Method and apparatus for providing and maintaining a user-interactive portal system accessible via internet or other switched-packet-network

  • US 6,594,766 B2
  • Filed: 06/25/2002
  • Issued: 07/15/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/08/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An Internet portal, comprising:

  • an Internet-connected server;

    a portal software executing on the server; and

    a data repository accessible to the server, the repository storing user-specific data comprising profiles and directions for user-defined functions;

    wherein the server, through execution of the portal software, in response to log-on by an individual user from a user'"'"'s Internet-connected appliance, presents a secure and personalized web page for the user, the personalized page having a list of Internet destinations enabled by hyperlinks, wherein, upon invocation of a hyperlink by the user, the portal invokes a URL for the destination, and upon connection with the destination, transparently provides any required log-on information required for user access at the destination, and wherein the server automatically performs individual ones of the user-defined functions.

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