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Title:
DISPLAYING INFORMATION FOR INCOMING CALLS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/092140
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A computer-based phone system comprising a computer device comprising: a computer readable memory comprising a set of computer-readable instructions; and a processor operable responsive to the set of computer-readable instructions to: register an identification of an intended recipient of a phone call, responsive to the phone system receiving an incoming phone call; and display a representation of the intended recipient on a display screen responsive to registering the identification. Optionally, the identification is a phone number. Optionally, the identification is a username of a user account associated with a phone application running on the phone system for receiving the phone call.

Inventors:
PAZ, Ofir (32 HaTabor Street, Rishon LeZion, 75328, IL)
DORON, Erez (13B Levita, Tel Aviv, 69711, IL)
ARBABOF, Eyal (84 Salit, 00 Salit, 4588500, IL)
Application Number:
IL2017/051256
Publication Date:
May 24, 2018
Filing Date:
November 17, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
CELL BUDDY NETWORK LTD. (121 Hashmonaim Street, 28 Tel Aviv, 6713328, IL)
International Classes:
H04M3/436; H04M3/50
Foreign References:
US20030185366A12003-10-02
US20150139039A12015-05-21
US20120315880A12012-12-13
US20050176412A12005-08-11
US20160044067A12016-02-11
US20080082421A12008-04-03
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ENTIS, Allan C. et al. (A.C. ENTIS-IP LTD, 6 Raoul Wallenberg, Tel Aviv, 69719, IL)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A computer-based phone system comprising a computer device comprising: a computer readable memory comprising a set of computer-readable instructions; and a processor operable responsive to the set of computer-readable instructions to: register an identification of an intended recipient of a phone call, responsive to the phone system receiving an incoming phone call; and display a representation of the intended recipient on a display screen responsive to registering the identification.

2. The computer-based phone system according to claim 1, wherein the identification is one of a plurality of identifications for which the phone is operable to receive an incoming phone call.

3. The computer-based phone system according to claim 2, wherein the identification is a phone number.

4. The computer-based phone system according to claim 3, wherein the identification is a username of a user account associated with a phone application running on the phone system for receiving the phone call.

5. The computer-based phone system according to claim 1, wherein in the representation of the intended recipient is one or more of an image and a string of text.

6. The computer-based phone system according to claim 5, wherein the string of text is the identification.

7. The computer-based phone system according to claim 5, wherein the string of text is a nickname associated with the identification.

8. The computer-based phone system according to claim 1, comprising a computer device comprising the processor and the display screen, and operable to run a phone application for establishing a two-way simultaneous voice communication session.

9. The computer-based phone system according to claim 8, wherein the computer device is selected from the group consisting of: a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a tablet computer, a mobile phone and a smartphone.

10. A computer-based method for identifying an intended recipient of an incoming call, the method comprising: registering an identification of an intended recipient of a phone call, responsive to a computer-based phone system receiving an incoming phone call; and display a representation of the intended recipient on a display screen of the computer-based phone system responsive to registering the identification.

11. The method according to claim 10, wherein the identification is one of a plurality of identifications for which the phone is operable to receive an incoming phone call.

12. The method according to claim 11, wherein the identification is a phone number.

13. The method according to claim 11, wherein the identification is a username of a user account associated with a phone application running on the phone system for receiving the phone call.

14. The method according to claim 10, wherein in the representation of the intended recipient is one or more of an image and a string of text.

15. The method according to claim 14, wherein the string of text is the identification.

16. The method according to claim 14, wherein the string of text is a nickname associated with the identification.

17. The method according to claim 10, comprising a computer device comprising the processor and the display screen, and operable to run a phone application for establishing a two-way simultaneous voice communication session.

18. The method according to claim 17, wherein the computer device is selected from the group consisting of: a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a tablet computer, a mobile phone and a smartphone.

Description:
DISPLAYING INFORMATION FOR INCOMING CALLS

RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001] The present application claims benefit under 35 U.S.C. 119(e) of U.S. Provisional Applications 62/423,302 filed on November 17, 2016, the disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference.

TECHNICAL FIELD

[0002] Embodiments of the disclosure relate to information displayed on a phone during a phone call.

BACKGROUND

[0003] When an incoming call is received by a smartphone, the smartphone typically displays an identification ("caller ID") of the caller that initiated the phone call. The caller ID may be a phone number of the phone, or a username of a VoIP account, that initiated the phone call. Additionally or alternatively, the caller ID may include a contact name associated with the phone number, responsive to a contact list, an electronic record stored in or accessed by the smartphone that comprises names and contact information of a plurality of individuals and/or entities.

SUMMARY

[0004] An aspect of an embodiment of the disclosure relates to providing a system and method for displaying, on a display screen of a phone receiving an incoming phone call, a representation of an intended recipient of the phone call.

[0005] For convenience of presentation, the method in accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure may be referred to herein as a "double call ID" method, and the system in accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure may be referred to herein as a "double call ID" system. A double call ID method in accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure comprises: registering, in a phone ("recipient phone") receiving an incoming phone call, an identification of an intended recipient of a phone call; displaying a representation of the intended recipient on a display screen comprised in or operative connected to the recipient phone.

[0006] The identification (which may be referred to herein as the "recipient ID") in accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure is information such as a string of text (optionally numbers and/or letters) that may be used by a telephony system to direct a phone call to the intended recipient of the phone call. [0007] In an embodiment of the disclosure, the phone is a computer-based phone system comprising a computing device comprising or operatively connected to a processor and a display screen and operable to run a phone application for establishing a two-way simultaneous voice communication session with another phone. Optionally, the computing device is desktop computer, a laptop computer, a tablet computer, a mobile phone or a smartphone. Optionally, the phone application comprises a VoIP application. The recipient ID may comprise a phone number of the phone or a username of a user account associated with a phone application, of the intended recipient of the phone call.

[0008] In an embodiment of the disclosure, the representation of the intended recipient may comprise a string of text and/or an image associated with the recipient ID. Optionally, the string of text is the recipient ID, or a nickname associated with the recipient ID.

[0009] In an embodiment of the disclosure, the double call ID method be performed by a computer system or processor optionally comprised in a computer-based phone system, responsive to a set of computer executable instructions stored in a memory that is optionally comprised in the computer-based phone system. Alternatively or in combination, the double call ID method may be performed by a remote computer system or processor accessible to the computer-based phone system. The remote computer system may optionally a remote server or a remote distributed system, which may be referred to herein as a "cloud computer system." Optionally, the remote computer system is a telephony system that is executing the phone call from the caller to the callee.

[0010] In an embodiment of the disclosure, the intended recipient is one of a plurality of intended recipients for which the phone is operable to receive an incoming phone call. In an embodiment of the disclosure, the intended recipient is one of a plurality of virtual personas ("VP") of a user, and the recipient ID is associated with one of the plurality of VPs. For convenience of presentation, a user of a phone that is associated with a given VP may be referred to as a "master" of the given VP. The plurality of VPs associated with a given VP master may be referred to herein as the given VP master's "VP set". VPs that share a same VP master may be referred to as "siblings".

[0011] In an embodiment of the disclosure, a recipient ID may be associated with a recipient nickname for easy notation of an intent or role for the recipient ID. Optionally, the recipient nickname is a name assigned to the corresponding VP. [0012] A double call ID system in accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure comprises a VP registry comprising an electronic record associating each of a plurality of VPs with one of a plurality of masters and a recipient ID. Each master may be associated with a master ID operable to direct a phone call to a phone ("master phone") registered to the master. A double call ID system in accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure further comprises a communication module operable to establish a phone connection between a phone associated with a caller ("caller phone") that initiates a phone call to a recipient ID and a master phone associated with a VP associated with the recipient ID, responsive to the VP registry. The communication module is further operable to transmit the recipient ID used by the caller for initiating the phone call to the master phone for display on the master phone.

[0013] In the discussion, unless otherwise stated, adjectives such as "substantially" and "about" modifying a condition or relationship characteristic of a feature or features of an embodiment of the disclosure, are understood to mean that the condition or characteristic is defined to within tolerances that are acceptable for operation of the embodiment for an application for which it is intended. Unless otherwise indicated, the word "or" in the description and claims is considered to be the inclusive "or" rather than the exclusive or, and indicates at least one of, or any combination of items it conjoins.

[0014] This Summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used to limit the scope of the claimed subject matter.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF FIGURES

[0015] Non-limiting examples of embodiments of the disclosure are described below with reference to figures attached hereto that are listed following this paragraph. Identical features that appear in more than one figure are generally labeled with a same label in all the figures in which they appear. A label labeling an icon representing a given feature of an embodiment of the disclosure in a figure may be used to reference the given feature. Dimensions of features shown in the figures are chosen for convenience and clarity of presentation and are not necessarily shown to scale.

[0016] Fig. 1 schematically shows a double call ID system during operation of a double call ID method in accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure; and [0017] Fig. 2 schematically shows a VP registry comprised in a double call ID system being updated by a master, in accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0018] Reference is made to Fig. 1, which schematically shows a double call ID system 100 during a double call ID method in a smartphone 200 in accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure.

[0019] As schematically shown in Fig. 1, a phone 300 initiates a phone call to an intended recipient of the phone call, the intended recipient having an alias "Joe the Plumber" and having a phone number of 650-555-1212, as displayed in display screen 301 of phone 300. The phone call is optionally routed through communication module 120 comprised in double call ID system 100, and terminates in phone 200. Display screen 201 of phone 200 includes a caller ID region 202 showing that there is an incoming phone call from a phone number 650-555- 5600, which is the phone number registered with phone 300. Optionally, caller ID region 202 also displays a contact name "Sue Collins" associated with the phone number of the incoming call. In an embodiment of the disclosure, display screen 201 includes a recipient ID region 204 that shows a phone number 650-555-1212 and the alias Joe the Plumber of the intended recipient of the phone call.

[0020] As schematically shown in Fig. 2, in accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure, phone 200 is a phone that is registered to a Joseph Haber, who is registered as a master and associated with a master phone number of 408-555-5656 in VP registry 110. Display screen 201 of phone 200, as shown in Fig. 2, displays a VP management window 212, indicating VPs registered with a given master responsive to VP registry 110. As shown in VP management window 212 and in accordance with VP registry 110, Joseph Haber is registered as a master that is associated with three VPs (virtual personas): VP1 having an alias "Joe the Plumber" and associated with an alias phone number 650-555-1212 as recipient ID; VP2 having an alias "Joe the Handyman" and associated with an alias phone number 650-555-3333 as recipient ID; and VP3 having an alias "Joe the Game Geek" and associated with an alias phone number 650- 555-9929 as recipient ID. Despite the different VPs having different phone numbers, communication module 120 is operable to direct a phone call having one of those numbers as the recipient ID to terminate at the same phone associated with the phone number 408-555- 5656, which is registered with the corresponding master of the three sibling VPs. [0021] Reference is now made back to Fig. 1. In an embodiment of the disclosure, when phone 300 initiates a phone call to phone number 650-555-1212, which is a phone number associated with a virtual persona, Joe the Plumber, the phone call is directed to communication module 120. Communication module 120, responsive to VP registry 110, identifies the master of VP Joe the Plumber, which is Joseph Haber, and the master ID of Joseph Haber, which is phone number 408-555-5656. Communication module 120 then directs the phone call to terminate at phone 200 corresponding to phone number 408-555-5656.

[0022] In an embodiment of the disclosure, communication module 120 forwards to phone 200 the caller's phone number, so that phone 200 may display the caller's phone number as a caller ID. As a result, caller ID region 202 of display screen 201 in phone 200 displays caller's phone number, 650-555-5600 as the caller ID. In an embodiment of the disclosure, a contact name, "Sue Collins" associated with the caller ID phone number is also displayed in caller ID region 202. The contact name is optionally provided responsive to phone 200' s contact list. Alternatively, "Sue Collins" is a name stored in VP registry 110 as a VP or master name associated with the caller's phone number of 650-555-5600, and communication module 120 transmits the caller's contact name of "Sue Collins" to phone 200 together with the caller's phone number.

[0023] There is therefore provided in accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure, a computer-based phone system comprising a computer device comprising: a computer readable memory comprising a set of computer-readable instructions; and a processor operable responsive to the set of computer-readable instructions to: register an identification of an intended recipient of a phone call, responsive to the phone system receiving an incoming phone call; and display a representation of the intended recipient on a display screen responsive to registering the identification. Optionally, the identification is a phone number. Optionally, the identification is a username of a user account associated with a phone application running on the phone system for receiving the phone call.

[0024] In accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure, the identification is one of a plurality of identifications for which the phone is operable to receive an incoming phone call.

[0025] In accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure, the representation of the intended recipient is one or more of an image and a string of text. Optionally, the string of text is the identification. Optionally, the string of text is a nickname associated with the identification. [0026] In accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure, the computer-based phone system comprises a computer device comprising the processor and the display screen, and operable to run a phone application for establishing a two-way simultaneous voice communication session. Optionally, the computer device is selected from the group consisting of: a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a tablet computer, a mobile phone and a smartphone.

There is further provided in accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure, a computer- based method for identifying an intended recipient of an incoming call, the method comprising: registering an identification of an intended recipient of a phone call, responsive to a computer- based phone system receiving an incoming phone call; and display a representation of the intended recipient on a display screen of the computer-based phone system responsive to registering the identification. Optionally, the identification is a phone number. Optionally, the identification is a username of a user account associated with a phone application running on the phone system for receiving the phone call.

[0027] In accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure, the identification is one of a plurality of identifications for which the phone is operable to receive an incoming phone call.

[0028] In accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure, the representation of the intended recipient is one or more of an image and a string of text. Optionally, the string of text is the identification. Optionally, the string of text is a nickname associated with the identification.

[0029] In accordance with an embodiment of the disclosure, the computer-based phone system comprises a computer device comprising the processor and the display screen, and operable to run a phone application for establishing a two-way simultaneous voice communication session. Optionally, the computer device is selected from the group consisting of: a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a tablet computer, a mobile phone and a smartphone.

[0030] In the description and claims of the present application, each of the verbs, "comprise" "include" and "have", and conjugates thereof, are used to indicate that the object or objects of the verb are not necessarily a complete listing of components, elements or parts of the subject or subjects of the verb.

[0031] Descriptions of embodiments of the disclosure in the present application are provided by way of example and are not intended to limit the scope of the disclosure. The described embodiments comprise different features, not all of which are required in all embodiments of the disclosure. Some embodiments utilize only some of the features or possible combinations of the features. Variations of embodiments of the disclosure that are described, and embodiments of the disclosure comprising different combinations of features noted in the described embodiments, will occur to persons of the art. The scope of the disclosure is limited only by the claims.