Patents Examined by Reva R Danzig
  • Patent number: 10304028
    Abstract: The disclosed systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer programs embodied on computer-readable media may enable a shipping carrier to determine the utilization of a trailer in a delivery network by receiving and aggregating disparate types and sources of shipping information, including, for example, package billing data from a customer order, scan data from the loading and unloading of packages transported by the trailer, dimensional data received from dimensional scans of packages at carrier shipping hubs, and/or trailer data including the volume of the trailer. Utilization may be determined for each trailer in a carrier delivery network or for a subset of trailers in the network. The determined utilizations may be used to determine the parameters for an optimized delivery network, which may include the addition, elimination, and/or modification of the delivery schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Marc Siris
  • Patent number: 10269003
    Abstract: A system and method for performing a financial transaction may include processing a purchase transaction for products for purchase by a customer to determine a transaction amount. A communication with a mobile device of the customer may include communicating a store identifier, POS identifier, and the transaction amount. In response to receiving an approval number for the purchase transaction from a financial institution of the customer, completing the purchase transaction for the purchase of the products by the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Tim Webb, Jason Todd
  • Patent number: 10242327
    Abstract: A system and method to facilitate discovery and reservation of travel options suitably include routing processing, flight selection processing, and fare validation processing. Flight selection processing generates flight combinations for each routing discovered by the routing processing. Not all flight combinations are allowed to proceed thus permitting better flight combinations to emerge. Fare validation processing loads fares, checks availability, and validates them according to the specifics associated with each fare. A list of low cost travel solutions is returned to a travel consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: PROS TRAVEL COMMERCE, INC.
    Inventors: Dimitar Kamenov, Boyan Manev, Ivan Goychev, Georgi Kremenliev
  • Patent number: 10223167
    Abstract: Discrete resource tracking systems (and corresponding methodologies) that collect, tag and store resource consumption and usage values associated with industrial environment processes are provided. The specification can track water, air, gas, electricity, or steam consumption and usage view of a discrete (or batch) processes. Emissions and/or effluents associated with processes and sub-processes can also be collected, tagged and stored as desired. These stored resource consumption and usage and/or emissions and/or effluents data elements can be used for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, simulation, planning, forecasting, valuating, optimizing, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip John Kaufman, Marcia Elaine Walker
  • Patent number: 10223688
    Abstract: A method for competing mobile payment offers includes presenting a payment request based on a purchase request to an electronic device. A transaction description based on the payment request is forwarded to one or more payment providers. One or more payment offers are received from the one or more payment providers on the electronic device. A payment method is selected for the purchase request based on the received one or more payment offers. The purchase request is completed using the selected payment method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul N. Fahn, Glen D. Stone
  • Patent number: 10223684
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for adding value to a stored value card in excess of the purchase price for the stored value card is provided. In one embodiment a stored value card transaction processor receives an activation or redemption request for a stored value card from a point of sale terminal. The activation or redemption request comprises at least one of a card identification, a point of sale terminal identification, a merchant identification, and an activation time which is compared to data stored in a stored value card datastore to determine if the stored value card to be activated is eligible for a value added award. The processor then determines the value added award and modifies the request to include the value added award. The processor then transmits the modified request to the card issuer authorization system and receives a response which is forwarded to the point of sale terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: BLACKHAWK NETWORK, INC.
    Inventor: Teri Llach
  • Patent number: 10223717
    Abstract: An example method of wirelessly providing power to a receiver by a transmitter includes: (i) receiving, by a transmitter management device, information defining charging criteria, (ii) detecting a client device connected to the receiver, and (iii) in response to the detecting, determining whether the charging criteria are satisfied. The method further includes, in accordance with a determination that the charging criteria are satisfied, transmitting RF waves to form three-dimensional pockets of energy for providing power to the client device. The method also includes sending, to the transmitter management device that is remote from the transmitter, information (i) about an amount of power delievered to the client device, (ii) about a wireless utilization level of the transmitter, and (iii) about the location of the client device, wherein the transmitter management device generates a bill that is based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael Leabman
  • Patent number: 10198712
    Abstract: Systems and methods of constructing and managing virtual planograms are presented. Contemplated systems allow for construction of a virtual planogram, which can be used to present consumers virtual inventory items as being available for purchase via a display device. The display device can include an electronic billboard within an establishment, a mall for example, or include a user's smart device, a cell phone or tablet for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Nant Holdings IP, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Soon-Shiong
  • Patent number: 10176468
    Abstract: Electronic transaction data and/or electronic payment data therefor is routed to disparate payment networks for a multitude of transactions. A software-programmed computer type circuit receives and processes point-of-sale transaction data to select two disparate payment networks for processing electronic payment for the transaction data. Transaction and/or payment data is routed to each of the disparate payment networks, to respectively debit and credit payment accounts, to provide payment to a seller on behalf of a buyer involved in the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: U.S. Bank National Association
    Inventor: Mark Dickelman
  • Patent number: 10163094
    Abstract: A system including the use of beacon technology to track and better serve users/customers through the use of a mobile application. This allows a venue location the ability to balance user/customer wait times at their location and provide marketing, processing, and information to the user/customer. The system is used to locate users/customers and process user payments thereby reducing wait lines at venues to a fraction of the time compared to normal processes, which may allow venues to drive more sales during peak times. As the user/customer walks about a venue location, information such as where the user/customer is located and what products and services are available at that venue location is displayed on the user's client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Nathaniel D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10134004
    Abstract: Described is a multiple-camera system for use in capturing images of users within a materials handling facility and processing those images to monitor the movement of users. For large materials handling facilities, a large number of cameras may be required to monitor the facility. Processing of the data generated from a large number of cameras becomes difficult. The implementations described herein include a hierarchy that allows image data from any number of cameras within a materials handling facility to be processed without substantially increasing the processing time needed or sacrificing processing capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Florian Liberato, Jr., Daniel Bibireata, Muralidhar Koka, Yasser Baseer Asmi, Nishitkumar Ashokkumar Desai
  • Patent number: 10121137
    Abstract: A context aware process is utilized to speed self-checkout. In one aspect, such a process is utilized to simplify response to a weight mismatch condition where a produce scale weight and a bagging scale weight for an item differs by more than a predetermined amount. Other examples of the application of such a process to other aspects of self-checkout are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas V Edwards
  • Patent number: 10115139
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for facilitating collaborative shopping. Notifications may be sent to remote devices in response to a shopper's device entering a store or within a given proximity to a store. Notifications may invoke or include an interface to add items to a shared shopping list. Notifications from the shopper's device may be sent in advance of a user entering a store to alert friends and family to add items to the shared shopping list. A remote device may be used to authorize and instruct the shopper's device to pick up items that have been previously purchased either automatically or in response to an input from a user of the remote device. Authorization to pick up the previously-purchased item may be transmitted to one or both of a merchant and the shopper's device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Ray High, Eric Eugene Welch, Michael Atchley
  • Patent number: 10095985
    Abstract: A system and method is presented for knowledge discovery that incorporate both human and computers to index, process, and communicate and share the knowledge and electronic contents. It also provides a platform for launching unlimited number of qualified and content reviewed publishing/broadcasting ventures or artificial beings. The system assists individuals for faster and more efficient discovery/creation of new and useful knowledge, and valuable artistic content. It also provides incentives to the owners of the ventures and a method for rewarding or compensating all contributors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Hamid Hatami-Hanza
  • Patent number: 10043176
    Abstract: A method for performing a digital transaction via a mobile device using a POS system that is connected to a wireless local area network comprising the steps: generation of a unique one-time digital code by the POS system (or by the mobile device of the customer) that is used for initiating the transaction; automatic enabling of network access to the wireless local area network after production of the unique one-time digital code, wherein access to the wireless network is permitted by the digital code; connection of the mobile device to the local area network using the digital code and provision of information from the device to the POS system, after the information has been obtained by the POS system from the mobile device, the POS system provides clearance for the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SQWIN SA
    Inventor: Victor Gulchenko
  • Patent number: 10037517
    Abstract: Techniques and arrangements for managing risk of fraudulent transactions made by a point-of-sale (POS) device operating in an online and an offline mode. In some instances, a payment service may maintain a merchant profile with a list of merchant specific criteria. The payment service may encrypt and send the merchant specific criteria to the POS device associated with the merchant. The encrypted data may include a list of payment instruments used in previous successful transactions, customer transaction histories, and other customer information. The POS device may determine, upon receiving a payment instrument identifier in a transaction, whether the payment instrument has been used in a previous successful transaction. If the POS device determines the payment instrument has been used, it may process the transaction. If not, the POS device may warn the merchant that the transaction is a high-risk transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Yun Chi, Naeem Ishaq, Nathan McCauley, Rong Yan
  • Patent number: 10032232
    Abstract: An information processing system comprises: an accepting unit that accepts identification information for identifying a user of an apparatus; a reading unit that reads an image on a document to output image data; an extracting unit that extracts character string information including a character string in the image and first position information on the character string in the image from the image data; a storage unit that stores therein allocation information in which an item relating to settlement is associated with second position information on the item on the document; an allocating unit that compares the allocation information with the character string information to allocate the item to the character string; and a transmitting unit that transmits settlement information including the character string, the item allocated to the character string, and the identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Takahashi, Hideki Ohhashi
  • Patent number: 9984410
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present invention, a system for adaptively, dynamically managing a budget adjusts budget categories in response to a potential purchase exceeding the target amount of one budget category and creating an overage. Certain budget categories may have an adjustable target amount while other budget categories may have fixed target amounts and, thus, the budget categories with adjustable target amounts may be adjusted or modified in order to accommodate an overage in another budget category. The budget categories to be modified may be selected based on various priorities and may be suggested to the user for modification upon selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan A. Davis, Asima Silva
  • Patent number: 9972003
    Abstract: The PreGame payment system is provided to optimize throughput capacity for retail establishment, such as restaurants, bars, grocery stores, or the like, by providing a secure and speedy method of accumulating and paying expenses on a tab maintained with the retail establishment. The PreGame system provides the everyday patron the opportunity to open, track, and close their own tabs with each retailer via their handheld or mobile device, eliminating any physical monetary exchanges or credit card exchanges between the retail staff person and the patron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Melvin B. Mooring, II, Edward R. Mooring, Jr., Jason Lyles
  • Patent number: 9928651
    Abstract: The present invention obviates the need for restaurants to install expensive physical hardware such as swings, slides, etc that consume valuable property real-estate, to provide playing entertainment to customers, by constructing a virtual playground out of objects typically found in restaurants such as salt and pepper shakers, napkin dispensers, spoons, forks, plates, glasses, menu cards, pizza-boxes, etc. The present invention virtualizes these real-world objects and uses the virtualized characters to populate a virtual playground that is overlaid on top of real-world objects. This virtual playground allows users to manipulate virtual characters facilitating gameplay and entertainment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Mahesh Babu Mariappan