System and method for initiating a conference call

CAFC
  • US 8,571,194 B2
  • Filed: 10/19/2010
  • Issued: 10/29/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/22/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A non-transitory computer readable medium containing computer instructions configured to operate with electronic computer hardware to perform the following steps:

  • display, in an instant messaging (IM) chat window of a first party, an exchange of IM messages between the first party and at least one other party, the first party and the at least one other party being current participants to an IM session;

    display for the first party an indication of whether the at least one other party is communicably connected to the IM session;

    display for the first party an option to automatically initiate voice communication between the current participants of the IM session without requiring individual selection of potential members including the first party and the at least one other party and without requiring registration with a conference call server for establishing the voice communication by the potential members including the first party and the at least one other party; and

    request, in response to selection of the option, voice communication between the first party and the at least one other party;

    wherein in response to the request, the voice communication is established between the first party and those of the at least one other party.

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