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1. (WO2008051634) SYSTÈMES ET PROCÉDÉS DE DEMANDES D'ACHATS AUTOMATISÉS
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A method for electronically purchasing a product comprising:
specifying a user;
stipulating an approval level of the user;
defining routing actions based on the approval level and identity of the specified user;
submitting a transaction by the specified user to purchase the product;
identifying payment options to complete the transaction based upon the submitted transaction and the specified user;
selecting an identified payment option;
submitting a purchase request by the specified user, indicating the selected payment option;
determining if the submitted purchase request complies with the stipulated approval level of the specified user;
accepting the submitted purchase request if it is determined that the submitted purchase request complies with the stipulated approval level of the specified user and routing the submitted purchase request based on the defined routing actions if it is determined that the submitted purchase request does not comply with the stipulated approval level of the specified user; and
purchasing the product if the submitted purchase request was accepted and taking the defined routing if the submitted purchase request does not comply with the stipulated approval level of the specified user.

2. The method for electronically purchasing a product of claim 1, further comprising:
providing a vendor with a proof of purchase based upon the accepted purchase request.

3. The method for electronically purchasing a product of claim 2, wherein the proof of purchase based upon the accepted purchase request includes a purchase order.

4. The method for electronically purchasing a product of claim 2, further comprising:
receiving a proof of receipt of the purchase from the vendor.

5. The method for electronically purchasing a product of claim 1, further comprising:
connecting the specified user to a vendor and displaying products available for electronic purchase in accordance with the stipulated approval level of the specified user.

6. The method for electronically purchasing a product of claim 5, wherein the connection of the specified user to a vendor is made over a
communications network and the displayed products available for electronic purchase in accordance with the stipulated approval level of the specified user are products from a catalog of the vendor.

7. The method for electronically purchasing a product of claim 1, wherein the defined routing actions if it is determined that the submitted purchase request does not comply with the stipulated approval level of the specified user include denying the purchase request and holding the purchase request for review.

8. The method for electronically purchasing a product of claim 1, wherein the defined routing actions if it is determined that the submitted purchase request does not comply with the stipulated approval level of the specified user include routing the submitted purchase request to a user with a higher approval level.

9. The method for electronically purchasing a product of claim 1, wherein the specified user is a member of at least one specified group of users.

10. The method for electronically purchasing a product of claim 1 , wherein the product being purchased is available on a Website with a shopping cart.

11. The method for electronically purchasing a product of claim 10, wherein the shopping cart includes electronically storable transaction details.

12. The method for electronically purchasing a product of claim 11, wherein the shopping cart transaction details are transferred to another user electronically.

13. The method for electronically purchasing a product of claim 1 , wherein the product being purchased includes recurring services that do not have a fixed dollar amount.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein the recurring services are Web-based.

15. A computer-readable medium having computer-executable instructions for electronically purchasing a product, the computer-readable medium comprising:
specifying a user;
stipulating an approval level of the user;
defining routing actions based on the approval level and identity of the specified user;
submitting a transaction by the specified user to purchase the product;
identifying payment options to complete the transaction based upon the submitted transaction and the specified user;
selecting an identified payment option;
submitting a purchase request by the specified user, indicating the selected payment option;
determining if the submitted purchase request complies with the stipulated approval level of the specified user;
accepting the submitted purchase request if it is determined that the submitted purchase request complies with the stipulated approval level of the specified user and routing the submitted purchase request based on the defined routing actions if it is determined that the submitted purchase request does not comply with the stipulated approval level of the specified user; and
purchasing the product if the submitted purchase request was accepted and taking the defined routing if the submitted purchase request does not comply with the stipulated approval level of the specified user.

16. The computer-readable medium of claim 15, further comprising:
providing a vendor with a proof of purchase based upon the accepted purchase request.

17. The computer-readable medium of claim 16, wherein the proof of purchase based upon the accepted purchase request includes a purchase order.

18. The computer-readable medium of claim 16, further comprising:
receiving a proof of receipt of the purchase from the vendor.

19. The computer-readable medium of claim 15, further comprising:
connecting the specified user to a vendor and displaying products available for electronic purchase in accordance with the stipulated approval level of the specified user.

20. The computer-readable medium of claim 19, wherein the connection of the specified user to a vendor is made over a communications network and the displayed products available for electronic purchase in accordance with the stipulated approval level of the specified user are products from a catalog of the vendor.

21. The computer-readable medium of claim 15 , wherein the defined routing actions if it is determined that the submitted purchase request does not comply with the stipulated approval level of the specified user include denying the purchase request and holding the purchase request for review.

22. The computer-readable medium of claim 15, wherein the defined routing actions if it is determined that the submitted purchase request does not comply with the stipulated approval level of the specified user include routing the submitted purchase request to a user with a higher approval level.

23. The computer-readable medium of claim 15, further comprising instructions for specifying that a specified user is a member of at least one specified group of users.

24. The computer-readable medium of claim 15, wherein the product being purchased is available on a Website with a shopping cart.

25. The computer-readable medium of claim 24, wherein the shopping cart includes electronically storable transaction details.

26. The computer-readable medium of claim 25, wherein the shopping cart transaction details are transferred to another user electronically.

27. The computer-readable medium of claim 15, wherein the product being purchased includes recurring services that do not have a fixed dollar amount.

28. The method of claim 27, wherein the recurring services are Web-based.

29. An electronic purchase request system comprising:
a user specification system that specifies an approved user of the electronic purchasing system and an approval level of the specified user;
an interface system that receives submitted transactions and submitted purchase requests by the specified user to purchase a product;
a payment system that identifies and selects available payment options to complete the transaction based upon the submitted transaction and the specified user; and
a routing system that defines routing actions based on the approval level and identity of the specified user, determines if a submitted purchase request complies with the approval level of the specified user, and accepts the submitted purchase request if it is determined that the submitted purchase request complies with the approval level of the specified user and routes the submitted purchase request based on the defined routing actions if it is determined that the submitted purchase request does not comply with the approval level of the specified user.

30. The electronic purchase request system of claim 29, wherein the payment system further provides a vendor with a proof of purchase based upon the accepted purchase request.

31. The electronic purchase request system of claim 30, wherein the proof of purchase based upon the accepted purchase request includes a purchase order.

32. The electronic purchase request system of claim 31 , wherein the interface system receives a proof of receipt of the purchase from the vendor.

33. The electronic purchase request system of claim 29, further comprising a display system that connects the specified user to a vendor and displays products available for electronic purchase in accordance with the stipulated approval level of the specified user.

34. The electronic purchase request system of claim 33, wherein the connection of the specified user to a vendor is made over a communications network and the displayed products available for electronic purchase in accordance with the stipulated approval level of the specified user are products from a catalog of the vendor.

35. The electronic purchase request system of claim 29, wherein the defined routing actions if it is determined that the submitted purchase request does not comply with the stipulated approval level of the specified user include denying the purchase request and holding the purchase request for review.

36. The electronic purchase request system of claim 29, wherein the defined routing actions if it is determined that the submitted purchase request does not comply with the stipulated approval level of the specified user include routing the submitted purchase request to a user with a higher approval level.

37. The electronic purchase request system of claim 29, wherein the specified user is a member of at least one specified group of users.

38. The electronic purchase request system of claim 29, wherein the product being purchased is available on a Website with a shopping cart.

39. The electronic purchase request system of claim 38, wherein the shopping cart includes electronically storable transaction details.

40. The electronic purchase request system of claim 39, wherein the shopping cart transaction details are transferred to another user electronically.

41. The electronic purchase request system of claim 29, wherein the product being purchased includes recurring services that do not have a fixed dollar amount.

42. The electronic purchase request system of claim 41 , wherein the recurring services are Web-based.