DocuSign has been granted a patent for a system and method that allows pictorial content to be added to secure documents. The system enables administrators to request modifications to a specific region of the document, with the addition of pictorial content. The system verifies that the content meets predefined requirements before adding it to the document. Signers can add their own pictorial content, and the document is disabled from further modifications once the required content and signatures have been added. GlobalData’s report on DocuSign gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Secure document modification with pictorial content and annotations

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: DocuSign Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11775689B2) describes a method for enabling modification of a secure document with pictorial content. The method involves receiving a request from an administrator to enable modification of a specific region of the document with pictorial content. The request includes requirements such as the inclusion of a predefined object and constraints on drawing on top of the pictorial content.

Once the request is received, the method involves receiving a command from the signer to add the first pictorial content to the region. The system then determines whether the first pictorial content meets the requirements by verifying the inclusion of the predefined object. If the requirements are met, the first pictorial content is added to the region.

The method also allows for the addition of second pictorial content from a participant who is different from the signer. Similar to the first pictorial content, the system verifies whether the second pictorial content meets the requirements before adding it to the region.

To provide identification and annotation, the system annotates the first and second pictorial content with the respective identifiers of the signer and participant. These identifiers can include user names or legal names.

Once the first and second pictorial content have been added and the signature has been received, the secure document is disabled from accepting further modifications.

The patent also includes additional features such as the ability for the signer to mark up a photograph with a drawing tool, the use of different colors for annotating the first and second pictorial content, and the selective hiding of annotations based on the credentials of the viewer.

The patent further describes embodiments involving a non-transitory computer-readable medium and a system with memory and processors for executing the method.

Overall, this patent presents a method for enabling secure document modification with pictorial content, providing identification and annotation features, and ensuring the prevention of further modifications once the necessary content and signature have been added.

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