Providing services from a remote computer system to a user station over a communications network

  • US 9,484,078 B2
  • Filed: 09/29/2010
  • Issued: 11/01/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/31/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A computer implemented method, comprising:

  • receiving by a remote computer system over a communications network, first information identifying a user station not previously identified to the remote computer system during a first user initiated communication session;

    sending from the remote computer system to the user station second information that is a function of and different from the first information during the first user initiated communication session;

    storing third information based on the first information at a location remote from the user station and accessible to the remote computer system;

    receiving the second information at the remote computer system during a second user initiated communication session from the user station automatically, wherein the user station triggers automatically sending the second information to the remote computer system, wherein the second information was automatically stored at the user station;

    retrieving the previously stored third information at the remote computer system; and

    matching at least a portion of the received second information with the stored third information;

    wherein the second information is used by the remote computer system as a station identifier, and wherein the station identifier is used by the remote computer system as a surrogate for a user identifier.

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