With Vending Patents (Class 235/381)
  • Patent number: 12003101
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a method for controlling an exchange of energy in an energy system with multiple energy subsystems connected to one another for exchanging energy comprising: receiving first supply data at a control center from a first subsystem, wherein the first supply data represent respective remuneration conditions of the first subsystem for receiving and/or providing energy; transmitting the first supply data to a second subsystem; receiving second supply data at the control center, the second supply data responsive to the first supply data, from the second subsystem, wherein the second supply data represent respective remuneration conditions of the second subsystem for receiving and/or providing energy, and controlling an energy exchange between the first subsystem and the second subsystem based on both the first supply data and the second supply data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Arvid Amthor, Thomas Baumgärtner, Sebastian Schreck, Sebastian Thiem, Lisa Wagner
  • Patent number: 11995653
    Abstract: An age verification payment card and method that employs a card wherein the card has a first embedded chip and a second embedded chip. The present invention includes a first chip for providing financial authorization for a purchase and a second chip that provides age verification of the cardholder to ensure that the cardholder meets any minimum age requirement for a purchase having that requirement. The method includes a step of collecting and verifying the age of the card applicant during the application process. This data is stored on the second embedded chip so as to provide the retailer a technique to verify the age of the cardholder wherein an age limit may be applicable to a purchase. The present invention will provide an age alert to a retailer in the event that the cardholder does not meet the minimum age requirement for the purchase being attempted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventor: Donald Anderson
  • Patent number: 11919763
    Abstract: A beverage apparatus, the beverage apparatus being hand-holdable by a user of the beverage apparatus to be portable, can include a beverage chamber housing that includes a chamber for storing a consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include a dispensing assembly that includes a receptacle. The receptacle can retain a vessel. The vessel can include an electronic tag and can contain an additive. The dispensing assembly can be operatively controllable by a controller to output the additive from the vessel into the consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus can include one or more sensors, devices, or assemblies that can be used to detect a volume of liquid in the chamber or a liquid level in the chamber. The beverage apparatus can include an apparatus computer processor portion (ACP) and an apparatus database portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Cirkul, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lyons, Robert Lawson-Shanks, Abraham Maclean, Justin Toelle, Filipe Aguiar, Aleksander Drozdetski
  • Patent number: 11893443
    Abstract: A modular transaction card assembly includes a card frame having the traditional dimensions of a credit card, and a transaction card that is smaller than a traditional card and that fits into a receptacle of the card frame. Each of the card frame and the transaction card may be capable of performing contactless data transactions individually. In some instances, the combined assembly of the card frame with the transaction card may detect a proximity of a mobile device to the assembly and generate an authentication credential that is unique to the combination of the card frame, the transaction card, and the mobile device. The authentication credential may be used to authentic the transaction card when conducting a data transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Phoebe Atkins, Michael Saia, Vyjayanthi Vadrevu
  • Patent number: 11868942
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of ranking agents making sales of real estate. Accordingly, the method may include receiving, using a communication device, a sale pitch delivered by an agent for making a sale of a real estate to a client on a platform in a sale session from a first device, receiving, using the communication device, a response provided by the client corresponding to the sale pitch delivered on the platform in the sale session from a second device, analyzing, using a processing device, at least one of the sale pitch and the response in the sale session using a machine learning model, generating, using the processing device, an agent score for the agent based on the analyzing, and storing, using a storage device, the agent score and at least one of the sale pitch and the response of the sale session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: SY Interiors Pvt. Ltd.
    Inventors: Sunder Jagannathan, Vivek Agarwal, Hitesh Singla
  • Patent number: 11727069
    Abstract: A method may include, in an initial virtual machine session for a user running on a virtual machine at a virtualization server, loading a roaming user profile for the user, generating a user search index database for the user, and indexing the roaming user profile in the user search index database. The method may further include, in a subsequent virtual machine session for the user running on the virtualization server, roaming the user search index database to the subsequent virtual machine session as part of the roaming user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Citrix Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Yajun Yao, Rulei Lin, Hai Xiang
  • Patent number: 11704641
    Abstract: A method for automatically providing items based on an item preference may include receiving payment credential data associated with a payment credential and preference data associated with an item preference of a user, determining whether one or more items associated with the item preference of the user is available, and processing, with at least one processor, a payment transaction involving the one or more items associated with the item preference of the user based on determining that the item is available. A system and a computer program product are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventor: Sanjay Pathiyal
  • Patent number: 11699138
    Abstract: Systems, methods and tools for securely scheduling appointments, maintenance and repairs of vehicles. The system may be an automated service kiosk available 24 hours a day. A customer can schedule services, drop off and pick up keys for receiving service at any time that may be convenient for the customer, without regard for the normal operating hours of the service provider and may do so without having to interact with an employee of the service provider. Automated customer recognition may be performed using license scanning or biometric scanning. The user may select a service from a menu of services and deposit keys (or key fobs) within the kiosk system or receive keys therefrom. Upon returning to complete the service transaction customers may scan a paper or digital receipt provided during the initial scheduling of the service and tender payment via the kiosk or using digital currency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignees: GO MOTO, INC., MERIDIAN ZERO, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Marcelle, Christopher Gilder, Robert Florig, Lynwood A. Williams, Philip Aubrey White
  • Patent number: 11694130
    Abstract: A system and method for assigning an agent to execute and fulfill a task request that include receiving the task request that includes at least one request attribute. The system and method also include determining an agent pool to execute and fulfill the task request in accordance with the at least one request attribute and determining a plurality of candidate locations at which to execute and fulfill the task request in accordance with the at least one request attribute. The system and method additionally include assigning a task execution location and a task fulfillment location from the plurality of candidate locations at which to execute and fulfill the task request. The system and method further include assigning the agent from the agent pool to execute and fulfill the task request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Brian W. Johnson, Masaki Nara, Toshiaki Takano
  • Patent number: 11683109
    Abstract: A scientific system and methods are disclosed for optimizing television (e.g., “CTV” and “OTT”) advertising and related expenditure to maximize efficiency and return on investment (“ROI’) for advertisers. The scientific system comprises an initial-feedback engine that develops and refines creatives or outcomes by creating and using an artificial intelligence (“AI”) engine that creates an initial feedback loop from social media platforms and subsequently uses an intelligent advertisement-selection engine that takes the highest performing advertising on the social media platforms and directs or imports them for connected television or over-the-top advertising. The system includes a performance engine that optimizes performance of the connected television and over-the-top advertising and then moves the winning combination of a creative or outcome resulting from the application inventory, the audience segment, the part of day, the frequency or the like to linear television purchase actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: tvScientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Fairchild, David Koye
  • Patent number: 11640593
    Abstract: A system comprises a client module installed on a vending machine, the vending machine displaying one or more items for purchase in a first arrangement, and a purchase fulfilment subsystem. A QR code is generated by the purchase fulfilment subsystem and transmitted to the client module. A first set of signals to initiate a transaction is transmitted by the user device to the purchase fulfilment system. The purchase fulfilment subsystem transmits to the user device a second set of signals to display elements in a second arrangement. The user device transmits a third set of signals to the purchase fulfilment subsystem related to activation of an element. The purchase fulfilment subsystem transmits to the client module a fourth set of signals comprising commands to enable the vending machine to dispense an item. The client module sends one or more instructions to the vending machine to dispense the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: STRIPE, INC.
    Inventors: Chi Wah Lo, Tai Kwan Jimmy Tang, Wai Chuen Gan
  • Patent number: 11599899
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for managing a loyalty program. In some embodiments, a system includes a loyalty program management (LPM) system and a point-of-sale (POS) terminal. The POS terminal is configured to read a membership identifier, identify a plurality of goods, complete a sale of the identified plurality of goods to the member, and transmit, to the loyalty program management system, the read membership identifier and information about the identified plurality of goods. Based on the received information, the LPM system is configured to identify one or more point categories, and update earned loyalty points of the member in each of the identified one or more point categories. The LPM system is further configured to provide the POS terminal with a redemption value to be applied to the sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: TRANSFORM SR BRANDS LLC
    Inventors: Espen Zachrisen, Vinayak Hegde
  • Patent number: 11594767
    Abstract: A vehicle battery charger and a vehicle battery charging system are described and illustrated, and can include a controller enabling a user to enter a time of day at which the vehicle battery charger or system begins and/or ends charging of the vehicle battery. The vehicle battery charger can be separate from the vehicle, can be at least partially integrated into the vehicle, can include a transmitter and/or a receiver capable of communication with a controller that is remote from the vehicle and vehicle charger, and can be controlled by a user or another party (e.g., a power utility) to control battery charging based upon a time of day, cost of power, or other factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventor: Christopher B. Austin
  • Patent number: 11580813
    Abstract: A contactless locker system includes a set of laterally adjacent lockers that includes a first locker configured to store a first food item prepared by a restaurant. The first locker includes a first door that automatically opens and closes without a user physically touching the first door and a second door that automatically opens and closes without a user physically touching the second door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Lavii, Inc.
    Inventors: Rea Huntley, James Bagley, Marcus Gunn
  • Patent number: 11557000
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses using a processor coupled to a non-transitory machine-readable medium storing instructions. The processor is configured to count a first amount of currency, wherein the first amount of currency is the actual amount of currency received by a teller money drawer, receive an indication of a second amount of currency, wherein the second amount of currency is an expected amount of currency, compare the first amount of currency to the second amount of currency, discover a discrepancy between the first amount of currency and the second amount of currency, and transmit discrepancy information to be displayed on a teller computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Alicia Y. Moore, Miranda C. Hill, Susan Symons
  • Patent number: 11557156
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a product inspection apparatus that may include an electronic device having a visual inspection software application. The visual inspection software application may activate a camera of the electronic device to capture images of a product, such as a vehicle. A display screen of the electronic device may present product images. The product images may be digitally processed, and augmented by the addition of computer-generated images associated with a status of inspection of each element of the vehicle in the product images. Each computer-generated image may include a graphical indicator associated with the status of inspection of a particular element. Each computer-generated image may be projected on top of a real world image of the particular element presented on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: MASSACHUSETTS MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Michal Knas, Jiby John, Damon DePaolo, Payton Shubrick
  • Patent number: 11544700
    Abstract: A system and method of transacting a prepaid product with an electronic mobile device that is used to electronically interface with a code, such as a QR code, bar code, RF signal or NFC signal, representing a prepaid product. The codes of multiple prepaid products of multiple prepaid product providers are grouped together on a single structure or in a single computer displayed in a shopping area. The electronic mobile device subsequently electronically interfaces with a point of sale device after electronically interfacing with said code to provide prepaid product information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Blackhawk Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomas Ariel Campos, Patrick Ryan Flanagan
  • Patent number: 11535536
    Abstract: A server that monitors a water purification apparatus according to a voice command and the water purification apparatus are provided, and according to an embodiment of the present disclosure, the server that monitors the water purification apparatus according to the voice command includes a voice processor that receives the voice command from the water purification apparatus and identifies a user who issues the voice command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sang Won Kim, Jae Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 11533313
    Abstract: A device implementing a system for sharing a voice profile includes a processor configured to receive a request to share a first voice profile corresponding to a first user account associated with a first device, with a second device associated with a second user account, the second device being voice-enabled, the first voice profile being stored on a first data store associated with the first user account. The processor is further configured to update a second data store associated with the second user account to include a reference to the first voice profile stored on the first data store, and to send, to the second device, a notification that the second data store has been updated to include the reference to the first voice profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anumita Biswas, Karl F. Schramm, Benjamin S. Phipps
  • Patent number: 11482734
    Abstract: A vehicle battery charger and a vehicle battery charging system are described and illustrated, and can include a controller enabling a user to enter a time of day at which the vehicle battery charger or system begins and/or ends charging of the vehicle battery. The vehicle battery charger can be separate from the vehicle, can be at least partially integrated into the vehicle, can include a transmitter and/or a receiver capable of communication with a controller that is remote from the vehicle and vehicle charger, and can be controlled by a user or another party (e.g., a power utility) to control battery charging based upon a time of day, cost of power, or other factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: Christopher B. Austin
  • Patent number: 11472695
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling maintenance of a fuel dispenser. In one exemplary embodiment, a system is provided having a fuel dispenser that includes an electronics module having a data processor, a remote enterprise server in communication with the electronics module, and a remote code processor in communication with the remote enterprise server. The data processor is configured to determine an authorization password based on data characterizing the fuel dispenser, to receive a remote password that is generated by the remote code processor based on the fuel dispenser data, to determine that the remote password matches the authorization password, and to cause the fuel dispenser to enter a maintenance mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems LLC
    Inventor: Anders Bergqvist
  • Patent number: 11468402
    Abstract: Provided are: a rack having a plurality of stages of storage units storing articles; a display device attached to the rack; and a management device configured to be capable of communicating with the display device and instruct the display device to display information on an article stored in the rack to which the display device is attached. The display device is a display that is capable of displaying image data relating to the article stored in the arranged rack. The management device displays and outputs image data on an article that needs to be taken out from the rack or stored in the rack and position information of a storage unit of the rack relating to the article according to instruction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: SILVACOMPASS INC.
    Inventor: Haruhiko Yasuda
  • Patent number: 11436568
    Abstract: Examples associated with service kiosk device provisioning are described. One example receiving authentication information associated with a user at a service kiosk. A specification of a device to be delivered to the user, and provisioning data for configuring the device to be delivered to the user are also received at the service kiosk. A selected device is selected from a set of devices stored in compartments of the service kiosk. The set of devices are also operably connected to the service kiosk. The selected device is selected according to the device specification. The selected device is configured based on the provisioning data. A credential matching the authentication information is received from a user via an interface of the service kiosk. Physical access is provided to a compartment of the service kiosk in which the selected device is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Kyle J Nottingham, Matthew Frederickson, Gerold K Shelton
  • Patent number: 11436181
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein that relate to data transmission system and methods that may be implemented in a system configured between a source device and a destination device. Data generated at the source device may be received at the data transmission system and processed to determine appropriate modifications. Modified data may then be transmitted to the destination device. In the event that the data transmission system is unable to process data, the system transmits the data directly to the recipient device to ensure continued operation of the source and destination devices. The data transmission system is capable of converting any form of signal into USB and/or UART signals for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Copper Inc.
    Inventor: Tobias Schneider
  • Patent number: 11429706
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for authenticating an authorization of a user of a motor vehicle can include sending a request signal for an authentication code and providing the authentication code via the computer to a device included in the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventor: Immo Schneider
  • Patent number: 11354966
    Abstract: A handle for a product vending system includes a housing configured to be secured to a door of a product storage cabinet having a lock. The handle includes a display arranged on the housing, that is configured to show product information. A payment processing unit is arranged on the housing and is configured to detect or receive a payment. A control unit is configured to communicate with the lock of the product storage cabinet, such that when the payment is detected by the payment processing unit, the control unit is configured to unlock the lock of the product storage cabinet so as to provide access to a product stored in the product storage cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Rosburg, Stephen Lim
  • Patent number: 11334872
    Abstract: A first communication channel is established between a contactless blank IC (integrated circuit) payment card and a mobile device. The mobile device is in proximity to the contactless blank IC payment card. A second communication channel is established, via the mobile device, between a remote personalization server computer and the contactless blank IC payment card. Payment card personalization data is received and stored in the contactless blank IC payment card. The data had been downloaded from the remote personalization server computer to the contactless blank IC payment card via the second communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Simon Phillips, Alan Johnson
  • Patent number: 11334904
    Abstract: Examples described herein relate to apparatus and methods for managing rewards for a customer of a financial institution, including but not limited to, determining a transaction pattern associated with transactions made by the customer, determining a deviation from the transaction pattern, determining an event associated with the customer based on the deviation, and determining rewards that correspond to the event for the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Mohammed Ahmed, Robin M. Carter, Megan Collins, H. Brock Kolls, Minhthe Luu, David Patron, Sarah W. Phelps, Barry Trexler
  • Patent number: 11312607
    Abstract: Upon selection of a product selection icon on a user interface of a beverage vendor, a price per amount of the product is displayed to clearly depict product costs while also providing flexibility for having products of different price points. After selection of the product and upon successful payment validation, a dispensing gauge displays an amount of product dispensed and total current cost of a dispensing session at a location of the product selection icon. A selectable dispense icon is provided upon the successful payment to facilitate dispensing the selected product and a product icon is provided proximate to the selectable dispense icon. Within the dispensing session, upon selection of a second product selection icon, the dispensing gauge moves to the second product selection icon and accumulates additional cost for the transaction based on a cost per amount of a second product associated with the second product selection icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Akhil Karibandi, Doug McDougall
  • Patent number: 11305979
    Abstract: The present invention provides a smart and automated system that is used for refueling of frac truck tanks during fracturing operations. The system is used to refuel the frac truck tanks which are constantly working in the high pressure and high-temperature zone for the fracturing of the wellbore to extract oil and gas. For safety, the system is equipped with explosion/fire free wiring system. The system incorporates inventive fuel valve to avoid the fuel clogging that increases the frac truck performance. The system employs artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud-based software for ease of operation and to maximize economic performance. The system is equipped with artificial intelligence and Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) software and incorporates charge pump and loop systems which maintain a predetermined pressure (in Pounds per Square Inch (PSI) unit) in each loop so as to maximize the performance and control function in the refueling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Permian Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Alpesh Kadakia, Ryan Burries, Brent Bruner, Fernando Garcia, Danny Jones
  • Patent number: 11270285
    Abstract: A fuel pre-purchasing and sharing system (and associated methods) is disclosed herein. The system allows consumers to pre-purchase fuel at a pre-purchased price, and redeem pre-purchased fuel at a subsequent time regardless of the current price of fuel posted at the point of re-fueling. The pre-purchased price can be based on current fuel prices of fuel at one or more service stations that are near to a consumer at the time that the fuel is pre-purchased. Pre-purchased fuel of one or more grades of fuel can be held in a pre-purchased fuel tank. The pre-purchased fuel tank can be shared with other consumers such that the other consumers can redeem pre-purchased fuel held in the pre-purchased fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Z Energy Limited
    Inventors: Scott K. Bishop, Cody Iddings
  • Patent number: 11270325
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a collaborative offer portal is provided. A proposed offer is received from a manufacturer, including an offer structure and a number of consumers they wish to target. Transaction logs of a retailer are accessed to determine an audience for the offer by calculating a return on investment (ROI) for the customer base using the retailer's records given the offer type. The consumers are then grouped by their ROI distribution, and the ROI for the deal is calculated based upon the offer size in light of this distribution. From the offer ROI a discount percentage to be paid by the retailer versus the merchant can be created. The retailer may then choose to accept the offer for deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Eversight, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony Ventrice, Michael Montero, Jamie Rapperport
  • Patent number: 11263579
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a network of autonomous vehicles, such as autonomous ground vehicles (“AGVs”) that deliver items to and/or from a destination location and/or perform a service. For example, a community (e.g., neighborhood, apartment complex) may include a plurality of autonomous vehicles that deliver payloads to different locations (e.g., homes, apartments) within the community for use or consumption. Some of the payloads are community items (e.g., microwave, stove top, cooking utensils) that are shared by members of the community and transferred between locations within the community by autonomous vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hilliard Bruce Siegel, Pragyana K. Mishra, Darren Ernest Canavor, Ethan Zane Evans, Tye Michael Brady
  • Patent number: 11250524
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating the ordering and generation of a beverage. The system and method are configured to receive an electrical signal in response to the activation by a second user of an electronic link corresponding to a recipe for the beverage shared by a first user. The system and method are further configured to generate a user interface having a user-selectable or user-inputtable order field for allowing the second user to order the beverage. The system and method are still further configured to receive an order for the beverage responsive to a user input made via the order field, and The system and method are yet still further configured to command the generation of the beverage responsive to the receipt of the order, and to effect the presentation of the beverage to the second user at a specified pickup location following the generation of the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: COSTA EXPRESS LTD.
    Inventors: John Serafino Craparo, Charles F. Studor, J. Kevin Nater, Jeffrey William Mulhausen, Marwan Hassoun
  • Patent number: 11238429
    Abstract: A system for providing a payment includes a processor and a memory configured to cause the system to receive a payment request representative of a payment amount, a payor identification, and a payee identification. The system includes means for determining payor cash holdings and payor available credit as well as authenticating the validity of a payment request and identity of the payor via received biometric data from a payor device. The system may further receive data representative of payee approved payment methods and determine a payment composition based on the payment amount, payor payment preferences, payor cash holdings and payor available credit. Based on the payee approved payment methods, the system may determine one or more payment types. The system may convey the payment amount to the payee in the form of one or more payment types and may fund the payment amount according to the payment composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Cohn, Katelyn Schultz, Fouad Alkisswani, Richard Elliott, Kylen Dau, Rajsaday Dutt, Marcelo Jabif Epsztejn
  • Patent number: 11238510
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a merchant-customer engagement system include a physical merchant location in which a customer may be tracked to determine products within the physical merchant location that the customer is interested in. A merchant may use a wearable merchant device that is configured to identify the customer via a camera that captures an image of the customer, and that image may be used to retrieve customer account information for that customer. Using the customer account information and the products that the customer is showing interest in, the wearable merchant device may be used to display merchant-customer engagement information next to a view of the customer to allow the merchant to help the customer while utilizing a variety of displayed information about the customer including, for example, past purchases, products browsed in-store and previously browsed online, time spent in an area of the physical merchant location, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Ellison
  • Patent number: 11227338
    Abstract: A method and system for processing communications between travel service providers and travel insurers where travel service providers use different messaging formats. A travel service provider transmits itinerary data to a travel insurer in one messaging format. The travel insurer may then convert the itinerary data into a format compatible with the travel insurer's system and determine an optimal policy choice based on the itinerary data. The travel insurer may then transmit this choice to the travel service provider in the travel service provider's preferred messaging format, and the travel service provider offers the product to the consumer through the travel service provider's interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Ellison Scudder, John Selle, Robert Azuma, Jeff Schafer
  • Patent number: 11223596
    Abstract: Technologies are provided for generation of composite messages using qualifying events corresponding to respective ticketed performances and qualifying actions of a subscriber of a service platform. By analyzing qualifying events and qualifying actions jointly, the disclosed technologies supply a number of contextually-relevant individual messages collected in a composite message that is delivered to the subscriber periodically. The individual messages describe ticketed performances that are relevant to the subscriber. The composite message also provides reasons for the inclusion of the individual messages in the composite message. The individual messages can be arranged within the composite message according to a layout based on a ranking of priority scores. Each priority score conveys a level of relevancy of a ticketed performance with respect to a subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: StubHub, Inc.
    Inventors: Torey Glenn Klucznik, Eric Robert Anderson, Christopher Camillo Lanzafame
  • Patent number: 11212100
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating use of physical tokens in a transit system are disclosed. In one implementation, a method for facilitating use of physical tokens by a server includes generating a token identifier and generating, using a private key associated with the server, a cryptographic signature based on the token identifier. The method further includes transmitting the token identifier and the cryptographic signature to a token dispenser. The token dispenser is configured to dispense a physical token, and the physical token is configured to provide the token identifier and the cryptographic signature to a token validator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: moovel North America, LLC
    Inventors: David Sharpe, William Derocher, Zachary Babb, Brian Young, Tim Roberts, Sopia Maletz, Matthew Rotter, Mitch Drew
  • Patent number: 11200565
    Abstract: Enabling an unattended device to accept card present transactions comprises establishing short-range wireless communication between the unattended device and an application on a mobile device of a cardholder. The unattended device includes a card reader and wireless interface. The unattended device receives a transaction amount for a transaction between the cardholder and the unattended device. The card reader on the unattended device reads account information from a payment card of the cardholder presented to the card reader. The unattended device encrypts the account information and the transaction amount to generate encrypted transaction data. The unattended device transmits the encrypted transaction data to the application on the mobile device using the short-range wireless communication for forwarding to a payment processing network using a network link of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventor: Yuexi Chen
  • Patent number: 11177965
    Abstract: A system for providing quality of service (QoS) levels to clients requesting certificates from a certificate management service is provided. The system includes an application programming interface (API) operable to receive certificate requests from each of a plurality of clients, each certificate request including a client identifier, a QoS manager operable to distribute the certificate requests to a corresponding client queue of a plurality of client queues based on the client identifier, select, based on at least one of a workflow and a client priority level, one or more of the certificate requests distributed to the plurality of client queues, and transmit the selected one or more certificate requests to a QoS queue of the certificate management service for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: INTEGRITY SECURITY SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Alan T. Meyer, Daniel R. Fynaardt
  • Patent number: 11176597
    Abstract: A store having an automated checkout can automatically associate multiple shoppers with a single purchase. For example, a mother and her children can walk independently through the store and select items. Upon checkout, the items selected by the mother and children can all be charged to the mother's credit card in a single purchase. The system and method discussed herein can capture images of multiple shoppers from one or more video streams of a store area, can associate the multiple shoppers with one another from the captured images when the multiple shoppers appear together in a check-in area of the store, can track the movement of the multiple shoppers within the store from the captured images, can track items selected by the multiple shoppers from the captured images, and can initiate a transaction that charges the selected items to an account associated with one of the multiple shoppers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Brent Vance Zucker, Adam Justin Lieberman
  • Patent number: 11164452
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, systems and methods for managing parking monitoring and enforcement. In one aspect, a method of determining whether a vehicle is present in a parking space includes monitoring the parking space with a first vehicle detection technique utilizing image processing and monitoring the parking space with a second vehicle detection technique that does not utilize image processing. The parking space can be monitored with a third vehicle detection technique that is different than the first and second vehicle detection techniques. A conclusion that a vehicle has entered or left the parking space can be determined upon a agreement of the multiple techniques employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Municipal Parking Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Moran, Richard W. Kelley, II, Marcus N. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11164143
    Abstract: The automated dry-cleaning pickup is a kiosk. The automated dry-cleaning pickup is configured for use with a dry cleaning building. The automated dry-cleaning pickup distributes one or more dry cleaned apparel items to a client of the dry cleaning building. The automated dry-cleaning pickup comprises an antechamber, a door, and an access control system. The antechamber contains the one or more dry cleaned apparel items for delivery. The door controls the access of the client into the antechamber. The access control system: a) identifies the one or more dry cleaned apparel items requested by the client; b) locates and transports the identified one or more dry cleaned apparel items from a storage location to the antechamber; and, c) unlocks the door such that the client has access to the one or more dry cleaned apparel items in the antechamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Willie Gray
  • Patent number: 11157938
    Abstract: An automated teller machine (ATM) includes a network interface, an input/output device configured to exchange data with a customer, and a processing circuit comprising a processor and memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Megan Collins, Sarah W. Phelps, Matthew S. Rogers
  • Patent number: 11138823
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a display control unit that, when at least one NFC antenna has performed close-range wireless communication, effects a display of a communication prompter image that indicates the position of an NFC antenna which is different from the at least one NFC antenna and that prompts for close-range wireless communication with the different NFC antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masafumi Ueno, Naoki Shiobara, Masaaki Moriya
  • Patent number: 11126985
    Abstract: This disclosure describes, in part, techniques for integrating functionality across multiple applications. For instance, an electronic device may operate an application in a first mode of operation, wherein the first mode of operation is associated with a first type of business. Based at least in part on operating the application in the first mode of operation, the electronic device may provide a first user interface that includes one or more first input options associated with the first type of business. The electronic device may then receive input associated with operating the application in a second mode operation, wherein the second mode of operation is associated with a second type of business. Based on the input, the electronic device may operate the application in the second mode of operation, which includes providing a second user interface that includes one or more second input options associated with the second type of business.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Reyelts, Travis Schmeisser, John Joseph LaBanca, Jr., Cynthia Lobb
  • Patent number: 11100745
    Abstract: A settlement processing system S is configured to perform a settlement process for a product picked up by a user based on information for settlement of the user, when closing of a door 12 of a vending machine 1 is detected after opening of the door 12 is detected. In addition, the settlement processing system S is configured to perform the settlement process for the product picked up by the user based on the information for settlement of the user, in a state in which the closing of the door 12 of the vending machine 1 is not detected after the opening of the door 12 is detected, when the state in which the user has moved from the vending machine 1 is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Rakuten Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Takumi Yamato, Toshiaki Tazume
  • Patent number: 11087298
    Abstract: An unattended, automated checkout, computer-controlled automated store outlet and system is disclosed. A customer's identification and payment information are inputted and verified and the customer qualified to remove items from the automated store outlet. Each bay of the automated store outlet is normally locked, and after the customer accesses the bay can remove one or more items from the bay, which are automatically detected and identified and charged to the customer as part of the purchase transaction. These events occur at the location of each automated store outlet. Each automated store outlet communicates with a central control center, which can be used for live customer service and real time surveillance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Ronny Hay
  • Patent number: 11074580
    Abstract: A method and device for retrofitting a machine controller to accommodate one or more electronic peripheral devices is disclosed herein. A device with processor(s), memory, a slave interface, and host interface(s) performs as a virtual peripheral by registering itself as a slave to the machine controller coupled with the slave interface and performs as a virtual machine controller by registering peripheral(s) coupled with the host interface(s) as slaves to the device. The device receives a command from the machine controller via the slave interface and, in response to receiving the command: sends an acknowledgement to the machine controller via the slave interface; and relays the command to a respective peripheral via a respective one of the host interface(s), where the device sends signals to and from the machine controller asynchronous of sending signals to and from the peripheral(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: PAYRANGE INC.
    Inventor: Paresh K. Patel