US Patent No: 5,850,433

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System and method for providing an on-line directory service

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An on-line directory service includes a server associated with a database containing a plurality of directory listings including advertising information. A customer subscribing to the on-line directory service may selectively view directory listings from the database by initiating a search research at a personal computer linked with the server. The search request may specify a particular service or product, a particular geographical preference or other search parameters. The search request is then forwarded to the server which accesses the database and retrieves the responsive information for the customer. To place a telephone call to a service provider listed in response to the customer search request, the customer merely activates a telephone icon associated with the selected service or product provider. The server then obtains a telephone number associated with the selected provider from the database and automatically dials the telephone number. Once the telephone call is connected, the directory service establishes a voice connection extending from the customer's computer to a remote telephone device associated with the selected provider. The directory service also develops individual customer profiles for individual customers and stores these profiles in the database. The profiles, which include historical directory usage information, may be used to customize the menu screens and search results provided to the customer.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
SPRINT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY L.P.OVERLAND PARK, KS2242
BALL, HARLEY R.KANSAS CITY, MO3

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Rondeau, David Edward Olathe, KS 1 414

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GENESYS TELECOMMUNICATIONS LABORATORIES, INC. (2)
6,148,074 Personal desktop router 36 1997
6,411,615 Embedded web phone module 17 1998
 
HECK.COM, LLC (2)
7,149,743 Virtual directory 7 2001
RE42527 Virtual directory 0 2008
 
HITACHI, LTD. (2)
6,845,096 Web phone dialer system apparatus and method 4 1998
7,149,301 Repeating device, telephone set, and recording medium 5 2001
 
INTEL CORPORATION (2)
6,421,733 System for dynamically transcoding data transmitted between computers 350 1997
6,892,226 System for delivery of dynamic content to a client device 116 1997
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (2)
6,314,432 System and method for retrieval, saving and printing of using hyperlinks 12 1998
7,426,472 Method and system for connecting businesses through common interests 17 2002
 
ITXC IP HOLDINGS S.A.R.L. (2)
6,661,878 Method and apparatus for establishing a voice call to a PSTN extension for a networked client computer 18 1999
7,248,675 Method and apparatus for establishing a voice call to a PSTN extension for a networked client computer 7 2003
 
JINGLE NETWORKS, INC. (2)
8,175,231 Toll-free directory assistance with automatic selection of an advertisement from a category 0 2007
8,107,602 Directory assistance with data processing station 1 2007
 
JOLY HOLDINGS LLC (2)
7,340,048 System and method for directory services and e-commerce across multi-provider networks 11 2001
7,899,173 Communication connectivity via context association, advertising sponsorship, and multiple contact databases 3 2007
 
KEEN.COM, A CORPORATION OF CALIFORNIA (2)
7,308,422 System for recording and distributing recorded information over the internet 15 2000
7,289,623 System and method for an online speaker patch-through 93 2001
 
LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES INC. (2)
6,249,579 Apparatus, method and system for personal telecommunication speed calling utilizing an affinity database 35 1998
6,567,398 Distributed call system 29 1998
 
MEMPHIS VENTURES (2)
8,200,503 System and method for scheduling travel on a charter transport 0 2009
8,484,047 System and method for scheduling travel on a charter transport 0 2012
 
NETNUMBER, INC. (2)
6,748,057 Method and apparatus for correlating a unique identifier, such as a PSTN telephone number, to an internet address to enable communications over the internet 58 2002
7,522,931 Method and apparatus for accessing a network computer to establish a push-to-talk session 7 2004
 
NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (2)
6,771,743 Voice processing system, method and computer program product having common source for internet world wide web pages and voice applications 21 1997
7,242,758 System and method for automatically processing a user's request by an automated assistant 2 2003
 
PANDORA MEDIA, INC. (2)
7,962,482 Methods and systems for utilizing contextual feedback to generate and modify playlists 13 2006
8,306,976 Methods and systems for utilizing contextual feedback to generate and modify playlists 0 2011
 
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6,128,663 Method and apparatus for customization of information content provided to a requestor over a network using demographic information yet the user remains anonymous to the server 213 1998
7,243,129 Method and apparatus for customization of information content provided to a requestor over a network using anonymous demographic data stored on a demographic server 13 2000
 
UNWIRED PLANET, LLC (2)
8,548,498 Anonymous positioning of a wireless unit for data network location-based services 0 2011
8,774,841 Anonymous positioning of a wireless unit for data network location-based services 0 2013
 
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8,423,536 Systems and methods to sort information related to entities having different locations 4 2008
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7,139,389 System and method for allocating contact resources to contact resource users 2 2002
 
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6,681,252 System and method for interconnecting portable information devices through a network based telecommunication system 80 1999
 
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7,424,442 Method and apparatus to allocate and recycle telephone numbers in a call-tracking system 15 2004
 
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7,340,468 Directory information system for providing toll free telephone numbers 0 2005
 
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6,430,411 Method and device for selecting a destination telephone number using a mobile station 38 1999
 
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7,107,256 Information search system, method and program for user specification of result ranking calculation 0 2001
 
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7,707,063 Internet-based advertising and referral system 1 2007
 
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7,797,447 Data detector for creating links from web content for mobile devices 4 2000
 
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6,725,251 Local-file-transfer method and local-filed-transfer system for client-server system 3 1997
 
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7,216,177 Apparatus and method for supplying electronic content to network appliances 13 2001
 
INFOGEAR TECHNOLOGY (1)
6,870,828 Method and apparatus for iconifying and automatically dialing telephone numbers which appear on a Web page 107 1997
 
INGENIO, INC. (1)
6,801,899 Assistance method and apparatus 42 2002
 
INTELLECTUAL VENTURES I LLC (1)
6,320,943 Electronic directory system and method 128 1997
 
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6,243,398 System and method for personal multimedia communication over a packet switched network 79 1997
 
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6,625,140 Communication terminal, repeater, peripheral equipment and computer readable memory medium 1 1999
 
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6,014,629 Personalized health care provider directory 48 1998
 
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6,836,762 Internet-audiotext electronic advertising system with anonymous bi-directional messaging 14 2001
 
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6,208,642 Architecture independent application invocation over a telephony network 31 1997
 
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6,799,300 Document processor 1 2000
 
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6,338,085 Telephone activated web server 26 1998
 
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7,330,847 System and method for management of an automatic OLAP report broadcast system 8 2003
 
Samhain Union LLC (1)
7,382,871 Call setup using a packet-switched address such as an internet address or the like 4 1999
 
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8,467,961 Technique for effective navigation based on user preferences 0 2008
 
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7,991,001 Packet-switched telephony call server 1 2006
 
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Sprint Communications Company L.P. (1)
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6,192,123 Method and apparatus for initiating telephone calls using a data network 81 1997
 
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7,486,660 Transport of caller identification information through diverse communication networks 0 2001
 
WEISMAN, SANFORD P. (1)
6,788,769 Internet directory system and method using telephone number based addressing 141 2000
 
WILMINGTON TRUST FSB (1)
6,999,431 Voice over internet protocol 11 2001
 
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