Patents by Inventor Joseph Michael Christie

Joseph Michael Christie 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: 8730971
    Abstract: A method of operating a communication signaling processor is disclosed. The method comprises receiving a signaling message for a voice call to a called party, processing the signaling message to transfer a query to a database that is updated when the called party changes locations, receiving a response from the database, and processing the response to select an identifier for a header of a voice communication to route the voice call to the called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Christie
  • Patent number: 7894422
    Abstract: A communication processing system handles a plurality of calls. On a call-by-call basis for each of the calls, the system receives a control message indicating a route identifier for the call, receives a voice band communication for the call, and determines if the voice band communication should be compressed. If the voice band communication should be compressed, the system compresses the voice band communication, adds the route identifier from the control message to the compressed voice band communication, and transfers the compressed voice band communication with the route identifier. If the voice band communication should be not compressed, the system adds the route identifier from the control message to the voice band communication and transfers the voice band communication with the route identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Albert Daniel DuRee, Joseph Michael Christie, Joseph S. Christie, legal representative, Jean M. Christie, legal representative, Mark Sucharczuk
  • Patent number: 7505454
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method, system, and apparatus for providing communication control. The invention includes a method in which signaling is processed externally to a switch before it is applied by the network elements. The processor is able to select network characteristics and signal the network elements based the selections. A network employing the processing method is also included, as well as a signaling system that employs the processing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Christie
  • Patent number: 7471698
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus, system, and method for converting point codes in a signal transfer point in a telecommunications signaling system. The STP converts point codes which designate the origination and destination signaling points for the message. The conversion is based on information defined by the messages, such as origination or destination information. The present invention creates a virtual signaling system which can be reconfigured at the STP by converting point codes, and thus, altering the identities of the signaling points. The present invention is also operable to convert circuit identification codes and transfer integrated services user part messages to a user part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Christie, Albert Daniel Duree, Michael Joseph Gardner, William Lyle Wiley
  • Patent number: 7394894
    Abstract: A signaling processor receives a first signaling message indicating a called telephone number for the call. The signaling processor processes the called telephone number from the first signaling message to determine if call validation is required. If the call validation is not required, then the signaling processor processes the called telephone number to determine routing information without the call validation. If the call validation is required, then the signaling processor determines if the call is valid, and if the call is valid, then the signaling processor processes the called telephone number to determine the routing information. The signaling processor transfers a second signaling message indicating the routing information for the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Christie, Manu Chand Bahl, Albert Daniel Duree, Michael Joseph Gardner, Daniel Charles Sbisa, William Lyle Wiley
  • Publication number: 20080130864
    Abstract: A communication processing system handles a plurality of calls. On a call-by-call basis for each of the calls, the system receives a control message indicating a route identifier for the call, receives a voice band communication for the call, and determines if the voice band communication should be compressed. If the voice band communication should be compressed, the system compresses the voice band communication, adds the route identifier from the control message to the compressed voice band communication, and transfers the compressed voice band communication with the route identifier. If the voice band communication should be not compressed, the system adds the route identifier from the control message to the voice band communication and transfers the voice band communication with the route identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Applicant: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Albert Daniel Duree, Joseph Michael Christie, Joseph S. Christie, Jean M. Christie, Mark Sucharczuk
  • Patent number: 7376131
    Abstract: A communication system receives a signaling message for a voice communication and processes the signaling message to select a route identifier. The system selects a processing technique for the voice communication, such as compression or encryption. The system processes the voice communication with the selected processing technique. The system adds the selected route identifier to the voice communication. The system adds a processing indicator to the voice communication. The system transfers the voice communication with the route identifier and the processing indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Albert Daniel DuRee, Joseph S. Christie, legal representative, Jean M. Christie, legal representative, Mark Sucharczuk, Joseph Michael Christie
  • Patent number: 7336651
    Abstract: The invention is a system for providing virtual connections through an ATM interworking multiplexer on a call-by-call basis. A signaling processor receives signaling for a call and selects the virtual connection for the call. The signaling processor generates new signaling that identifies the selection and transfers the new signaling to the ATM interworking multiplexer that accepted the access connection for the call. The multiplexer converts user information from the access connection into ATM cells for transmission over the virtual connection in accord with the new signaling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Christie
  • Patent number: 7327728
    Abstract: A communication system comprises a signaling processor configured to receive telecommunication signaling for calls, and responsively on a call-by-call basis, select routing information based on the telecommunication signaling and transfer control messages indicating the routing information. The communication system comprises a communication unit configured to receive the control messages and user communications for the calls, and responsively on the call-by-call basis, convert the user communications from a first communication format into a second communication format having headers that include the routing information selected by the signaling processor and transfer the user communications in the second communication format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph S. Christie, legal representative, Jean M. Christie, legal representative, Albert D. Duree, Michael Joseph Gardner, William Lyle Wiley, Manu Chand Bahl, Daniel Charles Sbisa, Joseph Michael Christie, deceased
  • Patent number: 7324534
    Abstract: The invention is a system for interfacing a GR-303 system with a broadband system. The broadband system can be an ATM system. The invention can process the GR-303 signaling to select ATM connections and then interwork the GR-303 connections with the selected ATM connections. The invention can interwork GR-303 signaling and SS7 signaling. The invention can also process SS7 signaling to select GR-303 connections and then interwork ATM connections with the selected GR-303 connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph S. Christie, legal representative, Jean M. Christie, legal representative, Michael Joseph Gardner, Tracy Lee Nelson, William Lyle Wiley, Albert Daniel DuRee, Joseph Michael Christie, deceased
  • Patent number: 7289511
    Abstract: A system and method provide enhanced services for a call that is transported from a communication device through an asynchronous transfer mode system. The call has user communications in asynchronous transfer mode cells and call signaling. A signaling processor receives the call signaling and processes the call signaling to determine a connection to a service platform. The signaling processor transports a processor control message designating the selected connection. An asynchronous transfer mode interworking unit receives the user communications from the communication device and the processor control message from the signaling processor. The asynchronous transfer mode interworking unit converts the user communications from the asynchronous transfer mode cells to a format compatible with the service platform and dynamically transports the user communications to the service platform in real time. The service platform processes the user communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph S. Christie, legal representative, Jean M. Christie, legal representative, Tracy Lee Nelson, Joseph Michael Christie, deceased
  • Patent number: 7286561
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method, system, and apparatus for providing communication control. The invention includes a method in which signaling is processed externally to a switch before it is applied by the network elements. The processor is able to select network characteristics and signal the network elements based the selections. A network employing the processing method is also included, as well as a signaling system that employs the processing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Christie, deceased
  • Patent number: 7239644
    Abstract: The invention is a system for modifying the VPI/VCIs in ATM cells transferred between two ATM systems on a call-by-call basis. A signaling processor receives signaling for the call and selects a new VPI/VCI for the call. The signaling processor generates a control message that identifies the old and new VPI/VCIs and transfers the control message to an ATM gateway. The ATM gateway modifies the old VPI/VCI in the ATM cells to the new VPI/VCI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Christie, deceased, Joseph S. Christie, legal representative, Jean M. Christie, legal representative, Albert Daniel Duree, Michael Joseph Gardner, Tracy Lee Nelson, William Lyle Wiley
  • Patent number: 7203199
    Abstract: A system and method for transporting a call having call signaling and voiceband user communications through an asynchronous transfer mode system identifies when compression, encryption, or another processing option has been applied to the voiceband user communications. A first signaling processor processes the call signaling to identify a selected first connection and a processing option, such as a compression method, to be applied to the voiceband user communications. The first signaling processor transports a control message to a first interworking unit identifying the selected connection and the selected compression method. The first interworking unit compresses the voiceband user communications with the selected compression method, sets a convergence sublayer indicator bit as an indicator in an asynchronous transfer mode cell, fills the cell with the compressed voiceband user communications, and transports the cell over the selected connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Albert Daniel Duree, Jean M. Christie, legal representative, Joseph S. Christie, legal representative, Mark Sucharczuk, Joseph Michael Christie, deceased
  • Patent number: 7106750
    Abstract: A system to interworking a call between a plurality of networks having different formats. The system has a GR-303 system, an integrated services digital network system, a service platform, and an asynchronous transfer mode system. The system has a signaling processor that is adapted to receive the call signaling and to process the call signaling to select a connection to one of the GR-303 system, the integrated services digital network system, the service platform, or the asynchronous transfer mode system. The signaling processor thereby selects the corresponding system on the connection. The signaling processor transports a control message identifying the selected connection. An interworking unit receives the user communications and the control message. The interworking unit converts the user communications from the format in which it was received to the format that is compatible with the selected system. The user communications are then transported on the selected connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph S. Christie, Jean M. Christie, Michael Joseph Gardner, William Lyle Wiley, Albert Daniel DuRee, Tracy Lee Nelson, Joseph Michael Christie
  • Patent number: 7085362
    Abstract: The invention includes a system for processing telecommunications signaling. Signaling for a call is received into a signaling processor. The signaling processor processes the call and generates new signaling incorporating the processing. The new signaling is transferred to network elements as appropriate. The signaling processor is not coupled to a switch matrix and only communicates with the network elements over signaling links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Christie, Manu Chand Bahl, Albert Daniel Duree, Michael Joseph Gardner, Daniel Charles Sbisa, William Lyle Wiley
  • Patent number: 6999463
    Abstract: A communication system is disclosed comprised of a signaling processor and an interworking system. The signaling processor receives a call setup message including a called number, processes the called number to transmit a query, receives a response message responsive to the query that includes number portability information for the called number, processes the number portability information to select an identifier for routing, and transmits a control message that identifies the identifier. The interworking system receives a user communication and the control message, converts the user communication into communications that include the identifier, and transfers the communications that include the identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Christie, deceased, Joseph S. Christie, legal representative, Jean M. Christie, legal representative, Michael Joseph Gardner, Albert Daniel DuRee, William Lyle Wiley, Tracy Lee Nelson
  • Patent number: 6961339
    Abstract: The invention comprises a telecommunications signaling processor that processes Signaling System #7 (SS7) telecommunications signaling messages to select Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) virtual connections and provide control messages indicating the selected ATM virtual connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph S. Christie, Jean M. Christie, William Lyle Wiley, Royal Dean Howell, Joseph Michael Christie
  • Patent number: 6931008
    Abstract: The invention is a system for providing virtual connections through an ATM interworking multiplexer on a call-by-call basis. A signaling processor receives signaling for a call and selects the virtual connection for the call. The signaling processor generates control messages that identify the selection and transfers the control messages to the ATM interworking multiplexer that accepted the access connection for the call. The multiplexer converts user information from the access connection into ATM cells for transmission over the virtual connection in accord with the control messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph S. Christie, Jean M. Christie, Michael Joseph Gardner, Albert Daniel DuRee, William Lyle Wiley, Joseph Michael Christie
  • Publication number: 20040208198
    Abstract: A system to interworking a call between a plurality of networks having different formats. The system has a GR-303 system, an integrated services digital network system, a service platform, and an asynchronous transfer mode system. The system has a signaling processor that is adapted to receive the call signaling and to process the call signaling to select a connection to one of the GR-303 system, the integrated services digital network system, the service platform, or the asynchronous transfer mode system. The signaling processor thereby selects the corresponding system on the connection. The signaling processor transports a control message identifying the selected connection. An interworking unit receives the user communications and the control message. The interworking unit converts the user communications from the format in which it was received to the format that is compatible with the selected system. The user communications are then transported on the selected connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Applicant: SPRINT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Christie, Joseph S. Christie, Jean M. Christie, Michael Joseph Gardner, William Lyle Wiley, Albert Daniel Duree, Tracy Lee Nelson