Matching And Retrieving Stored Caller Id Information From A Database Patents (Class 379/142.06)
  • Patent number: 10440176
    Abstract: A communication device and method can include one or more processors operatively coupled to memory and an audible output device, where the one or more processors receive a call from a calling party that includes caller identification information and a voice paging message associated with the caller identification information, presenting the caller identification information, presenting the voice paging message as an alias of or to a ring tone or interleaved with the ring tone before the call from the calling party is answered or rejected. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Staton Techiya, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Wayne Goldstein
  • Patent number: 10419600
    Abstract: A system and method for integrating voice and data operations into a single mobile device capable of simultaneously performing data and voice actions. The mobile device working in a network capable of exchanging both cell phone calls and data items to the mobile device. By wearing an earphone or an ear-bud device the user is capable of dealing with voice conversations while working with data centric information related to the current caller. By providing a data-centric device with voice capabilities there is a new range of features that allow incoming data events to trigger outgoing voice events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Gary Phillip Mousseau, Mihal Lazaridis, David Paul Yach, Raymond Paul Vander Veen, Harry Richmond Major, Atul Asthana
  • Patent number: 10402914
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for determining contact-related information items for presentation to a user, such that the user can refer to the information items to enhance the user's communication with the contact. Contact-related information items that have a high relevance level may be accessed and presented to the user. In a case in which no or limited high relevance level information items exist, contact-related information items associated with incrementally lower levels of relevance may be accessed and presented. Moreover, according to some example embodiments, relevance may be derived based on the relationship of the user with the particular contact and/or the frequency of communications with the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Don Yamato Kuramura, Bryan Thomas Biniak, Peter Matthew Mauro, Roope Rainisto
  • Patent number: 10356247
    Abstract: VoIP telephone systems and methods are provided for use in a noisy listening environment. The systems and methods provide high quality voice broadcast into the noisy listening environment through independent voice channels which makes it easier for the human brain to discern broadcast words from the background noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Cloud9 Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Pappas
  • Patent number: 10319005
    Abstract: To establish a target (e.g., billing) address, a device receives a first physical address determined by geolocating the device (e.g., based on an Internet Protocol (IP) address associated with the device). A street-level map that includes an indicator that is rendered at a first location in the map corresponding to the first physical address is displayed. The indicator can be moved from the first location to one or more other locations in the map. The device receives a selection of a physical address corresponding to the location in the map of the indicator when the selection is made. The device records the selected physical address as the target address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew Fear
  • Patent number: 10306042
    Abstract: Methods and systems of providing caller information are provided. Exemplary systems and methods provide location information for audio files including the caller information. The location information can be used to retrieve the audio information, which can be played on a call recipient's device, and/or a translation of the audio information, which can be displayed on the call recipient's device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Katayoun Hillier, Peter Hillier
  • Patent number: 10218840
    Abstract: A connection manager manages connections for associated user devices by determining whether an incoming connection has been answered at a user device, and if so then generating and transmitting silencing commands to associated user devices using first and second wireless communication modes, with one mode being faster. Connections can comprise phone calls, and modes can comprise push and Bluetooth® messaging. The connection manager can instruct device outputs to provide connection alerts, limited to visual alerts when an associated user device is active, listen for associated user device communications, and instruct device outputs to stop providing alerts when a silencing command is received. Further, a connection manager can receive a signal regarding a headset status, route an outside connection from a phone to the headset when the headset is active or to another device when the headset is not active, detect a change in headset status, and reroute the connection accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Keith W. Rauenbuehler, Nicholas M. Fraioli, Christopher S. Linn, John J. Iarocci, Keith Stattenfield
  • Patent number: 10187520
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus is disclosed. The terminal apparatus includes a display; a communicator configured to receive an incoming call; a storage configured to store contact object information including a connecting application corresponding to caller identification information; and a controller configured to receive the incoming call including the caller identification information received through the communicator, execute the connecting application corresponding to the caller identification information, and display a search result related to the contact object information in a screen of the executed connecting application on the display. Accordingly, it is possible to determine a counterpart during connecting a call, and automatically execute the connecting application per contact information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ju-hee Seo, Han-tak Kwak, Hyun-woo Nam, Sung-bum Park, Se-Hoon Kim, Woo-sung Shim, Seo-young Lee, Yang-wook Kim, Hae-in Chun, Jae-ho Jung
  • Patent number: 10171653
    Abstract: Receiving and processing customer support calls initiated from a mobile/wireless device via a call function or via a mobile device application may include various operations. For instance, an example method of operation may provide receiving a service request from a mobile device, requesting a temporary telephone number to be assigned to a subsequent call to be placed from the mobile device, creating a database record with an identifier of the mobile device and the temporary telephone number, transmitting the temporary telephone number to the mobile device, receiving an automated call to the temporary telephone number from the mobile device, and connecting the mobile device with a remote call recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventor: Mahendra Varman
  • Patent number: 10165111
    Abstract: For identifying an unknown contact, a system, apparatus, method, and computer program product are disclosed. The apparatus, in one embodiment, includes a processor, a memory that stores code executable by the processor, the code identifying an incoming call from an unknown contact, collecting relationship information regarding the unknown contact, and determining a relationship to a user based on the collected relationship information. In certain embodiments, the apparatus also includes code that provides a notification based on the determined relationship. In some embodiments, the apparatus also includes code that shares the determined relationship with one or more stored contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Russell Speight VanBlon, John Carl Mese, Nathan J. Peterson, Arnold S. Weksler
  • Patent number: 10091350
    Abstract: An incoming communication processing system and method is disclosed for providing communication and data services to residents of a controlled facility. Specifically, the incoming communication processing system allows outside parties to initiate communications to residents of a controlled facility. The incoming communication processing system may work in conjunction with or separately from an outgoing communication processing system. Many restrictions and safeguards may be implemented within the incoming communication system in order to prevent improper use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Global Tel*Link Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen Lee Hodge
  • Patent number: 10083409
    Abstract: Techniques and system configurations for tracking customers and employees in a commercial environment such as a retail store are described herein. Customer devices that are operated by an associated customer may be tracked to determine customer shopping activities in a retail store, and to obtain promotions or affect targeted results based on the customer's activity and a profile associated with the customer. Employee devices that are operated by an associated employee also may be tracked to identify employee activities and manage the interactions that occur with customers in the retail environment. In-store activities and interactions accordingly may be enhanced as a result of advertising, marketing, and analytics derived from the tracked activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: BBY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Michele Azar, Lisa Hake, Andrew Marble, Brent Shiely, William Don Wortley, Michael Zorn
  • Patent number: 10079939
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes: receiving, by a computing device, an incoming telephone call from a caller; identifying, by the computing device, a telephone number associated with the telephone call; obtaining, by the computing device, contextual data based on the telephone number, predicting, by the computing device, one or more reasons for the telephone call based on the contextual data; and displaying, by the computing device, the one or more reasons for the telephone call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10032456
    Abstract: Aspects define a capture signal as audio inputs by a user of word content. An input of the capture signal word content is recognized in response to an audio input of the user reciting the capture signal word content into a microphone in communication with the recording device during a recording of a speech presentation by the recording device. A recording portion start time is identified that is prior to a time of the input of the capture signal during the current recording of the audio speech presentation in response to recognizing the input of the capture signal word content from the user. The recording device is driven to capture a portion of the recorded audio speech presentation over a period of time spanning from the recording portion start time to the time of the input of the capture signal word content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ilse M. Breedvelt-Schouten, Jana H. Jenkins, Jeffrey A. Kusnitz, John A. Lyons
  • Patent number: 10031966
    Abstract: The method and system for sorting the phonebook contacts by finding the weight of contacts for each application based on contact incentives and sorting the applications by measuring the weight of the applications based on application incentives is provided. The contact incentives can be identified for each application and the method calculates weight of contacts for each application. The method identifies the application incentives, and calculates the weight of each application. Based on the weight of contacts and the weight of application, the method normalizes sorts the contacts in phonebook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Barath Raj Kandur Raja, Sridhar Rajiv Kavuri
  • Patent number: 10008205
    Abstract: A method of choosing a nametag using automatic speech recognition (ASR) includes: receiving a spoken nametag via a microphone; performing a first speech recognition analysis on the spoken nametag; determining that the first speech recognition analysis outputs only handheld wireless device nametags; performing a second speech recognition analysis that excludes the handheld wireless device nametags stored at the handheld wireless device; and combining the results of the first speech recognition analysis and the second speech recognition analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Xufang Zhao, Gaurav Talwar, Dipankar Pal, John L. Holdren
  • Patent number: 10009387
    Abstract: A single virtual telephone number that is used to route telephony communications is assigned to first and second users if the first and second users rarely, if ever, communicate with the same party. When an incoming call is received on the virtual telephone number, telephony information for the first and second users is reviewed to determine if the calling party is one that has communicated with either of the first and second users in the past. If so, the telephony communication is routed to the user who has communicated with the calling party in the past.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: VONAGE AMERICA INC.
    Inventor: Tzahi Efrati
  • Patent number: 10009462
    Abstract: A user equipment and method for call filtering is provided. On receipt of an incoming call, the incoming call's telephone number or other caller identifier is determined and then used as a search query in a search engine search. Using natural language processing or text string comparison, text from the search hits is processed by comparing with the stored permitted caller description(s). If a match is found, then a call alert is generated, whereas if not, then the call is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Henry J. Collinson, Julie E. Stalley, Tom Waterton
  • Patent number: 9979827
    Abstract: A method for routing calls between a third party telecommunications device (“TD”) and a subscriber TD associated with a primary service and a second line service (“SLS”) involves associating the SLS number of the subscriber, the primary number of the subscriber and the primary number of a third party via a common relationship number. Calls directed from a third party to the SLS number of a subscriber are routed to an SLS platform and redirected to the subscriber TD. Calls directed from the subscriber TD to the third party use the relationship number to route the call to the SLS platform. The combination of the SLS number and the relationship number identifies the third party calling number for call completion. Calls can be directed to and from an SLS number of a subscriber TD without having to coordinate the provisioning of a call through the subscriber's primary service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Movius Interactive Corp
    Inventors: George Backhaus, Jignesh Gandhi, Julio Gonzalez, John Green, Philip Lowman, Paul Rubenstein, Mike Speanburg
  • Patent number: 9979825
    Abstract: A system and method for establishing contact between a customer contact center agent and a customer based on customer availability information. A plurality of communication channels that may be used to communicate with the customer is monitored by the contact center. The availability of the customer is identified for each of the plurality of communication channels and user availability data is dynamically adjusted for each of the plurality of communication channels. The user availability data is provided to a contact center agent handling, for example, an offline task involving the customer. The contact center agent may use the availability data to establish contact with the customer to better handle the offline task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: GENESYS TELECOMMUNICATIONS LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Herbert Willi Artur Ristock, Vladimir Mezhibovsky, Nikolay Korolev
  • Patent number: 9967736
    Abstract: An image is saved to a contact record or set as a home screen directly from a camera application of a portable electronic device. The method includes: capturing an image using a camera that is integrated into the portable electronic device, selecting at least a portion of the image, selecting a contact record from an address book application or selecting a set as home screen option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Matthew Richard Lee, David Noel Vanden Heuvel, Engin Akyurekli
  • Patent number: 9961522
    Abstract: A method for routing calls between a third party telecommunications device (“TD”) and a subscriber TD associated with a primary service and a second line service (“SLS”) involves associating the SLS number of the subscriber, the primary number of the subscriber and the primary number of a third party via a common relationship number. Calls directed from a third party to the SLS number of a subscriber are routed to an SLS platform and redirected to the subscriber TD. Calls directed from the subscriber TD to the third party use the relationship number to route the call to the SLS platform. The combination of the primary service number and the relationship number identifies the third party number for call completion. Calls can be directed to and from an SLS number of a subscriber TD using a combination of protocols such as ISUP, CAP and SIP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Movius Interactive Corporation
    Inventors: George Backhaus, Jignesh Gandhi, Julio Gonzalez, John Green, Philip Lowman, Paul Rubenstein, Mike Speanburg
  • Patent number: 9955004
    Abstract: Systems and methods for utilizing customer data in a communication system are provided. In exemplary embodiments, customer records at a customer data warehousing system are accessed. Customer data from the customer records are extracted and associated with a customer identifier. The customer data is then stored to an indexed database, the extracted customer data being indexed according to the identifier. When an incoming communication is received, the communication system will determine a communication identifier of the incoming communication. A lookup and matching process is then performed using the communication identifier in the indexed customer information database. If a matching customer identifier is found, associated customer data may be retrieved and used to provide enhanced communication system services including communication routing and customer data alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Fonality, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher M. Lyman
  • Patent number: 9906643
    Abstract: Provided is a system, apparatus, and/or method for providing phone call route information, including a calling party information collector configured to collect calling party information according to selecting of a phone number link object provided to a calling party through a network a called party information collector configured to collect called party information about a certain incoming call from a called terminal, and a matching determiner configured to determine a relation between the selecting of the phone number link object and the certain incoming call by comparing at least one piece of the calling party information and at least one piece of the called party information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Naver Corporation
    Inventors: Dong Ki Kim, Eun Mi Kim, Hyeon Sik Moon, Hyeon Su Jeong
  • Patent number: 9894199
    Abstract: A system for authenticating the identity of a caller (i) receiving one or more online credentials of a caller initiating a phone call, where the one or more online credentials include one or more pieces of biometric information associated with the caller, and the one or more online credentials are received from a mobile device associated with the caller; (ii) requesting one or more additional online credentials associated with the mobile device; (iii) receiving the one or more additional online credentials; (iv) receiving telephone authentication information associated with the phone call; (v) authenticating the caller based, at least in part upon, the one or more online credentials, the one or more additional credentials, and the telephone authentication information; (vi) generating authentication status information based on the authentication of the caller; and (vii) transferring the authentication status information and the phone call to a call recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Lucas Wiechman, Matthew Burgund, Mark Biersdorf, Gary Littell, Dan Hlavac
  • Patent number: 9866684
    Abstract: A process for real-time data exchange allows for sharing data, including metadata such as user data and phone data, between multiple handsets so that handsets may automatically display such data upon initiation or establishment of a telephone call, and in some arrangements throughout the life of the call. In this way, the need for subsequent data transmissions is reduced or eliminated, making bandwidth usage more efficient and conserving battery power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Eilts, Alvin Chardon, Ben Greenier
  • Patent number: 9830360
    Abstract: The present technology is directed to systems and methods for determining content of interest by determining the occurrence of fast-rising features (for example, URL, fingerprint, etc.) in posts or comments provided by users within an online community, for example, a social network. The systems and methods obtain user-generated content from an online community and determine signals based on the user-generated content to calculate a frequency of the signals as they post or occur in a pre-defined time bucket or window. A first derivative difference of the frequency and a second derivative difference of the frequency is calculated based on formulating consecutive time buckets or “dynamic windows” to determine if one or more of the frequency, the first derivative difference, and the second derivative difference satisfies one or more pre-defined thresholds. The user-generated content is prioritized based on whether it satisfies the one or more pre-defined thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Dharmeshkumar Mokani, Madhukar Thakur
  • Patent number: 9797738
    Abstract: A navigation system and method are described. A destination may be determined for a user. A starting location may be determined for the user using data obtained via a mobile device of the user. The user may be enabled to establish a route from the starting location to the destination using the mobile device. Route information that details the established route may be stored in a database for subsequent display to other users. In some embodiments, a value total for each user may be stored, and value may be added to the user's value total in response to the user establishing the route from the starting location to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathan Redfern
  • Patent number: 9800537
    Abstract: Methods and systems directed to assigning individual messages and call log data into an aggregated conversation thread on both client and server devices for a user interface having a conversations view including all the communications a given users has with his or her contacts across multiple communication means and protocols. Messages between a user and a particular contact are threaded together, regardless of their format or protocol in order to provide the user with a quick history of all communications with his or her contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohit Talwar, Miladin Pavlicic, Siddharth Murlidhar
  • Patent number: 9692865
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a wireless communication unit configured to provide wireless communication, a display, and a controller configured to, activate a mode for voice recognition in response to a touch input to a soft button displayed on the display or to a hard button on the mobile terminal, receive a first voice input associated with a phone call relating operation of the mobile terminal, display an indicator on the display indicating the voice input is being recognized by the mobile terminal, analyze the context of a voice command in the voice input, execute the call relating operation only if there is a single contact in a phonebook that matches the voice command in the first voice input, if there is no single contact that matches the voice command of the received voice input, display a plurality of candidates that is analyzed based on the voice command, receive a second input according to a plurality of candidates, and execute the call relating operation based on the second input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jong-Keun Youn, Dae-Sung Jung, Jae-Hoon Yu, Tae-Jun Kim, Jae-Min Joh, Jae-Do Kwak, Jong-Ho Shin
  • Patent number: 9674048
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses for efficient infrastructure service discovery with security are disclosed. In one aspect, systems and methods for advertising services available via an access point without requiring a device to connect for discovery are described. This may allow devices to determine, prior to establishing a connection with an access point, whether a desired service is offered. Further description of publication rules is provided. Service providers can use the publication rules to identify service information which may be discovered by devices based on device authentication status or other factors to allow controlled, secure discovery of the service information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: George Cherian, Santosh Paul Abraham
  • Patent number: 9668123
    Abstract: An image is saved to a contact record or set as a home screen directly from a camera application of a portable electronic device. The method includes: capturing an image using a camera that is integrated into the portable electronic device, selecting at least a portion of the image, selecting a contact record from an address book application or selecting a set as home screen option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Matthew Richard Lee, David Noel Vanden Heuvel, Engin Akyurekli
  • Patent number: 9609122
    Abstract: A telephone number corresponding to an incoming telephone call may be utilized to obtain information associated with the incoming call. If it is determined that the telephone number does not match records stored on the device on which the call is received, a request may be sent from the receiving device to an external device to obtain information associated with the incoming call. The request may be directed to a remote contacts application, another device listed in a data store of the receiving device, or to the calling device itself. When a response is received, the information may be displayed or otherwise utilized by the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Swapnil Dave, Devrim Varoglu
  • Patent number: 9609126
    Abstract: A system and method includes one or more processors one or more processors coupled to a memory. The one or more processors may execute instructions from the memory to perform the steps including receiving an audio communications request from a first user device of a user, identifying a second user device of the user in response to receiving the audio communications request, providing a suggestion that the user use the second user device with the system, receiving a response from the user responding to the suggestion, establishing a communication channel with the second user device, and providing content associated with the audio communications request to the second user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventors: Billy Runyan, Liang Xi, Rahul Nair
  • Patent number: 9602870
    Abstract: The present invention discloses methods for detecting, indexing, and comparing video signals from a video display in a background scene using a camera-enabled device. Methods include the steps of: pointing a camera-enabled (CEN) device at a video-signal surface; detecting a location of the video-signal surface in the background scene on the CEN device; and extracting at least one frame from the detected video-signal surface. Preferably, the method further includes the steps of: obtaining at least one image from at least one extracted frame; computing at least one compact signature from at least one image; comparing at least one compact signature with at least one stored compact signature in a database; and determining whether at least one match was found between at least one compact signature and at least one stored compact signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TvTak Ltd.
    Inventors: David Amselem, Yuval Hava, Adi Shavit, Dana Shavit
  • Patent number: 9584991
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a system and method of communicating cryptic text, i.e. private messages and accessing social networks using coded messages, wherein the system and method comprises activating privacy controls for intercepting electronic transmissions for controlling the display of the electronic transmissions on a mobile device; the determining of the presence of an indicator tag for incoming and/or outgoing decoded messages identifying messages for which there is a corresponding cryptic text; and for converting the at least one decoded message into cryptic text for displaying on the display, wherein the user may interact with the cryptic text via at least one icon, which are embedded with code configured to enable different user interactions with the cryptic text, wherein the embedded code may be executed by dragging the at least one icon to a code execution area of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Isaac S. Daniel
  • Patent number: 9560205
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing voicemail services to callers of wireless devices may include providing customized outgoing messages to callers based upon the caller's identification. A subscriber to the voicemail service may select one or more contacts associated with the subscriber to receive a customized outgoing message while the remaining callers receive a general outgoing message. The methods and apparatus may further include distributing voicemail messages from a subscriber's voicemail accounts to one or more social networking sites. The subscriber to the voicemail services may share one or more received voicemail messages via one or more social networking accounts associated with the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Williams Jacobstein, Jacob Guedalia, Isaac David Guedalia
  • Patent number: 9551774
    Abstract: A method to be executed by a user terminal for searching for locations of one or more wireless devices that are located within an area in which the one or more wireless devices can wirelessly communicate with the user terminal, wherein each of the one or more wireless devices periodically transmits a beacon signal. The method includes detecting a number of the one or more wireless devices that are located within the area based on the beacon signals; determining a transmission period for transmitting the beacon signals depending on the number of the one or more wireless devices; and instructing the one or more wireless devices that are located within the area to transmit the beacon signals in accordance with the determined transmission period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Masanori Ishida, Shigeru Sekiguchi, Kouki Hayashi, Shin Nakamatsu, Ryuutarou Hosoi
  • Patent number: 9544375
    Abstract: A technique for performing signaling conversion between an HTTP stateful session and an SIP dialog is described. In a method realization of this technique, an HTTP request message including HTTP state information is received from an HTTP enabled entity. In response to receipt of the HTTP request message, an SIP message belonging to an SIP dialog is created. In further steps, the first SIP message is sent to an SIP enabled entity, and a mapping between the HTTP state information and the SIP dialog is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Ioannis Fikouras, Roman Levenshteyn, Nikolaos Albertos Fikouras
  • Patent number: 9521229
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and methods are disclosed. A storage module stores at least first contact information including a first phone number and second contact information including a second phone number. A control module causes the display module to display a first image associated with the first phone number and a second image not associated with the phone number stored in the storage module, makes a call at the first phone number, if a first operation for selecting the first image is accepted, causes the display module to display at least the second contact information, if a second operation for selecting the second image is accepted, and causes the display module to display a third image associated with the second phone number instead of the second image, if a third operation for selecting the second contact information is accepted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihiro Kamii, Hideo Okumura
  • Patent number: 9509831
    Abstract: A wireless communications device includes a memory adapted to maintain profiles relating to user contacts, an output device operable to emit audible notifications responsive to incoming communications, at least one input device operable to receive a user selection of a silent notification mode of the device and a user selection of a silent mode disabled setting associated with the profiles and a processor coupled to the memory, the output device and the at least one input device. When the device is in the silent notification mode, the processor is configured to prevent the output device from emitting audible notifications responsive to incoming communications from the user contacts having profiles without the silent mode disabled and to cause the output device to emit audible notifications responsive to incoming communications from the user contacts having profiles with the silent mode disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Lawrence R Youst
  • Patent number: 9420063
    Abstract: The method and system relate to prioritizing access and shaping traffic to the SIM such that the requests to the SIM that pertain to registering the wireless mobile device on a network are given a higher priority than other requests to the SIM. The higher priority requests that relate to registering the mobile device on a network may be processed by the SIM prior to at least one other request that is not related to registering the mobile device on the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Michele Berionne, Vivek Shankar, K. Shreyas Hegde, J. Alfredo Ruvalcaba
  • Patent number: 9344548
    Abstract: An image is saved to a contact record or set as a home screen directly from a camera application of a portable electronic device. The method includes: capturing an image using a camera that is integrated into the portable electronic device, selecting at least a portion of the image, selecting a contact record from an address book application or selecting a set as home screen option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Matthew Lee, David Noel Vanden Heuvel, Engin Akyurekli
  • Patent number: 9338292
    Abstract: A system and method for a selective ring silencer that prevents people from having to listen to the telephone ring on and on with nuisance calls. The ringer silencer can be: (1) discretely constructed from a telephone, (2) part of a telecommunication device, or (3) part of a central telephone network construction. A receiver demodulates an incoming call. Control logic reads at least a portion of the called identification (CID) data and determines an action based on the reading. A switch in communication with the control logic is actuated to a first state that allows the communication data to be output from the ring silencer, and a second state that blocks the communication data from being output from the ring silencer to a user's communication device. The control logic blocks toll-free area codes originated calls from ringing a user's telephone, optionally forwarding the call to a voice mail module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Steve Cha
  • Patent number: 9307078
    Abstract: The risk that an incoming emergency call is a prank call is presented in real-time to the called party, in the form of, e.g., an index of suspicion. An index of suspicion aggregation server quantifies, qualifies, and aggregates risks, suspicions, and/or threats relevant to a call center to formulate a scale of suspicion. Metrics are acquired (e.g., calling device location information, device configuration information, caller information, etc.) relevant to each communications request made to a call center and uses acquired metrics to rate communications requests based on a known scale of suspicion. Once a suspicion rating is determined for a communications request, the communications request is routed to a relevant call-taker terminal, as is the index of suspicion for that incoming call. Real time presentation of the index of suspicion enables call-takers to make better call-handling decisions based on risk analysis and historical call data associated with a given caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Ehrlich, Donald L. Mitchell, Roger S. Marshall, Gordon John Hines
  • Patent number: 9300617
    Abstract: A number of unread messages having a time of reception within a time interval can be determined. A number of read messages having a time of reception within the time interval can also be determined. A number of unseen messages may also be determined. A graphical indicator can be output to represent the number of unread messages relative to the number of received messages. The graphical indicator can show a proportion of the number of unread messages to a total number of messages received within the time interval and can also show a proportion of the number of read messages to the total number. The graphical indicator may further show a proportion of the number of unseen messages to the total number of messages. A group of message indicators of unseen messages can be displayed as separated from message indicators of other messages by a gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Svante Magnus Ulfstand Hallerström Sjöstedt, Marcus Eriksson
  • Patent number: 9277060
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method including: receiving an incoming telephone call, which a user can choose to answer or leave unanswered; accessing one or more logs that associate data with identifiers to obtain log data associated with an identifier included in the incoming telephone call; creating a user alert for the incoming telephone call that includes displaying information based on the obtained log data; and updating the data associated with the included identifier in one or more logs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Apaar Tuli
  • Patent number: 9264867
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method for determining a name associated with an incoming phone call includes receiving an incoming phone call on a mobile phone device, determining a phone number from which the incoming phone call originated, outputting the originating phone number on the mobile phone device, accessing a remote site for determining a name associated with the originating phone number, and outputting the name associated with the originating phone number on the mobile phone device. In another embodiment, a method includes receiving a phone number from a mobile phone device at least in part via a wireless link, determining a name associated with the phone number, and sending the name associated with the phone number to the mobile phone device at least in part via a wireless link. Other methods, systems, and computer program products for determining a name associated with an incoming phone call are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Dominic M. Kotab
  • Patent number: 9203967
    Abstract: A system and a method for processing calls. The system comprises a database including: a plurality of telephony identifiers; and for each telephony identifier, information regarding a group of persons that is associated with the telephony identifier, each person of the group of persons being reachable by placing a call to the telephony identifier, the information comprising, for each person of the group of persons, information related to processing of calls involving the person. The system also comprises a processing element having access to the database and being operative for: determining that a given call involves a particular person of the group of persons that is associated with a given one of the telephony identifiers; and processing the given call based on the information related to processing of calls involving the particular person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: BCE Inc.
    Inventors: David William Clark, Eric John Wolf, Yannick Lessard, Danica Rogers, Nathan Gerald Archer, Jonathan Allan Arsenault, Luan Cao Tuong Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9203959
    Abstract: A communication terminal apparatus includes a memory, and a processor coupled to the memory, configured to when an incoming-call notice is received, determine whether or not, among calls that have been initiated and that have failed to be answered, a call for which a number of a call reception destination matches a number of a call initiation source included in the incoming-call notice and for which a time related to initiation of the call and a time related to the incoming-call notice have a given relationship therebetween has been initiated, and when the call has been initiated, cause the communication terminal apparatus or a communication terminal apparatus that is the call reception destination to output information indicating suppression of initiation of a call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Yue Zhang