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Method for Selective Email Return Receipt Disclosure Number: IPCOM000218157D
Publication Date: 2012-May-24
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Disclosed is a method for an email sender to dynamically select email recipients for a return receipt notice. The method presents a list of email recipients in a list box or via selective hover, allowing the sender to select recipients from whom they need a return receipt.

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Method for Selective Email Return Receipt

Most email applications provide a return receipt feature. When this feature is used, each recipient of the email "To" or "cc" field results in the sending of a receipt to the sender.

The problem with this solution is that the setting of return receipt is global. For example, if you have 100 recipients listed or groups that you do not even know how many users are included you will get a return receipt for each person that reads the email. This can very quickly generate many unwanted emails.

Prior art shows that there is a solution that existed on a per domain basis, but not a per user basis.

There is a need to allow for much finer granularity on email receipts.

This invention discusses low-level granularity of return receipt issuance and discusses two methods of implementation.

Option 1: The sender wants return receipts from recipients on the TO list only, or wants to be able to select specific individuals, not everyone. For example, the sender wants to send a note to User A, User B, and User C. It is only imperative that User B reads the message; therefore, the sender wants to be able to select either an individual from the "To" list or the whole "To" list. Implementing this option thus:

1. Create a mail to the three recipients (i.e., User A, User B, User C)

2. Select the "return receipt required" drop down list

3. The software presents a message box with a list of the recipients' names and checkboxes next to each; it sh...