Patents Examined by Mamon Obeid
  • Patent number: 8660965
    Abstract: A method for transmitting an order from a mobile device to a physical location of a merchant involves receiving, by the mobile device, the order while the mobile device is outside a predetermined distance from the physical location, storing the order to a storage device, and determining, by the mobile device and after storing the order, that the mobile device is within the predetermined distance from the physical location. The method further involves receiving, by the mobile device, a request from the user to submit the order after determining the mobile device is within the predetermined distance from the physical location, retrieving the order from the storage device in response to the request, and transmitting the order to the merchant after retrieving the order when the mobile device is within the predetermined distance of the physical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan M. Bickerstaff
  • Patent number: 8645277
    Abstract: Online sale of software product use licenses through a data network by offering software products (SOFT) through vendor sites, purchasing a license on-line on one of said vendor sites, and activating said license on-line by a different licensing site. A specific component (COMP) is provided with the software product (SOFT) and identifying data (IDV) of the vendor site are transmitted during the download of the software product (SOFT). When the component (COMP) is executed in an equipment, the component (COMP) locally accesses said data (IDV) and identifying data (IDL) of the licensing site and activates the license by setting up an on-line communication with the licensing site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Media Patents, S.L.
    Inventor: Alvaro Fernández Gutiérrez
  • Patent number: 8645278
    Abstract: Online sale of software product use licenses through a data network by offering software products (SOFT) through vendor sites, purchasing a license on-line on one of said vendor sites, and activating said license on-line by a different licensing site. A specific component (COMP) is provided with the software product (SOFT) and identifying data (IDV) of the vendor site are transmitted during the download of the software product (SOFT). When the component (COMP) is executed in an equipment, the component (COMP) locally accesses said data (IDV) and identifying data (IDL) of the licensing site and activates the license by setting up an on-line communication with the licensing site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Media Patents, S.L.
    Inventor: Alvaro Fernández Gutiérez
  • Patent number: 8645280
    Abstract: A method for verifying permission to use a payment system such as an electronic credit card, using a hand held communication device such as a smart phone, where the customer presents the communication device to a merchant who extracts account information from the hand held device, and the hand held device generates a transaction code that is shared with the merchant and sent by both to a financial institution. The financial institution sends a new random code to the user and the merchant, which can be compared to verify the user's account and the financial institution's approval of the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Craig McKenzie
  • Patent number: 8646097
    Abstract: The aim of the present invention is to limit the impact of security breaches, which are the emulators of the security module. This aim is reached by a processing unit of audio/video digital conditional access data, encrypted by control words, responsible for processing security messages containing at least one cryptogram relative to a control word and one instruction relative to the control word, characterized in that it includes means to receive at least two micro programs by security messages, executable by the security module, said security module comprising means to store at least two micro programs and means to receive an instruction contained in the security message, for selecting the micro program indicated by the instruction, for executing the said micro program with at least the cryptogram as a parameter of execution, this execution allowing the calculation of the control word to be sent back to the audio/video processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nagravision, S.A.
    Inventors: Joel Conus, Luca Gradassi, Rached Ksontini, Henri Kudelski
  • Patent number: 8627483
    Abstract: Privacy is defined in the context of a guessing game based on the so-called guessing inequality. The privacy of a sanitized record, i.e., guessing anonymity, is defined by the number of guesses an attacker needs to correctly guess an original record used to generate a sanitized record. Using this definition, optimization problems are formulated that optimize a second anonymization parameter (privacy or data distortion) given constraints on a first anonymization parameter (data distortion or privacy, respectively). Optimization is performed across a spectrum of possible values for at least one noise parameter within a noise model. Noise is then generated based on the noise parameter value(s) and applied to the data, which may comprise real and/or categorical data. Prior to anonymization, the data may have identifiers suppressed, whereas outlier data values in the noise perturbed data may be likewise modified to further ensure privacy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Yaron Rachlin, Katherine Probst, Rayid Ghani
  • Patent number: 8620817
    Abstract: A method and system for creating license management in software applications are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving an installer package associated with a software application to be run on a computer, the installer package not including license administration functionality. One or more executable files are extracted from the installer package. One or more license-enabled executable files are generated with the one or more executable files and a license wrapper. A new installer package is created with the one or more license-enabled executable files, the new installer package supporting the license administration functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Flexera Software, Inc.
    Inventor: Marwan Tabet
  • Patent number: 8600897
    Abstract: A flexible product distribution and payment system for computer network based electronic commerce is disclosed. Primary content data is made available to customers through a detachable local storage medium, such as a DVD or CD-ROM disc, or over a network connection. The primary content is capable of being accessed and played back through a computer or game console at the customer site. The primary content distribution may comprise a superset of content that is intended to be used by the customer. The customer is allowed to view and access the encoded primary content, and is charged only for the primary content that is used. Content that is encoded on the medium but that is not used by the customer remains on the medium but is not charged. A content database and customer database maintained at the primary customer site maintain records of products ordered and used by the customer, as well as identification and use patterns associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Masayuki Chatani
  • Patent number: 8583557
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and storage mediums for providing multi-media content storage and management services are provided. A method includes, from a single user interface: creating a library of content items, creating at least one other content item that includes an electronic greeting, and associating at least one component of the library with the electronic greeting to form an arrangement. The electronic greeting includes an electronic greeting card and a personalized message. The electronic greeting also includes a gift associated with a unique code. The gift includes one or more of a: music selection, movie, computer game, and video game. The gift is retrievable via electronic download upon entry of the unique code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy A. Hill, Marie McMenamin, Zakir Patrawaia, Mukesh K. Singh
  • Patent number: 8566596
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, an apparatus comprising a transceiver configured to send and receive data and logic coupled to the transceiver. The logic is configured to determine from a signal received by the transceiver whether an associated device sending the signal supports a protocol for advertising available services. The logic is configured to send a request for available services from the associated device via the transceiver responsive to determining the associated device supports the protocol. The logic is configured to receive a response to the request via the transceiver, the response comprising at least one service advertisement and a signature. The logic is configured to validate the response by confirming the signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David Stephenson, Esteban Raul Torres, Joseph Salowey, Chetin Ersoy, Nancy Cam-Winget
  • Patent number: 8538892
    Abstract: A method and a system for electronically transacting a purchase between a purchaser and a merchant are disclosed. The method includes storing accrued incentives on an intelligent data carrier medium via interactive television (DTV/STB) equipment and redeeming a discount or a value corresponding to the accrued incentives present on the data carrier medium when a purchase is made. The electronic purchase system using an electronic network contains a purchaser interactive television (DTV/STB) equipment connected to the electronic network, a fixed intelligent data carrier medium connected to the interactive television (DTV/STB) equipment for service authentication and decryption and a detachable intelligent data carrier medium connected to the interactive television (DTV/STB) equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Thomson Licenging
    Inventors: Richard Humpleman, Dan Watson, Manu Mehta
  • Patent number: 8527427
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for conducting a transaction involving transmission of a dynamic authentication code in place of a static PIN block using currently existing messaging standards or PIN acceptance devices. Minimal changes to existing processes an equipment are made while greatly improving security and fraud minimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventor: John Wankmueller
  • Patent number: 8521821
    Abstract: Sending and receiving encrypted emails. At a web browser, user input is received requesting a compose email page user interface for a web-based email system. The compose email page user interface is requested from a server for the web-based mail system. Web page code is received from the server for the compose email page user interface. The web page code for the compose email page user interface is parsed to determine screen locations of one or more user input interface elements. The compose email page user interface is rendered in the browser. One or more browser-based interface elements implemented integral to the browser are overlaid onto the compose email page user interface. User input is received in the browser user interface elements. The user input received is encrypted. The encrypted user input is transferred into one or more elements of the compose email page user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Timothy W. van der Horst, Kent Eldon Seamons
  • Patent number: 8499304
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, one or more methods and/or systems described can perform displaying, on a handheld device, multiple icons associated with multiple segments; receiving first user input indicating a first segment of the multiple segments; executing a first virtual machine associated with the first segment on the handheld device; executing a first application on the first virtual machine; receiving second user input indicating a second segment of the multiple segments; executing a second virtual machine associated with the second segment on the handheld device; and executing a second application on the second virtual machine. In one or more embodiments, one or more methods and/or systems described can further perform before executing the second virtual machine, receiving authentication information and determining that the user is authenticated. In one or more embodiments, the authentication information can include at least one of a user name, a password, and/or biometric information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Gustavo De Los Reyes, Michael Horton, Sanjay Macwan
  • Patent number: 8489453
    Abstract: Improved techniques and systems to facilitate use of credit to acquire digital media assets from a network-based media server are disclosed. A user can acquire credit in a variety of different ways including, for example, through redeeming a credit invitation. Once a user has available credit by whatever means, the user can acquire one or more digital media assets from the network-based media server using his/her available credit. In one embodiment, the credit is provided as item credits, whereby each item credit can be used to acquire a selected digital media asset. However, not all of the digital media assets available from the network-based media server are permitted to be acquired using item credits. The country of origin of the user and/or the type of media asset can influence the digital media assets that can be acquired using item credits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Burkholder
  • Patent number: 8417643
    Abstract: A client device comprises a first secure element and a second secure element. The first secure element comprises a first computer-readable medium having a payment application comprising instructions for causing the client device to initiate a financial transaction. The second secure element comprises a second computer-readable medium having a security key, a payment instrument, stored authentication data and instructions for generating a secure payment information message responsive to the payment application. The secure payment information message comprises the payment instrument and is encrypted in accordance with the security key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Upendra Mardikar
  • Patent number: 8412638
    Abstract: A method that comprises obtaining a currently received signature from a device; obtaining a candidate identifier associated with the device; consulting a database to obtain a set of previously received signatures associated with the candidate identifier; and validating the currently received signature based on a comparison of the currently received signature to the set of previously received signatures associated with the candidate identifier. Also, a method that comprises obtaining a currently received signature from a device; decrypting the currently received signature to obtain a candidate identifier; and a candidate scrambling code; consulting a database to obtain a set of previously received scrambling codes associated with the candidate identifier; and validating the currently received signature based on a comparison of the candidate scrambling code to the set of previously received scrambling codes associated with the candidate identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: BCE Inc.
    Inventors: Tet Hin Yeap, William G. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8412552
    Abstract: A trust look-up protocol is described that allows a meta-trusted third party, or trust directory, to mediate between parties of potential business collaborations and trusted third parties that are counted on to authorize or otherwise validate the business collaborations. The trust directory receives a trust request for a collaboration from one or more parties, and, based on the request, determines a specialty of a trusted third party that is suited to the request and the collaboration. The trust directory then obtains interface information for the trusted third party for forwarding to the requesting party. In this way, the trusted third party may make a determination as to whether the requesting party should proceed in the business collaboration. Afterwards, the trust directory may monitor communications that take place as part of the collaboration, for use in evaluating future requests and collaborations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: SAP Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jochen Haller, Philip Robinson
  • Patent number: 8380634
    Abstract: Upon a first process encountering a triggering device, a second process chooses whether to proxy-execute code corresponding to the triggering device of the first process on behalf of such first process based at least in part on whether a license evaluator of the second process has determined that the first process is to be operated in accordance with the terms and conditions of a corresponding digital license. The license evaluator at least in part performs such determination by running a script corresponding to the triggering device in the code of the first process. Thus, the first process is dependent upon the second process and the license for operation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Andrey Lilikov, Donald H. Rule, Kristjan E. Hatlelid, Nir Ben Zvi
  • Patent number: 8375459
    Abstract: Human ability to perceive higher audio frequencies diminishes with age. Functionality can be implemented to use a combination of audio tones with varying frequencies to identify an age range to which a user belongs and accordingly control access to age dependent access controlled information and services. The user's ability to perceive one or more audio tones in the combination of audio tones depends on the user's age. Thus, different users, depending on the users' age, may perceive the same combination of audio tones differently. Such an age verification system based on human perception of audio tones can minimize the need for identification cards and a reliance on the user providing accurate age information. This can prevent the user from misinterpreting his/her age to access the age dependent access controlled information and can ensure that only an authorized user gets access to the age dependent access controlled information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lloyd W. Allen, Jr., Travis M. Grigsby, Jana H. Jenkins, Steven M. Miller