US Patent Application No: 2002/0046,121

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Method and apparatus for selling subscriptions to periodicals in a retail environment

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Abstract

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A system comprises a point-of-sale (POS) terminal, a POS controller, a retail subscription system. The POS terminal allows a cashier to enter subscription sales data into the POS controller. The POS controller maintains databases on available subscriptions and produces databases containing data relating to subscriptions sold to customers. The retail subscription system verifies the subscriptions by reference to its own databases and transmits the subscriptions to a fulfillment house for distribution.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
APPLE INC.CUPERTINO, CA14198

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Jindal, Sanjay K Wilton, CT 59 3990
Walker, Jay S Ridgefield, CT 1484 61406

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