06651053 is referenced by 384 patents.

An interactive search system for use with a global computer network, e.g., the Internet, using a search identifying barcode to rapidly and effectively obtain a supply of related information for presentation to a user. A computer, either landline based or mobile, may be used to input a UPC code, taken from a package or advertisement or prestored in the computer, to an implementing server on the network. The server contains a database of product and manufacturer identifying UPC codes and uses the input UPC code and the database to identify the manufacturer and is programmed to then perform a search of the network to locate sites relating to or operated by the manufacturer. Also, the server may search the network on a product basis to locate other sites containing the UPC under search. Using “parsing” technology, the server “pulls out” the product description, transmits it to and places it in a random access memory (RAM) or storage of the computer, and proceeds to perform further searching relying on the product description to uncover relevant information. Accordingly, using a single input, a collection of product-related and manufacturer information is quickly assembled in the computer available for a user's consideration all at once at any time.

Title
Interactive system for investigating products on a network
Application Number
9/649184
Publication Number
6651053 (B1)
Application Date
August 28, 2000
Publication Date
November 18, 2003
Inventor
Leigh M Rothschild
Miami
FL, US
Agent
Gerald E Hespos
US
Anthony J Casella
US
Assignee
Barpoint com
FL, US
IPC
G06F 17/30
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