Having Station Display Patents (Class 379/93.17)
  • Patent number: 8687781
    Abstract: A phone appliance and method of use are provided where the phone appliance can be used to make VoIP communications calls. In a preferred embodiment, the phone appliance includes an RF connection for connecting to a computer or other computing device for facilitating the placement of the VoIP communications calls. The phone appliance further includes a display or portal for depicting advertisements provided by various advertisers. The advertisements provided can be used to defray all or part of the cost associated with making VoIP communications calls. The portal can also be used to communicate with businesses for ordering products, such as ordering a pizza, and to perform various services, such as purchasing stocks. In an exemplary system, the phone appliance is used to transmit to a control center information related to the user of the phone appliance, such as interests and buying habits, and queries for receiving additional information for various advertised products and services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Ching-Yi Lin
  • Patent number: 8638913
    Abstract: A system and method for providing access to a visual phone menu is disclosed. The system receives a phone number transmitted from a calling device to initiate a call, determines whether a visual phone menu (VPM) is available for the phone number, provides the calling device with a VPM address when a VPM exists, and proceeds with the call from the calling device to the phone number when a VPM does not exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: RingCentral, Inc.
    Inventor: Curt T. Larson
  • Publication number: 20140023183
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a computer program, method, and system for presenting user-selectable content on another user's computing device. Embodiments of the present invention permit a first user to create relationships and networks between other users. Once relationships have been created, the first user can select multimedia content to be presented to a second user or group of users. The content is presented to the second user upon the first user initiating a telephone call to the second user and during a pre-answer stage comprising ringing of the second user's computing device; upon the second user answering the call, the presentation of the content is terminated. In addition, if the second user has selected content to be presented to the first user, such content will also be displayed at the time the first user makes the call to the second user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: CWB TECH LLC
    Inventors: Charles Jason Brown, Jayson Watkins, Michael Collard
  • Patent number: 8634523
    Abstract: A system and method for implementing and managing an information distribution system through a telephonic system. In one embodiment, information related to a callee merchant is dynamically transmitted to users of Internet connectivity capable communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: YellowPages.com, LLC
    Inventors: David Lothele Williams, Rohan Koduvayur Krishnan Chandran, Kelvin Voon-Kit Chong, Srinivas A. Mandyam, Krishna Vedati
  • Patent number: 8625756
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a system for providing advertisements to a caller. The system comprises a database having advertisements associated with a list of telephone numbers. The telephone numbers are associated with destinations implementing Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Further, the system comprises a device configured to display a visual menu for the IVR and the associated advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventors: Tal Lavian, Zvi Or-Bach
  • Publication number: 20140003590
    Abstract: A telephone number corresponding to an incoming telephone call may be utilized to obtain information associated with the incoming call. If it is determined that the telephone number does not match records stored on the device on which the call is received, a request may be sent from the receiving device to an external device to obtain information associated with the incoming call. The request may be directed to a remote contacts application, another device listed in a data store of the receiving device, or to the calling device itself. When a response is received, the information may be displayed or otherwise utilized by the receiving device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Swapnil Dave, Devrim Varoglu
  • Patent number: 8619952
    Abstract: Various methods, systems, and computer program products are disclosed for determining promotional messages that led to a phone call. The method may include communicating a promotional message, wherein the promotional message is associated with a phone number. The method may include receiving an indication that the promotional message was selected. The method may include receiving a phone call via the phone number, the phone call indicating the phone number that was called. The method may include associating the phone call with the promotional message based on the phone number. The method may include determining that the communicated promotional message led to the phone call based on the associated phone call and promotional message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Surojit Chatterjee, Anshul Kothari, Chen Chen
  • Publication number: 20130343529
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a method for communicating on a telecommunications device, wherein a telephone number is received from a user via an interface of the telecommunications device. At least one character from the user is also received via the interface in response to key press options presented to the user. The telephone number and the character received from the user are automatically saved on a memory device. The character is automatically associated with the telephone number. Contextual information associated with the character is saved, wherein the contextual information indicates the time of day that the character is entered, the date that the character is entered, and/or the type of call where the character is entered. The character is presented to the user in a list of previously entered characters on a display of the telecommunications device during a subsequent telephone call to the saved telephone number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Lydia M. Do
  • Publication number: 20130329871
    Abstract: Systems and methods for initiating a telephone call on a communication device receive, into a computerized device, an instruction to connect a communication device to a communication receiver using a call-in string comprising a call-in number and a pass code. The call-in string is parsed to separate the call-in number and the pass code, using the computerized device. A pause indicator is identified in the call-in string, using the computerized device. The pause indicator is formatted to a type-specific format appropriate for the type of communication device, using the computerized device. The call-in number is transmitted from the computerized device to the communication receiver. A pause is executed, using the computerized device, according to the pause indicator formatted for a specific type of device. The pass code is transmitted from the computerized device to the communication receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Lisa Seacat Deluca, Lydia M. Do
  • Patent number: 8606239
    Abstract: A system and method for integrating voice and data operations into a single mobile device capable of simultaneously performing data and voice actions. The mobile device working in a network capable of exchanging both cell phone calls and data items to the mobile device. By wearing an earphone or an ear-bud device the user is capable of dealing with voice conversations while working with data centric information related to the current caller. By providing a data-centric device with voice capabilities there is a new range of features that allow incoming data events to trigger outgoing voice events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: David P. Yach, Raymond P. Vander Veen, Harry R. Major, Gary P. Mousseau, Mihal Lazaridis, Atul Asthana
  • Patent number: 8605868
    Abstract: An interactive voice response (IVR) mapping system (IVRMS) is used in a transaction between a waiting party and a queuing party, wherein the queuing party has a queuing calling system (QCS). The IVRMS communicates with the QCS for extracting navigational information from the QCS and generates an IVR map of the QCS. The IVRMS performs map validation by comparing the IVR map with extracted navigational information, and determines if a certain threshold of matching is not met. Optionally, a primary IVR map and a supplementary IVR map of the QCS are created. An editor corrects mistakes in an automated speech-to-text conversion process, removes text that is not relevant for visual navigation, corrects structure of an IVR map via adding, removes or changes commands, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: FonCloud, Inc.
    Inventors: Shai Berger, Jason P. Bigue
  • Patent number: 8594286
    Abstract: Systems and methods for obtaining a personal identification number (PIN) from a client terminal are disclosed. A method includes storing, at the client terminal, PINs for plural prepaid services. The method also includes receiving, at the client terminal, a request for a PIN associated with a desired prepaid service corresponding to one of the plural prepaid services. A PIN request is then sent, from the client terminal, to a server when less than a predefined number of PINs associated with the desired prepaid service are stored at the client terminal. In response, one or more PINs associated with the desired prepaid service are received at the client terminal. The method further includes dispensing at least one PIN corresponding to the desired prepaid service from the client terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Blackhawk Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren New, Miles Paschini, Marshall Rose
  • Patent number: 8582735
    Abstract: A configurable PSTN call-handling (CPC) service enables monitoring and custom responses to calls received over multiple subscriber lines. A CPC Client Program runs on a computer and presents a graphical user interface (GUI) that allows the user to associate call-handling options with call characteristics. The GUI also allows the user to customize the notification signals provided and to provide custom responses to certain callers, by associating call characteristics with various GUI appearances, sound files, or images. The CPC relieves the communications network of performing certain call-handling functions, such as call forwarding, by moving decision-making processes to the user's PC. The user can remotely monitor any subscriber line associated with the user from any browser, because the communications network sends notifications directly to an IP address specified by the user. The IP address associated with a computer connected to the subscriber line need not be the IP address specified by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Geoffrey S. Lin, Patrick D. Sullivan, Robert G. Hensey, John L. Bradberry
  • Publication number: 20130287187
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements for conveying context-sensitive information for a conversation. A topic of a conversation among at least one conversation participant is ascertained. Information related to the ascertained topic of conversation is obtained, and the obtained information is displayed to at least one conversation participant during the conversation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ankur Gandhe, Nandakishore Kambhatla, Amit Kumar Singh, Karthik Visweswariah
  • Publication number: 20130287188
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for providing an incoming event notification to a telephony control point in a UPnP home network environment. Information associated with a remote party is fetched by a telephony server, when an incoming event associated with the remote party arrives at the telephony server. An incoming event notification associated with the incoming event is generated. The incoming event notification includes the information associated with the remote party. The incoming event with the incoming event notification is forwarded to at least one telephony control point in the UPnP home network environment. The information associated with the remote party is displayed with the incoming event notification on a display of the at least one telephony control point, when the incoming event arrives at the telephony control point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Mayuresh Madhukar Patil, Venkateswar Jeedigunta, Je-Young Maeng, Jun-Hyung Kim
  • Publication number: 20130279670
    Abstract: A computerized method for collaborating between a party and a caller, comprising receiving at the party a communication from the caller, and responsive to the communication, presenting by the party a web-page on a computer operated by the caller, wherein the method is performed at least by a computerized apparatus of the party and an at least one communications apparatus of the caller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Oren WISMAN
  • Patent number: 8564639
    Abstract: At one of the timings: during a period between the moment when one of terminals which performs transmission calls out a communication partner and the moment of response and at the timing after the communication between the terminals is complete; content data is read out from a database and the read out content data is converted according to conversion information based on reproduction at the terminal. The converted content data is transmitted to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Koyama, Kazunori Ozawa
  • Patent number: 8553859
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a communication device comprising a database comprising a plurality of visual Interactive Voice Response (IVR) menus associated with a plurality of destinations. The communication device further comprises means for dialing a phone number of a destination, means for comparing the dialed phone number with phone numbers stored in the database, and means for displaying a form based on the comparison, wherein the form comprises one or more data request fields corresponding to a visual IVR menu associated with the dialed destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventors: Tal Lavian, Zvi Or-Bach
  • Patent number: 8553860
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a method for communicating on a telecommunications device, wherein a telephone number is received from a user via an interface of the telecommunications device. At least one character from the user is also received via the interface in response to key press options presented to the user. The telephone number and the character received from the user are automatically saved on a memory device. The character is automatically associated with the telephone number. Contextual information associated with the character is saved, wherein the contextual information indicates the time of day that the character is entered, the date that the character is entered, and/or the type of call where the character is entered. The character is presented to the user in a list of previously entered characters on a display of the telecommunications device during a subsequent telephone call to the saved telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kulvir Singh Bhogal, Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Lydia M. Do
  • Patent number: 8553855
    Abstract: A conference support apparatus for supporting a conference held between at least two terminals, includes: a delay unit configured to delay first voice data obtained by one of the terminals, in accordance with a delay caused by an information extraction processing performed on the first voice data; and a delay information video generation unit configured to generate a delay information video obtained by visualizing information about the delay of the first voice data that is delayed by the delay unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Kouji Ueno, Nobuhiro Shimogori, Tomoo Ikeda
  • Publication number: 20130259214
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements for managing execution of multiple campaigns. At least two campaigns are directed to a target. A monitor is associated with the target, and the at least two campaigns are delivered to the monitor, wherein at least one campaign is in a run mode and at least one campaign is in a wait mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kuntal Dey, Seema Nagar
  • Patent number: 8548131
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a communication device. The communication device comprises a processor. Further, the communication device comprises a memory coupled to the processor. The memory comprises a database comprising at least one visual Interactive Voice Response (IVR) menu associated with at least one IVR system. Further, the memory comprises instructions executable by the processor for sending a first section of a data packet to a second communication device. The first section comprising first information is sent based on a visual IVR menu associated with the second communication device. Further, the memory comprises instructions executable by the processor for receiving an acknowledgement message from the second communication device based on the first section of the data packet. Furthermore, the memory includes instructions executable by the processor for sending a second section of the data packet to the second communication device based on the acknowledgement message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: Tal Lavian, Zvi Or-Bach
  • Patent number: 8549111
    Abstract: One problem with web-based information is that it is typically presented without being personalized or tailored to fit a particular user's needs and requirements. Another problem relates to calls such as telephone calls, video calls or other multimedia calls made between two or more call members. Here it is often required to provide detailed information during the call. By storing a plurality of web pages and associating each of those web pages with information about one or more potential calls, it is possible to select one of those web pages for provision to a particular call member. For example, a user may store a web page for provision to family members, another for customers, and another for new enquiries. Information about a call is obtained and used to select an appropriate one of the stored web pages. This selected web page is then provided to the call member which is for example a wireless terminal with a web browser arranged to display the web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Moran, John P. McSweeney
  • Patent number: 8548135
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a communication device. The communication device comprises a database comprising one or more visual IVR menus associated with a plurality of calling devices. Further, the communication device comprises means for receiving a call from a phone number of a calling device, and means for displaying a visual IVR menu associated with the phone number of the calling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: Tal Lavian, Zvi Or-Bach
  • Patent number: 8548128
    Abstract: A telephone apparatus includes a storage unit, a display unit, a retrieving unit and a display control unit. The storage unit is configured to store a plurality of images therein. The display unit is configured to display at least one of the plurality of images. The retrieving unit is configured to retrieve a relating image from the images stored in the storage unit when an outgoing call is made to or an incoming call is received from other telephone apparatus through a telephone line. The relating image relates to a corresponding image associated with the other party of the outgoing or incoming call. The display control unit configured to perform control to display at least one of the corresponding image and the retrieved relating image on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mika Matsushima
  • Publication number: 20130251126
    Abstract: A method and system support an interaction of a user with a self service application via a self service access terminal, which may be a mobile device. The user employs the self service access terminal to navigate a decision tree associated with the self service application. When the user reaches a point in the decision tree which indicates that an agent-assisted service session should be initiated between the user and a human agent, the voice call may be initiated and data associated with the interaction with the self service application is communicated to an agent computer which displays the data to the human agent who handles the voice call. The data may include user data, environmental data, line-of-business data pertaining to the user, and/or data indicating the path on the decision tree which the user traversed prior to the voice call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Jacada Inc.
    Inventors: Gideon Hollander, Dany Weil, Opher Richter
  • Patent number: 8537989
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a communication device. The communication device comprises a database comprising at least one visual Interactive Voice Response (IVR) menu associated with each of a plurality of destinations. The communication device also comprises means for dialing a phone number of a destination of the plurality of destinations based on a predefined calling information, wherein the predefined calling information is selected from a visual IVR menu associated with the destination; means for receiving information from the dialed destination based on the predefined calling information; and means for displaying the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventors: Tal Lavian, Zvi Or-Bach
  • Patent number: 8537983
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention provide a tool for reviewing the content of communications conducted between parties. A communication is analyzed between a first and second party to determine the words present. A set of keywords are developed that represent a subset of the words determined to be present in the communication. Occurrences of the keywords in the communication are mapped to times at which they occur. An interface is provided to a user that displays a representation of the communication comprising an identifier, such as an icon, representing a particular occurrence of a keyword with respect to a timeline. The user can search, locate and review a corresponding portion of audio containing the occurrence of the keyword. This may involve playing the corresponding portion of the audio containing the occurrence of the keyword and/or displaying the corresponding portion of a transcript of the audio portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Noble Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher S. Haggerty, Karl H. Koster
  • Publication number: 20130235987
    Abstract: A method and system for replacing contact information without significant human intervention. A subscriber's replacement contact information is automatically sent to specified recipients in a telecommunication system. A program on a subscriber's network appliance upon receipt of a prompt generated by the subscriber to notify contacts of a change or, the program automatically generating instructions when new contact information is installed in a subscriber's network appliance, causes a list of selected recipient addresses to be displayed on the subscriber's appliance display. The subscriber selects the addresses to be notified of the change and the subscriber's network appliance automatically sends the contact information via the telecommunication system's authentication process, to the address selections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Jose Arroniz-Escobar
  • Patent number: 8521834
    Abstract: A communication system exchanges electronic mail information. Communication devices are operable to input a telephone number that includes an identification number of a telephone telecommunication services operator and to transmit electronic mail information together with the telephone number. A storage device is operable to store a reference table in which the identification number of a telecommunication services operator is correlated with the domain name of the telecommunication services operator. A communication management device is operable to receive the transmitted electronic mail information and telephone number, to read the domain name of the telecommunication services operator from the reference table using the identification number of the telecommunication services operator, to merge the telephone number with the domain name read from the reference table to form an electronic mail address, and to forward the electronic mail information to the electronic mail address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuru Goto
  • Patent number: 8515028
    Abstract: An interactive voice response mapping system (IVRMS) is used in a transaction between a waiting party and a queuing party, with the queuing party having a queuing calling system (QCS), and the IVRMS adapted to communicate with the QCS and to build an IVR map of the QCS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: FonCloud, Inc.
    Inventors: Shai Berger, Jason P. Bigue
  • Publication number: 20130202097
    Abstract: This document describes various techniques enabling priority telephonic communications. In some embodiments, these techniques enable a person making a telephone call to indicate that their call is important and a person receiving the call to know, even before taking that call, that the call is important.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Steele Schultz
  • Publication number: 20130202098
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for managing customer service calls using a localhost service operating within a desktop environment. The system includes a web-based application configured to display browser windows including an overlayed or embedded softphone component, and a desk top application which serves a telephony application configured to receive call status information from a CTI adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: Gautam Vasudev
  • Patent number: 8503628
    Abstract: Detailed information about a party can be provided during interparty communication. Data-capable mobile devices query at least a public database to retrieve information about a set of parties engaged in communication. The results of the database query are employed to provide detailed caller identification and detail functionality to telephones or communication devices not utilizing traditional landlines or commercial caller identification service. Storage can be included to include address book function, query caching, and user preferences. An interface can be provided to facilitate display of rich caller identification information. The interface can further update displayed information without user input, or provide user selection control to request more information on a selected portion of displayed information. These features can be applied to determine the information about a party that is either receiving a communication or initiating a communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Carol Shifrin Gruchala, Wayne Robert Heinmiller, Dianne I Tiliks Kanne
  • Patent number: 8503627
    Abstract: A communication device includes a call unit, a transmitter, a network transmission unit and a display unit. The call unit can generate a call request based on a phone number of a phone device of a called party. The transmitter can send the call request to the phone device. The network transmission unit is responsive to the call request for acquiring current status information of the called party from at least one social network server through Internet. The display unit can render the current status information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Shao-Pou Chen
  • Patent number: 8503626
    Abstract: A system and method may include storing a set of messages associated with a corporate initiative. A network address of a telephone associated with at least one member of a group of individuals may be identified. A message may be selected from the set of messages for displaying on an electronic display of the telephone. The message may be communicated to the network address for display on the electronic display of the telephone. By displaying the message on the telephone, an employee may be reminded of the message so as to not forget a particular corporate initiative idea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Koushik Chatterjee, Johnny Hawkins, Amanda Livesay
  • Patent number: 8494140
    Abstract: A system and method for provisioning communications services. A remote device controlled by a user is linked with a provisioning system. A verbal selection of a menu associated with a library is received for performing one or more actions within the provisioning system. One or more verbal commands associated with the menu are received. A determination is made of an action within the library associated with the one or more verbal commands. The action associated with the one or more verbal commands is performed in the provisioning system to provision the communications services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Keith Younger, Shane M. Smith, Kendra Dwyer
  • Patent number: 8477918
    Abstract: At one of the timings: during a period between the moment when one of terminals which performs transmission calls out a communication partner and the moment of response and at the timing after the communication between the terminals is complete; a server reads out content data from a database, converts the read out content data according to the conversion information based on reproduction at the terminal, and transmits the converted content data to the terminal. At this timing, the terminal reproduces the content data transmitted from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Kazunori Ozawa, Kazuhiro Koyama
  • Publication number: 20130163733
    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: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: MOTOROLA MOBILITY, INC.
    Inventors: Naveen Aerrabotu, Shyam Narayan
  • Patent number: 8472595
    Abstract: Unwanted picture or video images are inhibited from being displayed by wireless communication devices based on the identity of the message originator, be that identity a phone number, an e-mail address, a website, a blocked message originator identification signal, the absence of a message originator identifier associated with the wireless picture message, or an electronic serial number of the message originator's device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel A. Henderson
  • Patent number: 8472594
    Abstract: Systems and methods for obtaining a personal identification number (PIN) from a client terminal are disclosed. A method includes storing, at the client terminal, PINs for plural prepaid services. The method also includes receiving, at the client terminal, a request for a PIN associated with a desired prepaid service corresponding to one of the plural prepaid services. A PIN request is then sent, from the client terminal, to a server when less than a predefined number of PINs associated with the desired prepaid service are stored at the client terminal. In response, one or more PINs associated with the desired prepaid service are received at the client terminal. The method further includes dispensing at least one PIN corresponding to the desired prepaid service from the client terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: EWI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren New, Miles Paschini, Marshall Rose
  • Publication number: 20130148789
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to unified communications, and more particularly, to a system facilitating meeting device interactions and methods thereof. In an illustrative embodiment, the system can include a calendar booking tool and private branch exchange (PBX) to provide meeting information and telephony capabilities to an open device. Basic meeting information can be provided through the PBX to the device. This information can include a time, date, host and guests of the meeting. The PBX can reuse existing functionality and features for the meeting and provide them to the open device. These features can include, but are not limited to, displaying updates, populating keys and dynamically creating groups. The system can offer intuitive meeting functions on telephony devices having a display with self-labeling keys. Touch screen devices including soft phones can provide these features. The concepts can be extended to touch screen application capable phones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventors: Peter Matthew Hillier, Patrice Arruda
  • Patent number: 8451995
    Abstract: A mechanism for indicating a specific response message to be played to a caller is provided. A call that comprises an identification of a caller is received in a recipient device. If the recipient device is operating in the phone management mode, a recipient notification of the call is blocked on the recipient device. If the caller is identified as a known caller based on the identification of the caller, a caller specific response message is sent to the known caller. The caller specific response message is at least one of an interactive or a non-interactive caller specific response message. The interactive response message includes a code with which to respond. If the response message is the interactive response message and the caller enters the code associated with the interactive response message, then the recipient notification of the call is activated on the recipient device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marco Canu, Barbara Febonio, Rosario Gangemi, Sandro Piccinini
  • Patent number: 8442580
    Abstract: In a telecommunications device a number or address is selected from a stored list for initiating a call or sending a message from the telecommunications device to the number or address. The list includes names and one or more numbers and/or addresses corresponding to each name. At least some of said stored names are displayed, and one of the displayed names is highlighted. The highlighted name is displayed together with a default one of the one or more numbers and/or addresses corresponding to the highlighted name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Corporation
    Inventor: Per Ogren
  • Patent number: 8437458
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes obtaining information relating to a first telephone number, and determining whether the first telephone number corresponds to a first speed dial button on a device. The first speed dial button is highlighted if the first telephone number corresponds to the first speed dial button. If the first telephone number does not correspond to the first speed dial button, the method also includes determining whether the first telephone number is associated with a second telephone number, determining whether the second telephone number corresponds to the first speed dial button if the first telephone number is associated with the second telephone number, and highlighting the first speed dial button when it is determined that the second telephone number corresponds to the first speed dial button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: John Toebes
  • Publication number: 20130089192
    Abstract: A system for effecting a telephone call between telephonic devices is operative to use a computer network, without manual use of the alphanumeric keypads. A third party call control (3PCC) application program interface (API) provides the capability for users to use a web browser or other Internet capable software to place a call, rather than using the telephone keypad. A third party call control application program interface includes a uniform resource locator operable over the Internet to cause a call between a first telephonic device and a second telephonic device to be completed. The uniform resource locator includes identification of the first telephonic device and identification of the second telephonic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: VONAGE NETWORK LLC
    Inventor: VONAGE NETWORK LLC
  • Patent number: 8412529
    Abstract: An approach is provided for enhancing verbal communication sessions. A verbal component of a communication session is converted into textual information. The converted textual information is scanned for a text string to trigger an application. The application is invoked to provide supplemental information about the textual information or to perform an action in response to the textual information for or on behalf of a party of the communication session. The supplemental information or a confirmation of the action is transmitted to the party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Martin W. McKee, Paul T. Schultz, Robert A. Sartini
  • Patent number: 8406394
    Abstract: An advertisement delivery system by a telephone service utilizing IP telephone communication technology. The system comprises at least a call control apparatus controlling calling between a sending side terminal provided with a reproduction device and a receiving side terminal, and an advertisement delivery apparatus delivering advertisement video information to the terminal. The call control apparatus comprises a monitoring function unit monitoring the “voice media state” and “video media state” of the terminal and a delivery connection function unit delivering the advertisement video information based on the results of monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Joji Furuya, Kazuyoshi Kondo, Tomohiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8391298
    Abstract: In a Voice over IP system, a user can dial numbers stored in a series of lists, which are stored in the system and displayed to the user of an IP telephone. One implementation will allow a user to scroll through a list of remote sites. When the user finds the desired site, the user is then presented with the same options as a user local to that site. All of this can be performed without the need for an operator or a printed directory. This system provides an ability for a user to scroll through a list of names and phone numbers and then call a person once their name and phone number is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Estech Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric G. Suder, Harold E. A. Hansen, II
  • Patent number: 8391454
    Abstract: A mechanism for indicating a specific response message to be played to a caller is provided. A call that comprises an identification of a caller is received in a recipient device. If the recipient device is operating in the phone management mode, a recipient notification of the call is blocked on the recipient device. If the caller is identified as a known caller based on the identification of the caller, a caller specific response message is sent to the known caller. The caller specific response message is at least one of an interactive or a non-interactive caller specific response message. The interactive response message includes a code with which to respond. If the response message is the interactive response message and the caller enters the code associated with the interactive response message, then the recipient notification of the call is activated, on the recipient device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Marco Canu, Barbara Febonio, Rosario Gangemi, Sandro Piccinini