Systems and methods for uniformly identifying e-mail attachments

  • US 7,107,276 B2
  • Filed: 10/16/2002
  • Issued: 09/12/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/16/2002
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A computer-implemented method that uniformly identifies an electronic file attached to a computer file, comprising:

  • receiving a computer file by an access server;

    inspecting the computer file by the access server to determine whether an electronic file is associated with the computer file as an attachment;

    generating an identifier for the electronic file;

    modifying the computer file by inserting the identifier into the computer file with which the electronic file is associated to identify the electronic file,determining that at least one destination address to which the computer file is addressed is a mobile device;

    storing the electronic file with the identifier in the access server; and

    forwarding the computer file modified with the identifier inserted to the mobile device,wherein the access server receives from the mobile device an indication of at least one action from among a plurality of stored actions to be taken regarding the electronic file, the received indication comprising (a) the identifier that was inserted into the forwarded computer file to identify the electronic file to be acted on; and

    (b) a selection of the at least one action from among the plurality of stored actions to be taken regarding the electronic file, andthe access server, in response to the received indication, retrieves the stored electronic file by referencing the identifier and executes the at least one action to be taken regarding the retrieved electronic file.

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