System and method for offline vending of a media product

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7499768
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11408630

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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, IL52

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Hoersten, Eric Chicago, US 14 426
Lowe, J Mitch Mill Valley, US 7 231

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NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY (1)
7209893 Method of and a system for distributing electronic content 69 2000
 
AVS, Inc. (1)
5028766 Automated rental system 112 1988
 
Media Queue, LLC (12)
2004/0158,503 Media queue monitor 44 2004
2004/0158,504 Method of providing access to playable media 38 2004
2004/0162,783 Media queue replenisher 87 2004
2004/0172,274 Media auto exchange system and method 40 2004
2004/0172,275 Media exchange system & method 41 2004
2004/0172,342 System for providing access to playable media 38 2004
2004/0243,479 Method of monitoring electronic commerce queue 42 2004
2004/0243,480 Method of controlling electronic commerce queue 42 2004
2006/0149,685 Method of processing rental requests and returns 39 2006
2006/0155,575 Media delivery prioritization system and method 56 2006
2006/0212,367 Method of selecting and distributing items to consumers of electronic media 53 2006
2006/0241,967 Playable Media Delivery Capacity Exchange Method 38 2006
 
THE RETURN EXCHANGE (2)
2006/0235,746 Systems and methods for providing a reward at a point of return 61 2006
2006/0235,747 Systems and methods for determining whether to offer a reward at a point of return 87 2006
 
XYLON LLC (2)
2004/0260,600 System & method for predicting demand for items 52 2004
2004/0267,604 System & method for influencing recommender system 195 2004
 
Audit Systems Company (1)
5442568 Vending machine audit monitoring system 72 1994
 
RF CODE, INC. (1)
2005/0060,246 System, method, and computer program product for monitoring inventory 77 2004
 
STORAGE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (1)
5323327 On-the-fly cataloging of library cell contents in an automated robotic tape library 111 1992
 
AMERICAN GREETINGS CORPORATION (4)
5550746 Method and apparatus for storing and selectively retrieving product data by correlating customer selection criteria with optimum product designs based on embedded expert judgments 304 1994
5768142 Method and apparatus for storing and selectively retrieving product data based on embedded expert suitability ratings 239 1995
5875110 Method and system for vending products 206 1995
6360139 Method and system for vending products 78 1998
 
SupplyPro, Inc. (1)
5205436 Maine tool dispensing device and system 116 1991
 
Universal Automated Systems, Inc. (1)
5091713 Inventory, cash, security, and maintenance control apparatus and method for a plurality of remote vending machines 467 1990
 
OWEN HEALTHCARE, INC. (1)
* 4847764 System for dispensing drugs in health care institutions 538 1987
 
I.V.D.M. LTD. (1)
4903815 Automatic vending machine and system for dispensing articles 130 1988
 
VENDONET, INC. (1)
5822216 Vending machine and computer assembly 200 1996
 
AIMIA PROPRIETARY LOYALTY U.S. INC. (2)
5923016 In-store points redemption system & method 440 1996
6138911 In-store points redemption system and method 265 1999
 
IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES PTY LTD (1)
2002/0125,314 Methods and apparatus for producing a vending machine inventory status signal 34 2001
 
BEENZ.COM INC., A CORPORATION OF DELAWARE (1)
6039244 Method of building up a data bank containing customer data and/or for the organization of a rebate or coupon system 218 1997
 
LaserVend, Inc. (1)
5748485 Software vending machine having CD-ROM storage 100 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 101 2002
 
WARDLRAFT, INC. (1)
7058581 System and method of distributing and returning products 66 1999
 
ABM Industries, Inc. (1)
4789054 Vending machine for returnable cartridges 80 1987
 
THE WESTERN UNION COMPANY (1)
2006/0242,059 Transaction settlement using value exchange systems and methods 36 2005
 
HITACHI, LTD. (3)
5383111 Visual merchandizing (VMD) control method and system 121 1990
5313392 Method for supporting merchandise management operation and system therefor 62 1991
6367696 IC card processing device, automatic vending device, and selling method 51 2000
 
SKYWIRE, LTD. (1)
6181981 Apparatus and method for improved vending machine inventory maintenance 279 1996
 
REDBOX AUTOMATED RETAIL, LLC (8)
* 5159560 Automated merchandise dispensing and retrieval system 144 1990
2002/0046,122 System and kiosk for commerce of optical media through multiple locations 82 2001
7234609 Article dispensing system and method for same 93 2004
7366586 System and method for communicating vending information 54 2006
2006/0259,192 System and method for regulating vendible media products 38 2006
2006/0272,922 System and method for offline vending of a media product 41 2006
2007/0050,266 System and kiosk for commerce of optical media through multiple locations 50 2006
2007/0051,802 System and kiosk for commerce of optical media through multiple locations 45 2006
 
AUTOMATED MERCHANDISING SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
6794634 Optical vend-sensing system for control of vending machine 52 2000
 
APPLE INC. (1)
2006/0095,339 Reservation of digital media items 73 2004
 
Billy Pugh Company, Inc. (1)
4789045 Swing rope 56 1987
 
PENN BUSINESS CREDIT, INC. (1)
4959686 Automated shopping order entry system 82 1988
 
COPYPRO, INC. (1)
6327230 Disk process and transport mechanism for host machines 68 1999
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA (1)
2001/0011,252 INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD 49 1999
 
INTER*ACT SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED (1)
4982346 Mall promotion network apparatus and method 404 1988
 
ASAHI SEIKO CO., LTD. (1)
6050448 Card dispensing cassette 44 1998
 
York Eggleston (1)
6061660 System and method for incentive programs and award fulfillment 657 1998
 
DIGITAL ON-DEMAND, INC. (1)
5418713 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 660 1993
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (11)
4650977 Automatic self service machine system and method 144 1983
4945428 Method of managing a media library 71 1988
5105069 Self-service transaction apparatus and method 65 1989
5319705 Method and system for multimedia access control enablement 764 1992
5504675 Method and apparatus for automatic selection and presentation of sales promotion programs 329 1994
6336098 Method for electronic distribution and redemption of coupons on the world wide web 210 1997
6748539 System and method for securely checking in and checking out digitized content 81 2000
7236946 Operation of control system for ensuring availability of purchasable items in networked machines 53 2001
2003/0061,094 Service discovery in a network of automatic product/service dispensing machines 68 2001
2007/0130,020 Consumer representation rendering with selected merchandise 54 2005
2007/0156,578 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING A NUMBER OF FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS 34 2006
 
Muze, Inc. (1)
6134547 Computerized method and system for user-interactive, multimedia cataloguing, navigation and previewing of film and films on video 151 1996
 
CIMETRICS, INC. (1)
* 6250452 Vending data collection system 63 1999
 
CHECKFREE CORPORATION (1)
6289322 Electronic bill processing 420 1998
 
FUJITSU LIMITED (4)
6965869 Service point management system for use in sales promotion services 62 1997
6076101 Electronic mail processing system with bonus point tracking 220 1997
6125353 Mall server with product search capability 131 1997
6179206 Electronic shopping system having self-scanning price check and purchasing terminal 255 1998
 
COIN ACCEPTORS, INC. (1)
4991739 Vending machine 63 1988
 
AVT, INC. (1)
2007/0095,901 Wireless management of remote vending machines 42 2006
 
FIRST DATA CORPORATION (4)
2003/0167,231 Method and system for processing credit card payments 46 2002
2004/0006,537 Method and system for processing credit card related transactions 49 2003
2005/0177,494 Method and system for processing electronic financial transactions 58 2004
2006/0273,152 Dynamic aggregation of payment transactions 107 2005
 
LANIEL CANADA INC. (1)
5734150 Electronic funds acceptor for vending machines 111 1995
 
HOME ACCOUNT NETWORK, INC. (1)
5644727 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 746 1994
 
Spectra Logic Corporation (2)
5555143 Data cartridge library system architecture 56 1995
5682276 Data cartridge library system architecture 48 1996
 
Hamilton Safe Company (2)
5984509 Cash and rotary rolled coin dispensing apparatus 45 1998
6202006 Cassette for a rotary rolled coin dispenser 57 1999
 
CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. (2)
4649481 Electronic cash register with means to store and correlate data on a customer by customer basis 60 1985
6644455 Rental system, machine and method for providing rental items 51 2001
 
Artemis, Inc. (1)
2004/0016,620 Method for providing vendable items of entertainment 50 2003
 
BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (1)
4414467 Vending ordering terminal 155 1981
 
TRADEWARE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (3)
5235509 Customer self-ordering system using information displayed on a screen 300 1989
5128862 Customer operable system for a retail store or fast-food restaurant having plural ordering stations 262 1990
5353219 Suggestive selling in a customer self-ordering system 252 1993
 
SOFTCARD SYSTEMS, INC. (2)
5956694 System and method for distributing and processing discount coupons 125 1997
6243687 Kiosk systems and methods for issuing a card storing electronic coupons, after receiving data about a customer 114 1998
 
WEISTECH, INC. (1)
* 5941363 Vending data collection system 129 1996
 
CHESTERFIELD HOLDINGS, LLC (2)
6792334 Vending machine for vending age-restricted products using an authorization card and associated methods 61 2001
6539282 Vending machine for vending age-restricted products using a credit card and associated methods 71 2001
 
PAYPAL, INC. (1)
2006/0041,508 Method and system for tracking fraudulent activity 110 2004
 
ENTEGRITY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION (2)
5943423 Smart token system for secure electronic transactions and identification 408 1995
5850442 Secure world wide electronic commerce over an open network 767 1996
 
SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC (1)
2002/0095,680 Personal movie storage module 72 2001
 
KEY CONTROL HOLDING, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION (2)
6707380 Inventoriable-object control and tracking system 55 2001
6707381 Object tracking method and system with object identification and verification 208 2002
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (2)
7174317 Debit purchasing of stored value card for use by and/or delivery to others 62 2004
7191952 Selectable multi-purpose card 127 2004
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (1)
6058373 System and method for processing electronic order forms 312 1996
 
MURPHY USA INC. (1)
5873069 System and method for automatic updating and display of retail prices 455 1995
 
VENDING MANAGEMENT SERVICES LIMITED (2)
5207784 Vending machine with monitoring system 184 1991
6980887 Apparatus and method for improved vending machine inventory maintenance 83 2001
 
NEWZOOM, INC. (1)
6264104 Vending device with remote electronic shopping facility 105 1996
 
Lobar Code Technologies, Inc. (1)
7240843 Universal club card and real-time coupon validation 110 2003
 
FASTCORP, LLC (1)
2004/0256,402 Machine for vending articles and methods associated therewith 35 2004
 
Midway Video, Ltd. (1)
4860876 Article vending machine employing unique robotic arm and the robotic arm employed therein 67 1987
 
Inspired Broadcast Networks Limited (1)
2006/0190,345 Vending equipment 39 2005
 
TOSHIBA GLOBAL COMMERCE SOLUTIONS HOLDINGS CORPORATION (1)
2005/0289,032 System and method for tracking the return of loaned or rented items 46 2004
 
PROOFPOINT, INC. (1)
6584564 Secure e-mail system 227 2000
 
DIGITAL RIVER, INC. (1)
2005/0154,676 Electronic commerce system method for detecting fraud 23 2005
 
EL PAIS S.A. (1)
2002/0133,269 Product vending machines and software therefor 37 2001
 
EGAPRO Patent AG (1)
5085308 Apparatus for collecting articles 38 1989
 
SYNCADA LLC (1)
2005/0283,434 Recurring transaction processing system and approach 54 2005
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Parata Systems, LLC (1)
9399543 Automated pharmacy system for dispensing unit doses of pharmaceuticals and the like 0 2014
 
NCR CORPORATION (2)
* 8498738 Methods to broadcast status of a self-service dispensing device 0 2010
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CONTENTGUARD HOLDINGS, INC. (2)
* 8244579 Method and apparatus for distributing enforceable property rights 2 2006
* 2006/0167,816 Method and apparatus for distributing enforceable property rights 18 2006
 
Interactive Vending Corporation (1)
8386074 Vending machine 4 2010
 
KYOCERA CORPORATION (1)
* 2009/0307,489 Mobile Communication Equipment and Method of Controlling Same 12 2007
 
BRANCHANYWHERE, LLC (1)
* 2011/0231,007 AUTOMATED LIBRARY 3 2011
 
THE COCA-COLA COMPANY (10)
9670047 Systems and methods for providing dynamic ingredient matrix reconfiguration in a product dispenser 0 2008
9051162 Systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions 3 2008
8755932 Systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions 7 2008
8751037 Systems and methods for dispensing consumable products 3 2008
* 8744618 Systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions 18 2008
8340815 Systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions 26 2008
* 2009/0069,931 Systems and Methods for Facilitating Consumer-Dispenser Interactions 21 2008
* 2009/0069,949 Systems and Methods for Providing Dynamic Ingredient Matrix Reconfiguration in a Product Dispenser 22 2008
9014846 Systems and methods for providing portion control programming in a product forming dispenser 3 2012
9499382 Systems and methods for monitoring and controlling the dispense of a plurality of product forming ingredients 0 2013
 
REDBOX AUTOMATED RETAIL, LLC (36)
7797077 System and method for managing vending inventory 39 2006
7747346 System and method for regulating vendible media products 37 2006
* 2006/0254,862 System and method for selling a rental media product 38 2006
* 2009/0089,187 Article Vending Machine And Method for Auditing Inventory While Article Vending Machine Remains Operational 32 2007
* 7853354 System and method for communicating vending information 29 2008
7787987 System and method for communicating vending information 32 2008
* 2009/0005,905 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING VENDING INFORMATION 9 2008
7988049 System and method for calibrating a vending apparatus 24 2008
8060247 System and method for communicating secondary vending options 17 2009
9104990 Article vending machine and method for exchanging an inoperable article for an operable article 2 2009
8996162 Article vending machine and method for exchanging an inoperable article for an operable article 6 2009
8412374 System and method for communicating vending information 11 2010
* 2010/0318,219 System and Method for Communicating Vending Information 22 2010
8155784 System and method for regulating vendible media products 4 2010
9569911 Secondary media return system and method 0 2010
8538581 Article vending machine and method for authenticating received articles 5 2010
8417380 System and method for communicating vending information 19 2010
* 8768789 System and method for optimizing utilization of inventory space for dispensable articles 12 2012
* 8712872 System and method for optimizing utilization of inventory space for dispensable articles 2 2012
* 2013/0238,115 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING UTILIZATION OF INVENTORY SPACE FOR DISPENSABLE ARTICLES 14 2012
* 2013/0238,116 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING UTILIZATION OF INVENTORY SPACE FOR DISPENSABLE ARTICLES 2 2012
9747253 System and method for simultaneous article retrieval and transaction validation 0 2012
9495465 System and method for providing the identification of geographically closest article dispensing machines 0 2012
9348822 System and method for generating notifications related to new media 1 2012
9286617 System and method for applying parental control limits from content providers to media content 0 2012
9524368 System and method for communicating vending information 0 2013
9558316 System and method for vending vendible media products 1 2013
9582954 Article vending machine and method for authenticating received articles 0 2013
9916714 System and method for optimizing utilization of inventory space for dispensable articles 0 2014
9390577 System and method for optimizing utilization of inventory space for dispensable articles 0 2014
9542661 Article vending machine and method for exchanging an inoperable article for an operable article 1 2015
9489691 Article vending machine and method for exchanging an inoperable article for an operable article 1 2015
9785996 System and method for substituting a media article with alternative media 0 2016
9615134 System and method for applying parental control limits from content providers to media content 0 2016
9830583 Article vending machine and method for exchanging an inoperable article for an operable article 0 2017
9865003 System and method for vending vendible media products 0 2017
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