Patents by Inventor Konstantin Othmer

Konstantin Othmer 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: 8576994
    Abstract: Managing shared voice messages across the multiple voice messaging systems of the various recipients of a message. A server may act as a gateway and may interact with the multiple voice messaging systems and multiple user devices of the recipients. The server may retrieve voice messages from the sender voice messaging system and may transmit the voice message to the disparate voice messaging systems of the recipients with or without user assistance. The voice messages may be transcoded as necessary. the server then may determine the status of the voice message in the voice messaging systems of the recipients and may update the message status in the sender's and the recipients' voice message systems accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Michael P. Ruf
  • Patent number: 8571584
    Abstract: Delivering the content of an audio-only Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) message to a recipient without requiring the recipient device to be MMS-enabled. A sender creates an MMS message, and sends it to the device of the intended recipient. If the recipient device is not MMS-enabled and the MMS message contains only audio content, the message is conveyed to a message server, where the audio content is transcoded and stored in an IVR system or other location accessible to the recipient. If the intended recipient device supports the SMS protocol, an SMS notification alerting the recipient to the arrival of a new message is transmitted. If the recipient device is neither MMS- nor SMS-enabled, the recipient can be alerted of the receipt of an MMS message by voicemail, email, instant message, page, or another medium able to effect delivery. The notification includes instructions for accessing the message from the IVR system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Ruf, Konstantin Othmer, Sani El-Fishawy
  • Patent number: 8565836
    Abstract: A recipient activates or deactivates user alerts associated with the receipt and/or availability of communications using rules in an alert profile stored on a device, a server, or a location accessible to the server. In one embodiment, the device can implement the rules when a communication is received and/or available. If an alert is activated, the device renders the alert. If the alert is deactivated, the device does not render the alert unless and until the alert is activated. In another embodiment, the server can implement the rules. If the alert is activated when the communication is transmitted to the device, the server also transmits alert-rendering instructions, whereupon the device can render the alert as specified in the instructions. If the alert is deactivated when the communication is transmitted to the device, the server does not transmit the instructions unless and until the alert is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Michael P. Ruf
  • Patent number: 8548433
    Abstract: Voice messaging services are used to provide messages for recipients associated with terminated network-based instant connect communication sessions. A first device engages in a communication session with a second device. The communication session between the two devices terminates and the first device records locally a voice message addressed to the second device. The message may be stored on the first device and transmitted to the second device after another communication session is established between the two devices. Alternately, the voice message may be transmitted to a message server and forwarded to the second device at a later time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Michael P. Ruf
  • Patent number: 8539371
    Abstract: Tickers are populated with location-based information that is selected according to the geographic location of communication devices. The location of a communication device is identified based on a GPS system, proximity to transmitters in a wireless network, user input, or using other techniques. Location-appropriate content is obtained either in real-time from the network or from a local data store at the communication device. In general location-based, context-aware content can be displayed on tickers associated with a variety of communication devices, including mobile communication devices and “immobile” or stationary personal computers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Carl J. Stocklein
  • Patent number: 8467503
    Abstract: Managing voice messages across multiple voicemail systems. A server acts as a gateway and interacts with multiple voicemail systems and with multiple user devices. The server can retrieve voice messages from one voicemail system and transmit the retrieved voice messages to another separate voicemail system without user assistance. The voice messages are transcoded as necessary. The server also enables a recipient to generate a reply voice message that can be delivered to the original sender's device or delivered to the sender in another manner, such as a Vnote, SMS or an email.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Michael P. Ruf
  • Patent number: 8458611
    Abstract: Tickers are populated with location-based information that is selected according to the geographic location of communication devices. The location of a communication device is identified based on a GPS system, proximity to transmitters in a wireless network, user input, or using other techniques. Location-appropriate content is obtained either in real-time from the network or from a local data store at the communication device. In general location-based, context-aware content can be displayed on tickers associated with a variety of communication devices, including mobile communication devices and “immobile” or stationary personal computers. When a ticker item is selected from the ticker, a location associated with the selected ticker item and/or a location of the communication device is used to generate a map that is displayed on the display of the device to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc.
    Inventor: Konstantin Othmer
  • Patent number: 8406801
    Abstract: Systems and methods for selectively replaying voice data. Voice data received in a communication session is both buffered by the device and played by the device. When input is received from a recipient, the voice data currently being received is no longer played and buffered voice data is replayed to the recipient. While the buffered voice data is replayed, the device continues to buffer any voice data received by the device to ensure that the recipient can listen to all of the voice data in the communication session. By only storing voice data in the buffer, replaying the buffered voice data can catch the real-time voice data. At this point, the device reverts to playing voice data being received while continuing to buffer the voice data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc
    Inventor: Konstantin Othmer
  • Patent number: 8391447
    Abstract: Managing shared voice messages across the multiple voice messaging systems of the various recipients of a message. A server may act as a gateway and may interact with the multiple voice messaging systems and multiple user devices of the recipients. The server may retrieve voice messages from the sender voice messaging system and may transmit the voice message to the disparate voice messaging systems of the recipients with or without user assistance. The voice messages may be transcoded as necessary. The server then may determine the status of the voice message in the voice messaging systems of the recipients and may update the message status in the sender's and the recipients' voice message systems accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Michael P. Ruf
  • Publication number: 20130012170
    Abstract: Voice messaging services are used to provide messages for recipients associated with terminated network-based instant connect communication sessions. A first device engages in a communication session with a second device. The communication session between the two devices terminates and the first device records locally a voice message addressed to the second device. The message may be stored on the first device and transmitted to the second device after another communication session is established between the two devices. Alternately, the voice message may be transmitted to a message server and forwarded to the second device at a later time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: SMITH MICRO SOFTWARE, INC.
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Michael P. Ruf
  • Patent number: 8340640
    Abstract: A communication device may participate in telephone calls. The communication device may allow a user to request transcription of a telephone call by prompting the user when the telephone call is completed. The communication device may display a call history user interface and, in response to a selection of a telephone call from the call history user interface, may request transcription of the selected telephone call. The communication device may include a dedicated transcription button that, when pressed, causes audio content of a telephone call to be sent to a transcription service. The communication device may display a preferences user interface via which a user may elect to have all incoming and outgoing telephone calls transcribed, all incoming and outgoing telephone calls to/from selected contacts transcribed, and/or have the communication device prompt the user about transcription when each telephone call is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Speechink, Inc.
    Inventor: Konstantin Othmer
  • Publication number: 20120276884
    Abstract: Tickers are populated with location-based information that is selected according to the geographic location of communication devices. The location of a communication device is identified based on a GPS system, proximity to transmitters in a wireless network, user input, or using other techniques. Location-appropriate content is obtained either in real-time from the network or from a local data store at the communication device. In general location-based, context-aware content can be displayed on tickers associated with a variety of communication devices, including mobile communication devices and “immobile” or stationary personal computers. When a ticker item is selected from the ticker, a location associated with the selected ticker item and/or a location of the communication device is used to generate a map that is displayed on the display of the device to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: SMITH MICRO SOFTWARE INC.
    Inventor: Konstantin Othmer
  • Publication number: 20120276878
    Abstract: A recipient activates or deactivates user alerts associated with the receipt and/or availability of communications using rules in an alert profile stored on a device, a server, or a location accessible to the server. In one embodiment, the device can implement the rules when a communication is received and/or available. If an alert is activated, the device renders the alert. If the alert is deactivated, the device does not render the alert unless and until the alert is activated. In another embodiment, the server can implement the rules. If the alert is activated when the communication is transmitted to the device, the server also transmits alert-rendering instructions, whereupon the device can render the alert as specified in the instructions. If the alert is deactivated when the communication is transmitted to the device, the server does not transmit the instructions unless and until the alert is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: SMITH MICRO SOFTWARE INC.
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Michael P. Ruf
  • Publication number: 20120275578
    Abstract: Managing shared voice messages across the multiple voice messaging systems of the various recipients of a message. A server may act as a gateway and may interact with the multiple voice messaging systems and multiple user devices of the recipients. The server may retrieve voice messages from the sender voice messaging system and may transmit the voice message to the disparate voice messaging systems of the recipients with or without user assistance. The voice messages may be transcoded as necessary. the server then may determine the status of the voice message in the voice messaging systems of the recipients and may update the message status in the sender's and the recipients' voice message systems accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: SMITH MICRO SOFTWARE, INC.
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Michael P. Ruf
  • Publication number: 20120256968
    Abstract: Tickers are populated with location-based information that is selected according to the geographic location of communication devices. The location of a communication device is identified based on a GPS system, proximity to transmitters in a wireless network, user input, or using other techniques. Location-appropriate content is obtained either in real-time from the network or from a local data store at the communication device. In general location-based, context-aware content can be displayed on tickers associated with a variety of communication devices, including mobile communication devices and “immobile” or stationary personal computers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: SMITH MICRO SOFTWARE INC.
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Carl J. Stocklein
  • Patent number: 8271003
    Abstract: Messages, such as voice messages, are received at a server and processed to generate extracted data that includes text from the message, envelope information, or contact information. The extracted data is transmitted to a device that displays a visual representation that includes some of the extracted data. The visual representation (e.g., an icon) enables the user to visually see what is in a voice message. By selecting a particular visual representation, the corresponding message can be retrieved from the message server and played at the device. In some instances, the message server also transmits an initial segment to the device that can be played by the device as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Albert Jordan
  • Publication number: 20120214448
    Abstract: Systems and methods for selectively replaying voice data. Voice data received in a communication session is both buffered by the device and played by the device. When input is received from a recipient, the voice data currently being received is no longer played and buffered voice data is replayed to the recipient. While the buffered voice data is replayed, the device continues to buffer any voice data received by the device to ensure that the recipient can listen to all of the voice data in the communication session. By only storing voice data in the buffer, replaying the buffered voice data can catch the real-time voice data. At this point, the device reverts to playing voice data being received while continuing to buffer the voice data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: SMITH MICRO SOFTWARE, INC.
    Inventor: Konstantin Othmer
  • Patent number: 8239647
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for performing data backup of a communication device. Data backup can occur automatically or manually. A data backup status indicator is displayed on the communication device indicating the current status of the data backup. The user can select the data backup status indicator to obtain additional information about the status of the data backup service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl J. Stocklein, Konstantin Othmer, Michael P. Ruf
  • Patent number: 8233943
    Abstract: A recipient activates or deactivates user alerts associated with the receipt and/or availability of communications using rules in an alert profile stored on a device, a server, or a location accessible to the server. In one embodiment, the device can implement the rules when a communication is received and/or available. If an alert is activated, the device renders the alert. If the alert is deactivated, the device does not render the alert unless and until the alert is activated. In another embodiment, the server can implement the rules. If the alert is activated when the communication is transmitted to the device, the server also transmits alert-rendering instructions, whereupon the device can render the alert as specified in the instructions. If the alert is deactivated when the communication is transmitted to the device, the server does not transmit the instructions unless and until the alert is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Michael P. Ruf
  • Patent number: 8219925
    Abstract: Tickers are populated with location-based information that is selected according to the geographic location of communication devices. The location of a communication device is identified based on a GPS system, proximity to transmitters in a wireless network, user input, or using other techniques. Location-appropriate content is obtained either in real-time from the network or from a local data store at the communication device. In general location-based, context-aware content can be displayed on tickers associated with a variety of communication devices, including mobile communication devices and “immobile” or stationary personal computers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Carl J. Stocklein