Patents Examined by Roland G. Foster
  • Patent number: 7106845
    Abstract: Rather than employing simple static personal identification numbers (PINs) that are susceptible to hacking, the disclosed security system provides multiple levels of security that may be selected by a user, based on his or her particular level of sensitivity at any given time or with respect to any given data. One level employs an algorithm that changes values, where the algorithm is known by the user. For example, the algorithm may be a series of digits based on the following: hour of day, day of week, quarter of the year, a.m. or p.m., day of the month, and month of the year. If the user knows the order of such, the user can readily generate the appropriate numeric code corresponding to the current time, and since the time continually changes, the code necessarily changes likewise. Another level sends a random part to a user, such as over their pager or phone, which they append to some user-defined, fixed portion of their PIN, or used in addition to their PIN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: AccessLine Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Oscar Veniaminovich Zhuk, Patrick Allen Stensberg, Jeremy Mark Knight, Frederick Allen Epler
  • Patent number: 7092501
    Abstract: A system and method for providing prepaid dialtone services. The system includes a prepaid dialtone service center having an applications server that maintains a prepaid dialtone subscriber database including subscriber identification and service period information. The applications server is configured to automatically remind subscribers to renew their prepaid dialtone account and communicates with a local exchange carrier to place a hold on, or cancel, an expired subscriber account. The method includes the features of determining and monitoring a service period for a prepaid dialtone subscriber, communicating a reminder to the subscriber prior to expiration of the service period, and communicating with a local exchange carrier servicing the subscriber upon expiration of the service period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: SBC Properties, L.P.
    Inventors: Samuel George Maropis, John Wesley Moss, David D. Brezinski, Mark Joseph Thabit
  • Patent number: 7031439
    Abstract: A computer implemented method of transmitting electronic voice messages including the steps of establishing a caller identity associated with a first telephone connection, recording a first audio clip from the first telephone connection, establishing an email target string, encapsulating the first audio clip, the caller identity and the email target string into a first email attachment, transmitting the first email attachment to a first email account associated with the email target string, broadcasting the first audio clip to a second telephone connection, prompting the second telephone connection for a reply recording, responsive to a record signal, recording a second audio clip from the second telephone connection, encapsulating the second audio clip and the caller identity into a second email attachment, and transmitting the second email attachment to a second email account associated with the caller identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: John Francis Baxter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7012998
    Abstract: A voice messaging platform utilizes resources from remote intelligent peripherals within the network system. The voice messaging platform preferably includes a voice mail module, an internal controller, and an internal storage device. Preferably, the voice mail module allows the voice messaging platform to provide a full feature voice mail system for the users wherein the voice mail module is configured to store incoming messages, play stored messages, play outgoing messages, place outgoing calls, and the like. The internal controller preferably directs the voice messaging platform to detect different types of resources available to the voice messaging platform from the remote intelligent peripherals. Further, the internal controller also directs the voice messaging platform to find addresses corresponding to each of the remote intelligent peripherals within the network system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Avaya Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Connie Blackburn, Joel Brand, Douglas William Varney
  • Patent number: 7006609
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system to generate a unique code for a message and then allows easy and direct access to the content of that specific message. The unique code is transmitted in a message alert, which may be implemented for a variety of media. In particular, according to one embodiment, the present invention provides a method and system for enhanced messaging services incorporating the capability of alerting a message service subscriber to the receipt of high priority messages according to a defined set of filter criteria. The present invention is highly flexible and can be designed to work with any type of electronic message including e-mail, voice mail, facsimile etc. Furthermore, the enhanced messaging services are transparent to the typical messaging services in use today so that subscribers are not required to change messaging services or learn a new system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventors: Jocelyn Cloutier, Allen E. Milewski, David Millen
  • Patent number: 6990185
    Abstract: A distributed features system is disclosed which permits a telecommunication network to accommodate the creation of open multimedia services. It is an object of the present invention to create an architecture that facilitates modularity and compositional service creation. It is another object of the present invention to support multimedia services, e.g. services that include voice, graphics, video and text components. It is another object of the present invention to provide an architecture that is general, flexible, permits third party feature development, and can interact with other networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: AT&T Corp
    Inventors: Pamela Zave, Michael A. Jackson
  • Patent number: 6980798
    Abstract: In an e-mail transmitting method, a radio mobile terminal apparatus and a mobile terminal apparatus are connected to establish a communication channel. Transmission scheduled e-mails produced in the mobile terminal apparatus are automatically transmitted from the mobile terminal apparatus to the radio mobile terminal apparatus through the communication channel once the establishment of the communication channel is detected. The transmission scheduled e-mails received from the mobile terminal apparatus are automatically transmitted from the radio mobile terminal apparatus to a mail server through a base station using it's radio communication function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Toru Kido
  • Patent number: 6973316
    Abstract: A sufficiently great processing gain is obtained by employing a sufficiently long symbol duration for a measuring signal, whereby it is possible to obtain both an increased communicable distance of the measuring signal and a reduced interference amount. Therefore it is possible to detect a position of a mobile station in a base station arrangement providing the efficient use of radio resource for the information communications in the cellular mobile communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadashi Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 6965665
    Abstract: A system and method for voice interaction for location-relevant mobile resource management are disclosed. In one embodiment, a network server transmits a voice message to a voice device at a mobile unit upon detection that the mobile unit is within a predetermined distance of a certain location. Pursuant to another embodiment, the network server receives a voice request for location-relevant information from a user at a mobile unit and transmits responsive location-relevant information to the user as a voice message. The network server may also conduct certain actions responsive to voice requests received from users at mobile units. Users may receive information from the server via voice devices even when not located at a mobile unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: @ Road, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodric C. Fan, James D. Fay
  • Patent number: 6959073
    Abstract: A personal Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system includes a plurality of IVR servers communicating personal IVR service node information in a network and a plurality of personal IVR service node clients coupled to the plurality of IVR servers communicating the personal IVR service node information. The plurality of personal IVR service node clients have a client-server relationship with the plurality of IVR servers. The personal IVR system further includes facilities for managing transmission of the personal IVR service node information using a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: SBC Properties, L.P.
    Inventor: Douglas F. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 6954518
    Abstract: An IP telephony gateway and a voice mail resource enable a voice mail subscriber to place an outgoing call to a destination party from a voice mail session according to the voice over IP (H.323) protocol, and resume the voice mail session upon completion of the outgoing call with the destination party. The IP telephony gateway establishes a voice mail session for the voice mail subscriber with the voice mail resource across a first Real Time Protocol (RTP) data stream. The voice mail resource initiates a second RTP data stream to a destination party in response to reception of a prescribed command from the voice mail subscriber. Although an RTP bridge connecting the first and second RTP data streams can be maintained by the voice mail resource, the voice mail resource may also use the Empty Capability Set feature in the H.323 standard to cause the IP telephony gateway to close the first and second RTP data streams to the voice mail resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David William Geen, Narasimha K. Nayak
  • Patent number: 6954624
    Abstract: A transmitter into which a modulated signal (TX) is fed, the transmitter comprising an adjustable amplifier (1) for adjusting transmission power level, the modulated signal (TX) being fed into to the input of the amplifier (1), an amplification branch (11) arranged after the adjustable amplifier (1) on the signal path, the amplification branch comprising a power amplifier (3) for further amplifying the transmission power level, and at least one filter (27, 28) arranged after the power amplifier (3) on the signal path for filtering the frequency band to be transmitted. The transmitter further comprises an antenna (9) after the amplification branch (11) on the signal path for transmitting signals. The transmitted is characterized by a bypass branch (10) which operatively couples the output of the adjustable amplifier (1) and the antenna (9) and is used for bypassing the amplification branch (11) and connecting signals to be transmitted at low transmission power levels directly to the antenna (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Nokia Mobile Phones Ltd.
    Inventor: Miikka Hämäläinen
  • Patent number: RE47792
    Abstract: A digital broadcast system including a broadcast receiving system and data processing method are disclosed. In the broadcast receiving system receiving broadcast signals, the broadcast receiving system includes a transmission parameter decoding unit, a known sequence detector, and a burst controller. The transmission parameter decoding unit detects information on a burst of a received signal from broadcast data having main service data and mobile service data multiplexed therein within a field of the received signal and outputs the detected information on the burst. The known sequence detector receives burst information from the transmission parameter decoding unit and uses the received burst information and known data position information included in the received data, so as to output burst control information. The burst controller uses the burst control information to control power supply of the broadcast receiving system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jong Moon Kim, In Hwan Choi, Kook Yeon Kwak, Byoung Gill Kim, Won Gyu Song, Jin Woo Kim, Hyoung Gon Lee
  • Patent number: RE48569
    Abstract: A gateway (103) determines whether or not voice information collected by a sound collecting device (102) needs to be subjected to voice recognition by a server apparatus (101), and only voice information that is determined to need to be subjected to voice recognition by the server apparatus (101) is transmitted by the gateway (103) to the server apparatus (101). The server apparatus (101) recognizes the received voice information, decides a control instruction, and transmits the control instruction to a household electrical appliance (104) via the gateway (103).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Toshihisa Nakano, Motoji Ohmori, Takako Hirose, Masayuki Kozuka
  • Patent number: RE48821
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for protecting network resources, particularly in association with automatic provisioning of new client devices. A global PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) scheme is rooted at a globally available server. Roots of PKIs for individual organizations also reside at this server or another globally available resource. To enable access to an organization's network, one or more authenticators are deployed, which may be co-located with access points or other network components. After a client device enabler (CDE) and an authenticator perform mutual authentication with certificates issued within the global PKI, the CDE is used to provision a new client device for the organization. After the client is provisioned, it and an authenticator use certificates issued within the per-organization PKI to allow the client access to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Ted T. Kuo, Li-Jen Wang, Bo-chieh Yang, Simon E. M. Barber, Diana K. Smetters, Jeffrey D. Abramowitz, Andrea Peiro
  • Patent number: RE48934
    Abstract: A system and method to determine a location of a device in a wireless local area network (LAN) based on positioning assistance data acquired from a server is disclosed. The host-offload wireless LAN device may determine a location based on the location computations done inside the wireless LAN module. The device includes a storage medium configured to provide a database of positioning assistance data, a wireless LAN module configured to receive beacon signals broadcast from one or more access points, and a processor configured to store the access point identification information and the signal strength detected by the wireless LAN module in a first memory section, access the previously-stored positioning assistance data from the storage medium, assemble positioning assistance data based on a comparison, store the assembled positioning assistance data in a second memory section, and determine a location of wireless LAN device using assembled positioning assistance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Marvell Asia Pte, Ltd.
    Inventors: Bochih Liu, Zhike Jia, Yuan Ren, Jing Yu, Jian Chen, Xing Zhao
  • Patent number: RE48952
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a recording medium controller includes a recording medium, an input module, a reading module, and a writing module. The recording medium includes a write area and an escape area. The write area includes track groups. Each of the track groups is a unit for writing data and includes tracks. The input module receives a write command for data. The reading module reads data stored in the escape area and data from a first track group of the track groups. The writing module writes data received for the write command to the escape area, and writes merged data obtained by merging the data read from the escape area and the data read from the first track group to each track of a second track group of the track groups by using a shingle recording technique in which adjacent tracks are partly overlapped with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Tatsuya Haga, Hideaki Tanaka, Tatsuo Nitta, Tadashi Hongawa, Takahiro Shinbori
  • Patent number: RE48953
    Abstract: A hypothetical reference decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Sachin G. Deshpande
  • Patent number: RE49000
    Abstract: A ten-frequency band antenna includes a carrier, a high-frequency segment, a low-frequency segment, a printed circuit board (PCB) and an inductor. The high-frequency segment is arranged on left side of the carrier and the low-frequency segment is arranged on right side of the carrier. The radiator on the bottom face of the carrier electrically connects with the micro strip of the PCB and the ground line of the ground metal when the carrier is fixed to the PCB. The low-frequency segment is located at an opened area and corresponding to a metal face with smaller area such that the low-frequency segment is at a free space to enhance the frequency response of the low-frequency segment and the bandwidth of the high-frequency segment. The area and the volume of blind hole on the carrier can adjust the effective dielectric constant to adjust the resonant frequency and bandwidth of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: TAOGLAS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: Tsai Yi Yang
  • Patent number: RE49054
    Abstract: A telecommunications addressing system/method allowing selection of a telephone instrument device (TID) using arbitrary identifiers is disclosed. The system/method allows a source TID (STD) to select a target TID (TTD) by the use of a Target Telephone Identifier (TTI) data string rather than a traditional numeric telephone identification (NTI). This TTI is then indexed within a TTI/NTI mapping server (TMS) that functions as a hierarchical repository of TTI/NTI mappings. STD/TTD communication is established by first performing a lookup of the STD-selected TTI within the TMS to identify the NTI of the TTD. Once the NTI of the STD has been identified by the TMS, communication between the STD and TTD is established using the NTI via the normal public switched telephone network (PSTN). TMS TTI lookup may be performed via STD TID web application and/or via PSTN infrastructure interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Maqsood A. Thange