Having Transmission Of A Digital Message Signal Over A Telephone Line Patents (Class 379/93.01)
  • Publication number: 20150103985
    Abstract: A system and method for enabling the telephone number as a platform for the association of IP-enabled services with legacy telephone service. A unified services enabler platform may be utilized to associate a customer and their telephone number with a variety of services and applications from multiple different ecosystems. The customer can continue to use their existing telephone service and in addition can utilize new IP-enabled features that are associated with their telephone number as the common ID.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Shango Corp, LLC
    Inventor: Evin Hunt
  • Patent number: 9008287
    Abstract: A method of establishing a communications session for communication of data with respect to at least two user devices in a data communications network. Call party details of a telephone call are received. The telephone call involves at least a first telephony user device and a second telephony user device. The call party details include a first identity associated with the first telephony user device and a second identity associated with the second telephony user device. At least one of the first and second identities comprises a telephone dialing number. A separate communications session is established on the basis of the first and second identities received in the call party details. The communications session is separate from the telephone call, for the communication of data to and/or from the at least two user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Metaswitch Networks Ltd
    Inventors: Chris Mairs, Liz Rice, Felix Palmer
  • Patent number: 9008703
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing ubiquitous and configurable communications between users is provided. Ubiquity and other features are provided using a common identifier linking two or more users. In one embodiment, a common identifier is automatically provided when call forwarding is directed to a designated phone number. In another embodiment, a user can cause a common identifier to be created linking the user with a user of their choice by sending an SMS text message to a designated address. This Abstract is provided for the sole purpose of complying with the Abstract requirement rules that allow a reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the disclosure contained herein. This Abstract is submitted with the explicit understanding that it will not be used to interpret or to limit the scope or the meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: NoteVault, Inc.
    Inventors: John Major, Peter Lasensky
  • Patent number: 9007604
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for a virtual fax machine are provided. In one embodiment, a system for a virtual fax machine is provided including a computer configured to display a virtual fax machine based on a script, a server configured to receive at least one electronic document associated with a fax to be sent using the virtual fax machine, and a traditional facsimile machine configured to receive the fax to be sent. In another embodiment, an apparatus for a virtual fax machine is provided including a computer configured to locate and execute a script associated with a virtual fax machine, display the virtual fax machine, associate at least one electronic document with a fax to be sent, encode the at least one electronic document to a form suitable for communication over a network, and transmit the encoded electronic document over the network as the fax to be sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Xpedite Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Francis Toscano
  • Patent number: 9001978
    Abstract: A computing device displays a call history graphical user interface (GUI). The call history GUI includes a new list and an old list. The new list may include new missed call elements and missed call elements associated with new unopened voicemails. The old list may include other call history GUI elements, such as old missed call elements and missed call elements associated with opened voicemails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Flavio Lerda, Hugo Hudson, Debashish Chatterjee, Simon Tickner, Marcus Alexander Foster
  • Patent number: 8995629
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of Computer telephony Integration and in particular to the migration of the interface standardised according to ECMA-29 to the private branch exchange (PBX) via a CSTA gateway. The clients (C1-C4) in the data network subscribe to CTI Services and in this regard must be reachable by the CSTA gateway (CCGW). If this is not the case, because for example an error occurs in the data network, then the transmission of unnecessary messages should be prevented or stopped. The problem is solved in that the clients are connected via a server (XS) to the CCGW, wherein the server monitors the Status of the clients and acknowledges the messages addressed to an unreachable client with error messages. The server (XS) is preferably an XMPP server and the clients (C1-C4) are preferably XMPP clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Claus Rist, Sebastian Cordes, Johannes Winter, Viktor Ransmayr
  • Patent number: 8983043
    Abstract: A method of establishing a communications session for data with respect to at least two user devices in a packet switched communications network in parallel to a voice session via a circuit switched network. Call party details of a telephony call are received. The telephony call involves at least a first telephony user device and a second telephony user device. The call party details include a first identity associated with the first telephony user device and a second identity associated with the second telephony user device. A separate communications session is established on the basis of the first and second identities received in the call party details and depending on the capabilities of the user devices. The communications session is separate from the telephone call, for the communication of data to and/or from at least two user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Metaswitch Networks Ltd
    Inventors: Chris Mairs, Philip Pearl, Felix Palmer, David Drysdale, Shaun Crampton
  • Patent number: 8971506
    Abstract: A method for providing confirmation of a request for a target communicated using text messaging includes receiving, by a sending system, a request for a target. The method further includes selecting, by the sending system, a telephone number from a list of telephone numbers, wherein a mapping is created between the request, the selected telephone number, the target, and a target contact. Additionally, the method includes sending, by the sending system to the target contact using the selected telephone number, a text message indicating the request for the target. Moreover, the method includes receiving a reply message from the target contact using the selected telephone number, and determining that the reply message comprises a reply to the request for the target by comparing the target contact and the selected telephone number for the reply message to the mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: ShowingTime.com, Inc.
    Inventors: William Kellogg, Andrew Ofisher, Timothy Perry, Robert Overman, Scott Woodard
  • 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: 8965981
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for botnet analysis and visualization. Network traffic is filtered to compile a list of messages. The identified messages are tokenized, classified, and aggregated and changes in the frequency of tokenized messages are identified. A display of the tokenized messages is generated and displayed via a user interface. The user interface is configured to a allow a user to review data generated based on the filtered network traffic in order to detect potential botnet activity. User input may be used to adjust filtering and tokenization of the messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Alicia Abella, David Gross, Philip Isenhour, Jeremy Wright
  • Patent number: 8964727
    Abstract: A packetised data network includes IP telephones (ITs) and a network intelligence (NI). All of the keys of each IT are “soft” keys (i.e., they have no fixed function). The NI associates a configuration data structure with the IT which correlates the keys with functions, and, based on this, may control the display of the IT to indicate the current function of certain of the soft keys. Some of the functions are requests for data services at the telephone (e.g., video or programmed audio over the internet). When a user requests such a service with a key press, the NI sets up the service between the data source and the telephone. This may require associating a new configuration data structure with the keys of the IT. The IT user may activate multiple data services through the NI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Rockstar Consortium US LP
    Inventors: William Allan, Robert S. Morley, Kris W. Kramer, Larry John David, Kenneth M. Orford, Peter P. Blatherwick, Robert M. Star, Kenneth J. Liang, Dariusz Otreba, Paul Provencal, Robert Joly
  • Patent number: 8954515
    Abstract: An application proxy is disposed between a user device and an application server. The application server supports an application that is available on the user device. The user device registers with the application proxy for the application. The user device is prevented from transmitting application update request messages to the application server. The application proxy transmits application update request messages to the application server on behalf of the user device. The application proxy receives application update response messages from the application server. The application proxy determines, based on the application update response messages from the application server, whether to send an application update notification message toward the user device. In this manner, application update traffic normally transmitted via the network between the user device and the application proxy is reduced. The application update request and response messages may be polling messages, keep-alive messages, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Katherine H. Guo, Cristian Lumezanu
  • Patent number: 8953664
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method for activating a DSL. The method includes: sending, by a central office equipment, a sync frame period indication message to a customer premises equipment, where a sync frame period indicated by the sync frame period indication message is smaller than a specified sync frame period threshold; receiving a reply message sent by the customer premises equipment in response to the sync frame period indication message, where the reply message indicates whether the customer premises equipment accepts the sync frame period indicated by the sync frame period indication message; and if the reply message indicates that the customer premises equipment accepts the sync frame period, performing, by the central office equipment, vectoring training by using a corresponding sync frame within the sync frame period. The embodiments of the present invention further provide corresponding equipments, a system, and a program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cao Shi, Zhong Pan, Jie Lv, Shicai Chen
  • Patent number: 8948354
    Abstract: A telecommunication and multimedia management apparatus and method that supports voice and other media communications and that enables users to: (i) participate in multiple conversation modes, including live phone calls, conference calls, instant voice messaging or tactical communications; (ii) review the messages of conversations in either a live mode or a time-shifted mode and to seamlessly transition back and forth between the two modes; (iii) participate in multiple conversations either concurrently or simultaneously; (iv) archive the messages of conversations for later review or processing; and (v) persistently store media either created or received on the communication devices of users. The latter feature enables users to generate or review media when either disconnected from the network or network conditions are poor and to optimize the delivery of media over the network based on network conditions and the intention of the users participating in conversations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Voxer IP LLC
    Inventors: Thomas E. Katis, James T. Panttaja, Mary G. Panttaja, Matthew J. Ranney
  • Patent number: 8948353
    Abstract: A method for establishing a communication connection between a first communication device and a second communication device, the method comprising requesting contact information for a second communication device, during a first communication connection established between a first communication device and a third communication device; receiving the contact information from the third communication device, in response to a third party interacting with the third communication device during the first communication connection; and establishing a second communication connection between the first communication device and the second communication device based on the contact information received from the third communication device, wherein the second communication connection is established by way of the first communication device independently initiating communication with the second communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Itzhack Goldberg, Samuel Kallner, Yotam Medini, Kenneth Nagin
  • Publication number: 20150030144
    Abstract: Communications between users of different modalities are enabled by a single integrated platform that allows both the input of voice (from a telephone, for example) to be realized as text (such as an interactive text message) and allows the input of text (from the interactive text messaging application, for example) to be realized as voice (on the telephone). Real-time communication may be enabled between any permutation of any number of text devices (desktop, PDA, mobile telephone) and voice devices (mobile telephone, regular telephone, etc.). A call to a text device user may be initiated by a voice device user or vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: William F. Barton, Francisco M. Galanes, Lawrence M. Ockene, Anand Ramakrishna, Tal Saraf
  • Patent number: 8942671
    Abstract: An exemplary computing system may receive a first request from a first voice-communication device to establish a secure-voice-communication session with a second voice-communication device. The computing system may also receive a second request from the second voice-communication device to establish the secure-voice-communication session with the first voice-communication device. The computing system may establish the secure-voice-communication session between the first and second voice-communication devices. Corresponding methods, apparatus, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC
    Inventors: Thomas W. Haynes, Steven R. Rados
  • Publication number: 20150023485
    Abstract: A telephone system for enhanced privacy management includes a telephone switch, a rejected call handler, a user preference database, and an internet app privacy manager, whereby an incoming call can be assigned to a calling class, and routed according to a calling rule associated with the calling class. Using an interactive voice response menu or an application portal, the user can assign callers to calling classes and specify call handling rules and schedules. A rejected call handler includes a voice interface, a switch control, a voicemail, interactive voice response, call progress simulator, in-message options, in-call options, post-call options, and other components. Further disclosed is a method for determining a calling rule, including determining the caller id status, querying a calling rules table, and determining a calling rule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Theodore J. Guarriello
  • Patent number: 8923492
    Abstract: A multi-mode line driver circuit designed to be fabricated in a CMOS process and capable of supporting a plurality of operating modes corresponding, for example, to different profiles of communication standards such as xDSL standards. The line driver circuit incorporates integrated mode switches with a two-stage amplifier architecture to relax amplifier requirements by distributing the signal gain into two amplifier stages. Reconfigurable feedback loops are provided to permit design optimization for particular modes of operation (e.g., ADSL and VDSL compliant modes). In one embodiment implemented as a Class-H amplifier, lift amplifier(s) are provided between a first amplifier stage and a second amplifier stage for controlling voltage supply levels of the second amplifier stage. The lift amplifiers may be enabled by voltage threshold detection circuitry that monitors either the input or the output signals of the first amplifier stage depending on the operable transmission mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Hui Zheng, Sasi Kumar Arunachalam, Alex Jianzhong Chen, Aravind Kumar Padyana, I-Ning Ku, Jungwoo Song, Xicheng Jiang
  • Publication number: 20140376704
    Abstract: A method of establishing a communications session for communication of data with respect to at least two user devices in a data communications network. A client-server connection request is received from at least one of the at least two user devices. Call party details of a telephone call are received. The telephone call involves at least a first telephony user device and a second telephony user device. The call party details include a first identity associated with the first telephony user device and a second identity associated with the second telephony user device. At least one of the first and second identities comprises a telephone dialing number. A separate communications session is established on the basis of the first and second identities received in the call party details.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Chris MAIRS, Liz RICE, Philip PEARL, Felix PALMER, David DRYSDALE, Shaun CRAMPTON
  • Publication number: 20140369480
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises at least one vectoring engine and a cross-connect coupled to the vectoring engine. The cross-connect is to couple with each of a plurality of customer premises equipment (CPE) devices via a respective DSL loop. An interface is to receive instructions for the cross-connect to couple the vectoring engine to a nonoverlapping subset of the CPE devices via the respective DSL loops. The interface is further to receive instructions for the vectoring engine to apply vectoring to the DSL loop via which to couple one of the CPE devices to the cross-connect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Cioffi, Wonjong Rhee, George Ginis, Mark H. Brady, Peter J. Silverman
  • Patent number: 8913727
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a presence transmission method includes: controlling communication of a call via a network; transmitting, via the network, presence indicating a current status; and executing predetermined functions. If a specific function that causes delay in answering an incoming call is to be executed among the predetermined functions, presence indicating that it takes time to answer an incoming call is transmitted via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Fujihito Numano
  • Patent number: 8903059
    Abstract: According to one aspect, the subject matter described herein includes a method for SDF based subscription profile repository selection. The method includes receiving a first signaling message. The first signaling message includes service data flow information for identifying a service data flow. The method also includes selecting, using the service data flow information, an SPR from a plurality of SPRs, the SPR containing policy information associated with the service data flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Tekelec, Inc.
    Inventors: Yusun Kim Riley, Sundaram Rajagopalan, Peter J. Marsico
  • Patent number: 8903920
    Abstract: A method for inhibiting infection of network destinations by malware comprising detecting behavior consistent with the presence of malware at first network clients, such as access by a message received at a first network client to addressing resources containing an address of a malware evaluator. Detecting malware at the first clients is advantageously accomplished at one or more malware evaluators by receipt of messages forwarded from the first network clients, the forwarded messages comprising selectively flagged information relating to malware suspicions. Malware evaluators advantageously comprise a Bayesian Learning Network trained with knowledge of malware characteristics and forwarded messages. The malware evaluators, when adequately trained, provide classifications of received messages as malware or not, with at least a predetermined likelihood. Results of such classification can be selectively made available to network clients, including the first network clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Garren G. Hodgson
  • Patent number: 8903712
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an easy-to-use interface for verifying semantic tags in a steering application in order to generate a natural language grammar. The method includes obtaining user responses to open-ended steering questions, automatically grouping the user responses into groups based on their semantic meaning, and automatically assigning preliminary semantic tags to each of the groups. The user interface enables the user to validate the content of the groups to ensure that all responses within a group have the same semantic meaning and to add or edit semantic tags associated with the groups. The system and method may be applied to interactive voice response (IVR) systems, as well as customer service systems that can communicate with a user via a text or written interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Real Tremblay, Jerome Tremblay, Amy E. Ulug, Jean-Francois Fortier, Francois Berleur, Jeffrey N. Marcus, David Andrew Mauro
  • 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: 20140341363
    Abstract: Power is supplied to telecom equipment in DSLAM outdoor/remote cabinets with relatively short distances between the subscriber and the cabinet. All of the subscriber Customer Premises Equipment connected to the DSLAM each provide a portion of the required power to the remote cabinet via the telephone line connecting the DSLAM and the subscriber CPE. The CPE at the subscriber premises is already connected to power mains in the subscriber premises so, providing power, via the telephone line to the outdoor cabinet is relatively simple. The remote cabinet includes a circuit for receiving the power input from each subscriber and then distributing the power, required by the DSLAM load, equally among the subscribers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Jan Hansen, Hans Knutsson
  • Patent number: 8885799
    Abstract: In support of an interactive telephony services system, a presence gateway provides presence information regarding availability of a called party to communicate using an instant communications client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Richard G. Moore, Gregory L. Mumford, Duraisamy Gunasekar
  • Patent number: 8879714
    Abstract: A method is disclosed that includes retrieving first data associated with a call from an action-object table. The method further includes retrieving second data from a resolution table based on the first data. The second data indicates a treatment type to be provided to the call. The method further includes, in response to determining that the treatment type indicates a particular treatment type, servicing the call with the particular treatment type. The particular treatment type includes routing the call to a destination associated with a call center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert R. Bushey, Benjamin Anthony Knott, Sarah Korth
  • Patent number: 8879694
    Abstract: A communication apparatus including: a communication portion which performs a data communication with a sub-communication apparatus; a transmission-data communicating portion which performs a transmission-data communication with a data processing apparatus; a transmission-data receiving section which receives transmission data from the data processing apparatus; a notifying section which transmits a notification to the sub-communication apparatus, the notification being based on that the transmission-data receiving section has received the transmission data; a relaying section which relays a phone conversation between an external communication apparatus and the sub-communication apparatus; and a transmitting section which transmits the transmission data received by the transmission-data receiving section, to an external communication apparatus as a call opposite party of the phone conversation which is being relayed by the relaying section where a transmission-data transmitting command has been received from
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tadahiro Kunii
  • Patent number: 8879697
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for determining call importance using social network context. A system can receive a call from a caller and establish the identity of the caller. The system can then retrieve a social network context associated with the caller identity from a social network and determine an importance score for the call using the social network context. Social network contexts can be derived from a social network profile, caller utterances, and a social graph. Based on the importance score, the contact center provides an appropriate level of customer service. The level of customer service a contact center provides can be based on resource availability, call type, call time, agent queue selection, offered communication modalities and customer follow-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Reinhard Klemm, Doree Duncan Seligmann
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140321625
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for presenting multimedia content to a caller and/or a called party in association with a telephone call. Content may be presented pre-ring (before the called party's telephone rings), in-call, and/or post-call. Content presented to a party may be related to another party participating in the call or may be related to a third party (e.g., an advertiser that paid for the ability to have its content presented). Presented content may be actuable, to allow a caller to change the destination of a call, take advantage of an offer presented to him or her, redeem a coupon, schedule or queue a subsequent call, etc. To find a desired destination party, a caller may initiate a manual or automatic search of his or her local contacts (on his telephone) and/or a central or global directory or contact list.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Wendell Brown
  • Patent number: 8873542
    Abstract: A phone call is selectively routed to a public switched telephone network or to a packet switched network based on a called number to which the phone call is directed. A phone call may be made as a Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol call through, for example, the Internet except when a user dials an emergency number, in which case the call is made to the public switched telephone network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Laura Reid
  • 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: 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: 8838702
    Abstract: A system and method generates configurations used for accessing electronic mailboxes. A database stores the configuration conventions that are sets of e-mail expressions formed by symbols. A transformer module expands configuration conventions stored in the database to generate configurations based on user supplied context data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Darren L. Gardner, Shaibal Roy
  • Patent number: 8831188
    Abstract: The invention disclosed comprises a method and device for receiving an order request from a first party along with contact information for the first party, routing at least some communication made using, or to, second contact information, such as may be provided to the first party, and providing at least part of the order request and first contact information to a third party. The contact information may be a phone number or an e-mail address or a plurality of same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Mask.It, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Zehnbacht, Steve S Finkelstein
  • Patent number: 8823767
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, system and a computer program product provide improved delivery of short messages. The method includes the steps of receiving a message to be delivered to user equipment, negotiating a timer value with a short message service routing element, forwarding the short message to the short message service routing element together with the negotiated timer value and starting a timer according to the negotiated timer value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Siemens Networks OY
    Inventors: Jozsef Varga, Ulrich Wiehe
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140241515
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a first request to join a conference from a first user device. The location of the first user device is determined. Based on the location of the first user device, the proximity of the first user device relative to endpoints configured to facilitate the conference is identified. A first one of the endpoints that is more proximate to the first user device than other endpoints is selected for handling the conferences.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Anand K. Oswal, Pritam Shah
  • Patent number: 8817956
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a method for a service access of a user in an Access Gateway Control Function (AGCF) entity, wherein a corresponding relationship between a logic number and a physical number of the user in the AGCF entity is stored in a Home User Server (HSS), the method includes that: in a registration process initiated by the user, the AGCF entity acquires the corresponding relationship between the physical number of the user and the logic number of the user from the HSS and stores it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Qiang Yang, Chen Wang
  • Patent number: 8817965
    Abstract: According to various embodiments of the present invention, there is provided a method, system and apparatus for handling establishment of a communication session. A method of handling establishment of one or more communication sessions comprises receiving from a user an indication of user's desire to cause establishment of the one or more communication sessions. The method further comprises accessing scheduling data associated with the user, the scheduling data comprising one or more scheduling events, each of the one or more scheduling events associated with a corresponding one of the one or more communication sessions. The method further comprises in response to at least one of the one or more scheduling events, causing the corresponding one of the one or more communication sessions to be established with the communication device associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: BCE Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Allan Arsenault, Nathan Gerald Archer, Sean MacLean Murray, Ilya Kalnish
  • Patent number: 8812656
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically forming and/or maintaining a network of user-selectable devices, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Jeyhan Karaogoz
  • Patent number: 8804924
    Abstract: The invention concerns telecommunications methods and systems, and more particularly methods and systems for enabling respondents, who may be potential customers, to respond to advertisements for items (goods or services) advertised by or on behalf of advertisers. Telecommunications methods and systems of the invention provide selective communication routing or forwarding to advertisers of communications made to anonymous contact identifiers selected from a pool of anonymous contact identifiers, each anonymous contact identifier able to be allocated to an item to be advertised by or on behalf of the advertiser. The anonymous contact identifier is a public telephone number or an email address, for example. The service is provided by way of hosted system for use by a plurality of advertisers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: j2 Global Ireland Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Mulligan, Zhanna Sudarska, Maksym Ruchko
  • Patent number: 8804925
    Abstract: A first network comprising: one or more first end-user computer terminals; a gateway to a second, packet-based network comprising one or more second end-user computer terminals installed with a communication client of the second network; one or more telephone units for performing calls with one of the second end-user computer terminals over the second network; wherein each of the one or more first end-user terminals is installed with a communication client for performing calls with the second end-user computer terminals over the second network; and wherein the gateway comprises switching apparatus configured to detect a user selection between a first state in which one of said calls is to be performed using one of said first end-user computer terminals and a second state in which the call is to be performed using one of said telephone units; and on condition of detecting the first state, to route both call set-up signaling and call media to the first end-user computer terminal; and on condition of detecting t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Skype
    Inventors: Madis Kaal, Henn Ruukel
  • Patent number: 8804921
    Abstract: A system and method that enables the collaborative creation and editing of content on a VoiceSite over a telephone. The system and method enables the collaborative creation and editing of content on the VoiceSite by allowing one or multiple users (authors) to generate and edit the content of the VoiceSite at the same or different times. A Collaboration Manager is utilized to manage calls to/from one or more users. A VoiGen component utilizes voice-activated prompts to allow the one or more users to perform at least one of specify user preferences, load templates, store user preferences and service options, parse through obtained data, and generate/edit the VoiceSite based on the inputs provided by the one or multiple users. A Session Manager stores user specific information and ensures that the content provided by multiple users, including edits/changes, is integrated without conflicts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anupam Jain, Amit A. Nanavati, Nitendra Rajput
  • Patent number: 8798243
    Abstract: A customer premises equipment (CPE) device, such as a telephone, connected to a local communications line existing on the premises is capable of receiving incoming telephone or like communication calls. The device has an interface which connects the device to the local communications line on the premises and enables the device to receive an alternating voltage analog ring signal corresponding to a notification of an incoming telephone call. The device also includes a demodulator for decoding and processing the ring signal including additional media data which is of low amplitude relative to that of the alternating voltage analog ring signal and which is modulated on the alternating voltage analog ring signal. Further, the device includes an input/output (I/O) component providing a means for audible and/or visual output of media from the device. The media output from the device directly corresponds to the media data modulated on the ring signal. CPE telephone systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Cotignola, Jacob Igval, Dipak R. Patel
  • Patent number: RE45136
    Abstract: A telephone line status notification system including at least one telephone line having a status, a communications network, at least one communications terminal which is connectable to the communications network and which is employable by a seeking user to communicate via the communications network a status request concerning the status of the at least one telephone line, apparatus for processing the status request the apparatus for processing is connectable to the communications network for receiving the status request from the seeking user therethrough and communicating the request, and apparatus for acquiring the status of the at least one telephone line, the apparatus for acquiring is in communication with the apparatus for processing for receiving the status request therefrom, and the apparatus for acquiring is connectable to the communications network for communicating the status via the communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Vardi, Arie Vardi, Joseph Vigiser, Yair Goldfinger