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KLAR - System and Method for Voicemail Overlay During Conference Call Silence

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000218166D
Publication Date: 2012-May-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 88K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for overlaying the audio from a voicemail with the audio from a telephone call. If the user has a pending voicemail they have not heard, they may elect to use this invention to initiate playback of the voicemail overlaid on top of the audio from the original call.

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KLAR - System and Method for Voicemail Overlay During Conference Call Silence

There are times when a user knows they have a voicemail message, but it is not, at that time, appropriate to check voicemail. For example, if a user is on an important conference call and they have a voicemail arrive to which they would like to listen, there are two options:


• Put the conference call on hold, check the voicemail, and then join the conference bridge again


• Utilize two telephones such that they can simultaneously hear the voicemail and conference call

Related prior art includes:


• Interactive voice message retrieval. This art does refer to "voice messages" which are equivalent to voicemail entries; however, is primarily concerned with pausing segmenting messages so they can send back and forth among other contacts that also have the invention. It solves a different problem than does the prospective invention.


• Method and apparatus for voice mail notes. This discloses a system of annotating a voicemail with a "voice note" - the playback of a voicemail is paused while audio not is captured. Although this art is in the same space, it is unrelated and solves a different problem.

Disclosed is a system for overlaying the audio from a voicemail with the audio from a telephone call (e.g., conference call). If the user has a pending voicemail they have not heard, they may elect to use this invention to initiate playback of the voicemail overlaid on top of the audio from the original call.

In the event of scenarios where the call in progress needs to be the focus of attention when a voice message is being played at that same moment, the disclosed additional novelties address this sub-problem:


• The user can pause the voicemail so only the audio from the call is present. When the discussion on the call is not as active or important, the user may elect to begin playing the voicemail again.


• The handset processes the audible sound level of the conference call. If there is a prolonged period of...