US patent class 705: data processing: financial, business practice, management, or cost/price determination

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Online Shopping - Network Sales System - Issued Patent - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON NETWORK SALES SYSTEMS - This issued patent seeks to patent the idea of... using a computer to add items to a shopping cart! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US patent ...
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What does the term 'commodity' mean in patent 7,222,078?

Patent 7,222,078 (USPTO) (one of the Lodsys patents), uses the term 'commodity' repeatedly throughout the patent, for example: In an exemplary system, information is received at a central location ...
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Prior art for bed management in healthcare

While browsing freshpatents.com for software patents, I happened upon Patent Application #20120226507, which seeks to patent a system for moving patient beds from one room to another. The claims: ...
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Prior art for patent in Whitserv v Computer Packages case

In reading the Whitserv v Computer Packages case and blog entry from Patently-O, I’m having problems in seeing how patent 6,981,007 is valid. I noticed that there is another question regarding this ...
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Web site with restricted functionality until registers, then full functionality

US Patent #7,353,199 is about a system for creating a web site where the user gets "restricted" access (less that full functionality) during a trial period, but "full" access once the user registers ...
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Individual rebate code on goods transfered by customer via any network to give rebate or gifts to the customer

There are several patents out there like this: you buy a beer, on this bottle is an individual code, you can use this code on the campaign website to win a price or get a voucher e.g for an online ...
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Prior art for an oil and gas lease and royalty management software program

US8249994 Claim 19 appears to claim no more than: A mineral lease management system (managing information about oil and gas leases and wells) Allowing a user to input data about a lease over the ...
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Does iBooks Author use US patent 2012/0221436?

US patent application 2012/0221436 is about teachers that create, using special software, textbooks that will be sold. This is the same thing that iBooks Author does, isn't it? Therefore: does Apple ...
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How can someone patent data mining?

This patent us7930197 says data mining of personal data is patented. Looks like patent officers weren't aware of data mining's huge overreach.
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Prior Art for Onsite backup for internet-based data processing

Our startup is trying to provide a backup solution for Google Apps for your domain. In principle it's a software running on the client computer. Our software then connects to Google via APIs (GData) + ...