US20080059332A1 - Systems and methods for reviewing gift information - Google Patents

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US20080059332A1
US20080059332A1 US11715295 US71529507A US2008059332A1 US 20080059332 A1 US20080059332 A1 US 20080059332A1 US 11715295 US11715295 US 11715295 US 71529507 A US71529507 A US 71529507A US 2008059332 A1 US2008059332 A1 US 2008059332A1
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Abstract

A method of creating an aggregated Internet accessible registry includes the :step of accepting a query from a registrant. The query contains an identifier and a search criteria, the identifier identifying one of a multitude of registry databases. Registries matching the search criteria in the selected registry database are retrieved. When the registrant selects one of the matching registries, a general user identifier that uniquely identifies the registrant is associated with the registry. Additional queries and registry selection completes the aggregation registry process. The aggregated registry is managed on-line by the registrants and accessed by guests. The aggregated registry provides a framework that allows automated updates by registry database provides without loss of the identity of an aggregated registry.

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    CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This application is a continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 10/611,540, filed Jun. 30, 2003, which is a continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 10/273,326, filed Oct. 15, 2002 now U.S. Pat. No. 6,618,753, which is a continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 09/459,766, filed Dec. 13, 1999 now U.S. Pat. No. 6,493,742, which are hereby incorporated by reference in their entireties.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention
  • This invention relates generally to the field of Internet accessible product registries. More particularly, this invention relates to a system and method for aggregating and managing multiple registries over the Internet.
  • 2. Description of the Related Art
  • The advent of widespread access to the Internet has generated interest in the development of web applications capable of accessing registry databases. Registry databases are collections of registries. Each registry in a registry database describes a registrant, an event, and the items that the registrant would like to acquire in celebration of the event. Registry databases are generally maintained by retailers such as department stores. An event may be, for example, an engagement, wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation, religious holiday, baby shower, baptism, confirmation, Mother's day, Father's day, or other significant event. Further, rather than representing an event, a registry may simply represent the generalized wish list of the registrant.
  • Internet accessible registry databases have many advantages over registry databases that are exclusively available in the store. First, an Internet accessible registry removes geographic limitations. Trips to the store to purchase registry items or to create a registry are no longer necessary. One simply accesses the registry over the Internet from the convenience of the home or office. The hassle of traffic, waiting in lines, and reliance on sales staff is circumvented. Using an Internet accessible registry, it is possible for a Tuscaloosa Ala. couple to register with a retailer in Manhattan, or for that matter, Venice, Italy. Second, for guests, the purchasers of registration items from a registry, options such as gift routing and wrapping are conveniently handled directly over the Internet. For example, gift wrapping and its concomitant hassles, such as waiting in long gift wrapping lines, is prevented by making such on-line designations. Third, Internet accessible registry databases provide advantages to retailers such as reduction in overhead costs and product exposure to an expanded, geographically unconstrained market-benefits that may be passed on to the consumer in the form of reduced retail prices.
  • Retailers that provide registration services over the Internet typically restrict the content of their registry databases to products offered by the individual retailer or, at best, to those of a highly limited number of retail partners. Thus, registrants to major events such as weddings must still register with several different retailers in order to attempt adequate coverage. Often registrants are not satisfied with the scope of their selections even after several different retailer-specific registries have been made. However, the typical registrant does not create more retailer-specific registries because of the burden it places on guests and because of the high degree of maintenance that is required by the registrant to maintain such a large number of registries. Further, existing retailer-specific registries do not offer registrants the option of registering unconventional items such as maid service, cooking lessons, or camping gear.
  • Even with the introduction of Internet accessible registries, the practice of restricting registry database content produces the unsatisfactory result that guests attempting to buy gifts for registrants must search multiple retailer-specific web sites. Such inconvenience is magnified when the guest does not even know where the registrant is registered. Several retailer-independent web sites have attempted to address the shortcomings of retailer-specific Internet accessible registry databases. These web sites allow a registrant to build a gift registry that is not retailer-specific. However, while functional, such web sites are unsatisfactory in practice. The registrant must manually enter large amounts of information, such as a product description, price, and possible places that the registry item can be found. Further, there is no method by which a retailer can update the registry when a purchase is made. Rather, such web sites typically require that the guest update the registrants' web page as gifts are purchased. This has the disadvantage that every guest must use the registrant's web page and diligently update it. Often, this is simply not possible because some of the guests do not have access to the Internet.
  • In view of the situation described, what is needed in the art is a system and method for managing a large number of registries in a single uniform environment such that the amount of work required by both the registrants and the guests is minimized and the content of the registries is expanded beyond traditional retail content.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention provides a system and method for aggregating registries. The system and method allows registrants to collect all registries, both custom and retailer-specific, in a single web site. The present invention allows registrants to expand the number of event types for which they create registries. Using the features of the present invention, registries for even the most common events, such as birthdays, are created by registrants and are easily accessed by relatives and friends over the Internet.
  • In a preferred embodiment, a query from a registrant, which includes an identifier and a search criteria, is received by a server. The identifier is used to select a particular registry database from a plurality of registry databases. The search criteria is used to identify matching registries in the selected registry database. In response to a selection of one of the matching registries, a user identification that uniquely identifies the registrant is associated with the selected registry. As the registrant selects additional registries, an aggregated registry forms that is composed of each registry that has been chosen. Because selected registries are associated with a user identification rather than transferred to a secondary registry database, an aggregated registry typically spans multiple primary registry databases.
  • In another aspect of the present invention, a query is received from a guest and multiple registry databases are searched. The query typically includes a name of a registrant and an event date. A unique identifier, for each matching registry in any of the multiple registry databases, is then communicated to the guest. When the guest selects one of the unique identifiers, the registry associated with the unique identifier is opened for review. The guest may pick items in the registry for purchase while the registry is open. In a preferred embodiment, the guest may make additional queries. The additional queries may designate different registrants or additional event dates. As with the original query, each registry database is searched for matching registries. Unique identifiers, each representing a matching registry, are communicated to the guest. The guest selects one of the unique identifiers and the corresponding registry is opened. Items selected by the guest from the opened registry are added to an aggregated purchase list that includes all items selected by the guest from previously selected registries.
  • When the guest has finished making queries and selecting items, a single purchase transaction is performed. The purchase transaction includes the steps of producing a requisition for each registry database provider represented in the aggregated purchase list. Each requisition corresponds to a particular registry database provider and includes each item in the purchase list that originated from a particular registry database supported by the corresponding registry database provider. Then, using a credit and/or debit system, such as a credit card associated with the guest, an electronic purchase transaction is executed for each requisition.
  • In a preferred embodiment of the present invention, a registrant may log onto a server. During the log in process, a unique user identifier is obtained from the user profile of the registrant. The user identifier is used to generate an aggregated registry that includes each registry in a multitude of registry databases. Once the registrant selects one of the registries in the aggregated registry, management of the registry over the Internet is possible. On-line management typically includes adding/deleting items from the registry, reviewing the registry purchase order history, altering an item order quantity in the registry, identifying a party that has made an order using the registry; and/or sending a message to a party that has made an order using said registry.
  • In yet another preferred embodiment, registry database providers may access their registry databases from a server to review/update registry databases with in-store activity, revise on-line catalogs of products, and review registry orders. However, even when registry database providers update their respective registry databases, aggregated registries, i.e. the associations between user identifications and registries, are preserved.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • For a better understanding of the nature and objects of the invention, reference should be made to the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:
  • FIG. 1 illustrates a server in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 illustrates various sources of registry databases in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 3 illustrates a registrant profile that includes a general user identifier and personal data, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 4 illustrates the processing steps associated with the method of creating an aggregated registry in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 5 illustrates an exemplary process for associating a user identification with a registry in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 6 illustrates processing steps associated with management of an aggregated registry by a registrant over the Internet in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 7 illustrates processing steps associated with aggregate registry shopping over the Internet in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 8 illustrates the steps for an exemplary process for aggregated registry shopping over the Internet.
  • FIG. 9 illustrates an example data structure of an aggregated purchase list in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 10 illustrates processing steps associated with management of an aggregated registry over the Internet by a registrant that is facilitated by use of a general user identifier stored in a user profile in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 11 illustrates processing steps used by a registry database provider to update an Internet accessible registry database in one embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 12 illustrates a topology that interfaces an Internet accessible registry database with a master registry database and outlet store registry databases.
  • Like reference numerals refer to corresponding parts throughout the several views of the drawings.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION General Architecture
  • FIG. 1 is a general illustration showing the architecture of system 100 that is in accordance with the present invention. System 100 has a standard computer configuration including at least one central processing unit (CPU) 102, at least one hard disc 104, an optional user interface 106, a network interface 112, and a system memory 114 that are connected by bus 138. Disc 104 is used to store various components of system memory 114. Optional user interface 106 can perform tasks such as monitoring traffic on system 100, controlling disc 104 data upload or download, and/or optimizing a component of system memory 114. Network interface 112 provides Internet access to system 100. Further, network interface 112 provides access to one or more remote servers 142.
  • The components in system memory 114 in this exemplary system include an operating system 116 and the identity of registry database providers 118. In one embodiment of the present invention, a registry database provider 118 may be a retailer such as a department store. Each registry database provider 118 may be associated with one or more registry databases 120. There is no limit on the number of distinct registry databases 120 that a particular registry database provider 118 may have in system memory 114.
  • In an illustrative preferred embodiment, each registry 122 in registry databases 120 may include search data such as the full name of the registrant and, if existing, coregistrants, an event date and location, the store number where registry 122 was created, and a sales consultant number or name. Registry 122 may further include a field that specifies a registrant password that is used if the registry is to be password protected by system 100. Similarly, registry 122 may specify a guest password that must be specified by a guest before access is granted to registry 122. In the preferred embodiment, registry 122 includes a shipping address to use for purchases made prior to the event and a second shipping address that is to be used after the event. Further, registry 122 may include a variety of control flags. For example, registry 122 may include a flag that controls whether the registry is accessible over the Internet, a status flag that is capable of designating whether the registry is “active” or canceled, a flag that records when the last change to registry 122 was made, and/or an add/update flag that may be used to synchronize registry 122 with a registry on another server. Finally, each registry 122 in the preferred embodiment includes registry items 124. Preferably, each registry item 124 has a retailer registry identifier such as a stock keeping unit (“SKU”) or a universal product code (“UPC”) number, a quantity desired, the quantity of the product that has already been purchased, a description of the product, and the product purchase price.
  • The components of system memory 114 in the exemplary system of FIG. 1 further include a profile database 126 that has the profile of each person that logs into system 100. People that log into system 100 may be registrants of one or more registries 122, or guests seeking to purchase registry items 124.
  • System memory 114 also includes an upload module 128 for receiving an update of registry database 120 from a registry database provider. Such updates may be incremental updates or full replacements of a registry database 120. In a preferred embodiment, a registry database 120 is assigned an update file and an associated update control file. When update of registry database 120 is required, a registry database provider sends the update file to system 100 from a remote computer through network interface 112. Preferably, the update file is sent using file transfer protocol (FTP). Once transfer of the update file to system 100 has completed, the update control file is sent. The presence of update control file in system 100 triggers upload module 128 to open the associated update data file and update the appropriate registry database 120 with the contents of the update file. The update control file is then deleted from system 100. One of skill in the art will appreciate that numerous variations of upload module 128 are possible. All such variations are within the scope of the present invention. For example, in an alternative embodiment, the control file is not deleted from system 100 after an update. Rather, upload module is triggered to perform a subsequent update when the timestamp of the update control file changes.
  • In some embodiments of the present invention, system memory 114 includes a download module 130 that may be used by registry database providers 118 to download registry orders made by guests and/or registry 122 updates made by registrants on system 100. In a preferred embodiment, download module 130 may be implemented as an FTP server. When a registry database provider provides the appropriate password associated with the registry database provider, access is granted and information downloaded. Preferably, registry orders are in a file with a customized format that was specified by the registry database provider 118. It will be appreciated that the data transferred by upload module 128 and download module 130 may be secured in a variety of different ways known to those of skill in the art. For example, the data may be encrypted, transferred over the open Internet, on leased lines, or on virtual private networks.
  • Web site 132 provides a graphical user interface that is used by guests, registrants, and registry database providers. Web site 132 includes three modules, an aggregation module 134 for aggregating registries 120, a shopping module 136 that provides an interface to guests, and an on-line management module 138 that provides an Internet interface for on-line registry management by registrants. Web site 132 may optionally include a variety of other modules, such as a registry database provider in store registry module 140. Module 140 may support registry database providers such as small businesses or shop owners that do not have an in house electronic registry database. Module 140 may be accessed from such businesses or shop owners and serve as a proxy to an in house electronic registry.
  • The utility of upload module 128 may be further appreciated by reference to FIG. 2.
  • As illustrated in FIG. 2, upload module 128 may be used to upload an Internet accessible on-line catalog 202 from a retailer. On-line catalog 202 may include a list of products and/or services available from the retailer. In a preferred embodiment, web site 132 provides an interface to an on-line catalog 202. This allows registrants to access the on-line catalog 202 through network interface 112 in order to build a registry. Registries built using web site 132 are added to the registry database 120 that corresponds to on-line catalog 202. In a preferred embodiment, a diverse array of on-line catalogs 202 are hosted by web site 132. Such an embodiment provides a replacement to in store registration and allows a registrant to register with a wide array of registry database providers and to specify unconventional gift items.
  • As shown in FIG. 2, upload module 128 may upload a registry database 204 from registry database provider 118. In some embodiments of the present invention, upload module 128 may be used to poll select uniform resource locations (URLs) for content 206. When content is found at a particular URL, upload module updates a registry database 120 with the content from the particular URL. Therefore, in such embodiments, system 100 provides access to registry databases 120 from retailers that do not provide information directly to system 100 through direct channels.
  • Profile database 126 (FIG. 1) is used to store user profiles. A user profile may include information about a registrant (registrant profile) and/or a guest (guest profile). As illustrated in FIG. 3, each registrant profile 300 includes a unique general user identifier 302. The general user identifier 302 provides a method for identifying, independent of the actual name of the registrant, a particular registrant. A registrant profile 300 also includes a password 304. When a registrant logs into system 100, in a preferred embodiment, the registrant is prompted to provide password 304. It will be appreciated that the general user identifier 302 may serve as a password in some embodiments of the present invention and that, in such embodiments, registrant profile 300 does not have a separate password field 304. As depicted in the exemplary profile of FIG. 3, registrant profile 300 may include a user name 306, an address 308, a telephone number 310, and an E-mail address 312. The registrant profile may also include demographic information 314 such as an age and/or household income.
  • In some embodiments of the present invention, registrant profile 300 includes an event date 316 and an event type 318, such as a wedding or birthday. Further, a personal web page 320 may be designed using a profile wizard provided by web site 132 and associated with a particular event. The personal web page may provide guests with information such as news related to the event, driving instructions, hotel information, and/or uploaded images.
  • In yet other embodiments of the present invention, the registrant profile stored in profile database is two-tiered. The top tier includes basic information about a registrant, including a general user identifier. Several lower tiered profiles may exist, each representing a distinct event for which the registrant has registered. Each of the second-tiered profiles may include an associated web page that provides information related to the event.
  • Preferably, each guest profile includes the information necessary to support a single click purchase by the guest. Such information typically includes credit card and/or debit card information, a billing address and a reference phone number or E-mail address. The guest profile is typically generated by prompts made by system 100 the first time a guest logs in to the system.
  • Registry Aggregation
  • Now that the general architecture of a system in accordance with the present invention has been disclosed, the concept of registry aggregation can be described. Referring to FIG. 4, an exemplary registry aggregation process is illustrated. In a preferred embodiment, the exemplary registry aggregation process of FIG. 4 is hosted by web site 132. In the first processing step of FIG. 4, a registrant logs into system 100 (402). In step 402, profile database 126 (FIG. 1) is queried for the registrant profile 300 associated with the registrant. When there is no associated registrant profile 300 in profile database 126, system 100 generates a registrant profile 300 for the registrant and assigns a unique general user identifier 302. In the next processing step, the general user identifier 302 is obtained from the registrant profile 300 (404). In processing step 406, a query is accepted from the registrant. The query includes the name of a particular registry database 120 (FIG. 1) as well as search criteria. One of skill in the art will appreciate that several different techniques may be implemented to facilitate selection of a particular registry database 120 by the registrant in processing step 406. As an example, the name of each registry database provider 118 may be listed in a pull down menu on web site 132. When a registrant selects a particular registry database provider 118, all registry databases 120 associated with the particular registry database provider 118 are listed on a submenu. A particular registry database 120 may then be selected from the submenu. Although many other embodiments are within the scope of the present invention, in a preferred embodiment, the search criteria provided in step 406 includes a first and last name and an event date.
  • In processing step 408, the search criteria specified in processing step 406 are used to search the specified registry database 120 for matching registries 122. Next, in processing step 410, the registrant selects a matching registry 122. In processing step 412, the general user identifier 302 of the registrant is assigned to the registry 122 selected in processing step 410. Preferably, the assignment of a general user identifier 302 to a registry 122 is made by populating a specific field in registry 122, which is reserved for general user identifiers, with general user identifier 302.
  • In a preferred embodiment, the assignment of a general user identifier 302 to a registry 122 is not overwritten when registry database 120 is updated by upload module 128. Thus, for example, the assignment is not overwritten even when the registry database provider 118 associated with the registry database 120 that includes registry 122 updates the registry.
  • Registry aggregation occurs when the process illustrated in FIG. 4 is repeated by a particular registrant. Each time the registrant repeats the processing steps of FIG. 4, an additional registry 122 is associated with the general user identifier 302 of the registrant. The collection of registries, throughout the various registry databases 120, that have been associated with a particular registrant using a process such as that shown in FIG. 4 is defined herein as an aggregated registry.
  • To illustrate the aggregation process of FIG. 4, FIG. 5 shows various states of illustrative web site 132 in accordance with the present invention. First, web site 132 provides a form 502 that facilitates entry of the processing step 406 (FIG. 4) query. Form 502 includes fields 504 for the search criteria aspect of the query and field 506 for specification of the registry database 120 to be searched. Field 504 may include, for example, a first name and a surname. When form 502 is submitted, search criteria 504 are used to search the registry database 120 specified in field 506 for matching registries 122. Panel 508 illustrates registries 122 found in the search. When a registrant selects a matching registry 122 from a panel such as panel 508, web site 132 displays a screen such as that depicted in panel 510. In panel 510, the registrant confirms that he is the “owner” of the registry selected in panel 508 by use of field 512. Then, the selected registry 122 is updated to include the general user identifier 302 associated with the registrant.
  • In view of the foregoing general description of the invention, those skilled in the art will recognize a number of benefits associated with the disclosed technology. For example, there is no requirement that the various registries in an aggregated registry be in the same registry database 120. Thus, there is no requirement that the various registries 122 in the aggregated registry have a similar or compatible data structure. Furthermore, because registries in an aggregated registries are left intact in their native registry databases, it is possible for registry database providers to upload database updates without overwriting the associations made in the aggregation process. Another advantage of the aggregated registry is that it is not dependent upon the name of the registrant or other personal information provided by the registrant. Thus, an aggregated registry can include registries that have slight variations of the registrant's name, or indeed, different names altogether.
  • Yet another advantage of the present invention is that it provides a permanent framework for hosting registries throughout the life of each registrant. Accordingly, system 100 can be configured to send E-mail messages to a registrant on the eve of birthdays, and other major calendared events. The E-mail message can invite the registrant to generate an aggregated registry for the event. In another aspect of this framework, customers can rely on system 100 to send them reminders about major events, involving friends, business associates, family members or colleagues that may require the purchase of a gift or card.
  • Illustrative Registrant Session
  • To better appreciate certain aspects of the present invention, an illustrative registrant session is shown in FIG. 6. This illustrative session may represent processing steps that are performed using the on-line management module 138 of web site 132. To begin, in processing step 602, successful log in results includes identifying the general user identifier 302 associated with the registrant. Once processing step 602 is completed, the registrant can add or create registries 122 (606). Registries 122 are added by selecting a registry database 120 and providing search criteria such as an event date or name. The registrant may select an identified registry 608, using techniques described above in connection with FIGS. 4 and 5. Each time a registry 122 is selected, the general user identifier 302 is assigned to the registry. Registries 122 are created in processing step 606 when the registrant uses web site 132 to make selections from an on-line catalog 202. Repetition by processing step 606 results in the formation of an aggregated registry that can be managed over the Internet in processing step 610. The registrant selects a registry (step 612) that includes the general user identifier 302 associated with the registrant.
  • Once the registrant selects a registry 122, the registrant may update the registry (step 614). Such updates may include, for example, changing the order item count of a registry item 124, and adding or deleting registry items 124. Because the component registries 122 of an aggregated registry remain in their native registry databases 120, it is possible to communicate the updates made in processing step 616 to the appropriate registry database provider 120 using downloader 130.
  • FIG. 6 illustrates other options available to a registrant. In processing step 616, the registrant may obtain an updated registry report that includes, for example, what registry items 124 have been ordered. Further, in processing step 620, the registrant may edit the registrant profile 300. The illustrative session ends in processing step 622 when the registrant logs out.
  • Illustrative Guest Session
  • To better appreciate additional aspects of the present invention, an illustrative guest session is shown in FIGS. 7 and 8. In step 702, the guest optionally logs into system 100. The optional guest log in process includes identifying the guest profile associated with the guest in profile database 126. In step 704, the guest enters a query. In a preferred embodiment, such as that illustrated in panel 802 (FIG. 8), the query includes a first and last name and an optional event date. Each registry database 120 is then searched for registries 122 that match the query. As illustrated in panel 804, matching registries are displayed by web site 132 and the guest selects one of the matching registries 706. When a registry is selected, it is opened, thus allowing the guest to review the registry over the Internet. An illustrative opened registry is shown in panel 806 of FIG. 8.
  • One of the advantages of the present invention is that the guest may make multiple queries in a single Internet session 718. Each query 704 may be for a different party and/or event. Thus, in a single session, a guest may make several different selections, or purchases, from several different registry databases 120. Each selection made by a guest in a single Internet session is collected into an aggregated purchase list. At the end of the Internet session, a single aggregated purchase transaction 720 is performed. If the guest had logged into system 100 (702) and the guest profile includes credit card information, the single aggregated purchase transaction may be automatically performed using the information stored in the guest profile. Finally, the session ends 722. In an alternative embodiment, guests do not log into system 100 until step 720.
  • Aggregated Purchase List
  • In FIG. 9, a representative aggregated purchase list 900 is disclosed. The aggregated purchase list 900 includes a session identifier 902 that identifies a particular Internet session, such as a session illustrated in FIG. 7 or FIG. 8. Further, the aggregated purchase list 900 may include a guest general user identifier that is associated with the customer. When that is the case, the guest general user identifier is used to obtain credit card information from the associated guest profile. Aggregated purchase list 900 further designates each registry database provider 906 from which the guest selected a particular registry item 124 during session 902. When a particular registry database provider has more than one registry database 120 in system 100, the registry database provider field 906 includes a registry database designation 120. Finally, aggregated purchase list 900 includes the registry items 124 selected by the guest during session 902. The registry items, termed order items in FIG. 9, are categorized by database provider 906.
  • The system and method of the present invention allows guests to purchase gifts directly from retailers without selecting a registry or accessing a registry database. When a guest purchases a gift from a retailer without accessing a registry, 906 designates a retailer rather than a registry database provider. Thus, it is possible for an aggregated purchase list 900 to include both records 906 that designate a registry database provider and records 906 that designate a retailer.
  • The advantage of an aggregated purchase list is that it provides convenience to the guest. Rather than executing a series of on-line sessions to buy registry items, a guest makes all necessary selections during one session. Further, the aggregated purchase list provides transaction flexibility. That is, all purchases may be made in a single credit card transaction by server 100. In such an embodiment, respective registry database providers 906 may have accounts that are credited for purchases made through server 100. Additionally, separate credit card transactions can be arranged for those registry database providers that have no such account. Most importantly, the credit card transactions made, either collective or separate, are transparent to the guest. Now that the structure of aggregated purchase list 900 has been disclosed, one of skill in the art will appreciate the convenience that it provides to the guest.
  • Internet-Based Management of an Aggregated Registry
  • Referring to FIG. 10, some of the advantages an aggregated registry provides to a registrant are illustrated. When a registrant logs in to system 100 (1002), the general user identifier 302 is obtained from the corresponding registrant profile 300 (1004). In processing step 1006, general user identifier 302 is used to search each registry database 120 in system 100 for registries 122 having general user identifier 302. The collective set of matching registries found in processing step 1006 is the aggregated registry. The user selects one of the registries 122 in the aggregated registry in processing step 1008 and Internet-based management of the selected registry is performed in processing step 1010. In this manner, the registrant can easily manage each registry associated with the registrant in system 100 without remembering specific details about each registry. Internet-based management of a gift registry 122 in processing step 1010 may include any number of services. For example, registry items 124 may be added or deleted from the selected registry, the purchase order history of the selected registry may be reviewed, registry item order quantities may be adjusted, guests that have made orders from the selected registry may be identified and messages may be sent to such guests.
  • Although not shown in FIG. 10, it will be appreciated that it is possible for the registrant to update registrant profile 300 while logged into system 100. Such, an update may include personal contact information, updating a personal web page, changing an event date, specifying a new event type, updating a credit card number, modifying a guest list or E-mail address, or revising a broadcast message to be sent to select guests.
  • Internet-Based Management by a Registry Database Provider
  • Referring to FIG. 11, additional benefits of the present invention are disclosed. In a first processing step, a registry database provider 118 or an agent for the provider specifies a superuser password in an authentication operation. When a valid superuser password is provided, access is granted to a registry database 120 associated with the superuser password. When access is granted to a registry database 120, the services of upload module 128 and download module 130 may be utilized. For example, orders associated with the registry database 120 may be reviewed and/or on-line catalog of products offered by the registry database provider 120 may be updated. In another example, the registry database 120 may be incrementally or completely updated. As one of skill in the art will appreciate, however, the registry database provider does not overwrite associations made between particular registry 122 and registrant general user identifiers 302.
  • Master Registry Database
  • The present invention can be used in conjunction with a master registry database. In a preferred embodiment, the master registry database is a registry database that is maintained by a retailer that has several outlet stores. Referring to FIG. 12, each outlet store 1204 has a copy of master registry database 1206. Registry purchases made at each outlet store are tracked by the respective outlet registry database 1204. Outlet registry databases are then resolved with the master registry 1206 periodically. The resolve operation typically comprises deducting, from the master registry, the registry items purchased at the outlet stores 1204. Because of the framework of system 100, it can serve as an additional on-line “outlet.” An Internet accessible registry database 1202 equivalent to an outlet store database 1204 is placed on system 100. Guests make purchases from Internet accessible database 1202. Registrants may identify registries in Internet accessible database 1202 for aggregation purposes. Internet accessible registry database 1202 is resolved with master registry database 1206 periodically using the previously disclosed upload module 128 and download module 130 services. A set up such as that disclosed in FIG. 12 provides a convenient method by which registry database providers can obtain an Internet presence without investment in special equipment. Further, because aggregation is database structure independent, no modification of master registry database 1206 is required when creating and supporting an Internet accessible database 1202.
  • Alternative Embodiments and Modifications
  • The embodiments were chosen and described in order to best explain the principles of the invention and its practical applications, to thereby enable others skilled in the art to best utilize the invention and various embodiments with various modifications as are suited to the particular use contemplated. For example, it will be appreciated that one or more components of upload module 128 may be implemented directly within web site 132. Further, one or more registry databases 120 may actually reside on one or more remote servers 142 that are accessible to system memory 114 through network interface 112. It is intended that the scope of the inventions be defined by the following claims and their equivalents.

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  1. 1. A method of creating an aggregated registry, said method comprising the steps of
    Accepting a query from a registrant, said query including an identifier and a search criteria, said identifier designating a registry database in a plurality of registry databases;
    retrieving a first set of registries from said registry database designated by said identifier, each registry in said first set of registries matching said search criteria;
    receiving a selection of a registry in said first set of registries; and
    associating a user identification with said registry, the user identification uniquely identifying said registrant;
    wherein said aggregated registry comprises each registry in each registry database in said plurality of registry databases that is associated with said user identification.
  2. 2-32. (canceled)
  3. 33. A computer-implemented method for enabling a user to select for review, using a client computer system coupled to the Internet, a gift registry associated with a retailer, the, method comprising:
    receiving a search request from the user;
    searching, from among at least two unaffiliated retailers, for a gift registry that matches the search request;
    communicating to the user information identifying the matching gift registry; and
    enabling the user to select the matching gift registry, such that, in response to the selection, the gift registry is automatically displayed to enable the user to review information concerning items contained in the matching gift registry.
  4. 34. The computer-implemented method of claim 33 wherein a plurality of gift registries from among said at least two unaffiliated retailers is copied to a local computer system at a time prior to said searching and said searching is performed using said plurality of gift registries stored on said local computer system.
  5. 35. A computer-implemented method for enabling a user to select for review, using a client computer system coupled to the Internet, a gift registry associated with a retailer, the method comprising:
    receiving a search request from the user;
    searching for gift registries that match the search request;
    communicating to the user a list identifying a plurality of matching gift registries, at least two of the plurality of matching gift registries being associated with unaffiliated retailers; and
    enabling the user to select a gift registry identified in the list, such that, in response to the selection, the selected gift registry is automatically displayed to enable the user to review information concerning items contained in the gift registry.
  6. 36. The computer-implemented method of claim 35 wherein a plurality of gift registries from said unaffiliated retailers is copied to a local computer system at a time prior to said searching and said searching is performed using said plurality of gift registries stored on said local computer system.
  7. 37. The computer-implemented method of claim 35 wherein said list identifying said plurality of matching gift registries indicates a name and a retailer associated with each gift registry in said plurality of matching gift registries.
  8. 38. The computer-implemented method of claim 37 wherein said enabling the user to select a gift registry comprises enabling the user to select the name associated with the gift registry.
  9. 39. The computer-implemented method of claim 35 wherein said list identifying said plurality of matching gift registries indicates a name and a retailer associated with each of said at least two of the plurality of matching gift registries in said plurality of matching gift registries.
  10. 40. The computer-implemented method of claim 39 wherein said enabling the user to select a gift registry comprises enabling the user to select the name associated with one of said at least two of the plurality of matching gift registries in said plurality of matching gift registries.
  11. 41. The computer-implemented method of claim 35 wherein the searching includes searching over the Internet for a gift registry stored on a remote computer system coupled to the Internet.
  12. 42. A method, implemented on a computer system coupled to the Internet, for enabling a user to select a gift registry for review, the method comprising:
    receiving a search request from the user;
    searching for gift registries that match the search request;
    communicating to the user's computer system, via the Internet, information that identifies a plurality of matching gift registries, wherein said plurality of matching gift registries includes at least two gift registries from unaffiliated retailers; and
    enabling the user's computer system to receive a selection from the user of a gift registry from among the plurality of matching gift registries and, in response to the selection, causing the user's computer system to automatically present information concerning a plurality of items contained in the selected gift registry.
  13. 43. The method of claim 42 wherein
    said information that identifies said plurality of matching gift registries comprises names and retailers associated with gift registries in said plurality of matching gift registries; and
    said enabling the user's computer system to receive said selection comprises enabling the user's computer system to receive a selection of a name associated with said selected gift registry.
  14. 44. The method of claim 42 wherein said plurality of matching gift registries includes a first gift registry in a first gift registry database and a second gift registry in a second gift registry database wherein said first gift registry database and said second gift registry database have different data structures.
  15. 45. The method of claim 42 wherein a plurality of gift registries from said unaffiliated retailers is copied to a local computer system at a time prior to said searching and said searching is performed using said plurality of gift registries stored on said local computer system.
  16. 46. A method, implemented on a client computer system, for enabling a user to select for review, over the Internet, a gift registry associated with a retailer, the method comprising:
    receiving a search request from the user;
    searching, from among at least two unaffiliated registry providers, for a gift registry that matches the search request;
    communicating to the user information identifying the gift registry that matches said search request; and
    enabling the user to select the gift registry, such that, in an automated response to the selection, the user is provided with information identifying items included in the selected gift registry.
  17. 47. The method of claim 46 wherein said information identifying the gift registry comprises a name and a registry provider associated with the gift registry, and wherein said enabling the user to select the gift registry comprises enabling the user to select the name associated with the gift registry.
  18. 48. The method of claim 46 wherein a registry database associated with at least one of said at least two unaffiliated registry providers is stored on a remote computer system coupled to the Internet.
  19. 49. The method of claim 46 wherein a plurality of gift registries from said unaffiliated retailers is copied to a local computer system at a time prior to said searching and said searching is performed using said plurality of gift registries stored on said local computer system.
  20. 50. A method implemented by a local computer system coupled to the Internet for enabling a user to review a gift registry associated with a retailer, the method comprising:
    enabling the user to enter a search request over the Internet;
    searching for a gift registry that matches the search request, the searching including a search for a first gift registry in a first gift registry database on the local computer system and a search for a second gift registry in a second gift registry database on a remote computer system coupled to said local computer system by the Internet, said first and second gift registry databases each being associated with unaffiliated retailers;
    communicating to the user information identifying a gift registry that matches the search request, wherein the matching gift registry is located on the remote computer system; and
    causing, in response to a selection of the gift registry by the user, a plurality of items contained in the selected gift registry to be identified to the user.
  21. 51. The method of claim 50 wherein
    said information identifying said matching gift registry comprises a name and a retailer associated with said matching gift registry.
  22. 52. The method of claim 50, the method further comprising:
    enabling the user to select for purchase a desired item from among said plurality of items.
  23. 53. A method implemented by a local computer system coupled to the Internet for enabling a user to review a gift registry associated with a retailer, the method comprising:
    enabling the user to enter a search request over the Internet;
    searching for gift registries that match the search request, the searching including a search for a first gift registry and a search for a second gift registry, said first and second gift registries each being associated with an unaffiliated registry provider;
    communicating to the user information identifying a plurality of gift registries matching the search request, said plurality of matching gift registries including the second gift registry;
    receiving from the user a selection of a desired one of the plurality of matching gift registries; and
    causing, in response to the selection, a plurality of items contained in the selected gift registry to be identified to the user.
  24. 54. The method of claim 53 wherein the first gift registry is stored on the local computer system and the second gift registry is stored on a remote computer system.
  25. 55. The method of claim 54 wherein the local computer system storing a first registry database having a first data structure and the remote computer system storing a second registry database having a second data structure, and wherein
    (i) the search for the first gift registry comprises searching the first registry database for the first gift registry;
    (ii) the search for the second gift registry comprises searching the second registry database for the second gift registry; and
    (iii) the first data structure is different from the second data structure.
  26. 56. The method of claim 54 wherein the second gift registry is the desired one gift registry selected by the user.
  27. 57. The method of claim 54, wherein
    the plurality of matching gift registries includes the first gift registry located on the local computer system;
    the desired one of the plurality of matching gift registries is the first gift registry; and
    the plurality of gift items identified to the user are gift items contained in the first gift registry.
  28. 58. The method of claim 54, wherein the desired one of the plurality of matching gift registries is the first gift registry, the method further comprising:
    facilitating the purchase of a gift item in said plurality of items.
  29. 59. The method of claim 54, wherein the desired one of the plurality of matching gift registries is the first gift registry, the method further comprising:
    receiving a selection of an item in said plurality of items; and
    effecting a purchase of said item.
  30. 60. The method of claim 53 wherein the selected gift registry is stored on the local computer system.
  31. 61. The method of claim 53 wherein the selected gift registry is stored on a remote computer system.
  32. 62. The method of claim 53 wherein
    said information identifying a plurality of gift registries includes names and registry providers associated with said plurality of gift registries; and
    said selection received from said user is a selection of a name in said information.
  33. 63. The method of claim 53, the method further comprising receiving from the user a purchase selection of a desired item from among said plurality of items.
  34. 64. The method of claim 53 wherein the first gift registry and the second gift registry are stored on a remote computer system.
  35. 65. A method implemented by a local computer system coupled to the Internet for enabling a user to review a gift registry, the method comprising:
    receiving a search request from the user;
    searching for a gift registry that matches the search request, from among at least two registry providers, at least one of the gift registries being located on a remote computer system coupled to the Internet;
    communicating to the user information identifying the gift registry that matches the search request; and
    causing to be displayed to the user, in response to the user's selection of the gift registry, information pertaining to items contained in the gift registry.
  36. 66. The method of claim 65 wherein
    said information identifying the gift registry comprises a name and a registry provider associated with said registry; and
    the user's selection of the gift registry comprises a selection of a name associated with the gift registry.
  37. 67. The method of claim 65 wherein each of said at least two registry providers represents an unaffiliated retailer.
  38. 68. The method of claim 65 wherein
    (i) a first registry database is associated with one of said at least two registry providers;
    (ii) a second registry database is associated with another of said at least two registry providers;
    (iii) said first registry database has a different data structure than said second registry database; and
    (iv) one of said at least one gift registries is in said first or said second registry database.
  39. 69. A method, implemented by a local computer system coupled to the Internet, for enabling a user to review a registry of gift items, the registry of gift items being accessible by the user over the Internet, the method comprising:
    receiving a search request from the user;
    conducting, on at least two registry databases, a search for a registry that matches the search request, wherein at least one of the at least two registry databases is located on a remote computer system coupled to the Internet; and
    facilitating a display to the user of a plurality of items contained in the matching registry.
  40. 70. The method of claim 69 wherein the at least two registry databases include, registry databases having different data structures.
  41. 71. The method of claim 69 wherein the matching registry is located on the remote computer system coupled to the Internet.
  42. 72. The method of claim 69 wherein the matching registry is not located on the remote computer system.
  43. 73. A method, implemented by a computer system coupled to the Internet, for enabling a user to review a registry of gift items, the registry of gift items being accessible by the user over the Internet, the method comprising:
    receiving a search request from the user;
    conducting a search for registries that match the search request;
    transmitting to the user a list of registries located by the search, wherein: (i) at leas,t two registries on the list are each associated with an unaffiliated retailer, and (ii) at least one registry on the list is located on a remote computer system coupled to the Internet; and
    in response to the user selecting a registry in the list of registries, facilitating a display to the user of a plurality of items contained in the selected registry.
  44. 74. The method of claim 73 wherein
    said list of registries comprises names and retailers associated with the registries identified by the search; and
    the user selection of said registry in the list of registries comprises a selection of a name associated with the selected registry.
  45. 75. A method for enabling a user to review a gift registry, the method comprising: receiving a search request from the user over the Internet;
    sending, in response to the search request, information that identifies a plurality of gift registries that match the search request, wherein the plurality of matching gift registries includes at least two gift registries each of which is from an unaffiliated registry provider; and
    enabling the user to select the gift registry from among the plurality of gift registries such that, in response to the selection, a remote computer system that includes the selected gift registry is accessed over the Internet.
  46. 76. The method of claim 75 wherein
    said information comprises names and registry providers associated with the plurality of gift registries; and
    said enabling the user to select a gift registry from among the plurality of gift registries for review comprises enabling the user to select names associated with the plurality of gift registries.
  47. 77. The method of claim 75 wherein said at least two gift registries includes a first gift registry that is from a first registry database, associated with a first unaffiliated registry provider, and a second gift registry that is from a second registry database, associated with a second unaffiliated registry provider, and wherein the data structure of said first registry database is different from the data structure of said second registry database.
  48. 78. The method of claim 75 the method further comprising:
    presenting, in response to a selection of the gift registry, gift information contained in the gift registry.
  49. 79. The method of claim 75, the method further comprising:
    enabling the user to select an item from the selected gift registry for purchasing.
  50. 80. A method implemented by a computer system for enabling the review of a gift registry, the method comprising:
    receiving a search request over the Internet;
    searching for a gift registry that matches the search request, wherein the searching includes searching the gift registries of unaffiliated retailers; and
    causing a user's computer system to present information that identifies the matching gift registry.
  51. 81. The method of claim 80 wherein said information that identifies the matching gift registry comprises a name and a retailer associated with the matching gift registry.
  52. 82. The method of claim 80 wherein
    (i) the unaffiliated retailers include a first unaffiliated retailer and a second unaffiliated retailer,
    (ii) a gift registry database of the first unaffiliated retailer has a data structure that is different from a data structure of a gift registry database of the second unaffiliated retailer., and
    (iii) said searching comprises searching the gift registry database of the first unaffiliated retailer and the gift registry database of the second unaffiliated retailer.
  53. 83. The method of claim 80, the method further comprising enabling the user's computer system to purchase a gift item in the matching gift registry.
  54. 84. The method of claim 80, the method further comprising:
    copying a first registry database from a remote computer system to a local computer system; and wherein said searching includes searching said first registry database.
  55. 85. The method of claim 80, the method further comprising:
    enabling the user to purchase a gift item contained in the matching gift registry.
  56. 86. A method for presenting gift information to a user, the method comprising: receiving over the Internet a search request from the user; and
    transmitting over the Internet to the user, in response to the search request, a list identifying a plurality of gift registries that match the search request, wherein the list identifies gift registries associated with more than one retailer.
  57. 87. The method of claim 86 wherein said list comprises names and retailers associated with said plurality of gift registries and said search request comprises a particular name in said list.
  58. 88. The method of claim 86, the method further comprising receiving, from the user, a selection of a gift registry from among the gift registries identified on the list.
  59. 89. The method of claim 88, the method further comprising presenting a plurality of gift items contained in the selected gift registry.
  60. 90. The method of claim 89, the method further comprising receiving instructions to purchase a gift item in said plurality of gift items.
  61. 91. The method of claim 86 wherein a first gift registry in said plurality of gift registries is from a first gift registry database associated with a first retailer in said more than one retailer and a second gift registry in said plurality of gift registries is from a second gift registry database associated with a second retailer in said more than one retailer.
  62. 92. The method of claim 91 wherein said first registry database has a different data structure than said second registry database.
  63. 93. The method of claim 91 wherein at least one of said first registry database and said second registry database is copied to a local computer system at a time prior to said transmitting.
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