Indication Or Notification Of Message Patents (Class 379/88.12)
  • Patent number: 8572170
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for allowing a message to be left for an expected user of a network application are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a method includes determining when a first user has requested access to a first application, and determining if there is a message for the first user when it is determined that the first user has requested access to the first application. The method also includes informing the first user of the message if it is determined that there is the message for the first user, as well as providing the first user with access to the first application after informing the first user of the message and after the first user acknowledges that the first user has been informed of the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shmuel Shaffer, Labhesh Patel, Joseph Khouri
  • Patent number: 8572182
    Abstract: To reduce the communications in an IM conversation between two devices, two or more IM events of the conversation at the first device are confirmed by sending to the second device a single IM communication that confirms the most recent of the events. In order that the user of the second device not experience undue delay in receiving the confirmation, the method may be applied where the time interval between any two consecutive ones of the events is less than a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventor: Gerhard Dietrich Klassen
  • Patent number: 8565397
    Abstract: Audibly informing a recipient of an arrival of a digital communication from a sender includes receiving a digital communication from a sender directed to a recipient and determining whether the digital communication is associated with an audio identifier that identifies the sender of the digital communication and that is designated by the sender of the digital communication. Perception by the recipient of the audio identifier is conditioned on whether the digital communication is determined to be associated with the audio identifier. The audio identifier is perceived prior to or concurrent with perception of the digital communication by the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Appelman, Stephen Vaughan Murphy
  • Patent number: 8560323
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing relevant information to users (e.g., information that is at least potentially of interest to the users). Relevant information for a user may be automatically determined based on a determined context of the user and/or on a request for that information from the user. For example, voice-based information may be obtained from a user in one or more ways, and then analyzed to identify requests or other indications of information of interest and/or to otherwise determine a context of the user that corresponds to potential information of interest. Relevant information for a user may be provided to the user in various ways, such as via a voice-based response during a telephone call and/or via one or more electronic messages sent to the user (e.g., via emails, instant messages, paging messages, SMS or other text messages, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Shreedhar Madhavapeddi, John F. Pollard
  • Patent number: 8559604
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present disclosure provide systems and methods for voicemail notification. In one embodiment, a method includes submitting an extension call request to a telephony system, wherein the extension call request identifies a recipient extension. The method also includes receiving a return message from the telephony system in response to the extension call request. The method further includes determining whether the recipient extension is currently associated with the telephony system based on the return message received from the telephony system. In addition, the method includes documenting an association between the recipient extension at the telephony system if the recipient extension is currently associated with the telephony system. The preceding operations may be repeated for additional recipient extensions and/or additional telephony systems to determine associations between one or more recipient extensions and one or more telephony systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc
    Inventor: Ravindra Koulagi
  • Patent number: 8548130
    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: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa J. Stifelman, Karen M. Cross, Sarah Caplener, Rajeev Khurana, Anne K. Sullivan, Rao Surapaneni, Justin B. Ward, Angus Macdonald Davis
  • Patent number: 8548434
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a housing that is configured to support a picture, a sensor that is configured to receive an input and that is associated with the picture, a communication module that is configured to communicate with a remote device and to retrieve audio messages from the remote device, a speaker that is configured to play the audio messages, an electronics control module that is configured to control playing of the audio messages that are designated as being associated with the picture in response to selection of the sensor, and a power module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Hayes S. Raffle
  • Patent number: 8548129
    Abstract: Enhanced message notification is provided by an enhanced notification function element and a subscriber preference profile database. The enhanced notification function element queries the subscriber preference profile database to obtain subscriber communication terminal capabilities information, which it uses to select a message notification technology. The enhanced notification function element may then format an enhanced notification that is delivered to a communication terminal through a delivery system architecture appropriate for the selected message notification technology. The enhanced notification may contain: a message type indicator; an identifier of the party leaving the message; a date and time that the message was deposited; multimedia objects; and other enhanced information. The enhanced notification function element may also query a terminal roaming status database in order to determine if the enhanced message should be sent when the terminal is roaming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Simon James Richardson, Mark Steven Wuthnow
  • Publication number: 20130242808
    Abstract: After the input of a subscriber (TLN1) of the first terminal (EG1), a connection to a temporarily available voice memory (SPS) is signalized by the same, and subsequently a voice message (spn) and at least one piece of retrieval information (ai) identifying the second terminal (EG2) is transmitted and stored at that location. Subsequently, the connection is terminated and the second terminal (EG2) is informed of the presence of a retrievable voice message (spn) in the voice memory (SPS) via the voice memory (SPS) by means of the at least one piece of retrieval information (ai), and the voice message (spn) can be retrieved from the second terminal (EG2) by means of the transmitted retrieval information (ai), or is transmitted to the second terminal (EG2) by the voice memory (SPS). In this manner voice messages (spn) can be stored for terminals (EG2) and retrieved by the same, regardless of whether one or no voice memories—such as an answering machine—is associated with these terminals (EG2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: SIEMENS ENTERPRISE COMMUNICATIONS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Bruno Bozionek, Karl Klaghofer, Holger Prange, Michael Tietsch
  • Publication number: 20130243168
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for managing calls to voice mail is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a voicemail system having a controller element that receives a call redirected away from a targeted communication device without providing the targeted communication device notice of the call responsive to a voicemail redirection request supplied by signaling information associated with the call. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Charles V. Scott
  • Patent number: 8537981
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for providing an announcement to a plurality of communication devices when a subset of those communication devices are currently engaged in a call. More specifically, an announcement may be provided to different communication devices depending upon the location of the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Shaiju Cyriac, Diana M. D'Angelo, Sreerupa Das, Bruce W. Hill, William C. Leck
  • Patent number: 8526579
    Abstract: A method for providing a notification includes receiving a notification request at a central location. The notification request includes an audible message, a notification time, and a destination. The audible message is stored at the central location and associated with the notification time and destination. A current time is determined and compared with the determined notification time. The method further includes connecting a telephone call to the destination based on the determination and transmitting the stored audible message to the destination during the telephone call based on the connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Wendell A. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8521828
    Abstract: An auditory theme represents at least one participant in a networked group interaction, and reflects an attribute of that participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Royce A. Levien, Paul G. Allen, Edward K. Y. Jung
  • Patent number: 8520809
    Abstract: A server system having one or more processors and memory receives a respective electronic message associated with audio data and determines whether the respective electronic message is associated with a voicemail tag that identifies the audio data as including a voicemail message. In accordance with a determination that the respective electronic message is associated with the voicemail tag, the server system sends an audio player object for playing the audio data along with the respective electronic message when the respective electronic message is delivered to a client. In accordance with a determination that the respective electronic message is not associated with the voicemail tag, the server system sends the respective electronic message without the audio player object when the respective electronic message is delivered to a client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Rose Yao, Ariel L. Rideout, Michael D. Sego
  • Patent number: 8515027
    Abstract: Techniques and systems for recalling voicemail messages from remote voicemail systems are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for recalling a voicemail message from a target mailbox can include: accessing a voicemail system by a caller using a device; authenticating the caller using speaker verification; and deleting the voicemail message from the target mailbox. The target mailbox owner can be a member of the voicemail system, while the caller can be a non-member of that voicemail system. The device may be configured to support a telephony user interface (TUI), for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shmuel Shaffer, Mukul Jain, Sanjeev Kumar, Labhesh Patel
  • Patent number: 8515470
    Abstract: A source mobile telephone detects that a telephone number of the telephone has changed to a new number, and in response, sends a text or short message service (SMS) notice message to contacts identified in the mobile telephone to indicate that the source mobile telephone has a new telephone number. In response to receiving the text or SMS notice message, a contact telephony device may update its contact list to reflect the new number. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip George Tamchina, Michael M. Lee, Chad G. Seguin
  • Patent number: 8509395
    Abstract: A message greeting system receives a notification that a party is unavailable in response to a communication initiated by a contacting party. In response to receiving the notification, the message greeting system acquires contextual data associated with the contacting party, determines a message greeting that is appropriate for the contacting party based upon the contextual data, acquires the appropriate message greeting, and sends the appropriate message greeting to a contacting party device associated with the contacting party. The appropriate message greeting includes a message greeting that is usable by the contacting party given a context in which the contacting party is involved as identified by the contextual data. In some embodiments, the message greeting system acquires the appropriate message greeting by adapting an inappropriate message greeting for the context in which the contacting party is involved, thereby creating the appropriate message greeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Jerry Crawford
  • Patent number: 8509393
    Abstract: A method for signaling an Integrated Messaging System (IMS) on an Internet Protocol (IP) based network to deposit a message, including the steps of sending a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) SIP INVITE request to the IMS indicating a message deposit action; receiving a corresponding SIP message from the IMS agreeing to participate in the message deposit action; and sending an SIP acknowledge message to the IMS confirming receipt of the corresponding SIP message; and depositing the message in a destination mailbox. A method of signaling an IMS on an IP based network to retrieve a deposited message, the method including the steps of sending a SIP INVITE request to the IMS indicating a message retrieval action; receiving a corresponding SIP message from the IMS agreeing to participate in the message retrieval action; sending an SIP acknowledge message to the IMS confirming receipt of the corresponding SIP message; and retrieving the deposited message from a mailbox corresponding to known account information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Tekla Pehr LLC
    Inventor: Steven R. Donovan
  • Patent number: 8504083
    Abstract: A Short Message Service (“SMS”) provider's quality of service, such as SMS transmission latency and/or success rate, is measured based on collected event data. A notification service initiates SMS message transmissions which are sent through an SMS provider and a carrier before reaching a mobile service on a mobile device. Each SMS message includes a unique identifier. The notification service creates send events recording when each SMS message was sent. The mobile service creates receipt events recording when each received SMS message was received. By determining how many sent messages are received, and aggregated time differences between messages being sent and received, quality of service information can be determined. In some embodiments, quality of service information is determined on a per-SMS provider basis, and/or on a per-location basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunbir Gill, Matthew A. Jones, Ameesh Paleja
  • Patent number: 8498387
    Abstract: A messaging system for selectively performing an action on information, for remote retrieval of messages, for performing action on information at different times, for selective paging, for providing a user interface for message access and having integrated audio visual messaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Wireless Science, LLC
    Inventor: Richard J. Helferich
  • Patent number: 8494124
    Abstract: Notification systems and methods receive a call from a caller and prompt the caller to identify an event. A response is received from the caller which identifies a particular event. The notification systems and methods select an advertisement related to the particular event, the selected advertisement being associated with a second event of the same type as the particular event. The caller is prompted whether a reminder message associated with the second event is desired. A response is received from the caller regarding the reminder message. If the caller desires to receive a reminder message, that reminder message is scheduled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Apptera, Inc.
    Inventor: Randolph M. Haldeman
  • Patent number: 8494147
    Abstract: System and method for providing a telecommunication transmission from an originating device to a terminating device over a telecommunications network. In one embodiment a bit code may be received from the telecommunication network, such that the bit code is extracted from the telecommunication transmission from the originating device. A directory number associated with the originating source may be received and a predefined message may be determined based at least on the directory number and bit code. The predefined message may be displayed on the terminating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Alex Shusterman, Frank A Celentano, Ajay Gupta
  • Patent number: 8494505
    Abstract: A node and method for communication diversion and communication diversion notification is provided. The node has a component configured to receive notification about a communication diversion related to an incoming communication corresponding to only those communication diversions which match criteria for at least one specific reason to be notified, wherein the notification includes a diversion reason element that is locale-independent encoded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: John-Luc Bakker, Adrian Buckley
  • Patent number: 8489211
    Abstract: There is provided a communication apparatus comprising a memory configured to store a plurality of pieces of audio contents, a playing member configured to produce a contents-based audio signal by playing a piece of audio contents stored in the memory, and a management circuit configured to identify a plurality of events occurring while the playing member is producing one of the contents-based audio signals, one of the events being associated with one of a plurality of event-associated audio signals and given a highest priority, to have the playing member pause and stop producing the contents-based audio signal and to produce one of the event-associated audio signals associated with the identified event in a case where the identified event is given the highest priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Mobile Communications Limited
    Inventors: Kazuo Maehara, Tomohiro Kosaka
  • Patent number: 8483367
    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: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: RingCentral, Inc.
    Inventors: Vi Chau, Jian Lin
  • Patent number: 8472589
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide ways to locally store and deliver voicemail messages on personal communication devices. An illustrative method includes initiating a call to a recipient's device, receiving an indication the call cannot be established, prompting the user to leave a voicemail, storing the voicemail locally on the communications device, and sending the voicemail to the recipient's device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas Green, Arthur D. Townsend
  • Publication number: 20130156167
    Abstract: Methods and systems directed to retrieving voicemails from a voice mailbox server. In particular embodiments, a mailbox server may receive a notification from the voice mailbox server and connect to the voice mailbox server providing the credentials of a client device, and pull new voicemails for storage at the mailbox server. In particular embodiments, mailbox server periodically polls voice mailbox server for new voicemail messages. In particular embodiments, a client device polls or receives notification of new voicemails, and transmits a downloaded message to the mailbox server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Mohit Talwar, Miladin Pavlicic, Siddharth Murlidhar
  • Patent number: 8467503
    Abstract: Managing voice messages across multiple voicemail systems. A server acts as a gateway and interacts with multiple voicemail systems and with multiple user devices. The server can retrieve voice messages from one voicemail system and transmit the retrieved voice messages to another separate voicemail system without user assistance. The voice messages are transcoded as necessary. The server also enables a recipient to generate a reply voice message that can be delivered to the original sender's device or delivered to the sender in another manner, such as a Vnote, SMS or an email.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Michael P. Ruf
  • Patent number: 8467504
    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: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Anthony James Wageman, Tom Sladek, Diane Elaine Carder
  • Patent number: 8467502
    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, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    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: 8458320
    Abstract: A user inputs event information into a data processing system which is stored in an application memory of an application. Message information contained in each incoming message received by a messaging service is compared to the event information. In the event that the message information corresponds to the event information a notification of the event is sent to a short-range wireless transmitter. The wireless transmitter transmits notification of the event to a remote receiver. Upon receipt of the wireless signal, the remote receiver triggers an alert notification notifying the user that data processing system has received the specified event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Susann Marie Keohane, Gerald Francis McBrearty, Shawn Patrick Mullen, Jessica Carol Murillo, Johnny Meng-Han Shieh
  • Patent number: 8451991
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for managing calls to voice mail is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a voicemail system having a controller element that receives a call redirected away from a targeted communication device without providing the targeted communication device notice of the call responsive to a voicemail redirection request supplied by signaling information associated with the call. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Charles V. Scott
  • Patent number: 8451995
    Abstract: A mechanism for indicating a specific response message to be played to a caller is provided. A call that comprises an identification of a caller is received in a recipient device. If the recipient device is operating in the phone management mode, a recipient notification of the call is blocked on the recipient device. If the caller is identified as a known caller based on the identification of the caller, a caller specific response message is sent to the known caller. The caller specific response message is at least one of an interactive or a non-interactive caller specific response message. The interactive response message includes a code with which to respond. If the response message is the interactive response message and the caller enters the code associated with the interactive response message, then the recipient notification of the call is activated on the recipient device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marco Canu, Barbara Febonio, Rosario Gangemi, Sandro Piccinini
  • Publication number: 20130129059
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a system and method for quick note messaging. In one embodiment, a call from a calling party to the communication device is intercepted by a network system. The network system is configured to receive a calling party selection to record a quick note message for a user of the communication device prior to connecting the call. The network system monitors for at least one of a termination of the call by the calling party or a time-out threshold. The network system indicates at the communication device if a quick note message has been received. If the calling party selection to record a quick note message is not received, then the network system is configured to handle call processing normally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: CENTURYLINK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LLC
    Inventor: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
  • Patent number: 8442493
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a housing that is configured to support a first picture and a second picture, a first sensor that is configured to receive a first input and that is associated with the first picture, a second sensor that is configured to receive a second input and that is associated with the second picture, a communication module that is configured to communicate with a remote device and to retrieve audio messages from the remote device, a speaker that is configured to play the audio messages, an electronics control module that is configured to control playing of the audio messages that are designated as being associated with the first picture in response to selection of the first sensor and control playing of the audio messages that are designated as being associated with the second picture in response to selection of the second sensor, and a power module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Hayes S. Raffle
  • Publication number: 20130114802
    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: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen HODGE, David Woody
  • Patent number: 8437460
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide methods, systems, and devices for user supervision and notification. In this regard, one embodiment of such a method, among others, can be broadly summarized by the following: monitoring activities performed by a telephone device; and notifying a user of the activities performed by the telephone and identification of users performing the activities, notification of activities being made by the telephone device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: William Todd Daniell, Larry Kent, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8432899
    Abstract: Under one aspect, a system for transmitting an IP-based message from an initiator to a receiver lacking an IP address via a packet-switched (PS) network capable of communicating IP-based messages and a circuit-switched (CS) network capable of communicating non-IP-based messages, includes: a serving node in communication with the PS network and the CS network, the serving node including logic to: receive the IP-based message from the initiator over the PS network; generate a trigger message responsive to the IP-based message, the trigger message including a non-IP-based message including instructions for the receiver to initiate a connection to the PS network; and transmit the trigger message to the receiver via the CS network, and the receiver including logic to initiate a connection to the PS network and to receive the IP-based message responsive to the trigger message. Methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Aylus Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Shamim A. Naqvi
  • Patent number: 8433043
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of controlling transmission of voice messages or information via telephonic voice message systems, which are sometimes referred to as Voice Mail Systems. Users of the system selectively specify voice message transmission instructions for controlling transmission of voice messages directed to them. Upon receipt of a user's voice message address, the voice message system determines whether the destination voice message address has a specified voice message transmission instruction previously selected by the recipient and processes the voice message in accordance with the instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Worldvoice Licensing, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul F. Finnigan
  • Patent number: 8417230
    Abstract: Methods and Systems are provided for routing a call to a landline communication unit or a wireless communication unit based on the availability of the wireless communication unit. A call placed to a landline communication unit is routed to the wireless communication unit if the wireless communication unit is determined available. Otherwise, the call is routed to the landline communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard N. Roberts, Todd August Bartels, Terrence J. McCarthy, Wayne Robert Heinmiller, Rodney T Brand, Leslie Bernard Moore, Carlos H Donoso, Kara Elisia Ford
  • Publication number: 20130083905
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for announcing a calling party from a communication device. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a call processing system can have a controller for processing calls in a communication system. The controller can be programmed to detect an incoming call initiated by a third party communication device over a first voice channel, transmit to a communication device over a control channel a notification signal associated with the incoming call, detect a connection made by the communication device to a second voice channel, transmit to the communication device over the second voice channel audio signals that identify a calling party, and link the first and second voice channels upon detecting over the control channel a call acceptance action by the communication device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
  • Publication number: 20130086615
    Abstract: Extensible media and/or activity sharing within a voice call or concurrent real-time communication session is enabled. A concurrent voice call may contextualize shared media and/or activities. Users may share live experiences within the context of a voice call. Continuous, changing real-time media types such as periodic media (e.g., a user's current location) and streaming media (e.g., what the user is currently “seeing” through their personal video camera) may be shared, as well as interactive activities and atomic media types such as an image or a text message. Such sharing may have a unidirectional modality, for example, one party may offer to share media and/or an activity and another party may accept or reject it. Once accepted, the media and/or activity may be available until the sharing party terminates the call or ends the sharing. Conventional mobile computing environments may be adapted to enable rapid, wide-spread adoption of these communication modalities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: SocialEyes, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Williams, Robert Glaser, Richard Stern, Jeff McLeman, Cody Bittle, Ryan Chase
  • Patent number: 8411827
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method and system for implementing a multimedia ring back tone service. The method comprises: establishing a connection to a multimedia ring back tone platform when it is determined that either the calling party or the called party of a call is a user to the multimedia ring back tone service during call connection, and completing a media capability negotiation between a calling terminal and the multimedia ring back tone platform; acquiring a first media content and a second media content according to a multimedia ring back tone information of the user, and generating a streaming media from the first media content and the second media content; and playing the streaming media to the calling party. The present invention is capable of further improving existing multimedia ring back tone techniques to better meet the communication users' requirement for personalization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wentao Xu, Xin Dai, Ning Piao
  • Patent number: 8411826
    Abstract: A device receives, from a management server, an optimal number of threads, generates a dynamic thread based on the optimal number of threads, and retrieves, from a message store, a message based on the dynamic thread and when the message store is not empty. The device receives a binding from a voicemail server associated with a voicemail user, generates a notification based on the retrieved message and based on the binding, and provides the notification to a user device associated with the voicemail user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Zhiying Jin, Wei Xia, Gerald Honma, Jo Ann Kagawa, Jianxiu Hao
  • Patent number: 8406744
    Abstract: Data communications sessions for visual voicemail data communications are terminated under the control of a wireless device's visual voicemail client. In one embodiment, a visual voicemail client can be configured to transmit a request or command to terminate a data communications session immediately upon sending an acknowledgement of receiving voicemail data from a voicemail server. In another embodiment, a visual voicemail client can be configured to transmit a request or command to terminate a data communications session following the expiration of a timer set by the visual voicemail client. Alternatively, a visual voicemail client can be configured to wait for a termination request for command from a voicemail server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Venson M. Shaw, Arthur Brisebois, Gholam-Reza Rahsaz, William Sigmund
  • Patent number: 8406386
    Abstract: A system may include servers. The servers may include memories including a first database to store voicemail message information associated with a voicemail mailbox and a user device, and a second database to associate a plurality of user devices with a voice-to-text transcription service; and a receiver to receive a new voicemail message associated with the voicemail mailbox. The servers may also include a processor to query to the second database to determine whether to request a voice-to-text transcription of an audio file associated with the new voicemail message and to determine whether to notify the user device of the new voicemail message before or after receiving the voice-to-text transcription of the audio file. The servers may also include a transmitter to send a notification of the new voicemail message to the user device according to the determination of whether to notify the user device of the new voicemail message before or after receiving the voice-to-text transcription of the audio file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Fenglin Yin, Jack Jianxiu Hao, Dahai Ren, Shuai Wu, Guanrao Chen
  • Patent number: 8406746
    Abstract: The invention relates to a voicemail short messaging method (10, 20, 30) and means and a subscriber terminal (500). In particular it concerns a method and means for instantaneous packet switched voicemail between Internet compatible computers, personal digital assistants, telephones and mobile stations. In particular the inventive subscriber terminal (500) concerns a hardware and a software setup that allows the combined use of audio and/or video devices (550) with both the normal cellular or fixed telephony network (520) and with an Internet connection (510). The inventive subscriber terminal (500) allows the flexible use of both the Internet and telephony network with numerous advantages, one of which is the inventive voicemail short messaging method under study. The inventive voicemail messaging method (10), comprising at least one subscriber terminal is characterised by server independence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Dot Assets No. 14 LLC
    Inventor: Mikko Kalervo Väänänen
  • Publication number: 20130070912
    Abstract: A universal phone number is provided for connecting to communication methods, including fixed line, mobile line, and internet communication methods. A communication group of communication methods may include multiple communication methods belonging to one individual or to multiple individuals within the communication group, such as a family. The universal phone number may be designated as the primary contact number for the communication group such incoming phone calls and text messages may be automatically routed to the communication methods in the communication group. The universal phone number may provide alerts to the multiple communication methods for notifying when incoming phone calls are answered. A universal voicemail box may also be provided for a scenario when the incoming call is not answered. Additionally, the universal phone number may provide the ability to keep the contact information for each of the individual communication methods private.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Amey Parandekar, Dhigha Sekaran, Shahzaib Younis, Scott A. Plette, Marcelo D. Truffat
  • Patent number: 8396195
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for dynamically changing an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. Responses to a menu of prompts are monitored. A presentation order of the menu of prompts is automatically updated according to a set of rules. The set of rules describe qualifications for dynamically changing the menu of prompts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L. P.
    Inventors: Dale Malik, Richard A. Anderson
  • Patent number: RE44293
    Abstract: A mobile communication terminal includes timer for detecting the time of an incoming call, a caller number registration table for storing caller numbers, answer message ID numbers and time-dependent switching codes in relation to each other, the time-dependent control codes designating callers for whom answer messages are switched depending on a time zone in which the call is made. There is thus provided a capability of selecting an answer message for a caller based on the caller number included in the incoming call signal and switching between answer messages based on the time of call incoming detected by the timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Masaki Kinoshita