Patents Examined by Michael Misiaszek
  • Patent number: 9824391
    Abstract: A solution is provided for a method for a user to shop online in a three dimensional (3D) virtual reality (VR) setting by receiving a request at a shopping server to view a shopping location, having at least one store, and displaying the shopping location to the user's computer in a 3D interactive simulation view via a web browser to emulate a real-life shopping experience for the user. The server then obtains a request to enter into one of the stores and displays the store website to the user in the same web browser. The store website has one or more enhanced VR features. The server then receives a request to view at least one product and the product is presented in a 3D interactive simulation view to emulate a real-life viewing of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: III Holdings 1, LLC
    Inventors: Elliott Glazer, Carol Lee Hobson, Elizabeth S. Deming, Coby Royer, Jeff S. Fehlhaber
  • Patent number: 9824384
    Abstract: A current location of a portable computerized device can be determined within a retail store. A computer-implemented method to provide a directional aid for a consumer within the store includes receiving an item being sought within a retail store, monitoring, at the processing device, the current location of a portable computerized device, determining an in-store location of the item being sought; and displaying to the consumer a graphic describing a direction and a distance from the current location to the in-store location of the item being sought.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Li, Valerie Goulart
  • Patent number: 9811834
    Abstract: A method of delivering digital content for use on an electronic cutting machine. The method includes displaying at least one themed project in a rich internet application, where the themed project has at least one glyph of a glyph collection. The method further includes providing access to the rich internet application over a network and offering purchased access to the glyph collection. Any glyphs of the glyph collection can be added to the themed project. The themed project is cuttable on an electronic cutting machine in communication with the rich internet application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Provo Craft and Novelty, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Aaron Johnson
  • Patent number: 9804737
    Abstract: Provided herein are method, apparatus, and computer program products for facilitating a learning user interface. The interface may be presented as a plurality of dynamic icons representing a plurality of items. The interface may further be facilitated by receiving a profile identifier and by accessing, via a processor, profile data associated with the profile identifier. The interface may be facilitated by determining, via the processor, a visual bias for at least one of the dynamic icons relative to another of the dynamic icons based on the profile data and may be facilitated by applying the visual bias, via the interface, to the at least one of the dynamic icons. Multiple interfaces may be applied to the same or different screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: David Gomez-Rosado, Tihomir Tsankov Georgiev
  • Patent number: 9799173
    Abstract: A computer-implemented process is useful for inspecting a shopping cart in preparation for a rapid checkout from a retail store, the shopping cart including items scanned for purchase by the customer during a shopping trip in the retail store. The process includes monitoring, within a computerized server, an initiation of a rapid checkout by the customer and generating, within a computerized processor, an inspection list for a store employee based upon the initiation. The inspection list includes a summary of items scanned by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas James Pedley, Richard Neil Cancro, Joel Bennett Acker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9779442
    Abstract: Techniques for identifying and recommending garden items may be provided. For example, image and non-image data about a garden may be received and analyzed. Identifications of garden items from the garden and related constraints may be determined accordingly. The identifications and the constraints may be used to recommend uses of the garden items and/or to recommend additional garden items that may be ordered and used in conjunction with the garden items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Senad Cimic, Sairam Chinta
  • Patent number: 9773273
    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: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Loop Commerce, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Erez, Alex Sirota
  • Patent number: 9767520
    Abstract: Disclosed is an approach for managing a dialog between a user and a merchant as part of a purchase. The method includes receiving a posting of an item through a social networking site, wherein the social networking site receives and transmits posted items from a posting entity to receiving entities. When the posting references a product in a product database, the posting includes a payment process initiation object. Clicking on object transitions the user to a dialog application that engages in a dialog between the user and the merchant. The dialog application includes payment processing capabilities such that the user can complete the purchase via the dialog application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Monticello Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Thomas M. Isaacson, Ryan C. Durham
  • Patent number: 9766776
    Abstract: Provided herein are method, apparatus, and computer program products for facilitating a learning user interface. The interface may be presented as a plurality of dynamic icons representing a plurality of items. The interface may further be facilitated by receiving a profile identifier and by accessing, via a processor, profile data associated with the profile identifier. The interface may be facilitated by determining, via the processor, a visual bias for at least one of the dynamic icons relative to another of the dynamic icons based on the profile data and may be facilitated by applying the visual bias, via the interface, to the at least one of the dynamic icons. Multiple interfaces may be applied to the same or different screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: David Gomez-Rosado, Tihomir Tsankov Georgiev
  • Patent number: 9760924
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for determining which of multiple vendors have a product in stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: KIBO Software, Inc.
    Inventors: David Jeffrey Cumberland, Natasha Festa, Nelson Miguel Flores, Edward Allen Stevens, Jera Vincelli
  • Patent number: 9760928
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a cloud resource marketplace for third-party capacity are disclosed. A system includes a plurality of resources of a primary network, and a resource manager. The resource manager implements a reservation interface allowing a client to select and reserve resources of the primary network. In response to a resell request from a third-party resource provider, requesting advertisement of the availability of a third-party resource via the reservation interface, the resource manager may determine whether to resell the third-party resource based on one or more acceptance criteria. In response to determining to resell the third-party resource, the resource manager may indicate, via the reservation interface, a pricing policy associated with the third-party resource, an interruptibility setting of the third-party resource, and a level of compatibility of the third-party resource with a control interface implemented to allow clients to perform operations on resources of the primary network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David John Ward, Jr., Brian Helfrich, David Nunnerley
  • Patent number: 9760944
    Abstract: According to the embodiments described herein, an inventory exchange client can include one or more processors communicatively coupled to client memory, a client communication module, and a display. The memory can store machine readable instructions. The one or more processors can execute the machine readable instructions to store inventory information on the client memory. The inventory information can include a product instance. Updated inventory information can be received via the client communication module. The product instance can be updated according to the updated inventory information. The dynamic web page can be populated with identification objects. The identification objects can be associated with the inventory information. A product order request can be transmitted to an inventory exchange server. The product order request can be encoded to initiate a product transaction via the inventory exchange server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Lisa J. Kleinhandler, Christine A. Young
  • Patent number: 9754301
    Abstract: A system and method for monitoring a gas station can be used to prevent deceptive practices, such as a gas station that deceives a refueling amount or supplies inferior fuel. The gas station monitoring system includes: at least one telematics terminal that collects refueling information and transmits the refueling information to the outside; a credit card company server that transmits payment information of a gas station to the outside; a traffic information providing server that transmits traffic information including a position of the gas station to the outside; and a telematics server that determines the gas station to be a dishonest gas station that deceives a refueling amount by comparing information that is transmitted from the at least one telematics terminal and the payment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Sang Woo Park
  • Patent number: 9747635
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for providing a marketplace for the remaining term of reserved instances. A selling customer identifies a reserved instance of a computing resource for which the customer wishes to sell a remainder of their term and specifies an asking price. A reserved instance listing associated with the identified reserved instance and asking price is created. A buying customer provides a specification of reserved instances that they wish to purchase, including a term. The specification may also include size, platform, tenancy, availability zone, and other parameters of the reserved instances. The reserved instance listings are searched to find associated reserved instances matching the specification and having a remaining term equal to or greater than the term in the specification. The reserved instances associated with the reserved instance listings having the lowest asking price may then be transferred from the selling customer to the buying customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David John Ward, Jr., Kiran K. Meduri, Peng Zhai, Geoffrey S. Pare
  • Patent number: 9734526
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods for providing a buy option to social networking communications. The method includes communicating with a social networking site that posts text, images and/or videos from posting entities to receiving entities. The posting can have data that points to a product in a product database. The data determines whether there is a sale-related intent. The data is used to access a database of products for sale from a merchant. When the sale-related intent applies, the system transmits the posting through the social networking site with a buy button associated with the transmission such that a recipient can easily purchase a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Monticello Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Thomas M. Isaacson, Ryan C. Durham
  • Patent number: 9734640
    Abstract: A method of dynamically altering a user interface based on safety level is provided. A user interface is provided to a user in a vehicle with the user interface including a selectable option to wirelessly place a bid on an electronic auction. The selectable option is based, at least in part, on an auction parameter. A safety level score is then determined for the vehicle. The auction parameter is then dynamically altered based on the speed of the vehicle, resulting in a change to the selectable option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Peter Hosein, Steve Yankovich, Steve Romero, Selina Lam, Krystal Rose Higgins
  • Patent number: 9717319
    Abstract: A method for producing a preferably cosmetic item. Furthermore, the invention relates to a device for producing preferably cosmetic items, and to a packing unit, in particular a capsule (33), for producing preferably cosmetic items. According to the invention, it is provided that the cosmetic ingredients (12) preferably required for production are available to a final consumer in precisely pre-measured units, in order for the final consumer to produce a domestic quantity of the preferably cosmetic item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: David Lecas
    Inventor: Hilde Ebeling
  • Patent number: 9721291
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for identifying a best or most effective image associated with an item. A user interface is generated that includes the item as well as one of a plurality of images associated with the item. Interactions associated with the item are monitored and an image score is adjusted based upon whether these interactions are positive are negative. The process can be repeated over a large sample size. A highest scored image is designated as the most effective image at achieving a particular result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert J. Kennis
  • Patent number: 9721284
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to systems and methods for communicating a primary display comprising information that facilitates visual presentation of a view of a game space to a primary client device and facilitating purchases of content for use in the game through a secondary client device such as a user's smartphone. The system may include a game device that allows a user to play a video game or otherwise interact with a virtual environment using the primary client device and purchase content for use in the video game using a secondary client device while playing the video game using the primary client device. The purchased content may be integrated into the game space such that purchased content is available for use while the user is playing the video game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Aftershock Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Wakeford, Clifford J. Harrington
  • Patent number: 9683867
    Abstract: A device to be connected to first electrical power wiring and for displaying electrical power usage information of at least one first electrical load connected to the first electrical power wiring, the device including terminals to electrically connect to the first electrical power wiring of a building, a controller to receive information representing at least a current to the at least one first electrical load, determine first electrical power usage information of the at least one first electrical load using the received information, a user interface to display the determined first electrical power usage information of the at least one first electrical load, and a communications interface to transmit the determined first electrical power usage information to at least one second electrical device for display, and receive determined second electrical power usage information of at least one second electrical load from the at least one second electrical device for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Curtis E. Quady