Patents Examined by Hector Agdeppa
  • Patent number: 7130393
    Abstract: An illustrative intelligent network and method for providing voice telephony over ATM and closed user groups are provided that can provide significant advantages. A method for providing a closed user group service to authorize VToA calls includes determining the closed user group identifiers for a calling party, determining the closed user group identifiers for a called party, locating a common closed user group identifier that is common to the calling party and the called party, analyzing the privileges of the calling party in the common closed user group to determine if the calling party can make calls to other users of the common closed user group, and analyzing the privileges of the called party in the common closed user group to determine if the called party can receive calls from other users of the common closed user group. An illustrative intelligent network and data structure to provide closed user group services is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: MCI, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Glenn Hall, Jr., Steven R. Donovan
  • Patent number: 7130407
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for processing a call establishment request in a telecommunication system comprising a plurality of exchanges communicating with each other, and in which method: a first exchange receives a call establishment request for establishing a call, data associated with the call establishment request is analysed, and the call is routed on the basis of the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Nokia Networks Oy
    Inventor: Tero Pesonen
  • Patent number: 7068776
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically completing long distance, international and local telephone calls using a preselected discount telephone service. A R.A.T. sensor array monitors a telephone line for activity. When the dialing of an outgoing call is detected, a central processing unit, in conjunction with a DTMF decoder, determines whether the call being made is a discount call by detecting whether predetermined positioned digit(s) is a predetermined number or set of numbers. If the number dialed is a discount call, the DTMF generator dials a predetermined prefix and/or access code resulting in completion of the call at a discounted rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Oliver W. Gamble
  • Patent number: 7065201
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a customer call routing menu employing an interactive voice response system (IVR) to process a call in a customer service center. The menu messages are provided in terms of customer tasks to be performed, rather than in terms of corporate units. Further, the menu messages are arranged and played to the caller in the order of the most frequently requested tasks and include terminology commonly used by customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignees: SBC Technology Resources, Inc., SBC Services, Inc., Pacific Bell Telephone
    Inventors: Robert R. Bushey, Yanira Marbella Bowen, Ruth Elaine Lawrence, John Mills Martin, Denise Quackenbush, Rachel Beth Simon
  • Patent number: 7062237
    Abstract: A circuit for regulating the power provided to a load connected to an output of a power amplifier. The circuit includes an amplitude detector that outputs a voltage corresponding to the amplitude of the signal outputted by the power amplifier. This output voltage is a function of the impedance of the load. Thus, when the impedance of the load changes, the output voltage also changes. Given a constant current into the load, it is the load impedance that determines the power delivered to the load. Therefore, because the output voltage reflects changes in the impedance of the load, the output voltage can be used by a regulator circuit to maintain a constant output power, regardless of changes in the impedance of the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Per-Olof Brandt
  • Patent number: 7050564
    Abstract: A communication system is disclosed that generates call progress tones for a call. The communication system is comprised of a calling device and an originating system. Examples of the calling device include a telephone, a cellular phone, a computer, and a fax machine. To place a call, the calling device transmits set up messages to the originating system. The originating system transmits set up messages to a terminating system to set up the call. The originating system receives acknowledgment message from the terminating system in response to the set up messages. The originating system generates a call progress message and transmits the call progress message to the calling device. The calling device generates a call progress tone based on the call progress message and plays audible sounds that represent the call progress tone. By having the calling device generate the call progress tones, the originating system is advantageously available for other communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Dean C. Boldt
  • Patent number: 7046786
    Abstract: A method including receiving a call connection request message having a prefix number and determining a corresponding IP address based on the prefix number. Then, assigning a label based on the corresponding IP address. Further, routing the call connection request message based on the label. An apparatus implementing the method described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Liesenberg
  • Patent number: 7046781
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system, implemented within a private branch exchange (PBX) telephone system, which cancels or modifies a PBX feature for a telecommunication endpoint, based on activity associated with the telecommunication endpoint. The system comprises a feature/application module for executing the PBX feature. The system also comprises a line monitor for monitoring the activity associated with the telecommunication endpoint and can cancel or modify execution of the PBX feature for the telecommunication endpoint based on activity sensed by the line monitor. The present invention also provides a method for implementing the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Gayle Moss, Debbie Pinard
  • Patent number: 7039173
    Abstract: A method of managing includes the performance of intelligent network services and an intelligent network, which includes a number of service control points and at least one service switching point, which includes triggering data of one or more intelligent network services, which include the address data of the service control point to which the intelligent network service request made to start the intelligent network service in question is sent, the intelligent network being arranged to control the performance of intelligent network services requested by the at least one service switching point in the control points by changing, if necessary, the address data of the control point in which the intelligent network service is to be performed into the triggering data of one or more intelligent network services included in the service switching point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Heikki Tuunanen
  • Patent number: 7039175
    Abstract: A PSTN (Public Switching Telephone Network) device includes a Dynamically Configurable Signaling State Machine (DCSSM). The DCSSM can be programmed to recognize multiple signaling templates. The DCSSM can also be programmed to modify existing recognized standardized signaling templates. Programming is accomplished via a configuration interface. Commands are sent to the DCRSSM via the PSTN device's configuration interface. When the trunk controller receives a signal or is required to transmit a signal, the DCSSM executes the directives configured with the programmed signaling templates within a signaling state machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Foltak, Edward Groenendaal
  • Patent number: 7006620
    Abstract: A system and method of routing both caller-paid and toll-free telephone calls includes a local exchange network and an interexchange network in communication with a call routing processor. The call routing processor receives status information on at least two call service centers and provides routing instructions to both the interexchange and local exchange networks. The method includes the steps of a call controller in a local exchange network communicating with a call routing processor also in communication with an interexchange network, the call controller identifying calls to call service centers and requesting instructions from the call routing processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: SBC Properties, L.P.
    Inventors: Gayle Roberta Ekstrom, Robert Francis Manning
  • Patent number: 7003085
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remotely diagnosing, trouble shooting, and/or programming an end user telephone by a customer service representative using a telephone and modem system in communication with the user's telephone and modem system during a live telephone call between the customer service representative and the user are disclosed. The method for the user to obtain assistance from the customer service representative for the user system generally comprises initiating a telephone call to the representative, transmitting data signals containing information relating to the user system to the customer service system, speaking with the customer service representative, and receiving data signals that includes a command to control a remotely controllable feature of the user system from the customer service system, wherein the user and customer representative systems selectively alternate between data signal transmissions and voice signal transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: David Glenn Lashley, Robert L. Doss, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6993118
    Abstract: A telecommunication system for accessing personal information relating to a caller having a home network and being engaged in a call with a call taker in a remote network distal from the home network includes: (a) an internetwork communication system coupling a plurality of networks that includes the home network and the remote network; (b) an information store coupled with the internetwork communication system for receiving information contributions from the plurality of networks; and (c) an identification device for introducing identification information into the internetwork communication system. The identification device identifies the caller to the information store for use when responding to an inquiry by the call taker to provide the personal information to the call taker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Intrado Inc.
    Inventors: James T. Antonucci, Brian Glen Barnier
  • Patent number: 6992510
    Abstract: A multiplier circuit has an analog multiplier with two signal inputs. A respective switching device is connected to each one of the two signal inputs of the analog multiplier for periodically reversing the polarity of the input voltages. A clock signal that can be fed to the switching devices has a changeover frequency that is preferably greater than or equal to twice the useful signal frequency. This suppresses offset-governed crosstalk of the input signals to the output of the analog multiplier. This principle can also be employed in quadricorrelators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Elmar Wagner
  • Patent number: 6980639
    Abstract: An INAP processing method for communication between a SSP and TCAP. When an INAP message is sent from the INAP of the SSP to the TCAP, a TC component to be transmitted is generated, an invoke ID and dialogue ID are allocated to the generated TC component, and a TC primitive corresponding to the state of an allocated dialogue is created and encoded, to be sent to the TCAP through the TCAP interface block. When the INAP of the SSP receives an INAP message from the TCAP, the received INAP message is decoded based on the type thereof and a corresponding SCP relationship object is found using the dialogue ID included in the decoded INAP message. When the IC component and IC primitive are contained in the decoded message, the IC primitive is executed first and then the IC component is processed. When a corresponding call has been processed, the found SCP relationship object is deleted, finishing the dialogue with the SCP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jae-Han Park
  • Patent number: 6970547
    Abstract: A communications system for general business environments that exploits knowledge of user state to provide advantages of efficiency and control for individual users and for the business. The communications system also provides particular advantages in environments where users have multiple communication devices and for communications of a business with external parties. In other aspects, the communication system provides features of application flexibility and system fault-tolerance with broad applicability to communication systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: OnState Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne Andrews, Jerry Gechter
  • Patent number: 6970551
    Abstract: A method for uniquely identifying calls having the same originating number and dialed number, and network components adapted to carry out that method. A Parking Manager receives a Park Request that includes the originating number, the dialed number, and a Network Call ID (Identification). The Parking Manager accesses a pool of Dialed Number Identification System (DNIS) override digits associated with the dialed number and returns these digits with the response to the Park Request. The originating number and DNIS override digits uniquely identify the call, and are combined with the destination number, and the combination is flagged as pending in the Parking Manager. The DNIS override digits are received by an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system that uses a many-to-one mapping to identify the dialed number and complete the call, and returns a call arrival signal to the Parking Manager including a PPID generated by the Voice Response system to Parking Manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: MCI, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Neal Costrell, Frances Delia Evance Taylor
  • Patent number: 6965669
    Abstract: In a call center with automatic answering, the availability of an agent is verified in order to prevent open connections when the agent unexpectedly leaves his or her station and fails to give proper notice. Verification may be provided by sensing speech activity of the agent when greeting a calling party or in response to an incoming-call signal. In other embodiments, verification may be provided by checking an audio device allocated to the agent, for example checking whether the agent is wearing his or her headset, or whether the headset is operably connected to the call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John Holden Bickford, Christopher Ryan Groves, Kevin James Muterspaugh
  • Patent number: 6952572
    Abstract: An image rejection mixer includes first and second mixers, a phase shift circuit and a summer. The first mixer receives an RF input signal and a first local oscillator (LO) signal and generates a first intermediate frequency (IF) output signal. The second mixer receives the RF input signal and a second LO signal and generates a second IF output signal. The first LO signal is a phase lag signal (sin ?lot) and the second LO signal is a phase lead signal (?cos ?lot), where ?lot is a frequency signal generated by a local oscillator. The phase shift circuit is connected between the summer and the first mixer, receives the first IF output signal and generates a phase lag signal. The phase shift circuit causes the phase lag signal to lag the first IF output signal by about 90 degrees. The summer is connected to the phase shift circuit and the second mixer, receives the second IF output signal and the phase lag signal, and generates a combined IF output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Ka Hung Derek Wong, Ten Voon Wong
  • Patent number: 6944279
    Abstract: Individuals and groups of individuals, such as corporations, are provided access to one or more private directories. The private directories can be edited by an administrator. Access to the private directories may be limited by administrators of the private directories. Access to private directories is provided via a connection to directory assistance providers. Directory service providers are capable of facilitating the administration of the private directories as well as connecting users of private directories to contacts in the private directories. Access to the private directory may be obtained via an internet connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Metro One Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Elsey, Michael A. Kepler, Michael Essex, John S. Stafford