Method and apparatus for transmitting electronic mail

CAFC
  • US 9,584,461 B2
  • Filed: 01/18/2015
  • Issued: 02/28/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/23/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for providing e-mail communications between a recipient member of a group and a sender, said group comprising a plurality of members for each of which a first computer system has created an online presence, said created online presence for said recipient member comprising a first created e-mail address for said recipient member, said first created e-mail address comprising a name of said recipient member, said method comprising the steps of:

  • said first computer system receiving an incoming first e-mail message from a sending entity other than said first computer system comprising a first existing e-mail address of a first sender addressed to said first created e-mail address of said recipient member;

    after receiving said first e-mail message from said sending entity other than said first computer system said first computer system determining that said first sender is a member of said group for whom said first computer system has created, prior to receiving said first e-mail message, a second created e-mail address for said first sender different from said first existing e-mail address and from said first created e-mail address, said second created e-mail address comprising a name of said first sender;

    said first computer system modifying said incoming first e-mail message to create a first modified e-mail message comprising said second created e-mail address;

    said first computer system delivering said first modified e-mail message to said recipient member;

    wherein said step of said first computer system delivering said first modified e-mail message to said recipient member comprises said first computer system sending said first modified e-mail message to a second existing e-mail address of said recipient member different from said first created e-mail address of said recipient member.

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