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System for providing anonymous competition entry

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Title: System for providing anonymous competition entry.
Abstract: A system for providing anonymous competition entry is provided. The system has a sensing device configured to sense coded data on a form and generate interaction data there from. The coded data has a plurality of tags each encoding data on an identity of the form and the location of that tag on the form. The interaction data represents the interaction of the sensing device with the tags. The system further has a computer system configured to identify a digital description associated with the form from the form identity represented by the interaction data, capture a competition entry by determining locations in the digital description associated with the locations of the interacted tags represented in the interaction data, and assign a competition alias identifier to the interaction data. ...

USPTO Applicaton #: #20110024493 - Class: 235375 (USPTO) - 02/03/11 - Class 235 
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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20110024493, System for providing anonymous competition entry.

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This application is a Continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 10/815,630 filed Apr. 2, 2004, which is a Continuation-In-Part of U.S. application Ser. No. 09/575,197 filed May 23, 2000, now issued U.S. Pat. No. 7,721,948 all of which is herein incorporated by reference.


The invention relates generally to the field of promotional competitions for retail sale of product items, typically high volume, low cost grocery items. In particular, the invention relates to the use of invisible product tagging.


Various methods, systems and apparatus relating to the present invention are disclosed in the following co-pending applications, the disclosures of which are incorporated herein by cross-reference:

7,243,835 7,703,693 10/815,638 7,251,050 10/815,642 7,097,094 7,137,549 10/815,618 7,156,292 10/815,635 7,357,323 7,654,454 7,137,566 7,131,596 7,128,265 7,207,485 7,197,374 7,175,089 10/815,617 7,537,160 7,178,719 7,506,808 7,207,483 7,296,737 7,270,266

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