Computer network system and method for efficient information transfer

  • US 5,768,508 A
  • Filed: 04/11/1997
  • Issued: 06/16/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/15/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A computer network for connecting information providers and users, comprising:

  • a user node includingmeans for sending a node ID corresponding to the user node,means for receiving a target information reference,means for fetching target information using the target information reference, andmeans for controlling the transfer of the target information in a background state while receiving non-target information to the user node without additional communication delay;

    a master database containing profile information and corresponding target information reference;

    a master node, coupled to the user node, and includingmeans for transferring the target information to the user node; and

    a master program, coupled to the master node and the master database, and includingmeans for receiving the node ID from the user node,means for accessing from the master database profile information corresponding to the node ID, andmeans for transmitting the target information reference corresponding to the accessed profile information to the user node.

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