Patents by Inventor Douglas R. Jones

Douglas R. Jones has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20240193348
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for manually and programmatically remediating websites to thereby facilitate website navigation by people with diverse abilities. For example, an administrator portal is provided for simplified, form-based creation and deployment of remediation code, and a machine learning system is utilized to create and suggest remediations based on past remediation history. Voice command systems and portable document format (PDF) remediation techniques are also provided for improving the accessibility of such websites.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2023
    Publication date: June 13, 2024
    Inventors: Sean D. Bradley, Mark D. Baker, Jeffrey O. Jones, Kenny P. Hefner, Adam Finkelstein, Douglas J. Gilormo, Taylor R. Bodnar, David C. Pinckney, Charlie E. Blevins, Helena Laymon, Trevor C. Jones, Damien M. Carrillo
  • Publication number: 20240145612
    Abstract: A waveguide assembly integrated with a semiconductor wafer is provided. The waveguide assembly includes a waveguide channel defined by internal walls of the wafer lined with a metallic layer, and having at least one port for transmission of the RF signal into or out of the waveguide channel. The waveguide assembly also includes a semiconductor obstacle member disposed in the waveguide channel. The waveguide assembly may be fabricated using etching and deposition processes for semiconductor devices. In use, selectively varying either one or both of frequency or power level of electromagnetic radiation applied to the obstacle member varies electrical conductance of the obstacle member, and thereby varies the electrical impedance of the obstacle member to transmission of the RF signal through the waveguide channel. The waveguide assembly may be used for switching, attenuating, routing, filtering, and transforming the RF signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2023
    Publication date: May 2, 2024
    Applicants: Purdue Research Foundation, The Governors of the University of Alberta
    Inventors: Thomas R. Jones, Dimitrios Peroulis, Alden N. Fisher, Douglas W. Barlage
  • Patent number: 9531870
    Abstract: A method is provided for providing customized ring-back tones to callers on a wireline network such as a public switched telephone network having an advanced intelligent network or a VoIP network. When a call request is received from a calling party to connect to a called party through a wireline telephone network it is determined if the calling party is identified in a screening list for the called party. If so, then a customized audible ring-back tone is played to the calling party until the called party is connected to the calling party or until the call request is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Haley, Douglas R. Jones, John H. Wurster, Susan M. Middleswarth
  • Patent number: 9198202
    Abstract: A device obtains a geographic position of a mobile telephone. The device retrieves geographic locations associated with multiple different civic addresses from memory, and determines if the geographic position is within a certain proximity of one of the geographic locations. The device retrieves a civic address of the multiple different civic addresses, that is associated with the one of the geographic locations, from the memory for use in identifying the civic address at which the mobile telephone is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas R. Jones
  • Publication number: 20140341084
    Abstract: A method is provided for providing customized ring-back tones to callers on a wireline network such as a public switched telephone network having an advanced intelligent network or a VoIP network. When a call request is received from a calling party to connect to a called party through a wireline telephone network it is determined if the calling party is identified in a screening list for the called party. If so, then a customized audible ring-back tone is played to the calling party until the called party is connected to the calling party or until the call request is terminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: James E. Haley, Douglas R. Jones, John H. Wurster, Susan M. Middleswarth
  • Patent number: 8755375
    Abstract: A method is provided for providing customized ring-back tones to callers on a wireline network such as a public switched telephone network having an advanced intelligent network or a VoIP network. When a call request is received from a calling party to connect to a called party through a wireline telephone network it is determined if the calling party is identified in a screening list for the called party. If so, then a customized audible ring-back tone is played to the calling party until the called party is connected to the calling party or until the call request is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: James E. Haley, Douglas R. Jones, John H. Wurster, Susan M. Middleswarth
  • Patent number: 8705722
    Abstract: A system may receive configuration information relating to forwarding of communications in a network from a first endpoint to other endpoints. Presence information may also be received for the endpoints. The presence information may include proximity information indicating whether pairs of the endpoints are in physical proximity to one another. The system may forward communications destined for a first of the plurality of endpoints to a second of the plurality of endpoints based on the configuration information and the presence information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Piotr Boni, Douglas R. Jones
  • Publication number: 20120155623
    Abstract: A method is provided for providing customized ring-back tones to callers on a wireline network such as a public switched telephone network having an advanced intelligent network or a VoIP network. When a call request is received from a calling party to connect to a called party through a wireline telephone network it is determined if the calling party is identified in a screening list for the called party. If so, then a customized audible ring-back tone is played to the calling party until the called party is connected to the calling party or until the call request is terminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: James E. Haley, Douglas R. Jones, John H. Wurster, Susan M. Middleswarth
  • Patent number: 8126126
    Abstract: A method is provided for providing customized ring-back tones to callers on a wireline network such as a public switched telephone network having an advanced intelligent network or a VoIP network. When a call request is received from a calling party to connect to a called party through a wireline telephone network it is determined if the calling party is identified in a screening list for the called party. If so, then a customized audible ring-back tone is played to the calling party until the called party is connected to the calling party or until the call request is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: James E. Haley, Douglas R. Jones, John H. Wurster, Susan M. Middleswarth
  • Publication number: 20110287737
    Abstract: A device obtains a geographic position of a mobile telephone. The device retrieves geographic locations associated with multiple different civic addresses from memory, and determines if the geographic position is within a certain proximity of one of the geographic locations. The device retrieves a civic address of the multiple different civic addresses, that is associated with the one of the geographic locations, from the memory for use in identifying the civic address at which the mobile telephone is located.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventor: Douglas R. Jones
  • Publication number: 20100158221
    Abstract: PSTN functionality is enhanced by the addition of an external service bridging device (ESBD) between one or more devices, e.g., signal switching points (SSPs), and a service control point (SCP). The ESBD serves as a coupling device to one or more control devices, e.g., other SCPs or IP servers, in addition to the SCP. To support the passing of messages between the SS7 network and the control devices, the ESBD includes message reformatting capabilities. The ESBD monitors for messages directed to SCPs and/or replies to messages directed to an SCP. In response to detecting a message the ESBD checks to determine if the detected message is to be processed or simply forwarded to the SCP. Messages to be processed are intercepted, duplicated, modified, replaced, broadcast, redirected, etc. Replies to broadcast query messages are detected and processed so that a single reply, in the format of an SCP response, is returned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: VERIZON SERVICES CORP.
    Inventors: William D. Goodman, Douglas R. Jones
  • Patent number: 7734031
    Abstract: A service control point (SCP) (140) associated with a public-switched telephone network (PSTN) (110) includes a service logic module (210-N+1) and a network interface (215). The service logic module (210-N+1) enables the service control point (SCP) (140) to establish a connection with an Internet Protocol (IP) application server (120) via a transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP) network (105). The network interface (215) communicates via the connection to integrate telephony services between the PSTN (110) and the TCP/IP network (105).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: William David Goodman, James Edward Haley, Douglas R. Jones, Michael Alan Weintraub
  • Publication number: 20100110927
    Abstract: In one of many possible embodiments, a system includes a monitoring portal configured to receive state information descriptive of usage of a plurality of communication services provided on a plurality of communication networks of different types and to make the state information available to a subscriber of the plurality of communication services, in substantially real time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventors: Gregory W. Cermak, Robert A. Virzi, Rebecca S. Burd, Edward M. Eggerl, Gregory K. Evans, Douglas R. Jones, William E. Garrett, William D. Goodman, Allison D. Jaynes, Margaret Malagon, Robert E. Opaluch, Timothy W. Schmidt, James F. Sorce, Michael A. Weintraub
  • Patent number: 7702091
    Abstract: PSTN functionality is enhanced by the addition of an external service bridging device (ESBD) between one or more devices, e.g., signal switching points (SSPs), and a service control point (SCP). The ESBD serves as a coupling device to one or more control devices, e.g., other SCPs or IP servers, in addition to the SCP. To support the passing of messages between the SS7 network and the control devices, the ESBD includes message reformatting capabilities. The ESBD monitors for messages directed to SCPs and/or replies to messages directed to an SCP. In response to detecting a message the ESBD checks to determine if the detected message is to be processed or simply forwarded to the SCP. Messages to be processed are intercepted, duplicated, modified, replaced, broadcast, redirected, etc. Replies to broadcast query messages are detected and processed so that a single reply, in the format of an SCP response, is returned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: William D. Goodman, Douglas R. Jones
  • Patent number: 7664083
    Abstract: In one of many possible embodiments, a system includes a monitoring portal configured to receive state information descriptive of usage of a plurality of communication services provided on a plurality of communication networks of different types and to make the state information available to a subscriber of the plurality of communication services, in substantially real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Verizon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory W. Cermak, Robert A. Virzi, Rebecca S. Burd, Edward M. Eggerl, Gregory K. Evans, Douglas R. Jones, William E. Garrett, William D. Goodman, Allison D. Jaynes, Margaret Malagon, Robert E. Opaluch, Timothy W. Schmidt, James F. Sorce, Michael A. Weintraub
  • Publication number: 20080292074
    Abstract: A system may receive configuration information relating to forwarding of communications in a network from a first endpoint to other endpoints. Presence information may also be received for the endpoints. The presence information may include proximity information indicating whether pairs of the endpoints are in physical proximity to one another. The system may forward communications destined for a first of the plurality of endpoints to a second of the plurality of endpoints based on the configuration information and the presence information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Applicants: Verizon Services Organization Inc., Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Piotr Boni, Douglas R. Jones
  • Patent number: 7424101
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to methods and systems for making a call. Such methods and systems may request the call using a network, initiate a first leg to a caller device based on the request, initiate a second leg to a receiver device based on the request, connect the first leg and the second leg to make the call, and bill the call to a account associated with the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Verizon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Robbins, James E. Haley, Douglas R. Jones, Arthur Doskow
  • Publication number: 20080063168
    Abstract: A method is provided for providing customized ring-back tones to callers on a wireline network such as a public switched telephone network having an advanced intelligent network or a VoIP network. When a call request is received from a calling party to connect to a called party through a wireline telephone network it is determined if the calling party is identified in a screening list for the called party. If so, then a customized audible ring-back tone is played to the calling party until the called party is connected to the calling party or until the call request is terminated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Applicant: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: James E. Haley, Douglas R. Jones, John H. Wurster, Susan M. Middleswarth
  • Patent number: 7263182
    Abstract: In operational environments where local loop generation equipment is used, communication interruptions between a central office and a customer premises device is minimized by using a dedicated communications link between the local loop generation equipment and the central office. A processing mechanism at the central office determines if, when, and under what circumstances the customer premises device will be notified in response to the activation of local loop generation equipment. This eliminates the need to place local loop generation equipment in series with a communications path that runs between the central office and the customer premises. The central office may provide the dedicated communications link in the form of a telephone line which is equipped to place outgoing local calls, but not equipped to receive incoming calls, and not equipped to place long-distance calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph Allen, Douglas R. Jones, Daniel J. O'Callaghan
  • Patent number: 7251317
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for making a call. In one embodiment, methods and systems may request the call using a network, initiate a first leg to a caller device based on the request, initiate a second leg to a receiver device based on the request, connect the first leg and the second leg to make the call, and bill the call to a account associated with a subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Verizon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Robbins, James E. Haley, Douglas R. Jones, Arthur Doskow