Patexia Contest




Patexia is looking for descriptions of a system where a customer can login to a business’s web server to view and modify their customer information and subscribed services.

Submitted documents describing this system must be:

  • published before 07/24/1996 or a system in use before 07/24/1996
  • not a patent document
  • not on the known references list

The entire submission should, in the same document or in a second document, describe a system that uses a front-end server where:

  1. the customer connects to the front end server over the Internet
  2. the customer is shown their information and available services
  3. the customer is allowed to submit a modification request the information and available services through the front-end server
  4. the modification request is remotely processed by the telecommunications service provider
  5. the customer is notified by the server front-end a verification of the modifications made to the customer’s information and available services

This contest is for a prior art search for US Patent 6,115,737 (‘737), with a focus on claims 7, 8, 9, and 14 in the context of allowing customers of a telecommunications service provider to view and modify their services over the Internet, or entirely within an intranet or closed network.

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1Is the reference a non-patent document published before July 24th, 1996 or a document that describes a publicly used system that was in use before July 24th, 1996? T/F
2Does the reference describe allowing a customer to modify their services and customer data for a telecommunications service provider by connecting to a server front-end? 20
3Does this system allow the customer to establish a connection over the Internet between the customer’s computer and the front-end server, and display information and services available tailored to that customer? 20
4Does this system allow the customer to request a modification of the displayed information and services available through this front-end server connection? 25
5Does the system then remotely process this modification request, and use the front-end server to show the customer a verification of any modifications made? 25
6Does this system, alternatively, occur through an intranet or closed network? 10

Additional Notes

Prior Art Search

This is a Prior Art Search contest aimed at determining if a patent idea was known and publicly available before a patent was filed.

+5 bonus points will be awarded for for foreign language references.

This contest has been extended to Sunday, February 15th, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST and is subject to modified prize distribution awards:

  • the top submission will be designated as a winner and receive $3,000
  • the next scored 2 submissions will be designated as winners and receive $500 each
  • the next scored submissions (to a maximum of 10) will be designated as runners up and receive a minimum of $100 each

Please review the Contest Rules. For more information on how to submit to this Contest type, please read the Intro to Prior Art Search page.