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Method and apparatus for managing transactions with connected computers

United States Patent

February 25, 2003
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The present invention provides a method and apparatus that make use of existing computer and communication resources and that reduce the errors and delays common to complex transactions such as international shipping. The present invention comprises an agent-based collaborative work environment that assists geographically distributed commercial and government users in the management of complex transactions such as the transshipment of goods across the U.S.-Mexico border. Software agents can mediate the creation, validation and secure sharing of shipment information and regulatory documentation over the Internet, using the World-Wide Web to interface with human users.
Goldsmith; Steven Y. (Albuquerque, NM), Phillips; Laurence R. (Corrales, NM), Spires; Shannon V. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
09/ 310,635
May 12, 1999
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.