Patents by Inventor Les Bruce

Les Bruce 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: 9538227
    Abstract: Techniques for call integration are provided. Call logs associated with multiple voice accounts are acquired and integrated as an integrated call log. The integrated call log is presented at a display. A user can take a variety of actions on the integrated call log as a whole or on individual entries within the integrated call log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Brandt, Marc Sullivan, Les Bruce, Greg W. Edwards
  • Patent number: 9247053
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a telephone caller information assistance such as driving directions from a starting location to a destination location. To obtain information assistance, the caller places a telephone call to access the system. If the geographical location of the caller can be determined by an automatic location identification system it is displayed on an operator console where the caller's request is transferred to be handled by a live operator. The operator receives the caller's destination request and queries the system for the street route driving instructions to the requested destination. After obtaining the street route driving instructions, the call can be transferred to an audio box having an interactive user interface capable of replaying the desired information to the caller. In an illustrative embodiment, the interactive user interface is capable providing functions to stop, start, pause, and replay the information to the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Open InventionNetwork, LLC
    Inventors: Les Bruce, Michael Jay Snyder, Michael F. Mullarkey, Joseph Jamal Berry
  • Publication number: 20150189073
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request from a television network server via a message mediation server for call log entries associated with multiple calls delivered to a telephony device. The method includes sending call log information to the television network server to enable display of the call log entries at a display device. The method includes receiving user input to delete a call log entry of the call log entries from a second media device via the message mediation server. The method includes deleting the call log entry from the call log information to generate revised call log information. The method includes receiving a second request from the television network server for the call log entries. The method includes sending the revised call log information to the television network server via the message mediation server to enable display of the call log entries at a second display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Inventors: Chaoxin Qiu, Robert Stockwell, Jeffrey Paul Johnson, Les Bruce
  • Patent number: 9008293
    Abstract: Network-based methods and systems transfer caller ID information from a telephony network to an IPTV network. Embodiments integrate service provisioning, subscriber account and policy information between telephony services and IP-based television services. Voice call signaling may be intercepted to retrieve caller ID, caller name information, and other call management information, at the call server in the network to deliver an appropriate notification message to the IP-based TV network at its notification server, which in turn sends a message notification to the called party's TV screen. Call log information may also be retrieved and displayed. SIP call forking and IP multimedia subsystem approaches are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chaoxin Qiu, Robert Stockwell, Jeffrey Paul Johnson, Les Bruce
  • Publication number: 20140230001
    Abstract: Techniques for call integration are provided. Call logs associated with multiple voice accounts are acquired and integrated as an integrated call log. The integrated call log is presented at a display. A user can take a variety of actions on the integrated call log as a whole or on individual entries within the integrated call log.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Brandt, Marc Sullivan, Les Bruce, Greg W. Edwards
  • Patent number: 8745680
    Abstract: Techniques for call integration with a television set-top box (STB) are provided. Call logs associated with multiple voice accounts are acquired and integrated as an integrated call log. The integrated call log is presented within a display to a user. The user can take a variety of actions on the integrated call log as a whole or on individual entries within the integrated call log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Jeffrey Brandt, Marc Sullivan, Les Bruce, Greg W. Edwards
  • Patent number: 8625751
    Abstract: A method is disclosed that receives an incoming call at an electronic device, where the incoming call includes caller identification information. Further, the method determines whether a personal address book stored remotely from the electronic device includes an entry associated with the caller identification information. Additionally, an audio alert associated with the entry is inserted into a multimedia data stream, where the audio alert is determined based at least in part on the entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Les Bruce, Jeffrey L. Brandt, Marc A. Sullivan, Mark B. Hubscher
  • Publication number: 20120011554
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a device, a request to initiate a call with respect to a contact and a communication device associated with a caller. In a particular embodiment, the method may further include initiating presentation, at a display device, of a selectable call placement indicator to initiate the request. In another particular embodiment, the method may further include sending display data to the display device, where the display data indicates that the call has been placed to the contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Les Bruce, Jeffrey L. Brandt, Marc A. Sullivan, Mark B. Hubscher
  • Publication number: 20110274255
    Abstract: A method is disclosed that receives an incoming call at an electronic device, where the incoming call includes caller identification information. Further, the method determines whether a personal address book stored remotely from the electronic device includes an entry associated with the caller identification information. Additionally, an audio alert associated with the entry is inserted into a multimedia data stream, where the audio alert is determined based at least in part on the entry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Les Bruce, Jeffrey L. Brandt, Marc A. Sullivan, Mark B. Hubscher
  • Patent number: 8045700
    Abstract: A method is presented of providing voice communication, including receiving at a set-top box device a selection of a first contact, receiving data indicating that a first call has been placed to a phone associated with the first contact, and sending data to a display device coupled to the set-top box device indicating that the first call has been placed to the phone associated with the first contact. The method may further include sending data identifying the first contact and the user phone to a communication server of an Internet Protocol Television system, wherein the communication server places the first call to the phone associated with the first contact and routes the first call to the user phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Les Bruce, Jeffrey L. Brandt, Marc A. Sullivan, Mark B. Hubscher
  • Patent number: 8009812
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed that includes receiving an incoming call including caller identification information at an input responsive to a network. An audio alert and display information associated with the incoming call are sent to a multimedia device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Les Bruce, Jeffrey L. Brandt, Marc A. Sullivan, Mark B. Hubscher
  • Patent number: 7916852
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a telephone caller information assistance such as driving directions from a starting location to a destination location. To obtain information assistance, the caller places a telephone call to access the system. If the geographical location of the caller can be determined by an automatic location identification system it is displayed on an operator console where the caller's request is transferred to be handled by a live operator. The operator receives the caller's destination request and queries the system for the street route driving instructions to the requested destination. After obtaining the street route driving instructions, the call can be transferred to an audio box having an interactive user interface capable of replaying the desired information to the caller. In an illustrative embodiment, the interactive user interface is capable providing functions to stop, start, pause, and replay the information to the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Open Invention Network, LLC
    Inventors: Les Bruce, Michael Jay Sinder, Michael F. Mullarkey, Joseph Jamal Berry
  • Publication number: 20080165283
    Abstract: Techniques for call integration with a television set-top box (STB) are provided. Call logs associated with multiple voice accounts are acquired and integrated as an integrated call log. The integrated call log is presented within a display to a user. The user can take a variety of actions on the integrated call log as a whole or on individual entries within the integrated call log.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventors: Jeffrey Brandt, Marc Sullivan, Les Bruce, Greg Edwards
  • Publication number: 20080101588
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed that includes receiving an incoming call including caller identification information at an input responsive to a network. An audio alert and display information associated with the incoming call are sent to a multimedia device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Applicant: SBC Knowledge Ventures, LP
    Inventors: Les Bruce, Jeffrey L. Brandt, Marc A. Sullivan, Mark B. Hubscher
  • Publication number: 20080104630
    Abstract: A method is presented of providing voice communication, including receiving at a set-top box device a selection of a first contact, receiving data indicating that a first call has been placed to a phone associated with the first contact, and sending data to a display device coupled to the set-top box device indicating that the first call has been placed to the phone associated with first contact. The method may further include sending data identifying the first contact and the user phone to a communication server of an Internet Protocol Television system, wherein the communication server places the first call to the phone associated with first contact and routes the first call to the user phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Applicant: SBC Knowledge Ventures, LP
    Inventors: Les Bruce, Jeffrey L. Brandt, Marc A. Sullivan, Mark B. Hubscher
  • Publication number: 20070121584
    Abstract: Network-based methods and systems transfer caller ID information from a telephony network to an IPTV network. Embodiments integrate service provisioning, subscriber account and policy information between telephony services and IP-based television services. voice call signaling may be intercepted to retrieve caller ID, caller name information, and other call management information, at the call server in the network to deliver an appropriate notification message to the IP-based TV network at its notification server, which in turn sends a message notification to the called party's TV screen. Call log information may also be retrieved and displayed. SIP call forking and IP multimedia subsystem approaches are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2005
    Publication date: May 31, 2007
    Inventors: Chaoxin Qiu, Robert Stockwell, Jeffrey Johnson, Les Bruce
  • Publication number: 20050018822
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a telephone caller information assistance such as driving directions from a starting location to a destination location. To obtain information assistance, the caller places a telephone call to access the system. If the geographical location of the caller can be determined by an automatic location identification system it is displayed on an operator console where the caller's request is transferred to be handled by a live operator. The operator receives the caller's destination request and queries the system for the street route driving instructions to the requested destination. After obtaining the street route driving instructions, the call can be transferred to an audio box having an interactive user interface capable of replaying the desired information to the caller. In an illustrative embodiment, the interactive user interface is capable providing functions to stop, start, pause, and replay the information to the caller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Publication date: January 27, 2005
    Inventors: Les Bruce, Michael Sinder, Michael Mullarkey, Joseph Berry
  • Patent number: 6765998
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a telephone caller information assistance such as driving directions from a starting location to a destination location. To obtain information assistance, the caller places a telephone call to access the system. If the geographical location of the caller can be determined by an automatic location identification system it is displayed on an operator console where the caller's request is transferred to be handled by a live operator. The operator receives the caller's destination request and queries the system for the street route driving instructions to the requested destination. After obtaining the street route driving instructions, the call can be transferred to an audio box having an interactive user interface capable of replaying the desired information to the caller. In an illustrative embodiment, the interactive user interface is capable providing functions to stop, start, pause, and replay the information to the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: SBC Properties, L.P.
    Inventors: Les Bruce, Michael Jay Sinder, Michael F. Mullarkey, Joseph Jamal Berry
  • Publication number: 20030152200
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a telephone caller information assistance such as driving directions from a starting location to a destination location. To obtain information assistance, the caller places a telephone call to access the system. If the geographical location of the caller can be determined by an automatic location identification system it is displayed on an operator console where the caller's request is transferred to be handled by a live operator. The operator receives the caller's destination request and queries the system for the street route driving instructions to the requested destination. After obtaining the street route driving instructions, the call can be transferred to an audio box having an interactive user interface capable of replaying the desired information to the caller. In an illustrative embodiment, the interactive user interface is capable providing functions to stop, start, pause, and replay the information to the caller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2003
    Publication date: August 14, 2003
    Inventors: Les Bruce, Michael Jay Sinder, Michael F. Mullarkey, Joseph Jamal Berry
  • Patent number: 6539080
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a telephone caller information assistance such as driving directions from a starting location to a destination location. To obtain information assistance, the caller places a telephone call to access the system. If the geographical location of the caller can be determined by an automatic location identification system it is displayed on an operator console where the caller's request is transferred to be handled by a live operator. The operator receives the caller's destination request and queries the system for the street route driving instructions to the requested destination. After obtaining the street route driving instructions, the call can be transferred to an audio box having an interactive user interface capable of replaying the desired information to the caller. In an illustrative embodiment, the interactive user interface is capable providing functions to stop, start, pause, and replay the information to the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Ameritech Corporation
    Inventors: Les Bruce, Michael Jay Sinder, Michael F. Mullarkey, Joseph Jamal Berry