Patent Number: 7,103,633

Title: Method and system for transmitting the capabilities of a facsimile machine over the internet

Abstract: A method and system for obtaining the capabilities of a facsimile machine. In facsimile transmission systems which utilize a communication medium in which a direct connection does not exist between the transmitting facsimile machine and the receiving facsimile machine, such as the Internet, there is usually not a polling of the capabilities of the receiving facsimile machine by the transmitting facsimile machine during the process of transmitting a communication. There is a communication over the Internet, for example, by way of an Internet electronic mail message, which requests the capabilities of the receiving fax machine. A response e-mail is transmitted so that the capabilities of the receiving facsimile machine are sent to the transmitting facsimile machine. The facsimile machines involved are not necessarily connected directly to the Internet but may be connected through transfer stations. The transfer stations are connected over a network such as the Internet and the electronic mail messages are transmitted between the transfer stations.

Inventors: Malik; Naeem I. (Fremont, CA)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: G06F 15/16 (20060101); G06F 3/12 (20060101); H04N 1/00 (20060101); H04N 1/32 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/05/02018