Call Conferencing Patents (Class 455/416)
  • Publication number: 20150065104
    Abstract: A method, mobile communication device, and computer-readable storage medium are provided for displaying a message associated with a received first request for establishing a connection to a conference call; receiving, on the mobile communication device, a delay option selection; displaying, based on the received delay option selection, a plurality of delay-time options, each of the plurality of delay-time options providing a delay time for establishing a connection to the conference call; and receiving a selection of one of the plurality of delay-time options associated with a time for establishing a connection to the conference call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Thaddeus Clark WHITE, Raymond Lee CANTON, Monica ZACZYNSKI, Remi Wesley OGUNDOKUN
  • Publication number: 20150056970
    Abstract: An example embodiment disclosed herein includes a vehicle teleconferencing system. The vehicle teleconferencing system includes an abstraction and communication device (hereinafter “device”) and a mobile device. The device includes an adaptor configured to interface with a Controller Area Network bus of a vehicle and to abstract vehicle data from the vehicle. The mobile device includes an operation determination module, a clock, and a teleconferencing module. The operation determination module is configured to determine that an operator is operating the vehicle based on a subset of the data. The clock is configured to track actual time. The teleconferencing module is configured to access a teleconference calendar event that includes a scheduled time and teleconference contact information, and when the actual time is within a predetermined threshold of the scheduled time and the operator is operating the vehicle, to prompt the operator to join a teleconference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: CLOUDCAR, INC.
    Inventors: Peter BARRETT, Bruce LEAK, Konstantin OTHMER, Zarko DRAGANIC
  • Publication number: 20150056971
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments for creating one or more home phone groups from a network of communication devices comprise receiving from one or more users, configuration parameters for the one or more home phone groups that identify the communication devices in the home phone groups; a proximity designation for each of the communication devices; and a group mode setting for each of the communication devices that controls participation in the assigned home phone groups. The group mode setting for each of the communication devices is automatically activated is when the current location of each respective communication device meets the proximity designation. Users control participation of their communication devices within the assigned home phone groups by changing the designated proximity and/or a manual override of the group mode setting. When an incoming call is received, the call is routed to each communication device in the identified home phone group that has an active group mode setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David B. Lection, Ruthie D. Lyle, Eric L. Masselle
  • Patent number: 8965350
    Abstract: The conference system (KS) comprises at least two mobile terminals (M1, M2, M3) with a respective signalling apparatus which contains a sensor which detects motion by the signalling apparatus and outputs a corresponding motion signal. In addition, it contains 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 (KS) contains a transmission apparatus for supplying the output signal to a transmission channel (F1, F2, F3) which is respectively connected to a local area network (LAN). The latter has a telephone, preferably an IP telephone (11), for a moderator and also a screen (U1) for conference control connected to it. Furthermore, an associated signalling method is proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Florian Agsteiner, Tobias Haeberle, Matthias Hanel, Adnane Jadid, Thomas Lederer, Maximillian Reiss
  • Patent number: 8965337
    Abstract: Methods and systems for communicating information within a network are disclosed. The method may include receiving at a first wireless handheld communication device (WHCD), a communication signal from an intermediate communication device comprising at least one identifier (ID) of at least a second WHCD authorized to communicate with the intermediate communication device. The first WHCD may maintain a list of identifiers for authorized devices that are allowed to communicate with the first WHCD. The first WHCD need not be paired with any device that is specified by the list of identifiers for authorized devices maintained by the first WHCD. A communication link may be established between the first WHCD and the second WHCD via the intermediate communication device, if the list of identifiers for authorized devices maintained by the first WHCD comprises the ID of the second WHCD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Tony Kirke
  • Patent number: 8958783
    Abstract: A system and method for transferring information over a short range are disclosed. The system and method can be used for a variety of applications, including administrative provisioning of information to particular users, providing information relating to a user during a conference call, handing off calls to or from another phone, for other application deployment, for pass of control, and similar applications. The system includes a first device capable of short-range communication and having a client application thereon and a second device capable of short-range communication and having a client or an administrator application thereon. Information is passed between the first device and the second device using short range communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Suriyaprakash Soundrapandian, James Dean Midtun
  • Patent number: 8953759
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for recording an interaction including, a telephone call between a caller and a digital processing system placed over an interjurisdictional boundary, and may include a telephone call placed to at least one called recipient. For example, a caller may place a telephone call over an interjurisdictional boundary to a remote computer server. The server may use an interactive voice response (IVR) unit to obtain caller identification information, provide recording identification information to the caller, and receive authorization from the caller to record an interaction between the caller and a call recipient. The server can also obtain testamentary intent information. A telephone call may then be placed by the server to the recipient, and a two-party digital voice recording can be made on the remote server of a three-way telephone call, in which the server is one of the parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: VERIDICOM, SA de CV
    Inventor: William J. Dawson
  • Patent number: 8954031
    Abstract: There is disclosed a mobile terminal for providing a convenient and effective contact management function by providing differentiated services for two or more connected contacts, respectively. To this end, there is provided an operation control method of a mobile terminal, and the method may include displaying a contact list containing a plurality of contacts; designating a first contact in the contact list as a first recipient according to a user's input; designating at least one second contact as a second recipient when there exists the at least one second contact connected to the first contact; and performing a first operation for the first recipient, and performing a second operation subordinate to the first operation for the second recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Arim Kwon, Sunah Lee, Yunmi Kwon
  • Publication number: 20150038104
    Abstract: A communications device comprises a processor, a memory device coupled to processor, one or more wireless transmitters, one or more wireless receivers, an output component, and an input component. The memory device includes executable instructions to enable the processor to perform the following steps: initiate a call with a first remote device; receive, from the first remote device, an indication of a phone number that is programmed in the communications device; initiate a call with a second remote device associated with the phone number that is programmed in the communications device; and cause the communications device, the first remote device, and the second remote device to be placed into a conference call, or to place the first remote device on hold while the communications device provides information to the second remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Chris Newton, Peter Muldoon, Justin Gern
  • Patent number: 8949341
    Abstract: Provided are a method and apparatus, which analyze many aspects of log data generated in a mobile communication terminal, calculate changes in human relations based on opposite parties of communication, and provide information on human relations in a variety of ways. Specifically, first log data for a most recent first period and second log data for a second period are acquired, in which the second period is earlier than the first period. Amounts of the first and second log data for the first and second periods are calculated, respectively. The averages of the amounts of first and second log data are also calculated, respectively, and then compared with each other. The changes in human relations are determined based on opposite parties. Therefore, users can easily read the changes in human relations based on opposite parties of communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Jung Hun Kim, Young Ho Rhee, Jae Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 8947496
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for connecting at least one man-machine interface for manipulating, particularly remotely manipulating, at least one data source connected to a video conferencing system within the scope of video conferences, wherein signals generated by the man-machine interface are transmitted to the video conferencing system via a transmission channel provided for controlling a video camera. The invention further relates to an arrangement comprising means for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Norbert Oertel
  • Patent number: 8942365
    Abstract: A method for monitoring and providing access to back to back scheduled conference calls within a teleconferencing system. The method includes receiving a call and a password entry from a caller. The method includes determining the password entry is valid for a scheduled conference call. The method includes determining the scheduled conference call is scheduled back to back with a previous conference call and that the previous conference call is not over. The method then includes determining the password entry is a specific password, wherein the specific password is issued only to callers accessing back to back scheduled conference calls and placing the caller on hold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventors: Sheri G. Daye, Peeyush Jaiswal
  • Patent number: 8942684
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for adaptively scaffolding of levels of connectivity between one or more customer devices during customer service conference are provided. The system includes various applications and features executable on a computing and/or mobile computing device. The system includes a user interface configured to present tools and features that allows a customer, during a digital conference with a bank representative, to manipulate the channels of communication, levels of connectivity or other features of the digital conference. In some instances, a scaffolding application on the bank's server may be provided to dynamically adjust the levels of connectivity and/or channels of communication of an ongoing digital conference session between a customer and a bank representative based on prior conferences involving the customer and/or a bank representative. As such, the system allows for self-directed and/or computer-aided adjustment of levels of connectivity during a conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Calman, Alicia C. Jones, Elizabeth S. Votaw, Rajat Agrawal, Wanwen Han, Su Liu, Nir Rachmel, Lin Streja, Cameron Park-Hur
  • Patent number: 8942366
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and techniques for providing presence and location information from available media resources to participants in a media conference so that the participants can use then use such available resources in the conferencing interaction. When participating in such rich media conferences with presence and location capabilities, apparatus and techniques are provided for determining the device(s) being used and their capabilities and determining available resources presently connected to a network that is available to the participants and presenting such presence information to the conference participants. Additionally, apparatus and techniques are provided for obtaining presence and location knowledge of potential resources that are accessible but not connected to the network or shutdown and presenting such information to the participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter M. Gits, Dale J. Seavey
  • Patent number: 8942681
    Abstract: A multiparty call processing method and mobile terminal implemented with the multiparty call processing method is provided. A multiparty call processing method for a mobile terminal detects a call request to a first network, determines whether the mobile terminal is in a full state of the first network, and sends a call request message to a second network when the mobile terminal is in the full state of the first network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kwang Min Lee
  • Patent number: 8942683
    Abstract: A system and method of routing a conference call participant to a conference call is disclosed. Participant location data is requested from an electronic device of the conference call participant. The participant location data is received on a system server from the electronic device of the conference call participant. A least cost connection conference call access phone number is determined from an access number group of one or more available conference call access phone numbers based on the location data from the electronic device of the conference call participant. The conference call participant is provided with the least cost connection conference call access phone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory Joseph Doerr, Timothy J. Reedy
  • Patent number: 8942685
    Abstract: A communication device includes a transceiver configured to communicate with other communication devices over a cellular network, and circuitry coupled to the transceiver, the circuitry configured to detect a lost communication session with another communication device and generate a menu of options regarding the lost communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Arnold S. Weksler, Russell Speight VanBlon
  • Patent number: 8942682
    Abstract: A network element comprises a radio frequency (RF) transceiver module and a signal processing module operably coupled to the RF transceiver module and arranged to enable at least one telephony connection to be established over a first communication network between the network element and a plurality of local wireless communication units. The signal processing module is further arranged to enable a piconet to be established where the piconet comprises the network element and the plurality of wireless communication units. The signal processing module is further arranged to establish a common telephony connection between the piconet and at least one remote device over a second communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Wilson
  • Publication number: 20150024717
    Abstract: The embodiments disclose a method of a data channel telephone network system including enrolling a user subscribing to a data channel telephone network system, installing a data channel telephone network application on user telephone handset, using the data channel telephone network application to record and store user selectable and configurable call processing rules on the network database, routing incoming and outgoing calls via a public switched telephone network to the data channel telephone network system using the user configured call processing rules and displaying choices the user can choose from to process how to handle an incoming call response using user configured call processing rules, user preset responses and data channel telephone network application automated features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: FLYPSI, INC.
    Inventors: Sunir Kochhar, Ivan Zhidov
  • Patent number: 8938223
    Abstract: Phone calls may be tagged with the importance or the context of the call to be displayed along with the caller ID information on the display of a receiving phone. The context information is thus made available even before the call is answered to aid the user in determining whether or not to answer the call or how long thereafter it would be appropriate to wait before the call is returned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Sachin Ashtikar
  • Publication number: 20150017960
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that facilitate the generation of calling lists for use in planning or setting up conference calls. The system may include a communications module and a contact database comprising a plurality of contact records, each contact record corresponding to a different contact. Each contact record may include at least one contact address and at least one descriptor. For example, the descriptor may include a job title and/or expertise for the contact. The system may also include a selection module configured to select at least one of the contacts and also configured to compare the at least one descriptor to at least one qualifier criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Douglas GISBY, Christopher LABRADOR, Kevin ANDREWIN, Nicholas ALFANO
  • Patent number: 8934881
    Abstract: A method, improved communication device, and application program product enhances and expands the features and functionality of wireless communication devices and mobile computing devices. The embodiments provide the following functionality: (1) Simultaneous texting during ongoing voice communication, providing a text waiting mode for both single number mobile communication devices and multiple number mobile communication devices; (2) Dynamic area code determination and automatic pre-pending of area codes when a requested voice or text communication is initiated without the area code while the mobile communication device is outside of its home-base area code toll area; (3) Enhanced editing functionality for applications on mobile computing devices; (4) Automatic toggle from manual texting mode to voice-to-text based communication mode on detection of high velocity movement of the mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Eustace Prince Isidore
  • Patent number: 8934612
    Abstract: A communication system has a network-connected server comprising a processor and a coupled data repository and software executing on the processor from a non-transitory medium. The software provides a first function establishing a communication session between an initiator and an agent of an enterprise hosting the system, a second function gathering information about persons other than the initiator and the agent as potential conference participants, a third function generating and sending invitations to a conference to include the initiator and the agent to individual ones of the potential conference participants, and a fourth function connecting those accepting invitations to the conference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Herbert Willi Artur Ristock, Vyacheslav Zhakov, Yevgeniy Petrovykh
  • Patent number: 8929529
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing voice collision in multi-party communications are generally provided. Embodiments herein may include identifying a voice collision between a first speaker and a second speaker in a multi-party call. One or more voice collision rules may be received. One of the first speaker and the second speaker to be determined to be a priority speaker based upon, at least in part, the one or more voice collision rules. Call bandwidth may be allocated to the priority speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Chelsea Christine Beerse, Patrick Joseph O'Sullivan, Jeffrey B. Sloyer, Carol Sue Zimmet
  • Patent number: 8929938
    Abstract: At least one subscriber unit (SU) (110) can register with a radio frequency (RF) site (120) for radio services. For each registered SU, a SU push to talk over cellular (PoC) client (342-346) can be activated/established. Communications can be mapped at the RF Site (120) between each registered SU (110) and a corresponding SU PoC client (342-346). Each SU PoC client (342-346) at the RF site (120) can be communicatively linked to a remotely located PoC server (132) using a PoC interface (226). The SU PoC client (342-346) is a communication endpoint of the PoC server (132). In one embodiment, a talkgroup PoC client (350-352) can be established at the RF site (120) that is linked to the PoC server (132). Radio communications to and from the SU (110) can be routed through the SU PoC client (342-346) and/or the talkgroup PoC client (350-352) and through the PoC server (132).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Eitan Koren, Galina Korkhin, Mark Shahaf, Abraham Tooba
  • Patent number: 8923834
    Abstract: A method, system and base station are disclosed for implementing compatibility between mobile call waiting and cluster call waiting. The method includes: when a first calling terminal initiates a first call, the base station receiving access information transmitted by a called terminal of the first call, and making a request to a mobile processor and a cluster processor for updating status information of terminals involved in the first call to a busy state; according to the request from the base station, the mobile processor and the cluster processor updating the status information of the terminals to the busy state; when a second calling terminal initiates a second call, the base station querying out that the status of the called terminal of the second call is busy, and transmitting call waiting incoming call prompting information to the called terminal of the second call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Baorui Li, Changrong Shi
  • Patent number: 8923833
    Abstract: [PROBLEMS] To share information in one of divided screens of a terminal device with members performing PoC communications. [MEANS FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS] A plurality of terminal devices used by the members performing PoC communications are included, and at least one of the screens partitioned and displayed by a screen dual-partitioning device 22 on a specific terminal device is shared with other terminal devices used by members performing PoC communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo Innovations Limited (Hong Kong)
    Inventors: Daisuke Kamachi, Takashi Moriyama
  • Patent number: 8923832
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods, devices, and systems that provide the ability to playback multiple VoIP audio streams simultaneously with a single RTP session and further provides the ability to conference all streams together prior to transmission. More specifically, the present invention focuses on the transport layer and sample-based multiplexing employed to provide this capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventor: Simon Boland
  • Patent number: 8923887
    Abstract: Wireless communication systems and methods are described that provide location-based social networks to mobile communication devices. Mobile users of the wireless communication system define social networking profiles storing characteristics of the user. The wireless communication system determines a location of a user's mobile communication device and identifies a set of other mobile users that are geographically proximate to the user. The wireless communication system then filters the set of other mobile users based on characteristics of the social networking profiles of the other mobile users, and transmits identifiers of the filtered set of other mobile users to the user's mobile communication device. The mobile communication device then displays the identifiers of the filtered set of other mobile users to the user allowing the user to initiate contact with any of the other mobile users that are of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Kevin W. McKiou, Arun Sankisa
  • Publication number: 20140378109
    Abstract: An internet-based conferencing system simulates the experience of Citizens' Band (CB) radio communications without the use of CB radio transceivers. Instead of direct RF links between participants, the CBI system employs a combination of user-resident application software, central server-based conferencing software, GPS location data, and Voice over IP (VoIP) or voice over cellular technology. In the set-up procedure of the application software, the participant selects an alias CB-style “handle” and a caricature picture, neither of which disclose the true identity or location of the participant. Since the participants are known only by their alias and caricature, their anonymity is preserved, thereby enabling greater freedom of expression and interpersonal tolerance. Participants do not select the other participants in their conference, but are assigned to a virtual “channel” based on a selected conference category and proximity criteria, thereby simulating the serendipity of CB radio communications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Edward J. Perez
  • Publication number: 20140378108
    Abstract: A dial-in number is provided to a participant of a conference call. A computer identifies a participant of a conference call, and attempts to determine the location of the participant. Responsive to determining the location of the participant, the computer determines a location-based dial-in number for the participant and transmits the determined location-based dial-in number to the participant. Responsive to failing to determine the location of the participant, the computer determines an alternative dial-in number for the participant and transmits the determined alternative dial-in number to the participant. The computer can determine the location of the participant based on attributes derived from a location service enabled application or device associated with the participant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Lydia M. Do, Jenny S. Li
  • Publication number: 20140370867
    Abstract: An apparatus, such as a portable communication device, has a wireless transceiver configured to conduct voice calls, a close-proximity reader (such as, but not limited to, a near-field communications (NFC) reader), and a control circuit that operably couples to the wireless transceiver and the close-proximity reader. The control circuit uses the close-proximity reader to obtain call information from another device and uses the wireless transceiver to initiate a call using the call information to thereby permit joining, or establishing, a conference call with three or more access points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Gregory Jason FIELDS, Ahmed ABDELSAMIE, Mohammed Nawaf SMADI, Ana ZEHTABIOSKUIE
  • Patent number: 8914065
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sending a text message in a multi Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) mobile terminal are provided. The method includes determining a SIM which is responsible for sending the text message among a plurality of SIMs and sending the text message through a mobile communication service provider network corresponding to the SIM determined to be responsible for sending the text message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung-Joung Kim
  • Patent number: 8914007
    Abstract: A method, apparatus computer program product provide acoustical echo control for distributed voice conferencing including distributed voice conferencing that utilizes spatial audio processing. In the context of a method, a reference signal and one or more other reference signals may be received by a mobile terminal. The reference signal is associated with downlink audio to be reproduced by the mobile terminal and the one or more other reference signals are associated with downlink audio to be reproduced by one or more other mobile terminals. The method also includes processing an echo signal from uplink audio due to the downlink audio reproduced by the audio transducer of the mobile terminal based upon the reference signal. The method also processes an echo signal from uplink audio due to the downlink audio reproduced by respective audio transducers of the one or more other mobile terminals based upon the one or more other reference signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Jussi Virolainen, Ville Myllyla
  • Patent number: 8914006
    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 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventor: Reed Bennett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8914070
    Abstract: A mobile wireless communication terminal includes a wireless communication module and a controller. The wireless communication module is configured to communicate with other communication terminals over at least one direct point-to-point wireless interface. The controller is configured to establish a connection with each of a plurality of participant wireless communication terminals via the wireless communication module, to receive an image send command from a user, and to send a digital image file over the at least one direct point-to-point wireless interface to each of the plurality of participant wireless communication terminals as a group responsive to the image send command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Tomas Karl-Axel Wässingbo
  • Patent number: 8903363
    Abstract: In a method for placing a telephone call, a telephone receives a request to call a contact. The telephone retrieves a user preference for obtaining an availability status of the contact. The telephone obtains the availability status of the contact from one of a plurality of sources based at least in part on an order of priority of the sources defined by the user preference. The sources include a social network program. The telephone displays the status of the contact. The telephone prompts for a decision whether to place the call to the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Aaron, Anil Kalavakolanu, Loulwa Salem, Stephen A. Schlachter
  • Patent number: 8903445
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Push to talk Over Cellular [PoC] Server for providing PoC communication services in mobile radio communications system, the PoC Server being arranged to perform at least one Controlling PoC Function for a PoC Session between PoC Clients in mobile terminals. The PoC Server is characterized in that it is arranged to: receive a first information indicating the PoC Session priority order for the PoC Session for each of the PoC Clients participating in the PoC Session; receive a second information, if any one of the PoC Clients is also participating in other simultaneous PoC Sessions, indicating the PoC Session priority order for the other simultaneous PoC Sessions for each of the PoC Clients participating in the other simultaneous PoC Sessions; store the first and second information for enabling control of the transmission of Media in the PoC Session based on the first and second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Optis Wireless Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Jan Dahl, Jan Holm
  • Publication number: 20140349628
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a portable terminal, and more particularly, to a portable terminal and method for controlling multilateral conversation in a portable terminal. The method includes detecting an event for a one-to-one conversation with a particular person during a multilateral conversation. The method also includes activating a one-to-one conversation function in response to the detection of the event. The method further includes sending data entered to an input window to the particular person using the activated one-to-one conversation function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Myung-Geun Koh
  • Publication number: 20140349627
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method and apparatus for displaying a message. Text messages that were sent and received to and from a recipient are obtained. The text messages are displayed such that group text messages sent and received to and from a group of recipients that also includes the recipient are differentiated from text messages sent or received to and from just the recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bokun CHOI, SooJi HWANG
  • Patent number: 8898578
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a conference call within a social network is disclosed. The participants are all members of an affinity group and they communicate with each other using different social streams. When the stream becomes too complicated, a participant transforms the social stream into a conference call so that the discussion is held in real-time. The participant that requests the conference call is designated as a moderator. The moderator controls the conference, including the members of the affinity group, through a user interface. Once the conference is established a notification can be sent to invitees and other members of the affinity group. The notification can also be published on a social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Hecht, Anthony Jawad, Michel Ossesia, Stu Blair, Jacob Hesch, Craig Walker, Marcus Foster, Vincent Paquet
  • Patent number: 8897424
    Abstract: A method of monitoring activity in a contact center may include receiving a plurality of customer interactions; storing a plurality of textual records; grouping the plurality of textual records into a plurality of groups, wherein each of the plurality of groups is associated with an attribute of the associated customer interaction; and causing to be displayed a graphical representation of the plurality of customer interactions comprising a plurality of geometric shapes, where each of the geometric shapes is associated with a corresponding one of the groups; and each of the geometric shapes comprises an area on the display device that is proportional to a size of the corresponding one of the groups relative to sizes of the remaining groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Ben Werner
  • Patent number: 8897435
    Abstract: A method for controlling access, of a communication device, to a conference call, the method comprising determining contextual attributes related to the device, evaluating the contextual attributes against a set of access requirements and connecting the device to the conference call if one or more of the access requirements is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventors: Douglas Michael Gisby, Brian Edward Anthony McColgan, Christopher Labrador, Kevin W. Andrewin, Nicholas Patrick Alfano
  • Publication number: 20140342713
    Abstract: A method of connecting a computing device to a conference. One method comprises finding one or more potential dial-in numbers and looking up the one or more potential dial-in numbers in at least one database. One method further comprises one of, accessing a conference reception zone with one of the potential dial-in numbers when the one of the potential dial-in numbers is found in the at least one database and attempting to access the conference reception zone with the one or more potential dial-in numbers when the one or more potential dial-in numbers are not found in the at least one database. One or more potential conference pin numbers are obtained and it is determined whether one or more additional conference pin numbers are associated with the one or more potential dial-in numbers. A selected conference pin number is assigned a confidence level and the conference pin number is entered in the conference reception zone prior to accessing the conference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: James Michael Haid, Dustin Kane Mallory, Priyan Neomal Guneratne
  • Publication number: 20140335838
    Abstract: A wireless audio conferencing system has one base station and a number of portable parts each of which is able to establish a communication link with the base station. The base station is controlled to initiate and to terminate communication sessions with other communication devices over a communications network such as a LAN or a WAN, and the base station includes a DSP the implements a digital radio and system application functionality that monitors and stores certain operational state characteristics associated with the portable parts. The base station uses the stored operational state characteristics associated with each portable part to determine whether, at the end of a communication session, a portable part is connected to a charging tray or not, and if not, the base station operates to transmit a warning message indicating that a portable part is not being charged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: REVOLABS, INC.
    Inventor: TIMOTHY ROOT
  • Publication number: 20140335839
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present disclosure, improved capabilities are described for a sensor platform in a wireless network, where optimization servers utilizing publish-subscribe broker services are provided within the wireless network to provide conferenced connectivity between sensor devices and communicating entities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Harvey Rubin, James Keith Brewington, Anil S. Sawkar, David M. Poticny
  • Patent number: 8887070
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a conference call within a social network is disclosed. The participants are all members of an affinity group and they communicate with each other using different social streams. When the stream becomes too complicated, a participant transforms the social stream into a conference call so that the discussion is held in real-time. The participant that requests the conference call is designated as a moderator. The moderator controls the conference, including the members of the affinity group, through a user interface. Once the conference is established a notification can be sent to invitees and other members of the affinity group. The notification can also be published on a social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Hecht, Anthony Jawad, Michel Ossesia, Stu Blair, Jacob Hesch, Craig Walker, Marcus Foster, Vincent Paquet
  • Publication number: 20140329511
    Abstract: The invention relates to audio conferencing. Audio signals are received and transformed to a spectrum, and then modified by mel-frequency scaling and logarithmic scaling before a second-order transform. The obtained coefficients can be further processed before carrying out the similarity comparison between signals. Voice activity detection and other information like mute signalling can be used in the formation of the similarity information. The resulting similarity information can be used to form groups, and the resulting groups can be analyzed topologically. The similarity information can then be used to form a control signal for audio conferencing, e.g. to control an audio conference so that a signal of a co-located audio source is removed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Sampo Vesa, Jussi Virolainen
  • Patent number: 8880048
    Abstract: Method and apparatus managing calls for call-related calendar entries stored on a device is described. In some examples, calendar entries stored in the device are parsed to detect call-related calendar entries. A telephone number associated with each of the call-related calendar entries is extracted. An invocator is provided in the device that is configured to cause the device to dial the telephone number associated with a first call-related calendar entry of the call-related calendar entries that is within a temporal threshold of a current time maintained by the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce McCorkendale, Shaun Cooley
  • Patent number: 8873728
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods, devices, and systems for facilitating an ad-hoc conference. More specifically, a “join-us” concept is employed that links functionality in non-real-time messaging systems with real-time ongoing state of calls information in a communications network. This combines the spontaneity and security of an ad-hoc conference call with the join-as-you-can nature of messaging and reservation of conference bridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon Brunson