Patents Examined by Rutao Wu
  • Patent number: 10891565
    Abstract: The system and/or processes described herein are configured to help an entity operating one or more service facilities manage the timing of service jobs across work stations. The entity manages the timing based on receiving, and tracking, job status information received from the work stations. For instance, after receiving the job status information, the entity may implement timing mechanisms to estimate or predict a time when a service job is likely to begin. The entity may also use the timing mechanisms to estimate or predict a time when the service job is likely to be completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Tower Rock Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Garrett Russell Ming
  • Patent number: 10885014
    Abstract: A method performed by a service management device includes (a) receiving from a plurality of worker machines, a plurality of requests, each request from a worker machine indicating a respective work item to be assigned to that worker machine, (b) in response to receiving each request, performing an assignment attempt operation configured to (i) succeed and insert a reference to the worker machine that issued that request in a database entry associated with the respective work item if no other reference to a worker machine has yet been inserted in the database entry and (ii) otherwise report failure, and (c) returning a reply to the worker machine that issued each request indicating whether the assignment attempt operation succeeded, that worker machine configured to (i) process the respective work item in response to a successful reply and (ii) refrain from processing the respective work item in response to a failed reply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Citrix Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Jose Reyes
  • Patent number: 10867266
    Abstract: An active configurator can include an interface and a controller coupled to the interface. The controller of the active configurator can receive a number of inputs, via the interface, from a user, wherein the inputs are associated with a proposed installation. The controller of the active configurator can also evaluate the inputs using at least one external system communicably coupled to the controller. The controller of the active configurator can also present, using the interface, the inputs in a graphical format, wherein the graphical format presents a physical representation of the proposed installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Carlin, John S. Hill
  • Patent number: 10853826
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for evaluating and optimizing media content. A computer system for evaluating media content includes an input interface configured to receive a media content for evaluation by users in an online community, a media content presenter configured to present the media content to the users in the online community for evaluation, an informative signal monitor configured to gather informative signals relating to the media content from the users in the online community, a media content analyzer configured to evaluate the media content based on the informative signals from the users and generate an analysis result relating to the media content, and an incentive calculator configured to determine an incentive to one of the users in the online community based on the informative signals from the one of the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Yeast, LLC
    Inventors: Brent Aaron Romagnolo, David Christopher Parkes
  • Patent number: 10832262
    Abstract: For modeling consumer activity, a plurality of processor computational resources generates potential model types. In addition, the plurality of processor computational resources divides activity data into a training data set, a test data set, and a validation data set. The plurality of processor computational resources further trains the potential model types with the training set data. In addition, the plurality of processor computational resources selects a model type with the test data set. The plurality of processor computational resources calculates algorithmic parameters with the validation data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Mohammad Iman Khabazian
  • Patent number: 10832015
    Abstract: An on-the-fly package label printing system for a variety of packages containing a variety of products printed on each package of a web of successive packages a permanent record indicative of the product weight and product ingredients in the package. The system comprises a package handling device, a clock, and a printer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Joseph A. Hattrup Trust dated July 16, 1996, as Amended
    Inventors: Joseph A. Hattrup, Ralph P. French, Nathaniel Evert Lawson, Gregory J. Allen
  • Patent number: 10817962
    Abstract: A farm field management apparatus: in generation of each task plan candidate, selects at least one task that includes harvest task, selects, a resource that is used to carry out each selected task, determines a task time within a predetermined period in which each selected task is carried out, includes the selected task, the selected resource, and the determined task time in each task plan candidate; obtains; information about a harvest impeding factor that is predicted for a harvest time of each task plan candidate; calculate an income from a harvest of each task plan candidate, based on a relevant piece of the harvest impeding factor information, and on the quantity and unit price of each crop; and calculates task cost of each task plan candidate based on a resource utilization period of the resource included in each task plan candidate, and on the utilization cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Isao Karube, Naohiro Furukawa
  • Patent number: 10817816
    Abstract: A sales rotation system is disclosed that increases walk-up sales. The sales rotation system creates an equitable and efficient management of sales personnel on the dealership floor. The sales rotation system corrects one or more business issues with handling of walk-up sales including sales personnel bickering over who is up next in the rotation, track lead collection and close ratios, creating an automated way to notify a sales person when the sales person is up, digitally fence an “up area” and provide a notification when sales personnel who are up wander from the showroom entry, setting up a count to be flexible based on dealership volume and size, and improving customer experience by managing the number of sales personnel on the dealership floor and equitably rotating them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: NcompassTrac, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald M Vangell, Chris Daden
  • Patent number: 10810603
    Abstract: A method and device for analyzing customer traffic data at a merchant location are provided. The method may include transmitting pings within a coverage area of a wireless network provided by the merchant computer, receiving ping responses from one or more customer devices corresponding to one or more customers located within the coverage area of the wireless network provided by the merchant computer, extracting a unique device identifier from each received ping response over a period of time, each of the unique device identifiers identifying a different customer device that transmitted the ping response, estimating an amount of customer traffic at the merchant location, over the period of time, based on the unique device identifiers extracted during the period of time, and outputting an indication of the estimated amount of customer activity at the merchant location over the period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Debashis Ghosh, Manash Bhattacharjee
  • Patent number: 10789565
    Abstract: An engagement guarantee system uses a gamification method and includes a sensor configured to sense vehicle data from a vehicle tag attached to a vehicle, to sense tool data from a tool tag attached to a tool, and to transmit the sensed data to a server A controller is configured to receive the vehicle data and the tool data from the server, to transmit an engagement torque corresponding to the vehicle to the tool, and to receive an engagement result from the tool An analyzer is configured to receive the engagement result from the controller, to analyze the engagement result, and to transmit an analyzed result to a display unit. The display unit is configured to display the analyzed result transmitted from the analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, IUCF-HYU (Industry-University Cooperation Foundation Hanyang University)
    Inventors: Jongho Shin, Chang Ho Jung, Hyunwoo Lee, Yoon Jang, Seunghwan Roh, Jiyoung Lee, Kyoungwon Seo, Jihyo Kim, Hokyoung Ryu
  • Patent number: 10726371
    Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure include methods, systems, and computer-readable storage mediums for concurrent production use of an enterprise system and testing of a modified enterprise system. Actions include receiving a test schema that provides one or more application views to application tables of production data in a database, at least one application view including a read-only view, providing one or more local tables for local test data provided during execution of the modified enterprise system, providing one or more triggers to the at least one application view, and executing the enterprise system based on a production database schema and concurrently executing the modified enterprise system based on the test database schema.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Wulf Kruempelmann
  • Patent number: 10354291
    Abstract: Methods and systems herein involve a computing system receiving a listing-suggestion request associated with a first account, and responsive to the listing-suggestion request: (a) detecting, in point-of-view (POV) image data received from one or wearable devices, one or more occurrences of a first surface of a real-world object; (b) determining that the first surface of real-world object is associable with the first account; (c) determining that the first surface is not associated with the first account in a database for augmented-reality overlay rights and (d) responsive to determining that the first surface is associated with the first account: (i) using the POV image data as a basis for determining a numeric measure corresponding to overlay of augmented-reality content on the first surface of the real-world object; and (ii) sending a listing-suggestion message to a computing device corresponding to the first account, wherein the listing-suggestion message indicates the determined numeric measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Eric Teller
  • Patent number: 10282739
    Abstract: An online gaming system for valuing new virtual items introduced into an online game. The system may comprise one or more processors configured to execute computer program modules. The system may include a virtual shop module configured to present offers to sell instances of probability item bundles including a first offer to sell instances of a first probability item bundle that includes a first primary item and a first set of secondary items for a price, and a second offer to sell instances of a second probability item bundle that includes a second primary item and a second set of secondary items for the same price. The system may include a price determination module configured to determine a value for the second primary virtual item based on comparative sales of the first probability item bundle and the second probability item bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephanie Schultz, Kellen Christopher Smalley, Michael C. Caldarone
  • Patent number: 10269033
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for facilitating collaboration amongst individuals working on a coordinated campaign toward certain goals. In furtherance of these goals, the individual team members use technical resources provided by specialized tools, which are also sometimes referred to as applications or products. As the campaign progresses, these applications generate a large volume of data, some of which may be useful to teams other than those which were originally responsible for producing the data. In certain embodiments a campaign manager platform is used to facilitate data sharing and collaboration amongst the various teams that comprise a campaign. In such embodiments the individual team members interact not only with the applications specifically adapted for their team, but also with the campaign manager, which provides a medium for exchanging data and ideas with other teams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Znerold, Paul Marcus A. Dennert, Daniel Walsh
  • Patent number: 10255613
    Abstract: An approach to facilitating identity-recognition-based promotions using virtual containers is provided. A first virtual container may be associated with a first virtual item set and identified by a first container identifier. Container instances of the first virtual container that are purchased through a store interface during a first time period may be configured to be activated by users in a game space to obtain item instances of virtual items of the first virtual item set. The first virtual container may be modified to be associated with a second virtual item set and identified by the first container identifier. Container instances of the first virtual container that are purchased during a second time period may be container instances of the modified first virtual container that are configured to be activated by the users in the game space to obtain item instances of virtual items of the second virtual item set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephanie K. Schultz, Michael C. Caldarone
  • Patent number: 10248970
    Abstract: An approach to facilitating virtual item promotions via time-period-based virtual item benefits is provided. A store interface may present offers to users of a game space to purchase item instances of virtual items associated with in-space benefits. Item instances of a first virtual item may be configured to be activated by the users in the game space to obtain one or more first in-space benefits. A promotion that is conducted for the game space may be managed such that, during a first promotion time period, item instances of the first virtual item purchased through the store interface may be modified instances of the first virtual item. The modified instances may be configured to be activated by the users in the game space during a second promotion time period to obtain one or more second in-space benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Caldarone, Stephanie K. Schultz
  • Patent number: 10217109
    Abstract: At least a first cryptogram and a second cryptogram are transmitted from a payment device reader component to a terminal component. A message including at least the first cryptogram and the second cryptogram is transmitted from the terminal component to an issuer of a payment device presented to the reader component, through a payment network. A message is obtained from the issuer, corresponding to authentication, by the issuer, of the payment device (and optionally the owner of the payment device) presented to the reader component, based at least on the first cryptogram and the second cryptogram. The payment network is configured in accordance with at least one of (i) a standard, and (ii) a specification, which normally employs only a single cryptogram for the message and the authentication. Apparatuses and computer program products are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Michael C. Ward, Patrik Smets, Paul Vanneste
  • Patent number: 10203846
    Abstract: A system and method for non-deterministically providing denominated virtual currency in a virtual space are disclosed. The units of virtual currencies may be classified by different denominations and levels. Non-purchasing utilities may be obtained for the denomination and level of the virtual currencies and provided to users in the virtual space. In one example, the denomination and level of the virtual currencies may be used as socketing elements to provide boosts to base attributes to virtual items. In some implementations, an amount of boost provided by a denomination and level of virtual currency when socketed to a virtual item may be determined based on numerical relationships among the denomination and level of the virtual currencies. The denomination and level of virtual currencies may be harvested non-deterministically by users based on probabilities determined for the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC ARTS INC.
    Inventors: Weiwei Geng, Matthew Curtis, Michael C. Caldarone, Stephanie K. Schultz, Kellen Christopher Smalley, Xuezheng Liu
  • Patent number: 10181126
    Abstract: The systems and methods may be used to recommend an item to a consumer. The methods may comprise determining, based on a collaborative filtering algorithm, a consumer relevance value associated with an item, and transmitting, based on the consumer relevance value, information associated with the item to a consumer. The method may further comprise generating a ranked list of items based upon a plurality of consumer relevance values, transmitting a ranked list of items to a consumer, and/or re-ranking a ranked list of items based upon a merchant goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RELATED SERVICES COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Terrence Fischer, Carlos W. Korten, Marisa J. Walster
  • Patent number: 10140633
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for placing content in a user interface depending upon a likely location of the gaze of a user. Coordinates are determined that correspond to an area of interest in a viewport of a first user interface. At least one content item of interest is identified and the content items of interest placed in the area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Daniel Jaye, Elmore Eugene Pope, Michael L. Brundage