Dedicated applications for user stations and methods for downloading dedicated applications to user stations

  • US 7,146,645 B1
  • Filed: 12/30/1999
  • Issued: 12/05/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/30/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of downloading copy protected dedicated applications to a user station from an application source comprising the steps of:

  • a) sending an order from a user station for an application to an application source, the order comprising at least a unique identification information in the form of an identification code of the user station equipment which identifies the particular user station equipment which the copy protected dedicated application is to be downloaded to and which identifies the user of the user station to the application source;

    b) upon identification of the particular user station equipment by the application source, preparing a dedicated executable application that can only run on the particular user station identified by configuring a general application accessible to the application source to include the unique identification information specific to the particular user station equipment identification code; and

    c) downloading the dedicated executable application from the application source directly to the particular user station identified wherein the downloaded dedicated executable application is copy protected by virtue of being configured by the application source to have the equipment identification code of the particular ordering user station to run only on the particular ordering user station and no other user station.

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