eBay Patents

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  • eBay Patents Granted: eBay patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
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  • Patent number: 9741039
    Abstract: A system and method of click modeling are disclosed. A ranking algorithm is modified using a click model. The click model makes inferences based on user click data. The user click data includes indications of user intent to transact a shopping action for an item for sale. Item listings are ranked for a search results page using the ranking algorithm in response to receiving a search query. Each item listing comprises an item for sale on an e-commerce site. The user click data can also include user clicks of item listings in a search results page. The shopping action can include bidding on an item for sale or purchasing an item for sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Abdelhalim Abbas
  • Patent number: 9740777
    Abstract: A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a computer-implemented method for saving and presenting a state of a communication session are presented. The communication session may be established between a client device and an application server of a content publisher, and may include the presentation of content on the client device. In some embodiments, the method may include receiving user input to save a state of the communication session, and in response, temporarily storing session data representative of the state of the communication session for a predetermined duration of the communication session. The method may further include generating and presenting an interface that includes a visual representation of the session data, and allows a user to return to the saved state of the communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Esmeralda Carrillo, Kristy Brambila, Cassandra Gordon, Enrica Montilla Beltran, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9740783
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, systems and methods to provide content recommendations are provided. A selection of a category is received from a device of a user. An attribute associated with the user is derived. A search of a coupled database for content that corresponds to the derived attribute in the selected category is performed. A list of content is caused to be presented in a user interface of the device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Yankovich, Ryan Melcher, Ganga Muthyala
  • Publication number: 20170235450
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments of the present disclosure, methods and apparatus are provided for flexible and user-friendly navigation of loaded media in a multi-media presentation, such that a user may be able to view and/or edit the presentation. In one embodiment, a method for navigating loaded media comprises loading a page of a collage document to a client device, the page having a plurality of layers with each layer being associated with a media object. The method further includes creating a list of layers of the loaded page, each layer indexed by at least a position in the collage document; navigating the collage document in at least one direction and at least one speed based on user input; and filtering the list of layers based on at least the position in the collage document and a visual window of a user interface to display visible layers of the page within the visual window. A client device for navigating loaded media is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Lanahan, Dane M. Howard, Brian F. Williams
  • Publication number: 20170235712
    Abstract: A method for creating a multimedia presentation element, comprises selecting a presentation element icon; adding information to a presentation element box defined by a presentation boundary within a first multimedia element of the multi-media presentation having a plurality of multimedia elements, the presentation element boundary resulting from the selection of the presentation element icon; and associating the presentation element box with the first multimedia element such that the presentation element box remains associated to the first multimedia element during navigation from different multimedia elements of the plurality of multimedia elements, is described herein
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Lanahan, Dane M. Howard, Brian F. Williams, Luke Peacock, Belmer Perrella Garcia Negrillo
  • Patent number: 9734640
    Abstract: A method of dynamically altering a user interface based on safety level is provided. A user interface is provided to a user in a vehicle with the user interface including a selectable option to wirelessly place a bid on an electronic auction. The selectable option is based, at least in part, on an auction parameter. A safety level score is then determined for the vehicle. The auction parameter is then dynamically altered based on the speed of the vehicle, resulting in a change to the selectable option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Peter Hosein, Steve Yankovich, Steve Romero, Selina Lam, Krystal Rose Higgins
  • Patent number: 9733271
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing an enhanced user experience at an event or venue are provided. The systems and methods provided herein provide venue-specific location-based services to the user through the user's mobile device. Such services include allowing a user to order merchandise and concessions from their seat using their mobile device and delivering the ordered items to their seat. Such services also include determining a user's seat location from a scanned code on the user's ticket and providing a map to and from their seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Marc Hosein, Steve Yankovich, Nate Lyman, Selina Lam
  • Patent number: 9734553
    Abstract: Methods and systems generate and project an actual sized image of an object. An object or a representation of an object may be pre-processed. The pre-processing of a representation of the object may include determining pixels that belong to the object and pixels that belong to a background of the image. The pre-processing may include calculating a bounding box for the object. The projection may include determining an area of projection suitable for the bounding box of the object. The projection may further include projecting an image of intermediate dimensions. The projection may further include up-sampling or down-sampling the image to an actual size. The projection of the actual sized image may be made interactive by rendering at least one additional view of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Mihir Naware, Jatin Chhugani
  • Patent number: 9736269
    Abstract: A system communicates a client application and a web application and receives configuration data operable within the web application and the client application. The system distributes the configuration data to the client application and the web application. The distributed configuration data is then used to configure the client application and the web application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Allen Yihren Liu, Philip J. King, Ajay K. Agrawal
  • Patent number: 9736220
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a publication system comprises at least one module which provides, at a publication platform accessible by users via a network, a posting portal to receive entry of data relating to an item or commentary for posting on the publication system. The posting portal includes an interface having a first user interface element to receive the item data or commentary from a user for inclusion in a posting. The module also provides an upload application associated with the interface of the posting portal. The upload application includes a second user interface element to receive from the user, via the second user interface element, a media file for inclusion in the posting. The module also automatically commences transmission of the media file over the network, for inclusion in the posting, in response to a detection that the user has moved away from the first user interface element or moved to the second user interface element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Mahesh Subramanian, William Orcutt
  • Patent number: 9727615
    Abstract: Techniques for sharing item images based on a similarity score are described. For example, a machine receives an input item listing for an item from a user device. The machine accesses an existing image that may be associated with one or more existing item listings. The machine identifies a degree of similarity between the input item listing and the one or more existing item listings. The machine generates a similarity score for the existing image based on the degree of similarity. The machine selects one or more existing images corresponding to the one or more existing item listings based on the one or more existing images having corresponding similarity scores that exceed a threshold value. The machine transmits a communication to the user device in response to the receiving of the input item listing. The communication may include the one or more existing images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoyuan Wu, Alvaro Bolivar, Qiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9727870
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a link system and link method of an upper shopping mall and an independent shopping mall of API (application programming interface) link method, in particular, to a technology that builds and manages an independent shopping mall having an independent domain address and an user interface besides the upper shopping mall which is registered together with the other sellers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Young Bae Ku
  • Patent number: 9727957
    Abstract: According to example embodiments, an Image View Aggregator identifies a frontal view of an item within an image. The Image View Aggregator identifies at least one reflection view of the item within the image. Each reflection view of the item having been captured off a corresponding reflective physical surface. The Image View Aggregator extracts the frontal view of the item and each reflection view of the item from the image. The Image View Aggregator generates a representation of the item based at least on the extracted frontal view of the item and each extracted reflection view of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Pinzon Gonzales, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9727856
    Abstract: A method and a system convert the value of a gift card for use with a mobile device. The value of the gift card is determined from an issuer of the gift card. The value of the gift card is stored in a digital payment account in a storage device. The digital payment account stores values of gift cards from issuers. A financial transaction corresponding to the issuer of the gift card is performed on the digital payment account. The value of a first gift card from a first issuer of a first digital payment account is exchanged with the value of a second gift card from a second issuer of a second digital payment account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Yankovich, Ryan Melcher, Robert Dean Veres
  • Patent number: 9727607
    Abstract: Various embodiments include systems and methods for generating query rewrite records which may be used to generate standardized query rewrites for a search engine. Such records may identify rewrite triggers as well as constraints and other metadata flags which may be associated with certain rewrites in query rewrite identification (QRIL) records. In certain embodiments, such records may be analyzed with other QRIL records or rewrite information to prevent rewrite conflicts and to generate standardized rewrites. This information may then be used by a search engine to generate responses to user queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Prathyusha Senthil Kumar, Praveen Arasada, Ravi Chandra Jammalamadaka
  • Publication number: 20170221500
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for real-time audio processing employs a gaze detection sensor to detect a direction of a user's gaze and output a gaze signal corresponding to the detected direction of the user's gaze. A digital signal processing unit responds to a plurality of signals corresponding to a plurality of sounds received at the apparatus, and the determined direction of gaze to identify a signal of interest from the plurality of signals using the gaze signal. The signal of interest is processed for output to the user. In embodiments, a microphone array provides the plurality of signals. An imaging sensor may work with either the microphone array or the gaze detection sensor to identify the signal of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, David Ramadge, Matthew Bret MaClaurin, Justin Van Winkle, Corinne Elizabeth Sherman
  • Patent number: 9721192
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to facilitate finding complementary recommendations are disclosed herein. One or more fashion trend or pleasing color combination rules are determined based on data obtained from one or more sources. One or more template images and rule triggers corresponding to the fashion trend or pleasing color combination rules are generated, each of the rule triggers associated with at least one of the template images. A processor compares a first image attribute of a particular one of the template images to a second image attribute of each of a plurality of inventory images corresponding to the plurality of inventory items to identify the inventory items complementary to the query image. The particular one of the template images is selected based on the rule trigger corresponding to the particular one of the template images being applicable for a query image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Anurag Bhardwaj, Wei Di, Vignesh Jagadeesh, Robinson Piramuthu, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9723126
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for identifying individuals through facial recognition, voice recognition, or the like, recalling past recorded conversations with the identified individuals, and recording and inventorying conversations with the individuals with mobile devices. In some embodiments, a method is presented. The method may include identifying, at a device, an individual through facial recognition, voice recognition, or a unique RFID. The method may also include recording a conversation with the identified individual, and recalling past relevant recorded conversations based on the identification of the individual, and transmitting the recording of the conversation to a display system configured to display the recording of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Hao Li
  • Patent number: 9721292
    Abstract: A system receives images of objects. The system identifies a category for each of the objects, and extracts features from the images. The features relate to a quality of the image. The features of the images are stored in a database according to the category of each object, such that each set of features is associated with its corresponding image. The system displays the images on a network-based publication system, and receives data relating to the displayed images. The data is analyzed, and the images are ranked as a function of the analysis. The system redisplays the images on the network-based publication system as a function of the ranking of the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Vinayak Agarwal, Atiq Islam, Zhaohui Chen
  • Publication number: 20170213072
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an interactive shopping experience via webcam is disclosed. A particular embodiment includes enabling a user to select from a plurality of items of virtual apparel; obtaining an image of a user via a web-enabled camera (webcam); using a data processor to perform facial detection on the image to isolate an image of a face of the user; estimating the user's position according to a position and a size of the image of the user's face; modifying an image corresponding to the selected item of virtual apparel based on the size of the image of the user's face; and auto-fitting the modified image corresponding to the selected item of virtual apparel to the image of the user's face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Bin Li, Xiaohan Yun, Zehong Tan
  • Patent number: 9715510
    Abstract: A system and method, which may be an offline method, extracts relevant image features about listing items in a network-based publication system for enabling image similarity searching of such listing items. When a seller lists an item, an image of the item is uploaded and may be sent to a picture processing service, which generates several digests. The digests are compressed data structures each representing a particular image feature such as edge, color, texture, or words. These digests are then stored in a search database, where the digests can be used to retrieve listings by image similarity at scale. A similar process can be performed for a query listing for searching the search database for items similar to the query listing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Naren Chittar, Sanjay Pundlkrao Ghatare, Ryan McDonald, John Roper, Michael Schmitz
  • Patent number: 9715533
    Abstract: Example methods and systems are directed to providing multi-dimensional search results. A source (e.g., a closed captioning stream) may provide a series of keywords. The series of keywords may be used to generate a series of searches. The results from the searches may be presented as part of a user interface in a grid. For example, one row may be presented for each keyword, with the row for the keyword containing the results from searching using that keyword. Alternatively, one column may be presented for each keyword, with the column for the keyword containing the results from searching using that keyword. The series of keywords may be generated once. Alternatively, new keywords may be periodically added to the series of keywords, causing the grid to be updated. Old keywords and their corresponding search results may periodically be removed from the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Selina Lam, Marc Peter Hosein
  • Patent number: 9715701
    Abstract: Example embodiments of a system and method for image-based listing of an item, using an image of multiple items, are generally described herein. In some example embodiments, an image-based listing system includes an identifying module to identify a portion of an image of multiple items, the portion of the image depicting the item; a tagging module to associate tag information with the portion of the image, the tag information being associated with the item; and a listing module to list the item, the listing of the item comprising displaying at least some tag information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Law, Trisha Lee Okubo, Choon Chong, Yuan Der Ho
  • Patent number: 9709417
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include a navigation system and computer-implemented methods for proactively re-routing vehicles based on an analysis of input component data obtained from the navigation-enabled devices. The navigation system scores the input component data to obtain a measure of frustration (e.g., a feeling of being upset or annoyed) of the user of the navigation-enabled device. The navigation system may provide a detour suggestion for display on the navigation-enabled device to persuade the user of the device to direct their vehicle to depart from its current location or route in an effort to remove the vehicle from traffic, and thereby reduce the frustration level of the user. The detour suggestion may include an alternative route to the original destination, or an alternative destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, Neville Rhys Newey, Justin VanWinkle, Christopher Michael Hall, Trista Mcneill, David Ramadge
  • Patent number: 9712627
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a user interface include collecting user activity data that includes navigation details provided from each of a plurality of user devices in navigating through a user interface. User interface use profiles are determined using the user activity data and include information on the likelihood of at least one subsequent navigation detail based on at least one present navigation detail. A new user navigation detail is received from a new user device accessing the user interface, and a first user interface use profile is retrieved based on a first present navigation detail in the first user interface use profile that corresponds to the new user navigation detail. A customized user interface is then created using a first subsequent navigation detail associated the first present navigation detail in the first user interface use profile, and that customized user interface is provided to the new user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Sergii Sergunin
  • Patent number: 9710645
    Abstract: Systems and methods to detect and neutralize malware infected electronic communications are described. The system may receive a request for interface information from over a network from a client machine. In response to receiving the request the system may generate the interface information to include at least one input mechanism to receive user information from the user and countermeasure information for utilization on the client machine to detect whether the interface information is modified on the client machine to receive user information from the user that is not authorized. Finally, the system may communicate the interface information, over the network, to the client machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Joren Bartley McReynolds
  • Patent number: 9712968
    Abstract: A system and method for using super geo-fences and virtual fences to improve efficiency of geo-fences is disclosed. A server system stores geo-fence data for a plurality of geo-fences and receives a request for updated geo-fence data from a client system. The server system selects one or more geo-fences and generates a super geo-fence that encompasses all the selected geo-fences. The server system determines a super geo-fence reduction factor. The server system reduces the size of the super geo-fence based on the determined reduction factor. The server system then transmits the generated super geo-fence and the selected one or more geo-fences to the client system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Rui Kong, Chintan Jain, Rajkumar Chinnakonda
  • Publication number: 20170201862
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for wireless beacon devices for use in tracking user locations during group travel. A user may take a trip on a vehicle, such as a bus, train, cruise ship, or other large travel vehicle. The users may disembark the vehicle in order to visit a location but plan to travel further on the vehicle. Thus, when the vehicle is attempting to leave the location where the users have left the vehicle, the vehicle may be required to again account for each passenger. The vehicle may utilize a wireless beacon located near an entrance and/or onboard the vehicle to account for each passenger. The wireless beacon may connect to a communication device of each user when the communication device is in proximity to the wireless beacon and, thus, inform the vehicle's operator that each user in located on the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Mary O'Malley
  • Publication number: 20170199847
    Abstract: A method for automatic media population of a style presentation comprises collecting presentation media; positioning the collected presentation media on a storyboard; and selecting a style presentation; wherein the selection of the style presentation results in the automatic population of the style presentation with the presentation media positioned on the storyboard is described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Lanahan, Dane M. Howard, Brian F. Williams, Luke Peacock, Belmer Perrella Garcia Negrillo
  • Patent number: 9703942
    Abstract: A system and method of multi-factor authentication are described. In some embodiments, a first device provides an initial authentication data to a second device. The second device is different from the first device. The first device obtains a first response data from the second device. The first device generates a first subsequent authentication data using the first response data. The first subsequent authentication data is different from the initial authentication data. The first device provides the first subsequent authentication data to the second device. In some embodiments, obtaining the first response data comprises capturing the first response data from the second device using a camera on the mobile device, where the first response data is displayed on the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Oliver Nicholas Cockcroft
  • Patent number: 9704194
    Abstract: Generating a listing in a network-based commerce system Listing identification data is received from a user, and listing data associated with the listing, based on the listing identification data, is retrieved. Thereafter, a listing is generated that is at least partially based on the listing data tier posting on the network-based commerce system. In one embodiment, the user may edit the listing data prior to the listing being posted. The network-based commerce system may include a database of listing data associated with at least one of movies, music, games, books and motor vehicles. In one embodiment, the proposed listing comprises a plurality of check boxes each of which is associated with an attribute of the listing and the system automatically, without human intervention, checks attributes based on the listing data. The editing by the user may include the user selecting one or more of the check boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Grove, Larry Cornett
  • Patent number: 9703685
    Abstract: Various embodiments include at least one of systems, methods, and software to receive input configuring tests within a computing environment to expose users to standard application or website experiences or test experiences. In some embodiments, multiple tests may be configured to run orthogonally within user experiences without affecting the results of one another. Some such embodiments preserve the ability to execute certain tests in anon-orthogonal manner while other tests are allowed to execute orthogonally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jasdeep Singh Sahni, Anil Madan, Deepak Seetharam Nadig, Po Cheung, Bhavesh Mistry, John Bodine, Michael Lo
  • Patent number: 9703875
    Abstract: Systems and methods to identify and present filters are described. The system receives a query from a client machine, the query including at least one keyword. The system further identifies a filter context based on the query, the filter context including a first set of filters including attribute-value pairs, the attribute-value pairs including a first attribute-value pair including a first filter and a second attribute-value pair including a second filter. The system further identifies a second set of filters responsive to receiving the query, the identifying the second set of filters is based on the filter context and probabilities describing occurrences of attribute-value pairs in listings that respectively describe items that were previously transacted on a network-based marketplace. The system further generates a user interface including search results that are identified based on the filter context and communicates the user interface to the client machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Tolga Konik, Rajyashree Mukherjee, Kranthi Chalasani
  • Patent number: 9704191
    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: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Sheu, Charles F. Pletcher, II, Selina Lam
  • Patent number: 9706332
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for providing assistance to a user of a mobile application are described. A request is issued to a remote from a mobile device for assistance. Information indicative of a sequence of states of an execution of a mobile application is periodically transmitted from a mobile device to the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Scot Fraser Hamilton, Ladd Van Tol, Luke Shardlow, Jonathan David Chard, Matthew Olson
  • Patent number: 9704123
    Abstract: A system and method that manages listings is provided. In example embodiments, a first listing for offering an item is created. A second listing that is an adjustment to the first listing that includes a different attribute is then created. A result of the first listing and a result of the second listing are evaluated. An optimal listing based on the result of the first listing and the result of the second listing is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Hua-Ming Jin, Matthew F. Ackley, Ken Lin
  • Publication number: 20170193579
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for computing price demand of a query that can be used by a search system to rank search results. Computing a user event aggregation by contribution for each of the past user sessions to produce updated session-based sets of user events based on a condition related to a general-specific relationship between two queries in a past user session. Computing a user event aggregation of queries from multiple sessions to combine the updated session-based sets of user events for a same query from the past user sessions to produce multiple session sets of user events for each query. The multiple session sets of user events for a query defining price points used in determining price demand for the query.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: David Goldberg, Yuanjie Liu, Xiaoyuan Wu, Nadia Vase
  • Publication number: 20170193581
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for identifying top attributes are presented. Text content from an electronic document describing a product is extracted. A plurality of attributes associated with the product are identified using the extracted text content. A descriptor word proximate to each of the plurality of attributes in the extracted text content is detected. A weight is assigned to each descriptor word proximate to each of the plurality of attributes. The plurality of attributes are ranked based on the weight of the descriptor word proximate to each of the plurality of attributes. A predetermined number of top ranked attributes from the plurality of attributes are caused to be presented. Further, an image associated with each of the top ranked attributes is determined, the image being designated as a visual representation of the corresponding top ranked attribute. The image is caused to be displayed in association with the product on a user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Deepak Kumar Vasthimal, Avishek Mukherjee
  • Publication number: 20170195441
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a user interface include collecting user activity data that includes navigation details provided from each of a plurality of user devices in navigating through a user interface. User interface use profiles are determined using the user activity data and include information on the likelihood of at least one subsequent navigation detail based on at least one present navigation detail. A new user navigation detail is received from a new user device accessing the user interface, and a first user interface use profile is retrieved based on a first present navigation detail in the first user interface use profile that corresponds to the new user navigation detail. A customized user interface is then created using a first subsequent navigation detail associated the first present navigation detail in the first user interface use profile, and that customized user interface is provided to the new user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Sergii Sergunin
  • Publication number: 20170193072
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for computing a query feature score that can be used by a machine learning algorithm to rank search results is described. A query is received. The assigned probabilities for the arbitrary query is retrieved. The assigned probabilities is based on a probability model for a query feature. A score is computed for the query feature based on the assigned probabilities for the arbitrary query.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Nadia Vase, David Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9699049
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, clusters of nodes in a network are monitored. Then the monitored data may be stored in an open time-series database. Data from the open time-series database is collected and labeled it as training data. Then a model is built through machine learning using the training data. Additional data is retrieved from the open time-series database. The additional data is left as unlabeled. Anomalies in the unlabeled data are computed using the model, producing prediction outcomes and metrics. Finally, the prediction outcomes and the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Chaitali Gupta, Mayank Bansal, Tzu-Cheng Chuang, Ranjan Sinha, Sami Ben-Romdhane
  • Patent number: 9699044
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method to processes issue data in a system. A plurality of issue reports are received from respective reporting entities, each issue report being in respect of a system issue which requires a response activity. The issue reports are parsed to obtain priority criterion data relating to at least one priority criterion. The priority criterion is unrelated to the dates and/or times of the issue reports and may include visibility data, severity data, exposure data, and performance data relating to past performance of a reporting entity or a reported entity. The reported issues are then prioritized for order of response based at least partially on the associated criterion data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin H Embree, Ellen Silver
  • Patent number: 9697056
    Abstract: A plurality of application servers hosts a plurality of business applications. A plurality of Application Program Interface (API) servers host a plurality of APIs to provide programmatic access to the plurality of business applications, each of the APIs configured to receive request messages compiled by a remote client application. An example method includes receiving a plurality of request messages generated by the remote client application, each request message requesting an activity to be performed by the targeted API, with respect to an associated application, and comprising at least one data component, and a request component including a reusable identified schema definition specific to the targeted API.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Zahid N. Ahmed, Alon Cohen, Daniel Tsun Kao, Ray Tanaka, Gary Yue, Bhaven Avalani
  • Patent number: 9697552
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for social shopping on a network-based marketplace. The method receives, over a network at a social shopping platform, a request from a user in a first community of users. The social shopping platform includes multiple network-based marketplaces respectively associated with communities that include the first community of users that is associated with a first network-based marketplace. The method identifies the first network-based marketplace from the network-based marketplaces based on the request. The request is for an activity associated with the first network-based marketplace. The first network-based marketplace is used by the first community of users to transact items of a single domain that is of interest to the first community of users. The method updates a listing reputation score based on the activity associated with the first network-based marketplace and a user reputation score based on the listing reputation score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9694770
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a specific user may be determined to be located within a particular distance of a specific vehicle, and a vehicle model of the specific vehicle may be identified. Further, user ergonomic profile information associated with the specific user and the vehicle model may be accessed. The user ergonomic profile information may indicate the specific user's preference for an adjustable ergonomic parameter associated with the vehicle model. Further, the user ergonomic profile information associated with the vehicle model may be transmitted to the specific vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: John Patrick Edgar Tobin
  • Patent number: 9697564
    Abstract: Disclosed in some examples is a method including receiving a selection of an outline template; displaying the outline template in an image preview screen of a digital image capture device; responsive to a capture of an image of the digital image capture device, cropping the image to an outline of the outline template; positioning the cropped image over a second image and sending a combined image formed from the image positioned over the second image to a commerce server, the combined image for use as a product image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Angie Ruan
  • Patent number: 9697447
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the automated generation of QR codes with embedded images therein are provided. The QR code has an active, machine-readable portion and a background portion. An example system comprises an image identification module to identify a human-readable image. A primitive creation module generates a primitive QR code. The primitive QR code comprises a machine-readable QR code having the image embedded in the QR code. An overlay interface module generates an intermediate QR code by modifying the active portion of the QR code using a first modification and modifying the background portion using a second modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Schory, Robert Dean Veres
  • Patent number: 9691099
    Abstract: A system to alert a user of a network-based marketplace event. The system receives the network-based marketplace event and determines if the network-based marketplace event is associated with a network-based marketplace alert that has been requested by the user. If so, the system communicates the network-based marketplace alert to the client machine over a persistent connection, the network-based marketplace alert to alert the user of the network-based marketplace event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Leahy, Carl Ferreira
  • Patent number: 9690663
    Abstract: A data storage system may be configured to allocate replica-sets in a balanced manner and mark some of these balanced replica-sets as being spares. As one or more drives or machines fail, the data storage system may move all copies of an affected replica-set to a marked spare replica-set and mark the affected replica-set as being inactive or invalid. As the failed drives are replaced, the data storage system may reconfigure those inactive replica-sets and use them as new spares. The data storage system may implement a coordinator module that handles the balancing and allocation of spares within a sub-cluster. The coordinator may also reallocate entire replica-sets across sub-clusters to maintain balance at the cluster level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Sami Ben-Romdhane, Rami El-Charif, Bhaven Avalani
  • Patent number: 9685926
    Abstract: An audio output device may include one or more audio sensors configured to detect ambient sound and noises around the audio output device. The audio output device may include a controller configured to analyze the detected sound and noises and may adjust audio settings of the audio output device accordingly. In an embodiment, the controller may analyze and recognize that the detected noise is another person's attempt to get the user's attention or to talk to the user, such as audio sound of the user's name. In response, the controller may stop the audio output or lower the volume of the audio output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Jigish Mehta