Call Intercept Or Answering Patents (Class 379/70)
  • Patent number: 11301114
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method and an apparatus for managing a notification bar message. The method includes: searching for a resident notification message; after the resident notification message is found, displaying, in a notification bar, prompt information prompting whether to delete the resident notification message; and if a user chooses to delete the resident notification message, deleting the resident notification message according to a system permission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei Li, Wei Zhao, Zhishan Zhuang
  • Patent number: 10827065
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing integrated computerized personal assistant services in telephony communications are provided herein. In some embodiments, the method comprises transmitting, by a call processing system, (A) voice-based data generated during the telecommunication session and (B) identification information of at least one of the first or second participants to a computerized virtual assistant system, wherein the voice-based data generated during the telecommunication session includes an actionable command; and receiving, from the computerized virtual assistant system, a response from at least one service provider regarding a performance of the actionable command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Vonage Business Inc.
    Inventors: Royee Uriel Tichauer, Iliya Barenboim, Lihi Gendelis, Tzachi Azo, Natan Shaltiel, Sagi Dudai
  • Patent number: 10666798
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods, systems and apparatus for identifying and acting upon suspect robocalls. An exemplary method embodiment includes the steps of processing call records of a customer to identify calls which are possibly from a robocaller, based on at least one of i) a call characteristic or ii) a call pattern; storing calling party source identification information of the identified calls in a suspect robocall database; processing an incoming call, said processing including comparing calling party source identification information of an incoming call to the calling party source identification information in the suspect robocall database; and completing the incoming call in a standard manner if the incoming call is not in the suspect robocall database; and handling the call as a suspect robocall if the incoming calling party source identification information is in the suspect robocall database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Ribbon Communications Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Shaun Jaikarran Bharrat, Tie Ju Chen, Sridhar Kuppanna, Tolga Asveren
  • Patent number: 10419951
    Abstract: A method for combining with a minimum isolation bandwidth includes: determining an insertion loss and an isolation between ports of a combiner; calculating a total isolation bandwidth of an isolation band in the combiner according to the insertion loss and the isolation between ports; determining guard bandwidths adjacent to the isolation band in combined systems, the combined systems being at least two communication systems combined by the combiner; and, calculating an actual isolation bandwidth of the combiner according to the guard bandwidths of the combined systems and the total isolation bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Guixin Pan, Xiaoming Huang, Wei Li, Biao He, Jun Yan, Junbin Mo, Huiming Ge, Yuchen Shi, Jianquan Wang, Qingyu Cai
  • Patent number: 10420016
    Abstract: A first network device receives a request associated with data notification for a user equipment (UE). When the UE is in a mode in which communication of mobile terminated data is restricted and the first network device detects that the UE is in a non-allowed area, the first network device rejects the request unless the data notification is for a regulatory prioritized service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jinsook Ryu, Hyunsook Kim, Sangmin Park, Bokyung Byun, Myungjune Youn
  • Patent number: 10291761
    Abstract: A method is provided which comprises: receiving, by a phone, a phone call from a caller device; providing, by the phone, an indication of the phone call to a user of the phone; subsequent to providing the indication of the phone call, receiving (i) a selection of an option to decline the call with a customized audio message and (ii) an indication of a time duration; generating an audio message, the audio message indicating that the user of the phone is likely to call back the caller device within the time duration; and causing the audio message to be transmitted to the caller device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Rubi Paul
  • Patent number: 10050881
    Abstract: Disclosed is a technology for a sensor network, Machine to Machine (M2M), Machine Type Communication (MTC), and Internet of Things (IoT). The present disclosure can be used for intelligent services (for example, services related to smart homes, smart buildings, smart cities, smart cars, connected cars, health care, digital education, retail businesses, security, and safety) based on the technology. A method of transmitting data in a communication system includes: generating a hash value by applying a hash function to original data; generating a message including at least one of the original data and the generated hash value based on whether there is an existing hash value equal to the generated hash value; and transmitting the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyounghan Park, SoonHyung Gwon, HeeDong Kim, JongWoo Lee, DongYun Hwang, JunHyung Kim
  • Patent number: 9959885
    Abstract: Method for user micro context recognition using sound signatures. The method includes: recording an environment sound sample from a microphone into a mobile device by a trigger stimulus; simultaneous to recording an environment sound sample, collecting hardware and software macro context data from available mobile devices; extracting a sound signature from the recorded sound sample based on sound features and spectrograms; comparing for similar patterns the recorded sound signature with reference sound signatures stored in a sound database; updating the sound database; checking if the recorded sound was recognized; performing a logical association between the sound label and the available macro context data; comparing for similar patterns the recorded context with a reference context stored in a context database; updating the context database; checking if the micro context was recognized; and returning to a mobile context-aware application the micro context label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Antonio Henrique Barbosa Postal, Mauricio Struckel Pedrozo Mendes
  • Patent number: 9621488
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments, there are provided mechanisms and methods for selecting amongst a plurality of processes to send a message (e.g. a message for updating an endpoint system, etc.). These mechanisms and methods for selecting amongst a plurality of processes to send a message can enable embodiments to utilize more than one queue for sending such message. The ability of embodiments to provide such multi-process feature can, in turn, prevent latency that typically accompanies a mounting number of messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee:, inc.
    Inventors: Benji Jasik, Simon Zak Fell
  • Patent number: 9591401
    Abstract: A vibration pickup device for measuring an electronic device that transmits sound to a user via vibration transmission by pressing a vibrating body held in a housing against a human ear includes a plate-shaped vibration transmission member and a vibration pickup joined to a portion of the vibration transmission member. The vibration transmission member is mountable on a peripheral portion of an artificial external ear canal, formed in an ear model unit modeled after a human ear, and includes a hole in communication with the artificial external ear canal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiro Inagaki
  • Patent number: 9025743
    Abstract: A system and method for processing quick note messages. A call from a calling party is intercepted prior to transmitting the call to the receiving telephone and prior to ringing the receiving telephone. A quick note message from the calling party is recorded. A quick note message waiting indicator is activated on the receiving telephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: David E. Rondeau, Don L. Briscoe, David Emerson
  • Patent number: 9025741
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a method that involves receiving an indication that communications with a subscriber have been interrupted while engaged in voicemail processing, and recording a pointer to a last state of voicemail processing. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Jackson, Mehrad Yasrebi
  • Patent number: 8971866
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and computer system for automatically connecting a calling device to a best available calling device based on resource strength. A computer system receives from a first calling device a request for a call to a second calling device and evaluates resource strength of the second calling device. The computer system determines one or more third calling devices, in response to determining that the resource strength of the second calling device is low. The computer system compares resource strength of the one or more third calling devices with that of the second calling device and determines a best available one of the one or more third calling devices. The computer system connects the call by connecting the first calling device and the best available one of the one or more third calling devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Robert R. Peterson, Asima Silva
  • Patent number: 8897428
    Abstract: A device for recording the content of live communications sessions allocates each session with a unique identifier which is also communicated to a server, exchange, switch or endpoint having control of that session. A log of events occurring in the session is updated with the unique identifier of the recorded content, and following the session, the log of events is communicated to the recording device, indexed under the unique identifier, and stored with the recorded content of the session itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Walker, John Costello, David Murray
  • Patent number: 8891739
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing lawful intercept in a group call is described. A group call for is established and at least one target member device of the group call is identified as corresponding to a subject to be tracked. Call content for communications corresponding to the call is then tracked from the beginning of the call. A query is presented to a law enforcement authority to determine whether the law enforcement authority wishes to receive call data collected before the target joined the call or after the target leaves the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Kirankumar Anchan
  • Patent number: 8874086
    Abstract: Described is a technology by which a communications identifier such as a telephone number is used in selecting relevant content (e.g., an advertisement) for outputting as audible and/or visible information to a destination device. The communications identifier is used like a search term/keyword to determine content relevant to that identifier. A telephone number may be the identifier, selected based on a partially-dialed or actually dialed number, or a user's current scrolling position among listed telephone numbers. A telephone number of an incoming call may be used as the identifier. Profile data and/or state data may be used in selecting relevant content. Some of the profile data may be mined based on previous user activities. In one example, the content may be provided via a remote source of the content, and used immediately or cached for later use (e.g., output).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Xuedong Huang, Milind V. Mahajan, Abhiram G. Khune
  • Patent number: 8867708
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a system for enhancing user interaction with Interactive Voice Response (IVR) destinations, the system comprising: a processor; and a memory coupled to the processor, the memory comprising: data encoding a database, the database comprising a list of telephone numbers associated with one or more destinations implementing an IVR; instructions executable by the processor for automatically communicating with at least one user; and instructions executable by the processor to pull at least one menu from the database and display the menu to the at least one user, wherein the menu is associated with a telephone number dialed by the at least one user, and wherein the menu comprises at least one icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventors: Tal Lavian, Zvi Or-Bach
  • Patent number: 8855283
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques that provide enhanced wireline services at one or more known wireline locations. In some cases, these tools and techniques involve determining that a subscriber is at one or more of the known wireline locations based on a detected location of the subscriber's wireless device (e.g., wireless phone, portable computer, etc.). Once the subscriber's presence at that wireline location has been detected, enhanced services can be provided to a wireline telephone at that location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventor: Ashish Agarwal
  • Patent number: 8843116
    Abstract: At a mobile communications device, a communication is received from a communication source. An indication of an environment type associated with the communication source is obtained, and a check is made as to whether the indication of the environment type associated with the communication source matches a current environment type of the mobile communications device. An initial notification (and optionally a leave-behind notification) of the communication is presented only if the indication of the environment type associated with the communication source matches the current environment type of the mobile communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Donna K. Flynn, Tracey N. Lovejoy, Michael C. Medlock
  • Patent number: 8838072
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing a mobile personal assistant are provided. The method includes receiving a telephone call at a mobile terminal, determining whether a user of the mobile terminal is available to take the call based on a current context of the mobile terminal; and when the user of the mobile terminal is not available to take the call, handling the call by a mobile personal assistant on behalf of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Parvinder Sawhney, Peter King, Hyoung Wook Ham, Luyi Wang
  • Patent number: 8831186
    Abstract: A method for retrieving information may include receiving a telephone call from a caller and identifying a telephone number from which the telephone call was made. The method may also include retrieving information from a database based on the identified telephone number. The method may further include providing an audible message to the caller to verify whether the retrieved information is correct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Paul T. Schultz, Robert A. Sartini
  • Publication number: 20140192965
    Abstract: A method uses telephone number lists and a telephone exchange server to enable the blocking of illegal robocalls (prerecorded messages) and to enable the legal ones to proceed free of impediment. The method includes steps of providing a server computer; receiving at the server computer a first telephone number of a first telephone monitored by a first recipient; receiving permission from the first recipient to permit sending a telephone call to the first telephone when the telephone call originates from a second telephone number; storing the first telephone number and the second telephone number; intercepting a call to the first telephone number; determining an originating telephone number for a device making the intercepted call; and comparing the originating telephone number to the telephone number list and if the originating telephone number is in the telephone number list, then the server computer enabling the call to ring at the first telephone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: John Almeida
  • Patent number: 8767953
    Abstract: A system and method of generating at least two distinctive auditory alerts upon receiving a transmission or telephone call at a device is described. Data indicative of a first plurality of sounds corresponding to a user of a device configured to receive the transmission or telephone call is accessed, such as from a memory. The first plurality of sounds is played at the device so as to identify a received transmission or telephone call being directed to the user. A telephone number, subscriber name or identifier associated with a transmitting or calling party of the transmission or telephone call is accessed. Data indicative of a second plurality of sounds designating the transmitting or calling party based on the subscriber name, telephone number or identifier is retrieved, such as from a data structure, and the second plurality of sounds is played at the device so as to identify the transmitting or calling party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Somatek
    Inventor: Fitchmun I. Mark
  • Patent number: 8769702
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter is directed to the use of an application reputation service to assist users with minimizing their computerized machines' exposure to infection from malware. The claimed subject matter provides an application reputation service that contains the reputations for elements that are known to be non-malicious as well as those known to be malicious. One embodiment is implemented as a method to determine the reputation of an element (e.g., an application). When a user attempts to install or execute a new application, the Application Reputation Service is queried by the user's machine with a set of identities for the element. The reputation of the application is determined by referencing a knowledge base of known reputations and returns an indication (e.g., an overall rating, or a flag) of how safe that application would be to install and run on the user's computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Micosoft Corporation
    Inventors: Geoff Hulten, Steve Rehfuss, Ron Franczyk, Christopher A. Meek, John Scarrow, Andrew Newman
  • Patent number: 8712033
    Abstract: A system and method may include receiving an invite message associated with a calling device over a data network, the invite message requesting establishment of a voice over data communication session, and presenting a plurality of call rejection options, each of the plurality of call rejection options being associated with separate call rejection messages. The system and method may further include determining which one of the plurality of call rejection options is selected, where the plurality of call rejection options permit a called party to intelligently reject a voice over data communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Basavaraju Ganganna
  • Patent number: 8706092
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enabling users to listen to outgoing voice mail messages are provided. These systems and methods record an audio file corresponding to a voice message being left by a user during an outgoing telephone call to a recipient, link the audio file to contact information associated with the recipient, and provide the user access to the audio file through, for example, playback of the audio included in the file. These systems and methods may be implemented through individual communications devices, such as an iPhone, through a telephone communications provider, or a combination of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Michael M. Lee
  • Patent number: 8693643
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods and computer-readable storage media for integrating visual voicemail within a threaded communication environment are presented herein. A method can include: displaying, via an interface, a thread of messaging content; receiving a visual voicemail; and integrating a display of the visual voicemail within the thread of messaging content. The method can further include generating sound based on a communication included in the visual voicemail, in response to receiving an input via the interface. Further, the method can include integrating the display of the visual voicemail within a multi-modal conversation thread. Furthermore, the thread of messaging can be included in an instant messaging window including SMS and/or MMS messages. Moreover, the display of the visual voicemail can be embedded within a social media based interface. The method can further include receiving a transcription of the visual voicemail; and displaying the transcription within the thread of messaging content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Mikan, Cheryl Lockett, Justin McNamara, Simon Richardson, Marco Schneider
  • Patent number: 8676588
    Abstract: Streaming voice signals, such as might be received at a contact center or similar operation, are analyzed to detect the occurrence of one or more unprompted, predetermined utterances. The predetermined utterances preferably constitute a vocabulary of words and/or phrases having particular meaning within the context in which they are uttered. Detection of one or more of the predetermined utterances during a call causes a determination of response-determinative significance of the detected utterance(s). Based on the response-determinative significance of the detected utterance(s), a responsive action may be further determined. Additionally, long term storage of the call corresponding to the detected utterance may also be initiated. Conversely, calls in which no predetermined utterances are detected may be deleted from short term storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Thomas J. Ryan, Biji K. Janan
  • Patent number: 8625749
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is described to process an incoming telephone call. The method may comprise, at a recipient telephone system, receiving the incoming call including speech and identifying when a Do-Not-Disturb option is set. The Do-Not-Disturb option may identify that a user has requested not to receive telephone calls. Content analysis may be performed to identify content of the speech and a reference database may be interrogated based on the content to identify an associated rule. Thereafter, the Do-Not-Disturb option may be selectively overridden based on the associated rule. The content analysis may comprise performing speech recognition on the speech to obtain a reference word/phrase and interrogating the reference database with the word/phrase to identify the associated rule. A method of configuring a Do-Not-Disturb option in a telephone system is also described that allows a user to define reference words and associated rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Mukul Jain, Shmuel Shaffer, Alan D. Gatzke, Labhesh Patel
  • Patent number: 8600417
    Abstract: An apparatus, a method, and a computer program are disclosed. According to one example the apparatus may be configured to receive via the receiver a message from a mobile device to connect with an agent. The apparatus may also be configured to determine and select an available agent via the processor in order for the mobile device to communicate with the available agent, and transmit via the transmitter an agent availability message to the mobile device, wherein the agent availability message requires an acknowledgement from the mobile device prior to connecting the mobile device with the available agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Michael T. Mateer, James K. Boutcher, Jesse Andersen
  • Patent number: 8600006
    Abstract: The present invention moves service control, including call control, for a user element from any number of subsystems to a multimedia subsystem (MS). Call control for originating or terminating a call in any subsystem as well as transferring the call between user elements is anchored at a continuity control function (CCF) in the MS. A call may be transferred by the CCF from a first user element to a second user element in the same or different subsystems upon receiving a request from the second user element. A user may invoke a transfer from the first user element to the second user element by having the second user element send an appropriate request to the CCF. The request may be provided to the CCF by initiating a call from the second user element that is intended for the CCF, when the call with the first user element is active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Genband US LLC
    Inventors: Cristian Constantinof, Dany Sylvain
  • Patent number: 8553851
    Abstract: A software solution to recording IP based communications that is highly scalable and reliable. Recordings can be configured to occur automatically or be triggered on-demand by a user that has been given the rights to do so. The user initiating the on-demand recording need not be a participant on the call. The solution is based on two server components: a call manager and a media server. The call manager is responsible for re-routing the IP media stream between two endpoints via the media server. The media server relays the IP media packets while capturing a copy that is stored as the recording. The recordings are stored on a network share and secured using standard network file security mechanisms. Access to playback recordings requires rights that are configured via the administrator. Playback of the recordings can be accomplished via the phone, client application or web service. Each playback interface offers a listing of recordings that the user has rights to access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Sphere Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Weir, Randy Vyskocil, Bhama Rao, Steven Greco, John Blasko
  • Patent number: 8537976
    Abstract: A system and method for handling telephone call interruptions from a common telephone number or common user that provides the user with intelligent options to efficiently manage the interruption. The system is particularly efficient in handling interruptions that involve voicemail messages. The system identifies matches of outgoing calls to and incoming calls from common numbers and/or users and presents various options to the user to handle the call. These options include allowing the user to cancel or delete voicemail messages that are in progress while simultaneously accepting the incoming call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sheena Lewis, Kenya Freeman Oduor, Philippa Mignon Rhodes, Ellen J. Yoffa
  • Patent number: 8538000
    Abstract: The subject matter described herein includes methods, systems, and computer program products for performing message deposit transaction screening. One method includes receiving a call setup signaling message for a call for which a message deposit transaction is indicated and determining a message deposit transaction parameter associated with the message deposit transaction based on the signaling message. At least one message deposit transaction screening criterion is determined for the message deposit transaction based on the at least one message deposit transaction parameter. A message deposit transaction screening action is performed based on application of the screening criterion to the message deposit transaction parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Tekelec, Inc.
    Inventors: Apirux Bantukul, Peter J. Marsico
  • Patent number: 8503620
    Abstract: A communication method includes the steps of receiving a call from a caller for connection to a subscriber, attempting a connection to the subscriber and retrieving a media file associated with the subscriber. The media file is played to the caller during a ring-back period of the attempted connection, playing of the media file to the caller is charged to the provider of the media file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Grape Technology Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Faith McGary
  • Patent number: 8416926
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an audio representation of a name includes providing a list of a plurality of users of a network and respective presence information regarding each of the plurality of users; receiving a request from an endpoint to receive an audio representation of a name of a particular user of the plurality of users, and providing the audio representation to the endpoint. Moreover, the audio representation of the name at least generally approximates a pronunciation of the name as pronounced by the particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Tim Fujita-Yuhas
  • Patent number: 8384756
    Abstract: A method of responding to an incoming call includes receiving the incoming call from a caller. The incoming call includes caller ID information having image data associated with the caller included therein. The image data is displayed on a video telephony device display while audibly announcing receipt of the incoming call. A communication session is established with the caller by presenting a pre-recorded announcement to the caller. In response to the pre-recorded announcement, a message from the caller is received and recorded. The message is rendered while it is being recorded only if a user-selectable mute setting option has not been activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: General Instrument Corporation
    Inventor: Glen P. Goffin, II
  • Patent number: 8369490
    Abstract: A circuit for a telephone such as a mobile radiotelephone. The circuit has a memory for storing phonebook items and for storing group attributes associated with phonebook items, a connection to a radiotelephone receiver for receiving telephone calls and calling party identifications, and a controller for selecting the disposition of received calls. An operating mode is selected (45) from a plurality of operating modes, e.g. “Personal”, “emergency”, “personal-plus-emergency”, “all calls”, “no calls”, etc. A received calling party identification is compared (42) with a phonebook item, and a disposition for a received call (46, 47, 48, 49) is selected dependent on a group attribute for that phonebook item and a present operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Julie Stuart
  • Publication number: 20130003942
    Abstract: Agencies issue multiple devices to personnel for maintaining distinct identities over the course of assigned investigations. To provide flexible capabilities to agencies, a phone is converted for use with multiple attached telephone numbers. Accordingly, a single phone may be used to manage multiple identities over the course of one or more investigations. Using a multiple attached number, a given device can place and receive calls over the network to and from contacts. In addition to providing multiple attached numbers, calls using the multiple attached numbers may be monitored live and recorded to establish evidence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: CALLYO 2009 CORP.
    Inventor: Christopher Ryan Bennett
  • Patent number: 8341533
    Abstract: Tools and techniques are described for storage and expedited retrieval of messages and responses in multi-tasking environments. Methods provided by these tools may establish active communications with a first contact, and then received indications of secondary communications involving a second contact. These methods may then present user interfaces (UIs) that include representations of at least the secondary communications. Through the UIs, the methods may receive a selection of one of the secondary communications for an expedited response, and may receive input from the user that provides the expedited response to the secondary communication, while maintaining the active communication in an active state. These methods may provide the expedited response to the secondary communication, based upon the input received from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Wyman, Frank Fitzlaff, Jonathan Howe, Serhiy Serbin
  • Patent number: 8270580
    Abstract: An interactive voice advertisement exchange presents an interactive voice advertisement to a user of a voice network who is placed on hold. After the user sends a signal response from a user device to a receiving system and is placed on hold, the hold time and a parameter associated with the signal response are received from the receiving system. Using the hold time and the parameter, an interactive voice advertisement is selected from one or more interactive voice advertisements sent by advertisers. The selected interactive voice advertisement includes a voice message and an application that dictates how the user can interact with the voice message. The voice message and the application of the selected voice interactive voice advertisement are sent to the receiving system. The receiving system sends the voice message to the user device and executes the application during a portion of the hold time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Arungunram C. Surendran
  • Patent number: 8265238
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes identifying a call from a first endpoint to a second endpoint as originating while the second endpoint is connected to a voice mailbox associated with the first endpoint. The method also includes triggering one or more call-handling events in response to the identification of the call as originating while the second communication device is connected to the voice mailbox associated with the first communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Lee, Fadi R. Jabbour, Eric H. Lee, Johnny H. Lee
  • Patent number: 8265077
    Abstract: A system, method, and gateway in a telecommunication network for providing intercepted Content of Communications (CC) information from an Intercepting Control Element (ICE) to a Law Enforcement Monitoring Facility (LEMF). The system splits the intercepted CC information into CC control and CC payload information. A control point receives the control information and controls the gateway in accordance with the control information. The gateway receives the payload information and routes it to the LEMF over a payload Handover Interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Amedeo Imbimbo, Enrico De Luca
  • Patent number: 8223930
    Abstract: A method, system, and medium related to workgroup voicemail. The method may include receiving a workgroup voicemail for a call placed to a callable workgroup; providing a workgroup message waiting signal to a communication device associated with a member of the callable workgroup; and displaying a workgroup message waiting indication at the communication device associated with the callable workgroup member in response to the workgroup message waiting signal, the workgroup message waiting indication being distinct from a personal message waiting indication associated with the callable workgroup member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Enterprise Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Nidhi Narang, Suneetha Tirumalai
  • Patent number: 8208413
    Abstract: Provided is a method for multiple-termination routing in a wireless network environment that includes an Internet Protocol (“IP”) core. The method includes receiving a call delivery request. The call delivery request is based upon intelligent network protocols and includes a called number. The call features associated with the called number are retrieved, a determination is made whether the call features include multiple-termination routing information for a plurality of potential terminating devices, wherein at least one termination to be routed utilizes Session Initiation Protocol. When the call features include the multiple-termination routing information, call setups are initiated to each of the plurality of potential terminating devices. Upon detecting a first potential terminating device to complete one of the plurality of initiated call setups, any remaining initiated call setup or setups are released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Rockstar Bidco, LP
    Inventors: Marvin Bienn, Jayshree A. Bharatia, Gary B. Stephens
  • Patent number: 8184782
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for processing voice calls. One exemplary embodiment of the present invention is a call recording method for allowing a subscriber to selectively record a call made to the subscriber from callers. The method includes receiving a call at an enhanced service platform from a caller using a telephone number associated with the subscriber. Included is accessing a database associated with the subscriber to determine recording preference and call destination preference. Also included is routing the call based on the call destination preference wherein the enhanced service platform records call voice content in the subscriber data storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Healthsense, Inc.
    Inventors: Danny James Vatland, Dean S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8180024
    Abstract: In the present invention, a caller is presented with the state of the call as detected by the network, along with a number of potential options, such as: request sequential or parallel call notification to one or more other stations; end the call but leave a voicemail for the caller even if the called party does not subscribe to voicemail; end the call but leave a text message for the caller if the station is capable of receiving the text message; send a text or voice message as e-mail to the called party, if the called party permits such a service; request the network to leave a missed call notification along with a number to dial back; request to notify the caller when the original called party is idle or willing to accept a call; or any number of other options the service provider is capable of supporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Babu Mani
  • Patent number: 8175581
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for the selective notification of incoming electronic messages. In this regard, a selective message notification method can include selectively generating a notification for a received message based upon pre-determined criteria irrespective of how the received message is handled. The pre-determined criteria can include a manually specified criteria, a rules based criteria, or a profile based criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Niklas Heidloff, Oliver Kieselbach, Gregory R. Klouda, Michael R. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20120106717
    Abstract: For realizing priority policy processing with complex preference in color ring-back tone service, a system for preference processing of multimedia resources in color ring-back tone service is provided by the invention, which comprises: a multimedia color ring-back tone Customized Multimedia Ringing (CMR) Server, which determines the resources which need to be presented based on a priority policy and presents the resources; and a CMR User Interface Unit, which is connected to the CMR Server. A user inquires and sets a priority policy by the CMR User Interface Unit. Moreover, a method and an apparatus for preference processing of multimedia resources in color ring-back tone service are provided by the invention. By implementing the system, method and apparatus of the invention, a user can inquire and set a priority policy corresponding to complex preference, thus the system is enabled to determine the highest priority policy under specified conditions, so as to present preference resources set by users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Hao Dong, Zheng Huang
  • Patent number: 8149738
    Abstract: A PT (Push-To) service among SIP based session services, and particularly, a method and terminal for establishing a PT session in order to allow a certain user to use a PT box service under control of a PT server in a SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) based service, are discussed. According to an embodiment, the method of providing a Push-To (PT) box service, includes storing, in a PT server, PT box setting information of a terminal; receiving, by the PT server, a session invitation directed to the terminal; and determining, by the PT server, a routing of the session invitation to a PT box for the terminal based on at least the PT box setting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Kang-Suk Huh