US Patent No: 7,499,768

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System and method for offline vending of a media product

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A system and method for offline vending of digital video discs is provided. The method comprises the step of receiving, at a vending location and at a first time, a request for a digital video disc from a user interface. The method also comprises the step of determining whether a vending controller is capable of being placed in communication with a transaction network. Transaction data is stored, wherein the transaction data is provided by the user interface. The transaction data is stored in a memory, and comprises a title of the requested digital video disc and financial information provided by the user interface. The method also comprises encrypting the transaction data, and generating a signal for vending the digital video disc from a vending apparatus. The transaction network is polled at predetermined periodic intervals, and the transaction data is transmitted via the transaction network upon a determination that the vending controller can be placed is capable of being placed in communication with the transaction network.

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REDBOX AUTOMATED RETAIL, LLCOAKBROOK TERRACE, IL24

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hoersten, Eric Chicago, IL 17 107
Lowe, J Mitch Mill Valley, CA 8 76

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NIPPON CONLUX CO., LTD. (1)
5,409,092 Vending system capable of renewing record of a prepaid card 134 1991
 
NOKIA CORPORATION (1)
7,209,893 Method of and a system for distributing electronic content 34 2000
 
NOKIA SIEMENS NETWORKS GMBH & CO. KG (1)
7,085,556 Vending machine 26 2001
 
NOKIA SIEMENS NETWORKS OY (1)
2005/0085,946 System and method for content vending 16 2003
 
NORTHCREST CORPORATION (1)
5,499,707 Automated merchandising kiosk 84 1995
 
NSM Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG (1)
4,995,498 Rental and vending machine, particularly for video cassettes, and cassette case for video cassettes 53 1989
 
OFFICINE MECCANICHE F.LLI MANEA S.R.L. (1)
2002/0046,123 Payment system for automatic vending machines 14 2001
 
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OMNICELL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
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2006/0212,360 Method and a system for computer software distribution using networked software dispensing vending machines 15 2005
 
PAR Microsystems, Inc. (1)
4,882,475 Synthesized speech-facilitated product preparation and/or delivery system and method 39 1987
 
PAULUCCI, JENO F. (1)
4,797,818 Food order/delivery system 136 1987
 
PELLETIER, FLORENT (1)
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PENN BUSINESS CREDIT, INC. (1)
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PEPSICO, INC. (1)
4,766,548 Telelink monitoring and reporting system 287 1987
 
Photo Vending Corporation (1)
4,519,522 Apparatus and method for storing and retrieving articles 171 1981
 
PRN CORPORATION (1)
6,366,914 Audiovisual content distribution system 90 1998
 
PROGRESS SOFTWARE CORPORATION (1)
6,199,141 Method and apparatus for virtual memory mapping and transaction management in an object-oriented database system 48 1995
 
PROMEGA CORPORATION (1)
2002/0183,882 RF point of sale and delivery method and system using communication with remote computer and having features to read a large number of RF tags 59 2002
 
PRONTO INTERNET SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
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PROOFPOINT, INC. (1)
6,584,564 Secure e-mail system 138 2000
 
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RealSelect, Inc. (1)
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REMOTE INC. (1)
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RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (1)
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RF CODE, INC. (1)
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SCHWARABERGER, MICHAEL V. (1)
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SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA, INC. (1)
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SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC (1)
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SET SECURE ELECTRONIC TRANSACTION LLC, A CORP. OF DELAWARE (1)
5,790,677 System and method for secure electronic commerce transactions 617 1995
 
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6,415,950 Distribution installation for packets 32 2000
 
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6,181,981 Apparatus and method for improved vending machine inventory maintenance 212 1996
 
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6,595,342 Method and apparatus for a biometrically-secured self-service kiosk system for guaranteed product delivery and return 78 2000
 
SOVEREIGN TECHNICAL SERVICES LTD., BALLACURRIE HOUSE, SUMMERHILL, ONCHAN, ISLE OF MAN. (1)
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5,323,327 On-the-fly cataloging of library cell contents in an automated robotic tape library 86 1992
 
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4,812,629 Method and apparatus for vending 194 1987
 
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4,415,065 Restaurant or retail vending facility 247 1980
4,722,053 Food service ordering terminal with video game capability 142 1982
4,547,851 Integrated interactive restaurant communication method for food and entertainment processing 108 1983
4,553,222 Integrated interactive restaurant communication system for food and entertainment processing 312 1983
4,569,421 Restaurant or retail vending facility 242 1983
4,567,359 Automatic information, goods and services dispensing system 447 1984
RE32115 Self-service terminal 156 1984
4,668,150 Vending machine for video cassettes 87 1985
4,675,515 Drive-through credit card payment device 80 1986
4,866,661 Computer controlled rental and sale system and method for a supermarket and the like 196 1986
4,734,005 Vending machine for video cassettes 64 1986
4,814,985 Sales limit indicator for an electronic cash register 22 1987
D308052 Lockable and removable slidein assembly for a hard disk drive 33 1987
4,893,727 Automated retail service delivery system 26 1988
5,020,958 Article vending machine 101 1989
5,042,686 Device for dispensing goods and use thereof 78 1989
4,941,841 Adapter and a removable slide-in cartridge for an information storage system 278 1989
5,077,462 Vending apparatus incorporating an improved closed loop positioning system 37 1990
5,139,384 Article vending machine 93 1991
5,445,295 Automated vending machine system for recorded goods 227 1992
5,273,183 Article vending machine 91 1992
RE34369 Adapter and a removable slide-in cartridge for an information storage system 49 1992
5,576,951 Automated sales and services system 362 1994
5,408,417 Automated ticket sales and dispensing system 320 1994
5,724,069 Special purpose terminal for interactive user interface 45 1994
5,769,269 Vending system 202 1996
5,930,771 Inventory control and remote monitoring apparatus and method for coin-operable vending machines 196 1996
5,988,431 Disk vending machine 29 1997
2001/0011,680 SELF-SERVICE KIOSK WITH BIOMETRIC VERIFICATION AND/ OR REGISTRATION CAPABILITY 70 1998
6,123,223 Automated vending system for floral arrangements 117 1998
6,466,830 Apparatus and method for producing electronic messages in a vending terminal 31 1999
6,527,176 Collective payment and control system 25 2000
6,397,126 Interfaced dispensing machines and remote automated payment and inventory management system 58 2000
2002/0074,397 Vending machine with age verification means 15 2000
2001/0035,425 Method of selling cellular telephones and other handheld electronic communications devices through use of vending machines 17 2001
2001/0027,357 Data vending system 13 2001
2001/0037,207 Methods and apparatus for automated item return processing 54 2001
2002/0195,491 Apparatus and method for--at the time rented video media is returned--identifying damage, generating damage documentation in remote data base, and providing customer record detailing damage 17 2001
6,587,748 Automated parts dispensing system 16 2001
6,711,465 Vending machine having a biometric verification system for authorizing the sales of regulated products 35 2002
6,655,580 System and method for renting or purchasing digital media 50 2002
2004/0079,798 Video rental/purchase system and methods 15 2002
2004/0133,466 Integrated distribution network for media storage units and changeable advertising using a media vending machine 15 2003
6,850,816 Method to activate a vending machine 15 2003
2003/0212,471 System, method and apparatus for remote dispensing of items 15 2003
2006/0096,997 Managing system for vending machine 14 2003
2004/0064,377 System and method for renting or purchasing digital media 22 2003
2005/0091,069 System and method for renting or purchasing goods via a communications network 27 2003
7,108,180 Vending machine with electronic payment media 19 2004
2006/0074,777 System including a handheld device for checking inventory of vending machines 15 2004
2005/0080,510 Determining the availability of purchasable items in a network environment 15 2004
2005/0197,855 Method and apparatus for renting items 16 2005
2005/0230,473 Method and apparatus for coupon management and redemption 19 2005
2005/0267,819 Network apparatus and method for preview of music products and compilation of market data 62 2005
2006/0026,031 Item rental process 21 2005
2007/0094,245 Computer-implemented system and method for obtaining customized information related to media content 18 2005
2007/0136,247 Computer-implemented system and method for obtaining customized information related to media content 17 2006
2006/0266,823 Authentication method and system for use in vending a restricted product or service 21 2006
2006/0231,612 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING VENDING MACHINE OFFERS 14 2006
2006/0231,614 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING VENDING MACHINE OFFERS 14 2006
2007/0156,442 RENTAL SYSTEM FOR TRAVEL KITS 14 2006
2007/0210,153 SYSTEM FOR VENDING PHYSICAL AND INFORMATION ITEMS 14 2007

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REDBOX AUTOMATED RETAIL, LLC (10)
7,797,077 System and method for managing vending inventory 10 2006
7,747,346 System and method for regulating vendible media products 13 2006
7,853,354 System and method for communicating vending information 7 2008
7,787,987 System and method for communicating vending information 9 2008
7,988,049 System and method for calibrating a vending apparatus 5 2008
8,060,247 System and method for communicating secondary vending options 3 2009
8,412,374 System and method for communicating vending information 1 2010
8,155,784 System and method for regulating vendible media products 0 2010
8,538,581 Article vending machine and method for authenticating received articles 0 2010
8,417,380 System and method for communicating vending information 0 2010
 
CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC. (1)
8,244,579 Method and apparatus for distributing enforceable property rights 0 2006
 
INTERACTIVE VENDING CORPORATION (1)
8,386,074 Vending machine 0 2010
 
NCR CORPORATION (1)
8,498,738 Methods to broadcast status of a self-service dispensing device 0 2010
 
The Coca-Cola Company (1)
8,340,815 Systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions 1 2008

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