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7603384 Individualizing and encrypting on-demand media content in retail kiosks  
A system for selecting and recording data, comprising: a local storage unit for storing a subset of media content items and other content; a content selection unit to display a catalog of the media...
7603191 System and method for design of a component  
A design system is accessible to a designer and a plurality of manufacturers. The design system comprises a first user interface configured to receive design information for a component from the...
7603289 System and method for electronic delivery of content for industrial automation systems  
Content is generated on a host system based on real-time data from a controlled process collected over the internet from a customer's client machine tool control system. The client system may...
7596515 System and method for pairing providers with consumers of online goods and services  
A method and system is provided that operates as an intelligent intermediary between online consumers and providers of goods and services. The system operates to receive a request initiated by a...
RE40924 Logistics system for automating transportation of goods  
The various transportation logistics tasks, such as order processing, order fulfillment, transportation of goods and tracking, are assigned to individual client/server objects which make up the...
7590566 Method and system for manufacturing and retailing products provided by remote vendors to remote customers  
Embodiments of the present invention include flexible and dynamic manufacturing and retailing systems that employ instantiated quoter objects for communicating with remote vendor interfaces to...
7587372 Dynamic pricing of items based on category with which the item is associated  
A method of dynamically adjusting prices of items using a processor based upon the category to which the item is assigned, wherein the items are of the type that are deliverable over a network. A...
7587371 Charging method and imaging apparatus for equitable and simple charging  
A charging method using a use point that is a unit, common to a plurality of apparatuses, of charging according to use thereof includes the steps of (a) converting a result of use of each of...
7584155 Method and apparatus for efficient delta pricing  
A method includes generating a delta price and generating a final price using the delta price. A process and system provide an ability to determine a product's final price with a selected set of...
7584156 Method and apparatus for estimating the refresh strategy or other refresh-influenced parameters of a system over its life cycle  
A method for estimating the cost of a system over its predetermined life cycle includes estimating refresh and non-refresh costs for the system over its life cycle. By estimating the refresh cost,...
7580900 Information apparatus, cost management method, and cost management system for information apparatus  
An apparatus having a reader for reading expendable item related management information from a recording medium attached to an expendable item, a memory for storing cost information obtained based...
7580873 Electronic financial assistant  
Preferred embodiment of electronic financial assistant systems includes a device adapted to capture information from a financial record and a computing device that is operatively coupled to the...
7580868 Systems, methods, and computer program products for determining rankings of product providers displayed via a product source system  
The present invention generates a ranked display listing of product providers (such as hotels) in response to a user query wherein the rank is generated based upon a performance factor determined...
7580901 System and method for estimating transition costs  
A transition costing program (TCP) uses standardized activity tasks (SAT), standard activity estimates (SAE) for each SAT, a transition costing estimator (TCE) to develop full time equivalent (FTE)...
7580895 Product protection gateway and method for checking the authenticity of products  
The invention relates to a product protection system whereby a product piece is provided with a product-specific identification sequence (K) which is converted into a coded check sequence (C), by...
7574414 Method for implementing a rules-based engine  
Embodiments of the invention provide an RBE that uses a logical abstraction for a set of application rules that allows the rules to be implemented, presented and modified efficiently. For one...
7571118 Control system interface for flexible order transaction sytem  
The present invention provides a control system interface for accessing a plurality of functions relating to a flexible order transaction system.
7571143 Software pay-per-use pricing  
A pay-per-use (PPU) software system uses reads metrics data from one or more PPU products and transmits the metrics data to a remote location for processing. The PPU system uses a utility metering...
7571126 System and method for document processing operation accounting  
A system and method for accounting for document processing operations. Notification data is received from a networked document processing device, which indicates the presence on the network of the...
7565331 Method for modeling processes in airlines and other industries, including cost asssesment of service disruptions  
Methods and systems for modeling functional processes in enterprises, and for simulating and valuing the effects of various products and services on those processes, are described herein. The cost...
7562027 Availability processing in a travel planning system  
A travel planning system that implements seat availability determinations is described. The planning system includes a scheduling process for determining a set of instances of transportation that...
7559458 Validity assurance system, validity assurance method, and recording medium storing a program  
A validity assurance system of the present invention includes a terminal apparatus that generates a slip based on slip item data representing a slip item and slip content data representing a slip...
7555767 TV program distribution system and TV broadcast signal receiving device for receiving a pay TV program distributed from the system  
A TV program distribution system comprises: a TV broadcast signal distribution device for distributing a scrambled pay TV program provided by a TV program provider; an auction management device for...
7546277 Method and apparatus for dynamically managing vending machine inventory prices  
The present invention is a method and apparatus for automatically managing a price of a product in a vending machine. The method and apparatus is disclosed for implementing dynamic price...
7542972 Registration and maintenance of address data for each service point in a territory  
A computer system and method is disclosed for mining current and archived address data in order to identify a preferred address for each service point in a territory. The data mining system may...
7542946 Method for accelerated retrofit certification  
A system, method, and computer program product are provided for estimating man-hours and costs to complete a certification of a modification to a system. The method includes entering one or more...
7542883 Evaluation apparatus, evaluation method and computer program product  
An evaluation apparatus which evaluates environmental load of circulated life cycle in which group of products recovered from one of markets which differ from each other in value lifetime of group...
7539990 Distributed document handling system  
A networked reproduction system includes connected scanners, printers and servers. A reproduction job to be carried out includes a number of subtasks. For the execution of these subtasks, services...
7539648 Secure user certification for electronic commerce employing value metering system  
A system and method include means for processing a cryptographic certificate adapted to provide security functionality. A register means is provided and means for adjusting the register means to...
7536362 Method for selecting an optimal balance between direct cost and a number of suppliers  
A method for selecting an optimal balance between direct cost and a number of suppliers, including soliciting bids from a plurality of suppliers for a plurality of lots, receiving at least one bid...
7532976 Method of determining the use of at least one toll road section  
A method of, and a toll-collecting system (SYS) for, determining whether at least one toll road section is being used by a vehicle (FAR), wherein the position of the vehicle (FAR) is determined by...
7529715 Estimating value of a previously-used exhibit  
A method, computer program product and system for estimating the value of a previously-used exhibit. The value of a previously-used exhibit may be calculated by receiving an original price of the...
7529714 Cost management of software application portfolio  
A method for managing a cost of ownership of a portfolio of N software applications (N≧2). A regression function is identified for each application. Each regression function expresses an a...
7526358 Three-dimensional CAD system and part cost calculation system  
An object of the present invention is to provide a three-dimensional CAD-system for adding data about a drafting direction of a die to three-dimensional data about the part to be formed by that...
7523073 Charging method and charging apparatus  
A method of charging for use of a facsimile apparatus, using an information processing unit provided therein, is disclosed that includes the steps of (a) the information processing unit obtaining...
7519561 System, method and program to manage software licenses  
Computer system, method and program for estimating an increase in software license cost for executing a computer program with a first processor(s) instead of a second, less powerful processor(s)....
7505834 Method for effecting the preventive and/or current display of transmission costs during the transmission of internet and online data  
The present invention suggests the introduction of an additional protocol element for a preventive display of transmission costs in the case of Internet and on-line services, at least for the...
7499878 Dynamic content configuration for microbrowsers by state, resource allocation and user preferences, to preserve battery power  
Battery life for a portable networked client device is preserved by providing a web page content web server with a set of non-advertisement web objects for a web page, the web page containing at...
7499890 Cellsite budgetmaster  
Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for cell site planning and for vendor selection. According to embodiments of this invention, a cell site planning information system receives initial cell site...
7496520 System and method for optimization of group shipments to reduce shipping costs  
A method and system to provide optimizing shipping costs that can help arbitrate between a precise solution at an unreasonable cost and a reasonable solution at a very reasonable cost. In one...
7496519 Automated transaction processing system and approach  
Transaction management for contract and contract-related approaches is facilitated. According to an example embodiment of the present invention, a transaction management computer is programmed to...
7496543 Pricing engine for electronic commerce  
A pricing engine for electronic commerce allows the owner of an electronic market place to dynamically change the pricing available at the electronic market place based on several factors...
7496544 Method and apparatus for assessing products  
An improved method, apparatus, and computer instructions for evaluating acquisition costs for a software product. A set of questions regarding the software product is presented. The set of...
7493401 Billing adjustment for power on demand  
An apparatus, program product and method for determining a cost for using a standby resource that accounts for the cause for the resource's usage. A standby resource, such as a processor, is...
7487112 System, method, and computer program product for providing location based services and mobile e-commerce  
A system, method, apparatus and computer program product for providing location based functions and mobile e-commerce comprising a central processing unit including a processor, a storage device,...
7480627 System and method for extension of group buying throughout the internet  
A method and system are provided that enable partner sites to join in the sale of products/services via an on-line group-buying sale business method. A seller registers a list of products/services...
7480077 Billing process for printing systems  
The present invention provides a paperless billing process for enabling expedited and simplified payments of print volume bills by customers of printing systems. A method of performing a billing...
7480625 Sales data processing device and program  
A sales data processing device comprises electromagnetic wave clock means for receiving a time signal containing date and time information transmitted from a transmission station, and clocking a...
7477790 Decoding of a digital image encoded at a plurality of resolution levels  
A method of decoding an encoded digital image, the encoded data of the image comprising a plurality of predefined resolutions, comprises the steps of: selecting a resolution lower than the highest...
7478061 Automated audit process  
A process for increasing profits of a business engaged in the purchase of large numbers of products and/or products of volatile pricing from numerous vendors that operates to identify pricing...