Remote Control Over Telephone Line Patents (Class 379/74)
  • Patent number: 9865255
    Abstract: A speech recognition apparatus that controls one or more devices by using speech recognition, including: a speech obtainer that obtains speech information representing speech spoken by a user; a speech recognition processor that recognizes the speech information, obtained by the speech obtainer, as character information; and a recognition result determiner that determines, based on the character information recognized by the speech recognition processor, whether the speech is spoken to the device(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Kazuya Nomura
  • Patent number: 9100729
    Abstract: A method is specified for the handling of a telecommunications connection between at least two subscribers, wherein the telecommunications connection has a signalling Channel for transmission of a signalling stream and a payload Channel for the transmission of a payload stream, wherein frequency-coded Signals are transmitted in the payload stream, wherein at least one subscriber among the at least two subscribers is assigned to a network which has a switching device and a signal processing device provided separately from the switching device, and wherein the frequency-coded Signals are recognized in the signal processing device and are transmitted independently of the payload stream to the switching device. The invention also relates to a telecommunications arrangement, a switching device and a network coupling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Berthold Ermann, Norbert Schonfeld, Jurgen Schwartze
  • Patent number: 9084042
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing long playback of short recordings are disclosed. An example method includes recording audio for a time period that is less than a maximum recording time, receiving an indication that the audio is to be played back, playing the audio back for a duration corresponding to the time period, determining the audio is to be repeated, and responsive to determining that the audio is to be repeated, at the end of the time period duration, playing the audio back multiple times for a preset time or preset number of repetitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Elli&Nooli, LLC
    Inventors: Maya Shalev, Amos Shaham
  • Patent number: 8917842
    Abstract: A system and method of saving and delivering a voice memo or text memo to identify incoming calls is provided. A user of the system of the invention is given the option of recording a memo on the calls he or she has received through a prompt on a telecommunication device. The user can choose to record a voice memo or text memo after each call. The memos are saved in connection with caller id information pertaining to the number from which the call was placed. When a user of the system receives a call from a number that has a memo saved in relation thereto, the user will be prompted to hear, and may listen to, the voice memo before answering the call. If the memo is in text form, the user can configure the system to provide various processing options. In one processing option, a text to speech audio presentation of the text of the memo is made available to permit the message to be heard over a telephone or networked audio capable PDA device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: Mamoon Rashid, Sivakumaran Sanmugasuntharam, Anton Mendoza
  • Patent number: 8774375
    Abstract: A mobile telephone has radio-frequency connection to a cellular network, a speaker, a stored contact list including telephone numbers for the contacts, a DTMF tone generator coupled to the speaker, and coded intelligence executing from a non-transitory physical medium, enabling a user to select a contact, causing the DTMF tone generator to produce a DTM tone sequence associated with the contact's telephone number audibly over the speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Padmanabhan Mahalingam
  • 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: 8615072
    Abstract: A user-operated system for causing a land-line telephone to dial a destination includes a mobile telephony device having a speaker and an internal dual tone multiple frequency (DTMF) dialer, and a dialer extension integrated with a microphone on the land line telephone for capturing a DTMF telephone number sequence. A telephone number is selected on the mobile telephony device, which generates an audible DTMF for the telephone number over the speaker, and the DTMF is captured by the microphone, and the land-line telephone dials the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventor: Padmanabhan Mahalingam
  • Patent number: 8432981
    Abstract: Various techniques are provided to detect a state of a communication signal. In one example, a method of detecting a state of a signal includes receiving a differential communication signal comprising a positive portion and a complementary negative portion. The method also includes generating a common mode voltage signal from the positive portion and the negative portion of the communication signal. The method also includes rectifying the positive portion and the negative portion of the communication signal to provide a rectified signal. The method also includes comparing the common mode voltage, signal with the rectified signal. The method also includes generating a high frequency detect signal in response to the comparing. The method also includes determining whether the communication signal is in an idle state or a high frequency state based on the high frequency detect signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: SMSC Holdings S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Hongming An, Wei Fu, CongQing Xiong, James Ho
  • Patent number: 8422408
    Abstract: A device receives a request from an Internet Protocol (IP)-based device to create a virtual extension of a plain old telephone service (POTS)-based telephone line, authenticates the IP-based device for association with the POTS-based telephone line, and creates the virtual extension of the POTS-based telephone line to the IP-based device when the IP-based device is authenticated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Stober, Kiran Patel, Jyothival Shivan, Andrew Miller, Sutap Chatterjee, Khalid Ahmed
  • Patent number: 8358745
    Abstract: Recording identity data enables telecomm system to provide on-demand services such as Record-ON (RCD), index, bookmark, transcribe, translate and supplement the recording. Party identity uses sender metadata in telecomm data packets. At log-in the station assigns on-demand command (CMD) control tokens and control transfer tokens to each party based on the party's profile. One party has RCD-CMD enabled and, if both parties have a RCD-CMD Transfer Token, parties can transfer RCD-CMD to all. In the absence of RCD-CMD or Transfer, a party cannot activate On-Demand services nor accept control CMD tokens. A call table-database links sender metadata and CMD permissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Certicall, LLC
    Inventors: Albert Angel, Lesli Angel, Thilo Rusche, Aron Leibowich, Scott Snyder, Rica A. Leibowich, Arthur Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 8345844
    Abstract: A system and method of saving and delivering a voice memo or text memo to identify incoming calls is provided. A user of the system of the invention is given the option of recording a memo on the calls he or she has received through a prompt on a telecommunication device. The user can choose to record a voice memo or text memo after each call. The memos are saved in connection with caller id information pertaining to the number from which the call was placed. When a user of the system receives a call from a number that has a memo saved in relation thereto, the user will be prompted to hear, and may listen to, the voice memo before answering the call. If the memo is in text form, the user can configure the system to provide various processing options. In one processing option, a text to speech audio presentation of the text of the memo is made available to permit the message to be heard over a telephone or networked audio capable PDA device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Sivakumaran Sanmugasuntharam, Mamoon Rashid, Anton Mendoza
  • Patent number: 8325887
    Abstract: A method of and a communications system for providing a calling party (1) information (27) of a message (18) that is played to the calling party (1) in a communications system, when the calling party (1) calls (10) a called party (2) and the called party (2) is being alerted (13) of the call and/or after the called party has disconnected from the call. The information (27) is provided electronically on request (24) of the calling party (1). The calling party (1) may be prompted (28) to indicate (24) whether to receive the information (27). The prompt (28) may be provided while the message (18) is playing. The information (27) to be provided may include downloading of the message (18) or part thereof or content comparable with the message (18), such as an audio clip, a video clip or as a ring tone to be used by the calling party (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Rogier August Caspar Joseph Noldus, Jos den Hartog, Daniel Johannes Josephus Adriaan Akkermans
  • Patent number: 8222860
    Abstract: A power transmission control device included in a contactless power transmission system in which power is transmitted from a power transmission device to a power receiving device by electromagnetically coupling a primary coil and a secondary coil and the power is supplied to a load of the power receiving device, includes a controller controlling the power transmission control device, and a load condition detection circuit detecting a load condition on a power receiving side. The controller determines the load condition on the power receiving side based on threshold information received from the power receiving device and load condition detection information from the load condition detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Kamijo, Yoichiro Kondo, Kota Onishi, Masayuki Kamiyama, Nobutaka Shiozaki
  • Patent number: 8155276
    Abstract: An IVR session brokering service provides as one core mechanism, a pool of intelligent software agents residing on a cluster-able software services platform. These agents could be designed to act as stateful and customized interaction brokers for interacting automatically and semi-automatically with existing IVR systems. Customers and users would use this brokering service as an IVR normalization and aggregation mechanism for centralizing and personalizing their user experience with a full range of IVR systems that are of interest to them. The service could consume, operate on and transform voice and touchtone communication information that is transmitted between IVR systems and the end-user customers that are currently using those IVR systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Beauregard, Vivek Bhatnagar
  • Patent number: 7864930
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and computer-readable media for registering and retrieving contact information associated with a potential calling party. The registration method comprises receiving an originating address associated with the potential calling party, receiving contact information associated with the potential calling party and storing the originating address associated with the potential calling party in an originating address field of a record associated with the potential calling party and storing the contact information associated with the potential calling party in a contact information field of the record associated with the potential calling party. This increases the variety of contact information that can be left by the potential calling party, contributes to a greater efficiency with which the eventual called party may retrieve contact information associated with a voice mail message and also accelerates the process by which an actual calling party can leave contact information for the called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: BCE Inc.
    Inventors: David William Clark, Sean M. Murray, David Edward Johnston
  • Patent number: 7817790
    Abstract: A system and method of saving and delivering a voice memo or text memo to identify incoming calls is provided. A user of the system of the invention is given the option of recording a memo on the calls he or she has received through a prompt on a telecommunication device. The user can choose to record a voice memo or text memo after each call. The memos are saved in connection with caller id information pertaining to the number from which the call was placed. When a user of the system receives a call from a number that has a memo saved in relation thereto, the user will be prompted to hear, and may listen to, the voice memo before answering the call. If the memo is in text form, the user can configure the system to provide various processing options. In one processing option, a text to speech audio presentation of the text of the memo is made available to permit the message to be heard over a telephone or networked audio capable PDA device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventors: Sivakumaran Sanmugasuntharam, Mamoon Rashid, Anton Mendoza
  • Patent number: 7684383
    Abstract: A method and system for dynamic call type detection for circuit and packet-switched networks. A network endpoint, such as a gateway, will receive an incoming signal and make an examination of the signal to detect characteristics of the signal. Upon detection of a characteristic of the signal, the gateway will generate a data packet, identifying the characteristic, and send the packet to a receiving network endpoint. The initial gateway will continue to examine the incoming signal and continue to send packets identifying characteristics of the signal as more characteristics are detected. The receiving gateway may then begin reproducing the signal in part by generating a signal that has the characteristics as indicated by the data packets. Once the initial gateway no longer receives the incoming signal, and determines that an event has occurred, the gateway will send a packet to the receiving gateway to inform it of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: 3Com Corporation
    Inventors: Leland Otis Thompson, Michael G. Nicholas, Tejal S. Patel
  • Patent number: 7623633
    Abstract: A method of providing telecommunication service includes receiving a call for a called party from a calling party. The method also includes determining a presence status of the called party and communicating a greeting for the calling party, wherein the greeting identifies the presence status of the called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan D. Gatzke, Aaron J. Belcher
  • Patent number: 7570745
    Abstract: A telephone system having a message recording function includes a message receiving system that is connectable to a calling station to the telephone system through a telephone line and receives a message transmitted from the calling station through the telephone line, a message storage in which the message received by the message receiving system is stored, a message reproducing system that retrieves and outputs a message stored in the message storage. With this configuration, the message reproducing system reproduces the message with the telephone line being in the off-hook state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junji Hatamura
  • Patent number: 7523038
    Abstract: A voice controlled system includes a microphone for receiving voice commands and for converting each voice command to an electrical output; a filter system connected to receive the electrical outputs of the microphone and to produce for each voice command a first output corresponding to the high-frequency component of the voice command, and a second output corresponding to the low-frequency component of the voice command; and a processor for processing the first and second outputs of the filter system, and for outputting, for each voice command, a first electrical signal when the low-frequency component precedes the high-frequency component in the respective voice command, and a second electrical signal when the high-frequency component precedes the low-frequency component in the respective voice command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Inventor: Arie Ariav
  • Patent number: 7492876
    Abstract: A remote control terminal includes an input section which allows selection of predetermined services offered from an information provider managing the services, a transceiver for obtaining a service selected by the input section from the information provider, and displaying means for displaying the contents of the service obtained by the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Aruze Corp.
    Inventor: Jun Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 7437292
    Abstract: A system and method for a dialog system which provides for a user to carry on a dialog with dialog experts having different capabilities, during an existing dialog session. A terminal device may be connected to a special switching device, which, in dependence upon a communicated user statement, may provide the user with the optimal system statement from a multiplicity of system statements received from various dialog devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Deutsche Telekom AG
    Inventors: Stefan Feldes, Karlheinz Schuhmacher
  • Patent number: 7272213
    Abstract: A voicemail system includes a voicemail bookmarking procedure that permits users to bookmark voicemail messages during message playback. Upon receiving a bookmark request from a user, the procedure generates a bookmark pointer defining a starting point for subsequent playback of the message. The bookmark pointer can be based, in part, on a timing offset entered by the user while making the bookmark request. The timing offset value defines a user-selected playback starting point that occurs before the message time at which the bookmark request was made. The value of the timing offset can be user selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: Southwestern Bell Communications Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Laurie Ann Holtzberg
  • Patent number: 7218203
    Abstract: A motion activated, voice controlled reminder system, wherein a programmable device automatically reminds the intended receiver of a future event, without any extraordinary action on the part of the recipient, thus enabling the user to, via a telephone, leave a message on a recording unit, specifying a date for message delivery, wherein the message is stored in a microprocessor until the programmed date, whereupon when motion is detected by the motion detector, the microprocessor audibly announces the reminder message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Gene Williams
  • Patent number: 7190769
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling operation of a recording device with a telephone configured for orientation in a first state and a second state includes: (a) an information conveying section for conveying information from the telephone to a recording locus in the recording device; (b) an indicating section for receiving a monitor signal having a first value when the telephone is in the first state and having a second value when the telephone is in the second state; the indicating section employs a single fixed bias to generate a first indicating signal when the telephone is in the first state and to generate a second indicating signal when the telephone is in the second state; and (c) an engaging section; the engaging section responds to the first and second indicating signals to orient the recording device for recording the information or for not recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Radioshack Corporation
    Inventors: Ko Chuk, Tu Tian Tian
  • Patent number: 7102485
    Abstract: A motion activated, voice control communications device interactive with voice mail systems and electronic mail systems and effective as a stand-alone unit. In general, when a motion detector detects motion in the vicinity of the device, a microprocessor receives input therefrom to initiate a software command to check for messages. If messages are present, the device provides an audible report stating the number of messages waiting and provides a list of voice commands by which the user may initiate the next action, which may include review, erase or skip message or end session. The presently described communications device can be used in conjunction with voice messaging platforms or electronic messaging systems via a personal computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventor: Gene Williams
  • Patent number: 7065183
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling the transmitting power in a mobile radio system a corresponding mobile radio system is also provided. A signal emitted from a transmitter is received by a receiver via a transmission channel of the mobile radio system. The transmitted signal is evaluated and a power control information item is generated based on the result of the evaluation. The power control information item is then transmitted back to the transmitter for adjusting the transmitting power. In order to determine the power control information item, the time response of the transmission channel is estimated and the transmitting power needed in the future is deduced therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bernhard Raaf
  • Patent number: 7012995
    Abstract: A telephone system having a message recording function includes a message receiving system that is connectable to a calling station to the telephone system through a telephone line and receives a message transmitted from the calling station through the telephone line, a message storage in which the message received by the message receiving system is stored, a message reproducing system that retrieves and outputs a message stored in the message storage. With this configuration, the message reproducing system reproduces the message with the telephone line being in the off-hook state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Junji Hatamura
  • Patent number: 6879665
    Abstract: A method and apparatus in a computer for processing voice messages. A voice message is recorded. Responsive to recording of the voice message, an identifying string is automatically inserted into a text message identifying a presence of a voice message. Responsive to recording the voice message, the voice message is automatically appended to a text message to form an appended voice message. The text message is sent with the appended voice message. When a message is received, the text in the received message is parsed to see if an identifying string is present indicating that the received message is a voice message. Responsive to a determination that the received message is a voice message, a graphical user interface including controls for presenting the voice message is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John Andrew Cook, Jianming Dong, John Martin Mullaly, Craig Ardner Swearingen, Alan Richard Tannenbaum
  • Patent number: 6693994
    Abstract: A “master” telephony message system (TMS) application has been developed to allow an individual to access multiple message services (such as voice mail, telephone-accessed email, unified messaging, etc.) in succession without the need to repeatedly hang up and dial into each different system. The “master” application includes a database record of each TMS dial-in number and proceeds to dial the first number in sequence. The user then accesses the messages in a conventional manner, while the master application “listens” for a prompt from the user to disconnect from the first TMS account and dial in to the next TMS included in the user record. The application proceeds in sequence through each TMS included in the user record until each message system has been accessed or the user chooses to exit the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventor: Benjamin J. Stern
  • Patent number: 6658094
    Abstract: Voice/fax messages are stored in an intelligent network. A network server receives an incoming call from a subscriber and, if the incoming call contains a voice/fax message, a trigger device is used to call up a voice/fax storage service which stores the voice/fax message either on a voice/fax storage server or in a subscriber terminal of the called subscriber. The corresponding apparatus has a callback device which is driven when a given time period is exceeded or when the message has been retrieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Gero Offer
  • Patent number: 6625261
    Abstract: A voicemail system includes a voicemail bookmarking procedure that permits users to bookmark voicemail messages during message playback. Upon receiving a bookmark request from a user, the procedure generates a bookmark pointer defining a starting point for subsequent playback of the message. The bookmark pointer can be based, in part, on a timing offset value entered by the user while making the bookmark request. The timing offset value defines a user-selected playback starting point that occurs before the message time at which the bookmark request was made. The value of the timing offset can be user selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Southwestern Bell Communications Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Laurie Ann Holtzberg
  • Patent number: 6614887
    Abstract: A voice mail system employs caller-specific sub-mailboxes that are created within a voice mail account owner's mailbox so that a caller designates an access pincode for the sub-mailbox and then has access to the sub-mailbox for leaving messages, deleting messages, and re-ordering messages. Consequently, the voice mail systems achieve increased flexibility in accessing previous messages by one caller from multiple telephone locations, increased overall productivity of voice mail system users, the capability to allow a mailbox owner to prioritize the playing of recorded messages, and minimized connection time and battery consumption of portable, handheld devices accessing the voice mail system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Durga Prasad Satapathy, Fred S. Cook
  • Patent number: 6590964
    Abstract: An automatic answering telephone set which eliminates cumbersome operations when a user tries to listen to a recorded business message from a remote place. The automatic answering telephone set includes a termination detection section and a line interface to which a telephone line is connected commonly, a reception section connected to the line interface, a voice recording and reproduction section which provides an automatic answering telephone function, a control section formed from a microcomputer for controlling the entire automatic answering telephone set, an operation key section including several keys such as dial keys and connected to the control section, and a memory for storing a telephone number and other necessary information to be registered in advance in the automatic answering telephone set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuo Nire
  • Patent number: 6418198
    Abstract: A telephone answering apparatus for verification of the presence of a remote user includes a detector, and a controller operatively connected to the detector and to a timer, wherein the controller restarts the timer upon detection of a telephone signal from the remote user and terminates a telephone connection if the telephone signal is not detected within a set period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: 3Com Corporation
    Inventors: Milos Brablec, Abhay Vikram Munshi
  • Patent number: 6415020
    Abstract: In a communication system wherein a communication connection is established between a communication apparatus of a first subscriber and a communication apparatus of a second subscriber, a method of terminating the communication connection by a subscriber placed on hold comprises the steps of displaying to the on hold subscriber a prompt to leave a message; in response to selection of the prompt, recording the message left by the on hold subscriber; transmitting the message to the other subscriber; terminating the communication connection; and providing a visual indication to the other subscriber that the communication connection has been terminated by the on hold subscriber and that the on hold subscriber has sent a message. A method of signifying one of the subscriber's desire to return to a communication connection when the communication connection has been placed on hold is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Mitel Corporation
    Inventors: Deborah L. Pinard, Edward N. Bijman, Helen St. Amour
  • Patent number: 6370236
    Abstract: A telephone answering device (TAD) and a method of controlling such TAD. In one embodiment, the TAD includes: (1) an external interface couplable to a telephone line outbound from a site, (2) an internal interface couplable to a client telephone and (3) decode circuitry, associated with the internal interface, that interprets affirmative commands received from the client telephone to allow the client telephone to control the TAD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Agere Systems Guardian Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Cannon, Arupratan Gupta, James A. Johanson
  • Patent number: 6351522
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for providing delivery confirmation of message deliveries made in a telephone network. In a network of the present invention, subscriber-specific information is maintained to determine whether a subscriber has a message delivery service available that allows delivery of subscriber-specific messages. Upon delivery of confirmation of the availability of a subscriber message delivery service, a confirmation addressed to a subscriber is routed to the message delivery service on the basis of the subscriber-specific information. This and other aspects of the method of the present invention reduce extra network traffic that cannot be charged, and reduces the complications associated with other telephone network systems that require information to be provided by pushbutton dial to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Nokia Telecommunications Oy
    Inventor: Timo Vitikainen
  • Patent number: 6292543
    Abstract: A voice messaging system and method includes a receiver to receive information relating to an incoming telephone call and memory to store the information relating to the incoming call. A processor initiates an outgoing announcing message in response to the incoming call. A voice recorder records in the memory a voice message corresponding to the incoming call. A detector, is operatively associated with the processor, to detect a remote log-in such that the processor is remotely controlled to access a recorded voice message. An indicator visibly or audibly indicates an occurrence of the remote log-in. The processor permits a status of the voice message to be affected in memory while information relating to the voice message and/or information relating to the remote log-in which had affected the voice message is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Cannon, James A. Johanson, Richard Lawrence McDowell
  • Patent number: 6292545
    Abstract: A telephone answering apparatus for detecting the source of a telephone tone signal includes a signal detector for detecting the telephone tone signal, a memory storage device for storing a message, and a controller for stopping playback of the message in response to the telephone tone signal wherein the controller determines whether the telephone tone signal is present while playback of the message is stopped. A timer is operatively connected to the signal detector to designate a period of time for the signal detector to detect for the presence of the telephone tone signal while playback of the message is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: 3Com Corporation
    Inventors: Milos Brablec, Chavdar Ivanov
  • Patent number: 6038291
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, two lines are utilized to selectively forward calls based on caller ID data. Thus, according to one embodiment of the invention, a method of connecting a calling party to a called party includes the steps of a customer premise equipment (CPE) receiving an incoming call from the calling party on a first line, the CPE evaluating caller ID data associated with the incoming call, and the CPE placing an outgoing call to the called party on a second line based on the caller ID data. In another embodiment, a CPE includes a first line, a second line, and a calling unit adapted to place an outgoing call on the second line based on caller ID data associated with an incoming call received on the first line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Cannon, Paul Joseph Davis, James A. Johanson, Scott Wayne McLellan
  • Patent number: 5995595
    Abstract: A method of automatically sharing and transferring information between a Work at Work (WAW) ISDN telephone and a Work at Home (WAH) ISDN telephone. This information includes, calling line identifier delivery from the WAW telephone to the WAH telephone, facilitating subsequent transferring of the call to the WAH telephone if desired. Message waiting status is also shared, facilitating the coordination of message waiting lamps at both the WAW and WAH telephone. Information from one telephone to the other is carried transparently through the ISDN network as user-to-user information, calling party subaddress, D channel X.25 packet message, lower layer compatibility or a combination of these elements. The telephones automatically establish ISDN calls between themselves and swap information pertaining to the status of the companion telephones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Ameritech Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Michael Hickey, Robert John Laitman
  • Patent number: 5768344
    Abstract: A remote audio monitor for use with a telephone answering device connected to a common telephone line enables the screening of an incoming telephone call from a remote location with respect to the answering device. The remote audio monitor monitors the changing DC voltage levels of the telephone line following the ring signal and the answering of the incoming call, and activates when the answering device has generated a beep tone on the telephone line to indicate recording of an incoming message. Upon the proper sequence of the desired events, the remote audio monitor activates a loudspeaker and broadcasts the received message in real time at a location remote from the answering device. More than one remote audio monitor can be connected to the telephone line to provide simultaneous independent monitoring from various remote locations with respect to the answering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Richard Leifer
    Inventors: Frederick M. Kruger, Richard Leifer
  • Patent number: 5757643
    Abstract: A remote management system where data detected by a sensor for detecting a condition of a machine is input from an input port of an interface unit of a control unit such as a microcomputer, and the interface unit is connected via a data transmission controller over a communication line with a central control apparatus which manages a machine like a washing machine from remote, and further the detected data is transmitted from the interface unit to the central control apparatus though the control unit is inapplicable to communication, while the interface unit passes the detected data of the sensor without processing and outputs the detected data to the control unit by means of setting the state of an output port thereof same as that of the input port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyomitsu Kuroda, Ichiro Fukuoka, Akira Takenaka
  • Patent number: 5751760
    Abstract: A remotely accessible telephone control system for connection to a telephone network and method of handling telephonic communications. The system includes a detector for detecting signals on received via the network. A signal generator is responsive to control signals to produce predetermined signals and apply the signals to the network. A memory is provided for storing data and a central processing unit is programmed for monitoring signals detected by the detector, accessing the memory and producing and applying predetermined control signals to the signal generator. The central processing unit also answers an incoming call to the system and transmits a prompt to the caller, and also senses for transmission of an access code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Aspect Telecommunications Corporation
    Inventors: Robert M. Fuller, Frederick A. Epler, Maxwell E. Manowski
  • Patent number: 5671268
    Abstract: A telephone answering machine includes at least two tapes, the first of which records a subscriber's outgoing universal message (OGM) to all callers. A second of the two tapes records incoming messages from callers. A control device detects a tone code defined by, and entered by, a caller in conjunction with recording one of the messages as a message from the caller. The second tape is rewound and plays back the recorded caller's message to the subscriber. The subscriber can then re-enter the same code and record a response to the recorded caller's message on the first tape. The control device detects the code being re-entered by the caller if the caller has called again, in search of the response recorded by the subscriber, which corresponds to the re-entered code. The control device further searches for the re-entered code on the first tape in conjunction with the response recorded by the subscriber in response to the caller having re-entered the code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: France Telecom
    Inventor: Jean-Luc Flipeaux
  • Patent number: 5633917
    Abstract: A controller circuit enables remote control of conventional answering machines from any telephone coupled to the same telephone line to which the answering machine is coupled, and within the same dwelling (such a telephone herein sometimes called a "local remote-control" telephone). The controller in a first mode of operation is transparent to the answering machine and to the normal operation of the local remote-control telephone. When activated by a DTMF security code transmitted from the local remote-control telephone, the controller enters a second (local remote-control) mode of operation which causes the answering machine to pick up the line as if answering a call. DTMF signals transmitted by the local remote-control telephone are coupled by the controller to the answering machine for enabling remote control operation of the machine (e.g., to retrieve recorded messages).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Inventor: Laurence S. Rogers
  • Patent number: 5579377
    Abstract: A controller circuit enables remote control of conventional answering machines from any DTMF-capable telephone coupled to the same telephone line to which the answering machine is coupled, and within the same dwelling (such a telephone is referred to as a "local remote-control" telephone). The controller is coupled between the answering machine and the telephone line, and in a first mode of operation is transparent to the answering machine. When activated by a DTMF security code transmitted from a local remote-control telephone, the controller enters a second (local remote-control) mode of operation. The controller in this second mode causes the answering machine to pick up the line as if answering a call. DTMF signals transmitted by the local remote-control telephone are coupled by the controller to the answering machine for enabling remote control of the machine (e.g., to retrieve recorded messages).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Inventor: Laurence S. Rogers
  • Patent number: 5555289
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to provide a means for indicating an incoming message recording mode of a telephone answering device, such as a fixed or variable mode, by means of a distinguishable audible signal, which is outputted to speaker 9 or telephone line L1,L2 via output port O-6, on the following occasions: when one of the mode keys of console 2 is manually operated; when the telephone answering device is set to automatic answer mode by the "AUTO" key operation; and when a predetermined signal entered remotely is received through telephone line L1,L2, line transformer, amplifier 12 and tone decoder 13. Such a predetermined signal is also used to switch the recording mode by remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: Hashimoto Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 5550900
    Abstract: A telephone message system overcomes the problems and limitations of presently available systems that seek to enhance inter-and intra-premises communications. The system comprises a controller unit with Caller ID capabilities and one or more adjunct units that are all bridged onto a single wire-pair at a user's residential location in a parallel electrical connection. For facilitating a message routing capability, a mailbox of groups of telephone numbers are associated with a particular party at the residence. These telephone numbers are preprogrammed into the controller unit so that upon receipt of an incoming call from one of these telephone numbers, identified through caller ID, the incoming call is associated with the particular called party and the controller unit routes the incoming call directly to the called party's mail box where the calling party is able to leave a message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Myra L. Ensor, Anthony J. Grewe, Howard M. Singer