Patent Number: 7,046,994

Title: System and method for associating a contact with a call ID

Abstract: This invention is directed toward a computer-implemented system and method for associating a contact with a telephone number. The method includes determining a set of candidate contacts from within a contact information database related to the telephone number, searching the set of candidate contacts for a matching contact and displaying a rich display of contact-related information obtained from the matching contact. In addition, the method may include linking to the contact-related information. Identifying the set of candidate contacts includes performing a Boyer Moore fast approximation. In addition, a tail end match may be performed to determine whether one of the candidate contacts matches the call ID.

Inventors: Padawer; Andrew D. (Sammamish, WA), Tenenbaum; Jessie D. (Seattle, WA), Chin; Peter G. (Seattle, WA), Pappalardo; Susan E. (Kirkland, WA), St. Pierre; Robert P. (Bellevue, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: H01S 4/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/16/02018