Patents Examined by Binh Tieu
  • Patent number: 10002607
    Abstract: Example apparatus and methods concern establishing context for a phone call. A computing device is controlled to display content and applications that are relevant for the call during the call. A party on the call is identified using data received from a phone used by the party. The relevant content and the relevant application are identified using actions (e.g., purchase to make, call to make) and intentions (e.g., family matter, business matter) identified in text provided in a text-based transcript of the call. The text-based transcript is provided in real time by a natural language processing (NLP) service during the call. The devices are controlled to selectively present the relevant content and the relevant application to make the call more automated and more productive. A to-do list is automatically generated based on the intentions, the actions, and on subject matter or content discussed or accessed during the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gautam Deora, Vikas Verma, Saumya Chandra, Manoj Lalavat, Sonia Singh, Badhri Ravikumar, Anushree Bansal, Snehita Peddi
  • Patent number: 9843677
    Abstract: A Data Entry Confirmation System (DECS) is provided whereby a user with a communication device capable of communicating with the DECS is able to perform a pre-dialing operation based on contact information inputted onto the communication device and transmitted by said communication device to the DECS. Thus, the DECS is able to perform a reverse caller ID operation allowing a user to confirm identity of the party the user wishes to call prior to actually calling the party. The DECS uses the input contact information to retrieve corresponding contact information from one or more databases with which it is in communication and transmit said output contact information to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: C21 Patents, LLC
    Inventor: Kent Srikanth Charugundla
  • Patent number: 9832372
    Abstract: Aspects of present disclosure relates to a dynamic videotelephony system. In certain embodiments, dynamic videotelephony system includes a first dynamic videotelephony device for a first user group, and a second dynamic videotelephony device for a second user group, and a network connecting these two dynamic videotelephony devices for a dynamic video conference between the two user groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Jerry L. Conway, Sr., Ming Jiang
  • Patent number: 9819797
    Abstract: An indication of an incoming call may be received at a call control unit communicatively coupled to, and/or resident within, a telephone. The indication may include identification information for the incoming call. It may be determined whether additional information regarding a caller associated with the identification information exists, and if so, a first operation may be performed on the incoming call responsively to the additional information, otherwise, a second operation may be performed on the incoming call responsively to an absence of the additional information. The additional information my include a user-configurable list of desired callers (e.g., a whitelist) and/or undesired callers (e.g., a blacklist). The additional information may also include caller identification information and/or a spam score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Benjamin Sharpe
  • Patent number: 9800834
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for detecting interaction between two or more participants in a meeting, which includes capturing at least one three-dimensional stream of data on the two or more participants; extracting a time-series of skeletal data from the at least one three-dimensional stream of data on the two or more participants; classifying the time-series of skeletal data for each of the two or more participants based on a plurality of body position classifiers; and calculating an engagement score for each of the two or more participants. In addition, a method is disclosed for improving a group interaction in a meeting, which includes calculating, for each of the two or more participants, an individual engagement state based on attitudes of the participant, wherein the individual engagement state is an engagement state of the participant to the meeting including an engaged state and a disengaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Maria Frank, Ghassem Tofighi, Nandita Nayak, Haisong Gu
  • Patent number: 9787944
    Abstract: A transmission terminal transmits video data and display data of a screen shared with another transmission terminal to the other transmission terminal via a predetermined relay apparatus. The transmission terminal includes a storage unit that stores relay apparatus information of the relay apparatus to which the transmission terminal transmits the video data; a receive unit that receives the display data from an external input apparatus connected to the transmission terminal; and a transmitting unit that transmits the display data received by the receive unit to the relay apparatus indicated by the relay apparatus information stored in the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Tanaka, Alain Volmat, Masaki Nakagawa, Takahiro Asai
  • Patent number: 9781254
    Abstract: A system, computer readable medium, and method are provided for training a serial communication link to perform crosstalk cancellation. The method includes the steps of, for each crosstalk channel of one or more crosstalk channels, transmitting a training sequence over a crosstalk channel, estimating a phase offset associated with the crosstalk channel, and selecting a set of symbol response coefficients. The method further includes steps for configuring the serial communication link to perform crosstalk cancellation utilizing the selected set of symbol response coefficients and, for each crosstalk channel, updating the selected set of symbol response coefficients every number of Baud durations corresponding to the crosstalk channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Kofi Dankwa Anim-Appiah
  • Patent number: 9780778
    Abstract: An RF switch circuit and method for switching RF signals that may be fabricated using common integrated circuit materials such as silicon, particularly using insulating substrate technologies. The RF switch includes switching and shunting transistor groupings to alternatively couple RF input signals to a common RF node, each controlled by a switching control voltage (SW) or its inverse (SW_), which are approximately symmetrical about ground. The transistor groupings each comprise one or more insulating gate FET transistors connected together in a “stacked” series channel configuration, which increases the breakdown voltage across the series connected transistors and improves RF switch compression. A fully integrated RF switch is described including control logic and a negative voltage generator with the RF switch elements. In one embodiment, the fully integrated RF switch includes an oscillator, a charge pump, CMOS logic circuitry, level-shifting and voltage divider circuits, and an RF buffer circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Mark L. Burgener, James S. Cable
  • Patent number: 9774726
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting and preventing PSTN fraud and abuse in real time includes a detection engine and a call management engine. The system includes at least one user record, at least one call data record, at least one fraud score record, and at least one remediation record. A call management engine enables users to establish VoIP calls connections to destination phone numbers. A fraud detection engine screens VoIP call connections to detect potential fraud and generates fraud records and remediation records when potential fraud is detected. The fraud detection engine may additionally direct the call management to terminate a VoIP call connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Joshua Jenkins, Srividya Mohan, Dave Lickorish, Balinder Malhi, David Racz, Jacek Korycki, Manuel Ocampo
  • Patent number: 9774823
    Abstract: A video communication system that includes a computer readable medium and a processor, coupled with a wide angle and high resolution digital camera and the computer readable medium. The processor causes the wide angle and high resolution digital camera to acquire a digital image of a local participant during a video communication session. The processor extracts a first image of a first set of objects and a second image of a second set of objects from the digital image and provides the extracted first and second images to a remote endpoint for display to another participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Gadnir, Tamar Barzuza
  • Patent number: 9762728
    Abstract: Embodiments include a system, method, and computer program product that authenticates a caller using calling party information. In an embodiment, an authentication device receives the call request and associated calling party information that includes a calling party number. The authentication device retrieves parameters associated with the calling party number, where a retrieved parameter is a number of accounts linked to the calling party number. The authentication device determines whether the number of accounts is between one and a threshold value, inclusive, and verifies that the call request originates from a location or a device associated with the calling party number. Based on the verifying and determining, the authentication device generates an authentication result that indicates whether the calling party number is authenticated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: TrustID, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Michael Cox, Shreyas Dattatraya Saitawdekar, Richard J. Greene, Daniel V. Stone
  • Patent number: 9756286
    Abstract: An established communication event is conducted between existing participants by transmitting and receiving video streams via a communication network between their user devices. A user interface of a new participant is controlled to operate in a late-to-join mode initially if that participant satisfies a late-to-join condition. In response to expiry of an initial duration, the user interface automatically switches to an active speaker mode instead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Thomas Faulkner
  • Patent number: 9756178
    Abstract: A crosstalk processing method, an apparatus, and a system comprise a transceiver of a line that generates, respectively according to pilot sequences allocated by a vectoring control entity, pilot training signals that are within different spectral ranges and that satisfy a preset relationship with a pilot training signal of another line such that a receiver of the line can determine sample errors respectively according to the different pilot training signals. A vectoring control entity then determines crosstalk channel coefficients from the other line into an inband spectrum and an out-of-band spectrum of the line, and performs precoding processing on a to-be-sent data signal of the line to eliminate impact of crosstalk from the other line to the inband and out-of-band spectrums of the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Jianping Tu, Zhong Pan
  • Patent number: 9749471
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for distributing phone calls includes the steps of receiving an inquiry from an individual having caller identification information, determining a call time to call the individual, generating a text message in response to receiving the inquiry, where the text message includes the call time and service provider information and the service provider information includes a service provider telephone number, automatically transmitting the text message to the individual from the service provider prior to the call time, and automatically initiating a phone call to the individual at the call time from the service provider telephone number. A system and computer-readable medium are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph Charlson
  • Patent number: 9749584
    Abstract: A video conferencing system conducting a videoconference comprising a computing device comprising a processor that, upon receiving input to mute the videoconference from a first participant of the videoconference creates a looping video and displays the looping video to a number of participants of the videoconference and converts detected speech of a number of participants of the videoconference into text and displays the text on a monitor of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Juan Martinez, Chi So, James McClellan
  • Patent number: 9742910
    Abstract: Inbound call processing systems and methods for processing inbound calls to controlled-environment facility resident media and/or communications devices employ an inbound resident call server configured to host inbound calling accounts established by non-residents, receive inbound calls from the non-residents, route the inbound calls to an authenticating server, confirm that the resident device is active, and connect the inbound resident call system with the resident device if active or inform the non-resident the resident is not available if not. The inbound resident call server also connects the non-resident inbound call with the resident device if the non-resident is associated with the inbound calling account, the inbound calling account is associated with an address identifier of the resident device and the resident's personal identification number is associated with the address identifier of the resident device, all of which may be authenticated by the authenticating server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Keiser, Scott Passe, Krishna Balantrapu
  • Patent number: 9742906
    Abstract: A method, system, computer program product, and a device for testing are provided. In some implementations, a method includes the steps of (i) conducting a line test on a line of a line card that is not connected to a subscriber line; (ii) comparing the result of the test with a predetermined result; and (iii) determining a defect of the test hardware if the result deviates from the predetermined result. Furthermore, a device and a communication system comprising said device are suggested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Adtran GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Deutscher, Tim Eickelberg, Nils Asmussen
  • Patent number: 9729727
    Abstract: A method and corresponding apparatus for automatically detecting and preventing fraudulent calls on a communication network. At least one example embodiment may include collecting CDRs on the communication network for a given time period, aggregating the plurality of call features for each of the collected call detail records by destination number, and utilizing machine learning to generate a decision model for determining if a destination number and/or a call to that destination number may be fraudulent. According to another aspect of the example embodiment, the decision model may be implemented on the communication network to detect and prevent fraudulent calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: iBasis, Inc.
    Inventor: Shuping Zhang
  • Patent number: 9729601
    Abstract: Various of the disclosed embodiments present systems and methods for improving improve audio and video quality in a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) connection including that includes both audio and video. Particularly, different audio and video codecs may be used and parameters assigned based upon the context in which the communication occurs. For example, audio quality may take precedence to video quality when discussing a matter in a chatroom. Conversely, video quality may take precedence to audio quality when playing a collaborative video game. VP9 may be used to encode video while a combination of ISAC and SPEEX may be used to encode audio. Bandwidth determinations for each channel may also influence the respective codec selections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Parama Jyothi Reddappagari, Christopher David Vander Mey
  • Patent number: 9723134
    Abstract: A system, method and non-transitory computer readable storage medium comprising instructions that when read by a processor perform receiving a telephony connection request at a location in a telephony network, the location separated from an intended recipient of the telephony connection request by a target telephony network, determining addressing information regarding the intended recipient, the addressing information including at least routing information or a phone number, determining a status characteristic of the intended recipient based on the addressing information, based on the status characteristic, and determining whether the intended recipient would successfully receive the telephony connection request if the telephony connection request was forwarded to the intended recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas L. Davis