06874037 is referenced by 153 patents and cites 40 patents.

Two electronic devices automatically perform a synchronization session when one of the electronic devices is brought in proximity to the other electronic device. The synchronization session is initiated without user intervention based simply on the fact that the two devices have recently been brought within a predetermined distance of each other. The two electronic devices communicate in a wireless manner. The two devices may determine that they are within a predetermined distance of each other using global positioning technology, via which one of the devices determines its own position and compares it to a known position of the other electronic device. Alternatively, one of the electronic devices may output a low level signal that can be received by the other electronic device when within a certain range. Once the low level signal is received, the recipient of the low level signal outputs a stronger signal to ensure that it is received by the other electronic device requesting a synchronization session, which once established enables synchronization of information between the two devices.

Title
Method and apparatus for synchronizing device information
Application Number
9/596527
Publication Number
6874037 (B1)
Application Date
June 19, 2000
Publication Date
March 29, 2005
Inventor
Kazuaki Iso
Oradell
NJ, US
Christopher M Tobin
Central Valley
NY, US
Brian Siegel
Washingtonville
NY, US
Brian Raymond
San Diego
CA, US
Gregory D Gudorf
Mahwah
NJ, US
Marc Beckwitt
San Clemente
CA, US
Philip Michael Abram
Warwick
NY, US
Agent
Karin L Williams Esq
Michael P Fortkort Esq
Mayer Fortkort & Williams PC
Assignee
Sony Electronics
NJ, US
Sony Corporation
JP
IPC
G06F 015/16
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