(54) METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INSURING DELIVERY OF ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS IN A NETWORK DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM
(75) Inventors: Dwip N. Banerjee, Austin, TX (US);
Rabindranath Dutta, Austin, TX (US);
Kamal Chandrakant Patel, Cedar Park,
(73) Assignee: International Business Machines
Corporation, Armonk, NY (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 1439 days.
(21) Appl.No.: 09/915,436
(22) Filed: Jul. 26, 2001
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2003/0023521 Al Jan. 30, 2003
(51) Int. CI.
G06Q 40/00 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 705/4
(58) Field of Classification Search 705/400,
See application file for complete search history.
(56) References Cited
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A method, apparatus, and computer implementable instructions for insuring delivery of an electronic document in a data processing system. A request is received from a requestor to insure delivery of the electronic document. In response to receiving the request, a payment amount to insure delivery is identified based on network characteristics of a network in which the electronic document is to be transmitted. An acknowledgment of the electronic document is sent to the requestor, wherein the acknowledgment includes the payment amount. The electronic document is delivered in response to receiving a reply to the acknowledgment from the requestor accepting the identification of the payment amount. The requestor is notified of a successful delivery of the electronic document in response to receiving an acknowledgment from the recipient.
18 Claims, 4 Drawing Sheets