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Systems For Gathering Information From Units Across A Network

Study ID: 828
Research Type: Validity
Expiration Date: 2011-07-25

This Study relates to a system comprising: units of a commodity that can be used by respective users in different locations, a user interface, a memory within each of the units of the commodity, a communication element associated with each of the units of the commodity, and a management component.

The user interface, which is part of each of the units of the commodity, is configured to provide a medium for two-way local interaction between one of the users and the corresponding unit of the commodity, and further configured to elicit, from a user, information about the user's perception of the commodity.  Each memory is capable of storing results of the two-way local interaction, the results including elicited information about user perception of the commodity, while each communication element is capable of carrying results of the two-way local interaction from each of the units of the commodity to a central location. The management component is capable of managing the interactions of the users in different locations and collecting the results of the interactions at the central location.

Completed 2011-09-27
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    This Study is a request for prior art, including non-patent literature, that provides a path to invalidity for the Study patent claims that is not already known. The Reward is guaranteed to be paid to the Researcher who submits the highest quality prior art. 

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