eBay Patents

eBay Inc. operates an online marketplace that enables merchants and buyers worldwide to find, buy or sell merchandise.

eBay Patents by Type

  • eBay Patents Granted: eBay patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • eBay Patent Applications: eBay patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20170270729
    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: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Diebold O'Toole, Bryant Genepang Luk, Robert He, Richard Chapman Bates, Jennifer T. Brenner, Yu Tang
  • Patent number: 9769263
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments, a method may include obtaining a connection request to communicate with a database. The method may further include determining a predicted wait time for the connection request. The predicted wait time may include a predicted amount of time until a connection with the database will be available to communicate with the database. The method may further include determining whether to shed the connection request before a connection request timeout time. The determination as to whether to shed the connection request may be based on whether the predicted wait time exceeds the connection request timeout time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Sarang Mukund Kulkarni, Christopher John Kasten, Guomin Jin, Kyle Smith
  • Patent number: 9769604
    Abstract: Systems and methods for passive dynamic geofencing on a mobile device are discussed. For example, a method for passive dynamic geofencing can include operations such as monitoring a first parent geofence and a first plurality of child geofences; detecting crossing a boundary of the first parent geofence into a second parent geofence; loading the second parent geofence and a second plurality of child geofences encompassed by the second parent geofence; and monitoring the second parent geofence and the second plurality of child geofences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Nate Lyman, Frank Russo
  • Patent number: 9766771
    Abstract: A method and system to display a graphical user interface based on a detected value are disclosed. The system sets a client-side variable to a value responsive to a client device loading data from a server. A graphical user interface is loaded, by the system, onto the client device. The graphical user interface is configured to remain hidden for a predetermined length of time. A detection is made, by the system, that the value of the client-side variable remains unchanged after the predetermined length of time. In some instances, the value of the client-side variable is preserved responsive to the client device loading further data from a further server. The graphical user interface is displayed based on the detection the value of the client-side variable remains unchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mengerink, Jeremy A. Davis, Justin Christopher Early
  • Patent number: 9767260
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for managing supplemental content relating to a digital good are presented. The supplemental content relating to the digital good may be received, where the supplemental content may be for presentation to a consumer. The supplemental content may be stored in accompaniment with the digital good. Ownership criteria associated with ownership rights of the supplemental content may be determined. The ownership rights corresponding to the supplemental content may be transferred from a first entity to a second entity based, at least in part, on the determined ownership criteria. The second entity may be authorized to access the supplemental content based, at least in part, on the determined ownership criteria. The supplemental content may be caused to be distributed to the second entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9767509
    Abstract: A seller device executing a seller module captures an image of an item available for purchase and uploads the image to a host machine. The host machine receives the image of the item and provides the image and a seller address to a buyer device. The buyer device executing a buyer module presents the image and the seller address to a user. The seller address is usable to initiate a communication with the seller of the item. The host machine may provide the seller module to the seller device, and the host machine may provide the buyer module to the buyer device. The host machine may also communicate the image to an advertisement server configured to publish the image as a listing of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Sheu, Charles F. Pletcher, II, Selina Lam
  • Patent number: 9767382
    Abstract: A method to determine image similarities. The method may include obtaining a first image and a second image and determining a discrete transform difference between a first discrete transform of the first image and a second discrete transform of the second image. The method may also include determining multiple first intensity vectors for the first image and determining multiple second intensity vectors for the second image. The method may also include determining an intensity vector difference between the multiple first intensity vectors and the multiple second intensity vectors and determining a color difference between a first color histogram of the first image and a second color histogram of the second image. The method may also include determining a similarity between the first image and the second image based on the discrete transform difference, the intensity vector difference, and the color difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Ming Liu, Sumit Borar, Surya Kallumadi
  • Patent number: 9767672
    Abstract: Techniques for locating and identifying mobile devices are described. According to various embodiments, an ambient sound signal may be detected using a microphone of a mobile device. Thereafter, it may be determined that the ambient sound signal corresponds to a predefined user query for assistance in locating the mobile device. For the, a predefined response sound corresponding to the predefined user query may be emitted, using a speaker of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil Vijay Thaker, Kamal Zamer, Jeremiah Joseph Akin, Joseph Vernon Paulson, IV, Praveen Nuthulapati, Jayasree Mekala
  • Patent number: 9760904
    Abstract: A system and method for generating an electronic catalog for online computer users is disclosed. The system and method in an example embodiment include generating a tagged webpage template corresponding to a seller site; using the tagged webpage template to extract item information from the seller site; storing the extracted item information in a database of item listings; enabling selection of a plurality of item listings from at least some of the item listings provided in the database; enabling arrangement of the plurality of selected item listings on a plurality of pages in a computer-generated electronic catalog; recording an identifier of the computer-generated electronic catalog; and recording information associating each of the plurality of selected item listings with the identifier of the computer-generated electronic catalog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Sameer Hassan
  • Patent number: 9760901
    Abstract: Systems and methods to predict bidding behavior are described. The system identifies a listing that includes listing information that describes an item that is being auctioned on a network-based marketplace. The system further identifies bid classification information based on the number of bids received for the item. Finally, the system predicts whether no more bids are expected to be received for the item based on the classification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Alpha Kamchiu Luk, Michael Ching, Ben Chisell, Johannes Braun, Tom Pugh, Tom Wagstaff, Shervin Moghaddam, Yu Liu, Vinayak Agarwal, Gajanan Adalinge, David Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9760932
    Abstract: Techniques for ranking the importance of various attributes associated with various product categories are described. According to various embodiments, product category information identifying various products in a particular product category in the inventory of a marketplace website is accessed. The product category information may further identify a set of attributes associated with the products in the particular product category. An importance value associated with each of the attributes is then calculated, the importance values indicating an importance of each of the attributes for uniquely identifying the products in the product category. Thereafter, each of the attributes are ranked, based on the importance value associated with each of the attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Ming Liu, Ying Xuan
  • Patent number: 9762652
    Abstract: A system, computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and computer-implemented method for automatically posting content to a network accessible content collection are described. In some embodiments, the method includes detecting a triggering event related to user activity. In response to detecting the triggering event, a content item is automatically posted to a network accessible collection of content items viewable by additional users. Content included in the collection of content items may be organized according to the type of user activity to which each content item is related.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Delun Yuan
  • Patent number: 9760802
    Abstract: A clustering and recommendation machine determines that an item is included in a cluster of items. The machine accesses item data descriptive of the item. The machine accesses a vector that represents the cluster and calculates the likelihood that the item is included in the cluster, based on the item variable and the probability parameter. The machine determines that the item is included in the cluster, based on the likelihood. The machine also recommends an item to a potential buyer. The machine accesses behavior data that represents a first event type pertinent to a first cluster of items. The machine calculates a probability that a second event type pertaining to a second cluster of items will co-occur with the first event type. The machine identifies an item from the second cluster to be recommended and presents a recommendation of the item to the potential buyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Ye Chen, John Canny
  • Publication number: 20170257072
    Abstract: An audio output device may include one or more audio sensors configured to detect ambient sound and noises around the audio output device. The audio output device may include a controller configured to analyze the detected sound and noises and may adjust audio settings of the audio output device accordingly. In an embodiment, the controller may analyze and recognize that the detected noise is another person's attempt to get the user's attention or to talk to the user, such as audio sound of the user's name. In response, the controller may stop the audio output or lower the volume of the audio output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Jigish Mehta
  • Patent number: 9753902
    Abstract: A system and method for orchestration of customization for a user experience is disclosed. The system in an example embodiment includes automatically producing user experience customization selections for generating a webpage based on context information and a collection of user activity feedback from a community of users who previously interacted with the webpage. The user experience customization selections include a plurality of modules for inclusion in the web page, where each of the modules represent a user-interface element. One or more of the plurality of modules having input and output properties defining at least one application programming interface (API). The system in a further embodiment includes discovering dependencies between the one or more of the plurality of modules by extracting dependency information from the at least one API associated with the one or more of the plurality of modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Vipul C. Dalal, Rangaraj Keshavamurthy Belur
  • Patent number: 9754211
    Abstract: A decision tree methodology based uplift modeling approach, wherein one decision tree is developed simultaneously on test and control groups with the objective of maximizing the mean-difference in identified subsets within the data. The incrementality modeling approach discussed may be applied in any situation where an incrementality model is required to determine who among a group of users should be exposed to a treatment with the goal of receiving a positive response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Andes Ozbay
  • Patent number: 9754308
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for a computer program product embodied in a computer readable medium that, when executing on one or more computers, helps determine an unknown user's preferences through the use of internet based social interactive graphical representations on a computer facility by performing the steps of (1) ascertaining preferences of a plurality of users who are part of an internet based social interactive construct, wherein the plurality of users become a plurality of known users; (2) determining the internet based social interactive graphical representation for the plurality of known users; and (3) inferring the preferences of an unknown user present in the internet based social interactive graphical representation of the plurality of known users based on the interrelationships between the unknown user and the plurality of known users within the graphical representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Pinckney, Christopher Dixon, Matthew Ryan Gattis
  • Publication number: 20170249684
    Abstract: A query for product search includes multiple search terms. A priority among the multiple search terms may be determined based on past queries and the results of the past queries. Using the priority of the search terms, better and relevant search results may be returned for the query. Further, the priority of the search terms may be used to implement search term expansion, search term reduction, and search term substitution to suggest relevant alternative queries to a user to improve search results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Romualdas Maslovskis
  • Patent number: 9746998
    Abstract: Systems and methods for collaborative data based device maintenance are provided. In example embodiments, an indication of a malfunction of a user product of a user is received. In response to receiving the indication of the malfunction, a component of the user product corresponding to the malfunction is identified. User data of another user that includes data associated with the user product is accessed. An item listing associated with the component is identified based, in part, on the user data of another user. User data of the user is accessed . An order parameter for an order corresponding to the item listing is determined based on the user data of the user and the another user. A recommendation to place the order corresponding to the item listing using the determined order parameter is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Emil Dides
  • Patent number: 9747624
    Abstract: A system and method for a trusted fulfillment agent network system is described. A network of trusted fulfillment agents is generated for a seller in an online marketplace. A transaction between a buyer and the seller corresponding to a listing of the seller in the online marketplace is accessed. A request is generated to the network of trusted fulfillment agents of the seller to fulfill a shipment of an item from the listing to the buyer on behalf of the seller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Srinivasan Raman, Frank Anthony Nuzzi
  • Patent number: 9747376
    Abstract: There are provided methods and systems to identify an item based on data associated with the item. Information is received that is descriptive of an item to be listed on an information storage and retrieval platform. The information is associated with an aspect-value pair, which is an aspect of the item and a value of the aspect. An expression of an interest of a user in the item is received. The expression is associated with the aspect-value pair. In response to the associating of the expression with the aspect-value pair, the item is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Loftus, Venkat Sundaranatha, Louis Marcel Gino Monier, Jean-Michel Leon, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Seema Shah
  • Patent number: 9747194
    Abstract: A method and a system to maintain consistency between software specification and code are described. A specification engine converts a specification describing features included in a piece of software into convened specification that describes the historical details of the features organized temporally. A code engine abstracts code corresponding to the specification into a design. An n-trace engine traces a portion of the converted specification that describes a particular feature of the one or more features to a portion of the design that includes the code that, when executed by one or more processors, implements the particular feature and generates a time-graph that sequentially orders events occurring in connection with the portion of the code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Shrivatsan Navalpakkam Rajagopalan
  • Publication number: 20170243178
    Abstract: Some embodiments may provide a method comprising receiving an identification of an entity from a network-based commerce system and receiving authentication data associated with the entity from the network-based commerce system, a combination including the authentication data and the identification being operable to facilitate a transfer of value affecting a first account associated with the entity, the transfer of value further affecting a second account associated with the network-based commerce system, the authentication data and the identification of the entity being insufficient for the network-based commerce system to identify the first account.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Osama Mostafa Bedier, Ray Hideki Tanaka, Henry H. Pham, Aaron M. Lee, J. Paul Janney, Nida K. Zada
  • Patent number: 9741039
    Abstract: A system and method of click modeling are disclosed. A ranking algorithm is modified using a click model. The click model makes inferences based on user click data. The user click data includes indications of user intent to transact a shopping action for an item for sale. Item listings are ranked for a search results page using the ranking algorithm in response to receiving a search query. Each item listing comprises an item for sale on an e-commerce site. The user click data can also include user clicks of item listings in a search results page. The shopping action can include bidding on an item for sale or purchasing an item for sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Abdelhalim Abbas
  • Patent number: 9740777
    Abstract: A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a computer-implemented method for saving and presenting a state of a communication session are presented. The communication session may be established between a client device and an application server of a content publisher, and may include the presentation of content on the client device. In some embodiments, the method may include receiving user input to save a state of the communication session, and in response, temporarily storing session data representative of the state of the communication session for a predetermined duration of the communication session. The method may further include generating and presenting an interface that includes a visual representation of the session data, and allows a user to return to the saved state of the communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Esmeralda Carrillo, Kristy Brambila, Cassandra Gordon, Enrica Montilla Beltran, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9740783
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, systems and methods to provide content recommendations are provided. A selection of a category is received from a device of a user. An attribute associated with the user is derived. A search of a coupled database for content that corresponds to the derived attribute in the selected category is performed. A list of content is caused to be presented in a user interface of the device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Yankovich, Ryan Melcher, Ganga Muthyala
  • Patent number: 9741018
    Abstract: Techniques for extracting similar group elements are described. In one embodiment, a received communication is analyzed for repeating patterns in the elements within the communication. An input may be received via a user interface identifying a particular element of the received communication. A system may then identify a particular position within a repeating pattern that is associated with the particular element. Every element within the communication that is in the same position within the repeating pattern may then be identified, stored, or output in a specified or preselected format. Various embodiments may account for multi-page response communications, various pattern recognition techniques, and automated or user-assisted systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Priyavrath Dakua
  • Publication number: 20170235450
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments of the present disclosure, methods and apparatus are provided for flexible and user-friendly navigation of loaded media in a multi-media presentation, such that a user may be able to view and/or edit the presentation. In one embodiment, a method for navigating loaded media comprises loading a page of a collage document to a client device, the page having a plurality of layers with each layer being associated with a media object. The method further includes creating a list of layers of the loaded page, each layer indexed by at least a position in the collage document; navigating the collage document in at least one direction and at least one speed based on user input; and filtering the list of layers based on at least the position in the collage document and a visual window of a user interface to display visible layers of the page within the visual window. A client device for navigating loaded media is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Lanahan, Dane M. Howard, Brian F. Williams
  • Publication number: 20170235712
    Abstract: A method for creating a multimedia presentation element, comprises selecting a presentation element icon; adding information to a presentation element box defined by a presentation boundary within a first multimedia element of the multi-media presentation having a plurality of multimedia elements, the presentation element boundary resulting from the selection of the presentation element icon; and associating the presentation element box with the first multimedia element such that the presentation element box remains associated to the first multimedia element during navigation from different multimedia elements of the plurality of multimedia elements, is described herein
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Lanahan, Dane M. Howard, Brian F. Williams, Luke Peacock, Belmer Perrella Garcia Negrillo
  • Patent number: 9736220
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a publication system comprises at least one module which provides, at a publication platform accessible by users via a network, a posting portal to receive entry of data relating to an item or commentary for posting on the publication system. The posting portal includes an interface having a first user interface element to receive the item data or commentary from a user for inclusion in a posting. The module also provides an upload application associated with the interface of the posting portal. The upload application includes a second user interface element to receive from the user, via the second user interface element, a media file for inclusion in the posting. The module also automatically commences transmission of the media file over the network, for inclusion in the posting, in response to a detection that the user has moved away from the first user interface element or moved to the second user interface element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Mahesh Subramanian, William Orcutt
  • Patent number: 9734640
    Abstract: A method of dynamically altering a user interface based on safety level is provided. A user interface is provided to a user in a vehicle with the user interface including a selectable option to wirelessly place a bid on an electronic auction. The selectable option is based, at least in part, on an auction parameter. A safety level score is then determined for the vehicle. The auction parameter is then dynamically altered based on the speed of the vehicle, resulting in a change to the selectable option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Peter Hosein, Steve Yankovich, Steve Romero, Selina Lam, Krystal Rose Higgins
  • Patent number: 9733271
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing an enhanced user experience at an event or venue are provided. The systems and methods provided herein provide venue-specific location-based services to the user through the user's mobile device. Such services include allowing a user to order merchandise and concessions from their seat using their mobile device and delivering the ordered items to their seat. Such services also include determining a user's seat location from a scanned code on the user's ticket and providing a map to and from their seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Marc Hosein, Steve Yankovich, Nate Lyman, Selina Lam
  • Patent number: 9734553
    Abstract: Methods and systems generate and project an actual sized image of an object. An object or a representation of an object may be pre-processed. The pre-processing of a representation of the object may include determining pixels that belong to the object and pixels that belong to a background of the image. The pre-processing may include calculating a bounding box for the object. The projection may include determining an area of projection suitable for the bounding box of the object. The projection may further include projecting an image of intermediate dimensions. The projection may further include up-sampling or down-sampling the image to an actual size. The projection of the actual sized image may be made interactive by rendering at least one additional view of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Mihir Naware, Jatin Chhugani
  • Patent number: 9736269
    Abstract: A system communicates a client application and a web application and receives configuration data operable within the web application and the client application. The system distributes the configuration data to the client application and the web application. The distributed configuration data is then used to configure the client application and the web application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Allen Yihren Liu, Philip J. King, Ajay K. Agrawal
  • Patent number: 9727607
    Abstract: Various embodiments include systems and methods for generating query rewrite records which may be used to generate standardized query rewrites for a search engine. Such records may identify rewrite triggers as well as constraints and other metadata flags which may be associated with certain rewrites in query rewrite identification (QRIL) records. In certain embodiments, such records may be analyzed with other QRIL records or rewrite information to prevent rewrite conflicts and to generate standardized rewrites. This information may then be used by a search engine to generate responses to user queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Prathyusha Senthil Kumar, Praveen Arasada, Ravi Chandra Jammalamadaka
  • Patent number: 9727957
    Abstract: According to example embodiments, an Image View Aggregator identifies a frontal view of an item within an image. The Image View Aggregator identifies at least one reflection view of the item within the image. Each reflection view of the item having been captured off a corresponding reflective physical surface. The Image View Aggregator extracts the frontal view of the item and each reflection view of the item from the image. The Image View Aggregator generates a representation of the item based at least on the extracted frontal view of the item and each extracted reflection view of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Pinzon Gonzales, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9727870
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a link system and link method of an upper shopping mall and an independent shopping mall of API (application programming interface) link method, in particular, to a technology that builds and manages an independent shopping mall having an independent domain address and an user interface besides the upper shopping mall which is registered together with the other sellers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Young Bae Ku
  • Patent number: 9727856
    Abstract: A method and a system convert the value of a gift card for use with a mobile device. The value of the gift card is determined from an issuer of the gift card. The value of the gift card is stored in a digital payment account in a storage device. The digital payment account stores values of gift cards from issuers. A financial transaction corresponding to the issuer of the gift card is performed on the digital payment account. The value of a first gift card from a first issuer of a first digital payment account is exchanged with the value of a second gift card from a second issuer of a second digital payment account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Yankovich, Ryan Melcher, Robert Dean Veres
  • Patent number: 9727615
    Abstract: Techniques for sharing item images based on a similarity score are described. For example, a machine receives an input item listing for an item from a user device. The machine accesses an existing image that may be associated with one or more existing item listings. The machine identifies a degree of similarity between the input item listing and the one or more existing item listings. The machine generates a similarity score for the existing image based on the degree of similarity. The machine selects one or more existing images corresponding to the one or more existing item listings based on the one or more existing images having corresponding similarity scores that exceed a threshold value. The machine transmits a communication to the user device in response to the receiving of the input item listing. The communication may include the one or more existing images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoyuan Wu, Alvaro Bolivar, Qiang Wang
  • Publication number: 20170221500
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for real-time audio processing employs a gaze detection sensor to detect a direction of a user's gaze and output a gaze signal corresponding to the detected direction of the user's gaze. A digital signal processing unit responds to a plurality of signals corresponding to a plurality of sounds received at the apparatus, and the determined direction of gaze to identify a signal of interest from the plurality of signals using the gaze signal. The signal of interest is processed for output to the user. In embodiments, a microphone array provides the plurality of signals. An imaging sensor may work with either the microphone array or the gaze detection sensor to identify the signal of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, David Ramadge, Matthew Bret MaClaurin, Justin Van Winkle, Corinne Elizabeth Sherman
  • Patent number: 9723126
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for identifying individuals through facial recognition, voice recognition, or the like, recalling past recorded conversations with the identified individuals, and recording and inventorying conversations with the individuals with mobile devices. In some embodiments, a method is presented. The method may include identifying, at a device, an individual through facial recognition, voice recognition, or a unique RFID. The method may also include recording a conversation with the identified individual, and recalling past relevant recorded conversations based on the identification of the individual, and transmitting the recording of the conversation to a display system configured to display the recording of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Hao Li
  • Patent number: 9721292
    Abstract: A system receives images of objects. The system identifies a category for each of the objects, and extracts features from the images. The features relate to a quality of the image. The features of the images are stored in a database according to the category of each object, such that each set of features is associated with its corresponding image. The system displays the images on a network-based publication system, and receives data relating to the displayed images. The data is analyzed, and the images are ranked as a function of the analysis. The system redisplays the images on the network-based publication system as a function of the ranking of the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Vinayak Agarwal, Atiq Islam, Zhaohui Chen
  • Patent number: 9721192
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to facilitate finding complementary recommendations are disclosed herein. One or more fashion trend or pleasing color combination rules are determined based on data obtained from one or more sources. One or more template images and rule triggers corresponding to the fashion trend or pleasing color combination rules are generated, each of the rule triggers associated with at least one of the template images. A processor compares a first image attribute of a particular one of the template images to a second image attribute of each of a plurality of inventory images corresponding to the plurality of inventory items to identify the inventory items complementary to the query image. The particular one of the template images is selected based on the rule trigger corresponding to the particular one of the template images being applicable for a query image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Anurag Bhardwaj, Wei Di, Vignesh Jagadeesh, Robinson Piramuthu, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Publication number: 20170213072
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an interactive shopping experience via webcam is disclosed. A particular embodiment includes enabling a user to select from a plurality of items of virtual apparel; obtaining an image of a user via a web-enabled camera (webcam); using a data processor to perform facial detection on the image to isolate an image of a face of the user; estimating the user's position according to a position and a size of the image of the user's face; modifying an image corresponding to the selected item of virtual apparel based on the size of the image of the user's face; and auto-fitting the modified image corresponding to the selected item of virtual apparel to the image of the user's face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Bin Li, Xiaohan Yun, Zehong Tan
  • Patent number: 9715701
    Abstract: Example embodiments of a system and method for image-based listing of an item, using an image of multiple items, are generally described herein. In some example embodiments, an image-based listing system includes an identifying module to identify a portion of an image of multiple items, the portion of the image depicting the item; a tagging module to associate tag information with the portion of the image, the tag information being associated with the item; and a listing module to list the item, the listing of the item comprising displaying at least some tag information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Law, Trisha Lee Okubo, Choon Chong, Yuan Der Ho
  • Patent number: 9715510
    Abstract: A system and method, which may be an offline method, extracts relevant image features about listing items in a network-based publication system for enabling image similarity searching of such listing items. When a seller lists an item, an image of the item is uploaded and may be sent to a picture processing service, which generates several digests. The digests are compressed data structures each representing a particular image feature such as edge, color, texture, or words. These digests are then stored in a search database, where the digests can be used to retrieve listings by image similarity at scale. A similar process can be performed for a query listing for searching the search database for items similar to the query listing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Naren Chittar, Sanjay Pundlkrao Ghatare, Ryan McDonald, John Roper, Michael Schmitz
  • Patent number: 9715533
    Abstract: Example methods and systems are directed to providing multi-dimensional search results. A source (e.g., a closed captioning stream) may provide a series of keywords. The series of keywords may be used to generate a series of searches. The results from the searches may be presented as part of a user interface in a grid. For example, one row may be presented for each keyword, with the row for the keyword containing the results from searching using that keyword. Alternatively, one column may be presented for each keyword, with the column for the keyword containing the results from searching using that keyword. The series of keywords may be generated once. Alternatively, new keywords may be periodically added to the series of keywords, causing the grid to be updated. Old keywords and their corresponding search results may periodically be removed from the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Selina Lam, Marc Peter Hosein
  • Patent number: 9710645
    Abstract: Systems and methods to detect and neutralize malware infected electronic communications are described. The system may receive a request for interface information from over a network from a client machine. In response to receiving the request the system may generate the interface information to include at least one input mechanism to receive user information from the user and countermeasure information for utilization on the client machine to detect whether the interface information is modified on the client machine to receive user information from the user that is not authorized. Finally, the system may communicate the interface information, over the network, to the client machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Joren Bartley McReynolds
  • Patent number: 9709417
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include a navigation system and computer-implemented methods for proactively re-routing vehicles based on an analysis of input component data obtained from the navigation-enabled devices. The navigation system scores the input component data to obtain a measure of frustration (e.g., a feeling of being upset or annoyed) of the user of the navigation-enabled device. The navigation system may provide a detour suggestion for display on the navigation-enabled device to persuade the user of the device to direct their vehicle to depart from its current location or route in an effort to remove the vehicle from traffic, and thereby reduce the frustration level of the user. The detour suggestion may include an alternative route to the original destination, or an alternative destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, Neville Rhys Newey, Justin VanWinkle, Christopher Michael Hall, Trista Mcneill, David Ramadge
  • Patent number: 9712968
    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: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Rui Kong, Chintan Jain, Rajkumar Chinnakonda