Particular Technique For Combining Diverse Information Types Patents (Class 370/265)
  • Patent number: 10200321
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer program products for providing information associated with an attachment (e.g., attachment received through an instant message system, online collaboration tool, electronic message and the like). A sidebar may allow a user to view comprehensive profile and content information associated with the attachment using an attachment information viewer. The sidebar also may allow the user to switch between a message attachment information view (e.g., to facilitate browsing of the document or attachment) and a person profile information view (e.g., to facilitate browsing of personal or public data).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: OATH INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Brezina, Adam Smith
  • Patent number: 10164929
    Abstract: Intelligent notification of requests for real-time online interaction, and related methods, systems, and computer-readable media are disclosed. In this regard, in one embodiment, a method for intelligently processing a request for real-time online interaction comprises receiving, by a computing device, a request for real-time online interaction directed to a recipient identifier associated with a recipient device of a recipient and originating from a requestor device of a requestor. The method further comprises determining, by the computing device, an interruption indicator that indicates a recipient activity priority relative to a delivery priority of the request for real-time online interaction. The method additionally comprises delivering a notification of the request for real-time online interaction to the recipient device of the recipient, responsive to the interruption indicator indicating that the delivery priority of the request for real-time online interaction exceeds the recipient activity priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Yoakum
  • Patent number: 9853803
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with auto-negotiating over a single pair PHY are described. According to one embodiment, an apparatus includes a physical layer (PHY) transceiver configured to communicate over a single twisted pair channel. The apparatus includes a setup logic configured to control the PHY transceiver to initiate an auto-negotiation sequence over the single twisted pair channel with a remote device upon detecting a transmission from the remote device on the single twisted pair channel. The auto-negotiation sequence includes an exchange of parameters with the remote device using a half-duplex mode to communicate on the single twisted pair channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventor: William Lo
  • Patent number: 9838955
    Abstract: A method, a system and an electronic apparatus for searching nearby apparatuses are proposed. The method includes: searching at least one first apparatus belonging to a first subnet which the electronic apparatus belongs to, and accordingly generating a first list; scanning at least one access point (AP) near the electronic apparatus, and accordingly generating a first AP list; uploading the first AP list to a server, and receiving a second list from the server, where the second list includes at least one second apparatus, and a similarity between a second AP list of each second apparatus and the first AP list is higher than a predetermined threshold; and uniting the first list and the second list to generate a pairing list including at least one apparatus to be paired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Po-Hsiang Wang, Yi-Wen Liu, Hao-Ting Chang, Wen-Ping Chang
  • Patent number: 9749943
    Abstract: A method, a system and an electronic apparatus for searching nearby apparatuses are proposed. The method includes: searching at least one first apparatus belonging to a first subnet which the electronic apparatus belongs to, and accordingly generating a first list; scanning at least one access point (AP) near the electronic apparatus, and accordingly generating a first AP list; uploading the first AP list to a server, and receiving a second list from the server, where the second list includes at least one second apparatus, and a similarity between a second AP list of each second apparatus and the first AP list is higher than a predetermined threshold; and uniting the first list and the second list to generate a pairing list including at least one apparatus to be paired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Po-Hsiang Wang, Yi-Wen Liu, Hao-Ting Chang, Wen-Ping Chang
  • Patent number: 9655036
    Abstract: A method for operating a station during a discovery process includes transmitting a first Layer 2 frame to an access point (AP), the first Layer 2 frame including a first version number associated with first higher layer information and an identifier of a protocol associated with both the first higher layer information and the first version number, receiving a second Layer 2 frame from the AP including an indication that a second version number associated with a second higher layer information is the same as the first version number, and deciding whether to perform a network selection process in accordance with the first higher layer information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yunsong Yang, Young Hoon Kwon, Zhigang Rong
  • Patent number: 9397965
    Abstract: A method of operating a conversational messaging service may include assigning an identification number to messages transmitted by users participating in a group chat, sequentially, selecting an identification number of any one of messages associated with each of the users as a watermark of each of the users, and determining a number of users failing to read each of the each of the messages, based on the watermark of each of the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Kakao Corp.
    Inventor: Sang Hyuk Lee
  • Patent number: 9304647
    Abstract: A system and method for user interface screen presentation prioritization is provided. The display of a plurality of panes may be determined based on either priorities of each pane received in messages or based on combined weightings of each pane based on a weighting provided by a user and a weighting provided by a content source. The display of the panes may relocate the panes and/or change the size of the panes based on changed priorities of each pane or based on changed combined weighting of each pane. The panes may comprise selectable items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Jesse Kates, Harry Lai, Kristen Miller, Christine Denise Schumaker, Balaji S. Thenthiruperai
  • Patent number: 9225757
    Abstract: A method for generating a plurality of messages for inviting communication devices to a communication conference. The method includes establishing a first communication conference with a plurality of first communication devices, receiving a plurality of communication device identifiers from a communication device participating in the first communication conference, which communication device identifiers identify communication devices to be invited to at least a second communication conference, determining communication devices from the plurality of the communication devices, which are already involved in the first communication conference, and generating messages for inviting communication devices to the second communication conference only for those communication devices which are not involved in the first communication conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Mobile Communications GmbH
    Inventors: Sankarnarayan Jagannathan, Vishal Gupta
  • Patent number: 9215699
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method for configuring a subframe, a method for processing data, a base station and a user equipment, wherein, the method for configuring a subframe includes: a first base station determines a first subframe to be configured according to priority information of the subframe; the first base station configures an operating mode of the first subframe according to the operating mode of a second subframe, corresponding to the first subframe, of a second base station, such that the operating mode of the first subframe is not subjected to collision with the operating mode of the second subframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wei Bai
  • Patent number: 9135236
    Abstract: The a user interface (UI) residing in a mobile environment, which has a possibility of indicating after reading each message whether or not the message is divergent from the normal/general level as to the importance of the message. Advantageously, the user does not need to do the indication every time when reading the mail. In the interface, after a given mail has been read (or a part of the given mail has been read), there occurs a possibility to choose between two alternatives: interesting or non-interesting. Advantageously, there is not required other extra work from the user. Gradually, a mail agent collects information about what kind of mail the user prefers and does not prefer. The result will be a prearranged list by preference in the incoming mail. Any mail similar to the ones previously indicated as important will appear first to the user. The applied algorithm in the methods and systems is based on statistical analysis of the linguistic contents of the mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY
    Inventors: Juha Syri, Heikki Hyötyniemi
  • Patent number: 9042274
    Abstract: An electronic communication system including at least one first communication unit and one second communication unit which are connected to one another by means of at least one first data line. The communication system has a data transmission protocol according to which, in at least one first data transmission mode for synchronized data transmission, the first communication unit transmits a data request signal or a clock signal to the second communication unit via the first data line at least once and the second communication unit transmits a data signal to the first communication unit via the first data line in response to the data request signal or the clock signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Thomas Peichl, Thorsten Ehrenberg, Jörn Schriefer
  • Patent number: 9043432
    Abstract: A method of managing content format conversion for transmission of converted content to a mobile device includes retrieving initial content, which includes video content, having a first format over a data communications network. The retrieved initial content is analyzed based on an identification of data delivery parameters relating to potential delivery of converted content and a determination is made as to whether or not the data delivery parameters meet predetermined criteria. The format of the initial content is converted to a second format only in response to a determination that the data delivery parameters meet the predetermined criteria. The converted content forms a message body of a message. A conversion management system configured to manage content format conversion for transmission of converted content to a mobile device, and a computer program for performing the method, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Timo Ahopelto
  • Patent number: 9037110
    Abstract: A system and method of authorizing and monetizing a telephone communication such as a voice call is disclosed. The calling party may be in a controlled environment such as a prison or hospital; the called party is using a mobile telephone device. The call is facilitated by a service provider such as a connect service provider. The call is monetized by a message service charge billed to an account associated with the mobile telephone device. The call is facilitated as a voice call if there is authorization both for a charge for message service to the mobile telephone device and for the call from the calling party. The system is implemented with a system may use a message service communication protocol for the message and billing charge. computer-based system in operation with the interactive voice response system. Revenue from monetization of the call may be shared between service providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark R. Smith, Jeremy R. Martin, Michael J. FitzGibbon, Matthew Joseph Simons, John L. Duffy
  • Patent number: 9014060
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure disclose system, apparatus and methods for providing an integrated web conferencing. In various aspects, the disclosure is directed to integrating a VoIP client for audio conferencing with a web client. In particular, the system provides for integrating a web portion of a web conference with an audio portion of the web conference. More specifically, the system, apparatus and methods provide for connecting a VoIP client to an audio conferencing portion of the system to facilitate communications between client and server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Dean Terpstra, Adam Charles Uzelac
  • Patent number: 9014085
    Abstract: Providing for mobile communications incorporating Internet Protocol (IP) persistence is described herein. By way of example, IP persistence can be implemented for a mobile device receiving IP data content over a mobile network. Particularly, if the mobile device encounters a region of poor wireless coverage, the IP data content can be transmitted to the mobile device over a plurality of base stations concurrently. Thus, the IP persistence can comprise duplicating the IP data content and transmitting separate independent wireless transmissions of the content to the mobile device from separate cells or separate transmitters. The duplicate transmitting can be continued while the mobile device is within the region of poor wireless coverage, until a suitable quality of service or quality of experience parameter is met for a serving network, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sanjay MacWan, Azfar Inayatullah
  • Patent number: 9014058
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for communicating with a plurality of endpoints participating in a conference session. A signal representing audio from each of the endpoints is received at a control unit. The control unit adjusts one or more target power levels for purposes of automatic gain control of the audio from one or more of the endpoints based on information derived in real-time from the audio of the plurality of endpoints during the conference session and predetermined information pertaining to a source of the audio from at least one of the endpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall B. Baird, Thiya Ramalingam
  • Patent number: 8995307
    Abstract: Multicast media notifications are provided when unicast media encoders are unavailable to serve endpoints that send a communication session request to a call control device. When the call control device receives a communication session request from an endpoint, a determination is made as to whether any one of a plurality of unicast media encoders is available for the communication session request. When it is determined that none of the plurality of unicast media encoders is available, the endpoint is connected to a multicast media encoder that presents a multicast media notification to the endpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Greenslade, Guy C. Leaver, Murlin H. Coffey, III, Ian D. Hughes, Jason Cresswell
  • Publication number: 20150078210
    Abstract: A method, device, and system for implementing a multi-party conference call by using a set-top box. The method includes: in a conferencing state, the set-top box sending a network server that manages the conference a request message for adding another specified set-top box into the conference where the set-top box is located; and after the set-top box receives an acknowledgment message fed back by the network server for indicating that the specified set-top box has joined in the conference, distributing audio and/or video signals to be transmitted by the set-top box to other members of the conference through the network server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jianchun Wang, Jidong Zhang, Liang Hou, Guangchao Liu
  • Patent number: 8959147
    Abstract: Information management systems with time zone information, including event scheduling processes are disclosed. One aspect of the invention is directed toward a computer-implemented scheduling method that can include identifying a difference between a participant time zone and a user time zone, reviewing availability information for the participant and/or one or more selected time preference periods for the participant, and selecting a time range for an event. The method can further include reviewing one or more selected time preference periods for the user. Another aspect of the invention is directed toward a computer-implemented method for associating time zone information with a contact in an information management program application that includes selecting a contact, analyzing contact information associated with the contact, and determining a time zone for the contact based on the analysis of the contact information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Colin Fitzpatrick, Jeff Eldridge, Mohamed Anas Abbar
  • Patent number: 8929230
    Abstract: A method of wireless communication includes configuring a virtual SRS (sounding reference signal) transmission to prompt a user equipment (UE) to use a shortened uplink transmission format to create a silent period at an end of a subframe. Reports are received from the UE indicating interference observed during the silent period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Renqiu Wang, Durga Prasad Malladi, Hao Xu, Naga Bhushan, Yongbin Wei
  • Patent number: 8913734
    Abstract: A telecommunications addressing system/method allowing selection of a telephone instrument device (TID) using arbitrary identifiers is disclosed. The system/method allows a source TID (STD) to select a target TID (TTD) by the use of a Target Telephone Identifier (TTI) data string rather than a traditional numeric telephone identification (NTI). This TTI is then indexed within a TTI/NTI mapping server (TMS) that functions as a hierarchical repository of TTI/NTI mappings. STD/TTD communication is established by first performing a lookup of the STD-selected TTI within the TMS to identify the NTI of the TTD. Once the NTI of the STD has been identified by the TMS, communication between the STD and TTD is established using the NTI via the normal public switched telephone network (PSTN). TMS TTI lookup may be performed via STD TID web application and/or via PSTN infrastructure interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Maqsood A. Thange
  • Patent number: 8903445
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Push to talk Over Cellular [PoC] Server for providing PoC communication services in mobile radio communications system, the PoC Server being arranged to perform at least one Controlling PoC Function for a PoC Session between PoC Clients in mobile terminals. The PoC Server is characterized in that it is arranged to: receive a first information indicating the PoC Session priority order for the PoC Session for each of the PoC Clients participating in the PoC Session; receive a second information, if any one of the PoC Clients is also participating in other simultaneous PoC Sessions, indicating the PoC Session priority order for the other simultaneous PoC Sessions for each of the PoC Clients participating in the other simultaneous PoC Sessions; store the first and second information for enabling control of the transmission of Media in the PoC Session based on the first and second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Optis Wireless Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Jan Dahl, Jan Holm
  • Patent number: 8897322
    Abstract: A method, system, and medium are provided for delivering broadcast video content at varying levels of video quality. In particular, a source video stream is provided that is divided into two or more video substreams such that the video substreams include offset frames from the source video stream. The video substreams are modulated onto one or more air interface channels. Mobile devices may be configured to access only one of the video substreams to present video content at a lower frame rate or to access multiple video substreams to present video content at a higher frame rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Samuel M. Woleben
  • Patent number: 8824478
    Abstract: A method is provided in one example embodiment that includes receiving a radio signal stream, segmenting the radio signal stream based on a control word in the radio signal stream, mapping the segmented radio signal stream to a service class, transporting the segmented radio signal stream in packets through channels over a backhaul link, and maintaining the order of the radio signal stream over the backhaul link. In more particular embodiments, the backhaul link may use a DOCSIS link, the radio signal stream can be received using a Common Public Radio Interface, and the radio signal stream may include sub-streams transported through segmented channels over the backhaul link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin D. Shatzkamer, Ashish Dalela, Monique J. Morrow, Peter Christian Tomsu, Michael P. Hammer, Vojislav Vucetic
  • Patent number: 8767592
    Abstract: The illustrative embodiments described herein provide improved systems and methods for conferencing enterprise and non-enterprise callers. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a first call initiated by an enterprise caller at an enterprise, communicating with an enterprise media server to initiate a tributary conference on the enterprise media server, joining the enterprise caller to the tributary conference such that the enterprise caller is in data communication with the tributary conference, receiving a second call initiated by a non-enterprise caller via a public switched telephone network, interfacing the non-enterprise caller with a data center media server, creating a home conference on the data center media center, joining the second call to the home conference, and interfacing the home conference on the data center media server to the tributary conference on the enterprise media server to form a linked conference between the enterprise caller and the non-enterprise caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Myron P Sojka, Mark Steven Jarzynka, Srinivas Maganti, Andrew Nelson
  • Patent number: 8711737
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for forming crowds of users based on wireless contexts of corresponding mobile devices of the users. In general, wireless contexts of mobile devices of a number of users are obtained. For each mobile device, the wireless context of the mobile device includes a wireless Personal Area Network (PAN) context of the mobile device, a wireless Local Area Network (LAN) context of the mobile device, or both. The wireless contexts of the mobile devices of the users are then utilized to form crowds of users. More specifically, in one embodiment, users of mobile devices having sufficiently similar wireless contexts are determined to be in the same crowd of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Waldeck Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Kunal Kandekar, Kenneth Jennings, Christopher M. Amidon, Juan A. Pons
  • Patent number: 8670354
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a solution for performing a sharing an ongoing data session between a first user and a group of at least one additional user in a telecommunication system. The basic idea of this invention is to provide a network integration node with a shared streaming session logic, replication logic and group membership management functions of a conference node, like for example the “Push to-talk over Cellular (PoC)” application. Using this functionality the conference system is to be included into the ongoing streaming session, shall invite additional members and forward the streaming traffic to them as well. This results into a shared streaming service using unicast communication resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Thorsten Lohmar, Frank Hundscheidt, Ralf Keller
  • Patent number: 8650255
    Abstract: A method and computer program product for receiving a join request, from a requestor, to join an online conversation in which an online user of an instant messaging system is participating. A notification is provided to the online user that the requester would like to join the online conversation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph O'Sullivan, Robert Cameron Weir, Edith Helen Stern, Barry E. Willner
  • Patent number: 8644175
    Abstract: A radio communication system, scheduling method, radio base station device, and radio communication terminal all enabling improvement of the system throughput. The radio base station device (400) comprises a signal demultiplexing section (420), an interference/noise power measuring section (425), and scheduler section (430). The signal demultiplexing section (420) acquires information representing the net reception power of the signal which is transmitted from a mobile terminal and from which the influences of the interference and the noise power are removed. The interference/noise power measuring section (425) measures the interference and noise power components of the uplink. The scheduler section (430) carries out uplink band allocation and MCS selection according to the information representing the net reception power and the uplink interference and noise power components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Sumasu, Katsuhiko Hiramatsu
  • Patent number: 8626118
    Abstract: The collect cellular call identifies the cellular telephone carrier and called party cell phone. After determining whether the carrier and phone accept message service charges (SMS), a voice response module seeks positive authorization from the called party with the telephone. If positive, the system facilitates a connection between the calling party and the called party and initiates a predetermined billing charge assigned to the cellular telephone number. If the carrier or the cell phone is not enabled or if no authorization is obtained from the called party, the system facilitates a denial of completion signal. A timer monitors the length of the collect cellular call. Databases are accessed to locate the carrier and called cell phone number approved list of numbers and deny service list of numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark R. Smith, Jeremy R. Martin, Michael J. FitzGibbon, Matthew Joseph Simons, John L. Duffy
  • Patent number: 8626832
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for displaying a conversation summary is provided. The method may include providing a graphical user interface (GUI) configured to allow communication between a number of users. The method may also include displaying an invitation to join a conversation at the graphical user interface from at least one of the users and displaying a summary of the conversation in a tag cloud on a computing device. Numerous other variations and embodiments are also included within the scope of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stanley Kieran Jerrard-Dunne, David Ryant Millen, Michael Roche
  • Patent number: 8611878
    Abstract: An arrangement and method in a wireless communication network provides users with full control of service management, defines how a user can enter or leave services, and defines dependencies between services. A mobile terminal initiates establishment of a group and creates a unique groupID. The terminal sends invitations to other terminals to join the group and includes the unique groupID and a service feature tag for a desired service. The terminal will not request a service if it is incompatible with a service already running. Terminals that receive invitations store the groupID and service feature tags. These parameters are used to send acceptances or rejections, and to join later or leave a service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Elena Fersman, Michael Åström
  • Patent number: 8593996
    Abstract: Relating to a home network system, methods for configuring sessions in a home network system and setting up optimized paths of the configured sessions and apparatuses for supporting the same. According to an embodiment, the method for computing a routing path includes the steps of transmitting a Link Status Request message data requesting Link information from a first device to a second device, receiving a Link Notify message including Link information on the second device from the second device, updating a Link Status table based upon the Link information on the second device, computing Routing Path information from a source device to a sink device based upon the Link Status table, and computing information on a transmission port being used in the routing path based upon the Routing Path information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Min Soo Lee, Jin Ho Kim, Beom Jin Jeon
  • Patent number: 8593995
    Abstract: The present invention provides a centralized home controller that is used to coordinate a plurality of associated packet communication clients. The home controller provides a centralized and unified control and messaging system for the various packet communication clients. The home controller also allows the packet communication clients to establish and control packet sessions among the associated packet communication clients, as well as between any one of the packet communication clients and remote clients. The packet communication clients are provided in consumer electronics devices, and the associated packet sessions support data, voice, audio, or video content. In one embodiment, the home controller acts as a proxy for the various communications between the packet communication clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Apple, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel H. Christie, IV
  • Patent number: 8577964
    Abstract: A network device management unit manages a first network device, communicable with a second network device, managed by a counterpart network device management unit, in a network environment. The network device management includes a device information storage, a communication-start information, a network device management information operation unit, an available function information acquisition unit, and a display-information generator. The device information storage stores network device management information of the first network device. The communication-start information acquisition unit obtains communication-start information when the first and second network devices start to communicate. The network device management information operation unit lets the counterpart network device management unit to obtain the network device management information of the first network device. The available function information acquisition unit obtains available function information of the second network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mototsugu Emori
  • Patent number: 8553064
    Abstract: A method is provided in one example embodiment and includes establishing a video session in which a plurality of displays are used for rendering video data, and evaluating a presentation element in order to identify a control element that includes control data. The control element is included in the presentation element. The method further includes communicating at least a portion of the control data such that it can be used to determine which video data is to be rendered on the plurality of displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan J. MacDonald, Chris A. Dunn, Brian J. Baldino
  • Patent number: 8554281
    Abstract: A method of automatically establishing an input language for a handheld electronic device includes receiving a request to initiate the composition of a new message, receiving a selection of a particular contact that is the intended recipient of the message, and determining whether the particular contact has a stored preferred input language. If a preferred input language is stored, the method includes determining whether the preferred input language is different than the current input language (which may be a pre-established default input language). If the preferred input language is different, the method further includes switching the current input language to the preferred input language. Also provided is an improved handheld electronic device having one or more routines adapted to implement the method. Also provided is a method of indicating a preferred language in association with a call received by or placed to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Sherryl Lee Lorraine Scott, Jason T. Griffin
  • Patent number: 8547880
    Abstract: A method for replaying a portion of a multi-party audio interaction to a participant of the audio interaction. A participant of a multi-party audio interaction, such as a conference call or a gaming session, can request a replay of a portion of the audio interaction. A conference processor can provide an outgoing audio stream to the participant that includes a replay audio stream that includes the requested replayed portion of the multi-party audio interaction and a real-time audio stream that includes the ongoing multi-party audio interaction. The replay audio stream can be aurally positioned at an aural position that is different from the real-time audio stream to enhance the participant's ability to distinguish between the two audio streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Yoakum, John Costello, Tony McCormack
  • Patent number: 8520053
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide an architecture for establishing multi-participant video conferences. This architecture has a central distributor that receives video images from two or more participants. From the received images, the central distributor generates composite images that the central distributor transmits back to the participants. Each composite image includes a set of sub images, where each sub image belongs to one participant. In some embodiments, the central distributor saves network bandwidth by removing each particular participant's image from the composite image that the central distributor sends to the particular participant. In some embodiments, images received from each participant are arranged in the composite in a non-interleaved manner. For instance, in some embodiments, the composite image includes at most one sub-image for each participant, and no two sub-images are interleaved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Pun, Hsi Jung Wu, Hyeonkuk Jeong
  • Patent number: 8503335
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for receiving or transmitting broadcast data are provided. The broadcast data receiving method includes: acquiring first signaling information indicating an ensemble in which service composition information of a broadcasting service is transmitted, acquiring the service composition information based on the first signaling information, and providing the broadcasting service based on the service composition information and the first signaling information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-il Park, June-hee Lee, Ga-hyun Ryu, Jong-hwa Kim
  • Patent number: 8483098
    Abstract: Disclosed are conferencing systems, devices, architectures, and methods for managing a conference spanning system to facilitate participation in a plurality of conferences at the same time. An exemplary system having devices and/or structures in accordance with embodiments can include: (i) a plurality of conferences, each conference being configured to support a plurality of media modes; (ii) a presentation mechanism configured to support the plurality of media modes from the plurality of conferences; and (iii) a selector for selecting a conference from the plurality of conferences and designating the selected conference as an active conference and designating non-selected conferences as background conferences, wherein the active conference is assigned at least one enhanced media mode in the presentation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Sravan Vadlakonda, Shantanu Sarkar, Ashish Chotai, Aseem Asthana, Glenn Inn
  • Patent number: 8458756
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a videophone system implemented over a cable television network. The instant invention provides a videophone comprising a camera for capturing images associated with a videophone signal, a videophone unit and a set top terminal or cable modem connecting the videophone to a cable television network. Videophone signals created at the call origination site are encoded and transported to a predetermined destination over an existing cable television network. The system uses IP addresses as phone number on the network. Additionally, transport of videophone signals between different cable systems is accomplished via a high-speed long distance data network, such as, for example, a satellite network, that provides communication between the headends of the different cable television systems. The set top terminal may be a conventional subscriber terminal, a cable modem or a subscriber terminal configured to operate as a cable modem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventors: Arturo A. Rodriguez, Timothy W. Simerly, Luis A. Rovira, William E. Wall, Jr., Neilesh R. Patel
  • Patent number: 8456510
    Abstract: A virtual distributed multipoint control unit in a videoconference may be implemented using a master endpoint, one or more facilitator endpoints, and one or more leaf endpoints. The facilitator endpoint(s) may receive video and/or audio from the leaf endpoints (which may provide/receive videoconference audio and video to one or more local participants). The master endpoint may receive video and/or audio from one or more facilitator endpoints (which may include cumulative video stream from multiple leaf endpoints) and/or directly from one or more leaf endpoints. The master endpoint may arrange received video and/or audio and provide cumulative video and/or audio streams to the leaf endpoints (e.g., directly and/or through the facilitator endpoints). The virtual distributed multipoint control unit may support a conference with more leaf endpoints than the master endpoint has input ports and/or decoders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: LifeSize Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith C. King, Ashish Goyal, Hrishikesh Gopal Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 8447023
    Abstract: During a conference, a multipoint control unit (MCU) designates priority and non-priority endpoints. The MCU forms priority audio from the priority endpoint and sends that audio to the other endpoints at a normal level. However, the MCU forms non-priority audio from the non-priority endpoint and handles that audio based on whether the input audio from the priority endpoint is from speaking or not. If the priority endpoint's audio indicates a participant at that endpoint is speaking, then the MCU sends the non-priority audio to the other endpoints at a reduced level. Designation of which endpoint has priority can be based on which endpoint has a current duration of audio indicative of speech that is longer than other endpoints. Alternatively, the designation can be based on which endpoint is currently presenting content during the conference or based on a mix of speech audio and content presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventors: Alain Nimri, Rick Flott
  • Patent number: 8437281
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving data that indicates a maximum number of end nodes with which to set up real-time data sessions that is less than a conference number of nodes whose data is mixed in a single real-time data conference. Real-time data sessions are established with a connected set of a connected number of nodes not greater than the maximum number. A mix of the real-time data received from the connected set is presented to a user of the first node. Local real-time data is received from a user. The received real-time data is distributed by mixing and sending. This includes, for each individual node in the connected set, mixing received local real-time data with real-time data received from other nodes in the connected set different from the individual node to form individual mixed real-time data, and sending the individual mixed real-time data to the individual node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Jay Walker, Bryan Turner, Charles L. Baker
  • Patent number: 8432835
    Abstract: Examples of systems described herein include videoconferencing systems having audio/visual components coupled to a codec. The codec may be configured by a control system. Communication networks having different security levels may be alternately coupled to the codec following appropriate configuration by the control system. The control system may also be coupled to the communication networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: David H. Dirks, Diane Gomes, Corbin J. Stewart, Robert A. Fischer
  • Patent number: 8422406
    Abstract: A system and method that allows different participants in a conference call to be identified at a receiving terminal includes watermarking speech data when the uplink information from the terminals of the participants is received at the telecommunications network. The speech data is then combined at a conference bridge in the network and is transmitted in the downlink to the receiving terminal. The receiving terminal uses the watermarks to identify from which of the participants the received speech data originated and is operable to reproduce the speech data from the respective participants at different positions in a 2D or 3D space to help the user of the receiver terminal to identify contributions made by the respective participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Vodafone Group PLC
    Inventors: David Ashbrook, David Pollington
  • Patent number: 8422407
    Abstract: A method for managing data transmissions in a subscriber pool involves receiving a telematics unit call at a call center on a channel other than a packet data channel, and from the call and at the call center, recognizing that the packet data channel is unavailable in a predetermined coverage region. A notification is transmitted to the telematics unit and/or to a plurality of telematics units in the predetermined coverage region indicating that the packet data channel is unavailable for a predetermined time. In response to the notification, a vehicle data upload setting is reset in the telematics unit and/or each of the plurality of telematics units to an alternate channel such that primary connection attempts made by the telematics unit and/or each of the plurality of telematics units are via the alternate channel during the predetermined time. A system for managing such data transmissions is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Anthony J. Sumcad, Navjot Sidhu, Kevin R. Krause
  • Patent number: 8416715
    Abstract: Gaze tracking or other interest indications are used during a video conference to determine one or more audio sources that are of interest to one or more participants to the video conference, such as by determining a conversation from among multiple conversations that a subset of participants are participating in or listening to, for enhancing the audio experience of one or more of the participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel A. Rosenfeld, Zicheng Liu, Ross G. Cutler, Philip A. Chou, Christian Huitema, Kori Quinn