"Patents on selling via the Net—really?" IEEE Micro, pp. 6-7, 74-75, Oct. 1996.
Primary Examiner—Bernarr E. Gregory
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Jenkens & Gilchrist; Michele A.
A method and apparatus that accounts for utilization ol digital applications on an as used basis is accomplished by compensating a publisher for each use ol its digital application instead ol a lump sum purchase price. This is done by embedding a tariff file within the digital application where a digital application may be a software application, a video file, a text file, and/or an image file. The embedded tariff file, which includes a digital application identification code and a publisher identification code, is used by a meter module to generate accounting information. The accounting message is routed to a collection agency which, in turn, generates debiting information for the user and crediting information for the publishers of the digital application.
110 Claims, 17 Drawing Sheets