Patents Examined by Fateh M Obaid
  • Patent number: 10664775
    Abstract: Described herein are embodiments of a system that permits various entities (e.g., hiring, staffing, and client computer systems and/or devices) involved in the placement of a candidate to a job to interact systematically to carry out functions that conventional systems are unable to perform. These functions may, for example, include synchronizing systems of different entities involved in placing a worker, effectively tracking a temporary workers during a placement and/or hiring process, and post placement activities. To this end, systems and method are provided that permit a handshake process between disparate systems to complete a candidate placement process, timesheet approval and processing, consolidated invoicing, customized analytics and reporting, supplier onboarding of temporary workers, and post-hiring tracking, among other novel tools, interfaces and functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Scout Exchange LLC
    Inventors: John Chuang, Ken Lazarus, Sean Bisceglia, Mouli Ramani
  • Patent number: 10657467
    Abstract: A product line engineering (PLE) feature modeling structure called a multistage configuration tree that supports the engineering, deployment and maintenance of complex product family trees is provided. Feature selections and downselections are incrementally staged throughout the nodes in a product family tree. Feature decisions made at any node are inherited by all descendants of that node, thereby defining a product family subtree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Charles W. Krueger, Drew Stovall
  • Patent number: 10657574
    Abstract: Techniques disclosed herein provide more efficient and more relevant item recommendations to users in large-scale environments in which only positive interest information is known. The techniques use a rank-constrained formulation that generalizes relationships based on known user interests in items and/or use a randomized singular value decomposition (SVD) approximation technique to solve the formulation to identify items of interest to users in an efficiently, scalable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Hung Bui, Branislav Kveton, Suvash Sedhain, Nikolaos Vlassis, Jaya Kawale
  • Patent number: 10650345
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for providing retailer controllable access to consolidated inventory management services through a retail worker's personal smartphone. The system—operable largely within and through the retailer's private computing network—comprises data nodes, an enterprise service bus, and a device application. Inventory-related data is kept in the data nodes, with access thereto from suitably provisioned personal mobile devices moderated by the enterprise service bus pursuant to policies and parameters defined by the retailer. Provisioning the personal mobile device involves installation thereon of the device application. The device application launches a user interface for accessing the data nodes through the enterprise service bus, thus enabling the use on the worker's personal mobile device of retailer-specific, job-related inventory management tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Zulfiqar Ali Paracha, Aaron Santavicca, Josh Osmon, Doyle Reece, Kishore Kumar Konate, Vidanage Prabuddha Mangala Chandrasiri, Mahesh Sundar Thangaraj, Jie Ouyang, Kevin E. Hill, Michael Shawn McGuire
  • Patent number: 10628814
    Abstract: Some systems and methods are directed to a device agnostic architecture configured to control and/or manage the interactions between any front end store systems (e.g., self checkout (SCO) systems) for capturing purchase items and backend systems (e.g., point of sale (POS) subsystems) for completing purchase of the items. The device agnostic architecture can include a translation layer or translation component that mediates communications from and/or between the front end and backend systems. For example, the translation layer maps any commands received from any SCO and/or POS device into execution commands native to receiving systems. For example, back-end processing systems can be configured to control on-line identification of products and/or services for purchase, and manage execution of sales of any goods or services. The translation layer manages communication between SCO devices and the backend systems so each communicates with each other according to their respective formats (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher Joseph Hendrick, David Martin Nelms, Mindy Dawn Rector
  • Patent number: 10628891
    Abstract: Voluntary benefits outsourcing systems and methods may be used to provide voluntary benefits to employees. An employee may choose to select any number of voluntary benefits from a menu of voluntary benefits available to that employee through the voluntary benefits system. Available voluntary benefits may include, but are not limited to, automobile insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance, accident insurance, critical illness insurance, disability insurance, healthcare insurance, dental insurance, long term care insurance, pet care insurance and legal services insurance, discounts on computers, movie tickets, auto financing, educational testing, telephones, travel, child care, and a host of other work/life offerings, for example. The voluntary benefits systems and methods include calculating a single payroll deduction based upon the selection of the voluntary benefits by the employee. In this manner, the employee may receive a pay check with only one deduction for all selected voluntary benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Peter Marcia
  • Patent number: 10621519
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of maintaining time information for a multi-tasking customer service agent is disclosed. One example method of operation may include maintaining time information allocated to a plurality of tasks. The method may include receiving a first task and starting a first timer at a computing device corresponding to the beginning of work performed on the first task. The method may also include receiving a second task and starting a second timer different from the first timer, which corresponds to the beginning of work performed on the second task. The method may further include transferring a total time allocation record representing a total time counted by the first timer and a total time counted by the second timer to a data record stored in memory, wherein the data record associates the total time counted by the first timer with a corresponding task, and associates the total time counted by the second timer with a different corresponding task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: KASEYA LIMITED
    Inventor: Mark James Sutherland
  • Patent number: 10614436
    Abstract: A method and system for associating a mobile device carried by a shopper with Point-of-Sale (PoS) data from that shopper's transaction at a retail location. Specifically, the association can utilize face data that was associated with the mobile device to match face data that was generated by association with PoS data. The association with a mobile device can also include the calculation of a mobile trajectory to enable the generation of a shopper profile including shopper behavior. The mobile to PoS association can include tracking of the mobile device throughout a retail location to form a trajectory. The association of a face to a mobile device can utilize the device's MAC address and repeat visit analysis to determine a match. The association of a face to PoS data can utilize the aligning of event time series based on a dynamic time disparity to match checkout events with PoS events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: VideoMining Corporation
    Inventors: Rajeev Sharma, Joonhwa Shin, Youngrock Yoon, Donghun Kim
  • Patent number: 10614511
    Abstract: A determination unit determines, based on a character string contained in an image and a determination condition stored in a storage unit, whether or not it is appropriate to have a viewer to view the image according to a setting in which the information indicated by the character string is not changed or deleted. When the determination unit determines that it is not appropriate to have the viewer to view the image according to the setting in which the information indicated by the character string is not changed or deleted, a processing executing unit executes processing necessary for having the viewer to view the image according to a setting in which the information indicated by the character string is changed or deleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventor: Naoki Chiba
  • Patent number: 10614518
    Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to techniques for audit management, such as for automating and/or streamlining one or more audit processes or procedures, for instance. Some embodiments are particularly directed to generating optimized audit queues and facilitating efficient performance of the audit queues to provide improved audit platforms. For instance, in one or more embodiments, an audit platform may prioritize documents in a batch with identified authentication requirements and/or identified authentication requirements completed by specific associate entities to create an effective worklist, or audit queue, that covers predefined audit targets for the documents and/or associate entities. In various embodiments, the audit platform may present documents in the worklist and/or associated authentication requirements along with one or more tasks or baselines for completion and/or verification via one or more user interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Gowtham Guduru, Sohan Ganapathy, Kartheek Yelamarthi, Rahul Raj, Robert Hays, II, Brent Brantley, Padmanabhan Balasubramanian, Fnu Manjushri Srikanta Swamy
  • Patent number: 10600026
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to provide an indication of stock level for products within a retail location. A marking material can be used on particular products to provide notification that the stock of the product is in or approaching a low stock situation. In some embodiments, a reader or sensor can be provided at or near a point of sale that is configured to detect the marking material and create a task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Robert J. Taylor, Aaron J. Vasgaard, Matthew A. Jones
  • Patent number: 10592883
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present approach and system include a novel ordering and integrated transaction system for providing consumers information about the merchants, such as locations of available retail merchants, menu items from the merchants, “line time” or “wait time” at the merchant locations, a make time for completing preparation of the consumer's order, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SCVNGR, INC.
    Inventor: Seth Priebatsch
  • Patent number: 10592852
    Abstract: A multi-dimensional recommended order system generates recommended orders for configurable products. The multi-dimensional recommended order system generates the recommended orders based on a multi-dimensional demand and sales metrics analysis. The multi-dimensional recommended order system determines the recommended order for each product configuration with a goal of moving a future supply mix of complex products to an optimized target supply mix. The recommended order can be generated and evaluated based on demand analysis of not only configured products but also based on analysis for demand of particular product dimensions. Thus, the system determines a recommended order for each configurable product by minimizing imbalances between future supplies and target supplies of product configurations and future supplies and target supplies of dimensions of the product configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Versata Development Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Karipides, David R. Middleton, Andrew S. Price
  • Patent number: 10592847
    Abstract: A customer electronic device places a goods order via a computer network including indicating an intended collection location, and in response installs a geo-fence function. The device triggers the geo-fence when proximate to the intended collection location. The computer network receives the trigger message and generates a pre-alert message sent to at least one in-store device, thereby prompting the ordered goods to be made ready for collection by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Abby Scholey, Joseph Sutton, Neha Rastogi, Andre Oriani, Alexandre De Souza Gois, Brendan Wright, Robb Albright
  • Patent number: 10586294
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide a computer-implemented method and system for ordering food remotely or from a vehicle for pick-up or delivery by providing the use of an application on a mobile device that provides information that allows the ordering. The computer-implemented method and system may include an order in advance application that allows a user or the system automatically to place an order based on previous orders. The computer-implemented method and system may also allow for the electronic payment for the food. Telematics information regarding the user and/or the vehicle may be utilized to provide information regarding a user's location, velocity, route, and destination. The computer-implemented method and system may utilize this telematics information to provide a prioritized ranked list of restaurants for the user. The computer-implemented method and system may utilize insurance information to provide additional features and enhance the mobile food order method and system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Wilson, Edward A. Biemer
  • Patent number: 10586204
    Abstract: A method, system, and/or computer program product dynamically controls an available inventory level for a particular product. An in-store shopper identification receiver receives an in-store shopper's identification signal from an in-store shopper identification transmitter in a shopper's personal electronic device. Based on the in-store shopper being in the physical store, a local area network connection between the shopper's personal electronic device and a local area network in the physical store is activated, thus enabling a retrieval of an in-store shopper's wish list stored on the shopper's personal electronic device. The available inventory level for the particular product on the in-store shopper's wish list is then adjusted according to the presence of the in-store shopper in the store and the contents of the in-store shopper's wish list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jialin Li, Danai Tengtrakool
  • Patent number: 10579961
    Abstract: Based on an analysis of asset attribute data associated with a plurality of assets, a platform may detect a locality that is a possible instance of a given type of environment, such as a mine or construction site. In response, the platform may obtain image data associated with the detected locality and input that image data into a model that outputs likelihood data indicating a likelihood that any portion of the detected locality comprises a given feature of the given type of environment (e.g., a boundary, navigation route, hazard, etc.), where this model is defined based on training data. Based on the likelihood data, the platform may then generate output data indicating a location of any portion of the detected locality that is likely to comprise the given feature. In turn, the platform may use the output data to simulate asset operation in the detected locality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Uptake Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Eilert Bruns, Brian Robert Keating, Adam McElhinney
  • Patent number: 10572868
    Abstract: A computing system implements a network transaction service in which prepaid cards physically residing at merchant locations. Users of the network transaction service can launch a service application to indicate a transaction at the merchant location. A transaction data set is then received from a point-of-sale terminal at the merchant location—corresponding to use of the prepaid card—which enables the computing system to fund the transaction from a shared funding source of the network transaction service. Subsequently, the computing system can access a customer account of the user to reimburse the shard funding account for an amount of the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Expensify, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Barrett
  • Patent number: 10572880
    Abstract: When an account holder contacts the issuer of the account to dispute a transaction conducted with a merchant using the account, the issuer may request additional transaction details, such as purchased item level details, from the merchant via the merchant integrated dispute resolution platform. A real-time purchase inquiry sent to the merchant may request purchase information or transaction information (e.g. purchased item details, order information, order history, shipping and delivery information, etc.) associated with the transaction. The merchant may send a real-time response to the merchant integrated dispute resolution platform which may forward all or a portion of the received information to the issuer in real-time. The entire communication between the issuer, the merchant integrated dispute resolution platform and the merchant may be a sessionless (or stateless) communication, i.e. all communication among the parties may occur in a single session which may last 10 seconds or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Richard Stopic, David Richey, Elizabeth Chaffin, Mark Woelfer, Stacey Jess
  • Patent number: 10565584
    Abstract: Systems and methods for gift card linking are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a method for processing a payment using a linked stored value instrument may include (1) receiving, from a merchant, a payment request for a transaction, the payment request comprising an identification of a transaction amount and a transaction account; (2) at least one computer processor retrieving a stored value instrument for the merchant that is associated with the transaction account; and (3) the at least one computer processor causing the stored value instrument to be debited for a first portion of the transaction amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph P. Arnone, Quoc Nguyen, Heather Spinnenweber