Patents Examined by Rokib Masud
  • 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: 10134076
    Abstract: A system and method for attribute extraction from product titles is presented. A set of product titles are read by an embodiment. The product titles are separated into a sequence of tokens, the tokens being determined by the presence of a separator character. The sequences of tokens are labeled according to a specific encoding scheme to denote attributes of a title, such as brand name and other features. The characteristics of the attributes within the title are determined to build a sequence labeling algorithm. The results of the encoding is compared to a normalization dictionary comparing standardized attributes. A blacklist can be consulted to further refine the method. A further validation can be performed to catch any remaining mistakes. Thereafter, a database entry can be made to associate the attribute with the item. A training set can be used to initialize the learning model. Other embodiments are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventor: Ajinkya More
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10127528
    Abstract: A financial services ecosystem for providing a collaborative worldwide payment system includes: a computer-based system configured to credit a merchant, by way of a merchant bank, for goods sold or services rendered to a consumer; and a payment process platform configured to receive data from a user application. The payment process platform is configured to generate a disposable bank identification number (BIN). The disposable BIN is converted from a BIN issued by a financial institution or credit card company. The disposable BIN is used by a biller as an authorization BIN to document that the consumer has paid a bill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MovoCash, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric A. Solis
  • Patent number: 10127548
    Abstract: A greeting card stored-value card combinations and methods of forming said combinations are provided. In one embodiment, these combinations include a greeting card comprising means for affixing a stored-value card thereto. These combinations also include a stored-value card affixed to the greeting card. A single identifier, such as a Stock-Keeping Unit (SKU) or a Universal Product Code (UPC), is assigned to the bundle that uniquely identifies the bundled greeting card and stored-value card. The single identifier provides identification means allowing the stored-value card to be activated. A single capture of the single identifier enables the customer to both purchase the greeting card stored-value card combination product as well as to activate the store-value card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: BLACKHAWK NETWORK, INC.
    Inventor: Donald Kingsborough
  • Patent number: 10121209
    Abstract: Techniques for automated employee management are provided. A clock action for an employee is acquired and analyzed based on rules. Next, a decision is made whether to automatically accept the clock action, automatically deny the clock action, or interactively request approval from a supervisor for the clock action. The decision is based on analysis of the rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Taylor Drake Morgan, Jeffrey Daniel Hughes, Ethan Michael Edgerton, David Allen Turner
  • Patent number: 10115083
    Abstract: A device may receive first information related to a transaction. The device may identify a first device from which to receive an image of a receipt related to the transaction. The device may provide, to the first device, a notification to cause the first device to perform a set of actions including activating a camera associated with the first device to capture the image of the receipt, or providing, for display, an instruction related to capturing the image of the receipt associated with the transaction. The device may receive, from the first device, the image of the receipt. The device may process the image of the receipt to perform an analysis of the transaction. The device may perform an action related to the transaction based on a result of processing the image of the receipt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventor: Adam Koeppel
  • Patent number: 10096010
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for granting a user access to an on-line banking area of a website belonging financial institution responsive to receiving the valid user name and password. The method providing the user with account information regarding checking, savings, mortgage, home equity and/or loan accounts held by the user at the financial institution. The method grants the user access to a request tracking area of the web site of the financial institution, receive request related data from the user, the request related data including data relating to at least one expense or goal, calculate portions of each expense respectively owed by each of a plurality of participants in the request and track whether a participant has paid. The method includes sending a message to at least one participant, the message requesting payment for the portion owed by the participant and receiving the payment from the participant in various payment forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
    Inventor: Harsh Jawharkar
  • Patent number: 10089615
    Abstract: A point-of-sale system includes a stand that supports a tablet computer. The tablet computer can run a merchant application to provide the typical functionality for a point-of-sale system. The stand can be rotatable to face either the merchant or the customer. The stand can incorporate a card reader. The tablet computer can be connected through a hub to other peripheral components, such as a controllable cash drawer, a printer and/or a bar code reader. The cash drawer can include a slidable drawer having sliding rails that are hidden from a top view of the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventors: Troy Edwards, Lukas Skoog, Amish Babu, Jesse Dorogusker
  • Patent number: 10089614
    Abstract: A checkout system includes a checkout station having a housing, an attendant work station, a customer unloading station and an exceptions processing subsystem. A point-of-sale system has a microprocessor and memory operatively associated with one another to identify products being purchased, payments tendered therefor and to store transaction information locally at the checkout station or remotely from the checkout station. The microprocessor has programming configured to allow an item to be scanned by a product identification scanner and in communication with the exceptions processing subsystem. The attendant work station may include an exceptions handling display: Check out methods and apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Terry Catoe, Mark Noble, John White, Burt Aycock, Claire McRoberts, Joe Jensen