US Patent No. 10,992,803

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING AND HANDLING UNWANTED CALLERS USING A CALL ANSWERING SYSTEM


Patent No. 10,992,803
Issue Date April 27, 2021
Title System And Method For Identifying And Handling Unwanted Callers Using A Call Answering System
Inventorship Alexander E. Quilici, Malibu, CA (US)
Michael J. Rudolph, San Juan Capistrano, CA (US)
Assignee YouMail, Inc., Irvine, CA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,992,803

1. A method performed by a call answering system for identifying unwanted callers, the method comprising:forwarding calls that are unanswered by a plurality of telephony devices to a call answering server;
identifying, by a call records server, phone numbers of the unanswered calls;
collecting, by the call records server, information from the plurality of telephony devices that is related to the phone numbers, the information including whether the phone numbers are pre-existing contacts of a majority of the plurality of telephony devices;
determining calling patterns associated with the phone numbers based on the collected information;
calculating a probability for each of the phone numbers as being unwanted based on the calling patterns; and
categorizing given ones of the phone numbers as unwanted callers based on the calculated probability.