System and method for accessing and distributing electronic documents

CAFC
  • US 6,144,997 A
  • Filed: 10/28/1998
  • Issued: 11/07/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/27/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system for communicating with a portable electronic document reference transport device, the portable electronic document reference transport device having a memory for storing document references, said system comprising:

  • a wire-based network for providing a communications link between devices coupled thereto;

    a transceiver coupled to said wire-based network for establishing a wireless communications link with the portable electronic document reference transport device and devices coupled to said wire-based network;

    a subsystem coupled to said wire-based network and communicating with said transceiver;

    said subsystem being adapted to operate a database that associates electronic document references with electronic documents;

    each electronic document reference identifying a location of a single electronic document stored in a memory on a device operating on said wire-based network;

    said subsystem receiving, from said transceiver, a communication originating from the portable electronic document reference transport device;

    the communication including an electronic document reference that is associated with a selected electronic document and a request for a service provided by a device coupled to the wire-based network that is to be performed on the selected electronic document.

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