Patents by Inventor James F. Butts, III

James F. Butts, III 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: 10127595
    Abstract: Item-level information of a particular item may be processed to categorize the particular item. In some instances, the particular item may be ranked across multiple merchants that are offering the particular item for acquisition. The ranking may be based on the item-level information that relates to an attribute of the particular item for the individual merchants. For example, the item-level information may include a cost of the particular item at a merchant, a rating of the particular item for a merchant, a number of calories of the particular item for a merchant, and so on. Information regarding the ranking may be displayed or otherwise output to enable the user to identify and order the particular item from a merchant that satisfies the user's needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Hipschman, James F. Butts, III, Zachary Brock, Abhay Raj Kumar, Matthew O'Connor
  • Patent number: 9779446
    Abstract: This disclosure describes, in part, techniques for collecting item preferences of users at a centralized location and propagating these item preferences to users and merchants in an intelligent manner. In some instances, the centralized location is a payment service that functions to both authorize payment instruments of users for costs of transactions conducted at the merchant, and collect and propagate the item preferences to the merchants and the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Hipschman, James F. Butts, III
  • Patent number: 9589290
    Abstract: This disclosure describes, in part, techniques for collecting item preferences of users at a centralized location and propagating these item preferences to users and merchants in an intelligent manner. In some instances, the centralized location is a payment service that functions to both authorize payment instruments of users for costs of transactions conducted at the merchant, and collect and propagate the item preferences to the merchants and the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Hipschman, James F. Butts, III
  • Publication number: 20160169696
    Abstract: Geo-fences may be dynamically reconfigured to identify merchants that may be of particular interest to users. In some instances, a geo-fence may be defined for a particular user based on a variety of information, in order to identify merchants that may be of interest to the user and that are located within proximity to the user. The geo-fence may be defined based on purchase history, places that are frequented by the user, a mode of transportation, a navigation or transportation route, user preferences, and/or a variety of other information. Information regarding the identified merchants may be displayed or otherwise output to notify the user of nearby merchants that may be of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: James F. Butts, III, Daniel Hipschman