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If you read further into the patent under [0022] it says: The examples below describe a web based computer network. Although the present examples are described and illustrated herein as being implemented in internet based system, the system described is provided as an example and not a limitation. IANAL, but I believe prior art for this patent would ...


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This patent covers an invention by a prominent US patent attorney (WESLEY W. WHITMYER) and enforced through is company (Whitserve). A jury found claims 10 and 15 of the patent enforceable and that judgment was recently affirmed on appeal with the exception that the Federal Circuit found Claim 10 invalid as anticipated by prior art. A dissenting opinion in ...


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Absent some definition or example in the document itself, one must fall back on the “ordinary and plain meaning” of the term, which, as with all terms, is subject to interpretation and dispute. Though it's tempting to say more than that, anything further would be misleading: how the “ordinary and plain meaning” of an undefined term is established will ...


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Dutch software focused on patient / bed transport, with a web interface: http://www.ortusgroupbv.com/arta Consists of bed management and patient transport management. Seems like an exact match to me.


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The patent is about transferring a patient from a health care organization to a third party post-acute facility. I have no knowledge of any other software that does this. However, as mentioned above, virtually all that is mentioned in the patent is a software reimplimentation done by HCO's as a service during discharge.


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Charles stack had the first online bookstore and pre-dated Amazon.com by three years. His website was at http://www.books.com and was called "Bookstacks Unlimited"[0]. Unfortunately I can't find any information that describes the implementation of his system. However, it's possible that he may be able to provide more detailed information. The idea of using ...


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While my answer may not be fully relevant to the complete patent claim list - this particular claim introduced nothing new, even in 1999. Breaking it down and narrowing the prior art: Claim 1: A system for onsite backup of internet-based data comprising: a central computer; a client computer; a communications link between said central computer and ...


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"An electronic document authoring, development and distribution system" is what the industry calls a content management system. There have been 15 years of CMS packages out there that do this is a standard practice to control what members and non-members have access to. So, content management systems...The first products were around 1995. It was early for ...


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BBS (bulletin board systems), reachable with analog modem via phone lines, had this concept decades ago, in the era of the Apple ][ New users had a download limit and could write only to some discussion boards, registered users could download more and write everywhere.


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The Epic enterprise suite of applications very likely covers any claim made by this application. Although Inpatient Clinical is a component of that, that application's focus is more on clinical documentation and order entry. The Epic ADT application has a number of modules geared specifically towards bed management and has been in use since the late 90s.


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This seems like prior art to me: http://agiletrac.gehealthcare.com/


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The main body of the patent does not appear to actually define the term "commodity." However, the claims of the patent appear to give examples of a "commodity," such that these examples can be used to understand, i.e., define, what a "commodity" is in the context of the patent. For example, the "commodity" is defined in the claims as follows: Claim 6: "...


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Possibly this At&T viewtron video (from around 1985/1986 I think) is useful. It shows online shopping, including entering quantity and making payment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=o6DVBPmo4Co#t=172s Also: Effects of Information Technology on Financial Services Systems (Washington, D. C.: U.S. Congress, Office of ...


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Intershop claims to be the first online store, WikiPedia puts the date at 1995 but their own site claims they started doing it in 1992: http://www.intershop.com/company-profile.html In the early days, e-commerce websites were restricted to shopping functionality, but it soon became possible to map complex sales and procurement processes. Customer ...


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I would like to refer you to RFC-2060, documenting the invention of the IMAP protocol in 1996 by M. Crispin of the University of Washington, 4 years before the invention you claim to have invented in your patent. For your reference, here is an internet link to said RFC: http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2060.txt I have strong reason to believe that this RFC is ...


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I thought this was litigated and these were invalidated for obviousness and prior art: http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/images/stories/opinions-orders/2011-1009.Opinion.1-17-2013.1.PDF SUMMARY The claims in suit of the ’314 and ’492 patents are invalid for obviousness over the CompuServe Mall system. The claims of the ’639 patent are invalid for obviousness ...


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Firstly, remember that each and every element of the claim must be adopted to infringe a claim. There is a main "data repository" containing all users data. In layman's terms, the most important distinguishing aspects of the invention are steps (d)-(g). Personal data on a device is compared with a main data repository ("identifies at least one correlation ...


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This patent claims: A personal user information data mining system, comprising the following computer-implemented components: a processor; a memory communicatively coupled to the processor; a data repository adapted to store personal user data supplied by a plurality of human users through a plurality of user devices communicatively coupled to ...


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Firstly, you should note this is a patent application, not a patent (it has not been examined by the USPTO, or approved, and there are no rights to stop other party's until it has been granted). The sub-claims all depend on the main claim 1, and so cannot be read in isolation (imagine instead to combine them - claim 2 is features of claim 1 + claim 2). ...


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Horrible, I agree. Without any doubt fundamentally unpatentable in many jurisdictions for lack of technical character alone (business method). Even if one were to move into an obviousness discussion, performing a known method unspecifically "over the Internet" and by "storing data in a database" certainly does not require inventive activity. Examiner fatigue ...


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Unfortunately, the bottom line of any alleged patent infringement is that it will cost YOU money. If you lose, of course an enormous amount; if you win, you will probably be on the hook for tens of thousands in legal bills anyways. And yes - you have to respond to a lawyer's letter with a lawyer's letter. Any which way you slice it, you have to pay a lawyer. ...


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Zope, as an open source application server has been around since 1996. zope.org was operated in the manner described above (read-only access to anonymous users, (free) registration that allowed you to put documents, files, even code, on the central server). If that sounds interesting I can do some digging to get a specific statement from the original authors ...


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The concept of limitations for "anonymous" users of a site existed in FTP services for quite a long time. I would be surprised if there wasn't a similar capability in earlier BBS services or UUCP services. This particular patent is directed to "an electronic document authoring, development and distribution system", which suggests that you would have to do ...


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I specifically remember buying CDs in 1992/1993 from cdconnection.com. You'd 'telnet cdconnection.com', be presented with a search interface, and could search for and select CDs. Once you were done selecting, you'd submit your payment information and they'd mail you the CDs. I no longer have access to the mail account I used at the time, but I'm pretty sure ...


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Kiplinger's Personal Finance Jan 1997 http://books.google.com/books?id=aAcEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA136&lpg=PA136&dq=online+rebate&source=bl&ots=1tAKHdbd4z&sig=WL-HEog8sppxb1BQ2rqsUD_yDG0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JxZjUMPLEOr30gGXqYDQBw&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=online%20rebate&f=false Prior art - article on rebates given by major ...


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Patently-o provides a good summary of the steps in order to determine what a term means. Starting with the plain meaning, commodity simply means "goods" or an "article of commerce." (see e.g., Merriam-Webster supporting this plain meaning). One can argue that the analysis should stop there, however the claims and specification (while never actually using the ...


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