Patents Examined by Rokib Masud
  • Patent number: 10217143
    Abstract: An information processing system according to one embodiment includes a first specifying unit, a second specifying unit, a generation unit, and an output unit. The first specifying unit specifies one or more first evaluation points of view corresponding to an expression in first information created by a provider of an object based on dictionary data indicating association between an expression and an evaluation point of view. The second specifying unit specifies one or more second evaluation points of view corresponding to the expression in second information created by a reviewer for the object based on the dictionary data. The generation unit generates supplementary information based on a difference in an evaluation degree between the first evaluation point of view and the second evaluation point of view. The output unit outputs the supplementary information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventors: Takaaki Tsunoda, Zofia Stankiewicz
  • Patent number: 10217174
    Abstract: A management system receives inputs over a period of time from outputs of one or more sensors placed within a proximity to a service area, the one or more sensors for detecting at least one of at least one weight and at least one sound. The management system dynamically estimating, based on a rate of a percentage of change of the at least one weight over the period of time and types of sounds of the at least one sound for the service area, one or more wait times until a completion of use of the service area. The management system dynamically generating one or more wait time estimates in real time for a particular user requesting a particular service area size met by a current service area size of the service area based on the one or more wait times and a current number of other users waiting for the particular service area size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rahul Ghosh, William R. Lariccia, Ravi K. Muthukrishnan, Aaron J. Quirk, Xian Jun Zhu
  • Patent number: 10217081
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for proximity auditing of removable media cartridge magazines in a data storage library. For example, a proximity sensor mounted on a robotic assembly can be used to detect one or more target features of cartridge magazines. In particular, the proximity sensor can look for relatively large structural features of a removable cartridge magazine in a manner that is fast and reliable, and does not rely on precise positioning of the robotic assembly with respect to the magazine. Some implementations can use the proximity sensor in conjunction with further auditing and/or other functions of line camera, and/or other sensors of the robotic assembly. Proximity-based auditing of the magazines can permit storage library systems to initialize faster and with more reliable inventory information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Christopher John Clos
  • Patent number: 10210583
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for an integrated automated bill and budget reconciliation, cash flow allocation, and payment software system are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Elena A. Colquitt
  • Patent number: 10205832
    Abstract: The present invention provides a charging control method, a charging trigger apparatus, and an online charging system. The method includes: generating, by a CTF, a resource quota request according to a trigger condition; and sending the resource quota request to an online charging system (OCS), so that the OCS determines a quota type and number after receiving the resource quota request, and allocates a quota for the resource quota request according to the quota type and number determined by the OCS, where the quota type and number are determined by the OCS according to the resource quota request. In the foregoing method, a problem that in the prior art, a charging control error occurs due to different determining bodies of a quota type is solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaoqian Chai
  • Patent number: 10204342
    Abstract: Technologies and implementations for facilitating visual analysis of transactions utilizing analytics are generally disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: eConnect Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Valentino, III, Travis Whidden, Jeremiah Morrill
  • Patent number: 10204329
    Abstract: A system and method effecting payment for POS purchases includes a database in which a unique code is associated with one of one or more electronic payment systems specified by a customer having one of a plurality of enterprise membership service identification codes stored in the database that uniquely identifies the customer as one of a plurality of shopper members of an enterprise membership service program associated with a retail enterprise. In response to receipt by an input device of a point-of-sale system of the retail enterprise of a manually-supplied code as part of a transaction for the purchase of one or more items, a processor processes payment for the one or more items using the one of the one or more electronic payment systems if the manually-supplied code matches the unique code associated with the one of the one or more electronic payment systems in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Meijer, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Pugh, Elmer L. Robinson, Jr., David Scott Pallas, K. Michael Ross
  • Patent number: 10192272
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for managing expense reports are disclosed. An example apparatus includes an aggregation interface configured to receive, from a financial entity, a defined account data subset of account data related to a financial transaction of a user and a defined transaction data subset of transaction data of the financial transaction. The example apparatus also includes a secure transaction engine configured to create an expense object that includes the defined account data subset and the defined transaction data subset and display information from the expense object within a first graphical user interface in conjunction with information from other expense objects related to the user. The secure transaction engine is also configured to create an expense report that includes an expense object selected by the user and selectively excludes the other expense objects to shield the other expense objects from being accessible or viewed by a third-party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SOURCECODE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Fuentes Morse, RĂ©nier Britz, Olaf Alexander Wagner, David Jonathan Marcus, Johan Willem van Heerden, Adriaan van Wyk, Anthony Thomas Petro
  • Patent number: 10181111
    Abstract: In some examples, a service provider may determine a courier placement location for a service area and a courier inventory for the service area. Based on the inventory, the service provider may order first items from a first merchant and second items from a second merchant. The service provider may dispatch a first courier to pick up the first items and a second courier to pick up the second items. Further, a third courier may go to a handoff location to receive the courier inventory made up of first items picked up by the first courier and second items picked up by the second courier. In some examples, the handoff location is determined dynamically based on the current locations of the first, second, and third couriers and predicted courier travel times. Additionally, or alternatively, the handoff location may be determined based in part on the courier placement location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Avlok Kohli, Amandeep Manik
  • Patent number: 10176464
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to a point of sale device leveraging a payment unification service. In some examples, a system may include instructions for a seller unification gateway to receive, via a network, a transaction initiation signal from a point of sale device. The transaction initiation signal may be in response to a purchase request of a buyer that interacts with the point of sale device. The system may include instructions for the seller unification gateway to send, via a network, a transaction authorization request to a buyer unification gateway. The system may include instructions for the buyer unification gateway to receive, via a network, an authorization response from a buyer device near or in the point of sale device. The authorization response may be generated in response to the buyer interacting with the buyer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LP
    Inventor: Dominique Sandraz
  • Patent number: 10176456
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system for automatically transitioning items from a materials handling facility without delaying a user as they exit the materials handling facility. For example, while a user is located in a materials handling facility, the user may pick one or more items. The items are identified and automatically associated with the user at or near the time of the item pick. When the users enters and/or passes through a transition area, the picked items are automatically transitioned to the user without affirmative input from or delay to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gianna Lise Puerini, Dilip Kumar, Steven Kessel
  • Patent number: 10176448
    Abstract: In some examples, a service provider may receive revenue value shared between the service provider and a merchant. The service provider may also receive an order request along with item information and a delivery location. Accordingly, the service provider may determine an original delivery boundary and a delivery fee associated with the order request based at least on the delivery location. If the value of revenue shared is more than a predefined value, the service provider allocates at least a part of the value of shared revenue toward modifying the delivery boundary, wherein the modified delivery boundary causes at least one of: (a) an inclusion of the buyer previously excluded from the delivery boundary, or (b) a new delivery fee for delivering the indicated items, where the new delivery fee is computed based on a contribution of the percentage value of the shared revenue toward the original delivery fee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Rhodes, Benjamin R. Bernstein, Yunjing Xu
  • Patent number: 10169749
    Abstract: A computer implemented system and method are disclosed involving technological advancements in the processing of electronic transaction processing results. The system may comprise a computer apparatus implementing a checking account system, a savings account system, a merchant account and investment account on a funds management system, and one or more computer systems and mobile devices including a communication interface, processor, memory storing computer-executable instructions, and savings modules. Reward amounts may be calculated based on various techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Usha Narayana, Kimberly Belle Summerrow, Jared J. Blackburn, Shaun G. Hunter, Van A. Noles
  • Patent number: 10169820
    Abstract: A computer implemented system and method are disclosed involving technological advancements in the processing of electronic transaction processing results. The system may comprise a computer apparatus implementing a checking account system, a savings account system, a merchant account and investment account on a funds management system, and one or more computer systems and mobile devices including a communication interface, processor, memory storing computer-executable instructions, and savings modules. Reward amounts may be calculated based on various techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Usha Narayana, Kimberly Belle Summerrow
  • Patent number: 10157362
    Abstract: Many people acquire items such as souvenirs when travelling. This disclosure describes systems and methods for shipping items acquired while travelling. In one implementation, an item is dropped off and a description of the item is provided. The item is delivered to a fulfillment center. A fulfillment center computing system may inspect the item by verifying that the description of the item corresponds to the item. By inspecting the item, the fulfillment center computing system may perform additional services, such as processing a tax refund incurred when item was purchased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesper Mikael Johansson, Shalini Pothuru, Brad Ruppert
  • Patent number: 10152755
    Abstract: A system and method for calculating variable consideration for performance obligations. The method can involve, checking a database for historical transaction data, accessing the historical transaction data, and applying one or more predetermined variable consideration rules to the historical transaction data. The method can include automatically analyzing the historical transaction data generating an analysis report based on the data. The method can include uploading predetermined corrections to variable consideration transactions to a database or other storage medium and applying the corrections to historical performance obligation transaction data. The method can include determining whether variable consideration changes should be applied to individual transaction lines within the variable consideration transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Zuora, Inc.
    Inventors: Jagan Balsundaram, Seshagiri Chilukuri, Katherine Pearson, Karthikeyan Ramamoorthy
  • Patent number: 10152703
    Abstract: A transaction system and method in which a customer operates a mobile device, such as a smart phone, to interact with a transaction server during a transaction at a checkout station while scanning items. An example method includes establishing by the server a connection with a mobile communication device, receiving by the server item descriptions associated with items purchased from a code reader, sending by the server prices of the items and the item descriptions to the mobile communication device for display by the mobile communication device, and receiving payment by the server from the customer for the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Michael K. Reed, John F. Crooks
  • Patent number: 10147127
    Abstract: An auto cross-referencing functionality related to an order number directed to a product within an electronic catalog hosted by a vendor system is presented on a client computing device in a page providing an access point for ordering an item. The system allows a customer to enter a manufacturer, competitor, or other non-vendor specific ordering number into an ordering system and have the provided number transformed in-situ to the vendor's ordering number, either in real-time and/or through a batch-like process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: W.W. Grainger, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffry A. Westphal
  • Patent number: 10140602
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods and apparatus for the automated provision of goods through the use of scanning systems. More specifically, the present invention provides a method for automatically conveying which goods are being ordered, where the goods will be picked up, an associated method of payment, kitchen fulfillment, item tracking, and automatic delivery by a dispenser apparatus. In preferred embodiments, the present invention is applied to the automated ordering and pick-up of food items at a fast food restaurant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Kevin Kelly, Joseph Craig Kelly
  • Patent number: 10134093
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a system, method, and computer program for dynamically reconciling a retailer receiving invoice with a distributor invoice for products sold and invoiced under multiple UPC codes and in multiple units of quantity. A retailer receiving invoice is matched to to a distributor invoice. For each line item in both invoices, the UPC, quantity, and unit-price are normalized. Invoiced UPCs are normalized to a hierarchy level in a product family a master product database. Also, invoiced unit prices are compared to upper and lower price limits for invoiced UPCs to determine whether an invoiced UPC correlates to an invoiced unit price. Quantity and unit-price are normalized by converting price-correlated units to base-level units in a product hierarchy. Normalized UPCs, quantities, and unit price are compared to match line items across invoices and discover any discrepancies. Credits are matched to discrepancies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: iControl Systems USA, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Edward Lopez, William Arthur Heine, Kent Donavan McKinstray, Gilad Keren