Remote scanning through a computer system network

  • US 6,167,462 A
  • Filed: 12/11/1998
  • Issued: 12/26/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/11/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A computer implemented system for remotely scanning a document, the system comprising:

  • means within a local computer system for displaying a selection screen to allow a user to select a scanner located on a remote computer system;

    means for sending a reserve request from the local computer system to the remote computer system, wherein the scanner is reserved for exclusive use of the local computer system;

    means for starting a local application program in the local computer system;

    means for receiving a scan command from the local application program and sending the scan command from the local computer system to the remote computer system;

    means for scanning a document into the remote computer system from the scanner to produce scanned data;

    means for returning the scanned data to the local computer system; and

    means for copying the scanned data into the local application program.

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