Patents by Inventor Steven W. Irons

Steven W. Irons has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10931848
    Abstract: A printed document client receives a first print stream for a soft copy document, determines whether one or more conditions for adding a graphical symbol to the printed document are satisfied, and when the one or more conditions for adding the graphical symbol to the printed document are satisfied, adds the graphical symbol to the first print stream to generate a second print stream that includes the graphical symbol, and outputs the second print stream to a printer so the graphical symbol is printed on the printed document corresponding to the soft copy document. The printed document can be a hard copy document or a soft copy document generated from the second print stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: DocSolid LLC
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn, Dale Shoup, Anthony Argenziano, Simon Okunev, Ian M. Miller
  • Publication number: 20200204701
    Abstract: A printed document client receives a first print stream for a soft copy document, determines whether one or more conditions for adding a graphical symbol to the printed document are satisfied, and when the one or more conditions for adding the graphical symbol to the printed document are satisfied, adds the graphical symbol to the first print stream to generate a second print stream that includes the graphical symbol, and outputs the second print stream to a printer so the graphical symbol is printed on the printed document corresponding to the soft copy document. The printed document can be a hard copy document or a soft copy document generated from the second print stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn, Dale Shoup, Anthony Argenziano, Simon Okunev, Ian M. Miller
  • Patent number: 10621239
    Abstract: A printed document manager manages printed documents and is separate from Document Management Systems (DMSs) that manage electronic soft copy documents. One or more DMSs are registered with a postmark server. A client computing device executes a postmark client, detects a print event for a specified document, and queries a postmark server to determine whether the print event for the specified document should include a graphical postmark. In response, the postmark server queries one or more of the registered DMSs to determine whether the specified document matches a document in any of the repositories of the registered DMS(s). When the specified document to be printed matches a document in a registered DMS, the postmark server authorizes the postmark client to add the graphical postmark in a print stream corresponding to the print event for the specified document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: DocSolid LLC
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn, Dale Shoup, Anthony Argenziano, Simon Okunev, Ian M. Miller
  • Patent number: 10623601
    Abstract: A printed document manager manages printed documents and is separate from Document Management Systems (DMSs) that manage electronic soft copy documents. One or more DMSs are registered with a postmark server. A client computing device executes a postmark client, detects a print event for a specified document, and queries a postmark server to determine whether the print event for the specified document should include a graphical postmark. In response, the postmark server queries one or more of the registered DMSs to determine whether the specified document matches a document in any of the repositories of the registered DMS(s). When the specified document to be printed matches a document in a registered DMS, the postmark server authorizes the postmark client to add the graphical postmark in a print stream corresponding to the print event for the specified document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: DocSolid LLC
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn, Dale Shoup, Anthony Argenziano, Simon Okunev, Ian M. Miller
  • Publication number: 20190222702
    Abstract: A document processing system uses a label on a document that includes a machine-readable portion that identifies a document, a first defined region corresponding to a system-defined function, and a second defined region corresponding to a user-defined function. When a user hand-writes a mark in the first defined region of the label, when the document is scanned, the mark is detected, and the system-defined function corresponding to the first defined function is performed for the document. When a user hand-writes a mark in the second defined region of the label, when the document is scanned, the mark is detected, and the user-defined function corresponding to the second defined region is performed for the document. The hand-written mark can include a character, with multiple system-defined functions corresponding to different characters in the first defined region, and multiple user-defined functions corresponding to different characters in the second defined region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn
  • Patent number: 10291796
    Abstract: A document processing system uses a label on a document that includes a machine-readable portion that identifies a document, a first defined region corresponding to a system-defined function, and a second defined region corresponding to a user-defined function. When a user hand-writes a mark in the first defined region of the label, when the document is scanned, the mark is detected, and the system-defined function corresponding to the first defined function is performed for the document. When a user hand-writes a mark in the second defined region of the label, when the document is scanned, the mark is detected, and the user-defined function corresponding to the second defined region is performed for the document. The hand-written mark can include a character, with multiple system-defined functions corresponding to different characters in the first defined region, and multiple user-defined functions corresponding to different characters in the second defined region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DocSolid LLC
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn
  • Patent number: 10264159
    Abstract: A printed document manager manages printed documents and is separate from a Document Management System (DMS) that manages electronic soft copy documents also known as source documents. Documents in a DMS repository are registered in a postmark registry by a registration agent. When a document that is registered in the postmark registry is printed, a graphical symbol referred to as a “postmark” is generated and inserted into the print stream so the postmark is printed on the hard copy of the document. The printed document is logged in a printed document store along with metadata associated with the printed document. The postmark on the printed document can be used for one or more purposes, such as to determine whether the printed document can be shredded after use and to determine whether the printed document is current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: DocSolid LLC
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn, Dale Shoup, Simon Okunev, Ian M. Miller
  • Publication number: 20190068807
    Abstract: A document processing system uses a label on a document that includes a machine-readable portion that identifies a document, a first defined region corresponding to a system-defined function, and a second defined region corresponding to a user-defined function. When a user hand-writes a mark in the first defined region of the label, when the document is scanned, the mark is detected, and the system-defined function corresponding to the first defined function is performed for the document. When a user hand-writes a mark in the second defined region of the label, when the document is scanned, the mark is detected, and the user-defined function corresponding to the second defined region is performed for the document. The hand-written mark can include a character, with multiple system-defined functions corresponding to different characters in the first defined region, and multiple user-defined functions corresponding to different characters in the second defined region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn
  • Publication number: 20190045077
    Abstract: A printed document manager manages printed documents and is separate from Document Management Systems (DMSs) that manage electronic soft copy documents. One or more DMSs are registered with a postmark server. A client computing device executes a postmark client, detects a print event for a specified document, and queries a postmark server to determine whether the print event for the specified document should include a graphical postmark. In response, the postmark server queries one or more of the registered DMSs to determine whether the specified document matches a document in any of the repositories of the registered DMS(s). When the specified document to be printed matches a document in a registered DMS, the postmark server authorizes the postmark client to add the graphical postmark in a print stream corresponding to the print event for the specified document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn, Dale Shoup, Anthony Argenziano, Simon Okunev, Ian M. Miller
  • Publication number: 20180329903
    Abstract: A printed document manager manages printed documents and is separate from Document Management Systems (DMSs) that manage electronic soft copy documents. One or more DMSs are registered with a postmark server. A client computing device executes a postmark client, detects a print event for a specified document, and queries a postmark server to determine whether the print event for the specified document should include a graphical postmark. In response, the postmark server queries one or more of the registered DMSs to determine whether the specified document matches a document in any of the repositories of the registered DMS(s). When the specified document to be printed matches a document in a registered DMS, the postmark server authorizes the postmark client to add the graphical postmark in a print stream corresponding to the print event for the specified document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn, Dale Shoup, Anthony Argenziano, Simon Okunev, Ian M. Miller
  • Patent number: 10110771
    Abstract: A printed document manager manages printed documents associated with respective electronic documents. When a document is printed, a graphical symbol referred to as a “postmark” is generated and inserted into the print stream so the postmark is printed on the hard copy of the document. The printed document is logged in a printed document store along with metadata associated with the printed document. The postmark on the printed document can be used for one or more purposes, such as to determine whether the printed document is current, to locate the corresponding print image in the printed document store, to locate the corresponding electronic document in the document management system, to automatically file a hand-notated version of the printed document, and to determine whether the printed document can be shredded after use. The printed document manager thus provides a way to effectively manage printed documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: DocSolid LLC
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn, Simon Okunev, Ian M. Miller
  • Publication number: 20170264777
    Abstract: A printed document manager manages printed documents and is separate from a Document Management System (DMS) that manages electronic soft copy documents also known as source documents. Documents in a DMS repository are registered in a postmark registry by a registration agent. When a document that is registered in the postmark registry is printed, a graphical symbol referred to as a “postmark” is generated and inserted into the print stream so the postmark is printed on the hard copy of the document. The printed document is logged in a printed document store along with metadata associated with the printed document. The postmark on the printed document can be used for one or more purposes, such as to determine whether the printed document can be shredded after use and to determine whether the printed document is current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn, Dale Shoup, Simon Okunev, Ian M. Miller
  • Publication number: 20160360062
    Abstract: A printed document manager manages printed documents associated with respective electronic documents. When a document is printed, a graphical symbol referred to as a “postmark” is generated and inserted into the print stream so the postmark is printed on the hard copy of the document. The printed document is logged in a printed document store along with metadata associated with the printed document. The postmark on the printed document can be used for one or more purposes, such as to determine whether the printed document is current, to locate the corresponding print image in the printed document store, to locate the corresponding electronic document in the document management system, to automatically file a hand-notated version of the printed document, and to determine whether the printed document can be shredded after use. The printed document manager thus provides a way to effectively manage printed documents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn, Simon Okunev, Ian M. Miller
  • Patent number: 9460356
    Abstract: A document processing system performs quality assurance processing after scanning to assure all needed processing is performed for the physical document and the corresponding electronic document. The quality assurance processing can include verifying the document being reviewed is the same as the document stored in the document management system, verifying the image quality for each page in the scanned document, and verifying a disposition policy for the physical document. Other processing for both the physical document and electronic document may also be performed during quality assurance processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: DocSolid LLC
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn
  • Publication number: 20160241742
    Abstract: A document processing system provides a double check before allowing destruction of a physical document. A user scans a unique identifier on the physical document at a first location, receives verification the document should be destroyed, and places the document in a container for documents to be destroyed. At a second location, a user scans the unique identifier on the document and receives verification the document should be destroyed. The physical document may then be destroyed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn
  • Patent number: 9355263
    Abstract: A document processing system allows specifying disposition of a paper document at the time a reservation for the document is created in the document processing system. Quality assurance processing after scanning assures all needed processing is performed for the paper document and the corresponding electronic document. Once the quality assurance processing is complete, the disposition of the paper document is scheduled according to the specified disposition policy for the paper document. When the specified disposition policy for a document indicates the document needs to be destroyed, a user scans the unique identifier on the physical document at a first location, receives verification the document should be destroyed, and places the document in a container for documents to be destroyed. At a second location, a user scans the unique identifier on the document and receives verification the document should be destroyed. The physical document may then be destroyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: DocSolid LLC
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn
  • Publication number: 20150235034
    Abstract: A document processing system allows specifying disposition of a paper document at the time a reservation for the document is created in the document processing system. Quality assurance processing after scanning assures all needed processing is performed for the paper document and the corresponding electronic document. Once the quality assurance processing is complete, the disposition of the paper document is scheduled according to the specified disposition policy for the paper document. When the specified disposition policy for a document indicates the document needs to be destroyed, a user scans the unique identifier on the physical document at a first location, receives verification the document should be destroyed, and places the document in a container for documents to be destroyed. At a second location, a user scans the unique identifier on the document and receives verification the document should be destroyed. The physical document may then be destroyed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn
  • Publication number: 20150234790
    Abstract: A document processing system performs quality assurance processing after scanning to assure all needed processing is performed for the physical document and the corresponding electronic document. The quality assurance processing can include verifying the document being reviewed is the same as the document stored in the document management system, verifying the image quality for each page in the scanned document, and verifying a disposition policy for the physical document. Other processing for both the physical document and electronic document may also be performed during quality assurance processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn
  • Patent number: 9025213
    Abstract: A document processing system allows specifying disposition of a paper document at the time a reservation for the document is created in the document processing system. A default disposition policy for the paper document can be selected, a different defined disposition policy can be selected, or a new disposition policy can be created. Quality assurance processing after scanning assures all needed processing is performed for the paper document and the corresponding electronic document. Once the quality assurance processing is complete, the disposition of the paper document is scheduled according to the specified disposition policy for the paper document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: DocSolid LLC
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, David R. Guilbault, Eric R. Lynn
  • Patent number: 6744936
    Abstract: According to the preferred embodiments of the present invention, an apparatus and method for simultaneously managing paper-based documents and digital images of the same are disclosed. When used in conjunction with a digital filing apparatus, such as that disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 6,192,165, users of the present invention will be able to deploy a comprehensive system to manage both paper-based documents and the corresponding digital images of the paper-based documents in a digital filing operation. In this context, digital filing refers to the efficient management of paper-based information from its receipt at the desktop through an indexing, scanning, image storage and retrieval process, for both the paper-based document and the digital image of the paper-based document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Imagetag, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven W. Irons, Mark F. Wright