Patents Examined by William J. Allen
  • Patent number: 10504171
    Abstract: A customer is provided with a personalized retail experience using a retail kiosk or mobile device that is enabled for near-field communication (NFC). The kiosk is provided with customer identifying information through an NFC-based communication with a customer's user device. The kiosk authenticates the customer based on the identifying information, retrieves retail information associated with the customer from a back-end server, and provides the personalized retail experience using the retrieved information. In one example, the personalized retail experience is provided based on customer-input received through an NFC reader of the kiosk. Also, the mobile device can be provided with a retail store identifier through an NFC-based communication link with an NFC tag for the store. The personalized retail experience can then be provided through the mobile device based on retail information for the retail store that is retrieved by the mobile device based on the identifier obtained through NFC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventor: Mohammad Raheel Khalid
  • Patent number: 10504172
    Abstract: Systems and methods including one or more processing modules and one or more non-transitory storage modules storing computing instructions configured to run on the one or more processing modules and perform acts of determining that content for a product in an electronic catalog for display on a webpage of an online retailer comprises incorrect content or is missing content, coordinating a first display on mobile electronic devices of a plurality of users of a request to provide additional content that (1) replaces the incorrect content for the product in the electronic catalog or (2) provides the missing content for the product in the electronic catalog, receiving the additional content for the product from the mobile electronic devices of the plurality of users, and coordinating a second display of the additional information of the product on the one or more webpages of the online retailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Tan, Ganesh Krishnan, Scott Fish, Rohit Deep
  • Patent number: 10482412
    Abstract: Provided are a system and method for providing a product delivery service in an electronic transaction using a smartphone in which delivery product discharging devices are suitably disposed in specific places of main areas such as a subway station or a bus stop and a purchaser may conveniently pick up an ordered delivery product from a delivery product discharging device previously designated by the purchaser using a smartphone of the purchaser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Phil Jae Kim
  • Patent number: 10475101
    Abstract: Techniques for analyzing recommendations may be described. In particular, an item offered from a network-based resource may be selected based at least in part on past orders for the item. Recommended items offered from the network-based resource may also be identified. A determination may be made as to whether the recommended items may include the item. Based on this determination, an indication of an issue associated with recommending the item may be generated. Based on the indication, a workflow to identify a potential cause of the issue may be initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gualtiero Forte, Grant Michael Emery, Madhu Madhava Kurup, Ram Prasad Venkatesan
  • Patent number: 10430847
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a system and methodology for registering and configuring top-level domains (TLDs), country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs), generic top-level domains (gTLDs), international top-level domains (iTLDs), or any domain name that is resolved to a network address using Domain Name System (DNS) servers. The system distinguishes between the domain names it offers for sale by continually changing pricing of the domain names according to changing significance and demand for the domain names. The pricing is dynamically determined based on trending words, combined significance of multiple words forming the domain name, significance of individual words, length of the domain name, and scarcity of similar domain names. Combined significance can be determined from a first word in a second-level domain (SLD) and a second word in a TLD or gTLD of the domain name. The system further configures and provides DNS operation for the domain names under its control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Plan Bee LLC
    Inventors: George Minardos, Thomas A. Brackey, II
  • Patent number: 10402889
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for related search suggestions for products. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a query for searching documents wherein the query specifies a first product. A number of occurrences of the first product in a plurality of prior queries of the documents submitted by users is determined. A product category for the first product is determined based on one or more attributes associated with the first product, the category having a predetermined plurality of category attributes. A suggested product is selected wherein the suggested product is associated with attributes that satisfy the category attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Rajat Mukherjee, Abhinandan S. Das, Jennifer Liu Low, Dan Moisa
  • Patent number: 10402921
    Abstract: Examples described herein pertain generally to network computer systems, and more specifically, to network computer systems for evaluating contingency based outcomes for network transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Auction.com, LLC
    Inventors: James Hudson, Nathaniel Dever
  • Patent number: 10395306
    Abstract: A method for generating a graphical user interface for electronic component sourcing includes displaying a price axis, displaying a time axis perpendicular to the price axis, and plotting a plurality of data points with respect to the price axis and the time axis, each of the data points corresponding to an offer to sell the electronic component and defining an ordered pair having a first value, plotted along the price axis, representative of a unit price and a second value, plotted along the time axis, representative of a lead time. The method may further include displaying a purchase order panel, adjacent to the price and time axes, by which a user may initiate a purchase of the electronic component according to a selected offer and populating the purchase order panel with the unit price according to the selected offer in response to a user interaction with a corresponding data point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Sourceability North America LLC
    Inventors: Yashar Shahabi, Jens Gamperl
  • Patent number: 10387942
    Abstract: Computer-implemented techniques for allowing a vendor to more easily provide shopping experiences with vendor-specific and context-specific information on different devices used by a customer and vendor personnel. One embodiment provides vendor-specific information using a smart list that is sharable with multiple vendors. The smart list is stored on a server and shared with multiple vendors and identifies items that the customer is considering acquiring. The technique involves receiving input from the customer to share the smart list with a vendor and, based on the input, sharing the smart list from the customer device or server with a vendor device of the vendor. The technique identifies vendor-specific information using an item of the smart list that the customer is considering acquiring and provides the vendor-specific information to the customer or a vender support person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Buergi, Errol Denger
  • Patent number: 10380609
    Abstract: An automated predictive analytics system disclosed herein provides for generating sales leads with lead engagement recommendations. In one implementation, the system determines similarities between fitness, engagement, and intent characteristics of a plurality of target clients and fitness, engagement, and intent characteristics of an entity's existing clients. Subsequently, the system generates recommendations for engagement with the plurality of target clients, wherein components of the recommendations for engagement are based on determined similarities between the fitness, engagement, and intent characteristics of the plurality of target clients and the fitness, engagement, and intent characteristics of the entity's existing clients. The system presents the plurality of leads with the recommendations of engagement to using a graphical user interface (GUI) at the application layer of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: EVERSTRING INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hua Gao, Vincent Yang, Yi Jin, Amit Rai
  • Patent number: 10360071
    Abstract: A technology is described for an electronic market for network-accessible computing resources located on a partner-owned data center that is external to a service provider network. An example method may include receiving a request for a network-accessible computing resource from a customer of a computing service provider. A network-accessible computing resource may then be identified on a partner-owned data center as specified in the request. A network connection may then be established that allows the customer to access the network-accessible computing resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Jay Moses, Thomas Charles Stickle
  • Patent number: 10354313
    Abstract: A communication is emphasized based on a past interaction related to promoted items. A communication application initiates operations to process a previous communication associated with an item upon receiving a communication from a provider associated with the item. The previous communication includes an order and/or shipping confirmation associated with a past purchase of the item by a recipient of the communication. Next, the item is identified as an item of interest for the recipient based on the previous communication, a recipient attribute, and/or an item attribute. The communication is also assigned to a list of communications to be emphasized based on the identification of the item as the item of interest. Furthermore, the communication is provided to a client application to be presented to the recipient with an emphasis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Megan Quintero
  • Patent number: 10353966
    Abstract: A dynamic attribute search engine system can be implemented to execute faceted searches using dynamic facets. In embodiments, a dynamic attribute search engine system includes one or more product databases, a data ingestor, an index, a query service, and a faceted searcher. The dynamic attribute search engine system is programmed to dynamically determine facets for a faceted search in response to dominant categories identified for each search query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BloomReach, Inc.
    Inventors: Navin Agarwal, Mohit Jain, Amit Aggarwal, Omar Eduardo Fernández
  • Patent number: 10354311
    Abstract: In a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having instructions embodied therein that when executed cause a computer system to perform a method for determining preferences of an ensemble of items. An ensemble of items is accessed, wherein the ensemble is user created, and wherein the ensemble of items is shared such that the ensemble of items is viewed by others. User activity associated with the ensemble of items is tracked. Preference information of the ensemble of items is determined based on the tracked user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Comenity LLC
    Inventors: Richard Barber Ainsworth, III, Adam Koltnow
  • Patent number: 10346916
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include computerized methods and systems that facilitate automate trade-order entry and execution based on social media messaging. In one embodiment, an apparatus may receive, from a social-networking service, social media data that includes various social media messages associated with social-networking accounts of various users. The apparatus may detect an occurrence of a predetermined element of content within a first social media message associated with a social networking account of a first user, and may extract data identifying at least one parameter of an action from the first social media message. The apparatus may generate proposed transaction parameters that include the at least one extracted action parameter, and in response to a confirmation of the proposed transaction parameters, the apparatus may generate one or more electronic commands to initiate a performance of the action in accordance with the confirmed transaction parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Toronto-Dominion Bank
    Inventors: Bruno Sandre, Matthew Hamilton, Jonathan K. Barnett, Paul Mon-Wah Chan, John Jong Suk Lee, Orin Del Vecchio
  • Patent number: 10339473
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for executing on-line purchases. The apparatus includes three different servers, a ticket server, a doorman server, and a checkout server. The purchase tasks are spread among the servers, and timed, so that the on-line purchase can be handled without server overload and customers losing their place in line. The ticket server issues a purchase ticket to a customer. The purchase ticket includes a predetermined time after which the customer can present the ticket to purchase the purchase item. On or after the predetermined time, the customer presents the purchase ticket to the doorman server. The doorman server validates the ticket and checks that the predetermined time has passed. Once the doorman server approves the purchase ticket, the doorman server passes the purchase ticket to the checkout server with a purchase approval indicator. The checkout server then executes the on-line purchase of the purchase item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Jimmie R. Clark, Christopher Soames Johnson, Michael Lawerance Payne
  • Patent number: 10332191
    Abstract: A steganographic-based ordering system and method using a digital identification (ID) are described. A user may obtain a digital ID card on a user device and select modes for interacting with the vendor. Using the digital ID, the user can create a personal profile that indicates the user's preferences, and place an order for an item (e.g., a product or service) through the digital ID. The order may be steganographically-embedded along with user data within the digital ID. The digital ID including the steganographically-em bedded order is transmitted to a digital ID reader located at the vendor. When completing an order for the user, the digital ID reader may de-embed user and order data from the received digital ID to obtain information about the user and provide more personalized service to complete the order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: MorphoTrust USA, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Andrew Eckel
  • Patent number: 10329137
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser including one or more processors in a local or distributed computing system provide techniques for smart fuel dispensing that represent a marriage of vehicle telematics data, a smart fuel dispenser, and a customer device (e.g., a mobile device, tablet, computer, etc.). The techniques disclosed particularly provide a customizable fueling experience to customers and, for example, communicate fuel dispensing configuration information to/from a customer, pair vehicles to a fueling dispenser (e.g., using combinations of vehicle telematics, mobile phone data, fuel dispensing data, etc.), initiate/terminate fueling sessions, recommend fuel grades, establish customer accounts for various payment options, and look forward to potential itineraries (e.g., planned trips) to provide recommendations for vehicle maintenance, fuel grades, additives, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Bharat Prasad, Charles L. Oakes, III
  • Patent number: 10319014
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed to provide flaw accentuation to an image in an e-commerce online marketplace. In some embodiments, a method may include receiving at an online marketplace, from a seller through the Internet, an image of an item being listed for sale at the online marketplace and text related to the item being listed for sale; determining that the item includes a flaw based on the text related to the item being listed for sale or the image of the item; creating a flaw accentuation to the image; and creating a listing in the online marketplace for the item that includes the image and the flaw accentuation to the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, David Eramian, Sandy Godsey, Justin VanWinkle
  • Patent number: 10319021
    Abstract: Described is a system and method for monitoring the expiration date of items and determining if an item previously picked by a user will expire before the next anticipated arrival date of the user at a materials handling facility. If the previously picked item will expire before the next anticipated arrival date of the user, the user may receive a recommendation to pick a replacement item so they do not have to return to the materials handling facility early to replace the expired item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ohil Krishnamurthy Manyam