Document capture and BPM ISV Kofax has received a patent related to matching data captured from scanned documents with data from a back-end system like an ERP application. This a fairly common practice in many document imaging applications, especially involving invoice capture – one area that Kofax says it is already using the technology.
The patent is number 8,345,981 with the US Patent and Trademark Office. It’s entitled “Systems, methods, and computer program products for determining document validity.” Basically it describes a process for applying OCR to a scanned document, extracting information from it, identifying a complementary document in the back-end system, mapping the information on the scanned document to the info on back-end system document, and checking the info captured by OCR against the info. on the back-end system document.
Kofax originally filed for the patent in Feb. 2009. I’m not sure how its approval is going to affect the market or if Kofax plans on enforcing it, but it seems to me the practice that Kofax has described is in pretty widespread use, especially in the area of invoice capture today, and it was already being done prior to 2009. In the press release, Kofax notes that it plans to expand use of this technology into the EOB processing space.