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The idea of advertisements as CAPTCHAs is not new. For example, Solve Media filed a patent for this in 2010. However, I am not sure whether they have the additional complexity of customizing the ads for each user and using ads to give rewards, but given that Solve Media existed a long time before the IBM patent, that seems pretty obvious. Screenshots of ...


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So, a "plurality of shopping devices" (read: ordinary PCs with Web browsers pointed to the e-commerce website), with a "plurality of shopping carts" (read: one shopping cart per PC). That part is pretty obvious, since it was already the normal mode of e-commerce in the dot-com era. The claim of novelty thus seems to hinge on one PC's shopping cart being ...


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According to the USPTO's PEAR database, the application was abandoned as of May 2011. The examiner rejected the claims based on obviousness in light US 5949643, which disclosed something similar. The patent disclosed two separate embodiments: one with an extendable touchpad, and another with hinges connected the screen to the base. The examiner felt it would ...


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I was studying Natural Language Processing in 2002 so I remember that there was a lot of feverish work being done in those years due to Google's sudden emergence and popularity. Neither of the authors are particularly notable so although their patent sounds pretty cutting edge for those years it doesn't mean that their results were necessarily the best. One ...


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A method of digital data gathering for providing a direct answer to a natural language question, comprising: a) accepting input of a natural language question; b) identifying the relevant concepts of the natural language question; c) assembling the relevant concepts of the natural language question into a query d) identifying, via a ...


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This technology already existed and was a subject of a research paper in 2011 link below. Research paper -- http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1105/1105.0149.pdf Referencing a product that did this from 2010 --http://assets1.csc.com/cloud/downloads/PAAS_Solution_Brochure_V5.pdf


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Well, Microsoft's event viewer has been able to do this for as long as I can remember. Log information is stored in chronological order. That's how logs work. specifying a relation based on acquired log information is as simple as clicking on the relevant column (additional columns can even be added?) determining a total order of the nodes and sorting is ...


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A little late, but the answer is, if your algorithm uses all the steps of any claim in the patent, then you are infringing the patent.


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I found a Microsoft patent which might be related. 'Ranking search results using click-based data': Publication number US8370337 B2 Application number US 12/762,929 https://www.google.com/patents/US8370337?dq=using+data+to+search&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_HviUprvKILfkAXI7YDgBw&ved=0CGsQ6AEwCA This patent include capturing click-based data which ...


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Just for completeness, here is a 2002 research paper on voice comments in programs: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/abegel/cs294-1/voice-comments.pdf It is strongly correlated with the general claim, but doesn't cover the idea of linking from text to specific audio snippets.


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Foodler's Group Order system allows many users to share an order, adding their own selections to the create a final single order. A user can participate in several concurrent group orders http://www.foodler.com/order/startGroup.do?restId=6219


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Creative Labs had this in 2003 by storing the data in the database and you could use the same account to modify the same cart on different systems. Not documented because it is such a simple thought when using database storage.


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Delivery.com has had "Group Ordering" since at least November 9th, 2011.


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This sounds like it's covered by existing online co-buying / social commerce systems. These systems don't offer options to cross over between physical store shopping and online shopping but I guess the issue here is the claim isn't specific enough and doesn't mention that? If that's correct then there was an online offering called Letsbuyit.com that had ...


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In the late 90s, early 2000s, there were several proprietary implementations of trading/finance systems that would cache/sync data with servers in other locations (where the firm had offices) based on a mobile/desktop calender app. This was generally used for presentation prep and if large models/trade histories had to be moved for those presentations. ...


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One thing missed is that the specifc document you point to is not a patent at all. It is an application for a patent. This application did result in three patents including US8181160. As mentioned in other answers at Ask Patents, PAIR has an unforgiving user interface. Look at the examples it shows for number formats and use the radio buttons to tell it what ...


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