A paper product enabling Anoto functionality must have the proprietary Anoto pattern printed on it. You can license a unique part of the pattern. This part will not be used by anyone else for the duration of the subscription.
For administrative reasons, the Anoto pattern is divided into smaller, identifiable parts called pattern pages. You can license single pattern pages, sets of pattern pages (called books) or sets of books (called shelves). The amount of pattern pages to license depends on what kind of service you should set up.
Each pattern page is associated with a certain template—a pattern page template—that defines the size and structure of the page. Apart from deciding the amount of pattern to license, you must also decide which pattern page template you want.
Unique and copied pattern
Depending on the service that should be set up, the general use of pattern pages differs. One alternative is to always use a unique pattern page with every unique page of a paper product. The other alternative is to re-use the pattern page on all copies of a paper product. We refer to the later case as copied pattern.
The use of unique pattern has several benefits from a pen user perspective and also for the general system design. The user can handle paper products as they use ordinary pen and paper. Using paper products based on unique pattern is the preferred choice when the user scenario should support work with several paper products in parallel and when going back and completing a paper product previously filled out. It is also possible to have several users (pens) working on the same paper product. Unique pattern, however, requires digital printing which in some scenarios might be less attractive from a production cost perspective compared to offset printing. Then copied pattern is an alternative.