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Method to Extract, Display, Report, and Share a User's Free Time from an Electronic Calendar

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241199D
Publication Date: 2015-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 92K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for querying and extracting a list of free time segments for a user from an electronic calendar system and aggregating that information into an electronic output format for easy consumption and sharing with other users.

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Method to Extract, Display, Report, and Share a User's Free Time from an Electronic Calendar

Most electronic calendar systems allow the user to book meetings and find free time among a group of users. However, a simple way to extract a list of free time segments for a single user and then share that extracted information with someone else does not exist. For example, if a person (especially one outside of a user's electronic calendar system) asks the user for a list of free time segments for the following week, the user must manually search the calendar and transcribe the segments of free time into a list to answer that person's request.

A method is needed for extracting and counting segments of free time from an

electronic calendar system. Existing systems allow a user to search for free time and schedule meetings with other users in the same calendar system. However, these systems do not offer an easy way to simply retrieve a list of free time segments for a single user, separate from scheduling a meeting or viewing the user's overall schedule. These systems do not offer a way to easily share a list of free time segments with users outside of the calendar system.

The novel contribution is a method for a user to query an associated electronic calendar system and extract an electronic list of free time segments. The resulting list can then be printed or copied into an email to share with other users. This method can also summarize total amount of free time segments per day and week.

The method to extract, display, report, and share a list of a user's free time segments from an electronic calendar is comprised of the following components and process steps:

1. An electronic calendar system that maintai...