Call From Anonymous Caller Patents (Class 379/210.03)
  • Patent number: 9031210
    Abstract: A telephone with a call screening device is able to screen automated calls by transmitting a message containing an instruction upon detecting an incoming call. The instruction from the call screening device requests that the calling party respond to the message correctly and in time before the call screening device allows the telephone to ring and the call answered. The instruction contains, inter alia, a string of randomly generated numbers that the calling party is asked to dial as part of his/her response. In the event that the response is not received in time or the response is incorrect, the call screening device terminates the call without the phone ever ringing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: C21 Patents, LLC
    Inventor: Kent S. Charugundla
  • Patent number: 9020123
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to obtain billing data associated with a plurality of calls over a Voice Over Internet Protocol network, determine special service calls being made based on the billing data, monitor for the special service calls being associated with at least one of one calling number or one network node, and determine an undesired condition based at least in part on the special service calls being made from the one calling number or through the one network node exceeding a threshold. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Li-Jin Chung, Yu-Lein Kung, Jeffrey Stein, Ching-Chyuan Shieh
  • Patent number: 9008298
    Abstract: A method may include receiving, from a network, a call request in a communication device, the call request including an identification of a calling party; notifying a user of the communication device of the call request; receiving an indication to deny the call request; prompting the user of the communication device, in response to receiving the indication to deny the call request, regarding automatically denying call requests having the identification of the calling party; receiving, from the user, an indication to deny call requests having the identification of the calling party; and sending an instruction to the network to automatically deny the call requests having the identification of the calling party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Wright, Stuart Langham, Hinal K. Balia
  • Patent number: 8958782
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for processing call blocking instructions and for managing mobile messaging. A method of processing call blocking instructions is described. A call processing system receives a call from a caller intended for a first user. A notification regarding the call is transmitted to a mobile device associated with the first user. A message from the user is received via the mobile device, wherein the message is a text or multimedia type message. At least partly in response to the message, the caller is placed on a blacklist indicating that future calls from the caller to the user are to be blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Callwave Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Leland W. Kirchhoff, Colin D. Kelley, David S. Trandal, David F. Hofstatter
  • Patent number: 8787549
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for providing Programmable Caller ID Screening services. One method monitors a telephone call for a call screening request for commercial, residential, and other identifiers of incoming calls. An action is taken in response to the call screening request. The action could be playing an announcement, terminating the connection, forwarding to voice mail, storing the ICLID information in a database, adding the ICLID information to a Do Not Call list, updating a subscriber's profile with the ICLID information, and/or storing the ICLID information in a subscriber's blocked communications list. The call screening request may comprise a Dual-Tone Multi-Frequency, a softkey entry, and/or a data message. Subsequent incoming calls from the calling telephone number are characterized as undesirable and are screened from alerting or otherwise establishing a communications connection to the called telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Gennamin Wood, Kevin Forsberg
  • Patent number: 8761356
    Abstract: A method for screening and routing incoming telephone calls includes extracting caller identification information from an incoming telephone call, providing a plurality of tables including a primary ring table, a secondary ring table, a voicemail table, a block call table, and a forward call table, and determining which one of the plurality of tables includes the caller identification information. The method further includes sending the incoming telephone call directly to voicemail without having a ring tone if the voicemail table includes the caller identification information, blocking the incoming telephone call if the block call table includes the caller identification information, and forwarding the incoming telephone call if the forward call table includes the caller identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Bradley J. Martin
  • Patent number: 8750846
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling an incoming call to an incoming call subscriber terminal of a mobile communication system. A Mobility Management Entity (MME) receives the incoming call for the incoming call subscriber terminal from an outgoing call terminal, analyzes a type of the incoming call subscriber to determine whether a call restriction is required for incoming calls to the incoming call subscriber terminal, determines whether an outgoing call number of the outgoing call terminal is one of previously registered call-allowed numbers, if the call restriction is required; and pages the incoming call subscriber terminal, if the outgoing call number is one of the previously registered call-allowed numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Soo Deok Choi
  • Patent number: 8638921
    Abstract: In a telecommunication system configured to provide a connection between a caller and a callee via a telephone network, wherein the telephone network is configured to connect the caller and the callee, a method for allowing the callee to prevent the caller from establishing the connection with the callee. The method includes receiving an instruction from the callee to prevent the caller from establishing the connection with the callee and identifying a first telephone number associated with the caller. The method also includes preventing one or more phone calls from the first telephone number from being forwarded to a second telephone number associated with the callee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mark Kirkpatrick
  • Patent number: 8611875
    Abstract: A network component in communication with a call message system is disclosed. The network component includes a configurable communications portion and a configurable processor portion. The communications portion is configured to detect a call indicative of a call to a mobile device. The processor portion is configured to determine an originator of the call. The processor portion is also configured to determine a genre of the call. The determination of the genre of the call is based at least in part on the originator of the call. The genre of the call is compared to a predetermined genre. The processor portion is configured to terminate the call or to provide the call to the call message system based on the comparison of the genre of the call to the predetermined genre.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Mikan, John Lewis, Justin McNamara, Fulvio Arturo Cenciarelli
  • Patent number: 8594287
    Abstract: The present invention relates to telephone call processing. In one embodiment, a call processing system receives from a caller a first call for a user, the first call including call signaling information. The call processing system determines whether the call signaling information includes caller identification information and whether the call signaling information indicates that the caller identification information is restricted. If the caller identification information is restricted, the call processing system instructs the caller to take a first action so that the caller identification information can be provided to the user. The call processing system determines whether the caller has performed the first action during the first call, and if the caller has performed the first action during the first call, the call processing system provides at least a portion of the caller identification information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Callwave Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Dolan, David F. Hofstatter, Lee Kirchhoff
  • Patent number: 8565403
    Abstract: A method for screening and routing incoming telephone calls includes extracting caller identification information from an incoming telephone call, providing a plurality of tables including a primary ring table, a secondary ring table, a voicemail table, a block call table, and a forward call table, and determining which one of the plurality of tables includes the caller identification information. The method further includes sending the incoming telephone call directly to voicemail without having a ring tone if the voicemail table includes the caller identification information, blocking the incoming telephone call if the block call table includes the caller identification information, and forwarding the incoming telephone call if the forward call table includes the caller identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Bradley J. Martin
  • Patent number: 8463251
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method of modifying policy settings in a network having a plurality of subscriber devices. An embodiment includes a plurality of base stations, each capable of wirelessly transmitting across a geographic region and a server. A cell-phone, capable of roaming between regions, is operable to establish a wireless link with the base stations and through the base stations, with the server. The network contains a communication policy determining from which other communication devices a subscriber device can receive voice calls. The communication policy is updated, by the server, based on requests from the subscriber devices. Once a request is received from a subscriber device, the determination whether to update the communication policy can be based on a record of rejections respective to the caller requested to be blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Ian Michael Patterson, Sean Arthur Daniel Carlos Goggin, Marc Plumb
  • Patent number: 8416938
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for providing Programmable Caller ID Screening services. One method monitors a telephone call for a call screening request for commercial, residential, and other identifiers of incoming calls. An action is taken in response to the call screening request. The action could be playing an announcement, terminating the connection, forwarding to voice mail, storing the ICLID information in a database, adding the ICLID information to a Do Not Call list, updating a subscriber's profile with the ICLID information, and/or storing the ICLID information in a subscriber's blocked communications list. The call screening request may comprise a Dual-Tone Multi-Frequency, a softkey entry, and/or a data message. Subsequent incoming calls from the calling telephone number are characterized as undesirable and are screened from alerting or otherwise establishing a communications connection to the called telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Gennamin Wood, Kevin Forsberg
  • Patent number: 8406410
    Abstract: In a telecommunication system configured to provide a connection between a caller and a callee via a telephone network, wherein the telephone network is configured to connect the caller and the callee, a method for allowing the callee to prevent the caller from establishing the connection with the callee. The method includes receiving an instruction from the callee to prevent the caller from establishing the connection with the callee and identifying a first telephone number associated with the caller. The method also includes preventing one or more phone calls from the first telephone number from being forwarded to a second telephone number associated with the callee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mark Kirkpatrick
  • Patent number: 8385524
    Abstract: A method and system for selectively establishing a communications connection between an origin and destination in a communications network based on one or mediations rules and one or more lists of prohibited and exempted destination identifiers either in real-time using a control unit or with a pre-check using an analysis unit while also providing notification messages associated with the allowed or designated allowed communications connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Gryphon Networks Corp.
    Inventors: Keith A. Fotta, Richard P. Boudrieau
  • Patent number: 8325900
    Abstract: In general, the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products for identifying telephone spam. An indication of an incoming telephone call and a calling device telephone number for the incoming telephone call is received. An indication that the calling device telephone number has been determined to be a source of telephone spam based on identifications by one or more users, other than a user of a mobile telephone, that the calling device telephone number is a source of telephone spam is received. A secondary alert is output to the user of the mobile telephone that is different than a default alert. The default alert is output to the user of the mobile telephone if the calling device telephone number is not determined to be a source of telephone spam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Trivi, Marco Nelissen
  • Patent number: 8325899
    Abstract: A method for screening and routing incoming telephone calls includes extracting caller identification information from an incoming telephone call, providing a plurality of tables including a primary ring table, a secondary ring table, a voicemail table, a block call table, and a forward call table, and determining which one of the plurality of tables includes the caller identification information. The method further includes sending the incoming telephone call directly to voicemail without having a ring tone if the voicemail table includes the caller identification information, blocking the incoming telephone call if the block call table includes the caller identification information, and forwarding the incoming telephone call if the forward call table includes the caller identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Bradley J. Martin
  • Patent number: 8243909
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for providing Programmable Caller ID Screening services. One method monitors a telephone call for a call screening request for commercial, residential, and other identifiers of incoming calls. An action is taken in response to the call screening request. The action could be playing an announcement, terminating the connection, forwarding to voice mail, storing the ICLID information in a database, adding the ICLID information to a Do Not Call list, updating a subscriber's profile with the ICLID information, and/or storing the ICLID information in a subscriber's blocked communications list. The call screening request may comprise a Dual-Tone Multi-Frequency, a softkey entry, and/or a data message. Subsequent incoming calls from the calling telephone number are characterized as undesirable and are screened from alerting or otherwise establishing a communications connection to the called telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Gennamin Wood, Kevin Forsberg
  • Patent number: 8218752
    Abstract: In a telecommunication system configured to provide a connection between a caller and a callee via a telephone network, wherein the telephone network is configured to connect the caller and the callee, a method for allowing the callee to prevent the caller from establishing the connection with the callee. The method includes receiving an instruction from the callee to prevent the caller from establishing the connection with the callee and identifying a first telephone number associated with the caller. The method also includes preventing one or more phone calls from the first telephone number from being forwarded to a second telephone number associated with the callee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Mark Kirkpatrick
  • Patent number: 8165571
    Abstract: Wireless networks and methods are disclosed that provide for anonymous call blocking in wireless networks. A wireless network of the invention includes an MSC system and an HLR system. When a calling party initiates a call to a called party, the MSC system receives the call and generates a call setup message for the call. The call is anonymous, so the call setup message does not include caller ID information for the calling party. The MSC system receiving the call transmits the call setup message to the HLR system. The HLR system determines if the call setup message includes caller ID information, and determines if the called party subscribes to anonymous call blocking. Responsive to determining that there is no caller ID information in the call setup message and that the called party subscribes to anonymous call blocking, the HLR system instructs the MSC system to block the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Frances Mu-Fen Chin, Paul C. Mui, Alok Sharma
  • Patent number: 8090088
    Abstract: A communications network-based system and service is disclosed. The service permits subscribers to control and manage incoming telephone calls. Subscribers can establish preferences for how calls will be handled by a communications network if the calls are received while the subscriber has a privacy screening service engaged. The service also notifies a subscriber of a calling party's call based on whether preselected or predesignated preferences of the called party correspond to identifier(s) of the calling party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Karen Mullis, Anita Hogans Simpson
  • Patent number: 8050394
    Abstract: A method of implementing call compliance at a central facility through account specific access, the method involving: receiving a call from a caller on an incoming connection; obtaining and verifying account information; enabling the caller on the incoming connection to initiate an outgoing call on an outgoing connection depending on account information; receiving over the incoming connection an identifier of a destination to which a call is to be initiated over the outgoing connection; checking a do-not-call database for an indication of whether the destination is a do-not-call destination; if it is determined that the destination is a do-not-call destination, blocking the outgoing call from taking place over the outgoing connection; and if it is determined that the destination is not a do-not-call destination, allowing the outgoing call to take place over the outgoing connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Gryphon Networks Corp.
    Inventors: Keith A. Fotta, Richard P. Boudrieau
  • Patent number: 8045689
    Abstract: A method of screening a call from a calling party to a called party, the calling party being connected to a communication network through a first line, the called party being connected to said communication network through a second line, includes sending a notification to a screening terminal which is connected to the communication network through a third line other than the second line when a voice message is being recorded by the calling party in a voice mailbox associated with the called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Telecom Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Fabrizio Provenzale, Roberto Pignatta, Domenico Turco
  • Patent number: 8005200
    Abstract: A method and system for selectively establishing a communications connection between an origin and destination in a communications network based on one or mediations rules and one or more lists of prohibited and exempted destination identifiers either in real-time using a control unit or with a pre-check using an analysis unit while also providing notification messages associated with the allowed or designated allowed communications connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Gryphon Networks Corp.
    Inventors: Keith A. Fotta, Richard P. Boudrieau
  • Patent number: 7974608
    Abstract: Wireless networks and methods are disclosed that provide for anonymous call blocking in wireless networks. A wireless network of the invention includes an MSC system and an HLR system. When a calling party initiates a call to a called party, the MSC system receives the call and generates a call setup message for the call. The call is anonymous, so the call setup message does not include caller ID information for the calling party. The MSC system receiving the call transmits the call setup message to the HLR system. The HLR system determines if the call setup message includes caller ID information, and determines if the called party subscribes to anonymous call blocking. Responsive to determining that there is no caller ID information in the call setup message and that the called party subscribes to anonymous call blocking, the HLR system instructs the MSC system to block the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Frances Mu-Fen Chin, Paul C. Mui, Alok Sharma
  • Patent number: 7941130
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for using location information associated with wireless devices. The system includes a wireless device, a location system, and a feature server. The wireless device includes any wireless apparatus having wireless communications capabilities. The location system can generate location information pinpointing the location of the wireless device. The feature server can use the location information to determine whether to execute an action in accordance with subscriber rules. A large number of applications may be implemented to execute the action via a number of communications channels, including without limitation, a wireless communications network, a computer network, and a public switched telephone system, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Robert T. Moton, Jr., Mark J. Enzmann, Samuel N Zellner
  • Patent number: 7929956
    Abstract: A call rejecting system (100) includes a base station (10) and a mobile terminal (20). The base station includes a controlling module (11), a storage module (12) and a comparing module (13). The controlling module is electronically connected to the storage module and the comparing module. The mobile terminal sends prohibited phone numbers to the base station. The prohibited phone numbers is stored in the storage module. When the base station receives a call signal calling the mobile terminal, the comparing module compares the number of the call signal with the prohibited phone numbers sent by the mobile terminal. The controlling module rejects the call signal or transmits the call signal to the mobile terminal according to the result of comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ching-Kuei Chuang
  • Patent number: 7912192
    Abstract: Trust ratings are embedded in certificates of calling devices in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications system. A method of managing trust ratings involves automatically accumulating complaints concerning VoIP calls initiated from calling devices, and comparing respective quantities of accumulated complaints associated with each calling device. When a quantity of accumulated complaints associated with a given calling device exceeds a given threshold, a trust rating of the given calling device is reduced. In subsequent VoIP calls the given calling device attempts to place, the reduced trust rating is included in the call request so that the subsequent calls are subject to more austere call screening operations than calls having the unreduced trust rating. Call recipients thus affect the calling device's trust rating simply by entering complaints associated with received calls. The method effectively combats spam over Internet telephony (SPIT) through participation of called parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin Brian Kealy, Peter Israel Rosencrantz
  • Patent number: 7903802
    Abstract: A system and method for restoring the original calling number in a call routed through an out-of-network enhanced service provider to a forwarding destination. The system comprises a service control point, a service switching point in communication with the service control point, and an enhanced service provider service node in communication with the service switching point, wherein the service node is located outside of a network while the remaining components reside within the network, and wherein the service switching point is provisioned with two triggers: an incoming trigger for calls to the service node and an outgoing trigger for calls from the service node. According to the method, the service control point, in response to the incoming trigger, removes and stores the private call information of a call exiting the network and, in response to the outgoing trigger, restores that private call information to the call once the call re-enters the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: James C. Bedingfield
  • Patent number: 7894589
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying telemarketer communications directed to a subscriber of a call screening service is provided. A link monitoring system monitors all inbound and outbound calls of a carrier network collecting data such as calling and called telephone directory numbers, and a termination status for at least each inbound call to a calling number. The data is analyzed at a telemarketer detection module to determine calling patterns of calling numbers. If a calling pattern of a calling telephone number matches a profile of telemarketer communications, the calling number is stored in a database of telephone directory numbers associated with telemarketer communications. A call is received from a calling party directed to a subscriber of the call screening service. Then a determination is made as to whether a telephone directory number of the calling party is known.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: James C. Bedingfield, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7860230
    Abstract: A method for screening and routing incoming telephone calls includes extracting caller identification information from an incoming telephone call, providing a plurality of tables including a primary ring table, a secondary ring table, a voicemail table, a block call table, and a forward call table, and determining which one of the plurality of tables includes the caller identification information. The method also includes allowing the incoming telephone call to have a primary ring tone if the primary ring table includes the caller identification information, and allowing the incoming telephone call to have a secondary ring tone if the secondary ring table includes the caller identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: Bradley J. Martin
  • Patent number: 7840211
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method of modifying policy settings in a network having a plurality of subscriber devices. An embodiment includes a plurality of base stations, each capable of wirelessly transmitting across a geographic region and a server. A cell-phone, capable of roaming between regions, is operable to establish a wireless link with the base stations and through the base stations, with the server. The network contains a communication policy determining from which other communication devices a subscriber device can receive voice calls. The communication policy is updated, by the server, based on requests from the subscriber devices. Once a request is received from a subscriber device, the determination whether to update the communication policy can be based on a record of rejections respective to the caller requested to be blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Marc Plumb, Ian Michael Patterson, Seán Arthur Daniel Carlos Goggin
  • Patent number: 7724886
    Abstract: A system and method deliver audible caller identification information when standard Caller ID information is invalid or can not be provided, even when the called party connects to the network by private trunk group facilities. In one disclosed embodiment, a trunk group trigger associated with the called communication station is encountered, launching a termination attempt query. If standard caller identification information can not be provided for the calling party, the call will be routed to a privacy service to obtain the audible caller identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, I, L.P.
    Inventors: John Wesley Moss, Dianna Inara Tiliks, Susanne Marie Crockett, Carol Shifrin Gruchala, Nancy Ann Book
  • Patent number: 7688958
    Abstract: The present invention relates to telephone call processing. In one embodiment, a call processing system receives from a caller a first call for a user, the first call including call signaling information. The call processing system determines whether the call signaling information includes caller identification information and whether the call signaling information indicates that the caller identification information is restricted. If the caller identification information is restricted, the call processing system instructs the caller to take a first action so that the caller identification information can be provided to the user. The call processing system determines whether the caller has performed the first action during the first call, and if the caller has performed the first action during the first call, the call processing system provides at least a portion of the caller identification information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Callwave, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Dolan, David F. Hofstatter, Lee Kirchhoff
  • Publication number: 20100074427
    Abstract: A method of establishing a telecommunication service over a communication network between a user and a telecommunications services agent using a computer terminal. The method includes providing information regarding the telecommunication service to the user, by the agent interacting with a customer service application. The method also includes retrieving information regarding complementary services that are related to the telecommunication service, by the agent interacting with the customer service application, and describing the retrieved information regarding the complementary services to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: James C. CESARIO, JR.
  • Patent number: 7664244
    Abstract: A system and method for restoring the original calling number in a call routed through an out-of-network enhanced service provider to a forwarding destination. The system comprises a service control point, a service switching point in communication with the service control point, and an enhanced service provider service node in communication with the service switching point, wherein the service node is located outside of a network while the remaining components reside within the network, and wherein the service switching point is provisioned with two triggers: an incoming trigger for calls to the service node and an outgoing trigger for calls from the service node. According to the method, the service control point, in response to the incoming trigger, removes and stores the private call information of a call exiting the network and, in response to the outgoing trigger, restores that private call information to the call once the call re-enters the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: James C. Bedingfield
  • Patent number: 7646860
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying a caller who does not provide caller identification on an unanswered call. The caller is asked to record his/her name (or some other characteristic utterance). If the call is unanswered, the record is retained and can be accessed by the called party when that party requests his/her stored voice mail. Advantageously, even on unanswered calls, the identity of the caller can be presented to the called party when that called party requests stored voice mail messages, even if the calling party has private service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Randall L. Brown, Nicholas Michael DeVito, Gregory P. Gibson, Amit A. Patel, Tushar Ramesh Shah, Douglas William Varney
  • Patent number: 7627105
    Abstract: A first list and a second list of identifications are established, with which a telemarketing advertisement or no undesirable telemarketing advertisement is expected. The identification of the caller an incoming call is compared to the identifications in the list. If the identification of the call is not found in the lists, the call is routed to a call processing which enables the reception of a telemarketing advertisement to ascertained and, based on the result of that determination, the lists are correspondingly updated. The calls for which the identification of the caller is recorded in the second list are routed to the called party and the calls for which the identification of the caller is recorded in the first list are rejected. Such protection against telemarketing is particularly efficient in the context of an industrial operation with numerous human resources and for lines on which several calls can be simultaneously carried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Holger Lankes
  • Patent number: 7623646
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying telemarketer communications directed to a subscriber of a call screening service is provided. A link monitoring system monitors all inbound and outbound calls of a carrier network collecting data such as calling and called telephone directory numbers, and a termination status for at least each inbound call to a calling number. The data is analyzed at a telemarketer detection module to determine calling patterns of calling numbers. If a calling pattern of a calling telephone number matches a profile of telemarketer communications, the calling number is stored in a database of telephone directory numbers associated with telemarketer communications. A call is received from a calling party directed to a subscriber of the call screening service. Then a determination is made as to whether a telephone directory number of the calling party is known.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, I,L.P.
    Inventor: James C. Bedingfield, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7613286
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of visually or auditorily indicating spam status or a spam class for a calling number through a called terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Uangel Corporation
    Inventor: Se Chul Hong
  • Patent number: 7602896
    Abstract: A method for delivering a priority call waiting alert service to a telephone subscriber. An embodiment of the present invention may be implemented on an Advanced Intelligent Network (AIN). When a call intended the subscriber is received by a service switching point from a calling party while the telephone line is already engaged in a first communication between the subscriber and a third party, the calling party is solicited to supply a priority code. If the priority code is recognized by a service control point, a call waiting tone or a priority alert signal associated with the priority code is played to alert the subscriber that a priority call has been received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Linda Ann Roberts, Edward Michael Silver
  • Patent number: 7518997
    Abstract: Wirelessly-linked, distributed resource control (RCS1-RCSn, RCSB, RCC, ARM) supports a wireless communication system (50) for operation in non-exclusive spectrum (24-29). An available resource map (ARM) contains resource availability information gathered by mobile stations (MS1-MSn), and a wired communication channel supports sharing of resource control information among fixed-site stations (BS).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: William R. Krenik, Carl M. Panasik, Matthew B. Shoemake
  • Patent number: 7469044
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of redialing in telecommunication networks for a call back when not engaged, whereby a caller carries out a call attempt to reach a callee, whereby the callee does not respond at firs. According to the invention, the callee may be reached without the caller having to continually undertake a further call attempt, whereby a radialling is automatically carried out by the relevant exchange within a given time window at given time periods and a connection to the callee is established should the same respond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: T-Mobile Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Kramarz-Von Kohout
  • Patent number: 7440564
    Abstract: A privacy management system is disclosed for when a calling party has a private telephone number. Privacy screening services allow a subscriber to manage and monitor incoming telephone calls, such that unwanted calls are not terminated to the subscriber. When a calling party calls the subscriber to this privacy screening service, the privacy management system manages the call according to whether the calling party number is known and public, known and private, or unknown. If the calling party number is known and public, the call is routed to the subscriber. If, however, the calling party is known and private, an announcement is played to the calling party, asking the calling party for permission to override his or her privacy. If the calling party is unknown, the calling party is asked to record his/her name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas P. Hill, Aamir M. Hussain, Scott C. Holt, Anita H. Simpson
  • Patent number: 7379544
    Abstract: A dynamic telephone-call screening system detects indications of the character for incoming calls as a basis to determine acceptance. Calls that are identified and indicated to be undesirable, as from a facsimile machine, may be categorically screened on the basis of character. Calls identified to be from an undesired terminal also are recognized and screened. Indications of undesired character calls and undesired calling terminal are stored for reference testing. Upon receiving an undesired call, its character and source may be stored for future reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Telebuyer, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald A. Katz
  • Patent number: 7359499
    Abstract: In accordance with the principles of the present invention, unwanted calls may be prevented. In particular, information about a particular destination is stored in a registry at a clearinghouse server located within a network, e.g., the public telephone network. When a call is being made to the destination, it is routed to the clearinghouse server. Identifying information such as caller-id data is retrieved and the registry is searched. If the caller is registered as being approved, the call is forwarded with information indicating that the call is “approved”. If the caller is not registered or is unknown, the call is forwarded with information indicating that call is “unregistered” or “unavailable”. A user at the destination is then able to quickly determine if the call is unwanted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignees: Verizon Corporate Services Group Inc., Level 3 Communications LLC, BBN Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Frentz, Theodore Reed Farrell
  • Patent number: 7356133
    Abstract: Method for anonymously transmitting a message by means of a telecommunication network. A first exchange (2) between the sender (1) and the receiver (4) of said message replaces identifying features (MSISDN) of the sender (1) of the message by a first alias identification (CID). The conversion between the said identifying features (MSISNDN) and the first alias identification (CID) is permanent, or at least secure for several weeks. The first alias identification (CID) is replaced by a second alias identification (CMID) at the receiver (4) or in a further exchange (3). The second alias identification (CMID) enables the receiver to identify the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Swisscom Mobile AG
    Inventors: Roger Lagadec, Eric Lauper
  • Patent number: 7352855
    Abstract: A method for providing a privacy management service in a telephone system including initiating a telephone call from a subscriber telephone number to a called party telephone number. The initiating is performed by a subscriber. It is determined if the called party telephone number is located in a subscriber database corresponding to the subscriber. The called party telephone number is added to the subscriber database in response to the determining resulting in not locating the called party telephone number in the subscriber database. The telephone call between the subscriber telephone and the called party telephone number is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: AT&T Delaware Intellectual Property, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Bedingfield, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7295660
    Abstract: A called party may screen for a telemarketing solicitation made by a calling party by receiving a traditional telephony call from the calling party at a messaging service platform and using the messaging service platform to perform telemarketer-screening operations. These telemarketer-screening operations may use a telemarketer blacklist and an associated whitelist in processing the traditional telephony call. When the traditional telephony call is not processed using the telemarketer blacklist or the associated whitelist, the calling party may be challenged to identify themselves. The called party may react to the traditional telephony call by selecting a call processing option that enables the traditional telephony call to be processed as a nontelemarketing telephony call, processed as a telemarketing telephony call, or added to the associated whitelist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: AOL LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Higginbotham, David W. Trueman
  • Patent number: 7272219
    Abstract: A system and method deliver audible caller identification information when standard Caller ID information is invalid or can not be provided, even when the called party connects to the network by private trunk group facilities. In one disclosed embodiment, a trunk group trigger associated with the called communication station is encountered, launching a termination attempt query. If standard caller identification information can not be provided for the calling party, the call will be routed to a privacy service to obtain the audible caller identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: AT&T Knowledge Ventures, L.P.
    Inventors: John Wesley Moss, Dianna Inara Tiliks, Susanne Marie Crockett, Carol Shifrin Gruchala, Nancy Ann Book