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Method to share files in collaboration tools (Instant messaging technology)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000201869D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 37K

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Instant Messaging tools allow users to send files to many contacts, but in a time consuming way due to the file transfer architecture currently in use. A Peer to Peer (P2P) protocol allows users to share files rapidly and directly between them without the need of having a server as intermediary. Integrating a P2P infrastructure to instant messaging technology, adding security and traceability, improves their usability.

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Method to share files in collaboration tools (Instant messaging technology)

Disclosed is a process for transferring files using a peer to peer (P2P) infrastructure between users of instant messaging technology programs. The disclosed process comprises an enhanced P2P protocol, a server (tracker), and a client (the instant messaging tool).

Currently users of instant messaging technology programs have to open a chat window to communicate with the receiving user click the send button and select the file to be sent. When the user wants to send the same file to many users, the user has to open as many chat windows as users receiving the file, and repeat the procedure. These steps can be very time consuming for the sender, so normally other methods are used to send the file, such as sending the file as an e-mail attachment, however this can be slow or not possible for some files depending on size or type (for example, large or executable files).

Typically, instant messaging tools, do not send files from one user to the other but use a server as an intermediary, which causes transference to be slow in particular for large files or when users are distributed geographically.

Instant messaging technologies are enhanced with the use of a new infrastructure based on a P2P


 rotocol addressing security concerns (such as encryption, authentication and traceability) to share files among groups of users enabling the transference of a single file to multiple users to be easier for the sender, and improves the transfer rate using a P2P based protocol as the number of users receiving the file increase.

In the disclosed process a new infrastructure is created consisting of an enhanced p2


                                                  protocol, a server (tracker), and a client (the instant...