Patents Examined by Matthew T Sittner
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10002367
    Abstract: A server system comprising one or more processors and memory initiates delivery of a plurality of message campaigns to a plurality of users that include a first campaign and a second campaign. The server system receives, from a plurality of client devices associated with the plurality of users, campaign-feedback data for the first campaign and the second campaign that is indicative of user interaction with the message campaigns. After receiving the campaign-feedback data, the server system directs storage of campaign-tracking data that corresponds to the campaign-feedback data and then receives, from a requestor, a request for a campaign report for a respective user. In response, the server system obtains a respective campaign report for the respective user that includes information indicative of the respective user's interactions with the first and second campaigns and the server system provides the respective campaign report to the requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Selligent, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Sterns, Tulsi Ram Mayala
  • Patent number: 9996869
    Abstract: A method and system for providing personal shopping assistance via a computing device includes hosting a database of information regarding a customer, hosting a database of information regarding a personal shopper, and associating the customer with the personal shopper. The personal shopper is provided the ability to recommend at least one of a product or a service relevant to the customer and receiving an indication of the purchase of the recommended product or service by the customer. An incentive system may provide a reward to the personal shopper based upon the purchased product or service, including a commission or other reward. The system may be implemented on a desktop and/or mobile device as desired to provide flexibility in implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: SEARS BRANDS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Leena Munjal, Eddie Lampert, Eric Jaffe
  • Patent number: 9990648
    Abstract: A server system comprising one or more processors and memory obtains user profiles for a plurality of users. In response to receiving profile-update information for a respective user, the server system updates a respective profile of the respective user in accordance with the profile-update information and initiates storage of profile-archive information that enables the server system to obtain a prior version of the respective profile. After updating the respective profile, the server system receives, from a requestor, a request for analysis of message interaction data. In response to receiving the request for analysis of the message interaction data, the server system obtains a message-interaction report that correlates the message interaction data with a set of one or more prior versions of profiles of one or more users that includes the prior version of the respective profile of the respective user and provides the message-interaction report to the requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Selligent, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Sterns, Tulsi Ram Mayala
  • Patent number: 9990649
    Abstract: A data-management server system comprising one or more processors and memory establishes separate storage areas for first and second data-collection server systems. The data-management server system receives, from the first data-collection server system, first information that corresponds to feedback from a first set of users and excludes information that reveals the identity of individual users in the first set of users and receives, from the second data-collection server system, second information that corresponds to feedback from a second set of users that excludes information that reveals the identity of individual users in the second set of users. The data-management server system stores the first information in a first storage area, stores the second information in a second storage area, and provides access to the first and second information through one or more gatekeeper processes that control access to data received from the data-collection systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Selligent, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Sterns, Tulsi Ram Mayala
  • Patent number: 9984391
    Abstract: A social networking website logs information about actions taken by members of the website. For a particular member of the website, the website generates socially relevant ads for the member based on the actions logged for other members on the website to whom the member is connected (i.e., the member's online friends). The advertiser associated with the social ad may compensate the social networking website for publishing the ad on the website. When presenting a member with a social ad, the website may optimize advertising revenue by selecting an ad from the received ads that will maximize the expected value of the social ad. The expected value may be computed according to a function that includes the member's affinity for the ad content and the bid amount. The technique is also applied for providing socially relevant information off the social networking website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy A. 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: 9984392
    Abstract: A social networking website logs information about actions taken by members of the website. For a particular member of the website, the website generates socially relevant ads for the member based on the actions logged for other members on the website to whom the member is connected (i.e., the member's online friends). The advertiser associated with the social ad may compensate the social networking website for publishing the ad on the website. When presenting a member with a social ad, the website may optimize advertising revenue by selecting an ad from the received ads that will maximize the expected value of the social ad. The expected value may be computed according to a function that includes the member's affinity for the ad content and the bid amount. The technique is also applied for providing socially relevant information off the social networking website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy A. 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: 9978053
    Abstract: A portable electronic device is provided comprising a processor, a memory, a first radio transceiver, a second radio transceiver, and an application stored in the memory that, when executed by the processor, receives a first rule associated with a first commercial promotion via the first radio transceiver. The application also determines, based on the first rule and information specific to the device, that the device is qualified to exercise a right associated with the first commercial promotion. The application also transmits to a server via the first radio transceiver a message indicating that the device has qualified to exercise the right associated with the first commercial promotion and associating a code with the first commercial promotion. The application also completes a payment transaction for one of a product or a service via the second radio transceiver, wherein the payment transaction comprises transmitting the code associated with the first commercial promotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Kevin Zhu
  • Patent number: 9972027
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to measure the effectiveness of viewing resources, such as web-based advertisements or web pages, on electronic devices in causing transaction activity to subsequently occur at a physical location associated with the resources. A first set of data records is provided that includes a uniform resource identifier (URI) of a resource that was viewed by an electronic device, one or more physical locations, each physical location representing a physical location of the merchant associated with the URI, a date/time that the resource was viewed by the electronic device, and payment instrument indicia regarding a payment instrument which has been used for completion of a previous web-based transaction by an electronic device having the same UDID that viewed the URI of the resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: VSK Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Silvio Tavares
  • Patent number: 9965770
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein may be directed to the intelligent distribution, redemption, and tracking of coupons. Modernized couponing processes described herein may provide meaningful synergy between three different parties, namely the shopper, the retailer, and the product supplier. For example, while shopping at a retailer, a shopper may use their device to scan a barcode of a product that they wish to purchase. Based on the scanned barcode, relevant coupon offers associated are identified and presented to the shopper on the user device. The shopper may then select one or more coupon offers to be redeemed at the point of sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CLIPCART CORP.
    Inventors: Nancy Mason-Gugenheim, Jessica Ramirez-Gugenheim