Call Charge Metering Or Monitoring Patents (Class 379/114.01)
  • Patent number: 11354403
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include methods and systems for remotely managing appliances, including enabling communication between a user of the appliance and third party systems. The third party systems can include any entity that has a relationship with the user of the appliance, such as a payment infrastructure handling incremental payments for the appliance, and managing access to the appliance accordingly. In some embodiments, the appliance being controlled is a mobile phone that also includes third party operating system software. Various methods for preventing alteration or replacement of the third party operating system are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: PAYJOY INC.
    Inventors: Douglas James Ricket, Jaideep Mirchandani
  • Patent number: 11321778
    Abstract: An electronic trading system (ETS) implements risk mitigation methods for orders and quotes associated with a market participant on the ETS. The methods determine a measure of risk associated with one or more trading positions. One of the methods globally counts the number of breaches of risk thresholds associated with a trading symbol and market participant across all matching engines on the ETS over a rolling time period, and if this global risk counter exceeds a maximum, disables all further trades by the market participant on the ETS. Another method limits the number of automatic re-enablements that a market participant can request in response to prior breaches of risk thresholds that resulted in disabling any further trading by the market participant on the ETS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: NYSE Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Amy Joy Farnstrom
  • Patent number: 11308498
    Abstract: Information for a payment account of a user of a transit system may be received. A risk analysis may be performed using the information for the payment account based on one or more parameters to determine a risk score for the user. The risk score for the user may be provided to a transit payment system. Whether the user is a high risk based on the risk score may be determined. If the user is a high risk, payment or payment authorization from the user via the transit payment system may be required before the user exits the transit system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Syam Sasidharan Nair, Francois Hribovsek
  • Patent number: 11297189
    Abstract: A computer-implemented network verification system includes a second device situated in a terminating call network and configured to receive a call signal from a first device situated in an originating network. The first device is coupled to a first registry that stores originating call records. The first registry is configured to obtain, from the first device, and store call data and a SIP identity header associated with the call signal. The system also includes a second registry coupled to the second device and configured to receive, from the first registry over an out-of-band verification network, a first verification request that contains the originating call record, including the SIP identity header associated with the call signal. The second registry is further configured to send the SIP identity header contained in the first verification request to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: AB Handshake Corporation
    Inventor: Sergei Okhrimenko
  • Patent number: 11295358
    Abstract: A method for generating and presenting bills in a bill timeline is described. A bill generation system receives a request to generate a bill timeline including bill related information for a plurality of bills corresponding to a plurality of billing periods. The system determines, from the request, a charge type of each of the charges included in the request and a length of time associated with the charge. The system generates a plurality of visual content items, each of which corresponds to a respective charge of the plurality of charges. The system generates the bill timeline including a plurality of segments, each corresponding to a respective billing period. The system inserts, in the generated bill timeline, the generated visual content items in respective locations within the bill timeline according to a content insertion policy. The system displays, on a computing device, the bill timeline including the generated visual content items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: NETCRACKER TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventors: Anton Komarevtsev, Denis Ptushkin, Aviel Gootman
  • Patent number: 11250432
    Abstract: The system protects an account through the use of tokens, thereby eliminating the need to expose the primary account identifier during a transaction. If a primary account identifier is compromised, any use of the primary account identifier to facilitate a fraudulent purchase or settlement transaction may be blocked by the system. The system is configured to receive a payment authorization request including a payment account first identifier. The payment account first identifier serves as a search condition for a query, which is executed against a database to retrieve payment account information, if the payment account information exists. The system sends a decline response in response to the payment account first identifier and a primary account identifier from the payment account information being the same, indicating that a primary account is being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: America Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kathi L. Bernstein, Youngjoon Park
  • Patent number: 11237744
    Abstract: A method, system and non-transitory computer-readable medium for operating a storage engine are disclosed. With respect to a data file, a compaction value is obtained and a counter is retrieved. The compaction value indicates the minimum number of valid records in the data file for a clean-up process to be initiated. In response to the counter satisfying a first criterion, a determination is made, for each record in the data file, as to whether the record is written to another data file based on the record satisfying a second criterion. A write amplification factor of the storage engine is determined based on the compaction value. The counter indicates the number of records in the data file that are invalid. The write amplification factor and a space amplification factor are configurable; the storage engine may be tuned based on workloads, desired write throughput, desired storage utilization, and bandwidth of a storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: VERIZON MEDIA INC.
    Inventor: Arjun Mannaly
  • Patent number: 11206598
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, selecting a first pathway of available pathways during a first time period according to predicted opportunities for a mobile communication device to access a first network via the available pathways, and directing transmission of first data to the mobile communication device via the first pathway during the first time period, wherein a presence of a second data at the mobile communication device enables an application to access the first data at the mobile communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: James G. Beattie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11196873
    Abstract: A system detects abnormalities in a call signal indicative of call fraud. The system includes a first device situated in an originating call network and configured to send call signals to a second device situated in a terminating call network. The first device is coupled to a first registry to which it sends the call data from the sent signals for storage as originating call records. The second device is coupled to a second registry to which it sends the call data from the received signals for storage as terminating call records. The first and second registries exchange verification requests and responses to detect whether discrepancies exist between the stored originating call records in the first registry and stored terminating call records in the second registry. The registries generate alerts based on detected discrepancies, which may be used by the devices to block the call fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: AB Handshake Corporation
    Inventor: Sergei Okhrimenko
  • Patent number: 11172425
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving, by a computing device, information defining a beacon coverage area in which beacon signals transmitted by one or more beacons traverse the beacon coverage area; determining, by the computing device, the beacon coverage area based on the information defining the beacon coverage area; determining, by the computing device, beacon distribution based on the determined beacon coverage area; generating, by the computing device, a report identifying information regarding the beacon distribution; and storing or outputting, by the computing device, the report identifying information regarding the beacon distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Greenberger, Jana H. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 11170613
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating the purchase of lottery tickets and the dissemination of lottery information in real time. A central lottery system is provided that accepts lottery ticket purchasing orders from a remote terminal. The central lottery system may keep track of a progressive jackpot and disseminate the latest jackpot size information to communication presentation devices via various communication links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: ZYOUD VISION HOLDING
    Inventor: Aiman H. Al-Ziyoud
  • Patent number: 11133946
    Abstract: A system described herein may provide for the selection of a charging function (“CHF”) associated with a particular user equipment (“UE”). A particular CHF may be selected, from a group of candidate CHFs, based on CHF selection criteria respectively associated with the candidate CHFs and attribute information associated with the UE. The attribute information may describe attributes of the UE, profile information associated with the UE, and/or attributes of traffic and/or bearers associated with the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Lixia Yan, James Mathison, Barry F. Hoffner, Marc Chiaverini
  • Patent number: 11132686
    Abstract: Methods and systems are presented for a fraud risk score to be given to a merchant for a proposed transaction with a consumer. The fraud risk score is generated by a payment account service provider, such as a credit card processor, using information from a pending transaction as well as information from other payment accounts that the consumer holds to which the payment account service provider is privy. Various factors, including indicators of elevated risk in other payment accounts, are custom-weighted by the merchant for the score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Brad Nightengale, Karl Newland, Kevin Siegel, Zhongxiao Jiang, Sharon Rowberry
  • Patent number: 11109238
    Abstract: One wireless telecommunications system includes a Mobile Central Office (MCO) for capacity sharing via a master scheduling system. The MCO is communicatively coupled to a plurality of wireless base stations, each being operable to handle a session from a wireless device and to handoff the session to another wireless base station when the wireless device moves into a range of the other base station. Each of the wireless base stations is operable to convey capacity information to the master scheduling system through the MCO, and to acquire capacity from one or more wireless base stations of another MCO when directed by the master scheduling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Alberto Campos, Bernard McKibben, Jennifer Andreoli-Fang, Joey Padden, Justin Colwell, Ian MacMillan
  • Patent number: 11032419
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an intelligent customer service system comprising a customer end, a customer service robot, and a human customer-service end. The customer service robot is configured to: receive a session message from the customer end; identify content of the session message; determine whether it is capable of processing the session message based on the identified content; if so, obtain an answer message matching the identified content from pre-stored service resource and transmit the answer message to the customer end; or otherwise, set its state to a session suspended state, obtain a comforting answer message matching the session message from the pre-stored service resource, send the comforting answer message to the customer end, and transmit to the human customer-service end the session message that the customer service robot is not capable of processing or the content of which the customer service robot cannot identify.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Shanghai Xiaoi Robot Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Siyuan Li, Pinpin Zhu
  • Patent number: 11005992
    Abstract: A fraud analysis computing system is provided. The system includes a network interface configured to communicate data over a network and a processing circuit including one or more processors coupled to non-transitory memory. The processing circuit is configured to monitor incoming call data generated during an incoming call between a user and an incoming caller, detect a fraud trigger within the incoming call data, and complete a fraud interception activity in response to detection of the fraud trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Michael H. Chang, Kevin R. Cieslak, Jeffrey A. Cornman, Chris Kalaboukis, Beth S. Moss, Christina Zappala Ongpin, Ramanathan Ramanathan, Darrell L. Suen
  • Patent number: 10984389
    Abstract: A notification system and method that allows a user to be placed on a waiting list, disclosing only the personal information the user chooses to disclose, and receive updates or other information relating to his status on the waiting list through a personal communication device. A timekeeping system and method generates time in and time out record entries based upon a display code presented the personal communication device. A form data aggregation system and method consolidates inputted information from multiple applications on the personal communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Alan West
  • Patent number: 10977640
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses for configuring a web application for global money transfers include a customer mobile device, a processor, and a memory having processor-readable instructions that cause the processor to collect data from a web application, whereby the web application is provided on the customer mobile device in operative communication with the host computer, and determine at least one of an optional field and a required field based on the collected data. The at least one optional field and required field may receive input for conducting a money transfer. The processor-readable instructions may cause the processor to send instructions to a user interface (“UI”) for the web application, whereby the instructions are indicative of the at least one optional field and required field, and configure the UI to display the at least one optional field and required field at the web application of the customer mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Western Union Company
    Inventors: Vijaya Kouru, Tarun Bhagwan, Sanjay Saraf
  • Patent number: 10958794
    Abstract: Example charging methods and apparatus are described. One example method includes sending a service resource create request to a charging system by a charging trigger apparatus. The charging trigger apparatus receives a service resource create response sent by the charging system. The service resource create request is used to request the charging system to create a service resource corresponding to a service in a session. The session is used to provide a data connection service to user equipment. The service resource is used to manage requesting for a quota for the service in the session and/or manage reporting of usage information of the service in the session. The service resource create response includes a first resource identifier, and the first resource identifier is used to identify the service resource that corresponds to the service in the session and that is created by the charging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaoqian Chai
  • Patent number: 10951775
    Abstract: A system detects abnormalities in a call signal indicative of call fraud. The system includes a first device situated in an originating call network and configured to send call signals to a second device situated in a terminating call network. The first device is coupled to a first registry to which it sends the call data from the sent signals for storage as originating call records. The second device is coupled to a second registry to which it sends the call data from the received signals for storage as terminating call records. The first and second registries exchange verification requests and responses to detect whether discrepancies exist between the stored originating call records in the first registry and stored terminating call records in the second registry. The registries generate alerts based on detected discrepancies, which may be used by the devices to block the call fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: AB Handshake Corporation
    Inventor: Sergei Okhrimenko
  • Patent number: 10820255
    Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable medium for allowing the use of an alternative numbering plan for delivering short messages to mobile subscribers using the public mobile telephone network is provided. Users of an enterprise or other closed networks as well as users that are not part of a closed network may send short messages destined to members of an enterprise or closed network from their mobile or other devices associated with their subscription using an alternative enterprise directory number, such as the office number, instead of the mobile number, such that the alternative number will be presented at the destination device as the originating number. The recipient may respond to the message by addressing the response to the enterprise or closed network number, and the response may be delivered to the originator's mobile or other device associated with their subscription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Tango Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Silver, Patricia A. Landgren
  • Patent number: 10819861
    Abstract: A system and method that allows for information relating to data and communication resource usage to be gathered and analyzed such that particular data transactions and usage of network accessible software applications can be classified based on purpose and/or type. Further, the system and method provide reporting based on amount of usage and/or purpose or type of usage so that associated costs and usage can be calculated applied and allocated to particular accounts, divisions, groups or individuals within and outside of a company or entity. Further, the system may disable features of or access to network accessible software applications based on lack or use, limited use or other metrics that fall outside of threshold ranges or values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Tangoe US, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaan Leemet, Angela Saldana, Christopher J. DeBenedictis, Paul Schmidt, Albert R. Subbloie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10769649
    Abstract: Techniques for providing real-time multi-channel feedback. For example, a system comprises a platform including a feedback management component comprising an analytics engine capable of analyzing feedback from a plurality of users, wherein the analyzing comprises gathering data from the plurality of users, processing the data to derive at least one trend from the data, and formatting a presentation of the data to enumerate the at least one trend. The system further comprises a portal component capable of transmitting the feedback, including results of the analyzing comprising the presentation of the data, to at least one of a business unit and an experiential unit in real-time, and a channel management component capable of managing the feedback from each of a plurality of interfaces through which the plurality of users provide the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Darshan PrasannaKumar, Vindhya Shanmugam
  • Patent number: 10762517
    Abstract: A churn prediction system includes at least one hardware processor, a memory including a historical sample set of subscriber data, and a churn prediction engine executing on the at least one hardware processor. The churn prediction engine is configured to identify the historical sample set, identify a set of attributes, automatically select a subset of attributes based on an information gain value, generate a decision tree by recursively generating nodes of the decision tree by computing an information gain value for each remaining attribute of the subset of attributes, identifying a highest attribute having the highest information gain value, and assigning the highest attribute to the node. The churn prediction engine is also configured to receive target data for a target subscriber, apply the target data to the decision tree, thereby generating a churn prediction for the target subscriber, and identify the target subscriber as a churn prediction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Rama Krishna Vadakattu, Bibek Panda, Swarnim Narayan, Harshal Godhia
  • Patent number: 10757007
    Abstract: Techniques and apparatus for providing payment-based transmission processes are described. In one embodiment, for example, a network node may include a storage device, and logic, at least a portion of the logic implemented in circuitry coupled to the storage device. The logic may operate to provide a routing query to transmit information over a network, the routing query comprising at least one destination node for the information and a transmission value, receive at least one bid from at least one bidding node in response to the routing query, determine a path through the network to transmit the information anonymously based on the at least one bid that corresponds to the transmission value, and transmit the information at least partially anonymously via the path within a network packet encrypted in a number of layers of encryption corresponding to a number of intermediary nodes in the path. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Austin Grant Walters, Jeremy Edward Goodsitt, Fardin Abdi Taghi Abad
  • Patent number: 10750031
    Abstract: A tariff data determining method and apparatus are disclosed. The method includes: obtaining a call detail record set, wherein each call detail record includes a charging condition, a charging unit and a fee deduction that are under the charging condition; grouping a plurality of call detail records to obtain a call detail record group, wherein a same value corresponding to a charging unit in the call detail record group has a correspondence with a unique fee value corresponding to a fee deduction; analyzing the call detail record group to obtain a data feature; selecting a target tariff model corresponding to the data feature; determining a parameter value corresponding to each tariff parameter in the target tariff model; and determining tariff data based on the parameter value, the target tariff model, and the charging condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhengbing Li, Fangshan Wang
  • Patent number: 10718623
    Abstract: A preferred route may be determined from an origin location to a destination location. The determination is made by processing directed links (e.g., one-way edges) in a graph that includes one or more links and two or more nodes. The determination of a preferred route may include an estimate of the time required at one or more intersections along alternative. Individual routing preferences, such as a preference of a rural over an urban route, also may be considered. Techniques are described that may help reduce the time required to identify a preferred route, including the identification and removal of no outlet routes before processing the directed links and techniques using particular data formats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Nesbitt
  • Patent number: 10699022
    Abstract: The present embodiments describe methods and systems for intercepting unauthorized communications in a controlled-environment facility. Unauthorized communications may originate from contraband cell phones, for example. In an embodiment, attempted communications from the contraband communication device are intercepted by the facility communication systems. The attempted communication may or may not be connected or completed, depending upon facility rules, policies, and regulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam C. Edwards
  • Patent number: 10699257
    Abstract: A novel item payment settlement system is configured such that during a purchasing processes for items of differing purchase charges performed through an application on a mobile phone, connections are made to phone numbers having different connection charges, so that purchase charges of the items can be paid in the form of mobile phone connection charges, and a method therefor. Data in which a different phone number is associated in advance with each of purchase prices is retrieved from a memory, and a user identification signal such as a mobile phone number or the like is sent by making a call to the outside, whereby it is possible for an outside party to identify from the incoming phone number an amount that is to be paid; and further, the user number that is to pay can be easily determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: LATIDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Sudo
  • Patent number: 10623580
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a computer-readable storage medium in a telephone having computer instructions to execute a web server application in the telephone. The web server application can be operable to detect an incoming plain old telephone service call, identify a calling party identifier from the incoming plain old telephone service call, and direct one of a plurality of devices detected by web server application to present the calling party identifier. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Brux Delorme, Anita Simpson, Nicholas Peter Hill
  • Patent number: 10623957
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for selectively limiting user control of a mobile electronic device are provided. In an embodiment, the apparatus may be a case sized to receive a mobile electronic device, the case having a locking means to at least partially secure an opening thereof. When engaged, the locking means may be physically impenetrable by the user of the mobile electronic device and may further be configured to engage and disengage in the presence of one or more pre-determined conditions. For example, the lock may engage when the case is detected within a certain geographical region or even during a specified time. It is contemplated that providing disclosed systems and apparatuses may reduce undesirable behavior at communal events by eliminating distractions posed by mobile electronic devices and preventing unauthorized recordings, which together may enhance overall engagement at and enjoyment of such events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Graham Dugoni
  • Patent number: 10587645
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media are configured to determine an account through which illegitimate activity has been conducted on an online service. A plurality of computing devices from which the account was accessed are determined. At least a first computing device of the plurality of computing devices is blocked from creating a new account with the online service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Aykud Gonen, Chih Shao Lee
  • Patent number: 10582065
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for recharging prepaid accounts within a telecommunications provider, such as a network carrier, using information provided by postpaid account subscribers. For example, the systems and methods facilitate the receipt of instructions from mobile devices associated with postpaid accounts. Upon receipt of the messages, the systems and methods (such as systems within a charging system of the network carrier or provider) identify intended or recipient mobile devices associated with prepaid accounts. Once identified, the systems and methods recharge the prepaid accounts, based on the instructions received from the postpaid account mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Karthik Chandrasekaran
  • Patent number: 10567951
    Abstract: A mobile device (1) is configured to receive a plurality of identity profiles from a server system (11), store the plurality of identity profiles in a storage means (7), select a first identity profile from the plurality of identity profiles, and transmit authentication information to a mobile communication network (21,22,25) in order to use the mobile communication network. The authentication information comprises an identifier from the first identity profile. The mobile device is further configured to detect an identity change event, select a second identity profile from the plurality of identity profiles upon detecting the identity change event, and transmit further authentication information to the mobile communication network or to a further mobile communication network (23,26). The further authentication information comprises an identifier from the second identity profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: ARMA Instruments AG
    Inventors: Pim Franciscus Hubertus Donkers, Andrii Loginov, Alexey Smirnov
  • Patent number: 10560583
    Abstract: A toll-free tagging service is provided that includes a subscription-based service that is made available to responsible organizations, consumers and businesses. The toll-free tagging service may provide the ability to tag a toll-free number (or group of numbers), and once a number is tagged, to track updates to that number that may then be distributed to customers through emails/text messages or other means. Subscribers of the toll-free tagging service may also have the ability to create, view, update and delete tags through a web application, mobile application, or some other user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Somos, Inc.
    Inventor: Sriram Sharma
  • Patent number: 10547741
    Abstract: Placing calls in a non-disturbing manner that includes receiving, by a communication server from a caller endpoint device, a request to place a call to a called endpoint device, wherein the request comprises an indication that the called endpoint device is to be notified about the call in a non-disturbing manner. The communication server also receives from the caller endpoint device, a time period for which a user of the caller endpoint device is available to receive a callback from the called endpoint device, a context associated with the call. Then, the communication server can forward to the called endpoint device, the call, wherein the call includes the time period and the context associated with the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Jibin George, Dinesh Sonawane, Susil Kumar Behera, Rakesh Kadu, Srikant Ranjan Swain
  • Patent number: 10542357
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ear-set, an ear-set system, and a method for controlling the same. An ear-set according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises: an ear-set body comprising a communication module, which can conduct short-range communication with an external audio source device, and which receives an audio signal from the audio source device, a memory unit, which stored user setting information, an audio adjustment unit, which adjusts the magnitude of an input audio signal on the basis of the stored user setting information, and an audio output unit, which outputs the adjusted audio signal; and an ear-set housing, which contains the ear-set body on one side thereof, and which provides the ear-set body with electric charging in the contained state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Heungkyu Lee, Byounggi Lee
  • Patent number: 10521857
    Abstract: A method for determining a likelihood of fraud associated with an input identity record is disclosed herein. The disclosed method contemplates determining characteristics of the input identity record by examining content of one or more fields of the input identity record. Historical identity records related to the input identity record may then be retrieved so as to define a set of linked identity records. The method further includes computing one or more network-based features of the set of linked identity records. A fraud score may then be generated based upon the characteristics of the input identity record and the one or more network-based features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Xuhui Shao, Jianjun Xie, Ted Dunning, Tao Hong, Joe Blue
  • Patent number: 10504081
    Abstract: Various aspects of the subject technology relate to systems, methods, and machine-readable media for interactive analytics platform responsive to data inquiries. These aspects include initiating, on one or more computing devices, a follow-up communication to an energy user based on one or more interactions between a billing advisor user and a billing advisor interface to a utility bill associated with an energy user. Content associated with the one or more interactions can be identified using the one or more computing devices. The content may identify information responsive to a data inquiry from the energy user. The follow-up communication can be generated with the identified content using the one or more computing devices for transmission to the energy user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: OPOWER, INC.
    Inventors: Lawrence Han, Suryaveer Singh Lodha, Daniel Bloomfield Ramagem, Michael Ian Kristopher Eaton, Leslie Marie Zacharkow, Aaron Tsai Otani, Khanh Duc Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10440190
    Abstract: A system, smart device and method for apportioning costs of smart device operations between purposes. Operation information concerning operations performed by the smart device is recorded. The operations are apportioned between purposes based on categorization information and the operation information. The cost of the apportioned operations performed by the device is determined for the purposes based on the operation information and tariff information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Mobility View Inc.
    Inventor: Thom Damstra
  • Patent number: 10432468
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving an indication of an occurrence of a triggering event for one or more notifications relevant to one or more users. The notifications are sent to one or more of the users through one or more of a number of notifications channels, and each notification channel is associated with one or more software applications. The method also includes accessing a number of notification policies associated with the software applications. Each of the software applications has at least one associated notification policy. At least one of the notification policies associated with a first one of the software applications is interrelated with at least one other notification policy associated with a second one of the software applications. The method also includes sending one or more notifications to one or more users through one or more of the number of notification channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yiting Li, Chao Teng, Yiyu Li, Zhengxiao Cao
  • Patent number: 10412217
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for verifying a caller ID field of an outbound telephone call. A termination service provider call server receives a call request from a calling endpoint that includes a called endpoint telephone number, and a caller ID telephone number. The termination service provider call server determines a calling endpoint telephone number assigned to the calling endpoint and creates an “in use” message comprising the calling endpoint telephone number and a timestamp of when the call request was received. The “in use” message is forwarded to an active call database before forwarding the call request to an inbound carrier call server servicing the called endpoint telephone number. The inbound carrier call server receives the call request intended and sends a query to the active call database to determine whether the caller ID telephone number in the call request is currently in use. The active call database sets the status of telephone numbers contained in all received “in use” messages to in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: REPUBLIC WIRELESS, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Stephens
  • Patent number: 10383033
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for handling network loss in a wireless access system includes determining whether network loss has occurred or not and, if a Mobile Station (MS) attempts an entry in which the network loss has occurred, transmitting one of a first message including information associated with prohibiting new entry and a second message including information associated with informing that a supported service is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Bin Chang, Rakesh Taori
  • Patent number: 10382630
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a Telecommunications Service Subscription Integration (TSSI) system that generates an integrated service subscription for a client device operating on a telecommunications network. The integrated service subscription may aggregate service features from multiple service subscriptions, and prioritize application of one service subscription within the integrated service subscription over another, or one service feature within the integrated service subscription over another. The TSSI system may also determine whether client eligibility for a service subscription is current or has lapsed. In doing so, the integrated service subscription may be adjusted to remove ineligible service subscriptions and re-prioritize remaining service features. The TSSI system may monitor usage of an integrated service subscription and recommend additional, or alternative, service subscriptions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: HH Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: Kristoffer Lentz, Kimberley Lehrman, Mike Schmidt, Dennis Henderson
  • Patent number: 10366400
    Abstract: Methods score users to determine if they will receive marketing communications sent to users on a subscription list. One method calculates an un-subscription score for a user based on: a degree of sentiment determined by identifying user interaction with a web page and assessing content of the interaction for indications of sentiment; or a degree of sentiment determined by identifying a user communication and assessing its content for indications of sentiment. Responsive to determining that the un-subscription score exceeds a threshold, the method excludes the user when sending the marketing communication to users on the subscription list. Another method calculates a degree of sentiment based on user interactions with a page and user communications, and calculates the user's un-subscription score based on the degree of sentiment. Responsive to comparing the un-subscription score with a threshold, the method excludes the user when sending the marketing communication to users on the list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Stéphane Moreau, Sachin Soni, Ashish Duggal, Anmol Dhawan
  • Patent number: 10368145
    Abstract: One or more aspects of the disclosure relate to various functions and processes related to routing of calls based on origination and/or destination information. In one aspect, a method may comprise receiving a request for a call session, and the request may include an indicator that may indicate whether to route a call based on origination and/or destination information of the call session. Based on the indicator, a routing element may determine whether the call session should be routed based on origination information and/or destination information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Arvind Kaushal, Jon Boone, Brett Sherman, Richard Wikoff, Jaime Jimenez
  • Patent number: 10354347
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes accessing information indicative of a question to be answered by a medical patient, with the question being included in a medical assessment questionnaire of a medical service provider; receiving information indicative of a selection of one or more triggering events for answers to the question; and generating, for the question, a medical alert rule, with the medical alert rule comprising instructions to perform operations comprising: receiving an answer of the medical patient to the question; detecting, based on contents of the received answer, the triggering event for the question; and generating a medical questionnaire alert to notify the medical service provider that the medical patient has answered the question with the answer that is defined as being unacceptable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Research Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Ali Adel Hussam
  • Patent number: 10356251
    Abstract: A system, smart device and method for apportioning costs of smart device operations between purposes. Operation information concerning operations performed by the smart device is recorded. The operations are apportioned between purposes based on categorization information and the operation information. The cost of the apportioned operations performed by the device is determined for the purposes based on the operation information and tariff information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Mobility View Inc.
    Inventor: Thom Damstra
  • Patent number: 10341498
    Abstract: A method for revenue assurance in a telephone network. The method comprises receiving a call request from a first user device on a network to a second user device, where the user device associated with a first user account has an account credit value insufficient to complete the requested call. A call timer duration is set to instantly expire on encountering a chargeable event. The call is continued toward the second user device. Upon encountering a chargeable event, the call is released. The chargeable event may be presenting a Ring Back Tone to the caller and confirming that the second device is ringing. The chargeable event may be detecting when the call has been answered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Ari Kahn
  • Patent number: 10291769
    Abstract: A method for controlling a one-touch call mode of a mobile terminal, in which a user can select the call quality of a voice call in consideration of a calling rate. The user interface of the mobile terminal for the selection occupies only a minimum area, providing a small, efficient user interface. The method includes steps of: displaying, on one section of a touch screen, a one-touch call mode switching menu for switching between voice mode and data communication mode when the user makes a selection; and displaying, adjacent to the switching menu on the touch screen, rate per hour information predetermined according to a region for the voice mode or the data communication mode, as selected by the user. The rate per hour information is displayed as calculated with reference to the mode and the selected region, whenever the voice mode and the data communication mode are switched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: OPENVACS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Young Min Jeoung