Patents Examined by Thu-Thao Havan
  • Patent number: 8799129
    Abstract: A software based process which includes marketing and additional documents created dynamically from templates specific to the audience reviewing and approving the policy package for further distribution, and in one non-limiting example eventually reaching the insured. In non-limiting examples, a typical distribution chain could include (1) an Insurance Provider (Carrier) to Wholesale Brokerage Agency or Broker to an Agent or Retail Agency to an Insured; (2) Insurance Provider (Carrier) to an Insured; or (3) Insurance Provider (Carrier) to a Direct Marketer to an Insured or any combination of the above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Aplifi, Inc.
    Inventors: Roy A. Goodart, Greg S. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8775296
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods, apparatuses, systems, platforms and associated software applications for facilitating semi-automatic or automatic trading of Financial Assets based on the past or present trading activities of other traders (e.g. “Social Trading”, optionally implemented as a “Linked Account Trading System”).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Etoro Group Limited
    Inventor: Johnathan Assia
  • Patent number: 8768805
    Abstract: A variety of embodiments for hardware-accelerating the processing of financial market depth data are disclosed. A coprocessor, which may be resident in a ticker plant, can be configured to update order books based on financial market depth data at extremely low latency. Such a coprocessor can also be configured to enrich a stream of limit order events pertaining to financial instruments with data from a plurality of updated order books.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: IP Reservoir, LLC
    Inventors: David E. Taylor, Scott Parsons, Jeremy Walter Whatley, Richard Bradley, Kwame Gyang, Michael DeWulf
  • Patent number: 8768830
    Abstract: Methods and systems described herein can consolidate a plurality of a consumer's payment and non-payment source accounts into a consolidated platform with a customer identification or available proxy account numbers that can be assigned to source accounts. The source accounts can be, for example, credit card accounts, ATM accounts, debit card accounts, demand deposit accounts, stored-value accounts, merchant-loyalty card accounts, membership accounts, and identification card numbers. The consumer can access and modify any of the source accounts and manage funds across the source accounts by accessing the consolidated platform with a single access device or mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Citibank, N.A.
    Inventors: Marty Jorgensen, Michael Moss, Eziah Syed
  • Patent number: 8762268
    Abstract: A system that processes transactions, in response to a transaction using a financial instrument, receives an identity of a financial instrument, such as a card hash. The system creates an anonymous account that corresponds to the financial instrument, and stores line level data associated with the transaction in the anonymous account. Future transactions that use the same financial instrument are also stored in the anonymous account. As a result, all transactions can be linked to the same user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Index Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Wall, Marc Freed-Finnegan
  • Patent number: 8756134
    Abstract: A method of providing insurance on one or more objects owned by the same or different owners and having object information related to the objects in a database maintained by a party for a purpose independent of providing insurance, including creating object insurance information from the object information in the database for one or more of the objects, electronically transferring the object insurance information on one or more of the objects to a carrier capable of providing insurance quotes and coverage, generating an insurance quote for one or more of the objects, the insurance quote being based at least in part on the object insurance information submitted, and presenting the quote to an owner of an object for acceptance. The method may include providing the owner with the quote electronically and including a link to bind coverage, with payments arranged automatically on a regular schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventors: Michael J. Brookes, Jean C. Avery
  • Patent number: 8756155
    Abstract: A number of different aspects that can be carried out on an Internet site and prestored sequences of actions or scripts. The scripts can be formed by monitoring the actions of a user and storing their actions in a memory. That sequence of keystrokes can later be used to access the same web site and obtain updated information. For example, this may be used to obtain bank balances, ongoing actions such as bidding systems, stocks, and the lighting. Different ways of forming the “script” that executes this information are described. In one aspect, the script validates an encryption sequence and lights and indicator on who the handheld computer indicating that the encryption has been validating. In another aspect, the handheld provides information from effectively an electronic Yellow Pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Harris Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Scott C. Harris
  • Patent number: 8751345
    Abstract: A method for distributing retirement assets includes providing a processor and receiving an after-tax cash flow target value for a period for an individual. The method also includes receiving a plurality of retirement money sources and income values associated with the plurality of retirement money sources available to the individual for the period and classifying the plurality of retirement money sources into a plurality of money classes, each having disparate tax treatment. The method further includes calculating, via the processor, a funds distribution schedule for funding the after-tax cash flow target value for the period that maximizes a projected portfolio value of the money classes over a selected time period, the funds distribution schedule including a recommended sum to withdraw from each of the plurality of money classes for the period and providing the funds distribution schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Christopher L. Borzych, Veronica Gmelch
  • Patent number: 8751366
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating a tradable security includes confirming a vendor's compliance with predefined terms of a commercial transaction, such that a buyer is obligated to make a due payment. The method and apparatus further includes electronically rating a financial commitment relating to a receivable account for the commercial transaction. This receivable account is rated based on conditions and factors known to a system facilitating the commercial transaction. Based on the ability for the financial commitment to be rated, a financial exchange is operative to transfer entitlement rights to monies due under the receivable account where the terms for the transfer of the entitlement rights are based at least in part on the electronic rating. Thereby, receivable accounts to commercial transactions may be tradable by one or more investors as properly rated investment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: TradeCard, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Lites
  • Patent number: 8738509
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a margin requirement associated with a plurality of financial instruments within a portfolio is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Inc.
    Inventors: Michal Koblas, Mohammed Hadi, Ketan B. Patel, Dmitriy Glinberg
  • Patent number: 8738490
    Abstract: A method for determining a margin requirement associated with a plurality of financial instruments within a portfolio is disclosed. The method includes receiving a plurality of data associated with the plurality of financial instruments within the portfolio, calculating a maximum risk margin for each of the plurality of risk factors such that the maximum risk margin for each of the plurality of risk factors is determined based on the plurality of data, and calculating a total multi-factor risk margin based on maximum risk margin for each of the plurality of risk factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.
    Inventors: Michal Koblas, Muhammed Hadi, Ketan B. Patel, Ankeet Dedhia, Mu Wang
  • Patent number: 8738525
    Abstract: A method includes receiving paper comprising information regarding a vehicular violation, the information comprising a unique vehicle identifier and a violation classification, extracting from the paper the unique vehicle identifier and the violation classification via automated pattern recognition, uploading the extracted unique vehicle identifier and the violation classification to a database, determining whether the extracted unique vehicle identifier is associated with a predefined plurality of vehicles, responsive to a determination that the unique vehicle identifier is associated with a vehicle of the predefined plurality of vehicles, charging a violation fee for the vehicular violation to a party that was responsible for the vehicle at the time of the vehicular violation, responsive to a determination that the unique vehicle identifier is not associated with the predefined plurality of vehicles, disputing responsibility for the vehicular violation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Rent A Toll, Ltd.
    Inventor: Sarath K. Balachandran
  • Patent number: 8738493
    Abstract: A solution to resolve ambiguous merchant data in connection with processing a cashless transaction request in a real-time manner. Provided according to the present disclosure are a system and method including a binary-searchable non-transitory computer-readable medium is configure to store a first set of unambiguous merchant identification data having plural data entries therein, each entry corresponding to a merchant. A binary search of the first set of unambiguous merchant identification data is carried out using search keys based upon the ambiguous merchant identification data to determine whether one or more entries of the first set satisfies at least one of a second set of partial match criteria for comparing the ambiguous merchant identification data with the first set of unambiguous merchant identification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Kimberly Ann Martin, Richard Thomas Flynn, Gary Randall Horn, David Anthony Fink, Thomas Joseph Sellner
  • Patent number: 8732071
    Abstract: One exemplary aspect comprises a computer-implemented method comprising: (a) electronically receiving, from a first securities market participant, data including information related to a first order and to one or more group rankings for dissemination; (b) electronically determining with one or more processors, based on data regarding a second securities market participant and the order information and group rankings, whether the second securities market participant has a second order, on the contra side of the first order, and whether, in accordance with the group rankings, the second securities market participant is qualified to receive information about the first order; and (c) after, and only if, the second participant is determined to be qualified, transmitting information sufficient to display to the second securities market participant the information about the first order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: ITG Software Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred R. Berkeley, III, Marcus Hooper, Henri Waelbroeck
  • Patent number: 8732069
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided which monitor trades entered into and cleared by counterparties, track the net and gross positions of counterparties and the counterparties' parent entities, trigger warnings when counterparties or their parent entities exceed a warning limit, and shut-off counterparties' trading ability when counterparties exceed a credit limit. An operator of a credit system using these systems and methods is provided with a variety of interfaces through which the operator can set up new counterparties, search a list of counterparties, view and edit basic information for counterparties, view financial information for counterparties, view and edit notes regarding to counterparties, view and edit limits of counterparties, view position versus limit information for counterparties, view the current day's position information for counterparties, and view cumulative position information for counterparties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: BGC Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: Stewart Harris, Azucena De Latorre, Aniruddha Deb, Janna Turetsky
  • Patent number: 8719135
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing estimated insurance quotes/premiums are described herein. After analyzing rate factors, a subset of rate factors are selected that yield a fairly accurate estimated insurance premium from a minimum amount of information easily obtainable from a user. The user inputs a value from a predetermined set of allowable inputs (value input filter). After receiving and analyzing the user inputs, the system generates one or more estimates and displays the one or more estimates to the user, e.g., via a web page. When multiple estimates are provided, the multiple estimates may differ based on the level of coverage, add-on features, or both. Readily known non-personal identifying information is preferably requested and used, thereby alleviating privacy concerns while still being able to provide an estimate to the user very quickly, e.g., under 30 seconds, once all the requested information is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Craig Oldham, Michael Frederick Hobart, Dean Krieter, Javier Porras, Jeffrey Robert Herrmann, John Paul Wojcik
  • Patent number: 8719134
    Abstract: A first amount of insurance may be determined for a first set of at least one insured entities covered under a single insurance policy. Replacement cost factor data relating to the single insurance policy may be received from at least one source. Received replacement cost factor data may be used to determine a first replacement cost for the first set of at least one insured entities covered under the single insurance policy. A determination may be made that the first amount of insurance is greater than the first replacement cost. A first insurance premium may be calculated for the single insurance policy using at least the first amount of insurance and the first replacement cost. The calculated insurance premium may be less than a second insurance premium for a second set of at least one insured entities for which a second amount of insurance and a second replacement cost are both equal to the first amount of insurance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Eric Huls, Carolyn Parker, David MacInnis, David Chudzicki, Pradraic Sheerin
  • Patent number: 8719136
    Abstract: The present invention includes an electronic platform where business credit can be created, affiliated, transmitted, redeemed and processed, etc. in connection with multiple redeemers. The present invention includes an electronic platform where business credit can be purchased, sold and/or gifted in connection with multiple redeemers. The present invention also includes an electronic platform where business credit can be accounted for, monitored, and organized, etc. Furthermore, the present invention provides the ability to redeem business credit (including store credit) in connection with multiple redemptions through multiple redeemers, via a single redemption apparatus (e.g., a smart card).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Nargizian
  • Patent number: 8712893
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide for an automated system for analyzing damage to process claims associated with an insured item, such as a vehicle. An enhanced claims processing server may analyze damage associated with the insured item using photos/video transmitted to the server from a user device (e.g., a mobile device). The enhanced claims processing server may submit a signal that locks one or more portions of an application on the mobile device used to submit the photos/videos. The mobile device may receive feedback from the server regarding the acceptability of submitted photos/video. The photos may further be annotated using, for example, a touch screen display. An estimate, such as a cost estimate, may be determined for the damage associated with the insured item based on the photos and/or annotations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Jennifer A. Brandmaier, Mark E. Faga, Robert H. Johnson, Philip Peter Ramirez, Kurt M. Stricker, Joshua E. Campbell
  • Patent number: 8700511
    Abstract: In an electric power storage system connected to a commercial power system, a controller includes a deterioration price holding unit that holds discharge costs in association with depths of discharge of a storage battery, a price information obtaining unit that obtains a price of electricity, and a depth-of-discharge switching unit that discharges the storage battery at a depth of discharge at which the discharge cost held in association with the depth of discharge does not exceed a difference in the price, so as to properly determine the depth of charge and discharge in consideration of life properties of the battery and the difference in the price in the dynamically changing price of electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuru Kaji