United States Patent 7,277,863


Electronic marketplace communication system

Issued:  October 2, 2007

Assignee:  i2 Technologies US, Inc. (Dallas, TX)

Inventors:  Hilerio; Israel (Irving, TX), Chakravarthy; Vijayasarathy S. (Irving, TX), Sagar; Ajit (Coppell, TX)

Abstract:  A communication system provides an exchange service between multiple companies. Messages between companies are routed through the exchange. These messages may represent any data or functionality desired by the companies. These messages may be requests, quotes, replies, and similar messages. Certain types of messages are designated as events to the exchange system. A portion of the exchange handles these events with rules, producing actions and additional events in response to occurrences consistent with the rules.