New patent: "System and method for scalable, interactive virtual conferencing"

Bader-Natal, A., Katzman, J., Kosslyn, S.M., Chandler, V., Fost, J., Chun, B., Fields, B., Regan, M. “System and method for scalable, interactive virtual conferencing” U.S. Patent 10,541,824, filed June 21, 2017, issued January 21, 2020.
A scalable virtual conferencing system which implements a hub and spoke architecture. For example, one embodiment of a scalable virtual conferencing system comprises: a participant management module to logically group each participant in the virtual conferencing system into a hub or one of a plurality of spokes; and a data flow management module to control communication of information between participants in the spokes and participants in the hub, the data flow management module to limit intercommunication from the spokes to the hub in accordance with the manual user input and/or participant management policy; wherein at least one participant in a first spoke is designated as a spoke leader for the first spoke, the spoke leader logically grouped into both the hub and the first spoke, the data flow management module to allow information generated within the first spoke to be propagated into the hub based on input from the spoke leader.