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"Retroactive Shared Content Item Links" in Patent Application Approval Process

September 2, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- A patent application by the inventors Subramani, Anand (San Francisco, CA); Delamere, Mark (Sausalito, CA); Vincent, Jonathan (San Francisco, CA); Rha, Philip (San Francisco, CA); Ibrishimov, Emil (Redwood City, CA); Carriero, Thomas (San Francisco, CA); Allain, Francois Alexander (San Francisco, CA), filed on May 7, 2013, was made available online on August 21, 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 present invention relates to content management systems, and more particularly to systems and methods for retroactive shared content item links.

"Conventionally, there are many different ways users can share digital content items ('content items') with each other. One way to share a content item with a user is to send the content item as an attachment to an electronic mail (e-mail) message. Another way is to provide the content item on a portable data storage medium such as flash drive that is physically delivered to the user. Digital content items include files, folders, documents, images, audio, video, streaming media, or other logical collections of data or digital information.

"Conventional methods for sharing content items are cumbersome and inefficient. For example, an attachment to an e-mail message may not be received because of attachment size limits or mailbox size limits enforced by an e-mail server. As another example, if the flash drive on which the only copy of a content item is stored is lost or destroyed, then the content item is potentially lost forever.

"One possible approach for sharing a content item is for the sharing user to upload the content item to a server from which another user can download the content item. However, once the content item has been uploaded to the server, it may be difficult for the sharing user to retain control over who else can download the content item from the server. For example, one user that the sharing user intended to download the content item from the server may share the location on the server of the content item with another user the sharing user did not intend to download the content item from the server.

"The approaches described in this section are approaches that could be pursued, but not necessarily approaches that have been previously conceived or pursued. Therefore, unless otherwise indicated, it should not be assumed that any of the approaches described in this section qualify as prior art merely by virtue of their inclusion in this section."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "A content management system performing a method providing retroactive shared content item links is disclosed. In one embodiment, for example, the method includes the content management system receiving a request to access a content item associated with a shared link from a client device of a user. The request may specify the shared link. For example, the request may by a HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) or Secure HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTPS) request that specifies the shared link as the request Uniform Resource Locator (URL). In response to receiving the request, the content management system determines a team associated with the content item. The team may a named group of user accounts held with the content management system and that belong to the team. The user making the request may not belong to the team (i.e., is a non-team member with respect to the team). The method further includes the content management system determining a current setting of a team shared link policy of the team, which may have been previously configured by a team administrator of the team. The current setting of the team reflects one of the following polices of the team with respect to use of shared links to access content items associated with the team. In particular, the current setting reflects: (a) that users that are not members of the team are not permitted to use shared links to access content items associated with the team, or (b) users that are not members of the team are not prohibited by the team shared link policy of the team from using shared links to access content items associated with the team. If the current setting of the team shared link policy of the team reflects (a) that users that are not members of the team are not permitted to use shared links to access content items associated with the team, then the method includes the content management system returning a response to the client device of the user that indicates that the user is permitted to access the content item. If, on the other hand, the current setting of the team shared link policy of the team reflects (b) that users that are not members of the team are not prohibited by the team shared link policy of the team from using shared links to access content items associated with the team, then the method includes the content management system returning a response to the client device of the user that comprises at least a portion of the content item.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The detailed description is described with reference to the accompanying figures. In the figures, the left-most digit(s) of a reference number identifies the figure in which the reference number first appears. The same reference numbers in different figures indicate similar or identical items.

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating an exemplary computing environment containing a content management system usable for providing retroactive shared content item links.

"FIG. 2 is a flow diagram illustrating an exemplary process for using retroactive shared content item links.

"FIG. 3 illustrating an example graphical user interface for configuring a team shared link policy.

"FIG. 4 is a block diagram of a computer system upon which embodiments of the invention may be implemented."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Subramani, Anand; Delamere, Mark; Vincent, Jonathan; Rha, Philip; Ibrishimov, Emil; Carriero, Thomas; Allain, Francois Alexander. Retroactive Shared Content Item Links. Filed May 7, 2013 and posted August 21, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=105&p=3&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140814.PD.&OS=PD/20140814&RS=PD/20140814

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

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