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Issuance of U.S. Patent Number 9,240,000 to Xerox Corporation
19 Jan, 2016
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On January 19, 2016 , the USPTO issued U.S. Patent Number 9,240,000 to Xerox Corporation, which was successfully prosecuted by Novel IP.

The '000 patent  is directed towards an application discloses systems and methods for physically sharing a hard copy of a document. The systems and methods include presenting to a user a graphical user interface having printing options for printing the document, where the graphical user interface has an input for receiving an indication by the user that the user is willing to share the hard copy of the document; presenting to the user options for defining characteristics of the hard copy of the document in response to receiving the indication; and publishing at least one of the defined characteristics within a profile page of the user.

Independent Claim 1 describes "A method for enabling a physical sharing of a hard copy of a document, said method being performed by a computing device having a processor and a memory storing a plurality of programmatic instructions, wherein, when said processor executes said plurality of programmatic instructions, said computing device: presents a first graphical user interface to a user, wherein said first graphical user interface comprises a plurality of printing options for printing the document, wherein said first graphical user interface comprises an input for receiving an indication by the user that the user is willing to physically share the hard copy of the document within a predefined period of time; presents to said user a plurality of options in response to receiving said indication, wherein selection of said options defines a plurality of characteristics of said hard copy of the document and wherein said plurality of characteristics include at least one of title, date, location of document, or location of printing; and transmits at least one of said characteristics of said hard copy to a server, wherein said server hosts at least a portion of a social network comprising a profile page of the user, wherein at least one of said characteristics of said hard copy is published on said profile page, and wherein said profile page is accessible to everyone who is connected to the user in a social network."