eBay Patents Granted

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

  • Patent number: 9946730
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for onboarding a collection of items is provided. In example embodiments, image data containing images of a plurality of items from a client device is received. The image data is parsed to distinguish an item of the plurality of items. The item is then identified. In some embodiments, the item is identified by determining at least one catalog item that matches an identifying feature of the item, providing a verification request indicating the at least one catalog item, and receiving a verification response confirming the identity of the item. An inventory list is compiled by including the identified item in the inventory list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Sacco, Guy Schory, Robert Dean Veres
  • Patent number: 9947119
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a computer-implemented system and method providing a user interface framework for viewing large scale graphs. An example embodiment includes obtaining graph data including information related to a plurality of nodes, the plurality of nodes corresponding to search queries performed on a particular host site; constructing a plurality of sub-graphs, the sub-graphs being clusters of search results that are formed based on an amount of overlap among the search results produced from the search queries; rendering the graph by displaying each of the plurality of nodes at a respective absolute position within the graph and generating a plurality of tiles representing images of the plurality of sub-graphs; and displaying a sub-graph image corresponding to a selected position and zoom level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Roopnath Grandhi, Hill Trung Nguyen, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9946774
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for limiting shares of voice of individual users in a result set are provided. In example embodiments, for each publication of a plurality of publications in a set, an entity associated with the publication is identified. Using a sorting criteria, a sorted set is generated by sorting the plurality of publications in accordance with the sorting criteria by shifting a particular publication from the same entity one or more positions in order to satisfy the sorting criteria. The sorted set is provided to a searching user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Johan Schuil, Rutger Mooy, Selina H. van Panhuys
  • Patent number: 9934484
    Abstract: A method for defining, generating, and using a global back-end taxonomy is disclosed. It is identified that a listing of an item is exposed to a plurality of users of a first subsystem via a set of categories of a first front-end taxonomy. The listing of the item is mapped to a set of categories of a global back-end taxonomy, the global back-end taxonomy being maintained independently of the first front-end taxonomy and a second front-end taxonomy, the second front-end taxonomy being associated with a second subsystem. A category of the set of categories of the global back-end taxonomy is mapped to a category of a set of categories of the second front-end taxonomy associated with the second subsystem. The listing of the item is exposed to a plurality of users of the second subsystem via the set of categories of the second front-end taxonomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Amit Reuven Menipaz, Ravi Polisetty, Suresh Raman, Gerald Law, Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 9934318
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of information presentation on multiple devices is provided. The method may include presenting a first barcode on a webpage. The first barcode may be encoded with first data based on a uniform resource locator of the webpage. The method may also include generating second data based on a user interaction with the webpage and altering a configuration of the webpage based on the user interaction without leaving the webpage. The method may also include generating a second barcode encoded with the first data and the second data. The method may further include presenting the second barcode on the webpage with the altered configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Junlong Wu, Shenyi Ge
  • Patent number: 9934522
    Abstract: Embodiments of computer-implemented systems and methods are described for listing on a marketplace an item, or batch-listing a plurality of items, previously stored on a mobile device. One example embodiment comprises receiving a request from the mobile device for a price estimate for the prospective sale of an item or a plurality of items and subsequently receiving a request to list the item or a plurality of items. The listing process may include receiving images of one or more items, receiving data associated with the one or more items, and using the data, listing the one or more items on the marketplace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Seng Tien Jonathan Teo
  • Patent number: 9934500
    Abstract: A system according to an embodiment comprises one or more processors; and one or more memories in communication with the one or more processors and adapted to store a plurality of machine-readable instructions which when executed by the one or more processors are adapted to cause the system to: offer, by a merchant at a Point of Sale (POS), at least one payment option in connection with a transaction for at least one item, wherein the payment option(s) is presented in a display tailored to a specific user based on information maintained by the merchant about the specific user; and process the transaction using a payment option selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Remi Guyot
  • Patent number: 9936332
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for providing assistance to a user of a mobile application are described. A request from a mobile device is issued to a remote device for assistance. Information from the mobile device is periodically transmitted to the remote device, the information comprising command information submitted to a mobile application by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Scot Fraser Hamilton, Ladd Van Tol, Luke Shardlow, Jonathan David Chard, Matthew Olson
  • Patent number: 9928389
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for reading magnetic information by a mobile device are presented. In example embodiments, the mobile device comprises a housing having an integrated surface for swiping a magnetic swipe card and a magnetometer positioned within the housing to produce digital magnetometer output signals. The digital magnetometer output signals represent magnetic information derived from the magnetic swipe card and from the Earth's magnetic fields (or other sources).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Pinzon Gonzales, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9928722
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve an apparatus, systems, and methods for providing intelligent laundering alerts. Example embodiments involve an intelligent garment tag that may be affixed to garments, and may store and provide information about the garment to which it is affixed. The information stored thereon describes various aspects of the garment including color, fabric, and laundering information. The intelligent garment tags further include an alert component for providing laundering alerts (e.g., a flashing or colored light, a warning noise, or a vibration) based on, for example, laundering device (e.g., washing machine or clothes dryer) compatibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, David Ramadge, Bria Selhorst, Corinne Elizabeth Sherman, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, Timothy Carlson
  • Patent number: 9928412
    Abstract: A large synthetic 3D human body model dataset using real-world body size distributions is created. The model dataset may follow real-world body parameter distributions. Depth sensors can be integrated into mobile devices such as tablets, cellphones, and wearable devices. Body measurements for a user are extracted from a single frontal-view depth map using joint location information. Estimates of body measurements are combined with local geometry features around joint locations to form a robust multi-dimensional feature vector. A fast nearest-neighbor search is performed using the feature vector for the user and the feature vectors for the synthetic models to identify the closest match. The retrieved model can be used in various applications such as clothes shopping, virtual reality, online gaming, and others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Qiaosong Wang, Robinson Piramuthu, Vignesh Jagadeesh, Bryan Kent Ressler
  • Patent number: 9928525
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein that provide one or more of a systems, methods, software, and data structures within an Internet marketplace context that are useful to promote products that may be associated with an event occurrence. Some embodiments further utilize collaborative filtering to augment event-based product recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Sunil Mohan
  • Patent number: 9928311
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a method is illustrated as retrieving a plurality of search queries and defining relationships between search queries in the plurality of search queries based on semantic data associated with the search queries. A visual representation of the of the plurality of search queries may be generated and the visual representation may be partitioned into a plurality of tiles, each title representing a predefined portion of the visual representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Roopnath Grandhi, Neelakantan Sundaresan, Hill Trung Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9928286
    Abstract: Techniques for transforming character delimited values are presented herein. An input module is configured to read a set of character delimited values. A generation module is configured to generate a synchronization block for the set of values that includes a value selected from a byte size of the associated value and may be a flag representing a predetermined value. An output module is configured to output the synchronization block and the set of values to a binary data output stream for output in a device dependent byte order according to the respective byte sizes of the values in the set of values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Gang Ye, Thennarasu Ponnusamy, Belinda Liu, Enlin Wang, Mallikarjun Bhaigond, Amit Desai, Xin Zhuang, Preeta Joshi, Hong-Yen Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9923849
    Abstract: A method and a system to suggest a content item to be included in a message based on a determined context are provided. A context of a message that user is composing via a composition interface is determined based on one or more properties of the message. One or more inputs to the user composition interface are identified, the one or more inputs indicating at least a portion of intended content of the message. One or more suggested content items are provided for inclusion in the message based on the context of the message and the one or more inputs. A suggested content item of the suggested content items are added in the message based at least in part on the one or more properties of the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Shailesh Dinkar Govande, Madhura P. Tipnis
  • Patent number: 9916226
    Abstract: A system of testing software is provided. The system comprises a first hardware system having hardware components to execute a first version of the software, and additionally comprises a second hardware system having hardware components to execute a second version of the software. Here, the first version of the software and the second version are different. In addition, the system includes a device configured to test the first hardware system and the second hardware system by providing first input data traffic to the first hardware system, providing second input data traffic to the second hardware system, and accessing performance values from the first hardware system and the second hardware system to evaluate a performance comparison between the first hardware system executing the first version of the software and the second hardware system executing the second version of the software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jayaram Singonahalli, Darrin Curtis Alves, Douglas Ray Woolard
  • Patent number: 9917889
    Abstract: According to various example embodiments, a request transmitted from a client and directed to a service application is intercepted. A logical database (DB) host specified by a hint value included in the request is then identified. Moreover, a target physical DB host is identified, based on the identified logical DB host and DB host mapping information. Thereafter, the request is routed to an instance of the service application co-located with the identified target physical DB host at a particular data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Yuri Finkelstein, Konstantin Yurin, Sergey Smirnoff
  • Patent number: 9917830
    Abstract: Systems and methods for weak authentication data reinforcement are described. In some embodiments, authentication data is received in a request to authenticate a user. In response to detecting weak authentication data, the systems and methods determine whether the identifier of the device was previously associated with a human user and whether the authentication data is weak. An example embodiment may include initiating a verification process in response to determining that the authentication data is weak and that the identifier of the device was not previously associated with a human user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Lee
  • Patent number: 9916618
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for conducting an online auction of a plurality of heterogeneous items between a plurality of selling and potential purchasing parties. The method includes the steps of accepting an offer in respect of an item, accepting one or more subsequent offers that is/are preferable to a previously accepted offer, and rejecting the previously accepted offer. While the offer/s is/are binding on a party making the offer, acceptance of the offer/s is/are not binding on a party accepting the offer. Classes of “seller strategies”, for offering items to potential purchasing parties, and “buyer strategies”, to decide which offers to accept, are also disclosed. As a result of the interaction of the buyer and seller strategies, the auction mechanism converges to an allocation of items to buyers at particular prices and assists in discovering a free and fair competitive equilibrium price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ebay, Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul Garg, Debasis Mishra
  • Patent number: 9910613
    Abstract: New storage volumes are registered to a data storage environment. Registering new storage volumes is controlled based on the performance requirements of the storage volumes compared to the capacity of the data storage environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Vinay Pundalika Rao, Mark S. Lewis, Anna Povzner
  • Patent number: 9911119
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide a multi-currency cart and checkout. In example embodiments, a currency accepted and a payment option for each item in a multi-currency cart is identified. A plurality of currency groups is generated based on the currency and payment options, whereby each currency group comprises one or more items having a same payment option and accepting a same currency. A multi-currency checkout user interface (UI) is presented on a client device that presents the plurality of currency groups and a pay selector for each of the plurality of the currency groups. An updated multi-currency checkout UI is presented in response to processing payment for a selected one of the plurality of currency groups. The updated multi-currency UI comprises a confirmation for payment for the selected one of the plurality of currency groups and remaining currency groups of the plurality of currency groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Malathi Jivan, Mica Merce
  • Patent number: 9911086
    Abstract: A system and methods for providing variable distribution and access control for purchased event tickets are described. In one embodiment, a network-based system receives an order for electronic tickets purchased by a buyer, receives one or more recipients other than the buyer for one or more of the electronic tickets, receives delivery options for the recipients from the buyer, receives delivery information for the recipients from the buyer, and delivers electronic ticket information to the recipients. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Ashley Gibson, Cass Patrick Costello, Geoffrey Wolfe, Julian Green
  • Patent number: 9910927
    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 interactive graphical user interface (GUI) on an interactive mirror display. Consistent with some embodiments, the method may include identifying an item based on an identification device affixed to the item and accessing product information for the item from a product database. The method may further include generating a recommendation for an additional item related to the item. The method may further include generating the interactive GUI using the product information and the recommendation and causing the interactive GUI to be presented on the interactive mirror display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Healey Cypher, Tracy Ogishi, Darren Endo, Michael Franklin, Lars Wensel
  • Patent number: 9912756
    Abstract: A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for automatically saving and presenting a state of a communication session are presented. The communication session may be established between a client device of a user and an application server of a content publisher. In some embodiments, the method may include determining that the communication session includes a typical process flow of the user. Session data representative of a state of the communication session may then be selected and stored in response to performance of a particular operation that is at least similar to an operation included in the sequence of operations of the typical process flow of the user. The method may further include generating and presenting an interface that includes an element that allows a user to return to the saved state of the communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9912719
    Abstract: A system and method of presenting a commerce application to an electronic device of an end-user are disclosed. The method includes establishing electronic communications from the end-user to a first server (e.g., an electronic marketplace) in response to the end-user accessing an element presented by the first server, and establishing electronic communications between the first server and a second server. The second server may be, for example, another electronic marketplace. The first server sends a graphical interface feature to the end-user. Substantially concurrent with the first server sending the graphical interface feature, the second server transmits electronically graphical content to be placed within the graphical interface feature on a browser on an electronic device of the end-user. The blending of the graphical interface feature and the graphical content is transparent to the end user; thus, the end-user may be unaware that additional information is being received from the second server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Rodrigo Madanes
  • Patent number: 9911085
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for helping a customer select seats when purchasing tickets, such as from an online ticket seller. A venue map can be provided to help the customer select the seat. The venue map can show the different seating areas and their relationship to an attraction area, such as a stage, game court or field. The venue map can also show features of the venue. For example, the venue map can show wheel chair accesses, restaurants, drink stands, playgrounds, stores, parking lots, restrooms, and the like. Ticket prices for each seating area can be provided, either on the map or elsewhere. Thus, a customer can use the map to determine which seats the customer desires for a particular event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Oliver Oxenham, Wesley Allan Oxenham
  • Patent number: 9904926
    Abstract: A method of verifying a receiving of an item by a purchaser is disclosed. An indication that the purchaser agreed to purchase the item is received. A record is added to a purchase history associated with the purchaser, the record including a data item pertaining to the purchasing of the item. A notification that the purchaser has scanned information from a label on a package is received. It is determined that the package contains the item based on a correspondence between the data item and the information from the label. The record is updated to include verification data that the purchaser received the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Nilesh Mahajan, Srinivasa Pasupulati, Niccolas Conlin
  • Patent number: 9901301
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, devices including a wearable device may be associated to share information and coordinate data between the devices as part of a coordination between relationship wearables. For example, a first wearable device and a second device, each associated with different users, may provide data to a history analysis module. The history analysis module may analyze this data for coordinated relationship patters made up of repeated events. Coordinated relationship data may be generated by this analysis, and then used by a current data analysis module to analyze an incoming stream of current data from at least one of the devices. When a repeated status value is identified within the current data stream, a coordination communication may be initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer T. Brenner, Bryant Genepang Luk, Robert He, Christopher Diebold O'Toole, Yu Tang, Jason Ziaja, Ananya Das
  • Patent number: 9905244
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, David Ramadge, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, Justin Van Winkle, Corinne Elizabeth Sherman
  • Patent number: 9904945
    Abstract: A method and a system of business channel synchronization are provided. In one example embodiment, a network-based commerce system may receive, via a network and from a client application, update data related to a user listing, update a record related to the user listing, utilizing the received update data; and communicate, via the network, the received update data reflecting a further update to the record related to the user listing to the client application. In one example embodiment, a client system may comprise a communication module, a listing manager, a synchronization engine, an upload module, and a user interface module. In one example embodiment, a user may synchronize the user's listing data from a client application to one or more network-based commerce systems. In an alternative example embodiment the user may synchronize the user's listing data from one or more network-based commerce systems to a client application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Allen Yihren Liu, Philip J. King, Michael Maffeo, Hemant V. Tamhanker, Ajay K. Agrawal
  • Patent number: 9898742
    Abstract: A method and system are provided to facilitate recognition of gestures representing commands to initiate actions within an electronic marketplace on behalf of a user. Spatial data about an environment external to a depth sensor may be received by an action machine. The action machine may generate a first model of a body of the user based on a first set of spatial data received at a first time. The action machine may then generate a second model of the body of the user based on a second set of spatial data received at a second time. The action machine may further determine that a detected difference between the first and second models corresponds to a gesture by the user, and that this gesture represents a command by the user to initiate an action within the electronic marketplace on behalf of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Krystal Rose Higgins, Eric J. Farraro, John Tapley, Kumaresan Manickavelu, Saurav Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 9892471
    Abstract: A system, computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and computer-implemented method for communicating shopping information is disclosed. The system receives control information for managing access to a list corresponding to a user and including at least one item listed for sale. The system then determines that the control information allows disclosure of the list to other users having a particular type of relationship with the user. The system may then communicate the list to client devices of other users having the particular type of relationship with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Law, Yuan Der Ho, Choon Chong, Rolf Skyberg, Massimiliano Mancini, Adam Trachtenberg, Trisha Lee Okubo
  • Patent number: 9892171
    Abstract: A system, method, and machine readable medium for creating a personalized recommendation of an item by creating a topic vector based on a plurality of search queries, at least one of a plurality of users associated with the search queries or a plurality of items associated with the search queries; interring a topical preference for a user based on a search query by the user; and recommending at least one item based on the topical preference and the topic vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Maksims Ovsjanikovs, Ye Chen
  • Patent number: 9892582
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for providing access to secure-access facilities based on pairing of the secure-access facilities with a user device such as a wearable device. A pairable secure-access facility may be a public storage facility or device such as a locker that includes communications circuitry for pairing with the user device. Once paired with the user device, the locker may operate a locking mechanism to lock the locker when the user device is away from the locker and to unlock the locker when the user device is in the vicinity of the locker. The locker may include a beacon for detecting and pairing with the user devices. Pairing the user device and the locker may include entering a locker identifier into the user device to ensure that the intended user device is paired with the intended locker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ebay Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Diebold O'Toole, Bryant Genepang Luk, Robert He, Richard Chapman Bates, Jennifer T. Brenner, Yu Tang
  • Patent number: 9892447
    Abstract: Methods and systems to perform image searches in a network-based publication system, such as image searches for items available for purchase via the network-based publication system, are described. In some example embodiments, the methods and systems access an image of an item, identify a purchaser of and/or user associated with the item in the image, query, using the image, a collection of images whose contents include items that are associated with the purchaser and that are offered for purchase by a network-based publication system, and match the item in the image to one or more of the items offered for purchase based on a result of the query. The network-based publication system may then present the matched one or more items, or recommendations for the matched items, to a user that provided the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-David Ruvini
  • Patent number: 9891056
    Abstract: Methods and systems for assisting a user at an event and venue are described. A user is guided or navigated to different points of interest at a venue. The points of interest include seat locations or surrounding services and facilities, such as restaurants, shops, and restrooms. Advertisements and promotions associated with surrounding services may be displayed to the user. The user may be notified of the presence of friends and family at the same venue, and be provided with real-time information about the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Dong Xu, Frédéric Tu, Meijie Xia
  • Patent number: 9892615
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve an apparatus, systems, and methods for soiled garment detection and notification. The method may include receiving a measure of odor being released from a garment from a soiled garment detection apparatus. The method may further include determining that the measure of odor exceeds an acceptable odor threshold. A message may then be sent to a user device associated with the garment (e.g. a device of the owner of the garment) in response to determining that the measure of odor exceeds the threshold. The message may include a notification that the garment is soiled, and a suggested course of action to improve the measure of odor released by the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, Corinne Elizabeth Sherman, David Ramadge, Timothy Carlson, Sergio Pinzon Gonzales, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9892200
    Abstract: A user at a geographical location may submit a search query and receive results responsive to the search query. The search results provided to the user may be based on the user's geographical location. The search results may also be based on one or more attributes of the user or an alter ego. The alter ego may be an individual user or another type of entity, such as a group or a business. A user at a geographical location submitting an alter-ego search query may see the results that would be presented to the alter ego if the alter ego were at the geographical location. Each user's interests may be selected through an interest-selection interface, automatically generated as the user interacts with search results, dynamically generated as a user follows or likes search results, or otherwise determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler James Hale, Brian William Payne, Gregory Tariff, Veronica Souza, Christopher Norman, Michael Ari Katz
  • Patent number: 9886653
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for obtaining image feature data of an image are disclosed herein. A color histogram of the image is extracted from the image, the extraction of the color histogram including performing one-dimensional sampling of pixels comprising the image in each of a first dimension of a color space, a second dimension of the color space, and a third dimension of the color space. An edge map corresponding to the image is analyzed to detect a pattern included in the image. In response to a confidence level of the pattern detection being below a pre-defined threshold, extracting from the image an orientation histogram of the image. And identify a dominant color of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Anurag Bhardwaj, Wei Di, Muhammad Raffay Hamid, Robinson Piramuthu, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9885584
    Abstract: Systems and methods to provide a navigated-shopping service are discussed. In an example, a method for navigated-shopping can include receiving a destination location, accessing a route to the destination, displaying the route with indications of a plurality of items for purchase, receiving selection of a selected item, and purchasing the selected item. The plurality of items for purchase can be within a predefined distance of at least one point along the route. The selection of the selected item can include selection of a retail location of a plurality of retail locations along the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Praveen Nallu, Swami Raghavan
  • Patent number: 9886315
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein include at least one of systems, methods, and software for identity-based thread pool assignment. The identity may identify a source of a request where the source is a user, human or logical, or a network location where the request originated. Some embodiments include receiving a resource request via a network and classifying the resource request into a processing thread pool of a plurality of processing thread pools. The classifying may be based at least in part on an identifying characteristic of a source of the resource request. Each processing thread pool may have an assigned maximum number of processing threads available at any one time for processing resource requests. When a processing thread of the processing thread pool the request is classified into is available, some embodiments then assign the resource request to the available processing thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Sangjin Lee, Debashis Saha
  • Patent number: 9886710
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for data mesh visualization are presented. Attribute data associated with a user may be received from a plurality of attribute sources. User characteristics may be inferred based on an analysis of at least a portion of the attribute data. A visualization may be generated based, at least in part, on the user characteristics. The visualization may be representative of the attribute data. The visualization may be caused to be presented to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Melcher, John Tapley, Robert Lee
  • Patent number: 9888170
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for modifying image parameters of an image to be captured by an image capturing device based on input from a wearable computing device. In some embodiments, the system receives image data, determines an image parameter based on the image data, and receives data from a wearable computing device positioned proximate to a subject of the image. The system modifies the image parameter based on the data received from the wearable computing device and captures the image data using the modified image parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Bryant Genepang Luk, Richard Chapman Bates, Christopher Diebold O'Toole, Robert He, Jennifer T. Brenner, Yu Tang, Jason Ziaja, Ananya Das
  • Patent number: 9888017
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a system for evaluating published content is provided. The system includes at least one processor and a plurality of components including instructions executable by the at least one processor. The components include a reporting component and an evaluation component. The reporting component is to receive a communication from one of a plurality of users of a network-based system, the communication identifying content accessible via the network-based system as objectionable. An evaluation component is to evaluate the identified content based on a reputation value of the one of the plurality of users to determine an action to take with respect to the identified content. The reputation value is based at least in part on a history of objectionable content reporting by the one of the plurality of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Neelakantan Sundaresan, Hendrick Lee
  • Patent number: 9883090
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, an item listing process is run in an item listing application. Upon reaching a specified point in the item listing process, a camera application on the user device is triggered (or the camera directly accessed by the item listing application) to enable a user to capture images using the camera, wherein the triggering includes providing a wireframe overlay informing the user as to an angle at which to capture images from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Dane Glasgow
  • Patent number: 9881087
    Abstract: In various exemplary embodiments, a system and associated method for to perform a search for a plurality of items in an electronic environment. In one embodiment, the system includes a keyword prompt engine to receive a plurality of keywords from an end-user. Each of the plurality of keywords is related to the plurality of items for which the end-user is searching. A price range engine prompts the end-user to input a price range for each of the plurality of items. A search engine uses one or more processors to locate the plurality of items in an inventory within the electronic environment based on the plurality of keywords and the price range. The search engine further matches concurrently one or more sellers having the plurality of items available for sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Bei Xu, Chaoou Huang
  • Patent number: 9882922
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting an electronic intrusion are described. A user activity may be identified for a user account. A location of a user corresponding to the user account may be determined. It may be identified, based in part on the location of the user, whether to communicate a request to the user for instructions to respond to the user activity. A response may be received from the user in response to determining to communicate the request to the user for instructions. The response may include instructions to block access to the user account at a server. Command information may be communicated to the server. The command information may include a command to block access to the user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Srinivasan Raman
  • Patent number: 9881308
    Abstract: A method and system to facilitate an online promotion in a network-based marketplace. A user-provided election to participate in the online promotion is recorded on a client machine associated with a user. Responsive to a trigger event, a determination of the user-provided election as recorded on the client machine associated with the user is made. The determination causes a presentation of the online promotion if so elected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Stacy A. Lee, Justin Christopher Early, Kevin McSpadden, Greg Pedone
  • Patent number: D812092
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Marcus Shelksohn, Matthew Wolf, Jordan Springstroh, Karlyn Neel, Khashayar Dehdashtinejad, Jonathan Zhang, Anthony Chan
  • Patent number: D812096
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Marcus Shelksohn, Matthew Wolf, Jordan Springstroh, Karlyn Neel, Khashayar Dehdashtinejad, Jonathan Zhang, Anthony Chan