With Vending Patents (Class 235/381)
  • Patent number: 10246056
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention may include a method, computer program product and computer system for optimizing course understanding. The method, computer program product and computer system may include a computing device to receive fueling location data and vehicle identification data of a vehicle from a radio frequency identification (RFID) transceiver from a plurality of fueling stations. The RFID transceiver may receive the vehicle identification data at the RFID transceiver from a cryptographic RFID transponder as part of the vehicle. The computing device may receive user authentication signals authorizing a plurality of fueling stations from an authorized user of the vehicle. The computing device may determine from the fueling location data, the vehicle identification data, and the user authentication signals one or more fueling patterns. The computing device may detect a fueling location deviating from the one or more fueling patterns send an alert to an authorized device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Itzhack Goldberg, Harry R. McGregor, Christopher B. Moore, Neil Sondhi
  • Patent number: 10216152
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for parameterizing a device with parameters from a parameter list, wherein in an event of a match occurring between an external parameter token calculated externally based on the parameter list, and an internal parameter token calculated internally by the device to be parameterized based on the parameter list, an external device token input into the device is compared with an internal device token, which is calculated internally by the device to be parameterized based on a device ID for the device and the internal parameter token to validate the parameter list such that fast and reliable parameterization of a device, particularly a safety critical device, which is provided in an industrial installation or a vehicle, is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Konstantin Keutner, Wolfgang Trumler, Michael Klotzbach
  • Patent number: 10192407
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for facilitating cash payment for online gaming including systems and methods for generating a player input screen for a game provider; receiving information for a player via the player input screen; presenting one or more points-of-service to the player; generating a token that is a reference to the player information; providing the token to the player; receiving a confirmation that the player presented the token and a payment having a payment amount at one of the points-of-service; receiving a portion of the payment amount received at the point-of-service; and transmitting a portion of the payment amount received at the point-of-service and a portion of the player information to the game provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Handle Financial, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Capps
  • Patent number: 10167153
    Abstract: Baseline values for metal detection readings associated with an item inserted into an infeed mouth of a depository are obtained before the item is pinched on a pathway of the depository. The baseline values are adjusted by additional readings obtained when the item is pinched on the pathway for transport. The adjusted baseline values are processed with calculated values from ongoing and fluctuating current readings to determine at least one final value. A determination is made as to whether the item includes at least some metal based on comparison of the at least one final value and a predefined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Slavko Seremet
  • Patent number: 10163148
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for using wireless beacons to manage shopping lists. One of the methods includes receiving, from a user, a selection of one or more items available for purchase at a physical store location of a store. A user device receives a signal from a wireless beacon installed in a particular section of the physical store location, wherein the signal emitted by the wireless beacon identifies the particular section of the store. If one or more items in the shopping list are located in the particular section, the one or more identified items that are located in the particular section are presented on a display device of the user device such that they appear above one or more items in the shopping list data that are not located in the particular section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventors: Shuvo Chatterjee, Rishi Garg
  • Patent number: 10134274
    Abstract: Various devices, systems, products and methods for customizing a remote control are presented. Sensors are optionally used to aid in the identification of users and user specific remote control configurations and layouts are optionally automatically loaded upon determination that a different user is handling the remote control. The devices, systems, products and methods are useful for minimizing inadvertent changes to system setting and modes due to unanticipated or accidental presses of buttons on a remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Ekaterina Filatova, Andrey Kuplevakhsky
  • Patent number: 10131529
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a system including a modular dispensing system, at least one dispensing head at a counter, a transfer unit located remotely from the counter, and piping extending from the transfer unit to the counter. In one aspect, the transfer unit comprises a centralized flavor ingredient system having a plurality of beverage flavor ingredient sources, and the piping comprises a main micro bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven T. Jersey, William W. Segiet, Tom Siegel, Eddie Kali, Joseph H. Boggs, Robert Balstad
  • Patent number: 10096059
    Abstract: Interactive Self-Service (SS) display mechanisms are provided. A SST includes a first display and a second display. The first display is operable to present information relevant to a transaction at the SST. The second display is operable to simultaneously present information relevant to a status of the SST and information unrelated to the status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Wayne Taylor, Harold George Bolich, III
  • Patent number: 10068550
    Abstract: A point-of-sale system includes a computing device, such as a mobile phone or tablet, and a payment object reader communicatively coupled to the computing device that is used to acquire data from a payment object reader. The payment object reader includes an optical output device. The brightness of the optical output device is controlled by the payment object reader depending on the brightness of the computing device coupled to the payment object reader. The brightness level of the optical output device of the payment object reader, which can be a near field communication (NFC) signal strength indicator having four light-emitting-diodes (LEDs), is coordinated to the brightness level of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventor: Grace Huey Chen
  • Patent number: 10059358
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for preventing theft of mobile objects which are used by for temporary time period by anonymous users. The system is comprised of: at least one locking mechanism engaging a mobile object to a secure locking arrangement, wherein the locking mechanism can be unlocked by a remote communication device, an identifying tag attached to said mobile object including an identifying code, a controller network device including identification data of plurality of mobile objects, said controller device is enabled to send unlocking instruction to at least one locking mechanism and a mobile communication device enabled to send electronic message to said controller network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: NOMIL LTD.
    Inventors: Yehuda Margalit, Ruth Margalit
  • Patent number: 10048913
    Abstract: A method for managing an electronic document (ED) using an electronic content management (ECM) system, including: receiving a submission comprising the ED; generating a unique identifier (UID), a first version number, and a first mapping linking the UID and the first version number to the ED; inserting a first symbol corresponding to the UID and the first version number into the ED; generating a first archived document corresponding to the ED and comprising the first symbol; distributing the first archived document; receiving a submission comprising a revised version of the ED from a user; generating a second version number and a second mapping linking the UID and the second version number to the revised version; inserting a second symbol corresponding to the UID and the second version number into the revised version; and generating a second archived document corresponding to the revised version and comprising the second symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Kirk Steven Tecu
  • Patent number: 10013669
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product are provided to manage inventory. The method includes: obtaining, by a processor, a signal of decodable indicia; decoding, by the processor, the signal of decodable indicia to access decoded data, where the decoded data includes information identifying an object, where the object includes a plurality of items. Based on the information identifying the object, the processor obtains, from a memory, a visual representation of a portion of the object. The visual representation is divided into a plurality of regions and each region represents an item of the plurality of items. The processor displays the visual representation on a client and obtains a designation of at least one of the plurality of regions. Based on obtaining the designation the processor generates an order request for an item represented by the at least one of the plurality of regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: RAM HEALTHCARE GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Michael T McCullough, Thomas W Higginbotham, James Robert Camire, Thomas Edward Hennel
  • Patent number: 10000128
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention allow multi-space meters and gated parking systems to separately manage and control electric vehicle charging stations located in conjunction with parking spaces. Control is implemented by the meters or other management systems providing codes, for example by printing them on a parking pass or receipt. When entered into the electric vehicle charging station, the code initiates a predetermined interval of charging, or an interval of charging selected by the patron during a transaction with the meter. The code is typically a multi-digit number, and may be encrypted to resist fraud. Data representative of the receipt, including the code, may be made available from an online server and delivered to a parking patron's smartphone or other portable device, whereby parking and vehicle charging may be obtained without first visiting a parking management kiosk and then returning to the vehicle to initiate charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Liberty PlugIns, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Outwater, William Gibbens Redmann
  • Patent number: 9990593
    Abstract: Systems and methods for fingerprint recognition-based event admission are provided. A user may use a user device to purchase a ticket for an event and provide a fingerprint scanned on the user device to a fingerprint validation system. The fingerprint validation system may associate the purchased ticket with the user and store the fingerprint template associated with the user as a reference template. When the user arrives at an entrance of the event, the user may scan a fingerprint at a fingerprint scan device at the entrance. Fingerprint validation system may compare the received fingerprint template with stored fingerprint reference templates, validate that the user is associated with a purchased ticket, and grant access to the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventor: Yongzhi Nie
  • Patent number: 9969604
    Abstract: A system for confirming that a liquid product is to be dispensed into a storage tank from a tanker compartment before dispensing the liquid product is disclosed. A wand computing device generates a liquid product identification signal that identifies the liquid product contained in the storage tank when positioned within proximity of a storage tank tag associated with the storage tank. A dispense monitoring computing device attempts to match the liquid product identified by the liquid product identification signal to the liquid products identified as contained in tanker compartments. The dispense monitoring computing device generates a signal to notify the operator that an appropriate tanker compartment contains liquid product that is the same as the liquid product contained by the storage tank and can be dispensed into the storage tank when the liquid product contained by the storage tank matches the liquid product contained by the appropriate tanker compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Dixon Valve and Coupling Company
    Inventors: Robert C. Koeninger, Brian DeYoung, Garth L. Dexter
  • Patent number: 9953508
    Abstract: This application generally relates to systems and methods for authenticating a bulk quantity of a consumable product with a corresponding product. More specifically, the invention associates a bulk quantity of the consumable product with a product parameter such as a consumption rate of the consumable product within the corresponding product; provides and authorizes a key and/or reader with the bulk quantity and consumption rate data to a specific corresponding product wherein the bulk quantity and consumption rate data are correlated to a maximum consumption quantity value; monitoring consumption of the consumable product within the corresponding product until the maximum consumption quantity value is reached; and providing an event output to the corresponding product when the maximum consumption quantity value is realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Smart Wave Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Peter Zosimadis, Scott McMullen
  • Patent number: 9954835
    Abstract: Methods and systems for facilitating exchanges of keys between individuals across multiple locations are provided. Each key set is assigned a unique key identifier. The key identifier is encoded on a key chain attached to the key set. A key set is picked up or dropped off at a key exchange center and is scanned to read the key identifier. The key identifier is relayed to a key exchange server which tracks key locations. The key exchange server verifies that an individual is authorized to pick up a key set and provides instructions to a device at the key exchange center to enable access to the key set. The key exchange server coordinates drop-off of a key set by updating the key location associated with the key identifier at drop-off and providing instructions to a device at the key exchange center for storage of the key set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Keycafe Inc.
    Inventors: Clayton Carter Brown, Jason Robert Crabb
  • Patent number: 9937812
    Abstract: An electric vehicle charging system includes logic collocated with an electric service panel to monitor a total present electric current consumption value for all electric consumers below a point in the service panel; a first input to receive the present electric current consumption value from the logic collocated with the service panel, and to compare the present electric current consumption value with a maximum current capacity value for the service panel; a second input to receive electric current from the service panel; an output to supply electric charging power to at least one electric vehicle; and logic to set an electric charging current drawn from the service panel through the second input and provided to the electric vehicle charging output to a value less than a difference between the maximum current capacity for the service panel and a sum of the present electric current consumption value and the current consumption value of a largest expected electric consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CHARGEPOINT, INC.
    Inventor: James A Billmaier
  • Patent number: 9934552
    Abstract: A method for supplying visually encoded image data for displaying through a mobile end device includes supplying a datum. A device type of the end device is ascertained on the basis of a user identity which is assigned to a security element integrated into the end device. On the basis of the device type of the end device, the device properties of the end device are ascertained which influence a displaying of visually encoded image data on the end device. On the basis of the ascertained device properties, an image data representation information item is generated for generating visually encoded image data for the end device in device-specific fashion. Finally, the visually encoded image data are generated based on the image data representation information item in device-specific fashion for representing the datum on the end device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: GIESECKE+DEVRIENT MOBILE SECURITY GMBH
    Inventor: Vui Huang Tea
  • Patent number: 9922221
    Abstract: A barcode reading enhancement system includes an attachment for a mobile device, such as a smartphone, tablet, or a hybrid combination thereof, with a camera. The attachment may include an optics system that cooperates with the mobile device camera to facilitate the capture of decodable barcodes. The optics system may increase the camera's depth of field, increase ratio of focal length to entrance pupil diameter, and/or decrease the angular size of the field of view of the camera. The system includes a mobile barcode reading application for setting a camera lens of the camera to one of a plurality of predetermined focus positions or enabling autofocus of the camera within a limited range of focus positions less than a full range of focus positions of the camera. The application may cause the camera to capture an image of a barcode and decode the image of the barcode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Code Corporation
    Inventors: Ming Lei, Ryan Hoobler, Garrett Russell, George Powell, Mark Ashby
  • Patent number: 9911154
    Abstract: A smart payment device is issued to a user; the device is capable of both offline and online transactions and has a total available balance split. The split is between an available offline balance and an available online balance. It is determined whether the user has entered a primarily offline environment or will imminently enter a primarily offline environment. If this is so, the total available balance split is redistributed to favor offline transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Aaron Baker, Colin Tanner
  • Patent number: 9911104
    Abstract: An apparatus that operates to cause financial transfers responsive to data read from data bearing records, includes at least one processor that is in operative connection with a card reader, a check acceptor, a cash dispenser and a display. The at least one processor causes the machine to operate to read card data from a user card, and to cause a determination to be made that the read card data corresponds to an authorized financial account. The at least one processor is operative to cause data to be read from a check and/or cash to be dispensed, and a financial transfer to or from the account corresponding to the value thereof. Machine instructions are output and user transaction inputs can be received through either a primary or an auxiliary touch screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul D. Magee, James Block, Randall W. Jenkins, Tim Crews, Michael J. Harty, Richard C. Lute, Klaus Steinbach, Natarajan Ramachandran, Songtao Ma, Sathish Irudayam, Robert Konecny, James D. Atkinson
  • Patent number: 9880682
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (CD) comprising a capacitive keyboard (KB) constituted of a plurality of keys (KY), each key comprising an active electrode (AEL) and an active ground plane (AGP), a microcontroller (MC) connected to said keyboard (KB) through active electrode (AEL) and active ground plane (AGP). Said microcontroller (MC) is adapted for managing said keyboard (KB) in a reverse manner for emulating a sequence of tactile contacts on a capacitive screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: GEMALTO SA
    Inventors: Fran├žois-Xavier Marseille, Michel Thill
  • Patent number: 9875473
    Abstract: A payment module with one or more processors, memory, a short-range wireless transceiver (e.g., BLE), and a first interface module configured to couple the payment module with a control unit of an offline-payment operated machine that includes a coin receiving switch. The payment module receives a transaction request via the short-range wireless transceiver from a respective mobile device to perform a transaction with the offline-payment operated machine. In accordance with receiving the request, the payment module causes the offline-payment operated machine to perform the requested transaction by issuing one or more electronic pulses emulating one or more signals issued by the coin receiving switch to perform the transaction to the control unit of the offline-payment operated machine via the first interface module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: PAYRANGE INC.
    Inventor: Paresh K. Patel
  • Patent number: 9870344
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for adjusting ordinal positions for content item slots in response to determining that a content item slot with a highest slot ordinal position relative to the other content item slots in a resource is not within a viewport area. Adjusting the adjusting ordinal positions of either the content item slots or content items to be served in the content item slots ensures that a content item slot in the viewport displays a content item with a highest respective ordinal position in a ranking relative to other content items is rendered in the content item slot within the viewport area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Momchil Filev, Martin B. Freund
  • Patent number: 9864986
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses related to linking a monetary value card with a payment card. In some embodiments, a payer uses a gift card to pay for a purchase. The gift card is swiped by a point of sale (POS) system, and a computer system processes a payment. The computer system causes the POS system to display a message prompting the payer to provide an email address for an electronic receipt. The payer provides the email address, which the computer system uses to determine that the payer has a payment card. The computer system sends a message to the payer asking if he would like to link the gift card with the payment card, to which the payer responds affirmatively. The payer later uses the payment card to initiate a payment, and the computer system processes the payment based on the gift card that is linked with the payment card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Wells White, Jianliang Zhao, Christopher Lang Mocko, Zhimin Ren
  • Patent number: 9858462
    Abstract: System and method for collecting object identification data from a plurality of objects that interact with a vehicle during operation of the vehicle, where the vehicle interacts with specific objects at specific geographical positions. An identification sensor is coupled to a geographical position sensor, and whenever an object is identified a record is generated, the record including the identification of the object, the position of the vehicle when the interaction between the object and the vehicle occurs, and the time of the interaction. Exemplary objects include passengers, containers, and documents. Exemplary interactions include loading/unloading an object from the vehicle, boarding a passenger, unloading a passenger, transferring a bulk material from the vehicle into a specific container, and/or transferring a bulk material from a specific container to the vehicle. The record may also include additional data about a parameter of the object (such as the object's weight, volume, or temperature).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: ZONAR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Michael McQuade, Brett Brinton
  • Patent number: 9852411
    Abstract: Disclosed is a card payment apparatus. An aspect of the present invention is directed to provide a card payment apparatus, which is accessed to a portable communication apparatus or a computer without a card terminal, and then, performs a payment process by using a contactless card or a contact card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Hye Jin Jeong, Hye Ran Jeong
  • Patent number: 9836975
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for implementing an exception to a parking restriction, the exception being a parking area defined by one or more coordinates, includes monitoring an area including the parking area; detecting a vehicle in the monitored area; determining whether the detected vehicle is positioned within the parking area; and determining whether the vehicle has permission to park in the parking area. The parking area is not marked on the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Grid Smarter Cities Limited
    Inventor: Neil Andrew Herron
  • Patent number: 9836275
    Abstract: A user device having a voice recognition function and an operation method thereof are provided. The operation method includes detecting whether there is an input from at least one sensor in response to execution of an application which may use voice recognition and activating or inactivating the voice recognition in response to the detection of the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soon-Hyun Cha, Yang-Su Kim, Jae-Wan Cho, Sun-Min Hwang
  • Patent number: 9832346
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a user interface, circuitry, and an image forming device. The user interface receives, from an applicant, an instruction for selecting a desired application form having an entry field in which personal information is to be entered, and receives an input of individual authentication information of the applicant. The circuitry unlocks an IC card based upon the individual authentication information of the applicant to acquire personal information of the applicant from the IC card, and generates an application form for output from a template of the selected application form and the personal information acquired from the IC card. The image forming device outputs the generated application form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kohichi Hirai, Atsuhisa Saitoh
  • Patent number: 9824402
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for employee time entry using an automation and security system. An apparatus for employee time entry includes a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory which are executable by a processor to request employee login at a control panel of an automation and security system at initiation of the employee's work shift, request employee logout at the control panel at completion of the employee's work shift, and collect data related to at least one of employee work hours, shift frequency, and employee cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg Fairbanks, Brandon Hatch
  • Patent number: 9785946
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for updating merchant information regarding card-not-present recurring payment (CNP/RP) transactions is provided, wherein the method involves a recurring transaction initiated by a cardholder using payment card information stored by a merchant. The method includes querying a database coupled to a payment network to identify a candidate payment card having stale payment card data. The stale payment card data includes at least an existing expiration date that is within a predetermined period of time of a selected calendar date. The method also includes querying the database to identify at least one recent transaction involving the candidate payment card. The recent transaction includes payment card data having an updated expiration date. The method further includes notifying the merchant that the existing expiration date has been replaced with the updated expiration date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventor: Sharon A. Rosano
  • Patent number: 9781261
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer-readable media for managing and evaluating leads from incoming calls are provided. A first inbound call from a first caller may be received. A first set of information identifying characteristics of the first inbound call may be processed. A second set of information identifying characteristics of the first inbound call may be determined based on the first set of information. A first category may be matched to the first inbound call. A first receiver may be determined. A second inbound call from a second caller may be received. A third set of information identifying characteristics of the second inbound call may be processed. A fourth set of information identifying characteristics of the second inbound call may be determined based on the third set of information. A second category may be matched to the second inbound call. A second receiver may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: YP LLC
    Inventors: Mehul Jain, Karthik Raman, Chitiksha Shah, Kent William Laux, Deepak Kumar Thakral
  • Patent number: 9773018
    Abstract: A method, system, and article of manufacture for disambiguating ambiguous queries based on location information. The system receives a query and location information for where the query was transmitted. Business information is requested from a GPS service. Based on the business information, a plurality of item categories are constrained to an item category related to the business information that satisfies the query. The constrained item category is sent to the user. The system may detect the absence of an item category related to the business information that satisfies the query, and may then determine one or more item category that does not meet the query but is related to the business information, to provide to the user. Other information related to the transmission of the query, such as the type of device, background audio, and the activity of the user, may used to constrain the plurality of item categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Cheung
  • Patent number: 9764604
    Abstract: A fuel dispensing installation employs multiple fuel islands with fuel dispensers and multiple fuel/travel lanes. The installation employs a communication/controller system for automatically identifying a vehicle, and upon authorizing the vehicle, allowing fuel to be dispensed to said vehicle, determining the quantity of fuel dispensed to the vehicle and securing the dispenser when the vehicle leaves a detection zone. The detection system employs RFID tags placed at both the driver side and the passenger side of the vehicle. Generally oppositely oriented antennas define a detection zone for each of the lanes. A light indicates whether the vehicle is authorized for receiving fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Control Module, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Bianco, John Fahy
  • Patent number: 9747608
    Abstract: Methods and systems for processing negotiable economic credits through, or at the request of, a hand held device in association with a third-party provider communicative with the hand held device and/or a point of sale. At least one negotiable economic credit can be transferred from a third-party provider communicative with the hand held device to the hand held device and/or point of sale. The negotiable economic credit can be stored within a memory of the hand held device and/or point of sale for retrieval and processing at a point of sale associated with a retail establishment and/or by a hand held device. The negotiable economic credit can be associated with a security module for protecting the privacy of the negotiable economic credit. A user profile can be compiled for utilization during the retrieval of the negotiable economic credit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Rateze Remote Mgmt LLC
    Inventors: Luis M. Ortiz, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 9741051
    Abstract: Processing of a transaction involving one or more third-parties and offers is described. Certain embodiments allow for suspending a received authorization request message which includes a transaction amount and a token mapped to a primary account number. One or more third-parties may be queried for an offer or discount eligible towards the transaction. The authorization request message may be adjusted to reflect one or more eligible offers from the one or more third-parties. The authorization request message may also be adjusted to replace the token with the mapped PAN. The authorization request message may then be sent to an issuer for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Andrew Carpenter, Glenn Powell, Patrick Stan, Ryan Hagey, Michael Mori, Steve Cracknell, Mark Carlson, Gourab Basu
  • Patent number: 9733678
    Abstract: A component carrier can have a housing forming a receiving space configured to receive at least one component through a receiving opening. A pivotable sidewall can be coupled to the housing and transitionable between an open configuration and a closed configuration. A releasable latch coupled to the front portion of the housing capable of being secured the pivotable sidewall in the closed configuration. In the open configuration, the receiving opening is accessible. In the closed configuration, the pivotable sidewall secured to the housing by the releasable latch and the receiving opening is inaccessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER, INC.
    Inventors: Wei-Pin Chen, Chao-Jung Chen, Po-Chen Liu
  • Patent number: 9727741
    Abstract: Confidential content within a file is masked for display on a flexible display device. A legend relating the masking to the confidential content is displayed in a hidden area created by bending the flexible display device. The flexible display device monitors secondary users and their gaze towards the flexible display device and the hidden area to determine if unauthorized secondary users can see the display and hidden area of the flexible display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Sarbajit K. Rakshit, Craig M. Trim
  • Patent number: 9727285
    Abstract: In an information processing apparatus according to this invention, a plurality of pieces of batch setting information each configured by a plurality of pieces of print setting information are registered in advance. A setting of print setting information, use of which is inhibited, of the plurality of pieces of print setting information is accepted. Batch setting information including the print setting information, use of which is inhibited, is specified from the plurality of pieces of batch setting information. Then, a setting screen which allows the user to select pieces of non-specified batch setting information, and does not allow the user to select the specified batch setting information is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ozaki
  • Patent number: 9723098
    Abstract: A time a user of a client application is likely to access a preferred network connection is predicted. A pre-download index for one or more multimedia content items is calculated, where the pre-download index represents how likely the user is to interact with the one or more multimedia content items at approximately the predicted time. The indexed multimedia content items are ranked based on the pre-download index of each of the one or more multimedia content items. The ranked multimedia content items are provided to the client application at the predicted time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Shabtai, Justin Alexander Shaffer
  • Patent number: 9704147
    Abstract: A method for authorizing access to goods and services, including issuing an access voucher by a voucher issuing device, the access voucher having identification of the goods and services and an identification of the point of sale, presenting the access voucher to a reading device of the point of sale, transferring the identification of the goods and services and the identification of the point of sale by the reading device to a processing device of the point of sale, the processing device having access to a database with stored identification of goods and services and to a database with stored identification of the point of sale, comparing the transferred identification of goods and services and the transferred identification of the point of sale by the processing device with the stored identification of the goods and services and the stored identification of the point of sale, and authorizing access to the goods if the identification matches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: MICROTRONIC AG
    Inventor: Bernard Wahli
  • Patent number: 9704173
    Abstract: A coupon issuing system and a method for managing coupons used for purchasing items of goods. A coupon issuing device receives a request from a user for a coupon pertaining to purchasing an item of goods. The coupon issuing device issues to the user ticket information corresponding to the item. The ticket information includes a coupon identifier (ID) that identifies a coupon for purchasing the item, information pertaining to the user, and a current discount for discounting the item's purchase price. A coupon issuance control server receives notification that the user has exercised the coupon for purchasing the item. The coupon issuance control server transmits a calculated number of remaining exercisable coupons to an advertising contents management server to facilitate display of the number of remaining exercisable coupons to users requesting coupons for purchase of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Toshio Sohya, Hiroko Hoshina, Motokazu Fukui
  • Patent number: 9680943
    Abstract: Methods and systems for transmitting content to a device are described herein. Methods include receiving location information relating to a device that is usable to identify an approximate location of the device; comparing the approximate location of the device with a location of a venue; and transmitting content to the device if the approximate location of the device is within a pre-determined range of the location of the venue for a predetermined range of time. The user can receive the content without the need for the user to be aware of and seek out that content. The transmission of content to the device may depend not only on the user's location, but also on the amount of time the user is at the location. Content may be selected based upon whether the approximate location of the device is within pre-determined ranges of the location of the venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: TWC Patent Trust LLT
    Inventor: Stephen D. Hassett
  • Patent number: 9666223
    Abstract: A tape-based data storage system, according to one embodiment, includes: a tape library having: a plurality cells, each of the cells being configured to store one or more tape cartridges therein, and at least an antenna of a near field communication reader positioned at each of the cells. Moreover, each of the antennas are positioned relative the associated cell to be in direct communication with a near field communication tag coupled to a tape cartridge stored in the associated cell. Other systems, methods, and computer program products are described in additional embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Emmanuel Barajas Gonzalez, Shawn M. Bramblett, Shaun E. Harrington, Benjamin K. Rawlins
  • Patent number: 9659323
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for electronic gift giving. An exemplary embodiment includes providing an internet site for access by a giver, prompting the giver to enter giver identification information, prompting the giver to enter recipient information, prompting the giver to enter a value of a monetary gift, providing a plurality of possible recommended gifts or transfers of funds, prompting the giver to recommend at least one gift or transfer of funds to be effectuated using the monetary gift, prompting the giver to select a presentation template from a plurality of recommended presentation templates, prompting the giver to transfer the value of the monetary gift to a gift account, and storing the value of the monetary gift and the at least one recommended gift or transfer in association with the presentation template for delivery to a recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Morris Friedman
  • Patent number: 9651976
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that may use GPS, barcodes, RF signals, or other electronic technologies, individually or in combination, to identify a location of a substation at which a switching operation is to occur. At the substation location, a device camera or other optical or radio frequency reading apparatus may be used to scan a barcode or other visible indicia to confirm that the correct device or component is being switched before progressing to the next step in the switching order. RF identification, magnetic striping, and other technologies may also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: Greg Williams, Lina Tejada-Cook, Nelson Melendez, Richard Lingenfelder, Sengoda Shanmugham
  • Patent number: 9633192
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting a request are disclosed. The systems and methods may include one or more steps, such as receiving, by an electronic device, request information from an entity. The request information may include a request for approval by a user. The steps may further include transmitting, by the electronic device, data containing the request information to a computing device, receiving, by the electronic device, a symbology corresponding to the request information from the computing device and presenting, by the electronic device, the symbology to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: PAYCHIEF LLC
    Inventors: Andre Gustavo Vellozo Luz, Mauricio Ghetler
  • Patent number: 9633504
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for the purchase of and/or free sampling of products. The systems, methods, and/or apparatus may permit push notifications of purchased products and/or free product samples being available and may permit the use of mobile devices and/or mobile device applications to be used to purchase products or dispense free samples of products via a product dispenser or vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Michael J Kline, Denise Lisa Salvucci