US Patent No: 6,212,548

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System and method for multiple asynchronous text chat conversations

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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 1203
Hohne, Elizabeth A Long Branch, NJ 1 299
Sundar, Rangamani Freehold, NJ 28 1769
Thiagarajan, Vishwanathan Holmdel, NJ 1 299
Vishwanathan, Kumar K Holmdel, NJ 33 1129

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7,885,977 System and method for the automated notification of compatibility between real-time network participants 15 2008
8,417,729 System and method for the automated notification of compatibility between real-time network participants 1 2011
8,930,406 System and method for the automated notification of compatibility between real-time network participants 0 2013
 
TWITTER, INC. (4)
7,058,682 Instant messaging blind join 10 2002
* 2004/0019,701 Instant messaging blind join 10 2002
* 7,739,340 Method, system and computer program product for enabling electronic chat with online calendar invitees 10 2006
* 2008/0071,868 METHOD, SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR ENABLING ELECTRONIC CHAT WITH ONLINE CALENDAR INVITEES 7 2006
 
NEC CORPORATION (1)
* 6,954,797 Data Communication method, terminal equipment, interconnecting installation, data communication system and recording medium 10 2000
 
XERITON CORPORATION (1)
* 2006/0248,160 Facilitation of online discussion 10 2006
 
ACTIVISION PUBLISHING, INC. (5)
* 6,499,053 Master/slave architecture for a distributed chat application in a bandwidth constrained network 69 1999
* 7,062,533 Specifying monitored user participation in messaging sessions 43 2001
* 2003/0055,897 Specifying monitored user participation in messaging sessions 41 2001
* 7,945,620 Chat tool for concurrently chatting over more than one interrelated chat channels 7 2006
* 2007/0288,560 CHAT TOOL FOR CONCURRENTLY CHATTING OVER MORE THAN ONE INTERRELATED CHAT CHANNELS 21 2006
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (18)
* 7,143,428 Concurrent viewing of a video programming and of text communications concerning the video programming 98 1999
* 6,581,096 Scalable computing system for managing dynamic communities in multiple tier computing system 19 1999
* 7,509,411 Social accounting system in text discussion system 1 2000
* 6,978,293 Methods and systems for selecting criteria for a successful acknowledgement message in instant messaging 5 2000
7,720,908 System and method for multi-layered network communications 15 2001
* 7,966,368 Communicating messages over transient connections in a peer-to-peer network 2 2003
* 2004/0221,043 Communicating messages over transient connections in a peer-to-peer network 27 2003
* 2006/0036,703 System and method for integrating instant messaging in a multimedia environment 30 2004
* 7,558,267 Method and system for placing restrictions on sessions 2 2005
* 2006/0182,084 Method and system for placing restrictions on sessions 1 2005
* 7,769,809 Associating real-time conversations with a logical conversation 1 2005
7,668,972 System and method for multi-layered network communications 1 2005
* 2006/0092,942 System and method for multi-layered network communications 7 2005
* 2007/0276,913 Providing Access to Missed Text Messages in a Real-Time Text-Messaging Conference 4 2006
8,576,851 Integrating data with conversations 0 2006
* 2008/0075,074 INTEGRATING DATA WITH CONVERSATIONS 0 2006
* 7,730,206 System and method for multi-layered network communications 8 2006
* 2007/0130,253 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MULTI-LAYERED NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS 30 2006
 
HELIOS SOFTWARE, LLC (1)
8,930,535 Method for managing computer network access 0 2011
 
NUMEDEON, INC. (1)
* 2006/0253,784 Multi-tiered safety control system and methods for online communities 13 2006
 
VARIA HOLDINGS LLC (3)
8,166,139 Method and system for generating and sending a hot link associated with a user interface to a device 3 2002
* 2005/0120,305 Method and system for generating and sending a hot link associated with a user interface to a device 25 2003
8,635,311 Method and systems for generating and sending a hot link associated with a user interface to a device 0 2012
 
GOOGLE INC. (32)
* 2005/0210,396 System and method for seamlessly bringing external services into instant messaging sessions and into users' authoring environment 19 2005
8,015,246 Graphical user interface for chat room with thin walls 10 2007
* 8,006,191 Chat room with thin walls 1 2007
7,904,500 Advertising in chat system without topic-specific rooms 7 2007
7,899,869 Broadcasting in chat system without topic-specific rooms 0 2007
7,865,553 Chat system without topic-specific rooms 2 2007
7,860,928 Voting in chat system without topic-specific rooms 16 2007
* 8,656,290 Realtime synchronized document editing by multiple users 3 2009
9,294,421 System and method for merging edits for a conversation in a hosted conversation system 0 2010
8,700,776 System and method for editing a conversation in a hosted conversation system 0 2010
8,639,762 Providing access to a conversation in a hosted conversation system 2 2010
* 2010/0241,718 Providing Access to a Conversation in a Hosted Conversation System 25 2010
9,021,386 Enhanced user interface scrolling system 1 2010
8,527,602 Content upload system with preview and user demand based upload prioritization 3 2010
9,135,312 Timeslider 0 2010
8,301,698 Voting in chat system without topic-specific rooms 0 2010
8,301,709 Chat system without topic-specific rooms 0 2010
8,312,090 Broadcasting in chat system without topic-specific rooms 1 2011
9,026,935 Application user interface with an interactive overlay 2 2011
8,510,399 Automated participants for hosted conversations 1 2011
9,021,372 System and method for concurrent display of messages from multiple conversations 0 2011
8,386,576 Graphical user interface for messaging system 0 2011
8,606,870 Chat system without topic-specific rooms 0 2012
8,886,738 Chat system without topic-specific rooms 0 2012
8,769,029 Voting in chat system without topic-specific rooms 0 2012
8,868,669 Broadcasting in chat system without topic-specific rooms 0 2012
9,210,109 Managing instant messaging sessions on multiple devices 0 2013
8,996,635 Automated participants for hosted conversations 0 2013
9,166,939 Systems and methods for uploading media content in an instant messaging conversation 0 2013
8,949,359 Systems and methods for searching multiple instant messages 0 2013
* 9,218,102 Realtime synchronized document editing by multiple users 0 2014
8,984,139 System and method for editing a conversation in a hosted conversation system 0 2014
 
TAO TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (3)
* 7,188,140 System and method for providing enhanced persistent communications 25 2002
* 7,533,145 System and method for providing enhanced persistent communications 2 2007
* 8,572,171 System and method for providing enhanced persistent communications 0 2008
 
AOL LLC (2)
7,415,500 Facilitating negotiations between users of a computer network through messaging communications enabling user interaction 2 2007
* 2007/0208,865 FACILITATING NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN USERS OF A COMPUTER NETWORK THROUGH MESSAGING COMMUNICATIONS ENABLING USER INTERACTION 4 2007
 
AOL INC. (12)
* 2002/0023,132 Shared groups rostering system 212 2001
* 2005/0027,805 Instant messaging and enhanced scheduling 51 2003
7,669,213 Dynamic identification of other viewers of a television program to an online viewer 16 2004
8,898,239 Passively populating a participant list with known contacts 1 2004
* 2005/0198,131 Passively populating a participant list with known contacts 91 2004
8,595,146 Social networking permissions 5 2005
8,793,596 System and method for an instant messaging interface 1 2007
* 2009/0138,809 System and method for an instant messaging interface 4 2007
* 2009/0059,922 Systems and Methods for Multicast Communication 28 2008
8,255,950 Dynamic identification of other viewers of a television program to an online viewer 7 2010
8,943,422 System and method for a messaging interface 0 2014
9,191,348 System and method for a messaging interface 0 2015
 
TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET L M ERICSSON (PUBL) (1)
* 2003/0236,833 Conferencing architecture, logic control module and conferencing module therefor 2 2002
 
GATEWAY, INC. (1)
* 6,529,942 System and method for providing recipient specific formats for electronic mail 49 1998
 
COMCAST MO GROUP, INC. (1)
* 6,678,719 Virtual workplace intercommunication tool 174 1999
 
SNAPCHAT, INC. (8)
* 8,386,568 Annotating and routing message content 0 2002
* 2004/0049,543 Annotating and routing message content 21 2002
7,356,572 Method, apparatus and system for providing a server agent for a mobile device 68 2004
7,818,397 Providing a server agent for a mobile device with refresh 1 2008
* 2008/0139,177 PROVIDING A SERVER AGENT FOR A MOBILE DEVICE WITH REFRESH 0 2008
8,473,553 Management of multiple synchronous responses to single question in community-based instant messaging 1 2009
* 2010/0211,646 MANAGEMENT OF MULTIPLE SYNCHRONOUS RESPONSES TO SINGLE QUESTION IN COMMUNITY-BASED INSTANT MESSAGING 0 2009
8,799,389 Annotating and routing message content 0 2012
 
RPX CLEARINGHOUSE LLC (2)
* 6,931,016 Virtual private network management system 23 1999
* 7,065,186 Telephone based access to instant messaging 81 2000
 
CATALYST WEB SERVICES, LLC (2)
7,484,213 Agent architecture employed within an integrated message, document and communication system 31 2004
* 2005/0060,638 Agent architecture employed within an integrated message, document and communication system 29 2004
 
TELCORDIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 2002/0065,894 Local presence state and user-controlled presence and message forwarding in unified instant messaging 274 2000
 
CORAL BAY INNOVATIONS, LLC (3)
* 7,337,213 Method and apparatus for managing messages in a messaging session 3 2003
* 2004/0260,771 Method and apparatus for managing messages in a messaging session 13 2003
* 2008/0140,790 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING MESSAGES IN A MESSAGING SESSION 2 2008
 
FACEBOOK, INC. (101)
* 6,496,851 Managing negotiations between users of a computer network by automatically engaging in proposed activity using parameters of counterproposal of other user 106 1999
6,754,904 Informing network users of television programming viewed by other network users 288 1999
* 6,714,793 Method and system for instant messaging across cellular networks and a public data network 329 2000
* 7,546,337 Transferring files 27 2000
7,366,779 Direct file transfer between subscribers of a communications system 27 2000
* 8,041,768 Voice instant messaging 7 2001
* 2002/0023,131 Voice Instant Messaging 83 2001
* 7,984,098 Video messaging 15 2001
* 2003/0208,543 Video messaging 108 2001
7,979,802 Providing supplemental contact information corresponding to a referenced individual 10 2002
7,421,661 Instant messaging interface having an informational tool tip 18 2002
* 7,216,144 Facilitating negotiations between users of a computer network through messaging communications enabling user interaction 13 2002
8,132,110 Intelligently enabled menu choices based on online presence state in address book 14 2003
8,701,014 Account linking 4 2003
7,899,862 Dynamic identification of other users to an online user 43 2003
* 2004/0148,347 Dynamic identification of other users to an online user 79 2003
* 7,428,580 Electronic message forwarding 81 2003
* 2005/0114,533 Electronic message forwarding 15 2003
7,769,811 Instant messaging sound control 4 2003
* 2004/0205,775 Instant messaging sound control 34 2003
8,019,363 Facilitating messaging between a mobile device and a user 5 2004
* 2004/0157,586 Facilitating instant messaging outside of user-defined buddy group in a wireless and non-wireless environment 48 2004
* 7,324,826 Method and system for messaging across cellular networks and a public data network 47 2004
* 2004/0171,396 Method and system for messaging across cellular networks and a public data network 35 2004
7,590,696 Enhanced buddy list using mobile device identifiers 64 2004
8,122,137 Dynamic location of a subordinate user 32 2004
* 2009/0213,001 Dynamic Location of a Subordinate User 26 2004
8,965,964 Managing forwarded electronic messages 3 2004
8,474,628 Presenting a recipient of an e-mail with an option to instant message a sender or another recipient based on the sender's or the other recipient's address and online status 6 2005
* 2008/0040,675 INSTANT MESSAGING INTERFACE HAVING A TEAR-OFF ELEMENT 2 2007
7,958,243 Direct file transfer between subscribers of a communications system 5 2008
* 2008/0263,149 DIRECT FILE TRANSFER BETWEEN SUBSCRIBERS OF A COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM 8 2008
7,900,148 E-mail interface having an informational tool tip 6 2008
8,103,729 Shared groups rostering system 29 2008
9,185,067 System and method for analyzing communications 0 2008
9,083,661 Passive personalization of buddy lists 0 2008
* 2009/0248,816 Passive Personalization of Buddy Lists 4 2008
8,010,680 Transferring files 8 2009
* 2009/0313,377 TRANSFERRING FILES 2 2009
8,156,193 Enhanced buddy list using mobile device identifiers 25 2009
8,577,972 Methods and systems for capturing and managing instant messages 22 2010
8,554,849 Variable level sound alert for an instant messaging session 0 2010
* 2010/0219,937 Instant Messaging Sound Control 3 2010
8,918,460 Organizing entries in participant lists based on communications strengths 0 2010
8,910,056 Automatic categorization of entries in a contact list 0 2010
* 2010/0325,113 AUTOMATIC CATEGORIZATION OF ENTRIES IN A CONTACT LIST 12 2010
8,429,543 E-mail interface having an informational tool tip 2 2011
* 2011/0154,252 E-MAIL INTERFACE HAVING AN INFORMATIONAL TOOL TIP 2 2011
8,224,916 People lists 26 2011
8,078,678 Video messaging 6 2011
* 2011/0231,507 PROVIDING SUPPLEMENTAL CONTACT INFORMATION CORRESPONDING TO A REFERENCED INDIVIDUAL 6 2011
8,713,114 Direct file transfer between subscribers of a communications systems 0 2011
8,452,849 Host-based intelligent results related to a character stream 22 2011
8,775,557 Transferring files 1 2011
* 8,688,785 Joint communication sessions 0 2011
* 2012/0016,944 JOINT COMMUNICATION SESSIONS 0 2011
8,660,614 Method and system for messaging across cellular networks and a public data network 0 2011
8,429,231 Voice instant messaging 5 2011
8,918,727 Video messaging 0 2011
8,352,566 Shared groups rostering system 3 2012
8,874,672 Identifying and using identities deemed to be known to a user 0 2012
8,959,164 Tri-state presence indicator 0 2012
9,177,299 Interface for displaying electronic communications 0 2012
9,100,538 Limited length video messaging 0 2012
9,071,725 Methods and user interfaces for video messaging 0 2012
8,971,966 Mobile device based messaging 0 2012
8,954,530 Intelligent results related to a character stream 0 2012
8,954,531 Intelligent messaging label results related to a character stream 0 2012
8,819,176 Intelligent map results related to a character stream 3 2012
8,755,828 Processing messages based on a destination device 1 2012
9,253,136 Electronic message delivery based on presence information 0 2012
9,246,975 State change alerts mechanism 0 2012
9,203,794 Systems and methods for reconfiguring electronic messages 0 2012
9,203,879 Offline alerts mechanism 0 2012
9,100,221 Systems for messaging senders and recipients of an electronic message 0 2012
9,070,118 Methods for capturing electronic messages based on capture rules relating to user actions regarding received electronic messages 0 2012
9,049,159 Establishing audio communication sessions 0 2012
9,043,418 Systems and methods for instant messaging persons referenced in an electronic message 0 2012
9,037,740 Preference based transferring of files 0 2012
9,021,057 Updating transferred files 0 2012
8,583,751 Providing an indication that a user of a communications system is composing a message 1 2012
* 2013/0073,654 Shared Groups Rostering System 0 2012
9,319,356 Message delivery control settings 0 2012
9,313,046 Presenting dynamic location of a user 0 2012
9,203,647 Dynamic online and geographic location of a user 0 2012
8,775,539 Changing event notification volumes 0 2012
8,775,950 Automatic categorization of entries in a contact list 1 2012
8,713,120 Changing sound alerts during a messaging session 0 2012
* D750111 Display panel of a programmed computer system with a graphical user interface 1 2012
8,954,534 Host-based intelligent results related to a character stream 0 2013
9,047,364 Intelligent client capability-based results related to a character stream 0 2013
9,053,173 Intelligent results related to a portion of a search query 0 2013
9,053,174 Intelligent vendor results related to a character stream 0 2013
9,053,175 Intelligent results using a spelling correction agent 0 2013
9,171,064 Intelligent community based results related to a character stream 1 2013
9,075,867 Intelligent results using an assistant 0 2013
8,775,560 Host-based intelligent results related to a character stream 3 2013
9,075,868 Intelligent results based on database queries 0 2013
RE45254 Implicit population of access control lists 2 2013
8,930,480 Degrees of separation for filtering communications 0 2013
* 2015/0222,574 JOINT COMMUNICATION SESSIONS 0 2015
 
CYGNACOM SOLUTION, INC. (2)
7,321,969 Secure instant messaging system using instant messaging group policy certificates 38 2002
* 2003/0204,720 Secure instant messaging system using instant messaging group policy certificates 8 2002
 
NeonGecko.com, Inc. (2)
* 7,424,516 System and method for adaptive forums communication 10 2005
* 2005/0125,504 System and method for adaptive forums communication 6 2005
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