Patents Assigned to Hipmunk, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10530733
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide a system and method for inferring preferences from message metadata and conversations. A networked system receives, over a network, a communication that is a part of a conversation involving one or more users, whereby the networked system is a participant in the conversation. The networked system analyzes the communication including inferring a preference of a user among the one or more users based on metadata in the communication. The networked system triggers a search process based in part on the inferred preference. The networked system then generates and transmits to the user a customized response comprising results of the search process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Julian Goldstein, Alex Quintana, Eric Palm, Gregory Millam, Zohaib Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10482520
    Abstract: A machine is configured by appropriate software, such as software modules, to function as recommendation machine configured to receive an incoming value from a submitter for an allocable region of a graphical user interface. The allocable region is associated by a first data-structure to a data-string. The recommendation is configured to identify an available correlation of the data-string within a second data-structure, and the recommendation machine is further configured to recommend an outgoing value to be offered by an operator of the machine for the available correlation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Julian Goldstein
  • Patent number: 10382568
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide a system and method for providing user interfaces comprising calendar-based suggestions of single user, single event travel options. The system accesses calendar data of the user, which indicates an event that the user is scheduled to attend, and extracts data for the event from the calendar data. The system constructs an application program interface (API) request by incorporating the extracted data for the event as one or more search criteria in the API request. The system transmits the API request to a provider server of at least one service provider. In response, the system receives results from the provider server(s), which comprise options determined to be compatible with the event based on the one or more search criteria in the API request. The system causes presentation of at least some of the options from the results determined to be compatible with the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Julian Goldstein
  • Patent number: 10366353
    Abstract: A travel search machine generates a trip object defined by a corresponding trip identifier. The trip object may have a corresponding trip data structure to which one or more search results may be assigned by a user. For example, the travel search machine may be configured to receive a trip identifier as a submission from a user device, generate a trip data structure corresponding to the trip identifier, and responsive to a received command from a user device, assign one or more search results to the trip data structure, such that reference to the trip data structure via the received trip identifier causes a presentation of at least some of the one or more search results assigned to the trip data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Nancy Tu Hang, Steven Ladd Huffman, Lauren Porter, Phillip Aquilina, Niranjan Ramadas
  • Patent number: 10324986
    Abstract: A machine is configured to access a search phrase or other communicated phrase and deconstruct the accessed phrase into multiple sub-phrases. The machine performs an analysis of n-grams that occur within the sub-phrases, generates a set of potentially different sub-phrases from the n-grams, and selects which data source among multiple available video sources should be accessed for each generated sub-phrase in the generated set. For example, the machine may allocate each generated sub-phrase to a corresponding data source and cause the corresponding data source to execute a query based on its corresponding sub-phrase. Thus, the machine chooses from which data source to obtain partial search results that correspond to each sub-phrase generated based on the analyzed n-grams in the accessed phrase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Julian Goldstein, Navin Lal, Zak Lee, Richard Shaffer, Zohaib Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10289639
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide a system and method for analyzing conversations and determining whether to participate with a response. A networked system receives, over a network, a communication that is a part of a conversation involving one or more users, whereby the networked system is a participant in the conversation. The networked system analyzes the communication including parsing key terms from the communication. The networked system then identifies a sentiment of a user among the one or more users based on the parsed key terms. Based on the identified sentiment, the networked system determines whether to respond to the communication. In response to a determination to respond, the networked system generates a customized response and transmits the customized response, over the network, to a device of the user. The customized response may comprise questions or a set of options related to the conversation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Julian Goldstein, Alex Quintana, Eric Palm, Gregory Millam, Zohaib Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10223467
    Abstract: A machine is configured to perform an example method that causes the machine to parse sub-phrases within a phrase, recognize that a sub-phrase has or can have a geographically specific meaning, and notify a user that the sub-phrase is being processed using the geographically specific meaning. For example, supposing a user has communicated a phrase, the machine builds sub-phrases from the n-grams of the phrase and detects that an n-gram has a geographically specific meaning, thus disambiguating the n-gram. This disambiguation is performed using one or more geographically specific databases of n-grams. The machine determines that a geographical location is relevant to the n-gram, selects a specialized search procedure for the n-gram, and obtains search results using the selected specialized search procedure. The machine may also notify the user that the n-gram or a sub-phrase in which the n-gram appears is being processed using the geographically specific meaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Julian Goldstein, Navin Lal, Zak Lee, Richard Shaffer, Zohaib Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10210563
    Abstract: Example embodiments described herein disclose a travel search machine configured to retrieve and present search results as graphical elements within a graphical user interface. The travel search machine presents graphical elements with a slider configured to define a subset of the search results, where the subset is defined by a location of the slider among the graphical elements within the graphical user interface, and is further configured to receive a user input that moves the slider from a first location in the graphical user interface to a second location in the graphical user interface and in response to the first user input, cause the user device to display a notification window in the graphical user interface at a position relative to the slider in the first location, the notification window indicating a count of search results within the subset of search results defined by the location of the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Nancy Tu Hang, Carly Lane Lodge, Phillip Aquilina
  • Patent number: 10198527
    Abstract: Within a graphical user interface, a window may be spawned at one point in time and then populated with content at a later point in time. By execution of browser-executable code by a user's device and corresponding server-side code by a machine, a pop-under window may be spawned by the user's device. The spawned pop-under window may be initially hidden by the user's browser window and may be initially loaded with no content or default content. The device may monitor the graphical user interface for search criteria submitted by the user and update the spawned pop-under window based on such search criteria. If the user exits the webpage, and if rules allow presentation of a pop-under window, the pop-under window may be updated by the device for presentation to the user. Based on interest or lack of interest in the updated content, the user may revisit the website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Julian Goldstein, Steven Ladd Huffman, Seth Satoshi Sakamoto, Ryan James Schwers, Christopher Brian Slowe, Niranjan Ramadas
  • Patent number: 10147126
    Abstract: A machine may generate and provide a message that updates itself when opened. Such a message may include a link that, when operated during display of the message by a user's device, causes the machine to generate an image that depicts updated information in the form of one or more updated parameters. For example, the machine may operate within a travel search engine and may generate and provide a message that includes a previously found search result and also includes a link to an image that, once generated, depicts an updated parameter for the search result. As part of displaying the message, the user's device may operate the link, which causes the machine to generate the image and provide the image to the device. The device receives the image and displays the message, which includes the search result and now also includes the image of the updated parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Julian Goldstein, Steven Ladd Huffman
  • Patent number: 10129107
    Abstract: An item sharing machine is configured to receive share requests submitted by requesters and specifying numerical values accorded to the shareable item by the requesters. The item sharing machine determines a distribution of the numerical values and generates an allocation plan based on the distribution of the numerical values, which include a first numerical value accorded by a first requester. The item sharing machine determines an allocated percentage at which the shareable item is allocated to the first requester and selects an alternative percentage at which the shareable item is allocable to the first requester. The item sharing machine calculates an alternative numerical value accordable to the shareable item and causes presentation of a notification that the shareable item is allocable to the first requester at the alternative percentage, conditioned upon a future share request indicating that the alternative numerical value is accorded to the shareable item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Julian Goldstein, Kevin Malone, Steven Ji, Navin Lal, Christopher Brian Slowe, Steven Ladd Huffman, William Glass
  • Patent number: 10007720
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide a system and method for analyzing conversations and determining whether to participate with a response. A networked system receives, over a network, a communication that is a part of a conversation involving one or more users, whereby the networked system is a participant in the conversation. The networked system analyzes the communication including parsing key terms from the communication. The networked system then identifies a sentiment of a user among the one or more users based on the parsed key terms. Based on the identified sentiment, the networked system determines whether to respond to the communication. In response to a determination to respond, the networked system generates a customized response and transmits the customized response, over the network, to a device of the user. The customized response may comprise questions or a set of options related to the conversation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Julian Goldstein, Alex Quintana, Eric Palm, Gregory Millam, Zohaib Ahmed
  • Patent number: 9965149
    Abstract: An item sharing machine is configured to receive share requests in the example form of allocation requests submitted by requesters for an allocable region of a graphical user interface. The allocation requests specify numerical values accorded to the allocable region by the requesters. The item sharing machine determines a distribution of the numerical values and, based on the distribution, generates an allocation plan defined by configuration parameters for the allocable region. The item sharing machine is configured to repeatedly update the allocable region based on the allocation plan by cyclically and selectively linking the allocable region to different computers of different requesters based on the allocation plan. The allocable region accordingly becomes linked to computers of different requesters at different times, and the item sharing machine is configured to cause one or more user devices to present the allocable region linked to such computers at different times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Hipmunk Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Julian Goldstein, Kevin Malone, Steven Ji, Navin Lal, Christopher Brian Slowe, Steven Ladd Huffman, William Glass
  • Patent number: 9922131
    Abstract: Within a graphical user interface, a window may be spawned at one point in time and then populated with content at a later point in time. By execution of browser-executable code by a user's device and corresponding server-side code by a machine, a pop-under window may be spawned by the user's device. The spawned pop-under window may be initially hidden by the user's browser window and may be initially loaded with no content or default content. The device may monitor the graphical user interface for search criteria submitted by the user and update the spawned pop-under window based on such search criteria. If the user exits the webpage, and if rules allow presentation of a pop-under window, the pop-under window may be updated by the device for presentation to the user. Based on interest or lack of interest in the updated content, the user may revisit the website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Julian Goldstein, Steven Ladd Huffman, Seth Satoshi Sakamoto, Ryan James Schwers, Christopher Brian Slowe, Niranjan Ramadas
  • Patent number: 9632667
    Abstract: A map lens may take the form of a shape that may be superimposed on a map displayed in the user interface, moved around the map by the user, and activated by the user to select a region of the map bounded by the map lens. Activation of the map lens may cause the user interface to display only those markers that are within the region bounded by the map lens. In situations where the user moves the map lens over unselected regions of the map, the user interface may dynamically show or hide markers on the map. This may have the effect of presenting to the user a visually uncluttered map in which markers are only shown in the region in which the user has expressed some interest, as indicated by the user moving the map lens to that region of the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Ladd Huffman, Carly Lane Plaskett, Ryan James Schwers
  • Patent number: 8972429
    Abstract: Calendar-based suggestion of travel options involves suggesting a travel option based on events stored in a calendar of a user. For example, a user in San Francisco may be scheduled for a business trip to New York, and the user's calendar may show a dinner reservation in San Francisco on Saturday, September 3 and business meeting in New York on Monday, September 5. A suggestion machine accesses calendar data of the user and travel data for several available travel options (e.g., flights from San Francisco to New York). Based on the accessed calendar data and travel data, the suggestion machine determines that one or more travel options (e.g., a flight on Sunday, September 4) are compatible with the dinner reservation and the business meeting on the user's calendar. The suggestion machine presents these compatible travel options to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Julian Goldstein, Steven Ladd Huffman
  • Publication number: 20140324486
    Abstract: A machine may be configured to provide a travel shopping service, not only to direct users of the machine, but also to users of other travel shopping services provided by partner websites whose operators have entered into partnership agreements with an operator of the machine. The machine may provide a common module to one or more partner websites or operators thereof. When a user views a partner website in a browser, the common module configures and causes the browser to obtain and implement a custom module generated or updated specifically for that partner website. The custom module configures and causes the browser to communicate with the machine, for example, in response to fulfillment conditions specified by the operator of the partner website and used as a basis for generating or updating the custom module. Information obtained from the machine may then be presented by the browser to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: HIPMUNK, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Julian Goldstein, Steven Ladd Huffman, Joseph M. Gambescia, III, Christopher Brian Slowe
  • Publication number: 20140298255
    Abstract: A map lens may take the form of a shape that may be superimposed on a map displayed in the user interface, moved around the map by the user, and activated by the user to select a region of the map bounded by the map lens. Activation of the map lens may cause the user interface to display only those markers that are within the region bounded by the map lens. In situations where the user moves the map lens over unselected regions of the map, the user interface may dynamically show or hide markers on the map. This may have the effect of presenting to the user a visually uncluttered map in which markers are only shown in the region in which the user has expressed some interest, as indicated by the user moving the map lens to that region of the map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Ladd Huffman, Carly Lane Plaskett, Ryan James Schwers
  • Publication number: 20140129382
    Abstract: A venue may be presented based on its neighborhood within a city by a system (e.g., a machine suitably programmed by one or more software components). In particular, the system may identify a purpose of the user (e.g., a user purpose) in submitting a request for a presentation of venues that are located within the city. The system may access a database that correlates this identified purpose (e.g., business or romance) with a neighborhood that lies within the city. The system may determine a venue (e.g., for presentation, suggestion, or recommendation) based on the venue being located within a neighborhood that is correlated with the purpose. Hence, the system may present the venue to the user in fulfillment of the user's request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Ladd Huffman, Adam Julian Goldstein, Christopher Brian Slowe
  • Patent number: D768671
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Hipmunk, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Julian Goldstein, Steven Ladd Huffman, Carly Lane Plaskett, Lauren Porter, Phillip Aquilina, Glenn Francis Dixon, Nancy Tu Hang