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
INVENTOR HOLDINGS, LLCSTAMFORD, CT249

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Breitenbach, Paul T Wilton, CT 76 514
Gelman, Geoffrey M Stamford, CT 724 10239
Jorasch, James A Stamford, CT 1572 41597
Lee, Sih Y Northvale, NJ 50 385
Signorelli, Paul D New York, NY 61 386
Tedesco, Daniel E Huntington, CT 708 11316
Walker, Jay S Ridgefield, CT 2049 55056

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M.A. Rivalto, Inc. (1)
5,482,139 Automated drive-up vending facility 240 1995
 
INTERNET COUPON SOLUTIONS LLC (1)
5,791,991 Interactive consumer product promotion method and match game 403 1995
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA NIPPON CONLUX (2)
6,050,387 Device and method for identifying bank note 20 1998
7,216,089 Promotion method and system 8 2000
 
CARALINA MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, INC. (2)
6,014,634 System and method for providing shopping aids and incentives to customers through a computer network 644 1997
6,026,370 Method and apparatus for generating purchase incentive mailing based on prior purchase history 414 1997
 
Audio-Visual Concepts, Inc. (1)
5,039,848 Method and machine for dispensing coupons 154 1989
 
Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (1)
5,581,064 Automated coupon processing system employing coupon with identifying code and chosen second identifying code uniquely identifying the coupon 196 1994
 
American Traffic Systems, Inc. (1)
5,948,038 Traffic violation processing system 152 1996
 
NCR CORPORATION (5)
4,420,751 Detection method and apparatus for a user device or automatic teller bank machine 53 1981
5,216,595 System and method for integration of lottery terminals into point of sale systems 114 1990
5,619,558 ATM segment of one marketing method 224 1995
6,029,139 Method and apparatus for optimizing promotional sale of products based upon historical data 512 1998
6,644,547 Customer workstation intelligently connectable to a legacy retail system and providing supplemental functionality thereto 27 2000
 
DASSAULT SYSTEMES (1)
5,848,399 Computer system for allowing a consumer to purchase packaged goods at home 274 1996
 
F.A.C. Services Group, L.P. (1)
6,167,382 Design and production of print advertising and commercial display materials over the Internet 330 1998
 
AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
6,029,141 Internet-based customer referral system 1066 1997
 
AMAZON.COM, INC. (1)
5,727,163 Secure method for communicating credit card data when placing an order on a non-secure network 380 1995
 
AGT International, Inc. (1)
4,937,853 Lottery agent data communication/telephone line interface 275 1989
 
BLACKHAWK NETWORK, INC. (1)
5,956,695 Filter processor and method for implementing a program 267 1997
 
CORY CONSULTING, INC. (1)
5,927,541 Ticket identification system 26 1997
 
INLAND FINANCE COMPANY (1)
* 6,059,142 Apparatus and method for vending multiple products 25 1999
 
Commonweal Incorporated (1)
5,592,376 Currency and barter exchange debit card and system 153 1994
 
VENGTE SOFTWARE AG LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (1)
6,587,835 Shopping assistance with handheld computing device 879 2000
 
PORTEL SERVICES NETWORK LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, 112 MAIN STREET, NORWALK, CONNECTICUT, A CONNECTICUT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP (1)
4,734,858 Data terminal and system for placing orders 358 1984
 
GTECH RHODE ISLAND CORPORATION (1)
4,882,473 On-line wagering system with programmable game entry cards and operator security cards 465 1988
 
American Greetings Corporation (3)
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 259 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 173 1995
 
ERS ASSOCIATES LIMITED PARTNESHIP (1)
5,632,010 Technique for communicating with electronic labels in an electronic price display system 146 1992
 
Universal Automated Systems, Inc. (1)
5,091,713 Inventory, cash, security, and maintenance control apparatus and method for a plurality of remote vending machines 395 1990
 
CARTS OF COLORADO, INC. (1)
5,367,452 Mobile merchandising business management system which provides comprehensive support services for transportable business operations 148 1990
 
UMB INTERNATIONAL, LLC (1)
5,864,822 Benefits tracking and correlation system for use with third-party enabling organization 142 1996
 
JENKINS, CAROLYN S. (1)
5,010,485 Apparatus, system and method for creating credit vouchers usable at point of purchase stations 214 1989
 
ENVIROTEST SYSTEMS HOLDINGS CORP. (1)
5,726,450 Unmanned integrated optical remote emissions sensor (RES) for motor vehicles 87 1996
 
YOZAN INC. (1)
5,315,664 Number plate recognition system 44 1993
 
VENDONET, INC. (1)
5,822,216 Vending machine and computer assembly 162 1996
 
ACTIVCARD IRELAND LIMITED (1)
5,872,834 Telephone with biometric sensing device 307 1996
 
HBO & COMPANY OF GEORGIA (1)
5,611,051 Point of supply use distribution process and apparatus 130 1995
 
INTELLECTUAL VENTURES AUDIO INNOVATIONS LLC (1)
6,253,069 Methods and apparatus for providing information in response to telephonic requests 67 1999
 
A&A GLOBAL INDUSTRIES (1)
5,947,328 Electronic bulk vending machine system 35 1997
 
Interactive Coupon Network (1)
5,761,648 Interactive marketing network and process using electronic certificates 401 1995
 
INNOVATIVE PRODUCT ACHIEVEMENTS, LLC (1)
5,638,985 Vending apparatus and method 26 1995
 
LOTTERY CONCEPTS INTERNATIONAL, 7515 CHARMANT DRIVE, SUITE 1407, SAN DIEGO, CA. 92122 A DE. CORP. (1)
4,982,337 System for distributing lottery tickets 283 1987
 
AISEL CORPORATION (1)
7,357,314 Vending machine, dispense product determination method, stock product determination method, and system thereof, and cartridge for vending machine 11 2003
 
AIMIA PROPRIETARY LOYALTY U.S. INC. (1)
5,923,016 In-store points redemption system & method 339 1996
 
RASEBORG COMMUNICATIONS LLC (1)
5,440,336 System and method for storing and forwarding audio and/or visual information on demand 188 1993
 
LaserVend, Inc. (1)
5,748,485 Software vending machine having CD-ROM storage 77 1995
 
Steven Nichtberger (1)
4,882,675 Paperless system for distributing, redeeming and clearing merchandise coupons 492 1984
 
VR-1, INC. (1)
5,964,660 Network multiplayer game 222 1997
 
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY (1)
5,809,144 Method and apparatus for purchasing and delivering digital goods over a network 543 1995
 
TWINTECH E.U. II, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (1)
5,819,285 Apparatus for capturing, storing and processing co-marketing information associated with a user of an on-line computer service using the world-wide-web. 267 1995
 
NEXUSCARD, INC. (1)
5,924,080 Computerized discount redemption system 210 1996
 
WARDLRAFT, INC. (1)
7,058,581 System and method of distributing and returning products 42 1999
 
CARNES COMPANY, INC. (1)
5,117,354 Automated system for pricing and ordering custom manufactured parts 172 1990
 
STEVEN M. HOFFBERG 2004-1 GRAT (1)
2002/0151,992 Media recording device with packet data interface 21 2002
 
UWINK, INC. (1)
* 6,957,125 Interactive vending machine to view customized products before they are purchased and internally track saleable inventory 23 2004
 
Inn-Room Systems, Inc. (1)
5,339,250 Interactive network for remotely controlled hotel vending systems 99 1992
 
HITACHI, LTD. (3)
5,383,111 Visual merchandizing (VMD) control method and system 101 1990
5,870,716 Home terminal and shopping system 129 1995
6,594,646 Method and apparatus for selling digital contents, processing program thereof and recording medium for the program 30 1999
 
First Marketrust Intl. (1)
5,537,314 Referral recognition system for an incentive award program 744 1995
 
Telecredit, Inc. (2)
5,119,295 Centralized lottery system for remote monitoring or operations and status data from lottery terminals including detection of malfunction and counterfeit units 292 1991
5,223,698 Card-activated point-of-sale lottery terminal 205 1991
 
GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC (2)
5,544,784 Rechargeable battery vending machine 75 1995
7,084,737 Method and apparatus for locating a nearby alternate vending machine for a desired product 12 1999
 
Illumination Technology, Inc. (1)
5,591,972 Apparatus for reading optical information 58 1995
 
ERIE COUNTY INVESTMENT CO., THE (2)
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
 
ZAXUS LIMITED (1)
5,371,796 Data communication system 80 1993
 
MARCONI COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (1)
2002/0107,610 Special product vending system and method 44 2001
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA (3)
5,136,658 Number plate image detecting apparatus 48 1990
5,204,675 Toll collecting system for a vehicle 107 1991
5,302,811 Point of sale apparatus including a depositing/withdrawing apparatus 157 1991
 
PICTUREVISION, INC. (2)
6,017,157 Method of processing digital images and distributing visual prints produced from the digital images 219 1996
6,512,570 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 71 2000
 
INTER*ACT SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED (5)
4,982,346 Mall promotion network apparatus and method 351 1988
5,201,010 Method and system for building a database and performing marketing based upon prior shopping history 399 1992
5,621,812 Method and system for building a database for use with selective incentive marketing in response to customer shopping histories 551 1993
5,638,457 Method and system for building a database for use with selective incentive marketing in response to customer shopping histories 440 1994
5,675,662 Method and system for building a database for use with selective incentive marketing in response to customer shopping histories 338 1994
 
York Eggleston (1)
6,061,660 System and method for incentive programs and award fulfillment 567 1998
 
TRS FUNDING (1)
5,995,942 Store-level marketing system 160 1996
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (7)
5,319,542 System for ordering items using an electronic catalogue 592 1990
5,544,288 Object resizing and repositioning for a new font in a graphical user interface 67 1994
5,504,675 Method and apparatus for automatic selection and presentation of sales promotion programs 284 1994
5,604,901 Interrogation index file comparison 50 1995
5,870,717 System for ordering items over computer network using an electronic catalog 316 1995
6,341,314 Web-based virtual computing machine 48 1999
7,236,946 Operation of control system for ensuring availability of purchasable items in networked machines 35 2001
 
KAMA-TECH (HK) LIMITED (1)
5,938,717 Speed detection and image capture system for moving vehicles 67 1996
 
KONDZIOLKA, STANLEY F. (1)
4,882,688 Computer-controlled method and apparatus for making bingo cards 17 1987
 
TVWORKS, LLC (1)
5,191,410 Interactive multimedia presentation and communications system 444 1991
 
EGGHEAD.COM, INC. (2)
5,835,896 Method and system for processing and transmitting electronic auction information 914 1996
6,243,691 Method and system for processing and transmitting electronic auction information 390 1996
 
FUJITSU LIMITED (3)
5,481,094 Point-of-sale terminal 192 1994
5,937,391 Point-service system in online shopping mall 240 1997
6,170,631 Paper-leaves discriminating apparatus and sensor mounting construction of same apparatus 6 1999
 
GENEVA BRANCH OF REUTERS TRANSACTION SERVICES LIMITED (1)
5,924,082 Negotiated matching system 683 1995
 
ASSOCIATES COMMERCE SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
5,231,569 Account transaction system 265 1990
 
COIN ACCEPTORS, INC. (3)
4,598,378 Management information system and associated vending control device 93 1983
4,587,984 Coin tube monitor means 49 1983
5,029,098 Vend space allocation monitor means and method 70 1989
 
DEUTSCHE FINANCIAL SERVICES (1)
5,262,941 Expert credit recommendation method and system 320 1990
 
AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P. (1)
7,225,142 Interactive multimedia advertising and electronic commerce on a hypertext network 89 1996
 
FIRST ADVANTAGE CORPORATION (1)
5,274,547 System for generating and transmitting credit reports 248 1991
 
Hopeman Enterprises Ltd. (1)
5,539,189 Card holder's paging system for commercial card data network 66 1992
 
LANIEL CANADA INC. (1)
5,734,150 Electronic funds acceptor for vending machines 87 1995
 
AVAT CONSULTING L.L.C. (1)
5,864,604 Method of providing message service for limited access telecommunications 119 1997
 
PERCEPTICS, LLC (1)
5,081,685 Apparatus and method for reading a license plate 67 1988
 
MOTIVATION INNOVATIONS LLC (1)
5,612,527 Discount offer redemption system and method 139 1995
 
COUPCO, INC. (1)
RE34915 Paperless system for distributing, redeeming and clearing merchandise coupons 330 1991
 
MR. PINBALL AUSTRALIA PTY LTD (1)
5,257,179 Audit and pricing system for coin-operated games 146 1991
 
Chubu Hitachi Electric Co., Ltd. (1)
5,064,999 Advance transaction processing method 126 1990
 
STRATTON, JOSEPH F. 33 BROAD ST., GREENWICH, 91325, (48%) (1)
4,554,446 Supermarket inventory control system and method 241 1983
 
ZYNGA INC. (1)
6,193,155 Method and apparatus for issuing and managing gift certificates 153 1997
 
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. (1)
2002/0062,071 Manual and automatic probe calibration 11 2001
 
MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (5)
6,038,551 System and method for configuring and managing resources on a multi-purpose integrated circuit card using a personal computer 456 1996
5,999,914 Electronic promotion system for an electronic merchant system 402 1996
6,058,373 System and method for processing electronic order forms 261 1996
6,049,777 Computer-implemented collaborative filtering based method for recommending an item to a user 302 1997
5,883,810 Electronic online commerce card with transactionproxy number for online transactions 677 1997
 
ENRIVONMENTAL PRODUCTS CORPORATION (1)
5,557,721 Method and apparatus for display screens and coupons 224 1993
 
PSC SCANNING, INC. (1)
5,239,165 Bar code lottery ticket handling system 162 1992
 
Electronic Consumer Concepts, L.L.C. (1)
5,845,259 Electronic coupon dispensing system 414 1996
 
MURPHY USA INC. (1)
5,873,069 System and method for automatic updating and display of retail prices 379 1995
 
PCMS HOLDINGS, INC. (1)
5,959,945 System for selectively distributing music to a plurality of jukeboxes 299 1997
 
VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC. (1)
5,918,213 System and method for automated remote previewing and purchasing of music, video, software, and other multimedia products 841 1995
 
MARS, INCORPORATED (2)
5,685,435 Method and apparatus for automatic bulk vending 53 1995
5,997,236 Method and apparatus for automatic bulk vending 44 1997
 
CASH AMERICA INTERNATIONAL, INC. (1)
6,587,031 Secure storage of high value items 18 1997
 
Sitour Electronic Systems (S.E.S) (1)
5,504,475 Pricing display system 154 1994
 
PERSONAL AUDIO LLC (1)
5,721,827 System for electrically distributing personalized information 776 1996
 
CVPS, INC. (1)
5,710,557 Computerized valet parking system 77 1996
 
DIETFOOD CORP. (1)
6,370,513 Method and apparatus for automated selection, organization, and recommendation of items 250 1999
 
DRESSER RUSSIA, INC. (1)
6,321,984 Adjustable price fuel dispensing system 123 1999
 
Captive Communications, Inc. (1)
5,642,484 Pump top advertisement distribution and display system with performance and sales information feedback 145 1994
 
Fast Food Factory, Inc. (1)
5,997,928 Method and apparatus for verifying contents of vending systems 71 1998
 
GoTo.com. (1)
6,078,866 Internet site searching and listing service based on monetary ranking of site listings 276 1998
 
PRAXAIR S.T. TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
5,242,363 Water cooled rolls for cooling steel sheets 53 1992
 
MONEYFAX, INC. (1)
4,341,951 Electronic funds transfer and voucher issue system 288 1980
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8,588,967 Internet-accessible pet treat dispensing apparatus 0 2011
8,588,968 Internet-accessible pet treat dispensing system and method 0 2011
 
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8,463,430 Interactive and 3-D multi-senor touch selection interface for an automated retail store, vending machine, digital sign, or retail display 1 2009
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MEDIAPORT ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (1)
* 2009/0166,375 Systems and Methods Monitoring Devices, Systems, Users and User Activity at Remote Locations 4 2008
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