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United States Patent
Stuckman et al.
(io) Patent No.: (45) Date of Patent:
US 7,907,716 B2 Mar. 15, 2011
SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FACILITATING ENHANCED CALL AWARENESS
Inventors: Bruce Edward Stuckman, Austin, TX (US); Russell William White, Austin, TX (US)
Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property L.L.P.,
Reno, NV (US)
Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 1406 days.
Filed: Jun. 14, 2004
Prior Publication Data
US 2005/0277408 Al Dec. 15, 2005
U.S. CI 379/211.01; 379/70; 379/88.12;
379/207.05; 379/215.01; 370/352
Field of Classification Search 379/211.01,
379/88.17, 215.01, 70, 88.12, 207.04, 207.05;
370/401, 352 See application file for complete search history.
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6,914,971 Bl* 7/2005 Bmening 379/215.01
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2002/0126679 Al * 9/2002 Morton 370/401
A system and method are disclosed for facilitating enhanced call awareness. A system incorporating teachings of the present disclosure may include an interface that receives a signal associated with a call to a telephone number. A call information engine may be coupled to the interface and may recognize that a party to the call subscribes to an enhanced call activity service. In some cases, the party may be a called party or a calling party, and the activity may include an incoming call to the telephone number, an outgoing call, a missed call, or a waiting voicemail message. A memory may maintain a data network address for the party, and a messaging engine may initiate sending of a message containing call information to the data network address. The message may be sent in response to a trigger signal output by a notification engine without consideration for whether or not a telephone line associated with the telephone number is busy.
33 Claims, 5 Drawing Sheets
Written Opinion of the International Searching Authority for PCT/ US 05/18216, mailed on Jul. 9, 2008.
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* cited by examiner