Ex parte JORDAN - Page 2

          Appeal No. 1997-2700                                                        
          Application 08/307,249                                                      

          and method for preventing fraudulent telephone calls in a                   
          telecommunications network.  More particularly, Appellant                   
          indicates at pages 2 and 3 of the specification that, on a                  
          successful comparison by a voice recognition device of a                    
          caller’s spoken utterance with a stored voice print, a call is              
          completed to its destination.  If the voice print and                       
          utterance do not match, various risk factors associated with                
          the call are considered for determining whether the call is to              
          be completed.                                                               
               Claim 1 is illustrative of the invention and reads as                  
          1.  In a telecommunications network, a system for preventing                
          fraudulent telephone calls comprising:                                      
               means for identifying a call being placed by a caller to               
          a destination over said network;                                            
               means for prompting said caller to speak an utterance;                 
               means for recognizing said utterance spoken by said                    
               verification means for comparing the voice of said caller              
          against a prestored voice signature of an authentic caller                  
          corresponding to said utterance to determine if said caller is              
          said authentic caller; and                                                  
               means for providing at least one risk factor relating to               
          said call to said verification means when the voice of said                 


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