eBay Patents

eBay Inc. operates an online marketplace that enables merchants and buyers worldwide to find, buy or sell merchandise.

eBay Patents by Type

  • eBay Patents Granted: eBay patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • eBay Patent Applications: eBay patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20170213072
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an interactive shopping experience via webcam is disclosed. A particular embodiment includes enabling a user to select from a plurality of items of virtual apparel; obtaining an image of a user via a web-enabled camera (webcam); using a data processor to perform facial detection on the image to isolate an image of a face of the user; estimating the user's position according to a position and a size of the image of the user's face; modifying an image corresponding to the selected item of virtual apparel based on the size of the image of the user's face; and auto-fitting the modified image corresponding to the selected item of virtual apparel to the image of the user's face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Bin Li, Xiaohan Yun, Zehong Tan
  • Patent number: 9715533
    Abstract: Example methods and systems are directed to providing multi-dimensional search results. A source (e.g., a closed captioning stream) may provide a series of keywords. The series of keywords may be used to generate a series of searches. The results from the searches may be presented as part of a user interface in a grid. For example, one row may be presented for each keyword, with the row for the keyword containing the results from searching using that keyword. Alternatively, one column may be presented for each keyword, with the column for the keyword containing the results from searching using that keyword. The series of keywords may be generated once. Alternatively, new keywords may be periodically added to the series of keywords, causing the grid to be updated. Old keywords and their corresponding search results may periodically be removed from the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Selina Lam, Marc Peter Hosein
  • Patent number: 9715701
    Abstract: Example embodiments of a system and method for image-based listing of an item, using an image of multiple items, are generally described herein. In some example embodiments, an image-based listing system includes an identifying module to identify a portion of an image of multiple items, the portion of the image depicting the item; a tagging module to associate tag information with the portion of the image, the tag information being associated with the item; and a listing module to list the item, the listing of the item comprising displaying at least some tag information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Law, Trisha Lee Okubo, Choon Chong, Yuan Der Ho
  • Patent number: 9715510
    Abstract: A system and method, which may be an offline method, extracts relevant image features about listing items in a network-based publication system for enabling image similarity searching of such listing items. When a seller lists an item, an image of the item is uploaded and may be sent to a picture processing service, which generates several digests. The digests are compressed data structures each representing a particular image feature such as edge, color, texture, or words. These digests are then stored in a search database, where the digests can be used to retrieve listings by image similarity at scale. A similar process can be performed for a query listing for searching the search database for items similar to the query listing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Naren Chittar, Sanjay Pundlkrao Ghatare, Ryan McDonald, John Roper, Michael Schmitz
  • Patent number: 9709417
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include a navigation system and computer-implemented methods for proactively re-routing vehicles based on an analysis of input component data obtained from the navigation-enabled devices. The navigation system scores the input component data to obtain a measure of frustration (e.g., a feeling of being upset or annoyed) of the user of the navigation-enabled device. The navigation system may provide a detour suggestion for display on the navigation-enabled device to persuade the user of the device to direct their vehicle to depart from its current location or route in an effort to remove the vehicle from traffic, and thereby reduce the frustration level of the user. The detour suggestion may include an alternative route to the original destination, or an alternative destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, Neville Rhys Newey, Justin VanWinkle, Christopher Michael Hall, Trista Mcneill, David Ramadge
  • Patent number: 9712627
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a user interface include collecting user activity data that includes navigation details provided from each of a plurality of user devices in navigating through a user interface. User interface use profiles are determined using the user activity data and include information on the likelihood of at least one subsequent navigation detail based on at least one present navigation detail. A new user navigation detail is received from a new user device accessing the user interface, and a first user interface use profile is retrieved based on a first present navigation detail in the first user interface use profile that corresponds to the new user navigation detail. A customized user interface is then created using a first subsequent navigation detail associated the first present navigation detail in the first user interface use profile, and that customized user interface is provided to the new user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Sergii Sergunin
  • Patent number: 9710645
    Abstract: Systems and methods to detect and neutralize malware infected electronic communications are described. The system may receive a request for interface information from over a network from a client machine. In response to receiving the request the system may generate the interface information to include at least one input mechanism to receive user information from the user and countermeasure information for utilization on the client machine to detect whether the interface information is modified on the client machine to receive user information from the user that is not authorized. Finally, the system may communicate the interface information, over the network, to the client machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Joren Bartley McReynolds
  • Patent number: 9712968
    Abstract: A system and method for using super geo-fences and virtual fences to improve efficiency of geo-fences is disclosed. A server system stores geo-fence data for a plurality of geo-fences and receives a request for updated geo-fence data from a client system. The server system selects one or more geo-fences and generates a super geo-fence that encompasses all the selected geo-fences. The server system determines a super geo-fence reduction factor. The server system reduces the size of the super geo-fence based on the determined reduction factor. The server system then transmits the generated super geo-fence and the selected one or more geo-fences to the client system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Rui Kong, Chintan Jain, Rajkumar Chinnakonda
  • Publication number: 20170199847
    Abstract: A method for automatic media population of a style presentation comprises collecting presentation media; positioning the collected presentation media on a storyboard; and selecting a style presentation; wherein the selection of the style presentation results in the automatic population of the style presentation with the presentation media positioned on the storyboard is described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Lanahan, Dane M. Howard, Brian F. Williams, Luke Peacock, Belmer Perrella Garcia Negrillo
  • Publication number: 20170201862
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for wireless beacon devices for use in tracking user locations during group travel. A user may take a trip on a vehicle, such as a bus, train, cruise ship, or other large travel vehicle. The users may disembark the vehicle in order to visit a location but plan to travel further on the vehicle. Thus, when the vehicle is attempting to leave the location where the users have left the vehicle, the vehicle may be required to again account for each passenger. The vehicle may utilize a wireless beacon located near an entrance and/or onboard the vehicle to account for each passenger. The wireless beacon may connect to a communication device of each user when the communication device is in proximity to the wireless beacon and, thus, inform the vehicle's operator that each user in located on the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Mary O'Malley
  • Patent number: 9703875
    Abstract: Systems and methods to identify and present filters are described. The system receives a query from a client machine, the query including at least one keyword. The system further identifies a filter context based on the query, the filter context including a first set of filters including attribute-value pairs, the attribute-value pairs including a first attribute-value pair including a first filter and a second attribute-value pair including a second filter. The system further identifies a second set of filters responsive to receiving the query, the identifying the second set of filters is based on the filter context and probabilities describing occurrences of attribute-value pairs in listings that respectively describe items that were previously transacted on a network-based marketplace. The system further generates a user interface including search results that are identified based on the filter context and communicates the user interface to the client machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Tolga Konik, Rajyashree Mukherjee, Kranthi Chalasani
  • Patent number: 9703685
    Abstract: Various embodiments include at least one of systems, methods, and software to receive input configuring tests within a computing environment to expose users to standard application or website experiences or test experiences. In some embodiments, multiple tests may be configured to run orthogonally within user experiences without affecting the results of one another. Some such embodiments preserve the ability to execute certain tests in anon-orthogonal manner while other tests are allowed to execute orthogonally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jasdeep Singh Sahni, Anil Madan, Deepak Seetharam Nadig, Po Cheung, Bhavesh Mistry, John Bodine, Michael Lo
  • Patent number: 9704123
    Abstract: A system and method that manages listings is provided. In example embodiments, a first listing for offering an item is created. A second listing that is an adjustment to the first listing that includes a different attribute is then created. A result of the first listing and a result of the second listing are evaluated. An optimal listing based on the result of the first listing and the result of the second listing is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Hua-Ming Jin, Matthew F. Ackley, Ken Lin
  • Patent number: 9704194
    Abstract: Generating a listing in a network-based commerce system Listing identification data is received from a user, and listing data associated with the listing, based on the listing identification data, is retrieved. Thereafter, a listing is generated that is at least partially based on the listing data tier posting on the network-based commerce system. In one embodiment, the user may edit the listing data prior to the listing being posted. The network-based commerce system may include a database of listing data associated with at least one of movies, music, games, books and motor vehicles. In one embodiment, the proposed listing comprises a plurality of check boxes each of which is associated with an attribute of the listing and the system automatically, without human intervention, checks attributes based on the listing data. The editing by the user may include the user selecting one or more of the check boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Grove, Larry Cornett
  • Patent number: 9704191
    Abstract: A seller device executing a seller module captures an image of an item available for purchase and uploads the image to a host machine. The host machine receives the image of the item and provides the image and a seller address to a buyer device. The buyer device executing a buyer module presents the image and the seller address to a user. The seller address is usable to initiate a communication with the seller of the item. The host machine may provide the seller module to the seller device, and the host machine may provide the buyer module to the buyer device. The host machine may also communicate the image to an advertisement server configured to publish the image as a listing of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Sheu, Charles F. Pletcher, II, Selina Lam
  • Patent number: 9703942
    Abstract: A system and method of multi-factor authentication are described. In some embodiments, a first device provides an initial authentication data to a second device. The second device is different from the first device. The first device obtains a first response data from the second device. The first device generates a first subsequent authentication data using the first response data. The first subsequent authentication data is different from the initial authentication data. The first device provides the first subsequent authentication data to the second device. In some embodiments, obtaining the first response data comprises capturing the first response data from the second device using a camera on the mobile device, where the first response data is displayed on the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Oliver Nicholas Cockcroft
  • Patent number: 9706332
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for providing assistance to a user of a mobile application are described. A request is issued to a remote from a mobile device for assistance. Information indicative of a sequence of states of an execution of a mobile application is periodically transmitted from a mobile device to the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Scot Fraser Hamilton, Ladd Van Tol, Luke Shardlow, Jonathan David Chard, Matthew Olson
  • Publication number: 20170193581
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for identifying top attributes are presented. Text content from an electronic document describing a product is extracted. A plurality of attributes associated with the product are identified using the extracted text content. A descriptor word proximate to each of the plurality of attributes in the extracted text content is detected. A weight is assigned to each descriptor word proximate to each of the plurality of attributes. The plurality of attributes are ranked based on the weight of the descriptor word proximate to each of the plurality of attributes. A predetermined number of top ranked attributes from the plurality of attributes are caused to be presented. Further, an image associated with each of the top ranked attributes is determined, the image being designated as a visual representation of the corresponding top ranked attribute. The image is caused to be displayed in association with the product on a user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Deepak Kumar Vasthimal, Avishek Mukherjee
  • Publication number: 20170193072
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for computing a query feature score that can be used by a machine learning algorithm to rank search results is described. A query is received. The assigned probabilities for the arbitrary query is retrieved. The assigned probabilities is based on a probability model for a query feature. A score is computed for the query feature based on the assigned probabilities for the arbitrary query.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Nadia Vase, David Goldberg
  • Publication number: 20170195441
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a user interface include collecting user activity data that includes navigation details provided from each of a plurality of user devices in navigating through a user interface. User interface use profiles are determined using the user activity data and include information on the likelihood of at least one subsequent navigation detail based on at least one present navigation detail. A new user navigation detail is received from a new user device accessing the user interface, and a first user interface use profile is retrieved based on a first present navigation detail in the first user interface use profile that corresponds to the new user navigation detail. A customized user interface is then created using a first subsequent navigation detail associated the first present navigation detail in the first user interface use profile, and that customized user interface is provided to the new user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Sergii Sergunin
  • Publication number: 20170193579
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for computing price demand of a query that can be used by a search system to rank search results. Computing a user event aggregation by contribution for each of the past user sessions to produce updated session-based sets of user events based on a condition related to a general-specific relationship between two queries in a past user session. Computing a user event aggregation of queries from multiple sessions to combine the updated session-based sets of user events for a same query from the past user sessions to produce multiple session sets of user events for each query. The multiple session sets of user events for a query defining price points used in determining price demand for the query.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: David Goldberg, Yuanjie Liu, Xiaoyuan Wu, Nadia Vase
  • Patent number: 9694770
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a specific user may be determined to be located within a particular distance of a specific vehicle, and a vehicle model of the specific vehicle may be identified. Further, user ergonomic profile information associated with the specific user and the vehicle model may be accessed. The user ergonomic profile information may indicate the specific user's preference for an adjustable ergonomic parameter associated with the vehicle model. Further, the user ergonomic profile information associated with the vehicle model may be transmitted to the specific vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: John Patrick Edgar Tobin
  • Patent number: 9697447
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the automated generation of QR codes with embedded images therein are provided. The QR code has an active, machine-readable portion and a background portion. An example system comprises an image identification module to identify a human-readable image. A primitive creation module generates a primitive QR code. The primitive QR code comprises a machine-readable QR code having the image embedded in the QR code. An overlay interface module generates an intermediate QR code by modifying the active portion of the QR code using a first modification and modifying the background portion using a second modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Schory, Robert Dean Veres
  • Patent number: 9697056
    Abstract: A plurality of application servers hosts a plurality of business applications. A plurality of Application Program Interface (API) servers host a plurality of APIs to provide programmatic access to the plurality of business applications, each of the APIs configured to receive request messages compiled by a remote client application. An example method includes receiving a plurality of request messages generated by the remote client application, each request message requesting an activity to be performed by the targeted API, with respect to an associated application, and comprising at least one data component, and a request component including a reusable identified schema definition specific to the targeted API.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Zahid N. Ahmed, Alon Cohen, Daniel Tsun Kao, Ray Tanaka, Gary Yue, Bhaven Avalani
  • Patent number: 9697564
    Abstract: Disclosed in some examples is a method including receiving a selection of an outline template; displaying the outline template in an image preview screen of a digital image capture device; responsive to a capture of an image of the digital image capture device, cropping the image to an outline of the outline template; positioning the cropped image over a second image and sending a combined image formed from the image positioned over the second image to a commerce server, the combined image for use as a product image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Angie Ruan
  • Patent number: 9699044
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method to processes issue data in a system. A plurality of issue reports are received from respective reporting entities, each issue report being in respect of a system issue which requires a response activity. The issue reports are parsed to obtain priority criterion data relating to at least one priority criterion. The priority criterion is unrelated to the dates and/or times of the issue reports and may include visibility data, severity data, exposure data, and performance data relating to past performance of a reporting entity or a reported entity. The reported issues are then prioritized for order of response based at least partially on the associated criterion data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin H Embree, Ellen Silver
  • Patent number: 9697552
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for social shopping on a network-based marketplace. The method receives, over a network at a social shopping platform, a request from a user in a first community of users. The social shopping platform includes multiple network-based marketplaces respectively associated with communities that include the first community of users that is associated with a first network-based marketplace. The method identifies the first network-based marketplace from the network-based marketplaces based on the request. The request is for an activity associated with the first network-based marketplace. The first network-based marketplace is used by the first community of users to transact items of a single domain that is of interest to the first community of users. The method updates a listing reputation score based on the activity associated with the first network-based marketplace and a user reputation score based on the listing reputation score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9699049
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, clusters of nodes in a network are monitored. Then the monitored data may be stored in an open time-series database. Data from the open time-series database is collected and labeled it as training data. Then a model is built through machine learning using the training data. Additional data is retrieved from the open time-series database. The additional data is left as unlabeled. Anomalies in the unlabeled data are computed using the model, producing prediction outcomes and metrics. Finally, the prediction outcomes and the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Chaitali Gupta, Mayank Bansal, Tzu-Cheng Chuang, Ranjan Sinha, Sami Ben-Romdhane
  • Patent number: 9691099
    Abstract: A system to alert a user of a network-based marketplace event. The system receives the network-based marketplace event and determines if the network-based marketplace event is associated with a network-based marketplace alert that has been requested by the user. If so, the system communicates the network-based marketplace alert to the client machine over a persistent connection, the network-based marketplace alert to alert the user of the network-based marketplace event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Leahy, Carl Ferreira
  • Patent number: 9690663
    Abstract: A data storage system may be configured to allocate replica-sets in a balanced manner and mark some of these balanced replica-sets as being spares. As one or more drives or machines fail, the data storage system may move all copies of an affected replica-set to a marked spare replica-set and mark the affected replica-set as being inactive or invalid. As the failed drives are replaced, the data storage system may reconfigure those inactive replica-sets and use them as new spares. The data storage system may implement a coordinator module that handles the balancing and allocation of spares within a sub-cluster. The coordinator may also reallocate entire replica-sets across sub-clusters to maintain balance at the cluster level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Sami Ben-Romdhane, Rami El-Charif, Bhaven Avalani
  • Patent number: 9684433
    Abstract: A method includes identifying individuals that are affiliated with a user. The method includes incorporating trusted devices associated with the identified individuals into an event monitor network that is configured to monitor for an occurrence of a monitored event. The method includes identifying a particular input that suggests the occurrence of the monitored event. The method includes communicating to the trusted devices, an input sample that is used for recognition of the particular input from general input that is measured by sensors of the trusted devices. The method includes receiving from at least one of the trusted devices, an event message that indicates the particular input is observed by at least one of the sensors. In response to the event message, the method includes communicating to a user interface of a user device associated with the user, an alarm message that indicates the occurrence of the monitored event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Kamal Zamer
  • Patent number: 9684901
    Abstract: Embodiments of configuring elements of a publication server of a product or server sales architecture in mechanisms are described generally herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Anderson Stuart, Brian Alan Grove
  • Patent number: 9686258
    Abstract: A method to authenticate a first computer system over a network to a second computer system is disclosed. A login user interface (UI) is presented to a user of the first computer system while disconnected from the second computer system. The login UI presents at least one input field to receive login input from the user and a security indicator that has been previously selected by the user and that is local to the first computer system. Login input is selectively received from the user based on a determination that the user recognizes the security indicator as having been previously selected by the user. A connection is established between the first computer system and the second computer system over the network. The received user input is transmitted using the established connection to the second computer system for authentication of the first computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: German Scipioni, Avery Kadison, Naseem Hakim
  • Patent number: 9686330
    Abstract: In a multicast publisher-subscriber environment, a plurality of receiver machines are managed by a configurator machine. A consumer address of a receiver machine is received from a configurator machine. The consumer address is generated by the configurator machine based on registration data transmitted by the receiver machine. A communication is generated based on the consumer address, the communication indicating an availability of the receiver machine to receive messages that correspond to a topic. The communication is transmitted via a network, and in response to the communication, at least one message is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Sharad R. Murthy, Prasanna Krishna
  • Patent number: 9685926
    Abstract: An audio output device may include one or more audio sensors configured to detect ambient sound and noises around the audio output device. The audio output device may include a controller configured to analyze the detected sound and noises and may adjust audio settings of the audio output device accordingly. In an embodiment, the controller may analyze and recognize that the detected noise is another person's attempt to get the user's attention or to talk to the user, such as audio sound of the user's name. In response, the controller may stop the audio output or lower the volume of the audio output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Jigish Mehta
  • Patent number: 9686141
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for managing a server cluster are provided. An example method may include scheduling a first job on a first node, using a first resource manager, establishing a service for a second resource manager on a second node, wherein the service is allocated node resources of the second node, and attempting to schedule a second job on the first node, using the first resource manager. The method may include preempting the service on the second node, using the second resource manager, in response to the attempt to schedule the second job on the first node, and deallocating the node resources of the second node from the service. The method may include advertising, using a node manager of the first resource manager, available node resources of the second node, and scheduling the second job on the second node, using the first resource manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Mohit Soni, Rami El-Charif, Meghdoot Bhattacharya
  • Patent number: 9684904
    Abstract: Systems and methods of presentation of a response related to a dispute element are herein disclosed. A request from a device associated with a first user is received. The request including a request to access a customer service page with information related to a transaction between the first user and a second user. Transaction characteristics of the transaction and user characteristics of the first user may be identified. A dispute element associated with the transaction is detected based on the transaction characteristics and the user characteristics of the first user. A response related to the detected dispute element is generated. Presentation of the response related to the detected dispute element is caused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Ping Wen, Albert Bustos, Baback Nemazie, Prakasam Kannan, Shahid Ali, Brenda Tooman
  • Patent number: 9681100
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for conducting a video conference. A location of a person is determined based on a direction of a source of speech. The location of an image capture device and/or a portion of a display device may be adjusted based on the determined direction of the source of speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremiah Joseph Akin
  • Patent number: 9681253
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically configuring mobile device applications based on location are described. In an example, methods and systems for enabling contextual in-store experience modification on a mobile device can include capabilities for altering the functionality of a mobile application based at least in part on the location of the mobile device. For example, a mobile shopping application can be configured to perform different functions depending upon the type of retail location the mobile device is currently in. Additionally, the mobile application can be configured to enable different functions between a retail location and a user's residence, among other locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Nate L Lyman, Frank Russo
  • Patent number: 9679319
    Abstract: Methods and systems to generate and manage an item trading card are provided. A method may include providing an interface to access an item trading card associated with an item, and generating the item trading card including an item identifier associated with the item, a trading card identifier associated with the trading card, item data about the item, and market data about the item. The method further includes sharing the item trading card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Steve Yankovich, Ryan Melcher, Robert Veres
  • Patent number: 9680825
    Abstract: A system is illustrated as including a One-Time Password (OTP) device operatively coupled to a computer system to receive data, and a server operatively coupled to the computer system via a network connection. A method is illustrated as including receiving and verifying credentials of a user accessing the site. In response to verifying the user, a request is transmitted to an authentication server for a first token value corresponding to the user. The first token value is received from the authentication server. The first token value is displayed to the user. The first token value is displayed at the same time as part of a list with other token values to the user. The user compares the list of token values to a token value generated by a password device to determine whether the token value generated by the password device is included in the list of token values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Jurgen von Krogh
  • Patent number: 9679325
    Abstract: Systems and methods to provide a navigated-shopping service are discussed. In an example, a method for navigated-shopping can include receiving a destination location, accessing a route to the destination, displaying the route with indications of a plurality of items for purchase, receiving selection of a selected item, and purchasing the selected item. The plurality of items for purchase can be within a predefined distance of at least one point along the route. The selection of the selected item can include selection of a retail location of a plurality of retail locations along the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Praveen Nallu, Swami Raghavan, Dane Howard, Jack Phillip Abraham, Shannon B. Vosseller, Michael Lenahan, Ben Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20170161810
    Abstract: Systems and methods change a user interface for the purpose of guiding a user in supplementing a product listing with an image to evidence the product's authenticity. Example embodiments include a machine-implemented method for accessing at least one database to retrieve an authenticity criterion mapped to a product and at least one reference image that depicts adequate detail of a product specimen to fulfill the authenticity criterion. The machine can further cause a user device to display the reference image to the user along with a suggestion that the user submit a candidate image depicting similar detail of the product. In some example embodiments, the method further includes retrieving the candidate image, confirming receipt of the candidate image, and displaying the candidate image, as well as adjusting a rank for a candidate specimen based on various factors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Ratish Madhavan Nair
  • Patent number: 9672551
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing shared collections are described. For example, a machine receives a textual description of an entry requested to be created within a collection at a network-based system. The textual description is submitted by a user of the network-based system and received from a client device of the user by a server system within the network-based system. The entry, when created, corresponds to an item listed by the network-based system. The machine generates a structured description of the entry based on the textual description of the entry requested to be created. The structured description of the entry includes a name-value pair derived from the textual description submitted by the user. The machine determines that the entry is absent from the network-based system, and creates the entry within the collection by storing the structured description of the entry in a database of the network-based system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Allen Pate, Robert Chatwani, Nancy Dickenson
  • Patent number: 9672548
    Abstract: A method and system to manage user reputations is described. In some embodiments, a first picture is received from a first user and a second picture is received from a second user. The first picture and the second picture are associated with an in-person transaction related to an item. The method determines whether both the first picture and the second picture identify the item. The method further determines whether both the first picture and the second picture were taken at a similar geographic location. If the first picture and the second picture identify the item and were taken at a similar geographic location, transaction feedback is requested from the first user. A reputation score related to the second user is updated based on transaction feedback received from the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: David Jeffrey Snow, Konstantin Orlov, Roseann Stempinski, Anna Phan
  • Patent number: 9674576
    Abstract: A method and a system to provide a supplemental experience based on concurrently viewed content is provided. The system comprises an identification module to identify, at a user device, concurrently viewed content assigned a content identifier via communication with one or more components of a home theatre. The system further comprises a curation module to identify one or more listings describing items for sale based on keywords mapped to the content identifier and provide a user interface including the listings to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Peter Hosein, Steve Yankovich, Selina Lam
  • Patent number: 9672553
    Abstract: Electronic content that has a tactile dimension when presented on a tactile-enabled computing device may be referred to as tactile-enabled content. A tactile-enabled device is a device that is capable of presenting tactile-enabled content in a manner that permits a user to experience tactile quality of electronic content. In one example embodiment, a system is provided for generating content that has a tactile dimension when presented on a tactile-enabled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Neelakantan Sundaresan, Anurag Bhardwaj, Robinson Piramuthu
  • Patent number: 9672554
    Abstract: Methods and systems for analyzing, ordering and presenting item listings are described. In one example embodiment, a search query is processed to identify item listings satisfying the search query. Then, for each item listing that satisfies the search query, a ranking score is derived and assigned to the item listing. The ranking score is based in part on a relevance score, a listing quality score and a business rules score (or, adjustment factor). Finally, the item listings are ordered, based on their corresponding ranking score, and presented in order in a search results page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Olivier G. Dumon, Ryan McDonald, Muhammad Faisal Rehman, Julie Lavee Netzloff, Ken Sun
  • Patent number: 9672259
    Abstract: Methods and systems to refine search results were described. The system communicates a first user interface to a mobile device that includes search results that include data items. The system receives a first request from the mobile device that includes an indication of at least one swiping motion that is applied across a touch-sensitive screen on the mobile device. The mobile device is associated with a previously selected refinement and corresponding value. The system filters the search results. The refined search results include a second plurality of data items based on the previously selected refinement and the corresponding value. The system generates a second user interface that includes the refined search results. The system communicates the second user interface, over the network, to the mobile device. The second user interface includes the refined search results that include the second plurality of data items to display on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Ashita Achuthan, Paden Barber, Jonathan David Chard, Patrick Foss, Jean-Charles Gabaix-Hialé, Krystal Rose Higgins, Margaret MacDonald, Mark Eppolito, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, Mica Merce, Tyler Yong Nugent, Ryan Reeves, Bradley Roberts, James Tenniswood, Ladd Van Tol
  • Patent number: 9658754
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments of the present disclosure, methods and apparatus are provided for flexible and user-friendly navigation of loaded media in a multi-media presentation, such that a user may be able to view and/or edit the presentation. In one embodiment, a method for navigating loaded media comprises loading a page of a collage document to a client device, the page having a plurality of layers with each layer being associated with a media object. The method further includes creating a list of layers of the loaded page, each layer indexed by at least a position in the collage document; navigating the collage document in at least one direction and at at least one speed based on user input; and filtering the list of layers based on at least the position in the collage document and a visual window of a user interface to display visible layers of the page within the visual window. A client device for navigating loaded media is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: James W. Lanahan, Dane M. Howard, Brian F. Williams