06980962 is referenced by 316 patents and cites 249 patents.

The present invention is directed to a system and method for providing complete electronic commerce (“E-Commerce”) transactions and solutions for a marketing company's products via the World Wide Web, including facilities for signing up new customers and recruiting, training and supporting new Independent Business Owners through an interactive online process. In another aspect, the present invention relates to the combination of a marketing business with a membership buying opportunity using both electronic commerce and face-to-face transactions. The present invention is also directed to a system and method for combining a marketing business with a membership buying opportunity, so that Independent Business Owners participating in the marketing plan can introduce customers to a membership buying opportunity and earn bonuses or commissions based on the purchases by those members, while Members in the buying opportunity can consume products or, at their option, qualify to become Independent Business Owners.

Title
Electronic commerce transactions within a marketing system that may contain a membership buying opportunity
Application Number
9/515860
Publication Number
6980962 (B1)
Application Date
February 29, 2000
Publication Date
December 27, 2005
Inventor
Claire Zevalkink
Grand Rapids
MI, US
Steven R Visser
Grand Rapids
MI, US
Kelly K Savage
Byron Center
MI, US
Andrew J Popp
Rockford
MI, US
John P Parker
Belmont
MI, US
Kenneth J McDonald
Ada
MI, US
Kathryn E McCormick
Hastings
MI, US
Gary A Mahieu
Grand Rapids
MI, US
Gregory J Lang
Grand Rapids
MI, US
Aaron M Kamphuis
Jenison
MI, US
Jim Hunking
London
CA
Robin Horder Koop
Ada
MI, US
William Hazard
Grand Haven
MI, US
William Dangl
Grand Rapids
MI, US
Bruce H Carlson
Rockford
MI, US
James G Blodgett
Kentwood
MI, US
Randy S Bancino
Rockford
MI, US
Dave Bamborough
Kentwood
MI, US
Daniel A Arganbright
Grand Rapids
MI, US
Agent
Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
James L Katz
Assignee
Quixtar Investments
MI, US
IPC
G06F 017/60
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