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Method and apparatus to send multiple mails with multiple attachments in single operation for both web-based and POP e-mail systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000218487D
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-05
Document File: 4 page(s) / 126K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an idea to give user option to re-use the previously uploaded attachments, and reply to multiple mails with similar content in a single step in both web-based and POP email systems. There are two aspects to this: (1) User would be provided an ‘organized’ set of attachments which he had uploaded earlier. So, he can just choose from these files to attach to any new mail he wants to compose later. (2) User will be given option to reply to multiple emails with similar content and attachments in a single operation. For example – When using web-based mail system (e.g. gmail), a user wants to send his resume to multiple companies/consultant, with almost same content (body + attachments), except name. Using this apparatus, user would not have to : a) upload CV multiple times , if he has uploaded it once, earlier. And b) He won’t have to re-write or even copy-paste the same content multiple times for different mails. The advantages and scenarios are explained in details in “Advantages” section.

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Method and apparatus to send multiple mails with multiple attachments in single operation

Method and apparatus to send multiple mails with multiple attachments in single operation for both web-based and POP e-mail systems.

Inventor

Prashant Dahiya

Summary

      Disclosed is an idea to give user option to re-use the previously uploaded attachments, and reply to multiple mails with similar content in a single step in both web-based and POP email systems. There are two aspects to this: (1) User would be provided an 'organized' set of attachments which he had uploaded earlier. So, he can just choose from these files to attach to any new mail he wants to compose later. (2) User will be given option to reply to multiple emails with similar content and attachments in a single operation.

For example - When using web-based mail system (e.g. gmail), a user wants to send his resume to multiple companies/consultant, with almost same content (body + attachments), except name. Using this apparatus, user would not have to : a) upload CV multiple times , if he has uploaded it once, earlier. And b) He won't have to re-write or even copy- paste the same content multiple times for different mails.

The advantages and scenarios are explained in details in "Advantages" section.

Background

If user wants to send multiple 'previously-uploaded-attachments uploaded through multiple mails earlier, in a new mail, he either have to find all those attachments one-by-one from the 'sent' mails and drag them to the new mail (in POP email client programs), or download the attachment and upload again to the 'new' mail (for web-based email systems)OR, if he have that file in the file system, he will upload that again for the 'new' mail.

Currently there is no system of keeping the attachments uploaded by user in an organized manner. Though, we keep the attachments of the 'sent' mails.

This system will keep all the uploaded attachments in an organized manner, and will give user to directly attach the files to new mails without having him upload again (primarily useful in web-based email systems). This will allow user to attach multiple files in a single step (in all types of email systems).

Also, when a user wants to send the mails which have same content and attachments, but different recipients, this system, will allow him to do that, as the name of the recipient will be a variable, which will be replaced dynamically by the metadata fetched from his mail-ID.

Prior Art/Solutions

Currently, the mail systems don't provide any organized attachment panel/server, where user can find his previously uploaded attachments grouped together. Though, POP email client systems (like - outlook) does provide facility to user to search for the previous mail in whose attachment user is interested, and drag the attachment to the new mail.

But, this involves multiple operations - search+drag/drop, if user wants to attach multiple items from already uploaded files. Also, this is indirect, non-...