eBay Patents

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

eBay Patents by Type

  • eBay Patents Granted: eBay patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • eBay Patent Applications: eBay patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Patent number: 9848065
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for decoupling processing of request and response messages supporting different pluggable respective transports in a service-oriented pipeline architecture for a request-response Message Exchange Pattern (MEP) is disclosed. The method in an example embodiment includes receiving a message having coded therein information identifying a desired pluggable transport mechanism respectively for a request and a response; processing the message through a message processing pipeline; dispatching the processed message to a dispatcher; determining if the desired pluggable transport mechanism is available; activating the desired pluggable transport mechanism, if the desired pluggable transport mechanism is available; and transporting the processed message via the desired pluggable transport mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Sastry K. Malladi, Bhaven Avalani
  • Patent number: 9846900
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enabling peer-to-peer systems are disclosed. The server system includes one or more processors, memory, and one or more programs stored in the memory. The server system receives from a first peer to peer node in a plurality of peer to peer nodes, a request for item information associated with one or more items. The server system converts the requested item information into a format useful for the peer-to-peer network. The server system transmits the requested item information to the first peer-to-peer node for persistent storage such that other peer-to-peer nodes in the plurality of peer-to-peer nodes can search for item information within the peer-to-peer network. The server system receives an authentication request from a second peer-to-peer node that is used to authenticate a transaction between a first user associated with the second peer-to-peer node and a second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Zahid N. Ahmed, Adrian Nicholas Cockcroft, Josep M. Ferrandiz, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9846898
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enabling access to listing performance data, used in conjunction with a search engine to order search results, are described. Consistent with some embodiments, a listing performance data engine module processes API commands received from client computing systems. The data engine module processes the API commands to identify and communicate relevant listing performance data that is used by a listing performance algorithm to assign a listing performance score to item listings satisfying a search request. The listing performance data provides sellers who have items listed for sale an insight as to how their item listings are performing in comparison to other item listings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Muhammad Faisal Rehman, Olivier G. Dumon, Ryan McDonald
  • Patent number: 9843461
    Abstract: In various exemplary embodiments, a system architecture and associated method to provide value-added content in an electronic communications environment occurring over a communications link between a first electronic system provider and a third-party cloud provider is disclosed. The system architecture comprises an electronic communications interface to allow translation between the first electronic system provider, additional electronic system providers, and an end-user to the third-party cloud provider. The electronic communications interface further provides the first electronic system provider with at least a portion of the content within communications streams from the additional electronic system providers and the end-user via the communications link. A visual generator provides display regions to the end-user with the value-added content from the first electronic system provider that is related to the at least a portion of the content of at least one of the communications streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Franco Travostino
  • Patent number: 9842173
    Abstract: A tool (systems, apparatus, methodology, application, user interface, etc.) for accessing content, such as webpages hosted over a network such as the internet, and more particularly, a tool for accessing the content of a webpage and further displaying a grid view superimposed over the content of the webpage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Derek Knox
  • Patent number: 9842142
    Abstract: A method of providing a level of certification of an attribute of an item is disclosed. A requirement is determined for a level of certification for an attribute of an item. A notification is provided of an evidence item that is to be submitted to evaluate the level of certification of the attribute of the item. The evidence item is received. The level of certification of the attribute of the item is determined based on the received evidence item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D Yuan, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9843877
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for monitoring a sound are described. An audio signal is obtained and the audio signal is analyzed to generate an audio signature. An object type is identified based on the audio signature and an action corresponding to the object type is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Pinzon Gonzales, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9842351
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for standardizing delivery of products in an online marketplace using one or more locker systems. In some embodiments, a system of lockers is presented. The locker system may be configured to store one or more products sold in an online marketplace. The locker system may also include a processor coupled to the one or more lockers and configured to generate access code information for a buyer to enable access to a locker storing the product. One or more sensors may be coupled to the one or more lockers and configured to examine the product for a level of product quality. A transmitter of the system may be configured to transmit the access code information to the buyer. The system can later accept the access code information inputted from the buyer and open the locker storing the product after receiving the access code information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Michael George Lenahan, Chahn Chung, Myra Sandoval, Ben Mitchell, Timothy Sean Suglian
  • Patent number: 9842098
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a publication system comprises at least a user interface module and a data transmitting module, operating on one or more computer processors, to cause, by the user interface module, a presentation of a first information field to a user as part of a graphical user interface in a portable electronic device, and to receive information entered or data identified in the first information field; by the data transmitting module, to commence automatically transmitting the information entered or data identified over a network in response to the user interface module detecting that the user has navigated away from the first information field and before information has been entered into a second information field; and wherein the user interface module is further to detect that the user has modified the first information field, and the data transmitting module is further to abort transmitting the information or data over the network in response to detecting that the user has modified the first inform
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Mahesh Subramanian, William Orcutt
  • Patent number: 9836778
    Abstract: A method and a system are disclosed for generating a recommendation of a retail location on a network-based system. For example, a system may obtain a retail location definition associated with a geographic location. The geographic location may represent the retail location. The system then builds a scan event model from product scan messages received from a plurality of scanning devices located within the geographic location. The scan event model may include one or more scan events each being associated with a product definition and the retail location definition. Next, a recommendation query from the search device is received by the system. The recommendation query may include a product identifier and a query location. The system may generate a recommendation of the retail location based on determining that the product identifier and the query location match the one or more scan events of the scan event model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Nate L Lyman
  • Patent number: 9836755
    Abstract: There is provided systems and method for determining a user's event experience through user actions. A user may attend an event at a venue and take various actions with respect to the event. For example, the user may dance and cheer at the event, which may be captured by a biometric reading device on a user device that the user has in their possession. Additionally, the user may share media and generate social networking interactions while at, or after the event. The user may also make purchases at the event or after the event, such as purchasing media content corresponding to the event. Based on the actions taken by the user, an enjoyment level may be determined, which may be used to further determine a quality or how overall enjoyable was the event. Thus, users may be provided with sales of products or future events matching their interests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Kamal Ahmad Zamer, Praveen Nuthalpati, Andrei Margea
  • Patent number: 9830643
    Abstract: In various exemplary embodiments, a system and associated method to perform an adaptive risk-based assessment of a user is disclosed. The method includes assigning a risk assessment process to the user and providing a plurality of assessment factors to the risk assessment process. The plurality of assessment factors are based on both the user (e.g., previously assessed factors, residence, phone number, address, etc.) and one or more actions the user may perform (e.g., selling an item in an electronic marketplace and the value of the item). A post-action analysis of the risk assessment process is performed. The risk assessment process can be modified based on a determination of the post-action analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Farhang Kassaei, Amanda A. Earhart, Snezana Sahter, Srinivasu Gottipati, Lars Wright, Craig Rowley, Lakshman Shyam Sundar Maddali, Nainesh Nayudu
  • Patent number: 9830639
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system and method for providing a product order service in an electronic transaction. With the system and method, it is possible to conveniently order an online/offline product through an electronic transaction and also make and distribute a simple app for a small retail shop such as a fried chicken shop, by transmitting purchaser information required for an order to the partner company server in addition to payment-related information about purchase of the specific product or cooperating with a partner-company-related application service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Korea Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Phil Jae Kim
  • Patent number: 9830632
    Abstract: A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a computer-implemented method for enhancing and personalizing an interactive marketplace. The systems and methods provided herein may allow a user to receive search results that are tailored to the user's personal preferences based on social and purchasing information known about the user. In addition, the systems and methods provided herein may provide shipping updates to a buyer that include a personalized message based on location information provided by the package being shipped. In addition, the systems and methods provided herein allow merchants to provide incentives and rewards for shoppers by participating in interactive shopping games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lenahan, Ben Mitchell, Chahn Chung, Myra Sandoval, Tim Suglian, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, James Ross Skorupski, Jesse Wolfe, Hsin-Yi Chien, Marie Jeanette Floyd Tahir, Jai Dandekar, Healey Cypher
  • Patent number: 9825959
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, systems, devices, methods, and media for configurable data endpoints are presented. In one example, a system comprises a module, executing on at least one processor of a machine, configured to issue a request for access to data residing on a client device. In response to receiving an authorization of the request, the module communicates with a user-configurable API data endpoint on the client device to retrieve at least some of the requested data and store the requested data in a database. This allows users to leverage data already residing on their mobile devices when required to enter data into other computerized systems, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Jared Blitzstein
  • Patent number: 9824120
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing search results in a plurality of tabs are described. In one example embodiment, a search term is received. In response, one or more keywords associated with the search term are obtained. Next, respective searches using respective keywords of the one or more keywords are performed to obtain respective results. The results are presented to a client machine for presentation. The presentation comprises a plurality of tabbed pages where each tabbed page of the plurality of tabbed pages including a respective keyword and a respective portion of the results corresponding to the respective keyword.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Huaping Gu, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9824385
    Abstract: A method of propagating annotations of content items to a search query is disclosed. A strength of a correspondence between a search query and a title of a listing of an item on a network-based publication system is determined. The strength of the correspondence is based on an analysis of a set of actions by a set of users who submitted the search query. A set of annotations corresponding to the title is generated. The set of annotations is propagated to an additional search query such that the set of annotations and the strength of the correspondence are used by a search engine to enhance search results corresponding to the additional search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-David Ruvini, Sunil Mohan, Smruthi Mukund, Hassan Sawaf
  • Patent number: 9818147
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for optimizing and facilitating 3D printing services in a marketplace environment are provided. In one example, a system comprises a memory and at least one module, executing on one or more computer processors, to host or participate in a 3D printing service marketplace environment including marketplace participants and a federated network of 3D printing service providers. The at least one module receives a 3D printing request from a marketplace participant to print a 3D object at a 3D printing service provider, and communicates with at least some of the federated network of 3D printer service providers within the marketplace environment. In response to the received request, the at least one module lists at least some of the 3D printing service providers based on a 3D printer identifier metric. The 3D printer identifier metric may include a digital rights authorization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: John Tapley, Scott Leach, Nathalie Walton, Shakul Hameed Kajamohideen
  • Patent number: 9818048
    Abstract: An image is passed through an image identifier to identify a coarse category for the image and a bounding box for a categorized object. A mask is used to identify the portion of the image that represents the object. Given the foreground mask, the convex hull of the mask is located and an aligned rectangle of minimum area that encloses the hull is fitted. The aligned bounding box is rotated and scaled, so that the foreground object is roughly moved to a standard orientation and size (referred to as calibrated). The calibrated image is used as an input to a fine-grained categorization module, which determines the fine category within the coarse category for the input image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: M. Hadi Kiapour, Wei Di, Vignesh Jagadeesh, Robinson Piramuthu
  • Patent number: 9817578
    Abstract: Storage space is reclaimed by cleaning and compacting data objects where data objects are stored by immutable storage. A storage area of which space needs to be reclaimed is identified. Active and stale data objects stored in a storage area are identified, and only active data objects are transferred to a shadow storage area from the storage area when recovering storage space. I/O operations can be fulfilled from the storage area and the shadow storage area. Compaction requests and I/O requests are throttled according to QOS parameters. Recovery of storage space does not cause a failure to meet performance requirements for any storage volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Vinay Pundalika Rao, Mark S. Lewis, Anna Povzner
  • Patent number: 9818215
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for recording and viewing images of objects with specular highlights. In some embodiments, a computer-implemented method may include accessing a first plurality of images, each of the images in the first plurality of images including an object recorded from a first position, and a reflection of light on the object from a light source located at a different location than in each of the other images in the first plurality of images. The method may also include generating a first composite image of the object, the first composite image comprising a superposition of the first plurality of images, and wherein each of the images in the first plurality of images is configured to change in a degree of transparency within the first composite image and in accordance with a first input based on a degree of tilt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Lane Ouzts, Monroe Williams
  • Patent number: 9817903
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for generating recommendations using multi-level social network analysis of user behavior. In some embodiments, the system receives a set of user interactions, from a plurality of users, performed on a set of data objects; generates a set of associations between the set of data objects; and identifies a set of data object clusters indicative of the set of associations. The system generates an organization of the set of data objects based on the set of associations and the set of data object clusters and causes presentation of a plurality of data objects of the set of data objects on a user interface of a user device based on the organization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Gilbert, Elizabeth Churchill
  • Patent number: 9817552
    Abstract: A search result set is communicated to a first user as hypertext descriptions of data items constituting the result search set. A check box is displayed adjacent each hypertext description, utilizing which the first user may select a subset of the search result set. This subset is then communicated to a second user, again as hypertext descriptions of the subset. Check boxes are furthermore displayed to the second user so as to enable the second user to select a further and narrower subset of the search result set. Selected items of a result set of an Internet-based search may in this way conveniently be communicated between first and second users. Each of a number of interfaces provides the hypertext descriptions of the data items of the search result set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Monahan, Bradley A. Handler
  • Patent number: 9818144
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, user goal information describing a user goal is accessed. The user goal may be assigned a target date, and the user goal may be a health-related goal or a finance-related goal. It is determined whether the purchase or consumption of a given product item either contributes or does not contribute to achieving the user goal. Thereafter, visual product feedback information indicating whether procurement of the product item contributes or does not contribute to achieving the user goal is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Kamal Zamer
  • Patent number: 9811598
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present disclosure include a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for providing an endless search result page. In example embodiments, search results from a current level of a search are presented on the search result page displayed on a client device. A scroll indication applied to the presentation of the search results from the current level is detected. Based on a direction of the scroll indication, the search results from the current level are scrolled on the search result page. A determination that an end of the presentation of the search results from the current level is reached in response to the scrolling is made. In response, search results from a previous level are appended to the end of the presentation of the search results of the current level to cause continuous presentation of the search result page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Michael George Lenahan, Ben Mitchell, R J Pittman, Dave Lippman
  • Publication number: 20170317935
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a computer-implemented method for event messaging over a network. A subscription interface receives data indicative of a subscription request for sessionized data. An allocation module allocates a sessionizer bank linked to the subscription request. A messaging interface module provisions identifiers linked to the respective processing engines of the sessionizer bank. The messaging interface module registers the allocated sessionizer bank as available to process event messages matching the subscription request by providing the provisioned identifiers. The messaging interface module receives event messages from a producer device linked by a collection server to a selected one of the processing engines of the sessionizer bank. The selected one of the processing engine processes the received event messages in accordance with session rule data linked to the subscription request to generate sessionized data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: eBay Inc.,
    Inventors: Sharad R. Murthy, Bhaven Avalani, Hongyue Nemo Chen, Chun Tung Tony Ng, Weiwei Jin, Xinglang Wang, Mingming Wang, Wei Fang
  • Patent number: 9805141
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present disclosure include a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for providing a dynamic content delivery search system. In example embodiments, entry of a first keyword of a search string comprising a plurality of keywords is detected. The first keyword is identified after entry of the first keyword and prior to entry of a second keyword of the search string. A first set of matching results that match the identified first keyword is determined. Entry of the second keyword is detected and the second keyword identified. Using the second keyword, the first set of matching results is refined. The resulting search results are presented to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Michael George Lenahan, Ben Mitchell, R J Pittman, Dave Lippman
  • Patent number: 9805394
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate generally to providing upcoming event notification and mobile purchasing and, more specifically but not exclusively relate to a system and methods for providing notifications of upcoming events to users of an online secondary ticket marketplace and allowing the users to purchase tickets to upcoming events using a mobile device. In one embodiment, a network-based system may receive a registration request from a user to receive alert notifications for upcoming events. The registration request may comprise a telephone number for a mobile device of the user. The network-based system may send an alert notification for an upcoming event to the mobile device of the user over a mobile telephone network. The alert notification may comprise a text message including relevant static or dynamic event information as well as an embedded hyperlink for allowing the user to transact a mobile purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Ashley Gibson, Adam Debussy
  • Patent number: 9805503
    Abstract: A model generation machine may form all or part of a network-based system. The model generation machine may generate an item model (e.g., a 3D model of the item) based on a set of images of an item and based on a product model (e.g., a 3D model of a product of which the item is a specimen). The item may be available for purchase from a seller. The model generation machine may access the set of images, as well as a descriptor of the item. Based on the descriptor, the model generation machine may identify the product model. Accordingly, the model generation machine may generate the item model from the identified product model and the accessed set of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Sajeev Pillai
  • Patent number: 9805286
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a method is provided for image categorization. Here, images are displayed. In turn, a user input that describes a characteristic shared between the images from a comparison between the images is received. The user input may then be classified into categorization data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9805031
    Abstract: User interfaces receive a first plurality of user queries and result sets that are in a category, exhibit a constraint, and exhibit user behavior. Also received are a second plurality of user queries and result sets that that are in the category, exhibit the constraint, and exhibit user behavior. The second user queries and results are received either from a plurality of user interfaces coupled to a second system, or from the second system itself. Responsive to detecting that the first plurality of user queries and result sets and the second plurality of user queries and result sets satisfy respective thresholds, a signal indicates that at least one of the first plurality of user queries and at least one of the second plurality of user queries are translations of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Hassan Sawaf
  • Patent number: 9805078
    Abstract: Methods and systems to build and utilize a search infrastructure are described. The system generates index information, including document updates and indexes. The system receives event notifications as the document updates are received and accumulates the index information until published. A query engine receives a search query from a client machine and identifies search results based on the query and the index information. The system communicates the search results, over the network, to the client machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: eBay, Inc.
    Inventors: Swati Agarwal, Amit Basu, Thomas Pan, Pradeep Sankaranthi, Nicholas Whyte
  • Patent number: 9805101
    Abstract: A method and a system process a stream of data in parallel across a plurality of nodes. The log processing system has a log module, a query language module, and a query processing module. The log module receives and organizes the stream of data into a sequential and nested data structure. The query language operator module defines operators that operate on the sequential and nested data structure. The query processing module processes in parallel across a plurality of nodes a query based on an operator on the stream of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Gyanit Singh, Chi-Hsien Chiu, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9804741
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for evaluating and incorporating a plurality of input streams into a single input stream. In some embodiments, the system generates a first set of recommendations provided by a plurality of input streams and receives one or more selections of recommendations from the first set of input streams. The system determines a session intent based on the one or more selections and selects a set of input streams, from the plurality of input streams, corresponding to the one or more selection and the session intent. The system generates a second set of recommendations using the set of input streams and the session intent and causes presentation of the second set of recommendations on a user interface of a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Michael Gilbert, Elizabeth Churchill, Kent Andrew Edmonds, Michael Parker
  • Patent number: 9805131
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present disclosure include a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for providing an offer based on a level of buying intent of an individual. Consistent with some embodiments, the method may include monitoring an amount of time an individual wears a particular garment while in a fitting room of a retail store, and determining an interest level of the individual in purchasing the garment based on the amount of time the individual wears the garment. The method may further include generating and provisioning an offer to the individual based on the determined level of intent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Healey Cypher, Tracy Ogishi, Darren Endo, Michael Franklin, Lars Wensel
  • Patent number: 9799062
    Abstract: Generally discussed herein are systems, apparatuses, and methods for providing information regarding a product that is unique to a geographical region. In one or more embodiments a method may include determining a location of a user, receiving information indicative of one or more products unique to a particular geographical region corresponding to the determined location of the user, wherein each of the one or more products are offered for sale in the particular region by one or more merchants, and providing information about at least one of the products and about a merchant, from the one or more merchants, offering that product for sale in the geographical region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Lakshmi Narasimhan, Saikrishna Vaidyanathan, Muthukumar Ramasamymadasamy
  • Patent number: 9798720
    Abstract: A system and method for hybrid machine translation approach is based on a statistical transfer approach using statistical and linguistic features. The system and method may be used to translate from one language into another. The system may include at least one database, a rule based translation module, a statistical translation module and a hybrid machine translation engine. The database(s) store source and target text and rule based language models and statistical language models. The rule based translation module translates source text based on the rule based language models. The statistical translation module translates source text based on the statistical language models. A hybrid machine translation engine, having a maximum entropy algorithm, is coupled to the rule based translation module and the statistical translation module and is capable of translating source text into target text based on the rule based and statistical language models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Hassan Sawaf, Mohammad Shihadah, Mudar Yaghi
  • Patent number: 9800575
    Abstract: A data location table master system generates a master data location table storing associations of tokens with storage nodes for varying responsibility levels. When the master data location table is updated, the data location table master system updates storage nodes affected by the update as well as other storage nodes and application nodes in the system. Then, the storage nodes and the application nodes store a copy of the master data location table. A token migration and synchronization process reallocates data object storage among the storage nodes based on the updated master data location table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Lewis, Anna Povzner
  • Patent number: 9800732
    Abstract: A method and system to contact a provider are described. The system may include a communication module to receive a referral request, a referral generator, and a call module. The referral generator may be configured to respond to the referral request by selecting a provider from a network of providers. The call module may be configured to initiate a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) call in order to contact the selected provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Anderson Stuart, Valerie K. Shirk, Jason Scott Steinhorn
  • Patent number: 9792638
    Abstract: Methods and systems for displaying, to a user interface, categories of items for the user to select from for querying the system, in order to enable the system to return to the user images of items of the style desired by the user for possible purchase. The categories of items can be presented to the user interface visually in silhouette form so that the user can select brand and the silhouette image of the style of item desired. Upon selection of the silhouette image, a query is sent to the system and images of the desired style of item are returned to the user interface for presentation to the user, along with certain attributes of the style of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Xiao Xiao Liu, Erin Louise Gubser, Elizabeth Dobbin, Hema Budaraju
  • Patent number: 9792205
    Abstract: A machine may be configured to perform A/B testing on mobile applications. For example, the machine receives an identifier of a mobile device that stores a mobile application. The machine identifies a parameter of an element of a user interface displayed by the mobile application on the mobile device. The identifying of the parameter may be based on the identifier of the mobile device. The machine selects a parameter value that corresponds to the parameter. The selecting of the parameter value may be based on the identifier of the mobile device. The machine generates an instruction referencing the parameter value. The instruction may be executable by the mobile application to display the element of the user interface on the mobile device according to the parameter value. The machine transmits the instruction to the mobile device in response to receiving the identifier of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Dawnray Young
  • Patent number: 9792814
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include a navigation system and computer-implemented methods for detecting traffic disruption events based on an analysis of input component data obtained from navigation-enabled devices of vehicles near a particular location. Traffic disruption events are events such as accidents, construction road closures, police and speed traps, or road hazards that cause a decrease in the flow of traffic along a particular route and thus, added time delays for occupants of vehicles traveling along those routes. The navigation system scores the input component data associated with each vehicle and aggregates the scored input component data to obtain a frustration score associated with the vehicle. The navigation system may detect traffic disruption events based on a number of vehicles near a particular area having associated frustration scores above a certain threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, Neville Rhys Newey, Justin VanWinkle, Christopher Michael Hall, Trista Mcneill, David Ramadge
  • Patent number: 9792646
    Abstract: A method and a system to provide real-time bidding in online auction. For example, a system may comprise a notification module to generate and transmit a notification to a client machine. The notification may be generated based on a defined end time of a selected auction. A subscription module may establish electronic communication with the client machine responsive to a subscription message received from the client machine in response to the notification. In some instances, the electronic communication is established using a push technology. An event filter may filter an event from a plurality of events related to the selected auction where the filtered event is a highest received bid in the selected auction. The filtered event may then be pushed to the client machine by the subscription module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Hemadri Ananta, Arun Srinivasan, Nithin Mallya, Yuri Finkelstein
  • Patent number: 9792615
    Abstract: Some embodiments may provide a method and a system for receiving, from a first user, a first evaluation indication with respect to a first publication, and in response to receiving the first evaluation indication, automatically initiating a secondary evaluation process comprising automatically selecting a set of publications including at least a second publication; presenting a first user interface affordance to elicit a selection indication indicating a publication from among the set of publications, receiving a selection indication indicating the second publication, and in response to receiving the selection indication, presenting a second user interface affordance to elicit a second evaluation indication with respect to the second publication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Lewis, Rolf Skyberg
  • Patent number: 9787698
    Abstract: A network-based publication system, to publish data over a communications network, includes an interface to receive, via the communications network and from a first user, user data to be published by a network-based publication system. The publication system further includes a publisher component to generate publication data (e.g., an HTML document) including the user data and function modifying code. The publisher component generates the publication data in accordance with a publication format. The interface publishes the publication data via the communications network. The function modifying code is interpreted and executed, at a browser application, to disable (or modify) least one function of programming language supported by the browser application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremy A. Davis
  • Patent number: 9786001
    Abstract: Feeds in a network-based marketplace are described. The system receives a request, over a network, from a user that is associated with feed selection information, and identifies source feeds based on the feed selection information. The source feeds respectively include a first plurality of content elements. The system generates a presentation feed by retrieving a second plurality of content elements from the source feeds. The generating is performed continuously and in real-time. The system segments the presentation feed into pages and generates interfaces that include a first interface based on the pages. The system communicates the first interface, over the network, to the user, responsive to the receiving of the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Phillip Abraham, Andrew David Palmer, Jeffrey Tyson, Christina Mercando, Jason Kotenko, Ben Gleitzman, Kyle Lee
  • Patent number: 9779166
    Abstract: A method and system for determining an order of presentation of the search results is provided. An example system comprises a search request detector, a search engine, and an intermingler. The search request detector may be configured to receive a search request, and the search engine may be configured to determine search results based on the search request. The search results may comprise a first set of items of a first type and a second set of items of a second type. The number of items in the first set and the number of items in the second may reflect a predetermined target ratio. The intermingler may be configured to determine an order of presentation of the search results in a list of search results based on the target ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Sun, Sanjay Pundlkrao Ghatare, Oliver G. Dumon, Julie Lavee Netzloff, Muhammad Faisal Rehman, Ryan McDonald
  • Patent number: 9779439
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a memory stores a database of text objects having textual information pertaining to at least one of a plurality of documents, and contextual information about the documents. A translation module then is configured to translate text from a first user from a first language to a second language, the text pertaining to a first of the plurality of documents. A context ranking module is configured to locate, in the database, a plurality of text objects, in the second language, having text similar to the translated text, and to rank the plurality of text objects having text similar to the translated text based on a comparison of contextual information about the first document and the contextual information stored in the database for documents corresponding to the plurality of text objects having text similar to the translated text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Yan Chelly
  • Patent number: 9779450
    Abstract: A mobile application to conduct an auction based on physical presence. The mobile application may be provided by a system comprising one or more modules. A notification module may identify an item to be sold at an auction. If a pre-auction window time period has arrived, the notification module may transmit auction notification messages to a plurality of client devices located within a predefined geographical area. A bidding module may conduct the auction by providing an auction interface to the client devices within the predefined geographical area. The auction interface includes an option to bid on the item. A completion module may transmit a confirmation to a winning auction participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Sandra L. Godsey
  • Patent number: 9779440
    Abstract: Methods and systems to suggest information to be used with an item being listed for sale may include analyzing a plurality of stored entries of words and identifying certain entries based on desirability scores associated with those entries. The entries and the desirability scores may be identified based on their frequency of use in the plurality of stored entries and/or in the title information or other information associated with items offered for sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Raghav Gupta, Shen Huang, Xiaoyuan Wu, Qiang Wang