Patents Examined by Jeffrey D. Carlson
  • Patent number: 7904333
    Abstract: A Web-based electronic commerce (EC) enabled shopping network configured to allow members of a consumer product management team and authorized parties to communicate directly with consumers shopping at EC-enabled WWW-sites along the World Wide Web (WWW), serviced by programmable Multi-Mode Virtual Kiosks (MMVKs) driven by server-side components and managed by product management team members and authorized parties. When generated by the first Internet-enabled information server, each MMVK has a graphical user interface (GUI) that is characterized by a plurality of independently programmable display modes. Upon the Web-browser of each consumer encountering an installed MMVK tag along an EC-enabled Website, the corresponding server-side driven MMVK is automatically generated by the first Internet-enabled information server and served to the Web browser for display and review by the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: IPF, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Perkowski
  • Patent number: 7870023
    Abstract: A system, including a planning module, a control module and a receiver module, configured to schedule display of one or more advertising impressions of available advertising inventory. The planning module enables scheduling a requested quantity of advertising impressions in accordance with target criteria. Further, the planning module enables selecting an advertising impression goal for advertisement, assigning an advertising type and defining a weight for the advertisements. The control module receives the schedule, the advertising type and the defined weights and generates one or more metadata files that contain target criteria, advertising type and weights for the advertisements. The one or more metadata files, with the advertisements, are delivered to the receiver module that is configured to define a display frequency for the advertisements based upon one or more of the metadata files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Stuart Ozer, Michael Patrick Hart, Wei Wei Ada Cho, Carolyn Khanh Chau
  • Patent number: 7870025
    Abstract: A method for switching vendors, including sending an invitation to a user to rate a first vendor in response to the user designating the first vendor as a payee, receiving a rating assigned to the first vendor, determining a second vendor as an alternative to the first vendor based on the rating being below a predefined threshold, sending information associated with the second vendor to the user, receiving a request from the user to switch from the first vendor to the second vendor, sending a cancellation notice to the first vendor in response to receiving the request, transmitting user information to a computer of the second vendor for setting up a new account, and charging the second vendor a fee for sending the information associated with the second vendor to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventor: Paul English
  • Patent number: 7848948
    Abstract: An Internet-based product brand marketing communication network allowing members of a consumer product brand management team to communicate directly with consumers present at HTML-encoded pages of an electronic commerce (EC) enabled Web-site along fabric of the World Wide Web (WWW), using programmable Multi-Mode Virtual Kiosks (MMVKs) driven by server-side components and managed by product brand management team members and/or authorized parties. When a consumer's Web browser encounters an MMVK tag along the WWW, the MMVK is generated and automatically plays through its display modes, inviting and allowing the consumer to review and interact with advertising spots, promotional spots, and brand information resources displayed within the GUI of the MMVK, along the fabric of the WWW where the MMVK has been installed. Web-based subsystems are provided for programming these display modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: IPF, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Perkowski, Vaibhava Muchhal, Katherine Kennedy, Fernando Ulloa, Jr., Kathleen O'Hara
  • Patent number: 7844492
    Abstract: Internet-based Enterprise-Level Brand Management And Marketing Communication Network based on an innovative brand command, control and communication architecture (BC3), which gives brand owners complete command and control over the wide range of brand-building assets, messaging and promotions scattered throughout the Web, and how they are communicated to directly consumers at diverse Web touch points, with the efficiency and automation of supply-chain management solutions. The Network supports the deployment, installation and remote programming of brand-building server-side driven Multi-Mode Virtual Kiosks on the World Wide Web (WWW), and provide brand managers, their agents and online trading partners the power to build stronger online brands, drive sales and eliminate existing friction in the retail chain through a collaborative carrier-class, industrial-strength e-marketing communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: IPF, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Perkowski, Vaibhava Muchhal
  • Patent number: 7844490
    Abstract: A method for using promotional programs and merchant values is disclosed. In one example, the method includes receiving an authorization request message including a merchant verification value through a payment processing network, where the authorization request message is associated with a purchase by a consumer. A merchant-specific promotional program is then determined using the merchant verification value, and the merchant specific promotional program is performed. For example, the promotional program can be a sweepstakes and the task may be determining of the consumer is an instant winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventor: Barbara Patterson
  • Patent number: 7788130
    Abstract: A method of offering advertising services to a client for advertising a client website on the Internet comprises the steps of enabling a website-related services partner to cause an opt-in object to be displayed on a partner or reseller affiliate website through which the client may choose to establish an Internet advertising services account without leaving the affiliate website, receiving corresponding client information from the affiliate, and using the received client information to establish the Internet advertising services account. The invention also covers a related computer system for performing the method. Generated revenue is preferably shared among the advertising services provider, the partner, and the affiliate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Kanoodle.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Feeley, Joseph Holcomb, Scott Bliss
  • Patent number: 7778874
    Abstract: An advertising system automatically generates suggested ad campaign parameters for a business based on information obtained automatically from one or more sources, such as a corresponding business directory listing, a web site of the business, and/or a user account record associated with the business. The suggested ad campaign parameters, which may include suggested keyword strings for ad targeting, are presented to a user associated with the business via a partially or wholly pre-populated electronic form that can be submitted to create an active ad campaign for the business. In one embodiment, the pre-populated form is presented in response to the user selecting an ad solicitation object displayed on a web page. The ad solicitation object may be displayed in the format of an actual ad, and may include suggested ad text for use in the ad campaign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin M. Saunders
  • Patent number: 7761329
    Abstract: The present invention is related to an advertising method using internet e-mail and chatting window which involves an advertisement in e-mail or chatting window, and compensates the person for seeing the advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventors: Jin-Yong Joo, Yang-Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 7685017
    Abstract: Promoting efficient communication among users. Uses having a symbol of the same network resource are led to the same virtual space. Specifically, intermediary server 2 converting ID of merchandise icon and ID of virtual space for chat is provided. When user terminal 1 obtained a merchandise icon reports merchandise icon ID to the intermediary server 2, ID of a virtual space corresponding to the merchandise icon is returned to the user terminal 1. A user can share information on each merchandise by participating in this virtual space. Namely, users having a common purpose can chat with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Kazuki Matsui, Soichi Nishiyama, Youji Kohda
  • Patent number: 7668747
    Abstract: An online system presents remote users with static incentives, dynamic incentives and the ability to create and submit customizable incentives related to goods or services of interest to the user. By using the incentive delivery system, the user can research goods or services of interest and in an interactive fashion create an incentive package most desirable to the user and submit same to a central location. The systems performs decisioning routines on submitted incentive requests and makes such requests available for review. Ultimately, the submitted requests may be accepted or rejected or a counter-incentive may be issued to the user for consideration. A manufacturer, such as an automobile manufacturer, can offer incentives direct to its consumers and enter into an electronic dialogue with its customers to help drive profits and sales in the most efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Autosavings Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Murphy, Steven D. Baker, Howard I. Epstein
  • Patent number: 7606729
    Abstract: A store controller determines a monetary value, such as an amount of spare change due to a customer, and allocates a portion of a lottery ticket for the customer. The portion is based on the monetary value, and may be, for example, equal to the monetary value, or may be the monetary value rounded to the nearest nickel. The store controller outputs a ticket identifier that identifies the lottery ticket (e.g. a serial number) and a portion identifier that identifies the allocated portion of the lottery ticket (e.g. $0.34 of a $2.00 lottery ticket). Typically, the store controller outputs the identifiers to a POS terminal, which prints a fractional lottery ticket redeemable for a portion of the lottery ticket's prize. The store controller also stores the ticket identifier and the portion identifier, to assure that fraudulent tickets will be detected. After a drawing date of the lottery ticket, the customer redeems the fractional lottery ticket, typically at a POS terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Andrew S. Van Luchene
  • Patent number: 7580855
    Abstract: A computer-implemented electronic commerce apparatus and method is provided. The apparatus includes a connection to the distributed communication network and a consumer information storage, the consumer information storage including a consumer identifier storage, at least one site identifier, and including for each site a consumer identifier activity information pertaining to visited websites, wherein the electronic commerce apparatus receives the activity information, stores the activity information in the consumer information storage, and uses the activity information to create a tailored promotion and to present the tailored promotion to the consumer upon the consumer's visit to a second website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Webloyalty.com
    Inventor: Richard Fernandes
  • Patent number: 7558752
    Abstract: A universal or special-purpose auction system and method are disclosed wherein at least one auction allocation policy is implemented which results in adjusting a bid submitted by a trader or a clearing calculation is modified to incorporate a constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Ariba, Inc.
    Inventors: Eithan Ephrati, Yoav Shoham, Michael Wellman
  • Patent number: 7552069
    Abstract: Techniques for generating and making incentive offers and promotions to consumers to influenced the consumers' purchasing behavior. Offers are customized for each individual consumer based on the particular consumer's purchase history information (or shopping history) and the consumer's response to the offers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Concept Shopping, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Kepecs
  • Patent number: RE47309
    Abstract: The present invention is a system comprising image capture device, such as a scanner or digital camera connected to a computer processor that is able to capture and store images, and method of using the same for storing and processing expense receipts. The computer processor analyzes the images of the receipts, converts the images to text, analyzes the data, extracts expense data, and puts the data into an expense report. The end user can review the captured expense data, correct it or add to it. Preferably, the system displays the image of the receipt side-by-side with the captured expense data to make review and editing easier. In a preferred embodiment the image capture device is portable, such as a handheld scanner or digital camera, so that a user can scan receipts while traveling and discard the receipt. Also, in a preferred embodiment, the images are encrypted to prevent tampering by the user or a third party, and thereby preserve the integrity of the receipt image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: THE NEAT COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Raphael Spero, Leslie Spero
  • Patent number: RE47446
    Abstract: A wireless communication system of the invention comprises a plurality of communication stations decentralized-autonomously construct a network without having a relation between a control station and a station to be controlled under a communication circumstance where a plurality of channels are prepared. In this case, each of the communication stations prepares a plurality of operation modes for activating transmitting and receiving operations, informs the own operation mode, and receives information regarding operation modes of peripheral stations to manage its operation mode of each of the peripheral stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shigeru Sugaya
  • Patent number: RE47464
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a processor configured to monitor at a recurring interval a plurality of message queues and a plurality of server sessions that access the message queues, determine, at each occurrence of the interval, an appropriate number of server sessions per queue that achieves acceptable load balance, and redistribute the server sessions among the message queues to match the appropriate number of server session per queue upon determining the appropriate number of server sessions and prior to a subsequent occurrence of the interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: III Holdings 6, LLC
    Inventors: Faiyaz Shikari, Madhav Matta
  • Patent number: RE47487
    Abstract: A device and method facilitates communication with a network-based service or application such as a Social Networking Service (SNS), for example. The device may be a cellular telephone that is not normally equipped to communicate with such services. However, a controller in the device selects a bearer service that can be used to communicate with the service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Travis Angle, Daniel Dzuban, Graeme M. Gibbs, Jeffrey Griffin, Joachim Karlsson, Seneca D. Meyer, Kenneth Douglas Norbury
  • Patent number: RE47559
    Abstract: A parking area detecting method includes generating a top view image by capturing images of surroundings of a vehicle, detecting a first directional parking line from the top view image, detecting a second directional parking line having a direction different from a direction of the first directional parking line from the top view image, and detecting a parking area by combining the first directional parking line and the second directional parking line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Industry-University Cooperation Foundation Hanyang Universtiy
    Inventors: Seong Sook Ryu, Eu Gene Chang, Jae Seob Choi, Dae Joong Yoon, Jae Kyu Suhr, Ho Gi Jung