Citigroup Patents Granted

Citigroup patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 7908222
    Abstract: A method and system automatically harmonizes access to a given software application program via different access devices. Through use of the method and system, a financial institution can provide access to a given application (such as, for example, automatic bill payment services) to customers using different access devices such web browsers, screen phones and personal computers. A single application program is all that needs to be written and maintained by the financial institution. Also, the method and system enables financial institutions to “leverage” existing programs because now the institution can automatically “project” its existing stock of program services unto new access devices—devices which may not have even existed at the time the program was created. By receiving information from the user via the user's access device, including information identifying the type of device being used and the application program the user wishes to access, the present invention solves these problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Grandcolas, Wendell W. Anthony, Patrick Law, Leslie Moss, Teresa A. Petach, Peter Tompkins
  • Patent number: 7904946
    Abstract: Methods and systems for secure user authentication utilizes OTP generation and validation techniques in which the shared secret for generating the OTP is not stored in the user's mobile device but instead is dynamically synthesized based on a PIN that activates the OTP generation and the personalized OTP data. The client software has no knowledge of what the correct PIN should be and always generates a normal looking OTP based on whatever PIN is entered, and the only way to learn whether or not the OTP is correct is to submit it during user login. By limiting the number of failed login attempts before the account is locked, brute-force attacks via the online channel will fail, and further, brute-force attacks to uncover the correct PIN for generating the correct OTP offline will also fail even if a hacker steals the user's mobile device and extracts the data inside for offline hacking, because there is nothing on the client that contains the PIN or encrypted by the PIN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald King-Hang Chu, Mark Kogen, Warren Tan, Simon Ma, Yosif Smushkovich, Gerry Glindro, Jeffrey William Coyte Nicholas
  • Patent number: 7878394
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for managing transaction card accounts involves enabling a transaction card account by a card issuer for use with pre-defined categories of providers of goods/services and goods/services sold and issuing a transaction card and establishing an associated pre-qualified category card account. Upon receiving data for a transaction with the transaction card at a transaction terminal by a processing platform of the card issuer via a card association processing network, the category of the provider and goods/services is interrogated to determine whether or not the transaction can be posted on the pre-qualified category card account of the cardholder, and the transaction is approved and posted to the pre-qualified category card account if the transaction falls within the pre-qualified category of the cardholder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Citicorp Credit Services, Inc.
    Inventor: William Johnson
  • Patent number: 7877324
    Abstract: A system and method for issuing letters of credit. The system and method issue a first letter of credit from a second party to a third party, and issue at least one second letter of credit from the third party to at least one fourth party. The system and method also provide a credit facility from the second party to a first party, the credit facility associated with the first and second letters of credit. The system and method also transfer credit risk from the credit facility to at least one fifth party under a participation agreement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick Caplan, Marcy Engel, Steve Incontro, Stanley Louie, Frank Pertusiello
  • Patent number: 7865605
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for electronically delivering banking services to end clients and, more particularly, using Internet based technologies as a means of exposing those services. The solution to this problem set forth in this invention is the creation of a common electronic delivery infrastructure and application deployment environment, exposing an institution's entire portfolio of corporate banking services to its clients at a number of different locations at any time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Brown, John D'Onofrio, James Ellerbee, Jay Gould, Jennifer Holme, Peter J. Lupario, Umesh Marthi
  • Patent number: 7827603
    Abstract: A system and method whereby an unregistered, anonymous user at an organization's website makes a submission/inquiry and is able to access a secure response containing private information without pre-registering or establishing an account with the organization. A response to the user is made via an unsecured e-mail notification that provides the user with an HTTPS link to an authentication page. The user then enters his/her user identification, for example, the user email address and password which was associated with the original submission/inquiry. Once the email address and password is authenticated, the secure response message is displayed on the user's web browser in SSL. Each response is provided on a per-submission basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Sikun Lan, Yong K. Huang, Kent Frazier, Roy Sykes, Joseph Zusman
  • Patent number: 7818256
    Abstract: Digital receipts for electronic data and computer-implemented methods and systems for creating such digital receipts involve, for example, generating a visual representation of the electronic data in a pre-defined format that visually represents the data without requiring that the represented data be embedded in the format, computing a mathematical representation of the electronic data and associating the mathematical representation of the electronic data with the visual representation of the electronic data, and receiving a user's digital signature on the associated visual and mathematical representations of the electronic data to evidence the user's approval of the represented electronic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventors: Hilary L. Ward, Francis A. Shanahan
  • Patent number: 7801790
    Abstract: Securities, methods for raising capital using such securities, and systems for managing such securities are provided. The securities provide protection in bankruptcy to investors for a portion of deferred distributions earned by the investor on the security. The security may also provide a call protection period with limitations on capital replacement, and optional and/or mandatory deferral of distributions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Dickey, Adam Dohrenwend, Stanley Louie, Michael Regan, Laura Stephenson, Vincent Vignale, Jee-Won Yang
  • Patent number: 7797223
    Abstract: A method and system for trading long and short inventory positions in securities for participants involves systematically obtaining long and short position information from each participant, processing the information in accordance with participant-controlled parameters, matching the participants' short positions to other participants' long positions and feeding the resultant activity back to each participant in the form of system-generated repo and reverse repo trades, while maintaining the anonymity of the participants. Another aspect enables trading baskets of serial overnight trades, each of which is treated as an independent overnight repo/reverse trade for financial reporting purposes, with corresponding notional amount, that involves, for example, cancellation of a basket trade and creating in its place a series of overnight trades corresponding to the basket trade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas K. Mellina
  • Patent number: 7792753
    Abstract: A method and system provides for scanning a check and/or cash to create an electronic image of the front and the back of the check and/or cash. The image is then processed and transmitted electronically to a central location. The image may be recreated into a paper form at the central location, resembling the original paper check or cash, including a machine-readable regeneration of the MICR code line data captured from the original instrument. Paperless processing of checks and cash is thus provided, including local voiding and storage of the check without requiring immediate pickup, while still allowing the transaction to be process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignees: Citibank, N.A., Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Slater, Michael L. Sears, Phoebe Rin-Rin Hsu, Cuong D. Do, H. Patrick McSharry, Edward M. R. Dudasik, Stephen M. Gryte, Robert O. Brooks
  • Patent number: 7788638
    Abstract: A library of jobs is created, with the jobs performing predetermined functions. The jobs include a termination indication, which is success or failure. Input file formats of known file types are determined and a job stream to process the input files is constructed of the jobs linked according to the termination success or failure of the preceding job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Hoberman, Lestan D'Souza
  • Patent number: 7747511
    Abstract: In a system and method for managing risk of fluctuation on company share prices, a financial institution sells a put to a company on a specified number of shares of stock of the company, the put including a strike price that is a predetermined percentage less than a market price of the shares of stock of the company. The financial institution also purchases a call from the company on the specified number of shares of stock of the company, the call including a strike price that is a predetermined percentage greater than the market price of the shares of stock of the company.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
    Inventors: Elliot Stewart Conway, Herman Hirsch, Alfred Wilson Griffin, III, William G. Ortner
  • Patent number: 7716109
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a web trading system and method for performing financial transactions securely over a public data network, such as the Internet, using a web browser as the user interface. The financial transactions are offered, for example, by a financial institution to its customers at the institution's web site. They include transactions such as foreign currency exchange, currency and money market trades, and warrant trades. The web trading system and method provide secure communication protocol between the Internet user interface and a virtual private network (VPN) of a financial institution to enable implementation of trading applications by the financial institution's application servers across the VPN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventors: David M. Jacobs, Imran Sayeed, Greg Sabatino, Tarkington McMains
  • Patent number: 7689507
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods and systems for managing consumer transactional accounts provides a temporary line of credit with an installment option that a consumer can use for specific occasions or life events. The account remains open for only a limited period of time during which interest does not accrue. Thereafter, the account automatically expires, interest begins to accrue on the amount charged on the account, and an invoice is sent to the consumer with a number of payment options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Citicorp Credit Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin K. Hung, Susan R. Moon, Eric H. Yellin, Alice C. Yu
  • Patent number: 7668870
    Abstract: A method for updating web pages on a web server without republishing the web pages involves providing on a production database server a live version of one or more business data tables containing information used to populate web pages on a production web server and storing in a quality assurance database server a quality assurance version of the business data tables that can be used to populate pages on a quality assurance web server. A maker at a business workstation can access the quality assurance database server from time to time and enter a change to data on the quality assurance version of the business data tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Sykes, Joseph Zusman, Sikun Lan, Kent Frazier, Tyler Young, Yong Huang, Stanislav Solari
  • Patent number: 7668781
    Abstract: A global customer activated terminal (CAT) that primarily serves traveling customers who require access to their accounts when they are away from their home financial institution and beyond their local regional financial area is provided. The system provides applications that permit users to access their accounts and utilize account profiles and transaction journals within a generic global system approach, and each transaction set provides access to the user's full account profile. The traveling customer is also provided with access to all their accounts linked (as they would locally) to a specific card. The hardware employed in the system supports encryption key downloading, personal identification number (PIN) unscrambling and PIN encryption, so that security is instituted at the hardware level. To provide the maximum flexibility at each regional level for product and services offered, regional front end processors (FEPs) and Hosts (small financial systems) are the arbitrators of each transaction . . .
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Nancy Bryant, Howard A. Schechtman, Lucilla Warren, Wigberto Yu, Netty Meiroff
  • Patent number: 7660762
    Abstract: A method and system for trading long and short inventory positions in securities for participants involves systematically obtaining long and short position information from each participant, processing the information in accordance with participant-controlled parameters, matching the participants' short positions to other participants' long positions and feeding the resultant activity back to each participant in the form of system-generated repo and reverse repo trades, while maintaining the anonymity of the participants. Another aspect enables trading baskets of serial overnight trades, each of which is treated as an independent overnight repo/reverse trade for financial reporting purposes, with corresponding notional amount, that involves, for example, cancellation of a basket trade and creating in its place a series of overnight trades corresponding to the basket trade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas K. Mellina
  • Patent number: 7644025
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for offering a novel mandatorily convertible securities (e.g., DECS) by using a third party entity (either a corporate entity or a newly-formed independent trust) to: 1) issue and sell novel DECS to market investors; 2) obtain from a first entity shares of common stock in a second entity, or rights to receive such shares in the future, to satisfy the mandatory conversion requirement of the DECS; 3) sell or retain the rights to any residual value obtained after satisfying the obligation to DECS investors; and 4) use the proceeds from such sale or retained value to fund a portion of the DECS coupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
    Inventors: William Ortner, Alan Rifkin, Craig Farr
  • Patent number: 7606770
    Abstract: A system and method for performing an on-line transaction, such as making a payment, with a single-use payment instrument makes use of computer hardware and software, such as the computing device of a customer, the customer's bank's home banking server, the bank's card authorization server, a vendor's website server, and the vendor's credit card acquirer, coupled to one another over a network. The customer is issued a single use payment instrument through the bank, the bank debits an account nominated by the customer for the requested value of the payment instrument and may also specify an expiry for the payment instrument. The customer is able to nominate a particular source of funds for each transaction from among various accounts of the customer. The payment instrument settles and clears through existing credit card payment mechanisms without a need for special accommodation with the Internet vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventor: Nigel Pinnell
  • Patent number: 7599877
    Abstract: The present invention provides secure, high-volume, processing methods and systems for multiple financial instruments that combine collateral matching to identify matched and unmatched financial transactions and consolidated mark to market valuations for all parties to a matched financial transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventors: Alan Cole, Jon Cassell
  • Patent number: 7599872
    Abstract: A method and system of matching an investor's objectives for portfolio investment return and risk with an assessment of a range of expected returns and risks that are likely to be generated by investment portfolios consisting at least in part of alternative asset classes that involves, for example, selecting available historical data for a plurality of alternative asset classes, unsmoothing the historical data based at least in part on historical data for traditional asset classes related to the respective alternative asset classes, and correcting the historical data for the alternative asset classes for an impact of survivorship and selection biases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventors: Doug R. Dundas, Rui Defigueiredo, Paul Goldwhite
  • Patent number: 7573998
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods and systems for management of real-time and historical data for multiple call centers in which real-time and historical data are received electronically from a plurality of call center sites and displayed simultaneously for each of the plurality of call center sites on a single display screen in a separate call center site column for each call center and integrated and displayed for all of the plurality of call center sites in a separate division column on the single display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Citicorp Credit Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Kessinger, Richard Garside, Louis Savoldy, Mahendra Govada, Joe Begley, Ryan Kaminski
  • Patent number: 7562348
    Abstract: A method and system for obtaining ATM device services utilizes a service provider framework in which data is received by an ATM application that indicates there is a need for the performance of an ATM device function. The ATM application issues a request to an XFS manager to get the ATM device service by making a sub-routine call to the XFS manager to get the ATM device service from a service provider. The XFS manager translates the sub-routine call as an entry point into the service provider for processing by the service provider, and a request object associated with the request is instantiated. The service provider is implemented by instantiating an instance of the service provider framework XFS service provider base class and one or more instances of the service provider framework request objects required to process the request. After processing the request, the service provider returns a result to the ATM application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Jay King
  • Patent number: 7552480
    Abstract: A quantitative model combines a one-dimensional risk-assessment approach with expert knowledge to enable calculation of a probability or likelihood of exploitation of a threat to an information system asset without referring to actuarial information. A numerical value is established for one or more threats of attack on the information system asset based on expert knowledge without reference to actuarial data, and likewise, based on expert knowledge without reference to actuarial data, a numerical value is established for each of one or more access and privilege components of one or more vulnerabilities to attack on the information system asset. A security risk level for the information system asset is computed based upon the numerical values for threat and the access and privilege components for vulnerability so established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventor: Timothy Voss
  • Patent number: 7529703
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and systems for devising and implementing automated artificial neural networks to predict market performance and direction movements of the U.S. Treasury market, mortgage option-adjusted spreads (OAS), interest rate swap spreads, and U.S. Dollar/Mexican Peso exchange rate. The methods and systems of the present invention employ techniques used in actual neural networks naturally occurring in biological organisms to develop artificial neural network models for predicting movements in the financial market that are capable of extracting in a very consistent fashion non-linear relationships among input variables of the models that are readily apparent to the human traders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry L. Benzschawel, Chi Dzeng, Gregory A. Berman
  • Patent number: 7502752
    Abstract: A delivery system and method allow a financial institution to provide financial services to a plurality of remote devices, such as personal computers, personal data assistants, and screen phones. In addition to providing services to these remote devices, the system and method provide services to automatic teller machines (ATMs), external service providers, and internally within the financial institution to staff terminals and to the individual branches of the financial institution. The delivery of financial services is not limited to any particular network but rather may be provided through dial-in access, Internet access, on-line service provider access, or other types of delivery networks. The system is comprised of a set of re-usable global components which are modular and are organized into services sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Lemons, Boris Komarov, Nik Boyd
  • Patent number: 7484089
    Abstract: A method and system for combining multiple access points and utilizing certificates as an access method to a system from multiple access points enables use of a certificate that is stored within a smart card to access a host system through a browser, such that when the user accesses the application on the server, the application requires that the card and certificate be present for authentication of the individual user, and concurrently allows an external system to access applications on a host server using a certificate stored on the external system for authenticating itself to the host server. A certificate for certificate-based authentication is created and distributed to a choice of storage methods, such as a microcomputer of an integrated chip card, a computer disk of a computing device disposed in a secure environment, or a Hardware Security Module (HSM) associated with the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Citicorp Developmemt Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Kogen, Herve Garcia, Fred Pinn, Elton Lin, Warren Tan
  • Patent number: 7478239
    Abstract: A system for open electronic commerce having a customer trusted agent securely communicating with a first money module, and a merchant trusted agent securely communicating with a second money module. Both trusted agents are capable of establishing a first cryptographically secure session, and both money modules are capable of establishing a second cryptographically secure session. The merchant trusted agent transfers electronic merchandise to the customer trusted agent, and the first money module transfers electronic money to the second money module. The money modules inform their trusted agents of the successful completion of payment, and the customer may use the purchased electronic merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventor: Sholom S. Rosen
  • Patent number: 7464057
    Abstract: A method and system for escrow service for web-based transactions is web-accessible and accepts registrations from exchanges and/or portal partners. The completion of registration and transactions is allowed to entitled users who access the system via the web. The system maintains an internal banking engine to act as a deal manager, messaging service and accounts sub-ledger and escrows funds entrusted to it. The transaction process is composed of a number of transaction statuses, and reporting of those statuses to users is accomplished online and via web query. The system supports several methods of payment, such as credit cards, authorized Automated Clearing House (ACH) or equivalent direct debit/credit and wire transfer payments, and all funds movements are electronic. The system supports transaction level detail through its banking engine accounts; funds movements from its currency accounts, and escrows funds to currency based escrow accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventors: Alan Cole, Deborah Bennett, Hachadur Hashasian
  • Patent number: 7451103
    Abstract: A method and system for centralized automated reconciliation of investment manager and related custody accounts makes use of computer hardware and software in a service bureau environment to receive information and records electronically from fund managers and custodian banks in different formats, to reformat the files for inputting to the system, and to perform the reconciliation process in a uniform manner. The system also allows one or both of fund managers and custodians to establish matching rules, to view the results of the matching process, to track the investigation process for unmatched records, and to manually match unmatched records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventors: Terence Boyle, Alan Schneider, Nolan Gesher, Jon Cassell
  • Patent number: 7441263
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for providing unified authentication services in an Application Service Provider (ASP) setting to a registered end-user of one or more online (or web) applications. The system includes client side components, a user management component coupled to the client side components and server side components coupled to the user management component. The client side components include an authentication control component that manages the process of capturing a user-determined policy for a first account and user credentials. This allows the user to define the level of protection to access the first account. This includes, but is not limited to, accounts/applications that have been configured specifically for used with the system and particular user credentials and accounts that have been subsequently set up but configured to use the same user credentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventors: Bikram S Bakshi, David W Helms, Anthony C Rochon, Trevor J Walker
  • Patent number: 7437736
    Abstract: A method for managing workflow for an application, including obtaining an application adapter associated with the application, wherein the application adapter specifies a sub-task, monitoring the application to obtain a state, and performing an action associated with the sub-task, if the state is associated with the sub-task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventors: Surajit Chatterjee, Brian Keith Mizelle, Ravi Puduchery Raghavasimhan, Michael Fishman
  • Patent number: 7421410
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for promoting banking services to non-customers at an automated teller machine (ATM) through an incentive system. Non-customers who enroll in the incentive system are awarded points based on ATM use, viewing of advertisements at an ATM, and other factors. When a pre-determined number of points is accumulated by the non-customer, the non-customer is provided with an award (e.g., a convenience fee for use of the ATM is forgiven). In addition, use of networked ATMs by the non-customer is tracked in order to provide tailored awards and advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard A. Schechtman, Peter Paradiso
  • Patent number: 7398253
    Abstract: A system and method for performing an on-line transaction, such as making a payment, with a single-use payment instrument makes use of computer hardware and software, such as the computing device of a customer, the customer's bank's home banking server, the bank's card authorization server, a vendor's website server, and the vendor's credit card acquirer, coupled to one another over a network. The customer is issued a single use payment instrument through the bank, the bank debits an account nominated by the customer for the requested value of the payment instrument and may also specify an expiry for the payment instrument. The customer is able to nominate a particular source of funds for each transaction from among various accounts of the customer. The payment instrument settles and clears through existing credit card payment mechanisms without a need for special accommodation with the Internet vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventor: Nigel Pinnell
  • Patent number: 7398246
    Abstract: A method and system of managing a mortgage rebate transaction card account in which a transaction card provider computes a mortgage rebate amount based on the amount of charges incurred against the account and periodically arranges for application of the mortgage rebate amount against a mortgage loan balance for the cardholder. The account is provided by the transaction card provider in connection with either a pre-existing mortgage loan of the cardholder or a prospective mortgage loan of the cardholder. Further, the account can be provided in connection with a mortgage loan from any mortgage lender regardless of the existence or non-existence of an affiliation or association between the transaction card provider and the mortgage lender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Citicorp Credit Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Gina Doynow
  • Patent number: 7389355
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for electronically delivering banking services to end clients and, more particularly, using Internet based technologies as a means of exposing those services. The solution to this problem set forth in this invention is the creation of a common electronic delivery infrastructure and application deployment environment, exposing an institution's entire portfolio of corporate banking services to its clients at a number of different locations at any time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Brown, John D'Onofrio, James Ellerbee, Jay Gould, Jennifer Holme, Peter J. Lupario, Umesh Marthi
  • Patent number: 7376622
    Abstract: A method and system for automated settlement and on-line debiting of a financial transaction, such as an emergency-cash transaction, is provided. A bank customer enters a foreign-branch bank and indicates a need for emergency cash. The customer is given a telephone by which the customer communicates with an interactive-voice response system in the customer's language. The system bridges the customer with the customer's home bank, which approves the requested emergency cash. A network in communication with the voice response system and with the issuer automatically initiates an on-line debiting of an account of the customer. The network also initiates and carries out settlement between the acquirer and the issuer by way of settlement accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Padalino, Nigel Pinnell, Philip C. Shinn, Wigberto Yu
  • Patent number: 7328169
    Abstract: A method and system for purchased-based segmentation of potential customers employs the use of actual, observed purchases instead of presumptions and correlations to improve the accuracy of segmentation and involves collecting empirical data for a client on actual purchasing behavior of a group of customers and applying statistical modeling techniques to the empirical purchasing behavior data to identify segments or clusters of the customers that exhibit similar purchasing propensity characteristics. Thereafter, the segments or clusters are further differentiated from one another according to other factors having a tendency to directly affect actual purchasing behavior of the customers within the segments or clusters, and potential customers are then identified according to a correlation with the segments or clusters for customized marketing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Citicorp Credit Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Temares, Alan B. Newman, Noor A. Menai
  • Patent number: 7305562
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product that utilizes measurements for the authentication of users to enterprise resources. The system includes an authentication server that stores the engine and collections of data required by the system to authenticate users. The collections of data include templates, policies, groups, device IDs, user IDs, computer IDs and application IDs. In the present invention, it is the policies that determine the way or method in which a user is to be authenticated by the system. The pre-defined polices include an OR policy, an AND policy, a CONTINGENT policy, a RANDOM policy and a THRESHOLD policy, a multi-user policy, a multi-location policy, a multi-template policy, a user dependent policy, a location restriction policy, and a computer/device specific policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventors: Peter Garrett Bianco, William Taylor Boon, Anthony C. Rochon, Marc A. Sherman, Robert Brewster Sterling, Karl Roger Ware
  • Patent number: 7269256
    Abstract: An improved monetary system using electronic media to exchange economic value securely and reliably is disclosed. The system provides a complete monetary system having electronic money that is interchangeable with conventional paper money. Also disclosed is a system for open electronic commerce having a customer trusted agent securely communicating with a first money module, and a merchant trusted agent securely communicating with a second money module. Both trusted agents are capable of establishing a first cryptographically secure session, and both money modules are capable of establishing a second cryptographically secure session. The merchant trusted agent transfers electronic merchandise to the customer trusted agent, and the first money module transfers electronic money to the second money module. The money modules inform their trusted agents of the successful completion of payment, and the customer may use the purchased electronic merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventor: Sholom S. Rosen
  • Patent number: 7257556
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for providing and/or offering mandatorily convertible securities with associated senior debt instruments. The mandatorily convertible securities can be preferred stock or a purchase contract with the mandatorily convertible securities converting into a predetermined number of units of an underlying security on a mandatory conversion date. The predetermined number of units of an underlying security is based on a market value of the underlying security on the conversion date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Rifkin
  • Patent number: 7257555
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for providing and/or offering mandatory convertible securities, such as dividend enhanced common/convertible stocks (DECS), with acceleration triggers for securities conversion. The acceleration triggers are attractive to investors of such mandatory convertible securities because they can provide investors with timely returns and/or equities in the issuer should events not favorable to the investors happen prior to a preset securities conversion date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Farr
  • Patent number: 7249055
    Abstract: There is described a method and system for managing Internet auction transactions by creating an auction website by, for example, a financial institution. The auction website is accessible by the financial institution's account holders (e.g., holders of checking, savings, credit card, and investment accounts). Thus, all buyers and sellers in auction transactions on the auction site, for example, have accounts with the financial institution, with settlements occurring between the accounts of the users at the financial institution. Payments are debited from the buyer's account(s) with a credit going to the account of the seller, less any fees. All charges occur internally, so no interchange is owed, for example, to a card association in connection with a transaction. Financial institution customers benefit from the system in that buyers and sellers are authenticated and settlement occurs almost instantaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Citicorp Credit Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Elder
  • Patent number: 7249344
    Abstract: A financial institution can provide financial services to a plurality of remote devices, such as personal computers, personal data assistants, screen phones, automatic teller machines, external service providers, and internally to staff terminals and individual branches. By separating the components of the system into independent components, the system and method can be developed and tested on a component level rather than the entire system level, thereby reducing the development and maintenance cycle time. The system and method operate in sessions and can employ a dialog component for gathering information from a customer, a rule broker component for providing answers to the various legal and regulatory rules in a particular country, a language man component for selecting appropriate language, a transaction executor component for performing transactions, and a presentation manager component for formatting outputs to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventors: James Zeanah, Charles Abbott, Nik Boyd, Albert Cohen, James Cook, Michael Grandcolas, Sikhun Lan, Bonnie Lindsley, Grigor Markarian, Leslie Moss
  • Patent number: 7248687
    Abstract: A method and system for outbound dialing of contacts and collecting call information in which one or more customers are allowed to submit records from the customers' mainframes for a plurality of contacts to be called for the customers via a dialing mode of a hosted software system for sending event-driven alert messages. Based on the records submitted by the customers, the dialing mode of the hosted software system initiates calls to the contacts, and when and if a right-party contact is reached for a particular customer, the call is delivered from the dialing mode to an agent at one of a plurality of call centers of the particular customer according to predefined agent selection rules for outbound call routing. In addition, data regarding the call to the contact is collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Citicorp Credit Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Ambrose, Rich Clow, Rich Feight, Jim L. Muir
  • Patent number: 7233925
    Abstract: A method and system automatically harmonizes access to a given software application program via different access devices. Through use of the method and system, a financial institution can provide access to a given application (such as, for example, automatic bill payment services) to customers using different access devices such web browsers, screen phones and personal computers. A single application program is all that needs to be written and maintained by the financial institution. Also, the method and system enables financial institutions to “leverage” existing programs because now the institution can automatically “project” its existing stock of program services unto new access devices—devices which may not have even existed at the time the program was created. By receiving information from the user via the user's access device, including information identifying the type of device being used and the application program the user wishes to access, the present invention solves these problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Grandcolas, Wendell W. Anthony, Patrick Law, Leslie Moss, Teresa A. Petach, Peter Tompkins
  • Patent number: 7200578
    Abstract: A system, in which information is the primary asset and in which investments may be made in information, includes multiple data stores for storing different types of a user's information. The safe, secure and properly authorized transfer of information while preserving individual privacy is provided. The system also provides for secure backup and storage, as well as for ubiquitous and nomadic access to information while maintaining the privacy of such information. A first data store includes static identification data about a user. A second data store includes moderately dynamic personal data about the user. A third data store includes dynamic demographic information data about the user. An electronic wallet can be used with the system to download selected portions of the data for use by the user. A method of use of the data includes using the data for billing out forms, providing services to the user and allowing merchants to selectively target users for sales while maintaining user anonymity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Cris T. Paltenghe, Alnoor B. Mamdani, Melvin M. Takata, Gregory Lee Huddleston
  • Patent number: 7168091
    Abstract: A method and system for secure authentication of a user in a session conducted over an interactive communication channel, such as a two-way telephony communication channel, with an authenticating entity, such as a financial institution, utilizes a session identifier, such as pseudorandom noise to detect and identify attempts to play back authentication information, such as user-spoken phrases, intercepted and recorded by an unauthorized party during a previous session between the user and the authenticating party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventor: Daniel Schutzer
  • Patent number: D559903
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Citicorp Credit Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Miriam Schwab
  • Patent number: D559904
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Citicorp Credit Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Miriam Schwab