Patents Examined by Kambiz Abdi
  • Patent number: 10275791
    Abstract: Systems and methods configure a set of sharing options in an electronic communication to be sent to recipients based on the recipients' sharing preferences. The sharing preferences may be generally applicable to all categories of content or may be specific to one or more specific categories of content. One embodiment involves identifying a category of content, identifying a sharing preference of a particular recipient for sharing that category of content, configuring a set of sharing options based on that sharing preference, and sending the sharing-preference targeted communication with the content to the recipient. The recipient receiving the communication and seeing his or her preferred sharing option available may use that option and share the content of the communication with others enhancing the distribution of the content. The recipient's most preferred sharing option may be more prominently displayed than others to further encourage sharing of the content by the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: Adobe Inc., Neolane SAS
    Inventors: Ashish Duggal, Anmol Dhawan, Sachin Soni, Stéphane Moreau
  • Patent number: 10275583
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a messaging system capable of expression-based communication and/or expression-based actions. The messaging system can run on a computing device. For example, the messaging system monitors a camera feed from a camera of the computing device to detect a biometric signature when a messaging interface of the messaging application is actively being used. The messaging system can match the detected biometric signature against a known profile utilizing a facial recognition process to authenticate an operating user to use the messaging application. The messaging system can determine a human expression based on the detected biometric signature utilizing an expression recognition process to associate a contextual tag with an activity on the messaging interface. The messaging system can then communicate with a message server system to associate the contextual tag with content presented to the operating user or a conversation participated by the operating user via the messaging application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Eric Leuthardt, Scott Stern
  • Patent number: 10262335
    Abstract: A system can offer an enhanced event experience for users of the system by tracking the locations of the users during a purchased-access event such as a ticketed event and offering real time location-based upgrades to the users. The locations of users can be used to determine a demonstrated interest by the user for a particular location or product in the event venue and to offer upgrades tailored to that demonstrated interest. For example, a concert attendee with a ticket for a particular seat may be detected a location relatively far from the user's seat such as a location near a seat of a friend of the user. The system can detect the user's location, identify available seats near the user's location, and offer the user an upgrade to the identified available seats. Location-based upgrades can also be provided in airplanes, hotels, cruise ships, or other venues or events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Matthew Scott Zises
  • Patent number: 10255616
    Abstract: A social networking system captures performance metrics of an offer by selecting a whisper code to include in an offer when presenting the offer to users of the social networking system. The social networking system receives information for providing its users with an offer for redemption at a merchant establishment. The social networking system also receives a set of rules for selecting a whisper code to go with the offer. The rules may be based on any context for which the advertiser or merchant may want to track performance of the offer. When presenting the offer, the social networking system selects a whisper code using those rules. This tracking using different whisper codes enables the merchant to understand the performance of the offer campaign based on the context in which the social networking system presents the offers to its users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Michael Bruich, Frederick Ross Leach
  • Patent number: 10235692
    Abstract: Systems and related methods facilitating payments with a mobile device are discussed herein. Circuitry in a networked-based central system, which may be a promotional system or payment system, may be configured to receive payment information from a consumer device. The consumer device may include circuitry configured to receive wallet identifying data from the central system. The wallet identification data may be used to secure messages between the consumer device and another device, such as a merchant device, over a wireless link. In some embodiments, the consumer device may receive promotional offers, such as deal vouchers or rewards, and make payments to the other device via the wireless link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Tuomas Artman, Jyri Engestrom, Ulf Schwekendiek
  • Patent number: 10229431
    Abstract: A communication server is disclosed. The communication server comprises a processor, a memory, and an application stored in the memory. The application, when executed by the processor, receives a request that identifies a subject to remove from a user history of the a user equipment (UE), wherein the user history is compiled based on communication events initiated by the UE and is associated with content that is sent to the UE. The application, responsive to receiving the request from the UE, transmits a user history modification request to a history management server, wherein the communication server disassociates the subject from the user history identified in the request received from the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Tanya S. Hatcher, Bryce A. Jones, Rodney D. Nelson, Mark D. Peden
  • Patent number: 10210533
    Abstract: The method and system of merges user-supplied electronic content with relevant ads based upon relevancy factors discerned form the ads and the content. Further, profiles and session histories of user-visitors are monitored and ad relevancy factors discerned form the profiles and session histories are employed to obtain user-relevant ads. The content relevant ads and user relevant ads are inserted into a preformed web page in addition to the user-supplied content. A revenue splitting module shares the ad referral or sales revenue from the click throughs to advertiser designated web sites. The relevancy factors relate to one or more of the supplied content, the user who uploaded the content, the user profile (previously input by the user), current session history, past session history, the user-group profiles and any user referral source. A comparator matches relevancy factors and ads. Ad selection by category, hierarchical or orthogonal match and high pay referral fees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Redgage LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Redlich
  • Patent number: 10198739
    Abstract: Systems and methods configured to award achievement designations to users connected by a network are described, wherein users are automatically granted these achievement designations based on their user profiles and activity. An achievement creation module formulates a plurality of achievement designations based on predefined criteria and a user profile creation/retrieval module obtains one or more user profiles for users of the network. A user activity determination module is configured to determine user activities relating to the one or more user profiles and an achievement designation module awards an appropriate one of the plurality of achievement designations to a particular user based on the particular user's activities. A notification module is configured to notify the one or more user profiles of the achievement designations and a user interface module of the system is configured to provide the achievement designations to a user interface associated with the users for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Orkut Buyukkokten
  • Patent number: 10185975
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward systems and methods for generating an un-subscription model and predicting whether a potential customer will un-subscribe from receiving electronic marketing content from a marketing source. For example, systems and methods described herein involve generating a prediction un-subscription model that predicts whether a potential customer is prone to un-subscribe from receiving future communications about a product or merchant in response to receiving a communication for the product or merchant. The systems and methods further involve determining an appropriate action to take with regard to a potential customer based on whether the potential customer is prone to un-subscribe from receiving future communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Moumita Sinha, Kandarp Sunil Khandwala, Harvineet Singh, Dharwar Prasanna Kumar Tejas
  • Patent number: 10169782
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward targeting advertisements to a close-knit group of users. Methods and systems of the present disclosure identify a close-knit group of users or devices based on the use of a concurrent streaming account. The methods and system further include providing an advertisement in conjunction with the content streaming to the devices of the close-knit group to increase the likelihood of a conversion. Optionally, the methods and systems tailor these advertisements based on an age segment of targeted users or based on features engaged by another user of the close-knit group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Ashish Duggal, Anmol Dhawan, Anuj Jain, Sachin Soni
  • Patent number: 10115128
    Abstract: Methods and Systems for Targeting Messages to a Traveler. Requests can be received to transmit messages to a traveler based on a location and a categorization of the traveler. A device location can be received. Location information of the traveler can be determined. Prior expense report information can be determined. Entity expense policy can be determined. The location information, the prior expense information, and the entity expense policy information can be categorized to generate a projected route. Updated device location can be received. It can be determined that the device is in a location corresponding to the projected location information based on the updated device location. Any targeted messages that have a category that matches a category for the location information, the prior expense information, and the policy information can be transmitted to a device of the traveler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Depasquale, John Love, Michael Lore, Michael Fredericks, Andrew Csontos
  • Patent number: 10102551
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing coupons to a customer are provided. The method may include a computer server associated with a store receiving, from a customer, an image of a receipt from a competing store. The server may identify a product on the receipt which was purchased by the customer at the competing store and a purchase price. The server may compare the product with a corresponding product sold by the store to determine if the product was purchased by the customer at the competing store for a lower price than a price at which the corresponding product is sold at the store. The server may prepare a coupon for the customer to offer the customer a discount for shopping at the store if the product was purchased by the customer at the competing store for a lower price and transmit the coupon to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: David Jon Carr, Richard Mark Ramsden
  • Patent number: 10049392
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for protecting consumer privacy in an online advertising environment. A request may be received from a browser for a webpage along with a unique browser identifier. The browser may be provided a first portion of the webpage that is locally available. The unique browser identifier may be provided to at least one advertising entity, wherein the advertising entity determines an advertisement based, at least in part, on the unique browser identifier. The advertisement may be received from the advertising entity, and provided to the browser as a second portion of the webpage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9940631
    Abstract: An online content collection system includes a scanning server to scan web sites to retrieve a potential creative uniform resource locator (URL). The scanning and retrieving includes parsing web pages for the web sites, identifying a potential creative URL from the parsed web pages that matches a predetermined criterion for retrieving potential creative URLs, and retrieving the potential creative URL that matches the predetermined criterion. A data storage may be used to store creative URLs. An online content collection server analyzes the retrieved potential creative URL by determining whether the retrieved potential creative URL has been seen before by comparing the retrieved potential creative URL against the creative URLs stored in the data storage, and determining whether the retrieved potential creative URL points to a creative if the retrieved potential creative URL has been seen before.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew Figg, Jarred Holman
  • Patent number: 9934510
    Abstract: A system comprises an interface for enabling a user having a web property to input advertisement information including a web property advertisement, criteria indicating when presentation of the advertisement is desired by the user, a bid for the presentation of the advertisement when the criteria are met, and subsequent modifications to the advertisement information; geographically distributed servers, a plurality of the geographically distributed servers for storing the advertisement information, at least one of the geographically distributed servers for receiving a request for advertisement content from an advertising channel, at least one of the geographically distributed servers for determining whether the request meets the criteria, and at least one of the geographically distributed servers for forwarding the advertisement to the advertising channel in response to the request when the criteria have been met; and a distribution component for propagating the advertisement information to the geographically
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Collins, Scott Melvin Harvester, Paul Joseph Apodaca
  • Patent number: 9846905
    Abstract: Systems, gateway computers, and methods for using a gateway abstraction layer and application platform interfaces for conducting service transactions are disclosed. A gateway abstraction layer computers can receive service requests in multiple message formats or communication protocols, transform those service requests into other message formats to process the service using one or more networks or third-party service providers. The results of the service request can then be translated back to the message format in which the original service request was received. The gateway abstraction layer can be maintained using update messages received from service providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Edward Katzin, Mark Carlson
  • Patent number: 9792650
    Abstract: An exemplary system according to the present disclosure comprises a server system (comprising one or more computing devices) that is in communication with one or more financial exchange systems and one or more data source computer devices (e.g., news sources). Also in communication with the server system are one or more mobile communication devices. The server system comprises a memory and a processor executing software that enables the server system to receive live market data and information from one or more of the financial exchange systems and the data source computer devices; aggregate and filter the data and information; according to one or more pre-set user preferences and/or one or more user-initiated commands; and transmit the aggregated/filtered data and information to one or more mobile communication devices via one or more live data feeds. The mobile communication device displays aggregated/filtered information in a single, interactive GUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Trade Capture, OTC Corp.
    Inventors: Vincent P. Annunziata, David Ehrlich, Paul Summermatter, Eric M. Hermanson, John Rowland
  • Patent number: 9542683
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for protecting electronic money transactions from fraud and malware. An exemplary method include scanning a computer to detect software objects associated with electronic money that includes at least one of a wallet configured to store electronic money, an electronic money generating application, and data including an interaction history with an electronic exchange for electronic money; identifying and adjusting electronic money security modules configured to provide data security to the detected software objects associated with the electronic money; and executing, by the adjusted electronic money security modules, at least one electronic money transaction involving the electronic money. In one aspect, the electronic money security modules include a wallet protection module, a malware detection module, and a traffic control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: AO Kaspersky Lab
    Inventors: Alexander V. Kalinin, Sergey V. Dobrovolsky, Andrey Y. Solodovnikov, Vladislav V. Martynenko, Roel Schouwenberg
  • Patent number: 8924271
    Abstract: A user may select a payoff date for a loan online, and may receive a corresponding loan payoff quote for that date. Additionally, the user may receive a per diem payoff amount. When a user selects a particular payoff date via a website associated with the lender, the loan payoff quote is calculated and provided to the user via the website, text message, or email.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventor: Ryan Ray Barth
  • Patent number: 8756150
    Abstract: A credit card system is provided which has the added feature of providing additional limited use credit card numbers and/or cards. These numbers and/or cards can be used for a single or limited use transaction, thereby reducing the potential for fraudulent reuse of these numbers and/or cards. The credit card system finds application to “card remote” transactions such as by phone or Internet. Additionally, when a single use or limited use credit card is used for “card present” transactions, so called “skimming” fraud is eliminated. Various other features enhance the credit card system which will allow secure trade without the use of elaborate encryption techniques. Methods for limiting, distributing and using a limited use card number, controlling the validity of a limited use credit card number, conducting a limited use credit card number transaction and providing remote access devices for accessing a limited use credit card number are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Orbis Patents Limited
    Inventors: Daniel I Flitcroft, Graham O'Donnell