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).
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  • Patent number: 9818144
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, user goal information describing a user goal is accessed. The user goal may be assigned a target date, and the user goal may be a health-related goal or a finance-related goal. It is determined whether the purchase or consumption of a given product item either contributes or does not contribute to achieving the user goal. Thereafter, visual product feedback information indicating whether procurement of the product item contributes or does not contribute to achieving the user goal is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Kamal Zamer
  • Patent number: 9818215
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for recording and viewing images of objects with specular highlights. In some embodiments, a computer-implemented method may include accessing a first plurality of images, each of the images in the first plurality of images including an object recorded from a first position, and a reflection of light on the object from a light source located at a different location than in each of the other images in the first plurality of images. The method may also include generating a first composite image of the object, the first composite image comprising a superposition of the first plurality of images, and wherein each of the images in the first plurality of images is configured to change in a degree of transparency within the first composite image and in accordance with a first input based on a degree of tilt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Lane Ouzts, Monroe Williams
  • Patent number: 9818048
    Abstract: An image is passed through an image identifier to identify a coarse category for the image and a bounding box for a categorized object. A mask is used to identify the portion of the image that represents the object. Given the foreground mask, the convex hull of the mask is located and an aligned rectangle of minimum area that encloses the hull is fitted. The aligned bounding box is rotated and scaled, so that the foreground object is roughly moved to a standard orientation and size (referred to as calibrated). The calibrated image is used as an input to a fine-grained categorization module, which determines the fine category within the coarse category for the input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: M. Hadi Kiapour, Wei Di, Vignesh Jagadeesh, Robinson Piramuthu
  • Patent number: 9817552
    Abstract: A search result set is communicated to a first user as hypertext descriptions of data items constituting the result search set. A check box is displayed adjacent each hypertext description, utilizing which the first user may select a subset of the search result set. This subset is then communicated to a second user, again as hypertext descriptions of the subset. Check boxes are furthermore displayed to the second user so as to enable the second user to select a further and narrower subset of the search result set. Selected items of a result set of an Internet-based search may in this way conveniently be communicated between first and second users. Each of a number of interfaces provides the hypertext descriptions of the data items of the search result set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Monahan, Bradley A. Handler
  • Patent number: 9817578
    Abstract: Storage space is reclaimed by cleaning and compacting data objects where data objects are stored by immutable storage. A storage area of which space needs to be reclaimed is identified. Active and stale data objects stored in a storage area are identified, and only active data objects are transferred to a shadow storage area from the storage area when recovering storage space. I/O operations can be fulfilled from the storage area and the shadow storage area. Compaction requests and I/O requests are throttled according to QOS parameters. Recovery of storage space does not cause a failure to meet performance requirements for any storage volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Vinay Pundalika Rao, Mark S. Lewis, Anna Povzner
  • Patent number: 9817903
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for generating recommendations using multi-level social network analysis of user behavior. In some embodiments, the system receives a set of user interactions, from a plurality of users, performed on a set of data objects; generates a set of associations between the set of data objects; and identifies a set of data object clusters indicative of the set of associations. The system generates an organization of the set of data objects based on the set of associations and the set of data object clusters and causes presentation of a plurality of data objects of the set of data objects on a user interface of a user device based on the organization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gilbert, Elizabeth Churchill
  • Patent number: 9818147
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for optimizing and facilitating 3D printing services in a marketplace environment are provided. In one example, a system comprises a memory and at least one module, executing on one or more computer processors, to host or participate in a 3D printing service marketplace environment including marketplace participants and a federated network of 3D printing service providers. The at least one module receives a 3D printing request from a marketplace participant to print a 3D object at a 3D printing service provider, and communicates with at least some of the federated network of 3D printer service providers within the marketplace environment. In response to the received request, the at least one module lists at least some of the 3D printing service providers based on a 3D printer identifier metric. The 3D printer identifier metric may include a digital rights authorization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: John Tapley, Scott Leach, Nathalie Walton, Shakul Hameed Kajamohideen
  • Patent number: 9811598
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present disclosure include a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for providing an endless search result page. In example embodiments, search results from a current level of a search are presented on the search result page displayed on a client device. A scroll indication applied to the presentation of the search results from the current level is detected. Based on a direction of the scroll indication, the search results from the current level are scrolled on the search result page. A determination that an end of the presentation of the search results from the current level is reached in response to the scrolling is made. In response, search results from a previous level are appended to the end of the presentation of the search results of the current level to cause continuous presentation of the search result page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Michael George Lenahan, Ben Mitchell, R J Pittman, Dave Lippman
  • Publication number: 20170317935
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a computer-implemented method for event messaging over a network. A subscription interface receives data indicative of a subscription request for sessionized data. An allocation module allocates a sessionizer bank linked to the subscription request. A messaging interface module provisions identifiers linked to the respective processing engines of the sessionizer bank. The messaging interface module registers the allocated sessionizer bank as available to process event messages matching the subscription request by providing the provisioned identifiers. The messaging interface module receives event messages from a producer device linked by a collection server to a selected one of the processing engines of the sessionizer bank. The selected one of the processing engine processes the received event messages in accordance with session rule data linked to the subscription request to generate sessionized data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.,
    Inventors: Sharad R. Murthy, Bhaven Avalani, Hongyue Nemo Chen, Chun Tung Tony Ng, Weiwei Jin, Xinglang Wang, Mingming Wang, Wei Fang
  • Patent number: 9804741
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for evaluating and incorporating a plurality of input streams into a single input stream. In some embodiments, the system generates a first set of recommendations provided by a plurality of input streams and receives one or more selections of recommendations from the first set of input streams. The system determines a session intent based on the one or more selections and selects a set of input streams, from the plurality of input streams, corresponding to the one or more selection and the session intent. The system generates a second set of recommendations using the set of input streams and the session intent and causes presentation of the second set of recommendations on a user interface of a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Michael Gilbert, Elizabeth Churchill, Kent Andrew Edmonds, Michael Parker
  • Patent number: 9805031
    Abstract: User interfaces receive a first plurality of user queries and result sets that are in a category, exhibit a constraint, and exhibit user behavior. Also received are a second plurality of user queries and result sets that that are in the category, exhibit the constraint, and exhibit user behavior. The second user queries and results are received either from a plurality of user interfaces coupled to a second system, or from the second system itself. Responsive to detecting that the first plurality of user queries and result sets and the second plurality of user queries and result sets satisfy respective thresholds, a signal indicates that at least one of the first plurality of user queries and at least one of the second plurality of user queries are translations of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Hassan Sawaf
  • Patent number: 9805078
    Abstract: Methods and systems to build and utilize a search infrastructure are described. The system generates index information, including document updates and indexes. The system receives event notifications as the document updates are received and accumulates the index information until published. A query engine receives a search query from a client machine and identifies search results based on the query and the index information. The system communicates the search results, over the network, to the client machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: eBay, Inc.
    Inventors: Swati Agarwal, Amit Basu, Thomas Pan, Pradeep Sankaranthi, Nicholas Whyte
  • Patent number: 9805101
    Abstract: A method and a system process a stream of data in parallel across a plurality of nodes. The log processing system has a log module, a query language module, and a query processing module. The log module receives and organizes the stream of data into a sequential and nested data structure. The query language operator module defines operators that operate on the sequential and nested data structure. The query processing module processes in parallel across a plurality of nodes a query based on an operator on the stream of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Gyanit Singh, Chi-Hsien Chiu, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9805286
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a method is provided for image categorization. Here, images are displayed. In turn, a user input that describes a characteristic shared between the images from a comparison between the images is received. The user input may then be classified into categorization data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9805131
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present disclosure include a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for providing an offer based on a level of buying intent of an individual. Consistent with some embodiments, the method may include monitoring an amount of time an individual wears a particular garment while in a fitting room of a retail store, and determining an interest level of the individual in purchasing the garment based on the amount of time the individual wears the garment. The method may further include generating and provisioning an offer to the individual based on the determined level of intent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Healey Cypher, Tracy Ogishi, Darren Endo, Michael Franklin, Lars Wensel
  • Patent number: 9805394
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate generally to providing upcoming event notification and mobile purchasing and, more specifically but not exclusively relate to a system and methods for providing notifications of upcoming events to users of an online secondary ticket marketplace and allowing the users to purchase tickets to upcoming events using a mobile device. In one embodiment, a network-based system may receive a registration request from a user to receive alert notifications for upcoming events. The registration request may comprise a telephone number for a mobile device of the user. The network-based system may send an alert notification for an upcoming event to the mobile device of the user over a mobile telephone network. The alert notification may comprise a text message including relevant static or dynamic event information as well as an embedded hyperlink for allowing the user to transact a mobile purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Ashley Gibson, Adam Debussy
  • Patent number: 9805141
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present disclosure include a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for providing a dynamic content delivery search system. In example embodiments, entry of a first keyword of a search string comprising a plurality of keywords is detected. The first keyword is identified after entry of the first keyword and prior to entry of a second keyword of the search string. A first set of matching results that match the identified first keyword is determined. Entry of the second keyword is detected and the second keyword identified. Using the second keyword, the first set of matching results is refined. The resulting search results are presented to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Michael George Lenahan, Ben Mitchell, R J Pittman, Dave Lippman
  • Patent number: 9805503
    Abstract: A model generation machine may form all or part of a network-based system. The model generation machine may generate an item model (e.g., a 3D model of the item) based on a set of images of an item and based on a product model (e.g., a 3D model of a product of which the item is a specimen). The item may be available for purchase from a seller. The model generation machine may access the set of images, as well as a descriptor of the item. Based on the descriptor, the model generation machine may identify the product model. Accordingly, the model generation machine may generate the item model from the identified product model and the accessed set of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Sajeev Pillai
  • Patent number: 9799062
    Abstract: Generally discussed herein are systems, apparatuses, and methods for providing information regarding a product that is unique to a geographical region. In one or more embodiments a method may include determining a location of a user, receiving information indicative of one or more products unique to a particular geographical region corresponding to the determined location of the user, wherein each of the one or more products are offered for sale in the particular region by one or more merchants, and providing information about at least one of the products and about a merchant, from the one or more merchants, offering that product for sale in the geographical region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Lakshmi Narasimhan, Saikrishna Vaidyanathan, Muthukumar Ramasamymadasamy
  • Patent number: 9800732
    Abstract: A method and system to contact a provider are described. The system may include a communication module to receive a referral request, a referral generator, and a call module. The referral generator may be configured to respond to the referral request by selecting a provider from a network of providers. The call module may be configured to initiate a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) call in order to contact the selected provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Anderson Stuart, Valerie K. Shirk, Jason Scott Steinhorn
  • Patent number: 9798720
    Abstract: A system and method for hybrid machine translation approach is based on a statistical transfer approach using statistical and linguistic features. The system and method may be used to translate from one language into another. The system may include at least one database, a rule based translation module, a statistical translation module and a hybrid machine translation engine. The database(s) store source and target text and rule based language models and statistical language models. The rule based translation module translates source text based on the rule based language models. The statistical translation module translates source text based on the statistical language models. A hybrid machine translation engine, having a maximum entropy algorithm, is coupled to the rule based translation module and the statistical translation module and is capable of translating source text into target text based on the rule based and statistical language models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Hassan Sawaf, Mohammad Shihadah, Mudar Yaghi
  • Patent number: 9800575
    Abstract: A data location table master system generates a master data location table storing associations of tokens with storage nodes for varying responsibility levels. When the master data location table is updated, the data location table master system updates storage nodes affected by the update as well as other storage nodes and application nodes in the system. Then, the storage nodes and the application nodes store a copy of the master data location table. A token migration and synchronization process reallocates data object storage among the storage nodes based on the updated master data location table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Lewis, Anna Povzner
  • Patent number: 9792814
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include a navigation system and computer-implemented methods for detecting traffic disruption events based on an analysis of input component data obtained from navigation-enabled devices of vehicles near a particular location. Traffic disruption events are events such as accidents, construction road closures, police and speed traps, or road hazards that cause a decrease in the flow of traffic along a particular route and thus, added time delays for occupants of vehicles traveling along those routes. The navigation system scores the input component data associated with each vehicle and aggregates the scored input component data to obtain a frustration score associated with the vehicle. The navigation system may detect traffic disruption events based on a number of vehicles near a particular area having associated frustration scores above a certain threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, Neville Rhys Newey, Justin VanWinkle, Christopher Michael Hall, Trista Mcneill, David Ramadge
  • Patent number: 9792205
    Abstract: A machine may be configured to perform A/B testing on mobile applications. For example, the machine receives an identifier of a mobile device that stores a mobile application. The machine identifies a parameter of an element of a user interface displayed by the mobile application on the mobile device. The identifying of the parameter may be based on the identifier of the mobile device. The machine selects a parameter value that corresponds to the parameter. The selecting of the parameter value may be based on the identifier of the mobile device. The machine generates an instruction referencing the parameter value. The instruction may be executable by the mobile application to display the element of the user interface on the mobile device according to the parameter value. The machine transmits the instruction to the mobile device in response to receiving the identifier of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Dawnray Young
  • Patent number: 9792638
    Abstract: Methods and systems for displaying, to a user interface, categories of items for the user to select from for querying the system, in order to enable the system to return to the user images of items of the style desired by the user for possible purchase. The categories of items can be presented to the user interface visually in silhouette form so that the user can select brand and the silhouette image of the style of item desired. Upon selection of the silhouette image, a query is sent to the system and images of the desired style of item are returned to the user interface for presentation to the user, along with certain attributes of the style of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Xiao Xiao Liu, Erin Louise Gubser, Elizabeth Dobbin, Hema Budaraju
  • Patent number: 9792615
    Abstract: Some embodiments may provide a method and a system for receiving, from a first user, a first evaluation indication with respect to a first publication, and in response to receiving the first evaluation indication, automatically initiating a secondary evaluation process comprising automatically selecting a set of publications including at least a second publication; presenting a first user interface affordance to elicit a selection indication indicating a publication from among the set of publications, receiving a selection indication indicating the second publication, and in response to receiving the selection indication, presenting a second user interface affordance to elicit a second evaluation indication with respect to the second publication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Lewis, Rolf Skyberg
  • Patent number: 9792646
    Abstract: A method and a system to provide real-time bidding in online auction. For example, a system may comprise a notification module to generate and transmit a notification to a client machine. The notification may be generated based on a defined end time of a selected auction. A subscription module may establish electronic communication with the client machine responsive to a subscription message received from the client machine in response to the notification. In some instances, the electronic communication is established using a push technology. An event filter may filter an event from a plurality of events related to the selected auction where the filtered event is a highest received bid in the selected auction. The filtered event may then be pushed to the client machine by the subscription module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Hemadri Ananta, Arun Srinivasan, Nithin Mallya, Yuri Finkelstein
  • Patent number: 9786001
    Abstract: Feeds in a network-based marketplace are described. The system receives a request, over a network, from a user that is associated with feed selection information, and identifies source feeds based on the feed selection information. The source feeds respectively include a first plurality of content elements. The system generates a presentation feed by retrieving a second plurality of content elements from the source feeds. The generating is performed continuously and in real-time. The system segments the presentation feed into pages and generates interfaces that include a first interface based on the pages. The system communicates the first interface, over the network, to the user, responsive to the receiving of the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Phillip Abraham, Andrew David Palmer, Jeffrey Tyson, Christina Mercando, Jason Kotenko, Ben Gleitzman, Kyle Lee
  • Patent number: 9787698
    Abstract: A network-based publication system, to publish data over a communications network, includes an interface to receive, via the communications network and from a first user, user data to be published by a network-based publication system. The publication system further includes a publisher component to generate publication data (e.g., an HTML document) including the user data and function modifying code. The publisher component generates the publication data in accordance with a publication format. The interface publishes the publication data via the communications network. The function modifying code is interpreted and executed, at a browser application, to disable (or modify) least one function of programming language supported by the browser application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy A. Davis
  • Patent number: 9779450
    Abstract: A mobile application to conduct an auction based on physical presence. The mobile application may be provided by a system comprising one or more modules. A notification module may identify an item to be sold at an auction. If a pre-auction window time period has arrived, the notification module may transmit auction notification messages to a plurality of client devices located within a predefined geographical area. A bidding module may conduct the auction by providing an auction interface to the client devices within the predefined geographical area. The auction interface includes an option to bid on the item. A completion module may transmit a confirmation to a winning auction participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Sandra L. Godsey
  • Patent number: 9779437
    Abstract: Methods and systems to automatically respond to a request for product information are described. In one embodiment, a data collection module may collect product data over a network, identify that the product data is related to a particular product, and store the product data and an association between the product data and the particular product in a database. An instant messaging engine may receive a request for the product data after the product data is stored in the database and an interpreter module may identify, in response to the request, the request to correspond to the particular product and retrieve the product data based on the association between the particular product and the product data. The instant messaging engine may also transmit, using an instant messaging protocol, a response to the request, the response including the product data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaoming Zhang
  • Patent number: 9779440
    Abstract: Methods and systems to suggest information to be used with an item being listed for sale may include analyzing a plurality of stored entries of words and identifying certain entries based on desirability scores associated with those entries. The entries and the desirability scores may be identified based on their frequency of use in the plurality of stored entries and/or in the title information or other information associated with items offered for sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Raghav Gupta, Shen Huang, Xiaoyuan Wu, Qiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9779428
    Abstract: Reconciling detailed transaction feedback by detecting a rating of a transaction, where the rating indicates a negative experience, mining the sentiment of words in feedback text that is included with or as part of the rating to detect whether the words indicate positive sentiment or negative sentiment, responsive to determining that the words in the feedback text indicate that the feedback text connotes a positive sentiment, adjusting the rating of the transaction. The mining may include testing words in the feedback text to detect whether the words indicate positive sentiment or negative sentiment by calculating a sentiment score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Lakshman Shyam Sundar Maddali, Avani Goel Sharma
  • Patent number: 9779439
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a memory stores a database of text objects having textual information pertaining to at least one of a plurality of documents, and contextual information about the documents. A translation module then is configured to translate text from a first user from a first language to a second language, the text pertaining to a first of the plurality of documents. A context ranking module is configured to locate, in the database, a plurality of text objects, in the second language, having text similar to the translated text, and to rank the plurality of text objects having text similar to the translated text based on a comparison of contextual information about the first document and the contextual information stored in the database for documents corresponding to the plurality of text objects having text similar to the translated text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Yan Chelly
  • Patent number: 9779166
    Abstract: A method and system for determining an order of presentation of the search results is provided. An example system comprises a search request detector, a search engine, and an intermingler. The search request detector may be configured to receive a search request, and the search engine may be configured to determine search results based on the search request. The search results may comprise a first set of items of a first type and a second set of items of a second type. The number of items in the first set and the number of items in the second may reflect a predetermined target ratio. The intermingler may be configured to determine an order of presentation of the search results in a list of search results based on the target ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Sun, Sanjay Pundlkrao Ghatare, Oliver G. Dumon, Julie Lavee Netzloff, Muhammad Faisal Rehman, Ryan McDonald
  • Publication number: 20170277770
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and computer-implemented methods for providing suggestions of additional input to users entering user input into a data input field. In some embodiments, the method includes receiving initial user input entered via a data input field of a user interface rendered on a client device, and identifying a dominant category corresponding to the initial user input. The method further includes identifying a set of aspects corresponding to the dominant category, and selecting, from the set of aspects, a set of aspect suggestions based on a ranking of each aspect in the set of aspects. The method further includes causing display of a suggestion box presented in conjunction with the data input field. The suggestion box comprises a presentation of the set of aspect suggestions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Vikas Singh, Srinivasan Varippyreddy, Pramodh Pochu, Sushma Sharma, Kavya Mugadur, Christopher Michael Matthews, Konstantin Orlov, Michele Vospette-Kraemer, Margaret MacDonald, Xia Kristine Song
  • Publication number: 20170278119
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for facilitating access by users at remote locations to an online marketplace. In an embodiment, one or remote platforms are provided at remote locations. Data in a data warehouse at a central location in the marketplace may be analyzed for content expected to be of interest to the users at the remote locations. Such content may be stored at a remote platform for easier access by users who normally may access that remote platform. New content in the data warehouse may be analyzed periodically, so that new content may be stored at the remote platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Applicant: eBAY INC.
    Inventor: Yoram Baruch VARDI
  • Patent number: 9773018
    Abstract: A method, system, and article of manufacture for disambiguating ambiguous queries based on location information. The system receives a query and location information for where the query was transmitted. Business information is requested from a GPS service. Based on the business information, a plurality of item categories are constrained to an item category related to the business information that satisfies the query. The constrained item category is sent to the user. The system may detect the absence of an item category related to the business information that satisfies the query, and may then determine one or more item category that does not meet the query but is related to the business information, to provide to the user. Other information related to the transmission of the query, such as the type of device, background audio, and the activity of the user, may used to constrain the plurality of item categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Cheung
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 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: 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