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Detection of Duplicate Email Using Identification Numbers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129159D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Sep-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 24K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A method is disclosed that uses identification numbers to detect duplicate emails.

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Detection of Duplicate Email Using Identification Numbers

When forwarding email from another source, the sender has no knowledge of who has received this email before. Sender A could send an email out to Receivers B, C, and D. Then Receiver B can forward the email to Receivers E, F, and G. Receiver F has no knowledge that Reciever D has already received this email. So, if Receiver F forwards this email to Receiver D, Receiver D will have duplicate copies.

Identification numbers will be assigned to email when it is originated, and will stay with the email throughout its lifecycle. The identification number could be a combination of the originator's email address followed by a counter. For example, "johndoe@us.ibm.com-00000001" would be the identification number of a new email created.

For privacy reasons, the identification numbers will only be known to the email application in which it resides. Once the email is received, the recipient's email application would add the identification number to the record of incoming mail. This information is maintained by a "Email Inventory Agent".

Art exists that provides detection of invalid email addresses, or status of email recipients before the sender ever sends the message. This art can be expanded to detect if the recipient has already received email with this identification number by querying the recipient's "Email Inventory Agent" before the sender fowards the email. A list will be shown to the sender informing him of t...