System and method for providing a remote user with a virtual presence to an office

  • US 5,889,845 A
  • Filed: 11/01/1996
  • Issued: 03/30/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/15/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method for providing a remote user operating a user telephony communications device with access capabilities to a corporate office, wherein the corporate office includes a virtual presence server, wherein the corporate office includes a first telephone number associated with the remote user and used to access the remote user at the corporate office, the method comprising:

  • the user telephony communications device connecting to the corporate office on a communication line and providing identification information;

    the virtual presence server performing a call forwarding operation to forward telephone calls made to said first telephone number which are intended for the user at the corporate office to said virtual presence server; and

    the virtual presence server communicating telephony control information with the user telephony communications device on the communication line, wherein said communicating telephony control information enables the user telephony communications device to behave as an extension to a telephony server at the corporate office;

    wherein the virtual presence server performs said call forwarding operation and communicates said telephony control information in response to the user telephony communications device connecting to the corporate office and providing said identification information.

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