Patent Number: 6,167,462

Title: Remote scanning through a computer system network

Abstract: Network scanner software that accesses scanners over a network to remotely scan a document. Once a scanner is reserved, no other computer system can access the scanner. The computer system to which the scanner is connected changes the appearance of an icon representing the scanner to indicate that the scanner is reserved. If a user of the computer system moves the cursor over the icon, a pop-up window is displayed with the name of the computer system that has the scanner reserved. Once a scanner is reserved, a user may place a document into the scanner, push a button on the scanner, whereupon the scanner scans the document and sends the scanned data to the computer system that reserved the scanner. A user may reserve a scanner, start a timer, and when the timer expires, the document in the scanner is scanned and the data returned to the computer system.

Inventors: Davis; Kenneth P. (Brighton, CO), Hariri; Steven D. (Ft. Collins, CO)

Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company

International Classification: H04N 1/32 (20060101); H04N 1/00 (20060101); G06F 013/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017