Processing electronic documents with embedded digital signatures

  • US 6,796,489 B2
  • Filed: 06/06/2001
  • Issued: 09/28/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/06/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. In a system that receives an electronic document that has digital signatures that are embedded in the electronic document, a method for recording the electronic document, the method comprising steps for:

  • reconstructing the electronic document by removing information identified by one or more reconstruct attributes, wherein each of the one or more reconstruct attributes corresponds with one or more of the digital signatures;

    validating the electronic document by verifying at least one of the embedded digital signatures;

    determining a number of pages in the electronic document to determine a fee;

    endorsing the electronic document by inserting endorsement data in an endorsement portion of the electronic document;

    embedding a digital signature of a recorder in a recorder signature block, wherein the recorder signature block is added to the electronic document if the recorder signature block is not already present;

    generating a receipt for recordation of the electronic document, wherein the digital signature of the recorder is embedded in the receipt;

    imaging the electronic document; and

    indexing the electronic document.

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