Patents by Inventor Neil E. Lofgren

Neil E. Lofgren 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).

  • Publication number: 20190220916
    Abstract: This invention deals with the next generation improvements in recommendation systems. Retailers want to grow their business and increase sales. One embodiment displays recommendations for inside sales during calls to prospects via a CRM. Another embodiment improves genomic cross-sell by summing correlations between attributes. A third embodiment improves cross-channel personalization by linking personal information, preferably via a one-way hash, to a unique customer ID. A fourth embodiment enables a common core mobile app for different retailers. A fifth embodiment identifies a shopper before purchase to provide personal recommendations while shopping. A sixth embodiment utilizes a market place with shared customers for customer acquisition. A seventh embodiment utilizes customers' preferences and characteristics and sales data to influence recommendations. The characteristics can be combined into a shopper psychographic persona to generate recommendations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: 4-Tell, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Levy, Neil E. Lofgren
  • Publication number: 20190213598
    Abstract: This invention deals with a computer-implemented method for using predictive analytics to find a second set of entries in a first array that are related to a first set of entries in the first array without directly calculating entry-to-entry similarities between entries in the first array, the method including: (a) identifying a target entry in a second array, wherein the first set of entries in the first array are linked to the target entry in the second array; (b) finding likely entries in the second array that have similarities to a target entry in the second array using a correlation; (c) finding linked entries in the first array that are linked to the likely entries found in the second array; and (d) using the linked entries found in the first array as the second set of entries in the first array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: 4-Tell, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Levy, Neil E. Lofgren
  • Patent number: 10275818
    Abstract: This invention deals with the next generation improvements in recommendation systems. Retailers want to grow their business and increase sales. One embodiment displays recommendations for inside sales during calls to prospects via a CRM. Another embodiment improves genomic cross-sell by summing correlations between attributes. A third embodiment improves cross-channel personalization by linking personal information, preferably via a one-way hash, to a unique customer ID. A fourth embodiment enables a common core mobile app for different retailers. A fifth embodiment identifies a shopper before purchase to provide personal recommendations while shopping. A sixth embodiment utilizes a market place with shared customers for customer acquisition. A seventh embodiment utilizes customers' preferences and characteristics and sales data to influence recommendations. The characteristics can be combined into a shopper psychographic persona to generate recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: 4-Tell, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L Levy, Neil E Lofgren
  • Patent number: 10269021
    Abstract: This invention deals with more improvements in recommendation systems. Retailers want to grow their business and increase sales. One embodiment creates upsell by arranging similar items by price. Another embodiment creates similar items by calculating the number of shared attributes. A final embodiment shows how recently viewed items affect cross-sell, similar and personalized recommendations to make more relevant recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: 4-Tell, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L Levy, Neil E Lofgren
  • Publication number: 20190026812
    Abstract: This invention deals with improving recommendation systems. The first embodiment combines rules and recommendations to create automated and intelligent business rules for recommendations. The second embodiment improves recommendations by combining the results of driver products and influencer products, where influencer products only influence the recommendations of the driver products. Influencer products can be related to a specific user. The third embodiment improves recommendations for new items by relating them to original items, such that the sales for the original item is used in the new item when calculating recommendations. The new items may replace the original item, or be a similar item and exist alongside the original item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: 4-TELL, INC
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Levy, Neil E. Lofgren
  • Publication number: 20180165687
    Abstract: This invention deals with more improvements in recommendation systems. Retailers want to grow their business and increase sales. One embodiment creates upsell by arranging similar items by price. Another embodiment creates similar items by calculating the number of shared attributes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2012
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: 4-TELL, INC
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Levy, Neil E. Lofgren
  • Publication number: 20170372400
    Abstract: This invention deals with the next generation improvements in recommendation systems. Retailers want to grow their business and increase sales. One embodiment displays recommendations for inside sales during calls to prospects via a CRM. Another embodiment improves genomic cross-sell by summing correlations between attributes. A third embodiment improves cross-channel personalization by linking personal information, preferably via a one-way hash, to a unique customer ID. A fourth embodiment enables a common core mobile app for different retailers. A fifth embodiment identifies a shopper before purchase to provide personal recommendations while shopping. A sixth embodiment utilizes a market place with shared customers for customer acquisition. A seventh embodiment utilizes customers' preferences and characteristics and sales data to influence recommendations. The characteristics can be combined into a shopper psychographic persona to generate recommendations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: 4-TELL, INC
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Levy, Neil E. Lofgren
  • Patent number: 9363409
    Abstract: The present invention relates to image management systems and methods. In one implementation we provide a method to provide geo-location feedback corresponding to an image area selected by a user. A digital watermark embedded in the selected image area is decoded, and the decoded digital watermark includes or points to geo-location information associated with the selected image location. In another implementation we provide an alert engine to notify a network station that information associated with a digital watermark identifier is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Neil E. Lofgren, Philip R. Patterson
  • Publication number: 20140172627
    Abstract: This invention deals with the next generation improvements in recommendation systems. Retailers want to grow their business and increase sales. One embodiment displays recommendations for inside sales during calls to prospects via a CRM. Another embodiment improves genomic cross-sell by summing correlations between attributes. A third embodiment improves cross-channel personalization by linking personal information, preferably via a one-way hash, to a unique customer ID. A fourth embodiment enables a common core mobile app for different retailers. A fifth embodiment identifies a shopper before purchase to provide personal recommendations while shopping. A sixth embodiment utilizes a market place with shared customers for customer acquisition. A seventh embodiment utilizes customers' preferences and characteristics and sales data to influence recommendations. The characteristics can be combined into a shopper psychographic persona to generate recommendations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: 4-TELL, INC
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Levy, Neil E. Lofgren
  • Patent number: 8626666
    Abstract: The presently claimed invention relates generally to confirming that a user has physical custody of an article (e.g., credit card, identification document, etc.). One claim recites a method reciting: at a user's home, presenting a physical article to an input device; and, after the presenting, receiving device data at a CPU at said user's home; deriving a reduced-bit representation of the device data; by reference to at least some of said reduced-bit representation of the device data, confirming that the user has physical custody of the physical article, the physical article having an identifier associated therewith; and providing said identifier to a remote terminal once physical custody of the physical article is confirmed. Of course, additional combinations and claims are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Neil E. Lofgren, Phillip Andrew Seder, Brian T. MacIntosh
  • Patent number: 8606715
    Abstract: A variety of systems and embodiments are disclosed. One embodiment provides a method including: maintaining a database including a plurality of records stored therein; obtaining first information derived from image or video data, the first information being derived remotely relative to performance of said method, the first information comprising a reduced-bit representation of the image or video data itself; determining whether the first information has been previously received with reference to at least the plurality of records stored in the database; and disregarding a request or action associated with the first information if the first information has been previously received. Of course, other combinations are provided and claimed as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Neil E. Lofgren, Phillip Andrew Seder, Brian T. MacIntosh
  • Patent number: 8447064
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to generating travel-logs or geographical representation of encountered media. One claim recites a method including obtaining a plurality of imagery, wherein each item of imagery from the plurality of imagery comprises steganographic encoding, the steganographic encoding altering data representing the imagery, the steganographic encoding comprising multi-bit data, and wherein the presence of the multi-bit data is imperceptible to a human observer of the imagery absent machine-detection; detecting the multi-bit data from the plurality of imagery, wherein the multi-bit data is associated with geolocation metadata; and providing a geographic path associated with the plurality of imagery based at least in part on the geolocation metadata. The geographic path is provided for display to a user relative to a graphical map. Of course, other different claims are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Neil E. Lofgren
  • Patent number: 8355526
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to digital watermarking holographic structures. One method recites: creating a computer model; executing a transform domain iterative method to convert the computer model into a holographic structure; combining a digital watermark with the holographic structure; and conveying the combined digital watermark and holographic structure to a surface. Other combinations are provided and claimed as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen K. Decker, Hugh L. Brunk, J. Scott Carr, Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Neil E. Lofgren
  • Publication number: 20120316986
    Abstract: This invention deals with more improvements in recommendation systems. Retailers want to grow their business and increase sales. One embodiment creates upsell by arranging similar items by price. Another embodiment creates similar items by calculating the number of shared attributes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: 4-TELL, INC
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Levy, Neil E. Lofgren
  • Patent number: 8135166
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to digital watermarking and steganography. One claim recites a method including: receiving digital data representing media including at least video and audio; digital watermarking at least some portions of the digital data, the digital watermarking introducing changes to at least some portions of the digital data to hide information in at least some portions of the digital data representing audio and in at least some portions of the digital data representing video, the information comprises at least geo-location data and time data, and the geo-location data is redundantly hidden in digital data over time; and optically projecting the media on a surface for viewing. Projected media includes the information digital watermarked therein. Of course, other claims and combinations are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Neil E. Lofgren
  • Patent number: 8127139
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to handheld devices and using such to extract identifying data. One claim recites a handheld wireless device including: an input for receiving a subset of database information; electronic memory for storing the retrieved subset of database information, the handheld device including an input device; an optical imaging device for capturing a portion of a map, the portion of the map including at least one steganographic watermark hidden therein through alterations to data representing the portion, the alterations being generally imperceptible to a human observer of the portion of the map, the steganographic watermark including map location information; an electronic processor configured to: determine which information of the retrieved subset of the database information corresponds to the map location information; and control providing corresponding retrieved subset database information. Other claims and combinations are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Trent J. Brundage, Neil E. Lofgren
  • Publication number: 20110282821
    Abstract: This invention deals with improving recommendation systems. The first embodiment combines rules and recommendations to create automated and intelligent business rules for recommendations. The second embodiment improves recommendations by combining the results of driver products and influencer products, where influencer products only influence the recommendations of the driver products. Influencer products can be related to a specific user. The third embodiment improves recommendations for new items by relating them to original items, such that the sales for the original item is used in the new item when calculating recommendations. The new items may replace the original item, or be a similar item and exist alongside the original item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: 4-TELL, INC
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Levy, Neil E. Lofgren
  • Patent number: 8059815
    Abstract: A reversible watermarking program transforms a host data file into a logical storage unit for auxiliary data files by embedding the auxiliary files in the data stored in the host data file. The reversible watermark modifies host data such as an image, audio, video, or software code, to carry auxiliary data. For perceptual content such as visual or audio media, the reversible watermark can maintain a desired level of perceptual quality, effectively hiding the auxiliary data in the host data. The reversible watermark enables the original host data prior to modifications due to the embedding to be restored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Neil E. Lofgren, Burt W. Perry, John Stach
  • Patent number: 8023694
    Abstract: The presently claimed invention relates to deriving or extracting information from audio, images and video. One claim recites a method of operating a network filter. The network includes a plurality of network nodes, the network filter is for filtering video or audio. The method includes: monitoring video or audio traffic to a particular network node; identifying a first video or audio at the particular network node through deriving identifying data from data representing the first video or audio, the deriving utilizes at least one programmed multi-purpose computer processor; determining additional information associated with the first video or audio based at least in part on the identifying information; and notifying the network node of the presence of the additional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Neil E. Lofgren, Philip R. Patterson
  • Patent number: 7992004
    Abstract: Imagery, video, maps or signs are embedded with plural-bit data in the form of digital watermarking. In one embodiment, a method includes obtaining a media signal representing an image or video; introducing digital watermarking into the media signal, the digital watermarking slightly altering samples of the media signal; and the digital watermarking changing across the media signal so as to convey first information related to at least a first area depicted in the image or within data representing a first portion of the video in the media signal and second, different information related to at least a second area depicted in the image or within data representing a second portion of the video in the media signal. Other embodiments are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Trent J. Brundage, Neil E. Lofgren