US Patent No: 6,424,702

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Method and system for termination blocking of message delivery service

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A method (20) and system (50) is provided that permits a telephone caller to leave a message for a called party that does not have a conventional answering service, such as voice mail, an answering machine, a third-party operator-assisted answering service, or the like. A configurable blocking mechanism is also provided, permitting parties to prevent the message delivery service from being offered to callers attempting to reach them. The method (20) and system (50) can be implemented using an advanced intelligent network (AIN). In an AIN environment, the blocking mechanism can include a switch control point (SCP) (58) configured to access a termination blocking list (60). The termination blocking list (60) can be an SCP database file containing entries representing called parties who have blocked the message delivery service.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
AT&T KNOWLEDGE VENTURES, L.P.RENO, NV353

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Blumenschein, Gordon Lynn Woodridge, IL 58 533
Crockett, Susanne Marie Buffalo Grove, IL 102 606
Meek, Jeffrey James Bonny Doon, CA 20 60

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