Position Based Personal Service Patents (Class 455/456.3)
  • Patent number: 9799054
    Abstract: The presentation of advertisements to a user on a mobile communications device is disclosed. A first external input corresponding to a triggering of an advertisement delivery is received on a first input modality. An advertisement overlay is displayed in a graphical user interface in response to receiving the external input. Advertisement invocation instructions are displayed within the advertisement overlay. A second external input is received on a second input modality different from the first input modality. The second external input is translated to a set of quantified values. An advertisement is then displayed within the advertisement overlay in response to a substantial match between the set of quantified values translated from the received second external input to the set of predefined values corresponding to the advertisement invocation instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Adtile Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Nils Forsblom
  • Patent number: 9800715
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detection management between electronic devices are provided. First, a specific signal is received from a specific electronic device via a wireless network, wherein the specific signal includes identification data and a battery status corresponding to the specific electronic device. When the specific signal is not continuously received from the specific electronic device via the wireless network, it is determined whether the recorded battery status is greater than a predefined threshold value. When the recorded battery status is greater than the predefined threshold value, a warning message is generated. In some embodiments, the motion information of the specific electronic device can be used to determine whether to generate the warning message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: NOODOE CORPORATION
    Inventor: John C. Wang
  • Patent number: 9801021
    Abstract: A method for identifying an unknown portable computing device within a specified radius is completed through a portable computing device and a plurality of communication towers that wirelessly communicate with the portable computing device. When a user of the portable computing device senses danger or an emergency, the user communicates with an arbitrary tower from the plurality of communication towers. The arbitrary tower receives a notification from the portable computing device which triggers the arbitrary tower to scan a radius of influence of the arbitrary tower. After scanning the radius of influence, the arbitrary tower saves a list of identification data for at least one unknown portable computing device. A list of location coordinates and a list of user data is saved along with the list of identification data. Therefore, the list of identification data can be later analyzed to recognize the user of the unknown portable computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Vernon Dwain Hutchins
  • Patent number: 9792755
    Abstract: A content delivery apparatus, when a content delivery request is outputted from a user terminal device, encrypts the requested content with an encryption key, adds a view period to it to deliver it to a request source and delivers a viewing key in response to a view request from the user terminal device within the view period. A user relief management unit monitors failure information notifying, grasps a delivery disabled period from the failure information, specifies a delivery destination user for a content of which the view period is overlapped with the delivery disabled period and issues a relief right with a relief period specified thereto to the specified user. A contract period processing unit manages the relief right and permits viewing within the relief period set by the relief right when a view right based on the relief right is output from the user terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Shinichi Kurihara
  • Patent number: 9794736
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for determining indoor/outdoor state of a mobile device are presented. In some embodiments, a mobile device may maintain an indoor/outdoor state. The mobile device may include at least one first sensor and at least one second sensor, the first sensor associated with higher power consumption than the second sensor. The mobile device may gate off the first sensor and using the second sensor to obtain a sensor reading, if the second sensor can generate a reading indicative of the indoor/outdoor state of the mobile device. The mobile device may use the first sensor to obtain a sensor reading, if the second sensor cannot generate a reading indicative of the indoor/outdoor state of the mobile device. The mobile device may update the indoor/outdoor state of the mobile device based on a reading received from one of the first and the second sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Leonard Henry Grokop, Shankar Sadasivam
  • Patent number: 9794749
    Abstract: A distance between a mobile device of a user and each of a number of other devices is determined. The other devices can include mobile devices of other users associated with the user and stationary devices associated with the user. Current values of sensors can be received; each sensor corresponds to one of the other devices. A current situation of the user is determined based on the distances between the mobile device and the other devices and on the current values of the sensors. An action is performed based on the current situation. The action can include selecting and displaying an advertisement appropriate to the current situation, and posting a social networking service post corresponding to the current situation on a social networking service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barry A. Kritt, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 9788081
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a method that includes identifying metadata related to television programming. The method further includes sending search requests that include the identified metadata to a search system for selecting at least one portable program module. The method further includes in response to a first one of the search requests, receiving first search results from the search system that identify the selected portable program module and outputting a representation of the selected portable program module to a display device for presentation concurrently with the television programming. The method further includes in response to a second one of the search requests, receiving second search results from the search system that no longer identify the selected portable program module and ceasing the output of the representation of the selected portable program module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent Dureau
  • Patent number: 9787649
    Abstract: Controlling access to position information at a receiver, or at another device external to the receiver. Various considerations, including a requested service type, a user type, a device type, a software application type, a payment, and/or other characteristics associated with a particular software application or distributor of that software application, may be used to control access to position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: NextNav, LLC
    Inventors: Arun Raghupathy, Subramanian S. Meiyappan, Deepak Joseph, Varaprasad Vajjhala
  • Patent number: 9788138
    Abstract: Embodiments include systems and methods of allocating application functions to motion-correlated devices. A processor may determine whether a first motion of a first mobile device and a second motion of a second mobile device are correlated. The processor may allocate a first application function to the first mobile device and a second application function to the second mobile device in response to determining that the first motion and the second motion are correlated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SnapTrack, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Frederick Miller
  • Patent number: 9788157
    Abstract: Methods and systems of detection of presence in and delivery to location are provided. A method detects a presence of a mobile device within a perimeter of a geographic region. The method searches a database to determine whether the first mobile device is associated with any existing account. Responsive to determining that the mobile device is associated with a first account, the method searches the database to determine whether there is any pending task associated with the first account. Responsive to determining that there is a pending task associated with the first account, the method transmits a first message indicating the detection of presence of the mobile device associated with the first account. The method determines that the mobile device is at least approximately at a first location of a plurality of predefined locations within the perimeter. The method transmits information associated with the first location to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Walmart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason D. Shaffer, Rachael Ulman, David Jon Carr, Richard Ramsden, Timothy James Burleson, Mark J. Valentine, Corey L. Peach, Kuleni Gebisa
  • Patent number: 9788207
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for enhancing the security of a beacon device are herein disclosed. A service device includes a service communication unit and a service control unit. The service communication unit communicates with at least one terminal and a beacon device, and transmits and receives data required to enhance the security of the beacon device. The service control unit performs control so as to receive pieces of identification information from the terminal and the beacon device, to check the received pieces of identification information and then perform validation based on the times at which the pieces of identification information have been generated and whether authentication keys match each other, to extract service information in response to the result of the validation, and to transmit the extracted service information to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chul Yong Shin, Jae Hyung Huh
  • Patent number: 9786019
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention comprise systems, computer program products, and methods for a financial and social management system that provides improved tracking and management related to how, where, when, and with whom a user enters into activities. The financial and social management system captures activity information and images from various sources of information, including but not limited to social networking accounts, e-receipts, calendars, contact lists, location determination devices, and the like, and associates the activity information and images with the activities of one or more users. The financial and social management system captures past and future activities of the multiple users based on a location or time period, and assembles the activities into group packages. The group packages are supplemented with the images and the activity information related to the past and future activities captured from the various sources of information of the multiple users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Elizabeth S. Votaw, Laura Corinne Bondesen, Matthew A. Calman, Katherine Dintenfass, Candice Michelle Jones, Charles Karim Aweida, Parker Holt Bossier, Rebecca A. Chen, Nandhita Kumar, Min Zhao
  • Patent number: 9781271
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for utilizing speech analytics for automatically managing messages in a communications network. A message from a calling party to an unavailable called party is recorded in a messaging management module. The messaging management module automatically identifies a category for assigning to the content of the message based on information associated with the unavailable called party or a calling party and associates a language model with the message content based on the category. An analysis module utilizes the language model to identify grammar making up the message content. The messaging management module automatically performs a messaging management function on the message content based on a set of rules. The messaging management function may include automatically determining a priority for the message (enabling the message to be retrieved out of order) or automatically triggering an action in response to the message which is directed to the unavailable called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9779418
    Abstract: Application developers can request to have their applications registered for use with a content delivery platform. The operator of the content delivery platform establishes perimeters defining geographic areas, and maintains records reserving particular areas for delivery of content associated with particular sponsors. Registered applications running on mobile devices can request content from the content delivery platform. Based at least in part on the request, the content delivery platform can identify a target location, which may be the location of the mobile device, or some other location indicated in the request. A mobile device can be provided content based on the relationship of the target location to the geographic areas, so that a registered application running on a mobile device with a target location contained within a geographic area assigned to a particular sponsor will receive content related to that sponsor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: Ryan Hardin, Andrew Hill
  • Patent number: 9781666
    Abstract: A communication control method for linking a cellular communication system with a wireless LAN system comprises: in a cellular base station, a step of storing location information of a wireless LAN access point; a step of acquiring location information of a user terminal connected to the cellular base station; a step of determining, on the basis of the respective location information of the wireless LAN access point and the user terminal, whether or not the user terminal is connected to the wireless LAN access point; and a step of transmitting a scan instruction for the wireless LAN access point to the user terminal when it is determined that the user terminal is connected to the wireless LAN access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Fangwei Tong, Kugo Morita
  • Patent number: 9774991
    Abstract: A system and method for determining the presence of an individual at a particular spot within a location preferably based on the strength of signals received from beacons assigned to the particular spot by a software application (“App”) running on an electronic device of the individual. In one embodiment, certain presence calculations are performed by the App. In another embodiment, the App forwards information regarding the received beacon signals to an electronic identification and location tracking system and the presence calculations are performed by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: COLLATERAL OPPORTUNITIES, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Kusens
  • Patent number: 9775026
    Abstract: Privacy centric feature analysis. A secure set of multiple mapped features is selected and provided to a mobile device. Each mapped feature maps a sharable feature to a matching criterion for an item of protected information and no combination of mapped features for a secure set are unique to an individual item of protected information. Privacy compliance instructions enable the mobile device to select a mapped feature from a received set of mapped features by identifying an item of protected information available to the mobile device which corresponds to a matching criterion found in the received set of mapped features. The sharable feature of the selected mapped feature is identified and sent to a privacy compliant destination. Advantageously, the analysis system protects the privacy of the mobile device user because it does not require the mobile device to relay protected information for the selection of customized content or relevant advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Quantcast Corporation
    Inventors: Konrad S. Feldman, Daniel Vogel Fernandez de Castro, Michael R. Blum
  • Patent number: 9767474
    Abstract: Techniques for providing friction-free transactions using geolocation and user identifiers are described herein. These techniques may ascertain a user's location based on a location of a mobile device. A transaction between the user and a merchant may be completed with zero or minimal input from the user based on the geolocation of the mobile device and the user identifiers. In some implementations, a transaction initiated earlier is completed when the mobile device arrives at the merchant. Additionally, a parent-child or similar relationship may be established between multiple devices. Security on the mobile device based may be provided by biometric identification and calculation of variance from regular movement patterns. Advertisements may be sent to the mobile device based on bids from merchants near to the mobile device. Points may be accumulated through transactions with merchants and later redeemed for free or discounted goods and/or services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Harsha Ramalingam, Paul J. Walsh, Michael Carr, Lars H. Liden, Nishant Mittal
  • Patent number: 9763085
    Abstract: Privacy centric feature analysis. A secure set of multiple mapped features is selected and provided to a mobile device. Each mapped feature maps a sharable feature to a matching criterion for an item of protected information and no combination of mapped features for a secure set are unique to an individual item of protected information. Privacy compliance instructions enable the mobile device to select a mapped feature from a received set of mapped features by identifying an item of protected information available to the mobile device which corresponds to a matching criterion found in the received set of mapped features. The sharable feature of the selected mapped feature is identified and sent to a privacy compliant destination. Advantageously, the analysis system protects the privacy of the mobile device user because it does not require the mobile device to relay protected information for the selection of customized content or relevant advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Quantcast Corporation
    Inventors: Konrad S. Feldman, Daniel Vogel Fernandez de Castro, Michael R. Blum
  • Patent number: 9756483
    Abstract: A method of single-cell point-to-multipoint (SCPTM) transmission for a network in a wireless communication system is disclosed. The method comprises performing a query procedure to obtain information associated with a number of mobile device interesting or receiving at least a SCPTM service, and determining to turn on/off data transmission for the at least a SCPTM service, turn on/off feedback procedure for the at least a SCPTM service according to the obtained information, or to provide the obtained information to a group communication service application server (GCS AS).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ACER INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Jung-Mao Lin
  • Patent number: 9753946
    Abstract: Architecture that improves the quality of RevIP databases using search engine query logs and other location information sources and finds IP addresses that share multiple locations (indicative of large Internet gateways). A ground truth dataset is generated with mappings of IP addresses to locations and IP ranges to locations which are known to be correct. Additionally, the architecture can determine which types of queries and SERP page blocks (page sections) are location aware. Location information can be extracted from user queries and the most-frequently-used locations aggregated per IP address. Dominant locations can be aggregated, mapped to existing RevIP database IP address ranges and replaced. The updated RevIP database can be evaluated against the ground truth dataset. RevIP IP address ranges can be split and combined to improve the overall performance of the RevIP database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ovidiu Dan, Vaibhav Parikh, Siddhartha Cingh Arora, Ryan Clark
  • Patent number: 9756491
    Abstract: The present systems and methods are directed to a private network of personal social sensors. The sensors are irreversibly paired with a communication device which ensures privacy of data. The sensors communicate data via a short range communications link to a communication device that in turn securely transmits the sensor data to a secure data store. A user may share their data with others within their social sensor network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Zen-Me Labs Oy
    Inventor: Toni Matti Virhiä
  • Patent number: 9749807
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method and device for displaying information which links to related information provided by user's friends at user's location. The method including the operations of: obtaining first user's information viewing operation performed on information associated with the first user; obtaining position information included in the information; obtaining at least one second user according to the position information, wherein the second user is within a first user's user relationship chain, and wherein the information published in the past by the second user includes the position information; and displaying the at least one second user to the first user. The present disclosure makes the first user learn of the friends who published at this position information, and therefore the amount of the information available at this position has increased, thus enriching the first user's knowledge of the need for detailed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Xiao Long Zhang
  • Patent number: 9736527
    Abstract: A media guidance application is provided by which users can define rules for assigning user equipment devices as destinations for media content. For example, a user may define a rule by which selected media content having attributes that satisfy a user-defined condition are downloaded, recorded, or streamed to a particular, user-specified user equipment device. The user may define and manage rules using media guidance menus, and may restrict other users from accessing the rules (e.g., parents restricting children).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay S. Bryant, Edgar Fereira
  • Patent number: 9736667
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a terminal connection unit configured to access portable terminals, a terminal communication unit configured to receive signals from the accessed portable terminals according to types of the terminals and generate normalized data, and a control unit configured to generate a control signal for controlling a corresponding component in the vehicle based on the normalized data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 9736645
    Abstract: A distance between a mobile device of a user and each of a number of other devices is determined. The other devices can include mobile devices of other users associated with the user and stationary devices associated with the user. Current values of sensors can be received; each sensor corresponds to one of the other devices. A current situation of the user is determined based on the distances between the mobile device and the other devices and on the current values of the sensors. An action is performed based on the current situation. The action can include selecting and displaying an advertisement appropriate to the current situation, and posting a social networking service post corresponding to the current situation on a social networking service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barry A. Kritt, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 9734217
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for analyzing entity performance. In one implementation, a method is provided that includes receiving a request with one or more filter selections and accessing a data structure comprising a plurality of categories of information showing interactions associated with multiple entities. The method also comprises identifying a set of categories of the plurality of categories within the data structure based on the one or more filter selections. The method further comprises processing the information of the identified categories to analyze a performance of one or more entities of the multiple entities in accordance with the one or more filter selections and providing the processed information to display the performance of the one or more entities on a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: PALANTIR TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Feridun Arda Kara, Eli Bingham, John Garrod, Daniel Erenrich, Anirvan Mukherjee, Ted Mabrey, Andrew Ash, Zachary Bush, Allen Cai, Winnie Chai, Greg Cohan, Chris Dorsey, William Dwyer, Gilad Gray, Sean Kelley, Dennis Kwon, Chris Lewis, Greg Martin, Parvathy Menon, Brian Ngo, Asli Ozyar, Mike Reilly, Jacob Scott, Ankit Shankar, Matt Sills, Spencer Stamats, Geoff Stowe, Samir Talwar, Engin Ural, P J Valez, Holt Wilkins, Diane Wu, Drausin Wulsin, Di Wu, Joyce Yu-Hsin Chen, Bar Kaya
  • Patent number: 9734701
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving a request. The request is for an alarm. The alarm is emitted from a mobile device. The mobile device is powered by a battery. The battery has a battery level. The method includes receiving a battery level threshold. The method is responsive to the battery level being below the battery level threshold. The method includes identifying an alternative alarm device. The alternative alarm device is enabled with an electronic control channel. The method includes generating an alternative alarm. The method includes sending the alternative alarm to the alternative alarm device via the electronic control channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Harini Jagannathan, Kevin C. McConnell, Minh Q. Pham
  • Patent number: 9736434
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising a view generator. The view generator is configured to identify a position of a mobile display device relative to an exterior of a vehicle. The view generator is further configured to identify image data from a sensor system for the vehicle that corresponds to a field of view of the mobile display device from the position of the mobile display device relative to the vehicle. The view generator is further configured to display an external view for the vehicle on the mobile display device using the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Ty Larsen, Edwin C. Lim
  • Patent number: 9736649
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are techniques for determining a location of an antenna supporting structure. Crowdsourced data associated with antennas that are installed on a same antenna supporting structure but are used for different air interface types and/or data from aerial images can be used, alone or in combination, to more accurately and more efficiently determine the location of the antenna supporting structure and therefore the locations of the antennas on the antenna supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ju-Yong Do, Mark Moeglein, Weihua Gao, Gengsheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9727910
    Abstract: Location-based notification to a user before the user engages in a transaction at a location. Embodiments determine a location of a store at which the user is in or near by using positioning data received at a mobile communication device and determines a potential transaction amount for the user at the store and generates budget data based at least in part on a budget goal identified from a local memory of the mobile communication device or received from a remotely hosted financial management system. Budget data is presented to the user, e.g., in the form of a message, notification, or warning on the mobile communication device to inform the user about budget items relevant to a merchant at that location. The user may choose to initiate or complete a transaction at the location with or without involving the financial management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventor: Eddy W. Wu
  • Patent number: 9730009
    Abstract: An electronic device has a processor, a Wi-Fi radio, a first database and a second database. The first database includes geolocation and identity information of a sparse subset of a global catalog of Wi-Fi access points. The second database includes locally stored location-based content. The processor: (i) controls the Wi-Fi radio so as to detect one or more Wi-Fi access points proximate to the electronic device, (ii) makes an identification of the one or more detected Wi-Fi access points, (iii) makes a coarse determination of a location of the electronic device by comparing the identification of the one or more detected Wi-Fi access points with the geolocation identity information in the first database, (iv) selects location based content corresponding to the coarse determination from the second database or from a server, and (v) outputs the selected location-based content to a user of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mete Rodoper, Arvind Thiagarajan
  • Patent number: 9726016
    Abstract: A vehicle proximity awareness system in a mine, including: a magnetic field transmitter on a first vehicle for transmitting a transmit magnetic field, the magnetic field transmitter including an anti-collision capability for reducing a likelihood of the transmit magnetic field being affected by a magnetic field from a different source; a magnetic field receiver on a second vehicle for receiving the transmit magnetic field from the first vehicle to provide a receive signal; and a processor on the second vehicle for processing the receive signal, and for providing an indication to an operator of the second vehicle when the first vehicle is within a proximity of the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Minetec Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Grant Wilmot, Alex Beliakov, Sunil Sanganbatte, Craig Wroth
  • Patent number: 9721262
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present invention facilitate the sale of products, such as goods and/or services. Specifically, merchants of products provide incentives for consumers that may be defined by time and geography to drives sales of the products, such as during low demand periods. Moreover, the present invention allows consumers to search for and claim time-sensitive incentives from merchants; specifically, incentives requiring instant or nearly instant acceptance and/or redeemability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Douglas Krone
  • Patent number: 9723440
    Abstract: An activity based, location aware content delivery system runs a content delivery process that operates to detect a current location of a mobile device user, and to identify a first instance of content corresponding to the current mobile device location. The instance of content is used to identify a priority activity the mobile device user was previously engaged in at another location that has a pointer to a second instance of media content that is sent to the mobile device user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: CUSEUM, Inc.
    Inventor: Brendan Ciecko
  • Patent number: 9716683
    Abstract: An example approach is provided for causing, at least in part, a generation of token data associated with at least one scheduled meeting between at least one first user and at least one second user. The approach also involves causing, at least in part, a transmission of the token data to at least one first device associated with the at least one first user and at least one second device associated with the at least one second user. The approach further involves causing, at least in part, a sharing of location information between the at least one first device and the at least one second device based, at least in part, on the token data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Zhuoyuan Liao, Hongrui Shen, Bing Lin, Yaochu Que, Naichen Cui
  • Patent number: 9710827
    Abstract: A communication device is removable and operable within a vehicle and is in communication with a data network as the communication device travels in the vehicle. Vehicle identification data is obtained from the communication device, and a type of media file supported by a media system of the vehicle is determined based upon the vehicle identification data. Media content is obtained in a format corresponding to the determined type of media file. When the communication device is within a desired range of a target location, the media content is transmitted to the communication device for presentation on the media system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wayne Crolley, Jeffrey Paul Johnson
  • Patent number: 9705761
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a system and a method for presenting network hotspot information and relates to the field of network information technologies. The system comprises: a web page capturing module configured to capture a web page containing network hotspot information on a current network; a web page analyzing module configured to analyze the web page to acquire body information of the web page; a region identification module configured to perform region identification on the body information to acquire a corresponding region which the body information belongs to and perform quantity statistics on the web pages belonging to the same region; and a presenting module configured to present a result of the quantity statistics in a manner of map coloring. The system and the method according to the present invention may objectively and intuitively reflect the network hotspot information in various regions through performing the region identification on the web page containing network hotspot information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Beijing Qihoo Technology Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Fuqiang Liu
  • Patent number: 9696431
    Abstract: It is disclosed to select a relative positioning method from a set of at least two different relative positioning methods that are for determining an estimate of a relative position between first and second entities. The method is selected in dependence on at least one of the following criteria: an estimated/measured distance between the first and second entities; a relative positioning capability, of at least one of the first entity, the second entity and at least one server entity associated with at least one of the first and second entities, to determine an estimate of a relative position between two entities; and an availability, at at least one of the at least one server entity, of a service providing data of at least one reference entity useable for determining an estimate of a relative position between the reference entity and one of the first and second entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Lauri Wirola
  • Patent number: 9691106
    Abstract: A method, data processing system, and computer program product for locating people. A mobile data processing system identifies a number of degrees of separation from a requestor for use in searching for the people. The mobile data processing system searches a network data processing system for data structures that contain information about associations between the people that are within the number of degrees of separation from the requestor to generate an initial group of people. The mobile network data processing system identifies a group of people from the initial group of people that are within a geographic location based on a location of the mobile data processing system and a portion of the group of people who are online. The mobile data processing system displays the portion of the group of people on a display device for the mobile data processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William Philip Shaouy, Matthew Adam Terry
  • Patent number: 9693280
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, computer program products, and software are disclosed providing reduction of interference occurring sometime after a capacity booster cell activates, where a coverage area of a capacity booster cell is at least partially within a coverage area of a coverage cell. Techniques include handing off user equipment from the coverage cell to the capacity booster cell, creating by the capacity booster cell scheduling gaps in subframes of radio frames and scheduling user equipment connected to the capacity booster cell in the subframes not in the gaps, scheduling communications for user equipment connected to the coverage cell in the gaps, and performing one or more operations to reduce interference with the capacity booster cell for uplink transmissions from user equipment to the coverage cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy
    Inventors: Rapeepat Ratasuk, Michael Bach
  • Patent number: 9686734
    Abstract: A method may include receiving a request for content. The content may be associated with a content availability area. User devices located inside of the content availability area may be permitted access to the content. The method may include determining a first area entirely encompassed by the content availability area and/or a second area entirely encompassing the content availability area. The method may include obtaining first location information that identifies a location of a user device. The method may include selectively obtaining second location information based on whether the user device is located inside of the first area, outside of the second area, or outside of the first area and inside of the second area. The second location information may be more precise than the first location information, and may be used to determine whether the user device is located within the content availability area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Sanjay Ahuja, Jianxiu Hao, Sameer Gavade, Om Prakash Jilla
  • Patent number: 9686764
    Abstract: Disclosed are a positioning method, device and system in a multi-carrier system, relating to communications technology. When positioning in a multi-carrier system, the embodiments of the present invention respectively perform positioning measurements under a plurality of carriers and position user equipment according to the measurement results of the respectively performed positioning measurements under the plurality of carriers. Since the number of parameters for reference is increased when positioning, the positioning precision is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: China Academy of Telecommunications Technology
    Inventors: Haiyang Quan, Wei Bao
  • Patent number: 9686364
    Abstract: Systems and methods providing a location-aware resource locator model for facilitating communication with networked electronic devices are generally disclosed herein. One embodiment includes a resource locator using a standard Uniform Resource Locator (URL) format, but enabling identification of one or more devices based on logical location information provided in the resource locator. The resource locator may also enable identification of the one or more devices based on logical proximity information (such as a logical term indicating a location property) relative to a dynamic location. Further disclosed embodiments include uses of a hierarchical structure to define logical terms and classes for use with a resource locator, and various location determination and lookup techniques used in connection with accessing an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Bruce Bahnsen, Mallik Bulusu, Vincent J. Zimmer, Robert S. Gittins, Robert Swanson
  • Patent number: 9681271
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing a location-based service includes: a rules registry unit to register an event rule information based on an inheritance module for setting rules; a positioning information acquisition unit to obtain a positioning-related information of a user terminal device from a positioning apparatus; an event determining unit to determine whetheran event with respect to the event rule information occurs or not by using the positioning-related information to generate a determination result information; an event processing unit to generate a process information based on the determination result information; and a service providing unit configured to transmit the process information to the user terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: SK TELECOM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Moonok Joe, Kwanjae Lee, Sunyeon Kim, Kyungtae Kim, Minhyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 9681298
    Abstract: A method, system, and medium are provided for determining whether to allow a position-determining system to provide location information that describes a location of a mobile device. A series of steps are carried out in which information is exchanged between networked components. In an embodiment, a request for location information (e.g., map coordinates) is received together with contextual information (e.g., identification of a mobile device and identification of a requesting party). A set of rules, such as approved contextual information, is referenced to determine if the contextual information is permissible. Upon determining that the contextual information is permissible, the position-determining system is allowed to provide location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Ryan Alan Wick, Raymond Emilio Reeves, John Marvin Jones, Michael P. Mcmullen
  • Patent number: 9672725
    Abstract: A proximity-based reminder system includes one or more proximity detectors for determining whether a distance between two or more paired electronic devices satisfies various criteria. Data transmissions across a wide area network (WAN) are used to determine whether a distance between paired devices satisfies a first proximity condition. Transmissions across a local area network (LAN) are used to determine whether the distance between the paired devices satisfies a second proximity condition. When the first and second proximity conditions are satisfied, the proximity-based reminder system issues a reminder alert notification to one or more of the paired devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Dikla Dotan-Cohen, Lilach Perry, Liron Levin
  • Patent number: 9660828
    Abstract: A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In some embodiments, the method may include detecting departure data relating to at least one of an occupant and a premises, identifying a likelihood of an absence in relation to the premises based at least in part on the departure data, and sending a confirmation request based at least in part on the identifying for the occupant associated with the premises to confirm the absence. In some cases, the absence may include the premises being unoccupied for at least a portion of a predetermined time period. The predetermined time period may include at least one night.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Warren, Matthew J. Eyring, James E. Nye
  • Patent number: 9654918
    Abstract: Mobile device for communicating arrival information at a waypoint, communicating that information to a server, receiving a set of tasks (statically assigned or dynamically assigned) for the user (for example, from the server or from another user), displaying the set of tasks to the user, receiving a completion response (successful or unsuccessful) from the user, and proceeding to the next waypoint along a route/trip plan. A coordination server facilitates communication of a list of tasks assigned to a user to be performed at a specified location. The list of tasks is delivered to the user of the first mobile device by the coordination server (if such tasks exist) when the coordination server receives notification from the first mobile device indicating arrival at a specific location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Madhavi Jayanthi
  • Patent number: 9652749
    Abstract: Mobile device for communicating arrival information at a waypoint, communicating that information to a server, receiving a set of tasks (statically assigned or dynamically assigned) for the user (for example, from the server or from another user), displaying the set of tasks to the user, receiving a completion response (successful or unsuccessful) from the user, and proceeding to the next waypoint along a route/trip plan. A coordination server facilitates communication of a list of tasks assigned to a user to be performed at a specified location. The list of tasks is delivered to the user of the first mobile device by the coordination server (if such tasks exist) when the coordination server receives notification from the first mobile device indicating arrival at a specific location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Madhavi Jayanthi, Bindu Rama Rao