Patents Examined by Jason Fenstermacher
  • Patent number: 9881348
    Abstract: Techniques are described for generating a license for software installed on a device. An entitlement certificate is generated including one or more entitlements describing license characteristics of the software. The one or more entitlements are determined in accordance with first information about the software. The first information includes at least one of a purchase token and package information. A binding certificate in accordance with a binding type for the software is generated. A license in accordance with said binding certificate and said entitlement certificate is generated. The binding certificate identifies an entity to which the license is bound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aidan T. Hughes, Alexander V. Baxter, Mark Kenworthy, Alexander Frank, Oliver Szimmetat
  • Patent number: 9846877
    Abstract: An in-store mobile payment system and method can facilitate the use of a user's mobile device to facilitate payment for products purchased at a store. The user can take a picture of a product being purchased or can take a picture of a bar code for the product. The picture can be taken with the user's mobile device and can be used to identify the product. A payment provider can provide a unique PIN code for the transaction. The user can enter the PIN code into a keypad of the merchant and/or can swipe a card with a card reader of the merchant to complete the transaction. Thus, the user can avoid the inconvenience of waiting in line at a checkout counter and the merchant can reduce the store's overhead by eliminating at least some checkout counters and checkout clerks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Ayub S. Khan
  • Patent number: 9836908
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to blockchain technology. Specifically, this invention relates to adapting blockchain technology for the storage of voting data in an electronic voting system. The system includes a distributed network of voting machines in communication with each other. Each voting machine has a barcode scanner, a network communications device and a computer system running a voting client. Votes are received through the barcode scanner or a voter interface system and stored securely on a blockchain. The tally for various candidates in the election is updated and stored as each vote is received and counted. This creates an auditable trail of votes and the tally which can be used to detect, correct, and prevent fraud and error in the vote counting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Nikolaos Spanos, Andrew R. Martin, Eric T. Dixon
  • Patent number: 9805363
    Abstract: Leveraging the wealth of information available on-line to accelerate and facilitate commercial transactions initiated by viewers of television programming, both during conventional programming and while using interactive features such as shopping channels, application channels, executing downloaded applications, and the like, for reducing the amount and frequency of user input required by accelerating and simplifying the process of accessing stored profiles and payment methods in these transactions, and by reducing user efforts in maintaining their on-line presence without compromising user security, is described. The motivation for such simplification derives from concerns apparent in emerging t-commerce transactions, where the means by which viewers may engage in two-way transactions directly in the context of the television programming are different and frequently more constrained than in traditional e-commerce and m-commerce modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: DA IP CORP.
    Inventors: David M. Rudnick, Christopher A. Lee, Jared R. Wolf, Wei Hu
  • Patent number: 9773240
    Abstract: A method of preventing passcode logging is disclosed. The method may include: presenting a passcode entry interface on an electronic device; receiving a sensor input sequence from a sensor of the electronic device, wherein the sensor input sequence is indicative of a user's interaction with the passcode entry interface; and introducing a fake sensor entry into the sensor input sequence on the electronic device, wherein the fake sensor entry is introduced in accordance to a pattern to later distinguish the fake sensor entry from an actual sensor entry in the sensor input sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventor: Nathan McCauley
  • Patent number: 9767453
    Abstract: A method and system for processing payment during an electronic commerce transaction is described herein. The system includes: a mobile device configured to provide an electronic wallet storing a payment card, the payment card comprising card payment information, and a card security credential. The system may also include a coordination server configured to receive a request to conduct the electronic commerce transaction, and send an activation message to the mobile device to activate the electronic wallet. When the electronic wallet is activated, the mobile device may be further configured to: receive a card selection input indicating selection of the payment card for payment in the electronic commerce transaction; verify a security input against the card security credential of the payment card; and send the card payment information and confirmation that the payment card was present during the verifying for use in completing the electronic commerce transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Xromb Inc.
    Inventors: Mikhail Kushevsky, Michael Fainshtein, Valdis Andris Martinsons
  • Patent number: 9704143
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to security settlement in financial markets and cryptographic currencies. Particular portions of the present disclosure are directed to a cryptographic currency protocol and to a cryptographic currency that includes a positional item. The cryptographic currency protocol supports a virtual wallet that, in various embodiments, is a security and cash account for storing and managing the cryptographic currency. Opening a transaction via the virtual wallet to transfer the cryptographic currency is a strong guarantee of the availability of funds in the virtual wallet because, e.g., funds are not transacted unless the commit phase is successful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
    Inventors: Paul Walker, Phil J. Venables
  • Patent number: 9672530
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, receiving a search query from a user; determining that a voting user interface (VUI) is to be provided based on the search query, the VUI enabling the user to submit one or more votes in a vote-based campaign; receiving search results that are responsive to the search query; and transmitting instructions to display the search results and the VUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Tilke Mary Judd, Jyrki A. Alakuijala, Alexandru Ovidiu Dovlecel, Abraham Moolenaar, Peter W. Dickman, Zaheed Sabur, Ardan Arac, Marvin Chow, Eduardo Jodas Samper
  • Patent number: 9647946
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for controlling data access and rate in a network. An enforcement application can detect a request for a data session and determine how and when the requested data session is to be established. The enforcement application can consider various data, input obtained at the user device, and/or other considerations including subscriber data and network data. Based upon these data, the enforcement application can determine network congestion, available resources, available bandwidth, an allocation rate of congestion credits (“credits”) for the user, a flow rate of the credits from an account to a credit pool, and a usage rate of the credits from the credit pool. The enforcement application can be configured to enforce the usage rate against a data session and to issue one or more commands to control the data session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Shyam Parekh, Catagay Buyukkoc, Yonatan Aharon Levy, Mostafa Tofighbakhsh
  • Patent number: 9633179
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for central management of licenses, particularly those relating to wagering games. A license proxy deployed in and/or dedicated to a gaming establishment may operate under the control of a central licensing manager controlled by another entity, e.g., by a game provider. The license proxy may receive requests to enable features of an electronic gaming machine of the gaming establishment (e.g., game themes, player tracking features and/or peripheral device features) and determine, based on information provided by the central licensing manager, whether to grant such requests. The license proxy may also process requests to enable features of other devices in a gaming establishment, such as server-based features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Michael Kinsley
  • Patent number: 9619799
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the deployment of financial instruments and other assets are disclosed. In one embodiment, a security software protocol is disclosed that guarantees that the asset is always securely encrypted, that one and only one copy of an asset exists, and the asset is delivered to an authenticated and/or authorized customer. Additionally, exemplary embodiments of provisioning systems are disclosed that are capable of, among other things, handling large bursts of traffic (such as can occur on a so-called “launch day” of a device).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Haggerty, Ahmer A. Khan, Christopher B. Sharp, Jerrold Von Hauck, Joakim Linde, Kevin P. McLaughlin, Mehdi Ziat, Yousuf H. Vaid
  • Patent number: 9594884
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer-readable storage media for licensing an application for a device are provided herein. The method includes providing a license for an application from a licensing service to a number of computing devices associated with a user, wherein the license includes credentials. The method also includes associating the credentials with each computing device and periodically determining a state of a subscription corresponding to the license on each computing device. Each computing device is configured to call the licensing service at configurable time periods in order to determine the state of the subscription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Karvell Li, Robert Donner, Amit Wadhwa
  • Patent number: 9595034
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring third party access to a restricted item is provided. Key data is embedded in the restricted item, the key data being associated with a store of value and usable to conduct a transaction against the store of value. A record of the transaction becomes visible in a transaction ledger. The transaction ledger is monitored to determine whether a transaction against the store of value has occurred, and the restricted item is designated as accessed by a third party in the event that a transaction against the store of value has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Gert-Jan Van Rooyen, Frederick Johannes Lutz, Herman Arnold Engelbrecht
  • Patent number: 9553727
    Abstract: A portable device receives an encrypted message from an electronic health record database server including a request to perform a biometric authentication to approve a transaction. The device prompts a user to speak a pass phrase. The device creates a set of variables including the pass phrase and at least one more variable characterizing the spoken voice. The authentication module transmits an encrypted message to the health record database server including a session identification information and the set of variables. In response, the device receives an encrypted message from the health record database server determining whether the biometric authentication is successful and the transaction is approved, wherein determination is made by the health record database server and is based on verifying the session identification information, the pass phrase, and the user identity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Omid Ebrahimi Kia
  • Patent number: 9471916
    Abstract: A method, a system, and a computer program product are provided for wireless establishment of identity via bi-directional radio-frequency identification (RFID). The method is implemented in a computer infrastructure having computer executable code tangibly embodied on a computer readable storage medium having programming instructions operable for sending device data including at least a username and a password to a transceiver. The method also includes receiving an identifier of an access point in a wireless network from the transceiver, the transceiver sending the device data to the access point via a security server. The device data is sent to the access point based on the identifier of the access point, the access point establishing a secure connection to the computer infrastructure based on the device data received from the transceiver and the computer infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John R. Dingler, Frank C. Fisk, Sri Ramanathan, Matthew A. Terry, Matthew B. Trevathan
  • Patent number: 9384485
    Abstract: Systems and methods for rapidly provisioning functionality to one or more mobile communication devices are disclosed. The method may comprise generating, prior to a request for the functionality, a globally unique identifier (“GUID”) encryption key, wherein the GUID comprises a unique identifier that may be associated with a transaction account customer, generating a value associated with the GUID, deriving, based on the value, a plurality of base encryption keys associated with the value, creating, a perso-script, wherein the perso-script comprises a file associated with data associated with a customer, and/or creating a proto-script, wherein the proto-script comprises the perso-script prepended by a script to rotate the plurality of base encryption keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RELATED SERVICES COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: John G. McDonald
  • Patent number: 9378499
    Abstract: A card reader configured to read a smart card can be detachably connected to a mobile computing device. When the card reader is attached to the mobile device, an application installed on the mobile computing device permits the mobile device to communicate with the card reader in order to process transactions. Security measures can be used on the mobile device to prevent theft of a PIN during software PIN entry of a payment transaction. The mobile device can prevent the keypad or other input interface from displaying feedback. The mobile device can also prevent passcodes from being stolen by displaying media encoded with digital rights management (DRM) and by managing the media and user inputs at a secure server. A mobile device can securely communicate with a card reader for a payment transaction using asymmetric or symmetric encryption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver S. C. Quigley, Nathan McCauley, Bob Lee
  • Patent number: 9262882
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, determining that a voting user interface (VUI) is to be provided with search results, the VUI enabling a user to submit one or more votes in a voting-based campaign; receiving social content, the social content having been distributed using one or more social networking services; receiving search results that are responsive to a search query; and transmitting instructions to display the search results and the VUI, the VUI comprising the social content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Tilke Mary Judd, Jyrki A. Alakuijala, Alexandru Ovidiu Dovlecel, Zaheed Sabur, Abraham Moolenaar, Peter W. Dickman, Marvin Chow, Ardan Arac
  • Patent number: 9235691
    Abstract: Apparatus, techniques and systems for preventing illegal use of software and other digital files based on operations of a data storage device controller in a computer or computer system. For example, a method for preventing illegal use of software includes: configuring a computer to use a data storage device controller to control use of each digital file stored on one or more data storage devices; before a use of each digital file, operating the data storage device controller to access a storage device on which the digital file is stored to check whether the digital file meets a condition for use; and operating the data storage device controller to block use of the digital file when the condition is not met and to allow execution of the digital file when the condition is met. The digital file can be an application software or other digital documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sergii Mishura
    Inventor: Sergii Mishura
  • Patent number: 9142096
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for managing licenses in gaming networks. Some aspects of the invention are provided as a license manager module that operates as part of a server-based system for provisioning and configuring gaming machines. Security and authentication techniques are provided to prevent unauthorized gaming software usage. Such gaming software may be, for example, downloaded to gaming machines in the network under the control of a gaming establishment's game management server that is in communication with a license manager device. In preferred implementations, a gaming machine is prevented from executing software for a game of chance unless the license for that game is valid and has not expired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Michael Kinsley, Steven LeMay, Lance Orner