Patents Examined by Mark Fadok
  • Patent number: 10354315
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system are described for ordering items within a zone of a physical location. An example method may include wirelessly receiving at a server via a computer network a unique identifier associated with a physical ordering device, the physical ordering device being remotely located from the server, retrieving, at the server from an information source, item information describing an item configured to be associated with the unique identifier of the physical ordering device, retrieving, at the server from the information source, shipping data including a physical location uniquely associated with the physical ordering device, and generating at the server a purchase request for re-ordering the item. The method may further include processing at the server the purchase request, and authorizing at the server shipment of the item to the physical location associated with the physical ordering device responsive to the processing of the purchase request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Staples, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Goodwin, Faisal Masud, Shiv Agarwal, Ryan Bartley, M. Steven Walker, Pratabkumar Vemana, Daniel Hailemariam
  • Patent number: 10332189
    Abstract: A system selects a hearing device from several different available hearing devices in response to screening a consumer by providing a plurality of questions regarding the consumer's hearing that each require a subjective response. The questions can include questions relating to hearing difficulty during one-on-one conversations, hearing difficulty during conversations with women and/or children, hearing difficulty during conversations in restaurants and/or meetings, and presence of stress and/or agitating sounds. The recommended hearing device is automatically selected for the consumer based at least in part on the subjective responses. The recommended hearing device provides enhancement of high frequencies if the responses indicate difficulty hearing women and/or children, provides reduction of low frequencies if the responses indicate difficulty hearing in restaurants and/or meetings, and provides phase cancellation if the responses indicate presence of stress and/or agitating sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Sara J. Sable
  • Patent number: 10332176
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a computer-implemented method for digital inventories. An application interface module receives a request message from a user device at a physical store location linked to an online marketplace. The request message indicates a request to determine availability of a target item at the physical store location. The user device is linked to a user. In response to the request message, a database management module accesses inventory data of the online marketplace. An inventory engine determines whether the target item is available at the physical store location. Based on a determination that the target item is not available at the target store, a graphics processing module generates a digital representation of the user and the target item for display within a user interface rendered on the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Akshay Gadre, Kerri Breslin
  • Patent number: 10325248
    Abstract: The AUTOMOBILE MOBILE-INTERACTION PLATFORM APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS (“AMIP”) The AMIP transforms cloud-based wallet and automobile settings into transaction and automobile outputs. In some embodiments, a user may request to connect an electronic wallet account to an automobile interface. Once the user's credentials have been authenticated, the automobile interface may request and receive from a remote server automobile-related and payment-method-related settings. The automobile interface may then configure its settings according to the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Ayman Hammad, Julian Hua, Robert Rutherford
  • Patent number: 10319009
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus to generate group transactions for an item are described. An item may be one or more of a product and a service. An acceptable price for an item may be obtained from a consumer. The consumer may be categorized into a group characterized by common price range. A group offer may be provided to one or more sellers and/or one or more buyers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Bhupendra Jain
  • Patent number: 10319010
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating location-based retail pricing options are discussed herein. In an example, a method for generating location-based retail pricing options includes receiving, over a network from a user, a pricing request. The pricing request includes information identifying the user, a merchant, and an intended purchase. In this example, the method further includes determining a pricing option associated with the merchant and the intended purchase, and transmitting the pricing option to the user. The method still further includes processing a purchase transaction, associated with the user, for the intended purchase based on the pricing option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Ivan Mitrovic
  • Patent number: 10311528
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, from a builder, a purchase order (PO) that includes information descriptive of a product to be provided by a vendor in association with construction of a home. A first identifier specific to the builder may be used to identify the product. The method includes determining whether the PO is a configured PO, and generating a first alert when the PO is a non-configured PO. The method includes providing the first alert to the builder and the vendor. When the builder views the alert, the builder may be prompted to configure the PO using builder specific information. When the vendor views the alert, the vendor may be prompted to configure the PO using vendor specific information. Mapping information may provide translation of the builder specific information to the vendor specific information and translation of the vendor specific information to the builder specific information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Hyphen Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Felix Vasquez, Jr., Christopher F. Sugg, Brent B. Beseda
  • Patent number: 10304107
    Abstract: A computer program product for creating personalized artwork includes an art creation server comprising a processor, a data store, and a controller comprising a data management engine, a randomization engine, and an online shopping. Each of the controller subsystems may manipulate information in the data store. The data management engine may receive and manage art objects, including both pre-set and custom versions of the following: outline shapes, design elements, and medium settings. The randomization engine may automatically generate the personalized artwork using selected art objects. The online shopping engine may process a purchase order for a good characterized by the personalized artwork. The selected art objects, the personalized artwork, and the purchase order may be added to the information included in the data store. A production device may create the good using the information in the data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Gifts For You, LLC
    Inventors: James Tuchler, Aram Avetissian
  • Patent number: 10291715
    Abstract: Techniques are described for facilitating interactions between computing systems, such as in accordance with usage models that are configured for available services by the providers of the services. In some situations, the services are Web services, and an electronic Web service (“WS”) marketplace is provided via which third-party WS providers make their WSes available to third-party WS consumers who purchase access to those WSes via the electronic marketplace based on configured usage models selected by the consumers. Some or all of the one or more usage models configured for an available WS may each have associated use prices and/or non-price use conditions, and if so access to those WSes using those usage models may be provided only if a consumer requesting access provides appropriate payment and otherwise satisfies the specified use conditions for a selected usage model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Sirota, Gaurav D. Ghare, Don Johnson, Tushar Jain, Robert Frederick, Ashish Agrawal, Jeffrey Barr
  • Patent number: 10290031
    Abstract: A gestural checkout system includes a sensor-equipped server programmed with a gestural context application that authenticates a customer's identity upon entry to a retail store. The sensors include cameras. The sensors are identify products and detect gestures of the customer indicating a purchase decisions. Gestures include product pick-up, product movement and product-commit-to-container actions. For bulk items, an Implicit Gestural Scale communicates product identity and volumetric data wirelessly to the implicit gestural checkout. Recognition of shopper locomotion, past a line of demarcation near the exit, automatically authorizes electronic payment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Gregorio Reid
  • Patent number: 10275821
    Abstract: Disclosed is a smart shopping cart and a method of using a smart shopping cart. The smart shopping cart may hold a set of containers that the customer can place their items in as they are shopping. The customer will associate their mobile device with the physical cart as an electronic shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Jimmie R. Clark, Richard Andrew White, Christopher Soames Johnson
  • Patent number: 10262348
    Abstract: In one example, a content catalog system may process a bulk set of errors to prioritize those errors that may benefit from manual review by a human error administrator. A catalog quality management sub-system of the content catalog system may receive an error output describing a catalog error for a product aspect of a product in a content catalog from an error detection module. The catalog quality management sub-system may categorize the catalog error by a degree of human interaction with an error fix determined from an error metric in the error output. The catalog quality management sub-system may apply an error fix to the catalog error based on the degree of human interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Cedric Le Stunff, Victor Cazin, Alexandre Coutelier, Lucas Munoz, Nicolas Rival
  • Patent number: 10242398
    Abstract: A method may include receiving at an online payment service hosted on a first system, detailed information from an auction management (AM) system, the AM system hosted on a second system remote from the first system. The information may concern an item purchased by a user from a network-based commerce facility and placed in a virtual shopping cart on the AM system. The detailed information may be sent by the AM system in response to receiving an intent to proceed with payment for the item. A user interface may be communicated to the user that facilitates processing of the payment for the item. The processing may include marking the payment as being an AM payment. The interface may allow the user to view the detailed information and the detailed information describing contents of the virtual shopping cart on the AM system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Katherine Woo, Deborah Yee-Ky Liu
  • Patent number: 10223728
    Abstract: Systems and methods of directed item consumption recommendations are disclosed which include generating, with a server, empirical transition matrix data that includes row data for a first item and column data for a second item, and an entry in the empirical transition matrix data for a number of users that acquire the second item after the first item, generating, with the server, metadata transition matrix data by partitioning items for each item metadata type, setting a uniform transition probability for all items in the partition, and summing the uniform transition probabilities across all metadata types, generating, with the server, transition probability matrix data by multiplying the metadata transition matrix data with a weight parameter, adding the result to the empirical transition matrix data, and normalizing each row, and providing item recommendations to a user computing device communicatively coupled to the server according to the generated transition probability matrix data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Aiyou Chen, Jeffrey David Oldham
  • Patent number: 10223737
    Abstract: A method comprising receiving different types of crowd-sourced information, the different types of crowd-sourced information relating to a physical store that a plurality of electronic devices have visited. The method further comprises determining a plurality of products available in the physical store based on the different types of crowd-sourced information, and correlating the different types of crowd-sourced information to determine at least one product location of at least one product of the plurality of products available. Each product location of each product identifies a location of the product within the physical store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Vijay Srinivasan, Shalinder S. Sidhu, Koichi Mori
  • Patent number: 10217158
    Abstract: A system of routing a purchase order may include a purchase order identification unit configured to identifying a purchase order format associated with a client. The system may also include a routing control unit. The routing control unit may be configured to determine purchase order data based on the purchase order and the purchase order format. The routing control unit may be configured to generate a processed purchase order based on the purchase order data. The routing control unit may be configured to supplement the processed purchase order with additional purchase order data associated with the client. The routing control unit may be configured to apply purchase order security. The routing control unit may be configured to communicate, to a vendor, the processed purchase order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Steve Cochran, Hatem El-Sebaaly, Martin Braure De Calignon, Dave Schanker, Hesheng Li
  • Patent number: 10217086
    Abstract: A system for managing business to business communications may include an event generation unit configured to create a first event based on receiving a purchase order from a client. The system may also include an event detection unit in communication with the event generation unit, the event detection unit configured to detect the first event. The system may also include an action unit in communication with the event generation unit. The action unit may be configured to determine a first action to perform based on the detection of the first event, and perform the first action. The event generation unit may be further configured to create a second event based on the performance of the first action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Steve Cochran, Hatem El-Sebaaly, Greg Wilson, Paul Knuth, Chad Maloney
  • Patent number: 10204373
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying customers with ordered items at a retail enterprise may associate in a database each of a plurality of departments within a brick-and-mortar outlet with a different identification code, and also one of a plurality of customer codes identifying a customer with an order code identifying an order placed by the customer for an item to be delivered thereto by one of the departments. In response to a wirelessly received identification code and customer code, a display monitor at one of the plurality of departments is controlled to display a notification message if the received identification code matches the identification code associated with the one of the departments and the received customer code matches the customer code associated in the database with the order code. The notification message may include information relating to at least one of the customer and the order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Meijer, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Pugh, Elmer L. Robinson, Jr., David Scott Pallas, K. Michael Ross
  • Patent number: 10181151
    Abstract: Various examples of methods and systems for combining online order with additional purchase during pickup of the online order are described. In one implementation, a method may receive a first order to purchase at least a first item from a user via a first channel. The method may also receive a second order to purchase at least a second item from the user via a second channel different from the first channel. The method may further process the first order and the second order in a single transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: David Jon Carr, Richard Mark Ramsden
  • Patent number: 10140650
    Abstract: A client viewer computing system may be configured to scan a plurality of business application computing systems that correspond to products and/or services provided by a business organization. The client view computing system may receive a customer identifier from an employee and, in response to the customer identifier, obtain information corresponding to the customer's interactions with the plurality of products and/or services offered by the business organization. Based on one or more customer attributes, the client viewer computing system may identify one or more products and/or services the customer for which the customer qualifies and display the identified opportunities on a customer centric viewer user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Roberts, Umashankar Bandi, Jayakumar Chellaganapathysubramanian, Karolyn Currence, Janaki Iyer, Brennan Jablonski, Heather Klemmer, Joseph Matzerath, James Rajeshvincent, Jonathan Wilcox