Call Conferencing Patents (Class 455/416)
  • 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.
  • Patent number: 9232329
    Abstract: A public address system is set forth, comprising at least one wireless mobile communication device; a sound system; and a back-end system for selectively receiving a wireless signal from the wireless mobile communication device and transmitting the signal to the sound system for broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Vahid Moosavi, Sean Wilson, Scott Douglas Rose
  • Patent number: 9231907
    Abstract: A first connection between a first communication apparatus and a server apparatus and a second connection between a second communication apparatus and the server apparatus are established. The first and second communication apparatuses exchange information on their features via the first and second connections, and then, disconnects the first and second connections. The first communication apparatus acquires information on settings of its communication environment, and then, establishes a third connection with the server apparatus. The second communication apparatus acquires information on settings of its communication environment, and then, establishes a fourth connection with the server apparatus. The first and second communication apparatuses exchange the information on the settings of their communication environments via the third and fourth connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Yoshino, Kazuki Sato, Kunio Gobara
  • Patent number: 9225819
    Abstract: A system and a method are disclosed for facilitating sending of DTMF (dual-tone multi-frequency) signals to a destination after connecting to a system by placing a phone call. An entry associated with an application running on a mobile computing device is automatically scanned to detect a telephone number and any string of characters associated with the telephone number. The mobile computing device presents one or more candidate strings of characters that are associated with the telephone number. A user may select the strings of characters to send the DTMF signals after connecting to a destination telephone system. By automatically extracting and displaying the string of characters associated with the telephone number, the user's manual operation associated with accomplishing a task on a remote telephone system is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: David Case
  • Patent number: 9210267
    Abstract: A user equipment, method, non-transitory computer-readable storage medium, a system of connecting a user equipment to a conference system are provided. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a conference dialer application receives a meeting notification from a calendar application, where the meeting notification describes a meeting hosted on a conference system and includes at least one conference access code used to access the conference system. The conference dialer application prompts the user for voice input. The conference dialer application receives a first voice input from the user indicating to the user equipment to join the meeting on the conference system. The conference dialer application, responsive to the first voice input, automatically supplies the at least one conference access code in order to join the meeting. Finally, the conference dialer application, via a telephone dialer application, connects the user equipment to the meeting on the conference system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventor: Reed Bennett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9210226
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method and a device for location management of a group-based machine type communication MTC device. The method includes: receiving a location update message sent by a mobility management network element, where the location update message includes a device identity and/or a group identity of a first MTC device; acquiring the group identity of the first MTC device according to the location update message, and updating subscription data of all MTC devices in a group corresponding to the group identity; and sending subscription data of the group to the mobility management network element, where the group subscription data includes the group identity and/or a device identity list of all the MTC devices in the group. An embodiment of the present invention further provides a corresponding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaojuan Li, Shuiping Long, Hui Jin
  • Patent number: 9179097
    Abstract: A system and machine-implemented method for automatically linking a mobile device to a video conference control unit of a video conference site, providing control of the video conference control unit by the mobile device. A proximity detector and a wireless controller provide automatic linking with the mobile device. The linked mobile device adds the participant using the mobile device to a video conference and also controls video conference settings or functions without the need for a central user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Friedrich Kuscher, Zelidrag Hornung
  • Patent number: 9171284
    Abstract: Techniques for restoring communications sessions for applications having conversation environment and a meeting embodiment are described. A system may include a meeting component of a communications application for selecting a meeting from multiple meetings, a conversation component of the communications application for managing multiple conversation threads, and a recovery component of the communications application for recovering an active meeting from the multiple meetings or an active conversation thread from the multiple conversation threads. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Amit Gupta, Kevin Morrison, Michael Eckert, Thomas Bouchard, Marcelo Truffat, Blaine Carpenter
  • Patent number: 9143309
    Abstract: A first radio has duplex communication with a second radio and a third radio, without using a base station by using a multiple-access protocol system. The first radio is configured to switch back and forth between being a master radio and a slave radio in the multiple-access protocol system. In some embodiments, time-division multiplexing is used as the multiple-access protocol system for the first radio, the second radio, and the third radio to communicate. In some embodiments, the master radio provides timing synchronization and/or assigns transmission slots for radios in the multiple-access protocol system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Dominant Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald Fraser
  • Patent number: 9125230
    Abstract: Method of switching dual subscriber identity modules (SIMs) of an electronic device includes predetermining a number of sequences. Each of the sequences represents a combination of a number NUM1 of a first state value, and a number NUM2 of a second state value. The first state value represents that the SIM is available, and the second state value represents that the SIM is unavailable. When a connected base station transfers a phone call to the SIM of the electronic device and the connected base station is not the default base station, a probability of missing the phone call of the SIM with each of the sequences is calculated. Based on the calculated probabilities, an optimized sequence is determined. The optimized sequence has a minimum probability and corresponds to a maximum ratio of NUM2 to NUM1. According to the optimized sequence, a standby time of the electronic device is divided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Feng-Kuang Wu
  • Patent number: 9110511
    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: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bruno Bozionek, Karl Klaghofer, Holger Prange, Michael Tietsch
  • Patent number: 9113434
    Abstract: A system for supporting electronic positioning in apparatuses. Apparatuses may receive various wireless signals over time (800). The strength of the received wireless signals may be determined by the apparatuses (802), and based on this determination an occurrence for each received wireless signal may be accumulated in a histogram in the apparatus (804). Information based on the histogram may then be transmitted to a mapping database (810). The mapping database may then utilize this information to, for example, create signal-based maps for use in apparatus positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Lauri Wirola, Jari Syrjarinne, Laura Maria Wirola
  • Patent number: 9066216
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing voicemail services to callers of wireless devices may include providing customized outgoing messages to callers based upon the caller's identification. A subscriber to the voicemail service may select one or more contacts associated with the subscriber to receive a customized outgoing message while the remaining callers receive a general outgoing message. The methods and apparatus may further include distributing voicemail messages from a subscriber's voicemail accounts to one or more social networking sites. The subscriber to the voicemail services may share one or more received voicemail messages via one or more social networking accounts associated with the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Mark Williams Jacobstein, Jacob Guedalia, Isaac David Guedalia
  • Patent number: 9042873
    Abstract: A mobile or in-vehicle communication system and method facilitate communication among groups. The system and method also facilitate the creation of such groups. The system and method may convert speech from one member of the group to text for distribution to other members of the group, for whom the text is converted to audible speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: INTELLIGENT MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventor: Otman A. Basir
  • Publication number: 20150140979
    Abstract: The conference system (KS) can comprise at least one mobile terminal with a respective signaling apparatus which contains a sensor which detects motion by the signaling apparatus and outputs a corresponding motion signal. In addition, it can contain a motion signal processing apparatus which associates the motion signal from a gesture in nonverbal interhuman communication with a motion signal pattern and, as a result of an association having been made, produces an output signal with a corresponding piece of information about the type of detected gesture in the nonverbal interhuman communication. Furthermore, the conference system can include a transmission apparatus for supplying the output signal to a transmission channel which is respectively connected to a local area network. The network can include other network elements, such as a telephone for a moderator and a screen for conference control connected to it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Florian Agsteiner, Tobias Haeberie, Matthias Hanel, Adnane Jadid, Thomas Lederer, Maximillian Reiss
  • Publication number: 20150140978
    Abstract: A unified communication framework in which multiple users communicate using multiple modes including voice. Conversations are kept consistent across users' devices. A backend maintains the true and authoritative version of the conversation within the communication framework. Users may join and leave voice channels of conversations. Users may attempt to get the attention of other users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Priidu Zilmer, Angel Sergio Pascual Palomo, Oliver Reitalu, Martin Hoffmann
  • Publication number: 20150140980
    Abstract: A call request message is sent from an access terminal to an application server in order to request initiation of a group communication session to a communication group and to request that an allocation of the floor to the given access terminal for the duration of the given group communication session remain uninterrupted by call targets of the session. The application server announces the session, and sends a floor-grant to the access terminal after the session is accepted by at least one target. The access terminal forwards media to the application server which is then forwarded to the at least one target. The floor is not transferred away from the access terminal during the session. For example, floor requests are suppressed at the at least one target, or floor requests are sent by the at least one target but are then ignored or denied by the application server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Beth Ann Brewer, Hamsini Bhaskaran, Ashutosh Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 9037121
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile device which voluntarily and easily forms a network under a ubiquitous environment to perform various services and a control method of the same, the mobile device is provided, which includes a communication unit which communicates with at least one counterpart mobile device; a signal processing unit which processes a signal transmitted and received through the communication unit; a display unit which displays an image based on the signal processed by the signal processing unit; a user input unit which receives input by a user; and a controller which controls the communication unit to transmit request signals and perform the community activity with at least one counterpart mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electonics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Woo-yong Chang, Sun-ae Kim, Hyung-rae Cho
  • Patent number: 9036510
    Abstract: A method for a setting up a conference call with a mobile station and an intermediary mobile station, using the intermediary mobile station as a bridged-node. When a conference server receives a request to setup a conference call, the conference server initiates conference setup signaling with both mobile stations using a cellular link. The conference server uses the conference setup signaling to direct one mobile station to act as a bridged-node and the other mobile station to act as a bridged-leg. Responsive to the directives, the bridged-leg mobile station and the bridged-node mobile station establish a Wi-Fi link. The bridged-leg mobile station then uses the Wi-Fi link to bridge to an air traffic channel associated with the bridged-node mobile station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Tong Zhou, David Mohan
  • Publication number: 20150133097
    Abstract: An acoustic echo removing apparatus detects space information representing a location of a sound source using a plurality of microphone input signals that are received through a plurality of microphones, and generates an acoustic echo estimation signal from a far-end talker voice signal using an adaptive filter coefficient. The acoustic echo removing apparatus detects a double talk segment using the space information, and determines update of the adaptive filter coefficient according to whether the double talk segment exists.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Inseon JANG
  • Patent number: 9031849
    Abstract: A system for providing multi-language conference is provided. The system includes conference terminals and a multipoint control unit. The conference terminals are adapted to process a speech of a conference site, transmitting the processed speech to the multipoint control unit, process an audio data received from the multipoint control unit and output it. At least one of the conference terminals is an interpreting terminal adapted to interpret the speech of the conference according to the audio data transmitted from the multipoint control unit, process the interpreted audio data and output the processed audio data. The multipoint control unit is adapted to perform a sound mixing process of the audio data from the conference terminals in different sound channels according to language types, and then sends mixed audio data after the sound mixing process to the conference terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhihui Liu, Zhonghui Yue
  • Patent number: 9031542
    Abstract: A multi-party call method provides connecting a multi-party call with a plurality of non-control terminals by a control terminal. Dual Tone Multi-Frequency (DTMF) signals are received from a part of the plurality of non-control terminals to which call termination commands are input by the control terminal, respectively. The received DTMF signals are recognized to check the part of the plurality of non-control terminals that have transmitted the DTMF signals; and the call states are displayed with the recognized part of the non-control terminals as a terminal state on a display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Guangyu Shan
  • Patent number: 9031598
    Abstract: A method for providing presence notification for PTT chat group communications includes a server receiving, from a communication device of a member of a chat group, a session initiation message to start a session for the PTT chat group. The session initiation message includes a member-selected priority. The server generates an event notification message that includes an indication that the chat group is active and has been assigned a priority, and sends the event notification message to communication devices of at least some of the other chat group members. Additionally, where a group priority has been assigned to the chat group, the group priority is assigned to the session. Otherwise, the member-selected priority is assigned to the session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Madhusudan K. Pai, Ilya Freytsis, Dominic Lazara, Udaya Shankara P.S., Shrinivas Shetti, Luqing Wang
  • Patent number: 9031543
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems enable efficient organizations of group communications on a mobile device. The mobile device may be configured to receive location information from other mobile devices in a communication system, determine the current location and orientation of the mobile device, determine directions and distances from the mobile device to each of the other mobile devices, and generate a first-person perspective and/or top-down perspective display showing relative locations of the other mobile devices. Other multiple mobile devices may be represented in the display as images (e.g., icons, avatars, directional indicators, etc.). The display may provide a user interface to enable a user to quickly organize other mobile devices into groups and initiate group communications with some of the other mobile devices. The mobile device may be configured to group the displayed images into one or more communication units and establish communication links with mobile devices in the communication units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Arthur C. Lee
  • Patent number: 9025740
    Abstract: Security is improved in a communication system in which a communication connection is established when a user who has received a software button on his computing device (a Recipient) clicks on the button. When a Recipient first actuates a software button, a basic type of communication connection is established, during which the Recipient's identity can be verified. The Recipient then establishes a personal identification code, which he will have to provide upon future actuations of the software button. The system then enables other types of communication connections to be established by the Recipient. After the Recipient actuates the software button and verifies his identity, the system remembers the identity and location of the computing device he is using. When the Recipient subsequently actuates the software button, the identity and location of his computing device are checked, and verification of his identity is suppressed if they have not changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Bellmar Communications LLC
    Inventors: Kai Y. Eng, Pramod Pancha
  • Patent number: 9020476
    Abstract: A system and method for remote care and monitoring of the user of a mobile device, such as a smartphone, and for simplifying use of the mobile device by the user. The system and method comprises software, operable on the mobile device and/or a remote device (such as another smartphone, a computer (including, for example, a web-based application system) or other device), for facilitating the use of a mobile smartphone device while also enabling authorized users (e.g. care providers) to remotely interact with the mobile user, provide them medical care information, daily care instruction, immediate connectivity, mobile phone control and tracking functions, general assistance as well as remotely updating and maintaining the mobile user's mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Leipzig Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon I. Leipzig, Pranav U. Srivastava
  • Patent number: 9020472
    Abstract: A system and method for creating teleconferences that leverage social networking websites and messaging thereof. The system includes a teleconferencing website hosted on a server for scheduling a teleconference in response to user input, and for generating a message for display on a social networking website. The message includes information about the teleconference and a link to one or more invitees to the teleconference. The system further includes an interactive voice response system for hosting the teleconference to connect at least some of the one or more invitees to the teleconference. The system further includes a client application running on a mobile device associated with each of the at least some of the one or more invitees. The client application receives a notification of the teleconference from the social networking website, and includes a control interface to enable an associated invitee to join the teleconference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Twalkin, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Scriven, Anthony Fischler
  • Patent number: 9020120
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium are provided to manage a conference. The start of a conference is identified. For example, the start of the conference is identified when a host dials into a conference bridge. A timeline is created for the conference based on a first event that occurs at the start of the conference. The timeline includes the first event. The timeline is updated in real-time with a second event, as a second event occurs during the conference. This process is repeated throughout the conference. The timeline is rendered for display to one or more participants in the conference. The conference is then displayed to the conference participants, thus providing the conference participants with a real-time timeline of the conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Deep Subhash Pai, Jaydeep Deepak Bhalerao
  • Patent number: 9020119
    Abstract: Presented are systems and methods for providing moderator control in a heterogeneous conference including acquiring a merge control to merge a first conference with a second conference to create a single heterogeneous conference, wherein the first conference and the second conference utilize different types of conference hosting systems. The system sends the merge control to a server, wherein the server is configured to establish conference connections with the first conference and the second conference. The system then merges the first conference with the second conference to create the heterogeneous conference and determines a moderator for the heterogeneous conference. The system automatically transfers one or more moderator controls to the moderator of the heterogeneous conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Michael Scott Colbert
  • Publication number: 20150111550
    Abstract: Mobile electronic devices having corresponding methods and computer-readable media comprise: a receiver configured to receive beacon signals associated with meeting locations; a memory configured to store calendaring information associated with a teleconference meeting at one of the meeting locations; and a processor configured to responsive to a triggering event, discern the beacon signal associated with the one of the meeting locations; process the beacon signal associated with the one of the meeting locations to determine whether the mobile electronic device is located at the one of the meeting locations; and generate a message announcing that the mobile electronic device is located at the one of the meeting locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: PLANTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Kaye, Beau Wilder, Brent Thorington
  • Publication number: 20150111552
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for accurately determining whether a mobile electronic device associated with a user is at a meeting location comprise: initiating a scan for a first beacon signal emanating from a first beacon located at the meeting location; detecting the first beacon signal; confirming that the mobile electronic device is within a predetermined proximity of the first beacon based on the first beacon signal; and responsive to confirming that the mobile electronic device is within a predetermined proximity of the first beacon activating a trigger system enabling further resolution of the proximity of the mobile electronic device to the meeting location, wherein the trigger system is located at an entry to the meeting location, and activating a confirmation system to confirm that the mobile electronic device is at the meeting location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: PLANTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Kaye, Brent Thorington
  • Publication number: 20150111553
    Abstract: Methods and system for automating conferencing in a communication session are provided herein. In some embodiments, a method for automating conferencing in a communication session includes detecting an established communication session between a first end-user device and a second end-user device, notifying a third end-user device associated with the first user device that the established communication session is available to be joined, receiving a request from the third end-user device to join the communication session, and establishing a conference session with the first end-user device, the second-end user device, and the third end-user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Tzahi Efrati, Jonathan Alexander, Sagi Dudai, Eugene Peter Cannon, Brian Grady Leno
  • Publication number: 20150111551
    Abstract: Methods for operating a meeting coordinator to detect which participant is speaking during a teleconference meeting using a teleconferencing system, having corresponding mobile electronic devices and computer-readable media, comprise: accessing calendaring information concerning the teleconference meeting, the calendaring information including a time of the teleconference meeting, a meeting location, identities of meeting invitees, and contact information for the meeting invitees; automatically setting up the teleconference meeting using the calendaring information to enable the teleconferencing system to connect remotely-located meeting invitees; generating a roster of meeting participants comprising at least some of the meeting invitees; tracking a participation status for the meeting participants; and accessing prerecorded unique digital voice signatures for the meeting invitees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: PLANTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Kaye, Beau Wilder
  • Patent number: 9014358
    Abstract: Presented are systems and methods for creating a transcription of a conference call. The system joins an audio conference call with a device associated with a participant, of a plurality of participants joined to the conference through one or more associated devices. The system then creates a speech audio file corresponding to a portion of the participant's speech during the conference and converting contemporaneously, at the device, the speech audio file to a local partial transcript. The system then acquires a plurality of partial transcripts from at least one of the associated devices, so that the device can provide a complete transcript.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Juan Martin Garcia
  • Patent number: 9015338
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for suppressing silence frames in a stream of media includes receiving a stream of media from a user and suppressing at least one silence frame from the received stream of media. The suppressed silence frame includes an initial silence frame situated before a first media frame and/or a silence frame situated between two successive media frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ben Saidi, Mark Lindner
  • Patent number: 9014679
    Abstract: An example aspect includes a mobile device that can perform a method where a conference call schedule is kept in a calendaring application, which is made to reference a temporary entry in a contact manager, which tracks access information, such as a dial-in number, an authentication code, and descriptive information for the call, such as a name for the call. The access information from the temporary contact entry is used to establish the call, and the descriptive information from the contact entry is outputted, such as through a display. An entry in a log can be created for the call using the descriptive information from the temporary contact entry. The temporary contact entry can be maintained if the conference call is to be repeated, or else it can be deleted. Such devices and methods provide an enhanced user experience for conference calls, by providing logging and display of more descriptive information about the calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Yuriy Yuryevich Lobzakov, Peter Eymard Baccay, Colin Mark Werner
  • Patent number: 9008296
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to retaining content of a conference call for accelerated replay. The content of the conference call can be recorded. Further, establishment of a connection of a participant to the conference call can be detected. For instance, the connection can be established with a computing device of the participant. Moreover, the establishment of the connection of the participant to the conference call can be detected subsequent to initiation of the recording of the content of the conference call. Responsive to detection of the establishment of the connection of the participant to the conference call, at least a portion of recorded content of the conference call can be transmitted to the computing device for playback at a playback speed that is greater than a speed at which the content is recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Stuart Kaplan, Jonathan Wiswall
  • Patent number: 9008683
    Abstract: Described are a system and method of managing a real-time communication initiated to a mobile communications device. A communication from an originating communications device is sensed as being directed to a first destination address corresponding to a mobile communications device. Location information of the mobile communications device is determined. The communication is directed to a second destination address based on the determined location of the mobile communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Andrew Erb, Peter Hillier
  • Publication number: 20150099498
    Abstract: A system, application platform, and method that helps a recipient receiving a phone call identify a caller in advance of answering the incoming call. According to the invention, a caller is able to create a multimedia content using a software application platform present in the mobile device, upload the created multimedia content in a cloud storage space, thereafter, when the caller places a call to any recipient, the multimedia content automatically streams from the cloud storage space into the recipient's mobile device in a display loop until the recipient responds to the incoming call and during the subsequent conversation helping the recipient identify the caller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: M800 LIMITED
    Inventor: Peter Kwong Choi CHAN
  • Publication number: 20150099499
    Abstract: A user equipment, method, non-transitory computer-readable storage medium, a system of connecting a user equipment to a conference system are provided. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a conference dialer application receives a meeting notification from a calendar application, where the meeting notification describes a meeting hosted on a conference system and includes at least one conference access code used to access the conference system. The conference dialer application prompts the user for voice input. The conference dialer application receives a first voice input from the user indicating to the user equipment to join the meeting on the conference system. The conference dialer application, responsive to the first voice input, automatically supplies the at least one conference access code in order to join the meeting. Finally, the conference dialer application, via a telephone dialer application, connects the user equipment to the meeting on the conference system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Reed Bennett, JR.
  • Patent number: 9002937
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are example embodiments for multi-party multi-modality communication. By way of example but not limitation, a third communication device may receive first communication data for a first communication flow that is associated with a first communication device or receive second communication data for a second communication flow that is associated with a second communication device. It may further effectuate at least one conversion with respect to at least one of the first communication data or the second communication data to cause a conversion of communication data from corresponding to one type of user interaction communication modality to corresponding to another type of user interaction communication modality. A third communication device may present to a third user thereof a version of the first communication data while the second communication flow is extant or a version of the second communication data while the first communication flow is extant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9002338
    Abstract: A communication device comprises logic and an input device coupled to the logic. The input device is adapted to permit a user to select a communication type. The logic receives a communication in a first communication type and permits a user to reply to the communication using any of a plurality of user-selectable communication types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Paramsothy Parthipan
  • Publication number: 20150094049
    Abstract: A transmission management system, in response to receiving a registration request for registering a candidate counterpart terminal in a candidate list of a first transmission terminal, determines whether a target of the registration request is a second transmission terminal or a group. The management system transmits, to the second transmission terminal, an approval request for requesting whether to approve registering the second transmission terminal as a candidate counterpart terminal in the candidate list of the first transmission terminal, when the target of the registration request is determined to be the second transmission terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Yuuta HAMADA
  • Patent number: 8996618
    Abstract: A method for facilitating a sequenced, anonymous communications session in a communications environment is provided in one example that includes receiving, from a first endpoint, an anonymous, sequenced request for a communication session involving a second endpoint. The communication session is sequenced to occur at designated periods provided by the end user(s) and/or an administrator, while maintaining end user(s) anonymity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Match.com, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michael G. Bustamente
  • Patent number: 8989720
    Abstract: Various embodiments for conducting a phone conferencing session are disclosed. One embodiment is a method implemented in a communication device for conducting a phone conferencing session. The method comprises determining that a user of the communication device wishes to initiate the phone conferencing session, determining a current location of the communication device, retrieving information relating to the user for initiating the phone conferencing session, and initiating the phone conferencing session associated according to the information relating to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory A. Dunko
  • Publication number: 20150079920
    Abstract: A first group auditory data stream, from a transmitting subscriber device of a first group of subscriber devices or from a dispatch console and intended for the first group of subscriber devices, is received at a conference server. The conference server determines whether the first group auditory data stream generated for the first group of subscriber devices is of interest to a second group of subscriber devices, and if so, sums the first group auditory data stream with a second group auditory data stream intended for the second group of subscriber devices to form a summed group auditory data stream. The conference server then forwards the summed group auditory data stream towards the second group of subscriber devices and forwards the first group auditory data stream towards the first group of subscriber devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC
    Inventors: DANIEL J MCDONALD, ARTHUR L FUMAROLO, MARK SHAHAF
  • Publication number: 20150079919
    Abstract: A first group auditory data stream, from a transmitting subscriber device of a first group of subscriber devices or from a dispatch console and intended for the first group of subscriber devices, is received at a conference server. A second group auditory data stream from a transmitting subscriber device of a second group of subscriber devices is similarly received. The conference server determines a relative priority level of one of (i) the first group of subscriber devices relative to the second group of subscriber devices and (ii) the first group auditory data stream relative to the second group auditory data stream, and sets different relative signal gains of the first group auditory data stream and the second group auditory data stream as a function of the determined relative priority level. The two auditory data streams are then summed and forwarded towards the second group of subscriber devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC
    Inventors: MARK SHAHAF, ARTHUR L. FUMAROLO, DANIEL J. MCDONALD
  • Publication number: 20150079959
    Abstract: A conference attendee uses a personal communications device such as a smart phone as a microphone to ask questions or otherwise engage in real time communications with other conference attendees and the host, through a speaker system being used in the conference. A server maintains a database of conference attendees, and serves a mobile Web page to each attendee permitting the attendee to request a real-time communication. The server flags records of those attendees that request a real-time communication. The server establishes no voice connection with a personal communications device until after the conference host selects a device from among a number of personal communications devices that have requested communications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Daudelin, Pamela Kanal
  • Patent number: 8983518
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for operating a mobile device, the method comprising: reading a barcode being displayed by another mobile device, to identify a group, by capturing at least one image of the barcode; and joining the group identified by the barcode. Another method and system are provided, the method comprising: storing a barcode on the mobile device, the barcode identifying a group; and displaying the barcode on a display of the mobile device such that the entire barcode is visible on the display to enable another mobile device to scan the barcode to join the group. Another method and system are provided, the method comprising: reading a barcode being displayed by another mobile device, to identify an individual associated with the other mobile device, by capturing at least one image of the barcode; and inviting the individual identified by the barcode to join a group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Michael Hin Kai Hung, Herbert Anthony Little, Michael Stephen Brown
  • Publication number: 20150072666
    Abstract: Various methods for using external audio devices with a single mobile telephone are proposed, where the external audio devices have audio input functionality and audio output functionality. To support conferencing, audio data of a single telephone call involving the mobile telephone is communicated with two or more external audio devices. To support separate telephone calls that are concurrent for at least a period of time, audio data of a first telephone call involving the mobile telephone is communicated with one or more first external audio devices, and audio data of a second telephone call involving the mobile telephone is communicated with one or more second external audio devices. If there are two or more first external audio devices, then the first telephone call is a conference call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Frederick Chee-Kiong Lai