System and method for granting deposit-contingent e-mailing rights

CAFC
  • US 7,636,756 B2
  • Filed: 10/31/2007
  • Issued: 12/22/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/01/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An Email guarantee method for operating a system, the system comprising one or more computers, the method comprising:

  • the system receiving, by the one or more computers, from a sender first information associated with the sending of at least one Email to at least one human recipient;

    the system determining, by the one or more computers, whether something of value has been received from or on behalf of the sender or control of a deposit guarantee associated with something of value held or maintained on behalf of the sender, that is associated with the Email, has been established, at the same time as or prior to the sending of the Email to the recipient;

    after receipt of the first information from the sender, electronically sending or sending in a particular manner, by the one or more computers, the Email to a recipient inbox for the human recipient depending at least in part on whether or not the system has determined that the something of value has been received from or on behalf of the sender or that control of the deposit guarantee associated with the something of value held or maintained on behalf of the sender, that is associated with the Email, has been established;

    evaluating second information, by the one or more computers, generated after receipt of the Email by the recipient inbox, the second information consistent with a decision by the human recipient to approve or disapprove the Email, said decision having been made subsequent to the receipt of the Email by the recipient inbox; and

    facilitating taking or not taking the something of value or a benefit arising from the something of value based at least in part on the evaluating step only at a time subsequent to the receipt of the Email by the recipient inbox.

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