Patents Examined by Richard W. Crandall
  • Patent number: 11023984
    Abstract: A system for collecting property status information from a property for a virtual appraisal receives the property status information from a plurality of devices positioned about the property, stores the property status information in a database, and assesses the property status information to create the virtual appraisal for the property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Laura Marie Fontana, Yvette Hatton, Margaret S. Honeycutt, Kristine Ing Kushner, Adnan Khan, Kimberly MacInnis, Jann McCully, Darius A. Miranda, David Newman, Oleg Pravdin, John T. Wright
  • Patent number: 11010848
    Abstract: The present disclosure contemplates a variety of improved methods and systems for providing predicted outcomes which can include suggested strategies for pursuing legal matter resolution. Machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence can analyze information from a plurality of data sources to determine important factors and dynamically adjust the weights of the information received to provide accurate predictions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Michele Colucci
  • Patent number: 10991953
    Abstract: A method of handling and removing batteries from a telecommunications site includes identifying one or more batteries for removal, each of the one or more batteries having a hazardous condition associated therewith; individually wrapping each of the one or more batteries and placing each wrapped battery in a container or in a location in a container; tracking the container or the location in the container to the associated wrapped battery; removing the container from the telecommunications site to a storage facility; storing the container in the storage facility separate from other batteries; provide the container to a recycling facility; and verifying proper disposal of the one or more batteries based on the tracking from the telecommunications site to the storage facility and to the recycling facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: ETAK Systems, LLC
    Inventors: James Perry, Anthony Gentile, Steven Arneman, Lee Priest
  • Patent number: 10984491
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for providing rental property network members and existing tenants real-time response alerts to rental property database inquiries, status, and updates. A secured website having a rental property database is operable to send signals to a programmable key fob having a color-coded alert board, a plurality of depressable color signals, audio output capabilities, and vibration capabilities. The signals are coordinated with changes to a tenant's or network member's status on the secured website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Melvin Barnes
  • Patent number: 10984494
    Abstract: Intervention in the operation of a smart contract in a distributed ledger system may include: launching execution of the smart contract; upon launching execution of the smart contract, executing a judgment checking function to determine whether a judgment against the smart contract exists in a judgment database; in response to a judgment against the smart contract existing in the judgment database, intervening in the operation of the smart contract to prevent the execution of the smart contract; and in response to no judgment against the smart contract existing in the judgment database, continuing execution of the smart contract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: REFINITIV US ORGANIZATION LLC
    Inventors: Jochen Lothar Leidner, Tim Nugent, Sam Chadwick
  • Patent number: 10984520
    Abstract: Disclosed is a user interface 52 including an operation screen on which prescribed information of an apparatus is displayed and which is used for predetermined operation, and an operation section which performs an operation of the operation screen. The operation screen includes a maintenance mode for performing maintenance for the apparatus. In the maintenance mode, a maintenance screen 101 corresponding to the predetermined maintenance item among a plurality of maintenance items of which maintenance operations are stored in the storage unit 53 is displayed on the operation screen. In the maintenance screen 101, the contents of maintenance of the relevant maintenance item is displayed as the screen 101 for each procedure based on the information of the storage unit 53. In each screen 101 for each procedure, an image 106 illustrating the description 105 of the procedure and the maintenance location is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED
    Inventor: Masanori Ueda
  • Patent number: 10984492
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for managing housing scores of residents using a smart contract executing within a blockchain network. The method includes: receiving, by a node of the blockchain network, a smart contract that defines operations for managing housing scores of residents, the operations including: a score inquiry operation, a score addition operation, a score deduction operation, a score redemption operation, and a score transfer operation; executing, by the node, one of the operations defined in the smart contract for managing a housing score of a specified resident; determining, by the node, if a current housing score of the specified resident triggers a reporting event; and in response to determining that the current housing score of the specified resident triggers the reporting event, reporting, by the node to the specified resident, the current housing score of the specified resident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhiyuan Feng, Yanpeng Li, Long Cheng
  • Patent number: 10909644
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media. One method includes: receiving a request associated with an account of a blockchain-based application for collecting a monetary award issued in an order of a court; determining a creditor, a debtor, and an amount of the monetary award; determining that the account is associated with the creditor based on data recorded on the blockchain; identifying, based on the data, a payment account of the creditor and one or more payment accounts of the debtor with an aggregated balance greater than or equal to the amount of the monetary award; transferring the amount of the monetary award from the one or more payment accounts of the debtor to the payment account of the creditor; and recording a verified time stamp representing a time the amount of the monetary award is transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhiguo Li
  • Patent number: 10861025
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of fraud protection is described. A server may receive one or more keywords and a likelihood of fraud from an external source. The server may receive an image of a document from a user device, wherein the document comprises at least one of a written communication or a printed communication. The server may extract text from the image of the document, compare the extracted text to the one or more stored keywords, and calculate a confidence level of fraud. The server may send an indication of the confidence level of fraud to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Mossoba, Joshua Edwards, Sarah Cunningham, Mark Rothbaum
  • Patent number: 10860979
    Abstract: A computerized system for summarizing agreements between two or more parties, comprises one or more processors. The processors may be configured to capture data relating to the agreement, such as agent screen data during an interaction with a customer. The data may be captured in successive capture operations each in response to an event, such as an agent key press or data entry. The captured data may be used to prepare a continuous text summarizing the agreement. An audio summary of the agreement may be derived from the text and played to at least one of the parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: NICE LTD.
    Inventors: David Geffen, Eshay Livne, Omer Abramovich, Eyal Eshel
  • Patent number: 10861115
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses and computer-readable media for receiving data associated with a structure or home are presented. Data may be received from an insurance provider associated with the structure, from publicly available sources and/or from a user. A template of items to evaluate associated with the structure may be generated. User input may be received associated with one or more of the items and a determination may be made as to whether a potential issue exists with respect to the item. Other aspects relate to receiving data associated with a plurality of items from the template and prioritizing potential issues identified for each item. Other aspects relate to providing options or images to a user for selection. The user may select an option or image based on the similarity to the item in the structure, which may prompt additional options or images to be provided to the user for selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Kurt M. Stricker, Beverly Landry-Gonzalez, Nicolette de Guia, Mark E. Faga, Kelly Ann Brennan, Robert H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10789278
    Abstract: Methods, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for improving database functionality. In one aspect, a method includes: in response to receiving a query for data associated with one or more properties, accessing listing information for multiple, different communities within which multiple, different types of properties are physically located; selecting, from among the different communities, a particular set of communities; determining that a value of one or more properties within the selected particular set of communities is missing or stale; obtaining an initial estimate of the value of one or more properties within the particular set of communities; defining a cost function that depends on a set of parameters, optimizing the cost function to generate a set of optimal parameters, and obtaining an updated estimate of the value of each property within the particular set of communities based on the generated set of optimal parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: CoStar Realty Information, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Florance, Jack Spivey, Robert Berton Jennings
  • Patent number: 10783597
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media. One method includes: receiving a request associated with an account of a blockchain-based application for collecting a monetary award issued in an order of a court; determining a creditor, a debtor, and an amount of the monetary award; determining that the account is associated with the creditor based on data recorded on the blockchain; identifying, based on the data, a payment account of the creditor and one or more payment accounts of the debtor with an aggregated balance greater than or equal to the amount of the monetary award; transferring the amount of the monetary award from the one or more payment accounts of the debtor to the payment account of the creditor; and recording a verified time stamp representing a time the amount of the monetary award is transferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Zhiguo Li
  • Patent number: 10776891
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a legal path analysis framework that can efficiently evaluate the impact of legislation on U.S. federal government agencies. This framework and its implementation as a database drive web application can enable policy analysts, research, government agencies, etc. to trace and visualize the path of changes to the United States Code (U.S.C.) and Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R) as well as highlight federal agencies that are ultimately affected by these changes in the legal system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: The MITRE Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Lyte, Haven Liu, Shaun Michel, David Slater
  • Patent number: 10776836
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for correlating merchant ratings to tipping amounts. In a generalized method, a merchant rating is entered by a user via a user interface. Based upon the merchant rating, the system determines a merchant tip amount, which is then communicated to the user via the interface. Accordingly, merchant ratings and tips are seamlessly integrated with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Matthias Patrick Rosch, Thomas Fletcher, Anton Voitovych
  • Patent number: 10769737
    Abstract: [Object] To provide an information processing device, an information processing method, and a program capable of providing property transactions with a higher degree of satisfaction by generating certain property information using a happiness score based on user information. [Solution] The information processing device includes: a computation unit that computes a happiness score on a basis of sensed user information; and a generation unit that generates certain property information using the computed happiness score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasushi Tsuruta
  • Patent number: 10740806
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for correlating tip amounts to merchant ratings. In a generalized method, a merchant tip amount may be entered via a user interface. Based upon the merchant tip amount, the system then determines a corresponding merchant rating. Accordingly, merchant ratings and tips are seamlessly integrated with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Matthias Patrick Rosch, Thomas Fletcher, Anton Voitovych
  • Patent number: 10720652
    Abstract: A battery recycling method used to recycle used batteries from one or more cell sites includes uniquely identifying and marking the used batteries at the one or more cell sites; packaging and removing the used batteries from the one or more cell sites to a staging facility; packaging the used batteries from a plurality of cell sites at the staging facility with a insulation material; providing the packaged used batteries from the plurality of cell sites to a recycling facility; tracking the used batteries at each foregoing step; and providing a recycling certificate to an operator of the one or more cell sites evidencing successful recycling of the used batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ETAK Systems, LLC
    Inventors: James Perry, Lee Priest
  • Patent number: 10606824
    Abstract: Approaches provide for updating information associated with points and/or objects of interest, such as businesses and other such entities. For example, an update service can analyze image data to determine visual features of a visual representation of a business. The visual features can be compared to information stored in a database. The information stored in the database can be derived from previously obtained image data that includes visual features corresponding to the business. A change in the visual representation of the business can be determined. The change might be due to, for example, a change in the business operating at that location which can result in a change in the visual appearance of the business; an update to business hours, contact information, or other information. Once the change is determined to at least a threshold amount, an event to update business information (e.g., the name of the business, contact information, images, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: A9.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Kaolin Imago Fire, Mark Jay Nitzberg, Sunil Ramesh
  • Patent number: 10580014
    Abstract: A system for providing Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance for a contact center is disclosed. The system includes a monitoring module configured to monitor a communication session between an agent and a customer. At least one image associated with the agent's computer screen is captured during the communication session. An analysis module is configured to compare the at least one image with at least one predefined image. A control module is configured to control a recording of information associated with the communication session based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Moran, Gerard Carty