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, IL27

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hoersten, Eric Chicago, IL 18 156
Lowe, J Mitch Mill Valley, CA 8 106

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KOMATSU LTD. (1)
6,209,322 Pressurized fluid supply system 25 1999
 
Thru-The-Wall Corporation (2)
5,013,897 Automated videocassette dispensing terminal coupled to store's computerized rental system 46 1988
5,095,195 Automated videocassette dispensing terminal with reservation feature 90 1989
 
Ja-Pac, Inc (1)
4,812,985 Article storage and retrieval system 73 1986
 
AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES CORPORATION (1)
6,708,879 Automated unmanned rental system and method 48 2001
 
NOKIA CORPORATION (1)
7,209,893 Method of and a system for distributing electronic content 43 2000
 
Westinghouse Electric Corp. (1)
4,775,935 Video merchandising system with variable and adoptive product sequence presentation order 498 1986
 
NCR CORPORATION (14)
5,761,071 Browser kiosk system 135 1996
6,002,395 System and method for building, testing and integrating a graphical touch user interface 49 1996
6,062,478 Method of operating a retail terminal having a core module assembly which is movable between a number of base assemblies 42 1998
6,078,848 Browser kiosk system 118 1998
6,397,199 System and method of altering transaction terms based upon current inventory levels 34 1998
6,522,772 Self-service checkout terminal having a biometric sensing device for verifying identity of a user and associated method 172 1998
6,311,165 Transaction processing systems 248 1999
6,334,110 System and method for analyzing customer transactions and interactions 209 1999
6,456,981 Method and apparatus for displaying a customized advertising message with a retail terminal 137 2000
7,406,693 Method of controlling applications 15 2001
6,923,371 Authorization code 21 2003
7,350,230 Wireless security module 46 2003
2005/0096,936 System for distributing and vending data 21 2004
7,347,359 Self-service terminal 17 2005
 
Bulldog Investments, LP (1)
2004/0158,871 Automated digital media vending apparatus 28 2004
 
JOFEMAR, S.A. (2)
2004/0010,340 User identification system for automatic vending machines 18 2002
2004/0030,446 Control system for automatic vending machines 17 2003
 
Cubic Western Data (1)
4,449,186 Touch panel passenger self-ticketing system 262 1981
 
AVS, Inc. (1)
5,028,766 Automated rental system 87 1988
 
MEDIA QUEUE, LLC (12)
2004/0158,503 Media queue monitor 23 2004
2004/0158,504 Method of providing access to playable media 21 2004
2004/0162,783 Media queue replenisher 54 2004
2004/0172,274 Media auto exchange system and method 22 2004
2004/0172,275 Media exchange system & method 23 2004
2004/0172,342 System for providing access to playable media 21 2004
2004/0243,479 Method of monitoring electronic commerce queue 20 2004
2004/0243,480 Method of controlling electronic commerce queue 25 2004
2006/0149,685 Method of processing rental requests and returns 22 2006
2006/0155,575 Media delivery prioritization system and method 25 2006
2006/0212,367 Method of selecting and distributing items to consumers of electronic media 25 2006
2006/0241,967 Playable Media Delivery Capacity Exchange Method 20 2006
 
THE RETURN EXCHANGE (2)
2006/0235,746 Systems and methods for providing a reward at a point of return 30 2006
2006/0235,747 Systems and methods for determining whether to offer a reward at a point of return 49 2006
 
Audit Systems Company (1)
5,442,568 Vending machine audit monitoring system 54 1994
 
RF CODE, INC. (1)
2005/0060,246 System, method, and computer program product for monitoring inventory 50 2004
 
Storage Technology Corporation (1)
5,323,327 On-the-fly cataloging of library cell contents in an automated robotic tape library 89 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 258 1994
5,768,142 Method and apparatus for storing and selectively retrieving product data based on embedded expert suitability ratings 202 1995
5,875,110 Method and system for vending products 171 1995
6,360,139 Method and system for vending products 55 1998
 
SupplyPro, Inc. (1)
5,205,436 Maine tool dispensing device and system 82 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 391 1990
 
OWEN HEALTHCARE, INC. (1)
* 4,847,764 System for dispensing drugs in health care institutions 437 1987
 
I.V.D.M. LTD. (1)
4,903,815 Automatic vending machine and system for dispensing articles 104 1988
 
VENDONET, INC. (1)
5,822,216 Vending machine and computer assembly 162 1996
 
AIMIA PROPRIETARY LOYALTY U.S. INC. (2)
5,923,016 In-store points redemption system & method 338 1996
6,138,911 In-store points redemption system and method 226 1999
 
IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES PTY LTD (1)
2002/0125,314 Methods and apparatus for producing a vending machine inventory status signal 17 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 160 1997
 
LaserVend, Inc. (1)
5,748,485 Software vending machine having CD-ROM storage 77 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 67 2002
 
WARDLRAFT, INC. (1)
7,058,581 System and method of distributing and returning products 42 1999
 
ABM Industries, Inc. (1)
4,789,054 Vending machine for returnable cartridges 59 1987
 
THE WESTERN UNION COMPANY (1)
2006/0242,059 Transaction settlement using value exchange systems and methods 17 2005
 
HITACHI, LTD. (3)
5,383,111 Visual merchandizing (VMD) control method and system 101 1990
5,313,392 Method for supporting merchandise management operation and system therefor 44 1991
6,367,696 IC card processing device, automatic vending device, and selling method 34 2000
 
SKYWIRE, LTD. (1)
6,181,981 Apparatus and method for improved vending machine inventory maintenance 235 1996
 
REDBOX AUTOMATED RETAIL, LLC (8)
* 5,159,560 Automated merchandise dispensing and retrieval system 116 1990
2002/0046,122 System and kiosk for commerce of optical media through multiple locations 49 2001
7,234,609 Article dispensing system and method for same 48 2004
7,366,586 System and method for communicating vending information 29 2006
2006/0259,192 System and method for regulating vendible media products 22 2006
2006/0272,922 System and method for offline vending of a media product 25 2006
2007/0050,266 System and kiosk for commerce of optical media through multiple locations 25 2006
2007/0051,802 System and kiosk for commerce of optical media through multiple locations 24 2006
 
AUTOMATED MERCHANDISING SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
6,794,634 Optical vend-sensing system for control of vending machine 31 2000
 
APPLE INC. (1)
2006/0095,339 Reservation of digital media items 44 2004
 
GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC (1)
7,233,916 Method and system for tracking content rental 20 2004
 
BILLY PUGH COMPANY, INC. (1)
4,789,045 Swing rope 34 1987
 
PENN BUSINESS CREDIT, INC. (1)
4,959,686 Automated shopping order entry system 63 1988
 
ERIE COUNTY INVESTMENT CO., THE (3)
5,235,509 Customer self-ordering system using information displayed on a screen 256 1989
5,128,862 Customer operable system for a retail store or fast-food restaurant having plural ordering stations 199 1990
5,353,219 Suggestive selling in a customer self-ordering system 218 1993
 
COPYPRO, INC. (1)
6,327,230 Disk process and transport mechanism for host machines 46 1999
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA (1)
2001/0011,252 INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD 28 1999
 
INTER*ACT SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED (1)
4,982,346 Mall promotion network apparatus and method 351 1988
 
ASAHI SEIKO CO., LTD. (1)
6,050,448 Card dispensing cassette 25 1998
 
York Eggleston (1)
6,061,660 System and method for incentive programs and award fulfillment 565 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 547 1993
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (11)
4,650,977 Automatic self service machine system and method 121 1983
4,945,428 Method of managing a media library 52 1988
5,105,069 Self-service transaction apparatus and method 47 1989
5,319,705 Method and system for multimedia access control enablement 695 1992
5,504,675 Method and apparatus for automatic selection and presentation of sales promotion programs 283 1994
6,336,098 Method for electronic distribution and redemption of coupons on the world wide web 150 1997
6,748,539 System and method for securely checking in and checking out digitized content 49 2000
7,236,946 Operation of control system for ensuring availability of purchasable items in networked machines 35 2001
2003/0061,094 Service discovery in a network of automatic product/service dispensing machines 45 2001
2007/0130,020 Consumer representation rendering with selected merchandise 28 2005
2007/0156,578 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING A NUMBER OF FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS 17 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 93 1996
 
CIMETRICS, INC. (1)
* 6,250,452 Vending data collection system 42 1999
 
CHECKFREE CORPORATION (1)
6,289,322 Electronic bill processing 369 1998
 
FUJITSU LIMITED (4)
6,965,869 Service point management system for use in sales promotion services 41 1997
6,076,101 Electronic mail processing system with bonus point tracking 157 1997
6,125,353 Mall server with product search capability 99 1997
6,179,206 Electronic shopping system having self-scanning price check and purchasing terminal 198 1998
 
COIN ACCEPTORS, INC. (1)
4,991,739 Vending machine 40 1988
 
AVT, INC. (1)
2007/0095,901 Wireless management of remote vending machines 23 2006
 
FIRST DATA CORPORATION (4)
2003/0167,231 Method and system for processing credit card payments 27 2002
2004/0006,537 Method and system for processing credit card related transactions 31 2003
2005/0177,494 Method and system for processing electronic financial transactions 30 2004
2006/0273,152 Dynamic aggregation of payment transactions 78 2005
 
LANIEL CANADA INC. (1)
5,734,150 Electronic funds acceptor for vending machines 87 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 608 1994
 
Spectra Logic Corporation (2)
5,555,143 Data cartridge library system architecture 39 1995
5,682,276 Data cartridge library system architecture 31 1996
 
ANACLETUS US, L.L.C. (1)
5,898,594 Method and apparatus for enabling a selection of catalog items 77 1996
 
Hamilton Safe Company, Inc. (2)
5,984,509 Cash and rotary rolled coin dispensing apparatus 25 1998
6,202,006 Cassette for a rotary rolled coin dispenser 25 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 39 1985
6,644,455 Rental system, machine and method for providing rental items 32 2001
 
Artemis, Inc. (1)
2004/0016,620 Method for providing vendable items of entertainment 28 2003
 
BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (1)
4,414,467 Vending ordering terminal 128 1981
 
SOFTCARD SYSTEMS, INC. (2)
5,956,694 System and method for distributing and processing discount coupons 89 1997
6,243,687 Kiosk systems and methods for issuing a card storing electronic coupons, after receiving data about a customer 75 1998
 
WEISTECH, INC. (1)
* 5,941,363 Vending data collection system 92 1996
 
CHESTERFIELD HOLDINGS, LLC (2)
6,792,334 Vending machine for vending age-restricted products using an authorization card and associated methods 41 2001
6,539,282 Vending machine for vending age-restricted products using a credit card and associated methods 51 2001
 
ENTEGRITY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION (2)
5,943,423 Smart token system for secure electronic transactions and identification 333 1995
5,850,442 Secure world wide electronic commerce over an open network 674 1996
 
SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC (1)
2002/0095,680 Personal movie storage module 42 2001
 
KEY CONTROL HOLDING, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION (2)
6,707,380 Inventoriable-object control and tracking system 34 2001
6,707,381 Object tracking method and system with object identification and verification 140 2002
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (2)
7,174,317 Debit purchasing of stored value card for use by and/or delivery to others 42 2004
7,191,952 Selectable multi-purpose card 100 2004
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (1)
6,058,373 System and method for processing electronic order forms 259 1996
 
MURPHY USA INC. (1)
5,873,069 System and method for automatic updating and display of retail prices 379 1995
 
VENDING MANAGEMENT SERVICES LIMITED (2)
5,207,784 Vending machine with monitoring system 143 1991
6,980,887 Apparatus and method for improved vending machine inventory maintenance 58 2001
 
NEWZOOM, INC. (1)
6,264,104 Vending device with remote electronic shopping facility 69 1996
 
LOBAR CODE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. DBA SCANAPS (1)
7,240,843 Universal club card and real-time coupon validation 76 2003
 
FASTCORP, LLC (1)
2004/0256,402 Machine for vending articles and methods associated therewith 18 2004
 
Midway Video, Ltd. (1)
4,860,876 Article vending machine employing unique robotic arm and the robotic arm employed therein 47 1987
 
Inspired Broadcast Networks Limited (1)
2006/0190,345 Vending equipment 18 2005
 
TOSHIBA GLOBAL COMMERCE SOLUTIONS HOLDINGS CORPORATION (1)
2005/0289,032 System and method for tracking the return of loaned or rented items 26 2004
 
PROOFPOINT, INC. (1)
6,584,564 Secure e-mail system 161 2000
 
DIGITAL RIVER, INC. (1)
2005/0154,676 Electronic commerce system method for detecting fraud 13 2005
 
EL PAIS S.A. (1)
2002/0133,269 Product vending machines and software therefor 20 2001
 
EGAPRO Patent AG (1)
5,085,308 Apparatus for collecting articles 21 1989
 
SYNCADA LLC (1)
2005/0283,434 Recurring transaction processing system and approach 34 2005
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Patent Citation Ranking

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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 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 1 2010
 
The Coca-Cola Company (5)
8,755,932 Systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions 1 2008
8,751,037 Systems and methods for dispensing consumable products 1 2008
* 8,744,618 Systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions 1 2008
8,340,815 Systems and methods for facilitating consumer-dispenser interactions 8 2008
9,014,846 Systems and methods for providing portion control programming in a product forming dispenser 0 2012
 
REDBOX AUTOMATED RETAIL, LLC (13)
7,797,077 System and method for managing vending inventory 14 2006
7,747,346 System and method for regulating vendible media products 17 2006
* 7,853,354 System and method for communicating vending information 11 2008
7,787,987 System and method for communicating vending information 13 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 4 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 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
 
KYOCERA CORPORATION (1)
* 2009/0307,489 Mobile Communication Equipment and Method of Controlling Same 4 2007
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