AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Targeting promotions based on location of vendors with respect to user's current location. - This application from Finnoble Solutions, now Capital One seeks to patent the idea of...Identifying vendors from a user's transaction history, determining a vendor whose location is proximate to the user's current location, and delivering promotions associated with the determined vendor to the user! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent applications before they become patents. Follow @askpatents on twitter to help.
QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before 5/9/2011 that discusses:
- Targeting promotions based on location of vendors with respect to the user's location.
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual.
EXTRA CREDIT - Vendors are identified from the transaction history of a user.
TITLE: Presenting promotions offered by vendors in proximity to a consumer's current location.
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] Identifying vendors from the transaction history of a consumer, determining location of the consumer based on location of the consumer's mobile device, identifying a vendor in proximity to the consumer, and presenting promotions offered by the identified vendor on the consumer's mobile device.
- Publication Number: US 20120290389 A1
- Application Number: US 13/103,855
- Assignee: Finnoble Solutions, Inc. / CapitalOne
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating 5/9/2011
- Open for Challenge at USPTO: Open through 5/14/2013
- Link to Google Prior Art Search - "Find Prior Art"
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A method of providing a list of current offers from retailers to a user operating a mobile client device, the method comprising:
Analyzing a transaction history of the user to identify a vendor who has transacted with the user;
Determining a present geographic location of the user based on a location of the mobile client device;
Determining a location of the vendor proximate the user based on the transaction history and the present geographic location of the user;
Searching for a current promotion offered by the vendor; and
Transmitting, the current promotion to the user, wherein the transmitted current promotion comprises information related to the transaction history.
In English this means:
A method for providing a list of current offers from retailers to consumers operating a mobile device, the method comprising:
Identifying vendors who have transacted with the consumer from the consumer's transaction history;
Determining location of the consumer based on the location of the mobile device;
Determining a vendor in proximity to the user's location;
Searching for current promotion offered by the vendor ; and
Presenting the current promotion offered by the vendor on the consumer's mobile device, where the promotion is related to the user's transaction history.
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to 5/9/2011
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming Matching one or more locations of a vendor with the consumer's location to identify the nearest vendor location.
"Display of matched offers based on a user's location and transaction history""" from the Applicant
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