ATLANTA (July 24, 2003) – The Coca-Cola Company was recently granted a patent, written and prosecuted by Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, which will enable consumers to charge vending machine purchases by cell phone to a debit or credit card in lieu of using currency.
Besides benefiting the consumer, the patent could also benefit The Coca-Cola Company by helping bottlers improve their inventory management. The record created from each transaction can be used as an inventory record for restocking the machine.
Daniel J. Warren, a partner in the Intellectual Property group at Sutherland, served as the lead attorney in prosecuting the patent application (Vending Machine Purchase Via Cellular Telephone, Patent No. US 6, 584,309 B1). The technology was invented by Roger Chris of The Coca-Cola Company.
Mr. Warren focuses his practice at Sutherland on preparing and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications. He has extensive experience in trademark prosecution, copyright registration and other intellectual property transactions.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a national law firm known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the nation's largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to more than 350 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington. For further information about the firm, please visit sutherland.com.