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Customer-based Product Design Module

Study ID: 829
Research Type: Validity
Expiration Date: 2011-07-25

This Study relates to a component or unit of a system comprised of a memory; a transmitter; and a processor, coupled to the memory and to the transmitter. They are configured to: monitor a product for an occurrence in the product of a trigger event of a predefined plurality of trigger events, increment a counter corresponding to the trigger event upon detection of the occurrence of the trigger event, cause the display of a user interface, configured to probe for information regarding a use of the product, if the counter exceeds a threshold, cause the memory to store an input received from the user interface, and cause the transmitter to transmit the input to a server.

According to the specification of the patent, one of the purposes of this unit is to collect information and provide feedback to vendors to assist in the design of new features or usability of the product. For example, one of the preferred embodiments is “a specialized computer module.”

Completed 2011-09-27
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    New matter entered in USSN 243638 is only entitled to Latest Date for Prior Art of May 15, 1994 with a preferred date of May 15, 1993.

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