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"Saving Message Attachments to an Online Content Management System" in Patent Application Approval Process

July 1, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- A patent application by the inventors Lynch, Sean (San Francisco, CA); Fushman, Ilya (Palo Alto, CA), filed on February 26, 2013, was made available online on June 19, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to Dropbox, Inc.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The disclosed embodiments generally relate to messaging systems, such as email systems, text-messaging systems or instant-messaging systems. More specifically, the disclosed embodiments relate to a messaging system that enables a user to save a message attachment to an online content management system.

"When a user receives a message, such as an email message or a text message, with an attachment, the user typically downloads the attachment to their computing device. However, in some situations, the user may simply want to add the attachment to their directory in a synched, online management system, such as the Dropbox.TM. service, which is offered by Dropbox, Inc. of San Francisco, Calif. To do this, the user presently has to first download the attachment to their computing device and then explicitly save it to their online content management system (e.g., their Dropbox.TM. folder). This can be a tedious process for the user. Additionally, the user may not be able to perform this process on some devices, such as mobile devices. Also, if the user is accessing the message from a shared system or a friend's system, it may be undesirable to store a copy of the attachment to the system."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The disclosed embodiments relate to a feature of a messaging system that improves the user experience by allowing a user to select one or more message attachments and have them directly added to their online content management system (for example, to their Dropbox.TM.). This feature can be integrated with the messaging-system client, even if the messaging-system client is a web-based or native client application. Moreover, a messaging-system client that incorporates this feature can reside on any type of computing device or computing system associated with the user.


"FIG. 1 shows a content management environment that includes an online content management system in accordance with the disclosed embodiments.

"FIG. 2 presents a flow chart illustrating the message-attachment-saving process in accordance with the disclosed embodiments."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Lynch, Sean; Fushman, Ilya. Saving Message Attachments to an Online Content Management System. Filed February 26, 2013 and posted June 19, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Dropbox Inc., Information Technology, Information and Data Aggregation.

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