Patents Examined by Rutao Wu
  • Patent number: 9721275
    Abstract: The use of a broadcast feed to enable customers to pay for order may enable merchants to increase their online visibility and sales. An order for one or more items that is initiated by a customer may be received. The order may be transmitted to a broadcast feed provider to be presented as a message post in a broadcast feed page. Subsequently, an electronic payment for the order that is initiated by the customer through a link embedded in the message post may be received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin D. Grier
  • Patent number: 9697529
    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. A collaborative filtering algorithm may receive as an input a transaction history associated with the consumer, a demographic of the consumer, a consumer profile, a type of transaction account, a transaction account associated with the consumer, a period of time that the consumer has held a transaction account, a size of wallet, and/or a share of wallet. The method may further comprise generating a ranked list of items based upon 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: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RELATED SERVICES COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Terrence Fischer, Andrew K. Smith, Michael Wang
  • Patent number: 9672526
    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. A collaborative filtering algorithm may receive as an input a transaction history associated with the consumer, a demographic of the consumer, a consumer profile, a type of transaction account, a transaction account associated with the consumer, a period of time that the consumer has held a transaction account, a size of wallet, and/or a share of wallet. The method may further comprise generating a ranked list of items based upon 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: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RELATED SERVICES COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Terrence Fischer, Alex Lun
  • Patent number: 9665874
    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. A collaborative filtering algorithm may receive as an input a transaction history associated with the consumer, a demographic of the consumer, a consumer profile, a type of transaction account, a transaction account associated with the consumer, a period of time that the consumer has held a transaction account, a size of wallet, and/or a share of wallet. The method may further comprise generating a ranked list of items based upon 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: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RELATED SERVICES COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Lee Chau, Terrence Fischer, Anthony Mavromatis, Venkat Varadachary, Michael Wang
  • Patent number: 9652782
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for interaction-aware advertising to minimize banner blindness. First, the system concurrently displays, via a graphical user interface, an advertisement and application content. Next, the system detects a user interaction with the application content. Based on the user interaction, the system then locks the advertisement within a viewable area of display for concurrent display at the graphical user interface with a portion of the application content, wherein the advertisement is configured to remain locked until an unlocking event is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mehul K. Sanghavi, Michael Froimowitz Greenzeiger, Ravindra Phulari
  • Patent number: 9478094
    Abstract: An apparatus for facilitating payment using a payment card includes a computerized sales transaction device structured to determine a monetary amount for a sale, and a secure card activated terminal (CAT) device in electronic communication with the computerized sales transaction device. The computerized sales transaction device sends the monetary amount to the secure CAT device. The secure CAT device is structured to: (i) obtain sensitive payment card information from the card, (ii) automatically request in a secure, encrypted manner authorization for the sale using the monetary amount and the sensitive payment card information, (iii) receive in a secure, encrypted manner authorization approval for the sale, and (iv) in response to receiving the authorization approval, send purchase authorization approval information to the computerized sales transaction device. The computerized sales transaction device never receives the sensitive payment card information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Sievel, Christopher S. Kallas, Joseph P. Tokarski, Nirav I. Pravasi
  • Patent number: 9460590
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for providing notifications and other communications to a customer based on the customer's proximity to a checkout register at a store. A mobile electronic device with mobile self checkout software thereon may record and analyze ambient noise to determine when a customer is in a checkout line as well as to track the customer's progress through the checkout line. The mobile self checkout software may present information to the customer according to the customer's position in the checkout line. The type and nature of the information presented to the customer may be changed according to the customer's distance from the checkout terminal as well as how quickly the customer is approaching the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9152980
    Abstract: An electronic commerce (e-commerce) system may send advertisement emails to customers that are registered with the e-commerce system. The advertisement emails may include mailto hyperlinks. Each mailto hyperlink may be associated with a product that is being offered for sale, and each mailto hyperlink describes an email message that may be generated when that hyperlink is selected. When a mailto hyperlink is selected, the generated email message may include one or more parameters related to the product associated with the hyperlink, such as an identifier of the product. The generated email message may then be transmitted to the e-commerce system. The e-commerce system may receive the message and, based on the parameters in the received message, execute a transaction to purchase the identified product on behalf of the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: @Pay IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: John P. Killoran, Jr., Dennis William Peek, Matthew Custer
  • Patent number: 9087179
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically converting digital content from an incompatible to a compatible target DRM scheme are disclosed. In one embodiment, a user device transmits a request to a content server for digital content, the request including a target DRM scheme compatible with the user device. The content server determines that the requested target DRM scheme is incompatible with the native DRM scheme of the content server. A DRM matching server obtains the requested content from the content server and converts the content from the native DRM scheme to the target DRM scheme. The DRM matching server transmits the reformatted content to the user's device. Alternatively, the DRM matching server transmits the reformatted content to the content server, which transmits it to the user device. A user device includes any device capable of utilizing digital content, including cellular telephones, PDAs, audio file players, and video content display devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Yasser Ansari, Kotaro Matsuo
  • Patent number: 9058591
    Abstract: An electronic commerce (e-commerce) system may send advertisement emails to customers that are registered with the e-commerce system. The advertisement emails may include mailto hyperlinks. Each mailto hyperlink describes an email message that may be generated when that hyperlink is selected. When a mailto hyperlink is selected, the generated email message may include one or more parameters related to a donation that be made by the customer to a non-profit organization. For example, the generated email message may include a customer identifier, and/or one or more parameters that indicate the non-profit to which a donation should be made, and an amount to be donated. The generated email message may then be transmitted to the e-commerce system. The e-commerce system may receive the message and, based on the parameters in the received message, communicate with a payment processing system to perform the donation indicated in the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: @PAY IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: John P. Killoran, Jr., Dennis William Peek, Matthew Custer
  • Patent number: 8788342
    Abstract: Embodiments employ knowledge from network searches to enrich features useable to describe an advertisement. Advertisement content may be segmented to generate key phrases that are rank ordered based on a phrase's pointwise mutual information value with Ad keywords and term frequency-inverse document frequency (TF-IDF) scores. These key phrases are employed to generate a plurality of query searches that are performed to generate a plurality of search result snippets. The snippets are then analyzed and ranked to identify query expansion features having a TF-IDF value over a given threshold. A subset of these ranked phrases are combined with the Ad keywords to be used to rebuild an Ad index for the given advertisement. When content is to be delivered to a client device, content keywords are compared to the Ad index to select an advertisement to be provided with the content to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Jian Hu, Hao Zheng
  • Patent number: 8775263
    Abstract: An electronic commerce (e-commerce) system may send advertisement emails to customers that are registered with the e-commerce system. The advertisement emails may include mailto hyperlinks. Each mailto hyperlink may be associated with a product that is being offered for sale, and each mailto hyperlink describes an email message that may be generated when that hyperlink is selected. When a mailto hyperlink is selected, the generated email message may include one or more parameters related to the product associated with the hyperlink, such as an identifier of the product. The generated email message may then be transmitted to the e-commerce system. The e-commerce system may receive the message and, based on the parameters in the received message, execute a transaction to purchase the identified product on behalf of the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: @Pay IP Holdings LLC
    Inventors: John P. Killoran, Jr., Dennis William Peek, Matthew Custer
  • Patent number: 8756160
    Abstract: Methods and systems for preventing reception of licensed protected content prior to reception of a license, in a content rendering device wherein, the license corresponds to the licensed protected content and to the content rendering device. The license may be stored on the content rendering device in a database that may be searchable by a key. The license and the key may be associated within a file comprising the licensed protected content. A proxy computer may handle operations for the content rendering device, a DRM license server and a content server. Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) features regarding GetDeviceInfo, SendObjectInfo and SendObjectPropList operations may be utilized to activate DRM license protection for receiving the license prior to the corresponding license protected content. The content rendering device may reject transmission of and reject rendering the corresponding license protected content if the license is not resident in its database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Krig, Alexander Fainkichen
  • Patent number: 8676645
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying users for advertising. Users, attributes, and first web sites provided by ISPs accessed by the users are identified. First data including content of the first web sites and user time spent thereon are received from ISPs and analyzed to determine first attribute values indicative of user interest. Second data received from ISPs include content of second web sites and user time spent thereon. Second attribute values, derived from questionnaires completed by the users, indicate interest in each attribute by each user. Third attribute values are determined by combining the first and second attribute values. The third attribute values are processed to identify users to which a product or service may be advertised. The identified users are communicated to a service provider or product provider. The first, second, or third attribute values may have missing values, which are determined by correlation and linear regression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Hulikunta Prahlad Raghunandan
  • Patent number: 8527422
    Abstract: Content protection arrangements govern use of particular electronic content in a consumer electronic device. An exemplary arrangement authorizes use based not just on usage control data corresponding to the content, but also based on an attribute of the consumer electronic device. Thus, for example, playback of a song (or video) with particular usage control data may be authorized on a device that includes only analog output, but not be authorized on a device that is capable of outputting the content in an unencrypted digital format. A variety of other technologies and arrangements are also detailed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventor: Geoffrey B. Rhoads
  • Patent number: 8521587
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide techniques for associating advertisements with relevant content on a user interface. A method for placing advertisements on a user interface includes providing a user interface having a plurality of user interface screens, at least some of the plurality of user interface screens containing user-selectable control objects, and determining which of a plurality of advertisements to display on a user interface screen based on at least one of the following criteria: topical relevance, contextual relevance, path relevance and cognitive prominence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Hillcrest Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Chistian M. Curtis, Charles W. K. Gritton
  • Patent number: 8504418
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are described for online content management. Online content in the form of answer sets are exposed to a user posing a question to a question and answer service. The question and answer service causes an award amount to be debited from an account associated with the user. The question and answer service receives a user input that (i) selects one or more answers from the answer set, and (ii) specifies a distribution of a portion of the award amount among the selected answers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Benjamin P. Dimock
  • Patent number: 8452654
    Abstract: A system and method for issuing variable level rewards to card holders according to expenditures in transaction categories. Card transactions for a specified period of time are classified by codes and are assigned to one of several transaction categories such as entertainment, travel, dining, sporting goods, and electronics. A total amount of expenditures for each transaction category is determined. The transaction category with the largest value of expenditures is determined. The highest available reward is applied to the total amount of expenditures in the transaction category that has the largest value of expenditures. Consumers may take advantage of a high level or more valuable reward in a multi-level reward structure regardless of their spending habits or patterns because the more valuable reward is applied to the expenditures in the largest expenditure transaction category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: RBS NB
    Inventors: D. Stephen Wooters, David W. Power
  • Patent number: 8392334
    Abstract: One embodiment of the system and method described herein provides a score generator system that generates an automated vehicle specific valuation of a used car based on the physical and historical attributes of that vehicle. This score may indicate the likelihood that the vehicle will be on the road in a specific period of time. The score may give an absolute percentage of such likelihood or it may give a value relative to all other used vehicles in a database, all other used vehicles of the same make/model/year, or a certain subset of the vehicles in a database. In one embodiment, the score generator system includes a data link module for linking vehicle data and filter module for applying a multi-level filters that process the linked vehicle data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Experian Information Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Edith Hirtenstein, David Nemtuda
  • Patent number: RE45006
    Abstract: A method for customer promotion includes sequentially processing each of a plurality of items in a customer order. The price of each item is accumulated after processing. A marginal discount associated with each item processed is generated. This marginal discount is generated in response to a signal that indicates the accumulated price exceeds a predetermined threshold. Unapplied marginal discounts are accumulated for application to the customer order. A discount is applied to the customer order in response to a signal that is generated that indicates the accumulated discounts exceeds a predetermined minimum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Midnight Blue Remote Access LLC
    Inventors: David W. Deaton, Rodney G. Gabriel