( 36 of 33690 )
United States Patent Application 20130024264
Kind Code A1
Leffert; Jonathan B. January 24, 2013
AUTOMATED DETERMINATION OF APPLICABILITY AND VALUE OF DISCOUNTS FOR A PURCHASE ORDER
A method for automatically determining applicability and value of any discounts for a purchase order from a client computer, the determinations being made by the client computer itself. In some embodiments, the client computer receives (from a server to which the order is being placed) coupon programming, determines applicability and value of discounts using the coupon programming, and sends discount information for an order to the server. The coupon programming may comprise a rule engine, implemented by rule programming, having one or more sets of rules and a processing relationship between the sets of rules and the rules in each set of rules. The rule engine may comprise a recursive rule program. In some embodiments, the applicability and value of any discounts for an order is determined by a server that receives the order, the determinations being made by using a rule engine implemented by rule programming.
Inventors: Leffert; Jonathan B.; (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee: Apple Inc.
Serial No.: 560907
Series Code: 13
Filed: July 27, 2012
Current U.S. Class: 705/14.26
Class at Publication: 705/14.26
International Class: G06Q 30/02 20120101 G06Q030/02
1. A method for determining applicability of one or more discount types for a purchase order for one or more products from a client computer, the method comprising: receiving programming for determining applicability of the one or more discount types for the order, the programming being received from a server connected with the client computer; and using the received programming to determine applicability of one or more discount types associated with the order, the using being done automatically without human intervention.