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Eric E Docter, William D Hofmann, Paul E Hurley: Multi-stage data filtering system employing multiple filtering criteria. Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman, December 11, 2001: US06330610 (77 worldwide citation)

A data filtering system is provided that filters data in multiple stages. The system provides a first filter criteria to a first device. The first device uses the first filter criteria to generate a first set of filtered data. The system receives the first set of filtered data from the first device ...


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William D Hofmann, John C Hurley: Method and apparatus for collecting information regarding a device or a user of a device. Aveo, Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman, May 22, 2001: US06236983 (35 worldwide citation)

A system is provided for collecting information regarding a device or a user of a device. Information is received from a discovery agent, which collects information when activated. The system determines a discovery rule to be applied to the information received from the discovery agent. The discover ...


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William D Hofmann, John C Hurley: Collection of information regarding a device or a user of a device across a communication link. Alset, Lisa N Benado, February 11, 2003: US06519581 (25 worldwide citation)

A system is provided for collecting information regarding a device or a user of a device. Information is collected from a discovery agent residing on the computer system. At certain times, the agent may be activated to collect the information. A sender transmits a discovery rule across a communicati ...