Patents Examined by Matthew T Sittner
  • Patent number: 10091542
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for optimizing data element usage according to user-defined objectives, comprising receiving a plurality of user-defined objectives associated with a group of data elements; receiving one or more constraints associated with the group of data elements, wherein at least one of the constraints comprises resources apportionable to each data element in the group of data elements; apportioning at least a portion of the resources to each data element in the group of data elements in a manner that meets the one or more constraints; receiving metrics associated with the performance of the group of data elements in meeting the plurality of user-defined objectives; determining an effectiveness of each data element in the group of data elements for meeting the plurality of user-defined objectives; and automatically revising the at least a portion of resources associated with each data element in the group of data elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ADAP.TV, INC.
    Inventors: Amir Cory, Shubo Liu
  • Patent number: 10083429
    Abstract: Methods and systems of paying for content, such as, for example, audio and/or video content, are presented. In an example method, a task to be executed using at least one device resource associated with a user device is provided. Also, the task is to be executed during streaming of a content item. The streaming of the content item to the user device is caused to terminate in response to a determination that the execution of the task using the at least one device resource has been terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventor: Christian Schwarz
  • Patent number: 10083458
    Abstract: There are provided a point management system and a point management method allowing effective use of points acquired by a customer, etc., and prevention of a waste in points. Therefore, exchange for various points or points having acquired a digital ticket is possible, exchange using foreign currency is possible, and the number of points desired to be traded for each type of currency, and a rate as a standard for exchange of each type of currency to one point are displayed on an exchanging currency selection screen. A standard number of points converted to one US dollar, one European euro, and one Chinese yuan, for example, is displayed, making it easy to understand transaction conditions under succeeding sales transaction status. Moreover, for example, point exchange conditions are displayed as a list and confirmed, thereby allowing specification of one's own exchange conditions, and allowing exchange of points etc. based on specification of accepted exchange conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: CREANSMAERD CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuo Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10083459
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to generate a media rank. An example disclosed method includes (a) identifying households in which the product of interest was purchased, (b) calculating consumption factors for respective ones of the households based on a consumption total of the product of interest for the corresponding household and a household weight, (c) selecting first candidate media of interest, (d) calculating a rating value indicative of a relevance of the product of interest to the candidate media of interest based on the mathematical product of the consumption factor and a viewing time for corresponding ones of the households, (e) repeating (c) and (d) for second media, and (f) ranking the first and second media for the product of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Subramaniam Satyamoorthy, Sean C. Breedlove, Robert J. Fischer, Leslie Wood, Perry J. Fisch, Carleton W. Spaulding
  • Patent number: 10078854
    Abstract: A cross-channel advertising campaign system is provided. The system comprises a memory, a processor, and an application. The application is stored in the memory, executable by the processor, and configured such that the cross-channel advertising campaign system receives advertising content designed for display in a first advertising channel, and further configured such that the advertising content is converted into a design for display in a second advertising channel. The conversion includes associating an address in the first advertising channel and an address in the second advertising channel with a single user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: SPRINT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY L.P.
    Inventor: Christa L. Minks-Brown
  • Patent number: 10078866
    Abstract: A collaborative real estate search is described. Overlay data including indications of properties for sale within a geographic area are provided to a first user device. The overlay data are capable of being overlaid on a map of the geographic area on a user interface. Selections of some of the properties for sale are received from the first user device and a list of those properties is stored within a folder associated with the first user. The system enables a second user device—associated with a second user who is associated with the first user—to access the list of the properties selected by the user. This includes enabling the second user device to cause information regarding the properties to be stored within the folder. The information is made available for display on a user interface of the first user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Redfin Corporation
    Inventors: David Eraker, Adam Michael Dougherty, Edward M. Smith, Stephen Eraker
  • Patent number: 10074100
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for issuing, evaluating, and monitoring offers and incentives linked to various consumer financial accounts. Financial service account providers, merchants, card-linked offer providers, and/or service providers may collect transaction information relating to the redemption of card-linked offers. From the data, informative metrics may be determined relating to the offer, its redemption rate, and the consumers who redeemed it. The metrics may be used to evaluate the relative success of the offer, and can trigger revenue sharing processes derived from the offer. In certain aspects, incentive offers may be modified based on the metrics. In further embodiments, the metrics may also be used to determine a metric score that provides further information about the card-linked offer campaign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Luke A. Hammock, Janusz Michael Niczyporuk
  • Patent number: 10068258
    Abstract: A social networking system generates socially-relevant stories for a user based on actions taken by other users to whom the user is connected. The social networking system may receive a request for a sponsored story for a viewing user and may select information about one or more actions performed by one or more users to whom the viewing user is connected to identify one of a plurality of candidate information for a sponsored story based on one or more criteria (e.g., affinity of the viewing user for the candidates, expected value for the candidates, etc.). The social networking system may also generate the sponsored story and generate a feed comprising the sponsored story and news stories (e.g., non-sponsored stories) about one or more users of the social networking system with whom the viewing user is connected. This feed may be provided for display to the viewing user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Kendall, Matthew R. Cohler, Mark E. Zuckerberg, Yun-Fang Juan, Robert Kang-Xing Jin, Justin M. Rosenstein, Andrew G. Bosworth, Yishan Wong, Adam D'Angelo, Chamath M. Palihapitiya
  • Patent number: 10068238
    Abstract: A system and method is described by which a business entity provides an incentive to a third party to develop and publish a Web application that facilitates access to a Web service hosted by the business entity. In accordance with the system and method, a user attempts to use the third-party Web application via a Web browser executing on a client device, but fails because the user is unauthorized to use the service. Responsive to attempting to use the third-party Web application, tracking information is downloaded to the client device via the Web browser. The user then accesses a Web application hosted by the business entity to subscribe to the Web service. The Web application hosted by the business entity detects the tracking information stored on the client device and initiates a process for issuing payment to the third party responsive to detecting the tracking information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Rupp
  • Patent number: 10046239
    Abstract: A targeted in-game advertising system is provided where advertising content may be delivered to a video game network environment. Advertisements may be delivered through the tagging of advertising assets in the video game environment according to one or more characteristics including user geographical location, personal preferences, a personal profile, video game preferences or video game genre. Methodologies for tracking advertising impressions are also provided based on monitoring the video game environment to determine the quality of impression to which the user is exposed in the video game environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Glen Van Datta, Gary Zalewski
  • Patent number: 10032189
    Abstract: A social networking system generates socially-relevant stories for a user based on actions taken by other users to whom the user is connected. The social networking system may receive a request for a sponsored story for a viewing user and may select information about one or more actions performed by one or more users to whom the viewing user is connected to identify one of a plurality of candidate information for a sponsored story based on one or more criteria (e.g., affinity of the viewing user for the candidates, expected value for the candidates, etc.). The social networking system may also generate the sponsored story and generate a feed comprising the sponsored story and news stories (e.g., non-sponsored stories) about one or more users of the social networking system with whom the viewing user is connected. This feed may be provided for display to the viewing user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Kendall, Matthew R. Cohler, Mark E. Zuckerberg, Yun-Fang Juan, Robert Kang-Xing Jin, Justin M. Rosenstein, Andrew G. Bosworth, Yishan Wong, Adam D'Angelo, Chamath M. Palihapitiya
  • Patent number: 10032185
    Abstract: Techniques are provided in which the current price of a commodity purchased from a seller by a buyer with a price guarantee policy is monitored. Upon detection of the current price dropping below the purchase price, the buyer and seller are notified, leading to a rebate being provided to the buyer from the seller to be redeemed based on the terms of the price guarantee policy. In some embodiments, buyers are offered incentives, such as a discounted price, in exchange for a reduced time period within which a price guarantee policy is redeemable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Allie K. Watfa, Dale Nussel, Mangesh Pardeshi, Jonathan Kilroy
  • Patent number: 10026103
    Abstract: A system to place online advertisements on a first page includes a display output to render a primary advertisement on at least a portion of a first web page and a timer to measure a first predetermined period of time that the first web page is displayed. The system includes an advertisement controller, coupled to the display output and the timer, to switch the primary advertisement to display a secondary advertisement on the portion of the first web page. The advertisement controller is further responsive to a request to recall the primary advertisement after the switching has occurred and to switch the secondary advertisement with the primary advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventor: Dustin Edwards
  • Patent number: 10026104
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for automatically pausing advertisements based on user attention includes rendering a digital video to a user, in response to the user initiating the digital video through a web multimedia player. The computer-implemented method also includes streaming an advertisement to the user once the user begins to watch the digital video and monitoring the user attention as the user watches the advertisement. The user attention is monitored based on keystrokes and mouse movements. Further, the computer-implemented method includes detecting one or more changes in the user attention. Furthermore, the computer-implemented method includes pausing the advertisement automatically at instance of detecting the one or more changes. Moreover, the computer-implemented method includes detecting the one or more changes that directs the user attention to the paused advertisement and resuming streaming of the advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: Ling-Wei Huang, Wei-Han Li, Huai-Hsing Huang, Chia-Yen Liu, Chi-Wa Ng, Shih-ting Huang, Shih-Ping Lu, Dai-Yan Chen, Pin-Kuan Lee
  • Patent number: 10019735
    Abstract: An advertisement distribution apparatus according to an embodiment includes a user information table, a determining unit, a request unit, and a distribution unit. The user information table stores user information about a user. When the advertisement distribution apparatus is accessed by a user terminal, the determining unit determines whether the user information of the user of the user terminal has been stored in the user information table. When the determining unit determines that the user information has not been stored in the storage unit, the request unit requests an information provision apparatus to transmit the user information. When the determining unit determines that the user information has not been stored in the storage unit, the distribution unit distributes advertisement content to the user terminal using the user information which is acquired from the information provision apparatus by the request unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Tajima, Koji Tsukamoto, Hidehito Gomi, Hiroshi Nishikawa, Taisuke Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10019727
    Abstract: A server system comprising one or more processors and memory receives, from a client device, one or more messages for use in a message campaign, where the one or more messages include a plurality of annotations indicating human-identified features in the one or more messages. The server system initiates delivery of the message campaign to a plurality of users and receives campaign-feedback data that is indicative of user interaction, during the message campaign, that corresponds the features identified by the one or more annotations. After receiving the campaign-feedback data, the server system receives, from a requestor, a request for analysis of the features during the message campaign. In response, the server system obtains a campaign report that provides information on one or more correlations between the features and user interaction with the features during the message campaign and provides the campaign report to the requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Selligent, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Sterns, Tulsi Ram Mayala
  • Patent number: 10013701
    Abstract: A server system comprising one or more processors and memory initiates delivery of a respective message campaign that includes one or more messages addressed to a plurality of users. The server system receives, from the plurality of users, campaign-feedback data indicative of user interaction. The campaign-feedback data includes information that enables generation of campaign reports including quantitative information about the message campaigns. After receiving the campaign-feedback data, the server system transmits, to one or more remote storage systems, campaign-tracking data that is based on the campaign-feedback data and then receives, from a requestor, a first request for analysis of the campaign-feedback information. In response to receiving the first request for analysis of the campaign-feedback information, the server system obtains a campaign report generated using the campaign-tracking data from the one or more remote storage systems; and provides the campaign report to the requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Selligent, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Sterns, Tulsi Ram Mayala
  • Patent number: 10013699
    Abstract: Extracting content from an associate website may enable a host website to gain insight into web content that are effective at driving consumers to the host website. The content extraction may involve selecting an associate website from multiple associate websites for content extraction, with the associate website including a referral link to an item for sale on the host merchant website. Content may be obtained from one or more web pages of the associate website, and at least a part of the content may be associated with the item that is listed for sale on the host website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Elmore Eugene Pope, Srikanth Thirumalai
  • Patent number: 10007924
    Abstract: A method for providing a service through a stamp service server, includes: receiving user information and beacon information from a user terminal, wherein the user terminal recognizes a beacon signal output from a beacon device and transmits the beacon information contained in the beacon signal; extracting stamp information matching the received user information on a stored database; providing the extracted stamp information to a POS (Point Of Sale) corresponding to the beacon information; receiving stamp saving information or stamp use information from the POS terminal; and generating or updating stamp information matching the user information included in the stamp saving information or the stamp use information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ki Chon Kang, Jae Hyung Huh, Ji-Hoon Shin
  • Patent number: 10007929
    Abstract: Provided are, among other things, systems, methods and techniques for light-based communication. One representative embodiment involves a messaging system that includes multiple messaging units at different locations within a commercial space, with each of such messaging units including: a light-emitting diode (LED); and a messaging/modulation controller coupled to the LED and configured to turn the LED on and off so as to broadcast a digital message, with each of the messaging units configured to broadcast a different digital message, including substantive content that is different from what is broadcast by the other messaging units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: John C. S. Koo