Global patent index - EP 1017616 A1

EP 1017616 A1 2000-07-12 - FUEL DISPENSING AND RETAIL SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING LOYALTY AND CUSTOMER BENEFITS

Title (en)

FUEL DISPENSING AND RETAIL SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING LOYALTY AND CUSTOMER BENEFITS

Title (de)

KRAFTSTOFFABGABE- UND VERKAUFSEINRICHTUNG MIT TREUEBONUSSYSTEM FÜR KUNDEN

Title (fr)

SYSTEME DE DISTRIBUTION DE COMBUSTIBLE ET DE VENTE AU DETAIL PERMETTANT D'OFFRIR DES PROMOTIONS DE FIDELISATION A DES CLIENTS

Publication

EP 1017616 A1 (EN)

Application

EP 98946555 A

Priority

  • GB 9802869 W
  • US 6006697 P
  • US 2449398 A
  • US 2449198 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO9916701A1] The present invention provides a fuel dispensing system operable to effect a transaction consequential upon a purchase transaction e.g. for implementing a loyalty benefit program or giving discounts. The system includes wireless communication electronics for communicating with remote communication units, a fuel dispenser having a customer interface, and a control system associated with the dispenser and communication electronics to receive signals from a remote communications unit during a transaction. The control system is adapted e.g. to provide a benefit associated with the remote communications unit based on a transaction involving a remote communications unit. Generally, the signals received from the remote communications unit will include identification indicia corresponding to the transponder and/or the customer associated therewith. Depending on the application, the control system may use the identification indicia to access benefit information or store benefit information in an associated database. Alternatively, the benefit information can be retrieved from a stored on the remote communications unit. The loyalty benefits may be based on current transactions, prior transactions or a combination thereof. The benefits may relate to products or services and be based on a complete or partial transaction. The control system may be adapted to retrieve prior benefit information and combine that benefit information with current information to provide a cumulative benefit. The cumulative benefit may be applied in whole or in part to discount the current transaction or stored in whole or in part in an associated database or on the transponder for future use.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

B67D 5/14; G07F 13/02

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

B67D 7/06 (2010.01); B67D 7/08 (2010.01); B67D 7/14 (2010.01); G07C 5/00 (2006.01); G07C 5/08 (2006.01); G07F 7/10 (2006.01); G07F 13/02 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

G07F 7/1008 (2013.01); B67D 7/067 (2013.01); B67D 7/08 (2013.01); B67D 7/145 (2013.01); G06Q 20/346 (2013.01); G07C 5/008 (2013.01); G07C 5/0858 (2013.01); G07F 13/025 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 9916701A1

Designated contracting state (EPC)

DE FR GB IT

EPO simple patent family

WO 9916701 A1 19990408; AU 9356198 A 19990423; EP 1017616 A1 20000712

INPADOC legal status

2003-10-15 [18D] DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Ref Legal Event Code: 18D

- Effective date: 20030401

2001-10-17 [17Q] FIRST EXAMINATION REPORT

- Ref Legal Event Code: 17Q

- Effective date: 20010903

2000-08-16 [RAP1] TRANSFER OF RIGHTS OF AN EP PUBLISHED APPLICATION

- Owner name: MARCONI COMMERCE SYSTEMS INC.

- Ref Legal Event Code: RAP1

2000-07-12 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Ref Legal Event Code: 17P

- Effective date: 20000414

2000-07-12 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Ref Legal Event Code: AK

- Designated State(s): DE FR GB IT