One Number Corporation, headquartered outside of Indianapolis, Indiana holds several patents for its proprietary contact encapsulation technology and unified messaging communication system. Building upon its patented technology, the company developed and brought to market a consumer communication service and mass communication system. In addition, 1Num has licensees and is defending its patent portfolio. Dean McConnell, an Indianapolis patent attorney, helped the company prepare and file the patent application for U.S. Patent No. 8,611,511. This patent protection safeguards the company’s valuable intellectual property.
The patent application filed December 14, 2011 is a continuation application of and claims the benefit of U.S. application Ser. No. 11/206,689, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,680,256, entitled “Contact Number Encapsulation System” filed on Aug. 15, 2005.
The technology covered by the patent portfolio created by Dean McConnell relates to a novel contact number encapsulation system that is operable to consolidate a plurality of contact numbers associated with a given user into a single contact number. The system includes a call processing application that uses information contained in a message header to determine a list of contact numbers to call. The message header contains a call destination indication that is used by the call processing application to retrieve the list of contact numbers. The list of contact numbers is user defined and may be updated or modified by an account holder at any given time. Once the list of contact numbers is obtained, a simultaneous call module is used to simultaneously call each number. The account holder only needs to provide the primary contact number to individuals desiring to reach them instead of various numbers that are associated with locations the account holder may be located. The system includes a web-based user interface that allows the user to control system settings.