eBay Patents

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

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 9860275
    Abstract: Systems and methods to rotate security assets used to for secure communications are disclosed. The system includes receiving a first certificate that includes a first subject name for the remote servers. The first certificate further includes a first public key. Next, the system receives a second certificate that includes the first subject name for the remote servers. The second certificate further includes a second public key that is different from the first public key. Next, the system stores the first and second certificates in a trust module. Next, the system receive a third certificate from a first server included in the plurality of remote servers. Next, the system identifies the first server is trusted. The identifying is based on the third certificate matching any one of the first certificate and the second certificate. Finally, the system establishes a secure communication session with the first server based on the identifying the first server is trusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Dean Kleinpeter, Raju Venkata Kolluru
  • Patent number: 9858492
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for performing accurate text recognition of non-simplistic images (e.g., images with clutter backgrounds, lighting variations, font variations, non-standard perspectives, and the like) may employ a machine-learning approach to identify a discriminative feature set selected from among features computed for a plurality of irregularly positioned, sized, and/or shaped (e.g., randomly selected) image sub-regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Anurag Bhardwaj, Chen-Yu Lee, Robinson Piramuthu, Vignesh Jagadeesh, Wei Di
  • Patent number: 9858607
    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: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Praveen Nallu, Swami Raghavan, Dane Howard, Jack Phillip Abraham, Shannon B. Vosseller, Michael George Lenahan, Ben Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9858608
    Abstract: Query suggestions are provided using a query log including a number of user sessions that comprise training data. The training data includes a sequence of a plurality of sets of queries, some of the sets of queries including query transitions followed by a purchase related event. From a cleaned and normalized query log stationary scores and transition scores of at least some of the plurality of sets are generated. A set of query suggestions is built and similarity scores are computed for at least some of the set of query suggestions to determine whether individual ones of the at least some of the set of query suggestions meet a predetermined assurance level. Those that meet the assurance level are included as elements of the set of query suggestions. The set of query suggestions is mixed and ranked according to a user behavior that is sought to be influenced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammad Al Hasan, Nishith Parikh, Gyanit Singh, Neelakantan Sundaresan, Brian Scott Johnson, Udayan Khurana
  • Patent number: 9852193
    Abstract: A clustering and recommendation machine determines that an item is included in a cluster of items. The machine accesses item data descriptive of the item. The machine accesses a vector that represents the cluster and calculates the likelihood that the item is included in the cluster, based on the item variable and the probability parameter. The machine determines that the item is included in the cluster, based on the likelihood. The machine also recommends an item to a potential buyer. The machine accesses behavior data that represents a first event type pertinent to a first cluster of items. The machine calculates a probability that a second event type pertaining to a second cluster of items will co-occur with the first event type. The machine identifies an item from the second cluster to be recommended and presents a recommendation of the item to the potential buyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Ye Chen, John Canny
  • Patent number: 9852222
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide personalized search services. The personalized search services operate to contextualize what is being searched for and to provide at least some search results in that context that are specific to the user to whom the results are to be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoyuan Wu, Sunil Mohan
  • Patent number: 9852233
    Abstract: A system and method of providing autocomplete features using social activity signals. In some embodiments, social activity signals associated with a user are received. User-entered text is received from the user in a search field for a search engine. Predicted queries are determined based on the user-entered text and the social activity signals. Each one of the predicted queries comprises predicted text and at least a portion of the user-entered text. The predicted text is absent from the user-entered text. The predicted queries are caused to be displayed in an autocomplete user interface element of the search field. In some embodiments, the social activity signals comprise at least one of a like of content, a share of content, a follow of content, and a comment on content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Venkateswaran Subramanian Karthik
  • Patent number: 9852458
    Abstract: Methods and systems to build containers of uncategorized items are described. In some example embodiments, the methods and systems collect information from titles of items available for purchase within a network-based publication system, generate a title for a container of uncategorized items available for purchase within the network-based publication system that is based on the collected information, and associate two or more uncategorized items available for purchase within the network-based publication system to the container based on a comparison of titles of the two or more uncategorized items and the generated title for the container of uncategorized items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjay Pundlkrao Ghatare, Praveen K. Jayaraman, Sandip Namdeo Gaikwad, Ashit Jain, Joseph Anthony Beynon, Suhail Ansari, Hugh Evan Williams, Niteen Bhat
  • Patent number: 9852223
    Abstract: A method of enhancing search results pertaining to an item with information about the item from a social network is disclosed. It is detected that a user is searching for information about the item in a context outside of a social networking context. Data relating to the item is collected from a social network of the user. A notification of the data relating to the item is generated to supplement a search result that is to be presented to the user in response to the searching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Patrick Fries
  • Patent number: 9852461
    Abstract: A computerized method and system for pre-authenticated online ordering are provided. A set of user authentication credentials are received from a user, the set of user authentication credentials sufficient to uniquely identify the user as being registered with a network-based publication system. A selection of an item from a plurality of items is received from the user. A unique address is provided to the user, the unique address allowing an unregistered user to access a user interface. An instruction associated with the selected item is received from the unregistered user via the accessed user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Yuan Der Ho
  • Patent number: 9852460
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing search results based on time obtain an item are discussed. In an example, a method can include receiving a search query, generating search results, calculating a time to obtain for each listing in the search results, and arranging the search results for display. The search query can include a current location of a mobile device. The search results can include a plurality of listings, with each listing including a location. The locations representing either a physical location proximate the current location or a delivery time to the current location. The search results can be arranged for display in various manners according to the calculated time to obtain for each result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Howard, Jack Phillip Abraham, Shannon B. Vosseller, Michael George Lenahan, Ben Lucas Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9852455
    Abstract: A method and apparatus utilized in operating a feedback forum in an online auction environment is described. Instead of allowing users of the system to enter freeform comments for and about other users, a number of predefined feedback comments are provided that relate to an auction transaction. Users leaving feedback for other users are permitted to select a comment they desire to leave for or about another user relative to a transaction. The predefined feedback comments selected by the users are associated with the users whom the comment is about, and at some time thereafter, the predefined feedback comment is displayed for viewing by other users of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Boone
  • Patent number: 9853961
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for pool-based identity authentication for service access without use of stored credentials is disclosed. The method in an example embodiment includes providing provisioning information for storage in a provisioning repository; receiving a service request from a service consumer, the service request including requestor identifying information; generating an authentication request to send to an authentication authority, the authentication request including requestor identifying information; receiving validation of an authenticated service request from the authentication authority; and providing the requested service to the service consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Raju Venkata Kolluru, Michael Dean Kleinpeter
  • Patent number: 9846903
    Abstract: Selecting a first silhouette image of an item at a client machine displays a plurality of silhouette images representing aspects of the item such as style, length type and sleeve type. Selecting any of those aspects allows a server to search a database for listings of similar items that have those aspects. Concurrently selecting one or more of the images representing those aspects and one or more sizes, allows a server to search a database for listings of similar items that have those aspects and those sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Rini Kundu