(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2001/0038033 Al
Habib (43) Pub. Date: Nov. 8,2001
(54) UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS AND
COMMERCE SYSTEMS AND METHODS,
AND DEVICE THEREFORE
(76) Inventor: Ali S. Habib, McLean, VA (US)
1750 TYSONS BOULEVARD, 12TH FLOOR
MCLEAN, VA 22102 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 09/815,271
(22) Filed: Mar. 23, 2001
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Non-provisional ol provisional application No. 60/191,484, filed on Mar. 23, 2000.
(51) Int. CI.7 G06F 17/00
(52) U.S. C I 235/375
A client/server system that lacilitates communications access. A miniature CD-ROM or other physical media can be used to distribute client software to users. Client distribution media may also include additional software, such as that used to encrypt a document, create a virtual private network, videoconference, and the like. Client distribution media can also be used as a credit card, telephone calling card, debit card, employee identification card, access control card, and for other purposes. A server may act as a central point through which communications services, such as data transmission, telephony, video conferencing, and the like, can be accessed. A server may also store user profile information, such as user preferences, user contact information, user calendar information, and other such information. A server can also allow creation of rule based commerce accounts, which can be accessed through client distribution media, or through methods associated with traditional commerce accounts, such as bank accounts.