06085169 is referenced by 326 patents and cites 64 patents.

A conditional purchase offer (CPO) management system is disclosed for receiving CPOs from one or more customers, such as airline passengers, and for evaluating the received CPOs against a number of CPO rules defined by a plurality of sellers, such as airlines, to determine whether any seller is willing to accept a given CPO. A CPO is a binding offer containing one or more conditions submitted by a customer for purchase of an item, such as airline travel, at a customer-definied price. A CPO rule is a set of restrictions defined by a given seller, such as an airline, to define a combination of restrictions for which the seller is willing to accept a predefined price. The CPO rules may be securely stored by one or more servers. The CPO management system permits a seller to correct for forecasting errors, if necessary, or other competitive forces which have produced excess capacity, by providing inventory for sale to CPO customers.

Title
Conditional purchase offer management system
Application Number
707660
Publication Number
6085169
Application Date
July 8, 1997
Publication Date
July 4, 2000
Inventor
T Scott Case
Darien
CT, US
James A Jorasch
Stamford
CT, US
Bruce Schneier
Minneapolis
MN, US
Jay S Walker
Ridgefield
CT, US
Agent
Morgan & Finnegan
Assignee
priceline com Incorporated
CT, US
IPC
G06F 15/20
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