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Patent Application Titled "Management of Mobile Device Originated Meetings" Published Online

February 13, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors KANG, Seok Tae (Seoul, KR); Kang, Yu Kyoung (Seoul, KR); Kang, Myoung Soo (Seoul, KR), filed on July 20, 2012, was made available online on January 30, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is Lg Cns Co., Ltd.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "This invention relates generally to electronic meeting notifications, and more specifically, to effective management of a mobile device originated meetings.

"Scheduling of meeting requests and acceptance of meeting requests has traditionally been done by desktop computers or laptop computers which are fitted with a hard disk drive or other high capacity memory mechanisms, or by low intelligence terminals which are permanently attached to a server or other similar computer which, itself, contains a high capacity storage device. However, with the increased proliferation of mobile devices (e.g., smart phones, tablet computers, cellular phones, personal digital assistants, etc.), the scheduling and acceptance of meeting requests is more commonly being implemented via mobile devices.

"A number of obstacles present themselves when attempting to provide a user with the capability of generating and/or accepting a meeting request from a mobile device. For example, a user of the mobile device may be inundated with a large number of e-mail messages, text messages, etc., and may overlook a meeting request. Furthermore, with the wide variety of mobile devices, operating systems, and cellular/provider requirements, a meeting request generated by one mobile device may be incompatible with scheduling applications of another mobile device. Still furthermore, an increased number of meeting requests and responses communicated via SMS will increase each mobile device user's messaging use, thereby potentially resulting in increased fees.

"Korean patent application 10-2004-0072276 describes a gathering or meeting announcement, but does not include a notification function among group members, nor does it include an attendee's response.

"U.S. Pat. No. 7,869,941 describes an approach in which location and appointment times are compared to determine if, based on a current location, whether the travel time exceeds the amount of time remaining until the appointment. If it is determined that the travel time exceeds the amount of time remaining, a communication is sent.

"U.S. Pat. No. 7,984,378 describes a meeting management application that permits the manipulation of meetings by groups. The meeting management application incorporates or is associated with a scheduling application for receiving and maintaining meeting information. The meeting management application may additionally include or be associated with a grouping application. The grouping application may permit the creation of groups of meetings having one or more specified items of associated information. Once a group of meetings is defined, modifications to information associated with each meeting within the group can be applied to the included meetings globally.

"U.S. Pat. No. 8,073,614 describes a meeting notification and automatic modification service, which, based on geographic information, the system may identify a route extending from the geographic location of a first participant to the geographic location of the appointment, and may identify a travel time associated with the route. Based on the travel time and the appointment time, the system may determine whether the first participant is estimated to arrive at the appointment on time and, based on the determination, the system may send a message to participants of the appointment or dynamically reschedule the appointment.

"Therefore, what is needed is a meeting management approach for a mobile device that addresses at least one of the deficiencies of the current art."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In general, embodiments described herein provide approaches for managing mobile device originated meetings involving multiple mobile device users belonging to a group. Specifically, a meeting request is sent to the mobile device of each member of the group, and subsequent recognition of responding and non-responding members is established. Those members of the group failing to respond within a predetermined time period are sent a secondary meeting request in an attempt to solicit a response. An optimal meeting request and/or response message type is selected for each mobile device belonging to each member of the group. As such, interoperability between different devices and meeting systems is maintained, while also allowing those users sharing the same meeting system platform to communicate via push-notification internet-based messages, thereby decreasing reliance on cellular based short messaging service (SMS) messages.

"One aspect of the present invention includes a method for managing mobile device originated meetings, comprising the computer-implemented steps of: transmitting a meeting request to a mobile device of each member of a group; receiving a response to the meeting request from a set of members from the group; determining a set of members from the group who have not responded to the meeting request; and transmitting the meeting request to the mobile device of each member of the group who has not responded to the meeting request.

"Another aspect of the present invention provides a system for managing mobile device originated meetings, the system comprising: a memory medium comprising instructions; a bus coupled to the memory medium; and a processor coupled to a management system via the bus that when executing the instructions causes the system to: transmit a meeting request to a mobile device of each member of a group; receive a response to the meeting request from a set of members from the group; determine a set of members from the group who have not responded to the meeting request; and transmit the meeting request to the mobile device of each member of the group who has not responded to the meeting request.

"Another aspect of the present invention provides computer-readable storage medium storing computer instructions, which when executed, enables a computer system to provide management of mobile device originated meetings, the computer instructions comprising: transmitting a meeting request to a mobile device of each member of a group; receiving a response to the meeting request from a set of members from the group; determining a set of members from the group who have not responded to the meeting request; and transmitting the meeting request to the mobile device of each member of the group who has not responded to the meeting request.

"Another aspect of the present invention provides a method for managing mobile device originated meetings, the method comprising: transmitting, using a computer system, a meeting request to a mobile device of each member of a group; receiving, using the computer system, a response to the meeting request from a set of members from the group; determining, using the computer system, a set of members from the group who have not responded to the meeting request; and transmitting, using the computer system, the meeting request to the mobile device of each member of the group who has not responded to the meeting request.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"These and other features of this invention will be more readily understood from the following detailed description of the various aspects of the invention taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

"FIG. 1 shows a system diagram according to illustrative embodiments.

"FIG. 2 shows a group manager according to illustrative embodiments.

"FIG. 3 shows meeting management server according to illustrative embodiments.

"FIG. 4 shows an operational flow chart of the meeting management server according to illustrative embodiments.

"FIG. 5 shows a group management flow chart of the server according to illustrative embodiments.

"FIGS. 6-8 show a flow chart of an exemplary system according to illustrative embodiments.

"FIG. 9 shows an exemplary computer implementation according to illustrative embodiments.

"The drawings are not necessarily to scale. The drawings are merely representations, not intended to portray specific parameters of the invention. The drawings are intended to depict only typical embodiments of the invention, and therefore should not be considered as limiting in scope. In the drawings, like numbering represents like elements."

For more information, see this patent application: KANG, Seok Tae; Kang, Yu Kyoung; Kang, Myoung Soo. Management of Mobile Device Originated Meetings. Filed July 20, 2012 and posted January 30, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1879&p=38&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140123.PD.&OS=PD/20140123&RS=PD/20140123

Keywords for this news article include: Lg Cns Co. Ltd.

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