Telephone Line Or System Combined With Diverse Electrical System Or Signalling (e.g., Composite) Patents (Class 379/90.01)
  • Patent number: 10244096
    Abstract: A digital image viewing system comprises a wireless phone unit, a battery charger for the wireless phone unit and a digital photo frame in short-range wireless communication with the wireless phone unit. The digital photo frame may include phone function unit. Usual slide show is played on display of digital photo frame and replaced by a special image when a speaker of digital photo frame plays a ringer melody. The special image relates to a person causing the ringer melody. An operation at the wireless phone unit is transmitted to the digital photo frame through the short-range wireless communication to change the special image back to the usual slide show. Upon receipt of e-mail with image data attached, cellar phone automatically but conditionally opens the e-mail and takes out the image data to transmit it to digital photo frame through the short-range wireless communication or direct contact with battery charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10243890
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus related to determining reply content for a reply to an electronic communication and providing the reply content for inclusion in the reply. Some of those implementations are directed to determining, based on an electronic communication that includes an event and is sent to a user, reply content that is tailored to the electronic communication and tailored to schedule data of the user that is temporally related to the event, and providing the reply content for inclusion in a reply by the user to the electronic communication. For example, the reply content may be automatically included in the reply and/or suggested for inclusion in the reply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Balint Miklos, Ijeoma Emeagwali, Stella Schieffer, Katie Hart, Jonathan Aroner, Phillip Sharp, Jung-won Shin, Marina Ganea
  • Patent number: 10210244
    Abstract: A third-party company may assist companies in providing natural language interfaces for their customers. To implement a natural language interface for a company, a configuration may be received that includes information, such as a list intents, seed messages for the intents, and hierarchical information of the intents. An intent classifier may be trained using the configuration, and the natural language interface may be deployed for use with customers. Usage data of the natural language classifier may be collected and used to improve the natural language interface. Messages corresponding to an intent may be clustered into clusters of similar messages, and a prototype message may be obtained for each cluster to provide a human understandable description of the cluster. The information about the clusters may be used to improve the natural language interface, such as by creating a new intent with a cluster or moving a cluster to a different intent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ASAPP, INC.
    Inventors: Satchuthananthavale Rasiah Kuhan Branavan, Joseph Ellsworth Hackman, Frederick William Poe Heckel, Aaron Isaksen
  • Patent number: 10104230
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements for according multiple input media to a voice-based application. A voice application is accessed and a voice application template which supports a voice input mode is selected. At least one voice application template which supports at least one input mode other than voice and telephone touch tone is also selected, and a capability is accorded to selectively access the voice application via the voice input mode and the at least one input mode other than voice and telephone touch tone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Arun Kumar, Sheetal K. Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10070283
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a mobile device application automatically identifies and annotates auditory data of a conversation between two or more parties. Digital auditory data is processed to identify mention of specific entities. An identified entity is annotated, based on context and relevance, to list one or more actions possible to perform with or on the identified entity, and the identified entity displayed while the conversation is ongoing. An action is selected by signals from an input interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Eolas Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Martin, Michael D. Doyle
  • Patent number: 10057330
    Abstract: Embodiments of apparatuses and methods for self-service payment based on location and time information are described. In embodiments, a device may include a data module to store one or more Asynchronous Events Notifications (AENs) or Ethernet frames. The device may further include a Network Interface Controller (NIC), coupled to the data module, to send the one or more AENs or Ethernet frames to a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) in response to receipt of a command from the BMC indicating an opportunity for the NIC to send AENs or Ethernet frames to the BMC. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Patrick G. Kutch
  • Patent number: 9986045
    Abstract: During voice communication between multiple telecommunications devices, a shareable application facilitates concurrent sharing of data and processes between the devices. The application may be configured to monitor the voice communication and execute a predetermined function upon detecting a predetermined condition in the voice communication. The application may further facilitate sharing of functionality and user interface displays during the voice communication. In some implementations, a server computing device on a communications network may facilitate functions of shareable applications on one or more telecommunications devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Winston Wang, Adam Holt, Jean-Luc Bouthemy, Michael Kemery
  • Patent number: 9900407
    Abstract: A gateway for X2 interface communication is disclosed, comprising: an X2 internal interface for communicating with, and coupled to, a first and a second radio access network (RAN); an X2 language processing module for receiving messages from the first RAN according to a first X2 protocol and mapping the received messages to a second X2 protocol for transmission to the second RAN; and an X2 external interface for communicating with, and coupled to, a gateway in a wireless telecommunications core network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Parallel Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajesh Kumar Mishra, Steven Paul Papa, Kaitki Agarwal, Zeev Lubenski, Jitender Arora
  • Patent number: 9811383
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for systems, devices and methods effective to process a composite task to be applied to an ontology. In some examples, the methods may include a processor receiving a composite task. The methods may include the processor transforming the composite task into a set of atomic tasks. The set of atomic tasks may include at least a first atomic task, a second atomic task, and a third atomic task. The methods may include the processor determining that the first atomic task is equivalent to the second atomic task based on the ontology. The methods may include the processor removing the second atomic task from the set of atomic tasks to generate a list of atomic tasks. The methods may include the processor applying the list of atomic tasks to the ontology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Jun Fang
  • Patent number: 9762473
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve a method for optimizing an extension of an optical network to provide service to one or more new customers. The method considers the location of existing network nodes as well as a metropolitan environment where the new customer is located (e.g., the geographical location of streets where fiber may be routed to a customer). Aspects of the present disclosure further employ one of various linear programming models, such as a 1-Layer Model, a 3-Layer Model, a 5-Layer Model and a Dual Path Model to generate cost effective solutions to extend the existing optical network to provide service to the new customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Level 3 Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin K. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9756186
    Abstract: A method for providing continuity over a series of transactions is provided, comprising the steps of (a) creating a Portable Continuity Object (PCO) as a defined digital package by an instance of PCO software executing on a computerized appliance also capable of communication transaction; (b) providing identity of a person, an address of a communication device and a continuity context in the PCO; (c) sharing the PCO in related transactions, with the PCO updated with information concerning individual transactions by digital equipment enhanced with an instance of PCO software; and (d) providing context continuity in succeeding transactions by accessing the PCO by one or both parties to a transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergey Fedorov, Mikhail Gilula, Derek Barnes
  • Patent number: 9712699
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus containing a web server is provided. The image processing apparatus regularly notifies a web browser of an operation instruction. When it is determined that setting processing of a set value for an operation of the image processing apparatus is attached, whether or not there is a set value saved on the web browser is checked. When it is confirmed that there is a set value saved on the web browser, the web browser is caused to transmit the set value to the image processing apparatus. When the set value transmitted from the web browser is reflected on the image processing apparatus, the set value saved on the web browser is deleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ohno, Hiroaki Sugimoto, Yoshikazu Takesada, Taketoshi Yamahata, Yusuke Shinosaki
  • Patent number: 9537921
    Abstract: A content providing device may receive an indication to stream real-time content. The real-time content may include content captured by the content providing device. The content providing device may identify a dynamic content address, associated with the content providing device, to be used by a content receiving device to access the real-time content. The dynamic content address may identify an address of the content providing device from which the real-time content is to be streamed. The content providing device may provide the dynamic content address. The content providing device may receive, from the content receiving device, a request to access the real-time content, via the dynamic content address, based on providing the dynamic content address. The content providing device may stream the real-time content to the content receiving device, using the dynamic content address, based on receiving the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventors: Gong Zhang, Jian Huang, Jianxiu Hao
  • Patent number: 9451100
    Abstract: A method in an electronic device is provided. The method includes identifying an output characteristic of at least one peripheral device, converting or reconfiguring output information of an event generated by at least one application program based on the identified output characteristic, and transmitting the converted or reconfigured output information of the event to the at least one peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Suck-Ho Seo, Hyeong-Geun Kim, Sung-Ho Park, Dong-Hyoun Son, Ji-Ryang Chung, Sang-Hyun Han, Il-Sung Hong, Ji-Young Hwang, Ji-Hyun Park, Jin-Hyuk Lee, Na-Rae Jo
  • Patent number: 9438596
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and a network device for establishing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) among Local Area Networks (LANs). The method uses a cloud controller that has a static IP address to control a plurality of network devices. The method comprises receiving, at the cloud controller, messages indicative of dynamic public network addresses associated with the first and second network devices; pre-assigning, at the cloud controller, the first and second network devices to an account maintained by the cloud controller; and sending an authorization message to the dynamic public network addresses associated with the first and second network devices to authorize the first and second network devices to establish a virtual network comprising two private networks to which the first and second network devices belong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Holonet Security, Inc.
    Inventor: Feng Zou
  • Patent number: 9407451
    Abstract: Systems and methods for integrating telephony and multimedia content include concurrently displaying a graphical user interface and a video channel of a media broadcast on a screen of a multimedia device. The graphical user interface has a graphical element by which an end-user of the multimedia device can select execution of an interactive application that invokes a telephony service. In response to a selection of the interactive application by the end-user, a message is sent to a networked resource requesting the telephony service. The requested telephony service can be to ignore, reject, or forward the incoming telephone call. Alternatively, the requested telephony service can be a click-to-call. Other interactive applications can request access to an address book, acquire presence information, or request an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: GENBAND US LLC
    Inventors: Nalin Mistry, Zhonghui Yao
  • Patent number: 9325377
    Abstract: A powerline communication adapter may couple powerline communication signals between a network device and a powerline communication network. The powerline communication adapter may comprise of a first electrical connector including an electrical socket and a second electrical connector including an electrical plug. The powerline communication adapter may include a coupling unit coupled between the first electrical connector and the second electrical connector. The coupling unit may be configured to couple a powerline communication signal received via the first electrical connector to the second electrical connector to transmit the powerline communication signal via at least two powerline communication channels in the powerline communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Srinivas Katar, Syed Adil Hussain, Lawrence W. Yonge, III
  • Patent number: 9230450
    Abstract: Simulation equipment can be integrated into courseware presented to a student using technology which, based on the native output of a system running the courseware, can generate control signals for the simulation equipment. Such signals could then be sent to the simulation equipment without requiring the designer of the courseware to create low level programming code to communicate directly with the simulation equipment itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Accella Learning
    Inventor: Bryan P. Bergeron
  • Patent number: 9167311
    Abstract: A method includes identifying an initial variant playlist for a content item. The initial variant playlist lists a first plurality of bit rate streams. Client devices that receive the content item based on the initial variant playlist are identified. The method includes determining bit rate stream consumption metrics of the client devices for the content item based on the initial variant playlist, and determining an optimized variant playlist based on the initial variant playlist and the consumption metrics of the client devices for the plurality of bit rate streams. The optimized variant playlist lists a second plurality of bit rate streams and substantially optimizes video quality based on streaming resource constraints associated with the at least one client device. The method also includes providing the content item to the client devices based on the optimized variant playlist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Martin A. Busse
  • Patent number: 9160858
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for receiving incoming work at an enterprise, obtaining social information for agents of the enterprise, comparing the social information obtained for the enterprise agents with information associated with the incoming work, and assigning the incoming work to a selected enterprise agent based upon at least one common feature included in the social information for the selected enterprise agent and the incoming work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Khouri, Biren Gandhi, Gebran Chahrouri
  • Patent number: 9094236
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for collaborative filtering of junk electronic mail (e-mail) are provided. The method includes receiving an e-mail message at a service provider, where the e-mail message includes a source address and a recipient address. The method further includes searching a collaborative junk register (CJR) for the recipient address in a group member list, where the group member list includes multiple member addresses and a junk address. The method additionally includes comparing the source address to the junk address. The method also includes filtering the e-mail message at the service provider to prevent delivery of the e-mail message in response to locating the recipient address in the CJR and identifying source address as the junk address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lars Fanebost, Tom Rojahn, Tryggve E. Sorensen, Tore Stokkedal
  • Patent number: 9077848
    Abstract: A side channel, networked with a real-time video conference feed, includes descriptive audio commentary. The side channel also includes an adjustable data handler for adjusting amount of the descriptive audio data correlated to audio commentary regarding the real-time video conference; and a means for prioritizing associated conversation links tied to the real-time video conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: William P Alberth, Dean E Thorson
  • Patent number: 9042530
    Abstract: Establishing a telephone call includes enabling display of a visual indicator of a call destination entity and detecting selection by a user of the visual indicator. The availability of the user to receive a first telephone call is determined. Voice communications between the call destination entity and the user are established in response to detection of the selection by the user of the visual indicator and conditioned on the user being determined to be available to receive the first telephone call. Establishing voice communications includes enabling placement of the first telephone call to the user to establish a first PSTN link with the user and enabling a voice communications link to be setup with the call destination entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Robert M. Cooper
  • Patent number: 9036796
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements for analyzing and responding to communications data. Telecom data are input, as are social network data. The telecom data and social network data are analyzed, and action tuples representing opportunistic leads are generated based on the analyzed telecom data and social network data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vinod Vinayak Mankar, Natwar Modan, Amit Anil Nanavati
  • Patent number: 9025744
    Abstract: A system to provide telephony and data services includes a termination unit having a connector portion to a corresponding termination unit to modem connector containing at least three conductors. The termination unit provides a good electrical connection between two conductors that carry data signals between the access network and a user modem, and insulates the other conductor or conductors from the incoming pair of conductors. A user modem connects to the termination unit to modem connector and is operable to transmit data signals onto and to receive data signals from the data carrying conductors as well as telephony signals onto and from a pair of modem-side telephony signal carrying conductors. A cross-connection unit has a connection portion that connects with a telephone connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: British Telecommunications Public Limited Company
    Inventor: Leslie Derek Humphrey
  • Patent number: 8995630
    Abstract: Technology is described for a non-mobile telephone system which in addition to processing voice signal data and performing telephone functions, can execute applications transferring data responsive to user input received through a graphical user interface of the telephone system. The non-mobile telephone includes a telephony processing system for performing telephone functions, and an applications processing system for executing applications. The two processing systems communicate using a communication protocol between them which is independent of a telecommunication protocol used for voice signal data processed by the telephony processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Tulsa Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Scott M. Ober, Ravin Suri, Stephen J. Schmitt
  • Patent number: 8989357
    Abstract: A method and an inference engine for processing telephone communication data of telephone parties of a telephone network are provided to allow better services and better allocation of resources in a telephone network. The inference engine comprises an obtainer for obtaining telephone communication data that associates telephone parties identifiable by telephone network identifiers with usage data that describes usage of one or more services of a telephone network. Further, the inference engine also comprises a generator for generating contact structure data for a set of the telephone parties based on the telephone communication data, wherein the contact structure data expresses a degree of connectivity between each member of at least a part of the set and one or more other members. The generated data gives the required information to improve services and resource allocation in the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Jesus Renero Quintero, Javier Maria Torres Ramon, Luis Osa Gomez Del Campo
  • Patent number: 8971505
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for providing a customer premise based feature. For example, the method receives a call directed to a customer, wherein the call is associated with a customer premise based feature. The method then forwards the call to a customer premise based communication system located at a location of the customer, wherein the customer premise based feature is implemented locally by the customer premise based communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Armstrong Soo, Bernard Ku
  • Patent number: 8963982
    Abstract: A method, client application and user terminal, the method including providing a packet-based communication system for conducting voice or video calls over a packet-based network and providing an instance of a client application enabling a first user terminal to access the packet-based communication system. The client application is configured so as when executed on the first terminal to receive an input from multiple different audio and/or video input transducers of the first terminal, to analyze those inputs in relation to one another, and based on that analysis to select at least one audio and/or video input transducer and/or output transducer of the first terminal for use in conducting a voice or video call with a remote user terminal via the packet-based communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Skype
    Inventor: Derek MacDonald
  • Patent number: 8953760
    Abstract: A method and arrangement are disclosed in a Vector Control Entity for enabling a fair bit rate distribution among lines of similar priority in a vectoring group, when applying partial vectoring in a DSL communication system. The method comprises calculating a rate balancing metric, RBM, for each line i within a priority group A, indicative of the ratio between the bit rate of a line i with a current vectoring resource allocation, and the estimated bit rate of line i assuming approximately no crosstalk within the vectoring group. The method further comprises allocating partial-vectoring resources to the line/s within the group A, based on the calculated RBMs, such as to reduce the difference in RBM between the lines. The method further comprises calculating an updated RBM for any line within the group A subjected to changes in vectoring resource allocation. The method may be iterated until certain criteria are fulfilled. The arrangement is adapted to enable the performance of the above described method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Chenguang Lu, Per-Erik Eriksson
  • Patent number: 8929522
    Abstract: A system and method for customizing a connection interface that is displayed to a user and provides multiple modes for the user to connect to a telephone number. The multimodal connection interface may be triggered by a GUI event, such as the user selecting or pointing to a telephone number in a displayed web page. The connection interface provides multiple options for the user to connect to the phone number, such as by mobile phone or computer. In some embodiments, the system uses advertiser-defined rules to present a connection interface that includes additional details about the advertiser that is associated with the telephone number. In some embodiments, the system uses publisher-defined rules to present a connection interface that includes information about the advertiser as well as other related businesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Marchex, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Berk
  • Patent number: 8929520
    Abstract: An Internet compatible dialer pad is used to dial into an Internet server to provide services similar to those found on the Plain Old Telephone System (“POTS”). The dialer pad has an integrated modem set, an extended keypad with alphanumeric entry keys and function keys, display screen and display electronics that renders visual call progress information to the user as well as other communications indicators and related information about the current Internet connection. The dialer uses the Public Switched Telephone System (“PSTN”) and standard LAN/WAN technology to give the user entry into a plurality of Internet calling functions. An Internet database is maintained and permits the dialing party to obtain callee information by entering alphanumeric characters via the dialer. Links from the PSTN to an Internet data base are not restricted to a specific digital data protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8917836
    Abstract: A method for implementing information exchange is disclosed in the present invention, and the method comprises: a calling user terminal sending information to be sent to a called user terminal by carrying the information in a user-to-user signaling (UUS) field of a call message; the called user terminal sorting out the information carried in the UUS field from the call message after receiving the call message, and feeding back a message other than an acknowledge message to the calling user terminal; the calling user terminal terminating this call after receiving the message fed back by the called user terminal. The simplicity and the easy transformation of the software update of user terminals are fully utilized in the present invention; therefore the present invention can enable a user terminal to have the information exchange function only by properly modifying the software of the user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Tao Xue, Fangmin Deng, Hongxing Guo, Haiqing Yan
  • Patent number: 8913734
    Abstract: A telecommunications addressing system/method allowing selection of a telephone instrument device (TID) using arbitrary identifiers is disclosed. The system/method allows a source TID (STD) to select a target TID (TTD) by the use of a Target Telephone Identifier (TTI) data string rather than a traditional numeric telephone identification (NTI). This TTI is then indexed within a TTI/NTI mapping server (TMS) that functions as a hierarchical repository of TTI/NTI mappings. STD/TTD communication is established by first performing a lookup of the STD-selected TTI within the TMS to identify the NTI of the TTD. Once the NTI of the STD has been identified by the TMS, communication between the STD and TTD is established using the NTI via the normal public switched telephone network (PSTN). TMS TTI lookup may be performed via STD TID web application and/or via PSTN infrastructure interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Maqsood A. Thange
  • Patent number: 8897290
    Abstract: There is a need to enable decompression of a speech signal even if no network synchronizing signal is output from a baseband processing portion. For this purpose, an information processing device includes a first serial interface. The first serial interface includes a notification signal generation circuit that generates a notification signal each time compressed data incorporated from the baseband processing portion reaches a predetermined data quantity, and notifies a speech processing portion of this state using the notification signal. The speech processing portion includes a synchronizing signal generation circuit that generates a network synchronizing signal based on the notification signal. A clock signal for PCM communication is generated based on the network synchronizing signal. A speech signal can be decompressed even if no network synchronizing signal is output from the baseband processing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Uchimura, Takahiro Irita, Jiro Hara
  • Publication number: 20140334610
    Abstract: Inmate communications can include establishing a communication, between an inmate device and a registered device, and storing information associated with the communication in a local data store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Dave W. Hangsleben
  • Patent number: 8879700
    Abstract: A communication apparatus repeatedly outputs a first multi-carrier signal SS during predetermined periods T1, T2, T3, . . . , and outputs a second multi-carrier signal RS whose phase vector is different from that of the first multi-carrier signal SS, at a predetermined timing based on the first multi-carrier signal SS. The communication apparatus further detects the second multi-carrier signal RS output from another communication apparatus, which uses a different communication method from the communication apparatus. Accordingly, both communication apparatuses can differentiate the first multi-carrier signal SS from the second multi-carrier signal RS without performing relatively cumbersome modulation and other processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hisao Koga, Nobutaka Kodama
  • Patent number: 8879913
    Abstract: The invention relates to a piece of customer premises equipment (CPE) comprising a physical connector (21) for linking to a broadband network and a distributing structure (NTU, 24) that is connected to said physical connector for distributing broadband elements over one or more service modules (RGUs A, B, C, D) for associated customer modules (CUEs E, F, G, H). According to the invention, said distributing structure (NTU, 24) comprises a plurality of mechanically modularly arranged connector facilities (25) at an interface between the distributing structure and the service modules so as to provide a repeatedly mechanically exchangeable connection for a service module (RGU) belonging to one service provider from a range of mutually distinct service providers each time. The distributing structure (NTU, 24) is further provided with means (26, 27) for making said mutually distinct service providers indiscriminately exchangeable among said connector facilities (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Genexis B.V.
    Inventors: Maarten Egmond, Gerard Nicolaas Van Den Hoven, Paulus Ferdinand Joseph Schepers, Maurice Martinus De Laat, Jori Pieter Andre Spaa, Jacob Hendrik Martin Berends
  • Patent number: 8867711
    Abstract: A method of defining a voice browser for browsing a plurality of voice sites, at least some of the voice sites having different telephone numbers, the voice sites being configured to be accessed by telephone, is provided including storing information relating to voice sites visited by a voice user; and providing forward and back functions, comprising transferring a user from one voice site to another, in response to commands by the user. Computer program code and systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sheetal K. Agarwal, Dipanjan Chakraborty, Arun Kumar, Amit Anil Nanavati, Nitendra Rajput
  • Patent number: 8855277
    Abstract: An outlet for coupling at least one data unit to digital data carried over wiring that simultaneously carry a packet-based serial digital data signal and a power signal over the same conductors. The outlet includes: a wiring connector for connecting to the wiring; a transceiver coupled to the wiring connector for transmitting and receiving packet-based serial digital data over the wiring; a LAN connector coupled to the transceiver for bi-directional packet-based data communication with at least one data unit; a bridge or a router coupled between the transceiver and the LAN connector for passing data bi-directionally between the at least one data unit and the wiring; and a single enclosure housing the above-mentioned components. The enclosure is mountable into a standard wall outlet receptacle or wall outlet opening, and the transceiver and the bridge or router are coupled to the wiring connector to be powered from the power signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Conversant Intellectual Property Managment Incorporated
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 8855278
    Abstract: In a telephone conferencing system, a digital communication network such as the Internet is used to establish and control the telephone connections between multiple conferees with the telephone network being the means of exchanging verbal information. Each conferee may have a computer connected to the digital network, and each has an independent telephone instrument connected to the public switched telephone network. An in-charge conferee utilizes his computer containing appropriate software to initiate the conference and to control the participation of the conferees. The in-charge conferee sends digital control signals to a switch interface controlling a telephone switch as a gateway to the telephone network using SS7 control signals. These SS7 control signals include the commands by which the conferee telephones are rung up, brought on line, or dropped from the conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Xugave Holding DE LLC
    Inventors: Clark E. Johnson, Jr., Richard J. Solomon, Tice F. DeYoung, David J. Farber
  • Patent number: 8848884
    Abstract: A computerized method and system for compiling electronic identifiers is provided. In one embodiment a computer-based engine is provided that includes a processor and two communication gateways. The first communication gateway connects to a plurality of first-type communication devices. The second communication gateway connects to a plurality of second-type communication devices. The processor is configured to randomly connect to at least one of the first-type communication devices and receive input representing an address of at least one of the second-type communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Forum Research Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher George Bandak
  • Patent number: 8837685
    Abstract: A response center or other entity maintains in electronic storage records of trust relationships between parties. In an example method of operating a call center, personal profiles of clients of a service of the call center are maintained. At least some of the profiles include contact information for entities in trusted networks of the respective clients. An inquiry can be received from an inquiring party, inquiring whether a particular entity is trusted by a particular client. An electronic message is automatically sent to the inquiring part indicating whether or not the particular entity is trusted. In some implementations, entities may be assigned levels of trustedness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: GreatCall, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Amerling, Scott Brenton, Chris Gutierrez, Kotaro Matsuo
  • Patent number: 8824647
    Abstract: An electronic device with a function of replying to a message based on the environment of the receiver is provided. The electronic device includes a storage unit, a receiving module, a determining module, a detecting module, an acquiring module, and a sending module. The storage unit stores an environment table which records relationships between receiver-environments and suitable replies. The receiving module receives a short message from a sending phone number. The determining module collects information to determine a current receiver-environment of the user of the electronic device. The detecting module detects an existing reply matching the current receiver-environment in the environment table. The acquiring module acquires the reply matching the current environment and the sending module sends a message which includes the acquired reply to the sending phone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xi Lin
  • Patent number: 8817777
    Abstract: A hybrid Unified Communications (UC) telephony deployment includes users of a tenant that are hosted between a UC cloud deployment and a UC on-premise deployment that offers PSTN connectivity for the users. An identity of a tenant and its' users are maintained consistently between the on-premise and cloud based UC deployment (e.g. telephone numbers, dialing preferences, voice mail . . . ). Each user of the tenant can register with the UC service from one or more locations (e.g. on-premise, off-premise . . . ) whether or not they are hosted by the on-premise deployment or the cloud based UC deployment. Functionality of the UC deployment may also be maintained at one or more locations within the hybrid UC deployment. For example, some services (e.g. voicemail, or other services) can be hosted in the cloud while the remaining services are hosted on-premise. Different Telco providers may be chosen by the tenant to provide PSTN services for one or more users of the tenant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Vijay Manian, Russell Andrew Penar, Mahendra D. Sekaran, Danny Levin, Sankaran Narayanan, Roy Kuntz
  • Patent number: 8811579
    Abstract: A method of assigning contacts to a speed dial function. The method can include identifying contacts that are candidates to be assigned to the speed dial function on a communication device. The method also can include identifying a geographic distance between each of the identified candidates and the communication device. The method further can include, via a processor, assigning a first of the identified candidates that is closest to the communication device to a first speed dial indicator, and assigning a second of the identified candidates that is next closest to the communication device to a second speed dial indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Naveen Aerrabotu, Shyam Narayan
  • Patent number: 8811577
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose an ATCA data exchange system which includes: a backboard, at least one exchange board and service board. The exchange board includes at least one Fabric port group, each of which is connected to a service board through the backboard to form a first exchange channel for broadband service, the Fabric port group includes four difference sending and receiving port pairs, and each port pair includes a pair of difference receiving and sending ports. A connector 20 in the Fabric interface of the exchange board includes at least one port pair, and each port pair is connected to a service board through the backboard to form a second exchange channel and is configured for a separate narrowband service data exchange that is independent of the broadband data exchange. Thus to simplify the processing of narrowband data and to decrease the time delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fangmin Lu, Jianxing Liao, Ying Shi
  • Patent number: 8792626
    Abstract: Certain embodiments are directed at methods and systems for transmitting utility usage data using a public switched telephone network (“PSTN”). The methods and systems may include collecting utility usage data pertaining to a customer premises with a utility meter at the customer premises. The utility usage data may be transmitted automatically from the utility meter to an access point of a public broadband network. The utility usage data may be received at the access point. A digital subscriber line (“DSL”) modem in communication with the access point may modulate the utility usage data at the access point. The utility usage data may be transmitted securely through the public switched telephone network to an Internet point of presence. The utility usage data may be received at the Internet point of presence. The utility usage data may be transmitted from the Internet point of presence to a utility provider via the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Charles I. Cook, Ronnie S. Dhaliwal, Steven M. Casey
  • Patent number: 8787540
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for location based call routing to a subject matter specialist. A call request is received from a computing device which includes an identifier of a network page. A topic specialist for the network page is identified from the contents of the network page. The call request is completed by establishing a call between the computing device and another computing device which is operated by the topic specialist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean M. Scott
  • Patent number: RE45190
    Abstract: The invention provides an information retrieval apparatus and an information retrieval method by which information can be retrieved in an improved operability. A CPU controls a video camera to fetch an image and controls a GPS to detect a current position. The CPU reads out, from within image data stored in a corresponding relationship with URLs of WWW servers, those image data which correspond to position data regarding positions around the detected current position from a WWW data base via a modem and a host machine. Then, the CPU selects, from among the read out image data, that image data which matches with the fetched data, reads out a URL corresponding to the image data and accesses a WWW server designated by the URL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kitano, Junichi Rekimoto