Device to automatically screen incoming telephone calls, determine the identity of the caller and process the call accordingly
Automatic incoming telephone call originating number and party display system
Call screening device
Automated call screening
Method for allocating incoming-call to extension telephone sets in private branch exchange and private branch exchange having automatic incoming-call allocating function
Telephone circuit to control off-hook status during receipt of caller-ID signal
Automatic incoming telephone call identification and disposition system Patent #: 5388150
ApplicationNo. 429479 filed on 04/27/1995
US Classes:379/142.07, Routing an incoming call on multiple lines to a particular appliance (e.g., facsimile, computer, or telephone)379/88.21, Caller identification received at substation379/142.05, Authentication or authorization379/142.06, Matching and retrieving stored caller ID information from a database379/199, At substation379/211.03Sequential ringing
ExaminersPrimary: Matar, Ahmad F.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassesH04M 003/42
AbstractApparatus for routing incoming telephone calls to a telephone or an automatic answering device, wherein caller identification numbers are received, compared to stored caller identification numbers, and arranged into priority groups for handling such calls. The apparatus has at least three operating modes designed to accommodate the user at home, the user while away from home, and another when the user wants not to be disturbed. The system is programmable between and among the operating modes, group priorities, and offers a password to restrict programming changes. The inventive apparatus and method provides for connecting incoming calls to a programmed sequence of different outputs, and to switch or "bounce" the incoming call among these outputs according to the programming. A microprocessor (6), memory (10), operating mode displays (9), and an interactive two row LCD display (8) are provided. There are four function keys which are programmed to allow inputting and displaying all the functions of the apparatus, including information status, system test/status and all the various operations required to receive and route incoming calls.