Content and context based handling of instant messages

  • US 9,367,521 B2
  • Filed: 01/30/2008
  • Issued: 06/14/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/30/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of processing instant message transactions comprising:

  • logging a first instant message client into an instant message server;

    obtaining from the instant message server, at least one handling rule that is evaluated in an instant messaging environment in response to receipt of a message, each handling rule defining a condition based upon at least one of identified content or identified context, and a corresponding event handling action to be performed within the instant message environment;

    identifying an instant message conversation within the instant message environment between a user and a correspondent;

    evaluating each handling rule;

    performing the corresponding event handling action of an associated handling rule if it is determined that the condition of that handling rule is satisfied; and

    conveying to the user participating in the instant message conversation, an indication that the corresponding event handling action was performed.

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