Friday, June 20, 2008

Clear With Computers, LLC v. Apple, Inc., et al

[via 9 to 5 Mac http://www.9to5mac.com/apple_legal_store_problem]

Filing: http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/texas/txedce/6:2008cv00243/110468/1/


Patents:
5,615,342
("This is a Continuation of application Ser. No. 07/878,602, filed May 5, 1992, now U.S. Pat. No. 5,493,490, which application are incorporated herein by reference.")

1. A computer assisted method of generating a customized proposal for selling products to particular customers, the method comprising the steps of:

presenting to a user of the computer a plurality of questions relating to features and uses of the products;

inputting into the computer a plurality of customer answers to the questions, the answers specifying a customer's desired product features and uses; storing in the computer product pictures, product environment pictures and text segments;

selecting a particular product picture in response to at least one of the customer answers;

selecting a particular product environment picture in response to at least one of the customer answers;

selecting a particular text segment in response to at least one of the customer answers;

and generating a customized proposal for the customer using the particular product picture, the particular product environment picture and the particular text segment.



5,367,627
("This is a continuation of application Ser. No. 07/959,525, filed Oct. 13, 1992, U.S. Pat. No. 5,283,865 which is a continuation of application Ser. No. 07/435,809, filed Nov. 13, 1989, now abandoned. ")

1. A computerized method of selling parts for particular equipment specified by a customer, comprising the steps of:

a) receiving information identifying a customer's parts requirements for the equipment, comprising the step of receiving equipment application information, comprising an identification of the equipment with which one or more parts are to be used;

b) electronically specifying information identifying a plurality of parts and specifications for the parts;

c) gathering parts-related information for one or more parts within the plurality of parts which meets the customer's requirements, comprising the step of electronically associating at least one of the parts within the plurality of parts with the received equipment application information; and

d) receiving the gathered parts-related information and compiling the parts-related information into a proposal meeting the customer's requirements.

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