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An Electronic Calendar Communication Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107475D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 73K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fitzpatrick, GP: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described here is an electronic calendaring method for establishing communiques. Electronic communications, such as telephone communications, can be automatically performed at negotiated time intervals. Based on the capabilities of the calendar owners, automatic media communiques would be established and reserved at the specified period.

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An Electronic Calendar Communication Device

      Described here is an electronic calendaring method for
establishing communiques. Electronic communications, such as
telephone communications, can be automatically performed at
negotiated time intervals. Based on the capabilities of the calendar
owners, automatic media communiques would be established and reserved
at the specified period.

      In general, prior electronic calendaring services provide for
"Meeting Notices."  These notices often contain information such as
"parties requested" and "location" for a meeting event.  This
invention utilizes a different type of notice. A "Media Communique
Notice" (MCN) is established which allows a user to request
date/time, parties to attend, and the media which are to be used for
the meeting. This mechanism allows the user to specify whether the
telephone, facsimile device, video device, etc., is to be used as the
medium for the meeting. This invention addresses not merely the
materials needed to be present for the meeting, but the actual medium
to be employed for communication.

      Upon each calendar owner receiving a MCN, a service is invoked
to detect the devices requested with the devices available for the
calendar owner.  Besides normal electronic calendar negotiation
techniques to establish an agreed-upon date/time, an electronic
negotiation is performed to establish an agreed-upon medium, by which
to communicate at the specified time.

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