Having Display Unit Patents (Class 379/142.17)
  • Patent number: 10419605
    Abstract: A device includes a communication unit configured to receive a call request from a calling user; and a control unit configured to control the communication unit to provide a response message including information about a current situation based on information about an application currently being executed to the calling user in response to a rejection regarding the call request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Piotr Czarnecki, Agata Kedzia, Mariusz Wnorowski, Seung-soo Kang
  • Patent number: 9785308
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for substantially wrapping a mobile electronic device in a display are provided. A mobile electronic device is described that includes a primary display, a primary user input mechanism, and a secondary display. The primary display is operable to display user-selectable elements and has a face on a portion of an exterior surface of the mobile electronic device. The exterior surface includes all surfaces visible to a user. The primary user input mechanism is operable to receive user selections in coordination with the primary display of user-selectable elements. The secondary display is operable to display content to a user. The secondary display includes substantially the entire exterior surface of the mobile electronic device excluding the primary display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Erick Tseng
  • Patent number: 9667674
    Abstract: A method and apparatus include a first server that communicates with a second server to cause a call back request to be communicated to an endpoint so that the endpoint can initiate a call back connection with the first server or a third server. Such a call back connection may occur near real time or in substantially real time so that updates can be supplied to an endpoint running an application supported by the server quickly and efficiently. The endpoint may register with the second server such that the second server is able to utilize notification messages for providing call back request information to the endpoint to advise the endpoint of a call back request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Emmanouil Giakoumelis, James Smith, Viraj Puranik
  • Patent number: 9661132
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and storage medium for displaying a conversation interface. In the method: the terminal displays a caller identification display interface when a call request is received from a calling party. The terminal obtains a dynamic image associated with the calling party while displaying the caller identification display interface. The terminal displays the dynamic image in the caller identification display interface. The calling party in the conversation is indicated by using one or more dynamic images so that the display effect is diversified and visualized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: XIAOMI INC.
    Inventors: Qian Wang, Yin Zhu, Wenlin Wang
  • Patent number: 9560496
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for implementing an end-of-call short message based on click to dial are disclosed. The method includes: receiving a click to dial request of a network customer service, and establishing a call from a calling party to a called party; and judging whether a condition of triggering the end-of-call short message is satisfied, and if it is determined that the condition of triggering the end-of-call short message is satisfied, sending the end-of-call short message to a preset receiver of the end-of-call short message. The apparatus includes: a click to dial unit and a judgment unit. In the present document, by organically combining the CTD service and the end-of-call short message in websites of specific enterprises and stores, the enterprises and stores are better advertised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Lei Peng
  • Patent number: 9025747
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system, method, and apparatus for managing the calling-party identification information offered to called parties. Accordingly, a caller can designate the Caller ID information to the called party based on the context of the call (e.g. the role of the caller) rather than the terminal used. Typically the calling party does this by selecting which of multiple values they wish to have sent with the call request. It is beneficial to implement such a mechanism in a secure manner—the ability to employ a different calling-number or calling-name ID should be restricted to properly-authorized and authenticated persons—in order to ensure the quality of this information. Accordingly, preferred embodiments include an authentication mechanism for verifying the calling party information is authentic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: RPX Clearinghouse LLC
    Inventors: Thomas P. Chmara, Raymond Bruce Wallace
  • Patent number: 9008293
    Abstract: Network-based methods and systems transfer caller ID information from a telephony network to an IPTV network. Embodiments integrate service provisioning, subscriber account and policy information between telephony services and IP-based television services. Voice call signaling may be intercepted to retrieve caller ID, caller name information, and other call management information, at the call server in the network to deliver an appropriate notification message to the IP-based TV network at its notification server, which in turn sends a message notification to the called party's TV screen. Call log information may also be retrieved and displayed. SIP call forking and IP multimedia subsystem approaches are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chaoxin Qiu, Robert Stockwell, Jeffrey Paul Johnson, Les Bruce
  • Publication number: 20150098558
    Abstract: A method and system for providing computer-network related information about a second party. First. the second party receives a telephone number of a first party. The second party's customer premises equipment (CPE) or elements in a telephone network then use the telephone number to index a database, which contains combinations of telephone numbers and computer-network addresses. Once the first party's computer-network address is retrieved, first-party-customized information present at the computer-network location specified by the computer-network address can be sent to and displayed on the second party's CPE. Also the first party's telephone number can be sent to an application in the computer network, causing the first-party-customized information to be automatically displayed on the second party's CPE.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Arnold M. LUND
  • Patent number: 8977244
    Abstract: The present invention provides an extensible phone application that uses extensions to interact with other applications executing in a mobile communication device. The extensible phone application is operable to handle wireless communication for the mobile communication device. Another application may interact with the extensible phone application by incorporating an extension. The extensible phone application enables the extension to register with the phone application for receiving a notification associated with an event. In response to the event, the extensible phone application sends the notification to the extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Darron Jack Stepanich, Kevin Alan Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8953761
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method, system, and apparatus for inserting caller identifying information into a video signal includes receiving a digital video stream and receiving caller identifier information from an incoming call associated with a calling device. The method further includes converting the caller identifier information into caller identifying textual information, and inserting the caller identifying textual information into the digital video stream using a visual timecode video insertion format. The method further includes transmitting the digital video stream with the inserted caller identifying textual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Michael Morrissey, Mohit Mathur, Clinton Smoyer, Jade Kerr, Curtis Tucker, Andrew Cook
  • Publication number: 20140348314
    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: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Yue ZHANG
  • Patent number: 8885298
    Abstract: A facility is described for providing conference roll calls that identify participants in electronically facilitated conferences. In various embodiments, the facility receives identifiers of participants in an electronically facilitated conference and displays a list of the participants in a roll call. The list can include indications of which participant is speaking, whether participants are authenticated, and other information associated with the participant, such as the participant's name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Dawson Yee, Anoop Gupta
  • Patent number: 8879701
    Abstract: Embodiments provide caller information in multiple languages to multiple receiving communication devices. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving a call request from a sending endpoint communication device connected to a network. Caller identification information associated with the call request is obtained, where the caller identification information includes one or more identifications associated with the sending endpoint communication device. Each identification specifies the same content in a different language. The call request and at least one of the identifications are transmitted over the network to be received by receiving endpoint communication devices connected to the network. Each receiving endpoint communication device can output at least one of the received identifications specified in a language designated for use by that receiving endpoint communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Mohan Vinayak Phadnis, Sreekanth Subrahmanya Nemani
  • Publication number: 20140321630
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for presenting multimedia content to a caller and/or a called party in association with a telephone call. Content may be presented pre-ring (before the called party's telephone rings), in-call, and/or post-call. Content presented to a party may be related to another party participating in the call or may be related to a third party (e.g., an advertiser that paid for the ability to have its content presented). Presented content may be actuable, to allow a caller to change the destination of a call, take advantage of an offer presented to him or her, redeem a coupon, schedule or queue a subsequent call, etc. To find a desired destination party, a caller may initiate a manual or automatic search of his or her local contacts (on his telephone) and/or a central or global directory or contact list.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Wendell Brown
  • Patent number: 8861699
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a display method and an electronic device. The method comprises acquiring a first display instruction; in response to the first display instruction, displaying the second ID identification on the display unit, and displaying M first content identifications simultaneously, wherein, the first content identification is used for characterizing the communication content of the call process of the first ID identification and the second ID identification, and M is a positive integer greater than or equal to one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jie Cao, Chaohong Xie
  • Publication number: 20140294167
    Abstract: A terminal for actively providing information based on communication contents of a communication session. The terminal comprises a display unit that divides at least one of a schedule, Apps, REC, information regarding a matter of interest, and a contact into categories and displays, according to the categories, at least one of information regarding a communicator's matter of interest, schedule-related information, address book information corresponding to name information within a subscriber address book, first information relating to Apps within the subscriber terminal, and one or more App driving icons corresponding to the first information that are extracted from communication contents for at least one of a subscriber and a communication opponent in the communication session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: LG UPLUS CORP.
    Inventors: Young-Tae KIM, Hyo-Jin LEE, Chang-Ik LEE, Sena JO
  • Publication number: 20140270123
    Abstract: An enhanced telephone emulation computer system including a minidialer program for controlling a computer to add telephony functions which can be invoked from whatever active program is currently controlling the computer. The minidialer program controls the computer to alter its processing depending upon the context existing at the time when a mouse click or hot key combination event is detected indicating the user wishes to invoke a telephony function. The minidialer program determines whether the user has highlighted any text or numbers in the active window of the application currently controlling the computer and whether the highlighted material is a name or a phone number, and if a name, whether the name is stored with a phone number in a phone book or file maintained on the computer. Processing and telephony menu options displayed as available also depend upon whether the user is or is not on the phone at the time the mouse click or hot key event occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael D. Stanford, Ronald Scott Langham
  • Patent number: 8831191
    Abstract: A caller may initiate a phone call to a device. A call preview system may send a preview message in conjunction with the phone call. The preview message may contain preview information that identifies the caller. The call preview system may use a text or media messaging service to send the preview message. Callers can manage their own preview information relieving each user from continuously updating contact information in personal contact directories. The call preview system may use different schemes for initiating phone calls. In one example, the call preview system may initiate or forward phone calls in conjunction with sending the preview message. In another example, the call preview system may delay calling a phone number or delay forwarding the phone call until a message is received acknowledging the preview message or accepting the phone call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ringcentral, Inc.
    Inventor: Vlad Vendrow
  • Patent number: 8811584
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a direct-current direction detection unit configured to detect a change of direct-current direction on a telephone line through which the apparatus and an exchanger are coupled; a voltage change detection unit configured to detect a change of voltage on the line; a first control unit configured to transmit a reception completion signal to the exchanger when receiving telephone number; a first determination unit configured to determine whether polarity reversal of the line occurs in a period from reception of the telephone number to transmission of the reception completion signal; a second determination unit configured to determine whether the polarity reversal occurs in a period from transmission of the reception completion signal to reception of a calling signal; and a second control unit configured not to display the received telephone number on a display unit when the polarity reversal occurs in at least one of the periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Akihiro Hamamichi
  • Patent number: 8811583
    Abstract: Files are easily located based on addresses associated with calls. When a call is processed to, or received at, an address, the address may be used to query a database. The database stores associates between addresses and files stored in memory. All filenames related to the address may be displayed, thus allowing a user to quickly launch the files associated with a calling number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward M. Silver, Linda A. Roberts, Hong T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8792863
    Abstract: Present invention refers to a method for collecting, organizing and storing annotations associated to a voice audio data. The method comprises providing the voice audio data; transcribing said voice audio data into text data; then, identifying in the text data a piece of information according to a pattern previously set; generating automatically an annotation containing the piece of information identified; assigning automatically a level of relevance for the annotation; asking a user for confirming the automatically assigned level of relevance; if the user does not confirm the automatically assigned level of relevance, assigning a second level of relevance instead of the automatically assigned according to a user input; and storing the annotation associated to the level of relevance assigned. A user can access later to these annotations to recall a phone call conversation or a voice message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Telefonica, S.A.
    Inventors: Rodrigo De Oliveira, Juan Pablo Carrascal
  • Publication number: 20140185783
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method related to receiving, retrieving and presenting information. In addition, other method, system, and program product aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and/or text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: SEARETE LLC, a limited liability corporation of the State of Delaware
    Inventors: Alexander J. Cohen, Edward K.Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, William Henry Mangione-Smith, John D. Rinaldo, JR., Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 8744053
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and computer program products provide dynamic replacement communication identification (ID) service. A request is received from a user for dynamic replacement communication ID from a current location of the user. The user requesting dynamic replacement communication ID is authenticated. A user profile of the user requesting dynamic replacement communication ID is retrieved. A current profile of the current location is replaced with the user profile of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael Denny, Hong Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8731167
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for providing access to a telephone Application and an Information Application using a walk-up telecommunications terminal having an intuitive, context-sensitive interface configured to facilitate simple and intuitive usage by a user. An Idle Application is displayed on a display screen of the walk-up telecommunications terminal. A Startup Screen is then displayed on the display screen of the walk-up telecommunications terminal in response to a triggering event. The Phone Application is activated in response to a Phone Application event. An Information Application is activated in response to an Information Application event. The Phone Application is configured to take priority over the Information Application in the user interaction with the walk-up telecommunications terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Sandra R. Abramson, Yihsiu Chen, Robert L. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8675844
    Abstract: Caller information display system includes a caller terminal, a service system and a receiver terminal. The caller terminal stores caller information and transmits data including the caller information during a call. The service system receives the data including the caller information from the caller terminal and transmits the data to a receiver terminal. The receiver terminal receives the data from the service system, stores the caller information to be linked with a telephone number of the caller terminal, and displays the caller information when a paging signal is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Pantech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nam-Ki Min, Ki-Chul An
  • Publication number: 20140056420
    Abstract: A method and system for providing computer-network related information about a second party. First, the second party receives a telephone number of a first party. The second party's customer premises equipment (CPE) or elements in a telephone network then use the telephone number to index a database, which contains combinations of telephone numbers and computer-network addresses. Once the first party's computer-network address is retrieved, first-party-customized information present at the computer-network location specified by the computer-network address can be sent to and displayed on the second party's CPE. Also, the first party's telephone number can be sent to an application in the computer network, causing the first-party-customized information to be automatically displayed on the second party's CPE.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Arnold M. LUND
  • Publication number: 20140037079
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a display method and an electronic device. The method comprises acquiring a first display instruction; in response to the first display instruction, displaying the second ID identification on the display unit, and displaying M first content identifications simultaneously, wherein, the first content identification is used for characterizing the communication content of the call process of the first ID identification and the second ID identification, and M is a positive integer greater than or equal to one.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Lenovo (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jie CAO, Chaohong XIE
  • Patent number: 8645140
    Abstract: A method of associating a voice font with a contact for text-to-speech conversion at an electronic device includes obtaining, at the electronic device, the voice font for the contact, and storing the voice font in association with a contact data record stored in a contacts database at the electronic device. The contact data record includes contact data for the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Yuriy Lobzakov
  • Publication number: 20140010357
    Abstract: Authentication of a user initiating a communication may be achieved using a visual indicator of the user. Initiation of a communication may result in the initiator of the communication collecting image data associated with the initiator's identity. Additionally, the initiator may be required to perform a task, wherein a response to the task may be transmitted with the image data to the receiver of the communication. The receipt of the image data may allow a receiver of the communication to reduce spam and verify that the initiator is who it purports to be.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: AVAYA INC.
    Inventors: Parameshwaran Krishnan, Navjot Singh
  • Publication number: 20140003594
    Abstract: A method and system for presenting interactive information about a party in a telecommunication call are provided. The party may be a calling party or a called party. Providing interactive information may include identifying a party in a telecommunication call and receiving interactive information about the party. The received interactive information may be combined with user data to form combined interactive information. The combined interactive information may be displayed to a user. A user-action relating to the displayed combined interactive information may be received and an operation corresponding to the user-action may be performed. Providing interactive information may include determining if the user data is needed by analyzing the interactive information. The interactive information may include events, and the user data may include the user's schedule. The combining may correlate the events with the schedule and creates a set of user-actions based on the correlation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Koushik Chatterjee
  • Patent number: 8619959
    Abstract: A methodology wherein a voice service client application on one or more phones and a voice service server perform a call set-up process through a mix of an external data channel and a normal voice channel that enables call subject information to be effectively provided by a calling party to a called party so that it can be displayed along with other caller ID information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Peter Baccay
  • Publication number: 20130343530
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for providing cross-platform presence are described. In some implementations, a cross-platform presence server can be provided that allows a caller to accurately assess the availability and other similar status of a callee by evaluating a device status of a plurality of communication devices associated with the callee. The cross-platform presence server can then determine, based on these device statuses, whether a callee is available. The availability of the callee can subsequently be displayed to the caller (e.g., on the caller's phone), or any other individuals who have been granted permission by the callee to be notified of the callee's availability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Yakov Makhmudov, Igor Roussinov, Curt T. Larson, Vlad Vendrow
  • Patent number: 8600023
    Abstract: This invention provides a method for automatically integrating and assembling the timestamp of a communication event with the identification of the communicating parties and available event attributes, presenting prompts for user entries on a terminal or interface device, storing user annotated information related to said communication event, and transmitting saved information of said communication events to another terminal device or information system. The invention also relates to a computer program, a device, and a system encapsulating computer programs realizing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: elMobile Inc.
    Inventor: Huoy-Yu Liou
  • Patent number: 8594288
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to detect by way of an input device an entry of a communication identifier without contact information of a party associated with the communication identifier, retrieve from a database operating externally to the communication device contact information of the party according to the communication identifier, initiate a communication session according to the communication identifier, present at least a portion of the retrieved contact information and the communication identifier, and store the communication identifier in a communication log with the retrieved contact information. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: William S. Robbins, R. Tyler Wallis, Anup D. Karnalkar
  • Patent number: 8576999
    Abstract: In a communication terminal apparatus having a telephone function, an information communication mode function and a transmission history display function, when transmission based on a telephone number described in an electronic information content such as an electronic mail, a website or the like is performed, the electronic information content is stored in a memory. Then, when a transmission history is displayed, the electronic information content is displayed in addition to transmission information by user handling. Thus, even if the transmission is performed while the electronic information content is being browsed, a user can know how situation the displayed transmission history is transmitted from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Taketomo Naruse
  • Patent number: 8571190
    Abstract: A communication system, comprising at least one telephone appliance having multiple line appearances selectable via associated self-labeling line buttons, and a switch for receiving an incoming call intended for a particular one of the line appearances and in response generating a message containing predetermined information and an indication of an associated one of the line buttons, whereupon the predetermined information is displayed in abbreviated format on the associated self-labeling line button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Andrew Erb
  • Patent number: 8559608
    Abstract: A location of a calling party is provided to a called party. The location can be provided if the calling party is using a mobile communications device or a wireline system. The location of the calling party can be provided in a hierarchy of various levels of accuracy/precision representative of different geographies provided by a service provider. The choice of levels for each received call or all received calls can be configurable by the called party. The called party may subscribe to a service that provides the location information. The called party may have the option to receive location information on a per call basis. The calling party may be asked for consent. Location information can be provided for any appropriate type of call, such as, for example, voice calls, text based calls (e.g., SMS messages), or the like. In an example configuration, the SS7 network is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Fan, Thomas Barrett, Jennifer Lam, Hieu Le
  • Patent number: 8560264
    Abstract: A method for testing electronic devices that are correspondingly connected to test units includes generating control signals for the electronic devices that are connected to one or more test units selected from the test units. A control unit adds ID codes corresponding to the selected test units to the control signals, and wirelessly transmits the control signals with the ID codes to all of the test units. Each of the test units compares the ID codes added to the control signals with its own stored ID code. When the ID code added to a control signal is in accordance with the ID code stored in one of the test units, the test unit controls the electronic device connected thereto to be turned on and off according to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiang Cao
  • Patent number: 8553864
    Abstract: A method and system for presenting interactive information about a party in a telecommunication call are provided. The party may be a calling party or a called party. Providing interactive information may include identifying a party in a telecommunication call and receiving interactive information about the party. The received interactive information may be combined with user data to form combined interactive information. The combined interactive information may be displayed to a user. A user-action relating to the displayed combined interactive information may be received and an operation corresponding to the user-action may be performed. Providing interactive information may include determining if the user data is needed by analyzing the interactive information. The interactive information may include events, and the user data may include the user's schedule. The combining may correlate the events with the schedule and creates a set of user-actions based on the correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Koushik Chatterjee
  • Patent number: 8537994
    Abstract: A system granting access to application data and methods thereof are provided in the present disclosure. Application data can be sent that can be utilized by applications resident within a telephony switching system or end devices involved in a call. When the calling party dials the called party, the switching system can be triggered to substitute a database key into the calling party number. The switching system can use the act of making the call to enable permission for the called party to access the data referenced by the database key. The telephony switching system, having provided the key, is capable of mapping the key back into the original calling party number. This allows the calling party number, through the database key, to be stored as a contact or dialed from a call log, which can provide backwards compatibility to devices that do not support this feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Matthew Hillier
  • Patent number: 8537995
    Abstract: An incoming call is detected from a calling entity. If the incoming call is associated with a subscription to presence information media data associated with the subscription can be output through an output unit in the telephone terminal. If the incoming call is determined to be associated with a subscription to presence information, it is determined whether the media data is present in the terminal, and if the media data is present in the terminal, the media data is output through an output unit in the telephone terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Antti A Koskela
  • Publication number: 20130230160
    Abstract: A call center having agent stations comprising telephones connected to computer stations by a Telephone Application Programming Interface (TAPI)-compliant bridge has data pertaining to callers stored in a database on a local area network (LAN) to which the computer stations are also connected. Origination data for incoming calls, both conventional calls to the telephones and computer-simulated calls to the computer platforms, is used as a key to extract data pertaining to calls from the database for display on video display units (VDUs) of the computer workstations where the calls are terminated. In some cases, data is only extracted and displayed for calls from previously listed origination points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Igor Neyman, Myhailo Barskyy, Alec Miloslavsky, Oleg Bondarenko, Valeriy Issayev, Andrei Petrov, Pavel Karpenko
  • Patent number: 8527263
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of automatically generating an electronic reminder is provided. The method includes identifying, using term-recognition circuitry, at least one key term within an electronic message received with an electronic communications device. The method further includes generating at least one reminder based upon the at least one key term. One or more reminders are, according to the method, electronically conveyed to a user at a time later than when the message was received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Bradley, Geetika Tandon, FuYi Li, Valerie Bennett
  • Patent number: 8515038
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system, method, and apparatus for managing the calling-party identification information offered to called parties. Accordingly, a caller can designate the Caller ID information to the called party based on the context of the call (e.g. the role of the caller) rather than the terminal used. Typically the calling party does this by selecting which of multiple values they wish to have sent with the call request. It is beneficial to implement such a mechanism in a secure manner—the ability to employ a different calling-number or calling-name ID should be restricted to properly-authorized and authenticated persons—in order to ensure the quality of this information. Accordingly, preferred embodiments include an authentication mechanism for verifying the calling party information is authentic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Rockstar Consortium US LP
    Inventors: Thomas P. Chmara, Raymond Bruce Wallace
  • Publication number: 20130203395
    Abstract: A communication apparatus for providing an indication about a missed telephone call. The apparatus includes receiving means for receiving an incoming call, a control unit for processing said incoming call, and output means for outputting information to an user. The communication apparatus also includes processing means which extracts a cause value contained in a cause information element sent from a network to the communication apparatus, and which outputs to the user an indication related to a missed call via the output means. The cause value indicates whether the call was cleared by the calling user or by the network. The communication apparatus outputs to the user, via, the output means, an indication related to whether the missed call was caused by the calling user or by the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: NAXOS FINANCE SA
    Inventor: Carolina De Carney
  • Patent number: 8503638
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a customized CLI comprise receiving, by a network element, a first SET-UP message from a transmitting device during a call set up. The network element then retrieves an identification of the transmitting device from the first SET-UP message and obtains a first Caller Line Identification (CLI) of the transmitting device corresponding to the retrieved identification. Further, the network element determines whether the first SET-UP message includes a first indicator and retrieves a data message from the first SET-UP message when the first SET-UP message includes a first indicator. The network element then adds the data message, the first CLI, and a second indicator to a second SET-UP message and transmits the second SET-UP message to a receiving device during the same call set up, for displaying a customized CLI on the receiving device, thereby alerting a user of the receiving device of an incoming call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Lemke, Charles P. Binzel, Jerome Vogedes
  • Publication number: 20130195258
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing calls and data are described. A user interface is displayed on a communication terminal associated with a user, wherein the user interface includes: a menu item enabling the user to initiate a voice call with a specified entity and a menu item or form via which the user can provide contextual information relating to the voice call. Contextual information provided by the user is transmitted to the specified entity, optionally prior to the voice call being established between the specified entity and the user. A data session is established. A call request is received from the user. Contextual information provided by the user is provided for display to the specified entity. A voice session is established, including the establishment of the voice call between the specified entity and the user, while the contextual information is displayed to the specified entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventors: Farsheed Atef, Shervin Talieh
  • Patent number: 8488760
    Abstract: Aspects are directed toward managing, including reorganizing, inbound communications, a communications log, or presentation of a communication to a user, based on one or more of the identity, role and urgency of calling or communicating party, including, for example, forwarding or hybrid priority routing. For example, in an e-mail type of environment, received communications could be re-organized based on one or more of the above, such that higher priority communications are escalated to “the-top-of-the-stack.” This similar type of operation can be done in a communications modality independent manner, and extended to, for example, voicemails, caller ID, SMS messages, or in general any communication in any communications modality, where one or more communications are capable of being managed and re-organized. As an optional embodiment, an attribute or characteristic associated with the communication can be modified, such that the user is aware of the ranking associated with that communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Sandy Abramson, Anthony Frissora, Raj Sinha
  • Patent number: 8478351
    Abstract: A mobile terminal having an input device that performs an input operation in a touch manner is provided. The mobile terminal includes a first display module, a second display module located adjacent to the first display module, an integrated window located an outer portion of the first and second display modules, and a touch sensing unit located between the window and the second display module for sensing a touch applied to the window and applying an input signal. Marks for guiding input content can be varied and high capacity and high-density multimedia or communication information can be easily and quickly accessed or executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sung-Chul Hong, Byung-Duck Park, Kyoung-Taek Lim, Sang-Chul Jeon
  • Publication number: 20130148799
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a direct-current direction detection unit configured to detect a change of direct-current direction on a telephone line through which the apparatus and an exchanger are coupled; a voltage change detection unit configured to detect a change of voltage on the line; a first control unit configured to transmit a reception completion signal to the exchanger when receiving telephone number; a first determination unit configured to determine whether polarity reversal of the line occurs in a period from reception of the telephone number to transmission of the reception completion signal; a second determination unit configured to determine whether the polarity reversal occurs in a period from transmission of the reception completion signal to reception of a calling signal; and a second control unit configured not to display the received telephone number on a display unit when the polarity reversal occurs in at least one of the periods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Akihiro HAMAMICHI