US Patent No: 7,912,581

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Products and processes for vending a plurality of products via defined groups

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Products and processes are disclosed for defining at least one inventory group. This at least one inventory group includes at least two products that are available for sale by a vending machine. The vending machine outputs an indication of products that the at least one inventory group includes. The vending machine receiving, from a customer, a selection of a first product that the at least one inventory group includes. The vending machine processes a sale of a unit of the first product and a respective unit of at least one additional product for a single price.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
WALKER DIGITAL, LLCSTAMFORD, CT337

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Breitenbach, Paul T Wilton, CT 75 428
Gelman, Geoffrey M Stamford, CT 698 8843
Jorasch, James A Stamford, CT 1532 37733
Lee, Sih Y Northvale, NJ 49 316
Signorelli, Paul D New York, NY 60 343
Tedesco, Daniel E Huntington, CT 684 10288
Walker, Jay S Ridgefield, CT 1996 50429

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