The assignee for this patent, patent number 8638780, is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The convergence of telephony and the Internet is ever increasing. For this capability, telephone numbers must be linked to Internet service addresses.
"A publicly accessible database, such as that provided by
"Since the ENUM provider database is not directly linked to service provider networks for real-time updating of telephone number information related to subscribers of the service provider networks, the information in the ENUM provider database can become inaccurate or may not otherwise be available. Thus, in response to the ENUM query, a 404-Not-Found error message may be returned to the device, program, or network initiating the call.
"Further, the present system has particular disadvantages in the context of subscribers to a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). The MVNO service profile identifier/original called number (
"Also, because the current ENUM databases contain rather static information and need regular maintenance and co-operation from carriers to keep the stored information current, these databases are particularly not able to deal with wireless number portability (WNP) ported numbers in real time.
"Therefore, it would be desirable to provide an improved system and method for obtaining an internet address associated with a telephone number."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "A system and method for obtaining an internet address associated with a telephone number is provided. In an embodiment of the present invention, a wireless carrier network includes a subscriber database and an ENUM gateway. The ENUM gateway receives an ENUM query related to a subscriber of the wireless carrier from a third party, consults the subscriber database in response to the received ENUM query, and provides an ENUM response to the ENUM query to the third party after consulting the subscriber database."
For more information, see this patent: Zhang, Qiang. System and Method for Obtaining an Internet Address Associated with a Telephone Number. U.S. Patent Number 8638780, filed
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