Blocking Caller Id Transmission Patents (Class 379/142.02)
  • Patent number: 11354706
    Abstract: A system for retargeting customers is based on a mobile device query initiated by a user, and includes a query module configured to receive a query with geographical information from the mobile device and determine geographical identifiers of the mobile device. An indexed database stores an aggregated plurality of customers having a geographical identifier proximate to the determined geographical area, and a processor selects an advertiser located proximate to the determined geographical area. A performance feedback module is configured to assign an effectiveness rating to one or more advertisements provided by the selected advertiser based on marketing attributes of the aggregated plurality of customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: YAHOO AD TECH LLC
    Inventors: Wentong Li, Yi Mao
  • Patent number: 11283891
    Abstract: A plurality of electronic devices can share a single phone number with each other. One of the electronic devices includes a display, a communication circuit, a processor operatively connected to the display and the communication circuit, and a memory operatively connected to the processor and configured to store a plurality of call logs. The memory stores instructions causing, when executed, the processor to receive a call request via the phone number, to transmit a first call log associated with a missed call to a server in response to a stopped reception of the call request, to receive a first response signal regarding transmission of the first call log from the server, to store the first call log in the memory, based on the first response signal, to receive a push signal from the server, and to update the first call log stored in the memory, based on the push signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Baeeun Jung, Venkatesh Gowni Ramakrishna, Rohit Bendre, Killyeon Kim
  • Patent number: 11070667
    Abstract: A system can be operable to receive a call from a communication device and identify whether the call is a spoofed based on, for example, whether a caller party user equipment associated with a caller identification number (caller ID number) is in an “idle” status, whether there are inconsistencies in the geographic location associated with a calling party's network and the geographic location determined to be associated with the caller ID number presented, and whether the phone number presented as the caller ID number is registered with a calling party's network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Barrett Kreiner, Ryan Schaub
  • Patent number: 11023927
    Abstract: A system and method for enhanced location verification and content delivery confirmation including building a customized pixel for location verification, appending the customized pixel to an ad tag, collecting a combination of data from the pixel, holding the combination of data collected and grouping the held data, and processing the combination of data collected from a previous day by performing a first enrichment process including enriching the combination of data with additional data corresponding to at least one of connection type and latitude and longitude data, wherein latitude and longitude data is based on IP in a case where latitude and longitude information was not provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: MOBILEFUSE LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Harlan, Elizabeth Renfer, Israel Alvarez, Dan Barnett
  • Patent number: 10623350
    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 controller in the network configured to control certain aspects of establishing a collaboration conference. In one particular embodiment, the user of the network may access the control system application to provide one or more conferencing parameters or settings the user wishes to be present during a collaboration conference session. The parameters may then be established by the control system and associated with the conferencing session involving the user. In one embodiment, such information may be associated with the identification token. In yet a further embodiment, a user to the collaboration control system may subscribe to receive a notification when another user of the system accesses a portion of a collaboration of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Adam C. Uzelac, Gregory T. Ellison, Andrew J. Broadworth
  • Patent number: 10609212
    Abstract: A system, methods, and computer program products for performing call tracking in a novel way wherein caller ID data is obfuscated so as to preserve a caller's privacy by protecting their telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: DIALOGTECH INC.
    Inventors: Irvin M. Shapiro, Shannon M. Price
  • Patent number: 10504150
    Abstract: A system for retargeting customers is based on a mobile device query initiated by a user, and includes a query module configured to receive a query with geographical information from the mobile device and determine geographical identifiers of the mobile device. An indexed database stores an aggregated plurality of customers having a geographical identifier proximate to the determined geographical area, and a processor selects an advertiser located proximate to the determined geographical area. A performance feedback module is configured to assign an effectiveness rating to one or more advertisements provided by the selected advertiser based on marketing attributes of the aggregated plurality of customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Wentong Li, Yi Mao
  • Patent number: 10291639
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method comprises presenting a graphical user interface that includes a plurality of user selectable buttons, each button corresponding to a customizable variable of a step in a sequence, and receiving, based on user input, a selection of one of the plurality of user selectable buttons. The method further comprises providing, based on the selection, a plurality of options for the variable corresponding to the selected button, determining a designation of at least one option for one or more variables in a first step and a designation of at least one option for one or more variables in a second step, and generating, based on the determined designations, a custom sequence detector comprising at least the first step and the second step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SYMANTEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shoukat Ali, Anand Ganapathy, Rehan Jalil
  • Patent number: 10200969
    Abstract: Various features related to selectively forwarding alerts/notifications for communications received at a first device to a paired device based on a user's privacy settings, are described. In an aspect of the disclosure, a method and an apparatus are provided. The apparatus maybe a first device, e.g., a UE, including at least one processor. In some configurations, the at least one processor is configured to receive a communication, and determine whether the communication is from a contact associated with a restricted group. The at least one processor maybe further configured to perform, based on the determining, one of: blocking an alert corresponding to the communication from being forwarded to a second device, or forwarding the alert corresponding to the communication to the second device. The second device maybe one of a wearable device, a car infotainment unit, a home entertainment unit, or a business conferencing unit, paired with the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Naga Chandan Babu Gudivada, Surendra Kompala, Anand Krishna Puranik, Tushar Gupta, Vishnu Vardhan Kasilya Sudarsan
  • Patent number: 10192241
    Abstract: A system for retargeting customers is based on a mobile device query initiated by a user, and includes a query module configured to receive a query with geographical information from the mobile device and determine geographical identifiers of the mobile device. An indexed database stores an aggregated plurality of customers having a geographical identifier proximate to the determined geographical area, and a processor selects an advertiser located proximate to the determined geographical area. A performance feedback module is configured to assign an effectiveness rating to one or more advertisements provided by the selected advertiser based on marketing attributes of the aggregated plurality of customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Wentong Li, Yi Mao
  • Patent number: 10178213
    Abstract: A method and system for delivery and presentation of a message on a communication device. A detection of a connection of a call made by a communication device is detected at the communication device. A further detection that the communication device is operating in a pre-defined mode of operation is performed, a message accessibly stored in memory is accessed, and display or other presentation of the message is initiated on an interface such as a display screen of the communication device. The call connection status is monitored, and the message is presented at least while the call is connected and the device is operating in the pre-defined mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: David Rene Proulx, Matthew Bells, Alek Tziortzis, Sherryl Lee Lorraine Scott
  • Patent number: 9979815
    Abstract: A device including a processor and a memory that includes instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. The operations include receiving an indication that a plurality of call alert options are authorized by a second device. The operations also include receiving input selecting a call alert option of the plurality of call alert options. The operations further include sending a call request from the first device to the second device, wherein the call request includes data related to the call alert option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Geoffrey R. Zampiello, Steven Charles Salimando
  • Patent number: 9948759
    Abstract: A device may receive, from a network device, a resolution query associated with a call. The resolution query may include a device identifier of the network device. The network device may receive, from a user device, the call. The device may determine, based on the device identifier of the network device, whether an authentication condition is satisfied. The device may selectively provide, to the network device, an authentication token in association with the resolution query based on determining whether the authentication condition is satisfied. The authentication token may enable an endpoint device, associated with the call, to perform a particular action based on the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Haltom, Joseph G. Oleska, Vincent T. Lally, Heath W. Hendrickson, Kevin V. Bohn
  • Patent number: 9787828
    Abstract: Detailed information about a party can be provided during interparty communication. Data-capable mobile devices query at least a public database to retrieve information about a set of parties engaged in communication. The results of the database query are employed to provide detailed caller identification and detail functionality to telephones or communication devices not utilizing traditional landlines or commercial caller identification service. Storage can be included to include address book function, query caching, and user preferences. An interface can be provided to facilitate display of rich caller identification information. The interface can further update displayed information without user input, or provide user selection control to request more information on a selected portion of displayed information. These features can be applied to determine the information about a party that is either receiving a communication or initiating a communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Carol Shifrin Gruchala, Wayne Robert Heinmiller, Dianna I. Tiliks Kanne
  • Patent number: 9781255
    Abstract: A method of authenticating a call origination directed to an enterprise call center. The method comprises receiving a first call origination message from a communication network by a computer system, wherein the first call origination message comprises an automatic number identification (ANI) storing a first phone number, determining by the computer system that the first phone number is not associated with an originator of the first call origination message, and responsive to determining that the first phone number is not associated with the originator of the first call origination message, dropping the first call origination message by the computer system and not answering the associated call, whereby the enterprise call center reduces its vulnerability to call origination spoofing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Michael A. Gailloux, Lauren Ricardo St. Aubyn King
  • Patent number: 9736296
    Abstract: Agencies issue multiple devices to personnel for maintaining distinct identities over the course of assigned investigations. To provide flexible capabilities to agencies, a phone is converted for use with multiple attached telephone numbers. Accordingly, a single phone may be used to manage multiple identities over the course of one or more investigations. Using a multiple attached number, a given device can place and receive calls over the network to and from contacts. In addition to providing multiple attached numbers, calls using the multiple attached numbers may be monitored live and recorded to establish evidence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: World Emergency Network—Nevada, Ltd.
    Inventor: Christopher Ryan Bennett
  • Patent number: 9648163
    Abstract: An analyzer resource receives call information about outbound phone calls from multiple phone numbers to target phone numbers in a phone network. The analyzer resource analyzes the call information to detect likely unwanted call activity. Based on the analyzing, the analyzer resource produces a list of phone numbers from which one or more entities originate unwanted calls to the subscribers in the phone network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Howard Leigh Pfeffer, Matthew John Cannon, Jeffrey James Lindsay
  • Patent number: 9521510
    Abstract: A system may be configured to allow for storage of location information regarding a set of user devices. The location information may be updated relatively frequently, and without introducing additional traffic into a wireless telecommunications network associated with the user devices. The location information may be made available to internal devices associated with the wireless telecommunications network and/or to external third party devices (such as banks, payment card processors, or advertisers) with user consent. Since the information is obtained and stored prior to requests, the location information may be provided, in response to requests, relatively quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Paul H. Prehn, Brian Olson, Cora Kasaji Kalukuta, Javier M. Lopez
  • Patent number: 9405930
    Abstract: A system for managing personal information of a user includes: a personal information database including personal information records of the user including data associated with the user, wherein a user is associated with a data policy including at least one permission for an accessing party to interact with a personal information record; and a data access module that receives and responds to requests from an accessing party, wherein a request may be one of: a read request specifying a personal information record to be read; and a write request specifying a personal information to be written to a personal information record to be written, wherein in response to a write request, the data access module responds with the a personal information record to be read, or updates the personal information record to be written in the personal information database, if permitted by the personal information record the privacy policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Jacqueline K. Vestevich
  • Patent number: 9357059
    Abstract: A system and method for enabling a telephone number to be called in an anonymous manner by associating an identifier with the telephone number and providing for calling the number via the identifier. In one embodiment, the telephone call, including communication of the telephone number is performed using encryption. The identifier may be an email address or user identifier. Other users may call the telephone number via a website that operates as a virtual payphone, using software downloaded to a computer or other communication device, or by calling a voice portal, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Koushik Chatterjee
  • Patent number: 9319440
    Abstract: A third party call control (3PCC) application program interface (API) permits for users to use a web browser or other Internet capable software to place a call. The third party call control application program interface includes a first uniform resource locator operable over the Internet to effect a call between first and telephonic devices to be completed. The first uniform resource locator includes identification of the first telephonic device and identification of the second telephonic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Vonage Business Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Citron, Andrew Wason, Nilesh Shah
  • Patent number: 9247046
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for transmitting data are provided. A relationship, between a sender of a call signal and a receiver of a call signal, that exists in at least one network service server, is confirmed. Data associated with the sender is selected based on the relationship between the sender and the receiver. The data associated with the sender is transmitted to the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Hyung-rae Cho, Hyun-joo Oh
  • Patent number: 9167431
    Abstract: A system for verifying an association between an application and a mobile computing device. The application is identified by an application instance identifier, which uniquely identifies the instance of the application on the mobile computing device. The system receives a request to verify the application, including the application instance identifier. The system also obtains a mobile device identifier used to communicate with the mobile computing device. The system initiates one or more telephone call setup messages, which signal a voice call request, to the mobile computing device using the mobile device identifier. Based on receiving an indication that the one or more telephone call setup messages were detected at the mobile computing device, the system associates the application instance identifier with the mobile device identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Vokee Applications, Ltd.
    Inventor: Elad Pinhas Barkan
  • Patent number: 9161222
    Abstract: A system for verifying an association between an application and a mobile computing device. The system receives a request to verify the application, which has an application instance identifier, on the mobile computing device. The system also obtains a mobile device identifier used to communicate with the mobile computing device. The system initiates one or more telephone call setup messages, which signal a voice call request, to the mobile computing device using the mobile device identifier. Based on receiving an indication that the one or more telephone call setup messages were detected at the mobile computing device, the system associates the application instance identifier with the mobile device identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Vokee Applications, Ltd.
    Inventor: Elad Pinhas Barkan
  • Patent number: 9071693
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to these exemplary embodiments provide active call concierge services wherein a network tracks users' behaviors with respect to, for example, supplementary services. When a user invokes a supplementary service toward a called party, the network captures this data. The network informs an agent on the user's device that it should prompt the user to reuse the same supplementary service the next time that the user dials the same called party. If the user inputs an acceptance of this suggestion, the user's device automatically appends or adds the service code associated with the repeated supplementary service to the outgoing call setup signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Edoardo Gavita, Nazin Hossain, Mahdi Hirab
  • Patent number: 9025745
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing unwanted telemarketing calls may include storing a contact list for users of a telephone assigned to an associated telephone number. An incoming telephone call from a caller may be intercepted and a determination may be made as to whether the caller is in the contact list. In response to determining that the caller is in the contact list, the incoming call may be connected to the telephone assigned to the called telephone number. Otherwise, in response to determining that the caller is not in the contact list, the caller may be prompted with an audible message, and, in response to the caller responding to the audible message by entering a first response, the incoming call may be blocked from connecting to the called telephone. Otherwise, in response to a second response, the incoming call may be connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Shekhar Gupta
  • Patent number: 9020113
    Abstract: A method (10) of and a server (60) and telecommunication system (30) for establishing communication (11) from a first party (31) having a first party identity to a second party (32) having a second party identity, wherein said first party identity is withheld for said second party (32). A token or correlation identifier (67) unique for the communication is generated (15), and the token or correlation identifier (67) is associated (16) with the first party identity for establishing a further communication in the telecommunication system (30) between the first party (31) and the second party Calling party (32) based on this token or correlation identifier (67).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Rogier August Caspar Joseph Noldus, Jos Den Hartog
  • Patent number: 9014359
    Abstract: An analyzer resource receives call information about outbound phone calls from multiple phone numbers to target phone numbers in a phone network. The analyzer resource analyzes the call information to detect likely unwanted call activity. Based on the analyzing, the analyzer resource produces a list of phone numbers from which one or more entities originate unwanted calls to the subscribers in the phone network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Howard Leigh Pfeffer, Matthew John Cannon, Jeffrey James Lindsay
  • Patent number: 8917840
    Abstract: A first telephone number assigned to the first telephone is cryptographically hashed to generate a first message digest, and the first telephone sends a signal to a second telephone over a communication network, wherein the signal includes the first message digest. The second telephone receives the first signal and searches its contact records to determine whether a telephone number in one of the contact records generates a message digest that matches the message digest received. Then, in response to the second telephone determining that a telephone number in one of the contact records generates a message digest that matches the first message digest, the second telephone identifies the contact record that generates the matching message digest and provides audible or visual output of content from the identified contact record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ravi K. Kosaraju, William G. Pagan
  • Patent number: 8913721
    Abstract: A telecommunication system is arranged between a trusted automated interactive system and a non-secure agent. The trusted automated interactive portion is operable for bidirectional communications with a caller. The agent portion is arranged to be bridged onto a communication connection between the caller (or network chat user) and the trusted interactive system under certain conditions. Sensitive data transmitted between the system and a calling user may be blocked from being communicated to the agent even while the agent is bridged onto the connection. In one embodiment, information (such as a verification of authenticity of the caller) pertaining to the sensitive data (but not the sensitive data itself) is communicated to the agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Intervoice Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Anantha Narayanan, Ellis K. Cave, Bogdan Blaszczak, Justin Broughton, Mohan Rangarajan
  • Patent number: 8867716
    Abstract: A system and a method are disclosed for providing telephone number sharing services to subscribers over public switched telephone network or data network. The disclosed system maintains a bank of reusable caller identifiers (IDs). The system receives call details of a call from a subscriber of the system. The call details include a caller identifier (ID) preference of the subscriber and a called number corresponding to the called party. The system stores the call details in a database. The system determines whether the call from the subscriber is a first call to the called number. In response to the call being the first call to the called number, the system assigns a call ID from the bank of reusable caller IDs that satisfies the reusable caller ID preference of the subscriber, and connects the call to the called number along with the caller ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: MagicJack VocalTec., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Borislow, Gregory Lynn Wood
  • Patent number: 8861694
    Abstract: The present invention is related to telecommunications, and in particular, to methods and systems for processing call signaling data. In an embodiment, a call processing system receives a first message from a switch while the switch is processing a call for a calling party, wherein the first message is initiated at least partly in response to a firing of a call event trigger configured within a switch. The first message includes call signaling information, including the calling party's phone number. The calling party's phone number is stored in the call processing system. A communication channel is established over a network between the call processing system and a computer associated with the called party. A message is transmitted to the networked computer, the message including the calling party's phone number, wherein the calling party's phone number is intended to be displayed on the networked computer associated with the called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Callwave Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Leland W. Kirchhoff, David S. Trandal
  • Patent number: 8842660
    Abstract: A method and system for communicating a variable set of contextual information relating to a conversation over a communication channel is provided. When the contextual information is exchanged, any authorized sending party of the contextual information can change the scope, content, or amount of the contextual information that is transmitted to a next receiving party in a determined communication channel path. Before transmitting the contextual information, a desirable scope of the contextual information may be determined based on the next receiving party, in conjunction with the sending party's rules. The contextual information may be updated by adding new contextual information and/or deleting part of the contextual information which is outside of the scope. No contextual information may be transmitted if the next destination desires no contextual information or does not have capabilities to receive any contextual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David Milstein, David A Howell, Linda Criddle, Michael D Malueg, Philip Andrew Chou
  • Patent number: 8824650
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products provide called party identification to a calling party. A communication is processed from a calling communications address to one of a plurality of communications addresses associated with a simultaneous ring. When an answer is detected at one of the plurality of communications addresses, an answering communications address is sent to the calling communications address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Brian K. Daigle
  • Patent number: 8774379
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media, for facilitating incoming spoof call determinations are provided. In some embodiments, the method includes receiving call-setup data including a point code associated with origination of a call intended for a receiving device. The point code can be utilized to determine that the call intended for the receiving device is a spoof call. Such a spoof call can be initiated by a spoof-calling party associated with a number and is intended to provide an indication to the receiving device that the call is associated with another number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Simon Youngs, Gary Duane Koller, Mark Douglas Peden, Raymond Emilio Reeves
  • Patent number: 8750847
    Abstract: A method of setting up a call between a user and at least one destination comprises, prior to setting up the call, a masking stage for masking the identifier, which stage comprises the following steps, for at least one destination: intercepting an identifier of the destination as input by the user; and modifying a signal including the identifier and used for displaying the identifier, or for setting up said call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Orange
    Inventors: Stéphane Elie, Loïc Pieto
  • Patent number: 8737586
    Abstract: A system and a method are disclosed for providing telephone number sharing services to subscribers over public switched telephone network or data network. The disclosed system maintains a bank of reusable caller identifiers (IDs). The system receives call details of a call from a subscriber of the system. The call details include a caller identifier (ID) preference of the subscriber and a called number corresponding to the called party. The system stores the call details in a database. The system determines whether the call from the subscriber is a first call to the called number. In response to the call being the first call to the called number, the system assigns a call ID from the bank of reusable caller IDs that satisfies the reusable caller ID preference of the subscriber, and connects the call to the called number along with the caller ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: MagicJack Vocaltec., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Borislow, Gregory Lynn Wood
  • Patent number: 8738087
    Abstract: Techniques in a wireless device for use in providing restrictions on communications via a cellular network are described. The device receives, from a private network which is external to the cellular network, an IT policy associated with an organization of the private network. The IT policy includes communication restriction information. The device also receives, over a wireless link of the cellular network, data messages via the private network. The device determines whether a communication from the device is restricted by comparing a user selected code of a communication attempt from the device with one or more codes of the communication restriction information. When the communication is determined to be restricted based on the comparing, the device disallows the communication via the cellular network. When the communication is determined to be unrestricted based on the comparing, the device allows the communication via the cellular network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Graham N. Pearce
  • Patent number: 8718243
    Abstract: The present invention relates to telecommunications, and in particular, to systems and processes for processing telephone calls and providing telephony services. In one embodiment, a call processing system, compromises a first telephony interface configured to receive a call from a caller, a storage device configured to store a greeting, and a call answering system. The call answering system is configured to play the greeting in response to receiving the call, record a voice message from the caller, determine when the caller has completed recording the voice message, after determining that the caller has completed recording the voice message, play a prompt regarding the caller becoming a subscriber to call services provided by the call processing system, receive from the caller information used to establish a call services account, and establish a call services account for the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Callwave Communications, LLC
    Inventors: David Trandal, Robert Duva, Robert F. Smith, John R. Day
  • Patent number: 8706096
    Abstract: In accordance with one configuration, a network communication manager identifies an expected duration of time to complete playback of the streaming content. Subsequent to receiving a do not disturb command, the network communication manager prevents visual notifications of future phone calls during the estimated duration of time to provide undisturbed playback of the streaming content on the display screen. Accordingly, embodiments herein support a do not disturb function in which a subscriber can prevent display of visual notifications such as phone call alerts (e.g., pop-up text messages) on the display screen during playback of the streaming content. The do not disturb functionality can be disabled in response to any suitable trigger such as that the subscriber has terminated playback of the streaming content, playback of the streaming content completed, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Cannon, Frank E. Figueroa, David G. Bell
  • Patent number: 8699681
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for monitoring a communication network is described. In one example, call detail record data generated by network elements in the communication network is parsed to identify occurrence of a plurality of blocked calls over a time period. A plurality of consolidated call detail records for the plurality of blocked calls are respectively generated from the call detail record data. Each of the plurality of consolidated call detail records includes an originating telephone number. The originating telephone number of each of the plurality of consolidated call detail records is then processed to identify unique originating telephone numbers for the plurality of blocked calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Publication number: 20140079201
    Abstract: Agencies issue multiple devices to personnel for maintaining distinct identities over the course of assigned investigations. To provide flexible capabilities to agencies, a phone is converted for use with multiple attached telephone numbers. Accordingly, a single phone may be used to manage multiple identities over the course of one or more investigations. Using a multiple attached number, a given device can place and receive calls over the network to and from contacts. In addition to providing multiple attached numbers, calls using the multiple attached numbers may be monitored live and recorded to establish evidence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: World Emergency Network - Nevada Ltd.
    Inventor: Christopher Ryan Bennett
  • Patent number: 8635279
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and computer program products are disclosed that teach methods for establishing context of a subsequent electronic real-time communication. One method detects a connection attempt that is initiated by an instigator-identifiable for a subsequent electronic real-time communication that is directed to a target-identifiable. The instigator-identifiable is associated with a first identification characteristic and the target-identifiable is associated with a second identification characteristic. This method subsequently retrieves a reminder reference that is responsive to the first identification characteristic and the second identification characteristic and presents the reminder reference to the target-identifiable. The method also establishes the subsequent electronic real-time communication between the instigator-identifiable and the target-identifiable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Dante Cassanego, Michael J. Power, Craig L. Zarmer
  • Patent number: 8626848
    Abstract: A computationally implemented method includes, but is not limited to: receiving a first communiqué that is affiliated with a source entity and that is directed to a receiving entity; and transmitting to the receiving entity, in lieu of the first communiqué, a second communiqué that is provided in accordance with one or more conditional directives to conditionally obfuscate identity of the source entity, the one or more conditional directives provided by the receiving entity. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander J. Cohen, Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, William H. Mangione-Smith, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Publication number: 20140003592
    Abstract: Alerts may be suppressed for communications. A timing parameter is retrieved describing an amount of time. An initial alert is processed to initially alert of an incoming communication. Subsequent alerts of the incoming communication are suppressed for the amount of time described by the timing parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Edward Michael Silver
  • Patent number: 8600022
    Abstract: A system and method for minimizing unsolicited marketing communications to subscribers in a subscription base obtains a contacting party identification for incoming communications to a selected contact point before communications are allowed to pass through to selected contact points. Next, contacting party identification is compared with a marketing database to determine if there is a match. If there is a match, a preselected action other than completing the incoming communication is taken or incoming communication is completed if an override condition is set. If there is no match, incoming communication is passed through and the subscriber can designate it as an unwanted marketing communication if a preselected criterion for addition is met once more than one subscriber identifies the contacting party identification as a potential marketing communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Michael P. Mastro
  • Patent number: 8599837
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and storage media provide for receiving a message pertaining to a telephone call set-up; identifying in the message a called telephone number; selecting a calling telephone number based on the called telephone number; replacing a calling telephone number included in the message with the selected calling telephone number; and transmitting the message that includes the selected calling telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Andre B. Kyle
  • Patent number: 8594287
    Abstract: The present invention relates to telephone call processing. In one embodiment, a call processing system receives from a caller a first call for a user, the first call including call signaling information. The call processing system determines whether the call signaling information includes caller identification information and whether the call signaling information indicates that the caller identification information is restricted. If the caller identification information is restricted, the call processing system instructs the caller to take a first action so that the caller identification information can be provided to the user. The call processing system determines whether the caller has performed the first action during the first call, and if the caller has performed the first action during the first call, the call processing system provides at least a portion of the caller identification information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Callwave Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Dolan, David F. Hofstatter, Lee Kirchhoff
  • Patent number: 8583094
    Abstract: An incoming-call management method of mobile telecommunication devices is provided. The method includes offering options for telephone holder and caller, and controls the procedure according to the telephone holder's setting and caller's decisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: John C. Wang
  • Patent number: 8526936
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a set of rules established by a third-party to control the execution of various functions offered by a device. The set of rules can block a function outright, or can specify particular combinations of days and times when the function can be executed and when it is blocked. Then, when the user of the device requests an instance of the function to be executed, the set of rules can be accessed to determine whether the requested function instance is permitted, after which the device can either block or execute the requested function instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Ariel S. Rogson