Patents by Inventor Darlene Higbee Clarkin

Darlene Higbee Clarkin 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).

  • Patent number: 8595055
    Abstract: This invention relates to a system and method of exchanging first points held by a customer for second points, wherein the first points that are issued by a first point issuer differ from the second points that are issued by a second point issuer. This method comprises the steps of permitting the customer to set a first number of first points to be exchanged and permitting the first and second point issuers to set the point withdrawal and deposit rates of their first and second points respectively. Next, an equivalent number of the second points is determined based upon the point withdrawal and deposit rates of the first and second point issuers respectively, and the first number of the first points. Then, the first number of points is exchanged for a second equivalent number of second points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Points.com
    Inventors: Trevor Robert MacLean, Jerry Philip, Stephen Paul Ogden, Darlene Higbee Clarkin
  • Publication number: 20030216964
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed in the illustrative context of a loyalty program (LP) for managing the distribution of currency units (points or miles) from at least one currency issuer (LP manager) to at least a selected one of a plurality of currency recipients (LP members) associated with the currency issuer. The currency issuer maintains an account for keeping the balance of currency units held by each of its currency recipients. The currency user also must approve each primary user to which it issues currency units. The system and method facilitate at least one primary user to acquire currency units from the one currency issuer and to distribute same to selected of the plurality of currency recipients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventors: Trevor Robert MacLean, Jerry Philip, Stephen Paul Ogden, Darlene Higbee Clarkin
  • Publication number: 20020143614
    Abstract: This invention relates to a system and method of exchanging first points held by a customer for second points, wherein the first points that are issued by a first point issuer differ from the second points that are issued by a second point issuer. This method comprises the steps of permitting the customer to set a first number of first points to be exchanged and permitting the first and second point issuers to set the point withdrawal and deposit rates of their first and second points respectively. Next, an equivalent number of the second points is determined based upon the point withdrawal and deposit rates of the first and second point issuers respectively, and the first number of the first points. Then, the first number of points is exchanged for a second equivalent number of second points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Inventors: Trevor Robert MacLean, Jerry Philip, Stephen Paul Ogden, Darlene Higbee Clarkin