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The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to software purchase and, more particularly, to a method and apparatus for remote purchase, installation, and licensing of software.
"Software purchase and installation for a device requires a user to be physically present on the device for which the purchase is made. Generally, software is purchased on computer readable media, such as a CD-ROM, flash drive and the like, or downloaded to a local hard drive on the device, for example from an Internet location. Installation of the software generally requires providing user details before making an online purchase. All activities related to download, installation and purchase are triggered from the device, and require the user's presence at the device.
"Further, for multiple devices with different platform (e.g., WINDOWS.RTM. OS, MAC.RTM. OS, or LINUX.RTM. OS, among others), the user needs to download different installation files corresponding to each platform. The user is required to access devices individually, one by one, for completing software installation corresponding to that device's operating system. This procedure is quite tedious and time consuming for the user.
"In certain instances, a user may purchase a software that is incompatible with the device (e.g., due to hardware or software configuration of the device). There is a significant inconvenience associated with discovering that the software is incompatible and possibly revoking the software purchase, for the user and the software provider.
"Therefore, there is a need for a method and apparatus for remote purchase, installation, and licensing of software."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "A method and apparatus for remote purchase, installation, and licensing of software substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.
"These and other features and advantages of the present disclosure may be appreciated from a review of the following detailed description of the present disclosure, along with the accompanying figures in which like reference numerals refer to like parts throughout.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 depicts a block diagram of a system for remote purchase, installation, and licensing of a software, according to one or more embodiments of the invention;
"FIG. 2 depicts a flow diagram of a method for registering a device and checking for purchased applications to install as performed by the service agent of FIG. 1, according to one or more embodiments of the invention; and
"FIG. 3 depicts a flow diagram of a method for remote purchase of a software application, as performed by the remote purchase application, the compatibility module, and the purchase module of FIG. 1, according to one or more embodiments of the invention.
"While the method and apparatus is described herein by way of example for several embodiments and illustrative drawings, those skilled in the art will recognize that the method and apparatus for remote purchase, installation, and licensing of software are not limited to the embodiments or drawings described. It should be understood, that the drawings and detailed description thereto are not intended to limit embodiments to the particular form disclosed. Rather, the intention is to cover all modifications, equivalents and alternatives falling within the spirit and scope of the method and apparatus for remote purchase, installation, and licensing of software as defined by the appended claims. Any headings used herein are for organizational purposes only and are not meant to limit the scope of the description or the claims. As used herein, the word 'may' is used in a permissive sense (i.e., meaning having the potential to), rather than the mandatory sense (i.e., meaning must). Similarly, the words 'include', 'including', and 'includes' mean including, but not limited to."
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