Patents by Inventor Francisco A. Middleton

Francisco A. Middleton 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).

  • Patent number: 4528424
    Abstract: A circuit for adapting a telephone subscriber line to operate as a multiparty line is described wherein a plurality of conventional single line subscriber subsets are provided telephone service on the subscriber line such that each subscriber has privacy at all stages of call progress. In accordance with another feature of the present invention, frequency selective ringing is not required to prevent ringing from occuring at other subscriber subsets on the multiparty line when a party is called. The circuit of the present invention controls the switching of battery polarity at the central office to connect and disconnect subscribers from the line. The invention further provides automatic telephone number identification when calls are initiated by varying a unique identity tone for billing purposes. The invention also uniquely provides for user transparent reverting calling such that no special dialing procedure is required to make reverting calls and complete privacy is maintained, even on reverting calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1985
    Assignee: International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation
    Inventors: Francisco A. Middleton, Santanu Das, Franklin Hargrave
  • Patent number: 4488287
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a data partitioning technique wherein the PCM speech transmission data field is utilized to contain both digitized speech (for example, from a telephone) and other data (for example, from a data terminal) in the same channel within a frame having a plurality of channels e.g. 32 channels, of information. This enables the speech and data to be combined in a common information field and simultaneously transmitted in the same channel, frame by frame, through a digital switching network to other system users. Also, in accordance with the present invention, system users can individually selectively access a data base system through the switching network, such that the same information can be broadcast from the database system to a plurality of system users, or such that different information can be accessed in the database system by a plurality of system users and simultaneously transmitted to different users in different channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1984
    Assignee: International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas J. R. Carter, Francisco A. Middleton, Santanu Das