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Method and apparatus for dispensing discount coupons in response to the purchase of one or more products Patent #: 5173851
ApplicationNo. 947285 filed on 09/17/1992
US Classes:705/14, Distribution or redemption of coupon, or incentive or promotion program705/16Including point of sale terminal or electronic cash register
ExaminersPrimary: Envall, Roy N. Jr.
Assistant: Shingala, Gita D.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassG06F 015/21
AbstractA merchandising system for generating and redeeming product discount coupons prints coupons for a selected consumer from a group of consumers by selecting particular coupons from a group of coupons to provide to the selected consumer and printing the coupons. Both the consumer and coupon identifications are encoded on the coupon in machine-readable form whereby the machine-readable code may be read at a point-of-sale terminal using a code reading apparatus. The portion of the read code corresponding to the consumer identification is replaced with a generic code to provide a substitute code. The substitute code is applied to a look-up table in order to determine coupon parameters related to the coupon identification. The entire machine-readable code may also be captured and uploaded to a central database for determining the coupon identification and consumer identification in order to update the database of consumers and coupons. In this manner, coupons redeemed by a consumer may be used in selecting future coupons for that consumer. The system may provide for coupon redemption by providing sufficient information to a manufacturer in order to generate a rebate to the retailer.