In reference to the patent: US 2013/0166351 A1

Many organizations have market mix models implemented within a defined processing system. How is this different?

  • Could you provide a few specific examples of market mix models so there is some material to contrast the claims to?
    – Parker
    Commented Jul 21, 2015 at 23:03
  • It's an APPLICATION not a Patent, and for the implementation of an abstract Business Process / statistical model on one of those Universal Turing machines, computer to patent lawyers.
    – arober11
    Commented Jul 30, 2015 at 21:46

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While B. Johnson's answer is fine for what it is, I'd like to provide some interpretation. When novices read patents they sometimes see long and complicated claims and think "Wow, this is covering everything". When experienced folk look at long and complicated claims, they think "Wow, this is pretty narrow". In order to infringe on a claim, you need to implement each and every element in the claim. Looking at claim 1 of US9208462, to me it is very long and includes many steps. Thus it likely opens the door to many ways to circumvent its coverage.


The document you are referencing is a publication of a pending patent application. However, this application recently issued as US Pat. 9208462 B2:


The claims define what is "patented" so you should look at them to determine what is "different." (Claim 1 is reproduced below but also check out the other independent claims - 12 and 19)

If you really want to know what specific elements the Examiner found to be patentable (i.e. different), check out the application file history on the USPTO PAIR system.

  1. A method comprising:

receiving, by a processor, a plurality of marketing-mix variables through a display, each of the plurality of marketing-mix variables being associated with marketing strategies for one or more products,

pre-modeling, by a processor, marketing data based on the received plurality of marketing-mix variables, the pre-modeling including,

analyzing, by a processor, the plurality of marketing mix variables by performing exploratory data analysis (EDA), the EDA being based on univariate analysis in which conditional histograms are generated using Sturges formula to determine bin sizes for a range of the marketing data,

generating, by a processor, at least one of a sales based response model and revenue based response model to identify contributory marketing-mix variables from among the plurality of marketing-mix variables that affect at least one of sales and revenue of the one or more products, and

analyzing, by a processor, the at least one of the sales based response model and the revenue based response model to determine individual contribution of each of the contributory marketing-mix variables towards at least one of the sales and the revenue of the one or more products;

receiving, by a processor, through the display one or more parameters to be optimized along with optimization constraints;

generating, by a processor, a new marketing-mix solution through multi-layered optimization using the determined individual contributions, the one or more parameters, and the optimization constraints, the multi-layered optimization being based on one or more algorithms selected from among at least one of genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, particle swarm optimization, and ant colony optimization; and

providing, by a processor, the new marketing-mix solution and a real-time tracking of the generation of the new marketing-mix solution, on the display.

  • Many people without much patent experience find it difficult to read a claim and succinctly understand it in laymen's terms--in fact, claims interpretation is even something highlighted in our help center as being on topic here--while pointing this and other askers to the claims from applications and patents they're curious about is definitely a start, it would be a bigger help to our target asking audience to help them understand them. What do these claims mean? Are there any specific limitations to coverage? Things like that. Commented Dec 31, 2015 at 11:06
  • Many novices don't know how to read claims. Most importantly they don't understand that they would need to perform every single element of a claim to infringe. It would improve this answer to point this out.
    – Eric S
    Commented Jan 23, 2017 at 15:22

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