Patent Number: 8,578,281

Title: Inviting temporary participants to a virtual meeting or other communication session for a fixed duration

Abstract: A session invitation can be received from a first communicator for a first communication session. The session invitation can be for a temporary participant to join a sub-session of the first communication session for a sub-session duration specified by the first communicator. The sub-session duration can be less than a duration of the first communication session. The session information can be conveyed to the temporary participant within a session invitation so that the sub-session duration is able to be presented to the temporary participant. Thus, the temporary participant is able to accept or deny the session invitation with full knowledge of the sub-session duration.

Inventors: Beerse; Chelsea (Fairport, NY), Denne; Arno (Dublin, IE), O'Sullivan; Patrick (Dublin, IE), Sloyer; Jeffrey (Fishersville, VA)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 3/048 (20130101); G06F 15/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017