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The present invention is an expert matching method and apparatus for managing communications between an expert having particular qualifications and an end user seeking a solution to an expert request. In a preferred embodiment, the apparatus of the present invention includes a controller having a database for storing expert qualifications. In one embodiment, the controller receives an expert request. A search program identifies experts qualified to respond to the expert request. The expert request is then transmitted to the expert, which results in an expert answer transmitted to and received by the central controller. After authentication of the expert answer, using a wide range of security levels from passwords to cryptography, the answer is forwarded to the end user. The method and apparatus of the present invention have applications on the Internet as well as conventional voice telephony systems.

Title
Method and apparatus for a cryptographically-assisted commercial network system designed to facilitate and support expert-based commerce
Application Number
8/685706
Publication Number
5862223
Application Date
July 24, 1996
Publication Date
January 19, 1999
Inventor
James A Jorasch
Stamford
CT, US
Bruce Schneier
Oak Park
IL, US
Jay S Walker
Ridgefield
CT, US
Agent
Morgan & Finnegan
Agent
Jeffrey L Brandt
Assignee
Walker Asset Management Partnership
CT, US
IPC
G06F 17/60
H04K 1/00
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