Patents Examined by Matthew T Sittner
  • Patent number: 10304091
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer readable media for providing a point-of-sale system that can be configured to facilitate the sale of products and transmit transaction data to a cloud based system are provided herein. The cloud based system can be maintained by a promotional party and be configured to generate deal offers and/or provide other services based on the transaction data received. In some embodiments, a fee may be charged for some or all of the services offered and/or the transactional data provided to the promotional system may be governed by an agreement between the promotional party and the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Nathaniel Blake Scholl, Yishai Lerner, Francisco Larrain, Joshua Puckett
  • Patent number: 10296942
    Abstract: An advertisement choosing device chooses an advertisement to be displayed in a display space of a predetermined size. The advertisement choosing device includes an advertisement storing unit and an advertisement choosing unit. The advertisement storing unit stores therein sizes of multiple advertisements of various sizes. The advertisement choosing unit chooses, from among the multiple advertisements, one or more advertisements whose total size is equal to or less than the size of the display space as the advertisement to be displayed in the display space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Akira Tajima, Koji Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 10282750
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for synchronising advertisements published on a group communications network with advertisements in a broadcast, the apparatus comprising: a receiver for receiving broadcast data; a communications interface in communication with a group communications network; a broadcast data content extractor adapted to derive search terms and advert data from the received broadcast data, the advert data relating to an advert received in the broadcast data, wherein on receipt of a query by a user of the group communications network, the query comprising one or more of the search terms, the communications interface publishes a group communication comprising at least a portion of the advert data on the group communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Andrew Carre, Daniel Fairs, Andrew Wheatley Littledale, Edward Robert Littledale
  • Patent number: 10282755
    Abstract: A method for mobile advertising conversion attribution can include receiving, for example, at a conversion tracking server, a signal from a user device indicating that a conversion tag has been received. The signal can include a segment identifier, and a user agent (UA) and/or an internet protocol (IP) address of the user device. A conversion identifier can be defined that is associated with the segment identifier, the UA, and/or the IP address. The conversion identifier can be stored in a first database along with an indication of when the conversion identifier was received. A second database can be searched for an advertisement identifier that matches the conversion identifier and was received within a predetermined period of time before the conversion identifier. If a match between the conversion identifier and an advertisement identifier is located, a signal indicating that an advertisement was converted can be sent to an advertiser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Dstillery, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas O'Reilly
  • Patent number: 10282747
    Abstract: Techniques for providing content to a computing device of a user are described. For example, a platform hosts a plurality of tools includes an analytics tool and a content tool. Input of a customer of the platform is received and specifies user segments and content to be provided accordingly. The tools are updated based on the customer input. User interactions of the user are also received and analyzed by, for example, the analytics tool. The analytics tool outputs an indication that the user is associated with a user segment based on the analysis. The output identifies the user segment and the user based on a format usable by the other tools. In turn, the content tool automatically receives and uses the output as an input to determine the content and the target of the content. Accordingly, the content tool provides the content to the computing device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Anil Sachdev, Thomas Greger, Brandon Pack
  • Patent number: 10282798
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a client driven referral management method may include: receiving the credentials of a member through a user device and a remote member through a user device; recording the consent of the member and the remote member to a referral fee agreement; associating a client with the member on the server when the client provides registration data to the server using a user device; recording real estate information browsing data and location data of the client with the user device of the client; assigning the remote member to the client, in which the remote member may be assigned by the server using the real estate information browsing data and location of client with the user device of the client; and notifying the member through a user device of the member of a real estate transaction involving the remote member and the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Raymond J. Sheppard
  • Patent number: 10275801
    Abstract: User profile information is generated which characterizes measured user interaction with an application program that is encapsulated by the computer readable program code and processed by the processor. Operation of an advertisement displayed while the application program is being processed is controlled based on the user profile information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: CA, INC.
    Inventor: Jonathan Lindo
  • Patent number: 10268985
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present invention is directed to a specifically programmed virtual gaming computer system, including: a specialized computer machine which, when executing particular program code, is configured to perform at least: electronically causing, via a computer network, to display a specialized dynamic real-time updatable graphical user interface, including: a tool programmed to allow a particular user to add, to a visual representation of a particular virtual business, a real-life product, a real-life service, or both, which are being displayed via an electronic on-line presence of a third party; where the specifically programmed virtual gaming computer system is configured to at least: i) create a software object to represent the real-life product or the real-life service and 2) maintain an electronic interface with a computer inventory management program of the third party to track availability and fulfillment of the real-life product and the real-life service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Stocket, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike Grimaldi, Samantha Grimaldi, Guillaume Riviere, Eric Weiss
  • Patent number: 10262341
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a resource downloading method and device. The above method includes: performing a dynamic detection on a DOM tree of a web page where resources to be downloaded are located, acquiring a plurality of URL resources; filtering out a part of URL resources corresponding to advertisement data from the plurality of URL resources; and prompting a user to download remaining URL resources after the advertisement data are filtered out. With the technical solution provided by the present invention, a user can acquire media files which the user is interested in from web pages that provide online playing only at will, thereby greatly improving user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Gang Cao
  • Patent number: 10255620
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product are disclosed to improve generation of fine print for promotions. The method includes receiving identifying information that identifies one or more locations and either a product or service, transmitting the identifying information, and receiving, based on the identifying information, information including a set of relevant fine print clause data structures. The method further includes displaying, by a user interface, one or more fine print clauses from the relevant fine print clause data structures and generating, using a processor, a configured fine print data structure based on the displayed fine print clauses and input received via the user interface. Finally, the method includes transmitting the configured fine print data structure. A corresponding apparatus and computer program product are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Amit Koren, Francisco Larrain, Tanya Koshy, Karan Kaushik, Ricardo Zilleruelo, Matias Arenas, Kavita Kochar, Stephen Wooten
  • Patent number: 10255615
    Abstract: A system and method for presenting advertising, the method including but not limited to presenting on a first end user device, a first personalized advertisement in a first avatar's view of a virtual world and presenting on a second end user device, a second personalized advertisement in a second avatar's view of the virtual world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Keith Aubrey Crowe, James Pratt, Marc Andrew Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10248974
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method for assessing probability of winning an in-flight deal. The method comprises receiving information for the in-flight deal. The information for the in-flight deal comprises a set of price points for the in-flight deal and metadata relating to the in-flight deal. The method further comprises, for each price point of the set of price points, predicting a probability of winning the in-flight deal at the price point based on a predictive analytics model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael K. Firth, Aly Megahed, Guangjie Ren
  • Patent number: 10242388
    Abstract: A system and method of selecting on-line advertisements in a real-time bidding exchange is disclosed. A bid request associated with a first data set is received. Advertisements are filtered based on each advertisement's campaign constraints as applied to the first data set. A heuristic score for each filtered advertisement is determined based on a small subset of features from the first data set or randomly generated. A bid value is then determined based on a substantial number of the features from the first data set only for each of a top fraction of filtered the advertisements that have the highest heuristic scores. A final bid value and its associated advertisement is selected and sent to a sender of the bid request for presenting in an on-line advertisement space as an impression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amobee, Inc.
    Inventors: Jianqiang Shen, Fang Bian, Tai-Ping Yu
  • Patent number: 10242383
    Abstract: A method of delivering promotional content to a navigation application in a mobile device is provided. Knowledge of user interest inferred from a query and expected future location is used to render an advertisement in the navigation application. The advertisement is selected based on a location associated with a query received at the mobile device. In one design, advertisements are selected and rendered in a product-navigation application in a mobile device, which is used to determine the location of a product-choice. The advertisement for a promoted product is preferably rendered such that it represents the actual physical location of the promoted product in the store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sanal Sasankan
    Inventors: Sanal Sasankan, Pengfei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10235696
    Abstract: Provided herein are system, methods and computer readable storage media in facilitating the determination of provider parameters, such as a provider margin, for a promotion of the provider's goods, services, and/or the like in an agreement between the provider, also known as a merchant, and a promotion and marketing service that is configured to illustrate or otherwise inform consumers of the availability of one or more instruments for a promotion. In providing such functionality, the system may be configured to, for example, receive provider characteristic data, determine historical provider information, receive provider promotion structure data, determine a provider profile, determine a positive return on investment threshold, and transmit a provider parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Gaston L'Huillier, Francisco Larrain, Kamson Lai, Amit Koren
  • Patent number: 10229432
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product are disclosed for generating a promotion structure. The method includes receiving an indication of a service offered by a merchant and presenting one or more tiles based on one or more promotion option structures, wherein each tile includes at least one option and a descriptor associated with each included option. The method further includes receiving one or more selections, and generating, by a processor, the promotion structure based on the received one or more selections. A corresponding apparatus and computer program product are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Mechie Nkengla, Kavita Kochar, Shafiq Shariff, Gaston L'Huillier, Rajesh Parekh, Logan Tyler Jennings
  • Patent number: 10229433
    Abstract: Location-based filtering and advertising enhancements for merged browsing of network content are described herein. In various embodiments, a client device may obtain its geographic location and provide that location to a server for filtering by the server of network content fragment suggestions based at least in part on the location. The client device may then receive some or all of the filtered suggestions for utilization in merged browsing. In some embodiments, a server may further receive an indicator of content being browsed. In response, the server may determine network content fragment suggestions, and may also determine an additional suggestion or prioritize a suggestion based an advertiser's interest. The server may then provide the suggestions and/or prioritization to the client device. In various embodiments, the server may also provide the advertisement(s) for display in a user interface of the client device along with the (prioritized) suggestions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Ennals, Prashant Gandhi
  • Patent number: 10210543
    Abstract: A user accesses an account management system website via a user computing device and establishes a user account with the account management system. The user downloads an application onto the user computing device, which receives information for one or more loyalty cards. A loyalty card is associated with a merchant system location in response to a user request, in response to a request from a merchant device, in response to being read by a merchant POS device, or as a result of the loyalty card being identified by the account management system, based on aggregate data received from a plurality of user computing devices, as belonging to a loyalty card class associated with one or more merchant system locations. The user enters the merchant system location and the application detects the user computing device location. The application suggests the loyalty card according to user-configured alert settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: David K. Windmueller
  • Patent number: 10204350
    Abstract: Computer systems for facilitating the sale and distribution of vouchers (e.g., restaurant vouchers) that may, for example, only be redeemable during a particular time window on a particular day. The system may display fixed prices for vouchers or allow consumers to bid on day and/or time-specific vouchers having a particular value. The system may sell the same day and/or time-specific voucher at different prices and set the price of the voucher based on, for example: (1) purchaser/bidder status; (2) the number of the vouchers that have already been sold; or (3) a substantially random methodology. The restaurant may set fixed criteria that must be satisfied before the system will award a bidding consumer a particular voucher. In other embodiments, in cases where a particular bid does not satisfy a pre-determined set of minimum bid criteria, the system may facilitate direct negotiations between the bidding consumer and the restaurant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Vishrut Patel, Derek Beveridge, Thomas Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 10204355
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for optimizing distribution of resources to data elements, comprising receiving a designation of one or more data elements for distribution; receiving a designation of a plurality of electronic event types detectable over a network, the plurality of electronic event types being associated with receipt or electronic display of at least one data element of the one or more data elements, to be tracked; forecasting a return on investment, associated with distribution of the one or more data elements, based on a forecast of occurrences of the plurality of electronic event types; and optimizing distribution of resources to the one or more data elements based on the forecasted return on investment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ADAP.TV, INC.
    Inventors: Amir Cory, Katherine Krzoska, Shubo Liu, Garrett Badeau