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)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
REDBOX AUTOMATED RETAIL, LLCOAKBROOK TERRACE, IL32

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hoersten, Eric Chicago, US 13 205
Lowe, J Mitch Mill Valley, US 5 131

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AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES CORPORATION (1)
6,708,879 Automated unmanned rental system and method 52 2001
 
WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORPORATION (1)
4,775,935 Video merchandising system with variable and adoptive product sequence presentation order 544 1986
 
NCR CORPORATION (14)
5,761,071 Browser kiosk system 145 1996
6,002,395 System and method for building, testing and integrating a graphical touch user interface 57 1996
6,062,478 Method of operating a retail terminal having a core module assembly which is movable between a number of base assemblies 48 1998
6,078,848 Browser kiosk system 125 1998
6,397,199 System and method of altering transaction terms based upon current inventory levels 38 1998
6,522,772 Self-service checkout terminal having a biometric sensing device for verifying identity of a user and associated method 226 1998
6,311,165 Transaction processing systems 270 1999
6,334,110 System and method for analyzing customer transactions and interactions 246 1999
6,456,981 Method and apparatus for displaying a customized advertising message with a retail terminal 150 2000
7,406,693 Method of controlling applications 18 2001
6,923,371 Authorization code 25 2003
7,350,230 Wireless security module 58 2003
2005/0096,936 System for distributing and vending data 25 2004
7,347,359 Self-service terminal 24 2005
 
Bulldog Investments, LP (1)
2004/0158,871 Automated digital media vending apparatus 35 2004
 
JOFEMAR, S.A. (2)
2004/0010,340 User identification system for automatic vending machines 21 2002
2004/0030,446 Control system for automatic vending machines 20 2003
 
Cubic Western Data (1)
4,449,186 Touch panel passenger self-ticketing system 266 1981
 
NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY (1)
7,209,893 Method of and a system for distributing electronic content 49 2000
 
AVS, Inc. (1)
5,028,766 Automated rental system 92 1988
 
MEDIA QUEUE, LLC (12)
2004/0158,503 Media queue monitor 28 2004
2004/0158,504 Method of providing access to playable media 24 2004
2004/0162,783 Media queue replenisher 69 2004
2004/0172,274 Media auto exchange system and method 25 2004
2004/0172,275 Media exchange system & method 26 2004
2004/0172,342 System for providing access to playable media 24 2004
2004/0243,479 Method of monitoring electronic commerce queue 25 2004
2004/0243,480 Method of controlling electronic commerce queue 28 2004
2006/0149,685 Method of processing rental requests and returns 25 2006
2006/0155,575 Media delivery prioritization system and method 32 2006
2006/0212,367 Method of selecting and distributing items to consumers of electronic media 30 2006
2006/0241,967 Playable Media Delivery Capacity Exchange Method 24 2006
 
THE RETURN EXCHANGE (2)
2006/0235,746 Systems and methods for providing a reward at a point of return 36 2006
2006/0235,747 Systems and methods for determining whether to offer a reward at a point of return 60 2006
 
XYLON LLC (2)
2004/0260,600 System & method for predicting demand for items 31 2004
2004/0267,604 System & method for influencing recommender system 151 2004
 
Audit Systems Company (1)
5,442,568 Vending machine audit monitoring system 57 1994
 
RF Code, Inc. (1)
2005/0060,246 System, method, and computer program product for monitoring inventory 56 2004
 
STORAGE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (1)
5,323,327 On-the-fly cataloging of library cell contents in an automated robotic tape library 93 1992
 
American Greetings Corporation (4)
5,550,746 Method and apparatus for storing and selectively retrieving product data by correlating customer selection criteria with optimum product designs based on embedded expert judgments 269 1994
5,768,142 Method and apparatus for storing and selectively retrieving product data based on embedded expert suitability ratings 210 1995
5,875,110 Method and system for vending products 184 1995
6,360,139 Method and system for vending products 59 1998
 
SUPPLYPRO, INC. (1)
5,205,436 Maine tool dispensing device and system 91 1991
 
Universal Automated Systems, Inc. (1)
5,091,713 Inventory, cash, security, and maintenance control apparatus and method for a plurality of remote vending machines 417 1990
 
OWEN HEALTHCARE, INC. (1)
* 4,847,764 System for dispensing drugs in health care institutions 475 1987
 
I.V.D.M. LTD. (1)
4,903,815 Automatic vending machine and system for dispensing articles 109 1988
 
VENDONET, INC. (1)
5,822,216 Vending machine and computer assembly 168 1996
 
AIMIA PROPRIETARY LOYALTY U.S. INC. (2)
5,923,016 In-store points redemption system & method 357 1996
6,138,911 In-store points redemption system and method 235 1999
 
IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES PTY LTD (1)
2002/0125,314 Methods and apparatus for producing a vending machine inventory status signal 20 2001
 
beenz.com inc. (1)
6,039,244 Method of building up a data bank containing customer data and/or for the organization of a rebate or coupon system 168 1997
 
LaserVend, Inc. (1)
5,748,485 Software vending machine having CD-ROM storage 84 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 75 2002
 
WARDLRAFT, INC. (1)
7,058,581 System and method of distributing and returning products 48 1999
 
ABM Industries, Inc. (1)
4,789,054 Vending machine for returnable cartridges 63 1987
 
THE WESTERN UNION COMPANY (1)
2006/0242,059 Transaction settlement using value exchange systems and methods 21 2005
 
HITACHI, LTD. (3)
5,383,111 Visual merchandizing (VMD) control method and system 106 1990
5,313,392 Method for supporting merchandise management operation and system therefor 48 1991
6,367,696 IC card processing device, automatic vending device, and selling method 37 2000
 
SKYWIRE, LTD. (1)
6,181,981 Apparatus and method for improved vending machine inventory maintenance 252 1996
 
REDBOX AUTOMATED RETAIL, LLC (8)
* 5,159,560 Automated merchandise dispensing and retrieval system 124 1990
2002/0046,122 System and kiosk for commerce of optical media through multiple locations 56 2001
7,234,609 Article dispensing system and method for same 55 2004
7,366,586 System and method for communicating vending information 36 2006
2006/0259,192 System and method for regulating vendible media products 26 2006
2006/0272,922 System and method for offline vending of a media product 30 2006
2007/0050,266 System and kiosk for commerce of optical media through multiple locations 32 2006
2007/0051,802 System and kiosk for commerce of optical media through multiple locations 28 2006
 
Automated Merchandising Systems, Inc. (1)
6,794,634 Optical vend-sensing system for control of vending machine 37 2000
 
APPLE INC. (1)
2006/0095,339 Reservation of digital media items 54 2004
 
GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC (1)
7,233,916 Method and system for tracking content rental 25 2004
 
BILLY PUGH COMPANY, INC. (1)
4,789,045 Swing rope 38 1987
 
PENN BUSINESS CREDIT, INC. (1)
4,959,686 Automated shopping order entry system 66 1988
 
ERIE COUNTY INVESTMENT CO., THE (3)
5,235,509 Customer self-ordering system using information displayed on a screen 269 1989
5,128,862 Customer operable system for a retail store or fast-food restaurant having plural ordering stations 225 1990
5,353,219 Suggestive selling in a customer self-ordering system 227 1993
 
COPYPRO, INC. (1)
6,327,230 Disk process and transport mechanism for host machines 51 1999
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA (1)
2001/0011,252 INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD 33 1999
 
INTER*ACT SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
4,982,346 Mall promotion network apparatus and method 364 1988
 
Asahi Seiko Co., Ltd. (1)
6,050,448 Card dispensing cassette 28 1998
 
York Eggleston (1)
6,061,660 System and method for incentive programs and award fulfillment 600 1998
 
DIGITAL ON-DEMAND, INC. (1)
5,418,713 Apparatus and method for an on demand data delivery system for the preview, selection, retrieval and reproduction at a remote location of previously recorded or programmed materials 596 1993
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (11)
4,650,977 Automatic self service machine system and method 128 1983
4,945,428 Method of managing a media library 56 1988
5,105,069 Self-service transaction apparatus and method 50 1989
5,319,705 Method and system for multimedia access control enablement 726 1992
5,504,675 Method and apparatus for automatic selection and presentation of sales promotion programs 296 1994
6,336,098 Method for electronic distribution and redemption of coupons on the world wide web 176 1997
6,748,539 System and method for securely checking in and checking out digitized content 56 2000
7,236,946 Operation of control system for ensuring availability of purchasable items in networked machines 39 2001
2003/0061,094 Service discovery in a network of automatic product/service dispensing machines 51 2001
2007/0130,020 Consumer representation rendering with selected merchandise 33 2005
2007/0156,578 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING A NUMBER OF FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS 20 2006
 
MUZE INC. (1)
6,134,547 Computerized method and system for user-interactive, multimedia cataloguing, navigation and previewing of film and films on video 115 1996
 
CIMETRICS, INC. (1)
* 6,250,452 Vending data collection system 46 1999
 
CHECKFREE CORPORATION (1)
6,289,322 Electronic bill processing 381 1998
 
FUJITSU LIMITED (4)
6,965,869 Service point management system for use in sales promotion services 46 1997
6,076,101 Electronic mail processing system with bonus point tracking 176 1997
6,125,353 Mall server with product search capability 110 1997
6,179,206 Electronic shopping system having self-scanning price check and purchasing terminal 212 1998
 
Coin Acceptors, Inc. (1)
4,991,739 Vending machine 45 1988
 
AVT, INC. (1)
2007/0095,901 Wireless management of remote vending machines 26 2006
 
FIRST DATA CORPORATION (4)
2003/0167,231 Method and system for processing credit card payments 31 2002
2004/0006,537 Method and system for processing credit card related transactions 34 2003
2005/0177,494 Method and system for processing electronic financial transactions 38 2004
2006/0273,152 Dynamic aggregation of payment transactions 82 2005
 
LANIEL CANADA INC. (1)
5,734,150 Electronic funds acceptor for vending machines 93 1995
 
HOME ACCOUNT NETWORK, INC. (1)
5,644,727 System for the operation and management of one or more financial accounts through the use of a digital communication and computation system for exchange, investment and borrowing 643 1994
 
Spectra Logic Corporation (2)
5,555,143 Data cartridge library system architecture 42 1995
5,682,276 Data cartridge library system architecture 34 1996
 
Hamilton Safe Company, Inc. (2)
5,984,509 Cash and rotary rolled coin dispensing apparatus 29 1998
6,202,006 Cassette for a rotary rolled coin dispenser 29 1999
 
CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. (2)
4,649,481 Electronic cash register with means to store and correlate data on a customer by customer basis 45 1985
6,644,455 Rental system, machine and method for providing rental items 37 2001
 
Artemis, Inc. (1)
2004/0016,620 Method for providing vendable items of entertainment 33 2003
 
BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (1)
4,414,467 Vending ordering terminal 137 1981
 
SOFTCARD SYSTEMS, INC. (2)
5,956,694 System and method for distributing and processing discount coupons 97 1997
6,243,687 Kiosk systems and methods for issuing a card storing electronic coupons, after receiving data about a customer 87 1998
 
WEISTECH, INC. (1)
* 5,941,363 Vending data collection system 104 1996
 
CHESTERFIELD HOLDINGS, LLC (2)
6,792,334 Vending machine for vending age-restricted products using an authorization card and associated methods 47 2001
6,539,282 Vending machine for vending age-restricted products using a credit card and associated methods 57 2001
 
PAYPAL, INC. (1)
2006/0041,508 Method and system for tracking fraudulent activity 80 2004
 
ENTEGRITY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION (2)
5,943,423 Smart token system for secure electronic transactions and identification 360 1995
5,850,442 Secure world wide electronic commerce over an open network 705 1996
 
SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC (1)
2002/0095,680 Personal movie storage module 49 2001
 
Key Control Holding, Inc. (2)
6,707,380 Inventoriable-object control and tracking system 39 2001
6,707,381 Object tracking method and system with object identification and verification 169 2002
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (2)
7,174,317 Debit purchasing of stored value card for use by and/or delivery to others 47 2004
7,191,952 Selectable multi-purpose card 106 2004
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (1)
6,058,373 System and method for processing electronic order forms 273 1996
 
MURPHY USA INC. (1)
5,873,069 System and method for automatic updating and display of retail prices 402 1995
 
VENDING MANAGEMENT SERVICES LIMITED (2)
5,207,784 Vending machine with monitoring system 158 1991
6,980,887 Apparatus and method for improved vending machine inventory maintenance 65 2001
 
NEWZOOM, INC. (1)
6,264,104 Vending device with remote electronic shopping facility 79 1996
 
LOBAR CODE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. DBA SCANAPS (1)
7,240,843 Universal club card and real-time coupon validation 91 2003
 
FASTCORP, LLC (1)
2004/0256,402 Machine for vending articles and methods associated therewith 21 2004
 
Midway Video, Ltd. (1)
4,860,876 Article vending machine employing unique robotic arm and the robotic arm employed therein 50 1987
 
Inspired Broadcast Networks Limited (1)
2006/0190,345 Vending equipment 23 2005
 
TOSHIBA GLOBAL COMMERCE SOLUTIONS HOLDINGS CORPORATION (1)
2005/0289,032 System and method for tracking the return of loaned or rented items 30 2004
 
PROOFPOINT, INC. (1)
6,584,564 Secure e-mail system 183 2000
 
Digital River, Inc. (1)
2005/0154,676 Electronic commerce system method for detecting fraud 17 2005
 
EL PAIS S.A. (1)
2002/0133,269 Product vending machines and software therefor 23 2001
 
EGAPRO Patent AG (1)
5,085,308 Apparatus for collecting articles 24 1989
 
Syncada LLC (1)
2005/0283,434 Recurring transaction processing system and approach 37 2005
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Patent Citation Ranking

Forward Cite Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
NCR CORPORATION (2)
* 8,498,738 Methods to broadcast status of a self-service dispensing device 0 2010
* 2012/0158,172 METHODS TO BROADCAST STATUS OF A SELF-SERVICE DISPENSING DEVICE 4 2010
 
CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC. (2)
* 8,244,579 Method and apparatus for distributing enforceable property rights 0 2006
* 2006/0167,816 Method and apparatus for distributing enforceable property rights 12 2006
 
Interactive Vending Corporation (1)
8,386,074 Vending machine 2 2010
 
BRANCHANYWHERE, LLC (1)
* 2011/0231,007 AUTOMATED LIBRARY 0 2011
 
The Coca-Cola Company (6)
9,051,162 Systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions 0 2008
8,755,932 Systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions 3 2008
8,751,037 Systems and methods for dispensing consumable products 1 2008
* 8,744,618 Systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions 3 2008
8,340,815 Systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions 15 2008
9,014,846 Systems and methods for providing portion control programming in a product forming dispenser 0 2012
 
REDBOX AUTOMATED RETAIL, LLC (21)
7,797,077 System and method for managing vending inventory 20 2006
7,747,346 System and method for regulating vendible media products 20 2006
* 2006/0254,862 System and method for selling a rental media product 18 2006
* 7,853,354 System and method for communicating vending information 14 2008
7,787,987 System and method for communicating vending information 16 2008
* 2009/0005,905 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING VENDING INFORMATION 3 2008
7,988,049 System and method for calibrating a vending apparatus 10 2008
8,060,247 System and method for communicating secondary vending options 5 2009
9,104,990 Article vending machine and method for exchanging an inoperable article for an operable article 0 2009
8,996,162 Article vending machine and method for exchanging an inoperable article for an operable article 0 2009
8,412,374 System and method for communicating vending information 2 2010
* 2010/0318,219 System and Method for Communicating Vending Information 13 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 2 2010
* 8,768,789 System and method for optimizing utilization of inventory space for dispensable articles 1 2012
* 8,712,872 System and method for optimizing utilization of inventory space for dispensable articles 1 2012
* 2013/0238,115 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING UTILIZATION OF INVENTORY SPACE FOR DISPENSABLE ARTICLES 3 2012
* 2013/0238,116 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING UTILIZATION OF INVENTORY SPACE FOR DISPENSABLE ARTICLES 0 2012
9,348,822 System and method for generating notifications related to new media 0 2012
9,286,617 System and method for applying parental control limits from content providers to media content 0 2012
 
KYOCERA CORPORATION (1)
* 2009/0307,489 Mobile Communication Equipment and Method of Controlling Same 12 2007
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