Special Feature Of Multiplex Telephone Terminal Patents (Class 370/271)
  • Patent number: 10194382
    Abstract: Automated discovery of amenities. In an embodiment, when a mobile device is inactive, the mobile device is used to automatically scan an environment, using a radio system, in order to identify one or more access points within the environment. The one or more access points are then automatically scouted by attempting to connect to and traverse each access point, to determine and record a status of each access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BandwidthX Inc.
    Inventor: Chris Van Hamersveld
  • Patent number: 10013142
    Abstract: A method and associated system that enable files in a file directory to be queued or marked prior to sending the files to a common application. A first selectable function is provided to queue a selected file within a first queue, wherein only selected files are queued, and wherein files from different folders may be queued. A selection of an application with which to open the queued and selected files is received. A second selectable function is provided to automatically open all of the queued and/or selected files with the application, wherein files across different folders can be opened with a single operation of the second function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Randolph M. Forlenza, John P. Kaemmerer
  • Patent number: 9798825
    Abstract: An information system using active context technology allows a user to view and interact with a large amount of data disposed within multiple objects with relative ease, minimal time, and minimal interaction. An active context object allows an active context window to display labels, identifiers, and links for objects that are actively (e.g. presently) contextually associated with each other. Contextual association of objects can be determined by a user, inferred by the nature of each object, or automatically determined by an information system. In another embodiment, an active context window is persistently displayed to a user to allow the user to easily obtain information about contextually associated objects and easily allow the user to navigate among contextually associated objects. In one embodiment, the active context object can be transmitted to other users to allow each user to access contextually related objects and, thus, contextually related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Versata Development Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Peninah R. Goldman
  • Patent number: 9756674
    Abstract: A method of operating an electronic device, an electronic device, and a chip set are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jusung Noh, Seokjoong Lee, Jongwoo Lee, Donghyun Yeom
  • Patent number: 9525767
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer readable-media for answering a communication notification. The method for answering a communication notification comprises receiving a notification of communication from a user, converting information related to the notification to speech, outputting the information as speech to the user, and receiving from the user an instruction to accept or ignore the incoming communication associated with the notification. In one embodiment, information related to the notification comprises one or more of a telephone number, an area code, a geographic origin of the request, caller id, a voice message, address book information, a text message, an email, a subject line, an importance level, a photograph, a video clip, metadata, an IP address, or a domain name. Another embodiment involves notification assigned an importance level and repeat attempts at notification if it is of high importance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Horst J. Schroeter
  • Patent number: 9419809
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computer program product, and computing system is provided for creating resonance around posts to a collaboration session by important individuals. In an implementation, a method may include determining an importance level associated with a first user. The method may also include receiving content from the first user for publication to a collaboration session. The method may also include publishing the content from the first user to the collaboration session. The method may further include preventing publication of content from at least another user to the collaboration session for a resonance time period proximate publishing the content from the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Al Chakra, Liam Harpur, John Rice
  • Patent number: 9419808
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computer program product, and computing system is provided for creating resonance around posts to a collaboration session by important individuals. In an implementation, a method may include determining an importance level associated with a first user. The method may also include receiving content from the first user for publication to a collaboration session. The method may also include publishing the content from the first user to the collaboration session. The method may further include preventing publication of content from at least another user to the collaboration session for a resonance time period proximate publishing the content from the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Al Chakra, Liam Harpur, John Rice
  • Patent number: 9392111
    Abstract: A computer processor determines that a call has been placed on hold. The computer processor sends a first packet to a local exchange carrier (LEC) of the calling device, wherein the first packet includes instructions to release the bandwidth of the call placed on-hold, between the LEC and a recipient of the call. The computer processor sends a second packet intermittently to the LEC, wherein the second packet maintains a connection between the calling device of the call and the LEC. The computer processor determines that a representative is available, wherein the representative is the recipient of the call, and in response to determining the representative that is available responds to the call, the computer processor sending a third packet to connect the calling device of the call to the representative that is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Shareef F. Alshinnawi, Gary D. Cudak, Edward S. Suffern, John M. Weber
  • Patent number: 9344844
    Abstract: A mobile IP location server that retrieves the location of a mobile device based on the public IP address that a mobile device is using. A mobile IP location server comprises a mobile location protocol interface, an identifier resolver, and a location manager. The mobile location protocol interface interacts with location applications and receives and responds to location requests. The identifier resolver converts a device's public IP address to a real mobile identifier (e.g. MSISDN) and performs address conversion by either interacting with an HTTP proxy server or querying a network address translation (NAT) table. The location manager retrieves the location of a mobile device given the device's real mobile identifier (e.g. MSISDN). A web application requests mobile IP location services by transmitting an IP request to the mobile IP location server. An IP location request contains a mobile device's public IP address, port number, and any application specific information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Telecommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Yinjun Zhu
  • Patent number: 9319504
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer readable-media for answering a communication notification. The method for answering a communication notification comprises receiving a notification of communication from a user, converting information related to the notification to speech, outputting the information as speech to the user, and receiving from the user an instruction to accept or ignore the incoming communication associated with the notification. In one embodiment, information related to the notification comprises one or more of a telephone number, an area code, a geographic origin of the request, caller id, a voice message, address book information, a text message, an email, a subject line, an importance level, a photograph, a video clip, metadata, an IP address, or a domain name. Another embodiment involves notification assigned an importance level and repeat attempts at notification if it is of high importance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventor: Horst J. Schroeter
  • Patent number: 9288318
    Abstract: A system and method for improving the handling, management, and retention of particular accounts. An allowable calling number list is generated via a suitable mechanism such as a call center. The allowable calling number list is utilized by telephone number management server to manage inbound call access to suspended accounts. Account representatives are given access to the suspended numbers. Additionally, certain emergency inbound calls may be permitted from select numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Chia-Chang Li, Jon Boone, Jaime Jimenez, Chris Kennedy
  • Patent number: 9083564
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system and method of delivering notifications. The method can include receiving a communication at a server within an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) network, where the communication is directed to a destination device outside of the IPTV network. The method can also include identifying the destination device and associating the destination device with a set-top box device. The method can also include transmitting a notification of the communication to the set-top box device via a private data network within the IPTV network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mary McCarthy, Tony Haeuser, Chris Lee, Ross Cox, Scott Pettit
  • Publication number: 20150139045
    Abstract: A communication system, method, and components are described. Specifically, a communication system having the ability to facilitate call transfer across a Session Border Controller (SBC) is provided. The transfer is facilitated by an intelligent mapping process performed at the SBC on one or more messages transmitted during a call transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Boyle, Vipul Rastogi, Joel M. Ezell
  • Patent number: 9019870
    Abstract: An example method stores a nomadic service designator and an operating mode designator in association with a public user identifier. The nomadic service designator indicates whether an IP device is allowed to access VoIP services from different network locations. The public user identifier facilitates establishing a call with the IP device. The operating mode designator indicates when the IP device is in a suspended operating mode and an unrestricted mode. The suspended operating mode restricts the IP device to a subset of communication services associated with a service subscription of the IP device, and to a 911 service. The unrestricted operating mode is based on a registered geographic location associated with the IP device being a current geographic location of the IP device, and is based on a service provider being able to provide an E911 service including a location-identification service at the current geographic location of the IP device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard L. Khan, Chaoxin Qiu, Robert F. Dailey
  • Patent number: 9020136
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a system and method for blended telephone network and computer network customer support interactions. The system may include a web server, one or more controllers, a telephone exchange, a monitoring server, and one or more client devices. The method may include receiving a multimedia support request, establishing a multimedia communications session, instructing a telephony application associated with the multimedia communications session to place a telephone call, routing and connecting the telephone call to an available endpoint, identifying the available endpoint when the telephone call is connected to the available endpoint, and transmitting an invitation to participate in the multimedia communications session to the available endpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Silviu Cristian Marghescu, Juan Vasquez
  • Publication number: 20150092619
    Abstract: The present invention relates to providing a device for use in corporate systems and methods thereof, and during emergency situations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Mark P. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8989054
    Abstract: An IP device exchange apparatus includes: a connector that is connected to a first IP phone, a second IP phone, and a third IP phone; a memory for storing a coding scheme obtained by call setting which is negotiated between the first and second IP phones; and a controller that, when receiving a call instruction for call connection to the second IP phone from the third IP phone during communication between the first and second IP phones, employs the coding scheme stored in the memory to perform, between the third IP phone and the IP device exchange apparatus, call setting between the second and third IP phones, while maintaining call connection between the first and second IP phones, thereby changing the call connection between the first and second IP phones to call connection between the second and third IP phones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinya Isumi
  • Patent number: 8982739
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method of controlling the mobile terminal are provided. The mobile terminal includes: a display; a wireless Internet module; and a controller for acquiring information about a plurality of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) accounts that can communicate through the wireless Internet module and for distinguishing information about a first user group corresponding to the acquired plurality of VoIP accounts from information about a second user group not corresponding to the acquired plurality of VoIP accounts and for displaying the information in the display. Therefore, by displaying to distinguish information about a user group corresponding to a plurality of VoIP accounts from other information, a function can be easily selected through a plurality of VoIP accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yong Kim, Suyoung Lee, Yusol Ha, Sunhee Cheon, Jihye Yu
  • Patent number: 8941713
    Abstract: A video phone call method for adjusting resolution quality and a video phone call apparatus supporting the same are provided. The video phone call apparatus includes a Radio Frequency (RF) communication unit for transmit a video phone call connection request message and for receiving a video phone call connection accept message in response to the video phone call connection request message to form a communication channel for connection of video phone call, a camera for collecting an image signal for the video phone call, an audio processor for collecting an audio signal for the video phone call, and a controller for creating a control signal for controlling the image signal and the audio signal, and for adding a collected video frame to the video phone call data to generate integral video phone call data having additional video frame data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Woo Young Choi
  • Patent number: 8937888
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes electronically prompting, in response to a triggering event, a participant connected to a conference session via a corresponding endpoint device to enter an affirmative response in order to continue attending the conference session. The participant is disconnected from the conference session in the event that the affirmative response is not received within a predetermined time period. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Foo, Jacqueline Munson, Randall B. Baird
  • Patent number: 8929520
    Abstract: An Internet compatible dialer pad is used to dial into an Internet server to provide services similar to those found on the Plain Old Telephone System (“POTS”). The dialer pad has an integrated modem set, an extended keypad with alphanumeric entry keys and function keys, display screen and display electronics that renders visual call progress information to the user as well as other communications indicators and related information about the current Internet connection. The dialer uses the Public Switched Telephone System (“PSTN”) and standard LAN/WAN technology to give the user entry into a plurality of Internet calling functions. An Internet database is maintained and permits the dialing party to obtain callee information by entering alphanumeric characters via the dialer. Links from the PSTN to an Internet data base are not restricted to a specific digital data protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8908569
    Abstract: Methods for multiple-termination routing in a wireless network environment that includes an Internet Protocol (“IP”) core are described herein. One method includes receiving a call delivery request. The call delivery request includes a called number. The call features associated with the called number are determined. A determination is made whether the call features include multiple-termination routing information for a plurality of potential terminating devices. When the call features include the multiple-termination routing information including at least one termination to be routed utilizing Session Initiation Protocol (“SIP”), a call setup is initiated to each of the plurality of potential terminating devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Marvin Bienn, Jayshree Bharatia, Gary B. Stephens
  • Publication number: 20140334346
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to methods and systems for handling emergency calls from a mobile VoIP device. According to one embodiment, handling an emergency call from a Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) device can comprise registering a physical address associated with the mobile VoIP device, periodically determining a current location of the mobile VoIP device, dynamically updating a current address associated with the mobile VoIP device based on the determined current location of the mobile VoIP device, and initiating an emergency call from the mobile VoIP device, the emergency call selectively using either the registered physical address or the dynamically updated current address.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Greg Stephens, Kevin Breault, Jason Shugart
  • Patent number: 8879431
    Abstract: A system, computer readable medium and method of load balancing of requests between Diameter-enabled network devices is disclosed. Processing occurs at a signal controller in communication with a first Diameter-enabled network device and a second Diameter-enabled network device, request handling capacity of at least the second Diameter-enabled network device. One or more tokens are allocated for inbound requests from the first Diameter-enabled network device to the second Diameter-enabled network device. The second Diameter-enabled network device is notified of the one or more allocated tokens for handling a corresponding number of requests from the first Diameter-enabled network device. Transmission of the corresponding number of requests from the first Diameter-enabled network device to the second Diameter-enabled network device is coordinated by the signal controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: F5 Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Ridel, Valentin Tumarkin
  • Publication number: 20140321335
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for detection and notification of called party presence via a telecommunication device associated with a called party are provided herein. In some exemplary embodiments, a method for detection and notification of called party presence may include receiving a request to establish a telecommunication session, obtaining presence information derived from presence detection equipment associated with the telecommunication device responsive to the received request, determining presence of the called party based on the obtained presence information, and sending a notification message including an indication of the determined presence of the called party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: VONAGE NETWORK LLC
    Inventor: XUHUA LIN
  • Patent number: 8873405
    Abstract: A device includes a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) phone, an audio interface for receiving or transmitting audio information with the SIP phone to test a SIP-based network, and a controller for controlling the SIP phone and the audio interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Craig E. Newman
  • Patent number: 8867516
    Abstract: A binary CDMA image transmission and receiving system directed connected to an image capturing device includes an image transmission unit including: an image capturing device comprising a CCD/CMOS camera module and configured to output a captured digital image signal; an image pre-treatment processing unit configured to process a digital image signal output from the image capturing device to be vivid; a digital image processing unit configured to convert the image signal into a compressible signal; a transmission side A/V codec configured to compress an image and a voice of an output image signal; a transmission side host processor configured to perform a binary CDMA function, a transmission side binary CDMA baseband processor; and an RF transmission unit, and an image receiving unit including: an RF receiving unit configured to receive the transmitted RF signal; a receiver side binary CDMA baseband processor configured to receive and decode the received RF signal; a receiver side host processor; a receiver s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: HDC Inc.
    Inventor: Sung-ho Jung
  • Patent number: 8848579
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for using transport-layer source ports to identify sources of packet payloads in mixed tethering and non-tethering environments so that, e.g., a provider may differentially bill between those two types of data communication. In particular, a wireless device capable of sending data from both tethered and non-tethered sources may use specified transport-layer source ports to identify data as coming from various different sources. Network entities that record data usage associated with the device may detect which port the device used to send data and use port-to-source (e.g., port-to-hardware-interface) mapping data to determine the source (e.g., the source hardware interface) of the data. The network entities may report this data usage, along with the determined data sources, to a billing system so that the billing system may accordingly differentially bill a subscriber associated with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Raymond E. Reeves, Wen Xue, Ryan A. Wick
  • Patent number: 8830877
    Abstract: A transmitting device for a multicast and broadcast service according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: an encoder that receives data to generate parity; an ARQ block generator that generates a first automatic repeat request (ARQ) block by dividing the data and generates a second ARQ block by dividing the parity; a PDU generator that generates a first protocol data unit (PDU) including the first ARQ block and a second protocol unit (PDU) including the second ARQ block; and a transmitter that transmits the first PDU and the second PDU to a plurality of terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Sung-Geun Jin, Sung Cheol Chang, Won-Ik Kim, Hyun Lee, Chul Sik Yoon
  • Patent number: 8830878
    Abstract: Techniques are described for better ensuring that calls or transmissions directed to a subscriber or endpoint to which a number was previously assigned are not received by a new subscriber or endpoint. According to one class of implementations, a telephony platform maintains a registry that associates a secondary identifier with each phone number that is currently assigned to a subscriber. The identifier may point to and/or include any of a variety of information that maps to the current subscriber. When a calling party initiates a call to an assigned number, an additional identifier is transmitted with the call routing information that corresponds to the entity or endpoint to which the call is directed. The telephony platform makes call routing decisions based on the correspondence of this information with the information maintained in the registry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: RingCentral, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher van Rensburg
  • Publication number: 20140241216
    Abstract: A portable communication, comprises a control unit, a display coupled to the control unit; a contact book coupled to the control unit to store a list of contact person's phone number, e-mail address, account information, or the combination; a ranking module being responsive to a usage frequency of the list of contact person to re-arrange the list of contact person to allow high ranking contact person is listed on a top or a first page of an interface displayed on the display; a phone filter including an interface on a display to allow a user to input a black list of person and corresponding phone number to filter out a phone which is listed in the black list.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Yi-Chuan CHENG, Kuo-Ching CHIANG
  • Patent number: 8817669
    Abstract: A system and method for managing telephone calls is disclosed. The system includes a central controller that receives and processes telephone calls. The identity of a caller is first determined. Based on predetermined settings designated by an end user, a call is directed to one or more telephones of the end user. Preferably, the end user's telephones ring simultaneously. The user may answer any of his/her telephones and choose from among several options of how to handle the call. If the user chooses to answer the call, the call may be transferred to that telephone and the conversation may commence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Elliott Walker, Vincent Paquet, Donnie Carlton Fletcher
  • Publication number: 20140233434
    Abstract: A system and method that notifies the receipt of a voicemail message at an IP telephone using one or more of instant messaging and short message service. A preferred embodiment of the invention provides an IP telephone that prepares a notification regarding the receipt of a voicemail message. In one embodiment, the IP telephone queries the availability of an instant messaging client via an instant messaging presence server, and forwards the notification to the instant messaging presence server if the instant messaging client is available. In another embodiment, the IP telephone sends the notification to a short message service client via a short message service gateway. In still another embodiment, the IP telephone sends the notification to both instant messaging client and short message service clients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Xiaofeng Gao, David A. Scott
  • Patent number: 8811200
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure present physical layer metrics for supporting adaptive station-dependent channel state information feedback rate in multi-user communication systems. For certain aspects, the physical layer metrics may be calculated at the stations and communicated to the AP. For certain aspects, the metrics may be calculated at an access point utilizing information about channel characteristics of stations available at the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Gregory Alan Breit, Sameer Vermani, Santosh Paul Abraham, Hemanth Sampath
  • Publication number: 20140211669
    Abstract: A terminal and a method for requesting data using a voice command is disclosed. The method includes setting a voice command mode on an information requestor terminal; receiving, during a data voice call, a voice command; recognizing, with the processor, the voice command to obtain voice command information; and executing a command based on the voice command information. The method further includes determining whether the voice command information is to be executed by an information provider terminal that is different than an information requestor terminal; transmitting the voice command information to the information provider terminal using a communication path used by the data voice call; and receiving a result of the executing from the information provider terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Pantech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: CHAN-JOO PARK, Tae-Han Lee, Se-II Chu
  • Patent number: 8787357
    Abstract: A system provides push-to-talk (PTT) or similar communication service via a radio access network providing wireless mobile packet data communications for mobile stations. A server distributes packets of digitized audio received from a broadcasting mobile station to one or more client devices of other parties. The called client device(s), however, may not all have the same communications capabilities as the broadcasting mobile station. Signaling procedures are adapted to inform the broadcasting station of the capabilities of the other client device(s). This enables the broadcasting mobile station to configure its transmissions of digitized audio through the network for compatibility with the capabilities of the other client device(s). Proper configuration avoids loss of data at the destination, particularly at the start of a PTT transmission, due to transmission in a form or configuration that may be incompatible with one or more of the receiving stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Vikram Kumar Rawat, Derek Hongwei Bao
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140126430
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at an analog telephony adapter unit, a voice over internet protocol call signal including a caller identifier. The caller identifier includes a calling number and a billing name associated with the calling number. The method further includes retrieving an alias (or display name) associated with the calling number from a personal address book. The method further includes transmitting a modified caller identifier including the calling number and the alias to an output device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. (formerly known as SBC Knowledge Ventures, L.P.)
    Inventors: Larry B. Pearson, Matthew Strand Bruening
  • Publication number: 20140126429
    Abstract: A method and system for providing call forwarding in an IP telephone network is disclosed. First, when a telephone number for a first telephone from a second telephone is dialed, the call is routing to a call manager. Call setup procedures with a BRG responsible for the first telephone are then initiated. The BRG then checks stored call forwarding profiles to determine whether there is an active call forwarding profile for the first telephone. The call is connected to the first telephone if an active call forwarding profile is not found. However, if an active call forwarding profile is found, the call forwarding information is sent to the call manager. The call is routed to at least a third telephone based on the call forwarding information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Shoretel, Inc.
    Inventors: Fen-Chung Kung, Jesse Eugene Russell, Anish Sankalia, Hopeton S. Walker, Spencer C. Wang
  • Patent number: 8717950
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and communication network system that allows an endpoint to be simultaneously registered with more than one communications server is described. In one embodiment, the communication network system includes a network, a plurality of communications servers that are coupled to the network, and a plurality of endpoints coupled to the network. Each endpoint is capable of being simultaneously registered with more than one communications server. A communication method for an endpoint involves registering a first logical line of the endpoint with a first communications server, and registering a second logical line of the endpoint with a second communications server. Consequently, flexibility is obtained by allowing an endpoint to choose the registering communications server for each logical line of the endpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Rockstar Consortium US LP
    Inventors: Ravi Anant Ravindranath, Eddie Tan-Atichat, Sreedhara Baithadka, William P. Korbe
  • Patent number: 8711866
    Abstract: Rerouting apparatus for rerouting data including multimedia data. The apparatus is for association with electronic equipment and allows for routing the data to a device regarded as the most convenient for playing the media. The apparatus comprises an announcer device for indicating to surrounding equipment that associated equipment is available for rerouting, thereby to enable receipt of rerouted communications therefrom, and a scout device for scanning surroundings of the associated equipment to find out about compatible equipment in the vicinity, thereby to reroute communications thereto. The apparatus may be attached to any device having data processing capability, to enable rerouting of data and communications therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Oded Shmueli, Benny Yehezkel
  • Patent number: 8711738
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media provide for providing an event alert. According to embodiments, a method for providing an event alert is provided. According to the method, an incoming communication from a first device is detected. An initiating party associated with the first device is identified. Whether the initiating party associated with the first device is further associated with an alert tag is determined. The alert tag may include an identifying alert identifying the initiating party associated with the first device. In response to determining that the initiating party associated with the first device is associated with the alert tag, the identifying alert is provided as the event alert on a second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: John Alson Hicks, III
  • Patent number: 8681659
    Abstract: A method and an Ethernet local area network are described herein in which the Ethernet local area network is configured to enable a talking device (e.g., microphone) to send a media stream to one or more listening devices (e.g., speakers). In one embodiment, the method for configuring the Ethernet local area network includes the following steps: (1) providing a user of a talking device with a “relevant” catalog which contains information including positional information about one or more listening devices; (2) allowing the user to interface with the “relevant” catalog so they can select at least one of the listening device(s); (3) enabling the talking device to send a subscribe-request message to the selected listening device(s) requesting that the selected listening device(s) subscribe to the talking device; (4) and sending a media stream from the talking device to the selected listening device(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Sig Badt, Jr., Jessy V. Rouyer, Timucin Ozugur, Ljubisa Tancevski
  • Patent number: 8670355
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a hearing aid compatibility mode of communication service to hearing aid users is disclosed. The described system can store an indication at a communication network that a given account is used by a person who wears hearing aid equipment. Services provided to that account can then use communication parameters and network resources which tend to minimize interference with a hearing aid. The network can instruct the user equipment and the radio access network to communicate using hearing aid friendly parameters. In some cases, network resources beyond those allocated for accounts not indicated as hearing aid user accounts can be allocated. Parameters adjusted in hearing aid compatibility mode can include codec rates, operating power levels, and burst frame length, among others. In some described embodiments, the hearing aid compatibility mode can be selectively enabled as desired by an account user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Melvin Duane Frerking, George O'Quinn Hirvela
  • Publication number: 20140029478
    Abstract: In at least some embodiments, a system includes at least one server to manage voice over internet protocol (VOIP) services. The managed VOIP services provided by the at least one server include a telephony service to establish a calling phase between an initiator device and a mobile target device in response to a call command received from the initiator device, and a streamline call transfer service to transfer a call from the mobile target device to a transfer target device in response to a one-touch transfer command received from the mobile target device during the calling phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: CREXENDO, INC.
    Inventors: Satish BHAGAVATULA, Manish RAO
  • Publication number: 20140029475
    Abstract: In at least some embodiments, a system includes at least one server to manage voice over internet protocol (VOIP) services. The managed VOIP services provided by the at least one server include a procurement service configured to streamline configuration of at least some of the VOIP services for a mobile device during a signup session based on a VOIP services signup session token.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: CREXENDO, INC.
    Inventors: Satish BHAGAVATULA, Manish RAO
  • Patent number: 8634407
    Abstract: A system and method for managing wireless devices in a wireless network that performs operations comprising: receiving a request to determine at least one offer related to a quota for a wireless device from a charging gateway of the wireless network during a packet data session established between the wireless device and the wireless network; retrieving contextual information associated with the wireless device from a database of the wireless network; determining a plurality of offers including the at least one offer for the wireless device based on the contextual information; transmitting the plurality of offers to the wireless device; receiving a confirmation that the wireless device has selected the at least one offer from the wireless device; and transmitting the confirmation of the selection of the at least one offer to the charging gateway during the packet data session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Jasper Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Jahangir Mohammed, Amit Gupta, Daniel Collins, Gautam Shah, Scott Barkley, Jack McGwire
  • Publication number: 20140010121
    Abstract: A method and system for providing calendar services in a Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) home network environment is provided. The method includes creating a calendar event in a UPnP calendar when a request for creating the calendar event is received by the TS from one of Telephony Control Points (TelCPs) in the UPnP home network environment; determining whether the created calendar event meets predetermined conditions; and triggering a notification, indicating that the calendar event meets the predetermined conditions, to the TelCPs in the UPnP home network environment when the calendar event meets the predetermined conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Mayuresh Madhukar Patil, Je-Young Maeng
  • Patent number: 8627439
    Abstract: A method of communicating over a communications system includes determining that a communication event at a user terminal of the communications system requires use of a feature for processing data, the communication event being over the communications system and determining that the feature required by the communication event is not enabled for use at the user terminal when the communication event is initiated. Following the step of determining that the feature is not enabled, the method further includes retrieving a certificate enabling the use of the feature at the user terminal and using the feature at the user terminal to process data of the communication event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Marek Laasik
  • Patent number: RE46205
    Abstract: In an audio system, a control device includes a setting part that sets automatic compensation of each of a plurality of input ports of the input device into either ON state or OFF state and an adjusting part that adjusts an analog gain of each of the plurality of input ports. The input device includes the plurality of input ports, each input port including an amplifier that controls a level of an analog signal input to the input port based on the analog gain adjusted by the adjusting part, an AD converter that converts the analog signal from the amplifier into a digital signal, a compensator that controls a level of the digital signal from the AD converter based on a digital gain of the input port, and a selector that selects one of the digital signal from the AD converter and the digital signal from the compensator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Takamitsu Aoki