Patents Examined by Florian M Zeender
  • Patent number: 10387825
    Abstract: An unmanned vehicle obtains first location information associated with a customer order, which causes the unmanned vehicle to travel to a first location. While at the first location, the unmanned vehicle receives, from another device, second location information. The unmanned vehicle uses the second location information to travel to a second location where the other device is located. Once at the second location, the unmanned vehicle performs one or more operations involved with fulfillment of the order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren Ernest Canavor, Jon Arron McClintock, Brandon William Porter
  • Patent number: 10387931
    Abstract: A system and method of providing nutritional data for a user is disclosed herein. The method includes receiving a selected restaurant from a personal electronic device, and providing menu data for the user based on the selected restaurant. The method further includes receiving a selected menu item from the personal electronic device, associating the selected menu item with a plurality of food items in a database, and providing the plurality of food items for the user. Furthermore, the method includes receiving a selected one of the plurality of food items from the personal electronic device, and providing nutritional data based on the selected one of the plurality of food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Chul Lee, Yi Qiang, Mirela Spasova, Mark Allen, Poojit Sharma, Vaibhav Aggarwal, Joohyun Kim, Hesamoddin Salehian, Hannah O'Neal, Layla Martin
  • Patent number: 10387860
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to authenticating transactions based on actions performed on a merchant and a customer device. An example method generally includes receiving, from a point of sale system, data identifying a transaction, wherein the data includes a merchant identifier and a payment account identifier. A transaction system determines, based on the merchant identifier and the payment account identifier, a merchant device and a customer device on which user movement recording is to be activated; and instructs the merchant device and customer device to activate movement recording. The transaction system receives merchant movement data describing a recorded user movement performed using the merchant device and customer movement data describing a recorded user movement performed using the customer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Subhajit Bhuiya, Ajay Chebbi, Vijay Ekambaram, Saravanan Sadacharam
  • Patent number: 10387883
    Abstract: Past electronic records may be studied using a computer learning algorithm in order to make predictions of future use of the electronic accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Guangyu Wang, Kebin Lu, Sang Hwang, Debesh Kumar, Preeti Jindal, Lawson Lau, Melissa Lawu Tran, Japneet Kaur Giglio
  • Patent number: 10380579
    Abstract: Facilitating transaction status indications for point-of-sale (POS) systems is described. A POS application stored on a POS terminal of a POS system may communicate with a payment reader device coupled to the POS terminal and a payment server application. The POS application may receive, from a customer device associated with a customer and via a short-range communication network, payment information for satisfying a cost of a transaction. The POS application may send the payment information to the payment server application to attempt to authorize the payment information for the cost of the transaction and may receive, from the payment server application, an indication of a status of the transaction. Responsive to receiving the indication of the status of the transaction, the payment reader device and the customer device may output respective aspects of a transaction status indication associated with the status of the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean Michael Hafemann
  • Patent number: 10380596
    Abstract: A method for providing a gift includes receiving a gift token creation request representative of a selection of a gift recipient and gift limitations from a first computing device. The method includes generating a tokenized PAN associated with a gift account and transmitting the tokenized PAN and gift limitations to a second computing device. The method includes detecting a transaction authorization request that is representative of an attempted transaction at a merchant POS device based on monitoring of transaction authorization data originating from a plurality of merchant POS devices. The transaction authorization request represents an attempted tokenized PAN, an attempted transaction amount and a merchant code. The method includes determining that the attempted tokenized PAN matches the tokenized PAN associated with the gift account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Taurean Butler, Christine Berglund, Adam Vukich, Jessica Greenberg, Colin Hart, Mykhaylo Bulgakov, Jason Ji, Kaylyn Gibilterra
  • Patent number: 10373133
    Abstract: A payment device for conducting a transaction is provided. The payment device includes a device substrate, a payment device identifier visibly located on the device substrate, and a data storage region contained on or within the payment device. The payment device identifier does not include information identifying an issuer for the payment device. The data storage region comprises a first data storage sub region containing data corresponding to the payment device identifier, and a second data storage sub region electronically isolated from the first data storage sub region and containing data identifying the issuer of the payment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventor: Shantnu Singh
  • Patent number: 10373112
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a color chip dispenser are provided and include a card shuffler device that receives color chips, each having a sample area displaying a color and an optical code area displaying a machine-readable optical code associated with the color. An optical code reader is configured to read optical codes and a robotic arm is configured to receive and grip color chips. A controller is configured to receive and decode the machine-readable optical code displayed in the optical code area of each of the color chips, determine whether a particular color chip corresponds to a selected coating color based on the decoded machine-readable optical code of the particular color chip, and control the robotic arm to display the particular color chip in a display area and/or dispense the particular color chip to a dispensing receptacle in response to the particular color chip corresponding to the selected coating color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Behr Process Corporation
    Inventor: Sarah Joanna Furnari
  • Patent number: 10373145
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for storing, sorting, and analyzing account transactions in a payment network, and for real-time data analytics. One embodiment of a real-time data storage and analytics system includes a payment network that collects and processes account transactions. The system also includes a first data cluster that includes a first data structure. The first data structure stores a set of the account transactions. Additionally, the system includes a second data cluster that in turn includes a second data structure. The second data structure stores account transactions for new account and account transactions for which there is insufficient space in the first data structure. Moreover, the system includes an application engine that generates a score for an account based on transaction data associated with the account transactions for the account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Po Hu, Tong Zhang, Ramamohan Sangasani
  • Patent number: 10360556
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a secure financial transaction that can be processed through open loop or closed loop networks using electronically readable or visual data that is preferably provided or integrated into a financial card to determine network selection and card authentication and verification requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: VERITEC INC.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Look
  • Patent number: 10360533
    Abstract: A product display surface supports at least one product being offered for sale thereon. This product display surface has a weight-sensitive RFID tag associated therewith. This tag has at least one transmission element that moves with respect to a remaining portion of the tag as a function of weight being supported by the product display surface. So configured, the weight-sensitive RFID tag transmits at a first level when there are no products (or only a few products) on the product display surface and at a second level when there are at least a predetermined number of products on the product display surface, the first transmission level being less than the second transmission level. An RFID-tag reader reads the weight-sensitive RFID tag and a control circuit determines when the first product display surface lacks sufficient displayed inventory as a function, at least in part, of the weight-sensitive RFID tag's transmission strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Atchley, John P. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10360529
    Abstract: A network-attachable data transfer device housed within a shippable enclosure that incorporates an updateable electronic display for displaying shipping destination information is disclosed. The device may be initialized (e.g., prepared to receive data, and the updateable electronic shipping display set to the shipping destination) by a service provider and shipped, in accordance with the displayed destination address, as a self-contained shipping unit. The device may be installed onto a network at the destination and loaded with data. The display may also be updated with the next destination address such that the device is shipped to the updated destination address (e.g., back to the service provider, or onto other destinations before being send back to the service provider). When the device is received back at the service provider, the data is transferred from the device to a service provider storage facility, wiped of data, and prepared to be sent out again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Laird Lazier, William J. Vass
  • Patent number: 10360551
    Abstract: A method for emulating a point of sale (POS) at a mobile device includes identifying a POS based on information associated with the POS received from a mobile device. The method includes generating emulation data descriptive of information captured at the POS, and initiating transmission of the emulation data to the mobile device. The emulation data causes the mobile device to emulate the POS at a display device of the mobile device. The information captured at the POS is associated with a consumer transaction. The method includes dynamically generating updated emulation data as the information captured at the POS changes during the consumer transaction, and initiating transmission of the updated emulation data to the mobile device. The updated emulation data causes the emulation of the POS at the display device of the mobile device to be dynamically updated during the consumer transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Excentus Corporation
    Inventor: Dickson Perry
  • Patent number: 10354405
    Abstract: One embodiment relates to a method for run-time correction of defect locations on a substrate during defect review. The substrate is loaded into a stage of a review apparatus, and coordinates for the defect locations on the substrate is received. The defect locations are grouped, and at least one local reference site in proximity to each group of defect locations is determined. The local reference site(s) is (are) used to determine a positional offset for the defect locations in each group. Another embodiment relates to an apparatus for reviewing defect locations on a substrate which provides for run-time correction of the defect locations. Other embodiments and features are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Jeong Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10339514
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems, apparatuses and methods are provided to enhance customer service through the distribution of mobile sales vehicles comprising: an engine and a drivetrain; a point of sales system; product storage storing pre-selected products selected in response to an evaluation of location demographic information, and in response to an evaluation of population demographic information, wherein the pre-selected products comprise a sub-set of potential products available from a retail entity operating the sales vehicle; and a product distribution system coupled with the point of sales system and comprising a control circuit configured to authorize access by a customer to one or more products stored in the product storage and purchased by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Chandrashekar Natarajan, Donald R. High, Atikhun Unahalekhaka
  • Patent number: 10339495
    Abstract: Systems and methods related to sensor-equipped display management systems. In one aspect, the systems and methods may be utilized to calculate a number of products removed from a display management system based upon motion of one or more mechanisms within the display management system. In another aspect, the systems and methods may be utilized to detect patterns from the sensor data, which may be indicative of attempted theft of products stored within the display management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John Swafford, Patrick Costello
  • Patent number: 10304119
    Abstract: A method for food order processing includes: determining a user's current location; determining a food preparation premise based on the user's current location; displaying dishes associated with the food preparation premise and allowing the user to make a selection from the dishes; allowing the user to place an order based on the selection; determining whether the order is associated with a table ID; and processing payment associated with the order. If the order is determined to be not associated with a table ID, the method further includes matching a table ID with the order. A system for food order processing is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: 365 Technologies Holding Limited
    Inventor: Y Chung Lee
  • Patent number: 10296884
    Abstract: Embodiments are described herein that allow for personalized media playback at a discovered point-of-sale display. In one aspect, a method is provided that involves discovering a point-of-sale display by a portable computing device. The point-of-sale display comprises at least one media playback device. The method further involves receiving, over a wireless network by the portable computing device, a software application and a system identifier of the point-of-sale display. The system identifier to automatically configure the software application to control the at least one media playback device at the discovered point-of-sale display. The method further involves joining the software application on the portable computing device to the point-of-sale display using the system identifier. The method further involves sending from the portable computing device via the configured software application one or more commands to control the at least one media playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Lang, Deborah Dubois
  • Patent number: 10293488
    Abstract: The invention is a system in which containers communicate their specifications to a robot, preferably a robotic arm, in order to teach the robot how to handle the individual contents of the containers. Each container has a controller that stores information about that container's contents. In order for the robot to interact with the container's contents, the robot communicates with the controller of the container to receive instructions for interacting with the contents. Preferably, the system is part of an automated storage and retrieval system, and the robot interacts with the contents of the containers as part of an assigned task, such as food preparation. The system may include feedback sensors and a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Andrew Priddis, Joseph Blanch
  • Patent number: 10296907
    Abstract: Methods and systems described in this disclosure generally relate to presentation of electronic offers that are viewable on financial instruments (e.g., credit cards and debit cards) by users. More specifically, various embodiments of the present disclosure relate to methods and systems for embedding information pertaining to the electronic offers on a financial instrument of a user. The information can be displayed on a screen or using flashing lights included inside or on the surface of the financial instrument. These offers can be provided by merchants or by banks and financial institutions associated with the financial instrument. In some embodiments, the financial instrument communicates with a mobile application running on a user's mobile device via wireless communication methods to receive offer-related information provided by the mobile application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Matthew Nolte, Marcus Lee Willard, Raquel Alexis Low, Michelle Leib, Emily Krebs, Bryan Osterkamp