Patents Examined by Ramsey Refai
  • Patent number: 10289523
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for generating an advanced function usage planning report. One embodiment of the apparatus includes a detection module, a monitoring module, and a planning report module. The detection module detects use of an advanced function on a storage controller. The advanced function includes an optional storage function beyond a standard function set. The monitoring module monitors the use of the advanced function on the storage controller. The planning report module generates a planning report based at least in part on use information from the monitored use of the advanced function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Helena C. Burton, Brian D. Clark, Juan A. Coronado, Beth A. Peterson, Richard A. Ripberger
  • Patent number: 10269062
    Abstract: A mobile banking reconciliation application allows a user to reconcile a business's records with banking records associated with one or more accounts of the business. The mobile banking reconciliation application can access an accounting system to obtain business records and banking records associated with the business. The banking records and business records may be displayed as a set of cards that a user can scroll and/or flip through (e.g., using the touch screen of a mobile device). The related business records displayed may be a suggestion that is based on a determination that the banking record likely matches the business record. The user may identify the appropriate business record for the particular bank record being reconciled from existing business records, or the user may create a new business record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Xero Limited
    Inventor: Brock Stephen Abernethy
  • Patent number: 10232853
    Abstract: A control device for a vehicle includes a fuel cell, a motor-generator, a power unit, a transmission, a motor-generator control unit configured to perform a power control on the motor-generator based on a driver request torque, and a generated power control unit configured to control the generated power of the fuel cell based on a load of the fuel cell including the motor-generator. The motor-generator control unit performs a shifting power control for decreasing a rotation speed of the motor-generator during an upshift of the transmission, and a power control on the motor-generator based on a limit torque of the motor-generator during the shifting power control. The limit torque of the motor-generator being calculated based on an actual generated power of the fuel cell per unit time and an acceptable power of the power unit per unit time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsunori Kumada, Ryohey Toyota
  • Patent number: 10216281
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for adjusting point of sale (POS) interfaces. In some embodiments, a POS device includes a memory, a display and a sensor. The memory is configured to store data and computer-executable instructions. The display is configured to present a user interface, the user interface having a first interface and a second interface. The sensor is configured to detect an adjustment in a physical position of the POS device from a first position and from a second position. The first interface is presented in the first position and the second interface is presented in the second position. The first interface has a first set of functionalities that is prevented from being accessible in the second interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Clover Network, Inc.
    Inventors: John Daniel Beatty, Leonard Robert Speiser, Angelique Julie Lausier, Tamer Mohamed El Calamawy, Michael Joseph Quinlan
  • Patent number: 10192206
    Abstract: Invoice related financial transaction data is obtained and integrated into a personal financial management and bill payment system. All invoices represented in the invoice related financial transaction data having the same payor user of the personal financial management and bill payment system and the same payee business are then identified and collected into aggregated same payor/same payee invoice related financial transaction data. The aggregated same payor/same payee invoice related financial transaction data is then analyzed to determine the aggregated total amount owed to the payee business by the payor user and this aggregated total amount is processed as a single payment due item by the personal financial management and bill payment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Elangovan Shanmugam, Sean McCluskey, Jesse Aaron Axelowitz, Ashwin Singh Khurana, Michael J. Seilnacht
  • Patent number: 10171466
    Abstract: A wireless system receives a registration from a user device and transfers a request for the user device to an authorization server. The authorization server authorizes a user session for the user device and transfers a common identifier for the user session to the wireless system. The wireless system receives the common identifier and transfers a registration for the user device to an application node. The application node receives the registration and transfers a request for the user device to the authorization server. The authorization server authorizes a user application for the user device and transfers the common identifier for the user application to the application node. The wireless communication system tracks the user session and transfers user session data records having the common identifier. The application node tracks the user application and transfers user application data records having the common identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Gary Joel Rieschick, Jeremy R. Breau, Raymond Robert Doerr, John Eric Belser
  • Patent number: 10169785
    Abstract: A method includes: inputting information indicating power usage; generating a differential value between i) a first cumulative value of power usage corresponding to a first user ID and ii) a second cumulative value of power usage corresponding to a second user ID in a prescribed period; generating a first conversion value by converting the differential value to a use time of an electric home appliance of a first type corresponding to the first user ID; generating a first electricity bill value by converting the difference value to an electricity bill; generating display data indicating that the first electricity bill value corresponds to the first conversion value; and a transmitting unit that transmits the display data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Ryuji Inoue, Takamitsu Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10169747
    Abstract: For advanced function usage-based billing, a processor detects the storage controller associating a microcode version for a given advanced function of one or more advanced functions with a logical volume. A given customer is associated with the logical volume. In response to detecting the storage controller associating the microcode version for the given advanced function with the logical volume, the processor monitors for use of a memory address of the microcode version and a logical volume address of the logical volume. The processor further detects an associated use of the memory address of the microcode version and the logical volume address of the logical volume. In response to detecting the associated use, the processor communicates the given advanced function and the given customer to a billing entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Helena C. Burton, Brian D. Clark, Juan A. Coronado, Beth A. Peterson, Richard A. Ripberger
  • Patent number: 10147079
    Abstract: A payment handling system may operate to handle payments for the cost of a transaction in which one or more devices operate in an offline mode. The payment handling system may allow for merchant devices to make modifications to local versions of an open ticket while in an off-line mode. When a merchant device subsequently enters an online mode, the systems and techniques may operate to reconcile differences between the local versions of the open ticket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Philip Renke, Michael Wells White, Eric Dickeson Muller, Mathew Wilson
  • Patent number: 10130177
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to provide a visual indication of a weight of products stocked on a display assembly, such as a shelf of a shelving unit. The visual indication is provided by virtue of the display assembly having a product support member with a curved configuration that sequentially flattens as additional weight is added thereto. A laser device can be mounted proximate to the assembly and oriented to determine a distance to the product support member and a control circuit can be configured to receive the distance and analyze the distance to determine a deflection of the product support member to determine a current stock level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus A. Jones, Matthew A. Jones
  • Patent number: 10134006
    Abstract: A workflow management system (WMS) coordinates, controls, and monitors item picking assets, item retrieval assets, and order packaging assets in performance of different workflows. The WMS optimizes the different workflows by assigning tasks to the different assets in a manner that minimizes overall execution time, cost, and resource utilization. Some optimizations include maximizing or prioritizing item pick rate, item packaging rate, or both. Assets integrated with the WMS and under WMS control include human workers, autonomous robots, and resources used in performance of the workflows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: inVia Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Sagar Pandya, Daniel Frank Parks, II, Randolph Charles Voorhies, Lior Elazary
  • Patent number: 10129507
    Abstract: A network of cameras is disposed throughout a store, such as a grocery store, for example. The cameras are positioned so as to monitor the products available in the store, as well as the entrances and exits to and from the store. Customers are identified as they enter the store, and their movements throughout the store are tracked. The cameras capture images of the products selected by the customer and then send those images to a computer server. The server identifies each product selected by the customer, maintains a total price for all products selected by the customer, and automatically debits the customer's account for the total price upon detecting the customer leaving the store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: John David Landers, Jr., David John Steiner, Phuc Do
  • Patent number: 10121118
    Abstract: A method of managing delivery of a group of packages to a customer delivery address. A radio transceiver establishes a communication link between a tag and a computing device. The tag is associated with a package, the package being among a group of packages to be delivered to the customer delivery address. A radio signal is received at the computing device over the link. The radio signal is representative of tracking information associated with the package, the tracking information includes a unique package code and a unique group identification code. The signal strength of the radio signal is determined. The computing device determines that the package associated with the tag belongs with the group of packages based at least in part on proximity of the tag relative to the computing device and a unique group identification code associated with the customer delivery address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jin Dong Kim, Sang Eun Lee
  • Patent number: 10109019
    Abstract: As part of an accounting function calculation, work is distributed among a plurality of tasks for execution in parallel. Pinpoint queries run within the tasks return pinpoint accounting cost senders associated with a given accounting cost receiver. The database can be organized to handle repeated multiple pinpoint queries. Superior performance can result compared to an approach that attempts to match senders with receivers in a common task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Peter Himmighoefer, Lubos Cus
  • Patent number: 10102687
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing software components and information. An apparatus comprises a computer system, a library application running on the computer system, a distribution application running on the computer system, and a crate tool in the computer system. The library application is configured to store a number of software components and information for ground vehicles in the computer system and generate tasks to manage software components and the information in the ground vehicles. The distribution application is configured to send a selected software component in the number of software components to a ground vehicle and receive the information from the ground vehicle. The crate tool is configured to manage crates containing the software components and the information and validate signatures associated with the software components and the information in the crates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Radhakrishna G. Sampigethaya, Walter R. Beck, Kristine Kay Lane, Radha Poovendran
  • Patent number: 10102554
    Abstract: A method includes: inputting information indicating power usage; generating a differential value between i) a first cumulative value of power usage corresponding to a first user ID and ii) a second cumulative value of power usage corresponding to a second user ID in a prescribed period; generating a first conversion value by converting the differential value to a use time of a first electric home appliance; generating a first electricity bill value by converting the differential value to an electricity bill; generating display data indicating that the first electricity bill value corresponds to the first conversion value; and transmitting the display data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Ryuji Inoue, Takamitsu Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10078825
    Abstract: An ordering system for a business includes an ordering terminal, a queue module, an order execution module, and an agent. The ordering terminal receives a first order from a first person. The queue module stores data representing the first order. The order execution module conveys the first order to the point of sale terminal. The agent is installed on a point of sale terminal and selectively sends user interface events to a point of sale application executing on the point of sale terminal. The order execution module conveys the first order to the point of sale terminal by (i) retrieving the data representing the first order from the queue module and (ii) instructing the agent to send user interface events according to the retrieved data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Nextep Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Marshall Cummings
  • Patent number: 10074116
    Abstract: A method includes: inputting information indicating power usage corresponding to each of the plurality of user IDs; generating a differential value between i) a first cumulative value of power usage corresponding to a first user ID and ii) a second cumulative value of power usage corresponding to a second user ID in a prescribed period; generating a first conversion value by converting the differential value to a use time of a first electric home appliance among electric home appliances corresponding to the first user ID; generating display data indicating that the differential value corresponds to the first conversion value; and transmitting the display data to an information terminal device corresponding to the first user ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Ryuji Inoue, Takamitsu Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10068197
    Abstract: A method is described that involves providing a persisted quantity for a time series time interval to a first transaction, then, providing the same persisted quantity to a second transaction that operates in parallel with the first transaction. The second transaction is not permitted to change the persisted quantity. The method also involves replacing the persisted quantity with a second persisted quantity within the time series. The second persisted quantity is determined by the first transaction. The method also involves writing a persisted quantity change for the time series time interval. The persisted quantity change is determined by the second transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Andrei Suvernev, Thorsten Glebe, Volkmar Soehner, Daniel Booss
  • Patent number: 10055722
    Abstract: Techniques and arrangements for transitioning point-of-sale (POS) devices between online and offline modes. In some instances, the techniques instruct a POS device to transition from an online mode to an offline mode based on a volume of transactions on the POS device within a certain time period, based on an increase in the rate of transactions occurring on the POS device, or based on anticipating a rise in the number of transactions on the POS device for other reasons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Grace Huey Chen, Christopher Lang Mocko, Michael Wells White