Reproduced Signal Distributed Over Telephone Line Patents (Class 379/87)
  • Patent number: 10484316
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a system for facilitating the creation of playlists of media files including a database configured to store a plurality of playlists therein, each playlist including one or more media files, and each playlist and media file being identifiable by one or more identifiers; a search engine being operatively configured to search and locate one or more media files of a selected playlist, wherein the selected playlist can be selected from a list including playlists and media files identified based on the one or more identifiers, and one or more playlists including a selected media file, wherein the selected media file can be selected from a list of media files and playlists identified based on the one or more identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: S Wave Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Karl William Richter, David James Grinton, Iain Dooley, Campbell McGuiness
  • Patent number: 10389781
    Abstract: An operation method of an electronic device is provided. The method includes acquiring a media contents sharing list which includes media contents retained by the electronic device and media contents retained by at least one other electronic device communicating with the electronic device, and transmitting the first media contents to the at least one other electronic device based on playback of first media contents retained by the electronic device within the media contents sharing list, and receiving the second media contents from the at least one other electronic device and outputting the received second media contents based on playback of second media contents retained by the at least one other electronic device within the media contents sharing list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Hee Yoo, Jong-Cheol Seol, Hyun-Geun Kim, Sung-Jae Park, Woo-Jin Park, Min-Suk Choi
  • Patent number: 10193938
    Abstract: A network node, during setup of a communication session between a calling party and at least a called party, receives a first provisional response message from a first device comprising first session description protocol (SDP) data; and forwards it on to a calling party device associated with the calling party, the forwarded first provisional response message comprising at least a part of the first SDP data. The network node receives a second provisional response message comprising second SDP data from a second device. Responsive to receipt of the second provisional response message, the network node transmits, during communication session setup, a message to the calling party device which offers to update the SDP data; removes the second SDP data from the second provisional response message; and transmits the second provisional response message from which the second SDP data has been removed to the calling party device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Metaswitch Networks Ltd.
    Inventors: Salem Al-Damluji, Phillip James Springett
  • Patent number: 10028117
    Abstract: There is provided a computer implemented method for distribution and installation of a content item on mobile devices, the method executed by a first mobile device, the method comprising: receiving from a server over a cellular communication channel, instructions for automatic installation of the content item, wherein the content item is stored by the server, transmitting to at least one second mobile device, a query to determine whether the at least one second mobile device has installed thereon the content item, establishing a non-cellular communication channel with a group of the at least one second mobile devices that have the content item installed thereon, receiving over the non-cellular communication channel, the content item from at least one member of the group of the at least one second mobile devices, automatically installing the content item according to the instructions, and presenting an indication of the automatically installed content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Digital Turbine, Inc.
    Inventors: Lior Ben Haim, Moni Haimovich
  • Patent number: 9881326
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing a lifestyle companion system are provided. The lifestyle companion system can provide a platform to conduct a user interview. Based on the user interview responses, the system can suggest activities, references, and/or plug-in modules. During performance of activities, the system can provide audio and/or visual cues related to the activities and collect data indicative of the user's performance. Based on the collected data, the system can dynamically adapt the user's goals and/or activities the user is performing or will perform. In some embodiments of the present invention, the lifestyle companion system of the present invention can be applied to fitness, nutrition, and/or medical modules. The system also can be used to facilitate synchronous group activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Glenn G. Gilley, Sarah A. Brody, Randall H. Ubillos, Mihnea C. Pacurariu, Jesse L. Dorogusker, Robert E. Borchers, Donald Ginsburg
  • Patent number: 8953752
    Abstract: The invention features a computer-implemented method for playing back an announcement message to a user device. The method includes initiating, by a computing device, an announcement session in response to a user device establishing communication with the computing device and determining, by the computing device, the announcement message to be played back to the user device. The method includes loading, by the computing device, into a queue associated with the announcement session, a descriptor referencing a memory buffer on the computing device. The memory buffer includes a plurality of memory partitions, each memory partition storing at least one portion of the announcement message encoded at a different rate. The method includes the computing device scheduling play back of the announcement message, playing the announcement message to the user device at a first rate and receiving a request from the user device for playback at a second rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sonus Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Shiping Li, John A. Perreault, Xiang Yu
  • Patent number: 8942360
    Abstract: Methods and computer-readable media provide presenting a customized message to an incoming calling party and for allowing the calling party to save or forward the customized message. A called party submits a customized message to an intelligent network component of her telecommunications service provider along with identifiers for specified incoming callers who are to receive the customized message upon calling the called party. After the customized message is prepared, incoming callers who have been associated with the customized message are presented with the customized message before being connected to the called party. If the incoming call is not from a telephone directory number associated with the customized message, the incoming call is processed according to normal call processing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Linda A. Roberts, Carl Bedingfield
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140169536
    Abstract: A system and method for integrating telephone audio into an electronic meeting archive is described. A plurality of telephony signaling messages are received and converted into an electronic meeting application format. The meeting or conferencing system generates metadata from any one or more of the telephony signaling messages, electronic information presented during an electronic meeting, or the like, where the metadata is associated with a particular meeting event time. The metadata, stored in a meeting metadata file, is synchronized with the telephone audio and the electronic information that was stored in the electronic meeting archive using a meeting start time and the meeting event times. The telephone audio may then be replayed responsive to and synchronized with the information obtained from the metadata.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Macromedia, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Pegg, Srinivas Manapragada, Bhanu Sharma
  • 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: 8718238
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and a system for implementing an MRBT service, comprising: Step S102, a calling terminal initiates a call to a called terminal which has registered a multimedia MRBT service, and triggers an MRBT service module of the MRBT Application Server according to service template information subscribed in a Home Subscriber Server by the called terminal; Step S104, the MRBT service module calls the called terminal through an IMS network, and performs query on an MRBT platform according to the call related information to obtain the MRBT information to be played for the calling terminal; and Step S106, the calling terminal performs negotiation with the MRBT platform and performs negotiation with the called terminal, and the MRBT platform plays the MRBT information inquired by the MRBT service module according to the call related information to the calling terminal on condition that the negotiations are successful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Ming Li, Fuxing Zhou, Zheng Huang
  • 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: 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: 8682397
    Abstract: The caller's device which displays a list of multiple sound data and the sound data selected from the list is output from the caller's device as ringback tone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Iwao Fujisaki
  • 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: 8548154
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a ringtone uploading service method and system used in color ring back tone (CRBT) service. The present invention is that when a ringtone system successfully uploads a ringtone to at least one but not all ringtone servers, it records ringtone uploading information, sends a message about the successful uploading of the ringtone to an uploading terminal, and re-uploads the ringtone to the ringtone servers to which the ringtone has not been successfully uploaded. The ringtone uploading solution proposed in the present invention will greatly improve the success rate of ringtone uploading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Meixia Liu, Xiaopeng Wei
  • Patent number: 8478249
    Abstract: A communication device initiates a telephone call to a called party by dialing a telephone number, detects whether the communication device receives a ringback tone from the called party, displays a variety of application icons for users to make a section if the communication device receives a ringback tone from the called party, and runs a selected application. A related method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qiang You
  • Patent number: 8467501
    Abstract: A method of playing a personalized clip offers a choice between a clip played locally by a device associated with a terminal of a calling party and a clip played remotely by a device associated with a terminal of a called party when the calling party's terminal is put on hold by the called party's terminal. It includes a step of interrogating the first terminal to determine if the clip must be played locally in the network to which the first terminal belongs or if the clip must be played remotely in the network to which the second terminal belongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Jacques Litteaut, St├ęphane Coulon
  • Patent number: 8379824
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide a network-based caller identification (CID) service in a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) network are disclosed. An example method comprises receiving a session initiation protocol (SIP) communication session initiation request message comprising an early-media indicator, disabling a ringtone generator, sending a SIP ringing message containing a session descriptor in response to the early-media indicator, receiving a ringtone based on the session descriptor, and presenting the ringtone to alert a user of a requested communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: James Jackson, Mehrad Yasrebi
  • Patent number: 8363796
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems for selecting IVR script and initiating that IVR script are provided. More specifically, playback of an IVR script to a user of a client endpoint can be initiated by an agent at a content sharing endpoint selecting, dragging, and dropping a representation of that IVR script onto a representation of the voice communication session. After initiation of the IVR script, the agent can drop off of the call, leaving the IVR system to interact with the client endpoint without requiring further agent involvement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Ashutosh Adkar, Amey Kulkarni, Paul Roller Michaelis, Anand Paithankar
  • Patent number: 8358746
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems for sharing content as part of a voice telephony session are provided. More specifically, content can be added to a voice communication session by selecting, dragging, and dropping a representation of that content onto a representation of the voice communication session. Where the selected content comprises an audio file, that content is played over the voice communication channel. Where the selected content comprises text, the text is converted to speech, and then played over the voice communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Ashutosh Adkar, Amey Kulkarni, Anand Paithankar
  • Patent number: 8351585
    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: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lingyan Wu, Yuan Bao, Guojun Xu, Haoyu Wang, Shanyang Ke, Sichen Wang, Ruinan Sun
  • Patent number: 8325883
    Abstract: An approach is provided for selectively translating a communication session and associated media among different formats based on user sensory impairment, preferred communication format, device capability, and restrictive environmental conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Paul T. Schultz, Robert A. Sartini, Martin W. McKee, Kurt P. Haldeman
  • Patent number: 8320530
    Abstract: A method for realizing a multimedia call includes the following steps. A call request initiated by a calling terminal is received. An indication of the multimedia negotiation capability of the calling terminal is acquired, in which the indication of the multimedia negotiation capability identifies whether the terminal has the capability of supporting multiple multimedia negotiations or not. It is determined, according to the indication of the multimedia negotiation capability, whether the calling terminal has the capability of supporting multiple multimedia negotiations or not. A multimedia call connection is performed according to the multimedia negotiation capability of the calling terminal. It is determined, according to the factor whether the calling terminal has the capability of supporting multiple multimedia negotiations or not, how to perform the multimedia call connection, so as to flexibly realize the multimedia call connection accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sichen Wang, Hui Huang, Peng Wang
  • Patent number: 8315362
    Abstract: Systems and methods for voicemail avoidance are shown and described. The method can include issuing an invitation to an audio communications session to a first one of the end-points, receiving, in response to the invitation to a first one the end-points, an indication that the first end-point is available for the audio communication session and that the invitation to the first one of the end-points did not terminate with a voicemail service associated with the first one of the end-points, and issuing, in response to the indication, an invitation to join the audio communications session to a second one of the end-points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Citrix Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon Payne
  • Patent number: 8265233
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of providing an early media service based on a session initiation protocol (SIP), wherein early media of a multimedia form can be provided under SIP-based B2BUA mode operation. According to the present invention, in a case where early media are provided to an originating terminal when a call connection with a terminating terminal is established at the request of the originating terminal, the early media is provided in the form of multimedia data, such as text, image, moving image, flash animation and the like, as well as audio data, and thus users desires are fulfilled and users satisfactions are maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: SK Telecom Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wooyong Choi, Sung Kim, Sangyun Lee
  • Patent number: 8265246
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a device and method for implementing a Coloring Ring Back Tone (CRBT) service and a device for acquiring a CRBT file. The device for implementing a CRBT service includes a first receiving module adapted to receive CRBT access information, a channel management module adapted to acquire a real-time CRBT file according to the CRBT access information, and a playing module adapted to play the real-time CRBT file. The method for implementing a CRBT service includes acquiring a real-time CRBT file customized by a subscriber according to CRBT access information and playing the real-time CRBT file to a calling subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sifang Zhang
  • Patent number: 8259912
    Abstract: A programmable in-the-skin or intelligently connected message on hold delivery system is disclosed which comprises a message storage system and a processor for generating prompts which are transmitted to a control device. The prompts are received at the control device and allow an operator to select from a number of options in order to select, among other things, certain ones of the messages stored on said message storage system for playback, as well as the sequence in which said messages are to be played back. The message playback devices are each provided with one or more libraries of messages, and comprise at least one or more audio and/or visual advertising messages. Said system enables the user to start a pre-recorded audio or visual message at the beginning each time a caller is placed on hold in the telephone system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Info-Hold, Inc.
    Inventor: Joey C. Hazenfield
  • Publication number: 20120213340
    Abstract: The invention features a computer-implemented method for playing back an announcement message to a user device. The method includes initiating, by a computing device, an announcement session in response to a user device establishing communication with the computing device and determining, by the computing device, the announcement message to be played back to the user device. The method includes loading, by the computing device, into a queue associated with the announcement session, a descriptor referencing a memory buffer on the computing device. The memory buffer includes a plurality of memory partitions, each memory partition storing at least one portion of the announcement message encoded at a different rate. The method includes the computing device scheduling play back of the announcement message, playing the announcement message to the user device at a first rate and receiving a request from the user device for playback at a second rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Shiping Li, John A. Perreault, Xiang Yu
  • Patent number: 8229512
    Abstract: The method to output from the caller's device the ringback tone selected by the caller's device after the dialing process is implemented and prior to the call being answered by the callee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Iwao Fujisaki
  • Patent number: 8194829
    Abstract: When one party to an active call has momentarily stepped away from the call that has not been put on hold, the other party can record and leave a message for the party that stepped away, and then hang up. The call is monitored for return of the party that stepped away. When the returned party begins to speak, the message is immediately played to the returned party in response. In a conference, after a conferee who wishes to leave the conference, records a message and hangs up, the conference is monitored for either a break in the conversation or conversation directed to the party that left, and in response the message is played to the other conferees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Sreerupa Das, ShengXiang Gui, Ashis Maity, Michael J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8135114
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating an answer tone for a computing device with phone capabilities or a telephone is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Mspot, Inc.
    Inventors: Daren Tsui, Edwin Ho, Derek Lyon
  • Publication number: 20120045041
    Abstract: Ringback tone management devices, systems, and methods for supporting contacts across communication access systems are provided herein. Embodiments in the detailed description include ringback tone management devices, systems, and methods for contacts across a communication access system. As an example, the communication access system may be an enterprise access system. The embodiments provided herein allow a plurality of different client devices in the communication access system, each associated with a particular set of incoming caller identifiers, to receive a desired ringback tone. In this manner, as an example, a consistent ringback tone can be provided to the incoming caller for calls received from any of the incoming caller's communication devices based upon an incoming caller identifier. The communication access system may further include devices, systems, and methods for managing ringback tones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: AVAYA, INC.
    Inventors: Vijay Karani, Jatin Patel
  • Patent number: 8121280
    Abstract: An origination terminal initiates a call by providing a third party call control message in association with a traffic channel request. While the traffic channel is being established, the service node may initiate third party call control to initiate a call leg to the destination terminal on behalf of the origination terminal. As such, the destination call leg is initiated earlier. Since the destination call leg is initiated earlier, a corresponding ringback message indicating that a call is being presented to the called party is provided to the origination terminal sooner. When the ringback message is received quickly, a corresponding ringback indication may be presented to the caller in less time than was previously possible. The process is made even more efficient by waiting until the ringback message is received from the destination terminal before providing the SDP information, or communication information, for the origination terminal to the destination terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Rockstar Bidco, LP
    Inventor: Brian Stucker
  • Patent number: 8102987
    Abstract: A method of adjusting music length to expected waiting time while a caller is on hold includes choosing one or more media selections based upon their play duration and matching the selection(s) to the expected waiting time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ciprian Agapi, Thomas E. Creamer, James R. Lewis, Vanessa V. Michelini, Wallace J. Sadowski, Clifford J. Strohofer
  • Patent number: 8094587
    Abstract: A system and method for recording and/or monitoring data by forwarding it, with or without analyzing or otherwise filtering the data itself are provided. According to embodiments of the invention, the system and method are operative over IP networks. According to an embodiment of the invention, there is provided a system and method for forwarding data according to at least one characteristic of the data, such as the session's metadata for example, without analyzing or otherwise filtering the data itself. According to another embodiment of the invention, before the data is forwarded to the recording device, pre-processing algorithms are performed according to a system preset or according to one or more rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Nice Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Eran Halbraich, Eytan Bar
  • Patent number: 8085906
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method, a system, and an apparatus for providing a sound source, which has been encoded by using an audio codec, as a ringback tone alternative having an improved quality by adaptively applying various audio codecs according to the service type so that, when a mobile communication terminal is provided with a ringback tone alternative by separately applying an audio codec and a voice codec to a ringback tone provision section and a voice communication section, respectively, it is unnecessary to individually and additionally change or modify a number of devices in a mobile communication network, but a specific device in an intelligent network controls other devices based on overall consideration of the ability of the mobile communication terminal, the type of the ringback tone alternative, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: SK Telecom Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seongsoo Park, Daesic Woo, Seongkeun Kim, Donghahk Lee
  • Patent number: 8085929
    Abstract: An approach is provided for providing custom ringback services. The approach includes prompting a user for content as part of a managed ringback service. The content is received from the user, and is set as a ringback. An identifier corresponding to the ringback is received from the user, wherein the identifier is associated with a caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Senthil Kumar Subramaniam
  • Patent number: 8081741
    Abstract: Methods and computer-readable media provide presenting a customized message to an incoming calling party and for allowing the calling party to save or forward the customized message. A called party desiring to leave a customized message for certain incoming calling parties submits a customized message to an intelligent network component of her telecommunications service provider along with identifiers for specified incoming callers who are to receive the customized message upon calling the called party. After the customized message is prepared, incoming callers who have been associated with the customized message are presented with the customized message before being connected to the called party. After an incoming caller receives the customized message, the calling party may store or send the customized message for later retrieval. If the incoming call is not from a telephone directory number associated with the customized message, the incoming call is processed according to normal call processing methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Linda A. Roberts, Carl Bedingfield
  • Patent number: 8077833
    Abstract: An embodiment of a method for providing a personalized greeting to a caller includes receiving an incoming call addressed to a first communication device from a caller using a second communication device, and determining a received caller identifier associated with the second communication device. The method further includes determining if the received caller identifier matches a pre-assigned caller identifier from a pre-assigned caller list. If the received caller identifier matches a pre-assigned caller identifier the method further includes playing an outgoing audio message associated with the pre-assigned caller identifier, recording an audio message from the caller, converting the audio message into a text message, and sending the text message to a user associated with the first communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Embarq Holdings Company, LLC
    Inventor: Amar Nath Ray
  • Publication number: 20110228914
    Abstract: A communication system comprising: a terminal having: an interface to a network, whereby the terminal can be connected to another party on a communication session; an output for outputting a communication stream received from another party on a communication session; and a source of play-out stream independent of a communication session; and a communication controller for managing a communication session terminated at the terminal, the communication controller being configured to: a) when it detects that the terminal has been placed on hold in a communication session, cause play-out stream from the source of play-out stream to be directed to the output; and b) when it detects that the terminal has been taken off hold in the communication session, cause communication stream from the communication session to be directed to the output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventors: Theo Peter Zourzouvillys, Derek MacDonald, Eric Rescorla
  • Patent number: 8005201
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a call protecting method for the coloring ring back tones in an intelligent network, wherein said intelligent network includes an intelligent network service control point (SCP), a service switch point (SSP) and an intelligent peripheral (IP). The method includes the following steps: an IP-state detecting module is added to the IP for detecting whether the IP is available; the IP-state detecting module sends a state-query request to the IP for checking whether the IP is available; if the IP returns a result of availability, the SCP will direct the SSP to connect the call to the IP; if IP returns a result of unavailability, or returns no IP-state detecting result on time, then the SCP will direct the SSP to connect to the called directly rather than to the IP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Dechun Kong
  • Patent number: 7995728
    Abstract: After a call with a called party ends, a caller is provided with prompts or messages which allow the caller to control ringback media content which is to be rendered when the caller calls the called party in the future. For example, the caller is provided with prompts by which they can select ringback content from content they already have purchased and apply it to the called party number. Alternatively, the caller is linked to a content provider where they can purchase additional content and have it applied to the called party number. Thus, the caller is able to exert control over ringback media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Geoff S. Martin, Jay S. Harmon, Baoquan Zhang, Jonathan R. Kindred
  • Publication number: 20110188492
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods of handling call control events are provided. An example method includes receiving, at an interpreter, information indicating a call control event associated with a call from a calling party to a called party. The calling party and/or the called party are subscribed to the social network. The example method also includes providing, from the interpreter, messaging information generated by an application server based on the call control event and information retrieved from the social network for the calling party and/or the called party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: DANIEL S. STOOPS
  • Patent number: 7933393
    Abstract: A system relays a call from a calling party to a called party and, upon termination of the call by the calling party, a post-call announcement is played to the called party. Attributes of either the calling party, the called party, or both are passed to a database. The database performs a look-up query based on the call attribute information. An announcement indication is transmitted from the database to an announcement frame indicating which post-call announcement, if any, is to be played to the called party. The announcement frame plays the particular post-call announcement, if any, to the called party when the calling party has disconnected from the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, LP
    Inventors: Paul Fellingham, Christopher P. Gilboy
  • Patent number: 7912198
    Abstract: A system for implementing multimedia ring back tone service is disclosed, which includes a communication network, an MRBT platform storing multimedia ring back tones in the communication network and a VIG. The MRBT platform is respectively connected to the Service Switch Center dominating the terminal and an MGW in the communication network through the VIG; when a calling terminal initiates a call through the Service Switch Center, the VIG establishes a communication link from the terminal to the MRBT platform through the MGW and the VIG before the call is put through; and MRBT platform plays multimedia ring back tones for the calling terminal via the established communication link. The present invention also provides a method for implementing multimedia ring back tone service is also disclosed. The system and the method can implement multimedia ring back tone service in 3G communication networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hui Zhang, Weirong Jin, Yihua Cheng
  • Patent number: 7903805
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for providing an enhanced call waiting announcement to a called party that is busy on a first call and receives a second call. Information provided by a second calling party is recorded and played back to the called party after the first call is over. The called party is not interrupted during the duration of the first call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Susanne Marie Crockett, Karen Jeanne Pelletier, Tricia Ehlers Henry, Roberto Carrion, Mary Louis Hardzinski, Thomas Joseph McBlain
  • Patent number: 7890749
    Abstract: A method is provided for establishing a telephone call between a trusted Internet Protocol (IP) telephone and an untrusted device. The method includes receiving a call initiation request from the untrusted device that indicates a desired communication with the trusted IP telephone. The method evaluates the call initiation request, and establishes a telecommunication link between the untrusted device and the trusted IP telephone in response to a positive evaluation of the call initiation request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Tighe, Ronald D. Higgins, Richard B. Platt, Robert T. Bell
  • Publication number: 20110019804
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer program products, and methods of doing business by selectably mixing one or more sound files with a telephone caller's voice message, either as background for that message or embedded within the message. Or, the mixing may occur within a telephone conversation between parties. The disclosed techniques enable alleviating some of the problems that result from distance communication (as contrasted to face-to-face communication). In particular, context information (such as emotional context) can be provided through appropriate use of background sound and/or embedded audio files. The disclosed techniques may also make communication through voice mail exchange more enjoyable and/or increase its productivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Renee M. Kovales, Edith H. Stern, Barry E. Willner