Secure data interchange

  • US 7,630,986 B1
  • Filed: 10/27/2000
  • Issued: 12/08/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/27/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of allowing access to data over a distributed data processing system, the method comprising:

  • providing an automated infrastructure for the exchange of information between multiple self-interested parties;

    providing a trusted server with at least one data warehouse for the storage of said information, wherein the trusted server includes a processor;

    associating a price rule with particular data records of said information which establishes a cost of accessing said particular data records, and which controls the access to that data;

    wherein said price rule enables a data owner associated with said data to specify a different price for different types and amounts of information access;

    within said trusted server, providing a data processing platform which is accessible to multiple third-party data processing software programs which operate as software agents;

    wherein a plurality of seller-side software agents have defined relationships to said price rules and associated data records, and maintain absolute access control to said data records;

    wherein a plurality of buyer-side software agents have regulated query access to said data processing platform and may request pricing information from said seller-side software agents;

    wherein said plurality of seller-side software agents and said plurality of buyer-side software agents operate as persistent data processing systems which interact with one another repeatedly over time and which thus define a virtual marketplace.

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