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Sharing data within an instant messaging session

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Sharing data within an instant messaging session


Sharing data within an instant messaging session is described. A user participating in an instant messaging session may request a data access key. The key, which provides access to data associated with the user, may then be transmitted via the instant messaging session to one or more other participants in the instant messaging session. The other instant messaging session participants can then use the key to access, via the instant messaging session, the data associated with the user.

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Inventors: Imran Qureshi, Evan Gridley
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120290954 - Class: 715758 (USPTO) - 11/15/12 - Class 715 
Data Processing: Presentation Processing Of Document, Operator Interface Processing, And Screen Saver Display Processing > Operator Interface (e.g., Graphical User Interface) >Computer Supported Collaborative Work Between Plural Users >Computer Conferencing >Chat Room

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120290954, Sharing data within an instant messaging session.

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PRIORITY CLAIMS

This application is a continuation of and claims priority to U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/645,054, filed Dec. 22, 2009, which claims priority to U.S. Pat. No. 7,660,904, filed May 11, 2004 and issued on Feb. 9, 2010, the disclosures of which are incorporated by reference herein.

TECHNICAL FIELD

This invention relates to instant messaging, and more specifically to sharing data within an instant messaging session.

BACKGROUND

Electronic calendars have become a common tool used by individuals to track meetings, appointments, and other scheduled events. When scheduling an event that is to include multiple individuals, the person scheduling the event may or may not have access to view calendars or schedules associated with the other individuals to be invited to the event. When a user schedules an event, indicating one or more other individuals to be in attendance, an email message is typically sent to the other users, and the other users can each either accept or decline the meeting request. Because of the delay that may occur between the time that one user schedules an event and the time at which the other attendees have checked their email and responded to the meeting request, it is possible that either the scheduled meeting time will have passed or that one or more of the attendees may have scheduled or been invited to attend a conflicting event. If this happens, the meeting may then need to be re-scheduled, and the scheduling process must be started again. In addition, because the initiating user may not get an answer right away, he typically needs to also schedule personal time to check for email responses to determine whether the meeting has been accepted or if it needs to be rescheduled.

Instant messaging is an increasingly popular communication tool that enables two or more users to exchange real-time text messages via a network or peer-to-peer connection. Instant messaging differs from email in that instant messages are exchanged in real-time between two users who are online at the same time. On the other hand, email messages may be exchanged between one user who is online at the time the message is created and another user who may not be online to check email until much later.

While instant messaging is an effective tool for communication, it does not support some of the other tasks that may naturally flow from a real-time communication. For example, if two users are engaged in an instant messaging conversation, and decide to schedule a time to meet in person, each user may need to consult a personal calendar, and a significant amount of time may be spent exchanging scheduling information before being able to identify a time that both users are available to meet. This scenario becomes even more difficult if more than two individuals are participating in an instant messaging conversation and want to schedule a time to get together in person.

Accordingly, a need exists for an instant messaging session tool that enables users to easily share information, such as calendar data, in real-time.

SUMMARY

Techniques for enabling data sharing within an instant messaging session are described. Users participating in an instant messaging session can submit through the instant messaging session, a request for a data access key that provides access to a user\'s data, such as personal calendar data. The keys are then exchanged between the users through the instant messaging session. The key exchange enables the users participating in the instant messaging session to access one another\'s data.

When users have access to one another\'s data, other tasks may also be performed. For example, in addition to viewing one another\'s calendar data, users may also schedule a meeting to be added to the instant messaging session participants\' calendars. Meeting invitations are distributed and users can accept or decline the meeting within the instant messaging session.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a pictorial diagram that illustrates two users communicating via an exemplary instant messaging session within which calendar sharing and meeting scheduling may be performed.

FIG. 2 is a pictorial diagram of an exemplary instant messaging user interface screen through which calendar sharing may be initiated.

FIG. 3 is a pictorial diagram of an exemplary instant messaging user interface screen through which a calendar sharing invitation may be accepted or declined.

FIG. 4 is a pictorial diagram of an exemplary instant messaging user interface screen that may be used to display shared calendar information to a first user participating in an instant messaging conversation.

FIG. 5 is a pictorial diagram of an exemplary instant messaging user interface screen that may be used to display shared calendar information to a second user participating in an instant messaging conversation.

FIG. 6 is a pictorial diagram of an exemplary instant messaging user interface screen through which a user may select a level of detail that is displayed when the user\'s calendar is shared with others.

FIG. 7 is a pictorial diagram of an exemplary instant messaging user interface screen through which a user may change the date for which shared calendar data is displayed.

FIG. 8 is a pictorial diagram of an exemplary instant messaging user interface screen through which a user may schedule a new meeting.

FIG. 9 is a pictorial diagram of an exemplary instant messaging user interface screen that may be used to display an invitation to accept or decline a scheduled meeting.

FIG. 10 is a pictorial diagram of an exemplary instant messaging user interface screen that may be displayed after a user accepts a meeting invitation.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120290954 A1
Publish Date
11/15/2012
Document #
13561343
File Date
07/30/2012
USPTO Class
715758
Other USPTO Classes
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