Electronic sourcing system

  • US 6,055,516 A
  • Filed: 01/20/1999
  • Issued: 04/25/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/10/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An electronic sourcing system comprising:

  • a collection of catalogs of items stored in an electronic format;

    a first set of pre-determined criteria associated with said collection of catalogs;

    a second set of pre-determined criteria associated with items from each of said catalogs;

    a catalog selection protocol, said catalog selection protocol relying on said first set of pre-determined criteria to select less than said entire collection of catalogs, and including matching a vendor identification code with a subset of said collection of catalogs, wherein said subset of catalogs includes both a vendor catalog from a predetermined vendor and a second catalog from a predetermined third party that is one of a manufacturer and a competing vendor, said predetermined third party selling items corresponding to items in said vendor catalog; and

    a search program, said search program relying on said second set of criteria to select specific items from said catalogs determined from said catalog selection protocol.

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