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US Patent 6085242 - Method for managing a repository of user information using a personalized uniform locator

US Patent Issued on July 4, 2000
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6085242

Claims



We claim:

1. A method for managing a repository of user information using a personalized URL comprising:

assigning a unique user identifier to a network user;

associating the unique user identifier with user information in the repository of user information; and

retrieving at least a portion of the user information from the repository of user information upon receiving a personalized URL from a client, the personalized URL being based upon at least a portion of the unique user identifier prepended to a domain name.

2. The method as claimed in claim 1 further including the step of:

registering a new user identifier into the repository of user information.

3. The method as claimed in claim 1 further including the step of:

adding personal categories to the user information in the repository of user information.

4. The method as claimed in claim 1 further including the step of:

adding auxiliary information to the user information in the repository of user information.

5. The method as claimed in claim 1 further including the step of:

notifying the network user if the user entered user identifier is not unique in the repository of user information.

6. The method as claimed in claim 1 further including the step of:

encrypting the user identifier.

7. The method as claimed in claim 1 further including the step of:

encrypting the personalized URL.

8. The method as claimed in claim 1 wherein the unique user identifier is either automatically generated or specified by the network user.

9. The method as claimed in claim 1 wherein the at least a portion of the user information is public information.


10. The method as claimed in claim 1 wherein the user information in the repository of user information is updated with current user information by the network user using a corresponding user identifier.

11. The method as claimed in claim 1 wherein the repository of user information is either incorporated into a web server or is accessible by a web server.

12. An apparatus for managing a repository of user information using a personalized URL, comprising:

an identifier associator for associating a unique user identifier with a network user;

a repository updator for entering and modifying user information associated with the unique user identifier in the repository of user information; and

a browser for retrieving at least a portion of the user information from the repository of user information upon receiving a personalized URL from a client, the personalized URL being based upon at least a portion of the unique user identifier prepended to a domain name.

13. The apparatus as claimed in claim 12 further comprising an identifier registrator for registering a new user identifier into the repository of user information.

14. The apparatus as claimed in claim 12 further comprising a user notifier for notifying the network user if the user entered user identifier is not unique in the repository of user information.

15. The apparatus as claimed in claim 12 further comprising an encryptor for encrypting the user identifier and the personalized URL.

16. The apparatus as claimed in claim 12 wherein the unique user identifier is either automatically generated or specified by the network user.

17. The apparatus as claimed in claim 12 wherein the at least a portion of the user information is public information.

18. The apparatus as claimed in claim 12 wherein the user information in the repository of user information is updated with current user information by the network user using a corresponding user identifier.

19. The apparatus as claimed in claim 12 wherein the repository of user information is either incorporated into a web server or is accessible by a web server.

20. The apparatus as claimed in claim 12 further comprising an encoder for encoding the user identifier and the personalized URL.

21. A computer readable medium comprising instructions, which when executed on a processor, perform method for managing a repository of user information using a personalized URL, comprising:

assigning a unique user identifier to a network user;

associating the unique user identifier with user information in the repository of user information; and

retrieving at least a portion of the user information from the repository of user information upon receiving a personalized URL from a client, the personalized URL being based upon at least a portion of the unique user identifier prepended to a domain name.

Inventor

Application

No. 225651 filed on 01/05/1999

US Classes:

709/223, COMPUTER NETWORK MANAGING709/224Computer network monitoring

Field of Search

709/223, COMPUTER NETWORK MANAGING709/224, Computer network monitoring709/225, Computer network access regulating709/228, Session/connection parameter setting709/249MULTIPLE NETWORK INTERCONNECTING

Examiners

Primary: Maung, Zarni

Attorney, Agent or Firm

US Patent References

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Issued on: 01/13/1998
Inventor: Levergood, et al.
5745681, Stateless shopping cart for the web
Issued on: 04/28/1998
Inventor: Levine, et al.
5794259, Apparatus and methods to enhance web browsing on the internet
Issued on: 08/11/1998
Inventor: Kikinis
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Issued on: 09/22/1998
Inventor: Graber, et al.
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Issued on: 09/22/1998
Inventor: Gifford
5892825Method of secure server control of local media via a trigger through a network for instant local access of encrypted data on local media
Issued on: 04/06/1999
Inventor: Mages, et al.

International Class

G06F 015/173

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