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Method to Display Notices in Context Format Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201657D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

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Disclosed is a method for allowing selective, urgent communications through granular device settings. The method incorporates a scoring mechanism which enables the system to determine appropriate actions for incoming communications.

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Method to Display Notices in Context Format

In electronic instant messaging (IM) applications the user has the option to display their current status, leaving them open to receive messages or to remain uninterrupted for periods of time. The challenge is in how to effectively allow critical notifications to interrupt the work without allowing non-critical communications to do the same.

In telephone communications, the caller has no mechanism for knowing the status of the person being called. As receivers of telephone calls, some people resort to the practice of screening their calls before deciding whether to answer the call or allow it to go to voicemail. This technique still interrupts the receiver as they have to give thought to processing the call. A better mechanism is required that allows for the incoming messages to be processed for criticality without interrupting the intended receiver.

The disclosed invention enables truly important notifications to get through do-not-disturb settings on a mobile computing device such as a laptop computer or a smart telephone.

Novelty exists in the scoring mechanisms used to drive selection of which messages are allowed through such filters.

The disclosed invention consists of a system that processes incoming messages on computing devices, such as computers and smart phones, to allow the user to craft a customized do-not-disturb filter policy that reflects their personal choice for which types of notification are truly important and should be allowed through the filter.

The process for implementing the invention includes the following steps:
1. User crafts a filter policy reflecting their choices for what is critical at all times and what notifications are congruous to which activity.

2. User crafts an action policy reflecting their choices for how to properly action an incoming message.

3. Incoming message is scored on its properties according to the defined filter policy.

4. Incoming message is actioned according to the defined action policy.

The incoming message/alert/interruption is processed via matching engine not unlike Bayesian email spam techniques where different attributes of the message/call are given different point values. The invention enhances this known art by applying the concept of adding/subtracting points not to a global score but to multiple profile scores. In this case, the incoming message/alert/interruption is compared against multiple profile con...