Patent Number: 7,085,357

Title: System and method for external voice mail notification by a home network telephone answering device

Abstract: A system and method are provided for a Home Network telephone answering device (TAD) to notify external systems of voice mail messages. The method comprises: receiving the message from a communication media; recording a voice mail message for registered Home Network endpoints; and, sending a notification of the recorded message from the TAD to a system external to the Home Network. The notification may include information such as the calling telephone number, the calling party's name, the time of the call, the addressed endpoint, and the length of the call. Some aspects of the method further comprise: converting the format of the recorded message to one that is compatible with the external system to which the notification is sent. Other aspects of the method further comprise: in response to the notification, receiving a request for the playback of the recorded message; and, supplying the recorded message.

Inventors: Gavette; Sherman L. (Camas, WA), Mansfield; Carl (Camas, WA)

Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.

International Classification: H04M 1/64 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/01/02018