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Calendar "Leaving" Button

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000216252D
Publication Date: 2012-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 23K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an electronic calendar feature that allows a meeting participant to notify other participants when they must leave a meeting before it is completed. The disclosed solution proposes the addition of a button (i.e., "Will be leaving") to the user's calendar entry that the participant can use to indicate that they must drop out of the current meeting.

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Calendar "Leaving" Button

Conference calls often exceed the scheduled length of time. There is currently no indication of how many participants have a hard stop (i.e., time at which they absolutely must leave the call) and need to leave the meeting. This may be a factor that determines whether or not there is value in continuing the meeting without key participants or a significant number of participants.

No existing technologies or solutions offer a method for indicating to current meeting participants that individuals need to drop out or have a hard stop.

The disclosed solution proposes the addition of a button (i.e., "Will be leaving.") to the user's calendar entry that the participant can use to indicate that they must drop out of the current meeting. The user can enter the number of minutes they estimate that they can remain in the current meeting. This gives the meeting facilitator notice so that they can guide the meeting to an end or schedule another meeting.

This button can be restricted by the facilitator of the meeting. For example, it can only be displayed to the required participants, not the optional ones.

The type of alert given depends upon the medium through which the meeting is held (e.g., web conference, phone, or chat application). If any combination is being used, then the appropriate corresponding method or the method that the user chooses will be used. For example, if the meeting is being held via a web conference, then a pop-up method is applied. If the meeting is being held via phone and web conference, then the user will either choose to use one of the methods, pop-up or voice alert, by setting a preference or by allowing the system to use all appropriate methods by default.

Example Embodiment #1

1. UserA has a meeting scheduled for 1-2pm and 3-4pm. The 1-2pm is scheduled with UserB and UserC to discuss patents. UserA is required at this mee...