07948968 is referenced by 166 patents and cites 919 patents.

A communication system providing telephony communication across combined circuit switched and packet switched networks, such as a telephone network and the Internet, which are connectable to terminals, such as telephones and computers, for selective communication therebetween. The communication system includes an authorization and account control object in the packet switched network, multiple gateways between the circuit switched and packet switched networks providing controlled connectivity between those networks, and an information retrieval object in the packet switched network, wherein the authorization and account control object maintains a substantially real time record of user accounts and usage, and the information and retrieval object provides substantially real time retrieval of selected information from the authorization and account control object. The retrieval object provides on demand to terminals which provide authentication for access to an identified account information regarding that account. The information regarding the account is substantially real time information including information with respect to communications in progress, which are chargeable to the account which has been authenticated. The authorization and account control object is preferably a unitary logical object having distributed instances thereof handling multitudinous accounts of widely separated terminals. The retrieval object provides isolation of the authorization and account control object permitting simultaneous multitasking by the authorization and account control object and the retrieval object respectively.

Title
Network session management
Application Number
10/979317
Publication Number
7948968 (B2)
Application Date
November 2, 2004
Publication Date
May 24, 2011
Inventor
David E Young
Silver Spring
MD, US
Patrick E White
Vienna
VA, US
Jayant G Gadre
Oakton
VA, US
William D Goodman
Collegeville
PA, US
Edward E Balkovich
Potomac
MD, US
Eric A Voit
Baltimore
MD, US
Assignee
Verizon Services
VA, US
Verizon Communications
NY, US
IPC
H04L 1/00
H04L 12/66
H04M 15/00
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