Methods, systems and devices for packet watermarking and efficient provisioning of bandwidth

  • US 8,224,705 B2
  • Filed: 09/10/2007
  • Issued: 07/17/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/17/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An electronic method for purchasing at least one item and/or service, comprising:

  • establishing an account whereby a customer is credited with a predetermined amount of bandwidth usage;

    establishing a communication link with a vending system; and

    transmitting a stream of data using a packet watermark protocol, said transmitting comprising;

    generating a packet watermark associated with the stream of data comprising a plurality of packets, wherein the packet watermark enables identification of at least one of the plurality of packets; and

    combining the packet watermark with each of the plurality of packets to form watermarked packets;

    wherein the transmitting is for at least one of the following;

    selecting an item to be purchased;

    agreeing to a purchase value for the selected item;

    communicating to the vending system a request to purchase the selected item; and

    causing a debit to the account in an amount of bandwidth usage which corresponds to the agreed upon purchase value for the selected item.

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