Having User Information Display (e.g., Telephone Number, Name, Address, Etc.) Patents (Class 379/93.23)
  • Patent number: 10387845
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include systems, methods, and computer-program products for scheduling and affecting appointment calendaring based on perceived user requirements. As such, the invention provides for a smart appointment calendaring based on the automatic and real time analysis of a user's financial information, transaction history, navigation history and the like. The system then identifies one or more relevant specialists and schedules one or more appointments. Based on needs identified from analysis of user information, the invention may create an appointment package for the user. Thus, the system may schedule appointments with one or more specialists based on the user's requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alicia C. Jones-McFadden, Matthew Hsieh, Jade Michelle Le Vo-Dinh, David M. Grigg, Carrie Anne Hanson, Peter John Bertanzetti
  • Patent number: 10230839
    Abstract: A method is provided for providing caller ID for a caller. An indication is received from a social networking site on which a caller has a profile that the caller has signed into the social networking site. A request is received from the caller to place a call to a callee. The system automatically associates at least one aspect of the caller's profile from the social networking site with the call request. The system then signals to the callee that there is a new call by displaying the call request with the at least one aspect of the caller's profile from the social networking site. A method is also provided for enhancing a callee's control over receiving a call. A method is also provided for facilitating web calling by a caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Esna Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad Nezarati, Bryan Dingwall
  • Patent number: 10216381
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer product for: causing a first image to be displayed to a user, the first image comprising one or more selectable objects; receiving a first user input selecting at least one selectable object from the first image; subsequent to receiving the first user input, causing a second image to be captured; combining the at least one selected object and the second image to create a composite image; and causing the composite image to be stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Yan Qing Cui
  • Patent number: 10169761
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for adjustment of difficulty level, quantity, and/or other parameters of knowledge-based authentication. The questions may be asked of a consumer based on one or more generated risk scores associated with the consumer's behavior, which may be derived from information received from the consumer, a representative responsible for entering information regarding the consumer, and/or from the consumer's computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ConsumerInfo.com Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Burger
  • Patent number: 10110519
    Abstract: Various examples provide a method, an apparatus and a storage medium for sharing information. According to the method, a user to be shared is identified in an address book in an instant messaging (IM) client; an electronic business card is generated by using basic information of the to-be-shared user in the IM system, and is sent to a receiving client. Various examples of the present disclosure also provide a method and an apparatus for receiving shared information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Runda Cai, Qing Huang, Zhijie Zhou, Liangliang Fan, Runjia Huang, Xueqin Lin, Ganrong Yang, Kunfeng Rong, Xing Liang, Haiwen Chen, Jingqiong Feng, Tianqing Huang
  • Patent number: 9723032
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: METASWITCH NETWORKS LTD
    Inventors: Chris Mairs, Liz Rice, Philip Pearl, Felix Palmer, David Drysdale, Shaun Crampton
  • Patent number: 9672199
    Abstract: Disclosed are an electronic device and an electronic device control method that can use address information on the basis of an inputted string. The disclosed electronic device is provided with: a memory (44) that stores an address book that has names and address information; input keys (14) for inputting strings; a display unit (21) that displays both an input string inputted via the input keys (14) and a conversion candidate string which is a conversion candidate for the input string; a search execution unit (46) that searches the address book on the basis of an input string inputted via the input keys (14); and a control unit (45) that has the display unit (21) display, as a conversion candidate string, a name or address information that corresponds to the input string and was searched for by the search execution unit (46).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsushi Wakasa
  • Patent number: 9615055
    Abstract: Voice or video communication is incorporated into a television or compatible audio capable visual display by routing a television signal through a communication interface apparatus connected to a voice or video communication network and switching between a call and at least the audio portion of the television signal when a call is detected and the user chooses to answer the call in response to an on-screen menu superimposed on the video portion of the television signal. The communication interface apparatus includes a controller that is configured to allow speed dialing using a wireless remote, as well as making calls from a user-defined contact list or a regional phone directory that is updatable from a remote source via the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Michael Book
  • Patent number: 9406283
    Abstract: A control system is provided with a plurality of input operation devices that send drawing request information for updating display contents at a shared display device, a display control device that is connected to the input operation devices via a communication line, that stores the drawing request information sent from the input operation devices in a buffer, and that updates the display contents in the shared display device on the basis of the drawing request information stored in the buffer. Then, the display control device controls the shared display device so that the display contents based on the drawing request information stored in the buffer are displayed by being updated in order of priority level, which is predetermined for each type of the drawing request information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Kubota
  • Patent number: 9332124
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for location based call routing to a subject matter specialist. A call request is received from a computing device which includes an identifier of a network page. A topic specialist for the network page is identified from the contents of the network page. The call request is completed by establishing a call between the computing device and another computing device which is operated by the topic specialist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean M. Scott
  • Patent number: 9317625
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a directory search system. Searching can be provided in a very intuitive manner through a graphical user interface that is part of a search application provided on an electronic device. The search system can employ a first letter of a first name combined with a first letter of a last name to quickly find contacts to dial without the use of a keyboard. Each letter can be associated with a pointer that is slidable along alphabet identifiers. By filtering contacts within the directory using the first letter of the first name and first letter of the last names, the user can retrieve a short list of potential contacts that the user wishes to retrieve information about. With thousands of possible entries, filtering using the first letter of the first name and the first letter of the last name often returns a short list of matches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Francis Couse, Paul Fera
  • Patent number: 9294894
    Abstract: A call reminder system includes a transmitting module and a processing module. The transmitting module receives an outside signal to generate a call signal. The processing module is connected to the transmitting module to receive the call signal and generate a call message corresponding to the call signal. When an executed signal is not received by the processing module in a first predetermined time, and the call message is in compliance with a reminder condition determined by the processing module, the processing module will generate a first reminder signal and deliver the first reminder signal to an external electronic device by the transmitting module. Thereby, the function of reminding the user of unanswered calls may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignees: MiTAC International Corp., MiTAC Research (Shanghai) Ltd.
    Inventor: Simon Cao
  • Patent number: 9270800
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a user interface that allows users to change the active line on which an outgoing call may be placed. In example embodiments, upon detecting call screen interaction a line selection menu is displayed. The line selection menu contains a plurality of line identifiers, each line identifier uniquely identifying a corresponding one of the multiple communication lines accessible at the mobile device. A system and method is also presented for providing a call log for identifying call activity associated with a plurality of communication lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: John Jong-Suk Lee, Leon Vymenets, Kevin Oerton, Sherryl Lee Lorraine Scott
  • Patent number: 9135726
    Abstract: An image generation apparatus includes: an extracting section to extract characteristic information of a hair region in a face image; an image specifying section to specify a hairstyle image on the basis of the characteristic information extracted by the extracting section; and a first generating section to generate a portrait image of a face in the face image by using the hairstyle image specified by the image specifying section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shigeru Kafuku
  • Patent number: 9124716
    Abstract: An IP text relay is described herein, to facilitate communication through the use of VOIP or internet telephone system between people of hearing impaired and non hearing impaired. This service and device will enable users to communicate with users of hearing via assistance of an operator who will transcribe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: C21 Patents, LLC
    Inventor: Kent Charugundla
  • Patent number: 9112971
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for managing a plurality of simulated real-time conversations simultaneously with a plurality of callers. The disclosure includes personalizing a number of selectable audio responses associated with a call script in an agent-operator's own unique voice, interacting with a caller, and selecting an audio response for subsequent presentation to the caller, from the selectable audio responses when operating in the agent-operator assist mode. The call script includes a number of segments, including segments associated with the selectable audio responses. The interaction with the caller is selectable among an automated mode, an agent-operator assist mode, and an agent-operator mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Perfect Pitch Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob Munns, Berton Earnshaw, Darren Rosenlund
  • Patent number: 9106747
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for location based call routing to a subject matter specialist. A call request is received from a computing device which includes an identifier of a network page. A topic specialist for the network page is identified from the contents of the network page. The call request is completed by establishing a call between the computing device and another computing device which is operated by the topic specialist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean M. Scott
  • Patent number: 9106724
    Abstract: A text communication aggregator stores text communications between patrons and a contact handling system. The communications each include a tag identifying senders of the text communications. The aggregator further provides the stored text communications as threaded conversations. Each of the threaded conversations include text communications between a particular patron and the contact handling system, and each of the threaded conversations is associated with the particular patron. The aggregator further provides identifiers that identify threaded conversations having at least one new text communication from the patrons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: inContact, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy S. Harris
  • Patent number: 9049210
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: METASWITCH NETWORKS LTD
    Inventors: Chris Mairs, Liz Rice, Philip Pearl, Felix Palmer, David Drysdale, Shaun Crampton
  • Patent number: 9020111
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an originating communication device within a wireless communications system sends a call request to a server to initiate a communication session with a target communication device, and also sends, along with the call request, a session description request, the session description request requesting alerting data to be sent to the target communication device from the server in addition to a call announce message for announcing the communication session to the at least one target communication device, the alerting data describing a nature of the communication session. The server sends the call announce message and the alerting data to the target communication device. The target communication device receives the call announce message and the alerting data, notifies a user of the target communication device of the announced communication session and outputs the alerting data to the user of the target communication device in conjunction with the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Beth Ann Brewer, David J. Ross, Eric C. Rosen
  • Publication number: 20150103987
    Abstract: A method for generating digital events in response to inbound or outbound phone calls on analog phone systems is described. The method monitors a public switched telephone network (PSTN) phone line to detect a call. The analog audio signal of the detected call is amplified. The method acquires call information regarding the detected call from the phone line. The call information is sent to a server as a digital event over a network interface. Voice call recording for the call is initiated. The method uploads a data record that contains the voice call recording to the server over the network interface after the completion of the call. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: William Shane Blaser, Komnieve Singh
  • Patent number: 9008293
    Abstract: Network-based methods and systems transfer caller ID information from a telephony network to an IPTV network. Embodiments integrate service provisioning, subscriber account and policy information between telephony services and IP-based television services. Voice call signaling may be intercepted to retrieve caller ID, caller name information, and other call management information, at the call server in the network to deliver an appropriate notification message to the IP-based TV network at its notification server, which in turn sends a message notification to the called party's TV screen. Call log information may also be retrieved and displayed. SIP call forking and IP multimedia subsystem approaches are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chaoxin Qiu, Robert Stockwell, Jeffrey Paul Johnson, Les Bruce
  • Patent number: 9001983
    Abstract: A method for communication using a digital photo frame, including rendering a digital photo with a plurality of different objects appearing in the photo, the digital photo having one or more name tags associated therewith, wherein a name tag for a digital photo corresponds to an object appearing in the photo, receiving a user input phone call command for any selected one of the name tags associated with the rendered digital photo, and in response to the receiving: automatically determining a phone number for the object corresponding to the selected name tag, and automatically dialing the phone number for the object corresponding to the selected name tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Uri Ron, Ran Ne'man, Sigalit Klimovsky, Eyal Bychkov
  • Patent number: 8983039
    Abstract: A method and system for displaying and producing computer based documents seamlessly to users that relate to their telephone calls is provided. The invention is able to be used with social media, where the mobile station searches for the social media page of the caller based on the Caller ID and displays it to the recipient of the call on the mobile station screen, possibly with other Internet search results. The method and system allow the user to obtain the newest public information about the person who calls him or he decides to call, or any documents that might be intermittent between the people. The system adds “bandwidth”, i.e. speed, efficiency and more dimensions to personal communication, as the users of the inventive system can also visually see by documentation what is going on in the relationship between two or more people.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Suinno Oy
    Inventor: Mikko Väänänen
  • Patent number: 8977244
    Abstract: The present invention provides an extensible phone application that uses extensions to interact with other applications executing in a mobile communication device. The extensible phone application is operable to handle wireless communication for the mobile communication device. Another application may interact with the extensible phone application by incorporating an extension. The extensible phone application enables the extension to register with the phone application for receiving a notification associated with an event. In response to the event, the extensible phone application sends the notification to the extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Darron Jack Stepanich, Kevin Alan Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8977249
    Abstract: A method in one embodiment includes receiving, by a mobile client device, an incoming call sent by a caller, a caller ID being associated with the incoming call. A node connected to a packet-based network is accessed to obtain information about the caller. Information about the caller is then received from the node by the mobile client device. This information is applied to a set of client rules that selects a specific ring tone from a plurality of ring tones stored on the mobile client device. Finally, the specific ring tone is generated on the mobile client device to announce the incoming call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shantanu Sarkar, Joseph Brian Burton
  • Patent number: 8971953
    Abstract: In a method for dialing phone numbers using a portable communication device, the device includes a keypad including numeric keys and an LED driver. Each of the numeric keys is equipped with a first color LED light and a second color LED light. The LED driver drives the first LED light under each of the numeric keys to emit a first color light. The LED driver turns off the first LED light under the numeric key and turns on the second LED light under the numeric key to emit a second color light according to an LED control signal. The LED driver further turns off the second LED light and turns on the first LED light to emit the first color light when the digit input from the keypad is in a digital group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kai-Bo Qu
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8938052
    Abstract: A voice channel connection and a data channel connection are established with a structured voice interaction system. Navigation information for and provided by the structured voice interaction system is received over the data channel connection. The data channel navigation information is coordinated with navigation information provided by the structured voice interaction system over the voice channel connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander J. Cohen, Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8908853
    Abstract: A method and device for displaying information operate during a call service based on an IPTV system. When a first user terminal calls a second user terminal, a person-to-person communication enabler in the IPTV system obtains identity information of media streams of a ring tone service corresponding to the first user terminal and/or the second user terminal. The obtained identity information of the media streams of the ring tone service is sent to an Internet Protocol Television service terminal corresponding to a first user and/or a second user, for playing corresponding media streams of the ring tone service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wenmei Gao, Lei Wang, Huiping Zhang, Shunan Fan
  • Patent number: 8909301
    Abstract: The described embodiments relate generally to methods, systems and handheld electronic communications devices for selecting and displaying a caller ID image from an image database configured to respond to user input and selectively display images on a display. The image database stores at least one tag identifier data corresponding to each image. An address book database stores at least one individual identifier and at least one corresponding address. A caller ID image corresponding to at least one caller ID is selected from the images and displayed on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Neil Patrick Adams
  • Patent number: 8868427
    Abstract: Systems and methods for updating electronic calendar information. Speech is received from a user at a vehicle telematics unit (VTU), wherein the speech is representative of information related to a particular vehicle trip. The received speech is recorded in the VTU as a voice memo, and data associated with the voice memo is communicated from the VTU to a computer running a calendaring application. The data is associated with a field of the calendaring application, and stored in association with the calendaring application field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Rysenga
  • Patent number: 8863209
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that enable the use of a multi-service endpoint device to integrate features and functions of voice and/or data services with IPTV service through a TV console are disclosed. For example, the method connects a multi-service endpoint device (MSED) to a plurality of networks, where at least one of the plurality of networks provides a voice service, and where at least one of the plurality of networks provides an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service. The method then integrates the voice service with the IPTV service using the MSED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Joseph Sommer
  • Patent number: 8849265
    Abstract: A mobile personal-computing device may categorize a selected contact by collecting from the user information related to the selected contact's behavior and/or personality style. After obtaining communication hints for effectively communicating with similarly categorized individuals. The mobile personal-computing device modifies a remote or local contacts database such that when the user communicates with the selected contact, the mobile personal-computing device will automatically provide the communication hints to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Effectiveness Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford Chirls
  • Patent number: 8848889
    Abstract: An embodiment according to the invention provides automatic discovery, via Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) and Voice Biometrics, of the identification of a caller, when the caller is making a phone call from, for example, a residential line. The caller may, for example, initiate a phone call by voice request to a computer or other device. The device initiates the call, but rather than using the conventional technique of determining Calling Name via lookup to the Transaction Capabilities Application Part (TCAP) database, the embodiment uses a technique of ASR in tandem with voice or other biometrics to recognize who within the residence is making the call, and to use the name associated with the requesting caller's voiceprint for determining the Calling Name to display to the called party. Other forms of biometrics, such as image biometrics (e.g., facial or iris biometrics), may alternatively be employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Wood, Russell Vetrano
  • Patent number: 8848886
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying information to a user of a telephone during a telephone call may include requesting information from a plurality of applications in response to receiving data indicative of a telecommunications device during a telephone call. The information may include information associated with a second user of the telecommunications device. The information received from the applications may be displayed for the first user to view during the telephone call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Victoria M. Toner, Johnny Hawkins, Rich Schermerhorn, Shekhar Gupta, Mike A. Roberts, Koushik Chatterjee
  • Patent number: 8848892
    Abstract: The present invention relates to contact list with means to attach memo to contact list entry. Memo comprises of one or more of data, voice, image, and video files. Memo is displayed on communication device when corresponding contact list entry is activated, such as when contact list entry is selected to initiate outgoing communication; and when incoming communication is received from entity corresponding to contact list entry. Present invention provides users means to remember desired conversation points at the time communication is initiated with an entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Nitesh Ratnakar
  • Patent number: 8831193
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the disclosed subject matter provide methods and systems to receive an incoming call message via a data interface upon activation of a trigger established with a voice communication network and activated when the voice communication network receives an incoming call to a destination identified by a pre-determined subscriber account; generate a call notification in response to the incoming call message; obtain a list of set-top boxes corresponding to the predetermined subscriber account; and route the call notification to the set-top boxes on the list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Ryan Van Wyk, Brian Bearden, Scott Steinbrueck
  • Patent number: 8831191
    Abstract: A caller may initiate a phone call to a device. A call preview system may send a preview message in conjunction with the phone call. The preview message may contain preview information that identifies the caller. The call preview system may use a text or media messaging service to send the preview message. Callers can manage their own preview information relieving each user from continuously updating contact information in personal contact directories. The call preview system may use different schemes for initiating phone calls. In one example, the call preview system may initiate or forward phone calls in conjunction with sending the preview message. In another example, the call preview system may delay calling a phone number or delay forwarding the phone call until a message is received acknowledging the preview message or accepting the phone call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ringcentral, Inc.
    Inventor: Vlad Vendrow
  • Patent number: 8817062
    Abstract: Novel tools and techniques to enable video enhancements identifying the calling party of an incoming telephone call. In an aspect of some such tools, a video message from the calling party is sent to the receiving party through a communication channel in the provider network. Upon receiving an incoming telephone call at the provider network, the video message can be associated with the incoming telephone call, and routed to a set-top unit (also referred to herein as a “set-top box”) associated with the receiving party. The set-top unit might communicate with a visual display screen (e.g., a television), and/or cause the visual display screen to show the video message for the receiving party as an indication of the incoming telephone call and identification of the calling party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jamie C. Howarter, Charles M. Lesher
  • Patent number: 8811585
    Abstract: A communication system periodically receives contact lists from communication devices. The communication system processes the contact lists to generate a routing plan. The communication system routes incoming communications to at least one of the communication devices based on the routing plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin Robert Christopher, D. Mitchell Carr
  • Patent number: 8811583
    Abstract: Files are easily located based on addresses associated with calls. When a call is processed to, or received at, an address, the address may be used to query a database. The database stores associates between addresses and files stored in memory. All filenames related to the address may be displayed, thus allowing a user to quickly launch the files associated with a calling number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward M. Silver, Linda A. Roberts, Hong T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8804928
    Abstract: A system and method can support a virtual private network based on a public telecommunication infrastructure. The virtual private network can receive a request from a caller for place a call to a callee via the virtual private network. The virtual private network can obtain at least one of presence status and location information of the callee. Then, the virtual private network can allow the caller to make a decision on whether or not to proceed with the call. The public telecommunication infrastructure can be based on a legacy network and an Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) network, and the virtual private network can obtain information from both the legacy network and the IMS network via a service broker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaohong Si, Tao Cui, Qingshan Wang
  • Patent number: 8787540
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for location based call routing to a subject matter specialist. A call request is received from a computing device which includes an identifier of a network page. A topic specialist for the network page is identified from the contents of the network page. The call request is completed by establishing a call between the computing device and another computing device which is operated by the topic specialist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean M. Scott
  • Patent number: 8781452
    Abstract: A method of operating a device for a user is provided. The method includes operating the device in a first mode; receiving an indication of a first person in the presence of the user; retrieving a first profile associated with the first person; and operating the device in a second mode based, at least in part, on the first profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventor: Krishnan Raghavan
  • Patent number: 8775956
    Abstract: A preferred contact group centric interface for a communication device can be used to facilitate communications by a user. The user interface can be arranged to activate from a user's “home page” on the display, from an idle screen that is accessed after a timeout period expires, or any other appropriate mechanism that activates the preferred contact group centric experience. A user selects the preferred contact group from among an array of the user's contacts. Once the contact group is configured, a minimal number of navigation/selection features is necessary to activate any number of communication modes available to the contacts. The contact group is configured such that simple and quick navigation between the contact members is achieved. The contact group can be presented in 2D and 3D arrangements, in any number of list or geometric configurations. A pricing plan can optionally be tied to each member of the contact group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Sherrard, Warren McNeel, Jasdeep Singh Chugh, Stephen John O'Connor, Mikkel Crone Koser, Richard Paul Turnnidge, Michael Thomas Hendrick, Gary Sentman, Karl Warfel, Wen-Hsing Chang, Sally Abolrous, Adrian Buzescu
  • 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: 8752138
    Abstract: A system and machine-implemented method for providing access to one or more shared objects to a user participating in a collaboration session, including receiving a request from a user to receive access to one of one or more shared objects within a collaboration session, each shared object having a corresponding access control list including one or more authorized users having access to the shared object, determining whether the user has access to the one of the one or more shared objects by referencing the access control list in response to receiving the request and adding the user as an authorized user within the access control list for each of the one or more shared objects when it is determined that the user does not have access to the one of the one or more shared objects, such that the user is provided access to the one or more shared objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David Scrymgeour Bennett, Brian David Marsh, David H. Owens, Christopher David Vander Mey
  • Patent number: 8731153
    Abstract: A method may include storing a database including a plurality of subscriber identifiers, wherein each subscriber identifier is associated with a telephone number and a subscriber name and address. Each subscriber identifier may be unique to the corresponding subscriber name and address. The method may include storing a database including a plurality of customer identifiers. Each customer identifier may be associated with one of the subscriber identifier and a customer name and address. The method may further include receiving an update to the subscriber name or address associated with one of the telephone numbers and associating a new subscriber identifier with the updated subscriber name or address. The method may further include associating the new subscriber identifier with one of the customer identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Bharath Nelakonda, Javier Sebastian Rizzo, Stephen P. Hetey
  • Patent number: 8712781
    Abstract: A method for providing an audible prompt to a user within a vehicle. The method includes retrieving one or more data files from a memory device. The data files define certain characteristics of an audio prompt. The method also includes creating the audio prompt from the data files and outputting the audio prompt as an audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Mark Zeinstra, Richard J. Chutorash, Jeffrey Golden, Jon M. Skekloff