Electronic message forwarding system

  • US 5,937,161 A
  • Filed: 04/12/1996
  • Issued: 08/10/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/12/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system located at an internet service provider for use in forwarding electronic mail messages for delivery from one address to another address based upon user-defined parameters, said system comprising:

  • means located at an internet service provider for receiving an electronic mail message signal delivered to a first electronic mail address identified in said electronic mail message signal, said electronic mail message signal including a plurality of data parameters;

    means located at said internet service provider responsive to receipt of said electronic mail message signal for storing said electronic mail message signal in a message queue to provide a stored message signal;

    means for permitting a user of said internet service provider to enter data for selection of at least one of said plurality of data parameters as a data forwarding parameter;

    means located at said internet service provider responsive to receipt of said electronic mail message signal for retrieving information content from said electronic mail message signal, said information content corresponding to said data forwarding parameter as a basis of comparison;

    means located at said internet service provider for associating said information content with at least one selected electronic mail forwarding address by comparing said information content against a plurality of information content operations wherein each one of said information content options is associated with a corresponding electronic mail forwarding address;

    means located at said internet service provider for producing a forward able message signal representative of said stored message signal; and

    means located at said internet service provider for forwarding said forward able message signal as electronic mail to said user at said electronic mail forwarding address.

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