System and method for managing relationships between brokers and traders

  • US 7,562,045 B2
  • Filed: 11/18/2003
  • Issued: 07/14/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/18/2003
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of managing access to a trading network, comprising:

  • receiving at a computing device an attachment request, the attachment request including a request to attach a first user to a second user, the attachment request indicates whether the second user is a passive trader or an active trader;

    establishing and storing a user relationship between the first user and the second user;

    when the attachment request indicates that the second user is a passive trader, establishing a first association between the user relationship and a first connection between the computing device and a trading system;

    wherein the established user relationship and the established first association allow the first user to engage in trading activity in the trading system on behalf of the second user via the first connection; and

    when the attachment request indicates that the second user is an active trader;

    (1) determining whether the second user is logged into the trading system; and

    (2) when it is determined that the second user is logged into the trading system, establishing a second association between the user relationship and a second connection between the computing device and the trading system;

    wherein the established user relationship and the established second association allow the first user to engage in trading activity in the trading system on behalf of the second user via the second connection.

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