Indication Or Notification Of Message Patents (Class 379/88.12)
  • Patent number: 9014343
    Abstract: A method, system, and medium are provided for facilitating message recalls. One embodiment includes receiving an indication that a message has been communicated in association with a user device. A confirmation message is communicated to the user device. The confirmation message includes a recall option that, if selected, initiates a recall of the voice message. An indication of a user selection of the recall option is received and, thereafter, a recall of the message is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Mark Douglas Peden, Gary Duane Koller, Raymond Emilio Reeves, Simon Youngs, Piyush Jethwa
  • Patent number: 8989359
    Abstract: A system and method for dynamically changing contact information is presented. The system and method includes receiving a contact information change associated with a contact in a first contact list, determining that the contact is also in a second contact list and modifying the second contact list based on the contact information change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Vonage Network LLC
    Inventors: Tzahi Efrati, Boaz Zehavi
  • Patent number: 8989356
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable medium, and user interface for displaying an inquiry indication related to an inquiring user's inquiry are described. An inquiring user prepares and submits an inquiry in an inquiry application. Upon preparing and submitting an inquiry, a notice of the inquiry is generated and routed to the inquiring user's network contacts. An inquiry indication is generated to notify network contacts that an inquiry has been submitted by the inquiring user. A network contact may select the inquiry indication to display an inquiry feature and may select an inquiry feature to view the inquiry and respond to the inquiry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC.
    Inventors: Justin S. Denney, Nils H. Pohlmann, Edward D. Harris, Jason C. Fluegel, Stephen P. Rosato, Michael L. Torres
  • Patent number: 8976044
    Abstract: A transit stop destination sign is provided that communicates wirelessly with a central transit system server over a wireless network, determines its GPS location and provides the same to the central transit system server, and provides both an updated visual destination sign display as well as an audio button for visually impaired that provides updated destination information in a natural language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Luminator Holding, L.P.
    Inventors: Safavi Ramin, Scott R. Watters, Marty Masias
  • Patent number: 8942674
    Abstract: A method and device for responding to an incoming call. A first device detects an incoming call from a caller. In response to detecting the incoming call, an indication of the incoming call is sent to a second device different from the first device. The indication identifies the caller. A message indicating a response to the caller is received from the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Surender Kumar, Susan L. Lukasik
  • Patent number: 8942731
    Abstract: There is provided an information delivery apparatus including a receiving portion to receive location information of a mobile communication terminal at a given time and acquired date and time of the location information from the terminal, an event information storage portion to store event information including an event place, date and time, a delivery terminal selecting portion to select the mobile communication terminal to which the event information is to be delivered based on the location information and the acquired date and time of the location information and on the event place, date and time, and an event information delivery portion to deliver the event information to the selected mobile communication terminal. The delivery terminal selecting portion selects the mobile communication terminal whose location indicated by location information is within a predetermined range and whose acquired date and time of the location information are before the event date and time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuru Takehara, Yoichiro Sako, Masamichi Asukai, Taiji Ito, Akinobu Sugino, Akane Sano, Yoshiteru Kamatani, Kazunori Hayashi, Takayasu Kon, Yasunori Kamada
  • Patent number: 8942354
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system to remotely test message-waiting notifications over a communications network is provided. The method includes receiving broadband signaling from a voicemail platform; converting the broadband signaling to narrowband signaling; and transmitting the narrowband signaling, which generates status notifications, and transmits the status notifications to a remote test location. The system includes a switching element that routes the broadband signaling generated by the voicemail platform. The switching element routes the broadband signaling to a message processing component that executes code that searches a message-waiting-notification database to generate appropriate tones based on the broadband signaling received from the switching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communcations Company L.P.
    Inventors: Anthony James Wageman, Tom Sladek, Diane Elaine Carder
  • Publication number: 20150023483
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of providing virtual messaging is provided. The method comprises examining status information associated with a plurality of servers for notifying call recipients of messages using at least one messaging protocol, wherein each of the plurality of servers operates independently, identifying an available server of the plurality of servers, based on the status information, for handling a message and directing an incoming call to the available server, wherein the available server stores the message until communication of the message to at least one call recipient, wherein the available server communicates at least one notification message associated with the message to at least one telephone number of the at least one call recipient, wherein the at least one notification message comprises a telephone number associated with the call origination device and a message link number for communicating with the available server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Michael McCarthy, Robert McCarthy, David Ittner, Saul Einbinder, Howard Frisch
  • Patent number: 8934615
    Abstract: A sender is identified based at least in part on originator identification information associated with an incoming communication. A message recipient is then determined based at least in part on the identified sender and one or more databases associated with message recipients by comparing the originator identification information to one or more entries in the one or more databases. The incoming communication is routed to the determined message recipient of a shared mailbox of a unified messaging system. An intended recipient is identified among the owners of the shared unified messaging mailbox owners. Only the determined message recipient is notified of the deposited message, based on the dynamic information derived from each deposited message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad Yasrebi, James Jackson
  • Patent number: 8929518
    Abstract: A system according to the present invention includes a calling terminal that makes a call, a called terminal that can receive the call from the calling terminal, and a message server that stores in advance a plurality of messages correlated with call results to the called terminal from the calling terminal, selects a first message from the plurality of messages on the basis of the call results, and transmit the first message to the called terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Junpei Tada
  • Patent number: 8917830
    Abstract: The present invention allows a user to screen messages being left at a hosted voicemail system from a telephone terminal. Incoming calls intended for the telephone terminal are routed to the voicemail system immediately or after attempting to connect incoming call to the telephone terminal. As the caller is leaving a message at the voicemail system, a connection between the incoming call, voicemail system, and telephone terminal is established to allow the user to listen to the message and decide whether to take the call. The user may decide to take the call or let the caller finish leaving the message. In one embodiment, the telephone terminal is equipped to open only the speaker channel for monitoring the message and will provide a fully bi-directional connection if the user takes the call. The supporting switch and telephone terminal communicate with each other to facilitate the monitoring and taking of calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel H. Christie, IV
  • Patent number: 8902851
    Abstract: The present invention establishes a new protocol that supports the continuity of a single radio voice call onto a circuit switched communications system through the use of a special addressing identifier. This special identifier is called the single radio voice call identifier, and it designates the use of a single radio voice call continuity procedure for the transition to the circuit switched communication system. The applications server receives the single radio identifier and performs the transfer of the single radio voice session without the need for other address or identifier information, and also uses the single radio identifier or a new message type to initiate the correlation of parameters related to service control session establishment in later steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kaniz Mahdi, Saso Stojanovski
  • Publication number: 20140348309
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices are provided for communicating a message prior to enabling communication over a communication link between user devices. In one aspect, a method is provided for communicating a message prior to enabling communication over a communication link between a user device and a second user device. The method includes receiving a request to initiate the communication link from the second user device, causing a notification of the request to initiate the communication link to be generated at the user device, receiving an acknowledgement from a user of the user device that the notification has been received, causing a message to be communicated to the user of the user device, receiving a user initiated acknowledgement from the user of the user device that the message has completed, and enabling communication between the users of the user device and second user device upon receipt of the user initiated acknowledgement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Kerry Sean Davis, Perry Milton Bell
  • Patent number: 8897425
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products provide remote access to call logs upon request. An incoming call is processed and an address is retrieved that is associated with a called number. An electronic message is sent to the address to identify a calling number of the incoming call. A log of calls is updated with the incoming call. A reply electronic message is received from the address, and the log of calls is sent to the address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Larry Kent, Jr., William Todd Daniell
  • Publication number: 20140334615
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for conveying availability information of a calling party to a called party. A PBX serving the telephones of the calling and called parties is connected to a presence server. In an embodiment of the invention, the presence server is also connected to a computer and/or other information device (such as a personal data assistant or telephone) of the calling party. After the calling party has left a voice mail message for the called party, the called party will subsequently retrieve the message. In an embodiment of the invention, the PBX then queries the presence server as to the availability of the calling party. The presence server senses whether the calling party has indicated his or her presence; if so, it is inferred that the calling party is probably present and available for a return call. If the presence server detects no such indication by the calling party, it is inferred that the calling party is likely to be absent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Shankar Sahai
  • Publication number: 20140329505
    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 indicats the recipient retrieved the voicemail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Darryl Cynthia Moore
  • Patent number: 8873548
    Abstract: Preferred embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods subscribing to receive a call forwarding status notification associated with a call forwarding service, receiving a call forwarding status notification when a state associated with the call forwarding service changes, and interpreting the call forwarding status notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: David C Robbins
  • Patent number: 8873721
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system maintains a database of a plurality of persons. The database includes an audio clip of a pronunciation of a name of a first person in the database. The system determines from a calendar database that a second person has an event in common with the first person, and transmits to a device associated with the second person an indication that the database includes the pronunciation of the name of the first person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Redfern, Manish Mohan Sharma, Seth McLaughlin
  • Publication number: 20140314218
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for receiving a message containing image data and sending a message to notify of the receipt of the message. The system may have a plurality of access devices which are coupled to each other over a network such as the Internet. These access devices may include computers, workstations, and the like. Upon receipt of a message containing image data, such as facsimile data, a notification of the message may be sent to a recipient, such as a message in the form of an email message or a paging message. The system may be configured based on the specifications of the caller and/or the recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Stage Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Taka Migimatsu
  • Patent number: 8868045
    Abstract: A user interface system is provided for managing communications messages of a communications device supporting voice and data services. The user interface system is operative to receive a data element wherein the data element identifies the type of communications message received and sender identification, display a menu upon receiving the data element, wherein the menu comprises a selectable object with the selectable object having a label identifying the message type, receive a data item indicating selection of the selectable object and generate a communications action in response to selection of the selectable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Raymond Vander Veen, Harry R. Major
  • Patent number: 8868100
    Abstract: A system for preventing noise transmission at the end of a telephone call includes a telephone having a handset and a base unit. The telephone has a proximity sensor configured to detect when the handset is in close proximity to the base unit prior to the handset contacting the base unit. A control element communicates with the proximity sensor and prevents transmission of sound received from the handset when the proximity sensor indicates that the handset is in close proximity to the base unit thereby preventing transmission of noise caused by the handset contacting the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: ADTRAN, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Andrew Price
  • Patent number: 8867710
    Abstract: A hosted private branch exchange (PBX) system is provided that includes: non-transitory storage that includes subscriber identifying information that identifies a subscriber to a message routing service; non-transitory storage that includes distribution rules information associated with the identified subscriber; and a message management server configured to receive a message sent over the Internet to the identified subscriber and to send the message over the Internet to one or more devices according to the distribution rules associated with the identified subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: RingCentral, Inc.
    Inventors: Vi Chau, Jian Lin
  • Patent number: 8855271
    Abstract: When a communication is directed to an intended recipient, a determination may be made by an intelligent communication disposition manager as to whether one or more available communication devices of the intended recipient are available for routing the incoming communication either based on device availability or routing previously defined by the intended recipient. The intelligent communication disposition manager may utilize presence data of the intended recipient for sending a notification of the incoming communication to one or more of the intended recipient's available communication devices. The intended recipient may select a preferred call routing option for the incoming call/message to be sent. Based on the real-time response from the intended recipient, the call/message may be routed to his/her preferred communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Brock, Brandon Hall Goode, Robert C. Whitten
  • Publication number: 20140294164
    Abstract: A network device may include a memory to store a database including voicemail message information associated with a voicemail mailbox, a transmitter, and a receiver. The transmitter may send a notification to each of a plurality of communication devices, the notification including an indication of a number of new voicemail messages in the voicemail mailbox, an indication of a total number of voicemail messages in the voicemail mailbox, and an identifier of a most recent voicemail message in the voicemail mailbox, where each of the plurality of communication devices uses the notification signal to determine whether to request a list of voicemail messages. The receiver may receive, from one of the communication devices in response to the notification, a request for the list of voicemail messages associated with voicemail message information stored in the database. The transmitter may sends, to the one of the plurality of communications devices, the list of voicemail messages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Jack Jianxiu Hao, Diego Sebastian Rozensztejn, Guillermo Ortiz, Bradford A. Jackvony, Gaurav D. Mehta, Okeno Palmer, Dahai Ren
  • Patent number: 8848879
    Abstract: The present invention provides a feature for phones and other communication devices. More particularly, the feature allows a user to customize the notification for an incoming call or contact. The customization may be based on the user's recent communication history with the user currently calling. This allows the user receiving the call to determine its possible importance prior to answering the call or even identifying the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Coughlan, Ralph Warta, Peter D. Runcie, Ciaran Gannon, Alexander Forbes
  • Publication number: 20140270115
    Abstract: In one aspect of the invention, a communications device is described to include novel software for aggregating voice and other messages from various communications media and presenting the user with a display of same, ordered by medium, date of receipt, source etc. The software also comprises a user-friendly man-machine interface for forwarding the messages from one medium to another, including making such messages available to members of social websites. In a second aspect of the invention, a server computer is described, including software to receive, organize and store said messages in digital form, with the participation of the user's communication device in one mode and automatically without the participation of the user's device in another mode. The server comprises software that generates links to selected stored messages that the user can post on the Web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: J. Stephen Burnett, Paul Wilkinson Dent, Lawrence D. Zirbel
  • Patent number: 8824644
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products provide voicemail notifications. A first notification is received that indicates a caller has recorded a voicemail. In response to the first notification, the caller's communication log is updated to indicate that the voicemail was recorded. A second notification is received that indicates the recipient retrieved the voicemail. In response to the second notification, the caller's communication log is updated to indicate that the voicemail has been played. When the recipient listens to the voicemail, the communication log thus informs the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Darryl Cynthia Moore
  • Patent number: 8824643
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for conveying availability information of a calling party to a called party. A PBX serving the telephones of the calling and called parties is connected to a presence server. In an embodiment of the invention, the presence server is also connected to a computer and/or other information device (such as a personal data assistant or telephone) of the calling party. After the calling party has left a voice mail message for the called party, the called party will subsequently retrieve the message. In an embodiment of the invention, the PBX then queries the presence server as to the availability of the calling party. The presence server senses whether the calling party has indicated his or her presence; if so, it is inferred that the calling party is probably present and available for a return call. If the presence server detects no such indication by the calling party, it is inferred that the calling party is likely to be absent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Paltalk Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Shankar Sahai
  • Patent number: 8817955
    Abstract: A method and system provides the ability to use VoIP devices to generate and/or propagate a broadcast message to other devices. A device transmits a broadcast message to a recipient device over a peer-to-peer communication channel. Such a device can be an originator or a propagator designated by a third party. Upon receipt of a request to broadcast a message, or upon detecting any triggering event to broadcast, the device processes the request or the triggering event to compose content of the message. Subsequently, a group of recipient devices are identified and located. The device may transmit the broadcast message over existing communications channels without disturbing a conversation with the recipient device. Further, a peer-to-peer communication channel may be established to transmit the broadcast message. Alternatively, the device may request the recipient device to broadcast the message to devices outside of its current peer-to-peer communication connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David Milstein, Linda Criddle, Scott C Forbes
  • Patent number: 8804703
    Abstract: The present invention enables an overlay capability to be invoked on network systems and elements that are designed to support multiple customer bases. Depending on the registered identification of the user, screens and other user interfaces that provide access to functions can be overlaid on the network component and segmented along customer classifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Patent number: 8805330
    Abstract: A portable electronic device is provided. The portable electronic device comprises a processor, a memory, and a capturing application stored in the memory that, when executed on the portable electronic device, monitors a first voice telephone call with a first transmitting device. The portable electronic device also comprises records a telephone number spoken during the first voice telephone call. The portable electronic device also comprises sends a first message to the first transmitting device, the first message containing the telephone number and requesting confirmation of the telephone number. The portable electronic device comprises receives a second message from the first transmitting device, the second message confirming the telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Brita A. Horton, Sanjay K. Sharma, Kenneth R. Steele
  • Patent number: 8805335
    Abstract: When a first user is leaving a voicemail while a second user is attempting to call the first user back, the first user is given the option to ignore the second caller, delete the voicemail and connect with the second user, or hold while the second user reviews the voicemail. The voicemail may or may not be complete. This may avoid the need for the first user to repeat the information contained in the voicemail. In one embodiment, the voicemail message is played on the second user's device as a ring-back tone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Jerome Vogedes, Dean E. Thorson, Mark Lemke
  • Patent number: 8805332
    Abstract: A method stores subscriber information in a mobile terminal. The method includes checking whether a received message includes a plurality of sets of subscriber information when a message is received, checking whether there is registered subscriber information if the message includes subscriber information, and updating the registered subscriber information to different subscriber information included in the message if there is registered subscriber information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gyu Hong Hwang
  • Patent number: 8804920
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system to remotely test message-waiting notifications over a communications network is provided. The method includes receiving broadband signaling from a voicemail platform; converting the broadband signaling to narrowband signaling; and transmitting the narrowband signaling, which generates status notifications, and transmits the status notifications to a remote test location. The system includes a switching element that routes the broadband signaling generated by the voicemail platform. The switching element routes the broadband signaling to a message processing component that executes code that searches a message-waiting-notification database to generate appropriate tones based on the broadband signaling received from the switching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Anthony James Wageman, Tom Sladek, Diane Elaine Carder
  • Patent number: 8798239
    Abstract: Information associated with messages and/or missed calls is provided to a subscriber. Calls received but not answered by the subscriber may be monitored. Each monitored call is classified as one of a missed call and a message. The monitored calls may be summarized based on a customizable rule set to create a summary. The summary is provided to the subscriber via, for example, a voice notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa J. Stifelman, Karen M. Cross, Sarah A. Caplener, Rajeev Khurana, Anne K. Sullivan, Rao Surapaneni, Justin B. Ward, Angus Davis
  • Publication number: 20140198903
    Abstract: A system and method for a selective ring silencer that prevents people from having to listen to the telephone ring on and on with nuisance calls. The ringer silencer can be: (1) discretely constructed from a telephone, (2) part of a telecommunication device, or (3) part of a central telephone network construction. A receiver demodulates an incoming call. Control logic reads at least a portion of the called identification (CID) data and determines an action based on the reading. A switch in communication with the control logic is actuated to a first state that allows the communication data to be output from the ring silencer, and a second state that blocks the communication data from being output from the ring silencer to a user's communication device. The control logic blocks toll-free area codes originated calls from ringing a user's telephone, optionally forwarding the call to a voice mail module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Steve Cha
  • Patent number: 8781080
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting audio messages are provided. In some aspects, a method includes receiving an audio message from a first user and generating a text-based representation of the audio message. The method also includes generating one or more identification tags based on the text-based representation of the audio message. At least one of the one or more identification tags includes a subject of the audio message. The method also includes presenting at least one of the text-based representation of the audio message or the one or more identification tags to a second user using a graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Kelly Hale, Jes Thyssen
  • Patent number: 8781081
    Abstract: The present invention provides presence management to a multimodal communication network. A unified messaging system, providing the ability to deliver messages across multiple modes of communication, is integrated with a presence managing system. The presence management system provides an ability to locate a recipient of a message according to a stored schedule. The unified messaging system retrieves contact information from a presence management system. Upon received the message, the recipient can respond along the established line of communication. Multiple modes of communication comprises telephone, wireless telephone, electronic mail, pager, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), video, audio, picture, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Edward Walter
  • Patent number: 8774380
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing a call in real-time are disclosed. Methods and systems consistent with the present invention manage a call in real-time based on input from a user. A service center receives information pertaining to a call to the user from a service control point and sends a notification of the call to a device associated with the user. The service center receives a response to the notification from the user. Thereafter, the service center instructs the service control point to connect the call based on the response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignees: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc., Verizon Services Corp., Verizon Data Services LLC
    Inventors: Robert A Chingon, Stephen P Brennan, Christopher L Helbling, Nagendra Kunuturi, Ravi Penumatsa, Mahesh Rajagopalan, Craig L Reding, John R Reformato, John H. Wurster, Sandeep Chakraverty, Byron M Pinto
  • Patent number: 8774381
    Abstract: A subscriber who seeks to block access to contact information may receive identifying information for people attempting to access the subscriber's contact information. The subscriber also may be provided interfaces to enable the attempting person to contact the subscriber, in a variety of escalating forms, without revealing the subscriber's contact information. In a particular implementation, a request is received from an information seeker for contact information for a subscriber. A data structure is accessed that includes an indication that the subscriber should be provided with information relating to requests received for the subscriber's contact information. A message address for the subscriber is accessed, and a message is sent to the subscriber indicating the request for the subscriber's contact information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: AOL Inc.
    Inventors: John Ernest Keeling, Barry Appelman
  • Patent number: 8767931
    Abstract: Provisioning is described for use in communications systems. The provisioning includes receiving a message at an inbox of a device. The message includes information of an electronic location of a source device from which to download the appropriate application and device and user-specific information used for configuration of the application. An application is automatically transferred to the device in response to selection of the received message by a user of the device. The application is automatically installed on the device. The application is auto-started, at which time it self-configures using the original message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Orative Corporation
    Inventors: Josh Perfetto, Saurav Chatterjee, Paul Fullarton, Lorraine Ling, Hemendra Rana, Mike White
  • Patent number: 8767719
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for splitting SIP back-to-back user agents and converting SIP communications between a back-to-back user agent server and a back-to-back user agent client to HTTP requests while preserving SIP headers. The back-to-back user agent server receives a SIP invite from a caller and converts the SIP invite to an HTTP request, wherein headers from the SIP invite are preserved in the HTTP request. The server transmits the HTTP request to a user agent client via a wide area network connection and receives, from the user agent client, an HTTP response to the HTTP request. The server converts the HTTP response to a SIP response, and transmits the SIP response to the caller, wherein the SIP response contains instructions for establishing SIP communications between the caller and a callee via a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Hillis, Renato Simoes, Pier Angelo Filho Tognini
  • Patent number: 8767925
    Abstract: An interactive assistant for managing telephone communications and services is disclosed. In one of many possible method embodiments, a chat interface is provided to a device associated with an intended recipient of an incoming voice call. A chat message from the intended recipient is received through the chat interface. The chat message is presented to a calling party associated with the incoming call prior to a disposition of the call being determined. In other embodiments, an interface provides controls for individually managing calls on a conference call, without affecting other calls on the conference call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Data Services LLC
    Inventors: Ashutosh K Sureka, Craig L Reding, Shuchi R Patel, Alin L D'Silva, Paula A Dromlewicz, Sathish Subramanian
  • Patent number: 8768308
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for schedule management includes storing at least one schedule for a user. The current activity of the user is determined. At a remind time for each schedule, the user is reminded of the schedule according to a reminder method. The reminder method selection is based on at least the determined current activity of the user. Some of the reminder methods selected between may include, for example, voice, ring, vibration, light, and/or text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Deutsche Telekom AG
    Inventors: Kyu-Han Kim, Nischal Piratla
  • Patent number: 8761356
    Abstract: A method for screening and routing incoming telephone calls includes extracting caller identification information from an incoming telephone call, providing a plurality of tables including a primary ring table, a secondary ring table, a voicemail table, a block call table, and a forward call table, and determining which one of the plurality of tables includes the caller identification information. The method further includes sending the incoming telephone call directly to voicemail without having a ring tone if the voicemail table includes the caller identification information, blocking the incoming telephone call if the block call table includes the caller identification information, and forwarding the incoming telephone call if the forward call table includes the caller identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Bradley J. Martin
  • Patent number: 8761355
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing a call notification, voice mail message notification, or SMS message for a wireless device to a user's preferred device. When a wireless device receives an incoming call, a voice mail message, or a SMS message, the wireless device connects to a network and sends a notification to the user's preferred device. If the preferred device is not available, the notification is stored in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Telesector Resources Group, Inc., Verizon Data Services LLC
    Inventors: Craig L. Reding, Ziauddin Majid, Shashi Neelakantan
  • Publication number: 20140169537
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing a notification to a communication device indicating that a voice mail recording from a calling party is in progress. One embodiment comprises a voice mail entity of a communication network. The voice mail entity initiates a recording of a voice mail message from a calling party for a communication device, and provides an alert to the communication device indicating that the recording of the voice mail message is in progress. In another embodiment, the voice mail entity receives a request from the communication device to communicate with the calling party, determines if the recording is in progress, and forwards a call from voice mail entity to the communication device based on a determination that the recording is in progress.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Ranjan Sharma, Yigang Cai
  • Patent number: 8755495
    Abstract: Displaying an IP call status is disclosed. An IP call status notification is received from an IP telephony device. A display update is caused by transmitting a display notification to an IP telephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: ShoreTel, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike S. W. Tovino, Pramod Madabhushi, Dale Tonogai
  • Patent number: 8755773
    Abstract: A system and method for notifying the calling party of acknowledgment of the missed calls by the called party is disclosed. The called party and the calling party can subscribe for the notification service to enable charging for the service. When the calling party initiates a call to the called party it may result in a missed call as the called party may be out of coverage area or busy. When the called party views the record of the missed call a notification is generated on the wireless device by the application on the wireless device of the called party. The notification is then sent to the calling party. The acknowledgement notification may be sent directly to the calling party or via an application server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Mudit Goel, Satish Kanugovi, Sarang Gadgil, Nagendra Bykampadi, Shivani Arora
  • Patent number: RE45136
    Abstract: A telephone line status notification system including at least one telephone line having a status, a communications network, at least one communications terminal which is connectable to the communications network and which is employable by a seeking user to communicate via the communications network a status request concerning the status of the at least one telephone line, apparatus for processing the status request the apparatus for processing is connectable to the communications network for receiving the status request from the seeking user therethrough and communicating the request, and apparatus for acquiring the status of the at least one telephone line, the apparatus for acquiring is in communication with the apparatus for processing for receiving the status request therefrom, and the apparatus for acquiring is connectable to the communications network for communicating the status via the communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Vardi, Arie Vardi, Joseph Vigiser, Yair Goldfinger