US Patent No: 7,636,428

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Systems and methods for call screening

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20060153354

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The present invention provides flexible, user-definable call screening processes. The user can optionally define to which telecommunication terminals a screened call is to be broadcast to and under what conditions. An incoming call is forwarded to a call management system that asks the caller to leave a voice message. The call management system selectively couples the call to a POTS line or a VoIP-capable device so that the user can listen to the incoming message and thereby screen the incoming call. Based on the screening, the user can instruct the call management system to connect the caller to the user.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
CALLWAVE COMMUNICATIONS, LLCSANTA BARBARA, CA80

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Brahm, David Santa Barbara, CA 24 234
Smith, Robert poste restante, Mahe, SC 182 3053
Trandal, David Santa Barbara, CA 25 260

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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
CALLWAVE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC (11)
8,548,447 Methods and systems for blocking unwanted telecommunications 0 2007
8,102,986 Methods and systems for providing telecommunications services 14 2007
8,218,736 Methods and systems for confirming message delivery 3 2007
8,325,901 Methods and apparatus for providing expanded telecommunications service 0 2009
8,472,604 Systems and methods for call screening 4 2011
8,325,897 Methods and systems for providing telecommunications services 1 2012
8,855,107 Methods and systems for call routing via a telephone number 0 2012
8,731,147 Methods and systems for confirming message delivery 0 2012
8,649,495 Methods and systems for providing telecommunications services 0 2012
8,744,061 Systems and methods for call screening 0 2013
8,774,785 Methods and systems for blocking unwanted communications 0 2013

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