Patents Assigned to Inventor Holdings, LLC
  • Patent number: 10109143
    Abstract: Some embodiments are associated with wireless payment or account verification or authorization for purchases made from a vending machine via a customer's mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Paul D. Signorelli, Sih Y. Lee, Paul T. Breitenbach, Daniel E. Tedesco, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Patent number: 9911267
    Abstract: Some embodiments are associated with receiving, by a vending machine, a request from a customer to initiate a communication session, establishing a first communication link between the vending machine and a device associated with the customer, and establishing a second communication link between the vending machine and a remote network device, such that a communication session is established between the device associated with the customer and the remote network device. Some embodiments are associated with receiving, by a vending machine, an indication of a selection of a product sold by the vending machine, receiving, from a customer, payment for the selected product, dispensing the product to the customer, the product comprising an indication of a communication session activation code, receiving, by the vending machine, an indication of the communication session activation code, and establishing a communication session between a device associated with the customer and a remote network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Paul D. Signorelli, Sih Y. Lee, Paul T. Breitenbach, Daniel E. Tedesco, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Patent number: 9679439
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for managing and authenticating usage of features of gaming devices are presented. In accordance with some embodiments, the methods and apparatus may facilitate an offer engine for providing one or more offers to a user of the gaming device, wherein an offer comprises an offer for a payment to be made to the user in exchange for an action by the user, wherein the one or more offers are distinct from indications of awards the user may qualify for during play of a game playable via the gaming device. In one embodiment the methods and apparatus may provide for determining whether to adjust the first feature based on the measure of performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: INVENTOR HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Russell P. Sammon, Scott T. Friesen, Michael D. Downs, Steven M. Santisi
  • Patent number: 9545575
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a method provides for facilitating play of a game on a mobile device by recognizing inputs provided by a user, at least one of the inputs causing progress in the game. In accordance with one embodiment, a code is received at the mobile device, in response to which code access to an outcome is provided. Upon an outcome redemption request being received, a benefit associated with the outcome may be provided. The benefit may, in some embodiments, be capable of changing play of the game by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Geoffrey M. Gelman, James A. Jorasch, Peter Kim, Timothy A. Palmer, Keith Bemer, Andrew P. Golden, Scott B. Allison
  • Patent number: 9396476
    Abstract: A method for providing a link in an electronic file being presented to a user which includes defining a customized viewpoint for the user. The viewpoint includes a preference for the user that provides an association between a data pattern and a computer network resource. The method also includes generating a request for content, receiving an electronic file in response to the request, and evaluating the electronic file to recognize a match between at least one portion of the electronic file and the data pattern. Upon recognizing a match, the electronic file is modified to include a link to the computer network resource associated with the matching data pattern, and the modified electronic file is presented to the user. Thus, the link included in the electronic file presented to the user is customized for the user, and different users who retrieve the same content can be provided with links to different computer network resources depending on their respective viewpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Daniel E. Tedesco, John M. Packes, Stephen C. Tulley, Keith Bemer, Dean P. Alderucci, Marc D. Kessman, James A. Jorasch
  • Patent number: 9398317
    Abstract: A method, computer readable medium and an apparatus for providing supplemental information related to a character featured on a broadcast television program, wherein the supplemental information is not broadcast along with the broadcast television program. A viewer can request specific supplemental information associated with the broadcast television program through a telephone or electronic network interface. In some embodiments, a service controller transmits the requested supplemental information such that an audio component of the supplemental information does not conflict with the audio component of the broadcast television program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Thomas M. Sparico
  • Patent number: 9288376
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the invention, a camera determines whether to acquire an image (e.g., automatically), determines whether to store the acquired image, and determines how to store the acquired image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Russell P. Sammon
  • Patent number: 9288375
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the invention, a camera determines whether to acquire an image (e.g., automatically), determines whether to store the acquired image, and determines how to store the acquired image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Russell P. Sammon
  • Patent number: 9218618
    Abstract: Methods, computer readable media and systems are described wherein a security deposit is used to facilitate a transaction with a customer. In an embodiment, a process includes receiving an indication that a customer is interested in making a purchase during a transaction from a merchant, and transmitting an offer for a benefit to be applied to the transaction in exchange for a future performance of a task by the customer and a security deposit. The task is associated with a subsidy provider other than the merchant. The method also includes providing the offer to the customer, receiving the security deposit, applying the benefit to the transaction before performance of the task, and returning at least a portion of the security deposit to the customer based on the performance of the task. For example, a subsidy provider may offer to apply a subsidy amount to a transaction involving the purchase of a lawn mower in exchange for a future performance of a task by the customer such as test driving a new car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Daniel E. Tedesco, Michiko Kobayashi, Andrew P. Golden, Scott B. Allison, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Timothy A. Palmer, James A. Jorasch, Elizabeth Delamater
  • Patent number: 9171316
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for delivering a plurality of products from a vending machine is disclosed. The method generally allows an offer for a package to be output, in which the package defines a plurality of products, including a selected product. An apparatus is also disclosed to carry out the method steps of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Daniel E. Tedesco, James A. Jorasch, Robert R. Lech, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Patent number: 9148643
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, interfaces, methods, and articles of manufacture for enhancing media with supplemental content are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Zachary T. Smith, Jon E. Ellenthal, Carson C.K. Fincham
  • Patent number: 9122881
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for social and retail hotspots are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Russell P. Sammon, Renny S. Talianchich, Jeffrey Y. Hayashida, Carson C. K. Fincham
  • Patent number: 9092945
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods and articles of manufacture provide for the distribution of a payout amount associated with a lottery ticket being conditioned or otherwise based on the payout amount. Some embodiments provide for determining a positive payout amount associated with a lottery ticket and determining at least one recipient and/or beneficiary of the positive payout amount based on (i) the positive payout amount and/or (ii) a recipient or beneficiary associated with the lottery ticket and/or the payout amount. In one embodiment, larger prizes (e.g., a jackpot prize, a prize greater than a predetermined threshold payout amount) are awarded to the player(s) of a virtual lottery ticket (e.g., shared by the players), and smaller prizes are distributed to a charitable organization (e.g., other than any of the players) selected by one or more players of the lottery ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Michael W. Patterson, Evan R. Walker, Matthew P. Ellenthal
  • Patent number: 9001982
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are presented for facilitating account-based transactions. In an embodiment, the method includes associating a first person with an account, associating a second person with the account, receiving a request from a third party to authorize a transaction between the second person and the third party, determining a first communication address of the first party, and contacting the first party. The process also includes determining that the first person desires to communicate with the second person, determining a second communication address of the second person, initiating a communication between the first person and the second person, and receiving a signal from the first person that authorizes the transaction or declines the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Daniel E. Tedesco, Andrew S. Van Luchene, James A. Jorasch
  • Publication number: 20140309018
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for managing and authenticating usage of features of gaming devices are presented. In accordance with some embodiments, the methods and apparatus may facilitate an offer engine for providing one or more offers to a user of the gaming device, wherein an offer comprises an offer for a payment to be made to the user in exchange for an action by the user, wherein the one or more offers are distinct from indications of awards the user may qualify for during play of a game playable via the gaming device. In one embodiment the methods and apparatus may provide for determining whether to adjust the first feature based on the measure of performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: INVENTOR HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Russell P. Sammon, Scott T. Friesen, Michael D. Downs, Steven M. Santisi
  • Publication number: 20140282639
    Abstract: A method, computer readable medium and an apparatus for providing supplemental information related to a character featured on a broadcast television program, wherein the supplemental information is not broadcast along with the broadcast television program. A viewer can request specific supplemental information associated with the broadcast television program through a telephone or electronic network interface. In some embodiments, a service controller transmits the requested supplemental information such that an audio component of the supplemental information does not conflict with the audio component of the broadcast television program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Thomas M. Sparico
  • Publication number: 20140256397
    Abstract: Described are methods, systems and apparatus for enabling a lottery player to receive information corresponding to a lottery outcome in association with receipt of an incoming communication. In an implementation, the method includes receiving an indication of an incoming communication, determining a lottery entry outcome, and determining an audible output based on the lottery entry outcome and on the indication of the incoming communication. The method also includes outputting the audible output via a player device to indicate both the incoming communication and the lottery entry outcome.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: INVENTOR HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Stephen C. Tulley, Jeffrey Y. Hayashida, Russell P. Sammon, Gregory J. Scribner, Zachary T. Smith, Renny S. Talianchich
  • Patent number: 8831989
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a unit of product is sold by a seller to a buyer at a first price and subject to a recall upon acceptance of a buyout provision. It is then determined that a buyout condition for outputting to the buyer a buyout notification has been satisfied, the buyout notification based on the buyout provision and the buyout notification is output to the buyer, informing the buyer that the seller is interested in recalling the unit of the product and requesting the buyer to define an amount of value for which the buyer is willing to surrender the unit of product (a recall payment amount). If the seller accepts the recall payment amount, the seller recalls the unit of product in exchange for providing the buyer with the recall payment amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Daniel E. Tedesco
  • Patent number: 8818869
    Abstract: A subscription system allows a customer to establish a subscription to a product with one or more retailers (e.g., by establishing the subscription through a controller or central system). In one embodiment, a subscription may be established after receiving information that identifies a product. Terms of a subscription for the product are established, such as a frequency and a duration of the subscription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Magdalena Mik, James A. Jorasch, Andrew S. Van Luchene, Michiko Koyabashi, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Russell P. Sammon, Andrew P. Golden, Adam Stevenson
  • Patent number: RE45401
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for a central server to manage remote monitoring tasks performed by users of a data network. An exemplary method comprises: receiving a request from a user of a user device to monitor a remote location; determining a remote location to be monitored; enabling communication between a sensor at the remote location and the user device; and crediting value to the user in accordance with an amount of time the user device has been in communication with the remote sensor for remote monitoring purposes. An alternate exemplary method includes measuring user attentiveness while the user device is in communication with the remote sensor. Thus, the disclosed system and method provide a way for users of a data network such as the Internet to log on at any time and perform remote monitoring tasks for value. Idle time can now be turned into value using the disclosed system and method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Daniel E. Tedesco, Dean P. Alderucci, Magdalena M. Fincham