Indication Or Notification Of Message Patents (Class 379/88.12)
  • Patent number: 8391448
    Abstract: A voicemail system apparatus produces a voicemail notification message corresponding to a voicemail message received and saved at a voicemail system, and causes the voicemail notification message to be sent to a mobile device. Subsequently, the apparatus causes a voicemail deletion notification message to be sent to the mobile device, where the voicemail deletion notification message indicates that the voicemail message will be deleted by the voicemail system. In response to expiration of a voicemail message time expiration period associated with the voicemail message, the apparatus deletes the voicemail message at the voicemail system. On the other hand, prior to expiration of the voicemail message time expiration period, and in response to receiving a save command from the mobile device for resaving the voicemail message, the apparatus saves the voicemail message at the voicemail system and updates the voicemail message time expiration period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Raymond P. Vander Veen, William Daniel Willey, Ian Harris
  • Patent number: 8391447
    Abstract: Managing shared voice messages across the multiple voice messaging systems of the various recipients of a message. A server may act as a gateway and may interact with the multiple voice messaging systems and multiple user devices of the recipients. The server may retrieve voice messages from the sender voice messaging system and may transmit the voice message to the disparate voice messaging systems of the recipients with or without user assistance. The voice messages may be transcoded as necessary. The server then may determine the status of the voice message in the voice messaging systems of the recipients and may update the message status in the sender's and the recipients' voice message systems accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Smith Micro Software, Inc
    Inventors: Konstantin Othmer, Michael P. Ruf
  • Patent number: 8391454
    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: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marco Canu, Barbara Febonio, Rosario Gangemi, Sandro Piccinini
  • Publication number: 20130051538
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide messages to television users are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Chaoxin Charles Qiu, Jeffrey Lee Scruggs, John E. Lemay, Jessie Tsae-Jiuan Lee, Diana Maria Cantu
  • Patent number: 8385516
    Abstract: A smart ringback blocking and replacement system for delivering and/or selectively blocking signal content from a communications network is disclosed. Communications devices interact with the smart ringback blocking and replacement system to allow for modifications of the network service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: eClips, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford J. Radziewicz, Mark R. Gregorek, Jeffrey C. Dillow
  • Patent number: 8374318
    Abstract: Voicemail systems and methods for managing voicemail systems are provided herein. The subject voicemail systems provide a plurality voicemail greeting, each of which are associated with a context tag. The context tag can be, for example, a location, a device parameter, an account parameter, a network parameter, or any other contextual information. Upon receipt of a change in a context tag, the voicemail system determines a new voicemail greeting associated with the new context tag and sets the new voicemail greeting to the active voicemail greeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Joshua S. Wright, Linda S. Giles
  • Patent number: 8374319
    Abstract: The present invention is generally related to methods for use in connection with network-based messaging systems and related systems. In accordance with a particular embodiment, the method includes receiving a call at the network-based messaging system and providing a notification to a subscriber of the network-based messaging system that the call has been received and that a message for the subscriber is to be recorded. The subscriber is located remotely from the network-based messaging system. In accordance with another particular embodiment, the system includes a computer server and a notification module. The computer server is associated with the remote subscriber terminal and includes a voice message storage unit to store voice messages. The notification module is to notify the remote subscriber terminal when a call is received at the computer server and when a voice message is to be recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: J. Bradley Bridges, Larry B. Pearson
  • Patent number: 8374166
    Abstract: A method that includes receiving a first call request from a second user to a first user, establishing a first dialog between a network element and the first user, establishing a second dialog between the network element and the second user, establishing a third dialog between the network element and a third user in response to a second call request from a third user, establishing a fourth dialog between the network element and the first user as a result of establishing the third dialog, waiting for a response from the first user in the fourth dialog and receiving one or more indications of actions from the first user to manage the disposition of the second call request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: David C Robbins
  • Patent number: 8374323
    Abstract: In a communication system comprising multiple networks, a system is provided for notifying a caller that a call destination who was initially unavailable is now available, involving subscribers of possibly different networks. The system, when installed in a network, can support destination availability notifications following failed call attempts in which at least one user is a user of the network, regardless to which network the other user subscribes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: ON-Q Telecom Systems Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Oren Tal, Reuven Tal
  • Patent number: 8369494
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Steve Cha
  • Patent number: 8369493
    Abstract: An embodiment of a method for recording a to-do list includes receiving an incoming call by a first communication device from a caller using a second communication device. In at least one embodiment, the first communication device is located at a customer premise location. The method further includes prompting the caller to record an audio to-do list, recording an audio to-do list from the caller, and converting the audio to-do list into a text to-do list. The method further includes converting the text to-do list into at least one to-do list item, and sending the at least one to-do list item to a computing device to be utilized by an application. In at least one embodiment, the method further includes adding the at least one to-do list item to a software calendar application associated with the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Pamela K. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 8363794
    Abstract: An apparatus including a processor, a memory connected to the processor, a user interface connected to the processor and a communication module connected to the processor. The processor is configured to automatically monitor at least one incoming message status for each of at least two voice mail accounts, and to register each of the at least one message status in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Atte Lahtiranta, Jari P. Hamalainen
  • Patent number: 8358751
    Abstract: Lessons of the Sep. 11, 2001 terrorist attack (9/11) and Hurricane Katrina are incorporated. Methods are disclosed for rapidly establishing alternate electronic messaging for person-to-person communications in a large-scale emergency. Details for constructing electronic access addresses comprised in part by subscriber telephone numbers and an event identifier, allows the provider to establish a default system with no specific information from the user while allowing the user to access the messages in a systematic way. No registration or passwords are required, which allows free access to all interested parties. Expedited contact of lost pet owners and parents, as well as identification of the dead, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventors: David H. Parker, Ginger B. Parker
  • Patent number: 8355700
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and a mobile terminal for easily and rapidly searching for messages received from or sent to the same phone number of a currently displayed message. The method includes a first step of detecting whether a user inputs a key to select a previous or next message received from or sent to the same phone number of a currently displayed message; a second step of searching for the previous or next message received from or sent to the same phone number upon detecting the user's key input; and a third step of displaying the detected message on a display unit of the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Il-Ho Lee
  • Publication number: 20130010937
    Abstract: A method for updating voicemail data at least partially stored at a device can include obtaining a command to update the voicemail data at a device. The device can activate a data session through which voicemail data can be downloaded to the device. In some embodiments, the device can automatically activate a data session upon the occurrence of a trigger event, for example, upon the receipt of a message waiting indicator, or upon powering on the device. In other embodiments, the device can wait for a user action or command to download voicemail data. The action or command can be received at the device after a trigger event, or at any other time. Exemplary devices and communications networks for implementing these and other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: William Joseph Sigmund, Michael Robert Zubas, Brian Keith Rainer
  • Publication number: 20130005309
    Abstract: A telephone system is provided which allows a user to indicate their availability to receive phone calls and allows users to determine which other users are available to receive phone calls. The system allows for connection of phone calls between available parties, thereby eliminating unnecessary missed telephone calls and leaving and/or listening to repeated voicemails for the user. The system removes the uncertainty of whether a telephone call recipient is available eliminating frustration and wasted time for the caller. In one implementation, the system comprises an application or button installed on a telephone which may be activated to indicate to other users that the first user is available to receive and answer telephone calls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: Kimani Clark
  • Patent number: 8345829
    Abstract: The invention provides a method, system, and program product for authenticating a user to a telephonic communication device. In one embodiment, the invention includes obtaining a reference sample of an authorized user's voice, storing the reference sample of the authorized user's voice, collecting a sample of the voice of a user of the telephonic communication device, comparing the sample of the voice of the user to the reference sample of the authorized user's voice, determining whether the user is the authorized user, and in the case that the user is determined not to be the authorized user, prohibiting use of the telephonic communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Moon J. Kim, Jang-Soo Lee, Eric T. C. Yee
  • Patent number: 8345833
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to processing calls to busy telecommunications lines. In one embodiment, the presence of a subscriber accessing a computer network over a first telephone line via a first computer terminal is detected, wherein the subscriber also has a first telephone station connected to the first line. When a caller calls the first line and the first line is busy, the call is forwarded to a second telephone line associated with a call manager system. The call manager system determines when the subscriber is no longer accessing the computer network. At least partly in response to determining that the subscriber is no longer accessing the computer network, the call manager system transmits a text message to the caller, the message including the subscriber's phone number. The caller can then call back the first line using the transmitted phone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Callwave Communications LLC
    Inventors: David S. Trandal, David J. Brahm
  • Patent number: 8345834
    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: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Charles Scott
  • Patent number: 8345832
    Abstract: Textual preview of a voicemail is generated and provided through email or similar media to users along with the audio version. Transcription of the textual version, as well as additional capabilities such as actionable terms, playback-jump, switching between text and audio versions, direct or metadata based searchability, and enhanced response capabilities are provided based on contextual data obtained from voicemail metadata and user associated data stores such as contact list, email history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jon Hamaker, Keith Herold, Michael Wilson, David Notario, Tom Millet
  • Patent number: 8345836
    Abstract: A communication device configured to receive messages containing media over a communication network and to receive locally created messages containing media created using the communication device. The device also includes a time-shifting buffer to store in a time-based format the media contained in both the messages received over the communication network and the locally created messages. The time-shifting buffer enables on the communication device to either (i) render the media received over the network in a near real-time mode; or (ii) render both the media received over the network and the locally created media in a time-shifted mode by retrieving the stored media from the time-shifting buffer. The communication device also includes a message management system, which enables the communication device to transition the rendering of the media between the time-shifted mode and the near real-time mode without interrupting the ongoing storage of media of received messages into the time-shifting buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Voxer IP LLC
    Inventors: Thomas E. Katis, James T. Panttaja, Mary G. Panttaja, Matthew J. Ranney
  • Patent number: 8340257
    Abstract: A method for switching interactive modes in a menu system is disclosed. An audio interactive voice response session is established to provide audio menus to a communication device. A data session with said communication device is also established. The data session is used to instruct the communication device to display indicia that a second mode may be activated. The indicia may be an icon indicative of the second mode. A user selection of the indicia on the communication device sends a message to the IVR system indicating that the second mode is to be activated. The second mode may be a text mode wherein text menus are presented to the user instead of audio menus. The second mode may be a suspend mode whereby the IVR session is halted at its present menu choices and saved for later reactivation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Lyle Walter Paczkowski, Kimberly J. Ganote, Stevan A. Klesper
  • Patent number: 8331539
    Abstract: A method and a system for representing the attributes of an incoming call are disclosed. A determination module is used to determine certain attributes of an incoming call. The attributes can be the caller ID, urgency of call or call location, among others. The determined attributes are then converted into an audio-tone that is representative of the incoming call. Characteristics, such as pitch, volume and cadence of the audio-tone are chosen to represent the attributes of the incoming call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Eckel, Alison Paige Andrews, Najeeb Haddad
  • Patent number: 8325887
    Abstract: A method of and a communications system for providing a calling party (1) information (27) of a message (18) that is played to the calling party (1) in a communications system, when the calling party (1) calls (10) a called party (2) and the called party (2) is being alerted (13) of the call and/or after the called party has disconnected from the call. The information (27) is provided electronically on request (24) of the calling party (1). The calling party (1) may be prompted (28) to indicate (24) whether to receive the information (27). The prompt (28) may be provided while the message (18) is playing. The information (27) to be provided may include downloading of the message (18) or part thereof or content comparable with the message (18), such as an audio clip, a video clip or as a ring tone to be used by the calling party (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Rogier August Caspar Joseph Noldus, Jos den Hartog, Daniel Johannes Josephus Adriaan Akkermans
  • Publication number: 20120300914
    Abstract: A methodology wherein a voice service client application on one or more phones and a voice service server perform a call set-up process through a mix of an external data channel and a normal voice channel that enables call subject information to be effectively provided by a calling party to a called party so that it can be displayed along with other caller ID information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventor: Peter Baccay
  • Patent number: 8315361
    Abstract: A method and system for storing, transmitting and retrieving an audio message is disclosed herein. The invention allows a recipient to access a voice message sent by a sender by clicking on an access key in a SMS text sent to the recipient's phone. The SMS text preferably provides information on the sender and the length of the voice message. Once the recipient accesses the message, another SMS text is sent to the sender providing information on the when and how much of the voice message was communicated to the recipient. The voice message is preferably stored at a server of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventors: Dennis Becker, Alex Shah
  • Patent number: 8315249
    Abstract: A communication system provides a user with the ability to redirect telephone calls to a voice chat account and vice versa. In one example, a voice chat gateway may receive communication requests and determine whether communications directed to a first party is to be redirected. If so, the voice chat gateway may reroute the communication request to an appropriate destination. For instance, a user may request that all communications such as telephone calls be rerouted as a voice chat to the user's voice chat account. Alternatively, a user may request that all communications including voice chats be redirected to a telephone number. Users may further be allowed to call a voice chat account through a telephone network and initiate a voice chat with a telephone number through a data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Franklyn Athias
  • Publication number: 20120282902
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for allowing a telephone service subscriber to receive an email notification, e.g., a SMS notification, at an endpoint device that a new voice mail message has been received. The SMS notification comprises a voice mailbox access phone number, selected from a pool of unassigned access phone numbers, which can be used to provide direct access to the new voice mail message in the telephone service subscriber's voice mailbox. Thus, a different voice mailbox access phone number is sent in each SMS notification to the telephone service subscriber for each new voice mail message, thereby providing direct access to specific voice mail messages via different voice mailbox access phone numbers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T Corp.
    Inventor: Gerald KARAM
  • Patent number: 8306198
    Abstract: A private branch exchange (PBX) capable of transmitting and receiving an E-mail over a network is provided. The PBX includes an interface for communicating with the network, an E-mail server for receiving and storing the E-mail; an extension interface for exchanging a communication signal including an audio signal and control signal with an extension telephone, a database for storing a destination address of an E-mail and an extension number corresponding to the address, an examining unit for examining whether or not an mailing address contained in an E-mail received at the E-mail server from the network is registered in the database, and a controller for sending a notice of the reception of the E-mail the extension telephone of the extension number allocated to the mailing address of the E-mail when the examining unit judges that the mailing address of the E-mail is registered in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Sadaka Mitsuo
  • Patent number: 8300778
    Abstract: An information processing terminal device includes a state monitoring unit that monitors whether or not there exits an unread e-mail or a missed call, a light order control unit that makes an emitting unit emit a color corresponding to each sender in a given order when the unread e-mail or the missed call is detected, where a light order control unit determines a light order of the colors according to a receiving order of the unread e-mail or an incoming order of the missed call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Kei Shibuya, Kiyotoshi Hariu, Takeshi Kojima, Rikiya Maeda, Masahiko Konno, Hayato Sasaki, Ken Sato, Tomoki Iwabuchi
  • Patent number: 8295450
    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: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Wireless Science, LLC
    Inventor: Richard J. Helferich
  • Patent number: 8290481
    Abstract: A panel has been provided to a wireless device that turns off all RF capability of the wireless device (including, but not limited to notifications, wireless web clipping, instant messaging, email sending/receiving, phone calls, etc.). The panel is brought up on a screen of the wireless device by pressing a programmed hard button for more than 1 second. Once the RF capability has been turned off, if the user attempts to access a program or other device that requires the RF capabilities, a notification is displayed that identifies the RF capabilities as being disabled and prompts the user whether to continue. If the user continues, the RF device is automatically enabled, otherwise the RF device remains disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Craig S. Skinner, John Richard Brown, Mindy Chahel, Lisa King
  • Patent number: 8285255
    Abstract: Voicemail user interface methods and apparatus for mobile communication devices are disclosed. Voicemail notification messages corresponding to voicemail messages are received through a wireless receiver of the mobile device and voicemail message header lines corresponding to them are displayed in a message list. In one illustrative example, the mobile device provides a graphical user interface (GUI) for the end-user with visual objects corresponding to PLAY, REWIND, FAST FORWARD, SKIP BACK, SKIP FORWARD, as examples, which provides for transparency of voicemail system-specific commands. Preferably, the mobile device receives the voicemail notification messages from several different voicemail systems for consolidating such processing using this single common user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Raymond P. Vander Veen, Mihal Lazaridis
  • Patent number: 8279856
    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: December 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Patent number: 8280028
    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: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Nextel Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Shusterman, Frank A. Celentano, Ajay Gupta
  • Publication number: 20120237008
    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: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Mehrad Yasrebi, James Jackson
  • Patent number: 8265235
    Abstract: Automatic access to a secondary or alternate voicemail box while operating or using a first or primary voicemail box is provided. One touch access to an alternate voicemail box from a wireless telephone device is further provided, and access to a given voicemail box from a number of trusted telephone devices is provided without requiring users of the trusted devices to authenticate into the voicemail box (e.g., provide a password).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Evelyn L. Bolden, Compton Wharton, Rauf A. Qureshi
  • Patent number: 8264716
    Abstract: A method for ringtone, voice, and sound notification of printer status, comprising obtaining status information of a printer, converting it into an audible report, and delivering the audible report. The method is especially useful for visually-impaired users and for shared printers in crowded situations where it is difficult for each user to see the panel or monitor display. The methods also include detection by the events controller, UI manager instructing an audio manager, codec decoding an audio file in firmware and hardware organization; job owner identification information embedded into a print job with a unique tag; user identification sound data embedded in a print job; audible report for multiple jobs in a job queue, with positional information; text-to-speech conversion; unique ringtone melody for each user, comprising department prefix, higher pitch modulation for higher priority, and automatically converting an alphanumeric character into the corresponding note.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignees: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc., KYOCERA Document Solutions Development America, Inc.
    Inventors: Zheila L. Ola, Arthur E. Alacar, Barry Sia, Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8265238
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes identifying a call from a first endpoint to a second endpoint as originating while the second endpoint is connected to a voice mailbox associated with the first endpoint. The method also includes triggering one or more call-handling events in response to the identification of the call as originating while the second communication device is connected to the voice mailbox associated with the first communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Lee, Fadi R. Jabbour, Eric H. Lee, Johnny H. Lee
  • Patent number: 8260264
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are disclosed that enable a terminal such as a computer-based softphone to retrieve and handle, transparently for its user, the voicemail that has been left by calling parties who called the user's cell-phone number. Furthermore, the softphone is able to integrate the presentation to its user of the voicemail associated with the cell phone with the voicemail that has been left by calling parties who called the softphone itself. The softphone features both i) a personal area network interface that is used to communicate directly with the cell phone and ii) a local area network interface that is used to retrieve the cell-phone voicemail from a voicemail system. Once the softphone is paired with the cell phone, the softphone is able to retrieve signals directly from the cell phone and, based on those signals, retrieves the voicemail from the cell phone's voicemail system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Omer Boyaci, Lynne Shapiro Brotman, Parameshwaran Krishnan, Michael J. Sammon, Shalini Yajnik
  • Patent number: 8254545
    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: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Jackson, Mehrad Yasrebi
  • Patent number: 8255006
    Abstract: An event dependent notification system and method presents a message to a user of a mobile device suggesting the user to perform an action during and/or after an event is detected. The event is detected by an accelerometer or another sensor. In some embodiments, instead of or in addition to a message being presented, the action is automatically taken. The message is able to encourage users to perform actions they do not typically perform or enroll in programs/services they are not currently utilizing, ultimately providing better and/or more secure functionality of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Fusionone, Inc.
    Inventors: John Anthony Chavez, Leighton Ridgard
  • Publication number: 20120207288
    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: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: TellMe Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lisa J. Stifelman, Karen M. Cross, Sarah A. Caplener, Rajeev Khurana, Anne K. Sullivan, Rao Surapaneni, Justin B. Ward, Angus Davis
  • Patent number: 8243887
    Abstract: A method for providing identification for voice notifications sent to notification recipients is disclosed. The method includes receiving, from a user, a request for transmitting at least one voice notification to a plurality of notification recipients, and receiving at least one identifier related to the at least one voice notification. The method also includes associating the voice notification with the identifier, and transmitting the voice notification and the identifier. In certain instances, the method further includes transmitting an alert containing the identifier before the voice notification is transmitted. A system for providing identification for voice notifications sent to notification recipients is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Blackboard Connect Inc.
    Inventor: Natasha Conahan
  • Patent number: 8244221
    Abstract: An improved visual voicemail system is provided. When a call is made to a wireless telephone device and a voicemail message is deposited for the called party, the voicemail message is transcribed to generate a text version of the deposited voicemail message. The transcribed voicemail message is sent to the called mobile telephone device to allow the user to read the text version of the voicemail message. Embedded with transcribed text voicemail message is a link that maps to a unique telephone number that is assigned to the original audio voicemail message from the text voicemail message was transcribed. If the called party selects the link, the called party's mobile telephone device or other receiving computing device places a call to the storage location of the original audio version of the voicemail message to listen to the audio version of the voicemail message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas David Gravino, Radhakrishnan Gopinath, Michael Lee Poffenberger
  • Patent number: 8243891
    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 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Value-Added Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Hodge, David Woody
  • Patent number: 8233381
    Abstract: A voice over internet protocol telephone system is described in which services for handling calls invoking account codes are distributed to voicemail servers in the system. If the voicemail server associated with a particular user does not have services for handling account code calls, then the request is forwarded to another voicemail server in accordance with a predefined procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Shoretel, Inc.
    Inventors: Mamata Kondapally, Scott A. Van Gundy
  • Patent number: 8229085
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for utilizing speech analytics for automatically managing messages in a communications network. A message from a calling party to an unavailable called party is recorded in a messaging management module. The messaging management module automatically identifies a category for assigning to the content of the message based on information associated with the unavailable called party or a calling party and associates a language model with the message content based on the category. An analysis module utilizes the language model to identify grammar making up the message content. The messaging management module automatically performs a messaging management function on the message content based on a set of rules. The messaging management function may include automatically determining a priority for the message (enabling the message to be retrieved out of order) or automatically triggering an action in response to the message which is directed to the unavailable called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: David J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8229479
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multimedia messaging are provided. When a multimedia messaging service center (MMS-C) receives an MMS message for an intended recipient, the MMS-C forms an MMS notification message that includes the MMS message. The MMS-C then sends the MMS notification message to an intended recipient independent of receipt of a retrieval request from the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Nextel Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Erich J. Izdepski
  • Patent number: RE43613
    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: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Masaki Kinoshita