Thursday, May 18, 2006

Patent cited against Amazon's '411 one-click in re-exam

US 5,729,594 filed June 7, 1996 and cited to date by 126 US patents is being used against the Amazon one-click patent in a re-exam.

first claim:

1. A method of establishing on-line secure financial transactions for purchasing goods through electronic media, said method comprising:

providing a local subsystem disposed at a local location accessible to a user and responsive to a user input;

providing a remote subsystem located at a remote location, said remote location having at least one identifiable product remotely selectable by the user;

establishing a first communication link between the local subsystem and the remote subsystem;

selecting at least one of said identifiable products through the first communication link;

retrieving through the first communication link a telephone toll number from a predetermined numbering system associated with the selected product;

using said retrieved telephone number to establish a telephone toll connection through a second communication link between the local subsystem and the remote subsystem; and

downloading the selected product through the second communication link from the remote subsystem to the local subsystem,

whereby during said downloading of the product a fee is assessed and charged at a rate determined by the toll connection provider.

from the "summary of the invention":

It is therefore a principal objective of the present invention to provide an on-line financial transaction system that uses state-of-the-art computer telcom to provide secure and private purchasing capability of product goods. Another objective of the present invention is to provide a system of the type described which uses the 900 number system or a similar system to assess and collect user tolls for use of the system in performing financial transactions.

It is yet another objective of the present invention to provide a system for performing financial transactions wherein inexpensive servers can be employed, eliminating the need for digital signatures, authentication procedures and banking system connectivity.


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