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(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: Us 7,876,214 Bi
Brady, Jr. (45) Date of Patent: *Jan. 25, 2011
(54) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING
REVIEWS TO A MOBILE USER OF
RESTAURANTS HAVING ATTRIBUTES
MATCHING A STATED PREFERENCE
(75) Inventor: James V. Brady, Jr., River Forest, IL
(73) Assignee: Earthcomber, LLC, River Forest, IL (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 44 days.
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
(21) Appl.No.: 12/401,319
(22) Filed: Mar. 10, 2009
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation-in-part of application No. 11/372,307, filed on Mar. 9,2006, now Pat. No. 7,589,628, which is a continuation-in-part of application No. 10/609,961, filed on Jun. 27, 2003, now Pat. No. 7,071,842.
(60) Provisional application No. 60/391,982, filed on Jun. 27, 2002.
(51) Int. CI.
(52) U.S. CI 340/539.11; 340/988; 340/990;
340/991; 340/539.1; 340/825.36; 340/825.49;
(58) Field of Classification Search 340/988,
340/990, 991, 539.1, 539.11, 505, 10.1, 825.36, 340/825.49; 701/200,201,211 See application file for complete search history.
A location-based and preference-based system and method for matching information such as the attributes and/or characteristics profiles of restaurants with the expressed preferences of mobile users to alert and direct such users to any restaurants having information matching the user's express preferences. The system and method also permits users to submit restaurant reviews that may be accessed by others for the matching restaurants. In particular, the system comprises a mobile device such as a GPS-capable PDA that stores the user's preferences and communicates with a server that contains or accesses the profiles of the restaurants to compare the profiles and preferences. Comparison of the user's preferences with the various profiles allows the user only to be informed of those restaurants that it is likely to be interested in, while providing access to third party reviews of the restaurants. The system and method thus provides for a mobile real-time point of interest exchange network.
11 Claims, 16 Drawing Sheets
WO 2004102925 11/2004
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