Patents Examined by Michael Misiaszek
  • Patent number: 10356575
    Abstract: An electronic tool is arranged to configure elements in an electronic communication network and the electronic tool is deployed at a central location. A control circuit is configured to execute decision logic and execution of the decision logic is effective to construct an appropriate product or service offer for the customer based upon parameters entered by the customer. A transceiver circuit receives acceptance of the offer and the control circuit responsively creates electronic signals that provision electronic elements in an electronic communication network to implement the product or service offer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: CSG Media, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Casey, Michael Mueller, Anish Shah, Doug Savage
  • Patent number: 10346895
    Abstract: In one embodiments, initiation of purchase transaction in response to a reply to a recommendation comprises a method. The method comprises, at a computer system having one or more processors and non-transitory memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors, detecting a recommendation associated with a first user, the recommendation associated with a product or service. The method further comprises detecting a response from a second user to the recommendation, determining whether the response from the second user comprises a purchase decision, and in accordance with a determination that the response from the second user comprises the purchase decision, initiating a transaction for the second user to purchase the product or service associated with the recommendation. Other embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Stoll, Andrew Mark Ellerhorst
  • Patent number: 10332178
    Abstract: An activity-information system is provided. The system comprises an activity-information server and a plurality of activity-information devices. Activity-information devices may be proprietor devices (e.g., for bar owners/staff), affiliate devices (e.g., for club promoters or taxi drivers), or end-user devices (e.g., for patrons). The activity-information devices provide activity information (such as, a user's location or presence at a venue or within a district) to the activity-information server, which stores the activity information in an activity-information repository. The activity-information server then determines activity levels for venues and districts, which may be transmitted to devices. The activity-information device then may display activity level in an activity-information interface. The activity-information interface may comprise a map with highlighting and icons indicative of activity levels for districts and venues, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Barferno LLC
    Inventor: Jaspal Singh Hare
  • Patent number: 10332185
    Abstract: An SSO provider—i.e., a provider of user accounts that a number of other online services accept as a sign-on technique—identifies the online services to which its users sign on, as well as the digital content items that those users access. The SSO provider uses this information to associate particular content items with particular online services, or combinations of online services. The SSO provider can then use the associations to make recommendations of content items to users based on the services to which the users have signed on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Justin Lewis
  • Patent number: 10325299
    Abstract: A mobile computing device configured for enabling distribution of digital pictures is provided. Additionally, a method for enabling distribution of digital pictures and a computer-readable storage medium having computer-executable instructions embodied thereon for enabling distribution of digital pictures are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Manash Bhattacharjee, Debashis Ghosh, Randy Shuken
  • Patent number: 10311510
    Abstract: A system and method of providing sequential media content. The system of some embodiments provides a library that displays representations of media items stored on a device. The library displays representations of a series object. Activating the series object displays purchased media items in a series of media items. After a threshold amount of a media item in the series has been consumed, the series object displays a representation of a next media item in the series along with a control for purchasing the next media item in the series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Brett A. Rampata, Martin J. Murrett, Charles J. Migos, Casey M. Dougherty
  • Patent number: 10304099
    Abstract: The use of a just-in-time market for EV's (electric vehicles) to buy and sell energy from each other directly. Such a market enables the following: sellers to advertise the amount of energy they are willing to sell and the minimum selling price; buyers to advertise the amount of energy they are interested in buying and the maximum buying price. The market works at any location and at any time as long as there is a buyer and seller. The communications are directly between buyers and sellers without the involvement of any third parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jayanta Basak, Devasenapathi P. Seetharamakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10296954
    Abstract: The performance of functional items, such as headphones, cameras, etc., can be simulated in the context of a network-accessible electronic catalog by using virtual machines, and similar techniques. An electronic marketplace may provide a user with the option to sample the performance of an item being browsed, and can generate and/or configure one or more virtual machines to simulate functions of the item, using parameters that are specific to the item and/or that are tailored to the user's device. In some cases, the performance of different items can be compared, e.g. by simultaneous presentation of visual information, and/or item(s) performance can be virtualized in various ways that allow the user to identify differences or capabilities that might otherwise be difficult to discern. The described methods may also recommend products that closely match the user's preferences based on the user's modifications to virtualizations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Pushpendra Narain Mishra
  • Patent number: 10296951
    Abstract: An e-fundraizing system includes a mobile device and a server. The mobile device produces, or is configured to respond to, an indicator of one or more specific donation amounts. The mobile device sends a first message to the server in response to the indicator. The mobile device receives a second message in response to the sent first message. The mobile device receives a user input based on the received second message. The mobile device sends a third message to a server in response to the user input. A user of the mobile device donates a specific amount based on the sent third message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SWOOP IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: John P. Killoran, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10296966
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating WiFi transactions are provided. A consumer device logs in to a merchant's WiFi network and a tab for the consumer is opened up with the merchant. The merchant adds items ordered by the consumer to the tab until the consumer decides to close the tab. The consumer can close the tab by logging off the merchant's WiFi network, pressing a button on a mobile device indicating that he or she wants to settle the tab, or specifying that the tab should be closed after a certain amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventor: Badrinath Vengalathur Srinath
  • Patent number: 10296955
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for an electronic search interface to identify artisan sellers. A search query is received from a client. An electronic item database is then searched to identify items that are relevant to the search query. Two or more items may be offered by each of multiple sellers. A search result listing is generated that includes one item offered by each seller with a greatest display prominence. Other items offered by the sellers may be excluded or displayed with a lesser prominence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Hamilton Miller, Caroline Tracey Burns
  • Patent number: 10282777
    Abstract: A most recently viewed item is displayed in a display element, which is positioned next to at least one other element on a web page. The display element is expanded so that the element covers the at least one other element on the web page and so that at least one other recently viewed item appears in the display element. The display element is contracted so that only the most recently viewed item appears in the display element and so that the at least one other element on the web page is visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Nations, Chad R. Gourley, Michael F. Gonsalves, Troy Neidermire
  • Patent number: 10275822
    Abstract: A system architecture of a gift transaction system is disclosed. The gift transaction system can include a buyer interface module, a recipient interface module, a merchant backend interface module, a store front interface module, a curation module, a reminder module, an analytics module, or a media plug-in interface module. A method of operating the gift transaction system under the system architecture includes: providing an embedded widget on a website to determine gift intent to initiate a gift transaction by a buyer account for a recipient account; generating a gift buyer interface for a first client device to personalize a gift package including a gift item; generating a gift recipient interface for a second client device to customize the gift package; and communicating with a merchant backend system to complete the gift transaction to ship the gift package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Loop Commerce, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Erez, Alex Sirota
  • Patent number: 10275812
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and apparatus for calculating a transaction quality score of a merchant are disclosed. For example, the method analyzes fraudulent transaction data in a fraudulent transaction data table for each one of a plurality of merchants, calculates a transaction quality score for the each one of the plurality of merchants based on the fraudulent transaction data, filters the plurality of merchants having a respective transaction quality score above a threshold and transmits the plurality of merchants having the respective transaction quality score above the threshold for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan J. Roof, Andrew Shih-Suen Yeh, Howard A. Mizes, Haitao Du
  • Patent number: 10269059
    Abstract: A computerized exchange network makes available on the Internet collected information of items under inspection, such as goods, real estate, or the like. In one aspect, the items and collected information, such as images and videos, are added to a virtual showroom or other virtual inspection site that presents an inventory of such goods, real estate, or the like available from multiple sellers and/or locations. In another aspect, detailed objective information about the items is provided. In another aspect, a data structure includes desired criteria for a desired item and provides an alert when an item of interest matches the desired criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: 3I AVI, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Hauk
  • Patent number: 10235650
    Abstract: A pickup location that includes a control station and one or more storage compartment modules provides the ability for items to be ordered and delivered for pickup by a user without having to pack those items in a shipping package prior to shipping from a materials handling facility. Delivering items for pickup by a user without having to package the items prior to shipping, may provide a better experience for the customer, reduce waste in packaging material and a lower cost of delivering the ordered items to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lin Wan, Girish Lakshman, Eric T. Ferguson, Michael Mahesh Bhaskaran
  • Patent number: 10204372
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for enhancing an in-store experience for a user of an electronic device. According to certain aspects, the electronic device initiates an in-store mode of an application when the electronic device is located within a retail store, where the in-store mode may enable certain functionalities having certain capabilities. The electronic device may detect when it connects to a network within the retail store and, in response, may indicate enhanced capabilities of the functionalities. The user may select an enhanced capability, and the electronic device may facilitate the associated functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventors: Nicholas L. Eby, Joseph M. Rago
  • Patent number: 10163149
    Abstract: Described is a system and method for presenting item information to a user based on the activities of the user. In one example, when a user picks an item from an inventory location, the item is identified, and a representation of the item, and optionally additional item information, is presented to the user as a confirmation that the item was properly identified. If the user adds the item to a tote associated with the user, an item identifier associated with the item is added to an item identifier list associated with the user. Likewise, an item identifier list representation, which provides information about all items identified on the item identifier list may be presented to the user as confirmation that the correct item has been added to the user item identifier list associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Michael Famularo, Jared Joseph Frank, Thomas Meilandt Mathiesen, Gianna Lise Puerini, Dilip Kumar, Amber Autrey Taylor
  • Patent number: 10163144
    Abstract: Techniques for extracting unstructured quantitative data may be provided. For example, a process may attempt to extract unstructured quantitative data to form structured data. This quantitative data may be used for searchable ordering of items in an electronic marketplace. For example, a process may attempt to find common attributes amongst several item descriptions. The common attributes may be recognized in the unstructured data, stored as structured data, and incorporated with a network page to allow the user to search for a particular item with a particular attribute. The desired attribute can help narrow a set of results from a search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jianhui Wu, Krishnamurthy Koduvayur Viswanathan
  • Patent number: 10157421
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described herein for securely analyzing transaction data of a user. A server computing device establishes a secure connection with a client device, which transmits transaction data to the server. The server establishes a hierarchy of nodes to profile a user's purchase history. The hierarchy includes a plurality of article nodes and category nodes. The server creates a new article node instance corresponding to the transaction data, the new article node storing descriptive properties of at least one item purchased by the user determined from the transaction data. The server links the new article node instance to at least one of the category nodes by classifying the descriptive properties of the item purchased with respect to relationships defined by the hierarchy. The server generates and transmits an event trigger to remind the user of a follow-up action and authenticates the client before the trigger is delivered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: FMR LLC
    Inventors: XinXin Sheng, Hong Sun