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Patexia seeks prior art for US Patents 8,161,104 (‘104), 8,468,198 (‘198), 7,707,624 (‘624), and 8,484,706 (‘706). The patents allegedly describe a method to provide a notification of delivery and/or opening of a message over the Internet to a participating user. The message is sent between an original sender and an original recipient via an intermediate server, which intercepts the message when it is first sent by the original sender.
Once the message arrives, the server makes several modifications to the message including:
- injecting a link that activates when it is in the original recipient’s inbox
- setting up a method to track the message’s transmission from the server to the original recipient and back to the server, including any servers the message might have accessed along the way
- associating a unique ID for the message and storing it at the server for later use
- associating a unique ID for the original sender and storing it at the server for later use
Once the message has arrived at the original recipient, Patexia is interested if one of two mutually exclusive options has occurred:
- the message sends a notification to the server immediately upon opening of the message
- or the message invites the original recipient to click on the injected link to send a reply to the original sender and receive a notification from the intermediate server
Once either of those options has occurred, the intermediate server receives the notification and/or reply from the original recipient and uses the unique IDs associated earlier with the message and the original sender to associate the notification/reply with the original thread. Using that association, the intermediate sender sends a notification to either the original sender or the original recipient based on the mutually exclusive option telling the user that the message has been accessed and the transmission path that the message took.
Figure 1. Overview of a notification of delivery and/or opening of a message
|1||Was the source filed or published before November 26th, 2002?||T/F|
|2||Was the source filed or published before July 28th, 1998?||T/F|
|3||Does the source describe a system to deliver messages between a sender and a recipient through an intermediate server?||10|
|4||Does the intermediate server intercept a message from the sender before it reaches the recipient?||10|
|5||Does the server inject a link into the message that is configured to execute when activated in some manner?||10|
|6||Does the injected link automatically send a notification to the intermediate server after the recipient opens the email and the injected link does not behave as described in question 7?||10|
|7||Does the injected link allow the recipient to generate and send a reply to the original sender, as well as offer to send to the original recipient a confirmation of delivery of the reply message and the injected link does not behave as described in question 6?||10|
|8||Either via the notification/reply from question 6/7 or through direct notification to the server, does the system have a way to track the transmission path of the original message from the intermediate server to the original recipient?||10|
|9||Either via the notification/reply from question 6/7 or through direct notification to the server, does the system have a way to track the transmission path of the notification/reply from the original recipient to the intermediate server?||10|
|10||Does the server assign and store in a database a unique identifier derived from the message?||10|
|11||Does the server assign and store in a database a unique identifier based on the sender’s identity?||10|
|12||Is the server able to access the unique identifiers representing the message and the sender’s identity based on the injected link’s pre-programmed response?||10|
This is a Prior Art Search contest aimed at determining if a patent idea was known and publicly available before a patent was filed.
This contest will close on Sunday, January 12th, 2014 at 11:59 PM PST.
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- $1,000 of the prize pool will be awarded based on Patexia’s verification of the question answers and subject to the contest rules.
- $4,000 of the remaining prize pool will be added and awarded to eligible entries based on our client’s discretion after reviewing Patexia’s recommendation and verification of the question answers.
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- , "Giorgio Cevenini et al. ""A Multiprovider Universal E-Mail Service for the Secure Exchange of Legally-Binding Multimedia Documents"" May 2000 p. 47-50."
- , "IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletin IBM Corp. ""Method for Automated Communications to Third Parties Upon Composite Acknowledgement"" Feb. 1 1994 p. 345-346 New York."
- , "K. Moore ""An Extensible Message Format for Delivery Status Notifications"" Jan. 1996 p. 1-39 University of Tennessee."
- , "Network Design Manual ""Storing and Forwarding With SMTP and Message Transfer Agents"" Feb. 23 1999 p. 1-3."
- USPTO Office Action Reexamination No. 90/012771 Inventor 8275845 (Terrance A. Tomkow) Mail Date Mar. 11 2013 p. 1-11.