Method and apparatus for publishing information to a communications network and enabling subscriptions to such information

  • US 6,044,372 A
  • Filed: 07/18/1997
  • Issued: 03/28/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/18/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An apparatus for publishing an information element through a first network addressable location of a communications network and improving access to such published information from a terminal having access to the network, the apparatus comprising:

  • (a) repository means programmed in a computer for receiving the information element and storing the information element at a second network addressable location, the computer being connected to the communications network;

    (b) handle production means programmed in the computer for receiving identifying information relating to the information element and for producing a repository handle for the information element stored by the repository means, the repository handle including identifying information relating to the information element and a network address for the second network addressable location; and

    (c) information organizing means programmed in the computer for retrieving from the handle production means the repository handle associated with the information element within the second network addressable location and storing said repository handle under the first network addressable location.

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