(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2004/0001446 Al
Bhatia et al. (43) Pub. Date: Jan. 1,2004
(54) METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SUPPORTING RENDEZVOUS BASED INSTANT GROUP CONFERENCING AMONG MOBILE USERS
(76) Inventors: Randeep Bhatia, Green Brook, NJ
(US); Jorge Lobo, New York, NY
(US); Guda Venkatesh, West Orange,
Walter W. Duft
10255 Main Street
Clarence, NY 14031 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 10/431,338
(22) Filed: May 7, 2003
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/378,379, filed on May 7, 2002.
A method and a system for supporting rendezvous based instant group conlerencing among mobile users allows a conference originator to initiate and setup instant group conferencing to a set of participants even when the participants may not be immediately available to commit to the conference call at the time of its initiation. All negotiations for obtaining commitments from the participants are performed by the system, thus relieving the originator of the time consuming task of negotiating with the participants. The system automatically decides as to when to actually dial out to the participants to setup the conference call after obtaining commitment from all (or a quorum of) required participants.