US7000183 is basically patenting the way the web works. It is used to sue random online merchants.
Please help find prior art to stop this patent which should not have been granted in the first place.
- A computer-implemented method for viewer-specific presentation of information, the method using a computer comprising a CPU, a memory operatively connected to the CPU, and a program stored in the memory and executable by the CPU for presenting information, the method comprising:
establishing a database of metadata defining a predetermined plurality of viewer states, at least one data state corresponding to each of said plurality of viewer states, a plurality of data types, and a plurality of data elements, each of said data elements being tagged for association with at least one of said data types and one of said data states;
receiving a request for information from a viewer;
identifying a respective viewer state associated with said viewer, said respective viewer state being one of said plurality of viewer states; referencing said database to identify a collection of one or more data states related to said viewer state;
referencing said database to identify a collection of multiple data types relating to the request for information;
referencing said database to identify a data element data store storing multiple data elements, each of said multiple data elements being tagged for association with one of said data states and one of said data types;
selecting viewer-specific data elements from said data store by determining a corresponding data state of each data element in said data store, examining data elements related to each data type, and for each data type selecting a corresponding data element having a corresponding data state that is preferred among said data states corresponding to said viewer state;
presenting said viewer-specific data elements to said viewer to satisfy said viewer's request for information.
The face of the patent lists many references that were known to the examiner. To be helpful, a reference would need to be more on target than any of these.
QUESTION - Can you find anything that was published before Sept 2000 that shows all of these steps? For example 'based on your recently viewed products' or 'people who bought the products you bought also bought' etc... It can be even broader like information based on the visitor location etc.