05949869 is referenced by 38 patents and cites 3 patents.

A call referral system (10) for use in a telecommunications network (12) that permits a called party (16) to control the number and treatment of incoming calls. The call referral system includes a switch (34) for receiving calls from calling parties(14) and for connecting the calls to the called party. The call referral system includes a routing monitor computer (40) coupled with the switch for monitoring the connection of the calls to the called party. The monitoring computer receives and stores a gate size selected by the called party indicating the maximum number of calls the called party wishes to simultaneously handle through each of its gates. The gates are comprised of single destination telephone numbers or groups of destination telephone numbers to the various destinations (17 & 18, 32).

Title
Called party control of incoming calls
Application Number
8/789887
Publication Number
5949869
Application Date
January 28, 1997
Publication Date
September 7, 1999
Inventor
Karen Harden Miller
Overland Park
KS, US
Constance Ann DeWitt
Kansas City
MO, US
William Brian Sink
Overland Park
KS, US
Agent
Bruce C McClelland
Harley R Ball
Assignee
Sprint Communications Co
MO, US
IPC
H04Q 3/64
H04M 3/42
H04M 1/64
H04M 7/00
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