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Method and Process for Printing IBM Confidential Documents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016685D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jul-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-09
Document File: 1 page(s) / 5K

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How can you ensure your confidential document that was submitted for printing to a network printer at 2pm, won't be printed out at 3am in the morning after you've already gone home for the day -- especially when a print job is submitted to a printer that has a large queue waiting to be printed and the time it will take for your document to print is indeterminate?

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Method and Process for Printing IBM Confidential Documents

The main idea is to add a "confidential tag" to documents that printers will understand:

1. Once "print" has been selected and a network printer identified, the print manager can

"intercept" the print job, ask the user if the job contains confidential material and, if so,

add a "tag" to the print job to denote that it contains confidential material (advanced versions

can "scan" the document, looking for the phrase "Confidential" and then treat the document

2. Once the printer receives a print job with this tag, it will invoke special handling

procedures identified by the printer administrator. These special handling procedures

would cover the following types of processing:

-- If document has "confidential tag" attached to it, the printer can determine if it should

even print the document (especially important to US Gov't operations -- the printer

may not be classified as a "secure" printer and, therefore, shouldn't print confidential

documents) -- The tag can also be used to have the printer send a "pick up your output" reminder to

the submitter after 30 minutes have passed since it printed -- The printer can also determine if the print job (before it's about to be printed) falls within

"normal business hours" and, if not, opt to send a message to the user to see if he's still

there and wants it printed. If not, it holds it in its queue until the user responds. If the user

doesn't respond with...