eBay Patents Granted

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

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 9881027
    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 image appended search string. In example embodiments, a selection of an image is received. The image is a search result from a plurality of search results obtained based on a matching process performed on a current search string. A keyword corresponding to the selected image is determined. The keyword corresponding to the selected image is appended to the current search string. The plurality of search results is refined based on the appending of the keyword. The refined search results are then caused to be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Michael George Lenahan, Ben Mitchell, R J Pittman, Dave Lippman
  • 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: 9881067
    Abstract: A system and method of metadata refinement using behavioral patterns is disclosed. In some embodiments, user behavioral data for results of a search query is received. The results can include an untagged item and a plurality of tagged items. A determination can then be made that the tagged items have been assigned a first type of metadata not assigned to the untagged item. The untagged item can then be identified as a candidate to be tagged with the first type of metadata assigned to the tagged items based on the user behavioral data. In some embodiments, the user behavioral data comprises clickstream data indicating that a user selected the untagged item and the tagged items during a single search event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Prakash S. Arunachalam, Jean-David Ruvini, Hugh Evan Williams
  • Patent number: 9880714
    Abstract: A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for generating a navigable user interface for the dynamic loading of contextual ontologies for predictive typing. In some embodiments, the method may include receiving an input from a client device, gathering context data corresponding to the input, and providing a predictive typing entry based on the context data and the received input, in a navigable user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Gabbai
  • 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: 9881025
    Abstract: A metadata extraction machine accesses an image that depicts an item. The item depicted in the image may have an attribute that describes a characteristic of the item and an attribute descriptor that corresponds to the attribute of the item and specifies a value of the attribute. The metadata extraction machine performs an analysis of the image. The analysis may include identifying the attribute descriptor corresponding to the attribute based on image segmentation of the image. The metadata extraction machine transmits a communication to a device of a user based on the identifying of the attribute descriptor corresponding to the attribute of the item depicted in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjay Pundlkrao Ghatare, Ali Dasdan, Naren Chittar
  • Patent number: 9875496
    Abstract: A method of projecting a likeness of an item onto a surface is disclosed. A determination that a user is interested in an item is made. A schematic corresponding to the item is identified based on information about the item. The user is provided with an option to project a likeness of the item onto a surface. Based on an accepting of the option by the user, a device of the user is instructed to project the likeness of the item onto the surface based on the schematic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Kamal Zamer
  • Patent number: 9870630
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a system and method is shown as including identifying a context set data defining a context within which a person resides. Next, an operation is executed so as to retrieve the context set data that includes person data and relationship between persons data, the relationship between persons data including certain characteristics that define the person in the context set. An operation may be executed so as to perform a set operation on the person in the context set so as to generate a graph set. Further, an operation may be executed to render a graphical representation of the context set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dhanurjay A. S. Patil, Grahame Andrew Jastrebski, Chris Riccomini
  • Patent number: 9870355
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for correction of user input are presented. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a plurality of user strings, selecting one or more string pairs from the plurality of user strings based on a character operator difference between the first string and the second string being below a threshold number, filtering the one or more string pairs to generate a filtered set of strings pairs representing corrections, and correcting user input in a different session by replacing input that matches a first string in a filtered string pair with a second string in the filtered string pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Sasa Hasan, Carmen Heger, Amit Klein, Sanyantan Ghosh
  • Patent number: 9872255
    Abstract: A system and method for conducting battery charge aware communications is disclosed. A system receives a content request from a client device, wherein the content request indicates one or more content items. The system retrieves the one or more requested content items from a content database at the system. The system determines whether the content request includes current remaining battery power data for the client device. In response to determining that the content request includes the current remaining battery power data for the client device, the system determines whether a current remaining battery power is below a predetermined threshold. In response to determining that the current remaining battery power is below the predetermined threshold, the system analyzes the one or more requested content items to determine core content sections. The system transmits the determined core content sections to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Lakshmanan Velusamy
  • Patent number: 9870297
    Abstract: Techniques for optimizing power and computational density of data centers are described. According to various embodiments, a benchmark test is performed by a computer data center system. Thereafter, transaction information and power consumption information associated with the performance of the benchmark test are accessed. A service efficiency metric value is then generated based on the transaction information and the power consumption information, the service efficiency metric value indicating a number of transactions executed via the computer data center system during a specific time period per unit of power consumed in executing the transactions during the specific time period. The generated service efficiency metric value is then compared to a target threshold value. Thereafter, a performance summary report indicating the generated service efficiency metric value, and indicating a result of the comparison of the generated service efficiency metric value to the target value, is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Rodriguez, Richard Henry Donaldson, II, Dean Harold Nelson, Serena Anne De Vito, Braden Carter, Christopher Narancic
  • Patent number: 9866598
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes methods and systems to assess an ability to playback media content. The system progresses through media content playback applications by communicating a query to a computer system over a computer network. The progressing is used to assess an ability of the computer system to playback media content locally. Next, the system, receives a response to the query. The response indicates an ability of the computer system to playback the media content locally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Brooke Allysoun Armstrong, John Robert Behrens, Abie Hadjitarkhani, Alexander Blair Ireland, Stephen John Muller, Nancy Kiyoko Narimatsu
  • Patent number: 9867000
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method comprises receiving, via a first portable electronic device, contextual information and a geolocation relating to a first user in a network-based system and receiving, via a second portable electronic device, contextual information and a geolocation relating to a second user in the network-based system. A common element in the received contextual information relating to the first and second users is identified. In response to an identification of the common element, a boundary for a geofence is defined based on the geolocation of the first or second user. The geolocation of the first or second user is automatically monitored and the boundary of the geofence is dynamically adjusted based on the identified common element and a change in the geolocation of the first or second user. In one example, the boundary of the geofence is redefined to exclude at least one member from a population of the geofence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Scott Zises
  • Patent number: 9864925
    Abstract: A computer implemented method to present digital images may include storing a digital image in a database and applying a digital image processing technique to the digital image to identify a region of interest of the digital image. The method may also include storing region data that identifies the region of interest of the digital image in the database and receiving a request for information associated with the digital image from a digital device. In response to the request, the method may include providing the digital image and the region data for transmission to the digital device, the digital device configured to adjust a cropping view of the digital image based on the region data to display the region of interest of the digital image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Susan Stieglitz, Yem Huynh, Fazeel Mufti
  • 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