System for viewing content over a network and method therefor

CAFC
  • US 7,054,928 B2
  • Filed: 12/21/2000
  • Issued: 05/30/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/23/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A system comprising:

  • a user device having a processor and comprising;

    a browser program capable of being run on said processor for viewing website pages;

    a graphical user interface (GUI) application capable of being run on said processor, containing a proprietary communication protocol and providing a GUI for depicting a character icon; and

    a unique identifier for identifying the user of the user device;

    a service provider for maintaining a user record corresponding to said user, for communicating with said GUI application by means of said proprietary communication protocol, for authorizing the GUI application to depict the character icon, and for providing one or more previously enabled character enhancements for the user'"'"'s character icon depicted in the authorized GUI application, wherein said user record comprises identification of the user'"'"'s character icon, predetermined user preferences, and the one or more previously enabled character enhancements; and

    a target website for offering a new character enhancement for the user'"'"'s character icon, wherein the new character enhancement is capable of being enabled in the user'"'"'s record at the service provider without requiring user interaction with the service provider, and wherein the character enhancements are obtained per predefined authorization rules from the service provider and/or the target website in addition to the predetermined user references; and

    wherein, when the user visits the target website using the browser program, the target website uses the unique identifier on the user device to access the user'"'"'s record at the service provider without requiring user interaction with the service provider, whereby any new character enhancement offered to the user is appropriate for the user'"'"'s character icon.

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