US 11,657,667 B2
Controlled dispensing system and method
Paresh K. Patel, Portland, OR (US); and Srinivas Annam, Portland, OR (US)
Assigned to PAYRANGE INC., Portland, OR (US)
Filed by PAYRANGE INC., Portland, OR (US)
Filed on Sep. 8, 2021, as Appl. No. 17/469,776.
Application 17/469,776 is a continuation of application No. 17/026,000, filed on Sep. 18, 2020.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/985,882, filed on Mar. 5, 2020.
Claims priority of provisional application 63/075,814, filed on Sep. 8, 2020.
Prior Publication US 2021/0407243 A1, Dec. 30, 2021
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. G07F 9/00 (2006.01); G06F 21/31 (2013.01); G07F 11/72 (2006.01)
CPC G07F 9/002 (2020.05) [G06F 21/31 (2013.01); G07F 9/001 (2020.05); G07F 11/72 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A controlled dispensing system comprising:
a vending machine having or in communication with a retailer display screen;
a scanning device communicatively coupled to the vending machine; and
one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs to be executed by the one or more processors, the one or more programs including instructions for:
obtaining via the retailer display screen or the scanning device a selection of one or more controlled products requested for dispensing by the vending machine;
updating a user interface on the retailer display screen based on the selection of the one or more controlled products;
determining whether the one or more controlled products meet a purchase limit associated with a maximum number of controlled products for dispensing allowed to be dispensed at one time to a consumer;
obtaining via the scanning device consumer identification information;
determining whether the consumer identification information meets an age threshold and/or an identity requirement associated with the one or more controlled products;
obtaining clerk authentication information from a badge scan, an access card scan, or a personal identification number (PIN) entry for validating dispensing of the one or more controlled products;
determining validity of the clerk authentication information; and
in accordance with a determination that (i) the one or more controlled products meet the purchase limit for dispensing, (ii) the consumer identification information meets the age threshold and/or the identity requirement, and (iii) the clerk authentication information is valid, transmitting a dispensing instruction to the vending machine to dispense the one or more controlled products.