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Centralized E-Commerce System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000185645D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jul-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jul-29
Document File: 6 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

Linux Defenders

Related People

John Cronin: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A module within the operating system manages e-commerce transactions for users and vendors through a “cloud” platform. Information from multiple vendors is aggregated by a central server in the cloud using an e-commerce module on each vendors local sales system. The user may browse products and place orders using a module on their local computing device. When an order is placed, the central server in the cloud manages the transaction such that no sensitive financial information is transmitted outside of the cloud.

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Contact Information

Publications@ipcg.com

ipCapital Group

, Inc.

400 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 325

Williston

,

VT

05495

United States of America

(802) 872-3200

TITLE

Centralized E-Commerce System

ABSTRACT

A module within the operating system manages e-commerce transactions for users and vendors through a “cloud” platform.  Information from multiple vendors is aggregated by a central server in the cloud using an e-commerce module on each vendors local sales system.  The user may browse products and place orders using a module on their local computing device.  When an order is placed, the central server in the cloud manages the transaction such that no sensitive financial information is transmitted outside of the cloud. 

1.         BACKGROUND

Problem or

Opportunity

As e-commerce has grown significantly since the advent of the internet, there has been little innovation in the way that e-commerce transactions take place.  Traditionally a user must access and navigate multiple websites to find desired products.  It may be difficult for a user to determine which vendors can provide the best deal.  There is also a security risk in that passing payment information to an unreliable or non-trusted site can result in the user’s financial account or identity becoming compromised. A system is needed to centralize and secure e-commerce transactions in such a way that consumers have added protection against identity theft and fraud.

Background Publications

Previous publications have attempted to address the problem of managing online transactions by using a third party server.  However, the previous publications do not describe systems for e-commerce primarily located in a computing “cloud.”

US

Patent Number 7184987 describes a system for facilitating online commerce transactions.  In this invention, a central server aggregates data from multiple vendors.  Customers may then place a single order for products from several different vendors.  This invention does not involve transaction management by a cloud of online servers.

US

Patent Number 7107226 describes a system for aggregating product data from multiple vendors for the purpose of product comparison.  This invention provides a means for customers to compare similar products through a single interface.  Customers may also place an order with multiple vendors from the same interface.  This invention does not involve the management of transactions by a cloud of online servers.

2.         SUMMARY OF INVENTION

Invention Summary

In the present invention, e-commerce transactions between customers and vendors are facilitated by a trusted third-party E-Commerce Server.  An E-Commerce Module within the customer’s OS manages the process for the customer.

Product information including inventory and pricing is stored and managed by a group of...