Patents by Inventor Jeffrey P. Bezos

Jeffrey P. Bezos 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: 10207794
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system and method for determining the center of gravity of a payload engaged by an automated aerial vehicle and adjusting components of the automated aerial vehicle and/or the engagement location with the payload so that the center of gravity of the payload is within a defined position with respect to the center of gravity of the automated aerial vehicle. Adjusting the center of gravity to be within a defined position improves the efficiency, maneuverability and safety of the automated aerial vehicle. In some implementations, the stability of the payload may also be determined to ensure that the center of gravity does not change or shift during transport due to movement of an item of the payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Beckman, Brandon William Porter, Gur Kimchi, Daniel Buchmueller, Jeffrey P. Bezos, Frederik Schaffalitzky, Amir Navot
  • Patent number: 10134087
    Abstract: Architectures and techniques are configured to distribute and activate payment cards. The techniques include providing payment cards to distributors, who then sell or distribute these cards to other users. Each of these payment cards may include activation information for activating the card as well as redemption information for redeeming a value associated with the card. The distributor may activate a card by, for instance, taking a picture of or scanning an identifier on the card and sending this image to a provider of the card. In response, the provider may activate the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michal J. Geller, Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos, Michael Carr, Brian R. Williams
  • Patent number: 10121465
    Abstract: Techniques for receiving a voice command from a user and, in response, providing audible content to the user via a first device and providing visual content for the user via a second device. In some instances, the first device includes a microphone for generating audio signals that include user speech, as well as a speaker for outputting audible content in response to identified voice commands from the speech. However, the first device might not include a display for displaying graphical content. As such, the first device may be configured to identify devices that include displays and that are proximate to the first device. The first device may then instruct one or more of these other devices to output visual content associated with a user's voice command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Michael Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 10108274
    Abstract: A user of a computing device may view an initial content item in a landscape orientation on a display of a computing device. When the user rotates the computing device, supplemental content may be presented in a portrait orientation on the display of the computing device. The supplemental content may include virtually any information in which the user may be interested and/or that is related or similar to the content item. Accordingly, rather than presenting such supplemental content upon an affirmative request or search by the user, the supplemental content is presented to the user automatically when the user rotates the computing device from a landscape position to a portrait position or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nanyan Nicholls, Samuel P. Hall, VI, Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 10089623
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating transactions utilizing phrase tokens are provided. Individual entities can be associated with unambiguous transaction phrase tokens, such as multiple word phrases. The transaction phrase tokens are associated with transaction accounts by a service provider such that the entities can complete a transaction without having to exchange transaction account information. In a transaction, a transaction phrase token is offered to an accepting party, which tenders the offered transaction phrase token to the service provider. The service provider processes the offered transaction phrase token according to configuration information specified for the transaction phrase token. The service provider can automatically process the transaction request or request additional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Amit D. Agarwal, Michael M. George, Ian W. Freed, Jeffrey P. Bezos, Peter S. Vosshall
  • Patent number: 10050429
    Abstract: A remote display system including a portable display that wirelessly receives data and power from a primary station. The primary station, which is remote from and without a tangible connection with the portable display, includes a data transmitting element and a power transmitting element. The portable display includes a power receiving element that receives power wirelessly from the power transmitting element and a data receiving element operable to receive data from the data transmitting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 10019708
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating transactions utilizing phrase tokens are provided. Individual entities can be associated with unambiguous transaction phrase tokens, such as multiple word phrases. The transaction phrase tokens are associated with transaction accounts by a service provider such that the entities can complete a transaction without having to exchange transaction account information. In a transaction, a transaction phrase token is offered to an accepting party, which tenders the offered transaction phrase token to the service provider. The service provider processes the offered transaction phrase token according to configuration information specified for the transaction phrase token. The service provider can automatically process the transaction request or request additional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Amit D. Agarwal, Michael M. George, Ian W. Freed, Jeffrey P. Bezos, Peter S. Vosshall
  • Publication number: 20180176164
    Abstract: A message originator may generate messaging data for selective communication by a messaging provider via an interface generated by a browser software application. The user may also interact with various content providers such that event data is generated based on the user interaction with each content provider. The messaging provider can then obtain the messaging data and the event data to determine a target set of messages to be published. Additionally, the messaging provider can select a set of message recipients to receive, or otherwise access, the target set of messages based on filtering criteria submitted by the message originator, content provider, service provider, and/or message recipients. Credit may be allocated based on activity associated with the communicated messages. The messaging provider may also facilitate additional interaction between the message originator and the message recipients including the initiation of additional communication channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: Amit D. Agarwal, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9870426
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and interfaces for the selective management of information collected by a browser are provided. The browser obtains a network resource, such as a Web page, from a content provider, and collects information associated with the display and interaction with the content by a user. The browser presents, among other controls, a graphical icon that is representative of an integrated command to remove information collected while accessing a first network resource and to cause the browser application to access a second accessed network resource. Upon receipt of an input corresponding to the selection of the graphical icon, the browser deletes information collected while accessing the first network resource and accesses the second network resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Jenkins, Brett R. Taylor, Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9852394
    Abstract: A visible-light based display system may be used to project visual guidance to picking and/or stowing agents in a materials handling facility dependent on their current location. The system may comprise a plurality of fixed-location display devices and/or mobile display devices coupled to a control system. The control system may send messages to particular ones of the display devices for projection of visual guidance usable to direct an agent to a particular inventory area in which an item is to be stowed or from which an item is to be picked, to identify a particular position within an inventory area, and/or to identify a particular item stored within an inventory area. The messages may include location, position, and/or descriptive information associated with an item to be stowed or picked. The projected visual guidance may include light or laser beams, text, graphics and/or images, and may be agent-specific, item-specific, and/or order-specific.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francois M. Rouaix, Felix F. Antony, Cynthia L. Elliott, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Publication number: 20170364863
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to the sharing of synchronization information corresponding to content among devices in a communication network. An originating device collects synchronization information related to the presentation of content to a user via the originating device. The synchronization information is defined according to reference points related to the presentation of the content to the user via the originating device, including a current state of the presentation of the content and/or additional information obtained during the presentation of the content. Based on detection of a synchronization event, the originating device transmits the collected synchronization information, resulting in the receipt of the synchronization information by one or more receiving devices. Thereafter, the presentation of the content to the user on one of the receiving devices can incorporate the synchronization information collected and transmitted by the originating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Steven Kessel, Ian W. Freed, Guy A. Story, JR., Howard Wolfish, Amit D. Agarwal, Nanyan Nicholls, John Lattyak, James C. Slezak, Beryl Tomay, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9842584
    Abstract: Techniques for receiving a voice command from a user and, in response, providing audible content to the user via a first device and providing visual content for the user via a second device. In some instances, the first device includes a microphone for generating audio signals that include user speech, as well as a speaker for outputting audible content in response to identified voice commands from the speech. However, the first device might not include a display for displaying graphical content. As such, the first device may be configured to identify devices that include displays and that are proximate to the first device. The first device may then instruct one or more of these other devices to output visual content associated with a user's voice command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Michael Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Publication number: 20170349301
    Abstract: Severe weather agility thrusters, and associated systems and methods are disclosed. A representative system includes a launch vehicle having a first end and a second end generally opposite the first end, and is elongated along a vehicle axis extending between the first and second ends. A propulsion system is carried by the launch vehicle and has at least one main engine having a corresponding nozzle positioned toward the first end to launch the launch vehicle. At least one laterally-directed thruster is positioned toward the second end of the launch vehicle. The system further includes a controller in communication with the launch vehicle and programmed with instructions that, when executed, direct the launch vehicle in a first direction during vehicle ascent, direct the launch vehicle in a second direction, opposite the first direction, during vehicle descent, and direct activation of the at least one laterally-directed thruster to guide the launch vehicle during descent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Bezos, Richard Jones
  • Patent number: 9826022
    Abstract: Content can be shared between devices by transmitting an encoded signal that indicates, to each capable device within range, instructions for accessing the content. For example, a first device can emit an encoded audio signal that can be received by any capable device within audio range of the device. Any device receiving the signal can decode the information included in the signal and obtain a location to access the content from that information. Using such an approach, a first user can quickly and easily share content with several users at the same time without any of the receiving users having to determine or navigate to the content being shared. Further, using signals, such as audio signals, provides the ability for most existing devices to easily share content without significant hardware modification or additional expense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Publication number: 20170316473
    Abstract: A method and system for dynamic pricing of web services utilization. According to one embodiment, a method may include dynamically predicting utilization of a web services computing resource that is expected to occur during a given interval of time, and dependent upon the dynamically predicted utilization, setting a price associated with utilization of the web services computing resource occurring during the given interval of time. The method may further include providing the price to a customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan Henry Vermeulen, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9807044
    Abstract: A message originator may generate messaging data for selective communication by a messaging provider via an interface generated by a browser software application. The user may also interact with various content providers such that event data is generated based on the user interaction with each content provider. The messaging provider can then obtain the messaging data and the event data to determine a target set of messages to be published. Additionally, the messaging provider can select a set of message recipients to receive, or otherwise access, the target set of messages based on filtering criteria submitted by the message originator, content provider, service provider, and/or message recipients. Credit may be allocated based on activity associated with the communicated messages. The messaging provider may also facilitate additional interaction between the message originator and the message recipients including the initiation of additional communication channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Amit D. Agarwal, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9786294
    Abstract: This disclosure describes architectures and techniques to visually indicate an operational state of an electronic device. In some instances, the electronic device comprises a voice-controlled device configured to interact with a user through voice input and visual output. The voice-controlled device may be positioned in a home environment, such as on a table in a room. The user may interact with the voice-controlled device through speech and the voice-controlled device may perform operations requested by the speech. As the voice-controlled device enters different operational states while interacting with the user, one or more lights of the voice-controlled device may be illuminated to indicate the different operational states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Bezos, Gregory Michael Hart
  • Patent number: 9747629
    Abstract: Various computer-implemented services are disclosed for assisting users in selecting items from an electronic catalog, and for selecting merchants with which to conduct transactions. One such service enables users to share information about their respective purchases with other users. Another service enables users to share information regarding the merchants with which they have conducted transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Bezos, Joel R. Spiegel, Jon McAuliffe
  • Patent number: 9710830
    Abstract: A method and system for dynamic pricing of web services utilization. According to one embodiment, a method may include dynamically predicting utilization of a web services computing resource that is expected to occur during a given interval of time, and dependent upon the dynamically predicted utilization, setting a price associated with utilization of the web services computing resource occurring during the given interval of time. The method may further include providing the price to a customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Allan H. Vermeulen, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9706028
    Abstract: A system and method for protecting devices from impact damage is provided. Prior to impact between a surface and a device, a determination of a risk of damage to the device is made. If the risk of damage to the device exceeds a threshold, a protection system is activated to reduce or substantially eliminate damage to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Hart, Jeffrey P. Bezos