Fax message system

  • US 5,488,651 A
  • Filed: 02/28/1994
  • Issued: 01/30/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/08/1989
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for causing information including at least a fax message sent via a telephone system to be routed through a multinode computer network between a telephone receiving station and a prespecified network location, the method comprising:

  • initiating a telephone call via the telephone system to the receiving station by dialing a telephone number enabling the telephone call to be routed through a telephone network to the receiving station which is coupled to the telephone system and the computer network, said telephone number also being sufficient to indicate a computer network location;

    passing said telephone number through the telephone system in the form of a telephone address signal as part of the call initiation process by which a telephone connection to the receiving station is established;

    directing the telephone call being initiated to the receiving station, based on the telephone address signal;

    answering the telephone call at the receiving station, and receiving at the receiving station at least part of the telephone address signal;

    storing computer network location information which associates computer network locations with telephone address signals; and

    when the connection has been established, sending a fax message between the receiving station and the computer network location based on the telephone address signal.

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