The assignee for this patent, patent number 8782025, is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "A compilation of addresses of potential and existing customers is an important asset for any company that uses traditional methods to identify, manage and allocate the multiple types of addresses that are configured for a professional to meet multiple operational needs for customer management, personal and non-personal communications. However, it can be a daunting task to keep a large compilation of addresses up-to-date and accurate.
"A person often has multiple addresses of different types or categories. These addresses can enter into private or public records through many channels, for example, state or federal government authorizations, licensing or certification, membership in professional associations, registration of real property or motor vehicles, posting in advertisements, etc. After the addresses become available in these original sources, they can later be transferred to, shared or purchased by myriads of organizational entities including the government, communities, or commercial vendors (these become 'secondary sources' for the addresses). The reliability of some of these sources can be questionable, as they are typically not actively monitored. For example, when a person changes his or her address, the change often is likely reflected in only a few of the above sources at the outset (and can percolate through other sources at different times). As a result, many sources, especially the secondary sources, can contain a significant portion of outdated addresses.
"A user may want to gather the addresses of the persons of interest from various sources. However, the use of multiple address sources does not guarantee a broader reach to the targeted audience, but instead can create confusion and cause more waste. This is due to not only the varying reliability of the individual sources, but also the conflicts or inconsistencies of the addresses provided by the different sources. For example, an address can be present in one source, but not another; a person can have multiple office addresses reported by different sources, yet no information is available as to which one is more current. Without further analysis or investigation, a user of such addresses will not be able to use them effectively.
"Therefore, there is a need for systems and methods that can assess the currency and reliability of addresses obtained from various sources, as well as to reconcile the inconsistencies of a large amount of addresses obtained from different sources. There is also a need for presenting the analyzed addresses to a user in an understandable format to allow the user to more effectively use the addresses."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "Systems and methods for determining the present status of at least one occupancy of one or more individuals based on one or more occupancy data sources are described. In some embodiments, the techniques include obtaining the at least one occupancy of said one or more individuals from said one or more sources; computing a score of said at least one occupancy by a computer processor based on the currency and the relative trustworthiness of said one or more sources; and determining said present status of said at least one occupancy based on said computed score. The techniques can also include presenting the at least one occupancy in a user readable format.
"In some embodiments, the occupancy is obtained from at least one external source. For such an embodiment, computing the score for an occupancy can include obtaining an age of the occupancy, assigning a weight point to each of one or more instances of the occupancy based on the age and the relative trustworthiness of the at least one external source, and obtaining a score of the occupancy by summing up all of the weights of the one or more instances of the occupancy.
"In some embodiments, the score of an occupancy is an overall score and computing the score includes combining an internal score and an external score of an occupancy.
"In some embodiments, the techniques further include additional verification or validation based on one or more criteria for supplementing missing information of an occupancy, correcting an error existent in an occupancy as reported, validating an occupancy, updating the present status of an occupancy, and/or resolving a conflict between multiple occupancies associated with a person."
For more information, see this patent: Swenson, Karen. Systems and Methods for Address Intelligence. U.S. Patent Number 8782025, filed
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