Patent Number: 6,166,621

Title: Method and apparatus for displaying a message which has been received

Abstract: A communication device such as pager (100) includes a controller (110) which helps decode an incoming message having important information and stores it in memory (112). A user control (116) such as a "Read" control switch is then used to display the message on the display (106). In accordance with one aspect of the present invention, controller (110) locates the important information found in the stored message and causes it to be displayed on one or more stationary display lines (416) which do not change even when the user scrolls through different display screens (408-412) to read the entire message. In an alternate embodiment of the invention, the pager controller (110) will have stored a set of rules which will help it locate the important information (e.g., telephone number, etc.) found in a stored message. Once the important information is found, the controller (110) will cause this information to be displayed as a stationary display line when displaying the message in one or more display screens.

Inventors: Burgan; John M. (North Palm Beach, FL), Lerner; Kenneth S. (Boca Raton, FL), Owens; Keith L. (Lake Worth, FL)

Assignee: Motorola, Inc.

International Classification: G08B 5/22 (20060101); H04M 19/00 (20060101); H04M 19/04 (20060101); H04Q 001/30 (); G08B 005/22 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017