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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Patent Owner(s)

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REDBOX AUTOMATED RETAIL, LLCOAKBROOK TERRACE, IL25

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hoersten, Eric Chicago, IL 17 135
Lowe, J Mitch Mill Valley, CA 8 94

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2006/0095,286 Rental service server and rental service system 25 2005
 
NEWZOOM, INC. (1)
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NEXTCHOICE, INC. (1)
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NIPPON CONLUX CO., LTD. (1)
5,409,092 Vending system capable of renewing record of a prepaid card 145 1991
 
NOKIA CORPORATION (1)
7,209,893 Method of and a system for distributing electronic content 40 2000
 
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7,085,556 Vending machine 34 2001
 
NOKIA SIEMENS NETWORKS OY (1)
2005/0085,946 System and method for content vending 18 2003
 
NORTHCREST CORPORATION (1)
5,499,707 Automated merchandising kiosk 86 1995
 
NSM Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG (1)
4,995,498 Rental and vending machine, particularly for video cassettes, and cassette case for video cassettes 55 1989
 
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* 4,847,764 System for dispensing drugs in health care institutions 420 1987
 
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2006/0212,360 Method and a system for computer software distribution using networked software dispensing vending machines 17 2005
 
PAR Microsystems, Inc. (1)
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PAULUCCI, JENO F. (1)
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PENN BUSINESS CREDIT, INC. (1)
4,959,686 Automated shopping order entry system 62 1988
 
PEPSICO, INC. (1)
4,766,548 Telelink monitoring and reporting system 305 1987
 
Photo Vending Corporation (1)
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PROOFPOINT, INC. (1)
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RealSelect, Inc. (1)
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2003/0004,828 Prepaid card authorization and security system 138 2002
 
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5,077,607 Cable television transaction terminal 286 1989
 
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2002/0095,680 Personal movie storage module 37 2001
 
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6,415,950 Distribution installation for packets 34 2000
 
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6,181,981 Apparatus and method for improved vending machine inventory maintenance 225 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 92 2000
 
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6,126,036 Apparatus for dispensing articles 19 1998
 
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6,286,139 Internet-based video ordering system and method 87 1998
 
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4,812,629 Method and apparatus for vending 203 1987
 
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VENDONET, INC. (1)
5,822,216 Vending machine and computer assembly 158 1996
 
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4,947,028 Automated order and payment system 673 1988
 
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6,466,658 Power and telecommunications access vending machine 33 2001
 
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4,415,065 Restaurant or retail vending facility 252 1980
4,722,053 Food service ordering terminal with video game capability 155 1982
4,547,851 Integrated interactive restaurant communication method for food and entertainment processing 123 1983
4,553,222 Integrated interactive restaurant communication system for food and entertainment processing 338 1983
4,569,421 Restaurant or retail vending facility 247 1983
4,567,359 Automatic information, goods and services dispensing system 485 1984
RE32115 Self-service terminal 164 1984
4,668,150 Vending machine for video cassettes 95 1985
4,675,515 Drive-through credit card payment device 82 1986
4,866,661 Computer controlled rental and sale system and method for a supermarket and the like 202 1986
4,734,005 Vending machine for video cassettes 71 1986
4,814,985 Sales limit indicator for an electronic cash register 24 1987
D308052 Lockable and removable slidein assembly for a hard disk drive 35 1987
4,893,727 Automated retail service delivery system 28 1988
5,020,958 Article vending machine 107 1989
5,042,686 Device for dispensing goods and use thereof 84 1989
4,941,841 Adapter and a removable slide-in cartridge for an information storage system 282 1989
5,077,462 Vending apparatus incorporating an improved closed loop positioning system 39 1990
5,139,384 Article vending machine 105 1991
5,445,295 Automated vending machine system for recorded goods 246 1992
5,273,183 Article vending machine 97 1992
RE34369 Adapter and a removable slide-in cartridge for an information storage system 51 1992
5,576,951 Automated sales and services system 396 1994
5,408,417 Automated ticket sales and dispensing system 344 1994
5,724,069 Special purpose terminal for interactive user interface 47 1994
5,769,269 Vending system 214 1996
5,930,771 Inventory control and remote monitoring apparatus and method for coin-operable vending machines 202 1996
5,988,431 Disk vending machine 31 1997
2001/0011,680 SELF-SERVICE KIOSK WITH BIOMETRIC VERIFICATION AND/ OR REGISTRATION CAPABILITY 74 1998
* 6,123,223 Automated vending system for floral arrangements 121 1998
6,466,830 Apparatus and method for producing electronic messages in a vending terminal 34 1999
6,527,176 Collective payment and control system 27 2000
6,397,126 Interfaced dispensing machines and remote automated payment and inventory management system 60 2000
2002/0074,397 Vending machine with age verification means 19 2000
2001/0035,425 Method of selling cellular telephones and other handheld electronic communications devices through use of vending machines 19 2001
2001/0027,357 Data vending system 15 2001
2001/0037,207 Methods and apparatus for automated item return processing 64 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 19 2001
6,587,748 Automated parts dispensing system 19 2001
6,711,465 Vending machine having a biometric verification system for authorizing the sales of regulated products 39 2002
6,655,580 System and method for renting or purchasing digital media 53 2002
2004/0079,798 Video rental/purchase system and methods 18 2002
2004/0133,466 Integrated distribution network for media storage units and changeable advertising using a media vending machine 20 2003
6,850,816 Method to activate a vending machine 18 2003
2003/0212,471 System, method and apparatus for remote dispensing of items 17 2003
2006/0096,997 Managing system for vending machine 18 2003
2004/0064,377 System and method for renting or purchasing digital media 25 2003
2005/0091,069 System and method for renting or purchasing goods via a communications network 29 2003
7,108,180 Vending machine with electronic payment media 23 2004
2006/0074,777 System including a handheld device for checking inventory of vending machines 18 2004
2005/0080,510 Determining the availability of purchasable items in a network environment 17 2004
2005/0197,855 Method and apparatus for renting items 18 2005
2005/0230,473 Method and apparatus for coupon management and redemption 23 2005
2005/0267,819 Network apparatus and method for preview of music products and compilation of market data 86 2005
2006/0026,031 Item rental process 23 2005
2007/0094,245 Computer-implemented system and method for obtaining customized information related to media content 21 2005
2007/0136,247 Computer-implemented system and method for obtaining customized information related to media content 20 2006
2006/0266,823 Authentication method and system for use in vending a restricted product or service 23 2006
2006/0231,612 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING VENDING MACHINE OFFERS 16 2006
2006/0231,614 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING VENDING MACHINE OFFERS 17 2006
2007/0156,442 RENTAL SYSTEM FOR TRAVEL KITS 16 2006
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REDBOX AUTOMATED RETAIL, LLC (12)
7,797,077 System and method for managing vending inventory 12 2006
7,747,346 System and method for regulating vendible media products 15 2006
* 7,853,354 System and method for communicating vending information 9 2008
7,787,987 System and method for communicating vending information 11 2008
7,988,049 System and method for calibrating a vending apparatus 8 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
* 8,768,789 System and method for optimizing utilization of inventory space for dispensable articles 0 2012
* 8,712,872 System and method for optimizing utilization of inventory space for dispensable articles 0 2012
 
The Coca-Cola Company (4)
8,755,932 Systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions 0 2008
8,751,037 Systems and methods for dispensing consumable products 0 2008
* 8,744,618 Systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions 0 2008
8,340,815 Systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions 7 2008
 
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 1 2010
 
NCR CORPORATION (1)
* 8,498,738 Methods to broadcast status of a self-service dispensing device 0 2010
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