Patent Number: 7,103,162

Title: Exempting certain incoming callers from screening by a privacy system

Abstract: A privacy system determines in connection with a call from a particular calling party whether a name identification thereof is available, and if so allows the call to be put through to the called party with the name identification. The called party thus can review the name identification of the calling party prior to determining whether to answer the call. The privacy system includes a list of privileged calling parties with respect to and as specified by the called party, and if the name identification is not available, the privacy system determines whether the calling party is on such list. If so, the privacy system allows the call to be put through to the called party without the name identification.

Inventors: Cesario, Jr.; James C. (Centerville, GA)

Assignee: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corp.

International Classification: H04M 1/56 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018