Patent number 8566320 is assigned to
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "A software application can be developed by a software maker for subsequent use on one or more computing devices. There are numerous approaches by which the software maker may make the software application available for installation and/or use on one or more computing devices. One such approach involves distributing the software application by enabling the software application to be downloaded to one or more computing devices from a system having access to the software application.
"One example of such a system is an online software distribution system that allows users to download one or multiple software applications that the online software distribution system has access to. The maker of a software application may provide the online software distribution system with access to the software application (e.g., by uploading the software application to the online software distribution system). In turn, a user or administrator of a computing device may download a software application to the computing device by using the online software distribution system. As such, online distribution systems allow software makers (e.g., software developers, businesses involved with software development, etc.) to make numerous software applications available for installation and/or use on multiple computing devices. Some online distribution systems for distributing software applications are known as 'Application stores' or 'App. stores,' for short.
"A conventional online software distribution system may collect numerous types of information associated with its operation. For example, an online software distribution system may collect information associated with one or more software applications being distributed by the system. Such information may include historical and current information about transactions corresponding to software applications. For example, the online software distribution system may collect information about how many times an application has been purchased and/or downloaded in a particular time period."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "A system, such as an online software distribution system, may selectively provide a software maker with information about a software application developed and/or distributed by the software maker. The provided information may comprise business information including trends in transactions associated with the software application, such as trends in the number of downloads and/or purchases of the software application. The provided information may also comprise aggregated trends in transactions obtained from transactions associated with other software applications (e.g., software applications in a similar category, competing software applications, etc.) developed and/or distributed by other software makers. These trends may provide the software maker with valuable business information because they enable the software maker to evaluate the performance of his software application relative to that of related software applications.
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