eBay Patents

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  • Publication number: 20190057434
    Abstract: Gesture functionality is provided in a computing environment. In example embodiments, a gesture input is received. A style difference is identified between a known gesture input of a set of known gesture inputs and the received gesture input. The set of known gesture inputs is caused to be modified to include the style difference by updating a database that stores the set of known gesture inputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Melcher, Dane Howard
  • Publication number: 20190057421
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system and method is illustrated including receiving a feedback request identifying a particular user, retrieving a feedback entry in response to the feedback request, the feedback entry containing a first term, building a scoring model based, in part, upon a term frequency count denoting a frequency with which the first term appears in a searchable data structure, mapping the first term to a graphical illustration based upon a second term associated with the graphical illustration such that the graphical illustration may be used to represent the second term, and generating a feedback page containing the first term and the graphical illustration. The method may include assigning a value to the first term so as to identify the first term, assigning the first term to the searchable data structure, and extracting the first term from the searchable data structure based, in part, upon an extraction rule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Neelakantan Sundaresan, Kavita Ganesan, Harshal Ulhas Deo
  • Patent number: 10210262
    Abstract: Systems and methods to identify a filter set in a keyword query are described. The system receives a query from a client machine. The system identifies filter sets based on the query and a based on rules. The filter sets include a first filter set that includes a first filter. The rules are utilized to associate at the least one keyword from the query to the first filter. The system further scores the filter sets based on probabilities to generate scores. The probabilities describe occurrences of attribute-value pairs in listings that respectively describe items that were previously transacted on a network-based marketplace. The system further identifies the first filter set from the filter sets based on the scores, generates a user interface including search results that are identified based on the identified first filter set, and communicates the user interface, over the network, to the client machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Tolga Konik, Rajyashree Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 10210659
    Abstract: Method, apparatus, and system for providing an item image to a client for display in a contextual environment are described. In some embodiments, the user may select an item for display in the contextual environment, and the user may position a camera coupled to a processing system to capture the contextual environment. A placeholder may be generated and associated with an item selected by a user. In an embodiment, the generated placeholder may be placed in a location within the contextual environment, and the user's processing system may send a visual data stream of the camera-captured environment to a server. In an embodiment, the user's processing device may receive a modified data stream including an image of the item, and the user's processing device may display the item image in the same location as the placeholder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: John Tapley, Eric J. Farraro
  • Patent number: 10210215
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for enhancing user queries. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving user data from a plurality of users in respective user sessions where the user data for each user includes at least one manufacturer-identified term for a product and at least one user term for the product, associating the user term for the product and the manufacturer-identified term for the product in response to receiving the user term and the manufacturer-identified term within a user session from a threshold number of users, and returning search results based on the associated manufacturer-identified term in response to receiving a search query that includes the user term.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Moshe Levin
  • Patent number: 10212115
    Abstract: A system may detect multiple accesses of an engagement interface from a user. The multiple accesses may include a first group of accesses performed by a first device and a second group of accesses performed by a second device. Both the first device and the second device may correspond to the user. A message may be selected from a set of messages. Moreover, the message may correspond to the engagement interface. The system may identify the first group of accesses as having a greater amount of user interaction with the engagement interface than the second group of accesses. The system may then determine that the selected message has the greatest likelihood of being read on the first device. The selected message may be communicated to the first device based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Romero, Jonas Oscar Klink, Jason Allen Fletchall, Andrew David Palmer
  • Publication number: 20190050939
    Abstract: Systems and methods for visualization of an item in an environment using augmented reality are provided. Environment image data containing an image of an environment is received. A selection of an item for placement into an indicated location of the environment is received. An item image of the selected item is scaled based on dimensions determined from the environment image data for the environment. The scaled item image is augmented into the image of the environment at the indicated location to generate an augmented reality image. The augmented reality image is displayed on a device of a user, whereby the scaled item image in the augmented reality image is selectable to cause display of information. A selection of the scaled item image is received. In response to the selection of the scaled item image, the information is presented on the device of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Sacco
  • Publication number: 20190052751
    Abstract: A system or a method detects an electronic communication between a first communication device and a second communication device. An audible communication holding routine associated with the second communication device is determined and the electronic communication is monitored to automatically determine whether the electronic communication is put on hold by the second communication device based, at least in part, on detecting that the audible communication holding routine is included in the electronic communication. When it is determined that the electronic communication is put on hold, presentation of one or more communication holding options to the first communication device is caused.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Gabbai
  • Patent number: 10203894
    Abstract: A storage cluster in a computing network can operate according to a service-level agreement (e.g., a set of performance conditions). The network can receive a request to register a new storage volume with the storage cluster. In response, the network may evaluate the current extent of replication of data in the storage cluster and how adding the new volume may affect the performance of the cluster to determine whether to register the new volume with the storage cluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Vinay Pundalika Rao, Mark S. Lewis, Anna Povzner
  • Patent number: 10204326
    Abstract: A computer server for a network-based transaction system is coupled to a kiosk via a data communications network. The kiosk includes a computer processor, an input device, an electronic display unit, a plurality of compartments, and a data communications port. The computer server receives input from a seller of an item. The input includes a listing of the item for sale on the network-based transaction system. The server identifies an available compartment from the plurality of compartments based on the size of the item for sale. The available compartment is configured to receive the item for sale from the seller. The server transmits an identification of the available compartment to the seller via the electronic display unit, and enables access to the available compartment by the seller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: eBay, Inc.
    Inventors: Lindsay Strand, Mekdela Maskal, Anna Rasulova, Anand Ilesh Safi, Christopher Li, Jayni Shah
  • Patent number: 10203867
    Abstract: A device displays a listing of items in an item data display area on a display. The device receives an indication of a pinch gesture from a touch-enabled screen and scales a facet of the item data to produce a scaled-facet listing responsive to the pinch gesture. The device scales by modifying a degree of a characteristic corresponding with a facet of the item data displayed in the scaled-data display area in an increasing amount responsive to the pinch-in gesture. The modifying further comprises producing a scaled-out listing implemented as an updated portion of item data having a temporal indicator that is later than an initial display of item data by an amount proportional to a magnitude of a pinch gesture characteristic corresponding to the pinch-in gesture. Finally, the device displays the scaled-facet listing as an updated set of item data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Han-Shen Yuan, Ryan Melcher, Steve Yankovich
  • Patent number: 10204362
    Abstract: One example embodiment relates to a method that comprises receiving marketplace listing information from a user, the marketplace listing information including a listing title, and accessing a plurality of character patterns for attracting attention to marketplace listings. The method includes analyzing, using one or more processors, the listing title to identify at least one of the plurality of character patterns in the listing title. A request for a new listing title is generated based on identifying at least one of the plurality of character patterns in the listing title.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Johnson Wang, Shen Huang, Dan Shen
  • Patent number: 10203860
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of graphical user interface element adjustment may include presenting a graphical user interface element that includes an adjustable element that is configured to be moved to adjust a selection of a value between a first end value and a second end value. In response to a movement of the adjustable element to adjust the selection of the value, the computer-implemented method further include obtaining a time for the movement of the adjustable element and selecting the first end value to adjust based on the time. The computer-implemented method may further include determining an updated end value based on the first end value and the time and presenting the updated end value in the graphical user interface element in place of the first end value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Junlong Wu
  • Patent number: 10204136
    Abstract: A system and method for structuring search results for attribute comparison are presented. A product selection from a user device is received. The product selection has a plurality of attributes associated with it. Adjustable sliders configured to allow the user device. One or more adjustments of the adjustable sliders is received. In response to an adjustment made to a first adjustable slider of the plurality of adjustable sliders, an analysis of a networked database for search results that match values indicated by the adjustable sliders including the adjustment made to the first adjustable slider is performed. The search results are caused to be presented on the user interface displayed on the user device. The search results can be in example form of a multi-dimensional graph or list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Philip Moore, Yu-Hsuan Wang, Raymond Jeczen Pittman, Michael George Lenahan, Ben Lucas Mitchell, David Louis Lippman
  • Patent number: 10204465
    Abstract: A system and method for a handshake authenticated coded locked container are provided. In example embodiments, a digitally encoded lock mechanism that is used by a sender to lock a container before shipping is determined. An access key is received from the recipient that receives the container. An authentication process is performed that determines whether the access key triggers the unlocking of the container. Based on a determination that the access key triggers the unlocking of the container, instructions are provided to unlock the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, Sergio Pinzon Gonzales, Jr., Ilya Brown
  • Patent number: 10204375
    Abstract: Techniques for generating a digital wardrobe are presented herein. A transceiver can be configured to receive a request having a garment identifier and a user identifier. Additionally, an access module can be configured to access a first garment model, access a body model of the user corresponding to the user identifier, and access a second garment model corresponding to the user identifier. Furthermore, a processor can be configured by a garment simulation module to position the body model inside the first garment model and the second garment model, and calculate simulated forces based on the positioning. Moreover, a rendering module can be configured to generate an image of the garment models draped on the body model based on the calculated simulated forces. Subsequently, a display module can be configured to cause presentation of the generated image on a display of a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Su, Jatin Chhugani, Mihir Naware, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 10205669
    Abstract: Systems and methods of site traffic control are disclosed. In some example embodiments, a first request for an online service to perform an operation is received from a first user on a first client device, and at least one overload condition for the online service is detected, or otherwise determined, with the overload condition(s) corresponding to a first request time of the first request. A first token and a first return time parameter for the first user are determined based on the determination of the overload condition. The first token and the first return time parameter are transmitted to the first client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Yu Tang, Bryant Genepang Luk, Jennifer T. Brenner, Robert He, Christopher Diebold O'Toole, Jason Ziaja, Ananya Das, Jun Ho Cho, Zi Won Ahn
  • Patent number: 10198885
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for providing access to secure-access facilities based on pairing of the secure-access facilities with a user device such as a wearable device. A pairable secure-access facility may be a public storage facility or device such as a locker that includes communications circuitry for pairing with the user device. Once paired with the user device, the locker may operate a locking mechanism to lock the locker when the user device is away from the locker and to unlock the locker when the user device is in the vicinity of the locker. The locker may include a beacon for detecting and pairing with the user devices. Pairing the user device and the locker may include entering a locker identifier into the user device to ensure that the intended user device is paired with the intended locker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Diebold O'Toole, Bryant Genepang Luk, Robert He, Richard Chapman Bates, Jennifer T. Brenner, Yu Tang
  • Patent number: 10200451
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for transferring the state of a first device to a second device are disclosed. Information associated with a current state of a first device is captured. The captured information includes application states associated with a plurality of corresponding applications that are executing on the first device at the time of capturing the information. A type of connection to be used to transfer the state of the device is determined based on the connections available to the first device and the second device. The file containing the information of the state of the first device is transferred to the second device using the connection type. The file, when processed by the second device, causes the second device to reproduce the state of the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Scott Zises
  • Patent number: 10198732
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for a proactive customer support system are provided. In some example embodiments, outgoing communications from an application server to a client device are monitored for error messages, outgoing error messages are detected, an error type for an error message is determined, an issue ticket including the error message and the error type is generated, and instructions are transmitted that cause a customer service device to display the issue ticket. In some example embodiments, the system additionally assigns a priority score and ranks open error tickets based on their respective error messages. In some example embodiments, the system provides a help message to the client device based on the error message, receives an information request from the client device, determines a reply message based on the information request, and transmits instructions to the client device to display the reply message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Dileep Kumar Basam
  • Patent number: 10198759
    Abstract: A method and a system to automatically coordinate remote inspectors are provided. Initially, a listing is identified for remote inspection in an online publication system. The listing may describe an item for sale that is, in turn, associated with a geographical location and a category. One or more remote inspectors are identified based on the geographical location and the category associated with the item for sale. The listing and respective profiles of each of the one or more remote inspectors is published to a buyer. A selection of a selected remote inspector is received from the buyer. A template inspection report is provided to the selected remote inspector. Once the remote inspector has inspected the item for sale, the buyer is provided a completed inspection report received from the selected remote inspector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Danny Chang, Balaji Thallam Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 10198654
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method are provided for automated estimation of a saliency map for an image based on a graph structure comprising nodes corresponding to respective superpixels on the image, the graph structure including boundary-connecting nodes that connects each non-boundary node to one or more boundary regions. Each non-boundary node is in some embodiments connected to all boundary nodes by respective boundary-connecting edges forming part of the graph. Edge weights are calculated to generate a weighted graph. Saliency map estimation comprises bringing respective nodes for similarity to a background query. The edge weights of at least some of the edges are in some embodiments calculated as a function of a geodesic distance or shortest path between the corresponding nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Qiaosong Wang, Wen Zheng, Robinson Piramuthu
  • Patent number: 10198486
    Abstract: A method, system, and article of manufacture comprising tabulating, for a plurality of users making recommendations, information including respective user interests and recommendations, storing the tabulated information in a database, responsive to a query from a client machine, the query seeking a recommendation from a user having a particular user interest, filtering the stored tabulated information to determine recommendations from users having the particular user interest, and presenting the recommendations to the client machine. Also included is a community of parents who are registered on one site to find on other sites products that they are curious about or want to give feedback on, and then collect those items and share insights or request guidance from at least some of the individual parents in the community.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Edward O'Neil Garcia, Cyn Skyberg, William R Watt, II
  • Patent number: 10198569
    Abstract: A software widget running on a user device may be designed to operate in a locked or an unlocked mode. In unlocked mode, the user has full interactivity with the widget. In locked mode, however, at least some of the interactivity with the widget is restricted, despite the fact that the widget still operates normally otherwise while in the locked mode. While in locked mode, user input may determine if the widget should be unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. Farraro, John Tapley, Oliver Nicholas Cockcroft
  • Patent number: 10198899
    Abstract: A system and method includes one or more processors coupled to a memory, the one or more processors operable to read instructions from the memory to perform one or more steps or operations. The operations may include receiving a signal from a first device, sending a first code and an instruction to broadcast the code to a broadcasting device based on the signal, receiving an access request and a second code broadcasted from the broadcasting device from a second user device, and granting the second user device access to a feature of an application when the second code broadcasted from the broadcasting device matches the first code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: York Yang
  • Publication number: 20190034412
    Abstract: Understanding emojis in the context of online experiences is described. In at least some embodiments, text input is received and a vector representation of the text input is computed. Based on the vector representation, one or more emojis that correspond to the vector representation of the text input are ascertained and a response is formulated that includes at least one of the one or more emojis. In other embodiments, input from a client machine is received. The input includes at least one emoji. A computed vector representation of the emoji is used to look for vector representations of words or phrases that are close to the computed vector representation of the emoji. At least one of the words or phrases is selected and at least one task is performed using the selected word(s) or phrase(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dishan Gupta, Ajinkya Gorakhnath Kale, Stefan Boyd Schoenmackers, Amit Srivastava
  • Publication number: 20190034055
    Abstract: An item page may be displayed on a client device in response to a request to view an item page from the client device. They item page may include a description of the item. An icon may be generated and the icon may be displayed within a portion of the displayed item page at an icon location. A plurality of selectable actions each being performable with respect to the item described by the item page may be generated and displayed in response to an initial gesture being performed at the icon location for at least a pre-defined threshold duration. Lastly, the plurality of selectable actions may be displayed around the generated icon and within a pre-defined distance from the icon location of the generated icon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Eppolito, Shawn Piper, Brandon Fasching, Jessica Tobar, Chris Murray
  • Patent number: 10192255
    Abstract: Systems and methods to provide a navigated-shopping service are discussed. In an example, a method for navigated-shopping can include receiving a destination location, accessing a route to the destination, displaying the route with indications of a plurality of items for purchase, receiving selection of a selected item, and purchasing the selected item. The plurality of items for purchase can be within a predefined distance of at least one point along the route. The selection of the selected item can include selection of a retail location of a plurality of retail locations along the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Praveen Nallu, Swami Raghavan, Dane Howard, Jack Phillip Abraham, Shannon B. Vosseller, Michael George Lenahan, Ben Lucas Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10192079
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for reading magnetic information by a mobile device are presented. In example embodiments, the mobile device comprises a housing having an integrated surface for swiping a magnetic swipe card and a magnetometer positioned within the housing to produce digital magnetometer output signals. The digital magnetometer output signals represent magnetic information derived from the magnetic swipe card and from the Earth's magnetic fields (or other sources). In some aspects, the digital magnetometer output signals may be filtered to determine which of the signals are derived from the Earth's magnetic fields and which may be derived from other sources. In some aspects, the filtering is based on a range, with those signals falling within a particular range being determined to be derived from the Earth's magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Pinzon Gonzales, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10192249
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system is disclosed in which a network-based interaction environment includes a plurality of peer-to-peer nodes being able to communicate directly with each other using a peer-to-peer protocol and a peer-to-peer client application, and a first peer-to-peer client application to maintain persistent item information on at least one peer-to-peer node of the plurality of peer-to-peer nodes, the persistent information describing to an item. The first peer-to-peer client application further to maintain persistent user account information in the storage device of the first peer-to-peer node that includes a plurality of peer-to-peer accounts associated with a user account of the first peer-to-peer node. Each peer-to-peer account is assigned to a different role from among a plurality of roles that correspond to a different particular operation in a transaction for the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Zahid N. Ahmed, Adrian Nicholas Cockcroft, Josep M. Ferrandiz, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 10192526
    Abstract: A system and system for location based display of pixel-history is described. The system presents a current screen including an element distinct from a previous element of a previous screen. The system receives a request that the previous element be presented within the current screen next to a current element of the current screen. The request is received from a device that displays the current screen. The request indicates a location of the current element. The system presents a contemporaneous view of the previous element next to the current element at the location of element within the current screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Saumil Ashvin Gandhi
  • Patent number: 10193993
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer-readable medium are disclosed for generating a unified user profile. For example, a system may store, on a client device, a token under a first domain name. The token may specify state data for a communication session between the client device and a first content publisher addressed by the first domain name. The communication session utilizes a stateless communication protocol. The system may then generate a redirection resource locator. The redirection resource locator may include an identifier for a web object belonging to a second content publisher addressed by a second domain name and the token. The system then stores, on the client device, the token under the second domain name by directing the client device to send a web object request generated based at least in part on the redirection resource locator to the second content publisher. The web object request may request the web object from the second content publisher and including the token.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Victor Mendoza
  • Publication number: 20190028835
    Abstract: Various implementations monitor a parent geofence that geographically encompasses a plurality of child geofences, each respective child geofence of the child geofences associated with a respective physical location within the parent geofence. One or more implementations receive location data that indicates a current location of a mobile device. In turn, the current location can be used to determine that the mobile device has entered a particular child geofence of the plurality of child geofences. In response to determining that the mobile device has entered the particular child geofence, one or more implementations select an application configuration for a mobile application on the mobile device, where the application configuration corresponds to the particular child geofence. One or more implementations transmit the application configuration to the mobile device effective to alter a functionality of the mobile application at the mobile device based on the current location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Nate L. Lyman, Frank Russo
  • Patent number: 10185899
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to adjust item recommendations are disclosed herein. A first image attribute of a query image is compared to a second image attribute of each of a plurality of inventory images of a plurality of inventory items to identify the inventory items similar to the query image. Item recommendations comprising the identified inventory items in a first listing order are provided for display at a remote device. A second listing order of the identified inventory items is determined based on a user preference for a particular one of the identified inventory items. At least the second listing order is provided to the remote device for re-display of the item recommendations in accordance with the second listing order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Anurag Bhardwaj, Robinson Piramuthu, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 10185972
    Abstract: A user activity detection engine monitors user activity during user sessions on a publication system, and detects a change in the level of the activity of the user that predicts that the user is about to execute a transaction. The change may be an increase in the level of activity. When the user activity detection engine detects such a change, the system may make an intervention to provide personalized marketing content for display to the user in an effort to improve the probability that the user will execute a transaction, and/or also to motive the user to execute the transaction on the system site instead of moving to a competitor site in search of a different transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Churchill, Atish Das Sarma, Shuo Chang
  • Patent number: 10185756
    Abstract: Systems and methods sort publications within a result set based on the entities associated with the publications. For each publication of a plurality of publications in a set, a type of entity associated with the publication is identified. Using a sorting criteria, a sorted set is generated by sorting the plurality of publications in accordance with the sorting criteria by shifting a particular publication from the same type of entity one or more positions in order to satisfy the sorting criteria. The sorted set is provided to a searching user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Johan Schuil, Rutger Mooy, Selina H. van Panhuys
  • Patent number: 10185979
    Abstract: In one example, a system comprises one or more processors to execute a business event processing module. The business event processing module is configured to receive a request to perform an operation on a listing published by an online marketplace, identify at least one additional listing having certain characteristics in common with the listing from a plurality of published listings including the listing, and automatically perform the operation on the at least one additional listing. The system includes a last event processor to determine a performance of the operation on a last instance of the at least one additional listing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: eBay, Inc.
    Inventors: Kam Kasravi, Vadim Geshel, Sergiy Pereshyvaylo, Angie Ruan, Yitao Yao, Maxim Drobintsev
  • Patent number: 10185762
    Abstract: In various exemplary embodiments, systems and associated methods to predict search results in an electronic environment are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method to provide responses to a search request includes receiving, from an end-user, one or more characters that form a portion of the search request. Prior to receiving a completed version of the search request from the end-user, a plurality of keywords is predicted based on the one or more characters. The prediction is based on the most probable keywords selected from a plurality of prior requests stored in a database. A plurality of responses is prepared based on the most probable keywords. The responses are fit within a single communications packet and returned as a reply to the search request. Other systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Wenyan Hu, Xiaodi Zhang, Alvaro Bolivar, Randall Scott Shoup
  • Patent number: 10181141
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enabling access to listing performance data, used in conjunction with a search engine to order search results, are described. Consistent with some embodiments, a listing performance data engine module processes API commands received from client computing systems. The data engine module processes the API commands to identify and communicate relevant listing performance data that is used by a listing performance algorithm to assign a listing performance score to item listings satisfying a search request. The listing performance data provides sellers who have items listed for sale an insight as to how their item listings are performing in comparison to other item listings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Muhammad Faisal Rehman, Olivier G. Dumon, Ryan McDonald
  • Patent number: 10181128
    Abstract: An advertisement, including a description of a promotion and a link, are included in a shipment of a sales item to a buyer from an online shopping site. The promotion is crafted to entice the buyer to respond to the link and trigger a further shopping opportunity based on the initial purchase. Upon responding to the link, the buyer is presented with a further promotion that includes the most recent consideration of buying incentives which are based on knowledge of selling considerations such as inventory and the marketplace that a seller may use to generate enticing content in the promotion. The seller may also take advantage of knowledge about the shopping and purchasing history of the buyer at the online shopping site in tailoring the promotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Yotam Sharan
  • Patent number: 10181143
    Abstract: A system and method for a service level application are described. The service level application receives authentication data from a client seeking access to establish an account in an online marketplace. The service level application identifies a source of truth corresponding to the authentication data and verifies the authentication data with the corresponding source of truth. The service level application determines an access level tier to the online marketplace for the client based on the source of truth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Venkatesh Thanuvan, Badrinath Vengalathur Srinath
  • Patent number: 10176647
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for monitoring a sound are described. An audio signal is obtained and the audio signal is analyzed to generate an audio signature. An object type is identified based on the audio signature and an action corresponding to the object type is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Pinzon Gonzales, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10178166
    Abstract: Techniques for generated scannable coded images or user actionable-link with corresponding personalized content are described. In an example embodiment, the personalized content may only be accessed via the scannable coded image by authenticated user devices, wherein the permissions associated with the authentication are determined at the time the personalized content is generated. Responsive to a user device attempting to access the contents of a scannable coded image, the user device is first identified and authenticated. Only after the device is authenticated can the content corresponding to the scannable coded image be accessed by the user device or delivered to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Yotam Sharan
  • Patent number: 10178501
    Abstract: A system and method for using super geo-fences and virtual fences to improve efficiency of geo-fences is disclosed. A server system stores geo-fence data for a plurality of geo-fences and receives a request for updated geo-fence data from a client system. The server system selects one or more geo-fences and generates a super geo-fence that encompasses all the selected geo-fences. The server system determines a super geo-fence reduction factor. The server system reduces the size of the super geo-fence based on the determined reduction factor. The server system then transmits the generated super geo-fence and the selected one or more geo-fences to the client system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Rui Kong, Chintan Jain, Rajkumar Chinnakonda
  • Patent number: 10176434
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for mining feedback are described. A set of one or more lexical patterns associated with one or more of a suggestion and a defect report are determined and the set of one or more lexical patterns are matched against a plurality of feedback items to generate a distance learning training set. A distance learning technique is applied to the distance learning training set to generate a distance learning model and the distance learning model is used to identify one or more candidate feedback items of the plurality of feedback items, each of which is one or more of a candidate suggestion and a candidate defect report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Samaneh Abbasi Moghaddam, Marco Pennacchiotti, Thomas Normile
  • Patent number: 10176406
    Abstract: A machine may be configured to perform image evaluation of images depicting items for online publishing. For example, the machine performing a user behavior analysis based on data pertaining to interactions by a plurality of users with a plurality of images pertaining to a particular type of item. The machine determines, based on the user behavior analysis, that a presentation type associated with one or more images of the plurality of images corresponds to a user behavior in relation to the one or more images. The machine determines that an item included in a received image is of the particular type of item. The machine generates an output for display in a client device. The output includes a reference to the received image and a recommendation of the presentation type for the item included in the received image, for publication by a web server of a publication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Di, Vignesh Jagadeesh, Robinson Piramuthu, Elizabeth Churchill, Anurag Bhardwaj
  • Patent number: 10176510
    Abstract: A system receives item data describing one or more items added to an item list by a user. The item list may include one or more items. The system communicates the item list to a group of additional users designated by the user and the system then receives member data from one or more members of the group of additional user, wherein the member data is about the one or more items in the item list. The item list is then updated based on the received member data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 10176497
    Abstract: An Internet advertisement method and system that issues an authentication key for enabling selected target customers to receive a commercial sample at a membership-based offline store by performing an advertisement in the form of a banner on a web page of an online market, such as an Internet shopping mall, such that an advertiser can conveniently satisfy needs of customers desiring to purchase goods after receiving the sample without delivering the sample, a targeting goods advertisement can be effectively performed, membership-based offline stores can be publicized, and increasing visits from customers can lead to an increase in sales. The Internet advertisement method includes providing an advertisement including information on providing a sample, and generating an authentication key for enabling a customer terminal selecting the advertisement and requesting a sample of advertised goods to receive the sample at an offline store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Korea Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Young Bae Ku
  • Patent number: 10176429
    Abstract: Methods and systems for selecting listing based on a click predictions score are disclosed. The server system includes one or more processors, memory, and one or more programs stored in the memory. The server system receives a search query from a client system. In response to receiving the search query, the server system identities a plurality of item listings relevant to the received search query. For each identified item listing, the server system generates a click prediction score, wherein a click predication score represents the estimated likelihood that a user will click on the listing. The server system ranks the plurality of item listings based on the generated click prediction score and selects a predetermined number of the item listings for transmission to the client system based on their ranking and associated click prediction score. The server system transmits one or more item listings to the client system for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Anjan Goswami, Sung Hwan Chung
  • Patent number: 10172403
    Abstract: A system comprising a machine-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for collecting body measurements of a human user using a body measurement garment is provided. The body measurement garment comprises a plurality of sensors configured to produce a set of output data. The method may include receiving the set of output data from the body measurement garment and determining a plurality of body measurements from the output data. The method may further include generating a body shape model representing the shape of the body of the user. The method may also include generating a garment fit model representing the fit of a garment on the human user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, David Ramadge, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, Corinne Elizabeth Sherman, Timothy Carlson, Bria Selhorst