Patents Assigned to UTBK, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130044870
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to connect people for real time communications to access diverse categories of information. One embodiment includes; storing data representing a privilege of a user during a predetermined period of time; responsive to a first request made via a presentation of a listing of the first entity for a service of the first entity, establishing a connection for real time communications between the user and the first entity to deliver the service of the first entity, if the user has the privilege at a time of the first request; and responsive to a second request made via a presentation of a listing of the second entity for a service of the second entity, establishing a connection for real time communications between the user and the second entity to deliver the service of the second entity, if the user has the privilege at a time of the second request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Sean Van Der Linden
  • Publication number: 20130021951
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to provide telephonic connections to members of a social network. One embodiment includes: identifying a first member connected to a second member in a social network; determining whether profile data of the first member of the social network includes a telephonic reference of the first member; presenting a user interface element to the second member over a data communication network in response to a determination that the profile data of the first member includes the telephonic reference of the first member; and responsive to a selection of the user interface element, initiating a first telephonic connection to the first member using the telephonic reference of the first member and a second telephonic connection to the second member to provide a telephonic connection between the first member and the second member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: UTBK, INC.
    Inventor: UTBK, INC.
  • Patent number: 8320368
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to selectively present communication references based on recommendations from related entities to connect people for real time communications. One embodiment includes: receiving from a user a selection of a first listing, including a reference to be used to request a connection for real time communications between the user and a first entity; responsive to the selection of the first listing, determining one or more entities related to the first listing; selecting a second listing based at least in part on data representing one or more recommendations from the one or more entities; and presenting to the user the second listing, the including a reference for the user to request a connection with a second entity for real time communications. In one embodiment, the first and second entities provide services over connections established via the references included in the first and second listings for real time communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Sean Van Der Linden
  • Patent number: 8295465
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to provide telephonic connections to members of a social network. One embodiment includes: identifying a first member connected to a second member in a social network; determining whether profile data of the first member of the social network includes a telephonic reference of the first member; presenting a user interface element to the second member over a data communication network in response to a determination that the profile data of the first member includes the telephonic reference of the first member; and responsive to a selection of the user interface element, initiating a first telephonic connection to the first member using the telephonic reference of the first member and a second telephonic connection to the second member to provide a telephonic connection between the first member and the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Sean Van Der Linden
  • Patent number: 8280018
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to connect people for real time communications to access diverse categories of information. One embodiment includes: storing data representing a privilege of a user during a predetermined period of time; responsive to a first request made via a presentation of a listing of the first entity for a service of the first entity, establishing a connection for real time communications between the user and the first entity to deliver the service of the first entity, if the user has the privilege at a time of the first request; and responsive to a second request made via a presentation of a listing of the second entity for a service of the second entity, establishing a connection for real time communications between the user and the second entity to deliver the service of the second entity, if the user has the privilege at a time of the second request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Sean Van Der Linden
  • Publication number: 20120226547
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to provide user interfaces dynamically customized according to partners through which the user interfaces are accessed in a customer acquisition process. One embodiment includes providing to a plurality of entities a platform, configured to assign references for embedding in listings for presentation and configured to connect people for real time communications according to the references embedded in the listings, the references to be used to request the platform to provide the connections; responsive to a request received via a first entity of the plurality of entities, presenting a user interface of the platform in a first format to identify the first entity; and responsive to a request received via a second entity of the plurality of entities, presenting the user interface of the platform in a second format to identify the second entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: EBBE ALTBERG, Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Sean Van Der Linden, Paul G. Manca
  • Publication number: 20120179524
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for advertising where the advertisement performance is determined via tracking the deals made as a result of communication leads generated from the advertisements. One embodiment includes: providing an advertisement containing a communication reference to a customer on behalf of a party; providing a connection via the reference for real time communications between the customer and the party; and charging an advertisement fee in response to an action of a predetermined type being performed by the customer (or an agreement between the customer and the party being reached) as a result of the real time communications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Sean Van Der Linden, Ben Harris Lyon, Paul G. Manca
  • Patent number: 8209225
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to connect telephone calls and track information about the telephone calls resulting from advertisements for groups of advertisers. In one embodiment, a method includes: determining a geographic area after receiving a telephone call to a first telephone number publicized in an advertisement; determining a telephone number of a first advertiser; and connecting the telephone call to the telephone number of the first advertiser, the first advertiser billed for the advertisement based on telephonic connections made to connect the first advertiser and telephone calls to the first telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Marc Barach, Scott Faber, Michael Fordyce, Chris Hickson, Ron Hirson, John Somorjai, Sean Van Der Linden
  • Patent number: 8204191
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are described for ensuring a real-time connection between users and selected service providers using voice mail. The system enables seekers of a wide array of services to select, contact, converse, and pay for a service provider using a communications device such as the telephone. A seeker locates a service provider by providing the name of a profession, which is recognized by the system's software. Once a service provider is selected, the system connects the seeker with the service provider for a live conversation. However, during service provider unavailability, the system enables the seeker to leave a voice mail message for the service provider and reconnects the user and service provider once the message is reviewed by the service provider. The system automatically bills the seeker for the time spent conversing with the service provider and compensates the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Lurie, Scott Faber, Sean Van der Linden
  • Patent number: 8200534
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the invention provides a method. The method includes dynamically allocating a telephone number to an advertisement on a just-in-time basis; and if the telephone number is not called for a predefined period of time, then unallocating the telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Daric Wong, Scott Faber, Anuj Agarwal, Nitin Ahuja, Ebbe Altberg, Mark Halstead
  • Patent number: 8185437
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to provide user interfaces dynamically customized according to partners through which the user interfaces are accessed in a customer acquisition process. One embodiment includes providing to a plurality of entities a platform, configured to assign references for embedding in listings for presentation and configured to connect people for real time communications according to the references embedded in the listings, the references to be used to request the platform to provide the connections; responsive to a request received via a first entity of the plurality of entities, presenting a user interface of the platform in a first format to identify the first entity; and responsive to a request received via a second entity of the plurality of entities, presenting the user interface of the platform in a second format to identify the second entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Sean Van Der Linden, Paul G. Manca
  • Patent number: 8180676
    Abstract: Systems and methods to provide telephonic connections. In one embodiment, a method includes: providing a listing on a marketplace, the listing including an assigned reference to be used to initiate a real time communication connection; and billing for a real time communication lead generated from presenting the listing in response to a real time communication initiated via the reference. In one embodiment, a method includes: conducting online auction of telephonic leads; determining a way to present listings based at least partially on received price bids on the telephonic leads (e.g., the order of placement, the selection for placement, etc); and providing the listings with information to initiate a telephonic connection in a way trackable to measure a number of telephonic calls generated from presenting the listings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Sean Van Der Linden
  • Patent number: 8140392
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for advertising where the performance is determined via tracking the communication leads generated from the advertisements. One embodiment includes: providing an advertisement on behalf of a specific party; and charging an advertisement fee responsive to a customer making a request for an in person communication with the specific party via the advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Sean Van Der Linden, Paul G. Manca
  • Patent number: 8140389
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for advertising where the advertisement performance is determined via tracking the deals made as a result of communication leads generated from the advertisements. One embodiment includes: providing an advertisement containing a communication reference to a customer on behalf of a party; providing a connection via the reference for real time communications between the customer and the party; and charging an advertisement fee in response to an action of a predetermined type being performed by the customer (or an agreement between the customer and the party being reached) as a result of the real time communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Sean Van Der Linden, Ben Harris Lyon, Paul G. Manca
  • Patent number: 8125931
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to provide services to people who wish to make connections for real time communication, such as live telephone conversation, chat, video conferencing, etc. In one embodiment, a method includes: an application receiving a representation of an object including a reference to a remote system and a callee; the application communicating with the remote system via the reference to the remote system and the callee to determine a rendering of the object; and the application rendering the object identifying a state of the callee for accepting a request for real time communication, the object selectable to at least initiate a request for real time communication with the callee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Faber, Ebbe Altberg, Ron Hirson, Sean Van Der Linden
  • Patent number: 8121898
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to connect telephone calls and track information about the telephone calls for geographic area based advertisements. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving an indication of a target geographic area of an advertisement for an advertiser having a telephone number, the advertisement including one of: a telephone number assigned to the advertiser and a reference to the telephone number assigned to the advertiser; and providing the advertisement for delivery to users of interest in the target geographic area, the advertiser billed for the advertisement based on telephonic connections made to the telephone number of the advertiser through the telephone number assigned to the advertiser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Marc Barach, Scott Faber, Michael Fordyce, Chris Hickson, Ron Hirson, John Somorjai, Sean Van der Linden
  • Patent number: 8077849
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to block calls from reaching destinations. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving a call for a connection to an entity via a reference; based on the reference used for the call, determining a reference of the entity; determining whether the call is to be blocked; and responsive to a determination that the call is not to be blocked, establishing the connection to the entity using the reference of the entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Sean Van Der Linden, Paul G. Manca
  • Patent number: 8069082
    Abstract: Systems and methods to determine prices for communication leads generated from pay for performance advertisements. In one embodiment, a method includes: providing an advertisement with a reference to customers on behalf of a specific party; facilitating communications between the party and a customer via the reference; and charging the party according to a price bid specified by the party in response to a lead to communications between the party and the customer facilitated via the reference. In one embodiment, a fee for the communication leads is determined according to the price bid specified by the party for the advertisement and at least one predetermined rule, which may be based on the geographic area of the advertisement, the categories of the advertisement, the price bids of a selected set of advertisements, and/or the query that causes the advertisement to be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Sean Van Der Linden, Christopher Scott Crothers
  • Publication number: 20110264517
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for sorting seller listings or advertisements of a seller network. In one embodiment, a method includes: determining an indicator of potential revenue for a first party from price information of a list of entities, wherein revenue generated according to the price information of at least some of the list of entities is to be split among a plurality of parties; and, sorting the list of entities into a first list based at least partially on the indicator of potential revenue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: UTBK, INC.
    Inventors: Kelvin Ho, Ron Hirson, Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber
  • Patent number: 8027898
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for prioritizing a listing of information providers according to a fee value and availability status indicated for the information providers, and providing a set of one or more information provider identifiers that satisfy a request for a type of information provider that has been received from a user over the Internet. The set of information provider identifiers are ranked according to their associated fee values and availability status. A set of one or more files are generated to display the set of information provider identifiers. The set of files are transmitted to the user, and the user is provided access to an information provider identified by one of the set of information provider identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: UTBK, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Henrik Axel Ebbe Altberg, Sean David Van Der Linden