Patents by Inventor Ken R. Powell

Ken R. Powell 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: 9471929
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing games, challenges, and/or promotions to mobile devices are usable to provide incentives to customers. According to one embodiment, a system can be provided. The system can be operable to receive information, such as location information, associated with a mobile device; transmit content being associated with a location of a merchant to the mobile device; receive an event outcome indicator associated with the content; provide a promotional offer to the mobile device when the event outcome indicator matches a desired event outcome indicated by a third-party or the merchant; and process the reward or promotional offer associated with the event outcome indicator via interaction with a point of sale system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: SPARKFLY INC
    Inventors: Catherine M. Tabor, Ken R. Powell, John W. Daniel, Terry Bruehl
  • Patent number: 9466067
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing games, challenges, and/or promotions to mobile devices are usable to provide incentives to customers. According to one embodiment, a system can be provided. The system can be operable to receive location information associated with a mobile device and additional information, such as but not limited demographic and/or purchase history information, associated with the mobile device. Additionally, the system can be operable to select content based on the received information, transmit the content to the mobile device, receive an event outcome indicator associated with the content, and provide a promotional offer to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: SPARKFLY INC
    Inventors: Catherine M. Tabor, Ken R. Powell, John W. Daniel, Terry Bruehl
  • Publication number: 20140122195
    Abstract: Certain embodiments herein are directed to tracking and analyzing the redemption of promotional content, such as coupons, discounts, or similar offers. The redemption of the promotional content may be tracked such that a source or provider of the promotional content may be identified and associated with the promotional content at the point of redemption. Requests to redeem promotional content may be verified by comparing information received at the point of redemption with information previously stored in association with providing promotional content to a user device seeking to redeem the promotional content. Such information may include a unique identifier for the promotional content, a unique identifier for the user device, and a unique identifier for the source of the promotional content. Information associated with historical redemptions of promotional content may be analyzed to target user devices and/or sources of the promotional content for receiving future distributions of the promotional content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: STERLING GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Catherine M. Tabor, Terry Bruehl, Ken R. Powell, John W. Daniel
  • Publication number: 20130144702
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing mobile promotional transactions that are combined with the payment processes to provide integrated solutions for a single transaction event at a transaction device (POS device). According to one embodiment, a method may be provided to operate and receive a request to process a transaction and a promotional code for a reward in a single transaction. In some aspects, the promotional code may be received by a mobile device based at least in part on an event outcome indicator. Additionally, the method may be operable to determine or receive that the promotional code is valid and determine or receive a value associated with the promotional code. Further, the method also be operable to apply a discount to the transaction value, in some examples, based at least in part on the value associated with the promotional code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: SPARKFLY LLC
    Inventors: Catherine M. Tabor, Ken R. Powell, John W. Daniel, Terry Bruehl
  • Publication number: 20130096996
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing games, challenges, and/or promotions to mobile devices are usable to provide incentives to customers. According to one embodiment, a system can be provided. The system can be operable to receive location information associated with a mobile device and additional information, such as but not limited demographic and/or purchase history information, associated with the mobile device. Additionally, the system can be operable to select content based on the received information, transmit the content to the mobile device, receive an event outcome indicator associated with the content, and provide a promotional offer to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: SPARKFLY LLC
    Inventors: Catherine M. Tabor, Ken R. Powell, John W. Daniel, Terry Bruehl
  • Publication number: 20130054353
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing games, challenges, and/or promotions to mobile devices are usable to provide incentives to customers. According to one embodiment, a system can be provided. The system can be operable to receive information, such as location information, associated with a mobile device; transmit content being associated with a location of a merchant to the mobile device; receive an event outcome indicator associated with the content; provide a promotional offer to the mobile device when the event outcome indicator matches a desired event outcome indicated by a third-party or the merchant; and process the reward or promotional offer associated with the event outcome indicator via interaction with a point of sale system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: SPARKFLY LLC
    Inventors: Catherine M. Tabor, Ken R. Powell, John W. Daniel
  • Publication number: 20120296817
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for promoting products and services in a retail environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: KEN R. POWELL, JOHN W. DANIEL
  • Publication number: 20120215647
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for promoting products and services in a retail environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Ken R. Powell, John W. Daniel
  • Patent number: 7240023
    Abstract: A system for dispensing and redeeming the electronic discount coupons. The system includes a personal computer (PC) having hardware and software for receiving an electronic coupon from the system of computer networks, translating the received coupon into a binary format, and sending the binary-formatted coupon to a card-writing device. The card-writing device writes the coupon data onto a portable customer card (“smart card”) approximately the size of a credit card. Subsequently, the customer goes to the store with the card. Upon completion of shopping, the customer redeems the electronic coupons at the checkout area, by inserting the card into the checkout station. During checkout, the customer is credited with the value of a coupon when UPC data from a bar code reader corresponds to a coupon stored on the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: SoftCard Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ken R. Powell
  • Patent number: 7085731
    Abstract: Disclosed are computer system configurations and methods for a retail store. In an exemplary system, a CPU and program in a checkout station make a list of the products selected by the customer. The CPU and program processes paper coupon information in the context of the selected products to determine discount eligibility. Another CPU and program in the checkout station perform electronic coupon redemption, by processing the selected products in the context of electronic coupon information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: SoftCard Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ken R. Powell, Kevin W. Hartley, Eleanor B. Maxwell, Corey C. Snook
  • Publication number: 20040073487
    Abstract: Disclosed are retail systems and methods employing a product shelf interface to provide purchase incentives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventors: Ken R. Powell, Thomas M. Hintz, Eleanor B. Hartley
  • Publication number: 20040064370
    Abstract: A system for dispensing and redeeming the electronic discount coupons. The system includes a personal computer (PC) having hardware and software for receiving an electronic coupon from the system of computer networks, translating the received coupon into a binary format, and sending the binary-formatted coupon to a card-writing device. The card-writing device writes the coupon data onto a portable customer card (“smart card”) approximately the size of a credit card. Subsequently, the customer goes to the store with the card. Upon completion of shopping, the customer redeems the electronic coupons at the checkout area, by inserting the card into the checkout station. During checkout, the customer is credited with the value of a coupon when UPC data from a bar code reader corresponds to a coupon stored on the card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventor: Ken R. Powell
  • Publication number: 20030136830
    Abstract: A system and method employing portable cards, carried by consumers, to send data between system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventors: Ken R. Powell, Kevin W. Hartley, Thomas M. Hintz, Eleanor B. Maxwell, Corey C. Snook
  • Publication number: 20020188502
    Abstract: Systems and methods of promotion within a commercial system. Manufacturers fund a product discount specific to a retailer, thereby both stimulating sales of the product and stimulating visits to the retailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2001
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Inventor: Ken R. Powell
  • Publication number: 20020173972
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods of promotion within a commercial system. An exemplary embodiment of the invention generates respective invoices for various manufacturers that fund retailer-specific product discounts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2001
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventors: John W. Daniel, Ken R. Powell
  • Patent number: 6456980
    Abstract: A store system for a commercial system with multiple products. The store system includes multiple register stations. Each register station includes a bar code reader that generates a first signal identifying a product selected by a customer, a register computer, and a cable that transfers the first signal to the register computer. Each register station is associated with a respective second computer that sends a second signal to the register computer. A cable transfers the first signal to the second computer. The register computer includes logic that determines a total amount due from the customer, by receiving the first and second signals. In an exemplary embodiment, the second computer interfaces to a customer card that stores discount information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: SoftCard Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ken R. Powell
  • Publication number: 20020120495
    Abstract: Retail systems and methods employing a product shelf display to provide purchase incentives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 1999
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventors: KEN R. POWELL, THOMAS M. HINTZ, ELEANOR B. MAXWELL
  • Patent number: 6354495
    Abstract: A system for creating, dispensing, and redeeming electronic discount coupons in a store. The system includes a “smart card”, product stations adjacent to selected products in the store, and a checkout station in the checkout area. To create an electronic coupon, the customer inserts the card into the product station adjacent to an product the customer wishes to purchase, and the product station then writes an electronic coupon onto the card. The customer thus shops throughout the store collecting electronic coupons for products of interest. Upon completion of shopping, the customer redeems the electronic coupons at the checkout area, by inserting the card into the checkout station. During checkout, when UPC data matches data stored on the card, the customer is credited with the value of the corresponding coupon. Periodically, the electronic coupon data is transferred to a remote clearing house.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: SoftCard Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ken R. Powell
  • Patent number: 6354492
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods employing a portable card to configure a commercial system. An exemplary system acts to read from the card at a first location in the store, to process a signal corresponding to a first promotion set stored on the card. The exemplary system also acts to read from the card at a second location in the store, to process a signal corresponding to a second promotion set stored on the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: SoftCard Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ken R. Powell, Eleanor B. Maxwell, Corey C. Snook
  • Patent number: 6339762
    Abstract: A system for creating, dispensing, and redeeming electronic discount coupons in a store. The system includes a “smart card”, product stations adjacent to selected products in the store, and a checkout station in the checkout area. To create an electronic coupon, the customer inserts the card into the product station adjacent to an product the customer wishes to purchase, and the product station then writes an electronic coupon onto the card. The customer thus shops throughout the store collecting electronic coupons for products of interest. Upon completion of shopping, the customer redeems the electronic coupons at the checkout area, by inserting the card into the checkout station. During checkout, when UPC data matches data stored on the card, the customer is credited with the value of the corresponding coupon. Periodically, the electronic coupon data is transferred to a remote clearing house.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: SoftCard Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ken R. Powell