System and method for initiating a conference call

CAFC
  • US 7,853,000 B2
  • Filed: 03/15/2010
  • Issued: 12/14/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/22/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method for initiating a conference call for a conference call requester using a network access device, the network access device communicating via an instant messaging service, the instant messaging service being adapted to communicate conference call request information with a conference call server, comprising:

  • indicating, at the network access device, a plurality of potential targets then being connected to the instant messaging service and participating in a given instant messaging session with the conference call requester;

    generating a conference call request responsively to a single request by the conference call requester, said conference call request identifying each of the indicated potential targets; and

    transmitting the conference call request to the conference call server;

    wherein, a conference call connection initiated by the conference call server and connected to the conference call requestor and each of the indicated potential targets is automatically established responsively to the transmitted conference call request.

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