Patent Number: 8,578,448

Title: Identifying guests in web meetings

Abstract: A technique that identifies registered or guest users in web meetings. Registered and guest users are provided different forms of a meeting invite URL. A guest user receives a unique URL for the meeting that is generated with a nonce value associated with the user's contact information. The nonce value does not expose the contact information. To join the web meeting, each registered user follows a common web meeting link and authenticates. Information obtained during authentication is used to identify the registered user, whose identity is then displayed. Each guest user follows his or her unique URL to join the meeting. The web meeting service receives the nonce in the unique URL and maps it to the guest user's contact details. The service displays the guest user's contact details as the guest user's identity.

Inventors: McGloin; Mark A. (Dublin, IE), Pieczul; Olgierd S. (Dublin, IE), Zurko; Mary E. (Groton, MA)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: H04L 9/32 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017