System and method for using an ordinary article of commerce to access a remote computer

  • US 8,131,597 B2
  • Filed: 06/30/2010
  • Issued: 03/06/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/20/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of a user computing system communicating with one of a plurality of remote information computers available for communication over a computer network comprising:

  • a) the user computing system machine-reading a data carrier encoded with an index;

    b) the user computing system transmitting the index to a remote server computer over the computer network to enable the remote server computer to provide a pointer retrieved from a database comprising a plurality of records that each link an index to a pointer which identifies a remote information computer on the network;

    c) the user computing system receiving the pointer from the remote server computer over the computer network; and

    d) the user computing system using the pointer to establish communication directly with the remote information computer identified by the pointer.

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