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Amazon

5,960,411 -- Method and system for placing a purchase order via a communications network (One-click purchase).
5,715,399 -- Secure method and system for communicating a list of credit card numbers over a non-secure network.
5,727,163 -- Secure method for communicating credit card data when placing an order on a non-secure network.
5,826,258 -- Method and apparatus for structuring the querying and interpretation of semistructured information.
5,963,949 -- Method for data gathering around forms and search barriers.
5,999,924 -- Method for producing sequenced queries.
6,029,141 -- Internet-based customer referral system (Affiliate program).
6,525,747 -- Method and system for conducting a discussion relating to an item.

America Online

6,393,469 -- Method and apparatus for publishing hypermedia documents.
6,385,656 -- Selective recompression of files in a network system.
6,381,599 -- Seamless integration of internet resources.
6,339,784 -- Self-policing, rate limiting online forums.
6,012,051 -- Consumer profiling system with analytic decision processor.
6,009,413 -- System for real time shopping.

Coolsavings 5,761,648 -- Interactive marketing network and process using electronic certificates (Distributing discount coupons over the web).
Counterpane 5,978,475 -- Event auditing system.
DoubleClick 5,948,061 -- Method of delivery, targeting, and measuring advertising over networks.
eBay 6,415,320 -- Information presentation and management in an online trading environment.
6,058,417 -- Information presentation and management in an online trading environment.
Monster (TMP) 5,832,497 -- Electronic automated information exchange and management system.
Netflix 6,584,450 -- Method and apparatus for renting items.
Overture 6,269,361 -- System and method for influencing a position on a search result list generated by a computer network search engine (Pay for performance search).
Priceline
(Walker Digital)
6,356,878 -- Conditional purchase offer buyer agency system.
6,345,090 -- Conditional purchase offer management system for telephone calls.
6,332,129 -- Method and system for utilizing a psychographic questionnaire in a buyer-driven commerce system.
6,240,396 -- Conditional purchase offer management system for event tickets.
6,134,534 -- Conditional purchase offer management system for cruises.
6,108,639 -- Conditional purchase offer (CPO) management system for collectibles.
6,085,169 -- Conditional purchase offer management system.
6,041,308 -- System and method for motivating submission of conditional purchase offers.
5,897,620 -- Method and apparatus for the sale of airline-specified flight tickets.
5,797,127 -- Method, apparatus, and program for pricing, selling, and exercising options to purchase airline tickets (Walker Digital).
5,794,207 -- Method and apparatus for a cryptographically assisted commercial network system designed to facilitate buyer-driven conditional purchase offers (Walker Digital).
Yahoo! 6,381,594 -- System and method for personalized information filtering and alert generation.
6,359,633
-- Apparatus and method for abstracting markup language documents.
6,343,302 -- Remote web site authoring system and method.
6,216,157 -- Method and apparatus for a client-server system with heterogeneous clients.
6,205,469 -- Method for client-server communications through a minimal interface.
5,991,756 -- Information retrieval from hierarchical compound documents.
5,983,227 -- Dynamic page generator.
Source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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