US Patent No: 6,035,280

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Electronic discount couponing method and apparatus for generating an electronic list of coupons

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A method and apparatus for distributing, generating, and redeeming discount Virtual Coupons.TM., rebate or gift certificates or the like which may be used on conjunction with a frequency card program or the like. Virtual Coupons.TM. may be distributed electronically, for example, in the form of a diskette or CD-ROM software. Software on the diskette or CD-ROM may prompt a consumer to call a 1-800 number for a validation number or code. During the phone call, telemarketing personnel may request consumer demographic and or identification information which may be entered into a centralized database. Once the software is validated, a consumer may print out a list selected Virtual Coupons.TM. displayed on a Graphical User Interface (GUI). When a product is purchased, the UPC code of the product may be compared electronically with a list of Virtual Coupons.TM. authorized for a particular consumer. An appropriate coupon discount may then be applied and the Virtual Coupon.TM. may be considered "redeemed". Once redeemed, consumer ID information and Virtual Coupon.TM. information may be retrieved electronically and used to update a central database. Accurate data may then be produced illustrating which consumers or groups of consumers are redeeming which Virtual Coupons.TM.. Such data may be used for marketing purposes or to generated further diskettes for distribution targeting specific consumers or groups of consumers with specific classes of Virtual Coupon.TM. offerings. The use of Virtual Coupons.TM. eliminates or reduces fraud, and allows a frequency card discount to be applied only a limited number of times.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
CATALINA MARKETING CORPORATIONST PETERSBURG, FL103
SELLECTSOFT, LLCBETHESDA, MD1

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Christensen, Scott N Omaha, NE 6 723

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