Having Electronic Mail Patents (Class 379/93.24)
  • 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: 8611512
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for integrating electronic mail, voice mail, and fax mail in a universal mailbox. Message receivers may access their messages with a telephone or a computer regardless of the communication medium used by the message sender. Using a telephone, message receivers may playback voice mail, redirect fax mail, and “listen” to e-mail through a text-to-speech conversion process. Using a computer and modem, message receivers may playback voice mail, view fax mail, and read e-mail by accessing the universal mailbox via connection software. Message senders and receivers may choose from a variety of filter and forward options that allow them to manage their communications via the universal mailbox. Forwarding and conversion of messages is performed automatically. The options are used to define a set of rules to be applied to inbound and outbound messages so that messages are sent and received in accordance with the preferences of the senders and receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Cranberry Properties, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen J. Owens, Michael S. Finney, Michael L. Snider, Randall S. Wright, James W. Paynter, Robin R. Bard, James Arthur Kitchen, David Gregory Smith, Leonard A. DeNittis, Kyle S. Brown, Thomas Francis Johnson, III, Steve Feinstein
  • Patent number: 8594295
    Abstract: A method includes associating an e-mail address with a plurality of telephone numbers; associating one of the telephone numbers with a one number service (108); allowing telephone calls to the one of the telephone numbers by selecting the e-mail address. In some embodiments, the allowing telephone calls comprises calling a programmed caller number and calling to a called party number associated with the e-mail address. In some embodiments, a called party and a calling party are subscribers to a one-number service (108).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Enterprise Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Chan, William J. Beyda
  • Patent number: 8582733
    Abstract: A phone system with a methodology for call parking is described. According to one embodiment of the present invention, a user of a communications endpoint device can use a user interface at the communications endpoint device to select persons to notify of a parked call. Upon successfully parking the call, the phone system notifies the selected persons in the manner specified in their account profiles. Such manner can include sending an e-mail to the selected person or sending a text message to the selected person. Advantageously, the manner for notifying the selected persons of the parked call is determined by the selected persons themselves through configuration of their account profiles thereby alleviating the user parking the call from having to determine the manner for notifying the selected persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: RingCentral, Inc.
    Inventor: Curt T. Larson
  • Patent number: 8577344
    Abstract: This invention provides a mechanism for enhancing safe use of wireless mobile terminals (smartphones) in a moving vehicle. The Invoke facility service's Boolean expression controls the conditions which invoke smartphone apps into execution. Smartphone apps, which are dangerous to execute in a moving vehicle, are prevented from invocation. Elimination of all smartphone apps in moving vehicles is inadvisable. An app, deploying an accelerometer to sense the impact of a serious collision to call “911” with a recorded message and provides the vehicle's GPS location, is an example. This invention allows an app builder to select invocation conditions for apps. Significant is the use manner of the operation “Not”. The contradiction of an event is also an event meaning that if an event is false, its contradictory event is true. Another important aspect is the conjunctive operation “And Then”. This operation implies an efficient algorithm to evaluate Boolean expressions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Thaddeus John Kobylarz
  • Patent number: 8553857
    Abstract: A system establishes a telephone call between a calling party and a called party. The system receives a telephone call connection request, including identification of the called party, from the calling party and determines, based on the identification information, if the called party is currently connected to a data network. If the called party is currently connected to the data network, the system establishes the telephone call between the calling party and an instant messaging client of the called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Business Global LLC
    Inventors: Joel Hanson, Mark O'Brien, Tony Moey, Mike Kirchner, Tom Galvin, Donald J. Maurer, Don Fergus
  • Patent number: 8548142
    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 requester 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: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ayman, LLC
    Inventors: Ayman Hariri, Scott D. Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 8542606
    Abstract: A method and communications device is provided for determining a list of possible additional recipients to add to an electronic message that is composed by a user of the communications device for transmission to another communications device. Once the user indicates that there is an additional recipient for the distribution list of the electronic message, the device employs the method to create the list of possible additional recipients. The method may be implemented on a computer program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: David Paul Yach, Harry Richmond Major, Ronald Scotte Zinn
  • 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: 8515029
    Abstract: A method for delivery of a voice mail message to a recipient. The method includes identifying the recipient of the voice mail message, receiving a notification indicative of one of the subscriber's availability, the subscriber's presence and the subscriber's location, recording the voice mail message, selectively converting the voice mail message to a text message based on the notification, and delivering either the text message or the voice mail message to a device of the recipient based on the notification. The method may further include receiving an alternative destination device for delivery of the text message or the voice message and delivering the text message or the voice message to the alternative destination device using internet protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Venson M. Shaw
  • Patent number: 8503629
    Abstract: In one implementation a computer-implemented method includes generating a group of telephone contacts for a first user, wherein the generating includes identifying a second user as a contact of the first user based upon a determination that the second user has at least a threshold email-based association with the first user; and adding the identified second user to the group of telephone contacts for the first user. The method further includes receiving a first request to connect a first telephone device associated with the first user to a second telephone device associated with the second user. The method also includes identifying a contact identifier of the second telephone device using the generated group of telephone contacts for the first user, and initiating a connection between the first telephone device and the second telephone device using the identified contact identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Strope, Francoise Beaufays, Hy Murveit
  • Patent number: 8495706
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a television apparatus includes a receiving module, a display controller, a receiving controller, an obtaining module, a storage module, and a controller. The receiving module receives an operation for putting the television apparatus into a waiting state to connect to an external device. The display controller displays identification information identifying the television apparatus, security information generated randomly, and displays screen information received from the external device. The receiving controller receives the request for connection and the security information. The obtaining module obtains external-device identification information identifying the external device if communication with the external device is initiated. The storage module stores the external-device identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Tomohiro Kanda
  • Patent number: 8482769
    Abstract: This invention provides a first communication apparatus, which makes a facsimile communication via a packet communication network and can describe different contents image header information each including a date, time, source information, destination information, and the like in image data having a predetermined number of pixels upon sending the image data to a plurality of destinations, and a communication method. This invention also provides a second communication apparatus which makes a facsimile communication via a packet communication network and has a first mode in which image header information such as a date, time, source information, destination information, and the like can be described in image data having a predetermined number of pixels and can send the image data, and a second mode in which image data having one of various resolutions and an indefinite number of pixels can be sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Tonegawa
  • Patent number: 8457299
    Abstract: To provide a personalized voice email service, data pertaining to one or more of a user's email accounts, e.g., email addresses and account access data, is maintained in a folder by an information assistance service, which is unaffiliated with the email service providers (e.g., AOL, Hotmail, etc.) maintaining the user's email accounts. When the user calls the information assistance service, the user's folder is retrieved. The user's email accounts may be accessed on behalf of the user based on the email addresses and account access data in the user's folder. An information assistance provider including, e.g., an operator and/or a voice server, may present information concerning the email messages received in the user's email accounts in different manners. For example, the information assistance provider may report to the user selected email messages that satisfy one or more predetermined criteria, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Grape Technology Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John Miller, Timothy Timmins
  • Patent number: 8402499
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are inventions that integrate a home television set top box (“STB”) or home media center with a smart voicemail system of a telephone service provider. Smart voicemail features, such as email notification of voicemails, or online playback of voicemails, may be used to obtain digital voicemail audio files that are then stored and maintained in a home computer network. These files can be served over the network via a networked television STB or a media center computer, to a display monitor during normal usage. Embodiments cause new voicemail notifications to be displayed during typical operation of a television with the STB or media center computer and provide users with an interface for responding to new voicemail notifications, and reviewing, managing, and playing back voicemail. Messages received thus can be easily identified and reviewed through an interface with which subscribers are extremely comfortable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services GmbH
    Inventors: William E. Vallier, Joseph R. Schlesier, Andrew J. Bodart, Matthew J. Wylie
  • Patent number: 8379244
    Abstract: A network printing system, a network communication method to print information, and a host and an image forming device to perform network communications are provided. A mail server provides a mail transmitting/receiving service, a host transmits a mail including channel information established for data communications, and an image forming device accesses a mail account allocated to the mail server to receive the transmitted mail, and communicate the host by using the channel information included in the received mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Woo-chang Kim
  • Patent number: 8369841
    Abstract: Invented is a facility service to be used as a component service for building compound wireless mobile communication services (CWSs). The name ascribed to this facility service is Invoke. The purpose of Invoke is to detect the events signifying that the CWS operation is to commence and then initiate (or invoke) the CWS execution. The events represent variables within a Boolean expression parameter of an Invoke service. The Boolean expression allows Invoke to be very versatile with respect to the possible combination of events for CWS invocation. Versatility is enhanced by the wide variety of events that are recognized; e.g., entering a geographical location, recognizing an audio signal, reaching a time of day, observing a specific caller ID. The Invoke facility service contains other parameters useful at CWS invocation; e.g., CWS password protection, CWS initialization of constants and variables, linkage to other CWSs to acquire data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Thaddeus John Kobylarz
  • Publication number: 20130028402
    Abstract: A particular method includes initiating outbound calls associated with at least two recipients that are to receive a notification message. The outbound calls include a first call to a first telephone address associated with a first recipient of the at least two recipients. The method further includes, in response to a determination that the first call is unanswered, initiating a second call to a second telephone address associated with the first recipient and initiating generation of an email message to an electronic mail address associated with the first recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I. L.P.
    Inventors: Douglas F. Reynolds, Jeffrey Lewis Brandt, Aaron Bangor, Marc Andrew Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8358760
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method and apparatus for enabling a subscriber to establish a call to at least one destination phone number using an email address. Specifically, the method comprises receiving an incoming communication request from the subscriber for establishing the call (where the incoming communication request comprises an email address), determining at least one destination phone number associated with the email address, and processing the call using at least one of the at least one destination phone number associated with the email address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Marian Croak, Hossein Eslambolchi
  • Patent number: 8352552
    Abstract: A user of a handheld communication device selects in a foreground process portions of an electronic document. In a background process a new document is prepared that comprises the selected portions. The user selects the address for forwarding the new document, and the new document gets sent in a background process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Leila Kaghazian
  • Patent number: 8306198
    Abstract: A private branch exchange (PBX) capable of transmitting and receiving an E-mail over a network is provided. The PBX includes an interface for communicating with the network, an E-mail server for receiving and storing the E-mail; an extension interface for exchanging a communication signal including an audio signal and control signal with an extension telephone, a database for storing a destination address of an E-mail and an extension number corresponding to the address, an examining unit for examining whether or not an mailing address contained in an E-mail received at the E-mail server from the network is registered in the database, and a controller for sending a notice of the reception of the E-mail the extension telephone of the extension number allocated to the mailing address of the E-mail when the examining unit judges that the mailing address of the E-mail is registered in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Sadaka Mitsuo
  • Patent number: 8300800
    Abstract: A communication terminal apparatus capable of registering sender's e-mail addresses upon receiving e-mails including the e-mail address registration instruction information in the subject. The communication terminal apparatus relieves users from the cumbersome task of manually inputting the recipient's e-mail address to the e-mail address storage unit 17 and achieves simple e-mail address registration process in a shorter time. The communication terminal apparatus includes the subject determination unit 16 for detecting the e-mail address registration instruction information from a received e-mail, the e-mail parser 13 for acquiring the sender's e-mail address from the received e-mail, and the sender's e-mail address registration unit 18 for registering the sender's e-mail address of the received e-mail with the e-mail address storage unit 17 where the subject determination unit 16 detects the e-mail address registration instruction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Oki Data Corporation
    Inventor: Noriyuki Eda
  • Patent number: 8296383
    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: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Aram M. Lindahl
  • Patent number: 8265930
    Abstract: The present invention relates to recording voice data using a voice communication device connected to a communication network and converting the voice data into a text file for delivery to a text communication device. In accordance with the present invention, the voice communication device may transfer the voice data in real-time or store the voice data on the device to be transmitted at a later time. Transcribing the voice data into a text file may be accomplished by automated computer software, either speaker-independent or speaker-dependent or by a human who transcribes the voice data into a text file. After transcribing the voice data into a text file, the text file may be delivered to a text communication device in a number of ways, such as email, file transfer protocol (FTP), or hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Bryce A. Jones, Raymond Edward Dickensheets
  • Patent number: 8266664
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide messages to television users are disclosed. An example method includes receiving a request for a voicemail message from the television user, determining a voicemail mailbox associated with the television user, and sending at least one of a list of one or more voicemail messages or a voicemail message to a display device associated with the television user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Chaoxin Charles Qiu, Jeffrey Lee Scruggs, John E. Lemay, Jessie Tsae-Jiuan Lee, Diana Maria Cantu
  • Patent number: 8265660
    Abstract: Methods are described for handling an incoming call at a mobile switching center when the mobile station is currently in either an access state (in the process of making an outgoing call) or in a paging state (in the process of receiving an earlier incoming call). The mobile switching center waits until the mobile station transitions out of the access state or paging state into a traffic state. The mobile switching center sends an alert message to the mobile station alerting the user of the new incoming call. The mobile switching center handles the incoming call per a response to the alert message. One option would be to send the new incoming call to the user and drop the other incoming call (or the outgoing call). Another option would be to direct the incoming call to voice mail. In either case, the handling of the incoming call is per the user's direction, i.e., as dictated by the response message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Sachin Vargantwar, Kamal Doshi, Anoop Goyal, Manoj Shetty, Siddharth Oroskar
  • Patent number: 8254371
    Abstract: A server, upon receiving a request to complete a call over a packet-switched network, looks up an address on the packet-switched network on a local table. If the local table does not contain a matching address, the server asks a routing server to identify a receiving server address. The routing server identifies a suitable address and sends a message to the originating server containing the address. The routing server may consider such factors as the volume of calls currently being handled by various potential receiving servers in selecting a receiving server. The receiving server then receives, via the packet-switched network, a message requesting a telephone connection to a second telephone device. Before completing the connection to the second telephone device, information in the message representing the address of the device on the packet-switched network that originated the message is identified. The address information is compared to selected predetermined addresses for permitted origins of the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Saswata Bhattacharya, Mahendra Pratap, Harvey S Schultz, Quan Li, Serafim Maroulis
  • Patent number: 8244285
    Abstract: A buddy-based, cross-carrier mobile phone based text messaging server, system and method is disclosed. A table of subscribers cross referenced against buddy subscribers who have opted in to receive text messages (SMS) is maintained. Where a recipient subscriber is not yet registered as a buddy subscriber, the server sends a message asking if the recipient subscriber wants to become a buddy subscriber of the sending subscriber. If the recipient subscriber opts-in, the recipient subscriber is added to the table as a buddy subscriber, and thereafter will be forwarded all messages through the service, sent from the particular sending subscriber, until the buddy subscriber opts-out. The invention ensures a near one to one correspondence of in/out SMS for participating mobile phone networks, and avoids any one network being overloaded with spam messaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Chikka Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Dennis Mendiola, Chito Bustamante
  • Patent number: 8244540
    Abstract: A textual representation of a voice message is provided to a communication device, such as a mobile phone, for example, when the mobile phone is operating in a silent mode. The voice message is input by a caller and the voice message converted to phonemes. A text representation of the voice message is transmitted to the mobile phone. The representation includes characters based on the phonemes with well known words being represented in an easily understood shorthand format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Denys M. Proux, Eric H. Cheminot
  • Patent number: 8244813
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a communication unit which receives email through a communication line, the email having been sent by a user and including a first identifier and data. The apparatus further includes an accumulation unit which stores therein the data, a printout unit, an input unit which receives a second identifier entered by the user through direct operation thereof, and a control unit which controls the printout unit to print the data corresponding to the first identifier by reading the data from the accumulation unit if the second identifier matches the first identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Kasatani
  • Patent number: 8238531
    Abstract: In one implementation a computer-implemented method includes generating a group of telephone contacts for a first user, wherein the generating includes identifying a second user as a contact of the first user based upon a determination that the second user has at least a threshold email-based association with the first user; and adding the identified second user to the group of telephone contacts for the first user. The method further includes receiving a first request to connect a first telephone device associated with the first user to a second telephone device associated with the second user. The method also includes identifying a contact identifier of the second telephone device using the generated group of telephone contacts for the first user, and initiating a connection between the first telephone device and the second telephone device using the identified contact identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Strope, Francoise Beaufays, Hy Murveit
  • Patent number: 8223362
    Abstract: This invention provides a first communication apparatus, which makes a facsimile communication via a packet communication network and can describe different contents image header information each including a date, time, source information, destination information, and the like in image data having a predetermined number of pixels upon sending the image data to a plurality of destinations, and a communication method. This invention also provides a second communication apparatus which makes a facsimile communication via a packet communication network and has a first mode in which image header information such as a date, time, source information, destination information, and the like can be described in image data having a predetermined number of pixels and can send the image data, and a second mode in which image data having one of various resolutions and an indefinite number of pixels can be sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Tonegawa
  • Patent number: 8203951
    Abstract: A system and method for forwarding voice messages is presented. One embodiment of the system comprises a voice message recorder configured to record a voice message, and a call controller configured to attach the recorded voice message to an electronic message and forward the electronic message to a predetermined forwarding address. One embodiment of the method can be broadly summarized as receiving a voice message from a caller in response to a pre-recorded voice prompt, recording the received voice message, and preparing and delivering an electronic message with the voice message attached to the electronic message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Xiaofeng Gao, David Scott
  • Patent number: 8204748
    Abstract: A textual representation of a voice message is provided to a communication device, such as a mobile phone, for example, when the mobile phone is operating in a silent mode. The voice message is input by a caller and the voice message converted to phonemes. A text representation of the voice message is transmitted to the mobile phone. The representation includes characters based on the phonemes with well known words being represented in an easily understood shorthand format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Denys M. Proux, Eric H. Cheminot
  • Patent number: 8190690
    Abstract: Image data communication equivalent to facsimile communication using a public network is realized on e-mail communication. When a communication apparatus for transmitting/receiving e-mail data by connecting to the Internet is to communicate e-mail data having facsimile-format image data attached, communication concerning functional information is performed in addition to the communication of the e-mail data. The functional information can be exchanged by an optimum method matching the form of connection to the Internet. This allows maximum utilization of the capability of each apparatus function in facsimile image communication using e-mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsutoshi Ushida
  • Publication number: 20120128141
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products provide remote access to call logs upon request. An incoming call is processed and an address is retrieved that is associated with a called number. An electronic message is sent to the address to identify a calling number of the incoming call. A log of calls is updated with the incoming call. A reply electronic message is received from the address, and the log of calls is sent to the address.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: William Todd Daniell, Larry Kent, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120033794
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for selectively transcribing messages. Five general approaches are disclosed herein. The first approach is directed to checking for a transcription capable client, which transcribes messages when a client device is capable of receiving transcriptions. The second and third approaches are platform-controlled and user-controlled predefined selective transcription. One aspect of this approach is driven by transcription rules. The fourth approach is user-controlled on-demand selective transcription before the message is stored or deposited for transcription. An example of this is a user transferring an incoming caller to voicemail and indicating that the voicemail be transcribed. The fifth approach is user-controlled on-demand selective transcription after the message is stored. In one embodiment of this approach, a user must specifically request that a stored message be transcribed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: James JACKSON, Philip Cunetto, Mehrad Yasrebi
  • Patent number: 8095372
    Abstract: Digital process for authentication of a user of a database for access to protected data or a service reserved for a defined circle of users or for the use of data currently entered by the user, wherein a voice sample currently enunciated during an access attempt by the user is routed to a voice analysis unit and, herein, a current voice profile is computed and this is compared in a voice profile comparison unit against a previously stored initial voice profile and, in response to a positive comparison result, the user is authenticated and a first control signal enabling access, but in response to a negative comparison result a second control signal disabling access or triggering a substitute authentication procedure is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: VOICECASH IP GmbH
    Inventors: Raja Kuppuswamy, Hermann Geupel
  • Patent number: 8059796
    Abstract: A traffic control system selectively interfaces members of plural groups, as buyer groups and vendor groups, for video communication through a dial-up telephone system, for analyzing and compiling data, scheduling appointments, implementing conferences, consummating sales and the like. The traffick-control system comprises a telephonic interface apparatus for interfacing remote telephonic terminals of the dial-up telephone system identified with the members of plural groups, a video recording unit for recording and playing video transcriptions, a storage memory for storing data on the members, including telephonic terminal numbers and area-of-interest codes and a control computer to selectively interconnect the video recording unit with the remote telephone terminals through the telephonic interface apparatus to record and receive video communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Telebuyer, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald A. Katz
  • Patent number: 8055240
    Abstract: There is provided a method of notifying a caller of confirmation of a voice or text message in a wireless communication system. A calling mobile station transmits a voice or text message to a called mobile station. If the called mobile station senses confirmation of the received voice or text message, it notifies a calling mobile station of the message confirmation via a confirmation message. Upon receipt of the confirmation message, the calling mobile station alerts a caller to receipt of the confirmation message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hyun-Jeong Kim
  • Patent number: 8045684
    Abstract: A system notifies a computing device of an incoming message. In the system, a message server is coupled to a data communications network for receiving the incoming message, and a communications system is coupled to the message server so that the message server can communicate to the communications system that the incoming message awaits retrieval by the computing device. A communications line is coupled to the communications system and to the computing device so that the communications system can signal the computing device over the communications line that the incoming message awaits retrieval by such computing device. The computing device is for receiving the aforementioned notification and retrieving the incoming message from the message server, and includes a communications device for coupling with the aforementioned communications line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Charles M. Link, II, Vernon Meadows
  • Patent number: 8031846
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for integrated electronic mail, voice mail, and fax mail messaging. A common message format is defined for use by an electronic mail service and a telecommunications service so electronic mail messages that may include voice and fax mail attachments may be exchanged between the services. Message senders and receivers may choose from a variety of filter and forward options that allow them to manage their communications and specify a preference for receiving messages at the electronic mail or telecommunications service. Forwarding and conversion of messages is performed automatically. The options are used to define a set of rules to be applied to inbound and outbound messages so that messages are sent and received in accordance with the preferences of the senders and receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Cranberry Properties, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen J. H. Owens, Michael S. Finney, Michael L. Snider, Randall S. Wright, James W. Paynter, Robin R. Bard
  • Patent number: 8023625
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a communication system includes a voice mail apparatus and a communication terminal which is connected to the voice mail apparatus through a data transmission path, wherein the communication terminal includes a creator which creates e-mail data including the voice files and configuration files necessary to set the voice files to the arbitrary mail boxes as attached files, and a transmitter which transmits the e-mail data to the data transmission path toward the voice mail apparatus, and the voice mail apparatus includes, an analyzer which receives the e-mail data transmitted from the communication terminal to analyze contents of the configuration files, when the voice files and the configuration files are attached to the e-mail data, and a controller which sets the voice files to mail boxes specified by the configuration files based on analysis results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Norimasa Niiya
  • Patent number: 8010609
    Abstract: A method and system to maintain lists of IP addresses for detection of email spam are described. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving email messages from senders associated with Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, filtering the email messages to identify spam, and sending statistics pertaining to the email messages and the identified spam to a server. The method further includes receiving, from the server, IP address lists generated based on the statistics, and filtering new email messages using the IP address lists. The IP address lists received from the server may include a list of safe IP addresses, a list of suspect IP addresses and a list of open proxy IP addresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: David Cowings, Sanford Jensen, Carlin Wiegner
  • Patent number: 7970108
    Abstract: An enhanced services system for a telecommunications network includes operator equipment accessible by an operator, and a routing system for routing a call from a caller to the operator equipment. The caller may access e-mail creation and service and/or interpreter services. A method of sending an electronic message includes routing a call from a caller to operator equipment using a routing system, inputting information provided by the caller into the operator equipment to create an electronic message, and sending the electronic message to at least one recipient. A method of translating a telephone conversation includes providing a routing system to connect to operator equipment a call from a caller, routing the call to the operator equipment using the routing system to enable communications between at least the caller and a bilingual operator, and translating at least a portion of the conversation between the caller and a third party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Palus A31, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Allen Pence, Joseph L. Durkee, Roundell L. Harris, Jr., Larry S. Wechter
  • Publication number: 20110150192
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for asynchronous communication by means of an internet platform (2), wherein registered users of the internet platform (2) can receive mail by means of the internet platform (2), wherein the mail is transmitted for at least part of the postal path thereof in electronic form by means of the internet and the internet platform (2), and further relates to an internet platform (2). In order to provide the users (N) expanded communication capabilities and a greater level of comfort, according to the invention, one of a plurality of presettable transmission paths is preset by the users (N) on the internet platform (2), said paths including the transmission of the mail as a letter, as a fax, and as electronic mail, and the transmission of the mail to the users (N) is performed or initiated by the internet platform (2) according to each preset transmission path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: P1 Privat GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Giersch, Thomas Dohmke, Julian Joswig, Stefan Haubold
  • Patent number: 7957368
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and a methodology enabling a first provider party to provide to a second recipient party software and services to enable the recipient party to embed in an Internet e-mail of the recipient party directed to an addressee, an HTML hyperlink file which includes a telecommunication initiating trigger, sending the e-mail to the addressee via the Internet, the addressee upon receiving the e-mail actuating the hyperlink via its trigger and, responsive to the trigger actuation, connecting the addressee via the Internet to a web page located on an Internet server, wherein the web page includes a request for a telephone number of the addressee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: U.S.I.P. Group LLC
    Inventors: Alfredo Jose Narain, German Angel, Michael Anthony Wilson
  • Patent number: 7945248
    Abstract: A computer readable medium encoded with computer executable instructions thereon for execution by a processor of a mobile communication device (116) comprises a code segment (216) for message processing, which may include a code segment for rule comparison, a code segment for message routing and a code segment for default message handling. The message processing code segment (216) processes an incoming message received via a data service network (400). The message processing code segment (216) subsequently compares a portion of each incoming message to at least one criterion contained in at least one message routing rule having a message database object (418, 420) associated with it, stores each incoming message meeting each criterion for a message routing rule in the message database object (418, 420) associated with that message routing rule, and stores all messages not routed to a message database object (418, 420) according to a message routing rule into a default message database object (422).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Michal A. Rybak, Arun Munje
  • Patent number: 7920847
    Abstract: In accordance with a particular embodiment of the present invention, a method for providing privacy protection to network users includes receiving a subscription request from a first end user. The subscription request identifies a second end user for whom the first end user would like to become a registered presence watcher. A cost to be assessed to become the registered presence watcher of the second end user is determined, and the first user is registered as the registered presence watcher of the second end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Cullen F. Jennings, Cary W. FitzGerald
  • Patent number: 7921161
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for routing T-37 E-mail over an H 323 (VOIP) network. The methods and systems facilitate the obtaining and utilization of data from Gatekeepers with respect to the utilization of Gateways to be utilized to transmit the E-mail from the network over a conventional telephone network to the recipient. They thereby facilitate the choice of a Gateway which is less heavily utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignees: Verizon Corporate Services Group Inc., Level 3 Communications, LLC, Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Lee N. Goodman