Patents by Inventor Merle S. Weinkauf

Merle S. Weinkauf has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 7024374
    Abstract: A system for presenting customized special offers to customers, the special offers including targeted offers to a customer selected from a plurality of customers, and for collecting purchasing behavior information concerning the customers, the system comprising a computer including a database containing customer account information providing information specific to a particular customer account; the at computer also including a database containing special offers including a targeted offer which is to be made to selected customer accounts on the basis of targeted offer targeting parameters; a plurality of customer cards, each customer card having machine readable card information indicating at least identification of the card with a particular customer account; a customer interface in communication with the computer to transfer data therebetween; the customer interface having a card reader for reading machine readable card information from the customer card; the computer including means for generating a custom
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Catalina Marketing Corporation
    Inventors: Larry J. Day, Merle S. Weinkauf, Theodore Knutson
  • Patent number: 6484146
    Abstract: A system for presenting customized special offers to customers, the special offers including targeted offers to a customer selected from a plurality of customers, and for collecting purchasing behavior information concerning the customers, the system comprising a computer including a database containing customer account information providing information specific to a particular customer account; the at computer also including a database containing special offers including a targeted offer which is to be made to selected customer accounts on the basis of targeted offer targeting parameters; a plurality of customer cards, each customer card having machine readable card information indicating at least identification of the card with a particular customer account; a customer interface in communication with the computer to transfer data therebetween; the customer interface having a card reader for reading machine readable card information from the customer card; the computer including means for generating a custom
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Catalina Marketing International, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry J. Day, Merle S. Weinkauf, Theodore Knutson
  • Publication number: 20010013011
    Abstract: A system for presenting customized special offers to customers, the special offers including targeted offers to a customer selected from a plurality of customers, and for collecting purchasing behavior information concerning the customers, the system comprising a computer including a database containing customer account information providing information specific to a particular customer account; the at computer also including a database containing special offers including a targeted offer which is to be made to selected customer accounts on the basis of targeted offer targeting parameters; a plurality of customer cards, each customer card having machine readable card information indicating at least identification of the card with a particular customer account; a customer interface in communication with the computer to transfer data therebetween; the customer interface having a card reader for reading machine readable card information from the customer card; the computer including means for generating a custom
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 1997
    Publication date: August 9, 2001
    Inventors: LARRY J. DAY, MERLE S. WEINKAUF, THEODORE KNUTSON
  • Patent number: 5857175
    Abstract: A system for presenting customized special offers to customers, the special offers including targeted offers to a customer selected from a plurality of customers, and for collecting purchasing behavior information concerning the customers, the system comprising a computer including a database containing customer account information providing information specific to a particular customer account; the at computer also including a database containing special offers including a targeted offer which is to be made to selected customer accounts on the basis of targeted offer targeting parameters; a plurality of customer cards, each customer card having machine readable card information indicating at least identification of the card with a particular customer account; a customer interface in communication with the computer to transfer data therebetween; the customer interface having a card reader for reading machine readable card information from the customer card; the computer including means for generating a custom
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Micro Enhancement International
    Inventors: Larry J. Day, Merle S. Weinkauf, Theodore Knutson