Patent number 8788356 is assigned to
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "This invention relates generally to techniques for managing electronic information, and relates more particularly to a system and method for effectively providing software to client devices in an electronic network.
"Implementing effective methods for managing software is a significant consideration for designers and manufacturers of contemporary electronic devices. However, effectively managing software utilized by devices in an electronic network may create substantial challenges for system designers. For example, enhanced demands for increased device functionality and performance may require more system processing power and require additional software resources. An increase in processing or software requirements may also result in a corresponding detrimental economic impact due to increased production costs and operational inefficiencies.
"Furthermore, enhanced device capability to perform various advanced software management operations may provide additional benefits to a system user, but may also place increased demands on the control and management of various system components. For example, an enhanced electronic network device that effectively manages software programs may benefit from an effective implementation because of the large amount and complexity of the digital data involved.
"Due to growing demands on system resources and substantially increasing data magnitudes, it is apparent that developing new techniques for managing software in electronic networks is a matter of concern for related electronic technologies. Therefore, for all the foregoing reasons, developing effective techniques for managing software in electronic networks remains a significant consideration for designers, manufacturers, and users of contemporary electronic devices."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "In accordance with the present invention, a system and method for providing software to client devices in an electronic network are disclosed. In certain embodiments, the software includes trial software (trialware) that is provided without cost to device users for temporary evaluation and potential purchase. In one embodiment, various types of relevant profile information is initially collected relating to respective device users and their corresponding client devices. The profile information may be gathered in any effective manner. For example, the devices users may provide responses to profile questionnaires during an initial setup of their corresponding user devices. Profile modules of the client devices may utilize the collected profile information to generate client profiles that uniquely represent and describe the respective device users.
"The client devices may then transmit the client profiles to a software server by utilizing any effective transmission techniques. The software server may determine whether a social network has been previously formed or defined to include certain specific device users and their corresponding user devices. If a social network exists, then a recommendation engine of the software server accesses previously collected social network statistics that describe various types of transactions performed by the client devices in the social network.
"The recommendation engine next performs a recommendation analysis using the client profiles in conjunction with any social network statistics. The recommendation engine then generates recommendation lists of ranked software candidates based upon the foregoing recommendation analysis. Finally, the software server automatically provides recommended items from the recommendation lists to appropriate targeted ones of the device users through their respective client devices. For at least the foregoing reasons, the present invention therefore provides an improved system and method for effectively providing software to client devices in an electronic network."
URL and more information on this patent, see: Georgis, Nikolaos; Crisan, Adrian. System and Method for
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