Patents Examined by Donald L. Champagne
  • Patent number: 8204781
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that provides computer-aided processing of a rebate on a product. The system includes a rebate processing center communicating over a network with a manufacturer, a distributor, and a consumer. The rebate processing center maintains a promotion table and a transaction table in order to facilitate processing of product rebates and to offer the consumer a choice of disbursement options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Parago, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven B. Solomon, Kenneth R. Johnsen, Andrew F. Adams, Juli C. Spottiswood, Michael D. Reynolds, Jack W. Doxey, Mason Wright, Kelly R. Melvin, Barbara A. Minor
  • Patent number: 8195514
    Abstract: A software based system and method of displaying location based information from an information site on a network by determining location data of a user of the location based information on the network. The location based information is generated based on the determined location data of the user; and generated location based information is provided to the user over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Heavy Hammer, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael William Urbanski, Charles David Dent
  • Patent number: 8190479
    Abstract: Embodiments of a computer-implemented advertisement display system are disclosed. In one embodiment, the system includes a speech recognition component that processes a video clip and produces a corresponding collection of speech recognition data indicative of an audio portion of the video clip. The system also includes a collection of advertising material. An advertisement selection component selects an advertisement from the collection of advertising material based on the corresponding collection of speech recognition data. The system also includes a display. An advertisement presentation component displays an indication of the selected advertisement on the display during a simultaneous display of the video clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Arungunram C. Surendran, Patrick Nguyen, Milind V. Mahajan
  • Patent number: 8190476
    Abstract: A software based system and method of displaying location based information from an information site on a network by determining location data of a user of the location based information on the network. The location based information is generated based on the determined location data of the user; and generated location based information is provided to the user over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Heavy Hammer, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael William Urbanski, Charles David Dent
  • Patent number: 8190460
    Abstract: An advertisement sales and management system comprising data storage means, data retrieval means, data processing means, database means, and a number of workstations, performing the tasks of: entering advertisement orders, entering advertisement associated-data, and entering customer associated-data. The database means and the data processing means storing and managing data relating to customers, an advertisement order comprising data related to a group of related advertisements including: a medium in which the advertisement is published, schedules defining insertions, contents of advertisements, and presentation elements of respective advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: CCI Europe A/S
    Inventors: Per Skjoldager Andersen, Ove Thorbjørn Jensen
  • Patent number: 8165916
    Abstract: A system comprising a user-analysis component that examines at least one user action and content associated with the action, and an advertisement delivery component that determines at least one advertisement to present to a user based at least in part on the user action, and one or more of the content associated with the user action and a user profile derived from user actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventors: Hoffberg Mark Hoffberg, Linda I. Hoffberg-Borghesani
  • Patent number: 8145527
    Abstract: Helping advertisers to control marketing expenditures by governing the delivery of an advertisement over a time period. Such governing may be accomplished by (a) determining an expected cost associated with delivering the advertisement, ungoverned, over the time period; and (b) governing the delivery of the advertisement based on the expected cost and a target cost. The delivery of the advertisement may be also governed based on time remaining in the time period, budget deficits from past periods, budget surpluses from past periods, a start date and an end date associated with the advertisement, time since a start date associated with the advertisement, and/or time until an end date associated with the advertisement. The target cost may be based on a predefined budget.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Google, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Veach
  • Patent number: 8140385
    Abstract: Code processing for promotional games and the like. In a preferred application, a lottery ticket holder who has purchased a lottery ticket is encouraged to access a designated Internet site by rewarding access thereat on the condition that information visibly supported on the lottery ticket from a given drawing is input at an Internet site and a test indicates that the information so-input matches lottery numbers that were picked for that drawing. Access to predetermined Internet-based services or sites can also be had as an award to an individual for inputting an iconic code at a machine connected to the Internet if the input code tests as valid, with the code being marked so as to be usable only once. Preferably, the iconic code is input by click-selecting displayed icons one after another in an order that corresponds to that of a code provided to the individual. POS methods for code processing are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Taheen Foundation LLC
    Inventors: David Leason, Scott L. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8140393
    Abstract: A profit redistribution device, profit redistribution method, program storage medium, profit redistribution system, content providing device, content providing method, program storage media, and content providing system are disclosed. Profits redistribution processing is performed according to the accumulated points proportionate to the number of times the content with a commercial video is provided to a client PC 4. Thus, a fair profit redistribution can be easily performed. A preset content with a commercial video is provided to a user when requested from the client PC 4, and it is possible to surely provide advertisement information without the user being aware of the commercial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takao Yoshimine, Mototsugu Tsutsui, Takahiko Sueyoshi, Toshinori Nakamura, Hiroyuki Hanaya, Nobuyuki Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 8140391
    Abstract: A computer-implemented recommendation service uses item-to-item relationship mappings to select items to recommend to the user. The item-to-item relationship mappings may reflect user-behavior-based (e.g., purchase-based) item relationships, content-based item relationships, or a combination thereof. In one embodiment, personalized recommendations are generated for a user by a process that comprises retrieving from the mapping, for each of a plurality of items of interest to the user, a respective related items list; weighting the related items lists based on information regarding the user's affinity for the corresponding items of interest; combining the weighted related items lists to form a pool of scored items, and selecting items from the pool to recommend to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Amazon.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer A. Jacobi, Eric A. Benson, Gregory D. Linden
  • Patent number: 8140386
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for redeeming virtual coupons by associating the coupons with a consumer and a payment system associated with the consumer. In some embodiments, the method includes distributing the enabled promotional offers, from one or more source sites, via the electronic contact addresses for the plurality of consumers, such that the promotional offers can be electronically accepted by at least some of the particular consumers with whom they are identified without redeeming the accepted offers. The method further includes electronically receiving a redemption of the promotional offer by means of the consumer's presentment of the associated payment system for purchasing the subject matter of the accepted promotional offer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Mankoff
  • Patent number: 8117068
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing audio advertisements in a computer network enables Web sites to deliver audio advertisements that cannot be bypassed by a visitor. More particularly, an advertising or sponsoring Web site receives a request from at least one user for delivery of a user-selected Web page associated with the Web site. The Web site selects at least one audio advertisement from a plurality of audio advertisements for delivery to the user in conjunction with the user-selected Web page. The Web site then delivers the audio advertisement to the user via the network in a format that precludes the user from controlling the manner of playback of the audio advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Hoshiko LLC
    Inventors: Brian Mark Shuster, Steven Christopher Bugg
  • Patent number: 8086486
    Abstract: A method for managing information and rendering discounts in a billing system utilizes a rule-based engine. Customer records are processed with a rule-based accumulation engine to accumulate the data in a plurality of predetermined target accumulators. A plurality of target accumulators are processed with a rule-based discount engine to render discounts applicable to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Qwest Communications International Inc.
    Inventors: Chase A. Hafner, William R. Mutschler, Brian J. Walker, David S. Joyce
  • Patent number: 8078494
    Abstract: An ordering of advertisements requested by an ad consumer is based on scores generated for the ads. In each case, a score may be a function of at least one performance parameter associated with the ad and/or a price parameter associated with the ad. The ad consumer may generate presentation information (e.g., a Web page) including advertisements and non-advertisement content (e.g., search results) by (i) accepting the non-advertisement content and advertisements, each of the advertisements including a score, and (ii) combining the non-advertisement content and the advertisements such that relative placements of the advertisements are based on their associated scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Google, Inc.
    Inventors: Salar Arta Kamangar, Eric Veach, Ross Koningstein
  • Patent number: 8073737
    Abstract: A software based system and method of displaying location based information from an information site on a network by determining location data of a user of the location based information on the network. The location based information is generated based on the determined location data of the user; and generated location based information is provided to the user over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Heavy Hammer, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael William Urbanski, Charles David Dent
  • Patent number: 8060404
    Abstract: An on-line frequency award program is disclosed. A user may access the program on-line and may browse a product catalog for shopping. The user may electronically place an order, upon which the program automatically checks the user's credit and electronically issues a purchase order to the supplying company. The program also calculates award points, updates the award account of enrolled users, and communicates that number of awarded points to the user. Enrolled users may browse through an award catalog and electronically redeem an amount of awarded points towards an award. The program then electronically places an award redeeming order with the fulfillment house and updates the user's award account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Affinion Net Patents, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas W. Storey
  • Patent number: 8050983
    Abstract: Techniques are described for automatically identifying and inhibiting suspect electronic communications between users, such as for electronic communications that may reflect fraudulent activities by one or more of the users or that are otherwise inappropriate for one or more reasons. In some situations, the communications may relate to transactions in which the users are involved, such as for users that are buyers and sellers of items interacting via one or more electronic marketplaces. The communications may occur via a communication mechanism provided by an electronic marketplace that acts as an intermediary between the sender of a communication and the one or more intended recipients of the communication. The automatic identification of suspect communications that may be inappropriate includes automatically assessing the communications in one or more ways, and identified suspect communications and any associated inappropriate user activities may be inhibited in various ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron A. Eakin, Sebastian Lehmann, Peter C. Fang
  • Patent number: 8046258
    Abstract: A software based system and method of displaying location based information from an information site on a network by determining location data of a user of the location based information on the network. The location based information is generated based on the determined location data of the user; and generated location based information is provided to the user over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Heavy Hammer, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael William Urbanski, Charles David Dent
  • Patent number: 8036934
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for redeeming virtual coupons by associating the coupons with consumers' credit cards for redemption. In disclosed methods, coupon databases are associated with consumers and associated with the consumers' credit cards. Coupon offers are stored in the coupon databases and are redeemed by consumers by the use of the credit cards that are associated with the consumers' coupon databases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Mankoff
  • Patent number: 8027883
    Abstract: An affiliate manipulation system that permits consumers, ISPs, search engines and intermediaries to maximize affiliate program participation in transactions by or through them. The affiliate manipulation system accesses an affiliate-capable merchant through the Internet at the direction of a buyer or consumer through an ISP or search engine. An affiliate code for a preferred commercial agent is inserted into the purchase order. The preferred commercial agent is the buyer or consumer, ISP, search engine or other designated recipient. When the buyer initiates a purchase from the affiliate-capable merchant, the system inserts the affiliate code for the preferred commercial agent where there was no affiliate code, or replaces an existing affiliate code in favor of the preferred commercial agent. A purchase order is effected through the affiliate-capable merchant. The order is completed and credit for the sale is given to the preferred commercial agent, based upon the affiliate code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Linear Five Corp.
    Inventor: Willie L. Donaldson