Patents Examined by Brian A Tallman
  • Patent number: 10783482
    Abstract: A device may receive a request for a product and, based on the request, determine a geographic location and delivery time for delivery of the product. The device may also identify a product location from which the product is capable of being provided. Based on the product and at least one product location characteristic, the device may determine an estimated fulfillment time associated with preparing the product for delivery. Based on the request and the product location, the device may identify a courier capable of transporting the product. In addition, the device may determine an estimated delivery time associated with delivering the product. The device may determine, based on the fulfillment time and the delivery time, a delay. The device may store the request in a data structure, associate the delay with the request, and perform an action based on the request and the delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Phillips, Zhe Liu, Daniel Filler
  • Patent number: 10726461
    Abstract: A system and method of completing an activity via an agent. The agent is embodied as agent software, which facilitates and/or performs activities on behalf of a user. The agent software may have a characteristic persona that it presents to the user in the form of an avatar on a display. The agent software may be part of a computer program stored in a memory and executed by a processor of a smartphone or other computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Thomas Borucki, John Bruno
  • Patent number: 10621674
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure provides a network of multi-functional sensors; where, based on a quality insurance, each multi-functional sensor is positioned in, on, or in a vicinity of: a transported cargo and/or a cargo container, containing the transported cargo; where each multi-functional sensor is configured to measure particular transport-related condition, particular cargo-related condition, or both, to form cargo transport sensor data and wirelessly transmit it to a server that is configured to dynamically predict, based on the cargo transport sensor data, a predicted quality loss of the transported cargo, determine a current loss value of the transported cargo and cause one or more remedial actions that include instantaneously instructing to pay a payout amount to an owner of the transported cargo to compensate for the current loss value and/or transmitting a remedial instruction with an adjustment to the operation of one or more of a cargo transport, the cargo container, and a cargo s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Munich Reinsurance Company
    Inventors: Richard B. Jones, Stefan C. Froehlich, Ronald Kargl, Richard Walter Bridges, Christoph Kalinski, Veenet Muthraja
  • Patent number: 10373098
    Abstract: The principles of the present invention provide the ability to flexibly change the delivery point and time for a mail item, while the item is en route. The recipient, sender, or mailer may flexibly change the delivery point of the item alone or in combination with each other. While an item is en route between the sending point and the delivery point, a notification is sent to indicate that the item is in transit. In response, the delivery of the item may be changed. For example, the destination specified by the sender (e.g., the delivery address written on the item) may be changed or a delivery time may be specified. The item is then delivered to the new delivery point and/or at the specified delivery time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
    Inventors: Edward J. Kuebert, Scott R. Bombaugh, William J. Dowling
  • Patent number: 10318893
    Abstract: A system and a method for dynamic in flight seat management of an aircraft are provided. The system comprises an on board memory unit for storing the current booking status of the seats of the aircraft. Furthermore, the system comprises an output unit for providing the current booking status to a user and an input unit for receiving requests from a user to change the booking status. Therein, the system is adapted to change the booking status in real-time during the flight. In this way, passengers can book a time-limited upgrade during the flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Gerd Dueser, Frank Quatmann
  • Patent number: 10108618
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention(s) described herein enable a system that may rely on a biometric identifier entry validation system The validation system uses biometric methods such as facial recognition, palm veins, and thumb prints as an entry or passage token. The validation system associates a form of fare media such as a smartcard or other electronic payment method with the biometric identifier after repeated transactions where both the fare media and the biometric identifier are read. In this manner the biometric identifier becomes a biometric token that replaces the need to use a form of fare media. Accordingly, the biometric identifier user can be validated for passage without the need to carry a form of fare media and, in some cases, in different geographic locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Erik Vlugt, Niosha Kayhani, Steffen Reymann
  • Patent number: 10074144
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems, methods and computer program products for an a la carte amenity, special service, food/beverage and accommodation feature search and booking engines. Aspects of the present invention allow customers to identify, via arbitrary search, amenities and/or special services (including food/beverage) available at lodging facilities, restaurants clubs/lounges/bars, dwellings and travel accommodation venues. Customers are thereby presented with goods and services matching or related to their query items and are permitted to select and common desired feature options and book, reserve or purchase their selection; optionally including the booking of an accommodation such as a room or table at a restaurant as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Keith Fishberg
  • Patent number: 10026054
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving a package delivered by an unmanned aerial vehicle comprises a collapsible package receiver adapted to be movably coupled to a building. The collapsible package receiver is configured to be placed from a collapsed position to a pop-out position to receive the package from the unmanned aerial vehicle. The apparatus has a memory associated with the package receiver which stores computer-readable instructions. A processor is configured to execute the instructions to: (a) determine a characteristic of the package delivered by the unmanned aerial vehicle to the package receiver; and (b) notify a user of the delivery of the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Newtonoid Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Fielding B. Staton, David Strumpf
  • Patent number: 10026042
    Abstract: There is described a method for reserving a parking space for a vehicle using a web-enabled computing device and its positioning system. The method comprises: requesting, while the mobile computing device is at a present location, an unreserved and/or unoccupied parking space thereby defining a selected parking space; computing an estimated travel time from the present location of the mobile computing device to the selected parking space; based on the estimated travel time, automatically calculating, an initial reservation period for the selected parking space; accepting the initial reservation period; and upon the accepting, generating and transmitting a reservation signal to the parking system database, the reservation signal comprising an ID of, and the initial reservation period for, the selected parking space and instructions for changing the status of the selected parking space from unreserved to reserved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Raphael Dermosessian
  • Patent number: 9898711
    Abstract: A computer-based system and method for shipping and delivering a parcel, including reserving a terminal for a parcel; placing the parcel in the terminal, the parcel having a virtual delivery address of a recipient; picking up the parcel by a carrier; converting, through a central computer system, the virtual address into a postal address; delivering the parcel to a destination terminal drop-box corresponding to the postal address; notifying the recipient of the delivery of the parcel; and unlocking the drop-box only upon verifying the recipient's identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Neal, Filippo Beretta, Jorge Calzada, Tito Costa
  • Patent number: 9697480
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of analyzing a workflow is provided. The method can include generating a multi-stage workflow representation corresponding to a physical process, the representation defining for each stage of the workflow at least one activity performed during the process. The method also can include associating at least one activity-based cost with each activity performed during the process, and estimating a distribution of costs over the stages of the workflow based on cost data generated by repeated execution of the process. The method can further include determining, based upon the estimated distribution of costs, whether a cost imbalance is associated with at least one stage of the workflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Wayne Malkin
  • Patent number: 9679339
    Abstract: Methods and systems for obtaining a value indicative of resource-related activity in respect of a plurality of devices using a network of metering means arranged to be in communication with one another, the metering means being associated with resource-consuming or resource-providing devices and being arranged to obtain local resource-related activity data therefrom, the method comprising: a first metering means initiating a circulation procedure by sending a token to a downstream metering means, the token comprising an activity field for carrying a value indicative of resource-related activity data; the circulation procedure continuing, until the token has returned to the first metering means, by each downstream metering means in turn receiving the token, updating the activity field in dependence on its own locally-obtained resource-related activity data, and forwarding the token to a further downstream metering means; and once the token has returned to the first metering means, obtaining a value indicative
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY
    Inventors: Fabrice T P Saffre, Jessika Trancik
  • Patent number: 9613332
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for tracking and auditing shipment items are provided by capturing video of the shipment items handled in a facility. In certain embodiments, tracking devices are disclosed that can be integrated in a platform for material handling vehicle and manufacturing systems. In certain embodiments, tracking devices can provide tracking and auditing of shipment items by using a method of capturing video of shipment items as they are being handled. In certain embodiments, tracking devices can be coupled to video cameras. The video to be captured may be determined based on the information collected and/or commands received in relation to the items. In some embodiments, the method can create metadata and associate video and item information for shipment items handled in a facility. The video and metadata can be accessed through a communication network at a later time for tracking, auditing and other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas P. West, Kenneth L. Monroe
  • Patent number: 9547878
    Abstract: The system and method of the invention describes a unique and simplified design for Hotel Central Reservations Systems that reduces cost and response time by factors of 2 to 10 times. The system accepts ARI information from Property Management Systems and services availability requests from external sources such as Global Distribution Systems or Online Travel Agencies, and proprietary web sites or call centers. The system provides for complete generality with respect to room types and rate management by hotel and by day, for an arbitrary number of room types and for an arbitrary number of days in the future, for specific rates for each room type, each day. The system of the invention can be implemented as a web service, a service appliance, or as a separate software product that would integrate with an existing HCRS. The system could also be used by rental car or airline CRSs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Gordon Stewart Kerr
  • Patent number: 9418345
    Abstract: Systems and methods for self service vending of electric convenience vehicles (ECVs) are disclosed. Various embodiments of the systems and methods disclosed herein allow convenient rental of ECVs to visitors of large venues without requiring dedicated service personnel. In one embodiment, a self service vending system may include a charging station configured to charge an ECV, a locking mechanism configured to lock the ECV, and a terminal configured to process a reservation of the ECV and to provide a code for operating the ECV based on the reservation. In some embodiments, a self service vending system may include a docking station. Embodiments may further include a reservation management system. Computer systems implementing methods of self service vending of ECVs are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: ScooterBug, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher T. Meehan, Kurt D. Ring
  • Patent number: 9110608
    Abstract: An approach is provided for secured mobile printing. A printing platform receives a printing request, generates authenticating information associated with the print request, and sends the authenticating information to a mobile device for retrieval of printed materials generated in response to the printing request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignees: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc., Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Paul T. Schultz, Mark J. Hahn, Robert A. Sartini, Todd M. Willis
  • Patent number: 8732000
    Abstract: Method for determining toll fees for vehicles in a road toll system including vehicle-onboard units and positionally distributed beacons capable of communicating with the onboard units via radio signals. The method includes: providing a toll fee level and a validity time frame; retrieving an identifier of the onboard unit, the toll fee level and the validity time frame from the onboard unit as a data record; resetting the toll fee level, if the validity time frame has expired; increasing the toll fee level and storing the updated data record in the onboard unit and the beacon; transmitting a request for deletion of stored data records for this identifier to other beacons; transmitting the data record from the beacon to the central station, if no deletion request for the data record arrives within the validity time frame; and deleting the data record in the beacon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Kapsch TrafficCom AG
    Inventors: Jasja Tijink, Jan Kersten
  • Patent number: 8612284
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for managing the quality of service differentiated cloud storage. The cloud storage (and its services) is highly distributed. An overall speed of the storage is calculated based on storage speed and a traffic speed of the connection to the particular cloud storage. Data access expenses are calculated. Then, for each of the portions of the cloud storage the associated speed and traffic costs are calculated, so the user can select a level of data access guarantee (DAG) for his particular needs. In order to maintain the desired overall speed of the data access, geo-targeting with the cloud storage system is implemented, where the same data is retrieved from different locations based on optimal data movement costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Parallels IP Holdings GmbH
    Inventors: Amir Sharif, Kirill Korotaev