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Victor H Shear: Database usage metering and protection system and method. Personal Library Software, Nixon & Vanderhye, May 2, 1989: US04827508 (965 worldwide citation)

A "return on investment" digital database usage metering, billing, and security system includes a hardware device which is plugged into a computer system bus (or into a serial or other functionally adequate connector) and a software program system resident in the hardware device. One or more databas ...


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Alan S Fisher, Samuel Jerrold Kaplan: Method and system for processing and transmitting electronic auction information. Onsale, Adam H Crosby Heafey Roach & May Tachner, November 10, 1998: US05835896 (938 worldwide citation)

A system and method for conducting a multi-person, interactive auction, in a variety of formats, without using a human auctioneer to conduct the auction. The system is preferably implemented in software. The system allows a group of bidders to interactively place bids over a computer or communicatio ...


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Victor H Shear, David M Van Wie, Robert P Weber: Systems and methods for matching, selecting, narrowcasting, and/or classifying based on rights management and/or other information. InterTrust Technologies Corporation, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner L, August 29, 2000: US06112181 (917 worldwide citation)

Rights management information is used at least in part in a matching, narrowcasting, classifying and/or selecting process. A matching and classification utility system comprising a kind of Commerce Utility System is used to perform the matching, narrowcasting, classifying and/or selecting. The match ...


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William E Bennett, Stephen J Boies, Anthony R Davies, Karl Friedrich Etzold, Todd K Rodgers: Optical stylus and passive digitizing tablet data input system. International Business Machines Corporation, Roy R Schlemmer, September 24, 1991: US05051736 (903 worldwide citation)

A stylus and table X-Y data input system for a video display system. The pen includes an optical styling having a suitable pickup mechanism and the tablet is passive in nature and provides direct digitized data readout. Absolute positional information is encoded in binary form in the tablet in such ...


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Eric E Schmidt, Butler W Lampson: Software version management system. Xerox Corporation, W Douglas Carothers Jr, December 10, 1985: US04558413 (894 worldwide citation)

A software version management system, also called system modeller, provides for automatically collecting and recompiling updated versions of component software objects comprising a software program for operation on a plurality of personal computers coupled together in a distributed software environm ...


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John S Hendricks, Alfred E Bonner: Network controller for cable television delivery systems. Discovery Communications, Dorsey & Whitney P L, February 4, 1997: US05600364 (872 worldwide citation)

A novel network controller for use with a digital cable headend capable of monitoring and controlling set top terminals in a television program delivery system is described. The invention relates to methods and apparatus for a network controller that manages a configuration of set top terminals in a ...


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Warren E Bernard, Philip A Jacobson: System and method for automated remote previewing and purchasing of music, video, software, and other multimedia products. MCI Communications Corporation, June 29, 1999: US05918213 (869 worldwide citation)

An automated product purchasing system allows purchasers to order products via a remote communications medium without having to speak to a sales representative or other human operator. According to the invention, purchasers access the automated product purchasing system and browse among the selectio ...


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Gregor Freund: System and methodology for managing internet access on a per application basis for client computers connected to the internet. Zone Labs, John A Smart, November 16, 1999: US05987611 (854 worldwide citation)

A computing environment with methods for monitoring access to an open network, such as a WAN or the Internet, is described. The system includes one or more clients, each operating applications or processes (e.g., Netscape Navigator.TM. or Microsoft Internet Explorer.TM. browser software) requiring I ...


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Martin E Hellman: Software distribution system. Flehr Hohbach Test Albritton & Herbert, April 14, 1987: US04658093 (845 worldwide citation)

Software (programs, videogames, music, movies, etc.) can be authorized for use a given number of times by a base unit after which the base unit (computer, videogame base unit, record player, videorecorder or videodisk player) cannot use that software until the manufacturer sends an authorization for ...


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Jeffrey C Smith, Jean Christophe Bandini: Electronic document delivery system in which notification of said electronic document is sent to a recipient thereof. Tumbleweed Software Corporation, Michael A Glenn, Donald M Hendricks, August 4, 1998: US05790790 (815 worldwide citation)

An electronic document delivery system and methods of its use are provided. A document, preferably in a portable format, is forwarded to a remote server (e.g. using HTTP to "push" the document to the server). The server sends a generic notification of the document to an intended recipient, and the r ...



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