I happened on this and started wondering why this guy doesn't own half the Internet because shopping carts are pretty ubiquitous. What does the patent give this person here?

Methods, concepts and technology for a virtual shopping system capable of assessing needs of a customer and recommending a product or service based on such assessed needs

WO 2000073955 A9

ABSTRACT translated

from French The present invention relates to a system for performing virtual business transactions after identifying the needs of the user. Firstly, the system assesses the needs of a user. It then generates, based on the user's needs, a solution, which is displayed. Payment is then accepted in exchange for the solution. It should be noted that in the present specification of the invention, the solution is, but not limited to, a product or a service.

  • This question: patents.stackexchange.com/q/17115/18033 should answer why this "patent" (spoiler: it wasn't granted) doesn't own the internet. You might want to refine your question after that. – DonQuiKong Oct 6 '17 at 18:04
  • Also, the abstract is possibly the least informative part of a patent. – Eric Shain Oct 6 '17 at 19:18

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