Voting Or Election Arrangement Patents (Class 705/12)
  • Patent number: 10657298
    Abstract: Embodiments include a system for release cycle optimization; the system includes a processor configured to perform a method. The method includes accessing, by a processor, historical data relating to a plurality of software version each having a plurality of attributes; selecting a subset of attributes from the plurality of attributes; receiving a set of data values for each of the subset of attributes from the plurality of attributes; performing one or more simulations of a software development cycle utilizing the set of data values; and obtaining a set of results from the one or more simulations comprising a plurality of predicted field defects values corresponding to each of the set of data values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lukasz G. Cmielowski, Marek Franczyk, Tymoteusz Gedliczka, Andrzej J Wrobel
  • Patent number: 10659235
    Abstract: A system sends a request for access to a resource and receives a digital certificate in response to the request. The system simultaneously causes one or more computing devices located in different geographical locations to send a plurality of requests to also access the resource. In response to the plurality of requests, digital certificates are received. The digital certificate is then compared to the plurality of digital certificates received from the plurality of requests sent by the computing devices in different geographical locations. The result of the comparison indicates whether the digital certificate is trustworthy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Michael Brown
  • Patent number: 10630736
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that interconnects a plurality of transmission terminals supporting a plurality of communication platforms is provided. The information processing apparatus includes a state detection unit configured to detect a communication state relating to at least one of a communication between the transmission terminals and a communication between at least one of the transmission terminals and the information processing apparatus; a read unit configured to read from a storage unit communication platform determination information associating the plurality of communication platforms with the communication state; and a determination unit configured to determine that a communication platform of the plurality of communication platforms that is registered in the communication platform determination information in association with the communication state that has been detected by the state detection unit is to be used in the communication between the transmission terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Homma, Tatsuya Nagase, Yoichiro Matsuno, Takahiro Asai
  • Patent number: 10613522
    Abstract: The preferred embodiments described include methods, systems, and computer readable media for linking data in a multidisciplinary engineering system. One or more multidisciplinary templates are created for a multidisciplinary engineering system. Reusable multidisciplinary templates link engineering objects and parameters between engineering disciplines. The objects and parameters in the template may be linked to one or more disciplines based on role, responsibility, department or other criteria. Changes to the template may be propagated to each discipline affected by the changes. The template may also link data entered at the engineering applications (307) and facilitate workflows and sign-off procedures between applications (307).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Oswin Noetzelmann, Marine Durel, Attila Labas, Victor Robert Hambridge, Andrew Dylla
  • Patent number: 10614345
    Abstract: An object-extraction method includes generating multiple partition objects based on an electronic document, and receiving a first user selection of a data element via a user interface of a compute device. In response to the first user selection, and using a machine learning model, a first subset of partition objects from the multiple partition objects is detected and displayed via the user interface. A user interaction, via the user interface, with one of the partition objects is detected, and in response, a weight of the machine learning model is modified, to produce a modified machine learning model. A second user selection of the data element is received via the user interface, and in response and using the modified machine learning model, a second subset of partition objects from the multiple partition objects is detected and displayed via the user interface, the second subset different from the first subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ernst & Young U.S. LLP
    Inventors: Dan G. Tecuci, Ravi Kiran Reddy Palla, Hamid Reza Motahari Nezhad, Vincent Poon, Nigel Paul Duffy, Joseph Nipko
  • Patent number: 10515418
    Abstract: A method for securely and accurately adjudicating a claim for payout in a risk-sharing pool. The method includes receiving a request for a claim payout from a claimant member participating in a risk-sharing pool along with information regarding the claim. Members of the risk-sharing pool serving as jurors analyze the information and vote to validate or reject the claim. A predetermined number of votes are randomly selected and tallied to determine if the claimant is successful in the request for a claim payout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Besurance Corporation
    Inventor: Karim Lalani
  • Patent number: 10510118
    Abstract: An improved computing architecture for managed-account transactions is presented. In accordance with embodiments, responsive to receiving data indicating elective options for a dividend to be paid by an issuer of an asset included in various investment allocations prescribed by different investment managers, a computing system may generate a ballot comprising the elective options and may communicate the ballot to computing devices associated with the investment managers. Responsive to receiving, from the computing devices, data indicating elections made by the investment managers, via the ballot, indicating how the dividend should be paid for assets invested in accordance with investment strategies generated based on the prescribed allocations, the computing system may store, for each unit of the asset held by a client having funds allocated amongst the strategies, data indicating how the dividend should be paid for the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: Todd Simonds
  • Patent number: 10482524
    Abstract: A server for facilitating commerce via a distributed computing network. The server memory stores an instruction set, customer data, vendor data, venue data, and server data related to a sponsoring entity. A processor is operative to: provide a portion of the vendor data to a first client based upon the client entering a venue, wherein the portion of the vendor data relates to the venue; receive an order for a product of a vendor from the first client, wherein the product is included in the portion of the vendor data; provide the order to a second client of the vendor so the vendor can fill the order; attend to collection of funds in payment for the order from the first customer by using a portion of the customer data; and attend to payment of funds for the order to the vendor by using a portion of the server data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Panos Daskalakis
  • Patent number: 10460242
    Abstract: A system and method for clustering interest for a plurality of participant devices based on open-ended, free-form communication between a plurality of user devices using priority value responses from the plurality of participant devices based on distributed thought objects associated to the open-ended, free-form communication. The system and method using a ratings matrix, comprising a plurality of priority values, that is permutated by assigning participant devices into interest clusters by first suing a strict association method and then increasing cohorts by using a tolerant association method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Fulcrum Management Solutions, Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas John Procter
  • Patent number: 10438434
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for making one or more decisions in a group decision-making session includes receiving a group initiation input specifying one or more participants to be invited to the session, receiving an input specifying a first prompt along with related first and second options, and receiving, from one or more participants in the session, votes for the first option and/or the second option. It also includes displaying a racetrack that includes a first icon representing the first option, a second icon representing the second option, a number of individual steps, and a first finish line. The first and second icons are displayed on a respective step that corresponds to a number of votes received for the respective first and second option. The first finish line can be adjusted so as to adjust the threshold number of votes needed to determine the winning option for the first prompt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SUJJEST, LLC
    Inventors: Solomon DeLeon, Jeffrey Cole, Kjell Hansen
  • Patent number: 10410389
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating a collaborative video campaign. The method comprises receiving, at a server, a plurality of videos from remote contributor image capture devices, then sorting the plurality of videos at the server into separate categories, each corresponding to a shot type. Then, the method may comprise displaying, on a page of an edit creation interface of a computing device, representative images of at least some of the plurality of videos within a plurality of sections, wherein the plurality of sections on the edit creation interface comprise: a first section for at least one of the plurality of videos to be reviewed; and a second section at least one of the plurality of videos that have been selected; and providing a selection tool associated with each representative image that allows a user to select the associated video as suitable for inclusion in the campaign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Super 6 LLC
    Inventor: Scott McDonald
  • Patent number: 10397056
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Qian Zhong, Aranyak Mehta, Patrick Hummel, Kshipra Uday Bhawalkar, Shaohua Sun, Gagan Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 10356197
    Abstract: Generally discussed herein are systems, devices, and methods for managing content of an information centric network (ICN). A component of an ICN can include a memory including an extended content store that includes content from at least one other component of the ICN, and first attributes of the content, the first attributes including a content popularity value that indicates a number of requests for the content, and processing circuitry to increment the content popularity value in response to a transmission of a first content packet that includes the content, the first content packet transmitted in response to receiving an interest packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Vallabhajosyula S. Somayazulu, Eve M. Schooler, Hassnaa Moustafa, Andrew Stephen Brown, Rath Vannithamby, Srikathyayani Srikanteswara, David John Zage, Ren Wang, Christian Maciocco, David E. Ott, Jeffrey C. Sedayao, David E. Cohen, Sung Lee
  • Patent number: 10346746
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating a training model based on feedback are provided. The method for generating a training model based on feedback, includes calculating an eigenvector of a sample among a plurality of samples; obtaining scores granted by a user for one or more of the plurality of samples in a round, obtaining scores granted by the user for a first number of samples; obtaining scores granted by the user for a second number of samples in response to detecting, based on the eigenvector, an inconsistency between the scores granted by the user for the first number of samples; and generating a training model based on the scores granted by the user for the first and second numbers of samples. A corresponding apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Liangliang Cao, Ning Duan, Qian Lin, Chen Wang, Junchi Yan, Xin Zhang
  • Patent number: 10346870
    Abstract: A promotion program analytical system and method is disclosed. The promotion program analytical system and method selects a promotion program to offer to a consumer. Selection of the promotion program to present to the consumer includes determining a probability that the consumer will accept the promotion program. The probability of acceptance may be determined based on past performance data of similar promotion programs, and also past performance data on the promotion program itself when it is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin Chang, David Thacker, Paul Gauthier, Amit Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 10307682
    Abstract: A system of determining winners of a contest through a progressive cascade of elimination sub-contests is provided. The system comprises means for a user to select a contest from a plurality of contests, means for a user to join a contest room of a contest so as to enable the user to participate the contest and join the contest room, means for the user to vote on other contestants' submitted contestant items, means for determining winners of a contest room, and means for enabling winners to move onto a higher level of the participated contest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Tsang
  • Patent number: 10305944
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for providing a customized stream of content to a user. The system includes: an item sourcer for gathering one or more content items from one or more content sources; a behavior indicator module and scorer for determining one or more behavior scores for the one or more content items; a content indicator module and scorer for determining one or more content scores for the one or more content items; a score combiner for aggregating the one or more behavior scores and the one or more content scores to generate one or more item scores for the one or more content items; a content diversifier for determining one or more diverse items from the one or more content items; and a stream generator for generating a customized stream of content for the user from the one or more diverse items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Aman Bhargava, Abhijit Bose, Andrew Ames Bunner, Lan Liu, Boris Mazniker, Rachel Ida Rosenthal Schutt, Andrew Tomkins, Yonatan Zunger
  • Patent number: 10298999
    Abstract: There is disclosed a computer system for analysing content, comprising: a detection module connected to receive at least one piece of digital content, the detection module being operable to access a set of compliance rules and compare the received at least one piece of digital content with the set of compliance rules, the detection module further being configured to generate an alert if the result of the analysis indicates a breach of at least one of the rules; a moderator module connected to receive the alert, the moderator module configured to enable output to a moderator based only on the piece of digital content which caused the alert to be generated, whereby the moderator can assess a modification to be made to the piece of content which caused the alert to be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: PIKSEL, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Christie
  • Patent number: 10268682
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for adjusting text in a message to sustain the recipient's interest in the message. Upon identifying the recipients to receive a message, information, including interests and/or personality traits, regarding the identified recipients is retrieved. Upon obtaining the recipient's interests and/or personality traits, a linguistic engine is utilized to generate words and phrases (e.g., speed, parking, license, toll) associated with the recipient's interest and/or personality trait (e.g., interest in cars). The words and ordering of the words in the message are then changed to include words and phrases associated with the interest and/or personality trait of the recipient. In this manner, the author is able to compose a message that sustains the recipient's interest in the message by modifying the message to include language directed to the recipient's interests (e.g., traveling, collecting baseball cards) and/or personality traits (e.g., hates loud music).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Al Chakra, Liam Harpur, John Rice
  • Patent number: 10268751
    Abstract: Provided is a method of providing a plurality of pieces of data related to at least one of a plurality of pieces of content released through or generated from an event, the method including: collecting the plurality of pieces of data related to at least one of the plurality of pieces of content from at least one source; classifying the plurality of pieces of data based on which data is related to which content; and determining an order of the plurality of pieces of content and providing the classified plurality of pieces of data according to the determined order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Naver Corporation
    Inventor: Do Youn Kim
  • Patent number: 10241999
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for adjusting text in a message to sustain the recipient's interest in the message. Upon identifying the recipients to receive a message, information, including interests and/or personality traits, regarding the identified recipients is retrieved. Upon obtaining the recipient's interests and/or personality traits, a linguistic engine is utilized to generate words and phrases (e.g., speed, parking, license, toll) associated with the recipient's interest and/or personality trait (e.g., interest in cars). The words and ordering of the words in the message are then changed to include words and phrases associated with the interest and/or personality trait of the recipient. In this manner, the author is able to compose a message that sustains the recipient's interest in the message by modifying the message to include language directed to the recipient's interests (e.g., traveling, collecting baseball cards) and/or personality traits (e.g., hates loud music).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Al Chakra, Liam Harpur, John Rice
  • Patent number: 10243967
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus for detecting fraudulent promotion of a software application, the method including acquiring comment information associated with a software application, the comment information including one or more comments; calculating an average similarity or average information entropy of the comment information, wherein the average similarity is calculated based on a similarity between the one or more comments and wherein the average information entropy is calculated based on an information gain between the one or more comments; defining a determination threshold range for a category associated with the software application, wherein the determination threshold range is defined by a plurality of probability statistical distribution parameters based on average similarities or average information entropies of other applications associated with the category; and identifying the software application as fraudulent if the average similarity or average information entropy of the comment information
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventor: Yuxiang Hu
  • Patent number: 10229173
    Abstract: Computer-implemented systems and methods are provided for analyzing and responding to a query from a user. Consistent with certain embodiments, systems and methods are provided for receiving a query from the user and dividing the query into query segments based on a set of grammar rules. Further, systems and methods are provided for selecting a first segment from the query segments, receiving at least one tuple stored in association with the user, selecting a second segment from the at least one tuple. Additionally, systems and methods are provided for receiving information related to the first and second segments, and generating a response to the query based on the received information. In addition, systems and methods are provided for transmitting information to a display device for presenting the response to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Ian MacGillivray, Engin Cinar Sahin, Emma Sarah Persky, Max Bogue, Angela Ni-Hwey Chang, Konrad Piotr Delong
  • Patent number: 10217086
    Abstract: A system for managing business to business communications may include an event generation unit configured to create a first event based on receiving a purchase order from a client. The system may also include an event detection unit in communication with the event generation unit, the event detection unit configured to detect the first event. The system may also include an action unit in communication with the event generation unit. The action unit may be configured to determine a first action to perform based on the detection of the first event, and perform the first action. The event generation unit may be further configured to create a second event based on the performance of the first action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: GOLBAL HEALTHCARE EXCHANGE, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Cochran, Hatem El-Sebaaly, Greg Wilson, Paul Knuth, Chad Maloney
  • Patent number: 10187372
    Abstract: A mobile voting system and method are provided. The mobile voting system may include a mobile messaging aggregator configured to receive voter verification requests from one or more mobile carriers, and a mobile voter verification server configured to verify a voter's identity in response to a voter verification request and generate a link to a mobile ballot once the voter's identity has been verified. The mobile messaging aggregator may cause the link to the mobile ballot to be transmitted to a mobile device of the voter, which when selected by the voter, allows the voter to cast a vote.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Global Mobile, LLC
    Inventors: Lee Ballinger Durham, III, Scott Hughes
  • Patent number: 10181167
    Abstract: A system for predicting and prescribing actions for impacting policymaking outcomes may include at least one processor configured to access first information scraped from the Internet to identify, for a particular pending policy, information about a plurality of policymakers slated to make a determination on the pending policy. The processor may parse the scraped first information to determine an initial prediction relating to an outcome of the pending policy. The processor may access second information to identify an action likely to change at least one of the initial prediction and the propensity of at least one policymaker, to thereby generate a subsequent prediction corresponding to an increase in a likelihood of achieving the desired outcome. The processor may display to the system user a recommendation to take the action in order to increase the likelihood of achieving the desired outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: FiscalNote, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Eidelman, Brian Grom, Daniel Argyle, Jervis Pinto, John Zoshak
  • Patent number: 10152517
    Abstract: The systems and methods described create a mathematical representation of each of the media objects for which user ratings are known. The mathematical representations take into account the subjective rating value assigned by a user to the respective media object and the user that assigned the rating value. The media object with the mathematical representation closest to that of the seed media object is then selected as the most similar media object to the seed media object. In an embodiment, the mathematical representation is a vector representation in which each user is a different dimension and each user's rating value is the magnitude of the vector in that dimension. Similarity between two songs is determined by identifying the closest vectors to that of the seed song. Closeness may be determined by subtracting or by calculating the dot product of each of the vectors with that of the seed media object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Malcolm Slaney, William White
  • Patent number: 10125294
    Abstract: In an adhesive sheet, temperature dependence of a relative dielectric constant that is determined by a test for evaluating temperature dependence is equal to or less than 30%, and a 180° peel strength determined by a test for evaluating adhesiveness is equal to or greater than 0.20 N/mm. The adhesive sheet can inhibit the occurrence of malfunctioning of a capacitance-type touch panel in an environment of a wide temperature range from a low temperature to a high temperature, and can be included in a laminate for a touch panel and a capacitance-type touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Mitamura, Michihiro Shibata, Shinya Ogikubo
  • Patent number: 10121135
    Abstract: Presently disclosed are systems and methods for integrating an e-commerce platform with point-of-sale technology. In an embodiment, an e-commerce platform receives fashion-article-registration messages that each include an article identifier and a set of article-characteristic data that correspond to the respective wearable fashion article. The e-commerce platform uses the article-characterization data to determine an appraised quantity of platform credit for the corresponding fashion article, and stores that appraised quantity of platform credit in association with the corresponding article identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: RELABLD LLC
    Inventor: Sina Foroohar
  • Patent number: 10115109
    Abstract: A system to determine a first reputation value for a first user associated with a transaction with a second user first determines a weighted value based on one or more user transaction attributes. The user transaction attributes may be associated with at least one of the first user and the second user. Next the system calculates the first reputation value for the first user as a function of a first current reputation value of the first user and the weighted value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 10091225
    Abstract: A device includes a processor configured to accumulate a plurality of logs in the memory, by repeating a capturing process and a logging process, the logging process including extracting a source identifier of a source computer, a destination identifier of a destination computer, and an attribute parameter which is set in an attribute item regarding an operation for the destination computer by the source computer, execute a detection process of detecting a target computer and another infected computer, the detection process including extracting a first destination identifier and a first attribute parameter, from a first log having an identifier of the infected computer in the source identifier, and extracting a second source identifier and a second destination identifier, from a second log having the first attribute parameter in the attribute parameter, and output the first destination identifier, the second source identifier, and the second destination identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Yuki Fujishima, Masanobu Morinaga, Mebae Yamaoka
  • Patent number: 10027647
    Abstract: A voter verification system and method are provided. The voter verification system may include a mobile messaging aggregator configured to receive voter verification requests from one or more mobile carriers, and a mobile voter verification server configured to verify a voter's identity in response to a voter verification request and generate a voter verified code once the voter's identity has been verified. The mobile messaging aggregator may cause a link to the voter verified code to be transmitted to a mobile device of the voter, which when selected by the voter, allows the voter to cast a vote.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Global Mobile, LLC
    Inventors: Lee Ballinger Durham, III, Scott Hughes
  • Patent number: 10015552
    Abstract: An electronic voting method, system and apparatus is disclosed. A vote message is received at a network node, the vote message comprising a sender identifier, event identifier and a timestamp. The sender identifier, event identifier and timestamp are read, and it is determined from the timestamp that an event window was open and whether the window was a first or subsequent window. In the event that the window is the first window, the vote and sender identifier are stored at a database. In the event that the window is a second or subsequent window, the sender identifier is compared to sender identifiers stored at a previous window and if a match is found the vote is marked as validated and the vote stored at the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Your View Ltd.
    Inventor: Bob Antell
  • Patent number: 9981192
    Abstract: Tools, strategies, and techniques are provided for connecting an audience comprising artists of many different kinds with a wider audience of other users to engage in competitions, provide commentary, review communications, and perform other activities around works of art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: MUSIXSTER, LLC
    Inventors: Alessandro Originale Di Criscio, Francesco Claude Originale Di Criscio
  • Patent number: 9870666
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program for tabulating votes and creating an audit trail is provided. A ballot processing device may include a paper feed mechanism, a computer, a ballot processing application loaded on the computer, and a digital scanning device linked to the computer. The ballot processing application may process the digital image to establish a series of processing results definning one or more voting results for the paper ballot, and also an audit trail. The ballot processing application may process the digital image to define the voting results based on criteria established by election officials, including ambiguous mark criteria. The audit trail enables election officials to verify that particular paper ballots have been processed correctly in accordance with these criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Dominion Voting Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John Poulos, James Hoover, Nick Ikonomakis, Goran Obradovic
  • Patent number: 9824520
    Abstract: An electronic voting method and system implemented in a portable device (1) that improves voting transparency and speed, encouraging participation in the voting process, comprised of registering an identifier code of the portable device (1) used by the voter to vote, associating said identifier to the voter's identity; selecting a Code A by the voter from a first plurality of random codes (20a) received in the portable device (1) and a Code B from a second plurality of random codes (20b) received in the portable device (1); casting the vote in a voting interface (30a) associating it with the random code B selected by the voter, where said association is called voting set (10b); issuing the identifier of the portable device in an identifier interface (40a) associating it with random code A selected by the voter, where said association is called identifier set (10a); sending via a network (5) to the at least one server (6) the voting information that is comprised of at least two separate batches of information,
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Cesar Ramon Juan Correa Parker
  • Patent number: 9824394
    Abstract: A payment processing system for mobile point-of-sale transactions from a mobile point-of-sale (POS) terminal including a payment card reader having a card interface configured to read data from a payment card, the payment processing system configured to process a request from a merchant to provide financing for a purchase by a buyer (e.g., a second merchant). The payment processing system is further configured to calculate financing terms including an approved purchase amount and repayment terms for the approved purchase amount, to transmit the financing terms to the merchant for presentation to the buyer via the mobile POS terminal, to receive an acceptance of the financing terms from the buyer, to transmit the approved purchase amount to the merchant, and to receive payment from the buyer according to the repayment terms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Boates, Adam Jeremy Fern, Andrew Kimball, John Bryan Scott
  • Patent number: 9774649
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and method for providing a content distribution network. In an embodiment, the system and method helps organizations share content as a content source, and manage multiple feeds of content from various other content sources, keeping specific information private while integrating shared updates. For example, the content may be local business information kept by numerous different organizations for their own locality. By sharing this location information through a shared content distribution network, the organizations are able to update the location information of their users and obtain a higher quality of data. In an embodiment, an organization may prioritize the content in a private feed in order to override crowd sourced external data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sergejs Marins, Grant Ritchie
  • Patent number: 9727653
    Abstract: Methods and systems for learning models of the preferences of members drawn from some population or group, utilizing arbitrary paired preferences of those members, in any commonly used ranking model are disclosed. These methods and systems utilize techniques for learning Mallows models, and mixtures thereof, from pairwise preference data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Tian Lu, Craig Edgar Boutilier
  • Patent number: 9710988
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program for tabulating votes and creating an audit trail is provided. A ballot processing device may include a paper feed mechanism, a computer, a ballot processing application loaded on the computer, and a digital scanning device linked to the computer. The ballot processing application may process the digital image to establish a series of processing results defining one or more voting results for the paper ballot, and also an audit trail. The ballot processing application may process the digital image to define the voting results based on criteria established by election officials, including ambiguous mark criteria. The audit trail enables election officials to verify that particular paper ballots have been processed correctly in accordance with these criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Dominion Voting Systems Inc.
    Inventors: John Poulos, James Hoover, Nick Ikonomakis, Goran Obradovic
  • Patent number: 9669299
    Abstract: Tools, strategies, and techniques are provided for connecting an audience comprising artists of many different kinds with a wider audience of other users to engage in competitions, provide commentary, review communications, and perform other activities around works of art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Musixster, LLC
    Inventors: Alessandro Originale Di Criscio, Francesco Claude Originale Di Criscio
  • Patent number: 9659258
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating a training model based on feedback are provided. The method for generating a training model based on feedback, includes calculating an eigenvector of a sample among a plurality of samples; obtaining scores granted by a user for one or more of the plurality of samples in a round, obtaining scores granted by the user for a first number of samples; obtaining scores granted by the user for a second number of samples in response to detecting, based on the eigenvector, an inconsistency between the scores granted by the user for the first number of samples; and generating a training model based on the scores granted by the user for the first and second numbers of samples. A corresponding apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Liangliang Cao, Ning Duan, Qian Lin, Chen Wang, Junchi Yan, Xin Zhang
  • Patent number: 9619520
    Abstract: A method and system for evaluating and sharing user-generated media files have been disclosed. The method and system is embodied in a contest/festival that entices visitors to return to the site to vote on their favorite videos by providing a plurality of phases in which the best performing media files are promoted based on voting scores. According to one embodiment, a computer implemented method comprises generating scores for each media file in four phases and calculating the total score for each of the four phases. The scores are calculated based on the number of views and votes from users for each media file. The votes are generated using questions, percentage of video viewed, comments, social distribution, and recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: papalove productions, LLC
    Inventor: Konstantin A Rubchinsky
  • Patent number: 9607288
    Abstract: A method and system for streamlining a voting process performed by a web application is provided. As the web application may require that a voting action is effectuated after the user is registered to vote and also has supplied valid credentials, a voting application may be configured to intercept a request from a user to effectuate voting process directed to the web application, access credentials of the user stored by the web-based social networking application, and provide these credentials to the web application, such that the web application can process the request to effectuate voting process by registering the user to vote and storing the vote information for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Hemal Doshi, Nausher Ahmed Cholavaram, Deval Dudhia, Om Prakash Kannusami, Balakrishna Shanka
  • Patent number: 9582767
    Abstract: Media item recommendations, such as music track recommendations, may be made using one or more models generated using data collected from a plurality of media stream sources, such as, for example, Internet radio stations. In an initial, bootstrapping phase, data about media items and media stream playlists of media stream sources may be used to generate a model, which comprises latent factor vectors, or learned profiles, of media items, e.g., tracks, artists, etc. Such a bootstrapping phase may be performed without user data, such as user playlists and/or user feedback, to generate a model that may be used to make media item recommendations. As user data becomes available, e.g., as users of a recommendation service provide user data, the user data may be used to supplement and/or update the model and/or to create user profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: Oren Somekh, Yehuda Koren, Natalie Aizenberg
  • Patent number: 9483754
    Abstract: A method for generating an interactive stacking plan of a building is disclosed. A building data file with one or more external tenant records in a first format is received on a server computer system. Data values of one or more of the external tenant record fields are imported into master tenant records, each of which is defined by a plurality of master tenant record attributes. Stacking plan graphical elements are generated for each of the master tenant records with a size proportional to a leased space. A user-activatable link that generates an independent display of at least one of the master tenant record attributes is included in the stacking plan graphical element. The stacking plan graphical elements are arranged in the interactive stacking plan according to the floor identifier attributes of the corresponding master tenant records. The interactive stacking plan is then transmitted to the client computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Stevenson Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter L. Stevenson, Nathaniel S. Olson, Jim Nista
  • Patent number: 9479327
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method for generating a key. The apparatus includes: an input analyzer configured to identify a plurality of symbols from user identity (ID) information, and to derive at least one permutation from the plurality of symbols; and a key generator configured to obtain a plurality of pre-calculated keys including a plurality of first pre-calculated keys and at least one second pre-calculated key, and to generate, from the plurality of pre-calculated keys, a cryptographic key corresponding to the user ID information, the plurality of first pre-calculated keys respectively corresponding to the plurality of symbols, the at least one second pre-calculated key respectively corresponding to the at least one permutation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hyo-Jin Yoon
  • Patent number: 9430131
    Abstract: A system, methods, and user interface for organizing an unstructured collection of electronic objects in a list or group format are disclosed for more effectively locating and retrieving needed items from a large number of candidates. The electronic objects include various types of data objects, including files or folders or contacts. The methods include assigning importance measures to items in the collection based on various attributes associated with the objects. The attributes include metadata and attributes obtained from content analyzes of the objects, including a specific term, a term with a specific semantic attribute, a class of the object, and other attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Guangsheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 9401059
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for conducting an election. In one exemplary embodiment, there is provided a method for ensuring integrity of an electronic ballot. The method can include creating electronic ballots for voters based on votes received from the voters; digitally signing the electronic ballots; storing the signed electronic ballots; retrieving the signed electronic ballots from storage; verifying the digital signatures on the retrieved electronic ballots; and presenting the voters with validation pages derived from the retrieved electronic ballots, the validation pages including a user interface element for the voters to confirm that the retrieved electronic ballots accurately reflect their vote.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: E-GOVERNMENT CONSULTING GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Alisa Backert, Christopher Charles Backert, Christopher Charles Dahl
  • Patent number: 9317541
    Abstract: A traditional data processing system is configured to process input data either in batch or in real-time. On one hand, a batch data processing system is limiting because the batch data processing often cannot take into account any data received during the batch data processing. On the other hand, a real-time data processing system is limiting because the real-time system often cannot scale. The real-time data processing system is often limited to dealing with primitive data types and/or a small amount of data. Therefore, it is desirable to address the limitations of the batch data processing system and the real-time data processing system by combining the benefits of the batch data processing system and the real-time data processing system into a single data processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Factual Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Shimanovsky, Ahad Rana, Chun Kok