Patents Examined by Yogesh Garg
  • Patent number: 7366687
    Abstract: The present invention realizes that a contribution is indirectly made to a content creator in the form of contribution data via a management server of an ASP in such a manner that contribution data equivalent to a given amount corresponding to a contribution button selected on a content display screen is created and transmitted to the management server of the ASP via the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takao Yoshimine, Mototsugu Tsutsui, Takahiko Sueyoshi, Toshinori Nakamura, Hiroyuki Hanaya, Nobuyuki Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 6938000
    Abstract: An automated customer support tool. A web server receives one or more queries regarding the product from a customer. A categorizer coupled to the web server categorizes the received queries based on a type of query, to determine whether the answers to the queries can be automatically communicated to the customer. An FAQ extractor extracts one or more corresponding product FAQs from respective product FAQ data bases. A key-word extractor extracts one or more key-words from the received queries and the extracted product FAQs. The key-word extractor further transforms the extracted key words to unique numerical representations. An analyzer coupled to the key-word extractor represents the transformed key-words into respective query and product FAQ vector forms. The analyzer further applies a convolution algorithm to each of the query vector forms, with each of the product FAQ vector forms separately and obtains one or more appropriate answers to the queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Sindhu Joseph, Ravindra K. Shetty, Venkatesan Thyagarajan
  • Patent number: 6907403
    Abstract: Provided is a technique for classifying stocks into business sectors by calculating, for each of multiple exogenous variables, a measure of a tendency for a value of a stock to change as a result of a change in a data value for each such exogenous variable. The foregoing step is then repeated for each of several different stocks. Finally, the different stocks are grouped into different sectors based on similarities of such measures of tendency to change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: c4cast.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Klein, G. Michael Phillips, William P. Jennings, M. Chapman Findlay, III, Mark E. Rice
  • Patent number: 6847939
    Abstract: A system for conducting on-line auctions of products is disclosed. The system comprises (a) a database server system being for storing and providing on demand, information pertaining to a plurality of products to be auctioned, the database server system further being for receiving a number of bids on a product of the plurality of products when the product is auctioned, the number of the bids received being for determining a quantity of the product auctioned; and (b) a plurality of user clients each being operable by a specific user and each being for establishing communication with the database server system, each of the plurality of user clients being for receiving from the database server system information pertaining to the product auctioned and for relaying to the database server system a bid on the product auctioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Olsale.com Ltd.
    Inventor: Yair Shemesh
  • Patent number: 6587836
    Abstract: An Internet Web-based order entry and system administration system is provided for ordering and fulfilling a suite of Web enabled applications. The system includes a capability for enabling customers to order and administer via the Internet, service products running on back-end systems. The system further communicates with the/back-end systems for synchronizing data associated with the customers. The system also accepts and processes security requests from the front-end and back-end servers associated with the suite of Web enabled applications. The system is easily accessed and invoked from a generic, off-the-shelf Web browser and at the same time a system infrastructure is provided that enables the secure initiation of order entry and system administration to customers from any computer terminal having a browser located anywhere in the world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: WorldCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Axel H. Ahlberg, Allyn P. Becar, Gregory L. Brand, Douglas B. Fenley, Chester L. Jones, Robert E. Wyrick
  • Patent number: 6574606
    Abstract: A method and system for cross-marketing products and services to customers of specific merchant web sites on the Internet by a merchant loyalty service provider web site on the Internet, provides a hyperlink to a merchant loyalty service provider web site from a merchant web site whereby customers can access the merchant loyalty service provider web site directly from the merchant web site. The merchant loyalty service provider web site makes to customers of the merchant customer loyalty benefit offers related to the business of said merchant web site, to build customer loyalty to the merchant web site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: webloyalty.com
    Inventors: Stuart Bell, Richard Fernandes, Vincent D'Agostino