Caller Identification Received At Substation Patents (Class 379/88.21)
  • Patent number: 10992621
    Abstract: A method of enhancing data sharing between mobile or other computing device users includes receiving a submission request generated by user interaction with a first user interface on a first computing device, the submission request including an image and associated submission data indicative of a recipient of the image, and updating a second user interface on a second computing device associated with the recipient to make the image available for display. The method may include sending a push notification to the second computing device indicating that the image is available for display for a period of time. The image may be displayed together with a call button operable to initiate a phone call from the second computing device to the first computing device. The image may be available for display on the second communication device upon receipt of a communication from the first computing device by the second computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Flash App, LLC
    Inventor: Lance Fried
  • Patent number: 10965630
    Abstract: A method of enhancing data sharing between mobile or other computing device users includes receiving a submission request generated by user interaction with a first user interface on a first computing device, the submission request including content and associated submission data indicative of a recipient of the content, and updating a second user interface on a second computing device associated with the recipient to make the content available for display. The method may include sending a push notification to the second computing device indicating that the content is available for display for a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Flash App, LLC
    Inventor: Lance Fried
  • Patent number: 10771743
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system, a method and a computer program product are provided. The system includes a controller configured to broadcast a web-based meeting between a first user and a second user. The system further includes a graphical user interface configured to display the broadcasted web-based meeting. The controller is configured to receive a request from the first user through the graphical user interface. The request includes one of a text question, a recorded video question and a request from the first user to present a live video question to the second user. The controller is further configured to broadcast the request through the graphical user interface as a real time video feed of the first user, so that the first user can ask the question in real time and the second user can respond to the first user's question in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Shoutpoint, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Kiraz, Edward Dekeratry, Ian Serlin, Cory O'Daniel
  • Patent number: 10547735
    Abstract: A location engine that estimates the barometric pressure measurement bias of a wireless terminal, resulting in an improved estimate of elevation of the wireless terminal. The location engine generates an estimate of measurement bias by comparing the barometric pressure measured by the wireless terminal while at that elevation and the barometric pressure that corresponds to an estimated elevation of the wireless terminal when it made the pressure measurement (i.e., the expected pressure). The estimated elevation is based on an inferred above-ground height and the local terrain elevation, and the expected pressure is based on the measurement of barometric pressure at the pressure reference and the estimated elevation. The location engine infers the height based on various techniques disclosed herein. The location engine can use the measurement bias to adjust subsequent pressure measurements reported by the wireless terminal, in order to generate an improved estimate of elevation of the wireless terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Polaris Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Jian Zhu, Jerome Arthur Blaha, Jr., Scot Douglas Gordon, Jonathan Shiao-en Lu, Jeffrey Noel Wu
  • Patent number: 10304094
    Abstract: In a method of structured communications in an observation platform, a signal is received from a first communication device. The signal is received at a second communication device that is associated with a computer system. The signal comprises a mandatory message for a third communication device, wherein the third communication device is associated with a user, and wherein the user is required to acknowledge receipt of the mandatory message. The signal is forwarded by the second communication device to the third communication device. Responsive to receipt of the signal by the third communication device, the features of the third communication device are locked such that the user has no access to the features for at least until the mandatory message has been acknowledged by the user. The second communication device receives an acknowledgement of the mandatory message from the third communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Theatro Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Paul Russell, Guy R. VanBuskirk, Ravi Shankar Kumar, Kranthimanoj Nagothu
  • Patent number: 9854102
    Abstract: An IP telephony system allows a user to register a telephony device that receives its native telephony service from a different telephony service provider as an extension telephone. The user can then place calls through the IP telephony system using the extension telephone. Such calls may or may not be established using the extension telephone's native telephony service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: VONAGE AMERICA INC.
    Inventors: Ka-Yui Kevin Ma, John Erickson, Eugene Peter Cannon
  • Patent number: 9794209
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are example embodiments for multi-modality communication user interfaces. By way of example but not limitation, at least one user interface feature that is related to multi-modality communication may be provided, and manipulation of the at least one user interface feature may be detected. Described embodiments may include, but are not limited to, providing one or more communication modality options for user interaction with a communication device for a communication. By way of further example but not limitation, presentation or manipulation of example communication modality options are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9477943
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are example embodiments for multi-modality communications. By way of example but not limitation, a local user may interact with a local communication device via a local communication modality for a given communication, and a remote user may interact with a remote communication device via a remote communication modality for the given communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9386429
    Abstract: A monitoring system for monitoring incoming telephone calls, including telephone calls with different called numbers, the system comprising an electronic processor and an associated database containing caller details with corresponding telephone numbers and details regarding locations and/or people to visit with corresponding telephone numbers, the system being adapted to: detect the originating number of a caller and the called number to which an incoming call was made; to store the time, date and number of the incoming call the originating number of which has been detected and store data representing the number to which the incoming call was made; and to identify the location of the caller/person being visited by the caller corresponding to the detected called number by referring to the associated database, and to identify the identity of the caller corresponding to the originating number by referring to the associated database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventors: Peter Longman, Chris Jackson
  • Patent number: 9355241
    Abstract: A user provides an identifier to a computer server operating an online service by means of a network terminal connected to the computer server by a digital network. The user also provides a dynamic code that is to be used with the online service. The dynamic code is made up of a subset of digits that make up the number of a calling line, selected by a code server from among a set of available lines, so as to call the telephone of the user. The number for the dynamic code is transmitted to the online service by the code server. The dynamic code is extracted from the number for the calling line on the basis of an extraction rule indicated by the online service on the network terminal of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: PAYCOOL INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: Serge Barthelemy
  • Patent number: 9269092
    Abstract: A method for providing on-hold messaging, wherein the method receives a telephone call placed by a caller to a target, generates caller information, selects a first message based on that caller information, and recites the first message prior to the target answering the telephone call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Robert G. Dyer
  • Patent number: 9185213
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are described that allow more comprehensive interaction between users of a telecommunication system. For example, a described method comprises: receiving, from a first communication unit, a request to establish a voice communication call between a first user of the first communication unit and a second user of a second communication unit; receiving, from said first communication unit, additional information with regard to said request; and presenting, by said second communication unit, an indication of said request to establish said voice communication call and said additional information to said second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Crytek GmbH
    Inventor: Cevat Yerli
  • Patent number: 9049291
    Abstract: A method of indexing recordings of contact center communication sessions is described. The method allows for a recording to be indexed with metadata reflecting a time-varying characteristic of one or more of the parties of the communications session, e.g. the mood of a caller, the current location of a caller. The indexing of recordings with such information allows for more granular search of recordings, in order to find particular call conditions. This can be useful from the point of view of education and training of new call center operatives, and for assessment of call center performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Moran, David Murray, John Costello
  • Patent number: 9025749
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium for establishing communication between two devices comprises connecting, by a first computer, to an open source Private Branch Exchange (PBX) platform via a port, receiving a phone number sent by a first one of the two devices at the open source PBX platform, invoking an interface module by the open source PBX platform, where the interface module resides on the open source PBX platform, and building a Calling Name request by the interface module related to the received phone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Open Invention Network, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin V. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9014359
    Abstract: An analyzer resource receives call information about outbound phone calls from multiple phone numbers to target phone numbers in a phone network. The analyzer resource analyzes the call information to detect likely unwanted call activity. Based on the analyzing, the analyzer resource produces a list of phone numbers from which one or more entities originate unwanted calls to the subscribers in the phone network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Howard Leigh Pfeffer, Matthew John Cannon, Jeffrey James Lindsay
  • Patent number: 9008284
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for authenticating an individual. A representation of an utterance is received. A candidate record is identified from among a plurality of candidate records by comparing the representation of the utterance with stored utterance data according to a match parameter. An identity of the individual is verified by comparing received ambiguity information with stored ambiguity resolution criteria. If a candidate record is not found, a new record associated with the individual may be created. The individual may be allowed access to a secured resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ochopee Big Cypress LLC
    Inventors: Sanford J. Morganstein, Sergey Zaks
  • Patent number: 9002333
    Abstract: A reputation system aids in the prevention of unwanted spam or malicious communications from being sent to a mobile device, such as a cell phone. A collaborative process is used to determine ratings for a collection of source identifications of the communications. The source identifications are caller identifications (IDs) of a corresponding voice or SMS communication. A collection of opinions is maintained regarding the caller IDs. The reputation system then uses a method of making automatic predictions about the caller IDs by collecting caller ID information from many users to populate the database of maintained opinions. As such, caller IDs of users who have sent spam or malicious messages can be blocked by using collaborative information from many users, as opposed to relying on individual users to block unwanted communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Trend Micro Inc.
    Inventors: Ning Tong, Gang Chen
  • Patent number: 8977249
    Abstract: A method in one embodiment includes receiving, by a mobile client device, an incoming call sent by a caller, a caller ID being associated with the incoming call. A node connected to a packet-based network is accessed to obtain information about the caller. Information about the caller is then received from the node by the mobile client device. This information is applied to a set of client rules that selects a specific ring tone from a plurality of ring tones stored on the mobile client device. Finally, the specific ring tone is generated on the mobile client device to announce the incoming call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shantanu Sarkar, Joseph Brian Burton
  • Patent number: 8923822
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for managing interruptions in a multiple communication mode environment are provided herein. For example, a method may include receiving at least first and second instances of communication data associated with first and second communication modes; obtaining first and attribute data related to the first and second instances of communication data; classifying the first and second instances of communication data into first and second categories based on the first and second attribute data using the interruption management device; and determining whether to interrupt a user by delivering the first instance of communication data or the second instance of communication data based on the first and second categories, respectively. The first category and the second category may be selected from a plurality of predetermined categories using a classification algorithm. The first communication mode may be different than the second communication mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram Kumaran, John Christopher Cottrell
  • Patent number: 8903054
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a telephone customer to configure telephone service for multiple users at a single location associated with the customer. The location has at least two telephones, at least two phone numbers and a voice mail box. The telephone customer is visually provided an option to assign one of the phone numbers to one of the telephones. The telephone customer is visually provided an option to assign each of the multiple users exclusive access to at least one of the telephone numbers via their account identifier. The telephone customer is visually provided the option to, for each of the multiple users, allow access or deny access via their account identifier to the voicemail box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Larry B. Pearson, Jeffrey L. Brandt, Douglas Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8855272
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system for implementing a CLIP service, which includes: a resource storage entity used for storing multimedia resources subscribed by a calling terminal; a resource playing entity used for downloading the multimedia resources from the resource storage entity and playing the multimedia resources; a CLIP service management entity used for obtaining a storage address of the multimedia resources and sending the storage address of the multimedia resources to the resource playing entity. Embodiments of the present invention further provide a method and apparatus for implementing the CLIP service. The system, method and apparatus for implementing the CLIP service in the embodiments of the present invention enable the calling terminal to subscribe to the multimedia resources for a called terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Inventergy, Inc.
    Inventor: Junxian Zhao
  • Patent number: 8837688
    Abstract: A system and method for providing private information content to a voice telephone call parties prior to, during or following a call. In one aspect, the system and method may be implemented in a voice telephone communication apparatus that is adapted to hold information content on behalf of the call party, gather information that is private to the call party and add it to the information store as part of the information content, and retrieve the information content from the information store and present it to the call party in response to an information presentation initiation action. In another aspect, the system cooperates with a premises or equipment monitoring system, such as a security system, to provide monitoring information to a telephone call party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Michael H. Script
  • Patent number: 8831191
    Abstract: A caller may initiate a phone call to a device. A call preview system may send a preview message in conjunction with the phone call. The preview message may contain preview information that identifies the caller. The call preview system may use a text or media messaging service to send the preview message. Callers can manage their own preview information relieving each user from continuously updating contact information in personal contact directories. The call preview system may use different schemes for initiating phone calls. In one example, the call preview system may initiate or forward phone calls in conjunction with sending the preview message. In another example, the call preview system may delay calling a phone number or delay forwarding the phone call until a message is received acknowledging the preview message or accepting the phone call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ringcentral, Inc.
    Inventor: Vlad Vendrow
  • Patent number: 8825470
    Abstract: A system and method of providing a response with different language options for a data communication protocol, such as Session Initiation Protocol, are disclosed. For example, data communication is controlled between at least two endpoints. A response code indicative of a condition of the data communication is transmitted to one of the at least two endpoints. The response code is associated with a reason phrase operable to be displayed at the one of the at least two endpoints in a language selected from an option of a plurality of languages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Enterprise Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Mallikarjuna Samayamantry Rao, Dennis Kucmerowski
  • Patent number: 8805347
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for identifying a caller after receiving a missed call from a calling device that is not associated with the caller. An exemplary method involves obtaining an audio message from the caller, recognizing the caller as being a first contact of the called individual by matching an audio sample associated with the first contact to at least a portion of the audio message, and graphically indicating an association between the first contact and the missed call after recognizing the first contact as the caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Lemke, Ramy S. Ayoub
  • Patent number: 8761372
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems and methods of personalizing a self-service option for customers. Customers are identified at call inception and the self-service channel is personalized to tailor the caller experience based upon information specific to each customer. The systems and methods of telephone channel personalization is company/provider driven, which allows the provider to control and personalize the caller experience based on criteria set by the provider. The telephone channel personalization systems and methods determine what choices to present to the caller (i.e., in a speech self-service application—what to say and how to say it). A personalized self-service channel reduces call time and enhances the caller experience and therefore is an attractive option for businesses utilizing a call-center model. The personalized self-service application caters to the needs of a particular customer and appears to the customer that the provider knows why they are calling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Stephen M. Adamson, Richard E. Moore
  • Patent number: 8755496
    Abstract: The present invention enables users of a network service to register with the network as valued shoppers, thereby allowing them to receive specialized treatment when calling registered retailers. The present invention enables retailers to register with the network, thereby allowing them to set preferred service logic for handling valued customer calls by the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Patent number: 8750846
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling an incoming call to an incoming call subscriber terminal of a mobile communication system. A Mobility Management Entity (MME) receives the incoming call for the incoming call subscriber terminal from an outgoing call terminal, analyzes a type of the incoming call subscriber to determine whether a call restriction is required for incoming calls to the incoming call subscriber terminal, determines whether an outgoing call number of the outgoing call terminal is one of previously registered call-allowed numbers, if the call restriction is required; and pages the incoming call subscriber terminal, if the outgoing call number is one of the previously registered call-allowed numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Soo Deok Choi
  • Patent number: 8724785
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method of associating first data identifying a first party with second data to allow future recognition of the first party, including the steps of: conducting a telephone call with the first party; storing second data derived from the telephone call with the first party, the second data being different to the first data and characterizing a feature of the first party to allow future recognition of the first party; and associating the first data with the second data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Core Wireless Licensing S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Jussi Severi Uusitalo
  • Patent number: 8712390
    Abstract: Techniques for providing a smart dial controller for enhancing a telephone voice call using a data connection. In an exemplary embodiment, a dial controller may be provided in a calling device for calling another user, and/or a called device for receiving a call from another user. Techniques are provided for both the calling device and the called device to access a content server storing profiles of the calling user and/or the called user, subject to user-determined privacy settings. Such profiles may include, e.g., multi-media information on the status, location, or preferences of the users. In an exemplary embodiment, the dial controller may delay the establishment of a voice connection pending user review and approval of the other user's profile. According to an advantage of the present disclosure, no modifications are required on the network side to implement the techniques described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Devarshi P. Shah, Patrik N. Lundqvist
  • Patent number: 8699682
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a message in Caller-ID information are described. In one embodiment of the present invention, an applications server, such as service control point (SCP), substitutes a message for Caller-ID information when a switch serving the called party's line requests the Caller-ID information. An embodiment may also include an application that provides a user interface, for example, a web-enabled interface, to allow the subscriber to add or change the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Hong Thi Nguyen, Edward Michael Silver, Vernon Meadows
  • Patent number: 8666033
    Abstract: A system and method for providing private information content to a voice telephone call parties prior to, during or following a call. In one aspect, the system and method may be implemented in a voice telephone communication apparatus that is adapted to hold information content in an information store on behalf of the call party, gather information that is private to the call party and add it to the information store as part of the information content, and retrieve the information content from the information store and present it to the call party in response to an information presentation initiation action. In another aspect, the system cooperates with a premises or equipment monitoring system, such as a security system, to provide monitoring information to a telephone call party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Michael H. Script
  • Patent number: 8654938
    Abstract: When a call from a call terminal to a called terminal is received, a relay processing device transmits calling terminal specific information that specifies the calling terminal to the called terminal by using data communication. The calling terminal specific information, for example, is a phone number of the calling terminal, but may be a user's name of the calling terminal. The called terminal transmits to the relay processing device, connection information that indicates whether or not to respond to the call from the calling terminal. The transmission of the connection information may be performed by any one of voice communication and data communication. The relay processing device connects the phone call between the called terminal and the calling terminal or cuts off the connection between the calling terminal and the relay processing device according to the connection information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Akihisa Kurashima
  • Patent number: 8630631
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for providing caller identification information by a caller's mobile phone. When there is a request, by a caller, for an addition of a word or phrase after an input of a call recipient's phone number, a caller's mobile phone receives an input of the word or phrase from the caller. When the caller inputs a request for making an outgoing call, the caller's mobile phone generates an outgoing call message, which includes a caller's phone number, the call recipient's phone number, and an input word or phrase, and sending the generated outgoing call message to the recipient's mobile phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jong-Kyu Lee, Chul-Yong Jeon
  • Patent number: 8630394
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products provide communications services. A communication is received from an address, and a database of text messages is queried for the address. A text message associated with the address is retrieved and sent in response to the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert A. Koch
  • Patent number: 8630392
    Abstract: The present application relates to software on phones for displaying local times of distant parties as to allow users of the software to shape their behavior based on the social and business expectations related to those local times. Local times are retrieved by communicating with a directory number information service. The directory number information service can receive a user identifier from a phone application identifying a remote party. The service can retrieve a location of the remote party identified by the user identifier. The service can determine a local time of the remote party based on the remote party's location and provide the local time to the phone application for display. Social statuses can also be provided. The phone can create a call log for incoming calls made by remote parties. The calculated local time can be used for updating software on the phones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Dat Huynh, Abid Ali Shaikhali
  • Patent number: 8630393
    Abstract: A facility for blocking telephone calls is described. The facility is implemented by a telecommunications system that manages assigned and unassigned telephone numbers. The facility determines that a call originator has made two telephone calls to two different unassigned telephone numbers. The facility adds the call originator to a blacklist for a default time period. If the call originator calls any managed telephone number during the default time period, the facility renews the default time period. After the default time period expires, if the call originator makes additional telephone calls to other unassigned telephone numbers, the facility adds the call originator to the blacklist for a time period that is increased from the default time period. The facility increases the time period with each additional call to an unassigned telephone number. Accordingly, the time period is a function of the number of unassigned telephone numbers called by the call originator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Marchex, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryce Baril, Matthew Berk
  • Patent number: 8619960
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium for establishing communication between two devices comprises connecting, by a first computer, to an open source Private Branch Exchange (PBX) platform via a port, receiving a phone number sent by a first one of the two devices at the open source PBX platform, invoking an interface module by the open source PBX platform, where the interface module resides on the open source PBX platform, and building a Calling Name request by the interface module related to the received phone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Open Invention Network, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin V. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8620289
    Abstract: An improved handheld electronic device and an associated method provide an improved call log that presents information relating to logged phone calls in a collapsed manner, meaning that for each phone number having a call stored in the memory of the device, only the most recent in time call is listed on the call log. An improved handheld electronic device and an associated method also provide a call history for any phone call from the improved call log that is selected by the user. The call history includes a listing of all of the calls stored by the device that are associated with the selected call log call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Douglas Bocking, Raymond Paul Vander Veen
  • Patent number: 8620278
    Abstract: In system and method of prioritizing a voice mail message, a voice mail message is received comprising caller information and chronological information, a voice mail priority is associated with the first voice mail message based on at least one of a matching criteria, a call history criteria, a chronological criteria, a frequency metric, and a missed call value, and a voice mail list is ordered according to the voice mail priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Siddharth S. Oroskar, Anoop K. Goyal, Sachin R. Vargantwar, Maulik K. Shah
  • Patent number: 8611875
    Abstract: A network component in communication with a call message system is disclosed. The network component includes a configurable communications portion and a configurable processor portion. The communications portion is configured to detect a call indicative of a call to a mobile device. The processor portion is configured to determine an originator of the call. The processor portion is also configured to determine a genre of the call. The determination of the genre of the call is based at least in part on the originator of the call. The genre of the call is compared to a predetermined genre. The processor portion is configured to terminate the call or to provide the call to the call message system based on the comparison of the genre of the call to the predetermined genre.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Mikan, John Lewis, Justin McNamara, Fulvio Arturo Cenciarelli
  • Patent number: 8600019
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of extracting and sharing user preference information is disclosed. One example method may include receiving a call from a user device, retrieving user information from a user account stored in a user databank in response to receiving the call, and transmitting a targeted offer to the user device based on the user information retrieved from the user account. The method may also include receiving feedback from the user device regarding the offer, updating the user information in the user account, and determining a next offer to transmit to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Brian W. Cooper, Fonda J. Narke
  • Patent number: 8600417
    Abstract: An apparatus, a method, and a computer program are disclosed. According to one example the apparatus may be configured to receive via the receiver a message from a mobile device to connect with an agent. The apparatus may also be configured to determine and select an available agent via the processor in order for the mobile device to communicate with the available agent, and transmit via the transmitter an agent availability message to the mobile device, wherein the agent availability message requires an acknowledgement from the mobile device prior to connecting the mobile device with the available agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Michael T. Mateer, James K. Boutcher, Jesse Andersen
  • Patent number: 8583143
    Abstract: A communication network includes a wireless network, a location platform, and a network component. The wireless network includes a base station to send data to and receive data from a mobile station via radio frequency communication signals. The location platform is operably coupled to the wireless network. In one embodiment, the location platform computes a velocity of the mobile station in response to a velocity request. The network component is operably coupled between the wireless network and the location platform. In one embodiment, the network component compares the computed velocity of the mobile station with a velocity threshold in response to an attempted communication involving the mobile station. The network component also implements a restrictive action for the attempted communication involving the mobile station in response to a determination that the computed velocity exceeds the velocity threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Unwired Planet, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Hartmaier, William Thomas Cooper, Utpal Thakrar
  • Patent number: 8571190
    Abstract: A communication system, comprising at least one telephone appliance having multiple line appearances selectable via associated self-labeling line buttons, and a switch for receiving an incoming call intended for a particular one of the line appearances and in response generating a message containing predetermined information and an indication of an associated one of the line buttons, whereupon the predetermined information is displayed in abbreviated format on the associated self-labeling line button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Andrew Erb
  • Patent number: 8560673
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for managing the communications and information resources of a user. When a request for data is received, a message log is queried for the data. A result of the query is then communicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L. P.
    Inventor: Dale W. Malik
  • Patent number: 8553864
    Abstract: A method and system for presenting interactive information about a party in a telecommunication call are provided. The party may be a calling party or a called party. Providing interactive information may include identifying a party in a telecommunication call and receiving interactive information about the party. The received interactive information may be combined with user data to form combined interactive information. The combined interactive information may be displayed to a user. A user-action relating to the displayed combined interactive information may be received and an operation corresponding to the user-action may be performed. Providing interactive information may include determining if the user data is needed by analyzing the interactive information. The interactive information may include events, and the user data may include the user's schedule. The combining may correlate the events with the schedule and creates a set of user-actions based on the correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Koushik Chatterjee
  • Patent number: 8528040
    Abstract: A disclosed set top box or other multimedia receiver suitable for use in a multimedia distribution network includes a remote control interface operable to receive a signal from a remote control device and extract a remote control command from the signal, a processor coupled to the remote control interface and operable to detect the remote control command, and a machine readable storage resource containing computer executable instructions operable to: invoke an aural indication application that returns an audio stream suitable for processing by an audio output device, wherein the audio stream, when processed by the audio output device, causes the audio output device to produce an audibly detectable signal indicative of a function corresponding to the remote control command. The application may generate the audio stream by invoking a speech synthesis module or by retrieving an audio file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Aaron Bangor, Harry E. Blanchard, Jeffrey Brandt
  • Patent number: 8526583
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for enabling a media terminal adapter (MTA) for locally ringing back coupled telephones having a caller identification display. Management information base (MIB) objects are defined to enable a caller identification information function along with caller identification name and number in order to verify the caller identification information is working properly. A technician or user dials a predetermined digit string from a coupled telephone, and the MTA responds with the defined caller identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: James M. Burns, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8520811
    Abstract: The present invention enables users of a network service to register with the network as valued shoppers, thereby allowing them to receive specialized treatment when calling registered retailers. The present invention enables retailers to register with the network, thereby allowing them to set preferred service logic for handling valued customer calls by the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi