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A system and method for using identification codes found on ordinary articles of commerce to access remote computers on a network. In accordance with one embodiment of the invention, a computer is provided having a database that relates Uniform Product Code ("UPC") numbers to Internet network addresses (or "URLs"). To access an Internet resource relating to a particular product, a user enters the product's UPC symbol manually, by swiping a bar code reader over the UPC symbol, or via other suitable input means. The database retrieves the URL corresponding to the UPC code. This location information is then used to access the desired resource.

Title
System and method for using an ordinary article of commerce to access a remote computer
Application Number
8/538365
Publication Number
5978773
Application Date
October 3, 1995
Publication Date
November 2, 1999
Inventor
Peter R Hudetz
Plainfield
IL, US
Frank C Hudetz
Lisle
IL, US
Agent
Anthony R Barkume P C
Assignee
NeoMedia Technologies
FL, US
IPC
G06F 13/20
G06F 3/06
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