06967956 is referenced by 63 patents and cites 133 patents.

A network element that is capable facilitating the routing and accounting of messages between a plurality of network elements that do not share a common signaling application protocol nor a common transport protocol suite. In one embodiment of the present invention, a Multi-Protocol Gateway (MPG) is adapted to receive a signaling message and subsequently translate both the signaling and transport protocol suite prior to message routing. The MPG node is also configured to create and maintain usage and measurements data that may subsequently be used to produce billing records.

Title
Methods and systems for providing message translation, accounting and routing service in a multi-protocol communications network environment
Application Number
9/618807
Publication Number
6967956 (B1)
Application Date
July 18, 2000
Publication Date
November 22, 2005
Inventor
David Michael Sprague
Raleigh
NC, US
Peter Joseph Marsico
Carrboro
NC, US
Robert John Tinsley
Durham
NC, US
Agent
Jenkins Wilson & Taylor P A
Assignee
Tekelec
CA, US
IPC
H04J 003/22
H04J 003/16
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