System and method for multiple asynchronous text chat conversations

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6212548

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09126162

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A plurality of users communicate in a plurality of real-time text conversations (e.g., 'chat sessions') in a client-server message processing environment using messages including a conversation index, a conversation-initiator ID and a list of message recipients. Each conversation is maintained at client terminals in an individual window. Dropping and controlled adding of conversation participants is attended by message updates to other participants. Alternative peer-to-peer message handling reduces the processing burden on servers while allowing clients to perform control and display functions. Voice or other non-text messages are also communicated using described techniques.

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TAO TECHNOLOGIES, LLCWILMINGTON, DE8

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
DeSimone, Antonio Lebanon, NJ 10 1264
Hohne, Elizabeth A Long Branch, NJ 1 324
Sundar, Rangamani Freehold, NJ 28 1956
Thiagarajan, Vishwanathan Holmdel, NJ 1 324
Vishwanathan, Kumar K Holmdel, NJ 34 1267

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7979802 Providing supplemental contact information corresponding to a referenced individual 15 2002
7421661 Instant messaging interface having an informational tool tip 20 2002
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8701014 Account linking 6 2003
7899862 Dynamic identification of other users to an online user 50 2003
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7769811 Instant messaging sound control 5 2003
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8010680 Transferring files 9 2009
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8554849 Variable level sound alert for an instant messaging session 0 2010
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8429543 E-mail interface having an informational tool tip 2 2011
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8713114 Direct file transfer between subscribers of a communications systems 0 2011
8452849 Host-based intelligent results related to a character stream 30 2011
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8775557 Transferring files 1 2011
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8660614 Method and system for messaging across cellular networks and a public data network 1 2011
8429231 Voice instant messaging 6 2011
8918727 Video messaging 0 2011
8352566 Shared groups rostering system 4 2012
8874672 Identifying and using identities deemed to be known to a user 3 2012
9360996 Intelligently enabled menu choices based on online presence state in address book 0 2012
8959164 Tri-state presence indicator 2 2012
9356890 Enhanced buddy list using mobile device identifiers 0 2012
9531826 Managing electronic messages based on inference scores 0 2012
9516125 Identifying and using identities deemed to be known to a user 0 2012
9177299 Interface for displaying electronic communications 0 2012
9100538 Limited length video messaging 0 2012
9071725 Methods and user interfaces for video messaging 0 2012
8971966 Mobile device based messaging 1 2012
8954530 Intelligent results related to a character stream 0 2012
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8819176 Intelligent map results related to a character stream 3 2012
8755828 Processing messages based on a destination device 2 2012
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9531654 Adding contacts from a hovering interface 0 2012
9515977 Time based electronic message delivery 0 2012
9356891 Voice messaging interface 0 2012
9356894 Enabled and disabled menu choices based on presence state 0 2012
9253136 Electronic message delivery based on presence information 0 2012
9246975 State change alerts mechanism 1 2012
9203794 Systems and methods for reconfiguring electronic messages 0 2012
9203879 Offline alerts mechanism 2 2012
9100221 Systems for messaging senders and recipients of an electronic message 0 2012
9070118 Methods for capturing electronic messages based on capture rules relating to user actions regarding received electronic messages 0 2012
9049159 Establishing audio communication sessions 0 2012
9043418 Systems and methods for instant messaging persons referenced in an electronic message 1 2012
9037740 Preference based transferring of files 0 2012
9021057 Updating transferred files 0 2012
8583751 Providing an indication that a user of a communications system is composing a message 3 2012
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9363213 E-mail integrated instant messaging 0 2012
9319356 Message delivery control settings 2 2012
9313046 Presenting dynamic location of a user 0 2012
9203647 Dynamic online and geographic location of a user 1 2012
8775539 Changing event notification volumes 0 2012
8775950 Automatic categorization of entries in a contact list 6 2012
8713120 Changing sound alerts during a messaging session 0 2012
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9047364 Intelligent client capability-based results related to a character stream 0 2013
9053173 Intelligent results related to a portion of a search query 0 2013
9053174 Intelligent vendor results related to a character stream 0 2013
9053175 Intelligent results using a spelling correction agent 1 2013
9171064 Intelligent community based results related to a character stream 1 2013
9075867 Intelligent results using an assistant 0 2013
8775560 Host-based intelligent results related to a character stream 3 2013
9075868 Intelligent results based on database queries 0 2013
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9571440 Notification archive 0 2013
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9571560 Direct file transfer between subscribers of a communications system 0 2014
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CYGNACOM SOLUTION, INC. (2)
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