(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2001/0010046 Al
Muyres et al. (43) Pub. Date: Jul. 26,2001
(54) CLIENT CONTENT MANAGEMENT AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
(76) Inventors: Matthew R. Muyres, Felton, CA (US);
Joel R. Rigler, Aptos, CA (US); James
B. Williams, Santa Cruz, CA (US)
Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, LLP
1400 Page Mill Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94304 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 09/798,611
(22) Filed: Mar. 1, 2001
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation-in-part of application No. 09/423,025, filed on Oct. 28,1999, which is a 371 of international
application No. PCT/US98/18948, filed on Sep. 11, 1998 and which is a non-provisional of provisional application No. 60/058,623, filed on Sep. 11, 1997.
(51) Int. CI.7 G06F 17/60
(52) U.S. CI 705/52
A method for distribution to and management of an inventory of digital content in a digital content vending machine, DCVM. The DCVM includes an infrastructure and an inventory in a client on a personal computer, PC. The infrastructure presents a graphical user interface on the client containing a plurality of stores operated by vendors. Customers shop in the stores by viewing information about and selecting assets inventory. One or more master servers are provided to update the infrastructure and inventory.