Patents Examined by Susanna M. Diaz
  • Patent number: 10332190
    Abstract: A system and method for exchanging information and documents related to the processing of trade transactions is provided. The method comprises associating at least one unique identifier with at least one shipping document; and posting the at least one unique identifier and the least one shipping document on a first communications network. A system for exchanging information and documents related to the processing of trade transactions is also provided. The system comprises means for associating at least one unique identifier with at least one shipping document; and means for posting the at least one unique identifier and the at least one shipping document on a network for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Michael L. Yavorsky, Joseph J. Barbieri, Tom Yiu Fai Mou, Muliyil Shridhar, Kyung (Joanna) Hee Shin
  • Patent number: 10311453
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a social media analytics platform. An entity may be configured with respect to the platform and a number of social media accounts, and other data such as aliases or search terms associated with the entity. Data is collected at certain intervals from the various online sites, including social media sites, using the various disparate and proprietary interfaces and data models provided by the sites and the configurations for the social media accounts associated with an entity. Using this data obtained from these online sites one or more scores can be calculated or update based on the data, where the score(s) may serve to quantify a facet of the entity's social media exposure and may serve to be domain specific to the entity. The scores for each of the indices for an entity can thus serve to quantify facets of an entity's social media exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MVPindex, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Vincent Savelli, Shawn Timothy Spieth, Kyle Allen Nelson, Powell McVay Kinney, Eric Jonathan Swayne
  • Patent number: 10275730
    Abstract: A method and computer program product for extending a business process model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric W. Cope, Lea A. Deleris, Dominik Etzweiler, Jana Koehler, Jochen M. Kuester, Bonnie K. Ray
  • Patent number: 10229394
    Abstract: A method and system may automatically detect failures and send diagnostic information when scheduling home equipment repairs in a smart home environment. A smart home controller may receive sensor data from each of several pieces of home equipment to detect whether any failures have occurred. If the smart home controller detects a failure in one of the pieces of home equipment based on the sensor data, the smart home controller may communicate diagnostic information for the piece of home equipment experiencing the failure to a repair service provider to schedule a repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Justin Davis, John Hailey, Edward P. Matesevac, III, Mark O'Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10197410
    Abstract: According to one exemplary embodiment, a method for real-time carpool matching is provided. The method may include receiving a plurality of carpool requests having a plurality of carpool route segments. The method may include determining at least one carpool match in real-time based on the plurality of carpool route segments. The method may include assigning each carpool match a viability value. The method may then include assigning a selected carpool match automatically for a user associated with the determined at least one carpool match, based on the assigned viability value associated with each carpool match within the at least one carpool match. The method may further include choosing a driver from a plurality of carpool participants, whereby the plurality of carpool participants is based on the selected carpool match. The method may also include sending the selected carpool match to the plurality of carpool participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shang Q. Guo, Canturk Isci, Jonathan Lenchner, Maharaj Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 10163169
    Abstract: A healthcare wage index reporting method and system providing questions and tasks to collect information for filling out a wage index and occupational mix report; receiving responses; processing the responses to complete the report; checking the responses to detect errors; generating error notices; tracking progress; and generating a completed report for submission. Electronic data files, including PUFs, can be imported to complete the report, or to pre-populate responses, and the system can generate notifications of differences between the report and the imported file. A dashboard can display progress, and current results. The system can save supporting documents, and supply templates for supporting information. The system can generate prompts based on responses, and determine future questions based on past responses. The system can generate various user-requested reports and can include bulletin board functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Crowe LLP
    Inventors: Andrew Jay Sutton, Mark A. Strawmyer
  • Patent number: 10049371
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a social media analytics platform. An entity may be configured with respect to the platform and a number of social media accounts, and other data such as aliases or search terms associated with the entity. Data is collected at certain intervals from the various online sites, including social media sites, using the various disparate and proprietary interfaces and data models provided by the sites and the configurations for the social media accounts associated with an entity. Using this data obtained from these online sites one or more scores can be calculated or update based on the data, where the score(s) may serve to quantify a facet of the entity's social media exposure and may serve to be domain specific to the entity. The scores for each of the indices for an entity can thus serve to quantify facets of an entity's social media exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: MVPINDEX, INC.
    Inventors: Victor Vincent Savelli, Shawn Timothy Spieth, Kyle Allen Nelson, Powell McVay Kinney, Eric Jonathan Swayne
  • Patent number: 9940374
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is provided. The method includes receiving forecast information from sales people in a computer. The method further includes receiving comments on specific entries of the forecast information from non-sales people in the computer. The method also includes receiving changes of the forecast information from the non-sales people in the computer. The method additionally includes providing a display of the comments and the changes to the sales people in an interface to the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: RIGHT90, INC.
    Inventors: Kim Orumchian, Art Stabenow, Dean Skelton, David Petiot
  • Patent number: 9911101
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for statistically determining buffers for time variances for scheduled operations. Buffers for a particular operation can be based on a statistical analysis of past instances of the specific operation, and a buffer can be applied based on a selected statistical confidence interval. The statistical analysis can include determining a Gumbel distribution for time variances for a particular operation. Once buffers have been determined for the various operations, itineraries of operations can be prepared such that the scheduled times plus the buffer times for the operations in an itinerary do not exceed personnel limits of the personnel who may be assigned to the itineraries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Alejandro Oswaldo Hernandez Romero, Michael J. Woicekowski, Oleksandr Basanets
  • Patent number: 9880977
    Abstract: Implementing an electronic calendar can include accessing a first electronic calendar owned by a first party, accessing a second electronic calendar owned by a second party, and presenting a view that combines at least one existing entry from within each of the first and second electronic calendars. Source information for each of the first and second electronic calendars may be electronically maintained. The combined view may be updated electronically to reflect a change to at least one of the existing entries from within at least one of the first and second electronic calendars. Electronic calendars may be accessed and overlaid without importing events, thus enabling simple updating. Event information may be imported and source or other attributes may be associated with imported information to enable updating and other sorting functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: Larry L. Lu
  • Patent number: 8005701
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating work schedules are provided. Work schedules are generated based on an identification of work periods and tasks and information related to the workers. A work schedule is produced based on a selected optimization parameter. The optimization parameter can be any type of parameter related to the tasks and workers. The optimization parameter can be ergonomic impact, level of training, experience level or the like. The systems and methods can also receive assigned tasks for one or more of the workers, and generate a schedule incorporating the assignments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Eric A. Hayler, Bruce Lance
  • Patent number: 7991688
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for pooling credit and business information are disclosed. A disclosed apparatus includes an input and a data processing facility structured to process credit information received at the input from one of a plurality of unrelated users. The apparatus also includes a data storage device structured to store the processed credit information received from the plurality of unrelated users and a search engine responsive to a request from a requestor for credit information to search the data storage device for responsive credit information. The apparatus further includes an output for outputting the responsive credit information to the requester. The apparatus may also include an accounting facility cooperating with the search engine to charge a search fee to the requester of the responsive credit information without disclosing lender identification information associated with the credit information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Knowledge Works Inc.
    Inventors: William Phelan, Dan Michalek
  • Patent number: 7983944
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for tracking and reporting electronic commerce activity over a web site that is stored on a first server coupled to a wide area network. The web page is programmed to include data fields reflecting commerce transaction activity and data mining code. The web page is uploaded to a visitor computer responsive to a request over the wide area network from the visitor computer. Commerce information is accepted within the data fields of the web page at the visitor computer to form a completed web page. The data mining code is operated on the visitor computer to obtain technical and commercial data and sent to a second server on the wide area network for logging and analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Webtrends, Inc.
    Inventors: Elijahu Shapira, Victor Lu
  • Patent number: 7983946
    Abstract: Computer implemented methods and systems are provided for identifying high to high complexity projects. Some method embodiments include defining proposed project data for identified factors, calculating a planning team index for a project associated with the proposed project data, and identifying the project as complex when the planning team indicator falls on one side of a breaking point. The factors are those identified as determinative of project complexity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Deandra T. Cassone, Noel R. Marchbanks, Paul R. Sapenaro
  • Patent number: 7979303
    Abstract: A method for analyzing an operation of an organization, especially in the context of an outsourcing. The method includes decomposing the operation along a value chain containing a plurality of processes, associating a process of the value chain with an element that is subject to the process, and designating a characteristic of the associated process and element. As an example, the element is a device (e.g., PC workstation) that is subject to processes (e.g., customer relationship management). As an example, the characteristic is an actor (e.g., an organization or an outsourcer) responsible for performing at the intersection of the associated process and element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
    Inventors: Douglas S. Parker, Joseph E. Nash
  • Patent number: 7974909
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention includes a trading system that enables a trader to systematically layout and describe trading processes and to configure the trading system to automatically perform trading functions for the trader. This aspect frees the trader from the task of implementing those processes and enables the trader to focus on trading. The trading system may respond and react faster than the trader, and the trader may, in turn, concentrate on an overall trading strategy versus concentrating on implementing that strategy. In another aspect, the invention enables the trading system to perform a trading using snapshot processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: CeleritasWorks, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin M. Tresenriter
  • Patent number: 7966209
    Abstract: A feedback loop for the assessment of a user interface of a communications network is based on feature units for analysis and comparison. These units are subset collections that are grouped together to perform a particular task or function. When, these units can be objectively and quantitatively assessed, and compared among various user interfaces. The quantification, assessment, market testing and comparison informs the feedback loop to reveal ways in which a user interface can be improved so as to benefit a company's ability to effectively communicate with its customers. A Constant Sum Scale question is used to support the comparison among user interface features, and is also applicable in a wide variety of contexts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Paul Rider
  • Patent number: 7958018
    Abstract: An automatic system and method optimizes the purchasing of goods and services by a buyer. A request for a quote for goods or services required is received from a buyer. This request is processed and dealers are selected based on the criteria of the buyer and other criteria. The selected dealers are then sent the request for goods and services and quotes are solicited. Quotes from the selected dealers, for the goods or services, are then receivable within a predetermined time period. Thereafter, the received quotes of the providers of the goods or services are ranked. The ranking and the report of the providers are then outpribed in steps S2 and S3 of FIG. 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Wells Obrecht
  • Patent number: 7957993
    Abstract: A computer readable storage medium comprises executable instructions to define and calculate a plurality of performance indicators, including key performance indicators. A validity index for a key performance indicator is determined based on variances of performance indicators that are in conflict with the key performance indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Business Objects Software Ltd.
    Inventor: John Malcolm MacGregor
  • Patent number: 7958000
    Abstract: A method and system for analyzing a “detail” (the use of promotional materials in combination with a sales pitch), measures the effectiveness of a sales presentation and its ability to drive market share through a standardized, quantitative evaluation of the entire sale presentation and its related components. The method includes administering a two, different surveys. The first survey, the Detail Performance Monitor survey, comprises an “in the field” test of how respondents are responding to various marketing strategies by tracking subsequent behavioral data of the respondents and comparing the behavioral data to the survey results. The second survey, the Detail Assessment survey, comprises an “in the lab” test of how various marketing strategies affect respondent attitude towards a product by comparing respondent attitude before and after presentation of a simulated “detail” that represents the marketing strategy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: TargetRX, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Luby, Patrick J. Howie, Braden C. Parker, Jeffrey A. Kozloff, Jason T. Crook, Daniel J. Cohen, Adam R. Priest