Patents Examined by James A. Reagan
  • Patent number: 10339552
    Abstract: A method for identifying and distributing offers includes: storing account profiles, each profile including data related to a transaction account including an account identifier and a plurality of transaction data entries, each including transaction data; receiving an offer request from a consumer entity, the request including a specific account identifier and geographic location; identifying a specific account profile that includes the specific account identifier; identifying offer parameters, the parameters being based on the geographic location and the transaction data included in the identified specific account profile; transmitting the offer parameters to a merchant entity; receiving offer data for a plurality of offers from the merchant entity based on the offer parameters; identifying a specific offer based on the offer data for the specific offer and the transaction data included in the specific account profile; and transmitting the offer data for the identified specific offer to the consumer entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kaitlin Triano, Sruba De, Joseph M. Zeltzer
  • Patent number: 10339554
    Abstract: A computing apparatus configured to generate trigger records for a transaction handler to identify authorization requests that satisfy the conditions specified in the trigger records, identify communication preferences of the users associated with the identified authorization requests, and use the communication preferences to target real-time messages at the users in parallel with the transaction handler providing responses to the respective authorization requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Jeanette Yoder, Leigh Amaro, Ryan Hagey, Derek A. Vroom, Michael Steven Bankston
  • Patent number: 10332159
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for providing a virtual advertisement, and more particularly to an apparatus and method that can determine the size of a virtual advertisement image to be inserted into a moving image while taking into account the size of an advertising region included in the moving image, that can select an appropriate virtual advertisement image based on the determined size of the virtual advertisement image, and that can measure the objective exposure level of a virtual indirect advertisement and calculate advertising expenses based on the measured objective exposure level. Furthermore, there are provided an apparatus and method that select a virtual advertisement image to be inserted into an advertising region while taking into account the size of a virtual advertising region that varies depending on the angle of a camera or the posture of a virtual advertisement object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: ELEVEN STREET CO., LTD., SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ju-Hyeun Han, Hyoung-Chul Shin, Su-Bin Lee, Byoung-Ki Jeon
  • Patent number: 10332148
    Abstract: A call analytics system for analyzing the effectiveness of advertising campaigns using performance data and call data. Specifically, the call analytics system evaluates the performance of different keywords in generating calls to displayed phone numbers. The call analytics system uses statistical techniques to correlate received calls to displayed phone numbers with those keyword or keywords that were associated with displayed advertisements. The system gives advertisers the ability to track and measure which keywords drive sales for mobile users that call advertisers directly from ads on their smartphones or other mobile devices. In some embodiments, the system uses the calculated effectiveness of certain keywords to recommend changes to present or future advertising campaigns of the advertiser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Marchex, Inc.
    Inventors: Preston J. Hillman, Chris Jones, Adarsh S. Nair
  • Patent number: 10325277
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing rewards to a user are provided. Providing rewards to the user may include receiving transaction data associated with a user's purchase, determining a merchant and a category associated with the transaction data, and assigning the transaction data to a merchant icon or a badge icon in a graphical user interface. The merchant icon or the badge icon may comprise a progress bar that indicates the user's progress in reaching a milestone associated with the icon. Based on the transaction data, a number of loyalty points of a number of transaction points may be assigned to the merchant icon or the badge icon, respectively. Further, based on whether a total number of loyalty points exceeds a first threshold or a total number of transaction points exceeds a second threshold, a reward may be generated to the user when the first or second threshold is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventor: Sharad Ballepu
  • Patent number: 10311505
    Abstract: A method, system, GUI, apparatus, and computer readable media for enabling a customer to access to an unpublished media file uploaded by an artist are provided. An artist's profile may be hosted on, for example, a web site, SMS/MMS gateway, and a WAP site. A previously unpublished media file may be received from the artist based on a publish option of listed unpublished media content and may be uploaded to the user profile. The unpublished media file may be associated with the artist's account. A request to access the media file may be received from a customer. An account associated with the customer may be updated to indicate their requested access to the media file. The customer may then be enabled to access the media file. The user's account may be updated to indicate the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: IHEARTMEDIA MANAGEMENT SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Chris Phenner, Lasse Hamre, Mike Park
  • Patent number: 10311446
    Abstract: In some examples, context information is determined. The context information is associated with a user and based on information of a communication device associated with the user. The context information is obfuscated based on a user information, such privacy policy, user profile, user preferences, user activity, and/or any combination of the aforementioned, associated with the user. In other examples, the context information is determined based on a user location and/or user information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Christian Prehofer, Sasu Tarkoma
  • Patent number: 10304088
    Abstract: A method includes making, at a user device, a determination to transition to a standby mode. The method includes sending a message from the user device to a network device in response to the determination. The method includes receiving, in response to the message, an advertising stream at the user device from the network device. The method includes processing the advertising stream at the user device to generate advertising content. The method also includes sending the advertising content to a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jason Buxton, Benjamin Hillman, Brian Wilson
  • Patent number: 10296938
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for traffic filtration by content providers. One method includes receiving a content request from a device of a user; determining whether one or more container tags are associated with requested content; determining, prior to responding to the content request, whether the content request is by a user based on the content request and the one or more container tags; generating, prior to responding to the content request, an ad request based on the content request and the one or more container tags; determining, prior to responding to the content request, an ad request recipient based on the generated ad request and the one or more container tags; transmitting the ad request to the determined ad request recipient; and transmitting, over the electronic network to the device, a response to the content request when the content request is determined to be by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Oath (Americas) Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Mitchell Demsey
  • Patent number: 10282760
    Abstract: A system for incentivization of communications, comprising an incentivization engine and an auction service, and a method for using such a system for providing incentivization of user communications and user competition for incentives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Collins Byrne
  • Patent number: 10282762
    Abstract: A first processor-accessible memory device system and a second processor-accessible memory device system of a self-regulating transaction system may each store a respective local copy of one or more transaction ledgers that record transactions. A first data processing device system may be configured to generate a transaction information block associated with a particular market channel, store it in the local copy of a transaction ledger associated with the particular market channel stored in the first processor-accessible memory device system, and transmit it to a second data processing device system over a communications network for storage in the local copy of the transaction ledger associated with the particular market channel stored in the second processor-accessible memory device system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KOCHAVA INC.
    Inventors: Charles Manning, Aubrey Falconer
  • Patent number: 10282753
    Abstract: A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for a geo-fenced zone of commerce are described. Consistent with some embodiments, the method may include subdividing a geographic area, generating corresponding geo-fences, and presenting the corresponding geo-fences as listings in a navigable online marketplace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Cheung
  • Patent number: 10275804
    Abstract: A method of placing advertisements involves sending, from a device, a request for at least one ad position, receiving, in response to the request, ad positioning information specifying an ad position in a stream and a related content position in the stream, determining, by the device, that a related content item is present in the stream, and overriding, by the device, the ad positioning information by placing an advertisement associated with the related content in the related content position within the stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabor Cselle, Nassar Stoertz, Tural Badirkhanli, Carl Joseph Blubaugh, Boris Logvinskiy
  • Patent number: 10268888
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for biometric data capture are provided. The apparatus includes in interactive head-mounted eyepiece worn by a user that includes an optical assembly through which a user views a surrounding environment and displayed content. The optical assembly comprises a corrective element that corrects the user's view of the surrounding environment and an integrated processor for handling content to the user. An integrated optical sensor captures biometric data when the eyepiece is positioned so that a nearby individual is proximate to the eyepiece. Biometric data is captured using the eyepiece and is transmitted to a remote processing facility for interpretation. The remote processing facility interprets the captured biometric data and generates display content based on the interpretation. This display content is delivered to the eyepiece and displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Ralph F. Osterhout, Robert Michael Lohse
  • Patent number: 10262332
    Abstract: As part of an integrated banking platform, an internet banking platform includes a banking server, a processor, and a memory module. The memory module includes stored computer program code. The memory module, the stored computer program code, and the processor are configured to cause the banking server to receive access to a rewards program server associated with a rewards account platform. Further, the server is caused to receive enrollment information associated with a user, and to connect to the rewards program server. The server is also caused to transmit an enrollment request message to the rewards program server. The enrollment request message includes at least a subset of the enrollment information. Additionally, the server is caused to receive an enrollment response message that indicates whether the user has been enrolled in a rewards account maintained by the rewards account platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: San Diego County Credit Union
    Inventor: Ram Jaladi
  • Patent number: 10242353
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for open digital media distribution. According to one embodiment, a system is provided which performs the operations of: creating a profile (e.g., artist or label profile) based on an input from a first party; receiving a digital media upload from the first party, wherein the digital media upload contains media content and the first party has a property interest in the media content; receiving from the first party an assignment of a payment account to the digital media upload, such that money from sales relating to the digital media upload is deposited into the payment account; receiving from the first party a sales parameters associated with the digital media upload; presenting through a computing device the digital media upload for sale to a second party; and selling the digital media upload to the second party through a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10242387
    Abstract: Disclosed aspects relate to managing a set of offers using a dialogue. An adaptive profile may be received with respect to a client. The adaptive profile may indicate a set of client profile data, a set of client event data, and a set of client context data. A dialogue may be established with the client based on the adaptive profile. A set of offers may be resolved by an offer management engine based on the dialogue. The set of offers may be presented to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Swaminathan Balasubramanian, Avijit Chatterjee, Rajiv V. Joshi, John J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 10242163
    Abstract: According to example configurations as described herein, use of software can be contingent upon whether a hierarchical license tree has a valid license for a software resource associated with a respective node in the tree. For example, an installer can be configured to traverse the hierarchical license tree to identify which, if any, of the software resources as represented by nodes in the tree has a valid license and therefore can be installed for execution on a respective computer system. If a valid license exists for a given node in the tree, the software resource associated with the given node as well as software resources associated with child nodes of the given node can be installed for use on the computer. A software resource manager can be configured to prevent installation, execution, etc., of software resources for nodes above the respective parent node that do not have a corresponding valid license.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Sanjeev Kumar Biswas, Pradeep Cyril Ekka, Suraj Ranjan, Vikas Kamate
  • Patent number: 10235502
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to maintain content rights parameters associated with media content and a user where the content rights parameters include limits to distribution of the media content to a plurality of communication devices associated with the user and where a portion of the plurality of communication devices use different communication protocols from another portion of the plurality of communication devices, monitor for access to the media content by one communication device of the plurality of communication devices of the user, and obtain rights control data that is adapted to allow for presentation of the media content by the one communication device of the user where the rights control data is generated based on the content rights parameters. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lee Chow, David Piepenbrink, James Sofos
  • Patent number: 10223731
    Abstract: This disclosure presents techniques for selecting an add-on item to present to consumers at a check-out user interface of an electronic marketplace. The selection techniques involve presenting a consumer with a selection of add-on items that are unrelated to items added by the consumer to her shopping cart. The check-out user interface can present the consumer with a one-time offer to add the add-on item to her shopping cart. In some examples, the add-on items can represent over-stocked items or items that a supplier is attempting to liquidate. Further, the selection techniques can minimize the additional labor cost of retrieving the add-on item from a fulfillment center, by selecting add-on items that are located within a close physical proximity to items that the consumer has already added to her shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore Clifton Johnson