Fax routing system and method using standard fax machine and personal computer

  • US 6,639,974 B2
  • Filed: 04/29/2002
  • Issued: 10/28/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/10/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system co-located with a sender of a fax for directing a fax over the Internet to a desired recipient at an Internet address, the desired recipient being identified to the system by an identification code that is not the Internet address, comprising:

  • a. a storage system co-located with the sender of the fax for storing a plurality of records in a table, each record containing;

    (1) an identification code identifying a recipient that can receive a fax at an Internet address that is not the identification code; and

    (2) the Internet address;

    b. a processing system co-located with the sender of the fax in communication with said storage system configured to;

    (1) receive the identification code;

    (2) determine whether said storage system contains a matching record having the identification code; and

    (3) direct the fax to the Internet address in the matching record if said storage system contains a matching record.

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