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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Profiled Application Store Purchases Based on Operator Subscription", for Approval

July 3, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Saari, Arto (Vantaa, FI); Sivonen, Mira (Helsinki, FI), filed on December 10, 2012, was made available online on June 19, 2014.

The patent's assignee is F-Secure Corporation.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Online portals through which users of electronic devices (e.g., mobile devices) can shop among a wide variety of downloadable software are well known and sometimes referred to as application store environments. Some currently popular application store environments include, for example, Apple's AppStore, Google Play, and the Microsoft Windows Store and Marketplace. This downloadable software, which is also known as applications, is generally characterized as being relatively small in size, typically on the order of a few or tens of megabytes. Owner/operators of these conventional application store environments (hereinafter 'application stores') allow third parties (individual software/application developers and publishers) to make their software available as applications through the application store. For example, applications available through an application store may be provided by handset/smart phone vendors such as Samsung and Nokia; cellular service providers such as Verizon, Telefonica, and China Mobile; and by third parties such as Intel, Facebook, and Amazon.com. This has generally proven to be beneficial to both the owner/operators and the third party software/application publishers, as a wider variety of applications available through a single application store draws in a larger volume of customers, and the third party application developers and publishers have access to a pre-existing worldwide distribution platform at little expense.

"Many applications are now developed for or by mobile network operators (MO). Some applications have been offered for sale as part of a larger service offering, i.e. as a package or bundle of applications included with a subscription to a mobile service or the like. For example, a bundle of applications may include security products such as antivirus, browser security, encryption, anti-spyware, and firewall software. To enable these bundled services to be offered in a typical application store, protocols based on the use of license keys, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and the like have traditionally been employed to process payment requests and verify transaction validity. However, since application store policies have recently changed, the use of these protocols are no longer viable options for bundling services related to applications.

"What is needed in the art is a model for profiling application store purchases in which services are bundled with one or more downloaded applications."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In accordance with one exemplary aspect of these teachings, there is a method comprising: providing a software application comprising at least two purchase options; publishing the software application to an online application store; and based on whether or not a user is a subscriber, selecting an individual one of the purchase options for displaying to the user.

"In accordance with another exemplary aspect of these teachings, there is a computer readable memory that stores a set of executable instructions. In this aspect, the computer readable memory comprises code for providing a software application comprising at least two purchase options; code for publishing the software application to an online application store; and code for selecting an individual one of the purchase options for displaying to a user based on whether or not the user is a subscriber.

"In accordance with a still further exemplary aspect of these teachings, there is an apparatus having at least one memory storing a set of computer executable instructions and at least one processor. The apparatus is caused to provide a software application comprising at least two purchase options; publish the software application to an online application store; and select an individual one of the purchase options for displaying to a user based on whether or not the user is a subscriber.

"These and other aspects are detailed more particularly below.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a schematic overview of an application store in which several user devices are capable of shopping for an application, where the several user devices are subscribers to different operators.

"FIG. 2 is a schematic block diagram of certain entities shown at FIG. 1 which are exemplary electronic entities/nodes/devices for practicing embodiments of the teachings herein.

"FIG. 3 a conceptual overview of a sequence of providing in-application purchase options from a user's perspective.

"FIG. 4 is a conceptual overview of one exemplary aspect of a profiling strategy involving a specific free application phase.

"FIG. 5 is a schematic flow diagram illustrating the creation of an application offering for profiling by an operator."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Saari, Arto; Sivonen, Mira. Profiled Application Store Purchases Based on Operator Subscription. Filed December 10, 2012 and posted June 19, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1143&p=23&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140612.PD.&OS=PD/20140612&RS=PD/20140612

Keywords for this news article include: Software, F-Secure Corporation.

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