Patents by Inventor Kelly Wical

Kelly Wical 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: 9898771
    Abstract: A retailer computer system facilitates the purchase of products that are determined to be useful in the performance of a task by presenting to a consumer a first user interface by which the consumer may select a task from a repository of tasks, each task stored in the repository of tasks having documented instructions, such as a recipe, for performing the task, by presenting in a web page the documented instructions of the selected task, by using one or more keywords within the documented instructions of the selected task to select at least one product from an electronic product catalog, the selected at least one product being one or more of a part, such as a recipe ingredient, and a tool, such as an appliance, usable in performing the task, and by presenting to the consumer a second user interface for allowing the consumer to purchase via use of an online retail channel the selected at least one product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SEARS BRANDS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: James Yu, Jason Ruud, Greg Franczyk, Robert Roy, Brian Jordan, Tony Liu, Kelly Wical
  • Publication number: 20140324634
    Abstract: A retailer computer system facilitates the purchase of products that are determined to be useful in the performance of a task by presenting to a consumer a first user interface by which the consumer may select a task from a repository of tasks, each task stored in the repository of tasks having documented instructions, such as a recipe, for performing the task, by presenting in a web page the documented instructions of the selected task, by using one or more keywords within the documented instructions of the selected task to select at least one product from an electronic product catalog, the selected at least one product being one or more of a part, such as a recipe ingredient, and a tool, such as an appliance, usable in performing the task, and by presenting to the consumer a second user interface for allowing the consumer to purchase via use of an online retail channel the selected at least one product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: James Yu, Jason Ruud, Greg Franczk, Robert Roy, Brian Jordan, Tony Liu, Kelly Wical
  • Patent number: 8818876
    Abstract: A retailer computer system facilitates the purchase of products that are determined to be useful in the performance of a task by presenting to a consumer a first user interface by which the consumer may select a task from a repository of tasks, each task stored in the repository of tasks having documented instructions, such as a recipe, for performing the task, by presenting in a web page the documented instructions of the selected task, by using one or more keywords within the documented instructions of the selected task to select at least one product from an electronic product catalog, the selected at least one product being one or more of a part, such as a recipe ingredient, and a tool, such as an appliance, usable in performing the task, and by presenting to the consumer a second user interface for allowing the consumer to purchase via use of an online retail channel the selected at least one product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Sears Brands, L.L.C.
    Inventors: James Yu, Jason Ruud, Greg Franczyk, Robert Roy, Brian Jordan, Tony Liu, Kelly Wical
  • Publication number: 20120150681
    Abstract: A retailer computer system facilitates the purchase of products that are determined to be useful in the performance of a task by presenting to a consumer a first user interface by which the consumer may select a task from a repository of tasks, each task stored in the repository of tasks having documented instructions, such as a recipe, for performing the task, by presenting in a web page the documented instructions of the selected task, by using one or more keywords within the documented instructions of the selected task to select at least one product from an electronic product catalog, the selected at least one product being one or more of a part, such as a recipe ingredient, and a tool, such as an appliance, usable in performing the task, and by presenting to the consumer a second user interface for allowing the consumer to purchase via use of an online retail channel the selected at least one product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: SEARS BRANDS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: James Yu, Jason Ruud, Greg Franczyk, Robert Roy, Brian Jordan, Tony Liu, Kelly Wical
  • Publication number: 20070198361
    Abstract: An electronic commerce system managing sale and distribution of products over the Internet or other type of network. In order to prevent attempts by users to fraudulently obtain the products, system analyzes the information submitted by the users in connection with stored and associated information in an order to determine that likelihood that the order is an attempt at fraud. Based upon the determination, system accepts or declines the order. The system also saves the user-entered information for use in determining whether to accept to decline future orders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Applicant: DIGITAL RIVER, INC.
    Inventors: Joel Ronning, Kelly Wical
  • Publication number: 20070198362
    Abstract: An electronic commerce system managing sale and distribution of products over the Internet or other type of network. In order to prevent attempts by users to fraudulently obtain the products, system analyzes the information submitted by the users in connection with stored and associated information in an order to determine that likelihood that the order is an attempt at fraud. Based upon the determination, system accepts or declines the order. The system also saves the user-entered information for use in determining whether to accept to decline future orders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Applicant: DIGITAL RIVER, INC.
    Inventors: Joel Ronning, Kelly Wical
  • Publication number: 20050154676
    Abstract: An electronic commerce system having a server and an end user machine interacting through a network during an electronic commerce transaction is disclosed. The server includes a software module configured to receive user-entered information via the network including an electronic purchase order for a product within the electronic commerce system. In addition, the server includes a fraud detection mechanism active during electronic commerce transactions. The fraud detection mechanism determines a likelihood that the electronic purchase order is attempted fraud based upon (i) information associated with the user-entered information and (ii) factors relating to a users real-time interaction with the server during a transaction to process the electronic purchase order. A method performed by an electronic commerce system for determining a likelihood that the electronic purchase order is attempted fraud based is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Publication date: July 14, 2005
    Applicant: Digital River, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Ronning, Kelly Wical
  • Patent number: 6487545
    Abstract: A knowledge catalog includes a plurality of independent and parallel static ontologies to accurately represent a broad coverage of concepts that define knowledge. The actual configuration, structure and orientation of a particular static ontology is dependent upon the subject matter or field of the ontology in that each ontology contains a different point of view. The static ontologies store all senses for each word and concept. A knowledge classification system, that includes the knowledge catalog, is also disclosed. A knowledge catalog processor accesses the knowledge catalog to classify input terminology based on the knowledge concepts in the knowledge catalog. Furthermore, the knowledge catalog processor processes the input terminology prior to attachment in the knowledge catalog. The knowledge catalog further includes a dynamic level that includes dynamic hierarchies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Oracle Corporation
    Inventor: Kelly Wical
  • Patent number: 6460034
    Abstract: A knowledge base search and retrieval system, which includes factual knowledge base queries and concept knowledge base queries, is disclosed. A knowledge base stores associations among terminology/categories that have a lexical, semantical or usage association. Document theme vectors identify the content of documents through themes as well as through classification of the documents in categories that reflects what the documents are primarily about. The factual knowledge base queries identify, in response to an input query, documents relevant to the input query through expansion of the query terms as well as through expansion of themes. The concept knowledge base query does not identify specific documents in response to a query, but specifies terminology that identifies the potential existence of documents in a particular area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Oracle Corporation
    Inventor: Kelly Wical
  • Patent number: 6240410
    Abstract: A virtual bookshelf system provides a user a way to browse and locate information associated with a plurality of documents. The virtual bookshelf system contains classification information to classify the documents in a hierarchical structure that includes a plurality of hierarchical levels based on pre-defined categories. The virtual bookshelf system displays a portion of the hierarchical structure including a representation of the categories. A user of the virtual bookshelf system may browse through the categories in the hierarchical levels to learn the general topics of the available documents. The user is permitted to select a particular category, and in response, the virtual bookshelf system displays document information for documents classified in the category selected. When selected, peripheral themes or issues are displayed such that the themes relate to the main issues covered by the documents classified under the selected category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Oracle Corporation
    Inventor: Kelly Wical
  • Patent number: 6199034
    Abstract: A content processing system determines content of input discourse. The content processing system includes a theme vector processor that determines themes in the input discourse. The theme vector processor identifies themes, including identifying the relative importance of the themes in the input discourse by generating a theme strength. The theme strength indicates relative thematic importance for the theme in the input discourse. A knowledge catalog, which includes static ontologies arranged in a hierarchical structure, is also disclosed. The static ontologies are independent and parallel of each other, and contain knowledge concepts to represent a world view of knowledge. The theme vector processor utilizes the static ontologies to generate a theme concept for each theme by extracting a knowledge concept from a higher level node in the hierarchical structure of a static ontology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Oracle Corporation
    Inventor: Kelly Wical
  • Patent number: 6112201
    Abstract: A virtual bookshelf system provides a user a way to browse and locate information associated with a plurality of documents. The virtual bookshelf system contains classification information to classify the documents in a hierarchical structure that includes a plurality of hierarchical levels based on pre-defined categories. The virtual bookshelf system displays a portion of the hierarchical structure including a representation of the categories. A user of the virtual bookshelf system may browse through the categories in the hierarchical levels to learn the general topics of the available documents. The user is permitted to select a particular category, and in response, the virtual bookshelf system displays document information for documents classified in the category selected. When selected, peripheral themes or issues are displayed such that the themes relate to the main issues covered by the documents classified under the selected category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Oracle Corporation
    Inventor: Kelly Wical
  • Patent number: 6101515
    Abstract: A learning system learns terms in the context of a set of documents. During an accumulation phase, the learning system accumulates contextual data for a term in the form of a categorization schema. The categorization schema, which is based on a classification hierarchy, classifies the term in categories such that the classifications are based on uses of the terms in the set of documents During a computational phase, the learning system analyzes the categorization schema, and selects, if sufficient contextual data has been accumulated, a single category in the classification system to classify the term. A content processing system, which understands the thematic content of documents, is used in conjunction with the learning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Oracle Corporation
    Inventors: Kelly Wical, James Conklin
  • Patent number: 6061675
    Abstract: A knowledge catalog includes a plurality of independent and parallel static ontologies to accurately represent a broad coverage of concepts that define knowledge. The actual configuration, structure and orientation of a particular static ontology is dependent upon the subject matter or field of the ontology in that each ontology contains a different point of view. The static ontologies store all senses for each word and concept. A knowledge classification system, that includes the knowledge catalog, is also disclosed. A knowledge catalog processor accesses the knowledge catalog to classify input terminology based on the knowledge concepts in the knowledge catalog. Furthermore, the knowledge catalog processor processes the input terminology prior to attachment in the knowledge catalog. The knowledge catalog further includes a dynamic level that includes dynamic hierarchies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Oracle Corporation
    Inventor: Kelly Wical
  • Patent number: 6038560
    Abstract: A knowledge base search and retrieval system, which includes factual knowledge base queries and concept knowledge base queries, is disclosed. A knowledge base stores associations among terminology/categories that have a lexical, semantical or usage association. Document theme vectors identify the content of documents through themes as well as through classification of the documents in categories that reflects what the documents are primarily about. The factual knowledge base queries identify, in response to an input query, documents relevant to the input query through expansion of the query terms as well as through expansion of themes. The concept knowledge base query does not identify specific documents in response to a query, but specifies terminology that identifies the potential existence of documents in a particular area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Oracle Corporation
    Inventor: Kelly Wical
  • Patent number: 5953718
    Abstract: A research mode in a search and retrieval system generates a research document that infers an answer to a query from multiple documents. The search and retrieval system includes point of view gists for documents to provide a synopsis for a corresponding document with a slant toward a topic. To generate a research document, the search and retrieval system processes a query to identify one or more topics related to the query, selects document themes relevant to the query, and then selects point of view gists, based on the document themes, that have a slant towards the topics related to the query. A knowledge base, which includes categories arranged hierarchically, is configured as a directed graph to links those categories having a lexical, semantic or usage association. Through use of the knowledge base, an expanded set of query terms are generated, and research documents are compiled that include point of view gists relevant to the expanded set of query terms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Oracle Corporation
    Inventor: Kelly Wical
  • Patent number: 5940821
    Abstract: A knowledge base search and retrieval system, which includes factual knowledge base queries and concept knowledge base queries, is disclosed. A knowledge base stores associations among terminology/categories that have a lexical, semantical or usage association. Document theme vectors identify the content of documents through themes as well as through classification of the documents in categories that reflects what the documents are primarily about. The factual knowledge base queries identify, in response to an input query, documents relevant to the input query through expansion of the query terms as well as through expansion of themes. The concept knowledge base query does not identify specific documents in response to a query, but specifies terminology that identifies the potential existence of documents in a particular area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Oracle Corporation
    Inventor: Kelly Wical
  • Patent number: 5930788
    Abstract: A document classification system includes disambiguation processing to validate categories that have been preliminarily classified for themes of a document. The themes of a document are preliminarily classified through use of a classification hierarchy that contains a plurality of categories. The disambiguation processing determines, for a theme selected for disambiguation, whether the category preliminarily classified for the theme selected is valid by analyzing the relationships among the category preliminarily classified for the theme and other categories classified for different themes in the document. The disambiguation processing also utilizes a category cross reference database, which comprises a list of category cross reference pairs, to disambiguate categories assigned to themes by pairing a category classified for a theme and other categories classified for other themes in the document and by comparing these category pairs with category cross reference database pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Oracle Corporation
    Inventor: Kelly Wical
  • Patent number: 5918236
    Abstract: A system for generating and displaying point of view and generic gists for use in a document browsing system. Each point of view gist provides a synopsis or abstract that reflects the content of a document from a predetermined point of view or slant. A content processing system analyzes documents to generate a thematic profile for use by the point of view gist processing. The point of view gist processing generates point of view gists based on the different themes or topics contained in a document by identifying paragraphs from the document that include content relating to a theme for which the point of view gist is based. In one embodiment, the user of a document browsing system inputs topics to select a particular point of view gist for a document. A document browsing system may also display point of view gists based on a navigation history of categories selected by a user though use of a document browsing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Oracle Corporation
    Inventor: Kelly Wical
  • Patent number: 5887120
    Abstract: A content processing system determines content of input discourse. The content processing system includes a theme vector processor that determines themes in the input discourse. The theme vector processor identifies themes, including identifying the relative importance of the themes in the input discourse by generating a theme strength. The theme strength indicates relative thematic importance for the theme in the input discourse. A knowledge catalog, which includes static ontologies arranged in a hierarchical structure, is also disclosed. The static ontologies are independent and parallel of each other, and contain knowledge concepts to represent a world view of knowledge. The theme vector processor utilizes the static ontologies to generate a theme concept for each theme by extracting a knowledge concept from a higher level node in the hierarchical structure of a static ontology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: Oracle Corporation
    Inventor: Kelly Wical