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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Proximity Device for Bundling of Products And/Or Services", for Approval

September 9, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Acosta, Evan (La Crescenta, CA); Drake, Edward (Stevenson Ranch, CA); Arana, Mark (West Hills, CA), filed on July 17, 2013, was made available online on August 28, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "This disclosure generally relates to the field of data transference.

"Media products are typically placed in packages on store shelves that allow consumers to read information about the content of the media products. Examples of such media products are Blu-ray discs or DVDs with movies, television shows, video games, or the like. Consumers typically peruse different packages to find out more information about the products of potential interest. Although technology has vastly progressed, the packaging configurations for media products have mainly remained stagnant. Technological developments have simply not improved the in-store experience for many users prior to purchase.

"Stores often have to compete with newer online websites that sell the same media products. Such online websites sell those media products and have utilized technological developments to learn about users and provide various incentives to users prior to the purchase of the media products. As a result of such competition, stores selling media products have faced newer challenges in maintaining the same base of customers that previously purchased media products from those stores."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In one aspect, a process stores, at a data storage device within a product and/or a product package, data associated with a bundle of products and/or services. Further, the process sends, from a proximity-based device within the product and/or the product package, the data to a mobile device when the mobile device is within a proximity to the proximity-based device.

"In another aspect, an apparatus comprises a data storage device within a product and/or a product package that stores data associated with a bundle of products and/or services. Further, the apparatus comprises a proximity-based device within the product and/or the product package that sends the data to a mobile device when the mobile device is within a proximity to the proximity-based device.

"In yet another aspect, a system comprises a storage device that stores data associated with a bundle of products and/or services. Further, the system comprises a processor, at a server, that receives a request for data associated with the bundle of products and/or services, retrieves the data from the storage device, and generates the bundle or products and/or services.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The above-mentioned features of the present disclosure will become more apparent with reference to the following description and accompanying drawings, wherein like reference numerals denote like elements and in which:

"FIG. 1 illustrates a data transference configuration that allows for proximity-based detection and transfer of data for a bundle of products and/or services.

"FIG. 2 illustrates a server-based data transference configuration that allows for proximity-based detection and transfer of data for a bundle of products and/or services.

"FIG. 3 illustrates a server-based data transference configuration that communicates with various store locations to generate the bundle or products and/or services.

"FIG. 4 illustrates a process that provides data for a bundle of products and/or product packages."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Acosta, Evan; Drake, Edward; Arana, Mark. Proximity Device for Bundling of Products And/Or Services. Filed July 17, 2013 and posted August 28, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=925&p=19&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140821.PD.&OS=PD/20140821&RS=PD/20140821

Keywords for this news article include: Information Technology, Information and Data Storage, Patents.

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