminals utilize concatenative type speech synthesizers, each of which has an associated vocabulary of stored fundamental sound samples. The instructions identify the sound samples, in order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: David Simpson, James E. Curry, Alexander I. McAllister
  • Patent number: 7027576
    Abstract: A method of screening incoming telephone calls and programming screening options and apparatus that allows incoming calls to be screened according to various criteria programmed by a subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Ameritech Corporation
    Inventors: Eileen Cecilia Schwab, Gayle Roberta Ekstrom, Gisele A Marcus, Edward Alan Ossello