Patents Examined by Robert M Pond
  • Patent number: 10332192
    Abstract: A computer-based method for determining a location of a mobile merchant computing device is provided. The method is implemented using a location manager (LM) computing device in communication with a processor and a memory device. The method comprises receiving from the mobile merchant computing device at least one authorization request message including a merchant identifier for the mobile merchant and a first location variable, determining a location of the mobile merchant using the first location variable, transmitting to a consumer computing device operable by a consumer, by the LM computing device, a location data message including the merchant identifier and the location of the mobile merchant, and causing, by the transmission, the consumer computing device to display the location on a display interface coupled to the consumer computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Andrey Zolotov
  • Patent number: 10332202
    Abstract: An on-line savings page for managing a savings account includes a list of items the user is saving for, where each item has a specified priority. A savings rate for each item is determined by the savings account based on the priority and total savings rate. The user is notified of any changes in the savings account, such as price changes, inventory changes, etc., as well as relevant information related to the item, such as sales, offers, recalls, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Watson
  • Patent number: 10275817
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for obtaining vendor information using mobile internet devices are described herein. An inquiry for a product or service is received from a user. A location for the receipt of the product or service is received. Vendor information of a vendor of the product or service proximate to the location is determined, with the vendor information including a price for the product or service, and a wait time to receive the product or service. The vendor information is then transmitted to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Bruce Bahnsen, Robert Gittins, Robert Swanson, Mallik Bulusu
  • Patent number: 10275824
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for transacting e-commerce. In one embodiment, item information is stored for a plurality of items available for purchase from respective sellers. The item information that is displayed for each item can depend on the delivery zone of the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Erik E. Peterson, Nagesh Kadaba
  • Patent number: 10268762
    Abstract: Search queries may be received and optimized prior to performing the search and returning results. One example method of operation includes receiving a search query input from a user device including at least one search term, querying a history database to access previous queries related to the search query input, performing a query based on the search query input, categorizing results of the query based on the previous queries and a previous selection operation performed by the user, and displaying a plurality of search results in a user interface comprising a plurality of different selection options each related to a topic of the search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: David Gerard Ledet
  • Patent number: 10268702
    Abstract: System and computer-implemented image search engine of analyzing tags associated with a sequence of images presented to a user to present a current object of interest of the user is disclosed. An image from among a plurality of images is presented on an electronic display. The image is associated with a set of tags. An input is received indicating a user's preference for the image. A plurality of tags is processed based on the preference and the set of tags to determine a next set of tags from the plurality of tags. A next image is determined from the plurality of images based on the next set of tags. The next image represents a physical object, different from a physical object represented by the previous image. A sequence of images is generated by repeating the above process with the next image in place of the previous image for present a user's current object of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Sydney Nicole Epstein, Paul Lawrence Epstein
  • Patent number: 10262356
    Abstract: An illustrative implementation of the technology includes three primary components: a desktop application, a mobile phone application, and connections to retailer inventory and pricing APIs (e.g., for Walmart and/or Best Buy). The experience begins with the consumer going to an online retailer's website (e.g., Amazon) to search for a product. The desktop application automatically searches for the same product using the APIs of Walmart and/or Best Buy. If matches and near-matches of the product are found, the product name, model, price, and local availability at affiliate locations is shown. With a mobile phone camera-scan of the product page, relevant information is transferred to the consumer's phone. From there, the consumer can interact with the options on the mobile phone to be directed to the nearby brick and mortar store of choice carrying that product at the price they want. Along the way, the retailer can present offers and additional product information directly to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Eoin C. Sinclair, Brian T. MacIntosh
  • Patent number: 10255627
    Abstract: A method for brokering a cloud service comprises receiving a request for a service and identifying parameters from the request. Further, a set of vendors who may satisfy the parameters of the requested service is identified. An invitation to respond based on the parameters is transmitted to the set of vendors. Responses including an estimation regarding the parameters are received from the vendors, and confidence levels that the vendors will meet the estimations are calculated based on an objective service history of the specific services. The responses and confidence levels are presented to the requester, and the service history is updated based on parameter results once the service has completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul P. Ignatius
  • Patent number: 10248984
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and computer system is provided. A processor identifies a web page for an item being viewed by a user, where the item is offered for sale by an online marketplace. A processor retrieves at least one contact of the user from a social network. Responsive to a determination the at least one contact reviewed the item, a processor sends a review authored by the at least one contact to the user. Responsive to an indication from the user, a processor initiates an electronic conversation between the contact and the user to discuss the item being viewed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Kimberly G. Starks
  • Patent number: 10248983
    Abstract: Techniques described herein include a system and method for providing item descriptions customized to a skill level associated with a user. In some embodiments, statements related to an item may be stored and maintained by the service provider. Each statement may be associated with one or more skill levels. In some embodiments, statements associated with each skill level may be selected by members of a user community. Upon receiving a request for an item description, a service provider may determine a skill level associated with the requestor and may populate the item description with statements associated with the requestor's skill level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Abi George Ullattil
  • Patent number: 10229449
    Abstract: A server receives an electronic shopping cart from a client device. The electronic shopping cart describes an item for purchase from a merchant. The server comparison-shops to determine a different merchant offering the same or comparable item for sale. The server sends a notification to the client device describing a lower price offered by the different merchant. The server may then receive an approval to replace the item selected for purchase from the merchant with the item offered by the different merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Ronald Perrella
  • Patent number: 10223664
    Abstract: Computer program products, methods, systems, apparatus, and computing entities are provided for automatically carrying out actions based on action identifiers in messages. In one embodiment, an appropriate computing entity can determine whether a message comprises an action identifier in the message. If the message comprises an action identifier, one or more of the parties of message can be identified and the corresponding action can be initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Gillen
  • Patent number: 10210560
    Abstract: A mobile device of a shopper is tracked within at least one retail environment. A shopper merchandise proximity history of the shopper is formed based upon the tracking of the mobile device of the shopper within the at least one retail environment. The shopper merchandise proximity history includes shopper proximity to items of merchandise, shopper dwell times near the items of merchandise, and merchandise visit counts. The shopper merchandise proximity history is analyzed according to at least one shopper merchandise threshold interest criterion. Responsive to identifying within the shopper merchandise proximity history an item of merchandise that meets the at least one shopper merchandise threshold interest criterion, an action is performed that facilitates a gift recommendation of the item of merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Lisa Seacat DeLuca
  • Patent number: 10198764
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a system and method for message-based purchasing are described. The system and method for message-based purchasing may include a message-based purchase service configured to determine that a selection has been performed through a network-based interface. Such selection may be indicative of one or more items offered for sale via the network-based interface. The message-based purchase service may be configured to, in response to the selection of one or more items, send to a communication device, a message indicating a code corresponding to the selection. The message-based purchase service may receive from the communication device through a communication channel that does not include the network-based interface, a message including the code. The message-based purchase service may be configured to, in response to determining that the message received from the communication device includes the code, generate a purchase request for the one or more previously selected items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishay S. Nihalani, Diwakar Gupta, Chih-Jen Huang, Philip Yuen, Howard B. Gefen, Gerald Yuen
  • Patent number: 10192247
    Abstract: Provided are a goods buying and selling method for buying goods through offline shopping and a shopping support system supporting the same. A buyer collects delivery information for delivery of bought goods based on short-range wireless communication using his or her own terminal. The collected delivery information includes any one of information about a destination to which bought goods are to be delivered and buyer identifier information, and information about the bought goods, and at least one of a payment terminal, a merchant server and a relay server requests delivery of the bought goods from a delivery server based on the collected delivery information. In addition, the buyer collects goods purchase information recorded in recording media arranged in an offline store using his or her own terminal, and pays for desired bought goods based on the collected goods purchase information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Jung-Hwa Roh, Jang-Hyuk Lee, Jeong-Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 10181141
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enabling access to listing performance data, used in conjunction with a search engine to order search results, are described. Consistent with some embodiments, a listing performance data engine module processes API commands received from client computing systems. The data engine module processes the API commands to identify and communicate relevant listing performance data that is used by a listing performance algorithm to assign a listing performance score to item listings satisfying a search request. The listing performance data provides sellers who have items listed for sale an insight as to how their item listings are performing in comparison to other item listings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Muhammad Faisal Rehman, Olivier G. Dumon, Ryan McDonald
  • Patent number: 10169795
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for sizing wearable items by device scanning. A shopper scans a wearable item with a sensor assembly of a mobile computing device, such as a mobile phone. A wearable-item mapping is generated based on the scan of the wearable item. Similarly, a body part of the shopper is scanned with the sensor assembly to generate a body-part mapping based on the scan of the body part. The wearable-item mapping is then be compared to the body-part mapping, and a fit result determined based on the comparison. The fit result indicates for the shopper whether or not the wearable item is compatible with an associated body part and likely to fit the person. The fit result is presented at the mobile computing device, such as via an audio feedback or a visual feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: John T. Bretscher, Hisashi D. Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10157417
    Abstract: Multiple simultaneous auctions can be monitored and participated in using a single bidding device operated by a single remote bidder. A multi-windowed environment allows for the display of active bidding windows and docked bidding windows. The active bidding windows are fully functional bidding windows and include auction status, product information and the like. The docked bidding windows provide a subset of the information but, nonetheless provide real-time auction status information and allows for bidders to enter bids into the auctioning process without having to move the bidding window into an active status. A customer-identifier selector of identifier allows the remote bidder to associate a customer with a particular bidding window. The customer-identifier advantageously helps the remote bidder to track who purchased items are associated with, as well as providing control structure over the bidding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: XCIRA, INC.
    Inventors: Nancy J. Rabenold, James A. Simmons
  • Patent number: 10152738
    Abstract: A system includes one or more memory devices storing instructions, and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to perform steps of a method for providing an interactive virtual environment. The system may receive environmental data, and generate virtual environmental data based on the environmental data. The system may then provide the virtual environmental data to at least a first computing device to create a virtual environment. The system may then receive user input, and modify the virtual environment to display enhanced content in response to the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Hannes Jouhikainen, Karen Nickerson, Justin Wishne, Drew Jacobs, Justin Smith, Marco S. Giampaolo
  • Patent number: 10147124
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for social shopping on a network-based marketplace. The methods and systems are for receiving a request, over a network, at a social shopping platform. The methods and systems are further for identifying a first network-based marketplace from the plurality of network-based marketplaces based on the request, the request including an activity associated with the first network-based marketplace, the first network-based marketplace being used by the first community of users for transacting items of a single domain, the activity identifying a first logical row of listing information in a listing table based on the request, the listing table being a logical table comprised of a plurality of logical rows . . . and logical columns. The methods and systems are further for updating a listing reputation score based on the activity associated with the first network-based marketplace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Neelakantan Sundaresan