US Patent Application No: 2002/0176,547

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Usage-based billing for voice over packet communications

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A communication system is disclosed that provides usage-based billing for voice communications transmitted over a packet system. The communication system is comprised of a packet billing system that sniffs signaling transmitted between a signaling processor and a communication device, such as a switch or a router. If the packet billing system detects a call setup message in the signaling, then the packet billing system generates a start record. If the packet billing system detects a call complete message in the signaling, then the packet billing system generates an end record. The packet billing system transfers the start record and the end record to a conventional public switched telephone network (PSTN) billing system. The PSTN billing system generates a bill for the call based on the start record and the end record. The communication system advantageously provides usage-based billing for packet-based calls using the conventional PSTN billing system.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
SPRINT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY L.P.OVERLAND PARK, KS2673

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Jones, Bryce A Overland Park, KS 49 849

Cited Art Landscape

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
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PNONLINE.COM (1)
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CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (2)
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YANKEETEK INVESTMENT PARTNERS, LLC (1)
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CopperCom, Inc. (1)
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NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY (1)
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NACT ACQUISITION, INC. (1)
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AT&T CORP. (1)
* 6,775,267 Method for billing IP broadband subscribers 316 1999
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
Sprint Communications Company L.P. (1)
* 9,253,333 Voice over packet (VOP) call detail recording (CDR) 0 2006
 
ALCATEL (1)
* 2004/0148,407 Coupling selection/configuration through service parameters 1 2003
 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORPORATION (1)
* 2003/0088,513 Billing system and method for network 6 2001
 
Sprint Spectrum L.P. (3)
* 6,963,635 Method and system for facilitating collection of subscriber past due balance 24 2003
* 7,751,384 Method and system for identifying calls 1 2003
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AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P. (1)
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* Cited By Examiner