Electronic document delivery system in which notification of said electronic document is sent to a recipient thereof

  • US 5,790,790 A
  • Filed: 10/24/1996
  • Issued: 08/04/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/24/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An apparatus for delivering an electronic document, comprising:

  • a sending computer for sending an electronic document;

    a receiving computer for receiving said electronic document; and

    a server interposed between said sending computer and said receiving computer, wherein when said electronic document is forwarded to said server from said sending computer without regard to said receiving computer'"'"'s capabilities, said server sends a notification of said forwarded electronic document to said receiving computer, wherein said receiving computer downloads said forwarded electronic document from said server using said receiving computer'"'"'s local protocols; and

    wherein said server automatically records an acknowledgment, and makes said acknowledgment available to said sending computer either when said server sends said notification of said forwarded electronic document to said receiving computer, or when said receiving computer downloads said forwarded electronic document from said server,wherein said notification includes a direct reference to said forwarded electronic document at said server, and wherein said receiving computer uses said direct reference to locate and download said forwarded electronic document from said server.

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