Service Control Point (scp, Iscp, External Database) Patents (Class 379/221.09)
  • Patent number: 10462304
    Abstract: A system for managing customer-to-business voice communication has a network-connected communications device and instructions executable on the communications device from a non-transitory physical medium, the instructions providing a first function for determining if a destination asserted requires treatment, a second function for sending data from the communications device to a network-connected server, a third function for receiving alternative destination information from the server, and a fourth function for establishing communication with the business based on the returned destination information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Vyacheslav Zhakov
  • Patent number: 10389661
    Abstract: A graphical user interface on a display device of a computer enables communications using a computer service. The graphical user interface includes a list of potential message recipients selected by a user as significant to the user. The graphical user interface also includes a mobile device identifier associated with one or more of the listed potential message recipients and a user account identifier associated with one or more of the listed potential message recipients. At least one of the listed potential recipients includes a mobile device identifier as the only available conduit for data delivery to the potential message recipient using the computer service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Odell, Barry Appelman, Andrew L. Wick, Alan Keister, Raine Bergstrom, Xiaoyan Yin, Barbara McNally, Keith C. Hullfish
  • Patent number: 10212283
    Abstract: A call monitoring and debugging tool is disclosed that allows a developer to test an interactive voice response (“IVR”) application comprising a plurality of menu modules. The developer can initiate a call to the IVR and is presented on a computer display a set of variable identifies and corresponding values used by the IVR application in real time. The developer can view a graphical representation of a subset of the plurality of menu modules and view a representation of the navigation of the caller through the IVR application. The developer can also view a current set of variable identifiers used by the IVR and their corresponding values in real time. Finally, the developer can invoke one of several navigation control functions to force navigation of the call in the IVR application, including forcing the call to a previously encountered menu module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: NOBLE SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shang Gao, Denney A. Burkholder, Karl H. Koster
  • Patent number: 10122854
    Abstract: When the context of a user indicates that tactile input to a mobile device on an interactive voice response (IVR) call is not feasible or desirable and the IVR downlink audio does not provide for a voice response option, the user nonetheless is prompted to respond by voice. The user's response is used to programmatically select the correct key by, e.g., sending the DTMF tone corresponding to the user's response on the uplink back to the IVR system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Himanshu Chug, Amit Kumar Agrawal
  • Patent number: 9992558
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide for a way of routing messages using location routing numbers. More specifically, some embodiments can route calls on different legacy networks by using features of existing telecommunication policy and databases. For example, a location routing number can be registered in a number portability administration center database. The location routing number may be in a native number block of a facility carrier and a company registering the location routing number in the number portability administration center database may not be the facility carrier. The destination switch of the facility carrier can be programmed to accept traffic associated with the location routing number. As a result, components of the network can route the message for the company to a destination switch of the facility carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Flowroute Inc.
    Inventors: Bayan W. Towfiq, MohammedAli Merchant
  • Patent number: 9736310
    Abstract: Provided herein are methodologies, systems, apparatus, and non-transitory computer-readable media for providing an adjustable interactive voice response (IVR) system. User identification information is received in order to determine which portions of an IVR system the user can access. The user can then search the IVR system based on a search term corresponding to a verbal phrase recognizable in the IVR system. The user can enter the search term via a GUI displayed on an electronic device. A listing of audio files or options files corresponding to the verbal phrase is then transmitted to the electronic display device. A new verbal phrase to be recognized in the IVR system is then received from the user, and a system flow including at least one of the audio files or options files is modified to correspond to the new verbal phrase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Casasola, John Ragsdale
  • Patent number: 9712634
    Abstract: A method is provided in one example and includes receiving a request for a service from a requestor, an determining at least a first network element and at least a second network element required to satisfy the request from among a plurality of network elements. The method further includes triggering a coordinating of a work flow between the first network element and the second network element responsive to the request. The method still further includes translating communication messages exchanged between the first network element and the second network element from a first communication protocol format and a second communication protocol format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Gibson Soon Teck Ang, Arun C. Alex, Kevin D. Shatzkamer, Bipin Mistry, Ramanathan T. Jagadeesan, Jonathan A. Morgan, Rajesh P. Velandy, Sanil Kumar Puthiyandyil
  • Patent number: 9686661
    Abstract: A system and method for sending text messages and, more particularly, a system and method for forcing SMS capable devices to communicate via SMS using, for example, SS7 protocol. A method includes providing a tag forcing a return text message to be sent via SS7 protocol. In use, the system and method is configured to force the use of SMS messages via the SS7 protocol. The system and method can be implemented over any network, for example, and any existing mobile device and related infrastructure can be modified to take advantage of the benefits and functionality of the system and method of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark D. Dennard, John R. Dingler, Eythan C. Holladay, Jessica E. Marceau, Matthew B. Trevathan
  • Patent number: 9674750
    Abstract: In a mobile network with a plurality of access networks, a control node controls access of a user equipment to that one of the access networks which is currently used by the user equipment. The control node determines an access capability of the user equipment in the access network. The access capability includes whether an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) voice over Packet Switched (PS) session is supported. The control node provides an indication of the determined access capability to a Home Subscriber Server (HSS) associated with the user equipment. The indication may then be retrieved from the HSS and used to control termination of a connection to the user equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Ralf Keller, Peter Hedman, Fredrik Lindholm, Magnus Olsson
  • Patent number: 9668033
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide for a way of routing messages using location routing numbers. More specifically, some embodiments can route calls on different legacy networks by using features of existing telecommunication policy and databases. For example, a location routing number can be registered in a number portability administration center database. The location routing number may be in a native number block of a facility carrier and a company registering the location routing number in the number portability administration center database may not be the facility carrier. The destination switch of the facility carrier can be programmed to accept traffic associated with the location routing number. As a result, components of the network can route the message for the company to a destination switch of the facility carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Flowroute Inc.
    Inventors: Bayan W. Towfiq, MohammedAli Merchant
  • Patent number: 9537679
    Abstract: A dynamically reconfigurable asynchronous arbitration node for use in an adaptive asynchronous interconnection network is provided. The arbitration node includes a circuit, an output channel and two input channels—a first input channel and a second input channel. The circuit supports a default-arbitration mode and a biased-input mode. The circuit is configured to generate data for the output channel by mediating between input traffic including data received at the first and second input channels, if the arbitration node is operating in the default-arbitration mode, or by providing a direct path to the output channel for one of the first input channel and the second input channel that is biased, if the arbitration node is operating in the biased-input mode. The circuit is further configured to monitor the input traffic and implement a mode change based on a history of the observed input traffic in accordance with a mode-change policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK
    Inventors: Steven M. Nowick, Gennette Delaine Gill, Sumedh S. Attarde
  • Patent number: 9432897
    Abstract: In a mobile network with a plurality of access networks, a control node which is controlling access of a user equipment to that one of the access networks which is currently used by the user equipment determines an access capability of the user equipment in said access network, e.g. support of voice communication over packet switched access. The control node provides an indication of the determined access capability to a subscriber database associated with the user equipment. The indication may then be retrieved from the subscriber database and be used to control termination of a connection to the user equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Ralf Keller, Peter Hedman, Fredrik Lindholm, Magnus Olsson
  • Patent number: 9357062
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide for a way of routing messages using location routing numbers. More specifically, some embodiments can route calls on different legacy networks by using features of existing telecommunication policy and databases. For example, a location routing number can be registered in a number portability administration center database. The location routing number may be in a native number block of a facility carrier and a company registering the location routing number in the number portability administration center database may not be the facility carrier. The destination switch of the facility carrier can be programmed to accept traffic associated with the location routing number. As a result, components of the network can route the message for the company to a destination switch of the facility carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Flowroute Inc.
    Inventors: Bayan W. Towfiq, MohammedAli Merchant
  • Patent number: 9294993
    Abstract: In a mobile network with a plurality of access networks (210, 220), a control node (110) which is controlling access of a user equipment (300) to that one of the access networks (210, 220) which is currently used by the user equipment (300) determines an access capability of the user equipment (300) in said access network (210, 220), e.g. support of voice communication over packet switched access. The control node (110) provides an indication of the determined access capability to a subscriber database (150) associated with the user equipment (300). The indication may then be retrieved from the subscriber database (150) and be used to control termination of a connection to the user equipment (300).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET L M ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Ralf Keller, Peter Hedman, Fredrik Lindholm, Magnus Olsson
  • Patent number: 9232054
    Abstract: Mid-call features are implemented during a call placed over a communications network. The mid-call features are implemented through a set of call feature modules, each of which having been categorized in accordance with a feature implementation architecture. An exemplary method for routing requests within a feature server computer to set up a feature implementation includes receiving, at a per-incoming call feature module of a feature server computer, an initial incoming call request, routing the initial incoming call request from the per-incoming call feature module to a multi-call feature module of the feature server computer, routing the initial incoming call request from the multi-call feature module to an omniscient call feature module, routing the initial incoming call request from the omniscient call feature module to a multi-device call feature module, and routing the initial incoming call request from the multi-device call feature module to a per-outgoing device feature module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Pamela Zave
  • Patent number: 9167102
    Abstract: A billing system and method for providing both business and personal data access to a user of a wireless communications device is provided. A user enters an access request, and it is determined if the access request is a personal type access request or a business type access request. Personal type access requests are processed in order to provide billing for the personal requests to the user of the wireless communications device, and business type access requests are processed to provide billing to the business. Such systems and methods provide enhanced convenience to mobile workers while avoiding additional costs associated with such services being incurred by the business.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Thomas F. Doyle
  • Patent number: 9143623
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing separable billing services. In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a memory for storing a data address associated with a first type of communication and a processor for receiving a data packet, the data packet comprising a destination data address. The processor compares the destination data address to the data address associated with the first type of communication, and routes the data packet to the destination data address if the destination data address matches the data address associated with the first type of communication and bills an account associated with the first type of communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas F. Doyle, Craig Lauer
  • Patent number: 8989364
    Abstract: A telecommunication system includes a first node, a second node and a network. The first node is configured with a set of predefined functions and a group of addresses of the telecommunication network such that a session setup request targeted to any address in the group of addresses is routed to the first node, and each address in the group of addresses is associated with at least one of the predefined functions. The second node is configured to send a session setup request to a target address that corresponds to an address in the group of addresses. The first node is configured to determine the function to be performed on the basis of the target address in the session setup request. Information delivery from the second node to the first node is implemented quickly. In the second node the power consumption may be significantly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Navigil Oy
    Inventor: Matti Raty
  • Patent number: 8942227
    Abstract: The present invention provides a call/session control function in an Internet Protocol multimedia subsystem capable of providing enhanced filtering to select multimedia services to invoke upon processing a signaling message. In addition to analyzing internal information contained within the signaling message, external information can be used to identify multimedia services to invoke and when those multimedia services should be invoked. Upon receiving a signaling message, filtering criteria to apply for the signaling message is accessed. The filtering criteria define rules for invoking multimedia services. These rules will take into consideration external information, which is not found within the signaling message. The external information may relate to the date, time, presence information, location information, user information, group information, or network information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Leeder, Roy Sells
  • Patent number: 8923500
    Abstract: A communication network includes a switching system, an application server, and a softswitch that communicatively couples the application server to the switching system. The switching system is configured to detect a first call to a primary directory number associated with a phone line and to forward the first call to the application server. The application server is configured to instruct the softswitch to generate a second call to a RingMaster directory number associated with the phone line. And the softswitch is configured to bridge the first and second calls responsive to detection of a communication path completion to the phone line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: David Levine
  • Patent number: 8855282
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for implementing a Multimedia Ring Back Tone (MRBT) service are provided. The method includes: receiving a call request originated by a calling terminal; parsing a tone playing policy specifying whether to play a caller tone or a callee tone or whether to filter a tone; performing caller tone media negotiation or callee tone media negotiation, or performing no tone negotiation according to the parsing result; and playing the caller tone or the callee tone to the caller, or playing no tone. With the technical solution of the present invention, the caller tone service can be implemented in the IMS domain. Whether a caller tone or a callee tone is played to the caller is determined according to a preset policy. Furthermore, the tone filtering service is also implemented. This gives a user freedom in experiencing the MRBT service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingyan Wu, Yuan Bao, Guojun Xu, Haoyu Wang, Shanyang Ke
  • Patent number: 8831602
    Abstract: A method may include receiving a call, at a first mobile switching center (MSC) associated with a first network, wherein the call is intended for a subscriber of services associated with a second network. The method may also include sending a first location request message to a home location register (HLR) to request location information associated with a mobile device to which the call is directed, receiving, by the first MSC, an address associated with a service control point (SCP) and determining, by the SCP, that the second network is experiencing an outage or a problem. The method may further include determining, by the SCP, whether the mobile device is registered with the first network, and forwarding the call via the first network, in response to determining that the mobile device is registered with the first network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Priscilla Lau
  • Patent number: 8787387
    Abstract: A method of transmitting data and service information associated with said data, including an addressing step during which a set of service information D(Si) that is intended to be stored is referenced by means of an address AD. The address AD includes a session identifier Si, a session being defined as a string of successive activations of different communications means. Service information D(Si) is marked unequivocally by means of an identifier Si that is invariant throughout the session concerned. Thus no element external to that session can reach or degrade the service information, and its permanence is guaranteed until the end of the session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: France Telecom
    Inventors: Philippe Dussaume, Yvon Guillot, Jean-Louis Cheviet
  • Patent number: 8761725
    Abstract: A method for performing a telecommunication service, including identifying, on a Service Delivery Platform (SDP) and by a processor, the telecommunication service, selecting, on the SDP and by the processor, the telecommunication service, and executing, on the SDP and by the processor, the telecommunication service on a cellular network, where the SDP is configured to implement the telecommunication service on the cellular network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Telecomax Group
    Inventors: Amr Assem, Wael Metwally, Mohamed Abd El Wahab, Hisham Sabry
  • Patent number: 8756328
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to systems and methods for establishing and maintaining communication between two or more communication devices coupled to communication networks. Some specific aspects relate to communication between a plurality of communication devices each of which is coupled to a respective network. Other aspects relate to establishing such communication by way of contact lists maintained and facilitated on systems coupled to the networks. Users of multiple communication networks, such as VoIP, PSTN and wireless, employ multiple communication devices to communicate with their contacts. For example, a VoIP enabled computer is necessary to access contacts on a VoIP network and a mobile or cellular telephone is used to access contacts on wireless and PSTN networks. A contact list, stored on one communication device, in some instances, cannot be accessed from another communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Guedalia, Isaac David Guedalia
  • Patent number: 8750485
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for processing a call in a call center using information stored in the LIDB. A call center which has been configured in accordance with a preferred aspect of the present invention can include at least one phone handset coupled to a gateway to a PSTN. An enterprise application can be associated with the handset and a data terminal coupled to the enterprise application. A view to the enterprise application further can be disposed in proximity to the handset. A database of caller information can be coupled to the enterprise application. Each record in the database can have a configuration for location based upon a searching key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas E. Creamer, Neil Katz, Victor S. Moore, Scott Winters
  • Patent number: 8724787
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for implementing a Multimedia Ring Back Tone (MRBT) service are provided. The method includes: receiving a call request originated by a calling terminal; parsing a tone playing policy specifying whether to play a caller tone or a callee tone or whether to filter a tone; performing caller tone media negotiation or callee tone media negotiation, or performing no tone negotiation according to the parsing result; and playing the caller tone or the callee tone to the caller, or playing no tone. With the technical solution of the present invention, the caller tone service can be implemented in the IMS domain. Whether a caller tone or a callee tone is played to the caller is determined according to a preset policy. Furthermore, the tone filtering service is also implemented. This gives a user freedom in experiencing the MRBT service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingyan Wu, Yuan Bao, Guojun Xu, Haoyu Wang, Shanyang Ke
  • Patent number: 8724786
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for implementing a Multimedia Ring Back Tone (MRBT) service are provided. The method includes: receiving a call request originated by a calling terminal; parsing a tone playing policy specifying whether to play a caller tone or a callee tone or whether to filter a tone; performing caller tone media negotiation or callee tone media negotiation, or performing no tone negotiation according to the parsing result; and playing the caller tone or the callee tone to the caller, or playing no tone. With the technical solution of the present invention, the caller tone service can be implemented in the IMS domain. Whether a caller tone or a callee tone is played to the caller is determined according to a preset policy. Furthermore, the tone filtering service is also implemented. This gives a user freedom in experiencing the MRBT service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingyan Wu, Yuan Bao, Guojun Xu, Haoyu Wang, Shanyang Ke
  • Patent number: 8699962
    Abstract: Systems and methods for preparing a telecommunication network for communicating with a client by provisioning the telecommunications system for providing services to the client in accordance with provisioning information provided by the client. Provisioning information may be updated in the network using provisioning information provided by the client and vice versa. One criteria for updating provisioning information includes determining which provisioning information is the most recent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Proximetry, Inc.
    Inventors: Leszek Naruszewicz, Krzysztof Ronald Grochla, Aleksander Karol Seman, Yair Bourlas
  • Patent number: 8693657
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for implementing a Multimedia Ring Back Tone (MRBT) service are provided. The method includes: receiving a call request originated by a calling terminal; parsing a tone playing policy specifying whether to play a caller tone or a callee tone or whether to filter a tone; performing caller tone media negotiation or callee tone media negotiation, or performing no tone negotiation according to the parsing result; and playing the caller tone or the callee tone to the caller, or playing no tone. With the technical solution of the present invention, the caller tone service can be implemented in the IMS domain. Whether a caller tone or a callee tone is played to the caller is determined according to a preset policy. Furthermore, the tone filtering service is also implemented. This gives a user freedom in experiencing the MRBT service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingyan Wu, Yuan Bao, Guojun Xu, Haoyu Wang, Shanyang Ke
  • Patent number: 8693656
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for implementing a Multimedia Ring Back Tone (MRBT) service are provided. The method includes: receiving a call request originated by a calling terminal; parsing a tone playing policy specifying whether to play a caller tone or a callee tone or whether to filter a tone; performing caller tone media negotiation or callee tone media negotiation, or performing no tone negotiation according to the parsing result; and playing the caller tone or the callee tone to the caller, or playing no tone. With the technical solution of the present invention, the caller tone service can be implemented in the IMS domain. Whether a caller tone or a callee tone is played to the caller is determined according to a preset policy. Furthermore, the tone filtering service is also implemented. This gives a user freedom in experiencing the MRBT service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingyan Wu, Yuan Bao, Guojun Xu, Haoyu Wang, Shanyang Ke
  • Patent number: 8644476
    Abstract: Method and communication system for providing a value added service, such as an intelligent network (IN) service, which is available in a first network (5), to a subscriber (3) in a second network (7). The first network (5) comprises a first network node (11) for executing the value added service. The method comprises detecting in a terminating call to the subscriber (3) that the subscriber (3) desires to use the value added service, forwarding control of the call towards the first network node (11) associated with a forwarding number in the first network (5), executing the value added service by the first network node (11), and, when necessary, further directing the call towards the subscriber (3) associated with the terminating call. The present method can also be applied to originating calls from a subscriber. In this case, the call is further directed towards a destination associated with the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Fedor Maas
  • Publication number: 20140029740
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for providing a low cost mechanism for remotely rerouting queries in a telecommunications network. A service control point (SCP) executes an application which causes a queries to be launched over a LAN or WAN to a remotely located data center. The system contains a primary and secondary data center, in which the secondary data center operations on a ‘hot-standby’ basis. Based on a manually provided indication, maintenance personnel may telephone and interact with a voice response unit or a web-based interface, which indicates that the SCP or SCP application should route queries to the secondary data center. Similarly, the same mechanism can be used to indicate that queries should be re-routed back to the primary data center. This allows remote management for controlling the queries without having to extensively modify the related infrastructure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: VERIZON SERVICES CORP.
    Inventors: Susan M. Middleswarth, Jeffrey R. Evans, John H. Wurster
  • Patent number: 8619964
    Abstract: Methods and devices for controlling a set-up of a call from a calling entity (CE201) to a called entity in a telecommunications network are described. The telecommunications network comprises a service control entity (SCE205) and a service switching entity (SSE204). The service control entity (SCE205) is adapted to perform the steps of receiving from the service switching entity (SSE204) an indication that the first call attempt failed, receiving from the service switching entity (SSE204) an indication of the further call attempt, obtaining call information related to the first call attempt, determining a call establishment procedure for the further call attempt based on the call information related to the first call attempt, sending an instruction to the service switching entity (SSE204) to continue the set-up of the further call attempt according to the call establishment procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Alfonso Pisani, Biagio Maione, Rogier Noldus
  • Patent number: 8565406
    Abstract: A communication network includes a switching system, an application server, and a softswitch that communicatively couples the application server to the switching system. The switching system is configured to detect a first call to a primary directory number associated with a phone line and to forward the first call to the application server. The application server is configured to instruct the softswitch to generate a second call to a RingMaster directory number associated with the phone line. And the softswitch is configured to bridge the first and second calls responsive to detection of a communication path completion to the phone line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: David Levine
  • Patent number: 8553853
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for providing a low cost mechanism for remotely re-routing queries in a telecommunications network. A service control point (SCP) executes an application which causes a queries to be launched over a LAN or WAN to a remotely located data center. A primary and secondary data center are defined, in which the secondary data center operations on a ‘hot-standby’ basis. Based on a manually provided indication, maintenance personnel may telephone and interact with a voice response unit or a web-based interface, which indicates that the SCP or SCP application should route queries to the secondary data center. Similarly, the same mechanism can be used to indicate that queries should be re-routed back to the primary data center. This allows remote management for controlling the queries without having to extensively modify the related infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Susan M. Middleswarth, Jeffrey R. Evans, John H. Wurster
  • Publication number: 20130251133
    Abstract: Method and system of establishing a connection between a calling terminal (1) and a called terminal (2) which allows the called terminal (2) to receive calls trough two different networks (3, 4), for example a circuit switched network and a Internet protocol Multimedia Subsystem, using a single number, thanks to a control element which determines the network to be used to reach the called terminal (2), and its number in said network to be used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Manuel Nunez Sans
  • Patent number: 8532669
    Abstract: The invention provides location information indicating the geographical location of a mobile station via a core net-work node serving the mobile station The method includes the steps of initiating a communication between the mobile station and the network by calculating the geographical location, supplying corresponding location information indicating the geographical location to the core network node, and subsequently routing the communication between the mobile station and the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Tatu Dufva, Janne Muhonen
  • Patent number: 8446902
    Abstract: The invention relates to method of executing a service in a Media Gateway Control Function for establishing a call between a calling party's terminal served by a Mobile Switching Centre, and an IP Multimedia Subsystem Service. The Media Gateway Control Function is arranged to query a Service Control Point on which an overlay process is loaded. The correct SCP is identified by the MGCF using a correlation identifier originally published by the SCP itself after having received an IN service trigger from an MSC or GMSC. The MGCF will receive call related data from the SCP, such as the original dialled number. This data is used by the MGCF to populate information elements in a SIP Invite message. The invention gives a solution for providing GSM specific information, e.g. dialled number, location information, to an IMS service. This information may not be available to the IMS service through present methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Rogier August Caspar Joseph Noldus, Stephen Terrill
  • Patent number: 8401547
    Abstract: A method and system for facilitating HLR access includes receiving a query request from a query entity, processing the query request to yield an SS7 request message, dispatching the SS7 request message to a HLR, receiving an SS7 response message from the HLR, constructing a query response, and returning the query response to the query entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sybase 365, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Lovell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8379829
    Abstract: A method for distributing incoming telephone calls among inbound links of a service platform is provided. First information is accumulated regarding routing of the incoming telephone calls during a previous time period to the inbound links of the service platform by a network call processor. Second information including a number of the inbound links of the service platform allocated to the network call processor for a future time period is generated based on the first information. A number of the incoming telephone calls are routed to the inbound links of the service platform during the future time period based on the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Jonathan E. Schaff, Dominick Mangiardi, Cory Yang, Brian Patrick Hulett, James D. Kirby
  • Patent number: 8363637
    Abstract: A telephone system architecture enabling various components of a telephone system to be distributed geographically yet operates as a seamlessly integrated system. A signaling gateway interfaces to the PSTN and through an SS7 interface. The signaling gateway includes a telephony protocol server. At least one other component of the telephone system includes a telephony protocol client. The telephony protocol client and telephony protocol server communicate over an Internet Protocol (IP) network. The telephony protocol server provides access to the PSTN to the component having the telephony protocol client. Any functions in the various components that require an SS7 interface to the PSTN are simply handled through the signaling gateway by the telephony protocol server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Movius Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Sonny R. Bettis, Philip L. Lowman, James H. Spencer
  • Patent number: 8358765
    Abstract: A system for causing the simultaneous, or near simultaneous, receipt by multiple pre-identified communication termination endpoints of electronic messages sent at times respectively delayed relative to one another and inviting each of the communication termination endpoints to join a communication session. The system receives identification of associated communication termination endpoints that are to receive, at substantially the same time, electronic messages to join a communication session. The system determines and stores send time delays for each such communication termination endpoint that are calculated by a respectively appropriate method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Clark Whitten, Brandon Hall Goode
  • Patent number: 8358650
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for communicating CNAM services for SIP originated calls terminating in a circuit switched network is described. In one embodiment, the method includes, at a SIP-SS7 gateway, receiving a SIP call setup message that includes a SIP calling subscriber identifier information, associating a temporary telephone number with the SIP calling subscriber identifier information, generating an SS7 call setup message associated with the SIP call setup message, wherein the SS7 call setup message includes the temporary telephone number, and communicating the temporary telephone number and SIP calling subscriber identifier information to a calling name interworking function (CIF) module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Tekelec, Inc.
    Inventors: Robby Benedyk, Peter J. Marsico
  • Patent number: 8320529
    Abstract: A first call is received at a reserved address and is forwarded based on the reserved address. A second call is placed to a designated address, and a message is played to the designated address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: Mei-Jong Lin, Chieh-Chien Lin
  • Patent number: 8311538
    Abstract: A method and system for facilitating HLR access includes receiving a query request from a query entity, processing the query request to yield an SS7 request message, dispatching the SS7 request message to a HLR, receiving an SS7 response message from the HLR, constructing a query response, and returning the query response to the query entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Sybase 365, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Lovell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8254551
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for providing a quality of service (QoS) using E.164 number mapping (ENUM) data in a communications network. According to one method, a query message including an E.164 number can be received. Next, at least one uniform resource identifier (URI) associated with the E.164 number can be located. Afterwards, QoS data corresponding to the at least one URI is subsequently obtained. Further, the query message can be responded to with the URI and the corresponding QoS data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Tekelec, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher R. Heinze, Rohini Marathe, Maria A. Wiatrowski, Peter J. Marsico
  • Patent number: 8233476
    Abstract: The invention relates to method of executing a service in a Media Gateway Control Function (12) for establishing a call between a calling party's terminal (8) served by a Mobile Switching Center (2), and an IP Multimedia Subsystem Service (20). The Media Gateway Control Function (12) is arranged to query a Service Control Point (10) on which an overlay process is loaded. The correct SCP (10) is identified by the MGCF (12) using a correlation identifier originally published by the SCP itself after having received an IN service trigger from an MSC or GMSC. The MGCF will receive call related data from the SCP, such as the original dialled number. This data is used by the MGCF to populate information elements in a SIP Invite message. The invention gives a solution for providing GSM specific information, e.g. dialled number, location information, to an IMS service. This information may not be available to the IMS service through present methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Rogier August Caspar Joseph Noldus, Stephen Terrill
  • Patent number: 8233485
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method in a communication network for connecting at least one application server (AS) (213) of an internet protocol multimedia subsystem (IMS) (200) to an intelligent network (IN) (100) through an interface unit (301). The IMS (200) comprises a call server control function (CSCF) unit (205) connected to the at least one AS (213) arranged for processing call signaling. In the method the interface unit (301) directs the call signaling to the at least one AS (213) through the CSCF unit (205) and the at least one AS (213) processes the call signaling and sends the processed call signaling through the CSCF unit (205) back to the interface unit (301). Based on the information received in the call signaling processed by the at least one AS (213), the interface unit (301) then directs the call to a destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Comverse Ltd
    Inventor: Olivier Hersent
  • Patent number: 8213416
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media for early media connection proxying are disclosed. According to one method, a call setup signaling message is received for establishing a call between a calling entity and a called entity. Based on at least one parameter in the call setup signaling message, it is determined whether an early media connection is required for the call. It is also determined whether early media connection proxying is required for the call. In response to determining that an early media connection and early media connection proxying are required for the call, signaling is performed on behalf of a network entity to establish an early media connection for the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Tekelec, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkataramaiah Ravishankar, Peter J. Marsico