Call Conferencing Patents (Class 455/416)
  • Patent number: 10257121
    Abstract: Embodiments include systems and methods for transmitting data over high-speed data channels in context of serializer/deserializer circuits. Some embodiments include a novel full-rate source-series-terminated (SST) transmitter driver architecture with output charge sharing isolation. Certain implementations have a programmable floating tap (e.g., in addition to standard taps) with both positive and negative FIR values and cursor reduction, which can help achieve large FIR range and high channel equalization capability. Some embodiments operate with multi-phase clocking having phased clock error correction, which can facilitate operation with low-jitter and low-DCD clocks. Some implementations also include novel output inductor structures that are disposed to partially overlap output interface bumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Zuxu Qin, Baoqing Huang, Dawei Huang, Kuai Yin, Maoqing Yao, Philip Kwan
  • Patent number: 10257360
    Abstract: A method to operate with electronic computer hardware to manage operations during simultaneous conference calls, the method comprising: processing each ongoing conference call by iteratively performing at a given time integral the following steps for a given conference call; identifying a set of attributes of the given conference call from a conference call database, the set of attributes comprising: an end time, a set of participants, and a set of participant devices of the given conference call; displaying, in real time, a calendar on the display of each device from the set of participant devices; initiating an auto dial procedure for a subsequent conference call after reviewing the calendar to determine if a subsequent call is scheduled for the given time integral; and terminating the given conference call if the end time of the given conference call is scheduled at the given time integral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Anthony Schmitz, Alexandros Tsepetis
  • Patent number: 10237792
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for detecting a number of user terminals (8a, 8b), each of said user terminals (8a, 8b) comprising a receiver unit (10), a transmitter unit (11) and a control unit (12) arranged to control said receiver unit (10) and transmitter unit (11), each of said user terminals (8a, 8b) also being associated with a wireless communication network (1) comprising a plurality of network cells (2, 3), each being equipped with a node (4, 5). The method comprises detecting (16) communication between each of said user terminals (8a, 8b) and an associated node (4; 5) of said wireless communication network (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Henrik Sahlin, Björn Johannisson
  • Patent number: 10225714
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for transmitting, storing receiving and/or retrieving identification information or data and/or pairing information or data between accessories or associated products and smart electronic devices into and/or from any distinct server or storage media. Accordingly, the present invention enables the user to transmit and/or store all identification information or data and/or pairing information or data of accessory or associated products that have been connected or paired to an existing smart device into a distinct server or storage media, and enables those information or data to be retrieved and/or received from the said server or storage media, into the same or another smart electronic device for the purposes of establishing and/or maintain connection and/or communication with the said accessory or associated products without the need to reinitiate the pairing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SALUTICA ALLIED SOLUTIONS SDN. BHD.
    Inventors: Yoon Shing Pan, Kean Hoo Chong, Wee Yeoh Tan, Chang Tih Ho
  • Patent number: 10212701
    Abstract: The first base station (2) includes a first call processing unit (22) and a communication path establishment unit (24). The communication path establishment unit (24) performs processing for establishing a wireless link with the second base station (4). The first call processing unit (22) performs call processing for setting the wireless communication path to the second base station (4) via the communication path establishment unit (24). The second base station (4) includes a second call processing unit (42) and a transfer unit (46). The second call processing unit (42) performs call processing for setting the wireless communication path to the first base station (2). When the transfer unit (46) receives a signal for the call processing from the first base station (2), the transfer unit (46) transfers this signal to the second call processing unit (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kanada Nakayasu
  • Patent number: 10187823
    Abstract: A communication procedure for providing or receiving communication parameters can be performed by an easy operation even between devices having both a base station function and a slave station function. A communication device of the present invention determines a role of a device when performing a predetermined communication procedure for providing or receiving communication parameters, and selects operating as a base station or operating as a slave station based on the determined role. The communication device selects based on the determined role operating as a providing device or operating as a receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuhiko Sakai
  • Patent number: 10169727
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating participation in a remote meeting or virtual conference are described. A client device can detect an upcoming calendar event and, based on a record associated with the calendar event, identify elements for participating in the event, as well as one or more access codes associated with the one or more participation elements. A notification can be displayed to a user, the notification including a prompt for selection by the user to automatically initiate participation in the event. After initiating the user's participation in the event, an interface can be displayed to the user including a link to the access code corresponding to the participation element(s) used to initiate participation in the event. Upon selection of the link, the access code can be automatically provided to the service hosting the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: AirWatch, LLC
    Inventors: Evan Hurst, David Pierce Shaw
  • Patent number: 10171657
    Abstract: A system and method are presented for omni-channel notification and selection. A first party selects a first channel from a plurality of channels based on an estimated wait time for interaction with another party in a contact center or enterprise setting. The plurality of channels may comprise any means of interaction, such as chat, phone call, SMS, video, etc. While waiting in queue for the preferred first channel, the first party is presented with estimated wait times, which are dynamically updated, for other channels. Based on the first party's preferences and the presented estimated wait times for the other channels, the first party may elect to change interaction channels from the first channel to a second channel. The first party may then be moved to a different queue corresponding to the second interaction channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Praveen Kumar Anandadoss, Rajeshkumar Subramanian, Venkatesh Sivakumar
  • Patent number: 10165018
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and computer system for identifying a plurality of participants in a multi-user collaboration session connected via at least one common computing device. It may be determined that a first client device in the collaboration session is more active with a second client device in the collaboration session than with a third client device in the collaboration session. A failure may be detected of the at least one common computing device connecting the multi-user collaboration session. The multi-user collaboration session may be converted to a point to point connection between the first client device and the second client device based upon, at least in part, determining that the first client device in the collaboration session is more active with the second client device in the collaboration session than with the third client device in the collaboration session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Animesh Gupta, Shailendra Moyal, Ishan Rastogi
  • Patent number: 10148707
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and computer system for identifying a plurality of participants in a multi-user collaboration session connected via at least one common computing device. It may be determined that a first client device in the collaboration session is more active with a second client device in the collaboration session than with a third client device in the collaboration session. A failure may be detected of the at least one common computing device connecting the multi-user collaboration session. The multi-user collaboration session may be converted to a point to point connection between the first client device and the second client device based upon, at least in part, determining that the first client device in the collaboration session is more active with the second client device in the collaboration session than with the third client device in the collaboration session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Animesh Gupta, Shailendra Moyal, Ishan Rastogi
  • Patent number: 10143027
    Abstract: Using a method of operating a system that includes remote servers, at least one electronic device, and multiple portable wireless devices, a user provides a verbal notification to the electronic device to place an outgoing call. The system uses the remote servers and other parts of the system to determine that one of the multiple portable wireless devices should be used for the outgoing call, and establishes a wireless connection between that portable wireless device and the electronic device. The system determines the particular portable wireless device to use by comparing the called entity with contacts associated with the multiple portable wireless devices, and selecting the portable wireless device with a contact that matches the called entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Arunjeet Singh, Dor Naveh, Adrian Hurditch
  • Patent number: 10116899
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provided herein generally include a system and a method of configuring and/or controlling one or more electronic devices using a portable electronic device based on the interaction of the portable electronic device with a beacon signal generating system that is disposed at a desired location. Embodiments of the disclosure may include a system and a method of collecting and analyzing useful information received by the portable electronic device based on the receipt of a beacon signal. The portable electronic device may then perform one or more desirable functions or processes based the portable electronic device's interaction with the beacon signal generating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: LOGITECH EUROPE, S.A.
    Inventors: Stephane Delorenzi, Olivier Gay, Mathieu Meisser, Thomas Luc Rouvinez, Nicolas Sasselli, Remy Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 10097529
    Abstract: A method of operating a hub which authenticates a plurality of IoT devices between a server and the IoT devices in place of the server includes authenticating a first IoT device using one of a plurality of predetermined pairing authentication techniques upon receiving a pairing request from the first IoT device, sending a request for an access right of the first IoT device to the server based on pairing information of the first IoT device and transmitting data of the first IoT device to the server upon receiving approval of the access of right of the first IoT device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bo Gyeong Kang, Sang Hwa Jin, Dong Jun Shin, Myung Koo Kang
  • Patent number: 10091457
    Abstract: The local address book of a device can be crawled for contact information, which is communicated to an address clearinghouse. The clearinghouse can indicate whether a contact is a participant in a video calling service. If so, an indication can be stored locally indicating that the contact is a participant. Later, during an audio-only call with the contact, an option to escalate the audio-only call to a video call via the video calling service can be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sriraman Krishnamoorthy, Heather Marie LeRoy, Roy Marcus Grenaengen, Johann Gerell, Omobayonle Olatunji, Bo Erik Petter Wiberg
  • Patent number: 10028074
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for performing group-based machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. Machine-type communication (MTC) wireless transmit/receive units (WTRUs) may operate in M2M groups. MTC WTRUs belonging to the same M2M group may receive a broadcast message with a time window on a channel dedicated for receiving data directed to an M2M group. The MTC WTRUs may wake up during the time window and may receive data directed to an M2M group on a dedicated channel. The broadcast message may be broadcasted via a broadcast server upon a request from an MTC server. The time window is allocated upon a request from an MTC server on behalf of the M2M group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: IOT Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. MacKenzie
  • Patent number: 9986357
    Abstract: Embodiments of these teachings concern integrating a sound object audio file such as an audio object recorded by a lavalier microphone to a spatial audio signal. First the sound object audio file is obtained and then a direction and an active duration of the sound object audio file is determined. The spatial audio signal is compiled from audio signals of multiple microphones and could be pre-recorded and obtained after the fact. Then, using the determined direction, the sound object audio file is integrated with the spatial audio signal over the active duration. If there are further moving sound sources to integrate the same procedure is followed for them all individually. One technique specifically shown herein to find the optimized direction and starting time is steered response power (SRP) with phase transform weighting (PHAT).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Antti Johannes Eronen, Jussi Artturi Leppanen, Arto Juhani Lehtiniemi
  • Patent number: 9986088
    Abstract: A computer device may include logic configured to detect a mobile directory number (MDN) subscriber line transfer triggering event; identify a first user device associated with the MDN subscriber line, wherein the first user device corresponds to a connected device with respect to the MDN subscriber line; and identify a second user device associated with the MDN subscriber line, wherein the second user device corresponds to a non-connected device with respect to the MDN subscriber line. The logic may be further configured to determine that the MDN subscriber line is to be transferred from the first user device to the second user device based on the detected MDN subscriber line transfer triggering event and transfer the MDN subscriber line from the first user device to the second user device, in response to determining that the MDN subscriber line is to be transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Ruben Cuadrat, Manuel Enrique Caceres
  • Patent number: 9980119
    Abstract: A method begins by an application server establishing information regarding a potentially adverse condition associated with a user device and determining group constraints for a group regarding the potentially adverse condition. The method continues with the application server selecting one or more other user devices of a plurality of user devices affiliated with the group to produce selected user devices. The method continues with the application server obtaining a status associated with the first user device and issuing a status response message to at least some of the user devices of the plurality of user devices affiliated with the group, where the status response message includes the status associated with the first user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Gary W. Grube
  • Patent number: 9979611
    Abstract: A digital telecommunications client-server system where a network server communicates by a protocol with a digital application located on a mobile terminal. The digital application includes a navigation module, a presentation module, a decoder interpreter module and a transport module. The digital application interprets data received from a network server located in a mobile core telecommunications network and displays interpreted data on a screen of the mobile terminal, with the interpreted data relating to a service or application. The digital application interprets a request of a user entered into the mobile terminal in response to the interpreted data displayed on the screen of the mobile terminal, and sends from the mobile terminal data interpreted from the user's request to the telecommunications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Constantin Staykoff
  • Patent number: 9965541
    Abstract: Disclosed are some examples of systems, apparatus, methods and storage media for creating groups in a social networking database system, and more specifically, to creating groups based on network feed items. In some implementations, a database system is capable of maintaining a database including data associated with a plurality of users and groups to which the users can be subscribed. The system is configurable to provide a feed for display to a first user, and to receive input entered in a publication field by the first user. The system is configurable to create a feed item for display to the first user and to at least one second user based on the received input. The system is configurable to receive second input associated with the feed item from the second user. The system is additionally configurable to provide a selectable user interface (UI) element for display to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: Ashok Gadamsetty
  • Patent number: 9959881
    Abstract: A voice processing device includes: a sound pickup to receive sounds respectively from a plurality of locations; and circuitry to: identify, from the plurality of locations, a sound source location at which a sound source exists, as a current sound source location; specify at least one location of the plurality of locations other than the current sound source location, from at least one sound source location that has been identified as the sound source location during a past predetermined time period, as a specified source location at which a sound to be enhanced exists; enhance a sound from the current sound source location, and a sound from the specified source location; and output an audio signal including the enhanced sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihito Aiba, Minoru Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9936078
    Abstract: A method for unmuting a participant in a conference call is disclosed. The method includes receiving a request, from a second participant in a conference call, to unmute a voice communication device of a first participant in the conference call. The voice communication device of the first participant is muted prior to receiving the request to unmute. The method includes displaying, in response to receiving the request to unmute, an unmute indicator on an electronic display of the voice communication device of the first participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: LENOVO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Amy L. Rose, Bryan L. Young, Nathan J. Peterson, John S. Crowe, Jennifer J. Lee-Baron, Gary D. Cudak
  • Patent number: 9922394
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a method for displaying a screen thereof are provided. The display apparatus is configured to when a slave display apparatus approaches a display apparatus which displays contents, split the contents into a plurality of content split screens and transmit the content split screens to the slave display apparatus to correspond to an arrangement of the display apparatus and the slave display apparatus. The display apparatus is further configured to, when a slave display apparatus comes into contact with a master display apparatus, split contents displayed in the master display apparatus into a plurality of content split screens and transmit the content split screens to the slave display apparatus to correspond to a contact point between the master display apparatus and the slave display apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-ho Wang, Ja-ok Koo, Hyun-soo Nah, Eun-kyung Yoo
  • Patent number: 9883356
    Abstract: Example embodiments described herein are directed towards a PTC node and wireless terminal, and corresponding methods therein, for extended PMR based services. According to some of the example embodiment, through use of a PTC node, a wireless terminal may be simultaneously registered with the public radio access based network and the PMR based network. Thus, a wireless terminal which is not directly connected (or is unable to connect to) a PMR based network may still receive messages originating from the PMR based network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Mikael Lagerman
  • Patent number: 9866672
    Abstract: A method is provided for use in a communication system that includes a first terminal and an emergency center. The method includes transmitting, by a second terminal, an indicator indicating that emergency service is required for the first terminal, and automatically establishing a call session between the first terminal and the emergency center in response to the indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERISCCON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Venkata Ramesh Balabhadruni, Fredrik Lindholm
  • Patent number: 9854422
    Abstract: A method begins by an application server establishing information regarding a potentially adverse condition and determining group constraints for a group regarding the potentially adverse condition. The method continues with the application server selecting one or more user devices of a plurality of user devices affiliated with the group to produce selected user devices. The method continues with the application server obtaining, for each selected user device, a status associated with the selected user device and issuing a status response message to at least some of the user devices of the plurality of user devices affiliated with the group, where the status response message includes the status associated with each selected user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Gary W. Grube
  • Patent number: 9844066
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and system for scheduling group resources during trunking communication. The method includes: classifying base stations connected to a trunking switch center into at least one co frequency base station set and marking a base station that cannot be classified into the at least one co frequency base station set as a different frequency base station according to central frequencies and home regions of the base stations; step when a group call is established, allocating the same trunking shared channel and designating the same packet delivery time to base stations in one co frequency base station set, and notifying each base station in the co frequency base station set of the trunking shared channel and the packet delivery time; and step the base stations in the co frequency base station set starting to send trunking packets on the trunking shared channel at the packet delivery time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Beijing Xinwei Telecom Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Xixi Yu, Qihua Huang, Weiyi Cao, Qiang Ma
  • Patent number: 9799206
    Abstract: A method for automating emergency distress signals from a networked peripheral device to enable automated emergency distress signal activation from a networked peripheral device when a code word is sensed spoken proximal said peripheral device and when position of said peripheral device is sensed outside an established pattern of movement of said peripheral device coordinated in space and time. The present method for automating emergency distress signals from a networked peripheral device further enables a user to receive an apparent call from another person and thus affect action by a user, as desired, such as, for example, leave a situation promptly having a social pretext, as supplied by the receipt of the apparent call, for so leaving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Brenda Michelle Wilson Van Horn
  • Patent number: 9762519
    Abstract: Integrating digital telephony information with a social platform includes receiving, by a processor, information for multiple parties connected to a conference telephone call. Virtual groups for the multiple parties are created. Permissions are assigned to each of the virtual groups. Muting of portions of the conference telephone call related to a discussion of a particular topic is controlled based on permissions. Clips from the conference telephone call and actions are captured. A social enterprise platform is connected to and a recording is automatically uploaded after the conference telephone call has ended. Permissions are synchronized across the social enterprise platform. Media sources are linked together. Context across the linked media sources is provided. The captured clips and the actions are integrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Subil M. Abraham
  • Patent number: 9730262
    Abstract: A method of operating a first electronic device for improving call quality is provided. The method includes the operations of transmitting call data received through a first call between the first electronic device and a third electronic device to a second electronic device, using short-range wireless communication connected with the second electronic device, if a communication abnormality of the short-range wireless communication takes place, connecting a second call between the first electronic device and the second electronic device, generating a third call by merging the first call and the second call, and releasing a call connection of the first electronic device from the third call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Myunghwan Lee
  • Patent number: 9681099
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving from a first group member a request to initiate a multiplex live communication with members of a group, wherein the first group member belongs to the group; sending a notification to each of one or more second group members notifying the one or more second group members that a multiplex live communication among members of the group is underway, wherein the one or more second group members belongs to the group; receiving one or more requests from a first subset of the one or more second group members to join the multiplex live communication; initiating the multiplex live video communication between the first group member and the first subset of the one or more second group members who requested to join the multiplex live communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Donald Deets, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9680220
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, a circuit for initiating a first multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) communication session with a primary base station, and initiating a second MIMO communication session with a first secondary base station of a plurality of secondary base stations without terminating the first MIMO communication session with the primary base station. The primary base station can include a primary antenna system having a first communication range, while each of the plurality of secondary base stations can include a secondary antenna system having a second communication range that is a subset of the first communication range of the primary antenna system. The plurality of secondary base stations can correspond to a plurality of small cell sites distributed within the first communication range of the primary base station. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Achilles Technology Management Co. II, Inc.
    Inventors: Duane Rabe, Frank M. Caimi, Mark T. Montgomery, Mark W. Kishler
  • Patent number: 9648658
    Abstract: A base station may establish a radio resource control (RRC) connection with a first user device. The base station may determine a bearer attribute of a bearer associated with the RRC connection and the first user device. The base station may determine that the bearer attribute satisfies a set of conditions, and may analyze multiple bearer attributes associated with multiple established RRC connections. The base station may select a terminable RRC connection, of the multiple established RRC connections, based on analyzing the multiple bearer attributes. The terminable RRC connection may be associated with a second user device that is different from the first user device, and the terminable RRC connection may be different from the RRC connection. The device may terminate the terminable RRC connection based on selecting the terminable RRC connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Lalit R. Kotecha, William H. Stone, Lee K. Tjio, Raymond So
  • Patent number: 9614970
    Abstract: A telephone conferencing apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus utilizes Bluetooth or similar wireless data exchange technology to connect a mobile telephone to an audio conferencing system. The device transmits processed audio from local input sources over the Bluetooth-enabled mobile telephone utilizing the mobile phone network of the user's choice. Audio signals received into the device from mobile telephones are sent to the far end during a telephone conference call, and audio signals from the far-end on a mobile or wireless telephone call will route to the audio output on the local device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Ingolf J. C. de Jong, Brandon R. Gramse
  • Patent number: 9584642
    Abstract: A method includes cycling through a plurality of microphone and speaker combinations in a mobile device in response to the mobile device being placed in speakerphone mode. The mobile device includes a plurality of microphones and at least one speaker. The method obtains acoustic echo data from an echo canceller for each microphone and speaker combination, calculates an acoustic isolation value for each combination and then selects a microphone and speaker combination based on the acoustic isolation value. The method may also include determining an echo spectrum for each microphone and speaker combination using the obtained acoustic echo data, and select an echo control profile based on a characteristic of the echo spectrum. The echo control profile is selected to further improve acoustic isolation for the selected microphone and speaker combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Sanjay N Kadiwala, Joseph C Dwyer, Jincheng Wu
  • Patent number: 9578163
    Abstract: The present disclosure disclose an electronic device and a method thereof for calling a phone number, and the method includes: judging whether a component of a gravitational acceleration of the electronic device in a preset direction is more than or equal to a first threshold after a program installed on the electronic device is started; detecting an object in front of the electronic device at a distance from the electronic device, which is less than or equal to a second threshold when the component of the gravitational acceleration of the electronic device in the preset direction is more than or equal to the first threshold; and calling the phone number automatically when there is an object in front of the electronic device at a distance from the electronic device, which is less than or equal to the second threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignees: HISENSE MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., HISENSE USA CORPORATION, HISENSE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaoxian Wang
  • Patent number: 9549304
    Abstract: A method begins by an application server establishing information regarding a potentially adverse event and determining group constraints for a group regarding the potentially adverse event. The method continues with the application server selecting one or more user devices of a plurality of user devices affiliated with the group to produce selected user devices. The method continues with the application server obtaining, for each selected user device, a status associated with the selected user device and issuing a status response message to at least some of the user devices of the plurality of user devices affiliated with the group, where the status response message includes the status associated with each selected user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Gary W. Grube
  • Patent number: 9504074
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of providing proximity service communication between terminals. In accordance with an embodiment, a first terminal makes connection to a second terminal with network assistance. The first terminal requests information required to search for the second terminal from a network management server. The network management server determines a communication mode for proximity service communication. The network management server transmits a request message requesting communication between the first terminal and the second terminal in the communication mode to the first and second terminals. In accordance with another embodiment, a first terminal may switch its proximity service communication technology for better QoS without network assistance. The first terminal monitors link status. If the link status is deteriorated, the first terminal requests a second terminal to change proximity service communication technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Hyunho Park, Hyeong Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 9467854
    Abstract: A computer-implemented technique can include joining, by a computing device having one or more processors, a conference session hosted by a server via a wireless computing network. In response to joining the conference session, the computing device can receive, from the server via the wireless computing network, a dial-in telephone number for reconnecting to the conference session. The computing device can detect a trigger condition indicative of a need to reconnect to the conference session via a cellular telephone network. In response to detecting the trigger condition, the computing device can initiate a telephone call to the dial-in telephone number via the cellular telephone network. In response to the server obtaining authentication of a caller identification of the computing device, the computing device can rejoin the conference session via the cellular telephone network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Tomas Lundqvist, Jonas Erik Lindberg, Sailesh Nepal
  • Patent number: 9398056
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the pairing of room systems, and other systems that lack portability and a convenient user interface, to videoconferences are disclosed herein. In one embodiment of the disclosed subject matter, a user initiates room system pairing from his or her device. For example, the user can press a button on a remote control associated with the room system to set the system to pairing mode. The room system can register with a server that is controlling the videoconferencing system, which in turn can display the room system in a list of available room systems on the user's device. The user can have the option to select the particular room system, instructing the server to add the room system to the conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: VIDYO, INC.
    Inventors: Manoj K. Saxena, Alexandros Eleftheriadis
  • Patent number: 9392523
    Abstract: A device may establish a first communication with a first communication device using short-range wireless communication technology. The device may establish a second communication with a second communication device using short-range wireless communication technology. The device may receive a voice call from the second communication device. The device may determine call information associated with the voice call. The device may compare the call information with stored call information. The device may associate a path condition, previously associated with the stored call information, with the voice call if the call information matches the stored call information. The device may selectively establish a call path to a speaker associated with the device or to the first communication device based on the path condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Aneeta F. Arestani, Sheela Thimmappa, Yuk Lun Li, Sidharth R. Sibal, Niloufer Adil Tamboly
  • Patent number: 9380164
    Abstract: A method, a network exchange device, and a user terminal for providing a call service are provided by the present disclosure, relating to the field of communication technologies, and invented to increase the communication efficiency of users. The method for providing a call service includes: receiving a call request message from a calling user, where the call request message carries a service operation code and at least two called numbers; determining a connection manner of the call according to the service operation code carried in the call request message; and connecting, according to the determined connection manner, to called users corresponding to the called numbers carried in the call request message. The present disclosure can be applied in the fields of telecommunication and communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bin Shen
  • Patent number: 9369186
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a method includes determining when a first device and a second device are in proximity to each other, wherein the first device includes a first microphone and the second device includes a second microphone. The method also includes pairing the first device and the second device, and creating a mobile mapping of the physical relationship between the first device and the second device. Pairing the first device and the second device forms a microphone array that includes the first microphone and the second microphone. An aggregate stream is created using a first stream obtained from the first microphone and a second stream obtained from the second microphone. Creating the aggregate stream includes using the model mapping to determine when to use the first stream and when to use the second stream. Finally, the method also includes transmitting the aggregate stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gregory Rexroad, Neil Joshi
  • Patent number: 9335829
    Abstract: In a method for capturing and transmitting motion data (s1) from a transmitter (103, 203) to a receiver (104, 204), motion data is captured by a capturing device (102, 202) at the transmitter end, said capturing device (102, 202) registering the motion of an object (106, 206) by means of at least one sensor (101, 201) and converting the registered motion into a digital signal (i2). Said digital signal is fed to the receiver, which embeds the data of the digital signal (i2) in a series (i3) of data and transmits said series of data to a receiver. In addition to or instead of the data of the digital signal, the series of data transmitted by the transmitter contains context data which the receiver uses to interpret and process the originally captured motion data within a defined context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bruno Bozionek, Karl Klaghofer, Holger Prange, Michael Tietsch
  • Patent number: 9307373
    Abstract: A method for establishing a connection to a sequence-accessible call includes gathering connection data for establishing the connection to the sequence-accessible call including a phone number dialed to access the sequence-accessible call. The method may also include storing the connection data in a database, determining a presence of a proximity link, and transmitting the connection data to an information handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS, LP
    Inventors: Abu Shaher Sanaullah, Claude Lano Cox, Charles D. Robison, Philip M. Seibert, Jason A. Shepherd
  • Patent number: 9294535
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a communication system including: a first apparatus and a second apparatus being communication terminals at least one of which resides on a mobile object; and a server apparatus. The server apparatus includes: a determination block configured to determine whether the first and the second apparatuses are in close proximity to each other based on position data of the first apparatus and on position data of the second apparatus; and a communication block configured such that if the determination block determines that the first and the second apparatuses are in close proximity to each other, the communication block transmits preinstalled content data to at least one of the first and the second apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Kakihara
  • Patent number: 9276667
    Abstract: Systems and methods for wireless audio conferencing are described herein. In one embodiment, a wireless audio conferencing system is provided that includes a base unit configured to interface with a plurality of external communication systems, one or more wireless speakers, one or more wireless microphones, a handset configured to wirelessly control the base unit, and a charger tray separate from the base unit and configured to removably store and recharge the one or more wireless speakers, the one or more wireless microphones, and the handset. The one or more wireless speakers and the one or more wireless microphones are configured to communicate with the base unit to provide audio conferencing between a plurality of users. The systems and methods described herein can provide a high quality and adaptable audio conferencing system for use with a variety of communications systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: RevoLabs, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin R. Bodley, Jean-Pierre Carney, Mark Andrew DesMarais, Joshua Hallock Wilkie
  • Patent number: 9264549
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and/or computer program is provided to detect, based on a predetermined period of time, that one or more conference participants are located in a conference room. An alert message is transmitted to a registered mobile device of the leader of the conference. The alert message indicates that one or more conference participants are waiting in the conference room. And, the conference leader is connected to the conference room based on a response message received from the conference leader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Steven E. Gass, Jeffrey William Cordell, James K. Boutcher, Myron P. Sojka
  • Patent number: 9258406
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a mobile device according to the present invention includes: a conversation recognition unit configured to recognize a conversation between users through mobile devices; a user intent verification unit configured to verify an intent of at least one user among the users based on the recognition result; and an additional function control unit configured to execute an additional function corresponding to the verified user's intent in a mobile device of the user. According to the present invention, great contribution may be made to improve communication between users by recognizing the conversation between the users, thereby directly providing information associated with the conversation or providing a service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Ho Young Jung
  • Patent number: 9232070
    Abstract: A communication system includes logic to detect a second communication device in proximity to a first communication device engaged in a call, and to provide a substantially uninterrupted transfer of selected parties to the call to the second communication device. A proximate device may be identified as one capable of rendering a particular data type, and a substantially uninterrupted transfer may be performed to the proximate device of data of the communications having the data type. An application associated with communication data may be identified, as well as a proximate device capable of providing the application, and a substantially uninterrupted transfer may be performed to the proximate device of data associated with the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Royce A. Levien, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.