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

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7912581
APP PUB NO 20080109110A1
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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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INVENTOR HOLDINGS, LLCSTAMFORD, CT239

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Breitenbach, Paul T Wilton, US 56 1025
Gelman, Geoffrey M Boston, US 517 17022
Jorasch, James A New York, US 1147 58830
Lee, Sih Y Northvale, US 38 707
Signorelli, Paul D New York, US 44 749
Tedesco, Daniel E Huntington, US 527 16272
Walker, Jay S Ridgefield, US 1505 75830

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BLACKHAWK NETWORK, INC. (1)
5956695 Filter processor and method for implementing a program 285 1997
 
CORY CONSULTING, INC. (1)
5927541 Ticket identification system 26 1997
 
INLAND FINANCE COMPANY (1)
* 6059142 Apparatus and method for vending multiple products 26 1999
 
Commonweal Incorporated (1)
5592376 Currency and barter exchange debit card and system 159 1994
 
PORTEL SERVICES NETWORK LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, 112 MAIN STREET, NORWALK, CONNECTICUT, A CONNECTICUT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP (1)
4734858 Data terminal and system for placing orders 395 1984
 
XYLON LLC (1)
5890136 Quick stop mass retail system 116 1997
 
GTECH RHODE ISLAND CORPORATION (1)
4882473 On-line wagering system with programmable game entry cards and operator security cards 519 1988
 
American Greetings Corporation (3)
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 290 1994
5768142 Method and apparatus for storing and selectively retrieving product data based on embedded expert suitability ratings 229 1995
5875110 Method and system for vending products 202 1995
 
ERS ASSOCIATES LIMITED PARTNESHIP (1)
5632010 Technique for communicating with electronic labels in an electronic price display system 154 1992
 
Universal Automated Systems, Inc. (1)
5091713 Inventory, cash, security, and maintenance control apparatus and method for a plurality of remote vending machines 452 1990
 
CARTS OF COLORADO, INC. (1)
5367452 Mobile merchandising business management system which provides comprehensive support services for transportable business operations 160 1990
 
UMB INTERNATIONAL, LLC (1)
5864822 Benefits tracking and correlation system for use with third-party enabling organization 153 1996
 
JENKINS, CAROLYN S. (1)
5010485 Apparatus, system and method for creating credit vouchers usable at point of purchase stations 230 1989
 
ENVIROTEST SYSTEMS HOLDINGS CORP. (1)
5726450 Unmanned integrated optical remote emissions sensor (RES) for motor vehicles 90 1996
 
YOZAN INC. (1)
5315664 Number plate recognition system 47 1993
 
VENDONET, INC. (1)
5822216 Vending machine and computer assembly 187 1996
 
ACTIVCARD IRELAND, LIMITED (1)
5872834 Telephone with biometric sensing device 343 1996
 
HBO & COMPANY OF GEORGIA (1)
5611051 Point of supply use distribution process and apparatus 133 1995
 
INTELLECTUAL VENTURES AUDIO INNOVATIONS LLC (1)
6253069 Methods and apparatus for providing information in response to telephonic requests 82 1999
 
A&A GLOBAL INDUSTRIES (1)
5947328 Electronic bulk vending machine system 36 1997
 
Interactive Coupon Network (1)
5761648 Interactive marketing network and process using electronic certificates 459 1995
 
INNOVATIVE PRODUCT ACHIEVEMENTS, LLC (1)
5638985 Vending apparatus and method 38 1995
 
LOTTERY CONCEPTS INTERNATIONAL, 7515 CHARMANT DRIVE, SUITE 1407, SAN DIEGO, CA. 92122 A DE. CORP. (1)
4982337 System for distributing lottery tickets 306 1987
 
COINSTAR, LLC (2)
5620079 Coin counter/sorter and coupon/voucher dispensing machine and method 336 1994
5564546 Coin counter/sorter and coupon/voucher dispensing machine and method 319 1994
 
Aisel Corporation (1)
7357314 Vending machine, dispense product determination method, stock product determination method, and system thereof, and cartridge for vending machine 15 2003
 
AIMIA PROPRIETARY LOYALTY U.S. INC. (1)
5923016 In-store points redemption system & method 423 1996
 
RASEBORG COMMUNICATIONS LLC (1)
5440336 System and method for storing and forwarding audio and/or visual information on demand 206 1993
 
LaserVend, Inc. (1)
5748485 Software vending machine having CD-ROM storage 96 1995
 
Steven Nichtberger (1)
4882675 Paperless system for distributing, redeeming and clearing merchandise coupons 566 1984
 
VR-1, INC. (1)
5964660 Network multiplayer game 309 1997
 
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY (1)
5809144 Method and apparatus for purchasing and delivering digital goods over a network 597 1995
 
TWINTECH E.U. II, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (1)
5819285 Apparatus for capturing, storing and processing co-marketing information associated with a user of an on-line computer service using the world-wide-web. 319 1995
 
NEXUSCARD, INC. (1)
5924080 Computerized discount redemption system 240 1996
 
WARDLRAFT, INC. (1)
7058581 System and method of distributing and returning products 61 1999
 
CARNES COMPANY, INC. (1)
5117354 Automated system for pricing and ordering custom manufactured parts 182 1990
 
STEVEN M. HOFFBERG 2004-1 GRAT (1)
2002/0151,992 Media recording device with packet data interface 90 2002
 
UWINK, INC. (1)
* 6957125 Interactive vending machine to view customized products before they are purchased and internally track saleable inventory 28 2004
 
Inn-Room Systems, Inc. (1)
5339250 Interactive network for remotely controlled hotel vending systems 127 1992
 
HITACHI, LTD. (3)
5383111 Visual merchandizing (VMD) control method and system 117 1990
5870716 Home terminal and shopping system 148 1995
6594646 Method and apparatus for selling digital contents, processing program thereof and recording medium for the program 30 1999
 
First Marketrust Intl. (1)
5537314 Referral recognition system for an incentive award program 798 1995
 
Telecredit, Inc. (2)
5119295 Centralized lottery system for remote monitoring or operations and status data from lottery terminals including detection of malfunction and counterfeit units 307 1991
5223698 Card-activated point-of-sale lottery terminal 242 1991
 
ILLUMINATION TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
5591972 Apparatus for reading optical information 63 1995
 
ZAXUS LIMITED (1)
5371796 Data communication system 84 1993
 
MARCONI COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (1)
2002/0107,610 Special product vending system and method 56 2001
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA (3)
5136658 Number plate image detecting apparatus 49 1990
5204675 Toll collecting system for a vehicle 108 1991
5302811 Point of sale apparatus including a depositing/withdrawing apparatus 173 1991
 
PICTUREVISION, INC. (2)
6017157 Method of processing digital images and distributing visual prints produced from the digital images 238 1996
6512570 Method of processing a roll of exposed photographic film containing photographic images into corresponding digital images and then distributing visual prints produced from the digital images 108 2000
 
INTER*ACT SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED (5)
4982346 Mall promotion network apparatus and method 395 1988
5201010 Method and system for building a database and performing marketing based upon prior shopping history 437 1992
5621812 Method and system for building a database for use with selective incentive marketing in response to customer shopping histories 595 1993
5638457 Method and system for building a database for use with selective incentive marketing in response to customer shopping histories 484 1994
5675662 Method and system for building a database for use with selective incentive marketing in response to customer shopping histories 362 1994
 
York Eggleston (1)
6061660 System and method for incentive programs and award fulfillment 639 1998
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (7)
5319542 System for ordering items using an electronic catalogue 640 1990
5544288 Object resizing and repositioning for a new font in a graphical user interface 70 1994
5504675 Method and apparatus for automatic selection and presentation of sales promotion programs 323 1994
5604901 Interrogation index file comparison 52 1995
5870717 System for ordering items over computer network using an electronic catalog 356 1995
6341314 Web-based virtual computing machine 55 1999
7236946 Operation of control system for ensuring availability of purchasable items in networked machines 50 2001
 
TVWORKS, LLC (1)
5191410 Interactive multimedia presentation and communications system 491 1991
 
EGGHEAD.COM, INC. (2)
5835896 Method and system for processing and transmitting electronic auction information 1025 1996
6243691 Method and system for processing and transmitting electronic auction information 456 1996
 
FUJITSU LIMITED (3)
5481094 Point-of-sale terminal 201 1994
5937391 Point-service system in online shopping mall 264 1997
6170631 Paper-leaves discriminating apparatus and sensor mounting construction of same apparatus 6 1999
 
Geneva Branch of Reuters Transaction Services Limited (1)
5924082 Negotiated matching system 762 1995
 
ASSOCIATES COMMERCE SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
5231569 Account transaction system 281 1990
 
COIN ACCEPTORS, INC. (3)
4598378 Management information system and associated vending control device 101 1983
4587984 Coin tube monitor means 56 1983
5029098 Vend space allocation monitor means and method 72 1989
 
DEUTSCHE FINANCIAL SERVICES (1)
5262941 Expert credit recommendation method and system 373 1990
 
FIRST ADVANTAGE CORPORATION (1)
5274547 System for generating and transmitting credit reports 297 1991
 
Hopeman Enterprises Ltd. (1)
5539189 Card holder's paging system for commercial card data network 68 1992
 
LANIEL CANADA INC. (1)
5734150 Electronic funds acceptor for vending machines 107 1995
 
AVAT CONSULTING L.L.C. (1)
5864604 Method of providing message service for limited access telecommunications 125 1997
 
PERCEPTICS, LLC (1)
5081685 Apparatus and method for reading a license plate 75 1988
 
MOTIVATION INNOVATIONS, LLC (1)
5612527 Discount offer redemption system and method 149 1995
 
RED HAT, INC. (1)
6260024 Method and apparatus for facilitating buyer-driven purchase orders on a commercial network system 730 1998
 
Coupco, Inc. (1)
RE34915 Paperless system for distributing, redeeming and clearing merchandise coupons 349 1991
 
MR. PINBALL AUSTRALIA PTY LTD (1)
5257179 Audit and pricing system for coin-operated games 189 1991
 
TRADEWARE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (2)
5128862 Customer operable system for a retail store or fast-food restaurant having plural ordering stations 251 1990
5353219 Suggestive selling in a customer self-ordering system 242 1993
 
Chubu Hitachi Electric Co., Ltd. (1)
5064999 Advance transaction processing method 149 1990
 
ZYNGA INC. (1)
6193155 Method and apparatus for issuing and managing gift certificates 170 1997
 
PAYPAL, INC. (1)
6405174 Method and apparatus for defining routing of customers between merchants 118 1998
 
INFOSPACE HOLDINGS LLC (1)
6016504 Method and system for tracking the purchase of a product and services over the Internet 327 1996
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
2002/0062,071 Manual and automatic probe calibration 20 2001
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (5)
6038551 System and method for configuring and managing resources on a multi-purpose integrated circuit card using a personal computer 518 1996
5999914 Electronic promotion system for an electronic merchant system 430 1996
6058373 System and method for processing electronic order forms 303 1996
6049777 Computer-implemented collaborative filtering based method for recommending an item to a user 349 1997
5883810 Electronic online commerce card with transactionproxy number for online transactions 756 1997
 
ENRIVONMENTAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION (1)
5557721 Method and apparatus for display screens and coupons 281 1993
 
PSC SCANNING, INC. (1)
5239165 Bar code lottery ticket handling system 174 1992
 
Electronic Consumer Concepts, L.L.C. (1)
5845259 Electronic coupon dispensing system 447 1996
 
MURPHY USA INC. (1)
5873069 System and method for automatic updating and display of retail prices 443 1995
 
VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC. (1)
5918213 System and method for automated remote previewing and purchasing of music, video, software, and other multimedia products 990 1995
 
MARS, INCORPORATED (2)
5685435 Method and apparatus for automatic bulk vending 62 1995
5997236 Method and apparatus for automatic bulk vending 51 1997
 
Cash America International, Inc. (1)
6587031 Secure storage of high value items 24 1997
 
Sitour Electronic Systems (S.E.S) (1)
5504475 Pricing display system 159 1994
 
PERSONAL AUDIO LLC (1)
5721827 System for electrically distributing personalized information 998 1996
 
CVPS, INC. (1)
5710557 Computerized valet parking system 94 1996
 
Dietfood Corp. (1)
6370513 Method and apparatus for automated selection, organization, and recommendation of items 304 1999
 
DRESSER RUSSIA, INC. (1)
6321984 Adjustable price fuel dispensing system 134 1999
 
Captive Communications, Inc. (1)
5642484 Pump top advertisement distribution and display system with performance and sales information feedback 156 1994
 
Fast Food Factory, Inc. (1)
5997928 Method and apparatus for verifying contents of vending systems 74 1998
 
GoTo.com. (1)
6078866 Internet site searching and listing service based on monetary ranking of site listings 320 1998
 
F. POSZAT HU, L.L.C. (1)
6587835 Shopping assistance with handheld computing device 1183 2000
 
PRAXAIR S.T. TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
5242363 Water cooled rolls for cooling steel sheets 53 1992
 
MONEYFAX, INC. (1)
4341951 Electronic funds transfer and voucher issue system 308 1980
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
8588967 Internet-accessible pet treat dispensing apparatus 1 2011
8588968 Internet-accessible pet treat dispensing system and method 1 2011
 
Utique, Inc. (5)
8463430 Interactive and 3-D multi-senor touch selection interface for an automated retail store, vending machine, digital sign, or retail display 4 2009
* 2010/0103,131 Interactive and 3-D multi-senor touch selection interface for an automated retail store, vending machine, digital sign, or retail display 44 2009
* 8473864 Virtual visual selection merchandising interface 10 2010
* 2011/0022,980 Virtual visual selection merchandising interface 8 2010
9229557 Interactive and 3-D multi-sensor touch selection interface for an automated retail store, vending machine, digital sign, or retail display 0 2013
 
MEDIAPORT ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (1)
* 2009/0166,375 Systems and Methods Monitoring Devices, Systems, Users and User Activity at Remote Locations 8 2008
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