Facsimile telecommunications system and method

  • US 5,459,584 A
  • Filed: 01/12/1995
  • Issued: 10/17/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/22/1988
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system for facilitating facsimile communications between a transmitting facsimile machine and at least one receiving facsimile machine, comprisingat least one store and forward facility, andmeans coupling the at least one store and forward facility to a switched telephone network for receiving facsimile messages from a transmitting facsimile machine,said store and forward facility includingcomputer means for controlling operation of said store and forward facility,mass storage means for storing facsimile messages, together with information identifying the transmitting facsimile machine, under control of said computer means, andmeans coupling said store and forward facility to the switched telephone network for transmitting facsimile messages stored in the mass storage means to at least one receiving facsimile machine,wherein said mass storage means additionally includes mailboxes associated with particular system subscribers,wherein the facsimile messages received and stored by the mass storage means for subscribers are stored in respective mailboxes, andwherein said computer means is programmed to transmit, in response to initiation by a subscriber, the facsimile messages stored in that subscriber'"'"'s mailbox to a paperless facsimile terminal machine associated with the subscriber, whereby a subscriber who is away from a fixed location may have facsimile messages collected, and retrieve them for display on a screen from any location where said paperless facsimile terminal machine is situated.

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