Including Personal Numbering System (i.e., Intelligent Network For Subscriber Tracking Or Follow-me Subscriber Feature) Patents (Class 455/461)
  • Patent number: 8160620
    Abstract: The present invention detects whether an initial mobile number assignment is suboptimal, resulting in excessive roaming. If excessive roaming is encountered, the telematics service provider determines the effective home area of the telematics unit and assigns an appropriate replacement number to the unit. In this way, the disclosed principles allow a telematics service provider to decrease its roaming charges, and/or those of its users, and more optimally manage its mobile phone number assignments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Kevin R. Krause, Thomas A. Gault
  • Patent number: 8155865
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention disclose a method and system for automatically updating traffic incident data for in-vehicle navigation. This includes, but is not limited to, a method and system of notifying one or more traffic providers of a traffic accident when a telematics provider receives an automated accident notification from a vehicle. The notification prompts the traffic provider to investigate the traffic accident immediately using manual techniques (monitoring police scanners, visual confirmation by aircraft, etc.) and accurately updates its traffic information in a more timely manner. In turn, the traffic information received by the telematics unit from traffic provider is more accurate. This allows the telematics unit navigation system to provide accurate navigation directions to the subscriber while driving through traffic congested areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventor: James Bicego, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8150317
    Abstract: A method for managing mobility of an AT in a mobile communication system using Mobile IPv4. The AAA and the AT generate a first key for mutual authentication between the AT and a HA, and the AAA and the AG generate a second key for mutual authentication between the AG and the HA. The AG generates a third key for mutual authentication between the AG and the AT. The AT acquires a CoA that it will use in a foreign network. The AT sends an RRQ message to the AG. The AG verifies the RRQ message received from the AT, using a third authentication key. The AG then sends to the HA an RRQ message. The HA verifies the AT and the AG, and allocates an HoA of the AT. The HA sends an RRP message including the allocated HoA of the AT in response to the RRQ message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kyung-Joo Suh, Sung-Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 8150400
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for providing a telecommunications service by receiving a request for a telecommunications service from a wireless client, providing a local exchange point of presence to the wireless client in response to the request, and providing the telecommunications service to the wireless client through the local exchange point of presence. The local exchange point of presence may be based on the geographic location of the wireless client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Royce D. Jordan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8150401
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for communicating data from wireline terminals to mobile terminals in a telecommunications network, which includes a home node associated with the mobile terminal and one or more visited nodes. To establish communication with a mobile terminal, a wireline terminal sends data to a server in the telecommunications network. The server identifies a mobile identification number associated with the mobile terminal, and based on the identified mobile identification number, the server determines a route that excludes the home node when the mobile terminal is out of the geographical area served by the home node. The server then establishes via the determined route a connection to the mobile terminal and sends to the mobile terminal the data received from the wireline terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: GTE Wireless Incorporated
    Inventor: Walter Wesley Howe
  • Patent number: 8145243
    Abstract: Systems and techniques to manage location management and paging operations for idle mode mobile stations are described. An apparatus may comprise a first foreign agent having a foreign agent idle mode manager to store idle mode information for an idle mobile station in a first paging area of a wireless network. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Shantidev Mohanty, Muthaiah Venkatachalam, Sameer Pareek
  • Patent number: 8135121
    Abstract: A system for (and a method of) selectively establishing communication with one of plural devices associated with a single telephone number is provided. In a preferred embodiment, the system includes a wireless connect unit connected between an enterprise private branch exchange (PBX) network and a public switched telephone network. The wireless connect unit preferably serves as a gateway between the PBX and one or more remote communication devices. The remote devices can be used as standard PBX office telephones for both inbound and outbound telephone calls. Thus, features of the PBX network (e.g., voice mail, direct extension dialing, corporate calling plan, etc.) are available to the remote device even though they are not physically connected to the PBX. When the system receives an incoming call, it can route the call to an office telephone and one or more of the remote devices simultaneously or as desired by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Ascendent Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen P. Forte
  • Patent number: 8108001
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating through a mobile phone are disclosed with a buttonless mobile phone including a power supply with means for capable of enabling or disabling the a power supply; and memory to store a phone number directed to a remote station; a remote station to receive a call from a user causing the mobile phone to call the remote station, the remote station comprising allowing a human operator and access to a database describing at least one contact unique to the user; and wherein the human operator uses the database of contact information to facilitate a communication from the user to the contact in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: TRG
    Inventors: Zia Chishti, Stuart J. Spottiswoode
  • Patent number: 8103262
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for forwarding calls placed to a primary destination comprising receiving at least one call forwarding profiles, each call forwarding profile having a predefined duration and at least one call forwarding destination, receiving an instruction to activate one call forwarding profile to an activated profile and forwarding calls placed to the telecommunications destination according to the activated profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Neil Adams, Raymond Vander Veen
  • Patent number: 8099088
    Abstract: A caller number is provided to a network element that associates name information with the caller number. The network element receives location information for the caller and provides the location information and name information as a response to being provided the caller number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Steven I. Carlson, Anthony F. Billera
  • Patent number: 8099090
    Abstract: A unitary handheld portable module includes a keypad for entering data and a display for displaying data. A base module is configured to be coupled with and communicate through a telephone line and includes a keypad for dialing a telephone number and a display for displaying information. The portable and base modules are configured to have a mounted configuration in which the portable module is removably mounted on the base module and covers the base module's display, and the modules communicate with each other for the portable module's display to display information relating to operation of the base module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jessica Postma, Jason T. Griffin, James C. Infanti, Mihal Lazaridis
  • Patent number: 8086222
    Abstract: The invention relates to a voicemail short messaging method (10, 20, 30) and means and a subscriber terminal (500). In particular it concerns a method and means for instantaneous packet switched voicemail between Internet compatible computers, personal digital assistants, telephones and mobile stations. In particular the inventive subscriber terminal (500) concerns a hardware and a software setup that allows the combined use of audio and/or video devices (550) with both the normal cellular or fixed telephony network (520) and with an Internet connection (510). The inventive subscriber terminal (500) allows the flexible use of both the Internet and telephony network with numerous advantages, one of which is the inventive voicemail short messaging method under study. The inventive voicemail messaging method (10), comprising at least one subscriber terminal is characterised by server independence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Dot Assets No. 14 LLC
    Inventor: Mikko Kalervo Vaananen
  • Patent number: 8078191
    Abstract: A network node provides presence updates to mobile users. The node reduces the amount of network traffic by eliminating the need for explicit messaging used to inform a user of presence updates. Additionally, the node reduces network traffic by consolidating presence updates, and sending the user only changed portions of the presence information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Synchronica plc
    Inventors: Manuel Laflamme, Sylvain Legault, Nick Maiorano, Alain Southiere
  • Patent number: 8073477
    Abstract: A message distribution center (MDC) is interposed between content providers and a wireless carrier to subjectively examine and direct messages via SMTP based on desired rules (e.g., non-peak hours, paying subscribers only, etc.) using standard SMTP Gateway and other well-known protocols. The MDC includes an individual queue for each subscriber, and the provider is informed through conventional SMTP protocol messages that the short message has been accepted. If the carrier has specifically disallowed service for a particular MIN (e.g., in the case of churning), then the content provider is informed through an SMTP interchange that the recipient is invalid. An MDC provides a single mechanism for interacting with subscribers of multiple carriers, regardless of each carrier's underlying infrastructure. For the carrier, an MDC can protect their SS7 network by intelligently throttling messages and configuring message delivery parameters to be more network friendly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Smith, Michael Dewey
  • Patent number: 8072509
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for image processing, wherein image data is stored as an image record in digital format. The image record is provided with at least a header part (201), an image data part (202) and an auxiliary data part (203). In the method, at least one defining data record (204) containing auxiliary data is stored in connection with the data record (200), wherein in connection with the processing of the image data, it is selected whether said at least one item of image data is displayed in connection with displaying the image. The invention also relates to a system and a device (1) in which the invention is applied, as well as to an image record (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Petteri Ruotsalainen, Taisto Heinonen
  • Patent number: 8073428
    Abstract: Some embodiments are implemented in a communication system that includes a first wireless communication system and a second wireless communication system that includes a Femtocell access point (FAP) and a network controller that can communicatively couple the FAP to the first wireless communication system. In some embodiments, the network controller can communicatively couple to the first wireless communication system through a UTRAN Iu interface. In some embodiments, the FAP can communicatively couple to a user equipment using a short-range licensed wireless frequency. Some embodiments provide method of securing communication between the FAP and the network controller. The method establishes a secure tunnel between the FAP and the network controller. The method communicatively couples the FAP and several user equipments (UEs) to the network controller by using the secure tunnel. The UEs are communicatively coupled to the FAP through an air interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Kineto Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Amit Khetawat, Milan Markovic, Michael D. Gallagher, Patrick Tao, Rajeev Gupta
  • Patent number: 8068809
    Abstract: A method is performed by a device that includes a display and a communication application. The method includes identifying a reward criterion for communication activities using the communication application, receiving an indication of a communication activity, and recording the indication of the communication activity with a cumulative total of communication activities. The method also includes presenting, on the display, a graphic representation of the cumulative total of communication activities, where the cumulative total of communication activities is presented in relation to the reward criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventor: Elizabeth Marie Lestreus
  • Patent number: 8064965
    Abstract: An in-vehicle navigation apparatus performs the following: according to an initial operation of a user to register a handsfree function, connecting a handsfree profile with a cellular phone and registering a handsfree function to be associated with the cellular phone; if the cellular phone has an audio visual function, displaying an audio visual function registration window for querying a user whether to register the audio visual function; and according to an operation of the user to register the audio visual function, connecting an audio visual profile with the cellular phone and registering the audio visual function to be associated with the cellular phone that was registered as being associated with the handsfree function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Takahisa Ozaki
  • Publication number: 20110281593
    Abstract: As part of the protocol for Common Public Radio Interface/Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (CPRI/OBSAI) systems, timing circuits are used to calculate the “round trip” latency across CPRI/OBSAI links. Traditionally, these timing circuits have been plagued with numerous problems. Here, however, a timing circuit is provided that has improved latency measurement accuracy, reduced power consumption, and a reduced likelihood of detecting a false comma. This is generally accomplished through the use of double edge latching in combination with post processing circuit and single bit transmission between low and high speed clock domains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Gary F. Chard, T-Pinn R. Koh, Yilun Wang
  • Patent number: 8060530
    Abstract: In accordance with the teachings described herein, systems and methods are provided for triggering a provisioning event in a service provider using a provisioning request message generated by an external system. A provisioning system may be used to receive the provisioning request message from the external system and transmit information in the provisioning request message to the service provider to trigger the provisioning event. The provisioning request message may have a data structure that includes a header section and a body section. The body section may contain a provisioning entity section that includes information identifying an entity to which the provisioning event pertains, wherein the provisioning entity section includes one or more attributes defined by the external system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Christopher D. Smith
  • Patent number: 8050677
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile communication terminal including: a user information storage unit for storing user information having a terminal identifier for identifying an arbitrary communication terminal, and a user identifier for identifying the user of the communication terminal associated with each other; an identifier storage unit for storing, at the time of beginning of a call with the other party of the call, a first identifier for identifying the communication terminal of the other party of the call; a terminal identifier determination unit for determining whether the first terminal identifier and a second terminal identifier are associated with the same user identifier, with reference to the user information, upon receipt of a call-out signal including the second terminal identifier during the call with the communication terminal of the other party; and a call controller for handing over the call to a communication terminal indicated by the second terminal identifier when the terminal identifier determinati
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Ono
  • Patent number: 8051472
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for personalization and identity management. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving, from an access provider, a message for a service provider, the message associated with a first identifier of a user of the access provider. A second identifier is obtained, the first identifier is disassociated from the message, and the second identifier is associated with the message. The message associated with the second identifier is then sent to the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Stephane H. Maes
  • Patent number: 8050705
    Abstract: An improved method and system for removing operating restrictions associated with a predetermined subscriber identity module (SIM) from a wireless device. A user is allowed to securely log onto a Web site that contains support information on subscription plans, billing, termination, penalties, and device-to-SIM unlocking. After satisfying any outstanding contract terms and payment of termination or device unlock fees, the user initiates a device-to-SIM unlock procedure. A client application on the wireless device securely transfers subscription, system, and SIM information to a device-to-SIM unlock system which uses the information to generate appropriate unlock codes. The unlock codes are then securely transferred to the client application, which processes them to remove operating restrictions associated with the predetermined SIM from the device and allow it to thereafter implement a plurality of SIMs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Alan E. Sicher, Pratik M. Mehta
  • Patent number: 8041384
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assigning a mobile dialing number (MDN) to a wireless mobile communication device (MCD), for providing local call access to the MCD from a base address for the MCD, by first selecting a wireless rate center encompassing the base address and having an MDN providing local call access to the MCD from the base address for the MCD, and then assigning the MDN to the MCD, for providing local calling access to the MCD from the base address for the MCD. A database defines geographic boundaries of a plurality of wireless rate centers, including the wireless rate center encompassing the base address and having the MDN providing local call access to the MCD from the base address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventors: William E. Italia, David A. Holt, Garett W. Gould, Robert T. Weisbarth
  • Patent number: 8036363
    Abstract: A communication processing unit includes communication processing units which use different communication manners. A user interface unit receives input of information indicating a calling destination from a user. An information storage unit stores a person to contact and plural phone numbers of that person in association. When a person to contact is input to the user interface unit, a control unit acquires a phone number associated with the input person, and information indicating a communication manner to be used from the information storage unit, and controls the communication processing unit to make a call to the acquired phone number in the acquired communication manner. If the person to contact has plural phone numbers, the control unit controls the communication processing unit to make calls to these phone numbers in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidenori Sakaniwa
  • Patent number: 8031591
    Abstract: A method and a device for providing services for a user are provided. The method includes receiving, by an interrogating call session control function (I-CSCF), a failure response returned by a first serving call session control function (S-CSCF) after the I-CSCF selects the first S-CSCF for the user according to a capability set of an S-CSCF returned by a home subscriber server (HSS) and forwards a service request to the first S-CSCF; obtaining, by the I-CSCF, information of a second S-CSCF, and forwarding the service request from the user to the second S-CSCF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shufeng Shi
  • Patent number: 8032143
    Abstract: Systems for automatically selecting a user's profile based on location include a device adapted to being tracked by location and a database that includes a user's preferences for routing calls. The user's calls are routed to the user based on the user's call routing preferences and the location of the device. Other systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward Michael Silver, Maria Adamczyk
  • Patent number: 8027319
    Abstract: Methods and systems are presented for implementing wireless number portability in a wireless communications network, in which an originating switching component determines whether a called number is ported or not based on profile information from a home location register without querying a number portability database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Frances Chin, Peggy Hasan, Sandra L. True, Huixian Song
  • Patent number: 8027684
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for executing a task via a communication network, including devices configured to establish the communication network, wherein each of the devices includes a database having a capability of the devices, wherein the devices are adapted for executing a pre-defined set of activities indicative of the task. The device further includes a resource module adapted to select an optimal capability among the devices for performing the task based on the capability of the devices and a decision module adapted to allocate the task among the devices based on the selection of the optimal capability among the devices. The device further includes an execution module adapted to perform the task in any of the devices based on the allocation of the optimal capability among the devices and wherein the application resource is exchanged among the devices prior to invoking the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Infosys Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Puneet Gupta, Kartik Muralidharan, Zaryab Khan
  • Patent number: 8023621
    Abstract: A database and communications server allow for composure of a family disaster plan that is tailored to the demographic and geographic information provided by a subscriber to the disclosed system. In the event of an emergency, relevant portions of a family disaster plan are communicated to a subscriber and the family members of the subscriber. Each subscribing family member may communicate with the database, which in turn automatically distributes the message to all family members. After the disaster has ended, insurance information is relayed to the subscriber, and the subscriber's insurance companies are notified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: LReady, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher R Hulls
  • Patent number: 8019359
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a communication system and method, an information processing terminal and method, and an information processing device and method which enable simple and secure restricted access. When a PDA 11 is brought close, a reader 2 of a personal computer 1 reads a device ID form an IC tag 12. The personal computer 1 registers device IDs on a connection permission list, and permits only devices registered on the list to connect. When being instructed to perform accessing, the PDA 11 controls a communication unit to access the personal computer 1 and to transmits its device ID. The personal computer 1 determines whether or not the transmitted ID is registered on the connection permission list, and permits the connection when determining that the ID is registered. The present invention can be applied to various information processing devices such as a personal computer and a PDA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Ayatsuka, Haruo Oba
  • Patent number: 7991351
    Abstract: An architecture to extend a wired controller area network (CAN) to the wireless domain of a low rate wireless personal area network (PAN) network is described herein. Such architecture provides a low cost, low power, efficient, and secure wireless network interface compatible with many existing SCADA infrastructure networks, in addition to countless other installations incorporating a CAN backbone. An architectural model for such an extension module includes additions to the CAN protocol stack. New protocols for the tunneling of messages and for enhancing reliability are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Paul A. Kuban
  • Patent number: 7991384
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for charging Multimedia Message Service (MMS), where a corresponding relationship between a Mobile Station International ISDN Number (MSISDN) of a receiver and a Recipient Multimedia Message Service Center (Recipient-MMSC) that sends an MMS to the receiver is set in an adjacent Wireless Application Protocol Gateway (WAP-GW) which the receiver accesses. The method includes: upon the receipt of the MMS, the receiver sends an MMS receipt confirmation including the MSISDN of the receiver to the adjacent WAP-GW which the receiver accesses; the adjacent WAP-GW which the receiver accesses determines the Recipient-MMSC that corresponds to the MSISDN of the receiver contained in the confirmation according to the set corresponding relationship, and sends the confirmation to the Recipient-MMSC; and the Recipient-MMSC triggers the charging mechanism and takes the receipt of the confirmation as a charging point for charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dawei Li
  • Publication number: 20110177833
    Abstract: Disclosed is a CCE+ number allocation method which reduces the ACK/NACK (Acknowledgment/Negative Acknowledgment) collision probability in a mixed system containing an LTE (Long Term Evolution) system and an LTE+ (Long Term Evolution Advanced) system. A CCE (Control Channel Element)+ number is defined by selecting a number from CCE numbers of the CCE to contain PDCCH (Physical Downlink Control Channel) allocated in a resource element region constituting CCE+ where PDCCH+ is arranged. This can prevent overlapped selection of the CCE number and the CCE+ number even when the PDCCH and the PDCCH+ are simultaneously transmitted. Thus, it is possible to reduce the collision probability of ACK/NACK correlated to the CCE number and the CCE+ number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ayako Horiuchi, Seigo Nakao, Daichi Imamura, Akihiko Nishio
  • Patent number: 7983658
    Abstract: The invention is a method and a system, which allows the integration of email-enabled devices into a carrier service network without the need for user individual configuration of the devices. A system with an email proxy and a database is provided for handling email requests from a terminal. The network address of the terminal is used to retrieve email configuration settings from the database, whereupon the email proxy is able to communicate with an email server using the retrieved email configuration settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke KPN N.V
    Inventors: Lutz Wolfgang Grüneberg, Siegfried Ergezinger
  • Patent number: 7983248
    Abstract: A information communication terminal is provided which includes: a voice communication device that transmits and receives voice signals to and from an other telephone equipment via a public switched telephone network; a data communication device that transmits and receives call data signals as digitized voice signals to and from an other terminal via an IP network; a message communication device that transmits and receives data signals of an instant message which contains character information to and from an other terminal via an IP network; and a control device that makes the message communication device transmit the data signals of the instant message to a destination of the call data signals so as to enable communication by voice as well as character information, when one of the voice signals and the call data signals is received while the other is being transmitted and received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinya Goto
  • Patent number: 7979060
    Abstract: A privacy-enabled telephone directory is disclosed that is implemented through a contact facilitator. The contact facilitator receives a contact request from a caller which includes the name of the party to be called and disambiguation information to distinguish the called party. The contact facilitator applies the disambiguation information to entries in a disambiguation database to select the mobile telephone user corresponding to the contact request information. The contact facilitator then accesses a profile database to retrieve the called party's profile which contains directions for processing the request. Possible directions include immediately connecting the caller with the called party, batching the call, or following other specific instructions regarding the contact request. Profile instructions may be changed by the mobile telephone user at any time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Monaco, Kamal K. Acharya
  • Patent number: 7978836
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products provide advanced intelligent services. A dialed number is associated to an advanced telephony service. The advanced telephony service is associated to a virtual number in a service providing network. A call to the dialed number is received in a native transport network having limited or no capability of providing advanced telephony service. When the advanced telephony service is required, then the call is routed to the virtual number in the service-providing network to receive the advanced telephony service from the service-providing network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L. P.
    Inventors: James C. Bedingfield, Robert A. Koch
  • Patent number: 7974645
    Abstract: A method of registering a mobile device in a mobile telecommunications network comprises the device's receiving power from a power source and transmitting a registration request signal including mobile device identification data, an associated mobile network determining a set of latitude and longitude location coordinates for the transmitting mobile device, comparing the determined set of latitude and longitude location coordinates with a table for matching the location coordinates with a service area code, determining a service area code responsive to the comparison, and storing the service area code, the mobile device identification data, the determined service area code and a location area code of the associated public mobile network for registering the mobile device in the associated mobile network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventor: Yung Shirley Choi-Grogan
  • Patent number: 7974641
    Abstract: A communication terminal apparatus includes: a communication unit performing communication; a storage unit collecting and storing history information on communication; a registration unit registering at least communication address information on communicating parties and image information that represents the communicating parties; a display unit displaying images, which represent the registered communicating parties, on a display screen; and an arrangement position determining unit determining arrangement positions of the images, which represent the communicating parties, based on the history information on communication with the communicating parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventor: Tetsuro Inukai
  • Patent number: 7962648
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying and prioritizing applications and application servers in a Voice over IP network is disclosed. In a first embodiment, elements of signaling information are extracted from a call and are mapped to parameters associated with the call. These mapped parameters are then used by a service broker in a VoIP network to identify one or more application servers adapted to process the values of the respective parameter. The service broker may illustratively identify the application servers by a pointer to permit flexible reassignment of processing of a given parameter. The matched pointer/parameter combinations are then mapped to a precedence index. Then, according to this precedence index, the aforementioned pointers are mapped to specific addresses of application servers and the elements of signaling information are forwarded to those addresses for processing of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Neela R. Alturi, Frederick Murray Burg, Saul Daniel Fishman, James A. Ibezim, Barbara Joanne Kittredge, Lauraine M. Schalk-Pizza
  • Patent number: 7957557
    Abstract: A tracing device and a tracing method for realizing a real-time trace of a moving object such as a person from a time-varying image by method of a light processing load, and for learning features through the trace thereby to realize a trace of higher precision. The tracing device divides time-varying data inputted into partial images (in a strip or rectangle shape), and compares the background image containing no tracing object thereby with the current image thereby to extract the divided image having the tracing object. In order to discriminate the tracing object, moreover, the tracing device calculates the color high-level local self-correlated data, from which the features of color and shape can be extracted all at once, and performs the discrimination on the basis of a distance from the featuring data of the tracing object registered. The tracing device updates the background image and the registered featuring data into the latest ones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Otsu, Masaaki Kawai
  • Patent number: 7953865
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing managed virtual computer networks whose configured logical network topology may have one or more virtual networking devices, such as by a network-accessible configurable network service, with corresponding networking functionality provided for communications between multiple computing nodes of a virtual computer network by emulating functionality that would be provided by the networking devices if they were physically present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Christopher Miller, Eric Jason Brandwine, Andrew J. Doane
  • Patent number: 7953415
    Abstract: A method and system for providing improved wireless number portability. This invention allows the mobile switching center (MSC) to use a separate database to store the number portability information gathered earlier through sending NPreq messages to the number portability database (NPDB) and various strategies for refreshing or updating the internal database. The invention enables the MSC to use the separate database to check whether a portable number is ported and what the associated location routing number (LRN) if it is ported, so that the MSC does not need to send NPreq messages to the NPDB many times for the same ported number. This invention may apply to any number of switching systems, including CDMA, GSM and UMTS mobile switching systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventor: Yi Zhou
  • Patent number: 7944914
    Abstract: The invention concerns providing a default subscription profile for controlling a roaming terminal device in a packet data based mobile communication network. A roaming terminal device requesting to use a gateway is detected. A request for a subscription profile for the roaming terminal device is sent from the gateway. A default subscription profile stored in a network element of the mobile communication network is sent to the gateway. The invention allows avoiding the need to transmit the subscription profile of the roaming terminal device from a home network of the roaming terminal device to the visited network. Thus real-time signaling and its associated delay are decreased. Furthermore, the subscription profile is accessible even when there are connection problems between the home network and the visited network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Tuija Hurtta
  • Patent number: 7945243
    Abstract: A mobile terminal for use in a Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) system. A mobile equipment (ME) for use in the GSM system includes a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card and a Mobile Terminal (MT). The SIM card stores International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) information used for subscriber authentication and private information. The MT stores the IMSI and private information of a user, and contains a controller, which reads IMSI information from the SIM card when the SIM card is inserted into the MT, and denies access to the stored private information when the read IMSI information of the inserted SIM card is different from the stored IMSI information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hyoung-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 7941124
    Abstract: Methods of providing messages for a user can include accepting entry of a message for the user, and accepting entry of a location criteria associated with the message. Physical location information for a wireless communications device associated with the user can be obtained, and the message for the user can be transmitted when the physical location information for the wireless communications device matches the location criteria associated with the message. Related systems and computer program products are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellecutal Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Maria Adamczyk, Edward Michael Silver
  • Patent number: 7933588
    Abstract: A method for communicating between an operator at an operator device and a user recipient includes enabling an operator of the operator device to enter a device-independent unique identifier for a user recipient by requiring interaction between the operator and the operator device without requiring interaction between the operator and software on the operator device that is designed for communication over an IP-based network. The method includes identifying an IP network address associated with the user recipient based on the device-independent unique identifier and routing a message entered by the operator to the determined IP network address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: AOL Inc.
    Inventor: Yair Goldfinger
  • Patent number: 7933609
    Abstract: A method performed by a mobile terminal may include identifying a group of mobile terminals, generating a message that includes a link to a map showing a position each of the mobile terminals in the group and transmitting the message to each of the plurality of mobile terminals in the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Anna-Maria Lagerstedt, Eral Denis Foxenland, Randi-Lise Hjelmeland Almas, Lisa Wiveca Lindahl
  • Patent number: RE42871
    Abstract: The present invention describes a network-based mobile workgroup system allowing a selected set of users from two or more mobile virtual private networks to form an extranet workgroup in a secure manner. The invention is based on the limited private address scenario, which entitles mobile nodes having private, possibly overlapping, addresses as defined in RFC 1918, while home and foreign agents have public IP addresses. Each home agent is dedicated to one mobile virtual private network (M-VPN), while a foreign agent may be shared by multiple M-VPNs. The system also entails a mobile service manager that has a public IP address and a set of mobile nodes that all have a UFQDN (user fully qualified domain name) within the overall mobile workgroup system. The main benefits, compared to existing solution for extranet workgroup creation, are that extranets can be created despite overlapping address realms. Even fine-granular workgroups within the extranet can be created with any set of users from any set of M-VPNs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Hismap Point DE Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Jan Forslow