Plural Exchange Network Or Interconnection Patents (Class 379/219)
  • Patent number: 8358769
    Abstract: A client-server telephone call router system as part of a customer premises system has a client-server router adapted to execute on a telephony switch, such as a public branch exchange (PBX) or other telephony switch, or on a processor connected by CTI link to a telephony switch. The telephony switch or processor executing the router is connected to a local area network (LAN) that also interconnects computer workstations proximate to telephones connected to the telephony switch. Client user interface applications run on the computer workstations, allowing clients to edit routing rules for the router, which has a list of routing rules keyed to users and workstations of the customer premises system. The editing rules are kept by the router in portions dedicated to individual users. With this system a user can edit at a workstation on the LAN his\her own routing rules, and transmit the edits to the client-server router where the rules will be followed to route calls for that user and protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Igor Neyman, Michail Barskiy, Alec Miloslavsky, Oleg Bondarenko, Valeriy Issayev, Andrei Petrov, Paul Karpenko, Alex Smelik, Alexander Volguin, Yuri Ostapchuk, Boris Livshits, Hamid Dadgar
  • Patent number: 8355396
    Abstract: A terminal adapter such as a residential gateway or an eMTA is configured to receive a set of signals such as a 403 message from network devices operating in a VoIP network. In response to receiving the signals, the terminal adapter provides audio information to a caller at a telephone. For example, when the caller attempts to make a call, the terminal adapter receives a 403 message which causes the terminal adapter to play an audio file to the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Bloomcamp, Jeffery O. Green, Pierce Gorman, Russell Huntsman
  • Patent number: 8355749
    Abstract: Provided are a dual mode terminal, a base station, and a content controller, and a content transmission method thereof, and a terminal cradle. A cellular module of the dual mode terminal may receive a content from the base station through a cellular communication. A signal processor may release a compression of the received content and output the content. A short-range communication module may transmit the output content to a short-range terminal using a wideband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telcommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Seung Eun Hong, Woo Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 8355494
    Abstract: A system and method for processing toll free telephone calls by a telecommunications service provider may include receiving, by the telecommunications service provider, a telephone call request for a telephone call being placed to a toll free telephone number from a telephone within a service area of the telecommunications service provider. The telecommunications service provider may determine that the toll free telephone number is one operated by the telecommunications service provider. The telephone call may be routed via a network of the telecommunications service provider to a telephone associated with the toll free telephone number to connect the telephone call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Leister, John Zeigler, Jennifer Stilgenbauer
  • Patent number: 8355495
    Abstract: An architecture and accompanying method and apparatus for providing multi vendor administration of telephone numbers being ported from one service provider to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Telcordia Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Phillip Malyar, Richard Jacowleff, Adam Newman, George Tsacnaris, Joel Zamlong, Patrick Keenan White, Lisa Marie Maxson, Chris Smaling
  • Patent number: 8351930
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing automatic international and local call dialing in a mobile communication terminal. Country identification information is received from a network in which the mobile communication terminal is currently located. When a request for an outgoing is received from a user, a country code corresponding to the received country identification information is extracted, and the extracted country code is compared with a country code included in a phone number for the outgoing call. Based on the comparison it is determined whether the outgoing call is an international or local call. The phone number is then changed in accordance with the outgoing call being the international or local call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sun-Haeng Jo, Bo-Ram Park, Ji-Young Kim, Seong-Hoon Kang, Hye-Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 8340079
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer usable program product for selecting a network for telecommunication are provided. A type of network supporting a called identifier is identified. Several types of networks are accessible to a calling communication device. The network corresponding to the identified network is selected at the calling communication device. The call is completed using the selected network. A database is queried with a query including the called identifier. The response to the query is used for identifying the identified network from the response. The query may be sent to a local database, a remote database, or both. The local database may include information about frequently called identifiers as well as called identifiers that are provided by a user. The identified network may be overridden by selecting a network of a type that is different from the type of network supporting the called identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Carl M. Coppage
  • Patent number: 8340265
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a network element operating in a communication system having a controller element to receive from an initiating party a message directed to a subscriber of the communication system, receive from the subscriber a request to present the message, identify the initiating party supplying the message, transmit the identity of the initiating party to a telephone number mapping (ENUM) system with a request for a communication ID of a presence system that monitors the initiating party, transmit to the presence system according to the communication ID a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) SUBSCRIBE message requesting presence information of the initiating party, and present the subscriber one or more options to communicate with the initiating party according to the presence information received in a SIP NOTIFY message supplied by the presence system. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Anup D. Karnalkar, James Jackson, Jyotindra N. Shah
  • Patent number: 8335777
    Abstract: Included are embodiments for providing advanced directory services. One embodiment of a method includes receiving categorical data related to a desired listing, wherein the categorical data is configured to describe at least one category associated with the listing, wherein the at least one listing includes at least one communications address. Other embodiments include receiving sub-categorical data related to the desired listing, wherein the sub-categorical data is configured to describe at least one sub-category associated with the at least one category. Still other embodiments include sending a search request for at least one listing, wherein the at least one listing is associated with the received categorical data and wherein the at least one listing is associated with the received sub-categorical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Alvin Charles Miles, John Jeffrey Decker
  • Patent number: 8325906
    Abstract: Communication systems and methods are described that include class-based call request routing. Components of the communication systems are configured to receive information of a class at a calling device. In response to the class information, a call request is automatically generated and addressed to resources of a class group. The resources of the class group all possess a common attribute of the class. The attribute includes one or more of a skill, job specialty code, job title, company, department, and division. The generated call request is routed to target devices of the resources. In response to a resource accepting the call request, a response message is received from a target device of the resource. Communications are established between the calling device and the at least one target device in response to the response message received from the target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Fullarton, Tom Lichtenberg, Michael Rothrock, Steven D. Schramm, Ankur Shah
  • Patent number: 8320549
    Abstract: Architecture for enabling user identities of callers to be collected from data sources and aggregated into respective meta-identities for each caller. Alternate user identities are searched, collected and associated with the meta-identity that can be a user name. A routing rule applied to the meta-identity is then applied across the alternate identities. The user identities can include a name of the caller, a phone number of the caller, or caller information collected from an external source. The phone numbers can include a partial phone number that is normalized into a full phone number format. The user identities can be mapped to the meta-identity and stored according to a hierarchy of confidence ratings. The user identities can be tagged with corresponding data source identifiers that designate respective data sources of the user identities. Conflict resolution is provided for selecting a suitable call routing path between callers having similar meta-identities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Rajesh Ramanathan, Adrian Potra
  • Publication number: 20120294429
    Abstract: Systems and methods which facilitate selection of communication carriers for communications made in association with a controlled environment facility by a party to the communications are shown. Embodiments allow for a calling party and/or a called party to select a preferred communication carrier from a plurality of communication carriers for a current communication and/or one or more future communications. A party's carrier selection may be stored by a communication processing system for use with respect to a plurality of communication sessions. Embodiments provide a conflict resolution algorithm to arbitrate conflicting carrier selections where both a calling party and a called party to select a carrier for a communication session. Embodiments provide a premise based communication processing system, a centralized communication processing system, or a distributed configuration comprising a hybrid of the foregoing premise based and centralized configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: SECURUS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert L. Rae
  • Patent number: 8311206
    Abstract: A method and system for performing signaling between a private branch exchange (“PBX”) and a voicemail server external to the PBX (“VM server”) to facilitate serving voicemail services to a subscriber of the PBX and the voicemail services is provided. The method includes: exchanging, between a first gateway and the PBX, a first signaling message formed in accordance with a first signaling protocol of a digital private network signaling system; exchanging, between the first gateway and a second gateway, a second signaling message formed in accordance with a second signaling protocol for serving voice over internet-protocol services; exchanging, between the second gateway and the VM server, a third signaling message form in accordance with a terminal-control protocol for an internet-protocol network, converting between the first and second signaling messages, at the first gateway; and converting between the second and third signaling messages, at the second gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Fraser
  • Patent number: 8311207
    Abstract: A distributed call control system is provided that can allot bandwidth amongst several call controllers. The distributed call control system includes one or more servers that execute two or more instances of call processing servers that administer call control. The call processing servers form a cluster or group. The cluster members negotiate and determine bandwidth allocation amongst the members. If a member requires more bandwidth, the call processing server, of that member, assesses its own needs and requests more bandwidth from other members. The negotiation and requests for bandwidth are accomplished with a set of dynamic and static bandwidth data that regiment the control of the bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Luigi Gentile Polese, Kurt H. Haserodt, Kenneth Owen Michie, Chandra Ravipati, Scott M Woods
  • Patent number: 8300794
    Abstract: The same number is redundantly set as the extension number associated to a fourth telephone number in different data tables associated to different second telephone numbers. For this reason, it is possible to maintain outstanding scalability of the system in a situation where the total number of settable numbers is limited. Further, even if an outgoing call is made to a caller side terminal from a lost receiver side terminal using the call register, the receiver number is recognized to be either an extension number associated to a fourth telephone number or an extension number associated to a fifth telephone number, and an instruction to disconnect a first call is sent to the call controller. As a result, the above-mentioned outgoing call (first call) from the lost receiver side terminal is disconnected, thereby making it possible to fully ensure security when a terminal is lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryota Nakanishi, Manabu Fujita, Seiji Koga
  • Publication number: 20120269331
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a call control application bridges communication devices with a media call. In one embodiment, the call control application receives a request to place a media call from a source device to a destination device. The call control application determines if at least one of the source device and the destination device is associated with a telephone number registered in a relay registry. In response to a determination that the telephone number is registered in the registry, the call control application directs an intermediary agent to place a first media call to the source device and a second media call to the destination device. The call control application then bridges the first media call and the second media call via the intermediary agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: John Harris, Geoffrey Stuart Lanotte
  • Patent number: 8295467
    Abstract: A system for and method of re-using telephone number is presented. The system and method may include receiving, via an input/output module, a public call invite request message to establish a communication session between a calling party and a called party, establishing, via the input/output module, a first communication session with the calling party based at least in part on the public call invite request message, transmitting, via a telephone number re-use module, a plurality of private call invite request messages to a plurality of communication devices associated with the called party, establishing, via the telephone number re-use module, a second communication session with the called party based at least in part on the plurality of private call invite request messages, and coupling, via a processing module, the first communication session and the second communication session to establish the communication session between the calling party and the called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Elliot Eichen, Rezwanul Azim
  • Patent number: 8290137
    Abstract: In a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system for completing telephone calls over the Internet, the system uses a general routing table and client exception routing tables to instruct originating gateways about how to complete calls. When a call request for a particular client is received, the system first looks to that client's exception routing table to see if routing information for the call is available. If so, the system will use the routing information in the client's exception routing table to complete the call. The routing information in the client's exception routing table could include information about preferred destination gateways and/or preferred Internet Service Providers. If the client's exception routing table does not contain information that could be used to route the call, then the system simply uses the routing information in the general routing table. In some situations, the system could utilize multiple general routing tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Ibasis, Inc.
    Inventors: Vitaliy G. Yurchenko, Lizhong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8285271
    Abstract: A wireless telephone interface for use with the control operator of an automatic gate system. A device utilized as a telephone extension device where a user can remotely call the device and by entering a code, can wirelessly command the gate operator to initiate a movement of the gate to either an open or closed position. This system is designed as a direct telephone interface without the complexity of a telephone entry system. The key benefit is a programmable hold open time “per command”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventors: Alex Parsadayan, Wayne C. Hom
  • Patent number: 8285874
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method and routing system parameterize a routing policy and apply the parameterized-routing policy to a route. Parameters are assigned to at least some policy statements of the policy. The parameterized policy may be called with parameters stored in a parameter table. In some embodiments, common blocks of the policy may be identified and assigned parameter sets. A commonized routing policy may be reused within more than one policy. In some embodiments, a method and routing system may evaluate a configuration file to determine relationships between route attributes. The relationships may be expressed in one or more mathematical functions, and when a route is received from a peer, the attributes of the route may be modified based on the mathematical functions. In some embodiments, a router and method for implementing routing policy and traffic engineering are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert James Salmi, Michael Robert Rowlee, Thomas P. Barron, Stuart Stanley, Haldane Roy Peterson, David Delano Ward, David Iver Bergum
  • Patent number: 8275111
    Abstract: A routing software application for predicting a best routing destination from a pool of considered routing destinations for an incoming event into a communications routing system has a detection module for detecting the arrival of the event for routing; at least one instance of an information gathering routine for gathering and compiling information about the considered destinations; at least one reporting module for organizing and reporting the gathered information; and a processing module for computing values from the gathered information and selecting the best routing destination based on isolation of the best computed value. In a preferred embodiment scalar load information per media type and per destination and agent skill information related to at least media skills per type of media per destination is processed by the processing module, which isolates, identifies, and selects at least the best destination for routing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir G. Golitsin, Vitaly Y. Barinov
  • Patent number: 8271660
    Abstract: A network appliance (100) is provided having a network controller subsystem (110) for coupling the appliance (100) to a data network for providing and receiving data packets to and from a packet data network. A digital signal processing subsystem (120) is coupled to the network controller subsystem (110). A signal conversion subsystem (130) is coupled to the digital signal processing subsystem (120) and a user interface subsystem (160) is coupled to both the signal conversion subsystem (130) and the digital signal processing subsystem (120). The digital signal processing subsystem (120) operates under the control of a computer program which is capable of detecting incoming calls, initiating call sessions, and preferably, implementing advanced telephony features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Henning Schulzrinne, Jianqi Yin
  • Patent number: 8265255
    Abstract: An endpoint system for media communication comprises a resource-limited device and a base station. The resource-limited device at least one of receives and outputs at least one of audio and graphic information. The base station communicates media and control packets with the resource-limited device via a permanent virtual circuit, establishes a switched virtual circuit with an endpoint device via a communications channel, and translates media packets between the permanent virtual circuit and the switched virtual circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventors: Mehrdad Abrishami, Jianwei Bei, Ganesh Pasupathy, Ran Katzur
  • Patent number: 8265083
    Abstract: An IP telephony system allows users of the IP telephony system to register extension telephony devices with the IP telephony system. An extension telephony device is one that is provided with service by a separate telephony service provider. Once an extension telephony device is registered, a user can obtain communications services from the IP telephony system using the extension telephony device. A extension telephony device may be tied to a user's main telephony services account with the IP telephony system such that when the user obtains communications services from the IP telephony system using an extension telephony device, the user will be billed for those communications services through the user's main account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Vonage Network, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene Peter Cannon, Ka-yui Kevin Ma, John R Erickson
  • Patent number: 8254550
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of telecommunications. More particularly, to a method and an apparatus that would allow callers to time-share telephone, tele-communication or communication lines in order to truthfully vary the telephone line from which they are calling parties through a communication, telecommunication or Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN). The system would allow customers to utilize methods that would manage their calls in ways that would maximize the probability that a called party would answer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Miguel Serrano
  • Patent number: 8249246
    Abstract: A method and related system and computerized instruction for assisting a user with placing a telephonic call, comprising: a user specifying an originally-specified telephone number to place an intended telephonic call, which telephone number, as originally-specified, for at least one particular reason, cannot be used to successfully complete the intended telephonic call; the user, after specifying the originally-specified telephone number, later specifying later-specified telephone number elements; and causing the telephonic call to be successfully signaled using the originally-specified telephone number in combination with the later-specified telephone number elements, without the user having to re-specify the originally-specified telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Gilbert J. Yablon
  • Publication number: 20120201369
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method for performing a communication transfer service for an access gateway control function user, comprising: after the AGCF user accesses to a public Switched Telephone Network/Integrated Services Digital Network Emulation Subsystem (PSTN/ISDN Emulation Subsystem (PES)), performing the communication transfer service for the AGCF user, by applying a tight/loose coupling mode between an AGCF and an application server (AS) and by applying an AS main control/end to end control mode between the AS and non-AGCF users. The disclosure also provides a system for performing a communication transfer service for an access gateway control function user, comprising: a communication transfer unit configured to perform the communication transfer service for the user belonging to the AGCF by applying a tight/loose coupling mode between the AGCF and an application server (AS) and by applying an AS main control/end to end control mode between the AS and non-AGCF users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Qiang Yang, Chen Wang
  • Patent number: 8223949
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and software is disclosed in which a gateway server provides communications between an Internet Protocol (IP) network and Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to enable messaging between an IN server device in the PSTN and a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Application Server (AS) on the IP network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Shashikiran Bhalachandra Mahalank, Gururaj Maknur Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 8223950
    Abstract: A dual network telephone device selectively performs a telephone communication via a public telephone network and via an IP telephone network. The dual network telephone device generates IP telephone identification information for a non-IP telephone device registers to an IP telephone server an association of an IP address of the dual network telephone device and the IP telephone identification information for the non-IP telephone device, receives a first call request sent from the IP telephone server, sends a call request notice instruction to the non-IP telephone device when the first call request includes the IP telephone identification information for the non-IP telephone device as a call request destination, receives IP telephone identification information input to and sent from the non-IP telephone device, sends a second call request to the IP telephone server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideki Nogawa
  • Patent number: 8213593
    Abstract: A call is processed by examining a nature of address indicator in a signaling message associated with the call and allowing the call to complete in a jurisdiction associated with a national nature of address indicator if the nature of address indicator is international. A call is also processed by examining a nature of address indicator in a signaling message associated with the call. A number of digits associated with a calling party number in the signaling message is determined and the call is allowed to complete if the nature of address indicator is national and the number of digits associated with the calling party number exceeds ten.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Gerald Starling, Robert Dewey Smith
  • Patent number: 8204203
    Abstract: A method of managing communications received by a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) terminating at a residence associated with a subscriber is disclosed. The DSL is divided into one baseband line, one or more derived lines and a data connection. A query is received from a Service Control Point (SCP) for subscriber preferences for handling an incoming communication. The query is translated into an Internet Protocol (IP) message and communicated to a web server. A Common Gateway Interface (CGI) application module is invoked that corresponds to the particular type of communication being sent to the residence. The subscriber's preferences for handling the particular type of communication are retrieved from a database. Based on the retrieved preferences and invoked CGI application, call handling instructions are sent to the SCP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Barry S. Bosik, Amit Garg, Lawrence David Jackel, Rajeev B. Patil, Patrick Joseph Smith, Thomas M. Smith, Jeffrey L. Tuttle
  • Publication number: 20120148036
    Abstract: A method for processing a call is provided. The method includes receiving an inbound call leg via a network device. The inbound call leg is processed using an interactive voice response (IVR) device, and an outbound call leg is generated based on processing the inbound call leg. The outbound call leg is made available to the network device. The inbound call leg and the outbound call leg are handed off from the IVR device to the network device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: VERIZON BUSINESS GLOBAL LLC
    Inventors: David E. PHELPS, Brian S. BADGER, Brian E. SOMES
  • Patent number: 8199895
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for transferring contacts among automatic contact distributors of an automatic contact distribution system. The method includes the steps of collecting information from a contact through an interactive voice response unit of a broker automatic call distributor of the automatic contact distribution system, incorporating the collected information into a SIP message, forking the SIP message from the broker automatic contact distributor to a plurality of other automatic contact distributors of the automatic contact distribution system and transferring the contact from the broker automatic contact distributors to one of the plurality of automatic contact distributors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Aspect Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ely, Malcom Strandberg
  • Patent number: 8199898
    Abstract: A call manager includes a first device process that controls a first telephony device and that receives a call request from the first telephony device. The call request includes a telephone number associated with a second telephony device. The call manager also includes a call control module that receives the call request from the first device process, and the call manager further includes a route list control process that is associated with the telephone number and that receives the call request from the call control module. The route list process accesses a route list to determine a port of a gateway device that can transmit the call request to the second telephony device. The route list process communicates the call request to a second call manager that is coupled to the packet-based network and that controls the gateway device included in the route list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger V. Beathard, Clint D. Entrop
  • Patent number: 8194839
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for controlling a provisioning process. A first provisioning entity (115) issues a provisioning order (401). A provisioning controller (10) checks whether the received provisioning order is complete. If the order is not complete, a second provisioning entity (116,115) is selected to provide further provisioning data (PD1,PD2,PD3,PD4,PD5,PD6) so as to complete the incomplete received provisioning order and to send the corresponding provisioning order/s to the corresponding provisioned entity/ies (121, 122, 123). The provisioning controller may check a service provisioning template (PT-X), which can comprise identifiers of provisioning entities that can supply certain provisioning data, identifiers of the data that can be obtained from each and sequence information determining the order in which said data may be collected and provided for provisioning a given service. A status register may be used to keep track the processing status of a received provisioning order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Maria Pilar González López, Fabian Castro Castro
  • Patent number: 8180045
    Abstract: A method of directing a call includes receiving a call connection request, the call connection request including an identifier associated with a called party. The method also includes determining a network category associated with the called party in response to receiving the call connection request and generating an instruction operable to direct the call connection request to a selected one of at least two networks accessible for communication by the called party. The network is selected by the instruction in response to the determined network category associated with the called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Embarq Holdings Company, LLC
    Inventor: Carl M. Coppage
  • Patent number: 8180320
    Abstract: A method for effecting emergency service communications using a preferred mode by a communication station configured for communicating using multiple modes includes: (a) evaluating the multiple modes to identify a plurality of extant operationally viable modes for the communication station; (b) evaluating the plurality of extant operationally viable modes to identify the preferred mode among the plurality of extant operationally viable modes; the preferred mode having a generally best communicating milieu among the plurality of extant operationally viable modes; and (c) initiating the emergency service communications employing the preferred mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventor: Jennifer Ann Pierce
  • Patent number: 8180041
    Abstract: A one number, multi-application, intelligent call processing system provides service benefits to a caller, a servicing location and/or a vanity number advertiser during a call, parallel to the call and/or post call in an integrated common architecture. The system utilizes VRU technology in conjunction with the national telecommunications network connected via Computer Telephone Integration (CTI) to a virtual telephone number database containing a nationwide master list of telephone numbers with attribute data items associated by Spatial Key linkage to each telephone number. The process of the invention is initiated by a caller dialing a selected telephone number to request information and/or services. Based on the number dialed, a caller or network provided ten-digit telephone number and VRU prompted for and received caller input, the system retrieves the application requested data from the virtual telephone number database and provides it to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Targus Information Corporation
    Inventors: James D. Shaffer, George G. Moore
  • Patent number: 8175250
    Abstract: In accordance with an improved call routing methodology, a call is routed within a communication network by reference to one or more databases. In response to receiving a local number portability request at a service control point (SCP), the SCP accesses one or more databases to determine whether or not to apply custom call routing to a call directed to a called telecommunications number. In response to determining to apply custom call routing to the call, the SCP performs at least a second access to the one or more databases to obtain a local routing number (LRN) associated within the one or more databases with a calling telecommunications number associated with the call. The SCP thereafter provides the LRN to a service switch point in the communication network so that the call is routed to a called station associated with the called telecommunications number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Creamer, Victor Moore, Scott Winters
  • Patent number: 8171305
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for authorizing a telephone transaction and in particular an access to a database through a user in a telecommunication network, said telecommunication network comprising a user interface, an access control for the database and an authentification device, which are connected with each other over a local node in the telecommunication network, as well as to a corresponding local node. The invention is characterized in that the comparative result is output by the authentification device over the local node to the access control and the result of the comparison is communicated by the access control to the user over the local node, signals sent by the authentification device being masked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus-Dieter Menk, Axel Mayer
  • Patent number: 8160229
    Abstract: A method and system is provided wherein routing information is obtained from previously cached information or from a gatekeeper. An originating gateway in a network receives a request for a connection and determines whether pertinent routing information is cached. If available, the cached routing is used to attempt to establish a connection. If no previously established routing is available, the originating gateway requests preferred routing from a gatekeeper, including prioritized selections of terminating gateways through which to make a connection to a designated call recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: ITXC IP Holdings S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Tom Evslin
  • Patent number: 8155294
    Abstract: Providing non-voice capabilities relating to a phone call at a computing device includes receiving a request to begin a telephone call from a first telephone to a second telephone, wherein the requesting is performed using messaging between computing devices connected via a computer network, and wherein the messaging is part of a signaling phase dialog. The signaling phase dialog may be used in providing information associated with the identity of parties of the telephone call. Commencing a call phase dialog between the computing devices may be performed after the telephone call is established over the public switched telephone network. The call phase dialog may allow messages relating to the telephone call to be passed between the computing devices, at least while the telephone call is in progress. The dialogs and messaging may be performed using session initiation protocol (SIP) or another computer communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Amritansh Raghav, Danny Levin, Parag Samdadiya
  • Publication number: 20120076292
    Abstract: A system for determining whether to request additional telephone number resources for a telecommunications carrier. The system includes a first database operated by a telecommunications carrier and configured to store data indicative of telephone number usage and ENUM usage of telephone numbers assigned to the telecommunications carrier. The system further includes a computing device in communication with a multiple databases via a network, the multiple databases may contain telephone number usage information associated with multiple telecommunications carriers. The computing device executes software to query the first and multiple databases to retrieve information associated with the telecommunications carrier (i) to determine current utilization of telephone numbers of a rate center and (ii) to determine months to exhaust of telephone numbers and automatically generate a report utilizing the current utilization and months to exhaust in response to determining the current utilization and months to exhaust.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventors: Justin Schultz, Lisa K. McLellan
  • Patent number: 8144857
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and system for transferring calls among communicating devices connected through a public network. The service is offered by a public network to permit a party in a ongoing conversation to transfer a call to another communicating device that may be more convenient to use, such as from a mobile telephone experiencing static to a land-based telephone, or from a home telephone to a mobile phone as a party leaves the home. In a method according to the invention, the network first establishes a connection between two communicating parties. The network then receives from one of the parties a request to transfer the call to another communications device. The network then transfers the call. The invention may be entirely network-based, in which case there may be a database of transferee devices stored on the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Jacqueline M. Barlow, David S. Barlow
  • Patent number: 8135121
    Abstract: A system for (and a method of) selectively establishing communication with one of plural devices associated with a single telephone number is provided. In a preferred embodiment, the system includes a wireless connect unit connected between an enterprise private branch exchange (PBX) network and a public switched telephone network. The wireless connect unit preferably serves as a gateway between the PBX and one or more remote communication devices. The remote devices can be used as standard PBX office telephones for both inbound and outbound telephone calls. Thus, features of the PBX network (e.g., voice mail, direct extension dialing, corporate calling plan, etc.) are available to the remote device even though they are not physically connected to the PBX. When the system receives an incoming call, it can route the call to an office telephone and one or more of the remote devices simultaneously or as desired by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Ascendent Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen P. Forte
  • Patent number: 8130932
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for implementing a network element in a communications network are described. In one example, a set of service provider defined interfaces are defined, wherein each of the service provider defined interfaces is associated with a network element class. The set of service provider defined interfaces is then provided to a manufacturer of a particular network element class. Afterwards, a new network element from the manufacturer having the set of service provider defined interfaces is implemented in the communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Patent number: 8125965
    Abstract: A multi-mode combination broadband wireless card and router system includes a broadband wireless card for broadband wireless data communication with a WAN over a broadband wireless link; a router for routing network communications between the WAN and a LAN, the router including a USB port for making a USB connection with a user computer, a wired LAN port for making a wired LAN connection with a user computer, and a wireless LAN port for making a wireless LAN connection with a user computer; at least one of the broadband wireless card and router including a processor; and a module executed by the processor, the module configured to: identify use of at least one of the USB port, the wired LAN port, and the wireless LAN port, and modify network access mode for one or more of the user computers based on the identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Vaccaro, Marshall Ireland, Don Timms
  • Patent number: 8116449
    Abstract: A digital logger system includes a multichannel interface circuit that: 1. concurrently and continuously-receives audio telecommunication signals for at least two telephone calls from a digital hybrid telephone line; and 2. continuously transmits linearly encoded digital audio data representing the received audio signals. A Universal Serial Bus (“USB”) hub of the system receives the transmitted digital data for retransmission to a USB root hub. A USB root hub of personal computer (“PC”) receives transmitted digital data, and executes PC software which continuously monitors the digital data for embedded line status and signaling information including a telephone line “going off hook.” When a telephone line goes “off hook,” the software records both: 1. an audio header that stores information about a telephone call; and 2. an audio file that stores compressed digital data for the telephone call. Jul. 2, 2009.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Computer Performance, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin J. Bodo, Robert A. Rosenbloom
  • Patent number: 8111818
    Abstract: A method of processing a call by proxy in a network is provided. The method comprises: receiving a request from a first party for a proxy call on behalf of a second party at a first call control entity, whether or not an active call exists between the first and second parties; signaling the proxy call through the network; and establishing the proxy call to an appropriate destination, such as an emergency call center near the second party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Ruth Schaefer Gayde, Todd Cartwright Morgan, John Richard Rosenberg
  • Patent number: RE43893
    Abstract: A method and communication system is provided to identify a calling/called party when the call is being set up but before the call is answered. In the method, a first terminal and a second terminal are respectively provided with opposing terminal's image data before the call is answered. The image data of the first and second terminals can be registered in a media server disposed between the first and second terminals, and the image data can be transmitted between the first terminal and the media server and between the second terminal and the media server in accordance with an SIP protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Soo Lee, Yong Kyoung Shin