METHOD OF PROCESSING A TICKET
Inventors: Sheila A. Babine, Arlington, MA (US);
Joseph Ford, Woburn, MA (US); Ralph
Troutman, Philadelphia, PA (US)
Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation,
Pasadena, CA (US)
Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 250 days.
Filed: Mar. 10, 2006
Prior Publication Data
US 2006/0220865 Al Oct. 5, 2006
Related U.S. Application Data
Provisional application No. 60/661,105, filed on Mar. 11, 2005.
U.S. CI 235/487; 235/375; 340/10.1;
Field of Classification Search 235/487,
235/375; 340/10.1,572.1; 707/10 See application file for complete search history.
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Primary Examiner—Allyson N Trail
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Kriegsman & Kriegsman
A method of processing a ticket order requesting the production of an identification tag for an article of commerce can be accomplished in the following manner. In the first step, a ticketing services provider receives the ticket order placed by the client, the ticket order including, inter alia, order information (e.g., purchase order information) with respect to the article to which the tag is to be affixed. Having received the order, the ticketing services provider associates a unique identification code, such as an automatically-retrievable electronic product code (EPC), with the identification tag (e.g., by programming the IC chip of an RFID tag with the unique identification code). In turn, a file is stored in an electronically-accessible database which links the unique identification code for the ID tag with the order information for the article to which the tag is to be affixed. In this manner, the client can retrieve the order information relating to each individual article of commerce that it produces. The ability to track order information for individual articles of commerce is useful in, among other things, anti-counterfeit, anti-diversion, inventory management and article return applications.
20 Claims, 5 Drawing Sheets