With Vending Patents (Class 235/381)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 11068673
    Abstract: A commodity container includes a main body having a container space, first and second antennas, and a processing circuit. The first antenna is configured to receive tag information from one or more wireless tags in a first range covering at a first region of the container space. The second antenna is configured to receive tag information from one or more wireless tags in a second range covering at a second region the container space. The second range is different from the first range. The processing circuit is configured to store tag information received by the first antenna in a data storage unit, determine whether or not tag information received by the second antenna corresponds to the stored tag information, and generate a control signal for generation of a user notification when the tag information received by the second antenna does not correspond to the stored tag information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaki Kimura
  • Patent number: 11049194
    Abstract: The systems and methods provided herein are directed to a system for identifying and reporting partial refueling events. Fueling stations can evaluate when fuel prices may be negatively impacting revenue due to consumers choosing to not to fill their tanks. Stations may then make adjustments to fuel prices that are responsive to customer behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Do hyuk Kwon
  • Patent number: 11050755
    Abstract: A server receives an association request initiated by a user of a first account. Based on the association request, an account identifier of a second account is identified. The first account is associated with the second account based on the account identifier. In response to associating the first account with the second account, a partial permission is granted to the first account for accessing the second account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xueling Zhang
  • Patent number: 11037138
    Abstract: The THIRD-PARTY VALUE ADDED WALLET FEATURES AND INTERFACES APPARATUSES, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS (“VAW”) facilitates allowing a third party service provider to integrate with an electronic wallet to provide a value-added service to a wallet consumer. The VAW may also be configured to facilitate the creation and funding of pre-paid accounts in a consumer's virtual wallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Tenni Theurer, Thomas Purves, Shilpak Mahadkar, Ayman Hammad
  • Patent number: 11037152
    Abstract: A system for enhanced security credit card has rechargeable battery, memory, processor, LCD display, thumbprint pad, magnetic swipe strip, multi-pin connector and USB port. The card is activated by the thumbprint of an authorized user, thereby turning on the blank LCD display to show a card number, expiration date, and CVV value. Additionally, the multi-pin connector is activated and inserted into credit card processing machine connector. This connection uploads the ‘PIN value, photograph and credit limit of the user on the processing machine display, verifying the user's identity and authorizing the credit card purchase. The use of a magnetic strip for credit card purchase also requires a ‘PIN’ value, which is provided by insertion of a thumbprint activated credit card multi-pin connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Kevin E. Davenport
  • Patent number: 11016557
    Abstract: A method for creating an augmented reality experience. The method includes receiving a value to associate with a stored value token, searching a database for one of products and services that are sold close to the value, matching at least one of a product and a service which is sold close to the value, and creating a record comprising a token identifier and a graphical item representing one of the product and service that is found during matching, receiving a request to initiate the augmented reality experience. The method further includes, in response to the request, preparing data comprising augmented reality information including a video file and the record. The method further includes sending the data over a computer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Home Depot Product Authority, LLC
    Inventors: Nicole Runnels, Madeline Wong, Nathan Clark, Andrew Harper, Mackenzie Squires, Randy Lee Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 11005657
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided that determines a first triggering event in predetermined triggering event information has occurred, in response to a first event, automatically forwards a first communication to a selected third party vendor to preorder a product or service of the selected third party vendor in connection with a transaction with the user, determines a second triggering event in the triggering event information has occurred, and in response to the later second event, automatically sends an authorization to complete the transaction by providing financial information to the selected third party vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: NIO USA, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 10997814
    Abstract: A method of processing a transaction includes receiving a site location code. Site configuration information corresponding to the received site location code is received from a database. That information includes more product record(s), each corresponding to a reservable product or a non-reservable product. A selection of one or more of the product records in the retrieved information is received. If any selected product record corresponds to a reservable product, a reservation command is produced. That command requests reservation of selected reservable product(s). A method of selecting a product includes receiving a location input and determining a site location code with it. The site location code is transmitted and one or more product records are received. Representations of one or more of the received product records are presented and a selection of products is received. An indication of the selection is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Wayne Fueling Systems LLC
    Inventors: Thomas S. Chittenden, Jr., Paul M. Kern, Bradford I. Loewy, Sethuraman Subramanian
  • Patent number: 10991191
    Abstract: In some examples, a system and method for generating a payment instrument are described. The method includes receiving a unique signature that a recipient intends to associate with the payment instrument; verifying that the received feature meets an acceptability criterion; generating a representation of the received signature, wherein the representation is in a form capable of being physically associated with the payment instrument, and wherein association is established by embedding or exposing the representation on the payment instrument; and causing physical generation of the payment instrument having associated therewith the representation of the signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Ayokunle Omojola, Robert Andersen, Daniele Perito, Joachim Bekmann
  • Patent number: 10991251
    Abstract: Methods and systems for automatically monitoring a parking meter associated with a vehicle. The system includes a transceiver configured to receive location data of a mobile device associated with a user of the vehicle. The system includes an electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle configured to receive or determine parking meter data associated with the parking meter. The ECU is configured to determine, based on the parking meter data, whether a time remaining on the parking meter is below a time threshold. The ECU is configured to automatically communicate, to the mobile device, a warning communication indicating the time remaining on the parking meter when the time remaining on the parking meter is below the time threshold and the location data of the mobile device indicates that a location of the mobile device is more than a threshold distance away from a location of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Katsumi Nagata, Divya Sai Toopran
  • Patent number: 10981769
    Abstract: A portable, self-contained beverage apparatus includes a container assembly having a known storage capacity for storing a consumable liquid, and a dispensing assembly disposed within the container assembly that dispenses variable, non-zero quantities of additives into the consumable liquid. The dispensing assembly includes multiple apertures structured and arranged to retain vessels containing the additives to be dispensed into the consumable liquid. The beverage apparatus also includes a level sensor disposed within the container assembly that determines a consumable liquid level of the consumable liquid stored in the container assembly. In certain embodiments, one or more positive displacement pumping mechanisms are configured to pump additive liquid from additive containers into a beverage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: LifeFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lyons, Jonathon Perrelli, Robert Lawson-Shanks, Abraham Maclean, Connor Bacon, James Christopher Small, Jesse John Horne, Simon Lewis Bilton, Matthew James Edwards, Andrew Gordon Wallace, Maxim D. Wheatley, David J. Wheatley, Todd Metlen
  • Patent number: 10977890
    Abstract: The present specification describes to a self-service payment device and a control method thereof. One example method includes determining that a removable cover plate is in a first state, wherein the removable cover plate and a payment box form an enclosed space when the removable cover plate is in the first state, and the top of the payment box is open when the removable cover plate is in a second state; reading, using at least one radio frequency identification (RFID) antenna fastened to at least one inner wall of the payment box, at least one RFID tag, wherein each RFID tag is associated with a merchandise to be paid inside the payment box; and providing payment information based on the at least one RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong Zhang, Huanmi Yin, Li Chen
  • Patent number: 10970378
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to systems and methods for securely generating verifiable machine-readable visual codes. Techniques include identifying a data element to be made available to a computing device, generating a machine-readable visual code including the data element, making available the generated machine-readable visual code to a display medium, such that the generated machine-readable visual code can be decoded from the display medium to yield the data element and can be validated. The computing device's ability to interact with the data element may be conditioned on the validation of the data element being successful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: CyberArk Software Ltd.
    Inventor: Arthur Bendersky
  • Patent number: 10970714
    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: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Blackhawk Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomas Ariel Campos, Patrick Ryan Flanagan
  • Patent number: 10963879
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a sale authorization include detecting vehicle information. A secondary authorization parameter is received and the sale is authorized in response to the secondary authorization parameter being associated with the vehicle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Jason Thomas Pastor
  • Patent number: 10956883
    Abstract: Aspects described herein may allow for prompting a user to access an on-line tool to create an identification element to be added to an exterior surface of a personal card. A server device may prompt the user to select a location for the identification element from a plurality of pre-selected locations on the personal card, each of the plurality of pre-selected locations being proximate edges of the personal card and outward of any of magnetic strips, chips, text, photos, and images on the personal card. The server device may modify an exterior surface of the personal card to include the identification element at the selected location, and deliver the personal card to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Melissa Crawford, Jeremy Goodsitt, Micah Price
  • Patent number: 10947102
    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: October 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: LifeFuels, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Lyons, Robert Lawson-Shanks, Abraham Maclean, Justin Toelle, Filipe Aguiar, Aleksander Drozdetski
  • Patent number: 10949804
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system for managing inventory as it transitions into a materials handling facility, as it transitions between locations within a materials handling facility and/or as it transitions out of a materials handling facility. In some instances, a user (e.g., picker or picking agent) may retrieve an item from an inventory location and place the item into a tote. The systems described herein detect the item when it is added to or removed from the tote.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Varadarajan Gopalakrishnan, Subram Narasimhan, Omar FawazHashim Zakaria, Dilip Kumar, Sridhar Boyapati, Jin Dong Kim
  • Patent number: 10921912
    Abstract: Technologies for interfacing an input overlay device with a touch screen display of a compute device are disclosed. A compute device may detect that an input overlay device has been placed on top of its touch screen display. After detecting the input overlay device, the computing device determines one or more parameters for the input overlay device. The computing device may then detect an additional touch on the portion of the touch screen display currently covered by the input overlay device. The compute device can then determine an input of a user based on the position of the touch and the one or more parameters of the input overlay device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Arvind Kumar, Antonio Cheng, Scott Webb, Gustavo Fricke
  • Patent number: 10917248
    Abstract: An example system receives certificate requests from clients. Each request can indicate a number of computerized devices needing certificates; a timestamp indicating when the request was transmitted; and a client identifier. The system includes a Quality of Service (QoS) manager that: distributes the requests from the clients across client queues, each of the client queues corresponding to a particular client; and divides requests into smaller subgroups of entries corresponding to a subset of the computerized devices needing certificates. The system can also transmit retrieved entries from the client queues to a certificate management service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: INTEGRITY SECURITY SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Alan T. Meyer, Daniel R. Fynaardt
  • Patent number: 10891563
    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: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: STUBHUB, INC.
    Inventor: Yongzhi Nie
  • Patent number: 10893154
    Abstract: A personalized souvenir producing interactive kiosk system and method of producing a personalized souvenir using the personalized souvenir producing interactive kiosk system. The system includes a vending machine-like kiosk configured to communicate with a user's electronic device, such as a smartphone, to accept an upload of a user-selected digital image. The kiosk then creates a personalized souvenir in the form of a refrigerator magnet using the digital image and printing the digital image on a section of magnetic sheeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Alicia Kline
  • Patent number: 10861111
    Abstract: Methodologies, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for generating redeemable electronic fuel codes and validating fuel payments at a fuel point of sale terminal. An enterprise can be configured to receive an indication of fuel purchase request and can request authorization from a financial institution or account associated with at least one individual. If the payment is authorized, the enterprise can generate a purchase authorization for the amount of fuel requested and create an encrypted electronic fuel code that can be transmitted to the individual and used for redeeming fuel at a fuel point of sale terminal associated with the enterprise. An enterprise can be configured to sell fuel to at least one individual using a phone number and a unique security PIN at a fuel point of sale terminal, such that the at least one individual is billed for the fuel purchase via their phone service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventor: Vikram Chawla
  • Patent number: 10861276
    Abstract: Systems for vending products to a customer that encompasses a group of co-located vending machines managed by a vending company, a database of current inventory of products in the vending machines and customer purchase history; and the use of a personal electronic device by the customer. Embodiments include a single order by a customer from a sorted list of prior purchases, and where a single purchase comprises sub-products from multiple co-located vending machines. Embodiments include the customer selecting either products or vending machines from a list of options provided via the user interface of the personal electronic device, wherein the list of options depends on the actual available inventory in vending machines co-located with the customer, and the customer purchase history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: USA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Mandeep Arora, Anant Agrawal, Iryna Bandura, Oleksa Chvala, Allen Aung Kyaw Lwin, Boris Glants, Justin Grant
  • Patent number: 10860976
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system for managing inventory as it transitions into a materials handling facility, as it transitions between locations within a materials handling facility and/or as it transitions out of a materials handling facility. In some instances, a user (e.g., picker or picking agent) may retrieve an item from an inventory location and place the item into a tote. The systems described herein detect the item when it is added to or removed from the tote.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Varadarajan Gopalakrishnan, Subram Narasimhan, Omar FawazHashim Zakaria, Dilip Kumar, Sridhar Boyapati, Jin Dong Kim
  • Patent number: 10853781
    Abstract: A Local Controller device installed in or on the fuel pump capable of functioning as a pump controller dedicated solely to the pump in which it is installed and as a data router to and from the peripheral devices. This dedicated Local Controller device contains a microcomputer with a pump communications interface and optionally a remote, Site Controller communication interface which is non-dedicated and has control over many pumps at the station. If connected to such a Site Controller, the device will function as a slave to this Site Controller. Otherwise it functions autonomously to control the pump on its own.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Miguel S. Giacaman
  • Patent number: 10846433
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a personal data processing system may require guardian consent (e.g., parental consent) for a data subject in order to collect, store, and or process the subject's personal data. The system may prompt the data subject to initiate a request for guardian consent or the system may initiate a request for guardian consent without initiation from the data subject (e.g., in the background of a transaction). In some embodiments, the system may require guardian consent when a data subject is under the age for valid consent for the particular type of personal data that will be collected as part of a particular transaction. Data processing systems may generate and store one or more consent records memorializing valid consent for data processing from data subjects and/or from guardians on their behalf (e.g., in the case of a minor data subject).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: OneTrust, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Blake Brannon, Casey Hill, Kevin Jones, Richard A. Beaumont
  • Patent number: 10846666
    Abstract: In a method for instantly issuing a personalized financial transaction card to a customer a bank employee receives customer information and card information from the customer at a branch location. The card information may include a card personal identification number (PIN) selected by the customer. The operator inputs the customer information and at least some the card information into a data processing terminal at the branch. The customer information and the card information are communicated from the branch across a network to a card services provider. At the card services provider, the PIN is entered into a PIN database and a reference number associated with the customer and a PIN offset is generated. The reference number and at least some of the customer data and card data may be stored in a card file associated with the customer. The reference number is used to retrieve the PIN from the PIN database. The retrieved PIN is then used to apply calculations to the card file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CPI CARD GROUP—TENNESSEE, INC.
    Inventors: Bobby Smith, James White