Additionally, the publishing of fingerprints through IP.com’s Prior Art Database provides unbiased third-party corroboration as well as defensible date-stamping.
IP.com legal safeguarding allows you to transparently protect your files so that you can concentrate on your business with complete confidence in the reliability and defensibility of your electronic records.
Securing your file
1. The Legal Safeguarding Agent (LSA) software runs at a user selected, predetermined
interval looking for new files to safeguard.
The Legal Safeguarding Agent (LSA) software is invoked from within your own
software application using our developers API kit. The agent can be configured
to include (or ignore) only the files matching your specifications (outlined in the
2. Fingerprints are generated for newly discovered files by the LSA local software application.
3. The LSA application contacts the servers at IP.com and transmits the fingerprint information.
4. The remote IP.com server creates a new document called a BCR (Bulk Certification Record) which contains all of the transmitted fingerprints for the current session.
5. The server generates a fingerprint for the contents of the BCR to further ensure integrity. The BCR and fingerprint are saved to the IP.com Prior Art Database.
6. The server responds to the LSA application running on your network with the BCR number. The software can store the information in a file, or in a local database.
7. Publishing – once all the of the above steps are complete the certification record for the BCR is published into the IP.com Prior Art Database as well as a hard copy in The IP.com Journal. This is a critical step in ensuring the public integrity of your records.
Authenticating a file
1. A new fingerprint is generated for a file using the LSA software
2. The generated fingerprint can be searched within the IP.com Prior Art Database. The search will return any matching documents – the date of the earliest document in the search result will indicate the earliest date that a file matching that signature was recorded.
The BCR from the original safeguarding session can be searched within the Prior Art Database. That document will contain all the fingerprints from that session.vThe newly generated fingerprint can be compared to the list of fingerprints stored during that session.
How is the integrity of the BCR documents ensured?
The BCR documents, which contain the individual fingerprints of files processed over the course of a given day, are published in an aggregated document to the IP.com Prior Art Database. Each document published to the IP.com Prior Art Database receives two notarizations, one from IP.com in the form of an IPCOM sequential number and date, and the second from Surety. It also appears in The IP.com Journal – the monthly printed publication containing the previous month's Prior Art Database submissions. The IP.com Journal is indexed by a number of libraries worldwide, including the Library of Congress. Continue Reading...