Patents Examined by Tonya Joseph
  • Patent number: 10304011
    Abstract: An electronic shelf label system may include: a near field communications (NFC) card apparatus including an NFC chip having an identification (ID) and performing purchasing reservation through NFC communications; a plurality of electronic tags each including an NFC chip and wirelessly transmitting purchasing reservation information including the identification (ID) of the NFC card apparatus and product information when the purchasing reservation from the NFC card apparatus through the NFC communications is present; and a management apparatus providing the product information to each of the plurality of electronic tags, receiving the purchasing reservation information from the electronic tag, and managing the purchasing reservation information for each identification (ID) included in the purchasing reservation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SOLUM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Seo Park, Won Hyo Jeong
  • Patent number: 10282920
    Abstract: Systems and methods for RFID fare collection for improving passenger throughput and security in transit systems. RFID tags identify passengers at a distance and allow a hands-free experience for transit users. The system includes gate cabinets and/or other entry points that define a passageway and separate a non-restricted access area from a restricted access area, at least one RFID transmitter positioned on the entry points, at least one RFID receiver positioned on the entry points, and a processor coupled with the RFID receiver. The system detects the presence of the RFID tag within the passageway and detects information linking to the account balance of the user. The system determines whether transit users are entering or exiting the restricted access area based on analysis of the wireless signals received by the RFID receivers, and provides an alarm signal when a transit user is not permitted to access the restricted access area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Busch-Sorensen
  • Patent number: 10276170
    Abstract: The intelligent automated assistant system engages with the user in an integrated, conversational manner using natural language dialog, and invokes external services when appropriate to obtain information or perform various actions. The system can be implemented using any of a number of different platforms, such as the web, email, smartphone, and the like, or any combination thereof. In one embodiment, the system is based on sets of interrelated domains and tasks, and employs additional functionally powered by external services with which the system can interact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Gruber, Adam J. Cheyer, Daniel Keen
  • Patent number: 10269025
    Abstract: Various embodiments enable network service providers to receive revenue from their user bases by providing network services to various distributed devices in exchange for the distributed devices agreeing to process workloads for customer paid projects. In at least one embodiment, a method of operating a distributed processing system may include identifying a first party with a first user base with several first distributed devices, and identifying a different party with a different user base with several second distributed devices. Processing workloads for a customer paid project using the first and second distributed devices. Then, sharing revenue from the customer project between the first party and the second party based in part on a size of a user base, a user base's processing capability, or a type of project processed by the user base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures II LLC
    Inventor: Edward A. Hubbard
  • Patent number: 10248913
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to systems and methods for electronically booking ride share trips. The systems and methods can involve a data storage device storing ride sharing records with itineraries including a plurality of legs. The systems and methods can involve at least one processor configured to receive a trip booking request for a passenger, the trip booking request defining passenger constraints including a desired pickup time or drop off time. The at least one processor is configured to generate trip booking options from available ride sharing itineraries, each trip booking option including a leg that satisfies the passenger constraints of the trip booking request. The at least one processor is configured to compute objective values for the trip booking options and remove at least one trip booking option based on a comparison of its objective value and temporal proximity to at least one other trip booking option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: TRANSIT LABS INC.
    Inventors: Prem Gururajan, Simon Parent, Alexander Bailey, Darren Maki
  • Patent number: 10192174
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying seat inventory at a venue and facilitating planning of ticket prices for events at the venue is presented. Methods to predict total revenue for an event are described. Also presented are systems and methods for determining at what price and when to release so-called ‘flex’ price tickets during an on-sale using the sales velocity and sales/inquiry ratios. Determining demand of seats from secondary markets is also described with methods to use the demand for either re-pricing the seats in the primary market or presenting ‘best value’ seats to a prospective purchaser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: TIXTRACK, INC.
    Inventors: Steven A. Sunshine, Rod Goodman, Michael Arya, Larry Chu, Michael Ripberger
  • Patent number: 10127557
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for generating rules to apply to fare transactions when a fare card reader cannot communicate with an authorization server, for generating historical data and a risk score for a fare card that are used by a fare card reader, with the rules, to determine whether to authorize access to a transit service when the fare card reader cannot communicate with the authorization server, and for selectively permitting or denying access to the transit service using the rules and the historical data or the score for a fare card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Michael Edward Simanek, Scott T. Butler
  • Patent number: 10108923
    Abstract: The method according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention allows a single computerized Inventory system to access multiple sources of Inventory data for different airlines in real-time; without a performance hit on the inventory system; without needing specific interfaces to be put in place; and without needing duplication of data. A customer request requiring inventory data from some other airlines is detected on the airline Inventory system. For each other airline involved in the action that has been detected, a component holding access rules is queried to check whether the airline has the permission to access the other airline inventory data, and the precise data to which it has access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: AMADEUS S.A.S.
    Inventors: Joel Singer, Roman Rubsamen
  • Patent number: 10078804
    Abstract: Customer management for an establishment involves operating a server that hosts system software and interacts with various computing devices over internet and wireless network gateway connections. The server communicates with devices at the establishment and customer computing devices in real-time, providing system performance updates, text messaging communications to the customer regarding table availability and marketing information and synchronizing the information communicated within the system. A computer user interface at the establishment communicates with the server and allows an establishment host to capture and transmit customer information to the server and make of the server processing requests that can include sending text message alert notifications to a customer mobile device informing of an available table and providing marketing messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: HEARTLAND PAYMENT SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Bergen Jantz, Russel Hempel
  • Patent number: 10019675
    Abstract: At a data ingestion time, a travel sessionizer captures raw event data representing a plurality of bookings made by a plurality of users for a given day, identifies a plurality of cache entries corresponding to a travel property for the given day, wherein at least one of the plurality of bookings from the raw event data is for the travel property, and updates the plurality of cache entries corresponding to the travel property for the given data to reflect the at least one booking from the raw event data. At a runtime, the travel sessionizer receives a travel analytic query corresponding to the travel property, accesses at least one of the plurality of cache entries corresponding to the travel property for the given day, and executes the travel analytic query using travel data from the at least one of the plurality of cache entries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Duetto Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Weissman
  • Patent number: 10013696
    Abstract: An identification information centralizing method capable of receiving services provided by a plurality of corporations by using a single item of identification information. Centralized ID information (162) for identifying a customer is assigned by a centralizing corporation. Individual ID information (168) which is uniquely assigned to identify the customer by a plurality of corporations which provide services to a pre-registered customer is registered in a database (160) in such a manner as to be associated with the centralized ID information (162), so that provision of services by a plurality of corporations is made possible by using the single item of centralized ID information (162).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Kawashima, Kotaro Hagiwara, Hirofumi Hayaashi, Shinya Goishi
  • Patent number: 9715679
    Abstract: Method and system for presenting a view of a calendar on an electronic display. In one embodiment, the method comprises presenting on the display an entry corresponding to a scheduled meeting having at least two participants; presenting on the display a first timeline associated with a first one of the participants, the first timeline comprising an incremental listing of time of day in accordance with a first time zone; presenting on the display a second timeline adjacent the first timeline, the second timeline associated with a second one of the participants and comprising an incremental listing of time of day in accordance with a second time zone; and wherein the entry is presented on the display relative to the first and second timelines to thereby reflect start and end times of the scheduled meeting relative to each of the first and second time zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: NOVELL, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Isaacson
  • Patent number: 9697479
    Abstract: A system for upgrading airline seats during an online pre-boarding auction that is accessible through travelers' mobile devices. The auction starts at or after check-in but prior to the boarding of a flight. During the auction, travelers that have confirmed reservations for an airline flight are permitted to bid on one or more seat upgrades through their mobile devices. For example, the travelers may be bidding on upgrades from economy to first class, and the bids may be submitted through bidding applications installed on the travelers' mobile devices. The auction can be a live auction that updates the travelers on the status of the auction and receives bids from the travelers throughout the auction. The auction ends prior to boarding, and the winning travelers are sent upgrade confirmations, such as scannable boarding codes that can be used as boarding passes when boarding the flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SeatBoost LLC
    Inventor: Kevin M. Stamler
  • Patent number: 9665998
    Abstract: A system and method for providing relevant and timely information associated with a travel itinerary, such as an airline travel itinerary. In an exemplary embodiment, one of a plurality of home screens is displayed on a portable user device when an application is opened on the portable user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC.
    Inventor: Pedram Kazemi
  • Patent number: 9589396
    Abstract: A system is provided for controlling admission to a special admission zone of a live performance event for a plurality of patrons. The special admission zone is separate and distinct from a general admission area of the event and has a fixed maximum capacity. The duration of the event is divided into a plurality of predefined time periods. The system includes a set of patron-issued wristbands containing electronically writeable and readable RFID chips. The RFID chips of each wristband are electronically encoded with a respective unique serial number that is electronically associated with one of the plurality of predefined time periods. A processor is programmed to verify when each patron in possession of a wristband requests entry to the special admission zone and to initiate transmission of event video or event still images to a social media site or event video to a web channel upon successful verification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Rogelio Martinez
  • Patent number: 9324083
    Abstract: A method enabling owners of websites to monetize their local listings by implementing online bookings, reservations or orders using an interactive voice recognition (IVR) system. A user of a web-based interface requests a booking or order by entering parameters, for example, name of the restaurant, number of people, date and time. The software of the present invention calls the restaurants telephone using the IVR and confirms or rejects (refuses) the booking. The invention allows for the payment of commissions for originating or facilitation of bookings or orders or the registration of participating restaurants. The booking service is paid by the restaurant for successful bookings. Credit is made for cancelled or no-show bookings. The invention includes a loyalty points system that rewards frequent users of the booking service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Dean McEvoy
  • Patent number: 9299037
    Abstract: Customer management for an establishment involves operating a server that hosts system software and interacts with various computing devices over internet and wireless network gateway connections. The server communicates with devices at the establishment and customer computing devices in real-time, providing system performance updates, text messaging communications to the customer regarding table availability and marketing information and synchronizing the information communicated within the system. A computer user interface at the establishment communicates with the server and allows an establishment host to capture and transmit customer information to the server and make of the server processing requests that can include sending text message alert notifications to a customer mobile device informing of an available table and providing marketing messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: HEARTLAND PAYMENT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Bergen Jantz, Russel Hempel
  • Patent number: 9153082
    Abstract: A method and a device are disclosed including a software or physical admission certificate configured to allow admission of a spectator to a special admission zone with a view to a performance stage for a predefined duration of time. The special admission zone is usable by multiple spectators in multiple successive time periods during the same performance. In various embodiments, the special admission zone is created by partitioning a general admission zone adjacent to the performance stage. In other embodiments, the special admission zone may be constructed as a “catwalk” around the stage to provide elevated viewing. In still other embodiments, the special admission zone may be formed near indoor or outdoor stages. In various embodiments, the admission certificate may be embodied in a computing device such as a smartphone, while in other embodiments the admission certificate may be in the form of a RFID equipped wristband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Rogelio Martinez
  • Patent number: 8825501
    Abstract: A system for processing and classifying articles that classifies a set of articles based at least upon the locations of the articles within a structure. The system provides a notification over a computer network to a user, wherein the notification informs the user that the user has a time period within which to select a first article from the set of classified articles to add to a pre-existing order by the user, wherein the time period is based at least in part on the anticipated time to transfer at least one article in the set of articles to a different location within the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Leblang
  • Patent number: 8818827
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for generating context-based movie information. For example, a movie application on an electronic device can obtain show times of a movie from multiple movie theaters. In some embodiments, the movie application can combine one or more show times into a single time slot in order to condense the number of show times that are displayed. Furthermore, the movie application can provide slot labels corresponding to each time slot based on one or more context-sensitive factors (e.g., current time of day, current location, one or more upcoming calendar events, and the like). As a result, the movie application can provide a user with a condensed view of the most accessible show times based on current context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John Louch, Todd Ditchendorf