Internet (e.g., Internet Phone, Webphone, Internet-based Telephony) Patents (Class 379/900)
  • Patent number: 9591129
    Abstract: A method in a communication network of delivering messages associated with an information exchange service. A message, to be delivered between two entities is interrogated to determining if the data content has already been delivered to the terminating entity. If the data content has not already been delivered to the second entity, the message is transmitted to the second entity unchanged, while the message is modified, so that the modified message comprises a data identifier, identifying the data content, but no data content. The modified message is then transmitted to the terminating entity, and the data identifier is cached together with the associated data content when a successful transmission of the message has been verified. The suggested versioning mechanism enables transmission of messages with a reduced size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Anders Lindgren, Christer Boberg
  • Patent number: 8949442
    Abstract: A method of sending information from a Session Initiation Protocol intermediate node to a first Session Initiation Protocol terminal. The method comprises, upon receipt of a session initiation request at the Session Initiation Protocol intermediate node, establishing a first Session Initiation Protocol dialog between the Session Initiation Protocol intermediate node and the first Session Initiation Protocol terminal, sending information over said first dialog, forwarding said request from the Session Initiation Protocol intermediate node to a second, destination Session Initiation Protocol terminal, before, during, or after establishment of said first dialog, and establishing a second Session Initiation Protocol dialog, between the first and second Session Initiation Protocol terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Christer Holmberg
  • Patent number: 8938062
    Abstract: Service resource items for use in call setup in a telephone system are held on servers that are connected to a computer network which is logically distinct from the telephone system infrastructure; this computer network may, for example, make use of the Internet. Each service item is locatable on the network at a corresponding URI and is associated with a particular telephone number. A mapping is provided between telephone numbers and the URIs of associated service resource items. When it is desired to access a service resource item associated with a particular telephone number, this mapping is used to retrieve the corresponding URI which is then used to access the desired service resource item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast IP Holdings I, LLC
    Inventors: Colin Low, Andrew Franklin Seaborne, Nicolas Bouthors
  • Patent number: 8935772
    Abstract: A double firewalled system is disclosed for protecting remote enterprise servers that provide communication services to telecommunication network customers from unauthorized third parties. A first router directs all connection requests to one or more secure web servers, which may utilize a load balancer to efficiently distribute the session connection load among a high number of authorized client users. On the network side of the web servers, a second router directs all connection requests to a dispatcher server, which routes application server calls to a proxy server for the application requested. A plurality of data security protocols are also employed. The protocols provide for an identification of the user, and an authentication of the user to ensure the user is who he/she claims to be and a determination of entitlements that the user may avail themselves of within the enterprise system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Carol Y. Devine, Gerald A. Shifrin, Richard W. Shoulberg
  • Patent number: 8923276
    Abstract: A method for signaling an Integrated Messaging System (IMS) on an Internet Protocol (IP) based network to deposit a message, including the steps of sending a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) SIP INVITE request to the IMS indicating a message deposit action; receiving a corresponding SIP menage from the IMS agreeing to participate in the message deposit action; and sending an SIP acknowledge message to the IMS confirming receipt of the corresponding SIP message; and depositing the message in a destination mailbox. A method of signaling an IMS on an IP based network to retrieve a deposited message, the method including the steps of sending a SIP INVITE request to the IMS indicating a message retrieval action; receiving a corresponding SIP message from the IMS agreeing to participate in the message retrieval action; sending an SIP acknowledge message to the IMS confirming receipt of the corresponding SIP message; and retrieving the deposited message from a mailbox corresponding to known account information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Tekla Pehr LLC
    Inventor: Steven R. Donovan
  • Patent number: 8891410
    Abstract: A network-based system and method for providing anonymous voice communications using the telephone network and data communications links under the direction of a Call Broker and associated network elements. A user (the call initiator) present in a text chat room session establishes a data connection to Call Broker and, after qualifying for access (e.g., using credit card information) and providing a callback number, receives voice session information and participant access codes for each desired participant in a voice call. The initiator causes session information and participant codes to be passed to one or more selected chat participants in the current text chat room. When a selected participant uses the received session information, and enters the received participant code and a callback number, the Call Broker in cooperation with a Network Adjunct Processor (NAP) completes voice links to the initiator and the selected participant(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventor: Frederick Murray Burg
  • Patent number: 8856208
    Abstract: A method of forming an image includes displaying a list of one or more editing items to be used in editing the image; selecting at least one editing item from the displayed list; and converting the image t using the at least one selected editing item and processing the image. An apparatus for forming an image includes a display unit that displays a list of one or more editing items to be used in editing the image; an input panel unit that receives a selection of at least one editing item from the displayed list of editing items; and a control unit that converts the image using the at least one selected editing item. The editing items may be stored in the apparatus for forming an image or may be registered to a server. Therefore, the editing items having an image editing function can be shared between users and thus an image desired by a user can be easily and conveniently obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-in Lee
  • Patent number: 8788704
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes sending a call invite message to initiate a call with one or more callee devices. In one example, the call invite message may be a session initiation protocol (SIP) INVITE message. The invite message may be sent to a multi-line system that is shared between multiple callee devices (e.g., a key system). A calling identifier (ID) may then be received by a callee device after sending the call invite message. The calling ID is then sent in an update message to the one or more callee devices. For example, the update message may be a SIP UPDATE message. The callee devices can then use the calling identifier to perform an action, such as displaying the calling ID for a callee to view. Accordingly, a method for providing a calling ID to a callee device is provided when a call invite message has already been sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Chen, Jerry Liou, Jeffery Sanders, Jiahe Zhuang, Tom Desjardins
  • Patent number: 8780716
    Abstract: A system and method for providing service assurance in a data network is provided. Resource control points are positioned throughout a data network, such as an IP data network. The resource control points obtain network topology information and correlates that information with information associated with a particular service session. The resource control points utilize the correlated information to generate quality service records and to provide status information regarding the network topology and particular sessions. The resource control points may further retrieve link and utilization information to control sessions during periods of congestion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Netsocket, Inc.
    Inventor: Lance Arnold Visser
  • Patent number: 8755508
    Abstract: A teleconferencing system for voice and data provides interconnections among user sites via a central station. User stations at user sites each alternate operation between a data mode connecting a user computer and modem to a user telephone communication path and a voice mode connecting a telephony circuit to the communication path. The teleconferencing system is adapted for conducting a voice conference over standard telephone lines while allowing simultaneous viewing of data objects such as slides, graphs, or text. A host computer connected to the central station serves as a central repository for storage and retrieval of data objects for use in teleconferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. Raniere, Thomas A. Delaney, Steven Danzig, Saul Miodownik
  • Patent number: 8718048
    Abstract: Internet protocol (IP) based calls from a first terminal in an IP based communications system are routed to a second terminal in another communications system. In response to a call setup request at a common communications core that is common to both the IP based communications system and the other communications system, a query is transmitted to a private telephone number mapping database that contains routing information for terminals in both the IP based communications system and the other communications system requesting routing information for the second terminal. Routing information for the call setup request is received from the private telephone number mapping database for routing the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Bernard Ku
  • Patent number: 8671135
    Abstract: A method of providing transports for a data distribution middleware over a plurality of transport networks is provided. A data distribution middleware with a pluggable transport layer is provided. A plurality of transport plugins in the transport layer are provided. Aliases are assigned to each of the transport plugins of the plurality of transport plugins, wherein at least one of the transport plugins of the plurality of transport plugins has a plurality of aliases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Real-Time Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajive Joshi, Henry Choi, Gerardo Pardo-Castellote, Stefaan Sonck Thiebaut
  • Patent number: 8666044
    Abstract: An Electronic Document Answering Machine is adapted to connect to remote information sources and to download digital documents including e-mail and WEB pages, and to store the documents for later review by a user. The Answering machine has an alert device for alerting a user that new documents are available for review, and an initializing device for a user to cause documents to be communicated for review one-at-a-time. In a preferred embodiment documents are communicated over a speaker via voice synthesis. In an alternative preferred embodiment a small display is provided wherein documents may be displayed in alphanumeric characters. The answering machine can be implemented as a stand-alone device or can be connected via a serial port to a host PC for transferring documents to the PC for processing and review. In other embodiments the Answering Machine is implemented as a system in a PC, with alert and selective input added as an interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Yuzalla Investments LLC
    Inventor: Dan Kikinis
  • Patent number: 8621254
    Abstract: Method for an electronic device (IT) that is controllable in at least one operating state (OP) and one standby state (SBY), with which a main processing unit (MPU) controls the operating state (OP) and a preprocessing unit (PPU) controls the standby state (SBY), such that, by means of the preprocessing unit (PPU), the main processing unit (MPU) and, to some extent, the functional units of the electronic device (IT) that are implemented by circuitry are switched by the control into at least one state having reduced energy consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Annette Roder, Mike Thoms, Jurgen Brieskorn, Edmund Ernst, Karl Klug, Stephan Schaade
  • Patent number: 8606305
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and server apparatus for providing an impersonal communication service in a telecommunication network, wherein a user is authenticated by a token-based application programming interface functionality and a temporary virtual number is allocated to an impersonal communication session of the user. The allocated temporary virtual number is then used for a telecommunication of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Nokia Siemens Networks Oy
    Inventors: Richard Bontempi, Risto Antero Kauppinen, Guido Triebel
  • Patent number: 8594295
    Abstract: A method includes associating an e-mail address with a plurality of telephone numbers; associating one of the telephone numbers with a one number service (108); allowing telephone calls to the one of the telephone numbers by selecting the e-mail address. In some embodiments, the allowing telephone calls comprises calling a programmed caller number and calling to a called party number associated with the e-mail address. In some embodiments, a called party and a calling party are subscribers to a one-number service (108).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Enterprise Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Chan, William J. Beyda
  • Patent number: 8583733
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates enhancing real time unified communications. An interface can receive a portion of data associated with at least one of a client application or an environment that hosts a client application. A real time collaboration (RTC) component can employ an RTC file package to seamlessly initiate a real time collaboration session with the client application, wherein the RTC file package can include a portion of data that relates to at least one of the client application, the host environment, or a modality of the client application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Adil Faisal, Aaron C. Sethi, Ken Wolfe
  • Patent number: 8499081
    Abstract: A method of sending information from a Session Initiation Protocol intermediate node to a first Session Initiation Protocol terminal. The method comprises, upon receipt of a session initiation request at the Session Initiation Protocol intermediate node, establishing a first Session Initiation Protocol dialog between the Session Initiation Protocol intermediate node and the first Session Initiation Protocol terminal, sending information over said first dialog, forwarding said request from the Session Initiation Protocol intermediate node to a second, destination Session Initiation Protocol terminal, before, during, or after establishment of said first dialog, and establishing a second Session Initiation Protocol dialog, between the first and second Session Initiation Protocol terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Christer Holmberg
  • Patent number: 8391273
    Abstract: Internet protocol (IP) based calls from a first terminal in an IP based communications system are routed to a second terminal in another communications system. In response to a call setup request at a common communications core that is common to both the IP based communications system and the other communications system, a query is transmitted to a private telephone number mapping database that contains routing information for terminals in both the IP based communications system and the other communications system requesting routing information for the second terminal. Routing information for the call setup request is received from the private telephone number mapping database for routing the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Bernard Ku
  • Patent number: 8386259
    Abstract: A method for combining speech recognition with near field communication (NFC) to enable a user to enter, store, and use web addresses on portable devices. A user of a portable device having a NFC reader, a voice input interface, a speech recognition system, and memory enables the NFC reader of the portable device to touch a NFC tag or reader found on an object. The object containing information of interest to a user of the portable device; wherein when the NFC reader and the NFC tag or reader touch, the portable device receives a URI and default keywords associated with the URI. The portable device stores the URI in a persistent storage of the portable device based on the default keywords, and date, time, and location of when and where the URI was obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Victor B. Lortz
  • Patent number: 8355349
    Abstract: A network-based system and method for providing anonymous voice communications using the telephone network and data communications links under the direction of a Call Broker and associated network elements. A user (the call initiator) present in a text chat room session establishes a data connection to Call Broker and, after qualifying for access (e.g., using credit card information) and providing a callback number, receives voice session information and participant access codes for each desired participant in a voice call. The initiator causes session information and participant codes to be passed to one or more selected chat participants in the current text chat room. When a selected participant uses the received session information, and enters the received participant code and a callback number, the Call Broker in cooperation with a Network Adjunct Processor (NAP) completes voice links to the initiator and the selected participant(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventor: Frederick Murray Burg
  • Patent number: 8285311
    Abstract: A hybrid cordless telephone system allows a user to place or receive a call over either a data network or a PSTN network. In one aspect, a system router and PSTN unit are coupled with a communications manager to avoid extensive redesign of router components and PSTN components while providing a wireless user with data network and PSTN connectivity. In another aspect, the system router of the hybrid cordless telephone system includes a communications manager configured to provide termination of data network calls or PSTN calls at the system router. Accordingly, a plurality of handsets can each access the system router to place or receive calls from the data or PSTN networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: VTech Telecommunications Limited
    Inventor: Sukhdeep Hundal
  • Patent number: 8243890
    Abstract: A WAP-free, IETF-Specification Compliant Multimedia Message Service Center (MMSC)-Multimedia Message Service (MMS) User Agent Interface based on the Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is provided, as well as an all-HTTP multimedia messaging technique in general, using HTTP POST and GET techniques, between mobile stations and multimedia messaging service centers (MMSCs) for multimedia message (MM) submission and delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin E. Jackson, Shawn Geraghty, Lewis Tuttle
  • Patent number: 8191108
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing security to an endpoint device are disclosed. For example, the method receives a signaling message by the endpoint device. The method processes the signaling message, if the signaling message is received from a device associated with one of one or more Internet Protocol (IP) addresses in an Access Control List (ACL), and discards the signaling message, if the signaling message is received from a device not associated with one of the one or more IP addresses in the ACL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jae-Sun Chin, Gregory Henderson, Michael Raftelis
  • Patent number: 8180034
    Abstract: A CTI-enabled SIP-Phone, and an associated method, is provided for a telephonic call center. Responsive to a call operation indication, such as delivery to the phone of a SIP invite message, or of a CTI-formatted call instruction, the embedded functionality of the SIP-Phone provides interfacing operations, such as CTI-to-SIP or SIP-to-CTI conversions, to facilitate communications of the phone at the call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Chao Kan, Michael S. Wengrovitz
  • Patent number: 8140389
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for advertising where the advertisement performance is determined via tracking the deals made as a result of communication leads generated from the advertisements. One embodiment includes: providing an advertisement containing a communication reference to a customer on behalf of a party; providing a connection via the reference for real time communications between the customer and the party; and charging an advertisement fee in response to an action of a predetermined type being performed by the customer (or an agreement between the customer and the party being reached) as a result of the real time communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Sean Van Der Linden, Ben Harris Lyon, Paul G. Manca
  • Patent number: 8068592
    Abstract: A teleconferencing system for voice and data provides interconnections among user sites via a central station. User stations at user sites each alternate operation between a data mode connecting a user computer and modem to a user telephone communication path and a voice mode connecting a telephony circuit to the communication path. The teleconferencing system is adapted for conducting a voice conference over standard telephone lines while allowing simultaneous viewing of data objects such as slides, graphs, or text. A host computer connected to the central station serves as a central repository for storage and retrieval of data objects for use in teleconferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. Raniere, Thomas A. Delaney, Steven Danzig, Saul Miodownik
  • Patent number: 8064434
    Abstract: A method for providing a user of a telephone device with a capability to use Internet-based applications. The user of a telephone device sends a request to be connected to an Internet-based application to a first server, which establishes a communication path extending between the telephone device and a second server at which the application resides, via that first server. A virtual client entity is created at that first server specific to the telephone device to allow communication between the telephone device and the application and concluded upon termination of the communication session. The user's ID for that application is stored, and used to forward messages for that user when the user is not actively connected to that application. After the message has been received and stored by the first server, an indication is sent to the user that such messages have been received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: T-JAT Systems 2006 Ltd.
    Inventors: Oleg Golobrodsky, Gideon Drori, Yitzhak Peterburg, Moshe Peterburg
  • Patent number: 8049484
    Abstract: A powered device includes a first switch, a second switch, and a controller. The first switch is disposed between a center tap of the first transformer and a center tap of the third transformer. The second switch is disposed between a center tap of the second transformer and a center tap of the fourth transformer. The controller is coupled to the first switch and the second switch. The controller is constructed and arranged to output a control signal to the first and second switches to electrically connect the center taps of the first and third transformers together and concurrently electrically connect the center taps of the second and fourth transformers together. The powered device is constructed and arranged to operate in 4-pair mode when the center taps of the first and third transformers are connected together and the center taps of the second and fourth transformers are connected together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Anoop Vetteth
  • Patent number: 8028088
    Abstract: A system and method for providing service assurance in a data network is provided. Resource control points are positioned throughout a data network, such as an IP data network. The resource control points obtain network topology information and correlates that information with information associated with a particular service session. The resource control points utilize the correlated information to generate quality service records and to provide status information regarding the network topology and particular sessions. The information collected by the resource control points may also be utilized to provide reports regarding resource management for services within the data network, the path used by the session across the data network, fault information for the session in the context of the network topology and congestion information as concerns the resources in the data network used by the session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Netsocket, Inc.
    Inventor: Lance Arnold Visser
  • Patent number: 7917128
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and system for inserting at least one multimedia message multiple element into a multimedia message. The method comprises the following steps transmitting at least one multimedia message multiple from a network element to a mobile station, transmitting one first multimedia message from the network element to the mobile station, and inserting the multimedia message multiple element into the first multimedia message. Preferably, insertion occurs in the mobile station, and the multimedia message multiple element is only transmitted once by the network element to the mobile station and is inserted into a plurality of multimedia messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sabine Van Niekerk, Norbert Schwagmann, Belhassen Jerbi
  • Patent number: 7852859
    Abstract: A system and method for integrating a legacy IP-PBX to a session initiation protocol (SIP) network supporting one or more SIP sets. A SIP-PBX proxy server coupled to the legacy IP-PBX and the SIP network maintains a logical IP set for each SIP set on the SIP network. The logical IP set is configured to maintain IP-based signaling and media connectivity with the legacy IP-PBX. The SIP-PBX proxy server receives media directed to a logical IP set associated with a particular SIP set, and redirects the media to the particular SIP set. In doing so, the SIP-PBX converts messages that adhere to a private, vendor-specific protocol, to messages that adhere to the SIP protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Michael Wengrovitz, Andrew Nelson
  • Patent number: 7852997
    Abstract: A URL adapter for a Web browser that enables the integration of telephone numbers into a web browser's address line for parsing as a URI. The URL adapter bypasses traditional search hook functions to identify potential telephone numbers. The URL adapter has access to a name server for translating names entered into the browser into telephone numbers. The URL adapter can also parse Web pages to self-identify telephone numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Managed Inventions, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Fowler, Leonard Rose
  • Patent number: 7848229
    Abstract: A ToL client is provided having, e.g., a key or button for the user to press or click when a voice problem arises. A controller maintains a set of predetermined “channels” having various voice quality settings, for example, related to codec selection, noise filters, jitter buffer size, echo cancellation, and the like. The user can select one of the channels and the connection will transfer over to using the parameters indicated. On subsequent uses, the new “best” channel can be the default or first selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Enterprise Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Anil Punjabi, Kenney Ruyle
  • Patent number: 7844041
    Abstract: A teleconferencing system for voice and data provides interconnections among user sites via a central station. User stations at user sites each alternate operation between a data mode connecting a user computer and modem to a user telephone communication path and a voice mode connecting a telephony circuit to the communication path. The teleconferencing system is adapted for conducting a voice conference over standard telephone lines while allowing simultaneous viewing of data objects such as slides, graphs, or text. A host computer connected to the central station serves as a central repository for storage and retrieval of data objects for use in teleconferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. Rainere, Thomas A. Delaney, Steven Danzig, Saul Miodownik
  • Patent number: 7822184
    Abstract: One or more elements in a telecommunications network (10, 10? and 10?) receive a call hold-initiating message when a first party places a second party to the call on hold, and in doing so, triggers a call hold event in the network. In response to the call hold-initiating message, the network element may take one or more actions, including releasing one or more network resources and/or providing a service to the second party during the period the call remains on hold. Upon resumption of the call, the network will re-acquire the resources that had been previously released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II
    Inventors: Frederick Murray Burg, Mark Jeffrey Foladare, Tung-Hai Hsiao
  • Patent number: 7817792
    Abstract: A hyperlink is added to user interface code to provide a user with an easy way to access various functions of a communication application. The hyperlink can provide target telephone numbers in different formats, specify a web page to be displayed during a call, specify rules to be used to identify a telephone number from a set of telephone numbers, and include commands to manage the communication application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Lon-Chan Chu
  • Patent number: 7813484
    Abstract: A WAP-free, IETF-Specification Compliant Multimedia Message Service Center (MMSC)-Multimedia Message Service (MMS) User Agent Interface based on the Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is provided, as well as an all-HTTP multimedia messaging technique in general, using HTTP POST and GET techniques, between mobile stations and multimedia messaging service centers (MMSCs) for multimedia message (MM) submission and delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin E. Jackson, Shawn Geraghty, Lewis Tuttle
  • Patent number: 7814150
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, the disclosure relates to a method for initiating an online meeting over a data network between a host party with a first computer and an attendee party with a second computer. Consider that a phone connection already exists over a telephone network between a first phone of the host party and a second phone of the attendee party. A start meeting message is sent over the data network to a data center. A meeting identification is subsequently received from the data center. The meeting identification is stored in a first device that is coupled to both the first phone and the first computer, and the meeting identification is transmitted from the first device over the telephone network to a second device, where the second device is coupled to both the second phone and the second computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Stewart H. Sonnenfeldt, Venkatram R. Kuditipudi, Amo Penzias, Subrah S. Iyar
  • Patent number: 7796746
    Abstract: The present invention is drawn to a call trace system and method that is simple to establish in a short amount of time. The call trace is implemented through a Web browser page which remotely programs central offices to trace calls to particular number. When a trace is established a message is sent back to the Web browser which displays the calling number, the called number and the central office detecting the call. Also, a page is sent to a pager which displays the traced information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul W. Fellner, James F. Langdon
  • Patent number: 7756113
    Abstract: A CPU executes a process for obtaining, from an ENUM server, a NAPTR record of a destination IP terminal by controlling an IP network controller when placing a call to the destination IP terminal, a process for determining whether the destination IP terminal has at least one communication function corresponding to the source IP terminal based upon the communication functions specified in the NAPTR record and a process for displaying, on a display, the at least one communication function that is determined to be stored in the destination IP terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Miyajima, Kazuto Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7734027
    Abstract: An apparatus in one example comprises one or more call control components. One or more of the one or more call control components connect an internet protocol call initiated by a communication device to an internet protocol endpoint. One or more of the one or more call control components collect identification information of the communication device and send the identification information to the internet protocol endpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Yigang Cai, Xu Chen
  • Patent number: 7711827
    Abstract: A communication system comprises a first communication terminal (101) provided with an ID tag (106) and having a communication function for a first medium, a second communication terminal (102) provided with an ID reader (107) and having a communication function for a second medium different from the first medium, and a communication server (109) connected to the first and the second communication terminals. The ID tag stores terminal address information representative of an address of the first communication terminal. When the ID reader reads, as readout address information, the terminal address information from the ID tag, the second communication terminal informs the readout address information to the communication server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: NEC Infrontia Corporation
    Inventor: Kunio Nagashima
  • Patent number: 7697512
    Abstract: A server connectivity status testing mechanism of a voice-over internet protocol (IP) communication device is operative to automatically test the connectivity status of each of a plurality of available servers. In response to such testing, server usage is selectively adjusted, as necessary, to ensure that the user is provided with effectively uninterrupted service, and so that the service provider may be immediately alerted to error conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Adtran, Inc.
    Inventors: Jones E. Allison, III, James A. Mabry
  • Patent number: 7633888
    Abstract: An integrated security system operating over a network includes at least one network node coupled to the network which includes a unique identifier and a control program executable by said network node. The system further includes a network controller coupled to the network including a control program executable by the network controller which in response to a message including the unique identifier from the network node directs the network node to obtain a network configuration including a network address using one of several address assignment methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: S2 Security Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Seifer
  • Patent number: 7620036
    Abstract: When a call recipient name is clicked on a search result screen of a phonebook search system, an ENUM server is notified of an html file name which displays the call recipient profile, which is personal data. The ENUM server extracts a URI corresponding to an IP telephone service for the call recipient from a NAPTR record based on the html file name, and transmits the URI to a source IP telephone apparatus. The source IP telephone apparatus then becomes able to place a call to a destination IP telephone apparatus, using the URI corresponding to the IP telephone service for the call recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuto Kobayashi, Akira Miyajima
  • Patent number: 7558254
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for routing telephone calls across different types of networks includes means for and steps of determining a destination IP address of a new call according to initial conditions established in a first network, determining a destination gateway (gateway brokering) based on the destination IP address, the initial conditions and a gateway selection policy, providing routing information of the destination gateway to the first network and completing the new call set up via messages received from the gateway brokering step. The initial conditions in the first network are established by determining if a callee is part of an IP network or part of a CS network and converting the callee phone number to an SIP URL if the callee is part of the IP network. Such determination is made by recognizing a prefix identifying an IP destination in the callee phone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver Haase, Kazutaka Murakami
  • Patent number: 7533410
    Abstract: The presently disclosed architecture enables a service provider to support public voice VPN services over an IP VPN network. The architecture utilizes a customer VPN, a designated gateway for the customer VPN, an IP VPN transport network, and a Call Control Element/router Complex which uses IP technology to map between the IP VPN and the voice VPN. With such an arrangement, the customer VPN is extended to the gatekeeper of the Call Control Element/router Complex, thereby enabling the provision of voice VPN services over an IP network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: AT & T Corp.
    Inventors: Kwok T. Fung, Denny Ko, Emmanuel K. Sam, Fang Wu, Eberhard F. Wunderlich
  • Patent number: 7533149
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, computer program products, and data structures for maintaining multiple versions of electronic bodies in a common database. A computer system maintains an association between an electronic message and a plurality of versions of a corresponding message body in a database that is accessible to a plurality of messaging applications. Versions of the corresponding message body can be stored in different formats that vary in fidelity. A messaging application submits a request to access an electronic message. An operating system receives the request and identifies data formats supported by the messaging application. The operating system provides the messaging application with an appropriate version of the message body from the database based on the supported data formats. The messaging application receives the version of the message body and utilizes the version of the message body to perform a message related operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan T. Starbuck, Gail Borod Giacobbe
  • Patent number: 7526077
    Abstract: One or more elements in a telecommunications network (10, 10? and 10?) receive a call hold-initiating message when a first party places a second party to the call on hold, and in doing so, triggers a call hold event in the network. In response to the call hold-initiating message, the network element may take one or more actions, including releasing one or more network resources and/or providing a service to the second party during the period the call remains on hold. Upon resumption of the call, the network will re-acquire the resources that had been previously released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Corp.
    Inventors: Frederick Murray Burg, Mark Jeffrey Foladare, Tung-Hai Hsiao