Method and apparatus for dynamically defining data communication utilities

  • US 6,226,678 B1
  • Filed: 09/25/1996
  • Issued: 05/01/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/25/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In a server apparatus operatively coupled to one or more client telephony processes over a computer network, selected of the client telephony processes capable of establishing real-time, point-to-point audio communications with other of said client telephony processes directly over the computer network and having the capacity to perform locally, within the client telephony process, a plurality of predefined functions related to such point-to-point communications, a method of dynamically defining which of said predefined functions a client telephony process is authorized to perform locally, within a client telephony process, the method comprising:

  • A. receiving, over the computer network, a client process identifier from a requesting of said client telephony processes;

    B. determining from the client process identifier which of the plurality of predefined functions the identified client telephony process is authorized to perform locally, within the identified client telephony process; and

    C. transmitting to the requesting of said client telephony processes a function identifier associated with the identified client telephony process, the function identifier comprising a plurality of feature bits interpretable by the requesting client telephony process to determine which of the plurality of predefined functions the identified client telephony process is authorized to perform locally, within the identified client telephony process.

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