(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: us 6,282,515 Bi
Speicher (45) Date of Patent: Aug. 28,2001
(54) INTEGRATED AUDIOTEXT-INTERNET PERSONAL AD SERVICES
(76) Inventor: Gregory J. Speicher, 651F Lakeview Plaza Blvd., Worthington, OH (US) 43085
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 08/965,517
(22) Filed: Nov. 6, 1997
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation of application No. 08/744,879, filed on Nov. 8, 1996.
(51) Int. CI.7 G06F 17/60
(52) U.S. CI 705/14
(58) Field of Search 379/88; 704/260;
705/14, 16, 26, 27, 28, 1
(56) References Cited
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0794650A2 * 9/1997 (EP) H04M/3/50
0845894A2 * 6/1998 (EP) H04M/3/50
Al * 12/1994 (WO) .
Trommer, Diane, "Nynex Launches 'Big Yellow' Directory", Electronic Buyers News, No. 1001 (Apr. 8, 1996): 52.*
* cited by examiner
Primary Examiner—-James R. Trammell
Assistant Examiner—Donald J. Champagne
The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for delivering personal ad services which substantially eliminate or reduce the disadvantages and problems associated with prior systems that deliver such personal ad services. In the use of such services, the need is recognized for improved capability regarding the features available to Internet users, and the integration of audiotex personal ad services and Internet personal ad services. With the present invention, a personal ad published in a newspaper includes graphical icons which denote if an ad has additional text or multimedia files (a photograph or a video clip) available on the Internet. With respect to personal ad services, the present invention provides the needed improved capability regarding the features available to Internet users, and the integration of audiotex personal ad services and Internet personal ad services.
19 Claims, 14 Drawing Sheets