Patents Examined by Maria El-Zoobi
  • Patent number: 10321093
    Abstract: A videoconferencing device that determines a spatial arrangement of the video streams output at a first endpoint based on a number of display devices being utilized at the first endpoint and a number of cameras being utilized at each of the one or more additional endpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Duckworth, Anat Levy, Jesse Coleman
  • Patent number: 10304459
    Abstract: A method may include establishing a communication session with a remote device over a network. After establishing the communication session with the remote device, the method may include obtaining remote audio from the remote device that is provided by the remote device as part of the communication session. The method may also include directing the remote audio received from the remote device to a local device participating in the communication session and to a remote transcription system and obtaining transcript data from the remote transcription system based on the remote audio. The transcript data may include a transcription of the remote audio. The method may further include directing the transcript data to a television for presentation of the transcription of the remote audio by the television such that the transcription of the remote audio is presented substantially aligned with presentation of the remote audio by the local device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Sorenson IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Holm, Jasper C. Pan
  • Patent number: 10298882
    Abstract: A device, system and method for embedded video chat is provided. A device renders, at a display device, a text-based application that includes a region for rendering an embeddable video chat application. The device retrieves, using a communication interface, from a server, the embeddable video chat application associated with an identifier. The device embeds the embeddable video chat application in the region of the display device. The device identifies, using the embeddable video chat application as retrieved from the server, a remote instance of the embeddable video chat application also identified using the identifier. The device initiates a video communication session with the remote instance of the embeddable video chat application using the display device and the camera device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BUILDSCALE, INC.
    Inventors: Devon Bruce Galloway, Chris Landry, Jivan Rabindra Ramsahai, Tyler James Campaigne
  • Patent number: 10298878
    Abstract: A communication terminal, a method of communication, and a computer-readable non-transitory recording medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute the method. The communication terminal and the method includes outputting terminal identification information identifying a communication terminal, receiving external terminal identification information identifying an external communication terminal, the external terminal identification information being sent from the external communication terminal through a communication management system to a destination address of the communication terminal indicated by the terminal identification information, and transmitting, when requesting to start communication with a counterpart communication terminal, the received external terminal identification information to the communication management system, instead of the terminal identification information of the communication terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Homma, Takashi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10284814
    Abstract: A transmission management system for managing a session transmitting content data via a relay apparatus, includes a service management unit configured to manage service management information including service identification information identifying service content to be provided to each of transmission terminals, and service content corresponding to the service identification information; a first acquisition unit configured to acquire the service identification information for the transmission terminal participating in the session; a second acquisition unit configured to acquire terminal capacity information indicating service content available for the transmission terminal; an extraction unit configured to extract the service content available for the transmission terminal, based on service content corresponding to the acquired service identification information and service content corresponding to the acquired terminal capacity information; and a determination unit configured to determine service content of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Horiuchi, Takahiro Asai
  • Patent number: 10277865
    Abstract: A data transmission method is performed at a data transmission system, including: receiving, by a transit device, audio/video data sent by a target client terminal that is in a target communication channel and has an audio/video upstream authority; forwarding, by the transit device, the audio/video data to a broadcast proxy device in the target communication channel, the broadcast proxy device being connected to at least one second client terminal that is in the target communication channel and does not have an audio/video upstream authority; and forwarding, by the broadcast proxy device, the audio/video data to each second client terminal in a corresponding downstream transmission mode according to network quality information of the second client terminal, the network quality information of each second client terminal being collected by the broadcast proxy device in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Di Xue
  • Patent number: 10277864
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically correcting an image orientation in mobile terminal video communication by calculating a first angle of deflection between a first mobile terminal and a second mobile terminal, calculating a second angle of deflection for rotating a first image displayed on the first mobile terminal, and a third angle of deflection for rotating a second image displayed on the second mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: HUIZHOU TCL MOBILE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dongjing Qi, Guokuan Fang
  • Patent number: 10271011
    Abstract: A method for sending media information by a first terminal in a multimedia communication system is provided. The method includes generating scene configuration information that includes information regarding at least one medium of multiple media, and sending the scene configuration information to a second terminal, wherein the information regarding the at least one medium includes at least one of information indicating whether to allow reproduction of the at least one medium in the second terminal, resource information used to reproduce the at least one medium, position information used to reproduce the at least one medium on a screen, and reproduction time information for the at least one medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., University-Industry Cooperation Group of Kyung Hee University
    Inventors: Young-Sun Ryu, Kyuheon Kim, Minwoo Jo, Jae-Yeon Song, Sung-Ryeul Rhyu, Gwang-Hoon Park, Doug-Young Suh
  • Patent number: 10271012
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and techniques for security and/or automation systems are described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving a call initiation instruction at a video monitoring component of a home automation system. The method may further include analyzing the call initiation instruction, and communicating a call request from the video monitoring component of the home automation system to a first remote user based at least in part on the received call initiation instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mahar, Matthew J. Eyring, Clint Huson Gordon-Carroll, Jeremy Bruce Warren, James Ellis Nye, Jefferson Huhta Lyman, Michael D. Child, Michelle Zundel
  • Patent number: 10264210
    Abstract: A video processing apparatus includes a camera to continuously capture an image of an object to acquire video data, a memory, and circuitry to identify, from among a plurality of users appearing in the video data, a user who is speaking at a point in time when the video data is acquired as a currently-speaking user, store, in the memory, speech history information that associates, for each point in time when the video data is acquired during at least a predetermined time period, the currently-speaking user with time information indicating the point in time when the video data is acquired, and based on the speech history information, identify a first user currently speaking and a second user who is to be displayed enlarged together with the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Akihito Aiba
  • Patent number: 10264121
    Abstract: A method of prioritizing emergency calls received at a public safety answering point (PSAP) management system, New emergency calls can be placed on hold and added to a call queue. An audio emergency description message can be recorded from the caller while the emergency call is on hold, and a transcript of the audio emergency description message can be generated using automatic speech recognition. The transcript can be displayed to users in a dashboard while the emergency call is on hold, and a priority level of the emergency call can be adjusted within the call queue based on the transcript, such that urgent emergency calls can be prioritized and answered before less urgent emergency calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Ravikiran Reddy
  • Patent number: 10255885
    Abstract: A method is disclosed and in one embodiment includes presenting to a user a display layout associated with a video conferencing session, the display layout comprising a plurality of images of participants in the video conferencing session, wherein each of the participants is assigned to a layout category; accumulating gaze tracking information indicative of an amount of time the user has spent looking at the image of a first one of the participants relative to the images of other ones of the participants; assigning a measure of interest (“MOI”) to the first one of the participants based on the accumulated gaze tracking information; determining whether the assigned MOI meets a first threshold value; if the assigned MOI meets the first threshold value, updating the layout category to which the first one of the participants is assigned; and updating the display layout using the updated layout category to which the first one of the participants is assigned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10254384
    Abstract: A method of operating a communications device to maintain a position fix of the communications device includes obtaining a position fix using a position determination capability of the device, such as a global positioning system capability. The method further includes emitting a first acoustic signal, and recording a baseline acoustic signature in response to the emission of the first acoustic signal. The method further includes emitting an additional acoustic signal and recording an additional acoustic signature resulting from the emission of the additional acoustic signal, comparing the baseline acoustic signature with the additional acoustic signature, and estimating, based at least in part on the comparison of the baseline and additional acoustic signatures, whether the communications device has moved between the recordings of the baseline and additional acoustic signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: GreatCall, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Luscher, Joel Stair, Jasen Cotton, Gavin Sermona, Luis Sanchez, John Arrizza
  • Patent number: 10250847
    Abstract: A video endpoint and related methods are disclosed. A video endpoint includes a control circuit configured to provide a user interface configured to enable a user to communicate with another user of another video endpoint with text during video communications with the other user. The user interface is also configured to enable the user to select from text strings stored in a database. A method of operating the video endpoint includes transmitting data corresponding to a selected one of the text strings stored in the database to the other video endpoint during the video communications responsive to the user selecting the selected one of the text strings. A method of transforming a computing device into a video endpoint includes storing computer-readable instructions directed to performing the functions of the control circuit on one or more servers, and transmitting the computer-readable instructions to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: SORENSON IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Brett Thelin, Tara Lalor, Jeremiah Long, Cameron Dadgari, Kevin Selman, Lane Walters, Kurt Eilander, David Frye
  • Patent number: 10250850
    Abstract: A private conversation request is received from a first communication apparatus, and a region of fixed range based on the position of a first user is set as a first conversation-listening area. Based on a position management database, a second communication apparatus positioned inside the first conversation-listening area from among one or a plurality of second communication apparatus is detected as a first evacuation communication apparatus, and an evacuation order causing the first evacuation communication apparatus to be evacuated from the first conversation-listening area is transmitted to the first evacuation communication apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuri Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 10244112
    Abstract: A network function operable in a communication network, in which the network function is configured to receive a call setup request from an emergency service to set up a call between the emergency service and a user terminal, the received call setup request comprising a called party identifier. The network function determines whether the called party identifier is of a first type or of a second, different type, wherein the first type of called party identifier comprises a dialable number temporarily associated with the user terminal for use in receiving a call from the emergency service. In response to determining that the called party identifier is of the first type, the network function transmits priority indication data to a further network function in the communication network in order to cause the further network function to prioritize handling of the call between the emergency service and the user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Metaswitch Networks Ltd.
    Inventors: Jorge Cañas, Richard Hewitt
  • Patent number: 10231057
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a universal speaker that efficiently transmits kinetic energy that has been converted from electrical energy of an audio signal to one or more diaphragms, and enables both healthy individuals and the hard of hearing to comfortably hear as a result of higher-volume and sharp emitted-sound. [Solution] This universal speaker (10) is provided at least with a diaphragm (1) having a planar shape, a driver unit (2) for causing the diaphragm to vibrate in accordance with an inputted electrical signal, and an enclosure (3) with a hollow structure for accommodating the diaphragm and the driver unit. The enclosure has an opening (39) at one surface, and the driver unit abuts against an end edge of the diaphragm so as to drive in the same direction as the plane direction of the diaphragm and is also fixedly mounted onto the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sound Fun Corporation
    Inventors: Kazunori Sato, Nobuhiro Miyahara, Kentaro Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10230842
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are disclosed for automatically connecting to a relay service and establish a captioning communication session during a call between a hearing-impaired user and a far-end user. The apparatus includes communication elements configured to receive captions from a relay service, and a processor configured to automatically connect to the relay service and establish a captioning communication session during a call responsive to a determination that a connection to the relay service failed during a time in which the hearing-impaired user desired captions to be enabled. A method includes determining captions are desired by the hearing-impaired user at a first time to be enabled for display to the communication device during a call, detecting a failed connection to the relay service at a second time, and automatically connecting with the relay service and establishing a new captioning communication session at a third time during the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sorenson IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Chevrier, Michael S. Stimpson
  • Patent number: 10225402
    Abstract: In one of its aspects the technology disclosed herein concerns an Internet Protocol (IP) telephony communication system (20) comprising a location server (150(13)) and a call server (52). The location server (150(13)) is configured to obtain a first virtual identifier associated with a first telephony visit associated with a customer account to a first physical location and to obtain a second virtual identifier associated with a second telephony visit associated with the customer account to a second physical location. The location server (150(13)) is configured to obtain the first virtual identifier and the second virtual identifier in coordination with an emergency answering service (58).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Vonage Business Inc.
    Inventors: Baruch Sterman, Stephen Hudek, Bryan Stokes
  • Patent number: 10225517
    Abstract: A communication management system includes: a storage unit configured to store destination information of a first communication terminal that establishes a first session with a relay device that relays communication data, destination information of a conversion system that performs mutual conversion between communication schemes of communication data transmitted from the first communication terminal and a second communication terminal and establishes a second session with the relay device, and destination information of the second communication terminal that establishes a third session with the conversion system; a receiving unit configured to receive start request information to start communication between the communication terminals from the first communication terminal; an extracting unit configured to extract destination information of each communication terminal and the conversion system stored in the storage unit, based on the received start request information; and a transmitting unit configured to tra
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Takahiro Asai