System and method for initiating a conference call

  • US 20050238156A1
  • Filed: 12/22/2004
  • Published: 10/27/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/22/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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23. A method for initiating a conference call, comprising the steps of:

  • providing a conference call server;

    providing a call requester with a network accessible device, the network accessible device being communicably connected to an instant messaging service, said instant messaging service being adapted to communicate conference call request information with said conference call server;

    presenting said conference call requester with a display showing at least one potential target with whom a conference call may be initiated, said display further indicating whether said potential target is communicably connected to said instant messaging service;

    generating a conference call request by said conference call requester, said conference call request identifying at least one potential target for joining in a conference call;

    transmitting said generated call request from said conference call requester to said conference call server;

    receiving said generated call request at said conference call server;

    parsing said conference call request to determine parameters associated with a requested conference call; and

    initiating a conference call in accordance with parameters associated with the requested conference call.

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