07263178 is referenced by 23 patents and cites 24 patents.

A method and system for administering calls on a voice network allows a user to selectively determine which calls will be accepted and assists the user in placing calls to other users on the network. The user may establish a list of users whose calls will be accepted and may also establish a list of users whose calls will not be accepted. The method and system may provide unwanted callers with an option to speak with the user for a fee. Users may establish “business card” headers, or profiles, which serve to identify the user to a called party. The user may also maintain profiles for received calls by using the “business card” header provided by the caller, or by inputting caller profiles. The method and system may also be used in conjunction with a scheduling system, such that calls amongst two or more users will be initiated at an agreed upon time.

Title
Automated communications assistant and method
Application Number
10/253306
Publication Number
7263178 (B1)
Application Date
September 24, 2002
Publication Date
August 28, 2007
Inventor
Bernadette Anita Nelson
Lexington
MA, US
James Edward Haley
Aston
PA, US
Eric Andrew Goodheart
Brighton
MA, US
David Anthony Philbin
Arlington
MA, US
Robert Anthony Virzi
Wayland
MA, US
Yohan Rajan
Irving
TX, US
Vittorio Giuseppe Bucchieri
Wakefield
MA, US
Laurence Raphael Brothers
Waltham
MA, US
Assignee
Verizon Data Services
TX, US
Verizon Laboratories
MA, US
IPC
H04M 1/64
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