Patents by Inventor Richard Cerami

Richard Cerami 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: 10374864
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing enhanced services to telephone subscribers with multiple telephone lines, which can include one or more traditional telephone lines, wireless telephone lines, Internet protocol-based telephone lines, and/or the like. For example, certain tools can provide a subscriber with a unified voice mailbox for a plurality of the subscriber's telephone lines. In some cases, the subscriber does not need to check multiple voice mailboxes (each associated with one of the subscriber's telephone numbers) in order to ensure that the subscriber has received all messages intended for that subscriber. Instead, any incoming call on any of the subscriber's lines can be routed to a converged voice mailbox for easy retrieval by the subscriber of all messages from one location. Some tools employ a VoIP switch to handle routing of the incoming call to the correct voice mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Cerami, John Verbil, Paul D. Jaramillo
  • Publication number: 20180316542
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing enhanced services to telephone subscribers with multiple telephone lines, which can include one or more traditional telephone lines, wireless telephone lines, Internet protocol-based telephone lines, and/or the like. For example, certain tools can provide a subscriber with a unified voice mailbox for a plurality of the subscriber's telephone lines. In some cases, the subscriber does not need to check multiple voice mailboxes (each associated with one of the subscriber's telephone numbers) in order to ensure that the subscriber has received all messages intended for that subscriber. Instead, any incoming call on any of the subscriber's lines can be routed to a converged voice mailbox for easy retrieval by the subscriber of all messages from one location. Some tools employ a VoIP switch to handle routing of the incoming call to the correct voice mailbox.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Cerami, John Verbil, Paul D. Jaramillo
  • Patent number: 10020977
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing enhanced services to telephone subscribers with multiple telephone lines, which can include one or more traditional telephone lines, wireless telephone lines, Internet protocol-based telephone lines, and/or the like. For example, certain tools can provide a subscriber with a unified voice mailbox for a plurality of the subscriber's telephone lines. In some cases, the subscriber does not need to check multiple voice mailboxes (each associated with one of the subscriber's telephone numbers) in order to ensure that the subscriber has received all messages intended for that subscriber. Instead, any incoming call on any of the subscriber's lines can be routed to a converged voice mailbox for easy retrieval by the subscriber of all messages from one location. Some tools employ a VoIP switch to handle routing of the incoming call to the correct voice mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International
    Inventors: Richard Cerami, John Verbil, Paul D. Jaramillo
  • Publication number: 20170250849
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing enhanced services to telephone subscribers with multiple telephone lines, which can include one or more traditional telephone lines, wireless telephone lines, Internet protocol-based telephone lines, and/or the like. For example, certain tools can provide a subscriber with a unified voice mailbox for a plurality of the subscriber's telephone lines. In some cases, the subscriber does not need to check multiple voice mailboxes (each associated with one of the subscriber's telephone numbers) in order to ensure that the subscriber has received all messages intended for that subscriber. Instead, any incoming call on any of the subscriber's lines can be routed to a converged voice mailbox for easy retrieval by the subscriber of all messages from one location. Some tools employ a VoIP switch to handle routing of the incoming call to the correct voice mailbox.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Richard Cerami, John Verbil, Paul D. Jaramillo
  • Patent number: 9692906
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing enhanced services to telephone subscribers with multiple telephone lines, which can include one or more traditional telephone lines, wireless telephone lines, Internet protocol-based telephone lines, and/or the like. For example, certain tools can provide a subscriber with a unified voice mailbox for a plurality of the subscriber's telephone lines. In some cases, the subscriber does not need to check multiple voice mailboxes (each associated with one of the subscriber's telephone numbers) in order to ensure that the subscriber has received all messages intended for that subscriber. Instead, any incoming call on any of the subscriber's lines can be routed to a converged voice mailbox for easy retrieval by the subscriber of all messages from one location. Some tools employ a VoIP switch to handle routing of the incoming call to the correct voice mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Cerami, John Verbil, Paul D. Jaramillo
  • Patent number: 9559869
    Abstract: Solutions for facilitating enhanced video calling functionality. Embodiments include functionality for handling video calling through a communications hub. According to some embodiments, the communications hub is a user supersystem having multiple clients, each with an integrated camera and display, capable of seamlessly handing off video call functionality among the clients. Other embodiments integrate other functionality of the communications hub (e.g., web browsing, multimedia, etc.) into the video call environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Afshin Frederick Mehin, Valentina Venza, Suzanne Gibbs Howard, Astrid van der Flier, Elger Oberwelz, Nicholas Zambetti, Jesse Tane, Katrin B. Gosling, Coe Leta Rayne Stafford, Martin Nicholas John Heaton, Matthew Robert Adams, Peter Riering-Czekalla, Andrew Paul Switky, Michael Gibson, Richard Cerami
  • Patent number: 9501802
    Abstract: Solutions for capturing and displaying conversation history for providing conversation capture functionality. Some such solutions use a user supersystem as a communications hub to capture and/or generate relevant information for enhancing conversations with contacts, including address book information, contact notes, conversation history information, and/or conversation anchors. The information may then be processed for display to the user via a graphical interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Astrid van der Flier, Elger Oberwelz, Afshin Frederick Mehin, Peter Riering-Czekalla, Daniel Stillion, Michael Gibson, Richard Cerami
  • Patent number: 9356790
    Abstract: Solutions for providing integrated task list functionality. Some such solutions use a user supersystem as a communications hub to generate, display, and/or handle user-based tasks for a family group. For example, tasks may be assigned to one or more members of the family and associated with various types of dates, rewards, audits, etc. Family members may then interact with the tasks through the communications hub and/or through other devices (e.g., cell phones, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Zambetti, Jesse Tane, Katrin B. Gosling, Coe Leta Rayne Stafford, Martin Nicholas John Heaton, Matthew Robert Adams, Peter Riering-Czekalla, Andrew Paul Switky, Michael Gibson, Richard Cerami
  • Patent number: 9307090
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing a subscriber with converged voice services, in which calls to one of the subscriber's telephone numbers is routed to some or all of the subscriber's telephone numbers (e.g., sequentially or simultaneously, depending on system configuration and/or subscriber preference). Some implementations employ a VoIP switch to handle call distribution among the subscriber's various phone lines, even if some (or all) of the subscribers telephone lines are not VoIP lines. In such implementations, upon receiving an incoming call directed to one of the subscriber's lines, a service switching point will route the call to a VoIP switch. Instructed by an application server, the VoIP switch will set up call legs (e.g., via the PSTN) to one or more of the subscribers' telephone numbers. Optionally, when one of the call legs is answered, the application server will instruct the VoIP switch to disconnect the other call legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: John Verbil, Richard Cerami, Tammy S. Brown, Joel Frederick
  • Publication number: 20160044176
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing enhanced services to telephone subscribers with multiple telephone lines, which can include one or more traditional telephone lines, wireless telephone lines, Internet protocol-based telephone lines, and/or the like. For example, certain tools can provide a subscriber with a unified voice mailbox for a plurality of the subscriber's telephone lines. In some cases, the subscriber does not need to check multiple voice mailboxes (each associated with one of the subscriber's telephone numbers) in order to ensure that the subscriber has received all messages intended for that subscriber. Instead, any incoming call on any of the subscriber's lines can be routed to a converged voice mailbox for easy retrieval by the subscriber of all messages from one location. Some tools employ a VoIP switch to handle routing of the incoming call to the correct voice mailbox.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: Richard Cerami, John Verbil, Paul D. Jaramillo
  • Patent number: 9197756
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing enhanced services to telephone subscribers with multiple telephone lines, which can include one or more traditional telephone lines, wireless telephone lines, Internet protocol-based telephone lines, and/or the like. For example, certain tools can provide a subscriber with a unified voice mailbox for a plurality of the subscriber's telephone lines. In some cases, the subscriber does not need to check multiple voice mailboxes (each associated with one of the subscriber's telephone numbers) in order to ensure that the subscriber has received all messages intended for that subscriber. Instead, any incoming call on any of the subscriber's lines can be routed to a converged voice mailbox for easy retrieval by the subscriber of all messages from one location. Some tools employ a VoIP switch to handle routing of the incoming call to the correct voice mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Cerami, John Verbil, Paul D. Jaramillo
  • Publication number: 20150319310
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing a subscriber with converged voice services, in which calls to one of the subscriber's telephone numbers is routed to some or all of the subscriber's telephone numbers (e.g., sequentially or simultaneously, depending on system configuration and/or subscriber preference). Some implementations employ a VoIP switch to handle call distribution among the subscriber's various phone lines, even if some (or all) of the subscribers telephone lines are not VoIP lines. In such implementations, upon receiving an incoming call directed to one of the subscriber's lines, a service switching point will route the call to a VoIP switch. Instructed by an application server, the VoIP switch will set up call legs (e.g., via the PSTN) to one or more of the subscribers' telephone numbers. Optionally, when one of the call legs is answered, the application server will instruct the VoIP switch to disconnect the other call legs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventors: John Verbil, Richard Cerami, Tammy S. Brown, Joel Frederick
  • Patent number: 9137380
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing a subscriber with converged voice services, in which calls to one of the subscriber's telephone numbers is routed to some or all of the subscriber's telephone numbers (e.g., sequentially or simultaneously, depending on system configuration and/or subscriber preference). Some implementations employ a VoIP switch to handle call distribution among the subscriber's various phone lines, even if some (or all) of the subscribers telephone lines are not VoIP lines. In such implementations, upon receiving an incoming call directed to one of the subscriber's lines, a service switching point will route the call to a VoIP switch. Instructed by an application server, the VoIP switch will set up call legs (e.g., via the PSTN) to one or more of the subscribers' telephone numbers. Optionally, when one of the call legs is answered, the application server will instruct the VoIP switch to disconnect the other call legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: John Verbil, Richard Cerami, Tammy S. Brown, Joel Frederick
  • Patent number: 9003306
    Abstract: Solutions for providing integrated media services, e.g., in the context of communications services offered through a user supersystem configured as an interactive graphical communications hub. For example, interactions with a messaging interface may provide access to media creation functionality, including doodle functionality, in the context of the messaging and/or in the context of other media. In one implementation, the communications interface allows a user to doodle in the context of an image file (e.g., a photo) while in the context of a chat application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Afshin Frederick Mehin, Valentina Venza, Suzanne Gibbs Howard, Astrid van der Flier, Elger Oberwelz, Nicholas Zambetti, Jesse Tane, Katrin B. Gosling, Coe Leta Rayne Stafford, Martin Nicholas John Heaton, Matthew Robert Adams, Peter Riering-Czekalla, Andrew Paul Switky, Michael Gibson, Richard Cerami
  • Publication number: 20140321454
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing a subscriber with converged voice services, in which calls to one of the subscriber's telephone numbers is routed to some or all of the subscriber's telephone numbers (e.g., sequentially or simultaneously, depending on system configuration and/or subscriber preference). Some implementations employ a VoIP switch to handle call distribution among the subscriber's various phone lines, even if some (or all) of the subscribers telephone lines are not VoIP lines. In such implementations, upon receiving an incoming call directed to one of the subscriber's lines, a service switching point will route the call to a VoIP switch. Instructed by an application server, the VoIP switch will set up call legs (e.g., via the PSTN) to one or more of the subscribers' telephone numbers. Optionally, when one of the call legs is answered, the application server will instruct the VoIP switch to disconnect the other call legs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: John Verbil, Richard Cerami, Tammy S. Brown, Joel Frederick
  • Patent number: 8819566
    Abstract: Solutions for providing context-driven communications mode determinations. Some such solutions use a communications hub located in a home (e.g., a user supersystem) to facilitate context-driven, multi-modal communications. For example, a tablet system may be used as a graphical communications hub in a family's home, used by the family to communicate to and from the home via multiple communications modes (e.g., family chat, family activities, user-based messaging, etc.) over one or more communications channels. Determination of an appropriate mode for communications may be driven by contextual (rather that channel-based) factors relating to the communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Afshin Frederick Mehin, Valentina Venza, Suzanne Gibbs Howard, Astrid van der Flier, Elger Oberwelz, Nicholas Zambetti, Jesse Tane, Katrin B. Gosling, Coe Leta Rayne Stafford, Martin Nicholas John Heaton, Matthew Robert Adams, Peter Riering-Czekalla, Andrew Paul Switky, Daniel Stillion, Michael Gibson, Richard Cerami
  • Patent number: 8811381
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing a subscriber with converged voice services, in which calls to one of the subscriber's telephone numbers is routed to some or all of the subscriber's telephone numbers (e.g., sequentially or simultaneously, depending on system configuration and/or subscriber preference). Some implementations employ a VoIP switch to handle call distribution among the subscriber's various phone lines, even if some (or all) of the subscribers telephone lines are not VoIP lines. In such implementations, upon receiving an incoming call directed to one of the subscriber's lines, a service switching point will route the call to a VoIP switch. Instructed by an application server, the VoIP switch will set up call legs (e.g., via the PSTN) to one or more of the subscribers' telephone numbers. Optionally, when one of the call legs is answered, the application server will instruct the VoIP switch to disconnect the other call legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: John Verbil, Richard Cerami, Tammy S. Brown, Joel Frederick
  • Publication number: 20120127986
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing a subscriber with converged voice services, in which calls to one of the subscriber's telephone numbers is routed to some or all of the subscriber's telephone numbers (e.g., sequentially or simultaneously, depending on system configuration and/or subscriber preference). Some implementations employ a VoIP switch to handle call distribution among the subscriber's various phone lines, even if some (or all) of the subscribers telephone lines are not VoIP lines. In such implementations, upon receiving an incoming call directed to one of the subscriber's lines, a service switching point will route the call to a VoIP switch. Instructed by an application server, the VoIP switch will set up call legs (e.g., via the PSTN) to one or more of the subscribers' telephone numbers. Optionally, when one of the call legs is answered, the application server will instruct the VoIP switch to disconnect the other call legs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: QWEST COMMUNICATIONS INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: John Verbil, Richard Cerami, Tammy S. Brown, Joel Frederick
  • Publication number: 20120113978
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques for providing enhanced services to telephone subscribers with multiple telephone lines, which can include one or more traditional telephone lines, wireless telephone lines, Internet protocol-based telephone lines, and/or the like. For example, certain tools can provide a subscriber with a unified voice mailbox for a plurality of the subscriber's telephone lines. In some cases, the subscriber does not need to check multiple voice mailboxes (each associated with one of the subscriber's telephone numbers) in order to ensure that the subscriber has received all messages intended for that subscriber. Instead, any incoming call on any of the subscriber's lines can be routed to a converged voice mailbox for easy retrieval by the subscriber of all messages from one location. Some tools employ a VoIP switch to handle routing of the incoming call to the correct voice mailbox.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Cerami, John Verbil, Paul D. Jaramillo
  • Patent number: D658616
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc
    Inventors: Astrid Jantina Van Der Flier, Elger Oberwelz, Afshin Frederick Mehin, Peter Riering-Czekalla, Michael Gibson, Richard Cerami