Patents by Inventor Samuel H. Altman

Samuel H. Altman 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: 9560479
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other trusted users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. A security component allows users to establish trusted relationships by requiring mutual consent and disclosure of identifier and phone number information for each trusted user. Location information can be blocked among trusted users or obfuscated on the display of the mobile devices of the other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: GREEN DOT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo, Mark Jacobstein, Brian R. Knapp, James F. Potter, Thomas B. Pernikoff
  • Patent number: 9503533
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other trusted users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. A comprehensive network manager process provides management functions to allow communication with mobile phone users outside of the service network and allows for efficient communication with groups of users within the service network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: GREEN DOT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo, Thomas B. Pernikoff, Alok Deshpande, Richard M. Pernikoff
  • Publication number: 20150181380
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other trusted users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. A security component allows users to establish trusted relationships by requiring mutual consent and disclosure of identifier and phone number information for each trusted user. Location information can be blocked among trusted users or obfuscated on the display of the mobile devices of the other users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Publication date: June 25, 2015
    Inventors: Samuel H. ALTMAN, Nicholas T. SIVO, Mark JACOBSTEIN, Brian R. KNAPP, James F. POTTER, Thomas B. PERNIKOFF
  • Patent number: 8989778
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other trusted users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. A security component allows users to establish trusted relationships by requiring mutual consent and disclosure of identifier and phone number information for each trusted user. Location information can be blocked among trusted users or obfuscated on the display of the mobile devices of the other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Green Dot Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo, Mark Jacobstein, Brian R. Knapp, James F. Potter, Thomas B. Pernikoff
  • Publication number: 20140250191
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other trusted users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. A comprehensive network manager process provides management functions to allow communication with mobile phone users outside of the service network and allows for efficient communication with groups of users within the service network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Samuel H. ALTMAN, Nicholas T. SIVO, Thomas B. PERNIKOFF, Alok DESHPANDE, Richard M. PERNIKOFF
  • Patent number: 8725175
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other trusted users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. A comprehensive network manager process provides management functions to allow communication with mobile phone users outside of the service network and allows for efficient communication with groups of users within the service network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Loopt LLC
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo, Thomas B. Pernikoff, Alok Deshpande, Richard M. Pernikoff
  • Patent number: 8682350
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of location aware mobile communication devices over a wireless network. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more of the mobile communication devices. An advertising platform manager provides tools for an advertiser to create and transmit relevant ad messages to a user based on specific location, time, and profile data of the user. The ad messages can be provided in the form of a text advertising message, coupon and/or graphic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Loopt LLC
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo, Evan D. Tana, Brian R. Knapp
  • Patent number: 8571580
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location-based social network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. The user can build a database of friends among the one or more other users whose location can be displayed on each respective mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Loopt LLC.
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo
  • Publication number: 20120220314
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of location aware mobile communication devices over a wireless network. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more of the mobile communication devices. An advertising platform manager provides tools for an advertiser to create and transmit relevant ad messages to a user based on specific location, time, and profile data of the user. The ad messages can be provided in the form of a text advertising message, coupon and/or graphic element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: LOOPT, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo, Evan D. Tana, Brian R. Knapp
  • Publication number: 20120172062
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other trusted users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. A comprehensive network manager process provides management functions to allow communication with mobile phone users outside of the service network and allows for efficient communication with groups of users within the service network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: Loopt, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo, Thomas B. Pernikoff, Alok Deshpande, Richard M. Pernikoff
  • Patent number: 8099109
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other trusted users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. An advertising platform manager provides tools for an advertiser to create and transmit relevant ad messages to a user based on specific location, time, and profile data of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Loopt, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo, Evan D. Tana, Brian R. Knapp
  • Patent number: 8073461
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other trusted users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. A journal creation and management component provides tools for users to create and store user-generated content in the form of an online journal. This user-generated content can be automatically tagged with location information provided by the location-aware mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Loopt, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo, Thomas B. Pernikoff, Alok Deshpande, Richard M. Pernikoff
  • Patent number: 8000726
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other trusted users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. A comprehensive network manager process provides management functions to allow communication with mobile phone users outside of the service network and allows for efficient communication with groups of users within the service network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: LOOPT, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo, Thomas B. Pernikoff, Alok Deshpande, Richard M. Pernikoff
  • Publication number: 20080132252
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other trusted users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. A comprehensive network manager process provides management functions to allow communication with mobile phone users outside of the service network and allows for efficient communication with groups of users within the service network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo, Thomas B. Pernikoff, Alok Deshpande, Richard M. Pernikoff
  • Publication number: 20080132251
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other trusted users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. A journal creation and management component provides tools for users to create and store user-generated content in the form of an online journal. This user-generated content can be automatically tagged with location information provided by the location-aware mobile communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo, Thomas B. Pernikoff, Alok Deshpande, Richard M. Pernikoff
  • Publication number: 20080133336
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location sharing network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other trusted users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. An advertising platform manager provides tools for an advertiser to create and transmit relevant ad messages to a user based on specific location, time, and profile data of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo, Evan D. Tana, Brian R. Knapp
  • Publication number: 20070281689
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location-based social network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. The user can build a database of friends among the one or more other users whose location can be displayed on each respective mobile communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo
  • Publication number: 20070281690
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location-based social network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of location-aware mobile communication devices over a wireless network. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. The process establishes communication links between the user and the plurality of acquaintances through respective location aware mobile communication devices through a network protocol. The process facilitates the sharing information about places of interest among a plurality of users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo
  • Publication number: 20070282621
    Abstract: Embodiments of an mobile dating system utilizing a location-based social network manager process are described. The social network manager process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map places of interest or the respective locations of one or more other users in the network. The user specifies a personal profile that includes information relating to the user that is pertinent to the user. The user also specifies preferences relevant to the type of person and/or relationship the user would like to find.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo
  • Publication number: 20070281716
    Abstract: Embodiments of a location-based social network manager process are described. The process is executed on a server computer coupled to a plurality of mobile communication devices over a wireless network. Each mobile device is a location-aware mobile communication device. The process determines the geographic location of a mobile communication device operated by a user within an area, displays a map representation of the area around the mobile communication device on a graphical user interface of the mobile communication device, and superimposes on the map the respective locations of one or more other users of mobile communication devices coupled to the mobile communication device over the network. The process establishes communication links between the user and the plurality of acquaintances through respective location aware mobile communication devices through a network protocol. The user can create one or more groups of acquaintances based on one or more characteristics common to members of each group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Inventors: Samuel H. Altman, Nicholas T. Sivo