METHOD FOR SAVING AND ACCESSING DESKTOP CONFERENCE CHARACTERISTICS WITH A PERSISTENT CONFERENCE OBJECT
 Inventors: James A. Larson, Beaverton; Jim
Elliott, Portland; Dale Boss; Sridhar
Iyengar, both of Beaverton, all of Oreg.
 Assignee: Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, Calif.
[ * ] Notice: This patent issued on a continued prosecution application filed under 37 CFR 1.53(d), and is subject to the twenty year patent term provisions of 35 U.S.C. 154(a)(2).
 Appl. No.: 08/968,857  Filed: Nov. 5, 1997
Related U.S. Application Data
 Continuation of application No. 08/485,642, Jun. 7, 1995, abandoned.
 Int. CI.6 G06F 3/00; G06F 15/16
 U.S. CI 345/330; 345/331; 345/971;
395/200.35; 395/200.34; 395/200.58
 Field of Search 345/330, 329,
345/331, 971, 332, 333, 335, 339; 395/200.34, 200.35, 200.31, 200.58, 200.57
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U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
5,247,615 9/1993 Mori et al 395/200.35
A method of saving, retrieving and dynamically establishing a plurality of conference parameters. A desktop conferencing system includes a plurality of nodes connected in a network. A user of the desktop conferencing system is able to manipulate a persistent conference object where a persistent conference object is an object including a plurality of items of information pertaining to a desktop conference. Each of the conference parameters are monitored, updated and saved. It is then possible to retrieve and dynamically establish conference parameters of a conference stored in a persistent conference object by: (1) prompting a user for an identifier identifying a particular persistent conference object on disk; (2) opening the specified persistent conference object by copying it from disk to memory; (3) reading the conference parameters stored in the persistent conference object in memory; and (4) implementing the conference parameters to establish the desired conference environment.
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