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Patent Issued for Phone to Phone Data Exchange

September 9, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Lupine Investments LLC (Wilmington, DE) has been issued patent number 8818336, according to news reporting originating out of Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews editors.

The patent's inventor is Celik, Feyzi (Hopkinton, MA).

This patent was filed on November 8, 2012 and was published online on August 26, 2014.

From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "The phonebook plays a significant role in mobile communications. It is the source of the contact information for phone calls, text messages, faxes, instant messages and emails. A challenge in the mobile phone market is inserting, updating, and maintaining contact information stored in the phonebook. Currently, one must manually enter another person's contact information into one's mobile phone. This takes time, is often difficult with such small buttons and screens on phones, and is prone to errors with manual data entry. Often, the result is that many individuals do not enter contact information into their mobile phonebooks.

"In addition, these problems restrict the user from adding alternate phone numbers (e.g. business phone, home phone, and fax) associated with a contact, even though today's phonebooks can support multiple numbers. With the growth of more sophisticated phones (e.g. Smart Phones, IP phones, and Internet capable phones) there is also a need to store email addresses and Instant Message (IM) addresses of contacts. Entering email and IM addresses, however, can be even more problematic than entering phone numbers.

"Another problem for users today is the inability to control the distribution of contact information to others. For example, one might provide a mobile phone number or business telephone number to another person but not want to provide their home telephone number. Thus, users continue to face many problems in using and benefiting from the capabilities of a device phonebook.

"A few mobile phones contain a profile that acts as an electronic business card or vcard. The subscriber must locate the profile within his or her mobile phone and manually enter all of their contact information. The profile is then stored in the mobile phone's memory. If the subscriber wants to send their vcard to another person, both the sender and the receiver must have vcard compatibility on their mobile phones. If both mobile phones are vcard compatible, then the first subscriber can manually send his or her profile to the second subscriber via an SMS. Not only is this a manual and complex process, but it may become difficult to remember to whom the subscriber has sent their contact information. In addition, most subscribers don't even know whether their mobile phones have this capability. In general, similar functionalities are buried within the many layers of settings and small screens of the mobile phones."

Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "Embodiments of the invention provide systems, methods, and device enhancements to automatically send, insert, exchange and update a caller's contact information into a user's phonebook. The phonebook can reside on either the UICC card (Subscriber Interface module ('SIM'), USIM, Mega SIM, any other smart card or an integrated chip), on the mobile device or on a remote server, for example. The automatic send and insert and/or automatic exchange mechanism is triggered when a communication happens (phone call, SMS interaction or email) between two mobile phones or other devices. Upon communication completion, a caller is asked if the caller wants to send his or her contact information to a communication recipient. If yes, the information is automatically sent to the recipient, based upon the permission levels provided by the sender, or caller. On the other end, the recipient of the contact information has the option of inserting the information on his or her device.

"In general, in an aspect, the invention provides an information management system for operation over a network. The system includes a first mobile device having a first application module, the first mobile device operating over the network and in communication with a second mobile device having a second application module, a first operating system residing on the first mobile device configured to detect a communication event between the first mobile device and the second mobile device, and an address book module residing on the second mobile device. The first application module is configured to send information associated with the first mobile device to the second mobile device in association with a detection of the communication event.

"Implementations of the invention may include one or more of the following features. The first mobile device can be configured to prompt a first user to enter information for storage in the first application module of the first mobile device. The second application module can be triggered to permit insertion of information transmitted via the communication event into the address book module. The first application module can be configured to prompt the first mobile device to send information stored in the first mobile device to the second mobile device. The second application module can be configured to prompt a user of the second mobile device to insert the information associated with the first mobile device into the address book module. The first application module and the second application module can exchange information associated with a first user.

"Implementations of the invention may further include one or more of the following features. The first application module can be configured to detect a communication event in at least one of the first mobile device or the second mobile device. The information management system can include an address book module residing on the first mobile device. The application module can be configured to determine a frequency of the communication between the first mobile device and the second mobile device. When the frequency of the communication between the first mobile device and the second mobile device exceeds a threshold, the application module can be configured to send an updated information message to the second mobile device. The first application module can be configured to update information stored in the first mobile device. The first application module can be configured to prompt a first user to send the updated information to the second mobile device for automatic insertion into the address book module. The first application module can be configured to automatically provide updated information to contacts stored in the first mobile device. The first application module can be configured to allow entry of a permission level for the information stored in the first mobile device. The first application module can be configured to send information associated with the first mobile device that corresponds to the permission level to the second mobile device. The first application module can be configured to store the permission level that corresponds to the second mobile device. The first application module can be configured to store a sent record to indicate a time of sent data, a destination number and a permission level.

"In general, in another aspect, the invention provides a mobile device configured to receive information communicated over a network. The mobile device includes an application module residing on a mobile device and configured to detect an incoming communication sent to the mobile device over the network, and a phonebook module residing on the mobile device and configured to store information contained in the incoming communication received by the mobile device. The application module detects the incoming communication and the application module is triggered to provide an option of storing information contained in the incoming communication in the phonebook module.

"Implementation of the invention may include one or more of the following features. The incoming communication can comprise a SMS message received by the mobile device. The application module can be configured to prompt a first user of the mobile device for entry of the information or to update the information contained in the incoming communication. The device can include an operating system module, wherein the phonebook module resides on the operating system module. The application module can be configured to detect a call identifier of the communication to determine whether the calling number is a mobile device call identifier.

"Features of the invention may provide one or more of the following capabilities. The process may alleviate storage issues and processing power issues. The system and processes of the invention assist in the integration issues of a Mobile Operator Network. Exchange of information between users on a network can be automated. Updates to information stored on a mobile device can be achieved automatically, or with manual entry by choice. The invention can memorize the phone numbers of subscribers that received a user's contact information. Other capabilities will be apparent upon review of the following figures and description."

For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Celik, Feyzi. Phone to Phone Data Exchange. U.S. Patent Number 8818336, filed November 8, 2012, and published online on August 26, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8818336.PN.&OS=PN/8818336RS=PN/8818336

Keywords for this news article include: Information Technology, Information and Data Management, Lupine Investments LLC.

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