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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
379142040 Extracting call ID from transmitted signal 174
379142170 Having display unit 14
379142100 Caller location indication (e.g., city, state, etc.) 14
379142150 Connecting to an external information processing terminal (e.g., computer) 9
379142020 Blocking caller ID transmission 7
379142070 Routing an incoming call on multiple lines to a particular appliance (e.g., facsimile, computer, or telephone) 3
20100040215System and Method for Routing Calls to Multiple Communication Devices Associated with One Phone Number - An embodiment of a method for routing an incoming call includes receiving an incoming call addressed to a single phone number associated with a plurality of users at a network routing device. The method further includes determining, by the network routing device, an incoming caller identifier associated with the incoming call and determining, by the network routing device whether the incoming caller identifier matches at least one caller identifier in a caller list associated with at least one particular user of the plurality of users. If the caller identifier matches a caller identifier in a caller list associated with the particular user, the incoming call is routed, by the network routing device, to at least one telephone associated with the particular user.02-18-2010
20090003569VIRTUAL CONTACT IDENTIFIER - The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates enhancing connectivity associated with data communications. An interface can receive a portion of communication state data, wherein the communication state data is related to at least one of a data communication mode and a user context state. A routing component can evaluate the portion of communication state data to identify an optimized data communication mode, wherein the optimized data communication mode is dynamically linked to a virtual contact identifier. Moreover, the routing component can automatically and seamlessly employ an optimized communication session utilizing the dynamically identified optimized data communication mode based upon an activation of the virtual contact identifier.01-01-2009
20100290609METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ROUTING CALLS PLACED TO A TELEPHONY IDENTIFIER ASSOCIATED WITH A GROUP OF IDENTITIES - A method for processing a call placed to a telephony identifier. The method comprises: obtaining information regarding an origin of the call; identifying a group of identities that is associated with the telephony identifier, each identity designating a party reachable by calling the telephony identifier; determining, based on the information regarding the origin of the call, that the call is intended for a particular identity among the group of identities; and causing routing of the call based on information associated with the particular identity. The party designated by each identity may be a different person. Also provided a system for processing a call placed to a telephony identifier.11-18-2010
379142130 Adaptive module coupled to telephone line or telephone device 3
20120076285ENHANCED CALLER ID WITH RECIPIENT-SELECTED CALLER INFORMATION DISPLAY - A method includes receiving an incoming call at a first device. The method includes determining whether second caller identification information is available at the first device based on first caller identification information received with the incoming call. The method further includes retrieving the second caller identification information in response to determining that the second caller identification information is available at the first device. The method further includes presenting a graphical display at a display device. The graphical display includes a plurality of caller information fields. The plurality of caller information fields are populated based on the first caller identification information and based on the second caller identification information. The graphical display also includes a user selectable edit option to edit the second caller identification information during the incoming call. The method further includes modifying the second caller identification information in response to selection of the user selectable edit option.03-29-2012
20110013762NOTIFICATION APPARATUS & METHOD - An apparatus for issuing notifications includes at least a first input configured to recognize an incoming call, at least a first notification interface, and at least a first controller. The first controller is in electrical communication with the first input and the first notification interface. The apparatus further includes a first memory in electrical communication with the first controller. The memory is configured to store at least one destination. The first controller is configured to issue at least one notification message responsive to a recognized incoming call, wherein the notification message is issued to at least one destination via the notification interface.01-20-2011
20110135076LINKAGE SYSTEM, LINKAGE METHOD, COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING LINKAGE PROGRAM, AND EXCHANGE - A linkage system for linking a soft phone incorporated in an exchange and a hard phone not incorporated in the exchange, and informing the state of the linkage operation. The linkage system allows an exchange which incorporates the soft phone terminal having a telephone function to link the soft phone terminal and the hard phone not incorporated in the exchange and establishes communication between the hard phone and the call destination. The system includes a linkage information registering section for registering the soft phone terminal number received from the soft phone terminal which is the caller and linkage terminal information about the hard phone to be linked, a call processing section for making a call to the hard phone according to the linkage terminal information about the hard phone, a calling section for calling the call destination received from the soft phone when receiving a call arrival response from the hard phone, and a path setting section for setting a communication path between the hard phone and the call destination when receiving a response from the call destination.06-09-2011
379142080 Call waiting associated with caller ID information 2
20090202058TELEPHONIC AUTOMATED ACTION SYSTEM - The disclosed system and methods enable meticulous communication between two parties initiated by an unanswered telephone call. Particularly, complex actions may be taken based on a called telephone number and calling line identification (CLI). A selected action may be any action performable by a computer, and may include multiple actions or be a sub-part of a chain of actions. Thus disclosed is a dynamic, buildable communication system to end users.08-13-2009
20090080628Methods, Systems, and Products for Alerting of Calls - Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for alerting of a call. A message is received that notifies of a call to a called number having an established connection to a data network. A customer-selected style and a customer-selected location of a control is retrieved that responds to the customer's action. The message and the control are processed to alert of the call to the called number.03-26-2009
379142110 Caller local time indication 2
20090016509METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DERIVING THE PRESENT LOCAL TIME OF A TARGET STATION - A communication system that enables a requesting station to receive information for the local time of the present situs of a target station. The communication system includes a time server that receives a request for the local time of the current situs of the target station. The time server may determine the present time of the target station by querying a location server for the present situs of the target station. The time server uses the situs information to obtain the local time to of the target station based on the present situs. The time information is transmitted to the requesting station for presentation to a user.01-15-2009
20080253540System And Method For Managing Incoming Communication Based Upon Local Time - A system and method manage incoming communications to a communication device. An incoming communication is received for the communication device and a local time of the communication device is determined. The incoming communication is intercepted if the local time is within a restricted operating period of the communication device and the incoming communication is allowed if the local time falls outside of the restricted operating period. If the incoming communication is a call, the call may be answered to determine if it is urgent. A code may be used within a non-call communication to indicate that it is urgent. Communications deemed urgent are allowed to the communication device.10-16-2008
379142090 Non-assigned telephone number indication 1
20130051542Social Caller ID with Reverse Look-Up - Methods and systems directed to a social caller ID application that performs a reverse look up on an incoming communication to determine a specific member of a social networking system associated with the incoming communication, and, based on the social relationship between the detected member and the recipient of the communication, display particular information to the recipient. In this manner, a user is provided a caller ID system that leverages information stored remotely on a social network.02-28-2013
20130188786UNIVERSAL RING FREE - A method and system are disclosed for sending notifications asynchronously over a telephony network. The method and system include receiving a request over a first telephony connection from a first communication device associated with a first user identifying a second communication device associated with a second user, sending one or more response communications over the first telephony connection to the first communication device associated with the first user, disconnecting the first telephony connection with the first communication device of the first user, and sending a notification over a second telephony connection to the second communication device associated with the second user, the notification including information sufficient to allow the second user to identify the first user or the first communication device associated with the first user.07-25-2013
20090046839Verifying authenticity of called party in telephony networks - A method comprising a plurality of operations. An operation is provided for receiving an authentication certificate of a called party. Telephony apparatus of a party calling the called party performs receiving the authentication certificate. An operation is provided for facilitating authentication of the authentication certificate and called party identification information thereof in response to receiving the authentication certificate. An operation is provided for providing an authentication notification in response to facilitating the authentication of the authentication certificate and the called party identification information. The authentication notification indicates successful authentication in response to the authentication being successful and wherein the authentication notification indicates non-successful authentication in response to the authentication not being successful.02-19-2009
20110044442CALL ROUTING OR ESCALATION BASED ON THE IDENTITY, ROLE OR URGENCY OF THE CALLING OR COMMUNICATING PARTY - Aspects are directed toward managing, including reorganizing, inbound communications, a communications log, or presentation of a communication to a user, based on one or more of the identity, role and urgency of calling or communicating party, including, for example, forwarding or hybrid priority routing. For example, in an e-mail type of environment, received communications could be re-organized based on one or more of the above, such that higher priority communications are escalated to “the-top-of-the-stack.” This similar type of operation can be done in a communications modality independent manner, and extended to, for example, voicemails, caller ID, SMS messages, or in general any communication in any communications modality, where one or more communications are capable of being managed and re-organized. As an optional embodiment, an attribute or characteristic associated with the communication can be modified, such that the user is aware of the ranking associated with that communication.02-24-2011
20090003568System and method to enhance telephone call awareness - A system for enhancing telephone call awareness, including, a call awareness device with a connection to an incoming telephone line and optionally a connection to the Internet. The call awareness device is adapted to record details from incoming calls and provide the details in one or more forms to one or more recipients over the connections available on the call awareness device.01-01-2009
20090274283ENHANCED DIRECTORY FOR COMMUNICATIONS DEVICES - In one embodiment, a method includes establishing a call, and continuously monitoring the call from or using a first endpoint associated with the call. Monitoring the call includes identifying when an information element associated with the call has changed. The method also includes determining when the information associated with the call has changed, and storing a representation of the information element in an enhanced directory arrangement associated with the first endpoint when the information associated with the call has changed.11-05-2009
20090041218METHOD FOR MANAGING INFORMATION IN A TELEPHONE AND TELEPHONE FOR MANAGING INFORMATION - Method for managing lists stored in a mobile telephone includes automatically storing telephone numbers of incoming and outgoing calls in a first or second list. The first list is accessible to any use, the second list contains code protected telephone numbers. A telephone number stored in a temporary register is verified to whether it's contained within the second list. Method includes limiting a user's access to only telephone numbers in first list until a code is input by user. After inputting code, telephone numbers in first and second lists are accessible by user. Both first and second lists are stored in mobile phone, and telephone numbers associated with second list are not stored in first list, and second list is at least one of accessible and displayable only after inputting code.02-12-2009
20130216032Convenience Features In A Method And System For Providing Enhanced Caller Identification - A computer readable storage medium storing computer readable program code, the code configured to provide caller identification information to a called party when standard Caller ID cannot be provided. If standard caller ID information cannot be provided for a call, the call is interrupted by the present service and the calling party is prompted for audible caller identification information. In one embodiment, when the audible caller identification is provided, the call is presented to the called party with a distinctive ring at the called telephone station. In another embodiment, the calling party may enter a personal identification number (PIN) to bypass the requirement for audible caller identification information. In still another embodiment, when the PIN is entered, the call is presented with a distinctive ring at the called communication station. In still another embodiment, the called party may send the incoming call to a voice mail system.08-22-2013
20110243315Method and System For Providing Computer-Network Related Information About A Calling Party - A method and system for providing computer-network related information about a calling party. First, the called party receives a telephone number of a calling party. The called party's customer premises equipment (CPE) or elements in a telephone network then use the telephone number to index a database, which contains combinations of telephone numbers and computer-network addresses. Once the calling party's computer-network address is retrieved, calling-party-customized information present at the computer-network location specified by the computer-network address can be sent to and displayed on the called party's CPE. Also, the calling party's telephone number can be sent to an application in the computer network, causing the calling-party-customized information to be automatically displayed on the called party's CPE.10-06-2011
20110164737CROSS-PROTOCOL UNIVERSAL CALL IDENTIFIER - A method is provided for operating a directory assistance system having a plurality of different network elements operating on different protocols. The method includes receiving, at a first network element, operating on a first operating protocol, an incoming directory assistance call from a caller. A universal call identifier data is then assigned to the call. The call is then transmitted to a second network element, operating on a second operating protocol, wherein the same universal call identifier is accepted by the second network element. A record is generated of the exchange of the call between the first and second network elements based on the assigned universal call identifier data.07-07-2011
20100329438METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USER EQUIPMENT TO PROCESS CALLING PARTY INFORMATION - A method and an apparatus for a User Equipment (UE) to process calling party information are disclosed. The method includes: obtaining capability information of a called UE; and sending calling party information compliant with the capability information to the called UE so that the called UE can process the calling party information. Through the embodiments of the present invention, the calling party information compliant with the capability information of the called UE is sent according to the capability information, and therefore, the called UE can process the calling party information normally and avoid sending futile information, thus reducing waste of information resources and improving the user experience.12-30-2010
20110261937METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING CALLING-PARTY IDENTIFICATION - The present invention provides a system, method, and apparatus for managing the calling-party identification information offered to called parties. Accordingly, a caller can designate the Caller ID information to the called party based on the context of the call (e.g. the role of the caller) rather than the terminal used. Typically the calling party does this by selecting which of multiple values they wish to have sent with the call request. It is beneficial to implement such a mechanism in a secure manner—the ability to employ a different calling-number or calling-name ID should be restricted to properly-authorized and authenticated persons—in order to ensure the quality of this information. Accordingly, preferred embodiments include an authentication mechanism for verifying the calling party information is authentic.10-27-2011
20100020951Speaker Identification and Representation For a Phone - A system and method for determining a speaker's position and a generating a display showing the position of the speaker. In one embodiment, the system comprises a first speakerphone system and a second speakerphone system communicatively coupled to send and receive data. The speakerphone system comprises a display, an input device, a microphone array, a speaker, and a position processing module. The position processing module is coupled to receive acoustic signals from the microphone array. The position processing module uses these acoustic signals to determine a position of the speaker. The position information is then sent to other speakerphone system for presentation on the display. In one embodiment, the position processing module comprises an auto-detection module, a position analysis module, a tracking module and an identity matching module for the detection of sound, the determination of position and transmission of position information over the network. The position processing module comprises a position display module and a position translation module for receiving position information from the network and generating a user interface for display. The present invention also includes a method for determining speaker position and presenting position information.01-28-2010
20110091026Protection of Services in Mobile Network Against CLI Spoofing - An anti-CLI spoofing procedure controls access of a mobile communication device to a service on a communication network via a connection from outside the network. The device issues a unique identifier for identifying the device to the service. If the identifier is received from outside the network and over a secure signaling channel, a first time stamp is stored in a memory, representative of a first time of receipt of the identifier. The connection is set up and then a second time stamp is generated representative of a second time at which the connection is established to a node on the network. A first instruction is issued to establish unconditional access to the service if a time difference between the time stamps falls within a predetermined time window. A second instruction is issued to grant conditional access to the service if the time difference falls outside the predetermined window.04-21-2011
20110123010Method and system for transmitting caller identification information in a conference call - A method and system for transmitting caller identification information during a conference call is disclosed. When a caller enters into a phone conference, the endpoint device he is using can subscribe to a notification service provided by the conference server. Thereafter, the conference server sends out a message with the phone number (or other indication) of the active endpoint device. Each time another endpoint device in conference call becomes the active device (e.g., someone using that endpoint device begins speaking), the conference server senses this and sends a new message to the endpoint devices indicating this change.05-26-2011
20080298570Caller ID information transmitting and receiving apparatus and method thereof - A caller ID information transmitting and receiving apparatus and method thereof are disclosed. The apparatus comprises at least the caller ID information generating module, a communication module and a caller ID information broadcasting module. The caller ID information generating module generates a caller ID information, and the communication module transmits and receives a communication signal with a base station. When the communication apparatus is operated to make a call, the communication module transmits at least a phone number and the caller ID information to the remote communication apparatus through the base station. And when the communication apparatus performs a call alert, the caller ID information broadcasting module broadcasts the received caller ID information.12-04-2008
20110311036Call Routing in Telephone Switch Based on Duplicate Leg Detection - The disclosed technology described herein provides devices and methods for disconnecting only the duplicate legs of a call which may have been twice or more received on a telecommunications switch for the same phone call. In embodiments of the disclosed technology, the duplicate legs indicate a twice (or more) rejected call from a called party indicating that the call should not be returned to the called party, where the called party is defined as the intended recipient of the phone call. A remaining leg or legs are kept open upon duplicate leg detection on a switch, and the call is then handled with a premium feature, such as forwarding to voicemail.12-22-2011