System and method for preventing the lapse of a recurring event

System and method for preventing the lapse of a recurring event
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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREVENTING
THE LAPSE OF A RECURRING EVENT
USING ELECTRONIC CALENDAR SYSTEM
the recurring event and indicating whether the recurring event
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
mation for the recurring event should be changed through
FIG. 8 is a screen shot showing a noti?cation concerning
should be reinstated.
FIG. 9 is a screen shot indicating whether the event infor
editing basic parameters such as time, duration or location of
the event.
This application relates to the ?eld of managing recurring
events, and more particularly, to establishing and managing
FIG. 10 is a high level ?owchart showing the system and
method of preventing the lapse of a recurring event such as
using an electronic calendar program.
FIG. 11 is a schematic block diagram of an exemplary
mobile wireless communications device.
information relating to a recurring event established within an
electronic calendar program.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED
EMBODIMENTS
Electronic calendar systems are becoming more popular
and in combination with a mobile wireless communications
device can include messaging capability for establishing a
recurring event, such as appointments or meetings with a
predetermined end date. An organizer may set the event infor
mation parameters, including time, duration and location of
the event, for example, the meeting, which will recur periodi
Different embodiments will now be described more fully
hereinafter with reference to the accompanying drawings, in
which preferred embodiments are shown. Many different
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forms embodiments can be used and this description should
not be construed as limited to the embodiments set forth
cally for a set period of time and have a predetermined end
herein. Rather, these embodiments are provided so that this
time. Attendees of the event can be noti?ed of the event
disclosure will be thorough and complete, and will fully
information and end date of the recurring event through a
convey the scope to those skilled in the art. Like numbers refer
noti?cation transmitted from a server or mobile wireless 25 to like elements throughout, and prime notation is used to
indicate similar elements in alternative embodiments.
communications device. Communication devices and sys
tems operative with calendar programs and/or for pushing
calendar event messages are disclosed in commonly assigned
US. Pat. Nos. 6,463,463 and 6,489,950 and published inter
national PCT application WO 03/056789 and WO 2004/
Problems often occur with some calendar functions in
which recurring events with an end date currently elapse
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1005 86.
The use of mobile wireless communications devices with
messaging and associated calendar programs are becoming
more popular each day. These calendar programs permit the
establishment and managing of events, including any
having to reinstate the event and having all the original recipi
ents of a recurring message and event notice obtain the rein
stated event notices. An organizer can now be informed of all
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appointments and meetings, and a user interface to view day,
agenda, week or month formats. Many of these calendar
programs allow the event, i.e., the appointment or meeting, to
recur regularly such as on a daily, weekly or monthly basis
where the frequency of the event is set through use of a user
interface. It is also possible to set the date on which the series
of appointments or meetings ends. If an event recurs weekly,
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recurrences of an event that were done within a certain period
of time or “x” dates of the last occurrence, and allow the user
to modify the end date, if necessary, in an ef?cient manner.
This could occur by prompting a user to enter Yes to modify
the end date and bring up a menu for changing event infor
mation. It should be understood that the term “event” encom
passes the term “meeting” and the term “appointment” as
well as other terms typically used in electronic calendar or
messaging systems that establish events such as meetings and
the days on which the event recurs can be set.
Typically, recurring events with an end date currently lapse
without any notice to the organizer. This can lead to an inabil
ity to continue to hold the event because of room restrictions
or other problems. Also, there could be an inconvenience in
appointments .
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without any notice to an organizer of this recurring event. This
A system and method in one example can be incorporated
for use on a wireless mobile communications device. An
can lead to an inability to continue to hold the event because
electronic calendar program has the capability of establishing
of room restrictions, attendee con?icts, or simply the incon
venience of having to reinstate the event, for example, an
a recurring event, i.e., an appointment or meeting with a
arranged meeting, with one or more attendees.
predetermined end date. A processor is operative for notify
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ing an organizer of the event at a predetermined time of the
end date for the recurring event and permitting the organizer
to modify the end date of the recurring event if the meeting is
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
to continue. Of course, the term “event” encompasses the
terms “meeting” and the term “appointment” as well as other
Other objects, features and advantages will become appar
sidered in light of the accompanying drawings in which:
terms typically used in electronic calendar or messaging sys
tems that establish events such as meetings and appointments.
FIG. 1 is a schematic block diagram of an example of a
mobile wireless communications device that can be used and
In one example, the processor is operative for permitting
the organizer to modify event information, which could com
ent from the detailed description which follows, when con
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illustrating certain internal components thereof.
FIG. 2 is a front elevation view of the mobile wireless
communications device of FIG. 1.
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wireless mobile communications device for entering infor
mation for establishing the recurring event and permitting the
organizer to modify the end date.
The system could also be operative for notifying the orga
FIGS. 3-6 are screen shots of a calendar program that can
be displayed on a mobile wireless communications device
such as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, and showing the respective
day, agenda, week and month format.
FIG. 7 is a screen shot showing a new event, i.e., appoint
ment screen, which can be used for setting a recurring event.
prise one of time, duration or location of the event. The user
interface is preferably established such as on an LCD of a
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nizer of the recurring event when all recurrences of the event
are done within a predetermined number of days of the last
occurrence. The noti?cation could be established by a pro
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cessor contained within a housing of a wireless mobile com
portion 47 of the housing 21 also advantageously spaces the
munications device and operative with a radio frequency (RF)
transceiver contained within the housing and operative with a
calendar program. Alternatively, the noti?cation could be
antenna farther away from the user’s brain.
Another important bene?t of placing the antenna 45 adja
cent the lower portion 47 of the housing 21 is that this may
allow for less impact on antenna performance due to blockage
by a user’s hand. That is, users typically hold cellular phones
toward the middle to upper portion of the phone housing, and
transmitted from a central server in a wireless or wired man
ner.
A method is also set forth for preventing the lapse of a
recurring event, which comprises establishing within an elec
are therefore more likely to put their hands over such an
tronic calendar program a recurring event having a predeter
mined end date; notifying an organizer for the event at a
antenna than they are an antenna mounted adjacent the lower
portion 47 of the housing 21. Accordingly, more reliable
performance may be achieved from placing the antenna 45
adjacent the lower portion 47 of the housing 21.
Still another bene?t of this con?guration is that it provides
predetermined time of the end date for the recurring event;
and modifying the end date of the recurring event if the event
is to continue.
Referring initially to FIGS. 1 and 2, an example of a mobile
wireless communications device, such as a mobile cellular
device 20, that can be used is ?rst described. The cellular
more room for one or more auxiliary input/output (l/ O)
device 20 illustratively includes a housing 21 having an upper
portion 46 and a lower portion 47, and a dielectric substrate
67, such as a printed circuit board (PCB) substrate, for
example, carried by the housing. The term circuit board 67 as
used hereinafter can refer to any dielectric substrate, PCB,
ceramic or other structure for carrying signal circuits within a
mobile wireless communications device. The illustrated
housing 21 is a static housing, for example, as opposed to a
?ip or sliding housing which are used in many cellular tele
Furthermore, by separating the antenna 45 from the auxiliary
devices 50 to be carried at the upper portion 46 of the housing.
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l/ O device(s) 50, this may allow for reduced interference
therebetween.
Some examples of auxiliary l/O devices 50 include a
WLAN (e.g., Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11) antenna for providing
WLAN communication capabilities, and/or a satellite posi
tioning system (e.g., GPS, Galileo, etc.) antenna for provid
ing position location capabilities, as will be appreciated by
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those skilled in the art. Other examples of auxiliary l/O
phones. However, these and other housing con?gurations
devices 50 include a second audio output transducer (e.g., a
may also be used.
Circuitry 48 is carried by the circuit board 67, such as a
speaker for speaker phone operation), and a camera lens for
providing digital camera capabilities, an electrical device
connector (e.g., USB, headphone, secure digital (SD) or
microprocessor, memory, one or more wireless transceivers
(e. g., cellular, WLAN, etc.), audio and power circuitry,
including any keyboard circuitry. It should be understood that
keyboard circuitry could be on a separate board, etc., as will
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memory card, etc.).
It should be noted that the term “input/output” as used
herein for the auxiliary l/O device(s) 50 means that such
be appreciated by those skilled in the art, and as will be
devices may have input and/or output capabilities, and they
discussed further below. A battery (not shown) is also prefer
ably carried by the housing 21 for supplying power to the
circuitry 48.
need not provide both in all embodiments. That is, devices
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output.
Furthermore, an audio output transducer 49 (e. g., a
speaker) is carried by an upper portion 46 of the housing 21
The device 20 further illustratively includes a display 22
carried by the housing 21 and connected to the circuitry 48. A
and connected to the circuitry 48. One or more user input
interface devices, such as a keypad 23 (FIG. 2), is also pref
erably carried by the housing 21 and connected to the cir
cuitry 48. Other examples of user input interface devices
such as camera lenses may only receive an optical input, for
example, while a headphone jack may only provide an audio
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back button 36 and scroll wheel 37 can also be connected to
the circuitry 48 for allowing a user to navigate menus, text,
etc., as will be appreciated by those skilled in the art. The
include a scroll wheel 37 and a back button 36. Of course, it
scroll wheel 37 may also be referred to as a “thumb wheel” or
will be appreciated that other user input interface devices
(e. g., a stylus or touch screen interface) may be used in other
embodiments.
An antenna 45 is positioned at the lower portion 47 in the
a “track wheel” in some instances. The keypad 23 illustra
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keypad 23 also illustratively includes an alternate function
key 25, a next key 26, a space key 27, a shift key 28, a return
housing and can be formed as a pattern of conductive traces
forming an antenna circuit that physically forms the antenna
and connected to the circuitry 48 on the main circuit board 67.
tively includes a plurality of multi-symbol keys 24 each hav
ing indicia of a plurality of respective symbols thereon. The
(or enter) key 29, and a backspace/ delete key 30.
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The next key 26 is also used to enter a “*” symbol upon ?rst
extends from the circuit board at the lower portion of the
pressing or actuating the alternate function key 25. Similarly,
the space key 27, shift key 28 and backspace key 30 are used
housing. By placing the antenna 45 adjacent the lowerportion
to enter a “0” and “#”, respectively, upon ?rst actuating the
The antenna could be formed on an antenna section that
alternate function key 25. The keypad 23 further illustratively
47 of the housing 21, this advantageously increases the dis
tance between the antenna and the user’s head when the
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phone is in use to aid in complying with applicable SAR
requirements.
More particularly, a user will typically hold the upper por
tion of the housing 21 very close to his head so that the audio
output transducer 49 is directly next to his ear. Yet, the lower
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portion 47 of the housing 21 where an audio input transducer
(i.e., microphone) is located need not be placed directly next
to a user’s mouth, and is typically held away from the user’s
mouth. That is, holding the audio input transducer close to the
user’ s mouth may not only be uncomfortable for the user, but
it may also distort the user’s voice in some circumstances. In
addition, the placement of the antenna 45 adjacent the lower
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includes a send key 31, an end key 32, and a convenience (i.e.,
menu) key 39 for use in placing cellular telephone calls, as
will be appreciated by those skilled in the art.
Moreover, the symbols on each key 24 are arranged in top
and bottom rows. The symbols in the bottom rows are entered
when a user presses a key 24 without ?rst pressing the alter
nate function key 25, while the top row symbols are entered
by ?rst pressing the alternate function key. As seen in FIG. 2,
the multi-symbol keys 24 are arranged in the ?rst three rows
on the keypad 23 below the send and end keys 31, 32. Fur
thermore, the letter symbols on each of the keys 24 are
arranged to de?ne a QWERTY layout. That is, the letters on
the keypad 23 are presented in a three-row format, with the
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letters of each row being in the same order and relative posi
tion as in a standard QWERTY keypad.
Each row of keys (including the fourth row of function keys
be operative with systems such as described in commonly
assigned and incorporated by reference ’463 patent identi?ed
above.
FIGS. 3-6 show screen shots for a non-limiting example of
a type of calendar format in a calendar program that could be
used in one embodiment. FIG. 3 shows a day format. FIG. 4
shows an agenda format. FIG. 5 shows a week format. FIG. 6
25-29) are arranged in ?ve columns. The multi-symbol keys
24 in the second, third, and fourth columns of the ?rst, second,
and third rows have numeric indicia thereon (i.e., 1 through 9)
accessible by ?rst actuating the alternate function key 25.
Coupled with the next, space, and shift keys 26, 27, 28, which
respectively enter a “*”, “0”, and“#” upon ?rst actuating the
alternate function key 25, as noted above, this set of keys
shows a month format.
In the device shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, it is possible to
change the calendar format. On a Home screen, a user clicks
a Calendar icon and the calendar appears. The user clicks the
track wheel and a menu appears. The user selects one of the
de?nes a standard telephone keypad layout, as would be
found on a traditional touch-tone telephone, as will be appre
following options: (a) to view a schedule for one day, the user
clicks View Day; (b) to view a list of appointments and meet
ciated by those skilled in the art.
Accordingly, the mobile cellular device 20 may advanta
geously be used not only as a traditional cellular phone, but it
ings, grouped by day, the user clicks View Agenda; (c) to view
a schedule for one week, the user clicks View Week; and (d)
may also be conveniently used for sending and/or receiving
to view a schedule for one month, the user clicks View Month.
data over a cellular or other network, such as Internet and
To change days quickly in Day format, the user scrolls to the
navigation bar and clicks a day.
email data, for example. Of course, other keypad con?gura
tions may also be used in other embodiments. Multi-tap or
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predictive entry modes may be used for typing e-mails, etc. as
will be appreciated by those skilled in the art.
The antenna 45 is preferably formed as a multi-frequency
The user clicks Today and the current date appears.
It is also possible to view a speci?c date. On the Home
band antenna, which provides enhanced transmission and
reception characteristics over multiple operating frequencies.
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More particularly, the antenna 45 is designed to provide high
gain, desired impedance matching, and meet applicable SAR
requirements over a relatively wide bandwidth and multiple
cellular frequency bands. By way of example, the antenna 45
preferably operates over ?ve bands, namely a 850 MHZ Glo
bal System for Mobile Communications (GSM) band, a 900
MHZ GSM band, a DCS band, a PCS band, and a WCDMA
band (i.e., up to about 2100 MHZ), although it may be used for
other bands/frequencies as well.
To conserve space, the antenna 45 may advantageously be
It is also possible to view the current date. On a Home
screen, a user clicks the Calendar icon and L the calendar
appears. The user clicks the track wheel and a menu appears.
screen, a user clicks the Calendar icon and the calendar
appears. The user clicks the track wheel and a menu appears.
The user clicks Go to Date, and a dialog box appears. In the
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Go to Date ?eld, the user presses the Space key until the
preferred options appear. The user clicks the track wheel and
the date appears.
It is possible to view the next or previous date. On the
Home screen, the user clicks the Calendar icon and the cal
endar appears. The user clicks the track wheel, and a menu
appears. The user can select one of the following options as
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non-limiting examples:
implemented in three dimensions although it may be imple
mented in two-dimensional or planar embodiments as well.
The mobile wireless communications device shown in
FIGS. 1 and 2 can incorporate e-mail and messaging accounts
and provide different functions such as composing e-mail,
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Format
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Day
To view that day in the next week, click
Next Week; to view that day in the
PIN messages, and SMS messages. The device can manage
messages through an appropriate menu that can be retrieved
by choosing a messages icon. An address book function could
add contacts, allow management of an address book, set
address book options and manage SIM card phone books. A
phone menu could allow for the making and answering of
previous week, click Prev Week.
Agenda
view the previous day on which you have an
browser could allow the browsing of web pages and con?g
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Other applications could include the task, memo pad, calcu
lator, alarm and games as well as handheld options with
various references.
The managing of events is especially adapted for use with
a calendar program, as one non-limiting example. It should be
understood that the term calendar program is broad enough to
appointment or meeting, click Prev Day.
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phone calls using phone features, managing phone call logs,
setting phone options, and viewing phone information. A
uring the browser, including bookmarks and browser options.
To view the next day on which you have an
appointment or meeting, click Next Day; to
Week
To view the next week, click Next Week; to
Month
view the previous week, click Prev Week.
To view the next month, click Next Month;
to view the previous month, click Prev
Month; to view that month in the next
year, click Next Year; to view that month
in the previous year, click Prev Year.
It is also possible to manage events such as appointments
and meetings. In one non-limiting example, an appointment
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encompass any type of messaging or appointment/meeting
can be considered a scheduled amount of time in the calendar.
A meeting can be considered an appointment to which con
tacts are invited. For purposes of description, the term event
will encompass appointments and meetings. To manage
events, especially meetings, on the handheld shown in FIGS.
program that allows an organizer to establish an event, for
example, an appointment or meeting. The term appointment
is used in some of the screen shots as an example of an event. 60 1 and 2, the handheld is integrated with an email account and
includes wireless calendar synchronization.
Although the term calendar program is used, it should be
understood that the term is broad enough to encompass any
A ?rst step is to create an event, i.e., the appointment or
meeting. For example, the Home screen, a user clicks the
Calendar icon and the calendar appears. The user clicks the
type of date setting and event setting function commonly used
in electronic computer programs. It should also be understood
that the calendar program is operative for pushing calendar
event messages from a host system to a mobile data commu
nications device and in reverse. The described system could
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track wheel and a menu appears. The user clicks New and a
New Appointment screen appears, for example as shown in
FIG. 7. In the following ?elds, the user can type appointment
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information: (a) Subject: a user types the subject of the
appointment; (b) Location: a user types the location of the
date in which the series of appointments ends. If an appoint
ment recurs weekly, the weekday or weekdays on which the
appointment.
appointment recurs is possible. Thus a possible setting would
Preferred options appear when a Space key is pressed for
example, the ?elds listed in the table below, which also set
forth a description and default. The description and default
be appointment recurs on the exact date or on the relative date.
typically would not be displayed on an LED of the wireless
organizer or user who established the event. This can lead to
an inability to continue to hold events because of room
Problems may especially occur with recurring events hav
ing an end that currently elapses without any notice to the
device, but are only set forth in the table below for description
restrictions or associated problems. This could also include
an inconvenience in having to reinstate the event.
The embodiments as non-limiting examples inform the
purposes.
Field
Description
Default
All Day Event
Set whether the appointment
occupies a full day.
Cleared
Start
Set the date and time when the
appointment starts.
Set the date and time when the
Selected date
and time
30 minutes
End
appointment ends. If a user
after start
modi?es this ?eld, the Duration
?eld re?ects the change. The
time
organizer or user who organized the event that all recurrences
of the event were done within a preset or (x) days of the last
recurrence. They also allow a user to modify the end date if
necessary in an ef?cient manner. This can be accomplished
through a pop-up menu or an alarm.
For example, in the embodiment showing the screen shots
of FIGS. 8 and 9, a question could be displayed on the display
of the mobile wireless communications device asking the
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appointment must start and end on
the same date.
Duration
Set the length of the appointment.
Ifa user modi?es this ?eld, the
date as shown in FIG. 8. If aYes is selected, a screen can be
0 Hours
used for establishing the recurring event, and could be a
simpli?ed menu that allows only the editing of the end date,
30 Mins
End ?eld re?ects the change.
Time Zone
Reminder
Recurrence
Set the time zone in which the
appointment occurs.
Set the amount of time in advance
your handheld noti?es you ofthe
Eastern Time
organizer or user if the end date of the recurring event is to be
modi?ed. The display could also give a reminder as to the end
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which is modi?ed. Another screen shot could query whether
the recurring event information should be edited. This edited
information could include the time, duration or location of the
15 Min
appointment. If a user does not
event. If a more simpli?ed menu is used to reinstate the
want to be noti?ed, set this
?eld to None.
Set whether the user wants the
recurring event by modifying the end date, then a more
detailed menu, such as shown in FIG. 7, could be displayed
for modifying the event information. This information would
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None
appointment to recur regularly,
then be transmitted to a host server or other means for trans
such as on a daily, weekly, or
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mitting noti?cations to attendees, indicating a new end date
for the recurring event and if there were edits and modi?ca
tions to event information, the new changed information,
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such as the time, duration or location of the event.
FIG. 10 shows a high level ?owchart as an example of one
non-limiting embodiment. As shown in block 200, a recur
rence notice is sent to the organizer of the event, such as
through a recurrence notice as shown in FIG. 8. As shown at
monthly basis.
Every: Set the frequency of the
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appointment.
End: Set the date on which the
Never
series of appointments ends.
Days: If your appointment recurs
weekly, set the days on which the
appointment recurs.
Relative Date: If your
appointment recurs monthly or
yearly, you can set whether the
block 202, the organizer decides whether to reinstate the
appointment recurs on the exact
data or on the relative dates.
event with the new end date. If no, then the program ends. If
yes, then shown at block 204 the organizer decides whether to
edit other event information, such as the location or time of
the event. If no, the program will allow the organizer to
reinstate with the new end date since the organizer had
answered “Yes” whether the end date is to be modi?ed at
block 202. If yes, then the event information is edited with
new values and the program ends (block 208).
It should be understood that in this type of calendar pro
gram, it is possible to set events such as appointments/meet
ings quickly. On the Home screen, a user could click the
Calendar icon and the calendar appears. When the calendar is
For example, you can set the
appointment to recur on the 28th of
each month (exact date) or on the
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last Monday of each month
(relative date).
In the Notes ?eld, a user can type any additional informa
tion for the appointment. The user clicks the track wheel and
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a menu appears. The user selects one of the following options:
a) to save the appointment, the user clicks Save, b) to create a
meeting, the user proceeds to the next step. The user clicks
Invite Attendee and the Select Address screen appears. The
in day format, the start time and the subject of an appointment
user clicks a contact and a menu appears, and the user clicks 55 is typed. A location in parentheses can be set. The track wheel
can be rolled to change the end time of the appointment and
Invite. To invite more contacts, the previous 3 steps can be
repeated. Because the user is already registered as the person
the appointment is saved.
It is also possible to open an appointment/meeting when
the calendar is in Day, Week, or Agenda format. The user
who created the meeting, the user is not invited of course. The
user clicks the track wheel and a menu appears. The user
clicks Save and a meeting invitation is sent. Any responses to
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the meeting invitation are received in the Messages applica
Open, and if the appointment recurs, a dialog box appears. To
open all occurrences of the appointment, the user clicks Open
tion.
the series, and opens only the selected appointment, the user
clicks Open for this occurrence. The details of the meeting
The described calendar function allows a user to set
whether an event, i.e., the appointment or meeting, is to recur
regularly, such as on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. The
program in accordance with this non-limiting example allows
the frequency of the appointment to be established and the
clicks an appointment and a menu appears. The user clicks
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appear.
It is also possible to open an appointment/meeting from a
Messages screen and click a meeting invitation or response.
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Different details of the meeting can appear in an open attach
1000 is preferably a two-way RF communications device
ment. Any meeting invitations can appear as messages on a
having voice and data communications capabilities. In addi
tion, the mobile device 1000 preferably has the capability to
communicate with other computer systems via the Internet.
Messages screen, and it is possible to accept or decline a
meeting invitation. A Messages icon can be clicked and
Operating system software executed by the processing
details of a meeting can appear after opening a menu. Differ
ent options can be selected such as selecting the meeting
device 1800 is preferably stored in a persistent store, such as
the ?ash memory 1160, but may be stored in other types of
memory devices, such as a read only memory (ROM) or
without sending comments, declining the meeting without
sending comments, accepting the meeting and sending com
ments, and declining the meeting and sending comments.
similar storage element. In addition, system software, spe
ci?c device applications, or parts thereof, may be temporarily
This can be established through a menu screen.
In the calendar program, appointments/meetings could be
edited when the calendar is in a Day, Week, or Agenda format.
A dialog box could indicate if the appointment or meeting
recurs. It is possible to edit all occurrences of the appointment
and open a series. Only selected appointments could be edited
if desired. Appointment details could occur in a separate
screen and the appointment or meeting edited. Different
options could be selected through a menu such as saving edit
appointments or meetings or editing the contacts that are
invited to a meeting. These could be accepted or declined. To
loaded into a volatile store, such as the random access
memory (RAM) 1180. Communications signals received by
the mobile device may also be stored in the RAM 1180.
The processing device 1800, in addition to its operating
system functions, enables execution of software applications
1300A-1300N on the device 1000. A predetermined set of
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installed during manufacture. The PIM is preferably capable
of organizing and managing data items, such as e-mail, cal
endar events, voice mails, appointments, and task items. The
PIM application is also preferably capable of sending and
invite a new contact, it is possible to click another menu to
invite an attendee or replace one contact with another contact
or revoke an invitation to contact. These could be saved of
course.
It is also possible to delete an appointment/meeting using
the calendar program in a Day, Week, or Agenda format. The
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appointment menu can appear and the information can be
deleted. For example, if the appointment or meeting occurs
once, then that could be deleted. If the appointment/meeting
recurs, to delete all occurrences of the appointment, the series
applications that control basic device operations, such as data
and voice communications 1300A and 1300B, may be
installed on the device 1000 during manufacture. In addition,
a personal information manager (PIM) application may be
receiving data items via a wireless network 1401. Preferably,
the PIM data items are seamlessly integrated, synchronized
and updated via the wireless network 1401 with the device
user’s corresponding data items stored or associated with a
host computer system.
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Communication functions, including data and voice com
should be deleted, and to delete only a selected appointment
munications, are performed through the communications
then only the one occurrence can be deleted. If a meeting is
deleted that was created by the user, a send cancellation is sent
forth to attendees. Different calendar options can be set and
subsystem 1001, and possibly through the short-range com
munications subsystem. The communications subsystem
different options, including enabling a quick entry to allow
1001 includes a receiver 1500, a transmitter 1520, and one or
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tions subsystem 1001 also includes a processing module,
such as a digital signal processor (DSP) 1580, and local
appointments to be added quickly in a day format, an initial
view for setting a format when the calendar opens, a default
reminder to set the amount of time before an appointment/
oscillators (LOs) 1601. The speci?c design and implementa
tion of the communications subsystem 1001 is dependent
meeting, the con?rming of a delete, the setting of a time at
which a daily schedule starts or ends with a start of day or end
of day ?eld, and the setting of a day on which a weekly
schedule begins such as a ?rst day of the week ?eld.
An example of a hand-held mobile wireless communica
tions device 1000 that may be used is further described in the
example below with reference to FIG. 11. The device 1000
illustratively includes a housing 1200, a keypad 1400 and an
output device 1600. The output device shown is a display
1600, which is preferably a full graphic LCD. Other types of
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upon the communications network in which the mobile
device 1000 is intended to operate. For example, a mobile
device 1000 may include a communications subsystem 1001
designed to operate with the MobitexTM, Data TACTM or
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) mobile data commu
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nications networks, and also designed to operate with any of
a variety of voice communications networks, such as AMPS,
TDMA, CDMA, PCS, GSM, etc. Other types of data and
voice networks, both separate and integrated, may also be
output devices may alternatively be utilized. A processing
device 1800 is contained within the housing 1200 and is
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coupled between the keypad 1400 and the display 1600. The
processing device 1800 controls the operation of the display
and DataTAC networks, mobile devices are registered on the
network using a unique personal identi?cation number or PIN
associated with each device. In GPRS networks, however,
1000, in response to actuation of keys on the keypad 1400 by
55 network access is associated with a subscriber or user of a
The housing 1200 may be elongated vertically, or may take
on other sizes and shapes (including clamshell housing struc
tures). The keypad may include a mode selection key, or other
hardware or software for switching between text entry and
telephony entry.
device. A GPRS device therefore requires a subscriber iden
tity module, commonly referred to as a SIM card, in order to
operate on a GPRS network.
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In addition to the processing device 1800, other parts of the
mobile device 1000 are shown schematically in FIG. 11.
These include a communications subsystem 1001; a short
range communications subsystem 1020; the keypad 1400 and
the display 1600, along with other input/output devices 1060,
1080,1100 and 1120; as well as memory devices 1160,1180
and various other device subsystems 1201. The mobile device
utilized with the mobile device 1000.
Network access requirements vary depending upon the
type of communication system. For example, in the Mobitex
1600, as well as the overall operation of the mobile device
the user.
more antennas 1540 and 1560. In addition, the communica
When required network registration or activation proce
dures have been completed, the mobile device 1000 may send
and receive communications signals over the communication
network 1401. Signals received from the communications
network 1401 by the antenna 1540 are routed to the receiver
1500, which provides for signal ampli?cation, frequency
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down conversion, ?ltering, channel selection, etc., and may
also provide analog to digital conversion. Analog-to-digital
conversion of the received signal allows the DSP 1580 to
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perform more complex communications functions, such as
demodulation and decoding. In a similar manner, signals to be
transmitted to the network 1401 are processed (e.g. modu
lated and encoded) by the DSP 1580 and are then provided to
the transmitter 1520 for digital to analog conversion, fre
the processor from the user interface when the recurring
event is to continue, wherein the user interface is further
con?gured to:
present a reminder regarding the impending lapse at least
one of before and during the predetermined end date,
quency up conversion, ?ltering, ampli?cation and transmis
and prompt regarding prevention of the impending lapse
sion to the communication network 1401 (or networks) via
of the recurring event upon a last recurrence of the recur
the antenna 1560.
ring event, the indication to modify the end date being
In addition to processing communications signals, the DSP
1580 provides for control of the receiver 1500 and the trans
mitter 1520. For example, gains applied to communications
signals in the receiver 1500 and transmitter 1520 may be
received by the processor from the user interface accord
ing to a user input relative to at least one of the reminder
and the prompt.
2. A system according to claim 1, wherein the processor is
con?gured to modify event information.
3. A system according to claim 2, wherein the event infor
adaptively controlled through automatic gain control algo
rithms implemented in the DSP 1580.
In a data communications mode, a received signal, such as
a text message or web page download, is processed by the
communications subsystem 1001 and is input to the process
ing device 1800. The received signal is then further processed
by the processing device 1800 for an output to the display
1600, or alternatively to some other auxiliary I/O device
mation comprises one of time, duration or location of the
event.
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the recurring event.
5. A system according to claim 1, wherein the processor is
1060. A device user may also compose data items, such as
e-mail messages, using the keypad 1400 and/or some other
auxiliary I/O device 1060, such as a touchpad, a rocker
switch, a thumb-wheel, or some other type of input device.
The composed data items may then be transmitted over the
communications network 1401 via the communications sub
system 1001.
In a voice communications mode, overall operation of the
device is substantially similar to the data communications
mode, except that received signals are output to a speaker
1100, and signals for transmission are generated by a micro
phone 1120. Alternative voice or audio I/O subsystems, such
as a voice message recording subsystem, may also be imple
mented on the device 1000. In addition, the display 1600 may
also be utilized in voice communications mode, for example
to display the identity of a calling party, the duration of a voice
call, or other voice call related information.
The short-range communications subsystem enables com
munication between the mobile device 1000 and other proxi
mate systems or devices, which need not necessarily be simi
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6. A wireless handheld communications device compris
ing:
a housing;
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housing;
a memory containing a recurring event established with a
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Many modi?cations and other embodiments will come to
the mind of one skilled in the art having the bene?t of the
date of the recurring event according to an indication
received by the processor from the user interface when
the recurring event is to continue, wherein the user inter
face is further con?gured to:
and
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prompt regarding prevention of the impending lapse of the
recurring event upon a last recurrence of the recurring
disclosed, and that modi?cations and embodiments are
intended to be included within the scope of the appended
claims.
event, the indication to modify the end date being
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comprising:
a memory containing a recurring event established with a
predetermined end date;
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a user interface; and
a processor connected to the memory and user interface
and con?gured to cause presentation on the user inter
being further con?gured to modify the end date of the
recurring event according to an indication received by
ing lapse of the recurring event at a predetermined time
of the predetermined end date for the recurring event, the
processor being further con?gured to modify the end
present a reminder regarding the impending lapse at least
one of before and during the predetermined end date,
teachings presented in the foregoing descriptions and the
face of a noti?cation regarding an impending lapse of the
recurring event at a predetermined time of the predeter
mined end date for the recurring event, the processor
predetermined end date;
a processor contained within the housing and operative
with the RF transceiver, user interface and memory; and
said processor being con?gured to cause presentation on
the user interface of a noti?cation regarding an impend
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subsystem may include an infrared device and associated
That which is claimed is:
1. A system for preventing the elapse of a recurring event
a radio frequency (RF) transceiver contained within the
a user interface;
circuits and components, or a BluetoothTM communications
associated drawings. Therefore, it is understood that the
description is not to be limited to the speci?c embodiments
con?gured to notify a device associated with a user that
established the recurring event when all recurrences of the
event were done within a predetermined number of days of
the last occurrence.
lar devices. For example, the short-range communications
module to provide for communication with similarly-enabled
systems and devices.
4. A system according to claim 1, and further comprising a
radio transceiver connected with said processor for transmit
ting noti?cations to attendees indicating a new end date for
received by the processor from the user interface accord
ing to the user input relative to at least one of the
reminder and the prompt.
7. A wireless handheld communications device according
to claim 6, wherein the processor is con?gured to permit a
device associated with a user that established the recurring
event to modify event information comprising one of time,
duration, or location of the event.
8. A wireless handheld communications device according
to claim 7, wherein said processor is con?gured to notify a
device associated with a user that established the event when
all recurrences of the event were done within a predetermined
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number of days of the last occurrence.
9. A method for preventing the elapse of a recurring event,
which comprises:
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12. A method according to claim 11, Which further com
inputting data to a memory of a communications device
about a recurring event established With a predetermined
prises Wirelessly transmitting a noti?cation to each attendee
end date;
indicating a neW end date for the recurring event.
13. A method according to claim 9, Which further com
processing the data Within a processor of the communica
tions device to present on a user interface of the com
prises establishing the recurring event by entering values into
munications device a noti?cation regarding an impend
the user interface operative With the electronic calendar sys
ing lapse of the recurring event at a predetermined time
of the predetermined end date for the recurring event;
modifying data regarding the end date of the recurring
tem.
14. A method according to claim 9, Which further com
prises notifying device associated With a user that established
the recurring event and/or invitee of the end date by Wirelessly
transmitting a noti?cation to a Wireless, handheld communi
cations device.
15. A method according to claim 9, Which further com
event by inputting neW data to the processor from the
user interface When the recurring event is to continue;
presenting a reminder on the user interface regarding the
impending lapse at least one of before and during the
predetermined end date; and
displaying a prompt via the user interface regarding pre
prises modifying the end date and changing meeting infor
vention of the upcoming lapse of the recurring event
mation if the recurring event is to continue With different
upon a last recurrence of the recurring event, the indica
meeting information.
tion to modify the end date being received by the pro
16. A method according to claim 15, Which further com
prises notifying attendees of the neW end date and different
ces sor from the user interface according to the user input
relative to at least one of the reminder and the prompt.
10. A method according to claim 9, Which further com
prises notifying a device associated With a user that estab
lished the recurring event When all recurrences of the event
were done Within a predetermined number of days of the last
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17. A method according to claim 16, Which further com
prises transmitting a noti?cation to each attendee indicating a
neW end date and changed meeting information.
18. A method according to claim 15, Wherein the step of
occurrence.
11. A method according to claim 9, Which further com
prises notifying attendees of a neW end date for the recurring
event.
meeting information.
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changing meeting information includes changing one of the
time, duration, or location of the meeting.
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UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION
PATENT No.
: 8,751,279 B2
APPLICATION No.
DATED
: 11/135119
; June 10, 2014
INVENTOR(S)
: Burns
Page 1 of 1
It is certified that error appears in the above-identi?ed patent and that said Letters Patent is hereby corrected as shown below:
In the Claims:
Column 14, Line 9
Insert: --a-- between “notifying” and “device”
Signed and Sealed this
Ninth Day of September, 2014
WMZ44L_
Michelle K. Lee
Deputy Director 0fthe United States Patent and Trademark O?ice
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