Restrictive Dialing Circuit Patents (Class 379/200)
  • Patent number: 10880279
    Abstract: A communication system that includes a data streaming station, a wireless access point (WAP), a first communication station, and a second communication station is provided. The data streaming station, WAP, the first communication station, and the second communication station operate in a first radio frequency (RF) channel of a wireless local area network (WLAN). The first communication station and the data streaming station receive a mirroring request from the second communication station, via the WAP, and authenticate the second communication station as a valid station. The first communication station and the data streaming station share a temporal key with the second communication station, based on authentication of the second communication station. The second communication station captures data packets of the encrypted data stream, via the WAP, based on RF monitoring of network traffic and decrypts the captured data packets based on the temporal key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anil Sasidharan, Shinaj Pandikasalakkal, Jaison Joseph
  • Patent number: 9740861
    Abstract: A method for detecting an eavesdropping activity and a terminal device. The method includes determining whether a terminal device is in a conversation; when the terminal device is in a conversation, determining whether the terminal device has an application that starts a recording function; and when the terminal device has an application that starts a recording function, sending out an eavesdropping alarm prompt. By adopting the technical solutions of the present invention, an eavesdropping activity in a manner of recording may be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: HUAWEI DEVICE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yongjie Yan
  • Patent number: 9406456
    Abstract: In one embodiment the present disclosure relates to providing wireless speaker functionality in an electrical switch assembly, such as a light switch located in the wall of a building. The switch assembly includes a faceplate with a touch-sensitive speaker grille covering a sizeable portion of the faceplate. The disclosed designs enables the grille portion of the faceplate to provide sound transmission and electrical switch control, thereby allows for a larger speaker to be placed centrally in the junction box, while maintaining full electrical switch functionality. In some embodiments illumination components (e.g. electroluminescent regions) are arranged on a circuit board with a plurality of openings designed to align with the grille. The illumination components can illuminate regions of the faceplate, indicating the current state of one or more electrical switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: James Thomas O'Keeffe
  • Patent number: 9300699
    Abstract: A method and system for providing call forwarding in an IP telephone network is disclosed. First, when a telephone number for a first telephone from a second telephone is dialed, the call is routing to a call manager. Call setup procedures with a BRG responsible for the first telephone are then initiated. The BRG then checks stored call forwarding profiles to determine whether there is an active call forwarding profile for the first telephone. The call is connected to the first telephone if an active call forwarding profile is not found. However, if an active call forwarding profile is found, the call forwarding information is sent to the call manager. The call is routed to at least a third telephone based on the call forwarding information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Shoretel, Inc.
    Inventors: Fen-Chung Kung, Jesse Eugene Russell, Anish Sankalia, Hopeton S. Walker, Spencer C. Wang
  • Patent number: 9196432
    Abstract: In one embodiment the present disclosure relates to providing wireless speaker functionality in an electrical switch assembly, such as a light switch located in the wall of a building. The switch assembly includes a faceplate with a touch-sensitive speaker grille covering a sizeable portion of the faceplate. The disclosed designs enables the grille portion of the faceplate to provide sound transmission and electrical switch control, thereby allows for a larger speaker to be placed centrally in the junction box, while maintaining full electrical switch functionality. In some embodiments illumination components (e.g. electroluminescent regions) are arranged on a circuit board with a plurality of openings designed to align with the grille. The illumination components can illuminate regions of the faceplate, indicating the current state of one or more electrical switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: James Thomas O'Keeffe
  • Patent number: 9158903
    Abstract: Systems and methods for authenticating the identity of a user prior to giving access to confidential data at a user interface via a network are described. In an exemplary implementation in an Internet environment, a server hosts an application providing selective access by the user to confidential data related to the user. The user provides initial data to the application as part of a request to access the confidential data. At least one database having the confidential data stored therein is accessed by the server to retrieve confidential data relating to the user located in the database based on the initial data received from the client interface. An authentication function causes the server to transmit to the client interface and present to the user an incomplete portion of the confidential data relating to the user, which is not identical to the initial data, along with at least one other portion of data having a substantially identical format to the incomplete portion of the confidential data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: TransUnion Interactive, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Metzger
  • Patent number: 9036788
    Abstract: In a construction having a radiation tube in an envelope filled with an insulating liquid, a radiation generating apparatus which realizes a miniaturization of the apparatus, an improvement of a withstanding voltage between the envelope and the radiation tube, and a decrease in attenuation amount of the radiation and a radiation imaging apparatus using the radiation generating apparatus are provided. The radiation generating apparatus has an envelope 12 having a first window 27 for transmitting the radiation, a radiation tube 14 enclosed in the envelope 12 and having a second window 19 for transmitting the radiation at a position in opposition to the first window 27, and an insulating liquid 13 filled between the envelope 12 and the radiation tube 14. A solid-state insulating member 28 is placed between the first window 27 and its periphery and the second window 19 and its periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Ueda, Shuji Aoki, Yoshihiro Yanagisawa, Miki Tamura
  • Patent number: 8862100
    Abstract: In a network having a plurality of subscriber devices, a plurality of base stations and a server, a system and method of modifying policy settings are provided. Each base station transmits wirelessly across a geographic region. A subscriber device, capable of roaming between regions, establishes a wireless link with the server via the base stations. The network contains a communication policy determining from which other communication devices a subscriber device can receive voice calls. The server updates the policy based on requests from subscriber devices. The determination of whether to update the policy can be based on a record of rejections respective to the caller requested to be blocked. Alternatively, the policy can be updated according to a trust policy maintained on the server respective to the subscriber device making the request; the trust policy represents the procedure to follow when a request is received from that subscriber device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Ian Michael Patterson, Sean Arthur Daniel Carlos Goggin, Marc Plumb
  • Patent number: 8803939
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for realizing videophone are provided in the present invention. The method includes setting different videophone modes; and selecting the videophone mode for a user to perform a video conversation by using the selected videophone mode. The apparatus includes a setting module and a control module which is connected with the setting module. With the method and apparatus for realizing videophone according to the present invention, the user can select a normal conversation or a preset audio/video mode according to requirements in the process of the videophone conversation so as to achieve different video effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Tao Xue
  • Patent number: 8798608
    Abstract: Preferred embodiments of the present invention provide for enabling a user to select telephone numbers to which a wireless device may place calls and from which the wireless device may receive calls. One preferred embodiment of the present invention includes software for use on a general purpose computer allowing the user to input into the memory of a wireless device desired telephone numbers that may not be changed by the operator of the wireless device. The computer software also programs the wireless device to only place calls to, or receives calls from, the telephone numbers entered into the memory of the wireless device by the owner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Deron J. Ringen, Brenda S. Wilch-Ringen
  • Patent number: 8693651
    Abstract: Example methods disclosed herein include parsing a request to obtain input criteria associated with the request, the request for authorizing an outdial communication service call initiated by a message center. Such example methods also include retrieving authorization rules correlating the input criteria to an authorization result for the outdial communication service call, the input criteria comprising a first input criterion having one of at least two values, a first value indicating that the outdial communication service call is for a real-time outdial service initiated in response to an indial communication service received at the message center, a second value indicating that the outdial communication service call is for a non-real-time outdial service initiated by an application server associated with the message center. Such example methods further include evaluating the authorization rules using the input criteria to determine whether the outdial communication service call is authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marco Schneider, Philip Charles Cunetto, John Edward Lemay
  • Patent number: 8687785
    Abstract: A system includes a first interface to connect with a network, and a second interface to connect with a telephone device of an enterprise. A unit controls a connection between the first and second interfaces for an outgoing call from the telephone device to a remote telephone device connected to the network. A processor subsystem coupled with the unit operates to initiate communications with a telephone device associated with a supervisor having authority to allow or deny the call. The processor subsystem also operates too present the supervisor with information that includes a purpose or reason for the outgoing call. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Vinod Katkam, Mukul Jain, Sanjeev Kumar, Labhesh Patel, Randall B. Baird, Christopher E. Pearce, Shmuel Shaffer
  • Patent number: 8675848
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture to determine authorization levels in a virtual private network are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes determining whether a call originated from an originating station associated with a virtual private network, the call originating via a private branch exchange associated with the virtual private network by a first user of a plurality of users associated with the virtual private network, querying a private-number table based on at least one of a switch identifier representing a service switching point, a trunk group identifier representing the private branch exchange, or an originating station identifier representing the originating station to obtain a private number assigned to the first user, and providing an authorization level associated with the private number to the service switching point, the service switching point to process the call according to the authorization level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P
    Inventors: Anup Karnalkar, Michael Redman
  • Patent number: 8654966
    Abstract: A method and system for a dial plan parser includes a state machine configured upon a dial plan to which is applied call signaling data, and a call routing module/switch to transfer a call to a next point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: AudioCodes Ltd.
    Inventor: Yair Elharrar
  • Patent number: 8520826
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of the present invention includes a call blocking service to which a user subscribes. The preferred call blocking service includes maintaining an updateable list of calling parties that the user wishes to block from being able is complete telephone calls to the user, maintaining a buffer for storing information associated with the most recent calling party placing a telephone nail to the user, and recognizing a signal that the user activates to automatically add the most resent calling party to the list of calling parties blocked torn being able to complete telephone calls to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert A. Koch
  • Patent number: 8488761
    Abstract: A call log associated with outgoing calls originating from calling devices may be established and maintained. Filter parameters may be set to specify which outgoing calls to log. Outgoing call information associated with calls originating from a user's calling devices may be obtained and transmitted to a service center. A server in the service center may determine whether or not to log the outgoing call information based on the filter settings. The outgoing call information may be stored in the call log, which may reside in a database in the service center. The user may access the call log from a user terminal and/or the calling devices. The call log may be used to add contacts to a contact list and facilitate data analyses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignees: Verizon Data Services LLC, Verizon Services Corp., Telesector Resources Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig L. Reding, John R. Reformato, Mahesh Rajagopalan, Shadman Zafar, John Wurster
  • Patent number: 8396198
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for authorization and routing of outdial communication services are disclosed. An example method disclosed herein comprises receiving a request to authorize an outdial communication service call initiated by a message center, and accessing an authorization table to determine whether the outdial communication service call is authorized, the authorization table to correlate input criteria associated with the request to an authorization result for the outdial communication service call, the input criteria comprising a first criterion indicating whether the outdial communication service call is for a real-time outdial service initiated in response to an indial communication service received at the message center, or for a non-real-time outdial service initiated by an application server associated with the message center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marco Schneider, Philip Charles Cunetto, John Edward Lemay
  • Patent number: 8355488
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture to determine authorization levels in a virtual private network are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes determining whether a call originated from an originating station associated with a virtual private network, the call originating via a private branch exchange associated with the virtual private network by a first user of a plurality of users associated with the virtual private network, querying a private-number table based on at least one of a switch identifier representing a service switching point, a trunk group identifier representing the private branch exchange, or an originating station identifier representing the originating station to obtain a private number assigned to the first user, and providing an authorization level associated with the private number to the service switching point, the service switching point to process the call according to the authorization level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anup D. Karnalkar, Michael E. Redman
  • Patent number: 8340638
    Abstract: In a network having a plurality of subscriber devices, a plurality of base stations and a server, a system and method of modifying policy settings are provided. Each base station transmits wirelessly across a geographic region. A subscriber device, capable of roaming between regions, establishes a wireless link with the server via the base stations. The network contains a communication policy determining from which other communication devices a subscriber device can receive voice calls. The server updates the policy based on requests from subscriber devices. The determination of whether to update the policy can be based on a record of rejections respective to the caller requested to be blocked. Alternatively, the policy can be updated according to a trust policy maintained on the server respective to the subscriber device making the request; the trust policy represents the procedure to follow when a request is received from that subscriber device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Ian Michael Patterson, Sean Arthur Daniel Carlos Goggin, Marc Plumb
  • Patent number: 8315368
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of the present invention includes a call blocking service to which a user subscribes. The preferred call blocking service includes maintaining an updateable list of calling parties that the user wishes to block from being able to complete telephone calls to the user, maintaining a buffer for storing information associated with the most recent calling party placing a telephone call to the user, and recognizing a signal that the user activates to automatically add the most recent calling party to the list of calling parties blocked from being able to complete telephone calls to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Robert A. Koch
  • Patent number: 8249232
    Abstract: A method and system for selectively prohibiting a communications connection between an origin and destination in a communications network based on one or mediations rules and one or more lists of prohibited and exempted destination identifiers either in real-time using a control unit or with a pre-check using an analysis unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Gryphon Networks Corp.
    Inventors: Keith A. Fotta, Richard P. Boudrieau
  • Patent number: 8243908
    Abstract: Systems and methods for restricting the use and movement of telephone system devices are presented. The system includes an interface configured to allow telephone calls to a limited set of telephone numbers or area codes. The interface may be configured to detect a number during a call attempt and compare the number to a stored sequence list of allowed numbers. If the detected number matches one of the allowed numbers, the call attempt is allowed to continue. However, if the detected number does not match a number in the stored sequence list, the call attempt is blocked. The interface may also be configured to restrict the movement of a cellular telephone based on received location data, configured with a physical lock to prevent removal from a docking station, or configured to generate a locking signal inhibiting use of the telephone after it has been moved greater than the predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Steven Tischer, Kevin Kleinfelter
  • Patent number: 8155293
    Abstract: Communications from a first communications address identified by a service user are controlled. Data of a communication from the first communications address to a third party communications address is received. The communication is disallowed when an identification number received from a party requesting the communication is not a personal identification number specified by the service user, the first communications address is a restricted address for which the service user has elected to disallow communications, and the third party communications address is not a priority communications address for which the service user has elected to allow communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dianna Inara Tiliks, Susanne Marie Crockett, Nancy Ann Book, Carol Shifrin Gruchala, John Wesley Moss
  • Patent number: 8150013
    Abstract: A system and method of telephony resource management and security for monitoring and/or controlling incoming and outgoing calls between an enterprise's end-user stations and a public circuit-switched network and/or a public packet-switched network. A security policy is made up of one or more rules designating at least one action to be performed based on at least one attribute of the incoming or outgoing call. Calls are detected and sensed on the line, trunk and/or cabling, and analyzed to determine attributes associated with each call. Actions are performed based upon the determined attributes, in accordance with the security policy rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Securelogix Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Buntin, Keith S. Pickens, Mark D. Collier, Kirk E. Smith
  • Patent number: 8150377
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method of modifying policy settings in a network having a plurality of subscriber devices. An embodiment includes a plurality of base stations, each capable of wirelessly transmitting across a geographic region and a server. A cell-phone, capable of roaming between regions, is operable to establish a wireless link with the base stations and through the base stations, with the server. The network contains a communication policy determining from which other communication devices a subscriber device can receive voice calls. The communication policy is updated, by the server, based on requests from the subscriber devices. Once a request is received from a subscriber device, the determination whether to update the communication policy can be based on a record of rejections respective to the caller requested to be blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Ian Michael Patterson, Sean Arthur Daniel Carlos Goggin, Marc Plumb
  • Patent number: 8135120
    Abstract: Restriction on call connections is controlled by grouping a plurality of terminals. One or more groups each including one or more terminals are provided. Each of the one or more groups is associated with the maximum number of calling terminals and a group restriction relaxing ratio indicating a relaxing degree of restriction with respect to a predetermined normal restriction ratio. Restriction on a call connection of a terminal belonging to a group is controlled on the basis of a group restriction ratio assigned to the group when the number of terminals being making phone calls is less than the maximum number of calling terminals that is provided for the group. The group restriction ratio is calculated using the predetermined normal restriction ratio and the group restriction relaxing ratio associated with the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Takashi Yasuda
  • Patent number: 8103261
    Abstract: The Invention is an apparatus and method of providing a valet telephone service. A dedicated wireless telephone is provided to a subscriber as a benefit of subscription. The dedicated wireless telephone will place calls only to and receive calls only from a service provider central computer. Incoming and outgoing calls to or from subscriber over said dedicated wireless telephone are screened or completed by an operator. Outgoing calls are completed by the operator to private contacts at locations ranked by time of day and day of the week. Incoming calls to subscriber are connected to subscriber at locations ranked by time of day and day of the week. Calls to subscriber outside telephone numbers are forwarded permanently to the central computer and screened by the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventors: Stephen Parker, James Fox
  • Patent number: 8081747
    Abstract: A voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) telephone server is disclosed and includes a computer readable medium that is accessible to a processor. A centralized address book is embedded within the computer readable medium. Further, a computer program is embedded within the computer readable medium and the computer program utilizes the centralized address book to selectively restrict incoming telephone calls and outgoing telephone calls. The centralized address book can include a plurality of address books and each of the plurality of address books is associated with a corresponding VoIP telephone coupled to the VoIP telephone server. The computer program can include instructions to determine whether an address book only calling lock is on for the VoIP telephone. Moreover, the computer program can include instructions to determine whether an originating telephone number associated with an incoming telephone is stored within the centralized address book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Aaron W. Bangor, Jeffrey L. Brandt, Douglas F. Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20110306319
    Abstract: Novel methods and devices for securing telephone access. A security code is associated with a phone number that is to be secured. A securing device that stores the security code is connected with the phone line of the phone number, and intercepts each calling to the phone number by requesting inputting of a security code and comparing the input code with the stored security code. The calls with a matching security code would be allowed to go through to the phone number's owner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: Lee Sanft
  • Patent number: 8009817
    Abstract: A method and system for tracking telephone usage and notifying a user of his telephone usage includes a software program for tracking telephone usage based on the time and day that a phone call is made. The software program designates a timer for tracking phone usage. The timer has a time block and a time usage variable associated therewith. When a call is made, the time used by the call is recorded to the time usage variable if the call was made within the time block. The user may then be notified of how much time has been used. The software may be implemented in a number of environments, including a computer system accessible remotely or a processor located on the user's telephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Shannon M. Short
  • Patent number: 7974400
    Abstract: A “parental control” (“PC”) telephone subscriber feature on a telephone system. An authorized subscriber, such as a parent, may enter a feature code which initiates the PC feature. To deactivate the feature, the subscriber enters the code and is prompted for an authorization code, such as a personal identification number (“PIN”). If the authorization code entered matches the authorization code on file for the subscriber, the PC feature is deactivated. If no match is found in the subscriber database for the PIN, the feature is not deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Nathan E Perry
  • Patent number: 7941130
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for using location information associated with wireless devices. The system includes a wireless device, a location system, and a feature server. The wireless device includes any wireless apparatus having wireless communications capabilities. The location system can generate location information pinpointing the location of the wireless device. The feature server can use the location information to determine whether to execute an action in accordance with subscriber rules. A large number of applications may be implemented to execute the action via a number of communications channels, including without limitation, a wireless communications network, a computer network, and a public switched telephone system, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Robert T. Moton, Jr., Mark J. Enzmann, Samuel N Zellner
  • Patent number: 7889847
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing institutional telephone activity utilizing a computer-based telephony management unit to connect institutional telephones with outside telephone lines. The unit provides institutional users with fully automated, direct dial and collect calling privileges for local, long distance, and international calls. The unit contains a database for storing the calling privileges and restrictions of institutional users, for recording calling transactions made by the users, and for managing user monetary accounts. The unit can record up to 400 hours of conversation in a digital format. The unit provides various administrative capabilities, including user account management, audit trails, transaction reports, centralized management and report capabilities, and detection of fraudulent calling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Securus Technologies Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay L. Gainsboro
  • Patent number: 7839988
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for data structure driven authorization and routing of outdial communication services are disclosed. A disclosed method comprises obtaining a call criterion from a request to authorize an outdial communication service call, and retrieving an authorization result based on the call criterion by accessing a data structure that correlates a plurality of authorization results with a plurality of call criteria, wherein each of the plurality of authorization results is selectively modifiable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marco Schneider, Philip Charles Cunetto, John Edward Lemay
  • Patent number: 7809123
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for determining independent authorization levels. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a controlling element that manages operations of a virtual private network. The controlling element manages operations of a virtual private network (VPN) by validating that a call belongs to an ISDN access type of the VPN, retrieving from a look-up table a private number associated with a switch identifier, a trunk group identifier, and an Originating Station Number (OSN) corresponding to the call in response to determining that the call belongs to the ISDN access type of the VPN, and identifying a first authorization level associated with the private number. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anup D. Karnalkar, Michael E. Redman
  • Patent number: 7796973
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring calls being made from a cellular phone and preventing calls being made to unauthorized numbers, as defined by the owner of the cellular phone. A security challenge is issued to a cell phone user when a suspicious, previously unknown telephone number is attempted to be called. Approved/safe numbers and/or area codes are stored within the phone and/or in a subscriber's account accessible and updated via the Internet. If the user is unable to provide the correct security code in response to the challenge, the user is prevented from making the call to the particular number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christina Karen Lauridsen, Hypatia Rojas, Elena Schneider, Robert Kevin Sloan
  • Patent number: 7773736
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for determining an authorization for a call based on an Originating Station Number (OSN) in a Primary Rate Interface (PRI) in a virtual private network (VPN) customized dialing plan. A new access type is defined enabling first authorization levels to be assigned at the level of the OSN. A service logic database at a Service Control Point stores second authorization level required to complete the call. A combination of a Switch ID (SwID) of the Service Switch Point (SSP) through which the call is being made and the Trunk Group Number (TGN) of the Private Branch Exchange (PBX) along with the OSN or range of OSNs serves as a primary key to the database. The first authorization level is compared to the second authorization level required to proceed with a call, and an action is selected based on the results of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anup D. Karnalkar, Thomas A. Hendricks
  • Patent number: 7702095
    Abstract: A system for providing DC power on local telephone lines, such as telephone lines in a building or office, for powering devices and circuitry associated with communications over those telephone lines, as well as other functions. Desired voltage and power levels are supplied over local telephone lines by separating the DC power component from the central office or private branch exchange with a DC blocking filter while passing all AC telephony signals. A distinct DC power is then imposed over the telephone line for powering both the telephony service as well as other loads. Conventional telephone off-hook detection is simulated for compatibility with the central office or private branch exchange. The functions required may be integrated, partially or fully within a telephone outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Mosaid Technologies Incorporated
    Inventors: Yehuda Binder, Ami Hazani, Semion Kofman
  • Patent number: 7650140
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method of modifying policy settings in a network having a plurality of subscriber devices. An embodiment includes a plurality of base stations, each capable of wirelessly transmitting across a geographic region and a server. A cell-phone, capable of roaming between regions, is operable to establish a wireless link with the base stations and through the base stations, with the server. The network contains a communication policy determining from which other communication devices a subscriber device can receive voice calls. The communication policy is updated, by the server, based on requests from the subscriber devices. Once a request is received from a subscriber device, the determination whether to update the communication policy can be based on a record of rejections respective to the caller requested to be blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Research in Motion Limited
    Inventors: Marc Plumb, Ian Michael Patterson, Seán Arthur Daniel Carlos Goggin
  • Patent number: 7616748
    Abstract: A screening service for individual telephone lines to block unwanted calls based on call character signals and caller identification signals function in conjunction with a public switched telephone network. Calls identified by call character signals, as which identify a facsimile machine, and caller identification signals, as which identify an undesired call source, are recognized selectively in accordance with each program for individual telephone lines to provide blocking service including a termination cue. Using a dial-up connection, a subscriber can modify blocking information by a control program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Telebuyer, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald A. Katz
  • Patent number: 7596112
    Abstract: A medium access control (MAC) entity first computes an achievable rate region based on a total transmit power limit and a channel gain of each of a plurality of WTRUs. Next, the MAC entity selects an order of DPC among the WTRUs. A rate set for use in transmitting to the WTRUs is then selected, said rate set being within the computed achievable rate region. Then, based on the selected DPC order and rate set, a DPC entity performs DPC on a plurality of data streams intended for the plurality of WTRUs. If nested lattice-based DPC is utilized, rate compatibility is achieved by selecting proper nesting ratios corresponding to a desired data rate set. Otherwise, if binary-code based DPC is utilized, rate compatibility is achieved via selecting appropriate message input sizes for input to point-to-point coding units prior to performing DPC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: InterDigital Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Reznik, Zhenyu Tu, Guodong Zhang
  • Patent number: 7552058
    Abstract: Convenient and automatic methods are disclosed for reporting a violation of a do-not-call list. The only action required by the callee is to enter a predetermined touch tone pattern on their telephone key pad when they receive the call (e.g. pressing 999), and then hanging up. Network node(s) on the telephone network receive the touch tones and interpret the touch tone pattern as an indication of a violation of the do-not-call list. The network node stores the phone number of the caller, the callee number and the time of the call. The network node automatically generates and sends a notice of violation to the agency administering the do-not-call registry. In alternative embodiments, two network nodes may be involved in automatically generating and transmitting the notice of violation. The nodes may be nodes in a Signaling System 7 network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventor: Boaquan Zhang
  • Patent number: 7499534
    Abstract: A supervisory communication system serving callers with restricted freedom, connected to a local telephone exchange and to a local computer network comprising a data base storing relevant data concerning each possible caller. The system comprises a plurality of call units (11) arranged to be accessible for the callers and each having a handset (12) for carrying out calls, a personal identification means for identifying any caller; and a camera (13) enabling observation of the callers. A switching unit (19) is coupled to each of the call units (11), and a communication server (40) having a memory (50) is connected to the switching unit (19). Supervising terminals (41) are arranged at appropriate locations and served by supervisory personnel, each of whom has a display screen (42) with multiple fields (43 to 45), a loudspeaker (46), a microphone (48) and a keyboard (47).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: ALIN Anstalt
    Inventors: Barnabás Csabai, Csaba Kató, László Josepovits
  • Patent number: 7447301
    Abstract: A menu routing service routes calls made to a customer's toll-free number according to customized routing instructions. A service provider establishes service parameters, which include the toll-free number and a restriction associated with at least one of the customer and the service provider. To customize call routing, a web server receives instructions from the customer to associate the toll-free number with a terminating number, such as a directory number or switch ID and trunk group numbers. When the restriction prohibits the association, the web server determines whether the service parameters further include an override indicator associated with the customer that overrides the restriction. The toll-free number is associated with the terminating number when service parameters include the override indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Susanne M. Crockett, William H. Allen
  • Patent number: 7447507
    Abstract: A system utilizing a transmitter emitting a unique signal and a base station receiver having a database of household members is used to ascertain the identity of household members who are home at any particular time. Such information is used by the local telephone network to provide specialized telephone services to the household based on the identity of the household members who are home. A manual and emergency services override is provided to permit the completion of telephone calls from emergency services personnel and other persons irrespective of the presence or absence of any household member. The information regarding the presence or absence of household members also may be used to intelligently provide other household services such as heating and cooling or home security depending on the identity of persons who are home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventor: William J. Infosino
  • Patent number: 7440558
    Abstract: A system and method of telephony resource management and security for monitoring and/or controlling and logging access between an enterprise's end-user stations and their respective circuits into the public switched telephone network (PSTN). One or more rules are defined which specify actions to be taken based upon at least one attribute of a call. Calls are detected and sensed to determine attributes associated with each call. Actions are then performed on selected calls based upon their attributes in accordance with the defined rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: SecureLogix Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Heilmann, Mark D. Collier, Doug Conyers, Keith S. Pickens, David Buntin, Greg Schmid, Stephen Faustino, Todd Beebe, Michael Brysch, Robert R. Applonie
  • Patent number: 7418089
    Abstract: A telecommunications service controls and monitors telephone calls by storing at a service control point (SCP) restricted telephone numbers and priority telephone numbers. Upon receiving call data relating to a call between a subscriber telephone number and an outside telephone number, the SCP determines whether the outside telephone number matches the restricted or priority telephone numbers. When the outside telephone number matches a restricted telephone number, the call is terminated and the SCP stores the call data. When the outside telephone number does not match a restricted telephone number, or matches a priority telephone number, the call is connected. The SCP transmits stored call data to a service management system, which is accessible by the subscriber via the Internet or an interactive voice response, for generating reports. The service further includes time schedules for implementing call restrictions and personal identification number for bypassing call restrictions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dianna Inara Tiliks, Susanne Marie Crockett, Nancy Ann Book, Carol Shifrin Gruchala, John Wesley Moss
  • Patent number: 7412049
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of the present invention includes a call blocking service to which a user subscribes. The preferred call blocking service includes maintaining an updateable list of calling parties that the user wishes to block from being able to complete telephone calls to the user, maintaining a buffer for storing information associated with the most recent calling party placing a telephone call to the user, and recognizing a signal that the user activates to automatically add the most recent calling party to the list of calling parties blocked from being able to complete telephone calls to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Delaware Intellectual Property, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Koch
  • Patent number: 7406162
    Abstract: A communication support system includes a command signal recognition unit which discretely detects a command signal sent by a telephone unit and a command signal sent from a telephone network, and determines whether the command signal is from the telephone unit, the command signal from the telephone unit indicating one of a plurality of telephone services of a data processing device. A signal transmission inhibition unit inhibits transmission of a signal from the telephone unit to the telephone network. A telephone service processing unit performs a telephone service processing of the data processing device for the telephone service indicated by the command signal from the telephone unit, the telephone service processing unit starting execution of the telephone service processing when the command signal recognition unit determines that the command signal is from the telephone unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Kimikazu Furukawa, Tomoyoshi Takebayashi, Toshihiro Azami, Katsutoshi Yano, Jun Kakuta, Yasuo Sato
  • Patent number: 7373137
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring calls being made from a cellular phone and preventing calls being made to unauthorized numbers, as defined by the owner of the cellular phone. A security challenge is issued to a cell phone user when a suspicious, previously unknown telephone number is attempted to be called. Approved/safe numbers and/or area codes are stored within the phone and/or in a subscriber's account accessible and updated via the Internet. If the user is unable to provide the correct security code in response to the challenge, the user is prevented from making the call to the particular number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christina Karen Lauridsen, Hypatia Rojas, Elena Schneider, Robert Kevin Sloan