Patents by Inventor Chris Cochran

Chris Cochran 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: 20190122276
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for tracking obligations incurred between individuals. The method may include receiving a request from a first party, where the request includes an expense incurred by the first party for the benefit of a second party. The method may also include providing a notice of the request to the second party and receiving an acceptance from the second party to assume an obligation associated with the expense. The method may further include associating the obligation with the second party and associating a benefit with the first party. The obligation and/or benefit may be substantially equal in value to the expense. The method may additionally include interfacing with a social network service to provide the social network service with information about the obligation and/or the benefit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: The Western Union Company
    Inventors: Michele Demark, Michael Michelsen, Diane Scott, Chris Cochran
  • Patent number: 10235704
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for tracking obligations incurred between individuals. The method may include receiving a request from a first party, where the request includes an expense incurred by the first party for the benefit of a second party. The method may also include providing a notice of the request to the second party and receiving an acceptance from the second party to assume an obligation associated with the expense. The method may further include associating the obligation with the second party and associating a benefit with the first party. The obligation and/or benefit may be substantially equal in value to the expense. The method may additionally include interfacing with a social network service to provide the social network service with information about the obligation and/or the benefit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Western Union Company
    Inventors: Michele Demark, Michael Michelsen, Diane Scott, Chris Cochran
  • Patent number: 10102571
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for tracking obligations incurred between individuals. The method may include receiving a request from a first party, where the request includes an expense incurred by the first party for the benefit of a second party. The method may also include providing a notice of the request to the second party and receiving an acceptance from the second party to assume an obligation associated with the expense. The method may further include associating the obligation with the second party and associating a benefit with the first party. The obligation and/or benefit may be substantially equal in value to the expense. The method may additionally include interfacing with a social network service to provide the social network service with information about the obligation and/or the benefit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: THE WESTERN UNION COMPANY
    Inventors: Michele Demark, Michael Michelsen, Diane Scott, Chris Cochran
  • Publication number: 20170270605
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for tracking obligations incurred between individuals. The method may include receiving a request from a first party, where the request includes an expense incurred by the first party for the benefit of a second party. The method may also include providing a notice of the request to the second party and receiving an acceptance from the second party to assume an obligation associated with the expense. The method may further include associating the obligation with the second party and associating a benefit with the first party. The obligation and/or benefit may be substantially equal in value to the expense. The method may additionally include interfacing with a social network service to provide the social network service with information about the obligation and/or the benefit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: The Western Union Company
    Inventors: Michele Demark, Michael Michelsen, Diane Scott, Chris Cochran
  • Patent number: 9697567
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for tracking obligations incurred between individuals. The method may include receiving a request from a first party, where the request includes an expense incurred by the first party for the benefit of a second party. The method may also include providing a notice of the request to the second party and receiving an acceptance from the second party to assume an obligation associated with the expense. The method may further include associating the obligation with the second party and associating a benefit with the first party. The obligation and/or benefit may be substantially equal in value to the expense. The method may additionally include interfacing with a social network service to provide the social network service with information about the obligation and/or the benefit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: THE WESTERN UNION COMPANY
    Inventors: Michele Demark, Michael Michelsen, Diane Scott, Chris Cochran
  • Publication number: 20150356674
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for tracking obligations incurred between individuals. The method may include receiving a request from a first party, where the request includes an expense incurred by the first party for the benefit of a second party. The method may also include providing a notice of the request to the second party and receiving an acceptance from the second party to assume an obligation associated with the expense. The method may further include associating the obligation with the second party and associating a benefit with the first party. The obligation and/or benefit may be substantially equal in value to the expense. The method may additionally include interfacing with a social network service to provide the social network service with information about the obligation and/or the benefit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Publication date: December 10, 2015
    Applicant: THE WESTERN UNION COMPANY
    Inventors: Michele Demark, Michael Michelsen, Diane Scott, Chris Cochran
  • Publication number: 20150106259
    Abstract: According to the invention, a method for transferring funds from a sender to a pre-paid account to be assigned to a recipient is disclosed. The method may include receiving a request to perform a funds transfer, including an amount and a recipient, and determining whether to approve the request. Upon approval, the method may include selecting a first and second money transfer control number (MTCN). The method may include recording an association of the amount and the recipient with the first MTCN, and an association of the two MTCN's. The method may include sending the second MTCN out and later receiving a request to redeem which includes the second MTCN. The method may include determining the first MTCN based on the second MTCN, and whether to approve the request. Upon approval, an indication may be sent that the amount is available for funding of the pre-paid account of the recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: The Western Union Company
    Inventors: Chris Cochran, Gary Jeffords, Rodrigo Sada
  • Patent number: 8818107
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide methods, devices, and systems for personalizing presentation instruments. According to one embodiment, a method for personalizing presentation instruments may include providing account information for a plurality of accounts and providing a plurality of images. Each of the images may be associated with an account and may be formatted according to one or more defined parameters to facilitate placement of each image onto a presentation instrument. Each formatted image may be overlaid or placed onto a presentation instrument to personalize each presentation instrument and each presentation instrument may be associated with account information corresponding to the image overlaid or placed on the presentation instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The Western Union Company
    Inventors: Will Madden, Chris Cochran, Linda Brodbeck, Joe Anzures
  • Publication number: 20140188661
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for tracking obligations incurred between individuals. The method may include receiving a request from a first party, where the request includes an expense incurred by the first party for the benefit of a second party. The method may also include providing a notice of the request to the second party and receiving an acceptance from the second party to assume an obligation associated with the expense. The method may further include associating the obligation with the second party and associating a benefit with the first party. The obligation and/or benefit may be substantially equal in value to the expense. The method may additionally include interfacing with a social network service to provide the social network service with information about the obligation and/or the benefit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: The Western Union Company
    Inventors: Michele Demark, Michael Michelsen, Diane Scott, Chris Cochran
  • Publication number: 20140012763
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a fraud deterrent for retail money transfer or stored value product. In some embodiments, a two dimensional grid of number, letters, characters, and/or symbols can be provided retail packaging or cards that can be used as a second authentication factor in order to redeem funds. In some embodiments, methods and/or systems are also provided that associate control numbers with the grid, create the grid, provide the grid on packaging, and/or use the grid to authenticate a customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: The Western Union Company
    Inventors: William Madden, Chris Cochran, Patty McKernan
  • Patent number: 8620799
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for tracking obligations incurred between individuals. The method may include receiving a request from a first party, where the request includes an expense incurred by the first party for the benefit of a second party. The method may also include providing a notice of the request to the second party and receiving an acceptance from the second party to assume an obligation associated with the expense. The method may further include associating the obligation with the second party and associating a benefit with the first party. The obligation and/or benefit may be substantially equal in value to the expense. The method may additionally include interfacing with a social network service to provide the social network service with information about the obligation and/or the benefit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The Western Union Company
    Inventors: Michele Demark, Mike Michelsen, Diane Scott, Chris Cochran
  • Publication number: 20130236109
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide methods, devices, and systems for personalizing presentation instruments. According to one embodiment, a method for personalizing presentation instruments may include providing account information for a plurality of accounts and providing a plurality of images. Each of the images may be associated with an account and may be formatted according to one or more defined parameters to facilitate placement of each image onto a presentation instrument. Each formatted image may be overlaid or placed onto a presentation instrument to personalize each presentation instrument and each presentation instrument may be associated with account information corresponding to the image overlaid or placed on the presentation instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: The Western Union Company
    Inventors: Will Madden, Chris Cochran, Linda Brodbeck, Joe Anzures
  • Publication number: 20120185383
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for tracking obligations incurred between individuals. The method may include receiving a request from a first party, where the request includes an expense incurred by the first party for the benefit of a second party. The method may also include providing a notice of the request to the second party and receiving an acceptance from the second party to assume an obligation associated with the expense. The method may further include associating the obligation with the second party and associating a benefit with the first party. The obligation and/or benefit may be substantially equal in value to the expense. The method may additionally include interfacing with a social network service to provide the social network service with information about the obligation and/or the benefit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: The Western Union Company
    Inventors: Michele Demark, Mike Michelsen, Diane Scott, Chris Cochran