Patents Assigned to The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation
  • Patent number: 10454878
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying previously unknown counterparties by registering distributed ledger public keys and/or addresses associated with specific business entities and/or individuals. The system and method are configured to provide tools for administering public facing distributed ledger identifiers using cryptographic proof messaging and transactions made on the Distributed Ledger. It also provides queries and lookups to discover public keys associated with entities and allows users to link identifiers on competing Distributed Ledgers to a disambiguated entity, thereby enabling cross Ledger transactions to occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: THE DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Saleem Khan, Jacob Caleb Gostylo
  • Patent number: 10152503
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes (a) receiving a unique identifier of a first entity, (b) constructing a family tree of entities that includes the first entity, (c) calculating a decision-making power score for each entity in the family tree in accordance with a rule, thus yielding decision-making power scores, (d) identifying a decision-making entity in the family tree, based on the decision-making power scores, thus yielding an identification of the decision-making entity, and (e) controlling a messaging system to direct a correspondence to a recipient, based on the identification of the decision-making entity. There is also provided a system that performs the method, and a storage device for storing instructions for a processor to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: THE DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yufan Liu, Xin Yuan, MeiHsiu Lin, Nipa Basu
  • Publication number: 20180225600
    Abstract: A system for assessing and optimizing master data maturity for an enterprise master data architecture. The master data maturity analysis system generates a master data maturity matrix for individual master data users. Each unique master data user's master data maturity matrix is used to generate master data matrices for other hierarchical entities for an enterprise such as lines of business and/or the enterprise as a whole. Master data maturity matrices are stored over time and tracked to assess and optimize the master data maturity and improvement of the master data technology vertically and horizontally across all enterprise hierarchies and business components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation
    Inventor: Diwakar Ray Govindugari
  • Patent number: 10019681
    Abstract: A multidimensional recursive and self-perfecting process used to discover dyadic or multi-counterparty relationships between parties, the process comprising: (a) collecting information from a plurality of data sources; (b) discovering dyadic or multi-counterparty relationships between the parties from the collected information; (c) clustering the parties to infer the dyadic or multi-counterparty relationships between the parties based on common or partially intersecting attributes between the parties, thereby forming clustered parties; (d) evaluating the clustered parties for business linkage potential by integrating the collected information and contextually assessing indicia from the data sources to detect and measure consistency and inconsistency for a given party or dyadic or multi-counterparty relationship; (e) positing and evaluating relationship type and role said party plays in each relationship; and (f) assessing the confidence level regarding the likelihood that the dyadic or multi-counterparty rela
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: THE DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony J. Scriffignano, David A. Spingarn, Barry Rizzolo, Robin Davies, Michael R. Young, Laurie Shimer, John Mark Nicodemo
  • Patent number: 9507864
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes (a) receiving a request for access to data, (b) identifying a data store that stores the data, and (c) communicating with the data store, by way of an electronic communication, to access the data. There is also provided a system that performs the method, and a storage medium that includes a program module for controlling a processor to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: THE DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATION
    Inventors: William Morgan, Robert Tam, Nina Gerasimova, Keith Gastauer, Stacey Rasgado, Ken Einstein, Chip Swanson, Neil Lamka, Dave Horowitz, Jim Longo, Emmet Townsend, Julian Prower
  • Patent number: 9489351
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes parsing a string of characters into its graphemes, and generating a pattern of characters that represents an abstraction of the graphemes. There is also provided a system that performs the method, and a storage device that contains instructions for controlling a processor to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: THE DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony J. Scriffignano, Michael Klein, Sean Carolan, Warwick Matthews
  • Patent number: 9442991
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes (a) receiving an inquiry to initiate a search for data for a specific individual, (b) determining, based on the inquiry, a strategy and flexible predictiveness equations to search a reference database, (c) searching the reference database, in accordance with the strategy, for a match to the inquiry; and (d) outputting the match. The method may also output flexible feedback related to the match that reflects inferred quality of the match experience which can be used by an end-user to determine the degree to which the matched entity meets that end-user's quality-based criteria. There is also provided a system that performs the method, and a storage medium that contains instructions that control a processor to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: THE DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony J. Scriffignano, Michael Klein
  • Patent number: 9390176
    Abstract: A system and a method used for data discovery in accordance with an inquiry in which multiple sources, which may be web sites or other data sources, are examined for data relevant to the inquiry. The process and method is performed recursively an indeterminate number of iterations, using data and metadata from multiple sources to corroborate discovered data and metadata from other sources, until no further relevant data or sources are found, or adjudication or exception rules have been met. Discovered data and metadata are curated, adjudicated to assess reliability, synthesized, and clustered into composite records using precedence rules and provenance to determine the most reliable data sources as well as terms of use for each source. Data, metadata, and information about each search are retained and can be used for subsequent purposes, such as subsequent searches or other downstream activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: THE DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony J. Scriffignano, Michael Klein, Thang Q. Hoang, Vindra Rampaul, Robin Davies, Anjali Reddi
  • Patent number: 9268803
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes (a) receiving an input postal address, (b) comparing the input postal address to a standard, (c) providing a single best postal address corresponding to the input postal address based on the comparing, (d) matching the single best postal address to a business in a business information database, (e) obtaining a business address for the business from the business information database, and (f) correcting the single best postal address, based on the business address, to yield a corrected postal address. There is also provided a system that performs the method, and a machine-readable medium having instructions stored thereon that cause the machine to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: THE DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Kapochunas, Cynthia Bergelt
  • Patent number: 9183223
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes (a) receiving data that describes a location, (b) extrapolating, from the data, an address associated with the location, (c) identifying a segment of a thoroughfare that includes the address, (d) defining a polygon that has a perimeter that encompasses a geographic region that is in a vicinity of the segment, (e) obtaining geo-coordinates of a point within the polygon, (f) identifying an address at the geo-coordinates, and (g) identifying an entity that is associated with the address at the geo-coordinates. There is also provided a system that performs the method, and a storage device that contains instructions that control a processor to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: THE DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony J. Scriffignano, Warwick Matthews, Michael Klein
  • Publication number: 20150149247
    Abstract: A method and system for determining an entity's future commercial viability which comprises: (a) using a first predictive modeling, determining a future commercial viability of the entity, the first predictive modeling is derived by identifying patterns in data and relating to predictive attributes, thereby generating a viability score; (b) using predictive modeling to generate a relative ranking of the entity against its peer group, thereby generating a comparative viability score (i.e.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: THE DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alla KRAMSKAIA, Paul Douglas BALLEW, Nipa BASU, Michael Eric DANITZ, Jayesh SRIVASTAVA, Karolina Anna KIERZKOWSKI, Anthony James SCRIFFIGNANO, John Mark NICODEMO, Kathleen WACHHOLZ, Robin Fry DAVIES, Xin YUAN
  • Publication number: 20150142638
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes employing a computer to perform operations of (a) receiving, from a data source, by way of an electronic communication, a descriptor of a business, (b) matching said descriptor to data in a database, thus yielding a match, wherein said data includes a unique identifier of said business, (c) saving to a log, a signal that includes said unique identifier, (d) counting a quantity of signals that include said unique identifier in said log, thus yielding a number of said signals for said unique identifier, and (e) calculating a credit score for said business, based on said number of signals. There is also provided a system that performs the method, and a storage device that controls a processor to perform the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: THE DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alla KRAMSKAIA, Paul Douglas BALLEW, Nipa BASU, Michael Eric DANITZ, Brian Scott CRIGLER, Karolina Anna KIERZKOWSKI, John Mark NICODEMO, Xin YUAN, Don L. Folk
  • Publication number: 20150120347
    Abstract: A system and a method for updating hierarchical family trees of organizations having related corporate members. The system includes a data processor; a memory for storing instructions for operation of the data processor, the instructions causing the processor to perform steps of accessing a comprehensive linkage repository having corporate linkage data stored therein; determining changes in the corporate linkage data; generating a change file representative of the changes in the corporate linkage data; using the change file to generate exceptions to the corporate linkage data stored in the repository; generating an updated hierarchical family tree in accordance with the exceptions; and storing the updated hierarchical family tree.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation
    Inventors: Brendan BINEDELL, James WHITE, Cian CRADDOCK, Maxime BROUSSARD, Andrew DOYLE, Tony RYAN, Claire BACON
  • Patent number: 9009132
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes (a) sending to a geocoding service, an indicator of a location, where the geocoding service returns a bounding box that defines a geographic area, (b) sending to a search engine, a first query that includes the bounding box and a first parameter, where the search engine returns an identifier of a first business entity located within the geographic area and an indicator of an industry in which the first business entity is engaged, and (c) sending to the search engine, a second query that includes the bounding box and the indicator of the industry in which the first business entity is engaged, where the search engine returns coordinates of a second business entity located within the geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Scott Camper
  • Patent number: 8930383
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes (i) receiving a first record that contains an identity of an individual, a name of a business, and a role of the individual in the business, (ii) matching the first record to data that provides a unique business identifier for the business, (iii) matching the first record to data that provides a unique individual identifier for the individual, (iii) appending to the first record (a) the unique business identifier, (b) the unique individual identifier, and (c) a unique role identifier for the role of the individual in the business, (iv) matching the first record to a second record based on the unique business identifier, the unique individual identifier, and the unique role identifier, and (v) consolidating the first and second records into a resultant record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation
    Inventors: Bethany Dekker, John Nicodemo, Kimberly Rounds, Anthony J. Scriffignano, Karma Hara, Michael Klein, David Hanuschak
  • Publication number: 20140330706
    Abstract: A Total Loss Predictor Score assesses the risk of Total Loss of new credit applications by leveraging the most powerful insights from business databases. The Total Loss Predictor Score built on segmentation and algorithms that use the commercial information from business databases, powered by analytics, delivers a unique solution for credit risk management to help business creditors with origination decisions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: THE DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Xin YUAN, Paul Douglas BALLEW, Nipa BASU, Jianjing LING, Kathleen WACHHOLZ, ALLA KRAMSKAIA, Brian Scott CRIGLER
  • Publication number: 20140278350
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes parsing a string of characters into its graphemes, and generating a pattern of characters that represents an abstraction of the graphemes. There is also provided a system that performs the method, and a storage device that contains instructions for controlling a processor to perform the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: THE DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony J. SCRIFFIGNANO, Michael KLEIN, Sean CAROLAN, Warwick MATTHEWS
  • Publication number: 20140280160
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes (a) receiving data that describes a location, (b) extrapolating, from the data, an address associated with the location, (c) identifying a segment of a thoroughfare that includes the address, (d) defining a polygon that has a perimeter that encompasses a geographic region that is in a vicinity of the segment, (e) obtaining geo-coordinates of a point within the polygon, (f) identifying an address at the geo-coordinates, and (g) identifying an entity that is associated with the address at the geo-coordinates. There is also provided a system that performs the method, and a storage device that contains instructions that control a processor to perform the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: THE DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anthony J. SCRIFFIGNANO, Warwick MATTHEWS, Michael KLEIN
  • Patent number: 8799116
    Abstract: There is provided a method, performed by a processor. The method includes obtaining accounting data from a first database, and sending the accounting data to a second database, wherein the second database is located remotely from the first database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation
    Inventors: Guy P. Lehman, Neel Chauhan, Andres Benvenuto, Perry Ziff
  • Publication number: 20140136440
    Abstract: There is provided a method that includes matching records from a plurality of international import/export databases, to unique corporate identifiers, and merging data from the records into a global database. There is also provided a system that employs the method, and a storage device that contains instructions that cause a processor to execute the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: THE DUN & BRADSTREET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adnan AHMED, Yan DUAN, Jerry RONAGHAN, Andres BENVENUTO, Anthony J. SCRIFFIGNANO, Michael KLEIN