No assignee for this patent application has been made.
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The personal computer and the Internet are typical platforms that enable content providers (e.g., content owners, creators, aggregators and advertisers) to publish and deliver content to households en masse. Recently, the emergence of consumer electronic devices with Internet access has created an explosion in the number of new platforms that are available to content providers. For example, these platforms include GOOGLE TV.RTM., GOOGLE.RTM. ANDROID.RTM., ROKU.RTM., MICROSOFT.RTM. XBOX 360.RTM., SONY.RTM. PLAYSTATION 3.RTM., APPLE.RTM. IOS.RTM., AMAZON KINDLE FIRE.RTM., and the NINTENDO.RTM. WII.RTM.
"Content is typically delivered to these platforms as applications that are purchased (or provided for free) and downloaded from an online application store or market (e.g., iTunes and Google Play) by users on their devices. Each online application store supports a particular platform. For example, ITUNES.RTM. provided by Apple.Inc is an online application store that provides applications for users to purchase and download onto the APPLE.RTM.IOS.RTM. platform on their devices. In another example, GOOGLE PLAY.RTM. provided by Google.Inc is an online application store that provides applications for users to purchase and download onto the GOOGLE.RTM. ANDROID.RTM. platform on their devices. Applications refer to software programs that are designed to run on a particular platform. Applications include, but are not limited to, games as well as software for accessing video/audio clips and streaming. After a user downloads an application on his/her device, the user may further make a purchase (e.g., an application, an unlocked feature, additional content, and a subscription) in the application from an application store, or via a website. However, platforms and their respective application stores are typically independent of one another. Thus, a purchase made in an application on one platform is not available in the same application on other platforms. A user using multiple platforms has to repeat a purchase in an application for each platform."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "A system and method for unified billing is herein disclosed. According to one embodiment, the computer-implemented method includes receiving an access to a purchase in an application on a first platform, receiving a request to access the purchase in the application on a second platform, and providing the access to the purchase in the application on the second platform based on the request.
"The above and other preferred features, including various novel details of implementation and combination of events, will now be more particularly described with reference to the accompanying figures and pointed out in the claims. It will be understood that the particular methods described herein are shown by way of illustration only and not as limitations. As will be understood by those skilled in the art, the principles and features described herein may be employed in various and numerous embodiments without departing from the scope of the invention.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"The accompanying figures, which are included as part of the present specification, illustrate the presently preferred embodiments of the present invention and together with the general description given above and the detailed description of the preferred embodiments given below serve to explain and teach the principles of the present invention.
"FIG. 1 illustrates an exemplary process for accessing a purchase in an application across multiple platforms, according to one embodiment.
"FIG. 2 illustrates an exemplary architecture for use with the present unified billing system, according to one embodiment.
"FIG. 3 illustrates an exemplary process for enabling unified billing across multiple platforms, according to one embodiment.
"FIG. 4 illustrates an exemplary user interface for user login, according to one embodiment.
"FIG. 5 illustrates an exemplary user interface for making a purchase in an application, according to one embodiment.
"FIG. 6(a) illustrates an exemplary user interface for an application during a trial access, according to one embodiment.
"FIG. 6(b) illustrates an exemplary user interface for an application after completing a purchase in the application, according to one embodiment.
"FIG. 7 illustrates an exemplary user interface that provides a purchase option in an application, according to one embodiment.
"FIG. 8 illustrates a block diagram of an exemplary unified billing system, according to one embodiment.
"FIG. 9 illustrates another exemplary process for accessing a purchase in an application across multiple platforms, according to one embodiment.
"FIG. 10 illustrates an exemplary computer architecture that may be used for the present system, according to one embodiment.
"The figures are not necessarily drawn to scale and elements of similar structures or functions are generally represented by like reference numerals for illustrative purposes throughout the figures. The figures are only intended to facilitate the description of the various embodiments described herein. The figures do not describe every aspect of the teachings disclosed herein and do not limit the scope of the claims."
For additional information on this patent application, see: Zuck, Daniel; Raman, Rajeev. System and Method for Unified Billing. Filed
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