Patent Number: 6,311,210

Title: Method and apparatus for sending an electronic mail message to a receiving party

Abstract: The present invention provides a centralized electronic mail apparatus and method in which a message is sent to each of a subscriber's electronic mail receiving devices. When a sending party wishes to send an electronic mail message to a receiving party, the sending party creates the electronic mail message along with any attachments using his/her user device and sends the electronic mail message to the centralized electronic mail apparatus. The centralized electronic mail apparatus receives the electronic mail message and retrieves profile information from a profile database corresponding to the receiving party. Based on the profile information, the centralized electronic mail device further determines the receiving party's electronic mail receiving devices to which the electronic mail message is to be sent. The centralized electronic mail apparatus further determines the portions of the electronic mail message that are to be sent to each of the electronic mail receiving devices. The centralized electronic mail apparatus then sends the portions of the electronic mail message to the electronic mail receiving devices and monitors them to determine if the receiving party has retrieved the electronic mail message from any of the electronic mail receiving devices. If the receiving party retrieves the electronic mail message from any of the electronic mail receiving devices, a delete command is sent to at least a portion of the other electronic mail receiving devices based on the profile information retrieved.

Inventors: Foladare; Mark Jeffrey (Kendall Park, NJ), Goldman; Shelley B. (East Brunswick, NJ), Jagadish; Hosagrahar Visvesvaraya (Ann Arbor, MI)

Assignee: AT&T Corporation

International Classification: G06Q 10/00 (20060101); H04L 12/58 (20060101); G06F 013/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018