Call Diversion Patents (Class 455/417)
  • Patent number: 10284710
    Abstract: The present application discloses a mobile terminal control method, including: receiving a communication request sent by a communication request initiating party, and calculating a time interval between a time when the communication request is received and a time when a previous communication request from the communication request initiating party is received; and if the time interval is greater than a preset threshold, skipping generating a vibrating and/or ringtone alert for the communication request, and detecting an online status of a communications software account associated with the communication request initiating party and sending prompt information to an online communications software account, where the prompt information is used to indicate that a mobile terminal is in a Do Not Disturb mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Device (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chan Wang, Huangwei Wu
  • Patent number: 10237464
    Abstract: A method for recording videos includes receiving first network connection information sent from a mobile terminal and acquiring second network connection information of a bound monitoring device according to the first network connection information. The bound monitoring device is bound with the mobile terminal. The method further includes, when the first network connection information matches the second network connection information, sending a stop instruction to the monitoring device to stop recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Feiyun Li, Fei Xu, Yanlu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10219124
    Abstract: In a telecommunications network, an incoming connection request to a primary (mobile) device may be terminated at a selected secondary device based on location information (WiFi connectivity, GPS location, Bluetooth connection). Similarly, a user may move an existing connection from the primary device to the secondary device, and back, by simple interaction with the primary device. A Mobile Device Application (MDA) resident in the primary device may control the termination and movement of connection requests and connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Garbin, Jeff McNiece
  • Patent number: 10218648
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to set of improvements to the out of office assistant that send out of office messages to senders of messages while a recipient is out of the office. One embodiment of the out of office assistant associates an out of office message with a calendar event to ensure the out of office message is sent only for the predetermined time period associated with the calendar event. Other embodiments of the out of office assistant generating different messages to people internal to an organization and people external to an organization, and the out of office assistant allows different rich text formatting for the different messages. In a further embodiment, a persistent reminder reminds the user that the out of office message application is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Andy Brauninger, Aaron Hartwell, Jason Mayans, Alvin Mok
  • Patent number: 10200832
    Abstract: A network-based service is utilized to facilitate twinning of two or more communication devices associated with a subscriber account. Incoming communication is intercepted by a communication device and forwarded to a network server, which in turn transmits the incoming communication to the multiple twinned devices. In addition, identifier data associated with outgoing communication is replaced with a primary identifier (e.g., customer telephone number (CTN)) of a user's primary device or a common identifier (e.g., a mobile one number (MON)) assigned to devices associated with the user's subscriber account. Communication devices can be temporarily twinned for a defined time period, during which a common bill can be generated for the twinned devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Edward G. Schmit, Jayanta Das
  • Patent number: 10194014
    Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable media for allowing a user to switch between watches that have been paired with a device such as a smartphone are described. In one embodiment, the watches automatically detect a removal of a first watch from a user's wrist and an attachment of a second watch to the user's wrist. Messages from the watches are transmitted to the device to allow the device to switch the active watch from the first watch to the second watch. The switch can occur while the device is in a locked state, and the device can synchronize the second watch with data received from the first watch. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Donley, Julien A. Poumailloux, Pierre J. De Filippis, Tyler D. Hawkins, Craig P. Dooley, Daniel B. Pollack, James C. Grandy, Gregory B. Novick, Todd A. Shortlidge, Aroon Pahwa, David T. Wilson, Yan Yang, Nicholas Joseph Circosta
  • Patent number: 10178234
    Abstract: A first electronic device receives a phone call that was routed to the first electronic device by a call-routing service. While receiving the call, the first electronic device receives a request to route the phone call to a second electronic device. In response to receiving the request to route the phone call to the second electronic device, in accordance with a determination that a first routing criteria have been met, the first electronic device sends a request to the call-routing service to route the phone call to the second electronic device instead of routing the phone call to the first electronic device. In accordance with a determination that a second routing criteria have been met, the first electronic device causes call data associated with the call to be routed through the first electronic device to the second electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick L. Coffman, Keith Walter Rauenbuehler
  • Patent number: 10167837
    Abstract: A mobile telephone capable of controlling a remote keyless system is provided. The mobile telephone is loaded with an executable program that enables the mobile telephone to control the remote keyless system using frequencies and systems already used by the remote keyless system. The complex functionality a mobile telephone allows the executable program to fully control remote keyless systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Dipam Patel
  • Patent number: 10165089
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing security, monitoring, and control of mobile communications device activity including at least one mobile communication device with software operable thereon for receiving rules provided by an authorized user of the device(s) and in accordance with those rules administering actions to provide for controlling, monitoring, and security data stored or generated on the device(s), including logging data and activities related to the mobile communications device, blocking and filtering calls, messages, websites, emails, and combinations thereof, via wireless communication with a remote server computer having a corresponding software module operable thereon for managing and implementing the rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MobileGuard, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Michael Cohan
  • Patent number: 10162495
    Abstract: Customization features for providing users with the ability to customize various aspects of a vehicle management system are described. These customization features can include functionality for generating custom reports based on vehicle parameters, including diagnostic codes. The customization features can also include features for customizing alerts based on vehicle parameters and features for customizing nomenclature in the vehicle management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Ali'i McCormick, Jason Mathew Koch, Ralph James Mason, William Robert Elliot
  • Patent number: 10154527
    Abstract: A method includes, at a user equipment, combining a message requesting the radio resource connection and a message requesting at least one service into a single message. The single message is transmitted from the user equipment to a network element in a wireless network. Another method includes receiving, from a user equipment, a single message including both a message requesting a radio resource connection and a message requesting at least one service. In response to the message requesting radio resource connection, performing radio resource control connection establishment for the user equipment in order to establish the radio resource control connection between the user equipment and at least one of a plurality of network elements of a wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Conversant Wireless Licensing S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Luis Barreto, Juho Pirskanen
  • Patent number: 10136271
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for automatically answering an incoming voice-call on a mobile device. A voice-call answering application, executed on the mobile device, may allow a user to answer an incoming voice-call by applying a movement or a biometric sample that is preconfigured to answer the incoming voice-call. In some examples, the user may preconfigure the voice-call answering application to recognize different movements or biometric samples based on a time of day, a day of the week, a geographic location, or a type of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd DeLoy
  • Patent number: 10111083
    Abstract: A communication system according to an exemplary aspect of the present invention is a communication system including a location management server for managing the location of a mobile station, a base station for deciding an exchange which accommodates the mobile station via the base station in response to a location registration request from the mobile station and making the location registration request to the exchange decided, and an exchange for making the location registration request to the location management server in response to the location registration request from the base station, wherein the location management server designates an exchange for accommodating the mobile station in response to the location registration request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Tamura
  • Patent number: 10098084
    Abstract: A device may determine a set of characteristics of a network. The set of characteristics may relate to a set of wireless devices connected to the network. The device may alter a network configuration associated with a set of positioning reference signals (PRS signals) transmitted via the network based on the set of characteristics of the network. The alteration may relate to a characteristic of the set of PRS signals or a resource allocation for providing the set of PRS signals via the network. The device may transmit the set of PRS signals based on altering the network configuration to enable geolocation to be performed by the set of wireless devices connected to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Shankar Venkatraman, Jin Yang, Lei Song, Yee Sin Chan
  • Patent number: 10089805
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for householder of mansion to manage entrance by smart phone, so that the householder can manage entrance at outside. When a visitor pushes a doorbell of a mansion door machine, the householder at outside uses a smart phone to conduct audio and video communication with the visitor. If the householder agrees to let the visitor go in, the householder instructs the smart phone to generate a password for the visitor to memorize and let the visitor enter the mansion. The password is also sent to a home door machine of the householder. When the visitor an ives the home door machine of the householder, input the password. If the password inputted by the visitor is the same as the password generated by the smart phone, then the home door will open to let the visitor go in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL TAIPEI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Shaw Hwa Hwang, Bing Chih Yao, Kuan Lin Chen, Yao Hsing Chung, Chi Jung Huang, Cheng Yu Yeh, Shun Chieh Chang, Li Te Shen, Ning Yun Ku, Tzu Hung Lin, Ming Che Yeh
  • Patent number: 10084920
    Abstract: A multi-party conversation analyzer and logger uses a variety of techniques including spectrographic voice analysis, absolute loudness measurements, directional microphones, and telephonic directional separation to determine the number of parties who take part in a conversation, and segment the conversation by speaking party. In one aspect, the invention monitors telephone conversations in real time to detect conditions of interest (for instance, calls to non-allowed parties or calls of a prohibited nature from prison inmates). In another aspect, automated prosody measurement algorithms are used in conjunction with speaker segmentation to extract emotional content of the speech of participants within a particular conversation, and speaker interactions and emotions are displayed in graphical form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Gainsboro, Lee Weinstein
  • Patent number: 10080119
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to methods for provisioning a secondary wireless device with an eSIM for wireless communication and activating multi-SIM functionality between the secondary wireless device and a primary wireless device having a subscribed SIM. The primary wireless device may act as a proxy in obtaining the eSIM for the secondary wireless device. The primary wireless device may then provide, to the cellular network, identifiers of the SIMs of the primary and secondary wireless devices. The primary wireless device may then request initiation of multi-SIM functionality for the two SIMs, and receive an indication that the multi-SIM functionality has been initiated. As an example, the multi-SIM functionality may be implemented by mapping the SIM of the primary wireless device and the SIM of the secondary wireless device (e.g., the provisioned eSIM) to the same Mobile Directory Number (MDN).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram B. Yerrabommanahalli, Li Li, Arun G. Mathias, Najeeb M. Abdulrahiman, Chandiramohan Vasudevan, Rohan C. Malthankar, Francisco J. Gonzalez, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Jean-Marc Padova
  • Patent number: 10063697
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices, modules, and/or computer instructions for redirecting calls in a home communication center are provided. More particularly, a home communication center can include a femtocell, a DECT interface, and/or a network interface. The home communication center can register one or more cellular communication devices with the home communication center; receive, from the femtocell, a call directed to one of the cellular communication devices; determine if a redirection rule applies to the call; if a redirection rule applies to the call, determine a DECT phone to receive the call; determine a phone number for the DECT phone; and, send the call to the DECT interface to call the phone number of the DECT phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 10064022
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method manage a telephone number in a terminal, which can separately manage telephone numbers, a call to each of which an attempt to originate has been made and to each of which the call has failed to be connected, and then enable a convenient attempt to re-originate a call to the telephone number. The apparatus includes: a memory including a temporary list which stores a non-connecting telephone number, to which a call has been originated and has failed to be connected; and a controller for performing a control operation so as to store a particular telephone number in the temporary list as the non-connecting telephone number, when an attempt to originate a call to the particular telephone number is made and the call fails to be connected to the particular telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung-Chun Moon, Dae-Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10057737
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a system and a method for automatic call synchronization. When a mobile terminal receives a called signal from a calling mobile terminal and determines that an automatic call synchronization function is enabled by itself, the mobile terminal transmits, to a wireless signal transponder, a call synchronization request which carries identification information and call information of the mobile terminal; a mode recognition unit which is connected to the wireless signal transponder performs an authentication on the mobile terminal according to the identification information of the mobile terminal; and transmits a call access request which carries the identification information and the call information of the mobile terminal to the fixed terminal via the wireless signal transponder, after the authentication on the mobile terminal is passed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiaheng Wang, Feng Bai, Jiuxia Yang
  • Patent number: 10057738
    Abstract: A network-based service is utilized to facilitate twinning of two or more communication devices associated with a subscriber account. Incoming communication is intercepted by a communication device and forwarded to a network server, which in turn transmits the incoming communication to the multiple twinned devices. In addition, identifier data associated with outgoing communication is replaced with a primary identifier (e.g., customer telephone number (CTN)) of a user's primary device or a common identifier (e.g., a mobile one number (MON)) assigned to devices associated with the user's subscriber account. Communication devices can be temporarily twinned for a defined time period, during which a common bill can be generated for the twinned devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Edward G. Schmit, Jayanta Das
  • Patent number: 10051133
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus, and methods relating thereto, can be implemented to include base station having a transceiver adapted to establish a radio-frequency link with a mobile telephone; a first interface, separate from said transceiver, that is adapted for communication over the public Internet; and a controller. The controller can be adapted to obtain from a server accessed via the public Internet, gateway address information for a remote gateway that provides an interface between the public Internet and a network of a telephone service provider and route data from the mobile telephone, over the public Internet, to the remote gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Barkan Wireless IP Holdings, L.P.
    Inventor: Elad Pinhas Barkan
  • Patent number: 10049368
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer program products for providing compliant messaging services are disclosed. Methods according to some embodiments include receiving input data from a campaign sponsor, encrypting at least a portion of the input data, generating a message schedule that includes message content, recipient identification data and temporal data corresponding to a plurality of messages, and sending and/or receiving one of the plurality of messages to and/or from a corresponding recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ERESEARCHTECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Hansen, Simon Dennison, Sue Meyer, Bipin Patel, Timothy James Davis
  • Patent number: 10016897
    Abstract: Systems and methods to predict and present availability and value of retail spaces in shopping malls. Robots are dispatched to temporary retail spaces to collect at least a portion of operation data stored in a database with leasing data of temporary retail spaces in a mall, tenant coordination data, and subscriber data. A web-based application predicts availability of the temporary retail spaces in the mall based on the leasing data, the tenant coordination data, and the operation data. The web-based application includes an interactive plan of the mall as a user interface for subscribers to access data related to the temporary retail spaces, and process applications for leasing the temporary retail spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: OneMarket Network LLC
    Inventors: Riley James Hitchcock, Sarah A. McElroy, Darlene A Veloso, Edmund James Golby Spencer, Corrine C Barchanowicz, Aram Marabyan, Erik Davin Kokkonen, Joshua Lynton Lowy, Brian Porter
  • Patent number: 10009322
    Abstract: Secure virtualizing of a mobile cellular device uses a cellular communication network having base transceiver station edge node servers. A virtualized-instance host server contains a virtualized instance of an enterprise environment. Base station controllers are in communication with and control the base transceiver stations. A mobile switching center in communication with the base station controllers contains the virtualized-instance host server. A cellular communication device is in communication with an edge node server, and an auxiliary data display entry device is in communication with the cellular communication device such that the virtualized instance of the enterprise environment is on the edge node server. Communications between the auxiliary display and data entry device are encrypted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dakshi Agrawal, Bruce O. Anthony, Jr., Chatschik Bisdikian, Mudhakar Srivatsa, Dinesh Verma
  • Patent number: 10007919
    Abstract: A method for managing customer interactions includes: receiving first proximity information relating to a proximity between an electronic communication device carried by a customer and a first proximity device located in a first location of a physical establishment associated with a customer contact center; creating an interaction object including data corresponding to the first proximity information; receiving, by the processor, second proximity information relating to a proximity between the electronic communication device and a second proximity device located in a second location; modifying the interaction object to include data corresponding to the second proximity information; storing the interaction object in a first data storage device, wherein data of contact center interactions between the customer and resources of the customer contact center is also stored; and retrieving the stored data of the interaction object and the data of contact center interactions for generating an output based on the retri
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: GENESYS TELECOMMUNICATIONS LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventors: Juergen Tolksdorf, Christopher Connolly, Charlotte Toerck, Merijn te Booij, Herbert Willi Artur Ristock, Robert Kassel, John Keyes
  • Patent number: 9986397
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for processing call services in a mobile terminal are provided. The method for processing call services in a mobile terminal includes entering into, when a call is generated, a call handling mode, recognizing and analyzing voice signals sent and received in the call to produce speech analysis information, detecting a state change of the mobile terminal using a sensing unit to produce user behavior information, and predicting, when a state change of the mobile terminal is detected, an application corresponding to the speech analysis information, and activating the application as a follow-up service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jinhong Jeong
  • Patent number: 9967700
    Abstract: A content providing system based on location information recognition includes: a plurality of location signal output devices having different coverages; a user terminal configured to, when a location signal output from one of the plurality of location signal output devices is recognized, transmit access information of the location signal output device to a service server and enable a location signal reception module for receiving a location signal output from a location signal output device having a smaller coverage; and the service server configured to, when the access information is received from the user terminal, extract at least one content information to be transmitted to the user terminal among content information related to one location signal output device corresponding to the received access information and provide the extracted content information to the user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Huh, Chul Yong Shin
  • Patent number: 9917733
    Abstract: A communication device that communicates with a plurality of different target devices compliant with different specifications of data communication. The communication device receives request data to control operations of the plurality of different target devices; identifies a specific target device for which operation is to be controlled among the plurality of different target devices; identifies command content to be performed by the specific target device according to the received request data; identifies a specification of data communication employed by the specific target device; identifies an operation command corresponding to the identified command content based on the identified specification of data communication employed by the specific target device; and sends the operation command to the specific target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: BUFFALO INC.
    Inventor: Hayato Chiba
  • Patent number: 9906904
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for providing location based services are provided. Embodiments may include storing locations for a plurality of users of a telecommunication environment and contact lists of associated users for the plurality of users. Embodiments may also include providing the locations of the associated users for a first user based on a request from the first user. The request may further include providing locations for associated users who are located within an area of interest. The area of interest may be defined by a particular distance from the first user or by a point of interest of the first user. The locations of the users may be determined based on the locations of communication devices of the users including an identified receiving communication device for each user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jianxiu Hao, Zhiying Jin, Fenglin Yin, Guillermo Ortiz
  • Patent number: 9891867
    Abstract: A proxy software service determines all I/O devices independent of subnet location, on a network; provides a network interface on a wireless subnet that can receive and respond to requests; responds to such requests for each I/O device so identified so that the I/O device is available to the wireless device user for device selection; transfers and translates, if necessary, the IPP stream received from the wireless device to the network address of the I/O device so that the I/O device simulates a compliant I/O device; and transfers and translates, if necessary, all necessary status and command messages from the present protocol to the protocol supported by a legacy I/O device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Leon Williams, Patrick Wood, Jonathan Marsden
  • Patent number: 9888472
    Abstract: A radio communication device which manages a network defines a predetermined transmission frame cycle, allocates in the frame specific access slots as timing with which the individual radio communication devices in the network concerned receive a transmission, puts the information of the allocation in a beacon signal, and transmits the signal. Each radio communication device performs receiving operation at access slots specific to the device itself defined by the beacon signal. When information transmission is made between arbitrary communication devices in the network, access slots for the device which is to receive the information are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shigeru Sugaya
  • Patent number: 9883041
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a memory, a communication module configured to communicate with an external electronic device, and a processor configured to: when a call forwarding is requested by the external electronic device, identify information on an embedded subscriber identity module (eSIM) profile of the external electronic device, based on call forwarding-related information stored in the memory; transmit the information on the eSIM profile to the external electronic device via the communication module; and set up the call forwarding with the external electronic device using the eSIM profile based on the information on the eSIM profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinyup Kim, Junghwan Song, Geon-Soo Kim, Han-Jib Kim, Sun Min Hwang
  • Patent number: 9877160
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are configured to recognize mobile terminals positioned within a coverage area for short range communication with a user-specific device, wherein each mobile terminal comprises identification information for the user-specific device. The method and the apparatus provide a customized service corresponding to at least one of the mobile terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang Mok Choi, Sang Joon Kim, Su-Hyun Na, Yu Jin Na, Jong Kee Lee, Soon Kyu Jang, Young Ei Cho
  • Patent number: 9877186
    Abstract: A phone number switching method and an associated apparatus are provided, where the phone number switching method may be applied to a first electronic device. For example, the phone number switching method may include the steps of: determining whether a predetermined activity corresponding to both of the first electronic device and a second electronic device occurs, to generate a determination result; and according to the determination result, selectively sending a switching request from the first electronic device to a service provider, wherein a phone number is previously associated to a first subscriber identity module (SIM) within the first electronic device by the service provider, and the switching request asks for re-associating the phone number to a second SIM within the second electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventor: Tsung-Te Wang
  • Patent number: 9843885
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to methods for provisioning a secondary wireless device with an eSIM for wireless communication and activating multi-SIM functionality between the secondary wireless device and a primary wireless device having a subscribed SIM. The primary wireless device may act as a proxy in obtaining the eSIM for the secondary wireless device. The primary wireless device may then provide, to the cellular network, identifiers of the SIMs of the primary and secondary wireless devices. The primary wireless device may then request initiation of multi-SIM functionality for the two SIMs, and receive an indication that the multi-SIM functionality has been initiated. As an example, the multi-SIM functionality may be implemented by mapping the SIM of the primary wireless device and the SIM of the secondary wireless device (e.g., the provisioned eSIM) to the same Mobile Directory Number (MDN).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram B. Yerrabommanahalli, Li Li, Arun G. Mathias, Najeeb M. Abdulrahiman, Chandiramohan Vasudevan, Rohan C. Malthankar, Francisco J. Gonzalez, Rafael L. Rivera-Barreto, Jean-Marc Padova
  • Patent number: 9826096
    Abstract: Incoming calls are received from audio capable devices. A call processing server receives an incoming call from an audio-capable device to a destination number, and detects availability for an ancillary source device linked to the audio-capable device. A set of data is provided to the ancillary source device. The set of data specifies graphical menu options for functions supported by the call processing server. The ancillary source device provides an indication of a selection of one of the graphical menu options. In response to the indication, a call transfer for the incoming call is implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: 8x8, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Slade
  • Patent number: 9801032
    Abstract: In one embodiment, device status information is received from a mobile device of a first user. The device status information may include: information related to power for the device, information related to network connectivity of the device, or a notification mode of the device. Outgoing messages may be identified to be sent to the first user. A value may be computed for each of the outgoing messages. The computed value may be based on an affinity score determined with respect to an originator of the message and the first user. Based on the computed value, at least one of the outgoing messages may be selected for placement into an outgoing message queue. Upon the detection of a triggering condition, the selected messages may be sent to the mobile device. The triggering condition may be based on the device status information and the respective values of the outgoing messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael John McKenzie Toksvig, Matthew Nicholas Papakipos
  • Patent number: 9787843
    Abstract: A method and an electronic device for controlling call-forwarding of the electronic device corresponding to first call address information is provided. The electronic device includes transmitting, to at least one of a server or a second electronic device corresponding to second call address information, a call-forwarding request to forward, to the electronic device, at least one of incoming calls or messages addressed to the second call address information of the second electronic device; and providing the at least one of the requested incoming calls or messages addressed to the second call address information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Soohyun Lee, Seoktae Kim
  • Patent number: 9781619
    Abstract: A method for a user equipment to transmit a set of data to at least a first telecommunication network, said user equipment comprising a rechargeable power supply, said method comprising the acts of acquiring network related information from at least a second telecommunication network by the user equipment and initiating the transmission of a set of data to the at least first telecommunication network upon detection of the charging of the power supply, the set of data comprising said network related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: 3G Licensing S.A.
    Inventors: Patrice Coupe, Wladimir Bocquet, Romain Lenglet
  • Patent number: 9734644
    Abstract: A security system permits limited access into a building for authorized visitors. The security system includes an access interface pad installable at a building entryway and a camera device releasably secured to the access interface pad with an anchor. The anchor allows the camera device to detach from the access interface pad in response building access being authorized by the security system so that an authorized visitor can wear the camera device while in the secured building. The security system can both communicate with a remote device so that data captured by the camera can be transmitted to a user in real time and automatically analyze information from the camera with respect to certain security parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Zeina Abdul Samad, Neeraj Soparawala, Kejia Liu
  • Patent number: 9723462
    Abstract: A network-based service is utilized to facilitate twinning of two or more communication devices associated with a subscriber account. Incoming communication is intercepted by a communication device and forwarded to a network server, which in turn transmits the incoming communication to the multiple twinned devices. In addition, identifier data associated with outgoing communication is replaced with a primary identifier (e.g., customer telephone number (CTN)) of a user's primary device or a common identifier (e.g., a mobile one number (MON)) assigned to devices associated with the user's subscriber account. Communication devices can be temporarily twinned for a defined time period, during which a common bill can be generated for the twinned devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Edward G. Schmit, Jayanta Das
  • Patent number: 9723461
    Abstract: When a telephone call is made to a user with a cellular telephone that has weak or no wireless signal receptions, the telephone call may be re-routed to another telephone located near the user, such that the telephone call may reach the user via another telephone. A system or method is provided to determine an alternate telephone, to which the telephone call is re-routed when the primary receiving telephone is a cellular phone that has weak or no wireless signal reception. The alternate telephone may be determined in a context and/or social aware basis. The alternate telephone may belong to a friend or family member of the user of the primary receiving telephone. Further, the alternate telephone may be located near the user of the primary receiving telephone, such that the user of the primary receiving telephone may be reached when the telephone call is re-routed to the alternate telephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Shailesh Dinkar Govande, Madhura Pravin Tipnis
  • Patent number: 9723584
    Abstract: Disclosed are a network-based device, method and computer-readable medium for operating an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) to provide registration review. The method embodiment includes tracking and storing all current registrations for each user in an IMS system, receiving a request from a user for a status of the user's current registrations and presenting, in response to the request, the current status of current registrations for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Steven A. Siegel, Siroos K. Afshar, Leopold Strahs
  • Patent number: 9706030
    Abstract: The system and method of the present invention may allow a calling party to make a called party to be aware of its intention to establish a call session with it in one or more ways. According to the present invention a calling party may be automatically offered alternatives to voice session or may be allowed to change the silent mode of the called party to a non-silent mode or may be allowed to address a query to a third party via the called party or may be automatically offered to re-establish a connection with a called party if it was disconnected by the called party in error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: MOBILE SYNERGY SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Zigmund Bluvband, Max Bluvband
  • Patent number: 9699631
    Abstract: A first device may be unable to access a line hosting a call that has been placed on hold by a second device when the first device and second device are located remotely from each other. A server device may manage the status of the line to prevent the first device from accessing the line when the line is currently in control by the second device. When the first device and second device communicate via NFC, the line may be automatically released, so that the control of the line and of the call may be automatically transferred to the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Martin J. Abbott, Jonathan R. LoPorto, So Young Park
  • Patent number: 9687188
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a method is provided that includes (1) detecting a presence of mobile telephone proximate a vehicle; (2) establishing communication between the mobile telephone and the vehicle; (3) determining an operating status of the vehicle; and (4) changing the mobile telephone to or from a restricted mode of operation based upon the determined operating status of the vehicle. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Brian M. Dugan, Valerie G. Dugan
  • Patent number: 9692890
    Abstract: Disclosed is a call transfer setting method, terminal and system, wherein the method includes: two terminals pre-establishing a pairing relationship via a network side; when one of the terminals enables a call transfer function according to a demand of the other terminal paired therewith, the terminal initiating an enabling call transfer request to the network side; the network side searching for the other terminal paired therewith according to the enabling call transfer request of the terminal, and enabling the call transfer function of the other terminal to transfer all calls of the other terminal to the terminal; compared with the conventional call transfer function, the implementation of the abovementioned technical solution is more flexible, and the function can be remotely enabled after the paired terminal is set, without being affected by situations such as whether the phone currently has a signal or not or whether the phone is powered on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tao Liu, Xin Yang
  • Patent number: 9686403
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide approaches for communicating availability of a mobile device. Specifically, at least one approach includes: determining a current status of a mobile device operated by a receiving user, the current status including an operating state and an operating time zone; and providing the current status of the mobile device to a sender via the sender's mobile device by performing either of the following: annotating a contact list with visual data indicating the operating state and the operating time zone of the mobile device, and generating a graphic indicating the operating state and the operating time zone of the mobile device when the sender initiates communication with the mobile device. Based on the current status, a warning can be communicated to the sender indicating that is inadvisable to continue with the communication, as the receiving user is unlikely to be available and/or willing to respond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Ji Young Roe, Kimberly G. Starks
  • Patent number: 9680989
    Abstract: An automated method begins by receiving a list of numbers that have been de-activated by a carrier. Periodically, and for each number, a request is made to identify a current carrier for the number. If the current carrier matches the carrier that provided the de-activation information, the mobile number is considered to be in a first state, i.e., shut off and returned to a pool of numbers that are available to this same carrier. Upon a determination that the number is in the first state, the provider issues a request to any opt-in database to delete any express consent or other similar data associated with the number. If, however, the number does not match the carrier of deactivation, the number is considered to be in a second state, i.e., likely to have been ported by the same user to a new carrier. This state is logged in an audit trail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GENESYS TELECOMMUNICATIONS LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventor: Michael N. B. Scully