Patents Examined by F. Zeender
  • Patent number: 9898724
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for using a device to determine an item, such as, for example, a card based on an interaction environment, such as, for example, a settlement environment, are provided. The method by which a device determines a card to be used in a settlement includes: acquiring a card use history of a card, which is stored in the device; acquiring information which relates to a settlement environment of the device; determining a card to be used in the settlement, based on the acquired information relating to the settlement environment and the acquired card use history; and providing settlement information which relates to the determined card to a point of sale (POS) terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yeon-hee Roh, Eun-young Lim, Young-shil Jang, Jae-woo Ko
  • Patent number: 9860073
    Abstract: A method is implemented in a credit control server (CCS). The method includes receiving, at the CCS from a credit control client (CCC), a message associated with a multiple services credit control (MSCC) session, where the message includes a request for service units associated with a service account. The method further includes determining, at the CCS, that insufficient service units are available in the service account and notifying the CCC that service units need to be added to the service account. The method also includes maintaining, at the CCS, MSCC session related parameters while the CCC adds service units to the service account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventor: Marcus Karlsson
  • Patent number: 9848091
    Abstract: Charging systems and associated methods are disclosed that provide interim billing for a session in an IMS network. The charging system includes a charging data system that receives accounting messages from network elements serving the session in the IMS network, and generates partial CDRs for each network element based on the accounting messages. The charging data system also sets an aggregation/correlation timer. Responsive to an expiration of the aggregation/correlation timer, the charging data system aggregates the partial CDRs for each network element to generate an aggregated CDR for each network element. The charging system further includes a charging gateway system that, in further response to the expiration of the aggregation/correlation timer, correlates the aggregated CDRs to generate an interim consolidated CDR for the session, and transmits the interim consolidated CDR to a billing system. The billing system may then provide interim billing for the session based on the interim consolidated CDR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.
    Inventors: Yigang Cai, Ranjan Sharma, Shengqiang Wang
  • Patent number: 9829341
    Abstract: The present invention is a flight deck situational awareness system for displaying Required Time of Arrival (RTA) information for an aircraft. The system may include a memory configured for storing aircraft navigation information for the aircraft. The system may also include a processor. The processor may be configured for being communicatively coupled with the memory and may further be configured for receiving the aircraft navigation information stored in the memory. The processor may generate a depiction based upon the aircraft navigation information. The depiction may include a Required Time of Arrival (RTA) flight cue for the aircraft. The system may further include a display, which may be communicatively coupled with the processor. The display may receive the depiction from the processor and may display the depiction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank J. Swiderski, Michael J. Krenz
  • Patent number: 9779445
    Abstract: Exemplary methods and systems herein provide a central marketplace for a requestor to request a product or service from an internal inventory or external vendor, receive approval for the request, and have the approved request fulfilled. In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method comprises method for requesting a product or service comprises presenting, by a computer, a catalog to a graphical user interface of a requestor of a corporate entity, wherein the catalog comprises a product or service selected from a database storing records for an internal inventory of the corporate entity and a plurality of databases affiliated with external vendors that are not a parent, subsidiary, or related to the corporate entity; and receiving, by a computer, a selection from the requestor of a product or service of the catalog. The catalog can be synchronized in real-time or periodically with the external vendors' products and services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventors: Gary Hoberman, Kyung Bae, Jason Gelinas, Francis Donohue
  • Patent number: 9767209
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for identifying points of interest and specific locations located in the vicinity of an expected future location of a user. When a user provides a search request for a point of interest that will be of interest only at a future time, the electronic device can automatically predict an expected future location of the user, and provide points of interest near the expected future location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Stallman
  • Patent number: 9767428
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of systems, methods, and computer programs that facilitate verification of activity in an environment of predefined activity orchestration. Activity is captured on image capture devices in the environment of predefined activity orchestration. The activity is verified to be consistent with the predefined activity orchestration. An event is generated based upon whether the activity is consistent with the predefined activity orchestration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward M. Bacco, David K. Hiatt
  • Patent number: 9760952
    Abstract: A method and system for aggregating services is provided. The method includes receiving and processing a service request. The service request is submitted to a service catalog and dispatched to a data integration and API module. The service request is transmitted to a management module and processed with respect to a plurality of service providers. Inter process communications associated with the service request are managed. Additionally, an account associated with the service request and the plurality of service providers is managed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jianwen Chen, Margarete Donovang-Kuhlisch, Robert J. Faferko, Ya Xiao Liu, Yan Pang
  • Patent number: 9754249
    Abstract: A data processing apparatus includes a first interface to which a device which reads data is connected, a second interface to which a terminal apparatus is connected, an identification information transmission unit that transmits identification information to the terminal apparatus, and a control unit that when the data read by the device is input to the first interface, determines an association of the device and the terminal apparatus based on a correspondence of the read data and the identification information transmitted to the terminal apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Takasu, Koichiro Tsutsumi
  • Patent number: 9754319
    Abstract: A source document framework for accounting systems is described. An apparatus may comprise an accounting application arranged for execution by the processor circuit, the ERP application comprising a source document framework component arranged to create a new source document type to add to heterogeneous source document types, and a source document process component arranged to process source documents of the heterogeneous source document types, with at least one of the heterogeneous source document types including a previous source document type arranged for use with process logic specific to the previous source document type, and process one or more source documents of the new source document type with the process logic specific to the previous source document type. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Arthur Greef, John Healy, David Reinhold, Michael Gall, Manoj Swaminathan, Ronald Schulz
  • Patent number: 9741030
    Abstract: A system and method including a mobile application installed on a mobile device and configured to authenticate a merchant represented by a unique identifier, determine a position of the mobile device while the mobile device is co-located with a transaction terminal of the merchant, communicate the position to a portal to associate the position with the unique identifier and to receive an account number, and provide the account number to generate an authorization request on the transaction terminal. The authorization request includes a terminal identifier of the transaction terminal. When the authorization request generated using the account number is detected, the association between the account number provided to the mobile application and the location received from the mobile application is replaced with the association between the terminal identifier extracted from the authorization request and the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventor: Silvio Orlando Renaud Tavares
  • Patent number: 9737268
    Abstract: A method, system, and medium are provided for facilitating navigation data updates. One embodiment of the method includes receiving an indication that a navigation route is unavailable. The indication that the navigation route is unavailable is provided by a user of a mobile device. A notification of the unavailable navigation route is communicated to a navigation server. The unavailable navigation route is excluded in subsequently provided navigation routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Woojae Lee, Sanjay K. Sharma, Peter S. Syromiatnikov, Cesar Perez
  • Patent number: 9734495
    Abstract: Mobile commerce authentication and authorization systems enable currently existing point-of-sale devices that are neither structurally nor systemically altered to conduct financial transactions with a customer using an access terminal across a wireless communications system. The point-of-sale devices receive an input from a payment instrument replacement, which identifies the transaction to the point-of-sale device as a transaction including an access terminal. Authentication of the user of the access terminal is achieved at least by application of position and/or location determinable features of the access terminal, the position and/or location of a point-of-sale device of a vendor or merchant where the customer seeks to purchase goods or services, and the payment sum entered on the point-of-sale device. A payment matching server may assist in processing the location data and the payment sum amount across communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Gregory Gordon Rose, Craig B. Lauer, Joan T. Waltman
  • Patent number: 9704152
    Abstract: A method includes providing a first payment account that is issued by a first financial institution and enables an accountholder thereof to make payments at merchants via a closed-loop payments network corresponding to the first financial institution and mobile person-to-person payments using the payment account. The method includes enabling a second payment account that is issued by a second financial institution to be electronically linked to the first payment account and used as a source of funds. The method includes providing a mobile operating system and enabling a plurality of merchant-specific payment accounts to be associated with a mobile communications device having the operating system. The method includes determining whether a merchant-specific payment account that is accepted only by a particular merchant is available to the accountholder via the mobile communications device and receiving a fee when the first payment account is used for a purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: GoFigure Payments, LLC
    Inventor: Devon A. Rolf
  • Patent number: 9704163
    Abstract: A secondary entity can purchase a gift card from a card holder. The secondary entity can extract complete information including identification and access information from the gift card and store this information on a database. The physical artifact of the gift card can then be optionally discarded or recycled. This information including the credit value can then be sold independent of the physical artifact (e.g., original gift card object) within the secondary market. When sold, the specific information for the original gift card is extracted from the database and programmed into a new artifact (i.e., blank gift card), which may be at a different location as the original gift card. For example, the credit value can be made accessible from a different physical artifact, which can be physically conveyed to a value purchaser. This different physical artifact can be utilized in the same manner as the original gift card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Hossein Kasmai
  • Patent number: 9652495
    Abstract: A PDM system, method, and computer program product for data transfer. A method includes determining a plurality of bill of material (BOM) components for a BOMLine by the PDM data processing system. The method includes determining a last export date for the BOMLine and determining a last saved date for at least one of the plurality of BOM components. The method includes creating an updated BOMLine corresponding to the components, without traversing a BOM structure, when the last saved date is more recent than the last export date, and publishing the updated BOMLine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc.
    Inventor: Reiner K. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 9633348
    Abstract: A method includes providing a first payment account that is issued by a first financial institution and enables an accountholder thereof to make payments at merchants via a closed-loop payments network corresponding to the first financial institution and mobile person-to-person payments using the payment account. The method includes enabling a second payment account that is issued by a second financial institution to be electronically linked to the first payment account and used as a source of funds. The method includes providing a mobile operating system and enabling a plurality of merchant-specific payment accounts to be associated with a mobile communications device having the operating system. The method includes determining whether a merchant-specific payment account that is accepted only by a particular merchant is available to the accountholder via the mobile communications device and receiving a fee when the first payment account is used for a purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: GoFigure Payments, LLC
    Inventor: Devon A. Rolf
  • Patent number: 9607297
    Abstract: During a financial transaction, a customer provides a token that identifies the customer to a peripheral device (which is other than a credit-authorization terminal or a magnetic-stripe reader) coupled to the point-of-sale terminal. Then, a unified point-of-sale service object executing on the point-of-sale terminal, which is a driver for a virtual peripheral device, performs one or more operations based on at least the token to obtain financial information associated with the customer. After providing the financial information and transaction information associated with the financial transaction to a financial institution specified in the financial information, the point-of-sale terminal receives a confirmation from the financial institution that the financial transaction has been completed. For example, the confirmation may be received via a credit-authorization-terminal service object that is a driver for the credit-authorization terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventor: Alexander S. Ran
  • Patent number: 9347788
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and an method searches a point of interest (POI). The navigation apparatus of a mobile terminal includes a storage unit configured to store map data, a display unit configured to display the map data, and a controller configured to search a destination from the map data, display the searched destination on the display unit, and display an icon for searching points of interest near the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Kyu-Tae Hwang
  • Patent number: 9336519
    Abstract: A method for determining an appropriate redemption presentation for a virtual token associated with a stored value account is disclosed. The method may include receiving a request for presenting a redemption presentation of a virtual token and obtaining a merchant identifier associated with the request. The method may further include determining if the request is for one of an on-line transaction and a transaction with a point-of-sale terminal, and if the request is for a transaction with a point-of-sale terminal, then searching a database using the merchant identifier to find one or more redemption presentations of virtual token preferred by a merchant. Subsequently, the one or more redemption presentations of the virtual token may be transmitted over a computer network to a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOM Incorporated
    Inventors: Frank T. Young, Robert L. Dessert, Ben D. Ackerman, Gwenael B. Delaine, Lindsey K. Dorman, Eric R. Kraar, Aidoo Osei, Kyle Cochran, Steven M. Smith