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Automatic Recipient-Based Mail Routing for the Traveling User

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111144D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Prior art allows the originator of a mailed item to be informed of a change of address of the recipient. Typically these notifications are in the form of a message from the recipient's mail service stating that his/her electronic address has changed. Prior art also allows the update of the originator's address reference list in response to these notifications. Traveling users can also have similar messages generated, such as when they are off-site or on vacation. A mechanism is needed to allow the traveling user to have incoming mail automatically rerouted to the appropriate location, based upon calendar entries.

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Automatic Recipient-Based Mail Routing for the Traveling User

      Prior art allows the originator of a mailed item to be informed
of a change of address of the recipient.  Typically these
notifications are in the form of a message from the recipient's mail
service stating that his/her electronic address has changed.  Prior
art also allows the update of the originator's address reference list
in response to these notifications.  Traveling users can also have
similar messages generated, such as when they are off-site or on
vacation.  A mechanism is needed to allow the traveling user to have
incoming mail automatically rerouted to the appropriate location,
based upon calendar entries.

      This system provides a method for the traveling user to reroute
incoming mail to the appropriate location based upon system-generated
tags in the calendar.  This system allows the traveling user to
specify the address to which incoming mail is to be forwarded, and
the time period for which the specified address is valid.  The system
then generates the appropriate calendar entries indicating when
forwarding to the specified address is to begin, and when it is to
end.  When the begin event is activated, the system automatically
forwards all, or selected, incoming mail to the specified address,
and when the end event occurs, the automatic forwarding is
terminated.

      For example, Sue is going to spend next week in the branch
office, so when she logs off on Friday, 1/2...