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1. WO2010085390 - MONITORING COMMUNICATION EVENTS INVOLVING A HANDSET IN REAL TIME

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CLAIMS:

We claim:

1. A method of monitoring the usage of a reporting handset (110) in real time in a communication network (100), the method characterized by the steps of: identifying, within the communication network (100), criteria defining a communication event involving the reporting handset (110) for which a controlling handset (120) has requested to be notified; monitoring signaling messages for the reporting handset (110) based on the criteria to identify an occurrence of the communication event involving the reporting handset (110); generating a communication event report responsive to identifying the occurrence of the communication event involving the reporting handset (110); and transmitting the communication event report to the controlling handset (120) for display to a controlling party (122).

2. The method of claim 1 further comprising: suspending, in the communication network (100), the identified communication event involving the reporting handset (110); generating an authorization request message requesting authorization of the identified communication event; transmitting the authorization request message to the controlling handset (120); receiving an authorization response message in the communication network (100) from the controlling handset (120); permitting the identified communication event involving the reporting handset (110) if the authorization response message indicates that the identified communication event is authorized; and prohibiting the identified communication event involving the reporting handset (HO) if the authorization response message indicates that the identified communication event is not authorized.

3. The method of claim 2 wherein the communication event comprises initiation of a voice call.

4. The method of claim 2 wherein the communication event comprises initiation of a text/multimedia message.

5. The method of claim 1 wherein the communication network (100) comprises an IMS network.

6. A communication network (100) operable to monitor the usage of a reporting handset (110) in real time, the communication network (100) characterized by: at least one network element (102) operable to identify criteria defining a communication event involving the reporting handset (110) for which a controlling handset (120) has requested to be notified; the at least one network element (102) further operable to monitor signaling messages for the reporting handset (110) based on the criteria to identify an occurrence of the communication event involving the reporting handset (110); the at least one network element (102) further operable to generate a communication event report responsive to identifying the occurrence of the communication event involving the reporting handset (110); and the at least one network element (102) further operable to transmit the communication event report to the controlling handset (120) for display to a controlling party (122).

7. The communication network (100) of claim 6 wherein: the at least one network element (102) is further operable to suspend the identified communication event involving the reporting handset (110); the at least one network element (102) is further operable to generate an authorization request message requesting authorization of the identified communication event; the at least one network element (102) is further operable to transmit the authorization request message to the controlling handset (120);

the at least one network element (102) is further operable to receive an authorization response message in the communication network (100) from the controlling handset (120); the at least one network element (102) is further operable to permit the identified communication event involving the reporting handset (110) if the authorization response message indicates that the identified communication event is authorized; and the at least one network element (102) is further operable to prohibit the identified communication event involving the reporting handset (110) if the authorization response message indicates that the identified communication event is not authorized.

8. The communication network (100) of claim 7 wherein the communication event comprises initiation of a voice call.

9. The communication network (100) of claim 7 wherein the communication event comprises initiation of a text/multimedia message.

10. The communication network (100) of claim 6 wherein the at least one network element (102) comprises a Serving Call Session Control Function, S-CSCF, and an application server.