US Patent No: 6,948,168

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Licensed application installer

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Abstract

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A method and system of installing licensed software on an end user's computer comprising having a program storage device and a unique computer identifier distinguishing the end user computer from other computers, e.g., a BIOS serial number or a network adapter address. The network computer contains a plurality of different software for license to end users and a database listing computer identifiers licensed to run the software. The end user computer sends to the network computer a command to run a program identifying to the end user computer the software listed as licensed by the computer identifier of the end user computer. The network computer contacts the end user computer and determine its end user computer identifier, verifies listing of the end user computer identifier in the network computer database, and identifies to the end user computer all of the software on the network computer program storage device listed as licensed by the computer identifier of the end user computer using an executable program on the network computer. The end user computer sends to the network computer a selection of the software to be downloaded. The network computer downloads the selected software and installs it on the end user computer program storage device.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ACTIVISION PUBLISHING, INC.SANTA MONICA, CA319

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Kuprionas, Paul Nanticoke, PA 1 16

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
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HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY (2)
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MICROSOFT CORPORATION (2)
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6,493,871 Method and system for downloading updates for software installation 275 1999
 
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APPLE INC. (1)
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BMC SOFTWARE, INC. (1)
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FUJITSU LIMITED (1)
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INTERNET COMMERCE SERVICES CORPORATION (1)
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KRONE DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS INC. (1)
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NCR CORPORATION (1)
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NOVELL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY HOLDINGS, INC. (1)
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Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
MICROSOFT CORPORATION (4)
7,236,958 Electronic software license with software product installer identifier 10 2001
7,644,442 Systems and methods for using machine attributes to deter software piracy in an enterprise environment 14 2005
8,181,265 Secure machine counting 1 2005
7,921,059 Licensing upsell 3 2005
 
CA, INC. (2)
8,725,647 Method and system for determining software license compliance 0 2008
8,606,718 Method and system for determining software license compliance 0 2008
 
CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA (2)
7,530,117 Method and apparatus for preventing unauthorized use of software 4 2004
8,239,857 Information processing apparatus and method of installing application program 2 2006
 
N2 BROADBAND, INC. (2)
7,757,261 Systems and methods for providing flexible provisioning architectures for a host in a cable system 10 2003
7,627,868 Systems and methods for distributing software for a host device in a cable system 5 2003
 
ERICSSON TELEVISION INC. (1)
7,958,505 Systems and methods for distributing software for a host device in a cable system 2 2009
 
INTEL CORPORATION (1)
8,356,067 Servicing device aggregates 0 2002
 
QLOGIC CORPORATION (1)
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SIMPLEX MAJOR SDN.BHD (1)
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SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC. (1)
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