Patents Examined by Oluseye Iwarere
  • Patent number: 10567920
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for allowing a mobile device user's location and or identity to be determined. According to one aspect of the disclosure, a method of creating a database comprises providing a first wireless router at a point of sale where a credit card is used in a transaction by a credit card holder, obtaining an identity of the credit card holder during the credit card transaction, establishing a wireless link between the first router and a mobile device carried by the credit card holder, obtaining a Media Access Control (MAC) address associated with the credit card holder's mobile device over the wireless link, correlating the identity of the credit card holder with the MAC address of the credit card holder, and storing the correlated identity and MAC address on a server. In some embodiments, a cellular identifier is obtained rather than a MAC address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Austen D Goldman, Nicholas Pappas, Daniel I Orloff, Robert J Goldman
  • Patent number: 10552816
    Abstract: A recording device in a transaction processing system extracts extraction information that is used in a process executed by a control server to provide a service from transaction information based on a transaction process, and outputs a code containing a URL of the control server to which extraction information and identification information are added. When accessed by a terminal reading the code, the control server acquires and stores the extraction information and uniform identification information added to the URL, and uses the stored extraction information to execute a process providing a service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Sugiyama, Keigo Mori
  • Patent number: 10521784
    Abstract: This disclosure describes, in part, techniques for analyzing sensor data to identify a bottleneck location within a physical establishment, and then providing a recommendation based on the bottleneck location. For instance, a payment service may analyze a layout of a physical establishment using sensor data representing movements of users within the physical establishment. Based on the analysis, the payment service can identify a location within the physical establishment in which movements of the users correspond to one another. For instance, the payment service can identify that the users are located at a similar location within the physical establishment at a given time period. The payment service can then generate and provide a message that indicates a location for moving an object such that users can utilize new routes through the physical establishment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Bell, Brian Partridge, Ghassan Abu-Ghaida, Amar Dhingra, Alfred Bautista, Kevin Yien
  • Patent number: 10521491
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a system, method, and computer program for real-time and computationally efficient calculation of a recommended value range for a quote variable, such as price, discount, volume, or closing time. The system uses the highest-density interval (HDI) of probability density function (PDF) as a recommended or suggested value range for a quote variable. PDFs for the quote variable are precomputed for groups of related inputs, and each PDF is summarized as an array of discrete points. A dimension reduction technique is applied to the PDF inputs in both the training and real-time (non-training) phases to reduce the number of possible combinations of PDFs. During a quote-creation process, a PDF look-up table enables the system to efficiently identify an applicable PDF from the group of precomputed PDFs based on reduced input values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Apttus Corporation
    Inventors: Kirk G. Krappé, Neehar Giri, Man Chan, Isabelle Chai, Rahul Choudhry, Kitae Kim, Stanley Poon, Brian Li, Geeta Deodhar, Elliott Yama
  • Patent number: 10515336
    Abstract: A material harmonization disposition system is provided to harmonize disparate material databases by identifying volumes of common database inventory parts and operating as a database authorizing tool for declaring and recording common inventory parts in categorized manner for disposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED AIRLINES, INC.
    Inventors: Fred Meyer, Thao Phan, Edward F. Pozzi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10515350
    Abstract: A method, mobile device, and non-transitory computer readable medium for transmitting information. The method includes determining, by a mobile device, a distance between the mobile device and another device in response to a request for the mobile device to transmit the information. The method also includes determining, by the mobile device, whether the distance between the mobile device and the other device is within a threshold distance. Additionally, the method includes transmitting, by the mobile device, the information to the other device after determining that the distance between the mobile device and the other device is within the threshold distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Muralidhar Kattimani, Bulent Kasman, Simon Gibbs, Jasvinder Singh, Anthony Liot
  • Patent number: 10509958
    Abstract: The embodiments herein focus on improving recognition accuracy of these fields on credit card bills by detecting and identifying critical fields on a credit card, extracting the data from the critical fields and comparing the data with known data on a payor, payee and biller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: MITEK SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Vitali Kliatskine, Grigori Nepomniachtchi, Nikolay Kotovich
  • Patent number: 10510058
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate generally to a printing system that emits audio signals in response to the receipt of user requests received by the system, wherein a characteristic of the audio signals is based on the number of requests that awaiting user acknowledgment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Peter Kamvysselis
  • Patent number: 10503466
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for providing content are disclosed. In one aspect, a set of interaction data specifying one or more types of user interactions with a resource is received for a user. A determination is made, based on the interaction data, that the user is in a first engagement category from at least two different engagement categories. A request for a content item to be provided to the user is received. A content item having a bid specifying an amount that a content item provider is willing to pay for distribution of the content item to a user in the first engagement category is identified. A determination is made, based on the outcome of an auction performed using the bid, that the bid is a winning bid. The content item is provided for presentation in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Jody Shapiro
  • Patent number: 10496973
    Abstract: Techniques and arrangements for allowing modification of transaction flows, user interfaces (UIs), receipt configuration and control of buyer-facing displays associated with transactions between a payment service, a merchant and a buyer are provided. Payment service payment functionality is exposed by the payment service via one or more application programming interfaces (API)s, software development kits (SDKs), or some other web-based communication technique (e.g., a uniform resource locator). The payment service payment functionality exposed by the payment service allows a merchant to customize one or more steps of a transaction between a user and a merchant. A merchant can use the exposed payment service payment functionality to configure and modify the look and feel and/or the steps within a transaction flow. The merchant can also modify a receipt to include other information from the information that is included in a default receipt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Andrew Wolter, Pierre-Yves Ricau, Rob Dickerson
  • Patent number: 10497223
    Abstract: A system and method for distribution of product price and/or sales data in a retail establishment. Product price and/or sales data is stored locally, either in a central computer or master electronic cash register (ECR) or remotely at a master computer. The product price data is stored in the form of a price look-up (PLU) table. The price data can be pushed from the master ECR, local or master computers to and ECR emulation hub to an ECR emulation hub. Similarly, the ECR emulation hub can request product price data from the master ECR, local or master computers. Once the product price data arrives at the ECR emulation hub, it can be processed and sent to a display, which will be located near the appropriate product. The ECR emulation hub can also record and/or transmit prices actually charged for products over time to allow for automatic auditing of promotional pricing offers such as those made by manufacturers of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 10482484
    Abstract: Items—including gourmet products—are evaluated and rated by participants in a controlled event, which can be coordinated by software locally or at a dedicated website. Event data, including item scores and participant scores can be shared with vendors, merchants and other commercial entities associated with the products. Promotional incentives from such entities for the products (and related products) can then be directly targeted and provided to participants and other members of the public. The participant's activities can also be collected and disseminated to affiliates/friends of the participants through social networking sites, personalized web pages, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: John Nicholas and Kristin Gross Trust U/A/D April 13, 2010
    Inventor: John Nicholas Gross
  • Patent number: 10467583
    Abstract: An inventory service allows business entities to create inventory reports and other reports based on inventory data records corresponding respectively to individual instances of a product. When events take place regarding the product instance, the data record corresponding to the product instance is updated to indicate such events, including descriptions of the events and times of the events. Events may include purchase or sale of the product instance, location movements of the product instance, repairs and returns of the product instance, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Jen, Shawn Morel
  • Patent number: 10460090
    Abstract: Data is automatically collected; the data relevant to user attributes. That data is provided as factors for passive authenticating the user for access to a device and/or a resource. In an embodiment, the data is used to establish a profile or a pattern for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Erick Kobres, Stavros Antonakakis, Ajay Gordhandas Mulani, Ravi Prakash Mishra, Suman Kumar Bhowmick
  • Patent number: 10452707
    Abstract: Examples methods, apparatus/systems and articles of manufacture for auditing point-of-sale images are disclosed herein. Example methods disclosed herein include comparing a region of interest of an image displayed via a user interface with a plurality of reference product images stored in a database to identify a plurality of candidate product images from the plurality of reference product images as potential matches to a first product depicted in the image. For example, the candidate product images are associated with respective confidence levels indicating respective likelihoods of matching the first product. Disclosed example methods also include displaying, via the user interface, the candidate product images simultaneously with the image in a manner based on the respective confidence levels, and automatically selecting a first one of the candidate product images as matching the first product based on the respective confidence levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Diego Garcia Morate, Antonio Hurtado Garcia, Jorge Martin Martin, Miguel Garcia Carranza
  • Patent number: 10450116
    Abstract: Container top assemblies and methods of fabrication thereof are provided. Product management and tracking of data for customizable data points is further provided. A container top assembly can include a cap comprising a central hole and a plurality of openings, a liner, and a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag embedded at least partially within the container top assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: INTEGRATED LINER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Lenny Diaz, Paul M. Petrosino
  • Patent number: 10445768
    Abstract: Advertisement quality measures (e.g., predicted click through rates) are modified in accordance with a user's preferences with respect to domains to which the advertisements relate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Michael Frumkin, Karthik Gopalratnam, Khanh B. Nguyen, Ralph U. Gasser, Gregory J. Friedman
  • Patent number: 10430773
    Abstract: A method for determining the state of access control devices and sales or payment machines of an access control system by detecting sound profiles emitted during operation by a component or component group by at least one microphone. Based upon the recorded sound profile, an acoustic identification signature is created in a server or a central computer, which identification signature is based on the frequency spectrum of the recorded sound profile and/or the temporal change thereof. The acoustic identification signature is compared with a reference identification signature(s) stored in the server and assigned to a component or a component group. In the event of the detecting an acoustic identification signature which exceeds a predetermined first threshold value, increased wear of the component or the component group is detected, while if the deviation exceeds a second threshold value, a defect of the component or the component group is defected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SKIDATA AG
    Inventors: Thomas Schlechter, Thomas Buchegger, Markus Pichler, Clemens Hesch
  • Patent number: 10430737
    Abstract: A restroom monitoring system for monitoring attributes of fixtures within a restroom using sensors. Additional attributes are determined from the monitored attributes. Consumable usage levels are estimated based on predetermined consumption levels associated with usage states of the fixtures. The restroom monitoring system provides an indication of the need for replenishment of consumables based on the monitored attributes of the fixtures. In addition, restroom monitoring system may provide additional information regarding the restroom attributes to a service provider, a manager or a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SLOAN VALVE COMPANY
    Inventors: Edward Yenni, Peter J. Jahrling
  • Patent number: 10430891
    Abstract: A fund allocation management system and method of managing prepaid debit cards that allows customers to allocate funds to pay monthly bills, reoccurring expenses, or save for special purchases. More specifically, this fund allocation management system optionally calculates monthly expenses and allows customers to set certain funds aside for known expenses. Examples of customers that may benefit from this type of card and/or service includes customers using traditional bank cards as well as customers who may not qualify for traditional bank accounts. The customers can deposit funds into the prepaid cards and use it for general expenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TracFone Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Collart