Patents Examined by Fateh M Obaid
  • Patent number: 10245589
    Abstract: A specimen collection assembly and method for detecting the same are disclosed. The specimen collection assembly includes a specimen collection container having an open top end, a closed bottom end, and a sidewall extending therebetween defining an interior adapted to receive a biological specimen. The specimen collection container also includes first indicia containing information. The assembly further includes a cap having thereon second indicia, the cap being removably engagable with the open top end of the container. The second indicia contains the same information as the first indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Craig A. Gelfand
  • Patent number: 10249005
    Abstract: Described above is a system for allocating variable compensation to a group of individuals. The system displays objective financial statistics associated with individuals, and subjective factors to be set by a user, where the system can convert subjective factors set by the user into a value. The user can then select base and variable compensation values for each individual. Other details are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Perkins Coie LLP
    Inventors: Craig Courter, Robert E. Giles, Kumar Gaurav, Rick Johnson
  • Patent number: 10219651
    Abstract: A cooking management system is described that identifies a customer and orders a product for the customer based at least on current temporal data. The cooking management system identifies customers associated with previous product requests that occurred during a predetermined range of time based at least on a comparison of current temporal data with temporal data associated with the previous product requests. The cooking management system causes presentation of identifiers of the identified customers on a display. Responsive to determining that the identifier for a particular customer has been selected, the cooking management system automatically causes a cooking device to prepare a product for the particular customer based at least on customer data associated with the particular customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Starbucks Corporation
    Inventors: Randy Hulett, Izaak Koller, Brian Shay
  • Patent number: 10223670
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system and method for utilizing an automated aerial vehicle for determining the content of items included in bins within a materials handling facility. In some implementations, the automated aerial vehicle may fly along a flight path past one or more bins and capture images of those bins. The images may be processed to determine the content of the bins, and other images of areas outside of the bins may also be processed (e.g., for detecting items on floors, security issues, etc.). The flight path for the automated aerial vehicle may be determined and/or modified based on various parameters (e.g., to most efficiently capture the images of the bins, to temporarily avoid areas with obstacles, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Matti Juhani Oikarinen
  • Patent number: 10218858
    Abstract: A device is configured to create an account including a plurality of members and a shared data plan. The device stores a content associated with the account and the shared data plan is set up to be charged for data used on an operating network to provide the content to the plurality of members associated with a plurality of operator networks. Further, the device provides the content to a user device associated with a member of the plurality of members. The content is provided through the operator network. The device charges the shared data plan for the amount of data used by the operator network to provide the content to the user device without causing a data plan between the member and the operator network to be charged for the amount of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Jignesh S. Panchal, Ratul Kumar Guha
  • Patent number: 10210482
    Abstract: A system verifies the location of a first person during a specified period by sending random alerts to the smart phone of the first person. A user must respond to the alerts. A second person defines acceptable locations. The smart phone has location measuring capability, such as a GPS or connection to a WAN. The identity of the user can be verified by requiring the input of a security code that also gives the user access to confidential information of the first person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Underwriters, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin N. Smith
  • Patent number: 10210504
    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: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Arnone, Quoc Nguyen, Heather Spinnenweber
  • Patent number: 10204334
    Abstract: A virtual payment system including a customer-specific, customer geolocation responsive, limited time duration payment identifier generator operative to generate a customer-specific, customer geolocation responsive, limited time duration payment identifier, a customer-specific limited time duration payment identifier communicator operative to communicate the customer-specific, customer geolocation responsive, limited time duration payment identifier to a customer and a limited time duration payment identifier validator, operative to verify genuineness and timeliness of the customer-specific, customer geolocation responsive, limited time duration payment identifier presented by the customer at a point of sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: VeriFone, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad McGuinness, David Ezell, Paul Jannarone, Erik Vlugt, Mike Thomas Roach
  • Patent number: 10192261
    Abstract: The system and methods of the various embodiments enable a revenue assurance system to detect revenue leakage by analyzing usage records from one or more sources within a telecommunications network. Discrepancies are identified and corrective action taken where possible. Corrective actions may include requesting source systems to retransmit missing or erroneous records that were detected. This may result in reduced revenue loss for the network operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: OPENET TELECOM LTD.
    Inventors: Monika Gupta, Niall Norton, Andrew D'Souza
  • Patent number: 10185920
    Abstract: A method and system may provide automated passenger seat assignment procedures for an airline. A server device may determine passengers for a departing flight who are eligible to receive seat assignment notifications. When an eligible passenger is next in a standby or upgrade queue, the server device may transmit an electronic communication such as an email, short message service (SMS) message, push notification, etc., to the passenger's network-enabled device. The electronic communication may indicate that a seat assignment is available and may provide instructions for accepting or declining the available seat assignment. If the user accepts, for example, by transmitting an electronic reply message to the server device accepting the available seat assignment, the server device may transmit an electronic boarding pass to the user corresponding to the available seat assignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED AIRLINES, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Lang, Russell Robert Grigg, Susan Wright-Mckeever
  • Patent number: 10169837
    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: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Allstate Insureance Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Wilson, Edward A. Biemer
  • Patent number: 10163092
    Abstract: A network service operates to initialize and link a card instrument to a merchant or merchant location, so that the merchant can receive funds the service. One or more requests are detected to use the card instrument for one or more transactions, where each transaction involves a corresponding customer who has registered a customer funding account with the network service. For each of the transactions, a merchant account is funded using a funding account of the card instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Expensify, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Barrett
  • Patent number: 10140588
    Abstract: A method performed by a computing system configured to synchronize a source bill of material with a target bill of material includes, in response to a determination by the physical computing system that a revision has been applied to a source node from a tree structure representing the source bill of material since a corresponding target node from a tree structure representing the target bill of material was last updated, calculating a change from the source node to the target node with the physical computing system, and updating, with the physical computing system, the target node with the revision if the calculated change matches a stored difference derived from a revision history associated with the source bill of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alan Potter Boyd, Amaresh Rajasekharan
  • Patent number: 10140622
    Abstract: A content distribution service may provide lead information to content providers or other entities associated with a broadcast. The service may include both registered and unregistered (e.g., anonymous) users or subscribers that may each provide data associated with one or more subscriber attributes. Subscriber attribute information may be collected from a subscriber in a progressive manner such that sequentially small portions of data are collected over a period of time. The content distribution service may generate leads by collecting and determining subscriber attributes for each subscriber or anonymous user associated with the service. The leads may be generated in response to a request by a content provider or other requestor, or in response to an event such as the creation of a new broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: BrightTALK Limited
    Inventors: Peter Rance, Kenneth Winter, Dorian Logan
  • Patent number: 10127595
    Abstract: Item-level information of a particular item may be processed to categorize the particular item. In some instances, the particular item may be ranked across multiple merchants that are offering the particular item for acquisition. The ranking may be based on the item-level information that relates to an attribute of the particular item for the individual merchants. For example, the item-level information may include a cost of the particular item at a merchant, a rating of the particular item for a merchant, a number of calories of the particular item for a merchant, and so on. Information regarding the ranking may be displayed or otherwise output to enable the user to identify and order the particular item from a merchant that satisfies the user's needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Hipschman, James F. Butts, III, Zachary Brock, Abhay Raj Kumar, Matthew O'Connor
  • Patent number: 10122569
    Abstract: A digital audio gateway device for use in a wireless network of digital audio playback devices. The gateway device is wirelessly linked to one or more digital audio playback devices to provide a gateway to the Internet for the digital audio playback devices. In addition to functioning as a gateway, the device provides additional functionality and may act as a cache of digital audio data for the various digital audio players connected in the wireless network and may also act to automatically update digital audio content on the audio players, synchronize digital audio content and playlists between the digital audio players and continue automatically or upon user request a particular playlist as the user moves from one digital audio player to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Jonathan Spurgat, Stephen Christopher Gladwin, Hoyet Harrison Andrews, III
  • Patent number: 10108941
    Abstract: Embodiments for extracting data for online account includes systems that receive at least one check images, apply one or more optical character recognition processes to at least a portion of the at least one check image, and convert image based data to text based data. The embodiments further identify check data in the text based data, identify online data from the check data, incorporate at least a portion of the online data into a portion of an online account, and provide the online account portion to a customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Gerald Smith, Scott Andrew Johnson, Brian David Hanson, Hyunmo Koo, Saravana Kumar Govindarajan, Michael Scott Hjellming
  • Patent number: 10108942
    Abstract: Embodiments for extracting data for online account includes systems that receive at least one check images, apply one or more optical character recognition processes to at least a portion of the at least one check image, and convert image based data to text based data. The embodiments further identify check data in the text based data, identify online data from the check data, incorporate at least a portion of the online data into a portion of an online account, and provide the online account portion to a customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Gerald Smith, Scott Andrew Johnson, Brian David Hanson, Hyunmo Koo, Saravana Kumar Govindarajan, Michael Scott Hjellming
  • Patent number: 10089587
    Abstract: Various approaches described herein enable various types of users, such as finance managers, vendors, and vendor managers to access up-to-date information in a retail environment that can assist with obtaining and tracking various items to be offered through that environment. A budget planner can analyze information such as historical performance, projection, and vendor data to establish a budget plan for various providers for a particular period. The budget information is fed to an assortment planner, which can use similar and other types of information to allocate that budget across various types and styles of item for each provider. A commitment tracker enables a user to commit to at least some portion of the allocation for various items, and track how well the orders are filled. Information at each level is fed back into the system to be almost instantly available and to adjust allocations for current or future periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Walsh, Paul J. Gardner, Lars H. Liden, Samuel Y. Donnelley, Graham T. Rosser
  • Patent number: 10089640
    Abstract: Methods and systems for interpretable user behavior profiling in off-street parking applications. To render user profiles easy to interpret by decision makers, the semi-automatic discovery and tagging of user profiles can be implemented. Transaction data from one or more (and geographically close) off-street parking installations can be implemented. An analysis of spatio-temporal behavioral patterns can be implemented based on representation of any parking episode by a set of heterogeneous features, the use of clustering methods for automatic pattern discovery, an assessment of obtained clusters, semi-automatic identification/tagging of space-temporal patterns, and a user-friendly interpretation of obtained patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Cesar Roberto de Souza, Boris Chidlovskii, Frederic Roulland, Luis Rafael Ulloa Paredes