Patents by Inventor Joseph V. Fodale

Joseph V. Fodale 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: 5033079
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods of establishing facsimile (fax) connections. If a call is originated from a fax source and the destination is a voice station, then the call will be automatically redirected to a fax machine designated to receive fax messages for the voice station. A fax call is detected by a class of service indication in a local switching office, or by having a number forwarded to a toll office from a local office by Automatic Number Identification (ANI) of the caller that is one of a list of fax numbers. When it is determined that a call is a fax call, a fax indicator is sent with Common Channel Signaling (CCS) messages for that call. If a call with a fax indicator is received in a destination switching office, then the destination office checks to see if the called number is a fax number; if not, translation is made to find the number of a fax station for serving fax calls to the called number, and the call is completed to that fax station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Assignee: AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventors: Nancy A. Catron, Joseph V. Fodale, Karrie J. Hanson, Robert A. Koch, Ronald E. Large, Susan M. Zoccolillo
  • Patent number: 5018191
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods of establishing facsimile (fax) connections. When it is determined that a call is a fax call, a fax indicator is sent with Common Channel Signaling (CCS) messages for that call. If a call with a fax indicator is received in a destination switching office, then the destination office checks to see if the called number is a fax number; if not, translation is made to find the number of a fax station for serving fax calls to the called number, and the call is completed to that fax station. Fax calls may be recognized by a fax class mark in an originating message from an Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) line or a dialed prefix such as #, #3, or an alternative common carrier code (10XXX) from an ordinary line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignee: AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventors: Nancy A. Catron, Richard J. Famulare, Joseph V. Fodale, Karrie J. Hanson, Robert A. Koch, Ronald E. Large, Paramdeep S. Sahni, Alan I. Schwartz, Susan M. Zoccolillo
  • Patent number: 4756020
    Abstract: Method and apparatus is disclosed for selectively disallowing and allowing the extension of a call originated by a calling customer through a toll telecommunications network when the billing number involved with the call has a predetermined billing status such as delinquent payment. The toll network includes a toll office for switching calls between local telephone networks. The toll network also includes a data base having a list of delinquent payment billing numbers. In response to a call originated by a calling customer, the toll office sends the billing number involved with the call received from the local network to the data base. When the billing number involved with the call is in a list of billing numbers having a delinquent payment status, a "deny call" reply message is returned to the toll office to disallow the extension of the call through the toll network. The toll office also announces to the calling customer the disallowance of the call to discourage further attempts through the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1988
    Assignee: American Telephone and Telegraph Company, AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventor: Joseph V. Fodale