With Line Identification Or Class Of Service Determination Patents (Class 379/120)
  • Patent number: 10560485
    Abstract: A method and system for connecting a communication to a client including at a system bridge, establishing a client subscription connection with a client device; receiving an incoming communication request at the system bridge; publishing an incoming communication notification from the system bridge to the client device; receiving a client communication at the system bridge; and merging the incoming communication request into the client communication at the system bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Twilio Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Gordon Lawson, John Robert Wolthuis, Evan Mansfield Cooke, Jonas Mikael Boerjesson
  • Patent number: 10402282
    Abstract: A system for assisted device recovery is provided. The system includes a database including a plurality of client device identifications and associated recovery actions having priority information. The system also includes an assisted device recovery module. The assisted device recovery module includes a client device identifier configured to identify a client device on a network using an identification of the client device, wherein the client device identifier is further configured to detect that the client device is configured incorrectly in response to change of a configuration of the network. The assisted device recovery module also includes a recovery determiner configured to choose a chosen recovery action based on priority information received in response to a query to the database. The assisted device recovery module further includes a recovery performer configured to send information about the chosen recovery action to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: CSC HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Steven J. Schecter
  • Patent number: 10331423
    Abstract: One or more characteristic of a user interface (UI) associated with an application source code can be abstracted into a view-controller object that conforms to an environment independent format. The characteristics can be a layout characteristic and a control element characteristic. A placeholder functionality for presenting the user interface can be embedded within an executable created from the source code. The placeholder functionality can lack the characteristic. The executable can be a target native runtime environment specific executable including programming instructions conforming to a programming language of the native runtime environment. The view-controller object can be converted to a language specific user interface object conforming to the programming language. The placeholder functionality can render the user interface using the UI object during runtime of the executable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Frank Parsolano
  • Patent number: 10225158
    Abstract: Described are techniques for performing system management. A first policy definition of a first policy is received. The first policy definition includes information identifying a first criterion, a first resource of the system, and a first action to be taken. It is determined whether a condition of the first policy is met. The condition includes the first criterion. Responsive to determining that the condition is met, first processing is performed that includes performing the first action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Binhua Lu, Xiaogang Wang, Dazhi Dong, Xing Chen, Norman Speciner
  • Patent number: 9635187
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods presently disclosed generally relate to categorizing penalty costs associated with calls. More specifically, embodiments relate to identifying penalty costs generated in response to setting up calls in a network and determining one or more reasons for the penalty costs. Further still, embodiments relate to generating one or more reports of penalty costs. Further yet, embodiments relate to notifying specified personnel of the penalty cost report(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Michelle Gore, Jose Antonio Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 9491245
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and method for management of an IP network using eXtensible Markup Language (XML) or a similar protocol in addition to SNMP or other managed-device protocol. In embodiments of the invention, a XML-formatted request for data is received, where the data is associated with a Voice over IP (VoIP) device. A device IP address in a first argument and a Xpath query in a second argument are specified, where the device IP address and the Xpath query are based on the XML-formatted request. A Management Information Base (MIB) variable is identified based on the Xpath query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Choon B. Shim, Dongwook Shin
  • Patent number: 9178919
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve systems, methods, computer program products, and the like, for collaboration conferencing with multiple participants over a communications network, and more specifically for a conferencing routing service for managing and routing collaboration participants. In one embodiment, the conferencing routing server is configured to respond to a failure in a conference bridge to allow for repair to the network and/or account for split conferences that may occur due to the bridge failure. In one embodiment, the CCRS may account for moving a conference bridge into an offline state by removing the conference bridge from consideration for hosting a collaboration conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Thomas Ellison, Andrew James Broadworth, Darren James Behmlander
  • Patent number: 9118779
    Abstract: A system and method for billing an incoming communication. A code is received from a calling party during the incoming communication. Expenses of the incoming communication are allocated to an account of the calling party in response to receiving the code. An invoice is generated for the calling party and a receiving party specifying the expenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Shekhar Gupta
  • Patent number: 9001979
    Abstract: An electronic advertising system anonymously directs the attention of a user to content provided by an advertiser, in exchange for subsequently permitting the same user to access otherwise restricted desirable content of another part. Such desirable content may include online entertainment media, digital video content, social media, news media, and other privileged services or data. The user accumulates points, or virtual currency, in exchange for viewing the advertisements of vendor affiliates of the present system. The user may then spend previously accumulated points, or virtual currency, in order to access desirable content of redeemer affiliates of the present system. The present system further facilitates financial transactions between the system operator, vendor affiliates, and redeemer affiliates, relative to the movement of virtual currency amongst the various parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph D. Nix, Michael Wallace Verhulst, Donald Charles Ganiere, Matthew Wayne Cox, Christopher Warren Smith, Thomas Nathaniel Supple
  • Patent number: 8929521
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to transmit to a communication system a PKI certificate, and engage in encrypted communications responsive to receiving a public key from the communication system. The communication system can have a plurality of network elements that integrate operations of a circuit-switched communication network and a packet-switched communication network. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Loraine Beyer, David Feng-Lin Chen, Peter Rosencrantz, Tho Tran
  • Patent number: 8824648
    Abstract: A network assurance analytics (NAA) system and method is disclosed. The NAA can be part of a risk analytic for telecom (RAFT) program. The NAA system is configured to monitor telecommunications networks, detect errors or fraud in those telecommunications networks, and provide solutions to resolve the errors or reduce the fraud. Traffic of a telecommunications network is electronically monitored for at least one pattern that is indicative of a telecommunications anomaly. Based on a set of a set of telecommunications profiles stored in a database, a model score representing a value of the telecommunications anomaly is generated. A solution for the telecommunications network to reduce the model score associated with the telecommunications anomaly is then generated for execution on the telecommunications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Fair Isaac Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Michael Zoldi, Michael P. Balon
  • Patent number: 8682385
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements for managing mobile transactions. A mobile number of a customer is registered with a mobile telephone network operator. An alternate mobile number is assigned to the customer, and the mobile number is associated with the alternate mobile number. The alternate mobile number is employed in communication between the customer and a service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Apurva Kumar, Sougata Mukherjea, Venkatraman Ramakrishna
  • Patent number: 8600019
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of extracting and sharing user preference information is disclosed. One example method may include receiving a call from a user device, retrieving user information from a user account stored in a user databank in response to receiving the call, and transmitting a targeted offer to the user device based on the user information retrieved from the user account. The method may also include receiving feedback from the user device regarding the offer, updating the user information in the user account, and determining a next offer to transmit to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Brian W. Cooper, Fonda J. Narke
  • Patent number: 8559607
    Abstract: A network assurance analytics (NAA) system and method is disclosed. The NAA can be part of a risk analytic for telecom (RAFT) program. The NAA system is configured to monitor telecommunications networks, detect errors or fraud in those telecommunications networks, and provide solutions to resolve the errors or reduce the fraud. Traffic of a telecommunications network is electronically monitored for at least one pattern that is indicative of a telecommunications anomaly. Based on a set of a set of telecommunications profiles stored in a database, a model score representing a value of the telecommunications anomaly is generated. A solution for the telecommunications network to reduce the model score associated with the telecommunications anomaly is then generated for execution on the telecommunications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Fair Isaac Corporation
    Inventors: Scott M. Zoldi, Michael P. Balon
  • Patent number: 8355486
    Abstract: A system and method for billing an incoming communication. A code is received from a calling party during the incoming communication. Expenses of the incoming communication are allocated to an account of the calling party in response to receiving the code. An invoice is generated for the calling party and a receiving party specifying the expenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Shekhar Gupta
  • Patent number: 8315593
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for placing a call between a client in one network and a client in another network. The IP network includes a SIP server and a network gateway configured to provide access to a public switched network. The method includes receiving a SIP call request message from the first client. The SIP call request message is authenticated to thereby identify an authentic originating client. Subsequently, a database is searched to find client billing tag corresponding to the authentic originating client. The call is completed if the client billing tag is obtained, and not completed if the client billing tag cannot be obtained. Thus, the present invention provides an efficient method for billing phone calls that are placed from SIP enabled devices to a telephone connected to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). The method of the present invention also substantially eliminates certain types of fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Business Global LLC
    Inventors: John K Gallant, Kathleen A McMurry
  • Patent number: 8121296
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for secure transmissions. Each user is provided a registration key. A long-time updated broadcast key is encrypted using the registration key and provided periodically to a user. A short-time updated key is encrypted using the broadcast key and provided periodically to a user. Broadcasts are then encrypted using the short-time key, wherein the user decrypts the broadcast message using the short-time key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Philip Hawkes, Gregory G. Rose, Raymond T. Hsu, Ramin Rezaiifar
  • Patent number: 7961857
    Abstract: A network assurance analytics (NAA) system and method is disclosed. The NAA can be part of a risk analytic for telecom (RAFT) program. The NAA system is configured to monitor telecommunications networks, detect errors or fraud in those telecommunications networks, and provide solutions to resolve the errors or reduce the fraud. Traffic of a telecommunications network is electronically monitored for at least one pattern that is indicative of a telecommunications anomaly. Based on a set of a set of telecommunications profiles stored in a database, a model score representing a value of the telecommunications anomaly is generated. A solution for the telecommunications network to reduce the model score associated with the telecommunications anomaly is then generated for execution on the telecommunications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Fair Isaac Corporation
    Inventors: Scott M. Zoldi, Michael P. Balon
  • Patent number: 7957754
    Abstract: A method for authenticating a Short Message (SM) calling party, including: if a Signal Relay Function for support of Mobile Number Portability (MNP-SRF) module detects a calling party number carried in an SM belongs to its serving network after receiving a Mobile Originated (MO) SM, the MNP_SRF module adds an identifier of the MNP_SRF module's network to the calling party number. A Short Message Serving Center (SMSC) determines whether the SM passes calling party authentication according to the fact that whether the calling party number carries an identifier of the SMSC's network. The invention provides a system for authenticating an SM calling party, including: a Mobile Switching Center (MSC), a calling MNP_SRF module, a Number Portability Database (NPDB) and a Short Message Serving Center (SMSC). The invention may avoid a mobile number having subscribed to a new network from using resources of the SMSC of a network to which the subscription has been canceled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Youjun Chen, Zujian Li, Guofan Tong, Weihua Ding
  • Patent number: 7783025
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reassignment of classifier probabilities based on dynamic events is disclosed. In one embodiment, the present invention provides a method for dynamically detecting change in the rate and type of calls, reassigning the natural language classifier probabilities based on the dynamics of the change and routing calls according to the detected changes. The method enables the user to route calls efficiently and be more responsive to customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven H. Lewis, Kenneth H. Rosen
  • Patent number: 7783020
    Abstract: This method is used to send data representative of the location of communication terminals (T) to a call center (ECC) without using information processing means in the terminals and to send via heterogeneous communication networks (RP, RPT). This method consists, in the event of requesting the setting up of a telephone call between a terminal (T) and the call center (ECC) by means of a dedicated calling number, in sending the call center a signaling message for setting up the connection and comprising a selected call identifier and a text type message including data representative of the location of the calling terminal (T) and the selected call identifier. At the call center, the method consists in associating the signaling message received by the call center with the location data contained in the text message received by the call center if the signaling message and the text message include the same call identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Raymond Gass, Michel Le Creff
  • Patent number: 7751384
    Abstract: A call is established between a circuit-switched network element and a packet-switched network element. A first call record is generated to record the circuit switched network element's involvement in the call, and a second call record is generated to record the packet-switched network element's involvement in the call. The first and second call records include the same internetwork call identifier to identify the call. The first and second call records are stored, e.g., in a centralized call record repository. Call records for a given call can be retrieved based on the internetwork call identifier for the given call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventor: Thomas L. Paterik
  • Patent number: 7738641
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for utilizing a tiered flat rate pricing structure for at least one call in a packet network is described. In one embodiment, at least one call is serviced by a call control element. The at least one call is then accounted by associating the call(s) to a billing structure that includes at least three categories, wherein a first category comprises an on-net call-type category, a second category comprises an off-net domestic call-type category, and a third category comprises an off-net international call-type category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Patent number: 7483521
    Abstract: Techniques for storing data used in making announcements in telephone communications are disclosed. In an embodiment, an announcement depends on classes of services associated with telephone subscribers. The classes of services represent call types or call features such as call-forwarding unconditional, call-forwarding busy, call-forwarding no answer, etc. A first database associates subscribed phone numbers with a class of service. A second database defines the class of services such as the call types, the telephone digit pattern in the subscribed telephone numbers, the condition for an announcement, etc. A third database defines a default class of service for use in case a phone number is not associated with a class of service in the first database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Hans Anders Askerup, Rob W. Heldenbrand, Mark A. Montz
  • Patent number: 7443969
    Abstract: A system routes local toll-free communications to a toll-free communications address via local switches and/or local network onto interconnecting local providers with local access settlement rates, thereby allowing a local rather than toll cost structure of the communication. When an originating communications address is identified as an LCA, intraLATA, or otherwise local communications address, the system routes the local toll-free call from the network to participating local switches that service the subscriber's terminating communications. According to exemplary embodiments, the originating communications are separated between the LCA and the rest of the LATA based upon the NPA-NXXs that are considered local to the subscriber's terminating number. The system also provides for communicating and routing local toll free communications and for reporting each local toll free communication to the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Jonathan O. Ward
  • Patent number: 7437141
    Abstract: A method, system, and article of manufacture for restoring a telephone connection between a first communication device and at least one other communication device. In some embodiments, the method includes establishing a first telephone call between a first communication device associated with a telecommunication system and at least one other communication device, initiating a call to the telecommunication system from the first communication device using a predetermined number, and automatically initiating, in response to the call to the predetermined number, a reconnect call by the telecommunication system to establish a second call between the first communication device and the at least one other communication device. In some embodiments, the first call and the second call may be between a first communication device and at least two other communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Mason, Zeno Staemmer
  • Patent number: 7406306
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for placing a call between a client in one network and a client in another network. The IP network includes a SIP server and a network gateway configured to provide access to a public switched network. The method includes receiving a SIP call request message from the first client. The SIP call request message is authenticated to thereby identify an authentic originating client. Subsequently, a database is searched to find client billing tag corresponding to the authentic originating client. The call is completed if the client billing tag is obtained, and not completed if the client billing tag cannot be obtained. Thus, the present invention provides an efficient method for billing phone calls that are placed from SIP enabled devices to a telephone connected to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). The method of the present invention also substantially eliminates certain types of fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Verizon Business Global LLC
    Inventors: John K. Gallant, Kathleen A McMurry
  • Patent number: 7272218
    Abstract: Methods of billing telephone calls in networks that utilize shared modem pools. A request from a user of the network is received along with user identifying data. The user identifying data is correlated with records in a database of user identifying data and if a match is found, the call is passed through the network. The user has then been authenticated as a valid user of the network and can be billed accordingly, even though a random modem in the modem pool was used to place the call. This allows the user to be billed for the call so that the owner of the modem pool is not left financially responsible for the long-distance and/or other toll charges incurred by the user in making the call. The methods also ensure that the modem pool owners can bill for all calls, thereby enhancing the network's revenue stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Cingular Wireless II, LLC
    Inventor: Herman Chien
  • Patent number: 7254222
    Abstract: A pre-paid telecommunications card service in which the card-holder can register the card with a service provider in such a way that the card account becomes associated with the customer's home telephone line. Thereafter, toll calls made over that particular telephone line are automatically charged to the pre-paid card account when a destination telephone number is dialed. The card-holder is therefore freed from having to dial an access number or a card number for each call. The call accounting is carried out in a database with which network switches communicate via SS7 or any other desired data messaging protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Bauer, Christopher P. Gilboy, Stephen Shinners
  • Patent number: 7218712
    Abstract: Method and system for handling a service request from an originating station (ST-A) to a terminating station (ST-B) in a telecommunications system managing service logic for accounting information for payment of services. A service request is received from an originating station (ST-A) indicating an identifier of a terminating station (ST-B). The service request is checked against number portability information related to the identifier of the terminating station (ST-B), and against accounting information of the originating station (ST-A). The service can proceed without further queries for number portability. A service request is received for a terminating station (ST-B) indicating an identifier of an originating station (ST-A). Accounting information of the terminating station (ST-B) is updated according to number portability information related to the identifier of the originating station (ST-A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Arturo Martin de Nicolas, Juan-Mario Martin-Sanchez
  • Patent number: 7181236
    Abstract: A wireless modem card comprises a host interface configured to interface the wireless modem card with a host device of a first type. The wireless modem card can be configured to detect whether a modem interface device configured to interface the wireless modem card with a host device of a second type is communicatively coupled with the host interface. The wireless modem card is also configured to reconfigure the host interface in response to the presence of the modem interface device to enable the wireless modem card to interface with the host device of the second type through the modem interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Novatel Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Truong, Kwun Ho
  • Patent number: 7154997
    Abstract: Methods of billing telephone calls in networks that utilize shared modem pools. A request from a user of the network is received along with user identifying data. The user identifying data is correlated with records in a database of user identifying data and if a match is found, the call is passed through the network. The user has then been authenticated as a valid user of the network and can be billed accordingly, even though a random modem in the modem pool was used to place the call. This allows the user to be billed for the call so that the owner of the modem pool is not left financially responsible for the long-distance and/or other toll charges incurred by the user in making the call. The methods also ensure that the modem pool owners can bill for all calls, thereby enhancing the network's revenue stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Cingular Wireless II, LLC
    Inventor: Herman Chien
  • Patent number: 7142647
    Abstract: Techniques for storing data used in making announcements in telephone communications are disclosed. In an embodiment, an announcement depends on classes of services associated with telephone subscribers. The classes of services represent call types or call features such as call-forwarding unconditional, call-forwarding busy, call-forwarding no answer, etc. A first database associates subscribed phone numbers with a class of service. A second database defines the class of services such as the call types, the telephone digit pattern in the subscribed telephone numbers, the condition for an announcement, etc. A third database defines a default class of service for use in case a phone number is not associated with a class of service in the first database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Hans Anders Askerup
  • Patent number: 7072454
    Abstract: A system routes local toll-free calls dialed to a toll-free number via local switches and network onto interconnecting local providers with local access settlement rates, thereby allowing a local rather than toll cost structure. The system operates with existing a subscriber's existing toll-free service provider. When an originating number is identified as an LCA or intraLATA call, the system routes the local toll-free call from the SCP network to participating local switches that service the subscriber's terminating number. The originating calls are separated between the LCA and the rest of the LATA based upon the NPA-NXXs that are considered local to the subscriber's terminating number. The system also provides for routing local toll free calls and for reporting each local toll free call to the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathan O. Ward
  • Patent number: 7072639
    Abstract: In general, a system and method for analyzing wireless communication data for determining an optimal wireless communication service plans based on historical projection analysis is disclosed. A transceiver is configured to receive billing information associated with a subscriber of a telecommunications service under a current rate plan. A storage unit stores the billing information. A processor processes the subscriber related billing information to produce organized data in a calling profile record for each telecommunication service being used by the subscriber. The processor then creates a usage history table and a call detail table within the storage unit from the processed billing information in accordance with a specified billing period. A determination is then made of the cost of the current rate plan and the cost of at least one other rate plan via use of the usage history table and call detail table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Trag Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: William Marsh, David Langworthy, Juan Gonzales
  • Patent number: 7042993
    Abstract: In current telecommunications services, it is usual for the service provider of the initiator (e.g. the caller or the A-side) of the communications connection to determine the price and charge the A-side accordingly. The other subscribers are not usually charged. The A-side service provider pays a compensation amount (balance) to the B-side service provider. This fee charging and payment system is too rigid for modern communications services. The inventive method solves this problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Giovanni Benini, Andreas Kalkbrenner, Andreas Mayerhofer, Rainer Stademann, Rudolf Stelzl
  • Patent number: 6987844
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and data processing system for transferring mobile telephone minutes or other mobile telephone services or features from one customer to another is disclosed. A customer dials into an interactive service that allows the customer to specify one or more recipients and a number of minutes, services, or features to transfer. A data processing system associated with the customer's mobile telephone service provider effects a transfer of minutes, services, or features from the customer's account to the recipients' accounts. In addition, a notification that the transfer has occurred can be sent to the recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Maria Azua Himmel, Herman Rodriguez, Newton James Smith, Jr., Clifford Jay Spinac
  • Patent number: 6968047
    Abstract: A method for parity analysis and remedy calculation is provided. The method uses performance measurements that measure the timeliness, accuracy and availability of the services provided by an incumbent local exchange carrier (“ILEC”) to determine whether parity exists between services provided to the ILEC and services provided to a competitive local exchange carrier (“CLEC”). The performance measurements are compared at an appropriate level so that a like-to-like comparison is made. The difference between the average of the ILEC performance measurements and the average of the CLEC performance measurements is computed. An aggregate difference measurement is also computed and is used to determine whether parity exists. If parity does not exist, then a remedy is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Shellum, Mitch Elmore, Bill Grant
  • Patent number: 6782413
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for enabling communication between server resources and a wide spectrum of end-terminals to enable users access to the resources of both converged and non-converged networks via voice and/or electronically generated commands. A configurable distributed conference bridge is incorporated within the converged network architecture model of the present invention. The distributed conference bridge enables local conference resources to be utilized and incorporates external service bureau conference bridge resources when needed to supplement the internal conference bridge resources of a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Shawn D. Loveland
  • Patent number: 6687349
    Abstract: A local communication space (e.g., a local calling area) is defined based at least on a non-geographic factor, such as subscriber preference, a frequency of communication with a given destination, a destination type, and/or the like. The local communication space may be defined by compiling a list of communication spaces and allowing a subscriber to select one or more of the communication spaces as his or her local communication space, and/or by allowing a subscriber to individually input one or more communication destinations. A limit may be placed on the number of communication spaces that may be selected and/or on the number of individual communications destinations that may be input. Subscribers may be billed according to how many communication spaces and/or how many individual communication destinations they select.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventors: Charles David Caldwell, John Bruce Harlow, Robert Sayko, Norman Shaye
  • Patent number: 6668046
    Abstract: A method for generating a bill includes a communication node including an address book. A determination is made as to whether a phone number called by the user matches a stored number in the address book. A bill including a name and a location associated with the stored number is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventor: Nandakishore Anant Albal
  • Patent number: 6654451
    Abstract: The present invention routes local toll-free calls dialed to a toll-free number via local switches and network onto interconnecting local providers with local access settlement rates, thereby allowing a local rather than toll cost structure. The invention operates with existing a subscriber's existing toll-free service provider. When an originating number is identified as an LCA or intraLATA call, the invention routes the local toll-free call from the SCP network to participating local switches that service the subscriber's terminating number. The originating calls are separated between the LCA and the rest of the LATA based upon the NPA-NXXs that are considered local to the subscriber's terminating number. The system also provides for routing local toll free calls and for reporting each local toll free call to the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathan O. Ward
  • Publication number: 20030185362
    Abstract: A communication system and a communication service method through Internet call intermediation are disclosed, in which servers call a calling party and a called party using a callback function when a telephone call is requested through the Internet, to allow the calling party and called party to communicate with each other, thereby enabling convenient communication between them with lower charges. The communication system performs telephone communication by a service group constructed of a web server, a network management server, a billing server, a call intermediation server, a DB server, and a gateway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventor: Sangkyun Kim
  • Patent number: 6574317
    Abstract: A system and method for blocking uncollectible random call traffic of a telecommunication network. The system includes a database that stores a plurality of customer and call data, a fraud detection server that extracts from the database a plurality of customer and call data pertaining to uncollectible random call traffic and generates a call block list; at least one switch lookup table; and at least one telecommunication switch located within the telecommunication network that routes or prohibits telecommunication network traffic over the telecommunication network based upon information contained in the at least one switch lookup table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: WorldCom, Inc.
    Inventor: John E. de Freitas
  • Publication number: 20030016799
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to facilitate a communication associated with a destination identifier. According to one embodiment, a request to facilitate a communication in association with a destination identifier is received from a party, the destination identifier having a primary purpose other than communication. The destination identifier may comprise, for example, an automobile license plate number or a Social Security number. Information is then transmitted to enable the requested communication. For example, a message from a requesting party may be forwarded to an electronic mail address associated with a license plate number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2001
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Inventors: Edith H. Stern, David P. Greene, Barry E. Willner, Philip Shi-lung Yu
  • Publication number: 20020131571
    Abstract: A slot card issued by a slot club, or a membership card in another incentive award program, that is also capable of being used as phone calling card is provided. Free calling time is credited to the member's card account in response to the playing of the slot machine or utilizing the respective service. After incentive points are awarded, the member may use the membership card as a prepaid phone calling card, whereby the member's account is debited for the cost of the call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Stephen C. Tulley, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Magdalena M. Fincham
  • Patent number: 6442267
    Abstract: A local routing system is provided for selectively routing traffic in a telecommunications network according to a local service provider's preferences. The local service provider provides service for telephone lines acquired from a local exchange carrier. The telecommunications network supports an originator subscribing to the local service provider. The originator initiates a trigger when originating a call to a destination by dialing a number. The local routing system includes a classifier, a determiner, and a router. The classifier analyzes the dialed number and categorizes the call into one of several predetermined classes of traffic. The determiner determines whether the local service provider has a routing preference for the class of traffic into which the classifier has placed the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: SBC Technology Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Laura Culli, Bruce A. Nance, John E. Simino, Harold C. Fleischer, III, Michael Hanrahan, M. Lourdes Coronado
  • Publication number: 20020090072
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for remotely processing a data string. The method includes the steps of generating a data string from a communications device, which may be a telephone or a modem, and attaching an identifier code to the data string. The data string is then transmitted to a remote processor that reads the identifier code and processes the data string according to an algorithm designated by the identifier code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2001
    Publication date: July 11, 2002
    Applicant: TIV, LLC
    Inventor: Brent Rumsey
  • Patent number: 6385310
    Abstract: A system and method that controls calls, such as telephone solicitations, by a calling party to a called party. A switch receives a call from the calling party and marks the call to identify it as a telephone solicitation. Such marking can be performed in various ways, such as altering a forward call indicator of an IAM message if the switch is using an ISUP procedure, or providing a station type with information digits used in multi-frequency signaling. After the call has been marked, it can then be identified by a switch serving the called party as a telephone solicitation. Once identified, the switch then analyzes a profile for the called party and determines how to complete the call. For example, if the profile indicates that the called party does not want to receive telephone solicitations, the call will not be completed to the called party, but instead will receive alternate treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited
    Inventor: Matthew R. Holiday, II
  • Patent number: 6363141
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for automatically processing charges on a billing system for a telecommunications communication is provided. The type of communication is automatically determined from a received record. Based on the determined type of communication, information indicating attributes of the communication is retrieved from the record. A bill is then generated that includes at least one new section that is generated exclusively from the information retrieved from the record. The new section includes information about communications to new services. The billing system does not have to be extensively reconfigured when a new special service is offered on a trial basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventor: Richard A. Stubing