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(12) INTERNATIONAL APPLICATION PUBLISHED UNDER THE PATENT COOPERATION TREATY (PCT) 



(19) World Intellectual Property Organization 

International Bureau 

(43) International Publication Date 
30 November 2000 (30.11.2000) 




PCT 



11 



(10) International Publication Number 

WO 00/72213 Al 



(51) International Patent Classification 7 : 



G06F 17/60 (81) Designated States (national): AE, AL, AM, AT, AU, AZ, 



(21) International Application Number: PCI7US00/14365 

(22) International Filing Date: 24 May 2000 (24.05.2000) 
(25) Filing Language: English 



(26) Publication Language: 

(30) Priority Data: 

60/135,538 



English 



24 May 1999 (24.05.1999) US 



(71) Applicant (for all designated States except US): PART- 
MINER, INC. ITJS/US]; 432 Park Avenue South, New 
York, NY 10016 (US). 

(72) Inventors; and 

(75) Inventors/Applicants (for US only): NISSANOFF, 
Daniel [US/US]; 429 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 
10022 (US). SCHENECKER, Mark, Allan [US/US]; 
8135 Spire Court, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 (US). 

(74) Agents: LEASON, David et al.; Darby & Darby P.C., 805 
Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022-7513 (US). 



BA, BB, BG, BR, BY, CA, CH, CN, CR, CU, CZ, DE, DK, 
DM, EE, ES, H, GB, GD, GE, HR, HU, ID, IL, IN, IS, JP, 
KE, KG, KP, KR, KZ, LC, LK, LR, LS, LT, LU, LV, MD, 
MG, MK, MN, MW, MX, MZ, NO, NZ, PL, PT, RO, RU, 
SD, SE, SG, SI, SK, SL, TJ, TM, TR, IT, TZ, UA, UG, US, 
UZ, VN, YU, ZA, ZW. 

(84) Designated States (regional): ARIPO patent (GH, GM, 
KE, LS, MW, MZ, SD, SL, SZ, TZ, UG, ZW), Eurasian 
patent (AM, AZ, BY, KG, KZ, MD, RU, TJ, TM), European 
patent (AT, BE, CH, CY, DE, DK, ES, H, FR, GB, GR, IE, 
IT, LU, MC, NL, PT, SE), OAPI patent (BF, BJ, CF, CG, 
a, CM, GA, GN, GW, ML, MR, NE, SN, TD, TG). 

Published: 

— With international search report 

— Before the expiration of the time limit for amending the 
claims and to be republished in the event of receipt of 
amendments. 

For two-letter codes and other abbreviations, refer to the "Guid- 
ance Notes on Codes and Abbreviations" appearing at the begin- 
ning of each regular issue of the PCT Gazette. 



(54) Title: SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ELECTRONIC COMMERCE 




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(57) Abstract: A system and method for satisfying a customer's request (100) to purchase a particular product, part or service 
when none of the customer's existing vendors can do so. The invention operates by way of the Internet (10S), providing customers 
(102) with a single interface (106) for relaying all of their requests to each of their vendors (104) regardless of the communication 
medium through which a particular vendor prefers to have any requests provided. The host (1 10) formats the customer's request in 
accordance with its vendor's preferred transmission modes and conveys responses back to the customer through the Internet, e.g., 
by e-mail or through a Web browser. The invention introduces a host-approved vendor to the customer only when the customer's 
existing vendors do not have the requested product The existing business relationships between the customer and its existing vendors 
are not disrupted nor are they displaced because those vendors were not able to satisfy the request. A subsequent request by the same 
customer for the same product will be conveyed only to die customer's existing vendors to again give those business contacts a first 
chance to satisfy the request 



INTERNATIONAL SEARCH - REPORT 


International application No. 




PCT/US00/ 14365 


A. CLASSIFICATION OF SUBJECT MATTER 




IPC(7) :G06F 17/60 




US CL : 705/26, 27 




According to International Patent Classification (IPC) or to both national classification and IPC 


B. FIELDS SEARCHED 



Minimum documentation searched (classification system followed by classification symbols) 
U.S. : 705/26 f 27 



Documentation searched other than minimum documentation to the extent that such documents are included in the fields searched 



Electronic data base consulted during the international search (name of data base and, where practicable, search terms used) 
WEST, INTERNET 

PROCURE, BUY , PURCHASE, SELECTED OR PREFERRED, VENDOR, SUPPLIER, QUOTE 



DOCUMENTS CONSIDERED TO BE RELEVANT 



Category* 


Citation of document, with indication, where appropriate, of the relevant passages 


Relevant to claim No. 


X, P 


US 5,970,475 A (BARNES ET AL.) 19 OCTOBER 1999, COL. 8 
LINE 36 TO COL. 9 LINE 54, COL. 23 LINE 1 TO COL. 24 
LINE 54. 


1-30 


Y 


US 5,842,178 A (GIOVANNOLI) 24 NOVEMBER 1998, COL. 3 
LINE 58 TO COL. 8 LINE 31 


1-30 


Y 


US 5,319,542 A (KING Jr. et al.) 07 JUNE 1994, COL. 3 LINE 60 
TO COL. 6 LINE 29. 


1-30 


A 


US 5,734,890 A (CASE ET AL.) 31 MARCH 1998, WHOLE 
DOCUMENT 


1-30 


A 


US 5224,034 A (KATZ ET AL.) 29 JUNE 1993, WHOLE 
DOCUMENT 


1-30 



| 1 Furtlier documents are listed in the continuation of Box C. | | See paLent family annex. 



Special categories of cited docuitieiiu: 

"A" document defining tlie general state of the art which is not considered 

to be of particular relevance 

"E" earlier document published on or after the international filing date 

*L" document which may tlirow doubts on priority claim(s) or which is 

cited to establish the publication date of another citation or otlier 
special reason (as specified) 

"O" document referring to an oral disclosure, use. exhibition or other 

means 

"P" document published prior to the international filing date but later than 

the priority date claimed 



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later document published after the international filing date or priority 
date and not in conflict with tlie application but cited to understand 
the principle or theory underlying Uie invention 

document of particular relevance: tlie claimed invention cannot be 
considered novel or cannot be considered to involve an inventive step 
when tlie document is taken alone 

document of particular relevance; tlie claimed invention cannot be 
considered to involve an inventive step when tlie document is 
combined with one or more otlier such documents, such combination 
being obvious to a person skilled in the art 

document member of die same patent family 



Date of the actual completion of the international search 
01 SEPTEMBER 2000 


Date of mailing of tlie international search report 

f 2 OCT 2D0O 


Name and mailing address of the IS Al US 
Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks 
Box PCT 

Washington, D.C. 20231 
Facsimile No. (703) 305-3230 


Authorized officer 

JAMES TRAMMELL J&)yUL& P /t/fc&>£&U£> 
Telephone No. (703) 305-9768 



Form PCT/ISA/210 (second sheet) (July 1998)* 




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09/869538 



JC18Ree'dPCT/PJD 2 7JUN 2001 



EXPRESS MAIL CERTIFICATE 



I hereby certify that, on the date indicated above, this paper or 
fee was deposited with the U.S. Postal Service & that it was 
addressed for delivery to the Assistant Commissioner for 
Patents, Washington, DC 20231 by "Expres^flai|£fr«t Office to 
Addressee" service. J ^-*t J /"^w * 



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PLEASE CHARGE ANY DEFICIENCY UP TO $300.00 OR 
CREDIT ANY EXCESS IN THE FEES DUE WITH THIS 
DOCUMENT TO OUR DEPOSIT ACCOUNT NO. 04-0100 




Name (Print) Signature 



Customer No.: 




Docket No.: 2637/1 F581 -US2 



07278 



PATENT TRADEMARK OFFICE 



IN THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE 
In re application of: 

Daniel NISSANOFF and Mark Allan SCHENECKER 
Serial No.: t/b/a 
Confirmation No.: 

Filed: Concurrently Herewith 

For: SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ELECTRONIC COMMERCE 



LETTER ACCOMPANYING U.S. NATIONAL PHASE FILING 



Hon. Commissioner of 

Patents and Trademarks 
Washington, DC 20231 

Box PCT 

Attn.: DO/EO/US 



Concurrently herewith, applicants have entered into the U.S. national 



Sir: 



phase of the above-identified international application under 35 U.S.C. §371 . 





JC18 ReCd PCT/PTO 2 7JUN 2001 



09/869538 



During the course of international preliminary examination, Examiner 



Eric Stamber had found all of the claims to meet the PCT criteria under Article 
33(2-4) as to novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability. A copy of the 
international preliminary examination report is enclosed. 



It is therefore submitted that the claims on file in this application are 



presently in condition for allowance under U.S. practice. Pursuant to the provisions 
of 37 C.F.R. §1 .496(b), it is requested that this application be taken up out of 



DARBY & DARBY 
805 Third Avenue 
New York, NY 10022 
(212) 527-7700 

End. 



order. 



Respectfully submitted, 



Dated: June 25, 2001 




David Leason 
Registration No. 36,195 
Agent for Applicant(s) 



M:\2637\1F581\HR08I9.WPD 

Serial No. t/b/a 



Docket No. 2637/1 F581 -US2 



PATENT COOPERATION TREATY 



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^rom the x 
INTERNATIONAL PRELIMINARY EXAMINING AUTHORITY 



To: DAVID LEASON 

DARBY & DARY P C. 

805 THIRD AVENUE 

NEW YORK, NY 10022-7513 



COPY 




NOTIFICATION OF TRANSMITTAL OF 
INTERNATIONAL PRELIMINARY 
EXAMINATION REPORT 

(PCT Rule 71.1) 



Date of Mailing _ ,. n A 4 
(day/month/y^r) ^ 2 JUN 2.001 



Applicant's or agent's file reference 
2637/2F581-W 



IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION 



International application No. 
PCT/USOO/ 14365 



International filing date (day/month/year) 
24 MAY 2000 



Priority Date (day/month/year) 
24 MAY 1999 



Applicant 

PARTMINER, INC. 



1 . The applicant is hereby notified that this International Preliminary Examining Authority transmits herewith the 
international preliminary examination report and its annexes, if any, established on the international application. 

2. A copy of the report and its annexes, if any, is being transmitted to the International Bureau for communication 
to all the elected Offices, 

3. Where required by any of the elected Offices, the International Bureau will prepare an English translation of 
the report (but not of any annexes) and will transmit such translation to those Offices. 

4 REMINDER 

The applicant must enter the national phase before each elected Office by performing certain acts (filing 
translations and paying national fees) within 30 months from the priority date (or later in some Offices)(Article 
39(l))(see also the reminder sent by the International Bureau with Form PCT/IB/301). 

Where a translation of the international application must be furnished to an elected Office, that translation must 
contain a translation of any annexes to the international preliminary examination report. It is the applicant's 
responsibility to prepare and furnish such translation directly to each elected Office concerned. 

For further details on the applicable time limits and requirements of the elected Offices, see Volume II of the 
PCT Applicant's Guide. 





Name and mailing address of the I PEA/ US 

Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks 
Box PCT 

Washington, D.C. 20231 
Facsimile No. (703) 305-3230 


Authorized officer r\ f / 
ERIC STAMBER V^jc^j \\ ClAA^ 

Telephone No. (703) 305-8000 



Form PCT/IPEA/416 (July 1992)* 



PATENT COOPERATlW TREATY 

4 

PCT 

INTERNATIONAL PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION REPORT 
(PCT Article 36 and Rule 70) 



Applicant' s or agent' s file reference 
2637/2F581-W 


ETfcu it i idthfd A mnN See Notification of Transmittal of International 
tun MJKiH^K Atiium p rc lmiinary Examiiiation Report (Form PCT/IPE A/4 16) 


International application No. 
PCT/US00/14365 


International filing date (day/month/ycar) 
24 MAY 2000 


Priority date (day/month/ycar) 
24 MAY 1999 


International Patent Classification (IPC) or national classification and IPC 
IPC(7): G06F 17/60 and US CI.: 705/76 27 


Applicant 
PARTMINER, INC. 



1. This international preliminary examination report has been prepared by this International Preliminary 
Examining Authority and is transmitted/to the applicant according to Article 36. 



This REPORT consists of a total of 

□ 



sheets. 



This report is also accompanied by /ANNEXES, i.e., sheets of the description, claims and/or drawings which have 
been amended and are the basis for this report and/or sheets containing rectifications made before this Authority, 
(see Rule 70.16 and Section 607 of the Administrative Instructions under the PCT). 



These annexes consist of a total of 



sheets. 



3. This report contains indications relating to the following items: 
Basis of the report 
Priority 

Non-establishment of report with regard to novelty 
Lack of unity of invention 

Reasoned statement under Article 35(2) with regard tc 
citations and explanations supporting such statement 



- I 




II 


□ 


III 


□ 


IV 


□ 


V 




VI 


□ 


VII 


□ 


VIII 


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Date of submission of the demand 
22 DECEMBER 2000 


Date of completion of this report 
1 1 MAY 2001 


Name and mailing address of the I PEA/ US 
Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks 
Box PCT 

Washington, D.C. 20231 
Facsimile No. (703) 305-3230 


Authorized officer C\ | 1 / 

ERIC STAMBER u U 1 
Telephone No. (703) 305-8000 



Form PCT/IPEA/409 (cover sheet) (July 1998) * 



INTERNATIONAL PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION REPORT 



International application No. 
PCT/US00/14365 



I. Basis of the report 



1 . With regard to the elements of the international application: * 
| x | the international application as originally filed 
the description: 



pages 
pages 
pages 



1-27 



NONE 



, as originally filed 

, filed with the demand 



NONE 



, filed with the letter of 



the claims: 

pages 

pages 

pages 

pages 



28-32 



NONE 



NONE 



, as originally filed 

as amended (together with any statement) under Article 19 
, filed with the demand 



NONE 



filed with the letter of 



the drawings: 

pages 

pages 

pages 



1-5 



NONE 



, as originally filed 

, filed with the demand 



NONE 



filed with the letter of 



the sequence listing part of the description: 

pages NONE 

pages 

pages 



NONE 



, as originally filed 

, filed with the demand 



NONE 



filed with the letter of . 



2. With regard to the language, all the elements marked above were available or furnished to this Authority in the language in which 
the international application was filed, unless otherwise indicated under this item 

These elements were available or furnished to this Authority in the following language which is: 

| | the language of a translation furnished for the purposes of international search (under Rule 23.1(b)). 
| | the language of publication of the international application (under Rule 48.3(b)). 

I 1 the language of the translation furnished for the purposes of international preliminary examination (under Rules 55.2 and/ 
or 55.3). 

3. With regard to any nucleotide andVor amino acid sequence disclosed in the international application, the international 
preliminary examination was carried out on the basis of the sequence listing: 

□ contained in the international application in printed form. 

| | filed together with the international application in computer readable form. 

| | furnished subsequently to this Authority in written form. 

| | furnished subsequently to this Authority in computer readable form. 

□ The statement that the subsequently furnished written sequence listing does not go beyond the disclosure in the 
international application as filed has been furnished. 

I I The statement that the information recorded in computer readable form is identical to the writen sequence listing has 
I — ' been furnished. 

4 The amendments have resulted in the cancellation of: 

the description, pages 
the claims, Nos 



NONE 



NONE 



fx] the drawings, sheets/% NONE 



5. This report has been drawn as if (some of) the amendments had not been made, since they have been considered to go 

beyond the disclosure as filed, as indicated in the Supplemental Box (Rule 70.2(c)).** 
* Replacement sheets which have been furnished to the receiving Office in response to an invitation wider Article 14 are referred to 

in this report as "originally filed" and are not annexed to this report since they do not contain amendments (Rides 70.16 

and 70.17). 

♦MrtV replacement sheet containing such amendments must be referred to under item 1 and annexed to this report. 

Form PCT/IPEA/409 (Box I) (July 1998)* 



INTERNATIONAL PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION REPORT 



International application No. 
PCT/USOO/ 14365 



V. Reasoned statement under Article 35(2) with regard to novelty, inventive step or industrial applicability; 
citations and explanations supporting such statement 



I. statement 

Novelty (N) Claims K30 YES 

Claims NONE NO 

Inventive Step (IS) Claims 1-30 YES 

Claims NONE NO 

Industrial Applicability (IA) Claims 1-30 YES 

Claims NONE NO 



2. citations and explanations (Rule 70.7) 

Claims 1-30 meet the criteria set out in PCT Article 33(2)- (4) , because the prior art does not teach or fairly suggest 
conveying to request obtained by the host Web site to the customer- selected vendors and conveying the request to the host- 
approved vendor only upon a prescribed condition, 

NEW CITATIONS 

NONE 



Form PCT/IPEA/409 (Box V) (July 1998)* 



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International application No. 




INTERNATIONAL PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION REPORT 




1 


PCT/USOO/14365 



Supplemental Box 

(To be used when the space in any of the preceding boxes is not sufficient) 



Continuation of: Boxes I - VIII Sheet 10 



Form PCT/IPEA/409 (Supplemental Box) (July 1998) *