Patents Examined by Paul Danneman
  • Patent number: 11151536
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, methods, and computer-readable media related to providing a point of sale platform. In some embodiment, a point of sale (POS) device may receive information associated with an order and payment information associated with the order. The POS device may generate a first object based at least in part on the information associated with the order and a second object based at least in part on the payment information. The POS device may store the first object and the second object in a queue. The POS device may transmit the first object and the second object to a remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: FIRST DATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Leonard Speiser, John Beatty, Michael Quinlan, Arvin C. Haywood, Jacques Grove
  • Patent number: 11143543
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided including a processor, a memory, and a door. A scale is configured to, when the door is opened, measure the weight of an item placed in the apparatus. A scanner is then configured to, when the door is opened, scan an item placed in the apparatus. The processor is then configured to track the weight of the item when the item is placed in the apparatus and to automatically reorder more of the item in response to a determination that the weight of the item has fallen below a predefined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Krystal Rose Higgins, John Tapley, Eric J. Farraro
  • Patent number: 11138560
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for monitoring and managing inventory of electronic devices having wireless communication capabilities are presented. Such electronic devices may include vaporization devices configured to communicate wirelessly with external devices for authorization. To monitor and manage inventory of the electronic devices, the electronic devices are configured to send device status messages via wireless communication to wireless connection devices, which in turn send inventory messages to a remote server via a communication network. Based upon such inventory messages, the remote server identifies and provides updates to the electronic devices while in inventory by communication via the wireless connection devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: GLAS, INC.
    Inventor: Sean Greenbaum
  • Patent number: 11131560
    Abstract: A navigational aid including an intelligent display mode and a communication system communicates with a vehicle's sensor system and/or historical- or time-based information to reduce the number of businesses that are displayed on the map by filtering out unneeded or less preferred services. When the vehicle's fuel level sensor detects that the fuel tank is almost empty, a message can be sent from the sensor system to the navigational aid such that the navigational aid can then begin showing a visual indication (e.g., text or graphical information such as an icon) of the location of fuel stations on the screen. Additionally, the location receiver indicates to the filter when the navigational aid is close to the programmed destination. At that point, the filter can be informed that it should start showing garages or areas where the vehicle can be parked without having cluttered the screen with parking garages that were not close to the destination. Similarly, when in need of other services (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Inspired Possibilities, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Gottlieb
  • Patent number: 11132627
    Abstract: A travel search machine generates a trip object defined by a corresponding trip identifier. The trip object may have a corresponding trip data structure to which one or more search results may be assigned by a user. For example, the travel search machine may be configured to receive a trip identifier as a submission from a user device, generate a trip data structure corresponding to the trip identifier, and responsive to a received command from a user device, assign one or more search results to the trip data structure, such that reference to the trip data structure via the received trip identifier causes a presentation of at least some of the one or more search results assigned to the trip data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Hipmunk Inc.
    Inventors: Nancy Tu Hang, Steven Ladd Huffman, Lauren Porter, Phillip Aquilina, Niranjan Ramadas
  • Patent number: 11127091
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems, methods, and computer-readable media for auditing electronic freight bills are disclosed. For example, one embodiment of the present invention is a method including the steps of receiving a first data source comprising a first set of data; receiving a second data source comprising a second set of data; generating a record comprising at least a portion of the first data set and at least a portion of the second data set; and conducting an audit of the record. In another embodiment, a computer-readable media comprises code for carrying out such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Phillip Marlowe, William Robbins
  • Patent number: 11126956
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the automated fulfillment of orders from a fulfillment network including consumer-facing retail locations. Orders are partitioned into suborders, which are in turn assigned to retail locations based on forecasted demand for the suborder items at the retail locations. The assignment process considers operational data for each retail location such as the number of employees, the inventory of suborder items, shipping rate cards, return policies, business hours, pick decline estimations, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Vivek Farias, Aryan Iden Khojandi, Ritesh Madan, Chad Yan, Guang Yang
  • Patent number: 11120462
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments of the present invention, aspects may include systems and methods of using a membership card to obtain benefits in a purchase transaction for goods or services. The method may include steps such as receiving at a central processor a communication from a point of sale including one or more identifiers of goods or services selected in the purchase transaction and information identifying the membership card, including at least a portion of the indicia; determining by the central processor potential benefits, if any, associated with the membership card; determining by the central processor if any potential benefits are applicable to the merchant, the point of sale, or the one or more goods or services identified by the received identifiers; determining a transaction benefit amount applicable to the transaction; and sending to the point of sale a partial authorization in the amount of the transaction benefit amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: E2INTERACTIVE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Parlotto, David Vielehr, Karl Denzer, David Zygmont
  • Patent number: 11103841
    Abstract: A blending method is described for preparing a blended mixture. The blending method for preparing a blended mixture, the method includes: providing a control system having at least a processor, a computer-readable memory, and a display, wherein the memory contains software configured to receive a recipe defining instructions for preparing a blended mixture using one or more blending materials and amounts for producing a batch size of the blended mixture on a scale; monitoring a weight on the scale as blending materials are added to a receptacle on the scale; and indicating on the display the amounts of the blending materials that have been added to the scale to prepare an amount of a custom blended mixture based upon the selected blending materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: SureTint Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell H. Saranow, Charles C. Mayberry
  • Patent number: 11107054
    Abstract: A computer server for a network-based transaction system is coupled to a kiosk via a data communications network. The kiosk includes a computer processor, an input device, an electronic display unit, a plurality of compartments, and a data communications port. The computer server receives input from a seller of an item. The input includes a listing of the item for sale on the network-based transaction system. The server identifies an available compartment from the plurality of compartments based on the size of the item for sale. The available compartment is configured to receive the item for sale from the seller. The server transmits an identification of the available compartment to the seller via the electronic display unit, and enables access to the available compartment by the seller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Lindsay Strand, Mekdela Maskal, Anna Rasulova, Anand Ilesh Safi, Christopher Li, Jayni Shah
  • Patent number: 11087271
    Abstract: Techniques for employing user interfaces to output information indicative of events occurring in an inventory facility, and receive feedback from a human regarding the events are described herein. In one implementation, an event may take place in an inventory facility, such as a customer taking an item from an inventory location, returning an item to an inventory location, and so forth. An automated system of an inventory management system may process sensor data collected by sensors in the inventory facility to determine details of the event. In some examples, the inventory management system is unable to determine with a high level of confidence what occurred during the event. The inventory management system may provide the sensor data to a human associate through an associate interface, and receive input regarding details of the event from the human associate through the associate interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Danny Guan, Prathiban Mohanasundaram, Shannon Thomas, Mirko Mandic, Helene Causse, Brett Richard Taylor, Waqas Syed Ahmed, David Echevarria Ignacio
  • Patent number: 11087277
    Abstract: Provided is a method of managing inventory, the method including receiving location information indicating at least one space location among a plurality of space units and space information corresponding to the location information, calculating a state change amount related to the at least one space location based on at least one of the location information, the space information, and information on a previous space state for each of the plurality of space units, or updating the information on the previous space state for each of the plurality of space units with information on a current space state based on the state change amount. An inventory management apparatus performing the method is provided. A non-transitory computer readable recording medium for performing the method is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Coupang Corp.
    Inventor: Byung Suk Yang
  • Patent number: 11083183
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for managing and monitoring a sensor network that senses pest activity. A plurality of sensor stations may be controlled by the system, such sensor station configured for detecting the presence of pests at a baiting station, or for alerting users to the presence of a pest in a trap, as well as a related system of data collection and data management of pest activity data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: ServicePro.NET LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Deering, Richard Deering, James Rice, Denis Leanos, Jonathan Adam Holt
  • Patent number: 11080653
    Abstract: A virtual put wall system includes a storage apparatus with multiple containers, and different container identifiers attached to the containers. The system includes databases storing a first mapping that maps each customer order of a plurality of customer orders to a different container, a second mapping that maps each container to a different container identifier attached to that container, and a different visual identifier of each container. The system also includes a display device and a coordinating device that detects retrieval of an object, determines that the object belongs to a particular customer order, selects, based on the second mapping, a particular container that is used to store objects of the particular customer order, and directs the transfer of the object to the particular container by modifying the display device to present a particular visual identifier of the particular container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: inVia Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Lior Elazary, Daniel Frank Parks, II, Randolph Charles Voorhies
  • Patent number: 11080795
    Abstract: Entities may reference ledgers in order to better understand a historic use and/or status of an account. For example, a user may track historic spending or received payments based on referencing a ledger, or an enterprise may check a balance of an account for a user based on a ledger. However, the utility of ledgers in estimating an amount of funds available for a user's use is limited. Embodiments of a financial analyzer as described herein may provide entities with estimations of finances that include contributions from one or multiple income sources, including irregular sources. Some embodiments may provide recommendations to customers to meet needs based on a financial estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Phillips, Joseph Goldstein
  • Patent number: 11074525
    Abstract: Physical space is allocated to members of a group to maximize collaborative efforts. Each member of the group is determined based on presence or detection of a wireless device. As the members of the group are wirelessly detected, physical space may be assigned based on historical usage, calendar entries, physical needs, and infrastructure traits. Desks, office space, conference rooms, and other facilities may thus be dynamically reserved to maximize collaboration and yet efficiently utilize existing physical spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Craig Arthur Klein, Gregory O. Harp, Joseph Eric Sineath
  • Patent number: 11068872
    Abstract: A transaction system includes a commodity registration machine and a check-out machine. The commodity registration machine includes an input device and a processor. The processor determines whether or not whether or not a predetermined condition for permitting check-out processing at the commodity registration machine is satisfied. The processor enables the input device to accept selection of either one of the check-out processing at the commodity registration machine or the check-out processing at the check-out machine if it is determined that the predetermined condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomonari Kakino
  • Patent number: 11069008
    Abstract: A system and method are described that can help gas stations detect attempted thefts of gas or when there is leakage from a fuel tank or pump. The fuel pump can comprise a payment processing system or is fuel sensor to detect the amount of fuel pumped. The large fuel tank that supplies the fuel pumps can comprise a fuel level sensor to detect how much fuel is being used. The fuel pumps and tanks can send their data to the kiosk or some other location for analysis. If more fuel is being lost from the fuel tank than is being paid for at the pumps, then a theft may be occurring, or there may be fault machinery or leaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Independent Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey O. Smith, Rodney C. Montrose
  • Patent number: 11059713
    Abstract: A beverage order fulfillment system allows for beverage fulfillment from a mobile device without requiring a custom software application on the mobile device but uses a web connection to control beverage dispenser operations instead. The mobile device incorporates web browser software, and the web browser software is configured to initiate communication sessions with the at least one server. Data entry options are displayed on the interactive GUI for the first computer to communicate beverage selection commands to the beverage dispensing software, via the at least one server, in a respective instance of beverage fulfillment. The at least one server incorporates web socket application program interfaces (APIs) stored on the at least one server and configured to connect a communications link to the beverage dispenser and the web browser software on the first computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Michael Connor
  • Patent number: 11055662
    Abstract: A perpetual inventory (PI) value associated with the selected product and a last PI adjustment time that indicates when the retail store last adjusted the PI value are received. The PI value of the selected product is compared to the back room quantity value of the selected product, and a second time when the back room quantity value becomes greater than the PI value for the selected product is determined. An adjustment to the PI of the selected product is blocked when an indication of upcoming inventory adjustment for the selected product is received. An adjustment to the PI value of the selected product is also blocked when the PI adjustment time is after the second time. When the back room quantity value is greater than the PI value and the adjustment to the PI value is unblocked, the PI value is adjusted to be the back room quantity value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Greg A. Bryan, Cristy C. Brooks, David B. Brightwell, Benjamin D. Enssle, Matthew A. Jones, Jesse L. Eaton