Patents Assigned to Autotrader.com, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10282735
    Abstract: A system and method for determining total capacity, amount reserved or sold and remaining availability of ad impressions for an online advertising publishing system. Calculations may be based on multiple factors including for example 1) actuals of historical data of ad impression delivery, 2) various delivery parameters including ad targeting overlap with other ads, timing, priority and impression goals, and 3) a mathematical algorithm and calculations of the above incorporating adjustments due to seasonality and market factors. The resulting calculations are used to reserve, schedule and target advertisements to be delivered over a network to be viewed by consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: AutoTrader.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven R. Karson, Mark G. Smith, Michael J. Burgiss
  • Patent number: 10102555
    Abstract: Illustrative embodiments may generally be directed to, among other things, a platform for providing information to one or more consumers to facilitate the purchase of one or more vehicles. In one embodiment, the platform may provide information associated with one or more OEMs and their vehicle product lines. In another embodiment, the platform may facilitate selecting, building, modifying, comparing, and/or purchasing one or more vehicles. In yet another embodiment, the platform may determine inventory data corresponding to actual available inventory at one or more dealerships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOTRADER.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas James Park, Melanie Allgood Hygema, Brett Michael Kelly, Brian Cameron Zavitz, Pamela Ann Russek, Jose Ignacio Puente
  • Patent number: 9600822
    Abstract: Information is gathered from merchants such as car dealers by online forms or other means soliciting particular differentiating factors such as services and specialties (e.g., languages spoken, financing options, other information). When a consumer desires to perform a search, he or she is asked by the exemplary illustrative non-limiting implementation to input a geographical location. The illustrative exemplary non-limiting implementation may then access the merchant database and retrieve listings that comply with the geographical restraint the user requested. Those listings may be further filtered based on the user's specification of additional constraints related to specialties and/or servicesBy conveniently selecting such options (e.g., in one implementation, by simply checking a box on a web page), the users can be automatically presented with a new, filtered listing that lists only those merchants meeting the predetermined criteria the user has specified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: AutoTrader.com, Inc.
    Inventors: David Pyle, Rick MacConnell
  • Publication number: 20140279275
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to computer-implemented systems and methods for searching vehicle listings. An example method may include scanning, by a user device comprising one or more processors, optical machine-readable data associated with a first vehicle. The method may also include determining, based at least in part on the optical machine-readable data, a vehicle identification number associated with the first vehicle. The method may further include determining, based at least in part on the vehicle identification number, one or more vehicle attributes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: AutoTrader.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael John Burgiss, Martin Krohne, Jim O'Brien, Brett Z. Pomerantz
  • Publication number: 20140067614
    Abstract: Illustrative embodiments may generally be directed to, among other things, a platform for providing information to one or more consumers to facilitate the purchase of one or more vehicles. In one embodiment, the platform may provide information associated with one or more OEMs and their vehicle product lines. In another embodiment, the platform may facilitate selecting, building, modifying, comparing, and/or purchasing one or more vehicles. In yet another embodiment, the platform may determine inventory data corresponding to actual available inventory at one or more dealerships.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: AUTOTRADER.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Melanie Allgood Hygema, Brett Michael Kelly, Brian Cameron Zavitz, Pamela Ann Russek, Jose Ignacio Puente, Nicholas James Park
  • Publication number: 20140067615
    Abstract: Illustrative embodiments may generally be directed to, among other things, a platform for providing information to one or more consumers to facilitate the purchase of one or more vehicles. In one embodiment, the platform may provide information associated with one or more OEMs and their vehicle product lines. In another embodiment, the platform may facilitate selecting, building, modifying, comparing, and/or purchasing one or more vehicles. In yet another embodiment, the platform may determine inventory data corresponding to actual available inventory at one or more dealerships.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: AUTOTRADER.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas James Park, Melanie Allgood Hygema, Brett Michael Kelly, Brian Cameron Zavitz, Pamela Ann Russek, Jose Ignacio Puente
  • Publication number: 20130339173
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing an item exchange service are usable to aid users in exchanging old items for newer items. According to one embodiment, a system can be operable to receive a request to offer a vehicle in an auction, calculate a base exchange value for the vehicle and provide, to one or more vehicle resellers, auction information associated with the vehicle. Additionally, the system may be configured to receive an exchange bid for the vehicle, determine a final exchange value of the vehicle, and provide the final exchange value of the vehicle to a seller of the vehicle. Further, the system may be configured to allow the seller to determine a course of action regarding disposing of the vehicle after conclusion of the exchange auction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Autotrader.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Edward Skutta
  • Patent number: 8595082
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing an item exchange service are usable to aid users in exchanging old items for newer items. According to one embodiment, a system can be operable to receive a request to present a vehicle in a marketplace, calculate a base exchange value for the vehicle and provide, to one or more vehicle resellers, marketplace information associated with the vehicle. Additionally, the system may be configured to receive an exchange offer for the vehicle, determine a final exchange value of the vehicle, and provide the final exchange value of the vehicle to a seller of the vehicle. Further, the system may be configured to allow the seller to determine a course of action regarding disposing of the vehicle after conclusion of the exchange marketplace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: AutoTrader.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Edward Skutta
  • Patent number: 8538828
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing an item exchange service are usable to aid users in exchanging old items for newer items. According to one embodiment, a system can be operable to receive a request to offer a vehicle in an auction, calculate a base exchange value for the vehicle and provide, to one or more vehicle resellers, auction information associated with the vehicle. Additionally, the system may be configured to receive an exchange bid for the vehicle, determine a final exchange value of the vehicle, and provide the final exchange value of the vehicle to a seller of the vehicle. Further, the system may be configured to allow the seller to determine a course of action regarding disposing of the vehicle after conclusion of the exchange auction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Autotrader.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Edward Skutta
  • Patent number: 8521619
    Abstract: An online product or service listing arrangement logs searches performed and uses the logged information to calculate a scarcity index that measures the scarcity of products and services. Scarcity may indicate the number of searches that consumers have conducted compared to available listings. Empirical techniques are used to take into account certain types of searches that may not accurately reflect actual consumer demand. Reports may compare item scarcity within different geographical or other markets to determine relative scarcity. Particularly advantageous but non-limiting applications include new and used motor vehicles, employment opportunities, and real estate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Autotrader.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor A. Perry, III, Lars E. Olufsen, IV, Jerry Johannesen
  • Publication number: 20130097048
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing an item exchange service are usable to aid users in exchanging old items for newer items. According to one embodiment, a system can be operable to receive a request to present a vehicle in a marketplace, calculate a base exchange value for the vehicle and provide, to one or more vehicle resellers, marketplace information associated with the vehicle. Additionally, the system may be configured to receive an exchange offer for the vehicle, determine a final exchange value of the vehicle, and provide the final exchange value of the vehicle to a seller of the vehicle. Further, the system may be configured to allow the seller to determine a course of action regarding disposing of the vehicle after conclusion of the exchange marketplace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: AUTOTRADER.COM, INC.
    Inventor: Brian Edward Skutta
  • Publication number: 20120284087
    Abstract: The invention includes a method and system to provide a competitive pricing tool so that automobile dealers can more efficiently and effectively price their used vehicles. The system achieves the optimal sales price by obtaining the relevant pricing and mileage of vehicles for sale that are similarly situated to the focus vehicle. Once the information is obtained, the system creates a value ranking for each of the vehicles for sale and for the focus vehicle. The user is then able to revise the focus vehicle pricing to determine the optimal sales price.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: AUTOTRADER.COM, INC.
    Inventor: Dale Pollak
  • Publication number: 20120284113
    Abstract: The invention provides information to the potential customer about the vehicle for sale, including information relating to other similar vehicles for sale in a particular geographical area that can be accessed at the point of sale, or by the customer at a later time and place. The party offering the product for sale is informed each time the customer accesses the information, thereby indicating the level of interest by the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: AUTOTRADER.COM, INC.
    Inventor: Dale Pollak
  • Publication number: 20110131652
    Abstract: Webcrawlers and scraper bots are detrimental because they place a significant processing burden on web servers, corrupt traffic metrics, use excessive bandwidth, excessively load web servers, create spam, cause ad click fraud, encourage unauthorized linking, deprive the original collector/poster of the information of exclusive rights to analysis and summarize information posted on their own site, and enable anyone to create low-cost Internet advertising network products for ultimate sellers. A scaleable predictive service distributed in the cloud can be used to detect scraper activity in real time and take appropriate interdictive access up to and including denial of service based on the likelihood that non-human agents are responsible for accesses. Information gathered from a number of servers can be aggregated to provide real time interdiction protecting a number of disparate servers in a network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: AUTOTRADER.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen R. Robinson, Tony Robinson, Rob Burson
  • Patent number: 7921052
    Abstract: Online auction-style listing and transaction system provides new features including for example allowing sellers to issue offers to sell before auction-style listing completion to encourage direct negotiation between seller and buyer for an out-of channel transaction; postponing auction-style end upon receipt of a last-minute bid to prevent sniping; allowing sellers to contact buyers registering adverse ratings before the ratings are published; allowing sellers to terminate listings before end of auction-style listing and/or to move the listing to a classified ad from an auction-style listing; and other features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Autotrader.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Esther Dabney, Greg Easterly, Brad Mohs, Michael Mullis, Mike Winn
  • Publication number: 20100161408
    Abstract: A system and method for determining total capacity, amount reserved or sold and remaining availability of ad impressions for an online advertising publishing system. Calculations may be based on multiple factors including for example 1) actuals of historical data of ad impression delivery, 2) various delivery parameters including ad targeting overlap with other ads, timing, priority and impression goals, and 3) a mathematical algorithm and calculations of the above incorporating adjustments due to seasonality and market factors. The resulting calculations are used to reserve, schedule and target advertisements to be delivered over a network to be viewed by consumers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: AutoTrader com, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven R. Karson, Mark G. Smith, Michael J. Burgiss