Patents Examined by Mila Airapetian
  • Patent number: 11568478
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer readable storage to implement a lending system for use with electronic commerce web sites such as auction sites. A seller may receive a cash loan for items placed for sale but not yet purchased by a buyer. The seller can be required to pay back the loan after a predetermined amount of time or as soon as the item for sale is sold and payment is received from the buyer. The lender would charge interest or commission for the loan. In this manner, sellers can receive cash for items listed on auction sites before those items are actually sold, generating additional cash flow for the seller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: AMERICAN EXPRESS KABBAGE INC.
    Inventors: Robert Frohwein, Kathryn Petralia
  • Patent number: 11568474
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for enhancing a user's on-line experience by utilizing a computer-implemented on-line session trace system is provided. The on-line session trace system is provided in connection with an on-line trading platform. The on-line session trace system records and stores a state of an on-line session associated with a user identification and permits a user associated with the user identification to commence a further on-line session from a state corresponding to the saved state of a previous on-line session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Rui Kong
  • Patent number: 11561750
    Abstract: This disclosure describes embodiments of methods, systems, and non-transitory-computer readable media that personalize visual content for display on digital signage near a projected location of a person by mapping visual content to physical items selected by the person. In some examples, the disclosed system identifies physical items selected by a person based on signals from the physical items, such as signals emitted by RFID tags affixed to (or other devices associated with) the physical items. The disclosed system analyzes the collection of physical items—as identified by the signals—to tailor digital signage content specific to the person. The disclosed system further tracks the location of the person as the person moves through a physical space and interacts with the physical items. Based on the tracked positions, the disclosed system determines a digital sign in proximity to a predicted location of the person to display the personalized visual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Healey, Haoliang Wang, Georgios Theocharous
  • Patent number: 11556978
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for conducting e-commerce. In one example, a method of conducting an e-commerce transaction includes a method of operating an online retail website. The method includes providing access to a computer interface for suppliers and presenting information to the suppliers through the computer interface regarding activity of the supplier's stock keeping unit (SKU). The suppliers are then enabled to directly modify at least one parameter associated with a presentation of the supplier's SKU on the retail website by way of the interface. The modification of the parameter may include, for example, modification of the presentation of the SKU including, for example, changing the title, adding video or photograph, or adding some other information. The modification of the parameter may also include, for example, modifying the price or entering into a bilateral agreement with the operator of the retail web site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: OVERSTOCK.COM, INC.
    Inventor: Patrick M. Byrne
  • Patent number: 11544534
    Abstract: Systems and methods including one or more processors and one or more non-transitory storage devices storing computing instructions configured to run on the one or more processors and perform: receiving an input identifying an anchor item; determining, using a quadruplet network associated with a neural network architecture, one or more item categories corresponding to complementary items associated with the anchor item; generating, using a ranking network associated with the neural network architecture, scores for the complementary items included in the one or more item categories; generating, using the ranking network associated with the neural network architecture, first ranking results for the complementary items based, at least in part, on the scores; and selecting one or more of the complementary items to be displayed based, at least in part, on the first ranking results. Other embodiments are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Mansi Ranjit Mane, Anirudha Sundaresan, Stephen Dean Guo, Aditya Mantha, Kannan Achan
  • Patent number: 11544637
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a message from a requesting device indicating a passenger request for ride services performed by an autonomous vehicle. The system determines, based on the request message, the pooling status of the requested ride services, generates a seat assignment and provides individualized vehicle options to individual users in the vehicle based on profile information in the mission packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahinthan Veluppillai, Doron M. Elliott
  • Patent number: 11545257
    Abstract: A method for facilitating employee selection of one or more health insurance products includes displaying specific defined contribution amounts for health insurance products; receiving, from the user, input corresponding to selection of a health insurance product; displaying, to the user, information regarding the selected insurance product including an estimated cost of a plan including the selected health insurance product, a coupon amount the cost of the plan will be discounted based on a specific defined contribution amount for the class of the selected health insurance product, a lump sum defined contribution amount the cost of the plan will be discounted, and an estimated monthly cost after the coupon amount and lump sum defined contribution amount are applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: EMPOWEREDBENEFITS, LLC
    Inventors: Gaston H. Gage, Jr., Stephen Gage, Robert Mitchell Ellington, Jr., Alan Bray Jones, Bradley Haden, Richard Pierce
  • Patent number: 11532038
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for providing dynamic bidding notifications and price guidance for buyers are presented. The system receives a selection of a present item listing and accesses historical auction data for a set of historical item listings. The system generates a dynamic bidding model for bidding on the present item and generates one or more bidding notifications based on the dynamic bidding model. The system then causes presentation of the one or more bidding notifications on a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Harita Yenisetty, Prashanth Patlolla, Bhavani Kumar Hari, Gayathri Ravichandran Geetha
  • Patent number: 11526920
    Abstract: A server automatically generates a response on behalf of second users to a request received from a first user. A first stage of matching is performed that includes determining which of the second users match a requested location and request type. A second stage of matching is performed for each second user that includes computing a value that quantifies a likelihood of the first user selecting that second user to fulfill the request, and determining a capacity of the second user to fulfill the request. Some of the second users are selected based at least in part on the computed value and the determined capacity of each of the second users. A response is automatically generating for each of the selected second users. The generated responses are transmitted to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: THUMBTACK, INC.
    Inventors: Muxing Chen, Jeffrey Lock, Benjamin Robert Anderson, Zhenyu Liu, Harsh Pankaj Panchal, Tracy Livengood
  • Patent number: 11526896
    Abstract: A method implemented via execution of computing instructions configured to run at one or more processors and stored at non-transitory computer-readable media. The method can include sending to a user an input form comprising an input element for a respective intent weight for each of a plurality of features. The method also can include receiving from the user the respective intent weights for the plurality of features. The method additionally can include selecting one or more first items from among a plurality of items in the category of items based at least in part on: (a) the respective intent weights for the plurality of features for the user, and (b) sentiment data comprising a respective sentiment score for each respective feature for each of the plurality of items. The method further can include displaying the one or more first items to the user in a graphical user interface in real-time after receiving the respective intent weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventor: Jennifer Laetitia Prendki
  • Patent number: 11521170
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for utilizing sensor data to determine the results of events within a system. Upon receiving sensor data indicative of an event, the sensor data is analyzed to determine a result of the event. For instance, a user may identified upon entry to a facility, may pick items from shelves in the facility, and may be identified upon exit. Contents of a virtual shopping cart of the user may be maintained based on analysis of the sensor data as the user picks the items. When a user exits, a payment instrument of the user may be charged for a cost of the items and a receipt may be sent to a device of the user. A state-invariant time, representing a time before which all events have been processed, may be maintained such that no shopping sessions are finalized prior to the state-invariant time to avoid mistaken charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Casey Louis Thurston, Alexander Clark Prater, Kevin Alexander Lee, Kenneth King-Fung Lee
  • Patent number: 11521257
    Abstract: Described are systems and methods for product recommendation refinement in a topic-based virtual storefront embedded in a topical community web page. A system and method may facilitate determining user and community member activity in the virtual storefront based on which weighted keywords are derived. A topic set containing various weighted keywords may be iteratively configured for extracting and ordering one or more products that are extracted from a plurality of heterogeneous sources. A server may be configured for refining the topic set by modifying a baseline session keyword weight or a baseline contextual keyword weight based on a total topic set weight, an elasticity parameter, core topic keyword weights associated with core topic keywords, session keyword weights, and/or contextual keyword weights; and identifying, based at least on the configured topic set, products to be presented to a user as product recommendations in the virtual storefront.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: PAYMENTUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edwin Vito Sapugay, Srinivas Satyasai Sunkara
  • Patent number: 11507999
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing point of advertising purchasing include using mass media publications configured for or containing service, product or vendor transmittable signals, such as from radio frequency identification tags. In a preferred arrangement, a consumer perceiving an advertisement of the mass media publication may activate a reader in a portable communications device, such as a smart mobile or cellular phone, to receive information from the radio frequency signal associated with the advertisement to identify a vendor, product or service associated with the radio frequency identification. The smart mobile phone or communications device of the consumer may communicate with a system of a vendor across a network to order a product or product information from a system of the vendor over the network by using the information from the radio frequency identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: TTN HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Barry Bryant, Paul Staudt
  • Patent number: 11494823
    Abstract: Electronic content that has a tactile dimension when presented on a tactile-enabled computing device may be referred to as tactile-enabled content. A tactile-enabled device is a device that is capable of presenting tactile-enabled content in a manner that permits a user to experience tactile quality of electronic content. In one example embodiment, a system is provided for generating content that has a tactile dimension when presented on a tactile-enabled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Neelakantan Sundaresan, Anurag Bhardwaj, Robinson Piramuthu
  • Patent number: 11494786
    Abstract: A third party item listing management system usable for verification of third party items to be included on a retailer website includes an application programming interface and an item verification pipeline. The application programming interface is accessible by a plurality of third parties and is configured to receive item data associated with one or more items. The item verification pipeline is configured to receive the item data and call an item validation pipeline, the item validation pipeline includes a plurality of item validation stages including a field verification. At the field verification stage, data is extracted from at least one of an item image or text associated with the item. The data extracted is compared to item data obtained from an independent verification source to confirm the accuracy of the item data provided by the third party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Dakota Reese Brown, Jorge A. Trujillo, Andrew Boerema
  • Patent number: 11494829
    Abstract: A number of embodiments can include a system. The system can include one or more processors and one or more non-transitory computer-readable storage devices storing computing instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Pratosh Deepak Rajkhowa, Ameya Ajay Shendre, Shekhar Gupta, Pavan Kumar Raichur Rajoli, Austin Lee Smith, Michael Gilbert Ebener, Jr., Vidyanand Krishnan
  • Patent number: 11488227
    Abstract: Techniques for topology based interoperability determination for an information technology (IT) infrastructure are described herein. An aspect includes receiving a replacement notification for an element of an IT infrastructure. A topology subgraph corresponding to the element is generated based on a topology graph of the IT infrastructure. A plurality of replacement candidates for the element is determined. A respective interoperability subgraph based on the topology subgraph is generated for each replacement candidate of the plurality of replacement candidates. A recommended replacement candidate is selected from the plurality of replacement candidates based on the generated interoperability subgraphs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Qi Cheng Li, Lijun Mei, Hao Chen, Xin Zhou, Chuang Gan
  • Patent number: 11488223
    Abstract: A user interface (UI) feature assists users in comparing items and making purchase decisions. One or more attributes for results of a search query are dynamically identified and ranked for presentation within the UI so that a user easily compares products based on features of interest. Additionally, other content of the UI, such as product images, rankings, etc. are dynamically ranked based on the search query and/or user context and presented in an order of relevance so that the user quickly identifies information for making meaningful shopping decisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Syama Prasad Suprasadachandran Pillai, Vishal Mangesh Shanbhag, Sundar Rajan Ranganathan, Anoop Putheth Balakrishnan, Surya Vara Prasad Vishnubotla
  • Patent number: 11488276
    Abstract: A processor device has a CPU cooperating with an input device and an output device, under control of stored instructions, and is arranged to receive service requests at the input device, assign service requests received in successive time periods to respective batches of requests; access stored service provider data to identify available service providers from among a pool of service providers; after completing the assignment of service requests to a batch, perform a matching process to endeavour to match each service request of the batch of requests to a service provider; and for each service provider to whom a match is made, output a notification of the respective potential match from the output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: GRABTAXI HOLDINGS PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Kong-Wei Lye, Yang Cao, Swara Desai, Chen Liang, Xiaojia Mu, Yuliang Shen, Sien Yi Tan, Muchen Tang, Renrong Weng, Chang Zhao
  • Patent number: 11475506
    Abstract: A system to manage bi-directional electronic commerce order fulfillment process is disclosed. A processing subsystem including an order receiving module to receive one or more purchase orders corresponding to one or more products from a buyer at a first platform. An order handling module determines product state information associated with the first platform, identifies a requirement of transferring the one or more purchase orders corresponding to the one or more products to a second platform, transfers the one or more purchase orders from the first platform to the second platform via one or more order transferring processes. An order fulfilment module conveys buyer information associated with purchasing of the one or more products to the second platform, manages one or more payment options for financing the one or more products, receives delivery initiation information of the one or more products to the buyer, obtains an order fulfillment confirmation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: 1ClickPay Inc
    Inventor: Kumar N Senthil