Click on the patent number in the Lookup column to examine the patent in IBM's Patent Database.
||Method and system for placing a purchase order via a communications network
|Indexing the Web
||January 26, 1999
||This patent, "a method for parsing, indexing and searching world wide web pages," is the Altavista patent for web crawlers, spiders and robots.
||Internet-based referral system that enables individuals and other business entities ('associates') to market products, in return for a commission, that are sold from a merchant's website
||Aug. 19, 1997
||This "method and system for implementing hypertext scroll attributes" was obtained by Jakob Nielsen and Sun Microsystems. Sun claims that this patent affects the W3C's Xpointer activity.
||The use of style sheets in an electronic publishing system
||Computer-based communication system and method using metadata defining a control structure. (P3P is "Platform for Privacy Preferences")
||A flexible user interface for mobile communications devices
||Apparatus for and method of automatically downloading and storing internet web pages.
||Michael Doyle, UC Regents
||Distributed hypermedia method for automatically invoking external application providing interaction and display of embedded objects within a hypermedia document.
||Hierarchical error reporting system
||Double Click, Inc.
||Method of Delivery, Targeting, and Measuring Advertising over Networks
||High speed data compression and decompression apparatus and method
|Selling Airline Tickets
||Method and apparatus for the sale of airline-specified flight tickets
|Web User Tracking Across Sites
||Method and apparatus for attaching navigational history
information to universal resource locator links on a world wide web
||Stephen Dale Messer
||Data processing system for integrated tracking and management of commerce related activities on a public access network
|Display of Spherical Images (VR)
||Interactive Pictures Corporation
||Method and apparatus for the interactive
display of any portion of a spherical image
|Stateless Shopping Cart
||Stateless shopping cart for the Web
||Network sales system
||Extendible method and apparatus for synchronizing multiple files on two different computer systems
||Bruce Dickens, McDonnell Douglas
||Date formatting and sorting for dates spanning the turn of the century
If you know of controversial patents that we should add to our list, send them to Dale Dougherty.