Indication Or Notification Of Message Patents (Class 379/88.12)
  • Patent number: 10845581
    Abstract: An optical apparatus includes a light source unit, at least one first light modulation element, an illumination optical system configured to illuminate the first light modulation element using light from the light source unit, and a relay optical system configured to make conjugate with each other a predetermined surface on an optical path between the light source unit and the first light modulation element, and a surface of the first light modulation element. The relay optical system includes, in order from the predetermined surface to the first light modulation element, a first reflection surface having a positive power, a second reflection surface having a negative power, and a third reflection surface having a positive power. The relay optical system satisfies a predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuuki Maeda
  • Patent number: 10841421
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating presence information that can include at a first server of a communication platform, receiving an authorization token of a first client application; verifying at least one permission associated with the authorization token; registering a presence status of the first client application upon verifying the at least one permission of the authorization token; at a second server of the communication platform, accepting an incoming communication request; retrieving communication instructions according to the incoming communication request; identifying an instruction to communicate with a communication destination of the first client application; accessing the presence status resource of the first client application; establishing communication with the first client application according to the accessed presence status resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Twilio Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Lawson, Evan Cooke, Robert J. Simutis, Patrick Malatack, Kyle Conroy
  • Patent number: 10783459
    Abstract: A method for providing ticket information is provided. The method includes: receiving a notification; determining whether the notification includes the ticket information; and if the notification includes the ticket information, providing the ticket information in a multimedia message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Dongya Jiang, Jiankai Zhao, Zhenhai Zhao
  • Patent number: 10750014
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for providing information with a voice message to a subscriber A in response to a receipt of call connection attempt in a terminal device of a subscriber B, the method includes: detecting the call connection attempt from the subscriber A in the terminal device of the subscriber B; generating a message including data carrying a dedicated voice message to the subscriber A; outputting the generated message to the subscriber A. Also disclosed is relates to a system implementing the method and a computer program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TELIA COMPANY AB
    Inventors: Juho Seppänen, Kari-Matti Puukangas
  • Patent number: 10728196
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method, device, system and storage medium for voice communication. The method includes acquiring a first operation instruction, the first operation instruction for instructing to acquire a supplementary voice content of a first voice message; acquiring the supplementary voice content of the first voice message according to the first operation instruction; generating a second voice message according to the supplementary voice content and a supplementary identification, the supplementary identification for indicating that the voice content included in the second voice message is a supplementary voice content; and sending the second voice message to the server. In the present disclosure, a terminal may add a supplementary voice content on the basis of the sent voice message according to an instruction of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ke Wang
  • Patent number: 10721358
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein generally relate to a method and system of integrating a user's voice mail onto a single voice messaging service, e.g., a Unified Messaging (UM) service, such that a client may access this single source for voice mail retrieval, even where such voice mails are from a variety of sources, e.g., work, mobile phone, etc. A user, or the user's mobile operator, need only agree to accept the service, and the registration and configuration requirements for providing the service and forwarding calls to the service are automatically configured. The user's existing “speed dial” key or other setting for retrieving voice mail may also be automatically configured to the access number(s) for the service. Configurations may monitor the status of the service and update access and/or forwarding numbers. Voice mail forwarding and settings may also be automatically reverted back to the user's original service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Juan V. Esteve Balducci, Michael Higashi, Selvaraj Nalliah, David Paul Limont, John Allen Atwood, Chris J. Hinman, Imran Masud
  • Patent number: 10715658
    Abstract: Disclosed is a telephone call-back device that can provide a means for the recipient of a robocall incoming phone call to take action. The telephone call-back device includes an activation device, a call source utility, and a call-back utility. The activation device is a button or switch that a user can activate when they receive a robocall. Once the activation device is activated, the call source utility identifies a source phone number of the robocall incoming phone call. The call-back utility initiates one or more robo call-back outgoing phone calls to be sent to the source phone number. The call-back utility can be programmed to try to send many robo call-back outgoing phone calls to the source phone number to try to swamp the phone number with robo call-back outgoing phone calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Charles Isgar
  • Patent number: 10680988
    Abstract: A method of postponing an electronic message is performed at a computing device having one or more processors and memory. The memory stores one or more programs configured for execution by the one or more processors. The device displays a first electronic message for a user of the computing device and receives user input to postpone the first electronic message. In response to the user input, the device displays a plurality of postponement locations in a user interface window and receives user selection of a postponement location from the displayed plurality of postponement locations. The device then inhibits display of the first electronic message at the computing device. When it is subsequently determined that the computing device is at the first postponement location, the device redisplays the first electronic message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Vijay Umapathy, Ryan James Fioravanti
  • Patent number: 10516702
    Abstract: Processing mid-dialog SIP messages by receiving a mid-dialog SIP message from a SIP user agent client, creating a new SIP session, associating the new SIP session with the mid-dialog SIP message, identifying an application that is associated with the mid-dialog SIP message, providing to the application the mid-dialog SIP message in the context of the new SIP session, receiving an acknowledgement from the application that the application will accept the mid-dialog SIP message, and responsive to receiving the acknowledgement, providing to the application the mid-dialog SIP message in the context of the new SIP session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nitzan Nissim, Brian L. Pulito, Asaf Zinger
  • Patent number: 10511715
    Abstract: Disclosed is a telephone call-back device that can provide a means for the recipient of a robocall incoming phone call to take action. The telephone call-back device includes an activation device, a call source utility, and a call-back utility. The activation device is a button or switch that a user can activate when they receive a robocall. Once the activation device is activated, the call source utility identifies a source phone number of the robocall incoming phone call. The call-back utility initiates one or more robo call-back outgoing phone calls to be sent to the source phone number. The call-back utility can be programmed to try to send many robo call-back outgoing phone calls to the source phone number to try to swamp the phone number with robo call-back outgoing phone calls. The system may provide satisfaction to the user as a tool to respond to these on-going nuisances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Charles Isgar
  • Patent number: 10477366
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer program products that provide flexible support for services are provided. One method includes receiving, by a network node, a request type from a user equipment, where the request type indicates types of services required by the user equipment from the network. The method may also include using the received request type to make determinations regarding a provision of services to the user equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY
    Inventor: Devaki Chandramouli
  • Patent number: 10397410
    Abstract: Disclosed is a voice message exchange system and method for improving communication between an inmate and a third party by enabling the inmate to leave a message when a call is not answered and further allowing the third party who receives the message to reply with a message to the inmate. Additionally, outside parties that meet the institution's requirements can leave messages for inmates at any time. The present invention can be used as an add-on to legacy inmate call management systems or incorporated internally into an inmate call management system. The system also provides monitoring, controlling, recording, and billing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Value-Added Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Hodge, David Woody
  • Patent number: 10305294
    Abstract: A method and system are provided. The method includes monitoring power usage and predicting power requirements for the at least two mobile devices. The method further includes identifying a device charging order and a power threshold of each of the at least two devices to meet the predicted power requirements of each of the at least two devices. The method also includes notifying a user regarding the device charging order and the power threshold of each of the at least two devices. At least the monitoring, identifying, and notifying steps are performed by a processor-enabled charging manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Muhtar B. Akbulut, Lisa Bradley, Andrew Lavery, Mario A. Maldari, Brian O'Donovan, Aaron J. Quirk, Lin Sun, Albert Tabachnik
  • Patent number: 10298760
    Abstract: A telephone marketing and messaging method includes dialing a telephone number associated with a prospect to establish a connection, and providing a conditional and automatically selected pre-recorded voicemail message of a series of voicemail messages to the prospect each time in response to arriving at a voicemail of the prospect, where each voicemail message of the series of voicemail messages is different. The voicemail messages continue to be delivered to the prospect until the prospect answers or responds. In addition, the method includes providing an email message to the prospect that correlates to a respective voicemail message delivered to the prospect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SMARTCONTACT, LLC
    Inventors: Bryan S. Bloch, Michael J. Panaggio
  • Patent number: 10278071
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment provides for a method for providing a mobile device-based community corrections supervision system. The method includes receiving an alert, from a remote server, via an enrollee's mobile device, to perform a check-in and receiving acknowledgement of the alert from the enrollee. Additionally, the method then requests the enrollee to recite displayed text and records the enrollee as the displayed text is recited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: INTELMATE LLC
    Inventors: Richard Torgersrud, Curt Clifton, Christopher Ditto, Brendan Hyland
  • Patent number: 10277754
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for a virtual fax machine are provided. In one embodiment, a system for a virtual fax machine is provided including a computer configured to display a virtual fax machine based on a script, a server configured to receive at least one electronic document associated with a fax to be sent using the virtual fax machine, and a traditional facsimile machine configured to receive the fax to be sent. In another embodiment, an apparatus for a virtual fax machine is provided including a computer configured to locate and execute a script associated with a virtual fax machine, display the virtual fax machine, associate at least one electronic document with a fax to be sent, encode the at least one electronic document to a form suitable for communication over a network, and transmit the encoded electronic document over the network as the fax to be sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Open Text Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Francis Toscano
  • Patent number: 10257349
    Abstract: Disclosed is a telephone call-back device that can provide a means for the recipient of a robocall incoming phone call to take action. The telephone call-back device includes an activation device, a call source utility, and a call-back utility. The activation device is a button or switch that a user can activate when they receive a robocall. Once the activation device is activated, the call source utility identifies a source phone number of the robocall incoming phone call. The call-back utility initiates one or more robo call-back outgoing phone calls to be sent to the source phone number. The call-back utility can be programmed to try to send many robo call-back outgoing phone calls to the source phone number to try to swamp the phone number with robo call-back outgoing phone calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Charles Isgar
  • Patent number: 10142487
    Abstract: Personalized reminder notifications are provided regarding communication-related events. The reminders correspond to missed communications or events unaddressed by a user, and may be determined based on sensor data provided by a user device. Further, an urgency level for the unaddressed event and a user availability model for responding to the event may be determined. The model may include a set of scores corresponding to the user's capability for carrying out tasks associated with responding to the unaddressed event, such as composing email or initiating a call. Additionally, reminder notification content may be generated based on information about availability and the unaddressed event, and used to provide notification(s). The notification content may include a recommendation to present a notification to the user at a future time determined likely to be convenient for the user to respond to the event or where the user likely will have capacity to respond appropriately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, Llc
    Inventors: Dikla Dotan-Cohen, Assaf Avihoo, Ido Priness, Haim Somech
  • Patent number: 10110759
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an acceptance unit configured to accept an input of user information, an acquisition unit configured to acquire an e-mail address of a user identified based on the user information accepted by the acceptance unit, a first setting unit configured to set a destination of a first e-mail transmitted with an attachment of image data, a second setting unit configured to set a destination of a second e-mail for making notification of completion of transmission of the first e-mail, and a control unit configured to perform control such that a destination of the first e-mail is restricted to the e-mail address acquired by the acquisition unit, but a destination of the second e-mail is not restricted to the e-mail address acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masashi Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10095375
    Abstract: An icon can be created for a contact (e.g., an individual(s) or an entity) and presented on a user interface of a mobile device, such as a “home screen.” The icon can be used to retrieve and display contact information. The icon can also be used to invoke one or more applications that are personalized to the contact. The icon can be modified to display information related to the contact. In one aspect, an icon associated with an entity can be temporarily displayed on the mobile device based on the proximity of the mobile device to the entity. The icon can be used to retrieve and display information related to the entity. Additionally, the icon can be removed from the display on the mobile device when the mobile device is no longer within a certain proximity of the entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Marcel Mwa van Os
  • Patent number: 10031890
    Abstract: A method truncates text entered via a text box user interface element. The method includes displaying a user interface on a display device of a client computing device, where the user interface includes first and second text entry fields within a collapsible text entry box. The method further includes receiving a first stream of characters into the first text entry field, initially displaying all characters of the first stream as the first text entry field receives the first stream, truncating the displayed characters of the first stream, resolving the truncated displayed characters of the first stream to a first object displayed within the collapsible text entry box, receiving a second stream of characters into the second text entry field, and further truncating the displayed characters of the first stream while receiving the second stream of characters into the second text entry field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Jonah Jones, Michelle I-Ching Lee
  • Patent number: 9986100
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein generally relate to a method and system of integrating a user's voice mail onto a single voice messaging service, e.g., a Unified Messaging (UM) service, such that a client may access this single source for voice mail retrieval, even where such voice mails are from a variety of sources, e.g., work, mobile phone, etc. A user, or the user's mobile operator, need only agree to accept the service, and the registration and configuration requirements for providing the service and forwarding calls to the service are automatically configured. The user's existing “speed dial” key or other setting for retrieving voice mail may also be automatically configured to the access number(s) for the service. Configurations may monitor the status of the service and update access and/or forwarding numbers. Voice mail forwarding and settings may also be automatically reverted back to the user's original service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Juan V. Esteve Balducci, Michael Higashi, Selvaraj Nalliah, David Paul Limont, John Allen Atwood, Chris J. Hinman, Imran Masud
  • Patent number: 9959526
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a network arrangement and an email arrangement. The network arrangement is configured to enable the apparatus to communicate across a network. The email arrangement cooperates with the network arrangement to send and to receive emails. The email arrangement includes presence logic that monitors user interaction based presence with respect to a first email.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Kuhlke, Ethan Hugg, Eric Heng Chih Lee, Chin-Ju Chen
  • Patent number: 9961207
    Abstract: A voicemail notification indicates a caller has recorded a voicemail. The voicemail notification may be sent to any destination, such as a caller's device. The voicemail notification may be displayed in a communication log to visually indicate that the voicemail was recorded. A different notification may be sent and displayed to indicate the recipient retrieved the voicemail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Darryl Cynthia Moore
  • Patent number: 9959556
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for transmitting notifications to customers. One example method may include identifying a notification event associated with a customer via a customer management module and retrieving a customer preference record. The method may also include determining a notification device preference for a customer Internet protocol (IP) device included in the customer preference record and determining a current presence status of the customer Internet protocol (IP) device. The method may also include transmitting the notification event to the customer's IP device based on the notification device preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: WEST CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey William Cordell, Jennie Dawn Hanson, James Phelan
  • Patent number: 9948494
    Abstract: A mobile device includes a network connection device capable of forming a communication connection to a cellular network and to a wi-fi network and communicating with an application server and an application capable of communicating through the both cellular and wi-fi networks device to a remote device. The mobile device also includes a context module that records and analyzes information about a user's interactions with data provide to the device by the remote device. The context module modifies an API call between the application and the application server based on analysis of prior usage of the application and a current communication connection of the network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Judith H. Bank, Lisa M. Bradley, Aaron J. Quirk, Lin Sun
  • Patent number: 9928535
    Abstract: An electronic shopping system, such as an ecommerce retail website, is constructed and programmed to provide online shoppers with the ability to create and manage multiple configurable item orders contemporaneously within a single customer account. Each item in an item order is associated with a “purchase status” which can, in addition to other discrete adjustments, be toggled between “active” and “inactive” states at or before checkout. Each item order is itself configurable in respect of delivery address, payment source, frequency, and schedule. Orders and settings are saved within the customer's account to be recalled, reviewed, refined (if desired), and executed at checkout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Vivek Kumar, Dinesh Amarnath Rao Pise, Preetam Purbia, Praveen Deverachetty, Vibhor Rastogi, Soumya Ranjan Mohanty
  • Patent number: 9894211
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to techniques for enhanced call routing for groups. Some embodiments are particularly directed to a connection manager that can identify one or more secondary telephony endpoints to invite to join a call based on one or more routing policies. One or more embodiments described herein may include a connection manager that provides customizable extension capabilities to a wireless cellular phone. The systems, devices, and methods described herein may be embodied in and performed by communication devices, telecommunications servers, and other devices, and software instructions executed by some or all of such devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Republic Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Smith, Adam Cook
  • Patent number: 9848086
    Abstract: Devices, methods and computer program products are provided for dispatching messages to recipients and for prioritizing the dispatch of generic-recipient messages. The device and methods are generally automatic and, thus, require minimal manual intervention by system administrators. Further, the devices and methods are capable of supporting both local and remote message dispatching so as to optimize the system and achieve a lowest cost alternative. In addition, the devices and methods of the present invention dispatch messages over various communication means, such as short-range wireless, Internet, cellular networks and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Martin Zilliacus, Ari Koli
  • Patent number: 9844080
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a notification triggered device management session are described. A request for a device management session for a mobile station is received at a device management server. In response to determining that the mobile station is not connected to a cellular network, a home subscriber server is signaled to update a user equipment profile for the mobile station to indicate that the mobile station has a pending device management session. Upon connection of the mobile station to a first network, the mobile station is signaled to connect to the device management server for the device management session using a call session control function. The mobile station is connected with the device management server using the first network. The device management session is run using the first network connection between the mobile station and the device management server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Matthew White, Taral Patel
  • Patent number: 9788176
    Abstract: A method for using a mobile software application for deleting or recalling unwanted messages on a mobile device before it is delivered to the intended recipient is provided. The software application operates by running on top of the resident messaging application on the mobile device. For example, the application caches the message for specified amount of time and thereby sets a length of delay. The user has the application on the mobile device and the message is composed on the OST application and the application software keeps the message in a buffer for a predetermined amount of time after the user selects to send the message such that if the user regrets sending the message, it can be deleted or recalled before the message leaves the mobile device. Other advantages that are understood from the present disclosure will further be apparent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Maci Peterson
  • Patent number: 9781272
    Abstract: Calls placed to a call recipient bypass the terminating messaging system, creating an enhanced message in the call originator's messaging system and delivering the enhanced message using alternate routing information. A caller creates enhanced messages for a call recipient even when the call recipient's messaging system does not support such functionality. The caller also embeds stored content and/or use links in the enhanced messages to allow the message to be modified and/or deleted before it is accessed by the call recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Jackson, Mehrad Yasrebi
  • Patent number: 9736040
    Abstract: A system, method and/or computer program product monitors delivery of text messages related to network traffic between a user's electronic system and a server. A capture server captures a network traffic message from a user's electronic system to a solution server. In response to capturing a request for specific information from the solution server, the capture server captures a related text message from the solution server to a text message gateway. The capture server then monitors a text message log within the user's electronic system, which contains a record of text messages received by the user's electronic system. In response to the text message log containing no record of the text message from the solution server within a predetermined length of wait time, the capture server generates and transmits an alert message to the solution server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Oliver Birch
  • Patent number: 9674231
    Abstract: Mechanisms and methods for providing sequenced applications upon communications session termination are provided. More particularly, a variety of messages, transcriptions, recordings, information sharing, billing, verification, participant listing, reporting, date and time stamping, linkages to other applications, launching of software programs, initiation of one or more subsequent communications sessions via the same or other communications modalities, and the like are possible. Provision of sequenced applications is performed in accordance with selections made as part of the initial negotiation of the communications session, during the communications session, or prior to the communications session to drive the applications launched upon call disconnect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Chavez, Larry J. Hardouin
  • Patent number: 9667653
    Abstract: A method includes converting, by a computer, a set of context-aware data forwarding policies to a set of network configuration forwarding rules for one or more data forwarding devices in a network having a dynamic context, and conveying, to the data forwarding devices, the set of network configuration forwarding rules. Upon detecting a change in the dynamic context of the network, the set of network configuration forwarding rules ae updated based on the set of context-aware data forwarding policies and the change in the dynamic context, and the updated set of network configuration forwarding rules are conveyed to the data forwarding devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Katherine Barabash, Rami Cohen, Anna Levin, Eran Raichstein
  • Patent number: 9641708
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for a virtual fax machine are provided. In one embodiment, a system for a virtual fax machine is provided including a computer configured to display a virtual fax machine based on a script, a server configured to receive at least one electronic document associated with a fax to be sent using the virtual fax machine, and a traditional facsimile machine configured to receive the fax to be sent. In another embodiment, an apparatus for a virtual fax machine is provided including a computer configured to locate and execute a script associated with a virtual fax machine, display the virtual fax machine, associate at least one electronic document with a fax to be sent, encode the at least one electronic document to a form suitable for communication over a network, and transmit the encoded electronic document over the network as the fax to be sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Xpedite Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Francis Toscano
  • Patent number: 9515976
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, a mailbox server is operable to receive, from a client, a message to be delivered to an endpoint; store the message in a mailbox associated with the user; access a set of policies for the client or the endpoint; determine a delivery channel for the message based on the policies; and transmit the message to the endpoint through the delivery channel. In particular embodiments, the mailbox server may transmit SMS messages via a special bind with a recipients SMSC, or via a carrier short code. In particular embodiments, the mailbox server may transmit the message as an email or via an internal messaging system over a packet data connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohit Talwar, Miladin Pavlicic, Siddharth Murlidhar, Rose Yao, Jason Sobel
  • Patent number: 9509654
    Abstract: A method, system, and medium are provided for delivering recallable messages via Internet or telephony paths. A sender may configure a message as a recallable message on a communication device that is communicatively connected to a messaging alert platform. The request is delivered to a messaging alert platform, which then delivers the recallable message on the Internet or telephony paths. The messages are formatted by the messaging alert platform based to comply with the requirements of the selected communication path. The messaging alert platform attempts delivery until all paths are exhausted or a response, not an auto-reply, is received from the recipient of the message. The responses are filtered by the messaging alert platform before delivering the response from the recipient to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Douglas Peden, Gary Duane Koller, Raymond Emilio Reeves, Simon Youngs
  • Patent number: 9495222
    Abstract: Systems and methods relate to indexing of performance and cost of workloads in a computing environment. The computing environment may include a virtualized computing environment. According to some embodiments, a performance index relating to a plurality of workloads executing in the computing environment may be generated, where the performance index is based at least in part on performance and cost of use of one or more resources in the computing environment by the plurality of workloads. The index may be normalized. If the performance or cost of a particular workload departs from an expected performance or cost determined from the average performance and/or cost in the computing environment, resources may be reallocated to the workloads such that the performance or cost of the workload is closer to its expected performance or cost based on the performance index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Dell Software Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Eric Jackson
  • Patent number: 9479640
    Abstract: Multi-modal interaction with a telephonic device using a call handling system is enabled by receiving a call at an interactive voice response (IVR) system of the call handling system, the call being received from a telephonic device of a caller. A voice communications session between the IVR and the telephonic device is established in response to the call. Whether the telephonic device is capable of processing multi-modal communications is determined. Based on determining that the telephonic device is not capable of processing multi-modal communications, the IVR is enabled to access and audibly deliver voice page content to the caller via the voice communications session. Alternatively, based on determining that the telephonic device is capable of processing multi-modal communications, the call handling system is configured to exchange multi-modal communications with the telephonic device during the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Jerry Saylor, Ahmed Tewfik Bouzid, Prakash Bhagwan Durgani, David James Rennyson, Prasanna Sajeewa Naleen Perera
  • Patent number: 9465671
    Abstract: Systems and methods relate to indexing of performance and cost of workloads in a computing environment. The computing environment may include a virtualized computing environment. According to some embodiments, a performance index relating to a plurality of workloads executing in the computing environment may be generated, where the performance index is based at least in part on performance and cost of use of one or more resources in the computing environment by the plurality of workloads. The index may be normalized. If the performance or cost of a particular workload departs from an expected performance or cost determined from the average performance and/or cost in the computing environment, resources may be reallocated to the workloads such that the performance or cost of the workload is closer to its expected performance or cost based on the performance index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Dell Software Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Eric Jackson
  • Patent number: 9461955
    Abstract: Implementations disclose transmission features for devices during low-bandwidth conditions. In some implementations, a method includes determining that a bandwidth on a network satisfies or will satisfy a low-bandwidth threshold and restricts or will restrict transmission of one or more information messages between the user and one or more entities associated with the one or more information messages. The method modifies transmission of the one or more information messages between the user and the one or more entities based on one or more social relationships between the user and the one or more entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Doug Sherrets
  • Patent number: 9418239
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method is provided for accessing a file node. In this method, a file access request specifying a file node to be accessed by way of a file system is received at a server from a client device. A counter is referenced to identify that the file node is being accessed in response to a different file access request. The counter is configured to track whether the file node is being accessed. The file node is provided to the client device when the counter indicates a termination of access to the file node resulting from the different file access request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Ivaylo Iliev, Vencislav Dimitrov, Georgi Stanev
  • Patent number: 9396460
    Abstract: Specifying the policies with which (portion of) an email communication is to be stored as a record, within the content of the email communication. In an embodiment, an attachment file specifies such policies in the form of XML tags. As a result, a user may merely need to attach a file specifying the desired policies, and send the email communication. In one implementation, the user specifies a pre-specified email address as a recipient to cause the email communication to be saved as a record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Venkata Naga Ravikiran Vedula
  • Patent number: 9380194
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing illumination for a video call in a low-lighting environment. The light source may be a hardware component integrated on the front of a mobile device. The light source may be implemented as one or more lit spaces on the device's screen. The intensity of the light from the light source may be based on ambient light levels measured by one or more sensors on the device. When the mobile device receives an incoming video call, the sensors may detect the level of ambient light and activate the light source to illuminate the face of the call recipient if he or she answers the incoming video call. The device may include an interface to allow the user to configure and adjust the intensity, coloring, and lighting pattern of the light during the video call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Sheela Thimmappa, Ning Zhang, Charles Lane
  • Patent number: 9368120
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are provided to send an alert to a called party communications device during a call setup phase and to present the alert to a called party during an alert portion of the call setup phase. Other devices, systems, and methods are provided that allow a calling party to remotely and securely access at least one host computer by sending a security phrase during a call setup phase and presenting the security phrase to the host computer to determine if by way of comparison to a voice print if the calling party is a valid user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Mark Wuthnow, Matthew Wayne Stafford
  • Patent number: 9361784
    Abstract: The primary objective of the invention is to provide a computer-implemented method for sending one or more alerts from a mobile alerting system stored in the non-transitory storage medium of an electronic device like mobile phones or smart phones etc. In one embodiment of the invention, the method of sending one or more alerts from a mobile alerting system stored in the non-transitory storage medium comprises of a centralized server and a plurality of mobile devices. Further in the same embodiment of the invention, the processor in the centralized server computes a plurality of instructions stored in the memory of the centralized server. Furthermore, the centralized server receives a primary alert initiation request comprising metadata generated from the primary mobile device, wherein the centralized server extracts the metadata of the alert. The alert is further delivered to a plurality of secondary mobile devices capable of telecommunication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Hani Fayiz Alamri
  • Patent number: 9343036
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus and an operation method thereof are provided. In case that a display unit enters a screen lock mode, a message input interface is displayed on the display unit when it is detected that a message option is enabled, and a note message is generated by the message inputting interface. A lock screen is returned and a prompt item corresponding to the note message is displayed on the lock screen when the message input interface is finished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yu-Cheng Lee
  • Patent number: 9319485
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method for triggering a cloud service, a cloud server, and a thin client. The method includes: receiving a user's operation of triggering a key, where the key is in a preset binding relationship with a specific cloud service of the cloud server; and generating a triggering message according to the operation of triggering the key, and sending the triggering message to the cloud server, so that the cloud server invokes the specific cloud service according to the preset binding relationship. The embodiments of the present invention provide a user with a shortcut method for invoking a cloud service through a thin client, thereby improving work efficiency of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Liangbing Lu, Zhiyou Guo
  • Patent number: 9282189
    Abstract: A voicemail notification indicates a caller has recorded a voicemail. The voicemail notification may be sent to any destination, such as a caller's device. The voicemail notification may be displayed in a communication log to visually indicate that the voicemail was recorded. A different notification may be sent and displayed to indicates the recipient retrieved the voicemail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Darryl Cynthia Moore