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Product Code Reference to Web Sites

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000123099D
Original Publication Date: 1998-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 1 page(s) / 23K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Tsao, I: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This invention relates UPC (Universal Products Codes) to URLs (Universal Resource Locators) in order to find information about products on the web.

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Product Code Reference to Web Sites

  This invention relates UPC (Universal Products Codes) to URLs
(Universal Resource Locators) in order to find information about
products on the web.

   Users often want product information that can be provided
on the web.  The problem is that this information can be very
difficult to find among the millions of pages present on the web.
Using a search engine, for example, can provide an enormous list of
matches.

   Nearly all products have some sort of product code.  For
example, store items have UPC bar codes and books have ISBN numbers.
The purpose of this invention is to allow the user to enter the
product code to get web pages related to that product.

   One way to do this is to extend the internet routing
spec to allow product code number to resolve to numeric addresses
much like URLs resolve to addresses today.  Another technique is to
create a web site with a lookup table that cross-references product
codes and URLs.  Either way, users can enter a product code and get a
list of sites with sales info, technical support, etc. for that
product.