Patents by Inventor Benjamin David Foster

Benjamin David Foster has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20180060442
    Abstract: There are provided methods and systems to identify an item based on data associated with the item. Information is received that is descriptive of an item to be listed on an information storage and retrieval platform. The information is associated with an aspect-value pair, which is an aspect of the item and a value of the aspect. An expression of an interest of a user in the item is received. The expression is associated with the aspect-value pair. In response to the associating of the expression with the aspect-value pair, the item is identified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Josh Loftus, Venkat Sundaranatha, Louis Marcel Gino Monier, Jean-Michel Leon, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Seema Shah
  • Patent number: 9747376
    Abstract: There are provided methods and systems to identify an item based on data associated with the item. Information is received that is descriptive of an item to be listed on an information storage and retrieval platform. The information is associated with an aspect-value pair, which is an aspect of the item and a value of the aspect. An expression of an interest of a user in the item is received. The expression is associated with the aspect-value pair. In response to the associating of the expression with the aspect-value pair, the item is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Loftus, Venkat Sundaranatha, Louis Marcel Gino Monier, Jean-Michel Leon, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Seema Shah
  • Publication number: 20160371377
    Abstract: Systems and methods to communicate information are described. The system receives a query and retrieves a set of data items from a database based on the query. The system generates a distribution based on a count of data items from the set of data items that were retrieved for each domain in a set of domains and a count of requests to view data items from another set of data items for each domain in the set of domains. The system identifies whether the distribution exhibits a type of a distribution by comparing the distribution with at least one of a peak distribution and a hills distribution. Finally, the system generates interface information based on the type of distribution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Inventors: Seema Shah, Adam Nash, Raghav Gupta, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Srikanth Subramaniam, Suhail Ansari, Xavier Stonestreet, Vijay Raman, Jean-Michel Leon
  • Patent number: 9443333
    Abstract: There is provided a method and system to communicate information. The system receives a first query that contains a first constraint and retrieves a first plurality of data items from a database based on the first query. Next, the system generates a first distribution based on the first plurality of data items, the first distribution utilizing a first plurality of domains that are used to identify data items. Next the system generates a second distribution based on a plurality of requests to view a second plurality of data items. Next the system generates a third distribution based on the first distribution and the second distribution. Finally, the system generates distribution data to be included within an interface, the interface to include at least one interface element that is positioned on the interface based on the third distribution, the at least one interface element to respectively represent at least one domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Seema Shah, Adam Nash, Raghav Gupta, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Srikanth Subramaniam, Suhail Ansari, Xavier Stonestreet, Vijay Raman, Jean-Michel Leon
  • Publication number: 20150095302
    Abstract: There are provided methods and systems to identify an item based on data associated with the item. Information is received that is descriptive of an item to be listed on an information storage and retrieval platform. The information is associated with an aspect-value pair, which is an aspect of the item and a value of the aspect. An expression of an interest of a user in the item is received. The expression is associated with the aspect-value pair. In response to the associating of the expression with the aspect-value pair, the item is identified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Josh Loftus, Venkat Sundaranatha, Louis Marcel Gino Monier, Jean-Michel Leon, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Seema Shah
  • Patent number: 8909594
    Abstract: There are provided methods and systems to identify an item based on data associated with the item. Information is received that is descriptive of an item to be listed on an information storage and retrieval platform. The information is associated with an aspect-value pair, which is an aspect of the item and a value of the aspect. An expression of an interest of a user in the item is received. The expression is associated with the aspect-value pair. In response to the associating of the expression with the aspect-value pair, the item is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Loftus, Venkat Sundaranatha, Louis Marcel Gino Monier, Jean-Michel Leon, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Seema Shah
  • Publication number: 20140337107
    Abstract: Methods and computer systems report and track resource performance for business customers. The computer system receives usage data about a resource associated with a customer of a utility, including hourly usage information about the resource metered at a business premises of the customer. The computer system receives operational data associated with the business premises, including hours of operations information describing when the business premises is open to patrons. The computer system determines resource performance data for the business premises using the received usage data and the received operational data, including information about: (i) resource usage at the business premises during the hours when open to patrons, and (ii) resource usage at the business premises during the hours when closed to patrons. The computer system causes a reporting of this information to the customer of the resource.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: OPOWER, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin David Foster
  • Patent number: 8712868
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, there is provided a method to facilitate generating listing recommendations to a user of a network-based commerce system. In one embodiment, the method includes identifying a term associated with a user interaction in a network-based commerce system. The method further includes generating a recommendation query including the identified term. In addition, the method includes running the recommendation query against a plurality of listings hosted by the network-based commerce system to identify a recommendation. Moreover, the method includes presenting the recommendation to a user of the network-based commerce system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin David Foster, Leonard Robert Speiser, Lori Kathleen Stewart, Andrew Leigh Sandler, Charles Zoran Kalko, Sterling Ryan Quick, Anne Chang Raimondi
  • Patent number: 8688623
    Abstract: There is provided methods and systems to identify a preferred domain of a plurality of domains corresponding to a query. First, the system receives the query. Second, the system accesses demand information corresponding to the query, the demand information including navigation information associated with the query. Third, the system accesses supply information corresponding to the query, the supply information including a count of data items in each of the plurality of domains that match the query. Fourth, the system identifies the preferred domain based on the demand information and the supply information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Seema Shah, Adam Nash, Raghav Gupta, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Srikanth Subramaniam, Suhail Ansari, Xavier Stonestreet, Vijay Raman, Jean-Michel Leon
  • Publication number: 20140081773
    Abstract: A method and a system for merchandising in a network-based marketplace. Sellers enter item information that identities items to be transacted in a network-based marketplace. Sellers also identify referring items and promoted items and generate associations between them. In response to a buyer's request for the item information on a referring item, the network-based marketplace presents the item information for promoted items in addition to the item information for the referring item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin David Foster, Anne Chang Raimondi, Meredith Elizabeth Mortimer, Tia Diann Yansen, Michael Charles Dearing, Andrew Leigh Sandler
  • Patent number: 8521712
    Abstract: There are provided methods and systems to enable navigation of data items based on aspect-value pairs extracted from the data items. First, a system receives a query, Second, the system identifies a plurality of data items found by the query. Third, the system identifies an aspect of at least one of the plurality of data items, Fourth, the system identifies a value of a plurality of values corresponding to the aspect. Fifth, the system receives a request to navigate to a set of data items within the plurality of data items, the request comprising the aspect and a requested value of the plurality of value. Each one of the set of data items has the aspect and the value. Sixth, the system presents, in a user interface, information about each one of the set of data items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: eBay, Inc.
    Inventors: Seema Shah, Adam Nash, Raghav Gupta, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Srikanth Subramaniam, Suhail Ansari, Xavier Stonestreet, Vijay Raman, Jean-Michel Leon
  • Patent number: 8396892
    Abstract: There is provided methods and systems to transform unstructured information into structured information. First, the system accesses a rule specifying a condition for assigning data to the data item, the condition based on the content of the data item, the assigned data to provide structure to the data item. Second, based on a detecting that the condition has been met, the system applies the rule to assign the assigned data to the data item. Third, the system stores, in a database, the data item and the assigned data as the data item structured information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Loftus, Venkat Sundaranatha, Louis Marcel Gino Monier, Jean-Michel Leon, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Seema Shah
  • Publication number: 20120310946
    Abstract: There are provided methods and systems to identify an item based on data associated with the item. Information is received that is descriptive of an item to be listed on an information storage and retrieval platform. The information is associated with an aspect-value pair, which is an aspect of the item and a value of the aspect. An expression of an interest of a user in the item is received. The expression is associated with the aspect-value pair. In response to the associating of the expression with the aspect-value pair, the item is identified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Josh Loftus, Venkat Sundaranatha, Louis Marcel Gino Monier, Jean-Michel Leon, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Seema Shah
  • Publication number: 20120290550
    Abstract: There is provided methods and systems to identify a preferred domain of a plurality of domains corresponding to a query. First, the system receives the query. Second, the system accesses demand information corresponding to the query, the demand information including navigation information associated with the query. Third, the system accesses supply information corresponding to the query, the supply information including a count of data items in each of the plurality of domains that match the query. Fourth, the system identifies the preferred domain based on the demand information and the supply information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Seema Shah, Adam Nash, Raghav Gupta, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Srikanth Subramaniam, Suhail Ansari, Xavier Stonestreet, Vijay Raman, Jean-Michel Leon
  • Patent number: 8244666
    Abstract: There are provided methods and systems to identify an item based on data inferred from information about the item. Information is received that is descriptive of an item capable of being listed on an information storage and retrieval platform. The information is associated with an aspect-value pair, which is an aspect of the item and a value of the aspect and is inferred from the information. An expression of an interest of a user in an additional item is received. The expression is associated with the aspect-value pair. In response to the associating of the expression with the aspect-value pair, the item is identified as the additional item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Loftus, Venkat Sundaranatha, Louis Marcel Gino Monier, Jean-Michel Leon, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Seema Shah
  • Publication number: 20120150832
    Abstract: There is provided methods and systems to enable navigation of data items based on aspect-value pairs extracted from the data items. First, the system receives the query. Second, the system identifies the plurality of data items found by the query. Third, the system identifies an aspect of at least one of the plurality of data items. Fourth, the system identifies a value of a plurality of values corresponding to the aspect. Fifth, the system a request to navigate to a set of data items within the plurality of data items, the request comprising the aspect and a requested value of the plurality of values. Each one of the set of data items has the aspect and the value. Sixth, the system presents, in a user interface, information about each one of the set of data items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Seema Shah, Adam Nash, Raghav Gupta, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Srikanth Subramaniam, Suhail Ansari, Xavier Stonestreet, Vijay Raman, Jean-Michel Leon
  • Publication number: 20120059713
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes deriving a user intent from user information associated with a user, selecting an advertiser intent that aligns with the user intent, and then advertising to the user based on the advertiser intent that aligns with the user intent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: ADCHEMY, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Galas, Veeravich Thi Thumasathit, Murthy V. Nukala, Richard Edward Chatwin, Alessandro Magnani, Benjamin David Foster, Alan Coleman, Manish Khettry, Siva Chandrasekar, Nitin Gupta, Srinidhi Ramesh Kondaji, Venkatesh Natarajan, Nitin Duggal
  • Publication number: 20120059708
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes constructing an intent map for a plurality of products, the intent map comprising intent topics and each intent topic comprising intents, and then deriving a plurality of keywords from the intent map based on keyword templates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: ADCHEMY, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Galas, Veeravich Thi Thumasathit, Murthy V. Nukala, Richard Edward Chatwin, Alessandro Magnani, Benjamin David Foster, Alan Coleman, Manish Khettry, Siva Chandrasekar, Nitin Gupta, Srinidhi Ramesh Kondaji
  • Patent number: 8055641
    Abstract: There is provided a method and system to communicate information. The system receives a first query that contains at least one constraint and retrieves a first plurality of data items from a database based on the first query. Next the system generating a first distribution based on the first plurality of data items, the first distribution utilizing a first plurality of domains used to identify data items. Next the system generates a second distribution based on a plurality of requests to view a second plurality of data items. Next the system generates a third distribution based on the first distribution and the second distribution. Finally the system generates interface information, to be communicated to a user, based on the third distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Seema Shah, Adam Nash, Raghav Gupta, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Srikanth Subramaniam, Suhail Ansari, Xavier Stonestreet, Vijay Raman, Jean-Michel Leon
  • Patent number: 8046321
    Abstract: A method and system to analyze rules is described. The system receives a query and applies a first plurality of rules to the query to identify a second plurality of rules that respectively identify at least one matching keyword in the query. Next, the system counts the first plurality of rules to identify a total quantity of rules applied to the query and further counts the second plurality of rules to identify a second quantity of rules that respectively identify at least one matching keyword in the query. Finally, the system determines a percentage of coverage for the query based on the total quantity of rules and the second quantity of rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Loftus, Venkat Sundaranatha, Louis Marcel Gino Monier, Jean-Michel Leon, Aditya Arora, Benjamin David Foster, Seema Shah