Patents by Inventor Sonny R. Bettis

Sonny R. Bettis 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: 8363637
    Abstract: A telephone system architecture enabling various components of a telephone system to be distributed geographically yet operates as a seamlessly integrated system. A signaling gateway interfaces to the PSTN and through an SS7 interface. The signaling gateway includes a telephony protocol server. At least one other component of the telephone system includes a telephony protocol client. The telephony protocol client and telephony protocol server communicate over an Internet Protocol (IP) network. The telephony protocol server provides access to the PSTN to the component having the telephony protocol client. Any functions in the various components that require an SS7 interface to the PSTN are simply handled through the signaling gateway by the telephony protocol server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Movius Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Patent number: 8363795
    Abstract: A voice messaging system comprises a common message store, a local data store located remotely from the common message store, and a media server. The media server is operable to receive a call directed to a number serviced by the media server, prompt the user for a voice message, direct the voice message to the local data store for temporary storage, notify the common message store that the voice message is present in the local data store, respond to a request to transfer the voice message to the common message store, and direct the local data store to erase the message upon receipt of a communication from the common message store that the voice message was successfully saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Movius Interactive Corporation
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Jon S. Plotky, Ian M. Moraes, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer, Hanna W. Wang
  • Patent number: 8112778
    Abstract: The playback of video content delivered over a wireless network can be controlled by the provision of various control functions that can be actuated by the user. The controlled playback can be implemented on a system level, in which the delivery of the video content is controlled in response to receiving control actuation signals from a receiver device or can be implemented at the receiver device level by storing the video content and controlling the rendering of the content based on user actuations. In either implementation, the playback control can include pausing, stopping, fast-forwarding, rewinding, reversing, fast-reversing and skipping of the video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Movius Interactive Corporation
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Ian M. Moraes, Jon S. Plotky, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Patent number: 8086172
    Abstract: A telecommunications system that supports the provision of video messaging, yet maintains compatibility and operation with user equipment that is not capable of processing, receiving or rendering video content. Based on the type of user equipment, as well as user selected options, network configurations and status, and class-of-service characteristics, the telecommunications systems can revise the manner in which content is provided to the user equipment. Variations in the content provision include providing synchronized audio and video content, audio content only, video content only, video content with closed-captioning and closed-captioning only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Movius Interactive Corporation
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Ian M. Moraes, Jon S. Plotky, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Patent number: 8040880
    Abstract: A mailbox system that has a distributed architecture is disclosed. The system includes an application server, a media server, and message storage system having subscriber mailboxes. Application messages may be stored in a subscriber's mailbox. When the subscriber accesses an application message, the application server uses the application message to create an application, which is then provided to the media server. The media server then executes the application for the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Movius Interactive Corporation
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Ian M. Moraes, Mark A. Yaphe
  • Patent number: 8036350
    Abstract: A voice mail system that allows for the delivery of voice messages by chunks, thereby optimizing the delivery of the information. When a subscriber attempts to listen to his or her voice mail message, the header information for the first voice mail message is down loaded and played back to the subscriber. While the subscriber listens to the header information, the next two blocks of data of the voice message are downloaded. Upon the completion of the playback of the header information, the first two blocks of the voice mail message are available for playback and the first block is immediately available for playback. As the subscriber listens to the voice mail message subsequent blocks of the first voice mail message, and optionally header information and blocks of subsequent voice mail messages are simultaneously down loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Movius Interactive Corp
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Jon S. Plotky, Ian M. Moraes, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Patent number: 7970106
    Abstract: An enhanced Voice eXtensible Markup Language (VXML) based voicemail system that has a distributed architecture and methods for implementing enhanced VXML based voicemail systems are disclosed. The voicemail system includes a media server, which is in communication with a telephone network. The media server is adapted to invoke a voicemail service of the distributed voicemail system and adapted to render at least a first portion of a Voice eXtensible Markup Language (VXML) page. An application server, which is in communication with the media server, is adapted to generate a VXML page and provide the VXML page to the media server. The XVML page has a tag embedded therein, and the media server processes the tag. A voicemail-account monitorer, which monitors at least a portion of the voicemail system, is invoked by the media server processing the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Movius Interactive Corporation
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Jon S. Plotky, Ian M. Moraes, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Patent number: 7970109
    Abstract: A voicemail system enabling various components of the voicemail system to be distributed geographically yet operate as a seamlessly integrated system is disclosed. A signal gateway interfaces with a telephone network. In addition, one or more media servers interface with the signal gateway as well as the telephone network. The signal gateway is configured to block calls to malfunctioning media servers. The signal gateway monitors the media servers, and responsive to determining that a media server has malfunctioned, the signal gateway initiates auto-blocking such that the telephone network does not route calls to the malfunctioning media server. In addition, the signal gateway is configured to auto-detect a media server responsive to the media server being initialized. The voicemail system can include a variety of other elements, such as one or more system management units and one or more central data and message store systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Movius Interactive Corporation
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Publication number: 20110051717
    Abstract: A telecommunications platform that provides redundant interfaces to a telecommunications system for multiple IP based telecommunication devices. The telecommunications platform includes a gateway cluster with two or more signaling gateways. Each signaling gateway is assigned a point code for being accessed by devices in the telecommunications system. The gateway cluster is assigned a virtual point code. Any of the IP based telecommunications devices can be accessed by the telecommunications system by routing to the virtual point code through one of the signaling gateways in the gateway cluster. Thus, if one of the signaling gateways is not available, the IP based telecommunications devices can still be accessed through one of the other signaling gateways in the gateway cluster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Jon S. Plotky, Ian M. Moraes, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Patent number: 7826831
    Abstract: The user interface to a video based telecommunications system is enriched by the provision of multi-media user interfaces. The user interface may include active video portions along with instructional audio or may be icons or thumbnails representing available video information. Menu structures can be animated by changing the color or characteristics of the menu items in synchronization with the audio information and responsive to actions taken by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Ian M. Moraes, Jon S. Plotky, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Publication number: 20100248759
    Abstract: A telecommunications system that supports the provision of video messaging, yet maintains compatibility and operation with user equipment that is not capable of processing, receiving or rendering video content. Based on the type of user equipment, as well as user selected options, network configurations and status, and class-of-service characteristics, the telecommunications systems can revise the manner in which content is provided to the user equipment. Variations in the content provision include providing synchronized audio and video content, audio content only, video content only, video content with closed-captioning and closed-captioning only.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Ian M. Moraes, Jon S. Plotky, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Publication number: 20100232582
    Abstract: Outbound calling from a Voice eXtensible Markup Language (VXML) based voicemail system, which has distributed architecture, is disclosed. The voicemail system includes a media server, which is in communication with a telephone network. The media server includes multiple communication termination-link components, and the communication termination-link components are adapted to couple to trunks that extend to the telephone network. The media server also includes a network interface that is adapted to receive and provide communications to components of the telecommunications platform. The media server also includes a link-selector, a browser module, and a processor. The link-selector is adapted to select a given communication termination-link component from the plurality of communication termination-link components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Jon S. Plotky, Ian M. Moraes, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Publication number: 20100232583
    Abstract: A voice messaging system comprises a common message store, a local data store located remotely from the common message store, and a media server. The media server is operable to receive a call directed to a number serviced by the media server, prompt the user for a voice message, direct the voice message to the local data store for temporary storage, notify the common message store that the voice message is present in the local data store, respond to a request to transfer the voice message to the common message store, and direct the local data store to erase the message upon receipt of a communication from the common message store that the voice message was successfully saved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Jon S. Plotky, Ian M. Morales, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer, Hanna W. Wang
  • Patent number: 7738833
    Abstract: A telecommunications system that supports the provision of video messaging, yet maintains compatibility and operation with user equipment that is not capable of processing, receiving or rendering video content. Based on the type of user equipment, as well as user selected options, network configurations and status, and class-of-service characteristics, the telecommunications systems can revise the manner in which content is provided to the user equipment. Variations in the content provision include providing synchronized audio and video content, audio content only, video content only, video content with closed-captioning and closed-captioning only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Glenayre Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Ian M. Moraes, Jon S. Plotky, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Patent number: 7734023
    Abstract: A voice messaging system comprises a common message store, a local data store located remotely from the common message store, and a media server. The media server is operable to receive a call directed to a number serviced by the media server, prompt the user for a voice message, direct the voice message to the local data store for temporary storage, notify the common message store that the voice message is present in the local data store, respond to a request to transfer the voice message to the common message store, and direct the local data store to erase the message upon receipt of a communication from the common message store that the voice message was successfully saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Glenayre Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Jon S. Plotky, Ian M. Moraes, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Patent number: 7725072
    Abstract: A telecommunications system that supports the provision of video messaging to certain user devices, based on the calling line identifier or ANI associated with the user devices. Based on the CLID or the ANI, as well as user selected options, network configurations and status, and class-of-service characteristics, the telecommunications systems can revise the manner in which content is provided to the user equipment. Variations in the content provision include providing synchronized audio and video content, audio content only, video content only, video content with closed-captioning and closed-captioning only.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Glenayre Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Ian M. Moraes, Jon S. Plotky, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Patent number: 7701929
    Abstract: A telecommunications platform that provides redundant interfaces to a telecommunications system for multiple IP based telecommunication devices. The telecommunications platform includes a gateway cluster with two or more signaling gateways. Each signaling gateway is assigned a point code for being accessed by devices in the telecommunications system. The gateway cluster is assigned a virtual point code. Any of the IP based telecommunications devices can be accessed by the telecommunications system by routing to the virtual point code through one of the signaling gateways in the gateway cluster. Thus, if one of the signaling gateways is not available, the IP based telecommunications devices can still be accessed through one of the other signaling gateways in the gateway cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Movius Interactive
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Jon S. Plotky, Ian M. Moraes, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Publication number: 20100091958
    Abstract: A voicemail system enabling various components of the voicemail system to be distributed geographically yet operate as a seamlessly integrated system is disclosed. A signal gateway interfaces with a telephone network. In addition, one or more media servers interface with the signal gateway as well as the telephone network. The signal gateway is configured to block calls to malfunctioning media servers. The signal gateway monitors the media servers, and responsive to determining that a media server has malfunctioned, the signal gateway initiates auto-blocking such that the telephone network does not route calls to the malfunctioning media server. In addition, the signal gateway is configured to auto-detect a media server responsive to the media server being initialized. The voicemail system can include a variety of other elements, such as one or more system management units and one or more central data and message store systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Sonny R Bettis, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Publication number: 20100034360
    Abstract: Community Messaging Service (CMS) is a system and method for operators in developing countries to provide a messaging service to subscribers who cannot yet afford a wireless telephone or personal landline service or for which such infrastructure is not readily available, but have the basic requirement to communicate with each other. CMS makes it possible for callers to leave messages for people who would otherwise be unreachable and allow subscribers to reply back to those callers. More specifically, CMS involves the use of a pre-paid account to allow callers without telephones to have a non-gsm telephone number that can be used for communication via voicemail over a Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Andy Minaar, Ian M. Moraes
  • Patent number: 7636348
    Abstract: A telephone system architecture enabling various components of a video based telephone system to be distributed geographically yet operates as a seamlessly integrated system. A transcoding gateway provides an interface to a third generation wireless network and received video messages in a plurality of formats. These video messages are converted to a single format and provided to the video media server. The video media server can store the video messages in a message store, separated as a video component and an audio component. The entire video message can be provided to compatible equipment over the third generation wireless network. For non-compatible equipment, the audio component of the video messages can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Ian M. Moraes, Jon S. Plotky, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer