The patent's assignee is
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Mobile devices can be thought of as devices capable of accessing and computing data and that can be moved between locations. Mobile devices can also often operate to data remotely using a wireless connection. Mobile device features often include accessing email, sending and receiving messages, downloading and executing mobile applications, GPS navigation, camera, video, and other means of manipulating data remotely.
"Current leaders in mobile device software include Apple IOS, Google Android, and Microsoft Windows Phone 7.
"A social network is a site or forum where users share personal information. Social networks often allow users to connect with each other based on social associations in the social network.
"Some social networks allow uploading and sharing photos, profiles, events, birthdays, groups, status updates, and other social and personal information. Current leaders in social networking include
"A digital gift can be a certificate or voucher or substitute currency offered by a specific business or individual that is exchangeable for a cash value of goods or services. The electronic gift is referred to herein as a gift card, which is an electronic gift that has a code that allows it to be used by the recipient, e.g., a barcode or magnetic strip a reusable physical or virtual card. Gift certificates and gift cards have become popular gifts."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "This invention relates to mobile gift distribution, and more particularly, to a system for distributing digital gifts among friends, either real or within social networks, using a digital format.
"The inventors recognize a use for distributing digital gifts amongst friends in a social network.
"Embodiments describe a system of distributing digital gifts among friends, either real or within social networks, using a digital format in real time with a mobile device. In one embodiment, the digital gift is referred to as a 'gift card'.
"Embodiments describe tracking purchase data and providing balance details for all received digital gifts. This is accomplished through interacting modules including a social networking module, an external social network integration module, a gift card purchasing module, and a gift card transaction module.
"Another embodiment does all of this using a single computer that runs the functions to carry out these modules.
"The social networking module is responsible for maintaining the social network database and communication with all clients.
"The external social network integration module can scan for friends, events, and other information in separate social networks, parse this information for relevant data, and incorporate it into the social networking module. Included in these results are friends, birthdays, events, event invite lists, groups, and other relevant information.
"Through the gift card purchasing module, the user may select an individual from their network and send them a digital gift such as a gift card. The gift card transaction module maintains and can provide a list of all sent gifts, all received gifts, and the individual transaction history for one or a plurality of gift cards. These and other objectives of the present invention will become apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art after reading the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments. It is to be understood that the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are exemplary, and are intended to provide further explanation of the invention as claimed.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 depicts a block diagram of a computer system suitable for implementing aspects of the present invention;
"FIG. 2 is a diagram illustrating the remote application;
"FIG. 3 is a flowchart illustrating sending a digital gift card;
"FIG. 4 is a flowchart illustrating making a purchase using a gift card;
"FIGS. 5-28 are diagrams illustrating the system as described below; and
"FIG. 29 is a flowchart illustrating the process of operation to obtain a digital gift."
For additional information on this patent application, see: Orellana, Carlos E. System and Method for Mobile Gift Distribution. Filed
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