Real-time messaging method and apparatus

  • US 9,634,969 B2
  • Filed: 04/06/2016
  • Issued: 04/25/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/28/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method performed at a node on a network for progressively receiving, storing and forwarding a video message from a sender to a recipient over the network, comprising:

  • receiving at the node an identifier contained in a message header of the video message, the identifier identifying a recipient of the video message;

    ascertaining an address for identifying a communication device associated with the recipient on the network from the identifier contained in the message header of the video message;

    progressively receiving video media contained in a message body of the video message as the video media is created and progressively transmitted by the sender;

    progressively and persistently storing the video media contained in the message body as the video media is received at the node; and

    starting progressive transmission of the video media of the video message to the recipient as the video media is received and persistently stored, before the video media contained in the message body is complete, using a delivery route for delivering the video media over the network to the communication device associated with the recipient that is discovered using the ascertained address for the communication device.

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