Processing electronic documents with embedded digital signatures

  • US 20020069179A1
  • Filed: 06/06/2001
  • Published: 06/06/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/06/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. In a system that receives an electronic document that has digital signatures that are embedded in the electronic document, a method for recording the electronic document, the method comprising steps for:

  • validating the electronic document by reconstructing the electronic document to a previous state and verifying at least one of the embedded digital signatures;

    determining a number of pages in the electronic document to determine a fee;

    endorsing the electronic document by inserting endorsement data in an endorsement portion of the electronic document;

    embedding a digital signature of a recorder in a recorder signature block, wherein the recorder signature block is added to the electronic document if the recorder signature block is not already present;

    generating a receipt for recordation of the electronic document, wherein the digital signature of the recorder is embedded in the receipt;

    imaging the electronic document; and

    indexing the electronic document.

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