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April 01, 2004


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I don't recall the exact history of cookies, but this sounds like it could have been reasonably novel at the time. The original cookie concept was that they would be a unique identifier that would index into a database held on the server, and I think that's still how they're largely used today. This patent in effect puts the database into the cookie. There's no longer a need for a centralized server database, instead each user stores his own database entry and provides it in his cookie when he accesses the web site. That sounds pretty clever to me.

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