US 9,813,368 B2
System and method for regulating electronic messages
Dale W. Malik, Atlanta, GA (US)
Assigned to AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., Atlanta, GA (US)
Filed by AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP, Atlanta, GA (US)
Filed on Mar. 14, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/69,112.
Application 12/022,648 is a division of application No. 11/190,326, filed on Jul. 27, 2005, granted, now 7,818,425.
Application 15/069,112 is a continuation of application No. 14/660,327, filed on Mar. 17, 2015, granted, now 9,306,890.
Application 14/660,327 is a continuation of application No. 13/956,944, filed on Aug. 1, 2013, granted, now 9,037,666.
Application 13/956,944 is a continuation of application No. 13/610,208, filed on Sep. 11, 2012, granted, now 8,527,599.
Application 13/610,208 is a continuation of application No. 12/022,648, filed on Jan. 30, 2008, granted, now 8,291,023.
Application 11/190,326 is a continuation of application No. 09/888,719, filed on Jun. 25, 2001, granted, now 6,957,259.
Prior Publication US 2016/0197867 A1, Jul. 7, 2016
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. G06F 15/16 (2006.01); H04L 12/58 (2006.01); G06Q 10/10 (2012.01)
CPC H04L 51/12 (2013.01) [G06Q 10/107 (2013.01)] 15 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method comprising:
receiving, by a system including a processor, a first input that specifies an identifier that is unique to an electronic message source;
receiving, by the system, a second input specifying target statistics for the electronic message source, wherein the target statistics operate as benchmarks for determining whether electronic messages received from the electronic message source are acceptable, the target statistics specifying a number of hops that an electronic mail message received has taken and an acceptable volume of electronic mail messages that may be received;
maintaining, by the system, message statistics related to electronic messages received from the electronic message source;
comparing, by the system, the message statistics to the target statistics; and
performing, by the system, an action with respect to an electronic message received from the electronic message source responsive to a determination, according to the comparing, that the message statistics for the electronic message source conflict with the target statistics for the electronic message source, the action comprising notifying a sender of the electronic message received that the message statistics for the electronic message source conflict with the target statistics for the electronic message source.