Patents by Inventor Paul Michael Brennan

Paul Michael Brennan 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).

  • Publication number: 20160112557
    Abstract: This invention provides an enhancement to messaging systems by providing a message notification feature which allows a user to manage only new messages for which a notification has not yet been cleared without having to access or download the entire set of messages. This management may be performed in single window that operates in conjunction with an application associated with the messaging system. The notification management permits manipulation of the message notifications without influencing the status of the messages themselves, while providing access to the data contained in these messages. This addresses the needs of those users who frequently check their incoming communications queues and need to determine very quickly which items need urgent attention and which ones can be deferred. The present invention further provides specific functionalities for handling a particular message when it does need urgent attention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Inventors: Steve NIXON, Paul Michael BRENNAN
  • Patent number: 9219620
    Abstract: This invention provides an enhancement to messaging systems by providing a message notification feature which allows a user to manage only new messages for which a notification has not yet been cleared without having to access or download the entire set of messages. This management may be performed in single window that operates in conjunction with an application associated with the messaging system. The notification management permits manipulation of the message notifications without influencing the status of the messages themselves, while providing access to the data contained in these messages. This addresses the needs of those users who frequently check their incoming communications queues and need to determine very quickly which items need urgent attention and which ones can be deferred. The present invention further provides specific functionalities for handling a particular message when it does need urgent attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Nixon, Paul Michael Brennan
  • Publication number: 20120076280
    Abstract: This invention provides an enhancement to messaging systems by providing a message notification feature which allows a user to manage only new messages for which a notification has not yet been cleared without having to access or download the entire set of messages. This management may be performed in single window that operates in conjunction with an application associated with the messaging system. The notification management permits manipulation of the message notifications without influencing the status of the messages themselves, while providing access to the data contained in these messages. This addresses the needs of those users who frequently check their incoming communications queues and need to determine very quickly which items need urgent attention and which ones can be deferred. The present invention further provides specific functionalities for handling a particular message when it does need urgent attention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventors: Steve Nixon, Paul Michael Brennan
  • Patent number: 8099669
    Abstract: This invention provides an enhancement to messaging systems by providing a message notification feature which allows a user to manage only new messages for which a notification has not yet been cleared without having to access or download the entire set of messages. This management may be performed in single window that operates in conjunction with an application associated with the messaging system. The notification management permits manipulation of the message notifications without influencing the status of the messages themselves, while providing access to the data contained in these messages. This addresses the needs of those users who frequently check their incoming communications queues and need to determine very quickly which items need urgent attention and which ones can be deferred. The present invention further provides specific functionalities for handling a particular message when it does need urgent attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited
    Inventors: Steve Nixon, Paul Michael Brennan
  • Patent number: 7685102
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for operating on a non-text (voice or fax) message include for each of a number of voice messages, searching each voice message for signal samples having one of a plurality of sets of pre-defined characteristics (such as any seven or ten digit number which is then assumed to be a telephone number). For each signal sample found to have one of the sets of pre-defined characteristics, the found signal sample is associated with an equivalent text string and this text string is stored in an envelope for the message. Based on a user input, the messages may be searched for a given text string and on finding a message envelope containing the given text string, such message may be operated upon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Adelman, Todd Joseph Wongkee, Paul Michael Brennan, Lloyd Malcolm Florence, Richard A. Weiss
  • Patent number: 7333933
    Abstract: The present invention provides a means for an end user to customize a speech-based user interface, such as those used in status and control for such applications as messaging, unified communications, automobile control, and many others. The invention consists of two major components: a graphical configuration component, and a run-time component. The graphical configuration component allows a user to quickly and efficiently: specify the information they wish to be included in spoken summaries; restructure command menus or vocabulary structures to meet their personal requirements, moving commonly-used commands to the “top” of a hierarchy or vocabulary structure, and rarely-used commands to the bottom layers; create additional commands to access information relating to functions external to the system, e.g. access data from the web, or control another device or system, via the web; and save the customization for use by the run-time program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited
    Inventors: Paul Michael Brennan, Jason Adelman
  • Patent number: 6888927
    Abstract: The invention provides a method, apparatus and system for providing an addressee of a stored message with a graphical notification associated with a source of the stored message. In general terms, a communications device of the addressee is presented with the graphical notification in the form of an information signal which relates the stored message to at least one graphical image associated with the source of the stored message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited
    Inventors: Brian Cruickshank, Paul Michael Brennan, John Eric Lumsden
  • Publication number: 20030216957
    Abstract: The invention relates to a human resource management system which includes an objectives module or feature, a notes module or feature and an appraisal module of feature. The objectives module enables the periodic creation and storage of performance objectives for a plurality of employees. The notes module enables the periodic creation and storage of notes relating to the objectives. The notes are correlated with the objectives for view by the user. The appraisal module enables the periodic creation of performance appraisals for the employees. The appraisal module enables the user to selectively incorporate the objectives and selectively incorporate the notes correlated thereto into the appraisal. Consequently, performance appraisals can be produced which encompass the periodic collection of information relating to specific performance objectives, thus facilitating the generation of a high quality appraisal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Applicant: Florence Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lloyd Malcolm Florence, Paul Michael Brennan
  • Patent number: 6631368
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for operating on a non-text (voice or fax) message include for each of a number of voice messages, searching each voice message for signal samples having one of a plurality of sets of pre-defined characteristics (such as any seven or ten digit number which is then assumed to be a telephone number). For each signal sample found to have one of the sets of pre-defined characteristics, the found signal sample is associated with an equivalent text string and this text string is stored in an envelope for the message. Based on a user input, the messages may be searched for a given text string and on finding a message envelope containing the given text string, such message may be operated upon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited
    Inventors: Jason Adelman, Todd Joseph Wongkee, Paul Michael Brennan, Lloyd Malcolm Florence, Richard A. Weiss
  • Publication number: 20020116377
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for operating on a non-text (voice or fax) message include for each of a number of voice messages, searching each voice message for signal samples having one of a plurality of sets of pre-defined characteristics (such as any seven or ten digit number which is then assumed to be a telephone number). For each signal sample found to have one of the sets of pre-defined characteristics, the found signal sample is associated with an equivalent text string and this text string is stored in an envelope for the message. Based on a user input, the messages may be searched for a given text string and on finding a message envelope containing the given text string, such message may be operated upon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventors: Jason Adelman, Todd Joseph Wongkee, Paul Michael Brennan, Lloyd Malcolm Florence, Richard A. Weiss
  • Publication number: 20020077157
    Abstract: A communication system constructed according to the present invention provides a method and apparatus for causing a message to be played to a calling party to indicate that the called party will be taking the call shortly. In each embodiment, a called party depresses a select key or button in a specified manner to indicate that the message should be played to the calling party. The method may be performed by anyone of an SS7 or other IN network, a wireless network, a mobile station or a wireline phone. According to the type of phone, differing embodiments of the methods performed by the communication network may be realized. In the case of a mobile station, the entire method may be performed by it in one embodiment of the invention. Alternatively, if the phone is a wireline phone, the method may be performed solely by the wireline telephone network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Steve Okun, Paul Michael Brennan
  • Publication number: 20020077829
    Abstract: The present invention provides a means for an end user to customize a speech-based user interface, such as those used in status and control for such applications as messaging, unified communications, automobile control, and many others. The invention consists of two major components: a graphical configuration component, and a run-time component. The graphical configuration component allows a user to quickly and efficiently: specify the information they wish to be included in spoken summaries; restructure command menus or vocabulary structures to meet their personal requirements, moving commonly-used commands to the “top” of a hierarchy or vocabulary structure, and rarely-used commands to the bottom layers; create additional commands to access information relating to functions external to the system, e.g. access data from the web, or control another device or system, via the web; and save the customization for use by the run-time program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Paul Michael Brennan, Jason Adelman
  • Publication number: 20020077128
    Abstract: A communication system constructed according to the present invention provides a method and apparatus for causing a message to be played to a calling party to indicate that the called party will be taking the call shortly. In each embodiment, a called party depresses a select key or button in a specified manner to indicate that the message should be played to the calling party. The method may be performed by anyone of an SS7 or other IN network, a wireless network, a mobile station or a wireline phone. According to the type of phone, differing embodiments of the methods performed by the communication network may be realized. In the case of a mobile station, the entire method may be performed by it in one embodiment of the invention. Alternatively, if the phone is a wireline phone, the method may be performed solely by the wireline telephone network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Steve Okun, Paul Michael Brennan
  • Patent number: 6282659
    Abstract: Information systems which provide access over a variety of devices (e.g. telephones, automated banking machines, computers) typically require that passcodes be numeric to allow entry on all device types. Alphabetic characters are associated with the numeric digits on both telephones and automated banking machines, allowing users to use mnemonic words to remember their numeric passcodes. Computer terminals do not have this association, creating user difficulties. The invention translates text entry on a computer keyboard into the equivalent numeric digits according to an appropriate mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited
    Inventor: Paul Michael Brennan
  • Patent number: 6148063
    Abstract: A call answering system or device for a telephone network provides a mechanism for an outbound message (typically a greeting in a call answering scenario) to be identified as semi-interruptible. An attempt to skip over a semi-interruptible message activates a warning message to alert the caller of the special status of the message. The caller may then choose to resume listening to the original message, or confirm their decision to skip it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Michael Brennan, Anne Grosman, Robert Alan Williamson
  • Patent number: 6014436
    Abstract: In a telephone system, if the telephone set of a called party is busy or an incoming call is not answered, the called party is unavailable. In this event an incoming call may progress to become intercepted at an attendant position or at a voice features server. A call take back feature permits the called party to be aware of an intercepted call progress so that the called party may retrieve the incoming call by going OFF HOOK and conversing directly with the calling party. A call screening feature is also available. The call screening feature permits the called party to hear the calling party's voice during an intercepted call progress via an audible link provided by the telephone system from the intercepted call. The called party may, at his discretion, retrieve the incoming call from the intercepted call progress by going OFF HOOK and conversing directly with the calling party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Lloyd Malcolm Florence, Paul Michael Brennan
  • Patent number: 5938768
    Abstract: Information systems which provide access over a variety of devices (e.g. telephones, automated banking machines, computers) typically require that passcodes be numeric to allow entry on all device types. Alphabetic characters are associated with the numeric digits on both telephones and automated banking machines, allowing users to use mnemonic words to remember their numeric passcodes. Computer terminals do not have this association, creating user difficulties. The invention translates text entry on a computer keyboard into the equivalent numeric digits according to an appropriate mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Northern Telecom Limited
    Inventor: Paul Michael Brennan
  • Patent number: 5903628
    Abstract: On receiving a new call, a controller in a telephone station apparatus compares the incoming caller information with caller information in stored records. On a match, an associated name is spoken over a handsfree speaker and then the controller places the telephone station apparatus in a handsfree off-hook condition. In this way, someone in a hands-busy situation or a handicapped individual may have calls from pre-selected callers automatically connected. The controller may also store a two-way or one-way communication path indication with each record and, accordingly, establish either one-way communication path from the calling party to the telephone station apparatus or a two-way communication path to and from the telephone station apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Northern Telecom Limited
    Inventor: Paul Michael Brennan
  • Patent number: 5712902
    Abstract: In a telephone system, if the telephone set of a called party is busy or an incoming call is not answered, the called party is unavailable. In this event an incoming call may progress to become intercepted at an attendant position or at a voice features server. A call take back feature permits the called party to be aware of an intercepted call progress so that the called party may retrieve the incoming call by going OFF HOOK and conversing directly with the calling party. A call screening feature is also available. The call screening feature permits the called party to hear the calling party's voice during an intercepted call progress via an audible link provided by the telephone system from the intercepted call. The called party may, at his discretion, retrieve the incoming call from the intercepted call progress by going OFF HOOK and conversing directly with the calling party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: Northern Telecom Limited
    Inventors: Lloyd Malcolm Florence, Paul Michael Brennan
  • Patent number: 5668853
    Abstract: A telephone caller is permitted to retrieve his call from the central voice services feature of an unavailable called party, and resume the call progress by substituting a calling feature of his own. In a telephone system including a telephone switching facility and a voice features server, provision is made for enabling a calling party to invoke an appropriate calling party feature such as a ring back feature or an override feature, and thereby subsequently achieve a real time conversation with the called party instead of simply being able to leave a voice message for the called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: Northern Telecom Limited
    Inventors: Lloyd Malcolm Florence, Paul Michael Brennan