Computer-readable data product for managing sales information

  • US RE44,652 E1
  • Filed: 05/09/2011
  • Issued: 12/17/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/10/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A computer program product readable by a computing system and encoding a set of computer instructions implementing a method for managing product knowledge comprising a plurality of data items related to products offered for sale by a selling entity, the computing system including a memory arrangement and at least one processing unit, the method comprising:

  • defining a data model of data categories, the data model establishing relationships between data categories;

    receiving in the computer system one or more particular data items corresponding to one or more of the data categories;

    receiving user-defined relationship information for the particular data item, the relationship information relating the particular data item to one or more other data items; and

    presenting the product knowledge, including information about the particular data item, to a user of the system in a manner established by the data model and the user-defined relationship;

    wherein the data model is constructed from one or more data instance items interconnected using the user-defined relationship items for each data instance item.

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