Patents Examined by Michael P Harrington
  • Patent number: 10817828
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed to determine customer's pick-up information and their position while waiting at a brick-and-mortar store. The brick-and-mortar store may have one or more transmitters installed at predetermined locations. By utilizing an application installed on each customer's mobile computing device, each mobile computing device may transmit customer information and ranging data when within range of one or more of the transmitters. The ranging data may include an indication of a range between each of the customer's mobile computing device and one or more proximate transmitters. By correlating the customer information to pick-up information, each customer's pick-up order may be retrieved. Furthermore, by analyzing the ranging data, the position of each customer at the brick-and-mortar store may be determined. A brick-and-mortar store computing device is disclosed that may display each customer's position at the brick-and-mortar store along with their pick-up order information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventors: Benjamin Weiss, Nicholas L. Eby
  • Patent number: 10816942
    Abstract: A predictive-control approach allows an electricity provider to monitor and proactively manage peak and off-peak residential intra-day electricity usage in an emerging smart energy grid using time-dependent dynamic pricing incentives. The daily load is modeled as time-shifted, but cost-differentiated and substitutable, copies of the continuously-consumed electricity resource, and a consumer-choice prediction model is constructed to forecast the corresponding intra-day shares of total daily load according to this model. This is embedded within an optimization framework for managing the daily electricity usage. A series of transformations are employed, including the reformulation-linearization technique (RLT) to obtain a Mixed-Integer Programming (MIP) model representation of the resulting nonlinear optimization problem. In addition, various regulatory and pricing constraints are incorporated in conjunction with the specified profit and capacity utilization objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Soumyadip Ghosh, Jonathan R. Hosking, Ramesh Natarajan, Shivaram Subramanian, Xiaoxuan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10817827
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed to determine customer's prescription information and their position while waiting in a drive-thru lane. The drive-thru lane may have one or more transmitters installed at predetermined locations. By utilizing an application installed on each customer's mobile computing device, each mobile computing device may transmit customer information and ranging data when within range of one or more of the transmitters. The ranging data may include an indication of a range between each of the customer's mobile computing device and one or more proximate transmitters. By correlating the customer information to prescription information from recently filled and/or called in prescriptions, each customer's prescription order may be retrieved. Furthermore, by analyzing the ranging data, the position of each customer in the drive-thru lane may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventors: Benjamin Weiss, Nicholas L. Eby
  • Patent number: 10817916
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for client-selectable power source options for network-accessible service units are described. A programmatic interface is implemented to enable clients of a service to select, from among a plurality of power source categories including a renewable category and a non-renewable category, a power source category to be used for a service unit. Based on inputs received via the interface, the respective amounts of power to be obtained from renewable and non-renewable categories during a time period may be estimated. A verification operation comparing the estimated amounts to the amount of power that is actually obtained from the different sources may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathanael David Sahlstrom, James R. Hamilton, Ian John Wrightson
  • Patent number: 10810690
    Abstract: A system of modules which control and measure energy usage at a building that are in communication with a software program executing on a remote server controlled by a third party. The third party said usage via the software program that communicates with the modules to modify energy usage and demand for energy and is responsible or liable for energy usage charges the building where the third party does not actually use the energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Budderfly, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Subbloie, Paul Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10796346
    Abstract: Illustrative embodiments of the present invention are directed to methods and computer systems for reporting unusual or anomalous usage or spending of a commodity by consumers. A computer system retrieves a set of usage-information datasets corresponding to a set of consumers, each dataset including past usage of the commodity during at least one of a completed billing period and a current usage of the commodity during the current billing period. The computer system establishes a set of report-trigger conditions for the current billing period, each of the report-trigger conditions corresponding to a consumer. The computer system monitor usage or spending of the set of consumers to determine, for each consumer, whether an estimated usage established for each consumer fulfills the consumer's report-trigger condition. Once the report-trigger condition is fulfilled, the computer system outputs a report to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Opower, Inc.
    Inventors: Janet Yu, Tom Mercer, Eric Chang, Richard Tyler Curtis, Daniel J. Yates
  • Patent number: 10783482
    Abstract: A device may receive a request for a product and, based on the request, determine a geographic location and delivery time for delivery of the product. The device may also identify a product location from which the product is capable of being provided. Based on the product and at least one product location characteristic, the device may determine an estimated fulfillment time associated with preparing the product for delivery. Based on the request and the product location, the device may identify a courier capable of transporting the product. In addition, the device may determine an estimated delivery time associated with delivering the product. The device may determine, based on the fulfillment time and the delivery time, a delay. The device may store the request in a data structure, associate the delay with the request, and perform an action based on the request and the delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Phillips, Zhe Liu, Daniel Filler
  • Patent number: 10732629
    Abstract: A system for fulfilling peer-to-peer transactions by autonomous robot vehicles includes processor(s) and a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor(s), cause the system to: receive information on a peer-to-peer transaction between a seller and a buyer for an item, communicate instructions to an autonomous vehicle to travel to a first destination and receive the item, receive an indication that the item has been received, communicate instructions to the autonomous vehicle to travel to a second destination to deliver the item to the buyer, receive a signal indicating that buyer funds are in escrow, and receive a signal indicating that the item is accepted or rejected by the buyer. In a case where the item is accepted, the system communicates a release of the funds from the escrow to the seller. In a case the item is rejected, the system determines a handling itinerary for the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Nuro, Inc.
    Inventors: David Ferguson, Jiajun Zhu, Nan Ransohoff, Pichayut Jirapinyo, Cosimo Leipold
  • Patent number: 10726461
    Abstract: A system and method of completing an activity via an agent. The agent is embodied as agent software, which facilitates and/or performs activities on behalf of a user. The agent software may have a characteristic persona that it presents to the user in the form of an avatar on a display. The agent software may be part of a computer program stored in a memory and executed by a processor of a smartphone or other computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Thomas Borucki, John Bruno
  • Patent number: 10706638
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and computer readable media for facilitating reservation for a parking space with a near field communications (NFC)-enabled device are provided. A system can include an NFC-enabled parking meter associated with a parking space and a controller in communication with the NFC-enabled parking meter for measuring time and processing payment. A system can include an NFC-enabled device that upon interfacing with the NFC-enabled parking meter communicates with the controller to create a reservation of a parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Mohammad Khan
  • Patent number: 10685297
    Abstract: A system is described that infers that a user will need to complete a trip and selects a transportation service that the user can use to complete the trip. The system predicts a time to request a vehicle associated with the transportation service for completing the trip such that the request has sufficiently high degree of likelihood, of causing the vehicle to arrive at a future location by a final departure time; the final departure time being a latest time at which the user is predicted to need to begin traveling. Responsive to determining that a current time is within a threshold amount of time of the predicted time, the system sends, to a reservation system associated with the transportation service, a reservation request for the vehicle associated with the transportation service for completing the trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Cayden Meyer, Jennifer King Kilpatrick, Xudong Yang, Nicholas Caston, Harold H. W. Kim
  • Patent number: 10657465
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for preventing double processing of a repeated or duplicated booking request received from a client in a transaction session over a computer network. A first booking request is received from the client over the computer network and processed. When a second booking request repeating or duplicating the first booking request is received from the client, response data prepared in response to the first booking request is assigned to the repeated booking request. A response to the repeated booking request is returned to the client. The response includes the response data prepared in response to the first booking request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: AMADEUS S.A.S.
    Inventors: Tristan Bigourdan, Guillaume Beaucour, Frederic Geraci
  • Patent number: 10628784
    Abstract: The present disclose is directed to a method for dropping off a shipment in a motor vehicle. In one embodiment, the method comprises: transmission of a digital key to a control device of the motor vehicle, transmission of a piece of authentication information to an authentication element, capture of the piece of authentication information or of a piece of information derived from the piece of authentication information, actuation of a vehicle device to allow access to at least part of the motor vehicle interior by the control device when an authentication condition that evaluates both the piece of authentication information or the derived piece of information and the digital key is met, and actuation of the vehicle device and/or of a further vehicle device to close the motor vehicle following storage of the shipment in the motor vehicle or after a prescribed waiting time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Christiane Stark, Andre Hainzlmaier, Martin Enning, Michael Schweitzer
  • Patent number: 10621674
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the present disclosure provides a network of multi-functional sensors; where, based on a quality insurance, each multi-functional sensor is positioned in, on, or in a vicinity of: a transported cargo and/or a cargo container, containing the transported cargo; where each multi-functional sensor is configured to measure particular transport-related condition, particular cargo-related condition, or both, to form cargo transport sensor data and wirelessly transmit it to a server that is configured to dynamically predict, based on the cargo transport sensor data, a predicted quality loss of the transported cargo, determine a current loss value of the transported cargo and cause one or more remedial actions that include instantaneously instructing to pay a payout amount to an owner of the transported cargo to compensate for the current loss value and/or transmitting a remedial instruction with an adjustment to the operation of one or more of a cargo transport, the cargo container, and a cargo s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Munich Reinsurance Company
    Inventors: Richard B. Jones, Stefan C. Froehlich, Ronald Kargl, Richard Walter Bridges, Christoph Kalinski, Veenet Muthraja
  • Patent number: 10614532
    Abstract: Various aspects of the subject technology relate to systems, methods, and machine-readable media for an interactive analytics platform responsive to data inquiries. These aspects include identifying a request for energy consumption data of an energy user from a user in a live interaction with the energy user. A utility bill as well as energy consumption data associated with the second user may be retrieved using an authentication of the second user. Energy consumption factors that influence a billing amount of the utility bill may be identified based on the energy consumption data. An interface with specific billing insights that correspond to the energy consumption factors is generated. The specific billing insights provide an explanation as to why the billing amount of the utility bill exceeded a cost expectation of the second user. The interface mapped with the utility bill may be provided for display to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: OPOWER, INC.
    Inventors: Lawrence Han, Suryaveer Singh Lodha, Daniel Bloomfield Ramagem, Michael Ian Kristopher Eaton, Nowell Boardman Strite, Aaron Tsai Otani, Khanh Duc Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10558939
    Abstract: An apparatus for facilitating product exchanges includes a processor and memory storing executable computer code causing the apparatus to at least perform operations including triggering an exchange procedure to return a product(s) to an entity responsive to receipt of an indicated selection of a return service option. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to generate a return label(s) and identify a box(es) for inclusion of the product responsive to the receipt of the indicated selection and may generate a notification(s) notifying a user of a pickup time for the product and receive an indication that the product is packaged in the box(es), that information of the return label is captured and that the product is collected for delivery. The computer program code may further cause the apparatus to receive an indication that the product is delivered to entity. Corresponding methods and computer program products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Sumeet Pradeep Shroff, Jeremy Michael Melis, Peter Wilhelm Wonnemann, Torsten Helge Huebner
  • Patent number: 10504054
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for analyzing travel object management by a database system. Simulated demand requests for a simulation period are received. Availability requests for travel objects managed by the database system are generated based at least in part on the simulated demand requests. An availability response is received from the database system for each availability request that indicates an availability for each travel object. A booking decision is simulated for each travel object for the simulation period based at least in part on the simulated demand requests and the availability for each travel object. Simulation data for the simulation period is stored based at least in part on the availability requests, the availability response for each availability request, and the simulated booking decision for each travel object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: AMADEUS S.A.S.
    Inventors: Bastien Guillard, Nicolas Carrez, Pierre-Yves Rault
  • Patent number: 10467580
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for generating logistics zones. The apparatus may include at least one memory and at least one processor configured to generate logistics zones responsive to receipt of a selection of a geographic area. The logistics zones are generated based on street segment attribute data. The logistics zones include a geo-fenced right zone on a right side of corresponding street segments and a geo-fenced left zone on a left side of the street segments. The processor is also configured to determine addresses in the logistics zones based on analyzing the street segment attribute data. The processor is further configured to generate a route for delivery or pickup of packages within the logistics zones based on a trace order of the logistics zones specifying a sequential order to travel within the logistics zones responsive to determining a shortest travel path. Corresponding computer program products and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Davidson
  • Patent number: 10430730
    Abstract: Listings and reviews of listings can be processed to identify descriptive attributes for locations associated with the listings. To do this, a corpus of words is generated for various locations based on listings in the locations and reviews of those listings. An expected frequency, and per-location frequency for each word is determined. These numbers are in turn used to determine a number of high frequency listing locations, and a number of below expected frequency listing locations for each word. Based on a comparison of the number of high frequency listing locations and the number of below expected frequency listing locations of a word with an attribute reference number, the word can be identified either as an attribute that is likely descriptive of the location, or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Airbnb, Inc.
    Inventors: Lu Cheng, Surabhi Gupta, Frank Lin
  • Patent number: 10373216
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide parasitic postage indicia comprising thin indicium information and corresponding postage indicium data are shown. The thin indicium information may be disposed in a mail scan block in parasitism for use in identifying the corresponding postage indicium data. This thin indicium information may comprise one or more pieces of information configured to be carried within a structure of a mail scan block present on a mail item and which uniquely or substantially uniquely identifies a postage indicium data packet comprised of postage indicium data. The postage indicium data may be generated as proof of payment for postal services and stored for access using the thin indicium information. As a mail item is processed a mail scan block thereon may be scanned and the thin indicium information extracted for identifying a corresponding postage indicium data packet for proof of payment for postal services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Stamps.com Inc.
    Inventor: Michael John Biswas