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U.S. Patent: RE46,637

Patent Title

Apparatus, methods, and systems for data mining user information

Meta Information

Issued Date: December 12, 2017
Inventor: Christina Ying Liu, William Ho Chang
External Links: UPSTO, Google Patents

Technical Fields



An Internet based service system may include one or more servers, software, or storage units for use in data mining user information. The disclosed service may facilitate users posting information, connecting to other users, and making transactions over the Internet. Data from each transaction submitted through the service are data mined. The collected data may include personal information, private data, interest, intellectual property, and the like. For increasing transactions, the service system may create a proposed transaction specification specifying a transaction between a first party and a second party based, at least in part, on data mining user information. Feed a reference code associated with a second party to a first party, and receive a communication request from the first party employing the reference code. The reference code may include tagged photo, advertisement etc. The service may also provide private user information to other parties.

Sample Claim

1. A method of facilitating anonymous communication between a first station and a second station, the second station having an address for communication, and each station being enabled to transmit and receive packet data and being connected directly to a packet data network, the method comprising:

providing a transaction specification from at least one of the first and second stations,

generating a reference code in response to the transaction specification, there being a defined relationship between the reference code and said address,

supplying the reference code to at least the first station,

receiving a communication request from the first station,

receiving the reference code from the first station,

using the reference code to recover said address, and

opening a channel for communication between said first and second stations,

whereby anonymous communication can be established between the first and second stations without providing said address to the first station.