Telephone with ringer silencer screening feature

  • US 6,400,814 B1
  • Filed: 12/02/1997
  • Issued: 06/04/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/02/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A telephone with a call screening feature comprising:

  • an indicator circuit that is responsive to detection of an incoming call for indicating receipt of said incoming call when said telephone is in a continuous on-hook state;

    a control unit having an indicator-disabling mode in which said control unit temporarily deactivates said indicator circuit while maintaining said telephone in said continuous on-hook state during said incoming call, said control unit being responsive to detection of a conclusion of said incoming call to automatically terminate said indicator-disabling mode upon sensing said conclusion;

    a user-manipulable control unit interface connected to said control unit to selectively trigger said indicator-disabling mode subsequent to activation of said indicator circuit by said detection of said incoming call;

    a display connected to said control unit for displaying caller identification information indicative of an origin of said incoming call;

    a remote control device with a second control unit interface for wireless communication with said control unit to enable deactivation of said indicator circuit from a location remote from said telephone, said remote control device having a second display enabled for wireless communication with said control unit for display of said caller identification information.

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