Having Electronic Mail Patents (Class 379/93.24)
  • Patent number: 10445338
    Abstract: A method for replicating data in a cloud storage system supporting multiple clients, wherein the cloud storage system comprises a plurality of object storing entities (A, B, C) for storing data objects, includes requesting, by a client, values and associated timestamps for a first data object from a first quorum of the object storing entities (A, B, C). The method further includes determining, by the client, a most recent value of the first data object based on the associated timestamps. The method additionally includes performing, by the client, a compare-and-swap procedure, so that the determined value and its corresponding timestamp for the first data object updates the first data object with a value with a newer timestamp and stores the first data object in a second quorum of the object storing entities (A, B, C).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Dan Dobre
  • Patent number: 10395246
    Abstract: A method of verifying identity information is performed at a computer server using a social networking application. The computer server receives an identity verification request from a first terminal. The first terminal is associated with a first account of the social networking application and the identity verification request includes information of a verification code and a second account of the social networking application. The computer server then forwards information of the verification code to a second terminal associated with the second account of the social networking application. Upon receipt of a response from the second terminal, the computer server establishes a relationship between the first account and the second account after verification of the response from the second terminal using the verification code such that the second terminal can interact with the first terminal through the social networking application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Maocai Li
  • Patent number: 10394932
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating a customized digital publication are disclosed. For example, one disclosed method for creating a customized digital publication comprises receiving, at an application builder executed by a processor, a digital publication application shell comprising an application programming interface (API), the digital publication application shell specifying standard functionality or appearance features for a digital publication application, and custom feature code specifying a custom feature based at least in part on a reference to the API of the digital publication shell, and producing the digital publication application based at least in part on the digital publication application shell and the custom feature code, wherein the digital publication application comprises at least some of the standard functionality or appearance features specified by the digital publication application shell and the custom feature specified by the custom feature code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Plesnicher
  • Patent number: 10380554
    Abstract: A method of extracting data from email attachments comprising receiving an email in which the email comprises a data file attached thereto; receiving a keyword, in which the keyword describes at least a portion of the data file; and extracting from the data file portions of the data file that contain the keyword. A system for extracting an attachment from an email, the system comprising a server; a processor communicatively coupled with the server; a memory communicatively coupled to the server; and an application stored within the memory; in which the system receives an email comprising a data file, and with a keyword, extracts from the data file portions of the data file that contain the keyword.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Sharma Mohit, Reddy Narasimha
  • Patent number: 10320730
    Abstract: A method for a device to display a message includes receiving a message marking instruction directed to a message in a message display window; processing the message according to the message marking instruction; and updating the message display window with the processed message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Daokuan Liu, Xu Zhang, Bin Wang, Haibin Weng
  • Patent number: 10298596
    Abstract: A trusted branded email method and apparatus in one aspect detects branded electronic messages and performs validation before it is sent to a recipient. In another aspect, an electronic messages is branded by embedding branding assets and validation signatures. Algorithms that generate validation signatures are dynamically selected to further strengthen the security aspects. Branding assets are presented to a user using a distinct indicia that represents to the user that the branding assets are secure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Jose J. Picazo, Jr. Separate Property Trust
    Inventors: Harish Seshadri, Noel Ruane
  • Patent number: 10264085
    Abstract: A method for presenting push notifications in a terminal device configured with a notification bar may include: determining, when a push notification is received, whether the notification bar contains a target push notification, the target push notification being a previously received message with a message content as same as that of the currently received push notification; updating a push time of the target push notification to the push time of the currently received push notification in response to determining that the notification bar has contained the target push notification; and presenting the updated push time of the target push notification in the notification bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: XIAOMI INC.
    Inventors: Meilan Liu, Ziguang Gao, Enxing Hou
  • Patent number: 10182149
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer-readable storage device, and apparatus for promoting adoption of an automated communication channel. For example, the method collects data from a plurality of communication channels related to a plurality of touchpoints, determines at least one journey from the plurality of touchpoints, determines a current state of a user for the at least one journey, determines that a next touchpoint for the at least one journey leads to a human interaction from the current state, and interacts with an endpoint device of the user via an automated communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Prabir Nandi, Sanjeev Devarapalli
  • Patent number: 10122675
    Abstract: Functionality can be implemented in email applications to allow sent messages to be updated, even if the sent messages have been read. When a request to update a sent message is received, a message update unit can update information in the message according to the notification. The message update unit can notify a recipient that the message was updated, and can indicate changed information in the sent message. The message update unit can also determine if the sent message has been forwarded, and forward the update notification to other recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Colm Farrell, Liam Harpur, Patrick Joseph O'Sullivan, Fred Raguillat, Hema Srikanth
  • Patent number: 10079932
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for logging call detail information in an email message are provided herein. The method for logging call detail information in an email message includes (i) receiving, from a service provider, information associated with a first call event for a telecommunication session; (ii) creating a call record using the information associated with the first call event for the telecommunication session; (iii) receiving, from the service provider, information associated with an additional call event for the telecommunication session; (iv) updating the call record using the information associated with the additional call event; (v) repeating steps (iii) and (iv) until the information associated with one of the additional call events indicates the telecommunication session has ended; and (vi) sending a request to insert the call record into a user's email account using one or more email provider application programming interfaces (APIs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Vonage Business Inc.
    Inventors: Oscar Rodriguez, Crisantos Hajibrahim
  • Patent number: 10063498
    Abstract: A method for sending an Instant Message (IM) to a receiving terminal by a sending terminal is provided. The method includes generating an IM including string data entered by a user, sending the IM to the receiving terminal, receiving a modification of the string data included in the IM, and applying the modified string data to the IM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eun-Yeung Lee
  • Patent number: 10044665
    Abstract: Protecting personal information by generating entity-specific aliases for use in communication with third parties is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Privowny, Inc.
    Inventor: Hervé Le Jouan
  • Patent number: 10038653
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided for generating at least one custom email message based, at least in part, on input from a user of a computer system, the computer system having a display. The method comprises acts of presenting, to the user in the display of the computer system, an editor interface displaying an initial approximation of an email message comprising a plurality of content blocks; accepting, through the editor interface, at least one customization of at least one of a content of at least one of the plurality of content blocks and a layout of the plurality of content blocks; and displaying through the editor interface a customized approximation of the email message based, at least in part, on the initial approximation of the email message and the at least one customization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: CONSTANT CONTACT, INC.
    Inventors: Yan Gao, Sridhar Gorantla, Paul McLaughlin, Michael Fitterman
  • Patent number: 9906926
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present invention, a content class of a data set for a message to be transmitted to the recipient device is defined. A network element transferring messages to the recipient device specifies at least one information element in a message to the recipient terminal such that the information element includes an indication of the content class. The message is transmitted to the recipient device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: ZHIGU HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: Miraj Mostafa
  • Patent number: 9894018
    Abstract: A graphical user interface on a display device of a computer enables communications using a computer service. The graphical user interface includes a list of potential message recipients selected by a user as significant to the user. The graphical user interface also includes a mobile device identifier associated with one or more of the listed potential message recipients and a user account identifier associated with one or more of the listed potential message recipients. At least one of the listed potential recipients includes a mobile device identifier as the only available conduit for data delivery to the potential message recipient using the computer service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: James A. Odell, Barry Appelman, Andrew L. Wick, Alan Keister, Raine Bergstrom, Xiaoyan Yin, Barbara McNally, Keith C. Hullfish
  • Patent number: 9888134
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus and method that prevents an image based on a file attached to an electronic mail from being repeatedly printed includes receiving an electronic mail from a mail server, printing an image based on the file attached to the received electronic mail, and deleting the electronic mail from the mail server after the image is printed. If the electronic mail cannot be deleted from the mail server, identification information corresponding to the undeleted electronic mail is stored, and the image based on the file attached to the electronic mail corresponding to identification information coinciding with the stored identification information is not printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Sugawara
  • Patent number: 9756085
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention provide a Peer-to-Peer (P2P, Internet Protocol (IP) telephone system. The telephone system includes a plurality of terminals coupled together via an IP network. The terminals cooperate with one another to provide telephony features without a dedicated central controller such as a PBX and/or a KSU controller. The terminals further cooperate with one another to maintain system-wide configuration data for the telephone system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Jen T'ai Chitty, Christopher Rose
  • Patent number: 9736098
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and program product are disclosed for dividing, by a processor, a code segment into one or more portions that together form the code segment, generating a plurality of email messages, combining one or more portions of the code segment into an email message of the plurality of email messages, and sending the plurality of email messages to a client to be reassembled on the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Joseph Robert Parker
  • Patent number: 9722956
    Abstract: A first computer sends an electronic message transparently to a second computer of intended recipients of an electronic mail (e-mail), in response to the e-mail addresses of the intended recipients being entered, by a first end-user on the first computer, into a ‘To’ message header field of the e-mail. The second computer sends a Boolean value to the first computer, wherein one of the intended recipients is not available to respond to the e-mail. The first computer queries a repository to return to the first end-user contact information of backup contact entities to respond the e-mail for the intended recipients that are not available to respond to the e-mail. The first computer sends the e-mail to the backup contact entities that are available to respond to the e-mail. The first computer deletes the e-mail from each inbox of the backup contact entities that received but did not read the e-mail before the intended recipients read the e-mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sandro Piccinini, Stefano Sidoti
  • Patent number: 9699133
    Abstract: Protecting personal information by generating entity-specific aliases for use in communication with third parties is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Privowny, Inc.
    Inventor: Hervé Le Jouan
  • Patent number: 9560000
    Abstract: An electronic message may be reconfigured to effect an enhanced notification using an input interface to receive at least one electronic message created by or on behalf of a message source for delivery to an intended recipient. A matching engine determines whether the electronic message corresponds to a predetermined definition of an enhanced notification. An enhancement engine reconfigures the electronic message to the enhanced notification if stored information related to the intended recipient indicates that the intended recipient is subscribed to receive the enhanced notification. Reconfiguring the electronic message may include reconfiguring the message to provide special handling, routing or presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Barry Appelman, Muhammad Mohsin Hussain
  • Patent number: 9460310
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system includes a software program capable of performing an aliasing function on the personally identifiable information (“PII”) of a subject. The software can associate the alias with the PII, and output the alias rather than the PII.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: PATHAR, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick David Butler, Tony Brett Marshall, Mark F. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 9374658
    Abstract: A digital image viewing system comprises a wireless phone unit, a battery charger for the wireless phone unit and a digital photo frame in short-range wireless communication with the wireless phone unit. The digital photo frame may include phone function unit. Usual slide show is played on display of digital photo frame and replaced by a special image when a speaker of digital photo frame plays a ringer melody. The special image relates to a person causing the ringer melody. An operation at the wireless phone unit is transmitted to the digital photo frame through the short-range wireless communication to change the special image back to the usual slide show. Upon receipt of e-mail with image data attached, cellar phone automatically but conditionally opens the e-mail and takes out the image data to transmit it to digital photo frame through the short-range wireless communication or direct contact with battery charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: NL GIKEN INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9241069
    Abstract: The system of the present disclosure can determine that one or more of a selected person and communication device of the selected person has been or may be impacted by an emergency event and, in response, change one or more of the following: a greeting message provided to a contactor, a status of the selected person, and a communication event treatment of an inbound communication event from the contactor to the selected person and/or communication device to notify the contactor of an impact or potential impact of the emergency event on the selected person and/or communication device and/or service the inbound communication event notwithstanding the impact of the emergency event on the selected person and/or communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Mohler
  • Patent number: 9203649
    Abstract: A method, system, and article are provided for processing solicited electronic mail messages responsive to a set of rules. Each received message is processed through the rules to determine if it meets at least one protocol in the set of rules, wherein the rules pertain to a method of communicating the message to the recipient. Upon a match of the message to at least one rule, the message is conveyed to the recipient in conformance with the rule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Mark J. Seaman
  • Patent number: 9107335
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an integrated circuit may include forming an electronic circuit in or above a carrier; forming at least one metallization layer structure configured to electrically connect the electronic circuit; and forming a solid state electrolyte battery at least partially in the at least one metallization layer structure, wherein the solid state electrolyte battery is electrically connected to the electronic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Marko Lemke, Mirko Vogt, Stefan Tegen
  • Patent number: 9065786
    Abstract: In response to detecting an incoming message (such as an email message, a text message, or a voice message) sent by a sender to a recipient, a computer system determines whether a current context of the recipient satisfies a condition. If the current context of the recipient satisfies the condition, then the system selects a response message based on the current context and sends the response message to the sender. The system's decision about whether to respond automatically to subsequent messages sent to the recipient may vary as the recipient's context changes. Furthermore, the system may select and send different response messages based on changes in the recipient's context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Yagi Corp.
    Inventor: Robert Plotkin
  • Patent number: 9001347
    Abstract: An approach for managing printing requests of a computer printing system is provided. In one aspect, the approach comprises a computing printing system receiving a printing request based on parameters of a printing request data. The approach further comprises the computing printing system determining printing alternatives for the printing request based on the printing request data. In addition, the computing printing system detects if the printing request can be archived in an email repository or transmitted to a mobile device of the requestor based on the printing alternatives. Moreover, the approach further comprises the computing printing system redirecting the printing request to one or more of an email archive of the email repository or the mobile device based on the detection of the printing request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Darryl B. Bloch, Colin M. Marshallsea, Linda M. Twaddle
  • Patent number: 8982399
    Abstract: An approach for managing printing requests of a computer printing system is provided. In one aspect, the approach comprises a computing printing system receiving a printing request based on parameters of a printing request data. The approach further comprises the computing printing system determining printing alternatives for the printing request based on the printing request data. In addition, the computing printing system detects if the printing request can be archived in an email repository or transmitted to a mobile device of the requestor based on the printing alternatives. Moreover, the approach further comprises the computing printing system redirecting the printing request to one or more of an email archive of the email repository or the mobile device based on the detection of the printing request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Darryl B. Bloch, Colin M. Marshallsea, Linda M. Twaddle
  • Patent number: 8971508
    Abstract: A subscriber to a universal point of contact service designates a preferred point of contact at which a communication initiator, such as a telephone caller, can contact the subscriber. Such an initiator desiring to contact the subscriber uses the subscriber's email address to establish a communication session with a device associated with the subscriber's preferred point of contact. The subscriber's email address is input to an initiating device, preferably a telephone or facsimile machine, using an entry device capable of entering an email address. A requestor unit, receiving the email address, locates a repository of the subscriber's point of contact information, and requests that information. The repository sends the point of contact information the subscriber has designated as preferred, and the requestor unit uses that information to control a telephone switch to establish a communication session between the initiating device and the subscriber's preferred point of contact device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Ayman, LLC
    Inventors: Ayman Hariri, Scott Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 8971217
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention are directed at sending a data item from a sending client to a receiving client. In accordance with one embodiment, a method provides controls for generating an audio-based command to send a data item from a sending client to a receiving client. More specifically, the method includes receiving an audio stream at the sending client from a sending party. As the audio stream is being received, a determination is made regarding whether a command to send a data item to the receiving client was received. If a command to send a data item is included in the audio stream, the method identifies the data item that is the object of the command and then transmits the data item to the receiving client over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Leonard Smith, Jr., David Milstein, Linda Criddle, Michael D. Malueg, Philip A. Chou
  • Patent number: 8971312
    Abstract: An approach is provided for supporting a plurality of communication modes through universal identification. A core identifier is generated for uniquely identifying a user among a plurality of users within the communication system. One or more specific identifiers are derived based upon the core identifier, wherein the specific identifiers serve as addressing information to the respective communication modes. The specific identifiers and the core identifier are designated as a suite of identifiers allocated to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Richard G. Moore, Guna D. Gunasekar, Philip E. Lawson-Shanks, Darryl W. Shaw
  • Patent number: 8897430
    Abstract: A method and system for capturing missed communications is provided. An enhanced real-time communication system receives a communication from an initiating participant for a receiving participant that is not available. The enhanced real-time communication system detects that the receiving participant missed the received communication from the initiating participant. Upon detecting that the receiving participant missed the communication, the enhanced real-time communication system stores the missed communication for later retrieval by the receiving participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Parag Samdadiya, Rajesh Ramanathan, Marc Boyer
  • Patent number: 8855273
    Abstract: An email-to-facsimile (fax) processing system efficiently services requests issued by customers of the system in a fair and impartial manner. The system illustratively includes a plurality of components configured to provide email-to-fax processing services over a network. The components of the email-to-fax system include computer nodes executing software processes and/or services embodied as one or more FaxEmail routers, FaxEmail pollers, Rendering servers and Fax assemblers. The email-to-fax processing services provided by the components illustratively include email storage and retrieval services, email-to-fax conversion services and fax organizational transmission services. One or more of these services may be performed by the components in a randomized fashion to ensure that the customer requests, such as email-to-fax requests, may be fairly and impartially processed by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Messaging Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Vlad Vendrow
  • Patent number: 8817308
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus of this invention converts image data into a predetermined transmitting format in turn from a read page before images are read from all pages of originals. Upon completion of reading operations of all the pages of the originals, the image processing apparatus controls a transmitting unit to transmit image data in association with the image data of a page, which has already been converted into the transmitting format, and controls to convert image data into the transmitting format and then controls the transmitting unit to transmit the image data, in association with the image data of a page, which has not been converted into the transmitting format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Tonegawa
  • Patent number: 8817959
    Abstract: System for handling messages and distributing information between subscribers and their customers and contact. Each system subscriber can generate customized landing and flyer web pages called flyer pages for each of the subscriber's products, services, and/or listings. Landing and flyer pages can contain multiple links to other flyer pages. When a subscriber's customer or contact views a landing or flyer page and clicks on a link presented on that page, the system provides subscriber's information to a customer or contact immediately after the information is requested. The system can also make a lead, including a record of that event, and present the record to the subscriber who owns the landing or flyer page, allowing a subscriber to view a report with a history of who has viewed which page for all leads generated for their pages. Leads are tracked through a process that includes steps of lead generation and lead propagation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: O'Harlan Ltd
    Inventor: Kenneth P. O'Hanlon
  • Patent number: 8768296
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for allowing a telephone service subscriber to receive an email notification, e.g., a SMS notification, at an endpoint device that a new voice mail message has been received. The SMS notification comprises a voice mailbox access phone number, selected from a pool of unassigned access phone numbers, which can be used to provide direct access to the new voice mail message in the telephone service subscriber's voice mailbox. Thus, a different voice mailbox access phone number is sent in each SMS notification to the telephone service subscriber for each new voice mail message, thereby providing direct access to specific voice mail messages via different voice mailbox access phone numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventor: Gerald Karam
  • Patent number: 8762469
    Abstract: An electronic device may capture a voice command from a user. The electronic device may store contextual information about the state of the electronic device when the voice command is received. The electronic device may transmit the voice command and the contextual information to computing equipment such as a desktop computer or a remote server. The computing equipment may perform a speech recognition operation on the voice command and may process the contextual information. The computing equipment may respond to the voice command. The computing equipment may also transmit information to the electronic device that allows the electronic device to respond to the voice command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Aram M. Lindahl
  • Patent number: 8713119
    Abstract: An electronic device may capture a voice command from a user. The electronic device may store contextual information about the state of the electronic device when the voice command is received. The electronic device may transmit the voice command and the contextual information to computing equipment such as a desktop computer or a remote server. The computing equipment may perform a speech recognition operation on the voice command and may process the contextual information. The computing equipment may respond to the voice command. The computing equipment may also transmit information to the electronic device that allows the electronic device to respond to the voice command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Aram M. Lindahl
  • Patent number: 8687774
    Abstract: A method and system is provided for receiving a fax message and forwarding the fax message to an email destination and/or sending an email message to notify of the receipt of the fax message. The system has a plurality of access devices which are coupled to each other over a network such as the Internet. These access devices may include computers, workstations, and the like. Upon receipt of a fax message, the message may be forwarded to an e-mail box. Alternatively, a notification of the message is sent to a recipient in the form of an email message. The system may be configured based on the specifications of the caller or the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Stage Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Taka Migimatsu
  • Patent number: 8676904
    Abstract: An electronic device may capture a voice command from a user. The electronic device may store contextual information about the state of the electronic device when the voice command is received. The electronic device may transmit the voice command and the contextual information to computing equipment such as a desktop computer or a remote server. The computing equipment may perform a speech recognition operation on the voice command and may process the contextual information. The computing equipment may respond to the voice command. The computing equipment may also transmit information to the electronic device that allows the electronic device to respond to the voice command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Aram M. Lindahl
  • Patent number: 8670531
    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: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Voxer IP LLC
    Inventors: Thomas E. Katis, James T. Panttaja, Mary G. Panttaja, Matthew J. Ranney
  • Patent number: 8666044
    Abstract: An Electronic Document Answering Machine is adapted to connect to remote information sources and to download digital documents including e-mail and WEB pages, and to store the documents for later review by a user. The Answering machine has an alert device for alerting a user that new documents are available for review, and an initializing device for a user to cause documents to be communicated for review one-at-a-time. In a preferred embodiment documents are communicated over a speaker via voice synthesis. In an alternative preferred embodiment a small display is provided wherein documents may be displayed in alphanumeric characters. The answering machine can be implemented as a stand-alone device or can be connected via a serial port to a host PC for transferring documents to the PC for processing and review. In other embodiments the Answering Machine is implemented as a system in a PC, with alert and selective input added as an interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Yuzalla Investments LLC
    Inventor: Dan Kikinis
  • Patent number: 8660242
    Abstract: A system includes an interface to receive a signal associated with a call from a first communication device to a second communication device. The system also includes a call suspension mechanism to suspend the call. The system further includes a call disposition engine to send an electronic mail message associated with the suspended call to a device identified by a subscriber address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yolius Diroo, Edward Walter, Paul R. McLaughlin, Russell W. White
  • Patent number: 8654944
    Abstract: A method of automating a telephone call to a contact with whom a text based electronic communication is exchanged. The method can include, via a processor, receiving from a first electronic messaging client a first identifier corresponding to a first text based electronic communication sent to a user or received by the user, and receiving from a second electronic messaging client a second identifier corresponding to a second text based electronic communication sent to the user or received by the user. Via the processor, a list that identifies at least the first identifier and the second identifier can be presented. Responsive to receiving a user selection of the first identifier or the second identifier, via the processor, a telephone call can be automatically initiated to a telephone number that corresponds to the selected identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Mark William Talbot
  • Patent number: 8634522
    Abstract: The present publication discloses a method and system for sending messages in a telecommunications network (1, 2, 6, 11, 12), in which method digital messages (40) which contain information on the desired reply address (32) are mass sent (3), and messages, which are sent on the basis of the reply-address information (32) are received (10). According to the invention, the reply-address information of each mass-sent message (40) is converted (3) to correspond to a predefined dialogue, in which the stage of the dialogue defines unequivocally the reply-address information (32), so that the transmission and reception of the messages are implemented in different parts of the telecommunications system (1, 2, 6, 11, 12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Bookit Oy Ajanvarauspalvelu
    Inventor: Jukka Salonen
  • Patent number: 8631077
    Abstract: A Duplicate Content Storage and Access Program (DCSAP) identifies duplicate content, stores the duplicate content in one location, and provides a doclink to the stored duplicate content so that the doclink may be automatically replaced with the duplicate content. DCSAP examines email to determine whether the email contains a section identifier. A section identifier is a data element assigned by an algorithm in such a manner that no two section identifiers can be the same. If the email does not contain a section identifier, DCSAP embeds a section identifier into the email and forwards the email. If the email contains a section identifier, DCSAP extracts the section. DCSAP stores the extracted section in a repository and creates a doclink to the stored section. DCSAP then embeds a section identifier in the remainder of the email, and forwards the remainder and the doclink to the recipient. The doclink may be activated by the recipient, or it may be activated automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yen-Fu Chen, John Hans Handy-Bosma, Keith Raymond Walker
  • Patent number: 8624743
    Abstract: The present invention is a system for communicating a voice signal or audio message initiated over potentially great distances and deliverable to an unattended animal, and comprises a base unit and a wireless receiver. Voice signals or e-mail messages incorporating embedded audio files or commands for delivering an audio message are sent over a global communication via computer network to the base unit which includes a transmitter. The transmitter sends via wireless communication the voice signal or an audio message from the transmitter to a local receiver secured to a pet collar or the like. The system transmits live audio signals (converted from the audio files or stored audio messages) in real time over great distances. The receiver is preferably worn on the pet and includes a speaker and wireless receiver for converting the wireless signals sent by the transmitter into audio signals emitted by the speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventors: Shirley Langer, Richard Fujio
  • Patent number: 8620390
    Abstract: An in-vehicle hands-free apparatus transfers, from a cellular phone to the hands-free apparatus, information regarding all the e-mails received from a communication network and stored in the cellular phone, right after the connection of a Bluetooth (BT) communication channel between the cellular phone and the hands-free apparatus. Thus, received e-mails that are received by the cellular phone from the communication network during a BT communication channel disconnection time can be synchronized between the cellular phone and the in-vehicle hands-free apparatus, thereby allowing the user to handle, on the hands-free apparatus, the received e-mails that have been received by the cellular phone while the BT communication channel is absent between the cellular phone and the hands-free apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Hideaki Suzuki
  • Patent number: RE44742
    Abstract: A device and method provide a user with a template for a message having fields that can be pre-filled with data to reduce the manual entry of data into the message. The method includes, but is not limited to, executing an application at a device, wherein context data including context data items is associated with the executing application, selecting a messaging technology to send a message from the device, selecting a template for the message, wherein the template comprises one or more dynamic fields, selecting a context data item from the context data associated with the executing application, and inserting the selected context data item in the dynamic field to facilitate the creation of a message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sulvanuss Capital L.L.C.
    Inventor: Kaj Mäkelä