Patents Examined by A Hunter Wilder
  • Patent number: 11379812
    Abstract: A data management device includes a network interface, a memory storing first and second databases, and a processor. The processor determines whether a customer identifier has been included in receipt data. When the identifier is included, the receipt data is stored in both databases. When the identifier is not included, receipt data is stored in the second database. The processor searches the first database for receipt data including a customer's identifier upon request and controls the interface to transmit the receipt data found by the search to the customer terminal. If a search request is received from a server, the second database is searched for receipt data that satisfies a search condition accompanying the request, and then receipt found in the search is transmitted to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Sakurai, Kazuya Nambu
  • Patent number: 11379814
    Abstract: An application executed at a user terminal with a touch screen displays, on the touch screen, a UI in which a user-side UI for accepting a touch operation by a user and a store-side UI for accepting a touch operation by a staff member of a store are placed, as a settlement UI for settlement of a currency amount of a digital local currency. The application judges whether time during which the touch operation on the user-side UI and the touch operation on the store-side UI are simultaneously continued has reached a specified period of time or not. If the judgment result is true, the application displays a settlement completion notice on the touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiomi Moriki, Yuuichi Kurosawa, Hiroki Satoh, Miho Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11379851
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes tracking usage history of a plurality of components of one or more products. An original set of announcements about the one or more products is received, where the original set of announcements includes a plurality of announcement records. The plurality of announcement records are prioritized based on the usage history of the plurality of components. A usage-based set of announcements is generated based on the prioritization of the plurality of announcement records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Al Chakra, Jerry Stevens, Matias Mendieta, Patricia Bui, Kaji Rashad
  • Patent number: 11373159
    Abstract: A payment terminal with a housing having a planar upper face with an extension forming an angle ?2 between 30 and 50° with the planar face for receiving a contactless reading device, another end of the planar face comprising a magnetic stripe card reader and receiving, in a slot located above the magnetic stripe card reader and forming an angle ?1 between 30 and 50° with the planar face, a contact chip card reader, the terminal comprising a main circuit board comprising a controller and memory, the controller for controlling a display device displaying a keyboard and card reading, the board comprises a connector for a contact card reader oriented with the angle ?1 with the planar card surface and a flexible connector for connecting a wired antenna for reading of contactless payment means with the angle ?2 with the planar card surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: WORLDLINE
    Inventors: Jan Nieuwborg, Jan Wellens
  • Patent number: 11367044
    Abstract: In the method according to embodiments, a characteristic vector of a preset dimension is generated based on attribute information of the to-be-shelved product in each attribute of a preset attribute set, and the generated characteristic vector is imported into a pre-trained current-period outbound quantity prediction model to obtain a predicted current-period outbound quantity of the to-be-shelved product; a shelving cost of the shelving task is determined based on a current inventory of the to-be-shelved product in the target warehouse, the to-be-shelved number, a volume of the to-be-shelved product, and the predicted current-period outbound quantity of the to-be-shelved product; a central storage position of the shelving task is determined based on the shelving cost of the shelving task, a predetermined product shelving cost table and a predetermined storage position shelving path length table; and a recommended storage position information set corresponding to the shelving task is generated and outputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Beijing Jingdong Zhenshi Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shimiao Jiang, Yingguang Zhao, Hailong Wu, Xu Liu
  • Patent number: 11361296
    Abstract: Disclosed are various approaches for issuing Department of Defense (DoD) transaction accounts and approving payments with the DoD transaction accounts. A first computing device receives a request from a second computing device for a Department of Defense (DoD) transaction account, the request comprising a DoD identifier. The first computing device then verifies the DoD identifier and issues a new DoD transaction account associated with the DoD identifier in response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd W. Oulton, Dhiraj Rattan, Neema K. Uthappa
  • Patent number: 11361280
    Abstract: Among other things, product data is repeatedly communicated from an application on a device associated with a retail location to a server of a platform controlled independently of the application on the device. The product data identifies (a) current numbers of units of products available for retail customers at the retail location and (b) purchasing behavior of retail customers of the retail location with respect to combinations of the products. The retail location is repeatedly restocked with additional units of products to maintain the products in an in-stock state, the additional units have been received in deliveries made from one or more upstream product distribution entities based on predictions facilitated by the server of future demand for the products by retail customers of the retail location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Jane Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Socrates Munaf Rosenfeld, Abraham Munaf Rosenfeld, Benjamin Aaron Green, Scott Robert Tracy-Inglis, Howard Hong, Simon James Roddy
  • Patent number: 11362929
    Abstract: This invention discloses a novel system and method and system for sharing a data item among a plurality of computers connected in an arbitrary network topology. In the preferred embodiment, each of the plurality of computers has a local copy of the data item, but can only edit the copy by obtaining a token from the current token owner, thereby becoming a new current token owner. When the token owner makes a change to the data item, the change is broadcast to the other computers, along with the identity of the new current token owner. Routing of token requests and broadcasts is accomplished by means of each computer calculating a routing table based on information it receives from those computers to which it is directly connected on the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Lightspeed Commerce USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Ordway, Joshua Vickery, Kieran Breen, Jordan Hamill
  • Patent number: 11354641
    Abstract: A walk-through gate is provided. The walk-through gate includes a first semi-transparent side wall and a second semi-transparent side wall encapsulating a walk-through gate volume having an ingress portion and an egress portion. The walk-through gate further includes a plurality of antennas for wirelessly receiving product identifiers for wireless checkout. At least one of the plurality of antennas is made of a semi-transparent conductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Mohammad Khojastepour, Mustafa Arslan, Sampath Rangarajan
  • Patent number: 11348081
    Abstract: A method of using cryptocurrency to transact fiat currency purchases using conventional POS apparatus includes funding by a user of a cryptocurrency account that requires withdrawal transactions to be signed by both the user and a payment platform. Upon purchase initiation, a platform-issued authorization number is entered into a merchant's POS apparatus and transmitted to the platform. Upon verification of sufficient cryptocurrency, the platform transmits payment information to the user, and upon approval thereof by the user, the user transmits a user-signed cryptocurrency transaction to the platform, and the platform remits fiat currency to the merchant. As purchases continue during an aggregation period, each user-signed transaction is sufficient to fund the aggregated purchases. Upon termination of the aggregation period, the most recent user-signed transaction is executed to withdraw cryptocurrency from the user's account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Flowency, LLC.
    Inventors: Peter Millius, David M Wilkie, Andrew John Phillipson, Christopher Ian Patton
  • Patent number: 11348065
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and articles of manufacture for an internal private online marketplace are presented. Some embodiments described herein may include a method which may involve (1) identifying one or more items listed in one or more databases, and (2) generating a transfer protocol between the destination entity that desires to possess the one or more items with that of the source entity that possesses or has responsibility over the one or more items. The desired items may be identified by characteristics. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Donald Van Creveld
  • Patent number: 11341474
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods directed to operation of a point of sale (PoS) device during network connectivity to a cloud server, as well as during network outages and/or interruptions. The POS device can process transactions in a seamless manner even during network outages and/or interruptions. A POS application that runs on a POS device in an “online” mode can automatically detect an interruption in network connectivity, and switch to an “offline” mode. In the offline mode, the POS device can continue to process transactions and/or conduct other activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: PredictSpring, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitin Mangtani, Viswanth Chadalawada, Seeniraj Kamaraj
  • Patent number: 11341473
    Abstract: This disclosure describes, in part, techniques for enabling merchant devices to interoperate with one another in a more robust manner, such that overall operation and efficiency within a merchant establishment is improved. For instance, the techniques described herein may enable the intelligent routing of requests between devices within the merchant establishment based on real-time locations of the devices, which devices are associated with which orders, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Block, Inc.
    Inventors: Arjun Mahanti, Matthew T. Kursmark, Brian Stegall
  • Patent number: 11334862
    Abstract: In this application, a terminal transaction method and a terminal are provided and used to resolve a problem existing in the prior art that an NFC application does not match a type of a POS, and there is relatively poor user experience. The method includes: establishing, by a terminal, a near field communication NFC radio frequency connection to a point of sale POS, and starting up a first transaction; and selecting, by the terminal, a first NFC application corresponding to the POS, and performing the first transaction when a use condition of the first NFC application is already satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sishan Wang, Xiaona Zhao
  • Patent number: 11334863
    Abstract: A transaction is maintained in a shopping cart and processed by a transaction manager in cooperation with a transaction application of a user device. The status device displays a code that when obtained by user device and provided to the transaction manager links the cart to the status device. Acquisition of the code is an indication that the customer associated with the cart is ready to checkout and pay for the items in the cart. The entire payment processing between the application, the transaction manager, and a payment service is monitored by transaction manager. Payment processing statuses for the payment as it processes in real time are sent from the transaction manager to the status device. Status device displays payment status messages on a display of that device and/or illuminates colored lights and/or plays specialized audible sounds indicative of the statuses as the payment processing continues in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Kip Oliver Morgan, James Emery Fugedy, II
  • Patent number: 11321692
    Abstract: A POS terminal for fulfilling orders includes a state processor and an order processor. The state processor queues state changes in durable order queues that correspond to orders in a restaurant. The order processor, coupled to the state processor, generates the state changes and accesses and transmits the state changes in each of the durable order queues to a synchronization server, from oldest to youngest, when operably connected to a network, where the order processor includes current order state fields corresponding to all of the orders, and where the order processor utilizes domain specific rules disposed therein to resolve conflicts in the orders occurring from state change updates received from the synchronization server which result from other state changes to the one or more orders generated by one or more other POS terminals, where one or more of the orders are received from a third-party terminal that is not on-premise with the POS terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Toast, Inc.
    Inventor: Oleg Golberg
  • Patent number: 11321690
    Abstract: A point-of-sale terminal for fulfilling orders under non-persistent network conditions is provided. The terminal includes a state processor and an order processor. The state processor queues state changes in durable order queues that correspond to orders in a restaurant. The order processor, coupled to the state processor, generates the state changes and accesses and transmits the state changes in each one of the durable order queues to a synchronization server, from oldest to youngest, when operably connected to a network, where the order processor includes current order state fields corresponding to the orders, and where the order processor utilizes domain specific rules disposed therein to resolve conflicts in the orders occurring from state change updates received from the synchronization server which result from other state changes to the orders generated by one or more other POS terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Toast, Inc.
    Inventor: Oleg Golberg
  • Patent number: 11312607
    Abstract: Upon selection of a product selection icon on a user interface of a beverage vendor, a price per amount of the product is displayed to clearly depict product costs while also providing flexibility for having products of different price points. After selection of the product and upon successful payment validation, a dispensing gauge displays an amount of product dispensed and total current cost of a dispensing session at a location of the product selection icon. A selectable dispense icon is provided upon the successful payment to facilitate dispensing the selected product and a product icon is provided proximate to the selectable dispense icon. Within the dispensing session, upon selection of a second product selection icon, the dispensing gauge moves to the second product selection icon and accumulates additional cost for the transaction based on a cost per amount of a second product associated with the second product selection icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Akhil Karibandi, Doug McDougall
  • Patent number: 11315095
    Abstract: A distributed computer system includes a central server, a computing device of a user, and point-of-sale terminals. The central server is configured to assign a global user ID to a user and store, in association with the global user ID, local user IDs. The computing device is configured to generate and display a code symbol representing at least one user ID. A point-of-sale terminal is configured to scan the displayed code symbol and code symbols of merchandise being purchased, and generate transaction information. A local server is configured to transfer the transaction information from the point-of-sale terminal to the central server. When the transaction information includes a local user ID, a point total of the user is updated based on the transaction information and transmitted to the computing device. The central server stores the transaction information, which is received from the local server, in association with the global user ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kuniyoshi Yamada, Koichi Sugiyama, Yasuhiro Arai, Tsuyoshi Gotanda, Makoto Yoshimura, Takashi Nakajima, Nobuhiro Sugita
  • Patent number: 11312570
    Abstract: Device and method for visual technical support of manual order-picking processes through device with at least one (mobile) unit having optical sensing detection device, optical display device, data processing device and wireless data interface to data-processing system having product management software and connection device for active units. Each unit cyclically receives navigation information to produce directions on optical display device. Data for specific navigation results from comparing data from respective optical sensing detection device with stored reference/model data and position of current target of route-optimized list of goods transmitted to unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: KNAPP SYSTEMINTEGRATION GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Stelzer, Josef Dax, Manfred Grablechner