Method for updating a remote computer

  • US 5,761,649 A
  • Filed: 06/05/1995
  • Issued: 06/02/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/10/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for accessing product information data related to a selected product stored in a vendor'"'"'s main computer from a customer'"'"'s remote computer, the method comprising:

  • storing product data including graphics data and textual data related to a plurality of products in a memory of the main computer;

    storing a first subset of product data including graphics data related to at least one of the plurality of products in a memory of the remote computer;

    selecting at least one product at the remote computer;

    transmitting a data request query related to the at least one selected product from the remote computer to the main computer;

    identifying a second subset of product data including graphics data and textual data related to the selected product from the product data stored in the memory of the main computer based on the data request query;

    transmitting the textual data from second subset of product data from the main computer to the remote computer;

    transmitting only updated graphics data from the second subset of product data that is different from the graphics data in the first subset of product data from the main computer to the remote computer;

    storing the updated graphics data in the memory of the remote computer; and

    combining the textual data from the second subset of product data received from the main computer with graphics data related to the selected product stored in the memory of the remote computer to provide complete product information data related to the selected product including both graphics and textual data.

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