Buffalo Patents LLC

U.S. Patent No. 6,839,417


This prior art search report presents the mappings of the various elements of claims 27 and 38 of U.S. Patent No. 6,839,417 (‘417 Patent), titled “Method and apparatus for improved conference call management”, from assignee Buffalo Patents LLC, published on 04 January 2005.

This patent generally relates to a way of managing conference calls, allowing individuals to initiate, join, and participate in a conference call. Individuals can meet and collaborate over cellular telephones or computer workstations in a spontaneous, unscheduled, or automatic way. The method of conducting a conference call includes a participant requesting to be the current speaker and assigning at least one as the speaker. The system will then provide to each non-designated participant a processed aggregation of the voices of all the other participants. The method also includes providing to the participant a list of conference call data representing a subset of conference calls available.

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